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  • Glenn Beck Really Regrets Gift He Gave to Romney: ‘P*sses Me Off to This Day’

    04/23/2014 8:57:59 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 42 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 21, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    The Blaze radio host Glenn Beck revealed on Monday that he deeply regrets giving Mitt Romney the gift he gave him when the former Massachusetts governor ran for president. Beck revealed that he gave Romney a rare, first-edition copy of President George Washington‘s farewell address for which he never even received a thank you. “I was trying to cement in his mind, ‘You have run an honorable race,’” Beck said said, explaining the rationale behind the gift. “‘I don’t agree with you on everything. But please understand the time that we’re in, and if you win, you have to be...
  • Justin Bieber apologizes for visiting controversial shrine in Japan

    04/23/2014 8:09:15 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 7 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Apr 23, 2014 | WENN.COM
    Troubled pop star Justin Bieber has apologized to fans for having his picture taken at a controversial shrine in Japan. The Baby hitmaker paid a visit to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, which honours Japan's war dead, including former military leaders who committed mass atrocities across Asia and the Pacific during World War II. The shrine is seen across Asia as a symbol of Japan's perceived lack of penitence for its imperialist past, but the singer posted a picture on his Instagram.com account on Tuesday showing him visiting the shrine, which prompted a backlash from some fans who lambasted him for his...
  • No One Cares How Many Predictions Earth Day Founders Got Wrong

    04/23/2014 6:15:08 AM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 04-22-2014 | Chriss W. Street
    Over the last 44 years Earth Day has often been hijacked by political opportunists and faux scientists, but it is great fun to look back and see just how wrong the original Earth Day environmental experts were about the science and the future:
  • Nevada range war: Western states move to take over federal land

    04/23/2014 6:05:25 AM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 26 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 04-20-2014 | Brad Knickerbocker
    The fight over Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cows grazing illegally on federal land is a symbol of a much larger issue: control of land in western states, where the federal government is dominant
  • Pupils found with handguns in school (in UK)

    04/23/2014 4:04:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12:01AM BST 23 Apr 2014 | David Barrett
    Nearly 40 children have been found with guns on school premises over the last three years, a shocking new national survey has disclosed. Figures obtained from police forces across Britain showed guns and air weapons had been confiscated on 37 occasions by officers—including two hand guns. The other guns included 27 ball bearing guns and seven other air weapons. The figures showed almost 1,000 pupils in total were caught by police with weapons in schools, including a Taser stun gun, a meat cleaver, three axes and a cut-throat razor. The total is likely to be only the tip of the...
  • Republic of Ireland back in Commonwealth? Not as mad as it sounds, says senior Tory MP Fabricant

    04/23/2014 2:14:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 23 April 2014 | Rebecca Black
    There have been fresh calls for the Republic of Ireland to rejoin the Commonwealth after the success of the recent State visit. Ireland left the Commonwealth in 1949, but recent historic moves including the visit of President Michael D. Higgins to the UK have reopened the debate. Senior Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said yesterday that the proposal “is not so mad as it might at first seem”. “If a country like the Republic of Ireland joined the Commonwealth, what greater message could be sent to countries facing political upheaval and disputes on the other side of the world than an...
  • German Rapper Embraces Islam - Self-Detonates Shortly Thereafter

    04/22/2014 7:52:59 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 57 replies
    The Natinal ^ | April 22, 2014
    German rapper turned Islamist militant killed in Syria suicide attack BEIRUT // A German former rapper who joined jihadists fighting in Syria has been killed in a suicide bombing carried out by rival fighters. Denis Mamadou Cuspert, who rapped under the name Deso Dogg but took on the name Abu Talha Al Almani in Syria, was reported to have been killed in a suicide attack on Sunday in an eastern province. He was a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and was reportedly killed in a double suicide bombing carried out by Al Nusra Front,...
  • Potential for human superbugs in cow manure: study

    04/22/2014 5:37:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 4/22/14 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - Cow manure, commonly used to fertilize vegetable crops, contains a high number of genes that can fuel resistance to antibiotics, a US study out Tuesday found. These genes come from the cows' gut bacteria, and while none have yet been found in superbugs that are infecting humans, researchers said the potential is real. The research was done by scientists at Yale University, who sampled manure from a handful of dairy cows at a farm in Connecticut. In those samples, they found 80 unique antibiotic resistance genes. About three quarters were unfamiliar. Genetic sequencing showed they were only...
  • Redskins' Snyder insists again: No name change

    04/22/2014 5:05:35 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 19 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Apr 22, 2014 | THE SPORTS XCHANGE
    Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder insisted again on Tuesday that he will not change the team's name despite continuing objections by Native Americans. "We understand the issues out there, and we're not an issue," said Snyder, who was speaking at a ceremony after the Redskins donated $100,000 to Park View High School to go toward the installation of a synthetic turf field. "The real issues are real-life issues, real-life needs, and I think it's time that people focus on reality." Snyder responded to critics of his Original Americans Foundation, which is providing money and resources to tribal communities throughout the...
  • 100% of economists think yields will rise within six months

    04/22/2014 4:27:01 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 12 replies
    Economists are unwavering in their assessment of where yields are headed in the next half year. Jim Bianco, of Bianco Research, points out in a market comment Tuesday that a survey of 67 economists this month shows every single one of them expects the 10-year Treasury 10_YEAR yield to rise in the next six months. The survey, which is done each month by Bloomberg, has been notably bearish for some time now, with nearly everyone expecting rising rates. In March, 97% expected rising rates. In February, 95% expected yields to climb. And in January, 97% held that expectation. Since the...
  • Connecticut imprisonment of transgender teen ‘unconstitutional,’ lawyer says

    04/22/2014 11:20:35 AM PDT · by massmike · 37 replies
    nhregister.com ^ | 04/22/2014 | Randall Beach
    Is it a violation of a 16-year-old’s rights to place her in a prison with adult inmates even though she has not been charged with any crime? Her treatment is appropriate and legal because she has “an extensive history of violence” against staffers and other residents of psychiatric facilities, according to the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. The youth is a female transgender child who was born male but identifies as a female. In court documents she is identified as Jane Doe in order to protect her identity. “The youth has an extensive history of violence, including targeting female...
  • HHS Spends $123.2 Million Per Year on ‘Email Services’ [$146 per month for each employee]

    04/22/2014 7:54:20 AM PDT · by grundle · 14 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | April 22, 2014
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) spends roughly $123.2 million per year to provide “email services” for its 70,000 employees, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Buried in a footnote of a recently released GAO report on the agency’s coordination with the nonprofit group Enroll America, the congressional watchdog detailed the high operating costs associated with running the department’s email. “HHS told us that HHS pays $146.64 per month per user for email; that this charge covers connectivity, storage, and other e-mail services; and that this charge is independent of the number of emails that are sent...
  • EPA Faces Criticism for Decadent, Energy Wasting Earth Day Tour

    04/22/2014 7:31:44 AM PDT · by grundle · 6 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Sheld
    The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility took a swipe at the EPA for sending bureaucrat Gina McCarthy on an greenhouse gas generating five city tour for Earth Day. Administrator McCarthy will undertake a greenhouse gas laden week-long tour that will "far exceed" any benefit from her climate change proselytizing. “Frenetically jetting around the country appears to undercut [the] EPA’s message to ordinary Americans that they should conserve, consume less and reduce transportation pollution,” PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch said in a statement.
  • Children 'no longer care' about winning or losing in sports

    04/22/2014 4:04:05 AM PDT · by lbryce · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | April 22, 2014 | Graeme Paton, Education Editor
    Research by the MCC and the Chance to Shine cricketing charity suggests that large numbers of schoolchildren no longer care if the competitive element is taken out of sport Most children would not be bothered if the competitive element was taken out of school sport, according to research by the MCC. Most children would not be bothered if the competitive element was taken out of school sport, according to research by the MCC. Photo: Alamy Graeme Paton Britain risks losing its competitive edge because a generation of children is no longer interested in winning on the sporting field, according to...
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370: Eighth Drone Mission to Sea Bed Fails to Find Wreckage

    04/21/2014 3:23:15 PM PDT · by xzins · 65 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 21 Apr 14 | Divya Avasthy
    The eighth underwater drone mission to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has failed to find any evidence of plane wreckage on the sea bed. The Bluefin-21 submarine employed for the task has so far screened over two-thirds of the narrowed search area. The underwater hunt is expected to finish within this week, Since its fourth mission, the submarine was reprogrammed to scour the seas 604 feet below its permissible limit of 14,800 feet. The part of the Indian Ocean narrowed down for the search is deeper than the previously estimated range at some places, "The [underwater drone]...
  • Senator Giving Talk About Train Safety Nearly Hit By Oncoming Irony

    04/21/2014 10:14:51 AM PDT · by CharlesThe Hammer · 17 replies
    Time ^ | 4/21/14 | Samantha Grossman
    Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal narrowly avoided getting hit by a train Friday during a press conference about why it’s important to keep yourself safe around trains. The politician was standing on the platform of a Metro-North station in Milford, Conn., while the town’s mayor, Ben Blake, spoke about commuter safety.
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    04/21/2014 7:08:51 AM PDT · by Faith · 16 replies
    April 21, 2014 | Faith
    Peace be unto you; as my Father hath sent me, even so sent I you. John 20:21
  • NBC Hired 'Psychological Consultant' to Assess 'Meet the Press' Host

    04/21/2014 5:57:01 AM PDT · by 1Old Pro · 37 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 21, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    NBC has been so alarmed at Meet the Press's decline, the network hired a "psychological consultant" to assess the host, David Gregory. The Washington Post reports: Last year, the network undertook an unusual assessment of the 43-year-old journalist, commissioning a psychological consultant to interview his friends and even his wife. The idea, according to a network spokeswoman, Meghan Pianta, was “to get perspective and insight from people who know him best.”
  • Florida communities prepare for rising seas

    04/21/2014 5:03:51 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 20 replies
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | April 20, 2014 | William E. Gibson, Washington Bureau
    WASHINGTON — While the nation looks for solutions to the problem of rising sea levels, some coastal communities in Florida are taking action to save themselves from sinking into the ocean. Hallandale Beach is preparing to pump excess groundwater into an aquifer. Fort Lauderdale has raised a coastal roadbed and is installing one-way "tidal valves" that flush water down storm drains but block seawater from rising back up. And coastal communities farther north, from Palm Beach County to the Space Coast, are developing plans that would concentrate housing, businesses, water plants and wells on higher ground, less vulnerable to the...
  • Mosque Doubles as Bomb Factory, Until Accident - Taliban Leader Among 5 Dead Rebels in Explosion

    04/20/2014 11:35:30 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 30 replies
    Khamma Oress ^ | Sat Apr 19 2014 | Ghanizada
    Taliban leader among 5 rebels killed in Ghazni mosque explosion A local Taliban commander was among five militants killed following an explosion inside a mosque in eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan. Local government officials said the militants were killed while they were making an improvised explosive device (IED) to carry out a roadside bomb explosion. Deputy provincial governor Mohammad Ali Ahmadi said the incident took place on Saturday morning in western party of Ghazni city. Ahmadi further added that the Taliban commander was recognized as Mullah Sadiq who was killed along with four other militants following the explosion. The Taliban...
  • What Is The Rule Of Law, Anyway?

    04/20/2014 11:15:34 AM PDT · by MHGinTN · 15 replies
    Renew America ^ | 4/20/2014 | Sylvia Thompson
    What is the rule of law, anyway? Sylvia Thompson April 20, 2014 Talking heads and elitists from both the left and right of the political spectrum are decrying that Cliven Bundy (the rancher who recently defied the federal government) must follow the "rule of law." Why should he? Barack Obama, the President of the United States does not follow the rule of law. Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States, pays no heed to the rule of law. Why, then, must an average citizen? Recently, a Congressional Committee called upon a group of legal and policy professionals to...
  • Thomas Lucente: Everyone should stand with Cliven Bundy

    04/20/2014 7:18:06 AM PDT · by Deadeye Division · 14 replies
    Lima News ^ | April 18, 2014 | Thomas Lucente
    I stand with Cliven Bundy. And you should too, if you value liberty. Even Ronald Reagan did. “I happen to be one who cheers and supports the Sagebrush Rebellion,” Reagan said in a 1980 campaign speech in Salt Lake City. “Count me in as a rebel.” The standoff with Bundy is nothing, really, but the next chapter in the Sagebrush Rebellion that began in the 1970s and sort of settled down to a mere simmer under Reagan as he rightly tried to privatize some of the federal government's Western land holdings. A coalition of ranchers, sheepherders, miners and other leaders...
  • Creeping landslide devouring part of Wyoming town

    04/20/2014 1:11:00 AM PDT · by blueplum · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 20, 2014 | Matthew Brown
    JACKSON, Wyo. -- What's happening in this Wyoming resort town might be better described as a land creep than a landslide, but the lack of speed has not hindered the sheer power of the moving earth. Over the past two weeks, a piece of East Gros Ventre Butte has slowly collapsed toward the west side of Jackson — shearing one hillside home in half, threatening to devour several others and looming ever more ominously over a cluster of businesses below. :snip: By Saturday morning, the shifting earth had caused bulges in a road and a parking lot at the foot...
  • Conservatives Deride Effort to Rig Electoral College

    04/19/2014 11:34:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 07:37 PM | Todd Beamon
    Conservatives slammed the campaign to effectively end the Electoral College’s role in presidential elections, saying that the National Popular Vote Compact circumvents the Constitution, saying it resembled President Barack Obama’s abuse of the law through his extensive use of executive orders. […] Under the National Popular Vote Compact, each state would award its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. The effort has been quietly winding its way through state governments, needing 270 votes to take effect. …
  • Brutish and short? DNA 'switch' sheds light on Neanderthals

    04/19/2014 11:20:50 PM PDT · by blueplum · 35 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 17, 2014 3:28pm EDT | SHARON BEGLEY
    New York (Reuters) - How can creatures as different in body and mind as present-day humans and their extinct Neanderthal cousins be 99.84 percent identical genetically? Four years after scientists discovered that the two species' genomes differ by a fraction of a percent, geneticists said on Thursday they have an explanation: the cellular equivalent of "on"/"off" switches that determine whether DNA is activated or not. :snip: Calling the work "pioneering," and "a remarkable breakthrough," paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London said in an interview that the HOXD gene finding "may help to explain how these ancient...
  • Chelsea's Liberal Media Fans Act Like She's a Forever Unmockable Child

    04/19/2014 10:45:49 PM PDT · by absentee · 27 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 4/19/14 | Tim Graham
    “Why we root for Chelsea Clinton” was the latest from the Washington Post’s new culture blogger Alyssa Rosenberg. “For those of us who were once curly-haired, awkward daughters, Chelsea Clinton’s arrival on the national stage at age 12 meant years of sympathetic wincing. The barbs directed her way landed on us by proxy,” including Rush Limbaugh’s old “family dog” joke. Youngsters might not realize that almost everyone in politics treated Chelsea with deference to her parents throughout the Clinton presidency, which ended when she was 20. The weirdest part is how Rosenberg can complain about Clinton opponents mocking Chelsea instead...
  • Train nearly takes out U.S. Senator [Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) during speech on train safety]

    04/19/2014 10:27:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 19, 2014
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ircHCzcg3WY
  • Bundy Supporter Assemblywoman Michele Fiore vs. Chris Hayes on MSNBC: AWESOME Video

    04/19/2014 10:26:22 AM PDT · by absentee · 21 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 4/19/14 | Caleb Howe
    Last night, Chris Hayes face off against Assemblywoman Michele Fiore over the ongoing saga of the Bundy Ranch. Fiore reminds us why we love TV. [video] Fiore for the win! The Assemblywoman is feisty, unflappable, stays on message, goes at Hayes hard, and comes out looking great. A terrific segment and a good interview by Hayes, amazingly enough. The best part was when she left him flat-footed right at the end after catching him with the slaughter question. Although Hayes salvages the moment for himself with the barbecue crack. You can agree or disagree with Bundy or Fiore all you...
  • VIDEO: Senator nearly hit by train at press conference (While STUPIDLY Standing on Yellow Line)

    04/19/2014 9:29:11 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 38 replies
    WTNH.Com ^ | April 18, 2014 | WTNH.com Staff
    MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Was it something I said?U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal might have been thinking just that after a near brush with death during a press conference Friday at the Milford Metro-North station.Just as Milford Mayor Ben Blake started to say, “safety, as you know, is paramount,” a train came whooshing by the platform, inches from the senator who had his back turned and was partly standing on the yellow line.The press conference was called after Blumenthal slammed Metro-North Railroad for collecting $552,000 in fines over the past decade for safety violations and defects.
  • Pols back Dot radio station (Feds shut down Touch 106.1) (pirate radio)

    04/19/2014 5:37:58 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 46 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 4/19/14 | Bob McGovern
    Bay State politicians are defending an unlicensed radio station that was shut down this week by the Federal Communications Commission, but prosecutors say the crackdown was necessary to prevent a “public safety hazard.” U.S. Marshals and the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau shut down Touch 106.1 FM, an unlicensed Dorchester station, Thursday and seized radio equipment, according to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz. Gov. Deval Patrick yesterday said he was “incredibly disappointed” by the raid and plans to ask the U.S. Attorney’s office to back down. “You’d like to think of them bringing more of a problem-solving approach,” he said. “Touch is a...
  • Boy with Down syndrome gets an amazing letter: Watch the joy

    04/18/2014 8:18:06 PM PDT · by Armen Hareyan · 5 replies
    EmaxHealth ^ | 2014-04-17 | Kathleen Blanchard
    Happiness is infectious. That's why we want to share the pure joy of Noah, a boy with Down syndrome as he opens a letter of acceptance to college. Noah Van Vooren of Little Chute, Wisconsin now has a chance to attend Edgewood College and it seems he could not be happier. What is most incredible is that when Noah was born he was not expected to walk according to his doctors. Noah reads his own letter, despite an offer from his dad to read the letter. Watch the video and share the joy. Stay happy and those around you will...
  • Is THIS Nessie? Apple maps satellite image spots 'creature swimming' below surface of Loch Ness

    04/18/2014 7:09:25 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 102 replies
    The Mirror ^ | Apr 18, 2014 13:23 | David Colins
    The photographs were captured by two different amateur Nessie hunters scanning different satellites on their iPhone and iPads.
  • Governor Patrick criticizes radio station shutdown (feds raid pirate station since '07)

    04/18/2014 9:36:32 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 134 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 4/18/14 | Michael Levenson
    Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA) today sharply criticized federal agents for shutting down an unlicensed radio station in Grove Hall and said he tried to dissuade them from raiding the station that bills itself as the fabric of the black community. Patrick, the state’s first African-American governor, said he had received advanced warning from the US attorney’s office that TOUCH 106.1 FM was going to be raided and urged the office not to proceed. But federal agents disregarded him. They swept into the station Thursday and seized transmission equipment in what they called a strike against illegally operating radio stations.
  • Students Demand Acknowledgement of Robert E. Lee's 'Racist and Dishonorable Conduct'

    04/18/2014 8:54:12 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 71 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    A group of seven multiracial Washington and Lee University (W&L) students are demanding the school remove all Confederate flags from campus and "acknowledge" General Robert E. Lee's "dishonorable side." According to the Roanoke Times, "seven multiracial students, calling themselves 'The Committee,'" have also demanded the school "acknowledge and apologize for participating in chattel slavery." They want recognition of "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus" and an end to "neo-Confederates" marching across campus "to the Lee Chapel on Lee-Jackson Day." The students say they will "engage in civil disobedience" if their demands are not met by September 1st....
  • It Is Finished(Good Friday)

    04/18/2014 8:48:07 AM PDT · by This Just In · 11 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | April 18, 2014 | R.C. Sproul
    The Roman cross was a terrifying instrument of torture and execution. The sight of a cross must have filled all who saw it with fear. Yet for Christians, the cross has become a sign of hope.
  • Pelosi assists in Holy Week ....foot-washing......ritual

    04/18/2014 7:50:11 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 104 replies
    S.F. Gate ^ | April 18 2014 | Not Attributed
    To "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco. Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 - bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would "reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship."
  • The Fox at the White House

    04/18/2014 7:14:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-18-2014 | WSJ
    VIDEO shows a wild red fox loose on the White House grounds. Probably the ONLY 'fox' they really like....................
  • Vice Principal Saved From Korea Ferry Found Hanged

    04/18/2014 4:50:09 AM PDT · by South40 · 20 replies
    ABC News (AP) ^ | April 18, 2014 | HYUNG-JIN KIM
    Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a tree. ((snip)) A police officer says the vice principal, identified only by his surname Kang, was found dead on the island of Jindo where rescued passengers have taken shelter.
  • Obamacare, Part Two [pregnant woman loses coverage for her obstetrician]

    04/17/2014 1:20:50 PM PDT · by grundle · 4 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Susan Estrich
    As I walked into the pharmacy, the technician who has kept track of all of my prescriptions for years was on an endless call trying to figure out who is going to deliver her baby and where. The good news: Her new plan, which fully complies with the Affordable Care Act, provides much more comprehensive coverage and lower co-pays than the one she used to have. The bad news: Neither the obstetrician who has taken care of her for the past six months nor the hospital where she had planned to give birth are covered by the plan.
  • AT&T customers reporting service outage across Dallas-Fort Worth

    04/17/2014 12:30:05 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 19 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 4/17/2014 | Matt Peterson
    Many AT&T customers in Dallas and the surrounding area have no cellular service this afternoon. We’ve placed a call to the Dallas-based company, but we’re hearing their employees can’t make calls because of the outage. No word on whether this extends to anything other than cell service.
  • How the 1964 Alaska Earthquake Shook Up Science (50 Years ago Good Friday)

    04/17/2014 12:21:35 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 15 replies
    Live Science ^ | 3/27/2014 | Becky Oskin
    The earthquake struck at 5:36 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Good Friday. When the first shaking hit, many parents were in the kitchen, fixing dinner. For more than 4 minutes, the earth buckled and lurched all across southern Alaska. Few people returned home to their meals that night. In Anchorage, the ground cracked open and giant fissures swallowed children whole, killing them in front of their siblings. Landslides launched tsunamis that swept away coastal villages before the shaking even ended. In Seward, spilled oil slicked the water and caught fire. When the earthquake-triggered tsunami hit minutes later, the wave was...
  • Drunken Monkeys: Does Alcoholism Have an Evolutionary Basis?

    04/17/2014 12:05:01 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 28 replies
    Live Science ^ | 4/11/2014 | Wynne Parry
    As the child of an alcoholic father, Robert Dudley long wondered what caused the destructive allure of alcohol. Then while working in the Panamanian forest as a biologist, Dudley saw monkeys eating ripe fruit, which likely contained small amounts of the stuff, and an answer occurred to him: Maybe alcoholism is an evolutionary hangover. Had fruit-eating animals, including human ancestors, gained an evolutionary advantage by learning to associate the smell and taste of alcohol with ripe fruit? Dudley wondered. He named this concept the drunken monkey hypothesis. "I thought it was too simple an idea not to have been thought...
  • Media Matters for America is resisting SEIU's effort to unionize its staff

    04/17/2014 11:59:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 17, 2014 2:36 PM | Sean Higgins
    Media Matters for America is apparently resisting an effort by Service Employees International Union Local 500 to unionize its staff. Last week, the union filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board, indicating that the nonprofit media watchdog organization rejected an effort by the union to organize MMFA’s staff through a Card Check election. […] MMFA has regularly presented itself as a supporter of organized labor. It has argued that “economists point to declining union participation as one cause of the growing economic rift in America” and claimed it was a fact that “unions increase productivity [and] do...
  • Veterans and White Supremacy

    04/17/2014 11:08:07 AM PDT · by JOAT · 60 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/15/2014 | KATHLEEN BELEW
    EVANSTON, Ill. — WHEN Frazier Glenn Miller shot and killed three people in Overland Park, Kan., on Sunday, he did so as a soldier of the white power movement: The number of Vietnam veterans in that movement was small — a tiny proportion of those who served — but Vietnam veterans forged the first links between Klansmen and Nazis since World War II. In 1980, Mr. Miller formed a Klan-affiliated organization known as the White Patriot Party. In 2009, the Department of Homeland Security issued a nine-page report detailing the threat of domestic terrorism by the white power movement. and...
  • Obamacare confusion abounds on Staten Island ["Confused" Obamacare supporter loses her insurance]

    04/17/2014 10:14:53 AM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    silive ^ | November 18, 2014 | Tracey Porpora
    Photo caption: Alexandra Porto, VP of Membership & Outreach, at the SIEDC. Employees there received letters that their medical insurance policy was canceled. STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Alexandra Porto believes in the premise of President Obama's Affordable Care Act -- to provide medical benefits for all Americans. But when she, along with 13 of her colleagues at the Bloomfield-based Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC), received letters stating that their Empire BlueCross/BlueShield health plan will be canceled, she started to have second thoughts about what is commonly referred to as Obamacare. "The letter said Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be ending...
  • Arden Heights woman with chronic illnesses says Obamacare left her without doctors and medication

    04/17/2014 10:01:30 AM PDT · by grundle · 17 replies
    silive.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Tracy Porpora
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- After receiving her new health coverage in January through the New York State of Health Marketplace, Arden Heights resident Margaret Figueroa, 49, who suffers from two chronic illnesses, went to her pharmacy to fill her prescriptions. Although her insurance company, EmblemHealth, assured her she was covered, her insurance card was denied. While she had signed up for new health coverage -- because her insurance carrier dropped her old plan -- the company's internal paperwork apparently wasn't filed. She also learned that all her long-time doctors didn't accept the new insurance plan. For Ms. Figueroa, who suffers...
  • Fox poll: 61% thinks Obama lies on important matters [15% say he "never" lies]

    04/17/2014 9:56:40 AM PDT · by grundle · 22 replies
    hotair.com ^ | April 17, 2014 | Edward Morrissey
    The lesson here? If you like your personal approval ratings, you can keep your personal approval ratings. In the latest poll from Fox News, 61% believe that Barack Obama lies some or most of the time on “important matters,” while only 15% say Obama never lies: About six in ten American voters think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters some or most of the time, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. Thirty-seven percent think Obama lies “most of the time,” while another 24 percent say he lies “some of the time.” Twenty percent of voters...
  • The Legal Challenge to Obamacare You Probably Haven’t Heard of (And Why It Matters)

    04/16/2014 9:53:34 PM PDT · by grundle · 9 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 15, 2014 | Becket Adams
    Obamacare dictates that individual states can either set up and operate their own exchanges or the federal government will do it for them. Only 16 states and the District of Columbia currently run on their own exchanges. The remaining 34 states have elected to rely on the federally operated exchanges. And this is where we run into an issue: Depending on various factors, including income levels, people signing up through the state and federal exchanges may be eligible for subsidies that could drastically reduce the cost of health insurance coverage. The little-known challenge being argued in the District of Columbia...
  • The IRS's Case In Halbig v. Sebelius Is Crumbling, With A Little Help From Its Friends

    04/16/2014 9:40:39 PM PDT · by grundle · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 24, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    Tomorrow morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral arguments in Halbig v. Sebelius, a case that challenges the IRS’s ability to implement ObamaCare’s health insurance subsidies and mandate penalties in the 34 states with federally established health “exchanges.” Though the IRS prevailed at the district-court level, its allies have been inadvertently undermining the agency’s case ever since. First, a little background. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 clearly, repeatedly, and consistently says that the above-mentioned subsidies and penalties are authorized only “through an Exchange established by the State.” The IRS breezed...
  • Pregnant Woman Dies After Horrifying Medical Mixup [doctor removed ovary instead of appendix]

    04/16/2014 9:19:45 PM PDT · by grundle · 34 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | April 16, 2016
    As far as medical mix-ups go, it's a horrifying one. In October 2011, a 32-year-old woman underwent an operation at Queen's Hospital outside of London; Maria De Jesus was suffering from appendicitis and needed to have her appendix removed. Instead, her right ovary was taken out, and De Jesus, who was 21 weeks pregnant with her fourth child at the time, ended up dying roughly three weeks later. The case is now in front of a medical tribunal, which is weighing the medical fates of the two doctors involved, then-trainee surgeon Dr. Yahya Al-Abed, and Dr. Babatunde Coker, who was...