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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Drone saves two Australian swimmers in world first - BBC News

The swimmers, aged 15-17, had got into difficulties off the coast of Lennox Head, New South Wales (NSW).

A member of the public spotted them struggling in heavy surf about 700m (2,300ft) offshore.

Lifesavers instantly sent the drone to drop an inflatable rescue pod, and the pair made their way safely to shore.

via www.bbc.com

Hard to picture a Baywatch episode though.

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Amazon narrows HQ2 search to 20 cities, moving to next phase in contest for $5B economic prize – GeekWire

Amazon has selected 20 cities to move to the next phase in its HQ2 selection process, the latest twist in an unprecedented headquarters search that has turned into a national curiosity.

via www.geekwire.com

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Most dog owners would rather hang out with their pet than people | New York Post

More than half of American dog owners admit they flake out on social events to hang out with their pet, according to new research.

The study of 2,000 dog owners found skipping out on human commitments specifically to get a bit of quality furry friend time is a common occurrence.

via nypost.com

Guilty.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Alligator fights python in front of shocked golfers | New York Post

An alligator and a Burmese python were locked in a cold-blooded battle to the death as a crowd watched in shock at a golf course in Naples, Fla., last week.

via nypost.com

More exciting than golf.

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‘Psychic’ paid $3.5M for exorcisms sentenced for tax evasion | New York Post

BOSTON — A purported psychic who charged an elderly Massachusetts woman $3.5 million for exorcisms and “spiritual cleansing” has been sentenced for evading taxes.

via nypost.com

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Trump's 'Fake News Awards' lead with CNN, ABC's Ross, NY Times' Krugman | TheHill

"The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover," according to the GOP-hosted website. Krugman's No. 1 listing is contrasted with a headline that shows the Dow hitting a record high. 

via thehill.com

What I would like to know is if the Krugmaniac invests like a Republican. I'd bet he does.

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Media Call Trump a Racist, but to What End? | National Review

Now, let’s stipulate a few facts. First, Trump makes racist statements, from his attacks on a “Mexican” judge to his willingness to wink at the KKK to his quasi-defense of some of the “good people” in the Charlottesville white-supremacist march. Second, Trump’s worldview is not openly racist — he’s not a representative of Richard Spencer–type white supremacism, declaring black Americans lesser, for example.

With that in mind, let’s now ask a simple question: What’s the point of labeling Trump personally a racist?

via www.nationalreview.com

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A(nother) funny thing happened on the way to California's bullet train paradise - Hot Air Hot Air

Stop us if you’ve heard this before. And you have, you have. The price for the first leg of the California high-speed rail system has gone up 35% over earlier projections, adding nearly $3 billion to the cost of connecting Bakersfield to Fresno — or more accurately, points just outside both towns, neither of which are exactly destination centers in the Golden State. The reasons offer a bleak look at the sustainability of cost projections for the entire LA-San Francisco route, too:

via hotair.com

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Coyote with Mange by Mark Wunderlich

Coyote, with Mange
BY MARK WUNDERLICH
 
Oh, Unreadable One, why
have you done this to your dumb creature?
Why have you chosen to punish the coyote
rummaging for chicken bones in the dung heap,
shucked the fur from his tail
and fashioned it into a scabby cane?
Why have you denuded his face,
tufted it, so that when he turns he looks
like a slow child unhinging his face in a smile?
The coyote shambles, crow-hops, keeps his head low,
and without fur, his now visible pizzle
is a sad red protuberance,
his hind legs the backward image
of a bandy-legged grandfather, stripped.
Why have you unhoused this wretch
from his one aesthetic virtue,
taken from him that which kept him
from burning in the sun like a man?
Why have you pushed him from his world into mine,
stopped him there and turned his ear
toward my warning shout?
 
H/t PGS. 
Patrick came across a coyote with terrible mange early the other morning. He was a few feet from our front door. He looked Patrick over, unafraid, and then trotted unsteadily off. This explains our dogs' flighty behavior lately.

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Ex-CIA officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee held 'for spying for China' - BBC News

Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a naturalised US citizen, was held at New York's JFK airport on Monday, the US justice department said.

He worked for the CIA between 1994 and 2007, when he left for Hong Kong.

In 2012 the FBI began investigating the disappearance of CIA agents in China.

In the two years before, some 20 informants had been killed or jailed - one of the most disastrous failures of US intelligence in recent years.

But officials did not know at the time whether to blame a mole or data hack.

via www.bbc.com

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