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  • Social media executives testify about fighting extremist propaganda

    01/17/2018 12:43:44 PM PST · by Puppage · 5 replies
    WTNH.COM ^ | 01/17/2018 | WTNH.com Staff
    WASHINGTON (WTNH) — Social media executives testified on Capitol Hill on Wednesday about the steps the industry is taking to fight extremist propaganda online. Witnesses included representatives from Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Lawmakers presses the executives on measure they are taking to ban extremist content. Executives at the hearing discussed a range of topics, including getting rid of instructional videos on the internet that explain how to launch a terrorist attack.
  • Connecticut Dreamers head to Washington to urge Congress to pass Dream Act

    01/16/2018 6:22:21 AM PST · by Puppage · 31 replies
    WTNH.COM ^ | 01/16/2018 | WTNH.com Staff
    HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Congress has until midnight Friday, to strike a deal on a host of issues before government funding is set to run out. At the heart of it, nearly 800,000 undocumented young immigrants. That’s why dozens of Connecticut Dreamers are on their way to the nation’s capitol Tuesday morning. They’re message to Congress is to pass the Dream Act. Republicans and Democrats both want to lift spending caps, which limit the amount of money the government can spend without adding to the deficit. Democrats say in order for them to support the republicans’ spending plan, they must include...
  • Army vet sues VA over scalpel left in body after surgery

    01/15/2018 10:22:02 AM PST · by Puppage · 13 replies
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — An Army veteran is suing a Veterans Administration hospital in Connecticut after he says someone left a scalpel inside him after surgery, and it was only discovered years later, after he suffered from long-term abdominal pain.
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,January 15-19,2018

    01/15/2018 7:58:49 AM PST · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | January 15, 2018 | Jim Vicevich
    Good Morning And Welcome!
  • Supreme Court to Consider Internet Sales Tax Collection

    01/14/2018 11:34:10 AM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 26 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 12, 2018 | Brent Kendall and Richard Rubin
    The Supreme Court on Friday said it would consider whether states can broadly require online retailers to collect sales taxes even if they lack a physical presence in the state, taking a case that could have a major impact on online commerce. The justices on Friday took up that call, explicitly agreeing to consider whether the earlier high-court precedent should be overruled. “My bet is that they are looking at it to overturn,” said Edward Zelinsky, a tax-law professor at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law. The alternative, he said, would be to point to this issue as an example...
  • Psych Prof Who Called Trump ‘Mentally Impaired’ May Not Have A License To Practice

    01/11/2018 6:44:41 AM PST · by servo1969 · 70 replies
    The DC ^ | 1-11-2018 | IAN MILES CHEONG
    The Yale University psychology professor who called President Trump “mentally impaired” appears to lack a valid license to practice psychiatry in her home state of Connecticut.The professor, Bandy Lee, made the headlines over the past few days when she made a diagnosis of the president as suffering from a “mental impairment” that would disqualify him from the highest office in the land.Following Lee’s comments, the American Psychiatric Association released a statement on Tuesday warning members of its profession to refrain from making public diagnoses of public figures like Trump without a proper medical exam.“We at the APA call for an...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,WTIC AM,January 8-12,2018

    01/08/2018 8:49:31 AM PST · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | January 8, 2018 | Jim Vicevich
    Good Morning, Welcome!
  • The media is missing the Republican takeover in New England

    10/04/2017 10:01:14 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 45 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 30, 2017 | Salena Zito
    On Sept. 19, Politico congressional reporter Burgess Everett tweeted that he suddenly “[Remembers Vermont has a Republican governor].” His tweet prompted Seung Min Kim, a fellow Politico reporter who covers the US Senate, to reply that she “[Learns Vermont has a Republican governor].” That, in turn, instigated a response by Wall Street Journal congressional reporter Byron Tau: “[Googles the name of Vermont’s Republican governor].” To which Phil Scott, Vermont’s Republican governor, responded that he “[Is Vermont’s Republican governor].” The moment was comical but also insightful, underscoring just how little Washington’s political class knows about who holds the executive power in...
  • Father in Costa Rica plane crash worked at giant hedge fund

    01/02/2018 8:40:05 AM PST · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 2, 2018 | 10:32am | Updated | By Carleton English
    The father of the family killed in a fiery Costa Rican plane crash was a senior investor at Bridgewater Associates, the giant hedge fund headed by billionaire Ray Dalio. Bruce Steinberg — who, along with his wife, Irene, and three sons, Zachary, William and Matthew, was among 12 people killed in the charter plane crash on New Year’s Eve — was a senior member of the Connecticut-based fund’s research team. Steinberg, 50, was also a graduate of Columbia Business School. “The Bridgewater family lost Bruce Steinberg (a senior investor at Bridgewater and a wonderful man) and his family in a...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,9AM-12NOONPM,EST,M-F,WTIC AM,January 2-5,2018

    01/02/2018 7:01:44 AM PST · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | January 2, 2018 | Jim Vicevich
    Good Morning And Welcome!
  • 9-year-old boy with pellet gun stops man from stealing truck on Christmas

    12/28/2017 5:25:56 AM PST · by Puppage · 46 replies
    WFSB.COM ^ | 12/28/2017 | Meredith Digital Staff
    (Meredith) -- A man who allegedly tried to steal a pickup truck on Christmas day didn't get very far, thanks to a 9-year-old boy. Police said 32-year-old Ollie Dunn attempted to steal a 2009 Dodge Ram in Kokomo on Monday, according to WTHR. Little did he know, a 9-year-old boy named Larry Larimore was inside the truck. Despite being afraid, Larrimore pulled out a pellet gun and confronted the suspect. “As soon as he opened the door, I got scared,” Larimore told WTHR. “So I pulled out the pellet gun and pointed it at his head.” The suspect took off...
  • Petition To Grant Three Goshen Elephants Legal Rights As 'Persons' Denied

    12/28/2017 3:36:24 AM PST · by raybbr · 14 replies
    Courant.com ^ | 12/27/17 | Sandra Gomez-Aceves
    The petition to grant three Goshen elephants legal rights as “persons” was denied by a judge at Superior Court in Torrington on Tuesday, court records show. In a memorandum of decision, Judge James Bentivegna called the petition “wholly frivolous on its face in legal terms.” The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) had filed the lawsuit on Nov. 13, arguing that Beulah, Karen and Minnie — three elephants captured in the wild and now living at the Commerford Zoo in Goshen — are legal “persons” with fundamental rights and they must be released into a sanctuary. “‘Person’ is not a synonym for...
  • Academic War on Women

    12/27/2017 12:00:59 PM PST · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 22, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    That's where the real assault is. For example: o "Students at the University of California San Diego filed a complaint and triggered an administrative probe after pictures of Kate Steinle were hung on campus," Bradford Richardson reported in The Washington Times on December 20, 2017. "Gregory Lu said he hung up 150 posters picturing Steinle with the caption, 'She had dreams too,' on Dec. 7. Four days later, he said he received an email from the Office for the Prevention of Harassment & Discrimination asking to meet with him." Lu has wisely waited to do so until obtaining legal counsel....
  • Millionaire MSNBC Host Joe Scarborough Is Downsizing (Losing $1 Million on Home...So Far)

    12/23/2017 2:48:13 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 51 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 22, 2017 | Betsy Rothstein
    Maybe size doesn’t matter. And perhaps bigger isn’t always better? MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough is selling his multi-million dollar, Colonial-style, 7,826 square-foot house in New Canaan, Conn., where he resides with his son and daughter. The daughter will soon be going off to school, leaving the large home for just him and his son. Presumably his fiancé Mika Brzezinski spends time there, too.
  • Connecticut budget can’t rely on ‘the rich’

    12/21/2017 12:30:43 PM PST · by george76 · 42 replies
    Connecticut continues to be dogged by messy finances. The budget legislators and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy adopted in late October for fiscal year 2017-18 is in deficit. Gov. Malloy’s Office of Policy and Management estimated a $202.8 million hole Nov. 20, while state Comptroller Kevin P. Lembo concluded Dec. 1 that the hole is $207.8 million. Before these forecasts were issued, the state was expected to contend with a $4 billion deficit in the 2019-21 biennium. ... “between 2015 and 2016, Connecticut saw a net loss of 2,050 tax filers who earn more than $200,000 per year.” This amounted to...
  • John Skipper Steps Down As CEO Of ESPN, Citing Substance Addiction

    12/18/2017 10:44:35 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NPR ^ | December 18, 2017 | Emily Sullivan
    John Skipper has resigned from his top position at ESPN and co-chairmanship of the Disney Media Networks. Skipper had recently signed a contract extending his leadership to 2021. "Today I have resigned from my duties as President of ESPN," Skipper said in a statement released on Monday. "I have had a wonderful career at the Walt Disney Company and am grateful for the many opportunities and friendships." "I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction. I have decided that the most important thing I can do right now is to take care of my problem," he said. George...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,EST,9AM-12NOONPM,WTICAM,December 18,2017-January 1,20188

    12/18/2017 5:04:31 AM PST · by Biggirl · 2 replies
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | December 18, 2018 | Jim Vicevich
    Good Morning, WELCOME, And MERRY CHRISTMAS/HANUKKAH/NEW YEAR!
  • Welfare Payout Statistics That Will Make You Really Angry

    02/26/2014 12:31:25 PM PST · by onyx · 53 replies
    seriouslyepicstuff.com ^ | February 26, 2014 | Seriously Epic Staff
    Now, don’t tell me that welfare recipients aren’t innovative! No reason to stand on your feet waiting to get your check. Just put your flip-flops next in line and go back and sit on your ass. What a great country! Related Article Corporate Welfare Statistics That Will Make You Sick With all the talk about unemployment benefits and welfare, it’s important to understand just how much money we’re talking about. In 35 states, welfare, housing assistance and other benefits pays more than a minimum wage job, according to a new study by the Cato Institute. The study also found...
  • Connecticut pension system worst in the nation, according to new study

    12/16/2017 5:51:05 PM PST · by george76 · 46 replies
    Yankee Institute for Public Policy ^ | Dec 14, 2017 | Marc E. Fitch
    Connecticut has the most underfunded pension system in the nation, amassing more than $127.7 billion in liabilities.. The study entitled Unaccountable and Unaffordable showed Connecticut’s pension system dropping below Illinois and Kentucky when its pension liabilities were calculated with a “risk-free” discount rate equal to the rate of a U.S. Treasury bond. Connecticut’s unfunded pension liability rose from $99.2 billion in ALEC’s 2016 study to $127.7 billion in 2017, leaving the pension system only 19 percent funded. The debt from the public pensions amounts to $35,721 per person in Connecticut, the second highest per capita debt in the nation behind...
  • Report: 27 Facilities Using Hazardous Chemicals Pose Risk To Thousands Of Low-Income Neighbors (CT)

    12/15/2017 11:21:02 AM PST · by matt04 · 23 replies
    here are 27 facilities in Connecticut that use such large quantities of hazardous chemicals that they are required to submit disaster response plans to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. About 170,000 people—roughly 5 percent of the state’s population—live within a mile of these facilities, risking exposure to a leak, explosion or adverse health effects. Low-income people and children of color under the age of 12 are more likely than their white counterparts to live in these “fenceline” communities, according to a report by the Center for Effective Government. In its report “Living in the Shadow of Danger: Poverty, Race and...