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    My annual stash of Girl Scout Thin Mints (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by caseyOR on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 01:35:11 PM EST
    arrived last night. Ummmm. Breakfast of Champions.

    Mine went right into the freezer as I am of the tribe who likes Thin Mints very chilled.

    I like most sweets chilled (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by McBain on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 01:43:00 PM EST
    My guilty pleasures include frozen Reese's peanut butter cups.  I'm trying to kick the habit but it's hard.

    My dealer (none / 0) (#7)
    by jbindc on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 01:43:46 PM EST
    I mean, my coworker already got me 5 boxes - 3 Thin Mint and 2 Tagalongs.

    And I think the evil, I mean cute, little girls will be at the grocery store across the street this weekend.


    My Friend Calls Them Snippers... (none / 0) (#24)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:31:14 PM EST
    ...because they are always waiting outside stores to get ya and you can't say no.

    Funny thing, everyone here buys them but me, but then I think they feel guilty about it and leave them in the breakroom for the community.  I eat them guilt free.


    I just give them a couple bucks to put (none / 0) (#34)
    by Anne on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:50:09 PM EST
    in the contribution jar and skip the cookies; it's all profit for them, and I don't go home with calories we don't need.  

    The troop (none / 0) (#48)
    by jbindc on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:31:55 PM EST
    Gets about 10-15% of every box sold, the local council gets about 70%, and the bandits get the rest.

    Yep. (none / 0) (#74)
    by Zorba on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 04:48:35 PM EST
    That's what I recall.
    Mr. Zorba always considered the whole GS Cookie thing almost a scam, because the local troops didn't get that much, and the Girl Scouts were using the girls to make money.
    Yes, our troop did get some money back, and the local Councils did use the money for some great things, like various Girl Scout Camps and other stuff.
    The individual girls did learn some great things, and made some great friends, and we provided ways for them to give back to their communities.
    But they mainly got......badges.
    When our kids joined 4-H, Mr. Zorba was much more impressed with it.  The kids still made friends, gave back to the community, and learned a lot.
    But no cookies to sell (we did some fund raisers, but the individual clubs got most of the money).
    And the kids got actual money, rather than badges.
    When my kids showed their stuff at the County Fair in the 4-H Building, they received money for the ribbons they won, the higher the ribbon, the more money they got.
    And when the kids had their livestock (which they had taken care of, worked with, and shown) auctioned off, the kids got that money.
    The kids also had to keep detailed track of what they did, how much they spent, and how much they earned.

    It's that time!... (none / 0) (#11)
    by kdog on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 01:48:57 PM EST
    I stopped by my moms last night, her co-worker musta got her good because she had thin mints in spades.  I stole a box;)

    The Girl Scout cartel, er, organization (none / 0) (#13)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 01:52:14 PM EST
    has raised the price to $5/box this year, but we were jonesing bad, so we paid up no complaints.

    My dealer must have been trying (none / 0) (#14)
    by caseyOR on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 01:56:07 PM EST
    to undercut the competition. I got my Thin Mints for $4/box.

    They were (none / 0) (#20)
    by Zorba on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:11:22 PM EST
    $4/box here, too.

    and some in the South only pay $3.50.

    The prices are probably set (none / 0) (#33)
    by Zorba on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:49:15 PM EST
    By the councils.
    From the dim recesses of my memory, when I was a Girl Scout leader, our troop had to send the money to our local Council.  The troop itself got some of it.  Maybe 10-15% of the price, as I recall.

    Evidently the price of the cookies (none / 0) (#47)
    by MO Blue on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:30:30 PM EST
    vary by region. Cookie are $4. a box here.

    Some Girl Scout regional councils are increasing prices on their cookies for the first time in a decade, Time reports. In San Diego, Orange County and Greater Los Angeles, a box of Thin Mints will cost you $5, up from $4 a year ago. In parts of the South, prices will rise to $4 a box from $3.50

    This increase will bring more money into local scout troops, about 27% more per box by their estimates. Each council sets prices in its own region (in the New York area, prices are staying at $4.)

    Our neighbors have three daughters who ... (none / 0) (#21)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:15:24 PM EST
    ... have been Brownies and Girl Scouts. We're always the first ones who are hit up annually, and like heroin addicts, we fork over the cash in order to achieve temporary bliss. Personally, I prefer the lemon cookies and macaroons. Everyone else in our household likes the mints.

    I tell (none / 0) (#49)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:35:50 PM EST
    all the girl scouts that the first one that hits my house has hit hte motherlode. My husband spends so much money on those things he's probably funding the local troop all by himself.

    Aloha, Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015). (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 01:36:20 PM EST
    If Nimoy was a simply "pop culture figure" and "one-hit wonder" as some acerbic critics would insist, then he was one whose popularity and influence transcended several generations of fans for nearly half a century.

    The 83-year-old actor, who became known worldwide as the iconic Mr. Spock of the "Star Trek" TV series (1966-69) and subsequent films, died today Friday at home in Bel Air, CA of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.

    Nimoy once admitted to not having given much thought to the character of Mr. Spock when offered the part for the TV series. "It was a job," he once said in a TV interview, "and likely one that I figured wasn't going to last too long." Still, he received three successive Emmy nominations during the show's three-year run, before it was cancelled by NBC in 1969.

    But the show's cult following only grew rather than waned, and it proved so popular in syndication that the entire original cast was resurrected in 1979 as "Star Trek: The Motion Picture." Nimoy stayed with them for five more "Star Trek" films over the next 16 years, before they all retired their roles collectively in 1996 with the release of "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country."

    Nimoy came out of retirement in 2009 to once again reprise the role in the latest reboot of "Star Trek" films, as an elder Spock who through the act of time travel would eventually meet and mentor his younger and more headstrong self, as played by Zachary Quinto. Following the release of "Star Trek Into Darkness" in 2013, he announced that he had COPD and was retiring from the role, once and for all.

    He will be both missed and remembered.

    Nimoy was, by all accounts, (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by caseyOR on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 01:40:59 PM EST
    a very nice man who always treated Spock and Star Trek fans with kindness and respect. He may not have taken Spock all that seriously, all the time, but he took the fans seriously.

    I think you will appreciate ... (none / 0) (#51)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:39:24 PM EST
    ... Charles Pierce's personal remembrance of the man in one of his blog posts today.

    Can't you just imagine Spock (5.00 / 1) (#77)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 05:09:49 PM EST
    and Mork meeting up in the here after?

    Very sad (5.00 / 3) (#29)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:38:59 PM EST
    like losing a old friend.  The Galaxy is a less interesting place today.

    Nimoy was a very good actor. (none / 0) (#42)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:20:53 PM EST
    My favorite non-"Star Trek" role of his was David, the malevolent pop psychiatrist in the 1978 remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," a film which in my opinion is easily the equal of the much-praised original.

    He also played opposite Ingrid Bergman as Gold Meir's estranged husband on the 1982 TV miniseries, "A woman Called Golda," and was quite memorable as an Aushwitz death camp survivor who took a bunch of holocaust denialists to court in the 1991 film "Never Forget."

    And of course, Leonard Nimoy had a camp sensibility, and he wasn't above spoofing his "Star Trek" alter ago, as he did in a voice cameo as a tiny Spock doll who torments Sheldon in "The Big Bang Theory."



    I was just looking at his IMDB list (none / 0) (#50)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:36:23 PM EST
    wow.  What a legacy.  Beginning the year I was born.  On Queen For A Day.  My mom loved that show.

    'Saw him on stage once (none / 0) (#78)
    by christinep on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 05:10:57 PM EST
    as Sherlock Holmes in the "Seven Percent Solution."  (He fit that role well, also.)

    One of the top 10 sci fi charaters of all time (none / 0) (#9)
    by McBain on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 01:46:25 PM EST
    in my book. I still cry every time I watch him die at the end of Wrath of Kahn.  

    As I walked out the door this AM (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 01:47:11 PM EST
    my wife and kids were watching the news on ch 5 (KTLA) and they and the newscasters were enjoying video and story of a couple llamas that got loose and went on a light-hearted romp on the streets of Sun City, AZ, for and hour or so this AM. "Llama Drama."

    Anyway, the story ended well. In true 'Murica fashion a pickup truck pulled up next to them and a guy standing in the bed of the truck with a lasso threw it over their heads and caught them up quick as you please.

    It was pretty cool to see.

    The kicker was after the story the newscasters cut to a photo of Brian Williams and on the photo he is quoted as saying "So there I was, chasing the llamas."

    Best Llama line (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:33:18 PM EST
    "naturally they caught the black one first"

    Ha! (none / 0) (#30)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:39:04 PM EST
    The Llama video (none / 0) (#12)
    by jbindc on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 01:50:55 PM EST
    Was pretty entertaining.



    Speaking of weird (5.00 / 3) (#19)
    by Reconstructionist on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:09:51 PM EST
     'm sure some of you have seen the "what color is this dress" thing. I first saw it at luch when CNN did a report. It looked blue and black to me (which the dress really is). I though it was interesting so when I got back to the office I looked at


     Where it looks white and gold to me.

      That buttressed my initial thought  that people were seeing  different colors based on the properties of the monitor they were viewing or the lighting, shadows angle from their vantage.. But, I read that people together in the same room looking at  it on the same monitor at the same time and obviously under the same conditions see it as different colors.

      I'm thinking this might be useful the next time I have an eyewitness identification issue.

    I saw white and gold originally (5.00 / 2) (#22)
    by jbindc on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:16:59 PM EST
    Then, when I saw the dress on a model on the Today Show website. It clearly was black and blue, and as I scrolled up the page to the picture that's circulating the Internet, it was also black and blue - and then it started changing back to white and good before my very eyes!

    Lordy...I read an explanation (5.00 / 3) (#23)
    by Anne on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:27:06 PM EST
    here, and it still makes no sense to me.

    I'm going with: it's magic!  I have old eyes!  Thank God we can stop pondering the meaning of life and busy ourselves with whether we're white/gold people or blue/black people!  Or both.  Or neither.

    The psychiatrist would ask, "what color do you want it to be?"

    Okay, that's it.  It's Friday, and my brain needs to stop wrestling with these existential alligators!


    Just hire (none / 0) (#27)
    by Zorba on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:37:17 PM EST
    Elizabeth Loftus as an expert witness.

    ah, (none / 0) (#31)
    by Reconstructionist on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:42:25 PM EST
     although memory and visual  perception both involve the brain they are distinct issues.

      And, her work on the Libby ace was less than impressive. Eliminate all the jargon and it was "busy people might forget stuff."


    a summary (none / 0) (#32)
    by Reconstructionist on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:47:28 PM EST
    Good to know. (none / 0) (#35)
    by Zorba on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:51:48 PM EST

    To clarify (none / 0) (#40)
    by Reconstructionist on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:12:08 PM EST
     She testified at a pretrial Daubert hearing where a judge acts as a "gatekeeper" and must determine whether there is a sufficient scientific basis underlying proposed expert testimony and whether that  expert testimony would be "helpful" to the jury. After her performance the judge would not allow Libby to call a memory expert at trial.

      Walton's memorandum opinion



    It;s big water cooler talk here... (none / 0) (#37)
    by kdog on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:55:20 PM EST
    but I ain't playin'...I'm confused enough as it is.

    Hey, kdog! (none / 0) (#45)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:27:32 PM EST
    The House just rejected (5.00 / 1) (#75)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 04:51:05 PM EST
    stopgap funding for Homekand Security.  About 7 hours to go.   Trying to imagine what would happen if they do nothing and there is some kind of attack tomorrow.  I assume terrorists watch the news too.

    The IRS scandal (none / 0) (#1)
    by jbindc on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 01:22:31 PM EST
    This scandal just isn't going away (none / 0) (#4)
    by McBain on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 01:40:31 PM EST
    It's obvious the IRS has something to hide but I'm pessimistic we'll ever know exactly what.

    It is obvious that he lied. (none / 0) (#76)
    by jimakaPPJ on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 05:06:05 PM EST
    Koskinen testified last year that the IRS lost years worth of Lerner's emails after her laptop's hard drive crashed in June 2011. He said the IRS erased and recycled the device after trying unsuccessfully to recover the data.

    Or was lied to because the info has been found exactly where you would expect it to be.

    Either way the fish rots from the head down.


    Oh Scott Walker! (none / 0) (#8)
    by jbindc on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 01:44:53 PM EST
    Elect Scott Walker president, (5.00 / 2) (#61)
    by KeysDan on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:54:00 PM EST
    and our ISIS worries are over.  Scott says that if he can handle 100,000 protestors he can defeat ISIS.  Wonder if Scott's strategy would be promise ISIS right to work laws in the new Caliphate?

    Walker's office later clarified for those who may have misinterpreted Walker, that he was not comparing any American citizen to ISIS.  No word on if he was comparing any ISIS to an American protestor.


    Head::desk. (none / 0) (#17)
    by Anne on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:00:47 PM EST
    There's something terribly wrong with this man; I can only hope he's about one more stupid policy position away from becoming irrelevant.

    Don't (5.00 / 1) (#80)
    by FlJoe on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 05:35:09 PM EST
    underestimate him, there is something very Nixonian about him. His hippie punching, union busting, moral stances and willingness to suck up to big money pretty much covers all the bases for the Republicans. In many ways he is the perfect modern conservative.

    Agree (none / 0) (#81)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 05:44:41 PM EST
    starting to think he just might be the last one standing.   The right loves him.  

    That said, he will lose in the general.


    At some point, I would hope that ... (none / 0) (#36)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:54:36 PM EST
    ... the media would get over their enchantment with Scott Walker and actually take a good, hard look at him.

    After all, this is a man who only a few weeks ago looked Iowa conservatives squarely in the eye and claimed with a straight face that he had cleaned up "the culture of corruption" in Milwaukee County as its elected chief executive, even though the facts clearly tell a far different story.

    This guy is a political flim-flam artist.


    Donald (none / 0) (#57)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:47:22 PM EST
    conservatives never question anything they are told. Either that or they prefer to be lied to. Take your pick I guess. I've never seen such in my entire life. The GOP really isn't a political party anymore. It's an apocalyptic cult.

    I believe you. (5.00 / 1) (#59)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:48:09 PM EST
    I don't give a crap about CPAC junkies. (5.00 / 1) (#84)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 06:37:32 PM EST
    They aren't at all representative of the American electorate, and can pretend that they're Wendy and Walker's Peter Pan, for all I care. It's our media which I'm concerned about. The GOP presently has three major presidential hopefuls who are either under indictment or under investigation for public corruption, of which Scott Walker is one. Yet they're being presented by most of the media to the general public as though they have clean slates.

    To your point (none / 0) (#82)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 06:00:33 PM EST
    i think this is exactly the reason Walker is a player.  He can put a happy corporate smiley face on the Apocolyptic cult without offending it.

    He's downright (none / 0) (#55)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:46:10 PM EST

    Stephen Hawking thinks 3 things could destroy us (none / 0) (#15)
    by McBain on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 01:57:12 PM EST

    Artificial Intelligence
    Human Aggression
    Alien Life

    Interesting but all of these were predicted by sci fi authors years ago.  

    I don't see how anyone who (none / 0) (#16)
    by caseyOR on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:00:21 PM EST
    has seen Kubrik's 2001 could not be worried about the dangers from AI. And HAL was pretty primitive by today's standards.

    "Open the pod bay doors, HAL." (none / 0) (#18)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:08:49 PM EST
    "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."



    Transcendence (none / 0) (#28)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:37:32 PM EST
    is a pretty good AI movie.  It makes the point that once computers start making computers they will evolve thousands of times faster than natural evolution.

    interesting and thought provoking if not exactly good movie.


    Side note (none / 0) (#38)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 02:58:40 PM EST
    it was the first directorial effort by a guy named Wally Pfister who has a long list of credits as a cinematographer so it's shot very well.

    The thing About Arttificial Intelligence... (none / 0) (#39)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:03:12 PM EST
    ...IMO is when it starts learning, the curve will be almost non-existent, when it happens, it will be over before we know what the hell is going on.

    Funny that Hawkins didn't mention over population, like Easter Island on a Global scale.  That IMO is almost a certainty.

    World Population:
    1804 1 Billion
    1974 4 Billion - 170 years to add 3 Billion
    2012 7 Billion - 38 years to add 3 Billion


    Nor disease/virus/infection... (none / 0) (#41)
    by kdog on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:18:52 PM EST
    mentioned either, I would think that's a big threat...ties in to over-population.  It's Mother Nature's only recourse, aside from our own nature.

    She Got More Than One... (none / 0) (#53)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:41:37 PM EST
    ...trick up her sleeve.

    A Super Volcano would wipe out most of the population, directly and indirectly, meaning that the darkened sky would decrease the food supply substantially.

    Yellowstone is over due:

    The volcano erupts with a near-clockwork cycle of every 600,000 years. The last eruption was more than 640,000 years ago...

    If I'm not mistaken... (none / 0) (#62)
    by kdog on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:55:09 PM EST
    that's one of the popular theories for the extinction of the dinosaurs.

    That would be rough way to go...choking in the dark looking for food, dodging roving bands of cannibals.  Or worse, becoming one!


    Dinosaurs Were Wiped Out By... (none / 0) (#66)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:59:54 PM EST
    ...a meteor hitting the Yucatan.  But the last time Yellowstone erupted it left ash all over Texas.  But the ash also goes into the atmosphere, like in Iceland, but for a Super Volcano it blocks the sunlight for the entire planet, and basically everything dies and it gets very cold for a couple years.  A nuclear winter.

    Malthus (none / 0) (#46)
    by Reconstructionist on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:28:09 PM EST
    hypothesized in the 18th century that population growth was unsustainable because growth in the production of  food and  natural resources could not keep pace.

      Yet, our world of 7 billion is better fed, clothed, warmed, etc than was the world of less than 1 billion in which he lived.


    Well, some of us are, for sure. (none / 0) (#54)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:43:06 PM EST
    But there are countless others who might beg to differ.

    Of course there are STILL (none / 0) (#58)
    by Reconstructionist on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:47:43 PM EST
      extremely poor people. They existed then as well and the underfed were a higher proportion of the population. It wasn't primarily a third world problem then either, Europe and the British Isles suffered through many famines.

    Right Because We Have Been Able... (none / 0) (#68)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 04:15:18 PM EST
    ...to grow the food supply faster than the population growth.  The crops grown back then were nothing compared to the genetically altered super crops of today.  Same with preservation and indoor growing.  And we use much more of the plants that in yester year.

    That will keep happening, the problem is natural resources.  Things like freshwater, air, timber, and iron, more or less, finite.  At some point technology will stop outpacing population, which of course will decrease the population rate.

    I am not making any prediction when that will occur, but it will happen.  Definitely not in my lifetime.  And if current affairs are any indication, no one is truly interested in ensuring the planet and it's resources are used wisely and moderately.


    Probably (none / 0) (#70)
    by Reconstructionist on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 04:18:33 PM EST
    .. unless of course  one of the likely or at least possible causes of "destruction" occurs first.

      Predicting the future is very much "science fiction" not science.


    If I was predicting (none / 0) (#72)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 04:24:51 PM EST
    i would bet on a virus or plague of some kind.  Which would be the earths own way of dealing with the problem.  

    Of course there are those who say humans are not mammals but in fact themselves a virus.  

    Agent Smith: I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure.

    They say (none / 0) (#71)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 04:20:32 PM EST
    Scary to think that Hawkings (none / 0) (#44)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:26:34 PM EST
    most enduring legacy might be warning us about sending aliens a map to find us.   I saw him talk about this once.  When you are lost in a dark forest it may not be the best idea to call out.  Good point.

    On a semi related note (none / 0) (#52)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:41:27 PM EST
    i was watching some DVRed science channel show recently and they were explaining how much space is in space.  It used the example of the sun being the size of a grain of sand.  The closest next grain of sand, Alpha Centauri, would be over 5 miles away.

    Still trying to get my head around that.


    I believe It's 2 Light Years... (none / 0) (#63)
    by ScottW714 on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:55:11 PM EST
    ...which means if we could travel at the speed of light, we would still have to figure out how to support life in space for two years w/o supplies just to reach the nearest star.

    To scale that, it takes the sun's light 9 mins to hit Earth.

    The Milky Way I believe is 100k light years across.

    Voyager I will hit the Ort Cloud in 300 years, but it will take another 30,000 to clear it.  the Ort Cloud is basically the edge of our solar system and it will take ~ 30,000 years for a man made object to get there.

    The energy to travel long distances, even by bending space/time is so great that IMO we will never see another life form that is bigger than a microbe found on a meteor.

    I think science fiction distorts perceptions about space travel and more importantly, the dangers found outside Earths cosmic shield.


    On the other hand (none / 0) (#65)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:59:16 PM EST
    when some primitive tribes were first contacted by outsiders they did not think they pooped because with the things covering their bodies there would be no way they could.

    Just sayin.


    Didn't sound right (none / 0) (#69)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 04:15:34 PM EST
    its 4.37 light years.  1.34 parsecs.



    Reminds me of a joke... (none / 0) (#60)
    by kdog on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:51:22 PM EST
    A child molester and a little girl are taking a walk in the woods.  Night falls and the little girl says "Mister, I'm scared."

    The child molester says "You're scared?  I'm the one that has to walk back alone!"


    Pfffft (none / 0) (#64)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:56:12 PM EST
    other than me you are probably the only person here who would tell that joke.

    It's how I made my first new friend... (none / 0) (#67)
    by kdog on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 04:00:09 PM EST
    when I moved to Tallahassee and didn't know a soul but my girlfriend.

    I'm standing on line to register for class, the guy behind me on line just blurts it out.  I was the only one that chuckled, and a great friendship was born.

    Later that day, he sorted me out with his bush doctor, and a great friendship was cemented.  

    He was a character.


    Hmmmm (none / 0) (#43)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:21:13 PM EST
    Mummified monk in Mongolia 'not dead', say Buddhists

    A mummified monk found preserved in Mongolia last week has been baffling and astounding those who uncovered him.

    Senior Buddhists say the monk, found sitting in the lotus position, is in a deep meditative trance and not dead.

    Forensic examinations are under way on the remains, found wrapped in cattle skins in north-central Mongolia.

    Scientists have yet to determine how the monk is so well preserved, though some think Mongolia's cold weather could be the reason.

    But Dr Barry Kerzin, a physician to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, told the Siberian Times that the monk was in a rare state of meditation called "tukdam".

    The stories he could tell... (none / 0) (#56)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 03:46:11 PM EST
    Eyewitness News, ala Bill O'Reilly (none / 0) (#73)
    by KeysDan on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 04:36:26 PM EST
    I saw Jeb Bush's appearance before CPAC.  You can too.
    Bush's appearance was not entirely satisfactory to all Republicans in attendance at this winger meeting.  Jeb stuck to his guns which, in a sense,  pleased second amendmenters, but his immigration policies did not thrill many.

    Laura Ingraham, the conservative talk show host, did not exactly provide the warm-up comments for Jeb, snidely suggesting that Bush's wife, Columba, would attract women voters since Jeb permits her to take loans out for large jewelry purchases and, of course, reminded  anyone who would listen of Mrs. Bush's Customs avoidance on return from her Paris shopping spree.

    Punting does seem to be in vogue these days with Republicans: when Sean Hannity asked Jeb whether Republicans should blink in the current standoff in Congress that threatens a government shutdown, Bush said "Look, I don't know, I'm not an expert in the ways of Washington."

    Avijit Roy hacked to death (none / 0) (#79)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 05:20:11 PM EST
    leaving a book festival

    A prominent writer with a known disdain for religion was hacked to death on the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh on Thursday. Avijit Roy was leaving a large, national book fair with his wife when the two were attacked by assailants wielding machetes. His wife, a blogger, suffered a blow to the head and is in critical condition.

    Putin critic (none / 0) (#83)
    by Zorba on Fri Feb 27, 2015 at 06:09:59 PM EST
    Boris Nemtsov was shot to death.
    Well, this one wasn't poisoned with polonium, like Alexander Litvinenko was.
    Of course, Nemtsov was still in Russia, unlike Litvinenko.