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  • Michael Dunn guilty of 1st-degree murder in "loud music" case

    10/02/2014 6:05:36 AM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 1 replies
    Crimesider CBS News ^ | October 1, 2014, 4:10 PM | CRIMESIDER STAFF
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A jury in Jacksonville, Fla., found Michael Dunn, a white man who fatally shot a black teenager after an argument over loud music outside a convenience store, guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday. Prosecutors said the 47-year-old Dunn shot with intent to kill when he fired 10 times into a sports utility vehicle carrying 17-year-old Jordan Davis and three of his friends in November 2012. The jury reached its verdict after more than five hours of deliberations. Dunn, who took the stand in his own defense, said he fired in self-defense. He told jurors that he saw Davis...
  • Marijuana Smoke Gets in Your Rights

    10/02/2014 5:53:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    If you wanted to nudge the courts to establish a right to use medical marijuana in states where it is legal, you couldn't pick a more sympathetic plaintiff than Brandon Coats of Colorado. As a teenager, Coats was in an automobile accident that left him severely disabled. Now 34, Coats is a quadriplegic who has had a state medical marijuana card since 2009. He worked as a customer service representative for Dish Network from 2007 to 2010, when Dish fired him after he tested positive for marijuana use during a random drug test. Coats sued Dish. On Tuesday, attorneys argued...
  • Man in U.S. With Ebola Had Been Screened to Fly, but System Is Spotty

    10/02/2014 5:51:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 2, 2014 | By MATTHEW L. WALD and JAD MOUAWAD
    As he was preparing to leave Liberia for Dallas two weeks ago, Thomas E. Duncan, the man confirmed to be the first Ebola case in the United States, was checked at the airport for signs of the disease. He was determined to have no fever and allowed to board his flight, American officials say. In early August, the C.D.C. sent medical workers to the region to train local government officials and airport workers in Ebola screening, according to Dr. Nicole Cohen, an infectious disease specialist with the agency’s Division of Migration and Quarantine. As part of that process, the agency...
  • Fla. cop on leave after firing stun gun at woman's back

    10/02/2014 5:38:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    A Tallahassee police officer has been placed on administrative leave after he was caught on camera shooting a woman in the back with a stun gun, CBS affiliate WCTV reports. In the video, which was posted Tuesday on the website YouTube, 62-year-old Viola Young can be seen approaching officers who had arrested three people and put them in squad cars.
  • Obama seeks to restore trust with disappointed Latinos

    10/02/2014 5:34:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 2, 2014 | By Richard Cowan
    After enraging Latino voters last month by delaying promised immigration reforms, President Barack Obama is expected to assure Hispanic-American lawmakers on Thursday that he is on their side and help is on the way. Obama, who for the past two years missed the annual gala held by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, will return to the group and reiterate his ongoing commitment to immigration reform, according to a White House official. The official, who asked not to be identified, said Obama also will say he intends to fix as much of the U.S. immigration system as he can by using his...
  • What Do You Call War By Any Other Name? Defeat

    10/02/2014 5:32:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | John Ransom
    Consumer spending went up last month but paradoxically consumer confidence in the interim has plunged to lowest level since May. Consumer spending was up 0.5% in August, above expectations, reports the Commerce Department, while the Conference Board reports that consumer confidence has plunged to 86 for September.What accounts for the paradox?War, that’s all.Previously consumer confidence posted the 92.4 for the previous month of August, a seven-year high. “Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said high equity values, rising home prices, and falling gasoline costs indicate that ‘confidence should be rising not falling,’" reports the Wall Street Journal. Well...
  • CDC Spokesman Admits Screening Inadequate, Wont Ban Flights From Liberia

    10/02/2014 5:30:13 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 27 replies
    breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV ^ | 10-2-2014 | Ian Hanchett
    CDC Spokesman Dave Daigle stated that the US would not be preventing flights from countries with massive outbreaks of the Ebola virus from coming in to the United States, despite seemingly admitting that the case of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan showed that airport screening cannot catch every case of Ebola on CNN’s “OutFront” on Wednesday. ******* He also stated that he was unaware of a report from The New York Times that Duncan had come into contact with a pregnant woman who later fell ill and died, and also did not know Duncan’s flight history.
  • NY officer saves boy using CPR on way to hospital

    10/02/2014 5:29:55 AM PDT · by areukiddingme1 · 5 replies
    PoliceOne.com ^ | 1 October 2014 | PoliceOne Staff
    RED HOOK, N.Y. — A Red Hook police officer saved the life of a two-year-old boy after stopping the father’s vehicle. Sgt. Patrick Hildenbrand stopped the speeding vehicle, prompting the father Matthew Morgan to exit the vehicle, frantic about his lifeless son. Hildenbrand put the father and his son in the backseat of his SUV and headed to the hospital at full speed, calling ahead to alert the medical staff
  • Dallas Cowboys' CJ Spillman in sexual assault probe

    10/02/2014 5:23:12 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    American football player CJ Spillman is being investigated over an alleged sexual assault, police say. The 28-year-old, who plays for NFL side Dallas Cowboys, has not been arrested or charged. The attack allegedly took place at a Texas hotel in the early hours of 20 September, according to Grapevine police spokesman, Sgt Robert Eberling.
  • 80 people came in contact with Dallas Ebola virus patient, Dallas health official says

    10/02/2014 5:22:34 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 37 replies
    Breaking News ^ | 10/02/14
    BREAKING.... 80 people came in contact with Dallas Ebola virus patient, Dallas health official says
  • 35,000 walruses mass on Alaska beach 'due to climate change'

    10/02/2014 5:19:38 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | October 1, 2014
    At least 35,000 walruses have beached themselves on a remote Alaskan coastline in a phenomenon blamed on the melting of arctic ice due to climate change, experts said Wednesday. Initially there had been only 1,500 of the tusked pinnipeds counted on one beach, but in recent days that number has exploded. "Our best estimate is almost a 24-fold increase," said Megan Ferguson of the Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals.
  • Exclusive: U.S. nears solution for safe disposal of Ebola waste

    10/02/2014 5:18:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 2, 2014 | BY PATRICK RUCKER
    The United States is days away from settling the critical question of how hospitals should handle and dispose of medical waste from Ebola patients, a government official said on Wednesday. Experts have warned that conflicting U.S. regulations over how such waste should be transported could make it very difficult for U.S. hospitals to safely care for patients with Ebola, a messy disease that causes diarrhea, vomiting and in some cases, bleeding from the eyes and ears. Safely handling such waste presents a dual challenge for regulators, who want to both prevent the accidental spread of the deadly disease and avert...
  • Who Will Rest and Who Will Wander

    10/02/2014 5:11:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    THERE IS a transfixing passage in the High Holy Day liturgy, recited on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which depicts God sitting in judgment of mankind, reviewing each person's deeds and deciding who will live and who will die.Ominously, the ancient prayer enumerates the awful ways a life can end. "Who by water and who by fire; who by sword and who by beast; who of hunger and who of thirst; who by earthquake and who by plague…"Then comes a shift. Something else is at stake: "Who will rest and who will...
  • When Paul Became Muhammad

    10/02/2014 5:03:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | Larry Elder
    When I was growing up in South-Central Los Angeles, "Paul" was one of my closest friends. In grade school and junior high, he and I spent countless hours together. He helped me become a slightly better athlete, and I helped him with math and biology. But when I returned home from college, Paul had become "Muhammad." But pre-Muhammad, Paul starred on the high school basketball, baseball and football teams. As the basketball team's starting point guard, he was a prolific scorer and a tenacious defender, a combination college recruiters drool over. Big basketball power schools -- UCLA, Notre Dame, Marquette...
  • Obama's back-to-basics speech: Economy is better than you think

    10/02/2014 4:50:42 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 10/2/14 | Linda Feldman
    CHICAGO — Just over a month until Election Day, President Obama is returning to a theme he hoped to make a centerpiece of the midterm campaign: the economy. Multiple crises overseas, the resignation of the Secret Service’s director after eye-popping threats to presidential safety, and the first case of Ebola in the United States have all kept Mr. Obama in a reactive mode. But in a speech Thursday at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., the president will go on the offensive and highlight the strides the economy has made since the near-economic collapse he inherited in 2009. He will also...
  • The Culture of Passing the Buck

    10/02/2014 4:35:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    The director of the Secret Service, Julia Pierson, was questioned this past Tuesday by members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding lapses in Secret Service Performance. The hearing focused primarily on an incident that took place on September 19. Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, allegedly jumped the White House fence, ran across the White House lawn, ran up a flight of stairs and through the North Portico door. He then allegedly entered the entrance hall, turned left and headed into the East Room, where he was tackled and subdued. A knife was allegedly found in his possession....
  • Facebook apologizes to LGBT community, clarifies names policy

    10/02/2014 4:21:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Computer World ^ | 10/2/14 | Zach Miners
    Facebook has apologized to drag queens and the larger LGBT community in the wake of controversy over the site's names policy, clarifying that users don't have to use their legal name.
  • BREAKING>>> Dallas Ebola Patient VOMITED WILDLY Outside Apartment On Way to Hospital

    10/02/2014 4:09:20 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 45 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 10-1-2014 | Jim Hoft
    The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. was identified Wednesday as Thomas Eric Duncan.Thomas Eric Duncan, identified by a former employer and seen in this undated Facebook photo, is the first Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the United States.Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital sent Duncan home on September 26 despite telling a nurese he had traveled to the United States from Ebola-ravaged West Africa. (ABC)Thomas Duncan was vomiting wildly outside of this apartment on the way to the hospital.Yahoo reported: Two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, the man who is the...
  • US Ebola fears grow

    10/02/2014 2:13:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 1, 2014 | Elise Viebeck
    Fears are rising about the spread of Ebola in Texas after health officials revealed an infected patient had come into contact with nearly 20 people over the weekend. Health officials said they are working to track down every person who came in contact with the patient, who has been identified in multiple media reports as Thomas Eric Duncan of Liberia. He remains in serious condition at a Dallas hospital. Duncan could have passed the virus to as many as 18 people between Wednesday, when he began to show symptoms of Ebola, and Sunday, when he entered medical isolation at Dallas...
  • College is ripping you off

    10/01/2014 10:42:29 PM PDT · by poinq · 20 replies
    Solon ^ | Oct 1st, 2014 | Thomas Frank
    When we reach the end of high school, we approach the next life, the university life, in the manner of children writing letters to Santa. Oh, we promise to be so very good. We open our hearts to the beloved institution. We get good grades. We do our best on standardized tests. We earnestly list our first, second, third choices. We tell them what we want to be when we grow up. We confide our wishes. We stare at the stock photos of smiling students, we visit the campus, and we find, always, that it is so very beautiful. And...
  • THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS MAYBE AFFECTED BY #EBOLA

    10/01/2014 9:05:58 PM PDT · by leapfrog0202 · 26 replies
    The Dan Cofall show ^ | 10/01/2014 | Dan Cofall Show
    *****BREAKING NEWS***** THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS MAYBE AFFECTED BY ‪#‎EBOLA‬ Hotchkiss ES Dan D. Rogers ES Tasby MS Conrad HS Jack Lowe ES For the latest information follow us on Twitter @DanCofall
  • Dunkin' Donuts CEO: Amnesty for Illegals Will 'Stimulate the Economy'

    10/01/2014 8:54:27 PM PDT · by walford · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Sep 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Monday, Dunkin' Brands CEO Nigel Travis said all of the country's illegal immigrants should be legalized. In an interview on Fox Business, Travis said that comprehensive amnesty legislation "would bring about 11 million more people into the economy." He claimed it "would be a stimulus" because "there's a lot of people who want to work but can't work legally."
  • The Boston Herald And Its Cartoonist Apologized [Watermelon Joke]

    10/01/2014 8:38:01 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | October 01, 2014c
    Boston Herald apologizes for Obama cartoon after backlash By Ashley Killough, CNN updated 10:29 PM EDT, Wed October 1, 2014 Your video will play in 28 secs STORY HIGHLIGHTS The Boston Herald cartoon was published Wednesday. The cartoon depicts the White House intruder and President Obama. Critics say it plays off a stereotype about African Americans. Washington (CNN) -- The Boston Herald And Its Cartoonist Apologized Wednesday for a cartoon that quickly drew criticism on social media for being racist. A satire on the recent news that an intruder got farther into the White House last month than previously known,...
  • Officials Reportedly Say It’s Possible Hawaii Patient Placed in Isolation Has Ebola

    10/01/2014 8:23:33 PM PDT · by DouglasKC · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/1/2014 | the blaze
    A patient placed in isolation at a Honolulu-area hospital Wednesday may be infected with the Ebola virus, officials told KHON-TV. The Department of Health confirmed to the Hawaii outlet that the patient is currently undergoing a battery of tests, but has yet to be specifically tested for the deadly virus. The officials declined to provide KHON with any details regarding symptoms and would not say whether or not the patient has been to West Africa recently.
  • Voters Strongly Oppose Legal Rights, Government Benefits for Illegal Immigrants

    10/01/2014 6:25:11 PM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    The Obama administration yesterday announced that it is spending $9 million to provide lawyers for some of the young illegal immigrants who flooded across the border earlier this year, but voters strongly believe these illegal immigrants do not have the same legal rights U.S. citizens do. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 68% of Likely U.S. Voters say the new illegal immigrants should not have the same legal rights and protections that U.S. citizens have. Just 19% disagree. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure. (To see question wording, click here.) Seventy-one percent (71%) say these illegal newcomers should...
  • Unicare unveils 'anti-loneliness' hugging chair

    10/01/2014 6:04:15 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 15 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Oct. 02, 2014 - 06:54AM JST
    An employee of Japan's nursing care goods maker Unicare demonstrates the "tranquility chair" at the International Home Care and Rehabilitation exhibition in Tokyo on Wednesday. AFPThere are times in everyone’s life when only a hug will do. Now one Japanese company has come up with a chair that’s always ready to give a comforting cuddle. The “tranquility chair” is built in the shape of a larger-than-life fabric doll with a friendly face and a fetching hat, but more importantly, it has long arms that wrap around the user in an affectionate embrace. “It makes you feel safe. Anyone can use...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ 02 October 2014

    10/01/2014 5:59:41 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 61 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ The FReeper Canteen Presents ~ ~ Remembering Our Troops!! ~ NIGHT STALLION A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter prepares to take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 6, 2013. The Boxer is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenan O’Connor Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies' militaryand family members of the above.Honoring those who have served...
  • Scalia defends keeping God, religion in public square

    10/01/2014 5:29:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/1/2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Supreme CourtJustice Antonin Scalia said Wednesday that secularists are wrong when they argue the Constitution requires religious references to be banished from the public square. Justice Scalia, part of the court’s conservative wing, was preaching to the choir when he told the audience at Colorado Christian University that a battle is underway over whether to allow religion in public life, from referencing God in the Pledge of Allegiance to holding prayers before city hall meetings. “I think the main fight is to dissuade Americans from what the secularists are trying to persuade them to be true: that the separation of...
  • Appears Dallas Ebola Patient, Eric Thomas Duncan Knew He Was Sick

    10/01/2014 5:20:35 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 87 replies
    Tmz Liberia Magazine ^ | 10/01/14 | Al Hussein
    "Our source also revealed about five children resided in the home of the victim and suspected that Mr. Eric Thomas Duncan may have known that he was infected with the virus, but failed to disclose detail information to hospital staff."
  • U.S. Patient Aided Pregnant Liberian, Then Took Ill

    10/01/2014 5:12:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 1, 2014 | By NORIMITSU ONISHI
    Mr. Duncan had direct contact with a woman stricken by Ebola on Sept. 15, just four days before he left Liberia for the United States, the woman’s parents and Mr. Duncan’s neighbors said. The family of the woman, Marthalene Williams, 19, took her by taxi to a hospital with Mr. Duncan’s help on Sept. 15 after failing to get an ambulance, said her parents, Emmanuel and Amie Williams. She was convulsing and seven months pregnant, they said. Turned away from a hospital for lack of space in its Ebola treatment ward, the family said it took Ms. Williams back home...
  • CAIR attacks the Center for Security Policy and Frank Gaffney

    10/01/2014 4:37:38 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 16 replies
    Terror Trends Bulletin ^ | 1 Oct 14 | Unattributed
    Today we received more confirmation that we are locked in a war of ideas with Muslim Brotherhood organizations when CAIR launched a broadside at Frank Gaffney and the Center for Security Policy, one of the leaders in the counterjihad and counter shariah movement. CAIR published the names of top defense contractors who donate to CSP, including Boeing, Lockheed, Northrop Grumman and others, criticizing them for supporting an “Islamophobic” organization. In a perfect world, Boeing et al would react to this the same way they would have to the German Bund issuing a similar release in 1939. But in today’s PC...
  • Can Interest Ever Be Repaid in a Credit Based Society?

    10/01/2014 4:29:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Reader Mike wonders how interest can ever be repaid in a credit-based economy. Hi Mish, I wonder if you would be able to comment on this from Bill Gross in For Wonks Only: "A credit-based financial economy (as opposed to pure cash) depends on an ever-expanding outstanding level of credit for its survival. Without additional credit, interest on previously issued liabilities cannot be paid absent the sale of existing assets, which in turn would lead to a vicious cycle of debt deflation, recession and ultimately depression. Put simply, if credit needs to expand at 4.5% per year, then the private...
  • Australian Air Force complete first mission in Iraq joining fight against ISIS

    10/01/2014 4:22:33 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 5 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 2nd October 2014
    AUSTRALIA has completed its first operation mission over Iraq deploying Super Hornets, a Wedgetail early warning and control aircraft, a refueller and special force members officially joining the international forces against the Islamic State. Defence has confirmed the aircraft returned to their base in the United Arab Emirate without incident, and follows confirmation from the Prime Minister yesterday that RAAF forces had begun to enter Iraqi airspace.
  • Texas Is Booming…but CNN Doesn’t Want You to Know Why

    10/01/2014 4:22:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Much of my writing is focused on the real-world impact of government policy, and this is why I repeatedly look at the relative economic performance of big government jurisdictions and small government jurisdictions.But I donÂ’t just highlight differences between nations. Yes, itÂ’s educational to look at North Korea vs. South Korea or Chile vs. Venezuela vs. Argentina, but I also think you can learn a lot by looking at whatÂ’s happening with different states in America.So weÂ’ve looked at high-tax states that are languishing, such as California and Illinois, and compared them to zero-income-tax states such as Texas.With this in...
  • Ted Cruz is the new Sarah Palin (Here it comes)

    10/01/2014 4:22:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Week ^ | October 1, 2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    The Texas senator stands for conservative principles. Unfortunately, that's all he does with them.Is Ted Cruz good for conservatives? Or is it the other way around? The answer matters a lot, because it's not impossible that this guy could be the next GOP presidential nominee. A close adviser to Texas' junior senator told National Journal that there is a 90 percent chance the Tea Party star will run for president in 2016. "And honestly, 90 is lowballing it." Cruz denies that he has made plans past the midterms. But boy, he sure does look like a man preparing for a...
  • Immigration Expert: Obama Admin Responsible for Letting Ebola Patient Into U.S.

    10/01/2014 4:14:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | October 1, 2014 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    President Barack Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and Secretary of State John Kerry are directly responsible for allowing Ebola into the United States, the Center for Immigration Studies Director of Policy Studies Jessica Vaughan told Breitbart News. Vaughan points to federal law--the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)--which she notes gives the administration “broad authority” to bar non-citizens like Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient allowed into the U.S., from entering the country. The administration took no steps pursuant to that federal law, however, to block people like him from...
  • What preppers are doing about Ebola

    10/01/2014 4:03:31 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 41 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10-1-14 | Chris Morris
    The so-called prepper community has a long list of concerns—and for quite some time Ebola has been near the top of it. Experts, though, are split on whether the confirmation that the disease has entered the U.S. will spur a rush in equipment sales. Even as awareness of doomsdayers grows thanks to a reality series on the National Geographic Channel, sales of supplies like canned food and hand-cranked flashlights had actually begun to level off before Tuesday. And since Ebola has been on the community's radar for so long, many people have already stocked up. "I think that a lot...
  • White House Punts Concern For Sgt. Tahmooressi to State Department (More like Fake Concern)

    10/01/2014 4:03:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked by Fox News' Ed Henry about the level of concern the White House had for Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi , who is being held in a Mexican prison under inhumane conditions and living with a severe case of untreated PTSD. "There was another report and hearing today on Capitol Hill about Sgt. Tahmooressi, the U.S. Marine who's been in a Mexican jail. The reason why it's important among other reasons is that various lawmakers as well as various veterans have come forward and said he has PTSD which this president...
  • Did climate change create modern man? Ancient temperature shifts made us more intelligent

    10/01/2014 3:59:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 1, 2014 | By SARAH GRIFFITHS
    Our most ancient ancestors were battling climate change to survive droughts, freezing and flooding. And now a growing number of scientists believe that shifts in the Earth’s climate are responsible for creating some of our most distinctive characteristics. Their research suggests that large evolutionary leaps, such as the development of our bigger brains and ability to create and use complex tools, coincided with periods of volatile climate change.
  • Updated:Burbank man protests outside Islamic Center in West Richland

    10/01/2014 3:58:23 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 13 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | 09/29/2014 | Geoff Folsom
    A Burbank man protested Monday evening outside a West Richland mosque, holding a sign that read "death to Islam" on one side and "Islam is evil" on the other. Michael Harmon, 28, of Burbank, also had a sign reading "Terrorists" on the side of his car, with a blue arrow pointing toward the Islamic Center of Tri-Cities on Bombing Range Road. Harmon said he served as a specialist in the Army and was in Afghanistan.
  • New York Times to cut 100 newsroom jobs in layoffs and buyouts

    10/01/2014 3:57:49 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 22 replies
    The New York Times has announced plans to cut 100 newsroom jobs and close down a high-profile opinion app that has failed to attract readers in the three months since its launch. Arthur Sulzberger Jr, the newspaper’s publisher, and Mark Thompson, its chief executive, said: “The job losses are necessary to control our costs and to allow us to continue to invest in the digital future of the New York Times, but we know that they will be painful for the individuals affected and for their colleagues.” The news organisation will also cut a smaller number of jobs in its...
  • Iran Rising

    10/01/2014 3:48:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Cliff May
    In his address to the UN General Assembly last week, President Obama called the conflict in the Middle East “a fight no one is winning.” I think the evidence suggests he’s wrong. I think Iran is making significant gains.That should distress us because the Islamic Republic, no less than the Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL), is committed to waging jihad. Iran’s 1979 revolution was led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini -- a Persian, Shi’a, Islamist version of Lenin. His intention: to spark a global uprising against the West.Khomeini championed social justice – of a sort. “If one permits...
  • With huge variability in hospital prices, patients must beware

    10/01/2014 3:47:42 PM PDT · by steve86 · 6 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Oct. 1, 2014 | Lisa Stiffler
    The American health-care system is befuddling in so many ways, but the variation in hospital prices is among the most confounding. The price for back surgery at Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center can cost $46,000 — three times as much as it costs at Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center. If you’re looking for knee or hip replacement, at $92,000 you could wind up paying four-times more at Multicare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup than the $23,000 price tag at Wenatchee Valley Hospital. Across the state and for services ranging from urinary tract infections to strokes, the prices for care...
  • Judge rules loss could be imposed on Calpers in Stockton bankruptcy

    10/01/2014 3:47:22 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 1, 2014 | BY ROBIN RESPAUT
    The U.S. bankruptcy judge overseeing Stockton, California's municipal bankruptcy trial on Wednesday ruled that the state's public employee retirement system, known as Calpers, could be forced to absorb losses along with other creditors. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said the city's contract with the California Public Employees' Retirement System could be rejected. While the judge ruled the city may impose losses on Calpers, he has not yet ruled that it must do so as part of its financial restructuring.
  • Schultz Accuses Republicans of Putting President Obama 'In Danger' With Hateful Rhetoric

    10/01/2014 3:32:21 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 32 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    With the Secret Service's multiple lapses of security in the headlines, attention has naturally turned to the issue of presidential safety. Into the gap stepped Ed Schultz this afternoon, always on the lookout for the chance to turn any issue into partisan political gain for Democrats. On his MSNBC show today, Schultz gave an emphatic "yes" in answer to this question from a viewer: "do you think the hateful rhetoric from Republicans puts President Obama and his family in danger?" View the video here.
  • Biologists identify pot gardens as salmon threat (N. California/S. Oregon)

    10/01/2014 3:14:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/1/14 | Jeff Barnard - ap
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Water use and other actions by the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and Southern Oregon are threatening salmon already in danger of extinction, federal biologists said Tuesday. Concerns about the impact of pot farming were raised by the NOAA Fisheries Service in its final recovery plan for coho salmon in the region. The full plan was to be posted on the agency's website. A copy obtained in advance calls for determining then decreasing the amount of water that pot growers illegally withdraw from creeks where young fish struggle to survive. Pot...
  • Obama's BRAIN initiative awards $46 million in grants

    10/01/2014 3:08:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/1/14 | Julie Steenhuysen - Reuters
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wearable brain scanners and lasers that can turn hundreds of cells on and off were among 58 projects awarded $46 million in federal grants as part of President Obama's $100 million initiative to unlock the secrets of the human brain. Launched in 2013, the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is designed to give scientists greater insight into how the healthy brain works and a better understanding of what systems go awry in diseases ranging from Alzheimer's to schizophrenia. "The human brain is the most complicated biological structure in the known universe. We’ve only just...
  • Psychologists Are Learning How to Convince Conservatives to Take Climate Change Seriously

    10/01/2014 2:54:52 PM PDT · by oblomov · 112 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 1 October 2014 | Jesse Singal
    Last week’s People's Climate March drew 400,000 people onto the streets of Manhattan and a great deal of international attention to a subject of dire urgency. But some were skeptical about the event’s overall significance. “The march slogan was, ‘to change everything, we need everyone,’ which is telling, because it won’t change everything, because it didn’t include everyone,” wrote David Roberts of Grist. “Specifically, it won’t change American politics because it didn’t include conservatives.” True enough. If there weren’t such a stark divide between American conservatives and almost everyone else on the question of the existence and importance of climate...
  • Chris Matthews "Obama Said It Was Unlikely. It Has Happened. It's Here"

    10/01/2014 2:53:18 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Matthews and Emanuel also spar over President Obama saying it was "unlikely" that an Ebola case would strike the U.S. "Obama said it was unlikely. It has happened. It's here," Matthews said. Dr. Emanuel said there is some "fear mongering" going on here, but Matthews said he was just quoting the president and stating facts.
  • SECRET SERVICE DIRECTOR RESIGNS

    10/01/2014 2:39:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10-1-14 | Brett LoGiurato
    Julia Pierson, the director of the United States Secret Service, resigned on Wednesday amid a rush of criticism over recent White House security breaches. "Today Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it," said Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson. "I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the Nation." Joseph Clancy, the former special agent in charge of the presidential protective division of the Secret Service, will take over as interim director, Johnson said. Johnson also announced the formation of an independent panel to investigate...