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Man jumps into lion's enclosure to click selfie at Andhra Pradesh zoo, killed

The man hailing from Rajasthan's Alwar district reached the zoo around 4pm and entered the restricted area.A 38-year-old man was mauled to death by an eight-year-old male Asiatic lion at the Venkateswara Zoo in Andhra Pradesh's Tirupati on Thursday after he entered its enclosure to click a selfie with it. Prahlad Gujjar hailing from Rajasthan's Alwar district reached the zoo around 4pm and entered the restricted area. The lion which was there in the enclosure mauled him to death.

"Though our animal keeper noticed and cautioned Gujjar from entering the restricted area, he scaled the six-foot-high fence and jumped into the lions' enclosure," Tirupati Zoo curator C Selvam told PTI. Selvam said the zoo staff tried to rescue him but could not do so.

However, his body was found intact with only neck injuries at the part where the animal bit him, the official said. Following the attack, the lion was locked in the nighthouse.

The police registered a case in the matter and the body was sent for a post-mortem. The zoo officials found Gujjar's purse while searching the enclosure following which they contacted the deceased person's family. However, no mobile phone has been recovered from the site.

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A California man was found with 1 million rounds of ammo and 248 illegally owned guns in his house, state authorities say

California authorities found a man illegally owning 248 guns and 1 million rounds of ammo. The state attorney general said he also had 3,000 magazines and several grenades in his home. The guns included 11 machine guns, 133 handguns, and 60 assault rifles, authorities said.



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Man claims $1 million lottery prize on Valentine's Day, days after break-up, he says. An Illinois man claimed his $1 million lottery prize on Valentine's Day after recently becoming single, according to the Illinois Lottery.


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General Discussion / The shrinking middle class and I'm one of them
« on: February 15, 2024, 11:01:21 PM »
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How Americans define a middle-class lifestyle — and why they can’t reach it

A poll from The Washington Post finds widespread agreement among Americans on what it means to be middle class. But just over a third of U.S. adults have the financial security to meet that definition, according to a Post analysis of data from the Federal Reserve.

Americans also underestimate the income required for that lifestyle, suggesting that the popular image of middle-class security is more of an aspiration than a reality for most Americans.

About 9 in 10 U.S. adults said that six individual indicators of financial security and stability were necessary parts of being middle class in the Post poll. Smaller majorities thought other milestones, such as homeownership and a job with paid sick leave, were necessary.

“Middle class-ness and predictability are very tied in the American imagination,” said Caitlin Zaloom, an anthropology professor at New York University. “Sometimes that is about security in the present, but it also means feeling secure about where life is going.”

Just over a third of Americans met all six markers of a middle-class lifestyle. While about 9 in 10 Americans had health insurance, only three-quarters had health insurance and a steady job. With each added measure of financial security, more Americans slipped away from the middle-class ideal.

Researchers often define the middle class based on income, in part because income data is frequently collected and easy to access. But that income doesn’t guarantee a middle-class lifestyle.

One commonly used definition from the Pew Research Center sets a middle-class income between two-thirds and twice the national median income, or $67,819 to $203,458 for a family of four in 2022. Most Americans consider the lower end of that range, $75,000 and $100,000, to be middle class, according to the Post poll.

Even when looking at middle-income Americans using Pew’s more expansive range, the majority did not have the security associated with the middle class.

Those that did tended to be older, had higher incomes and were more likely to have a college education and own their homes. While the Post poll found 60 percent of Americans considered homeownership essential to being middle class, homeowners over age 30 were more likely to be financially secure even when comparing people with similar ages and incomes, according to a Federal Reserve survey.

The most common barrier was a comfortable retirement, something that about half of middle-income Americans over 35 felt they were on track to achieve.

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‘Teen Mom’ Alum Farrah Abraham Reveals Her Boyfriend Gave Her a ‘Vasectomy’ for Valentine’s Day

The former MTV star revealed her partner, whom she has yet to publicly identify, got a vasectomy in her honor for the love-filled holiday. “Best V-Day gift is getting a vasectomy,” Farrah, 32, shared with her Instagram followers on Tuesday, February 14. “It's a match.”



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The Single & Dating Scenes / Single PH folks, do you observe SAD??
« on: February 15, 2024, 07:01:21 PM »

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...in the standings and should make it to the big dance once the dust clears:

8. Kings 31-23

10. Warriors 26-26




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Super Bowl streaker: ‘I literally just paid $42,000 to go to jail’

Streaking the Super Bowl was a life goal.

That’s what one of the two Florida men arrested after running on the field during Sunday’s big game at Allegiant Stadium said on social media.

Alex Gonzalez, 23, said in posts on Instagram that he didn’t want to get old and regretful for not having tried to streak a Super Bowl in the prime of his youth. So, at about 6:15 p.m., while the third quarter was being played, he and friend Sebastian Rivera, 22, both of Miami, jumped out onto the field and ran, Las Vegas police alleged in an arrest report.


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...building computers but he lacked intelligence in other areas  ;D:

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Steve Jobs Didn't Think He Needed To Shower Because He Only Ate Fruit — But His Body Odor Had Him Banished To The Night Shift When Colleagues Complained About The Smell

This led to some issues at Atari Corp., where his colleagues were disturbed by his body odor, resulting in Jobs being moved to the night shift. It wasn't just at Atari. Former Apple CEO Mike Markkula informed Isaacson that he and the team insisted Jobs take showers before allowing him to participate in meetings.


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..in it. And yes, my first son was playing in Los Angeles at the time:

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"How Apple's "1984" Commercial Changed the Super Bowl forever"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lM_ozHbQdo


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..because she prefers soft water over hard:








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.....whole spout..

So the diverter in my bath tub's spout is not sealing as it should so I spent about $5 for a diverter rather than replacing the whole faucet for $100:








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..they get?  ???:

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Paramount lays off 800 workers in cost-cutting bid: 'This is the right decision'

Paramount Global (PARA) will lay off hundreds of employees following a record-setting Super Bowl that garnered more than 123 million viewers across all company platforms, led by CBS.

The job cuts, which will take place Tuesday, will impact about 800 employees, or roughly 3% of Paramount's workforce, sources familiar with the matter told Yahoo Finance.

In an internal memo to employees, Paramount CEO Bob Bakish reiterated his previous comment that layoffs are necessary in order to return the company to earnings growth. "I am confident this is the right decision for our future," he wrote.

"These adjustments will help enable us to build on our momentum and execute our strategic vision for the year ahead — and I firmly believe we have much to be excited about," Bakish continued.

Shares, which are down about 13% since the start of the year, fell 4% Tuesday following the news.

Bakish warned employees job cuts would be coming in a separate internal memo sent on Jan. 25. At the time, he cited the need for Paramount to "operate as a leaner company and spend less."

The company has been bleeding money, particularly within its streaming business. Although losses have narrowed, Paramount still reported a direct-to-consumer (DTC) loss of $238 million in the third quarter.

For the nine months ended Sept. 30, the company's DTC unit lost about $1.2 billion on an adjusted operating profit basis, while its film division shed $143 million over that same time period.

On the TV side, Paramount saw adjusted operating profits drop 12% annually to $3.6 billion, burdened by a 14% slump in linear ad revenue.

Paramount ended the nine-month period with more than $15.6 billion in long-term debt and about $1.8 billion in cash.

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US-based activist continues to speak up for Vietnam minority Vang Seo Gia fled Vietnam after a family member was killed by the police.

Vang Seo Gia arrived in the United States on Feb.1 with his wife and son after the ethnic Hmong family spent six years living in Thailand as refugees.

The Hmong, many of whom are Christian, live mainly in Vietnam’s Central Highlands where they struggle to obtain ID documents and face land grabs from the local government.

Gia, a founder of the Hmong Human Rights Coalition, told Radio Free Asia he fled Vietnam after police arrested and killed his nephew Ma Sea Sung.

Gia and his family demanded an investigation into Sung’s death but decided to leave the country and seek asylum in Thailand after learning police planned to arrest Gia.

He spoke to RFA Vietnamese from his new home in Minnesota.

RFA: How difficult and dangerous was it during your time in Thailand?

I faced many difficulties, because when I came to Thailand I continued to campaign.

The reason I decided to continue campaigning is because, since my nephew died and I stood up for justice I saw there was still a lot of injustice in Vietnam. No matter what I did, my nephew would not come back to life, but at least if I stood up and dared to fight such injustices, maybe such injustices and unjust deaths could be limited.

RFA: Can you talk about your human rights activities during your time as a  refugee in Thailand?

I founded a civil society organization for the Hmong people called the Hmong Human Rights Coalition with a colleague named Giang A Dinh.

Firstly, we focus on writing reports on religious persecution and violations of human rights for the Hmong people in Vietnam.

Secondly, we train people in the country so they can write reports when violations occur.

Our third job is to rescue victims of human trafficking. During the period from 2019 to 2023, we rescued many Hmong people and also Kinh [Vietnam’s ethnic majority] people.

We rescued a woman from Saudi Arabia and more than a dozen people, including Hmong children, who were tricked into going to Cambodia and forced to work for Chinese companies.

As for the fourth job, we participate in a project to reclaim Hmong people’s rights as Vietnamese citizens with [U.S.-based] Boat People SOS.

RFA: Please tell us about the number of Hmong people seeking asylum in Thailand and their prospects for resettlement in third countries .

I estimate there are nearly 1,000 people. Most of them came to Thailand due to ethnic and religious persecution …

This year's settlement opportunities seem brighter as many families are being resettled to countries such as Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

The U.S. Government has also started the Welcome Corps allowing people in the United States to sponsor refugees from other countries.

This is good news for those in Thailand who have refugee status. However, for those whose status has been dropped or whose cases have been closed, there is almost no hope.

RFA: How did you come to the United States and what support did you receive?

I came here as a permanent resident sent by the U.N., not privately sponsored. The resettlement agency is supporting me for the first three months to complete the necessary paperwork, then they will send it to the U.S. government …. According to what I learned in cultural orientation sessions before coming here, the U.S. government will provide financial assistance with food stamps and health care.

RFA: What are your plans for the near future ?

I will definitely continue to fight for religious freedom and human rights for the Hmong people in Vietnam.

Because I fought in Thailand even though it was so dangerous I think that now I have escaped that danger and come to such a free country, I have to do it even more.

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Sriracha sauce shortage: Meet Craig Underwood, the 81-year-old farming millionaire whose chilis made sriracha hot until ‘everybody turned out to be a loser’

In the 1980s, Craig Underwood was a fourth-generation California farmer, struggling with the region’s changing agricultural landscape, when he stepped up to meet a need in the marketplace: Red jalapeńo peppers.

The call came from David Tran, a Cantonese refugee from Vietnam who had arrived in the Golden State a few years before. He had developed a sauce that he intended for fans of the Southeast Asian flavor profile, called sriracha, but he needed a supplier.

In 1988, a seed supplier told Underwood about Tran’s need for a pepper fix and he decided to write to Tran with a simple question: “Would you like me to grow some peppers?”

Tran contracted the farmer to grow 50 acres, and the pair began a partnership that was “highly unusual in the processing business,” as Underwood described it in a 2013 documentary about the duo. As long as Tran was selling sauce, he said, “we have to be growing it for them.”

Within a few years, Underwood had become Tran’s exclusive pepper supplier, expanding his farm by thousands of acres to grow in the process. The duo developed a personal rapport as well as a business arrangement that lasted almost 30 years. Then came a sudden fallout and a lawsuit that cost both men millions, plus a lot of anger and hurt feelings, Fortune’s Indrani Sen reported.

Underwood’s farm, called Underwood Ranches and located in California’s Ventura County, grew to become one of the country’s leading jalapeńo growers. During his partnership with Tran, Underwood rented and purchased land to grow from around 400 acres to some three thousand acres to grow enough peppers for Tran’s rocketing business, Huy Fong Foods, which made $131 million in sales in 2020.

Tran and Underwood's years of success together
Tran and Underwood met each other’s families, watched their respective kids grow up, and even met to talk about the succession of their partnership. In 2013, when the city of Irwindale brought lawsuits against Tran’s factory claiming that the smell of the peppers was giving neighbors headaches, Underwood testified on his behalf at a city council meeting.

The sauce business boomed. In 2012, Tran built a 650,000-square-foot factory less than two hours from Underwood’s headquarters in Ventura County. Huy Fong remained an independent company, turning down offers from large food corporations to buy or invest, and never spent a cent on advertising. The brand spread like a fire anyways, with other brands and fans creating merch like mugs, earrings, and apparel, all as a tribute to the sauce’s pop culture success.

But it all ended in one soured conversation. The two men have different accounts of what exactly happened in November of 2016, but it was one afternoon's discussion of prices that ruptured the pair’s relationship for good.

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