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  • APNewsBreak: New York eyes 'textalyzer' to bust drivers

    07/26/2017 10:28:39 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 21 replies
    AP via ^ | 7/26/2017 | David Klepper
    ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state is set to study the use of a device known as the "textalyzer" that would allow police to determine whether a motorist involved in a serious crash was texting while driving. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he would direct the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee to examine the technology, as well as the privacy and constitutional questions it could raise. "Despite laws to ban cellphone use while driving, some motorists still continue to insist on texting behind the wheel — placing themselves and others at substantial risk," Cuomo said in a statement provided...
  • The man who drives Trump’s Russia connection

    07/22/2017 2:31:10 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 9 replies
    ComPost (where else?) ^ | 7/22/2017 | Andrew Roth
    MOSCOW — In 2013, the Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov and his son, Emin, arranged an extravagant party entrance for their guest, Donald Trump: an armored Mercedes stretch limo driving off a freight elevator right into a ballroom with 3,000 bedazzled Russian guests. They were worried Trump’s security detail might spoil the surprise. Then Trump waved his team off. “Don’t bother with them,” he said, Emin Agalarov, a pop singer, told The Washington Post last year in an interview. “I’m going where I want to go because I trust you.” That trust has helped to draw Trump into the most punishing...
  • In Austin, the air smells of tacos and trees — and city-state conflict

    07/01/2017 4:53:15 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 52 replies
    washpost via ^ | 7/1/2017 | Sandhya Somashekhar
    - snip - But here in Texas, the bigger battle over tree ordinances is whether they represent a form of local government overreach. Gov. Greg Abbott (R), citing grave worries about “socialistic” behavior in the state’s liberal cities, has called on Texas lawmakers to gather next month for a special session that will consider a host of bills aimed at curtailing local power on issues ranging from taxation to collecting union dues. Texas presents perhaps the most dramatic example of the increasingly acrimonious relationship between red-state leaders and their blue city centers, which have moved aggressively to expand environmental regulations...
  • How the British left condoned the murder of millions

    06/25/2017 8:11:11 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 14 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 6/24/2017 | James Bartholomew
    In the 1930s and 1940s leading left-wingers went mad for Bolshevism, oblivious to Stalin’s notorious purges- snip -Appalled, Udy changed the subject of his book to a study of the way that prominent members of the Labour party and famous left-wing activists persistently turned a blind eye to all the terror, famines and mass murders perpetrated by the Soviet Union — one of the greatest of crimes against humanity. The influential legends of the left he indicts include Sidney and Beatrice Webb. They were leading members of the Fabian Society and founders of the London School of Economics. They are...
  • Former US official says Russian claims worse than Watergate (Clapper)

    06/07/2017 10:38:15 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 33 replies
    AP via ^ | 6/7/2017 | Rod McGuirk
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - A former U.S. intelligence official said Wednesday the Watergate scandal that brought down a president "pales" in comparison with allegations that President Donald Trump's election campaign colluded with Russians. James Clapper, director of national intelligence until Trump took office in January, told Australia's National Press Club the cover-up of a 1972 burglary at the Democratic Party national headquarters in the Watergate complex in Washington that ended Richard Nixon's presidency "was a scary time." But the allegations under multiple investigations of Russian meddling in last year's presidential election were more concerning, he said. "I think (if) you...
  • Manchester Bomb Suspect Had Terrorism Training Abroad: Source (And Family Reported Him)

    05/23/2017 8:24:20 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 93 replies
    MSN ^ | 5/23/2017 | Multiple
    MANCHESTER, England — Salman Abedi, the 22-year-old British man believed to have killed 22 people in a suicide-bomb attack, had ties to al Qaeda and had received terrorist training abroad, a U.S. intelligence official told NBC News on Tuesday as the United Kingdom raised its terrorist threat level to the highest category. The U.S. intelligence official, who has direct knowledge of the investigation, said Abedi, whose family is of Libyan descent, was identified by a bank card found in his pocket at the scene of the explosion after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. The identification was confirmed by...
  • Today's Dilbert - Great Dig at AGW True Believers

    05/14/2017 6:06:12 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 34 replies ^ | 5/14/2017 | Scott Adams
    Worth a click
  • Source: There is "whole lot of interfering" in Russia investigation [Blatant Fake Nooz]

    05/12/2017 1:48:43 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 16 replies
    CBS News via ^ | 5/11/2017 | Jeff Pegues
    Although President Trump has now stated and written that fired FBI Director James Comey told him on three separate occasions that he was not the subject of an investigation, sources cast doubt on that claim. It would be out of character for Comey to have made that statement even once, much less three times, to the president, one law enforcement source told CBS News. Along with his firing, the source noted a high level of "interfering" in the Russia probe. As for the White House assertions that "countless" FBI rank-and-file employees wanted Comey out, the source said that was a...
  • 'What is wrong with you?' Michelle Obama savages Trump's gutting of her legacy

    05/12/2017 1:39:57 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 126 replies
    The Guardian via ^ | 5/12/2017 | David Smith
    Michelle Obama has made her strongest political intervention since leaving the White House, stating bluntly at a health conference: “Think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap.” One of the former first lady’s signature legacies was an effort to reduce childhood obesity. Earlier this month, Donald Trump’s administration froze regulations that would cut sodium and increase whole grains served in school meals. -- snip -- The 53-year-old demanded: “And why is that a partisan issue? Why would that be political? What is going on? You know, now that’s up to moms. Moms, think about this. I don’t...
  • Exclusive: Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election (fake news du jour)

    04/19/2017 3:47:19 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 16 replies
    Rooters ^ | 4/19/2017 | Ned Parker and Jonathan Landay
    A Russian government think tank controlled by Vladimir Putin developed a plan to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system, three current and four former U.S. officials told Reuters. They described two confidential documents from the think tank as providing the framework and rationale for what U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded was an intensive effort by Russia to interfere with the Nov. 8 election. U.S. intelligence officials acquired the documents, which were prepared by the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, after the election. The institute is run by...
  • Wharton study: Men are more aggressive toward women since Trump election

    04/04/2017 5:57:19 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 85 replies ^ | 4/3/2017 | Mari A. Schaefer
    Men have become more aggressive in negotiating with women since the 2016 election, according to study from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Corinne Low, Wharton Business Economics and Public Policy professor, and doctoral student Jennie Huang didn't intend to test the effect Donald Trump's election had on the difference in men's and women's negotiating patterns when they conducted the test last fall. But that is what the data showed, the Washington Post reported. "Not only was the communication more aggressive, it was also less effective," Low told the Post. In a Battle of the Sexes game, 232...
  • Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel (WP = BS)

    04/03/2017 3:04:10 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 45 replies
    Wash Post via ^ | 4/3/2017 | Adam Entous, Greg Miller, Kevin Sieff, Karen DeYoung
    he United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials. The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with...
  • Ugh (Euro Snowfall Forecast for upcoming East Coast Snowstorm)

    03/12/2017 2:25:08 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 71 replies
    Both the Euro and GFS are showing stonger storms in closer to the coast, so this could well become reality.
  • Finally, an SNL skit that's actually funny

    03/12/2017 11:01:05 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 33 replies
  • L.A. Street artist’s anti-Trump project marks a ‘future internment camp’ site in South Philly

    03/08/2017 8:04:43 AM PST · by dirtboy · 17 replies ^ | 3/8/2017 | Nick Vadala
    Down in South Philly, some eagle-eyed Philadelphians may have noticed a vacant lot at Broad and Washington marked as a “future internment camp,” with a sign bearing what appears to be an endorsement from President Trump. But, please, don’t start lighting those molotov cocktails. Yet. The sign is not a marker of fascism come to Philadelphia, but rather a warning from famed Los Angeles street artist Plastic Jesus that it very well could someday. Trump’s recently revised, yet equally controversial, travel ban does not include provisions for the construction of immigrant camps. “Lot reserved for: Future Internment Camp,” the sign...
  • Dean Calhoun of Yale Law School

    02/25/2017 3:04:00 PM PST · by dirtboy · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2/22/2017
    Yale University recently purged John C. Calhoun from campus even as progressives adopt the antebellum intellectual’s concepts of states’ rights to resist President Trump, and now this new appreciation seems to be a trend. On Tuesday the university tapped Heather Gerken as the new dean of its influential law school. Professor Gerken is a well-respected specialist in constitutional law and perhaps the leading theorist of what might be called progressive federalism. The careful balance between federal and state powers fell into disrepute on the legal left as Southern states embraced Jim Crow, but Ms. Gerken has helped revive its reputation....
  • A ‘Shadow Cabinet’ to Restrain Trump - Sharp critiques of extreme policies from eminent ex-offls

    02/18/2017 10:39:59 AM PST · by dirtboy · 56 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2/15/2017 | DAVID ROBERTS
    We need to make America great again, and for that Donald Trump might be our man. For all the anxiety the White House has caused, brewing constitutional crises at home and anger abroad, Mr. Trump has opened a path to reunify this politically divided nation. A “team of rivals” that transcends party lines, composed of eminent men and women, could rein in the administration. This bipartisan group, preferably endorsed by past U.S. presidents, would be made up of former cabinet members and heads of independent federal agencies. Inspired by the British Shadow Cabinet, it would be structured to mirror the...
  • Ubiñas: Temple's own Tamron Hall a casualty of Trump-era diversity (Dumbest. Column. Yet.)

    02/03/2017 11:02:05 AM PST · by dirtboy · 9 replies ^ | 2/3/2017 | Helen Ubiñas, Uber Idiot
    Of course Temple’s own Tamron Hall is out at NBC, replaced by former conservative Fox News personality Megyn Kelly. This is what passes for a commitment to diversity in the age of Trump. Forget adding, retaining, or promoting people of color. (Or in Hall’s case, the first black female Today cohost.) Suddenly, newsrooms that showed little interest in making racial and ethnic diversity a priority -- and even the few that were doing better than most -- have discovered the intrinsic value of diversity, but only of political views, specifically the political views of the current ruling class. The National...
  • Are powerful women Trump's Achilles heel? (Need to grow more arms to have enough facepalms)

    02/01/2017 2:47:10 PM PST · by dirtboy · 34 replies
    CNN (where else?) ^ | 2/1/2017 | Jill Filipovic
    (CNN)If there's one thing Donald Trump can't stand, it's a woman who stands up for herself -- which makes women standing up to him all the more crucial, and all the more delectable, in his administration's turbulent early days. How will our new President respond when women are not his subordinates or paramours, but are the ones working to enact the checks and balances on his governmental power? Petulant and bullying attacks on opponents are standard for the Trump administration, but this one had a whiff of something else -- a kind of outraged condescension, the way an abusive parent...
  • Armour: Tom Brady has some explaining to do on Donald Trump

    01/30/2017 1:40:57 PM PST · by dirtboy · 41 replies
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