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Invest 90E moves west, Invest 90C moves west also, Typhoon Rammasun VANISHES

Last Updated 7/16/2014, 8:00:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 11.3 140.1W Movement W at 15 mph
Wind 30 MPH

Last Updated 7/17/2014, 2:00:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 11.1 141.0W Movement W at 5 mph
Wind 30 MPH

I'm sure the Chinese are grateful that Rammasun vanished.

What's the real rate of inflation ?

Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 2.1 percent before seasonal adjustment.


That's the latest official BLS report. Does that number seem low to you ? From my own experience and other anecdotal reports, it does seem low.

Woman spends $35,000 to look exactly like Kim Kardashian


Can the real Kim please stand up: 24-year-old Kim Kardashian-wannabe Claire Leeson alongside her idol. Photo: Instagram/claireleeson_c and Getty

A 24-year-old has opened up about her quest to look exactly like reality star Kim Kardashian - and her transformation hasn't come cheap.

Claire Leeson claims she's already spent an estimated $35,000 on breast implants, hair extensions, spray tans, makeup and clothing in an attempt to emulate her idol, and she is preparing to move on to Kardashian's most well-known, ahem, ass-et next.

Appearing on a British TV show, the Essex resident explained that the extreme measures she's taken to look more like Kanye West's wife were done in an attempt to gain self-confidence after being bullied as a teen.

A Sunken Nazi Sub Is Visited Off The Texas Coast [Updated]


In a shocking reminder of how close the Second World War came to America, a German U-boat has been visited by marine archaeologists working off the shores of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico.

Update: I just received a note from the Ocean Exploration Trust who informed me that they did not discover the sub, they're just visiting it. The sub was actually found back in 2001.

That Nazi subs once prowled the Gulf of Mexico may come as a bit of surprise to Americans.

"And there's a very good reason," said shipwreck diver Richie Kohler in a WFAA video. "The United States government didn't want us to know. They didn't want us to know how Germany was taking us to task, how successful these U-boats were."

Cool underwater pics at above links.

'Hotwives of Orlando': How do you parody what's already ridiculous?


Look, I don’t want any drama—I don’t want any drama—but I’m also not totally on board with The Hotwives of Orlando, a new Bravo-spoofing comedy that debuted on Hulu at midnight Tuesday. (Hulu Plus subscribers can watch all seven 22-minute episodes right now; Hulu Plus-less plebes can only see the first two today, while the rest will be released on a week-to-week basis.)

The basic gist: A large ensemble of ladies you already love (or should love), including Casey Wilson, Kristen Schaal, and The Office‘s Angela Kinsey, don an assortment of skintight dresses and tacky wigs to play the titular Hotwives, archetypes familiar to anyone who’s caught an episode (or 500) of Bravo’s indomitable Real Housewives franchise. Wilson is Tawny St. John (chyron: “Trophy Wife”), a Gretchen Rossi-esque bimbo who’s both having a hot affair with her trainer (played by… Joey McIntyre?!) and caring for her deathly ill husband (played by the delightful Stephen Tobolowsky; the joke is he isn’t actually dying). Schaal is Amanda Simmons, a Kim Richards-ian former child star (read: she appeared in prune juice commercials) whose drug addiction and alcoholism is played for uncomfortable laughs. Kinsey is Amanda’s sister Crystal, a devout Christian modeled on Orange County’s Alexis Bellino.

The cast is rounded out by three more Hotwives, all of which also have clear Housewives inspirations: Series co-creator Danielle Schneider takes the role of Teresa Giudice avatar Shauna Maducci, a bundle of Jersey stereotypes who comes complete with a debilitating shopping addiction and a husband who hates her (him: “You are such a dumb idiot!” Her: “I love when you say things like that”). Andrea Savage tackles Veronica Von Vandervon, who’s a British sexpot of a certain age obsessed with her dog, just like Lisa Vanderpump. Finally, there’s Tymberlee Hill, whose Phe Phe Reed is sort of like every Atlanta Housewife rolled into one irresistible package; she’s a tireless multitasker who counts law, cake designing, Zumba, and taxidermy among her many vocations. And her husband’s a professional mascot. And she’s determined to make “I gotta be Phe Phe” into a catchphrase.

Get the picture? The issue here, in as much as there’s an issue here, isn’t that the jokes aren’t funny—it’s that they’re kinda lazy, especially coming from a group this capable. By this point, the real Housewives are so utterly bonkers (Scary Island happened four years ago, guys) that picking on things like their dumb charity projects (Tawny’s raising money to give high heels to needy Orlando dogs) and their general hypocrisy (everyone says they don’t want any drama, even though they tooootaaally want drama) just seems like making jam out of low-hanging fruit. Plus, Housewives parodies have been done before, and done well; 30 Rock‘s “Queen of Jordan” remains the gold standard, mostly because of the way Angie Jordan says the word “ham,” but Kevin Hart’s Real Husbands of Hollywood has deservedly earned a following of its own. If Hotwives wants to set itself apart, it’s going to have to do more than give Veronica lines like this one: “Do you get it? I made an orgasm joke. ‘Cause dogs come, and men do the other kind of coming. It’s kind of a play on words because I’m so naughty. Do you need me to explain that again?”

Typhoon Rammasun lashes the Philippines, Invest 90E continues moving west

Last Updated 7/15/2014, 8:00:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 14.2N 239.7E Movement W at 18 mph
Wind 105 MPH

Last Updated 7/15/2014, 8:00:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
Location 10.9 137.8W Movement W at 10 mph
Wind 30 MPH

Best female actress to play Thor in the next movie (if there is one)

for reference: http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=5244163

My vote is for Carrie-Anne Moss of The Matrix fame. Who's your vote ?

White House: "My Front Porch est. 2014. The President wants to know what's on your mind. What.....

should he hear ?" (end of quote)


You can upload a photo of your family, if you wish.

Snowpiercer in movie theaters AND on Amazon Instant Video...wave of future or fluke ?

This blows my mind, but I'm guessing it's the wave of the future:


Typhoon Rammasun assaults the Philippines, Invest 90E moves west

Last Updated 7/15/2014, 2:00:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 13.0N 235.3E Movement WNW at 10 mph
Wind 115 MPH

Last Updated 7/15/2014, 2:00:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Location 12.0 135.0W Movement W at 10 mph
Wind 30 MPH
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