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  • In about 20 years, half the population will live in eight states (WaPo is whining)

    07/15/2018 8:42:28 PM PDT · by tom h · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 12, 2018 | Philip Bump
    The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service of the University of Virginia analyzed Census Bureau population projections to estimate each state’s likely population in 2040, including the expected breakdown of the population by age and gender ... we see that, in fact, the [US] population will be heavily centered in a few states. Eight states will have just under half of the total population of the country, 49.5 percent, according to the Weldon Cooper Center’s estimate. The next eight most populous states will account for an additional fifth of the population, up to 69.2 percent — meaning that the 16...
  • Obama crushes Clinton as ‘best’ president, but Trump tops for best at this stage

    07/15/2018 8:35:15 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 19 replies
    Americans have tossed former President Bill Clinton aside and now say that former President Barack Obama was the “best” president of their lifetime -- by a huge gap of 31 percent to 13 percent. But a new Pew Research Center survey of 2,002 adults found that President Trump topped Obama as the best president of their lifetime at this stage of his presidency.
  • Twitter reaction to Sen Liz Warren tweet about MA cop gunned down

    07/15/2018 7:31:15 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 24 replies
    Twitter ^ | 7/15/18 | E. Warren
    (Reactions follow) My heart goes out to the family and friends of Officer Michael Chesna, a military veteran, of @WeymouthPD who was killed in the line of duty today. We are with you, Weymouth.
  • Elon Musk Calls Diver in Thai Soccer Team Rescue a Pedophile

    07/15/2018 11:44:15 AM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 99 replies
    Fortune ^ | 7/15/18 | By David Morris
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Twitter this morning accused British diver Vern Unsworth of being a pedophile, after Unsworth criticized Musk’s proposal to use a small submarine to rescue a trapped soccer team in Thailand. Unsworth was instrumental in the rescue of the boy’s soccer team, but lambasted Musk’s submarine plan in an interview published by CNN Friday. Among other comments, Unsworth said the submarine “wouldn’t have made the first 50 meters into the cave” and was “just a PR stunt.” Musk, responding to further criticism from professor and New York Times columnist Zeynep Tufekci, wrote this morning that he...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL - July 15, 2018 - {Prayer}

    07/14/2018 8:51:50 PM PDT · by Faith · 45 replies
    July 15, 2018 | Faith
    Please join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and for America: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (I John 5:14) Religion forum threads labeled “Prayer” are closed to debate of any kind.
  • ‘In all reality, there were three shooters.’ Oklahomans kill an active shooter

    07/14/2018 2:42:48 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 43 replies
    WaPo via MSN ^ | 7/13/18 | Frances Selllers, et al
    Juan Carlos Nazario was sitting on a lakeside bench waiting to play soccer when he heard the staccato popping of gunshots outside Louie’s On the Lake, a popular waterfront grill and pub. He ran to his car to get his gun and moved toward the sounds. Bryan Whittle was driving with his wife, heading off for a Memorial Day weekend getaway, when he saw a commotion outside Louie’s. He thought someone might be drowning, so instead of turning his truck onto the highway, he barreled into the parking lot to offer help. As he jumped out, what he learned stunned...
  • What we can all learn from the trapped Thailand soccer kids

    07/13/2018 9:43:39 PM PDT · by TBP · 81 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 12, 2018 | Heather Robinson
    Of course, the practical skills of engineers, technology experts, divers and military top the list of what enabled this rescue effort. But there’s another story here — one of quiet emotional fortitude, solidarity and spiritual strength. Surely if the boys or their coach had panicked or turned on one another in the darkness, they couldn’t have survived. The boys’ coach, 25-year-old Ekapol Chanthawong, had worked with them — even choosing the name “Wild Boars” (“Moo Ba” in Thai) — to build their self-esteem. Mostly poor children who, in a soccer-obsessed country, had been rejected by their school teams, the boys...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 13 July 2018

    07/12/2018 6:00:56 PM PDT · by beachn4fun · 78 replies
    July 12, 2018 | Canteen Go-Go Gerbels
    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 Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. It's casual FRiday here at the Canteen. Pull up a seat and relax. We serve coffee, tea, conversation and music. Our AWESOME military, our AWESOME allies, and their families are welcomed and honored here. No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a cup or a glass, and start a conversation....
  • Deadly Parasitic Worm Coming To Europe Due To Third-World Migration

    07/12/2018 5:05:37 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 22 replies
    Teaparty.org ^ | 7/12/18 | Staff
    One of the many benefits of open borders! Karl Hoffmann, a professor of parasitology at Aberystwyth University, writes in The Independent: Not so long ago, human diseases caused by parasitic worms were thought to be confined to resource poor communities throughout Africa, Asia and South America. But in this age of global travel and changing climate, parasitic worms are slowly but surely moving into parts of Europe and North America. The long-term consequences of increased parasitic worm distributions are difficult to predict, but the harm that infection causes highlights the need for developing control strategies that can mitigate this 21st-century...
  • Mutinous migrants threaten to kill Italian crew after rescue

    07/12/2018 3:57:50 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 22 replies
    The Times ^ | 7/11/18 | Tom Kington & David Charter
    African migrants threatened to kill the crew of an Italian cargo vessel that had rescued them in the Mediterranean, in an attempt to avoid being returned to detention centres in Libya. The Italian coastguard picked up the migrants after receiving a call for help from the ship. They were being taken yesterday to Italy where the ringleaders will be questioned by police over the incident. The mutiny on the Vos Thalassa marked an escalation in problems in the Mediterranean after Italy’s new populist government refused entry to migrants picked up by charity boats and handed over rescue responsibilities to the...
  • What body-language experts saw in aides' reactions to Trump

    07/12/2018 12:27:24 PM PDT · by Wally_Kalbacken · 30 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, July 12, 2018 | Rebecca Tan
    In front of a backdrop of alternating American and North Korean flags, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un approached from opposite sides of a stage and shook hands in the middle. While the leaders spoke little in their appearances Tuesday, experts in body language pointed out notable nonverbal cues that could provide insight into their demeanors during the meeting. Experts noted that Trump touched Kim on numerous occasions, while Kim was much more restrained. “It was those certain small unexpected touches by Trump that showed his power,” said Patti Wood, author of “SNAP: Making the Most of...
  • Environmentally minded Californians love to recycle — but it's no longer doing any good

    07/12/2018 9:33:39 AM PDT · by grundle · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 9, 2018 | George Skelton
    Californians dutifully load up their recycling bins and feel good about themselves. They’re helping the environment and being good citizens. But their glow might turn to gloom if they realized that much of the stuff is headed to a landfill.
  • Emmett Till killing reopened by government over 'new information'

    07/12/2018 5:04:57 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 81 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 12, 2018
    The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal 1955 killing in Mississippi shocked the world. A Justice Department report to Congress says the agency is reinvestigating Till's slaying after receiving what it calls "new information." Till, a 14-year-old boy from Chicago, was kidnapped from his uncle's home in the town of Money and killed after he wolf-whistled at Carolyn Donham, a shopkeeper. Three days later, his mutilated body was found in the muddy Tallahatchie River, weighted down with a cotton gin fan. His left eye was missing, and his right...
  • Academy Sports manager fired weeks after intercepting gun thief suspect in Florida store

    07/12/2018 2:25:16 AM PDT · by grundle · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 11, 2018 | Elizabeth Zwirz
    A sporting goods store employee, who last month helped catch a suspect allegedly trying to swipe a weapon, was suspended and later lost his job at the Florida business following the incident, his lawyer said. Dean Crouch, 32, was working at the Academy Sports store in Tallahassee on June 29 when robbery suspect Jason White allegedly tried to steal a gun, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. After White reportedly tried to flee with the stolen firearm he’d requested to see, Crouch stepped in and ultimately detained him. Crouch, an assistant manager at the store, was nearby when the incident occurred and...
  • China 'shocked' by $200 billion tariffs (Youtube of CNBC clip)

    07/11/2018 5:15:03 PM PDT · by cba123 · 32 replies
    Youtube / CNBC ^ | June 11, 2018 | Eunice Yoon
    This is a video clip. From CNBC. With yet more whining from China, about our great president. :D Donald is turning into a great, great, president. Best ever.
  • GOP Sen Tillis: ‘100 Percent’ Chance Kavanaugh Nomination Confirmed in September

    07/11/2018 4:11:19 PM PDT · by MountainWalker · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/11/2018 | Jeff Poor
    Wednesday on Hugh Hewitt’s nationally syndicated radio show, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he anticipated that Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the vacancy left by the retiring Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, would be confirmed during September. Should Kavanaugh be confirmed by mid-September, which Tillis said it was a 100 percent chance probability, it would set Kavanaugh up for the beginning of the high court’s term in October.
  • If you are concerned about government surveillance, you should be skeptical of Brett Kavanaugh

    07/11/2018 2:59:37 PM PDT · by TBP · 102 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 11, 2018 | Erin Dunne
    The Fourth Amendment broadly guarantees that Americans should be free from government intrusion in their homes and private lives and that infringements on these rights must come with the justification of a warrant or probable cause. These guarantees and protections form the basis of property protections and a right to privacy both of which are fundamental to individual liberty. In 2015, Kavanaugh went out of his way to minimize these protections. During his tenure on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, he issued a separate concurrence in the denial of a rehearing en banc in Klayman v....
  • George Clooney hurt in motorbike crash

    07/11/2018 6:53:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 50 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 7/11/2018 | unknown
    George Clooney’s motorbike crashed into a Mercedes car driven by a local man in his sixties on Tuesday morning, causing the actor to be hospitalised. A source told MailOnline the US star, 57, was riding his scooter from his house in Puntaldia, Sardinia, to the set of his new Hulu TV series, Catch 22, which is in Capo Ceraso, in Olbia, when the accident occured. George was at the intersection of Costa Corallina, a tourist village with a private harbour, when he got hit by the car as it turned left to enter the village.
  • Harvard, Yale Defy Federal Guidelines, Will Continue Racial Discrimination in Admissions

    07/10/2018 7:12:38 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/09/18 | Tom Ciccotta
    New reports suggest that Harvard and Yale are ignoring Federal guidelines against the use of race in university admissions. A report from Fox News claims that some Ivy League universities are doubling down on their affirmative action policies after receiving a “Dear Colleague” letter from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that requested they stop using race in university admissions. The continued use of race in university admissions practices put their federal funding at risk. “It’s racial discrimination and it’s a quota. The quota today is against Asians, much like the quota back in the 1920s and 30s was against Jews,”...
  • Trump Issues Full Pardons To Oregon Ranchers Forced Back Into Prison Under Anti-Terror Law

    07/10/2018 7:50:51 AM PDT · by blueyon · 69 replies
    TheDailyCaller ^ | Michael Bastasch
    President Donald Trump pardoned two Oregon ranchers forced back into prison in 2016 to serve out the rest of the mandatory minimum sentence required under an anti-terrorism law. “The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land,” the White House said in a statement. “The evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds’ responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges. Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted of committing arson on federal land in 2012 under an anti-terrorism...