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State Department Orders Tarrant County to Stop Issuing Passports


In a highly unusual move, the U.S. State Department has ordered Tarrant County to indefinitely stop issuing passports.

The order comes amid a federal investigation into the use of fraudulent documents to obtain passports in Tarrant County and whether clerks followed proper procedures, according to a person familiar with the case.

Tarrant County District Clerk Tom Wilder said the State Department sent an email on June 25 ordering him to immediately close the county’s passport offices.

The email, which was followed by a formal letter, did not specify why, he said.

Wow, something is certainly rotten in Tarrant County for this to occur.

Remove cat before flight

Star Trek Beyond

The Official name of the next Star Trek film.


Samsung Safety Truck

Really neat idea for road safety.

One Armed Store Owner vs. Three Robbers (one armed) in Fort Worth.




Second link has video.

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – An attempted robbery at a Fort Worth grocery store ended in one of the alleged robbers shot to death by the owner.

Police say three men walked into the store with a shotgun. One suspect demanded money. The second one had the shotgun and the third was standing next to the man with the weapon.

Police say the store owner gave his wallet to the first suspect then pulled out a gun and shot the suspect holding a gun. He died at the scene.

The two who were not hit ran off.

So one robber is holding a shotgun on the owner, the owner hands over his wallet, THEN pulls his gun and shoots the robber. That takes a great deal of courage, and situational self-awareness that many people would not have.

But considering we have had two murders of store clerks in the DFW area, one the mother of two:


And the other one where the clerk of a Subway store gave them the money, and then got killed,


Taking a chance of responding with deadly force might be best choice.

Farthest journey by hoverboard - Guinness World Records


The Guinness organization says Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru has broken the world record for longest hoverboard flight with a flight of 275.9 meters (905 feet and 2 inches) -- and that was out over a lake.

Guinness World Records posted a video of the flight to the organization's YouTube page on Friday saying it was achieved on August 25, 2014. In the clip, you can see Catalin's quadcopterlike hoverboard flying about 16 feet off the ground as he travels across the water on Quebec's Lake Ouareau. The footage is actually pretty spectacular.

According to Guinness World Records, it took Duru a year to build the board, and he says it can be used "anywhere" and can fly at "scary heights." By going for the record, Duru wanted to "showcase that a stable flight can be achieved on a hoverboard and a human could stand and control with their feet."

Guinness World Records confirmed the authenticity of the footage, and the record, by email. Check out this record-breaking flight for yourself in the video above, then get ready for a future where drones are delivering our packages and we're all traveling about town on our hoverboards. Marty McFly would definitely approve.

My experiences with Windows 10

I have been trying the latest version (10074) and did a clean install on one of my 120GB SSD. I did not like it too much. Was way too different from my beloved Win 7 Pro. I have not used 8 or 8.1.

Then I cloned my Win 7 Pro install to another 120GB SSD, and did an in-place upgrade install on the clone drive. Frankly I did not expect it work given the number of programs I have running. It took about 2 hours with multiple restarts, but it finally came back up, and I was very impressed.

I only had a few programs that did not work. Perfect Disk Defragger was the main one. Had 2 updates that refused to go though. One for an Asus motherboard driver and one for the latest Nvidia WHQL driver (running a GTX970). I used it all weekend long this past weekend, including multiple visits to DU, and had no OS crashes. Firefox crashed multiple times.

I was hesitant beforehand, thinking I might stay with Win 7. Now, I'm looking forward to Windows 10.

I am extremely impressed by our President.

I am 58 years old, and I never thought I would see the normalization of relations with Cuba in my lifetime unless Castro died and there was another revolution. I have vague memories of the Cuban Missile Crisis. I witnessed decades of anger, bitterness, hate and some very harsh rhetoric on both sides. Yet here we are headed down the path of ending the Embargo, and normal relations. It takes real courage to go against the path of the last 60 years, yet Barack Obama has made the choice to do so.

Two Thumbs Way, Way Up, Mr. President.

An Invitation to Connect with Satan at CES 2015


I hope this email finds you well. I noticed that you were attending this year’s CES, and I was wondering if you were interested in scheduling a meeting with Satan.

Satan, the Prince of Darkness, is an international leader in inflicting pain, destruction, and doom upon hapless mortals. Coming off a fresh round of funding (from investors including the Illuminati, a subterranean cabal of shadowy banking executives, and Andreessen Horowitz) Satan is looking to make 2015 a year to remember for His trademark brand of deceit and wickedness.

Satan can walk you through his patent-pending technique for tormenting lost souls and discuss emerging trends in the sowing evil-upon-innocents space. Satan can also provide exclusive insight into the ongoing Comcast-Time Warner merger.

The King of the Bottomless Infernal Pit is available for briefings at a private suite at the Mirage. We’re pleased to offer free transportation to and from your hotel via Satan’s preferred method of transportation, the Las Vegas taxi system.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on sale at Amazon

I know how many people here love this series. I jumped on this deal.

Note: This is a "Deal of the Day" it expires at 2am CDT November 2nd.

The DVD is in stock, the Blu-Ray will be in stock on November 5th.

Via Slick Deals

$22.49 Blu-Ray (63% off)
$19.99 DVD (60% off)

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