Blog Posts by Dylan Stableford

  • Taya Kyle, widow of 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle, attends Oscars

    ‘I didn’t think I had the energy to show up ... let alone be presentable,’ she writes

    <div>HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Taya Kyle attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)</div>

    The widow of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle walked the red carpet Sunday night to attend the Academy Awards  where "American Sniper," the film about her late husband, is nominated for several awards, including Best Picture.

    Kyle posted an emotional note on Facebook ahead of the ceremony.

    "I didn’t think I had the energy to show up at the Oscars, let alone be presentable,” Taya Kyle wrote on Facebook Sunday afternoon. "I don’t like whining and I believe in the power of recognizing blessings even when the chips are down. I wanted to support everyone who made this movie representing real veteran families."

    She thanked Warner Brothers, a studio she called, "exceptional to work with in every aspect" and a "fairy [Godmother] for a regular woman who has kids, a murder trial for her beloved and dear friend," to handle at once, adding that she has been, "honestly exhausted."

    Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, were killed on Feb. 2, 2013, at a Texas shooting range.

    Bradley Cooper, who portrays

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  • Antarctica post office seeking job applicants who can dodge 'smelly penguins,' live without showering

    Sign me up!

    Are you in good shape? Able to carry a big, heavy box over slippery rocks and slushy snow? Happy not to shower for up to a month, live in close proximity to three people and 2,000 smelly penguins for five months with no power, heat or hot water and limited communications on a small island off the coast of Antarctica?

    If so, we have the job for you!

    The U.K. Antarctic Heritage Trust is looking for assistants to help run its post office museum and gift shop at Port Lockroy, located on Goudier Island off the Antarctic Peninsula.

    Applications are currently being accepted for up to four full-time seasonal positions at the remote outpost, which is visited each summer (November through March) by 18,000 people — who come by boat twice a day — and processes about 70,000 pieces of mail. Applications are due on Feb. 27.

    You don't need to have post office experience to apply, but you do need an unusual skillset:

    Can you demonstrate that you have most or all of the following?
    • Good physical and

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  • Scorpion stings woman on plane, delaying flight at LAX

    An Alaska Airlines flight en route to Portland had to return to the gate at Los Angeles International Airport Saturday night after a woman was stung by a scorpion, airline officials said.

    Medical personnel responded to the woman, who was stung in the arm, according to Cole Cosgrove, a spokesman for the airline. Flight attendants killed the scorpion and searched overhead compartments for "any additional, unwanted arachnids."

    The unidentified woman refused additional medical treatment but did not get back on the plane, Cosgrove told the Associated Press.

    The flight took off at about 8:40 p.m., 50 minutes behind schedule. It landed safely in Portland late Saturday night.

    It's unclear how the scorpion got on the flight, which originated in Los Cabos, Mexico.

    Both the Oregon State men's basketball team (which lost to USC 68-55) and the Portland University women's basketball team (which lost to Loyola Marymount 77-73) were on the commercial flight.

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  • ‘Smiley face’ spotted in space

    Hubble telescope captures celestial emoji


    It looks like the galaxy is smiling down on us.

    An image taken with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope of galaxy cluster SDSS J1038+4849 appears to show a “happy face,” replete with two orange eyes, a white button nose and a smiling expression.

    According to NASA, the smile lines “are actually arcs caused by an effect known as strong gravitational lensing:

    Galaxy clusters are the most massive structures in the Universe and exert such a powerful gravitational pull that they warp the spacetime around them and act as cosmic lenses which can magnify, distort and bend the light behind them. This phenomenon, crucial to many of Hubble’s discoveries, can be explained by Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

    In this special case of gravitational lensing, a ring — known as an Einstein Ring — is produced from this bending of light, a consequence of the exact and symmetrical alignment of the source, lens and observer and resulting in the ring-like structure we see here.

    In other words, the space

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  • North Korea: We don’t need ‘flashy lights’

    North Korea doesn’t need “flashy lights” to shine.

    Last year, the communist nation was photographed at night from the International Space Station appearing dimly lit when compared to neighboring South Korea and China.

    “The darkened land appears as if it were a patch of water joining the Yellow Sea to the Sea of Japan,” NASA noted of the image, which was taken by a member of NASA’s Expedition 38 as the space station flew over East Asia. Even the capital of Pyongyang (population: 3.26 million, as of 2008) is relatively dark compared to smaller cities in neighboring South Korea and China.

    Observers speculated the photos were proof that the regime’s leaders have been unable — or unwilling — to create the infrastructure for a functioning power grid.

    But according to a report from the British newspaper The Telegraph, a recent editorial published by North Korea’s state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun dismissed its detractors, saying critics may “clap their hands and get loud over a satellite

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  • John Kerry: ‘We are on the road’ to defeating IS

    ‘The coalition is strong, more committed than ever, particularly in the aftermath of the burning of the Jordanian pilot,’ secretary says

    Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S.-led coalition is “on the road” to degrading and destroying the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria.

    “I believe we are on the road to [degrading and destroying IS],” Kerry said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in an interview that aired Sunday. “Yes, I absolutely do.”

    The coalition, Kerry said, has regained more than 20 percent of territory that had been under IS control and killed “a significant proportion” of its top leadership.

    “We believe everything — including the governing process in Iraq itself — is moving in the right direction,” the secretary said.

    Kerry’s comments come following airstrikes launched by Jordan against the militant group last week after an IS video showed one of its captured pilots being burned alive in a cage.

    “The coalition is strong, more committed than ever, particularly in the aftermath of the burning of the Jordanian pilot,” Kerry said.

    Retired Gen. John Allen, special presidential envoy for the Global

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  • Woman with 'service' kangaroo named Jimmy asked to leave McDonald's

    A Wisconsin woman who brought a kangaroo into a McDonald's says she left the store voluntarily after a customer called police to complain.

    Beaver Dam Police say they responded to an anonymous call about the woman, Diana Moyer, who brought a kangaroo, Jimmy, into the fast-food restaurant.

    When police arrived, Moyer had the baby kangaroo wrapped in a blanket and tucked into a child's car seat, the Associated Press reported. Moyer told the responding officer that the kangaroo was a service animal to help her cope with emotional distress and produced a letter from a doctor.

    "We are aware a customer called the authorities regarding this incident, who then investigated and took the steps to resolve the situation," McDonald's said in a statement. "Our policy is to make our restaurants accessible to all customers, including those with disabilities and special needs."

    Her husband, Larry, told WISN-TV that Jimmy isn't technically a service animal for his wife but simply a therapy pet as she

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  • Hillary Clinton on vaccinations: 'The science is clear'

    'The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork,' former secretary of state tweets

    Hillary Clinton weighed in on the national debate over children's vaccinations amid a measles outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people in the United States, posting a message on her Twitter feed late Monday.

    "The science is clear," Clinton tweeted. "The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let's protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest."

    The former secretary of state and possible 2016 Democratic presidential candidate distanced herself from potential Republican hopefuls, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

    Earlier Monday, Paul told CNBC that parents "should have some input" whether or not to vaccinate their children, saying it is "an issue of freedom."

    "I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound

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  • Who was the left shark that captivated the world during Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show?

    Katy Perry's eye-popping performance during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show had a little bit of everything: a giant mechanical lion, Lenny Kravitz, a shooting star, pyrotechnics, and two dancing sharks.

    But just one shark — specifically, the left one — captivated millions of viewers Sunday night.

    “Left Shark failed out of choreography school,” Rodger Sherman (no relation to Richard) wrote on “Left Shark only got this gig after threatening to bite the person in charge of casting.”

    Indeed, the shark to Perry's right appeared to be a bit flummoxed while flapping its fins to Perry's "Teenage Dream," one of six songs the pop star performed during her 12-minute medley.

    So just who were the halftime sharks?

    An Instagram account was created by an anonymous user claiming to be "the original shark," though

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  • Huckabee compares being gay to drinking, swearing

    Asking him to accept same-sex marriage 'is like asking someone who's Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli'

    Possible Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says homosexuality is a lifestyle choice like drinking and swearing — which is why he can accept friends who are gay, despite his religious convictions.

    "People can be my friends who have lifestyles that are not necessarily my lifestyle," Huckabee said in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday. "I don't shut people out of my circle or out of my life because they have a different point of view. I don't drink alcohol, but gosh — a lot of my friends, maybe most of them, do. You know, I don't use profanity, but believe me, I've got a lot of friends who do. Some people really like classical music and ballet and opera — it's not my cup of tea."

    Still, there's no chance the former Arkansas governor will ever accept gay marriage — whether he runs for president or not.

    "This is not just a political issue," Huckabee said "It is a biblical issue. And as a biblical issue — unless I get a new version of the scriptures, it's really

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