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Front Page Portal

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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Carene Lydia -- Thursday, September 02, 2010 -- 05:01:16 PM -- 1367 of 1655
I will miss her immeasurably.

Oil rig explosion in Gulf
related link: Explosion on Gulf of Mexico rig

An explosion has torn through an offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, west of the site of the blast in April that caused a huge oil spill.
CalGal -- Saturday, September 04, 2010 -- 06:59:22 AM -- 1368 of 1655
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.

Powerful 7.1 quake hits New Zealand's South Island
related link: The quake, which hit 19 miles (30 kilometers) west of the southern city of Christchurch, shook a wide area.

CalGal -- Wednesday, September 22, 2010 -- 04:39:02 AM -- 1369 of 1655
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.

Girls Living the Part of Boys
related link: Mehran Rafaat, 6, left, and her twin sisters, Benafsha, center and Beheshta, near their home in Badghis Province, Afghanistan.

There are no statistics about how many Afghan girls masquerade as boys. But when asked, Afghans of several generations can often tell a story of a female relative, friend, neighbor or co-worker who grew up disguised as a boy. To those who know, these children are often referred to as neither “daughter” nor “son” in conversation, but as “bacha posh,” which literally means “dressed up as a boy” in Dari.
Nicholas Kronos -- Friday, October 01, 2010 -- 02:31:31 AM -- 1370 of 1655
"North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?"--President Trump (tweeting)

Economy weakens...again
related link: More weakness ahead

Most economists expect growth to be similarly weak in the July-September quarter, with estimates ranging between 1.5 percent and 2 percent. The government's first report on third quarter GDP will be released Oct. 29. Unemployment — now at 9.6 percent — is expected to stay high or even rise in the coming months.

(Deleted message originally posted by Nicholas Kronos on Friday, October 01, 2010 -- 03:39:01 PM.)

Nicholas Kronos -- Friday, October 01, 2010 -- 03:40:47 PM -- 1372 of 1655
"North Korea has just launched another missile. Does this guy have anything better to do with his life?"--President Trump (tweeting)

Goodbye to all...hat
related link: Link

"I don't think I'm going to make it. I'm not going to get out of here."

It has a happy ending.

(Deleted message originally posted by CurbSide on Monday, October 04, 2010 -- 02:30:45 PM.)

CurbSide -- Monday, October 04, 2010 -- 02:37:16 PM -- 1374 of 1655
I have cheese touch.

Father of test tube baby' wins Nobel Prize for medicine
related link: Father of test tube baby' wins Nobel Prize for medicine

(CNN) -- The "father of the test tube baby," Robert G. Edwards, won the Nobel Prize for medicine on Monday, the awards committee announced.

His contributions to developing in vitro fertilization (IVF) "represent a milestone in the development of modern medicine," the committee said.

"As early as the 1950s, Edwards had the vision that IVF could be useful as a treatment for infertility," which affects about 10 percent of all couples worldwide, the commitee said."He worked systematically to realize his goal, discovered important principles for human fertilization, and succeeded in accomplishing fertilization of human egg cells in test tubes (or more precisely, cell culture dishes). His efforts were finally crowned by success on 25 July, 1978, when the world's first 'test tube baby' was born," the committee said.

His work has led to the birth of about four million babies, the committee said in praising his work.

KathyS -- Thursday, October 14, 2010 -- 02:59:31 AM -- 1375 of 1655
The customer is usually a moron and an asshole.

All 33 Miners Pulled to Safety in Chile
related link: All 33 Miners Pulled to Safety in Chile

SAN JOSÉ MINE, Chile — Two months, nine days, and eight hours after their excruciating ordeal began, the last of the 33 miners trapped in an apartment-sized hole a half mile under Chile was delivered safely to the earth’s surface, capping perhaps the most dramatic survival story in mining history.

CalGal -- Sunday, October 24, 2010 -- 05:04:54 AM -- 1376 of 1655
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.

GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!
related link: Giants edge Phillies, clinch World Series berth

CalGal -- Tuesday, November 02, 2010 -- 05:03:05 AM -- 1377 of 1655
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.

Giants Win the World Series!
related link: First title since 1954

theDiva -- Monday, November 15, 2010 -- 01:51:02 AM -- 1378 of 1655

Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi Released from House Arrest
related link: VOA News

Aung San Suu Kyi walked free after spending most of the past 20 years locked up. Burma's military government has detained her on and off, mostly in her house, since 1989.

theDiva -- Tuesday, November 16, 2010 -- 08:30:03 PM -- 1379 of 1655

House Panel Finds Rangel Broke Ethics Rules
related link: WSJ

A House ethics panel found senior Democratic lawmaker Charles Rangel guilty of 11 of the 13 counts of House ethics violations lodged against him. The New York congressman wasn't in the hearing room when the announcement was made.

CalGal -- Tuesday, November 23, 2010 -- 02:04:23 PM -- 1380 of 1655
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.

North and South Korea Exchange Fire, Killing Two
related link: People watched as smoke rose from South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island after North Korea reportedly fired hundreds of rounds of artillery from its stronghold on the west coast.

purple rain -- Wednesday, November 24, 2010 -- 10:03:03 PM -- 1381 of 1655

NZ Mine Disaster
related link: Pike River tragedy

Like every New Zealander, Prime Minister John Key had hoped for the miracle that at least some or all of the 29 Pike River miners had survived last Friday's blast.

"In my heart of hearts I just hoped that there would be some miners or all of them that had somehow found a way to safety."

That hope ended with yesterday's second and significantly larger explosion in the mine.

"It's the finality of the second explosion that rips at the guts of the country," he told media last night.

Included in the dead was a 17year old who was on his first day on the job.

Ase -- Sunday, December 12, 2010 -- 08:06:51 AM -- 1382 of 1655
"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 1655
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 1655
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 1655
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 1655
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.

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