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Saturday, July 9, 2016

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Today in History

Hadrian, Rome’s new emperor, makes his entry into the city.
Avitus, the Roman military commander in Gaul, becomes Emperor of the West.
Maurice of Saxony is mortally wounded at Sievershausen, Germany, while defeating Albert of Brandenburg-Kulmbach.
Emperor Rudolf II grants Bohemia freedom of worship.
General Edward Braddock is killed by French and Indian troops.
In Versailles, the French National Assembly declares itself the Constituent Assembly and begins to prepare a French constitution.
The Swedish navy captures one third of the Russian fleet at the Battle of Svensksund in the Baltic Sea.
U.S. President Zachary Taylor dies in office at the age of 65. He is succeeded by Millard Fillmore.
Confederate cavalry led by John Morgan captures Tompkinsville, Kentucky.
The Commonwealth of Australia is established by an act of British Parliament, uniting the separate colonies under a federal government.
Anne Frank and her family go into hiding in the attic above her father’s office in an Amsterdam warehouse.
American and British forces make an amphibious landing on Sicily.
The United States turns over complete responsibility of the Demilitarized Zone to South Vietnamese units.



There are too many cops killing people and getting away with it.
There are too many people killing cops, but they do not get away with it.
There is too many people killing people, period.

It is long passed time for gun regulations to be brought into the current century.
The Second Amendment to the Constitution DOES NOT say what the wingnuts, gun nuts and the NRA say it does, nor does it mean what they say it does ...
The phrase "Well Regulated Militia" does not mean let every nutcase have a gun.
The actual word REGULATE even appears prominently.

President Obama Mentions Gun Control After Dallas Shooting — Wingnuts TOTALLY Lose Their Minds

Following the horrific turn of events in Dallas, Obama addressed the country and mentioned that at some point we are going to have to really think about...

Texas Inmates Break Out Of Cell To Save Jailer’s Life

Newly released video shows a group of Texas inmates breaking out of their cell to save the life of their jailer. According to KUSA, on June 23 an armed...

Bunch of grapes sells for £8,350

A bunch of grapes has fetched a record price at an auction in Japan, where the fruit is considered a status symbol. The bunch of about 30 grapes of the Ruby Roman variety sold for 1.1m yen (£8,350, $10,860) – about £270 ($350) a grape.
Each grape is roughly the size of a ping pong ball. The grapes are grown in Ishikawa prefecture, and to qualify for the Ruby Roman designation, each grape must weigh at least 20g and have a sugar content of at least 18%.
According to the Ruby Roman club website run by the Ishikawa prefecture, the cultivation process began in 1992 when seeds of the Fujiminori variety were sown. Over the years, they were then cultivated into the Roman Ruby variety, which was named after submissions from the public in 2004.
The first grapes went on sale in 2008, and prices have been rising ever since. The buyer of the bunch promised to dole out samples to a few fortunate patrons. “These are truly Ruby Roman gems,” bidder Takamaru Konishi from western Japan said. “We will display them at our store before giving our customers a sample taste,” he said.

Utility company's repainting of bus stop left something to be desired

A mystery utility company could not be bothered to repaint a full bus stop sign after a road was dug up and re-tarmacked.
The work was carried out earlier this week by the bus stop outside the Village Bakery on Coed Aben Road in Wrexham, Wales.
Only the replacement tarmac was repainted. A spokesperson for Wrexham Council said: “This is not the work of Wrexham Council employees but down to the work of a utility company.
“We have made them aware of our dissatisfaction as to how they have left the state of the road and have asked them to address the obvious problem that has been left by their workmen.”

Banks Screw Americans Trying Desperately to Stay Afloat

Rape culture and toxic masculinity led to Gretchen Carlson leaving Fox 'News'

Admit it: when Gretchen Carlson announced that she was suing Fox 'News' Jefe Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, you did a mental check of what Carlson looked like. Satisfied that a pretty woman like Carlson could have been told by her boss that keeping her job required her performance of sexual acts, you either read further or moved on to another topic, at least satisfied that it could have happened.

Mississippi wingnut charged with attacking landscapers with a shovel after blocking them on road

Mississippi wingnut charged with attacking landscapers with a shovel after blocking them on road

Creationist 'debates' an atheist on evolution outside Ark museum — and gets utterly humiliated

Creationist 'debates' an atheist on evolution outside Ark museum — and gets utterly humiliated

Man who allegedly threw rocks through stained glass windows of cults was angry with Dog

A man suspected of vandalizing two cults in Redding, California, was arrested by police on Wednesday afternoon . According to officials, Redding Police Department (RPD) went to the home of Jack Barker, 35, and arrested him.
Barker had been identified by the public after RPD released surveillance footage of him breaking windows. Officials say that Barker is under investigation for throwing several rocks through windows at the St. James Lutheran Cult on June 4 and for the same crime committed at Our Lady of Mercy Cult on June 8. The total damage is estimated at $70,000.
According to officials, after extensive questioning, Barker admitted to vandalising both churches. He said that he was angry with Dog over a traumatic event that happened in his life. Video surveillance footage from St. James Cult got a good enough picture of the suspect that the public was able to cast suspicion upon Barker.
Once the police confirmed that the pictures looked like Barker they went to his house. Barker answered the door with the same type of baseball cap as seen in the video. Barker was arrested for two counts of felony vandalism and two counts of vandalism to a place of worship and was booked into the Shasta County Jail.

Man accused of breaking into fire station and putting on a firefighter’s pants and hat

Firefighters returning to their station from battling a brush fire in Eugene, Oregon, early on Tuesday morning got a surprise when they walked inside and found a stranger, dressed in firefighter gear, sitting at a table waiting for the crew’s return.
Freddie Jess Sarenana, 36, of Eugene, was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine, first-­degree criminal trespass and second-­degree criminal mischief. He was taken to the Lane County Jail.
According to Eugene police, Sarenana broke a window at the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department’s East 33rd Avenue fire station with a rock at around 4am and climbed inside. Police said he then climbed on top of a fire truck and lay down on the roof for a while.
After climbing off the truck, Sarenana then changed into some firefighting pants and belt and put on a firefighter’s hat, police said. Officers said Sarenana was compliant when he was arrested. He was found with methamphetamine in his possession, police said.

Casey Anthony whines about living ‘like an old person’ after murder acquittal in daughter’s death

Anthony is having a hard time getting anyone to date her outside of her legal counsel. She also doesn’t talk to or hear much from her family.

The “Nature Man” of 1913

In 1913, Joseph Knowles boasted that he could survive in the wilderness alone with no tools or weapons. He was willing to demonstrate that by staying in Maine’s Dead River Wilderness for 60 days alone, naked, without equipment or supplies. He bid goodbye to a crowd of journalists and onlookers, wearing only a jockstrap -and that was just because there were photographers. The stunt was catnip to newspapers of the time. Knowles was a middle-aged middle-class man who wasn’t in particularly good physical shape, but had a background of world travel in his youth and convinced everyone he had picked up amazing survival skills. He assured the crowd that he would have plenty to eat, and clothing of animal skins before he returned. 
The reporters returned to Boston, where over the next eight weeks they faithfully recorded the saga of the “Nature Man.” Scribbling on a piece of birch bark with a piece of charcoal and depositing the messages in an agreed-upon location, Knowles relayed news of each new trial and triumph: of surviving his first two nights out in the cold; of felling partridges and deer and with a handmade bow and arrow; of catching trout with his bare hands; of building a lean-to; of weaving a pair of sandals out of cedar bark; of painting a picture using only natural dyes; and, most sensationally, of trapping, clubbing, and skinning a black bear.

In Boston, the newspaper stories were a smash. The Post’s moribund circulation soon doubled. Knowles’ stunt ended with a thrilling chase, as game wardens—miffed that Knowles had been hunting out of season—reportedly chased him to the border of Canada. He emerged, looking bedraggled and 30 pounds lighter, near the town of Megantic, Quebec. From there, he caught a train south, wearing his stinking bearskin and waving to crowds of onlookers at each stop. Back in Boston, a throng of 200,000 people—nearly a third of the city’s population—poured out onto the streets to welcome him home.
Knowles became famous nationwide for his stunt. At the time, both Teddy Roosevelt and Tarzan were popular images of men conquering the forces of nature, and Knowles joined them in the mind of the public. But soon rumors of fakery began to circulate about Knowles. In order to prove his skills, he had to repeat his stunt. Read the story of Joseph Knowles, also known as “Nature Man,” at Atlas Obscura.

Skeleton with stone-encrusted teeth found in Mexico ancient ruins

Archeologists have discovered the 1,600-year-old skeleton of an upper-class woman whose skull was intentionally deformed and teeth were encrusted with mineral stones near Mexico's ancient ruins of Teotihuacan.
The woman, between 35 and 40 years old when she died, was buried with 19 jars that served as offerings, the National Anthropology and History Institute said.
Her cranium was elongated by being compressed in a "very extreme" manner, a technique commonly used in the southern part of Mesoamerica, not the central region where she was found, the institute said in a statement.
Although other intentionally deformed skeletons have been found in Teotihuacan, this one -- dubbed "The Woman of Tlailotlacan" after the neighborhood where it was found -- is among those with the most deformations.
Another distinctive feature, showing the woman was a "foreigner" in Teotihuacan, is the two round pyrite stones encrusted in her top front teeth, a technique used in Mayan regions in southern Mexico and Central America.
She also wore a prosthetic lower tooth made of a green stone known as serpentine.
The enigmatic pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Mexico City, thrived between the first and eighth centuries, after which its civilization vanished.
Its two majestic Sun and Moon pyramids are major tourist attractions.

Odd Celestial Ballet

Astronomers spy giant planet, three stars in odd celestial ballet

Fox sneaked into house before stealing child's PlayStation controller

A fox has been caught on camera walking around a couple’s house in Grove Park, souith east London, “like he owned the place” before stealing their son’s PlayStation controller and dumping it in the garden.
The couple only discovered the security camera footage this week. Last month they returned home to find a shoe left astray near the back door and the controller sitting out on the grass, despite their son being tucked up in bed.
Thinking their security cameras were broken, a few weeks later they had them repaired which is when they discovered the footage of a fox casually strolling into the house. The homeowner, who asked not to be named, said while watching the CCTV footage they first noticed the animal wandering around the hallway as family members were sat in the next room.
He said: “On another camera you can see him coming out of the back window, putting the controller out on the grass. You can see him walking around the house like he owns the place.” The 43-year-old said he doesn’t feel the house is safe for his children anymore. He added: “We’ve noticed them in the garden before but never coming in to the property. It’s really strange.”

Alligator spotted lounging on branch of tree

Ronald Saracino of Cape Coral, Florida, now believes that alligators can climb trees. Although he’s lived in south west Florida for eight years he was shocked at what he says he spotted up in a tree recently.

Animal Pictures