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  • Too many bad teams, awful quarterback play making NFL games hard to watch

    10/23/2017 3:29:17 AM PDT · by CincyRichieRich · 35 replies ^ | 10-22-17 | Jason La Canfora
    HOME SCORES SCHEDULE STANDINGS FANTASY LOG IN Too many bad teams, awful quarterback play making NFL games hard to watch Kaepernick and protests aren't the problem, bad football is the reason ratings, attendance are down Jason La Canfora mugshot by Jason La Canfora @JasonLaCanfora 11h ago • 9 min read People are staying away from the NFL. Viewership is down and empty seats are up compared to the record ratings of a few years ago. It's hard to argue that fact. Any camera angle that panned across the upper deck in any number of stadiums Sundays confirmed that fact. The...
  • DNC enters 2018 in cash panic (donors take a knee)

    10/22/2017 4:48:58 PM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    LAS VEGAS — The Democratic National Committee is reeling, facing a turnaround that's proving a much bigger lift than anyone expected as it struggles to raise enough money to cover its basic promises. Many donors are refusing to write checks. And on-the-ground operatives worry they won’t have the resources to build the infrastructure they need to compete effectively in next year’s midterms and in the run-up to 2020. Here in the halls of Bally's hotel and casino for the DNC's fall meeting through the weekend, state committee chairs and operatives echoed a now-common concern among donors and strategists: The DNC's...
  • Inside the Zappa Family Feud

    10/22/2017 4:00:46 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 119 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | August 2, 2016 | By David Browne
    It's soundcheck time at the Capitol Theatre, just north of New York, and Dweezil Zappa is leading his band through the songs of his father, Frank. Dweezil, 46, has been regularly performing his dad's music for a decade, but his current tour is stranger – and more tense – than any before it. Unplugging his guitar, Dweezil looks out at the empty hall. "Sometimes people in the crowd yell things out, so I talk about it onstage," he says. "I feel like people are choosing sides." RELATED Dweezil Zappa on Fight for Family Name, 'Freak Out!' Tour Frank Zappa's son...
  • Honolulu store owners say thieves are targeting cans of Spam

    10/22/2017 11:10:55 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 64 replies
    news ^ | October 21, 2017
    Cans of Spam have become a common item that's being stolen from Honolulu stores and then sold on the streets for quick cash, according to authorities. Ra Long, who owns a convenience store in the city, said shoplifters have typically targeted alcohol in the past, but recently more cans of Spam have gone missing, Hawaii News Now reported . Related Searches Best Buy HonoluluSpam EmailSpam RecipesSpam Musubi "I mean you try to keep an eye on it, but if they run, you just can't leave the counter and chase them," Long said. "So you just got to take the hit."...
  • Five-day search for Lake Pontchartrain oilfield worker ends with body's discovery

    10/21/2017 1:16:33 PM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies ^ | 10/20/17 | Drew Broach
    The five-day search for Timothy Morrison, an oilfield worker who disappeared when a storage platform exploded while his crew was cleaning it in Lake Pontchartrain, ended Friday afternoon (Oct. 20) with the discovery of his body about three miles west of the structure. A Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office helicopter spotted the body on the shoreline near the Jefferson-St. Charles Parish border just after 1 p.m., and authorities recovered it for an autopsy, Jefferson Sheriff Joe Lopinto said. Morrison was one of eight men who were cleaning the Clovelly Oil Co. platform about 1 and 1/2 miles northwest of Kenner's Williams...
  • Beauty product leader Amway big loser in tax-code rewrite

    10/20/2017 8:44:54 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 20, 2017 | By Josh Kosman
    A rider limiting regulatory oversight of Amway and other multi-level marketers that was originally attached to a budget resolution was removed from the resolution prior to a Senate vote on the resolution, The Post has learned. Specifically, the rider curbs the ability of the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether MLMs like Amway are pyramid schemes — potentially protecting Amway from costly regulations that have recently ensnared fellow MLMer Herbalife.
  • Colorado restaurant removes bathroom sign after backlash

    10/20/2017 2:08:59 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 20, 2017 | By Chuck Hickey
    “I understand that some people have deep rooted emotional issues stemming from sexual impropriety, and for that I have compassion,” Lynn Kitch wrote in an email to the newspaper. “I would invite them to deal with their pain in a more productive manner than projecting their anger on a bathroom sign, or a pizza restaurant, or certainly a restaurant employee.” The Kitches said they will auction off at least one of the bathroom signs and donate the proceeds to Durango-based Sexual Assault Service Organization.
  • Texas town says: You want flood aid? Forget the First Amendment

    10/20/2017 1:49:18 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 20, 2017 | Joshua Miller
    A Texas town is offering residents relief grants for damage sustained by Hurricane Harvey — but applicants must first promise not to boycott Israel. ACLU officials said the city is apparently enforcing a law passed in May by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that bans all state agencies from contracting with companies that boycott Israel. “We are actively seeking alternative places to live because we have been told it will be at least six months before the place is to where we can get back into the house,” resident Georgeanna Santarelli told the Galveston County Daily News. “The mold is bad...
  • ‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings Down As Raiders Score Close Win Over Chiefs

    10/20/2017 1:46:09 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies ^ | 10/20/2017 | by Dominic Patten
    It was a good night for California teams as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs to move on to the World Series and the Oakland Raiders pulled off a last minute comeback over the Kansas City Chiefs to win at home. Ending a four-game losing streak for the Bay Area team, that 31-30 victory on Thursday Night Football also came as Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was booted out of the game for bumping hard into a line judge. In the first NFL game since the league issued its non-rule on whether players would be made to stand...
  • Microsoft’s Market Value Hits a Dot-Com Era Milestone: $600 Billion

    10/20/2017 1:36:35 PM PDT · by dayglored · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal (alert: Pay-walled) ^ | Oct 19, 2017 | Amrith Ramkumar
    Note: WSJ is pay-walled, meaning you need to subscribe to read the complete article. However, this ought to give you the gist of it... Microsoft's value is returning to tech-bubble peaks. The software giant closed with a market value of $600 billion Thursday for the first time since January 2000, according to the Journal's Market Data Group. Shares rose 0.4 percent to $77.91, setting a fresh all-time high. For the year, Microsoft shares are up 25% and on track for their best year since 2013, as the firm continues its rebirth as a force in cloud-computing. The firm is the...
  • Consumer Reports refuses to recommend Microsoft Surface Book 2 (before they evaluate it!?!?)

    10/20/2017 1:19:57 PM PDT · by dayglored · 29 replies
    BetaNews ^ | Oct 20, 2017 | Mark Wycislik-Wilson
    Just a few days ago, Microsoft revealed details of the Surface Book 2 which is due to launch in November. But before the device is even available, it has been dealt a blow by Consumer Reports.Earlier in the year, the review group said that problems with reliability meant that it was impossible for it to recommend any Microsoft laptop or tablet. Now Consumer Reports says that this extends to the Surface Book 2, meaning that the device will not be recommended. While hardly the end of the world for Microsoft, this will still come as bad news. The company expressed...
  • Some drivers paid $8.38 to take MoPac Express Lane last week (TX)

    10/20/2017 10:54:23 AM PDT · by bgill · 13 replies
    kxan ^ | Oct. 20, 2017 | Calily Bien
    During the first full operational week of the northbound MoPac Express Lane, the most expensive transaction was $8.38 for the entire trip from downtown Austin to Parmer Lane. That peak cost happened on Thursday, Oct. 12. A spokesperson for the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority says while that number may seem high, only a handful of people paid that price for a 3-minute window between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. that day.
  • EU anti-trust investigators raid BMW headquarters in Munich

    10/20/2017 7:58:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies ^ | 20 October 2017 16:40 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    EU anti-trust regulators have raided the offices of automaker BMW in Munich, the company said, in a fresh blow to the German car industry already hit by the Dieselgate scandal. The European Commission, which refused to confirm the company targeted, said it “can confirm that as of October 16, 2017, its officials carried out an unannounced inspection at the premises of a car manufacturer in Germany.” The inspection was related to “concerns that several German car manufacturers may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices,” a statement said. The commission added that Daimler was cooperating...
  • Toyota continues with the fuel cell hard sell

    10/20/2017 3:48:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Malaya Mail ^ | 10/18/17
    The Fine Comfort Ride Concept, which will be making its debut at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show is yet another attempt by Toyota to convince the masses that hydrogen is the fuel of the future. The concept, which is being pitched as the premium sedan of the future, uses a combination of clever packaging (the motors are integrated into its wheels) and clever shapes (technically speaking the car is a rhombus rather than rectangular-shaped) in order to offer ample space for six adults without extending the wheelbase beyond 3.5m. However, the most striking thing about the car, from a visual...
  • 'I Went on Holiday to the World's First Hotel for People Who Weigh Over 20 Stones'

    10/19/2017 10:56:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 19 OCT 2017 | Amy Coles
    The hotel Is Custom-Built for People Who Weigh Over 20 StonesA five-mile private beach, reinforced beds, widened doorways – this is what tourists can expect during a stay at the world’s first resort for larger people. Size 20 model Holly Macgillivray, 27, is among the first to stay at The Resort – on the secluded island of Eleuthera in Barbados. She was staying there for an upcoming ITV show – and has revealed the unusual facilities on offer for people staying there. Unlike a standard hotel, the resort – billed as a “sanctuary” for larger people – is custom...
  • Bush Bucks: How Public Service and Corporations Helped Make Jeb Rich

    10/19/2017 10:15:18 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 10 replies
    WND ^ | 11/6/15 | Jerome Corsi
    In the eight years since he left the Florida governor’s mansion, Jeb Bush has raked in nearly $30 million. Who paid him and for what? And what “services” did Bush perform for those who gave him millions?
  • Mandalay Bay Won’t Rent Vegas Shooter’s Infamous Suite Again

    10/19/2017 10:03:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 19, 2017 | Chris Perez
    The Mandalay Bay suite that Stephen Paddock was holed up in during the Las Vegas massacre will be shuttered indefinitely as hotel employees work to preserve evidence related to the shooting, a report says. MGM Resorts International, which owns and operates the resort and casino, announced Thursday that they had no plans to rent the 32nd-floor room following the deadly events on Oct. 1. SNIP “We have no intention of renting that room.” SNIP
  • Canada's 'Super Secret Spy Agency' Is Releasing a Malware-Fighting Tool to the Public

    10/19/2017 9:14:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    CBC ^ | Oct 19, 2017 | Matthew Braga
    'This is something new for CSE,' says the agency, which is trying to shed its old reputationCanada's electronic spy agency says it is taking the "unprecedented step" of releasing one of its own cyber defence tools to the public, in a bid to help companies and organizations better defend their computers and networks against malicious threats. The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) rarely goes into detail about its activities — both offensive and defensive — and much of what is known about the agency's activities have come from leaked documents obtained by U.S. National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and published...
  • ‘Clinton Cash’ Author Peter Schweizer Is Targeting Jeb Bush Next

    10/19/2017 4:37:37 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/23/2015 | Joshua Green
    Schweizer is working on a similar investigation of Jeb Bush’s finances that he expects to publish this summer.
  • Harvey Weinstein Is Done. But What About Lisa Bloom?

    10/19/2017 3:31:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Oct. 19, 2017
    Let's talk about how I can do better,” Lisa Bloom said. It was a Friday morning — the first day the attorney was back in her Woodland Hills law firm following her resignation as Harvey Weinstein’s adviser — and she'd called her staff into a meeting. She wanted to apologize. She told her colleagues she'd made a "colossal mistake" in deciding to represent the Hollywood producer against numerous claims of sexual harassment. That she was sorry for associating the firm with a case that ended up being such a nightmare.​ That she should have known better. Bloom is not often...