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Samuel L. Jackson didn't consider taking help from Obama for role in 'Big Game'


New Delhi: Samuel L. Jackson, who is all set to play the U.S President in his upcoming movie 'Big Game', has said that he didn't consider taking help from U.S President Barack Obama.

Talking about his role, the American actor asserted that when his character has an expectation of people coming to rescue him but at some point he figures out that is not going to happen.

According to Multivision Multimedia, the 66-year-old actor said that his job is irrelevant, he is just a guy and he did not need to take any advice from Obama or Morgan Freeman or Jaime Fox for the role.

' Big Game' is the enthralling story of U.S President, who is on route to a G-8summit meet when Air Force One is shot down by terrorists in an attempted assassination that leaves him stranded in the European wilderness.

David Cameron is just THRILLING this little girl, obviously!

Never work with children or animals, they say. David Cameron found that out to his cost when six-year-old Lucy momentarily placed her head on the desk seemingly bored with the prime minister's reading lesson. Actually she was just giggling at her mispronunciation of a word.

from: http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-32529568?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_politics&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=news_central

Overweight diabetes patients outlive slimmer ones - study


May 4 (Reuters) - Patients with type-2 diabetes who are overweight but not obese outlive diabetics of normal weight, scientists reported on Monday, in another example of the "obesity paradox."

Although public health officials issue dire warnings about the consequences of overweight, and employers are pressuring workers to slim down via "wellness programs," the relationship between weight and longevity is paradoxical: Studies show that although obesity increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), overweight patients with CVD live longer than patients of normal weight.

Similarly, obesity increases the chances of developing type-2 diabetes. But it wasn't clear if overweight confers a survival advantage in diabetics.

Sixteen previous studies got conflicting answers: Some found overweight diabetics had lower mortality; others didn't. But many were hobbled by methodological problems including few patients, short follow-up, or using questionnaires rather than clinic records.

What happened when an anti-Semite found he was Jewish?


Three years ago, a Hungarian far-right politician with a strong line in anti-Semitism discovered that he was Jewish. He left his party, and set out on a remarkable personal journey to learn and practise his Jewish faith.

Only seconds before he goes on stage, Csanad Szegedi paces the school corridor like a bear in an unfamiliar forest. Then the headmaster's introduction is over, the pupils who pack the hall are clapping enthusiastically, and the big man is going up the steps, the blood roaring in his ears.

The confidence returns and he plays to the crowd, just as he once did at party rallies, or as a member of the European Parliament.

He comes across a bit like the American singer Johnny Cash. "Hello, I'm Csanad Szegedi." And the schoolchildren of the Piarist Secondary School in Szeged hang on every word.

computer nerd ToTD: don't EVER use your valuable email address on the public internet

If you must, use a "trash email" address (i.e, one you don't like, tons of them out there that are free).

If you put your email address on a public-facing internet page (like DU), you will get on the spam lists.

Example: You type presidentobamatotallyrocksemailaddy@outlook.com on DU. Within days (hours?), you will get on spam lists. I made the mistake of doing this years ago, and now I get spam. I could discard the addy but it's easy to remember and I've had it for years.

I know most of us know this, but again, maybe a few don't. HTH.


I'll do what I can via FB and Twitter. That seems to offer the most bang for the non-existent buck. I damn sure can't afford newspaper ads and TV time, unlike the freaking Koch brothers and many of the elite GOP.

Muslims Defend Pam Geller’s Right to Hate


Both before Pam Geller’s Draw Muhammad event and after the attack Sunday night, Muslim-American leaders vigorously defended her right to draw whatever she wants.

Anti-Muslim advocate Pam Geller has the absolute right to draw any cartoon she wants of the Prophet Muhammad. That was not just the response from Muslim-American leaders I spoke to after news broke Sunday night of a shooting outside a Garland, Texas, event that Geller had organized—offering $10,000 for people to draw images of Muhammad—but before that event as well.

As of the writing of this article, we know that after the conclusion of Geller’s event, two gunmen drove into the parking lot of the venue and fired shots that wounded one security officer. The two suspects were then reportedly killed by the police officers outside the venue. The identity and motivation of the gunmen is still not known as of press time.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that some Muslims (and even people of other faiths) aren’t offended and/or disgusted by the idea of Geller offering $10,000 for people to draw despicable cartoons of Muhammad. This is akin to offering a prize for people to draw the most anti-Semitic or racist images imaginable, with the true goal being to stoke the flames of hate versus Jews or Blacks. But the reality is American Muslims deeply value freedom of expression.

National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2015 runs from May 24th through May 30th


Hurricane season starts on June 1st.

additional feedback sought on old thread


Anyone want to add anything else to that discussion ? I thought it was a great thread (yea I know I'm biased). Thanks in advance.

I just talked to my letter carrier about the insanity of the GOP... (xpost from gd)


He agreed 100% with me.

Fact sheet: Pre-funding of future retiree health benefits

The U.S. Postal Service has its roots in the United States Constitution. For decades, it has entirely supported itself by the sale of stamps and other postal services—not with taxpayer dollars. The costs associated with the health benefits of USPS’ retirees are also covered by these proceeds. In December 2006, a lame-duck Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA), a postal reform measure that included a mandate on the Postal Service to “pre-fund” 75 years’ worth of health benefits for future retirees. Hard-wired into the law without regard to economic conditions was an inflexible payment schedule that required USPS to pay about $5.6 billion per year over a 10-year period. The more than $12 billion in pre-funding payments the Postal Service made from 2007 to 2009 have since helped turn USPS’ healthy income statement a deep shade of red.


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