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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Michael Watkins shot Gloria Watkins in head with bow-and-arrow, authorities say - Newsday

MARY ESTHER, Fla. - A Florida man told police he shot his mother with a gun and a bow-and-arrow and then stabbed her Sunday because he claimed she "stole his diamonds and also gave his father cancer," authorities said.

via www.newsday.com

Funny, he doesn't look like etc. No goatee though.

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At This Conference, Scientists Spout Bogus Theories on Bugs, Yawns and Belly Fat - WSJ

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—At a recent scientific conference here, Justin Werfel, a Harvard University researcher who has studied termites in Africa, described to the crowd his theory on why bugs are so disgusting.

It is all about evolution, Dr. Werfel said. Increased competition among humans for food drove bugs to become ever more disgusting to keep people from eating them, he said.

via online.wsj.com

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Justices weigh limits of free speech over Internet | Fox News

In a far-reaching case that probes the limits of free speech over the Internet, the Supreme Court on Monday was to consider whether Elonis' Facebook posts, and others like it, deserve protection under the First Amendment.

via www.foxnews.com

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Ripples in Space-Time Could Reveal 'Strange Stars' : Discovery News

By looking for ripples in the fabric of space-time, scientists could soon detect "strange stars" -- objects made of stuff radically different from the particles that make up ordinary matter, researchers say.

via news.discovery.com

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Homosexuality May Have Evolved In Humans Because It Helps Us Bond, Scientists Say

Now researchers from the University of Portsmouth in England have put forth a controversial new theory. They say homosexuality evolved in humans and other primates because it helps us form bonds with one another.

via www.huffingtonpost.com

This is an old theory.

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Robot Sub Finds Surprisingly Thick Antarctic Sea Ice

The discovery adds to the ongoing mystery of Antarctica's expanding sea ice. According to climate models, the region's sea ice should be shrinking each year because of global warming. Instead, satellite observations show the ice is expanding, and the continent's sea ice has set new records for the past three winters. At the same time, Antarctica's ice sheet (the glacial ice on land) is melting and retreating.

via www.livescience.com

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A 2016 ballot without Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush? You heard it here | The Kansas City Star

Charlie Cook, one of the most respected political experts in the country, believes Hillary Clinton has only a 25-30 percent chance of running for president, and in any case he thinks she is either “rusty” or “she has lost her fastball.” He bases that on her disastrous book tour, in which she said some very inappropriate things and also did not sell many books.

The author of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report newsletter for almost 30 years also disappointed a local audience when he did not give Jeb Bush much of a chance of gaining the Republican nomination.

via www.kansascity.com

Let's hope he's right.

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Hilchos (Laws) of Xmas

Preparing for Xmas

1. PREPARATIONS FOR XMAS MUST NOT BEGIN(1) BEFORE THANKSGIVING.(2) THIS APPLIES TO PREPARATIONS WHICH AFFECT THE HOLIDAY MOOD,(3) BUT NOT THOSE WHICH ARE DONE IN PRIVATE.(4)

(1) This contrasts sharply with Shabbos, for the mitzva of honoring Shabbos applies all week long. For example, if one finds a particularly good food during the week, one should save it for Shabbos even though it is now only Sunday and Shabbos is a week away. However, Xmas preparations may not begin too far in advance, in order to fulfill the dictum, "It's beginning to look a lot like Xmas."
(2) This is because of the principle that two festive occasions should not be mixed into each other. Note the decree of the great R.H. Macy, who established that Santa Claus may not appear in the Thanksgiving Day parade until after all the other floats have passed.
(3) Such as setting up the Xmas tree (some say even buying one,) or playing holiday music on the Muzak.
(4) Such as buying gifts or buying the Xmas dinner turkey. Cooking the turkey may not be done before Thanksgiving because it will appear to be a Thanksgiving turkey.

2. SOME HOLD THAT THE TREE SHOULD BE DECORATED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THANKSGIVING,(5) BUT OTHERS PREFER TO DECORATE IT AS CLOSE TO XMAS AS POSSIBLE.(6)

(5) For the mitzva of "adding to the yom tov" by beginning the Xmas season early.
(6) As it is said, "Do not put off for tomorrow, that which can be put off for the day after tomorrow."

via www.jewishworldreview.com

Kinda funny.

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ISIS Meets Its Match at an Iraqi Town When Christian Militia Shows Up to Teach Them Who’s Boss

The inhabitants of the predominantly Christian Bakufa formed a village militia, after fighting side-by-side with Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters to push ISIS from their hamlet.

via www.ijreview.com

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The physical evidence in the Michael Brown case supported the officer [updated with DNA evidence] - The Washington Post

In the wake of the Michael Brown grand jury decision, several blog posts (including one by me Wednesday) have dissected Officer Darren Wilson’s testimony.  Read by itself, different people can draw differing conclusions about whether it is accurate or not.  But what hasn’t been widely discussed is whether the physical evidence confirms or contradicts his story.

via www.washingtonpost.com

Paul actually looks at the evidence. This turns out to be very rare in the media.

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