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  • After boosting the sales tax, Preckwinkle now wants $130 million in pay hikes (Crook County IL)

    07/31/2015 8:25:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | 7/30/2015 | GREG HINZ
    Cook County Cook County Board Toni Preckwinkle Government and Politics Infrastructure More + Preckwinkle-seeks-pay-hikes-following-Cook-County-sales-tax-increase.com Photo by Manuel Martinez Just two weeks after raising the sales tax to pay for pensions, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is moving to give tens of millions of dollars a year in pay hikes to county workers. Legislation introduced yesterday by the county chief would extend raises of up to 6.5 percent throughout county government. Only those who make more than $200,000 in annual salary would be excluded. The proposal, sent to a Cook County Board committee for review, extends to other unionized employees...
  • Spyware, Key Logger: Exoprience, Expertise Requested

    07/31/2015 8:02:12 PM PDT · by Hostage · 17 replies
    Self ^ | July 31, 2015 | Histage
    A neighbor's estranged Ex has possibly installed spyware and a key logger onto a new notebook given as a 'gift' to both neighbor and teenage daughter. The neighbor is the custodial parent of the one teenage daughter who recently received the new 'spy loaded' notebook computer from her estranged parent. The notebook runs Win 8.1 and is to be eventually upgraded to Windows 10. The teenager was told directly by the estranged parent that everything the custodial parent does could be seen and recorded and then messaged out clandestinely. The neighbor would like to know the following: 1. How to...
  • Martin O’Malley Calls For Racial Bias Training For Police In New Criminal Justice Plan

    07/31/2015 6:52:52 PM PDT · by massmike · 7 replies
    http://dailycaller.com/ ^ | 07/31/2015 | Chuck Ross
    Martin O’Malley unveiled a new criminal justice reform plan Friday, in a release timed to coordinate with his appearance at the National Urban League’s annual conference in Fort Lauderdale. O’Malley is calling for a number of initiatives that are sure to please the progressive wing of the Democratic party. Among those is legislation to require racial bias training for police, the establishment of a national use of force standard for police, an expansion of civilian review boards, and the lowering of the standard required to bring civil rights cases. In introducing the plan on Friday, O’Malley highlighted his stint as...
  • Cowboys drawing inspiration from Attorney General Loretta Lynch [Barf Alert]

    07/31/2015 3:41:32 PM PDT · by Bender2 · 14 replies
    ESPN ^ | 7-31-15 | Todd Archer
    Cowboys drawing inspiration from Attorney General Loretta Lynch by Todd Archer SNIP This year Garrett has a shirt with the words, “We Do,” on the front. SNIP It’s doubtful, however, that very many – if any – NFL coaches showed their teams a clip of an interview done by Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the start of training camp. It came from a May interview with CBS and when Garrett watched, it struck a note with him. SNIP “She’s really pretty inspirational,” Garrett said. “She’s something else. We’re all pulling for her.”
  • Does this man have the most dangerous job in America? (aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker)

    07/31/2015 12:08:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | July 31, 2015 | Thom Patterson and Nick Scott
    Until you get to know Sean D. Tucker, it's hard to understand why he chooses to make a living by risking his life. But take a moment to watch what he does. It's magical. Watch him fly hundreds of miles an hour and thousands of feet high -- twirling, tumbling and twisting his airplane in ways you never thought possible ... Tucker is an aerobatic pilot -- among the best in the world. He calls it a form of art ...
  • A Modest Proposal: The Thread Hijack Drinking Game [vanity]

    07/31/2015 11:49:41 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 109 replies
    Still me. | Today | Me
    The time has come to take action against thread hijackers. Let me begin with an example of thread hijacking: Like most Freepers, I am pro-life. Abortion and and euthanasia appall me, and marketing the results even more so. I support candidates who oppose the culture of death, and cheer when it is thwarted. I also do not find it necessary to mention these facts on EVERY. FREAKING. THREAD. There is a certain type of Freeper, though, who has no such restraint. For these zealots, any thread that deviates from the pro-life cause, no matter how trivially, is a heresy that...
  • Where can I find a list of the contents in vaccines?

    07/31/2015 11:12:35 AM PDT · by Politicalkiddo · 28 replies
    I am going off to college soon and it has been recommended by my school that I get meningitis vaccinations. I am seriously considering doing so, but I am wondering what exactly is going into these vaccines. Does anyone know where I can get an accurate description of the vaccines' contents? Thanks. :)
  • Is Facebook (Mark Zuckerburg) Influencing Fox Debates?

    07/31/2015 9:35:48 AM PDT · by RetSignman · 11 replies
    Me | July 13, 2015 | RetSignman
    First of all, I firmly believe that they general election in 2016 will be the defining moment for all real Conservatives, they will either get a foothold or be pushed back by the Washington Elites. With the advent of the Trump candidacy, they have a clear message that the grass roots are madder than they were in the two elections that put the (small r) republicans in control of both houses and found out their votes meant nothing.
  • CG to end search at sunset today for Jupiter boys.

    With this big moon tonight I would like to see them give it one more night. I hung out of one of those search plane doors for years and that bright moon makes a dif. Feel bad for the young guys with so many gang bangers and dead end POS kids running around these days the to were having good clean fun but made a bad choice that day by heading to the outside.
  • New Report Confirms Findings Of Citizens’ Commission On Benghazi

    07/31/2015 9:01:35 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 12 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | July 30,2015 | Roger Aronoff
    http://www.westernjournalism.com/
  • Would Libs Be So Upset About Cecil the Lion If . . .

    07/31/2015 8:06:37 AM PDT · by Oratam · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 31, 2015 | Vanity
    . . . They knew he was named after Cecil Rhodes, a man libs despise as an apparent racist and imperialist?'Cecil was first identified in 2008 or 2009, spotted with his brother. The pair were seen at a "pan" or watering hole called Magisihole Pan, on the southern boundary of Hwange park. Magisihole Pan translates as "White Man's watering hole" and so the siblings were named after famous white men: Cecil, after Cecil Rhodes, and Leander – named after Leander Starr Jameson, a pioneer in southern Africa and colleague of Rhodes.'I wonder if they'd see this venerable lion's death as...
  • Shot Fired At State Police Cruiser, Rifle Found, But No Suspect

    07/31/2015 6:18:11 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 15 replies
    CBS Boston WBZ ^ | July 23, 2015 | Staff
    MANSFIELD (CBS) — Massachusetts State Police are looking for the person who fired a gunshot at a trooper’s cruiser early Thursday morning. The trooper was in a marked state police cruiser on patrol near Forbes Road and Route 140 in Foxboro near the Mansfield line around 2:20 a.m. when he heard a loud noise from behind. He saw a “large amount of white smoke” in the area where the noise came from, according to police, “just several feet from the cruiser.” He was not hurt and his car was not damaged. “The Trooper reversed direction and observed a white male...
  • Trump effective, but too outrageous: Eric Cantor

    07/31/2015 5:47:18 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 36 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 31, 2015 | Matthew J. Belvedere
    Donald Trump has been effective in empathizing with the plight of struggling Americans, but the brash way he's going about it won't have staying power in the race for the White House, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told CNBC on Friday. "I think Donald Trump ... [has] been effective at standing up and saying, 'Hey, I get what people are going through.' He can say some outrageous things. I think some of the language that was used vis-a-vis the [Mexican] immigrants ... [were] very divisive, very ugly and not a sustainable kind of rhetoric," said Cantor, who served seven...
  • Saudi sheep purportedly born with 'Muhammad' written on its body

    07/31/2015 5:25:16 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 25 replies
    upi ^ | July 30, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    JIZAN, Saudi Arabia,- A Saudi farmer who claims his "miracle" sheep was born with the name "Muhammad" on its body in Arabic says he was offered $400,000 for the animal. Mohammed bin Yehya Al Addawi, a farmer in the village of Jizan, said his black-and-white sheep was born with the Muslim prophet's name written on its body in Arabic letters. A video of Al Addawi holding the sheep was posted to YouTube. The farmer said he was offered $400,000 for the sheep, but decided to retain ownership of the "heavenly miracle." "Many people come to see it and all of...
  • Trump enjoys big poll lead over rivals

    07/31/2015 4:44:53 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 15 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | July 31, 2015 | James Oliphant
    Some Republicans gleefully scripted Donald Trump’s political obituary in the wake of his scathing comments about Senator John McCain’s military service earlier this month, hoping that his freewheeling presidential campaign had finally imploded. Predictions of his demise were apparently premature. Instead, Trump is gaining momentum ahead of next week’s first Republican debate, a new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll shows. The poll shows Trump with his greatest support yet nationally, as nearly a quarter of Republicans surveyed said he would be their choice as the party’s presidential nominee in 2016. He has opened up a double-digit lead over his closest rival, former...
  • MSNBC Shakeup: The Cycle, Alex Wagner, Ed Show Canceled — Disgraced Anchor Brian Williams to..

    07/30/2015 7:50:21 PM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 30, 2015 | John Sexton
    Full Title: MSNBC Shakeup: The Cycle, Alex Wagner, Ed Show Canceled — Disgraced Anchor Brian Williams to the RescueMSNBC is expected to announce big lineup changes coming to the network, as first reported last week. In an attempt to climb out of its disastrous ratings slump, the network is canceling three liberal programs and replacing them with straight news and breaking news coverage. The coming line up change was first reported last week by Mediaite. Shows being canceled outright include The Cycle, a multiple-host show similar to Fox’s The Five, Now with Alex Wagner, and The Ed Show. Politico...
  • What are your (non-conservative) acquaintances saying about abortion videos?

    07/30/2015 6:36:47 PM PDT · by MNDude · 51 replies
    Today CMP released their 4th and most disturbing video yet. I've had a good idea what abortion is about so I shouldn't have been shocked, yet I could barely handle it. I'm curious, what have you heard from non- conservatives about it? (I'm not talking evil hardcore leftists). My suspicion is a lot will not watch it, but what, what are they saying? What have you heard?
  • Fired-Up Congressman Says What Needed To Be Said, Leaves Boehner In Shambles

    07/30/2015 5:54:28 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 17 replies
    The Western Journalism ^ | July 30,2015 | Christopher Agee
    http://www.westernjournalism.com/
  • Had to turn the "Great One" Levin off!

    07/30/2015 5:44:09 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 49 replies
    07-30-2015 | Me
    As is the case everyday, I was listening to and enjoying his show until he ruined it for me by bringing Gomer's Pyle Hucksterbee on. That was enough for me.
  • After 20 Years, Naugles Is Open Again in Southern California

    07/30/2015 12:18:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    CNN Wire via KTLA ^ | July 29, 2015
    After a 20-year hiatus, Naugles, a popular Mexican restaurant that once had a cult-like following, reopened Tuesday in Southern California ... Naugles merged with Del Taco in 1988, and by 1995 all of its locations had been shut down and replaced with Del Taco restaurants ...
  • Jose Canseco will live as a woman to support Caitlyn Jenner

    07/30/2015 11:18:15 AM PDT · by Phlap · 74 replies
    MSN ^ | 07/30/2015
    Former MLB star Jose Canseco says he will show his support for Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympic decathalon gold medalist Bruce Jenner, by living as a woman for one week. “I can't say exactly how it's going to be done yet," the slugger told the New York Daily News. "It will be done for about a week — it will be on my Internet show called, ‘Spend a Day With Jose.'"
  • New evidence emerges on Jimmy Hoffa's fate

    07/30/2015 10:34:43 AM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | July 30, 2015 | John Marzulli
    His disappearance 40 years ago is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in U.S. history, and now new evidence has emerged about Jimmy Hoffa’s possible fate. A mobster who was believed to be involved in the labor boss’s disappearance suggested before he died last year that the feds were on the right track when they searched a New Jersey dump for Hoffa’s remains, a bombshell report says. Investigative reporter Dan Moldea confirmed that the FBI searched the dump in 1975, looking for a 55-gallon drum they believed the Teamsters boss had been entombed in.
  • Could Trump actually win?

    07/30/2015 5:01:42 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 78 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Thursday, July 30, 2015
    The American political class has failed the country and should be fired. That is the clearest mes­sage from the summer surge of Bernie Sanders and the remark­able rise of Donald Trump. (read more) http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/opinion/perspectives/1068400-474/could-trump-actually-win.html
  • Dr. Walter Palmer Is Being Eaten Alive on His Yelp Page

    07/30/2015 4:42:56 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 64 replies
    heavy.com ^ | July 28, 2015 | Tom Cleary
    Dr. Walter Palmer may have taken down his Minnesota dental offices Facebook page and website and disconnected its phone line, but the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who are outraged at him have found a place to vent their anger: his Yelp page. Palmer admitted to hunting and killing the famed Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe, but said he regrets it and didn’t know he was hunting the famous lion. His name was revealed to the public on Tuesday, setting off an Internet firestorm of hatred and death threats. The 55-year-old dentist is a married father of...
  • Quinnipiac: Trump Sweeping GOP Pack

    07/30/2015 4:03:23 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 06:10 AM
    Bombastic US billionaire Donald Trump handily leads all fellow Republicans in the 2016 presidential race by wide margins, a new Quinnipiac University poll said Thursday. Trump plunged into the crowded Republican nomination battle last month, and has since uttered insults about Mexican immigrants and caustic jabs at rivals that has kept campaign media attention focused squarely on the real estate mogul. Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/US-politics-vote-Trump/2015/07/30/id/659582/#ixzz3hN6VoZu8 Urgent: Rate Obama on His Job Performance. Vote Here Now!
  • Talking To Trump: Refreshing Like Reagan And Palin

    07/30/2015 3:27:12 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | by Kevin Scholla | by Kevin Scholla
    When Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president, the typical attacks came flying in from the left as well as from establishment hacks. They called Mr. Trump a clown. They tried to marginalize his run by painting him and his efforts as fraudulent. The very same people who found nothing odd about a community organizer with no experience seeking the White House found plenty wrong with one of the world’s most successful businessmen doing the same. Trump was blasted by people who’ve never met him. People that know very little about the man felt they could still make huge judgments...
  • AP Investigation: Dirty Rio Water a Threat at 2016 Olympics

    07/29/2015 9:34:50 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    abc news ^ | 7-30-2015 | BRAD BROOKS and JENNY BARCHFIELD, ap
    An Associated Press investigation found dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from sewage in venues where athletes will compete in the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic water sports. In the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites, the AP conducted four rounds of tests starting in March. The results have alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already have fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea. These ailments could knock an athlete out for days, potentially curtailing Olympics dreams and the years of hard training behind them. "This...
  • Obama Hopes His Successor Will Be As Serious About Serious Issues As He Is – Seriously Delusional

    07/29/2015 7:51:19 PM PDT · by massmike · 13 replies
    grasstopsusa.com ^ | 07/29/2015 | Don Feder
    The current occupant of the White House – Barack, the first of his name – is seriously unhappy with the comments of two contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, Having endured their logic for as long as he could, Obama unburdened himself in Addis Ababa on Monday. While saving some disdain for Donald Trump, POTUS was particularly incensed by the comments of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who said the president's genocide-in-the-making deal with Iran is like marching Israelis "to the ovens." Such rhetoric is "part of a general pattern that you've seen that would be considered ridiculous if it...
  • The Battle Hymn of the Republic

    07/29/2015 4:54:45 PM PDT · by westcoastwillieg · 16 replies
    7/29/15 | Joe Lynch
    The Battle Hymn of the Republic            VIVA TRUMP!
  • [Vanity]Help me understand reaction to Planned Parenthood videos

    07/29/2015 6:52:10 PM PDT · by PinkChampagneonIce · 25 replies
    I am hoping FReepers can help me out here, because I am having a difficult time understanding the reaction to the recently released videos regarding Planned Parenthood selling body parts. Pro-life people have been showing pictures of what happens at abortions for decades, and yet none of those pictures have ever produced the kind of reaction that the current videos are producing. Why is that? Is it because money is being made? Is it because a specific location is targeted? Is it because of the macabre sort of science-fiction aspect of body parts being bought and sold? Is it because...
  • Gallup: Liberals More Likely to Drink Than Conservatives

    07/29/2015 5:18:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 29, 2015 | 5:18 PM EDT | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    According to a Gallup survey conducted this month, American liberals are more likely to drink than American conservatives. From July 8-12, Gallup asked 1,009 adults in the United States: “Do you have occasion to use alcoholic beverages such as liquor, wine, or beer, or are you a total abstainer?” The results, which had a margin of error of ± 4 percentage points, showed a number of trends. Only 61 percent of self-identified conservatives said, yes, they do have occasion to use alcoholic beverages. However, 65 percent of moderates said yes, and 69 percent of liberals said yes. …
  • Author Ronald Kessler On Bill Clinton: ‘He Has A Blonde, Busty Mistress’

    07/29/2015 4:50:50 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 73 replies
    CBS Philadelphia ^ | 7/29/2015 | Chris Stigall
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Author Ronald Kessler defends secret service agents and makes some sensational claims about former Presidents in his new book, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents. Kessler told Chris Stigall on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT that the recent struggles of the agency detailed in the media is more the fault of management culture than individual agents. “The culture that has led to this corner-cutting, it’s a culture within the management, not among the agents. Agents…are patriots. They sign up to take a bullet for the President. The management has the...
  • Jon Stewart Reduced to Stenographer After White House Meetings Revealed

    07/29/2015 4:34:34 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 7/29/2015 | Joe Concha
    For Jon Stewart, this certainly isn’t the high note he wanted to go out on. The guy who prides himself on speaking truth to power, as the anti-establishment, take-to-both-sides-hero for millennials everywhere… reduced to a stenographer for a sitting president so thin-skinned about any and all criticism that he needs to dictate his own comedy. As originally reported in Politico by Darren Samuelson, the outgoing Daily Show host met with President Barack Obama twice in the past four years but failed to let anyone know about it. It was only then that Stewart — who loves to play the “I’m...
  • Trump Heard What Obama Said About Running Again, Fired Back With 3 PERFECT Sentences

    07/29/2015 4:24:19 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 22 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | July 29,2015 | Randy DeSoto
    Presidential candidate Donald Trump begs to differ with President Barack Obama’s assessment that if he ran for a third term, he could win it.
  • Rick Perry Challenges Donald Trump to a Pullup Contest (Video)

    07/29/2015 4:05:29 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 43 replies
    abc news ^ | 7-29-2015 | BEN GITTLESON
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry challenged Donald Trump to a pullup contest today in response to the billionaire’s charge that Perry wasn’t smart enough to join the presidential debate —- or as a reporter put it to Perry, not tough enough. "Let's get a pullup bar out there and see who can do the most pullups,” Perry told a reporter, who told him that Trump “questioned your energy, toughness and quote-unquote, ‘brain power’ that it might require to run a successful campaign.”
  • Will the Internet listen to your private conversations?

    07/29/2015 3:46:21 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 7-29-2015 | Michael Liedtke, AP
    Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm. But Aanya's care-free attitude dissolved into paranoia a few months ago shortly after her mother bought Amazon's Echo, a digital assistant that can be set up in a home or office to listen for various requests, such as for a song, a sports score, the weather, or even a book to be read aloud. After using the Internet-connected device for two months, Aanya, 16, started to worry that the Echo was eavesdropping on conversations in her...
  • Nursing Home Placement for Mother with Advanced Alzheimer's Disease to take place within 7 - 10 days

    07/29/2015 3:04:22 PM PDT · by hondact200 · 19 replies
    July 29, 2015 | hondact200
    Today, I was informed by the nursing home that it is in the process of moving 2 current residents from Alzheimer's Unit to the general floor, and there will be an opening within the next 7 - 10 days. Started the process for nursing home placement for my mother with now advanced Alzheimer's Disease in December 2014. Anticipated August 7, 2015 admission date.
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    07/29/2015 2:39:42 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 62 replies
    I've had several requests to do a thread on bread baking. I've hesitated, because it's been quite a while since I baked bread; I'm by no means expert at it; and I don't like to post recipes that I haven't tried and proven recently. But, due to popular demand, here we go! My first experience with baking bread was back in the 1970s when so many of us young folks were bitten by the 'back-to-nature' bug. I was also experimenting with various levels of vegetarianism, and was very interested in cooking with whole grains. The first bread I made was...
  • Stumping out the Latest allegations made against Donald Trump.... (hilarious and awesome!)

    07/29/2015 1:29:56 PM PDT · by Marie · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jul 29, 2015 | The Viewers View
    (VIDEO AT THE LINK) These ladies are hilarious and better educated than the GOPe and the MSM! Check them out and subscribe! lol!
  • Cecil the Lion protest planned at MN hunter's dental office (Audio)

    07/29/2015 12:28:18 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 36 replies
    MPR News ^ | 7-29-2015 | Jon Collins
    A protest is planned for Wednesday afternoon at the Bloomington dental practice run by a man who hunted and killed a lion in Zimbabwe earlier this month. Dr. Walter James Palmer, 55, is also facing calls that he be held accountable for poaching. Palmer of Eden Prairie was identified on Tuesday as the hunter who killed Cecil the lion, a popular attraction and research subject at Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. Zimbabwean authorities said the lion was lured out of the protection park and shot with a bow and arrow around July 1. The hunters found the wounded animal 40 hours...
  • FOMC Meeting Live Thread

    07/29/2015 10:56:14 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Post your FOMC comments here...
  • The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture

    07/29/2015 8:36:45 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 28 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | 7/29/2015 | Henry I. Miller and Drew L. Kershen
    Organic agriculture is an unscientific, heavily subsidized marketing gimmick that misleads and rips off consumers. The federal government should stop promoting and subsidizing it. Consumers of organic foods are getting both more and less than they bargained for. On both counts, it’s not good. Many people who pay the huge premium—often more than a hundred percent–for organic foods do so because they’re afraid of pesticides. If that’s their rationale, they misunderstand the nuances of organic agriculture. Although it’s true that synthetic chemical pesticides are generally prohibited, there is a lengthy list of exceptions listed in the Organic Foods Production Act,...
  • Panic in Pittsburgh: Media Struggling to Ignore Black Mob Violence

    07/29/2015 6:56:12 AM PDT · by PROCON · 88 replies
    americanthinker ^ | July 29, 2015 | Colin Flaherty
    Black people in Pittsburgh were feeling poorly about crime: Too many of them were in the news accused of killing, robbing, assaulting, jacking, shooting, stealing, rioting, breaking, burgling, harassing, intimidating, threatening, fighting, throwing, running, stoning, smoking, drinking, escaping, drugging, firing, and destroying. So in 2011, black leaders got together to do something about it: Not stop the crime. Just stop reporters from letting us know about it. Because it is a little-known fact of psychology that drawing attention to black crime actually causes more black crime -- which draws more attention, which creates more crime. And on and on until...
  • Turkey launches heaviest air strikes yet on PKK, stoking Kurdish ire

    07/29/2015 6:35:52 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-29-2015 | Humeyra Pamuk and Nick Tattersall
    Turkish jets launched their heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq overnight since air strikes began last week, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan said a peace process had become impossible. The strikes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets including shelters, depots and caves in six areas, a statement from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's office said. A senior official told Reuters it was the biggest assault since the campaign started. Iraq condemned the air strikes as a "dangerous escalation and an assault on Iraqi sovereignty", saying it was committed to ensuring militant attacks on Turkey were not carried out from...
  • where is "The Donald" going? (Results)

    07/29/2015 6:25:49 AM PDT · by jstaff · 20 replies
    Of the Freepers who answered the poll, about half actually gave an opinion of what Trump will do. The results: A. Stay in and win - 7 B. Stay in and lose - 2 C. Run as an independent - 4 D. Fade away - 5 E. Be killed by forces unknown - 2 F. Too early to tell/something else/unclear/ - 20+
  • Georgia claims that publishing its state laws for free online is 'terrorism'

    07/29/2015 6:22:34 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 24 replies
    la times ^ | 7-27-2015 | Michael Hiltzik
    Government officials have threatened "rogue archivist" Carl Malamud with legal action many times for his efforts to make public government documents widely available for free, but the state of Georgia has set a new standard for fighting this ridiculous battle: It's suing Malamud for infringing its copyright of state laws by -- horrors -- publishing them online. The state's lawsuit, filed last week in Atlanta federal court, accuses Malamud of piracy -- and worse, of "a form of 'terrorism.'" His offense: Through his website, public.resource.org, he provides members of the public access to a searchable and downloadable scan of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated -- that...
  • Lockheed Martin-Led Consortium Builds Secure 'System Of Systems'

    07/29/2015 6:00:46 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Dark Reading ^ | 7-28-2015 | Kelly Jackson Higgins
    Multilevel Security (MLS) group says this policy-based architecture could apply to sensitive commercial networks as well as government agencies. A US government intelligence agency-developed approach for secure collaboration in sensitive government environments could soon be used by the commercial world as well. The so-called Multilevel Security (MLS) ecosystem, the basis of which has been in use for several years by Lockheed Martin in the Centralized Super Computer Facility, was recently demonstrated by members of a consortium that includes Lockheed and big-name vendors such as Seagate, CGI, Cray, and Splunk. MLS basically provides programmatic access to various sensitive systems from multiple...
  • Weird: Only 3 new U.S. banks opened since 2010

    07/29/2015 5:26:37 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 23 replies
    cnn money ^ | 7-29-2015
    The U.S. excels at startups, but here's something America isn't starting up these days: banks. Only three new banks have opened in the United States since 2010. Before the financial crisis, over 100 banks set up shop each year, on average, according to data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the agency that approves new banks. New banks are supposed to be a sign of a healthy economy -- and robust competition. Historically, they would pop up in communities that wanted more local banking options. Apparently, that's not the case anymore. Some blame financial regulation for the drought. Dodd-Frank regulation...
  • Sarah Palin is potential cabinet secretary: Trump

    07/29/2015 4:33:03 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 38 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | Posted on July 28, 2015 | By Joel Connelly
    Real estate mogul Donald Trump is busy denouncing rival candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but he’s found a kindred spirit from the GOP’s 2008 ticket. Trump has received fulsome praise from ex-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and on Tuesday indicated that he might name the “mama grizzly” to his cabinet. http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2015/07/28/sarah-palin-is-potential-cabinet-secretary-trump/?shared=email&msg=fail
  • Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years

    07/29/2015 4:32:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 131 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 29, 2015 7:29 AM EDT | Dee-Ann Durbin
    In the age of Apple’s CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks. The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today’s vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp drop in new car sales during the recession. Drivers behind the wheel of older cars aren’t enjoying some of the latest advanced safety features or infotainment systems that effectively turn cars into cellphones on wheels. Then again, they don’t have to worry about hackers finding their way in...