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  • In Conversation: Quincy Jones

    02/07/2018 5:18:22 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    Vulture ^ | February 7, 2018 8:00 am | By David Marchese
    ...“All I’ve ever done is tell the truth,” says Jones, seated on a couch in his palatial Bel Air home, and about to dish some outrageous gossip. “I’ve got nothing to be scared of, man.”... ...You just mentioned the Clintons, who are friends of yours. Why is there still such visceral dislike of them? What are other people not seeing in Hillary, for example, that you see? It’s because there’s a side of her — when you keep secrets, they backfire. Like what secrets? This is something else I shouldn’t be talking about. You sure seem to know a lot....
  • The creator of $17 billion cryptocurrency litecoin has sold his entire stake

    12/20/2017 5:23:41 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 37 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12-20-2017 | Oscar Williams-Grut
    - Litecoin founder Charlie Lee said in Reddit post he has sold his entire holding of the cryptocurrency. - Lee pins his decision on criticism that his Twitter posts about the currency were attempts at personal enrichment. - Lee says he will remain involved in litecoin and cryptocurrencies more broadly. LONDON — The creator of one of the largest alternative cryptocurrencies has exited his entire stake in the digital currency, citing a "conflict of interest." Charlie Lee announced in a Reddit post on Wednesday that he had "sold and donated" all of his litecoin holdings over recent days. He said...
  • Let's Take a Look at Some Anti-Trump Fake News - When liberals laugh first and ask questions later

    12/05/2017 5:20:19 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 7 replies
    Vice ^ | Dec 2 2017, 10:45am | Mike Pearl
    Welcome back to Can't Handle the Truth, our Saturday column looking at the past seven days of fake news and hoaxes that have spread thanks to the internet. The situation is dark for Democrats right now. Early Saturday morning, the Senate passed a rushed-through tax bill that disproportionately benefits the wealthy and corporations, the first major legislative achievement for Donald Trump and the Republicans. This bill will have to be reconciled with a House version of tax reform before it becomes law, but thanks to GOP majorities in both chambers of Congress, Democrats are utterly powerless in these negotiations. What's...
  • Las Vegas Strip shooter prescribed anti-anxiety drug in June

    10/04/2017 4:36:03 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 138 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | Oct 3, 2017 | By Paul Harasim
    Stephen Paddock, who killed at least 58 people and wounded hundreds more in Las Vegas on Sunday with high-powered rifles, was prescribed an anti-anxiety drug in June that can lead to aggressive behavior, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has learned... Records from the Nevada Prescription Monitoring Program obtained Tuesday show Paddock was prescribed 50 10-milligram diazepam tablets by Henderson physician Dr. Steven Winkler on June 21. A woman who answered the phone at Winkler’s office would not make him available to answer questions and would neither confirm nor deny that Paddock was ever a patient. Paddock purchased the drug — its...
  • Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’

    09/14/2017 8:30:47 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies
    ProPublica via MSN ^ | Sep 14, 2017 | Julia Angwin, Madeleine Varner, Ariana Tobin
    ...(the) social network enabled advertisers to direct their pitches to the news feeds of almost 2,300 people who expressed interest in the topics of “Jew hater,” “How to burn jews,” or, “History of ‘why jews ruin the world.’” To test if these ad categories were real, we paid $30 to target those groups with three “promoted posts” — in which a ProPublica article or post was displayed in their news feeds. Facebook approved all three ads within 15 minutes. After we contacted Facebook, it removed the anti-Semitic categories — which were created by an algorithm rather than by people —...
  • New iPhones: why is Apple's pricing the same in pounds and dollars? (BRexit)

    09/14/2017 7:41:55 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 5 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Wednesday 13 September 2017 08.53 EDT | Alex Hern
    New products have same price in both currencies, suggesting Apple is taking advantage of British customers’ acceptance of price hikes since the EU Referendum Tuesday’s iPhone X launch event brought familiar news to British viewers: the Brexit-induced devaluation of the pound means that everything is really, really expensive. Every product announced by Apple onstage has the same price in pounds and dollars, from the cheapest Apple TV – Ł149 or $149 – to the most expensive iPhone X, a grand more at $1,149 or Ł1,149... ...The prices quoted for US customers are exclusive of sales taxes, which vary state-by-state, while...
  • (fake news) Watchdog group says Kid Rock must register, show contributions in Senate run

    09/02/2017 8:45:32 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 13 replies
    Title only (USA Ptooey is Fake News)
  • Columbia EDU: CLIMATE LAW ISSUES RELATED TO HURRICANE HARVEY (here come the trial lawyers)

    09/01/2017 11:28:34 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 8 replies
    Climate Law Blog (Columbia EDU) ^ | August 31st, 2017 | by Romany Webb/The Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
    All of this raises critical questions for climate change law and policy. Here, the team of lawyers at the Sabin Center offers a brief primer on eleven key climate law issues highlighted by and likely to arise due to Hurricane Harvey: 1. Disaster Recovery Legislation... 2. Flood Insurance Reform... 3. Flood Maps 4. Flood Protection for Federal Projects 5. Controlling Air Emissions from Damaged Facilities 6. Handling Toxic Pollutants and Discharges of Toxic Water Pollution 7. Chemical Safety 8. Damage to Superfund Sites 9. Zoning and Building Codes 10. Public utilities 11. Climate Change Attribution and Hurricanes: Numerous scientists have...
  • Cajun Navy coming up with ‘new plan’ after looters shoot at boats, try to steal them

    08/28/2017 5:21:26 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 73 replies
    wgno ABC ^ | POSTED 5:25 PM, AUGUST 28, 2017, UPDATED AT 06:39PM, AUGUST 28, 2017 | BY WGNO WEB DESK
    The famed Louisiana Cajun Navy is “standing down” in Houston after looters tried to steal their boats and fired gunshots at them. The Cajun Navy made the announcement in a Facebook post Monday afternoon. “Looters decided to pose as people needing rescue and they attempted to overtake the boats and there were shots fired at the boats,” the post said. “I repeat they are all safe. Looters must have not wanted our boats in the water for rescues.” The Facebook post has since been removed... “They’re making it difficult for us to rescue them,” he said. “You have people rushing...
  • Olympic Stadium In Montreal Turned Into Welcome Center For Refugees From U.S.

    08/03/2017 5:32:26 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 44 replies
    NPR ^ | August 2, 2017 | CAMILA DOMONOSKE
    Faced with a flood of asylum seekers traveling from the United States into Quebec, Canada, local authorities have repurposed Montreal's Olympic Stadium and turned it into a refugee welcome center. A spokesperson for PRAIDA, the local government agency that helps refugees, tells the CBC more than 1,000 asylum seekers crossed the border into Quebec last month. "In comparison, PRAIDA helped 180 people in July 2016," the CBC writes. The vast majority of the asylum seekers are Haitians who initially fled the devastating earthquake in 2010, and whose future status in the U.S. is unclear under the Trump administration. The surge...
  • Man held by authorities spotted at Bataclan band concert venue (Spain April 2017 article)

    05/22/2017 8:39:33 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 4 replies
    ...Close to a year later on September 10, the US rock group [Eagles of Death Metal] played at the Apolo concert hall in Barcelona. Under high alert, police stopped a Moroccan man in front of the hall and asked him for his ID, said a spokesman for police in the northeastern region of Catalonia where Barcelona is located. He told AFP that on identifying him, police discovered alleged links to people involved in the Brussels airport and metro attacks last year that left 32 people dead and more than 320 wounded. The attacks were led by an Islamic State cell...
  • Mayor Sylvester Turner Issues Statement on Immigration [“HPD is not the INS"]

    01/27/2017 5:02:09 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 44 replies
    Houstonia Magazine ^ | 1/26/2017 | By Katharine Shilcutt
    ONE OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S MANY CAMPAIGN PROMISES was to ”end sanctuary cities.” On Wednesday, Trump took his first steps toward that end, issuing an executive order called ”Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States." Among other actions outlined in the order, cities that do not comply with federal immigration enforcement agents “are not eligible to receive Federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes by the Attorney General or the Secretary.” In addition, the order restored both the Immigration and Nationality Act Section 287(g) and the Secure Communities Program, which are used to compel...
  • ABC Apologizes for Incorrectly Listing Amy Adams, Tom Hanks as Oscar Nominees (more fakenews)

    01/24/2017 5:10:21 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 14 replies
    Variety ^ | JANUARY 24, 2017 | 08:41AM | Dave McNary
    ABC Digital has issued an apology for mistakenly listing Amy Adams, Annette Bening and Tom Hanks briefly on the site as Oscar nominees following Tuesday morning’s Academy Awards announcement. “This morning, in an attempt to release breaking news as announced, ABC Digital briefly posted inaccurate nomination information on the website,” ABC said in a statement. “The nominees announced by the Academy on Twitter were accurate. ABC quickly identified and corrected the errors. We apologize to the Academy, press, and fans for any confusion.” Adams was inadvertently named one of the nominees for best actress for her work as...
  • Princess Leia Second Line To Celebrate Carrie Fisher

    12/28/2016 12:18:42 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 54 replies
    Offbeat ^ | DECEMBER 28, 2016 | SAM D'ARCANGELO
    The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus will celebrate Carrie Fisher’s life with a Princess Leia-themed, second line-style parade in New Orleans on Friday evening. Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the popular Star Wars film series, died yesterday at the age of 60. According to, participants will gather at Markey Park in the Bywater at 3pm. The approximately one-hour parade will begin at 4pm, andd will travel one block north down Mazant Street before turning right on Dauphine Street. It will then turn left on Poland Avenue and make its way to Castillo Blanco (Chewbacchus’ headquarters) on the corner of...
  • (Mayor Sylvester) Turner Pledges to Protect Immigrants, But Avoids Calling Houston "Sanctuary City"

    12/24/2016 7:53:43 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 50 replies
    Houston Press ^ | TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2016 AT 8 A.M. | MEAGAN FLYNN
    In the wake of the presidential election, Mayor Sylvester Turner is taking steps to promise undocumented immigrants or newly arrived refugees that he will strive to keep them safe and respect their rights in Houston. The election of a certain someone, whom he did not name, will not change Houston's commitment to welcoming all walks of life and valuing diversity, Turner pledged at a press conference Monday morning. To demonstrate this pledge, Turner has created the Office of New Americans, to help immigrants and refugees integrate into their new communities and access services they may need. He has also launched...
  • Dan Rather: Secretary Clinton has conceded. It is now official

    11/09/2016 3:43:20 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 63 replies
    facebook ^ | November 9, 2016 | Dan Rather
    Secretary Clinton has conceded. It is now official. Well the polls were wrong - very wrong, most journalists were wrong - and the earth has been shaken with an earthquake of a magnitude many didn't see coming. This is Brexit on steroids. We are entering into uncharted territory as a nation with a now president-elect who has run roughshod over the norms of American presidential campaigns. Clearly a silent but vocal majority has poured forth and pulled down the status quo in Washington with an energy that is echoing not just across the United States but around the world. America...
  • Some Houston taco trucks to serve as voter registration booths

    09/28/2016 4:19:08 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 20 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 27, 2016 | Darla Guillen
    Two Houston organizations on Tuesday launched a voter registration campaign that pokes fun at a controversial comment made by Latinos for Trump founder Marco Gutierrez... ...Now Latino advocate group Mi Familia Vota is teaming up with Thomas Hull, the founder of Houston design firm Rigsby Hull, to kick off a campaign that will turn some local taco trucks into voter registration booths. Mi Familia Vota is an organization that encourages and facilitates Latinos' political involvement. The organizers will also be informing locals where they can vote on Election Day. The campaign launches Tuesday, National Voter Registration Day, and runs through...
  • “I’m Not Crazy, You Are” (Trump vs Clinton Debate)

    09/27/2016 5:07:26 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 17 replies
    Taki Mag ^ | September 27, 2016 | Joe Bob Briggs
    NEW YORK—If you study Method acting at one of the great New York studios that grew out of the Stanislavsky system, the first thing they teach you is that acting is not about speaking, it’s about reacting. “Always watch the actor who is not speaking,” the great Freddie Kareman used to tell his classes at Carnegie Hall. “If he’s engaged and focused and concentrated, that’s when you’ll see his craft.” Or as Martin Scorsese once told me, “Pay no attention to the words. We’ll change the words. We’re looking for what’s underneath the words.” The great thing about watching a...
  • Multiple people shot in downtown Austin (6th Street)

    07/31/2016 3:31:55 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 85 replies
    KXAN ^ | Updated: July 31, 2016, 2:46 am | no byine
    Police are on the scene of a downtown Austin shooting that’s left at least one person dead. According to Austin-Travis County EMS, multiple units are responding to the area of 208 East 6th St. Paramedics say there are several gunshot wound patients spread across the area and they are trying to locate all patients. At least one person has been killed. This is a developing story and KXAN will update as more information is released.
  • Can Republicans Rock Cleveland?

    07/19/2016 4:29:03 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | JULY 19, 2016 | Emma Roller
    THE Republican Party is really trying to sell us on the rock ’n’ roll theme of this year’s convention... (Cleveland) It is also the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is on point with an exhibit, “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics,” about the intersection of rock and politics... Max Espinosa, the exhibit’s curator, admitted that the biggest challenge of putting it together was reconciling the fact that many of the featured musicians don’t like the Republican Party’s agenda. “Rock and roll is a lefty medium,” he said... ...a Frank Zappa quote: “Rock music was...