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  • Standing by their man: These LGBTQ Trump supporters are still in his corner

    04/28/2017 8:48:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    LGBTQ Nation ^ | April 28, 2017 | Jeff Taylor
    LGBTQ Trump supporters may seem like unicorns, but they do exist. In fact, according to exit polling, 14 percent of our community voted for him in the 2016 election. While that number is down from what the GOP managed to take in previous presidential elections, where they managed to absorb between the low to high 20 percent range, it still represents a not so insignificant number of people. Speaking with several LGBTQ individuals who maintain support for President Trump, as we hit the first 100 days in office benchmark, a few things became clear. For one, they know they baffle...
  • US, South Korea quick to hug, make up after THAAD ruckus

    04/27/2017 8:49:21 PM PDT · by Rabin · 6 replies
    Asia Times ^ | APRIL 27, 2017 | PETER LANGAN
    When the US went ahead and started setting up an anti-missile defense system in South Korea on Wednesday, it brought out bottle-throwing protesters, riot police... //snip// Today, South Korean and US national security advisers agreed that the deployment was moving ahead smoothly, South Korea’s presidential office said.
  • $1.5 billion estimate to complete Summer

    04/26/2017 8:24:11 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    world-nuclear-news ^ | 18 April 2017 | Staff
    SCE&G parent Scana Corporation Public Service Commission of South Carolina. Westinghouse had publicly stated the additional costs associated with completing AP1000 projects at Summer and Vogtle, above what it could contractually require the project owners to pay, is about $4 billion… Four addytional AP1000 units are under construction in China - two each at Sanmen and Haiyang - are not expected to be affected by the bankruptcy filing which only applies to Westinghouse's US operations.
  • The Voice of Black Women Matters (Is this even in English?)

    04/24/2017 6:13:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Info Fancy ^ | April 17, 2017
    In the wake of the bigot and sexist remarks that Bill O’Reilly made about her, California Congresswoman Maxine Waters is by all accounts getting the last chuckle. A week ago, supports fled his show because of new disclosures of rape claims, and Waters’ voice was full and clear in naming Fox a “lewd behavior venture.” Waters pulled no punches, saying that O’Reilly “needs to go to imprison.” This is the second round in the progressing war of words between the prevalent and compelling Fox host and his latest dark lady target. As you’ll review, the main match started, apparently, when...
  • Michael Moore has predicted when Donald Trump will be impeached

    04/23/2017 11:02:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Entertainment Ireland ^ | April 23, 2017
    On the run-up to the election, Michael Moore was one of the few public figures who correctly predicted that Trump would win the election. More to the point, Moore pointed out Trump's methodology for victory and sure enough, that's exactly what happened. You'd have to wonder how a middle-aged filmmaker managed to out-think the likes of Nate Silver and dozens of other pollsters, but here we are - living in the awful reality that a fat, corrupt hustler with spray-tan is now the leader of the free world. In a recent interview at the Tribeca Film Festival, Moore was asked...
  • White House Hosts Hillbilly Hoedown as Kid Rock, Palin, Nugent Join Trump (Consider the source)

    04/21/2017 5:00:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    teleSUR ^ | April 21, 2017 | Abby Martin
    “This is the day that Donald Trump became President," said actor Jon Favreau. An economic slowdown. Refugees desperately fleeing their ruined lands as instability fans out across the Middle East. Winds of war blow across East Asia. Poor approval ratings. By any indicator, the president of the United States is barely entering a term that will no doubt be mired in crisis. Any commander-in-chief would do well to seek the sagely input of trusted experts and advisers. Who you gonna call? Apparently, you call ex-Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, otherwise known as "Caribou Barbie," aging country nu-rock star Kid Rock and...
  • 10 lbs Of High Grade Pot Sent To Wrong House - News Video

    04/21/2017 3:37:07 AM PDT · by bogusname · 23 replies
    Salt YT ^ | 4/21/2017 | Salt
    Yeadon, Pa 10 Pounds of high grade marijuana was shipped to the house of a Church Pastor by mistake. Police says it had a street value of about $18000.00.
  • Welcome to 4/21, National Surprise Drug Test Day

    04/21/2017 2:03:09 AM PDT · by ARGLOCKGUY · 6 replies
    na | now | me
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  • EPA Settles with Westward Seafoods for Violating Federal Clean Air Rules in Dutch Harbor, Alaska

    04/20/2017 8:12:40 PM PDT · by Rabin · 9 replies
    epa.gov ^ | April 20, 2017 | Suzanne Skadowski
    Westward Seafoods will conduct two mitigation projects to offset its excess emissions of nitrogen oxides or NOX pollution. EPA estimates that the company’s failure to operate pollution controls for two years resulted in nearly 105 excess tons of harmful NOX emissions. NOX is composed of highly reactive gasses which form quickly from fuel burning emissions from cars, trucks and buses, and power plants. Breathing air with high levels of NOX can cause or aggravate respiratory diseases, particularly asthma.
  • Olbermann: Trump hosted ‘trailer park trash’ (Yes, he actually said that)

    04/20/2017 5:18:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 20, 2017 | Mark Hensch
    Keith Olbermann on Thursday slammed President Trump for hosting the “trailer park trash trio” of Sarah Palin, Kid Rock and Ted Nugent at the White House. Olbermann, who currently hosts a political web series for GQ but is best known for his work on ESPN and MSNBC, made the remark in a post on Twitter. (TWEET-AT-LINK) Palin, a former GOP vice presidential nominee; and musicians Kid Rock and Nugent were photographed with Trump late Wednesday in the Oval Office. Nugent’s wife, Shemane Deziel; and Audrey Berry, Kid Rock’s financee, also appeared in one of the photos taken at the White...
  • Tomi Lahren’s Dirty Laundry: ‘Demanded Staffers Heat up Her Butt Warming Pad’

    04/20/2017 12:19:43 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 35 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 4-20-17 | Jon Levine
    During her tenure at The Blaze, Tomi Lahren was a nightmare to work with and “demanded staffers heat up her butt warming pad.” That is only one of a number of the explosive allegations leveled against the millennial Conservative star in a brutal Daily Caller exclusive detailing her departure from Glenn Beck’s news organization.......
  • Alcoa Corp. moving headquarters back to Pittsburgh

    04/19/2017 7:48:34 PM PDT · by Rabin · 20 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Apr 19, 2017 | Len Boselovic
    Alcoa is returning its headquarters from New York back to its location on the North Shore. Alcoa, relocated its headquarters from its hometown to New York in 2006, is coming home. The 129 …
  • What It’s Like To Be A Transgender Teacher In Donald Trump’s America (Grab a hankie)

    04/18/2017 7:20:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | April 1, 2017 | Rebecca Klein
    NEW YORK ― Bahar Akyurtlu had been teaching for about four months at a high school in Harlem before several students began bullying her. When she walked down the halls, clusters of students would shout at her, referring to her as “mister.” In stairwells, students would yell that her voice sounded like a man. The harassment didn’t surprise her, even if it stung, cutting to the core of her identity. Sadly, she sees it as one of the occupational hazards of being a transgender teacher, she said. In February, the Trump administration rolled back protections for transgender students. It rescinded...
  • Column: Case for reparations

    04/17/2017 1:40:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    The Daily Tarheel ^ | March 24, 2017 | Claude Wilson
    Almost 250 years of slavery, 100 years of legal segregation and discrimination and over 50 years of redlining and other forms of institutional racism beyond that. All of these factors have led to the disproportionate poverty found in black communities in the United States, and all of them are cause for the need for reparations. This idea is not without precedent: in 1952, Israel and West Germany signed an agreement that West Germany would pay reparations to Jewish people from Germany in the aftermath of the Holocaust. Reparations are not unheard of even within the context of the United States....
  • Inside the World’s First All-Female Special Forces Unit: Norway’s Jegertroppen

    04/17/2017 10:27:32 AM PDT · by AnalogReigns · 54 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 17 2017 | CARLO ANGERER
    ELVERUM, Norway — An explosion just a few feet away rocks the unmarked station wagon as it travels along a dirt road in the Norwegian woodland. Immediately, two soldiers jump from their front seats and run for cover behind the carcass of an old, rusty tank. Firing their weapons at targets along the snowcovered hillside, they call for support from the rest of their unit. This firefight is just a drill, but the soldiers taking part are battling to break down one of the final barriers to women serving in the armed forces. They are training to become part of...
  • Engie sells stake in UK's NuGen Westinghouse project to Toshiba

    04/15/2017 9:21:13 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    Utilityweek, UK ^ | Sunday, 16 April 2017 | staff
    Engie has announced the sale of its 40 per cent stake in the Moorside new build nuclear project to development partner Toshiba for around Ą15.3 billion (Ł110 million). The French firm invoked a contractual right to offload its share in the event of a default, after Toshiba’s subsidiary Westinghouse, which was due to supply three of its AP1000 reactors for the project, filed for bankruptcy protection in the US last week. //Snipp// Toshiba reported an operating loss of $4.97 billion and a “goodwill impairment" loss of $6.4 billion due to Westinghouse, which snowballed after the 2015 acquisition of CB&I Stone...
  • Sanders: Trump will be a one-term president

    04/12/2017 6:51:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 12, 2017 | Brooke Seipel
    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) on Wednesday said he doesn't believe President Trump will win a second term as president. "In terms of the first three months in office, Donald Trump is the least popular president in the history of polling," Sanders told The Associated Press while speaking in New York. "I do not believe that if Trump continues these policies that he's going to be reelected. Nor do I think that the Republicans are going to do well in 2018." Sanders, who is planning to launch a cross-country tour with Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez next week, said...
  • Woman Charged With Raping Taxi Driver

    04/10/2017 2:40:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 10, 2017 | Jackie Salo
    An Ohio woman accused of raping and robbing a male taxi driver was arrested while two accomplices remain at large. Brittany Carter, 23, was charged this month with first-degree rape and aggravated robbery for a Jan. 28 incident in Findlay, Ohio, according to the News-Messenger. Police said Carter got into a taxi around 4:24 a.m. with two men that was called from a local hotel. In the vehicle, Carter performed a sex act on the 29-year-old driver while another passenger, Corey Jackson, 20, held a knife against his throat.
  • It’s Basically Just Immoral To Be Rich

    04/09/2017 10:27:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 112 replies
    Current Affairs ^ | March 30, 2017 | A.Q. Smith
    A reminder that people who possess great wealth in a time of poverty are directly causing that povertyÂ… Here is a simple statement of principle that doesnÂ’t get repeated enough: if you possess billions of dollars, in a world where many people struggle because they do not have much money, you are an immoral person. The same is true if you possess hundreds of millions of dollars, or even millions of dollars. Being extremely wealthy is impossible to justify in a world containing deprivation. Even though there is a lot of public discussion about inequality, there seems to be far...
  • USS CARL VINSON STRIKE GROUP DEPARTS SINGAPORE FOR WESTERN PACIFIC

    04/08/2017 9:24:24 PM PDT · by Rabin · 19 replies
    Redrightrepublic ^ | April 8, 2017 | Staff
    USS CARL VINSON, At Sea – Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, has directed the Carl Vinson Strike Group to sail north to report on station in the Western Pacific Ocean after departing Singapore April, 8. The 3200 Man, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, two Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer and USS Michael Murphy. A Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain. The Strike Group was headed to Australia after leaving Singapore, now re-routed to the Western Pacific, off North Korea, as part of the Third Fleet Forward initiative.