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    1973
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    Tai Chi, Horology, Skiing
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  1. China

    Random Thought Thread

    I think they’re just making crap up now calling it the Super Blood Wolf Moon
  2. China

    Random Thought Thread

    Except for the fact that we have to watch the Patriots again in the Super Bowl.
  3. How to Inoculate Against Anti-Vaxxers The World Health Organization has ranked vaccine hesitancy — the growing resistance to widely available lifesaving vaccines — as one of the top 10 health threats in the world for 2019. That news will not come as a surprise in New York City, where the worst measles outbreak in decades is now underway. Nor in California or Minnesota, where similar outbreaks unfolded in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Nor in Texas, where some 60,000 children remain wholly unvaccinated thanks in part to an aggressive anti-vaccine lobby. Leading global health threats typically are caused by the plagues and perils of low-income countries — but vaccine hesitancy is as American as can be. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of children who are unvaccinated has quadrupled since 2001, even though the overall utilization of most vaccines remains high. More than 100,000 American infants and toddlers have received no vaccines whatsoever, and millions more have received only some crucial shots. It’s no mystery how we got here. On the internet, anti-vaccine propaganda has outpaced pro-vaccine public health information. The anti-vaxxers, as they are colloquially known, have hundreds of websites promoting their message, a roster of tech- and media-savvy influencers and an aggressive political arm that includes at least a dozen political action committees. Defense against this onslaught has been meager. The C.D.C., the nation’s leading public health agency, has a website with accurate information, but no loud public voice. The United States Surgeon General’s office has been mum. So has the White House — and not just under the current administration. That leaves just a handful of academics who get bombarded with vitriol, including outright threats, every time they try to counter pseudoscience with fact. Click on the link for more
  4. 3 Dead after east Houston home invasion leads to shootout Three men are dead and a fourth was injured after an East End homeowner opened fire in self defense during an apparent home invasion early Saturday, authorities said. Shortly before 1 a.m., police said, four suspects forced their way into a home on Sherman near 71st, triggering a shootout that left scores of yellow police evidence markers in the street. click on the link for the full article
  5. China

    Random Thought Thread

    If I were Sean Payton I would call out the refs in my press conference, regardless of whatever fines I might incur.
  6. Just finished it. Gotta say, I like the unabashed violence. For whatever reason, the only thing that irks me is how many injuries people can withstand and still fight and how quickly they heal (nevermind the crappy makeup effects on the punisher when he is in the hospital and cuts just look like painted lines).
  7. China

    All Things North Korea Thread

    Huge North Korean beach resort to open late 2019 (CNN) — Ambitious plans for an enormous new beach resort on North Korea's southeast coast are nearing completion, according to satellite images obtained by the US-based monitoring group 38 North. The Wonsan-Kalma tourist zone, slated to open October 2019, will be a huge complex with hotels, a marina, a sports complex, water slides and more. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un highlighted the project in his New Year address and is reported to have visited the site at least three times in the past year, according to state media. Development has been proceeding at a rapid pace, with a cinema and water slide already built. What was a handful of buildings just two years ago is now a huge beachfront sprawl. In November 2018, Korean Central News Agency reported Kim had been critical of progress on the project while on a site visit in October and instructed officials to build more games arcades and cinemas and to plan a large water park and funfair. The Wonsan region, where Kim is said to have spent childhood vacations, has long been a summer destination for North Koreans and has been the focus of North Korea's tourism push for at least half a decade. With the country facing international economic sanctions over its nuclear weapons programs, tourism remains one of a diminishing range of viable revenue sources. The tourist zone is intended to be the tourism industry's crown jewel. Click on the link for the full article
  8. This Russian startup wants to put huge ads in space. Not everyone is on board with the idea. If it sometimes feels as if the world is awash in advertisements, just wait. A Russian startup just revealed plans to use swarms of tiny, light-reflecting satellites to create sprawling billboards in space. The first of StartRocket's space-based ads, shown in a new concept video released by the company last week, could go up by 2021. The ads — a bit like skytyping, only in low-Earth orbit rather than in the atmosphere — would be visible only at night but could be seen from just about anywhere on the planet. The ads would be created by an array of tiny satellites, each equipped with a reflective sail about 30 feet in diameter. As these "cubesats" orbit at an altitude of about 280 miles, sunlight would reflect off the sails to form luminous words or logos visible from the ground below. Click on the link for the full article
  9. A Person Carrying the Measles Attended the Portland Trail Blazers Game Last Friday The announcement comes two weeks into a measles outbreak in Clark County, Wash. that has sickened at least 19 people, including 15 children. A person contagious with the measles attended a Portland Trail Blazers home game last Friday, Jan. 11, Multnomah County officials announced this afternoon. The announcement comes two weeks into a measles outbreak in Clark County, Wash. that has sickened at least 19 people, including 18 children. At least 16 of the people who got sick didn't have a measles immunization. Multnomah County health officials sent out a notice this afternoon that one of the people carrying the measles virus attended the Jan. 11 Blazers game against the Charlotte Hornets. Click on the link for the full article
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    2018 Paloffs

    This takes whining about officiating to a whole new level: Angry Rams fans have started a petition to get ref removed from NFC Championship game and here’s why Rams fans are so upset with the NFL's decision to have referee Bill Vinovich officiate Sunday's NFC Championship that they've actually started a petition to have him removed from the game. The reason Rams fans are mad is that because they seem to lose every single game that Vinovich is involved in. As we noted earlier this week when the officiating teams were announced, Vinovich has been the ref for eight games involving the Rams since 2012 and they've gone 0-8 in those games. Not only that, but the Rams have been hit with more penalty yardage in seven of the eight games (In the other game, they ended up with the same amount of penalty yardage). During the 2018 season, the Rams went 0-2 with Vinovich as their referee and that includes their first game with the Saints. During the Saints' 45-35 win over the Rams back in Week 9, there were six accepted penalties in the game with four going against Los Angeles and two going against New Orleans. Click on the link for the full article
  11. To bad holodecks like on Star Trek aren't real. Then we could just put Trump in one and let him think he is still president indefinitely while we all go on in the real world without him. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ship_in_a_Bottle_(Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation)
  12. Drying them? I like to use them for tanning hides.
  13. That are the subject of this thread?