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British Healthcare Plan Sounding Better and Better All the Time!

A ?15% premium hike last year was followed by a 19% rise in cost this year for my health insurance. That's on top of a 10% increase in my copay from 20% to 30% and a $1000 rise in my deductible

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A Tribute to One of my Favorite Actors  Characters!

Here's to you Gus Robert! C):-) n

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It's Official!

I posted an article the other day  about a huge hailstone that fell near the South Dakota state capitol of Pierre. Well, it's

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South Dakota- Home of the World's Largest...

Well, it's not official yet but South Dakota may be home to a new world record. It measures 8 inches in diameter and has a circumference of 18.75 inches! (unofficially of course) What is it?

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A Great Quote

"We're now looking at a scenario where response plans include lighting the ocean on fire, pouring potent chemicals into the water, and using trash and human hair to stop the flow of oil. If this is

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The Fool On the Hill; The Song and the Story

    This song was originally done by the Beatles, but I actually prefer the version done by Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 (below) who had the hit on it, taking it to #6 on the charts. This

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Tornado Safety Rules

With the recent tragic and death causing tornado outbreak in the Southern U.S., and it being "Severe Weather Week" in South Dakota, I thought it might be a good time to post these rules. Those of us

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Mother Gives Her Life to Save Children From Twister

p; A mother of 3 children died shielding them under a mattress in Yazoo County from a tornado that threw her mobile home 100 yards. Nikki Carpenter, 31, was getting her three boys, Austin, 1,

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How Old Are You In Days?

Ever wonder how many DAYS old you are? Me neither, but it was kind of fun to find out anyhow! Here's a neat little website that will "do the math" for you! It will tell you the number of days,

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Native American Inmates Find Hope Through Art Work

p; Inmates have a lot of time on their hands while serving out their sentences in the South Dakota State Penitentiary. But some Native American inmates have found a way to connect to their background

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Tornado Destruction in Yazoo City (video)



Tornado devastates portions of Mississippi. Video taken at Hwy 49 Hwy 16 on the south side of Yazoo City. n

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Severe Weather; Tornadoes Hit Louisiana  Mississippi, Two Deaths Reported



A large storm is making it's way across central Mississippi, and has spawned several tornadoes.  One tornado has hit the counties of Issaquena, Warren, and Yazoo counties. Substantial damage is

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What Happens When the Kids Take Your Keys Away

DON'T LAUGH, THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU!       A Biker and His Babe......Kind of gives new meaning to the term back seat driver! C):-)   n

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10 Reasons You Should Pull Over Immediately

p;  Cars are very reliable these days, and it's easy to forget that you can still have an emergency. Here's a Top 10 (make it 12) list of the things that should cause you to

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George Strait Sets Billboard Record

p;     Thirty years into his country music career the "King of Country" is showing no signs of giving up his throne. Strait reached a Billboard   

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Minnesota Twins Win First Game in Their New Stadium

The Twins defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-2 in their fist game played in Target Field today; their brand-new stadium in Mineapolis. It was a game of many firsts. First RBI hit in the new park was hit

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South Dakota #1 on Facebook!

South Dakota takes top spot for number of people on Facebook.  At 31.1% of it's population registered on Facebook it has the highest percentage of any state in the U.S. I just recently joined

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Anne Murray Calling it Quits

Anne Murray has decided to retire from her music career after spending nearly two thirds of her life as a singer. She opened up the field for her fellow Canadian artists throughout her

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Last Supper Painting

The famous Last Supper painting has seen the size of the meals in it grow over the years. In 52 paintings done since the original version, between the years 1000 and 2000, the size of the main

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You Tell ME How He Does It!

   I don't understand the language OR how he does the trick! lol It's fun to watch though! C):-)   n

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South Dakota Doctor Was Pioneer in Cancer Research

One probably wouldn't think of South Dakota as being on the fore front of cancer research, especially back in 1948. Sioux Falls would have been a tiny little community back then. But at least

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Popular Science Magazine Archives Now Online

Popular Science magazine and Google have gotten together to offer the ENTIRE archive of Popular Science magazine online free! It won't only bring back great memories for long time readers, it covers

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Don't Forget! The New Discovery Channel Series Starts Sunday!

Just a reminder that the new series "LIFE" on Discovery Channel starts this Sunday the 21st at 8:00 eastern! For more info and video peeks at the new series go to:    

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And the Woman of the Year Award Goes To...

                 Woman of the Year?? n

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13 Jul 2015
STERZING, Italy -- At first glance, Johannes Stoetter's work may have you seeing a parrot, or a chameleon, even a pile of bananas. But Stoetter is a master of using body paint as camouflage. His creations are actually humans, disguised through body paint.

It took him two hours, 10 pounds of bananas, and some paint to turn me into a fruit arrangement. But it's Stoetter's stunning animal creations that have brought him worldwide fame.

The frog he created is actually five interlocking humans. The parrot is a woman, one armed crooked over her head and her leg sticking straight out.



Stoetter is self-taught, but he has a natural gift for analyzing and matching color.

"Sometimes I feel as if something, like a higher power is painting through me, as if I was just a medium," said Stoetter.





Believe it or not, body painting is a competitive event and Stoetter won the World Championship in 2012. But he spends most of his time in the area where he grew up in the Italian Alps.

"Nature was always a strong thing for me," said Stoetter. "I think that inspired me very deeply."



Stoetter has experimented with camouflage against various natural backgrounds, but it's the tropical animal images that have become online sensations.



To see more of Stoetter's work go to: and



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13 Jul 2015
* Evonik shares down 2.1 pct in after-hours trading

(Adds more details, background, updates shares)



WASHINGTON, July 13 - A Brooklyn, New York man,

who passed stock trading tips on napkins and Post-it notes at

meetings in Grand Central Terminal before swallowing the

evidence, has reached a civil settlement with the U.S.

Securities and Exchange Commission.



2:01pm EDT

* Hayes says fear of extradition forced him to agree SFO

deal

LOS ANGELES, July 13 - Democratic presidential

hopeful Martin O'Malley revealed last week that he and his wife

borrowed $339,200 to put their two eldest children through

college, the latest of many scary anecdotes about massive

student loans.



http://www.reuters.com/sectors/financials



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13 Jul 2015
At the foundation of a great many DIY projects and crafty makeovers is one unifying medium: paint. It's the fastest way to transform rooms, furniture, lamps, planters, and so much more. While the whole process is quite simple, it's also surprisingly easy to muck up your paint project with a few silly mistakes. How many have you committed in prior paint jobs? Steer clear of these common pitfalls for a more polished and professional outcome the next time around.



Choosing Inferior Applicators

After spending big bucks on paint, you might be inclined to buy cheap brushes and rollers in effort to cut costs. However, in order to get professional results, you'll need to start with good quality tools. Investing in applicators is well worth the extra expense.



Improper Preparation

When it comes to painting, you always want to start with a blank slate. Wash your walls and make sure all repair work is done prior to applying any paint. For paint to go on smoothly, your wall should be clean, dry, and free of any loose debris.



Related: How To Clean EVERYTHING

Skipping the Tape

Attention to detail is what separates good work from great work. For clean lines and professional-looking results, don't skip the painter's tape. Taping ensures that you'll have the crisp edges you want. To prevent bleeding, make sure the tape is sealed tightly around baseboards, windows, and molding.



Leaving Surroundings Unprotected

Paint has a habit of ending up in places we never intended. Before even opening the can, make sure your work zone is protected. If you can, move out all the furniture take off all the wall plates. Then, cover the entire floor with a drop cloth. You'll thank yourself for this 10-minute prep when you're not scrubbing paint splatter off wood flooring later.



Related: The Only 7 Tools You Need to Paint Any Room

Painting Without Primer

Never ever skip the primer. This step preps the wall surface so paint sticks more easily, plus it ensures the true color of the paint shines through. These days, you can even buy a two-in-one paint and primer--doesn't get much easier than that.

See the last three common painting mistakes at BobVila.com!

For more from BobVila.com:



10 Top Tips to Make Any Paint Job Go Faster

Experts Predict the Most Popular Remodeling Projects of 2015

Beyond Ikea: 10 Other Places to Get Affordable Furniture

Worth It: 8 Renovations That Pay You Back

7 Surprising Household Uses for Mayonnaise

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bobvilacom/the-8-common-painting-mis_b_6533650.html

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13 Jul 2015
DIPLOMATS SAY NEGOTIATORS AT IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS PLAN TO ANNOUNCE TODAY THEY'VE REACHED A DEAL *

DEAL WOULD CAP NEARLY A DECADE OF TALKS BETWEEN IRAN AND SIX WORLD POWERS, INCLUDING U.S. *

NEGOTIATIONS AIM TO CURB TEHRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM IN EXCHANGE FOR INTL SANCTIONS RELIEF *

NOTORIOUS DRUG LORD JOAQUIN "EL CHAPO" GUZMAN'S MEXICO PRISON ESCAPE RAISING CONCERNS IN U.S. *

FORMER DRUG ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL SAYING, "HE OUGHT TO HAVE BEEN HOUSED IN AN AMERICAN PRISON" *

GUZMAN REPORTEDLY ESCAPED THROUGH A MILE-LONG TUNNEL THAT OPENED INTO THE SHOWER AREA OF HIS CELL *



IT'S THE SECOND TIME HE'S ESCAPED FROM PRISON IN 15 YEARS *

GUZMAN, LEADER OF THE POWERFUL SINALOA CARTEL, WAS CAPTURED BY MEXICAN AUTHORITIES IN FEB 2014 AFTER FIRST ESCAPING FROM PRISON IN 2001 *

BRITISH PM DAVID CAMERON SAYS BRITAIN'S MILITARY NEEDS MORE "SPY PLANES, DRONES AND SPECIAL FORCES" TO FIGHT ISIS *

CAMERON TO VISIT AN AIR FORCE BASE TODAY CONTAINING DRONES USED IN THE U.S.-LED CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE TERROR ORG *

BRITISH WARPLANES HAVE STRUCK ISIS TARGETS IN IRAQ, AND CAMERON HAS PUSHED TO EXPAND MISSION TO SYRIA *

BRITAIN'S MILITARY IS STRUGGLING WITH BUDGETARY ISSUES FOLLOWING CUTS TO PUBLIC SPENDING *

EUROZONE LEADERS REACH A UNANIMOUS DEAL AT MARATHON GREEK DEBT TALKS *

EUROPEAN COUNCIL PRES DONALD TUSK TWEETED THE BAILOUT PROGRAM INCLUDES "SERIOUS REFORMS AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT" *

DEAL IS SET TO PREVENT GREECE FROM EXITING THE EUROZONE AND THE COUNTRY'S BANKS FROM CLOSING *

IRAQI GOVT BEGINS LARGE-SCALE MILITARY OP TO DRIVE ISIS OUT OF ANBAR *

IT'S UNCLEAR IF THE U.S.-LED INTL COALITION IS TAKING PART *



ISIS SEIZED PARTS OF ANBAR IN EARLY 2014, INCLUDING THE CAPITAL CITY OF RAMADI *



NEGOTIATORS SAY THE COLOMBIAN GOVT AND LEFTIST REBELS WILL SEEK A CEASE-FIRE TO END THE COUNTRY'S MORE THAN FIVE-DECADE CONFLICT *



COLOMBIA AGREEING TO SCALE DOWN MILITARY ACTION IF THE REVOLUTIONARY ARMED FORCES OF COLOMBIA SUSPEND ALL ATTACKS *



ON SUN, BOTH SIDES SAID DE-ESCALATION WOULD START JULY 20 *

COLOMBIAN PRES JUAN MANUEL SANTOS PRAISING THE ANNOUNCEMENT ON TWITTER AS A SIGNIFICANT STEP *



IT STILL NEEDS APPROVAL FROM GREEK PARLIAMENT *

SAUDI-LED COALITION AIRSTRIKE REPORTEDLY KILLS 25 CIVILIANS AND WOUNDS 50 IN CAPITAL, SANAA, INCLUDING WOMEN AND CHILDREN *

AIRSTRIKES AND GROUND FIGHTING IN YEMEN HAVE CONTINUED FOR THIRD DAY DESPITE U.N.-BROKERED TRUCE BETWEEN REBELS AND INTERNATIONALLY-BACKED GOVT IN EXILE AND ITS ALLIES *

MORE THAN 3K PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN YEMEN SINCE AIRSTRIKES BEGAN IN MARCH *

http://gretawire.foxnews.com/

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