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  • Ivanka Trump used personal email for government work

    11/20/2018 6:26:06 AM PST · by jerod · 50 replies
    Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a top White House adviser, sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year, the Washington Post reported Monday. The emails were sent to White House aides, cabinet members and Ivanka Trump's assistants, many in violation of public records rules, the newspaper said. U.S. President Donald Trump mercilessly criticized his 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for using a private email server during her time as secretary of state, labelling her "Crooked Hillary" and saying she belonged in jail....
  • NTSB Accident Report - SS Edmund Fitzgerald Sinking in Lake Superior

    11/10/2018 4:51:52 AM PST · by keat · 59 replies
    SS Edmund Fitzgerald Sinking in Lake Superior Executive Summary About 1915 e.s.t., on November 10, 1975, the Great Lakes bulk cargo vessel SS Edmund Fitzgerald, fully loaded with a cargo of taconite pellets, sank in eastern Lake Superior in position 46° 59.9' N, 85° 06.6' W, approximately 17 miles from the entrance to Whitefish Bay, Michigan. The ship was en route from Superior, Wisconsin, to Detroit, Michigan, and had been proceeding at reduced speed in a severe storm. All the vessel's 29 officers and crewmembers are missing and presumed dead. No distress call was heard by vessels or shore stations....
  • Harvard scientists say interstellar object may be a probe from an “alien civilization”

    11/09/2018 9:47:20 PM PST · by a little elbow grease · 63 replies ^ | 11/9/18 | unknown
    A mysterious reddish cigar-shaped object spotted tumbling through our solar system last year may have been an alien spacecraft sent to investigate Earth, astronomers from Harvard University have suggested.
  • Trump threatens more reporters’ credentials as he slams ‘stupid’ questioning

    11/09/2018 10:44:58 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 40 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 11/09/18 | Robert Schroeder
    President Donald Trump hinted Friday he could revoke more journalists’ White House credentials, as he called one reporter a “loser” and accused another of asking a “stupid question.” Before departing for a trip to Paris, Trump was asked how long the pass of CNN’s Jim Acosta would be suspended. “I haven’t made that decision,” he replied. “But it could be others also.” Trump lashed out at two other reporters: April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks — who is also a CNN analyst — and Abby Phillip, a White House correspondent for CNN. CNN is a unit of AT&T Inc.’s...
  • Norwegian warship at risk of sinking after collision with oil tanker

    11/08/2018 6:43:24 AM PST · by Gamecock · 65 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/8/2018
    A Norwegian warship was heavily damaged in a collision with a Maltese oil tanker in the North Sea off the coast of Norway. According to Norwegian media reports Thursday, the frigate is in danger of sinking after sustaining heavy damage. The oil tanker is reportedly undamaged. Several reports confirmed that all 137 crew on the navy ship were evacuated but seven have been treated for minor injuries. "The armed forces is now reviewing all the means available in the region to assist the KNM Helge Ingstad (the damaged warship)," Lieutenant Colonel Ivar Moen told AFP. According to the website Marine...
  • Alec Baldwin demoted to Saturday by ABC amid arrest, low ratings

    11/06/2018 5:28:52 PM PST · by chief lee runamok · 25 replies
    fox ^ | 11/06/2018 | Brian Flood
    ABC quietly announced on Election Night that “The Alec Baldwin Show” would move from its prestigious timeslot on Sunday evenings to a less desirable Saturday night spot, amid disappointing ratings and negative media attention surrounding the hot-headed thespian
  • Mitt Romney: Donald Trump’s Vilification of the Media Is Unprecedented

    11/04/2018 4:12:36 AM PST · by chief lee runamok · 109 replies
    breitbart ^ | 11/03/2018 | Joshua Caplan
    Failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney wrote in a blog post this week that President Donald Trump’s vilification of the media is unprecedented, stating he vehemently disagrees with labeling the press “the enemy of the people.”
  • Oregon provides Capitol Christmas Tree for Washington D.C. (photos)

    11/03/2018 9:52:04 AM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 15 replies
    oregonlive ^ | 11/02/2018 update 11/03/2018 | Mark Graves
    The 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was cut down in Oregon's very own Willamette National Forest Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. It's the second time the state has provided a Christmas tree to Washington D.C. The first tree, a Douglas fir, was provided by the Umpqua National Forest in 2002.
  • Academia Tries To Spin Out of Hoax

    10/12/2018 12:44:20 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 9, 2018 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A trio of writers with credentials who managed to place dubious articles in academic journals are already being dismissed by academics attempting to downplay the prank. "Last week three scholars published an article reporting on how they had submitted over twenty fraudulent and purportedly ridiculous nonsense papers to various journals in gender and diversity studies," Hank Reichman writes on the academe blog maintained by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). "Seven were accepted, four were published online, and three were in process when the authors 'had to take the project public prematurely and thus stop the study, before it...
  • Post your photos of whackjob anti-Kavanaugh protesters here.

    10/05/2018 2:01:07 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 284 replies
    vanity post ^ | 10/5/2018 | vanity
    Now that Judge K appears to be a shoo-in the lunatic fringe protests are going to crank it up to 11. I thought someone should start a thread where we can share photos of our favorite nutball anti-Kavanaugh protesters.
  • Child pornography reason behind Sunspot Observatory closure, according to court documents

    09/19/2018 7:49:44 PM PDT · by McGruff · 58 replies
    KTSM ^ | Sep 19, 2018 | Aaron Bracamontes
    A federal search warrant reveals that Sunspot Solar Observatory was shut down as FBI agents conducted computer forensic searches for child pornography. The source of child pornography was traced to an IP address used at the observatory and a source within the building observed a computer with "not good" images on it, the warrant states. An investigation by the FBI revealed that a janitor is the main suspect in the search, however he has not been charged with a crime even though his name in on the warrant. The warrant states the suspect would use the observatory Wifi and a...
  • Harvard will provide free menstrual products to ‘menstruators’ on campus

    09/13/2018 8:17:03 PM PDT · by jonascord · 46 replies
    The College Fix ^ | September 12, 2018 | Daniel Payne
    Harvard will now supply free tampons and pads in its residence halls, a decision that comes after an extensive effort by campus menstrual activists. Over the summer Harvard College “worked with House building managers to install a [menstrual product] dispenser in each upperclassman House and freshman yard that will provide tampons and pads,” The Harvard Crimson reports.
  • East Austin activists push to create a new school district

    09/05/2018 9:31:49 AM PDT · by Levy78 · 18 replies
    KXAN Austin ^ | September 5 | Sally Hernandez
    AUSTIN (KXAN) — Advocates say the Austin Independent School District is not doing enough to help Black and Latino students succeed in east Austin schools. On Wednesday, parents and community activists released a list of demands of AISD, including allowing east Austin to form its own school district. The group outlined three specific actions it wants from AISD: AISD must do all in its power to improve the academic achievement of its minority students. The district is currently not doing this. The compensation and benefits for teachers of minority students, particularly those in Title I schools, must be substantially upgraded...
  • You’re Surrounded Mr. Mueller, Give Yourself Up; The Truth is Becoming Too Big To Hide

    08/19/2018 9:40:08 PM PDT · by Paladin2 · 23 replies
    Rouge State ^ | Posted at 9:52 am on August 19, 2018 | Elizabeth Vaughn // by Elizabeth Vaughn =
    Anyone who’s ever worked on a jigsaw puzzle knows that the process is tedious in the beginning. First, we place all the similar colored pieces in small groups, try various configurations and then we see how two groups might fit together and so on. At a certain point, the progress becomes faster until finally, a picture starts to emerge. Thanks to the painstaking efforts of lawmakers such as Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the release of the DOJ Inspector General’s report in June and the tireless pursuit of documents by Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, a...
  • Watergate had tapes. Trump has tweets.

    08/08/2018 5:20:37 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 38 replies
    vox ^ | 08/06/2018 | Ezra Klein
    he Watergate tapes stand as one of the stunning, implausible twists of American history. Nixon confessed his crimes and recorded himself in the process. Who does that? In their book The Final Days, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein write, “the single thread that linked the problems together was the President’s tapes. The lawyers represented a President who had bugged himself, who had blurted his secrets into hidden microphones. They had not yet heard the tapes, nor seen any transcripts of them. The President would not permit it. They were told to mount a defense, but were not given the information...
  • Small number of 'slowpokes' cited so far, but police say new law improves safety (Idaho)

    07/31/2018 3:43:30 PM PDT · by Boomer · 105 replies
    Idaho Press ^ | 7/30/2018 | Emily Lowe
    Only two Idaho drivers have been cited for driving too slowly in the fast lane since the state’s new “slowpoke” law took effect July 1. Three other drivers got warnings that they better go the speed limit in the left lane or scoot over. Those numbers, current as of July 27, are from the Idaho State Police, which patrols the state’s highways. Tickets for speeding during that time frame — numbering 2,495 — far surpass these five cases of impeding fast-lane traffic. Even so, the new law gives troopers another tool to keep roads safer, said bill sponsor Rep. Lance...
  • Mysterious Map Emerges at the Dawn of the Egyptian Civilization and Depicts Antarctica Without Ice –

    07/26/2018 11:00:36 AM PDT · by wildbill · 61 replies
    Ancient ^ | July 2018 | Rand Ath
    On a chilly winter day in 1929, Halil Edhem, the Director of Turkey's National Museum, was hunched over his solitary task of classifying documents. He pulled towards him a map drawn on Roe deer skin. As Halil opened the chart to its full dimensions (two feet by three feet wide or 60 X 90 cm) he was surprised by how much of the New World was depicted on a map which dated from 1513. The document was the legacy of a pirate turned Turkish Admiral, Piri Reis ( circa 1470-1554). He was born in Gallipoli, a naval base on the...
  • Mueller examining Trump tweets as part of possible obstruction (Inspector Clouseau is trying)

    07/26/2018 9:52:52 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 41 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 07/26/18 | Greg Robb
    The special counsel, Robert Mueller, is examining tweets from President Donald Trump about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the former FBI director James Comey to see if they played a part in attempts to obstruct the Russia investigation, according to the New York Times on Thursday. The report, which cites three people briefed on the matter, said Mueller wants to question the president about the tweets. Privately, some of Trump's lawyers think Mueller will make a case for interference with the probe by tying together some of the president's actions and tweets, the report said.
  • Baby dies from meningitis, possibly from unvaccinated person, health officials say

    07/13/2018 12:53:57 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 59 replies
    A family is urging everyone to stay up to date on vaccinations after losing their infant son to meningitis. Four-month-old Killy Schultz died June 30, about 24 hours after developing a rash and spiking a fever on his way home from day care. "He had just eaten his bottle for the afternoon. He was a little warm but we figured it was a warm day so get him home and let him cool off," said Killy's mother Alex Dempsey told WTVR-TV. They gave him some Tylenol and when that didn't work they decided to get him checked out at the...
  • Neighbors call police on Ohio 12-year-old mowing lawn

    06/30/2018 5:19:20 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 161 replies ^ | 6/29/18 | unknown
    MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio -- A 12-year-old Ohio boy's summer vacation was anything but exciting until someone called police on him for doing his job. Reginald Field started a business cutting grass for his neighbors, but his service at one customer's house resulted in a 911 call. Fields said everything was going fine until his customer's neighbors called the police, claiming the teen had mowed part of their lawn. "They said I was cutting their grass," he said. "I didn't know it." The neighbor told authorities that the teen and his crew had cut a portion of their property and were...