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  1. headcronie

    headcronie Greyscale. Nuff Said. Super Moderator

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    My previous post is now enforced. This forum is not for political or religious debate. Posts removed.


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  2. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    Lenny Dykstra's past cited as defamation and libel suit vs. former Mets teammate Ron Darling tossed

    A judge has dismissed Lenny Dykstra's defamation and libel lawsuit against Ron Darling, ruling that the former New York Mets outfielder's "reputation for unsportsmanlike conduct and bigotry is already so tarnished that it cannot be further injured."

    New York Supreme Court Judge Robert D. Kalish dismissed Dykstra's lawsuit Friday. Dykstra had sued Darling, his former Mets teammate, for claims Darling made about Dykstra in his book "108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters From My Time in the Game," which was published last year. St. Martin's Press LLC, Macmillan Publishing Group LLC and Daniel Paisner had also been listed as a defendants.

    In the book, Darling wrote that Dykstra shouted racial taunts at Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd from the on-deck circle before Game 3 of the 1986 World Series.

    Dykstra, 57, was seeking monetary damages, compensatory damages -- "including emotional distress damages for loss of opportunities, for the severe mental anguish, loss of reputation and humiliation, caused by Defendants' unlawful and malicious conduct" -- and punitive damages, plus court costs.

    Darling, 59, had filed motions to dismiss Dykstra's lawsuit under the libel-proof plaintiff doctrine, and Kalish agreed, citing Dykstra's past legal troubles and claims he made in his autobiography, "House of Nails: A Memoir of Life on the Edge," as reasons to dismiss the suit.

    Link to article:
    https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id...vs-former-mets-teammate-ron-darling-dismissed

    sounds like a couple of interesting books to read…
     
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  3. EdmundDantes

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    I get the premise that his reputation is severely damaged, but today, nothing is more damaging than calling someone a racist. I always liked Ron Darling, but today, there ought to be some corroborating evidence before throwing accusations like that around. JMO.
     
  4. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    as far as I can see, in that article, it was the judge, not Ron Darling, who called-out Dykstra on past racist behavior:

    "Based on the papers submitted on this motion, prior to the publication of the book, Dykstra was infamous for being, among other things, racist, misogynist, and anti-gay, as well as a sexual predator, a drug-abuser, a thief, and an embezzler. Further, Dykstra had a reputation -- largely due to his autobiography -- of being willing to do anything to benefit himself and his team, including using steroids and blackmailing umpires," Kalish wrote.

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  5. jigwashere

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    A treasure chest hidden in the Rocky Mountains for a decade has finally been found
    By Alicia Lee, CNN
    Updated 9:38 PM EDT, Sun June 07, 2020
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    (CNN)Thousands of brave souls have ventured into the Rocky Mountains for the past decade, searching for a treasure chest filled with gold, rubies, emeralds and diamonds.

    But that adventure has finally come to an end. The treasure has been found.

    Forrest Fenn, the 89-year-old art and antiquities collector who created the treasure hunt, made the announcement Sunday on his website.

    "It was under a canopy of stars in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains and had not moved from the spot where I hid it more than 10 years ago," Fenn wrote in his announcement. "I do not know the person who found it, but the poem in my book led him to the precise spot."

    The treasure was found a few days ago by a man who did not want to be named, Fenn told the Santa Fe New Mexican. He noted, however, that the man was from "back East" and that he confirmed his discovery by sending Fenn a photograph of his newfound riches.

    The treasure, estimated to be worth over $1 million, was a way for Fenn to inspire people to explore nature and give hope to people affected by the Great Recession, he said.

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    2 people have died hunting for treasure in the Rocky Mountains. A sheriff warns searchers to respect the land


    Clues leading to the treasure's location were included in a 24-line poem published in Fenn's 2010 autobiography "The Thrill of the Chase."

    Fenn estimated that as many as 350,000 people from all over the world went hunting for the treasure, according to the New Mexican. Some quit their jobs to fully dedicate their lives to the hunt and some even died.

    "I congratulate the thousands of people who participated in the search and hope they will continue to be drawn by the promise of other discoveries," Fenn said on his website.

    CNN's Madeline Holcombe and Chris Boyette contributed to this report.
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  6. RickAgresta

    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    Not odd so much as amazing (to me) interactive planetary graphics on my phone, roughly half-way down the page.

    NASA’s Surprising Discovery: Saturn’s Planet-Sized Moon Titan Drifting Away 100X Faster Than Thought

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    The new research by scientists at NASA and the Italian Space Agency has implications for the entire Saturn system as well as other planets and moons.

    Just as our own Moon floats away from Earth a tiny bit more each year, other moons are doing the same with their host planets. As a moon orbits, its gravity pulls on the planet, causing a temporary bulge in the planet as it passes.

    Over time, the energy created by the bulging and subsiding transfers from the planet to the moon, nudging it farther and farther out. Our Moon drifts 1.5 inches (3.8 centimeters) from Earth each year.

    Scientists thought they knew the rate at which the giant moon Titan is moving away from Saturn, but they recently made a surprising discovery: Using data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, they found Titan drifting a hundred times faster than previously understood — about 4 inches (11 centimeters) per year.

    Link to article:
    https://scitechdaily.com/nasas-surp...n-drifting-away-100x-faster-than-thought/amp/

    There's also a link to NASA's JPL, which I believe has more cool "toys"
     
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  7. EdmundDantes

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    Rick, it says Darling said Dykstra yelled racial comments. That's what I meant. Some corroboration would have helped. Not defending Dykstra, but I know I'm spitting into the wind.
     
  8. lelisa13p

    lelisa13p Your Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    EdmundDantes, it appears that both of you are correct but referring to two different portions of the article. Darling's recount was based on personal observations. The Judge's opinion was partially based on the pattern of behavior that had been demonstrated and previously corroborated by Dykstra in his own book.

    You've previously said something to this effect several times and I'm asking you to stop. No one here disparages your opinion but you do not pay the same courtesy when you make thinly veiled insinuations.
     
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    A teenager had some hilarious 'additional instructions' for his Amazon delivery woman, and she followed them to a tee
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    Receiving a package that you ordered can make for a joyous moment. But for one Delaware family, their smiles were turned into full-blown laughter after their Amazon delivery woman followed their particular set of delivery instructions perfectly.

    Lynn Staffieri of Magnolia, Delaware, needed a new pet playpen for the kittens her family was fostering, so she ordered one on Amazon. But she failed to see the "additional instructions" that her teenage son had mischievously set as a default a couple months earlier.
    In the box under the prompt that reads, "Do we need additional instructions to find this address?" 13-year-old Jacob Staffieri wrote, "No, but knock on the door 3 times and scream abra cadabra as loud as you can and run super fast away."
    "It was just the first thing that came to mind, and I thought it would be funny to hear someone say that," Jacob Staffieri told CNN.
    When the package arrived last week, Staffieri was unaware of the instructions, and her son had forgotten, so when they heard three knocks on their door and someone screaming "abra cadabra," they were shocked.

    They turned to see the moment recorded on their Nest camera, and it made their day.
    "(Jacob) was cracking up. He thought it was the funniest thing. He didn't think that anyone would do that," Staffieri said. "I thought it was great. It gave us such a laugh."
    Staffieri posted the video on Facebook and it blew up, with over 20,000 shares and 16,000 reactions.
    "In today's world, we all need a little fun and laughter. What a great Amazon lady for playing along with this," one person commented.
    Staffieri apologized, saying she knows that her son shouldn't have done that, but she said that she hopes the Amazon delivery woman knows that she made thousands of people laugh.
    "I'm sure that the jobs of essential workers have been so tough and people have been ordering a lot of stuff, so she must have been busy," Staffieri said. "But for her to have the energy and attention to detail, it just put a smile on our faces."
     
  10. lelisa13p

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    Rap, rap, rap! ABRACADABRA!!! :vbgrin: :vbgrin: :vbgrin: *snort* :thumbsup:
     
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