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  • Tropical Storms Bear Down On Mexico From Both Coasts

    09/02/2014 11:56:02 AM PDT · by thackney
    Rig Zone ^ | Sep 2, 2014 | Reuters
    Two separate tropical storms closed in on Mexico from both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans on Tuesday, risking a double hit on the country a year after a pair of storms converged to cause major flooding that killed over 100 people. Tropical Storm Dolly, which formed in the southern Gulf of Mexico early Tuesday, is likely to strengthen slightly in the next 24 hours until it reaches the mainland, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The severe weather has already forced the closure of two of the major crude oil export terminals used by Mexican state-run oil company Pemex....
  • Deep Frieze Meaning: What is the Parthenon telling us?

    09/02/2014 11:54:52 AM PDT · by mojito
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9/8/2014 | A. E. STALLINGS
    The Parthenon represents, for many, a golden age in human achievement: the 5th-century b.c. Greek flowering of democracy, sciences, and the arts. But what if its chief ornament, the Parthenon frieze, turned out to be not an embodiment of reason and proportion—of stillness at the heart of motion, quiet piety, and enlightened civic responsibility—but (or, rather, also) something darker, more primitive: a representation of the critical moment in an ancient story of a king at war, a human sacrifice, and a goddess’s demand for virgin blood? That’s the argument at the heart of The Parthenon Engima. The plot involves not...
  • In Defense of Amazon

    09/02/2014 11:52:09 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 2 replies
    Slate.com MoneyBox ^ | Sept. 2 2014 | Neal Pollack
    Last August, Amazon flew about 80 writers on its Thomas & Mercer mystery and thriller imprint—including me—to Seattle for a conference. They put us up at the Westin downtown, a nice hotel by any standard, and spent the weekend feeding us well and serving us top-shelf booze at an increasingly fabulous series of parties. There were tourist outings, the usual conference mix of panels and workshops, and a non-stressful visit to the Amazon Death Star. Also, they gave us a free Kindle Paperwhite, a nice touch. With a few exceptions, none of the writers at the conference were particularly famous;...
  • A jargon-free guide to the celebrity nude-photo scandal and the shadowy Web sites behind it

    09/02/2014 11:46:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/02/2014 | By Caitlin Dewey
    It’s a late entry, and a sad one, but the trove of stolen celebrity nudes that hit Reddit like a bomb over the weekend may just qualify as the Internet story of the summer. After all, it’s the perfect Internet scandal: sex, Bitcoin, shadowy hackers and long-reigning Internet darling Jennifer Lawrence. And yet, the ongoing incident — which the FBI has said it’s investigating — is far more than a tawdry tabloid story. It also raises a lot of profoundly important issues about technology, security, privacy and power in the digital age. There are practical implications, as well: The leak...
  • Centerplate CEO Resigns in Response to Dog Abuse Video

    09/02/2014 11:46:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Sep 02, 2014
    Centerplate’s board of directors announced today that Chris Verros has been appointed to the role of acting president and chief executive officer, effective immediately, following the resignation of Desmond Hague from the company. The decision comes as a result of Hague’s personal misconduct involving the mistreatment of an animal in his care. “We want to reiterate that we do not condone nor would we ever overlook the abuse of animals,” said Joe O’Donnell, chairman of the board of directors for Centerplate. “Following an extended review of the incident involving Mr. Hague, I’d like to apologize for the distress that this...
  • Shriver had secret lover before Arnie’s affair was exposed (RINO Matt Dowd)

    09/02/2014 11:45:12 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 7 replies
    Page Six ^ | September 1, 2014 | Tara Palmeri
    Arnold Schwarzenegger may have shagged the maid — but wife Maria Shriver is no June Cleaver. The Kennedy heiress was sleeping with her husband’s lead campaign strategist well before Schwarzenegger’s old affair with their housekeeper came to light, campaign staffers and other sources told The Post.And after years of playing the betrayed wife, Shriver, 58, recently trotted out her longtime lover, Matthew Dowd, 53, as if he were a new fling, sources said.
  • US manufacturing grows at fastest pace in 3 1/2 years

    09/02/2014 11:41:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    SFGate ^ | 09/02/2014 | By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing grew in August at the strongest pace in more than three years as factories cranked out more goods and new orders rose. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing index rose to 59 from 57.1 in July, the ISM said Tuesday. That was the highest reading since March 2011. Any measure above 50 signals that manufacturing is growing. Tuesday's ISM report coincides with other signs that manufacturing is helping drive the U.S. economy's improvement. Factories are benefiting from strong demand for aircraft, furniture, and steel and other metals. The boost from manufacturing has helped offset slower...
  • Hunting for “Minimoons” Orbiting Earth

    09/02/2014 11:37:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin
    universetoday.com ^ | September 2, 2014 | David Dickinson on
    solar orbit from time to time. Now, a recent paper out of the University of Hawaii written in partnership with the SETI Institute and the Department of Physics at the University of Helsinki has looked at the possible prospects for the population of captured Near-Earth asteroids, and the feasibility of detecting these with existing and future systems about to come online. ... Turns out, our large Moon makes a pretty good goaltender, ejecting —and sometimes taking a beating from — any tiny second moon hopeful. Of course, you can’t blame those astronomers of yore entirely. Though none of these spurious...
  • Scientists create renewable fossil fuel alternative using bacteria

    09/02/2014 11:36:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 09/02/2014 | Provided by Imperial College London
    The development is a step towards commercial production of a source of fuel that could one day provide an alternative to fossil fuels. Propane is an appealing source of cleaner fuel because it has an existing global market. It is already produced as a by-product during natural gas processing and petroleum refining, but both are finite resources. In its current form it makes up the bulk of LPG (liquid petroleum gas), which is used in many applications, from central heating to camping stoves and conventional motor vehicles. In a new study, the team of scientists from Imperial College London and...
  • Rape Victim Forced To Pay Child Support

    09/02/2014 11:36:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | September 2, 2014
    A rape victim in Arizona is now being forced to pay child support. What makes this so wrong is that the one raped had been a 14 year old boy at the time. Nick Olivas had been below the age of consent, which is 15, when a 20-year-old woman took advantage of his rough home life and emotional state. He was young and lonely, but being willing is irrelevant when you’re that young. Olivas was never told that he had gotten the woman pregnant before they went their separate ways. He discovered the hard way that he had a six-year-old...
  • It's no longer safe to recline your airplane seat

    09/02/2014 11:35:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | September 2, 2014 | Scott Mayerowitz
    Squeezed into tighter and tighter spaces, airline passengers appear to be rebelling, taking their frustrations out on other fliers. Three U.S. flights made unscheduled landings in the past eight days after passengers got into fights over the ability to recline their seats. Disputes over a tiny bit of personal space might seem petty, but for passengers whose knees are already banging into tray tables, every inch counts.
  • Live Event: Pentagon briefing

    09/02/2014 11:35:00 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | live | Reuters
    Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby holds his daily briefing, which is expected to include a range of topics including Iraq, Somalia and possibly Steven Sotloff.
  • Halfway House: GOP falling short in midterms

    09/02/2014 11:31:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/02/2014 | By ALEX ISENSTADT
    Tepid fundraising, underperforming candidates and a lousy party brand are threatening to deprive House Republicans of the sweeping 2014 gains that some top party officials have been predicting this year. POLITICO interviewed more than a dozen top strategists from both parties about their outlook for the House in the midterms, and their assessment was nearly unanimous: Republicans are on track to expand their majority by only five or six seats, or roughly half their goal. The conversations covered everything from advertising strategies to fundraising to polling. A small gain would again leave Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) largely beholden to the...
  • OJ Simpson Converts to Islam (Mike Tyson to Help)

    09/02/2014 11:28:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    tvnz ^ | Thursday August 28, 2014
    The former American footballer and movie star has been imprisoned in Nevada since 2008 on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery in relation to an armed robbery that took place at the Palace Station hotel-and-casino in Las Vegas in which sports memorabilia was taken. After seeing his appeal for a re-trial quashed last and being informed in July 2013 he will serve at least another four years, Simpson has embraced the religion in a bid to change his life. A source told National Enquirer magazine: "O.J. really thought that he was going to be successful in a bid for a...
  • Video: Parents of fallen SEAL demand Obama resignation

    09/02/2014 11:26:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Tough words from Billy and Karen Vaughn, whose only son Aaron gave his life in a 2011 crash of a SEAL Team Six Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan, perhaps in the shootdown shortly after the mission that killed Osama bin Laden. For years, Barack Obama relied on the success of the bin Laden mission to make the argument that he could lead the nation in war. Now the Vaughns accuse Obama of “a cowardly lack of leadership,” and demand his resignation over the administration’s failure to stop ISIS when it had opportunities to do so: On Monday, the Vaughns wrote...
  • Fundraisers for Darren Wilson halted while awaiting legal advice

    09/02/2014 11:25:16 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 1 hour ago | Christine Byers
    Websites raising money for Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson temporarily stopped accepting donations Sunday while the sites' administrators await clarification on whether the money can be used to cover the officer's legal expenses, according to organizers.
  • [Washington] Post names Frederick J. Ryan Jr. as new publisher

    09/02/2014 11:20:48 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 2 at 11:55 AM | Craig Timberg
    Washington Post owner Jeffrey P. Bezos is replacing Publisher Katharine Weymouth with Frederick J. Ryan Jr., a former Reagan administration official who was part of the founding leadership team of Politico, a primarily digital news organization that competes with The Post on political coverage, the company announced Tuesday. The departure of Weymouth, 48, ends eight decades of Graham family leadership of The Post, which her great-grandfather bought in 1933. Bezos, who acquired The Post for $250  million in a sale announced in August 2013, initially kept the senior leadership team intact. He told Weymouth during a visit to Washington, on...
  • Canadian cowardly head doc’s hand-wringing OK for assisted suicide

    09/02/2014 11:16:38 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/29/14 | Wesley J. Smith
    p>This is how the culture of death advances. A clueless, or cowardly–or both–authority figure says he or she is against assisted suicide except as a very last resort when everything else has been tried. Never mind that medicalized killing has never been so limited anywhere assisted suicide/euthanasia is legal. Never. Ever. Nowhere. Not Oregon. Not Washington. Not the Netherlands. Not Belgium. Not anywhere on planet earth. But saying that it is OK, if limited to a very last resort when everything that can be conjured by the minds of medical science has failed allows a surrender with seeming principle. That’s the kind of abjection now pushed by the head of...
  • Lost in America: Visa Program Struggles to Track Missing Foreign Students

    09/02/2014 11:13:25 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 2, 2014 | BRIAN ROSS and MATTHEW MOSK
    Lost in America: Visa Program Struggles to Track Missing Foreign Students Sep 2, 2014 By BRIAN ROSS and MATTHEW MOSK Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who entered the United States on student visas, overstayed their welcome, and essentially vanished -- exploiting a security gap that was supposed to be fixed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. "My greatest concern is that they could be doing anything," said Peter Edge, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees investigations into visa violators. "Some of them could be here to do us harm." Homeland...
  • Neil Tyson On The Politics Of Science Denial

    09/02/2014 11:10:04 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 14 replies
    Science 2.0 ^ | 9/1/2014 | Hank Campbell
    Spend any time in American science media and you may find some of them are pretty far out of the political mainstream; so far out, they may not even be friends with anyone who has not always voted the same way as them. So it's unsurprising that much of science media once perpetuated the claim that 'science votes Democrat.' Humans are fallible and confirmation bias is sneaky. As was apocryphally attributed to New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael after the 1972 Presidential election and a Richard M. Nixon landslide victory, "I don't know how Nixon won. No one I know...
  • 7-Year-Old Boy Struck in Chest During Target Practice: Sheriff

    09/02/2014 11:06:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez
    A 7-year-old boy from the Bay Area was flown to the hospital after he was injured while target practicing with a .22-caliber rifle as his father stood nearby. El Dorado County Sheriff's Lt. Tim Becker told NBC affiliate KCRA in Sacramento that the boy complained of chest pain and had a "hole in his T-shirt" after pieces of a bullet apparently ricocheted into his chest on Saturday at the family's property off of Bottle Hill Road in Georgetown, near Auburn. "The parents were watching," Becker told KCRA. "His dad was right there." Becker did not state who fired the bullet...
  • Husband Shocked as Wife Delivers Baby While He Was Overseas for Years: Dubai Court Told

    09/02/2014 11:02:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, September 02, 2014 | Eman Al Baik
    Indian accuses wife for having an illicit relationship and registering the new born under his nameAn Indian husband got shock of his life when his wife delivered a baby boy while he was in a foreign country for employment for years, the Dubai Criminal Court heard. The wife, who worked as a nurse and allegedly had an illicit relationship with a compatriot, delivered a baby boy and registered in the name of her husband while he had not visited her for many years. The husband, RJ, 48, was shocked when he learnt that his wife had a baby boy on...
  • Does S.F. Need Nine Golf Courses During This Drought?

    09/02/2014 10:58:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Tue, Sep 2, 2014 | Pete Kane
    Tolka Rover/Flickr Four of San Francisco's nine golf courses surround Lake Merced. President Obama has gotten a bit of flak for spending a lot of time on the golf course this summer. But here in San Francisco, it’s the golf courses themselves that are causing controversy. Earlier this month, Priceonomics’s Alex Mayyasi wondered, “Why Does San Francisco Have So Many Golf Courses?” while noting that the 47-square-mile city actually has nine golf courses, plus a tenth outside the city limits that’s under its jurisdiction. In light of the housing emergency, Mayyasi framed the question as one of space allocation, because...
  • Drone Video Captures Apple's Campus 2 "Spaceship" Under Construction

    09/02/2014 10:55:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez
    It looks like Stonehenge. A doughnut. A giant sand castle. Those were just some of the comments a new drone video taken with a GoPro camera of the futuristic Apple Campus 2 was garnering after the eight-minute raw piece was posted to YouTube. As of Monday, the aerial image of the campus under construction in Cupertino on Tantau Avenue had more than 1.3 million views and 500 comments. "Wow, this looks huge," Dustin W. Stout wrote in the comments section of the video. "I've seen mockups previously of what the site is going to look like, but seeing it like...
  • Steven Sotloff 'beheaded by Islamic State' - latest

    09/02/2014 10:54:59 AM PDT · by boycott · 70 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02 Sep 2014 | Barney Henderson
    Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) release video apparently showing beheading of US hostage, Steven Sotloff ---- David Cameron has said: "I've just seen the news. It's an absolutely disgusting and despicable act and I will be making a statement later."
  • GM Will Make Cars With Motion Sensors to Keep Your Eyes on the Road

    09/02/2014 10:53:15 AM PDT · by shove_it · 34 replies
    TimeCom ^ | 2 Sep 2014 | Dan Kedmey
    Eye and head tracking sensors will make it harder to text while driving General Motors is reportedly installing sensors in its next generation of cars that will detect drivers’ eye and head motions and alert drivers to prolonged moments of distraction...
  • New Dorp High School Teacher Allowed Hack to Class After 'Cinnamon Challenge' Reprimand

    09/02/2014 10:48:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Staten Island Live ^ | August 28, 2014 | Diane C. Lore
    A culinary arts teacher at New Dorp High School is headed back to class after being formally reprimanded by the Department of Education for allowing some of his students to eat spoonfuls of cinnamon as part of a "challenge." The pungent spice, in powdered form, is known to cause gagging, vomiting and choking. Teacher Matthew Hayes, who was the subject of an investigation by the Office of Special Investigations Commissioner Richard Condon, admitted to investigators he challenged his students to try to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon as part of a lesson on flavor, taste and texture in cooking. Students...
  • Regulators OK Formosa chemical expansion in Point Comfort {Texas}

    09/02/2014 10:46:29 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 2, 2014 | Rhiannon Meyers
    Federal and state regulators have cleared the way for Formosa Plastics Corp. to begin construction on a $2 billion expansion of its petrochemical complex in Point Comfort. The approvals come two years after the private U.S. affiliate of the Taiwan-based industrial company announced plans to build new units and expand its capacity on 372 acres within its existing 1,600-acre site 120 miles southwest of Houston near Port Lavaca. It’s the fourth expansion since the Point Comfort plant went online in 1983. The Environmental Protection Agency issued final greenhouse gas permits and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality greenlighted the environmental...
  • New York driver chains neck to pole, hits gas pedal, gets decapitated

    09/02/2014 10:39:40 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 70 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 2, 2014 | Michael Y. Park
    A 51-year-old man decapitated himself in New York's Bronx borough by chaining his neck to a pole, getting into his car and stomping on the gas, police said on Tuesday.
  • UK-Born Private School Girl Joins Syria Militants

    09/02/2014 10:26:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Tuesday, 2 September 2014 A Scottish-born private schoolgirl who travelled to Syria has joined Islamist militants there and urged Muslims in Britain to bring the “battlefield” home, the British Daily Mail newspaper reported Monday. The case of Glasgow-born Aqsa Mahmood, 20, surfaced as Prime Minister David Cameron announced plans to give police more powers to curb the rising phenomena of Britons joining militants in the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The British daily said Police Scotland and security services confirmed they were aware of the case of Mahmood, who in 2013 abandoned a university course to join militants fighting...
  • Mysteries set in stone

    09/02/2014 10:25:42 AM PDT · by Theoria · 15 replies
    Capital Journal ^ | 22 Aug 2014 | David Rookhuyzen
    They are mystery stories, written large as life in mineral ink on the pages of the northern plains. A 360-foot snake – reportedly once with a blazing red tongue – slithering along a grassy slope. A long-tailed turtle lying next to woman near an earthen mound. A large grid spread across the spur of a hill. All created from lines of small boulders. Hundreds of these stone effigies or alignments, ranging from animal forms to mosaics can be found across the seven Midwestern states and parts of Canada, including more than a hundred such figures in South Dakota. The mystery...
  • Video of Iranian Woman Removing Hijab While Dancing Goes Viral

    09/02/2014 10:20:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Monday, 1 September 2014
    The video of an Iranian woman dancing and removing her hijab (Islamic head scarf) on top of a car has gone viral on the Internet. The lady was dancing on a traditional Iranian song in front of people who were cheering and applauding.
  • Small Tent or Big Tent? - Why political parties are missing the larger picture

    09/02/2014 10:20:07 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 9/1/2014 | Jack Spencer
    An analogy used to describe the extent to which a political party is exclusive or inclusive is whether or not it is a “big tent” or a “small tent.” This analogy is most commonly employed in reference to the Republican Party. In essence, the terms “big tent” and “small tent” are used to describe the width and depth of a party’s political appeal. When the Republican Party is said to be a “small tent,” the intimation is that the political positions it holds represent too narrow a segment of the voting public. Frequently this accusation is accompanied by a list...
  • Top Soil may be Blown Away, but Subsoil will Restore it

    09/02/2014 10:18:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/2/14 | Jerry Todd
    The fragile topsoil of freedom and enterprise can be clogged with the hardpan of regulations or blown away by the evil winds of “progressivism.” There are simple ways to draw from Subsoil (the combined application of the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity)… See here for more details: http://www.principia-scientific.org/chaos-and-subsoil-where-science-prospers.html Lawmaking and bureaucracy must incorporate Subsoil into the conception, design and government operations to preserve the American Way of Life as the Founders intended. Sworn Constitutional officers must honor the solemnity of their oaths to protect and defend the Constitution in spite of political agendas. Five important questions must be asked, truthfully...
  • Iraq Crisis: Kurdish Peshmerga Commander Claims Amerli Recaptured From 'Drugged Up' Jihadis

    09/02/2014 10:14:27 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 15 replies
    IBT ^ | September 2, 2014 17:43 BST | Jack Moore
    <p>A Kurdish peshmerga commander has claimed that his forces retook the besieged town of Amerli in northern Iraq from Isis (now known as the Islamic State) militants who were "high on drugs".</p> <p>Last week, Kurdish peshmerga Iraqi forces and Shia militias recaptured the Turkmen town of Amerli after it fell into the hands of IS for two months.</p>
  • 'Halal Wine' With 24-Carat Edible Gold Leaf Released in Dubai

    09/02/2014 10:14:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Sunday, 31 August 2014
    A new product dubbed as sparkling “halal wine” has been reportedly released in Dubai featuring a 24-carat edible gold leaf to add a glittering effect. The “Lussory” wine is said to be completely halal because it contains no alcohol, according to the UAE-based 7days newspaper. “Lussory is a 100 percent halal product with 0.0 per cent alcohol content,” 7Days quoted Lootah Premium Foods as saying. The grapes used to produce the Lussory halal wine came from the vineyards of La Mancha in Spain, the newspaper added. The wine is “made in the exact same way as regular wine or champagne,”...
  • "Reunification with Spain Movement" Established in Puerto Rico

    09/02/2014 10:13:23 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 48 replies
    (English-language translation) San Juan, Sept. 1 - Starting today, the Puerto Rico Reunification with Spain Movement (MRE) is an officially-constituted group after its first assembly was attended by less than 40 people whose common interest is to make the Caribbean island a Spanish province. "Reunificationists, 116 years ago, the Spanish province of Puerto Rico was invaded and militarily occupied by the United States, causing the separation from the mother country Spain against its will," said José Nieves, the driving force behind this initiative, during the assembly held on Sunday during the long weekend in Puerto Rico and the United States...
  • 11-year-old to be expelled for bringing a virtual gun to a virtual school?

    09/02/2014 10:12:19 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    Badger Pundit ^ | 9-2-2014 | Badger Pundit
    Meet Melissa A. Horn. She’s the 40-year-old Wisconsin school principal who’s currently bullying an 11-year-old boy over a tiny picture of a gun and an American flag on the computer he uses only at home.The boy, Matthew, is “attending” — through distance learning, via computer — Wisconsin Virtual Learning, a 4K-12K virtual school run as an online pubic charter school by the Northern Ozaukee School District.Horn is its principal and executive director. For more on Horn, consult her LinkedIn page and her “Executive Director’s Message” in which she speaks about how, at Wisconsin Virtual Learning, “we pride ourselves in being...
  • 1,500-year-old 'magical' papyrus is first to refer to Last Supper

    09/02/2014 10:11:49 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 37 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 2 September 2014 | Sarah Griffiths for
    It has laid largely unstudied in a university library for more than 100 years. But now a 1,500-year-old papyrus has been identified as one of the world’s earliest surviving Christian charms. The ‘remarkable’ document contains some of the earliest documented references to The Last Supper and sheds new light on early Christian practices, experts say.
  • CDC Director: Ebola Outbreak ‘Is Spiraling Out Of Control’

    09/02/2014 10:11:45 AM PDT · by blam · 22 replies
    CBS News, Atlanta ^ | 9-2-2014 | CBS
    <p>ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta/AP) — The director for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says that the Ebola outbreak is going to get worse.</p> <p>Speaking to “CBS This Morning” following his trip to the West African countries dealing with the outbreak, Dr. Tom Frieden explained that they have to act now to try to get Ebola under control.</p>
  • Internet Video Purports to Show Beheading of US Reporter Steven Sotloff by Islamic State Group

    09/02/2014 10:11:42 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 177 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9/2/2014 | AP
  • Leftist Elitism and the Divine Right of Kings

    09/02/2014 10:08:33 AM PDT · by walford · 4 replies
    Facebook ^ | 09/02/2014 | walford
    There are some aspects of Modern Leftism that have evolved from the Divine Right of Kings -- particularly amongst the elites. Divine Right holds that one is born into a class of the wealthy and powerful due to the Will of the Almighty. Aristocrats-by-birth in agrarian medievalist Europe justified their relative wealth in those terms. So those who have economic success and political influence are so because they have been Chosen while the rest are by definition inferior in Divine blessing in their earthly poverty. Left to their own devices, those born poor would destroy themselves and thus need to...
  • Lady Gaga’s Israel Message Sparks Arab Reactions

    09/02/2014 10:08:24 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 2 September 2014
    A video released by Lady Gaga in which she greets her Israel fans with a “Shalom” has provoked mixed responses from Arab fans and social medial users. "Shalom, Israel," the pop superstar said in the brief greeting. "I'm so excited to perform my new tour in Tel Aviv," she added in reference to her concert scheduled for Sept. 13 THe short video message has gone viral online, with many Arab users labeling her as “disgusting” and devilish” and having “no sensitivities” amid the recent Israeli offensive on Gaza which resulted in the deaths of more than 2,000 Palestinians and more...
  • Video: Briton, Saudi Wife Beaten up by Religious Police

    09/02/2014 10:04:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Monday, 1 September 2014
    A British man and his Saudi wife were attacked by members of the religious police, officially known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, outside one of the premier malls in Riyadh on Saturday, Al-Hayat daily said. The members pounced on the car, in which the Briton and his wife had gotten into for protection, rapped on the window glass and asked him to step out of the car. Read also: Interview with head of Saudi religious police on beating of British man This was after an argument and fisticuff, which the Briton and his...
  • Oxford grooming gang: We will regret ignoring Asian thugs who target white girls

    09/02/2014 10:02:11 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 32 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Allison Pearson
    Rochdale, Rotherham, Derby, Oxford. The towns change, but the pattern is always the same. Gangs of men, mainly of Pakistani Muslim heritage, lure white girls as young as 10 with gifts and displays of affection. Next, the girl is raped as a way of “breaking her in”. Once the child’s spirit is subdued, and her mind fogged with drugs, she is sold for sex to multiple men at Ł200 a time. If the girl tries to break away, a gang member might threaten to behead her or firebomb her home. Mohammed Karrar, who was found guilty in the Oxford sex-grooming...
  • Groom Robs Bride's Dad to Pay Dowry

    09/02/2014 10:00:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, September 02, 2014
    A Mauritanian groom stole from his father-in-law to pay the dowry for his bride, but the theft was discovered by the bride’s father two days after marriage. Newspapers in the north African Arab country said the groom stole nearly 500,000 ougyiya ($1,725) from his father-in-law’s company, where he works, and paid the money to him as dowry (money paid by the groom to the bride under Islamic law). “The bride’s father discovered the theft two days after marriage and knew that his son-in -law was behind it. “He wanted to go and expose him in front of his wife but...
  • No laughing matter: Rush hour comedian Chris Tucker faces $14m tax debt' [Obama Supporter]

    09/02/2014 9:59:29 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 9/2/14 | Christine Rendon
    Chris Tucker has amassed an IRS bill of more than $14 million in unpaid taxes, according to documents obtained by TMZ. The actor - who celebrated his 43rd birthday on Sunday - was recently slapped with a tax lien of $2.5 million, raising his debt from almost $12 million to $14,068,047.
  • Justin Bieber Charged With Assault And Dangerous Driving In Canada

    09/02/2014 9:56:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    MTV ^ | 09/02/2014 | Brenna Ehrlich
    Justin Bieber had a run-in with the law near his hometown of Stratford, Ontario, Friday when he was charged with dangerous driving and assault after an altercation on the road. MTV News reached out to the Ontario Provincial Police headquarters Tuesday (September 2), who directed us to news articles that relay scant details about the incident. CTV News London reports that Perth County OPP responded to a collision in which a minivan and ATV were involved Friday afternoon. Bieber, reportedly, got into a fight with the driver of the minivan. He was released and scheduled to appear in court on...
  • Feds approve Corbett's Pa. Medicaid expansion proposal

    09/02/2014 9:56:07 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 4 replies
    Philly.vom ^ | August 30, 2014 | Amy Worden
    Ending a yearlong negotiation, the Obama administration on Thursday approved Gov. Corbett's alternative Medicaid expansion proposal, a step that could extend health-care benefits to roughly 600,000 uninsured Pennsylvanians. In what was described as a five-year demonstration project, Pennsylvania got the go-ahead to use federal money to pay private insurers to provide health care to uninsured individuals - many in low-wage jobs. The Obama administration praised Pennsylvania for joining other states that opted into the program under the Affordable Care Act. Corbett administration officials called the agreement a successful compromise.
  • 3 Arrested At Wedding After Groom Allegedly Hits On Pregnant Reception Worker, Gets Into Fight

    09/02/2014 9:52:36 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 64 replies
    KDKA-CBS ^ | 9-1-2014 | Amy Wadas
    A woman who works for the Gateway Clipper told police the groom of the wedding party, Mark Williams, 33, was being “touchy feely” with her, while she was working nearby. She reportedly told her boyfriend the groom also tried to pour alcohol down her throat, even though she told him she was pregnant. Police say she called her boyfriend, Tyler Smith, 20, so he could come pick her up. At that time, Smith allegedly confronted Williams about his actions and a physical altercation began. Police say Williams’ brother, David Williams, 35, eventually got involved and became aggressive with police. A...