Friday, March 17, 2017

PIX-N-TOONZ-N-STUFF 031717

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Spending St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland sits near the top of many bucket lists, with thousands of revelers arriving each year to celebrate the holiday in its ancestral home.
What if you can’t make it to the Emerald Isle? Well, there’s good news, because a handful of places around the world are known for throwing a party fun enough to rival Dublin itself.


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Ancestral Climates May Have Shaped Your Nose
A study led by Penn State researchers looked at nose shape in people whose parents and ancestors came from four regions of the world.


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Microsoft begins blocking updates for older Windows versions on newer hardware
It's the end of the line for Windows 7 on the latest PC designs. Anyone running an older version of Windows on new hardware received a rude shock this week when the latest Patch Tuesday updates rolled around.


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Amazon is invading Apple and Google's home turf in the war over the future of computing
Apple, Amazon, and Google are all at war over the future of personal computing - and now Amazon is taking the battle to its rivals' home turf: The smartphone


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EU authorities demand changes from Facebook, Google, Twitter
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Social media companies Facebook Inc , Alphabet Inc and Twitter Inc will have to amend their terms of service for European users within a month or face the risk of fines, a European Commission official said on Friday.


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How Canonical makes money from Ubuntu
Among enterprise Linux distributions - SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Ubuntu - Ubuntu has the shortest life-cycle. SLES offers maintenance updates for 8-10 years, with extended support for 11-13 years


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Disgraced Serial Liar Brian Williams Accuses Republicans of Creating an Alternative Universe
Only by shedding every vestige of self-awareness can you approach the level of hypocrisy achieved by serial liar Brian Williams. Watch in amazement as he asks White House correspondent Chris Jansing,
“Is it as striking to you in the briefing room as it is to television viewers that an alternative universe is being proposed, alternative definitions are being trotted out in real-time?”


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The latest assault on free speech on the Internet comes not from Iran or China but the People’s Republic of New York, where Assemblyman David Weprin has introduced a bill securing the “right to be forgotten.” From the bill:
Right to be forgotten act. 1. Upon the request from an individual, all search engines, indexers, publishers and any other persons or entities that make available..........................
The punishment is $250 per day, paid to the person who wants to be “forgotten,” plus lawyer fees.


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Trump tax returns leaked by MSNBC show that President Trump actually paid a higher tax rate in 2005 than MSNBC did.
Shocking! MSNBC earned enough to pay taxes?


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The U.S. women's hockey team is skipping a big tournament in its own backyard to make a point about fair pay.
The women say they will sit out the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship, which starts later this month in Michigan, unless they can make progress in negotiations with USA Hockey, the sport's governing body in the United States.


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President Donald Trump met with Prince Mohammed Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and it’s safe to say that the meeting went as well as anyone could hope for.
The Saudi delegation left the conversation in high spirits and later told the media that they believe Saudi-American relations had just reached a new “turning point.” They praised President Trump as a “true friend of Muslims” all over the world and argued that his policies would make everyone safer and more prosperous… not just Americans, but citizens of the world.


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NOT OLD ENOUGH TO BUY POT GUMMIES IN THE STORE? GOOD NEWS, THERE’S A SOLUTION: GET THEM AT YOUR LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL.
That’s the story coming out of Wyoming this week. A Wyoming teen has allegedly been caught selling numerous THC-infused gummy bears to his fellow students. The price per gummy? Ten dollars.


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Two 90-year-old women, Bertha and Betty, had been friends all of their lives.

When it was clear that Bertha was dying, Betty visited her every day.

One day Betty said, “Bertha, we both loved playing softball all our lives, and we played all through high school. Please do me one favor: When you get to heaven, somehow you must let me know if there’s women’s softball there.”

Bertha looked up at Betty from her deathbed and said, “Betty, you’ve been my best friend for many years. If it’s at all possible, I’ll do this favor for you.”

Shortly after that, Bertha passed on.

A few nights later, Betty was awakened from a sound sleep by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calling out to her, “Betty, Betty.”

“Who is it?” asked Betty, sitting up suddenly. “Who is it?”

“Betty — it’s me, Bertha.”

“You’re not Bertha. Bertha just died.”

“I’m telling you, it’s me, Bertha,” insisted the voice.

“Bertha! Where are you?”

“In heaven,” replied Bertha. “I have some really good news and a little bad news.”

“Tell me the good news first,” said Betty.

“The good news,” Bertha said, “is that there’s women’s softball in heaven. Better yet, all of our old buddies who died before me are here, too. Even better than that, we’re all young again. Better still, it’s always springtime and it never rains or snows. And best of all, we can play softball all we want, and we never get tired.”

“That’s fantastic,” said Betty. “It’s beyond my wildest dreams! So what’s the bad news?”

“You’re pitching Tuesday.”


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