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11Jul/120

Open thread for night owls: Telstar 1 ushered in the ‘via satellite’ age 50 years ago today

http://feeds.dailykos.com/~r/dailykos/index/~3/VM-IP3Su8-0/-Open-thread-for-night-owls-Telstar-1-ushered-in-the-via-satellite-age-50-years-ago-today

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11Jul/120

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Will Tickle Your Soul & Punch Your Heart In the Face

http://www.popcultureshock.com/seeking-friend-world-tickle-soul-punch-heart-face/58143/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=seeking-friend-world-tickle-soul-punch-heart-face

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6Jul/120

IFTTT Recipe for Todo.txt

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Smarterware/~3/h27s6cm-hms/ifttt-recipe-for-todo-txt

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26Jun/120

Leave Your Cellphone at Home

http://feeds.nplusonemag.com/~r/nplusonemag_main/~3/6wO9BrQl9jw/leave-your-cellphone-at-home

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18Jun/120

Perspective

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18Jun/120

Geode – Level 4

Geode - Level 4
Half-giant, Battlemind
Build: Harrier Battlemind
Psionic Study Option: Persistent Harrier
Dark Sun, Inherent Bonuses
Out for Revenge (+2 to Endurance)
Theme: Noble Adept

FINAL ABILITY SCORES
STR 15, CON 21, DEX 12, INT 8, WIS 12, CHA 10

STARTING ABILITY SCORES
STR 12, CON 18, DEX 12, INT 8, WIS 12, CHA 10

AC: 17 Fort: 19 Ref: 15 Will: 18
HP: 62 Surges: 14 Surge Value: 15

TRAINED SKILLS
Athletics +10, Endurance +13, Insight +8

UNTRAINED SKILLS
Acrobatics +2, Arcana +1, Bluff +2, Diplomacy +2, Dungeoneering +3, Heal +3, History +1, Intimidate +2, Nature +5, Perception +3, Religion +1, Stealth +2, Streetwise +2, Thievery +2

POWERS
Basic Attack: Melee Basic Attack
Basic Attack: Ranged Basic Attack
Noble Adept Feature: Adept's Insight
Goliath Racial Power: Stone's Endurance
Battlemind Feature: Battlemind's Demand
Battlemind Feature: Blurred Step
Battlemind Feature: Mind Spike
Battlemind Feature: Persistent Harrier
Wild Talent Cantrip: Body Equilibrium
Battlemind Attack 1: World-Slipping Advance
Battlemind Attack 1: Renewed Focus
Battlemind Attack 1: Conductive Defense
Battlemind Attack 1: Vicious Cobra Strike
Battlemind Attack 1: Accelerating Strike
Noble Adept Utility 2: Slave's Sacrifice
Endurance Utility 2: Inspiring Fortitude
Battlemind Attack 3: Momentum Swing

FEATS
Level 1: Melee Training (Constitution)
Level 2: Toughness
Level 2: Goliath Greatweapon Prowess
Level 3: Psionic Toughness
Level 4: Improved Defenses
Level 4: Net Training

ITEMS
Hide Armor x1
Trident x1
Net
Morningstar

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3Jun/120

Geode – Half-giant Battlemind

Geode - level 2
Goliath, Battlemind
Build: Harrier Battlemind
Psionic Study Option: Persistent Harrier
Dark Sun, Inherent Bonuses
Out for Revenge (+2 to Endurance)
Theme: Noble Adept

FINAL ABILITY SCORES
STR 14, CON 20, DEX 12, INT 8, WIS 12, CHA 10

STARTING ABILITY SCORES
STR 12, CON 18, DEX 12, INT 8, WIS 12, CHA 10

AC: 15 Fort: 16 Ref: 12 Will: 15
HP: 46 Surges: 14 Surge Value: 11

TRAINED SKILLS
Athletics +9, Endurance +12, Insight +7

UNTRAINED SKILLS
Acrobatics +1, Arcana +0, Bluff +1, Diplomacy +1, Dungeoneering +2, Heal +2, History +0, Intimidate +1, Nature +4, Perception +2, Religion +0, Stealth +1, Streetwise +1, Thievery +1

POWERS
Basic Attack: Melee Basic Attack
Basic Attack: Ranged Basic Attack
Noble Adept Feature: Adept's Insight
Goliath Racial Power: Stone's Endurance
Battlemind Feature: Battlemind's Demand
Battlemind Feature: Blurred Step
Battlemind Feature: Mind Spike
Battlemind Feature: Persistent Harrier
Wild Talent Cantrip: Body Equilibrium
Battlemind Attack 1: Conductive Defense
Battlemind Attack 1: Vicious Cobra Strike
Battlemind Attack 1: Accelerating Strike
Noble Adept Utility 2: Slave's Sacrifice
Endurance Utility 2: Inspiring Fortitude

FEATS
Level 1: Melee Training (Constitution)
Level 2: Toughness
Level 2: Goliath Greatweapon Prowess

ITEMS
Hide Armor x1
Morningstar x1

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31May/120

The Good Guys Win One

...in Texas, no less:

"All the pundits and bloviating Beltway politicos ignored Beto O'Rourke's race against painfully long-term incumbent, Silvestre Reyes and said the young upstart had no chance. Even the commercialized progressive groups completely ignored his contest. But early voting went drastically in his direction and, despite Reyes, last minute, heavily funded (by the Military Industrial Complex) smear campaign, O'Rourke put him away nice and easy. Even as the votes were coming in, the most unctuous shills of the DC Establishment were hoping out loud that Beto would lose. This isn't about ideology, this is just about Establishment dick suckers sucking Establishment dick, which is what they get paid to do-- to the point where they become what they do. By the end they were publicly praying for a run-off or even a Republican victory in November. The Establishment and it's miserable foot soldiers are very threatened by insurgents... and victorious insurgents make them want to kill themselves."

http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2012/05/establishment-hacks-lose-another-one-as.html

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31May/120

POLL: Whites More Supportive Of ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Than African-Americans

_A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows that Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which has faced intense scrutiny after the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, is far more popular among white voters than minorities. Sixty one percent of white respondents say they favor the law while 31 percent oppose, a mirror image of the state’s black population which opposes “Stand Your Ground” 56 percent to 30 percent. Hispanic voters support the law as well, but by far narrower margins, 53 percent to 36 percent. Florida’s 2005 “Stand Your Ground” Law gives residents the authority to defend themselves–with lethal force if necessary–under certain circumstances. It has since been adapted by two dozen other states. The Trayvon Martin case cast doubt on the law however, due to concerns that Martin’s killer George Zimmerman could invoke it to escape accountability for his actions._

Big surprise, eh?

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/05/24/489704/support-for-floridas-stand-your-ground-law-splits-along-racial-divides/

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31May/120

Safeway’s general counsel tells hilarious sexist joke at annual shareholder meeting

Everyone knows that opening a meeting with a joke is a great icebreaker. And at the annual meeting of Safeway Inc.'s shareholders, Senior Vice President and General Counsel Robert Gordon opened with a real knee-slapper:

You know, this is the season when companies and other institutions are interested in enhancing their reputation and their image for the general public, and one of the institutions that's doing this is the Secret Service, particularly after the calamity in Colombia. And among the instructions given to the Secret Service agents was to try to agree with the president more and support his decisions. And that led to this exchange that took place last week, when the president flew into the White House lawn and an agent greeted him at the helicopter.
The president was carrying two pigs under his arms and the Secret Service agents said, "Nice pigs, sir."

And the president said, "These are not ordinary pigs, these are genuine Arkansas razorback hogs. I got one for former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and one for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton."

And the Secret Service agent said, "Excellent trade, sir."

(Laughter)

Isn't that funny? Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton are worth less than pigs! Ha!

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/16/1092198/-Safeway-s-general-counsel-tells-hilarious-sexist-joke-at-annual-shareholder-meeting

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