Palcohol

‘Palcohol’: The Powdered Alcohol Of The Future Is Here

PalcoholPalcohol may soon be at a liquor store near you. The product was recently approved for consumption by the Federal Government, which means society could well be on its way to snorting itself into oblivion. But that’s NOT HOW IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE USED, PEOPLE.

Palcohol, which is used by adding water to a powder packet, also seems to have been caught with its e-pants down because SB Nation, Gawker and other sites found verbiage used on the company’s now-changed homepage that seemed to advertise the product as a solution to the hassle of trying to sneak booze into venues.

“What’s worse than going to a concert, sporting event, etc. and having to pay $10, $15, $20 for a mixed drink with tax and tip. Are you kidding me?!” the text read. “Take Palcohol into the venue and enjoy a mixed drink for a fraction of the cost.”

oh man, not sure how i feel about this one… on the one hand, it seems almost genius and they make a damn good point about dropping $10-15 for a drink… at the same time, i can’t help but see a shitload of teens & college kids taking getting drunk to a whole new level.

p.s. almost sounds like a roofie. lol

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Easter Egg Assault

Man Arrested for Assaulting Girlfriend With Easter Eggs

A man is charged with aggravated assault against his girlfriend after an Easter egg decorating party went horribly awry Sunday, leaving the woman with a black eye and the man under arrest after attacking cops with a sword.

When his girlfriend accused him of cheating, Aaron Goempel, a 27-year-old Pittsburgh resident, allegedly attacked her by throwing the hardboiled Easter eggs they were dyeing together. When police arrived, the victim’s eye was red and swollen, and Goempel had locked himself in a bedroom with “a makeshift barricade.”

As police pushed their way into the room, he reached for a sword from his knife-and-sword collection (why do these guys always seem to keep swords around?) and tried to stab officers. He only succeeded in yelling racist slurs and kicking one cop in the groin, the Pittsburgh Tribune reports.

well damn, comparitively speaking, easter with my family was a bore breeze… though it wouldn’t be a family get-together without a little drama, thanks to my sister who can be a bit high strung at times.

how was your easter?

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Ukraine: Round Up The Jews!

What we know about the pro-Russian flier threatening to round up Ukrainian Jews

The conflict in Ukraine was dangerous enough before people started talking about rounding up Jews.

On Tuesday of this week, a flier, sourced to pro-Russian separatists surfaced in the Ukrainian and Israeli media. Purportedly distributed by “three unidentified men wearing balaclavas and carrying the flag of the Russian Federation,” the flier threatened Jews in Ukraine’s Donetsk region with expulsion unless they registered themselves and their family with the local government. Scary stuff.

But it’s hard to actually know what’s going on. Donetsk, both a large city and a region, is the center of the armed pro-Russian movement in eastern Ukraine, where the Ukrainian government is currently waging a military campaign to put down. So here’s a brief rundown of what we do and don’t know about the flier so far.

scary stuff indeed.

Putin: No plans to invade Alaska; too cold, he says…

#wtf

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South Korean Ferry Disaster

Questions mount in South Korean ferry disaster; hundreds still missing

Jindo, South Korea (CNN) — Anguished relatives of missing South Korean ferry passengers waited sullenly for answers Thursday as rescuers fought bad weather, murky water, darkness and time to find a way deep into the capsized ship.

Authorities believe 287 people — many of them high school students on a field trip — remain trapped inside the five-story ship. At least some, authorities say, could still be alive more than a day after the ship rolled over.

Meanwhile, the ferry’s captain is facing mounting questions about the incident.

i remember seeing some tweets about this yesterday, but thought most of the people on it got off… 287 people? daaaamn… how the hell does a ferry capsize like that anyways? i mean, it’s a ferry, so one would assume it’s probably ferrying people across daily.

#sadnews

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‘Range War’

Nevada Cattle Rancher Wins ‘Range War’ With Feds

A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters.

Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally.

Bundy claims his herd of roughly 900 cattle have grazed on the land along the riverbed near Bunkerville, 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, since 1870 and threatened a “range war” against the BLM on the Bundy Ranch website after one of his sons was arrested while protesting the removal of the cattle.

“I have no contract with the United States government,” Bundy said. “I was paying grazing fees for management and that’s what BLM was supposed to be, land managers and they were managing my ranch out of business, so I refused to pay.”

glad to hear that the rancher, Bundy, got the fed to back down — to be honest, i was pretty confused at the show of force by the cops… then later find out that the feds went and killed some of his cattle, and tazed his elderly aunt (WTF?!?).

i really think they just overstepped their bounds here.

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Parents Debt? It’s Now Yours.

Social Security, Treasury target taxpayers for their parents’ decades-old debts

A few weeks ago, with no notice, the U.S. government intercepted Mary Grice’s tax refunds from both the IRS and the state of Maryland. Grice had no idea that Uncle Sam had seized her money until some days later, when she got a letter saying that her refund had gone to satisfy an old debt to the government — a very old debt.

When Grice was 4, back in 1960, her father died, leaving her mother with five children to raise. Until the kids turned 18, Sadie Grice got survivor benefits from Social Security to help feed and clothe them.

Now, Social Security claims it overpaid someone in the Grice family — it’s not sure who — in 1977. After 37 years of silence, four years after Sadie Grice died, the government is coming after her daughter. Why the feds chose to take Mary’s money, rather than her surviving siblings’, is a mystery.

well this is just scary and downright orwellian… ummm, yeah… welcome to hope & change big government, people.

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Teen Stabber Tried As Adult

Teen Suspected in Stabbing Spree Will Be Charged As Adult

The Pennsylvania teenager who is accused of stabbing and slashing schoolmates in an early morning rampage at his high school will be charged as an adult, authorities confirmed.

Alex Hribal, 16, will face four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault.

The Murrysville, Pa., teen allegedly stabbed or slashed 20 fellow students and a security guard at Franklin Regional Senior High School on Wednesday morning minutes before the school’s opening bell.

At least five students were critically wounded, including a boy who was on a ventilator after a knife pierced his liver, missing his heart and aorta by only millimeters, doctors said.

good, that crazy fucker really should be tried as an adult… forget about sending that kid to juvie… f’that.

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Foot Hood Shooting, Part II

Fort Hood shooting leaves 4 dead, including gunman; 16 injured

A shooting at Fort Hood on Wednesday left four people dead, including the gunman, and 16 others injured, officials said.

The shooter, identified by law enforcement sources as 34-year-old soldier Ivan Lopez, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“We do not know a motive,” Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley told reporters. “But we know this soldier to have behavioral health and mental health issues.”

The shooter served four months in Iraq in 2011, Milley said, and “was undergoing treatment for depression, anxiety and a variety of other psychological and psychiatric issues.” The suspect had not been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, Milley stressed, but was being evaluated for PTSD.

The suspect used a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson semi automatic pistol that had been purchased recently, Milley said.

“There is no indication this incident is related to terrorism, though we are not ruling anything out,” he said.

damn man… i get home, and one of the first things i hear about is another gunman going crazy at Ft. Hood and shooting people — don’t know if this is another jihadi in camo shouting “allah ackbar!” as he runs around with guns blazing like that other asshole… but obviously this guy has some serious mental issues, to say the least.

they really need to get better about screening and doing psychological evals or something… unreal mang.

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Healthcare.gov Goes Down

HealthCare.gov Goes Down On Day Of Obamacare Deadline

The Obamacare insurance exchange site HealthCare.gov suffered a second major outage Monday, the last day to sign up for insurance mandated under the Affordable Care Act for 2014.

Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron Albright told the Associated Press a technical issue was affecting visitors trying to create new accounts on the site. He said more than 100,000 people were attempted to use the system at the same time.

The latest issue comes after an outage earlier Monday took the site down for several hours.

saw something about this in the news earlier this morning… not sure if it’s still down (haven’t bothered to check), but just found it pretty damn amusing.

seriously though, it’s almost too easy.

#ironic

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Turkey Bans Youtube

Turkey is now blocking access to YouTube

After cutting off Twitter access within its borders, Turkey is now blocking its citizens from visiting YouTube.

The latest act of internet censorship comes only one day after a Turkish court ordered the government to lift its Twitter ban and temporarily restore access to the service. Turkey is accused of blocking internet sites to stifle access to telephone recordings that reportedly reveal deep corruption within its government. The drastic steps are seen by many as an attempt to curtail protests around the corruption scandal as Turkey’s elections approach. Only today, a secret recording of a sensitive, high-level security meeting focused on Syria was leaked through numerous social media channels including YouTube. This latest ban is likely intended to thwart that leak.

But as was the case with Twitter, people inside Turkey are already finding and sharing ways to circumvent the YouTube blockade.

i found the attempt to ban twitter this past week, and the quick backlash that was all over the twitterverse, to be kinda funny… and now they’re trying the same thing with youtube? man, they just don’t get it do they? *shakes head*

another reason why the US shouldn’t be handing over more control of the internet… then again, don’t think i’ll be crying myself to sleep if i can’t access some turkish or chinese website either.

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Teenzilla Goes Home

Cheerleader Moves Back in With Parents She Sued for College Tuition

Rachel Canning, the 18-year-old high school cheerleader who sued her parents for college tuition, has agreed to move back in with them, her parents’ lawyer said Wednesday.

Canning “has returned home and reunited with her parents and siblings. Her return home is not contingent on any financial and/or other considerations,” according to Angelo Sarno, attorney for the Canning parents.

The litigious high schooler had been living with her best friend, the daughter of wealthy New Jersey attorney and minor political figure John Inglesino. [...]

The dispute between the teen and her parents centered around whether she was kicked out of the family home or left on her own accord because she didn’t want to follow the rules. Sean and Elizabeth Canning say their daughter was drinking and hanging out with an unsavory boyfriend, and also refused to respect a curfew.

oh man, i can just imagine how… awkward… her being back in the house after leaving those nasty voicemails:

Hi mom just to let you know you’re a real f**king winner aren’t you you think you’re so cool and you think you caught me throwing up in the bathroom after eating an egg frittatta, yeah sorry that you have problems now and you need to harp on mine because i didn’t and i actually took a s*** which i really just wanna s*** all over your face right now because it looks like that anyway, anyway i f***ing hate you and um I’ve written you off so don’t talk to me, don’t do anything I’m blocking you from just about everything, have a nice life, bye mom

not to mention suing her mom & dad in court — seriously, what a grossly entitled bitch brat.

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Mini-Skirt Turbulence

Mini-skirt turbulence at Japan budget airline

Tokyo (AFP) – A Japanese budget airline has flown into rough air over its decision to outfit flight attendants in revealing mini-skirts, drawing criticism that it could invite sexual harassment.

Skymark Airlines came under fire from the cabin crew’s labour union, which said the super-short skirt — with a distinctively swinging sixties look — barely covers wearers’ thighs.

“We’re concerned that the design of this uniform may cause problems,” including sexual harassment, the Japan Federation of Cabin Attendants said in a statement late last month.

“The airline is saying the uniform is meant to attract more customers, but this shows the company is treating women like a commodity,” it added.

Comments posted on the union’s website said attendants would not carry out their duties effectively owing to fears about leering stares or customers shooting pictures up their skirts with a mobile phone.

really? i was expecting it to be even shorter.

Authorities respond to massive explosion in East Harlem, NYC

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Mystery On A Plane!

Where In The World Is Malaysia Airlines Flight 370? Conspiracy Theorists Take To The Interent

On saturday a Boeing 777 disappeared over the south china sea without a trace. We still have no idea where it is. Conspiracy theorists, start your browsers.

Details concerning the sudden, Saturday disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370 continue to trickle in. Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, the head of Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Authority, said the missing Boeing 777 carrying 227 passengers presents an “unprecedented mystery.”

Here’s what we do know: The flight disappeared on Friday night/Saturday morning en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The plane was at cruising altitude (35,000 feet) and weather was more or less clear. Air traffic controllers in Vietnam say contact with the crew disappeared about 120 nautical miles east of the Malaysian town of Kota Bharu, and radar signals suggest the plane may have turned around before losing contact.

i just figured that sooner or later they’d find the debris field in the ocean, especially with all the satellites up there floating around… but damn, pretty strange that it literally just seems to have disappeared… can’t help but wonder what the hell happened.

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Man on the Sun!

North Korea Becomes The First Country to Land a Man on the- Wait, what?

THE STATE News Agency of North Korea has confirmed today that the country has become the first in the world to ever land a man on the sun.

It reported that astronaut Hung Il Gong left for the sun on a specially designed rocket ship at approximately 3am this morning.

Hung, who traveled alone, reached his destination some four hours later, landing his craft on the far side of the lonely star.

“We are very delighted to announce a successful mission to put a man on the sun.” a North Korean central news anchor man said on a live broadcast earlier. “North Korea has beaten every other country in the world to the sun. Hung Il Gong is a hero and deserves a hero’s welcome when he returns home later this evening.”

The specially trained astronaut is expected to return back to earth at 9pm tonight, where he will meet his uncle and supreme leader Kim Jong-un.

fuck the hoverboard, this is amazing!

(hat tip: drmanxz)

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Upskirting Legal?

Speaker DeLeo vows to fix law after ruling says ‘upskirting’ — shooting a picture under a woman’s dress — is legal

well, that’s pretty damn strange isn’t it? i’d just assume that there’d be some law or privacy provision somewhere regarding snapping shots of women’s crotches, but i stand corrected.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said today that a state law intended to prohibit “Peeping Tom” voyeurism of completely or partially undressed people did not apply to people who take pictures of people who are fully clothed.

i’ll be damned.

I Can’t Stop Staring at This Masturbating Cheeto

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