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  • LA City Hall panel backs fining companies for asking applicants about past crimes

    06/29/2016 8:37:28 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 06/28/16 | Dakota Smith
    Businesses that ask a job applicant about his or her criminal history during the hiring process could be fined and forced to pay the applicant up to $500 under a new law being considered by city leaders. A Los Angeles City Council committee backed a plan Tuesday to penalize businesses that weed out applicants based on criminal convictions. The rules are part of a law under consideration by the council aimed at giving former convicts a better shot at obtaining employment. The Ban the Box ordinance, approved in concept last year by the council, bans private employers with 10 or...
  • The bad moon rising over Hillary

    06/24/2016 11:15:16 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 06/23/16 | Wesley Pruden
    Hillary Clinton wont be able to say she didnt see the bad moon rising. Donald Trump gave her a blistering introduction this week to Presidential Politics 102, which differs in a remarkable way from Politics 101, which she encountered in her first attempt in 2008 and before that as the managing partner in Bubbas two campaigns. Whatever she learned from Bubba didnt take. He was a master at covering his tracks and playing the rube when forced to, with a Huck Finn grin and country charm: Aw, whatcha gonna do with a good ol boy like me? He got away...
  • Brexit Decision Deals Another Blow to Obama

    06/24/2016 9:42:24 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 48 replies
    Rollcall ^ | 06/24/16 | Staff
    The United Kingdom's Decision to leave the European Union is the second major blow to President Barack Obama-and his legacy-in as many days. The country's historic referendum decision, which brought the resignation-effective in October-of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron was made official one day after the Supreme Court left Obama's immigration executive order frozen in perpetuity.
  • Cringeworthy moment Fox News host Bret Baier asks Dalai Lama if he's seen Caddyshack

    06/17/2016 12:22:38 PM PDT · by Wilderness Conservative · 96 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/17/16
    The Dalai Lama was forced to answer some difficult questions during his trip to the US - about everything from terrorism in the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting to the vocal criticism of President Obama by the Chinese after he hosted the Tibetan spiritual leader in the White House. But none of those questions gave his holiness as much trouble as Fox News host Bret Baier asking him during an interview on Wednesday if he had ever seen the film Caddyshack. Baier and his guest had been having a discussion about terrorism and the Muslim faith when the political...
  • Science says liberals, not conservatives, are psychotic

    06/10/2016 7:16:02 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 53 replies
    Turns out liberals are the real authoritarians. A political-science journal that published an oft-cited study claiming conservatives were more likely to show traits associated with psychoticism now says it got it wrong. Very wrong. The American Journal of Political Science published a correction this year saying that the 2012 paper has an error and that liberal political beliefs, not conservative ones, are actually linked to psychoticism. The interpretation of the coding of the political attitude items in the descriptive and preliminary analyses portion of the manuscript was exactly reversed, the journal said in the startling correction. The descriptive analyses...
  • London's first naked restaurant opens..?

    06/08/2016 11:31:32 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 54 replies
    Mirror ^ | 06/08/16 | Kirstie McCrum
    A restaurant where people shed their clothes to dine in the nude has thrilled diners on its first service in London. The Bunyadi, set to open to the public on June 11, is London's first nude restaurant, offering an entirely natural eating experience, free from the trappings of modern life. This includes phones, electric lights and even clothing. A 42-capacity venue, it currently has almost 44,000 people on its waiting list, but it's only open for three months. The first diners at the undisclosed venue - invited as part of its 'soft opening' - have praised the food, ambiance and...
  • 500 year-old shipwreck loaded with gold found in Namibian desert

    06/07/2016 3:47:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | June 7, 2016 | Walt Bonner
    Diamond miners recently discovered a ship that went down 500 years ago after draining a man-made lagoon on Namibias coast. While shipwrecks are often found along Africas Skeleton Coast, this one just so happened to be loaded with $13,000,000 worth of gold coins. It also answers a centuriesold mystery and is what some archaeologists are calling one of the most significant shipwrecks ever found. The wreck was first discovered along the coast near Oranjemund by geologists from the mining company De Beers in April 2008. One reason it took centuries to find is because it was underneath the ocean floor....
  • Muhammad Ali, 'The Greatest of All Time', Dead at 74

    06/04/2016 1:21:27 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 212 replies
    NBC News ^ | 4 June 16 | NBC News staff
    Muhammad Ali, the silver-tongued boxer and civil rights champion who famously proclaimed himself "The Greatest" and then spent a lifetime living up to the billing, is dead. Ali died Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications, a family spokesman confirmed to NBC News. He was 74. After a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening," Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman, told NBC News.
  • The General George S. Patton Story By Ronald Reagan

    06/03/2016 7:21:04 PM PDT · by DaveinOK54 · 31 replies
    Youtube ^ | Youtube
    Fantastic 30 min. video narrated by Ronald Reagan about GS Patton, I mean DJ Trump...LOL. It's really worth a watch. The parallels between GSP and DJT have always intrigued me.....
  • Chinese Commercial Advertises Detergent Strong Enough to Wash Off Black Skin

    05/29/2016 12:21:02 AM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 53 replies
    A new television commercial has been called jaw-droppingly racist for advertising laundry detergent seemingly strong enough to turn a black man Asian. The ad from China-based laundry detergent company Qiaobi shows a black man flirting with a seemingly interested Asian woman. The women lures the man closer to a washing machine. She shoves a ball of washing detergent in his mouth before shoving his body into the washing machine. Moments later, the black man emerges from the water as an Asian man.
  • Living near a landfill could damage your health

    05/27/2016 8:59:03 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | 24 May 2016
    According to research published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology, health is at risk for those who live within five kilometres of a landfill site. Researchers in Italy evaluated the potential health effects of living near nine different landfills in the Lazio region, and therefore being exposed to air pollutants emitted by the waste treatment plants. 242,409 people were enrolled in the cohort from 1996 to 2008. The results showed a strong association between Hydrogen Sulphide (used as a surrogate for all pollutants co-emitted from the landfills) and deaths caused by lung cancer, as well as deaths and hospitalizations...
  • CBS says shows are 'more diverse' despite criticism

    05/18/2016 8:22:34 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 45 replies
    Entertainment ^ | 05/18/16 | James Hibberd
    When CBS ordered six new shows last week, fans on Twitter pointed out the one thing they all had in common: The top-billed actor in each was white and male. Soon observers began to accuse the broadcaster of not doing enough to cast women and actors of color at a time when the rest of the industry was making strides in that direction. On Wednesday, CBS unveiled its fall schedule to reporters and network executives were asked about the networks male-centered lineup. We are the network that has Madam Secretary and Two Broke Girls and Mom we have lots...
  • Bear bites Appalachian Trail hiker in Tennessee

    05/13/2016 12:19:27 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 88 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/13/16
    A black bear bit through the tent and into the lower leg of a man who was hiking the Appalachian Trail and camped for the night at a national park in Tennessee, park officials said on Thursday. Bradley Veeder, 49, of Las Vegas, was sleeping around 11 p.m. local time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Tuesday when the bear attacked, park spokeswoman Dana Soehn said by telephone. Because it was so dark, Veeder and nearby campers did not see the bear, which was initially scared away by his screams, Soehn said. Park officials said it was a...
  • I'm going to just leave this right here...

    05/02/2016 5:02:13 PM PDT · by mabelkitty · 83 replies
    Thompson Timeline ^ | 4/23/2016 | Paul
    Someone went to painstaking detail to track Clinton's email scandal and announced it at DU. Naturally, people are freaking out about it because it is out in the public and the information 'damages their presumptive nominee'. Permission to keep this up for interested FReepers to peruse. I'm quite certain it will be taken down when they discover we are have it here.
  • Watch pilot escape after fiery plane crash in Foley (video)

    04/26/2016 9:46:40 PM PDT · by boycott · 8 replies
    AL.com ^ | 4-26-16 | Jonathan Grass
    A family and employees inside a Foley towing business got the shock of their lives when a twin-engine plane went down in flames just outside their office Tuesday afternoon. The sole person inside escaped with just minor injuries. Foley Municipal Airport officials confirm the twin-engine Cessna was taking off when it immediately went down near Sunset Circle and Hickory Street. The plane was on fire, but the pilot got out through the back and jumped almost 10 feet to the ground to get away. Police and airport officials said the pilot walked away with only a few burns and cuts...
  • How the state of the economy is literally killing people

    04/26/2016 7:50:39 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | 04/25/16 | Betsy McCaughey
    Middle-aged people laid off and unable to find work are taking another way out. Theyre killing themselves. Suicide rates are soaring, according to federal data released last week. Especially in economically depressed states and job-starved upstate New York. People in need of work are twice as likely to take their own lives as employed people, and people fired in their 40s and 50s find it hardest to get hired again. That makes boosting economic growth a life-or-death issue for many. But you wouldnt know it listening to President Obama and Hillary Clinton. President Obama whitewashes reality, claiming the American economy...
  • 17th-century dress belonging to English noblewoman found on Dutch island

    04/24/2016 6:11:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | April 24, 2016
    A 17th-century silk dress reportedly belonging to someone on the royal court of an English queen was found buried in sand on a Dutch island. The Dutch News reported Thursday the dress belonged to someone who was on the royal court of English Queen Henrietta Maria. The queen was apparently traveling on a secret mission in the Wadden Sea when one of her baggage ships sank. According to paper, the queens trip to the Dutch Republic was to deliver her 11-year-old daughter to the court of William II, Prince of Orange whom the girl married a year before the...
  • Boris Johnson branded 'racist' and likened to the right-wing Tea Party (Gag-a-lot alert!)

    04/22/2016 7:45:03 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/22/16 | Matt Dathan
    Boris Johnson was accused of 'dog whistle racism' and likened to right-wing 'Tea Party' politicians in the US this morning after his attack on the 'part-Kenyan' Barack Obama. The Mayor of London spoke out against the US President after he urged British voters to stay in the EU and mentioned his African ancestry as he criticised the decision to remove a bust of Sir Winston Churchill from the Oval Office shortly after Mr Obama entered the White House. Mr Johnson - who is favourite to succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister - suggested the President got rid of the statue...
  • Madrid cracks down on dog owners who leave a trail of poop on city sidewalks

    04/21/2016 9:14:31 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 27 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 04/21/16 | Barbara Kollmeyer
    Derelict-in-their-duties dog owners of Madrid have been put on notice: Pick up your pets poop or pay a hefty fine. You might even find yourself cleaning the streets. While its difficult, not to mention unpleasant, to quantify, the Spanish capital seems to handily outdistance any U.S. city when it comes to the volume of dog droppings besmirching its pedestrian pathways. Thats true from the early morning, when Madrids parents must navigate a minefield as they shepherd their children to school and then rush off to work, through the daytime hours and the afternoon trek home, before, if anything, the problem...
  • ESPN fires Curt Schilling after anti-transgender comments

    04/21/2016 7:09:33 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 35 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 04/20/16 | Ryan Lazo
    Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling throws out the first pitch at Fenway Park in 2012. By Ryan Lazo Apparently ESPN decided it was about time Curt Schilling was on the other side of a Strike Three call. The network fired their controversial baseball analyst for providing offensive commentary on social media following his comments and blog post on the topic of transgender people. ESPN is an inclusive company, Walt Disney Co. DISN, +0.00% -owned ESPN said in a statement. Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated. ESPNs...
  • Why living around nature could make you live longer (Not PC!)

    04/20/2016 7:27:02 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/19/16 | Chelsea Harvey
    Living closer to nature is better for your health, new research suggests and may even extend your life. A study just published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that people who live in greener areas, with more vegetation around, have a lower risk of mortality. The health benefits are likely thanks to factors such as improved mental health, social engagement and physical activity that come with living near green spaces. The research relied on data from a vast long-term Harvard study funded by the National Institutes of Health called the Nurses Health Study, which has collected health information...
  • Group at Coachella yells 'No Espaol!' to people singing in Spanish

    04/19/2016 8:52:35 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 4 replies
    The Desert Sun ^ | 04/19/16 | Jose A Bastidas
    What do you do in between sets at Coachella? If youre deep in the crowd of one of the festivals biggest stages, waiting for the next act to come on stage can be a pretty grueling task. Holding your place when other groups try to cut to the front and dealing with being surrounded by thousands of smelly, possibly intoxicated strangers can prove to be a challenge. But its worth it when 20-30 minutes later you get the best view of your favorite artist onstage. Such was the case Friday after Of Monsters And Men wrapped up their set and...
  • Restrictions next week on I-10 east of Tucson. Full westbound I-10 closure

    04/18/2016 10:42:42 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    Motorists traveling on Interstate 10 will encounter restrictions next week including a full closure of westbound I-10 between Benson and Tucson overnight Wednesday, April 20 while the Arizona Department of Transportation continues making improvements in the area. The following restrictions are scheduled for next week: The westbound I-10 on-ramp and eastbound I-10 off-ramp at Kolb Road in Tucson (Exit 270) will be closed from 7 p.m. Monday, April 18, until 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, for paving work on Kolb Road at the interchange. Traffic from Kolb Road can take eastbound I-10 to Rita Road and return...
  • Coachella to hold 'Berniechella' (Burned out Bernie Barf Alert!)

    04/14/2016 7:47:02 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 6 replies
    Desert Sun ^ | 04/14/16 | Anna Rumer,
    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. Coachella will be feeling the Bern soon, as the city plans for a block party/rally dubbed Berniechella on April 21 and 22. Just before the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, will host the Bernie Sanders Block Party from 5 p.m. to midnight April 21 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 22, on Grapefruit Boulevard and Vine Street in Old Town Coachella. The free event is expected to draw between 1,500 and 3,000 people, although similar...
  • State releases new details on possible bullet train routes

    04/10/2016 8:47:18 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 32 replies
    La Slimes ^ | 4.08.16 | Ralph Vartabedian
    The report noted that "the Bakersfield to Palmdale section includes a variety of constraints that pose significant technical and environmental challenges, including seismic faults, steep grades through the Tehachapi Mountains and flood plains." The route could require as many as 59 grade separations for highways.
  • Previously Deported Illegal Alien May Face Charges for Killing Texas Firefighter, 2 Children

    04/06/2016 7:14:52 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 04/06/16 | Lana Shadwick
    An illegal alien who hit a Texas firefighter head-on and killed him and his four-year-old stepdaughter and 22-month-old son will be charged with criminally negligent homicide if he recovers from his critical injuries. The man did not have a drivers license and was in the country illegally, according to the CBS affiliate for Dallas/Fort Worth. He first came to the U.S. in 2006 but was deported in 2008. L.P. Phillips of KRLD radio in Dallas spoke to ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officials who verified that Margarito Quintero was an illegal alien.
  • Social Networks For Muslims Are On The Rise (Maxi Barf Alert!)

    03/30/2016 7:48:48 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 12 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/30/16 | Frederico Guerrini
    A month ago, while attending the Startup Turkey conference in Antalya, I had the chance to talk to Shoaib Fadie, CEO and co-founder of the social networking platform Muslimface. He was there to pitch to potential investors his website, which, in addition to social networking also offers prayer times, job postings, a tool to locate the nearest mosque, a find your spouse feature, and much more. It might not seem the best of times, now, to write about Islamic online content, given the prejudices that surround the topic and the rising Islamophobia (which the recent terrorist attacks has certainly not...
  • Push for Transparency Continues Over City's Unprecedented RNC Riot Gear Request

    03/26/2016 3:12:55 AM PDT · by EBH · 15 replies
    Cleveland Scene ^ | 3/23/2016 | Sam Allard, Eric Sandy
    The city of Cleveland is seeking an unprecedented amount of riot gear and security equipment for July's Republican National Convention as emotional unrest and physical violence follow the GOP front runner across the U.S. Donald Trump, in fact, has predicted riots if he wins the most number of delegates but is not formally nominated during the convention. Its a prediction that local leaders have called irresponsible and dangerous, and one which continues to fuel the narrative that repressive, military police tactics are necessary during the RNC. This month, the city posted a request for bids on a spectrum of riot...
  • Obama Attacks the Dance Floor?

    03/24/2016 6:54:48 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/23/16 | Chris Pleasance and Fransesca Chambers
    In Brussels police are still desperately hunting a dangerous terrorist after he fled a triple-suicide bombing in the city that left 34 dead, as officials search for news on U.S. citizens who went missing during the attack and medics tend to nine more Americans lying wounded in hospitals. Meanwhile in Buenos Aires President Barack Obama was dancing the night away with wife Michelle at a glitzy state dinner alongside Argentine President Mauricio Macri and his first lady Juliana Awada as part of a two-day state visit. Despite increasing calls from the likes of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz for the...
  • Democrats sound alarm against Trump (I'm sure they do!)

    03/17/2016 7:36:48 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 37 replies
    PoliticoPro ^ | 03/17/16 | Gabriel Debenedetti
    PHOENIX Leading liberals and progressive groups are turning their gaze away from the Democratic primary and toward efforts to unite the left against Donald Trump, framing him as a dangerous and unprecedented candidate who poses an existential threat to the progressive movement and the nation. Ad campaigns are in the works. There are calls for massive voter mobilizations and screeds from leading donors circulating within liberal circles. Major labor groups are organizing their members on the ground in swing states. Within the Democratic Party apparatus, top elected leaders are beginning to speak out both collectively and individually in ways...
  • 50 years later, Texas Western's win resonates off the court

    03/16/2016 5:12:56 PM PDT · by pilgrim · 15 replies
    palmbeachpost ^ | March 16, 2016 | Schuyler Dixon, John Zenor, Gary B, Graves, Betsy Blaney
    MIAMI The opposing team's locker room is a place Pat Riley has generally considered off-limits for almost all his basketball life: Do not enter except under extreme circumstances. Fifty years ago was one of those circumstances. FILE - In this March 19, 1966, file photo, Kentucky's Thad Jaracz (55) and Texas Western's David Latin (42) reach for a rebound during the first period of the NCAA men's baksetball championship game in College Park, Md. Other Kentucky players shown are Tommy Kron (30) and Larry Conley (40). Fifty years ago, Texas Western started five blacksWillie Worsley, Orsten Artis, Bobby Joe...
  • GOP presidential primary debate in SLC canceled

    03/16/2016 9:49:10 AM PDT · by abb · 130 replies
    Fox 13 ^ | March 16, 2016 | Staff
    SALT LAKE CITY The GOP presidential primary debate scheduled for Monday has been canceled, a representative for the Salt Palace Convention Center confirmed Wednesday. The debate was canceled following Donald Trumps announcement that he wouldnt be attending and a subsequent announcement from the campaign strategist for Gov. John Kasich that he wouldnt attend without Trump.
  • Jerry Brown: If Trump wins, California might need a wall of its own...Huh?

    03/15/2016 7:56:21 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 67 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | 03/14/16 | David Siders
    Gov. Jerry Brown, mocking Donald Trump for his plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, suggested Monday that if the Republican frontrunner wins election, California might have to take protective measures of its own. If Trump were ever elected, wed have to build a wall around California to defend ourselves from the rest of this country, Brown told labor organizers at a dinner in Sacramento. By the way that is a joke. We dont like walls, we like bridges. Brown, the Democratic governor of a liberal border state, has signed legislation granting drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants and...
  • Obama says first family staying in Washington after he leaves the White House

    03/03/2016 11:45:10 PM PST · by glorgau · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | march 3, 2016 | Christi Parsons
    President Obama says he plans to stay in Washington after the end of his presidency so that his younger daughter can finish high school with her class, a rare disclosure about his familys personal plans for the future.
  • Is your smartphone listening to you?

    03/02/2016 6:23:29 AM PST · by PotatoHeadMick · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 2 March 2016 | Zoe Kleinman
    It all began with a car crash. I was doing some ironing when my mum came in to tell me that a family friend had been killed in a road accident in Thailand. My phone was on the worktop behind me. But the next time I used the search engine on it, up popped the name of our friend, and the words, "Motorbike accident, Thailand" and the year in the suggested text below the search box.
  • Polar bears in Svalbard in good condition – so far

    The Norwegian Polar Institute has carried out a counting of polar bears in Svalbard, financed by the Ministry of Climate and Environment. The results show that there are probably more polar bears than the last time the bears were counted in this area in 2004, in spite of the fact that there have been many years with poor ice cover during this period. "The Barens Sea Bears" migrate between Norwegian and Russian territory. Polar bears on the Russian side were included in the previous counting, but as the Russians did not take part this time, the results are uncertain. The...
  • 'World peace' hitcher is murdered (2008)

    02/25/2016 9:07:34 PM PST · by HeartlandOfAmerica · 38 replies
    BBC ^ | Saturday, 12 April 2008 15:42 UK | Unattributed
    'World peace' hitcher is murdered Ms di Marineo was hitch-hiking to the Middle East with a fellow artist An Italian woman artist who was hitch-hiking to the Middle East dressed as a bride to promote world peace has been found murdered in Turkey. The naked body of Giuseppina Pasqualino di Marineo, 33, known as Pippa Bacca, was found in bushes near the northern city of Gebze on Friday. She had said she wanted to show that she could put her trust in the kindness of local people. Turkish police say they have detained a man in connection with the killing....
  • The last stand of tolerance in the Republican Party: What Trump vs. Rubio would reveal about GOP

    02/22/2016 7:56:14 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 9 replies
    Salon ^ | Feb 22, 2016 | Elias Isquith
    The reports of the Bush dynasty’s collapse are greatly exaggerated; but now that Jeb’s disastrous campaign has finally reached its finale, it admittedly does feel like a distinct era of Republican Party politics is leaving the stage with him. (SNIP) The stump speech was for Rush Limbaugh; the budget was for the Chamber of Commerce. It worked for Poppy in ’88, and Dubya pulled it off twice. (SNIP) A sizable chunk of rank-and-file Republicans are wise to the bait and switch now; pandering to the Birchite wing of the Republican Party with dog-whistles won’t cut it. If you want to...
  • White House forecasts fastest economic growth in decade...? Where-Washington D.C.?

    02/09/2016 8:36:20 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 17 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 02/09/16 | Greg Robb
    The White House expects the domestic economy to be able to power through the headwinds including a stronger dollar, weaker oil and financial turmoil. According to assumptions in the budget released Tuesday, the White House sees growth of 2.6% this year and in 2017, the best back-to-back years since 2005 and 2006. The U.S. economy grew 2.4% in 2015. In presenting his final budget, President Barack Obama sounded like he was in no mood for second-guessing. “Our economy is the strongest, most durable on Earth,” he said in the introduction. The White House forecast is not far away from consensus...
  • Islamic State crucifies teen in Syria

    02/08/2016 11:39:57 AM PST · by EBH · 20 replies
    UPI ^ | 2/8/2016 | Shawn Price
    ALEPPO, Syria, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Islamic State militants crucified a teenage boy and left the body on display in Raqqa in one of the terror organization's latest public executions. The 17-year-old was accused of accepting money for filming Islamic State training sites and a placard in Arabic was hung around his neck telling people of his alleged crime. Images of the bloody and battered teen's body tied to a cross in the central square of the Islamic State's declared capital went viral after leaders accused him of receiving 500 Turkish lira per photograph of the Islamic State's military base...
  • White Privilege Bash...?(MAJOR disconnect from reality?)

    01/27/2016 9:00:11 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 20 replies
    Campus Reform Newsletter ^ | 01/27/16 | Anthony Grockowski
    •Schools across the country are offering course credit and paying for students to attend “The White Privilege Conference.” •More than 20 workshops on topics of sex, race, and gender will be featured at the event. Major universities across the country are offering course credit, and in some cases even paying the cost, for students to attend an annual national event known as “The White Privilege Conference.” The 2016 conference will feature a variety of speakers and numerous breakout sessions, all of which come at an additional charge. On two of the four days, participants will have the opportunity to spend...
  • Fly from New York to London in 11 MINUTES: Radical ‘Antipode’ concept plane [...] revealed

    01/25/2016 8:01:36 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 25 Jan 2016 | ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD
    The engineer behind the Skreemr jet has unveiled another radical, much faster design for future air travel. Charles Bombadier latest concept jet is capable of reaching Mach 24 - more than twice the speed of the Skreemr and 12 times faster than Concorde. Dubbed the 'Antipode', it can carry 10 people up to 12,430 miles (20,000km) in under an hour, allowing it to travel from London to New York in just 11 minutes.
  • The Verdict is in: Guess Who's The Worst President in US History?

    01/25/2016 2:20:09 PM PST · by Maceman · 98 replies
    HubPages.com ^ | Nov. 11, 2015 | Not known
    Americans of all stripes love to debate which president was best or worst. This is a subject that is too important to rely on opinion polls, which are skewed by individual bias and political views. While It's difficult to rate how good or bad any president may have been in comparison to another, a careful look at the facts shows one president failed in virtually every aspect of the job to a degree unrivaled by any other. When you review the facts below and consider his impact on our economy, foreign policy, and domestic policy, by almost any standard, it’s...
  • Study: Maybe we can’t find aliens because they’ve all died already

    01/22/2016 12:32:08 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 85 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | January 22 at 12:27 PM | Rachel Feltman
    Study: Maybe we can’t find aliens because they’ve all died already By Rachel Feltman January 22 at 12:27 PM he hunt for extraterrestrial life is one of humanity's most exciting endeavors. The pieces are all falling into place: We're finding more and more planets outside of our own solar system, and soon the James Webb Telescope will give us unprecedented looks at these distant worlds. We've populated Mars with robots looking for signs of ancient habitability. Orbiters dive through the icy geysers of ocean-covered moons in hopes of catching some life-giving minerals. Our radio telescopes are tuned in to mysterious...
  • Americans Greatly Overestimate Percent Gay, Lesbian in U.S.

    01/22/2016 10:48:43 AM PST · by Sheapdog · 51 replies
    Gallup ^ | MAY 21, 2015 | Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, N.J. -- The American public estimates on average that 23% of Americans are gay or lesbian, little changed from Americans' 25% estimate in 2011, and only slightly higher than separate 2002 estimates of the gay and lesbian population. These estimates are many times higher than the 3.8% of the adult population who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in Gallup Daily tracking in the first four months of this year. Trend: Just your best guess, what percent of Americans today would you say are gay or lesbian? The stability of these estimates over time contrasts with the...
  • Prayer Request - USMC helicopters down

    01/15/2016 6:38:29 AM PST · by paterfamilias · 25 replies
    15 Jan 2016 | me
    Friends: 2 USMC CH-53 helicopters went down off the coast of Oahu, 12 souls missing. One of my son's best friends is a CH-53 pilot stationed in Hawaii, and cannot be reached. We don't know if he was flying at the time. Please pray for Brian and all those involved. Thanks
  • Obama wipes away tears as he calls for new gun measures (Drama Queen Alert)

    01/05/2016 9:50:06 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 149 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/05/16 | Sarah Wheaton and Nick Gass
    President Barack Obama wept openly Tuesday as he delivered a forceful defense of new executive actions on gun violence, a set of modest proposals to tighten loopholes that likely face quick legal challenges and could be vulnerable to reversal by a Republican White House. The president ran through a list of mass shootings that have happened during his time in office, and teared up as he recalled the schoolchildren gunned down in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012. "First graders in Newtown. First graders," Obama said, pausing to collect himself. "Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad. And...
  • How To Spot A Psychopath

    12/31/2015 12:19:50 PM PST · by Bon mots · 68 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | December 31, 2015 | Sarah Griffiths
    Like Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, psychopaths can be intelligent and charming, while hiding a lack of empathy. So given their ability to manipulate others, how easy it is for you to spot one? Self-professed psychopath Jacob Wells has revealed how he behaves in different situations and has listed questions that may help others identify whether they have any psychopathic traits - as well as recognise them in others.
  • Toy plane plays Islamic prayer, not jet sounds

    12/29/2015 2:43:32 PM PST · by hoagy62 · 21 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 12/29/15 | Benjamin Woodard
    An unexpected noise came out of a child's present this Christmas: an Islamic prayer. Instead of whooshing and roaring expected out of a toy F-16 fighter jet bought on Amazon, the toy plays a prayer in Arabic, KING-TV reported. The toy's manufacturer, WolVol, blamed its factory for the mistake, according to the report. "It sounds like an Arabic chanting, which is pretty unusual," Bjorn Thorpe, the boy's uncle, told KING-TV. "I think we're kind of confused on how this would happen." Nadeem Israr, president of the Islamic Society of Whatcom County, told King 5 the sound is a Muslim prayer...
  • Private car ownership is on the road to becoming a rarity...? (socialist wet dream?)

    12/18/2015 8:44:14 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 42 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/18/15 | Dan Neil
    Driverless cars, a dream since the mid-20th century, will soon become reality and ultimately commonplace — and can be counted on to accelerate the recent trend away from private automobile ownership. Henry Ford was a smart guy, but he never did the math when he decided to put every American household on wheels. A century after the Model T, the world has a problem with cars. The U.S. and China will consume about 40 million light vehicles in 2015, according to IHS. Globally, we’re on track to hit 100 million vehicles in 2020. That’s not a lot of cars. That’s...