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  • Reddit Revolt Flares Again as ‘AMA’ Moderator Sacked the Day After a Disastrous Jesse Jackson Q&A

    07/03/2015 10:41:16 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie
    Breibart | 2 Jul 2015 | Allum Bokhari
    The hugely popular link-sharing site is in a state of virtual lockdown after the volunteers who run some of the site’s biggest communities (known as “subreddits”) went on the digital equivalent of a general strike. This followed the sacking of Victoria Taylor, a popular site admin, after a Reddit Q&A with the Rev. Jesse Jackson went badly for the activist preacher. High-traffic subreddits dedicated to movies, gaming, videos, history, science and art have been voluntarily locked by their moderators as an act of protest against the decision, which they saw as a symptom of an increasingly overbearing management that takes...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    07/03/2015 9:57:44 AM PDT · by Faith · 5 replies
    July 3, 2015 | Faith
    Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3: 5-6
  • 13th century Mongolian ship Kublai Khan sent to invade Japan found

    07/03/2015 9:45:02 AM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 11 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 3 July 2015 | Julian Ryall
    Archaeologists have discovered the wreck of a Mongolian ship that was part of a fleet dispatched by Kublai Khan to invade Japan in the 13th century. The ship is the second to be located off southern Japan from two massive armadas – each reputedly made up of more than 4,000 ships and with an invasion force of 140,000 men – sent by the emperor of the Yuan Dynasty to conquer Japan in 1274 and 1281. Both invasion fleets were destroyed by devastating typhoons, with the storms going down in Japanese history as "kamikaze", or divine wind, that saved the nation...
  • F-35 fighter makers leap to its defence after it loses dogfight to 1970s jet

    07/03/2015 5:15:47 AM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 42 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 02 Jul 2015 | Alan Tovey
    An extraordinary defence of the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been issued by the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin, the lead company building the jet. The response came after influential military blog “War is Boring” published a story claiming the new “5th generation” jet – which Britain is buying a fleet of – was unable to beat a 1970s design F-16 “4th generation” fighter in a mock dogfight. The blog said it had seen a report from the F-35 test pilot on the exercise, explaining how his jet was too sluggish to get the older jet in his sights, and...
  • ‘The View’ May Cut Rosie Perez, Nicolle Wallace in Latest Revamp (Palin Karma)

    07/02/2015 6:28:51 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 34 replies
    Variety.com ^ | 7/2/2015 | Ramin Setoodeh
    ABC executives are finalizing a plan to reboot “The View” next fall, for the second consecutive year, with a flurry of changes that could include the departure of at least one of its regular hosts, Variety has learned. While moderator Whoopi Goldberg will remain as the face of the struggling daytime talker, the future of two of her co-hosts, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez, is in doubt. One or both women could be dropped because network execs are underwhelmed with their contributions to the show’s signature Hot Topics segment, which is expected to shift focus permanently toward more lighthearted celebrity...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 3 July 2015

    07/02/2015 5:58:12 PM PDT · by beachn4fun · 71 replies
    July 2, 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, 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 and start a conversation. You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad you could...
  • Chinese cultivated tea 6,000 years ago, new archaeological evidence suggests

    07/02/2015 5:38:47 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2 July 2015 | POPPY DANBY and EDWARD CHOW
    Tea is one of the most popular drinks around the world and new research has revealed that people in China were enjoying the brew long before the pyramids were being built. The findings were made by a Chinese research team, who investigated the Tianluo Mountain, in the city of Yuyao in east China, to find China's earliest remains of human tea brewing. After nearly 10 years of analysis, archaeologists found that people had been brewing tea for around 6,000 years, reported People's Daily Online. The findings from the decade-long excavation were announced at the Archaeological Institute of Zhejing Province, on...
  • Summer spirit sales are soaring (Bon Vivant!!)

    07/02/2015 5:15:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 7/1/15 | Kevin Chupka
    Traditionally, purveyors of alcoholic beverages have focused a lot of their attention on the holiday season. But one major spirits company says the tide is turning, and summer is fast becoming an even more popular time of year to imbibe. Kate Pomeroy of spirits giant Pernod Ricard says there are two sides to the story when it comes to summer’s growth in liquor popularity. “There’s the traditional summer drinks - the rums, the tequilas, the vodkas,” she notes, “but then on the other side what we’re seeing is whiskey, which is a burgeoning trend across the whole category. Consumers are...
  • Episcopalians To Allow Same-Sex Marriage After Overwhelming Vote By Church Leadership

    07/02/2015 10:29:47 AM PDT · by dware · 69 replies
    SeeBS ^ | 07.02.2015 | CBS
    SALT LAKE CITY (CBS/AP) – The Episcopal Church has completed its embrace of gay rights, changing church law to allow same-sex religious marriages throughout the denomination, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. The new policy won overwhelming approval from the top Episcopal legislative body Wednesday, following decades of debate and conflict. It came 12 years after the denomination blazed a trail by electing the first openly gay bishop.
  • Weenies burn flag to protest cops, get attacked by bikers, need cops to save their azzez

    07/02/2015 10:01:19 AM PDT · by tje · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 2, 2015 | 12:57am | Gabrielle Fonrouge, Ben Feuerherd and Joe Tacopino
    Now they probably love the cops. A group of flag-burning anti-NYPD protesters needed New York’s Finest to save their skin from a gang of angry bikers who tried to pummel them in a Brooklyn park for setting Old Glory ablaze Wednesday. The fiery stunt by a few dozen members of the group Disarm the Police led to a chaotic scene at about 8 p.m. in Fort Greene Park, when the activists enraged 40 members of the Hallowed Sons Motorcycle Club by roasting the flag on a tiny barbecue grill. “They took off like little b—hes,” said one biker. “They lit...
  • Why The Donald is Trumping the GOP

    07/02/2015 9:59:02 AM PDT · by jimjohn · 13 replies
    self | J.Johnson
    By J. Johnson In case anyone hasn’t noticed, the GOP is allowing itself to be taken down the same road it has gone down before in the last two presidential election cycles. This time, the second target is one Donald Trump (Rubio was first). But we have seen this before. But the question needs to be asked again: How are they getting away with it? Let’s start with the obvious: The illegal immigration problem. Anyone thinking this is not a major issue in America hasn’t been watching the local news, or going outside the house too much. It has become...
  • Trump Declares Victory on Immigration as Obama Admits Some Illegals Are ‘Gang Bangers’

    07/02/2015 9:41:00 AM PDT · by blueyon · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/01/15 | Alex Swoyer
    President Obama’s admission that some “gang-bangers” are crossing America’s southern border sparked a direct response from GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has been criticized for his remarks on illegal immigration during his official campaign announcement. “Mr. Trump has repeatedly provided additional context to his remarks from June 16th, 2015 during which he addressed the severely detrimental effects of illegal immigration and described some of the issues that are brought to the United States as a result, much like President Obama has done today,” reads Trump’s press release. “There are few occasions on which I agree with statements made by...
  • Robot kills man at Volkswagen plant in Germany

    07/02/2015 9:39:44 AM PDT · by grundle · 50 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | July 2, 2015 | Justin Huggler
    A robot has killed a man at a Volkswagen car factory in Germany. The 22-year-old worker died from injuries he sustained when he was trapped by a robotic arm and crushed against a metal plate. The man, who has not been named, was part of a team that was setting up the automated machinery at the factory in Kassel, north of Frankfurt, according to Volkswagen. The robot in question is a mechanical arm that moves car parts into place, said Heiko Hillwig, a spokesman for the company. It is part of an automated assembly line that is capable of functioning...
  • Teachers granted power to ‘confiscate and destroy’ unhealthy school lunches

    07/02/2015 9:06:32 AM PDT · by W. · 27 replies
    eaglenews.org ^ | 2 July 2015 | Kyle Olsen
    LONDON – The British government is urging school leaders to use their “common law powers” to search student lunches and potentially confiscate any items they deem “unhealthy or inappropriate.” Education minister Lord Nash tells Express, “Schools have common law powers to search pupils, with their consent, for items. “There is nothing to prevent schools from having a policy of inspecting lunch boxes for food items that are prohibited under their school food policies. “A member of staff may confiscate, keep or destroy such items found as a result of the search if it is reasonable to do so in the...
  • Washington Navy Yard Locked Down After 911 Call

    07/02/2015 8:31:02 AM PDT · by Fay · 10 replies
    NBC News ^ | Jul 2, 2015 | Pete Williams, Jim Miklaszewski, Tom Costello and Erin McClam -
    Police and ambulances swarmed to the scene on Thursday after a report of gunshots at the Washington Navy Yard, where a gunman killed 12 people in a rampage two years ago. There was no immediate confirmation of shots fired or a gunman, but workers on the campus were ordered to stay where they were, and workers who had not reported to work were told to stay home. "It was pretty much like the first time, a lot of people running for the exits," Navy Lt. Cmdr. Scott Williams said. Law enforcement officers went building to building. Washington police, the FBI...
  • Google apologizes for misidentifying a black couple as gorillas in Photos app

    07/02/2015 8:16:50 AM PDT · by dware · 37 replies
    Digital Trends via Fox News ^ | 07.02.2015 | Enid Burns
    As impressive as facial recognition software is, it isn't perfect, and sometimes algorithm errors can lead to unintended consequences. Google discovered this in what's possibly one of the worst scenarios a company could face: Its new Photos app incorrectly labeled a black couple as "gorillas." Google Photos has the ability to automatically tag images, using photo comparisons, big data, and other methods the intelligence software learns over time. But its accuracy is not always successful. While mistakes are unintentional, Google is facing backlash for this particular error's racist connotations, the BBC reports.
  • Gov. Scott Walker attends Wauwatosa bike race weeks before expected presidential run announcement

    07/02/2015 7:25:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wauwatosa NOW ^ | 7-2-15 | Rory Linanne
    About two weeks before Gov. Scott Walker is expected to announce his presidential bid, neighbors welcomed him at a lawn party along the East Tosa Gran Prix bike race route in Wauwatosa Sunday, June 28. Walker flew in the night before the race from the Western Conservative Summit in Denver. During a short stay in Wauwatosa, he said he mowed the lawn at his house where his parents live, and came to the bike race to spend time with friends. "Here, we're just Scott and Tonette, not the governor and first lady," Walker said. Walker says Tosa will 'always be...
  • Former CNN correspondent, anchor survive motel gunfight

    07/02/2015 6:33:36 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 56 replies
    KOAT ^ | 07/01/15 | Laura Thoren
    Former CNN anchor and Manzano High School graduate Lynne Russell told Action 7 News she and her husband Chuck de Caro were robbed at gunpoint around 11:30 p.m. at the Motel 6 near Coors and Iliff. De Caro worked as a correspondent for CNN. Russell said they were exhausted Tuesday night and decided to go to a motel to rest. She had gone to the car to get something when a man put a gun to her head, dragged her back into the motel room and demanded her valuables. "The man pushed me inside, I was airborne, literally. And (I)...
  • Google Photos Identifies Two Black Users As ‘Gorillas’

    07/02/2015 3:36:37 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 37 replies
    Mountain View, Calif. (CBS SACRAMENTO) — Google was forced to apologize after its Photos program identified two black users as “gorillas.” Jacky Alcine, 21, of Brooklyn checked his Google Photos account Sunday and found that the program had automatically generated and labeled a folder titled “Gorillas” for a photo of himself and a friend taken in 2013, Yahoo Tech reports. The Google Photos image recognition software is intended to identify a photo and automatically file photos into groups with similar images – a photo of a tree would automatically be placed in a folder filled with other photos of trees....
  • WE USED TO SLEEP TWICE EACH NIGHT

    07/01/2015 3:29:41 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 66 replies
    delanceyplace.com ^ | 6/30/15 | David K. Randall
    For most of history people have had two periods of sleep each night, with the time in between being perhaps the most calm and relaxing part of their lives. Then came the lightbulb. This unexpected "two sleep" phenomenon was uncovered by historian Roger Ekirch when he began to do research for a history of the night:
  • Did YOU change your Facebook picture to a rainbow flag? (psychological test)

    07/01/2015 10:43:47 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 70 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 07/01/15 | y Ellie Zolfagharifard
    The Atlantic speculated Facebook is using it to monitor how views spread But Facebook has denied using it to collect user data on behavior The site has previously come under fire for altered the news feeds of almost 700,000 users in a huge psychological data experiment Your Facebook feed is probably looking a little more colourful this week. In celebration of the Supreme Court's approval of same-sex marriage, the site is offering users a tool to overlay their profile photos with a rainbow filter. More than 26 million people changed their profile pictures using Facebook's rainbow filter to show their...
  • Black Teacher Hits Handicapped White Child, Tells Him Black People Fought To Not “Serve White..

    07/01/2015 10:33:29 AM PDT · by blueyon · 48 replies
    PatDollard.com ^ | 7/01/15 | Chuck Biscuits
    "Black Teacher Hits Handicapped White Child, Tells Him Black People Fought To Not “Serve White People Like You”" Excerpted from The Social Memo: A Cincinnati teacher has resigned in the wake of racist comments and abusive actions taken toward handicapped children. Intervention Specialist Pamela Bullock has left her position at Wayne Local Schools in Warren County, after four teaching assistants wrote a letter to administrators detailing her abuse toward students. In one incident, the assistants reported that Ms. Bullock was taking care of a handicapped, non-verbal student, when she became irate at him. Bullock threw a marker at the boy,...
  • Donald Trump vows to build border wall, says Mexico will pick up tab

    07/01/2015 10:23:52 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 46 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Jun 16, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Donald Trump said Tuesday that if elected president he will erect a wall along the country’s southern border and said that taxpayers won’t have to pay a dime for it. “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I will have Mexico pay for that wall,” Mr. Trump said. He did not provide any details on how he would get Mexico to go along with his plan.
  • U.S. debt headed toward Greek levels [Psalms 9:17]

    07/01/2015 9:11:48 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/30/2015 | Jason Russell
    United States' projected debt over the next 25 years looks a lot like Greece's over the past 25. With all the chaos unravelling in Greece, Congress would be wise to do what it takes to avoid reaching Greek debt levels. But it's not a matter of sticking to the status quo and avoiding bad decisions that would put the budget on a Greek-like path, because the budget is on that path already. A quarter-century ago, Greek debt levels were roughly 75 percent of Greece's economy — about equal to what the U.S. has now. As of 2014, Greek debt...
  • TV Land Pulls ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Off the Air

    07/01/2015 8:38:19 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 07/01/15 | Kipp Jones
    A week after Warner Bros. announced it would halt the production of all merchandise featuring the Confederate flag on General Lee, the iconic car from The Dukes of Hazzard, the show has inexplicably disappeared from TV Land’s lineup. WB announced the move as major retailers Walmart, Amazon, eBay, and Sears all introduced bans on the sale of Confederate flag merchandise in the wake of Dylann Roof’s Charleston, SC shooting rampage at a black church. “Warner Bros. Consumer Products has one licensee producing die-cast replicas and vehicle model kits featuring the General Lee with the confederate flag on its roof —...
  • Shocker: There’s a Confederate Flag Sewn Into Lincoln’s Chair at Ford’s Theatre

    07/01/2015 7:03:16 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 17 replies
    New York Observer ^ | 6/29/15 | Joe Lapointe
    As national debate rages about the Confederate flag, a peculiar installation of that controversial banner may be hiding in plain sight – inside the cushion of Abraham Lincoln’s rocking chair, a replica that rests in a balcony box in the re-built Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. The theatre—a functioning play space and a museum—reopened in 1968, 103 years after President Lincoln died by gunfire in April of 1865 at the end of the Civil War while he watched a play there. The builder of the replica chair—a now-deceased craftsman named Carlton McLendon—lived in Montgomery, Ala. and felt bitter toward the...
  • Apple adds TRIM support for aftermarket SSDs in OS X 10.10.4

    07/01/2015 7:02:59 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 7 replies
    Appleinsider ^ | Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 10:58 pm PT (01:58 am ET) | AppleInsider Staff
    Some four years after adding TRIM support for first-party solid state drives to OS X, Apple incorporated the command for aftermarket drives as part of Tuesday's OS X 10.10.4 update. Spotted by AppleInsider readers, the new capability allows users to enable TRIM functionality on third-party SSDs without resorting to unsanctioned workarounds or software. Prior to the change, Apple only supported TRIM on original Mac SSDs. Enabling TRIM for non-OEM drives requires the trimforce command be entered into Terminal, specifically, sudo trimforce enable. The system throws up a message warning users of potential incompatibility with certain SSDs before performing a reboot...
  • Helium leaking from massive earthquake fault under Los Angeles reveals giant rift

    07/01/2015 6:24:47 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 58 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 06/30/15 | Mark Prigg
    A huge fault in the Earth's crust near Los Angeles is leaking helium, researchers have found. They say the unexpected find sheds new light on the Newport-Inglewood Fault Zone in the Los Angeles Basin. It reveals the fault is far deeper than previously thought, and a quake would be far more devastating. It follows a report from the U.S. Geological Survey has warned the risk of 'the big one' hitting California has increased dramatically.
  • Deprecating Secure Sockets Layer Version 3.0 (RFC 7568)

    06/30/2015 8:21:27 PM PDT · by zeugma · 32 replies
    Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) ^ | 06/2015 | R. Barnes et.al.
    A post for the computer techies on the site Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) R. Barnes Request for Comments: 7568 M. Thomson Updates: 5246 Mozilla Category: Standards Track A. Pironti ISSN: 2070-1721 INRIA A. Langley Google June 2015 Deprecating Secure Sockets Layer Version 3.0 Abstract The Secure Sockets Layer version 3.0 (SSLv3), as specified in RFC 6101, is not sufficiently secure. This document requires that SSLv3 not be used. The replacement versions, in particular, Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 (RFC 5246), are considerably more secure and capable protocols. This document updates the backward compatibility section of RFC 5246 and its...
  • Robert Woodson: If All Whites Moved Out of USA, How Would It Solve Inner-City Problems?

    06/30/2015 6:47:29 PM PDT · by grundle · 64 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | May 12, 2015 | Susan Jones
    The solution to poverty begins in the neighborhoods and the people affected by it, says Robert Woodson, the founder and president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. "You always have to begin with a solution in mind," Woodson told CSPAN Tuesday morning in a discussion on poverty. "I tell people, what is your solution? If all whites tomorrow were to move to Canada and Europe, tell me how it would affect the black on black crime rate, how would it it affect the out-of-wedlock births, how would it affect the spread of AIDS? How would it affect those issues?" he...
  • Cheryl Burke, Thomas Roberts won't host Miss USA

    06/30/2015 3:50:15 PM PDT · by South40 · 46 replies
    MSN (AP) ^ | 30 JUN 2015 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — Miss USA has lost its all of its co-hosts. "Dancing with the Stars'" Cheryl Burke and MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts said Tuesday they won't take part in the July 12 pageant after Donald Trump made remarks about Mexicans while announcing his run for president. On Monday, NBC said it would cancel its Miss USA coverage and part ways with Trump, with whom it owns the pageant.
  • Brett Favre in SI: 'I think I could play'

    06/30/2015 11:39:47 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 6-30-15 | JS Sports Blog
    Brett Favre, wearing his old Green Bay Packers No. 4 jersey, is featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week as part of the magazine's "Where are They Now" issue. Favre voices many of the same thoughts he did back in October when Journal Sentinel reporter Tyler Dunne visited him at his home in Mississippi, talking about his life today, the physical toll the game took on him, his reconciliation with the Packers after the messy departure in 2008, and more. He also thinks he could still play in the NFL – sort of. "I think I could play,"...
  • Newborn safe after mom gets stranded in forest, gives birth alone

    06/30/2015 9:13:08 AM PDT · by dware · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06.30.2015 | Fox News
    A Northern California woman who opted to drive an unfamiliar path to her parents’ house while in labor found herself alone during childbirth and fighting off bees shortly after, KCRA.com reported. Amber Pangborn, 35, told the news station that amidst a drive in Plumas County National Forest to her parents’ house on Thursday, she ended up giving birth alone to her daughter Marissa. Next, her cellphone died and her car ran out of gas.
  • Poll: Majority Want to Keep Confederate Generals Honored on Sites

    06/30/2015 7:52:59 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    News Max ^ | 06/29/15 | Cathy Burke
    IMPORTANT: Don't make a Terrible Mistake in 2016... Home | America Tags: confederate | generals | honor | forts | leadership Poll: Majority Want to Keep Confederate Generals Honored on Sites By Cathy Burke | Monday, 29 Jun 2015 08:53 PM Short URL| Email Article| Comment| Contact| Print| A A Copy Shortlink An overwhelming majority of Americans say they don't want the Army to rename facilities honoring Confederate generals, a new online survey shows. According to Stars and Stripes, 88 percent of 21,504 online responses voted in favor of keeping the names. The question elicited more than 1,300 comments, Stars...
  • Black Churches Burn Across the South

    06/30/2015 5:04:21 AM PDT · by Fay · 28 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 6.30.2015 | Mark Tapson
    The Washington Post reports that six predominately black churches have burned in the last week in the wake of the Charleston church massacre perpetrated by a white supremacist. Currently arson is suspected in at least three of those fires. The first fire came on June 21 when someone set fire to some hay bales outside the College Hill Seventh Day Adventist in Knoxville, Tennessee. The church sustained minor damage, and police said the fire is being investigated as arson but not as a hate crime. Early June 23, God’s Power Church of Christ in Macon, Georgia, caught fire. Firefighters arrived...
  • Robert Redford sees 'last chance' to fix climate

    06/29/2015 4:50:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies
    AFP on Yahoo News ^ | 6/29/15 | AFP
    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Robert Redford told the United Nations on Monday that negotiations on a global deal to tackle climate change could be the world's "last chance" to save the planet. "This December, the world must unite behind a common goal," said the American actor and producer. "Because look, this is it. This is our only planet, our only life source. "This may be our last chance." World governments will try to forge a new global accord to address climate change at a UN climate conference in Paris in December, with both developed and developing countries committing...
  • China's Great Wall 'is disappearing'

    06/29/2015 4:47:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    AFP on Yahoo News ^ | 6/29/15 | AFP
    Around 30 percent of China's Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities -- including stealing the bricks to build houses -- erode the UNESCO World Heritage site, state media reported. The Great Wall is not a single unbroken structure but stretches for thousands of kilometres in sections, from Shanhaiguan on the east coast to Jiayuguan in the windswept sands on the edge of the Gobi desert. In places it is so dilapidated that estimates of its total length vary from 9,000 to 21,000 kilometres (5,600 to 13,000 miles), depending on whether missing...
  • Pink salmon risk double dose of acidification, in rivers and sea

    06/29/2015 2:44:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 6/29/15 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - Pink salmon in the Pacific Ocean face a double threat of acidification linked to greenhouse gas emissions since it slows their early growth in rivers and disrupts the chemistry of seawater, a study showed on Monday. Impacts have in the past been more studied in the seas than in fresh water. But the Canadian study found that acidification of rivers could make young pink salmon, the most abundant type in the Pacific, smaller and more vulnerable to predators by dampening their ability to smell danger. Damage done by acidification "in fresh water in pink salmon could occur...
  • Rapper Opens BET Awards Singing About Police Brutality Atop Vandalized Cop Car

    06/29/2015 3:05:42 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/28/15 | Photo of Kaitlan Collins Kaitlan Collins
    Kendrick Lamar opened the BET Awards Sunday night rapping about police brutality while on top of a vandalized police car with a ripped American flag waving behind him. Performing his song “Alright,” the 28-year-old rapped about overcoming his struggles. Many saw the performance as a political statement referencing recent events in Ferguson and Baltimore.
  • Gay rights central to Elena Kagan fight ["no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage"]

    06/28/2015 9:21:17 PM PDT · by grundle · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | May 12, 2010 | Carol E. Lee
    President Barack Obama has always treaded lightly around the topic of gay rights, sidestepping a full-on culture war over an issue critical to part of his base. But as much as race or abortion have dominated past Supreme Court confirmation hearings, gay rights are likely to play a more central role in the upcoming fight over Elena Kagan than they have for any previous nominee. Already, conservatives are trying to paint Kagan as a guaranteed liberal vote for issues like gay marriage. Yet on the left, the response to Kagan has been split — those who are skeptical of Kagan’s...
  • BLOCKBUSTER PROOF: Slain South Carolina Pastor Voted FOR Confederate Flag

    06/28/2015 3:40:40 PM PDT · by grundle · 32 replies
    D.C. Whispers ^ | June 27, 2015
    BLOCKBUSTER PROOF: Slain South Carolina Pastor Voted FOR Confederate Flag June 27, 2015 Look at the evidence quickly before it is scrubbed by the powers that be… His death was quickly used by the Mainstream Media and the Obama White House as a tool by which they could call for the outright banning of a historical image sacred to many who proudly declare their Southern heritage. And yet, the facts of Pastor Clementa Pinckney’s actual vote to locate the Confederate flag during his first term as a South Carolina senator have been willfully ignored by those same figures. Senator Pinckney...
  • Karl Penhaul Dropped by CNN After Tweets Calling Donald Trump ‘Racist Idiot’

    06/28/2015 3:23:16 PM PDT · by South40 · 22 replies
    TVNewser ^ | 26 JUN 2015 | Mark Joyella
    CNN will no longer use freelance international correspondent Karl Penhaul, after a series of tweets to Donald Trump and members of his family calling the Republican presidential candidate a racist.
  • BRISTOL PALIN STRIKES BACK: ‘THIS PREGNANCY WAS ACTUALLY PLANNED

    06/28/2015 12:21:22 PM PDT · by Bratch · 167 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | July 28, 2015 | SARAH RUMPF
    In response to the chorus of critics who attacked her after she announced she was pregnant, Bristol Palin posted a follow up blog post titled “My Little Blessing,” affirming her strong pro-life beliefs and clarifying some of the misrepresentations being made about her. [...] “None of us are perfect,” she continued, before explaining that the baby had been planned with her former fiance before the relationship ended: I made a mistake, but it’s not the mistake all these giddy a$$holes have loved to assume. This pregnancy was actually planned. Everyone knows I wanted more kids, to have a bigger family. Believing I was...
  • Yoel Romero Takes out Lyoto Machida and 'Gay Jesus' in 1 Night [What Happened to You, USA?!?]

    06/28/2015 11:11:27 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 6 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | 6/28/2015 | Jonathan Snowden
    UFC middleweight Yoel Romero says he did not refer to same-sex marriage during a controversial postfight victory speech on Saturday, following a knockout win over Lyoto Machida in Hollywood, Florida. Romero, who was born in Cuba, set off a firestorm on social media when he asked in accented English, "What happened to you USA?" His closing comment came under the most scrutiny, as he apparently said, "Go for Jesus, not for gay Jesus," or "Go for Jesus, not forget Jesus." Romero's comments were quickly linked to Friday's Supreme Court ruling in favor of the constitutional right to same-sex marriage...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    06/28/2015 11:09:41 AM PDT · by Faith · 13 replies
    June 28, 2015 | Faith
    Whom have I in heaven but Thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire besides Thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Psalm 73: 25-26
  • Standing For Biblical Marriage - Message to Pastors

    06/28/2015 7:20:27 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 18 replies
    krisannehall.com ^ | June 26, 2015 | Krisanne Hall
    If Pastors want to be able to take a legal stand against government forced marriage, they must do these things! 1. Stop signing ANY marriage license, even at the State Level. Do you believe that Marriage is a covenant between an man, woman, and God? Then you have to act like it. Refusing to marry by any government sanction is the ONLY way you will defeat this mandate in court. 2. Relinquish your 501c3 status IMMEDIATELY. You don't need the IRS's approval to be tax exempt. That comes from the Constitution. Who is your provider anyway? Remember, you can't serve...
  • CNN Mistakes Sex Toy Flag For ISIS Flag At London Gay Pride

    06/28/2015 1:50:31 AM PDT · by Ulmius · 10 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 06/27/2015 | Andres Jauregui
    They got one thing right -- that's definitely not Arabic. CNN devoted a segment to a purported ISIS flag that was spotted by correspondent Lucy Pawle in London during the city's gay pride celebrations Saturday. “If you look at the flag closely, it’s clearly not Arabic,” Pawle said. “In fact, it looks like it could be gobbledegook. But it’s very distinctively the ISIS flag.” That "gobbledegook" appears to be a an assortment of butt plugs, dildos and other sex toys arranged to look like the ISIS flag. Pawle went on to cast suspicion on a man dressed in black at...
  • Telling On Themselves: Rural Cleansing in Idaho and Montana

    06/27/2015 9:55:40 PM PDT · by MarMema · 68 replies
    the daily herb ^ | june 2015 | poet herbalist
    I just love it when someone slips up, and tells us country folk what’s really being planned for us. Rural cleansing is the purposeful removal of rural citizens from the countryside and the relocation of rural populations into urban areas. Many public officials and media pundits scoff at the mere suggestion that rural cleansing is taking place, but the problem, you see, is that there are people who have inadvertently left tell-tale clues we can use to piece together things for ourselves. One of the most startling clues I’ve run across lately comes from a July 1, 1998 newspaper article...
  • Confederate Battle Flag - Karen Cooper - MUST SEE (Former Nation of Islam Woman)

    06/27/2015 8:55:30 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    Youtube ^ | 06/25/15
    "Slavery was something that happened and it didn’t just happen in the South, it happened world wide. - I feel I’m a slave now because the federal government does control me, I can’t smoke what I want to smoke, I can’t drink what I want to drink. If I want to put something into my body, it’s my body, not theirs. So what gives them the right to tell me what I should do? That’s tyranny. But yet, and still, it’s only the Southerners and it’s only the battle flag that has all the weight and guilt on it. It’s...
  • Baltimore police open probe into new shooting of unarmed black man [who was a violent scumbag]

    06/27/2015 7:30:35 PM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | June 27, 2015 | John Clarke
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police have opened an investigation into the killing of an unarmed black man by law enforcement officers outside Baltimore, authorities said on Saturday, two months after the city was rocked by protests over the death of another African-American who was taken into custody. The latest incident unfolded in the Baltimore suburb of Owing Mills, where three officers fired at least 19 rounds and killed Spencer Lee McCain, 41, during a domestic disturbance on Thursday. The Baltimore County police's homicide unit is investigating, police said in a statement Saturday. A woman and two children were also in the...