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lime -- Friday, June 03, 2005 -- 12:16:19 AM

Posts here show up on the front page. This is still in development, so you can still make mistakes. Don't panic--with one exception, Cal and Lime will be forgiving.

The Exception: DO NOT POST COMMENTARY OR RESPONSES IN THIS THREAD! If you forget--and everyone does sometimes--just delete your post. If we have to delete it, Cal will probably be cranky about it. Don't be obtuse.

Eventually, portal posts will be anchored to a thread for responses. For now, if you want to discuss or respond to a portal, just take your responses to the relevant post. Apologies for the occasional duplication of effort, but over time this will be much better than the news/breaking news/discussion craziness that existed before.

Posting Recommendations:

  1. Make sure the title is meaningful--ideally, the title of the article. The link text can either be a subheading, or something like NY Times Article, AP Story, or whatever.
  2. Include text--it can either be commented or italicized. Eventually, Lime will standardize this so don't worry.
  3. If you don't know how to stop an image from bleeding, don't use images. Ask in the HTML Help thread or check the help files for more assistance--but you do need to have enough text to cover the image.
  4. At this point in time, you can't edit the Title, so be careful. That will change.
  5. PLEASE AVOID PERSONAL OPINIONS. Try and keep it objective text for now.
  6. NO BLOG PIMPING. This will change; Lime and I are thinking about how to give bloggers a way to publicize their work, so hang tight for now.
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Ase -- Sunday, December 12, 2010 -- 08:06:51 AM -- 1382 of 1548
"Cold cold empty void", "Grandma's food for worms now". Atheist hymns, by Jamie R.

Explosions in Stockholm believed to be failed terrorist attack
related link: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/12/11/sweden.explosion/

(CNN) -- A failed terrorist attack in a central Stockholm district full of Christmas shoppers could have been catastrophic, Swedish authorities said late Saturday.Police are investigating whether two explosions in Stockholm, an e-mail threat sent shortly before the attack that mentions Afghanistan and the body of a man who was apparently killed in one of the explosions are related."Most worrying attempt at terrorist attack in crowded part of central Stockholm. Failed -- but could have been truly catastrophic," Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said in a Twitter message on Saturday.>A Swedish news agency and police said they received e-mail threats against the Swedish people 10 minutes before the explosions, which killed one person and injured two others on Saturday.
CalGal -- Saturday, January 01, 2011 -- 02:06:55 AM -- 1383 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Days of Auld Lang What?
related link: The origin of the New Year's anthem—and what it means to us.

The question it asks is clear: Should those we knew and loved be forgotten and never thought of? Should old times past be forgotten? No, says the song, they shouldn't be. We'll remember those times and those people, we'll toast them now and always, we'll keep them close. "We'll take a cup of kindness yet."
"The phrase old acquaintance is important," says my friend John Whitehead, fabled figure of the old Goldman Sachs, the Reagan State Department, and D-Day. "It's not only your close friends and people you love, it's people you knew even casually, and you think of them and it brings tears to my eyes." For him, acquaintance includes, "your heroes, my heroes—the Winston Churchills of life, the ones you admire. They're old acquaintances too.""The phrase old acquaintance is important," says my friend John Whitehead, fabled figure of the old Goldman Sachs, the Reagan State Department, and D-Day. "It's not only your close friends and people you love, it's people you knew even casually, and you think of them and it brings tears to my eyes." For him, acquaintance includes, "your heroes, my heroes—the Winston Churchills of life, the ones you admire. They're old acquaintances too."
catling -- Saturday, January 08, 2011 -- 07:08:25 PM -- 1384 of 1548
The best wedding sparklers are the long-lasting #14 Gold. They are also very effective in exorcisms. All sparklers are wonderful for bringing and ridding curses.- sparkler sales web site

Rep. Giffords, (D-Arizona) at least 11 others shot in Tuscon
related link: Arizona shooting

abdabs -- Monday, January 10, 2011 -- 10:14:40 PM -- 1385 of 1548
No bungfoodlin'

Flash flooding in Queensland leaves 8 dead and another 72 unaccounted for
related link: Toowoomba swamped by deadly 'inland tsunami'

A desperate situation is unfolding in Queensland's south-east, after flash flooding claimed the lives of at least seven people on Monday.

Heavy rain created a deadly torrent of water that swept people off their feet, cars down city streets and houses off their foundations in the Darling Downs city of Toowoomba.

More here: Toowoomba floods

Scarface Claw -- Wednesday, January 12, 2011 -- 02:56:23 PM -- 1386 of 1548
Loads of class and all of it third.

Queensland under water
related link: Flood coverage


This boy, Jordan Rice, died to save his brother


This town, Grantham, was devastated yesterday. There are believed to be around 30 cars under the bridge, many with people in them.


This man was trying to reach his invalid mother in Brisbane.


The RSPCA put out a call for people to come and take dogs to look after them.

Floodwaters in Qld capital Brisbane are expected to peak in about two hours time.

CalGal -- Monday, January 24, 2011 -- 12:59:53 AM -- 1387 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

NFC and AFC Championships
related link: Who is off to the Big Game?

Packers Beat Bears 21-14

Steelers Beat Jets 24-19

kalika -- Wednesday, February 02, 2011 -- 08:08:46 AM -- 1388 of 1548
Before you say anything, I want you to take a long, hard think.... Longer... Longer!... Keep thinking... Keeeeep thinking... Did I say stop thinking?... Longer!

Worst cyclone in memory looms off Qld
related link: ABC Radio Australia

The edge of Cyclone Yasi, 500-kilometres across and rated category-five, is beginning to lash Australia's far north Queensland coast, with thousands of residents now in evacuation centres and others fleeing to higher ground on warnings it will be catastrophic and frightening.
Winds are expected up to 300-kilometres an hour; a leading storm surge of up to six-metres is predicted in places; and satellite imagery shows a monster weather system to rival Hurricane Katrina that destroyed the US city of New Orleans in 2005.
As it tracks across the Coral Sea, Yasi has wiped out an Australian weather station on tiny Willis Island, east of Cairns, where winds were last recorded at 185 kilometres an hour.
The full force of the will be felt when Yasi crosses the coast late tonight, bringing yet more massive rains far into the country.
If any doubts remained about the seriousness of the storm, authorities have warned that the eye, the calm centre of the storm, could take an hour to pass .. with officials repeatedly urging people not to be fooled that that calm might mean the end of cyclone danger. Residents are being warned they could be on their own through a terrifying ordeal for 24 hours.


For a hint as to how big this thing is, here it is overlaid on the USA:

pepper -- Thursday, February 03, 2011 -- 12:37:26 AM -- 1389 of 1548
Don't worry about what people think, they don't do it very often

Some good nes from Cairns
related link: Sky news

A Red Cross official told AAP the baby girl was delivered healthy at 6.09am (AEST) after a three hour labour.

The baby has not been named yet, but she won't be called Yasi.

Earlier in the morning Cairns councillor Linda Cooper told AAP Akiko Pruss went into labour at the evacuation centre at Redlynch State College at 2.45am (AEST).

'Today's actually her due date,' she said

Ms Pruss and her husband Christian, live in Cairns, and the baby will be their second child.

An English midwife, called Carol, who is celebrating her 25th wedding anniversary on holidays here, delivered the baby girl.

CalGal -- Monday, February 07, 2011 -- 05:17:04 AM -- 1390 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Packs Sack Steelers
related link: The Packers beat the Steelers 31-25 to win their fourth Lombardi trophy

CalGal -- Sunday, February 20, 2011 -- 02:28:19 AM -- 1391 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Congress, Obama brace for showdown as government shutdown looms
related link: House budget proposal sets stage for political brawl

The House bill would impose sharp spending reductions over the next seven months in nearly every area of government, including domestic programs, foreign aid and even some military projects. In recent days, the spending fight was made all the more bitter by long-simmering political feuds over health care, energy, social policy and a fundamental divide over the proper role of government.
The vote, 235 to 189, was a victory for the large, boisterous class of fiscally conservative Republican freshmen that is fiercely determined to change the ways of Washington and that forced party leaders to undertake far bigger cuts than originally planned.
pepper -- Tuesday, February 22, 2011 -- 01:38:43 AM -- 1392 of 1548
Don't worry about what people think, they don't do it very often

Second earthquake hits Christchurch
related link: New Zealand Herald

There have been "multiple fatalities" after a shallow 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch this afternoon.

abdabs -- Thursday, February 24, 2011 -- 05:58:45 AM -- 1393 of 1548
No bungfoodlin'

Christchurch quake toll climbs
related link: Toll much greater than feared

The death toll from the earthquake that struck on Tuesday, at 12:54pm (local time) currently stands at 98, but likely to double as USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) move from rescue to recovery. Of the four dead whose names have been formally released so far, two are infants.

The human toll is horrific, but so is the damage to the landscape.

The Christchurch cathedral (Anglican/Episcopal), from which everything in the city radiates, has lost it's spire




The Provincial Council buildings were one of my favorite, but is now just a crumble of bricks:






The Catholic Cathedral did not escape either.

Kteemac -- Friday, March 11, 2011 -- 07:01:51 AM -- 1394 of 1548
Sir, you are recreating.

8.9-Magnitude Quake Hits Japan
related link: L.A. Times

CalGal -- Wednesday, April 13, 2011 -- 06:40:43 PM -- 1395 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

As the Mountaintops Fall, a Coal Town Vanishes
related link: A mining company takes away a mountain--and the town beneath it.

The town cemetery has become appointment-viewing.

CalGal -- Friday, April 15, 2011 -- 05:50:31 PM -- 1396 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Bonds convicted on obstruction of justice
related link: Jury deadlocked on perjury counts

theDiva -- Wednesday, April 27, 2011 -- 02:36:19 PM -- 1397 of 1548

White House Releases President Obama's Long Form Birth Certificate
related link: Link

Kteemac -- Monday, May 02, 2011 -- 03:50:50 AM -- 1398 of 1548
Sir, you are recreating.

Osama Bin Laden Killed By U.S. Bomb
related link: CBS News Producer Jill Jackson breaking news via Twitter

Obama will address the nation Sunday night around 11 p.m. EDT. It is being reported that he was killed by a U.S. bomb a week ago, his body is in U.S. custody, and they held the news to confirm via DNA testing.

Nicholas Kronos -- Tuesday, May 10, 2011 -- 01:20:16 PM -- 1399 of 1548
“Aides said the golf game did not reflect the depth of his grief over Mr. Foley...."

Microsoft buys Skype
related link: Microsoft buying Skype

Fortune has confirmed that Microsoft (MSFT) has agreed to buy the voice-over-Internet company for $8.5 billion, including the assumption of debt. Expect a formal announcement within the next hour....

Skype will become a new business unit within Microsoft, to be run by current Skype CEO Tony Bates. He will report directly to Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer.

CalGal -- Tuesday, June 07, 2011 -- 03:52:43 PM -- 1400 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Obama loses bin Laden bounce
related link: Washington Post

By 2 to 1, Americans say the country is pretty seriously on the wrong track, and nine in 10 continue to rate the economy in negative terms. Nearly six in 10 say the economy has not started to recover, regardless of what official statistics may say, and most of those who say it has improved rate the recovery as weak.

CalGal -- Monday, June 13, 2011 -- 04:23:29 AM -- 1401 of 1548
I remember a time, back in the late 90s, when I thought nonsense like this mattered somewhat more than I do now. Now I see well-educated people yammering about the birth control choices of their daughters, or gay marriage, and I think they are morons.

Old Men of the Mavericks Put the Heat Away
related link: Kidd (38), Nowitzki (32), Terry (33) make up for 2006

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