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  1. SoBad

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    I thought that in this day and age it was commonplace for successful white-collar professionals in the U.S. to own refrigerators equipped with automated icemakers.
     
  2. Rusty Shackleford

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    I started reading your poast but you lost my interest at the third sentence. ;)
     
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  3. Rusty Shackleford

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    What makes you think I'm a "successful" "white-collar" "professional"?

    I thought it was important to quote those three words independently to drive my point across. ;)
     
  4. Sentinel

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    Whom do you keep intermittently having these one-sided conversations with ?
     
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  5. Rusty Shackleford

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    Anybody. I do it to keep me busy when the Sureshs tennis stream enters a "stutter" phase. ;)
     
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  6. Sentinel

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    Creation of Adam (from Sistine Chapel ceiling)

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  7. Murrayjuannow

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    Took this picture after playing tennis at my backyard this evening....

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  8. Murrayjuannow

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    The genital looks unfinished.
     
  9. Sentinel

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    NO WAY !!!! How did you take it ? With a telescope or what ? How did you attach the cam.

    When i was a kid, i borrowed a refractor telescope from some friends. Probably a 4" or 5", and i could see the moon just like this. Almost as though one could reach out and touch it.

    IIRC, I could see the moon of Jupiter and Saturn as little dots and the rings of Saturn. But then I am told that in old days one could see them with the naked eye.
     
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    I was going to comment (looking at Adam's body) that Michelangelo seems to have sculpted a body just like mine, but then there was this little issue due to which i had to withhold my observation. He did this with his statue of David, too. Maybe he did not want his statues and frescoes to be seen as obscene.

    Or maybe the people who posed for him were on steroids, so this atrophy was bound to happen.
     
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  11. Sentinel

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    Seriously, the thought did occur to me, looking at the Creation of Adam, that maybe we were created by aliens, who were seen as Gods. They came from space, which is why we think of God being above, etc. etc.

    Once we die, we go back to Zeta R :D
     
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  12. Murrayjuannow

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    I only use a point and shoot camera... But with 65x optical zoom. No extra lense needed. I did not use tripod either, I just put the camera on a fence post.

    http://www.dpreview.com/articles/1081949711/canon-announces-powershot-sx60-hs-with-65x-zoom

    I got it at eeeeebay... I dream of owning some dslr cameras... but they are heavy to take for traveling with lenses and all.
     
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    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-...night-look-for-a-rare-but-not-quite-blue-moon

    "As NASA explains in the video above: "most blue moons appear pale grey and white, just like the moon you've seen on any other night."

    And, that doesn't happen very often (the last time was in August 2012 and the next time will be January 2018), so "once in a blue moon" is a phrase still worthy of a rare occurrence.

    This month, there was a full moon on July 1 and tonight, the last day of July, there's another."

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  14. Murrayjuannow

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    I've been lazily reading "History is Wrong" by ERICH VON DÄNIKEN...

    It is a bit tedious but I was just interested when he starts talking about gods as aliens and also "holy" books made by aliens... And aliens taught human to build temples and boat

     
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    Watch it, Spanky. I'm not dead yet. ;)
     
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    Adam looks like that because he was married (obviously to Eve). After a few years of that, some kinds of organs tend to become vestigial appendages. ;)
     
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  17. Murrayjuannow

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    Didn't Vatican at one time remove all the penises of their sculptures? I wonder if the same thing was applied to the paintings? So they replaced them with some leaves or something, just like what they did to the sculptures....
     
  18. Rusty Shackleford

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    I don't think the Vatican did that. Maybe you are thinking of the US Congress, or some American Museum, during a traveling exhibition of a naked painting or sculpture. Unfortunately, I think there is more puritanism in North America than there is in the Vatican.
     
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    Mama Cass Elliot, whose "Make Your Own Kind of Music" became the "hatch theme" in Lost, as people like @Sentinel who watched this series will remember, died in 1974 at the tender age of 32, in her sleep, of a heart attack. However, an urban legend soon spread that claimed she had died for "making her own kind of sandwich", and that she had died choking on a ham sandwich. Let that be a cautionary tale for all of us, that if you put too many cold cuts in your sandwich, you are liable to end a stiff. ;)

     
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  20. Murrayjuannow

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    Haha I did not know the special event of the moon when I decided to take that picture last night. What a coincidence!

    I woke up this morning and there was an email from timeanddate.com telling me about it:

    http://www.timeanddate.com/newsletter/july2015.html
     
  21. Mike Bulgakov

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    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33734525
    Russian President Vladimir Putin "personally ordered" the killing of Alexander Litvinenko, the inquiry into the former spy's death has heard.

    Ben Emmerson QC, for Mr Litvinenko's family, said in his closing statement that Russian state responsibility had been proven "beyond reasonable doubt".
    Mr Litvinenko's widow Marina said she believed her husband's "murderers and their paymasters" had "been unmasked".
    But the Kremlin told the BBC it did not trust the inquiry.

    'Tinpot despot'

    Dissident Mr Litvinenko, 43, drank tea containing a fatal dose of radioactive polonium during a meeting with suspects Dmitry Kovtun and Andrei Lugovoi in London in 2006.
    The Kremlin wanted Mr Litvinenko dead and provided the poison used to kill him, Mr Emmerson alleged.
    Scientific evidence proves Mr Kovtun and Mr Lugovoi killed the former spy, he added.
    Mr Emmerson told the inquiry Mr Putin was an "increasingly isolated tinpot despot" and a "morally deranged authoritarian".
    He said the Russian president and his allies are "directly implicated in organised crime".
    Mr Putin's "personal cabal" are "willing to murder those who stand in their way", Mr Emmerson added.
    He said: "If the Russian state is responsible, Vladimir Putin is responsible.
    "Not on some analogical version of vicarious liability but because he personally ordered the liquidation of an enemy who was bent on exposing him and his cronies."
    The QC said Mr Kovtun had failed to appear before the inquiry because he would be unable to explain the evidence against him.
    Mr Kovtun said in March that he wanted to testify, but failed to appear by videolink.
    Speaking outside the Royal Courts of Justice after the closing statements, Mrs Litvinenko said she believed "the truth has finally been uncovered".
    She said her husband had "vowed to expose corruption" in the Russian Federal Security Service and the "highest echelons of power in Russia".
    "His actions were perceived as treachery and he paid the ultimate price for them," she said.
    Mrs Litvinenko added: "Any reasonable person who looks at the evidence presented in the inquiry will see my husband was killed by agents of the Russian state in the first ever act of nuclear terrorism in the streets of London.
    "This could not have happened without knowledge and consent of Mr Putin."
    'Biased and politicised'
    The Kremlin said the accusations raised at the inquiry had been heard before.
    A spokesman said: "Such statements were made without any results from the investigation, and after there were results of some sort of investigation.
    "It seems they had to add something, so that their words could seem convincing."
    He said officials in Russia "don't want to have anything to do" with British investigations into the death.
    Mr Lugovoi said the inquiry had been "biased".
    "These proceedings have long since stopped being of interest to me, since I understood a long time ago that they are biased and politicised," he told Interfax.
    Inquiry chairman Sir Robert Owen will now consider the evidence heard over the last six months.
    He is expected to report back to the home secretary by the end of the year.

    The Litvinenko case
    23 Nov 2006 - Mr Litvinenko dies three weeks after having tea with former agents Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitry Kovtun in London
    24 Nov 2006 - His death is attributed to polonium-210
    22 May 2007 - Britain's director of public prosecutions decides Mr Lugovoi should be charged with the murder of Mr Litvinenko
    31 May 2007 - Mr Lugovoi denies any involvement in his death but says Mr Litvinenko was a British spy
    5 Jul 2007 - Russia officially refuses to extradite Mr Lugovoi, saying its constitution does not allow it
    May-June 2013 - Inquest into Mr Litvinenko's death delayed as coroner decides a public inquiry would be preferable, as it would be able to hear some evidence in secret
    July 2013 - Ministers rule out public inquiry
    Jan 2014 - Marina Litvinenko in High Court fight to force a public inquiry
    11 Feb 2014 - High Court says the Home Office had been wrong to rule out an inquiry before the outcome of an inquest
    July 2014 - Public inquiry announced by Home Office
    January 2015 - Public inquiry begins
    July 2015 - Closing submissions are made at the inquiry
    Who was Alexander Litvinenko?
     
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    That's hilarious, if it's true.
     
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    So these past twelve hours have consisted of meeting a girl I like while working, having that girl disappear while having some excellent trappist beer, running down to the platform and missing my train, and grass court tennis. Love life, hate life, and then love life again.
     
  24. Murrayjuannow

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    I read about it first on a novel by Dan Brown, not sure which one....Angel & Demon, Da Vinci Code or Inferno? Anyway he talks a lot about the architecture in Vatican... maybe it was the Angel & Demon one because the main setting is in Vatican.

    Some says various popes ordered the removal of the penises in the middle ages:

    http://www.redletterchristians.org/where-have-all-the-penises-gone-sexuality-church/


    http://www.museumsecrets.tv/dossier.php?o=95

    http://www.answers.com/Q/Is_it_true_that_in_1857_Pope_Pius_emasculated_statues_inside_Vatican_City

    http://www.colorsmagazine.com/stori...w-davids-penis-was-hidden-from-queen-victoria
     
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    @Mike Bulgakov are you in any way related to Leo Bulgakov who acted as a General in For Whom the Bells Toll (1943) ?
     
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    Between 9 P.M. and midnight on Saturday, the southern face of the Empire State Building became a giant projection screen filled with images of a snow leopard, a manta ray, and other imperilled land and sea creatures. The event, “Projecting Change: The Empire State Building,” devised by Louie Psihoyos, the executive director of Oceanic Preservation Society, and the filmmaker and photographer Travis Threlkel, was a union of art, activism, and ambitious publicity stunt, designed to call attention to the plight of endangered species.

    From a viewing party on a rooftop at Twenty-Seventh Street and Fifth Avenue, the videographer Nathan Fitch and the photographer Matthew Pillsbury, who is known for using long exposure times, captured the projections unfolding against a clear night sky. View a video above and a slide show of images below.

    http://www.newyorker.com/culture/ph...the-empire-state-building?mbid=social_twitter
     

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