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    Faces of our Rev. War Vets who lived into the dawn of early photography

    . These are a few of the guys (and their stories) who made celebrating the 4th yesterday possible. I had no idea that some of them lived long enough to be photographed in early daguerreotypes. And to find this in the British press...
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    Computer mouse inventor dies at 88 ...& everywhere we hear click-its, more click-its

    . Douglas Engelbart, RIP: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/technology/douglas-c-engelbart-inventor-of-the-computer-mouse-dies-at-88.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1& .
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    Cheap DNA screening instead of really expensive DNA repair?

    . While "inspired" by the three sets of DNA repair thread, this is a separate, however potentially infuriating, discussion. Neither Britain, nor the US, nor any coalition of first world countries can ever fix the genetic disasters that have resulted from thousands of years of third world...
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    Paula Deen's 1987 armed robber ... defends her!

    . Is that reformed robber smarter than J.C. Penney, Walgreens, Sears, Kmart, Food Network, Smithfield Foods, Walmart, Home Depot, QVC et al...? http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/TV/2013/06/28/Robber-defends-Paula-Deens-use-of-racial-slur/UPI-25071372448851/ .
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    Ordering pizza in 2017

    . Short video: http://www.aclu.org/pizza/images/screen.swf .
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    The perils of romance via texting

    . A middle-aged couple had finally learned how to send and receive texts on their cell phones. The wife, being a romantic at heart, decided one day that she'd send her husband a text while she was out of the house having coffee with a friend. She texted: If you are sleeping, send me your...
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    The delicious American sport of seeing a pompous lawyer shredded, w/o stirring

    . You'll see the outrageous cease & desist demand letter, followed by the most creative, funniest, and most skewering reply I've ever seen: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3033198/posts .
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    RIP Slim Whitman, and his "weaponized" music

    . (The embedded video clip is mercifully only 44 seconds long...) http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/140023.html .
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    Unarmed Texas mom w/2 kids fends off knife-wielding car-jacker - one wild story

    . Wow.... http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=9139434 .
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    Car burglars w/ high tech mystery gadget, disables alarms, open doors in seconds

    . 2 min video clip -- stories from Chicago and West Coast. Stuff like this always spreads.... http://www.nbcchicago.com/video/#!/news/tech/Car-Thieves-Outsmarting-Police/211517491 .
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    About shopping for illegals to do yardwork

    . One day, shortly after joining the PGA tour in 1965, Lee Trevino, a professional golfer and married man, was at his home in Dallas, Texas mowing his front lawn, as he always did. A lady driving by in a big, shiny Cadillac stopped in front of his house, lowered the window and asked...
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    Is sitting (too much & too long) the new smoking?

    . http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-dont-sit-20130525,0,3673157.story and this: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/business/stand-up-desks-gaining-favor-in-the-workplace.html?_r=0 When I became more aware of this issue, I put the equivalent of a late 1800s stand-up desk. Now if I...
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    PSA: for landlords and property managers -- huge bedbug lawsuit details

    . This $800,000 court judgment against the landlord took place in Maryland, but attorneys are salivating at the prospect of such lawsuits in major cities across the country. Oh, the article doesn't explain that the $650,000 portion (of the total award) labeled as punitive damages makes that...
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    From $85k to $35k, unpayable student loan cut in federal bankruptcy court

    . Despite all the banker lobbying money that went into the bankruptcy law revision a few years back..... this sets an earth-shaking precedent: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-05-28/student-loan-bubble-just-discharge-it .
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    PSA: new Texas law lets parents protect their children from identity theft

    . ...that otherwise might not be discovered until the child is old enough to apply for a credit card, eg -- or a car or student loan, and then s/he discovers up to a couple of decades of financial train wreckage -- in their name: from this listing of new Texas laws...
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    How crowdfunding websites are being used for tornado disaster relief

    . Good explanatory video clip in this link: http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?play=1&video=3000170352 See this website (mentioned in the video above) for a listing of fundly campaigns up and running: http://disaster-relief.fundly.com/ Oh, there are other crowdfunding website systems being...
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    Gov Perry to sign bill to train & maintain some teachers as armed marshalls

    . http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/05/tx-governor-to-sign-bill-to-train-teachers-as-armed-marshals/ .
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    PSA: for MagicJack users and wannabees

    . The long-running (since 2008) unofficial, independent, and far more helpful MagicJack support forum's domain name at magicjacksupport.com has been lost to the MagicJack company over the obvious trademark dispute and now redirects to the company sales website. Fortunately, the independent...
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    The 1997 F5 tornado that smashed Jarrell, Texas

    . I never ever though I'd be grateful for a case of the flu. On May 26, 1997 I was driving home northward on I-35 back to Frisco from a convention in San Antonio. I didn't stop in Austin to spend a day with some friends because a case of the flu had hit me in San Antonio. I passed by Jarrell...
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    PSA: New 24/7 gun news aggregator - The Gun Feed

    . With the new gun range in town, this is timely -- a sort of Drudge-like 24/7 gun news and all things related website, described here: http://www.ammoland.com/2013/05/the-gun-feed-its-like-the-drudge-report-for-guns/#axzz2TqcsxhAi and this is it: http://thegunfeed.com/ .