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Blog: HinesSight
I'm a big fan of European "socialism." Which, of course, isn't really socialism. It's a productive public-private partnership where people pay more in taxes than we in the United States do and get a lot back in return: economic growth,... Continue »
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Lorraine...the English Redtick Coonhound The St. Louis Senior Dog Project is a not-for-profit dog rescue organization specializing in older dogs but taking in and finding homes for dogs of all ages...even puppies. We'll have adoptable dogs 11 to 3 Saturday... Continue »
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Blog: Cubby-Blue
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I know I know. We hate this guy, right? We've always hated this guy. That's the point. I would say Tony LaRussa reached legendary heights of dislike among Cub Fans, and that's saying something. Name another character from any team... Continue »
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This is one of our nine Redbone Coonhound mix puppies. The St. Louis Senior Dog Project is a not-for-profit dog rescue organization specializing in older dogs but taking in and finding homes for dogs of all ages...even puppies. We'll have... Continue »
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Blog: Cubby-Blue
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How about the game of baseball yesterday? UnbeLIEVable! Milwaukee needed extra innings to make the Arizona Diamondbacks go away, but the Brewers were this close to elimination in their own park. I was at work so I only caught the... Continue »
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Blog: Marc Johns
I made this in October 2008 during the economic meltdown at that time, and unfortunately, it's relevant again. Last time, it seemed that people were shocked and sad. This time they're pissed. This wasn't supposed to happen again. Witness the... Continue »
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Blog: Marc Johns
I drew this on a post-it note about 4 years ago, and kept getting asked to make it into a print. It's an old favourite of mine, so I'm happy to do so. Get an 8x10 signed print Continue »
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Blog: serendipity
I believe in role models. People who are worth watching and listening to and emulating. The ones who, regardless of who is paying attention, do more good than bad. Who help more than they hinder. Who turn our faces toward the light and inspire us to become. The fact that... Continue »
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Mojo Savings posted an awesome list of books you can get for free on Kindle right now! No idea how long they'll stay free, so snatch them up while you can! Don't forget... a Kindle isn't necessary to read these, you can get Kindle for your PC for free. Or,... Continue »
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Blog: Marc Johns
... are more dangerous than those that dress more casual. Just so you know. Ink and watercolour on paper, 8x10 inches. The original drawing is SOLD available. Check for other available drawings and signed prints. Continue »
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Blog: Cubby-Blue
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So, I'm by myself in a boat throwing the thing around and I think, "I'm benching this lure." Which led to me call that lure "Alfonso Soriano" since it cost so much and couldn't catch anything. Continue »
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An interesting press release from the Smithsonian National Zoo on how animals reacted (and foretold) the earthquake. The winning earthquake predictor appears to be the red ruffed lemurs. Great Apes The earthquake hit the Great Ape House and Think Tank Exhibit during afternoon feeding time. About five to ten seconds before the quake, many of the apes, including Kyle (an orangutan) and Kojo (a Western lowland gorilla), abandoned their food and climbed to the top of the tree-like structure in the exhibit. About three seconds before the quake, Mandara (a gorilla) let out a shriek and collected her baby, Kibibi, and moved to the top of the tree structure as well. Iris (an orangutan) began “belch vocalizing”—an unhappy/upset noise normally reserved for extreme irritation—before the quake and continued this vocalization following the quake. Small Mammals The red ruffed lemurs sounded an alarm call about 15 minutes before the quake and then again just after it occurred. The howler monkeys sounded an alarm call just after the earthquake. The black-and-rufous giant elephant shrew hid in his habitat and refused to come out for afternoon feeding. Reptile Discovery Center All the snakes began writhing during the quake (copperheads, cotton mouth, false water cobra, etc.). Normally, they remain inactive during the day. Murphy, the Zoo’s Komodo dragon, sought shelter inside. Invertebrates One of the volunteers at the Invertebrate Exhibit was feeding the cuttlefish and it was not responsive. The water is normally very calm in the tank, but the earthquake caused the tank to shake and created waves, which distracted the cuttlefish during feeding. Beavers Keepers were feeding the beavers and hooded mergansers (a species of duck) when the earthquake hit. The ducks immediately jumped into the pool. The beavers stopped eating, stood on their hind legs and looked around, then got into the water, too. They all stayed in the water. Within an hour, some of the beavers returned to land to continue eating. Great Cats The lion pride was outside. They all stood still and faced the building, which rattled during the quake. All settled down within minutes. Damai (a female Sumatran tiger) jumped at the start of the earthquake in a startled fashion. Her behavior returned to normal after the quake. Bird House The Zoo has a flock of 64 flamingos. Just before the quake, the birds rushed about and grouped themselves together. They remained huddled during the quake. Front Royal During the quake all Eld's deer and tufted deer immediately ran out of the barns and appeared agitated. The Prezwalski’s horses and scimitar-horned oryx hardly noticed although those that were inside did amble outside eventually. Immediately after the quake the female Eld's deer herd began alarm calling (a high staccato barking sound) until they were called by their keeper and subsequently all congregated in the corner of the pasture nearest the keeper for a short time. Giant Pandas According to keepers, the giant pandas did not appear to respond to the earthquake. Continue »
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Blog: Cubby-Blue
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This last weekend Chicago hosted it's annual Air and Water Show above the beaches of Lake Michigan. Apparently, a Stealth Bomber got lost in the air around Chicago. Happens all the time, you just don't know it because you can't see them. Continue »
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Blog: Backyard
via nerdapproved.com i love everything about this... except for the "stormtrooper" logo. oh, and the handlebars need black grips. fix that and i'd ride this thing everywhere. Continue »
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Blog: nataliepo
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There were several things you didn't want to be in my high school. Nonathletic was one. Your first choice would have been the football team. Wrestling was nearly as good. Track was... OK - certainly better than nothing. If you couldn't manage any of those, you certainly didn't want to be in the "gifted" program. At my school they called it the HANDS Program. I assume they did this because they thought "gifted" might call us out for extra abuse, apparently hoping that anyone not in HANDS wouldn't be bright enough to connect HANDS to "gifted." Beyond a doubt, however,... Continue »
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From Think Progress: CALLER: If the health care bill passes, where would you go for health care yourself? And the second part of that is, what would happen to the doctors, do they have to participate in the federal program, or could they opt out of it? [...] LIMBAUGH: My guess in even in Canada and even in the UK, doctors have opted out. And once they’ve opted, they can’t see anybody Medicare, Medicaid, or what will become the exchanges. They have to have a clientele of private patients that will pay them a retainer and it’ll be a very small practice. I don’t know if that’s been outlawed in the Senate bill. I don’t know. I’ll just tell you this, if this passes and it’s five years from now and all that stuff gets implemented — I am leaving the country. I’ll go to Costa Rica. Costa Rica? Uh, Rush? Did you know that Costa Rica has universal health care? It's paid for by the government; you can opt out if you want. And it works pretty good, too!: Costa Rica, a small developing country of 4.6 million people, in Central America, surprised many people by having a health care ranking by the World Health Organization higher than the United States. The life expectancy of people in Costa Rica is higher than the U.S. and the infant mortality rate is approximately the same. What is incredible is they are spending $6,000 less per capita than the U.S. and they are covering all of the people. This is the same Rush Limbaugh who praised the health care he received in Hawaii (following a heart attackish thing).... without knowing that Hawaii has what amounts to universal health care (aka "socialized medicine"). The guy is two-for-two! Still, Rush leaving the U.S.? Of course it is hyperbole, but the remote chance that he will stay true to his word is incentive enough to get health care reform passed. Continue »
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