The deluge that flooded parts of Texas over the past week created a strange sight on a patch of the state’s highways: clumps of worms along the center line. Thousands of worms, initially mistaken for discarded spaghetti, were found in Eisenhower State Park in Denison, Texas.
An ABC News article explained, “The piles in the middle of Eisenhower State Park were actually worms, Park Superintendent Ben Herman told ABC News. Rangers were checking the back roads of the park in Denison, Texas, found on May 29 when they found the piles lined up in a near-perfect straight line. “We’re still puzzled why they decided to line up in the middle of the road,” Herman said. “Even our biologist doesn’t know why they’re spaced so well and in the line.”
Unexplained Mysteries of 2014 and Into 2015
The fact that the worms came out of the ground isn’t a mystery: They can drown in rain-saturated soil. But why did they migrate to the center line on the road, and why did they appear in dozens of discrete, round clumps? The incident left many scratching their heads. What was it? Some unknown force of nature? A worm flash mob?
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A redheaded high school student in England has been banned from classes for being too ginger, the devastated teen said.
Emily Reay, 17, of Cumbria, was scolded by teachers who told her she couldn’t come back to the Trinity School in Carlisle until she gets rid of her natural bright auburn locks or “tones it down considerably,” according to reports.
“I was very angry at first, and then burst into tears,” she told The Telegraph. “I’ve had the same color for the past three years, and nobody at school has commented on it.”
Red is apparently her natural color but it has obviously been “enhanced” to a shade resembling the red cycle of an emergency vehicle light (note eyebrows).
What the hell can you say about this, except “This is your brain on talk radio and Fox ‘News?’”
A new survey from Public Policy Polling finds [PDF] that one-third of Republicans believe the Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theory that “the government is trying to take over Texas,” and another 28 percent of GOP voters haven’t made up their minds yet about the matter.
The right-wing frenzy over an upcoming military exercise called Jade Helm 15 has swept up the Republican governor of Texas and several other GOP leaders who wonder if the drill is part of a plan by President Obama to seize Texas, impose martial law, confiscate firearms and throw conservatives into closed Walmart stores that have been converted into FEMA camps.
- See more at: rightwingwatch.org
More: Poll: One-Third of Republicans Think Obama Wants to Invade Texas
21 States Will Take Away Your Driver’s License if You Can’t Pay Your College Loans, but Activists Are Fighting Back
Thanks to the work of local organizers pressuring lawmakers, Montana residents will no longer have their drivers licenses suspended if they fall behind on their student loan payments. This April, a Montana law that allowed the state to revoke licenses for that infraction was scrapped. However, in at least 21 states, similar laws remain on the books.
The criminalization of low-income Americans’ everyday life has experienced a fair amount of coverage lately in the wake of the Department of Justice’s report on Ferguson. That report detailed how steep fees and fines for nonviolent offenses inevitably strapped residents of Ferguson with ridiculous debts. Those debts are then criminalized in a process the report called “illegal and harmful.” If poor people fall behind on their payments, they could even face jail time. Although student debt is not generally interpreted in quite the same way, portions of it have certainly been criminalized. Perhaps nothing showcases this fact more than states’ ability to suspend people’s licenses if they default on their loans. Nearly 30% of US workers now need a license in order to perform their jobs, which means that defaulting on a student loan could effectively mean losing a job.
The Steam downloadable games shop launched its “Greenlight” initiative in 2012 as a way to open its sales doors to smaller game developers. However, because the shop launched with a glut of inauthentic and joking submissions, the folks at Valve added a $100 fee to “cut down the noise.”
Whether or not that fee has been backed by any active filtering or monitoring service, Greenlight still failed to stop a game from launching that clearly violated its terms of service. Kill The Faggot, a light-gun-styled game about shooting gay people made by a California developer, skateboarder, and Christian shoe promoter named Randall Herman, launched for public consumption early Monday morning before being pulled from the Greenlight service hours later.
Before its removal from Greenlight, games critic Jim Sterling downloaded and tested the game, which launched via Herman’s game shop moniker Skaldic Games. The resulting YouTube video revealed a crude game that has players aim a bullseye to shoot and kill people who say such things as, “Can I put my weiner in your butt?” and “Whoops, I just dropped the soap.” (After playing a minute of the game, Sterling shouted, “Where is the fucking satire? What is it satirizing? Not really anything. It’s just being ‘the thing.’”)
Obviously, the Jesus loves quality shoes asshole was inspired by this:
Former president Jimmy Carter, wrapping up his three-day mission to Israel and the West Bank on Saturday night, said prospects for renewed peace talks were so distant that he didn’t even discuss the matter with the Palestinian leadership.
Carter said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “does not now and has never sincerely believed in a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.”
On the final day of his reelection campaign in March, Netanyahu said that as long as he serves as prime minister, there will not be an independent Palestinian state.
This is where your tax monies go, to a racist apartheid regime, warmongering and wanting to send your soldiers into a war with Iran.
An Israeli Boeing-747 returned from Nepal to Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, and among its 229 passengers were 15 Israeli babies, all born within the past six weeks to surrogate mothers in Nepal.
Some of the babies were with their Israeli parents and others were cared for by Israeli passengers. None of the surrogate mothers were allowed to travel.
Remember this when Israel is going on about it’s humanitarian aid, just more hasbara.
In March, the BBC’s flagship news program Today broadcast an interview with Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s defense minister.
Yaalon was given free rein to disseminate lies and propaganda with not a single interruption or challenge from Today presenter, Sarah Montague.
Without an outcry from social media over the video of the authorities forcing the girl into a car a real DNA test might not have been performed, and the child would have ended up kidnapped by the state.
When a woman in Texas claimed that Alondra Luna Nunez was her long-lost daughter, the girl’s real parents in Mexico say they presented more than a dozen documents from baptismal records and a copy of her birth certificate to family photographs. They were sure it was enough to demonstrate her true origins.
In the end, they say, Alondra was sent screaming to the U.S. based on a scar on the bridge of her nose resulting from a remote-control car mishap as a young girl. And they blame their traumatic weeklong separation squarely on the judge who made the final call.
“The other girl had a scar, but on the eyebrow, and I have one on my nose. I mean all this was stirred up over that,” Alondra, 14, told The Associated Press on Wednesday at an emotional reunion with family after nearly a week away. “The judge said, ‘No, it’s her,’ and that was that.”