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  • NASA's New Horizons Team Works to Revive Pluto-Bound Probe After Anomaly

    NASA said its New Horizons probe suffered a temporary communication breakdown on Saturday, 10 days before it's scheduled to fly past Pluto, and the mission team is working to restore normal operations. In a mission update, NASA said the team lost contact with the piano-sized probe at 1:54 p.m. ET, when it had less than 7.5 million miles left in its 3 billion-mile journey to the dwarf planet. The spacecraft's autopilot system switched control from its primary to its backup computer and restored communications at 3:15 p.m., NASA said. There's one big complication: Because New Horizons is so far away,...
  • Federal Judge Rules Cops Can Take Over Your Home As They See Fit

    The Third Amendment was created to protect your home from being quartered by soldiers without your consent. It has very rarely been a matter of debate or litigation, until now. Federal district court Judge Andrew Gordon recently ruled that the police are exempt from the 3rd Amendment with a case out of Henderson, Nevada after a family had their home broken into and seized by local law enforcement who stated they needed the home to gain a “tactical advantage” against suspected criminals in a neighboring house. Police actually forced their way into this family’s home, pepperballed the father and his...
  • NASCAR Distances Itself From Donald Trump After Remarks

    07/03/2015 5:47:29 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 72 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | July 03, 2015 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    NASCAR is the latest corporation to distance itself from Donald Trump. On the same day one of its top sponsors called on NASCAR to take a stance against Trump, the motorsports series said it will not hold its season-ending awards ceremony at the Trump National Doral Miami. "We looked at everything we saw coming down and what we heard from our sponsors and our partners and what we feel we should be doing, and that's what led us to the decision today," NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said Friday at Daytona International Speedway. Trump's spokesman, Hope Hicks, declined to comment to...
  • Hispanic leaders urge GOP contenders to condemn Trump after comments

    07/03/2015 6:13:05 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 75 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 03, 2015 | Fox News
    The primary winner will not get the necessary level of Hispanic support to beat Hillary, unless he condemns Trump's comments. Univision and other Hispanic groups will ask whether that candidate ages with Trump. Journalists will ask that candidate the same question until it is answered.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 3 July 2015

    07/02/2015 5:58:12 PM PDT · by beachn4fun · 72 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...
  • No charges against Bill Cosby as investigators close Atlantic City rape case

    07/02/2015 4:30:00 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 18 replies
    Philly.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Nick Vadala
    Bill Cosby will not be charged in connection with actress Lili Bernard’s allegations that the comedian sexually assaulted her in Atlantic City in the early 1990s. “The office of the Atlantic County Prosecutor has terminated its investigation, closed its file and so notified Ms. Bernard’s lawyer,” Edwin J. Jacobs, Jr., Cosby’s New Jersey attorney at Jacobs & Barbone, said via a release. When Bernard first spoke with police this past May, her case appeared to be a lynchpin in the ongoing Cosby scandal due to New Jersey’s lack of a statute of limitations on rape. However, that change in law...
  • Montana man seeks license for second wife

    07/02/2015 4:00:36 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 25 replies
    CBS ^ | Jul 1, 2015 10:44 PM EDT | CBS News/AP
    HELENA, Mont. - A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife. Nathan Collier and his wives Victoria and Christine applied at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings on Tuesday in an attempt to legitimize their polygamous marriage. Montana, like all 50 states, outlaws bigamy - holding multiple marriage licenses - but Collier said he plans to sue if the application is denied. "It's about marriage equality," Collier told The Associated Press Wednesday. "You can't...
  • Milwaukee Art Museum's embrace of condom portrait of pope draws disgust

    The decision by the Milwaukee Art Museum to acquire and prominently display a controversial portrait of Pope Benedict XVI fashioned from 17,000 colored condoms has created outrage among Catholics and others who see it as profoundly disrespectful, even blasphemous. Many suggest that if a piece were as offensive to other faith traditions or communities it would not be tolerated, much less embraced. Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki blasted the decision as insulting and callous. The museum acknowledged it has fielded about 200 complaints. A handful of patrons dropped their memberships; one longtime docent tendered her resignation; and at least one donor...
  • Ann Coulter refuses to joke around with Kennedy

    06/27/2015 10:05:45 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 28 replies
    Kennedy is the archetypal “Yes, I’m a libertarian-conservative, but I’m also fun and trendy! I use black terms like ‘boom’ and ‘baller’ ironically. I’m not an old, heartless fuddy-duddy like most libertarian-conservatives” libertarian-conservative that’s always apologizing for her views to her liberal friends. (SNIP) Kennedy: Well, I think the question answers itself. No, because I’ve heard from some mutual friends (Greg Gutfeld and the RINOs The Five) that you are a very fun person. Ann: [stares silently] Kennedy: Okay.
  • After Dropping Bob Beckel from ‘The Five,’ Fox News Announces Who Will Be Filling His Chair

    06/26/2015 4:34:47 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 64 replies
    IJ Review ^ | June 24, 2015 | Justin Green
    News leaked Thursday that Bob Beckel was leaving “The Five,” Fox News channel’s wildly successful afternoon talk show. [Snip] “We tried to work with Bob for months, but we couldn’t hold The Five hostage to one man’s personal issues. He took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy and goodwill and we simply came to the end of the road with him. But in the same statement, Fox gave a preview of who will be on air in Beckel’s place, at least for the short term:
  • POPULAR SECURITY SOFTWARE CAME UNDER RELENTLESS NSA AND GCHQ ATTACKS

    06/22/2015 7:33:22 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 100 replies
    GLENN GREENWALD's (Snowden's pal) Firstlook.org The Intercept ^ | June 22 ,2015 | ANDREW FISHMAN AND MORGAN MARQUIS-BOIRE
    The National Security Agency and its British counterpart, Government Communications Headquarters, have worked to subvert anti-virus and other security software in order to track users and infiltrate networks, according to documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The spy agencies have reverse engineered software products, sometimes under questionable legal authority, and monitored web and email traffic in order to discreetly thwart anti-virus software and obtain intelligence from companies about security software and users of such software. One security software maker repeatedly singled out in the documents is Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, which has a holding registered in the U.K., claims more than...
  • I Called It In February: NYT Reports Brian Williams Transfers to MSNBC

    06/17/2015 8:44:46 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 17, 2015 | Ed Driscoll
    NBC is planning to announce on Thursday that Brian Williams will not return to his position as the anchor of its “Nightly News” show, four months after the network suspended him for exaggerating his role in a helicopter incident in Iraq, according to two people briefed on the discussions. Mr. Williams is expected to move to a new role primarily at the cable news network MSNBC, probably in a breaking-news capacity in the beginning, according to one of the people. Lester Holt, who has been filling in for Mr. Williams as anchor, will take on the position permanently, one...
  • Dolezal ‘forced to make sex tape’ with ex

    06/17/2015 2:33:33 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 66 replies
    Embattled NAACP activist Rachel Dolezal was forced to make a sex tape by her ex-husband, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday, citing court papers. Dolezal made the accusation against ex-husband Kevin Moore during a divorce and custody battle for their son Franklin, the paper reported. She said the videotape was “made at request of the defendant which required the plaintiff to participate in sexual acts with the defendant on tape against the plaintiff’s desires,” according to court papers filed in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, where Moore still lives. Dolezal claimed she had suffered years of “physical, emotional, sexual and verbal abuse” at...
  • What It’s Like to Have Severe Lyme Disease

    06/15/2015 4:37:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | June 15, 2015 | Alexa Tsoulis-Reay
    In the '70s, a cluster of adults and children in Lyme, Old Lyme, and East Haddam, Connecticut, began to develop fevers, swollen joints, and, most mysterious, an angry rash, especially after playing or hiking near rivers. The cases were most prevalent in deer-heavy areas, and scientists quickly discovered a common link: black-legged ticks that jump from deer to humans. Lyme disease was first identified by a medical entomologist in 1982. Though recovery is usually speedy if you’re promptly treated with antibiotics, Lyme disease is a notoriously slippery condition to diagnose, especially outside the Midwest or Northeast, where it’s most common....
  • 23-year prison sentence for woman in slow cooker death

    06/15/2015 6:39:21 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 42 replies
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 3 hours ago | Associated Press
    DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman who was drunk when she killed a friend with a slow cooker during an argument over presidential politics was sentenced Monday to at least 23 years in prison. A judge followed the recommended sentence in a plea deal between prosecutors and Tewana Sullivan, who has a history of bipolar disorder but was declared competent to go to trial. Sullivan, 51, beat Cheryl Livy, 66, with a slow cooker at the victim's Livonia apartment in October. At the time, Sullivan's blood-alcohol level was 0.41 — five times the level for drunken driving in Michigan, defense...
  • Claims encrypted Snowden files accessed now questioned

    06/15/2015 11:23:04 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 4 replies
    SC Magazine UK ^ | June 15, 2015 | Tom Reeve
    While UK government officials are said to have been briefing the Sunday Times that the Russians and the Chinese have managed to “crack” the encryption on the Snowden files, cyber-security experts have been casting doubt on the credibility of the story. The Sunday Times reported this weekend that the top-secret cache of files stolen by Edward Snowden from his former employer the NSA had been decrypted by Russia and China, forcing MI6 to pull agents out of live operations in hostile countries. The story was built around anonymous briefings by officials from Downing Street, the Home Office and the security...
  • Liberian Community Speaking Out After Recent Street War, "Our Name Should Be Left Out Of It

    The local Liberian community is speaking out, saying they have been misrepresented by a few members of their same culture, breaking the law. "This should not happen to us, as a minority group people should not address us when an individual do things. They should address the person, and our name should be left out of it, because we are good people," says Aaron Dinuker, President of the Liberian Community in North Dakota. Members of the local Liberian community sat down with the Fargo Police Department to talk about recent crime, and come up with some solutions. Those at the...
  • Glenn Greenwald: The Sunday Times’ Snowden Story Is Journalism At Its Worst — And Filled With Falseh

    06/14/2015 4:49:20 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 10 replies
    The Intercept ^ | June 14, 2015 | Glenn Greenwald
    What kind of person would read evidence-free accusations of this sort from anonymous government officials – designed to smear a whistleblower they hate – and believe them? That’s a particularly compelling question given that Vice’s Jason Leopold just last week obtained and published previously secret documents revealing a coordinated smear campaign in Washington to malign Snowden. Describing those documents, he reported: “A bipartisan group of Washington lawmakers solicited details from Pentagon officials that they could use to ‘damage’ former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s ‘credibility in the press and the court of public opinion.'” Manifestly then, the “journalism” in this Sunday...
  • Rachel Dolezal Postpones Meeting to Discuss Her Race

    06/14/2015 4:14:06 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 14, 2015 | ABC News
    Rachel Dolezal, the president of Spokane, Washington's NAACP chapter, has postponed Monday's monthly NAACP membership meeting, where she had planned to make a statement regarding the "questions and assumptions swirling in national and global news about my family, my race, my credibility, and the NAACP." Dolezal said in an emailed statement today: "Due to the need to continue discussion with regional and national NAACP leaders, tomorrow's meeting is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time." "There are many layers to this situation," Dolezal said in her original statement, sent...
  • Newspaper celebrates MLB's first amphibious pitcher [Not a joke]

    06/09/2015 11:26:48 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 61 replies
    sbnation ^ | 6/8/15 | Bill Hanstock
    Look, everyone is excited about Pat Venditte. But we can't be too busy to fact-check things like "the word for someone who can use both hands equally well."
  • Black children are not even safe from police violence at a pool party (Barf alert)

    06/09/2015 8:26:49 AM PDT · by MNDude · 107 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | June 8, 2015 | Steven W Thrasher
    <p>The video made me cry because it showed me how black children are not allowed to play. How they’re not allowed to just be (expletive deleted) kids. How their play becomes criminalized and how they’re socialized to become black adults who internalize that their very breathing selves are criminal.</p>
  • If Your BS Detector Isn't Shrieking, It's Broken

    06/09/2015 6:50:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 06/09/2015 | Charles Hugh-Smith
    Wishing it was true doesn't make it true--it makes you a chump who fell for the con. Once upon a time in America, no adult could survive without possessing a finely tuned BS detector. Herman Melville masterfully captured America's fascination with cons and con artists in his 1857 classic The Confidence-Man, which I discussed in The Con in Confidence (October 4, 2006). An essential component of the American ethos is: don't be a chump. Don't fall for the con. And if you do, it's your own fault. The Wild West wasn't just thieves shooting people in the back (your classic "gunfight" in the real West)--it...
  • Activists Want Black Host Who Blamed Teens For McKinney Pool Fight FIRED

    Dozens of activists are calling on a Dallas-based video broadcast station to fire a black talk show host for blaming a group of mostly black teenagers for starting a fracas at a private swimming pool in McKinney, Tex. on Friday. Benet Embry, has been accused by some for being a traitor to his race after he posted to his Facebook account to push back against what he called a false media narrative that has been crafted in the wake of the incident. The Daily Caller confirmed with the CEO of Deep Ellum, Jedi Jantzen, that the station has received at...
  • More school districts report chaos after ‘white privilege’ theory influences discipline rules

    SAN FRANCISCO – Last week we were stunned to learn that chaos has been the norm in the St. Paul, Minnesota school district, due to a student disciplinary policy that replaces suspensions with time-outs, counseling and other less punitive measures. We also learned that the controversial policy was influenced by the Pacific Educational Group (PEG), a radical San Francisco-based consulting firm that claims black students lag behind academically, and tend to have more disciplinary problems, because American K-12 education is designed to benefit white students – aka “white privilege.” Now it’s becoming obvious that several other large school districts around...
  • SCOTUS Sides With Obama (And Bush) In Fight Over Israeli Passports

    06/08/2015 7:30:38 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 56 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 8, 2015 | Sam Baker
    The Supreme Court on Monday said Congress overstepped its bounds when it tried to force the president's hand in a hot-button dispute over the Middle East. In a 6-3 ruling, the court struck down a 2002 law requiring the State Department to recognize Jerusalem as a part of Israel — over the objections of both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, which had refused to implement the law. The Supreme Court sided with the executive branch on Monday.
  • Obama To Circumvent Congress With ‘Gag Order’ On Firearm Coverage

    06/08/2015 5:59:19 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 7 Jun 2015 | AWR Hawkins
    Obama To Circumvent Congress With ‘Gag Order’ On Firearm Coverage by AWR Hawkins 7 Jun 2015 On June 1 Breitbart News reported on Obama’s Spring 2015 “Unified Agenda.” The gun control measures contained therein which were to be passed by executive fiat. Since that time Representatives like Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY-4th) have placed riders on a DOJ appropriations bill to stop portions of the executive gun control push in its tracks. Now the NRA-ILA is revealing that the Obama administration is working behind the scenes to stifle reporting on firearms. From the NRA-ILA: Even as news reports have been highlighting...
  • Michael Savage: Charles Krauthammer is “overrated”, people “confuse his dour looks for intelligence”

    06/05/2015 3:44:11 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 31 replies
    MofoPolitics ^ | Jun. 5, 2014
    On Wednesday, Charles Krauthammer came out in favor of the Bergdahl prisoner swap. Savage reax… "Charles “Sauerkraut” of Fox News– a man I’ve not been impressed with– I think he’s way overrated. Because of his sad demeanor, people think he’s intelligent. They confuse his dour looks for intelligence. They think somehow if you’re depressed-looking, you’re smart. "
  • Emma Sulkowicz's Newest Art Project is a Disturbing Sex Tape 

    06/05/2015 11:05:01 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 33 replies
    Jezebel ^ | 6/05/15 1:28am | Natasha Vargas-Cooper
    Artnet has confirmed that Emma Sulkowicz, the former Columbia University student known for “Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight),” is behind the website “Ceci N’est Pas Un Viol .” The site hosts an artist’s statement from Sulkowicz, who graduated from Columbia in May of this year, and a video she filmed with director Ted Lawson several months ago over the university’s winter break. The eight-minute video features Sulkowicz and a man, his face blurred, engaging in what appears to be consensual sex that turns violent. The unidentified man open-palm slaps Sulkowicz, chokes her, removes the condom, then continues to have very...
  • Is Boston Station Blurring Line Between Ads and News?

    06/02/2015 2:43:26 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Adweek.com ^ | 6/1/15 | Kevin Eck
    It seems a Boston station is testing the viewers appetite for the separation between advertising and journalism. The Boston Globe reports CBS owned WSBK recently started running an interview segment called A Few Good Minutes produced by a local marketing firm and the CBS owned MyNetworkTV station. The first segment aired at the tail end of WSBK’s 10:000 p.m. newscast Thursday night. You can watch the video down below.
  • Why Did Twitter Ban Chuck C. Johnson?

    05/29/2015 11:31:21 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 5 replies
    Slate ^ | May 28, 2015 | Amanda Hess
    On Saturday, Chuck C. Johnson invited his Twitter followers to send some money his way so that he could focus on his latest project: “taking out” the civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson. Johnson is a 26-year-old California man who has been described as “Twitter’s most infamous right-wing troll” (Mother Jones), a “digital Darth Vader” (Politico), “your least favorite person” (the Washington Post), and “mood slime” (the New York Times). He is best known for outing the subject at the center of the discredited Rolling Stone UVA story, publishing the home addresses of New York Times Ferguson reporters Julie Bosman and...
  • ormer student sues Amherst College over rape investigation

    05/29/2015 6:10:25 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 13 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | MAY 29, 2015 | Walter V. Robinson
    A former Amherst College student has filed a lawsuit claiming he was falsely accused of rape, not given a fair investigation by college officials, and denied justice, even after he presented the college with text messages he said indicated he was innocent. The lawsuit, filed Friday in US District Court in Boston, names the prestigious Western Massachusetts institution as a defendant, as well as a number of college officials. The plaintiff’s name is listed only as “John Doe.” In the fall of his senior year, the suit alleges, he was falsely accused in October 2013 of having committed rape when...
  • Clay Seal May Be Oldest Depiction of Music and Revelry in Israel

    An ancient seal unearthed in northern Israel may depict a woman playing a musical instrument during a sacred marriage rite between a king and a goddess. The mysterious seal, which decorates a shard of a 5,000-year-old clay storage vessel, could be the oldest known depiction of a musical performance in Israel, archaeologists say. "This is when most of the cultic impressions from Israel depict dancing figures or the feasting scene in which the female and male figures are shown facing each other, in the rite just before their sexual encounter," the researchers said.
  • Thank God America Is the World's Policeman

    05/27/2015 1:20:07 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05-26-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Our friends from Prager University have released another great video. The subject (for Memorial Day): is America the world’s policeman? And if so, is that a good thing, or a bad thing? Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and foreign affairs expert Bret Stephens weighs in: [VIDEO] Let me share my Dutch perspective on this matter: I thank God every day that the United States is the world’s only superpower and that it behaves like an international policeman. Think about it: what’s the alternative? If the United States withdraws, Russia and China will immediately expand their sphere of influence. These countries are ruled...
  • Bulletin warns US analysts overwhelmed by pro-ISIS social media,

    U.S. investigators are becoming overwhelmed trying to keep up with the social media barrage by U.S.-based supporters of the Islamic State -- with the latest information suggesting "US military bases, locations, and events could be targeted in the near-term." The warning comes in a new, six-page bulletin obtained exclusively by Fox News. It warns law enforcement and specifically military personnel to be vigilant during upcoming national holidays and military events due to the "heightened threat of attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)." Sent one day before the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the joint bulletin --...
  • BREAKING: We Found “Adam” Of The Columbia Fake Rape Hoax

    05/26/2015 10:11:25 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 38 replies
    Got News ^ | 5-23-2015 | CHARLES C. JOHNSON
    Gotnews.com has identified the “Adam” of the Columbia fake rape story: Marcus Hunter. We gave “Adam” until 7 PM PST to apologize to Paul Nungesser for falsely accusing him of sexual assault. I'm giving "Adam" until 7 PM to apologize to #PaulNungesser & then I'll publish his name for lying about rape. Cc: @teoarmus #EmmaSulkowicz — Charles C. Johnson (@ChuckCJohnson) May 23, 2015 That deadline has now passed,
  • Charter announces plan to buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House

    05/26/2015 6:43:29 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 26 May 2015 | Brian Stelter
    In a deal that affects one in six American households, Charter Communications on Tuesday proposed a three-way merger with two other cable and broadband providers, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.
  • #RapeHoax posters plastered around Columbia University in backlash against alleged rape victim

    05/22/2015 3:21:22 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 22, 2015 | Michael E. Miller
    Hours after the graduation ceremony, posters featuring a photo of Sulkowicz alongside the words “pretty little liar” and the Twitter hashtag #RapeHoax appeared around Columbia’s campus. The large black and white posters were plastered on subway signs and on boarded up buildings, street lights and newspaper kiosks. It’s unclear who is behind the #RapeHoax campaign, but the same people also appear to have started a “Fake Rape” account on Twitter and Flickr (the Flickr account has since been taken down). Neither Sulkowicz nor the unnamed individuals behind the #RapeHoax campaign immediately returned requests for comment made late Thursday night. As...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 22 May 2015

    05/21/2015 5:57:37 PM PDT · by beachn4fun · 123 replies
    May 21, 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. I'm thinking something cold and tangy. Our AWESOME military, our AWESOME allies, and their families are welcomed and honored here. Remember those who gave all this weekend.No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a cup and start a conversation. You...
  • Columbia mattress girl looking to cash in on art project

    05/20/2015 2:10:47 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 20, 2015 | 11:22 am | Ashe Schow
    Emma Sulkowicz, known for carrying a mattress around campus for what she claims is a protest of Columbia University's failure to punish her rapist, is hoping to cash in on her alleged art project. Sulkowicz told the New York Times after her graduation on Tuesday — where she carried her mattress across the stage — that she would sell the mattress if offered. "If some sort of museum wants to buy it, then I'm open to that," she said, "but I'm not going to just throw it away." Sulkowicz has for the past year carried her mattress around for course...
  • As Another Accusation Bites the Dust, Columbia Rape Saga Takes New Turn

    05/20/2015 9:47:08 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 26 replies
    Reason ^ | May 20, 2015 | Cathy Young
    Now, I have learned that after a hearing in late April, Nungesser was found "not responsible" in this latest case—altogether, the fourth time he has been cleared of a sexual assault charge at Columbia. When Sulkowicz first went public a year ago, the fact that her alleged attacker was still on campus and had never been subjected to any formal sanctions despite being accused of sexual assault by three different women helped fuel the outrage. Yet the latest investigation strongly supports Nungesser's claim, made in media interviews and in his lawsuit, that the multiple complaints were not independent of each...
  • Activist Emma Sulkowicz Carries Her Mattress to Columbia University Graduation

    Student activist Emma Sulkowicz made headlines last fall, pledging to carry her mattress around Columbia University’s campus until the administration expelled her alleged rapist, Paul Nungesser. That didn’t happen. Tuesday, both students were scheduled to graduate. So Sulkowicz, with the help of her friends, carried her mattress in the processional, continuing her protest. According to The Columbia Daily Spectator, the school’s administration emailed seniors on Monday saying, “Graduates should not bring into the ceremonial area large objects which could interfere with the proceedings or create discomfort to others in close, crowded spaces shared by thousands of people.” Sulkowicz disregarded this...
  • News Agencies Clarify: Pope Only Said Abbas 'A Bit' of an Angel

    05/19/2015 11:48:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    inn ^ | 5/19/15 | Ari Soffer
    Leading news services AP and Reuters have issued corrections to reports last Saturday claiming that Pope Francis called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas an "angel of peace." That translation of the Pope's comments was republished by numerous international news outlets, including Arutz Sheva. But after initial doubts as to the accuracy of the translation ensued, several Italian-language experts confirmed to Arutz Sheva that Francis actually told Abbas that he "may" or "could" be an "angel of peace," in an attempt to persuade him to return to peace talks with Israel. Now the mis-translation has finally been acknowledged, at least partially,...
  • Utah s new custody law aimed at giving both parents equal responsibility

    05/18/2015 9:51:19 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 29 replies
    KCSG ^ | 05/18/15 | Nancy Rigdon
    A new law which went into effect this week encourages the state courts to award equal child custody following divorce or separation. House Bill 35, sponsored by Representative V. Lowry Snow of St. George, combats the outdated family court tradition of awarding sole custody to one parent - usually the mother - about 80 percent of the time. The bill creates amendments for an optional parent-time schedule of 145 overnights, sets holiday schedules and provides for specific elections by the noncustodial parent. The National Parents Organization applauds Utah for being one of the first states int he nation to pass...
  • Court dismisses lawsuit alleging Emerson mishandled rape case

    05/15/2015 6:18:11 PM PDT · by rickyrikardo
    The Berkeley Beacon ^ | May 15, 2015 | Ryan Catalani and Dina Kleiner
    A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit against Emerson filed by Jillian Doherty, a former student who alleges the college mishandled her rape case, and gave her until May 28 to refile her complaint. The judge, Leo T. Sorokin, agreed with the college’s argument that Doherty’s lawsuit does not include sufficient facts for a legal claim. Doherty, 22, said she does intend to edit and resubmit her complaint. “I deserve to be heard and I deserve to be paid for damages and severe emotional distress, among many other claims we will again make,” she wrote in statement to the...
  • 2 arrested in murder of 90-year-old farmer

    05/12/2015 5:55:20 PM PDT · by MNDude · 44 replies
    Two men have been arrested in connection with the murder of Earl Olander. The 90-year-old was found dead, bound and beaten inside his home on April 11. Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson said Tuesday that deputies received a tip that property stolen from Olander's residence had been recovered. Recovery of the stolen property led to the arrest of two adult males
  • Horror injuries of man, 61, after near fatal attack by pack of FIFTY teens

    A 17-year-old boy has been charged as an adult for his role in beating a 61-year-old alongside a group of approximately 50 other teens in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 22. Richard Fletcher was brutally beaten by the teens after he went outside to ask two girls who were fighting on top of his truck to move along and continue their dispute elsewhere. The mob of teens began to hit and kick Fletcher until he fell to the ground, but the attack didn't end. After the beating last month, Fletcher was left with broken eye sockets, a broken nose, broken ribs...
  • Top 3 Needs For Happy Life — Fascinating Changes Since 1938

    05/08/2015 1:53:49 PM PDT · by MNDude · 14 replies
    How beliefs about what makes us happy have changed in the last 80 years. Eighty years ago the top three things people thought were most important for happiness were security, knowledge and religion. By 2014 only security was still in the top three, and the other two spots had changed to good humour and leisure. Meanwhile religion had dropped to tenth, and last place. The results come from two surveys carried out almost 80 years apart.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 8 May 2015

    05/07/2015 5:57:47 PM PDT · by beachn4fun · 102 replies
    May 7, 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...
  • (D'Rat) Berkowitz headed to victory over Demboski in runoff race for (Anchorage) mayor

    05/06/2015 12:39:59 AM PDT · by balch3 · 10 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | May 6, 2015 | Devin Kelly
    Ethan Berkowitz headed to victory with a big lead over opponent Amy Demboski in the Anchorage mayoral runoff election Tuesday night. With 93 percent of the vote counted, Berkowitz had nearly 60 percent of the vote to Demboski’s 41 percent, a margin that was insurmountable. Berkowitz had held a commanding lead over Demboski throughout the counting Tuesday night. As his margin over Demboski held strong, Berkowitz stood on a chair at his campaign party in a downtown restaurant to wild applause and waving signs. He asked his supporters’s to continue to help after the night’s celebration to work on unifying...
  • Avengers director Joss Whedon quits Twitter

    05/05/2015 11:53:09 AM PDT · by rickyrikardo · 47 replies
    BBC ^ | May 5 , 2015 | BBC
    Director Joss Whedon has deleted his Twitter account, following criticism of his latest film, Age of Ultron. Its portrayal of female characters such as assassin Black Widow by Scarlett Johannsson had been called sexist. Comic-book fans had also criticised Marvel's Avengers superhero film's plot, on the social network. Immediately prior to deleting his account, Whedon tweeted: "Thank you to all the people who've been so kind and funny and inspiring up in here".