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  • Mark Cuban: Lower student debt to save the economy

    10/22/2014 12:07:18 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed
    CNBC ^ | 10-13-2014
    The best way to fix the student loan bubble is to limit the allotted amount of loans each student is allowed to receive each year to no more than $10,000, Cuban said, adding that a cap on student debt would force universities to lower tuition and curb spending. Rising tuition costs don't help the economy as much as increasing students' purchasing power—a college may just use the extra cash to "build a better fitness center at your school." Tuition revenue is "just easy money and easy money goes to a college administrators' head just as much as anybody else, Cuban...
  • Wealth is outpacing income...and that's a scary sign

    10/21/2014 11:38:09 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 10-21-2014
    More household wealth in America sounds like good news, but it could also mean economic trouble. The ratio of wealth to income has hit a recent record, according to Credit Suisse. The last time it was this high was during the Great Depression. And it came close two other times: 1999, the year before the dotcom bubble burst, and leading up to 2007, before the housing market crash. Wealth per adult in the U.S. has risen every year since 2008. In fact, average wealth is now 19% above the pre-crisis peak hit in 2006, the report stated. And $31.5 trillion...
  • LA area Port Traffic in September: Imports Highest since 2006, Exports Soft

    10/21/2014 10:57:27 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    Calculated Risk Blog ^ | 10-21-2014 | Bill McBride
    Container traffic gives us an idea about the volume of goods being exported and imported - and possibly some hints about the trade report for September since LA area ports handle about 40% of the nation's container port traffic. Usually imports peak in the July to October period as retailers import goods for the Christmas holiday, and then decline sharply and bottom in February or March (depending on the timing of the Chinese New Year). Imports were up 10.6% year-over-year in September, exports were down 5.6% year-over-year. This might suggest retailers are expecting a happy holiday season.
  • Frequently Asked Questions - Supreme Court of the United States

    10/21/2014 10:34:32 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    How long is the term of a Supreme Court Justice? The Constitution states that Justices "shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour." This means that the Justices hold office as long as they choose and can only be removed from office by impeachment. Has a Justice ever been impeached? The only Justice to be impeached was Associate Justice Samuel Chase in 1805. The House of Representatives passed Articles of Impeachment against him; however, he was acquitted by the Senate. Who decides how many Justices are on the Court? Have there always been nine? The Constitution places the power to determine...
  • “Orange is the New Black” Stars Design Shirts for Planned Parenthood

    10/21/2014 7:06:38 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Life News ^ | 10.21.14 | Sarah Zagorski
    Orange is the New Black stars have partnered with Planned Parenthood, the nations largest abortion business, in their campaign “Women are Watching.” The campaign is intended to get women to the polls and vote for pro-abortion politicians this November. Selenis Leyva and Natasha Lyonne helped designed t-shirts that read, “I am one of the 99% of women who have used birth control,” on the front and “It’s my business. Not politicians’” on the back. organgeisthenewblackSelenis Leyva said, “It’s hard to believe that there are still politicians trying to take away our access to birth control. This is not a controversial...
  • Billy Boyd Sings Us Goodbye After Peter Jackson's Final Battle

    10/21/2014 1:48:03 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    Movie pilot ^ | by Sarah GibsonStaff ⋅ Posted on October 21st, 2014 at 10:03am
    Remember when the The Lord Of The Rings saga ended 11 years ago, with Billy Boyd - Pippin, no less - singing out the closing credits with "Pippin's Song"? Well, coming full circle, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies is about to witness the very same ending...
  • Rare Roman inscription unearthed in Jerusalem

    10/21/2014 1:35:20 PM PDT · by dware · 10 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | 10.21.2014 | AFP via Yahoo! News
    Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli archaeologists on Tuesday unveiled a 2,000-year-old commemorative stone inscription dedicated to Roman Emperor Hadrian, which researchers say sheds light on the Jewish revolt against the ancient empire.
  • Ebola Plush Toys Fly Off the Shelf for Connecticut Company

    10/21/2014 1:16:46 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 45 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 20, 2014 | Barbara Goldberg
    Ebola plush toys fly off the shelf for Connecticut company It may be the only time you will find these words in the same sentence: "Ebola" and "Add to Wishlist." Giantmicrobes Inc., which makes a line of plush toys based on viruses and other microscopic organisms, has sold out its entire Ebola stock, including the small Ebola doll for $9.95, a Gigantic Ebola doll for $29.95 and an Ebola Petri Dish toy for $14.95, according to the company's website. "Since its discovery in 1976, Ebola has become the T. Rex of microbes," says the Stamford, Connecticut-based maker of the "uniquely...
  • Roman gladiators' diet probably not what you'd expect, researchers find

    10/21/2014 12:59:30 PM PDT · by dware · 40 replies
    Newser via Fox News ^ | 10.21.2014 | Jenn Gidman
    You'd figure a typical Roman gladiator to be a real meat-and-potatoes guy, right? You'd be figuring wrong—at least if you were talking about gladiators from the city of Ephesus.
  • What do you think will be the grand jury verdict concerning Officer Darren Wilson?

    10/21/2014 11:46:32 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 113 replies
    10/21/2014 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    I believe a decision from the grand jury is just around the corner. With this in mind... Do you think that Officer Darren Wilson will face charges - or not? Do you think the grand jury should give equal weight to both sides (eyewitness Officer Darren Wilson and the 5 other eyewitnesses)? Are civilan eyewitness accounts (be it one person or more) ever equal to that of a police officer? If so, in which cases? If the 5 eyewitnesses don't agree on all things, should the grand jury take into account everything the 5 eyewitnesses do agree upon? Does the...
  • Chances are your teen is looking at porn. But it’s worse than that.

    10/21/2014 10:05:39 AM PDT · by Morgana · 77 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 10.20.14 | Jonathon van Maren
    I live in a quiet subdivision in rural Ontario. I mean very quiet—all summer long, I rarely saw any kids outside biking or playing street hockey or running flimsy lemonade stands or just roughhousing around outside. Then, the day school started, I was shocked when I left my house in the morning and I saw kids everywhere, backpacks in tow, heading to bus stops and walking to the nearby school. This many kids live in my neighborhood? I thought to myself. Where were they all summer? There are a number of possible answers, of course. Some were probably on vacation....
  • British firm offers zombie-proof log cabin

    10/21/2014 9:51:53 AM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 42 replies
    orange. ^ | 21 October 2014
    A West Yorkshire firm is selling what it claims to be the world's first zombie proof log cabin. Leeds-based Tiger Log Cabins is offering a 10 year anti-zombie guarantee with its ZFC-1, Zombie Fortification Cabin. The structure consists of three connected buildings and its featured qualities add up to a personal log fortress. It comes with reinforced slit windows, walls and doors, a barbed-wire surround, an escape hatch, and a living room with Xbox, TV and sound system. It also features an arsenal storage unit to secure your anti-zombie weaponry and an upper deck with a full view all around...
  • Message to Kay Hagen: GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT ON RACISM

    How long do we have to put with the extreme hypocrisy of the left? Maybe we should start with the historical TRUTH everytime a democrat tries to twist and lie about it.
  • Good Green Government [EPA Brochure]

    10/21/2014 8:35:49 AM PDT · by OneWingedShark · 9 replies
    Self | 21 Oct 14 | OneWingedShark
    Isn't it amazing how wonderful the EPA is? Well here's a brochure detailing just how they're improving your life with their green policies! Link
  • Hospitals Gird for Ebola Panic as Flu Season Looms

    10/21/2014 8:18:34 AM PDT · by PROCON · 17 replies
    Thomson/Reuters ^ | Oct. 19, 2014
    A young woman complaining of abdominal pain and nausea who had traveled to Africa arrived at a Long Island hospital fearful that she had contracted Ebola. She did not have the virus, but the pregnancy test was positive. The woman had been to South Africa, more than 3,400 miles (5,400 km) from the three West African countries enduring the worst Ebola outbreak on record, and the trip ended six weeks prior, or twice the potential incubation period for Ebola infection.
  • Diva Alert! Kim Kardashian’s Over-The-Top Demands Revealed In Secret Business Emails

    10/21/2014 7:54:53 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 50 replies
    radaronline ^ | 10/20 | radaronline
    Kim Kardashian has shilled everything from diet pills to video games, perfumes, and more. But slapping her name on a product doesn’t come without a price: RadarOnline.com has uncovered secret business emails from the star’s reps outlining just what it takes to get Kardashian involved with a product launch — and her over-the-top demands will shock you!
  • Peshmerga to Reach Kobani on Wednesday

    10/21/2014 7:46:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 21.10.2014 | Hemin Salih
    BasNews, Erbil The first squad of Kurdish Peshmerga forces, heading to Kobani in Syrian Kurdistan via the Turkish border, are expected to arrive on Wednesday. Turkey approved requests to let the Peshmerga enter Kobani on Monday. Kurdistan Peshmerga fighters say that it is the responsibility of the Peshmerga to help and support Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which has been fighting the Islamic State (IS) militants for more than a month. The BasNews source said that the only condition Turkish authorities made was that the Kurdish force should be under the command of the Kurdistan Regional Government...
  • Chicago man to Obama: 'Don't touch my girlfriend'

    10/21/2014 7:21:29 AM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    cnn ^ | Oct. 21, 2014 | Jeremy Diamond
    Washington (CNN) -- Even the President of the United States has to deal with jealous boyfriends. Casting his ballot in Chicago on Monday, Obama stood at a voting booth next to Aia Cooper, whose fiancé, Mike Jones, decided to crack wise with the president. "Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend," Jones quipped as he walked by the two. "I really wasn't planning on it," Obama replied, joking that Jones was "an example of a brother just embarrassing you for no reason." A clearly embarrassed Cooper apologized for her boyfriend, telling the President she knew her boyfriend was going to "say...
  • Making Pancake Apes (Video)

    10/21/2014 7:21:27 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10-16-2014 | Nathan Shields
    These go well with bananas.
  • Rwanda requires US, Spain visitor health reports

    10/21/2014 6:19:18 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 21, 9:13 AM EDT | Associated Press
    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Rwanda says that Rwanda's Ministry of Health is requiring visitors who have been in the United States or Spain during the previous 22 days to report their medical condition to health authorities.
  • Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone

    10/21/2014 5:54:36 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 21 2014 | CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAY
    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- The number of people infected with Ebola in western Sierra Leone, on the other side of the country from where the first cases emerged months ago, is soaring with more than 20 deaths daily, the government and local media reported Tuesday.
  • Shockers Keep Coming In [FR research/vanity]

    10/21/2014 5:21:29 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 10 replies
    The most cynical political move in US history [Ebola Outbreak in US a 'myth' -- can't possibly know.] Criminalizing Innocent Christian Behavior [over sodomy-pseudo-marriage] Radicalized Canadian Muslim convert runs down two young soldiers in his car before being shot dead Nigeria declared ebola-free [Due to safe VISA/border policy] New Ebola Czar: 'Surplus' population is number 1 fear, alarmingly corrupt. His salary is 'top secret'. Part of WACO coverup, Gun-grabbing, Ruth Bader Ginsburg confirmation. CDC ADMITS TX PRESBY FOLLOWED PROTOCOL Van Hollen abandons any hope of voter ID for now [Wisconsin v. supreme court] Thousands of government workers on paid leave,...
  • So Why Didn't Chris Wallace Challenge Debbie Wasserman's Senate Prediction?

    10/21/2014 4:58:45 AM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 11 replies
    And put yourself in Chris Wallace's position in last Sundays episode of Fox News Sunday. Debbie Wasserman was adamant in regarding the Democrats retaining the senate. Well then, why didn't Chris ask her to name the "Deep Red States" Democrats will win that will keep them in power? or inform her that the Republicans are already going to win at least six seats. States that Romney won handily. Can you imagine if we take the Senate 54 to 46? Then the "Credible Debbie Wasserman" Will Have Some "Esplaining To Do" next time she visits Fox News Sunday.
  • What is the best brand of Washer and Dryer?

    10/21/2014 4:44:18 AM PDT · by IamConservative · 149 replies
    N/A | 10/21/14 | yt
    5 years ago, I purchased an LG front load washer and dryer set. My expectations were as high as the price. About 2 years into it, the first washing machine failed and after many life intruding service calls, I got a new machine under the "lemon" provision of the warranty. This past Sunday, my "new" washer took a dump. Tub won't move. It will run an entire washing cycle and the tub never moves an inch. I have no warranty left and am not inclined to throw any more good money after bad. We're gong back to a top loader...
  • Fans of Quinn and Rose Daily Discussion - October 21, 2014

    10/21/2014 2:55:52 AM PDT · by sneakers · 13 replies
    As we await word that Quinn and Rose are returning to the airwaves, our friendly group of dedicated FReeper Q&R fans will continue to meet in our usual spot as we always have! So grab your coffee - or whatever you choose to start your day - and drop in for some political chit-chat, or just to shoot the breeze! We are all coming from - or going to - work, so stop in to say ‘hi!’ Feel free to join us!
  • Study: Liberals, conservatives inhabit different worlds

    10/20/2014 11:48:00 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 13 replies
    wapt 16 ^ | 10-20-2014 | Brian Stelter
    Ever wonder why your avowed-conservative brother and fervently-liberal aunt can't even seem to agree on the facts? It's because "when it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds," according to a Pew Research Center study published on Tuesday. Conservatives say they trust Fox News and not much else. Liberals say they trust many news outlets, but not Fox. Among other things, the study underscores Fox's unique position in the media marketplace, thanks to what it calls the "strong allegiance" that conservatives have to Fox. These Americans, and their counterparts on the left, are...
  • Vanity: Is America being beghazied on Ebola ?

    10/20/2014 8:36:20 PM PDT · by Understand the stimulus · 23 replies
    NBC ^ | 10/20/2014 | Maggie Fox
    How many ebola patients have there been ? Media has no idea Are americans being benghazed again before the election ? http://news.yahoo.com/us-cautiously-optimistic-no-ebola-5-days-172110466.html http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ebola-virus-outbreak/another-u-s-ebola-patient-recovers-emory-n230031 http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/10/20/anonymous-ebola-patient-released-from-emory-after-being-declared-virus-free/ http://news.emory.edu/stories/2014/07/euh_ebola_patient/campus
  • Does anybody have any insight into NY-24?

    10/20/2014 9:14:20 PM PDT · by MacMattico · 7 replies
    Me
    I can't stand Dan Maffei.
  • Newest selfie craze, ‘Donut Selfie’ goes viral

    10/20/2014 7:55:00 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    8 News Now ^ | 10-18-14 | Nikki Bowers
    It doesn't look like the 'selfie' crazy is going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, it's expanding. The newest way of taking selfies trending right now is the “donut selfie.” That's right, the donut selfie. The donut selfie brings the selfie game to a whole new level by capturing the entire 360-degree environment of its subject. The new photography trend was introduced by a woman named Karen X. Cheng, a woman who first garnered national attention for her “Give it 100” challenge, which had people all of the world posting videos of their goal to try something new for 100 days...
  • China-backed hackers may have infiltrated Apple's iCloud

    10/20/2014 7:36:36 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    Yahoo / Reuters ^ | 10-21-2014
    Apple Inc's iCloud storage and backup service in China was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials, a Chinese web monitoring group said, adding that it believes the country's government is behind the campaign. Using a method called a "man-in-the-middle" (MITM) attack, unknown hackers interposed their own website between users and Apple's iCloud server, intercepting data and potentially gaining access to passwords, iMessages, photos and contacts, Greatfire.org wrote in its blog post. Greatfire.org, a group that conducts research on Chinese Internet censorship, alleged government involvement in the attack, saying it resembled previous attacks on Google Inc, Yahoo Inc and...
  • Pope Francis Wins a Battle to Welcome Gays in the Church

    10/20/2014 6:49:12 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 49 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10-20-2014 | BARBIE LATZA NADEAU
    About midway through the first week of debates and deliberations, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, addressed a mixed crowd of prelates, diplomats and journalists at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and cited a sports analogy that’s become quite popular among Francis’s American fans. Francis’s strategy is a little like taking someone to a baseball game when they don’t really know the rules—and maybe didn’t care much about them. Under Francis, the Church wants to bring people back into the stadium, as it were. “They see the crowds, they smell the hot dogs,” said Dolan, playing...
  • Anthony Horowitz To Write New James Bond Novel

    10/20/2014 6:48:59 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 26 replies
    Anthony Horowitz to write new James Bond novel inspired by original unseen Fleming material Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. and the Ian Fleming Estate are delighted to announce that bestselling and award-winning author Anthony Horowitz has been invited to write the next James Bond novel, due for worldwide release on 8th September 2015. Horowitz is one of the UK’s most successful authors and has over forty books to his name including his recent Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk, and his enormously successful teen spy series featuring Alex Rider. As a TV screenwriter he created both Midsomer Murders and the...
  • Monterey jury awards $12 million to woman who blamed Toyota for (drunken) crash

    10/20/2014 6:24:28 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    A jury has awarded $12 million to a California woman who blamed Toyota for leaving her a paraplegic after a crash. The Superior Court panel in Monterey awarded the money last Friday to Chelsie Hill of Pacific Grove and found Toyota 90 percent liable for her injuries. Hill was a rear passenger in a Toyota 4Runner — driven by a drunken teenager — that crashed in Monterey in 2010. Spinal injuries left her unable to walk.
  • Are People Really Trying to Drug Kids With Marijuana-Laced Halloween Candy?

    10/20/2014 6:11:26 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    Reason ^ | 10-20-2014 | Jacob Sullum
    While media outlets and law enforcement officials warn that pot-infused edibles could end up in kids’ treat bags, evidence suggests there’s no reason to worry. Last week the DPD posted a video in which Patrick Johnson, proprietor of Denver's Urban Dispensary, warns that "there's really no way to tell the difference between candy that's infused and candy that's not infused" once the products have been removed from their original packages. The video illustrates Johnson's point with images of innocuous-looking gummy bears and gumdrops. He advises parents to inspect their kids' Halloween haul and discard anything that looks unfamiliar or seems to have...
  • A Justice Department worth the name

    10/20/2014 6:01:24 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10-20-2014 | Robert N. Tracci
    The next attorney general must emulate Edward Levi, not Eric Holder Watergate-era misconduct and politicization at the Department of Justice shattered public trust in a once-venerated institution by 1975. The urgent task of restoring Justice fell to Edward H. Levi, a respected former law professor and president of the University of Chicago. Levi’s intellect, integrity and temperament returned the department to its position as America’s most respected federal law enforcement agency. According to a recent Rasmussen poll, just 23 percent of respondents “trust the federal level of the criminal justice system the most.” Public confidence in the attorney general has...
  • Scott Bonn on 'Why We Love Serial Killers'

    10/20/2014 5:31:17 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    Examiner ^ | 10-20-2014
    What was your prime inspiration and motivation behind creating your new book, "Why We Love Serial Killers The Curious Appeal of the World's Most Savage Murderers"? As far back as I can recall I have always loved monsters. While growing up in Ohio in the 1970s, I loved horror movies, including the definitive and iconic Frankenstein (1931) and the now classic Halloween (1978). In more recent times I have come to love the Hollywood tales of fictional serial predators such as Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs and John Doe in Se7en. I have always rooted...
  • Other than Egypt, name one Muslim nation intent on destroying ISIS.

    10/20/2014 4:55:45 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 25 replies
    Allen West.com ^ | 10/20/2014 | Allen West
    Besides combat, what’s happening in northern Syria around the town of Kobani offers some interesting indications about the nature of the conflict with ISIS amid the Muslim world. I’m glad to see some dedicated U.S. air strikes in that area, but ISIS reinforcements are pouring in and the Kurdish forces aren’t receiving much in the way of supplies or weapons support. But what I find most interesting are the pictures of the Turkish Army tanks just sitting on a hilltop taking it all in – as interested bystanders. Furthermore, we know the Turks are now bombing the Kurdish people in...
  • How much will Ebola czar be paid?

    10/20/2014 2:31:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    The Obama administration’s new Ebola czar will be paid, but the White House on Monday declined to say how much former Biden chief of staff Ron Klain will be making in his new position. White House spokesman Eric Schultz confirmed that Klain, who starts work Wednesday, would take home a paycheck, but he said the amount would only be revealed in the annual disclosure of White House staff salaries. That report is typically released at the beginning of July, which means Klain will likely have already left the administration by the time his salary is disclosed. Last week, press secretary...
  • Leagues file to stop New Jersey sports betting

    10/20/2014 2:15:04 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Yahoo Sports / AP ^ | 10-20-2014
    The nation's four major pro sports leagues and the NCAA want to stop New Jersey's plans to allow legal sports betting, just days before it's due to start. They filed legal papers in federal court in Trenton on Monday, seeking an injunction that would stop the state from allowing casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting. Monmouth Park, a horse track, is the only location that has said it's ready to accept wagers. Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law Friday that effectively repeals the state's laws against sports gambling.
  • Footballer Dies After Unsuccessful Bakflip Goal Celebration (video)

    10/20/2014 1:44:37 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 40 replies
    Naij.com ^ | 10-20-2014 | Clement Ejiofor
    An Indian footballer has died after a backflip goal celebration went tragically wrong during a match last week in north eastern India.  Peter Biaksangzuala attempted to perform the acrobatic celebration after scoring for Bethlehem Vengthlang FC against Chanmari West FC in the 62nd minute. Biaksangzuala fell on his head badly damaging his spinal cord. Team-mates immediately rushed to his aid and he was immediately rushed to local hospital. Unfortunately,  after five days of intensive treatment, as doctors attempted to heal his injuries, the footballer passed away on Sunday morning after being put on a ventilator.
  • Pumpkin Festival Cited as Terror Target Hit by Drunken Riots

    10/20/2014 1:37:33 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    nbc ^ | 10-20-2014 | ROBERT WINDREM
    As black-clad police moved in on a group of students Saturday during beer-soaked riots that disrupted Keene, New Hampshire’s annual Pumpkin Festival, the students began to chant, “Bring out the BearCat! Bring out the BearCat!” The Keene State students, who faced tear gas and pepper spray pellets, were trying to taunt local cops into using their ultimate weapon, a $286,000 armored personnel carrier. Keene got the armored vehicle for free from the federal government in 2012 after citing a potential terrorist threat to the festival. The city’s claim of a terror threat to the Pumpkin Festival, which draws thousands tourists...
  • Death Toll From GM Ignition Switch Defect Reaches 29

    10/20/2014 1:08:30 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Auto World News ^ | 10-20-2014
    Since Aug. 1, approximately 1,517 claims for compensation for serious injuries or deaths to have been caused by the issue had been received, according to Reuters, citing a new report by the office of Kenneth Feinberg, who GM has hired to run the program. All of the claims were received and approved as of Friday. GM has been in hot water for most of 2014 for waiting 11 years to start recalling millions of vehicles with ignition-switch issues that were linked to fatalities. The switch can slip out of position, causing vehicles to stall and disable air bags. The defect...
  • Conservative group mails voter registration letters to deceased

    10/20/2014 11:29:06 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 28 replies
    Herald & Review ^ | 10-15-2014 | RYAN VOYLES
    DECATUR – It's not uncommon for residents such as Maryilynn Baer to receive political mail before the general election. But when recent letter came to her home that asked for her husband, Edgar, to re-register to vote before the November election, Baer was overwhelmed and upset. Her husband had been dead since May. “It was upsetting,” she said. “His name had already been taken off the voter registration list, and I sent the letter to (Macon County Clerk) Steve Bean and told him I had already notified him that Edgar had passed away.” But the letter did not come from...
  • Scary Plank Walk

    The exhilarating mountain hike is not for the faint of heart. There is a cost of approximately 30 yuan (just under $5 usd) and you are given two straps to hook onto wires on the path. The plank path includes steel rod ladders, footholds carved out of the cliff and narrow wooden plank walks. All of this is located thousands of feet above ground.
  • Ebola Q&As on Transmission

    10/20/2014 10:30:10 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 23 replies
    cdc ^ | 10-17-2014
    What are body fluids? Ebola has been detected in blood and many body fluids. Body fluids include saliva, mucus, vomit, feces, sweat, tears, breast milk, urine, and semen. Can Ebola spread by coughing? By sneezing? Unlike respiratory illnesses like measles or chickenpox, which can be transmitted by virus particles that remain suspended in the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes, Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with body fluids of a person who has symptoms of Ebola disease. Although coughing and sneezing are not common symptoms of Ebola, if a symptomatic patient with Ebola coughs or sneezes on...
  • What the Synod Taught Us About Pope Francis: He Takes Risks

    10/20/2014 10:12:02 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    Time ^ | 10-20-2014 | Elizabeth Dias
    What began with the Holy Father asking more than 250 participants inside the hall to speak their minds on issues of the family ended with them giving him a five-minute standing ovation. And beyond the hall, the synod prompted a dynamic conversation about where the global Catholic Church is headed under Pope FrancisÂ’ leadership. If there is a single takeaway, it may be this: Pope Francis showed the world that he is not afraid of making mistakes. He takes risks, and his commitment to listening allows a host of voices to rise and controversy to surface. The first big surprise...
  • Wrestling legend Ox Baker passes away

    10/20/2014 10:01:18 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Wrestling ^ | October 20, 2014 | SLAM! Wrestling
    Wrestling legend Ox Baker has passed away due to complications stemming from a heart attack, according to multiple reports. The 6-foot-5, 340-pounder was 80 years old... Aside from the wrestling, Baker is remembered in the mainstream for his significant role in the cult classic Escape from New York, directed by John Carpenter and [starring] Kurt Russell, and he's in the documentary I Like To Hurt People...
  • Brace yourself. The 2016 Republican field is going to be HUGE.

    10/20/2014 9:48:16 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10-20-2014 | Chris Cillizza
    Even though this poll isn't predictive, it is telling.  Two of the top three candidates -- Bush and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee -- are, at best, 50-50 shots at running. (Bush is entirely unreadable; Huckabee seems smart enough to understand that he had his presidential moment in 2008.) The only other person pulling double digits is Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a status due, at least in part, to voters' familiarity with his last name because of his father's two presidential bids in 2008 and 2012. Even though this poll isn't predictive, it is telling.  Two of the top three...
  • Lenoir City woman sent to jail for having a messy yard

    10/20/2014 9:25:23 AM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 22 replies
    local8now ^ | Steven Powell
    LENOIR CITY, Tenn. - Ever fall behind on yard work? This East Tennessee woman did -- and now she's headed to jail. Karen Holloway was cited by Lenoir City officials for not keeping up her yard. She says this all started over the summer, when the city sent her a citation, claiming her yard wasn't properly maintained. "With my husband going to school and working full time, me with my job, with one vehicle, we were trying our best," she said. Holloway, who has two kids still at home, says she'll be the first to admit this yard needed some...
  • What Does It Mean for an Ebola Outbreak to End?

    10/20/2014 9:21:00 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Time ^ | 10-20-2014
    Nigeria’s most recent outbreak of Ebola is over, the nation’s government and World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday. But — with fear of Ebola continuing to grip the world — what does that even mean? How does the WHO know that Nigeria is in the clear? The answer, it turns out, is very specific: The WHO says a country can declare their outbreak to be over when it makes it through 42 days without a new case.