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  • Wild 'slush fund' spending of Philly cop (Rochelle Bilal) who posted glowing fake news stories written by ChatGPT on her own website and 'lost' 76 department guns

    04/22/2024 7:31:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/22/24 | Alexa Cimino
    You've met America's 'worst mayor' Tiffany Henyard, and now meet the woman who may be the country's worst sheriff. Rochelle Bilal is currently the deputy sheriff for the City and County of Philadelphia, and has been for the last four years - but she has recently been embroiled in scandal, including frivolous spending, maintaining a secret 'slush fund,' and allegedly losing 76 guns from her department. Bilal's campaign team also came forward and acknowledged that 30 fake positive 'news' stories posted to their site were generated by ChatGPT after the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that outlets could not find the stories...
  • City Council bans foie gras, Prantl’s bakes a Terrible Torte, and more Pittsburgh food news

    04/22/2024 7:05:51 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 8 replies
    Pgh City Paper ^ | 12/19/23 | Rachael Wilkinson
    Pittsburgh City Council Local animal activists applauded Pittsburgh City Council for banning foie gras, a controversial delicacy produced by force-feeding ducks and geese until their livers become fatty and diseased. In what one Humane Action Pittsburgh press release describes as a "groundbreaking move toward animal welfare and ethical consumption," the City Council passed, by a vote of 7-2, a bill to "ban the production and sale of foie gras within city limits." Restrictions on foie gras have already been placed in numerous countries around the world, including Australia, Germany, India, the United Kingdom, and Turkey, as well as in various...
  • Minnesota Democratic state senator (Nicole Mitchell) jailed after being accused of breaking into home

    04/22/2024 6:34:35 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/22/24 | Diana Glebova
    That’s not constituent service. A Minnesota state senator was arrested early Monday on suspicion of first-degree burglary — hundreds of miles from her home turf. Nicole Mitchell, a 49-year-old first-term Democrat who reps the Twin Cities suburbs of Woodbury and Maplewood, was taken into custody after a homeowner called police in Detroit Lakes — 220 miles to the northwest — to report an intruder, according to local reports. Mitchell, a former TV and radio meteorologist and a commander in the Air National Guard, was booked into the Becker County Jail, where she remained as of Monday afternoon, according to online...
  • The Internal Contradictions of Republicans’ COVID-19 Politic

    04/22/2024 2:06:42 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 4 replies
    The Atalantic ^ | 8/19/21 | David A. Graham
    Crises have the power to expose tensions within ideologies, and the current pandemic has made some of those in contemporary American conservatism vividly apparent. Governor Greg Abbott of Texas is not only fighting a COVID-19 infection—he’s also on the front lines of a clash within conservatism. The Republican has declared his state “the Freedom Capital of America.” He has consistently prioritized cutting regulations on business, and in a 2018 opinion column boasted, “Innovation and self-reliance are deeply rooted in the Lone Star State, and when freed from the stranglehold of over taxation and overregulation, new ideas flourish. By limiting...
  • Finnish Innovation Transforms Global Dining (Food from Electricity and Air Image)

    04/22/2024 2:05:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    EuroWeekly News ^ | 20 Apr 2024 | John Ensor
    Could our future meals originate from electricity and air? This intriguing concept has become a reality thanks to a Finnish startup. Recently, Solar Foods in Vantaa, near Helsinki, inaugurated its first facility dedicated to producing food from air and solar energy. The site is set to produce 160 tonnes of food annually, a development that could significantly reduce the environmental footprint of traditional farming. The promise of solein The innovative product at the heart of this venture is solein, a protein-rich powder made from single-cell organisms. These are cultivated using renewable energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, which...
  • These Pictures Show Just How Big The First Earth Day Really Was 50 Years Ago (20 Pics)

    04/22/2024 12:35:39 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 33 replies
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  • China unveils world’s 1st diesel engine with 53.09% thermal efficiency

    04/22/2024 12:23:54 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    Interesting Engineering ^ | Apr 22, 2024 03:57 AM EST | Jijo Malayil
    The team concentrated effort into optimizing four vital systems: fuel supply, air intake, combustion, and friction reduction. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Since the invention of the diesel internal combustion engine 127 years ago, engineers and scientists have strived to improve its thermal efficiency. In a markable advancement, the first diesel engine in history with an intrinsic thermal efficiency of 53.09 percent was unveiled by Chinese firm Weichai Power. The firm showcased its new technology at the 2024 World Congress on Internal Combustion Engines, which commenced in Tianjin, China. The accomplishment was recognized by TÜV SÜD, an internationally respected testing organization, and the China...
  • UAW wins big at Volkswagen in Tennessee – its first victory at a foreign-owned factory in the American South

    04/22/2024 11:12:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    The Conversation ^ | April 20, 2024 11:46am EDT | Bob Bussel
    A decisive majority of the Volkswagen workers employed at a factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee cast their ballots in favor of joining the United Auto Workers union, the German automaker announced on April 19, 2024. Persuading any Southern autoworkers to join a union had long been one of the U.S. labor movement’s most enduring challenges, despite persistent efforts by the UAW to organize this workforce. To be sure, the UAW already has members employed by Ford and General Motors at facilities in Kentucky, Texas, Missouri and Mississippi. However, the union had previously tried and largely failed to organize workers at foreign-owned...
  • Whatever Happened to Fuel Cells?

    04/22/2024 10:32:26 AM PDT · by Freedom4US · 44 replies
    I’m sitting here re-charging my RV battery bank. Just messing around seeing how this stuff works. One trend is RV manufacturers now furnish 12 volt DC powered refrigerators. Even the small units pull 10 amps, on hot days I can see 40 amps or so daily would be routine. Using a generator and the installed RV converter, it needs re-charging often, and while the performance is good, it is what it is. A propane powered refrigerator, on the other hand, will run for a month on a standard 20 pound barbecue tank. Out in the desert, water looms critical when...
  • With homelessness on the rise, the Supreme Court will weigh bans on sleeping outdoors

    04/22/2024 7:56:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 22, 2024 | LINDSAY WHITEHURST
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will consider Monday whether banning homeless people from sleeping outside when shelter space is lacking amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. The case is considered the most significant to come before the high court in decades on homelessness, which has reached record levels in the United States. In California and other Western states, courts have ruled that it’s unconstitutional to fine and arrest people sleeping in homeless encampments if shelter space is lacking. A cross-section of Democratic and Republican officials contend that makes it difficult for them to manage encampments, which can have dangerous...
  • Monday War Room, 10AM-Noon & 5-7PM ET

    04/22/2024 6:30:11 AM PDT · by 4Liberty · 6 replies
    America’s Voice News ^ | 04/22/2024 | Stephen K. Bannon
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  • Tracking The Demise Of The U.S. Green Energy Transition

    04/22/2024 5:56:38 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 11 replies
    Manhattan Contrarian ^ | 22 Apr, 2024 | Francis Menton
    We’re coming up on three and a half years into the Biden presidency — a presidency which from the outset promised an “all of government” regulatory onslaught to force a transition away from fossil fuels and to “green” energy. And the regulatory onslaught has indeed come forth. But how about the actual transition in energy use? Not so much. Let’s have a round-up of some recent data points. On the regulatory onslaught front, on March 7, 2024 Thomas Pyle of the Institute for Energy Research put out a list of “200 Ways the Biden Administration and Democrats Have Made it...
  • Black Wars of Liberation Come to America

    04/22/2024 4:52:02 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 22 Apr, 2024 | Robert Weissberg
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently appointed Zakiya Carr Johnson as the State Department’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Her mission, according to Blinken, was to help build a workforce that reflects America. Given that Blinken has previously promoted a politically correct agenda, for example, suggesting that employees avoid gendered terms such as manpower and mother, this comes as no surprise. Blinken justified this diversity effort in terms of national security, saying, "We will continue to pursue this mission aggressively, because recruiting, nurturing, and promoting the most capable workforce possible is critical to our national security." Since Blinken knew of...
  • Dogs slammed as ‘settler-colonial’ as pooches and owners blamed for ‘gentrifying’ NYC by woke activists

    04/22/2024 1:29:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/21/24 | Chris Nesi
    This is a ruff take! City-dwelling dog owners are marking their “colonial” territory with pooches who are “gentrifying” neighborhoods, critics say in a bizarre online debate. Sparking the controversy was a story in The Cut that delves into the growing hostility between dog owners and the dog-free in New York. The article quotes Mia, of Prospects Lefferts Gardens, the proud owner of two terriers, who noticed a growing anti-dog sentiment brewing on her community Facebook group. One post about picking up dog poop eventually spiraled into bonkers accusations that the pooches of PGL were “gentrifying the neighborhood.” Mia, a New...
  • Fani Willis Gets Award From Democrats as She Prosecutes Donald Trump (Woman of Influence)

    04/22/2024 12:59:34 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Newsweak via MSN ^ | 4/21/24 | Rachel Dobkin
    Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis received an award from Democrats on Friday night as she prosecutes the Georgia election interference case against former President Donald Trump. Trump, the presumed GOP presidential nominee, and 18 co-defendants were indicted in August 2023 for allegedly conspiring to overturn President Joe Biden's 2020 election victory in Georgia. The former president has pleaded not guilty to all charges and has claimed the case is politically motivated. On Friday night, Willis was honored with the Woman of Influence award at the Cobb County Democratic Committee annual fundraising gala. The gala serves as the largest fundraiser...
  • 21 Office Buzzwords It’s Time to Banish Forever

    04/21/2024 6:46:48 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 148 replies
    Edge Media ^ | March 28, 2024 | Sarah Griffin
    Ah, the office – a place where language goes to get dressed in a suit and tie, only to trip over its own shoelaces. Here are 21 phrases that we’ve all heard ad nauseam, and if we’re being honest, wouldn’t miss if they were banished from the corporate lexicon forever: #1. “Touch Base” Because nothing says “I don’t actually play baseball” like using a sports metaphor to schedule a meeting. #2. “Reach Out” What are we, in a 90s boy band? Just say “I’ll send you an email” and leave the emotional ballads out of it. #3. “Circle Back” Less...
  • Inside secret billionaire retreats that are SO exclusive even the CEO of Goldman Sachs is a mere 'third tier guest' and if you have to ask, you're not invited

    04/21/2024 3:39:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/21/24 | Nic White
    Hidden away in the Colorado Rockies, a Sicilian resort, or a Utah ski lodge are some of the most exclusive events a billionaire can hope to attend. Attendee lists are so all-star that even the Goldman Sacks chief executive is a 'third-tier guest' and if you have to ask, you're not invited. Between discussions topics like 'can you marry a robot?' quizzes on tech trends and performances by celebrities, deals are made and executives are hired. More and more of these elite getaways are popping up as guests crave time away from the spotlight with few cameras and everything is...
  • Columbia rabbi tells Jewish students to leave campus, warns that school, NYPD 'cannot guarantee your safety'

    04/21/2024 1:33:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/21/24 | Danielle Wallace
    The Orthodox rabbi at Columbia University and Barnard College sent a message recommending Jewish students leave campus and go home, as anti-Israel agitators have continued an "encampment" on campus and participants were caught on camera espousing full-on support for terrorism and supporting violence towards Jewish students. In a WhatsApp message sent to hundreds before the start of Passover, Rabbi Elie Buechler, director of OU-LJIC at Columbia/Barnard, told students to leave "as soon as possible" until the situation improves, noting that "what we are witnessing in and around campus is terrible and tragic." "The events of the last few days, especially...
  • SEC illegally tracking Americans who invest in the stock market, lawsuit claims

    04/21/2024 6:16:44 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is illegally collecting data of every citizen who invests in the stock market, according to a new lawsuit. The New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) filed the suit Tuesday against the SEC claiming that the agency, through its “Consolidated Audit Trail,” or “CAT,” program, is collecting mass amounts of personally identifiable data by forcing brokers, exchanges, clearing agencies and alternative trading systems to capture and send detailed information on every investor’s trades in U.S. markets to a centralized database. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is illegally collecting data of every citizen who invests in...
  • What does it mean to be a Black conservative?

    04/20/2024 7:25:32 PM PDT · by linMcHlp · 10 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 04/18/2024 | Gitanjali Poonia
    South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, sitting at a news anchor desk alongside his four Black Republican friends and colleagues from Congress, confessed his grandmother was conservative. “She may never (have) said the word conservative. She may never (have) voted conservative but everything she taught me was conservative,” he said on his new YouTube series called “America’s Starting Five,” aimed at dissecting the narrative peddled against Black Republicans, by the five elected Black Republicans in Congress.