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Despite asking for money, Trump denies event is a fundraiser


Norwood, Massachusetts (CNN)Donald Trump said at an event charging $100-a-head in Massachusetts for his campaign Friday that he was not attending a fundraiser.

"This is not a fundraiser," Trump told reporters in Norwood. "I turn down a lot of money."

But earlier Friday, a sign outside the event directed donors on how to contribute.

"Please have checks made payable to: Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. or cash ready on entry. Thank you," read the sign, which was later taken down after Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, saw a CNN report.

Donald Trump lies yet again. Shocking!

Really random: have people always hated clowns ?!

I didn't hate clowns growing up. I still don't. Is there something wrong with me ?!

My fellow Floridians, what are you doing so far about Erika ?

I live so far inland that I'm doing absolutely nothing. What are you doing ?

Georgians, Alabamians, Mississipians, Louisiana folks and Texans, feel free to chime in. Who knows, it might swerve out to sea and miss us all, or might just fizzle out.

10 places where renting a home beats buying


(heavily edited)

San Francisco


Suffolk County, NY


Washington, DC

Portland, OR

Los Angeles

Port St. Lucie, FL (this one surprised me)

Asheville, NC

Lincoln, NE

I just did the 2015 Census thing requested by the Census Bureau....

Did all of you get a big envelope from them containing the demand you do the 2015 Census test ? I did. Of course I immediately noticed the big bold black letters in MUST BE COMPLETED BY ORDER OF LAW or some such verbiage. Ok no big deal, I'm used to that sort of thing with government documents.

The questions are a bit nosey but just standard Census questions. No questions on income, which surprised me. Of course they ask your ethnicity, and under "White" they list Lebanon for an ancestral country. I wondered, why not list Syria and Israel too ? I think Jordan was listed ? I forget. Egypt was listed. I'm no expert on ethnicity and middle-eastern countries for sure.

I can just imagine the hard right-wing Tea Party types going full OBAMA_COMMUNIST_MUSLIM_KENYAN_FEMA_NAZI over this and refusing to do it. You can do it over the internet, which I did. If you refuse to do it over the net or cannot do it that way, then the CB comes to your door.

$21,325: Dream Machine 2015, dead tree Maximum PC magazine Oct. 2015

CPU = Intel Core i7-5960X = $1,050

Motherboard = Asus Rampage V Extreme = $470

RAM = 64 GB DDR4 Corsair Dominator = $1,495

GPU = 4x EVGA GeForce TitanX Hydro Copper = $5,200

SSD = 4x Samsung 850 PRO 1 Terabyte = $2,560

HDD = 4x WD Black 6 Terabytes = $1,200

Cooling = EKWB custom-loop cooling = $450

Case = CaseLabs Magnum SMA8 = $520

Case Paintjob = Smooth Creations = $800

OS = Windows 8.1 = $100

Monitor = 27 inch 5K Dell Ultrasharp UP2715K = $2500

Mouse = Logitech Daedalus Apex = $70

Keyboard = Razer Blackwidow Chroma = $170

Headset = Kingston HyperX Cloud II = $100

Speakers = Adam Audio 5.1 System = $3,700

Sound System = Sound Blaster X7 = $400

LED Strips = Logisys RGB LED = $90

PSU = EVGA SuperNova 1600 = $450

They do this every year to demonstrate the theoretical limit of consumer-grade computing power. Of course it's ridiculous overkill but to people like me, it's interesting to read. YMMV. It's also going to be outdated within a few years, as always.

Swedish Teen Model Blasts the Fashion Industry for Labeling Her 'Too Big


A 19-year-old model from Sweden is using YouTube to take a stand against the fashion industry that she says has labeled her "too big" for the runway.

In a video shared earlier this week, Agnes Hedengard wore only a bikini as she posed in front of a mirror and explained why she struggles to find work despite her seemingly good looks.

"I have worked as a model for about five years now, but up to this day I don't get any more jobs since the industry thinks I'm too big," she said. "They think this is too big."

Hedengard, who said she is 5'11" with a body mass index of 17.5 (which would technically put her in the "underweight" category, according to the National Institutes of Health), pointed to her body parts as she told viewers, "They think my butt is too big and they think my hips are too wide."

also here: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/swedish-model-agnes-hedengard-19-branded-too-big-hits-out-at-fashion-industrys-body-standards-on-youtube/story-fneuz9ev-1227499248316

Opinions about US economy in the near future ?

The recent stock market volatility sparked this question. I'm a bit concerned that the official unemployment rate will start going back up. It's been at 5.3% for two months now.

Happy National Dog Day! Here are some videos of presidents and their dogs.


Wednesday is National Dog Day, one of the more-than-365 pseudo-holidays each year that give us an opportunity to try out a new hashtag on social media. In this case, though, it's a welcome one, for a variety of reasons. First, the day is meant to promote dog adoption which is a good thing that you should do. Second, dogs are objectively great. And, third, the other news out there in the world is so numbingly grim and horrible that talking about dogs is in all ways preferable.

We figured that you, like us, could use a nice little mental break from the day's horror. So we took advantage of the day's theme to pull out some wonderful videos of presidents past and present, playing with or celebrating our canine friends. Enjoy.

videos at link!

Stop everything, Seattle: Amazon will bring liquor to you in an hour


(yes original headline)

The next time you're out of liquor at a party or can't bear to get up from the couch to go buy beer, and you're in certain parts of Seattle, Amazon wants to help.

The online retailer has added alcohol to a growing number of items its Prime Now members can order for one-hour delivery, but only in the company's hometown of Seattle.

Here's how it works: If you pay $99 a year to be an Amazon Prime member (which includes free two-day shipping, video streaming, etc.), then you can download the Prime Now app for Android and iPhone. The app includes a number of items for delivery, including beer, wine and liquor, milk, ice cream and toilet paper. Because you never know when you're going to need an emergency ice cream sundae and a bottle of wine. Plus, if your big-screen TV breaks during an important game, you can have one of those delivered in an hour or less too.

If you use the app for two-hour delivery, the service is free. Want that bottle of tequila at your door in an hour or less? It will cost you an extra $7.99. In a nod to the limits of convenience, you can also only use this magical service from 8 a.m. to midnight.
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