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General Discussion / Middle America women can be so bold too??
« on: July 12, 2024, 11:41:20 PM »
Woman caught flashing breasts on Google Maps camera: ‘Stay classy, Middle America’

Gone in a flash.

A Google Maps image of a woman flashing her bare breasts outside of an Iowa bar has gone viral, prompting the tech giant to pixilate the X-rated image.

The unidentified exhibitionist was outside The Junk Yard Bar and Grill in the small town of Barnum when she pulled up her white tank top and gave a Google van an eyeful as it automatically captured images for its location search service.

In the now infamous image, three amused onlookers are seen standing in the background beneath the awning of the bar as the flasher flaunts her assets for the camera.

One man even mimics the mammary-flashing female, pulling up his shirt to show off his belly.

Google employees attempted to blur the woman’s entire body so unsuspecting searchers wouldn’t be confronted her her bare breasts when searching for the bar, located at 324 Front St.

However, that hasn’t stopped the snap from going viral, with many making fun of the Front St flasher.

“You stay classy, middle America,” one Reddit user wrote, according to the Daily Mail.

“You have to expect these kinds of things in the big city!” another sarcastically quipped, referencing the tiny town of Barnum, which has a population of less than 200.

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General Discussion / I bet Chief D.S. Teubert is White
« on: July 12, 2024, 11:36:47 PM »
West Virginia police chief resigns after outrage over his hiring of officer who killed Tamir Rice

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- A West Virginia police chief responsible for the hiring of a former Cleveland officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 has stepped down. White Sulphur Springs Police Chief D.S. Teubert returned to his former job as a patrolman, WVVA-TV reported.

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High school teacher’s bizarre biology test included racist question on ‘pimp walk’ gene
A teacher at Sacramento’s Luther Burbank High School gave a wildly offensive final that targeted individual students by name


A California schoolteacher has been banished from his classroom after giving freshman students a biology final filled with racist and offensive questions that called out individual students by name.

Biology instructor Alex Nguyen was placed on administrative leave last month by the Sacramento City Unified School District, according to district spokesman Al Goldberg. Nguyen has taught at Luther Burbank High School for the past decade, Goldberg told The Sacramento Bee, which obtained a copy of the exam from shocked parents.

Nguyen did not immediately respond to The Independent’s request for comment on Friday.

The test covered human reproduction and the effects of dominant amnd recessive genes on offspring. In it, students were provided with examples of situations that could ostensibly occur if various pupils were to reproduce with one another — although Nguyen noted in a bizarre disclaimer that he did not condone young teenagers engaging in sexual activity.

Many of the questions involved students of color; Luther Burbank is 97 percent non-white, according to the Bee.

“In high school, there are individuals who are cross-eyed like [name redacted] and [name redacted], which is a dominant trait,” one question read. “We call those individuals ‘weirdoes’ [sic]. So, if you crossed two weirdoes [sic] that are heterozygous for being cross-eyed, what is the offspring that would result?”

Another question notes Luther Burbank’s highly diverse student body, and says that African-American culture, “[f]or some reason… has influenced most of” them.

“In African-Americans, they have a gene for the pimp walk, which is dominant,” the question goes on. “What is the result if you cross [student’s name redacted]’s homozygous dominant Latina with a homozygous recessive Hmong like [student’s name redacted)?”

A third question on the final read, “Here at the wonderful school of LBHS, we have certain students who love to sleep in class. I even see students fall asleep during exams! Can you believe that?! I don’t like it when students sleep in class… it’s rude! So, WAKE THE #$%K UP! Well, through much study, I have concluded that the gene for falling asleep is dominant. Not only that some students sleep, they snore in class. This too is a dominant trait. What are the possible offspring if you cross a homozygous sleeping, heterozygous snoring student [student’s name redacted] with a homozygous attentive, non-snoring [student’s name redacted] student?”

The exam had reportedly been taken by students in three separate classes and was being administered to a fourth when the school principal intervened about 10 minutes into the two-hour testing period. When the principal gathered each final from the students’ desks and left the room, Nguyen simply projected the same questions onto a screen and told the kids to carry on as normal.

Nguyen didn’t show up for the last day of school, when the graded exams were returned. Given the unusual nature of the questions, Goldberg said there were “challenges with the grading process,” the Bee reported. One honors student received a zero, giving him a D in the class for the semester, for which he will now be attending summer school.

According to one parent, Nguyen’s behavior has been problematic in the past, as he allegedly failed to accomodate their learning-disabled child until a resource specialist finally stepped in and forced the issue. One student told the Bee that Nguyen had once called a Black pupil “boy,” lashing out at him for not having done his work.

Luther Burbank Principal Jim Peterson reportedly apologized personally to the parents of each student who took the exam.

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California nudists rescue tourist from blowtorch-wielding ‘pirate guy’ in caught-on-camera showdown

Not all super heroes wear capes.

A pair of California nudists took the law into their bare hands as they rescued a tourist from a blowtorch-wielding madman in a full frontal fight caught on camera in San Francisco’s tough Castro district.

Pete Sferra and Lloyd Fishback were enjoying a totally naked walk through the famously gay-friendly neighborhood on July 2 when they encountered a “crazy kind of pirate guy” menacing a Brazilian tourist with a blowtorch.

“My buddy Lloyd is a quiet, respectful guy,” Sfarra told the San Francisco Standard, “But he didn’t waste any time and nailed the guy with a right hook.”


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https://nypost.com/2024/07/11/us-news/california-nudists-rescue-tourist-from-blowtorch-wielding-pirate-guy-in-caught-on-camera-showdown/

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...but we still receive expedited screening services and more importantly, we didn't have to take our shoes off so SMF did what they could to accommodate... not bad overall... O0:










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..your old primitive and/or deep RED stance?  ???:

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A Brand-New Electric Bus, No Charge. (That Was One Problem.)
In tiny Wymore, Neb., a sleek new battery-powered school bus became a Rorschach test for the future.


The matter before the school board was straightforwar d. The tiny school district in Wymore, Neb., needed a new school bus to replace one so old and beat-up that it was used only to ferry the football team back and forth to the practice field a few blocks away.

The new bus would be larger than the old one, board members learned at the meeting 18 months ago, and also totally free, thanks to a federal grant. But the biggest difference: The new bus would be powered not by a diesel engine but by electricity.

The bus didn’t stir up much discussion that first meeting, recalled Christopher Prososki, the superintendent, who’s known around town as Dr. P.

“A free bus is a free bus,” he said.

But this bus wasn’t like the others.

Kids who rode it for the first time said it made a whirring sound like a U.F.O. Its driver said the hum reminded him of the Flying Car in The Jetsons. The school board president nicknamed it “the Biden bus,” annoying the superintendent .

As the months passed in Wymore, a town of about 1,300 nestled in the plains, the electric bus became a surrogate for far bigger issues this quiet corner of the nation is facing. In conversations in the school boardroom, at the volunteer fire hall and at the American Legion bar, the bus exposed fears of an unwelcome future, one where wind turbines tower across the flatlands, power generated by Nebraska solar farms is sent out of state and electric cars strand drivers on lonesome gravel roads.

Changes like these were bound to cause new headaches or worse in this part of the country, upsetting a comfortable and familiar way of life, some residents said. “We’ll fight it tooth and nail,” said John Watts, who worries that an all-E.V. future would jeopardize his 40-acre salvage yard just outside town that specializes in parts for muscle cars.

I took a special interest in reaction to the new school bus because Wymore is my hometown, too: John Watts was my high school classmate. So was David Zimmerman, now a family farmer a few miles from town and president of the school board. When I called to ask him about the bus, he answered the phone like this:

“You’re not going to tell me my cows are farting too much and polluting the atmosphere, are you?”

The railroad glory days
Most people whiz past Wymore on Highway 77 without stopping. There’s not much reason to linger. Downtown streets are still paved in brick, as they’ve been for 100 years, but the gaps where businesses once stood — the Grand Theatre, the Narrow Gage cafe — give Main Street the look of a mouth that’s missing a few teeth.

It wasn’t always like this.

The railroads made Wymore. There were hotels and restaurants and residents who traveled about by electric tram. Champagne music maestro Lawrence Welk once performed at a dance pavilion on the outskirts of town. My grandparents had their first date, a screening of an early talkie, at one of the downtown movie theaters.

Even in a railroad town like Wymore, the car became king. Camaros kicked off parades. Old convertibles delivered homecoming queens to their kings. At his used car shop in the adjoining community of Blue Springs, Fuzz Morris towed Monte Carlos and El Caminos that went into ditches along country lanes.

By the 1970s and 1980s, when I was growing up there, the town was shriveling as trains were making their final runs and the old depot was burned down for a firefighting exercise. My friends and I still cruised the sleepy three-block main drag in mindless circles, my T-top Ford Mustang serving as disco, restaurant and clubhouse.

Back then, my classmate John Watts was driving his hot rod, a 1965 Chevy Impala SS, through town with quiet purpose, rarely stopping to chat and dreaming of the day he would run his own salvage yard.

David Zimmerman was there, too, an apple-cheeked football player also destined to build a future in Wymore. Today he runs a family farm just past the edge of town where he and his sons grow corn and soybeans and tend a herd of 103 cattle. His wife teases him for getting so attached to his animals that he sometimes keeps one or two from going to market.

He gives back to the community by serving on the school board, where he didn’t exactly welcome Wymore’s new electric bus.

Time for a new bus
School officials knew they needed to replace the oldest bus in their fleet of seven, a 1999 yellow monster that roared and had seen better days. But money was tight at Wymore’s tiny Southern School District, which graduated 27 students this year.

Dr. Prososki, a former social studies teacher with boyish looks, a physique that gives off gym-coach vibes and a Ph.D. in education, offset his small budget by finding grants to fund everything from weight-room equipment to a program to teach welding. He switched the district’s two school buildings to LED lighting and weatherized the windows, saving thousands of dollars on energy bills.

His method of getting things done: “Drown out the negativity.”

A new diesel-powered bus was going to cost about $120,000. So when Dr. P heard from a bus dealer that Wymore, as a rural, low-income district, might qualify for a free alternative-energy bus, he was eager to learn more.

“I didn’t know a whole lot about electric cars or buses,” Dr. Prososki said. “This was outside my wheelhouse.”

Through the Environmental Protection Agency, schools can apply for grants to replace older diesel-burning buses with ones powered by propane, natural gas or electricity, but must promise to destroy the old diesel engine. It’s part of the Biden administration’s efforts to fight climate change.

At the meeting in November 2022, six board members sat around a long table as Dr. Prososki told them that the district was getting an electric bus. Anticipating resistance, he ran through the benefits: Districts can save as much as $11,000 a year on maintenance, he said, quoting School Bus Fleet magazine. And the bus came with a 10-year warranty on the battery.

A vote wasn’t necessary because the school district wasn’t going to spend any money on the bus. So Dr. P moved down the evening’s agenda, discussing things like new locks for the building and servicing the boilers.

Mr. Zimmerman remembers staying mostly quiet during that meeting. But his mind was firing.

He is a sixth-generation farmer, deeply familiar with the intricacies of a changing business. He closely tracks the latest farming techniques, so he’d already been reading up on alternative energy and the electrificatio n of farm equipment. It didn’t sound practical to him at all.

Farm vehicles like tractors and combines aren’t built for speed; some are driven less than 10 miles an hour. Like most farmers, when he’s done with work for the day, he leaves the giant machines parked in the field and instead zooms home for supper in his pickup.

The idea of slowly driving an electric tractor home, every single night, to recharge it, struck Mr. Zimmerman as outlandish. So did a lot of the conversation around alternative energy.

When he was a member of the county planning board, he had voted against building a wind farm near Wymore. (He was outvoted that day, but since then a new board has passed rules so strict that it’s nearly impossible to build a wind farm in the county.)

He often thinks about his friend who hauls turbine blades across the nation in a huge, fossil-fuel-burning truck and wonders what will happen to all these turbines when they inevitably wear out. “What is our carbon footprint just getting all this going?” he said. “Who is going to dig up the cement and take the turbines in 35 years?”

“We’re just kicking the can down the road,” Mr. Zimmerman said. “We’re going to spend trillions of dollars making our world better, and are we making it better or not?”

“And here’s the problem with the bus,” he said.

Mr. Zimmerman was thinking about our classmate, Mr. Watts, the salvage-yard owner, who buys old vehicles and strips them for parts. Bus shells make great storage sheds, and engines are of particular value, Mr. Watts said. “I can completely dismantle it and recycle everything.”

But he doesn’t have the means or expertise to do that with electric vehicles. Besides, the electric-bus grant required the destruction of the old bus engine, so Mr. Watts couldn’t even make money on that. Instead, the old bus had to be taken to a special junkyard, 100 miles away, that could punch a hole through the engine block to make sure it could never be used again.

“My uncle Rex was an organ donor,” Mr. Zimmerman said. “His heart is in somebody, his kidneys are in somebody. So, what do we do with this bus in 20 years?”

The federal government is trying to develop a cost-effective recycling industry for both wind turbines and E.V. batteries. In the meantime, supporters of alternative energy point out that, as the turbines spin and E.V.s drive down the road, at least they aren’t burning fossil fuels.

In Wymore, Jim Zvolanek, another school board member at the time, welcomed the bus. He drives a Volkswagen ID.4, one of the town’s only other electric vehicles.

A veteran of the Navy who studied electronics at a trade school, Mr. Zvolanek considers himself a tech nerd. “Am I a tree hugger? Probably not,” he said. “But it’s to the point now where the renewables are even cheaper than other forms of energy,” he said.

While he was shopping for his own E.V., he recalled laughing when he came across historic pictures of an early design of a car that had a fake horse’s head attached to the front. The purpose was to calm actual horses, but also to soothe human fears about the new technology.

“It ain’t no different now than it’s ever been,” he said. “People don’t like change.”

Around town, some people teased him that his E.V. battery eventually would stop holding a charge, just like battery-powered hand tools do.

Some worried it would happen to the school bus, too.

Wires and fires and mud
Snide comments about the bus started popping up on social media. “Great until the battery dies and they are nowhere near a charging station, leaving kids stranded,” someone wrote on a Facebook page for people from the area.

The comments were typical of Wymore, a place wed to its traditions. To this day, an old siren still blows to summon railroad workers to jobs, even though the tracks were dismantled years ago. Change has long been unwelcome. The front page of the Dec. 27, 1923, Weekly Wymorean featured a poem lamenting the end of horse-drawn transportation .

“O, horse, you are a wonderful thing; no button to push, no horn to honk; you start yourself, no clutch to slip, no spark to miss, no gears to strip,” the poem began. “No gas bills climbing up each day, stealing the joy of life away.”

Hearing residents’ doubts about the bus, Mr. Zimmerman was growing more concerned.

He went to an annual conference of school-board members where an electric bus was on display. He peered underneath and was startled by what he saw.

“What are all these wires and cables and crap?” he said. “OK, so I know I’m Dumb Farmer Dave, but what happens when it goes down the road and gets salt all over it and goes through the mud and through the manure lots. It looked like a lot of exposed wires.”

And over at the Wymore fire hall, a school maintenance worker who doubles as a volunteer firefighter told his colleagues about the electric bus. The assistant fire chief and mayor, Collin Meints, perked up. He started thinking about worst-case firefighting scenarios, with an electric bus full of children. He had heard that lithium battery fires are hard to put out. Would a bus battery be the same?

Another concern: the electricity itself. If rescuers had to cut into the bus to rescue someone, could they be electrocuted?

Blue Bird, the bus maker, marks high-voltage parts by painting them bright orange and provides free safety training on shock risks, which it says are low. And Mr. Meints did his own homework, studying up on special fire equipment specifically designed to put out battery fires.

Still, he said, it’s “new enough that not everyone is 100 percent sure.”

Last October, as children were preparing for a chilly night of trick-or-treating, the future rolled into Wymore in the form of a 2023 Blue Bird Vision electric bus. Dr. Prososki went to the school parking lot to take a look, and the school maintenance worker plugged it in.

Nothing happened.

The brand-new bus wouldn’t charge.

He wound up having to ship it to Colorado for repairs. The fix took months.

While the district was waiting, winter arrived, and a cold snap left the diesel buses that were parked outside the school all night difficult to start. That problem made Mr. Zimmerman think of the new electric bus. Didn’t he read somewhere that E.V. batteries can struggle in cold weather? The electric bus was supposed to go 120 miles per charge, but how would Nebraska winters affect that?

This past March, the new bus finally made its debut. School officials had already agreed on a way to allay everyone’s concerns. It wouldn’t drive beyond the edge of town.

Gavin Nielson, a band teacher, got behind the wheel to pilot that first morning route. “We were just flying by the seat of our pants,” he said.

The bus was so quiet that Mr. Nielson could hear his metal straw rattle in its travel mug as he navigated the brick streets downtown. And when he pulled up to some bus stops, where were the kids?

It turned out that children had been accustomed to running outside when they heard the loud diesel engine come roaring down the street. The new bus was almost too quiet.

“I told parents that, hey, you’re going to have to start looking because I don’t like to honk. It’s generally rude,” he said.

The school year has ended. Today the electric Blue Bird is parked behind the high school gym, next to the diesel buses, at the front of the line.

Now that the bus has proved itself, Mr. Zimmerman said he was “optimistically cautious” about next year.

He and his wife talk about the bus sometimes when they sit on their porch at dusk. From there, they can see twinkling lights on the horizon of a wind farm just across the state line in Kansas.

“It’s annoying,” he said, “but you get used to it.”

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General Discussion / Sacramento, what's wrong with you?? SO STUPID!!!
« on: July 11, 2024, 11:08:27 PM »
Sacramento city attorney reportedly threatened to fine Target store for reporting theft crimes
State lawmakers hope to provide protections for retail businesses that report theft to authorities


The City of Sacramento, California’s legal department threatened to fine a popular retail store for public nuisance over numerous calls to police after thieves stole from its Land Park location multiple times, according to a report.

The Sacramento Bee reported that a person with knowledge of the warning, who wanted to remain anonymous out of fear they could be retaliated against, said Sacramento officials warned they would issue an administrative fine to the Target at 2505 Riverside Blvd. in Land Park, during the past year.

A police spokesperson confirmed the location to the publication after being asked about the alleged warning.

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..87th anniversary. Buy the first dozen at its regular price and get an original second dozen for 87 cents.




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Pro Sports Discussion / My Raiders invited me to join them
« on: July 11, 2024, 01:37:35 AM »




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Are bullets on your grocery list? Ammo vending machines debut in grocery stores

Shoppers at select grocery stores around the South can pick up something new: ammunition dispensed from a high-tech vending machine that contains a plentiful assortment of 12-gauge shotgun shells and 9mm rounds.



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Michael Jordan's $3.5 Million Hennessey Venom F5
Michael Jordan, the basketball icon renowned for his unparalleled achievements on the court, has recently made headlines with a stunning addition to his already impressive car collection. The legendary athlete recently acquired the Hennessey Venom F5 Revolution Roadster, a masterpiece of American engineering and design, for a whopping $3.5 million.

Transport truck is too big to come inside the complex so they dropped my neighbors toys outside. Watching them pick up their toys and the joy they shown reminds me of parents welcoming their new born babies  ;D O0:










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California fast food workers now earn $20 per hour. Franchisees are responding by cutting hours.

Lawrence Cheng, whose family owns seven Wendy’s locations south of Los Angeles, took orders at the register on a recent day and emptied steaming hot baskets of French fries and chicken nuggets, salting them with a flourish.

Cheng used to have nearly a dozen employees on the afternoon shift at his Fountain Valley location in Orange County. Now he only schedules seven for each shift as he scrambles to absorb a dramatic jump in labor costs after a new California law boosted the hourly wage for fast food workers on April 1 from $16 to $20 an hour.

“We kind of just cut where we can,” he said. “I schedule one less person, and then I come in for that time that I didn’t schedule and I work that hour.”

Cheng hopes the summer when business is traditionally brisk with students out of school and families traveling or spending more time eating out will bring a better profit that can cover the added costs.

Experts say it’s still too early to tell the long-term impact of the wage hike on fast food restaurants and whether there will be widespread layoffs and closures. Past wage increases have not necessarily led to job losses. When California and New York nearly doubled their minimum wage previously to $15 compared to the federal level of $7.25 per hour, job growth continued, according to a University of California, Berkeley study.

So far, the industry has continued to show job growth. In the first two months after the law passed April 1, the industry gained 8,000 jobs, compared to the same period in 2023, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. No figures were available yet for June.

Joseph Bryant, executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union, which pushed for the raise, said the industry has not only added jobs under the new law but “multiple franchisees have also noted that the higher wage is already attracting better job candidates, thus reducing turnover.”

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Nick Wehry, husband of Nathan’s hot dog eating 10 time champ Miki Sudo, buckles under pressure after The Post exposed cheating claims
The brat thickens.

A competitive eater in Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog eating competition has crumbled under the weight of a cheating scandal and requested his score be revised to remove the controversial weiners, the Post can reveal exclusively.

Nick Wehry, husband of women’s division champion and pink mustard belt holder Miki Sudo, was accused of using sleight of hand trickery to beef up his tally at the July 4th competition and place himself among the sport’s most elite competitors.


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...a raffle prize doesn't surprise me one bit...It's just a very redneck thing to do  ;D:

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Tri-Cities Church in Johnson City gives away AR-15 as part of raffle

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — The River of Tri-Cities Church in Johnson City gave away an AR-15 this past weekend as part of a raffle.

The church said the AR-15 giveaway was in celebration of Independence Day.

News Channel 11 spoke with Todd Holmes, senior pastor at The River of Tri-Cities Church.

“This is just one of the many giveaways that we do here at our church,” Holmes said. “And I thought it was appropriate, since it’s, about our nation’s independence and part of our Constitution and our Second Amendment rights.”

Holmes said he understands if people affected by gun violence feel that the giveaway is inconsiderate.

“There’s a lot more opportunity to be killed in vehicular violence or crash, I guess I should say, than there would be a gun,” Holmes said. “And people can get upset about something, but in the end it’s really not about a gun, it’s about a person’s heart and because a gun in itself is not evil. It’s as good or as evil as the person that’s using it.”


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