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Postby Metroid » Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:06 pm



It's about time. Dwarfs should have the right to get tossed too. :-B
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Postby StlSluggers » Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:31 pm

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Postby zepfan » Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:53 pm

Feigning ignorance FTL. Old habits die hard I suppose. :*)
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Re: News of the weird/funny/pointless

Postby zepfan » Fri Oct 14, 2011 5:35 pm

....aaaaand, scientists get shut out again.

US scientists accuse Perry officials of censorship
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Re: News of the weird/funny/pointless

Postby Skin Blues » Sat Oct 15, 2011 10:41 am

TCEQ is managed by a three commissioners, all of whom were appointed by Perry. TCEQ Chairman Bryan Shaw has been particularly outspoken about his opposition to scientific findings of rising global temperatures and climate change.

hahaha... don't people realize the damage done by being caught doing stuff like this is worse than if they had just let it be published as-is? There are already countless scientific reports about the subject matter, what's one more?

In other news... how the hell do they reliably measure a 0.3 mm change in the annual height of a body of water?
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Re: News of the weird/funny/pointless

Postby StlSluggers » Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:58 am

Rare free kick leads to huge, last-minute win in Miami

There are plenty of ways to win a game in the final minute, but none may be rarer than the one employed by Miami (Fla.) Belen Jesuit Prep on Friday. Trailing traditional powerhouse Miami (Fla.) Northwestern High 28-27 with less than 30 seconds remaining, Belen fielded a punt at the Northwestern 39-yard line.

That's when things got interesting. According to the Miami Herald, rather than take a few shots down the field, Belen coach Rich Stuart made one of the rarest calls in all of football: He had his team attempt a free kick.

"It's unusual, but it is completely legal," Greater Miami Athletic Conference head of football officials Joe Underwood told the Herald. "It is a free kick that can be taken following a fair catch, and it doesn't matter if it is off a kicking tee or not."

Hardly ever used outside of high school football (you can see former Arizona Cardinals turned Houston Texans kicker Neil Rackers attempt a free kick -- and miss horribly -- in an NFL game here), a free kick allows a team to attempt a field goal off a tee or held by a holder, just like a kickoff, after it fair catches a punt. Only the opposing team can return a miss (since a block is made impossible) and the opposing team must stand a full 10 yards away from the line of scrimmage. The kick is worth three points, just as any other field goal is.

For Belen's kick, the placing at the 39-yard line made the free kick a 49-yard attempt by placekicker Sergio Sroka, who had missed a potential go-ahead field goal just moments before.

This time Sroka drilled the kick, giving the Wolverines an unlikely 30-28 lead, an edge which was padded by an interception return for a touchdown by Michael Ugarte to complete the 36-28 final score.

You can see video of Sroka's kick here.

If you haven't heard about the free kick rule before, don't worry, you're hardly alone. In fact, even Sroka himself didn't know about the rule until he lined up to try the game-winning kick.

"I didn't think I'd get another shot after I missed. I never knew about that kick or that we could do that. It was a lot of pressure off my shoulders."


According to Stuart, the program was only made aware of its ability to try a free kick by Julio Fortay, a math teacher at the school who is a retired official and once served as the head of GMAC football officials.

The unlikely kick capped an even more unlikely rally for the Wolverines, who trailed a powerful Northwestern squad 28-7. Perhaps more notably, the upset has set the stage for a huge heated rivalry contest in the coming week, with 5-2 Northwestern needing a win against undefeated Miami (Fla.) Central High just to qualify for the state playoffs.

Of course, that just makes Belen's win all the more important.

"When we got into this district we knew it would be tough," Stuart told the Herald. "Our kids have beaten good teams in the past, so they were battle-tested and ready."

The Wolverines were battle-tested, ready and, as it turns out, they had a heck of an ace up their sleeves which Stuart pulled out at precisely the right time.
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Postby Mookie4ever » Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:59 pm

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Re: News of the weird/funny/pointless

Postby StlSluggers » Wed Nov 02, 2011 2:23 pm

Movember: Do men with mustaches deserve a tax break?

Happy Movember! If you've ever contemplated growing a mustache – and if you happen to possess the requisite hormones that allow you to do so – this is the month to give it a shot. Started in 1999 in Adelaide, Australia, Movember encourages men to seek sponsorships to stop shaving their upper lips for 30 days, with the money going to men's health initiatives.

But what about men who have mustaches year round? Do they deserve a handout? Perhaps not surprisingly, the American Mustache Institute thinks so. The AMI, whose mission is to fight discrimination against mustached Americans, is seeking a tax deduction for expenditures related to mustache maintenance.

Proposed by the Northeastern State University accounting professor John Yeutter, the Stimulus To Allow Critical Hair Expenses – or STACHE – Act would allow men to deduct $250 from their Adjusted Gross Income to offset the costs of mustache trimmers, wax, coloring products, and other grooming supplies.

According to Yeutter, the STACHE Act would increase federal revenues by some $300 million each year.

As long as you don't think about it too hard, this seems like a perfectly reasonable argument. But frankly, we think Yeutter would appear more credible if he didn't have that thing on his upper lip.

Implementation and enforcement could be difficult, but we don't doubt that the IRS is up to the task. Also, the STACHE Act would apply only to those with mustaches, not beards. (To insist that a bearded man has a mustache is like saying that someone with a full head of hair has a mohawk, only with the sides unshaven. In order for a 'stache to be a 'stache, it must stand alone.)

Given the current political climate – there are only 30 mustaches in the House of Representatives – it's unlikely that the STACHE Act will gain any traction. But there's still hope for mustachioed taxpayers. Herman Cain is the first presidential candidate in recent memory to sport a hairy philtrum (the last president to have a mustache was William Howard Taft). If Cain wins the general election, it's possible that he would offer a tax break for his fellow 'stache bearers. Especially the rich ones.

In the meantime, if you really want a $250 tax break, the easiest way to do it is donate $250 to charity.

If Movember is not for you, next month is the lesser-known Decembeard, in which men attempt to do the same thing on their chins, followed by Januhairy, which we would prefer not to describe.
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Re: News of the weird/funny/pointless

Postby StlSluggers » Tue Nov 08, 2011 9:34 am

Pew Research Report on "The Rising Age Gap in Economic Well-Being"

Interesting read. If you have questions about how they calculated some of this data, there's a lengthy appendix at the end.
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