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Tuesday, 01 March, 2011
More Monkey-Related Problems For Florida Woman
She was visiting New Orleans: Woman Wants Her Monkeys Back.
Joan Newberger wants her service animals back. The service animals are four monkeys. Newberger is autistic and said the monkeys taken from her are trained to help her with essential life skills.
The monkeys were taken from Newberger when she was in New Orleans for carnival season. It is illegal to possess a monkey in Louisiana.
Let's go back to 2007: Thieves Steal Woman's Helper Monkey.
Joan Newberger said thieves stole her monkey -- an animal she not only loved, but on which she relied on.
Here's a random helper monkey, posing with a pair of shoes.
My current treadmill entertainment, via Netflix streaming, is a TV program called Raising the Bar. I'd never heard of it, but it was recommended based on something else that I watched.
Raising the Bar is an American legal drama, which ran on TNT network from September 1, 2008 to December 24, 2009. The series revolves around a group of lawyer friends who find themselves on opposite sides of the criminal law.
It's entertaining enough that I'm now watching Season 2. The characters are interesting, the stories are OK, and the soap opera aspect is minimal. But it's very unrealistic, of course. For example, the judge (who was the mother in "Malcolm in the Middle") says, "OK, we'll take it to trial." Then, five minutes later the trial starts.
There seems to be an endless supply of TV shows streaming on Netflix, enough to keep me walking daily. Has anyone seen Life on Mars?
And now my prediction: At some point, there will "direct to Netflix" TV shows. They won't even bother showing them on regular TV because nobody watches regular TV any more. The production companies will release them 5-6 at a time, directly to Netflix. All it will take is one big hit, then everyone will be doing it and prime time TV will be dead.
Can these right-wing Christians get any more absurd? Porter Schedules Fetus To Testify in Favor of Heartbeat Bill.
A fetus has been scheduled as a legislative witness in Ohio on a unique bill that proposes outlawing abortions after the first heartbeat can be medically detected.
Faith2Action, the anti-abortion group that has targeted Ohio to pilot the measure, called the in-utero witness the youngest to ever come before the House Health Committee at 9 weeks old.
Faith2Action president Janet Folger Porter said the intent is to show lawmakers who will be affected by the bill, which abortion rights groups oppose. Ohio Right to Life has not endorsed the measure.
An aide to committee Chairman Lynn Wachtmann said a pregnant woman will be brought before the committee and an ultrasound image of her uterus will be projected onto a screen. The heartbeat of the fetus will be visible in color.
How crazy is she? This crazy:
Hear Some Rain
If it's not raining where you are, and you'd like to hear some rain and thunder, go to Rainy Mood.
It's a butt-ugly site and the designer has no sense of design, so just put it in a background browser tab and you won't have to look at it.
Lost In Translation
There's probably a great joke here, but I don't understand.
I think it has something to do with pizza. Can someone translate it, please?
Browsing The Web
There's a lot of truth in this cartoon:
Wednesday, 02 March, 2011
Response To Prank Phone Call
There's no connection. In Wisconsin: Bill circulating in Legislature to end spoof calls.
Although representatives deny any connection to the recent prank call on the governor, two legislators began circulating a bill Monday that would ban making trick calls masking the caller’s true identity.
Sen. Mary Lazich, R-Waukesha, and Rep. Mark Honadel, R-Milwaukee, authored a bill that would prohibit tricking the call’s recipient into believing the caller is someone they are not for malicious purposes.
“While use of spoofing is said to have some legitimate uses, it can also be used to frighten, harass and potentially defraud,” Lazich and Honadel said in an e-mail to legislators.
The bill language forbids a caller from intentionally providing a false phone number and convincing the person receiving the call that it comes from someone other than the actual caller.
Catholic Gets Confused
A 47-year-old Bayonne woman was busted this afternoon for allegedly stealing a gold-plated crucifix worth up to $15,000 from a Jersey City church, officials said.
Linda Keeber, swiped the ornate, gold-encrusted crucifix at the chapel in the parish convent at St. Paul's Church in Greenville after taking confession and receiving communion, police said.
Rev. Thomoas Thottungal describes how she should have done it:
"She should have made the confession after she left, not before. It's a terrible thing."
Rev. Thomas Thottungal of St. Paul's Parish is reunited with the cross:
Album Cover Gal Dead
I've seen her many times, but I didn't know her name: Suze Rotolo dies at 67.
She dated the folk singer for 4 transformative years and wrote an acclaimed book about Greenwich Village in the '60s. The cover of 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan' shows the couple walking arm-in-arm.
Here's information about the photo location for the album cover.
Battle Death Odds
Found at Futility Closet:
A U.S. serviceman’s chance of death in battle, per Nicholas Hobbes’ Essential Militaria (2003):
War of Independence: 2 percent (1 in 50)
War of 1812: 0.8 percent (1 in 127)
Indian Wars: 0.9 percent (1 in 106)
Mexican War: 2.2 percent (1 in 45)
Civil War: 6.7 percent (1 in 15)
Spanish-American War: 0.1 percent (1 in 798)
World War I: 1.1 percent (1 in 89)
World War II: 1.8 percent (1 in 56)
Korean War: 0.6 percent (1 in 171)
Vietnam War: 0.5 percent (1 in 185)
Persian Gulf War: 0.03 percent (1 in 3,162)
Not too bad, except for the Civil War.
Most Dangerous City In America?
According to Rick Perry, it Juarez.
During a sit down with reporters on Monday, the Texas governor incorrectly identified Juarez — located across the Rio Grande, and border, from El Paso — as “the most dangerous city in America.”
He could have been thinking of North America, the continent. But it was just an honest mistake:
After an aide informed the governor of his mistake, Perry clarified that Juarez indeed belongs to Mexico, not Texas.
Here's the governor pointing at you, and accusing you of something:
Dog’s Cause Of Death Finally Determined
You can put your mind at ease: Mystery solved in death of legendary Japanese dog.
Scientists have settled a decades-old mystery by naming a cause of death for Japan's most famous dog, Hachiko, whose legendary loyalty was immortalized in a Hollywood movie starring Richard Gere.
They say Hachiko died of cancer and worms, not because he swallowed a chicken skewer that ruptured his stomach — as legend had had it.
For years, Hachiko used to wait at Shibuya train station for its master, a professor at the University of Tokyo. Even after the professor died, the dog went to the station to wait for his master every afternoon for a decade until he finally died.
Tokyo residents were so moved that they built a statue of Hachiko at the station, which remains a popular rendezvous spot for Japanese today. He was also the hero of Japanese children's books.
The dog's story turned into a 2009 Hollywood film, "Hachi: A Dog's Story," starring Richard Gere — a remake of a 1987 Japanese movie.
Hachiko was considered such a model of devotion that his organs were preserved when he died in 1935.
Here's Hachiko (left), along with a Hachiko statue.
Old Time Radio
Here's a site that sells old time radio shows: Old Time Radio Catalog.
There's a huge selection, and you can listen (or download) some free episodes.
The owner of the site indicated that he'd send me some CDs if I linked to the site. I'm going to ask for the 3-disc set of Amos & Andy. That's 269 episodes of comedy gold.
Never Lose Your Keys Again!
I've never lost my keys once in 59 years of living. But some people lose their keys all the time. For them: Sparrow Keychain.
Keep your keys safe and sound with the Sparrow Keychainand holder. Not only does this chirpy character provide a handy place to hang your house keys, but it also doubles as a whistle!
Simply attach the Sparrow to your bunch of keys. The convenient hollow shape makes a perfect whistle, which can come in handy when you’re out and about.
Here's how to ensure that you never lose your keys:
When you walk through your front door, just hook the Sparrow and keys into the mini wall-mounted birdhouse and let your keys dangle underneath, ready for when you head back out. No more jangling pockets or doing yourself a mischief when you sit down!
It seems completely foolproof as long as you don't mind carrying a plastic bird/whistle in your pocket.
(via Foolish Gadgets)
Diet Soda Addicts
Question: Can you get hooked on diet soda?
First thing every morning, Ellen Talles starts her day by draining a supersize Styrofoam cup filled with Diet Coke and crushed ice. The 61-year-old from Boca Raton, Fla., drinks another Diet Coke in the car on the way to work and keeps a glass nearby "at all times" at her job as a salesclerk. By the end of the day she has put away about 2 liters.
"I just love it," she says. "I crave it, need it. My food tastes better with it."
I probably drink about 3-4 cans of soda per year. But you would never get me to drink a diet soda. That's stuff's nasty.
Now, back to the story:
The simplest explanation for a serious diet-soda habit is caffeine. Many people who chain-drink diet soda may be caffeine addicts who simply prefer soda to coffee or energy drinks, though diet soda doesn't provide much of a kick by comparison. (A can of Diet Coke contains four to five times less caffeine than a small Starbucks coffee.)
The psychological components of diet-soda cravings are powerful, but they aren't the whole story. Research suggests that the artificial sweeteners in diet soda (such as aspartame) may prompt people to keep refilling their glass because these fake sugars don't satisfy like the real thing.