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  • Bipartisan Furor as North Carolina Election Law Shrinks Early Voting Locations by Almost 20 Percent

    09/24/2018 11:59:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    www.propublica.org ^ | 09/24/2018 | by Blake Paterson
    Nearly half of the state’s counties are shutting down polling places, in part because of a law passed in June. In June, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation mandating that all early voting sites in the state remain open for uniform hours on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., a move supporters argued would reduce confusion and ultimately make early voting easier and more accessible. But with the start of early voting only weeks away, county election officials across the state — who previously had control over setting polling hours in their jurisdictions — say the new law...
  • News Site to Investigate Big Tech, Helped by Craigslist Founder

    09/24/2018 11:40:28 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    www.wral.com ^ | 09/23/2018 | By Nellie Bowles
    When investigative journalist Julia Angwin worked for ProPublica, the nonprofit news organization became known as “big tech’s scariest watchdog.” By partnering with programmers and data scientists, Angwin pioneered the work of studying big tech’s algorithms — the secret codes that have an enormous effect on everyday American life. Her findings shed light on how companies like Facebook were creating tools that could be used to promote racial bias, fraudulent schemes and extremist content. Now, with a $20 million gift from Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, she and her partner at ProPublica, data journalist Jeff Larson, are starting The Markup, a news...
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May says she trusts President Trump

    09/24/2018 10:53:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 24, 2018
    President Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May will be among more than 130 world leaders expected for meetings at the United Nations General Assembly this week. May will raise important global issues, including the Iran nuclear deal and the use of chemical weapons by Russia. Britain accuses Russia of poisoning four people in Salisbury, England. "CBS This Morning" co-host John Dickerson visited the prime minister's official residence at 10 Downing Street in London for her only interview ahead of the U.N. General Assembly. May told Dickerson that she trusts Mr. Trump and believes Iran is holding up its end...
  • Disney forced to re-draw its first black princess after campaigners claimed ...‘whitened’

    09/24/2018 1:37:50 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 28 replies
    DISNEY has been forced to re-draw its first black princess after campaigners claimed her skin had been “whitened” for her latest film. Princess Tiana became the company’s first black princess when she was created for The Princess and The Frog nine years ago. Fans said that her skin was lighter in a trailer for her latest role in Wreck It Ralph 2 Disney 4 Fans said that her skin was lighter in a trailer for her latest role in Wreck It Ralph 2 But fans awaiting the release of her new movie Wreck It Ralph 2 noticed her skin was...
  • Sandwich Chain Closes Because Customers Can't Stomach That Owner Met Donald Trump

    09/24/2018 1:33:09 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 18 replies
    Hoagie sandwich chain Taylor Gourmet will close all 19 of its outlets largely due to a decline in sales after its co-founder attended an event last year led by President Donald Trump, according to Washingtonian. A Taylor Gourmet spokesperson confirmed the closures in the article. Seventeen locations are in D.C. and surrounding areas and two more are in Chicago. Fortune was unable to reach Taylor Gourmet for comment. While real estate costs, rapid expansion, and competition may have been factors, Washingtonian cites several company insiders who noted that sales dropped after co-founder Casey Patten was photographed with Trump. One said...
  • Rise of the Rest in Appalachia

    09/23/2018 9:17:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Carthage Standard ^ | September 19, 2018 | Salena Zito
    PIKEVILLE, Ky. — On Election Day 2016, Jonathan Webb found himself on a lavish cruise liner with America‘s elite, gliding along the Atlantic outside of Miami. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, was there, and so were Quentin Tarantino, Erin Brockovich, TV legend Norman Lear and singer will.i.am. Celebrity chefs were stationed at different eateries; yoga gurus offered spiritual talks and meditations. Webb, who was working with the Obama White House at the time, was used to being in rarefied company. But still, he found the experience surreal — and it was about to get even weirder. On TV screens...
  • Linux developers threaten to pull “kill switch”

    09/23/2018 2:55:41 PM PDT · by tbw2 · 58 replies
    Lulz.com ^ | 09/21/2018
    Most of the internet could be affected as some Linux devs threaten to rescind code in response to CoC controversy.
  • Sandwich Chain Closes Because Customers Can't Stomach That Owner Met Donald Trump

    Hoagie sandwich chain Taylor Gourmet will close all 19 of its outlets largely due to a decline in sales after its co-founder attended an event last year led by President Donald Trump, according to Washingtonian.
  • City may have to pay out $1.7B over biased teaching exam

    09/23/2018 10:29:56 AM PDT · by dennisw · 20 replies
    NY POST ^ | 9 4 20119 | S Algar
    Taxpayers shelled out $98 million over a discriminatory FDNY screening test just four years ago — but that’s pocket change compared to the $1.7 billion the city may now have to pay out over a biased teaching exam, The Post has learned. Legal papers quietly filed over the summer reveal that a court-appointed special master has recommended paying a total of $91.6 million in damages to just 219 of the plaintiffs in a long-running class-action suit against the former Board of Education — now the Department of Education — over a racially biased certification exam. Approximately 4,000 people are eligible...
  • In a rebuke to Trump, ...Brown signs bans on short-term health plans, Medi-Cal work requirements

    09/23/2018 10:18:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    L A Times ^ | Melanie Mason and John Myers
    As a left-leaning state that has embraced the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, California is unlikely to pursue work requirements for that program. But with the Trump administration backing efforts by a handful of states to impose such requirements, backers of the measure said it was important to enshrine in state law that California would not do the same. Critics have said that work requirements will limit the care of those unable to work, including those with chronic physical ailments, mental illness or substance abuse problems. Four states have already taken action to move toward work mandates,...
  • Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her

    09/23/2018 3:49:58 AM PDT · by yoe · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 22, 2018 | Mike Lillis
    Democratic insurgents hoping to topple House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lack a key ingredient in their master plan: a formidable challenger. Pelosi’s detractors have argued for years that Democrats need an image overhaul by empowering newer members at the very top of the party. But they suffered a big setback when Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), thought by many to be Pelosi’s heir apparent, was unseated himself in an astonishing primary defeat earlier this year.
  • Colin Kaepernick is Nike's $6 billion man

    09/23/2018 12:19:01 AM PDT · by vannrox · 20 replies
    CBS news ^ | 23SEp18 | kate Gibson
    The heat Nike has taken over its controversial advertising campaign featuring former NFL start Colin Kaepernick seems to have had another effect: burnishing the iconic brand's appeal to investors. Nike shares have surged 36 percent on the year, making the company the top performer on the Dow's index of 30 blue-chip stocks. The run-up includes a nearly 5 percent increase since Nike's Labor Day announcement that Kaepernick would be featured in its campaign, adding nearly $6 billion to the company's market value. The stock continues to hover near an all-time high, which it reached in mid-September only weeks after some...
  • The New Age of Coal

    09/22/2018 9:40:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/22/2018 | Christopher Mendoza
    No matter how hard environmental do-gooders are trying to kill coal, they're clearly not succeeding. According to a new report by the Energy Information Administration, despite the ongoing fear-mongering from the left, coal continues to be a major source of power generation in both developed and emerging nations, accounting for as much of the world's electricity today as it did in the 1990s. As it turns out, coal has proven to be incredibly resilient in Asia and Africa, where it has been pushed up by rising demand. This information may come as a shock for anti-coal crusaders, but IT should...
  • Largest Trade Deficit By Country

    09/22/2018 7:55:02 AM PDT · by central_va · 21 replies
    worldsrichestcountries.com ^ | as of July 2015 | Unk
    As of July 2015, the USA's annual trade deficit of $803B was more then the next 14 largest debtor nations combined!
  • 12 pairs of dueling pistols

    09/22/2018 5:46:09 AM PDT · by vannrox · 35 replies
    OOBJECT ^ | Unknown FR Post 9-22-2018 | David Galbraith
    Dueling pistols are strange, beautiful and ironic. Gadgets to shoot each other in the face, crafted with the delicacy and decorative extravagance of expensive jewelry.They appeared in the 18th C, as faster firing versions of older, flintlock guns replaced swords. Their use dwindled in the 19th C, while duels were still fought in the Western US states. Here the less rich would engage in gouging, similarly prearranged combat, with the aim of plucking out the opponent’s eyes. Dueling pistols were designed for the upper classes, for the preservation of honor. They were used illegally by generals and poets (Pushkin was...
  • One in 20 of all deaths due to alcohol, says WHO

    09/22/2018 1:06:48 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 36 replies
    Alcohol is responsible for more than 5% of all deaths worldwide, or around 3 million a year, new figures have revealed. The data, part of a report from the World Health Organization, shows that about 2.3 million of those deaths in 2016 were of men, and that almost 29% of all alcohol-caused deaths were down to injuries – including traffic accidents and suicide. The report, which comes out every four years, reveals the continued impact of alcohol on public health around the world, and highlights that the young bear the brunt: 13.5% of deaths among people in their 20s are...
  • Twitter Reportedly Locked James Woods Out Of His Account

    09/21/2018 2:51:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    www.chicksonright.com ^ | September 21, 2018 | Staff
    James Woods is one of my FAVORITE people to follow on Twitter. He tells it like it is… and it’s usually HILARIOUS. Well… it seems that Twitter has now locked James out. Because OF COURSE THEY HAVE. Even more obnoxious? What they locked him out for: Hey guys, @Twitter has locked @RealJamesWoods’ account. His statement: “You are a coward, @jack. There is no free speech for Conservatives on @Twitter.”#JamesWoods pic.twitter.com/zGVOnxP0D6 — Sara Miller (@Millerita) September 21, 2018 Wut? THAT is what he got locked out for? Jimmy’s timeline is still visible to everyone. The tweet they want him to delete...
  • Dow rises, extending record run [DJIA 26,743.5 +86.52 +0.32%]

    09/21/2018 1:52:58 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    www.foxbusiness.com ^ | Published September 21, 2018 | By Leia Klingel
    The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed Friday, extending its record-setting run to a second consecutive session. The Dow rose 86.52 points, or 0.32 percent, to 26,743.50. The S&P 500 ticked 1.08 points lower to 2,929.67. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 41.28 points, or 0.51 percent, to 7,986.96. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 set intraday records in early trade Friday. On Thursday, the two major stock market indexes also set records, with the Dow rallying over 251 points to close at a record high for the first time since January. The S&P 500 also climbed to an all-time...
  • California: People Quietly Disappearing [4+ minute video]

    09/21/2018 11:22:59 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 54 replies
    WCAMStudios via You Tube ^ | September 13, 2018 | WCAMStudios
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  • Scientists used Zika to kill aggressive brain cancer cells in mice

    09/21/2018 10:33:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    www.popsci.com ^ | 09/21/2018 | By Neel V. Patel
    If it works in humans, it could help eliminate one of the deadliest forms of cancer. =================================================================== Treating cancer with a virus isn't as wild as it sounds. DepositPhotos ========================================================================= Fears of Zika have plummeted in the last year. New cases of the disease that plagued the Americas for nearly two years and infected hundreds of thousands of people are incredibly rare these days. Still, that doesn’t mean doctors have suddenly forgotten all about it. And in the process of developing and testing a working vaccine that can protect against the virus, new research suggests we may have come across...