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Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on September 2, 2015
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on November 28, 2011
The corpse of the high-ranking woman believed to be from the Ming Dynasty – the ruling power in China between 1368 and 1644 – was stumbled across by a team who were looking to expand a street.
And the mummy, which was found in the city of Taizhou, in the Jiangsu Province, along with two other wooden tombs, offers a fascinating insight into life as it was back then.
Discovered two metres below the road surface, the woman’s features – from her head to her shoes – have retained their original condition, and have hardly deteriorated.
Sheepish scientists refer to it as a tail, but the appendage dragging behind the male frog recently discovered in Mendocino County is no tail.
The little amphibian, known as a coastal tailed frog, is unique among frog and toad species for its comparatively magnificent, let’s call it, copulatory organ.
The unusual species was found recently for the first time in the 23,780-acre Garcia River Forest, farther south than it has ever been known to exist. Biologists say the 1- to 2-inch-long amphibian has a lot going for it, most notably its genitalia, which can get up to a quarter of the length of its body.
Mum-of-two Rifca Stanescu was 12 when she had her first child Maria.
She urged the girl not to follow her example – but Maria gave birth to son Ion while only 11.
Rifca had married jewellery seller Ionel Stanescu when she was 11 and he was 13.
They eloped because Rifca feared her father wanted her to marry another village lad in Investi, Romania. She was forgiven when she had her daughter – making her mum, also Maria, a great-gran at 40.
New Zealand-based research organization AgResearch has abandoned its 13-year animal cloning research program after it proved to be an abysmal failure. A company report states that “only 10 percent of the cloned animals survived through the research trials,” and it also admits that the animals underwent “unnecessary suffering” in the process.
For years, AgResearch has unsuccessfully tried to modify animals to create more milk, grow faster, resist disease, and even unnaturally grow special proteins from genetically-modified animal embryos for use in human drugs. But reports indicate that most of the animals used in its trials experienced severe pain and suffering as a result, while the vast majority of them ended up dying from either spontaneous abortions or hydrops, a condition where a cow’s uterus fills with water and results in the mother having to be euthanized.
Facebook is reportedly moving forward with plans to provide third-party developers and external websites with access to the home addresses and cellphone numbers of its members.
The social networking site originally announced the feature in its Developer Blog in January only to incur serious public outcry over security concerns. Within three days of the announcement, Facebook suspended the feature until the hype died down, only to reintroduce it today.
Facebook reaffirmed it would indeed be allowing third parties to request access to users’ address and phones numbers.
The motivation behind Facebook’s move is the enormous amount of cash marketers and third-party websites will pay the site for the pressure information. It’s all part of Facebook’s bigger plan to become a viable marketing channel for businesses.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had been exhaustively in front of cameras promoting the right for people to protest in Egypt, Bahrain, Iran, and Libya. She’s been touting the freedom to use social networking sites as a way for Arab people to organize against their oppressive regimes. Now, the Administration is even considering arming the opposition in Libya.
Clinton’s perpetual propaganda efforts exposed her blatant hypocrisy when a silent peaceful protester was violently removed from one of her recent speeches on the very subject. However, the hypocrisy now seems to go much deeper in her deafening silence over the prospect for protests in Saudi Arabia.
Google this week admitted that its staff will pick and choose what appears in its search results. It’s a historic statement – and nobody has yet grasped its significance.
Not so very long ago, Google disclaimed responsibility for its search results by explaining that these were chosen by a computer algorithm. The disclaimer lives on at Google News, where we are assured that:
The selection and placement of stories on this page were determined automatically by a computer program.
A few years ago, Google’s apparently unimpeachable objectivity got some people very excited, and technology utopians began to herald Google as the conduit for a new form of democracy. Google was only too pleased to encourage this view. It explained that its algorithm “relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page’s value. “
Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said legalizing marijuana would greatly increase its use, but that the issue should not only be approached as a criminal justice problem.
Kerlikowske added that prescription drug abuse was “clearly” the greatest drug problem in the United States.
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on March 8, 2011
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on January 10, 2011
When Huntington Beach, Calif., detectives searched Rodney Alcala’s Seattle storage locker during the Robin Samsoe murder investigation in 1979, they discovered a cache of photos, many of them young women in suggestive, and even pornographic poses.In March 2010, after a third jury in 30 years handed Alcala a death sentence, Huntington Beach police released more than 100 of those photos hoping to identify the women and some children, and learn if Alcala claimed still more victims.
Most of those who have been identified are alive and well. But investigators continue to get new tips every day.
With all its mod-cons no more than two steps away, this tiny city centre apartment in Rome is compact in every way – except its breathtaking 50,000 Euro price tag.The former porter’s cupboard – which measures just five square metres – was put on the market this week by the Italian owner who claims he’s been flooded with queries.
Last week in Colorado we’ve seen President Obama portrayed as a terrorist, illegal immigrant, gambler and homosexual all in the same billboard in Grand Junction, with the title “Vote DemocRAT.”Then there’s the online ad for Amendment 62, the so-called “personhood” amendment that would grant rights to “every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.” That two-minute video attributes “the decline of America” to Colorado’s 1967 approval of abortion to save a mother’s life or in cases of rape or incest. At one point, Obama’s face appears, morphing from the grim reaper, with the words “Then the Angel of Death arrived and Hell followed with him.” As ominous music plays in the background, the video notes, “He took over banks, industry, and finally, our health care.” The video from Personhood USA is titled “The Prolife Tea Party Vote.”
When a pigeon was gobbled up by a greedy pelican, it looked like instant game over for the little bird.But when the predator unexpectedly opened up his huge beak again, the pigeon was given a chance to save himself and fly away.
Confusingly, however, the dopey bird instead chose to simply sit in the beak taking in the view – and missed his only opportunity to escape.
Not surprisingly, he was eaten up.
Over the weekend, the Washington Post provided some more details about the ongoing foreclosure fraud scandal, noting that “virtually everyone involved – loan servicers, law firms, document processing companies and others – made more money as they evicted more borrowers from their homes, creating a system that was vulnerable to error and difficult for homeowners to challenge.” A bevy of Democratic lawmakers have called for examinations of the banks’ potentially fraudulent activities, while the Attorneys General of all fifty states have pledged a coordinated investigation.Republicans, however, have been largely silent on the issue. And according to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who is slated to take over the House Committee on Government and Oversight should the Republicans gain a majority, the GOP is not really interested in the banks’ malpractice. Instead, Issa wants to “launch aggressive inquiries” into whether the government helped poor people buy houses they couldn’t afford
“In the end, the product planners lost a key part of the debate. The winners: executives who argued that giving automatic privacy to consumers would make it tougher for Microsoft to profit from selling online ads. Microsoft built its browser so that users must deliberately turn on privacy settings every time they start up the software.Microsoft’s original privacy plans for the new Explorer were “industry-leading” and technically superior to privacy features in earlier browsers, says Simon Davies, a privacy-rights advocate in the U.K. whom Microsoft consulted while forming its browser privacy plans. Most users of the final product aren’t even aware its privacy settings are available, he says. “That’s where the disappointment lies.”
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on October 20, 2010
Conjured by o~ SeMeN SPeRmS ~o on August 28, 2010