Leonard Nimoy’s Funeral was Free Of Westboro Baptist Church Protesters Because They Couldn’t Figure Out Location

Before I was Bar Mitzvahed, as a little kid there was a portion of the service on Yom Kippur where my dad always said don’t look at the altar. Of course, like many children I did the opposite. So did Leonard Nimoy, and when gene Roddenberry said he wanted some sort a greeting Vulcan to Vulcan, Leonard Nimoy remembered what the Cohens, or priesthood of the Jewish religion did when we were not allowed to see as children. My dad and I would laughed as this was our little secret when watching Star Trek. I like to say I’m a second generation science fiction nerd.
I’ve said this before on my blog, his passing felt like a member of the family had passed. I am so grateful that these usurpers of religion were unable to tarnish his funeral.
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Leonard Nimoy showing the Vulcan live long and prosper greeting

By Dominic Kelly,
Mon, March 2, 2015
The Westboro Baptist Church was unable to protest the funeral of “Star Trek” actor Leonard Nimoy because they couldn’t find where it was being held.

The death of Nimoy, a legendary actor known mostly for his iconic role as Spock in the classic “Star Trek” franchise, affected many people last week, but the members of the Westboro Baptist Church apparently decided that they wanted picket his funeral. While Nimoy was a more quiet and low-key public figure, the WBC made the announcement that they were planning to make his funeral a spectacle.

Now, the group of protesters has taken to Twitter to announce that they were unable to picket the late actor’s funeral because they couldn’t figure out the location. They also made a reference to Nimoy’s co-star William Shatner, who had previously announced that he couldn’t make it to the funeral due to a charity ball.

“Leonard Nimoy’s funeral is today, but nobody is sharing WHERE,” the group tweeted. “So Westboro AND @WilliamShatner can’t attend.”

The folks at Westboro Baptist Church are known for protesting the funerals of celebrities, fallen soldiers, and other public figures and holding up signs that say, “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for 9/11.” It’s not entirely clear why the group wanted to protest Nimoy’s funeral in the first place.

Sources: The Inquisitr, The Independent / Photo Sources: The Inquisitr, The Independent

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Cucumber Infuser Water Bottle helps cool you down on a sweltering afternoon

Saw this on the web, have no financial interest in it or in it’s  sales. Just thought it was a cool idea.
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Published March 6th, 2015
by Edwin

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“Cool as a cucumber”, or so the saying goes. Well, just in case you were wondering what you are able to do in order to combat the sweltering heat whenever summer approaches (or if you already live in the tropics), then a refreshing cup of cucumber juice is definitely more than welcome – add in a dash of pineapple or lime, and you’ve got quite the winning combination there. How about having a bit of cucumber goodness to go along with your regular drinking water bottle? This can be achieved thanks to the $19.99 Cucumber Infuser Water Bottle.

The Cucumber Infuser Water Bottle is definitely handy enough to carry around with you, where it sports a really sturdy lid and is made from silicone and BPA-free plastic. Apart from that, it has another advantage, would be to have it feature a built-in slicer which will be able to add spiral-cut cucumber in a jiffy to your water sans knives or other kinds of specialized kitchen tools. In addition, studies shown that infused water would help encourage folks to remain more hydrated, but cucumbers have an added advantage by delivering a slew of antioxidants, vitamin K, and electrolytes, among others. All that you need to do is to twist the cucumber into the opening, in a pencil sharpener-style no less, and you’re good and ready to go.
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Apple Will Replace AT&T in the Dow Jones Industrial Average

Apple is playing with the big boys now, where they truly belong. Congratulations to Apple and all of its employees especially to my friend David Anthony Trujillo.
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Change to take place after closing bell on March 18.

Mar 6, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple will replace AT&T in the Dow Jones industrial average, the managers of the index announced early Friday.

S&P Dow Jones Indices said the switch will take place after the close of trading on Wednesday, March 18. Apple will start trading as part of the 30-stock Dow at the opening of trading the next day.

S&P Dow Jones Indices said it’s making the move in response to a planned stock split for Visa, another member of the 119-year old barometer of the stock market.

After its four-to-one stock split, Visa will wind up with a lower price. S&P said that would reduce the weight of the information technology sector in the Dow. Adding Apple will help balance out this reduction. Unlike other stock-market measures, the Dow weighs members by their prices, so a large change in the price of one stock can have a big effect on the overall index.

Jobs Jump, Unemployment Dips in February

Just trying to think back to 2008 and who was in office then? oh, a Republican administration, those who are the job creators! Democrats are good for the economy look at what happened under Presidents Clinton and Obama, and hopefully under President Hillary Clinton in 2017.
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The country's unemployment rate is now as low as it's been since 2008.

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By Andrew Soergel
Mar 6, 2015

The U.S. economy added nearly 300,000 jobs in the month of February, exceeding expectations as unemployment ticked down to its lowest reading since May 2008.

A reported 295,000 jobs were added to the domestic labor force last month, though January’s 257,000 additions were revised down to 239,000, according to the Labor Department. A reported 59,000 jobs were added to the food and drinking services sector, while professional and business services gained 59,000 positions and construction added 29,000 jobs.

“For many years now, we’ve been mostly focused on the employer perspective. Are there job openings? Do employers want to hire? Whereas now what we’re seeing is there are tons of job openings. Employers definitely want to hire. But are the workers going to be there?” says Tara Sinclair, chief economist for job site Indeed. “I’m really looking forward to seeing more people enter the workforce in substantial numbers.”

There were 972,000 new entrants into the labor force in the month of February, down 61,000 from January. The civilian labor force, which is the aggregation of employed individuals and unemployed individuals who have actively sought work in the last four weeks, contracted by 178,000 people last month, while the number of people not in the labor force grew by 354,000.

The labor market contraction could have helped push unemployment to the 5.5 percent low. Unemployment is generally considered a lagging indicator, so its fluctuations often follow upticks or downturns in the overall economy.

“It could go up or down depending on whether we are also drawing more people back into the labor force,” Sinclair says of the unemployment rate. “And there’s a huge group of people out there who have the potential for participating in the labor force, but they’ve been out for some time now.”

U.S. Ambassador To South Korea Injured In Razor Blade Attack

This shows that there are crazy people everywhere. I hope the Ambassador recovers quickly and completely.
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The Huffington Post
March 4 2015
Mark Lippert, the United States’ ambassador to South Korea, was slashed in the face with a razor during a lecture in a public forum early on Thursday morning in Seoul, Reuters reported.

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The State Department said the injuries did not appear to be life threatening. Pictures released on South Korean media showed Lippert bleeding and covering his face.

The man was apprehended and taken into custody after the attack, the Associated Press reported.

According to the Associated Press, the attacker allegedly yelled that North and South Korea should be unified just before the attack.

Lippert was appointed ambassador last year after serving in several senior roles at the Defense Department, including chief of staff to former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Before serving at the Defense department, Lippert served as a foreign policy adviser to Barack Obama in the Senate before becoming Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff for the National Security Council in 2009. He also served two years in the U.S. Navy and was deployed to Afghanistan.

Lippert’s wife gave birth to a son in Korea in January, something that the ambassador marked on his Twitter feed.

Welcome newest member of the Lippert family! Mom & son are great! Full name TBD post 사주 process; Korean middle name! pic.twitter.com/ExWA9Oz4Qo
— Mark Lippert (@mwlippert) January 20, 2015

This is a developing story and has been updated

Obama’s Keystone veto will stand after Senate vote fails

#BravoObama from a very thankful planet Earth.
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A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp's planned Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen in Gascoyne, North Dakota in this November 14, 2014 file photo. (REUTERS/Andrew Cullen)

The Washington Post
By Mike DeBonis
March 4 at 3:39 PM 

The Senate failed to override President Obama’s veto of a bill authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, severely dimming prospects for its approval in the next two years.

The Senate voted 62 to 37 to override the veto, with eight Democrats joining the chamber’s 54 Republicans — still short of the 67 votes necessary for an override.

The proposed pipeline from oil-rich north central Canada through the American midwest to Gulf of Mexico refineries has emerged as a front-burner issue for both pro-business Republicans and for environmental groups supportive of Democrats, who say the oil transported by the pipeline would accelerate climate change.

The outcome of Wednesday’s vote was not a surprise, with votes falling along the same lines as the Jan. 29 vote that sent the bill to Obama, with most of the nine Democrats who initially voted to build the pipeline also voting to override on Wednesday.

A spokesman for TransCanada, the energy company proposing to build the pipeline, said the firm remains “encouraged by the long-standing bi-partisan support for this critical modern infrastructure project.”

While Obama has made numerous statements critical of the Keystone XL proposal, and in spite of the veto, the pipeline is still making its way through a permitting process with the State Department, which must approve its crossing of the U.S.-Canada boundary.

“We look forward to the conclusion of the review period and having this project approved on its merits,” said Mark Cooper, the TransCanada spokesman. “Keystone XL clearly satisfies all of the stated National Interest Determination criteria, it passes the environmental test of not significantly exacerbating GHG emissions, will enhance U.S. energy security and provides economic benefits to the nation through privately funded job creation and economic stimulus.”

Meanwhile, environmental advocates hailed the override’s failure.

“Senate Republicans have shown just how out of touch they are with the priorities of American families with their repeated attempts to force approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline,” Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune said in a statement. “The decision to deny this dangerous project belongs to President Obama alone, and we are confident he has all he needs to reject it once and for all.

Actor and environmental advocate Robert Redford published a Bloomberg op-ed Wednesday calling on Obama to “reject the dirty tar sands pipeline once and for all.”

The Democrats supporting the veto override were Michael Bennet (Colo.), Tom Carper (Del.), Robert Casey (Pa.), Heidi Heitcamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.V.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Mark Warner (Va.).

Joe Donnelly (Ind.), who was the ninth Democrat voting in January to build the pipeline, did not vote Wednesday. An aide said he was in South Bend, Ind., on Wednesday for the funeral mass of the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, the former University of Notre Dame president.

A two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress is necessary to override a presidential veto.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

Dr. Ben Carson Argues Being Gay Is ‘Absolutely’ a Choice

I just have one question for the “learned” doctor, when did he choose to be a heterosexual, if he is?
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Jane C. Timm
March 4 2015
Dr. Ben Carson said being gay is “absolutely” a choice, just hours after launching an exploratory committee for 2016. The renowned neurosurgeon-turned-conservative-celebrity said prisons prove this theory, in an interview with CNN that aired on Wednesday morning. “A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question,” he said.

Carson’s hard-right politics and bold stances like this have made him a darling of the far right. His stance on gay marriage isn’t new (previously he’s aligned homosexuality with bestiality, pedophilia and murder) but it highlights why his presidential ambitions put the GOP in such a pickle: With a majority of Americans supporting gay marriage, fielding a Republican candidate who is so blatantly hostile to homosexuality is a great way to send swing voters packing.

“Candidates who would like to see the inside of the West Wing,” GOP strategist Juleana Glover told msnbc previously, “are gonna find a way to be more inclusive on the issue of marriage.”

Carson’s views on homosexuality have gotten him in trouble in the past: in 2013, he was forced to cancel a commencement speech at Johns Hopkins-the school where he worked as a pediatric neurosurgeon-and apologize for remarks about gay people.

Carson has formally established a presidential exploratory committee, announcing the step towards a possible run for the GOP nomination with a new web site and video.

This story originally appeared on msnbc.com

An Ethical Query : The Trolley Problem

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The trolley problem is a thought experiment in ethics. The general form of the problem is this: There is a runaway trolley barreling down the railway tracks. Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley is headed straight for them. You are standing some distance off in the train yard, next to a lever. If you pull this lever, the trolley will switch to a different set of tracks. However, you notice that there is one person on the side track. You have two options: (1) Do nothing, and the trolley kills the five people on the main track. (2) Pull the lever, diverting the trolley onto the side track where it will kill one person. Which is the correct choice?

The problem was first introduced by Philippa Foot in 1967,[1] but also extensively analysed by Judith Thomson,[2][3] Peter Unger,[4] and Frances Kamm as recently as 1996.[5] Outside of the domain of traditional philosophical discussion, the trolley problem has been a significant feature in the fields of cognitive science (e.g. [6]) and, more recently, of neuroethics. It has also been a topic on various TV shows dealing with human psychology.
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My 22,222nd day on Earth

I was watching a movie called “The Fault in Our Stars”, not the most happy movie to watch but one that does make make you some what introspective. So I wondered how many days I had been on this planet and was shocked to see a number like 22222. The universe sends you messages in all different ways and on this day that I was kind of feeling sorry for myself he told me it was a special day and I should be grateful to have it.
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May today and everyday be a lucky day for you.