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  • TV personality who played Bozo the Clown dies at 89....8^(

    03/22/2018 6:43:33 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies ^ | 03-22-2018 | Staff
    BOSTON — A longtime television personality who played a beloved clown had died, according to family. WCVB-TV says 89-year-old Frank Avruch, who played Bozo the Clown from 1959 to 1970, has died. Avruch was a contributor to the station for over 40 years as a host of "Man About Town," and "The Great Entertainment." He died Tuesday at his Boston home from heart disease, and is survived by his wife Betty, two sons Matthew and Steven and several grandchildren. Avruch graduated from Boston University in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in Communication. He was an active philanthropist, and was a...
  • FIU Bridge Collapse Caught on Dash Cam

    03/22/2018 4:24:21 AM PDT · by iowamark · 18 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/16/18
    Pedestrian bridge collapse on Thursday March 15:
  • YouTube Bans All Gun Demonstration Videos

    03/21/2018 7:05:56 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Mar 2018 | AWR HAWKINS
    YouTube is entering the gun control debate with a new ban on videos which demo firearms or link to websites selling firearms or firearm accessories. The move to ban firearm demos dovetails with the media platform’s desire to “prohibit videos with instructions on how to assemble firearms.” Ironically, guns built at home have not been part of the mass public attacks that have drawn national attention over the past months and years, but guns acquired at retail via background checks have been. Bloomberg reports that YouTube issued a statement in coordination with new prohibitions, saying, “We routinely make updates and...
  • Peter Schweizer Explains How China Purchased U.S. Congress as a Trade Strategy…

    03/21/2018 9:45:51 PM PDT · by bitt · 28 replies
    A timely book by Peter Schweizer, “Secret Empires”, explains how Chinese companies purchased U.S. politicians to gain trade advantages. When you understand this process, you better understand why those same politicians today are against the Trump trade policy that is antithetical to their purchased interests. Reminder: U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue is warning President Trump not to take any trade action against China or he will unleash his purchased control agents within congress and financial media to destroy his presidency. Allow me to re-emphasize: All opposition to President Trump stems from the underlying financial and economic policy. All...
  • China calls U.S. repeat abuser of world trade rules

    03/21/2018 8:55:07 PM PDT · by Mariner · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 21st, 2018 | Brenda Goh
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China accused the United States of “repeatedly abusing” international trade rules, as Beijing braced on Thursday for an imminent announcement from U.S. President Donald Trump slapping more tariffs on Chinese imports. A World Trade Organisation ruling against Obama-era anti-subsidy tariffs on Wednesday handed China’s commerce ministry ammunition to criticize Washington’s conduct in trade affairs. The ruling “proves that the U.S. side has violated WTO rules, repeatedly abused trade remedy measures, which has serious damaged the fair and just nature of the international trade environment and weakened the stability of the multilateral trading system,” the ministry said. In...
  • 60-year old cartoon should go viral

    03/21/2018 7:59:06 PM PDT · by FrankR · 25 replies
    Youtube ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    This 60 year old cartoon eerily predicts exactly what is happening in society today with the encroachment of socialism/communism. Every young person should see this cartoon.
  • Good News or Bad News

    03/21/2018 6:01:59 PM PDT · by upchuck · 9 replies
    email | Mar 21, 2018 | Newt Gingrich
    Four recent news stories caused me to think about the current political environment, and how we increasingly reframe news to fit our ideological understanding of the world. It seems that more and more, information means something totally different to people depending on their outlook – to the point that people with differing political positions can appear to be living in alternate realities. Consider how some might react to these four unrelated, recent events: 1. The Daily Caller reported on March 15 that 2 million Americans got off food stamps in President Trump’s first year. Citing a recent assessment by the...
  • Alaskan spaceport to host secretive commercial launch

    03/21/2018 5:07:55 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 23 replies
    Space News ^ | 3/20/2018 | Jeff Foust
    An Alaskan spaceport will host the first launch of a rocket developed by a stealthy startup company as soon as next week, spaceport officials confirmed March 20. Alaska Aerospace Corp., which operates Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska (PSCA) on Kodiak Island, said the launch period for the flight of the unidentified vehicle runs from March 27 to April 6. It did not specify when during the day the launch would take place. A “Local Notice to Mariners” issued by the U.S. Coast Guard March 14 included a notice about a rocket launch planned from PSCA, giving a window of March 26...
  • Trump set for China tariff announcement on Thursday, trade war fears grow

    03/21/2018 4:19:29 PM PDT · by Mariner · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 21st, 2018 | David Chance, Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will announce tariffs on Chinese imports on Thursday, a White House official said, in a move aimed at curbing theft of U.S. technology that is likely to trigger retaliation from Beijing and stoke fears of a global trade war. There was no indication of the size and the scope of tariffs, which U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Wednesday would target China’s high technology sector and which could also include restrictions on Chinese investments in the United States. Other sectors like apparel could also be hit. “Tomorrow the president will announce the actions...
  • 'Fire & Fury' author Michael Wolff cancels several speaking dates on book tour

    03/21/2018 2:31:30 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 20, 2018 01:47 PM | Eddie Scarry
    Michael Wolff, author of the sensational Fury and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, is supposed to be on a speaking tour to promote his book, but many of the dates for his shows have been canceled after several controversial media appearances by the author. Wolff in late February announced the tour that had at least 18 stops across the U.S. and was supposed to last through April and into mid-May. As of Tuesday, however, shows planned for Portland (April 13), Los Angeles (April 14), and San Jose (April 17) have been canceled, according to websites for the venues where...
  • Former UAW official Nancy Johnson charged in alleged FCA bribery scheme

    03/21/2018 12:46:39 PM PDT · by Hot Tabasco · 16 replies
    Click On Detroit ^ | March 21, 2018 | Dave Bartkowiak Jr.
    DETROIT - A former senior ranking United Automobile Workers (UAW) official is accused of taking part in a conspiracy in which she and other union officials accepted a stream of concealed payments and things of value from FCA executives. Nancy A. Johnson, of Macomb Township, allegedly took part in this bribery scheme with FCA executives in the months leading up to the 2015 collective bargaining negotiations, according to the United States Attorney's Office....... Johnson is accused of illegally accepting tens of thousands of dollars worth of designer clothing, golf resort fees, limousine services, lavish meals, luxury accommodations, luggage, and first-class...
  • American Express on the Orbitz Hack

    03/21/2018 12:43:58 PM PDT · by tarpit · 10 replies
    American Express ^ | American Express
    FYI. Received this email from American Express. We are writing to let you know that American Express recently learned that our third-party vendor, Orbitz, was the victim of a cyber attack. The attack occurred on an Orbitz platform that serves as the underlying booking engine for, and for travel arrangements made by calling an Amex Travel Representative. It was not an attack on, and did not compromise, the platforms American Express uses to manage your American Express® Card accounts. We are still working with Orbitz to get additional information, but we wanted to alert you as soon as possible....
  • Nolte: Mark Zuckerberg’s Fatal Error — Not Leaving Everyone the Hell Alone

    03/21/2018 11:52:22 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 93 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3-21-2018 | JOHN NOLTE
    Make no mistake, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are in trouble — not just here in America, but all over the world. The Tech Tyrant has only himself to blame. Had he just left us alone, he would not be so alone or widely viewed as a monopoly with all the inherent risks in that. He would also not be a national pariah. When you are in charge of something, be it a Girl Scout troop or one of the most powerful tech companies in the world, the only way to stay out of trouble is with simple and clear rules...
  • Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is dead meat

    03/21/2018 11:44:00 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 82 replies
    In 30 years of writing op-ed columns for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, I'm hard pressed to recall making any political predictions. I prefer to leave it to the Chicago Tribune's Eric Zorn. But here comes an exception. Bruce Rauner has slit his throat, with his general incompetence and a campaign that was so dishonest that it set some sort of record in a state where truth is typically flushable. The way he failed to get a single one of his goals accomplished in his three and a half years as governor is by itself a flop worthy of...
  • Federal Reserve Interest-Rate Decision—Live Analysis

    03/21/2018 11:31:15 AM PDT · by Sopater · 15 replies
    Join us for all the news and analysis of the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate decision and economic projections Wednesday, along with Jerome Powell’s first press conference as chairman.
  • YouTube Suspends Major Gun Manufacturer, Bans Instructional Gun Videos

    03/21/2018 10:34:36 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 59 replies ^ | 3-21-2018 | Madeline Osburn
    YouTube has updated its policies on content featuring firearms, leading to the suspension of a large gun manufacturer and forcing popular gun content creators to remove videos from their channels. “While we’ve long prohibited the sale of firearms, we recently notified creators of updates we will be making around content promoting the sale or manufacture of firearms and their accessories, specifically, items like ammunition, gatling triggers, and drop-in auto sears,” reads a statement from a YouTube spokesperson. The list of prohibited content now includes links to sites that sell firearms, videos that teach installation of certain accessories, and videos that...
  • General Mills' stock plummets toward 5-year low, paces S&P 500 losers [Social Justice Company]

    03/21/2018 9:54:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    marketwatch ^ | 3/21/18 | T Kilgore
    Shares of General Mills Inc. GIS, -9.63% plunged 9.6% toward a 5-year low in morning trade Wednesday, enough to pace the S&P 500's SPX, +0.46% decliners, after the consumer foods company reported a fiscal third-quarter profit that beat expectations but slashed its outlook.
  • Toys R Us blames birth rate for business failure

    03/21/2018 7:31:01 AM PDT · by fwdude · 77 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | Mar 20, 2018 | Shannon Roberts
    I still remember experiencing the wonder of walking up and down the aisles of Toys R Us as a child visiting America from New Zealand. To be honest I think my parents were as awed as I was at the rows and rows of Barbie dolls and Ninja turtles, especially coming from a country that did not yet have such a huge range of mass-produced toys available. It was a time when the age of mass materialism was only just upon us and held wonder and magic. I ended up buying a Little Mermaid sheet set and giant, long, variously...
  • Republicans warn: Nancy Pelosi, taxes not enough to win midterms

    03/21/2018 6:39:09 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 33 replies
    Republicans are worried that touting this year's tax cut bill and tying Democrats to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., won't be enough to hold the House and Senate in the November midterms. While GOP lawmakers maintain that both are important campaign issue, some believe the party is leaning too heavily on them, particularly in light of some predictions that they are about to lose upwards of 45 House seats. Rep. Conor Lamb's, D-Pa., likely victory over Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania last Tuesday also showed both arguments can be neutralized. "I think the bigger challenge for members is defining themselves,"...
  • Caution creeps into Asian trading ahead of Fed decision

    03/20/2018 8:08:14 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/20/2018 | Swati Pandey
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - A hush settled over financial markets on Wednesday as investors waited to hear how often the Federal Reserve might hike U.S. rates this year, while the currencies of exporting nations were rattled by fears of a full-blown trade war.