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  1. lelisa13p

    lelisa13p Your Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    The videos/posts from both of the Trumps were removed by multiple platforms and younger Trump spent 12 hours in Twitter Jail. :thumbsup:
     
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  2. scjjtt

    scjjtt A Former Palm User

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    Yes RA - I ended up reading about that later yesterday. All of this just makes it even worse that untruth is displayed as truth.

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    And when b@tsh!t crazy is accepted anywhere by anyone as normal. :vbeek: :vbeek: :vbmad:
     
  4. raspabalsa

    raspabalsa Brain stuck BogoMipping

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    This tiny Japanese insect has a strong will to live

    A Japanese scientist has found that a water beetle can survive being eaten by a frog. An evolutionary trick allows the insect to escape, so to say, out the back door.
    ...

    There are some insects that can cause the frog to spit them back out after being eaten, but that was not the case with the water beetle, which takes an altogether different approach. As Sugiara intently watched he saw something surprising. After a short period of time, sometimes in a matter of minutes, the beetle would suddenly appear exiting the frog's sphincter.

    <<LINK, if you dare>> :eek:

    Have a nice day, everyone! :)

    EDIT: Fixed link
     
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  5. scjjtt

    scjjtt A Former Palm User

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    Raspy, I didn't clicked on the link - I just took your word!

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  6. jigwashere

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    "Oh, crap, this frog just ate me! Uh...hey, that gives me an idea...."
     
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    raspabalsa Brain stuck BogoMipping

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    I wonder how a dung bettle would react in the same situation. Would it take advantage of the timing/location to get his fill? Kind of a drive-through meal? :eek:
     
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    RickAgresta Peanut, leader of the Peanutty Forces

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    [Title="Painfully racist news of the day"]

    Louisiana Supreme Court upholds Black man's life sentence for stealing hedge clippers more than 20 years ago


    https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/06/us/louisiana-supreme-court-trnd/index.html

    (CNN)A Black Louisiana man will spend the rest of his life in prison for stealing hedge clippers, after the Louisiana Supreme Court denied his request to have his sentence overturned last week.

    Fair Wayne Bryant, 62, was convicted in 1997 on one count of attempted simple burglary. In his appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Louisiana in 2018, his attorney, Peggy Sullivan, wrote that Bryant "contends that his life sentence is unconstitutionally harsh and excessive."
    Last week, though, the state Supreme Court disagreed -- with five justices choosing to uphold the life sentence.

    The lone dissenter in the decision was Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson, who wrote that "the sentence imposed is excessive and disproportionate to the offense the defendant committed."
    Johnson is the only female and Black person on the court. The rest of the justices are White men.
    The sentence is sanctioned under the habitual offender law, Johnson noted in her dissent, meaning that Bryant's previous criminal history supports the sentence.
    Bryant was convicted in 1979 for attempted armed robbery, in 1987 for possession of stolen things, attempted forgery of a check worth $150 in 1989 and for simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling in 1992, all before his 1997 arrest for the failed attempt at stealing the hedge clippers.

    But Johnson also mentioned the cost associated with Bryant's sentence, writing that in his 23 years in prison, he has cost Louisiana taxpayers over $500,000.

    "If he lives another 20 years, Louisiana taxpayers will have paid almost one million dollars to punish Mr. Bryant for his failed effort to steal a set of hedge clippers," she wrote.

    Bryant's sentence is a "modern manifestation" of "pig laws," which were created in the years after Reconstruction, Johnson also said. The laws "criminalized recently emancipated African American citizens by introducing extreme sentences for petty theft associated with poverty," she wrote.

    "This man's life sentence for a failed attempt to steal a set of 3 hedge clippers is grossly out of proportion to the crime and serves no legitimate penal purpose," Johnson wrote.

    While Johnson said she would grant the appeal, five justices denied it and one abstained.

    Sullivan, Bryant's appellate attorney, told CNN she agrees with Johnson's dissent.
     
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    It's so good to see there's still funny news even through this crisis:

    You swine! German nudist chases wild boar that stole laptop

    Photographer who captured moment naked bather gave pursuit says he ‘gave it his all’


    A nudist bather who chased a wild boar near a Berlin lake after it stole his laptop was applauded by onlookers after a successful pursuit.
    The photographer who captured the drama said the unidentified nudist was happy for her to share the images, which show him in bare-bottomed pursuit of the boar and her two piglets while fellow bathers look on in amusement.
    “Nature strikes back,” wrote Adele Landauer, a personal coach, on Facebook. “I showed the man the photos, he laughed heartily and gave me permission to make them public.”
    The man was sunbathing naked at the Teufelssee in west Berlin, a popular and perfectly legal practice in the German capital as part of what is known as FKK, or Freikörperkultur (free body culture).

    The wild boar, sightings of which have become increasingly common, had apparently spotted a pizza being eaten by other bathers. It seized a yellow bag containing the man’s laptop, probably believing it to contain food, and was chased by the man into the undergrowth.

    “Because the bag contained his laptop, he gave it his all, even though he was in his birthday suit,” explained Landauer.

    The boar’s flight was slowed by a cardboard box in its path. The man clapped his hands and hit the ground with the stick, prompting the boar to drop the laptop.

    Another witness said: “When he returned from the forest, everyone applauded him.”

    << LINK >> <-- Warning: article contains pictures of middle-aged man in his birth day suit :eek::D


     
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    Bad week for Mexico tourism capped by mis-translations
    by MARK STEVENSON, startribune.com
    August 8, 2020
    MEXICO CITY — It has been a bad week for Mexican tourism promotion, and it got worse Friday when the English language version of the country’s tourism website appeared with mis-translations.

    Entire states such as Hidalgo and Guerrero apparently got machine translated as “Noble” and “Warrior.”

    Worse for the VisitMexico.com site, there was systematic and inexplicable re-invention of the names of some fairly well-known tourist towns. The Caribbean resort of Tulum somehow became “Jumpsuit.” The nearby lagoon of Bacalar, on the Caribbean coast, was switched to the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.

    The problems came one day after the U.S. State Department cited the high number of COVID-19 cases in Mexico for issuing a “do not travel” advisory for the country, its highest level of warning. Hours earlier, the resort of Acapulco was forced to pull “anything goes” tourism ads that showed people partying without masks and the words “there are no rules.”

    But the problems at VisitMexico.com drew howls of hilarity — and anger. The Pacific coast resort of Puerto Escondido became “Hidden Port,” a literal translation, and the northern city of Torreon became “Turret,” which is kind of close.

    Some name changes were just inexplicable and appeared to have as much to do with invention as simple translation. The central Mexican town of Aculco somehow became “I Blame,” and the northern Gulf coast city of Ciudad Madero became “Log.”

    “Stop making Mexico look ridiculous!” former President Felipe Calderón wrote in his Twitter account.

    Mexico's Tourism Department issued a statement apologizing for the apparently out-sourced errors, but then made it sound like something sinister had been involved.

    “The Tourism Department expresses its most sincere apologies to the public and users for the effects that have occurred on the website VisitMexico,” the statement said. “Moreover, we make it known that these acts aim to damage the image of the website and the department, and so therefore a criminal complaint has been filed and appropriate legal actions will be taken against those responsible.”

    The department did not explain that claim, but local media reported the dispute might involve a web services supplier angry about not being paid.

    The website now says,"New website coming soon," on Aug. 20.

    On Thursday, officials took down a pair of Acapulco video ads touting the faded resort’s reputation as a nightclubbing spot — despite the fact nightclubs are currently closed to enforce social distancing. They said the ads weren’t appropriate during the coronavirus pandemic.

    “We have stopped being a postcard from the past, today we have changed the rules,” says a narration in one of the videos. “In fact, there are no rules,” says another voice, as people can be seen eating bizarre meals and going out to night clubs. “Eat whatever you want, have fun day and night and into the early morning hours ... find new friends and new loves.”



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