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  1. A school has won a court battle, allowing it to use electric shock devices on students. The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Massachusetts, US, reportedly introduced the controversial practice to deal with aggressive or self-harming behaviour in adults and children. The US Food and Drug Administration had previously banned the use of such devices, however, a 2-1 ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit saw the ban overturned. According to the school's website, it caters for 'both emotionally disturbed students with conduct, behaviour, emotional, and/or psychiatric problems, as well as those with intellectual disabilities or on the autism spectrum'. Parents and guardians of pupils, as well as the school itself, are said to be pleased with the ruling. https://www.ladbible.com/news/news-school-wins-legal-battle-to-electric-shock-children-20210708 https://www.reuters.com/legal/litigation/dc-circuit-overturns-fda-ban-shock-device-disabled-students-2021-07-06/
  2. Just hours after news of citizens being shot for protesting in Cuba, Black Live Matter (the organization) issued a statement supporting the communist regime and denouncing the USA's part in the protests. https://nypost.com/2021/07/15/blm-under-fire-for-defending-cuban-regime-blaming-protests-on-us/ So police brutality is bad. But black people being shot by communist regime police officers is fine, because communism. But black live matter is ONLY interested in black lives, not in promoting communism....
  3. I agree. We see the same thing here in America. Hard work is one thing but hard work for slave wages is entirely another.
  4. One of the biggest mysteries surrounding Stonehenge is how any of it is still standing, given the predations of souvenir-hunters and vandals, including the great 17th-century architect, Sir Christopher Wren, who paid many visits to the ancient monument on Salisbury Plain and whose surname can still be seen carved on one of its stones. The Victorians were even more destructive, renting chisels to visitors so they could take great chunks of Stonehenge home, and over the centuries farmers purloined stones for building their barns. Perhaps they might all have had more respect for the monument, now a Unesco World Heritage site, had they heard the extraordinary theory being put forward in a new book by 62-year-old landscape architect, Sarah Ewbank. She would have us believe that the Stonehenge we see today represents the ruins of a majestic building that once had a spectacular thatched roof. Architect's concept that Stonehenge stones were base for vast Neolithic temple brought to life | Daily Mail Online
  5. A near-perfectly preserved ancient human fossil known as the Harbin cranium sits in the Geoscience Museum in Hebei GEO University. The largest of known Homo skulls, scientists now say this skull represents a newly discovered human species named Homo longi or "Dragon Man." Their findings, appearing in three papers publishing June 25 in the journal The Innovation, suggest that the Homo longi lineage may be our closest relatives—and has the potential to reshape our understanding of human evolution. "The Harbin fossil is one of the most complete human cranial fossils in the world," says author Qiang Ji, a professor of paleontology of Hebei GEO University. "This fossil preserved many morphological details that are critical for understanding the evolution of the Homo genus and the origin of Homo sapiens." https://phys.org/news/2021-06-dragon-fossil-neanderthals-closest-relative.html https://www.cell.com/the-innovation/fulltext/S2666-6758(21)00056-4 https://www.cell.com/the-innovation/fulltext/S2666-6758(21)00057-6 https://www.cell.com/the-innovation/fulltext/S2666-6758(21)00055-2
  6. Maybe they should try paying enough to get people to work there. Those jobs were filled by seasonal migrant workers because either people here wouldn't work for that wage or already had other jobs. Now those workers are gone, employers shouldn't be surprised that other people won't fill the gap.
  7. I hope that means you're very prosperous without being a loan-shark My screen name popped into my head spur of the moment, when I first came to UM in December of 2011. My daughter was adopted from China, from an orphanage in Beijing at the age of six. She knew a few English words but needed to learn an entirely new and confusing language. I had done some study on Mandarin and knew a few words and a couple of phrases but even that made me more fluent in Mandarin than she was in English. We knew that her learning curve would be fast due to her age and it was amazing how quickly we were able to understand each other. Between miming and repeated gestures we got through the trip home and the first few weeks. We were getting ready to relocate for my wife's first job as a Pathologist in a matter of a few months so we enrolled her in a Baptist church daycare environment for a few hours a day so that she could be among children her age. She blossomed so quickly it amazed us. On arrival, she was shy and not interested in playing, but the other kids were so excited about her being from outside America and not speaking English that they took her to heart and she became the center of attention in a really happy way. It was hilarious to see how much her personality and her role in the group changed within 3 months. She actually became a group leader so naturally that we couldn't believe it All that to explain my name. In the beginning she pronounced words without really understanding meaning or context and when we'd explain what we meant, she would look at us very carefully as she listened, and when we stopped speaking, she'd always say "AN DEN? AN WHAT"? My AVs have almost always been of dogs. Beagles and later, our Cockapoo, Daisy. The one I use now is a photo of a painting I saw in our Vet's waiting area. It was so cool I wanted to share it. Happy Fourth of July to all patriots, regardless of party or other differences. America is a country worth saving, even if we have to compromise on both sides
  8. lightly

    Rogue's Gallery III

    . Me and 'my' lake I grew up on..
  9. In any sensible nation, knocking on doors offering the COVID injection would be a good community service (with the proviso that “yeah, nah thanks mate” doesn’t end up up on a watch list). However, in America it’s a threat to freedom. Mind you, in China it would be Tuesday.
  10. Within the depths of a Malaysian rainforest's shadows an astonishingly plant, lacking sunlight-eating leaves, bizarrely blooms. This small, otherworldly growth, belonging to a group of rare flowering plants known as fairy lanterns (Thismia), has just been scientifically described for the first time. They're tiny plants, too deep within the forest to receive sunlight, and often emerge beneath the leaf litter, so they don't bother with photosynthesizing and have lost the ability to do so. They have no chlorophyll; instead, they siphon food through their roots from the fungal network shared by other rainforest plants. These incredible mycorrhizal fungal networks connect large plant communities together via their roots, allowing plants to communicate with each other using electric signals and even send resources to each other. In turn, the fungi receive sustenance from the plants. https://www.sciencealert.com/enchantingly-strange-fairy-lanterns-discovered-growing-in-a-malaysian-rainforest https://phytokeys.pensoft.net/article/68300/
  11. A hybrid species of wild boar and domestic pigs is marauding around Fukushima, Japanese scientists have discovered by surprise after investigating the effects of radiation on animals. A genetic study found that wild boar cross-bred with domestic pigs escaped from local farms in areas deserted by humans after a tsunami and an earthquake triggered the 2011 crisis at Fukushima nuclear power plant and displaced 160,000 people. For years, hunters have been tracking down radioactive boar, which number in their hundreds and registered levels of the radioactive element caesium-137 300 times higher than is safe. Full story at MSN
  12. 6 Jan was clearly a Green Op all the way. It had the fingerprints of the FBI all over it. Antifa was involved too. "the attack" was a tell-tale sign of Antifa. It had the MO of Antifa. You wonder why about 100 people have not yet been identified? I think there were 1 or 2 people arrested for possessing a firearm in DC, but they had nothing to do with the so-called insurrection. One grandmother was recently convicted of "parading", seriously?? Others have been charged on vandalism and trespass. And they should be found guilty and pay a fine, but they need to stop being held as a political prisoner (what's the need?). They need to go after those instigating the riots last summer. But none were charged or convicted for insurrection. I wounder why? Just think about it. If this were a real insurrection, the multitude would be armed. They wouldn't have not just stormed the capital (and a handful of agents wouldn't have stopped the crowd). They would have also stormed the nearby office buildings and took the tunnels underneath. Then they would have strung up select Congressmen and hauled off others for trial. Now help me out here. I don't recall any of that happening?? It was no insurrection. The 1954 Capitol shooting and the 1971 Capitol bombing were insurrections (far worse than 6 Jan).
  13. If we ever get an actual foot of a bigfoot to have its anatomy studied Meldrum will be at least qualified, but what makes you think he is an expert on tracking and tracks? It's also worth pointing out that there is no shortage of eminently qualified "Ph.D's" who promote creationism, climate change denial, telepathy and that jesus really did walk on water and resurrect. Meldrum fits right in. The Skookum elk lay itself should be taught to early students at universities everywhere as the modern classic of confirmation bias. So many of his claims have either been debunked or better prosaic explanation given by amateurs (and at least one scientist that he refused to engage debate with), it's no wonder he avoids the scientific community like the plague. Much of it has been discussed on these boards over the years. This used to be his go to before the RHI. A fringe journal where you can find "bigfoot science" in amongst other "scientific" articles on subjects such as telekinesis, remote viewing, ufo's, reincarnation and so on. The one you're probably thinking of was in some obscure journal somewhere where he offered a taxonomic name for the tracks of "Patty". Although many thought they already had a good name (fakes). Generally when bigfooters talk of his "published" papers it's worth looking at the journal they were published in. Seems in keeping with his paperbacks that can usually be found in amongst Von Daniken and Sitchen.
  14. Ye gods! Talk about a backwards step. Compare that to shock collars for dogs being banned in the UK this year.
  15. ouija ouija

    Covid: How your mask protects other people

    I won't be giving up mask wearing any time soon!
  16. The design may be simple, but a chevron pattern etched onto a deer bone more than 50,000 years ago suggests that Neanderthals had their own artistic tradition before modern humans arrived on the scene, researchers said Monday. The engraving, discovered at a German cave where Neanderthals lived tens of thousands of years ago, has no obvious utility according to researchers who say the artifact sheds new light on the ill-fated species' capacity for creativity. The vast majority of Stone-Age artworks discovered in Europe are attributed to Homo sapiens and experts have long suggested that Neanderthals, among our closest relatives, only began creating symbolic objects after mixing with them. But using radiocarbon dating, archaeologists determined the recently-unearthed artifact to be at least 51,000 years old—pre-dating the arrival of Homo sapiens in central Europe by some 10,000 years, according to the research published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. https://phys.org/news/2021-07-ancient-bone-neanderthals.html https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-021-01487-z https://www.vice.com/en/article/k78nbe/this-51000-year-old-deer-bone-reveals-symbolic-behavior-in-neanderthals
  17. A factory worker in the Philippines received plastic bags containing thousands of small coins as pay for two days of labor, gaining the sympathy of social media users and local authorities who dressed down company representatives in public. Over the weekend, a cousin of laborer Russel Mañosa posted on Facebook a series of photos showing the coins in small and large plastic bags. That got the attention of Mayor Rex Gatchalian from Valenzuela City, where the factory, which reportedly works in plastic recycling, is located. https://www.vice.com/en/article/akgnwz/factory-worker-paid-coins-philippines
  18. Who watches him or Rachel Maddow and believes they speak anything more than their own opinions? If people need Tucker Carlson to make choices for them, and think for them, I feel sorry for them. Their IQ must be in the low teens.
  19. An 11-year-old has given birth and is now believed to be Britain's youngest mum. The child had a baby earlier this month after becoming pregnant at age 10 - and her family were unaware she was pregnant. Both mother and baby, who delivered after more than 30 weeks, are doing well, according to reports. However, the newspaper adds that social services are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy and speaking to her family who were oblivious to the fact their daughter was pregnant. https://www.lancs.live/news/uk-world-news/girl-11-becomes-britains-youngest-20913222
  20. Likely Guy

    Trump Rally - LIVE video

    It seems like an ad for "MyPillow" so far, between every speaker.
  21. eight bits

    What started your awakening?

    I'm more of a Mark fellah, and the sense is different there than in Matthew. The set up is Jesus encounters a rich man who wants to become a follower ... but 10:17-22 Jesus then discusses with the disciples how hard it is for rich people to enter the kingdom of heaven, including the famous comparison involving getting a camel through the eye of a needle. After which Peter says (verse 28), "We [the disciples] have left everything behind and have followed you." Jesus replies (verses 29-31): And Luke tells it a third way (13:22-30), but I'm off for the night Bottom line (some poeple like bottom lines, and I aim to please): @Will Due has picked a good verse for discussion, because it is a point of departure among three authors who very often simply copy off of each other. It seems to be a good, thought-provoking line, then.
  22. OverSword

    Critical Race Theory

    That's what is being done through CRT. Bringing peoples race to the forefront of discussion as a means of stereotyping a group. That is the definition of moving backwards.
  23. I have. Multiple times. That's a tired old trope. Elusive? They are purportedly eight feet tall and weigh roughly 500 - 800 pounds. They have to eat, sleep, poop, fornicate somewhere. The amount of evidence a breeding population of such creatures would leave around be staggering. In these cases an absence of evidence is pretty much evidence of absence. Per the video in the OP, it looks like a guy in a rubber suit. You can see the folds.
  24. Poor Donald! He could be the President right now instead of being characterised as a irrelevant ignoramus who divided the country. I wonder when we will get confirmation of what went on?
  25. I was thinking with the charges she may loose her child. Endagering a child is serious.
  26. Fear mongers lol. This thread pops off, but my thread with actual data showing that OP is not true gets ignored. Here you go. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-covid-19-cases-united-states-almost-all-among-people-unvaccinated/
  27. Married couple Michael and Blake Lee believe they have been sharing their bed with a ghost for the past week. They also believe the spectral presence to be a dog. The married couple say have felt the ghost-dog scamper across their bed, rest at their feet and watch television with them at their Southport home. And even the couple's cat, Maggie, has began avoiding it, says Michael, 47. Full story at MSN: Link
  28. The shooter is 100% responsible for what he did. However, if the necessary reports had been filed by the Air Force and the laws already in place had been applied, he should never have been able to purchase and own the guns he used.
  29. that is bull crap, it is naïve to think a law would have stopped him from buying a gun, the shooter is 100% responsible,
  30. Then the next variant, then the next, and the next, so on and so forth.
  31. She took responsibility and admitted she made a mistake, which made me respect her. And Nike said because she took responsibility they are going to still sponsor her. THAT is something you don't see anymore most people deflect and blame others, like AOC
  32. I get attacked by them in stewardship forests.......It's not pleasant.
  33. This is the shocking moment a shark leaps out of the water and bites a parasailor’s foot at a resort in the Red Sea. Footage of the horrifying incident shows the tandem paraglider, a 37-year-old Jordanian man, hovering above the water when the shark suddenly emerges and chomps his leg. The man sustained serious injuries in the attack in Aqaba on Friday evening, and was rushed to the Prince Hashem Military Hospital. Medics operated on his right foot, which had several tendons severed and the muscle torn in the incident, as well as having several broken bones. He was later said to be in a stable condition. https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/shocking-moment-sharks-leaps-out-of-water-and-bites-parasailors-foot/news-story/ *The video footage isn't graphic*
  34. Still Waters

    Judo class in Taiwan leaves seven year old boy in a coma

    Here's an update on the boy's condition Taiwan boy thrown 27 times during judo class taken off life support https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-57661414 7-year-old Taiwanese boy dies after being repeatedly slammed in judo class; coach charged https://www.cbsnews.com/news/boy-dies-slammed-judo-coach-charged-taiwan/
  35. The three-acre site includes a private beach, semi-ancient native woodland and trout fishing rights. It also includes Old Lawers Church, built in 1669, a mill, a kiln, the House of Lawers and apparently the ghost of its last occupant, a woman who predicted the invention of trains and steamships. The Lady of Lawers is believed to haunt the village still and is remembered for making various prophecies, some of which seem to have come true. Full Sky news report at MSN Lady of Lawers: Wikipedia The Lady of Lawers: Part 1: YouTube
  36. The confluence and conflict in Japan (where Zen Buddhism flourished) wherein Buddhist precepts and the path of the Bodhisattva (compassion and enlightenment) were set against Japanese elitist culture and its attachment to war and warriorship (bushido) eroded the compassion aspect of Buddhism and twisted Buddhist canon in favor of Japanese state and samurai prerogatives. Here is a relevant snip from a review by Josh Baran - a Soto (one of the Zen sects) priest - of the book Zen at War by Brian Victoria : https://tricycle.org/magazine/sword-compassion/
  37. OverSword

    Top 10 Most Handsome Men In The World

    OverSword making a strong showing at number four
  38. ouija ouija

    "I think, therefore I am"

    " I want to experience".
  39. lightly

    "I think, therefore I am"

    Life comes into us through our belly buttons. and I always tend to suspect that 'this' life may be just a glimmer of an all encompassing and timeless ONE . Sumpin'er other ???
  40. Canada weather: Heatwave hits record 46.6C as US north-west also frazzles Canada has recorded its highest ever temperature as the country's west and the US Pacific north-west frazzle in an unprecedented heatwave. Lytton in British Columbia soared to 46.6C (116F) on Sunday, breaking an 84-year-old record, officials said. A "heat dome" of high pressure parked over the region has set new records in many other areas. The US and Canada have both warned citizens of "dangerous" heat levels that could persist this week. The high pressure zone is huge, from California right up to Canada's Arctic territories and stretching inland through Idaho. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57634700
  41. He's a "bigfoot expert" in much the same way as Rupert Sheldrake is a "morphic resonance" and "dog telepathy" expert. lol. Though in a way it's probably good that tenure lets at least some of them indulge their favourite fringe ideas, even if they amount to nothing. The problem seems to be avoiding the rabbit hole. lol.
  42. I've never understood how someone could claim expertise concerning a folkloric creature that has never been documented, much less reliably observed. I totally forgot about the Skookum (and rook-em) elk lay. And I remember when a field biologist lit him up in the comments of JSE. He didn't care much for that as I recall.
  43. Over the past 17 years, I have witnessed the personal growth of so many members, including myself. This forum is like a small university. Many things to learn, and many subjects to learn from. The best learning experience I have been apart of has been that of, communicating with other people that you don't really know, in a meaningful, respectful way. The guidance of the moderators has always been excellent. It is very unique to have a place where you can share your thoughts, ideas, dreams, and experiences with other people from all over the world. Pretty marvelous actually! Without Members, there cannot be a Forum, but without great leadership, there would be no members. You are a very wise, and talented teacher Saru, an example for all to emulate. Thank you! And congratulations!
  44. Wepwawet

    Let's talk history

    Some culture for the barbarians. Warning, may cause Stendahl's syndrome
  45. Link There is a link on the page that will take you to WSJ for the original story behind a paywall.
  46. Thank goodness. Love a good bigfoot encounter and I was beginning to worry that our hoaxers field researchers had given up. The gait is peculiarly non human. The sheer size and athleticism. Do they even have that sort of material in 2021? The physiology. Unless someone recreates this exactly, that wasn't a man in a bigfoot suit. This has never been debunked and is looking undebunkable (think I just made that word up lol). Has Meldrum given opinion yet?
  47. That is really nice of you, two. We all need to think of others. The berry crops are suffering badly here in BC. I feel for the farmers
  48. You're just being lying about what I believe as usual. I said nothing about psychology not being a real science. I think you'll look in vain for anywhere that I questioned that theists are more trusted than atheists. And since in the Walker dictionary 'fact' can be true or false, your statement above doesn't say anything except that you aren't referring to an opinion. Not in the sources you linked in your reply to me, which is what I'm replying to. Those sources talk about in-group cohesion and atheists not having as much respect for sanctity and authority. And of course even though I quote 'it is possible' from your own copy-and-paste that still doesn't seem to register to you. That's more than enough. You're welcome for my replying at all to your dishonesty.