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Ron Paul: Fix IRS by shutting it ‘once and for all’The Washington TimesMonday, May 20, 2013Former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas called the recent IRS fiasco troubling — but writes that the only wayCongress can protect the freedoms of Americans from a long pattern of suspected IRS abuse is to“shutter the doors” of the agency “once and for all.”The longtime GOP congressman writes that IRS agents in the 1930s were essentially “hit squads”against opponents of the New Deal, and that allegations of IRS abuse spanned the administrations ofPresidents Kennedy, Nixon, Clinton and George W. Bush.“The bipartisan tradition of using the IRS as a tool to harass political opponents suggests that theproblem is deeper than just a few ‘rogue’ IRS agents — or even corruption within one, two, three ormany administrations,” Dr. Paul writes in his weekly column, “Texas Straight Talk. “Instead, theproblem [lies] in the extraordinary power the tax system grants the IRS.”The libertarian and tea party hero goes on to argue that the power of the IRS can only be counteredwith a complete overhaul to the country’s tax system.
NASA-funded researchThe audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed foodMay 21, 2013QUARTZAnjan Contractor’s 3D food printer might evoke visions of the replicator” popularized in Star Trek, from which CaptainPicard was constantly interrupting himself to order tea. And indeed Contractor’s company, Systems & MaterialsResearch Corporation, just got a six month, $125,000 grant from NASA to create a prototype of his universal foodsynthesizer.But Contractor, a mechanical engineer with a background in 3D printing, envisions a much more mundane—andultimately more important—use for the technology. He sees a day when every kitchen has a 3D printer, and theearth’s 12 billion people feed themselves customized, nutritionally-appropriate meals synthesized one layer at a time,from cartridges of powder and oils they buy at the corner grocery store. Contractor’s vision would mean the end offood waste, because the powder his system will use is shelf-stable for up to 30 years, so that each cartridge, whetherit contains sugars, complex carbohydrates, protein or some other basic building block, would be fully exhaustedbefore being returned to the store.
Americas first hemp crop in 60 years was planted this week in ColoradoTreeHuggerMay 17, 2013Hemp, the THC-free cousin of cannabis, has recently been made legal in Colorado, but the fedsstill dont approve, even though the selling of hemp products is perfectly legal (about $500million worth are imported from other countries every year).Whats a would-be hemp farmer to do when faced with this dilemma? Ryan Loflin, of Springfield,Colorado, decided to take a chance and go ahead anyway. As of Monday this week, he plantedthe first official hemp crop in the United States in about 60 years. This was historic enough that adocumentary film crew was present.Loflin is planting 60 acres that were previously used to grow alfalfa. With his partner ChrisThompson, they plan to make hemp oil.Hopefully this will help bring attention - and support - to a bill in congress that would legalizeindustrial hemp (as well as regulate marijuana in states where it is legal). There are so manythings we can do with hemp, a crop that requires little or no fertilizer and pesticides, its crazy tokeep farmers from growing it.
Listed For $190 Million, This Is Americas NewMost Expensive Home For SaleForbes5/19/2013Copper Beech Farm spans 50 prized acres that boastroughly a mile of water frontage on the Long Island Sound,thanks in part to two offshore islands included in theoffering. The main house, a French-renaissance mansion,boasts 13,519 square feet of living space including 12 bedrooms, seven full baths and two half baths, awood-paneled library, an ornate dining room with a tracery ceiling and oak columns, a solarium, a winecellar, a third-floor staff wing, and a three-story, wood-paneled entry foyer.The original kitchen, equipped with a dumb waiter, sits in the basement, originally part of the staffquarters. Fireplaces adorn most rooms in the Victorian manse and sleeping porches, once used duringsummer months before the advent of air conditioning, extend off of bedrooms.The secluded compound is tucked behind gates, situated at the end of a winding 1,800-foot-longdriveway. The grounds encompass a stone carriage house with a clock tower, a three-bedroomgatehouse, a six-car garage, and multiple greenhouses. The pool area is comprised of two conjoinedheptagonal pools that together stretch 75 feet, a spa, and an octagonal pool house with dressing andbath facilities. There’s a grass tennis court facing out toward a viewing pergola, formal gardens, terraces,even an apple orchard.
7-Year-Old Has Her Own Mini Ferrari05/21/13-A seven-year-old girl is making boys at her school jealous by driving around in a replica $32millionFerrari. Scarlett Gurr’s father Stuart, a car restorer, built her this half-size version of a 1962 Ferrari250 GTO – complete with 49cc engine, which gives it a top speed of 15mph. A member of theBritish Women Racing Drivers Club, Scarlett hopes to take part in the Little Big Man race at LeMans next year.”
Cedar Hill ISD Teacher Accused OfHaving Sex With StudentsMay 8, 2013 4:04 PMCEDAR HILL (CBSDFW.COM) – A teacher in the Cedar HillIndependent School District has been arrested for allegedlyhaving a sexual relationship with two students.Teacher Marlena Mints is charged with one count of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child and two counts of ImproperRelationship With Students, which are all felonies. Mints is a health teacher and coach at Bessie Coleman MiddleSchool.The Cedar Hill ISD placed Mints on administrative leave last week after learning of her alleged inappropriate conductwith one of her students. A fellow coach told police that an eighth grader was reportedly bragging about his sexualrelationship with Mints. The school district contacted Cedar Hill police.According to the arrest warrant, Mints exchanged text messages with the 13 year old about a problem he told her hewas having with his penis. The student says Mints told him she would need to see it and asked him to meet her atschool to show it to her. The student told investigators he thought it would be okay because she was his sex educationand health teacher. He says when he exposed himself to her, she performed oral sex on him. The student also referredto Mints as a “cougar” who “likes younger men” and claims that as one Mints “favorite students,” he was allowed totouch her breasts and buttocks while spending time in her classroom. He says other students were allowed to do thesame.
How Much Will a Legal Marijuana Habit Cost You?TimeMay 20, 2013If you’re an average pot smoker in Colorado—paying average pricesfor average-quality marijuana—you can expect to spend around$650 on weed next year.A study conducted by the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University aimed to getto the bottom of how much the state can expect to collect in tax revenues now thatmarijuana is legal. By doing a little extra math, we can get a rough estimate for what theaverage marijuana enthusiast will spend annually as well.Researchers estimate that in 2014, 642,772 Colorado residents, or about 12.5% of the statepopulation, will take advantage of pot’s newly legal status. Analysts assumed each personwould smoke or otherwise “use” 3.53 ounces of marijuana annually, for a total of 2,268,985ounces (about 142,000 pounds) per year.All of these numbers may be underestimated, because they’re based on data compiled whenrecreational marijuana was illegal.
May 20, 2013Collegian, 21, Is Rescued Off Colorado MountainAfter Getting High On Mushrooms, Stripping Off Her ClothesMeet Taylor Powers.The college student, 21, had to be rescued yesterday afternoon off aColorado mountain after she ingested mushrooms, stripped off herclothes, and scuffled with two classmates with whom she had been hiking.After receiving a 911 call that a female hiker was “high on mushrooms and in distress,” Boulder CountySheriff’s Office deputies and other assorted rescue personnel (35 in total) responded to ChautauquaPark.Powers, seen above, was located by a park ranger who discovered that the University of Coloradoundergrad had “removed all of her clothing and was being restrained” by two male companions.Rescuers had to handcuff the unruly Powers, who struggled as she was placed in a rescue basket.Cited for unlawful consumption of a controlled substance, Powers was transported to a Boulder hospital,where she was treated and released last night. “Further charges are pending against others involved,”deputies reported.
May 20, 2013Youre fired ... Dennis Rodman at the Celebrity Apprentice Finale………..
Scary Secret Sun Damage – Revealed!May 17, 2013, 10:07 AMHere, a test subject at Canfield Scientific sits for a VISIA® Complexion Analysis System scan, whichcompares the skin as it appears in normal lighting to ultraviolet and digitally processed images thatshow subsurface spots and skin damage. (Canfield Imaging Systems)You know the sun is bad for your skin. You might even know that one in five Americans will developsome form of skin cancer in their lifetime, or that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UnitedStates.But did you know that even a “flawless” complexion free from visible signs of skin damage can carry acancer risk? The proof is in deep-skin UV photography, pictured above, which reveals the massiveamount of sun damage most of us have just below the skin’s surface.
Victim of Miami ‘face eater’ attack returns to healthRonald Poppo, a Florida homeless man who gained notoriety last yearafter attacker Rudy Eugene gnawed off half of his face before being shot and killed by police.NEW YORK DAILY NEWSWEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013, 11:14 AMNow blind, Ron Poppo, the Miami cannibal victim, has spent much of the last year recuperating at the JacksonMemorial Perdue Medical Center, a long-term care facility in Cutler Bay.MIAMI — The scrawny homeless man whose face was partially chewed off by a crazed attacker last year has gained 50pounds and is relearning the guitar, his doctors said Tuesday."I think he wants the world to know that hes not traumatized by this, that hes happy and grateful," said Dr. UrmenDesai, Poppos plastic surgeon at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami.
Adele Will Sing at Your Weddingfor $150,000 Per MinuteMarch 16, 2013Interested in getting Adele to perform at your wedding? Well, find someone else, becausehome-girl charges way too much for private performances … if recent reports are to bebelieved.A wealthy South African businessman wanted the singer to perform at his daughter’swedding, but after finding out the “Rolling in the Deep” singer charges £100,000 (about$150K USD) PER MINUTE, he quickly changed his mind.The wedding was set to take place at London’s posh Grosvenor House Hotel, and while fruitjuice tycoon Vivian Imerman and his family are worth £400 million (about $600M USD), theywere shocked to learn that Adele would charge them at least $4 million for a nearly half-hour
Polish doctors perform life-saving facetransplant on accident victimAPMay 22, 201311:24PMA 33-YEAR-OLD Polish man has received a life-savingtotal face transplant just three weeks after beingdisfigured in a workplace accident, in what his doctorssaid is the fastest timeframe to date for such anoperation..The patient worked at stonemasons workshop, where in April a machine used to cutstone severely damaged his face and crushed his upper jaw. The man, identified only asGrzegorz, received intensive treatment at a hospital in Wroclaw, but an attempt toreplant his own face failed, doctors said.
Woman filmed with stepsonMay 20, 2013 05.00pmthemercury.com.auA MAN who set up a video camera to capture paranormal activity in his kitchen instead recordedevidence of his partner engaging in a sexual relationship with his 16-year-old son, the Supreme Courtheard today.A 28-year-old woman -- who cannot be named for legal reasons -- pleaded guilty to five counts ofhaving sexual intercourse with a young person.Crown Prosecutor Jackie Hartnett told the court in October last year the woman had gone to herstepsons room to discuss his driving lessons.Although the pair had previously had a strained relationship, tickling led to kissing and then tointercourse, the prosecutor said.The following day, the womans de facto partner set up a video camera in a bid to capture evidence ofparanormal activity in the house, but forgot to turn it off.When he returned from work and reviewed the footage, he saw his son and the woman kissing andcuddling.He questioned his partner, who downplayed the incident but his son confessed that they had sex threetimes in the preceding days.The man called the police and the woman admitted during a video recorded interview to having sexwith the boy twice and admitted knowing he was sixteen