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  • The Unrelenting Left: If Kavanaugh Is Confirmed, This Is What Democrats Will

    As soon as one playbook looks to be falling apart, the Left is drafting a new one—and it speaks to their unhinged disposition regarding this Supreme Court nomination. Judge Brett Kavanaugh was already facing a solid Democratic opposition. The two days of frenetic and drawn out hearings showcased a party who knew deep down that the game was up. The GOP had the votes—they still do—and his nomination would sail through. They tried the transparency pivot, asking for time to review scores of documents from his time as the White House Staff Secretary under Bush. None of those documents were...
  • The Rare Rainforest Tree That Bleeds Metal

    09/21/2018 1:11:39 AM PDT · by vannrox · 6 replies
    Oddity Central ^ | 17sep18 | spooky
    Scientists originally discovered hyperaccumulators in the 1970s, and so far over 65 such plants have been identified in New Caledonia, 59 in Turkey, and a few others in countries like Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. However, scientists are convinced that many more remain to be discovered. This capacity to store large quantities of heavy metals has been studied by various biological sciences, from molecular biology to physiology and biochemistry, and while much has been learnt about the hyperaccumulation and hypertolerance of zinc and cadmium by some plants, nickel hyperaccumulation mechanisms remain a mystery.The evolution of hyperaccumulators like Pycnandra acuminata is believed to...
  • There are lots of ways social media outlets can bias political debate

    09/20/2018 9:27:28 PM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 20, 2018 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    There are lots of ways that social media outlets can bias political debates. We have heard of everything from accounts being closed down to deciding what stories are listed as trending. With Facebook using liberal fact-checking organizations such as ABC News, The Associated Press, FactCheck.org, and Politifact, it guarantees political bias. On Friday, Facebook announced that it was going to start applying this fact checking to photos and videos.
  • U.S. Navy Commences Oil Removal from Capsized German Cruiser ‘Prinz Eugen’ in South Pacific

    09/20/2018 7:51:29 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 11 replies
    gCaptain ^ | September 20, 2018 | Mike Schuler
    The U.S. Navy, in partnership with the Army and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, have started the recovery of oil from the overturned World War II German heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen in the Kwajalein Atoll.
  • Kavanaugh accuser won’t testify Monday but open to doing so later next week

    09/20/2018 7:38:45 PM PDT · by familyop · 95 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 20, 2018 | Seung Min Kim, Josh Dawsey and Emma Brown
    Ed Whelan, a former clerk to the late justice Antonin Scalia and president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, pointed to floor plans, online photographs and other information to suggest a location for the house party in suburban Maryland that Ford described. He also named and posted photographs of the classmate he suggested could be responsible. Ford dismissed Whelan's theory in a statement late Thursday: "I knew them both, and socialized with" them, Ford said, adding that she had once visited the other classmate in the hospital. "There is zero chance that I would confuse them." Republicans on Capitol...
  • Abe wins extended term, faces Trump trade challenge (Japan)

    09/20/2018 7:27:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Asahi Shimbun ^ | September 21, 2018 | Reuters
    Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe acknowledges applause from the LDP lawmakers shortly after his name was called as the winner of the ruling party presidential elections at its headquarters in Tokyo on Sept. 20. (AP Photo) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday, putting him on track to become Japan's longest-serving prime minister and to try to cement his legacy, including by revision of the country's pacifist, post-war Constitution. If Abe, who quit abruptly after a troubled 2006-07 term, stays in office through November 2019, he will have exceeded the 2,886 days marked by...
  • Michigan Professor Refuses Letter of Recommendation for Student, who Wishes to Study in Israel

    09/20/2018 7:05:39 PM PDT · by Kriggerel · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 09/22/2018 | BBC
    A University of Michigan professor has come under fire for declining to provide a recommendation letter, citing his support for an Israel boycott.
  • Child porn probe behind mysterious closure of New Mexico Sunspot Solar Observatory

    09/20/2018 6:30:49 PM PDT · by blueyon · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/20/18 | Russell Contreras
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The mysterious closure of a solar observatory in southern New Mexico earlier this month happened after the FBI started opened a child pornography investigation involving a janitor’s computer found at the observatory and agents tracked wireless signals used to access child porn, according to an FBI search warrant affidavit filed in federal court. The mountaintop Sunspot Solar Observatory closed for from Sept. 6 to Sept. 17 but the research association that manages it has said only that an unspecified security issue was the reason for the closure. The facility employs a small group of scientists, researchers and...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 21 September 2018

    09/20/2018 6:02:14 PM PDT · by beachn4fun · 57 replies
    September 20, 2018 | Canteen Gnomes
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. It's casual FRiday here at the Canteen. Pull up a seat and relax. We serve coffee, tea, conversation and music. Our AWESOME military, our AWESOME allies, and their families are welcomed and honored here. No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a cup or a glass, and start a conversation....
  • Media Bias Has Real Consequences

    09/20/2018 5:26:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2018 | John R. Lott Jr
    Media bias has real consequences. Ohio’s wealthiest supporter of the Republican party, Leslie Wexner, has withdrawn his support because he was ‘ashamed’ by President Trump’s response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. Wexner announced his decision on Friday, just a day after former President Obama gave a speech in Ohio where he attacked Republicans who “try to shield and deflect oversight of [Trump’s] behavior.”A lot of smart people seem to have fallen for the mainstream media's lies about Trump’s comments. NBC News’ coverage of Charlottesville last year was all too typical: “On Tuesday [August 15th, 2017], Trump gave a freewheeling press...
  • The Death Threats Mrs. Kavanaugh Is Getting Will Churn Your Stomach

    09/20/2018 4:45:51 PM PDT · by Az Joe · 63 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/20/2018 | Kevin Daley
    The wife of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has received a battery of death threats in recent days, after allegations appeared in the press that the judge sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford in 1982. The vivid missives are just one iteration of the inflamed rhetoric surrounding Kavanaugh’s nomination to the high court, following Ford’s accusations. The Ford family has similarly been threatened.
  • Capitalism is Oppressive, Give Us Free Socialism

    09/20/2018 3:42:08 PM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    ileanajohnson.com ^ | 9/18/2018 | Ileana Johnson
    The American socialist politicians are promising their voting constituents through such figures as Barney Sanders, the politician from Vermont whose economic fortunes have improved drastically since he ran for president, and the socialist Cortez from the Bronx who, although she has a degree from a prestigious and very expensive school, does not know anything about Economics or geopolitics, by her own admission, and shows her lack of knowledge every time she opens her mouth. But her ignorance does not stop her equally ignorant followers to support her generous promise of free rewards: health care, higher education, child care, and housing....
  • It’s time For Republicans To Grow A Pair

    09/20/2018 3:28:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September20, 2018 | Derek Hunter
    Forget a wounded animal, there is nothing more desperate and vicious than a Democrat on the verge of losing a political battle. So when California Senator Dianne Feinstein released a vague statement implying some sort of criminal activity in Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s past, it was not surprising. Republicans did what they always do – they tried to make nice. But this isn’t your father’s Democratic Party, appeasement isn’t possible when they will only accept capitulation. How do you find common ground with someone who wants to destroy you? Do you offer to be half destroyed? One-quarter? No. In fact, Hell...
  • Kavanaugh's Accuser Agrees to Testimony...But Not by the Deadline

    09/20/2018 2:48:44 PM PDT · by rktman · 111 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 9/20/2018 | Katie Pavlich
    The attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh, sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley Thursday afternoon saying her client is still willing to testify, but not by the Monday deadline and given a number of conditions. "I would like to set up a call with you later today to discuss the conditions under which Dr. Christine Blasey Ford would be prepared to testify next week. As you are aware, she has been receiving death threats, which have been reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and she and her family have been...
  • Trump AT War (2018) full movie: Steve Bannon's New Documentary

    09/20/2018 2:27:24 PM PDT · by tuffydoodle · 16 replies
    youtube ^ | Sept 18, 2018 | Steve Bannon
    jer p Published on Sep 18, 2018 I'm from South Korea and I come here for warning you, American citizens about the threat of Chinese Communists.
  • Cupertino approves Vallco development south of Apple Park

    09/20/2018 1:18:11 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 9 replies
    The tussle over the Sand Hill Property Co. project’s fate simmered at Tuesday’s nine-hour City Council meeting, leading to an extended, five-hour hearing Wednesday. ***** “According to the sales pitch, the new housing units would include low-income high-density housing apartments,” said one Cupertino resident at Tuesday night’s meeting. “This would mean that we would have uneducated people living in Cupertino. A lot of other residents and I are concerned that this would make the current residents of Cupertino uncomfortable, and would split our city in half.”
  • California Farm Workers Voted By Massive Margin To Leave Union (But Nobody Told Them)

    09/20/2018 1:04:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/20/2018 | Jazz Shaw
    Fasten your seatbelts for one of the strangest union stories to come over the transom in a while. Back in 2013 (which is five years ago, for those who skipped math class), out in Fresno, California, the workers at farming corporation Gerawan Farming held a vote to determine whether or not they would decertify their membership in United Farm Workers (UFW), the union which had been representing them. The vote was held, and then… nothing. The union refused to release the results and even convinced a court arbiter that they could do so. They went on acting as the...
  • Harvard black culture awards to honor Kaepernick, Chappelle

    09/20/2018 12:55:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 20, 2018 | by AP
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle are among eight people being honored by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture, the university announced Thursday. All eight recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal will be honored by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard. "The medal honors those who have made significant contributions to African and African-American history and culture, and more broadly, individuals who advocate for intercultural understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and interconnected world," the Hutchins Center said.
  • Major life insurer says it will require customers to wear health trackers

    09/20/2018 12:34:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 89 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | September 20, 2018 | by Reuters
    John Hancock, one of the oldest and largest North American life insurers, will stop underwriting traditional life insurance and instead sell only interactive policies that track fitness and health data through wearable devices and smartphones, the company said on Wednesday. The move by the 156-year-old insurer, owned by Canada's Manulife Financial Corp, marks a major shift for the company, which unveiled its first interactive life insurance policy in 2015. It is now applying the model across all of its life coverage. Interactive life insurance, pioneered by John Hancock's partner the Vitality Group, is already well-established in South Africa and Britain...
  • U.S. Household Net Worth Neared $107 Trillion in Second Quarter

    09/20/2018 11:32:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept. 20, 2018 1:25 p.m. ET | By Harriet Torry
    The total net worth of U.S. households rose to nearly $107 trillion during the second quarter of 2018, as higher property and stock prices boosted Americans’ wealth. The increase on the quarter was 2.1% or $2.191 trillion, bringing household net worth to $106.929 trillion, according to data the Federal Reserve released Thursday. That was a larger gain than the revised $1.303 trillion advance in the first quarter. Household wealth in the stock market increased by about $848.3 billion in the quarter, reflecting higher equity valuations.