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17 April 2014

China Jails Blogger In Online 'Rumour' Crackdown

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(Beijing - AFP) A Chinese court has jailed a blogger for three years, state media has reported – the first person to be sentenced in a government-led crackdown on so-called internet rumours.

10 April 2014

Orangutans Under Attack!

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"Last year over a million of us successfully froze the plan to kill orangutans but the battle to save them is heating up again and unless we raise our voices once more - we could lose the last place on Earth where orangutans, tigers, rhinos and elephants roam free together"

8 April 2014

WTF Moment: ‘Star Trek’ Actress "Lends" Her Gravitas To Film Promoting Idea That Sun Revolves Around Earth! [Now Updated!]

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Kate Mulgrew was misled! 
"I understand there has been some controversy about my participation in a documentary called THE PRINCIPLE. Let me assure everyone that I completely agree with the eminent physicist Lawrence Krauss, who was himself misrepresented in the film, and who has written a succinct rebuttal in SLATE. I am not a geocentrist, nor am I in any way a proponent of geocentrism. More importantly, I do not subscribe to anything Robert Sungenis has written regarding science and history and, had I known of his involvement, would most certainly have avoided this documentary. I was a voice for hire, and a misinformed one, at that. I apologize for any confusion that my voice on this trailer may have caused. Kate Mulgrew"

That's probably one of the few times in my blogging life that I am actually very happy to update/correct one of my main blog's posts. 

I've also slightly updated the title and, hopefully, it will convert the fact that Kate didn't knowingly lend her voice to the beliefs promoted in the documentary...

From what I've seen, the syndicated article from Raw Story has also been updated. Cool!

My sincere apologies to Kate Mulgrew for having temporarily doubted her! 

Live long and prosper!

Loup Dargent

PS: The "Triple FacePalm" pic is still relevant and solely directed at the people behind the so-called "documentary", so it stays!. ;-) 





‘Star Trek’ actress lends her gravitas to film promoting idea that sun revolves around Earth (via Raw Story )
A new documentary film, narrated by a former Star Trek actress, promotes the long-ago disproven idea that the sun revolves around the Earth. “Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong,” says actress Kate Mulgrew as she narrates the…




27 March 2014

Egypt: Let's Stop The Biggest Mass Execution This Century!

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Dear friends, 

A kangaroo court in Egypt just sentenced 528 people to death. This is likely the biggest mass execution ruling this century, but one man can stop the killings.

Egypt’s most important religious figure, Grand Mufti Allam has 10 days to reject the decision. Religious leaders are already condemning the ruling, and as the first Mufti to be elected by his peers, he has a legitimate mandate to be the nation’s moral leader. Let’s create a global plea from people of all religions to provide clemency and block this barbarous ruling.

This was a political show trial -- the military regime is using the firing squad to wipe out the opposition. If the world does not speak up, the consequences for Egypt and the world are beyond dangerous. Sign now to save these lives and stop a spiral of violence -- when one million of us have joined, religious leaders in Egypt will deliver our call for compassion directly to the Mufti: 

>> www.avaaz.org/en/stop_mass_execution_loc/?bOksxab&v=37970

21 March 2014

6 Things Every New Millionaire Should Have

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Congratulations on becoming a new millionaire. People say the first million is the hardest to make. Hard part’s over, now you’re new milestone should be your first billion. However before you strive for that there are few things you should learn about becoming a millionaire. After all now that you’re a millionaire you need to look the part. The only thing worse than being poor and not rich, is being rich and acting poor. You don’t want to be called Ebenezer Scrooge, do you? Here are 6 things every millionaire must have.

20 March 2014

A Careful, Scholarly Analysis Of How You Could Still Cook Meals During A Zombie Apocalypse

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When we think about surviving a zombie apocalypse, most of us consider how we’d stock pile food and ammunition to keep us alive and safe. However, have you ever really stopped to consider how you’d cook all that food once the grid goes down? Here’s an in-depth analysis of potential methods for cooking during a zombie apocalypse.



Use a Gas Grill
Last year, the wife got me a gas grill for my birthday. Next to the banjo and ukulele she got me, this was the best present yet. Not only do I now grill pretty much every single weekend (and drink more beer because of it), but I can also use it to survive when the zombies invade and the electricity goes down.

The Pros: All I need to make my grill work is propane. And I can save up a million tanks of it if necessary. Sure it costs a little, but at least I’ll be prepared for the end, right?


Gas grills also heat up very quickly. And when you’re dealing with zombies, there’s no time to waste. Especially with my 5 burner model that gets up to 500 degrees in about 5 minutes. Oh and if you get the infrared kind with the pans at the bottom, cleanup is easy and it lasts longer without rusting out.


The Cons: What happens when you run out of gas? Maybe you can start by getting one of those huge tanks dropped off in your backyard. Although, it’s doubtful they’ll offer that service post-apocalypse.



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Cook Over an Open Fire

Just like you learned as a boy scout. It’s every man’s dream, to cook over an open fire. In fact, you might argue that there’s nothing that represents freedom more. And something about it makes meat just taste better. Maybe it’s just in our heads…

The Pros: It’s been done since the cavemen. That means it works. All you have to have is firewood and a way to light it. Could be matches, or even rubbing sticks together if you’re that skilled. No electricity or gas required. Oh, and did I mention how meat seems to taste better over an open fire? Just checking.


The Cons: First and foremost, the biggest drawback is in the name. Open fire. The last place you want to be during a zombie apocalypse is out in the open. However, that’s exactly what you need to build a fire. You also need a way to light it. Sooner or later the matches are going to run out. You better know some alternative lighting techniques. 


A Homemade Solar Oven

This past summer, I made one of these with my 4 year old as a little science project. We both had a blast. We used it to “cook” smores, which she really enjoyed. To understand why I put quotes around cook, look at the cons section.

The Pros: There are two large benefits to the solar cooker:

  • It requires no nonrenewable resource to heat it. So when the zombies take out the power lines and gas lines, and when there is no wood left to burn, you can still power this with good ol’ Mother Nature.
  • You can easily build one of these out of junk you have lying around the house. A pizza box or shoe box, foil, black paper or paint…it’s simple. So simple a 4 year old could do it. Literally.
The Cons: While these are really cool and fun to make, they aren’t very efficient. Maybe I’m just a noob, but the one me and my kid built barely even melted the chocolate on the smore. So to say we cooked with it is a bit of a stretch.

It’s also very slow going. You’re going to have to let it sit out in the sun for quite a while to heat anything up. And I’d be wary of trying to cook meat in it, because I’m not sure it would get hot enough to kill off harmful bacteria.


Oh , and you have to have full sunlight for it to even kind of work.



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The South American Wood-fired Barrel

The South American Wood-fired Barrel is exactly what you’d expect from the name. It really is a metal barrel heated by burning wood. The barrel is encased in clay.

The Pros: The fact that this barrel is surrounded in clay is a huge plus. The clay acts as insulation which makes the oven heat more efficiently. The result? You need less firewood. During the apocalypse, this will be a huge plus. First of all, getting firewood may not be easy. With zombies swarming outside, the last thing you want is to spend countless hours in the woods picking up and chopping firewood. And also, depending on where you live, acquiring firewood may prove to be a difficult task, so the less you have to use, the better.

Oh, and it’s commonly used to cook pizza. What could be bad about that?

The Cons: First of all, it’s an outdoor stove. This means you have to cook outside and risk being susceptible to zombie attacks. It’s also used typically to cook for large groups of people. That’s fine and dandy if you’re holed up with a lot of people. But if you’re just cooking for yourself, it’s not the most viable option.


What method will you use to cook food for you and your family during the apocalypse? Tell us in the replies!




About Today's Contributor
Jason Williams is an avid moviegoer. His favorite type of movies? you guessed it--zombie movies. If anyone can offer advice on what do do during the apocalypse, it's this guy.


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17 March 2014

Have Celebrity Selfies Gone Too Far? Or Not Far Enough?

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These days, everybody loves taking selfies. Not only are they great to use for your profile pic, they're fun to share, and can show a cross-section of your life, a daily portrait of you doing the things you do everyday. Celebrities love selfies, too, and, unfortunately, every time they take one, it can become news. Is this selfie-mania turning us into a society of narcissists? Or is it enriching us with a deeper perspective on the mundane and the beautiful?

Here's some evidence. We'll let you decide.

16 March 2014

Those Don Draper Moments of Marketing Wisdom [Infographic]

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Today's infographic focuses on one of the characters in 'Mad Men' (the TV series that took America by storm in the summer of 2007 and ends this year after seven seasons), Don Draper.. well, his marketing related quotes anyway. 

As the peeps at Glow new media (the ones who made this cool infographic, by the way) say: 
"The true greats of advertising and marketing understand that attitude counts for a great deal. Fictional Ad man and honorary marketing god, Don Draper has plenty to say on the subject, and when he talks, we listen!"
You've heard the guys, so let's have a look at what Don Draper has to say now!

Oh, and... Enjoy!

Loup Dargent

14 March 2014

The 6 Most Surprising Celebrity Arrests Of 2014

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The year is still young, but some celebrities are already in hot water. The following is a partial list of celebrities who have faced criminal action in 2014.

11 March 2014

You Know You're Old If...

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At some point in your life, you will be reminded of your age. Getting older doesn’t always have to be a drag, but being reminded that you’re old can sometimes come as a shock to you and make you start dreading the future.

Instead of worrying about your age, embrace it. And if you’re not entirely sure if you’re actually old, you will know you’re old if…

7 March 2014

Book Tour: 'The Unholy' By Paul DeBlassie III

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"A young curandera, a medicine woman, intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, the Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision."
The Book Tour stop we're hosting today is about 'The Unholy', a Psychological / Paranormal Thriller by Paul DeBlassie III... And we have two excerpts from the book for you to read.

Enjoy!


Loup Dargent

22 February 2014

5 Recommended Songs For Anger Management

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Uncontrolled anger can cause many problems such as a mild situation becoming aggravated and getting worse, relationships with others deteriorating, possible job losses and a cold and repulsive attitude from people around you most especially those who know that you can flare up at any given opportunity. 

Overlooking your anger will not make things better so it is absolutely essential that you learn how to control your anger to be able to make improvements where necessary and be able to keep yourself from exploding emotionally. Controlling your anger with proven techniques will enable you to handle problems much more calmly and effectively. This article lets you know what to do in some cases when you are provoked to ensure that you don't lose control. 

21 February 2014

Book Tour: 'Sémya Slotin Mystery Series' By Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba

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The Book Tour stop we're hosting today is a mega packed one as it contains info about three books (the first three books of the 'Sémya Slotin Mystery' to be precise) as well as two book excerpts.

Years ago, Toyah used to sing: "It's a mystery, it's a mystery..." 

Well, today, we can all sing "It's a mystery, it's a mystery... series!" 
(Ah, come on now! It was not that bad!)

Enjoy!


Loup Dargent



20 February 2014

Freak Out The Neighbors - Hilarious Garage Door Skins

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If an ordinary garage door just isn’t for you, consider making it extraordinary with a garage door skin. Just as art or photos can bring character to any room, a garage door skin is an easy way to add character to an otherwise plain garage door.

While this may not appeal to everyone, the realistic designs are certainly eye-catching and offer an economical way of hiding minor cosmetic damage- breathing new life in to your garage door.

From design to installation and material, the possibilities...

5 Of The Most Anticipated Movies Of 2014

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Wondering what the next biggest thing in film is set to be further down the track this year? Much like 2013 before it, 2014 promises to be a big year in film, with a slew of big blockbuster releases scheduled throughout the year, along with some exciting smaller projects due to be revealed to the world. Here, we list five of the most anticipated movies coming out this year.

Grab your popcorn and prepare to be entertained with our round-up of the five most anticipated films of 2014.

15 February 2014

Dead Space 3: The Best Title In The Series

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Let me give you a quick glance at the gameplay before we get on with the review, imagine that you are low on ammunition and your health indicator is dangerously red. There are more number of enemies than you expected and they have forced you to track your way in to a corner. What would you do, would you go all out with guns blazing, hoping that somehow you will hit all enemies with perfect lethal shots and emerge victorious? No, instead you and your partner improvise. Yes, you are not alone and that’s one of the strengths of this game. You and your partner work in collaboration and use your kinesis abilities to impale the enemies with their own limbs. You romp their corpses and then salvage to reload for the next battle.

Its moments like these that help the dead space 3 emerge as the clear winner amongst the most exciting games for PC in the year 2014.

UK: Hope From The Floods

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Dear friends,

David Cameron is reacting with short term fixes as our country suffers the worst floods in 200 years. But together we can get him to face down the climate deniers, and agree a way to stop disastrous deluges happening more and more often. 
Energy Secretary Ed Davey just warned that fringes of the Tory Party and UKIP are trying everything to trash the scientific and political consensus on climate change. These guys have their heads in a sandbag: leading scientists agree these floods are climate-related. Their nutty attacks are dangerously timed -- right now, Europe is setting joint long-term goals to cut carbon pollution. And only if the EU sets the right benchmark can we get the rest of the world to aim high.

At this time of national crisis, David Cameron is looking for ways to show voters he’s a strong leader, but he’s refusing to step up on long-term targets. Let’s build a massive national outcry to remind him of his promise to lead the “greenest government ever”. Sign the petition to get the strong climate targets we need to make our country safe and forward this widely -- for every 10,000 signers we’ll send a sandbag filled with names to No.10:


www.avaaz.org/en/hope_from_the_floods/?bOksxab&v=35971

6 February 2014

Vatican Under Global Scrutiny After UN Sex Abuse Report

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Vatican under global scrutiny after UN sex abuse report (via AFP)
The UN's damning report on the Vatican's handling of child sex abuse cases has turned up the pressure on the Church to convince a sceptical international community it has adopted a zero-tolerance approach. "The Vatican has taken some steps forward,…

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