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Ray Cromwell
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The Japanese have the best pranks, period.
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Of course the thumbnail is an upskirt picture of a Japanese girl in a skirt!
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Yay, got a notice that a 15.3lb package has finally shipped from Austin TX. Can't wait to unbox it.
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This is nothing to do with the legalisation of Cannabis sale, is it? :).
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"You'd have to be insane to build a complete 4-bit full adder circuit with dominoes. I might have did it...." The 10,000 Domino Computer
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Nice super creative "juggling".
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very cool.
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Looks the female essentially penetrates the male and  injects something like Fallopian tubes to gather sperm to fertilize her eggs.
Scientists have discovered four species of Brazilian insects in which the females possess a penis and the males possess a vagina. This announcement, made today in the journal Current Biology,...
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Seeing this hand, I immediately though of this: Deus Ex Human Revolution E3 2010 Trailer [HD]
I recently had the opportunity to work with a great guy named Jose Delgado, Jr., a 53-year old who was born without most of his left hand. With the help of his insurance coverage, Jose was able to ...
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Are Republicans dense? Why do they think they can treat Russia as some kind of third rate power that we can dictate terms to and threaten? Do they not remember that Russia still has thousands of warheads pointed at American cities and has advanced conventional weaponry that can seriously threaten any theater? 

The last time Russia or the US "stood up" to one another directly in one of their client states/sphere of influence, we had the Cuban Missile crisis. Since that time, both sides have avoided direct interference in each other's sphere of influence except for covert actions. For example, our "standing up" to the Russian invasion Afghanistan amounted to boycotting the 1980 olympics and using the CIA to direct  guerilla war, which of course, has come back to bite us in the ass in the form of the Taliban.

I don't have any love for Putin, but it was quite obvious that all of the aggressive NATO expansion, installation of ABMs on Russia's borders, and treatment in general of a former super power as if they were a third world power, was going to lead to humiliation and push back.

I have great sympathy for what's going on in the Ukraine right now, but I don't think the solution is aggressive threats on the world stage, but private diplomacy and deal making. 

Russia has obvious interests in Crimea. It's the gateway to the Black Sea, it houses their "Pearl Harbor" Naval Base. Thinking that if Obama "manned up" Putin would back down is dangerously wishful thinking. Russia is holding all the cards here.
WASHINGTON -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are following a formula in which the common denominator is to embarrass the United States, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Sunday. He added that the "wisest thing...
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I think once Putin's puppet was removed in Kiev, annexation was pretty much a foregone conclusion.  Crimea is too strategically important for them to just let it slide, for the Naval base and access to the Black Sea alone.

The idea of Texas or California (or part of it) seceding due to shifting population demographics has been raised before. It's one of the insane theories of some extreme anti-immigration folks, that there's  a secret plan for Mexicans to come here illegally, have lots of papers, and re-annex California.

If such a thing was attempted, you could certainly imagine a civil war. The US federal government has put down several secessionist rebellions.  The first I believe was the Whiskey Rebellion in 1791, which while not technically a secession movement, was attempting to opt out of federal jurisdiction -- the power to impose taxes. Then there's of course, the crushing, nigh genocidal wars against native American tribes.

In foreign states around the world, during the Cold war, if a popular uprising, even a democratic election, affected the allegiance of our client state, and threatened access to important military strategic resources or bases, the US would put resources in to change the regime or reassert control.

I dislike Putin intensely, but what he's doing is not really a historical anomaly, it's predictable when empires or former empires lose territory or influence. I can only hope that in modern times, it can be resolved peacefully with minimal bloodshed.  At least the British Empire mostly accepted it's decline, except for perhaps that little incident with the Falklands.
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<sigh>, on the pain scale of 1-10, a gout attack is an 11.
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+Ray Cromwell Bursitis is quite common with gout. In that situation where gout has actually caused bursitis, if no test of joint fluid is done, then gout often gets missed.

The pain is truly terrible, and I agree that colchicine is usually best. As you understand how it works, you can see that it's good if you catch the attack early enough, but it does nothing for existing inflammation once it has set in. I used to support it with ibuprofen when necessary, and occasionally third line pain blocker in extreme cases.

Thankfully, I came to my senses in time, and started allopurinol. Only by getting uric acid below 5mg/dL can you control the gout. If you are genetically disposed to it (as most of us gout sufferers are), dieting might help a litlle, but won't stop it. If you don't control the uric acid, crystals spread from joint to joint, then into soft tissues. You get joint destruction, kidney stones, and heart disease, amongst many other secondary ailments. Best to get uric acid under control before you are too old to cope.

The side effects of lowering uric acid are never as bad as the effects of not doing
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According to homeopathy, they're correct since at this dilution level, the urine would be overwhelmingly powerful, an overdose for the consumers.
Portland will dump 38 million gallons of water because a teenager peed in it. I mean, gross. But this is an open-air reservoir that's going to have plenty of other things in it. But apparently there's so much water flowing in the rivers near Portland that dumping this all is easy to do.
Portland water officials say the risk to users is minimal. Still, they'll flush 38 million gallons of water after a man peed in the Mt. Tabor Reservoir system.
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And very important to remember that this water has also been exposed to possible contamination by aliens. Space dust, raining down from the skies, may contain incredibly dangerous materials - there's all those documentary films showing the hazards of space, being screened at a movie theatre near you, now!
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Looks like Wolverine is stuck with bone-claws in this.
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+Siddharth Bhandari having bone claws indicates that he has no adamantium in his body. This is Wolverine's younger self, before Origins. 
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