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RT @bantik: "Hot Summer Could Wipe Out Goth Population, Experts Warn" http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2014...
RT @bantik: "Hot Summer Could Wipe Out Goth Population, Experts Warn" http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2014/07/21/hot-summer-could-wipe-out-goth-population-experts-warn/
The New York Times
Why do Americans stink at math? http://www.nytimes.com/2014...
That A&W anecdote. Not surprising but still, WTF. - rönin
Stephen Mack
A compilation of the music videos for Weird Al Yankovic's new album, Mandatory Fun [Wiki link] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
A compilation of the music videos for Weird Al Yankovic's new album, Mandatory Fun [Wiki link]
A compilation of the music videos for Weird Al Yankovic's new album, Mandatory Fun [Wiki link]
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From the Wiki article: "To help promote Mandatory Fun in social media circles, Yankovic produced eight music videos for the album; one was revealed each day starting on July 14, 2014, a day prior to the album's release. Yankovic commented that 'there is no more music television' as there was in the past, and that 'the Internet [...] is the new MTV' that operates continuously. He took the idea that promoting a new video for eight continuous days 'would make an impact because people would be talking about the album all week long.' [...] The music video aspect of Yankovic's songs had been a past part of his success, but for Mandatory Fun RCA Records opted not to fund production of any videos. Instead, Yankovic turned to various social media portals including Funny or Die and CollegeHumor which he had worked with in the past; these sites helped to cover the production costs to allow Yankovic to make the videos with Yankovic foregoing any ad revenue from the videos. Yankovic chose to... more... - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
More: "The first music video debuted on July 14, featuring the song "Tacky". Produced by Nerdist Industries, the one-shot video features Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, Jack Black, and Yankovic dressed in tacky clothes and dancing purposely poorly while lip-synching to the song reflecting on the song's lyrics about a person who brags on about his obnoxious... more... - Stephen Mack
1. Monday, July 14, "Tacky" (Parody of Pharrell's "Happy") https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from Nerdist) - Stephen Mack
Also: Thursday, July 17, "Tacky" (live on Conan) https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from Team Coco) - Stephen Mack
More: "The video for 'Word Crimes' features kinetic typography created by Jarrett Heather, reflecting the song's theme of proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation." - Stephen Mack
2. Tuesday, July 15, "Word Crimes" (Parody of Thicke's "Blurred Lines") https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from alyankovicVEVO) - Stephen Mack
More: " 'Foil''s video, produced in conjunction with CollegeHumor, shows Yankovic as a host of a cooking show obsessing on the use of aluminium foil, slowly descending into conspiracy theories; it also includes guest appearances by Patton Oswalt, Tom Lennon, and Robert Ben Garant. - Stephen Mack
3. Wednesday, July 16, "Foil" (Parody of Lorde's "Royals") https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from College Humor) - Stephen Mack
More: "'Handy' was released through Yahoo! Screen's 'Sketchy' channel, and is presented in the style of a late-night informercial with Yankovic performing as a residential general contractor; the video also includes Eddie Pepitone, Justin Giddings, and Ted Hollis." - Stephen Mack
4. Thursday, July 17, "Handy" (Parody of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy") https://screen.yahoo.com/weird-a... (from Yahoo Sketchy) -- reposted by a random individual on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch... - Stephen Mack
More: "The video for 'Sports Song' plays to the song's theme, featuring Yankovic along with the Riverside City College Marching Tigers band performing a routine on a football field during the song; the video was directed by Yankovic with Andrew Bush and Brad Schulz and produced in conjunction with Funny or Die." - Stephen Mack
5. Friday, July 18: "Sports Song" https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from FunnyOrDie) - Stephen Mack
More: "The video for "First World Problems" was directed by Liam Lynch, and shows Yankovic, posing as a 'pretentious jerk' wearing a 'douchey blonde wig,' over-reacting to minor annoyances of a well-off lifestyle." - Stephen Mack
6. Saturday, July 19: "First World Problems" https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from alyankovicVEVO) - Stephen Mack
More: 'Lame Claim to Fame' is a stop-motion video directed by animator Tim Thompson, using a scrapbooking approach to show the protagonist's passing ties with various celebrities. Among the cut-outs of celebrities named in the song, the video includes pictures of Dr. Demento, the radio host that helped Yankovic's rise to popularity." - Stephen Mack
7. Sunday, July 20: "Lame Claim to Fame" https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from alyankovic) - Stephen Mack
More: "The final video released was for 'Mission Statement,' and was produced by TruScribe, featuring time-lapse drawings relating to the song's lyrics on a white board. The video took about 10 months to create." - Stephen Mack
"Handy" was July the 17th according to the wiki. Sports Song the 18th, and First World Problems the 19th. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - NOT THE CRICKET
8. Monday, July 21: "Mission Statement" (Parody of Graham Nash's "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes") http://blogs.wsj.com/speakea... (from WSJ via Vevo) [YouTube URL for Mission Statement forthcoming, I don't think it's been published there yet] - Stephen Mack
"Word Crimes" is definitely my favorite. - Stephen Mack
Thanks, Jimminy -- I corrected the dates above. - Stephen Mack
For me, it's a toss-up between "Word Crimes" and "Foil" :) - Brent Schaus
The co-branding I find fascinating. - Stephen Mack
And using a CSN melody for "Mission Statement"? Stroke of genius, imo. - Brent Schaus
I haven't watched that one yet. :) Tonight! - Stephen Mack
The big downside to his strategy of peppering his eight videos across different sites is that it's tough to find them all. Yesterday I was at a friend's house and we were searching YouTube (via the TiVo app) trying to watch them all, and missed half of them. It'll also be interesting to see if some of the better videos don't get as many views because of which account or site was used to post/promote, or if some of the more marginal videos get more views because of the traffic of the originating site. - Stephen Mack
labels (not just RCA) refusing to bankroll promotional stuff is a pretty common occurrence. has been for ages and ages. they sure want a cut of any profits made, tho! #LittleRedHen - Big Joe Silence
The album has hit #1 on Billboard: http://t.co/dVSO6q5KbL (via Andy Baio, http://friendfeed.com/waxpanc...) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Mahdi
Coffee Around the World: How Turkish People Drink Coffee — Smart Coffee for Regular Joes | The Kitchn - http://www.thekitchn.com/coffee-...
Coffee Around the World: How Turkish People Drink Coffee — Smart Coffee for Regular Joes | The Kitchn
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Eivind really likes Turkish coffee. :) - Jenny H. from Android
I love Turkish coffee :) - Mahdi
I haven't tried it yet, but I'm looking forward to when I do. :) - Jenny H. from Android
I love it too - Shevonne from iPhone
The first cup of coffee I ever had was a Turkish coffee. Now I'm hooked. :) - Ken Morley
I LOVE Turkish coffee. - Bren from iPhone
Me, too. Especially with real turkish delight... with pistachio and such. - Brent Schaus
I've never tried the fortune reading, that sounds like fun. Bookmarked for future reference :) >> http://www.mehmetefendi.bg/en... - Ken Morley
There's a Turkish proverb that coffee lovers adore to quote, especially if you're the type that likes to take your coffee black: "Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death and sweet as love." never heard of it. - akaşa
kandırmışlar elin gavurunu - acaib
ahaha acayip - püsünklet
Ben de Türk Kahvesini severim. - Terra Barselonevî from Android
ben de sporcunun zeki, çevik ve ahlaklısını severim - babeuf
History of coffee an article http://ff.im/11gxkU - Terra Barselonevî from Android
bg bulgarca oluyomuş. - hia
ya, teyzem girit'ten kahve getirdi. bi acayip o.O suda çözülüyor o.O kavrulmuş kahve o.O - hia
Eric - Back to the Grill
Border Sheriffs Perplexed by Rick Perry's Plan to Send 1,000 Troops to Stare at Mexico - http://www.thewire.com/politic...
Border Sheriffs Perplexed by Rick Perry's Plan to Send 1,000 Troops to Stare at Mexico
"“I don’t know what good they can do,” Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio told the Dallas Morning News. “You just can’t come out here and be a police officer.” Lucio and other sheriffs said they weren't consulted before Perry's announcement and, in Lucio's opinion, the police and Border Patrol agents were handling the small uptick in crime. "At this time, a lot of people do things for political reasons. I don’t know that it helps,” Lucio said." - Eric - Back to the Grill from Bookmarklet
Amit Patel
Woot, I was published in Hacker Monthly http://hackermonthly.com/issue-4...
Nice! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The comment from gggg was—interesting. - Professor A.I.
Also you've got one of the most popular posts of the past week still sitting on the front page, for you're updated interactive page. https://news.ycombinator.com/item... http://www.redblobgames.com/pathfin... - NOT THE CRICKET
Comment from gggg? I missed that. NOT THE CRICKET: yep, fun!! :) Also on reddit/r/gamedev and reddit/r/programming - Amit Patel
congrats! - imabonehead
Amit, the comment from gggg - http://theory.stanford.edu/~amitp... - NOT THE CRICKET
I thought Amit handled gggg in a very gentlemanly manner, and the red starfish-like avatar reminded me of the FriendFeed of old. - Professor A.I.
Ah, that gggg! Those kinds of comments are rare but they do happen. I try to be polite to everyone. - Amit Patel
Jessie
Red panda debuts at Taipei Zoo - Taipei Times - http://www.taipeitimes.com/News...
Red panda debuts at Taipei Zoo - Taipei Times
"One of three red pandas obtained from China’s Fujian Province made its public debut at the Taipei Zoo yesterday. Children thronging in front of the animal’s enclosure were elated to see Huan Huan (歡歡), peeping out from behind a bush. “There he is, how lovely he is,” they shouted in excitement. Huan Huan, the only male of the trio, adapted to the new environment more quickly than the others, so he was the first to meet the public, the zoo said. Huan Huan, weighing in at 4.7kg, is getting along well with his keeper, the zoo said, adding that his diet consists of bamboo, carrot, steamed cornbread and apple." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The three red pandas arrived on June 6, but had been quarantined after their arrival. They were bred by a research center in Fujian and given to the Taipei Zoo to promote breeding cooperation and help Taiwanese to understand the efforts made by China in wildlife protection. The Taipei Zoo has been trying to breed red pandas for the past 20-odd years, but the attempts have never succeeded." - Jessie
Mahdi
Steakhouse Roasted Mushrooms — A Food Centric Life - http://afoodcentriclife.com/steakho...
Steakhouse Roasted Mushrooms — A Food Centric Life
Steakhouse Roasted Mushrooms — A Food Centric Life
Steakhouse Roasted Mushrooms — A Food Centric Life
Andrew C (✔)
RT @BigRedDreck: "So many MORONS who are computer-illiterate," I say as I drive a magical 2 ton self-propelled system of steel whose oil I can't even change
Victor Ganata
Hmm. I don't know if Malaysian Airlines really deserves that much blame. It's their normal route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur which they've flown regularly without incident. I don't think it was widely known that the Russian sympathists in the Ukraine had access to missiles capable of shooting down high-altitude aircraft. What are the odds?
If airlines had to refrain from flying over anywhere with missiles, it would be pretty hard to get anywhere. - Victor Ganata
OTOH, Ukraine has been talking about these guys having these missles and they told other gov't to avoid flying over. - Anika
Airliners fly over Afghanistan all the time. If they were to make a change, it should have been to established flight paths for all airliners. - Eric - Back to the Grill
Maybe it's utterly naive, but even over a war zone, I'd think they'd just shoot military planes and not commercial jets. I mean, that's just bad optics for your cause, you know? - Victor Ganata
The switch from organized military to militia with the same weapons and no training. - Eric - Back to the Grill
Daniel Norton
"I'm not a scientist" isn't an acceptable answer from a politician. You're not an economist either, but you still pass economic legislation.
Jessie
Awww - the Chinese postdoc who I've been coaching on English oral presentations just got back from his dissertation defense. He said the dissertation committee was "stunned" by his progress in the two months since his practice defense. *preens*
Well done superwoman - Steve C
I'm not surprised. :) Good work, Jessie! - Anne Bouey
Tamara J. B.
So in love with the sneak peek pictures of Marina Skye from our photo shoot this morning. Squeee! I love, love, love her. Shout out to Bachmanville Photography for the wonderful pics.
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There's one picture I can't wait to see. I bought her a mermaid outfit for this session so I'm most excited to see how that one came out. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Andrew C (✔)
How To Talk To Babies About Marxist Theory - http://the-toast.net/2014...
"BABY: [builds tower with blocks] ME: ok this is very good under capitalism massive building projects are constructed through wage slavery and through their sheer size and scale intimidate and pacify the masses so this is a great comment BABY: [knocks over tower] ME: that’s right" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Scalia’s major screw-up: How SCOTUS just gave liberals a huge gift - Salon.com - http://www.salon.com/2014...
"Let’s go back to 2012, when the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s mandate for the purchase of insurance was constitutional as a tax, to fund the public good of healthcare. The issue necessarily now shifts to whether an individual or a privately held company has to pay a tax for anything religiously abhorrent that is less essential, or only as essential, to the common good as women’s ability to avoid unwanted pregnancies, including from rape." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"My husband, Tom, and I have been dancing gleefully with our Corgi Bessie in our modest home every evening since the Hobby Lobby ruling, because it’s clear that the conservative majority of justices has written itself into a corner in which it cannot refuse religious exemptions from selected tax obligations. The same preponderance of Supremes will have no way out of ruling, for example,... more... - Andrew C (✔)
I imagine the conservative justices will be able to adjust their principles regarding religious liberty to make sure the military-industrial complex still has financial support. - John (bird whisperer)
I'm sure they'll twist themselves into knots to preserve the status quo, but it won't do a whole lot for their legacy to be shown as relentlessly partisan hacks who made up the law to suit their politics. - Andrew C (✔)
Victor Ganata
A guide to the science and pseudoscience of A Troublesome Inheritance, part III: Has natural selection produced significant differences between races? - Nothing in Biology Makes Sense...
"Wade argues that genetic studies completed in the eleven years since the Human Genome Project was completed reveal real and important differences between human races. Unsurprisingly, the book’s release has been met with a sharply divided critical reception. Whereas the book has been widely embraced by those on the political right, and by the white identity movement, it has been panned by anthropologists, evolutionary biologists, and population geneticists." - Victor Ganata
"By Wade’s account, natural selection has dramatically reshaped the human genome, producing major differences between races. This much more dramatic interpretation is entirely unsupported by the literature, however." - Victor Ganata
"Wade repeatedly cites the statistic that, 'No less than 14% of the genome' has been changed by recent natural selection. This claim, however, is such a staggering misinterpretation of the evidence that I am almost inclined to think Wade must not have read more than the abstracts of most of the papers he cites." - Victor Ganata
"So, in fact, the Akey study that Wade cites in support of his 'copious' natural selection headline, actually shows that only a tiny fraction of the genome has been consistently identified as being under selection." - Victor Ganata
"Although it is certainly true that humans have adapted to different environments as we dispersed across the globe, the effect of these adaptations have been to create differences between populations within races (say, between Finns and Italians), not to create differences between races (say, between Africans and Asians)." - Victor Ganata
"So, despite the fact that skin color is the feature most commonly used to identify someone’s race, there is both substantial variation in skin color within the geographic groups that Wade identifies as races, and in many cases natural selection has independently produced similar skin tones in people of different races." - Victor Ganata
"For example, people living in the sub-continent of India and in central and south America appear to have independently evolved darkly pigmented skin as they adapted to regions where there are high levels of ultraviolet radiation." - Victor Ganata
"Amongst mammals, humans are unusual in that (some of us) continue to drink milk after weaning. Because most mammals stop drinking milk relatively early in life, the body stops producing lactase – the enzyme needed to digest milk sugar, or lactose. As a result, most ‘normal’ mammals are lactose intolerant as adults." - Victor Ganata
"However, among human populations that have developed the cultural practice of keeping dairy cattle, some people continue to produce lactase as adults. Remarkably, this evolutionary innovation has occurred repeatedly, with natural selection favoring the independent evolution of ‘lactase persistence’ in different populations. Examining the global distribution of lactase persistence... more... - Victor Ganata
"By and large natural selection has NOT produced major differences between 'races.'" - Victor Ganata
"widely accepted by the political right" Which also contains a large constituent who don't believe in evolution. - Greg GuitarBuster
From dealing with climate change denialists, it seems like there are a lot of people on the political right who will totally embrace (and cherry-pick) science when it supports their agenda and prejudices. - Victor Ganata
Victor Ganata
Not that anyone takes us seriously about human rights after Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and the NSA, but after deporting children, we probably can't say shit about human rights abuses without getting laughed at and told to STFU. #AmericanExceptionalism
Yep. - Jenny H. from Android
Act as we say, not as we do. - John (bird whisperer)
Jessie
How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Talent - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2014...
How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Talent - NYTimes.com
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"The 8-year-old juggling a soccer ball and the 48-year-old jogging by, with Japanese lessons ringing from her earbuds, have something fundamental in common: At some level, both are wondering whether their investment of time and effort is worth it. How good can I get? How much time will it take? Is it possible I’m a natural at this (for once)? What’s the percentage in this, exactly? Scientists have long argued over the relative contributions of practice and native talent to the development of elite performance. This debate swings back and forth every century, it seems, but a paper in the current issue of the journal Psychological Science illustrates where the discussion now stands and hints — more tantalizingly, for people who just want to do their best — at where the research will go next. The value-of-practice debate has reached a stalemate. In a landmark 1993 study of musicians, a research team led by K. Anders Ericsson, a psychologist now at Florida State University, found that... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"One of those people, Dr. Ericsson, had by last week already written his critique of the new review. He points out that the paper uses a definition of practice that includes a variety of related activities, including playing music or sports for fun or playing in a group. But his own studies focused on what he calls deliberate practice: one-on-one lessons in which an instructor pushes a... more... - Jessie
"One is the age at which a person picks up a violin, or a basketball, or a language. People who grow up in bilingual households fully integrate both languages at the same time that language-specialized areas in their brains are developing. The same may be true of many other skills — there may exist a critical window of learning in childhood that primes the brain to pick up skills... more... - Jessie
Stephen Mack
World Cup player introductions: A deep analysis of how soccer players fold their arms [Slate] - http://www.slate.com/blogs...
World Cup player introductions: A deep analysis of how soccer players fold their arms [Slate]
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OMG! This article is amazing. (h/t to Sam Grover, http://friendfeed.com/samgrov...) - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
I wish the animated gifs came over to FF properly. - Stephen Mack
This is super funny. =) - Yvonne from FFHound!
I love Assou-Ekotto! :) - Eivind
Read this again. LOL! - Yvonne
Mary Carmen
Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
RT @rwd: "If somebody tells you they tested their website on Android, laugh evilly and show them this slidedeck." http://slides.com/html5te... p much
RT @rwd: "If somebody tells you they tested their website on Android, laugh evilly and show them this slidedeck."  http://slides.com/html5test/the-android-browser  p much
Jessie
Church Founded in Sixth Century Has More Modern Views on Women Than Scalia : The New Yorker - http://www.newyorker.com/online...
Church Founded in Sixth Century Has More Modern Views on Women Than Scalia : The New Yorker
"LONDON (The Borowitz Report) - The Church of England, an institution whose origins date back to the sixth century A.D., has far more modern views about the rights of women than Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, experts said today. “In recognizing that women are the equals of men, the Church of England has embraced a position that is centuries ahead of Scalia’s,” Davis Logsdon, a professor of religion at the University of Minnesota, said. “This is a remarkable achievement, given that Scalia was born in 1936 and the Church began in the late five hundreds.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"But Dr. Carol Foyler, a history professor at the University of Sussex, took issue with that assessment. “I date the beginning of the Church of England to 1534, when it was officially established under Henry VIII,” she said. “But regardless of whether the Church is fourteen centuries old or five centuries old, it’s unquestionably more modern than Scalia.” As for Justice Scalia, he... more... - Jessie
Jessie
"One of the most influential sixth-grade science projects ever conducted" - http://observationdeck.io9.com/one-of-...
"One of the most influential sixth-grade science projects ever conducted"
"A 12-year-old Florida girl's science fair project on invasive lionfish has surprised even seasoned ecologists, and led to the first published paper on lionfish freshwater tolerance. Lauren Arrington's relatively simple experiment (put captured lionfish in water of varying saltiness, see if they live) revealed that lionfish can survive much fresher water than anyone expected . . . meaning the rapidly-spreading invasive marine species may also pose a threat to vulnerable life in brackish estuaries." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"(Her dad, an ecologist, rejected her first proposed experiment, which required that he touch dead lionfish to see if their stings still hurt. Lionfish stings are excruciatingly painful, with victims reporting that they "wished they were dead," so her father's scientific obstructionism is understandable.)" - Jessie
Although this was the bigger of the two discoveries in my opinion, there was also a young man who was pub'd as a result of his science fair project - he discovered that something in Truvia kills fruit flies. Both are the children of scientists but it's still pretty damned impressive to discover something as part of your science fair project that adult scientists hadn't yet. - Spidra Webster
Man I wish I was more creative with my school science project. Kids these days are impressive. - Heather
Awesome. :) - Jenny H. from Android
"one of"? what are the others? - Ken Gidley
Jessie
Men Swim Through Floodwater To Save Foxes From Drowning - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
"Raging waters were no match for two determined swimmers in Canada. Farm owner Colin Graham has watched a family of foxes roam his Saskatchewan property for the past several months. When flooding hit the province Sunday, he noticed one of the young ones was stranded on a rock surrounded by water. So Graham and his friend, Jordan Olson, did the only thing they could think of: They jumped into the floodwater to save the foxes, CBC News reports. "[They] have been sitting out on this rock pile near our house for all spring," Graham told the Canadian news outlet. "My sister wondered what happened to the foxes, so we drove out there and there was just one rock sticking out of the top of the water." Only one of the foxes was visible in the estimated 8 feet of water, but both Graham and Olson swam out into the flooded field to see if there were any more stranded. Bystander Derek Roeher shared photos of two men swimming through floodwater to save the foxes." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Me
Me
Carl Sagan Explained Death to His Young Daughter - Neatorama - http://www.neatorama.com/2014...
Carl Sagan Explained Death to His Young Daughter - Neatorama
"One day when I was still very young, I asked my father about his parents. I knew my maternal grandparents intimately, but I wanted to know why I had never met his parents. “Because they died,” he said wistfully. “Will you ever see them again?” I asked. He considered his answer carefully. Finally, he said that there was nothing he would like more in the world than to see his mother and father again, but that he had no reason — and no evidence — to support the idea of an afterlife, so he couldn’t give in to the temptation. “Why?” Then he told me, very tenderly, that it can be dangerous to believe things just because you want them to be true. You can get tricked if you don’t question yourself and others, especially people in a position of authority. He told me that anything that’s truly real can stand up to scrutiny. As far as I can remember, this is the first time I began to understand the permanence of death. As I veered into a kind of mini existential crisis, my parents comforted me without deviating from their scientific worldview." - Me from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Judge tosses Florida congressional map - Tarini Parti - POLITICO.com - http://www.politico.com/story...
Judge tosses Florida congressional map - Tarini Parti - POLITICO.com
"A Florida judge ruled the state’s congressional map unconstitutional Thursday evening, a decision that could upend Republicans’ advantage in the state’s House delegation and leaves open the possibility of redrawing the districts in time for the 2014 elections. Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis blasted the GOP-controlled state Legislature for working with political consultants to make a “mockery” of Florida’s Fair Districts amendments — passed by voters in 2010 — that call for the decennial redistricting process to be conducted without taking into account partisan makeup or incumbent advantage." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Melly
Emily was keeping me company whilst I was preparing dinner tonight. The radio was on and Rock Me Amadeus by Falco came on. She refused to dance and told me it was not a good song. I have no idea where I went wrong with this child.
She evidently has her own mind. So you're doing fine ;) - Pete
Can you exchange her for an updated model or do you just want to wait for the software upgrade? That sounds like a serious flaw. ;) - ellbeecee
What Pete, you mean I'm bringing up children who can think for themselves and make their own decisions? THAT'S JUST NOT ON. - Melly
Poor Falco. :( - Xabaras (G.O.)
Well, there is making her own decisions and then just being factually wrong... These are two different things!! - WebGoddess
*imagines rocking out while singing Amadeus, Amadeus, A-ma-deus, Amadeus, Amadeus, A-ma-deus, Amadeus, Amadeus, oh, oh Amadeus, come and rock me Amadeus* It would be for real, only the class that is reading in the library might be slightly bemused ;-) - Heleninstitches
Oh, go on Helen - I dare you!!! - Melly
I hate to bring the room down but I agree with Emily. *sets feet* - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
*GASP* - Melly
sorry, sugar. but it's not a very good song, IMHO. I put it in the Mambo Number 5 waste bin. - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
I agree with Emily too. - Pete
Next you'll be telling me this is a bad song https://www.youtube.com/watch... - Melly
(I can't stand Mambo Number 5, btw) - Melly
Melly, not even this version? http://www.youtube.com/watch... (I bought this for my nephew 13 years ago and then I lost my copy). - Betsy
In the grand scheme of 80s music, this is merely a blip. She can make up for it by dancing to the Thriller album and Madonna's debut album. - Corinne L
Steve C
One month. Haven't dropped him. Success!
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Cute. As. Hell. Look at that little guy! - Akiva
I love the way he poses. every. single. time. That's one photogenic kid. - Betsy
^^ ditto - Soup in a TARDIS
Damn. That is a good looking kid. And congratulations! (I fell with my son when he was about 3 weeks, but we both survived.) - laura x
Looks like his mother. :P - Louis Gray
He's ridiculously cute. :) - Jenny H. from Android
He is so adorable :-) - Sepi ⌘ سپی
He is the smilelingest (not a word) baby I have ever seen! - Janet
Smiling already.....huh? - Stanley Mathis
It's gas. - Akiva
He's so gosh darn cute. The faces he makes are everything! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
He's gorgeous! 💛 - mina_sydney from iPhone
That must be an XXL Santa hat. - Kristin
I keep looking at this pic. Just adorable - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Wonderful pic! - Shannon - GlassMistress
CarlC
In the late 1800s, the Detroit Photographic Company began printing a series of color postcards based off photographs of iconic places in America, such as New York City and San Francisco, and peoples such as the Seminole and Pueblo Indians. All produced between 1888 and 1924, the postcards were some of the very first color photographs of the United States ever. Though conventional color photography was not in widespread use until the introduction of Kodachrome in the 1930s, the Detroit Photographic Company used a process called Photochrom beginning in the late 1800s that added life-like colors in post-production. In the Photochrom process, trained technicians would transfer black and white photos onto numerous lithographic stones, each inked with a different color. The postcards were wildly popular at the time, selling by the millions at tourist attractions and in mail-order albums. Photographer and collector Marc Walter, who specializes in vintage travel photographs, has put together... more... - CarlC from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Kansas was supposed to be the GOP’s tax-cut paradise. Now it can barely pay its bills. - Vox - http://www.vox.com/2014...
"In 2012, Kansas governor Sam Brownback signed a massive tax cut into law, arguing that it would boost the state's economy. Eventually, he hoped to eliminate individual income taxes entirely. "Our place, Kansas, will show the path, the difficult path, for America to go in these troubled times," he said." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Yet though Brownback is running for reelection this fall in a deep red state, he's trailed his Democratic challenger in 3 of the 4 most recent polls — and his marquee tax cut appears to be the main reason. Kansas is now hundreds of millions of dollars short in revenue collection, its job growth has lagged the rest of the nation, and Moody's has cut the state's bond rating. "Governor... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"After the cuts became law, it was undisputed that Kansas's revenue collections would fall. But some supply-side analysts, like economist Arthur Laffer, argued that increased economic growth would deliver more revenue that would help cushion this impact. Yet it's now clear that the revenue shortfalls are much worse than expected. "State general fund revenue is down over $700 million... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"And the economic benefits Brownback promised haven't materialized either. Chris Ingraham wrote at Wonkblog that Kansas's job growth has lagged behind the rest of the country, "especially in the years following the first round of Brownback tax cuts."" - Andrew C (✔)
Really they just need deeper cuts and more time. Because growth is like magic. With a pen you can make it disappear. - Todd Hoff
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