Marc Dion: I Stole a Cherry Pie (Creators Syndicate)
The Wal-Mart I go to can be uninterestingly described as "urban." The place is full of obese women in pajama pants and guys in wife beater tank tops with "money over bitches" tattooed on their necks. The cashiers are so used to government benefit cards that, if you give them a $20 bill, they make you sign it on the back before they'll take it.
Margaritomancy is divination with pearls, usually by either casting pearls or studying pearls in oysters. The word is derived from the Latin margarita, meaning pearl.
One ancient use of margaritomancy involved throwing a pearl into a cast iron pot that was sitting in a fire and watching it to determine a person's guilt or innocence in a crime. If the pearl started moving then the person was believed to be guilty. If it stayed in place they were not guilty.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
Wild, wild, guess
It uses fresh tomato sauce, fresh buffalo milk mozzarella, and basil
leaves to predict midnight heartburn.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
by bouncing pearls
I'm guessing Margaritomancy isn't divination my Margaret, the redhead from "Dennis the Mance" comics.
I actually looked it up. It's divination using pearls. Never heard of it.
MAM, loved your P.S. - that's the image I had in mind.
...either that or
Deborah, we have the AmGen riders going through our city today. City has warned us that we are stuck in our houses from noon until 3 as the only road out of my house crosses the main street that they will be on. We are invited to come watch them but can't drive to get there as there will be nowhere to park.
MAM , wrote:
Pearls ~ Usually by either casting pearls or studying pearls in oysters.
Joe S answered:
Fairly easy question today, obviously the answer is a margarita and a cat. One makes a margarita, then drinks it. Then one makes several more margaritas and drinks them also. At a certain point when one feels the time has come, and you'll know when that is, dip four fingers of the right hand into a margarita. Unless you are left-handed, then use the four fingers of the left hand. Actually it doesn't make any difference which hand you use. I mean which hand one uses, what ever hand feels handy.
Did I mention the cat? Hold the cat in the hand that isn't in the margarita, it might be easier to get a hold of the cat before you dip your fingers in the drink. Just saying. Annnnnyway, take you fingers out of the margarita and sprinkle the drink on the cat's back. you know, like shake your wet fingers over the cat, don't pick up the glass and and try sprinkle that way. Just the fingers. Then watch the cat to see how it shakes off the booze, or if it tries to lick it off, which gives you a whole nother set of things to devine.
Lubed Lois Of Oregon replied:
Margaritomancy is a form of divination using...bouncing
pearls. Well. You know where my mind is gonna go...sorry
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What do you do when you have 30 million young salmon ready for their big journeys downstream, but drought and development have dried your riverbeds to sauna rocks? In California this year, you give the fish a ride.
State and federal wildlife agencies in California are deploying what they say is the biggest fish-lift in the state's history through this month, rolling out convoys of tanker trucks to transport a generation of hatchery salmon downstream to the San Francisco Bay. California is locked in its driest four-year stretch on record, making the river routes that the salmon normally take to the Pacific Ocean too warm and too shallow for them to survive.
"It's huge. This is a massive effort statewide on multiple systems," said Stafford Lehr, chief of fisheries for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which since February has been rolling out four to eight 35,000-gallon tanker trucks filled with baby salmon on their freeway-drive to freedom.
Drought and heavy use of water by farms and cities have devastated key native fish in California. Last year, for example, 95 percent of the state's winter-run of Chinook salmon died. The fish is vital for California's fishing industries and for the food chain of wildlife.
GRAMMY-award winning performer and musician Chaka Khan and AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins appear on the red carpet at the AARP Superstar 2015 Contest, Friday, May 15, 2015 during the AARP - Life@50+ National Event and Expo in Miami.
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Scientists appear to have discovered a new, exotic state of matter and hopes are high that it may one day help revolutionize superconductor technology.
The Japanese-led international team of researchers came up with the new-found matter, which they are calling a Jahn-Teller metal, that surprisingly simultaneously shows characteristics of a magnet, insulator and a superconductor that works at relatively high temperatures.
While we may be familiar with states of matter all around us like solid, liquid and gas (and even plasma) there are a whole slew of weird man-made alternatives that have been discovered in recent decades like supercritical fluids, condensates and degenerate matter, just to name a few. All of these are defined by changes in their temperature, heat capacity and pressure and are not found normally in nature but instead made in the laboratory.
This latest discovery, recently published in the online journal Science Advances, involves something called buckyballs, a pure carbon-lattice that has a spherical molecular structure and looks much like a soccer ball and inherently has superconductivity capabilities. Researchers discovered that when these buckyballs were combined with the metal rubidium, a never-before-created state of matter was made that had both metallic and crystalline structure with enhanced superconductive powers.
A U.S. appellate court on Friday ordered the immediate release of an elderly nun and two other peace activists a week after overturning their sabotage convictions for breaking into a Tennessee nuclear defense facility in 2012, their lawyer said.
In a 2-1 decision last Friday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed sabotage convictions against Megan Rice, 85, and U.S. Army veterans, Michael Walli, 66, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 59.
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Attorney Bill Quigley said their legal team asked the court on Thursday for their immediate release, arguing that the two years they had already spent in prison was longer than what they would be sentenced for on the remaining charges.
Quigley, who is also a law professor at Loyola University in New Orleans, said the court ordered their immediate release on Friday until a formal resentencing.
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The Russian parliament gave preliminary approval Friday to legislation that would allow prosecutors to declare foreign and international organizations "undesirable" in Russia and shut them down.
The step appeared to be part of a campaign to stifle civil society and dissent in Russia that intensified when President Vladimir Putin began his third term in 2012.
Russian suspicions of Western intentions have been further heightened because of tensions over the conflict in Ukraine.
Laws passed in recent years already have led to increased pressure on Russian non-governmental organizations, particularly those that receive foreign funding. Hundreds of NGOs have been subject to raids and inspections, ostensibly to check their compliance with laws banning extremism or requiring organizations that receive funding from outside Russia and engage in political activity to register as foreign agents. Such a label carries connotations of spying.
Parliament's lower house passed the bill in the crucial second reading Friday with a vote of 442 to 3. It must still pass a third reading, be approved by the upper house and signed into law by Putin.
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A state agency that resolves disputes between public agencies and employees ordered the Las Vegas police department Friday to reinstate David O'Leary to his job as captain.
The Las Vegas police department said in a statement that the agency disagrees with the ruling and plans to appeal. Any appeal would be made to the state's district court in Clark County.
O'Leary had been criticized for helping arrange a police helicopter ride for friend Daren Jay "DJ" Ashba in August 2013 so the guitarist for Guns N' Roses could propose to then-girlfriend Nathalia Henao.
It was Ashba's social media posts on Instagram thanking the Las Vegas police department for its help arranging the helicopter tour and subsequent proposal in a field of roses that prompted the investigation into O'Leary and the helicopter pilot's actions.
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Two Vermont women are trying to open a class-action lawsuit that, if successful, could upend the practice of online lending companies using Native American tribes' sovereignty to skirt state laws against high-interest payday loans.
Jessica Gingras and Angela Given say in their lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Vermont that Plain Green LLC is exploiting and extorting its borrowers through predatory lending in violation of federal trade and consumer laws.
Plain Green charges annual interest rates of up to 379 percent for its loans, which are typically used by low-income borrowers in need of emergency cash. The company is owned by Montana's Chippewa Cree Tribe, which uses the tribal-sovereignty doctrine to ignore states' laws that cap interest rates on payday loans.
The doctrine grants tribes the power of self-government and exempts them from state laws that infringe on that sovereignty, and it gives them immunity in many judicial proceedings.
Non-Indian companies have formed partnerships with tribes to operate the lending operations while benefiting from tribal sovereignty, a setup the lawsuit calls a "rent-a-tribe" scheme. In this case, a company called ThinkCash provided Plain Green with the marketing, funding, underwriting and collection of the loans, according to the lawsuit.
In this Friday, May 15, 2015 photo, Mother Dolores Hart poses for a photograph at the Abbey of Regina Laudis, in Bethlehem, Conn. Mother Dolores, a former actress who is best known for sharing the first on-screen kiss with Elvis Presley, has helped the Abbey which is in need of renovations gain exposure and aid from fans of Presley.
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Two days after Maryland officials approved spending $30 million of taxpayer funds on a shiny new jail for Baltimore youth caught in the snare of the criminal justice system, Gov. Larry Hogan removed $11.6 million from the city's school budget and reallocated it to the pension fund for state employees, The Baltimore Sun reported.
The budget decisions reflect a pattern in Maryland and across the U.S. of prioritizing spending on incarceration over education-calling to mind what's become known as the "school-to-prison pipeline"-and the elderly over the young.
Spending on prisons nationwide has outpaced spending on schools in many states in recent years, according to a 2014 study from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan research institution. Though most states still spend more on education than on corrections, budget outlays on prisons and jails is on the rise while spending on schools is declining. The study found that the states making the deepest cuts to K-12 spending-Arizona, Alabama, and Oklahoma-are all among the 10 states with the highest incarceration rates.
Although prisons are more expensive per person than schools, and imprisonment leads to costlier outcomes for criminal offenders compared with those who graduate from high school, such policies have been pushed most heavily in the last couple of decades by politicians who call themselves fiscal conservatives and are members of the Republican Party. Hogan is a Republican, and the Board of Public Works that approved the new jail is part of the executive branch.
U.S. model Amanda Lepore performs on stage during the opening ceremony of the 23rd Life Ball in Vienna, Austria May 16, 2015. Life Ball is Europe's largest annual AIDS charity event and takes place in Vienna's city hall.
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A poison used on cropland to kill rodents also killed at least a handful of more than 2,000 snow geese that fell dead from the sky in Idaho while migrating to nesting grounds on the coast of Alaska, state wildlife officials said on Friday.
The carcasses of the snow geese were found in March in eastern Idaho, where dozens of state Department of Fish and Game workers and volunteers retrieved and incinerated most of the dead birds to avoid spreading what biologists believed to be avian cholera.
But testing by a state lab of a small number of sample carcasses indicated several of those birds died from zinc phosphide poisoning, while lab results were inconclusive for avian cholera, said Fish and Game spokesman Mike Demick.
Zinc phosphide is a compound found in rodenticides used on cropland. Results from testing have been sent to the Idaho Department of Agriculture for further review, Demick said.
"Basically, they just fell out of the sky," Gregg Losinski, conservation educator for the agency, said at the time.
Activists on kayak, or 'kayaktivists', gather during the sHellNo Kayak Flotilla around Royal Dutch Shell's Polar Pioneer docked at the Port of Seattle along the Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington, USA, 16 May 2015. Protesters gathered in Seattle for a weekend of demonstrations against Shell's plans to drill in the Arctic Ocean this summer, alleging that drilling will eventually cause catastrophic oil spills in a pristine region of the world.
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Republican US Senator John McCain (R-Get Off My Lawn) has turned down a post as advisor to Ukraine's pro-Western President Petro Poroshenko, saying constitutional constraints prohibited him from accepting.
McCain, who has pressed Washington to send lethal weapons to war-torn Ukraine, rejected the offer to join an advisory council aimed at building global support for Ukraine citing his obligations as a US senator.
"I was honoured to be asked to join Ukraine's International Advisory Council on Reforms, a forum for discussing ways to ensure Ukraine's territorial integrity and security and support the country's democratic future in the face of Russian aggression," McCain said in a statement released on his official website in Washington Thursday.
"However, under provisions of the US Constitution concerning the interaction of Members of Congress with foreign governments, I am obligated to decline the invitation," the statement said.
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