The U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force — REF for short — is a little-known agency making big changes in how soldiers fight
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Pamela Knox from Toledo, Ohio, experienced what must have been close to the shock of her life while driving her Chevy Malibu on Wednesday. As the 60-year-old made her way down Detroit Avenue, her car fell into a 20-foot sinkhole. Just like that. One minute you’re listening to classic hits and thinking about what you’re going to have for dinner, the next, you’re in a hole. Police and firefighters are still puzzled as to what caused the ground to open up and swallow Knox’s car, but a broken water main is currently the prime suspect. Toledo Fire crews extracted poor Knox from the sinkhole and she was taken to the hospital. [Source] [Source]
200-year-old rockfish could be the oldest and biggest ever caught
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Check out this incredible rockfish that Henry Liebman pulled from 900 feet below the surface near Sitka, Alaska. At 39.08 pounds, experts believe the 42-inch shortraker is the largest ever caught, plus it’s estimated to be about 200 years old. That means it could have been swimming free back when Russia still owned Alaska. While Liebman looks mighty proud and plans to have the awesome creature mounted, critics are fuming that he didn’t snap a few amazing selfies and throw the majestic animal back to enjoy its old age in peace. That is a good call for some sport fishing, but this rockfish would not have survived. [Source]
BROTHER AND SISTERS IN CHRIST! WHAT DO YOU SEE IN THIS PREACHER? DO YOU DISCERN THE SPIRIT OF “I”?? WEIGH IN ON THIS!
Watch a Baptist preacher personally insult his congregation mid-sermon
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Many folks attend church to atone for sins and ask for forgiveness, but few expect to be called out and insulted in front of the entire congregation. Members of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Skiatook, Okla., found themselves the subject of a mid-sermon tirade by preacher Jim Standridge. Caught on video, the fired-up man of God personally insulted churchgoers for otherwise minor indiscretions like dozing off and poor attendance, shouting at one man, “You’re one of the sorriest church members I have! You’re not worth 15 cents!” Although his anger may seem shocking, Standridge claims he’s received emails and letters of support from all over the country.
SPIRIT OF ?BAAL? REARS IT’S UGLY HEAD:
Navy sonar causing mass whale and dolphin strandings
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Sonar, used by the various navies of the world to hunt for submarines, apparently has the unintentional effect of freaking out whales and dolphins to the point where they’ll swim away hastily and beach or strand themselves. Beaked whales were shown to be the most sensitive, and blue whales — whose numbers have dropped 95 percent in the last century — were also deeply unnerved by sonar. Mass strandings, defined by multiple species of whale and dolphin beaching at several locations at once, have climbed steadily since the introduction of military sonar in the 1950s. [Source]
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JUST FOR FUN CELEBRATE THE 4TH JULY 2013 WITH CATS:
Here’s US history as told by cats
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We were trying to get our cat excited about Fourth of July without involving him in sparklers or handling the barbecue supplies, so we told him about some of the great moments in American history. He gave us a hard stare and went back to sleep. So to get him more engaged we made a gallery of pictures of cats that we felt evoked the history lessons we’d told him about. (Cats flying high like the Wright Brothers or braving the Delaware like Washington.) We think it worked, because after he saw all the pictures he jumped up and kissed us right on the lips. Of course, the barbecue sauce all over our mouth might have helped.
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HAPPY 4TH JULY, 2013 TO AMERICA AND ALL HER CITIZENS AND MAY THE LORD BLESS AND KEEP US ALL SAFE!
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