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  • Reservoirs are a major source of global greenhouse gases, scientists say

    01/12/2017 10:00:24 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 56 replies
    WA Po ^ | September 28, 2016 | Chris Mooney
    Countries around the world are trying to get their greenhouse gas emissions under control — to see them inch down, percentage point by percentage point, from where they stood earlier in the century. If everybody gets on board, and shaves off enough of those percentage points, we just might be able to get on a trajectory to keep the world from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius above the temperature where it stood prior to industrialization. But if a new study is correct, there’s a big problem: There might be more greenhouse gases going into the atmosphere than we thought....
  • LSU football players scarf down 4,000 chicken wings ahead of bowl game

    12/29/2016 4:27:06 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 26 replies
    Campus Sports ^ | 12-27-16 | Josh Sanchez
    The LSU football team is in Orlando, Florida ahead of its Citrus Bowl matchup with Louisville at Camping World Stadium. To prepare for the big game, the Tigers got to enjoy a feast courtesy of the bowl game’s sponsor, Buffalo Wild Wings. And a feast it certainly was. According to The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger, a manager from the local wing spot said LSU players scarfed down a whopping 4,000 wings
  • Arrest made in ‘Vote Trump’ burning of Mississippi black church

    12/21/2016 1:06:59 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 69 replies
    WREG ^ | 12-21-16 | AP story
    GREENVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi authorities have made an arrest in the burning of an African-American church spray-painted with the words, “Vote Trump.” Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain says Andrew McClinton of Leland, Mississippi, who is African-American, is charged with first-degree arson of a place of worship. McClinton was arrested Wednesday. Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi, was burned and vandalized Nov. 1, a week before the presidential election.
  • Kerry leaves a legacy of hope in role at State

    12/18/2016 10:13:23 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 36 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 12-18-16 | Matt Viser
    WASHINGTON — Under blue skies on a blazing hot day this summer, John Kerry hopped onto his bike, clipped into his pedals, and spent three hours on a grueling ride up a mountain in the Alps. This was a year after he fell off his bike and broke his femur. This was after days in the hospital and months of physical therapy. This was after he became the butt of jokes from Donald Trump. Now he was back on the bike, trying to ride the same Alpine pass, featured in the Tour de France, that he’d failed to complete a...
  • Trumps Unorthodox Cabinet &

    12/17/2016 4:46:12 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12-15-16 | NIALL STANAGE
    President-elect Donald Trump is putting together an unorthodox team — and that’s just fine with many conservatives. In the wake of the election, speculation had focused on whether Trump’s personnel choices would be drawn from the GOP establishment or from people antagonistic toward it. But he seems to have found a middle ground of sorts. While his picks are not anti-establishment in any real sense, it’s also hard to imagine many of them being nominated for similar positions by Mitt Romney or John McCain, had they won the White House. “That’s true, sure — and that’s what a lot of...
  • Meet Russia's A-10: The Sukhoi Su-25

    12/14/2016 3:39:55 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 22 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 12-14-16 | Matthew Moss
    At the height of the Cold War, the world's two superpowers created a new pair of battlefield aircraft, similar in both power and purpose. One was the U.S.'s revered A-10 Thunderbolt II, also known affectionately as the Warthog. Its Soviet cousin, originally revealed in 1981, was the Sukhoi Su-25 Grach. While the Soviet call sign "Grach" means "rook," the USSR's adversary NATO gave the Su-25 a much less imposing designation: the "Frogfoot." The A-10 has become a legend—an iconic aircraft that can change the course of a battle with a strafing blast of its 30mm GAU-8 cannon, and fights on...
  • Fake News Trumps Real News in Facebook Traffic Report

    11/17/2016 7:44:00 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11-16-16 | Cathy Burke
    Fake election news got more Facebook hits than the top stories from major news outlets during the final three months of the presidential race, BuzzFeed News reported Wednesday. According to the news outlet's analysis, 20 top-performing false election stories from hoax sites and hyperpartisan blogs generated 8,711,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook. During the same period, the 20 best-performing election stories from 19 major news websites generated a total of 7,367,000 shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook, the analysis found. BuzzFeed News reported the major outlets had the most activity on Facebook before the race's last three months –...
  • Vast Shale Oil Field in Texas Could Yield 20 Billion Barrels

    11/16/2016 5:21:43 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11-16-16 | David Warren
    A vast field of shale rock in West Texas could yield 20 billion barrels of oil, making it the largest source of shale oil the U.S. Geological Survey has ever assessed, agency officials said. The Wolfcamp Shale geologic formation in the Midland area also contains an estimated 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, the agency said in a release. The discovery is nearly three times larger than the shale oil found in 2013 in the Bakken and Three Forks formations in the Dakotas and Montana, said Chris Schenk, a Denver-based research...
  • Woman blames Trump victory for DWI

    11/14/2016 4:10:52 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 30 replies
    KARE11 ^ | 11-14-16 | staff
    LINO LAKES, Minn. - Police hear all kinds of excuses after pulling motorists over for DWI, but Lino Lakes Police officers got one last week they hadn't heard before. Elizabeth Louis Lundberg, age 33, is blaming her charge of aggravated DWI on anger over the outcome of the Presidential election.
  • Clinton Couldn’t Win Over White Women

    11/09/2016 4:26:15 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    fivethirtyeight ^ | 11-9-16 | Clare Malone
    Suffragette white. Hillary Clinton wore it in the biggest moments of her campaign: when she clinched the Democratic primary, when she accepted her party’s nomination, when she made her final debate appearance. The subtle sartorial symbolism was paired with the more explicit campaign message of Clinton as a tireless striver for women and families. Throughout these many months, the Clinton team made it clear that they believed her historic candidacy had the potential to sway portions of the electorate, most especially women voters. They were counting in no small part on the support of sisterhood. But Clinton’s stunning loss Tuesday...
  • Your candidate got more of the popular vote? Irrelevant.

    11/09/2016 3:43:18 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 48 replies
    WaPoo ^ | 11-9-16 | Johnathan Adler
    Reviewing the presidential election results, many commentators note that Donald Trump — like several previous Republican presidential candidates — prevailed in the electoral college without winning the popular vote. This is true, but it’s also irrelevant. It’s irrelevant legally, of course, because the Constitution provides for the election of a president through the electoral college. But it’s also irrelevant in terms of the democratic legitimacy of the result. In the election concluded Tuesday, Hillary Clinton received more popular votes than Trump. This does not mean, however, that Clinton would necessarily have prevailed in an election that was determined solely by...
  • Your grocery bill may help King County track unlicensed pets

    11/03/2016 11:41:40 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 42 replies
    Seattle Times (soft paywall) ^ | Nov 2, 2016 | Evan Bush
    When Barbara Twadell received a letter from Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) last week reminding her that a license is required to keep pets, she was puzzled. Twadell doesn’t own a pet. Her dog died five or maybe six years ago, long “enough that I couldn’t place the number.” She had notified the county at the time. She found the letter peculiar. “On the outside, it’s stamped ‘Time sensitive. Open immediately,’ and it’s got a pink return address, which usually means something is overdue in payment,” she said. The writing was terse, “threatening” even, Twadell said. “The following...
  • Tesla rates poorly in Consumer Reports reliability survey

    10/27/2016 6:49:33 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    Performance Drive ^ | 10-26-16 | Alexi Falson
    Tesla has scored extremely poorly in terms of reliability in the latest survey published by Consumer Reports. The 2016 Annual Auto Reliability Survey was taken out by Lexus, with Toyota, Buick, Audi and Kia in the top five spots. Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and Ram on the other hand – all from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles – took honours for worst-in-show, which had around 500,000 respondents in this year’s survey.
  • Check out this new vending machine that dispenses cats

    10/20/2016 9:35:05 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 36 replies
    circa.com ^ | 10-19-16 | circa
    WATCH | This vending machine company hopes to reduce the feral cat population by making cat adoptions available 24/7.
  • NBCUniversal Celebrating Spirit Day, Taking Stand Against Bullying Toward LGBT Youth

    10/20/2016 11:44:47 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 18 replies
    NBC ^ | 10-19-16 | unattributed
    Thursday, the NBCUniversal family – including NBC 6 – will join with GLADD and Go Purple to celebrate Spirit Day. The initiative encourages people nationwide to take a stand against bullying and show solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. You can join in the efforts by wearing purple to help send a message of unity and that bullying is wrong and unacceptable. If you and your co-workers join in on the campaign, share your photos and messages of support across social media simply by using the hashtags #PrideNBCU and #SpiritDay.
  • Trump's Not The Only One Who Thinks the System Is Rigged | SUPERcuts! #377

    10/18/2016 3:30:44 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | 10-18-16 | WFB
    Who knows better than these Bozos?
  • Gov. Wolf Says Trump’s Voter Fraud Claims Are ‘Dangerous’

    10/18/2016 10:30:20 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 35 replies
    CBS local radio ^ | 10-18-16 | kdkamorniningshow
    PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA/AP) – Donald Trump continues to insist that there’s a lot of fraud in the U.S. voting system. Yesterday, Trump lashed out at Republicans who’ve tried to tone him down, calling his own party’s leaders “so naive.” A study by a Loyola Law School professor found that out of 1 billion votes cast in all American elections between 2000 and 2014, there were only 31 known cases of impersonation fraud. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf tells the “KDKA Morning News” that Trump’s claims are “dangerous” and that, “It really could undermine the legitimacy of our system.” “We have...
  • Weather Channel Meteorologist Apologizes For Haitian Children 'Eat Trees' Comment

    10/05/2016 8:31:00 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 60 replies
    WLRN ^ | 10-5-16 | Nadege Green
    Weather Channel Meteorologist Jen Delgado is facing sharp criticism and some are asking for her to be fired after she blamed Haiti's deforestation in part to hungry children eating trees. In a weather report as Hurricane Matthew prepared to make landfall in Haiti, Delgado noted that Haiti suffers from a deforestation problem. "They take all the trees down, they burn the trees," and she continued with a curious claim, "Even the kids there, they're so hungry, they actually eat the trees."
  • That Time Neil Young Cut Loose with The Monkees

    10/02/2016 4:16:14 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 60 replies
    Guitar World ^ | 10-2-16 | Damian Fanelli
    Although Stephen Stills never became a Monkee, despite auditioning for the band and their kickass TV show (and then telling his buddy Peter Tork to join the band), he did wind up playing on a handful of Monkees sessions. His guitar can even be heard on one of the band's most smokin' tunes, Tork's "Long Title: Do I Have to Do This All Over Again?” from the Head soundtrack album (1968). However, a lot of people don't know that Neil Young—Stills' Buffalo Springfield and CSNY bandmate—appears on more Monkees' tracks than Stills. You can hear his guitar on "As We...
  • Maine man was clocked driving at 146 mph down Interstate 95, police say..

    09/29/2016 8:01:51 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 134 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9-29-16 | AP story
    PITTSFIELD, Maine – Maine State Police say they've charged an 18-year-old Manchester man with driving a Dodge Neon at 146 mph on Interstate 95, more than twice the 70 mph speed limit.
  • Jackson Lee Wants Automatic Weapons, Guns That Are Illegal, Restricted

    09/29/2016 5:31:32 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 47 replies
    Constitution Rising ^ | 9-28-16 | Rick Wells
    The woman who struggles with confusion in everything she attempts addressed the House members. She said, “It is important as this Congress begins to deal with the confusion of the continuing resolution that it be noted that we have not addressed the question of gun violence, ending gun violence, closing the loop hole that is so important in a background check.” She complains that those who are on the terror watch list have random access to buying guns. The vast majority of those are foreigners, and since she thinks that terrorists will purchase their guns legally and obey all gun...
  • Cruz: Trump had 'the strongest debate performance' yet

    09/27/2016 10:54:54 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 61 replies
    Politicolol ^ | 9-27-16 | staff
    Hillary Clinton “did not have a good performance,” according to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump had “the strongest debate performance he’s had in this election cycle.” Cruz, who recently endorsed the man who beat him in the Republican primary after months of refusing to do so, embraced his new role as a Trump surrogate in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, dinging Clinton as “tired” and “formulaic” while praising Trump for drawing “strong contrast.”
  • AC/DC trivia quiz: Test your knowledge of the legendary rockers

    09/07/2016 3:33:09 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 37 replies
    amNY ^ | 9-7-16 | Hal Bienstock
    When a band that has been around for more than 40 years goes on the road, fans have to be prepared for the possibility that this go-round may be the last. While AC/DC isn’t officially calling this a farewell tour, the fact that singer Brian Johnson had to leave the tour after a doctor said he was risking total hearing loss means it’s unlikely he’ll take the stage with the band again. Johnson’s departure follows co-founder Malcolm Young departure in 2014 because he is suffering from dementia. That same year, drummer Phil Rudd was arrested for threatening to kill someone...
  • This device turns neon plasma into natural patterns

    08/23/2016 8:11:24 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 10 replies
    PBS ^ | 8-23-2016 | Leigh Anne Tiffany
    From zebra stripes to a honeycomb lattice, nature features breathtaking patterns. Now, physicists based in China have found a way to recreate these natural motifs in 3-D — using just a little electricity. Their new device discharges plasma — air and argon gas charged with electricity — or the same stuff found in neon lights. Using different voltages, the researchers were able to create various 3-D shapes in the plasma. “To experts, this work could advance the development of plasma physics,” co-inventor Lifang Dong of Hebei University told the NewsHour. “But to non-experts, it could explain a whole range of...
  • Armed men in body armor at Walmart tell police they were preparing for doomsday

    08/02/2016 5:58:15 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 21 replies
    NewsOK ^ | 8-2-16 | LINDA BLACKFORD AND MORGAN EADS
    LEXINGTON, KY - A report of a car full of men in body armor with semi-automatic weapons brought Lexington police to the Walmart on Richmond Road on Saturday night. Officers found two men, one in body armor, a 20-year-old woman and a six-month old baby. Lt. Jackie Newman said that when Lexington police officers got the three people out of the car about 11:15 p.m., they said they were preparing for doomsday and needed supplies. A 26-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were in the car with their 6-month-old baby and a 19-year-old man, police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said Monday....
  • Martin Mars - Water Bombing Demo And Flybys - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016

    07/30/2016 4:43:46 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    AirShowStuffVideos ^ | 7-25-16 | unattributed
    The "Hawaii Mars II", one of two remaining Martin Mars, performs flybys and drops 7,200 gallons of water for the crowd at the 2016 EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, WI. This massive flying boat is the world's largest warbird, and an exceptionally rare sight. It was delivered to the US Navy in 1946 and later converted for civilian use as a fire fighting aircraft. During AirVenture, the Mars is flying off of Lake Winnebago just a couple miles east of Oshkosh.
  • Univision Anchor Jorge Ramos Pens Tacit 'With Her' Column Titled 'The Summer of Hate'

    07/24/2016 7:15:45 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    News Busters ^ | 7-21-16 | Jorge Bonilla
    Jorge Ramos' latest column clarifies and brightens a formerly blurry line between journalism and advocacy; between neutrality and partisanship, tacitly endorsing Hillary Clinton for President in the process. To my knowledge,the Univision/Fusion star is the only national network anchor with a binational weekly column, running first in Mexico city's Reforma before publication across Univision's platforms. To be clear, Ramos has been anti-Trump from the outset of his candidacy, but any reasonable analyst could have attributed that to nothing more than a business-interest bias towards immigration policy. Recall that it was MRC Latino that broke news of his speech at Harvard,...
  • Get Ready: There’s a 51-Foot Joint Coming to the DNC

    07/20/2016 2:16:15 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 61 replies
    phillymag.com ^ | 7-18-16 | Claire Sasko
    A 51-foot joint will make an appearance in Philly for the Democratic National Convention next week. No, it doesn’t actually contain marijuana – just a lot of air. The giant joint has circulated at past events in New York City and Washington, D.C. DCMJ, an organization pushing for marijuana legalization, will lead the joint-centered march. It’s expected to start sometime after noon on July 25th, according to PhillyVoice. Volunteers will help carry the joint to the convention, and activists will support it on the return journey. According to the Associated Press, the Secret Service flagged and restricted the whereabouts of...
  • Oops! Secretary of State John Kerry Bumps Into Door of 10 Downing Street

    07/19/2016 11:10:52 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 41 replies
    ABC ^ | 7-19-16 | Elizabeth McGlaughin
    The man holding the door presumably thought Kerry was going to stay outside and shut the door, just as Kerry turned to step inside. Kerry then smacked into the door to the sound of the crowd audibly gasping. Whoops!
  • RNC National Convention 2016, Live updates: Primetime lineup includes Scott Baio ...

    07/18/2016 3:57:29 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7-18-16 | unattributed
    What to know about the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which officially kicked off Monday morning: • Live streaming will resume here at 4:50 p.m. PT. • Multiple state delegations walked off the floor after the rules were passed twice by voice vote and anti-Trump delegates protested on the floor. • Big protests are planned, and protests outside Donald Trump events have turned violent throughout the primary season. Many extremist groups are expected to show up. • Melania Trump will headline the first night of the convention, as well as speakers such as actors Scott Baio and Antonio Sabato Jr.,...
  • Forensic Expert Jennifer Lee Barringer. Hunting Rifle + Scope = Assault Rifle

    07/11/2016 9:13:20 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 106 replies
    Gun Free Zone ^ | 7-11-16 | Miguel
    “The difference between a hunting rifle and an assault rifle is, frankly, the scope that one puts on it. Scopes can be purchased online.” “Double shot weapons” “They can do it very easily with something you could purchase at a grocery store.”
  • Nigel Farage interview | Bass Cover

    07/06/2016 9:46:02 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 9 replies
    youtube ^ | Seb Read Music
    Jamming to some classic Farage.
  • Albanian opposition claims premier funded Obama's campaign

    07/05/2016 3:10:15 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    bigstory.ap ^ | 7-4-10 | By LLAZAR SEMINI
    IRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's main opposition Democratic Party made a criminal complaint against Prime Minister Edi Rama Monday, accusing him of illegally funneling $80,000 to U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election campaign in 2012 in return for a photograph of the two men together. The Democrats brought the case to the Prosecutor General's office, saying Rama — who was then the opposition leader — paid the money in violation of U.S. and Albanian laws to gain access to a campaign event in San Francisco in October 2012. Last week Bilal Shehu, 48, a U.S. citizen of Albanian origin, pleaded guilty...
  • Ending to a Chaotic Walmart Shootout Just Did a Lot for the ‘Good Guys with Guns’ Argument

    06/28/2016 11:15:20 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    KTRH - Independent Journal ^ | 6-27-16 | Parker Lee
    On Sunday, a peaceful Maine afternoon turned into a scene like something from an action movie, when gunfire erupted in a Walmart parking lot. According to Augusta police, the occupants of two vehicles parked alongside one another were arguing over money when they suddenly began exchanging a barrage of bullets. However, it wasn’t long before — as WGME reports — a pair of bystanders stepped in, ending the chaotic situation before it could turn into something far more tragic.
  • 20 Craziest Pro-Abortion Signs At SCOTUS

    06/28/2016 9:49:49 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 22 replies
    News Busters ^ | 6-27-16 | By Katie Yoder and Elliot Polsky
    Bet the traditional media won’t show you these. In anticipation of Monday’s Supreme Court decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, activists from both sides assembled en masse around the highest court’s front steps. The abortion case out of Texas challenged HB 2, which required abortionists to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and mandated that those clinics adhere to the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers. The media will no doubt cover the court’s decision in favor of abortion supporters (in other words, against the safety regulations that would force abortion clinics to close). But it’s unlikely that the...
  • Newly formed Gays Against Guns group advocates against gun violence

    06/26/2016 5:24:26 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 39 replies
    pix11.com ^ | 6-26-16 | Talia Tirella
    A new group in the LGBT community has formed to spread awareness about gun violence. Gays Against Guns formed in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting and met on June 17 to officially organize and make plans to be in the NYC Pride March, according to a press release. The group, comprised of LGBT New Yorkers and allies, marched during the Pride parade on Sunday to help remember the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting and to spread awareness of their message. However, its main goal is to advocate working through peaceful actions to prevent another massacre like the Orlando...
  • The Ford GT race car climbs the hill at Goodwood Festival of Speed

    06/26/2016 6:45:25 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    youtube ^ | 6-24-16 | Ford Europe
    Fresh from Le Mans the Ford GT arrives at Goodwood for the world famous Festival of Speed.
  • TransCanada Formally Seeks NAFTA Damages in Keystone XL Rejection

    06/25/2016 4:56:57 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-25-16 | staff
    TransCanada Corp is formally requesting arbitration over U.S. President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, seeking $15 billion in damages, the company said in legal papers dated Friday. TransCanada submitted a notice for an arbitration claim in January and had then tried to negotiate with the U.S. government to “reach an amicable settlement,” the company said in files posted on the pipeline’s website. “Unfortunately, the parties were unable to settle the dispute.” TransCanada said it then filed its formal arbitration request under North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) provisions, seeking to recover what it says are costs and...
  • ‘Quasi’ Moon Discovered Orbiting Earth

    06/16/2016 10:52:20 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 52 replies
    VOA news ^ | 6-16-16 | unattributed
    Astronomers have discovered a new “quasi” moon orbiting Earth. 2016 HO3, as the asteroid is called, is at least 40 meters across and could be larger, up to 100 meters, researchers say, but it’s too far from Earth to qualify as a true satellite or mini-moon. "Since 2016 HO3 loops around our planet, but never ventures very far away as we both go around the sun, we refer to it as a quasi-satellite of Earth," said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "One other asteroid -- 2003...
  • Michael Moore: Lawmakers against an assault weapons ban should be 'removed'

    06/15/2016 3:42:36 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 62 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6-15-16 | Daniel Caitin
    Michael Moore is calling for the removal of any members of Congress who do not support a bill to ban all assault weapons, following the Sunday morning mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., that left 49 dead. "Any member of Congress who hasn't announced support for a bill to ban all assault weapons by Friday should be removed from Congress," the Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker tweeted Tuesday evening. Democrats have in the past called for renewing a federal ban on assault weapons following mass shootings.
  • U.S. ELECTION WRAP: Orlando Attack Rewrites Campaign Script

    06/14/2016 7:22:29 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 37 replies
    Finance Yahoo ^ | 6-14-16 | Derek Wallbank, Gregory Giroux
    Watershed moments occur in every presidential campaign -- unanticipated incidents, often tragedies -- that demand a candidate response and force voters to consider how White House aspirants would respond in the Oval Office to such critical moments. Orlando is such a moment. The weekend attack at a gay nightclub in the city is most lethal shooting in U.S. history. Orlando changes -- at least for now and perhaps longer term -- the presidential campaign’s tone and tenor, providing a window to how the next president will respond in such crises.
  • Hillary Clinton: We must 'stop terrorists from getting' assault weapons

    06/14/2016 7:00:21 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 84 replies
    youtube ^ | June 13, 2016 | LoneWolf Sager(◑_◑)
    Speaking in Cleveland, Ohio, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for unity in the wake of the tragic shooting in Orlando. Here are key moments from that speech.
  • Sen. Casey unveils new gun legislation in Pittsburgh

    06/13/2016 3:29:59 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 50 replies
    wpxi ^ | 6-13-16 | Cara Sapida
    PITTSBURGH — U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has unveiled legislation that would ban gun sales to those who commit misdemeanor hate crimes. Casey was joined at a press conference Monday morning in Pittsburgh by Mayor Bill Peduto for the announcement. “We may not be able to extinguish all hate, but we can take action to limit the damage so we don’t have to have these types of press conferences in the future,” Peduto said. The Hate Crimes Prevention Act denies the use of a gun to anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime under federal, state or tribal...
  • Colorado Has 40 Times More Natural Gas Than Once Believed

    06/09/2016 1:16:16 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6-9-16 | Chris White
    U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) officials said Wednesday that western Colorado has upwards of 40 times more natural gas than previously believed, making it the second largest natural gas producing formation in the U.S. The Mancos Shale formation in Colorado’s Piceance Basin, located in the western section of Colorado, nestles nearly 70 trillion (66.3 trillion) cubic feet of gas. This marks a massive uptick from the 1.6 trillion cubic feet estimated in 2003, research shows. A trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to the U.S. Energy Department, is enough to heat 15 million homes for a year — 66. 3...
  • Watch Snoop Dogg Throw Out the Worst First Pitch of the MLB Season

    06/09/2016 8:21:03 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 22 replies
    mediaite ^ | 6-9-16 | J.D. Durkin
    In the tradition of 50 Cent‘s legendary WAY outside first pitch at a Mets game, Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion aka Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. aka What-Is-He-Calling-Himself-These-Days was in San Diego to do the honors for the Padres game Wednesday. I don’t know if the ball was wet or maybe Snoop’s limo was a little too stocked up on gin and juice on the way to Petco Park, but the man’s effort wasn’t even close.
  • Woman With Knives Enters Arlington PD Headquarters

    06/02/2016 3:42:26 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 19 replies
    WBAP ^ | 6-2-16 | unattributed
    ARLINGTON (WBAP/KLIF) – A 28 year old Arlington woman is jailed charged with making a terroristic threat after she walked into the Arlington Police Department holding two knives above her head. Patricia Sayan is seen on surveillance video making stabbing motions towards an officer, who was behind the front desk, with the knives. Lieutenant Christopher Cook says she would only answer “no” when the officer told her to put the weapons down.
  • PhD student who shot his UCLA prof dead: Indian rubber engineer killed thesis supervisor [tr]

    06/02/2016 7:52:52 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 29 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 6-2-16 | Chris Pleasance
    Mainak Sarkar, 38, who lives in Minneapolis but is thought to have been born in India, shot engineering professor William Klug, 39, dead in his office before turning the gun on himself, the LAPD confirmed. Sarkar appears to have had a long-running feud with Klug. In a blog post uploaded on March 10 under his name, he writes that the professor 'stole all my code and gave it another student' and brands him a 'sick man'. The post, which was uploaded to a blog called Long Dark Tunnel but has since been deleted, says: 'William Klug, UCLA professor is not...
  • Harley-Davidson XG750R Flat Tracker debuts

    05/30/2016 4:59:22 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 39 replies
    The Villiage SunTimes ^ | 5-31-2016 | Hubert Green
    What many may not realise is Harley-Davidson, the purveyor of chrome-laden, laid-back cruisers, also has a very serious racing heritage. The XG750R debuted at the AMA Pro flat track racing Springfield Mile in IL in the United States of America, on May 29, 2016, Harley Davidson's Screamin' Eagle Factory Team was behind building this stunner. The XG750R debuted at the AMA Pro flat track racing Springfield Mile in IL in the United States of America, on May 29, 2016, Harley Davidson's Screamin' Eagle Factory Team was behind building this stunner. Vance & Hines also is the partner for the factory...
  • HanseYachts builds first 10-meter long 3D printed hull

    05/30/2016 10:21:49 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 24 replies
    3ders.org ^ | May 30, 2016 | by Tess
    3D printing technologies have made a big impact in a diverse range of manufacturing industries, from architecture, to healthcare, to aerospace, and to the automotive industries. Now it seems another manufacturing industry will be exploring and capitalizing on 3D printing technology, by taking it to sea. That is, German yacht and motor boat manufacturer HanseYachts AG has announced that it has integrated 3D printing technologies into its yacht design and production. The company, which was founded in 1990 and which is one of the largest manufacturers of seagoing sail yachts in the world, has decided to embrace the potentials of...
  • Floods in Texas, Kansas leave at least 6 dead, 2 missing

    05/30/2016 8:09:39 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    mySanAntonio ^ | 5-30-16 | Michael Graczyk
    HOUSTON (AP) — Authorities in central Texas have found two more bodies along flooded streams, bringing the death toll from flooding in the state to six. It was unclear Sunday whether a body found in Travis County near Austin was one of the two people who had been missing in Texas. An 11-year-old boy was still missing in central Kansas, too. The latest flooding victim identified by authorities was a woman who died when the car she was riding in was swept from the street by the flooded Cypress Creek about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Kendall County sheriff's Cpl. Reid Daly...