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Maybe this should be in a topic called "Because US Navy" ....

 

 

http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2015/11/15/lake-erie-saga-pet-goat-master-chief-charlie-command-climate/75644446/

 

 

A routine survey alerted Navy leaders that a bewildering climate had taken hold one of its foremost surface combatants.

On the cruiser Lake Erie, investigators found a grueling schedule with arbitrary weekend workdays; a supply officer so offensive that he was ordered not to speak to any E-6 or below; a crew that spent hours repeatedly cleaning the same places just to look busy; work done and redone because of miscommunication with the shipyard.

And the pièce de résistance: a seafaring pygmy goat named Master Chief Charlie.

Under commanding officer Capt. John Banigan, Master Chief Charlie was more than a mascot — he was a shipmate. Charlie sailed on the ship's homeport shift from Hawaii to San Diego in 2014, tied up on the aft missile deck where crewmembers fed him and policed his droppings.

And he was a fixture at command events. He hobnobbed with distinguished visitors, including the Navy's top officer and, allegedly, the strike group boss, and served as the ring bearer at a junior officer's wedding aboard the ship.

 

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Maybe this should be in a topic called "Because US Navy" ....

 

 

http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2015/11/15/lake-erie-saga-pet-goat-master-chief-charlie-command-climate/75644446/

 

 

A routine survey alerted Navy leaders that a bewildering climate had taken hold one of its foremost surface combatants.

 

On the cruiser Lake Erie, investigators found a grueling schedule with arbitrary weekend workdays; a supply officer so offensive that he was ordered not to speak to any E-6 or below; a crew that spent hours repeatedly cleaning the same places just to look busy; work done and redone because of miscommunication with the shipyard.

 

And the pièce de résistance: a seafaring pygmy goat named Master Chief Charlie.

 

Under commanding officer Capt. John Banigan, Master Chief Charlie was more than a mascot — he was a shipmate. Charlie sailed on the ship's homeport shift from Hawaii to San Diego in 2014, tied up on the aft missile deck where crewmembers fed him and policed his droppings.

 

And he was a fixture at command events. He hobnobbed with distinguished visitors, including the Navy's top officer and, allegedly, the strike group boss, and served as the ring bearer at a junior officer's wedding aboard the ship.

 

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....This article read much like B Co 122nd ASB (82nd CAB) from 2006-2008. Our CO actually took the results of the command climate survey and blamed us for them in a company formation, berating us and telling us the only reason the climate sucked was because we were terrible soldiers. He explained in his inbrief that he actually loathed any PT/Weight failures and had those who were such in the inbrief get smoked by the 1SG while he told each one of them personally how much he hated them. He explained often that the number of Article 15s he gave out were a good metric about how effective his command was--the more, the better. When he showed up in a shop, the shop was to be called to attention, no matter the work that was occurring, no matter how dangerous. When Soldiers would call IG, IG would ask them to hold after finding out the unit and the inspector would pick up the phone saying immediately "What'd they do THIS time?"

 

It was not unusual, particularly before deployment, to receive a 1-hour recall notice on saturdays because someone did something stupid friday night and we'd be subjected to a formation where he would publicly berate the foolish soldier and then make us sit through alcohol training for the rest of the day. If you were late, he'd issue out extra duty---even when the XO was late (No one called him to tell him once), the XO ended up sweeping the hangar floor next to the privates. The 82nd always had a 'ready battalion' with a 1 hour recall on rotation. The CO insisted we were ALWAYS to be on ready status, so we always had to be prepared for 1 hour recall anyway....and passes were verboten.

 

Bravo Co was never invited to BN formations--There was a BN awards ceremony and the next day the BNCO stopped by to drop off our awards. During the company change of command, he was actually mocked by the BN CO.

 

The unit motto was "Feel The Pain."

 

Pre-deployment, we had a company dinner (buffet). After families with children, all Officers and then NCOs were invited to dine. All single-soldier lower enlisted were finally invited to come up and eat after about two hours or so, but we'd already left. Another time, we had Mandatory Fun Day, where there wasn't enough food..sooooo lower enlisted (singles again) didn't eat. Another one, there were rumors that the money we had to pay to go (remember, MANDATORY FUN) went to buy him a new car.

 

I was never happier than when I was told I'd be in Kandahar for my deployment and attached to another unit. In order to get out of that unit so much faster, I actually requested Branch send me elsewhere---ANYWHERE--soon as we got back, waiving my dwell time and landing me in Egypt.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/us/sperm-banks-accused-of-losing-samples-and-lying-about-donors.html

 

Several cases accuse a Georgia facility of marketing sperm as belonging to a neuroscientist with a genius-level I.Q. who turned out to be a schizophrenic felon, and who has fathered at least 36 children.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/us/sperm-banks-accused-of-losing-samples-and-lying-about-donors.html

 

Several cases accuse a Georgia facility of marketing sperm as belonging to a neuroscientist with a genius-level I.Q. who turned out to be a schizophrenic felon, and who has fathered at least 36 children.

Now the double blind study is for the rubbish bin. ;)

 

and schizo felon and genius neuroscientist do not exclude each other...

 

 

 

back in ye olden days women just got laid by their preferred "donor". More fun than implanting fertilized eggs.

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https://pjmedia.com/parenting/2016/08/12/as-a-family-innocently-slept-the-roomba-was-smearing-a-war-zone-of-poop-in-the-living-room/

 

Jesse Newton wrote on his Facebook page about the horrific carnage that he discovered after being awakened in the middle of the night by his son. The problem actually started the night before when the Newtons set their programmable Roomba to vacuum at 1:30 a.m., when the family was nestled all snug in their beds. Somewhere along the way their puppy Evie pooped on the rug in the living room. Newton wrote about the "pooptastrophe" that ensued, which he described as resembling a "Jackson Pollack poop painting." He warned what can happen if you turn your Roomba loose on a pile of poop:

 

It will be on your floorboards. It will be on your furniture legs. It will be on your carpets. It will be on your rugs. It will be on your kids' toy boxes. If it's near the floor, it will have poop on it. Those awesome wheels, which have a checkered surface for better traction, left 25-foot poop trails all over the house. Our lovable Roomba, who gets a careful cleaning every night, looked like it had been mudding. Yes, mudding - like what you do with a Jeep on a pipeline road. But in poop.

 

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Who you gonna call?

 

http://www.sciencealert.com/us-monuments-are-getting-becoming-covering-in-slime?perpetual=yes&limitstart=1

 

Many major US monuments, including the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, are slowly turning from white to black, as biofilm - a catchall term for a group of microorganisms that come together to form slime - colonies start to run rampant in Washington DC.

 

Since research on biofilm is still in its infancy, the National Parks Service (NPS) is struggling to find ways to remove the slimy build up and restore the monuments back to their former glory.

 

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Besides the Jefferson Memorial, the NPS reports that the biofilm - which they've not gone into specifics about yet - has also started to cover the Lincoln Memorial and some tombstones at the Congressional Cemetery. They also note that biofilm can be found on famous structures such as Hadrian’s Villa in Italy and Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

 

The team suggests that the monuments are proving to be such a great place for biofilm to develop because the once-smooth marble stones that make up these structures are now pitted from constant weathering, providing an ideal location for colonies of biofilm to take root. Though, right now, it’s all speculation.

 

 

If that isn't bad enough, apparently there's an ongoing growth of artillery fungus. How long before artillery fungus evolves to the point where its peridioles can infiltrate breaks in the skin, and the fungal spores get transported to the brain, taking us over rather like the lifecycle of Ophiocordyceps unilateralis?

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Was there any doubt?

 

http://www.wfmynews2.com/news/crime/reports-clown-trying-to-lure-kids-into-woods/309790930

 

GREENVILLE, SC – A parent and child's nightmare coming to a reality in a Greenville County neighborhood.

According to residents at Fleetwood Manor Apartment, a person dressed as a clown is trying to ‘lure kids into the woods’.

In response to the reports, the apartment sent out a letter reminding residents to keep their kids safe by not walking alone in the woods at night.

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The refrigerator? why not a small steel box?

 

News 15.9.2016 7:02 | updated 15.9.2016 7:02

Finnish police: Keep your car keys in the fridge

 

'Smart' car keys could be a security risk and should be kept in the fridge to prevent hackers breaking into cars, according to Finnish police

 

 

If there's a car in your yard that has automatic, so-called 'smart' keys, you should consider keeping the keys in the fridge. That's the message from Finnish police, who say that high-tech criminals could hack cars with such systems.

"It sounds strange, but it makes sense," said Jari Tiiainen of the National Bureau of Investigation.

These so-called smart keys work by emitting a signal when the driver touches the door handle. The lock opens when it recognises the key's signal. Criminals have technology that can strengthen that signal even from a hundred metres awaywell inside the residential property where most owners keep their keys, according to Eero Heino of the If insurance company.

Fridges block that signal, hence the advice from police.

"We haven't recommended fridges, but foil will do the same job," said Heino.

Some key batteries can be damaged if they are kept at low temperatures, so it's good to check the manual before starting a cold-storage routine.

There hasn't yet been a smart key-related car theft in Finland, but it is more common in continental Europe and the United States. The nearest case was in Sweden, according to Tiainen.

http://yle.fi/uutiset/finnish_police_keep_your_car_keys_in_the_fridge/9166149

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The refrigerator? why not a small steel box?

 

News 15.9.2016 7:02 | updated 15.9.2016 7:02

Finnish police: Keep your car keys in the fridge

 

'Smart' car keys could be a security risk and should be kept in the fridge to prevent hackers breaking into cars, according to Finnish police

 

 

If there's a car in your yard that has automatic, so-called 'smart' keys, you should consider keeping the keys in the fridge. That's the message from Finnish police, who say that high-tech criminals could hack cars with such systems.

"It sounds strange, but it makes sense," said Jari Tiiainen of the National Bureau of Investigation.

These so-called smart keys work by emitting a signal when the driver touches the door handle. The lock opens when it recognises the key's signal. Criminals have technology that can strengthen that signal even from a hundred metres awaywell inside the residential property where most owners keep their keys, according to Eero Heino of the If insurance company.

Fridges block that signal, hence the advice from police.

"We haven't recommended fridges, but foil will do the same job," said Heino.

Some key batteries can be damaged if they are kept at low temperatures, so it's good to check the manual before starting a cold-storage routine.

There hasn't yet been a smart key-related car theft in Finland, but it is more common in continental Europe and the United States. The nearest case was in Sweden, according to Tiainen.

http://yle.fi/uutiset/finnish_police_keep_your_car_keys_in_the_fridge/9166149

 

 

Tinfoil hats for car keys, eh?

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/notorious-runaway-robot-escaped-lab-8846563

A notorious runaway robot - that has escaped from its lab twice - has been arrested by police at a political rally.

Promobot was supporting Russian Parliament candidate Valery Kalachev in Moscow when authorities attempted to handcuff it and take it away.

It is believed that the arrest occurred after a member of public called police as Promobots were recording the opinions of voters on a variety of topics "for further processing and analysis by the candidate's team."

A company spokesman told Inverse magazine: "Police asked to remove the robot away from the crowded area, and even tried to handcuff him.

"According to eyewitnesses, the robot did not put up any resistance."

The robot has hit the headlines in the past, when it escaped from its lab and walked out into oncoming traffic - twice.

 

 

It caused chaos on the streets after getting halfway across the road before its batteries ran out, leaving it stranded in the middle of the carriageway.

 

The robot was on the road outside the research lab for more than an hour as vehicles tried to manoeuvre their way around it.

Promobot - short for Promotional Robot - is a unique robot created by Russian scientists and is designed to work in customer relations.

 

 

It is designed to interact with humans realistically, and can answer questions and remember every person it has ever met.

 

 

 

Just wait till they try to arrest him when he has a plasma rifle in the 40 watt range. :)

 

There was something about this in Fortean Times. I believe there calls to have him dismantled, but complaints form the public that if he was that self aware as to escape, they probably ought to leave him turned on.

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