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Egypt pyramids scan finds mystery heat spots

"Thermal cameras detected higher temperatures in three adjacent stones at the bottom of the Great Pyramid.

Officials said possible causes included the existence of empty areas inside the pyramid, internal air currents, or the use of different building materials.

It comes as experts search for hidden chambers within the pyramids."

This may sound neat and all, but I thought that this may have something to do with Dr. Carson's claim of wheat being stored here and maybe the hot spots are where some wheat is inside and still decaying.

Elizabeth Warren and ?

I believe the talk between Warren and Biden last week consisted mainly of Biden's attempt to gauge Warren's commitment to her stated stance of not running, NOT a possible Biden/Warren ticket.

I believe Warren's commitment is real, however, she could feel a Sanders/Warren ticket might be unbeatable, if an electable Republican would get the nomination.

She would add the women's vote, and another vocal voice to the anti Wall Street, anti Big Bank and also her expertise of Obama Care and the Bureau of Consumer Protection, both of which she was instrumental in their drafting.

A big no to this ticket is that both are of the NE and would not add any state, such as OH's crucial electoral votes.

Be that as it may, I think the ticket is 'dreamy' but "If drafted, I will not run; if nominated, I will not accept; if elected, I will not serve."

Insurance will not cover woman who lost house, grandson in arson fire

BTW, that company is Auto-Owners Insurance, which is based in Lansing, Mich.


Ok, the facts;

"A provision in most homeowner policies denies payouts when a fire or damage is intentionally caused by a relative living in the home."

"Christopher Glass, 34, had been living with his grandmother in the two-story house on Olney Avenue in Marion since he was a teenager. Battling mental illness and depression, Glass set the fire, investigators think. He then went to his room and shot himself in the head." The intent of the policy language is to prevent fraud and collusion between the policy owner and others who could benefit financially, said John Lindauer, spokesman for Moore’s insurer, Auto-Owners Insurance, based in Lansing, Mich."

"Lindauer said fairness and emotion can’t be factors when considering claims. “I feel for her, I really do,” he said. “She has religiously made sure her insurance was kept updated. Her daughter dies. Her world is falling apart in front of her. And she thought, ‘Well, at least I have something.’"

"But, Lindauer added: “If we changed it so there was a fairness act .... then your premium and everyone else’s premiums would have to be adjusted to account for these things.”"

The article goes on to say the Ohio Insurance Institute's stance is that it's a crying shame but...

The spokesman for Auto-Owners Insurance adds while he is sympathetic, "...really is nothing we can do".

I wonder if social media might change his absolute.

Something is bothering me about the release of Sandra Bland's autopsy report.

Now why did her autopsy only take such a short time to be completed.

I'm not in the medical field, but ALL the cop shows on TV can't be wrong in that it takes a lot of time to complete one, especially one with unnatural causes.

AND, why did her parents agree to bury her and not get an autopsy from a pathologist of their own choosing???????????

At least she was not cremated.

Although, bodies can disappear and have, but that's a conspiracy theory better left to those with an avocation for such things.

If this is true, then Elizabeth Warren will enter the presidential race.

I got this email;

Elizabeth Warren info@elizabethwarren.com via bounce.bluestatedigital.com

"to me

Happy anniversary, Bruce!


By the time I was 30, I thought my life was settled. Granted, not quite what I’d expected – but settled. I was a single mom with two little kids, and I’d just started teaching law in Houston. I thought I knew what my life would look like forever.

And then I met a guy named Bruce.

One summer, Mother, Daddy and Aunt Bee watched the kids so I could go to an intensive course on economics. At the end of the row in front of me, I spotted Bruce – a young professor from Massachusetts who specialized in legal history of the American Revolution. A lot of people might think that two young law professors would be drawn together because they wanted to talk about law all the time. Nope: I fell in love with Bruce because he had great legs. Really. He was gorgeous.

By lunch on that first day, I’d found out that Bruce had spent his summers through college teaching tennis, so I bounced up to him and cheerfully asked if he would give me tennis lessons. Bruce later admitted that he was sort of appalled. But he was exceptionally sweet and polite, so I set up a time to meet him on the courts after that day’s last session, never noticing his lack of enthusiasm.

Bruce and I are very different people. If I’m a hard-charging, go-to-the-mat-for-whatever-you-believe kind of person. Bruce is more of a quiet, scholarly, camping-out-in-the-archives-poring-over-an-old-legal-manuscript kind.

Years later, over a great deal of beer, Bruce confessed that I wasn’t just pretty bad at tennis, I was terrible. I was his Worst Student Ever. I hit balls everywhere: over fences, over hedges, over buildings. Once I had a weapon in my hand, I gave it everything I had.

Bruce tells his own version of the story, but I figure the details don’t really matter. Bruce loved me anyway, and I was completely crazy about him. When I proposed to him, he said yes. I bought a sundress that could double as a wedding gown, and 35 years ago today, I married Bruce.

Bruce has about a million good qualities, but I want to mention one: Throughout my career, and all the unexpected twists and turns, Bruce has been my biggest supporter. He has never once discouraged me from taking on a fight. Whenever I’ve been angry about the damage the big banks and powerful interests were doing to families all across the country, Bruce has always encouragingly asked: “So what are you going to do about it?” He’s always believed that if I wanted people to listen to my ideas, I might as well shout from the highest mountain I could find.

Without Bruce, I never would’ve undertaken most of the adventures in my life. This anniversary, I’ll celebrate living in America where everyone can marry their own Bruce – their best friend, biggest supporter, and love of their life.

Thanks for reading this mushy email. And happy anniversary, Sweetie! I love you.


On edit, I guess the comments are right about it's their anniversary but 'rolling out' one's family is the start of the start of some political runs.

Can anyone help with a caption?

Mystery of the Texas 'earthworm herds' that form a perfect line on roads: Scientists baffled by strange behaviour since storms

"On closer inspection, the strings of pasta turned out to be mounds of worms, sitting in a perfect line at the centre of the road stripe.

In total, the rangers discovered 30 clumps of earthworms following heavy rain and flooding in the southern US park which borders Lake Texoma.

Worms have been known to arrange themselves in clumps such as this, and are often called 'earthworm herds.'

The creatures often do this when they are in distress or faced with danger.


I'm referring to a good Photoshop of the clowny guys' face upon the '30 clumps'.

Just sayin.

Just got my 'Bernie' shirt;


Well, at least I'm trying as I think the servers are overloaded but I'll keep trying.

Please wait until my order goes through before you further overload

Now if this really happens, I'd watch gold (gag reflex);

David Letterman: GOP must decide which candidate ‘can lead Republicans to another crushing defeat’

I'm not talking about the lead in but near the end where he talks about the guy who won the Masters and his ability to get great English on the ball, starting about the 3:30 mark.

Too funny


I run several BOINC projects;

For those unfamiliar with the anagram;

"The Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) is an open source middleware system for volunteer and grid computing. It was originally developed to support the SETI@home project before it became useful as a platform for other distributed applications in areas as diverse as mathematics, medicine, molecular biology, climatology, environmental science, and astrophysics. The intent of BOINC is to make it possible for researchers to tap into the enormous processing power of personal computers around the world."


And one of them is 'Quake Catcher''

The Quake-Catcher Network is a joint collaborative initiative run by Stanford University and UC Riverside that aims to use computer-based accelerometers to detect earthquakes. It uses the BOINC volunteer computing platform (a form of distributed computing, similar to SETI@home).

It currently supports newer Mac laptops which have the built-in accelerometer (used to park hard drive heads if the laptop is dropped), and the newer IBM/Lenovo thinkpads. It also supports three external USB devices currently - the codemercs.com JoyWarrior 24F8, the ONavi sensor, and the MotionNode Accel.

"In 2011, project scientist Elizabeth Cochran was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award from US President Barack Obama in large part due to her founding of the Quake-Catcher Network project."


I don't have any sensors listed as USB devices above, but when the screen saver is active it shows how many quakes have occurred in the last 24 hours, where they were located, the intensity and several more facts but unfortunately this info lists a couple quakes a second and the info I am able to collect is limited to the area and sometimes the intensity.

I just spent the last 2 minutes or so cycling through the list, there were 286 yesterday, I think, and by my count 30 of them were just in OK and 10 in KS.

Most of those in OK were in or near Perry, Guthrie and Medford which are in the north central part of the state, within a few hundred miles of each other in a line running N and S.

I recently watched a video by a siesmologist who shows that this area is the convergency of 4 tectonic plates.

It is his prediction that the next big central US earthquake will happen here and soon given the hundreds of minor but telling quakes clustered very closely to lines of these plates.

He lives near the site of the terrible quakes along the Mississippi River where one of these caused the river to actually reverse course for some time.

"The 1811–1812 New Madrid earthquakes were an intense intraplate earthquake series beginning with an initial pair of very large earthquakes on December 16, 1811. They remain the most powerful earthquakes to hit the eastern United States in recorded history. They, as well as the seismic zone of their occurrence, were named for the Mississippi River town of New Madrid, then part of the Louisiana Territory, now within Missouri."


He said that these quakes will not reoccur because the plate that caused the New Madrid quakes has become minor and the slippage will be OK's plates the next time.

I just posted about Radon;

Radon levels in houses near fracking sites in Pennsylvania are higher than in those in areas where the isn't any.


And mentioned if you live near a fracking site you may want to consider moving/selling especially before this becomes common knowledge and as my post listed this;

"Radon, an odorless, invisible gas, is the second-leading cause of lung c year from lung cancer caused by radon cancer in the United States after smoking, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA estimates that about 21,000 people die each year from Radon."

It now seems there is another compelling reason to relocate.

Radon levels in houses near fracking sites in Pennsylvania are higher;

than in those in areas where the isn't any.


It makes perfect sense but I haven't thought out all the unintended implications of fracking, not that I'm an expert, just someone who is very interested in the topic.

"Radon levels in houses near fracking sites in Pennsylvania are higher than in those in areas where there is no oil and gas drilling, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins University researchers."

The researchers cautioned that their findings don’t definitively tie hydraulic fracturing to higher levels of radon.

But they say they found a “statistically significant association” (DEFINITION of 'Statistically Significant';

"The likelihood that a result or relationship is caused by something other than mere random chance. Statistical hypothesis testing is traditionally employed to determine if a result is statistically significant or not. This provides a "p-value" representing the probability that random chance could explain the result. In general, a 5% or lower p-value is considered to be statistically significant; my comment) between a building’s proximity to a fracked well and to the amount of radon detected."


"Schwartz said the researchers don’t know whether other factors might have caused the increases. He said more detailed study is needed."

This is the phrase used by Statisticians when the 'p-value is high, such as this one is.

"Radon, an odorless, invisible gas, is the second-leading cause of lung c year from lung cancer caused by radon cancer in the United States after smoking, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA estimates that about 21,000 people die each year from Radon."

The methodology;

"The Johns Hopkins researchers analyzed more than 860,000 radon measurements collected from 1989 to 2013 in Pennsylvania. They found that buildings in counties with high levels of oil and gas extraction had significantly higher readings of radon than those in areas where fracking didn’t occur."

"The Hopkins researchers focused on Pennsylvania because the state’s Department of Environmental Protection has decades of radon data and fracking has become ubiquitous in parts of the state. Oil and gas companies drilled and fracked more than 7,000 wells in Pennsylvania from 2005 to 2013."

There is so much more in the article and if you live close to fracking sites, take heed and consider selling and relocating to areas where there is no 'plans' for the practice before this becomes common knowledge (not that I for one wouldn't have minor qualms about selling with this knowledge but...)

Leave it to this rag not to have a link to the original story (does this constitute some sort of legal problem, I hope so.)
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