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  • We’ll all be speaking German soon [EU]

    07/07/2020 9:57:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies (formerly ^ | 6/28/20, 10:41 PM CET | Joshua Posaner
    German is coming. English may be the European Union’s lingua franca, but listen carefully in the corridors of power and you’ll find the language of Goethe and Schiller is on the rise. German is gaining ground among the EU’s three official working languages as Berlin prepares to take on the bloc’s presidency next month. That’s not least because native speakers occupy top positions, including Ursula von der Leyen at the Spitze of the European Commission. Those in the Brussels bubble are taking note. The Goethe Institute, Germany’s state-funded cultural outpost, told POLITICO it saw a five-fold increase in demand for...
  • Cocaine plane crash on Mexican highway…

    07/07/2020 7:23:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | on July 7, 2020 1:45 am | Kane
    ORIGINAL ARTICLE: ======================================================================== A private plane carrying 860 pounds of cocaine worth nearly $4.9 million crash-landed on a Mexican highway Sunday, sending the narco-traffickers scrambling into the woods to dodge police, according to a report. The Hawker 700, which Mexican authorities said they traced from Venezuela, came crashing down with its illicit cargo on a state highway Sunday morning in Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexican News Daily reported. Video of the burning wreckage posted on Twitter by Alberto Capella, the province’s security minister, shows smoke billowing from the downed aircraft on the empty highway. The crew fled...
  • What Is Blackout Day 2020? Everything to Know About the July 7 Boycott Urging People to Not Spend Money

    07/07/2020 4:11:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Money ^ | July 6, 2020 | Staff
    Anti-racist protests in the wake recent high-profile police killings of Black people will take on another form on Tuesday, July 7: economic protest. Black people spend $1.2 trillion annually in the U.S., according to a 2018 report by Nielsen. But for one day called Blackout Day 2020, organizers of an economic boycott are asking the Black community to spend no money at all, or to spend only at Black-owned businesses.
  • Tammy Duckworth VP speculation: Senator won't say if Biden should select a black running mate

    07/06/2020 7:05:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    CNN via MSN ^ | 7/06/20 | Gregory Krieg, Kate Sullivan
    When Joe Biden pledged at the final Democratic primary debate to select a woman as his running mate, Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth was rarely mentioned as a contender. But that is changing as Biden and his campaign move closer to a decision that is expected to come early next month. **SNIP** Biden's announcement that he would pick a woman in March was largely greeted with cheers, but the terms of an intra-party debate over representation at the top of the ticket have sharpened over the past few months. The question now -- one that has been amplified by more than...
  • Records show Hunter Biden still controls 10% stake in Chinese firm despite leaving its board (say wha...?)

    07/06/2020 6:44:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/06/20 | Jerry Dunleavy
    Documents show Hunter Biden still controls a stake in a Chinese investment firm despite his promise to resign from the company’s board and a pledge from his father Joe Biden that no one in the family will have foreign business entanglements if he is elected in November. The troubled son of Joe Biden, a former vice president who is now the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, holds a 10% equity stake in the Chinese government-linked Bohai Harvest RST (Shanghai) Equity Investment Fund Management Company, according to Chinese business records first reported by the Daily Caller. Through his lawyer, Hunter had...
  • $1.2 million bail for driver that hit 2 Seattle protesters

    07/06/2020 6:19:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 46 replies
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  • Cleveland Naps (Indians) Team History

    07/06/2020 4:50:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    Napoleon Lajoie arrived in Cleveland on June 4 and was an immediate hit, drawing 10,000 fans to League Park. Soon afterward, he was named team captain, and in 1903 the team was renamed the Cleveland Napoleons (soon shortened to Naps) after a newspaper conducted a write-in contest. Cleveland Indians (1915–present) Cleveland Naps (1903–1914) Cleveland Broncos (1902) Cleveland Bluebirds (1901) Cleveland Lake Shores (1900) Grand Rapids Rustlers (1894–1899)
  • Firm Linked to Pelosi’s Husband Got Virus Loan, Data Show

    07/06/2020 4:03:48 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Link only - Bloomberg via Washington Post (democracy dies with democrats) -
  • Burgess Owens: America Will See a ‘Renaissance’ with Trump Re-Elected, GOP House

    07/06/2020 2:33:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/05/20 | Sean Moran
    Utah congressional Republican candidate Burgess Owens told Breitbart News Saturday that America will see a “true renaissance” with President Donald Trump re-elected for a second term and a Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Owens - a former Oakland Raiders safety and Super Bowl champion - recently won Utah’s fourth congressional district primary. The black conservative hopes to unseat freshman swing district Democrat Rep. Ben McAdams. Owens said that, ahead of the 2020 November elections, that conservatives are fighting for the “soul” of the nation. “At stake right now, we are fighting for the heart and soul of our...
  • Inside the luxury nuclear bunker protecting the mega-rich from the apocalypse

    07/06/2020 12:03:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 54 replies
    CNET ^ | July 6, 2020 | Claire Reilly
    A volcanic-ash scrubber, a decontamination room, a waterslide -- when it comes to surviving a nuclear apocalypse, the Survival Condo has everything you could need, at a price. ........ For most of my adult life, I've had an apocalypse plan. It's been straightforward. Grab my go bag, drive out to a shack in the woods, then hunker down under the floorboards eating canned food through the valve in my gas mask, waiting for the nukes to drop. But after visiting my first real nuclear bunker, my apocalypse plan has been upgraded. Now my list of needs includes "underground swimming pool"...
  • Goodbye Big Boy, Hello Dolly: Restaurant chain announces mascot change

    07/06/2020 11:12:19 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 96 replies
    WZZM ^ | July 6, 2020 | Amy McNeel
    It’s time to say farewell to the red-checkered, overall-wearing Big Boy mascot. Originating in 1936, Big Boy has become a beloved American symbol, but a change is now underway, and a new symbol is upon us. Big Boy restaurants has announced the takeover of a new mascot named Dolly. While the name Big Boy will stay, the original rosy-cheeked mascot will not.
  • Happy National Fried Chicken Day: 10 Best Restaurants To Celebrate This Holiday

    07/06/2020 5:28:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies ^ | 07/06/20 AT 7:00 AM | By Cortney Drakeford
    On July 6, foodies won’t have to worry about having a case of the Monday blues because they will be too busy celebrating National Fried Chicken Day! Luckily, they will be able to indulge in the crispy and tasty dish without breaking the bank thanks to a variety of deals, discounts, and specials. Consider cashing in on one of the deals for your 2020 National Fried Chicken Day celebration. Popeyes: Customers who want to fill up on drumsticks, tenders, and more can receive free delivery from the fast-food chain on orders over $15. Friendly’s: Customers who join the BFF Club...
  • Does anyone have a contact with someone in Congress that will take a suggestion and act upon it?

    07/06/2020 4:46:27 AM PDT · by killermosquito · 13 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | 7/6/2020 | Killermosquito
    It is critical that the Republicans retake the House and keep the Senate and of course the White House. I have an idea the will: 1) show the American people whose side Republicans are on 2) show the American people whose side the Democrats are on because it will be impossible for them to oppose but they will 3) not cost very much because it is already happening
  • Ukraine is at risk of another bankruptcy -a hit for president Zelensky.

    07/05/2020 10:30:46 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 10 replies
    Handelsblatt ^ | July 4, 2020 | Mathias Bruggman
    The head of the Central Bank of Ukraine Yakov Smoliy unexpectedly resigned and it happened in the period of the continuing emission of state bonds, the total amount of which is $ 1.75 million. Now Ukraine as a state once again faces bankruptcy. The fact is that Kyiv needs urgently to ensure the repayment of its debt to foreign creditors of several billion. Only this year Ukraine will have to refinance old loans in the amount of $ 17 billion, the maturity of which is about to expire. To this end, on Thursday, the Central Bank of Ukraine (NBU) through...
  • BAIL BID Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers launch bid to spring her from prison on bail as it’s claimed she’ll be offered plea deal

    07/05/2020 5:38:23 PM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    The Sun ^ | 7/05/20 | James Beal
    GHISLAINE Maxwell’s lawyers are bidding to get her bail - amid claims she will be offered a plea deal. She is on suicide watch at a New Hampshire jail but may be detained in Brooklyn before facing a New York court this week. A source said: “She has no record and there is no reason to think she’d flee.” A judge would be under pressure to keep Maxwell in custody amid the outcry over the Epstein scandal. Attorney General William Barr is said to have called prosecutors to warn “no harm must come” to her. It is claimed a plea...
  • CDC Releases Results from Seroprevalence Survey

    07/05/2020 5:32:28 PM PDT · by Grandpa Drudge · 29 replies
    Wilton's Hamlethub ^ | 26 June 2020 | Written by State of CT
    Today, Governor Ned Lamont reported CDC results from the first six sites of large-scale seroprevalence surveys, including Connecticut. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released the results of the first six sites involved in its large-scale seroprevalence survey, which includes Connecticut. The federal agency partnered with commercial laboratories for the survey that tested de-identified clinical blood specimens for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. The survey included people who had blood specimens tested for reasons unrelated to COVID-19, such as for a routine or sick visit blood test by commercial laboratories in participating areas. In Connecticut, the survey estimates that...
  • Why New York City will never build another subway station

    07/05/2020 2:03:42 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | $ July 2020 | Reed Tucker
    ...“I called yesterday,” Plotch told me in March. “They said they’d start building it next year.” Not only is the Second Avenue Subway unlikely to pick up construction again next year, continuing progress of the 8.5 miles of track running down Manhattan’s east side from 125th street to Hanover Square, it’s not particularly likely to be completed in many of our lifetimes The Second Avenue Subway, which was originally meant to include 16 stations, so far only includes three — 72nd, 86th and 96th streets. But that 1.5-mile “stubway” alone cost $4.6 billion (from an original budget for the entire project...
  • China-Controlled 'TikTok Is ‘Data Collection Service Thinly-Veiled As A Social Network’… Delete It Now.

    07/05/2020 1:58:22 PM PDT · by SaxxonWoods · 25 replies
    The National Pulse ^ | 7/05/2020 | Bryan Alman
  • Prince Andrew Sought Washington Lobbyist to Help With Epstein Case

    07/05/2020 12:15:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/05/20 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    WASHINGTON - Prince Andrew’s lawyers had discussions with a Washington lobbyist with ties to the Trump administration about the possibility of assisting the prince with fallout from his relationship with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Lawyers from the London-based firm Blackfords consulted the lobbyist, Robert Stryk, who represents international figures with sensitive legal or diplomatic issues, in recent weeks about Prince Andrew’s situation, according to a person familiar with the circumstances. Mr. Stryk has a history of taking on clients with unsavory reputations. But he expressed discomfort about the possibility of assisting Prince Andrew, and talks about the potential representation...
  • Kansas State athletes join protest over student's George Floyd tweet

    07/05/2020 12:06:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 43 replies
    AP via ESPN ^ | 7/05/20
    MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Some Kansas State athletes were among about 100 people who protested this weekend over an insensitive tweet by a student about the death of George Floyd. Those attending the rally in Manhattan, Kansas, on Saturday said the university administration's promise to launch initiatives to address racial injustice at the school did not go far enough, according to The Wichita Eagle. "We need to create better policies that punish students that think it's OK to say these kinds of things," soccer player Emily Crain said. "I think what [protest organizers] said today was really important. It doesn't stop...