The Great Cocaine Treasure Hunt

When the real estate market collapsed in 2008, northern Florida was sucked into the fiercest whirlpool. Rodney had already been forced to cut his payroll to six. The bank claimed his river house and his office. He'd grown close with those folks out in Archer and had decided to move there himself. Those Friday-night fireside happy hours became a beloved ritual, and after enough wine, Julian would tell the cocaine story. If my ex-wife wasn't still down there, Julian would joke, maybe I'd even go ...
Submitted by Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus at 2015-04-01 16:28pm to the Crime forum.

Smithsonian Stands By Wildly Misleading Climate Change Exhibit Paid For By Kochs

The Smithsonian risks damaging its reputation by having a polluter-funded science denier on the payroll and a wildly misleading Koch-funded exhibit that downplays the risks posed by human-caused climate change. It’s time for the world’s self-proclaimed “largest museum and research complex,” to live up to its mission — and its own climate statement — and cut ties with the anti-science, pro-pollution crowd.
Submitted by revdrew at 2015-04-01 14:30pm to the Science forum.

The New York Times Publishes Call to Bomb Iran

If two major newspapers in, say, Russia published major articles openly advocating the unprovoked bombing of a country, say, Israel, the US government and news media would be aflame with denunciations about “aggression,” “criminality,” “madness” and “behavior not fitting the 21st Century.”

But when the newspapers are American – the New York Times and the Washington Post – and the target country is Iran, no one in the US government and media bats an eye. These inflammatory ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2015-04-01 14:11pm to the Politics forum.

Anthony Stokes, Teen Who Got Heart Transplant, Dies in Car Chase

A suburban Atlanta teenager who received national attention two years ago after doctors turned down his request for a heart transplant was killed Tuesday in a high-speed police chase.

Anthony Stokes, 17, of Decatur, Georgia, received a transplant to replace his failing heart in August 2013 — but only after a hospital reversed its decision denying him a spot on the transplant list because of his brushes with the law.
Submitted by revdrew at 2015-04-01 13:59pm to the Crime forum.

The Thirsty West: 10 Percent of California’s Water Goes to Almond Farming



Farmers in California are forced to irrigate because of a fundamental seasonal mismatch: The vast majority of the rain and snow comes in the winter and the best growing conditions (sunlight, warmth) of California’s temperate Mediterranean climate are in the summer.

This year, farmers have to make important decisions—and it often comes down to money. If given a choice between keeping fruit trees alive (which take years to mature and can bring 10 times more money per acre), or planting ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2015-04-01 13:04pm to the Food forum.

Admit It: Your Fave Is Problematic

Trevor Noah is the latest on the rack for blundering comments. But it’s how we deal with our flaws that really matters.
Submitted by nocash at 2015-04-01 13:29pm to the Television forum.

Facebook floats idea for more housing in Menlo Park

Amid the rumble of bulldozers and buzz of traffic, a 394-unit apartment complex partly funded by Facebook is taking form here, with perks such as a bike repair shop, pet spa and sports pub designed to attract tech workers.

Called Anton Menlo, it may be only the start of a bold and innovative effort by Facebook to bolster the housing market surrounding its Menlo Park home.

As Facebook hires more employees, purchases more land and expands its college-inspired campus, the social network has ...
Submitted by the late ba at 2015-04-01 13:13pm to the The World forum.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Has the Most Ferocious Lawyer in America Defending Him

We do not often think of a defense lawyer as someone who wars with her own client, but if it comes to that, Judy Clarke will go to war. Her latest, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has admitted responsibility for detonating a bomb among spectators at the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three people and severely maiming dozens. Federal prosecutors have asked for the death penalty. With Clarke in his corner, it is doubtful that Tsarnaev will ever be put to death for the crime, even if he gets it in his head that ...
Submitted by crote at 2015-04-01 12:44pm to the Off Topic News forum.

For the First Time, California Is Enforcing Water Restrictions

Today, California Governor Jerry Brown announced mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the state's history. The announcement follows a drought of more than three years, which has officials worrying that Californians may have only one year of drinking water left.
Submitted by the late ba at 2015-04-01 12:10pm to the The World forum.

KEN PFEIFER’S NEW DISCOVERIES ON MARS

Below is the close up of the very strange stone or block discovered by me on Mars. Very ancient hieroglyphs is what I think it is. Look closely and possible someone can enhance this wall to see the features.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-04-01 11:24am to the Horseshit! forum.

Man faces deportation after adoptive parents never got him citizenship

More than three decades ago, a 3-year-old South Korean boy and his sister flew to the United States to become the adopted children of American citizens, but their life together didn't last long.

They were abandoned, sent into foster care and separated even though he was dependent upon her.

A family adopted the girl and got her citizenship. The boy, named Adam Crapser, wasn't as fortunate: The parents he had were abusive and never sought the green card or citizenship for him that they should ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2015-04-01 11:33am to the Off Topic News forum.

Oil Rigs Reclaimed: 7 Ways to Reuse Obsolete Platforms

The Noah Oasis concept reclaims disused oil rigs for three purposes: a short-term strategy of absorbing spilled oil, a medium-term strategy of providing a habitat for marine life and migrating birds, and a long-term strategy as a shelter from future disasters when sea levels rise to a disastrous degree. Floaters at the end of the oil pipes would automatically react in the event of an oil spill, rising to the surface to start cleaning it up. It also puts that crude to an interesting use: ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-04-01 11:08am to the Horseshit! forum.

Mystery motorcyclist saves the day

The three argued, and the driver, 59-year-old Edward Francis West, eventually slapped one of the teens, the release said.

West went back to his truck and grabbed a small black handgun, the release said, and pointed it at the teens.

"Get ready to die," West said, according to the sheriff's office.

But a man on a green motorcycle used his helmet to knock the gun out of West's hands, giving the teens time to run away.

The boys didn't get a good look at the motorcyclist, who rode away.
Submitted by katheudo at 2015-04-01 11:35am to the Crime forum.

Arizona orders doctors to misleadingly tell women abortions may be reversible

Arizona governor Doug Ducey signed a law late on Monday that requires doctors in the state to tell women having a medical abortion that the procedure is reversible, advice regarded by most doctors as wrong and misleading.

The Arizona law requires doctors to tell patients that “it may be possible to reverse the effects of a medication abortion if the woman changes her mind, but that time is of the essence.” Doctors must then refer the patient to the health department website for further ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2015-04-01 11:31am to the Health & Beauty forum.

SCOTUS rejects students' American flag free speech appeal

The Supreme Court has denied an appeal from California high school students who argue that school officials violated their right to free speech when they made them turn American flag T-shirts inside out.

On Cinco de Mayo in 2010, three white students came to Live Oak High School in American flag T-shirts. Because the school has a history of gang violence between whites and Hispanics, school officials were afraid the shirts would anger Hispanic students celebrating the Mexican holiday and told ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-04-01 10:58am to the Politics forum.

Ex-Boss Of California's 'Kill All Gays' Lawyer Speaks Out: 'Go After Him With A Knife And Fork'



The former boss of the mysterious California lawyer behind a state ballot proposal that would mandate executing gay people said on Tuesday that he hopes the public will show no mercy on his old employee.

“Go after him with a knife and fork,” Bruce C. Bridgman told TPM when reached by phone.

Now semi-retired, Birdgman heads a firm, The Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman, that in 2002 briefly employed Matthew Gregory McLaughlin, who has been unreachable since news broke of his now-infamous ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-04-01 10:50am to the Politics forum.

Arkansas gov. sends back religious freedom law after Walmart pressure

[Pictured is the bill's sponsor.]

Under pressure from critics including the most powerful employer in Arkansas, Governor Asa Hutchinson has asked for changes to the state's controversial religious freedom law.

The move comes a day after the CEO of Arkansas-based Walmart (WMT) asked the governor to veto the bill, which was approved Tuesday by the Arkansas House.

The law is similar to the one adopted by Indiana last week, which sparked outrage from those who say it opens the door for ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-04-01 10:50am to the Politics forum.

Paiute Tribal Leader Faces Impeachment For Taking Redskins Gifts

A football autographed by Robert Griffin III ain't worth what it once was. But it might still cost a Utah tribal official her job.

Gari Pikyavit Lafferty, chairwoman of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, is facing impeachment over taking that memento and other gifts from the Washington Redskins as part of an alleged scheme to induce the tribe to support the NFL team's effort to save its name.
Submitted by nocash at 2015-04-01 10:33am to the Sports forum.

Patton Oswalt Embracing His Inner Shitty Old Man

I too yearn for the day straight men can be freed from the shackles of maybe having been criticized on the internet once.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2015-04-01 9:05am to the Off Topic News forum.

FDLE admits overreacting to anti-Scott blogger's use of Beatles lyrics

The FDLE, which is responsible for around-the-clock security for the governor and his family, issued a statement Monday about the Tilson incident.

"FDLE agents will always err on the side of caution when judging the context of a blog, email or other posting," the agency said. "Commissioner (Rick) Swearingen is reviewing the incident and believes FDLE could have better evaluated the post and is speaking to all regions to ensure better coordination in the future."
Submitted by the late ba at 2015-04-01 8:47am to the The World forum.