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Time to hit the pause button on high-speed rail, some California leaders say
 
10/15/2018 5:08:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 45 replies
fresnobee.com ^ | Oct 15, 2018 | BY DAN SCHNUR
Jerry Brown did not invent the idea of a high-speed rail system to connect Northern and Southern California. It was voted on by the state Legislature and ratified by voters years before he returned to the governor’s office in 2011. But for the last eight years, as cost estimates have skyrocketed and federal and private sector funding for the project has evaporated, Brown has become high-speed rail’s most persistent defender. Only weeks away from the election to replace him, neither candidate for governor appears to share the depth of Brown’s commitment to a statewide rail system. Fellow Democrat Gavin Newsom...
 

Accused liar McCabe hits panic button over prospect Rosenstein on his way OUT
 
09/24/2018 12:43:21 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 28 replies
The National Sentinel ^ | 9/24/18 | USA Features
Unraveling: Following reports Monday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is scheduled to meet with POTUS Donald Trump on Thursday, likely tied to allegations he schemed to oust the commander-in-chief, fired Deep State liar and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe appeared to hit the panic button. And why? Over the bogus probe regarding special counsel Robert Mueller. In a statement, McCabe — who was fired earlier this year by Attorney General Jeff Sessions for lying on multiple occasions to investigators — expressed concern that Mueller’s probe could go away (as it should) if caretaker Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, is...
 

Burgerville union blasts new button ban amid worker-led 'Abolish ICE' campaign
 
09/07/2018 7:03:35 PM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 5 replies
oregonlive ^ | 9/07/2018 | Shane Dixon Kavanaugh
The union representing Burgerville employees in the Portland area on Friday blasted the company's move to ban buttons on their uniforms, a decision handed down as some workers continue to wear pins proclaiming "Abolish ICE" and other political statements.
 

Burgerville union blasts new button ban amid worker-led 'Abolish ICE' campaign
 
09/07/2018 3:28:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
The Oregonian ^ | September 7, 2018 | Shane Dixon Kavanaugh
The union representing Burgerville employees in the Portland area on Friday blasted the company's move to ban buttons on their uniforms , a decision handed down as some workers continue to wear pins proclaiming "Abolish ICE" and other political statements. The Burgerville Workers Union in a tersely worded statement called the new policy, announced Thursday and effective Sept. 13, "disgusting" and "deeply disturbing." The group also accused the company of caving to pressure generated by those angered over the buttons, whom the union appeared to uniformly cast as a horde of right-wing bigots. Portland Burgerville workers serve 'Abolish ICE' message,...
 

Weekend whites! Melania Trump dons tight jeans and a simple button-down as she and Donald(TR)
 
07/28/2018 1:39:57 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 140 replies
Daily Mail ^ | 27 July 2018 | CLEMENCE MICHALLON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
Weekend whites! Melania Trump dons tight jeans and a simple button-down as she and Donald head to Bedminster - but spruces up the look with a HUGE $2,600 Burberry bag and yellow heels Melania, 48, and her husband, 72, left Washington, D.C. on Friday to head to New Jersey, for the weekend The Trumps have spent several weekends at the president's golf club in Bedminster this summer The first lady went for an all-white look, pairing a button-down shirt with rolled-up sleeps with a pair of slim pants She added a pop of color with pointed yellow stilettos, which matched...
 

Is Hillary Wearing a “Life Alert” Button?
 
07/23/2018 9:18:04 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 40 replies
Conservative Post ^ | 07-23-2018
When Hillary Clinton presses this button, does a coterie of men in sunglasses and blue blazers carry her into a GMC Yukon?
 

Adam Schiff Hits Panic Button Over Bolton
 
03/22/2018 9:22:54 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 55 replies
thegatewaypundit.com ^ | March 22, 2018
President Trump announced on Thursday that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster will resign in April. Schiff panicked after Trump announced John Bolton will be replacing McMaster as his National Security Advisor. Just like Trump’s new lawyer, Joe DiGenova, John Bolton believes Obama’s FBI conspired to frame Trump. Schiff tweeted: John Bolton once suggested Russian hack of DNC may have been a false flag operation by Obama Admin. He joins Joe diGenova, another Fox contributor, who thinks the FBI conspired to frame the President.
 

The Happiness Button - Customer Satisfaction at the Push of a Button from Finland
 
03/18/2018 5:51:22 AM PDT · by dennisw · 13 replies
The NYer | February 5, 2018 | David Owen
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/ Invented in Finland!From the New Yorker mag which is banned but I ask Jim Robinson for an exception---LINK only of course
 

WEEI hits mute button for sensitivity training as sponsors walk
 
02/15/2018 5:32:44 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
Boston Herald ^ | Feb. 15, 2018 | Jessica Heslam
Money talks. Loud enough that WEEI’s talkers are giving the city a daylong moment of silence. In an unprecedented move, Entercom execs are pulling the plug on WEEI’s live programming tomorrow so the sports station’s button-pushing talk jocks can undergo sensitivity training after several advertisers jumped ship. “It’s a matter of the corporate world of broadcast media colliding with the politically incorrect culture of sports talk radio,” said Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers Magazine. “I salute Entercom for the effort. However, sensitivity training for sports talk hosts is like teaching NFL players how to tackle gently.”
 

False Missile Alert “Button Pusher” Goes Silent With Investigators
 
01/26/2018 6:48:55 AM PST · by mandaladon · 40 replies
Hot Air ^ | 26 Jan 2018 | Jazz Shaw
This story was supposed to be over, except for the ongoing review of how the mistake was made and what can be done to prevent it in the future. When that doomsday alert hit every phone in Hawaii earlier this month, letting everyone know that the actual “fire and fury” was incoming and they probably had minutes to live, everybody was praying it was a mistake. Thank God, it actually did turn out to be a mistake. Or did it? We were never told the identity of the mysterious Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) employee who supposedly “pushed the wrong...
 

HI-EMA ‘button pusher’ refusing to cooperate with FCC
 
01/25/2018 3:29:52 PM PST · by LadyBuzz · 31 replies
Star Advertiser ^ | 1/25/18 | Dan Nakaso
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency “button pusher” who sent a bogus missile alert that triggered panic across the islands on Jan. 13 is not cooperating with either a Federal Communications Commission investigation nor two internal investigations. “We are quite pleased with the level of cooperation we have received from the leadership of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency thus far,” Lisa Fowlkes, the FCC’s Homeland Security Bureau chief, testified today at a Senate hearing on the missile alert incident. “We are disappointed, however, that one key employee, the person who transmitted the false alert, is refusing to cooperate with our investigation....
 

After election wipeout, Va. House Republicans avoid hot-button bills on abortion, LGBT rights
 
01/16/2018 1:06:47 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 11 replies
Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | January 14, 2018 | Graham Moomaw
In addition to more than a dozen departed Republicans, something else seems to have gone missing this year from the Virginia House of Delegates: conservative bills on contentious social issues like abortion and LGBT rights. More than 1,300 pieces of legislation have been filed in the House so far, but there are no bathroom bills, no bills to protect opposition to gay marriage and no bills to restrict access to abortion. The filing deadline isn’t until Friday, but many of the Republican lawmakers who attached their names to headline-grabbing bills in past sessions say they won’t push the legislation again...
 

Hawaii missile alert: How one employee ‘pushed the wrong button’ and caused a wave of panic
 
01/15/2018 8:46:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
Washington Post ^ | 01/15/2018 | Amy B. Wang
Shortly after 8 a.m. local time Saturday, an employee at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency settled in at the start of his shift. Among his duties that day was to initiate an internal test of the emergency missile warning system: essentially, to practice sending an emergency alert to the public without actually sending it to the public. It was a drill the agency had started with some regularity last November — around the time Hawaii reinstated its Cold War-era nuclear warning sirens amid growing fears of an attack by North Korea — and so, while the tests were not yet...
 

Who pushed the button? Anger in Hawaii over Civil Defense bungle that told terrified islanders a...
 
01/13/2018 5:07:40 PM PST · by Morgana · 106 replies
DAILY MAIL UK ^ | Jan 13, 2018 | Keith Griffith and Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com
FULL TITLE: Who pushed the button? Anger in Hawaii over Civil Defense bungle that told terrified islanders a MISSILE was rocketing towards them causing thousands to flee to bomb shelters and pray for their lives Anger is spreading in Hawaii after a Civil Defense bungle on Saturday morning, when a mistaken alert warning of an inbound ballistic missile sent thousands fleeing for shelter. Panicked Hawaiians ran for their lives and even lowered loved ones through manhole covers after receiving the alert at 8.07am local time. It read: 'BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A...
 

Someone 'pushed the wrong button' to send false ballistic missile alarm in Hawaii, governor says
 
01/13/2018 12:33:01 PM PST · by Brilliant · 109 replies
Washington Times ^ | 1/13/18 | Daniel Chaitin
Someone "pushed the wrong button" to send out a false alert to warn of an inbound ballistic missile alarm to Hawaiians, according to Hawaii Gov. David Ige. The incident occurred during an employee shift change, Ige added while speaking with CNN. Cellphones, television, and radio stations received the morning emergency alert, which claimed it was not a drill. Local officials and the U.S. Pacific Command have since confirmed that the emergency alert was sent out in error to residents of the island chain, which recently tested out a Cold War-era nuclear warning siren in response to North Korea's missile and...
 

Shattuck: Picture of deal takes shape in art of ‘button’ tweeting
 
01/07/2018 5:06:24 AM PST · by calvincaspian · 6 replies
The Boston Herald ^ | 01-07-17 | Tom Shattuck
It’s becoming clear that there really is an art of the deal, and President Trump is using it to get results on the Korean Peninsula. Let’s work in reverse. By now you know that yesterday, when a reporter asked the president if he’d talk on the phone with Kim Jong Un, he answered, “I always believe in talking.” Clearly, that depends on what happens this week, when Kim’s regime will hold high-level talks inside the DMZ with South Korea — thanks to Trump. Those talks are in part a result of the U.S. and Republic of Korea pushing back the...
 

State of our state: Hot-button issues lawmakers face
 
01/07/2018 4:52:55 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 reply
Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX – While public education is expected to be the top issue when lawmakers return on Monday, a few other subjects are likely to command some attention. Health care: Look for the governor to propose statutory limits on the amount of opioids doctors can prescribe. Gov. Doug Ducey, facing what he last year declared to be a health care emergency, already has laid the groundwork for what he want. He ordered the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state's Medicaid program, to limit the number of days of opioids someone could receive. That's based on conclusions by state Health...
 

KFC mocks Trump's 'nuclear button' tweet in threat to McDonald's
 
01/04/2018 12:57:52 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 50 replies
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via WPXI ^ | January 4, 2018 | Najja Parker
There were several reactions to President Donald Trump’s recent “nuclear button” tweet to North Korea, including one from one of his favorite fast-food spots. --snip-- KFC jokingly delivered a similar message to McDonald’s. The chain wrote, “McDonald’s leader Ronald just stated he has a ‘burger on his desk at all times.' Will someone from his big shoed, red nosed regime inform him that I too have a burger on my desk, but mine is a box meal which is bigger and more powerful than his, and mine has gravy! #nuclearbutton.” The tweet quickly went viral, garnering more than 150,000 retweets...
 

CNN's Brian Stelter: Did Trump's North Korea 'Button' Tweet Violate Twitter's Terms Of Service?
 
01/03/2018 7:28:33 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 43 replies
RCP video ^ | 1-3-2018 | Ian Schwartz
CNN media reporter Brian Stelter told host Anderson Cooper Tuesday night he asked Twitter if President Trump's tweet about North Korea and the "nuclear button" was a "violation" of the social media platform's terms of service due to the threat of violence. In the tweet, Trump wrote he also has a nuclear button, "but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!" Stelter also said Trump's tweet on the "nuclear button" and another one about "awards" for the "most dishonest & corrupt media" have raised questions about Trump's "mental health and fitness." The...
 

The ‘Nuclear Button’ Explained: For Starters, There’s No Button
 
01/03/2018 6:59:11 AM PST · by Sopater · 40 replies
New York Times ^ | Jan 3, 2018 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN
HONG KONG — President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, traded threats this week about the size, location and potency of their “nuclear buttons.” The image of a leader with a finger on a button — a trigger capable of launching a world-ending strike — has for decades symbolized the speed with which a nuclear weapon could be launched, and the unchecked power of the person doing the pushing. There is only one problem: There is no button.
 
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