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Goats in Trees
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In Southern Morocco, goats climbing the Argan trees in search of food is a common sight. - - Eivind
Nice one :) - Mary
It still looks completely wrong to me, but I have been there and seen it with my own eyes so I know it's true :) - Eivind
I wish I was there too :) and thanks for sharing it. - Mary
It's a wonderful world! - Franc, a rememberer
What balance, here we only have goats on roofs - Janice
Hehe, the goat info on that page seems _slightly_ exaggerated :D - Eivind
It's raining goats: - Eivind
I would occasionally see goats in Acacia trees in Mexico. Always a spectacle. :-) - Jenny
oh.... the tree goat - گل
*bump* I love climbing goats :) - Eivind
this is one of the most bizarre things i've ever seen - نیکی
Silly goats. - SAM
They're not silly. They just go after the food, and they don't have the patience to stand around waiting to evolve long necks :) - Eivind
*bump for SAM* I couldn't help overhearing you were getting some goats. Please get some Argan trees as well :) - Eivind
:-) - Maitani
It's my considered opinion that they're nestin. - Ken Morley
LOL - Eivind
I want a goat tree! Where do I get one? ;) - Kristin
I saw lots of them in Morocco. It's a very strange sight :) - Eivind
Have you seen lions that climb trees? - سيما كيا Sima kia
No, nay, never! They've started doing that now? - Eivind
They are called climbing tree lions; I saw them in Amboseli, Kenya. I was in Serengeti too, but never saw a lion climbing tree there, the 2nd video shows some lion cubs trying to climb a tree in Serengeti. - سيما كيا Sima kia
Thanks, Sima. Now I've seen lions climb trees :) - Eivind
Onları Essaouira, Fas yakın gördüm. - Eivind
Are there any other grazers that behave like this? Or just goats? But then again, goats are incredibly agile, since there are some that live on cliff edges, which is amazing when you think about it, so not surprising they can climb trees. - Halil
I haven't come across any. I hope so, though :) - Eivind
I wouldn't look for shade under any of them trees :)) - mina_sydney
Mina! :) - Eivind
I love that calendar, Halil. It's been around for a few years :) - Eivind
Does that mean you own a copy then? I might get next years one, as too late now as it'll be March soon! :o - Halil
Never bought it, but it was the 2010 version that inspired this post :) - Eivind
Remember Stevie Ray Vaughan(October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990)
Some of us can be examples about going ahead and growing, and some of us, unfortunately, don't make it there, and end up being examples because they had to die. I hit rock bottom, but thank God my bottom wasn't death - ThenWang
Saw him live in Hawaii. He tore it up. RIP. - Josh Haley
saw him co-headlining with Jeff Beck in 1989. he drove up in his car (this was in Dallas at the State Fair Colosseum) and, after he pulled through the gates into the load-in area, he got out and chatted with the fans hanging over the wall and signed things for them for close to 20 minutes before someone came and got him to come inside. seemed like a really nice guy. he and his band really did an outstanding show, too. - Big Joe Silence
Louis Gray
FF Team, how come you can't find your Twitter friends on the service any longer? Is this due to Twitter changes? Are there plans to restore it? Thanks.
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yes, this. - holly #ravingfangirl
If you put &source=twitterandroid at the end of the REST request, I bet they can punch through any of twitter's API changes. - Andy Bakun
did not the twitter API change some time ago ? - Peter Dawson
Yes and yes. - Benjamin Golub
thanks Louis this is a huge loss to the service you provide guys. Find your friends › Find Twitter friends Finding your Twitter friends We could not find your Twitter friends. - Thomas Power
This has been fixed. - Benjamin Golub
Something fixed on FriendFeed? Hmmm... - Cliff Gerrish
right on. thanks again, Ben! :) - holly #ravingfangirl
I'd be happy if I could get my Twitter to import again. Has not for... months. - Alix May
Yes Cliff, things do get fixed here. Not always as quickly as we'd like, but that's universal. - Bruce Lewis
Ben is awesome, of course. Thank you sir. - Louis Gray
Things get fixed but no new features will be added. - Akiva
something wrong with ff. - Tayfun Yaşar
Ben: keeper of the flame. - Laura Norvig
Thanks Louis this really does need fixing FF is the only place that aggregates twitter feeds well - Thomas Power
Fantastic Ben, Louis thank you so much. - Thomas Power
Bipolar owl: I'm sorry you feel that way. I actually did commit a change that fixes this and a few weeks ago another change that fixed adding Twitter accounts. Unfortunately both fixes are for public Twitter accounts only. It looks like you have a private account. Stay tuned! - Benjamin Golub
Thanks for the fixes and the great attitude Ben. I imagine there isn't a huge incentive to continue to patch things around here, but it's clearly a great product and people are still passionate about it. Rock on, dude. - John
This is broken again. - Fedge No
A Passage To India - Location-Notes, Photos, and Maps of the Barabar Caves near Gaya, Bihar -
A Passage To India - Location-Notes, Photos, and Maps of the Barabar Caves near Gaya, Bihar
A Passage To India - Location-Notes, Photos, and Maps of the Barabar Caves near Gaya, Bihar
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"The Barabar Caves are some 35Km north of Gaya, in the state of Bihar. They were visited by author E.M. Forster on one of his two visits to India. Struck by their curious echo, he used them as a central location in his book 'A Passage To India', renaming them 'The Marabar Caves' for the story. The Marabar Caves don't really exist. Well, that's almost true. You can find out more about them on my Marabar Caves page, but for now, lets talk Barabar." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Dido Elizabeth Belle (1761-1804) was an illegitimate daughter of John Lindsay and an African slave woman known only as Belle. Very little is known about Belle only that she was black and a slave. Her daughter Dido lived in the household of the Earl of Mansfield who was her father's Uncle and her Great-Uncle. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Lindsay sent the child to his uncle, the Earl of Mansfield, who lived with his family at Kenwood House in Hampstead, England, which was then just outside London. He and his wife, who were childless, were already raising her cousin Elizabeth Murray after her mother's death; Elizabeth was about the same age as Dido. It is possible Mansfield took her in as Elizabeth's playmate and, later... more... - Halil
Lord Mansfield himself resolved this paradox in his capacity as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. When called upon to judge the case of an escaped slave, Somersett's Case, he decreed that "The state of slavery is of such a nature, that it is incapable of being introduced on any reasons, moral or political; but only positive law, which preserves its force long after the reasons,... more... - Halil
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Cat Owner Builds Epic Box Tower on MSN Video -
Cat Owner Builds Epic Box Tower on MSN Video
After his cat went through a painful ear infection, this caring cat owner decided to build the little guy an awesome box tower. - Halil from Bookmarklet
It's cool - M F
*bump* plz see - Halil
news link is not available anymore, check this youtube link instead, - Halil
Caring cat owner? Or psychologically dominated cat owner - Mo Kargas
Billie Holiday'in versiyonu en sevdiğim onu daha bi dikkatli dinleyiniz, aradaki solo muazzamdır :) - yedi
ay laykk.. - Aylin
up - yedi
uuuupp - gözde ok
gör tabi :) - yedi
new vegas'ta da var. nice - Al Percet
bu şarkı da benim için gelsin =) - yedi
oha arkaik fiyd! - grizabella
ff test dönemlerinden bi feeğd aplatsam mağara adamı olduğum ortaya çıkacak. - yedi
"Hey we're taking a photo here.." (in NY accent)
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Isn't that just typical!!!! - Kevin J Hatton
One in a million. I love it. - Adam Reyher from Alert Thingy
That's insanely lucky. - James Rishabh Mishra
seriously this is not photoshopped? oh this is too funny, it's like that annoying kid that always jumps in front of the camera. - R. Ferguson
LoL. This is a true once in a life time shot. - Bluesun 2600
precious! - Tammy Hoeck
LOL! Adorable! - Kevin Winn
Quelle jolie photo!! Très originale, j'adore;-) - Orangeade
Cool - Bob Lyr
uhuh, just excellent - TiTi
I think that must be the 'mini-wanker' the lake is named after. - Ken Morley
I love how the camera focuses on the squirrel rather than the people - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
This shot is hilarious!! This is a totally gorgeous spot. been there once. - Nathalie
Begging to be captioned ~ :3 - CannonGod
That's one photogenic little critter. <3 - Sung W. Lim
haha @ Jake Fudge. spot on! - stefan
It's so cute! It almost doesn't look real. Loving it!!! - Jennifer Medlin
So awesome - Mitch
love how its head lines up exactly with the horizon line. *So* much better than it would have been. - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
Unbelievable. - Ramene Anthony
See more about this story in CBC news - Carloe Stamp
I laugh ever time I see this. It is so great. - Jim Williams
^^)b - YungSang from FriendFooV2
lol ( in NY accent :) ) - Pinkpackrat
Isn't there a website where you can submit pictures of photo-stealers? This should totally be submitted. || Edit: Found it. - Miss Elle
excelent - Rui was only after Chipper received his prints from the local PhotoMat that he realized two humans had snuck into the background of his lakeview self-portrait. - .LAG liked that
haha picture? lol just kidding =] - Marissa
Bump. - Kol Tregaskes
Still funny! :) - Ken Morley
Nice Photo really ! - Michael Stuart
GOOD - hongyanself
Update on killing of elderly black Marine veteran by police: no charges will be filed -
Update on killing of elderly black Marine veteran by police: no charges will be filed
No criminal charges will be filed in the fatal police shooting of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., a 68-year-old Marine vet. He was shot to death in his White Plains, NY apartment after his medical alert device accidentally went off and signalled police to his apartment. According to reports, audio recordings captured by that device showed that a responding officer used racial slurs in addressing the man. Coverage around the web: CNN, Associated Press, CBS NYC, NY Daily News, The Journal News, NY Mag. Anthony Carelli, the White Plains police officer who killed Chamberlain, has been accused in a separate racially-charged incident of police brutality. - Winckel from Bookmarklet
It would seem that in the US - as in the UK - the police are virtually untouchable. - Winckel
Unbelievable - Ubikindred
Disgusting. - Heather
"My name is #KennethChamberlainSr This is my sworn testimony. #WhitePlainsPolice are going to come in here and kill me" - bcultral
Deaths in police custody since 1998: 333; officers convicted: none -
Deaths in police custody since 1998: 333; officers convicted: none
Deaths in police custody since 1998: 333; officers convicted: none
A total of 333 people have died in or following police custody over the past 11 years, but no officer has ever been successfully prosecuted, according to a watchdog's report. - Halil from Bookmarklet
it's one of those absolutely astonishing facts that we have never, ever, convicted a cop for the death (deliberate murder or culpable negligence or anything else whatever) of a member of the public held in a (presumably rather secure locked) police cell. - Winckel
:(( - JB
interesting. this is UK stats.. how does it compare to Stat's in US/Canada and the other parts of the world ? - Peter Dawson
*bump* see - Halil
Pay as little tax as Tony Blair - Yahoo! Finance UK -
Pay as little tax as Tony Blair - Yahoo! Finance UK
But despite logging an income of over £12 million across the last financial year, Mr Blair only paid £315,000 in tax. - Halil from Bookmarklet
The fact that plutocrats are in charge of most countries' governments explains a lot about the state of the world. - Spidra Webster
The system is set up so the more money you have, the more money you will get. The system is self-fulfilling. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
As many have said, the HMRC is more concerned with harassing people about a few pennies/pounds from low income self-employed individuals for example, rather than addressing these perfectly legal loophole means of avoiding paying tax. - Halil
*bump* in case you forgot... - Halil
to think, i named a cat after him - kendrak
kendrak, think of these poor kids, It is said that hundreds of ethnic Albanian children in Kosovo are named “Tonibler” in his honour. - Halil
The street is diminutive, with only eight houses on one side and two on the other. The houses were built in the 1780s, are Grade II listed, and remain one of the few intact Georgian streets in London. There are records of the small, bow-fronted shops selling ribbons and mousetraps, and previous inhabitants include manual workers such as carpenters. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Might try and take a wonder down here today - Halil
nice - Winckel
*check* forgot to update, went there a few days ago, it's a sweet little dinky spot, and College Lane is just as beautiful and interesting architecturally speaking, i wouldn't mind living there, lol - Halil
aahhh, makes sense now, I did notice the somewhat unusual street names, but I was unaware of this info: A network of streets in the north of Kentish Town was formerly part of a large estate owned by St John's College, Cambridge. Lady Margaret Road is named after Lady Margaret Beaufort, foundress of St John's College. Burghley Road is named for Lord Burghley, Chancellor to Elizabeth I... more... - Halil
Michael McKean
RIP Michael. :( - EricaJoy
RIP. :( - iTad
RIP Michael :( My condolences to family and loved ones. - Penny
Condolences to your family. RIP. - AJ Batac
RIP Dear Michael - DanDan
Fly with the angels my friend - VALZONE#NEWHIP
condolences :( - Holden Page
OMG.. RIP, Michael. - Thierry R. Andriamirado
:( - Mil∂d
RIP. :-( - Kol Tregaskes
RIP Michael. - Mark Krynsky
Attended Michael's Trisagion Service tonight, will go to the funeral tomorrow. Family OK w photos, will post as memorial to Michael. - Norman Demetrios Fletcher
oh...we weren't ready for this - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
RIP Michael. This is so sad... I just learned about his passing yesterday. :-( - Jannifer @wordsforliving
Miss you, Michael. - Half Pint
Wish he could have seen us tonight. He just may have. - Josh Haley from iPhone
"when tomorrow starts without me....." My heart and prayers go to you, Michael and you're family. May you're family find peace and comfort in the days ahead. <3 - Lynda Dmoch
Happy Birthday. - Mike Nencetti
no more pain. - Big Joe Silence
RIP Michael. ;( ;( ;( - rowlikeagirl
Coming on one year. I hope that his family is doing okay, and am truly saddened that we couldn't interact with him this year. - NOT THE CRICKET
Wow, I can't believe it's been that long. - Lola Bean (Penguin) from iPod
:( I forgot to bump this on monday. :( - NOT THE CRICKET
:-( - Ashish
I only new him for a very short time here, but I miss him. - NOT THE CRICKET
Happy Birthday Michael. - Mike Nencetti
Happy Birthday Michael. nice to see your account is still here. - Mike Nencetti
On FB he kept turning up on "People You May Know" even a few months ago. Bittersweet to see him there. Happy Birthday to Michael. - Half Pint
North Pennines: high, rain-glimmering roads, precipitous valleys, gritstone chimneys and shafts abandoned among the cotton-grass of the moors. Washing-floors and waterwheels by upland streams, stone portals in the flanks of the hills leading to the mines. The landscape of WH.Auden's earliest poetry: Head-gears gaunt on grass-grown pit-banks, seams abandoned years ago; Drop a stone and listen for its splash in flooded dark below. . . The seams of coal and veins of lead below the moors are rich in prismatic minerals as well as in metalliferous ore. Auden wrote in the 1930s of lead-mines in decline: ghosts of industry in remote country. But, in the 19th century, lead extraction had flourished in Weardale and on Alston Moor as part of the mining activity which stretched across the north of England from County Durham and Northumberland, to West Cumberland and the Isle of Man. See this link: - Halil from Bookmarklet
Papers in the case of a spar-box, recently sold at Leyburn in Yorkshire, establish a date in the 1830s, thus constituting a conjectural first dated example. This was an art that arose, gained a level of visibility in the 19th century, and then died down at some point in the mid 20th century, but sufficiently within living memory to be revived. In the exhibition of spar boxes held at... more... - Halil
Extra info/links: A spar box is an example of a type of folk art crafted by miners with the minerals and crystals they sometimes found within the mountains. ~ Killhope is a small settlement at the very highest end of Weardale in County Durham, England. It is home of the North of England Lead Mining Museum which is based at the old Park Head Mine. - Halil
Even more reading, only just found this essay, so I haven't actually read this yet. But the original article is worth reading if your interested in this subject. ~ In Search of a Hidden Landscape. David Walker-Barker and Chris Rawson-Tetley ~ David Walker Barker April 2006: Preface: I began writing this short essay a few days before the demolition of the tall and elegant chimney at the... more... - Halil
The National Spar Box Collection is held at Killhope. Spar boxes were a traditional art form in the North Pennines which flourished in the late 19th century. - Halil
*bump* - Halil
*bumped again for Spidra* FYI I can now 100% confirm that search no longer finds old posts. I searched for this and found zilch, but luckily posted the link as a DM to M F [who now seems to have left :( ] eons ago and found it that way! Not good! :( - Halil
Christmas Tree 2012
Lovely :) - Eivind from Android
It is at my Mom's home, where we spent Christmas Eve, like every year. :-) - Maitani
Merry Christmas, Maitani! - Anne Bouey
Merry Christmas to you, too, Anne! :-) - Maitani
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South of Iran , Persian Gulf,Teben :خلیج فارس بندر تبن استان بوشهر
Anthony Citrano
The Claim: Cold Temperatures Improve Sleep | New York Times -
The Claim: Cold Temperatures Improve Sleep | New York Times
“Studies have found that in general, the optimal temperature for sleep is quite cool, around 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. For some, temperatures that fall too far below or above this range can lead to restlessness.” - Anthony Citrano from Bookmarklet
Finally a study I believe! If I don't sleep in a cold room, I can't sleep. - Shevonne
Makes sense to me. It gets warm enough some evenings to where I have a hell of a time getting a good sleep in. - Jonathan Hardesty
60-68 seems REALLY low though. Dang, I thought setting the a/c to 77/78 was low enough already. - rønin
@ronin No way. 68 for me. - Shevonne
I can believe this. I much prefer a cool room, whatever the season. - John (bird whisperer)
Definitely have to have a cool room to sleep properly. Few things worse than waking up in the middle of the night sweating (and no, not in a good way...) - FFing Enigma
I don't want to be baking hot, but I can't sleep if I'm too cold. I get cold easily, and then my hands and feet go dead and white. - Kamilah Reed (K. Gill)
I was just talking about this to a friend who asked me to split the cost of a hotel room. I had to explain how I always keep the room cool, while bundled under the blankets. - Anika
Side benefit of sleeping in a cold room: Wife is much much much cuddlier. - Wirehead
For those who, as I did, wondered how cold you feel at 60-68° F : its's a temeprature between 16° Celsius and 20° Celsius. - Zackatoustra
Yes! I love sleeping at about 65/66 degrees. Like LLL, I like to use the big comforter. I feel more comfortable and relaxed if I can breathe the cooler air. - Katy S
Sent this story to my wife, who likes it a bit warmer for the kids. - Hutch Carpenter
I thought it was just me. My sleep is much worse at 76-80+ temperatures. Normally I like 72-73 indoors, so 60-68 seems cool. Maybe it is better for sleep. :-) - Mitchell Tsai
Hmmm,I normally keep my house around 68 but then I'm British and used to cold old drafty houses - Sally Church
i think there is also cultural preferences/biases. when we lived in the UK we were amazed at how almost everyone turned their heat off completely at nite, thru-out the winter. when we came back, we began sleeping cooler, and love it. - Thom Kennon
Good point Thom, I find American houses far too warm and stuffy in the winter. - Sally Church
Sally, I'm with you: 68 is good, but 65 in the winter is AOK for me as well. I can wear socks and a snuggly shirt for less than I can heat the house to 70. - FFing Enigma
So there is a reason I use my ceiling fan at full speed at night. Interesting. - Ryan Massie
Ryan - indeed. love a good sleepybreeze. although your comment reminds me of how many hotel rooms and other rooms I go into where the ceiling fans are set incorrectly... I used to work in a lighting store so I notice such things. ;) [it's supposed to blow DOWN during the summer and UP during the winter] - Anthony Citrano
I'm always frustrated by the fact that hotel rooms do not have ceiling fans. I have trouble sleeping without the breeze. - Dennis O'Neil
I seem to be at the 68 degree end of the range, while my wife seems to be closer to the 60 degree end of the range for our optimal sleeping temperatures. :) - Kristin of Two Everything
I knew it! - Shey
LOL, silly Scott! In summer, the thermostat goes to 74 at night. In winter, I usually set it for about 67 during the day and 65-66 at night. Bundling up in blankets and comforter FTW! - Ordinarybug Heather
i believe it. - Carolyn Chan
i thought it was the opposite. - Kamamiya
You forgot to include Leif Parsons' name on the artwork for this webpage. - Jon Craig
Jon, you joined FF just for that? The photo credit is proper on the linked NYT page. This is just a share. If sharing on the internet concerns you, I'd say you have your work cut out for you. - Tinfoil 2.0
Son of Groucho
Victims accuse Cameron of 'ripping heart and soul' out of Leveson inquiry | Media | -
Victims accuse Cameron of 'ripping heart and soul' out of Leveson inquiry | Media |
"Speaking at a press conference organised by the Hacked Off campaign, the filmmaker Ed Blum – himself a victim of hacking – accused Cameron of abandoning those he had pledged to help. "I think with Cameron's statement today, he's let down the victims of press abuse," he said. "He's also ripped out the heart and soul of the Leveson report and at the same time, some papers tomorrow will call him courageous, although the British public will know that the slippery slope towards self-regulation has also let them down terribly as well."" - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
What a truly spineless creature he is... - Son of Groucho
this news should cheer you up a bit: - Halil
Spidra Webster
Briton arrested for burning poppy photo on Remembrance Day — RT -
Briton arrested for burning poppy photo on Remembrance Day — RT
"A man in Kent, England, has been arrested after posting a picture of a burning poppy online on Remembrance Day. The arrest sparked indignation with free speech advocates, who note it in a line of heavy-handed responses to online activity in the UK. The arrest comes as British legal officials are considering a set of clear guidelines about what can and cannot be said on the Internet, reports the UK's PC Pro Magazine. "A man from Aylesham has tonight been arrested on suspicion of malicious telecommunications," Kent's police said in a statement. "This follows a posting on a social network site of a burning poppy." The 19-year old suspect is currently out on bail as his post faces further investigation. However, lawyers and activists are using social networking sites to chastise Kent's law enforcement officials over the incident. "Dear idiots at @kent_police, burning a poppy may be obnoxious, but it is not a criminal offence," tweeted legal commentator David Allen Green. "What was the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
The poppy was a puzzle to me when i came to the UK, lots of cultural pressure to wear it. Seems hypocritical to have all these ceremonies and gestures of respect for veterans yet nothing in practice. A system leaving veterans in the lurch, and people expected to donate to make up for it... very weird from outside. - Iphigenie
Yes, I've noticed that there's a lot of peer pressure to wear it. Recently I began to wonder whether there is a cultural tradition of these appeals in the UK. I saw a show about healthcare before the NHS and they said there were a lot of local charity appeals to raise $ for hospitals. There was also the Alexandra Rose. And there seems to... more... - Spidra Webster
Son of Groucho
Billionaires' basements: the luxury bunkers making holes in London streets | Art and design | The Guardian -
Billionaires' basements: the luxury bunkers making holes in London streets | Art and design | The Guardian
"Walking around the stuccoed streets of Kensington and Chelsea today, you are in for a surreal sight. The marching rows of doric columns, pedimented porticoes and dentilled cornices that define these imposing ranks of wedding-cake mansions have been joined by an unlikely addition to the classical architectural vocabulary. Poking up at regular intervals, thrusting outwards from their moulded openings as if performing a salute to passers-by, are lines of angled conveyor belts. Slowly rumbling away, they reach high above the trees, pouring a continuous stream of rubble into the cradles of awaiting skips. You would be forgiven for thinking that the residents of the royal borough have established a kind of coal-mining cottage industry. Or maybe they're digging for gold? "It is an absolute disgrace," says one elderly resident, out walking her freshly coiffed miniature poodle in between the rows of hoarded-off skips. "It feels like they've turned Kensington into a war zone." The reason for... more... - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
As if their obscenely large above-ground abodes were not enough! - Son of Groucho
floods and sink-holes. - Big Joe Silence
I'd love to have a basement. This gives me all sorts of ideas, none of which I can implement … I'm jealous! ;) - Amit Patel
Library closures may be unlawful, MPs warn. About 600 libraries across England have reportedly closed amid budget cuts. Others have reduced opening hours, cut staff or transferred the running of libraries to volunteers. -
Library closures may be unlawful, MPs warn. About 600 libraries across England have reportedly closed amid budget cuts. Others have reduced opening hours, cut staff or transferred the running of libraries to volunteers.
Councils that cut library services are at risk of failing in their legal duty to provide a "comprehensive and efficient" service, MPs have warned. The most widely reported closures include six out of 12 libraries in the London Borough of Brent, five out of 11 on the Isle of Wight and nine out of 24 in Dorset. - Halil from Bookmarklet
who needs libraries when we have wikipedia? :-/ and yes I'm being sarcastic! - Halil
Kensal Rise library stripped in night of books and Twain plaque Brent council defeats local campaign to save historic library, opened by Mark Twain, following ownership switch to All Souls - Halil
Stephen Mack
I make no secret of the fact that I am voting for President Obama in the upcoming election. As much as I disagree with Mitt Romney, I think he still should be treated with respect. Fellow Democrats: Think how you feel when Republicans use juvenile names/divisive attacks. Well, that's how they feel if you use an immature nickname for Mitt Romney.
Elevating the dialog requires both sides to set aside petty attacks. - Stephen Mack
Taking the high road also gives you the high moral ground. In contrast, sinking to the perceived level of the other side makes you just as bad or worse. - Stephen Mack
I say all that, despite my level of dislike for Governor Romney growing to its highest level ever after listening to him speaking candidly here: -- it's clear from his tone that he disagrees with President Obama but does not hate him. - Stephen Mack
Carry on. - Stephen Mack
Mitt Romney has used blatant lies as the basis of his campaign. When he's called on it, he just moves on to the next lie. I don't respect liars. I don't like giving negative nicknames to people or parties, I think it's dehumanizing, but I will not have respect for Romney or think of him as anything other then a complete jackass. - Heather
Heather, I think we agree more than we disagree -- I'm just trying to advocate the part you said about "I don't like giving negative nicknames to people or parties." - Stephen Mack
Also: Barack Obama's Truth-o-Meter ( 53% half true, mostly false, false, or pants on fire. Mitt Romney's Truth-o-Meter ( 70% half true, mostly false, false, or pants on fire. While Romney has a higher percentage, neither score is one to be proud of, in my opinion. - Stephen Mack
Politifact has zero credibility; most of their reasoning goes straight to the lame (and almost always wrong) 'both sides do it' and bizarro things like the recent contortion on the definition of rape. - Anika
I'm not a huge fan of Politifact after watching Rachel Maddow. - Heather
Hmm, Anika and Heather, most of the rulings I look at seem to be well-reasoned and cite sources, but what's a better neutral site that assesses what the candidates are saying? - Stephen Mack is relatively good. Personally, I just watch the raw the unedited videos, when I can, and make up my own mind. - Anika
Anika, I don't trust my own mind! I don't know nearly enough. - Stephen Mack
But I'll check out FactCheck, thanks. - Stephen Mack
Unrelated: If you try to type it as "" that doesn't work. - Stephen Mack
Agreed: Politifact has picked several high-profile instances where they went way out of their way to justify Republican lies and/or find 'lies' in Democratic truths in order to put a big thumb on their scales. See , , - Andrew C (✔)
Now I'm curious as to what is at - WebGoddess
Much false equivalence passes as balance and fact checking is just a MSM game to try and even up the balance sheet. The media wants a Horse Race not truth or honesty - WarLord
Blake: Redirects to a non-functioning domain, fortunately. :) - Stephen Mack
Andrew, I'm checking those links out now, thanks. WarLord, that's a fair point. - Stephen Mack
It's because the MSM push "moral equivalency" and the horse-race narrative that we need fact checkers so desperately. That in itself makes Politifact's attempts to massage the facts for thesake of the Accepted Narrative a load of #msmfail. (Blake & Stephen re Let's hope Cheezburger doesn't get any ideas...) - Dennis Jernberg
See also Victor's thread: - Stephen Mack
...and several other threads as well. - Stephen Mack
Look, I don't want to make people upset. I'm not attacking anyone. People can behave how they want. This is all just my opinion. But I view the way the world works like this: Most things are either vicious cycles or virtuous cycles. Disrespectful or hateful political attacks are a vicious cycle, because it enrages the other side, which makes that side behave worse, which makes the first side enraged, and then makes them behave worse, and the vicious cycle perpetuates itself. - Stephen Mack
In contrast, disagreeing while still being respectful, avoiding personal attacks, citing sources, using rational and reason-based arguments -- all of that is, I believe, a virtuous cycle because it encourages the same behavior in the other side. - Stephen Mack
Stephen, I just ignore them once they get disrespectful. If they're being disrespectful, there is no point discussing anything, because it's already a lost cause and neither side gets anything from it. - NOT THE CRICKET
Yeah, I should just shut up probably. - Stephen Mack
I guess that applies to you discussing this too, but I'm glad it's out there, cause I certainly wouldn't have started it. - NOT THE CRICKET
"all of that is, I believe, a virtuous cycle because it encourages the same behavior in the other side." really? IMO the Democrats were not remotely as vicious as Republicans from, say, 1992 through to about 2006, maybe 2008. They still haven't really put the filibuster unreasonableness front and center, either. And in all that time, Republicans only got more intransigent, not less. - Andrew C (✔) voting is just a part of the game. We believe that we shape our future with our votes. In every case any democrat would be better than any republican and we most probably will vote for any of them. But in reality it is a real joke and voting will not help for our future, especially in a political system like in US. - N/A
Oğuz, I'm sorry to hear you feel that way. I do believe voting makes a big difference. - Stephen Mack
Andrew, and have things gotten worse or better since the Democrats became more vicious since 2006/2008? I think you are proving my point, not disproving it. - Stephen Mack George Carlin was a great man who was trying to show the fun part of politics. - N/A
Oğuz: I 100% agree, George Carlin was a genius. - Stephen Mack
Republicans were on that downhill journey long before Democrats got tough(er). If they got crazier because Obama won the presidency, _that was a trade well worth making_. Far better than McCain fucking up the second great depression just so Republicans don't call Democrats quite as many names. - Andrew C (✔)
I'm immensely happier that Obama became President instead of McCain, but I don't think it's proven that the current (low) level of discourse is Obama's fault. - Stephen Mack
No, I didn't mean to say it's Obama's fault; it's the crazies who thought and think that Obama's victory is an insult to democracy and a justification for their increased craziness. - Andrew C (✔)
Okay. Look. One side has been completely taken over by a faction that is still fighting the Civil War by other means, and has broadened the front to include not just its peculiar institution but also modernity itself, playing neatly into the hands of some truly radical, very dangerous, and as a Jew I mean that literally, groups who want nothing less than the complete overthrow of... more... - Mary B: #TeamMonique
To clarify my original position: In no way is this saying both sides are the same. I think one candidate is better, and his positions are better. I think the other candidate will make America measurably worse in countless ways. I don't want anyone to ignore lies or crooked behavior. But we are more effective when we are less insulting, when we persuade instead of attack. So I feel. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
We talk about education and being competitive in science, and innovation, when we have an entire political party trying to outlaw those things? Granted, the plutocrats can make life plenty miserable. But the plutocrats are not the ones delivering votes on the ground. It's the batshit crazies who are doing that. And I have to live among them. Frankly, if I hear one more time that I went... more... - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Okay. I've said it. And nobody tell me the Dems are trying to abolish business. This Democratic party is so far to the right economically that Nixon and Eisenhower wouldn't recognize it, and Hillary Clinton, the Goldwater Girl, isn't too liberal to run the entire world. - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Hell. My family were Republicans until the mid-1980s. It just became untenable. I suppose the good news is that a helluva lot of families have experienced the same thing. Living in Missouri made the decision a little clearer. - Mary B: #TeamMonique 'Secret Video: Romney Tells Millionaire Donors What He REALLY Thinks of Obama Voters' some interesting notes on Romney's vision. - N/A
Oğuz, I posted that in my third comment :) - Stephen Mack
Sorry! Sorry! Sorry! How did I miss that. :/ - N/A
A further thought this morning: I don't think my preference that everyone be mature and civil is unreasonable. Even if you don't buy my arguments about virtuous circles and increased credibility, if anything, a way to further distinguish the two sides (fighting the ridiculous "both sides do it/both sides are the same" position) is to point out, "Well, we're the side that always tries to take the high road." - Stephen Mack
Since this came up again today: This is my opinion. It's my preference. Others have a different opinion. I'm not telling anyone what to do or what not to do. My opinion may or may not shape your actions, but ultimately you're free to say whatever the fuck you want to say. ( <-- Profanity for emphasis, does that make me more credible?) I despise rude behavior but I despise other things... more... - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Mark H
"Well where’s our bloody revolution? Seriously? The public reaction to the current dismantling of the NHS by the Conservatives has been, quite frankly, pathetic. Some people blame the media for the lack of coverage, but honestly I don’t buy that anymore. If there was a media blackout on the FA Cup, people would still find out the football results if they were interested; how can football be more interesting than your own health? There are even people working for the NHS who either don’t know or don’t care about the current threat to their employer; I know because I’ve spoken to them. I’ve had plenty of people ask me why I get so upset about this, and why I bother reading and writing about it. Well, I don’t know about you, but if I broke my arm tomorrow I couldn’t afford the bus fare to hospital, let alone the treatment." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
I feel the same way about the States. Yet I am convinced there is a level to which even our apathetic populace could fall where the crumbs they get aren't enough, the propaganda isn't enough to keep them passive, and they feel they have nothing left to lose. I'm afraid that it will be much more disruptive than mere picketing when that happens. - Spidra Webster
A police box is a British telephone kiosk or callbox located in a public place for the use of members of the police, or for members of the public to contact the police. Unlike an ordinary callbox, its telephone is located behind a hinged door so it can be used from the outside, and the interior of the box is, in effect, a miniature police station for use by police officers. - Halil from Bookmarklet
for Janet :-) - Halil
Wow! Brits had much cooler things!!! Thank you! - Janet
the first photo is from outside Earl's Court Tube. I pass it most weekends. It never opens when I snap my fingers. - Winckel
there's still some out there? - Iphigenie
I must admit I don't recall seeing any genuine ones anymore. - Halil
There's this one in Sheffield - Pete
it's where Clegg stays when he's there - Winckel
Conservatives still party of the rich, says No 10's top thinktank -
Conservatives still party of the rich, says No 10's top thinktank
"David Cameron has failed to end the Tories' image as the party of the rich and is paying the price as Conservatives struggle to extend their appeal to urban areas in the north of England, according to the head of Downing Street's favourite thinktank. In a searing critique of the prime minister's faltering modernisation project, the director of Policy Exchange, Neil O'Brien, calls for an urgent round of renewal in the light of Cameron's failure to heal the "party's worst wounds". Writing for the Guardian on the eve of the Conservative conference in Birmingham, O'Brien says: "Today the Tories urgently need a new round of renewal. Tory modernisation has not yet healed the party's worst wounds. It is still seen as the party of the rich. It does badly in urban areas, particularly outside the south-east." The intervention by O'Brien, whose thinktank has been an intellectual powerhouse for the so called "Cameroons", reflects the concerns among many modernisers that the project has stalled.... more... - Winckel from Bookmarklet
I'm kinda rich, all things considered, and they are NOT my party. Perhaps I am not rich enough :p - Iphigenie
I guarantee you are not rich - or poor - enough to be a Conservative :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
conservatism is surely a crime against the species - quite literally a crime against humanity. As for women, where would the value be in supporting it, given all they have done to hinder progress for women?? - Winckel
But Thatcher was a woman! /sarcasm - kendrak
I don't know if that was ever medically proven.... - Winckel
Chiron - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Chiron - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chiron - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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"In Greek mythology, Chiron /ˈkaɪrən/ (also Cheiron or Kheiron; Greek: Χείρων "hand"[1]) was held to be the superlative centaur among his brethren. Like the satyrs, centaurs were notorious for being wild and lusty, overly indulgent drinkers and carousers, given to violence when intoxicated, and generally uncultured delinquents. Chiron, by contrast, was intelligent, civilized and kind, but he was not related directly to the other centaurs.[2] He was known for his knowledge and skill with medicine. According to an archaic myth[3] he was sired by Cronus when he had taken the form of a horse[4] and impregnated the nymph Philyra.[5] Chiron's lineage was different from other centaurs, who were born of sun and raincloud, rendered by Greeks of the Classic period as from the union of the king Ixion, consigned to a fiery wheel, and Nephele ("cloud"), which in the Olympian telling Zeus invented to look like Hera. Myths in the Olympian tradition attributed Chiron's uniquely peaceful character and intelligence to teaching by Apollo and Artemis in his younger days." - Eivind from Bookmarklet
"A great healer, astrologer, and respected oracle, Chiron was said to be the first among centaurs and highly revered as a teacher and tutor. Among his pupils were many culture heroes: Asclepius, Aristaeus, Ajax, Aeneas, Actaeon, Caeneus, Theseus, Achilles, Jason, Peleus, Telamon, Perseus, sometimes Heracles, Oileus, Phoenix, and in one Byzantine tradition, even Dionysus: according to... more... - Eivind
Anne Bouey
The Great Wall without tourists.
Funny. I usually assume that most pics of the wall sans people are 'shopped. That must be an amazing experience. - Anika
I was there. No Starbucks :( - Jeff (Team マクダジ ) from iPhone
I think you went to a different Great Wall site. I think you said it was Badaling but not the main site? - Jessie
I think my experience lie somewhere in between yours and Jessie's, Anne. I definitely saw people, but it didn't feel crowded :) - Eivind
We passed the main Badaling site on our way to this one. It was crowded, but not like the National Week pics. Our site had only 10 other people besides our 12 during the few hours we were there. - Anne Bouey
My brother visited a more isolated area: - Anne Bouey
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