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  • Hundreds of genes seen sparking to life two days after death

    06/22/2016 10:46:20 AM PDT · by Theoria · 24 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 21 June 2016 | Anna Williams
    The discovery that many genes are still working up to 48 hours after death has implications for organ transplants, forensics and our very definition of death When a doctor declares a person dead, some of their body may still be alive and kicking – at least for a day or two. New evidence in animals suggests that many genes go on working for up to 48 hours after the lights have gone out. This hustle and bustle has been seen in mice and zebrafish, but there are hints that genes are also active for some time in deceased humans. This...
  • Could Long-Lost Amber Room Be Stashed in a Nazi Bunker in Poland?

    06/20/2016 7:01:27 PM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10 June 2016 | Rick Lyman
    There is perhaps no lost-treasure mystery more seductive than that of the priceless Amber Room of Peter the Great, which disappeared in the chaotic closing hours of World War II. Now Bartlomiej Plebanczyk, an unassuming historian and museum director in northeastern Poland, believes he has found it. Elderly villagers told Mr. Plebanczyk that they had seen a German convoy unloading big crates into a secret chamber in a stark, moss-covered Nazi bunker near the Russian border in early 1945. So the Mamerki Museum, whichhe leads, recently completed a ground-penetrating radar scan of the derelict bunker that he said confirmed the...
  • E.U. Countries Warn Britain on ‘Brexit’: You’ll Pay if You Leave Us

    06/19/2016 8:58:45 PM PDT · by Theoria · 42 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 June 2016 | Steven Erlanger
    The rest of the European Union nations are looking at the possibility of a British departure from the bloc with disbelief, trepidation and anguish. But they are also preparing to retaliate. If Britons do vote in a referendum on Thursday to leave the European Union, they can expect a tough and unforgiving response, with capitals across the Continent intent on deterring other countries from following the British example, European officials and analysts said. In other words, Britain will be made to suffer for its choice. With other issues pressing, including Greek debt, the migrant crisis and terrorism, the largest and...
  • Saudi Imam, 2 Hijackers and Lingering 9/11 Mystery

    06/17/2016 7:37:12 PM PDT · by Theoria · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 17 June 2016 | Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti
    Inside an opulent palace in Riyadh late one evening in February 2004, two American investigators interrogated a man they believed might hold answers to one of the lingering mysteries of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks: What role, if any, did officials in Saudi Arabia’s government play in the plot? The man under questioning, Fahad al Thumairy, had been a Saudi consular official based in Los Angeles and the imam of a mosque visited by two of the hijackers. The investigators, staff members of the national 9/11 commission who had waited all day at the United States Embassy before being summoned...
  • 'I was in trouble': Beer can and bears save mushroom picker from hungry wolf

    06/17/2016 9:57:10 AM PDT · by Theoria · 34 replies
    CBC ^ | 15 June 2016 | Katherine Barton
    Joanne Barnaby was stalked by a wolf for 12 hours, eventually leading the animal into a trap What's the best way to fend off a wolf that's stalking you? Bait it with a bear cub, of course. It sounds incredible, but that's exactly what Joanne Barnaby did when she got into a terrifying situation while out picking morel mushrooms near Fort Smith, N.W.T., last Friday. Barnaby and her friend Tammy Caudron headed out to an area burned by wildfires to spend an hour or two searching for the elusive morels. They soon became separated, leaving Barnaby alone with her loyal...
  • Dozens of U.S. Diplomats, in Memo, Urge Strikes Against Syria’s Assad

    06/16/2016 8:20:41 PM PDT · by Theoria · 55 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 16 June 2016 | Mark Landler
    More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of the Obama administration’s policy in Syria, urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al-Assad to stop its persistent violations of a cease-fire in the country’s five-year-old civil war. The memo, a draft of which was provided to The New York Times by a State Department official, says American policy has been “overwhelmed” by the unrelenting violence in Syria. It calls for “a judicious use of stand-off and air weapons, which would undergird and drive a more focused and...
  • New Fossils Strengthen Case for ‘Hobbit’ Species

    06/08/2016 2:34:47 PM PDT · by Theoria · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 June 2016 | Carl Zimmer
    Scientists digging in the Liang Bua cave on the Indonesian island of Flores years ago found a tiny humanlike skull, then a pelvis, jaw and other bones, all between 60,000 and 100,000 years old. The fossils, the scientists concluded, belonged to individuals who stood just three feet tall — an unknown species, related to modern humans, that they called Homo floresiensis or, more casually, the hobbits. On Wednesday, researchers reported that they had discovered still older remains on the island, including teeth, a piece of a jaw and 149 stone tools dating back 700,000 years. The finding suggests that the...
  • Michigan Teen Challenging Warrantless Breathalyzer Law

    06/08/2016 1:29:44 PM PDT · by Theoria · 51 replies
    NBC News ^ | 08 June 2016 | Corky Siemaszko
    A Michigan teen who was ticketed — as a passenger — for balking at taking a Breathalyzer test says that she refused because the detective did not have a warrant. Now 17-year-old Casey Guthrie has filed a federal lawsuit against the cop who slapped her with the $100 citation last month. The honor student is also challenging the constitutionality of a Michigan law that makes it a civil infraction for anybody under age 21 to refuse a police officer's request to blow into the device — and does not require the cop to produce a warrant. "No adequate remedy exists...
  • Are American Samoans American?

    06/08/2016 6:44:00 AM PDT · by Theoria · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 June 2016 | Christina Duffy Ponsa
    The Supreme Court will soon decide whether to hear an appeal in Tuaua v. United States, which poses the question of whether the Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment applies to American Samoa. That this is a question at all is puzzling, and not just because it’s called American Samoa. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.” The United States annexed the eastern half of a group of Pacific islands known as the Samoas at the end of the 19th century. As a...
  • A Hello to Arms: A New Generation of Steely-Gazed Anarcho-Communists Head Off to Syria

    06/07/2016 9:06:39 PM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    The Village Voice ^ | 07 June 2016 | Johm Knefel
    Billymark's is the most working-class bar in Chelsea, if not all of Manhattan. On a Thursday afternoon in early March, union guys play darts as both TVs air a CBS report on the early days of Syria's fragile cease-fire. A few minutes after five, Guy, 22, and Hristo, 23, walk in and we grab a booth next to a group of day-drunk FIT students. The minute we sit down, it's clear something is different. The two men are vibrating with excitement. "You need a punch?" Guy asks me, as he always does at such meetings. He's asking if I need...
  • With Connecticut Foundations Crumbling, ‘Your Home Is Now Worthless’

    06/07/2016 4:27:57 PM PDT · by Theoria · 76 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 07 June 2016 | Kristin Hussey And Lisa W. Foderaro
    Sandra Miller was at work in January when her daughter called from their home here on Oakridge Drive with alarming news. The house was making loud noises, as if someone had jumped off the counter and landed with a bang. For seconds afterward, the house shook. A while later, it happened again, and again. Over the next several hours, terrifying bangs rattled the house. The next morning, Ms. Miller called Bill Neal, a structural engineer, who delivered the same stunning news to her that he has now told hundreds of homeowners: The concrete foundation was crumbling and, as a result,...
  • Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus and the Afterlife of a Scandal

    05/28/2016 6:04:45 PM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 28 May 2016 | Jessica Bennett
    It was 6:30 a.m. at the United States Military Academy, the sun was rising over the Hudson River, and Paula Broadwell was in athletic gear. With a half-dozen women, she rotated between sprints and burpees. Sweating onto the pavement, the group was perched atop an overlook called Trophy Point, in the shadow of a 46-foot battle monument memorializing those killed in the Civil War. There is a female statue in bronze at the top, arms outstretched regally, who is said to represent “fame.” Ms. Broadwell was here in April for a 40th anniversary celebration for the academy’s first class of...
  • US immigration authorities to deport Kenya's DJ Creme?

    05/27/2016 3:50:17 PM PDT · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The Star ^ | 26 May 2016 | Elly Gitau
    Popular Kenyan deejay, Creme De La Creme, has found himself in the thick of things in the USA. The award-winning spin doctor was a really excited chap as he geared up to his performance in Dallas, Texas, next month. He's been constantly sharing his American tour excitement with his fans on his various social media forums. Sadly, sometimes even the best laid out plans go awry, and that's the current case with DJ Creme. After all the planning he put into ensuring he would be on time for the gig, he ended up getting snagged by immigration authorities in America...
  • Reeling From 2016 Chaos, G.O.P. Mulls Overhaul of Primaries

    05/24/2016 7:39:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 42 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 24 May 2016 | Jeremy W. Peters
    Leaders of the Republican Party have begun internal deliberations over what would be fundamental changes to the way its presidential nominees are chosen, a recognition that the chaotic process that played out this year is seriously flawed and helped exacerbate tensions within the party. In a significant shift, Republican officials said it now seemed unlikely that the four states to vote first would all retain their cherished place on the electoral calendar, with Nevada as the most probable casualty. Party leaders are even going so far as to consider diluting the traditional status of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina...
  • Hiring Hurdle: Finding Workers Who Can Pass a Drug Test

    05/17/2016 8:17:47 PM PDT · by Theoria · 62 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 17 May 2016 | Jackie Calmes
    A few years back, the heavy-equipment manufacturer JCB held a job fair in the glass foyer of its sprawling headquarters near here, but when a throng of prospective employees learned the next step would be drug testing, an alarming thing happened: About half of them left. That story still circulates within the business community of this historic port city. But the problem has gotten worse. All over the country, employers say they see a disturbing downside of tighter labor markets as they try to rebuild from the worst recession since the Depression: They are struggling to find workers who can...
  • Man wants $10 million after falsely jailed for 529 days

    05/13/2016 9:43:41 PM PDT · by Theoria · 34 replies
    CBS46 ^ | 11 May 2016 | Adam Murphy
    A man is asking for $10 million after spending 529 days in jail for a crime he says he didn't commit. Darrick McDuffie was accused of shooting a man in 2012 in DeKalb County, but he says he didn't do it and the victim backs up the story. At one point, police thought McDuffie was responsible for shooting another man so they arrested him and booked him in jail, but there is no mention of him in the initial police report. "It's a fundamental miscarriage of justice," said Adam Klein, who is McDuffie's attorney. "He was just barely 20-years-old when...
  • Genetic Testing Proves Bene Israel Community in India Has Jewish Roots

    05/11/2016 2:05:21 PM PDT · by Theoria · 8 replies
    American Friends of Tel Aviv University ^ | 10 May 2016 | American Friends of Tel Aviv University
    TAU–Cornell collaboration provides insight into unique community whose history is largely unknown A new study from Tel Aviv University, Cornell University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine reveals genetic proof of the Jewish roots of the Bene Israel community in the western part of India. They have always considered themselves Jewish. "Almost nothing is known about the Bene Israel community before the 18th century, when Cochin Jews and later Christian missionaries first came into contact with it," says first author Yedael Waldman of both TAU's Department of Molecular Microbiology and Cornell's Department of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology. "Beyond...
  • A Slice of the Confederacy in the Interior of Brazil

    05/08/2016 9:43:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 08 May 2016 | Simon Romero
    On a stage festooned with Confederate flags, a singer was belting out “Dixieland Delight” by Alabama near an obelisk honoring the Americans who fled to this outpost in the aftermath of the Civil War. “We’re not racists,” said Cícero Carr, 54, an engineer whose great-great-grandfather hailed from Texas. Wearing a fedora featuring the rebel battle flag, he explained in Portuguese, “We’re just revering our ancestors who had the good sense to settle in Brazil.” At the annual celebration of Brazil’s self-described Confederados one scorching Sunday in April, Confederate flags adorned the hoop-skirted gowns of young belles and the trucker caps...
  • NSA Silent on Spies’ Child Porn Problem

    05/07/2016 4:05:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 06 May 2016 | Shane Harris
    The government’s cyber spying outfit has an ‘unbelievable’ child porn problem. But the NSA can’t—or won’t—say how often it finds such criminal images on its workers’ computers. Two senior U.S. intelligence officials said recently that defense and intelligence employees have an “unbelievable” amount of child pornography on their work computers and devices, and that child porn has been found on the systems of the National Security Agency, the country’s biggest intelligence organization. But the NSA, which is responsible for keeping tabs on its own computers as well as military and intelligence agency networks, cannot say just how many times employees...
  • What Republicans did 15 years ago to help create Donald Trump today

    03/21/2016 8:54:09 AM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 21 March 2016 | Jim Tankersley
    Republicans rallied around a law to expand trade. Now it may doom them. The Republican establishment began losing its party to Donald Trump on May 24, 2000, at 5:41 p.m., on the floor of the House of Representatives. Urged on by their presidential standard-bearer, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, and by nearly all of the business lobbyists who represented the core of the partyÂ’s donor class, three-quarters of House Republicans voted to extend the status of permanent normal trade relations to China. They were more than enough, when added to a minority of Democrats, to secure passage of a bill...
  • A man’s discovery of bones under his pub could forever change what we know about the Irish

    03/21/2016 8:45:16 AM PDT · by Theoria · 46 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 17 March 2016 | Peter Whoriskey
    Ten years ago, an Irish pub owner was clearing land for a driveway when his digging exposed an unusually large flat stone. The stone obscured a dark gap underneath. He grabbed a flashlight to peer in. "I shot the torch in and saw the gentleman, well, his skull and bones," Bertie Currie, the pub owner, said this week. The remains of three humans, in fact, were found behind McCuaig’s Bar in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. And though police were called, it was not, as it turned out, a crime scene. Instead, what Currie had stumbled over was an ancient burial...
  • Hillary Clinton,‘Smart Power’ anda Dictator’s Fall

    02/28/2016 6:48:17 AM PST · by Theoria · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 28 Feb 2016 | JO BECKER and SCOTT SHANE
    The president was wary. The secretary of state was persuasive. But the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi left Libya a failed state and a terrorist haven. By the time Mahmoud Jibril cleared customs at Le Bourget airport and sped into Paris, the American secretary of state had been waiting for hours. But this was not a meeting Hillary Clinton could cancel. Their encounter could decide whether America was again going to war. In the throes of the Arab Spring, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi was facing a furious revolt by Libyans determined to end his quixotic 42-year rule. The dictator’s forces were...
  • Trump’s America

    02/13/2016 6:06:05 AM PST · by Theoria · 67 replies
    WSJ ^ | 13 Feb 2016 | Charles Murray
    There's nothing irrational about Donald Trump's appeal to the white working class, writes Charles Murray: they have every reason to be angry If you are dismayed by Trumpism, don't kid yourself that it will fade away if Donald Trump fails to win the Republican nomination. Trumpism is an expression of the legitimate anger that many Americans feel about the course that the country has taken, and its appearance was predictable. It is the endgame of a process that has been going on for a half-century: America's divestment of its historic national identity. For the eminent political scientist Samuel Huntington, writing...
  • Britain To Foreign Workers: If You Don't Make $50,000 A Year, Please Leave

    02/04/2016 10:10:57 AM PST · by Theoria · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | 03 Feb 2016 | Leila Fadel
    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron promised back in 2010 to bring net migration down to 100,000 people a year. Six years later, it's more than three times that number. That's one reason the government's Home Office decided that non-Europeans on skilled worker visas -- known as Tier 2 visas -- are not welcome to stay unless they are making at least 35,000 British pounds (about $50,000 a year). The message is aimed at slashing migration to Britain and goes into effect in April. But critics call the new rule discriminatory and say it will strip Britain of lower-paid artists, health...
  • Out of a Rare Super Bowl I Recording, a Clash With the N.F.L. Unspools

    02/02/2016 9:29:50 AM PST · by Theoria · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 02 Feb 2016 | Richard Sandomir
    Troy Haupt is a 47-year-old nurse anesthetist here in North Carolina's Outer Banks. He has a secret to reveal about Super Bowl I: He owns the only known recording of its broadcast. CBS and NBC, which televised the game, did not preserve any tapes. But the copy that Haupt owns -- of a broadcast that launched the Super Bowl as an enormous shared spectacle that attracts more than 100 million viewers -- might never be seen on any network. The N.F.L. does not want to buy the tapes and has warned Haupt not to sell them to outside parties or...
  • Unions Lean Democratic, but Donald Trump Gets Members’ Attention

    01/29/2016 12:54:28 PM PST · by Theoria · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 29 Jan 2016 | Noam Scheiber
    Of all the voters who might be expected to resist the charms of Donald J. Trump, the two million members of the Service Employees International Union would most likely be near the top of the list. The union, which endorsed Hillary Clinton in November, is widely regarded as one of the more progressive in the labor movement. It skews female and racially diverse -- roughly the opposite of a Trump rally, in other words. But the union's president, Mary Kay Henry, acknowledged that Mr. Trump holds appeal even for some of her members. "There is deep economic anxiety among our...
  • The NBA’s Great Cat Mystery

    01/29/2016 3:25:49 AM PST · by Theoria · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | 28 Jan 2016 | Ben Cohen
    Why one determined feline enthusiast has embarked on a quixotic journey to determine which basketball players own--or would consider owning--a pet cat. An otherwise ordinary basketball fan named Alex recognized someone walking into a recent Chicago Bulls game and thought: Wait, is that Dikembe Mutombo? Then something else occurred to him. "I thought about running after him and asking about cats," he said. "I'm really regretting that I didn't." Alex is a 34-year-old radio producer who enjoys cooking, gardening and meditation. He's also the anonymous owner of a website that, somehow, has become a cult hit in basketball circles. It's...
  • So What Would It Mean to ‘Beat China’ on Trade?

    01/28/2016 9:28:47 AM PST · by Theoria · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 28 Jan 2016 | Josh Barro
    If you were Donald Trump, you would probably summarize the academic paper's finding as follows: China is beating us. A new working paper from the economists David Autor, David Dorn and Gordon Hanson argues that trade with China is having persistent, negative effects on parts of the American labor market. Research from the same authors, published in 2013, found that the American workers most exposed to Chinese trade have experienced material declines in wages, higher unemployment and an increased likelihood of receiving government benefits like disability payments."The idea that trade competition with China has hurt various workers and communities is...
  • Malaysian prime minister cleared of corruption over $681m Saudi 'gift'

    01/26/2016 2:30:25 PM PST · by Theoria · 6 replies
    the Guardian ^ | 26 Jan 2016 | Oliver Holmes
    Attorney general says huge sum in Najib Razak’s personal bank account was donation from Saudi royal family and not linked to troubled state fund 1MDB Malaysia's attorney general said on Tuesday that $681m transferred into prime minister Najib Razak's personal bank account was a gift from the royal family in Saudi Arabia, and there were no criminal offences or corruption involved. Scandal-hit Malaysian PM Najib Razak says conscience is 'absolutely clear' Read more The involvement of the Saudi royal family is an unexpected twist in a scandal over the mysterious funds transfer and the troubles of indebted state fund 1Malaysia...
  • U.S. Relies Heavily on Saudi Money to Support Syrian Rebels

    01/23/2016 12:25:00 PM PST · by Theoria · 34 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 23 Jan 2016 | Mark Mazzetti And Matt Apuzzo
    When President Obama secretly authorized the Central Intelligence Agency to begin arming Syria's embattled rebels in 2013, the spy agency knew it would have a willing partner to help pay for the covert operation. It was the same partner the C.I.A. has relied on for decades for money and discretion in far-off conflicts: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Since then, the C.I.A. and its Saudi counterpart have maintained an unusual arrangement for the rebel-training mission, which the Americans have code-named Timber Sycamore. Under the deal, current and former administration officials said, the Saudis contribute both weapons and large sums of...
  • Rapper Mos Def due in court for trying to leave South Africa on "World Passport"[Illegal Alien]

    01/20/2016 10:38:18 AM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 20 Jan 2016 | Reuters
    Yasiin Bey, the American rapper formerly known as Mos Def, has been charged with violating South Africa's immigration laws after he was arrested last week trying to leave the country on an unrecognised travel document. Bey, who is free on bail, will appear in court on March 8, officials said on Wednesday. The entertainer was arrested on Thursday in Cape Town when he produced a "World Passport" to get on a flight to Ethiopia. The World Passport is a document issued by a non-profit organisation called World Service Authority. South Africa does not recognise it, making it illegal for anyone...
  • The Debate on Whether America’s Best Days Are Past, or Ahead

    01/19/2016 9:06:44 PM PST · by Theoria · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 Jan 2016 | Eduardo Porter
    Take a look back at some of the most popular TV programs of the mid-1960s -- "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Bewitched," even "The Beverly Hillbillies" -- and what do you see? Like today, middle-class Americans typically had washing machines and air-conditioning, telephones and cars. The Internet and video games were not yet invented. But life, over all, did not look that different. There were TVs and radios in most homes. Millions of people worked in downtown offices and lived in suburbs, connected by multilane highways. Americans' average life expectancy at birth was 70, only eight years less than it...
  • Navy SEAL Turns Over Picture of Bin Laden’s Body, Faces Investigation of Business Ties

    01/19/2016 12:10:58 PM PST · by Theoria · 18 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 19 Jan 2016 | Mattew Cole
    A FORMER NAVY SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden and wrote a bestselling book about the raid is now the subject of a widening federal criminal investigation into whether he used his position as an elite commando for personal profit while on active duty, according to two people familiar with the case. Matthew Bissonnette, the former SEAL and author of No Easy Day, a firsthand account of the 2011 bin Laden operation, had already been under investigation by both the Justice Department and the Navy for revealing classified information. The two people familiar with the probe said the current investigation,...
  • Apple iPhone ban? New York looks to outlaw sale of encrypted smartphones[$2,500 Fine]

    01/15/2016 10:38:03 AM PST · by Theoria · 78 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 14 Jan 2016 | Liam Tung
    A proposed bill in New York seeks to require that all smartphones sold in the state can be decrypted or unlocked and proposes hefty fines for vendors failing to comply.The proposed law marks the latest effort by lawmakers to make it easier for law enforcement to access and read encrypted data stored on smartphones. Should the proposed bill successfully pass through New York's state assembly and senate, Apple and Google could face fines of $2,500 per device sold in the state after January 1, 2016, if a retailer knowingly sold a smartphone that could not be unlocked or decrypted by...
  • The Coyote[H-2 Visa Scam]

    01/14/2016 5:39:51 PM PST · by Theoria · 2 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | Jan 2016 | Pat Kinsella
    Stan Eury turned an obscure bit of immigration law into a mammoth federal program -- and a lucrative business empire, importing hundreds of thousands of Mexican workers for legal American jobs. Except that some of the jobs weren't real jobs, and an untold number of those workers may never have returned to Mexico at all. In November 2009, seven men got off a bus in Monterrey, Mexico, and made their way through the crowded and chaotic downtown to the concrete box that housed the United States Consulate. Inside, the men told a consular officer that they had been invited to...
  • For Some African-Americans, Gun Ownership Underscores Segregated Past

    01/12/2016 12:21:43 PM PST · by Theoria · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | 11 Jan 2016 | NPR
    ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Black people are disproportionately victimized by gun violence, and prominent African-American leaders are among those calling for tighter gun control. Yet as Karen Grigsby Bates of NPR's Code Switch team found out, many other African-Americans believe that owning guns is crucial to protecting themselves and their rights. KAREN GRIGSBY BATES, BYLINE: Know how some people can't do without something? April Howard has three possessions that are non-negotiable. APRIL HOWARD: I have a .22, a .38 and a rifle. BATES: And she's keeping them all. Howard's had guns for several years now, the result of a close call...
  • Congressman Readies Ted Cruz Eligibility Lawsuit With Eye on Mom[Rep. Grayson]

    01/06/2016 3:42:13 PM PST · by Theoria · 56 replies
    US News ^ | 06 Jan 2016 | Steven Nelson
    A Florida Democrat and some Obama "birthers" agree about Cruz. Billionaire businessman Donald Trump suggested this week his nearest rival for the Republican presidential nomination may be ineligible for office and won a daylong echo across the political press, despite Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's attempt to brush off the commentary. In raising the issue, Trump said Republicans should be concerned about Democrats hog-tying Cruz with a yearslong legal challenge -- and indeed an effort to do just that already is afoot. Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida, an attorney and Democratic Senate candidate, tells U.S. News he will file a lawsuit...
  • Are Climate Skeptics Too ‘Mentally Ill’ to Buy Guns Under Obama’s New Rules?

    01/06/2016 9:30:38 AM PST · by Theoria · 47 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 05 Jan 2016 | Craig Bannister
    Today, Pres. Obama announced new executive orders on gun control designed to keep "mentally ill" people from buying guns - but, will they be used to prevent climate skeptics from buying firearms? Under Obama's new rules, doctors can now report people deemed "mentally ill" to the FBI so they can be denied gun licenses. As the official White House fact sheet on the new gun control regulations states (emphasis added): "Current law prohibits individuals from buying a gun if, because of a mental health issue, they are either a danger to themselves or others or are unable to manage their...
  • Vermonter tries to keep names off presidential ballot

    01/05/2016 5:30:33 PM PST · by Theoria · 13 replies
    Rutland Herald ^ | 01 Jan 2016 | Eric Blaisdell
    A Washington man who tried and failed to keep President Barack Obama's name off the 2012 Vermont ballot, claiming Obama is not a "natural-born citizen" is now trying to keep three Republican candidates off the ballot for the same reason. In early December, H. Brooke Paige filed a lawsuit in Washington County civil court in Montpelier claiming Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal aren't qualified to be president. The lawsuit names the state, Attorney General Bill Sorrell and Secretary of State Jim Condos as defendants. Paige said the three candidates had...
  • How Is the Economy Doing? It May Depend on Your Party, and $1

    01/02/2016 1:27:25 PM PST · by Theoria · 53 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Jan 2016 | Neil Irwin
    Suppose it is dinnertime, and the phone rings. It is a polite survey taker with a simple question for you: How is the economy doing? You might answer the question based upon the news stories you've seen recently about the latest unemployment rate, or perhaps based on anecdotal observations, such as whether your long-jobless cousin has had any luck finding work. But a wide range of academic work suggests a different factor that is likely to shape your answer: whether the current occupant of the White House is of your preferred political party. Did unemployment get better or worse during...
  • U.S. Doesn’t Know How Many Foreign Visitors Overstay Visas

    01/01/2016 8:04:56 AM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 01 Jan 2016 | Ron Nixon
    The question from the congressman to the Obama administration official was straightforward enough: How many foreign visitors overstay their visas every year? The reply was simple too, but not in a satisfying way. "We don't know," the official said. The testy exchange during a recent congressional hearing between Representative Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina, and Alan Bersin, the assistant secretary for international affairs at the Department of Homeland Security, highlights what some law enforcement officials call a critical weakness in the United States foreign visa program. The issue has taken on added urgency as part of a broader examination...
  • Central American countries agree airlift of Cuban migrants seeking to enter US

    12/30/2015 2:21:18 PM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 30 Dec 2015 | Jonathan Watts
    A massive airlift of refugees will begin in Central America next week after regional countries agreed to help thousands of stranded Cubans who have been driven by the threat of normalised relations to migrate to the United States. Fears that talks between Washington and Havana may soon curtail favourable US migration policies have prompted the biggest rush from the Caribbean island since the "raft exodus" of 1994. More than 40,000 Cubans have entered the US this year, almost double the number in 2014. Many more are stranded, after travelling via Ecuador, which offered visa-free entry for Cuban arrivals, and then...
  • New York Police Department Fires Back at Crime-Data Accusations[Data Manipulation?]

    12/30/2015 9:32:50 AM PST · by Theoria · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Dec 2015 | J. David Goodman
    The New York Police Department moved swiftly late Tuesday and early Wednesday to beat back accusations of statistical manipulation leveled by its former commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, that called into question the city's official count of shootings and murders. In a briefing with reporters at Police Headquarters, a news release that contained a point-by-point rebuttal and an appearance on national television by the current commissioner, William J. Bratton, on Wednesday, police officials denied any altering of statistics and defended the city's low crime figures for 2015. "He is engaging in politics, and as you know the first casualty of politics...
  • Suicide Claims 14th Marine From a Unit Battered by Loss

    12/30/2015 8:57:55 AM PST · by Theoria · 29 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Dec 2015 | Dave Philipps
    Tyler Schlagel slipped out of his parents' house while they were asleep three weeks ago and drove through the wintry darkness to his favorite fishing lake high in the Rockies. Mr. Schlagel, a 29-year-old former Marine corporal who was stocking shelves at a sporting goods store, carried with him the eight journals he had filled during tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also carried a .40-caliber pistol. Under the bright mountain stars, he kindled a small campfire. When the flames grew high, he threw the journals into the fire, then shot himself in the head. Mr. Schlagel's death Dec. 9...
  • World's longest-surviving castaway sued for $1 million after being accused of 'eating his colleague'

    12/15/2015 8:38:12 PM PST · by Theoria · 23 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 Dec 2015 | Harriet Alexander
    Salvador Alvarenga, who survived for 438 days adrift at sea, is now being sued by his fellow fisherman's family amid accusations that he ate Ezequiel Cordoba's corpse A fisherman who stunned the world by surviving 15 months lost at sea is being sued for $1 million (£650,000) by the family of his dead colleague, who accuse him of eating their relative to ensure his own survival. Salvador Alvarenga, 36, is the only man known to have survived for over a year at sea. And when he set sail from the coast of Mexico in November 2012, he thought he was...
  • Sikh Soldier Allowed to Keep Beard in Rare Army Exception

    12/14/2015 9:44:31 AM PST · by Theoria · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 Dec 2015 | Dave Philipps
    On his first day at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Simratpal Singh sat in a barber chair where new cadets get their hair buzzed short, forced to choose between showing his faith and living it. Cadet Singh had grown up a Sikh. As part of his faith, he had never cut his hair or beard. But his faith also encouraged protection of the oppressed, which inspired him to join the Army. The Army would not allow a soldier with long hair or a beard, so that day he watched his locks drop to the floor. “Your self-image,...
  • How the Economy Helps Trump

    12/11/2015 11:57:29 AM PST · by Theoria · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 10 Dec 2015 | Zachary Karabell
    Despite steady recovery, too many Americans feel like they're on the outside looking in. The American economy suffers from a split personality, and Donald Trump appears to be the chief beneficiary of this illness. A study just released by Pew shows that for the first time in decades, the middle class is no longer in the majority in the United States. Instead, the upper and lower classes are. Now the middle class-defined as people earning between two-thirds and twice the median income (from $42,000 to $126,000 a year)-constitute just under 50 percent of the earning populace. Twenty-nine percent are in...
  • Florida Deputy Indicted for Killing Jermaine McBean

    12/11/2015 7:37:11 AM PST · by Theoria · 15 replies
    NBC ^ | 11 Dec 2015 | Tracy Connor
    A Florida deputy has been indicted for manslaughter in the shooting death of Jermaine McBean, who was killed while walking home with an unloaded pellet gun he had just bought a pawn shop. Broward County Sheriff Peter Peraza — who was given a bravery award for the shooting by his bosses while it was still under investigation — surrendered early Friday, prosecutors said. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. It's the first time since 1980 that a police officer in Broward County has been indicted for a fatal on-duty shooting. The grand jury began hearing testimony...
  • The Tipping Point: Most Americans No Longer Are Middle Class

    12/09/2015 3:04:07 PM PST · by Theoria · 64 replies
    NPR ^ | 09 Dec 2015 | Marilyn Geewax
    Americans have long lived in a nation made up primarily of middle-class families, neither rich nor poor, but comfortable enough.This year, that changed, according to the Pew Research Center.A just-released analysis of government data shows that as of 2015, middle-income households have become the minority. The trend is so firmly established that it may well continue; Americans have experienced "a demographic shift that could signal a tipping point," Pew researchers concluded Wednesday.Thanks to factory closings and other economic factors, the country now has 120.8 million adults living in middle-income households, the study found. That compares with the 121.3 million who...
  • US faces $1 billion in trade penalties for meat labels[Country of origin labeling]

    12/07/2015 9:42:26 AM PST · by Theoria · 25 replies
    AP ^ | 07 Dec 2015 | AP
    <p>The World Trade Organization ruled Monday that Canada and Mexico can slap more than $1 billion in tariffs on U.S. goods in retaliation for meat labeling rules it says discriminated against Mexican and Canadian livestock.</p> <p>At issue were U.S. labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of meat that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.</p>