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  1. raspabalsa

    raspabalsa Brain stuck BogoMipping

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    He'll have to outsource manpower (reindeerpower??) for his sled... penguins don't fly (or gallop, which seems to be how the reindeer fly)
     
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  2. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    uh, raspy? we're talking about the magnetic poles flipping, not the geographic poles....
     
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    raspabalsa Brain stuck BogoMipping

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    Yes, and the poles are defined by the orientation of Earth's magnetic field. North is defined as "the direction in which a compass needle normally points". The North magnetic pole is where the needle actually points to. The North geographic pole is defined as whichever pole is closest to the North magnetic pole. So, if the North magnetic pole flips, then the current South geographic pole will become the new North geographic pole and viceversa. Santa by definition lives at the North (geographic) pole, so he'll suddenly find himself at Antarctica, surrounded by penguins, and with no reindeer in sight.
     
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  4. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Michigan Man Receives Letter Granting His Dog Unemployment Benefits
    SAUGATUCK, Mich. (AP) – Michael Ryder had been approved for $360 every week in Michigan unemployment benefits — until the state learned he’d been dogging it at the Detroit-area restaurant chain where he supposedly worked.

    Ryder is a German Shepherd owned by attorney Michael Haddock on the other side of the state in Saugatuck.

    WZZM-TV reports that Haddock received a benefits letter addressed to “Michael Ryder” from Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency. The station says Haddock contacted the agency about the letter.

    The agency says its computer system sent the letter, but the claim later was flagged as suspicious and denied.

    Investigations administrator Tim Kolar wrote in a tongue-in-cheek email that he knows “first-hand it is rare for ‘man’s best friend’ to contribute financially to the household and that will continue in this instance.”

    © Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
     
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    scjjtt A Former Palm User

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    Finally! Now if just Web OS & Palm OS could make a comeback...

    Sent from my LG v10 using Tapatalk
     
  6. raspabalsa

    raspabalsa Brain stuck BogoMipping

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    Watch Pigcasso, the Famous Painting Pig, at Work

    When Joanne Lefson of Cape Town, South Africa, rescued a little piglet from an industrial hog farm, she didn't expect swine with a flair for the artistic.

    At her new home at Farm Sanctuary SA, the female pig began showing interest in the paintbrushes lying around her pen. They "were the only thing she didn't eat," Lefson quips.

    So the rescuer decided to train the pig—named Pigcasso—to paint using a positive-reinforcement technique in which animals receive food rewards. (See swimming pigs and other water-loving animals.)

    When asked if the animals were doing art for food, one professional artist said, "Well, so do I."

    :D :D :D

    <<LINK>>
     
  7. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    US hunter knocked unconscious by Canada goose

    A hunter in the US has been knocked unconscious by a dead goose that fell out of the sky.

    Robert Meilhammer was hunting in Easton in the state of Maryland, when he was hit by a Canada goose that had been shot by a fellow hunter.

    The bird weighed between 10 and 14 pounds (4.5-6.5kg), police say.*

    The 51-year-old suffered injuries to his face and head but is in a stable condition in hospital.

    poster's note: Mean birds, even when dead
    EDIT: *US article with more details


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    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42934461
     
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  8. Mi An

    Mi An Nexus Refugee

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    "OK, so you were armed, right?"
    "Yeah"
    "And the goose was unarmed?"
    "Yes"
    "And the goose was, to be clear, a goose?"
    "Mmmmhmmm"
    "And it was also dead?"
    "Yeah"
    "AND.... it was Canadian?"

    That guy's gonna be drinking alone for a while.
     
  9. jigwashere

    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Kamikaze Goose!
     
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    jigwashere Life is a circus!

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    Billionaire takes a property tax stand over pooping geese
    Billionaire Tom Golisano says he tried stringing up fishing line, spraying smelly repellent and even posting a wolf decoy, but nothing could rid his lakeside vacation home of the Canada geese that turned his lawn into a minefield of poop.

    His next line of attack? Refusing to pay his $90,000 school tax bill until officials in the Finger Lakes town of South Bristol find a way to control the birds.

    "This past summer it was horrible. We'd drive in and find 100 to 200 geese parked on our lawn," said Golisano, founder of payroll company Paychex and former owner of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team. "You can't walk barefoot, can't play Frisbee, can't have your grandchildren run around. ... Here I am paying all this money in taxes and I can't use my property because of the geese droppings."

    Golisano's stand over bird poop is just one part of his one-man protest campaign against a taxation system he believes is flawed and inequitable.

    He's pledging to file a class-action lawsuit on behalf of other upstate homeowners who believe they are being overtaxed. And he recently launched a website, TaxMyPropertyFairly.com, to give ordinary taxpayers the tools to challenge their property tax bills.

    Golisano contends that tax assessors often lack the training, time and expertise to accurately assign property values that determine what share of the local tax collection each homeowner pays.

    "A lot of people are suffering significant injustice because of the assessment system," said the 76-year-old Golisano, founding member of the New York Independence Party and three-time candidate for governor.

    Escaping high taxes was part of the reason Golisano changed his permanent home address to Naples, Florida, nearly a decade ago. In 2010, he spent $200,000 in legal fees to get the property taxes on his home in Mendon, near Rochester, reduced from $200,000 to $60,000.

    He said western New York is notorious for high property taxes. While his wife, tennis Hall of Famer Monica Seles, pays about $4,000 a year in taxes on her New York City condo assessed at $800,000, Golisano said a home with that assessed value in Rochester-area Monroe County would have a $28,000 tax bill.

    Golisano's fight over the bird poop in the town South Bristol, population 1,600, is based on the argument that the value of his Canandaigua Lake property is driven down by the flocks of wild geese that congregate there and it's government's duty to solve the problem.

    Town Supervisor Daniel Marshall disagrees. "It's a resident's problem to take care of, not the town's," he said. Marshall said no other shoreline residents have complained about the geese. "It is a lake, after all."

    New York's Department of Environmental Conservation says the state has an overpopulation of non-migrating Canada geese and it's causing problems for some homeowners, farmers, golf courses and parks. But it says nuisance wildlife on private property isn't the responsibility of the municipality. The agency recommends numerous ways to shoo them off, including those Golisano has tried. When it's a community-wide problem, the DEC suggests local officials may want to hire a "goose control officer" and devise a coordinated control plan. That's what Golisano wants.

    For now, the tax fight remains unresolved. Golisano says his next step is to seek a reduced property assessment based on the goose scourge.

    Golisano, whose net worth is listed by Forbes at $3.4 billion, is renowned for his generosity to health care, higher education and opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. There are three children's hospitals named for him, in Rochester, Syracuse and Fort Myers, Florida.

    But he doesn't want his pocket picked by local tax assessors or anyone else. In November, he sued the remodeler of his yacht for overcharging him on furnishings. A jury awarded him $50,000, which he said he'll add to the $2.5 million he recently donated for the Golisano Autism Center being built in Rochester.

    "It's the principle," he said.
     
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