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  • NH Poll: Trump Approval Ratings Rising

    04/24/2018 5:18:47 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27
    brietbart ^ | 04/24/2018 | Tony Lee
    Never Trumpers like Ohio Governor John Kasich and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) are hoping they can derail President Donald Trump in New Hampshire in 2020, but Trump’s approval ratings are on the rise in the Granite State. According to the University of New Hampshire’s Granite State poll that was released on Monday, approval of Trump’s “overall job performance, handling of the economy and foreign affairs, and his personal favorability have all increased since February,” primarily because of the state’s key independent voters. The poll found that 41% of New Hampshire residents approve of Trump’s job performance, up from 35% in...
  • English Literature Isn’t Brain Surgery: Why is American medicine so expensive?

    04/24/2018 5:14:25 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 23, 2018 | Chris Pope and Tim Rice
    The U.S. spends about 18% of its gross domestic product on health care, far more than most countries. One contributing factor that often goes overlooked: the high cost, in time and money, of becoming a physician. In a recent paper for the Mercatus Center, Jeffrey Flier and Jared Rhoads argue that the amount of time it takes to become a doctor—almost always at least a decade—constrains the supply, driving up prices. Physician incomes in the U.S. well exceed those in Europe; American generalists earn twice as much as Dutch ones. Much of this education, especially courses required for a bachelor’s...
  • 8 Spectacularly Wrong Predictions Made Around the Time of the First Earth Day In 1970.

    04/24/2018 5:13:48 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    FEE ^ | April 22, 2018 | Mark J. Perry
    In the May 2000 issue of Reason Magazine, award-winning science correspondent Ronald Bailey wrote an excellent article titled “Earth Day, Then and Now” to provide some historical perspective on the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. In that article, Bailey noted that around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, and in the years following, there was a “torrent of apocalyptic predictions” and many of those predictions were featured in his Reason article.
  • Mark Levin and his "Great Patriot" (Cory Katz) How CRTV avoiding...

    04/24/2018 4:25:29 AM PDT · by Chickensoup · 9 replies
    SteynOnline ^ | 04.24.18 | Mark Steyn
    Mark Levin and his "Great Patriot" (Cory Katz) How CRTV is trying to avoid paying Steyn's Lawsuit Win CRTV is pulling a fast one to get out of its legal obligations. Katz admitted to it before hand, seems criminal to me. Levin seems to be a pit. ...Cary Katz vs CRTV LLC is, in fact, Cary Katz vs Cary Katz. If you read Judge Gordon's final order, you quickly understand that Cary Katz is CRTV and CRTV is Cary Katz: He's not only the sole investor, and spent two days on the stand testifying as CRTV's principal witness, but he...
  • Gupta to Jeff Sessions: Medical marijuana could save many addicted to opioids

    04/24/2018 4:07:27 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 24 replies
    CNN Fake News ^ | 24 April 2018 | Dr. Sanjay Gupta
    Dear Honorable Jeff Sessions, I feel obligated to share the results of my five-year-long investigation into the medical benefits of the cannabis plant. Before I started this worldwide, in-depth investigation, I was not particularly impressed by the results of medical marijuana research, but a few years later, as I started to dedicate time with patients and scientists in various countries, I came to a different conclusion. Not only can cannabis work for a variety of conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and pain, sometimes, it is the only thing that works. I changed my mind, and I am certain you...
  • Chris Cuomo: On Cellphone Use, Treat Trump Like My Recalcitrant Teenage Daughter

    04/24/2018 4:04:42 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The CNN crew had a jolly old time this morning, mocking President Trump for his penchant for using his cellphone, and analogizing him to a recalcitrant teenage girl. Chris Cuomo led the charge, advising chief of staff John Kelly to say to Trump: “Look, we let you use this phone. It’s a privilege. It’s not a right. And if you don’t use it the right way, we’re going to take it from you.” Added Alisyn Camerota, “and you’re going to be grounded.” Get the rest of the story and view the video here.
  • Skilled labor shortages hit Georgia Power

    04/24/2018 3:52:57 AM PDT · by spintreebob · 17 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 4-20-18 | Anastaciah Ondieki
    Georgia Power says completion of the two new nuclear units being built in Waynesboro faces skilled labor shortages, despite the project being ahead of its revised schedule. A report filed by the company to the Georgia Public Service Commission ahead of Vogtle construction progress hearings next month identified difficulties in meeting craft labor requirements at the plant as one challenge that could hamper efforts to meet its completion forecast of 2021 and 2022. The report says Bechtel, the nation’s largest construction company recruited last year as project contractor has been facing challenges in providing skilled labor to the plant that...
  • California to 'whiplash' between drought, floods: study

    04/24/2018 3:01:24 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 24/4/18 | Mariette LeRoux
    Paris (AFP) - California will zigzag between droughts and floods which will become more intense and more frequent in the coming decades unless global emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases are checked, researchers said Monday. The Golden State has already experienced a rapid rise in such "whiplash" events -- careering from a record multi-year drought between 2012 and 2016, to heavy flooding in the winter of 2016-17. The situation will worsen as the global climate alters due to mankind's voracious burning of coal, oil, and gas for energy, a team wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change. They projected that wet-to-dry...
  • Editorial: Standing up for free speech

    04/24/2018 2:52:32 AM PDT · by calvincaspian · 2 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 04-24-2018 | Herald Staff
    In recent days the hordes of social media activists and agitators have been busier than ever intimidating, excoriating and stomping out diversity of thought wherever it appears. This weekend, the Guardian newspaper published an interview with country music star Shania Twain. She discussed her career, troubled childhood, marriage and other typical areas of conversation and then ventured into politics and, of course, Donald Trump. “I would have voted for him because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest. Do you want straight or polite? Not that you shouldn’t be able to have both. If I were voting, I just...
  • A gay referee pursues a place in the NHL — and wonders if hockey will ever accept him

    04/24/2018 2:33:21 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 30 replies
    National Post / New York Times ^ | April 24, 2018 | Jason Buckland
    This is a story about love and betrayal. Andrea Barone was barely 18 months old when he first set out on the ice, his tiny legs shaking and pushing behind a chair along the cold surface. If, in Montreal, hockey is religion, then this was baptism by ritual, every morning practice, every unsteady drag of his skates drawing him closer to the game he was falling for. .... Barone is sure of two things about himself: He is a hockey man, and he is a gay man. In the sport he has devoted his life to, this has proved an...
  • Toronto police officer draws praise for refusing to shoot van suspect

    04/24/2018 2:17:25 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 33 replies
    aol ^ | Apr 23rd 2018 | MATT SCUFFHAM
    A Toronto police officer who refused to shoot the man suspected of plowing a van into crowds of pedestrians on Monday, killing 10 people, was praised for restraint in the face of a suspect who claimed to have a gun. Video footage showed the police officer staring down the suspect at gunpoint in the middle of a street, while the man pointed what appeared to be a gun and shouted "Kill me." The video showed the suspect repeatedly pulling an object from his side and aiming at police. The arrest was praised as a welcome example of police restraint in...
  • Former Black Panther Chairman: 'You Don’t Like Us, Mr. Trump? Then Hand Over the State of Florida'

    04/24/2018 2:08:40 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 90 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4/22/2018
    Malik Shabazz, former chairman of the New Black Panther Party and president of Black Lawyers for Justice, called on President Trump to provide reparations for slavery or designate territory solely for African-Americans. “We must have reparations, full compensation for the theft of our land, the theft of our bodies, the theft of our people from Africa, the theft of our dignity; the desecration of our souls decade after decade after decade after decade. As I said, we don’t want your food stamps. We don’t want no government handout. We don’t want to be trying to fix up some paperwork so...
  • World's first penis and scrotum transplant carried out by US doctors

    04/23/2018 11:43:38 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 31 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 23 APRIL 2018 | Harriet Alexander
    Doctors in the United States have performed the world’s first penis and scrotum transplant, performing the surgery on a US military sergeant severely injured several years ago in an IED blast in Afghanistan. The man, whose name was not given, is recovering well and expected to regain both urinary and sexual function, said Richard Redett, who led the transplant team. He told a press conference on Monday in Baltimore, where the team at Johns Hopkins hospital worked, that the patient underwent 14 hours of surgery in late March. It is not the world’s first penis transplant – that was carried...
  • Fifteen years after America’s invasion, Iraq is getting back on its feet {mosque attendance drops}

    04/23/2018 10:42:18 PM PDT · by Cronos · 16 replies
    Economist ^ | 31 Mar 2018 | Economist
    WHISKY is back on the tables in Mosul, one of Iraq’s biggest cities. Until last year, boozing was punishable with 80 lashes...Families queue at restaurants on the banks of the Tigris. There is not a niqab, or face-veil, in sight....Now Iraq, home to nearly 40m people, is righting itself... About 45,000 Sunnis mustered alongside the Shia-led Hashd al-Shaabi, or “popular mobilisation units”. And millions of Sunnis fled the would-be caliphate to seek refuge in Kurdish and Shia cities. Religious minorities feel safer, too. Over 70% of the 100,000 Christians who fled to Kurdistan have returned to their homes on the...
  • Attendance at Iraqi Kurdistan’s Quran schools in decline

    04/23/2018 10:35:51 PM PDT · by Cronos · 1 replies
    eKurd ^ | 18 April 2018 | ekurd
    , Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— Attendance at Qur’anic schools, religious centers and mosques has declined in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, according to an official at the ministry of religious affairs. “Less learners have these days been seen visiting the Quran learning centers,” Mariwan Naqshbandi, spokesperson of the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs at the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), told Rudaw He said that attendance at centers where students learn the Quran has declined by about 70 percent, and that the number of people visiting mosques and other religious centers has dropped by some 20 percent “Not only the Quran centers, but...
  • Wait. What? A University That Honors God and Country?

    04/23/2018 9:59:27 PM PDT · by EliRoom8 · 8 replies ^ | April 23, 2018 | Todd Starnes
    A Christian university in the north Georgia mountains is taking a very public stand in affirmation of the U.S. Constitution and the belief that we are one nation under God. “We recognize the hand of God upon our country throughout our history,” said Emir Caner, president of Truett McConnell University. The university, affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, recently held a celebration of faith and freedom featuring Fox News Channel host Oliver North and your friendly neighborhood commentator. It was one of the most incredible displays of patriotism I have seen in a long time — complete with a moving...
  • Corbyn's Labour Party is ashamed to say 'England' for fear of appealing to racists, a party report…

    04/23/2018 9:49:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 05:17 EDT, 23 April 2018 | Kate Ferguson
    Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is ashamed to say “England” for fear of appealing to racists, a damning party report says. The English Labour Network — set up by Labour moderate MPs — ordered a study to look at how to champion patriotism. But the group, which was founded last year, found that Labour is too scared to mention England, or celebrate St. George’s Day — which is today. The report warns: “Labour’s biggest single problem is we often don’t mention England even when talking about England.” It adds: “Some activists are uncertain about celebrating St. George’s Day or reflecting English...
  • Here come the Marines: More than 1,500 crack US troops slip into Darwin...

    04/23/2018 9:29:27 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 20 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 24th April 2018 | Stephen Gibbs
    More than 1,500 United States Marines have slipped quietly into Darwin for their latest Australian deployment and are about to make a lot of noise. Elements of the 2018 Marine Rotational Force - Darwin (MRF-D) began arriving in the Top End without publicity earlier this month as the wet season in the Northern Territory ended. This year the force will include 1,587 Marines, eight MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, an artillery battery of six M777 howitzers and a number of fearsome UH-1Y Venom helicopters. Most of the troops have come from bases in Okinawa and California. All of them noticed the...
  • The downside of police being able to seize people’s guns

    04/23/2018 8:40:44 PM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 18 replies
    Tarek El Moussa and then-wife Christina separated following an incident in which she called the police to warn that her husband posed a risk with his gun. Tarek, a concealed handgun permit holder, had taken his gun with him when he went hiking.
  • Some cases in the last month of concealed carry permit holders stopping attacks

    04/23/2018 8:31:00 PM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 3 replies
    The cases we collected here are only of defensive gun uses in public places by people who were legally carrying.