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  • Texas court says state institutions can use copyrighted material for free

    06/16/2019 5:25:54 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 38 replies
    DP Review ^ | 06/15/2019 | Damien Demolder
    A Texas appeals court has ruled that the University of Houston does not have to pay the photographer of a picture it has been using in online and print promotional materials. Houston photographer Jim Olive says the university removed copyright markings from an image downloaded from his stock library, failed to credit him when it was used and wouldn’t pay when he sent a bill, but the university claims it has sovereign immunity and that it can’t be sued. The case surrounds an aerial image Olive shot from a helicopter hired specifically for making pictures for his library. In an...
  • Pompeo vows US will guarantee passage through Strait of Hormuz

    06/16/2019 5:00:17 PM PDT · by Mariner · 14 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | June 16th, 2019 | Jim MANNION
    Washington (AFP) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Sunday that the US will guarantee free passage through the vital Strait of Hormuz, as he accused Iran of recent attacks on oil tankers and the downing of a US drone. Pompeo confirmed in an interview with CBS that a US MQ-9 "Reaper" drone was shot down June 6 with a missile fired from Yemen "that we assess had Iranian assistance." Pompeo would not be drawn on what options the US is considering to protect shipping -- or to punish Iran -- in the wake of Thursday's attacks on two tankers...
  • GOP in disarray as budget impasse threatens shutdown, deep cuts — and default

    06/16/2019 12:50:38 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 15,2019 | By Erica Werner and Seung Min Kim
    with a new House Democratic majority with its own priorities — leaves the sides much farther apart than they were at this point in last year’s budget process, which ended in a record-long government funding lapse. At the time, Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress, but negotiations stalled over funding Trump’s immigration priorities. Trump and Congress face a trio of difficult budget issues. Congress must pass, and Trump must sign, funding legislation by Oct. 1 to avoid a new shutdown. They need to raise the federal debt limit around the same time, according to the latest estimates. Failure to do...
  • Legislation to Repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act Introduced

    06/16/2019 11:58:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies ^ | 6/13/2019 | Adam Kraut
    Earlier this week, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) reintroduced the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act, which was previously introduced in the 113th Congress (2013-2015). The two-page bill would repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). If passed, it would open the floodgates of litigation targeting the firearms industry, as was the case prior to its passage.
  • Where BDS and Terrorists Converge The international Left and the Iranian-controlled terror (T)

    06/16/2019 11:08:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies ^ | 6/14/2019 | Caroline Glick
    On May 31, the cry went out from Times Square, New York City, to annihilate Israel and extend the terror war against the Jewish state to America. As they did in Beirut, Berlin, London, Tehran, and Dearborn, Michigan, Israel-haters gathered at Times Square to call for Israel’s dissolution on the day the Iranian regime has determined to be “Al Quds Day,” that is, Jerusalem Day. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) posted a video of the event. In it, a series of speakers called over and over again for Israel’s annihilation, voiced support for terrorists and terrorism and called...
  • Flying the Made in China Jet - ARJ21-700!

    06/16/2019 4:57:06 AM PDT · by cba123 · 53 replies
    Youtube ^ | Sam Chui
    Youtube video of the brand new, made in China jet. Note this jet only currently has received approval to fly in three countries. So far... But this is (quite) significant.
  • Trump Tightens Stranglehold on Castro’s Financial Throat

    06/16/2019 1:03:06 AM PDT · by jazminerose · 8 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | Humberto Fontiva
    “If Cuban troops and militia do not immediately cease military and other operations for the purpose of causing death and destruction to the constitution of Venezuela, a full and complete embargo, together with highest-level sanctions, will be placed on the island of Cuba,” ( Pres. Trump April 30, 2019.) “Trump administration bans cruises to Cuba in clampdown on U.S. travel-– The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed heavy new restrictions on travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens, including a ban on cruises, in a bid to further pressure the Communist island.” (Reuters, June 4, 2019.)
  • The Marxist Roots of ‘Medicare for All’

    06/15/2019 8:45:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Association of Mature American Citizens ^ | June 14, 2019 | Trevor Loudon, the Epoch Times
    When Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) announced the launch of H.R.1384, “Medicare for All,” on the Capitol steps on Feb. 27, 2019, it was a major step toward a socialist America. Jayapal was surrounded by more than 100 supporters, many from groups such as National Nurses United, the Center for Popular Democracy, Our Revolution, Coalition of Labor Union Women, and the Labor Campaign for Single Payer. Appropriately, all of the organizations represented are controlled, or at least heavily influenced, by America’s largest Marxist organization, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), which can quite rightly claim credit for the socialist single-payer movement...
  • Why Can't Progressive Media Make a Profit Trying to Destroy Capitalism?

    06/15/2019 7:37:54 PM PDT · by rlmorel · 14 replies
    Bill Whittle ^ | 6/15/2019 | Bill Whittle, Scott Ott, Stephen Green
    Bill Whittle, Scott Ott, and Stephen Green on Right Angle discussion: Salon, ThinkProgress, Vox and other Progressive media outlets struggle to stay out of bankruptcy despite the growing popularity of socialism in the United States. Is this proof that free enterprise is a failed economic model when a good-hearted Progressive can't make a profit trying to destroy capitalism?
  • Trump warns of epic stock market crash if Dems win in 2020

    06/15/2019 4:35:16 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 15 June 2019 | Megan Henney
    President Trump Opens a New Window. -- just days before his official campaign launch -- warned that stock markets will crash if he is not re-elected in the 2020 presidential election Opens a New Window. . “The Trump Economy is setting records, and has a long way up to go....However, if anyone but me takes over in 2020 (I know the competition very well), there will be a Market Crash the likes of which has not been seen before!” Trump wrote in a tweet on Saturday. Trump is expected to kick off his campaign on Tuesday in Florida. His tweet...
  • EDITORIAL: Eliminating fossil fuels would risk a descent into darkness

    06/15/2019 4:01:57 PM PDT · by rktman · 44 replies ^ | 6/10/2019 | editors
    Search didn't turn this up. Inventiveness plus boldness equals progress. Liberal “activists” who want to revolutionize the nation’s energy resources demonstrate political moxie, but if their campaign to substitute renewable sources for fossil fuels — oil and gas — succeeds it will take more than happy thoughts to keep the lights on. Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, pledges to donate $500 million to a campaign to shutter the nation’s remaining coal-fired power plants by 2030. The billionaire told the Class of ‘19 at Massachusetts Institute of Technology the other day that his Bloomberg Philanthropies, in...
  • Defining Socialism Down: Bernie Sanders left out a few details about his political creed.

    06/15/2019 3:24:34 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 14, 2019
    Part of Bernie Sanders’ apparent political appeal is his authenticity. He may be a socialist, but at least he’s honest about it. Then again, his speech on Thursday defining his idea of democratic socialism may begin to erode that reputation. The Vermont Senator presents himself as the ideological descendant of FDR, whom many seniors still revere and millennials incorrectly believe rescued America from the Great Depression. Medicare for All, a federal jobs guarantee and energy-industry takeover? Mr. Sanders says they are merely an extension of New Deal programs like Social Security, unemployment insurance and the Tennessee Valley Authority. “Like today,...
  • Nevada Gov. Sisolak signs gun control bill into law

    06/15/2019 11:48:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 83 replies ^ | 6/14/2019 | Blake Apgar
    Gov. Steve Sisolak on Friday signed a multi-pronged gun control bill into law during an emotional ceremony in Las Vegas. “This is going to go a long way towards keeping our community safer,” Sisolak told reporters. “It’s reasonable.” Assembly Bill 291 bans bump stocks, which effectively convert semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic weapons. The devices were used during the Route 91 Harvest festival mass shooting to accelerate the gunfire that killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more. Sisolak fought back tears on Friday when talking about the tragedy. The act creates “red flag” laws to take guns from those deemed...
  • Warren, Clyburn to Introduce Bill to Forgive Billions in Student Loan Debt

    06/15/2019 11:14:54 AM PDT · by david1292 · 94 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/14/19 | Penny Starr
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) announced on Thursday that they will introduce legislation in the House and Senate that would forgive up to $50,000 of each students’ college loan debt, which would help about 42 million people, according to a press release posted on Warren’s Senate website. “The legislation will significantly lessen the student debt crisis and help tackle the racial wealth gap,” the headline of the press release announcing the bills said. Warren, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and Clyburn, House Majority Whip, both claim that the...
  • Bowing to pressure, Hong Kong leader suspends extradition bill

    06/15/2019 10:52:17 AM PDT · by cba123 · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 15, 2019
    HONG KONG, June 15 (Reuters) - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Saturday indefinitely delayed a proposed law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, in a dramatic retreat after anger over the bill triggered the city's biggest and most violent street protests in decades. The extradition bill, which would have covered Hong Kong's seven million residents as well as foreign and Chinese nationals there, was seen by many as a threat to the rule of law in the former British colony. Around a million people marched through Hong Kong last Sunday to oppose the bill, according to organisers...
  • Hong Kong’s extradition law mess: don’t blame Beijing, blame naive Carrie Lam

    06/15/2019 10:09:08 AM PDT · by texas booster · 10 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | June 15 2019 | Wang Xiangwei
    On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people jammed the busy downtown streets of Hong Kong to protest against the local government’s proposed bill that would allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland. The mass demonstration could well be the largest in Hong Kong’s history but the mainland’s official media has largely remained silent, except for a few outlets including the Global Times which accused the local opposition camp of colluding with “foreign forces” to fan chaos in Hong Kong to hurt the mainland. Blaming “foreign forces” for causing havoc in Hong Kong has always been the official mainland media’s default position...
  • Nevada bans employers from refusing to hire those who fail marijuana tests

    06/15/2019 9:47:02 AM PDT · by indthkr · 174 replies
    CNN ^ | June 12th | Eric Levenson and Chris Boyette
    (CNN) — Starting in 2020, Nevada employers cannot refuse to hire a job applicant for failing a marijuana screening test, making it the first state to pass such a law.....
  • Ex-NYC Prosecutor Blasts 'Netflix's False Story' on Central Park Five

    06/15/2019 9:47:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies ^ | 6/15/2019 | Brad Wilmouth
    In an op-ed from Tuesday's Wall Street Journal, former New York City prosecutor Linda Fairstein responded to the recent Netflix series on the Central Park Five, and accused its producer, Ava DuVernay, of fabricating words attributed to her character, played by Felicity Huffman, to portray her as a racist who was determined to convict the teens in the face of an alleged lack of evidence against them. Fairstein began the article, titled "Netflix's False Story of the Central Park Five," by declaring that the series, When They See Us, is "so full of distortions and falsehoods as to be an...
  • Many Americans say their financial situation is worse since the Great Recession

    06/15/2019 9:07:43 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 47 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 14, 2019 | Annie Nova
    The Great Recession has officially been over for a decade. For many Americans, there’s little reason to celebrate. Many people’s finances haven’t recovered from the recession’s blows, according to a new survey by personal finance website “There are still tens of millions who are struggling to even get back to where they were before the economy took a turn for the worse,” said Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst at More than half of Americans who were adults amid the Great Recession said they endured some type of negative financial impact, Bankrate found. And half of those people say...
  • Trump warns of 'market crash' if he loses in 2020

    06/15/2019 8:24:51 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 15, 2019
    President Trump asserted on Saturday there would be dire economic consequences should he lose the 2020 presidential race, leaning into his reelection slogan "Keep America Great." “The Trump Economy is setting records, and has a long way up to go....However, if anyone but me takes over in 2020 (I know the competition very well), there will be a Market Crash the likes of which has not been seen before! KEEP AMERICA GREAT,” he tweeted.