PERSONAL FLAMETHROWERS?

Sounds like a hot time:

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A flame-thrower that can hurl a stream of fire half a metre long is being marketed in China to help women fend off unwanted advances.

The device is being billed on shopping websites as a must-have “anti-pervert weapon” that can be discreetly carried in a ladies’ handbag.

Some are shaped like a cigarette lighter and emit small flames, while others hurl fire for 50cm with temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees Celsius (3,300 Fahrenheit).

The flame-throwers sell from about £10 to over £30 on e-commerce sites, and one vendor boasted to local media how they can “scald or even disfigure an attacker.”

Another vendor told The Beijing Youth Daily they “can leave a permanent scar, but are a legal, non-lethal tool. Not a weapon.” Chinese police have warned that the devices are against the law, but they were still being sold on the Chinese Internet on Tuesday.

“Flames and the super high temperatures are enough to scare the bad guys away,” said one website, which added that the flames can last for 30 minutes. “At that crucial moment, you could also become an anti-terror SWAT,” said another.

It is unclear when the devices were first being sold in China, although The Beijing Youth Daily said they had become “very popular” when concern over sexual harassment peaks at the start of summer, with some stores selling up to 300 a month.

Police told Chinese media that it is “technically illegal” to send the devices to customers through the postal service.

There is concern that the flame-throwers could become the latest dangerous gadget to become popular in China, following a fad among some children for tiny crossbows which can shoot toothpicks or needles.

Concerns have also been raised that the devices can cause injury to the person carrying them, as the switch can be accidentally turned on while it is in a handbag.

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CLEVER….VERY CLEVER

Anagrammatic poetry.

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A hard, howling, tossing water scene.

Strong tide was washing hero clean.
“How cold!” Weather stings as in anger.
O Silent night shows war ace danger!
The cold waters swashing on in rage.
Redcoats warn slow his hint engage.
When star general’s action wish’d “Go!”
He saw his ragged continentals row.
Ah, he stands – sailor crew went going.
And so this general watches rowing.
He hastens – winter again grows cold.
A wet crew gain Hessian stronghold.
George can’t lose war with’s hands in;
He’s astern – so go alight, crew, and win!

Washington Crossing the Delaware is a sonnet that was written in 1936 by David Shulman. The title and subject of the poem refer to the scene in the painting Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze. The poem is noted for being an anagrammatic poem – in this case, a 14-line rhyming sonnet in which every line is an anagram of the title.

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Democracy and Racism Explained

A black kid asks his mother, “Mama, what’s a Democracy and what is Racism?”

“Well, son, Democracy is when white folks work every day so we can get all our benefits,

you knows like free cell phones for each family member, rent subsidy, food stamps,

WIC, free healthcare, utility subsidy, & on & on, you knows, that’s Democracy”.

“But mama, don’t the white people get pissed off about that?

“Sure they do, that’s called Racism!”

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YOUR LUNCHTIME MUSIC BREAK

RONNIE MONTROSE: “OVERTURE AND OPEN FIRE”

WATCH ONE RIGHT AFTER THE OTHER, THEY GO TOGETHER. AND THE OVERTURE HAS STAR TREK/STAR WAR THEMES RUNNING THROUGH IT. AT LEAST I THOUGHT SO.

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SO GLAD I’VE VISITED THESE PLACES ALREADY

And why, if I return, it will be VERY off season.

It would be a first for a U.S. national park: Requiring reservations to get in. But it’s an option that Utah’s Zion National Park is considering to manage an overwhelming surge of visitors to its sweeping red-rock vistas and canyons.

Zion, which welcomed 4.3 million people last year, is weighing online reservations for those who want to explore its main canyon. National Park Service rangers struggle to cope with overcrowded tour buses and to alleviate damage to Zion’s natural wonders that includes soil erosion and human waste near trails.

People without reservations could pay an entrance fee and drive through the park, but they couldn’t stop to hike or picnic.

“We have to do something,” said park spokesman John Marciano. With limited budgets, Zion’s Park Service rangers routinely see long lines and plants trampled by visitors who also have cut some 30 miles of their own trails.

Zion isn’t the only U.S. national park with swelling numbers of tourists, and at least two national parks, in California and Hawaii, are testing more limited reservation systems for parking.

Overall, more than 330 million people visited U.S. national parks in 2016, a record. Visits were bolstered by the improving economy, cheap gas and marketing campaigns for the National Park Service’s 2016 centennial.

Zion is the fifth most-visited park in the National Park system. It’s particularly susceptible to overcrowding because many of its iconic cliffs and trails are located in the narrow, 6-mile-long (10-kilometer-long) Zion Canyon. The park already urges visitors to take a shuttle between March and November.

After a series of public meetings, Zion rangers are proposing an online reservation system, similar to the way campsites are reserved now. While certain hikes and activities require permits or reservations, the new system would apply to the entire main corridor of the park.

The number of reservations would be based on capacity, would vary by season, and could fall somewhere between a manageable 10,000 people a day and an overpowering 30,000 people a day, Marciano said.

One option would require a single reservation to enter and explore the park. A second would allow tourists to enter the park at a specific time and visit specific trails, like Angel’s Landing, a popular narrow cliff walk.

A third option would be to make no changes. But the park says that would allow continued degradation of the environment and the hours-long lines.

Public comment on the plan runs through Aug. 14. It could take at least two years before officials begin phasing in a reservation system.

Making reservations to visit a public park could be frustrating, especially if tourists who travel across the country or from abroad to see Zion’s spectacular vistas find themselves shut out if their plans change and they miss their time slot, said Darren Shipley, a video producer from Nashville, Tennessee who’s visited Zion.

“I think there needs to be some flexibility,” Shipley said.

Initially, the idea could discourage visits but would ultimately keep traffic manageable, said Roxie Sherwin, director of tourism for southern Utah’s Washington County, which includes most of Zion.

“When people are vacationing, they make reservations so I don’t see that as a big deterrent,” Sherman said. Her office has suggested that tourists visit attractions beyond Zion’s main canyon as the park started getting crowded.

A few other national parks are trying out similar plans to manage car traffic.

Haleakala National Park in Hawaii started requiring reservations in February drive up to Maui’s tallest peak to see the sunrise. Officials said vehicles spilling out of parking lots were a safety hazard and that throngs of tourists were trampling sensitive habitat.

The system, enacted on an emergency basis, has dramatically reduced crowds. Authorities are studying whether to keep it.

In California’s Yosemite National Park, managers are letting people make voluntary parking reservations for prime locations in August. The system is intended to reduce traffic and helping tourists plan their visits.

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WOW! WHAT POLITICALLY CORRECT BULLSHIT!

From Hollywood. Where else?

New Star Trek to feature Spock’s heretofore never mentioned sister.

OH!!!! And she’s ……

…..wait for it……

….BLACK!!! Her name’s …..Sonequa…. (again, I ask, where the fuck do these retarded names come from?)

Among the reveals Saturday at the “Star Trek: Discovery” panel at San Diego Comic-Con is that lead character Micheal Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is the biological daughter of Spock’s mother Amanda , and Spock’s father Sarek is her surrogate father.

The character was also raised on Vulcan.

As to how the show is going to thread the needle of introducing a heretofore unrevealed major character in Star Trek canon, Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman told the Comic-Con audience, “We’re aware. You’ll see where it’s going, but we are staying consistent with canon.”

“Star Trek: Discovery” premieres Sept. 24 on CBS before moving to the CBS All Access app, which requires a paid subscription, for the remainder of the first season.

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MORNING EYE CANDY

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