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Friday, June 10, 2016

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Today in History

Frederick Barbarossa drowns in a river while leading an army of the Third Crusade.
Bridget Bishop is hanged in Salem, Mass., for witchcraft.
The Continental Congress appoints a committee to write a Declaration of Independence.
Tripoli declares war on the U.S. for refusing to pay tribute.
The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, holds its first graduation.
Dorothea Dix is appointed superintendent of female nurses for the Union army.
At the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads in Mississippi, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest defeats the numerically superior Union troops.
U.S. Marines land in Cuba.
Japan and Russia agree to peace talks brokered by President Theodore Roosevelt.
An SOS signal is transmitted for the first time in an emergency when the Cunard liner SS Slavonia is wrecked off the Azores.
Mecca, under control of the Turks, falls to the Arabs during the Great Arab Revolt.
The Republican coven in Chicago endorses women’s suffrage.
The Italian socialist leader Giacomo Matteotti is kidnapped and assassinated by Fascists in Rome.
Tennessee adopts a new biology text book denying the theory of evolution.
The Norwegian army capitulates to the Germans.
Germany razes the town of Lidice, Czechoslovakia and kills more than 1,300 citizens in retribution of the murder of Reinhard Heydrich.
The Allies begin bombing Germany around the clock.
The U.S. VII and V corps, advancing from Normandy’s beaches, link up and begin moving inland.
The news that the sound barrier has been broken is finally released to the public by the U.S. Air Force. Chuck Yeager, piloting the rocket airplane X-1, exceeded the speed of sound on October 14, 1947.
Buddhist monk Ngo Quang Duc dies by self immolation in Saigon to protest persecution by the Diem government.
A 15-man group of special forces troops begin training for Operation Kingpin, a POW rescue mission in North Vietnam.
The Israeli army pulls out of Lebanon after 1,099 days of occupation.
Serb forces begin their withdrawal from Kosovo after signing an agreement with the NATO powers.

The Incredibly Weird Story Behind Tetris

People have been enjoying the video game Tetris for 32 years now. The simple yet exceedingly clever game is maddeningly addictive. In fact, its creator, Alexey Pajitnov, was so hooked on his own game that he could barely get any work done at the Soviet Academy of Sciences. But even though he realized how successful his creation might be, profiting from your own creation was illegal in the Soviet Union in 1984. So he gave it away, sharing it with friends, who shared it with others, until it leaked to the outside world. A British company started manufacturing and selling Tetris.
Behind the iron curtain, a state-owned company called Elektronorgtechnica (or Elorg for short) had taken over the responsibility of selling the rights to Tetris overseas. Because Pajitnov and his colleagues had created Tetris while working for the Soviet Academy of Sciences, Tetris effectively belonged to the state, and by extension, Elorg.
It’s here that the rights issue surrounding Tetris became somewhat fraught. The UK company Andromeda was forced to negotiate a proper licensing deal with Elorg when the latter’s director, Alexander Alexinko, noticed that Andromeda was selling on rights that it didn’t actually own. Meanwhile, Spectrum HoloByte sub-licensed its rights to Henk Rogers’ company, Bulletproof Software, which planned to sell Tetris in Japan, without realizing that Mirrorsoft had also sub-licensed the game to Atari, who planned to sell it not only in America, but also in Japan.
If you think that’s confusing, the KGB and Soviet president Mikhail Gorbochev got involved in the negotiations, too. Read the rest of the story of how Tetris became a worldwide phenomenon at Den of Geek. And there’s extra trivia about the game in the same post.

The time the BBC News reported that "there is no news"

I suppose no news was good news on April 18, 1930. At 6:30pm during the regularly scheduled news bulletin slot, the BBC News announcer turned on the mic and said:
"Good evening. Today is Good Friday. There is no news."
Piano music followed.

Museum offers reward for return of missing gnome

A bright-blue garden gnome, one of four once perched on a pedestal outside the Cornell Art Museum in Delray Beach, Florida, is missing in what the museum is describing as a “gnome-napping.” The 35-inch gnome is part of a contemporary exhibit called “Lit” on display at the museum until August 28.
The blue gnome, once bolted to a pedestal outside the museum, was taken overnight on Thursday, said New York-based artist Sam Tufnell, one of 16 featured in the exhibit. “It’s unfortunate, that was a one-of-a-kind gnome in that color,” Tufnell said.
The museum is offering a $500 reward for the safe return of the gnome, according to Cornell’s Instagram account. Since the theft, the museum has taken down the three remaining gnomes, leaving only the pedestal outside in the exhibit’s only outdoor work. They plan to replace the stolen gnome once they have a “more permanent” method of securing all of them, Tufnell said.
“Ultimately I’m not sure if it’s an act of appreciation or absolute hatred, but we would very much like for the gnome to be returned and be reunited with the series,” Tufnell said. The gnomes are made from resin with added pigments to appear vivid in color. Anyone with information about the missing gnome is asked to contact the museum.

Medicare Part G

MedicareSay you are an older senior citizen and can no longer take care of yourself and need long-term care, but the government says there is no nursing home care available for you. So, what do you do? You opt for Medicare Part G.
The plan gives anyone 75 or older a gun (Part G) and one bullet. You are allowed to shoot one worthless politician.
This means you will be sent to prison for the rest of your life where you will receive three meals a day, a roof over your head, central heating and air conditioning, cable TV,  a library, and all the health care you need.  Need new teeth? No problem. Need glasses? That’s great. Need a hearing aid, new hip, knees, kidney, lungs, sex change, or heart? They are all covered!
As an added bonus, your kids can come and visit you at least as often as they do now!
And, who will be paying for all of this? The same government that just told you they can’t afford for you to go into a nursing home. And you will get rid of a useless politician while you are at it.
And now, because you are a prisoner, you don’t have to pay any more income taxes!
Is this a great country or what?

Dingbat Barton: Academics Who Criticize My Work 'Hate America'

Wingnut pseudo-historian Dingbat Barton appeared on "The Patriot and The Preacher" radio program over the weekend, where he declared that historians who criticize his work do so because they hate America. After spending several minutes blasting President Obama for supposedly apologizing t... MORE
As usual he is completely wrong - he is the America Hater.

Why Are Fewer People Getting Married?

Move Over, Putin: Lively Has A New Anti-Gay Strongman-Crush

Like other religio-wingnut "leaders", American globe-trotting closeted anti-gay agitator Lively has long been a vocal supporter of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin and his anti-gay policies. A few years ago Lively wrote Putin a gushing fan letter praising his “moral leadership... MORE
Just come on out of the closet already and admit you're gay and be done with it already ...

Campus rape is not just an American problem

Campus rape is not just an American problem

Of course Dolly Parton had a perfect response to the transgender bathroom bill

Dolly Parton is our hero, obvs — not only because she’s a musical goddess, but because she stands up for what’s right, time and time again. Last week, in just 14 seconds, she did it by shutting down bigotry surrounding the extremely controversial transgender bathroom bill passed by North Carolina' moron McCrory back in March.
In an interview with CNN Money posted last Friday, Dolly addressed North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which requires transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond with their biological sex rather than the gender with which they identify. And as always, Dolly was totally on point with her answer.
I think everybody should be treated with respect,” she said in the video. “I don’t judge people and I try not to get too caught up in the controversy of things. I hope that everybody gets a chance to be who and what they are.

Disability Rights Watchdog Banned From Jail That Strapped Naked, Suicidal Inmate To Chair

Jail for man who threatened mechanic with a sex toy

A man who used a large rubber sex toy to threaten a mechanic from whom he'd been demanding money has been told by a sentencing judge to "settle down" and stop offending. Aaron Sabbah, 42, of Sydney, Australia, was on Tuesday sentenced to a maximum of 12 months' jail, more than three years after he entered the mechanic's workshop with a 45cm black dildo in the company of two "stocky" men. Judge John North said there was little doubt the tradesman, who had already handed over $4,500 in an attempt to placate Sabbah, thought he was going to be assaulted. "On the CCTV .. the offender can be seen to be carrying a large black dildo in his right hand, which he is swinging as he walks in," Judge John North said during his sentencing at Downing Center District Court. "The offender said (to the mechanic), 'come into the office'."
The court heard Sabbah had a misguided belief the mechanic, who cannot be named for legal reasons, owed him money and had made threats via phone, texts, the instant messaging app Viber, and in person to cause him serious harm. The court heard Sabbah, a muscular former personal trainer, had a "bee in his bonnet" when his Mercedes-Benz, worth more than $167,000 and which he'd previously stolen back after it was repossessed, was seized by police while it was being driven by the mechanic.
He previously told court he'd asked the mechanic, who cannot be named for legal reasons, not to use the car. The court heard Sabbah had a criminal history dating back to 1991 and had previously spent time in jail. In sentencing him, Judge North took into account Sabbah's guilty pleas and the fact that his financially dependent partner was due to give birth in August. He backdated the sentence and ordered Sabbah be eligible for recognizance release after seven months in prison, meaning he could be with his partner around the time the child is born. "It's time he gave up offending and settled down," Judge North said.

Naked man arrested after disagreement about feeding tacos to dogs

A man from Klamath Falls, Oregon, was arrested after baring all following an alleged disturbance over feeding tacos to dogs. Ben Bliss said he heard his girlfriend and a stranger arguing at around noon on Friday.
“I woke up to her arguing with the gentleman that decided to make a big old scene about feeding our dogs tacos.” Ashley Layne said her boyfriend threw the man out of their yard - and then things got even stranger. “Oh gosh, I had no idea he was going to get naked like that, I thought he was stripping his shirt off to fight, maybe, but no, everything came off,” said Layne.
36-year-old Dustin Lee Rice ran into a mini market when confronted by police, where was eventually handcuffed and arrested.“We don’t know exactly what the external factors were with this gentleman,” said Captain Ryan Brosterhous of the Klamath Falls Police Department.

“We took him for his own safety to be evaluated at the hospital, at which time he was released to the jail.” Bliss says he’s never seen anything like it. “We found some beer bottles over there, but I know beer doesn’t do that to you.” Rice was booked on charges of disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. He was arraigned on the charges on Monday afternoon and was released on his own recognizance.

Student who dived into back of garbage truck while naked suspected of taking drugs

A University of Georgia student who authorities believed might have been high on PCP jumped naked into the hopper of a sanitation truck last weekend, according to an Athens-Clarke County police report. It took four officers to get 22-year-old Benjamin Abele out of the truck as he violently fought them off, and police said it was difficult to get hold of him because he was extremely slick from being coated with a foul-smelling liquid. Abele was shocked twice with a Taser as officers tried to subdue him, but police said the device had no effect. Abele was taken by ambulance for hospital treatment, and police said they were going to charge him. Abele’s LinkedIn page indicates he is a senior at UGA. He describes himself as a "persistent entrepreneur who embraces each failure as a valuable gain of wisdom."
The incident occurred at 2:30am on Sunday and began when an officer monitoring a crowd was asked by someone whether he had seen the naked man running across East Clayton Street. The officer thought it was a joke, but when he turned to look, he saw Abele leave the entrance to an apartment and run toward a city sanitation truck stopped in the road, jumping into the rear hopper. Racing over to the truck, the officer looked in and saw Abele “laying in the contents of the hopper which consisted of bags of garbage and about six inches deep of dirty and foul liquid seeping from the bags,” according to the report. The officer, a sergeant with the police department’s downtown operations unit and a former member of the Northeast Georgia Regional Drug Task Force, saw that Abele “had a dazed look on his face and his eyes were completely dilated,” and he “immediately recognised this as a possible manifestation of PCP impairment.” The officer called for backup and also called for an ambulance. PCP, also known as angel dust, can induce schizophrenic-like episodes, paranoia and delusions of superhuman strength or abilities.
When Abele began trying to get out of the truck, the officer stopped him because he felt it would be safer to keep him there until help arrived. “I was concerned (that) in his state he was an immediate danger to himself and the numerous pedestrians in the area that was crowding to watch,” the officer wrote in the report. The truck’s driver reportedly gave assurance that the hydraulic trash hopper could not automatically activate and hurt the student. When additional officers arrived, they attempted to remove Abele from the truck, but the student “began squirming into a narrow channel under the hopper where the hydraulic lines are routed,” the report continued. This caused concern that “if he were to move deep into this space … he would become lodged where we couldn’t access him and due to his state and intense heat associated with the underside of the truck a risk of death was present,” the report stated. After struggling to keep the slippery student from going into the channel under the hopper, the officer placed a handcuff on Abele to make it easier to pull him out of the truck, according to the report.
Abele made things even more difficult for the officers when he began fighting them, swinging his hands at the sergeant’s face and kicking him in the chest, according to the report. Abele was shocked once with a Taser while in the garbage truck and a second time after he was finally pulled out and placed, still thrashing, on the ground, according to the police report. Throughout the ordeal, officers remained concerned for Abele’s welfare. While holding the student down and monitoring his breathing, a second call for an ambulance was made, this time requesting an urgent response, “fearing he might enter cardiovascular distress,” according to the police report. After Abele was placed into the ambulance, two police went with him to control him, as he was “cyclic in his moods and fighting with abnormal strength,” according to the report. The downtown police sergeant wrote in the report that when he later drove to Athens Regional Medical Center to check on Abele, the student was still fighting despite apparent medical measures to bring him down from the apparent PCP high. The police report noted that in addition to puncture wounds caused by Taser darts, Able had sustained abrasions from being held down by officers on the street. Abele was charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer, a felony, and public indecency, a misdemeanor. He was freed from custody after posting $16,000 bond.

Nuclear test islands still too radioactive for humans 60 years later

Nuclear test islands still too radioactive for humans 60 years later

Why We Might Not Be Able to Count on Antibiotics to Stop Infections Anymore

How Other Primates Self-Medicate

A Monkey Knocked Out Kenya’s Power Grid, So Wingnuts Called Obama a Nigger

A Monkey Knocked Out Kenya’s Power Grid, So Conservatives Called Obama a N***** (SCREENSHOTS)
A monkey can’t even knock out the power in KENYA without wingnuts spewing racist hate about the President.

In typical wingnut fashion they are howling at the exposure of their racism and accusing us of being the racists, further proving who the racists really are.

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