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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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Kate Carmichael -- Tuesday, December 19, 2006 -- 04:12:10 PM -- 926 of 1551

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 1551

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 1551
"This is what a successful presidency looks like." -- Paul Krugmann

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 1551

related link: Blizzard threatens to bury Colorado, Plains

Traci B. -- Wednesday, December 20, 2006 -- 10:10:08 PM -- 930 of 1551

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 1551
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 1551
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 1551
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 1551
"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 1551
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 1551
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 1551
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 1551
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

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.
Eileen_Kramer -- Wednesday, January 03, 2007 -- 04:24:59 PM -- 939 of 1551
My posts reek rage???

A Man Down, A Train Arriving, A Stranger Makes a Choice
related link: Here is the article by the same name.

Wesley Autrey courtesy of the New York Times"It was every subway rider’s nightmare, times two.

Wesley Autrey. Who has ridden along New York’s 656 miles of subway lines and not wondered: “What if I fell to the tracks as a train came in? What would I do?”

And who has not thought: “What if someone else fell? Would I jump to the rescue?"

CalGal -- Wednesday, January 03, 2007 -- 08:03:27 PM -- 940 of 1551
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.

Lacrosse players Finnerty, Seligmann allowed back at Duke
related link: University notified them that they'd be students in good standing

The gesture reflects the university's new stance toward the three former players. After rape charges were dropped in December, Duke President Richard Brodhead issued a statement calling into question Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong's handling of the case and the fact that kidnapping and sexual assault charges remain against the three men.
In a letter to Seligmann, Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs, wrote: "As circumstances have evolved in this extraordinary case, we have attempted to balance recognition of the gravity of legal charges with the presumption of your innocence. Now with the approach of a new term, we believe that circumstances warrant that we strike this balance differently."


rtb -- Thursday, January 04, 2007 -- 03:27:23 PM -- 941 of 1551
Live from New York!

14 year old becomes youngest ever to sail across the Atlantic solo
related link: Michael Perham Breaks Record

CalGal -- Friday, January 05, 2007 -- 09:22:36 AM -- 942 of 1551
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.

U.S. Faces Major Hurdles in Prosecuting Padilla
related link: Government isolation and interrogation may have caused severe mental damage

Padilla's lawyers contend that as a result of his isolation and interrogation, their client is so mentally damaged that he is unable to assist in his own defense. He is so passive and fearful now, they maintain, that he is "like a piece of furniture."
Even at this late stage, after dozens of meetings with his lawyers, Padilla suspects that they are government agents, says Andrew Patel, who is on the legal team. Padilla may believe that the lawyers assigned to represent him are in fact "part of a continuing interrogation program."

The situation has become impossible, defense lawyers say; they've hired two psychiatric experts to examine Padilla. Both have often testified for the prosecution in criminal cases. This time they have sided with the defense.


smartygirl -- Monday, January 08, 2007 -- 04:23:44 PM -- 943 of 1551
i work in film. i play with yarn. filmcraft

Downtown Austin shut after dozens of birds found dead
related link: the Globe and Mail

Police shut down 10 blocks of businesses in the heart of downtown Austin early Monday after dozens of birds were found dead.
Emergency workers donned yellow hazardous-material suits, and dozens of fire trucks and ambulances were parked nearby, as they began testing for any sort of environmental contaminant or gas or chlorine leaks that might have cause the bird deaths.
There were no reports of any humans harmed, but a 10-block stretch of the main north-south route through downtown, several side streets and all buildings in the area were blocked off and expected to remain off-limits until about noon, said police spokeswoman Toni Chovanetz.
“There is no credible intelligence to suggest an imminent threat to the homeland or the Austin at this time,” said Department of Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke.
CalGal -- Tuesday, January 09, 2007 -- 07:57:36 AM -- 944 of 1551
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.

With Big Victory, Florida Shows It Belongs
related link: Florida stunned college football by blowing undefeated Ohio State off the field, 41-14

Patience -- Tuesday, January 09, 2007 -- 02:53:15 PM -- 945 of 1551
Mastodons, mastodons, mastodons. O mastodons.

Canada's first sextuplets born to Jehovah's witnesses
related link: Link in Toronto Star.

The B.C. Women's Hospital and Health Centre would not reveal many details but did confirm the delivery of the sextuplets at 25-weeks gestation. The first of the babies was delivered at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday with the other five delivered during the early hours of Sunday.

But medical experts say Canada's first sextuplets are facing long odds. The babies will likely have underdeveloped lungs and they could be blind, said Dr. Timothy Rowe, who heads the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of British Columbia.

"I felt for the babies and the mother, thinking this is what everybody doesn't want to happen," Rowe said. "One, getting this number of babies, and two, getting them born so early.

"They're certainly in the best possible hands, that's the comfort. But they certainly have a long road ahead of them."

While none of the doctors who spoke to the Toronto Star yesterday knows any intimate details of a case because of patient privacy policies, they noted one of the leading causes of newborn death is premature birth. Those concerns are made worse by the fact there were six children involved, they said.

"At 6 1/2 months, survival is certainly possible," said Dr. Christine Derzko, an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and internal medicine at the University of Toronto. "But with multiples, it's difficult because they tend to be small.

"Of course, I'll keep my fingers crossed for all of them but the likelihood that six will survive at this early stage, when they're multiples, is not great."

I'm also presuming the fact they're Jehovah's Witnesses will limit their kids' treatment options.

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