Thursday, April 28, 2016

WWII tank was stashed in 78-year-old's cellar

(NEWSER) – It took 20 soldiers almost nine hours to remove a World War II "Panther" tank from a pensioner's cellar in a wealthy community in northern Germany — and that's in spite of the fact that the German army sent in modern recovery tanks to help confiscate the vintage 1943 vehicle, reports the BBC.
Prosecutors in the coastal region of Kiel, tipped off by Berlin prosecutors who'd recently searched the 78-year-old man's villa for stolen Nazi art, aren't divulging much yet, but a police rep did say that a torpedo and anti-aircraft gun had been removed and other weaponry had been found as well, reports the Local.
Alexander Orth — mayor of the town of Heikendorf, where the man lives — wasn't surprised by the discovery because the elderly man "was chugging around in that thing during the snow catastrophe in 1978," adding that "some people like steam trains, others like tanks." And because the tank can no longer fire weapons, the pensioner's lawyer tells the German paper Süddeutsche Zeitung, via the Local, that the man hasn't actually broken any laws. Prosecutors, meanwhile, are investigating whether possession of the tank, torpedo, anti-aircraft gun, and other weapons violates Germany's War Weapons Control Act. Orth, meanwhile, did concede: "I took this to be the eccentricity of an old man, but it looks like there's more to it than that." (Check out what officials found in this Austrian bunker.)

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Vacuum Won't Start.....

A  retired guy sits around the house all day so one day his wife says, “Joe, you could do something useful, like vacuum the house once a week”.The guy gives it a moment’s thought and says; “sure why not.  Show me to the vacuum
Half an hour later, the guy comes into the kitchen to get some coffee.  His wife says, “I didn't hear the vacuum working, I thought you were using it”? Exasperated, Joe answers,”The stupid thing is broken, it won't start.   We need to buy a new one”. “Really”, she says, “show me - it worked fine the last time”.   So he did  ...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016


hese 12 short stories are all very good lessons, and really made us think twice about the daily happenings in our lives as we deal with others!!  
Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I'm  working on for my Psychology class.  When I asked her to define success in   her own words, she said, "Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile."
Today, I asked my mentor-a very successful business man in his 70s-what his top 3 tips are for success.  He smiled and said, 
"Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do   something no one else is doing."
Today, after my 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug.  When I tensed up, she realized I   didn't recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most   sincere smile and said , "On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade  Center."
Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying.  And just before he died, 
he licked the tears off my face.
Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work. At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too. 
A man in   a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.
Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother's hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. 
She simply said, "I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often."
Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first   time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.
Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling. I chuckled and asked, "Why?" She replied, "So you can help me save the planet." I chuckled again and asked, "And why do you want to save  the planet?"
Because that's where I keep all my stuff," she said.
Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient 
laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter's antics, I suddenly realized that  I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.
Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. 
He  helped me all the  way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said,
"I hope you feel better soon."
Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back  malignant. When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said, "Thinking of you today. If you need me, I'm a phone call away." 
It was from a high school friend I hadn't seen in 10 years.
Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. 
He said he hadn't eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy.  
Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was  eating. 
The first thing the man said was, "We can share it.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Five Worthwhile Uses for Private Browsing Mode (Besides Porn)

People snicker about private browsing mode, but it isn’t just for pornography. In fact, it’s not even just for browsing privately–it has other uses. It’s named Incognito Mode in Chrome, Private Browsing in Firefox and Safari, and InPrivate Browsing in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer–but it’s essentially the same feature in all these browsers.

This is all thanks to the way private browsing mode works. It gives you a temporary browser session that doesn’t share cookies with your main browser, and the data–including those cookies–is automatically erased when you close the private browsing window.

Sign Into a Website With a Multiple Accounts at Once

Most websites don’t allow you to sign in with more than one account at a time. But private browsing mode offers a solution. Rather than signing out and signing in with another account, you can stay signed in in your main browsing window and open a private browsing window alongside it. Sign into a different account inn the private browsing window and you’ll be signed into two accounts at once.

This works because your browser’s cookies (and therefore, your login state) aren’t shared between these window.

You can also use private browsing mode to quickly sign into another account to check something. When you close your private browsing window, its cookies will be wiped and that other account will be signed out.

Bypass Article Reading Limits

Some websites–including many newspaper websites–limit you to a small number of free articles every day, week, or month. They then demand you pay for a subscription before reading more.

The count of how many articles you’ve read is generally stored on your web browser’s cookies. If a website ever informs you your free articles have been used up, open a private browsing window and access that web page. In many cases, it should load normally.

You can often do this from the website itself by right-clicking a link, too. For example, in Chrome, you can right-click a link and select “Open in Incognito Window” to open that link directly in a private browsing window.

If you run into the limit in the private browsing window, just close the private browsing window and re-open it to continue reading.

Sure, if you really depend on a publication, you may want to consider paying for the subscription. It’s less hassle in the long run, too. But this trick allows you to view a few more articles without paying.

Sign In Temporarily On Other People’s Computers

Let’s say you need to use a friend or family member’s computer to sign into an account-perhaps you just need to check Facebook or your email.

If you did this the normal way, you’d have to sign them out of Facebook or their email account and sign into yours. You’d then need to remember to sign out of your accounts afterwards, or you’d stay signed in on their computer. They’d then need to sign back in with their own account afterwards.

Rather than going through all this trouble, just open a private browsing window and sign into your account in that window. When you’re done, close the window and you’ll be signed out completely. You’ll know for sure that you didn’t stay signed into any of your accounts on their PC. Web pages you visit also won’t appear in their computer’s history.

This isn’t a foolproof solution for PCs you don’t trust, of course. Malware or keystroke-logging software could spy on you and log your password. But, assuming you do trust someone’s computer, this method is just less hassle.

Bypass Search Engine Filtering and See How Other Websites Look to the Public

Google uses your search history and the other information it knows about you to show you customized search results. This is normally useful, but sometimes you might want to see how Google search results appear to everyone else. For example, you may be Googling your own name or the name of your business. If you’re signed in, Google might show results about you higher in the  search results. But you may want to know how you rank in other people’s search results.

To escape this filtering, just open a private browsing window and perform your search on Google. You’ll be signed out in the private browsing window, so you’ll see the “pure,” unfiltered Google search results. The private browsing window will also have a fresh set of cookies, so Google can’t tailor the results based on your previous searches.

This method will also work on other search engines and any site that provides a customized experience to you based on your user account or your previous activity.

The above tip isn’t just about search engines. Private browsing mode lets you see how any web page appears to the public. This can be useful on Facebook, Google+, and other social-networking websites. Rather than signing out and signing back in afterwards, you can use a private browsing window to see how signed-out people see your social media profile.

Prevent Products From Appearing in Shopping Histories and Advertisements

You may sometimes want to keep certain searches private–not from your computer and other people using it, but from online websites.

For example, let’s say you’re researching a type of product you want to buy online, or even specific product. If you start searching for it on Amazon, Amazon will remember you were looking at that type of product. You’ll start seeing ads for the product on Amazon itself. You’ll even see ads asking you to buy that product on Amazon on other websites you visit, as Amazon’s advertisements chase you around the web.

If you don’t want this to happen, use a private browsing window and that activity won’t be associated with your Amazon account or browsing session. This method isn’t just for Amazon, but works on other online shopping websites that do the same thing.

These are just a few things you could routinely use private browsing mode for. There’s more, of course. Whenever you want to access a web page with a fresh browser state and without your browser saving any data afterwards, use this tool.

Chris Hoffman is a technology writer and all-around computer geek. He's as at home using the Linux terminal as he is digging into the Windows registry. 

Published 04/19/16

Sunday, April 24, 2016

America’s 10 Deadliest Diseases

10. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
> Total Deaths in 2013: 36,427
As is the case with many of the diseases killing the most Americans, liver disease and cirrhosis are often attributable to unhealthy behavior. The most common causes of liver disease are hepatitis B and C and alcohol abuse. However, the mortality rate for chronic liver disease and cirrhosis is on the rise while the incidence of alcohol abuse and hepatitis has remained relatively stable. Meanwhile, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition with no known cause, has seen a two-fold increase, likely contributing most to the rise in mortality from chronic liver disease.

9. Septicemia
> Total Deaths in 2013: 38,156
The septicemia mortality rate increased from 11.0 deaths per 100,000 people in 1999 to 12.1 deaths per 100,000 people in 2013. Septicemia, also known as sepsis, is a serious response of the body’s immune system to an infection. While infection of any kind can lead to sepsis, according to Allen, most are commonly caused by bacteria or fungal infection getting into the bloodstream from an underlying pneumonia, urinary tract infection, gut infection, or skin wound. Septicemia can also occur due to an infection caused by a surgical procedure. An estimated 10% of all hospital patients develop sepsis, and one in 10 of those patients die.

8. Chronic kidney disease
> Total Deaths in 2013: 47,112
The most common causes of renal failure, according to Allen, are chronic diabetes and high blood pressure. While the prevalence of high blood pressure in adults has decreased substantially from roughly 20% to 12% between 1999 and 2010, chronic kidney diseases have become more common. The death rate from nephritis — inflammation of the kidneys — increased from 12.7 to 14.9 deaths per 100,000 people over the period of 1999 through 2013. The increase is likely attributable to growing diabetes rates. As is the case with several other deadly diseases, Allen explained, the incidence of chronic kidney disease could be considerably reduced with lower smoking rates.

7. Influenza and pneumonia
> Total Deaths in 2013: 56,979
Flu and pneumonia are the most common infectious causes of death in America. The illnesses claimed a combined 56,979 lives in the United States in 2013. The mortality rate attributed to these diseases has decreased significantly over the past 15 years, from 22.8 to 18 deaths per 100,000 people. Certain forms of both pneumonia and influenza can be prevented with proper vaccination. Worldwide, vaccinations overall save roughly 6 million people per year, according to the World Health Organization. Many lives are saved due to the prevention of the flu and various infectious pnuemonias.

6. Diabetes mellitus
> Total Deaths in 2013: 75,578
Diabetes directly caused 75,578 deaths in 2013, the sixth highest death toll from a single disease in the United States. Further, diabetes is likely far more deadly than the numbers suggest. Only 10% of deaths of those with diabetes have the disease recorded on their death certificates. Diabetes is also a significant risk factor for stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, infection, and other diseases. The death rate attributed to diabetes has remained mostly stable over the 15-year reporting period from 1999 through 2013, decreasing slightly from 24.5 to 23.9 deaths per 100,000 people.

5. Alzheimer’s Disease
> Total Deaths in 2013: 84,767
The nearly 85,000 lives claimed by Alzheimer’s disease in 2013 is only part of the story. There are over 5 million Americans currently living with the disease. Not only does Alzheimer’s ruin lives and disrupt families, but also it takes a significant economic toll. The Alzheimer’s Association projects that the disease and other forms of dementia will cost the U.S. economy $236 billion in 2016 alone. As is the case with many of the deadliest diseases, Alzheimer’s is not entirely genetically predetermined. Based on evidence published in Lancet Neurology in 2014, approximately one-third of Alzheimer’s cases can be attributed to potentially avoidable risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and physical inactivity.

4. Stroke
> Total Deaths in 2013: 128,978
As is the case with many of the deadliest diseases in the country, the incidence of death attributable to stroke is decreasing. Over a decade and a half, the death rate from stroke has declined from 60.0 deaths per 100,000 people in 1999 to 40.8 deaths per 100,000 people in 2013. As with the associated decrease in deaths from heart disease, much of this can be attributed to declining smoking rates and improvement in the treatment of high blood pressure and cholesterol.

3. Chronic lung diseases
> Total Deaths in 2013: 149,205
While cancer and heart disease death rates have decreased since 1999, the incidence of death attributable to chronic lung diseases has increased over the same time period. There were roughly 47.2 deaths for every 100,000 people due to chronic lung diseases in 2013, slightly more than the 44.5 deaths for every 100,000 people in 1999. The main contributors to this category of disease are emphysema and other chronic lower respiratory diseases. Smoking and secondhand smoke exposure, air pollution, toxin exposure, and obesity are all significant risks for chronic lung disease.

2. Cancer
> Total Deaths in 2013: 584,881
Cancer was the underlying cause of more than half a million deaths in 2013 — despite improving treatment and earlier detection methods. Such improvements certainly helped lower the incidence of cancer death during the last 15 years, from 197 to 185 deaths per 100,000 people. However, as the U.S. population ages, the total number of new cancer cases is expected to increase as age is the most important risk factor associated with cancer. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, cancer will overtake heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States by 2030. While aging is unavoidable, there are multiple modifiable risk factors that can lower the risk of cancer; not smoking, minimal alcohol consumption, a healthy diet low in red and smoked meats, and avoiding radiation from the sun.

1. Heart disease
> Total Deaths in 2013: 611,105
The death rate from heart disease has decreased from 259.9 to 193.3 deaths per 100,000 people over the last decade and a half. This decline is likely due to lower smoking rates and improved medications for some modifiable risk factors such as high cholesterol and blood pressure, Allen explained. Despite recent improvements, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Diet is also a major factor. According to the CDC, 90% of Americans consume more sodium than is recommended. Excess sodium consumption can increase the risk of high blood pressure, which can in turn lead to heart disease and stroke. Cardiovascular diseases and stroke cost the nation an estimated $273 billion annually.

By Samuel Stebbins