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  • FAA bringing back safety inspectors sidelined by shutdown

    01/12/2019 3:55:19 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 8 replies
    WRAL ^ | Jan 12, 2019
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Aviation Administration says it has brought about 500 safety inspectors back to work and expects more to return next week, potentially easing strains on the aviation system amid a partial federal government shutdown. Most of the FAA's 3,000 safety inspectors have been sidelined during the 22-day shutdown . But the agency is accelerating efforts to bring them back. Agency spokesman Gregory Martin didn't provide specifics in an email to the Associated Press Saturday. Inspectors oversee and certify inspections by airline and repair-shop employees. They're not considered essential employees who must work during shutdowns. The shutdown...
  • Female Lawyer Gets Tulane University to Stop Discriminating Against Men

    01/12/2019 3:54:56 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | JANUARY 10, 2019 | TONI AIRAKSINEN
    As PJ Media initially reported, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) launched an investigation into Tulane University in August amid concerns that six of the school’s scholarships violated Title IX, the 1972 law that prohibits sex discrimination. The complaint was filed by Margaret C. Valois, a Virginia Title IX attorney and mother of two sons. Though she typically provides legal counsel to students accused of sexual misconduct, she said she was inspired to file the complaint to fight educational inequity. "Tulane's implementation of Title IX provides greater educational opportunities for female students than for male students. When...
  • Scientists discover new Ebola-like virus in China

    01/12/2019 3:51:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    N Y Post ^ | January 10, 2019 | 6:33pm | Noah Bressner
    MeĚŚnglĂ , Ebola and the lesser-known Marburg are all related as members of the filovirus family. There is no evidence yet that it has spread to humans. Filoviruses are extremely pathogenic and can cause severe fevers that are often fatal. It is at least the seventh filovirus that has been found, of which four are known to cause disease in people, according to the CDC. Like MeĚŚnglĂ , Ebola is thought to have originated in bats. The viruses are typically spread by infected bodily fluids. Researchers are now focusing their efforts on understanding how bats could contribute to a possible epidemic.
  • Despite shutdown, almost 200 attend TSA Tennessee jobs event

    01/12/2019 3:50:34 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 2 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan 12, /019 | JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A day after its officers went without a paycheck for the first time during the government shutdown, the Transportation Security Administration drew in almost 200 people still interested in the airport security job during a fast-track hiring event Saturday in Tennessee. Joshua Paders, a 31-year-old who attended the event, said he would still take a TSA position if he's hired and the government remains shut down and he wouldn't be getting a paycheck right away. "It just shows that I'm willing to work, that I really want to do it," said Paders, who said he's worked...
  • Huawei sacks employee arrested in Poland on spying charges

    01/12/2019 3:46:40 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 12, 2019 / 7:35 AM / Updated 7 hours ago | James Pomfret, Anna Koper
    HONG KONG/WARSAW (Reuters) - Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei said on Saturday it had sacked an employee arrested in Poland on spying charges in a case that could intensify Western security concerns about the company. Poland’s internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudzinski, called for the European Union and NATO to work on a joint position over whether to exclude Huawei from their markets following the arrest of the Chinese employee and a former Polish security official on Friday. Huawei, the world’s biggest producer of telecommunications equipment, faces intense scrutiny in the West over its relationship with China’s government and U.S.-led allegations...
  • Labour set to call vote to topple Theresa May’s government

    01/12/2019 3:35:04 PM PST · by NRx · 59 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 01-12-2019 | Toby Helm and Michael Savage
    Labour MPs have been told to prepare for Jeremy Corbyn to table a dramatic and immediate vote of no confidence in Theresa May’s government as early as Tuesday evening in an attempt to force a general election if – as expected – she suffers a heavy defeat this week on her Brexit deal. Messages have been sent to Labour MPs, even those who are unwell, to ensure their presence both for the “meaningful vote” on the prime minister’s Brexit blueprint on Tuesday and the following day. Labour whips have told MPs the no-confidence vote is likely to be tabled within...
  • Campus police want students to report acts of 'bias'

    01/12/2019 3:32:10 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 32 replies
    Social media posts from the University of Illinois campus police are encouraging students to report “acts of intolerance” to the school’s Bias Assessment and Response Team. At least one officer for the University of Illinois is a member of the school's bias response team. This certainly conflates physical safety with being uncomfortable around non-politically correct individuals. So what is bias, according to the Bias. Assessment and Response Team? They define it as “actions or expressions that are motivated, at least in part, by prejudice against or hostility toward a person (or group) because of that person’s (or group’s) actual or...
  • ‘In the White House waiting’: Inside Trump’s defiance on the longest shutdown ever

    01/12/2019 3:29:54 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | January 12, 2019 at 5:32 PM | Robert Costa , Josh Dawsey , Philip Rucker and Seung Min Kim
    When President Trump made a rare journey to the Capitol last week, he was expected to strategize about how to end the government shutdown he instigated. Instead, he spent the first 20-odd minutes delivering a monologue about “winning.” “We’re winning” on North Korea, the president told Republican senators Wednesday at a closed-door luncheon. “We’re winning” on Syria and “we’re winning” on the trade war with China, too. And, Trump concluded, they could win on immigration if Republicans stuck together through what is now the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history, according to officials who attended the presidential pep talk....
  • Congressional Black Caucus calls for Steve King to be removed from committees

    01/12/2019 3:28:26 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/12/19 | Chris Mills Rodrigo
    The Congressional Black Caucus called for Rep. Steve King (R-Ia.) to be removed from his committee assignments Saturday after remarks he made about white supremacy earlier this week. CBC chair Rep. Karen Bass (D-Ca.) linked King's comments to President Trump and asked for him to be deposed. “Like Donald Trump,” she said, “Steve King has sought again and again to give comfort to white supremacists, something that should never be allowed in the halls of Congress or the Oval Office. Bass characterized King's remarks as "racist" and the Iowa Republican needed more than just condemnation. “If Republicans really believe these...
  • They’re Coming For You: “COMMIES, PROGRESSIVES, AND MARX—OH MY!”

    01/12/2019 3:26:59 PM PST · by RArtfulogerDodger · 14 replies
    Conservative Right Wing News ^ | January 12, 2019 | Jeffrey A. Friedberg
    [PHOTO] The modern Socialist doesn’t have an actual brain. [PHOTO] Their substitute-brain, Karl Marx, wrote THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO, in 1848. And, ever since then, Communism/Socialism has had an unbroken record: over 170 years of utter failure, everywhere it was tried. Yet, the communist-inspired philospher—the Socialist—still beatifically calls for world-wide socialism. In these days of an American Trump, and a wild jackass, anti-America, “Resistance,” the Socialist, smiley-face, “look” has changed. It alternates between bug-eyed madness and fanged violence. “Socialists may not be able to claim experience, learning, smarts, or success. But they make up for all that by a boundless certitude.......
  • Third suspected drug tunnel discovered near Arizona border

    01/12/2019 3:23:31 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/12/19 | Chris Mills Rodrigo
    A tunnel that Mexican authorities suspect was used to transfer drugs and people across the border was discovered this week near Arizona, the third such tunnel found in the past month. The Arizona Republic first reported Friday on the tunnel near Nogales, Sonora, across from Nogales, Ariz. Mexican Federal Police posted a video of the tunnel earlier this week. The police said in the video that the tunnel was about 32 feet long, but provided limited information beyond that. It is the third tunnel to be found in a month amid the partial government shutdown and increased debate over President...
  • 'Sub-Saturns' May Force Scientists to Revise Idea of How Planets Form

    01/12/2019 3:21:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies ^ | January 12, 2019 08:43am ET | Meghan Bartels,
    Astronomers know our solar system better than any other, but they're still learning new ways in which it doesn't seem to be particularly normal. Right now, the leading theory of planetary formation, called the "core accretion model," is tailored to explain what we see in our solar system — the only one we knew much of anything about when the model was developed. But the more planets we identify in other solar systems, the more we find they don't match the patterns of mass and orbital distances found here on our own. Take, for example, the staggering size gap between...
  • US Navy sub commander demoted after hiring prostitutes in Philippines

    01/12/2019 3:15:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 12, 2019 | Lukas Mikelionis
    A Navy submarine commander was disciplined and demoted last summer after admitting to paying for female prostitutes while stationed in the Philippines. Capt. Travis Zettel lost the confidence to command the attack submarine USS Bremerton and was relieved of duty back in August following the investigation...
  • Alex Jones ordered to disclose Infowars business records in Sandy Hook civil suit

    01/12/2019 3:07:17 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 106 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Saturday, January 12, 2019 | Andrew Blake
    Alex Jones on Friday lost his bid to shield internal Infowars records sought by lawyers suing him on behalf of the families of several victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Ruling from Connecticut State Superior Court, Judge Barbara Bellis granted requests for business documents desired by attorneys suing the Texas-based media personality and Infowars publisher for defamation. “From the beginning, we have alleged that Alex Jones and his financial network trafficked in lies and hate in order to profit from the grief of Sandy Hook families. That is what we intend to prove, and...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Zanchetta case: a fatal blow to the Pope’s reputation as a reformer

    01/12/2019 3:03:01 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 11, 2019 | Phil Lawler
    The Zanchetta case: a fatal blow to the Pope’s reputation as a reformer Last week the Vatican acknowledged that an Argentine bishop working at the Vatican faces sex-abuse charges. The story drew little attention from American media outlets, and understandably so: just one more in a long line of complaints against clerics, in this case involving a bishop whose name (Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta) was unfamiliar to readers in the US. But reporters who look at the story just a bit more carefully recognize it as a blockbuster: a potentially fatal blow to the reputation of Pope Francis as a reformer....
  • Tantrum: Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Blames NRA For His Suspension

    01/12/2019 2:48:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 72 replies ^ | January 12, 2019 | Matt Vespa
    As Cortney noted, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has been suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis. This was expected. Israel had told staff prior to this announcement that this would most likely happen.  And Gov. DeSantis made it official. Israel, who has been criticized for how his department responded to the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school last February, also took part in the CNN town hall event, where he slammed the National Rifle Association. The event was held days after the shooting. Now, with his suspension, Israel has blamed the NRA, and said this was all about politics.  "There was...
  • Democrat Makes VIOLENT Threat If Trump Declares National Emergency

    01/12/2019 2:38:51 PM PST · by yoe · 68 replies
    I Love My Freedom ^ | January 12, 2019 | Chris Donaldson
    Democrats are fighting mad over the impasse between President Trump and Nancy Pelosi that has resulted in a government shutdown over funding of border security and one of them has once again suggested that violence is a legitimate solution to political differences. This time it is Rep. Mike Levin of California’s 49th congressional district and the freshman exemplifies the new far-left radicalism that has gripped the party and their ANTIFA and socialist hate mobs that are clamoring for open revolution.
  • Lets make this go viral for Chuck Shumer (typo in original)

    01/12/2019 2:29:50 PM PST · by piytar · 16 replies
    Facebook ^ | Bobby HartmannJr
    No body. Image at the link. It is a letter from Senator Schumer supporting immigration control in May 2010.
  • Trump tweets into the void as shutdown sets record

    01/12/2019 2:27:22 PM PST · by 4Runner · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 12, 2019 | By JONATHAN LEMIRE, LISA MASCARO, JILL COLVIN and DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the partial government shutdown slipped into the record books Saturday as the longest ever, members of Congress were out of town, no negotiations were scheduled and President Donald Trump tweeted into the void. He did not tip his hand on whether he will move ahead with an emergency declaration that could break the impasse, free up money for his wall without congressional approval and kick off legal challenges and a political storm over the use of that extraordinary step. A day earlier, he said he was not ready to do it “right now.”
  • Right to protest doesn’t allow you intimidate others (pro-abortion thrash)

    01/12/2019 2:24:45 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 28 replies
    Press Reader ^ | 12 January 2019 | Martina Devlin
    Imagine having to pass protesters on your way into court, where a judge is ready to deal with your divorce application, because some people believe marriage ought to be "till death us do part". Or how about having to make your way past a blockade to access a family planning clinic? What if you had to face down people with reproving placards beside a chemist's shop stocking emergency contraception? How about trying to get by pickets outside a hospital which does sterilisations or gender reassignment? How would you feel about demonstrations outside venues conducting same-sex marriages? There will always be...