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  • Governor's Office Awards $6.5M in Grants for Sexual Assault Victims

    12/10/2017 9:46:00 PM PST · by Rabin · 4 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | December 08, 2017 | Josefa Velasquez
    New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced nearly $6.5 million in grants to 55 anti-sexual assault crisis (abortion slush funds) run by hospitals, nonprofits and New York “agencies”.
  • Windows 10 Creators Update Fail (vanity)

    12/09/2017 8:56:58 PM PST · by Pearls Before Swine · 84 replies
    Self | Dec. 9, 2017 | (self) Pearls Before Swine
    Looking for some helpful hints and discussion on Windows 10 update. I have a G751 Asus ROG computer, which is pretty capable and modern (Intel quad core 4710HQ, 32 GB RAM, NVIDIA 970 GTX), only a couple of years old. I've been using Windows 10 Home Edition happily for the last 2+ years, accepting upgrades as they are pushed to me without problems. Now comes the Creators Update (the 1703 series of Windows 10), and I have big problems. First off, MS is pushing it on me, by clogging up my computer with the Windows 10 upgrade download. When I...
  • House Ethics Committee clears Devin Nunes

    12/07/2017 6:47:06 PM PST · by Rabin · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Thursday, December 07, 2017 | staff
    The House Ethics Committee on Thursday night cleared Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee… Ethics said that, following analysis from "classification experts" it has determined that what Nunes disclosed was not classified information, ending months of "investigation" into the Republican lawmaker's. Nunes has called on the committee to release all transcripts related to his case. “I respect the ethics process, but I remain dismayed that it took an unbelievable eight months for the Committee to dismiss this matter.
  • Ex-NSA Worker Pleads Guilty

    12/02/2017 9:04:54 PM PST · by Rabin · 13 replies
    Brui Direct ^ | December 3rd, 2017 | courtesy of ENGADGET by Jon Fingas
    The admission revealed the identity behind a big data breach. Nghia Hoang Pho, 67. Nghia, Carted home, “Top Secret” and “Sensitive Compartmented”, Information for over five years. These files were downloaded onto Pho’s personal computer and then routinely harvested by Russian intelligence. Pho took a mix of digital and physical info home between 2010 and 2015. he was using it to rewrite his resume -- this was intentional, but not spiteful. Pho may face prison time when he's sentenced on April 6th, but prosecutors “are open to calls for a lighter sentence” given the non-malicious nature of the case. It...
  • U.S. rejects Kurdistan’s call for mediation

    11/26/2017 10:18:45 PM PST · by Rabin · 10 replies
    ekurd ^ | 11.24.17 | Staff
    WASHINGTON,— Heather Nauert, does not deem it “necessary ” to appoint an envoy to help resolve tensions between Iraq and previously fully autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government. Peshmerga yielded control of Kirkuk, to Quds Force-Bagdad quislings. “So, I mean, that’s a very high level of support that we have trying to help facilitate things—for things to improve in Iraq. I don’t know that there’s that much more that we can do,”...
  • Here’s your leftover turkey: The case for Hillary Clinton 2020 (Bizzaro-world)

    11/24/2017 7:41:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Salon | November 24, 2017 | Matthew Rozsa
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  • DoD Upholds Marine General's Contempt Conviction in USS Cole Dispute

    11/22/2017 9:20:22 PM PST · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 22 Nov 2017 | Carol Rosenberg
    The official, Harvey Rishikof, however, decided that Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker need not serve the remainder of a 21-day sentence of confinement (in this trailer park quarters behind the courthouse) or pay a $1,000 fine. USS Cole case judge Air Force Col. Vance Spath sentenced Baker to both on Nov. 2 for invoking a privilege and refusing to answer the judge's questions at the war court.
  • Ms. Sanders, I’m thankful that Trump wasn’t president when I came to this country

    11/21/2017 1:07:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | November 21, 2017 | Fabiola Santiago
    In President Donald Trump’s first Thanksgiving in the White House, the Pilgrims are expendable — and so is the media’s dignity. Clad in cheerful holiday red, his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, walked up to the White House press corps podium Monday and ran through the reasons she’s thankful this Thanksgiving. Her list was basically a rundown of President Trump’s so-called “law and order” and “America First” policies, and she thanked the protagonists tasked with defending the country, our borders and our streets. The moment might have gone down as another superficial delivery of rhetoric versus substance, but then Sanders...
  • Working with White Women is the Bane of My Existence

    11/21/2017 12:07:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Wear Your Voice ^ | June 8, 2017 | Rachael Edwards
    It was the thick of Black History Month and I worked as an art administrator for a program in Baltimore City. The site I was assigned to was managed by a white woman who cloaked her racism with a bright smile and photos on Facebook with Black students that garnered “ooo’s” and “ahh’s” from the white liberal peanut gallery in the comment section. I once told her that since we celebrated Latinx Heritage Month, that we should celebrate Black History Month with our students. Her response, dripping with anti-Blackness, was that celebrating Black History Month would be “too overwhelming”. I...
  • Hillary: 'Very Credible' Sexual Assault Allegations Against Trump Should Be Investigated

    11/19/2017 11:36:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 109 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | November 18, 2017 | Jamie Ducharme
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for more investigation into sexual assault allegations brought against President Donald Trump, equating them with those leveled against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. “We have a man who’s accused of sexual assault sitting in the Oval Office, don’t we? The very credible accusations against him have not been taken seriously,” Clinton said during an interview with 77 WABC Radio’s Rita Cosby. “We can’t excuse the president from this debate.” Later, Clinton added that Trump “has disgraced the office.” During the interview, Clinton also praised the way Sen. Al Franken dealt with sexual misconduct...
  • Why Clinton Lost: What Russia Did to Control the American Mind and Put Trump in the White House

    11/18/2017 10:38:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Newsweek ^ | November 18, 2017 | Jessica Kwong
    Fake news tweets and social media posts that flooded the internet leading up to the 2016 presidential election came from a Russian troll factory that works around the clock like any IT facility—except lies were pumping out to control the American mind and put Donald Trump in the White House. The Internet Research Agency, which works on behalf of Russia inside a guarded, concrete building in St. Petersburg, has day and night shifts and hundreds of former journalists and bloggers creating thousands of posts with false and controversial information to reach certain quotas It was "a merry-go-round of lies," Vitaly...
  • U.N. Command holds off on showing N. Korean soldier's escape.

    11/16/2017 10:59:22 PM PST · by Rabin · 7 replies
    Chosun ILBQ ^ | 2017/11/16 | Kwon Sang-eun,
    An elite North Korean soldier Sgt LJ, suffered five bullet wounds as he fled across the border to the South this week. He was recovered, transported to a hospital south of Seoul and is now in stable condition following a second round of surgery. He remains highly vulnerable to infection due to blood lose, and his wounds but also a freakish parasite community, found infesting his intestines // Snipp // By Lee Chi-dong The United Nations plan Thursday to make public footage of this contagious Northern soldier making his desperate dash to South Korea. Officials worried it may trigger...
  • SEE IT: Train Passenger Yells Racial Slur at Asian Passenger

    11/15/2017 9:43:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Megan Cerullo
    Video taken by a passenger on a Bay Area train shows a man using racial slurs to harass and intimidate another passenger, whom he also repeatedly hits. Bay Area Rapid Transit Police said they received three calls from riders around 10:10 p.m. Monday, saying a man appeared to be threatening another rider, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Police believe the attacker got off the train before they arrived. Video uploaded to Facebook, recorded by Wiseley Wu, shows part of the verbal and physical attack. N.J. man claims he was beaten, taunted with racial slur in NYC The victim, Charles Wu,...
  • Russian nuclear energy conquers the world.

    11/15/2017 6:49:38 PM PST · by Rabin · 4 replies
    pravda, nuclear one ^ | 22 Jan 2013 | Dmitriy Sudakov
    This week, Rosatom became the owner of 100 percent of shares of Canadian uranium company Uranium One, which operates in Kazakhstan… Rosatom will be able to consolidate control over uranium assets in the former Soviet Union and pave the way for the expansion of access to resources in Australia and South Africa.
  • Now is the Perfect Time For the North and South to Divide

    11/14/2017 6:27:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 150 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 14, 2017 | David Fagin, Writer, musician, Trump Resister, food snob
    Let’s face it. These are trying times. The Assault on Reason, as Al Gore calls it, is a war in full bloom on all fronts. One that, sadly, seems to only get worse as the days go by. The more proof that emerges revealing the overwhelming majority of our country’s most powerful leaders are nothing but a bunch of corrupt criminals and traitors, the more their supporters will deny it. On one side, we have a population that relies on facts, truth, fair play, and common sense. On the other, well, who the hell knows what they rely on? Fox...
  • Maxine Waters calls for Trump's impeachment at event honoring women

    11/14/2017 10:13:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 14, 2017 | Bryan Bedder
    There were movie stars and supermodels, TV hosts and pop stars. But perhaps the most rapturous ovation at Glamour magazine's annual Women of the Year awards went to 79-year-old Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters of California, who delighted the crowd — including hundreds of cheering young girls — with a rousing speech that ended on a very political note. "Impeach him," she exhorted the audience. "Impeach 45! Impeach 45!" Alongside Waters, honorees at Monday evening's ceremony, held at a theater in Brooklyn, included actress Nicole Kidman, singer Solange Knowles, late-night host Samantha Bee, model Gigi Hadid, film director Patty Jenkins,...
  • After Trump

    11/13/2017 7:48:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    New York ^ | November 13, 2017 | Frank Rich, The New York Times
    Liberals ecstatic over this month’s election must not forget: Even after this demagogue is finished, a new one will rise in his place. For many, if not most, Americans, the only pleasure to be had from Donald Trump’s presidency is to imagine his premature eviction from the White House. Impeachment, the 25th Amendment, pick your poison. My own scenario places Trump on Richard Nixon’s Watergate resignation timetable, fleeing next August to Mar-a-Lago as federal bloodhounds close in on him, his son, or his son-in-law (or all three) and his party’s Vichy regime on the Hill at last mutinies in the...
  • Army to Determine Whether Bergdahl Is Owed Back Pay for Time in Captivity

    11/09/2017 6:04:34 PM PST · by Rabin · 29 replies
    Freebeacon ^ | November 9, 2017 | Katelyn Caralle
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could be entitled to more than $300,000 in back pay from the five-plus years he spent in Taliban captivity in Afghanistan. From the moment Bergdahl was captured in 2009, he became eligible for extra compensation available to captured troops, the Army Times
  • Bill Clinton compares Trump's fake news rhetoric to ‘dictators club’ tactics

    11/08/2017 8:31:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 8, 2017 | Brett Samuels
    Former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday expressed concern that President Trump's rhetoric reflects the same values as dictators around the world. Clinton said on the late night show "Conan", that the world’s dictators all want to blur the line between fact and fiction. "They figure if you don’t know what’s true and you don’t think you can ever know that, pretty soon everybody will accept the fact that democracy is no longer possible," Clinton told host Conan O'Brien. “Are you talking about foreign countries now or here?” O’Brien asked. “That chilled me to the bone for a second.” Clinton hesitated....
  • Hillary in secret negotiations with ex-British spy Steele to buy SECOND dirty dossier on Trump

    11/08/2017 5:53:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Mirror ^ | November 9, 2017 | Natalie Evans|
    Hillary Clinton is reportedly in secret negotiations with ex-British spy Christopher Steele to buy a second 'dirty dossier' on Donald Trump . The second report allegedly contains more salacious charges against the President, a Clinton author claims. Last month, it emerged that Clinton's presidential campaign helped fund research that led to the now-infamous dossier of explosive allegations against Trump . Now, author Edward Klein claims former Clinton campaign aides, still reeling from the shock 2016 election loss, are in talks with former MI6 agent Steele, according to the Daily Mail . Klein claims an advisor told him: "Steele didn't release...