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  • SPIRE changes to include more gender and sexual orientation options

    09/19/2017 10:00:17 AM PDT · by pabianice · 3 replies
    UMass Daily Collegian ^ | 9/19/17 | Buyinza
    Not only are students able to indicate their gender and sexual orientation, they are able to update this information over the course of their time at UMass. Students can log in to their SPIRE account and under “Gender and Sexual Identity” in the “My Personal Information” tab, they are given options such as androgyne, trans, bisexual and more. High school students applying to UMass through The Common Application are given the option to indicate their gender and sexuality as well.
  • CONSUMER WISE: How to spot a flood damaged vehicle

    09/19/2017 9:50:29 AM PDT · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 32 replies ^ | September 19, 2017 | Angie Moreschi
    "After major hurricanes like Irma and Harvey, consumers looking to buy a used car need to beware of flood-damaged vehicles.It's estimated more than a half-million will hit the market in coming months.( emphasis mine) "There is a racket out there where people will buy these cars cheap from the auction, re-do them, and then try to pass them off as a reliable clean car," Toyota of Tampa Bay Service Director Gregg Willard said. "As a dealer, I'm very worried, so as a consumer, you should definitely be worried." Signs of Trouble Inside "Trust your nose," Willard said. "If you smell...
  • Baylor U. professor & M.D. Carol Baker: ‘Let’s just get rid of all the whites in the United States’

    09/18/2017 6:12:24 PM PDT · by softengine · 39 replies
    Fellowship of the Minds ^ | September 17, 2017 | Dr. Eowyn
    "...We’re talking about the minority [of vaccine refusers], and strategies against the minority. So I have the solution: Every study published in the last five years, you look at vaccine refusers, I’m not talking about people we can talk them into coming to terms, but refusers. (54:28 mark) Let’s just get rid of all the whites in the United States, ..."
  • Conway: Americans are 'tuning out' politicized sports, awards shows

    09/18/2017 3:48:44 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 18, 2017 | REBECCA SAVRANSKY
    People are starting to tune out awards shows like the Emmys because they have become so politicized, White House aide Kellyanne Conway said Monday. "It’s — between the Emmys, the Miss America pageant was very politicized. Our sports are very politicized," Conway said on Fox News. "And it looks like the ratings are suffering. It looks like America is responding by tuning out, because they want you to stick to your knitting," she continued. "They want you to, I guess, in this case, read the stuff other people write for you. And so they are welcome to their opinion, but...
  • Fist fight breaks out in cinema in row over 'talking too loudly' during screening of 'IT'

    09/18/2017 12:42:43 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies ^ | Updated14:46, 18 SEP 2017 | ByRebecca Taylor
    Full Title: Fist fight breaks out in cinema in row over 'talking too loudly' during screening of horror film This is the shocking moment a fist fight broke out in a cinema during a row over 'talking too loudly' during a screening of the Stephen King horror movie 'It'. The violence was caught on camera by other cinemagoers on their smartphones , in Vyborg, new St Petersburg in Russia. A young man in a leather jacket is seen to stand up and challenge the person sitting in front of him. They start hurling punches at each other before another person...
  • National Cheeseburger Day.

    09/18/2017 10:13:45 AM PDT · by SandRat · 38 replies
    Monday, September 18, is National Cheeseburger Day.
  • Your kids want a tattoo or piercing? Here’s what pediatricians recommend

    09/18/2017 7:17:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 105 replies
    That afternoon in late spring, her daughter finally got the jeweled belly button ring she had been asking for, and Breuner got a reminder that her little girl was growing up. Breuner felt a swell of emotion, she said. ... “I’m not saying everybody should do that,” she added, “but at least for me, my sense of this whole world is that it’s changing right in front of us, and we can either have our eyes open and be supportive and help our children make informed decisions when they’re young adults, or ignore it and hope it goes away.” ......
  • Bob Newhart: 'We were the first married TV couple to have a single bed'

    09/18/2017 6:19:49 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 14, 2017
    “We were the first married TV couple to have a single bed,” the 88-year-old told Closer Weekly. “I didn’t think it was risky — I just thought it was about time.”
  • Irish town refuses to remove Confederate plaque [Tuam, Co. Galway; Richard Dowling]

    09/17/2017 10:38:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Irish Central ^ | September 13, 2017 04:33 AM | Ciaran Tierney
    The only town in Ireland to have a plaque commemorating a Confederate Army war hero on a public building is set to keep the memorial in place despite intensive lobbying from the United States. Councillors in Tuam, Co Galway, have been accused of caring more about the image of the town than the search for truth or justice after deciding to keep the plaque in memory of Major Richard “Dick” Dowling at the Town Hall. Dowling rented slaves, including a 12-year-old boy, for his restaurant and hotel business in Houston, Texas. The matter was raised at a meeting of the...
  • Winner pleads not guilty again to providing classified information to online news outlet

    09/17/2017 8:04:51 PM PDT · by BBell · 15 replies ^ | 9/14/17 | Tom Corwin Sandy Hodson
    Accused leaker Reality Leigh Winner pleaded not guilty again Thursday to providing classified information to an online news outlet and her defense team signaled they will fight to get as much information as they can to aid her defense in the face of heavy security restrictions. Winner entered U.S District Court in Augusta heavily shackled and accompanied by two U.S. Marshals. She wore a rumpled orange jumpsuit with “inmate” stamped on the back and her blond hair was woven in tight braids across her head. She barked out a clear, “Not guilty” to the superceding indictment she faced in the...
  • A day in the life of a police officer in Jim Crow New Orleans: 1917

    09/17/2017 5:26:40 PM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies ^ | 9/17/17 | James Karst,
    A journalist from the New Orleans Item trailed a patrolman for a full day in the winter of 1917, providing reporting on what amounts to a century-old police ride-along -- perhaps the first by a newspaper reporter in the city's history. The move came on the heels of several widely publicized police scandals, including the suspension of several officers who pawned their service weapons in 1916 and the killing of police Superintendent James Reynolds by one of his subordinates on Aug. 2, 1917. And questions were being raised publicly about whether rank and file police officers were doing enough to...
  • Chelsea Manning defends decisions, says she not a traitor

    09/17/2017 4:44:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Sept 17, 2017 | Jennifer McDermott/AP
    NANTUCKET, Mass. – Chelsea Manning told a crowd at a “creative thinkers” conference in Nantucket on Sunday that she’s not an “American traitor” as her critics have claimed and she did what she thought was the right thing to do. Manning attended the annual conference for The Nantucket Project in Massachusetts. The Nantucket Project is a venture founded to bring together creative thinkers to uncover the ideas that matter most. Organizers say about 600 people attended. This was one of Manning’s first public appearances since being released from a military prison in May. The Associated Press was the only media...
  • Hillary Practices Alternate Reality Thinking

    09/17/2017 3:58:25 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 17 Sep, 2017 | Tom Knepper
    Hillary Clinton has recently been a strong proponent of something she called Alternate Nostril Breathing (I’m not curious). But I think the technique she has really been advocating her whole life could better be described as Alternate Reality Thinking. Since the days of her youth, when the Goldwater Girl decided to do a complete 180 and start calling up, down, black, white, and most importantly, evil, good, Mrs. Clinton has since then been a cultural warrior who never saw a traditional American value she didn’t want to smash. Or should I say Christian value. As with Karl Marx himself (and...
  • Danish woman deported to Tunisia for refusing to remove niqab at Belgian airport

    09/17/2017 3:37:33 PM PDT · by BBell · 19 replies
    A Danish Muslim woman has been deported to Tunisia for refusing to remove her religious veil while going through security at Brussels Airport, BelgiumÂ’s State Secretary for Asylum and Migration has said. The woman landed at Brussels Zaventem Airport on Wednesday on a flight from Tunis, Tunisia. Theo Francken âś” @FranckenTheo A Danish citizen coming from Tunis refused to take off her niqaab at our border. Police could not identify her. She was sent back to Tunis. 1:53 AM - Sep 16, 2017In a post on Facebook, immigration minister Theo Francken said that the woman had refused to show her...
  • *Ignoring new evidence, MSM cling to their Charlottesville narrative

    09/17/2017 2:00:07 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 16 Sep, 2017 | Thomas Lifson
    The lethal violence of Charlottesville was instantly packaged as a narrative of violent racist Trump supporters killing innocent Americans. Defending that narrative becomes difficult when the facts start to be known, so the obvious response of the Mainstream Media has been to ignore the facts and keep pushing the old narrative. My friend Mark Fitzgibbons pointed out to me that, “still no major liberal news outlet other than Politico has reported the DHS warning to Charlottesville that both sides were preparing for violence, or McAuliffe’s involvement.” That piece of news crushes the narrative, as Mark explained half a month ago....
  • Contribute to this poll: Would you buy Hillary's book?

    09/17/2017 10:36:04 AM PDT · by upchuck · 73 replies ^ | Sept 17, 2017
    Current stats, as of 1:30PM, Sep 17, 2017: Would you buy Hillary's new book, "What Happened"? Yes, I would buy it: 1% No, I wouldn't buy it: 36% Hell no! I will not buy it: 63%
  • PolitiFact 'Fact Checks' Hillary's Book, Fails to Find a False Thing In It

    09/17/2017 9:13:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 16, 2017 7:41 PM EDT | Tim Graham
    PolitiFact advertised on its home page an article on “Fact checking” Hillary’s campaign book What Happened. Don’t be shocked: PolitiFact didn’t find anything that they would call “False,” let alone “Pants on Fire.” This isn’t that surprising, since the website has only evaluated Hillary once since last November — a “Mostly False” in a complaint about voter suppression in Wisconsin in June. Her overall count of “Pants on Fire” rulings is only 7…compared to 69 for Donald Trump. PolitiFact started by noting that Hillary cites them in the book to defend her own honesty:Okay, first we did what anyone did...
  • Henry George and the turning point of big government in America

    09/17/2017 9:09:25 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 34 replies
    As I have written in the past, Progressivism would not exist at all if not for Henry George. John Dewey was influenced by George, many of the British Fabians, Margaret Sanger; one of the most proud proclaimations of progressive achievement in the early 20th century is Initiative, Referendum, and Recall - that entire movement was based on Georgist ideals (and dishonest ones at that.) The early unions, many of them were not socialist, they were Georgist. The Knights of Labor, Samuel Gompers, and others. But understanding the link between big government and Henry George is not well understood. The fact...
  • President Trump Retweets Video of Him Hitting Hillary Clinton With a Golf Ball

    09/17/2017 8:05:59 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 51 replies
    Fortune ^ | September 17, 2017 | Alana Abramson
    President Donald Trump went on yet another early morning Twitter spree Sunday, one of which included a retweet of an edited GIF depicting himself striking Hillary Clinton in the back with a golf ball. In the short video, Trump takes a swing with a golf club, knocking over a woman that appears to be Hillary Clinton as she enters a plane. "Donald Trump's amazing golf swing #CrookedHillary," the caption of the original tweet said, a reference to the term Trump coined about his vanquished opponent during last year's' presidential election. The GIF was part of several creations the Twitter user...
  • Fed probe into House technology worker Imran Awan yields intrigue, no evidence of espionage

    09/17/2017 5:40:38 AM PDT · by wtd · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 16, 2017 | Shawn Boburg
    Federal probe into House technology worker Imran Awan yields intrigue, no evidence of espionageImran Awan, a technology worker in Congress for 13 years, is the subject of a federal investigation that has become a lightning rod for some conservatives. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post)In late September 2016, leaders in the House of Representatives met behind closed doors for briefings on a closely held investigation into a group of computer technicians working on Capitol Hill. Investigators with the Inspector General’s Office had been quietly tracking the five IT workers’ digital footprints for months. They were alarmed by what they saw....