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  • David Hogg reveals which TV show makes him an expert on politics [House of Cards] [ed]

    03/20/2018 11:50:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Twitchy ^ | March 20, 2018 | Greg P.
    Here’s another clip from the Twitter livestream we told you about last night where Stoneman Douglas student activist David Hogg talks about the TV show “House of Cards” and how the show depicts the “real life” of politics in America:
  • 'Utterly horrifying': ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine

    03/20/2018 11:47:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | March 20, 2018 | Paul Lewis
    Hundreds of millions of Facebook users are likely to have had their private information harvested by companies that exploited the same terms as the firm that collected data and passed it on to Cambridge Analytica, according to a new whistleblower. Sandy Parakilas, the platform operations manager at Facebook responsible for policing data breaches by third-party software developers between 2011 and 2012, told the Guardian he warned senior executives at the company that its lax approach to data protection risked a major breach.
  • Teen suicides up 70+ percent over a decade

    03/20/2018 11:31:15 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 13 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | Mar 2018 | Breck Dumas
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported an alarming rise in the number of teen suicides between 2006 and 2016. The data analysis shows that the number of self-inflicted deaths of white children between the ages of 10 and 17 increased 70 percent during the time span. Black children and teens are less likely to kill themselves, but their suicide rate rose even higher judging from the study: an increase of 77 percent. The suicide rate among girls between the ages of 15 and 19 rose to a 40-year high in 2015. A myriad of factors is attributed...
  • University of Miami event... Anyone there? Special "training" for DC march going on? [Rumor only]

    03/20/2018 10:16:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    3/20/18 | sff
    I cannot verify this, but a friend told me something kind of secretive was going on around the University of Miami sounds like a bunch of kids are there to get trained (brainwashed?) regarding the anti-Constitution march this Saturday. I cannot get down to the U. Can anyone verify or deny? My friend said he saw a bunch of people going into something called The Center for the guards were wanding people as they went in.
  • Peter Thiel: Europe is cracking down on Silicon Valley out of 'jealousy'

    03/20/2018 8:58:03 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Mar 2018 | Olivia Solon
    European regulators are clamping down on Silicon Valley companies because they are “jealous” of the success of the technology industry in the US, according to PayPal co-founder and investor Peter Thiel. Speaking about the looming threat of regulation for these companies, Thiel said that the “threat is probably greater in Europe” and there are “good reasons and bad reasons”. “The good reasons are these privacy concerns and the bad reasons are there are no successful tech companies in Europe and they are jealous of the US so they are punishing us,” he said at the Economic Club of New York...
  • James Comey Weighing Hollywood Offers for Memoir

    03/20/2018 7:35:32 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 44 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | March 20, 2018 | Andy Lewis
    Former FBI Director James Comey, who was famously fired by President Donald Trump in May 2017, is considering selling the option to his hotly anticipated memoir, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, which publishes April 17. Comey’s agents at DC-based Javelin, Matt Latimer and Keith Urbahn, were in Los Angeles last week fielding pitches, according to a source with knowledge of the visit. A film or TV deal wasn’t something Comey even thought about until a flood of people in Hollywood called and expressed interest after the book was announced in early August. Comey is said to be unsure...
  • Far-Left Activists, Illegal Migrants Storm Basilica Holding The Tombs of French Kings

    03/20/2018 5:34:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 20, 2018 | Chris Tomlinson
    Far-left activists and illegal migrants invaded the Basilica of Saint-Denis on Sunday to protest the French government’s new asylum law before they were forcibly removed by police, resulting in evening mass being cancelled. Around 80 illegal migrants and far-left activists from the group Coordination des Sans-Papiers (CSP 75) protested the new law holding up banners, Le Parisien reports. After around an hour of occupying the Basilica, police were called and arrived to remove the protestors and illegal immigrants. The area was cleared by around 5:30 pm but evening mass was cancelled in case the protestors returned.
  • Austrian court to consider 3rd gender identity in records

    03/19/2018 8:04:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 19, 2018 11:25 AM EDT
    Austria’s Constitutional Court says it will consider whether a third gender should be an option for official records, taking up the case of a person who unsuccessfully sought to have their entry changed to “inter” or a similar word. The court said in a statement on Monday that an initial review raised concerns that having to list one’s gender as female or male contravenes the privacy protections enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights. …
  • Is your spin class too young, too thin and too white?

    03/19/2018 5:15:47 PM PDT · by C19fan · 81 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 18, 2018 | Lavanya Ramanathan
    After a few committed months of hot yoga at a studio in New York, Christina Rice had found her niche. So when the studio announced that it was offering teacher training, she signed right up. It was only when she arrived with her mat that she noticed something striking. There were 54 other women and men in the 10-week course, and not one of them looked like her. She was the lone African American in the class.
  • 13-year-old girl shot dead by 9-year-old brother in Mississippi: report (over video game)

    03/19/2018 4:33:37 PM PDT · by BBell · 28 replies ^ | 3/19/18 | Emily Lane
    A 9-year-old boy fatally shot his 13-year-old sister Saturday (March 17) in northeast Mississippi after she refused to hand over a video game controller, The Clarion-Ledger reports. Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell told the Jackson, Mississippi, newspaper the boy is accused of shooting his sister in the back of the head with a .25 caliber handgun. The girl was rushed to Le Bonheur's Children's Hospital in Memphis where she died Sunday at 6:45 p.m.Authorities don't yet know how the child had access to the weapon they say he used to shoot his sister. It's also unclear how much knowledge the...
  • How much does the 'average' Canadian pay in a year for public health care?

    03/19/2018 1:02:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    National Post ^ | Richard Warnica
    Health care is perhaps Canada’s defining obsession. As a nation, we crow about it and complain about it. We deify Tommy Douglas, rage about wait times, fret over private clinics and fight campaigns on minute points of privatization. But for all the endless studies, Royal Commissions and political bloviating, it can be hard to know how much Canadians actually pay for health care, not as a nation, but as individuals. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) believes Canada spent approximately $228 billion on health care in 2016. That’s 11.1 per cent of Canada’s entire GDP and $6,299 for every...
  • Transgender Volleyball Star in Brazil Eyes Olympics and Stirs Debate

    03/19/2018 11:55:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 17, 2018 | Shasta Darlington
    When Tifanny Abreu slammed the volleyball over the net, her frizzy ponytail flying behind her, most spectators at a recent game moaned out loud: another point for the visitors. But not everyone in the stands was rooting against her. Even when Ms. Abreu travels with her team to away games, she often has a small, loyal group of fans cheering her on. This game in a satellite city of Săo Paulo, played more than 200 miles away from her team’s home base, was no exception.
  • The Global Slavery Index

    03/19/2018 11:35:19 AM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 9 replies ^ | 2-16 |
    The Global Slavery Index provides a map, country by country, of the estimated prevalence of modern slavery, together with information about the steps each government has taken to respond to this issue. This information allows an objective comparison and assessment of both the problem and adequacy of the response in 167 countries.
  • The Men Who Eat Like Boys: Why some guys never outgrow the kid’s menu

    03/19/2018 11:29:57 AM PDT · by Simon Green · 116 replies
    Mel Magazine ^ | 03/15/18 | C. Brian Smith
    Bruce is a 56-year-old man who’s never eaten a vegetable in his life. His mom claims she fed him pureed peas when he was a baby, but he’s not buying it. “I’ll straight up gag if I try to swallow vegetables,” he says. “Every single time.” So now the Scranton, PA father of two subsists primarily on chicken. “Lots and lots of chicken,” he explains — typically oven-roasted with a generous side of mashed potatoes, rice or noodles. When Bruce isn’t biting into one of the 8 billion chickens consumed in the U.S. every year (and washing it down with “oodles and...
  • Robert Mueller Has Been Botching Investigations Since The Anthrax Attacks

    03/19/2018 10:47:26 AM PDT · by qaz123 · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 08Feb18 | D Ashman
    Mystery surrounds Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russia and President Trump. Some think he is the ultimate professional, others that he is a Democrat lackey, still others maintain he is working on Trump’s side. We can see how he works if we look at how Mueller ran his second-most important investigation as FBI Director. In September of 2001, an entity began mailing anthrax through the US Postal system, hitting such prominent targets as NBC and Senator Daschle’s office. The terrorist attacks killed five and left others hospitalized. The world panicked.
  • Why States Should Abandon the ‘Free College’ Movement

    03/19/2018 9:34:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/19/2018 | Jennifer Walsh
    Subsidies reduce motivation, distort the education market, and often end up reducing students’ motivation. The “free college” movement, fueled to a large degree by Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential bid, is a response to concerns about increasing college-tuition rates, concomitant stagnation in state and federal grants, and a corresponding student-loan debt load that has ballooned to roughly $1.4 trillion. Indeed, inflation-adjusted data provided by the College Board shows that the average sticker price of higher-education tuition (excluding room and board) over the past ten years has increased 32 percent for two-year public colleges, 37 percent for four-year public colleges,...
  • Disney World is proof the middle class is booming

    03/19/2018 9:18:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    New York Post ^ | 03/19/2018 | Kyle Smith
    Opening the menu at the California Grill at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort overlooking the Magic Kingdom, I expected to giggle at the affordability of everything. I’m a New Yorker. Nothing out here in the sticks costs as much as it does back home, right? Instead, I found $19 glasses of wine and a $75 rib-eye. If you’re a person of average means, a trip to Disney World could leave you bippity-boppity broke. Disney World, that enchanted land of middle class dreams, isn’t so middle-class anymore. So why is it more popular than ever? Fort Mickey is exhibit A for...
  • Single Parenthood and Poverty, the Undeniable Connection

    03/19/2018 9:14:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    RCM ^ | 03/19/2018 | Robert Samuelson
    Anyone who has raised children knows that it's a messy, trial-and-error process, with an emphasis on "error." It's hard enough to do well with two parents, a reasonably stable and sane marriage and a reliable income. When there's only one parent with a meager income, the burdens mount and feed on themselves. That's one reason why the growth of single-parent households is rightly regarded as one cause of poverty. Or so I thought. Naturally, I was shocked recently to read in The New York Times — with all the Times' authority — an opinion essay headlined, "Single Mothers Are Not...
  • 'The solution is assisted life': Offered death, terminally ill Ont[ario] man files lawsuit [ed]

    03/19/2018 9:10:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    CTV News ^ | March 15, 2018 | Staff
    A landmark lawsuit has been filed by an Ontario man suffering from an incurable neurological disease. He alleges that health officials will not provide him with an assisted home care team of his choosing, instead offering, among other things, medically assisted death. "My condition is grievous and irremediable,” 42-year-old Roger Foley said from his bed at the London Health Science Centre’s Victoria Hospital in a video that was recently posted online. “But the solution is assisted life with self-directed funding.”
  • Trump: The Un-American President (Mega Barf Alert)

    03/19/2018 8:37:44 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 19 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | March 19, 2018 | Charles M. Blow
    “I said, ‘Wrong, Justin, you do.’ I didn’t even know … I had no idea. I just said, ‘You’re wrong.’ ” That, as reported by The Washington Post, was Donald Trump boasting during a private fund-raising dinner about lying to Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada, our northern neighbor and closest ally. When caught in the lie, Trump did what Trump does: Repeats the lie, louder, stronger, and more stridently. After the lie was reported, Trump tweeted: “We do have a Trade Deficit with Canada, as we do with almost all countries (some of them massive). P.M. Justin Trudeau of...