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General Discussion / Surprise marriage proposal at Salt Lake City Home Depot
« on: September 14, 2013, 03:06:47 PM »

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A Utah couple is engaged after an elaborate, surprise proposal at a Salt Lake City Home Depot.

Dustin arrived at the Home Depot thinking he was there to help his roommate pick out some lighting for a party.

He was taken to the lumber aisle, where he found a group of friends, and family waiting for him. They began a choreographed dance routine to the song “Somebody Loves You” by Betty Who.

General Discussion / Jurassic World (2015)
« on: September 10, 2013, 11:13:14 PM »

Steven Spielberg will be bringing the next dinosaur action-adventure to the big screen.

Dinosaur fear has a name and a date.

Steven Spielberg brings his long-awaited next installment of the Jurassic Park series to theaters June 12, 2015. It also has a name -- Jurassic World -- Universal Pictures announced on Tuesday.

Colin Trevorrow has been tapped to direct the epic action-adventure from a draft of the screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. It will be shot in 3-D.

The filmmakers have already promised new dinosaur villains for the fourth installment of the franchise. The first three films in the series have taken in $1.9 billion at the box office.

Earlier this year, a 3-D re-release of the original 1993 Jurassic Park inspired a return to the dinosaur madness of decades past and brought in $114 million globally.

The news comes the same day that Disney studios announced that Pirates of the Caribbean 5 would move off the summer 2015 calendar and be released in 2016.

General Discussion / Mirror's Edge Parkour POV
« on: September 10, 2013, 01:46:22 AM »

Spamalot / Nice
« on: September 06, 2013, 10:37:48 AM »

General Discussion / I knew I should of been a Preacher.
« on: August 23, 2013, 08:30:18 PM »

General Discussion / Nature rules
« on: August 17, 2013, 08:39:32 PM »

Spamalot / Bruce Campbell singing "Hungry Like The Wolf"
« on: August 17, 2013, 04:21:06 PM »


They’re calling it “Operation Orange Fingers.” Really.

Seattle police will hand out bags of Doritos at Hempfest on Saturday.

Police department spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb confirmed the unusual duty, saying he and other officers will distribute one-ounce bags of nacho-cheese chips with educational information affixed to them about the state’s new legal pot law.

The bags also will contain a label with a link to the department’s “Marijwhatnow” FAQ, which explains that, yes, adults are now allowed to possess up to an ounce of weed, and that, no, you can’t get back the pot that cops might have seized before voters legalized recreational weed in last November’s election.

“A lot of people still have questions about the nuances of the law and 2013 is a year very much in transition for people who enjoy pot,” Whitcomb said.

Police are having some fun with the assignment.

“Please ignore maliciously false reports that we’re giving out Bugles at @seattlehempfest. We would never, ever do that,” the department tweeted Wednesday.

Operation Orange Fingers will be funded by the private Seattle Police Foundation, Whitcomb said.

The department expects to give out just 1,000 bags of chips, Whitcomb said. That’s likely to lead to some “Dude, where’s my Doritos?” queries from the 250,000 folks expected to attend the three-day, pro-pot event this weekend at Myrtle Edwards Park on the Seattle waterfront near Belltown.

The idea is not to cure the munchies, Whitcomb said, but “to pique their curiosity and get them to go to our FAQ.”

Kidding aside, Whitcomb said police will enforce aspects of the new law at Hempfest. He said they would bust minors for consuming in public, which is a misdemeanor. And he said they would bust people dealing pot, which is a felony.

Under the new law, only state-licensed stores can sell pot.

Because it’s still illegal to consume pot in public, Whitcomb said, officers will give warnings to adults they encounter getting high at Hempfest.

That’s not to say people should expect a “task force of undercover officers to infiltrate Hempfest,” he said.

But minors “can expect enforcement,” he said, because “it’s a big deal.”

Some officers don’t even want to wade into Hempfest, Whitcomb said, because they’re concerned about breathing in secondhand smoke and testing positive for pot.

Despite the state law, Seattle officers can’t use pot off-duty because marijuana use remains a federal violation and cops take an oath to uphold federal law, he said.

But officers would respond to any emergency, need or request for services, he said.

Whitcomb will speak about the department’s pot policies from Hempfest’s main stage Saturday at 2:50 p.m.

“The much-coveted 4:20 spot had gone to someone else,” he said.


(Medical Xpress)—Newly released research findings from University of Utah neuroscientists assert that there is no evidence within brain imaging that indicates some people are right-brained or left-brained.

Chances are, you've heard the label of being a "right-brained" or "left-brained" thinker. Logical, detail-oriented and analytical? That's left-brained behavior. Creative, thoughtful and subjective? Your brain's right side functions stronger —or so long-held assumptions suggest.

But newly released research findings from University of Utah neuroscientists assert that there is no evidence within brain imaging that indicates some people are right-brained or left-brained.

For years in popular culture, the terms left-brained and right-brained have come to refer to personality types, with an assumption that some people use the right side of their brain more, while some use the left side more.

Following a two-year study, University of Utah researchers have debunked that myth through identifying specific networks in the left and right brain that process lateralized functions.

Lateralization of brain function means that there are certain mental processes that are mainly specialized to one of the brain's left or right hemispheres. During the course of the study, researchers analyzed resting brain scans of 1,011 people between the ages of seven and 29. In each person, they studied functional lateralization of the brain measured for thousands of brain regions —finding no relationship that individuals preferentially use their left -brain network or right- brain network more often.

"It's absolutely true that some brain functions occur in one or the other side of the brain. Language tends to be on the left, attention more on the right. But people don't tend to have a stronger left- or right-sided brain network. It seems to be determined more connection by connection, " said Jeff Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study, which is formally titled "An Evaluation of the Left-Brain vs. Right-Brain Hypothesis with Resting State Functional Connectivity Magnetic Resonance Imaging." It is published in the journal PLOS ONE this month.

Researchers obtained brain scans for the population they studied from a database called INDI, the International Neuroimaging Data-Sharing Initiative. The participants' scans were taken during a functional connectivity MRI analysis, meaning a participant laid in a scanner for 5 to 10 minutes while their resting brain activity was analyzed.

By viewing brain activity, scientists can correlate brain activity in one region of the brain compared to another. In the study, researchers broke up the brain into 7,000 regions and examined which regions of the brain were more lateralized. They looked for connections—or all of the possible combinations of brain regions—and added up the number of connections for each brain region that was left- lateralized or right-lateralized. They discovered patterns in brain imaging for why a brain connection might be strongly left- or right-lateralized, said Jared Nielsen, a graduate student in neuroscience who carried out the study as part of his coursework.

"If you have a connection that is strongly left- lateralized, it relates to other strongly lateralized connection only if both sets of connections have a brain region in common," said Nielsen.

Results of the study are groundbreaking, as they may change the way people think about the old right-brain versus left-brain theory, he said.

"Everyone should understand the personality types associated with the terminology 'left-brained' and 'right-brained' and how they relate to him or her personally; however, we just don't see patterns where the whole left-brain network is more connected or the whole right-brain network is more connected in some people. It may be that personality types have nothing to do with one hemisphere being more active, stronger, or more connected," said Nielsen.


When Power Goes To Your Head, It May Shut Out Your Heart

Even the smallest dose of power can change a person. You've probably seen it. Someone gets a promotion or a bit of fame and then, suddenly, they're a little less friendly to the people beneath them.

So here's a question that may seem too simple: Why?

If you ask a psychologist, he or she may tell you that the powerful are simply too busy. They don't have the time to fully attend to their less powerful counterparts.

But if you ask Sukhvinder Obhi, a neuroscientist at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, he might give you another explanation: Power fundamentally changes how the brain operates.

Obhi and his colleagues, Jeremy Hogeveen and Michael Inzlicht, have a new study showing evidence to support that claim.

Obhi and his fellow researchers randomly put participants in the mindset of feeling either powerful or powerless. They asked the powerless group to write a diary entry about a time they depended on others for help. The powerful group wrote entries about times they were calling the shots.

Then, everybody watched a simple video. In it, an anonymous hand squeezes a rubber ball a handful of times — sort of monotonously. While the video ran, Obhi's team tracked the participants' brains, looking at a special region called the mirror system.

Where Empathy Begins

The mirror system is important because it contains neurons that become active both when you squeeze a rubber ball and when you watch someone else squeeze a rubber ball. It is the same thing with picking up a cup of coffee, hitting a baseball, or flying a kite. Whether you do it or someone else does, your mirror system activates. In this small way, the mirror system places you inside a stranger's head.

Furthermore, because our actions are linked to deeper thoughts — like beliefs and intentions — you may also begin to empathize with what motivates another person's actions.

"When I watch somebody picking up a cup of coffee, the mirror system activates the representations in my brain that would be active if I was picking up a cup of coffee," Obhi explains. "And because those representations are connected in my brain to the intentions that would normally activate them, you can get activation of the intention. So you can figure out, 'Hey, this person wants to drink coffee.' "

Obhi's team wanted to see if bestowing a person with a feeling of power or powerlessness would change how the mirror system responds to someone else performing a simple action.

Feeling Power Over Others

It turns out, feeling powerless boosted the mirror system — people empathized highly. But, Obhi says, "when people were feeling powerful, the signal wasn't very high at all."

So when people felt power, they really did have more trouble getting inside another person's head.

"What we're finding is power diminishes all varieties of empathy," says Dacher Keltner, a social psychologist at University of California, Berkeley, not involved in the new study. He says these results fit a trend within psychological research.

"Whether you're with a team at work [or] your family dinner, all of that hinges on how we adapt our behaviors to the behaviors of other people," he says. "And power takes a bite out of that ability, which is too bad."

The good news, Keltner says, is an emerging field of research that suggests powerful people who begin to forget their subordinates can be coached back to their compassionate selves.


A group of satanists say they’ve given the controversial Westboro Baptist Church a taste of its own medicine, performing a same-sex ritual at the grave of the mother of the church’s founder.

Members of the Satanist Temple performed on Sunday what its spokesman describes as a “pink mass”  an admittedly made-up ritual, celebrating gay love, at the grave in Meridian, Miss.

Spokesman Lucien Greaves  doffed a headdress made of horns as two male couples, and a female couple recited scripture, lit candles and made out over the grave.

Members then posthumously declared Catherine Johnston, the mother of Westboro’s founder Fred Phelps, a lesbian.

The ritual was designed to get a rise of the WBC, the satanists said, an organization that’s earned a national reputation for getting a rise out of others.

Phelps is the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, a fundamentalist congregation infamous for picketing at the funerals of celebrities, victims of disaster and terrorism, and U.S. soldiers killed in combat.
The church, located in Topeka, Kan., believes that the whole of the United States is in a state of sin because of gays. Members often protest at funerals carrying signs that read “God hates fags.”

The idea to stage a counter-protest by the New York based Satanist Temple after WBC members threatened to picket at funerals for those killed in the Boston Marathon bombings, Greaves told
The ritual took place at Magnolia Cemetery near a busy road, but Greaves said no one bothered the group of Satanists.

“Our right to believe that Fred Phelps now must believe that his mother is gay is inviolable,” said Greaves.  “No one can question our beliefs,” he said, mocking a Westboro talking point that was recently at the heart of Supreme Court case, which the church won.

A spokesman for Westboro, which has never shirked from publicity, told ABC that the “pink mass” only gave the church another moment to preach against gay people.

“I don’t care whether you’re dancing on a grave, in a hot air balloon, or standing on Mt. Kiliminjaro, homosexuality is a sin. And the punishment fixed for that sin is the death penalty,” said Westboro spokesman Steve Drain.

General Discussion / Amazing Spider-man 2 Comic-Con Teaser
« on: July 18, 2013, 01:19:27 AM »

General Discussion / Hawthorne Cops arrest man, then shoots his dog
« on: July 02, 2013, 07:46:48 PM »
Warning: it's pretty graphic

General Discussion / Terminator 2015 (Reboot)
« on: June 27, 2013, 09:06:19 PM »

You knew this day would come, it was inevitable; the question was when, and would we be prepared to face it? That’s right: The Terminator, one of the most beloved franchises in sci-fi/action movie history is getting the reboot treatment, and only Skynet knows what we have in store for us.

Paramount Pictures, in association with Annapurna Pictures and Skydance Productions will produce the first in what is promised to be a new trilogy of Terminator films; a trilogy with no association to Arnie’s romps as the time-traveling robotic bounty hunter with a heart of gold (or at the very least, molten lava). While no cast or crew has been revealed as of yet, the companies have announced a release date of June 26th, 2015.

We’re sure this is only the first of many Terminator news stories we’ll be bringing you in the two years until the film’s release, so stay tuned, stay vigilant, and never trust a machine… unless it speaks with a heavy Austrian accent.

LoLz / New Sejuani skin has so much awesome
« on: June 24, 2013, 11:50:18 PM »

LoLz / A very well edited video
« on: June 21, 2013, 04:42:33 PM »


A man who set up a video camera to capture paranormal activity in his kitchen instead recorded evidence of his partner engaging in a sexual relationship with his 16-year-old son, an Australian court has heard.

A 28-year-old woman -- who cannot be named for legal reasons -- pleaded guilty to five counts of having sexual intercourse with a young person.

Crown Prosecutor Jackie Hartnett told the court in October last year the woman had gone to her stepson's room to discuss his driving lessons.

Although the pair had previously had a strained relationship, tickling led to kissing and then to intercourse, the prosecutor said.

The following day, the woman's de facto partner set up a video camera in a bid to capture evidence of paranormal activity in the house, but forgot to turn it off.


The Church of Scientology forced the British tabloid The Sun to apologize for reporting that UFOs were seen flying over the church's British headquarters — but The Sun apologized to the aliens. It is one of the best newspaper apologies ever. The Sun says it's sorry for the weekend report "Flying saucers over British Scientology HQ" — flat silver discs were seen hovering by three airplane pilots — explaining, "Following a letter from lawyers for the Church, we apologise to any alien lifeforms for linking them to Scientologists."

As Lawrence Wright reported in his book Going Clear, the Church of Scientology is infamous for aggressively suing its critics for libel — something that's all the more dangerous in Britain, where it's a lot easier to win libel suits. It's so easy that Going Clear was not published in Britain.


For the past 21 years there’s been broad consensus among climate scientists that humans are significantly changing global temperatures.

In 2004, Naomi Oreskes published the first analysis examining the scientific consensus on climate change in published peer-reviewed research. She scanned over 900 climate papers from 1993 to 2003 to determine how many papers rejected the proposition that humans caused global warming. Remarkably, she found zero rejection papers. Oreskes’ results were cited in An Inconvenient Truth to demonstrate the overwhelming scientific consensus on climate change

Since that time, several studies have further sought to measure the level of agreement among climate scientists. In 2009, Peter Doran and Maggie Zimmerman found that 97 percent of actively publishing climate scientists agreed that humans were significantly changing global temperatures. In 2010, William Anderegg led a study that similarly found 97 percent of scientists who published climate papers agreed with the consensus. Over time, the picture was becoming clearer—there was overwhelming agreement in the climate science community on the issue of human-caused global warming.

Earlier this month, I published a peer-reviewed paper that continued and extended the work of Naomi Oreskes. The study was a collaboration of a team of research volunteers from the website Skeptical Science, working together for over a year to produce the most comprehensive analysis of climate research to date. We added another decade’s worth of climate research, examining 21 years and over 12,000 climate papers from peer-reviewed scientific journals. Our goal was to quantify the level of consensus in climate research from 1991 to 2011. We also hoped to determine how the consensus changed over the last two decades.

What we found was strikingly consistent with earlier research. Out of all the climate papers that stated a position on human-caused global warming, 97 percent endorsed the consensus. Overwhelming agreement had already formed by the early 1990s.

Over the 21 year period, the consensus strengthened. The number of papers endorsing the consensus was increasing at an accelerating rate. Correspondingly, more and more scientists from all over the world were adding their names to the ranks of scientists endorsing human-caused global warming. By 2011, the end of the period we examined, the level of consensus was around 98 percent.

We also employed a novel technique to independently measure the consensus. We invited the scientists who authored the climate papers to rate the level of endorsement in their own published research. After all, who is a better expert on what a paper is saying than the very authors of the paper?

The result was eerily familiar. Out of all papers that scientists rated as expressing a position on human-caused global warming, 97 percent endorsed the consensus. The 97 percent figure, seen in several studies over the last few years and through two different measures in our own study, continued to assert itself.

Nevertheless, there is a gaping chasm between the actual consensus and public perception of the consensus. When asked how many climate scientists agree on human-caused global warming, the average answer from the general public is around 50 percent.

This misperception has persisted for several decades and hasn’t happened by accident. There has been a deliberate, focused attempt to confuse the public about the level of agreement between scientists for over 20 years. In 1991, Western Fuels Association spent half a million dollars on a campaign attacking the scientific consensus. Political pollster Frank Luntz advised Republicans to focus on casting doubt on consensus in a memo leaked in 2002. A 2012 analysis of conservative syndicated columns found that the number one climate myth promoted by conservative columnists was “there is no scientific consensus.”

Why such a focus on attacking the consensus? Studies in 2011 and 2013 found that when the public correctly understands that scientists agree on climate change, it is more likely to support policy to do something about it. Social scientists are coming to realize what opponents of climate action have known for decades. If you confuse the public about scientific consensus, you can delay meaningful climate action.

This is why Naomi Oreskes’ 2004 work on consensus was so important. It’s why our study finding a strengthening consensus is important. The significance of this message is demonstrated by the fact that our paper was recently tweeted by President Obama and, fittingly, Al Gore. We need to clearly and persistently communicate the fact that the scientific community agrees on climate change. Closing the consensus gap is an essential and important step towards meaningful climate action.

Summary is in this link:

General Discussion / Horizons (Music by: Bear McCreary)
« on: June 10, 2013, 04:04:15 PM »


The Church of England has effectively accepted defeat over gay marriage signalling that it will no longer fight against a change in the law.

In a short statement, the established Church said that the scale of the majorities in both the Commons and Lords made clear that it is the will of Parliament that same sex couples “should” be allowed to marry.

The Bishop of Leicester, who leads the bishops in the House of Lords, said they would now concentrate their efforts on “improving” rather than halting an historic redefinition of marriage.

It represents a dramatic change of tack in the year since the Church insisted that gay marriage posed one of the biggest threats of disestablishment of the Church of England since the reign of Henry VIII.

And it comes despite a warning from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, that the redefinition of marriage would undermine the “cornerstone” of society.

The climb-down comes as the newest diocesan bishop in the Church of England said that support for gay marriage was “understandable” because of the way gay people had been treated in Britain in the past.

The Rt Rev David Walker, who was named today as the new Bishop of Manchester, insisted that although the Government bill was “flawed” had he been in the House of Lords he would not have voted against it.

Peers voted by 390 to 148 against a motion which would have struck down the Government’s same-sex marriage bill on Tuesday.

It will now be scrutinised by peers who are likely to add a series of amendments to add extra protections for teachers or other workers who object on grounds of conscience.

In a statement, Rt Revd Tim Stevens, Convenor of the Lords Spiritual, said bishops would now “join” with politicians to strengthen parts of the bill rather than resisting it.

“Both Houses of Parliament have now expressed a clear view by large majorities on the principle that there should be legislation to enable same-sex marriages to take place in England and Wales,” he said.

“It is now the duty and responsibility of the Bishops who sit in the House of Lords to recognise the implications of this decision and to join with other members in the task of considering how this legislation can be put into better shape.”

And he made clear that the bishops would look not only at strengthening opt-outs for those who oppose a new definition of marriage but at the future practicalities for people in same-sex unions.

He signalled that bishops would seek to introduce a notion of adultery into the bill and extend parental rights for same-sex partners.

Under the current bill people in a same-sex marriages who discover that their spouse is unfaithful to them would not be able to divorce for adultery after Government legal experts failed to agree what constitutes “sex” between gay or lesbian couples.

The bishops are also seeking to change a provision which says that when a lesbian woman in a same-sex marriage has a baby her spouse is not also classed as the baby’s parent.

The result is that in some cases children would be classed as having only one parent.

Bishop Stevens said: “The concerns of many in the Church, and in the other denominations and faiths, about the wisdom of such a move have been expressed clearly and consistently in the Parliamentary debate.

“For the Bishops the issue now is not primarily one of protections and exemptions for people of faith, important though it is to get that right, not least where teaching in schools and freedom of speech are concerned.

"The bill now requires improvement in a number of other key respects, including in its approach to the question of fidelity in marriage and the rights of children.

“If this bill is to become law, it is crucial that marriage as newly defined is equipped to carry within it as many as possible of the virtues of the understanding of marriage it will replace.

“Our focus during committee and report stages in the coming weeks and months will be to address those points in a spirit of constructive engagement."

His comments came as the new Bishop of Manchester signalled sympathy with supporters of gay marriage.

In his first comments since he was named as replacement to Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch, who recently retired, he said that the bill was flawed but added: “I fully understand why in a society where for so long gay people have been subjected to such abuse and ill treatment many people say if they are asking for equality in the area of marriage that is something they can get.”

He added: “I can see why in our society many people now – the majority of people – think that if this will help them to feel less badly treated then let them have it.”

Bishop Walker, who is currently the Bishop of Dudley – a junior bishop in the diocese of Worcester – attracted headlines earlier this year when he took on David Cameron over welfare cuts and accused politicians of scaremongering over immigration.

It emerged last month that Manchester Diocese, one of the biggest dioceses in the Church of England, had included a requirement to foster better links with the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities as part of its new bishop’s job description

General Discussion / The Cave (Video Game)
« on: June 03, 2013, 08:31:40 PM »
I heard good things about this game, has anyone tried it?

LoLz / List of Champion Counters
« on: May 30, 2013, 09:16:49 PM »

I'm not sure if it's been posted before, but it's worth reposting. If you don't know what counters what, this site will help you out in rank. It definitely makes laning easier.

Spamalot / I enjoy saying certain words out loud
« on: May 29, 2013, 04:41:08 PM »
For no better reason than I like the way they sound. "Amphibian" is one. "Lustrous" is another.

Spamalot / Doesn't get better than this
« on: May 16, 2013, 02:27:09 AM »

LoLz / I need a break from Rank solo queue
« on: April 26, 2013, 12:51:02 AM »
Because every match, I sound like this.

General Discussion / Harrison Ford and the new Star Wars trilogy.
« on: April 18, 2013, 10:53:11 PM »

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