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Our tax dollars at work: NOAA announces 'No evidence mermaids exist'

Our tax dollars at work: NOAA announces 'No evidence mermaids exist' | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via NOAA:

 

Mermaids — those half-human, half-fish sirens of the sea — are legendary sea creatures chronicled in maritime cultures since time immemorial. The ancient Greek epic poet Homer wrote of them in The Odyssey. In the ancient Far East, mermaids were the wives of powerful sea-dragons, and served as trusted messengers between their spouses and the emperors on land. The aboriginal people of Australia call mermaids yawkyawks – a name that may refer to their mesmerizing songs.

 

But are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found. Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples? That’s a question best left to historians, philosophers, and anthropologists...

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Christopher Hitchens on Billy Graham, $cientology and religious hypocrisy (VIDEO)

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Zombie 'theme park' planned for Detroit's abandoned streets (VIDEO)

Zombie 'theme park' planned for Detroit's abandoned streets (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Daily Mail:

 

Entrepreneur Mark Siwak wants to create live-action terror theme park 'Z World' on Motor City's run-down and abandoned streets.


Customers would pay to be chased by professional actors and try to seek shelter in ghostly homes, factories and businesses.

 

Siwak said it would breathe fresh life into the rundown city, giving jobs to hundreds, if not thousands, of people.


But critics say it is an 'exploitative and insensitive ploy' to profit from Detroit's problems...

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3 Homestead Police Charged in Assaults Outside Bar (VIDEO)

3 Homestead Police Charged in Assaults Outside Bar (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via NBC Miami:

 

Three Homestead Police officers bonded out of jail Monday night after being charged in connection with two 2011 assaults outside a Homestead bar, according to court records.

 

A Hispanic male told police that on Feb. 6, 2011 he was kicked out of the bar – called Celio's Cuartel Latino in Spanish – at 38 NE 9th St. because it was getting late, and said that he was waiting outside the bar with a friend when a policeman told him to go home. The male told the officer that he could not go home because he was waiting for his ride, and the officer took an object from his belt that looked like a metal stick and struck him in the mouth with it, Internal Affairs Detective Antonio Aquino wrote in the arrest warrant.

 

After the victim fell to the ground, the officer struck him on the hand with the same object, the warrant said. The victim later identified Giovanni Soto, 40, as the officer who hit him, and Sgt. Jeffrey Rome, 56, as the officer who saw the incident but did not help him, according to the warrant...

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Homeland Security Spent $12 Million On Report That Shows YOU Might Fit The Profile of a Terrorist, Omits Islamist Extremists

Homeland Security Spent $12 Million On Report That Shows YOU Might Fit The Profile of a Terrorist, Omits Islamist Extremists | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Prison Planet:

 

A new study funded by the Department of Homeland Security characterizes Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.

 

Entitled Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States, 1970-2008 (PDF), the study was produced by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland. The organization was launched with the aid of DHS funding to the tune of $12 million dollars.

 

While largely omitting Islamic terrorism – the report fails completely to mention the 1993 World Trade Center bombing – the study focuses on Americans who hold beliefs shared by the vast majority of conservatives and libertarians and puts them in the context of radical extremism.

 

The report takes its definitions from a 2011 study entitled Profiles of Perpetrators of Terrorism, produced by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, in which the following characteristics are used to identify terrorists.


- Americans who believe their “way of life” is under attack;


- Americans who are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”;


- People who consider themselves “anti-global” (presumably those who are wary of the loss of American sovereignty);


- Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”;


- Americans who are “reverent of individual liberty”;


- People who “believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty..."

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Pepe Billete: 'Why Miami Sports Fans Don't Suck'

Pepe Billete: 'Why Miami Sports Fans Don't Suck' | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Cultist Miami:

 

Now that the Miami Heat have stuffed their haters' mouths with something to keep them gagging until the next season, I want to address another aspect of hate that extends beyond the Heat. Last week, I talked a little about how the general consensus among sports writers is that Miami has the worst fans in all of sports. In fact, that view is so pervasive, that many equivocados here in our beloved 305 seem to think it's actually true.

 

So this week, I want to dispel the two most popular complaints about Miami fans with a few facts that will shut all these comemierdas up for good...

 

(click headline to continue Pepe's missive)

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Palm Beach putting Americans out of work: 12 prostitutes arrested in undercover crackdown

Palm Beach putting Americans out of work: 12 prostitutes arrested in undercover crackdown | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via WPTV:

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Nine days after Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested seven people for prostitution charges near West Palm Beach, police arrested another five on Saturday for similar offenses.

Undercover police officers, who posed as Johns in downtown West Palm Beach, took five local women to the Palm Beach County Jail after arresting them shortly before midnight.

According to Florida statutes, commiting and offering to commit prostitution are second-degree misdemeanors unless the defendant has prior offenses, in which case the crime may be a first-degree misdemeanor...
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RIP: Andy Griffith dies at age 86

RIP: Andy Griffith dies at age 86 | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via USA Today:

Beloved actor Andy Griffith died this morning.

Former UNC President Bill Friday says The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock actor died at his home in Dare County, North Carolina around 7 a.m.

Emergency medical crews responded to Griffith's home this morning, Dare County Sheriff J.D. Doughtie told WAVY.com.

Griffith, who was born in Mt. Airy, N.C., was launched to fame as Sheriff Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show for the CBS from 1960-1968. On the show, Ron Howard played his son, Opie. He starred on other shows and in films, but found his greatest success again with legal drama Matlock, from 1986 to 1995. He played the title character, Ben Matlock.

In 2000, Griffith underwent quadruple heart-bypass surgery and in 2007 had hip surgery after a fall...
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Dontrelle Willis, member of Miami Marlins' 2003 World Series team, retires

Dontrelle Willis, member of Miami Marlins' 2003 World Series team, retires | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via CBS Sports:

 

Veteran lefty Dontrelle Willis, who's been pitching for Triple-A Norfolk (Orioles) in an attempt to work his way back to the majors, has retired, the team announced.

 

The 30-year-old Willis spent parts of nine seasons with the Marlins, Tigers, Diamondbacks and Reds. Over that span, he compiled a major-league record of 72-69 with an ERA of 4.17. Originally an eighth-round choice of the Cubs, Willis was dealt as a minor-leaguer to the Marlins in 2002.

 

As a rookie, Willis was a key member of the Marlins' team that won the 2003 World Series. In that World Series, Willis logged 3.2 scoreless innings of relief against the Yankees. Also a skilled hitter by pitcher standards (career batting line of .244/.287/.378), Willis went 3 for 3 with a triple against the Giants in Game 4 of the 2003 NLDS...

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Pat Riley Tells Dan LeBatard He Doesn't Understand Why People Hated The Miami Heat

Pat Riley Tells Dan LeBatard He Doesn't Understand Why People Hated The Miami Heat | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Deadspin:

 

Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Riley's been on some hated teams before, but this one takes the hate cake.

 

Pat Riley joined 790 The Ticket in Miami with The Dan LeBatard Show to discuss celebrating the victory, the most difficult part of the last two years, the most surprising thing that developed during that span, why he got emotional with LeBron James after the Heat won the championship and his greatest pride in bringing this group together...

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Tom Cruise on Tom Cruise, Scientologist... (VIDEO)

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Taxing the middle class: Wall Street Journal chief economist says 75% of Obamacare cost will fall on those making less than $120,000/year (VIDEO)

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Stephen Moore, Senior Economics Writer with the Wall Street Journal, told FOX and Friends this morning that nearly 75% of Obamacare costs will fall on the backs of those Americans making less than $120,000 a year...

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OxyContin maker wants FDA backing to label addictive drug for 6-year-olds

OxyContin maker wants FDA backing to label addictive drug for 6-year-olds | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via The Daily:

 

The maker of OxyContin is seeking Food and Drug Administration approval to label the controversial painkiller for use by children as young as 6 in a move that could serve to extend the company’s expiring patent on the lucrative drug, The Daily has learned.

 

Purdue Pharma has paid dozens of clinical sites around the country to document what happens when OxyContin, an addictive pharmaceutical widely abused by recreational users, is given to children.

 

The family-owned pharmaceutical company earned an estimated $2.8 billion in revenue last year from sales of the powerful opioid, part of the same drug family as morphine and heroin. Purdue is fiercely guarding its exclusivity in the market through ongoing legal battles, and now, it appears, through a pediatric trial that could stave off competitors for another six months...

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Michael Irvin warns NFL Rookie Symposium about keeping their old friends

Michael Irvin warns NFL Rookie Symposium about keeping their old friends | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via ProCanes:

 

Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin said at the NFL Rookie Symposium that young players who think they need to be loyal to their old friends need to understand something: Those friends won’t always be loyal to them.

 

Referencing the 1996 drug charges that led to a no-contest plea and a five-game suspension, Irvin mentioned that people who had been his friends testified against him.

 

“All my keepin’ it real partners testified against me. They ran right to the D.A., ‘Oh, yeah, Michael did it.’ They kept it real, ‘I’m staying out of jail. Michael did it,’” Irvin said.

 

Irvin mentioned another Symposium speaker, Michael Vick, and how his three longtime friends turned dogfighting co-defendants all pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against him...

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Miami DUI Checkpoint Tonight at 1000 block of McArthur Causeway, 7pm-1am

Miami DUI Checkpoint Tonight at 1000 block of McArthur Causeway, 7pm-1am | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

The Miami Police Department will be conducting a multi-agency D.U.I. checkpoint on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at the 1000 block of the McArthur Causeway. In conjunction with this checkpoint, we will also be conducting a D.U.I. saturation patrol. This checkpoint will take place in the City of Miami’s Downtown NET Service area. The checkpoint will be conducted during the hours of 700 PM – 1:00 AM. The goal of this checkpoint is to identify and apprehend impaired drivers before they can kill or injure others.

 

Most Americans may not realize it, but the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Impaired-driving crashes killed more than 10,000 people in 2010, accounting for 31% of all traffic-related fatalities in the United States. That’s an average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 51 minutes. That’s why this Fourth of July the Miami Police Department is stepping up enforcement efforts as part of the ongoing “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement crackdown to catch and arrest impaired drivers who put themselves and others at risk. Miami police officers will be on alert to apprehend motorists who are driving impaired and ticket those who are unbuckled.

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'Eating a Blue Collar Corben With Billy Corben'

'Eating a Blue Collar Corben With Billy Corben' | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Short Order:

 

Blue Collar's chef Danny Serfer has gained a cult following since he opened his small restaurant in January. Grab a seat and look around. Chances are, if you've been there more than once, you'll start to recognize the faces of regulars who come weekly -- sometimes even daily.

 

Serfer's biggest fan could perhaps be film director and producer Billy Corben, who drops in daily on his way to his office at Rakontur Studios.

 

It's Corben, you see, who has been charged with picking up lunch for the Rakontur crew. And more times than not, lunch is from Blue Collar. Corben is such a devotee of the place's food, that he recently had a sandwich named after him. It's not on the menu, but it gets a lot of chatter on Twitter. So much so, that I've been half waiting to see the Corben garner its own Twitter account, much like the Bronx Zoo's Cobra. I was curious. What is the Corben and can anyone order one?...

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Economist Tyler Cowen: "Everywhere Will Be Like the Music Industry"

Economist Tyler Cowen: "Everywhere Will Be Like the Music Industry" | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via The Atlantic:

 

The music industry, as we all know, has been turned upside down by the new behaviors enabled by the Internet. If you look at recorded music sales alone, the industry has nosedived since the late 90s. But if you take a broader view, we see that people continue to listen to tons of music, go to concerts, and that all kinds of startups are desperately trying to become the new model for the industry.

 

If George Mason economist and Marginal Revolution blogger Tyler Cowen is right, higher education is about to go the way of the record company. Speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival, he offered up college as the next in a long line of industries that Internet-enabled innovation is going to scramble:

 

"Look at the music industry. It's been completely overturned by the Internet. My vision of the world is that everywhere will be like the music industry, but we've only seen it in a few places so far. Journalism is in the midst of the battle. And higher education is probably next..."

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New Deli: Old-School, House-Cured Meats and Pickles in Miami Beach at Josh's Deli

New Deli: Old-School, House-Cured Meats and Pickles in Miami Beach at Josh's Deli | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Short Order:

 

By the time Joshua Marcus and his partners opened Chow Down Grill in Surfside during the spring of 2010, he had already exhibited his talents at a number of well-known Miami establishments, including La Sandwicherie, Timo, North One Ten, China Grill, and BLT Steak. Last year, Marcus debuted a second Chow Down Grill, in South Beach, and two months ago he converted the original Surfside location into Josh's Delicatessen & Appetizing. If this all seems a bit much to absorb, sit down and have a bowl of chicken matzoh ball soup...

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Opa-Locka, Florida cop fired six times, arrested and suspended still has $60,000 per year job (VIDEO)

Opa-Locka, Florida cop fired six times, arrested and suspended still has $60,000 per year job (VIDEO) | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via CBS Miami:

 

OPA-LOCKA (CBS4) – Opa-locka Police Sergeant German Bosque has been suspended, fired and re-hired multiple times. But, he remains a certified officer, despite currently being suspended on allegations of misconduct.

 

“There’s nothing there,” said Bosque, who admits he’s had an extensive past of being arrested and/or suspended. He’s been accused of using excessive force, car theft, carrying drugs, sexual harassment and even impersonating an officer while in the police academy.

 

The 48-year-old spoke candidly with CBS4 about his professional history, which also includes allegations he was involved in an unauthorized police chase years ago that killed four people...

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MLB Commish Bud Selig on Instant Replay: Attendance is Up, Why Do We Need Replay?

MLB Commish Bud Selig on Instant Replay: Attendance is Up, Why Do We Need Replay? | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it
Via The Big Lead:

“People in our sport don’t want any more. Given our attendance and everything we’re doing, we’re in the right place with instant replay.”

Who are these “people” you speak of, Bud? As for the disconnect between attendance and instant replay – what could they possibly have to do with each other? – I’ll come up with something when I pick my jaw up off the floor...
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Agents remove 41,000 marijuana plants from 40-acre site in San Diego County

Agents remove 41,000 marijuana plants from 40-acre site in San Diego County | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Los Angeles Times:

 

Drug agents removed more than 41,000 marijuana plants from a 40-acre area near Warner Springs in northeastern San Diego County, Drug Enforcement Administration officials announced Monday.

 

The haul, conducted Sunday and Monday, was the largest marijuana seizure on private property in the county's history, DEA officials said. No arrests were made, but the investigation is continuing, officials said.

 

The removal, from a remote, secluded area called Sunshine Summit, required 35 DEA agents and officers from the multi-agency Narcotics Task Force. Also found on the property were two large water tanks, chemicals for fertilizer, and a 30-round magazine for a semiautomatic weapon...

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This is what Katie Holmes is afraid of: Scientologists Harassing Former Members (VIDEO)

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Secret Service shuts down ‘fire Eric Holder’ student protest outside White House

Secret Service shuts down ‘fire Eric Holder’ student protest outside White House | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Washington Examiner:

 

U.S. Secret Service officers shut down a student-led protest calling for President Obama to fire Attorney General Eric Holder this morning, according to a report from in front of the White House.

 

After discovering a “suspicious package,” the Secret Service ended the protest. “Several agents seemed hostile to our march and seemed anxious for us to leave the area,” Maurice Lewis, a University of California student, told Campus Reform. “The discover[y of] the ‘unidentified package’ came just as the protest began gain traction.”

 

The U.S. House of Representatives cited Holder for contempt of Congress on Thursday after he defied a subpoena demanding documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, the gun-walking scheme that claimed border patrol agent Brian Terry’s life...

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Adam “Pacman” Jones Tells NFL Rookie Symposium He Once Spent $1 Million in One Weekend

Adam “Pacman” Jones Tells NFL Rookie Symposium He Once Spent $1 Million in One Weekend | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via Black Sports Online:

 

Indianapolis Colts rookie tight end Coby Fleener filled in for Peter King of SI.com for his weekly Monday Morning Quarterback piece and wrote about last week’s rookie symposium. One of the most shocking things that he mentioned, was that Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones claimed that he spent $1 million in one weekend.

 

Terrell Owens was on stage with Jones and turned to him and said, ”Man, you crazy!”

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Land of the Free: The U.S. has the highest reported incarceration rate in the world...

Land of the Free: The U.S. has the highest reported incarceration rate in the world... | The Billy Pulpit | Scoop.it

Via ProPublica:

 

The U.S. has the highest reported incarceration rate in the world. We’ve rounded up some of the best investigative journalism on U.S. prisons and the problems that plague them. These stories cover juvenile justice, private prisons, immigration detention and other aspects of America’s vast incarceration system...

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