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  • Democrats build impeachment case, alleging ‘dangerous crime’ (IMPEACHMENT HELD HOSTAGE - DAY 31)

    01/17/2021 1:47:58 PM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies
    AP News ^ | 1/17/20 | Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The lead prosecutor for President Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment began building his case for conviction at trial, asserting on Sunday that Trump’s incitement of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol was “the most dangerous crime” ever committed by a president against the United States. A Senate trial could begin as soon as this week, just as Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., did not say when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will send the single article of impeachment against Trump - for “incitement of insurrection” - to...
  • OK, FREEPER FRIENDS: DO I BUY, SELL, OR HOLD ON TO THE HUCKLEBERRY BUSHES.

    01/17/2021 12:03:33 PM PST · by MrChips · 77 replies
    January 17, 2021 | MrChips
    I am not like a lot of my friends and acquaintances who worked for the government in some capacity and retired on big government pensions (with healthcare) on top of their Social Security. No, I worked all my life in the private sector, teaching in private schools and sometimes (to save money) in boarding schools. Other than the equity I have in my home, my entire retirement is in the stock market . . . in one IRA or another. I have worked hard and I have assiduously saved, investing wisely and somewhat conservatively, enjoying President Trump's transformation of the...
  • Exciting News From Carnival Corp., Pause Extensions and More (Video)

    01/17/2021 8:06:04 AM PST · by Capt. Tom · 27 replies
    Cruise Critic ^ | January 15, 2021 | Cruise Critic Staff
    (3:30 p.m. EST) -- In this week's edition of our latest video series, This Week in Cruise News, Cruise Critic's Managing Editor UK Adam Coulter talks about further pauses in operations from two big lines, takes a look at what's happening with the Alaska cruise season and discusses the big reveal from Carnival Corp CEO Arnold Donald about when the fleet will get back sailing. Stay tuned for next week's video update, and check out last week's video, which highlights everything you need to know about the exciting new ships slated for 2021, and when cruisers might expect to get...
  • 2018 - Nancy Pelosi's spring strategy for Democrats: Resist

    01/17/2021 3:26:01 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/09/18 | Susan Ferrechio
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent instructions to rank and file Democrats Monday to resist Republican initiatives, including the upcoming bill to reauthorize the nation’s agriculture and food stamp programs. **SNIP** Pelosi also called on Democrats to vote against any effort to rescind spending in the recently passed fiscal 2018 spending package. Democrats, Pelosi urged, much also continue to “hold the Trump Administration accountable for a culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence.” Pelosi repeated her call for the resignation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt who is facing criticism over travel expenses and an agreement to rent a condominium from a...
  • Sapporo decides to sell new beer with English mistake on label

    01/16/2021 11:12:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Japan Today ^ | 1/16 | Oona McGee
    It was a sad day for beer lovers across Japan on Jan 8, when Sapporo Breweries put the lid on an exclusive new brew release just four days before it was due to go on sale. According to the company, the new beer, called Kaitakushi Beer Tailored, used the same traditional manufacturing methods as Japan’s first beer factory, Kaitakushi Brewery, founded in Sapporo, Hokkaido, in 1897, and was set to be sold exclusively at FamilyMart convenience stores around the country on Jan 12. However, the beer’s release was pulled from sale before even making it to stores, and the problem...
  • What makes an old song go viral on TikTok?

    01/16/2021 10:31:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NME ^ | 15th January 2021 | Lucy Harbron
    From Kate Bush's 'Babooshka' to Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams', the app's gone nostalgia crazy. We asked TikTok stars, musicians and psychologists: why?Kate Bush's 1980 weirdo-banger 'Babooshka' has filled many a TikTokker with glee. Credit: Getty You don’t need us to tell you that TikTok now has a huge effect on the music industry. With the power to launch careers with one viral clip, we’re seeing the birth of a new star every day. But how about the revival of an old one? Last year saw TikTok revive vintage hits, from ‘70s classics such as Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ to ‘00s deep cuts...
  • Why do so many people with expensive college degrees settle for low-paying jobs?

    01/16/2021 9:17:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Quora ^ | 01/16/2021 | Thomas B Walsh, former Systems Engineer at IBM
    You can’t be serious, Dude. There was a time in the US when you could get a great job if you earned a bachelor’s degree in “anything.” The catch is that JFK was president at the time. Most parents (and their students) are oblivious to how college really works today. In some ways it is hard to blame them. Colleges and universities have a powerful public relations team, pushing the message 24/7 that "college is for all." The team is made up of educators, guidance counselors, financial aid officers, politicians, pop culture, special interest groups--like the College Board, and college...
  • Teen demonstrator accused of causing over $46K in downtown Portland ‘riot’

    01/16/2021 4:55:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    The Oregonian via MSN ^ | 1/14/20 | Jim Ryan
    A teen demonstrator arrested two weeks ago is accused of causing more than $46,000 in damage in downtown Portland, police say. The 15-year-old Columbia County boy is accused of burglary, attempted burglary, criminal mischief and rioting, according to Portland police. Police said he was arrested on a warrant during a gathering that spanned Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 and was being held in a Columbia County juvenile detention center as recently as Tuesday. Surveillance footage showed the boy committing crimes at “many” locations during the demonstration, which was declared a riot, according to police. Police did not detail the specific...
  • Pelosi doesn't answer when asked about sending Trump impeachment article to U.S. Senate (IMPEACHMENT HELD HOSTAGE - DAY 30)

    01/16/2021 1:23:28 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/15/21
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not answer when asked on Friday about when she plans to send the single impeachment article against President Donald Trump to the Senate, which would begin the trial process in that chamber. “We’re working on taking this to trial...and you’ll be the first to know when we announce that we’re going over there,” Pelosi told reporters at a briefing, noting that the House had just passed the article on Wednesday.
  • A question for a realtor or investor

    01/16/2021 1:01:27 PM PST · by thescourged1 · 68 replies
    1/16/2021 | thescourged1
    The question I have is: Is now a good or bad time to get invested in residential property? At first glance, it looks bad given what we are about to experience starting January 20th. However, with property getting snatched up sight-unseen by those fleeing the cities for way more than it's worth, supply will dry up fast. With the dollar reaching it's day of reckoning, and with interest rates likely to go up, I'm feeling a sense of urgency on this. Freepers are always a great resource of knowledge and wit, and I'd like some informed opinions if any care...
  • Worried About Earth’s Future? Well, The Outlook Is Worse Than Even Scientists Can Grasp [for the record: see comment]

    01/16/2021 8:54:37 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 42 replies
    The Conversation ^ | The Conversation
    ...just how bad is the situation? Our new paper shows the outlook for life on Earth is more dire than is generally understood.The research published today reviews more than 150 studies to produce a stark summary of the state of the natural world...Our paper was authored by 17 leading scientists... While the problems are too numerous to cover in full here, they include:a halving of vegetation biomass since the agricultural revolution around 11,000 years ago...about 1,300 documented species extinctions over the past 500 years, with many more unrecorded... Read more: What is a 'mass extinction' and are we in one...
  • Declaration of Redemption and Restoration of America

    01/16/2021 7:26:30 AM PST · by Jim W N · 3 replies
    Jim Newell ^ | 1/16/21 | Jim Newell
    Today in Jesus Name, I cover my beloved America with the blood of Jesus and declare America protected and redeemed by Jesus' blood which overcomes Satan and sends him and his minions to flight. Satan and his minions are defeated and will not occupy positions of power in America to destroy her. I declare a new birth of freedom in America and restoration of her Free Constitutional Republic by grace as a light of grace to the world.
  • Taco Bell is secretly a haven for vegetarians—and it’s adding even more meatless options

    01/16/2021 6:02:11 AM PST · by mylife · 43 replies
    fastcompany ^ | 1/14/2021
    Taco Bell may always be associated with neon-colored beverages and big, beefy burritos. But quietly, the fast food chain has established a second identity as a haven for vegetarians and vegans. As of 2020, the bean burrito was the company’s number two biggest seller. Today, the company is making two big announcements to support vegetarians and plant-based eaters. First, it’s permanently bringing back its popular potato bites, which were taken off the menu as COVID-19 struck, on March 11. Second, it’s launching a partnership with Beyond Meat to release a new plant protein within the coming year.
  • 400 members of Washington state National Guard called to D.C. to boost security during President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration

    01/16/2021 3:54:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 66 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 1/15/21 | Christine Clarridge
    **SNIP** Already, the number of National Guard troops in the nation’s capital from around the country has grown to about 21,000, Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told Vice President Mike Pence at a briefing Thursday. The soldiers and airmen from Washington state will support their federal partners in roles determined by the lead federal security agencies, the Washington National Guard said Thursday. Biden and Harris will be sworn in at the same location where the violent, pro-Trump mob descended on the U.S. Capitol, but the two events aren’t comparable from a security standpoint, said Michael...
  • Three Gorges Dam was the most dangerous in 17 years.Large floods left 101 dead and 850,000 evacuated

    01/15/2021 9:05:16 PM PST · by Norski · 47 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTQrIlpeJ5g ^ | January 15, 2021 | Anonymouse
    Three Gorges Dam was the most dangerous in 17 years.Large floods left 101 dead and 850,000 evacuated 92 views •Jan 13, 2021 1 0 Share Save News Updates 1.17K subscribers The Three Gorges Dam encountered the biggest challenge in 17 years On January 12, it was reported that prolonged heavy rains caused floods that damaged two-thirds of China's provinces, and even put pressure on the Three Gorges dam. As of January 12, the People's Daily reported 101 people were killed or missing in the new flood, while more than 850,000 people had been evacuated due to inclement weather. This heavy...
  • Pelosi Holds Back Impeachment Article as House Builds Case (here we go again - IMPEACHMENT HELD HOSTAGE - DAY 29)

    01/15/2021 6:16:56 PM PST · by Libloather · 62 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/15/21 | Nicholas Fandos
    WASHINGTON - Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that House impeachment managers were preparing to prosecute President Trump in the Senate, but she refused to offer a timeline for when they would move forward with a never-before-attempted trial of a former president. At a news conference two days after the House impeached Mr. Trump in a bipartisan vote, Ms. Pelosi made clear that her first priority was ensuring the security of the Capitol and lawmakers before President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration on Wednesday. But growing emotional at times as she recounted seeing the image of a rioter barging through...
  • AOC, Omar and Twitter Sued for $88 Million for 'Overbearing Pain and Suffering' Due to Trump Ban

    01/15/2021 5:37:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Newsweak ^ | 1/15/21 | Katherine Fung
    A California man is suing Twitter and two progressive congresswomen in connection with President Donald Trump's suspension from the social media platform, citing "overbearing pain and suffering." In the complaint filed in a U.S. District Court in California on Tuesday, Erik Estavillo argued that he and every "follower that was, without a doubt, emotionally and mentally damaged as a result of the Presidents' ban" is entitled to $88.7 million each. Estavillo, who is representing himself, is also seeking the reinstatement of Trump's account and a retaliatory Twitter ban on Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, who, he argues, promote "Eastern...
  • Everything Is Broken

    01/15/2021 4:32:58 PM PST · by Bratch · 45 replies
    Tablet ^ | January 14, 2021 | ALANA NEWHOUSE
    In the summer of 2014, I gave birth to a baby boy. He was born with a perfect Apgar score, after a very easy delivery. But my labor had not been smooth—in fact, throughout the day and a half of contractions, I believed there was something decidedly wrong. I also felt that way as I held him for the first time, and he writhed violently under my hands. In a video taken about 10 minutes after he was born, he can be seen lifting his head up off my chest. “Ooooh, look at how advanced he is!” someone can be...
  • Why Haven’t We Had Any Test Cruises Yet?

    01/15/2021 3:41:08 PM PST · by Capt. Tom · 21 replies
    Cruise Hive ^ | Jan. 15, 2021 | Robert McGillivray
    The atmosphere on November 1, 2020, in the cruise industry, was one of pure optimism. Not only did the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) lift the No-Sail-Order, but we would also soon start seeing ships sailing from US ports on test cruises. The end of December, or at the latest, the start of January, would surely be the time. More than 150,000 people signed up for the test cruises onboard Royal Caribbean ships, while the Facebook page quickly gained 63,000 followers. That optimism has faded somewhat. It’s mid-January, and there is no sign whatsoever of any ships...
  • The Science of Making Alcohol-Free Beer ... Craft breweries and beer giants alike are bringing non-alcoholic suds to the masses.

    01/15/2021 12:47:07 PM PST · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    https://www.popularmechanics.com ^ | BY SARAH KLOEPPLE | DEC 31, 2020
    Maybe you’ve seen it at the bottom of a restaurant’s beverage menu or a brewery’s extensive beer list: the “NA” or “nonalcoholic” option. There, it might feel like an afterthought. But the nonalcoholic movement, especially when it comes to beer, is gaining traction in the adult-beverage market. Nonalcoholic beer dates back to Prohibition, but it’s having a resurgence, fueled by changing consumer habits and brewers’ successful tinkering with the complex processes required to make it. Between this past July and September, NA beer sales were up approximately 38% in the U.S. compared with the same period in 2019, according to...