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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.

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CalGal -- Wednesday, December 06, 2006 -- 06:19:34 AM -- 919 of 1538
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.

Fiji Under State of Emergency After Government Is Toppled
related link: Associated Press

The takeover, like the previous three coups, has its roots in the ethnic divide between the descendants of ancient Melanesian warrior tribes and those of Indian laborers brought by former colonial power Britain to work in sugar plantations.
In his declaration, Bainimarama justified seizing power to prevent legislation that favored indigenous Fijians, contending that the measures "would undermine the constitution and deny many citizens their rights."


Ase -- Sunday, December 10, 2006 -- 06:06:58 PM -- 920 of 1538
"Cold cold empty void", "Grandma's food for worms now". Atheist hymns, by Jamie R.

Pinochet has Died

Former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet has died, a military hospital in Santiago said Sunday.

Days earlier, he had been moved from the Santiago Military Hospital's intensive care unit to an intermediate care room.

CalGal -- Tuesday, December 12, 2006 -- 01:11:54 AM -- 921 of 1538
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.

All but Ageless, Turtles Face Their Biggest Threat: Humans
related link: NYTimes

Behind such biblical longevity is the turtle’s stubborn refusal to senesce — to grow old. Don’t be fooled by the wrinkles, the halting gait and the rheumy gaze. Researchers lately have been astonished to discover that in contrast to nearly every other animal studied, a turtle’s organs do not gradually break down or become less efficient over time.


R-Doh -- Friday, December 15, 2006 -- 04:42:27 PM -- 922 of 1538
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Diabetes Breakthrough
related link: Toronto scientists cure disease in mice

In a discovery that has stunned even those behind it, scientists at a Toronto hospital say they have proof the body's nervous system helps trigger diabetes, opening the door to a potential near-cure of the disease that affects millions of Canadians.

Diabetic mice became healthy virtually overnight after researchers injected a substance to counteract the effect of malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas.

"I couldn't believe it," said Dr. Michael Salter, a pain expert at the Hospital for Sick Children and one of the scientists. "Mice with diabetes suddenly didn't have diabetes any more."

The researchers caution they have yet to confirm their findings in people, but say they expect results from human studies within a year or so. Any treatment that may emerge to help at least some patients would likely be years away from hitting the market.

CalGal -- Friday, December 15, 2006 -- 05:48:28 PM -- 923 of 1538
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.

3 Dead As Storm Batters Northwest
related link: AP

About 1.5 million homes and businesses in Washington and Oregon had no power early Friday after howling windstorms and heavy rains caused at least three deaths, closed two major bridges and sparked flooding.

One of the concourses at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport was without electricity, and an airport spokesman said some flights likely would be canceled.


LoriK -- Sunday, December 17, 2006 -- 03:56:03 AM -- 924 of 1538
"Do female puffins, like the young ladies of Jane Austen novels, have difficulty discriminating the genuine Mr. Darcy from the posturing of charlatans?" ACS Colors of Chemistry Calendar, May 2009

Time's Person of the Year
related link: you!

Who are these people? Seriously, who actually sits down after a long day at work and says, I'm not going to watch Lost tonight. I'm going to turn on my computer and make a movie starring my pet iguana? I'm going to mash up 50 Cent's vocals with Queen's instrumentals? I'm going to blog about my state of mind or the state of the nation or the steak-frites at the new bistro down the street? Who has that time and that energy and that passion?

The answer is, you do. And for seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, TIME's Person of the Year for 2006 is you.

cj griffin -- Tuesday, December 19, 2006 -- 03:23:39 PM -- 925 of 1538
There's a fine, fine line between a fairy tale and a lie.

Diet Coke and Mentos guys go commercial
related link: Sponsored by, oddly enough, Coke and Mentos

The hottest trend in marketing owes its growth, at least in part, to a couple of guys in Buckfield, Maine, with Diet Coke and Mentos.

Fritz Grobe said he recognized the commercial potential the very first time his friend, Stephen Voltz, showed him what happens when you drop a few mints into a soda -- which is that it becomes a fountain of bubbly soda, spewing 15 to 20 feet in the air.

"We tried it and I said, 'That's really cool. How far do you think we can take this?' " said Grobe, who grew up in Brunswick and now lives in Buckfield.

The answer is pretty far.

Their videos of "experiments" that harness the power of Mentos and Diet Coke have been seen millions of times -- the latest has been seen more than 3.4 million times as of Monday afternoon, according to Google.

That popularity led to marketing deals with Coca-Cola, Mentos and Google Video, television appearances and trips to set up cascading fountains of diet soda all around the country and as far away as Istanbul and Holland. And that's in just six months since the video was first posted on the duo's Web site, EepyBird.com.

Kate Carmichael -- Tuesday, December 19, 2006 -- 04:12:10 PM -- 926 of 1538

Bad Santa
related link: "Santa" kidnaps girl

A man at a gas station dresssed as Santa lured kids to his motorcycle side car, then drove off with an 8YO girl. The girl's father chased the motorcycle in his car, and eventually "Santa" pulled over. The girl was unharmed.

theDiva -- Wednesday, December 20, 2006 -- 02:45:12 PM -- 927 of 1538

Study says 95% of Americans have had premarital sex.
related link: CNN story

Nicholas Kronos -- Wednesday, December 20, 2006 -- 05:25:38 PM -- 928 of 1538
"Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted."

Two men suspected in Ipswich strangler case
related link: Second man arrested

He doesn't look suspicious to me:

theDiva -- Wednesday, December 20, 2006 -- 05:52:39 PM -- 929 of 1538

related link: Blizzard threatens to bury Colorado, Plains

Traci B. -- Wednesday, December 20, 2006 -- 10:10:08 PM -- 930 of 1538

Search Ends For Climbers
related link: Sheriff: Search for climbers now recovery effort

Rescue teams gave up any hope of finding two missing climbers alive on stormy Mount Hood and abandoned the frustrating, 9-day-old search Wednesday.

"We've done everything we can at this point," said Hood River County Sheriff Joe Wampler, choking back tears after returning from one last, fruitless flyover of the 11,239-foot peak.

Wampler said the men's families made the decision to end the search as yet another snowstorm barreled in.

"It was pretty much their conclusion. The chance of survival is pretty nil. I don't think I can justify putting any more people in the field with the hope of finding them alive," the sheriff said.

He said the operation is now a "recovery effort."

Elizabeth Barrett -- Friday, December 22, 2006 -- 04:01:30 PM -- 931 of 1538
Ninja Underwear!

Giant Squid Finally Caught on Film
related link: Researchers catch giant squid

TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- A Japanese research team has succeeded in filming a giant squid live -- possibly for the first time -- and says the elusive creatures may be more plentiful than previously believed, a researcher said Friday.

The research team, led by Tsunemi Kubodera, videotaped the giant squid at the surface as they captured it off the Ogasawara Islands south of Tokyo earlier this month. The squid, which measured about 24-feet long, died while it was being caught.

"We believe this is the first time anyone has successfully filmed a giant squid that was alive," said Kubodera, a researcher with Japan's National Science Museum. "Now that we know where to find them, we think we can be more successful at studying them in the future."

Alison -- Sunday, December 24, 2006 -- 10:51:15 PM -- 932 of 1538
I wish we could stop celebrating diversity and start celebrating competence. -- DancesWithWords

Tracking Santa's Journey
related link: Santa via NORAD

Merry Christmas everyone!

smartygirl -- Tuesday, December 26, 2006 -- 04:18:37 PM -- 933 of 1538
i work in film. i play with yarn. filmcraft

Godfather of Soul dies of heart failure at 73
related link: the Globe and Mail

James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured “Godfather of Soul,” whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco as well, died early Monday, his agent said. He was 73.
Mr. Brown was hospitalized with pneumonia at Emory Crawford Long Hospital on Sunday and died around 1:45 a.m. Monday, said his agent, Frank Copsidas of Intrigue Music. Long-time friend Charles Bobbit was by his side, he said.
Mr. Copsidas said the cause of death was uncertain. “We really don't know at this point what he died of,” he said.
Along with Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and a handful of others, Mr. Brown was one of the major musical influences of the past 50 years. At least one generation idolized him, and sometimes openly copied him. His rapid-footed dancing inspired Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson among others. Songs such as David Bowie's “Fame,” Prince's “Kiss,” George Clinton's “Atomic Dog” and Sly and the Family Stone's “Sing a Simple Song” were clearly based on Mr. Brown's rhythms and vocal style.
LoriK -- Wednesday, December 27, 2006 -- 05:11:41 AM -- 934 of 1538
"Do female puffins, like the young ladies of Jane Austen novels, have difficulty discriminating the genuine Mr. Darcy from the posturing of charlatans?" ACS Colors of Chemistry Calendar, May 2009

Gerald Ford dead at 93
related link: MSNBC link

Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon’s scandal-shattered White House as the 38th and only unelected president in America’s history, has died, his wife, Betty, said Tuesday. He was 93.
louisef -- Saturday, December 30, 2006 -- 03:44:28 AM -- 935 of 1538
Today, I see beauty everywhere I go, in every face I see, in every single soul, and sometimes even in myself.--Kevyn Aucoin

Hussein Executed
related link: CNN link

Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been executed, according to two Arabic language media outlets.
Hussein was hanged before dawn on Saturday in Iraq, at about 6 a.m. (10 p.m. Friday ET), the U.S.-backed Al-Hurra television reported.
Al-Arabiya reported that Barzan Hassan, Hussein's half-brother, and Awad Bandar, former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court, were hanged after Hussein. All three were convicted of killings in the Iraqi town of Dujail nearly 25 years ago.
CalGal -- Sunday, December 31, 2006 -- 07:45:03 AM -- 936 of 1538
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.

A Solemn Homecoming
related link: At the Capitol, VIP Roll Call Has Many No-Shows

President Bush sent his regrets; he was cutting cedar and riding his bike on his ranch in Texas. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his deputy, Richard Durbin, couldn't make it, either; they were on a trip to visit Incan ruins. Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a pass, too -- as did nearly 500 of the 535 members of Congress.
A 6-to-3 majority of the Supreme Court, including Ford's appointee, John Paul Stevens, ruled against attending. All the nation's governors were invited; few, if any, came. Apparently only two Cabinet members -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez -- accepted the invite.
Congressional staffers and Ford family representatives scrambled to find sufficient greeters and honorary pallbearers to join Vice President Cheney and a score of former lawmakers and Ford administration officials. Organizers had to scratch one name they had circulated Friday as a pallbearer: Elford Albin Cederberg, the former Republican congressman from Michigan, died eight months ago.
CalGal -- Monday, January 01, 2007 -- 07:00:07 AM -- 937 of 1538
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.

That Blasted Year
related link: Dave Barry shoots 2006 full of holes

IT WAS A MOMENTOUS YEAR, a year of events that will echo in the annals of history the way a dropped plate of calamari echoes in an Italian restaurant with a tile floor. Decades from now, our grandchildren will come to us and say, "Tell us, Grandpa or Grandma, as the case may be, what it was like to be alive in the year that Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Britney Spears and Katie whats-hername all had babies, although not necessarily in those combinations." And we will smile wisely and emit a streamer of drool, because we will be very old and unable to hear them.
And that will be a good thing, because there are many things about 2006 that we will not want to remember. This was the year in which the members of the United States Congress, who do not bother to read the actual bills they pass, spent weeks poring over instant messages sent by a pervert. This was the year in which the vice president of the United States shot a lawyer, which turned out to be totally legal inTexas. This was the year in which -- as clearly foretold in the Bible as a sign of the Apocalypse -- Howie Mandel wound up with a hit TV show.
Also, there were many pesky problems left over from 2005 that refused to go away in 2006, including Iraq, immigration, high gas prices, terrorism, global warming, avian flu, Iran, North Korea and Paris Hilton. Future generations are going to look back at this era and ask us how we could have allowed Paris Hilton to happen, and we are not going to have a good answer.
catling -- Monday, January 01, 2007 -- 03:29:09 PM -- 938 of 1538
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The 32nd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness
related link: Go to the press release

Lake Superior State University proposes an exit strategy for 2006: the 32nd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness.
On Dec. 31, 1975, former LSSU Public Relations Director Bill Rabe and some colleagues cooked up the whimsical idea to banish overused words and phrases and issued the first list on New Year's Day. Much to the delight of word enthusiasts everywhere, the list has stayed the course into a fourth decade.
Through the years, LSSU has received thousands of nominations for the list, which is closing in on its 1000th banishment.
This year's list is culled from more than 4,500 nominations received mostly through the university's website, www.lssu.edu/banished. Word-watchers target pet peeves from everyday speech, as well as from the news, fields of education, technology, advertising, politics and more. A committee makes a final cut in late December. The list is released on New Year's Day.
So gitmo chipotle-flavored eggnog, curl up with an undocumented alien, and cut-and-run to the 2007 list. It won't be coming to a theater near you.
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