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  • What is Ocasio-Cortez's 'Green New Deal’? It’s Utter Crapitalism

    11/18/2018 6:52:05 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | November 18, 2018 | Timothy Meads
    Earlier this week, the newly-elected Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dropped by Rep. Nancy Pelosi's Capitol Hill office. She was not there to say hello to her new colleague but to show support for a group of environmentalists hosting a sit-in in the potential Speaker of the House's workspace. The move rankled party leadership and consultants. But what exactly was Representative-elect Ocasio-Cortez showing support for? It was the "Green New Deal", a massive overhaul spending plan of the United States' economy in an effort to supposedly combat climate change. According to Politico, Ocasio-Cortez met with members from the Sunrise Movement, a nationwide...
  • Christian couple who refused to picture gay weddings in their bridal magazine are forced to close

    11/17/2018 6:00:55 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 November 2018 | MARK BROOK
    A bridal magazine has announced it will close just months after it sparked outrage for refusing to feature same-sex weddings. Founders Luke and Carla Burrell, who are Christians, announced they would close White Magazine on Saturday after advertisers withdrew sponsorship. A farewell note published on White Magazine's website on Saturday said the couple had recently experienced 'a flood of judgement' and lost a number of advertisers. The Burrells became target of an intimidation campaign in which their staff were threatened and one individual warned their house would be burned down. 'We have had to recognise the reality that White Magazine...
  • LGBT) Activists Force Closure of Bridal Magazine (AU)

    11/16/2018 7:38:32 PM PST · by aimhigh · 22 replies
    Vision Christian Radio ^ | 11/17/2018 | Vision Christian Media
    The Christian publishers of an Australian bridal magazine are closing the publication after they were targeted over their choice not to feature same-sex weddings. White Magazine was started twelve years ago by Luke and Carla Burrell to celebrate love and commitment in marriage, rather than as a marketplace to sell products. The magazine was targeted by LGBTQ activists after it did not feature any same sex couples following the change in the law last year.
  • {New Zealand} Students say they don't know what 'trivial' means in exam question fiasco

    11/15/2018 11:40:45 PM PST · by Cronos · 83 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 16 Nov 2018 | Eleanor Ainge Roy
    New Zealand high school students have demanded examiners ignore that they don’t know what the word “trivial” means, after it appeared in a final-year exam and left many confused. Some students who took the year 13 history exam claimed the “unfamiliar word” was too hard, and the exam should now be marked according to each student’s different understanding and interpretation of “trivial”. The exam asked for students to write an essay on whether they agreed with a quote from Julius Caesar which reads: “Events of importance are the result of trivial causes”.
  • Mysterious 26-foot worm-like sea creature stuns divers

    11/14/2018 1:06:13 PM PST · by DFG · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/14/2018 | James Rogers
    Two divers in New Zealand found themselves face-to-face with a strange 26-foot worm-like sea creature recently. Caters reports that the hollow, wind-sock-like creature was found by friends Steve Hathaway and Andrew Buttle, who were diving off the coast of Whakaari, a stratovolcano on New Zealand’s White Island. In the video, the pulsating and shuddering worm can be seen changing shape as it moves slowly through the water. The strange creature has been identified as a Pyrosome, a bioluminescent mass made up of hundreds of thousands of organisms that feed on plankton. Pyrosomes are actually colonies made up of individual pyrosome...
  • Early Volcanoes Minted Nickel

    11/22/2009 9:59:56 AM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 821+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 20 November 2009 | Phil Berardelli
    Enlarge ImageGreen gold. A complex geological process produced this sample of nickel sulfide. Credit: Marco Fiorentini, Science Those spare nickels in your pocket might not be there without the help of ancient volcanoes that blasted sulfur dioxide into the sky billions of years ago. The discovery solves a mystery that has dogged researchers for decades, says geochemist Edward Ripley of Indiana University, Bloomington, who was not affiliated with the study. The nickel in ore deposits is actually nickel sulfide, a compound that is rich in sulfur. The sulfur is "critically important," says geochemist Douglas Rumble of the Carnegie Institution...
  • ISIS Threatened Bioterror in Australia Before Melbourne Attack, Vows More Attacks Coming

    11/10/2018 11:06:14 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies ^ | 11/9/2018 | Bridget Johnson
    The network of ISIS-supporting groups waging an online propaganda, incitement and recruitment campaign quickly seized upon the terror group's official claim of a Friday attack in central Melbourne with a vow to strike the country "however we want." The new call for attacks follows material issued several weeks before the Bourke Street rampage, which encouraged jihadists to concentrate on poisoning Australia's food supplies. A 31-year-old man crashed a blue pickup loaded with gas canisters onto a sidewalk today and then jumped out and stabbed three people. ABC News in Australia reported that one man died at the scene and two...
  • Three stabbed, one dead, in Australia's Melbourne, police say incident terror-related

    11/09/2018 4:25:57 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Australian police on Friday said a Somali man who stabbed three people in the city of Melbourne on Friday drove a car laden with gas cylinders which caught fire and that they are treating the attack as terrorism. The man stabbed three people, killing one, before he was shot by police. Ashton added that security arrangements at Remembrance Day memorials and other public events scheduled over the weekend will be reassessed and it was likely police numbers there boosted.
  • 'Terrorist' who stabbed three shoppers, killing one, is shot dead by police (Melbourne, Australia)

    11/09/2018 1:12:30 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 34 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 9th November 2018 | Nic White
    A knife-wielding Somali terrorist has been shot dead by police after crashing a car on Melbourne's Bourke Street then setting it on fire, before stabbing three shoppers, killing one. The attacker was then rushed to hospital with in a critical condition, along with two bystanders who were injured. A body covered by a sheet was seen lying in the street near the car. The Holden Rodeo loaded with gas cylinders hit a pedestrian as it mounted the kerb and burst into flames outside Target near the Swanson Street intersection about 4.20pm on Friday. Video shot from the scene showed the...
  • New Zealand fisherman pulls 18-month-old baby from sea alive in 'freakish miracle'

    11/06/2018 10:12:20 AM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies ^ | 5 November 2018 • 1:10pm | Jonathan Pearlman, Sydney
    A fisherman in New Zealand pulled an 18-month-old baby from the sea alive after the boy went missing from his campsite where he was staying with his parents. Gus Hutt, who was fishing at a beach near a holiday park in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island, thought he was pulling a doll from the ocean before realising he had rescued a baby when the boy “let out a little squeak”. He said he was checking his lines at about 7.15am late last month when he spotted the baby float past. "His face looked like porcelain with...
  • Fish and chips shop in Australia sparks heated debate over 'disgusting' 'inappropriate' name

    11/06/2018 7:52:46 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3 Days Ago | By Michelle Gant | Fox News
    A fish and chips shop in Australia has become the subject of a heated debate, with some calling for a boycott of the popular spot, because of its name. The Battered Wife, in Innisfail, Queensland, has sparked an intense argument on social media about whether or not the name is appropriate. The Red Heart Campaign, an organization that raises awareness about domestic violence against women and children in the country, called out the business on Facebook Monday. “In a year where we have lost 67 women and 18 kids to murder and manslaughter, and while hundreds of thousands of women...
  • Rat lungworm disease is popping up in the mainland United States

    08/11/2018 11:48:40 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies ^ | 8/3/18 | Leah Rosenbaum
    Health officials have confirmed 12 cases of rat lungworm disease in the continental United States since January 2011 — including six patients who had not traveled abroad but still contracted the illness caused by a parasite endemic to tropical regions in Asia and Hawaii. [...snip...] The disease is also known as angiostrongyliasis, after the parasitic roundworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis whose larvae hatch in the lungs of rats and then are expelled in the rodents’ excrement. At that point, the larvae can be picked up by snails and slugs, and then passed along to humans if the snails and slugs are eaten...
  • Deadly Parasite Discovered in Chinese Family Shows You Should Never Eat Raw Centipedes

    08/01/2018 7:32:12 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 39 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 31 JUL 2018 | PETER DOCKRILL
    Centipedes mean business. They can slay animals 15 times their size, even devour whole snakes if they want. But the true horror of the centipede may be something else, hiding unseen inside their many-legged forms: a dangerous parasite, which scientists say has never been observed in these segmented critters – until now. The stowaway in question is the parasitic roundworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis – aka 'rat lungworm' – a food-borne parasite typically found in snails and other mollusks, which has now for the first time been detected in centipedes too. As for the strange reason we know this? It starts with...
  • News to Obamaland: Raw Food=Rat Lungworm

    01/05/2009 2:11:12 PM PST · by AndrewWalden · 20 replies · 1,332+ views
    Hawai`i Free Press ^ | January 5, 2008 | Andrew Walden
    Humans have been cooking food since before they were Homo sapiens....but ... There was a raw food festival in Novemeber 20-23, 2008 in Kalapana....and now this.... (From the Star-Bulletin) Jan 5, 2009: ...Halda said he and a friend, Silka Strauch, who live in Black Sands between Pahoa and Kalapana, have been eating raw vegetables and taking precautions by cleaning the produce with a peroxide rinse. He suspects they may have accidentally consumed tiny larvae of slugs lodged in the deep folds of peppers.
  • Australian PM blasts transgender ‘nonsense’: We’ll ‘never remove’ gender from passports

    11/01/2018 11:39:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/01/2018 | Calvin Freiburger
    CANBERRA, Australia, October 31, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The prime minister of Australia took a strong stance against “non-binary” public documents for the gender-confused Tuesday, as the opposition party vowed to press the issue if it takes power. The country’s Labour Party has released a draft of a national platform that commits to supporting identification options “beyond binary male/female” on government documents such as passports, the Daily Mail reports. The party will hold its triennial national party conference in December, where a finalized platform will be voted on. The proposal claims that letting “people with intersex variations” exercise “autonomy regarding sex/gender...
  • Julian Assange loses court case over cat duties, internet bills inside Ecuadorian embassy

    10/30/2018 10:38:01 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    ABC.Net ^ | 10/29/2018
    A judge has rejected WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's request to loosen new living requirements, including paying for his internet and cleaning up after his cat, that he says are meant to push him into leaving the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Key points: -Julian Assange takes up more than a third of the space in the small embassy -The new rules also require him to pay for his own medical and laundry services -Mr Assange's lawyer says he plans to appeal against the decision Judge Karina Martinez decided stricter rules recently imposed by the South American nation's embassy do not violate...
  • Australia’s ex-PM warns Jerusalem move would worry Indonesia [Turnbull]

    10/29/2018 10:16:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 29, 2018 9:04 PM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    A former Australian prime minister has warned the government to expect a negative reaction from Indonesia if Australia follows the United States by shifting its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke to reporters after meeting Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on the tourist island of Bali on Monday to discuss a bilateral free trade deal. “The president expressed to me ... the very serious concern held in Indonesia about the prospect of the Australian Embassy in Israel being moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Turnbull told Australian Broadcasting Corp. in an interview...
  • Voters head to the polls in the Wentworth by-election (Australian governments loses its majority)

    10/20/2018 2:35:42 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 18 replies ^ | 20th October 2018
    IN A shock result, the Wentworth by-election has already been called in favour of Kerryn Phelps after a 27 per cent swing against the Liberal Party.
  • FBI Has Evidence That ‘Directly Refutes’ Premise Of Trump-Russia Probe, GOP Rep Says

    10/14/2018 3:37:29 PM PDT · by blueyon · 46 replies
    TheDailyCaller ^ | 10/14/18 | Chuck Ross
    A top Republican lawmaker said Sunday that the FBI failed to provide a federal surveillance court with evidence that “directly” contracted the bureau’s rationale for opening the Trump-Russia investgation Rep. John Ratcliffe told Fox News that the evidence related to former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos The FBI opened its investigation in July 2016 based on intelligence from the Australian government about Papadopoulos Republican lawmakers have hinted for months that the FBI failed to provide federal judges on the surveillance court with information that undercut the government’s premise for opening the Trump-Russia probe in 2016. Republicans have suggested in interviews...
  • Australian embassy in Israel may be moved to Jerusalem

    10/15/2018 8:14:20 PM PDT · by melsec · 10 replies
    The Guardian (Australia) ^ | Oct 2018 | Michael McGowan, Oliver Holmes
    Australia may follow US president Donald Trump’s lead and move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Scott Morrison, Australia’s new prime minister, said on Tuesday he was “open to” following the move, describing it as a “sensible” proposal.