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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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Atlas of Cancer Mortality in the U.S., 1950-94

An interesting series of somewhat scary maps...

So, is there a "window" of time from when you post, within which you can retract the post even after

someone has alerted on it? I just had back-to-back juries, but as I voted, the first terminated with a message saying that there were already enough jurors or the post had been withdrawn, or words to that effect...

AP belatedly removes "Piss Christ" from its viewable library...

Following the attack on Paris satirical paper Charlie Hebdo, the Associated Press has removed images of Andres Serrano's contentious 1987 photographic piece "Piss Christ" from its library, Politico's Dylan Byers reports. Serrano's photograph, depicting a crucifix floating in a cup of urine, has long been a subject of controversy. Nearly fifteen years after critic's initial shock in the late '80s, Serrano was still receiving death threats as a result of the work. A group of protesters attacked the piece at a 2011 exhibition, using a hammer. And the Catholic League reignited its vocal opposition of the image in 2012, andonce again in 2014.

Yet, through it all, the image had remained accessible via the AP. Until today.

The AP is one of several news sources to blur or crop Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Mohammed. "It's been our policy for years that we refrain from moving deliberately provocative images," AP spokeswoman Erin Madigan told Politico on Wednesday. However, the Washington Examiner's Timothy P. Carney noted that while the AP had removed these images of Mohammed, the outlet kept "Piss Christ" on view. Breitbart similarly criticized CNN for making the same decision.

Then, in the wake of the attacks -- and the posting of Carney's article, AP images of "Piss Christ" were removed, and the photos are no longer accessible online. Gawker's Andy Cush was one of several writers who also noticed the photos' disappearance. "If they were ," wrote Gawker's Andy Cush, "it is a cowardly and unfortunate capitulation to the men who killed 12 people today in an apparent effort to quell speech.

Judge Could Rule in Dispute over MLK Bible and Nobel medal

ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s traveling Bible hasn’t gone on regular display since President Barack Obama used it while taking his second oath of office two years ago. The public hasn’t seen the slain civil rights icon’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal in recent years, either.

Both relics reside in a safe deposit box, the keys held since March by an Atlanta judge presiding over the latest — and in many eyes, the ugliest — fight between King’s heirs.

The Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc., which is controlled by Martin Luther King III and his younger brother, Dexter Scott King, asked a judge a year ago to order their sister Bernice to turn over their father’s Nobel medal and traveling Bible. The brothers want to sell them to a private buyer.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney could decide the case at a hearing Tuesday or let it go to trial. He said when he ordered Bernice to hand over the Bible and medal to the court’s custody that it appeared likely the estate will win the case.

Anonymous declares war on Islamist extremists after terror attack in Paris

Hacking group Anonymous declared war on Islamist extremists after the deadly terror attack on Paris satirical publication Charlie Hebdo last week.

According to Mashable, Anonymous announced its operation #OpCharlieHebdo last Wednesday. A Twitter account @OpCharlieHebdo posted a video that paid tribute to the 11 journalists killed in the attack. 

The group reportedly hacked the website on Saturday, a website described by French media as a jihadist site.  


The hacktivist group vowed to fight for the "inviolate and sacred right to express opinions in any way," USA Today reported. The group reportedly also warned that those who stand in the way of freedom of expression can expect "a massive frontal assault from us, because the struggle for the defense of these freedoms is the foundation of our movement.

French Premier Declares ‘War’ on Radical Islam as Paris Girds for Rally

PARIS — Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared Saturday that France was at war with radical Islam after the harrowing sieges that led to the deaths of three gunmen and four hostages the day before. New details emerged about the bloody final confrontations, and security forces remained on high alert.

“It is a war against terrorism, against jihadism, against radical Islam, against everything that is aimed at breaking fraternity, freedom, solidarity,” Mr. Valls said during a speech in Évry, south of Paris.


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Wanna wash your chicken in Venezuela, you are out of luck...

Shoppers thronged grocery stores across Caracas today as deepening shortages led the government to put Venezuela’s food distribution under military protection.

Long lines, some stretching for blocks, formed outside grocery stores in the South American country’s capital as residents search for scarce basic items such as detergent and chicken.


President Nicolas Maduro last week vowed to implement an economic “counter-offensive” to steer the country out of recession, including an overhaul of the foreign exchange system. He has yet to provide details. While the main government-controlled exchange sets a rate of 6.3 bolivars per U.S. dollar, the black market rate is as much as 187 per dollar.

Inside a Plan Suarez grocery store yesterday in eastern Caracas, shelves were mostly bare. Customers struggled and fought for items at times, with many trying to skip lines. The most sought-after products included detergent, with customers waiting in line for two to three hours to buy a maximum of two bags. A security guard asked that photos of empty shelves not be taken.

Interesting DU thread: "I continue to wonder why progressives are so protective of Islam"...

"Homophobic, sexist, anti-Semitic, pro-theocracy and anti-free speech. These ideas are all well within the mainstream of contemporary Islam.

Islam falls well short of the things progressives believe in.

And the fact that there are Christian fundamentalist wackos is no reason to give Islam a pass.

And it seems that whenever atheists mock or denounce evangelical Christians they are applauded by progressives, but when those same atheists (like Bill Maher) similarly mock or denounce Muslims there is either silence or anger from the American progressive left."

Dooooom. We're all DOOOOOMED!!! Maybe...

It's Y2K deja vu, all over again.

The year 2015 will have an extra second — which could wreak havoc on the infrastructure powering the Internet.

At 11:59 p.m. on June 30, clocks will count up all the way to 60 seconds. That will allow the Earth's spin to catch up with atomic time.

The Earth's spin is gradually slowing down, by about two thousandths of a second per day, but atomic clocks are constant. That means that occasionally years have to be lengthened slightly, to allow the slowing Earth to catch up with the constant clock.

But last time it happened, in 2012, it took down much of the Internet. Reddit, Foursquare, Yelp and LinkedIn all reported problems, and so did the Linux operating system and programs using Java.
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