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"A Soyuz 2-1B rocket was rolled to the launch pad at Site 31/6 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Wednesday in preparation for the final launch of the Soyuz workhorse in 2014 which will be the 22nd launch of the Soyuz rocket family this year - remaining the most flown launch vehicle across the globe followed by the Chinese Long March family, and the Atlas V and Proton launchers." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Live launch in about half an hour: - Mark H
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The Scientology Christmas Catalog Is Totally Insane -
The Scientology Christmas Catalog Is Totally Insane
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"Now, you might be wondering: Do Scientologists celebrate Christmas? Of course they do, silly-billy! According to this website, "Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard honored the great religious leaders of the past for the wisdom they brought to the world, writing that Scientology shares 'the goals set for Man by Christ, which are wisdom, good health and immortality.' It is in this spirit that Scientologists celebrate the holiday season, whether Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, or any other religious or cultural tradition."" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Heavy handed hate doesn't ring as funny, nor as effective, as it could without so much vitriol. - Michael W. May from Android
The $400 discman is by far the best buy in that catalog. - Eivind
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Mike Harvey - Taxi Photos -
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"Working as a taxi driver for 4 years gave me a great insight into the people and community of Neath. Thousands of people travelled in the small transient space of the taxi, and each journey had it's own unique interaction and narrative." - Mark H
"I wanted to document the lottery of people that occupied the taxi space, and the experiences that taxi driving gave me. Whether it be rushing a pregnant woman to hospital or being regaled stories of World War II by an elderly passenger, the taxi provided a space to meet, converse with, and learn from people." - Mark H
"The array of people that journeyed in the taxi were diverse. The shop and call centre workers, tradesmen, policemen, pensioners, prostitutes and lawyers, the publican, millionaire, undertaker and pauper, the school teacher, drug dealer, drunkard and postman - the old, the young, the rich, the poor, the sober and the high. The taxi passengers represented a small cross-section of society, and these photographs hope to visually document a slice of Welsh culture from 2010." - Mark H
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"Looks like Caz is knocked up again!" I said with a smile. The landlady turned to me. "No, Paul had the snip last year and I gave up smoking a few months ago."
And that's why I'm never going to that pub again. - Mark H
Victor Ganata
North Korea Is Not Funny - Let's be clear: "The Interview" isn't a courageous act of defiance against a dictator - The Atlantic
"This film is not an act of courage. It is not a stand against totalitarianism, concentration camps, mass starvation, or state-sponsored terror. It is, based on what we know of the movie so far, simply a comedy, made by a group of talented actors, writers, and directors, and intended, like most comedies, to make money and earn laughs. The movie would perhaps have been better off with a fictitious dictator and regime; instead, it appears to serve up the latest in a long line of cheap and sometimes racism-tinged jokes…." - Victor Ganata
"But it takes no valor and costs precious little to joke about these things safely oceans away from North Korea’s reach. When a North Korean inmate in a political prison camp or a closely monitored Pyongyang apparatchik pokes fun at Kim Jong Un and the system he represents—that is an act of audacity. It very literally can cost the person’s life, and those of his or her family members. To pretend that punchlines from afar, even in the face of hollow North Korean threats, are righteous acts is nonsense." - Victor Ganata
"What’s more, crowding the North Korea 'story' with anecdotes of nutty behavior and amusing delusions may ironically benefit those in charge in Pyongyang. It serves to buffer and obscure the sheer evil of a regime that enslaves children and sentences entire families to death for crimes of thought, while building ski resorts, dolphinariums, and other luxury escapes for elites with funds that could feed its malnourished people for several years." - Victor Ganata
"How many people would have watched The Interview and concluded that they should do something to help change this odious regime and bring about human rights for North Koreans?" - Victor Ganata
This was a real-life Team America and nothing else. Sony's decision was a financial decision and nothing else. The cinemas that decided not to show the film out of fear were run by utter morons and nothing else. - Mark H
"In Charlie Chaplin’s 1964 autobiography, the star discussed the backlash that he faced from Hollywood and the German and British governments when plans for The Great Dictator’s release were announced. He moved forward with the project despite these concerns, but years later suggested that he regretted that decision: “Had I known of the actual horrors of the German concentration camps, I could not have made The Great Dictator; I could not have made fun of the homicidal insanity of the Nazis.”" - Andrew C (✔)
The movie theater chains were also probably looking at the bottom line as well. I read somewhere that all it would take is about 5% of the audience not showing up during the holidays to totally wreck their profitability, given how much of a cut they have to give studios. - Victor Ganata
Mark H
#SaturdayFF A friend is hosting a "home produce" Christmas do at his house tonight. He and his wife have made a cider that they've named "Fisticuffs" (they have a reputation for blazing rows when they've both been on the cider, hence the name).
We're bringing along two bottles of strawberry wine as we altered the sugar/water mix slightly in one of the two demijohns we've had going and it's produced two subtly different types. These we're calling Slightly Cloudy and Clearing Up; weather-related names based on their appearance in the glass. It would be fair to say both wines have one hell of a kick to them. We've never gone in for all that "measuring the alcohol content" malarkey, instead relying on how much it clings to the glass and how much it warms the brain to guesstimate. We're guesstimating it's pretty pokey. - Mark H
We've also produced some Christmas Cake-flavoured vodka, using Finlandia as a base and then throwing in mixed fruit, cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmegs, and orange zest for three days. This we've called Laplandia Püd (even though we're pretty sure the umlauted u doesn't exist in Finnish). - Mark H
Other people turning up to the evening will be bringing homemade food. We're not sure exactly what that will be but that's far less important than the alcohol anyway. - Mark H
Sounds like the making of a great time. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Other drinks that turned up were a rhubarb vodka, a lemon/ginger vodka, chilli vodka, a "port" made from blackberry, elderberry, sloe, and banana, some sloe gin, and chocolate beer. Felt surprisingly okay when I woke up but the hangover has started to claw its way into my skull as the day's wore on. It was such a clear night that we also got to see meteors both on the walk to and from the do which was a pleasant bonus. - Mark H
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Photographs And History: The Face Of Virginia -
Photographs And History: The Face Of Virginia
Photographs And History: The Face Of Virginia
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I bought a 1960s-published book in a charity shop showcasing photography of Virginia by A. Aubrey Bodine which might be of some interest to anyone from around that area of the world. The book itself isn't just a great collection of imagery but a fantastic source of historical information and it's fascinating to also see the things that have changed since its publication. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
I grew up on Bodine's photos of Baltimore and Yardley's cartoons. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
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New Age Rape Culture: Astrology Pseudoscientists Blame ‘Rape-Prone’ Women & the Planets That Make Men Rape -
New Age Rape Culture: Astrology Pseudoscientists Blame ‘Rape-Prone’ Women & the Planets That Make Men Rape
New Age Rape Culture: Astrology Pseudoscientists Blame ‘Rape-Prone’ Women & the Planets That Make Men Rape
New Age Rape Culture: Astrology Pseudoscientists Blame ‘Rape-Prone’ Women & the Planets That Make Men Rape
"In nutshell, for rape cases afflicted segregation of 4th house is for distorted… self – fidelity… 7th… is for conjugal fidelity disrupted in equality and legality. 8th is seen for conjugal relation in inequality with force or forgery and intrusion,and lastly 12th house is seen for conjugal relationship with illegality and unsocial i.e. bed pleasure is shared with others… Moreover, weak Venus or its affliction in addition to this… prove fatal in female horoscopy for rape and sexual abuse…" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"[W]hen we see any house wife or daughter is rape prone we have to see the 4th house at first… 8th house females suffers sex relationship based on inequality and intrusion… male violence to 8th or its lord is very important to signify the rape prone chart…" - Mark H
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These Techniques for Surrendering to a Police Officer Might Save Your Life -
These Techniques for Surrendering to a Police Officer Might Save Your Life
"You're a black man who wants to comply with police, but sometimes they just refuse to take "Yes, please, yes. It hurts! I give up!" for an answer. Remember: police are human beings, not robots, not for at least five or six more years when, god willing, the Chinese finally put a stop to all this." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Try incorporating yourself. You will need to form a C Corporation to create a distinct legal entity which is impossible to shoot or arrest and actually indemnifies all employees against criminal liability." - Mark H
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They’re creepy and they’re kooky: Audition photos for ‘The Addams Family,’ 1964 -
They’re creepy and they’re kooky: Audition photos for ‘The Addams Family,’ 1964
They’re creepy and they’re kooky: Audition photos for ‘The Addams Family,’ 1964
They’re creepy and they’re kooky: Audition photos for ‘The Addams Family,’ 1964
"I had a good time looking through these audition photos for The Addams Family dated 1964. It’s just plain weird (and fascinating) to see other actors and actresses trying out for these iconic roles because I simply can’t imagine anyone else playing them." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
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Property From The Life and Career of Burt Reynolds -
Property From The Life and Career of Burt Reynolds
Property From The Life and Career of Burt Reynolds
Property From The Life and Career of Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds is auctioning off property which is a little sad although understandable and makes for some great viewing at the things he's collected during his lifetime. - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Son of Groucho
BBC NEWS | Magazine | The slow death of handwriting -
"Christmas cards, shopping lists and what else? The occasions in which we write by hand are fewer and fewer, says Neil Hallows. So is the ancient art form of handwriting dying out? A century from now, our handwriting may only be legible to experts. For some, that is already the case. But writer Kitty Burns Florey says the art of handwriting is declining so fast that ordinary, joined-up script may become as hard to read as a medieval manuscript. "When your great-great-grandchildren find that letter of yours in the attic, they'll have to take it to a specialist, an old guy at the library who would decipher the strange symbols for them," says Ms Florey, author of the newly-published Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting." - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
What's yours like? Mine is appalling... - Son of Groucho
Every so often I take the time to write notes down at work in cursive, taking care with everything I write but I tend to find that it doesn't take long before the legibility starts going downhill quickly as the speed of note-taking increases. My standard handwriting is probably only readable by me and not all the time even then. - Mark H
Mine's pretty awful but it's always been that way. I'm old enough to have had penmanship classes in grammar school and I never got an "excellent" in it. But I've been reading a lot of historical correspondence from the '20s when people wrote a lot more often and some people had terrible handwriting then, too. I've actually been wishing I had $ to hire an expert to help me read some of... more... - Spidra Webster
My handwriting is so so terrible. It used to be beautiful. I blame 9 years of note taking in university. :( - Jenny H. from Android
Me too! Nine years! I thought my seven years was excessive! - Son of Groucho
I think mine is nice. I make sure I write by hand everyday. My kids do have trouble reading it at times. I'm trying to teach them cursive, but it's daunting. - Anika
Mine is awful. - Walt Crawford
I've just asked Pete to buy me a writing book for Christmas as I need to improve my handwriting! - Marina's Godmother :-)
I love writing by hand on all the things. Journals, letters, cards. Notes for work projects. - Corinne L
Mark H
United Launch Alliance Answers Burning Questions about Orion's Rocket -
United Launch Alliance Answers Burning Questions about Orion's Rocket
United Launch Alliance Answers Burning Questions about Orion's Rocket
"When NASA's Orion spacecraft begins its maiden voyage next week, you may notice something alarming at liftoff: The rocket carrying Orion sort of catches itself on fire. Not to worry, says United Launch Alliance, the rocket's manufacturer. Orion's launch vehicle is a Delta IV Heavy, a mammoth, three-core rocket normally used to heave classified military satellites into space. Just before the Delta IV ignition sequence starts, valves open that control the flow of liquid hydrogen to the engines. Some of that hydrogen seeps out of the engine bells and lingers around the rocket. When the engines roar to life, the excess hydrogen ignites, creating a fireball that chars the booster cores. Occasionally, the insulation on the booster cores smolders as the rocket lifts off." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"What causes the charring phenomenon? The start sequence for the RS-68 main engines on the Delta IV booster must ensure that the pump speeds and combustion processes remain within limits. This complex task requires opening the main hydrogen valve at T-5 seconds, approximately two seconds prior to opening the main oxygen valve that begins the ignition process. This “hydrogen lead” start... more... - Mark H
If there's no Jedi kitchen scene with a light-paring knife, then they are just leaving product placement money on the table.
Immediately thought of this: - Mark H
Heh. I don't watch FG, but the tag was perfect. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
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America at the Trump hotel: The food is amazing – but you shouldn’t eat here, ever -
America at the Trump hotel: The food is amazing – but you shouldn’t eat here, ever
"The female bar staff here wear the shortest uniforms I’ve ever seen in a restaurant, anywhere. (The male staff wear regular clothing.) One of them stops every few minutes to yank her skirt bottom down, so it more completely covers her. It’s not sexy. It’s degrading. Her face is blank and white. America’s management calls its bottle-service staff “our team of stunning ‘America girls.’” Young, leering men and old leering suits pour into America in the evenings. If you build it, creeps will come." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"One evening, a Wednesday last month, we had ordered the $58 lobster Rockefeller and a $37 plate of milk-fed pork, as well as a bunch of appetizers. The appetizers arrived and we started in on them. And then roughly four minutes later the mains arrived, too. One of the servers kept referring to the lobster as “Henry” – as in, “How is Henry?” and, “Are you finished working on Henry?” I... more... - Mark H
"The second time I ate at America, I tried to check in at the hostess stand when I arrived. The two women working there were having a conversation between themselves, not two feet in front of me. They didn’t look up. It was as if I didn’t exist. This continued for most of a minute. Awkward. I told them the reservation name; they said the rest of my party hadn’t arrived yet. They showed... more... - Mark H
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Some Idiots Flew to Liberia to 'Cure' Ebola Patients with Homeopathy -
Some Idiots Flew to Liberia to 'Cure' Ebola Patients with Homeopathy
Some Idiots Flew to Liberia to 'Cure' Ebola Patients with Homeopathy
"It was only when they got to Ganta, a province hit hard by the Ebola epidemic, that problems arose. The team suited up, broke out their homeopathic treatments and tried to get to work on some patients. At which point the medical staff and administrators at the Ganta Hospital realised what it was they were attempting, before completely banning them from the ETU (Ebola Treatment Unit)." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"It turned out that no one in the hospital – or, it seems, the entire Liberian medical administration – had any idea that this team would be using homeopathy. The Liberian government had approved the expedition and issued visas on the basis that all four were medical doctors coming to support local staff. [...] The Ebola virus kills you by essentially dissolving the walls of your veins,... more... - Mark H
"The mission was organised through two organisations: the Liga Medicorum Homeopathica Internationalis, a key institution for homeopathy advocacy, and the German group Freundes Liberias, an organisation dedicated to promoting co-operation between Germany and Liberia. Freundes Liberias raised donations for the trip with this campaign. The page talks about a "team of 20 international... more... - Mark H
Good grief. - Jenny H. from Android
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My Favorite Airbnb Rentals At The Moment -
My Favorite Airbnb Rentals At The Moment
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"We are staying right now in a pretty Airbnb place in Valencia and are kind of sad to leave this place with an incredible view. So I started daydreaming and thinking about in what Airbnb we should stay next. So I did some research and these are the current place I would love to stay at (assuming I could ever afford it)" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
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Livin' the Dream with Green Stamps: A 1975 Catalog -
Livin' the Dream with Green Stamps: A 1975 Catalog
Livin' the Dream with Green Stamps: A 1975 Catalog
Livin' the Dream with Green Stamps: A 1975 Catalog
"I remember [Green Stamps] all too well. They were immensely popular during the 60s and 70s. In fact, the S&H catalog was the largest publication in the U.S. and produced three times more stamps than the U.S. Post Office! But then, as early as 1980, green stamps were over." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
They were Green Shield Stamps over this side of the pond and I've got faint memories of my parents collecting the books in the late 70s/early 80s. - Mark H
i remember this. my mom got a few things this way, including at least one toy for me. probly a bit of plasticware, as well. - Big Joe Silence
When I got married (1967) all our relatives gave us their Green Stamps, loose and in books. We compiled them and went to the redemption center to shop for our wedding. I got a set of dishes, flatware, a fancy clock, some pot & pans, a lot of household stuff. All for "free"! - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
As it turned out, we didn't know we had to pay the sales tax on those things. It was so embarrassing; we didn't have the money. We offered to go home and get it if they would hold our stuff. The man in line behind us paid the tax and said it was a wedding present. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Such a lovely gesture and a great story. - Mark H
my dad still has a pretty good card table we got at the S&H store when i was 3. - Big Joe Silence
My local store is doing something with green stamps. I mentioned these and the cashier had no idea what I was talking about. The lady in line behind me said I looked too young to remember Green Stamps. We got a lot of stuff with Green Stamps when my dad was still in the Army. - Anika
Around here, the last redemption centers were on military bases. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I loved looking at the stamp book & going the stamp store. I remember my mom saving up for a blender and some embroidered towels. I know she got more stuff but I don't remember what it was. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
My uncle still has a book for them, lol - Halil
I only know them from books. Nice to "see" them for the first time. :) - Jenny H. from Android
Do people still have punch bowls? - Halil
They still exist (sort of) and I have come across one supermarket in my area that prints codes on their receipts. And you can also trade in any of your remaining Green Stamps for conversion to GreenPoints. I think instead of merchandise, they give out gift cards now. - April Russo
I have a glass punch bowl I bought in the 90s, but all the cups are long gone. I only actually served punch in it twice, I use it for serving side dishes and mixing meat loaf now, mostly. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Mark H
Decoding the Lost Diary of David Livingstone -
Decoding the Lost Diary of David Livingstone
Decoding the Lost Diary of David Livingstone
"The last decade of David Livingstone’s life did not go well for the famed Scottish missionary and explorer. In 1862, his long-neglected wife, Mary, came to join him in Mozambique, but she quickly contracted malaria and died. Nevertheless, he continued on his mission to find a navigable route through the River Zambezi. But in 1864, seven years before his famous run-in with Henry Morgan Stanley, Livingstone was forced to give up and return to Britain after most of his men abandoned him or succumbed to disease. He quickly fell from public grace as word got out about his failure to navigate the river. Eager to redeem his reputation, he returned to Africa two years later, this time in search of the source of the Nile River. But yet again, his assistants soon began deserting him, and added insult to injury by taking all of his food and medicine with them. Starving and crippled by pneumonia, cholera and cutaneous leishmaniasis, Livingstone had no other choice but to turn to Arab traders for... more... - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The diary begins on March 23, 1871. Forced to team up with the Arab slave traders due to his deteriorating health, Livingstone found—to his dismay—that he was actually beginning to like these men. “The Arabs are very kind to me, sending cooked food every day,” he wrote in April. He told them about the Bible, taught them how to make mosquito nets and drank fermented banana juice with them, which he swore off in the next day’s entry." - Mark H
"On July 15, however, Livingstone was abruptly woken from his stupor. The traders—his friends—went into a busy nearby market and began randomly firing guns into the crowd and burning down surrounding villages, killing at least 300 people, many of them women and children. Livingstone had never witnessed such an atrocity before, and he was “crushed, devastated and spiritually broken,”... more... - Mark H
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The World's First Computer Has Finally Been Resurrected -
The World's First Computer Has Finally Been Resurrected
"Eccentric billionaires are tough to impress, so their minions must always think big when handed vague assignments. Ross Perot’s staffers did just that in 2006, when their boss declared that he wanted to decorate his Plano, Texas, headquarters with relics from computing history. Aware that a few measly Apple I’s and Altair 880’s wouldn’t be enough to satisfy a former presidential candidate, Perot’s people decided to acquire a more singular prize: a big chunk of ENIAC, the “Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer.” The ENIAC was a 27-ton, 1,800-square-foot bundle of vacuum tubes and diodes that was arguably the world’s first true computer. The hardware that Perot’s team diligently unearthed and lovingly refurbished is now accessible to the general public for the first time, back at the same Army base where it almost rotted into oblivion." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The ENIAC panels went on display at Fort Sill in late October, though some more restoration work remains to be done. The museum is in the process of obtaining a few new vacuum tubes, for example, to give the unit an even more authentic appearance. The panels will never be able to run any bona fide calculations, of course, but that’s probably for the best. Even in its heyday, ENIAC... more... - Mark H
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Steven Spielberg Wants to Remake The Last Starfighter But Can't -
Steven Spielberg Wants to Remake The Last Starfighter But Can't
"Remember the 1984 movie The Last Starfighter? Well, someone has gone and created a modern trailer for the film and it makes me want to 1) Watch the movie on repeat and 2) See a sequel or remake finally get made. Too bad that will probably never happen." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The only problem with a remake? It seems no one (not even Steven Spielberg) has been able to secure the rights to the film. At least that's what Seth Rogen says. Every nerd in Hollywood, Rogen included, has apparently been wanting to remake The Last Starfighter for years now. So what's holding up a remake? According to Rogen and Slash Film, the writer of the original, Jonathan R.... more... - Mark H
If it keeps Seth Rogen out of it, I'm cool with that. - Jennifer Dittrich
Probably because it was a Universal picture. - Jennifer Dittrich
YUP. *hides face in shame* - Big Joe Silence
Hey, I had to look it up (I knew it wasn't Disney, just couldn't remember the Lorimar logo.) - Jennifer Dittrich
i saw "Tron" and "Last Starfighter" in the cinema. by myself. i should know better. - Big Joe Silence
Side trivia: The star of The Last Starfighter, Lance Guest, went to the same high school I did. ( ) - Stephen Mack
Mark H
The Military History Emporium - Czeslawa Kwoka, age 14, appears in a prisoner... - http://georgy-konstantinovich-...
The Military History Emporium - Czeslawa Kwoka, age 14, appears in a prisoner...
"Czeslawa Kwoka, age 14, appears in a prisoner identity photo provided by the Auschwitz Museum, taken by Wilhelm Brasse while working in the photography department at Auschwitz, the Nazi-run death camp where some 1.5 million people, most of them Jewish, died during World War II. Czeslawa was a Polish Catholic girl, from Wolka Zlojecka, Poland, who was sent to Auschwitz with her mother in December of 1942. Within three months, both were dead. Photographer (and fellow prisoner) Brasse recalled photographing Czeslawa in a 2005 documentary: ‘She was so young and so terrified. The girl didn’t understand why she was there and she couldn’t understand what was being said to her. So this woman Kapo (a prisoner overseer) took a stick and beat her about the face. This German woman was just taking out her anger on the girl. Such a beautiful young girl, so innocent. She cried but she could do nothing. Before the photograph was taken, the girl dried her tears and the blood from the cut on her lip. To tell you the truth, I felt as if I was being hit myself but I couldn’t interfere. It would have been fatal for me.’" - Mark H from Bookmarklet
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"Well, I told you that it might not be my last pre-launch logbook yesterday. I woke up a bit earlier from the planned 5-hour nap and there's no point in trying to go back to sleep, so here I am, sharing a few departing thought. The doctors will show up in about 40 min to start a series of hygiene operations: before going to space I'll be as clean as I'll ever be, outside and inside (if you get the message, I'm not going into any details here)." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Now almost everything is done. My bags are neatly packed and will be taken to their final destination by my family, the backup crew and the ever helpful ESA support personnel. Hopefully, it's all properly organized: part of the luggage will go into my landing bags, one for the nominal landing site and one for the ballistic site. Part will go home to Cologne, part will eventually find... more... - Mark H
Stephen Mack
I'm not a natural-born citizen, but if I were to run for President, my platform would hinge on not just the usual liberal stuff I always go on and on about like voting rights, freedom of choice, minimum wage, drug legalization, etc., but these two items I would push in particular:
1. No more time changes, ffs. - Stephen Mack
2. Before Halloween, ONLY Halloween decorations. Before Thanksgiving, ONLY Thanksgiving decorations. Christmas decorations, carols, and sales before December 1 will be considered treason. - Stephen Mack
In conclusion, please vote for me in 2016. - Stephen Mack
Mr Mack! Mr Mack! If I could follow up on #2, what is your position on seasonal latte beverages? - Andrew C (✔)
It's a weak platform but it does benefit from being achievable so that's something. - Mark H
Andrew, thank you. This is difficult to say. You may have seen press reports about some of my earlier papers, written when I was in college (and highly impressionable), endorsing pumpkin spice lattes, eggnog lattes, peppermint lattes, and other similar fare. Let me be clear: I WISH TO REFUDIATE ANY POSITIVE WORDS I HAVE EVER WRITTEN IN THE PAST ABOUT SUCH ITEMS IN THE MOST STRIDENT... more... - Stephen Mack
Mark, my staff and I thank you for the glowing endorsement. I will now kiss your wife and/or baby and firmly shake your hand while gazing around the room. - Stephen Mack
FLIP-FLOPPER - Andrew C (✔)
I can agree with most, but I would propose a change in #2. Christmas decorations are only allowed the earliest of thanskgiving weekend. Its the long weekend to spend to put everything up. And they must be taken down by the 15th of Jan (This is leniency due to vacations, trips, and recovery from the holiday hangovers.) I would also like to offer that valentines and easter decorations/gifts/mentions are not allowed until a month before the actual holiday. #DownwithHolidayCreep! - Me
We have no babies (by choice) and my wife finds public displays of affection from strangers abhorrent. You'd still have our vote if you campaigned in a mankini, though, because we welcome challenging politicians. - Mark H
*puts on ball gown and beret* - Johnny from iPhone
*digs for blackmail material on Mr. Mack, hopes to make a fortune* - Brian Johns
CW, I would hereby like to offer you the position of Running Mate. Mark, you are hereby hired as my wardrobe consultant. Johnny, you are elected Chief of Chief of Staff. Sparky, you're going to be BUSY, there's an awful lot of dirt out there. Fortunately, I believe that thanks to my two positions enumerated above, I will be elected in a landslide despite my youthful "indiscretions." - Stephen Mack
You want us to elect you on your number 1 and number 2. Sounds like a typical politician to me. #shitofthebulls - Kristin
Stephen, I'd like to be your press secretary. This is a campaign I can get behind. - Corinne L
Welcome aboard, Corinne! Kristin, my #2 doesn't stink. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Where were you born? - Meg VMeg
Don't answer that, if it's, like, related to a security question or something. - Meg VMeg
My money is on Kenya. - Kristin
Ha! (England.) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
One of us!!!! - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
That's all the time we have today for questions. - Corinne L
*is escorted off-stage while holding up Nixon v-fingers and making Howard Dean yelps* - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Stephen, you are the bright spot in my evening. Want to come take over Sacramento city government with me? - Corinne L
Sounds fun! Are there a lot of kickbacks in it for us? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Of course! How about arena naming rights? Or perhaps free parking in perpetuity? - Corinne L
When are you going to post your birth certificate? And your income tax? But mainly your birth certificate? - Stephan
Please hold all questions until our next press conference tomorrow at noon Pacific Standard Time. Thank you. - Corinne L
You won't be running unopposed. I'll be running against you on a platform that includes year round egg nog, requires some actual pumpkin flavor in all things "pumpkin spice" (not just the spices), and allows nothing Christmas related until Santa enters Macy's at the end of the Thanksgiving Day parade, the way it should be. Halloween things will be allowed year round, for the benefit of... more... - April Russo
I want to pick this thread up and hug it. - MoTO Boychick Devil
Please refrain from touching the candidate, sir. Thank you. - Corinne L
PEOPLE OF FRIENDFEED: I'd like to announce my third key platform item: Any big-box retailer that opens on Thanksgiving will be levied a special tax on sales on Thanksgiving Day -- at the rate of 100%. - Stephen Mack
Can I be the one Fox News interviews after I accuse you of an impropriety and then rescind my statement? #iwantmy15minutes - Janet from FFHound!
Mike Nencetti
Nearing the end, holding her hand. Love my girl.
You're a good man Mike. - Mark H
You two are present in my thoughts today. *hug* - Marie
Loving hugs for you and Beverly. - Anika
We are holding you both. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
You are both in my thoughts. - Kristin
Much love to you both. - Corinne L
Mike, you and Beverly are incredible people!! strength and love to both of you ... (((((((Hug)))))) - Sepi ⌘ سپی from iPhone
Holding you and Beverly so tight in my heart today. - Half Pint
So much love for you both. <3 - Jennifer Dittrich
Love and peace to you. Endings are hard, but an ending that's as peaceful as possible is a blessing, to my mind. May she slip as easily as my father did. My thoughts are with you both. - ellbeecee
Peace be with you both. *hugs* - Anne Bouey
Wishing you peace, love and light. - Gabrielle from FFHound(roid)!
I've been thinking about you from across the state. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
*many hugs* - bentley
Love and peace to your whole family. You are wonderful, amazing people. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Thank you everyone. we do no know how long, she's refusing food drink and medicine. I think her body has stopped digesting food, etc. so there is no point in feeding her. we have morphine when we need it. Very fortunate she has had no seizures. - Mike Nencetti
Sending lots of love and prayers to both of you. *hugs* - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
*Love and peace* - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Sounds peaceful for you both. - Lnorigb from FFHound!
Love and peace to you both. - Mary Carmen from iPhone
(((((((Mike))))))) - Nellie Oleson
Our love to you both, - Pete
Prayers for peace. Love to you both. - Friar Will
Such honor you show all of us. Prayers of comfort for you both. - Janet from FFHound!
Love, peace, and grace for you both. - Greg GuitarBuster
Thank you everyone. we are on day two of no food or water. she is refusing oral medicine. fortunately the hospice is visiting at 8:30. i will not force anything now. we have to leave her this afternoon to meet with the funeral director at 1pm. Fortunately we have an aide who will stay with her.She coughs from the saliva in her mouth. the atrophine does not fully help this. she did get some rest last night. - Mike Nencetti
*hugs* - Anne Bouey
You are both in our thoughts. Wishing you strength and love ((hugs)) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Thinking of you both, you're in my prays! *hugs* - Halil
Sending so much love right now. *hugs* - Jenny H. from Android
Much love and peace to all of you, Mike. - Prairie & I Know It
Thanks everyone, we are on day 3 of no food and water. Still stable condition. Sleeping most of the day. So it's just sit and wait. I'm good. - Mike Nencetti
*hug* - Kevin Johnson from Android
*hug* - Marie
Peace be with you both. - Irrational Numbers
Peace and love to you both - Victor Ganata
(Mike) - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
we are getting some water in with a dropper. we just have to be careful it does not go into the lungs. - Mike Nencetti
*hugs* Thinking of you and Beverly, Mike. - Stephen Mack
Continuing to pray for you and Beverly. - Jim #teamFFrank
Oceans of love, to the both of you:* - Monaca di V.le Monza from BuddyFeed
Gentle hugs for Beverly and big hugs for you, Mike. - Anne Bouey
Thinking of you. - Meg VMeg
*Hugs* - Brixie
For those following this thread. it is the start of day 6 without food or water. she has to be kept very still. we stopped daily baths, as it is painful, and the rehydration is prolonging her suffering. we will need to give her morphine before we try to change her. her lungs are clear as of yesterday. We have no means to communicate with her. skin rashes are under control. We lost... more... - Mike Nencetti
Thinking of you Mike and sending hugs. - Galadriel C. from Android
Thank you for the update. Thinking of you both every day. *hugs* - bentley
A big hug, Mike. I pray the Lord have mercy. - Monaca di V.le Monza from BuddyFeed
Oh God. Thank you for update. I wish God has mercy… - Irrational Numbers
My thoughts are with you both. May Beverly be at peace. - J. Marie B
May you both find peace. *hugs* - Anne Bouey
Mike, may she soon be free of this pain and suffering. Holding you in my prayers, still. - Janet
*hug* - Marie
I'm so sorry and I hope the pain is over soon. *hugs* - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I'm so sorry, Mike. Sending prayers of peace and mercy. - Corinne L
Love, peace, and comfort to you all. - joey
Yes we are on day 9 without food or water. The RN said it could be at any time. It has been rough, but the nurse said we have done a good job. We just wait and administer morphine on a schedule. ... and tell her we love her. - Mike Nencetti
You are both in my prayers and thoughts. Wishing you both peace and comfort. *hugs* - Anne Bouey
Wow, Mike. Holding you both in prayer. You're a good man. - Prairie & I Know It from Android
You are in my thoughts. I am so sorry - Elena
Love and strength to you both, Mike ((hugs)) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
She passed peacefully at 8am this morning. I was by her side. uncommunicative, but she did have tears when I told her I loved her and goodbye. - Mike Nencetti
Oh Mike. I am so sorry :'(. My deepest simpathy - Monaca di V.le Monza
((Hugs)) thank you for sharing with us, Mike, and sincere condolences to you and your family. May Beverly rest in peace, - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Our thoughts are with her, and all who loved her. - Pete
Thank you for sharing mike. Love to you and yours. How terribly sad to lose her and how wonderful to have had her in your life. May peace find you. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Much love to you and your family for sending Beverly home peacefully and lovingly. - Anika
followed silently your posts for months, thank you for sharing with us. my condolences to you and your loved ones ((((((hugs))))))) - ((°}
another silent bystander sending you love and grace and admiration. - Jenica
Hugs Mike, sorry for your loss. I'm sure she knew how much you loved her. - Brixie
I'm glad she's at peace. I'm so sorry for your loss. - Prairie & I Know It
I'm very sorry for your loss. Thank you very much for sharing her with us. *hugs* - bentley
My deepest and sincere condolences, Mike. - Eivind from Android
I'm so sorry, Mike. May Beverly rest in peace. May you find comfort and peace, too. *hugs* - Anne Bouey
My condolences, Mike. - MoTO Boychick Devil
So sorry Mike. Glad you got to be there at the end. *hugs* - Jaclyn aka spamgirl
I'm so sorry, Mike. My deepest condolences. - Jennifer Dittrich
You have my deepest sympathies, Mike. - Bren from iPhone
*hugs* I'm sorry, Mike. - John (bird whisperer)
*hugs* sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing. - Gabrielle from FFHound(roid)!
Thank you for sharing this journey with us. Please know that we are still thinking of you. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I'm so sorry Mike. My thoughts are with you and your family. - Me
So sorry, my condolences, you're in my thoughts and prays. *hugs* - Halil from FFHound(roid)!
Our thoughts are with you. I'm sorry for your loss. - Marie
My condolences, Mike. Peace and comfort to you and your family. - Corinne L
I'm so sorry. I've been thinking about you and your family & will continue to do so. May you all find peace. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Blessings peace and love to you and your family. - RetiredTeacherD
Wishing Beverly a beautiful and peaceful rest. And wishing you and all who love Beverly peace. My deepest condolences. - Half Pint
You and your family are in my thoughts. *hugs* - Kristin
Sending condolences to you and your family Mike. Wishing Beverly peace and good wishes. - Galadriel C. from Android
My thoughts and condolences for you and your family, Mike. Thank you for sharing this part of your life experience. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
So very sorry for your loss. Many hugs to you and your family. - Elena
I am very sorry for your loss, Mike. - Stephan
May she rest in peace. Love and peace to you and your family. - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Mark H
German town plays prank on neo-Nazis -
German town plays prank on neo-Nazis
German town plays prank on neo-Nazis
"For decades, neo-Nazis have traveled to the southeastern German town of Wunsiedel, where Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's deputy, was buried until 2011. The right-wing extremists march through the town in commemoration of Hess year after year, glorifying the horrors of the Third Reich. [...] Although Wunsiedel's inhabitants had observed the march from a distance over the past years, this Nov. 15, some of them welcomed the neo-Nazi protesters effusively with rainbow confetti and even cheered for them. [...] The group Rights versus Rights (Rechts gegen Rechts) had come up with a new way to protest the annual neo-Nazi march: For every meter the neo-Nazis walked, local businesses and residents would donate $12.50 to a nongovernmental organization devoted to making it easier for neo-Nazis to leave behind their hateful politics." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"The 200 neo-Nazis had only two choices when they got to know about the plan: Either they proceeded, indirectly donating money to the EXIT Germany initiative, or they acknowledged their defeat and suspended the march. The neo-Nazis decided to pursue their plans — and participated in raising funds for an organization committed to their downfall. According to a news release by the... more... - Mark H
I cannot love this enough. - MoTO Boychick Devil
Those neo-nazis got trolled hard. - Johnny
<3 - Eivind
Mark H
Neil deGrasse Tyson's Tweets Critiquing the Science Behind "Annabelle" -
Neil deGrasse Tyson's Tweets Critiquing the Science Behind "Annabelle"
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"Following his takedown of the so-called science of sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson turned his attention to the possessed doll horror film Annabelle. Despite claims by the film's creators that Annabelle was "based on a true story," Tyson seemed to think the science was far from reality. In a scathing series of tweets, he revealed a number of glaring scientific flaws in the movie, which dealt with a murderous doll." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
I think he's joking, right? - Shevonne
probly not even real tweets. - Big Joe Silence
Or he could be punking himself? - Todd Hoff
i can't be arsed to hop onto twitter to check his account to see if these are legit. imma go nap. :P - Big Joe Silence
(Curtis) Alan Jackson
What Career Are You Meant For? -
What Career Are You Meant For?
"You are a very analytic, calculated and smart. Your thirst for knowledge knows no boundaries, you always question everything and are always looking for something new to explore. You were meant to invent and discover new things this world has never known before." - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
"Social Activist: You are a very emotional, ambitious and stubborn person. In the past, these traits got you in a lot of trouble, but now you can actually make a huge difference in this world thanks to them. You were meant to take what you've learned so far in life and use it to help others in need" - Soup in a TARDIS
Mine was writer, but the phone won't let me cut and paste the text. - Prairie & I Know It from Android
Scientist here too. - Mark H
"Therapist:You are a very warm, compassionate and sensitive person. You like to help others in need, and inspire others with your work. You were meant to better people's lives and make them happier" Not too far off from my career. - Janet
Mark H
When did insects evolve? -
When did insects evolve?
"Dated phylogenetic tree of insect relationships. The tree was inferred through a maximum-likelihood analysis of 413,459 amino acid sites divided into 479 metapartitions. Branch lengths were optimized and node ages estimated from 1,050,000 trees sampled from trees separately generated for 105 partitions that included all taxa. All nodes up to orders are labeled with numbers (gray circles). Colored circles indicate bootstrap support (left key). The time line at the bottom of the tree relates the geological origin of insect clades to major geological and biological events. CONDYLO, Condylognatha; PAL, Palaeoptera." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
Mark H
Karl Stefanovic's sexism experiment: Today presenter wears same suit for a year -
Karl Stefanovic's sexism experiment: Today presenter wears same suit for a year
"Angered by the sexism he saw being heaped upon his female colleagues – and attempts to downplay it – Karl Stefanovic decided to conduct an experiment. He wore the same blue suit on air, two days in a row. Then three. A month ticked by without a ripple. Now, a full year has passed – and he is still wearing the same cheap Burberry knock-off, every morning, on Channel Nine's Today program." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Not a single audience member has asked about it, he says. Fashion commentators and other media also seem oblivious. Yet co-host Lisa Wilkinson still receives regular and unsolicited fashion appraisals, as she revealed in her well-received Andrew Olle lecture last year. ("Who the heck is Lisa's stylist?" one emailer demanded to know. "Today's outfit is particularly jarring and awful.... more... - Mark H
Well, to be fair, the suit looks pretty good on him. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
gosh! i love this man! - رامین
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