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  • BREAKING: Former State Dept And CIA Employee Arrested, Charged With Federal Espionage

    06/22/2017 6:11:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 194 replies
    iBankCoin ^ | 6/22/17
    A former State Department employee was arrested Thursday and charged with espionage for allegedly transmitting Top Secret and Secret documents to a Chinese government agent, according to an affidavit filed with the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, VA.Kevin Mallory, 60, of Leesburg is a self-employed consultant who speaks fluent Chinese. Court filings show that Mallory was an Army veteran who worked as a special agent for U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service from 1987 to 1990. Since then, Mallory has worked for various government agencies and defense contractors, maintaining a Top Secret security clearance. The Washington Post reports that Mallory...
  • Is this the greediest bride EVER? Guest is invited to fork out £5,500 to attend a wedding [tr]

    06/13/2017 4:17:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 59 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 12, 2017 | Siofra Brennan
    Weddings can be an expensive business, especially if the couple are tying the knot in an exotic location abroad.  But one woman was left in a state of shock after being invited to a wedding 'week' in the US, costing £5,500 to attend - including five separate events with different guest codes and chipping in for the bride's accommodation the night before the big day.  On top of all that, guests have been invited to pick out a gift from an Amazon wishlist where the cheapest item is a snip at £300.
  • Vatican Still Trying to Get the Patrimony of the Friars of the Immaculate [Catholic Caucus]

    06/02/2017 6:48:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Gloria.TV ^ | June 2, 2017 | Gloria.TV
    The Vatican is still trying to get hold of the patrimony of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, which Pope Francis put under a commissioner without giving a reason for the harsh measure. In the past, the Vatican tried in vain to pocket the assets through legal ways. They belong to a lay association and comprise, among other things, 59 buildings. Marco Tosatti writes on his blog that two weeks ago, the founder of the order, Father Stefano Manelli (83), who is under ecclesiastical house arrest, received a letter from the Congregation for Religious, which again asked him to hand...
  • [From January 26, 2017] Grocery store tomatoes taste like cardboard — Florida researchers are fixing

    05/12/2017 1:44:47 AM PDT · by vannrox · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 26, 2017 | Deborah Netburn
    There’s a revolution coming to your supermarket, and it’s going to start in the tomato aisle. After more than a decade of study, researchers at the University of Florida have identified the chemical compounds responsible for giving a great tomato its distinctive sweet, earthy, slightly grassy taste. They have also determined the genes that code for these chemicals and where they can be found in the tomato genome. Their results, published Thursday in Science, could help breeders create tomatoes that are hardy enough to survive the often long and arduous journey from field to store without sacrificing flavor. Experts say...
  • Reform of Presidential Pensions Proposed [semi-satire]

    05/08/2017 11:01:29 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 7 May 2017 | John Semmens
    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) are planning to introduce legislation that would take a former president's other sources of income into account in determining the size of his or her pension. "Look, the $207,800 per year currently awarded to the nation's ex-presidents is there to ensure that someone who has served can live comfortably," Chaffetz argued. "However, as things currently stand, ex-presidents are cashing in when they retire. They write books and give speeches and make millions every year. The pension is tiny in comparison. What our bill would do is reduce the pension by the...
  • Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson...Speak Against Under Armour CEO's Trump Praise

    02/10/2017 4:51:54 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 77 replies
    abc ^ | 2/9/17
    Under Armour's most prominent spokespeople -- Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson, Misty Copeland and Steph Curry -- are all speaking out against comments that Kevin Plank, the brand's CEO, recently made in support of President Donald Trump.
  • Oprah sells painting for $196 million [Greedy 1%er]

    02/09/2017 1:30:00 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 73 replies
    Nine.com ^ | Bree Player
    ....., according to Bloomberg, she sold a painting by Gustav Klimt for $196 million to an unnamed Chinese buyer.... ....Oprah purchased the painting at a Christie’s auction in 2006 for $115 million....
  • Philadelphia mayor blames retailers, not new tax, for increased soda prices

    01/13/2017 6:46:36 PM PST · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 43 replies
    The Extract ^ | 1.13.17 | Editor
    Despite backing what became one of the nation’s first successful soda taxes, Mayor Jim Kenney is now blaming businesses for the resulting spike in the cost of sugary beverages. “They’re gouging their own customers,” he said of retailers who have been passing along some of the costs associated with the new tax.
  • McDonald's and Hard Rock Cafe at the Vatican

    01/08/2017 3:43:31 PM PST · by ebb tide · 45 replies
    The Wanderer Press ^ | January 8, 2017 | Rey Flores
    In Matt. 16:18 Jesus said: “You are Peter and upon this rock I shall build my Church.” It’s unlikely that at that time Jesus was thinking of any franchising opportunities for His Church by including a fast food restaurant. When He gave Peter the keys to the Kingdom, He didn’t give him keys to a McDonald’s. Well folks, if you have not heard about this yet, McDonald’s has just opened one of its newest franchise locations just steps away from where the center of all Catholicism sits. Just before 2016 came to a close, McDonald’s started serving up its world-famous...
  • Undeterred By Trump Threats, Schlumberger Signs Deal With Iran

    11/28/2016 2:18:18 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 14 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 28-11-2016 | The Ayatollah and his mom
    Just about everyone right now wants to know where President-elect Donald Trump stands on Iran, and what fate lies ahead for the nuclear deal and the easing of sanctions that have energy companies’ mouths watering—not the least of them oilfield services giant Schlumberger, which has just hedged its bets that sanctions are history despite heavy rhetoric to the contrary. Schlumberger has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Iranian South Oil Company for the development of oilfields in Iran’s southern Khouzestan province, making it the second Western energy major to return to Iran after the lifting of most sanctions....
  • (WIkileaks) Benghazi: FUNDRAISING off of hearing

    11/04/2016 10:47:47 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies
    Wikileaks ^ | Nov 04 2016 | released by Wikileaks
    From:slatham@hillaryclinton.com To: john.podesta@gmail.com Date: 2015-10-23 22:32 Subject: our donors # today turns out it's not 500k. It's 420. we're not going to correct it - but not leaning into it ! *BACKGROUND (CLINTON AIDE) * - We now have more than 500,000 donors for the campaign. - We have more than 100,000 new donors in October alone. - The hour after the Benghazi hearing ended, 9pm-10pm, was our best fundraising hour of the campaign and we didn't make a fundraising ask. - More than half the donations yesterday were from new donors and 99% of them were for $250 or...
  • American Greed on CNBC - Ray Nagin - New Orleans Shakedown (hurricane Katrina)

    10/08/2016 4:09:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    CNBC ^ | 10/08/16
    Ray Nagin - New Orleans Shakedown Season 10 Episode 111 Aired 03-31-2016 tv-pg Disgraced former mayor exploits the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina to pocket bribes and live large.
  • Self-Interested Hillary

    10/07/2016 3:48:22 PM PDT · by A Conservative Legionaire
    The Political Register ^ | 10/7/16 | Legionaire.
    A participant in the CNN focus group conducted Tuesday during this year's only vice presidential debate says the cable network omitted a strong showing of third-party support. Justin Smith says participants were asked after the debate ended if they support the ticket led by Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump or a third-party candidate, with 12 indicating third-party support, five backing Clinton and two Trump. Such a result would not reflect national polling, and Smith wrote on Facebook "once they saw the response," the third party option was dropped in favor of "undecided" -- with the second question asked twice...
  • Ignoring the Poor Is a Damnable Sin – A Homily for the 26th Sunday

    09/25/2016 7:26:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 68 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Ignoring the Poor Is a Damnable Sin – A Homily for the 26th Sunday Msgr. Charles Pope • September 24, 2016 • The Rich Man and the Poor Lazarus by Hendrick ter BrugghenIn the Gospel for today about the rich man and Lazarus the Lord gives us some important teachings on judgment and Hell. We live in times in which many consider the teachings on Hell to be untenable. They struggle to understand how a God described as loving, merciful, and forgiving can assign certain souls to Hell forever. Despite the fact that the Doctrine of Hell is taught...
  • U.S. owes black people reparations for a history of ‘racial terrorism,’ says U.N. panel

    09/27/2016 5:09:21 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 94 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/27/16 | Ishaan Tharoor
    The history of slavery in the United States justifies reparations for African Americans, argues a recent report by a U.N.-affiliated group based in Geneva. This conclusion was part of a study by the United Nations' Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, a body that reports to the international organization's High Commissioner on Human Rights. The group of experts, which includes leading human rights lawyers from around the world, presented its findings to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, pointing to the continuing link between present injustices and the dark chapters of American history.
  • Warren Buffett buys more Wells Fargo stock on a dip [Hillary supporter is its largest stockholder!]

    09/20/2016 11:29:45 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 3.29.2016
    Warren Buffett showed that the selloff in Wells Fargo & Co.’s stock this year has just made him love the banking giant even more, as he boosted his stake in the company to 504.3 million shares, according to regulatory filings. Buffett’s investment vehicle Berkshire Hathaway Inc. BRK.B, +0.01% now owns 10% of Wells Fargo’s common stock outstanding, making him by far the largest shareholder. That is up from 479.7 million shares, or a 9.45% stake, as of Dec. 31, filings show.
  • Hillary Clinton "Speeches" Scheduled Events [Hillary's Surrogates...She is Mostly Absent]

    09/19/2016 1:22:45 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    Welcome to the redesigned Scheduled Events page. The information presented below not only displays Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine’s events, but anyone representing Hillary for America, including Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and other politicians and celebrities appearing on the behalf of HFA. Hyperlinks below will lead to the official page for the event where you can RSVP or purchase tickets. The lack of a hyperlink or a blank field indicates that the information for the event is not currently available. For past events, please visit the Speech Archive. Note: Fundraisers are scheduled a month in advance while public events are...
  • Chelsea Can't Fathom Why People Think Her Mom is Untrustworthy [semi-satire]

    09/10/2016 10:50:31 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 21 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 Sep 2016 | John Semmens
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's daughter went on ABC's The View talk show to express her dismay at polls showing that a huge majority of Americans consider her mother untrustworthy. "I realize that some of the things coming out from the emails she tried to conceal are raising questions, but I know my mother and I'm certain that if anything thing she did was wrong in some technical sense that she did it for a good reason," Chelsea explained. "What a lot of people don't understand is that her job as the nation's top diplomat often required her to deliberately...
  • Fox settles with Gretchen Carlson for $20M, and is expected to offer apology

    09/06/2016 6:38:19 AM PDT · by CaptainK · 111 replies
    CNBC ^ | 9/6/2016 | Michelle Castillo
    21st Century Fox will settle Gretchen Carlson's sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, according to the company. Vanity Fair reported that sources close to the situation said the media company will pay Carlson $20 million as well as offer a public apology. 21stCentury Fox will also settle two other sexual harassment cases brought against Ailes. According to a document filed today in the United States District Court District of New Jersey, Gretchen Carlson voluntarily dismissed her case against Roger Ailes with prejudice on Tuesday.
  • First Commercial Flights Between U.S., Cuba on American Based Airlines Set to Resume Wednesday

    08/30/2016 2:06:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    For the first time in over half a century, commercial flights between the United States and Cuba will resume on Wednesday – and NBC 6 reporter Amanda Plasencia will be on board one of the flights, providing you extensive coverage of these historical journeys. As part of President Obama’s efforts to restore relations with the island nation just south of Florida, a potential of 110 round trip flights will take place each week between the countries. That includes 20 daily flights to Havana and 10 each to other cities in Cuba. The flights will come from airports across the country....