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  1. You cheeky badger! Black & white bandit filmed raiding woman’s freezer for midnight feasts Hannah Carver has solved the mystery of the regular nightly raids on her kitchen. For a while, she suspected a fox might be popping in for a midnight feast, but after setting up a video camera to catch the culprit she discovered her nightly visitor was a badger with a taste for ice lollies. The black and white bandit has a soft spot for bubblegum flavour ice creams, wolfing them down one after another. It has also eaten its way through Twister ice lollies, mashed potato, crumpets and Chinese style pork chops – but it won’t just eat anything – the furry raider drew the line at scallops. As well as the cost of feeding the uninvited guest, Hannah has a major clearing-up job to do every morning. The stripy intruder is quite a messy eater. Barmaid Hannah, 29, asked her local council and various animal charities for help, but said she's been told there is little she can do because the species is protected. She said she spoke to Environmental Health at Gosport Borough Council who she said referred her to an animal charity. "He thought it was a hoax," she said. "I mean I was telling him I had a badger coming in my house and raiding my freezer and eating all my food in the middle of the night. "All he could advise was making my house badger proof, but they are little tanks. "He said even if I block up the cat flap, once they know there is food and a way in, they will just try and break through. "I've had a search online and apparently they don't like male urine. "So what am I supposed to do? Grab a man off the street and get him to wee up against my front door? Click on the link for the full article and video
  2. Similar to what they're already doing with car insurance; voluntarily install this device in your car to monitor your driving...until these things are built in and required.
  3. Combine this with things like Alexa and Nest and we're getting pretty close to Big Brother, only doing it voluntarily to ourselves. Comcast is working on an in-home device to track people’s health Comcast is working on an in-home device to monitor people’s health, and aims to begin pilot-testing it later this year. A team under Sumit Nagpal, a senior vice president and general manager of health innovation at Comcast who previously worked at the consulting firm Accenture, has been working on the device for more than a year, according to two people with direct knowledge. Nagpal joined Comcast in February of this year, according to LinkedIn, to build a strategy and a team for bringing the new health hardware to market. These people asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak on behalf of Comcast, and Comcast declined to comment. (Comcast owns NBCUniversal, the parent company of CNBC.) The device will monitor people’s basic health metrics using ambient sensors, with a focus on whether someone is making frequent trips to the bathroom or spending more time than usual in bed. Comcast is also building tools for detecting falls, which are common and potentially fatal for seniors, the people said. Comcast plans to offer the device and related service to at-risk people, including seniors and people with disabilities, but the timing, pricing and roll-out plan have not been finalized. It will start to experiment with pilots, which are not limited to Comcast customers, by the end of 2019, with potential commercial release in 2020. Unlike most home speakers, the device won’t be positioned as a communications or assistant tool, and won’t be able to do things like search the web or turn lights on and off. But it will have a personality like Alexa and it will be able to make emergency phone calls in the case of a health event, the people said. Click on the link for the full article
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    Florida....? oh yeah, Florida.

    Florida man poses as FBI agent, dumps live catfish on woman's driveway NAPLES, Fla. (WFOR via CNN Wire) -- There was something fishy about a Florida man caught trying to impersonate an FBI agent and leaving live catfish on a homeowner’s lawn. According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Kristian Dudley, 42, was arrested May 10 after riding his bicycle onto the front lawn of a Naples home and telling a woman in the home he was an FBI agent. He was wearing a hat with ‘FBI” printed on it and his bicycle had flashing red and blue lights, according to the police report. Deputies said Dudley told the woman she needed to show proof of ID that she was in the United States legally. She told Dudley she was a U.S. citizen and he needed to leave her property or she would call the police. Dudley refused to leave and told her “he was the police,” deputies said. The woman’s husband then came outside and told Dudley to leave, but Dudley continued to tell them he was an FBI agent and they were guilty of housing illegal aliens in their home. The husband eventually called police and Dudley began to ride off on his bicycle, but not before dumping several live catfish on the driveway. Click on the link for the full article
  5. 20th Annual Power Lunch with Warren Buffett Click on the link for the full info
  6. Loaded gun, knives found in 4th grade Pinellas teacher's backpack, cops say PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A fourth grade teacher at Starkey Elementary School was arrested on Monday. The 49-year-old is accused of having weapons in her backpack, including a Glock 9mm handgun loaded with seven rounds of ammunition, a six-inch fighting knife and a two-inch finger knife. According to deputies, all of the weapons were in her classroom where students were present. Erica Kennedy is a parent of two children who attend Starkey Elementary School in Seminole. She was stunned to learn the news. "Shock, absolute shock," the mother-of-three told WFLA. "Almost disbelief. I can't believe something like that would happen at this school. I almost think they're going to have to start checking teacher's bags, or maybe even have a metal detector to set something off." According to the school district, Betty Soto was acting suspcious Monday morning, carrying her backpack everywhere she went, guarding it closely. The principal noticed the "strange" behavior and notified the authorities. Police officers with Pinellas County Schools and deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office arrived on campus after being alerted by the principal. Law enforcement officers say they interviewed Soto and found the weapons in her backpack. She bonded out of jail Monday night shortly after 9 p.m. Soto was angry, defiant and unwilling to answer questions as WFLA asked several times, "Why would you bring a loaded gun and two knives to school?" "Ask Desantis," she answered. "Ask your governor." Erica Kennedy says, with two children at Starkey Elementary, she's worried. She described Soto's behavior as militant and suspicious. Click on the link for the full article
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    Random Thought Thread

    Camera angle is wrong for the first half of that video.
  8. China

    Florida....? oh yeah, Florida.

    Vacationers Find Alligator Lounging on Alligator Pool Float at Their Miami Airbnb Here are some places in Florida where you can reasonably expect to encounter an alligator: a storm sewer, the end of an airport runway, your local golf course. But this might be a first — while in town for a wedding, Georgia resident Dave Jacobs and his family spotted a gator casually chilling on an alligator-shaped pool float at their Airbnb in South Miami. "My daughter, who’s 14, was like, 'Dad, this is soooo meta,'" Jacobs tells New Times. Click on the link for the full article
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    Have you ever smoked Weed before???

    Serious Injuries From Domestic Violence Dropped After Marijuana Decriminalization, Study Finds States that reduced penalties for simple possession of marijuana saw a notable decline in cases where domestic violence victims suffered serious injuries, a new study reports. Despite a pervasive misconception stemming from the “Reefer Madness” days that cannabis use causes violent behavior, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that domestic assaults resulting in broken bones, laceration and other severe physical trauma dropped after marijuana was decriminalized. Interestingly, while the research shows a reduction in serious injuries, overall incidents of domestic violence did not decline. “When we considered assaults at all levels of seriousness, our results showed that the policy intervention had no effect on violence,” the study’s authors wrote. “However, this masked more striking and significant results concerning the most serious types of violence—decriminalization of marijuana reduced domestic assaults involving serious injury by some 20%.” Cannabis decriminalization was also linked to a 40.7 percent reduction in severe domestic violence incidents where alcohol was a factor, as well as a 23.1 percent reduction in incidents involving a weapon. Click on the link for the full article
  10. Seems like quite likely scenario, however I think for item 3, currently much of the US populace is like this in regards to all that has come out already: Impeachment hearings would be major news and would open the eyes of some people who generally just don't pay attention to political news. Those that would change the channel who don't like the noise aren't the ones you're trying to enlighten. EDIT: Another possibility is that Pelosi is simply biding her time, knowing it will get stonewalled in the senate, and wants to cycle it so it is major news and damaging later in the election cycle.
  11. So I guess a brazilian people are dead?
  12. China

    The Non-Winter Weather Thread

    Looks like Texas and Oklahoma may get some tornadoes. https://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html The SPC is forecasting ...Outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms expected over parts of the southern Plains today and tonight.... Please readthe latest public statement about this event. View What is a Watch? clip.
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    Florida....? oh yeah, Florida.

    Shirtless Florida Man Steals Police Cruiser, Leads Cops on 149 MPH Chase A shirtless Florida man managed to steal a Florida Highway Patrol trooper's cruiser and lead law enforcement officials on a 11-mile chase that reached speeds up to 149 MPH earlier this month, newly released dashcam video shows. According to law enforcement officials in Florida, a FHP trooper was cruising up Florida's Turnpike near Okeechobee, Florida, when he saw the suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Shane Jensen, sitting in the shoulder of the northbound lane. The trooper pulled up to speak with the shirtless Jensen for a few minutes, believing the man to be "medically distressed" because the 22-year-old was "incoherent when the trooper began talking with him," FHP said in a release about the incident. However, when the trooper turned to speak with a Florida Department of Transportation Road Ranger, investigators say Jensen saw his chance to take the trooper's 2013 Dodge Charger. Video footage of the incident showed the shirtless suspect jumping into the trooper's cruiser and driving off, even as the trooper yelled commands for him to stop. Troopers set up a roadblock, causing traffic to slow until the suspect was caught up in the gridlock. Three officers approached the cruiser and attempted to open the passenger-side door on the vehicle to get inside and stop Jansen, but he was able to get away after accelerating through the road shoulder to escape, video from the scene shows. When Jansen made it to the roadblock, he turned around and fled. Dashcam footage of the chase showed Jansen speeding and weaving through traffic at speeds of up to 149 mph. Eventually, the suspect drove over a spike strip, forcing him to come to a stop. Click on the link for the full article and video