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« Reply #10035 on: Feb 10th, 2014, 1:58pm »

Awesome posts, you guys!! Are you serious, ZETAR, seriously, I am not serious cheesy! Thanks for noticing there's a lot of orange showing in these olympic opening days, but the games are just beginning, all these athletes from all nationalities are here for a reason...




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EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY! From Olympics past, present, and future, these earlier silver and gold winners are, left to right, Rusty and Maggie May of the United Kingdom. Photo Credit




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Moment of total concentration for the US Equestrian Team. Sys:"Hey Eddy baby, this here is the deal: you go and jump to gold for us, or it is straight into the lasagna.. capiche?". Ed:"...WHATEVER, dude, it got no beef with me, why don't you try and get your paws into those stirrups? ....hurts doesn't it...!!"




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An olympic long jumper from Israel going through his paces.




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The one contestant entered by the Vatican for the Olympic Waterwalking Event, which was regrettably canceled due to there being... only one contestant. (Resemblance is accidental, all of my family immediately sinks.)




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"When I heard there were games in the snow at Sotchi I just had to come... Now don't you run away: it is not as if I'm gonna eat anybody!"




President Putin is looking especially happy today! grin


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« Reply #10036 on: Feb 10th, 2014, 2:07pm »

Thanks Purr!

Funny, my favorite is the cat from the Vatican.

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« Reply #10037 on: Feb 10th, 2014, 2:10pm »

Glenn Greenwald (Edward Snowden leaks) has a new website launched today.

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« Reply #10038 on: Feb 10th, 2014, 3:24pm »

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There is something very troubling about the last picture in the series.

It reminds me of a famous picture entitled ' Those about to die'.

What are the circumstances ?

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« Reply #10039 on: Feb 10th, 2014, 9:01pm »

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Vatican Olympic Team player and only Jesus Christ Lizard Entrant ,Giuseppi FortaBrazo
May be disqualified for possible speed enhancing bug use, lodged by the Russian and American teams. This is BS!! tearfully exclaimed Giuseppe , As God is my witnesss I only had a few scarab beatles before the race. No rules prohibit that none whatsoever!... There will be hell to pay by the communist and atheists for this outrage..that is all this is..jealousy.. he said as he walked away disgusted from a new world record. Other Lizards from the Belgian and Dutch teams accompanied him back to his locker room as a show of support. Olympic Officials and doctors had no comment except one from France who refused to be identified..we have zero tolerance for bug use..lets see what the tests say.
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« Reply #10040 on: Feb 11th, 2014, 01:35am »

on Feb 10th, 2014, 3:24pm, INT21 wrote:
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There is something very troubling about the last picture in the series.

It reminds me of a famous picture entitled ' Those about to die'.

What are the circumstances ?

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Hi HAL, it is next to last now, the cat 'walking on water'. And I don't know, it is a fairly old image. That said, cats are excellent swimmers, they just don't like getting wet.


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« Reply #10041 on: Feb 11th, 2014, 01:47am »

on Feb 10th, 2014, 9:01pm, Harry Lime wrote:
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Vatican Olympic Team player and only Jesus Christ Lizard Entrant ,Giuseppi FortaBrazo
May be disqualified for possible speed enhancing bug use, lodged by the Russian and American teams. This is BS!! tearfully exclaimed Giuseppe , As God is my witnesss I only had a few scarab beatles before the race. No rules prohibit that none whatsoever!... There will be hell to pay by the communist and atheists for this outrage..that is all this is..jealousy.. he said as he walked away disgusted from a new world record. Other Lizards from the Belgian and Dutch teams accompanied him back to his locker room as a show of support. Olympic Officials and doctors had no comment except one from France who refused to be identified..we have zero tolerance for bug use..lets see what the tests say.


Wherever you go, no place is safe from these dam bugs!! (The Vatican Lizard got moves....)

HL, I happened to overhear & subsequently added some troubling dialogue to the equestrian training photo in Reply # 10035 you might care to peruse.

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« Reply #10042 on: Feb 11th, 2014, 09:24am »

GOOD MORNING CRYSTAL,PURR, SIR HARRY LIME, HALINT21, WELL~ALL YOU GUYS-N-GALS cool

THERE'S ALWAYS ONE WHOM DOESN'T HAVE A VALENTINES DAY LIKE AN "F.T.F. FLORIST" COMMERCIAL...SO HERE'S THE HEARTS FROM CASEBOOK AND WISHING THOSE THE BEST OF VALENTINES DAY wink

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« Reply #10043 on: Feb 11th, 2014, 10:08am »

"GOOD MORNING CRYSTAL,PURR, SIR HARRY LIME, HALINT21, WELL~ALL YOU GUYS-N-GALS"

THANKS Z AND A GOOD MORNING TO ALL cheesy

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« Reply #10044 on: Feb 11th, 2014, 10:27am »

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Scientists identify gene linking brain structure to intelligence

February 11, 2014

For the first time, scientists at King's College London have identified a gene linking the thickness of the grey matter in the brain to intelligence. The study is published today in Molecular Psychiatry and may help scientists understand biological mechanisms behind some forms of intellectual impairment.

The researchers looked at the cerebral cortex, the outermost layer of the human brain. It is known as 'grey matter' and plays a key role in memory, attention, perceptual awareness, thought, language and consciousness. Previous studies have shown that the thickness of the cerebral cortex, or 'cortical thickness', closely correlates with intellectual ability, however no genes had yet been identified.

An international team of scientists, led by King's, analysed DNA samples and MRI scans from 1,583 healthy 14 year old teenagers, part of the IMAGEN cohort. The teenagers also underwent a series of tests to determine their verbal and non-verbal intelligence.

Dr Sylvane Desrivičres, from King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry and lead author of the study, said: "We wanted to find out how structural differences in the brain relate to differences in intellectual ability. The genetic variation we identified is linked to synaptic plasticity -- how neurons communicate. This may help us understand what happens at a neuronal level in certain forms of intellectual impairments, where the ability of the neurons to communicate effectively is somehow compromised."

She adds: "It's important to point out that intelligence is influenced by many genetic and environmental factors. The gene we identified only explains a tiny proportion of the differences in intellectual ability, so it's by no means a 'gene for intelligence'."

The researchers looked at over 54,000 genetic variants possibly involved in brain development. They found that, on average, teenagers carrying a particular gene variant had a thinner cortex in the left cerebral hemisphere, particularly in the frontal and temporal lobes, and performed less well on tests for intellectual ability. The genetic variation affects the expression of the NPTN gene, which encodes a protein acting at neuronal synapses and therefore affects how brain cells communicate.

To confirm their findings, the researchers studied the NPTN gene in mouse and human brain cells. The researchers found that the NPTN gene had a different activity in the left and right hemispheres of the brain, which may cause the left hemisphere to be more sensitive to the effects of NPTN mutations. Their findings suggest that some differences in intellectual abilities can result from the decreased function of the NPTN gene in particular regions of the left brain hemisphere.

The genetic variation identified in this study only accounts for an estimated 0.5% of the total variation in intelligence. However, the findings may have important implications for the understanding of biological mechanisms underlying several psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, autism, where impaired cognitive ability is a key feature of the disorder.

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« Reply #10045 on: Feb 11th, 2014, 10:29am »

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How Obama Officials Cried ‘Terrorism’ to Cover Up a Paperwork Error

By David Kravets
02.11.14
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After seven years of litigation, two trips to a federal appeals court and $3.8 million worth of lawyer time, the public has finally learned why a wheelchair-bound Stanford University scholar was cuffed, detained and denied a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii: FBI human error.

FBI agent Kevin Kelley was investigating Muslims in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004 when he checked the wrong box on a terrorism form, erroneously placing Rahinah Ibrahim on the no-fly list.

What happened next was the real shame. Instead of admitting to the error, high-ranking President Barack Obama administration officials spent years covering it up. Attorney General Eric Holder, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and a litany of other government officials claimed repeatedly that disclosing the reason Ibrahim was detained, or even acknowledging that she’d been placed on a watch list, would cause serious damage to the U.S. national security. Again and again they asserted the so-called “state secrets privilege” to block the 48-year-old woman’s lawsuit, which sought only to clear her name.

Holder went so far as to tell the judge presiding over the case that this assertion of the state secrets privilege was fully in keeping with Obama’s much-ballyhooed 2009 executive branch reforms of the privilege, which stated the administration would invoke state secrets sparingly.

“Under this policy, the Department of Justice will defend an assertion of the state secrets privilege in litigation, and seek dismissal of a claim on that basis, only when necessary to protect against the risk of significant harm to national security,” reads an April signed declaration from the attorney general to U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who presided over the Ibrahim litigation in San Francisco.

The state secrets privilege was first upheld by the Supreme Court in a McCarthy-era case and generally requires judges to dismiss lawsuits against the United States when the government asserts a trial threatens national security.

In his declaration, Holder assured Judge Alsup that the government would not be claiming national security to conceal “administrative error” or to “prevent embarrassment” — an assertion that is now nearly impossible to square with the facts.

Elizabeth Pipkin, the San Jose attorney who represented Ibrahim in her legal odyssey pro bono, said the Obama administration should be embarrassed.

“The idea that any of this poses any threat to national security is ridiculous,” Pipkin said in a telephone interview. “These government state secret privileges are to protect national security. They are not supposed to be used to cover up government errors.”

The Justice Department did not respond for comment.

The Justice Department nearly got away with the cover up, which commenced under the President George W. Bush administration.

At one point, Judge Alsup dismissed the case. A federal appeals court reinstated it in 2012, more than a year after Alsup tossed it. A month before Ibrahim’s trial, the judge said he learned the Kafkaesque truth. “I feel that I have been had by the government,” he said in a November pretrial conference.

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THERE'S ALWAYS ONE WHOM DOESN'T HAVE A VALENTINES DAY LIKE AN "F.T.F. FLORIST" COMMERCIAL...SO HERE'S THE HEARTS FROM CASEBOOK AND WISHING THOSE THE BEST OF VALENTINES DAY wink

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Good Morning, uh... good evening here, ZETAR, you seem all hearts cheesy, and to all Stuff & Nonsense readers and contributors happy and exciting(?) VALENTINE'S DAY wishes!


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Julia Mancuso eighth, behind a tie for gold

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February 12, 2014, 9:10 AM

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Downhill ski races are not only contested over miles, but there is no accounting for an individual’s preferred path. What played out here Wednesday morning in the women’s Olympic downhill, then, was a combination of completely improbable and, somehow, wholly satisfying, because when the marquee performance ended, two Alpine skiers from two countries shared a gold medal for the first time in Olympic history. Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin and Slovenia’s Tina Maze both covered the 1.69-mile course at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center here in 1 minute, 41.57 seconds – and thus shared the gold, a tenth of a second ahead of Switzerland’s Lara Gut, who was awarded bronze. American Julia Mancuso, a pre-race favorite following a dominating performance in the downhill portion of the super combined on Monday, finished eighth, 0.99 of a second behind Gisin and Maze. Mancuso’s hopes for a fifth Olympic medal – which would have tied Bode Miller for the most by an American Alpine racer – came apart when she improperly took on a jump near the top of the course. “I’m more of an instinct skier, and just thinking too much kind of takes me out of my game, and I forget what to do with my body,” Mancuso said. “It needs to come more natural, and that’s when I ski better.” Mancuso skied 12th, and even when she reached the bottom, she knew her medal hopes were dashed. She was in fourth place at that point, with the best downhillers in the world still to come. She has two events remaining – Saturday’s super-G and the giant slalom next week. “I’m moving on,” Mancuso said. “I don’t really have many emotions. I’m disappointed, but I can’t go back and do it again. I just want to remember it for the super-G. … I really just want to hit the reset button.” By the looks of it afterward, neither Gisin nor Maze wanted to reset anything. There have been four previous ties for medals in Olympics, none for gold and none since Switzerland’s Didier Cuche and Austria’s Hans Knauss in the super-G in 1998. Maze, last year’s World Cup overall champion, has largely struggled this season, but she won the most recent World Cup downhill late last month in Italy. Gisin, 29, has endured a series of knee injuries and didn’t have a podium finish in any discipline before Wednesday. And there, she shared the podium. It hardly mattered. At the flower ceremony, she and Maze held hands as they awaited their names to be called to the crowd. Then they both stepped up to the highest step, sharing the platform – and, amazingly, the gold.

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