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May 30, 2015

New homes in California will face watering limits


Water-guzzling lawns have taken significant flack in California’s four-year drought, and officials delivered another hit Friday by sharply limiting how much water newly constructed landscapes can use.

The limits came from the state’s Building Standard’s Commission in response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order that urban water users cut back 25 percent during California’s four-year drought.

Builders and developers can meet the new rules by planting shrubs and bushes instead of grass, or by installing slow-trickling valves instead of traditional sprinklers.

“You can still see grass, you are just going to see a lot less of it,” said Bob Raymer of the California Building Industry Association, which supported the changes.
May 27, 2015

"I was so naive...I had no clue so many Democrats hated Democrats"

You just wandered into the Barack Obama Group. Go read the rules before you post, thanks kindly.

Skinner said that, in ATA.

(Democratic Underground) was intended to imply an aggressive anti-Republican orientation.

We were the "Underground" fighting against the Republicans, who were in power at the time.

Ironically, it seems that many people took the name to mean "Underground fighting against Democrats." I was so naive. Back when I started this site I had no clue so many Democrats hated Democrats.


He nailed it. Anti-Republican takes a back seat these days to anti-Obama, anti-HRC, anti-Democratic Party, etc.

Exhibit A: This thread of mine http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026654863 got 5 recs. On Democratic Underground. I wasted my time, I think.
May 27, 2015

36 Historically Profound Images That Will Make The Past Come Back To Life

from: http://inyminy.com/36-historically-profound-images-that-will-make-the-past-come-back-to-life/

A disabled First World War veteran begging for his livelihood on the streets of Berlin, (1923)

Hitler asking a frostbitten and snow ravaged soldier not to salute him, but to instead rest and recover

Images sent from a Soviet probe, Venus, (1970)

Ann Hodges, the only confirmed person in history to have been hit by a meteorite, shows a giant bruise on her side and hip with doctor Moody Jacobs by her side, (1954)

A boy watches TV for the first time in an appliance store window, (1948)

Maud Wagner, the first known female tattooist, circa 1911

An Opium Party, France, (1918)

Three friends enjoy a joyride on their new vehicle, Ohio, circa 1924.

Pornstar Linda Lovelace shocks other race-goers as she attends the Royal Ascot races in a revealing morning suit, England, (1974)

Meryl Streep as a High School Cheerleader, Bernardsville, New Jersey, (ca. 1966)

Actress Veronica Lake demonstrates what can happen to female factory workers who don’t tie their hair back, (1943)

Two African men walk past a sign common in apartheid South Africa, Johannesburg, circa 1956.

Babe Ruth pays his respects to Lou Gehrig at his funeral, (1941)

The rest at link above. Enjoy!

May 27, 2015

Breach Exposes I.R.S. Tax Returns


WASHINGTON — Criminals used stolen data to gain access to past tax returns of more than 100,000 people through an application on the Internal Revenue Service’s website, the agency said on Tuesday.

Using Social Security numbers, birth dates, street addresses and other personal information obtained elsewhere, the criminals completed a multistep authentication process and requested the tax returns and other filings, the I.R.S. said. Information from those returns was used to file fraudulent returns, the I.R.S. said, and the agency sent nearly $50 million in refunds before it detected the scheme.

“We’re confident that these are not amateurs,” John Koskinen, the I.R.S. commissioner, said. “These actually are organized crime syndicates that not only we but everybody in the financial industry are dealing with.”

The agency has opened an investigation into the breach and has temporarily shut down the Get Transcript application, which was used to gain access to the information. More than 200,000 attempts to view the past returns using stolen information were made from February to mid-May, and about half were successful. It is unclear whether the criminals were operating inside or outside the United States.
May 26, 2015

The complete, true story of Charlie Charlie, the ‘demonic’ teen game overtaking the Internet


If you are one of those crotchety people who believe the kids these days are somehow less inspired than generations before, then I come bearing new evidence: Even their superstitions are lamer than ours!

“Charlie Charlie,” a game/Internet urban legend of sudden and inexplicable popularity, surged to the top of the global social media charts this weekend after kicking around on the Spanish-language Internet for much of eternity. As of this writing, #CharlieCharlieChallenge has been tweeted more than 1.6 million times. More people are Googling “Charlie Charlie” than virtually any other news event.

What’s all this about?! Below, our no-nonsense explainer for the old/unimpressed.

How do you play Charlie Charlie?

Simple! You could, if you wanted, even do it at your desk.

more at link
May 26, 2015

Johnny Depp could face up to 10 years in prison for dog smuggling


Megastar Johnny Depp could face up to a decade in prison or a maximum $340,000 fine for illegally bringing his two dogs into Australia earlier this month, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

At a Senate committee hearing in Australia it was also discovered that Depp's pilot could face up to two years in prison, according to the Herald.

The Yorkshire terriers were flown back to the United States earlier this month after Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce threatened to put the two dogs--Pistol and Boo--down.

Joyce accused Depp of smuggling his dogs on his private jet when he returned to Australia in April to continue filming Pirates of the Caribbean.
May 25, 2015

100.4 F in Sylvester, GA, summer is here


(had this posted by mistake earlier in CHaS lol ooops! Not enough coffee)

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