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  • We’re Out: Black Americans Leaving the Country Before Trump Takes Office

    01/18/2017 8:06:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 18, 2017 | Pamela K. Johnson
    As this administration draws to a close, Audrey Edwards is packing as fast as the Obamas. By January 20, Inauguration Day, she'll be nearly 6,000 miles away from Brooklyn not watching the festivities in Paris. A journalist and real estate agent, she first got the idea to leave the US when former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani ran for president in 2008. But when Trump rode down that gilded escalator, called Mexicans rapists, and announced his candidacy for Commander-in-Chief, Edwards put friends on notice: "If somebody as crazy as this guy gets in, I'm out of here." She plans to...
  • Skedaddle is Bringing Busloads of Women to March on Washington (Uber for buses)

    01/18/2017 1:23:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Inverse ^ | January 17, 2017 | Dyani Sabin
    The hottest ticket to the Women’s March on Washington is on the bus-sharing startup Skeddadle, which allows people to commission private bus rides and is trying to change the future of long-distance transportation. Most of Skeddadle’s business comes from people scheduling events – going to ski resorts or music festivals for a weekend. It’s a social experience where passengers share rides with people who have similar interests. But Skeddadle sees itself as public transit of the future, and is building towards being the least expensive, most convenient way to get in or out of a city. “The March is amazing...
  • Calling All Texas Deplorables!

    01/17/2017 8:56:46 PM PST · by LesDowrey · 8 replies
    EventBrite ^ | 01/17/2017 | Deploraball 50x
    Calling all Texas Deplorables! Join us for a High Energy night of celebration as we start Making America Great Again! There will be live music featuring the Shane Howard Band! We'll be replaying and reliving the greatest moments from the Campaign! Plus games like; Pin the Tail on the Rosie O'Donnell and Build a Jenga Wall 10 Feet Higher! It'll be a night to remember at the 2017 Texas Deploraball!
  • Irish in America: How do you feel now about Trump?

    01/16/2017 6:42:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | January 15, 2017
    With just days to go until Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America, we want to hear from Irish readers living there about how they feel now about him entering the White House. On the day of the election result, we were inundated with reaction, with the majority expressing shock and dismay. Have your opinions or expectations changed in the months since? What did you think of Mr Trump’s press conference this week? What is the mood like where you live? How do you think his presidency could affect the Irish community in...
  • Obama Orders Cuban Escapees Sent Back [semi-satire]

    01/14/2017 9:22:14 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 Jan 2017 | John Semmens
    In his last week before leaving office, President Barack Obama overturned a 50-year US Government policy of allowing Cuban refugees who reach our shores to remain in the country. In contrast to the "dreamers" that Obama has declared must not be sent back to Mexico even though they entered the United States illegally, Cubans arriving without visas will be expelled. "Refugees from Mexico have a legitimate reason for coming to America," Obama said. "Their country's economy isn't providing sufficient jobs or benefits to support their survival. Cubans don't face this kind of hardship. Their government is dedicated to ensuring social...
  • Trump’s Trillion $$ Infrastructure Investment Could Create 11M Jobs, According to Georgetown

    01/11/2017 7:54:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    PR Web ^ | January 11, 2017 | Hilary Strahota
    New analysis from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (Georgetown Center) finds that President-elect Trump’s 10-year $1 trillion infrastructure proposal could create 11 million jobs, restoring the job growth trajectory derailed by the Great Recession, but also risks overheating the economy. It is not surprising that $1 trillion in spending on infrastructure is certain to have positive employment effects in keeping with standard Keynesian theory. However, the additional spending, in combination with tax cuts and other economic policy shifts proposed by the President-elect, could generate inflation and set the stage for further interest rate hikes. President-elect Trump’s...
  • Universal hiring 1,700 workers for Volcano Bay (Orlando, Florida)

    01/10/2017 12:07:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    WTSP-TV | January 10, 2017 | Staff
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/florida/universal-hiring-1700-workers-for-volcano-bay/384779760
  • Possible second active shooter at Ft. Lauderdale airport (update: no other shooter)

    01/06/2017 12:27:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Republican ^ | January 6, 2017 | Alban Murtishi
    The Transportation Security Administration tweeted about a possible second active shooter situation at the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, international airport. The TSA also announced a shelter in place order for the airport. Earlier today, a shooter, who authorities believe to be a man named Esteban Santiago, shot and killed 5 people and injured eight others, according to MSNBC....
  • Bjorn Nyland Praises The Hyundai Ioniq Electric

    01/02/2017 3:47:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Clean Technica ^ | December 31, 2016 | Steve Hanley
    Bjorn Nyland has just posted a glowing review of the Hyundai Ioniq Electric. Bjorn is a video blogger who has made an international reputation by creating videos about road trips he has taken in his Tesla Model S and Model X. In fact, creating content for this YouTube channel has become nearly a full time job for him. Earlier this year, he won a Tesla Model X in a Tesla referral contest by generating more Model S referrals than anyone else in the European area. Nyland is committed to the electric car lifestyle and is now branching out to cover...
  • Donald Trump dissuades Canadians traveling to United States: Poll

    12/31/2016 12:26:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    India Blooms ^ | December 31, 2016 | Staff
    Toronto, Dec 31 (IBNS): A new poll by Probe Research and the Winnipeg Free Press shows about 29 percent of Manitobans, will avoid travel to the United States after Trump is sworn in as president on Jan. 20, 2017, media reports said. Nearly a third of Manitobans which was about 200,000 people wanted to stay away from U.S. President Donald Trump, according to the poll. "200,000 people, if they were all to follow through on that, that would have a very large impact on the travel, tourism and hospitality businesses," Scott MacKay, president of Winnipeg-based Probe Research Inc. said. This...
  • How Not to Predict the Future

    12/30/2016 4:01:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Real Clear Future ^ | October 13, 2016 | Rob Tracinski, editor
    When you spend a lot of time thinking about emerging technology, you begin to notice certain things that are naturally just assumed to be true about the future, as if everyone just knows them. These ideas are so widespread and infrequently challenged that they come to seem inevitable. These are also things that a lot of people really want to be true. What a coincidence. So we take for granted that electric cars are the future, and the internal combustion engine is on the way out. That we're going to power everything with renewable energy, especially solar, and oil is...
  • Anthony Bourdain slams ‘privileged’ liberals for ‘utter contempt’ of working class

    12/30/2016 2:09:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 30, 2016 | Caitlin Dickson
    Celebrity chef and self-described “privileged Eastern liberal” Anthony Bourdain slammed his fellow leftist elites this week, arguing that their disdain for working-class Americans helped create “the upswell of rage and contempt” that propelled Donald Trump to the presidency. “The utter contempt with which privileged Eastern liberals such as myself discuss red-state, gun-country, working-class America as ridiculous and morons and rubes is largely responsible for the upswell of rage and contempt and desire to pull down the temple that we’re seeing now,” Bourdain said in an interview with Reason magazine. “I’ve spent a lot of time in gun-country, God-fearing America,” Bourdain...
  • Camp David ‘a perfect match’ for Donald Trump after Obama snub

    12/29/2016 5:14:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    Of all the perks of the presidency that Barack Obama will miss as he leaves the White House, it’s a good bet that Camp David won’t rank high on the list. Compared with his predecessors, President Obama has spent little downtime over the past eight years at the secluded presidential retreat in the mountains overlooking Thurmont, Maryland. In total, Mr. Obama has visited Camp David 39 times, spanning all or parts of 93 days — barely 3 percent of his two-term tenure. By contrast, President George W. Bush made 149 visits to Camp David in two terms, covering all or...
  • The Latest: Obamas, friends tour Hawaii Islamic arts center

    12/28/2016 11:10:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    WAVE-TV ^ | December 28, 2016 | The Associated Press
    HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on President Barack Obama family vacation in Hawaii (all times local): 8 p.m. The Obama family along with friends spent an hour late Wednesday afternoon touring a center for Islamic art and culture in Honolulu. The center is in Shangri La - the former mansion of the heiress Doris Duke that overlooks the Pacific Ocean near Diamond Head. The president's brother-in-law, Konrad Ng, is the director of Shangri La. Ng is married to Obama's sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and the couple and their family live in Honolulu....
  • The year ahead in automotive trends

    12/27/2016 4:38:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Plastics Today ^ | December 27, 2016 | Stephen Moore
    The four mega-trends shaping the global auto industry over the next 15-odd years are undoubtedly vehicles with lower emissions, new powertrain technologies, autonomous automobiles and vehicle digitalization. Reflecting these mega-trends, one can anticipate more developments in lightweighting, drivetrain optimization, car computerization, infotainment and driverless transportation in 2017. Here PlasticsToday gives its take on some of the key developments expected in 2017. Staying connected, and entertained Rather than being interested in the size of the engine and the shape of the car, consumers are now more interested in “infotainment” systems, being connected, autonomous driving and diverse mobility, notes consultant McKinsey. Traditionally,...
  • China Trumps NASA With Working "StarTrek" EM Propulsion Drive --"Testing Now...

    12/25/2016 8:46:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Daily Galaxy ^ | December 20, 2016
    Scientists with the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) claim NASA’s results ‘re-confirm’ what they’d already achieved, and have plans to implement it in satellites ‘as quickly as possible.’ China claims they’ve created a working prototype of the ‘impossible’ reactionless engine – and they say they’re already testing it in orbit aboard the Tiangong-2 space laboratory. The radical, fuel-free EmDrive recently stirred up controversy after a paper published by a team of NASA researchers appeared to show they’d successfully built the technology. The implications for this could be huge. For instance, current satellites could be half the size they are...
  • Ivanka Trump Harassed [semi-satire]

    12/24/2016 8:50:49 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Dec 2016 | John Semmens
    On-Board a JetBlue plane at JFK Airport in New York City for a planned family vacation in Hawaii, Donald Trump's eldest daughter Ivanka was accosted by another passenger Dan Goldstein, a Brooklyn lawyer. Goldstein's harangue charged Donald Trump with "ruining the country" and Ivanka with "ruining our flight." The "our" referred to his husband Matthew Lasner and their son. Goldstein contended that "people like Trump and his 'spawn' have no business inserting themselves among those who don't want them anywhere near us. She and her kids are a terrifying reminder that the Trump pall could plague the country for generations....
  • Why did Ivanka Trump fly JetBlue? Cost, security, convenience

    12/23/2016 12:37:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | December 23, 2016 | Chelsea Todaro and Mike Stucka
    Why was Ivanka Trump flying on JetBlue? That is a question on everyone’s mind today, a day after the daughter of President-elect Donald Trump was involved in an incident aboard a flight on the low-cost airline from JFK International Airport in New York City. A fellow passenger, whom some media sites identified as Dan Goldstein of Brooklyn, N.Y., was accused of harassing her by saying “Your father is ruining the country.” Goldstein and his husband, identified as Hunter College Professor Matthew Lasner, were removed from the flight and offered a later flight. But Goldstein also reportedly wanted to know why...
  • Witness Describes Ivanka Trump's JetBlue Incident

    12/23/2016 9:12:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 143 replies
    Gothamist ^ | December 23, 2016 | Ben Yakas
    Yesterday, a couple was kicked off a JetBlue flight before it left JFK after they expressed their displeasure with fellow passengers Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner. Brooklyn lawyer Dan Goldstein and his husband Matthew Lasner, a Hunter College professor, and their child were removed from the San Francisco-bound flight around 10:30 a.m. Thursday. But while TMZ and other outlets initially reported that Goldstein was "screaming" and "out of control" when he confronted Trump, at least one eyewitness had a very different take on the incident. Marc Scheff, who sat in the "next row up from Ivanka," wrote in...
  • JetBlue Passengers Removed From Flight After Harassing Ivanka Trump

    12/22/2016 12:53:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Fortune ^ | December 22, 2016 | Madeline Farber
    Two JetBlue passengers were kicked off a flight Thursday after one reportedly harassed Ivanka Trump. The daughter of President-elect Donald Trump was traveling with her three children when a male passenger "expressed displeasure" about having her on the plane, the Associated Press reports....
  • Fearing Trump Crackdown, "Dreamers" Advised to End Travel

    12/11/2016 11:17:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 12, 2016 | Claudia Torrens, The Associated Press
    Immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, but were protected from deportation by President Barack Obama, are being warned by some advocates to make sure they are not traveling abroad when Donald Trump is sworn in as president on Jan. 20. Some advocates, lawyers and universities are concerned that Trump might immediately rescind an Obama program that had allowed these young immigrants to work and travel for humanitarian, educational or employment purposes. That could lead, they fear, to some people traveling abroad being barred from re-entering the U.S....
  • SHOULD I SPEND 100 DAYS IN THE CAPITOL?

    12/06/2016 8:29:52 PM PST · by DIRTYSECRET · 16 replies
    Retirement dittos! I was just thinking I COULD GO to the confirmation hearings and watch Chuck Yu Schumer and the other girlie-men act out. It would cost but you only live once. Should I wait until Feb. 1 or be there on Jan 21? Would it be better to stay home and watch whatever cspan chooses to broadcast? Talk to me.
  • EEOC Announces New Workplace Regs [semi-satire]

    12/03/2016 11:14:53 AM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Dec 2016 | John Semmens
    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced new workplace regulations requiring employers to accommodate the languages spoken by prospective hires and current employees or “face sanctions including fines and/or revocation of permission to operate.” Oddly, the EEOC cited “the growing diversity of the nation’s workforce as the justification for the new rule.” Under the new regulations requiring employees to speak or understand English is now deemed unlawful discrimination. “Employees have the right to communicate in a language of their own choosing,” EEOC Chairperson Jenny Yang argued. “It is the employer’s responsibility to learn the language of his employees or hire...
  • Obama to Admit Refugees Barred from Entering Australia [semi-satire]

    12/03/2016 8:45:04 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Dec 2016 | John Semmens
    The Obama Administration has agreed to admit nearly 2500 refugees that the Australian government has refused to allow into their country for "security reasons." The refugees are from terrorism "hot spots" and have been excluded for failing to clear the country's vetting process. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va) have complained about the lack of transparency in the President's actions. "In a matter having obvious security implications the President is obliged to consult Congress before agreeing to bring potentially dangerous individuals into the United States," Grassley contended. "The fact that these men were not deemed a good...
  • Senator Desperate to Pass "Lame Duck" Bills [semi-satire]

    12/02/2016 8:20:25 PM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 4 Dec 2016 | John Semmens
    Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) has joined with Sen. John McCain (R-Az) to modify the recently passed Justice Against Sponsors of Terror Act (JASTA). This law allows victims of terrorist attacks to sue the governments that provide funding and sanctuary to terrorists. Graham is concerned that "the existing law can come back to bite us. When Congress overrode President Obama's veto they were thinking 'let's make these Muslim governments pay for the damages done by the groups they harbor.' What was overlooked was the possibility that our own government would be made liable for damage done by terrorists armed by the...
  • The Mythology of HOT Lanes

    12/02/2016 2:11:47 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    StreetsBlog USA ^ | September 27, 2016 | Kevin Posey
    In July Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe stood on the platform of a train station in Alexandria to announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation had granted $165 million for the Atlantic Gateway project.While this is a multimodal project featuring rail, bus, and highway improvements, it was clearly the latter that most enthused the governor. At one point during his remarks, he declared that because of the road projects, “Today, the congestion is going to end!”The primary focus of the highway improvements will be an extension of the HOT (high occupancy toll) lanes on I-95 and I-395. The only other speaker...
  • Ford to become first US automaker to import cars from India

    11/25/2016 2:49:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    India TV News ^ | November 25, 2016
    Despite the fact that Ford Motors is under fire from President-elect Donald Trump for importing cars from Mexico, the company will soon become the first US automaker to import vehicles from India. According to a report in CNN Money, the company has said that EcoSport compact crossover, introduced for the US market at the Los Angeles auto show, will be shipped to US from India starting 2018. The report says that the EcoSport, Ford’s smallest SUV, has been built at its assembly plant in Chennai for more than 100 markets around the world since 2013. About 15 per cent of...
  • Chicago to Remain Sanctuary City [semi-satire]

    11/22/2016 9:34:06 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 Nov 2016 | John Semmens
    Calling illegal alien criminal gangs “a time-honored part of our city’s culture,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that “we will remain a sanctuary city regardless of whatever opposition a President Trump might express to our policy.” For his part, President-Elect Trump has pledged to deport or incarcerate the estimated two million illegal aliens in the country who have criminal records. Given that Chicago suffers from dozens of gang-related shootings every month it would seem that removing criminal aliens from the mix might lessen the carnage. Emanuel was having none of this, though, calling the apparent salutary objective of deporting the...
  • Anguished by Trump, Lena Dunham Flees to Posh Arizona Resort, Asks Rocks for ‘Guidance'

    11/17/2016 7:06:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 89 replies
    Heat Street ^ | November 16, 2016 | Andrew Stiles
    Woke celeb Lena Dunham sought solace in the Arizona wilderness this week as she works to overcome her post-election anxiety. She posted of photo on Instagram that shows her hiking in a fashionable sports bra and flashing a “true smile” while hiking in exclusive Sedona, Ariz., on Monday. Sedona is home to a number of facilities offering “spiritual retreats,” “vision quests,” and other forms of “emotional healing” adventures. In a note accompanying her Instagram post, Dunham expressed love for her fans and described how she had “whispered some wishes for you into the big red rock” after asking “the Canyon...
  • NYC Mayor to Delete Illegal Alien Database [semi-satire]

    11/15/2016 9:46:54 AM PST · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 November 2016 | John Semmens
    New York City’s Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio says he will order the deletion of the database of 850,000 illegal aliens residing in his city “to protect them from any enforcement action President Trump may attempt after he takes office.” The database was established as part of deBlasio’s initiative to issue ID cards to those in the country illegally “so they can live normal lives like any other American. New York has been and will remain a sanctuary city. If it was important when a friendly Administration was in charge in Washington, it is crucial now that a hostile bigot...
  • CEO who voted for Trump expects construction boom

    11/14/2016 11:56:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNN Money ^ | November 14, 2016 | Paul R. La Monica
    Will Donald Trump be able to lift the U.S. economy out of its funk? That remains to be seen. But one CEO who voted for Trump thinks he will be able to make America's roads, bridges and highways great again. Bill Sandbrook, CEO of U.S. Concrete, a company that is expected to generate $1.2 billion in sales this year, is excited about what Trump will mean for his business. Sandbrook said he voted for Trump -- and even predicted the billionaire would win shortly after he wrapped up the Republican nomination -- because he thought Trump had a better plan...
  • Alabama mayor creates GoFundMe to send anti-Trump celebrities to Mexico

    11/13/2016 4:14:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | November 11, 2016 | Leada Gore
    An Alabama mayor has a message for celebrities who pledged to leave the U.S. if Donald Trump was elected president: Don't let the screen door hit you on the way out. Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon posted a message on his Facebook page announcing the creation of a GoFundMe page to raise money to purchase bus tickets for "celebrities, athletes and other high-minded elitists who are traumatized by the new Trump era." The tickets will take the protesting celebrities to Tijuana, Mexico, and not Canada, a destination mentioned by many, Kennon said. Even before the election, celebrities ranging from Miley...
  • France and Germany Rattled by Trump’s Election [semi-satire]

    11/13/2016 9:59:57 AM PST · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 13 November 2016 | John Semmens
    French and German officials expressed concern over the election of Donald Trump as the next US president. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault called Trump’s triumph over Clinton “a shock to the system. Trump’s insistence that we must pay for our own defense is an unprecedented deviation from the post WWII consensus.” French President Francois Hollande, languishing with a pathetic 4% approval rating, feared that “the success of Mr. Trump may be a harbinger of a resurgent right-wing in France. If a nation with only a tiny fraction of Muslim immigrants installs Trump there would seem to be little chance of...
  • Canadians stunned, realizing they are now stuck with Lena Dunham

    11/09/2016 1:53:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 9, 2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Do you suppose that Justin Trudeau will come out today with a speech detailing his plans to build a great wall on Canada’s southern border? He might, but for more than one reason. True, the very liberal PM probably dreaded the idea of having to deal with Donald Trump, but he might also want to stem the tide of hapless, sobbing celebrities who will presumably be flooding toward his immigration offices now that The Donald will be President Donald. Did any of you catch this hot list from the Hill reminding us of all of the people who said they...
  • Doonbeg locals rally round Donald Trump (Ireland)

    11/08/2016 11:33:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | November 8, 2016 | Gordon Deegan
    Residents in Doonbeg are hopeful the largest landowner in their parish, Donald Trump, will be returning to the village as the 45th president of the United States. A local builder even claimed the Republican candidate – who has been targeted by Democrats during the election campaign for refusing to pay some labourers at his businesses – picked up old debts after he bought the Co Clare golf resort. “I wish Trump the best,” said Martin Kelly. “I hope he does get in. He is a good guy. He is positive, he is not perfect. I think he is a good...
  • The Aussies door knocking for Hillary

    11/07/2016 11:14:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    News Corp Australia Network ^ | November 8, 2016 | Rosemarie Lentini in Ohio
    THEY can’t vote or even donate, but that hasn’t stopped these Australians from campaigning for Hillary Clinton in America. Volunteers William Madani, 32, and Amanda McKenna, 29, are knocking on doors in the battleground state of Ohio for the Democratic presidential hopeful. “This election is so significant for the entire planet — for global security, for global growth and trade and for letting the world know what rhetoric is acceptable and what isn’t,” Mr Madani tells News Corp Australia from a campaign office in East Cleveland. Mr Madani landed in the US about three weeks ago from London, where he...
  • German Court Overturns Rape Conviction [semi-satire]

    10/31/2016 10:01:47 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 30 Oct 2016 | John Semmens
    The Iraqi immigrant who raped a ten-year old boy in the changing area of a swimming pool in the Austrian capital of Vienna had his conviction overturned by the German Supreme Court this past week. The assailant, Amir A, had previously offered a “sexual emergency” argument in justification of the rape. “It had been more than four months since I had seen my wife and I had to receive sexual release for the sake of my health,” he claimed. The health of his victim was negatively impacted by the encounter. The child suffered severe anal injuries and is still plagued...
  • Move to Canada If Trump Wins

    10/29/2016 12:07:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    MENAFN ^ | October 29, 2016
    With the American Presidential race results narrowing, two Canadian RE/MAX realtors have launched an initiative for Americans to move to Canada if #Trump wins. Encouraging Americans to get out while the getting is good, RE/MAX realtors Looey Tremblay and Michael Saunders from Kitchener, Ontario have spelled out how to avoid The Trumpocalypse by moving to #Canada. Citing a 2016 report by U.S. News & World Report and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School that Canada is the second best country in the world in which to live, Tremblay said Canada ranks right up there in matters relating to citizenship, entrepreneurship...
  • Trump shrine drew more than 14,000 visitors in past month (Pennsylvania)

    10/25/2016 7:50:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Times Leader ^ | October 25, 2016 | Rich Cholodofsky and Kari Andren, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
    YOUNGSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — They come in droves, cameras and smartphones in hand, to see Leslie Baum Rossi’s shrine to presidential candidate Donald Trump. It’s hard to miss “the Trump House,” as visitors call the attraction near the village of Youngstown. As soon as motorists veer off Route 30 onto Route 982, a massive “Trump 2016” sign on the corner of Rossi’s property can be seen before the house’s wrap-around red, white and blue paint job....
  • Volkswagen Debuts Electric Vehicle Concept with 373-Mile Range

    10/16/2016 7:16:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Engineering ^ | October 4, 2016
    Volkswagen has unveiled the I.D., an automated electric car the company says will be able to cover a distance of 249 to 373 miles on a single battery charge. The production version of the I.D. is due to be launched in 2020 at a price on a par with comparable Golf models. In “I.D. Pilot” mode, the car is capable of fully automated driving, a technology the company expects to be ready for series production in 2025. Volkswagen has also set itself the goal of selling a million electric cars a year by 2025, with the production version of the...
  • My quest for the world's best e-bike

    09/29/2016 1:56:35 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 30 replies
    finance.yahoo.com ^ | September 1, 2016 | David Pogue
    Last month I reviewed an e-bike for the first time: The Elby. (Short for “electric bicycle,” get it?) It was my first introduction to the world of pedal-assist electric bikes, and I was instantly smitten. I described this product category like this: The electric motor on an e-bike basically amplifies the power of each pedal stroke, making easy work of hills and headwinds, getting you going faster, and giving you the chance to rest occasionally without slowing down. Legally, an e-bike is a bicycle. So unlike a motorcycle, you don’t need a license, don’t have to be 16, don’t have...
  • Lone soldier [Israel]

    09/28/2016 12:18:22 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ^ | September 28, 2016 | Wikipedia
    ...Lone soldiers receive a higher basic salary from the IDF, as well as financial assistance from the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and the Ministry of Housing and Construction. They are also given help with housing, and the right to extra time off, including 30 days per year to visit family overseas.
  • Dems Assail Skittles Analogy [semi-satire]

    09/24/2016 10:20:38 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Sep 2016 | John Semmens
    Donald Trump Jr.'s analogy employing a bowl of Skittles sparked outrage among defenders of increased Muslim immigration to the United States. In the analogy, the son of the presidential candidate took on the argument that only a few terrorists would be able to sneak into the country by hiding among the throng of refugees from Syria. Trump asked "suppose I offered you the opportunity to grab a handful of Skittles from a bowl in which just a few were poisoned, would you take them?" The astoundingly dense Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif) called Trump Jr. "a rotten apple that hasn't fallen...
  • Worsening highway traffic slows down paid express lanes

    09/21/2016 11:51:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Rundown (PBS Blog) ^ | September 12, 2016 | Rebecca Beitsch, Stateline
    Highway express lanes provide a faster trip for carpoolers, people who drive low-emission cars, and solo travelers who are willing to pay more.ThatÂ’s the idea, anyway.But as Americans drive more miles than ever before, express lanes are facing a challenge: they are too popular. So many drivers of all kinds are using the lanes that it is increasingly difficult for transportation officials to keep them speedy.For solo drivers, the tolls in express lanes typically vary based on demand. In some places, drivers pay more during peak travel times, and in others prices go up as more cars enter the lane....
  • Now's Your Chance to Buy a Real Humvee From Uncle Sam

    09/17/2016 4:22:41 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies
    popularmechanics.com ^ | Sept 16, 2016 | Timothy Dahl
    As the military phases out the iconic Humvee, it is left with a surplus of these go-anywhere four-wheel drive vehicles that have been the backbone of the U.S. infantry for more than 30 years. Before this year they've been tough to come by for civilians. But now's your chance to own your own personal Humvee straight from Uncle Sam.
  • Tours of Normandy and The Somme

    09/14/2016 9:34:56 AM PDT · by TexasM1A · 31 replies
    9/14/16 | TexasM1A
    I am starting to plan a trip to Normandy and to the battlefields of The Somme. I was wondering if anyone on here has had any experience with any of the many tour companies that in and around Ypres/Paris etc.etc. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Scott.
  • Fix the damn roads and ban the bad drivers

    09/08/2016 10:55:44 AM PDT · by Peter ODonnell · 39 replies
    original to FR | Sept 8, 2016 | Peter O'Donnell
    Some time back, I published an opinion piece stating that it might benefit Trump to be pro-water-resources in the western states. But I have found a much better wedge issue for him to exploit, and I know he is part way there already. Fix the damn roads and get the worst drivers off them. I just came back from a six-day driving trip that included the states of WA, OR, ID, NV, and UT in a loop starting and ending in my home in BC, Canada. Our roads are not always that great either, and all my comments about drivers...
  • Don't Count Out the Internal Combustion Engine

    09/07/2016 11:15:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Real Clear Future ^ | August 29, 2016 | Rob Tracinski
    Is the electric car the inevitable wave of the future? Is the internal combustion engine finished, through, a relic of the 20th century—as many are now saying? I have argued before that electric cars are overhyped. I calculated that the Tesla, for example, is still a really bad deal when you compare its substantial extra costs against the cost of operating a similar gasoline-powered car over five or ten years. But what if I'm wrong? For example, how much of that calculation is due to the inflated cost of a Tesla, which uses all of the positive publicity lavished on...
  • Goshen Coach intends to close facility in Elkhart (About 160 layoffs, Indiana)

    09/06/2016 11:02:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The South Bend Tribune ^ | September 1, 2016 | Ted Booker
    ELKHART — Goshen Coach, a commercial bus manufacturer, announced it will close its Elkhart facility on Oct. 31 and expects to lay off 159 employees. The company filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification on Wednesday with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development to announce the plan to close the facility at 25161 Leer Drive. It plans to offer "severance benefits and transition programs to affected employees," according to the notice, which does not explain why the plant will be shut down. Company officials could not be reached Wednesday for comment. Goshen Coach, which has manufactured specialty vehicles since 1985,...
  • Could Brexit affect beach water quality?

    09/06/2016 10:43:58 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | Sept. 5, 2016 | Rachael Thorn
    Environmentalists fear Brexit could see European rules on water cleanliness being undermined. But could leaving the EU result in filthy coastlines and smelly beaches? Until recent decades, swimming in the sea off the coast of Britain could be a perilous and unhealthy activity. "We were frequently surfing in poo," says Steve Crawford, who remembers the seas off Cornwall in the 1970s and 80s and is now a member of the campaign group Surfers Against Sewage. "Back then sewage just went straight to sea. There was no treatment - it was just basically chopped and sent, not even that far out...