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  • Ancient Egyptian Art to Ancient Music

    05/25/2018 11:37:19 AM PDT · by mairdie · 4 replies
    An art history look at Ancient Egyptian Art to 'Sumerians, Egyptians and Greeks' and 'Ankh, the Sound of Ancient Egypt'. From Pre-Dynastic Period to Late Period.
  • The new gang of hyper-confident male atheists wants you to laugh at religion

    The New Atheists were never a particularly funny bunch. They were either, like Richard Dawkins, chippy materialists with a quasi-religious faith that science can offer a complete answer to any mystery worth contemplating. Or they were, like Christopher Hitchens, swaggering verbal stylists whose cleverness put a charming gloss on sentiments about believers that would otherwise sound like hate speech. But there is another gang of hyper-confident male atheists for whom knee-slapping humour is front and centre in their atheist proselytizing, far more than science or intellectual debate. These are the Comic Atheists, people like TV host Bill Maher, Family Guy...
  • French government offers to absorb '€35 billion of railway debt' to end strike

    05/25/2018 10:57:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies ^ | 25 May 2018 11:36 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    The French government has agreed to absorb €35 billion in debt from the state railway SNCF, a top union official said Friday, as it seeks an end to nearly two months of strikes. Luc Berille, the head of the UNSA union, said that the state had proposed taking on €35 billion ($41 billion) of the SNCF’s €46 billion of debt, starting with €25 billion as soon as 2020. “The prime minister was specific,” Berille said after talks with premier Edouard Philippe, adding that the government would increase infrastructure investment by €200 million a year to reach an annual total of...
  • NBA Western Conference Playoffs: Chris Paul out for Game 6 with hamstring injury

    05/25/2018 10:45:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    ESPN ^ | 05/25/2018
    Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul will miss Saturday's Game 6 of the Western Conference finals at Golden State with a right hamstring strain, the team announced Friday. Paul will travel with the Rockets to Oakland, California, for the game, coach Mike D'Antoni said, and will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Houston. "It's obviously not something we wanted," D'Antoni said before Friday's practice. "I hate it for him above all. He's practically won us the past two games. But it's a great opportunity for other guys, and we have plenty to choose from. We'll be ready." Asked if...
  • Who will clean the puke in self-driving taxis?

    05/25/2018 10:32:44 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 47 replies
    Driving ^ | July 24, 2017 | Lorraine Sommerfield
    Bloomberg recently had an interesting headline: Self driving cars could have a vomit problem. It reports that rideshare drivers – those working for companies like Lyft and Uber – are already discovering a downside of the general public that retailers and restaurateurs and hoteliers have always known. People are pigs. It makes perfect sense that the same people who use white hotel towels to wipe their muddy shoes and return used appliances in sealed boxes will treat a hired ride just as poorly. Hell, some people treat their own cars in ways that would make you shudder. My son has...
  • The social contract of driving is now in jeopardy

    05/25/2018 10:15:56 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 15 replies
    Driving ^ | May 25, 2018 | David Booth
    It is perhaps our most astonishing social contract. Universal, essential and (mostly) binding, it depends of a certain amount of skill, (hopefully) a modicum of training and, most of all, trust. I am talking, of course, about driving a car. And even though, in the span of just a century and a quarter, it is now just as common an everyday task as taking out the garbage or shopping for groceries, it remains an amazing — possibly the most amazing — social construct we all share. Think about it for just a minute. Except for the time spent on divided...

    05/25/2018 10:08:53 AM PDT · by BBell · 67 replies
    James Caan says society is in a strange place ... because it's nature's way that men and women are supposed to be attracted to each other. We got the movie legend Thursday night in WeHo leaving Craig's, when our photog asked about sexual misconduct allegations against Morgan Freeman.
  • Hybrid human chicken embryos: HALF HUMAN – HALF CHICKEN abomination created in US lab

    05/25/2018 10:08:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | PUBLISHED: 11:09, Thu, May 24, 2018 | UPDATED: 07:32, Fri, May 25, 2018 | By Sebastian Kettley
    A TEAM of stem cell researchers have done the seemingly impossible and successfully combined artificial human cells with the embryo of a chicken in a shock new experiment aimed at trying to better understand developing life. ================================================================================== Until now, scientists have been unable to answer how certain cells in a developing embryo decide to become muscles or limbs, while others become bones and nerves. But now researchers led by Dr Ali Brivanlou, from Rockefeller University in New York, have achieved the unimaginable in a shock experiment. By grafting petri dish-grown human cells onto the embryo of a chicken the scientists...
  • Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in Caribbean, hurricane forecasters say

    05/25/2018 9:50:01 AM PDT · by BBell · 27 replies ^ | 5/25/18 | Carlie Kollath Wells
    Subtropical Storm Alberto has formed in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, hurricane forecasters said at 9 a.m. Friday. Alberto is the first named Atlantic storm of 2018, and has formed ahead of the traditional hurricane season which begins June 1. The storm is expected to bring heavy rain and rip currents to the Gulf Coast through Memorial Day weekend. Here's the current forecast cone for the storm:The main difference between a subtropical storm and tropical storm is core temperature, according to Shawn O'Neil, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Slidell. Subtropical storms have slightly lower core temperatures than...
  • Karen Carpenter's tragic story

    05/25/2018 9:42:50 AM PDT · by Morgana · 69 replies
    guardian ^ | October 23, 2010 | Randy Schmidt
    The Carpenters were one of the biggest-selling American musical acts of all time. Between 1970 and 1984 brother and sister Richard and Karen Carpenter had 17 top 20 hits, including "Goodbye to Love", "Yesterday Once More", "Close to You" and "Rainy Days and Mondays". They notched up 10 gold singles, nine gold albums, one multi-platinum album and three Grammy awards. Karen's velvety voice and Richard's airy melodies and meticulously crafted arrangements stood in direct contrast to the louder, wilder rock dominating the rest of the charts at the time, yet they became immensely popular, selling more than 100m records. Richard...
  • "Hair’ live musical heading to NBC Next Spring

    05/25/2018 9:20:54 AM PDT · by Captain Peter Blood · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05-25-2018 | Erik Pedersen
    NBC has set the counterculture classic “Hair” as its live musical presentation next spring. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have executive produced all of the network’s live musicals since “The Sound of Music” revived the genre — including this year’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”— will do so again.
  • San Francisco Brewery Ordered To Stop Making Beer With CBD

    05/25/2018 9:04:28 AM PDT · by bgill · 29 replies
    cbs ^ | May 24, 2018 | staff
    U.S. officials have ordered a San Francisco brewery to stop producing beer containing cannabidiol, the hemp-derived extract known as CBD. The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is allowing Black Hammer Brewing to sell the rest of the CBD beer it already brewed, including one called Toke Back Mountain... The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that the order to stop brewing cannabis beer was not issued because the federal government says marijuana is illegal, but because the trade bureau requires special approval for non-standard beer ingredients. The brewery plans to apply for the approval.
  • Cockroach Milk? Experts Call Insect Dairy The Next Superfood

    05/25/2018 8:58:08 AM PDT · by bgill · 45 replies
    cbs ^ | May 25, 2018 | staff
    Scientists say they have discovered the next superfood that’s a perfect non-dairy alternative. However, they may have a hard time getting people to try cockroach milk. Using a 2016 report on the benefits of insect dairy, scientists found that the Pacific Beetle cockroach of Hawaii possesses nutrient-filled milk crystals, which they use to feed their young. “A single crystal is estimated to contain more than three times the energy of an equivalent mass of dairy milk,” the report stated... Some companies are already trying to get ahead of the trend by selling the bug juice in everything from milk to...
  • Local 6 yr old boy killed by dog

    05/25/2018 8:52:19 AM PDT · by Norski · 35 replies
    WTAJ ^ | May 25, 2018 | John Clay
    Lakemont, Blair County, Pa. - The Blair County Coroner tells WTAJ at 6:18 Thursday night, a 6 year old boy in Lakemont, Blair County was killed by the family Pit Bull. Logan Township Police are investigating. The boy was killed by blunt force trauma at the home along Gesser Avenue. The boy went to Baker Elementary School. Counselors there have been called in to help students and staff Friday. WTAJ is currently withholding the name of the child out of respect for the family's wishes. Coroner Patty Ross wanted to thank the staff at UPMC for their compassion during this...
  • Crematorium malfunction sends smoke, human ashes into air

    05/25/2018 8:43:30 AM PDT · by bgill · 6 replies ^ | May 25, 2018 | tribune
    Smoke containing human remains billowed out of a California crematorium Thursday when an oven door was stuck open while the furnace was in use. National City Fire Capt. Brian Krepps confirmed that crews were called to Cortez Cremations and Funeral Services shortly after noon to help close the oven door. Firefighters were able to shut the door and then helped the crematorium ventilate the building. No damage or flames outside of the oven were reported.Krepps confirmed human ashes were contained in the thick smoke that flooded out of the building, as well as a chemical fire suppression agent.
  • Great Iranian twitter feed. Shows long gas lines and Israeli attacks on their Syrian bases

    05/25/2018 8:42:19 AM PDT · by dennisw · 7 replies
    Heshmat Alavi ^ | May 25 2018 | Heshmat Alavi
    Seems to me the author is Iranian but lives in the US or Europe. Lots of videos and photos. He is coordinating video coming out of Iran. See coverage of Israeli missile strikes on Iran- Al Quds forces bases within Syria scroll down to May 23 and 24. Many Iranians in Syria are getting wasted and so are Hezbollah missile production lines. Iran is have lots of trouble delivering gasoline due to unrest and truckers strikes.
  • Dying anorexia patient, 25, is denied treatment for the disorder by her insurance company who...

    05/25/2018 8:40:38 AM PDT · by Morgana · 62 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | May 25, 2018 | Jessa Schroeder For
    FULL TITLE: Dying anorexia patient, 25, is denied treatment for the disorder by her insurance company who claim 'it's a luxury' as her weight drops to 58lbs A 25-year-old woman with a debilitating eating disorder is preparing for the possibility of an early death as her insurance company treats a medical program she requires to live on as a luxury. Katrina Howard, who succumbed to anorexia nervosa in her early teen years, has been sent from hospital to hospital for treatment - but doctors fear they are running out of effective options for the young woman - who has whittled...
  • McCain Will Probably Retire After Next Week

    05/25/2018 7:15:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 116 replies
    Once May 31st is past, John McCain will be free to retire and have his successor appointed by the governor. Gotta avoid that pesky election thing where the people would choose his successor. And supposedly, he's already given the governor a list of who he'd like to succeed him (his wife or daughter probably being at the top of the list). So his successor (whoever it is) can get successfully entrenched in the office by the next election (2020). The people be damned! Then John McCain can die in peace, and the Oligarchy can continue.
  • Trump on North Korea: 'We're talking to them now' (It's back on! CNN deeply saddened.)

    05/25/2018 7:00:21 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies
    Pollutico ^ | 05/25/2018 08:33 AM EDT | CRISTIANO LIMA
    President Donald Trump signaled Friday that U.S. and North Korean officials have reengaged in talks, praising their latest statement expressing a willingness to reenter discussions “at any time, at any format" just a day after he canceled the historic summit with their leader, Kim Jong Un. "We're going to see what happens. We're talking to them now," Trump said when asked by reporters outside the White House if the meeting with Kim is still on. "It was a very nice statement they put out. We'll see what happens." The president also suggested that a summit could still occur on June...
  • Report: Scot Peterson 'Covered Up Sexual Assault' On Boy At School Involving Sheriff Israel's Son

    05/25/2018 6:59:10 AM PDT · by Midwesterner53 · 15 replies ^ | 5/25/18 | Chris Menahan
    Disgraced officer Scot Peterson allegedly "covered up" a "simulated rape" on a schoolboy involving a baseball bat and Sheriff Israel's son, according to a new report.