there was a god, but she died laughing…

“Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings such as be and bee, through and threw, which and witch, their and there.

“This concept is taught early on to foreign students learning English because it can be confusing to someone whose native language does not have that feature.

“But when the social-media specialist for a private Provo-based English language learning center wrote a blog explaining homophones, he was let go for creating the perception that the school promoted a gay agenda.

“Tim Torkildson says after he wrote the blog on the website of his employer, Nomen Global Language Center, his boss and Nomen owner Clarke Woodger, called him into his office and told him he was fired.

“As Torkildson tells it, Woodger said he could not trust him and that the blog about homophones was the last straw.

“Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality,” Woodger complained, according to Torkildson, who posted the exchange on his Facebook page…

Salt Lake Trib

Drought Map for July 29th 2014

California’s turning into a cinder…

“almost two tons of wet, putrescible waste” on a deadbeat’s drive…

best guerrilla marketing evah… LINK

Trash hauler cited for illegal dumping in Red Wing [photo by City of Red Wing]

“A trash hauler was fined Monday night by the Red Wing City Council for dumping “almost two tons of wet, putrescible waste” on a customer’s driveway in apparent retaliation for an unpaid bill.”

The city fined him a ton… they should’ve fined him $1, if anything. Actually they should’ve fined the deadbeat provoking the trash hauler. Anyway, for all your garbage needs, give P.I.G. (Paul’s Industrial Garbage) a call 715-792-5209

the Purple Martin babies are flying

the Purple Martin babies are flying

the Purple Martin babies are flying

Linus Torvalds: “GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken” – Slashdot

that compiler shouldn’t have been allowed to graduate from kindergarten. We’re talking “sloth that was dropped on the head as a baby” level retardation levels here …. “

Frontline physician Tim Jagatic on the worst Ebola outbreak in history in McLean’s

Dr. Jagatic on the diseases stigma and whether or not it could spread beyond West Africa

by Genna Buck, July 25, 2014 in McLean’s (Link)

Few diseases inspire more terror than Ebola. The deadly virus causes rapidly worsening fever and pain, internal hemorrhages and, usually, death.

Most  patients spend their last days in isolation, sometimes bleeding from their eyes and nose, surrounded by people in Hazmat-style suits and goggles.

Some suspect the current outbreak originated among bat hunters near Guéckédougou, Guinea. Since February, it has spread to 1,093 people and killed 660 in the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Family doctor and native of Windsor, Ont., Tim Jagatic is on the ground in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, helping Doctors Without Borders fight the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

Link to McLeans

Great Lakes Gulls Dying

“An unusual vitamin deficiency first discovered in birds in Europe may be striking down gulls in the Twin Ports [Duluth, MN – Superior, WI] harbor, wildlife rehabilitation experts say, and it appears to be killing Great Lakes fish as well.

“Several ring-billed gulls found in the Twin Ports have been treated at Wildwoods wildlife rehabilitation center in Duluth, cured with a shot of vitamin B1.

[snip] …

Weve been getting them in for years, usually this time of summer, and its usually juvenile birds. Its been the same thing. They are unharmed; no sign of trauma, but nothing we did would help. Theyd get weaker and weaker and then keel over dead, Farr said.

It wasnt until last year that Farr found research from Europe, mostly Sweden, which described the same symptoms in gulls traced to a deficiency of thiamine, or vitamin B1

read more at LINK-Duluth NewsTrib

Weather Versus Climate Change – Tyson & Friend

what he sez…