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  •  The Zuniga story sounds like a (5+ / 0-)

    Carl Hiaasen novel.

    SOS - Save Our Sigs!

    by blueoregon on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:13:42 PM PDT

  •  Faux News experienced a Benghaziam (4+ / 0-)
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    blueoregon, citizenx, GreyHawk, JML9999

    this week.   They should go take a shower now

  •  but of course (4+ / 0-)
    but the project was beat out for the top spot by work on electromagnetics and on the effect of punctuation mark placement in keyboards on carpal tunnel syndrome.
    •  with tongue half in cheek (1+ / 0-)
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      did Apple sponsor the Science fair?

      I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

      by JML9999 on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:28:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I had bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. (1+ / 0-)
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      I got it from 12-hour shifts of repetitive motion, none or very little of which was typing.
      I was forbidden from going back to that job and was placed in a position as an office assistant where I did a LOT of typing. At first, they gave me Dragon™ speech to text software. This was in 2000. It didn't work well enough in Word and absolutely sucked in Lotus Notes. So I typed. (And lest you think my diction might have been the culprit, I've worked on-air in radio. I have one of those voices.)

      Soon after, I read a study that debunked the typing/carpal tunnel link, saying that if you gave even a half-hearted attempt at ergonomics, you'd be fine, especially if you stretched and flexed your hands, wrists and digits periodically.

      I've typing for a living for 13+ years now. The exclamation point's position's effect on carpal tunnel?


      Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Gentle Giant on Fri May 10, 2013 at 01:27:36 PM PDT

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  •  Next on DISCOVERY CHANNEL - "GATOR PATROL" (4+ / 0-)
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    "They're not cops looking for gators, they're fully deputized gators lookin for you!"

    •  Sounds more like Animal Planet (2+ / 0-)
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      should jump on that for next fall's lineup. (Then again, I think Animal Planet is one of the Discovery Networks, probably the only tolerable one left.)

      There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by Cali Scribe on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:34:10 PM PDT

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      •  Animal Planet is the only Discovery channel (2+ / 0-)
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        I watch anymore.  Whatever  is "discovered" in a program titled Naked Castaway on the original Discovery channel, I'm not interested.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:58:00 PM PDT

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        •  Next on Fox: (2+ / 0-)
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          Gator Cop! These survivors from a prehistoric time, these modern-day dinosaurs are trained in police procedures and turn their primitive wrath on evil-doers! (well, in the warmer climes, anyway.)

          Tune in right after yet another episode of yet another gaggle of women setting women's rights issues back 4 decades by cat-fighting over a vapid, overly handsome genetic freak of a man.

          Tonight! On Fox!

          Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

          by Gentle Giant on Fri May 10, 2013 at 01:32:22 PM PDT

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          •  Yeah. That's the general idea I got (0+ / 0-)

            of their current programming lineup.  Real animals have turned out to be much more enlightening to watch than human animals, which tend to be just embarrassing.  

            "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

            by SueDe on Fri May 10, 2013 at 08:24:03 PM PDT

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  •  ABC tries to outfox fox and has teh fials nt (3+ / 0-)
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    What ABC Left Out Of Its Report On Benghazi Talking Points
    But absent in ABC’s report is the key point that Obama and various members of his administration referred to the Benghazi assault as a terror attack on numerous occasions shortly after the incident (thereby negating the need to “scrub” any references in the talking points) and that then-CIA Director David Petraeus said the terrorist references were taken out to, as the New York Times reported, “avoid tipping off the groups” that may have been involved.

    Moreover, an update the ABC report undermines the notion that Nuland’s motives were campaign related or political:

       A source familiar with the White House emails on the Benghazi talking point revisions say that State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland was raising two concerns about the CIA’s first version of talking points, which were going to be sent to Congress: 1) The talking points went further than what she was allowed to say about the attack during her state department briefings; and, 2) she believed the CIA was attempting to exonerate itself at the State Department’s expense by suggesting CIA warnings about the security situation were ignored.
    In other words, ABC’s “exclusive” reveals a turf battle, not some cover-up. As it turns out, the story is more about how talking points are generated in the interagency process, a point the Hill newspaper took notice of in its headline reporting on ABC’s story:

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:21:39 PM PDT

  •  Yesterday's MSNBC online headline for... (5+ / 0-)
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    Tamerlan Tsarnaev was that he was buried in an unknown location. I thought that meant that Cheney had to make room in his box of dirt.

    "I was so easy to defeat, I was so easy to control, I didn't even know there was a war." -9.75, -8.41

    by RonV on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:22:12 PM PDT

  •  Remembering Mr. Jack... (2+ / 0-)
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    My 1st year remembrance / memorial of Jack the Alaskan Malamute, a.k.a. Malamute Jack (and many other names)...

  •  Oooooops (4+ / 0-)
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    MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A team of smokejumpers parachuting into a fire in the mountains of Southern Oregon landed in an illegal marijuana garden being prepared for growing season.

    The six smokejumpers from a base in Redmond found the site Monday evening, when there was a rash of lightning strikes.

    Jackson County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson says the smokejumpers notified authorities, who hiked into the remote site in the Rogue River-Siskiyou (SIS'-kee-yoo) National Forest. They seized two guns and more than 1,000 little pot plants

  •  Just had an informal tour of a local CA wetlands (2+ / 0-)
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    restoration area with some fellow native plant/critter freaks.

    Know that there are tons of young people out there doing some fine environmental restoration. Much of the time many of us come here to kvetch, kvetch, kvetch. There IS good stuff happening in the world.

    You old timers out there who are retired: don't just come here to lament or vent anger. Get on some crew and get your hands dirty with some good people. It'll restore your faith in humanity and perhaps even our planet's future, of all things.

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:32:06 PM PDT

  •   West EMS worker (3+ / 0-)
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    ATF: West EMS worker admits to possessing bomb materials

    According to a federal complaint released by a U.S. District Court, officials were called to a home in Abbott, near West, on Wednesday, May 7, where they found components which could be used to make up a pipe bomb. At least eight different chemicals were found at the scene.
    The resident in possession of the materials told authorities that they had been given the materials unwittingly from Reed in April.
    McLennan County Sheriff's deputies then headed to West where they arrested Reed. He admitted to possessing bomb-making materials.
    Reed went before a magistrate judge Friday morning in Waco. Federal prosecutors say he did not enter a plea. He is currently being held in the McLennan County Jail.

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:43:11 PM PDT

  •  Trade Center 1 (3+ / 0-)

    Amazing what Union Labor can do......

    "If fighting for a more equal and equitable distribution of the wealth of this country is socialistic, I stand guilty of being a socialist." Walter Reuther

    by fugwb on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:45:44 PM PDT

  •  The Heritage Foundation's immigration report (5+ / 0-)

    was the subject this morning of an entry on Paul Krugman's blog.  But it wasn't his usual entry, packed with facts, figures, graphs and data.  Today he was just having fun:

    Wheee! The Heritage Foundation is engaged in frantic damage control; not only did its big anti-immigration-reform report turn out to be a steaming heap of, um, bad research, but one of the co-authors turns out to have a serious white supremacist background.
    The truth is that Heritage has never been in the business of doing economic analysis; it’s just a propaganda agency posing as a think tank. And this time it finally caught up with them.
    The comments are pretty fun loving, too.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:47:46 PM PDT

  •  As a native Floridian I gotta tell you retiring (2+ / 0-)
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    citizenx, Gentle Giant

    Yankee patio home owners (when I was a child in FL every person north of the Mason-Dixon line was referred to as "Yankee") those screens enclosing your private pool are not as you may believe, to keep out mosquitoes.

    They do that, but their main purpose is to keep out alligators.  

    It is not uncommon to read in a Florida newspaper account of some elderly person walking a dog and being attacked by an alligator.  (Dogs are delectable to alligators.)  So--be careful.

    Fiscal conservative: a Republican ready to spend $5 to save a dime--especially if that dime is helping a non-donor.

    by Mayfly on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:58:16 PM PDT

  •  Tsarnaev finally got buried? (1+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant

    I always thought that the sole requirement for getting buried anywhere was that you could legally prove that you were dead.
    Live and learn.

    The Great Awakening Is Afire! Think outside the box or remain mundane.

    by franklyn on Fri May 10, 2013 at 12:59:07 PM PDT

    •  So we're going grocery shopping. (1+ / 0-)
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      My wife is driving. There's a pretty little graveyard just past the entrance ramp for a major highway.

      I turn to her and I say, "I wouldn't want to be buried there."
      She replies, "Why?!? That's a pretty little cemetery."
      To which I reply, "Because I'm not dead."

      She just sat there quietly while my laughter had me straining at my shoulder harness.
      I really crack myself up sometimes.

      Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Gentle Giant on Fri May 10, 2013 at 01:43:08 PM PDT

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  •  Jason Richwine has resigned from Heritage (2+ / 0-)
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    The Heritage Foundation announced the resignation Friday of senior policy analyst Jason Richwine, co-author of a controversial report critical of the Senate’s immigration reform bill. After Heritage issued the report this week, news articles pointed out that Richwine had argued in his Harvard dissertation that there was a long-standing difference between the IQ of white Americans and immigrants.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

    by MTmofo on Fri May 10, 2013 at 01:07:48 PM PDT

  •  A woman survives for 17 days in the rubble of (0+ / 0-)

    the building that collapsed in Bangladesh. There are/were an estimated 1000 dead in that collapse.

    The horror.

    Seventeen days immobile among hundreds of dead bodies. It must have been unimaginably awful.

    She's lucky to be alive, but I wonder how the experience will have changed her.

    I can't imagine. Actually, I don't want to.

    Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Fri May 10, 2013 at 01:18:57 PM PDT

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