Friday, October 7, 2016

Jetpack flies through London skies, and you too could have one within three years 

By 2019, travel by jetpack could become a reality for the general population. What would that look like? Recently, London, England, got a sight of future flight with a seriously cool demonstration at Royal Victoria Dock. The former commercial pilot hopes to raise the funds to develop a turbine-powered jetpack to be made available for consumers by 2019 — for a mere $252320.00. The London flight marks the launch of a crowdfunding initiative to raise $378480.00 in support of the project. Lucy Sharp from Seedrs Investment, the online platform hosting the crowdfunding effort, said of Mayman: “He’s in talks with the U.S. Navy to give it a use beyond commercial flights. “He’s done over 400 test flights and they’ve all gone smoothly, but it is jet fuel on his back, so it can be dangerous.” (BBC)


Twitter stock plunges 19% on report that Google and Disney won’t make a bid

Twitter stock plunged 19% on Thursday morning following reports that neither Google nor Disney will pursue a formal bid for the social network. Sources say Google does not plan to make a bid and was not moving forward with any effort to do so. Apple making an acquisition offer was also “unlikely”. Twitter has told potential acquirers that it wants to conclude selling negotiations by its third quarter earnings report on October 27th. Google was one of the top names on the potential acquirer list, along with Salesforce and Disney. (Business Insider)


School orders teachers to remove “religious” items from classrooms

The public school district in Henry County, Georgia, fired off a directive to school administrators ordering them to eradicate anything remotely religious from all public school buildings. “You are hereby directed to remove all items which contain religious symbols, such as crosses, printed bibles, angels, bible verses, printed prayers, and biblical quotations from the common areas, hallways, classrooms, and office of East Lake Elementary School. Further…religious and biblical references should not be included in notes to parents, email signature lines, or any other correspondence sent on behalf of East Lake Elementary School. Finally, please remember that all references to holiday parties should comply with the Henry County School District’s Policy, Procedure and Practices for Holidays,” the edict said. 

District spokesman J.D. Hardin said “It was not intended as something that was supposed to be shared or put out with public consumption,” he told me. “It was more of a directive for our administrators to remind their employees of this particular law that is in pace as dictated by the federal government. The Establishment Clause stipulates that the government may not promote or affiliate itself with any religious doctrine or organization. Henry County Schools is a government entity.” Mr. Hardin was stressed that the directive covers all religions – but some groups believe it’s pretty clear only one was being targeted. (Fox News)


7 crucial lessons people often learn too late in life

Life lessons are full of wisdom because they often have to be learned the hard way. However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally “get it” long after the fact. If possible, it’s best to learn these things sooner rather than later.

  1. If you want to “do what you love,” you have to work three times as hard as everyone else.
  2. Beneath anger is always fear.
  3. Our everyday habits form our future selves.
  4. Your emotions take practice.
  5. Everyone has his or her own agenda.
  6. Achievement will never be as fulfilling as the journey.
  7. Working hard and laughter are not mutually exclusive.

(Business Insider)


American Sex Workers Reveal That the Most Expensive Thing Customers Pay for… Isn’t Sex

Brothels are typically associated with clients, typically men, paying for sex. While this is true in many cases, it’s not the only service available. In fact, many men pay for something that’s even more costly than sex: Companionship. In a recent survey that conducted over 53 interviews with women who are or have been in the sex industry to discuss the topic of the Girlfriend Experience, or, GFE. They found that women will charge a premium to men who are interested in GFE, because it forces them to become intimate with a man emotionally. And that is more costly than being intimate physically. When a customer pays for a GFE package, he often takes the woman out to dinner, to the movies, to a play, or anywhere else he’d like to go with a real girlfriend. The research found that these customers are typically older, and GFE prostitutes are providing a service for them that they’re not able to get anywhere else. In fact, these men will often become “GFE boyfriends”: men who commit to one woman for routine dates. These relationships can go on for months, or even years, at a time. (Independent Journal Review)


Internet Raises Thousands For Blind ‘Can Man’ Trying To Support His Four Granddaughters

JP Kibbler, also known as the “Can Man,” has spent the past 25 years of his life collecting cans to help make sure his daughter and her four children have a roof over their heads. Thanks to efforts of a man named Matt White and the kindness of dozens of strangers, the 65-year-old Kibbler may not have to worry about that for awhile. A year and a half ago – in what White calls a “message from God” – White’s car nearly ran out on gas on his way to a voice lesson, and as he pulled into a gas station in “one of the rougher parts of Memphis,” Kibbler’s smile caught his eye. “If he hadn’t looked up as I passed by, if I had not been paying attention at that exact moment; I would have missed it,” White explained on a GoFundMe page for Kibbler. As he approached, Kibbler looked up, his glassy eyes wide open, searching for the man behind the voice. Slowly realizing the man was blind, White placed the folded $20 bill in Kibbler’s hand and told him what it was. “Wow, man, no one has ever given me $20 before,” Kibbler said.  The Vietnam veteran explained to White that he’s trying to give his daughter and four beautiful granddaughters a better life. The touching story inspired White to ask for the man’s phone number. Kibbler happily rattled off the number, and days later, White visited the man and his family. Over the past year, he’s made little care packages of food and clothing, shared Thanksgiving dinner and visited Kibbler and his loving family. So far, the campaign for Kibbler has raised more than $25,000. (CBS News)




TGIF!! It’s:

*Lee’s National Denim Day  (First Friday)
*National Diversity Day  (First Friday)
*National Personal Safety Day  Link

*World Smile Day  (First Friday) Link
*You Matter To Me Day  Link

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