Ever Heard of a Double Hero?


Purple Heart
Man Saves Neighbor— on Way to Get War Honor
James Yates rescues woman from pinned car before ceremony at football game
‘Yates lives every day on pain pills because of damage to his spinal cord. He received a Purple Heart for his injuries and Saturday night was honored before the Iowa Barnstormers game with two other Purple Heart recipients.

‘”Everybody gave us a standing ovation and it was pretty loud and we were walking off and you could hear people saying thank you, and saluting us and stuff like that and it was pretty cool,” said Yates.

‘But no one in the crowd at the area knew what Yates had done just hours before.

‘Sgt. Yates said he would expect anybody to do the same thing he did in that situation. Courtney said she plans on calling Yates to thank him very soon…’
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Dumb
Smuggler Walks Awkwardly, Gets Arrested
Police say they found heroin in man’s underwear at JFK Airport
‘Bernard Charles stepped off Caribbean Airlines flight No. 520 on April Fool’s Day and immediately caught the attention of Customs and Border Protection officers, according to a complaint filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.

‘Charles, 42, was detained for an enforcement examination and appeared “visibly nervous” and “avoided eye contact” while the officers examined his suitcase, according to U.S. Homeland Security special agent Sean Gabay.

‘Focusing on Charles’ awkward gait, the officers patted him down and discovered a “hard object in the defendant’s groin area,” Gabay stated in the complaint…’
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Dumber
Couple Steals Car … to Get to Court
‘That’s what authorities say a couple did, stealing a 2001 Mitsubishi from an auto dealership in Redding. The dealership called police in Sonora at 2:20 p.m. Friday, reporting that a GPS tracking device on a car that had been stolen was indicating the vehicle was parked in front of the Tuolumne County Courthouse.

‘Officers responded and found the car with different license plates on it. A woman, later identified as Teresa Castillo, 45, approached the car. Police said she told them her husband had bought the car for $200 earlier in the day so they could drive to Sonora for his court appearance…’
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Why I Don’t Listen to Critics Anymore


Originally posted on WP Writers Group:

Publicity photo of the comedy team Cheech & Chong.
My critics have gotten worse. Two of them replied to me in forums and I discovered that both of them were criticising so that they could manipulate me. I learned too that critics don’t admit their own mistakes—even blatant ones. Wise counselors don’t criticize. They suggest with tact. I now presume that critics are always destructive. So stay away from me if you are one.

Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count
‘There is nothing more frightening than the moment we expose our ideas to the world. Author and vulnerability researcher Brené Brown shows us how to deal with the critics and our own self-doubt by refusing to “armor up” and shut ourselves off. “Not caring what people think,” she says, “is its own kind of hustle.”

‘Instead we must “reserve a seat” for the critics and our own self-doubt. “Tell them, I see you, I hear you, but…

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Canada ‘Admits’ Dumping Garbage in Philippines


eclinik-canadian-garbageBut Anna Marie Kapunan has good news
‘…Yesterday, we were met by Political Counselor James Christoff to keep us posted on the recent updates from Canadian Embassy. We were assured that the Canadian Embassy is looking into possible solutions to coordinate the issue with the corresponding departments and offices responsible for transporting the 50 garbage filled container vans back where they belong. The Canadian government on the other hand is looking into the problem as well, and would like to get to the bottom of things. They also acknowledged the urgency of the removal of the shipment from its current location…’
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Dozens of Teenagers Daring Feds to Arrest Them
They are now tweeting bomb jokes to American Airlines
This trend was triggered by ‘Sarah’ who first tweeted to American Airlines and got arrested

‘…you’d think that would warn off other pranksters — but the opposite has actually been true. In fact, at least a dozen other people have threatened American or, oddly, Southwest, an unrelated airline, under the guise of a “prank” or “joke.”…’
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The Ultimate Insult to the Homeless
If this heiress can own mansions just for display, she could definitely produce jobs for the homeless
Inside Reclusive Heiress’ Never-Occupied Mansion
‘…The long-divorced heiress told her friends and employees that she intended it as a place that they all could go if New York City were threatened by nuclear attack.

‘Huguette (pronounced “oo-GET”) Marcelle Clark was the youngest child of U.S. Sen. William Andrews Clark (1839-1925), one of the copper kings of Montana, a railroad builder, founder of Las Vegas, and one of the richest men of the Gilded Age. Huguette, born in Paris in 1906, died in 2011 at age 104, just two weeks short of her 105th birthday. The shy painter and doll collector had lived the last 20 years of her life in a series of simple hospital rooms in New York while her homes in Connecticut, California and New York were unoccupied…’
nbcnews

You Can Bid on Vacant Detroit Homes for Just $1K
‘City officials launched a new website Monday designed for auctioning city-owned houses to bidders who want to fix up and reoccupy them under the city’s new neighborhood rebuilding initiative.

‘Fifteen homes are now on the buildingdetroit.org website for sale. Beginning May 5, the city will auction one home per day. The city will start with 12 homes in the East English Village neighborhood…’
Detroit News

Measles Outbreak Traced to Vaccinated Patient for 1st Time
‘Get the measles vaccine, and you won’t get the measles—or give it to anyone else. Right? Well, not always. A person fully vaccinated against measles has contracted the disease and passed it on to others. The startling case study contradicts received wisdom about the vaccine and suggests that a recent swell of measles outbreaks in developed nations could mean more illnesses even among the vaccinated…’
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Dad’s Gaming Addiction Kills Another Baby


dailymail-article-2258877-16CE01FF000005DC-678_468x286This is the second incident from Korea
‘South Korean police have arrested a 22-year-old unemployed man in the North Gyeongsang Province for allegedly leaving his 28-month son at home to starve to death while he played online computer games at an internet café for several days.

‘According to South Korean newspaper Yong Hup News, the man, who has been identified only by his family name Jeong, confessed to leaving his child unattended for 10 days in late February in the city of Daegu, South Korea’s fourth largest city.

‘He came home in early March to find the dead body and according to police, hid the body out on the veranda of his apartment complex for a month before wrapping it up in a blanket and plastic bag and leaving the body in a flower garden a mile away from his home…’
ibtimes

‘Black market’ for stolen smartphones exposed
‘…On receiving tip-offs about numerous rogue businesses, eight used smartphones were acquired by lawful means.

‘Each smartphone was personalised with images and backgrounds with contacts added, calls made and messages sent.

‘They were then all blocked or reported stolen to the networks.

‘The undercover researcher then offered the phones for sale – typically with messages on the screens reading: “This mobile has been stolen. This phone has now been locked. You have been reported to the authorities.”

‘The researcher offered a phone to London Mobiles Ltd in Ilford, saying: “I not buy, I steal, yeah?”…’
bbc

Funny Flight Attendant Goes Viral
‘She invited smokers to step outside for a puff, apologized for anyone traveling with small children and encouraged passengers to compliment the attendants’ good looks. The cabin pressure masks (costing 75 cents for the first minute) should deliver a flow of gin, she added — oxygen.

See also: Watch These Women Take Their First Flight Together

‘The entertainment was greeted with laughter and applause, destroying any pre-flight tension and breaking up any armrest-related quarrels…’
mashable

6 Ways to Use Microsoft Office For Free
‘Microsoft Office costs money, except when it doesn’t. From a hidden 60 day free trial that doesn’t require payment details to web apps and mobile apps, there are many ways to get Office for free.

‘Office is still one of Microsoft’s big cash cow, so you can’t just download a free full version of Office 2013 and use it forever. But there are ways to use Office without ever spending a dime…’
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Americans Now Obligated to Pay for Parent’s Debts


Who Increased The Debt?
Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts
‘Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who are expecting refunds this month are instead getting letters like the one Grice got, informing them that because of a debt they never knew about — often a debt incurred by their parents — the government has confiscated their check.

‘The Treasury Department has intercepted $1.9 billion in tax refunds already this year — $75 million of that on debts delinquent for more than 10 years, said Jeffrey Schramek, assistant commissioner of the department’s debt management service. The aggressive effort to collect old debts started three years ago — the result of a single sentence tucked into the farm bill lifting the 10-year statute of limitations on old debts to Uncle Sam…’
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Scientific Study: US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy
‘A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is:

‘”Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, …” and then they go on to say, it’s not true, and that, “America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened” by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead “the nearly total failure of ‘median voter’ and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”…’
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Feds Forced to Surrender to American Citizens
But I smell a rat in that
‘In an epic standoff that Infowars reporter David Knight described as being like “something out of a movie,” supporters of Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy advanced on a position held by BLM agents despite threats that they would be shot at, eventually forcing BLM feds to release 100 cattle that had been stolen from Bundy as part of a land grab dispute that threatened to escalate into a Waco-style confrontation…’
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Federal Thieves Forcefully Strip Rancher of Property
‘Infowars reporter David Knight talks to a rancher in Nevada that was threatened by the BLM and eventually forced to sell property that had been in his family for generations…’
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Who Really Invented the Internet?


This image was selected as a picture of the we...

This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Farsi Wikipedia for the 13th week, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

See if you can conclude who really did that after reading this

‘Let’s try and get some facts straight.
‘There’s the internet. The whole bunch of computer networks connected to each other. And then there’s the World Wide Web. A way of making it easier to share information using all those interconnected computers. The Internet as we know it today was at least forty years in the making. One popular but wrong story is that the Internet was developed by the USA. Said they had a communication network the would survive a nuclear war according to one of the founders of the first network the ARPANET. In the nineteen sixties, this first network experiment wasn’t about communication at all. It was about optimizing processes usage of time-sharing which basically meant that scientists could share computer ballot to. That was because until the nineteen sixties there was basically no network.

‘So let’s look at some of the other key concepts that were developed elsewhere starting with packet switching. In Britain, there was a commercial network developed by the National Physical Laboratory but which never really got off the ground because it didn’t get funding. But they did come up with the idea of packet switching—the way of avoiding congestion in basic networks by cutting update on one end and putting it back together at the other. The French also played a role. They were working on a scientific network but they didn’t have a big budget so they decided to work on direct connections between computers as opposed to working with Gateway computers. Now as an aside, this mystery isn’t very scientific but according to one theory, a spit on for their research was the word and to connect but you don’t have to but even if you don’t want to. So now it’s the early nineteen seventies. There’s quite a lot of computer infrastructure but communication is orkut and patchy because different networks can’t talk to each other…’
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Talking about the Internet with the guy who helped invent it.
Here are a few great moments from Vint — or you can watch the full Hangout

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Avoid Being Attacked in G Glass


Passengers board a Fremont-bound BART train at...

Passengers board a Fremont-bound BART train at Embarcadero station in San Francisco. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another Google Glass Wearer Attacked in San Francisco
If this incident was a random mugging attempt, or yet another signal highlighting the growing tensions between San Francisco’s tech haves and have-nots, then the solution is simple: Do not wear (flaunt) Glass in have-nots places

‘The perils of wearing Google Glass became apparent yet again when a man wearing the device was attacked on the streets of San Francisco on Friday.

‘Kyle Russell, a 20-year-old journalist, was wrapping up a day of covering the local Google protests and on his way to the 16th Street BART train station when a woman yelled out “Glass!” and snatched the device off his face.

‘Russell and his friend gave chase, the trio running in and out of traffic, but the woman ultimately got away, smashing the device on the ground before making her escape…’
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A great recovery story
My Journey From Homeless Drug Addict To Magna Cum Laude
“I went after my recovery like I did my drugs and found I was able to accomplish anything I truly wanted,” says Daney Hill, who now works with addicted and imprisoned mothers.

‘…At a 12-step meeting at the center one night, I heard a woman talk about an insatiable hunger she felt in the pit of her stomach — a hunger that could never be filled by any food, only drugs. She called this hole a “spiritual void.” At that instant, I felt like a piece of my puzzle had finally snapped into place. I wasn’t alone. There were others who felt the void, and who were waking up every day to fight to stay clean.

‘While in treatment, I went back to school. I was 35. Within two years, I graduated from community college. I took out student loans and transferred to a university, where I graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. I went after my recovery like I did my drugs and found I was able to accomplish anything I truly wanted…’
npr

How Washington and its Allies Use Social Media to Topple Governments and Manipulate Public Opinion [Video]
‘This is an agglomeration of various stories I’ve been covering lately, and others I’ve missed, with the primary message being that our lovely clandestine government can adapt to new technologies, to do what they’ve been for at least 66 years, probably longer but not as implacably and relentlessly.

‘Sometimes, with all the information coming in, we have to see it again, presented in a different way…’
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