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  • Congress' Use of Sex Hush Fund Violates Campaign Finance Law & is Embezzlement of Taxpayer Funds

    12/10/2018 1:17:14 PM PST · by Stayfree · 10 replies
    Self | December 10, 2018 | Stayfree
    If Mueller's witch hunt is dumb enough to try and take down Trump by claiming that hush money paid to the two women was a campaign finance law violation, then Mueller must also go after all the Congressmen who secretly used taxpayer funds to silence claims against them of sexual harassment. Such a secret use of taxpayer funds is also embezzlement and they all should be prosecuted.
  • Harold Baines' election to Cooperstown leaves a lot of baseball fans baffled

    12/10/2018 1:13:45 PM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 9, 2018 | Mike Oz
    If there were a city where the baseball Hall of Fame was going to get wild and crazy, it’s probably here. The Winter Meetings are in Las Vegas this week and the first order of business Sunday night was announcing the results of the Today’s Game era Hall of Fame ballot, which gave 10 people a second-chance at Cooperstown. Two players were elected: Lee Smith, the former saves leader who was the best bet on the ballot, and … Harold Baines?!?
  • NBA dancers reveal decades-long culture of 'brainwashing,' unfair pay and eating disorders

    12/10/2018 1:09:15 PM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 10, 2018 | Abby Haglage
    Of all the things that Lauren Herington remembers about her year as an NBA dancer, it’s the broom closet that rattles her most. “My coach would make me sit in there before games and think about if I was doing everything to be able to lose weight,” Lauren, a dancer for the Milwaukee Bucks from 2013 to 2014, recalls for Yahoo Lifestyle. “You know, basically like a child in time-out.” When her coach thought she looked “questionable” weight-wise, Lauren says, she’d instruct the dancer to put on her spandex uniform in order to perform a “jiggle test” in front of...
  • Vanity**Permanently Deleting Files

    12/10/2018 12:55:25 PM PST · by outofsalt · 35 replies
    Vanity ^ | 12/10/2018 | Outofsalt
    With Windows 10 (and probably many other OS's) when you delete a file, be it email or others, it is not really deleted but is recoverable. I have a large bunch of "deleted" emails and quite a few personal records that I want to permanently remove from the hard drive. I am looking for suggestions on "shredder" programs (or are they all, "Apps" now?)
  • "The Recently Discovered Journal of Alexander the Great" by Henry Livingston (1793)

    12/10/2018 12:46:57 PM PST · by mairdie · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | February, 1793 | Henry Livingston
    "The Recently Discovered Journal of Alexander the Great" by Henry Livingston, published in the New-York Magazine of February, 1793. Read by Byron Nilsson and illustrated with a wide variety of art and illustration. These stories were in the library of 13 year old Clement Moore, as his father subscribed to the magazine in which Henry published.
  • Devastating fire rips through one of New York's last Gilded Age mansions overlooking Central [tr]

    12/10/2018 11:58:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 10, 2018 | Khaleda Rahman
    More than 100 firefighters battled a devastating blaze at one of New York's last Gilded Age mansions that's currently on sale for $50 million. Flames burst out of the windows of the townhouse at 854 Fifth Avenue – which is home to the Serbian Mission to the United States – after a fire broke out on the third floor at around 8.40pm on Sunday. The two-alarm fire was declared under control shortly before 10pm, CBS New York reported. Three firefighters and a civilian were injured in the blaze, the FDNY said. The Beaux Arts mansion – which has 32 rooms,...
  • 3 shot after alleged dine-and-dash incident at DeKalb Chinese restaurant

    12/10/2018 11:54:22 AM PST · by simpson96 · 34 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 12/6/2018 | Chelsea Prince
    A dispute involving employees at a DeKalb County Chinese restaurant and a diner who allegedly skipped the bill ended in a triple shooting Wednesday night, police said. Two employees of the China Cafeteria on Rainbow Drive followed after a diner who “left without paying for food,” DeKalb police spokesman Sgt. J.D. Spencer told The argument spilled over to the parking lot of a Burger King on Candler Road south of I-20, about a block away from the Chinese restaurant. “During the fight, one of the employees left and retrieved a firearm and subsequently all three individuals suffered gunshot wounds,”...
  • Following Kevin Hart's Departure: 18 Comedians Who Can Never Host The Oscars Now

    12/10/2018 11:46:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/09/2018 | Ellie Bufkin
    Following Kevin HartÂ’s departure, many names have surfaced as possible replacements, but let me save the Academy time and show why they are disqualified as not politically correct enough. By Ellie Bufkin December 10, 2018 The Academy Awards is facing quite a predicament about selecting a host for its 2019 ceremony. After tapping, then ditching, Kevin Hart due to some jokes he made about homosexuality a decade ago, they are left carefully contemplating his replacement.It wasnÂ’t long after his announcement as host that the outrage mob was demanding an apology for those old tweets. The Academy agreed, and asked Hart...
  • Life in deep Earth totals 15 to 23 billion tons of carbon—hundreds of times more than humans

    12/10/2018 11:43:51 AM PST · by ETL · 11 replies ^ | Dec 10, 2018 | Deep Carbon Observatory
    Barely living "zombie" bacteria and other forms of life constitute an immense amount of carbon deep within Earth's subsurface—245 to 385 times greater than the carbon mass of all humans on the surface, according to scientists nearing the end of a 10-year international collaboration to reveal Earth's innermost secrets. On the eve of the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting, scientists with the Deep Carbon Observatory today reported several transformational discoveries, including how much and what kinds of life exist in the deep subsurface under the greatest extremes of pressure, temperature, and low nutrient availability.Drilling 2.5 kilometers into the seafloor, and...
  • Trump's New Attorney General: The Clintons 'Should Be Investigated'

    12/10/2018 11:43:49 AM PST · by LoicW · 31 replies
    NN ^ | 12/10/18 | Jay Greenberg
    President Trump's pick for US attorney general, William Barr, believes that the Clintons "should be investigated" and there are "things" about Bill and Hillary "that haven’t been investigated.” Trump announced last week that Barr will take over from acting AG Matthew Whitaker to lead the Department of Justice, describing the incoming attorney general as "my first choice from Day One." According to Barr, the DoJ would be “abdicating its responsibility” if it fails to investigate Bill and Hillary and the Clinton Foundation.
  • My Revised Health Care Cost Coverage Proposal is Back Online

    12/10/2018 11:23:47 AM PST · by Brian Griffin · 8 replies
    Brian Griffin | 12/10/2018 | Brian Griffin
    Its fundamental principle is giving insurers negotiating power. Imagine if Aunt Sue's insurer had to buy exactly A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I and J. The price on each would be high and the total price via premiums would be impoverishing for Aunt Sue. Imagine instead if Aunt Sue's insurer only had to buy at least eight of the ten for Aunt Sue to get a federal tax credit. Each seller would realize that their yearly revenue from Aunt Sue might be zero. Deals would be offered and good deals made. Aunt Sue would probably wind up with all ten and at a much lower...
  • A glimmer of hope for the world's coral reefs [Lol!]

    12/10/2018 11:22:21 AM PST · by ETL · 9 replies ^ | Dec 10, 2018 | ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies
    The future of the world's coral reefs is uncertain, as the impact of global heating continues to escalate. However, according to a study published today in Nature Climate Change, the response of the Great Barrier Reef to extreme temperatures in 2017 was markedly different to one year earlier, following two back-to-back bouts of coral bleaching. Remarkably, corals that bleached and survived 2016 were more resistant in 2017 to a recurrence of hot conditions. "Dead corals don't bleach for a second time. The north lost millions of heat-sensitive corals in 2016, and most of the survivors were the tougher species. As...

    12/10/2018 11:02:52 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 23 replies
    DC ^ | 12/10/2018 | DC
    The Supreme Court declined to review three cases relating to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood at the state level Monday, over a vigorous dissent from Justice Clarence Thomas. The dissent was significant because it indicates that Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the high court’s liberal wing to deny review of a lower court decision that favored the nation’s largest abortion provider. “So what explains the Court’s refusal to do its job here?,” Thomas wrote. “I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named ‘Planned Parenthood.'” “Some tenuous connection to a...
  • Female frogs prefer city slickers

    12/10/2018 10:56:49 AM PST · by ETL · 13 replies ^ | Dec 10, 2018 | Elizabeth Pennisi
    Anyone who has tried to whisper sweet nothings into their lover’s ear while standing on a noisy street corner can understand the plight of the túngara frog. A tiny amphibian about the size of a U.S. quarter, the male Physalaemus pustulosus has had to make its call more complex to woo mates when they move from the forest to the city. Now, researchers have found that female túngara frogs from both the country and the city prefer these mouthy city slickers. Biologists have long studied túngara frog courtship, demonstrating that visual signals and calls by themselves are unattractive to females...
  • ELO - Eldorado {Complete Version}

    12/10/2018 10:46:33 AM PST · by simpson96 · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/07/09 | CalyxAsgard
    ELO - Eldorado {Complete Version} The Legend of El Dorado El Dorado was a mythical city located somewhere in the unexplored interior of South America. El Dorado was allegedly unimaginably rich, with fanciful tales told of gold-paved streets, golden temples and rich mines of gold and silver. Between 1530 and 1650 or so, thousands of Europeans searched the jungles, plains, mountains and rivers of South America for El Dorado, many of them losing their lives in the process. It was never found. El Dorado never existed, except in the fevered imaginations of these seekers.
  • Voyager 2 spacecraft enters interstellar space

    12/10/2018 10:27:35 AM PST · by ETL · 45 replies ^ | December 10, 2018 | Lisa Grossman
    Voyager 2 has entered interstellar space. The spacecraft slipped out of the huge bubble of particles that encircles the solar system on November 5, becoming the second ever human-made craft to cross the heliosphere, or the boundary between the sun and the stars.Coming in second place is no mean achievement. Voyager 1 became the first spacecraft to exit the solar system in 2012. But that craft’s plasma instrument stopped working in 1980, leaving scientists without a direct view of the solar wind, hot charged particles constantly streaming from the sun (SN Online: 9/12/13). Voyager 2’s plasma sensors are still working,...
  • Police: Man who planned attack on Ohio synagogue was inspired by Tree of Life shooting suspect

    12/10/2018 10:26:33 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 15 replies
    WPXI ^ | December 10, 2018
    A man who is accused of planning to attack a synagogue in Toledo, Ohio was inspired by the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting suspect, police said. Damon Joseph, 21, is charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS. According to court documents, Joseph spoke with an undercover agent regarding the Tree of Life synagogue mass shooting in Pittsburgh, saying, “I admire what the guy did with the shooting actually.” He added: “I can see myself carrying out this type of operation inshallah. They wouldn’t even [an attack] expect in my area...”
  • Possible plea deal for accused Russian agent Maria Butina

    12/10/2018 10:09:40 AM PST · by Signalman · 18 replies ^ | 12/10/2018 | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government has likely taken a plea deal, prosecutors indicated Monday in a court filing that said her case has been "resolved."</p> <p>The information was included in a filing in the case against Maria Butina. Her lawyers and federal prosecutors have asked for a hearing as soon as Tuesday morning.</p>
  • Business owners seek restraining order to stop Olympia’s city-sanctioned homeless camp (Wash.)

    12/10/2018 10:08:17 AM PST · by simpson96 · 7 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 12/8/2018 | Abby Spegman
    A group of downtown Olympia business owners is seeking a temporary restraining order to stop the opening of a city-sanctioned homeless camp, arguing the city is violating its own ordinance. The city is preparing to open a so-called mitigation site on a city-owned parking lot at Olympia Avenue Northeast and Franklin Street Northeast where homeless people have been camping out for months. Officials have said the site will have water, restrooms and garbage service for people in 80 to 120 city-provided tents. The plan was a response to rapid growth in the number of tents in downtown in recent months,...
  • InSight Records Sound of Wind on Mars

    12/10/2018 9:43:16 AM PST · by ETL · 2 replies ^ | Dec 10, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    On December 1, 2018, NASA’s InSight lander captured a haunting low rumble caused by vibrations from the Martian wind, estimated to be blowing between 10 to 15 mph (5-7 m/sec) from northwest to southeast. The wind was consistent with the direction of dust devil streaks in the landing area, which were observed from orbit. “Capturing this audio was an unplanned treat. But one of the things our mission is dedicated to is measuring motion on Mars, and naturally that includes motion caused by sound waves,” said InSight principal investigator Dr. Bruce Banerdt, a researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.The vibrations...