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BS: New news *not* about the virus

Stilly River Sage 12 Feb 24 - 10:55 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Feb 24 - 10:55 AM

Bizarre story this morning about a shooter at a Texas megachurch. Considering how difficult Osteen made it for people to seek shelter there during a recent hurricane, you'd think they'd have the doors pretty well hardened against crazies with guns. CNN.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Feb 24 - 02:40 PM

The "smart" toothbrush story was a question on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me today. Generally I don't hear the odd news they pick up for some of their questions. (The panelist needed a hint.)


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 08 Feb 24 - 06:20 AM

*Agree*, SRS: "smart" toothbrushes are even worse than "smart" motorways, the main function of which is to demonstrate that any politician who calls a motorway "smart" is thicker than tarmac.

.... And how, pray, are all those programmable toothbrushes going to have their software updated to fix this security bug? via "smart" toothpaste tubes?


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 08 Feb 24 - 05:08 AM

I think smart toilet paper would be a much better idea.

I’ll get me coat… ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 08 Feb 24 - 01:56 AM

so one doesn't need to clean one's own teeth????


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Feb 24 - 11:32 PM

3 million smart toothbrushes were just used in a DDoS attack. Really
It sounds more like science fiction than reality, but Swiss newspaper Aargauer Zeitung reports that approximately three million smart toothbrushes were hijacked by hackers to launch a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. These innocuous bathroom gadgets -- transformed into soldiers in a botnet army -- knocked out a Swiss company for several hours, costing millions of euros in damages.

Smart toothbrush? What on earth would you want one for?


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Donuel
Date: 03 Feb 24 - 07:58 AM

For the first time in 200 years the 17 year cicadas will emerge at the same time as the 13 year cicadas in my area. No one knows if interbreeding will occur and what the results could be. The hungry wildlife will splurge on the easy meal of cicadas since cicadas have no defense and are quite nutritious.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Donuel
Date: 02 Feb 24 - 05:33 AM

Today is Groundhog Day! Along with every day hereafter regarding record high temps worldwide and demented conspiracy right-wing politics.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Mrrzy
Date: 01 Feb 24 - 05:25 PM

Hungary either shat or got off the pot


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 28 Jan 24 - 04:13 PM

I hope he hasn't spent his retirement savings on booking helicopters etc. to move that beautiful piano to exotic locations.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 Jan 24 - 10:12 PM

What a beautiful piano!

Next he should take up the harmonica; he'll be able to visit a lot more places more easily! :)


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 27 Jan 24 - 02:44 PM

Tasmania's 'piano man' Kelvin Smith says it's time to retire his instrument
It started with a vision — to get back into playing piano, and to do it in the most beautiful locations possible.
More than four years on, it has given musician and labourer Kelvin Smith more incredible experiences than he expected.
His piano has been dropped by helicopter on the Gordon Dam wall and has hung from a crane on Hobart's waterfront.
"But even the simplest of locations, just wheeling it out into the backyard, the local park, the local beach … just having a piano outdoors, there's something beautiful about that," Mr Smith said (read on & admire the pics!)


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Donuel
Date: 22 Jan 24 - 06:49 PM

An estimated 80% of the world’s population have a caffeinated product daily. In Peru or Asian and African countries, there are different stimulants that are more or less legal.

Both the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) define a safe caffeine intake as up to 400 mg per day, 200 mg per single dose, or 1.4 mg per pound (3 mg per kg) of body weight.

Due to its stimulating effects, caffeine has been linked to health benefits like enhanced alertness, improved athletic performance, elevated mood, and increased metabolism. I am clearly over caffeinated by these standards. Evidenced by my posting activity and eclectic interests I should probably have half the coffee I make.

Coffee and tea both contain caffeine. A standard 8-ounce cup of coffee contains about 95 milligrams of caffeine, while a cup of black tea has about 50 milligrams, and green tea has about 30 milligrams. That means coffee has twice as much caffeine as the same amount of black tea, and over three times the amount of caffeine as green tea.

“While tea also contains caffeine and has been shown to improve cognitive function and alertness, the addition of theanine, an amino acid, gives tea the added benefit of reducing stress”. If you’re about to embark on a major project or need a laser level of focus, black or green tea may be your ideal go-to beverage with no caffeine trembles and reduced stress might help you make it to the project finish line.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Thompson
Date: 22 Jan 24 - 09:54 AM

Fabulous, world-cheering, wonderful news: in Cameroon they're starting the first ever vaccination drive against malaria, a disease that kills 600,000 people a year in Africa, 80% of them children.
This is a world-changing vaccine, comparable to the effect of vaccination and antibiotics against tuberculosis in the 20th century. This, spreading across the continent, could be the first step to prosperity in Africa. God bless its makers.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Thompson
Date: 22 Jan 24 - 02:49 AM

The map of countries with countries with legal execution by the state is embarrassing if you're living in one of them; the Devil loves good company; by their friends shall you know them…


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Jan 24 - 11:48 PM

I heard a story about that - it is the most bizarre, cruel thing in the world, these states racing to execute prisoners.

In other news, a friend sent this piece, it sounds rather like a Chinese propaganda video, but it is interesting. I can't exactly figure out where this desert reclamation project is (looking on Google Earth). https://youtu.be/zqkok2p-Kw8. Apparently in the Maowusu Desert desert, also called the Mu Us Desert. She has apparently turned 42,200 square kilometers into more of a forest and farmland.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Donuel
Date: 21 Jan 24 - 08:00 AM

Alabama has a brand new way to execute people via a mask that infuses pure nitrogen into the prisoner. While N alone is known to be fatal the length of time to suffocate is unknown. The prisoner they will try it on already survived a 3-hour lethal injection attempt because of the prison authority's incompetence.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Mrrzy
Date: 16 Jan 24 - 06:59 PM

Athur C. Clarke's and Gene Roddenberry's ashes won't make it to the moon.

I am, personally, glad. No corpse powder, no chindis.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 16 Jan 24 - 05:39 PM

meanwhile in the Land of Oz - Egg producer Fabian Fabbro discovers round egg, first in more than a million eggs collected ... But looks can be deceiving, and it turned out the egg was not quite perfectly round. "Jodie, my partner, put it on the vernier calipers and it was a couple of millimetres out of being geometrically perfect," Mr Fabbro said ...


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Mrrzy
Date: 16 Jan 24 - 05:02 PM

Africa's Cup > US football. And in my home country!


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Jan 24 - 06:54 PM

Boston has had an interesting six months or so, sports-wise.
First their soccer team, the New England Revolution
(think Robert Kraft, owner),
had their coach, Bruce Arena, resign ignominiously.

Today, Bill Belichek, coach for the New England Patriots,
is leaving his post after 24 years
(Robert Kraft, owner, again).


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: keberoxu
Date: 10 Jan 24 - 06:50 PM

Not exactly new news, but today's New York Times had a fascinating feature article about
a community across the township line from Austin, Texas,
where tiny houses are being utilized
to help the chronically homeless.
It's a long article with lots of photographs.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Mrrzy
Date: 05 Jan 24 - 02:46 PM

NRA prez is out


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Jan 24 - 03:39 PM

Throw the APA or MLA or Turabian book at the critics - let them understand what they're looking it. They'll back off with their tails between their legs instead of trying to get the rules about "over forty words must be placed in a blockquote."

Meanwhile, the Trump supporters panting over pending lists of Epstein's cronies seem to have instead encountered his name dropping habits that are being debunked by the people themselves or their representatives. They cast a wide net trying to snag people they can use to bring down other people and it seems to just muddy the waters more.

Jeffrey Epstein boasted of spurious celebrity connections, documents show
Court document released Wednesday confirmed some celebrity connections but also showed late sex offender’s flimsy braggadocio


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Mrrzy
Date: 04 Jan 24 - 01:03 PM

Indeed. I read that too...


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 02 Jan 24 - 06:24 PM

It sounds like a proofreader or editor needs to step up regarding the charges of plagiarism for that Harvard professor - apparently some of the criticism of remarks posted "without quotes" was when
they were delivered in blockquotes, which in scholarly publications means it is a quote and you never use quotes on it (this being a blockquote that actually isn't quoting anything, just here for mechanical reasons)

but the block might not show up with the way they're searching, or they don't know what they're looking at.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Mrrzy
Date: 02 Jan 24 - 02:23 PM

Harvard prez out


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Mrrzy
Date: 29 Dec 23 - 03:12 PM

Ok ok... Go googlenews biarritz chef. I can't even.

Oh, ok. Michelin-starred chef leaves Biarritz restaurant after an "incident" involving nudity, bondage, fruit, veg, and orifices.

The search brings up all the funny headlines, though...

Vraiment, la vie est intéressante partout.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Donuel
Date: 04 Dec 23 - 05:45 AM

Purdue Pharma is litigating a bankruptcy settlement regarding the creation of the opioid crisis.

Its like 10 lbs of shit in a 5 lbs Sackler.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Donuel
Date: 01 Dec 23 - 07:32 AM

Besides, teaching at Harvard is a helluva Plan B.

It turns out that only one woman in Israel's Intelligence Department warned of the Hamas attack for a year but was ignored by all the men who called her 'imaginative'.

Sounds familiar.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Donuel
Date: 01 Dec 23 - 07:18 AM

Why did Tom Lehrer really stop performing?
Most likely even though Lehrer was "a hero of the anti-nuclear, civil rights left" and covered its political issues in many of his songs and, even though he shared the New Left's opposition to the Vietnam War, and advocated for civil rights, he disliked the aesthetics of the counterculture of the 1960s and stopped performing, The hippy-dippy counter-culture was not his crowd.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Donuel
Date: 01 Dec 23 - 07:09 AM

Tom Lehrer's National Brotherhood Week, among other songs, can not be more perfect. As such, singing the truth probably attracted the bile of powers that be which can be quite punitive if not fatal. Remember the era of Tom.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 30 Nov 23 - 04:10 PM

Queensland grazier makes sign to redirect lost travellers following Google Maps ... TRUST ME NOT GOOGLE - the place they want is 17.5km (11 miles) away!


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 30 Nov 23 - 01:37 PM

I heard once (corrections invited) that Henry Kissinger getting the Nobel Peace Prize was the reason Tom Lehrer gave up performing, on the grounds that satire was no longer possible.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Mrrzy
Date: 30 Nov 23 - 12:25 PM

I was going to put Kissinger here, too. Wow.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Donuel
Date: 30 Nov 23 - 11:48 AM

5 million Americans have a warrant out for their arrest.
31 States have Insurance companies backing out of claims related to climate change.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lucky to have Jimmy Carter
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 30 Nov 23 - 09:26 AM

Cambodia. Vietnam. Pinochet. Nobel peace prize. Spot the incongruity.


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Subject: RE: BS: Lucky to have Jimmy Carter
From: keberoxu
Date: 30 Nov 23 - 08:49 AM

Off-topic, I know, but
Henry Kissinger died yesterday.
Takes me back to Watergate . . .


So off-topic it was moved over here. ---mudelf


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Donuel
Date: 29 Nov 23 - 08:42 AM

It is true but I suspect not to be confused with the most used or googled word.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: MaJoC the Filk
Date: 28 Nov 23 - 12:43 PM

.... can't .... resist ....

> Word of the year is Authentic

Are you sure that isn't fake news, Mrrzy :-) ?


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Donuel
Date: 28 Nov 23 - 07:59 AM

The couple in the Bently were extremely drunk when they returned from a Casino and drove 80mph when they hit an inclined concrete barrier that separated lanes at the 'toll booth' sending them up up and over an 8 foot fence nose-diving into the booths.

I am considering using a very old marine salvage law that would allow me to claim the 1,500 sq. mile ice berg as floating real estate. The only problem is I would have to go there. A beaver plane with skis should do the trick.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Mrrzy
Date: 27 Nov 23 - 07:44 PM

Word of the year is Authentic


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Donuel
Date: 27 Nov 23 - 07:26 AM

More news you can't use; A 1,500 sq. mile iceberg is now sailing the open ocean at 3 miles a day.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Nov 23 - 04:08 PM

This was a rather strange event yesterday, when a Bentley (!) sped up, hit a barrier and went airborne. It crashed into a booth and exploded on the bridge between Niagara Falls, NY and Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Fiery Bentley crash that killed two at US-Canada border likely not terrorism, says FBI
Rainbow Bridge was closed on one of year’s busiest days after vehicle reportedly en route to Kiss concert exploded on Wednesday
“More information could arise but, based on the preliminary investigation, no sign of terrorist involvement in the horrific explosion that occurred here in western New York,” the New York governor, Kathy Hochul, told reporters on Wednesday.

She added the car was “incinerated” in the crash.

The mayor of Niagara Falls on the Ontario side of the border told CBC News the community was on a “real emotional rollercoaster” amid the uncertainty of information reported by media outlets. “People live on one side and work on the other,” Jim Diodati said. “We just thought, you gotta be kidding.”

The Ontario premier, Doug Ford, said provincial police were “actively engaged” in the investigation.

Due to the scope and complexity of the crash, police anticipate that the investigation will take “some time” to complete. The border crossing is not expected to open until at least Friday.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 08 Nov 23 - 04:27 PM

How a Melbourne recycling program is using old hotel soap to solve a global health problem ... A decade after Soap Aid's inception, boxes of used soap from 250 hotels across Australia and New Zealand come to a warehouse in Melbourne's south.

Some soap is yellow-brown, cracked, and filthy. Others are pristine and in their original wrappings.

Phase one includes manually and visually checking, and sorting what is not salvageable.

The rest is checked by a metal detector and scraped clean by hand.

"I check up to 200 kilograms a day," shouts a worker proudly over the whirr of machinery.

Then, soap that is deemed to be reusable is dumped into a machine for a multi-phase process to treat, smash, strain, and then re-mould the soap ...

Mr Matulick said Soap Aid supplied 2.9 million bars of soap to communities in need across the world, including remote and regional Indigenous communities in Australia ...


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From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Nov 23 - 05:56 PM

Australia's fashion waste is a growing problem, but these scientists say they have an answer It looks and feels like children's playdough, but this colourful clay being made in a lab at Deakin University in Geelong, is actually old clothing.
For the past five years, scientists at the university's Institute for Frontier Materials have been trialling different methods to figure out the best way to recycle Australia's growing textile waste.
Now, they think they've found a way.
"What we've discovered is that we can take waste textiles and grind them up into really fine particles, which we can then use as a pigment to re-dye new textiles," Emma Prime, Deakin University's strategic research manager, said. (read on)


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 27 Oct 23 - 06:18 PM

wikipedia on tree kangaroos

video


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 24 Oct 23 - 05:37 PM

Orphaned eastern grey kangaroo joey fitted with prosthetic after losing part of tail awww, so cute! so clever - bloke who makes prosthetic limbs for people has a go making one for a roo cos it can't balance & hop about properly.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Donuel
Date: 11 Nov 23 - 12:38 PM

Iceland declared a state of emergency regarding an impending volcanic eruption.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news *not* about the virus
From: Donuel
Date: 04 Nov 23 - 07:11 AM

He won't be fried, but he's going to the cooler.

Who could buy his magic beans and not expect they were fake?


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