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Good AM fellow Loungers, 79.3 F/26.3 C here, clear skies, muggy as hell....

Ah, life in Florida in the summer Hope your day goes well !

Richard Nixon Was Apparently Obsessed with Panda Sex


Of the many unusual moments recounted in Douglas Brinkley and Luke A. Nichter’s new book The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972 this one has to be one of the strangest. As the authors explain in a piece for The Washington Post’s appropriately-named PostEverything blog, President Richard Nixon was apparently fascinated by the mating habits of panda bears after his famous trip to China.

Shortly after his trip, China decided to gift a male and female panda to the National Zoo. But when Nixon leaked this news to The Washington Star’s foreign editor Crosby Noyes, he expressed some concerns about how they would learn to mate without the example of others pandas to observe.

Below is an excerpt of their conversation, followed by the full audio:

Nixon: Yeah. Oh, yes! Now, as a matter of fact, let me tell you an interesting thing about—that you must know, you can only use on your own if you want, but not on comment. I was just talking to Bob Haldeman who talked to his Chinese hosts, and this question of mating is very interesting. These are—This is a male and a female.

question about Facebook button

When I click the FB button on a post, it gives me an option of posting more text to my Facebook, but then....nothing happens whatsoever. No post to my own FB, no nothing.

Browser problem ? I've used Chrome, Opera, FF, and IE.

GOP House candidate defends 'wither and die' comment about poor


A Republican candidate is facing questions about a Facebook comment where, in a discussion about the poor, he stated, “No one has the guts to just let them wither and die.”

Valparaiso resident John Johnston, who is challenging State Rep. Chuck Moseley, D-10th, said Tuesday that he was speaking in hyperbole, and he later clarified that no thoughtful society would let people go hungry.

“I was not trying to hurt anybody’s feelings,” Johnston said. “I saw the opportunity to say something. I think a lot of the poor have no way out, and there’s no motivation to improve your position. It’s like training a child, either you enable them or force them out at some point.”

The discussion thread appeared on the Mad Mac page, which pokes fun at Northwest Indiana politics.

What a lying POS. He was speaking his true feelings.

eta: We need to put this on Twitter and Facebook, make it go viral !

reaction about fracking in UK, please

I posted a story in GD about UK fracking, but no response so far.

Here is the story:


Thank you kindly for your input.


Dollar Tree, Inc. to Acquire Family Dollar Stores, Inc. to Create North America's....

Dollar Tree, Inc. to Acquire Family Dollar Stores, Inc. to Create North America's Leading Discount Retailer

(yes the actual headline)

http://preview.tinyurl.com/nyt4a52 (real url is gigantic)

Will Operate More Than 13,000 Stores Across 48 States and Five Canadian Provinces, with Annual Sales Exceeding $18 Billion

Will Continue to Operate and Grow Both the Dollar Tree and Family Dollar Brands, Offering Fixed- and Multi-Price Point Formats to Provide Consumers Greater Value, Convenience and Choice

Expected to Achieve an Estimated $300 Million in Annual Run Rate Synergies by the End of the Third Year Post-Closing

Estimated to be Accretive to Cash EPS within the First Year Post-Closing

more at link

The Server Needs To Die To Save The Internet


No one said this was a small problem with an easy fix. MaidSafe has actually been working on its new network since 2006, finally coming out of stealth earlier this year to begin detailing its grand plan. It’s now rolling out the first of three test networks, to test the underlying network without any apps on it as yet, ahead of a full beta launch in Q4. The initial test network comprises 180 nodes, located in Singapore, San Francisco, Amsterdam and New York.

So what exactly is this startup building? MaidSafe’s Nick Lambert summarizes the product as “a fully cross-platform, fully decentralized autonomous data and communications network”. What that means in practice is a network that does away with an intermediary layer of servers and datacenters — replacing that with peer-to-peer infrastructure. (No surprise then that MaidSafe counts Michael Jackson, the former COO of P2P pioneer Skype, as an advisor.)

Basically, the users of the network are also acting as the network infrastructure by donating a portion of their spare hard drive capacity – with built in incentives for them to do so in the form of a network specific cryptocurrency (called SafeCoin).
There are no other networks that combine being autonomous and serverless

So, in a similar way to Bitcoin mining being incentivized by the creation and distribution of new Bitcoins, users of the MaidSafe network will be compensated for the computing resource they contribute by earning SafeCoin. (Currently one SafeCoin is worth around 2 US cents but there was also a time when Bitcoin was worth as little — and MaidSafe obviously expects the value of SafeCoin to scale up as usage of the network scales.) It calls this resource donation process farming.

IT folks, please chime in.

question about grad school costs

My son might pursue a Ph.D. in music one day and be a music professor. Maybe not. Is it reasonable to assume student loans up to $100K for that ? I'm only asking about grad school costs and NOT including undergrad. He would probably go to a state school here in Florida, unless he moves. Thanks for your time.


Sarah Palin launches online TV channel


Sarah Palin has announced the formation of her own Internet television news channel.

In a Facebook post late Sunday evening, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee announced the Sarah Palin Channel, an interactive, online network designed as an alternative to mainstream news media.

“This is a news channel that really is a lot more than news,” Palin said in a video introducing the network. “This is a community where we’re going to be able to share ideas and discuss the issues of the day. And we’re going to find solutions.”

The network will cost $9.95 per month or $99.95 annually for subscribers.

Tundra grifter finds another way to cash in. Ugh.

Fracking licences to be granted by (UK) government


The government has opened the bidding process for new licences to extract shale gas, using the controversial fracking process.

About half the UK is open to exploration, but tightened rules cover areas of outstanding beauty.

Companies granted a licence to begin test drilling will also need planning permission and environmental permits.

The coalition sees shale gas as a major potential energy source. Critics of fracking warn of environmental dangers.

UK DU'ers, please chime in, thanks.
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