Test tube hamburgers to be served this year

What the hell? Artificial meat now? Bad enough tofu and other grasses and seeds are used to make a meat like substitute. Now lab grown meat….argh..

The world’s first test tube hamburger will be served up this October after scientists perfected the art of growing beef in the lab.

By generating strips of meat from stem cells researchers believe they can create a product that is identical to a real burger.

The process of culturing the artificial meat in the lab is so laborious that the finished product, expected to arrive in eight months’ time, will cost about £220,000 (EUR250,000).
But researchers expect that after producing their first patty they will be able to scale up the process to create affordable artificial meat products.

Mass-producing beef, pork, chicken and lamb in the lab could satisfy the growing global demand for meat – forecast to double within the next 40 years – and dramatically reduce the harm that farming does to the environment.

Last autumn the Telegraph reported that Prof Mark Post of Maastricht University in the Netherlands had grown small strips of muscle tissue from a pig’s stem cells, using a serum taken from a horse foetus.

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Okay, this is nice and would be good in most cities. Of course, their is the wind and rain and snow effect and how these would last.

Austrian artist Werner Reiterer’s “Street Chandelier.”

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Okay, this country has another nail that hurts. Instead of finding a job, or wanting a job, and with unemployment benefits running out, just go and say you are mentally ill.

Being unemployed for too long reportedly is driving people mad and costing taxpayers billions of dollars in mental illness and other disability claims.

The New York Post reported Sunday that as unemployment checks run out, many jobless are trying to gain government benefits by declaring themselves unhealthy.

More than 10.5 million people — about 5.3 percent of the population aged 25 and 64 — received disability checks in January from the federal government, the Post wrote, a 18 percent jump from before the recession.

Among those claiming disability, 43 percent are asking for benefits because of mental illness, the Post wrote. A growing number of those people are older, former white-collar workers.

Disability claims come from the Social Security Trust Fund, which is set to go broke in 2018. Congress last week agreed to dip into the revenue stream to give a 2-percentage point tax break to working Americans.

The Post noted that the more people file for disability claims, the better for the unemployment picture since those people are removed from the jobless rolls.

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An inebriated Disneyland Resort patron was arrested Saturday for a violent “cursing tirade” that was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube.

The altercation, which involved punching “security cast members” and kicking fellow visitors, appropriately took place near the Tower of Terror ride.

Park authorities finally managed to subdue 53-year-old Glenn Horlacher with the help of passers-by after administering a significant amount of pepper spray

Horlacher was booked, cited, and released on his own recognizance. At least one security cast member was treated for injuries at a nearby hospital.

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OW>>>>>this is so good. Must try it some day. Bacon strips and you dip them into fudge, caramel, etc.! Now why did I not think of this?

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I was eating lunch and drinking my coffee with my 6-year-old and I asked her, “What is the 20th of February?”

She said “President’s Day!”

She is a smart kid, so, I asked her, “What does President’s Day mean?” I was waiting for something about Washington or Lincoln, etc.

She replied, “President’s Day is when President Obama steps out of the White House, and if he sees his shadow we have one more year of unemployment.”

You know, it hurts when hot coffee spurts out your nose.

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6 Movies That Inadvertently Remade Other Movies.

Kayla McQuay. Check her out!

John Fairfax, first to row across the Pacific, leaves behind one hell of an obit

Author of ESPN’s controversial Jeremy Lin headline apologizes, says he’s used the phrase “at least 100 times” before. My thoughts are, too many companies are being too damn PC.

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WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Winning The Future. Greater Together. We Don’t Quit.

They may not be official but those are all phrases that could in one form or another be candidates to become President Barack Obama’s re-election slogan.

Advisers say a fresh slogan to replace the winning “Change we can believe in” mantra of 2008, is unlikely to appear before Obama knows who his Republican opponent will be and starts big campaign travel swings, likely in the spring or summer.

His campaign posters now say simply, “Obama 2012.”

But Obama’s surrogates have roadtested some slogans in recent months, including “Winning The Future,” which the White House used to promote its budget, and “Greater Together,” which the campaign has used to brand its youth outreach effort.

A new tagline will have to reflect a new reality.

Obama is no longer a Washington outsider, unemployment is falling but still high, and economic insecurity for many voters is a huge concern that a simple slogan cannot overcome.

Obama is aware of that difficulty. He still refers to his old slogan at campaign fundraisers, emphasizing the “change” he has achieved, while dropping lines that could be test runs for a pitch to convince voters to give him another term.

“When you think about change that we can believe in, as hard as these last three years have been, don’t underestimate the changes we’ve made,” Obama said at a fundraiser in California this week.

“Inspiration is wonderful, nice speeches are wonderful, pretty posters, that’s great. But what’s required at the end of the day to create the kind of country we want is stick-to-it-ness. It’s determination. It’s saying, ‘We don’t quit.’”

In his State of the Union address last month, the president also played up the issue of economic fairness, which branding experts said could encapsulate his 2012 pitch.

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Oscars voters finally unmasked – 94% white and 77% male

The Telegraph

Claims of inequality at the Oscars have rocked the Hollywood guild for years, with less than 4 per cent of awards being won by African Americans and only one award being given to a female director – Kathryn Bigelow; yet the academy has notoriously remained tight-lipped about its 5,765-strong voter roster.

A single statuette can add millions to box office revenues and propel an actor to instant stardom, but while winners reap the rewards, mystery still shrouds the voter-base – until now.

A study by the Los Angeles Times has finally unmasked the highly-secretive electorate, claiming to have identified 5,112 of the guild’s 5,765 voters, and finding that the voter-base is 94 per cent Caucasian and 77 per cent male.

The average age is 62 and only 14 per cent of members are under 50, according to the study. Only 2 per cent are black, less than 2 per cent are Latino, and 15 academy branches are exclusively made up of white males.

Curiously, a nun, bookshop owner and retired Peace Corps recruit are also listed as members, casting their ballots with the same clout as megastars George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Leonardo Di Caprio.

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Mexico puts up these big signs on the border. Like a sign is going to stop weapons from the USA to Mexico?

But I hear that Obama, Holder and Napolitano like this so much, they are thinking of putting such big signs on the border saying “NO MORE MEXCIANS”

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Weird shit you can find for sale on ETSY.