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  • The "Post-Truth" World of Academia

    12/09/2016 9:19:01 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 9, 2016 | Alex Nitzberg
    Radical ideas that defy reality can flourish at Universities that indoctrinate students with intellectual insanity while inculcating them against Biblical morality. "Post-truth," the "Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year 2016," provides an apt description of the culture and ideology propagated today on many of America's college campuses. The term is " … an adjective defined as 'relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.'" Consider the "IvyQ" conference held this year on the Harvard College campus. Harvard's “Office of BGLTQ Student Life” explains that "...
  • Security Guards at Church Services As ‘New Clientele’ Defecate, Masturbate in Pews

    12/09/2016 8:37:09 AM PST · by blueyon · 48 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 12/09/16 | by Virginia Hale
    A church in Kristianstad has been forced to hire guards to keep the peace at services after the disruptive behaviour of “new clientele” has become increasingly serious in recent years. Christians have become frightened to visit the Holy Trinity church as newcomers are reported to yell loudly and smash liquor bottles during services, masturbate in the pews and urinate and defecate both inside and in the church grounds. Concerned locals have even reported concern over attempts to kidnap children during baptism. Police yesterday gave the go-ahead to the church to have Security guards at all future services, weddings and christenings....
  • Man blows $1M on cars, strippers and cocaine after bank glitch

    12/09/2016 8:04:15 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 57 replies
    A debt-ridden student blew $1.3 million on sports cars, speed boats, strippers and cocaine after a bank error gave him an unlimited overdraft. Wannabe playboy Luke Moore lived the high life for two years before he was caught by cops and jailed on fraud charges. The Australian treated himself to luxury holidays, a $57,000 Aston Martin, a $22,000 Maserati and a $33,000 boat while living the ultimate bachelor lifestyle. But he was slapped with a four-year jail term last year after the banking glitch came to light. Moore, 29, went free last week after winning an appeal of his conviction...
  • Palestinian tries to stab Israeli police, shot dead: Israel

    12/09/2016 4:23:46 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 8 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/9/2016 | AP
    Jerusalem (AFP) - An 18-year-old Palestinian threatened Israeli border police with a knife at a flashpoint junction in the occupied West Bank on Thursday and was shot dead, Israeli authorities said. The incident occurred at the Tapuah junction near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, where a number of attacks have taken place in recent months, police said. Police said: "A suspect approached border police suspiciously. "The border police called upon him to identify himself," spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a statement. "He continued towards them and then pulled out a knife. Border police responded and the terrorist was...
  • Polar vortex redux? U.S. forecasters say it could hit next week

    12/08/2016 8:20:53 PM PST · by Mariner · 59 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | December 8th, 2016 | By Timothy Mclaughlin
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Forecasters are sending chills down some spines with a prediction that much of the northern half of the United States could see frigid weather next week similar to life-threatening lows the polar vortex brought to parts of the country in 2014. Anticipation of a freezing blast began to build this week when weather maps and forecast models showed similarities between next week's system and one that developed in January 2014. "Upper-level atmosphere configuration very similar in scale & magnitude as infamous Jan 2014 #PolarVortex popularized by me and @afreedma," meteorologist Ryan Maue said on Twitter on Tuesday...
  • Mick Jagger welcomes baby no. 8

    12/08/2016 6:14:30 PM PST · by ARGLOCKGUY · 42 replies
    Papa was a Rolling Stone. Mick Jagger is set to welcome his eighth child, according to Billboard. The 72-year-old rocker and his 29-year-old girlfriend, American ballerina Melanie Hamrick are said to be expecting. The pair began dating in 2014. Jagger has seven children ranging in ages from 45 to 17 and in 2014 became a great grandfather when his then 21-year-old granddaughter Assisi Jackson gave birth to a baby girl.
  • Don’t buy the lie that Obama’s leaving behind a healthy economy

    12/08/2016 2:33:10 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 29 replies
    After eight years of blaming America’s problems on George W. Bush, the press that got the election wrong is rolling out a new line — that President Obama is handing President-elect Donald Trump a booming economy. That takes some brass. The jobless rate is down to 4.6 percent, and the growth rate is up above 2 percent or even 3 percent, with housing prices getting back to pre-recession levels. Stocks are soaring. So the idea seems to be that Obama has solved the problem in the nick of time. “Obama’s gift to Trump” is the headline on CNN. “Trump inherits...
  • Police tie black man to chair and beat him until he loses vision in one eye [link only]

    12/08/2016 12:59:53 PM PST · by grundle · 46 replies
    Independent U.K. [link only] | December 8, 2016 | Rachael Revesz
    Link only: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/black-man-frankie-taylor-eastpointe-michigan-blind-beaten-police-tied-chair-dui-alleged-a7463541.htmlVideo of beating (warning: graphic) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEkz_0NkowU
  • Firefighter Charged With Torching His House, Blaming It On Anti-Cop Suspects

    12/08/2016 12:54:00 PM PST · by grundle · 12 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | December 8, 2016 | Nina Golgowski
    New York firefighter Jason Stokes, 41, has pleaded not guilty to the felony arson charge. A firefighter in upstate New York is facing a felony arson charge after authorities say he set his family’s house on fire and wrote an anti-police message outside as a potential cover-up. Jason Stokes, 41, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony second-degree arson following the mysterious Aug. 10 summer blaze in Endicott, just west of Binghamton, local station TV WBNG reported. Stokes, his wife and two teenaged children escaped the home safely, state police said. Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell described an “obstacle course”...
  • Corporate Giants From Silicon Valley Come Together To Silence Free Speech On The Internet

    12/08/2016 7:39:08 AM PST · by Non-Compliant_Deplorable · 36 replies
    Investment Watch Blog ^ | 12/8/2016 | Pamela Williams
    "I don’t know how to begin to write about what I consider to be a turning point on the restriction of free speech on our precious Internet. I just discovered that YouTube has censored some videos of one of the best citizen journalists on the Net: David Seaman. He is one of the most reputable and honorable journalists on YouTube…I will mourn the loss of his material and the assault on our First Amendment Rights. So be it…God is in control, and He will guide those of us who trust Him..."
  • WHY ISN'T THIS USED IN FOREST FIRES ?

    12/08/2016 7:36:17 AM PST · by knarf · 46 replies
    youtube ^ | The Backyard Scientist
    While noodling around youtube, I came across this interesting video and I immediately thought of the fire in Tennessee.
  • Megyn Kelly: Trump and First Amendment 'not a beautiful match'

    12/08/2016 5:46:39 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 89 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/07/16 | PAULINA FIROZI
    Megyn Kelly: Trump and First Amendment 'not a beautiful match' © Getty Fox News host Megyn Kelly criticized Donald Trump’s use of Twitter and warned of the potential "de-legitimization” of the media under the president-elect in a Wednesday interview with NPR’s "Fresh Air." Kelly, who was the target of many social media attacks during the campaign, said Trump might not be aware “that every tweet he unleashes against you ... creates such a crescendo of anger and, in my case again, threatening behavior.” The reporter cited "thousands of tweets" directed at her as an example — threats to "beat the...
  • Megyn Kelly says Trump aide responsible for inciting violent threats against her

    12/08/2016 5:34:33 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 62 replies
    AOL News ^ | December 7, 2016
    Megyn Kelly has, as of late, been receiving death threats and is now under the watch of armed guards, notes the New York Times. The Guardian reports that the Fox News host holds Trump's transition team member and campaign social media director Dan Scavino partially responsible. According to The Guardian, Kelly said at a Tuesday night Washington, D.C. event, "It's that far corner of the internet that really enjoys nastiness and threats and unfortunately there is a man who works for Donald Trump whose job it is to stir these people up and that man needs to stop doing that....
  • Michigan Pushes Anti-Jill Stein Law

    12/07/2016 11:14:55 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 24 replies
    Sott ^ | Greg Barnes
    Michigan lawmakers are rushing to push through a law to block future attempts like the one they are currently dealing with. The frivolous waste of money lawsuit brought by Dr. Jill Stein. As Michigan lawmakers currently look for money to repair water lines poisoning their residents, Stein is burning up taxpayer money in the state. Now lawmakers are rushing the legislation that will force any candidate who didn't get at least 5% of the vote to have to pay the full cost of a recount. Currently, Stein will only pay $1 million of a recount expected to cost taxpayers as...
  • Diamond and Silk speak in Fayetteville NC [10 minute video]

    12/07/2016 6:30:39 PM PST · by grundle · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 7, 2016 | The Viewers View
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VixNZYTRoX4
  • Smiling Down Syndrome Kids Banned from French TV in Case they Offend Post-Abortive Women

    12/07/2016 1:24:51 PM PST · by grundle · 25 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | November 24, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju-q4OnBtNUFrance’s Conseil d’État (State Council) has confirmed its ban of the award-winning “Dear Future Mom” video from French television, declaring that the “inappropriate” images of happy Down syndrome children might bother women who had chosen to abort their babies. The Council stated that the video in question could not be shown since it was “likely to trouble the conscience of women who had made different personal life choices in compliance with the law.”
  • On a Sunday Morning (Pearl Harbor)

    12/07/2016 12:17:10 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 16 replies
    City Journal ^ | December 2nd 2016 | Paul Beston
    For a younger generation, the “where were you when” moment is September 11, 2001, an atrocity that prompted comparisons with Pearl Harbor, whose survivors were preparing to mark the 60th anniversary of the attacks that year. The two cataclysms had much in common—they were unexpected, horrific, and destroyed thousands of lives—but they also quickly took on the character of their very different cultural epochs. Pearl Harbor aroused American resolve that channeled itself into a unified war effort, one that would produce an industrial war-making machine such as the world has never seen—just what was needed to win a war such...
  • He "lied his ass off"

    12/07/2016 10:39:19 AM PST · by Stopthethreat · 93 replies
    The Secret Service agents told the Carrier workers to stay put, so Chuck Jones sat in the factory conference room for nearly three hours, waiting for president-elect Donald Trump. He’d grown used to this suspense. Seven months earlier, at a campaign rally in Indianapolis, Trump had pledged to save the plant’s jobs, most of which were slated to move to Mexico. Then the businessman won the election, and the 1,350 workers whose paychecks were on the line wondered if he’d keep his promise. Jones, president of the United Steelworkers 1999, which represents Carrier employees, felt optimistic when Trump announced last...
  • Students At Oakland Mills High School Staging Walkout This Morning

    12/07/2016 6:46:42 AM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 48 replies
    WBAL radio 1090 Baltimore ^ | 12/7/16 | Anne Kramer
    Days after an Oakland Mills High School student was disciplined for posting a racist photo online -- some students are staging a walkout this morning.
  • Carr: Have funds will travel for those on the dole

    12/07/2016 6:24:24 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 17 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/07/16 | Howie Carr
    MassachusettsÂ’ EBT card holders are spending welfare cash in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, while patronizing or at least accessing ATMs in liquor and tobacco stores, beauty salons and tattoo parlors. In response to my public records request, the stateÂ’s Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) turned over 18 months of EBT records from Jan. 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016. In all, the taxpayers shelled out $321 million in Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) to welfare recipients. In the 18-month period, more than $7.3 million in Bay State welfare funds were spent outside the state,...
  • Left-Wing Plug-In Blocks Conservative Sites, Crashes Browsers

    12/07/2016 5:46:11 AM PST · by grundle · 19 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | December 7, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    Many lefties have decided that the solution to Trump's win is to climb even deeper into their bubble. Meanwhile the media has been angrily denouncing what it calls "fake news", which is any news that it disagrees with. So it quickly rushed over to praise a plug-in from left-wing anti-Israel activist Daniel Sieradski. There's just one tiny little problem. The plug-in, however, has bugs, causing some users’ browsers to crash. In exchange for having their sites censored, users get to enjoy crashes and a slow browser. But isn't crippling their ability to browse the internet the best way to avoid dissenting...
  • Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Ban All Abortions After an Unborn Baby’s Heartbeat Begins

    12/07/2016 5:37:32 AM PST · by rhett october · 15 replies
    Life News ^ | December 6, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    The Ohio State Senate today passed legislation that would ban all abortions after an unborn baby’s heart begins to beat. An unborn child’s heart begins to beat at 22 days after conception or earlier. Should the measure be approved by the full Ohio State Legislature and be signed into law, the legislation would likely be struck down in court as has been the case and two other states — Arkansas and North Dakota. As the Ohio General Assembly considers bills in these last days of lame duck session before the year’s end, significant amendments are being added to various laws...
  • Meet Patton the Goldendoodle. Will he become Trump’s first dog?

    12/07/2016 1:08:19 AM PST · by LouieFisk · 133 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 6th 2016 | Karin Brulliard
    Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in an email Tuesday that “no decisions have been made” about the dog. But Pope said she is confident that the Trumps will take the puppy, which she named Patton after George Patton, a World War II general Trump has said he admires.
  • 2015: Jews nearly 3X more likely than blacks,1.5X more likely than Muslims to be hate crime victim

    12/06/2016 9:08:59 PM PST · by 198ml · 17 replies
    AEI ^ | 12/6/16 | Mark Perry
    Members of which of these groups were most likely to be a victim of a hate crime in 2015: Muslims, Blacks or Jews? Based on media coverage, you would have to say Muslims or Blacks. According to a Google news search for the term “hate crimes” along with the name of each of those three groups, there are 164,000 results for “hate crimes” + black, 134,000 results for “hate crimes” + Muslims and only 36,400 results for “hate crimes” + Jews. Based on news reports, you would think that blacks were 4.5 times more likely than Jews to be the...
  • In India Beggar with Swipe machine

    12/06/2016 8:55:41 PM PST · by jennychase · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/6/2016 | youtube
    Modern Beggar in India- A Techie Beggar with a Swipe Machine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqoNHW6sW-c
  • Why The Mainstream Media Can’t Hold Trump Accountable

    12/06/2016 6:54:35 PM PST · by bobk3 · 28 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 121/5/16 | John Daniel Davidson
    Since Donald Trump’s election, the mainstream media have been by turns hysterical and condescending. Whether it’s Trump’s rebuke of the cast of “Hamilton or his phone call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, the press seems to think we’re already on the verge of a constitutional crisis at the hands of a dangerous yet idiotic president-elect. ... underscores a troubling lack of curiosity in the press that Trump’s election has done nothing to mitigate. Right now, the media should be asking themselves: Why did Trump win white college graduates? Why did he outperform Mitt Romney among blacks and Hispanics? Why did...
  • New pro-Trump group takes form, with Kellyanne Conway possibly at the helm

    12/06/2016 6:20:00 PM PST · by bobk3 · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/6/16 | Matia Gold and Ed O'Keefe
    Senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said Monday that she is considering leading a group being formed that will provide “a surround-sound super structure” to bolster the new administration’s political and policy goals. Conway told The Washington Post that she is still deciding whether to join Trump at the White House or run the organization, which will seek to harness his most fervent supporters in political and policy fights. Republicans will have a smaller but still dominant majority in the House and will control 52 seats in the Senate. On legislation, however, the Senate filibuster is a factor, requiring at least...
  • Jeep Fans? I am Thinking of Buying a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

    12/06/2016 5:18:25 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 198 replies
    chickensoup the movie | 12.06.16 | chickensoup
    Jeep Fans? Freeper Husbands! I am Thinking of Buying a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara. I like the vehicle, it is big for me, I am moving from my Golf Diesel. Although I have had Xterras and Mazda MPV (Before they ruined its design) previously. I looked at many new cars and SUV crosses and they all are poorly designed, have lousy visibility and have metal that is so thin it needs to be serviced every few months. I also discovered I need a more butch looking vehicle. All the Suv crossovers look like they were made for Oprah. Teardrop shapes...
  • PizzaGate Is 100% Real, Why Is Media Lying? [Obama voter & Huffington Post writer - profanity]

    12/06/2016 4:26:29 PM PST · by grundle · 264 replies
    YouTube [eight minute video] ^ | December 6, 2016 | David Seaman
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGVSA2Jjelo
  • LIVE Stream: President-Elect Donald Trump Rally in Fayetteville, NC 12/08/16 7PM ET

    12/06/2016 3:56:05 PM PST · by blueyon · 26 replies
    Right Side Broadcasting ^ | 12/06/16 | Right Side Broadcasting
    Started streaming 2 hours ago Tuesday, December 6, 2016: Live stream coverage of the Donald J. Trump Thank You Tour rally in Fayetteville, NC at Crown Coliseum. Live coverage begins at 6:00 PM ET. LIVE Stream: President-Elect Donald Trump Rally in Fayetteville, NC 12/6/16
  • Researchers Bypass Apple's Activation Lock on iPhones and iPads

    12/06/2016 3:42:35 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 12 replies
    Bleeping Computer ^ | December 2, 2016 | Catalin Cimpanu
    Two researchers have found a way to bypass the Apple Activation Lock on both iPhones and iPads, running the two most recent versions of iOS, 10.1 and 10.1.1.
  • BUSTED! Texas Rogue Electoral Delegate Chris Suprun Is Linked to far left Van Jones, Think Progress

    12/06/2016 1:46:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    The Gatewy Pundit ^ | 12/6/16 | Jim Hoft
    Suprun signed a pledge last summer to support the Republican nominee. He lied. Suprun is a #NeverTrumper. His Twitter timeline is littered with fellow #NeverTrumper gibberish. Now this… If you look at Chris Suprun’s Twitter page you can clearly see that he is using Megaphone Strategies as his PR firm.
  • Amazon Lifts the Lid on New Amazon Go ‘Shoplifting’ Technology

    12/06/2016 8:56:13 AM PST · by jcon40 · 73 replies
    Heat street ^ | Dec 6, 16 | Mathew Hughes
    There’s a term used to describe people who walk into a store, help themselves to a sandwich or a cupcake, and then promptly walk out: Shoplifters. But maybe not for much longer. Amazon just lifted the lid on its new Amazon Go technology, which looks to fundamentally transform the retail world. Here’s how it works. You enter a store using Amazon’s propriety technology and flash your personal QR code to a reader. Then, you just pick up what you want and walk out. No dealing with infuriating self-checkout machines or cashiers. The money is automatically taken from a nominated credit...
  • Smart Toys Could Be ‘Spying’ on Your Children, Privacy Advocates Warn

    12/06/2016 8:50:31 AM PST · by jcon40 · 9 replies
    Heat street ^ | Dec 6, 16 | AFP
    EU and US consumer watchdogs announced Tuesday they are filing complaints against a clutch of smart toys that can “spy” on children and their homes, for allegedly breaching privacy and data protection laws. The complaints target smart toys My Friend Cayla, i-QUE Intelligent Robot and Hello Barbie, according to the European Consumer Organization BEUC and US groups like the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). Complaints are being filed with French and other European authorities as well as the US Federal Trade Commission. Internet-connected Cayla and i-QUE, manufactured by Los Angeles-based Genesis Toys, hook up with a user via a phone...
  • Justin Ross Harris sentenced to life for son's hot-car death

    12/06/2016 7:12:32 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/06/2016 | Mayra Cuevas, CNN
    A judge has sentenced suburban Atlanta father Justin Ross Harris to life in prison without parole for the murder of his 22-month-old son, Cooper, who died in 2014 after Harris left him in a hot car for seven hours while he went to work. Harris also received another 32 years, to be served consecutively, for convictions on four other counts. Harris, 36, who appeared in an orange jumpsuit with his wrists shackled at his waist, cast his head slightly downward as the sentence was handed down. He briefly closed his eyes but offered little other reaction. In addition to the...
  • Mid-Morning Fun Break: Incredible Magician

    12/06/2016 7:10:22 AM PST · by Strac6 · 24 replies
    When you watch a magic trick being done on video, especially repetitively, you can usually figure out how it was done. Not this. This guy in incredible. Take a mid-morning break and enjoy.
  • Amazon introduces next major job killer to face Americans

    12/06/2016 6:54:38 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 73 replies
    Amazon on Monday unveiled the latest plan to automate American workers out of existence — a futuristic grocery store without any cashiers. High-tech sensors and artificial intelligence are allowing shoppers at the Seattle food market to swipe an app when they enter, then roam the aisles and grab staples like bread and milk, artisanal cheeses and chocolates and ready-made meals. Customers can watch as the items they pluck off the shelves get added to a virtual cart on the app — and subtracted if they put them back — with receipts emailed to them once they leave, according to the...
  • The rise of sports TV costs and why your cable bill keeps going up

    12/06/2016 6:51:22 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 82 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 12/5/15 | Meg James
    Last year, Americans collectively spent 31 billion hours watching sports on TV —  a 40% increase from a decade ago. They watched football, baseball, basketball, hockey, horse racing, NASCAR, rowing, rugby, soccer and volleyball — even Little League championships and poker games. “Live sports is the most valuable content on the planet,” said Adam Ware, head of digital media at Tennis Channel, based in Santa Monica.
  • ‘Despicable’: UN’s Top Human Rights Body Holds Minute’s Silence For Fidel Castro

    12/06/2016 6:21:59 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/06/16 | Patrick Goodenough
    CNSNews.com) – Delegates of the U.N. Human Rights Council opened a meeting in Geneva on Monday by standing silently with heads bowed, after the delegation of Venezuela’s leftist government requested a minute’s silence to “honor” the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Not everyone in the chamber took part. U.N. Watch executive director Hillel Neuer described the honoring of “human rights abuser Fidel Castro” as “despicable” and said that his non-governmental organization “stayed seated.” In an official U.N. webcast, a member of the Israeli delegation, seated behind Venezuela’s representatives, can be seen walking out as Venezuelan ambassador Jorge Valero asked members...
  • SFO adds therapy pig to greet travelers

    12/05/2016 5:51:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 12/5/16 | Beth Spotswood
    Believe it or not, adorable dogs aren't for everyone. That's one of the reasons why the San Francisco International Airport has added a new member to its four-legged "Wag Brigade" - a pig named LiLou. SFO's Wag Brigade allows SPCA animals certified by the Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Program to greet and comfort hurried travelers as they arrive, depart, or languish through a layover. LiLou is the program's first pig.
  • US Already Ready to Take Advantage of OPEC Cut

    12/05/2016 5:23:47 PM PST · by 198ml · 22 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 12/5/16 | TAI
    Don’t look now, but an American shale rebound is already underway. Operators have been steadily putting more oil rigs into operation for months now, and we’ve been seeing signs that the industry has been ready to stop a slide in output and start ramping up total U.S. production for months now. This week, as Reuters reports, the U.S. saw its rig count rise yet again.
  • Mayor cancels red light camera program [political correctness kills]

    12/05/2016 4:59:15 PM PST · by grundle · 28 replies
    Democrat & Chronicle [link only] | December 1, 2016 | Meaghan M. McDermott
    link only: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2016/12/01/city-end-red-light-program/94730002/
  • Christmas tree salesman with cancer sells out lot before last romantic trip

    12/05/2016 4:55:55 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 5, 2016 | CBC
    The dream of one last romantic Hawaiian vacation is now closer to reality after a Calgary Christmas tree salesperson — diagnosed with blood and bone cancer — sold out of trees on Saturday night, almost one month ahead of schedule.
  • Artist Creates Impossible Towers Of Balanced Rocks To Meditate

    12/05/2016 2:09:45 PM PST · by aquila48 · 46 replies
    boredpanda ^ | ​ Dovas
    We’re having a hard time deciding whether Michael Grab is an artist or a magician, because he creates stunning structure from finely balanced rocks that seem to defy the law of physics. These seemingly impossible structures require intense concentration and meditative focus. In the video below, Grab spends several minutes nearly frozen, making tiny adjustments until he gets all of the rocks’ centers of gravity just right. “Over the past few years of practicing rock balance, simple curiosity has evolved into therapeutic ritual, ultimately nurturing meditative presence, mental well-being, and artistry of design,” writes Grab in his artist statement. (Lot's...
  • Website Labeled ‘Fake News’ Threatens To Sue WaPo For Defamation

    12/05/2016 1:49:26 PM PST · by grundle · 63 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 5, 2016 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    One of the websites The Washington Post labeled “fake news” in a November story demanded a retraction and threatened the paper with a defamation lawsuit in a demand letter Sunday. A lawyer for Naked Capitalism accuses WaPo of running a debunked list of “fake news” sites in the “sensational” story compiled by a dubious team of researchers, without substantiating their claims or giving Naked Capitalism a chance to respond to the allegation. The Washington Post’s actions constitute defamation, the lawyer writes in the letter published Monday. “You did not provide even a single example of ‘fake news’ allegedly distributed or...
  • Christmas trees are now going for $1K in NYC

    12/05/2016 7:53:26 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 46 replies
    Yuletide capitalism is running rampant this year — with the cost of a Christmas tree topping $1,000 in one Manhattan neighborhood. Longtime Greenwich Village tree seller Heather Neville said Sunday that her tallest — and priciest — offering will command an astonishing $77 per foot from any buyer who can’t haul it home. “This 13-foot tree — a beautiful fir — is $750, and with delivery, installation with a stand and tip would be $1,000,” said Neville, who bills herself as the NYC Tree Lady. Neville, 40, broke down the add-ons as $200 for the stand, $25 for delivery and...
  • Gun Rights Enthusiasts Vow To ‘Go On Offense’ Under Trump

    12/04/2016 3:19:33 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 39 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 12/4/16 | WCCO.com/AP
    Firearms enthusiasts who embraced Donald Trump’s campaign and his full-throated support of the Second Amendment are expecting a sweeping expansion of gun rights under his administration and a Congress firmly in Republican hands. Among their priorities: eliminating gun-free zones at schools, reducing requirements for background checks and ensuring that concealed carry handgun permits from one state are recognized everywhere in the U.S. “This is our historic moment to go on offense and to defeat the forces that have aligned against our freedom once and for all,” Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the National Rifle Association, said in a video after...
  • Oakland warehouse operator sparks outrage for mourning loss of venue — not victims

    12/04/2016 3:05:01 PM PST · by grundle · 65 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 4, 2016 | Dylan Stableford
    The operator of the converted warehouse in Oakland, Calif., where a fire broke out during a dance party on Friday night, killing at least 30 people, has been widely criticized over his initial response to the tragedy. “Everything I worked so hard for is gone,” Derick Ion Almena wrote in a Facebook post early Saturday morning. “Blessed that my children and Micah were at a hotel safe and sound … it’s as if I have awoken from a dream filled with opulence and hope … to be standing now in poverty of self worth.” Almena’s post was met with immediate...
  • Afghan immigrant arrested over murder of daughter of senior EU official

    12/04/2016 11:39:50 AM PST · by grundle · 17 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | December 4, 2016 | James Rothwell
    Full title: Afghan asylum seeker arrested over murder of German medical student who was daughter of senior EU official teenage Afghan asylum seeker has been arrested after he reportedly confessed to murdering the daughter of a senior EU official. Maria Ladenburger, a 19-year-old medical student, was raped and killed shortly after leaving a student party in Freiburg, southern Germany, on October 19. According to German media reports, the 17-year-old suspect will stand trial early next year. Ms Ladenburger was the daughter of Dr Clemens Ladenburger, who since 2008 has been an assistant to the director of the European Commission's legal...
  • A Letter From IBM's CEO To Trump Caused An Employee To Quit ...

    12/04/2016 6:53:29 AM PST · by NCjim · 67 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 3, 2016 | Dan Pontefract
    Elizabeth Wood used to work at IBM. She recently resigned from her position as senior content strategist, a job she held for the previous two years. People resign all the time from roles, so that is nothing new. What is different about Ms. Wood’s resignation is a) why we she did it and b) what she did next. On November 15, 2016, Ginni Rometty, chairman, president and CEO of IBM, unleashed an open letter that—among other things—offered President-elect Donald Trump suggestions to help America. In her note, Rometty wrote, “I know that you are committed to help America’s economy grow...