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  • Why the US Could Lose Its 2026 World Cup Bid to Morocco

    03/22/2018 7:39:51 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    B/R ^ | MARCH 22, 2018 | JAMES MONTAGUE
    When Sepp Blatter, now enjoying an enforced retirement in his native Switzerland, looks back on his long and rather controversial career in football administration, he can perhaps point to the moment it all started to go wrong for both him and the organization with which he made his name. To that moment just over seven years ago, when he pulled the names of the winning hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals out of envelopes on stage at FIFA's Zurich HQ. To his announcement in that moment to award the 2022 finals to tiny Qatar over the United...
  • South Africa: Calls to ban apartheid-era symbol

    03/06/2018 7:50:47 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 3 Mar 2018 | Malcolm Webb
    South Africa's new flag, designed to represent the "Rainbow Nation", has almost completely supplanted the previous, apartheid-era flag, but some South Africans worry about the context in which the old flag is still flown and want to ban its display. The Nelson Mandela Foundation, which wants the apartheid-era flag banned, saying it represents hate and racial discrimination.

    03/01/2018 6:53:32 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Thursday, March 1, 2018 | Chantal Da Silva
    More than 10,500 people have signed a petition asking President Donald Trump to let white people in South Africa emigrate to the U.S. after the country voted to strip white farmers of their land without compensation. The petition calls on the U.S. leader to "take the steps necessary to initiate an emergency immigration plan allowing white Boers to come to the United States." Boer is the term used to describe South Africans of Dutch, German or Huguenot descent, who are also commonly referred to as Afrikaners.
  • The NFL Didn't Follow Its Own Concussion Protocol For Cam Newton

    09/09/2016 6:51:15 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    Deadspin ^ | 9/9/2016 | Dom Cosentino
    So Cam Newton’s brain got pounded multiple times but he didn’t get checked for a concussion until after the game? Don’t worry, the NFL can explain everything (emphasis mine): “There was communication between medical personnel on the Carolina sideline, including the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant, and the two independent certified athletic trainer spotters in the booth. During stoppage in play while on-field officials were in the process of administrating [sic] penalties, the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultant and team physician requested video from the spotters and reviewed the play. They concluded there were no indications of a concussion that would require further evaluation...
  • Is Uber's push for self-driving cars a job killer?

    08/21/2016 10:17:53 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 85 replies
    CNN ^ | August 19, 2016 | Matt McFarland
    Uber has generated thousands of jobs since launching in 2009. But that trend could be shifting. The company is feverishly investing in self-driving technology, putting the economic futures of drivers around the world in question. Uber announced Thursday that it will soon offer rides in self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, a significant step toward rides without a human driver. Uber also announced Thursday that it acquired highly-regarded self-driving truck startup Otto. Uber is ramping up efforts that began last year when it hired scores of robotics experts from Carnegie Mellon University.
  • $52 million to $0: That's how much Hillary's campaign is outspending Trump's on TV ads

    08/10/2016 3:23:16 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 73 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8/10/2016 | Allan Smith
    Donald Trump's campaign has spent $0 on TV ads in the general-election season — a big drop off from the $52 million being spent by Hillary Clinton's campaign. Recently released ad-spending data from Advertising Analytics showed that Trump's campaign not only spent astronomically less than Clinton's, but also those of Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein. However, pro-Trump PACs have spent more than $8 million on TV ads during the general-election cycle — still a significant decline from pro-Clinton groups spending more than $37 million. After a slow start, Trump's fundraising has picked up steam, with...
  • Aleppo battle: Assad sends thousands of reinforcements

    08/09/2016 2:15:35 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | August 9, 2016
    The Syrian government has sent thousands of reinforcements to mount a counterattack in Aleppo after rebels broke through government lines two days earlier, a monitoring group said. The Lebanese Shia Hezbollah movement and the government have mobilised more than 3,000 troops and militia fighters for an attempt to recapture the areas where the rebels made their breakthrough, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). "Hundreds of opposition fighters have also arrived in Aleppo from the [neighbouring] province of Idlib to help in the expected battles," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the group. Hezbollah's battle-hardened fighters have...
  • North Carolina’s New Residents Reshape Its Election Landscape

    08/09/2016 1:54:04 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 9, 2016 | JANET ADAMY and PAUL OVERBERG
    CHARLOTTE—The technology workers, accountants and bankers who packed a steamy roof deck for a young professionals’ happy hour here recently shared one thing in common. “People aren’t from here,” said Ryan Apt, a 31-year-old salesman from Oklahoma who moved here last year with his Connecticut-born wife. So many new residents have streamed into North Carolina in recent years that its electorate is experiencing one of the most dramatic churn rates of any state in the country. A Wall Street Journal analysis of census data shows about 1 in 10 people eligible to cast ballots this fall didn’t live in the...

    08/09/2016 1:46:13 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 48 replies
    QUINNIPIAC ^ | 8/9/2016
    FLORIDA: Clinton 46 – Trump 45 OHIO: Clinton 49 – Trump 45 PENNSYLVANIA: Clinton 52 – Trump 42 With huge gender gaps marking the presidential race, Democrat Hillary Clinton is in a virtual likely voter tie with Republican Donald Trump in Florida, but holds the slimmest of leads in Ohio and a 10-point advantage in Pennsylvania, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today
  • South Africa's white minority warned they face 'uprising' and Zimbabwe-style land grab

    08/08/2016 9:21:33 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies
    Express ^ | Sun, Aug 7, 2016 | | THOMAS HARDING
    The country is on a knife edge with 13 politicians murdered in the last month and the national broadcaster refusing to show images of violence fearing it will incite more attacks. One radical party has called for a Zimbabwe-style land grab of the estimated 80 per cent white-owned land. There are also fears among the 1.6million British community who have emigrated to South Africa for cheap living that they could be forced home. Following heavy defeats in this week’s municipal elections politicians from the ruling African National Congress have spoken out against what they call “economic apartheid.”
  • The cover-ups versus the cover-nots: Egyptian and German beach volleyball players

    08/08/2016 8:08:42 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 51 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 8 August 2016 | JULIAN ROBINSON
    It is a fast and furious sport played under the sun and famed for its revealing attire - with a practical uniform of bikinis for women and board shorts for men . But these pictures show the contrasting cultures among some of the nations taking part in the Rio Olympics after the Egyptian women's beach volleyball team took to the sandy arena wearing long sleeves and leggings. The outfit, used by Nada Meawad and Doaa Elghobashy, who also covered her head with a hijab, was in stark contrast to their German rivals Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst who stuck to...
  • Turkey coup: Erdogan backs return of death penalty at vast Istanbul rally

    08/07/2016 7:07:20 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 7, 2016
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told a vast rally in Istanbul that he would approve the return of the death penalty if it was backed by parliament and the public. He was speaking to at least a crowd of at least a million who had gathered in Turkey's biggest city. The rally followed last month's failed military coup. Mr Erdogan also said the state would be cleansed of all supporters of the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. The cleric is blamed by the Turkish government for the attempted uprising. He denies any involvement. Religious figures and leaders of two of...
  • Is Georgia Becoming A Battleground State?

    08/07/2016 5:32:47 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 60 replies
    538 ^ | AUG 5, 2016 | Harry Enten
    Hillary Clinton is riding high in the polls. How high? A poll released by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday found Clinton leading Trump in Georgia, 41 percent to 38 percent. That follows other Georgia polls published this week also showing a close race in the Peach State. A Democratic presidential nominee hasn’t carried Georgia since 1992. So how big a deal is it that Clinton could win Georgia?
  • The Problem With Polls

    08/05/2016 7:03:23 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 33 replies
    US News ^ | August 3, 2016 | Dan Centinello
    In any given election year, polls are a hot topic of concern. Is Donald Trump leading or Hillary Clinton? Will it be a close race or a landslide? Lately, it's hard to know. Between primaries, caucuses and general elections, getting an accurate sense of the public's political inclinations is an arduous task. That's what polls are for – to record opinions spanning time and demographics in an attempt to predict voting outcomes. Unfortunately, polling in general is facing a crisis of sorts: The methodology that has worked in the past is not holding up in today's digital era, and it's...
  • Bradley Cooper was surprised by uproar over Democratic convention appearance

    08/03/2016 4:26:32 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 3 August 2016 | Nigel M Smith
    Bradley Cooper caused an online uproar among some Republicans during the Democratic national convention after being spotted by TV cameras listening to speeches last Wednesday evening, when Barack Obama spoke. The apparent reason: he played the highly decorated Navy Seal Chris Kyle in Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, a major (and rare) Hollywood hit among conservatives. The four-time Oscar nominee (he was nominated for American Sniper) claimed on The Late Late Show on Tuesday night that he had simply attended to hear Obama’s address.
  • Dutch man waits 10 days in Chinese airport for 'girlfriend'

    08/02/2016 12:57:48 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 39 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2 August 2016
    You might expect love to hurt, but for one lovesick Dutch man in China it resulted in a hospital trip for exhaustion. Alexander Pieter Cirk, 41, recently flew from Holland to Hunan province in the hope of meeting his online girlfriend, a Chinese woman known only as Zhang. But he ended up spending 10 days waiting at Changsha airport, after she failed to show up. And he has won little sympathy in China.
  • ‘NATO HAS NO CHANCE’ Russia’s secret super submarine fleet could be unstoppable in World War III

    07/29/2016 4:20:14 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 44 replies
    The Sun ^ | 29th July 2016 | MARK HODGE
    Vladimir Putin is assembling a secret fleet of super submarines which could topple NATO and plunge the world into war. A report by naval experts warns that Russia already has a small but sophisticated army of subs which are capable of launching missile strikes across the globe.
  • Moody's: Clinton economy would create 10 million jobs

    07/29/2016 12:15:30 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 105 replies
    CNN ^ | July 29, 2016 | Charles Riley
    Hillary Clinton's plans for the economy would boost growth and create millions of jobs, according to a new analysis. Moody's Analytics estimates that if the Democratic presidential nominee's proposals are enacted, the economy would create 10.4 million jobs during her presidency, or 3.2 million more than expected under current law. The pace of GDP growth would also accelerate to an annual average of 2.7%, from the current forecast of 2.3%. "The upshot of our analysis is that Secretary Clinton's economic policies when taken together will result in a stronger U.S. economy under almost any scenario," Moody's writes in its report....
  • Donald Trump’s Path: What Map Should Democrats Fear the Most?

    07/27/2016 10:38:20 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JULY 27, 2016 | NATE COHN and TONI MONKOVIC
    By now, it’s clear that Donald Trump has a realistic shot to become president. He has essentially pulled even with Hillary Clinton in the polls (after the expected, and usually temporary, bounce from his convention). As of Tuesday night, FiveThirtyEight gave him a 47.5 percent chance to win. The Upshot model assigned him a 32 percent chance.
  • 2016 Presidential Election Map (July 21, 2016)

    07/20/2016 9:18:05 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 28 replies
    270towin ^ | July 21, 2016
    As it is right now, 217 electoral votes for the Democrats with 191 for the Republicans.