Two Universes Over They’re Dealing With A Bunch Of Puppies Who Never Grow Up

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What are the haps my friends
September 3rd, 2013: I’ve linked these before, but now is as good a time as any to remind you of the Most Wanted Song and the (objectively much superior as it includes operatic hip-hop) Most Unwanted Song !

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What are the haps my friends
September 4th, 2013: Have you ever wanted to live inside a comic? Well my friend that’s nuts but did you know you can live while partially inside merchandise related to a comic?? I AM REFERRING TO T-SHIRTS, CHECK ‘EM OUT Y’ALL.

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Microsoft Makes Push For Mobile Market With Nokia Buy


. . . It speaks for what the company has been able to do.” After Tuesday’s announced sale, Icahn will own 3,589,963 shares, or 7.5 percent, of Hain, according to the company. As of June 30, the second-largest institutional shareholder in Hain, after Icahn, was money management firm BlackRock, with 4.1 million shares, according to Bloomberg data. Icahn didn’t say why he was halving his stake. SungHwan Cho, chief financial officer of Manhattan-based Icahn Enterprises, declined to comment. Hain makes products such as Celestial Seasonings tea, Earth’s Best organic baby food and Terra chips. Its stock is up more than 50 percent since early January, as the company posted two straight quarters of record sales.
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Some analysts questioned whether buying up the mobile business of Nokia, the fading star of the cellphone world, would aid Microsoft. “Until there are signs that [Microsoft] can innovate and successfully execute in the post-PC era, we expect the stock to languish at current levels,” said Janney analysts Yun Kim and Alice Hur. Microsoft’s shares fell $1.52, or 4.55 percent, to $31.88 in trading Tuesday. Microsoft, based in Redmond, Wash., has been racing to catch up with customers who are increasingly pursuing their digital lives on smartphones and tablet computers rather than traditional PCs. The shift is weakening Microsoft, which has dominated the PC software market for the past 30 years, and empowering Apple Inc., the maker of the trendsetting iPhone and iPad, and Google Inc., which gives away the world’s most popular mobile operating system, Android.
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Scanning The Skyline: 10 Bizarre Barcode Buildings


] In cities where highways and high-rises have taken up virtually every square foot of real estate there is to be had, lush parks, pedestrian walkways and bike paths can be hard to come by. That’s why, in many cities, supporters of public green space are starting to look up, and they’re reclaiming and rehabilitating abandoned infrastructure in the process. New York City’s The High Line has inspired cities across the world to consider disused railways and viaducts as elevated parks, and rooftop recreation spots are increasing in popularity, too. The High Line, New York City A rail track that was decommissioned in 1980, standing in disrepair as an eyesore for decades, is now one of New York City’s most popular attractions after its transformation into an elevated park. The High Line is a one-mile section of the former New York Central Railroad spur called The West Side, running along the lower west side of Manhattan, offering views of the city and the Hudson River along with walkways, naturalist plantings, and spots to rest.
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Shtrikh Kod Building, St. Petersburg, Russia (images via: Eikongraphia ) Shtrikh Kod means “Barcode Building” in Russian, which is appropriate since there’s really no other way to describe it. The edifice, located in historic St. Petersburg, was designed by Vitruvius & Sons Studio and it was completed in 2007. (image via: Eikongraphia ) Kudos to photographer Alexey Naroditsky for capturing the stark yet striking exterior of the Barcode Building. It should be noted that one of the commenters at the Eikongraphia website where Naroditsky’s images are on display opined that “The facade’s hue is close to that of the red 633nm laser light commonly used in bar code scanners.” Coincidence?
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European Commission Plans To Mandate 70 Mph Speed Limiters In Eu. Uk Government Calls It “big Brother”


  While Americans have an image of Europe as the place of autobahns with unlimited speeds, if a new proposal by the European Commission’s Mobility and Transport Department is approved, all cars on the continent could be fitted with devices that limit top speed to 70 miles per hour. Cars would possibly be equipped with cameras that would read speed limit signs on roads and apply the brakes if the legal limit is exceeded. The goal is to reduce the 30,000 annual traffic deaths in Europe by a third. The regulations would not just apply to new cars sold in Europe. Used cars would have to be retrofitted. The British government told the Daily Mail that it was opposed to the proposed regulations. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is described as having “erupted” at the news and said the move would violate motorists’ freedom. A source within the government said concerning McLoughlin’s instructions to the UK’s representatives in Brussels, “This has Big Brother written all over it and is exactly the sort of thing that gets people’s backs up about Brussels. The Commission wanted his views ahead of plans to publish the proposals this autumn. He made it very clear what those views were.” The proposed regulation goes by the acronym ISA, for Intelligent Speed Adaptation and it could be implemented using GPS data or the above mentioned cameras. Two less extreme options to automatically slowing the car would be posting a dashboard warning to the driver, and allowing the driver to disable automatic speed limiting.
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Move over, well drinks. Specialty cocktails are booming

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Justin SullivanCalifornia may be beautiful and popular, but state income tax can reach 13.3 percent — tough on retirees on a fixed income.California may be beautiful and popular, but state income tax can reach 13.3 percent — tough on retirees on a fixed income.Alan Majchrowicz / AlamyIf you can handle the cold, dark winters, Alaska could be a paradise for retirees, with its stunning views, including this one from the Richardson Highway with the peaks of the central Alaska Range in the distance, and low taxes.BC4260 The Richardson Highway with the peaks of the central Alaska Range in the distance

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Eric RisbergGeneral manager Owen Westman opens a bottle of 12-year-old Hibiki Japanese whisky at the Rickhouse bar in San Francisco in 2010.General manager Owen Westman opens a bottle of 12-year-old Hibiki Japanese whisky at the Rickhouse bar in San Francisco, Friday, Aug. 6, 2010. At left…

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Fed minutes: Is a bond-buying cut looming? Maybe not

Business owner Reiko Roberts, left, vents her frustrations with reviews site Yelp at a town hall in Hollywood. (Andrea Chang / Los Angeles Times / August 20, 2013) Also By Andrea Chang August 21, 2013, 1:39 p.m. Things got heated Tuesday at a Yelp town hall meeting intended to debunk misconceptions and ease business owners’ concerns about the popular reviews site. Since launching nearly a decade ago, Yelp has been subject to endless criticism by business owners who accuse the website of manipulating reviews based on whether the companies fork over advertising dollars. The backlash hasn’t prevented Yelp from becoming the premier site for reviews on everything from restaurants to plumbers.
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WASHINGTON — Top Federal Reserve officials, viewing the economic outlook with a little more caution than before, remain divided on when to reduce their bond-buying stimulus. Minutes of the Fed’s last policy meeting at the end of July reveal that officials of the central bank still have not reached a consensus on the appropriate timing of tapering their $85-billion monthly purchases of Treasury and mortgage-backed securities — despite analysts’ expectations that the first cut will come in September. QUIZ: How much do you know about China’s economy? A “few members” of the policymaking group, known as the Federal Open Market Committee, wanted to wait for additional information before changing the bond-buying program, but a “few others” indicated that it “might soon be time to slow somewhat the pace of purchases,” according to the account released Wednesday after the usual three-week lag. Financial markets around the world have been on edge in anticipation that the Fed will soon start to scale back the program, which has pumped the financial system with cash in an effort to hold down long-term interest rates and support the housing market and broader economic growth. Ten-year bond yields have risen sharply in recent weeks. While many analysts have predicted a program cut at the Fed’s next policy meeting Sept. 17-18, the latest minutes, plus recent jobs data since the Fed’s July meeting, suggest that that’s far from a sure thing. Fed Chairman Ben S.
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Should You Donate Your Car?


You’re not sure what you’d get for your old beater you’ve decided to finally part ways with, but it’s not a lot — not even enough to justify the hassle of selling. Instead of driving to a rough part of town and abandoning it with the keys inside, consider donating it to charity. Your old ride might not be worth much to you anymore, but some organizations can make good use for a good cause. Meanwhile, you’ll get an income-tax deduction, and the organization might even come and take it away for free. Follow the link below for car-donation tips.
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