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  • Three CNN Employees Resign Over Retracted Story on Russia Ties

    06/27/2017 7:40:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies ^ | June 26, 2017 @ 3:57 PM | Itay Hod
    Three CNN employees have handed in their resignations over a retracted story linking President Trump to Russia, the network announced Monday. The article was removed from on Friday after the network decided it could no longer stand by its reporting. “In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on, CNN has accepted the resignation of the employees involved in the story’s publication,” a network spokesperson told TheWrap in a statement. On Thursday, CNN investigative reporter Thomas Frank published a story involving an investigation into a Russian investment fund with possible ties to several Trump associates. According...
  • Lobster Weighing Over 20 Pounds Spotted In Logan Luggage [Boston]

    06/26/2017 2:20:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 65 replies ^ | 06-26-2017 | Staff
    BOSTON (CBS) – TSA agents have found a number of strange things in luggage over the years, but their latest unusual discovery is uniquely New England. A spokesman shared a photo Monday of a lobster weighing more than 20 pounds. The crustacean was detected in a checked bag in Terminal C (JetBlue) on Sunday morning. Lobsters can travel in either carry-on or checked bags. They’re a common sight at New England airports, but this one was notable because of how large it is. The TSA tells WBZ-TV that the lobster was traveling in a cooler and was alive and well....
  • New form of carbon discovered that is harder than diamond but flexible as rubber

    06/26/2017 7:20:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | June 26, 2017 | by Elton Santos, The Conversation
    Credit: Timothy Strobel ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Scientists have found a way to make carbon both very hard and very stretchy by heating it under high pressure. This "compressed glassy carbon", developed by researchers in China and the US, is also lightweight and could potentially be made in very large quantities. This means it might be a good fit for several sorts of applications, from bulletproof vests to new kinds of electronic devices. Carbon is a special element because of the way its atoms can form different types of bonds with each other and so form different structures. For example, carbon atoms joined...
  • Very Fake News Scandal Consumes CNN as Jeff Zucker, Network Refuse to Comment on Russia Retraction

    06/26/2017 6:49:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | 25 Jun 2017 | By Matthew Boyle
    The scandal surrounding CNN’s mishandling of a very fake news hit piece on President Donald Trump and his associates grows bigger on Sunday night as the network’s president Jeff Zucker and public relations team is refusing to comment to anyone — even to CNN media reporter Brian Stelter — about what happened. Stelter, in his Sunday evening newsletter named for the television program he hosts Reliable Sources, credited a Breitbart News investigation with forcing what he admitted is an embarrassing retraction for his employer CNN. “On Friday evening fully retracted a story after questions were raised about the accuracy...
  • The Little Putsch That Could Beget a Great Big Coup

    06/23/2017 6:28:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies ^ | Posted June 21, 2017 | By David Stockman
    So let’s start with two obvious points about the whole Russia fiasco… Namely, there is no “there, there.” First off, the president has the power to declassify secret documents at will. But in this instance he could also do that without compromising intelligence community (IC) “sources and methods” in the slightest. That’s because after Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013, the whole world was put on notice — and most especially Washington’s adversaries — that it collects every single electronic digit that passes through the worldwide web and related communications grids. Washington essentially has universal and omniscient SIGINT (signals intelligence). Acknowledging...
  • Word for the Day - INVEIGLE

    06/23/2017 6:15:29 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies ^ | 06-23-2017 | Red Badger
    In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". INVEIGLE Verb (used with object), inveigled, inveigling. 1. to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements (usually followed by into): to inveigle a person into playing bridge. 2. to acquire, win, or obtain by beguiling talk or methods (usually followed by from or away): to inveigle a theater pass from a person. Synonyms 1. induce, beguile, persuade. 2. wheedle. ORIGIN: 1485-95; variant of envegle < Anglo-French enveogler, equivalent to en-...
  • Tropical Storm Cindy Forms in Gulf of Mexico

    06/20/2017 1:29:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies ^ | 06-20-2017 | Staff
  • Evidence shows dogs in Bali are being brutally killed and the meat sold to unsuspecting tourists

    06/19/2017 2:01:22 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies (Australia) ^ | 06-19-2017 | By James Thomas and Lesley Robinson
    Australian tourists are unwittingly eating dog meat in Bali, according to evidence provided to the ABC's 7.30 program. The animals are brutally caught and then butchered not far from the beaches visited by more than 1 million Australians every year. Some of the animals are poisoned, posing a risk to human health, according to a leading toxicologist. Whilst eating dog meat is not illegal in Bali, killing animals cruelly or eating meat contaminated with poison is against the law, Animals Australia's campaign director Lyn White said. "The dog-meat trade breaches animal cruelty laws and food safety laws. That is a...
  • Researchers say they’ve unlocked key to cancer metastasis and how to slow it

    06/19/2017 10:34:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies ^ | 06-19-2017 | Carrie Wells
    BALTIMORE (TNS) — Hasini Jayatilaka was a sophomore at the Johns Hopkins University working in a lab studying cancer cells when she noticed that when the cells become too densely packed, some would break off and start spreading. She wasn’t sure what to make of it, until she attended an academic conference and heard a speaker talking about bacterial cells behaving the same way. Yet when she went through the academic literature to see if anyone had written about similar behavior in cancer cells, she found nothing. Seven years later, the theory Jayatilaka developed early in college is now a...
  • NFL's Kaepernick Compares Cops to Fugitive Slave Patrols

    06/19/2017 6:59:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 73 replies ^ | 06-18-2017 | Staff
    NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick compared police officers to fugitive slave patrolmen after a Minnesota officer was acquitted in the shooting death of a black motorist. Kaepernick tweeted his displeasure with the verdict, with a graphic reading "You can't ignore your history - always remember who they are." Between the lines, a police badge is shown side-by-side with a "fugitive slave patrol" badge.
  • Police: Shots Fired at Truck Flying 'Make America Great Again' Flag

    06/16/2017 10:15:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies ^ | 06-15-2017 | Staff
    Several shots were fired at a truck flying a “Make America Great Again” flag and an American flag on a highway in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Fox 59 reported. Indiana State Police said a Chevrolet Malibu with Louisiana license plates pulled up next to a blue 2001 Dodge pickup truck along I-465, and a male passenger pointed a handgun out the window and fired several shots at the truck.
  • Word For The Day - DILETTANTE

    06/16/2017 6:17:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | 06-16-2017 | Red Badger
    DILETTANTE dil·et·tante noun noun: dilettante; plural noun: dilettantes; plural noun: dilettanti a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge. Example: "a dilettante approach to science" synonyms: dabbler, amateur, nonprofessional, nonspecialist, layman, layperson Example: "there is no room for the dilettante in this business" antonyms: professional archaic: a person with an amateur interest in the arts. Rules: Everyone must leave a post using the Word for the Day in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day........
  • An Artificial Intelligence Developed Its Own Non-Human Language [Ruh-Roh!]

    06/15/2017 1:36:21 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies ^ | 06-15-2017 | Adrienne LaFrance
    When Facebook designed chatbots to negotiate with one another, the bots made up their own way of communicating. A buried line in a new Facebook report about chatbots’ conversations with one another offers a remarkable glimpse at the future of language. In the report, researchers at the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab describe using machine learning to train their “dialog agents” to negotiate. (And it turns out bots are actually quite good at dealmaking.) At one point, the researchers write, they had to tweak one of their models because otherwise the bot-to-bot conversation “led to divergence from human language as...
  • Starbucks customer says she was bullied for supporting Trump

    06/15/2017 12:44:23 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 80 replies ^ | Updated: Jun 15 2017 09:58AM EDT | By: Brett Baldeck
    CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) - On a day when lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in Washington are asking Americans to unite, a loyal Starbucks customer says she was targeted for supporting Donald Trump. Starbucks said they are making sure this incident won't happen again. "I don't know what politics has to do with getting a cup of coffee," Kayla Hart said. Hart walked in to Starbucks on East Boulevard in Dilworth on Wednesday morning, wearing a Donald Trump t-shirt. Instead of being greeted with a smile, Kayla said the cashier laughed and her order was labeled with a...
  • Hodgkinson letters: ‘I have never said life sucks, only the policies of the Republicans’

    06/14/2017 1:17:30 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies ^ | 06-14-2017 | Staff
    James Hodgkinson, the Belleville man accused of shooting congressmen and aides during practice for a game Wednesday, has written a number of letters to the editor of the Belleville News-Democrat. [snip] Following are the letters: Sept. 12, 2012 The path out of our deficit The best book I’ve read in a while is “Aftershock” by Robert B. Reich. He explains that the lowering of taxes on the richest Americans was a major cause of the Great Depression. He also states that it is a major cause of the Great Recession, which started in 2007. He states that the year...
  • Eyewitness accounts tell of parents throwing their children from Grenfell Tower

    06/14/2017 11:54:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | Updated: 14th June 2017, 5:43 pm | By Holly Christodoulou and Emma Lake
    FULL TITLE: 'SHE THREW HER BABY FROM THE NINTH FLOOR' London fire eyewitness accounts tell of parents throwing their children from Grenfell Tower and one resident who made a parachute Desperate families chucked their kids to safety as the blaze ripped through the tower block Twelve people have died with the death toll expected to rise and 68 others – 18 critical – are being treated in hospital after the blaze at Grenfell House in west London in the early hours of the morning. Stunned eyewitnesses have described scenes of carnage as frantic residents trapped inside the block attempted to...
  • What we know about suspected gunman in congressman shooting

    06/14/2017 10:09:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    <p>ALEXANDRIA, Virginia -- Details are coming in about the suspected gunman in a shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Virginia Wednesday, who apparently volunteered for a presidential candidate's campaign last year.</p> <p>ABC News reports multiple law enforcement sources have identified the suspected shooter as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois.</p>
  • Gunman targeted congressional baseball practice 'to kill as many Republican members as possible'

    06/14/2017 7:26:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 48 replies ^ | 06-14-2017 9:12 a.m. ET | Becca Stanek
    Shortly after the shooting Wednesday morning at a congressional baseball practice, Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) told NBC News that it appeared the "gunman was there to kill as many Republican members as possible." Walker, who was at the practice for the upcoming annual congressional baseball game in Alexandria, Virginia, confirmed he was "shaken but okay." Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) recounted an "odd" encounter he had as he was leaving the field just minutes before the shooting: "There was a guy that walked up to us that was asking whether it was Republicans or Democrats out there, and it was just...
  • Chinese man caught with 500 imprisoned cats destined for restaurants

    06/13/2017 12:17:50 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 88 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 13 at 5:15 AM | By Simon Denyer
    BEIJING — In China, it is legal to eat cats and dogs. Even so, ordinary people reacted with alarm this week as news broke of a Chinese man caught with 500 cats, crowded into tiny cages, which he intended to sell to restaurants. The man had used sparrows and caged birds to lure both stray cats and domestic ones in the city of Jiujiang in southern Jiangsu province, the and websites reported. Many of the cats were found in cages in the back of a small truck, some near death and mewing faintly in the heat, while others...
  • Hope in coal country

    06/12/2017 10:54:45 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 1 replies ^ | June 11, 2017 | Robert Samuels
    The resurrected feeling of American possibility came not from pontificating TV pundits or a radio host in a studio miles away. Optimism arrived here in Gillette, Wyo., because of what people were seeing: the unemployment lines getting shorter and their daily commutes getting longer. Tom Gorton, 41, drove through those increasingly congested streets in his Arnold Machinery truck late on a spring afternoon, under the watch of mountains covered in white from a spring snowstorm. As Gorton settled behind his desk, he was heartened to see how messy it was with orders, one year after hundreds of layoffs at two...