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  • Trump and Kim - The Art of the Deal

    06/18/2018 5:36:06 AM PDT · by CtBigPat · 1 replies ^ | 6/18/2018 | SharpWriter
    The Donald and Kim Jung Un Riding a unicorn!
  • World Health Organization to Classify ‘Gaming Disorder’ as Mental Health Condition

    06/18/2018 5:33:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    “I’m not creating a precedent,” said Dr. Vladimir Poznyak, a member of WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, which proposed the new diagnosis to WHO’s decision-making body, the World Health Assembly. Instead, he said, WHO has followed “the trends, the developments, which have taken place in populations and in the professional field.” However, not all psychologists agree that gaming disorder is worthy of inclusion in the International Classification of Diseases, known as the ICD. Characteristics of gaming disorder A diagnosis standard, the ICD defines the universe of diseases, disorders, injuries and other related health conditions. Researchers use it...
  • ‘Incredibles 2’ Is Huge Hit But Now Comes With A Warning

    06/18/2018 5:23:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    People who are light-sensitive or epileptic began warning other film-goers on social media. There is a strobe-light sequence in the picture that apparently caused some people to become nauseous. Disney/Pixar believe the problem was serious enough to ask theaters to start posting signs warning about the sequence People tweeted that the strobe effects the villain uses left them nauseous or worse — gave them a seizure “So as a result, I walked out of the theater with a migraine,” said blogger Veronica Lewis. That’s why Lewis took to twitter in a thread that’s now gone viral asking Disney & Pixar...
  • Trump keeps his promises on trade (Go Trump)

    06/18/2018 2:46:55 AM PDT · by cba123 · 5 replies
    Yahoo / AFP ^ | June 16, 2018 | Delphine Touitou
    Washington (AFP) - By inflicting tariffs on the steel and aluminum of his allies, and then on tens of billions of dollars in goods from China, US President Donald Trump has quickly moved to fulfill the tough campaign pledges he made on trade. During his first year in office, Trump and his top economic aides made repeated threats and warned that preliminary investigations were launched into whether certain imports were being unjustly subsidized. But no concrete steps were taken. That all changed in March, when the "America First" president went on the offensive. (Please see link for full article)
  • Today's Toons 6/18/18

    06/18/2018 1:18:53 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 6 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | 6/18/18 | pookie18
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  • The disastrous, forgotten 1996 law that created today's immigration problem

    06/18/2018 12:13:46 AM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 19 replies ^ | Apr 28, 2016, 8:40am EDT | By Dara Lind
    Both sides of the aisle agree that the current US immigration system is broken. It's why immigration's stayed a hot-button political issue and policy debate, and part of what has made Donald Trump the likely 2016 Republican nominee for president. But the system hasn't always been broken. Or rather, it hasn't always been broken in this particular way. Everyone remembers that in 1986, President Ronald Reagan passed an "amnesty" law. But what most people don't know is that in 1996 — fresh off the heels of signing welfare reform, and two years after signing the "crime bill" — President Bill...
  • Q Anon: 6/17/18 FRiendly FReeper Collaboration to understand Q drops

    06/17/2018 10:59:13 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 49 replies ^ | June 17, 2018 | FReepers, vanity
    This thread is a friendly collaborative place for FReepers to analyze information and share opinons. FReepers have a wide variety of reasons for investigating Q Anon content; this is not the appropriate place to criticize or badger those who choose to use some of their time in this manner. If you are new to Q Anon, the three links below provide overviews to help answer the questions, "Who is Q?" and "Why read Q drops?". Is Trump Staging a Counter-Coup? [Q explained?]> Note: The above thread has been locked for disruptive comments, but post #1 includes a strong, concise...
  • (Ted) Cruz edges out (Jimmy) Kimmel in charity basketball game in Houston

    06/17/2018 10:35:20 PM PDT · by cba123 · 10 replies
    Chron ^ | Updated 10:17 pm, Saturday, June 16, 2018 | Cary Darling
    It was the Thunderdome from "Mad Max" or the coliseum from "Spartacus," if either Max or Sparty were two, middle-aged American men playing a slow-motion car-crash of half-court basketball for charity and political one upsmanship. Conservative Texas Sen. Ted Cruz triumphed over liberal ABC late-night host/comedian Jimmy Kimmel with a hard-won 11-9 victory in the first Blobfish Basketball Classic at Texas Southern University's Health and Physical Education Arena Saturday. The event, which turned out to be a Coachella festival of air balls, missed shots and footwork that would make a sloth look like Usain Bolt, was sparked by Twitter trash-talk...
  • Conservative 'D.C. Colombian' wins his country's presidency

    06/17/2018 10:18:23 PM PDT · by cba123 · 11 replies
    LMT Online ^ | Published 8:23 pm, Sunday, June 17, 2018 | Anthony Faiola, The Washington Post
    BOGOTA, Colombia - Conservative Ivan Duque captured Colombia's presidency Sunday, bringing to power a U.S.-educated 41-year-old whose victory promises an aggressive new era in the drug war and could upend a historic peace deal that ended Latin America's longest running insurgency. (link for the full article)
  • EU Court of Justice: All EU nations must welcome same-sex ‘spouses’

    06/17/2018 9:35:35 PM PDT · by massmike · 19 replies ^ | 06/18/2018 | Stefano Gennarini, J.D.
    Homosexual rights got a boost from a groundbreaking judgment of the European Court of Justice that forces all EU member states to welcome the same-sex "spouses" of EU citizens, even when they are not EU nationals. The European Court of Justice fell short of imposing an obligation on EU member states to recognize homosexual marriages but opened another avenue for homosexual marriage in Europe by declaring a "derived right of residence" in EU states for same-sex spouses of EU nationals who are non-EU citizen. The Court recognized that homosexual marriage may not be a human right but held that homosexual...
  • Stealth Startup SpinLaunch Raises $40 Million for Radical New Launch Strategy

    06/17/2018 8:32:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    Silicon Valley startup SpinLaunch snagged $35 million in "Series A" funding from some big-name investors, including Airbus Ventures, GV (previously Google Ventures) and Kleiner Perkins, the company announced Thursday (June 14). Another group of investors had already chipped in $5 million. The details of that approach remain mysterious; SpinLaunch has been in stealth mode since its 2015 founding. (The company's website requires a login.) But the basics involve accelerating "the launch vehicle to hypersonic speeds using ground-based electricity," SpinLaunch CEO Jonathan Yaney said in the same statement. "Applying the initial performance boost from a terrestrial-based launch platform enables us to...
  • Goats help clear brush to reduce wildfire fuel

    06/17/2018 8:25:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    Dozens of four legged friends have been brought to Deer Canyon preserve to eat as much as they can. "We have an environmental land manager that's under contract here, we have about 180 boar, spanish and nubian goats that are out here, that are assisting with brush clearance." The goats are part of the city's plan to clear thick, dangerous fuels that could ignite. Anaheim fire says this two month process is much more efficient using these animals. "It would take a long time, we would have to rotate crews repeatedly because of the terrain and how hot it is,...

    06/17/2018 7:41:46 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    Front Page ^ | 6/17/2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    The cultural revolution is just getting started in medicine. And when it's done, medicine will consist entirely of venting about "white men" as the real "disease". What began with tearing down Confederate statues has now moved on to taking down portraits of people who are not even being accused of racism. They're just... white men. Nabel said no one on staff has objected to taking down portraits of past department heads, which include Dr. Harvey Cushing, the "father of neurosurgery," who studied at Harvard and Yale and became surgeon-in-chief at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1913. Cushing operated on hundreds...
  • Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart’

    06/17/2018 6:44:08 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 170 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | June 17, 2018 | Laura Bush
    On Sunday, a day we as a nation set aside to honor fathers and the bonds of family, I was among the millions of Americans who watched images of children who have been torn from their parents. In the six weeks between April 19 and May 31, the Department of Homeland Security has sent nearly 2,000 children to mass detention centers or foster care. More than 100 of these children are younger than 4 years old. The reason for these separations is a zero-tolerance policy for their parents, who are accused of illegally crossing our borders. I live in a...
  • ‘Come hell or high water,’ citizens will keep gun rights, NC man vows in viral video

    06/17/2018 6:13:02 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 12 replies
    news and observer ^ | 60Apr 2018 | CAMILA MOLINA AND AARON MOODY
    A North Carolina man’s 4-minute take on gun laws echoed well beyond the city council chambers where he shared it Tuesday afternoon. ...Robinson asked city leaders “when are you all going to start standing up for the majority?” – a group he said includes himself, as “a law-abiding citizen who’s never shot anybody, never committed a serious crime, never committed a felony.”
  • Sex robot will turn down steamy romps if it's not in the mood

    06/17/2018 6:03:15 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 74 replies
    Mirror ^ | June 17, 2018 | Mark Branagan
    In the not too distant future, you could cuddle up to your cyber sex goddess - only to receive the automated response saying she has a head ache. Love robots have been invented with the intelligence to go on strike - and shut down completely if pestered when not in the mood. Sexbot Samantha's ability to say "no" was demonstrated to an audience of stunned academics at one of the UK's leading science villages. The robot has sensors hidden under her skin, so she can respond to affection like a real-life human. But she also has a revolutionary electronic brain...
  • Imperial villa found near Milvian Bridge

    06/17/2018 4:35:32 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    ANSA ^ | June 5, 2018 | unattributed
    An imperial Roman villa has been found along the banks of the Tiber near the Milvian Bridge, archaeologists said Tuesday. Digs have uncovered a large floor area in 'opus sectile', decorated with "extraordinary" multicoloured marble floral motifs, they said. The beauty of the floor has led experts to believe that the rest of the building was full of precious decorations. The villa's setting so close to the river is unusual, archaeologists said.
  • Tesla Adds Third Assembly Line In A Tent Outside Its Huge Factory

    06/17/2018 4:32:01 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 51 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 6/17/18 | Bradley Brownell
    In order to achieve production goals, Tesla started up a third production line this weekend. The two existing lines must take up quite a lot of space inside the former GM/Toyota facility, as the third line was built not in the factory, but in a temporary tent structure outside. The tent and the assembly line it houses were allegedly built in the span of three weeks. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted out on Saturday afternoon that the makeshift assembly line had just produced the first Model 3 Dual Motor Performance.
  • Study Finds Older Use of Tobacco Than Previously Thought

    06/17/2018 4:21:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    The One Feather ^ | June 2018 | Scott Mckie B.P.
    A study into the use of tobacco has yielded some interesting findings including dating the practice to around 4,000 years ago -- about 1,500 years older than previously thought. The study, "Evidence of Tobacco from a Late Archaic Smoking Tube Recovered from the Flint River site in southeastern North America", has been undertaken by various researchers and was led by Dr. Stephen B. Carmody , Troy University (Ala.) assistant professor of anthropology. "For the past eight or nine years, I have been exploring pipe use, pipe-smoked plants, and the use of tobacco here in the eastern woodlands of North America,"...
  • Large-scale whaling in north Scandinavia may date back to 6th century

    06/17/2018 4:13:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | June 14, 2018 | Uppsala University
    Museum collections in Sweden contain thousands of Iron Age board-game pieces. New studies of the raw material composing them show that most were made of whalebone from the mid-6th century CE. They were produced in large volumes and standardised forms. The researchers therefore believe that a regular supply of whalebone was needed. Since the producers would hardly have found the carcasses of beached whales a reliable source, the gaming pieces are interpreted as evidence for whaling. Apart from an osteological survey, species origin has been determined for a small number of game pieces, using ZooMS (short for Zooarchaeology by Mass...