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  • Witch Prison Found in 15th Century Scottish Church: Medieval Chapel Was Used to Hold Suspects

    07/22/2016 11:51:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 22 July 2016 | Richard Gray
    Witch prison found in 15th century Scottish church: Medieval chapel was used to hold suspects before they were killed and burnedIn the years before the Reformation, a small chapel in a church on the outskirts of Aberdeen had provided a quiet place for Catholic women to pray in peace. But within 30 years of the switch from Catholicism to the Protestant faith, St Mary's Chapel at the Kirk of St Nicholas in Aberdeen took on a far darker and sinister role. Historians have uncovered evidence that the chapel, built during the 15th century, served as a prison for suspected witches...
  • Varadkar proposes tying welfare payments to inflation (Ireland)

    07/22/2016 11:01:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheJournal.ie ^ | 21/07/2016 8:12 PM | Michael Sheils McNamee
    Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has thrown his political weight behind indexing welfare payments to inflation. Speaking at MacGill Summer School in Donegal, the Dublin TD struck a socially aware tone throughout his speech — referring to the period of economic downturn as “Ireland’s lost decade” and bemoaning a stalling in living standards. “Were it not for social welfare payments over half of the country would be at risk of poverty,” he said, before he emphasized the need to “protect the value of these payments now and into the future”. “I believe this can best be done by indexing...
  • 'It's like a death': Divorced people are at higher risk of psychiatric illness in Ireland

    07/22/2016 10:43:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheJournal.ie ^ | 22/07/2016 6:10 AM | Darragh Peter Murphy
    Divorced people are much more likely to be admitted to hospital for psychiatric illness than their single, married or widowed counterparts, according to new figures from the Health Research Board. The Activities of Irish Psychiatric Units and Hospitals 2015 report shows that 17,860 people were admitted to hospital for psychiatric care last year, a small increase from 17,797 in 2014. Overall, the numbers of new cases continues to rise, both year-on-year and over a 10-year period. […] … (A)lthough divorced people accounted for only 4% of all admissions, they had the highest rate of all admissions — at 759.9 per...
  • Cute English bulldog plays dead as owner drags him across the grass towards hose

    07/22/2016 9:43:08 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 8 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 22 July 2016 | Gaby Bissett For Mailonline
    This hefty hound really did not want to have a bath - so his owner had to drag him across the grass to get him to the hose. The English bulldog, named Doughnut, was not expecting a wash at his home in Orange County, California. He spotted the coils of the hose from afar and decided to resist - by playing dead.
  • Terrorism and the Norwegian Left

    07/22/2016 7:24:07 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 15 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 22 Jul, 2016 | Fjordman
    On July 22, 2011, 77 people were killed in two bloody attacks in Norway. The terrorist Anders Behring Breivik first set off a car bomb in the government quarter of central Oslo. The bomb killed eight people and did substantial material damage. Breivik then drove out of Oslo with another car. Later that afternoon he arrived via ferry at the island of Utřya, situated some distance outside the municipality of Oslo. Members of the Workers’ Youth League (AUF), the youth organization of the Norwegian Labour Party, used the island for their annual summer camp. In a grotesque shooting spree, Breivik...
  • New software to help you ‘time travel’

    07/22/2016 7:22:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Scientists have developed a new system that can let you imagine how you would look with a different hairstyle and colour, or in another time period, age or country. After uploading an input photo, you type in a search term — such as “curly hair,” “India” or “1930s,” researchers said. The software’s algorithms search Internet photo collections for similar images in that category and seamlessly map the person’s face onto the results, they said. The system called Dreambit developed by researchers from University of Washington in the U.S. lets a person imagine how they would look with a different hairstyle...
  • Police Create 3D Print of Murdered Man’s Fingers to Hack His iPhone

    07/22/2016 6:51:45 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    News.SoftPedia.com ^ | July 22, 2016 -- 08:07 GMT | By Bogdan Popa
    Authorities might find a way to access a dead man’s phone If you believe that securing your phone with a fingerprint makes it impossible to hack, think again. Michigan police have recently asked the Michigan State University to produce a 3D replica of a dead man’s fingers in order to access his iPhone and collect data that is believed to contain evidence linked to an ongoing murder case.Professor Anil Jain has been tasked with creating the 3D molds, and according to a report by Fusion, the project is advancing well so far, although in-lab testing is still being performed, and it’s...
  • What is it like to fire a Daisy BB gun?

    07/22/2016 6:37:43 PM PDT · by xzins · 82 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 6/17/2016 | Komissar al-Blogunov
    What's it like to fire a Daisy BB gun? It's an experience I'll never forget. Everybody knows BB guns are scary looking and ought to be banned, but I thought I would try to shoot one without any preconceived notions. What I encountered changed me forever. I took a deep breath and determined to enter a Wal-Mart. A "greeter" met me with, "Howdy, welcome to Wal-Mart." I'm from the north. We don't say "Howdy". I sneer back at the microaggression and strain to hold back tears of rage. Barely controlling myself, I asked where I could find a BB gun....
  • iOS, Mac vulnerabilities allow remote code execution through a single image

    07/22/2016 6:13:51 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    ZDNet ^ | July 22, 2016 -- 09:59 GMT (02:59 PDT) | By Charlie Osborne
    Researchers have discovered that image files can bury malware, allowing malicious code access without detection. Security flaws which affect both Apple iOS and Mac devices permit attackers to grab your passwords and data, researchers claim. According to researchers from Cisco's Talos, a set of five vulnerabilities, if exploited, could lead to data theft and remote code execution -- which in its worst state may result in device hijacking. The set of bugs, CVE-2016-4631, CVE-2016-4629, CVE-2016-4630, CVE-2016-1850, and CVE-2016-4637, are all caused by how Apple processes image formats. Apple offers APIs as interfaces for accessing image data, and according to Talos,...
  • Why Queen & George Harrison’s Estate Probably Can’t Sue Over Having Their Songs Played At RNC

    07/22/2016 5:52:37 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 48 replies
    Consumerist ^ | 7/22/2016 | Chris Morran
    Regardless of your political leanings, you’ve probably heard this week that a number of prominent bands were unhappy to find out their music had been used without their permission at the Republican National Convention. However much these artists may not like having their famous tunes used for political purposes, they may not be able to do much about it. The first high-profile group to sound off about their music being used at the RNC was The Turtles. After the band’s classic 1967 tune “Happy Together” was used on the first day of the convention, Turtles co-founder Howard Kaylan expressed his...
  • Indiana senator calls Ted Cruz 'the most self-centered, narcissistic, pathological liar

    07/22/2016 4:53:01 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 63 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 7/22/2016 | GEOFF EARLE
    Ted Cruz's extraordinary speech at the Republican not only angered Donald Trump's supporters who were in the hall Wednesday – it set off one of Cruz's senior Senate colleagues, who is now branding him a 'liar.' 'I think what people saw last night is what we have seen in the Senate. No matter how conservative you are, you never can meet Ted's standard,' fumed retiring senator Dan Coats of Indiana in an interview with IndyStar. 'He only thinks of himself, he doesn't think about party. He's a wrecking ball.' said Coates, the former U.S. ambassador to Germany who did two...
  • WIKILEAKS Twitter - 20,000 DNC emails (DNC apparently conspired against Sanders)

    07/22/2016 4:39:42 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 25 replies
    wikileaks ^ | july 2016 | wikileaks
    go to link......happy reading
  • Who is 'luckier' in an opponent? Hillary for having 'loose cannon' Donald OR Donald having Hillary?

    07/22/2016 4:06:16 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 41 replies
    Vanity | 07/22/16 | Self
    As we start the General Election campaign leading to November 8th, we have the essentially binary choice between the unlikeliest GOP Candidate of Donald J Trump (5% possible) and the Washington Establishment Candidate, Hillary R Clinton, former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State! Odds on favorite but that pesky Bernie refused to die!
  • Did Open Carry law prevent Soros backed violence in Cleveland?

    07/22/2016 3:02:41 PM PDT · by detective · 77 replies
    At almost all other Trump events masked thugs attack Trump supporters and try to disrupt events. Leftist groups had threatened to block the streets and shut down the convention. There were demonstrations but almost no assaults. Do you think this is because demonstrators thought Trump supporters might be legally armed? Did the demonstrators not want to risk getting shot during one of their assaults?
  • General Electric, Honeywell Post Downbeat Revenue

    07/22/2016 2:56:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | 07/22/2016
    GE’s challenges are multiple but consistent, Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Bornstein said, borne out of slow global economic growth and turbulent geopolitical times—everything from the U.K. vote to leave the European Union to Middle East turmoil and currency shifts. “All this uncertainty generally limits growth,” Mr. Bornstein said. The company forecasts revenue will improve over the remainder of the year, helped by an anticipated surge in power turbine shipments. “Bottom line, we are seeing organic growth accelerating in the second half,” Chief Executive Jeff Immelt said on a conference call Friday. While the company’s oil and gas and transportation businesses...
  • Hillary: "I never thought I’d say these words, but Ted Cruz was right..."

    07/22/2016 2:53:54 PM PDT · by springwater13 · 154 replies
    “I never thought I’d say these words, but Ted Cruz was right...in this election, do the right thing and vote your conscience.” —Hillary
  • Fantasy Football 2016

    07/22/2016 2:51:01 PM PDT · by Bender2 · 10 replies
    Sweet 16 Homers' League Live Draft: Sun Aug 28 1:30pm CDT
  • 2016 FORMULA 1 MAGYAR NAGYDÍJ - LIVE THREAD

    07/22/2016 2:44:35 PM PDT · by Chode · 13 replies
    7/22/2016 | Chode
    Hungaroring Circuit First Grand Prix 1986 Number of Laps 70 Circuit Length 4.381KM Race Distance 306.63KM Lap Record 1:19.071 by Michael Schumacher (2004)
  • Kerry: Air conditioners as big a threat as the Islamic State

    07/22/2016 2:39:43 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 71 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 07/22/2106 | Robert Spencer
    Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State. The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, and inhalers. “As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism,” Kerry said. “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we–you–are doing here right now is of...
  • A Right-Wing Attack??

    07/22/2016 2:28:34 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 77 replies
    7/22/16 | Originalbuckeye
    Who is this yahoo from the WSJ on with Shep Smith?? He is pretending that someone who was yelling Allahu Akhbar might be part of the Right-Wing problems in Germany???
  • Barack Obama Cracks a Joke While Talking About Munich Terrorist Attack

    07/22/2016 2:13:50 PM PDT · by Stalwart · 37 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jul 22, 2016 | The PolitiStick
    One minute in length, Obama's latest insult.
  • Ted Cruz Photographed With Obama, Valerie Jarrett & Hillary Clinton Days Before GOP Convention

    07/22/2016 2:07:00 PM PDT · by AuntB · 183 replies
    DCWHispers ^ | July 21, 2016 | DC Whispers
    This photo was sent to D.C. Whispers via a pro-Donald Trump Facebook group. It is alleged to have been taken prior to the memorial service for the recently slain Dallas police officers at the hands of a Black Lives Matter-inspired domestic terrorist. Ted Cruz is shown walking behind Mr. and Mrs. Obama, Valerie Jarrett, and directly in front of a woman who appears to be Hillary Clinton via a flight on Air Force One from D.C. to Dallas. D.C. Whispers readers can decide for themselves what to make of this. An innocent acceptance of a free plane ride with the...
  • How to camouflage huge special interests donations

    07/22/2016 2:04:12 PM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 5 replies
    Joe -- Donald Trump’s acceptance speech last night made me want to throw up my arms and ask how this could be happening in our country -- or turn off the TV and pretend it was all a nightmare. But we don’t have that luxury, Joe. If we ignore Trump or assume for a second that we have this election in the bag, we’re risking everything. Joe, we can’t let Hillary down -- we can’t let our country down. Don’t assume someone else will do this for you -- if you don’t step up, who will? If you’re ready to...
  • Migrants to be trained as German pool lifeguards to reduce escalating sex attacks..

    07/22/2016 1:59:35 PM PDT · by PROCON · 43 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | July 22, 2016 | Allan Hall and Gareth Davies
    A professional swimming association in Germany wants to reduce escalating sex attacks by refugees at public baths by training migrants to become pool lifeguards. The Federal Association of German Swimming Professionals (BDS) says this would be 'an inclusive measure that would benefit everyone.' Last month a secret police document was leaked in Duesseldorf voicing the 'grave concern' of police chiefs about escalating sex crimes carried out by refugees at public swimming baths.
  • Multiple Shooters Reported Active In Munich Mall Terror Shooting (video sez children targeted)

    07/22/2016 1:50:39 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7-22-16
    video reveals muslims were purposely shooting children
  • Miami-Native University of Florida Linebacker Helps Stop Rape

    07/22/2016 1:30:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Police say a Miami-native University of Florida linebacker helped in stopping a man allegedly raping a 19-year-old woman behind a bar. According to WLTV, Christopher Shaw, 34, has been arrested on sexual battery charges after police say he raped a young woman behind a popular Gainesville bar early Thursday morning. Gainesville police spokesman Ben Tobias says two witnesses separated Shaw and the intoxicated woman early Thursday. Source: Miami-Native University of Florida Linebacker Helps Stop Rape | NBC 6 South Florida Follow us: @nbcmiami on Twitter | NBCMiami on Facebook
  • Wild Black Bear Found In Southwest Miami-Dade Woods After Calls From Nearby Business

    07/22/2016 1:25:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Crews from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation were able to capture a wild black bear that was seen in Cutler Bay. Officials were notified to the animal’s location near SW 86th Court and 207th Avenue on Friday after a nearby business said they saw the bear on their surveillance camera from the night before. The bear was eventually captured after a search of the area. FWC determined that it was a wild bear after checking with nearby facilities that house similar animals to see if they had reported any bears missing. The animal was taken to Zoo Miami, where FWC...
  • High tech for the criminals among us (3D printing)

    07/22/2016 1:24:58 PM PDT · by pa_dweller · 2 replies
    Benzinga ^ | 7/22/16 | Wayne Duggan
    3D printing technology allows users to easily replicate small items like paper clips, coat hangers and broken refrigerator door handles. Unfortunately, some creative criminals have taken advantage of the declining price of 3D printers to make the lives of law enforcement officers extremely difficult. Security company G4S has discovered criminals are using 3D printers to aid in stealing shipments of goods. In as little as 10 minutes, criminals can print replacement cargo seals, decoy security devices and replica locks and keys. After breaking into cargo containers, the criminals use the 3D-printed items to help cover their tracks. For law enforcement...
  • President Trump Appoints Third Supreme Court Justice

    07/22/2016 1:20:08 PM PDT · by GilGil · 9 replies
    Twitter ^ | 7/22/2106 | Ricky Vaughn
    The Hillary camp keeps making these terrible mistakes that impales her but promotes Trump. In their attacks on Trump, they keep promoting him. The picture you see attached is promoting a "president Trump." This actually came from a Hillary tweet! You will never ever hear Trump promoting a president Hillary. This is a very bad mistake if you don't want people assuming a president Trump is inevitable.
  • "Dark" [vanity]

    07/22/2016 1:08:52 PM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 41 replies
    pbs ^ | July 22, 2016 | various
  • George Harrison's estate: Trump's use of 'Here Comes the Sun' is 'offensive'

    07/22/2016 1:05:49 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 120 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | 7/22/15 | Jessica Goodman
    The Beatles’ beloved Abbey Road song “Here Comes the Sun” was played at the 2016 Republican National Convention Thursday as Ivanka Trump took the stage, and late Thursday night, George Harrison’s estate slammed Republican nominee Donald Trump for using the song, calling the act “offensive” and “against the wishes of the George Harrison estate.” (Harrison wrote the track.) “The unauthorized use of #HereComestheSun at the #RNCinCLE is offensive & against the wishes of the George Harrison estate,” Harrison’s estate’s official Twitter account posted. The account then followed up and joked that maybe another one of Harrison’s songs would have better...
  • People really like their Apple Watch and there is a lot of interest in watchOS 3

    07/22/2016 1:01:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Computerworld ^ | Jul 22, 2016 7:48 AM PT | By Jonny Evans
    On the day Apple confirms plans to release 14 special edition Olympic Games Apple Watch straps, the latest Wristly survey confirms an astonishing 94 percent of existing Apple Watch customers are still satisfied with their devices. New software promise That’s a big deal, even though Apple Watch sales have reportedly slowed pending the fall software update. Apple isn’t the only watchmaker feeling the flatness, Swiss watch industry exports fell faster than ever before in 1H 2016, and all eyes now are on Apple this fall when new software and potentially new watch designs may be in the frame. “With the...
  • Ohio Woman Suing Home Builder After Her House Began ‘Melting’

    07/22/2016 12:49:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    KFOR ^ | JULY 22, 2016 | K. QUERRY
    Judith Corrado is headed to court. She is suing Drees Homes, one of the largest privately-owned home building companies in the country, for $25,000. “I just thought that I should have gotten a new house that wasn’t… going to melt,” Corrado told WCPO. In recent years, there have been reports of energy efficient windows reflecting enough light to warp a neighbor’s vinyl siding. That’s what Corrado says is happening to her home. “When you do your walkthrough of your brand new house they don’t say, ‘You know your siding could melt, just so you know it could melt before you...
  • Social Intelligence Test

    Test how well you can read emotions of others just by looking at their eyes. The ability to read the emotions of others is linked to "social intelligence" which, in turn, is linked to performance on team-based problem solving tasks. The test typically takes 10 minutes to complete. Take the test.
  • Fun with the Windows Subsystem for Linux

    07/22/2016 12:13:55 PM PDT · by Scutter · 21 replies
    Windows Blog ^ | 7/22/2016 | Pete Brown
    At Build 2016, Microsoft introduced to the world the Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta) [WSL], which enables developers to run native Ubuntu user-mode console binaries through the Bash shell in Windows 10. If you’re in the Windows Insider program, you’ve had the opportunity to try out this feature using the latest Windows Anniversary Update Insider Builds.
  • 120 Years Ago Today: GOLD FROM THE BANKS - About 18 Million Pledged Thus far

    07/22/2016 11:56:16 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | 07-22-1896 | New York Tribune
    A (mostly) daily posting for those interested in history and the day to day news, politics and culture of a bygone world; the full edition of the New York Tribune from Sunday July 19, 1896 (digitized). Some headlines from today's paper... TRIPLE MURDER AT SEA: A Terrible Tragedy on the Barkenstein Herbert Fuller| POPULISTS CONVENE TODAY: Three Faction in St. Louis - Bryan and Anti-Bryan Forces About Equal| THE SILVER SIDESHOW: Little Importance Attached to the Bi-Metallic Convention|
  • Eric Clapton to appear on new Rolling Stones album

    07/22/2016 11:37:11 AM PDT · by Mariner · 43 replies
    BBC ^ | July 22nd, 2016 | Unattributed
    Guitarist Eric Clapton will appear on the Rolling Stones' blues-inspired new album, Keith Richards has confirmed. The musician "dropped by for a couple of numbers", Richards told BBC 6 Music, adding the recording sessions had been "like old times down in Richmond". Both the Stones and Clapton's former band, The Yardbirds, used to perform at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, Surrey. Richards said the Stones were hoping to play some European dates next year and would "love to" perform in the UK. "I think it's on the menu somewhere," the 72-year-old said. The new album was confirmed by the band...
  • Inspired by Trump's speech: Parody Song "You're a mean one, Hillary"

    07/22/2016 10:47:49 AM PDT · by lightman · 16 replies
    22 July A.D. 2016 | "lightman"
    You’re a mean one, Hil-la-ry. You left Chris Stevens to die. When Muslims took Bengazhi You went off to catch shut -eye, Hiillary! You’re a top advisor Who’s really a spy. You’re a monster, Hil-la-ry. You defied our policy Using unncrtypted emails Compromised security Hil-larry! I wouldn’t trust you With a sixty-four bit encryption key. You’re a foul one, Hil-la-ry. ‘Nabling sex predator Bill Stain a blue dress in the office Have a cigar for a thrill Hil-la-ry. Given the choice between the two of you I’d take Humma for a chill. You’re a vile one, Hil-la-ry. You’r a nasty...
  • 182 DAYS

    07/22/2016 10:37:21 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 13 replies
    7/22/2016 | By Laz A. Mataz
    It is 182 days, 0 hours, 21 minutes, 43 seconds until the stuttering enemy-agent Muslim-excusing pusillanimous defiling unctuous disgusting formulaic puerile wretched venal grifting conniving Marxism-loving corrupt impoverishing personal-history-concealing unaccomplished contemptible megalomaniacal perjurious taxing blasphemous race-baiting crazed trash-talking arrogant vacuous sanctimonious exploitive mercurial mocking Christophobic nefarious vile Republican-enabled wimpy prevaricating raging hoplophobia-consumed irresponsible belligerent childish insolent felonious illegitimate jejune panic-encouraging contentious creepy effete deleterious chaos-creating lying repulsive pugnacious secretive brazenly-hypocritical imperious globalist preening maniacal disdainful Godless opportunistic trifling insincere ruinous prideful petty underhanded pretentious fraudulent heinous autocratic twisted reality-inverting perverse foolish Imperialist bragging transsexual-favoring sacrilegious insidious vengeful tricky oily pathetic...
  • Black Lives Matter Rejects Barbecue with Police: ‘I Eat Pigs, I Don’t Eat With Them’

    07/22/2016 10:22:21 AM PDT · by orchestra · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/22/2016 | Adelle Nazarian
    The Oakland Police Department (OPD) extended an invitation to followers of the Black Lives Matter movement to participate in a barbecue to start a constructive dialogue between the two groups. However, the police were met with flat-out rejection by a spokesperson who referred to law enforcement as “pigs.” “A BBQ is definitely not going to stop this blockade,” Karissa Lewis, a self-described “radical black farmer from East Oakland,” told local Fox affiliate KTVU. “And as a radical-black farmer from East Oakland, I eat pigs, I don’t eat with them,” she said. According to KTVU, Lewis used the “mic-check call and...
  • Cruz Delegate: He "Lied To Me"; I Came As A Cruz Delegate And I'm Leaving As A Trump Supporter

    07/22/2016 10:16:04 AM PDT · by orchestra · 103 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 7/21/2016 | Ian Schwartz
    Geraldine Sam, former Mayor of La Marque, TX, told CNN she came to the convention as a Cruz delegate but is leaving as a Trump supporter after Sen. Ted Cruz's address at the RNC Wednesday night. Sam was interviewed by CNN following a contentious meeting between the Texas delegation and Cruz where the former candidate for president doubled down the rhetoric expressed in his speech. (Video at link)
  • Pelosi to Receive LGBT ‘International Role Model’ Award

    07/22/2016 10:01:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 22, 2016 | 12:12 PM EDT | Michael W. Chapman
    Because of her strong support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a Catholic, will be presented with the 21st Annual International Role Model Award by the Equality Forum, next week in Philadelphia while the Democratic National Convention is underway. “We are thrilled to present Leader Pelosi with this prestigious award for her long-standing support and her leadership in advancing LGBT civil rights,” said Malcolm Lazin, the founder and executive director of the Equality Forum. …
  • As Erdoğan moves, a precarious situation for Christians in Turkey

    07/22/2016 9:57:47 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 10 replies
    http://aleteia.org ^ | 07/21/2016 | Max Lindenman
    Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is in a snit, and on a tear. Having survived last Friday’s military coup, the Turkish president has declared a three-month “state of emergency” and claimed a free hand in steam-shoveling old enemies. As of this writing, he has “detained” 6,000 military personnel and 3,000 judges. Some are being held in a sports stadium, “a development,” observes The Independent, “that has ominous similarities with mass arrests in South American coups in the last century.” Political prisoners are being refused contact with family and legal counsel, even by phone. For good measure, Erdoğan’s revoked the licenses of 21,000...
  • Imam advises temporary marriage may help with teen promiscuity

    07/22/2016 9:38:16 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 41 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 07/22/2016 | Christine Williams
    Right there in an open forum in Trinidad, Imam Muhammed Luqman Abdul-Latif proposed temporary teen marriage as a way to cure promiscuity. What Abdul-Latif is preaching is a Shia practice called mut’ah, in which a man could have a wife for a short period of time while when traveling long distances. The woman needs permission from her father and a dowry is paid for the “service.” It is much like prostitution of women and is termed a “rental” of the woman. In defining “rental,” the Islamic jurisprudents say: “It is to gain possession of a benefit in exchange for a...
  • Rauner email: Half of CPS teachers 'virtually illiterate'

    07/22/2016 9:24:00 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 24 replies
    Chicongo Tribune ^ | 22 July 2016 | John Chase
    "The good news and bad news is that dell/gates/broad have wasted close to $1 billion on public school improvement while we have only wasted less than $200 million in Chicago," Rauner wrote. "We should be seeking their advice and coordination now — with our great mayor and solid management team, we should be aiming for world-class transformation."... "That means CPS is paying more than $25K per person to train them," Lisa Schrader wrote in an email to Swanson, as well as then-Emanuel senior adviser David Spielfogel and Matt Hynes, another top mayoral aide at the time. "That's a pretty hefty...
  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD JULY 22, 2016

    07/22/2016 9:11:22 AM PDT · by greeneyes · 37 replies
    freerepublic | July 22, 2016 | greeneyes
    The Weekly Gardening Thread is a weekly gathering of folks that love soil, seeds and plants of all kinds. From complete newbies that are looking to start that first potted plant, to gardeners with some acreage, to Master Gardener level and beyond, we would love to hear from you. This thread is non-political, although you will find that most here are conservative folks. No matter what, you won’t be flamed and the only dumb question is the one that isn’t asked. It is impossible to hijack the Weekly Gardening Thread. Planting, Harvest to Table(recipes)preserving, good living - there is no...
  • Your Band Name?

    07/22/2016 8:59:11 AM PDT · by gigster · 119 replies
    If you had a musical band, and you had to name it, what would your best name be?
  • Dennis Green dies at 67 (NFL coach)

    07/22/2016 8:58:38 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 9 replies
    Pro Football Talk ^ | July 22, 2016 | Mike Florio
    Dennis Green, former head coach of the Vikings and Cardinals, has died at the age of 67. Green became head coach of the Vikings in 1992, instantly leading the team to a playoff berth. In 1998, he coached the team to one of the best offensive performances in league history. The team finished 15-1 and lost to the Falcons at home in overtime of the NFC championship game. Green and the Vikings returned to the NFC title game in 2000.
  • Did I miss anything?

    07/22/2016 8:39:39 AM PDT · by VaeVictis · 9 replies
    Self | Self
    Hey Freepers, I was looking to compose a list of Democrat violence on Republicans, or rather a comparison that, as I had theorized, is very one-sided. The news media keeps claiming the Republicans are vile, racists, and hyper aggressive.... is it true? Well, help me out and identify anymore relevant events to this election cycle! Hopefully I have posted this correctly. Democrats: Democrats run after and assault, with bodily harm, people leaving the Trump rally in San Jose. - Democrat mayor of San Jose told police to allow these events. Police chief Eddie Garcia admits to allowing the assaults. Man...
  • IMF's Lagarde to stand trial in Tapie case

    07/22/2016 8:19:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    reuters ^ | Jul 22, 2016 7:24pm IST
    France's highest appeals court ruled on Friday that International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde must stand trial for her role in a 400 million euros ($440 million) state payout in 2008 to businessman Bernard Tapie. She was French finance minister at the time. The court rejected her appeal against a judge's order in December for her to stand trial at the Cour de Justice de la Republique, a special court that tries ministers for crimes in office. Her lawyer Patrick Maisonneuve expressed regret over the decision and said he was convinced that the trial would show she was innocent. IMF...