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  • Europe considers new proposals to create tiered internet service

    03/05/2015 12:03:10 AM PST · by grundle · 8 replies
    The Verge ^ | March 4, 2015 | James Vincent
    Just one week after the American government voted to enforce net neutrality, the European Union is considering plans allowing the opposite: permitting internet providers to create a tiered internet service with paid fast lanes. A proposal put forward by Latvia would reportedly allow telecoms companies to "enter into agreements" with companies and individuals to provide faster internet speeds — so long as these deals do not impair other users' connections. The plans are currently being voted on by representatives from the 28 EU member states and, if they are passed, will then be debated by the European Commission and the...
  • Scientists discover a hormone that gives you the same benefits as exercise without breaking a sweat

    03/04/2015 7:16:26 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 4, 2015 | ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD
    If the thought of running on a treadmill makes you shudder, then you may soon have an excuse to avoid it altogether. US researchers claim they have found a hormone that mimics the effects of exercise, allowing people to lose weight and regulate their blood sugar. The hormone, dubbed MOTS-c, has been proven to work in mice and clinical trials on humans could begin in three years. The discovery of MOTS-c - a molecule that acts as a signal for the body - was made by scientists at the University of Southern California. MOTS-c works by increasing insulin sensitivity, allowing...
  • White US children will be minorities by 2020 after immigrant 'baby boom', Census reveals

    03/04/2015 3:30:20 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 68 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 4, 2015 | Michael Zennie
    White children will be outnumbered by minority kids in the United States in just five years, new Census Bureau projections reveal. This is the result of an ongoing trend of declining birth among white Americans and a baby boom among immigrant groups, as well as a surge in immigration. By the year 2020, 50.2 percent of all children in the US are expected to be non-white, according to the Census. By 2044, whites will be outnumbered by minorities. The Census study, released this week, predicts that by year 2060, nearly 20 percent of the population will be foreign born -...
  • What to do when daycare costs more than college [75% of wife's take home pay]

    03/04/2015 2:53:31 PM PST · by grundle · 55 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | March 2, 2015 | Jeanie Ahn
    Dalia Gokirmak, 31, and her husband Oscar, 41, always wanted a big family. But when they found out they were having twins when she was pregnant for the second time, reality sunk in immediately. “I’ll be honest, I pulled out the calculator right away,” Oscar says. Though they would’ve preferred to stay in Hoboken, N.J., the couple knew they would not be able to afford $1,600 a month per child, the going childcare rate in the area, plus the cost of moving to a bigger home. So they packed up and moved to the neighboring town of Union City where...
  • Is Obama a Sunni or Shia Muslim Plant?

    03/04/2015 12:30:26 PM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 73 replies
    We know Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim. He has said he'll stand with the Muslims with things get ugly in his book. He has said the future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet Mohammed. He has said Muslims built America. He has threatened to shoot down Israeli jets. He has given the Muslim "one finger in the air" sign last summer. Obama has justified ISIS actions by saying "The Crusades" just as ISIS has done in many videos. He has a ring that says there is no God but Allah. But what kind of Muslim is...
  • Why the Inventor of K-Cups Doesn't Use Them

    03/04/2015 10:10:35 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 108 replies
    Newser ^ | 03/03/2015 | Jenn Gidman
    For one, 'they're kind of expensive,' John Sylvan says (Newser) If anyone would brew his morning joe using K-Cups, you'd think it would be the inventor of the K-Cup himself. But John Sylvan, whose single-serve pods revolutionized the coffee landscape, sticks with making coffee the old-fashioned way. "I don't have [pods]. They're kind of expensive to use," John Sylvan tells James Hamblin, writing for the Atlantic. "Plus it's not like drip coffee is tough to make." But besides being steeper in cost, the plastic-and-foil pods that made up most of Keurig Green Mountain's $4.7 billion in revenue last year have...
  • Clinton ran own computer system for her official emails (sneaky thunderthighs!)

    03/04/2015 8:18:46 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 19 replies
    AP ^ | 03/04/15 | By JACK GILLUM and TED BRIDIS
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails - on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state - traced back to an Internet service registered to her family's home in Chappaqua, New York, according to Internet records reviewed by The Associated Press. The highly unusual practice of a Cabinet-level official physically running her own email would have given Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, impressive control over limiting access to her message archives. It also would distinguish Clinton's secretive email practices as far more sophisticated than...
  • NYC Schools Adding 2 Muslim Holidays to Calendar

    03/04/2015 7:47:33 AM PST · by thefactor · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | Yaron Steinbuch
    New York City schools will add two Muslim holidays to the calendar this year, Mayor de Blasio is announcing Wednesday.“Today we’ll announce the addition of Eid al-Adha & al-Fitr to @NYCSchools holiday schedule, a change that respects the diversity of our city,” Hizzoner tweeted.
  • Ethiopia, Long Mired in Poverty, Rides an Economic Boom

    03/03/2015 11:02:43 PM PST · by grundle · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 3, 2015 | ISMA’IL KUSHKUSH
    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The bulldozers, tractors and cranes are busy day and night, paving new roads, building tall glass buildings and constructing a new light rail system to stitch together the city’s ends. In less than five years, the city’s skyline has changed drastically. Above the dust, in a seven-story building overlooking Meskel Square, sits Abiy Gebeyehu, a real estate development manager at the Sunshine Construction Company. He is going through files and figures, looking down at the spot where Ethiopia’s former communist dictator, Mengistu Haile Mariam, once smashed to the ground three bottles of what was supposedly blood...
  • [tax cheater] Hillary Clinton Didn't Report $6,498 Profit In Commodities Account, White House Says

    03/03/2015 10:06:42 PM PST · by grundle · 45 replies
    N ew York Times ^ | April 12, 1994 | GWEN IFILL
    The White House said today that Hillary Rodham Clinton made $6,498 in a commodities-trading venture in 1980 and never reported the profit to the Internal Revenue Service.
  • A Child of Gay Parents Writes to Justice Kennedy

    03/03/2015 8:50:19 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 16 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 27 2015 | Katy Faust
    Dear Justice Kennedy, June is nigh, and with it will comes your ruling on the most contentious political issue of our time: marriage. I write because I am one of many children with gay parents who believe we should protect marriage. I believe you were right when, during the Proposition 8 deliberations, you said “the voice of those children [of same-sex parents] is important.” I’d like to explain why I think redefining marriage would actually serve to strip these children of their most fundamental rights. It’s very difficult to speak about this subject, because I love my mom. Most of...
  • Iran's Khamenei: 'Increasing global hatred of Israel is a sign of divine help' [Zechariah 12]

    03/03/2015 3:47:26 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 19 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/3/2015 | Staff
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has claimed that heightened anti-Israel sentiments across the globe serve as a sign of "divine help" in the Islamic Republic's fight against its arch enemy. "Increasing global hatred of #Israel is a sign of divine help," he wrote late Monday on Twitter.Iran's leading cleric came out against the pro-Israel lobby, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the group's annual confab on Monday. The premier warned of the existential threat a nuclear Iran would pose to Israel during his speech at the AIPAC conference, which came ahead of his...
  • UK: Weasel photographed riding on a woodpecker's back

    03/03/2015 11:13:44 AM PST · by the scotsman · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3rd March 2015 | BBC NEWS
    'Amateur photographer Martin Le-May, from Essex, has recorded the extraordinary image of a weasel riding on the back of a green woodpecker as it flies through the air. The photograph was taken at Hornchurch Country Park in east London on Monday afternoon. Speaking to BBC News, Mr Le-May said he had managed to capture the moment while he was out walking with his wife Ann.'
  • 340-pound OJ Simpson says his left knee has deteriorated so badly he needs a cane to walk

    03/03/2015 9:29:28 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 67 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 3, 2015 | Pat Shipp
    OJ Simpson, who is currently incarcerated in the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, cannot walk without a cane and fears he will be in a wheelchair when he finally leaves prison, the Daily Mail Online has learned exclusively. He is furious with prison officials because he says they refuse to allow him to leave the prison to get the surgery he can only get on the outside. let him get medical care outside. And now, OJ fears he will soon be in a wheelchair and may never walk again. OJ, 67, was recently seen struggling to walk around the prison...
  • Google Decides What Is Fact In New Search Results Ranking System

    03/03/2015 8:40:07 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/2/15 | Giuseppe Macri
    The world’s largest search engine is setting itself up to become the global arbiter of truth online.
  • NASA Mourns Loss of Kennedy Test Director Norm Carlson

    03/02/2015 11:36:56 PM PST · by Ray76 · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | Mar 2, 2015 | Bob Granath
    Norman "Norm" Carlson, a former chief NASA test director for space shuttle launches at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida died March 1, 2015. He was 81. A resident of Titusville, Florida, Carlson's career with NASA spanned 35 years. “Norm Carlson was a NASA test director for the first space shuttle flight and many that followed," said Kennedy Director, Bob Cabana. "He became the chief test director and was the consummate professional, working tirelessly to ensure the success of the missions and the safety of all of the astronauts." Following service in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956,...
  • Obama Supporters Endorse Communist Karl Marx for President in 2016 Election(Video)

    03/02/2015 9:21:04 PM PST · by barmag25 · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/2/15 | Mark dice
    Obama Supporters Endorse Communist Karl Marx for President in 2016 Election
  • $4.8M in gold bars stolen in armored truck heist on highway

    03/02/2015 8:51:09 PM PST · by Redcitizen · 51 replies
    AP ^ | 03-02-2015 | By MICHAEL BIESECKER
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Shortly after dusk along a lonely stretch of Interstate 95, armed robbers hijacked an armored truck, tied up the two guards and disappeared into the night with 275 pounds of gold bars.
  • Liberals Mugged by Obamanet [liberals complain about net neutrality]

    03/02/2015 7:43:49 PM PST · by grundle · 22 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | March 1, 2015 | L. Gordon Crovitz
    Buyer’s remorse is already setting in for Google and other ‘net neutrality’ proponents. When Google’s Eric Schmidt called White House officials a few weeks ago to oppose President Obama ’s demand that the Internet be regulated as a utility, they told him to buzz off. The chairman of the company that led lobbying for “net neutrality” learned the Obama plan made in its name instead micromanages the Internet. Mr. Schmidt is not the only liberal mugged by the reality of Obamanet... as details leak out, liberals have joined the opposition to ending the Internet as we know it. The Progressive...
  • Study finds gorilla origins in half of human AIDS virus lineages

    03/02/2015 1:17:59 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 23 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | March 2, 2015 | WILL DUNHAM, REUTERS
    WASHINGTON- Revealing new details about the origins of AIDS, scientists said on Monday half the lineages of the main type of human immunodeficiency virus, HIV-1, originated in gorillas in Cameroon before infecting people, probably via bushmeat hunting.
  • Caught On Video: Skydiver Suffers Seizure During Jump Before Instructor Pulls Ripcord, Saving Him

    03/02/2015 3:51:00 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 13 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal ^ | 03/01/15 | sanfrancisco.cbslocal
    SAN BRUNO (CBS SF) — A skydiver posted video of himself having a seizure during a jump that quickly racked up views on YouTube. The diver posted the video on San Bruno-based YouTube under the username Nomadic Adrenaline showing what he describes as “possibly the scariest moment of my life.”
  • Time and station for Netanyahu speech

    03/01/2015 11:03:01 AM PST · by Corky Boyd · 29 replies
    C Span ^ | March 1, 2015 | Corky Boyd
    For those wondering about the time and channel for Prime Minister Netanyahu's address to Congress, it will be carried by C Span beginning at 10:45am Tuesday March 3.
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    03/01/2015 8:43:58 AM PST · by Faith · 11 replies
    March 1, 2015 | Faith
    The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness - Matthew 6: 22-23
  • NOCTILUCENT CLOUDS, BEHAVING STRANGELY

    03/01/2015 8:00:21 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 34 replies
    SpaceWeather.com ^ | 1MAR2015 | Staff Writer
    The southern season for noctilucent clouds (NLCs) has come to an end. NASA's AIM spacecraft observed the last wisps of electric-blue over Antarctica on Feb. 20, 2015. The end of the season was no surprise: The polar clouds always subside in late summer. Looking back over the entire season, however, reveals something unexpected. In an 8-year plot of Antarctic noctilucent cloud frequencies, the 2014-2015 season is clearly different from the rest: These data come from the AIM spacecraft, which was launched in 2007 to monitor NLCs from Earth orbit. The curves show the abundance ("frequency") of the clouds vs. time...
  • BREAKING! VENEZUELA SAYS THEY’VE CAPTURED AMERICAN PILOT (video)

    02/28/2015 4:44:55 PM PST · by blueyon · 63 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | 2/28/15 | soopermexican
    As if foreign policy couldn’t get any worse. The President Piece of Crap Maduro announced that they have captured an American pilot that was trying to topple his regime. Watch below:
  • Lawsuit Plaintiff Byron Allen: Comcast Uses 'Least Expensive Negro' Al Sharpton

    02/28/2015 4:10:22 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 30 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | February 28, 2015 | Rahel Gebreyes
    Allen also said media companies add insult to injury by throwing money at Sharpton, "the least expensive negro," to "cover" up their track record of "blatant" discrimination. "Instead of spending real money with real, 100 percent African American-owned media, it is easier to give [Sharpton] $50,000 to give them a cover," he said.
  • Rev. Graham: ‘Washington Has Been Infiltrated by Muslims... [Revelation 12]

    02/27/2015 3:29:19 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 21 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 2/27/2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    While commenting on whether Western countries can unite to defeat Islamic radicals, Rev. Franklin Graham said one of the major problems is that Western governments have “been infiltrated by Muslims,” and in the United States in particular Muslims “are advising the White House.” They “are part of the problem,” said Rev. Graham. “And we see this also in Western Europe. They have gotten into the halls of power and they are an influence.” The reverend made his remarks on the Feb. 26 edition of The O’Reilly Factor. Asked by host Bill O'Reilly why he thinks "the world will not unite...
  • Adults Raised by Gay Couples Speak Out Against Gay ‘Marriage’ in Federal Court [Luke 17]

    02/27/2015 3:14:40 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 12 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 1/23/2015 | Lauretta Brown
    (CNSNews.com) – Four adult children of same-sex parents have submitted amicus curiae briefs in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals asking that it oppose the legalization of same-sex “marriage." The Court, in New Orleans, La., heard arguments on Jan. 9 as it considers whether to uphold traditional marriage – defined as being between one man and one woman -- in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. B.N. Klein, Robert Oscar Lopez, Dawn Stefanowicz, and Katy Faust all grew up with homosexual parents. All four argued that redefining marriage to include same-sex couples would harm children by depriving them of a mother or...
  • Kearny mom speaks out about measles (Anti-Vaxer changes her mind - LINK ONLY)

    02/27/2015 11:04:20 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 20 replies
    AZ Central | 02/26/2015 | Connie Cone Sexton
    Anti vaxer Mom takes her kids to Disneyland. They get the measels. They go home and expose 1000 more people to measels.Woo Hoo!
  • Leonard Nimoy, world famous as Mr. Spock on ‘Star Trek,’ dies

    02/27/2015 11:00:47 AM PST · by TBP · 77 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, February 27, 2015 | Phillip Swarts
    Actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for playing Spock in the “Star Trek” TV series, passed away Friday at his Los Angeles home. He was 83....
  • Mass. principal lashes out at Twitter bullies

    02/27/2015 10:54:52 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 2 replies
    WWLP ^ | 02/26/2015 | John Atwater
    WINCHENDON, Mass. (CNN) – A school principal in Massachusetts is issuing a warning to cyber bullies calling them cowards and promising to find and punish them. This, after about two dozen students became targets of bullies online. “I went with a strong message partly to be proactive about it,” said Joshua Romano, Murdock Middle High Principal. The passionate message to students was direct and forceful to the pathetic cowards who chose to start and participate in this, “You are warned. I am coming for you and I am furious.” “I wanted to make it clear that I wasn’t going to...
  • The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress [link only]

    02/26/2015 10:17:23 PM PST · by grundle · 16 replies
    Wired [link only] | February 26, 2015 | Adam Rogers
    link only: http://www.wired.com/2015/02/science-one-agrees-color-dress/
  • House will vote Friday to prevent Homeland Security shutdown

    02/26/2015 8:18:24 PM PST · by what's up · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | Feb 26, 2014 | Scott Wong,Rebecca Shabad and Cristina Marcos
    The House will vote Friday on a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks in an attempt to avert a shutdown slated for Saturday at the massive agency. If the bill is approved by the House, the Senate is expected to quickly follow suit — though the upper chamber also plans to move forward with a bill funding Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced the new strategy to his rank-and-file members during a closed-door caucus meeting Thursday night. Senior Republicans predicted it would win enough support to clear the...
  • Comic Book Women With Realistic Bodies Are The Heroines We Need [barf alert]

    02/26/2015 6:09:26 PM PST · by grundle · 64 replies
    Huffinington Post ^ | February 26, 2015 | Cavan Sieczkowski
    Yes, comic book heroines are supposed to have powers that are out of this world, but the illustrations of their bodies could definitely be brought down to Earth. A creative team working with Bulimia.com, a website dedicated to providing information and support systems to those struggling with eating disorders, decided to transform covers of comic books depicting popular female -- and male -- characters and give our favorite heroes more realistic bodies. Instead of figures with huge breasts, impossibly small waists and disproportioned thighs, they gave characters like DC Comics' Catwoman and Marvel's Black Widow more practical bodies. The team...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 27 February 2015

    02/26/2015 5:51:53 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 100 replies
    February 26, 2015 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea,or maybe a tall brew? Topped off with great conversation and music. No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a glass and start a conversation. You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad you could join us. Enjoy your stay. Our...
  • Former Megachurch Pastor Rob Bell: A Church That Doesn't Support Gay Marriage Is 'Irrelevant'

    02/26/2015 3:36:12 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 70 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 2/20/2015 | Carol Kuruvilla
    Rob Bell, the widely popular and controversial former megachurch pastor, is now convinced that a church doesn’t support same-sex marriage will "continue to be even more irrelevant." Bell made the comments on an episode of Oprah Winfrey's "Super Soul Sunday," where he appeared with his wife Kristen to talk about religion and spirituality. "One of the oldest aches in the bones of humanity is loneliness," Bell said. "Loneliness is not good for the world. Whoever you are, gay or straight, it is totally normal, natural and healthy to want someone to go through life with. It's central to our humanity....
  • Punjab Youth Work Force Development

    02/26/2015 2:15:00 PM PST · by maddog55 · 2 replies
    FedBizOps.Gov ^ | 19 Feb 2015 | N/A
    This pre-solicitation Notice/Synopsis seeks to inform prospective Offerors about an anticipated opportunity to implement stabilization initiatives under the "Punjab Youth WorkForce Development Project (PYWFD). USAID intends to post a solicitation within 15 days. PYWFD will reduce the likelihood of extremism by increasing stability in targeted areas through engagement of productive economic activities focusing on the youth. PYWFD Project is an initial three-year US$10-15 million award, that will focus on empowering disadvantaged youth (aged 16-29) by providing them with income-earning opportunities to improve their economic status and address one of the primary causes of on-going instability and violence in the country.
  • Loretta Lynch's Secret Prosecutions

    02/26/2015 1:45:03 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 7 replies
    NBC News ^ | Johnny Dwyer
    The office headed by the woman poised to become the next attorney general has used an unusual method to keep many of its prosecutions hidden from the public, an NBC News investigation has found. Federal prosecutors in New York's Brooklyn-based Eastern District pursued cases against secret, unnamed "John Doe" defendants 58 times since Loretta Lynch became head prosecutor in May 2010. Two of the 58 are terrorism cases. Eastern District prosecutors have also sought permission to close the courtroom to the public for 11 different Doe cases during the same period, and judges have granted permission in at least 10...
  • Iranian American: ‘Sharia Law Is Here in the U.S.'

    02/26/2015 1:17:59 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 11 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 2/25/2015 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – Iranian American Lisa Daftari, an investigative journalist and contributor to Fox News, said on Friday that Sharia law is being followed by practitioners of radical Islam right here in the United States, even if many Americans think of the human rights abuses towards women by these practitioners as something that only takes place in the Middle East and Africa. “And some might ask why should Americans care about what goes on in those countries?” asked Daftar, whose family fled Iran during the 1979 revolution that overthrew Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and established an Islamic state in the country. “How...
  • Quantum Equations Suggest Big Bang Never Happened

    02/26/2015 11:50:10 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 73 replies
    iflscience ^ | February 10, 2015 | Stephen Luntz
    Two physicists are trying to revive one of the great debates of twentieth-century science, arguing that the Big Bang may never have happened. Their work presents a radically different vision of the universe from the one cosmologists now work with. "The Big Bang singularity is the most serious problem of general relativity because the laws of physics appear to break down there," says Dr. Ahmed Farag Ali of Benha University, Egypt. In collaboration with Professor Saurya Das of the University of Lethbridge, Canada, Ali has created a series of equations that describe a universe much like Hoyle's; one without a...
  • Rahm Emanuel not the only loser on election night

    02/26/2015 6:01:00 AM PST · by rellimpank · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 26 feb 2015 | John Kass
    There were plenty of winners and losers in this week's Chicago city elections, and you can always follow the losers by the echoes of their shrieks through the alleys. And there are famous names of Chicago Democratic politics among them, names like Berrios and Mell and Daley and Preckwinkle. We'll get to them. The biggest loser of all, of course, is Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He was forced into a runoff campaign with Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, and given the unrest in the wards and Emanuel's huge likability deficit, it's looking as if he could be a loser in...
  • Truck driver in California train crash had DUI conviction: L.A. Times [doesn't know English]

    02/25/2015 9:20:54 PM PST · by grundle · 33 replies
    Reuters/yahoo.com ^ | February 25, 2015
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The truck driver arrested in a rail crash that injured 50 people in California had been cited for multiple driving violations in his home state of Arizona, including a 1998 conviction for driving under the influence, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday. Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, 54, was found walking and "in distress" more than a mile from the accident on Tuesday and was later taken into custody on suspicion of felony hit-and-run for leaving the scene, police said. Bamieh said Ramirez ran for help following the impact but did not immediately call authorities because he...
  • Father Of Black Teenager Murdered By Illegal Alien Asks ‘Do Black Lives Really Matter?’

    02/25/2015 8:34:49 PM PST · by grundle · 25 replies
    Daily Caller/yahoo.com ^ | February 25, 2015
    That father, Jamiel Shaw, and Michael Ronnebeck, the uncle of another man murdered earlier this month by an illegal immigrant, testified at Wednesday’s hearing in front of a subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Both men asserted that Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) lax detainment policies contributed to the death of their family members. ICE came under intense scrutiny last year when it was revealed that in 2013 the agency had released over 36,000 convicted criminal aliens from its custody. Of those, nearly 200 had committed murder. Shaw told of his son, Jamiel Shaw II,...
  • Melissa Harris-Perry at Cornell: Hope Trayvon Martin 'whooped the [snip] out of George Zimmerman'

    02/25/2015 8:10:56 PM PST · by grundle · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 23, 2015 | Melissa Harris-Perry
    MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry delivered a laughable, childish speech at Cornell's Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture on Feb. 23, 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA9GsEja0Oc
  • White House [wastes money] investigating origins of Malia Obama's mysterious Instagram Pic

    02/25/2015 1:24:06 PM PST · by grundle · 21 replies
    Essence ^ | January 8, 2015 | Taylor Lewis
    It's a national mystery that has left both the social media world and the Secret Service scratching their heads. On Sunday night, a photo of what appears to be Malia Obama wearing a Pro Era shirt surfaced on Instagram. It quickly went viral after the Brooklyn-based hip-hop collective posted the pic to advertise its online store. A rep for the group told Gawker on Monday that the photo was from "a mutual friend of Malia and the pro era member," but White House officials aren't so sure. Fox News reports that government officials are looking into the photo's origins. Michelle...
  • ISIS militants reportedly seek medication to fuel 'abnormal' sexual behaviors

    02/25/2015 8:06:46 AM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 21 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 2/19/15 | Unknown
    Fighters for the Islamic State terrorist groups are desperately seeking male-enhancement medication in an effort to fuel their desire for “brutal and abnormal” sexual behaviors, according to a report from activists in the Syrian city of Raqqa. The report from the group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently reveals that usually ultra-conservative Islamic extremists spend part of their salary on “kinky underwear” for their wives and for hundreds of young women and children that are kidnapped and sold as sex slaves. Anonymous doctors told the website that a “large section of ISIS members suffer from sexual anomalies and brutal instinctive desire...
  • EU unveils vast plan to merge 28 energy markets

    02/25/2015 6:15:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2015 8:18 AM EST | Lorne Cook
    The European Union’s executive has unveiled a vast plan to boost coordination between the EU’s 28 national energy markets to wean Europe off unstable Russian gas supplies and provide cheaper energy for consumers. European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič on Wednesday called it “undoubtedly the most ambitious energy project” since the inception of the EU over half a century ago. He believes that improving links across borders in Europe’s energy grid could save businesses and consumers up to €40 billion ($45.4 billion) a year. A more energy-independent Europe will also increase the EU’s political options in eastern Europe. […] “Our...
  • Why support for Israel is important

    02/24/2015 7:45:04 PM PST · by chuckles · 26 replies
    vanity | 2-24-2015 | chuckles
    I've been watching the news on Bibi Netanyahu's visit to Congress and have noticed an old demon raising it's ugly head again. If you are a Christian, you have but one response to all things Jewish. They are your family. If you are an atheist or some other pagan being, you can think what you want, but a Christian cannot be an anti-Semite. God's covenant was with Abraham and Moses, both Hebrew. The Jews were chosen to reveal Jesus to the world, even if they didn't believe. Jesus came as a Jew and taught the Torah in the Synagogue. We...
  • Rats reprieved as giant gerbils are blamed for the Black Death

    02/24/2015 3:05:16 PM PST · by SteveH · 52 replies
    The Times of London ^ | February 24, 2015 | Valentine Low
    Gerbils are cute and furry creatures. They may also, according to scientists, have been responsible for killing millions of people across Europe by spreading the plague. Researchers now believe that gerbils from Asia, rather than native black rats, were behind the repeated outbreaks of the bubonic plague in Europe.
  • Eating peanuts in early years can prevent allergy, scientists find

    02/24/2015 2:21:02 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 32 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Feb. 24, 2015 | KATE KELLAND, REUTERS
    LONDON - In research that contradicts years of health advice, scientists said on Monday that babies at risk of developing a childhood peanut allergy can avoid it if they are given peanuts regularly during their first 11 months.