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Highest paid banker on Wall Street Dick Handler

Highest paid banker on Wall Street suing renovators of neighbouring building for ruining view from his 360-degree glass penthouse

As the highest-paid banker on Wall Street, Dick Handler feels he has earned a $24-million glass penthouse from which to enjoy uninterrupted 360-degree panoramas of the city he conquered.

So it is unacceptable, he alleged in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan this week, that fashionable upstarts from London are preparing to spoil his view.

Mr Handler, 51, “will suffer real and irreparable harm” if Spring Studios, a Camden-based design firm, installs a lift on the roof of a neighbouring building, he claimed in his complaint.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Mar 29, 2013, 01:28 PM (13 replies)

First Love Child of Human, Neanderthal Found

MAR 27, 2013

The skeletal remains of an individual living in northern Italy 40,000-30,000 years ago are believed to be that of a human/Neanderthal hybrid, according to a paper in PLoS ONE.

If further analysis proves the theory correct, the remains belonged to the first known such hybrid, providing direct evidence that humans and Neanderthals interbred. Prior genetic research determined the DNA of people with European and Asian ancestry is 1 to 4 percent Neanderthal.

The present study focuses on the individual’s jaw, which was unearthed at a rock-shelter called Riparo di Mezzena in the Monti Lessini region of Italy. Both Neanderthals and modern humans inhabited Europe at the time.

“From the morphology of the lower jaw, the face of the Mezzena individual would have looked somehow intermediate between classic Neanderthals, who had a rather receding lower jaw (no chin), and the modern humans, who present a projecting lower jaw with a strongly developed chin,” co-author Silvana Condemi, an anthropologist, told Discovery News.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Fri Mar 29, 2013, 04:17 AM (22 replies)

Crap.. Ashley just said she won't run.

(CNN) - Actress and Democrat Ashley Judd, who was openly considering challenging Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for his Kentucky seat in 2014, announced Wednesday she was "currently unable" to run for public office.

"After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family," Judd wrote on Twitter.

The announcement comes after months of speculation that Judd – an actress with family roots in Kentucky - would jump into politics. The rumors sparked heavy backlash from Republicans, including McConnell, who began producing videos attacking Judd.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Wed Mar 27, 2013, 05:39 PM (8 replies)

I think North Korea is photshopping their new marine assault weapons

Actually the original photo looks fake too.
Which you can see here:


Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Wed Mar 27, 2013, 04:54 PM (7 replies)

Jim Greer, former Florida GOP chairman, sentenced to 18 months in prison

An Orlando judge today sentenced Jim Greer, former high-flying chairman of the Florida GOP, to 18 months in prison, followed by one year of probation.

"You certainly in my opinion egregiously violated a position of trust," Circuit Judge Marc Lubet said at sentencing. "While you do need to go to prison for this, you don't need to go for 42 or 46 months."

It was a humbling end for a man who, until four years ago, wielded enormous political power in Florida and was part of then-Gov. Charlie Crist's inner circle.

But the sentence was significantly lower than what the state had asked for: a 3 1/2-year prison term.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Wed Mar 27, 2013, 02:51 PM (1 replies)

Supreme Court Justices Brought To Tears By Heartfelt Testimony

Supreme Court Justices Brought To Tears By Heartfelt Testimony Of Bigot Who Hates Gay People

WASHINGTON—Listening to oral arguments Wednesday regarding the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, all nine Supreme Court justices were reportedly moved to tears by the heartfelt and highly personal testimony of a bigot who despises homosexuals unreservedly. “It’s impossible for anyone who hasn’t spent their whole life in a state of benighted prejudice to know the pain and hardship that people like myself endure every day in our efforts to ensure that gays and lesbians remain oppressed and unequal,” said the immense homophobe, whose stirring, emotional speech about his harrowing daily struggles to impede social progress prompted a weeping Chief Justice John Roberts to halt the proceedings briefly so that he and the 500 individuals in attendance could compose themselves. “Just for a moment, put yourself in my shoes and try to imagine how difficult it is to know that the elevated social standing that I so unjustly enjoy is at stake. We have come too far and worked too hard to make sure that gays are second-class citizens, and all we’re asking for is basic unfairness. After all, isn’t that what this country is founded on?”

Forgoing their typical months of deliberation, the justices issued an immediate 9-0 decision upholding DOMA, with Roberts writing that the testimony had “opened [his] eyes” to the plight of the nation’s intolerant and vowing that the court would never again allow progress and equality to impede the happiness of the nation’s close-minded and prejudiced.


Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Wed Mar 27, 2013, 01:53 PM (3 replies)

Oklahoma 5.7 earthquake linked to oil extraction wastewater

Scientists have linked the underground injection of oil-drilling wastewater to a magnitude-5.7 earthquake in 2011 that struck the US state of Oklahoma.

Wastewater injection from drilling operations has been linked to seismic events in the past, but these have typically been much smaller quakes.

They also have tended to occur in the first weeks or months of injection.

The study in Geology suggests that "induced seismicity" can occur years after wastewater injection begins.

Wastewater was first injected into Oklahoma's Wilzetta oilfields, near the town of Prague, some 18 years prior to the November 2011 series of quakes that included three of magnitude 5 or greater.

The new study adds to an increasing body of evidence that the injection of wastewater is correlated to an increase in seismic events.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Wed Mar 27, 2013, 11:46 AM (4 replies)

Ae you ashamed that your taxes go to war?

To support a new Gitmo wing an dcontiued wars, of hate, SURVEILLANCE secrity and not infrastructure, education health and science?

You already know

too big to fail, too big to jailil

Nazi war crimals. got away ithe it

The appeasement here disgusts me.

The economic meltdown can only be justified by the powers of their propaganda which is very strong

We had an economic meltdown but they still want to maintain


With my experience now
I/ve met Serbians, Bosnian and their personal thoughts and personal expeireces on both sides of war crimes.

They say...... they did
and we did and this goes generational to a lies on the truth.

They have the Hauge to see what they have done......WE DON'T.

The World is watching.

I hope my OP is too big to fail an d too big to jaii.......LOL

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Mon Mar 25, 2013, 07:27 PM (38 replies)

Mars weather for March 23

Sol 222 (Mar 23, 2013): Sunny, high 3C/37F, low -70C/-94F, pressure at 9.18 hPa, wind E at 7.2kmh/4.5mph, daylight 6am-5pm


Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Sun Mar 24, 2013, 04:22 AM (3 replies)

The Lives of Others



If You haven't seen this film then look what state security can do for you.

Posted by Ichingcarpenter | Sat Mar 23, 2013, 03:40 PM (5 replies)
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