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  1. macbill

    macbill Gregarious Misanthrope

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    macbill Gregarious Misanthrope

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    Female Ted Cruz Lookalike Agrees To Do Porn For $10,000
    Searcy Hayes, 21, has become a viral sensation ever since she appeared on the Maury Povich show on April 19. She is now capitalizing on her fame by making a 6-minute porn for $10,000.
    Her boyfriend — and future costar — is proud: “She’s more famous than Madonna!”
     
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    macbill Gregarious Misanthrope

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    shmeat, sheet meat. Vat cultured, cloned cells of animal muscle, blended with vegetable oils in the printing process which layers the product on mylar sheets.

    think fruit roll up...

    Mmmeat roll-up
     
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    Drug Testing Expert Was High For Eight Years
    Sonja Farak handled around 30,000 criminal cases which could be called into question after she admitted tampering with evidence.

    "During her own grand jury testimony, she admitted she once smoked crack before a 2012 state police accreditation inspection of the now-closed lab. She also testified that she manufactured crack cocaine for her personal use in the lab."
    http://news.sky.com/story/1690637/drug-testing-expert-was-high-for-eight-years

    "In fact, I'm smoking crack right now your honour" :spliff:
    https://www.reddit.com/r/nottheonion/comments/4i0qie/drug_testing_expert_was_high_for_eight_years/
     
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    macbill Gregarious Misanthrope

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  8. His_Highness

    His_Highness In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king

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    I couldn't find a mention but maybe this is just a way to cut costs by substituting brewer's yeast for..........another version. Uhg - :puke:

    @macbill - you never cease to amaze with these finds.
     
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    lwien Well-Known Member

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    "Exploding Vaporizer Rips Hole in Mans Tongue"
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    lwien Well-Known Member

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    btw, that story above reminded me so much of this classic:

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    Great reason to use a whip
     
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    macbill Gregarious Misanthrope

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    Two Hours Of Competitive Vaping

    This past weekend, Las Vegas hosted a very important athletic trial: competitive vape cloud blowing. The game goes like this: two players stand back to back, vape pens in hand. At the end of a countdown, they blow the biggest vape clouds they can, and a panel of three judges decide which cloud is bigger.


    This would be kind of fun at a stoners' party.
     
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    macbill Gregarious Misanthrope

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    Men with sausages attack vegan restaurant

    Thugs wearing sausage necklaces and brandishing kebabs stormed a vegan cafe in the historic old city of Tblisi and threw grilled meat into diners' vegetarian dinners.
     
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  15. grokit

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    It’s the Anniversary of the Worst Terrorist Attack in the US Before 9/11 — And No One’s Heard Of It
    May 31, 2016

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    “Personal belongings and household goods had been removed from many homes and piled in the streets. On the steps of the few houses that remained sat feeble and gray Negro men and women and occasionally a small child. The look in their eyes was one of dejection and supplication. Judging from their attitude, it was not of material consequence to them whether they lived or died. Harmless themselves, they apparently could not conceive the brutality and fiendishness of men who would deliberately set fire to the homes of their friends and neighbors and just as deliberately shoot them down in their tracks,” the Tulsa Daily World described on June 2, 1921, following the obliteration of a thriving neighborhood that had come to be called Black Wall Street.

    Prior to the attacks of September 11, 2001, the outright decimation of Black Wall Street, also known as Little Africa — which began the evening of May 31, 1921, and didn’t end until the following afternoon — had been considered the worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil and the worst civil disturbance since the Civil War. Unfortunately, now 95 years later, the tragic annihilation of an entire neighborhood has almost been lost to the passing of time — indeed, the insufficiently-named “Tulsa Riots” have almost wholly vanished from school curriculae outside Oklahoma.

    Credible estimates claim up to 400 people lost their lives, over 800 suffered injuries requiring admittance to area hospitals, “an estimated 10,000 were left homeless, 35 city blocks housing 1,256 residences were destroyed, and 600 successful businesses were lost, including 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores, two movie theaters and a hospital,” the Atlanta Black Star summarized in 2014.

    Black Wall Street blossomed in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, as segregation laws — dictating neither white nor black Americans could live in a neighborhood with more than 75 percent population of the other race — ironically created a system which kept money from leaving the community. African-Americans, by law, could not shop in white-owned business, so every imaginable business — from groceries and clothiers to hospitals and theaters — became immensely profitable.

    Schools offered superior educational opportunities, and homes and businesses in Little Africa were equipped with indoor plumbing before their white counterparts. An oil boom in the 1910s amplified the growth of the middle class. Greenwood, by all historical accounts, primarily consisted of the middle- and upper-classes — and by the time of the so-called riots, about 10,000 people lived and worked in Little Africa.

    As Jim Crow laws increased around the country, the overwhelming success experienced by citizens of Greenwood acerbated nearby white populations. Tensions between those communities reached a boiling point when Dick Rowland, rich from the business of shining shoes, was thrown in jail after being accused of the rape of white elevator operator, Sarah Page.

    “While it is still uncertain as to precisely what happened in the Drexel Building on May 30, 1921,” the Oklahoma Historical Society explains, “the most common explanation is that Rowland stepped on Page’s foot as he entered the elevator, causing her to scream.”

    An irate lynch mob gathered on the courthouse steps the following evening, calling for Rowland to be handed over; but the sheriff refused. An armed group of about 25 black men, including many World War I veterans, offered to help the sheriff protect Rowland, but were denied.

    Later, the furious white mob attempted to break into a National Guard armory, but the effort was thwarted. Chaos continued as a second group of about 75 black men returned to the courthouse — and were again turned away by authorities. As they left, according to the Historical Society, a white man moved to disarm a black vet, causing a shot to be fired into the air. Shortly thereafter, all hell broke loose.

    While these events certainly sparked the civilian and law enforcement terror attacks on the affluent neighborhood, the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 published a startling finding in its report in February 2001:

    At the time, many said that this was no spontaneous eruption of the rabble; it was planned and executed by the elite. Quite a few people — including some members of this commission — have studied the question and are persuaded that this is so, that the Tulsa race riot was the result of a conspiracy.

    Though the opinion wasn’t unanimously concluded by the commission, many scholars and historians have argued the same. When examining the details of events variously called race riots and outright terror attacks, the determination that an embittered elite opportunistically enjoined the Ku Klux Klan in seeking to destroy prosperous Black Wall Street handily fills gaps in the account lost over time.

    After the shot fired on the courthouse steps, some accounts say the black contingent returned to Greenwood, but generally, the situation in Tulsa devolved into mayhem. Though the sheriff had refused to turn Rowland over to be lynched, Tulsa law enforcement officers deputized a number of people who had comprised the white mob.

    Over a period of hours, black Tulsans were randomly victimized and targeted in drive-by shootings; homes and businesses in Little Africa were looted; and a number of fires set to buildings on the perimeter of the neighborhood. Law enforcement simply did not protect the Greenwood neighborhood, nor any of the black population anywhere in Tulsa. Though the National Guard mobilized, ostensibly to stem the increasing atrocities, guard members instead protected white areas of the city against a nonexistent threat.

    No body of law enforcement did anything to stop any violence perpetrated by the vicious white mob — and by some accounts, they performed mass arrests of Greenwood’s residents and even carried out atrocities. Little Africa’s tenacious residents defended their community for as long as possible, managing to stave off the hateful crowd for some time.

    But by sunrise, hundreds lay siege to Black Wall Street — murdering, looting, and burning everything in sight. At least one machine gun was used. Most accounts of the attack say planes — identified murkily as either flown by police or authorities — repeatedly bombed the area.

    By the time the violence ceased, Black Wall Street was effectively decimated — some 40 square blocks burned to the ground. Up to 300 people had been murdered, many buried in unmarked graves. In the time shortly after the riots, Greenwood began to rebuild — though many were forced to endure winter living in tents. Despite relatively successful reconstruction projects, the community never again thrived in quite the same way it had prior to the attack.

    Astonishingly, not a single person was ever held accountable for any atrocity committed — not one murder, not one case of arson, not even robbery.

    Debate over what actually occurred between Rowland and Page that ultimately led to the terrible events remains a matter of conjecture for two reasons.

    First, no written record of Page’s account to police has ever materialized. Second, though the incident appears to be as plain as Rowland having accidentally stomped on Page’s foot, local newspaper the Tulsa Tribune reportedly first characterized it as a rape — though even that report doesn’t exist in hard copy. Microfilmed archives of the paper remain available, but according to the Commission’s report, “before the actual microfilming was done some years later, someone had deliberately torn out of the May 31, 1921 city edition both a front-page article and, in addition, nearly all of the editorial page.”

    While those aspects might appear to be superficial details, they lend a degree of credibility to the idea the entire riot and subsequent destruction of Black Wall Street had been a carefully orchestrated plot.

    Perhaps the greatest threat Black Wall Street posed to the elites — considering the Tulsa riots occurred during the historical period of ‘robber barons,’ monopolies, and economic stratification rivaled only today — wasn’t as much the neighborhood’s racial composition. Maybe, Black Wall Street’s insular and prosperous economy — a neighborhood thriving on its own accomplishments apart from the community and nation at large — constituted the larger menace to the aristocracy.

    Though it’s reasonable to assume we will never definitively know every detail leading up to and surrounding the events of May 31 through June 1, 1921, it’s imperative not to allow the attacks to be lost to the passing of time.

    http://www.activistpost.com/2016/05/worst-terrorist-attack-before-911.html
     
  16. His_Highness

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    Tough to throw a 'like' on that one @grokit. As you implied though...bringing it out into the light was important so 'like' it tiz. Never heard of it....thanks for the education.
     
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    Yeah me neither, until it hit my inbox this morning :shrug:
     
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    Elon Musk: The chance we are not living in a computer simulation is 'one in billions'
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    "If we aren't stuck in a Matrix-style world, then the world is about to end"

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    Elon Musk has said that there is only a “one in billions” chance that we’re not living in a computer simulation.

    Our lives are almost certainly being conducted within an artificial world powered by AI and highly-powered computers, like in The Matrix, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO suggested at a tech conference in California.

    Mr Musk, who has donated huge amounts of money to research into the dangers of artificial intelligence, said that he hopes his prediction is true because otherwise it means the world will end.

    “The strongest argument for us probably being in a simulation I think is the following,” he told the Code Conference. “40 years ago we had Pong – two rectangles and a dot. That’s where we were.

    “Now 40 years later we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously and it’s getting better every year. And soon we’ll have virtual reality, we’ll have augmented reality.

    “If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality, just indistinguishable.”

    He said that even if the speed of those advancements dropped by 1000, we would still be moving forward at an intense speed relative to the age of life.

    Since that would lead to games that would be indistinguishable from reality that could be played anywhere, “it would seem to follow that the odds that we’re in ‘base reality’ is one in billions”, Mr Musk said.

    Asked whether he was saying that the answer to the question of whether we are in a simulated computer game was “yes”, he said the answer is “probably”.

    He said that arguably we should hope that it’s true that we live in a simulation. “Otherwise, if civilisation stops advancing, then that may be due to some calamitous event that stops civilisation.”

    He said that either we will make simulations that we can’t tell apart from the real world, “or civilisation will cease to exist”.

    Mr Musk said that he has had “so many simulation discussions it’s crazy”, and that it got to the point where “every conversation [he had] was the AI/simulation conversation”.

    The question of whether what we see is real or simulated has perplexed humans since at least the Ancient philosophers. But it has been given a new and different edge in recent years with the development of powerful computers and artificial intelligence, which some have argued shows how easily such a simulation could be created.

    (speech on video):
    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-s...mulation-gaming-virtual-reality-a7060941.html

    :uhoh: :spliff:
     
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    Speaking of the news...
    2016, the year thoughtful americans started thing for themselves :hmm:?

    Poll: 2016 is the Year Americans Stopped Trusting the Establishment, Especially the Media

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    In ten years, Americans’ confidence in television and print news crashed to an all-time low, according to the latest Gallup poll.

    After mainstream media coverage of the massacre in Orlando on Sunday largely failed to dig further after multiple witnesses came forward suggesting more than one attacker was involved, that lack of trust seems logical.

    While trust in media crashed by 10 percent — newspapers hit their lowest confidence rating since 2007, at 20 percent — other institutions fared significantly worse.


    Confidence in banks, which tumbled dramatically following the financial crisis of 2008, plummeted by 22 percent — the largest loss of any institution Gallup surveyed — from 49 percent in 2006, to just 27 percent ten years later.

    Virtually no one has faith in Congress anymore, as the notorious legislative body nose-dived by 10 percent — to a paltry 9 percent.

    “Congress has the ignominious distinction of being the only institution sparking little or no confidence in a majority of Americans,” Gallup noted.

    Both the Supreme Court and organized labor experienced only minor drops in public confidence.

    Overall trust in institutions fell by 6 percent over the last decade, and though the aforementioned results match the cynicism so permeating the United States in 2016, several results might come as a surprise.

    Despite endlessly questionable foreign policy maneuvers, confidence in the presidency grew by 3 points — from 33 percent in 2006, to 36 percent now.

    On the same note, Americans’ trust of the military neither lost nor gained, instead remaining the most positively-viewed institution on the list, hands down — at an overwhelming 73 percent. Theoretically, the public’s response might reflect the enormously successful ‘Support the Troops’ propaganda campaign, or even a perception the military acts as a defensive body, though such details were beyond the scope of Gallup’s poll.

    Perhaps most alarming to anyone paying even cursory attention to the epidemic of police killings and incidents of brutality and violence, over the past decade public confidence in police remains comparatively high — falling just 2 percentage points to 56 percent.

    Congruous with growing awareness the United States incarcerates more people than any other nation on the planet — with 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prison population — confidence in the criminal justice system fell 2 points to 23 percent.

    Public schools lost ground, possibly due to ongoing contention over the Common Core program, plunging from 37 percent confidence rating to 30 percent in ten years.

    Americans also lost faith in faith. Overall confidence in church or organized religion slid significantly over the decade, from 52 percent to just 41 percent.

    As Gallup summarized,

    Americans clearly lack confidence in the institutions that affect their daily lives: the schools responsible for educating the nation’s children; the houses of worship that are expected to provide spiritual guidance; the banks that are supposed to protect Americans’ earnings; the U.S. Congress elected to represent the nation’s interests; and the news media that claims it exists to keep them informed.

    Perhaps, as has been suggested by countless activists and independent media outlets, including The Free Thought Project, the U.S. would be far better off if everyone turned off corporate media for good, stopped validating the broken system by voting for either ‘evil’ this November, and began to find solutions outside the narrative provided by the government apparently no one trusts.


    http://www.activistpost.com/2016/06...g-the-establishment-especially-the-media.html

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  21. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

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    Conference volunteers said walking on hot coals has become a regular activity at Tony Robbins seminars across the world. News 8 spoke with witnesses who said some were distracted while walking across the coals.

    "From my observation, there was someone in front of us and someone behind us on their cell phone, taking selfies and taking pictures,” said Jacqueline Luxemberg, who completed the fire walk. “[She asked others] to video record for her, so I think that that has a lot to do with it."

    An estimated 7,000 people walked across the coals Thursday night.

    The “Unleashing the Power Within” conference is in Dallas for three-and-a-half days.

    Jason Evans, PIO for Dallas Fire and Rescue issued the following statement about the incident overnight:

    "On Thursday, just after 23:00 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas Fire-Rescue assigned multiple resources to an event which resulted in an unknown number of "burn victims".

    Apparently, as part of a motivational event being held at the location, several people attempted to walk across hot coals. As a result, a large number of these people sustained burn injuries to their feet and lower extremities.

    As many as 5 additional rescue units and two EMS Supervisors, among other resources, we're assigned to help manage the situation. In addition, a DART bus was requested to help at least hold some of the, approximate 30-40, patients who were being evaluated. The severity of the injuries were unknown, but most people elected not to be taken to the hospital. However, 5 people were taken to a local hospital, by DFR, for evaluation of their injuries."

    In July 2012, the San Jose Mercury News published a story reporting that multiple people had been burned and hospitalized during one of Robbins' firewalking events on July 19, 2012. This story was picked up by other media outlets, including Fox News. These reports were later retracted as inaccurate.[35] A similar corrective article was published by The Huffington Post.[36][37]


    Tony Robbins Defends Coal Walking
    Posted by Justin on July 23rd, 2012
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    Motivational speaker Tony Robbins has long made a living off of unleashing the “power within” by asking those taking his seminars to walk across a bed of hot coals.

    WTF?
    ck

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    It must be like moving your finger through a candle flame, but walking over coals. Sounds pretty dangerous to me. What if someone falls?
     
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  22. Joel W.

    Joel W. Deplorable Basement Dweller Accessory Maker

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    Don't go too fast or slow and don't ever stop.

    300f for .5 seconds per foot and you will be fine. Any longer and you are going to have a bad time.
    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2mpjls
     
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    Maybe it's not exactly a weird story but certainly unprecedented and a tad absurd...so much money lost in one day now it seems peeps are quick to about face...almost like waking up from a night of long partying and immediately getting that kick to the gut feeling when you start to remember all that actually happened..not that this has ever happened to me!!:rofl:
     
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    dory's sausage party

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