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Nuclear Unicorn

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August 7, 2015

In case any of you just heard my bloodcurdling scream

I was getting dressed. I took off my robe and tossed it on the bed and a wolf spider ran out from under my robe. It scampered off under my bed.

You'll have to excuse me now; I have to burn down the house.

August 5, 2015

No. 2 Senate Republican proposing gun background check bill

No. 2 Senate Republican proposing gun background check bill


"Gaps in existing law or inadequate resources prevent our communities from taking proactive steps to prevent them from becoming violent," Cornyn, R-Texas, said in a written statement.

Jennifer Baker, spokeswoman for NRA legislative affairs, said the bill took "meaningful steps toward fixing the system and making our communities safer."


Among those barred from buying guns are people legally determined to be "mentally defective" and those who have been committed to mental institutions. But states are not required to send those records to the background check system, which is run by the FBI, and its database is spotty.

Cornyn's bill would increase grants under the government's main law enforcement program by up to 5 percent for states that send the federal system at least 90 percent of their records on people with serious mental problems. States providing less data could see their grants from a broad range of justice programs penalized by the same amounts, at the attorney general's discretion.


But it's the NRA and GOP so we have to oppose this, I suppose.
August 3, 2015

Ronda Rousey defeats Bethe Correia via knockout in 34 seconds at UFC 190

Ronda Rousey defeats Bethe Correia via knockout in 34 seconds at UFC 190

Ronda Rousey promised to punish her trash-talking opponent Bethe Correia on the Brazilian’s home turf on Saturday and, boy, did she ever. It took the 28-year-old just 34 seconds at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro to deliver a knockout punch to rack up another win in her undefeated record and retain the UFC women’s bantamweight championship.

“I guess she can’t really say things about my hands anymore, huh,” Rousey said after her win, which she dedicated to WWE legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who died suddenly on Friday.

Contrary to past fights, when she’s been cordial to her opponents, Rousey showed no respect for Correia, either at the beginning of the fight or at the end. The two fighters did not touch gloves before the bell and Rousey certainly didn’t congratulate her on her effort.

Rousey may have had good reason. In May, Correia trash-talked Rousey with allusions to Rousey’s father’s suicide — a taunt Correia apologized for but one that Rousey refused to accept. Correia also taunted the star after defeating two of Rousey’s friends in the Octagon, Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler.


I'm not a UFC fan but Rousey's accomplishments are impressive (her last 3 fights have been won in a collective 64 seconds) and the part about Correia making comments about Rousey's father is jaw dropping.
August 2, 2015

These 20 schools are responsible for a fifth of all graduate school debt

These 20 schools are responsible for a fifth of all graduate school debt

Getting an advanced degree doesn’t come cheap, which is why graduate students carry nearly half of all student debt. But it turns out that a handful of schools are responsible for a large share of that money.

A new study from the Center for American Progress (CAP) found that 20 universities received one-fifth, or $6.5 billion, of the total amount of loans the government gave graduate students in the 2013-2014 academic year. Those schools, however, only educate 12 percent of all graduate students.


There's a chart at the link showing the 20 schools.
August 1, 2015

Why did you choose your user name?

A poster recently inquired about my user name, which I was happy to post but after that moment I started became increasingly curious about the names of other posters.

So why did you choose your name?

July 31, 2015

Catfished! Girls Scam ISIS on Social Media for Travel Money

Catfished! Girls Scam ISIS on Social Media for Travel Money

If you’re low on funds for that big vacation, you could always ask to borrow some, run a Kickstarter campaign … or swindle a couple of Islamic State recruiters. It may not be the safest way to make money, but that’s what three young women from Chechnya, a Russian republic in southeastern Europe, did.

The Chechen women are under investigation for fraud after they allegedly scammed IS members into giving them money on the pretense that they would use it to travel from their homeland to Syria. The ladies got away with some $3,300 before being discovered, according to RT News.

The IS members allegedly reached out to the young women on their social media accounts, asking them to join the militant cause. The women kept in touch with IS members and even sent fake pictures to string them along.


I'm not going to lie -- I hope they get away with it.
July 29, 2015

Since bragging about one's "Ignore" list is all the rage allow me to share mine --



I really haven't ever come in contact with them but they just strike me as so annoying I don't see why I should even bother being annoyed by them.
July 27, 2015

How come the only time the MIC finds favor on DU is when it involves gun control?

Mind you, this is not a slam against members who are military veterans. Lover Boy is a veteran and a proud one because he considers the people he served with to be the best he has ever known. Having met his friends, I agree.

However, the military industrial complex is normally criticized for consuming too much revenue, infringing on civil liberties and leading to military adventurism.

Yet, in discussions involving gun control suddenly we don't need individual gun ownership because the beneficent MIC satisfies our every security need.

And when it comes to having arms to fend off from a potentially rogue MIC, well, they're just so gosh darn golly powerful it would be futile to resist -- so just surrender your guns now get back in line, prole.

But then there are the "We're coming for your guns sort" who seem to relish the thought of a contest between citizens and the MIC with the MIC prevailing. Killing ISIS as it spreads to numerous nations? Bad. Killing Americans on American soil for daring to own guns? AWEZUM!

Am I missing something?

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