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  • Rochester Man Charged With Murder In Shooting After Crash

    01/17/2018 12:32:58 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 1 replies ^ | 1/17/18 | WCCO Staff
    A 25-year-old Rochester man is accused of murder in a shooting that left a 17-year-old dead after a crash Sunday morning. Alexander William Weiss is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Muhammed Rahim. According to the charges, a Rochester police officer was on patrol at about 8:20 a.m. when a driver pulled up next to his squad saying a person had just been shot in the area of The Square on 31st and Olympik Village Apartments. The officer was dispatched around the same time to a report of a shooting in the area. The officer saw a...
  • Border Patrol agents 'are repeatedly destroying or vandalizing food and water caches

    01/17/2018 12:21:33 PM PST · by Teotwawki · 18 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | January 17, 2018 | Ashley Collman
    U.S. Border Patrol has been accused of causing the deaths of hundreds of migrants a year by destroying food and water supplies left for them in the brutal Arizona desert by humanitarian group. On Wednesday, two humanitarian groups released a report, detailing how they've distributed more than 31,000 gallons of water along dangerous migrant paths in the Arizona desert between 2012 and 2015. In that time frame, they say volunteers have found these stashes of food and water destroyed 415 times - or about two times a week on average.
  • Soap bubble blown in sub-zero temperatures turns into stunning ice crystals before bursting

    01/17/2018 12:09:56 PM PST · by mairdie · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 January 2018 | Tim Collins
    This is the incredible moment a bubble transformed into a delicate snow globe, before freezing completely and shattering. Mesmerising footage shows a bubble balanced on a straw that quickly crystallises in sub-zero temperatures, creating a stunning swirl of delicate icy flakes. The clip captures ice crystals dancing along the fragile surface of the bubble before it collapses in on itself, all in just 14 seconds.
  • Ferrari Is Planning to Bring an Electric Supercar to Market

    01/17/2018 12:01:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Fortune ^ | January 16, 2018 | KIRSTEN KOROSEC
    Ferrari will make a battery-electric supercar to snatch some market share and attention away from Tesla, the dominant player in the luxury electric vehicle industry, CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Italian race car brand’s move towards electrification signals a shift not just for the company, but for Marchionne, who also heads Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). Marchionne also confirmed plans to bring a Ferrari SUV to market by late 2019 or 2020, Bloomberg reported. Reports of a Ferrari SUV first arose in August. There are scant details on this impending electric...
  • Resisting Trump, Surge In Democratic Women Ask: How Do I Run For Office?

    01/17/2018 11:59:54 AM PST · by simpson96 · 18 replies
    NPR ^ | 1/7/2018 | Danielle Kurzteleben
    On a Saturday morning in December, Kate Coyne-McCoy stood before 26 women in a small conference room in Manchester, N.H., explaining what fires her up in the morning. "I wake up every day, the first thing I do is look at this list of members of Congress that I have, and I figure out who's sick and who's going to die," Coyne-McCoy told the women. "Because I want to replace them with you." She wasn't trying to be macabre; she's a candidate trainer for Emily's List, a group that supports Democratic women who favor abortion rights, and she's passionate about...
  • Couple forced to marry after caught being alone at fruit farm

    01/17/2018 11:58:36 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Jakarta Post ^ | Tue, January 16, 2018
    A young couple in Belapunranga village in Gowa regency, South Sulawesi, has been forced to marry in a traditional ceremony after being caught alone at a rambutan farm by local residents. The couple, identified as Manai, 20, and Sugiani, 19, were married on Monday in the presence of a penghulu (Muslim wedding official), with village officials and police personnel of Parangloe subdistrict as witnesses. The two were found to be alone on the Rambutan farm on Jan. 6 and had since become a target of intimidation by local residents. Afterwards, Sugiani's family confronted Manai's family, accusing the latter of violating...
  • Malaysian man slaps woman allegedly for not wearing headscarf, video goes viral

    01/17/2018 11:54:58 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Straits Times ^ | 17 January 2018 | Farah Daley
    A video of a Malaysian man slapping a woman, allegedly for not wearing a headscarf has gone viral. In the video, the man is seen berating a group of women seated at a bus stop, believed to be in Penang. The man then targets one of the women and asks her about her religion and questions her attire. The woman is dressed in black and has light brown hair. He loudly scolds her while she tries to ignore him and uses her phone. He then suddenly slaps her across the face before she jumps off the bus stop seat and...
  • China has a plan to clean up space junk with lasers

    01/17/2018 11:42:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 22 replies ^ | 01/17/2018 | by Matt Williams, Universe Today
    Artist's impression of a laser removing orbital debris, based on NASA pictures. Credit: Fulvio314/NASA/Wikipedia Commons -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Orbital debris (aka. space junk) is one of the greatest problems facing space agencies today. After 60 years of sending rockets, boosters and satellites into space, the situation in the low Earth orbit (LEO) has become rather crowded. Given how fast debris in orbit can travel, even the tiniest bits of junk can pose a major threat to the International Space Station and threaten still-active satellites. It's little wonder then why ever major space agency on the planet is committed to monitoring orbital...
  • Donald Trump hogs umbrella while Melania and Baron are rained on (unhinged liberal media, LOL)

    01/17/2018 11:22:40 AM PST · by simpson96 · 34 replies
    Harper's Bazaar ^ | 1/17/2018 | Staff
    Donald Trump has never been known for his chivalry nor valiance, an assertion compounded by recent pictures showing him hogging an umbrella while his wife and son are rained on. The US President can be seen holding an umbrella as he boards Air Force One in Florida, with Melania and Baron Trump left behind to battle the elements. Thunderstorms hit Palm Beach on the day the photos were taken on 12 January. It is unclear whether or not Trump offered the umbrella to his family, but he does look pretty protective of it - after all, he has that famous...
  • Rowdy Australian Open tennis fans imitate Belarusian player's high-pitched grunts and shrieks[tr]

    01/17/2018 11:04:23 AM PST · by simpson96 · 22 replies
    Daily Mail Australia ^ | 1/16/2018 | Nic White
    Australia's Ashleigh Barty pulled off a close victory in the Australian Open, but her supporters weren't the loudest thing on court. The 21-year-old was up against notorious Belarusian shrieker Aryna Sabalenka, whose loud and prolonged grunting after every shot was widely criticised. Fed up with umpires not taking her to task for the distracting noise, the Melbourne crowd openly mocked her from the stands. Tennis fans had such a go at her the umpire took the unusual step of demanding they 'please not scream' during rallies to 'show courtesy for the players'. The irony of the official's request only emboldened...
  • World's longest underwater cave discovered in Mexico - could shed light on Mayan civilization

    01/17/2018 11:03:49 AM PST · by mairdie · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 January 2018 | Jennifer Newton
    The Gran Acuifero Maya (GAM), a project dedicated to the study and preservation of the subterranean waters of the Yucatan peninsula, said the 216-mile (347km) cave was identified after months of exploring a maze of underwater channels. Near the beach resort of Tulum, the project found that the cave system known as Sac Actun, once measured at 163 miles, is actually connected with the 53-mile Dos Ojos system. In a statement, GAM said for that reason, Sac Actun now absorbs Dos Ojos. GAM director and underwater archaeologist Guillermo de Anda hailed the discovery as an 'amazing' find. He also said...
  • Mayor de Blasio questions President Trump's sanity after physical exam results

    01/17/2018 10:34:58 AM PST · by EinNYC · 21 replies
    Mayor de Blasio hopes President Trump is “sane,” even if he doesn’t think he’s acting that way. “I hope he is sane,” Hizzoner said when asked about Trump’s physical exam on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “His actions don’t suggest it.” The question from Mika Brzezinski — who Trump has called “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” — came a day after the White House released the results of Trump’s first official physical exam, in which he was found to be in sound physical and mental condition. Despite his concerns, de Blasio noted he was no Freud. “I don’t know, I’m not a psychiatrist...
  • "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" by Tom Lehrer for Get Smart

    01/17/2018 10:34:44 AM PST · by mairdie · 13 replies
    One of my favorite comic singers and one of my favorite comic shows. Perfect.
  • China, Russia, and the Long 'Unipolar Moment'

    01/17/2018 10:22:52 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 7 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | N. Sears
    Despite the “rise and fall of the unipolar concert,” China and Russia’s balancing strategies have backfired: they are not leading to multipolarity, but are actually reinforcing unipolarity. The reason is that China and Russia’s balancing strategies have focused on regional “revisionism,” which has provoked powerful responses in East Asia and Europe to contain them. Russia’s balancing strategy has to a large extent proven to be counter-productive. Instead of preventing the expansion of NATO through a “divide and conquer” strategy, or driving a diplomatic wedge between the United States and Europe, Russian revisionism has united NATO...Perhaps most illustrative of all, a...
  • Woman Recounts Her Terror During Hawaii's Nuclear False Alarm

    01/17/2018 10:13:25 AM PST · by rktman · 52 replies ^ | 1/15/2018 | Tom Knighton
    Residents and visitors of the state of Hawaii got a rare opportunity to consider their mortality and life choices after a nuclear false alarm rocked the state on Saturday. The alarm, officially the result of someone clicking the wrong option on a drop-down menu, terrified many. Tree Davis, military mother of four, recounted her experience. "The alert went off, and to say I felt sheer terror doesn’t even seem to adequately describe how I felt," Davis said. "For all I knew, a deadly missile was barreling toward us and we were all probably going to die. I had to get...
  • WOW is this really what German TV channels are pushing on kids TV shows now

    01/17/2018 10:10:51 AM PST · by 3161J410 · 18 replies ^ | 1/15/18 | Raheem
    Paul, I have to tell you something very important. I have told you about God who lives in heaven and always watches over us. There is another name for God, Allah, say it, Allah.
  • How Russia Targets the U.S. Military

    01/17/2018 10:09:01 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | June 12, 2017 | Ben Schreckinger
    Putin has made the creation of a pro-Russian “alternative media ecosystem” to, in his words, smash “the Anglo-Saxon monopoly on the information stream” a top priority of his foreign policy. A significant prong of those operations is aimed at the American military community, and the Russian activity has ramped up in recent years as tensions have increased over sanctions, the annexation of Crimea and the expansion of NATO. In the 20th century, intelligence agencies looking to build ties with foreign soldiers might have gone through the trouble of sending agents out to watering holes near military bases, waiting for servicemen...
  • I Want a "Wall" Around Our Money

    01/17/2018 9:56:45 AM PST · by Brian Griffin · 7 replies
    01/17/2018 | Brian Griffin
    This "Wall" would be in the form of a Constitutional amendment limiting Democratic depredations. Getting a proposed amendment to the states for ratification requires the same two-thirds of both the House of Representatives and Senate as does getting a bill past the veto pen of a President. President Trump might have to veto each DACA replacement bill until enough Democrats play ball. President Trump and his family members have a lot more to lose from 90% income and 90% estate taxation than we do. And the Democrats do need to play ball, since the upcoming 2020 census that must count...
  • MRAs Make 46-Minute Cut Of ‘The Last Jedi’ That Edits Out All The Women

    01/17/2018 9:54:32 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 22 replies
    Pedestrian TV ^ | January 15, 2018 | Ben McLeay
    Heads up: this post contains spoilers for The Last Jedi. Why are you reading this article if you haven't seen it and, furthermore, WHY HAVEN'T YOU SEEN IT YET? It is utterly tragic that MRAs aren’t given the respect they deserve. It’s truly galling that just because their entire worldview was formed around a profound sense of entitlement induced by watching thousands of hours of harem anime, no one takes them seriously. It’s heartbreaking to think that people dismiss them out of hand just because – instead of addressing actual issues like the rates of suicide and depression among men...
  • China’s Moneybag Friends at Harvard University

    01/17/2018 9:51:18 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 5 replies
    Asia Sentinel ^ | Aug 2017 | Anders Corr
    The way in which China-linked money percolates through elite-level US policy discussions on China on both sides of the aisle, and in supposedly impartial think tanks and universities, should be a concern to all US citizens who depend on places like Harvard for unbiased political analysis and leadership. China-linked donations to universities can be relatively opaque, including the sources of those funds. The donation of US$350 million to Harvard in 2014 by Ronnie Chan’s family foundation, the Morningside Foundation, appears from an analysis of its Form 990s to be staggered over six years... US professors who are experts on US-China...