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  • Syria war: UN Security Council truce vote delayed

    02/23/2018 6:51:18 PM PST · by Nextrush · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/23/2018 | BBC
    The UN Security Council is struggling to agree a resolution seeking a ceasefire in Syria and has put back a vote until Saturday. The vote has already been delayed several times since Thursday. Russia wanted changes to the draft that calls for a 30-day calm to allow for aid deliveries and medical evacuations. Western diplomats have accused Russia, Syria's key ally, of stalling for more time. France said failure to act may spell the of the UN itself...... Commenting on Friday evening, US President Donald Trump pointed the finger of blame firmly at Syria and its allies, Russia and Iran,...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Tunes For Our Troops ~ Commander Cody ~ 23 February 2018

    02/23/2018 6:04:44 PM PST · by Kathy in Alaska · 124 replies
    Our Troops Rock !! | The Canteen DJs
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  • State Police Commanders Implicated In Judge’s Daughter Arrest Scandal Retire

    02/23/2018 5:07:09 PM PST · by outpostinmass2 · 10 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | 2/23/2018
    Two top commanders in the Massachusetts State Police retired Friday night. Sources tell the I-Team’s Cheryl Fiandaca both Lt. Col. Daniel Risteen and Major Susan Anderson were implicated in the Alli Bibaud scandal, the judge’s daughter whose arrest report was altered on orders of then Colonel Richard McKeon. McKeon and his top assistant retired last year. Attorney General Maura Healey is investigating the incident. The two troopers who blew the whistle on the cover up have filed a federal lawsuit. In a separate story, that Turtleboy Sports was first to report, sources say State Trooper Leigha Genduso was suspended after...
  • Madoff Trustee Gets $76.5 Million From Austrian Feeder Fund

    02/23/2018 5:00:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    More than $10 billion has been distributed to Ponzi scheme victims so farAn Austrian hedge fund that helped direct investments from abroad into Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme agreed to pay $76.5 million to victims of the fraud in a settlement with the trustee who is unwinding the con man’s firm. Trustee Irving Picard said Monday that he reached the deal with Alpha Prime Fund Ltd., which is domiciled in Bermuda and managed in Austria. The settlement brings the total recovered by Picard to $12.8 billion. More than $10 billion has been distributed to victims of Madoff’s fraud, while some money...
  • High School Students Claim Square Root Symbol Looks Like A Gun

    02/23/2018 4:34:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | February 23, 2018
    A high school student in Louisiana was investigated and his home was searched after he allegedly made comments interpreted as possible terrorist threats that compared the square root math symbol to a gun. According to local news station KATC, an investigation Tuesday by the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office revealed the incident began when a Oberlin High School student drew the square root symbol while completing a math problem in class. Another student then made a comment on the similarity of the mathematical sign to a gun, sparking opinions and comments from multiple students. Authorities then say the student being investigated...
  • When Sheriff Israel Was Accused of Corruption ... 'Lions Don't Care About the Opinions of Sheep'

    02/23/2018 2:37:30 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 61 replies
    Reason ^ | 02/23/2018 | Robby Soave
    FULL TITLE: When Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Was Accused of Corruption, He Responded: 'Lions Don't Care About the Opinions of Sheep' Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel—the man whose agency failed to prevent the Parkland massacre despite having received a tip last November that Nikolas Cruz was plotting a mass shooting—has been accused of public corruption. Two years ago, the Sun Sentinel reported that Israel was rewarding top political supporters by giving them and their family members cushy jobs doing public relations and community outreach for the Broward County Sheriff's Office. One such position, outreach manager, paid out a salary...
  • More Colorado school staff registering for gun training

    02/22/2018 1:34:58 PM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    KRDO News ^ | Feb 15, 2018 | Scott Harrison
    Laura Carno, executive director of FASTER Colorado, who helped organize the first statewide training class last summer in Weld County, for school personnel... 48 people have registered for two three-day classes scheduled to be held in Adams County in June. There were 17 people at the debut class last year. "Dozens of school districts in Colorado already have authorized school staff to carry concealed (weapons), she said. "All we're talking about is having more armed good guys and gals on campuses to deal with (shooting) situations." FASTER, (or Faculty/Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response), .. provide weapons and medical training....
  • Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Vector among rocket builders looking to Brazil for new launch site

    02/23/2018 12:08:23 PM PST · by Elderberry · 20 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 2/23/2018 | Michael Sheetz
    A group of five U.S. private rocket companies met with Brazilian officials in December. Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Vector are interested in launching from the equatorial Alcantara launch complex. The coastal launch site would offer cost savings by its ability to reach orbits often preferred for satellites. A group representing five U.S. private rocket companies visited Brazil in December to meet with the nation's space agency and analyze the possibility of launching from the equatorial Alcantara launch complex. The U.S. Department of Commerce was informed about the trip, which was organized by members of the private space industry. The group...
  • Trump: Florida school officer 'didn't have the courage'

    02/23/2018 8:44:27 AM PST · by Spiridon · 68 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/23/2018 | BBC
    An armed officer who stood outside a Florida school where a gunman killed 17 people last week "certainly did a poor job", the US president has said. Deputy Scot Peterson resigned after an investigation found he failed to confront the suspect. President Trump said the officer trained his whole life but "certainly did a poor job" protecting students. Mr. Trump said Mr. Peterson was a "coward" who "didn't react properly under pressure." "He trained his whole life but when it came time to do something he didn't have the courage," Mr. Trump told reporters outside the White House on Friday....
  • Arizona State University ("Doomsday Clock") Professor accused of sexual misconduct

    02/23/2018 8:29:18 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 13 replies
    ktar.com ^ | Feb 23, 2018 | ktar.com
    ... Lawrence Krauss, a foundation professor at the university's School of Earth and Space Exploration has been accused of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior by multiple women over the last decade....
  • Florida shooting survivor David Hogg, target of online vilification[TR]

    02/23/2018 8:14:05 AM PST · by TomServo · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/22/2018 | Craig Timberg
    <p>After enduring days of online vilification, Florida school shooting survivor David Hogg said he bears no grudge against the social media companies whose platforms surfaced and circulated false allegations that he was a “crisis actor” merely playing the part of a grieving student. “It’s abuse, and it’s bad press for me,” said Hogg, 17, in a phone interview Thursday morning. But, he added, “it gets our names out there.”</p>
  • The David Hogg 'crisis actor' video wasn't bullying. It was propaganda

    02/23/2018 7:45:29 AM PST · by TomServo · 37 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/22/18 | Virginia Heffernan
    <p>On Wednesday, a nasty piece of character assassination summited YouTube's trending list. The video spread like a rash, and not just among those sympathetic to its wingnut paranoia. If the comments on YouTube and in the media were any indication, it also fascinated hate-watchers.</p>
  • CNN: Trump Shouldn’t Call Mass Shooter A ‘Sicko’ Because It’s Stigmatizing

    02/23/2018 6:43:32 AM PST · by mandaladon · 57 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 23 Feb 2018 | John Sexton
    This strikes me as really pushing for any excuse to attack Trump for any reason whatsoever. CNN has a whole story devoted to shaming Trump for calling the Parkland shooter a “sicko” on the grounds that it’s stigmatizing to people with mental health problems who aren’t all mass shooters of children. From CNN: In a tweet Thursday, President Donald Trump described someone who would shoot up a school as a “savage sicko.” At CNN’s town hall on the Parkland, Florida, school shootings on Wednesday, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch described the gunman as “an insane monster” who is “nuts” and crazy.”...
  • ‘We’ve been waiting for you’: Obama praises Parkland students

    02/23/2018 2:30:52 AM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 2/22/18 | Christina Prignano
    Former president Barack Obama is offering words of encouragement to the Parkland shooting survivors-turned-activists. In a tweet on Thursday, Obama called the students who have arrived on the streets of their community and the doorways of politicians “inspiring” and “fearless.”
  • Survey: Flipping the 49th Congressional District (Issa Seat) Won’t Be Easy

    02/23/2018 12:03:15 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 2 replies
    Ocean Beach Rag ^ | Feb 22, 2018 | Doug Porter
    A just-released poll, conducted February 12-15 by FM3 Research for Flip the 49th! Neighbors in Action has a cautionary tale for Democrats seeking to replace retiring Congressman Darrell Issa in the 49th Congressional District. The good news is the Republicans’ brand is so tarnished that a generic Democrat could win over a generic Republican by 7 points or more. The bad news is that the current line-up of Democratic candidates is likely to split primary voters in such a way that two Republicans will face each other in the general election. The FM3 poll is unique in that was conducted...
  • Out of gas and drunk on the Chesapeake Bay (truncated)

    02/22/2018 10:21:54 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 19 replies
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 2/20/18 | Scott Daugherty
    Title: Out of gas and drunk on the Chesapeake Bay, he made a false distress call. Now he's going to prison. With his boat dead in the water, Justin Stahmer took to his radio in 2016 to broadcast a distress signal. But he didn’t say he was drunk and out of gas in the Chesapeake Bay. He didn’t say much of anything. Just “man overboard,” according to court documents. In response, the Coast Guard sent a 45-foot rescue boat, an 87-foot cutter and a Sikorsky HH-60 helicopter into the dark of night to search for an endangered boater who never...
  • 'Listen to America's young people': Danish PM to Trump [re: Parkview FL protests]

    02/22/2018 7:51:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 22 February 2018 10:27 CET+01:00
    Danish prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen in a Twitter post on Wednesday encouraged US president Donald Trump to listen to calls for action over gun crime in the United States. The message from the Danish PM came as the US president listened to pleas for gun reform on Wednesday in a White House meeting with about 40 students, teachers and family members of victims, including from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed on February 14th. “Do not intend to interfere, but allow me to give a Danish perspective: please, respond to the...
  • Trudeau's India trip is a total disaster — and he has himself to blame

    02/22/2018 7:14:57 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 48 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | FEBRUARY 22, 2018 | Barkha Dutt
    How did Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the world’s favorite liberal mascot — a feminist man, with movie-star good looks, a 50 percent female cabinet and a political lexicon that has replaced “mankind” with “peoplekind” (making millions swoon) — end up looking silly, diminished and desperate on his trip to India this week? Trudeau’s eight-day India expedition has been an absolute fiasco. Hours before meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his journey hit a dead end when the Canadian high commissioner invited a Sikh extremist named Jaspal Atwal (who has been convicted of attempted murder and was previously affiliated with...
  • The Freeper Canteen - The Hangin' Cafe - Friday, February 23, 2018

    02/22/2018 6:00:13 PM PST · by LUV W · 172 replies
    The greatest troops and vets in the whole world...and their families! | Thursday, February 22, 2018 | beachn4fun
      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 Just Hangin' Cafe   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...
  • Nir Hefetz's services were sought due to his relationship to Netanyahu

    02/22/2018 5:31:46 PM PST · by Nextrush
    Ynetnews.com ^ | 2/22/2018 | Aviv Guter, Omer Kabir
    The media consultant, a suspect in Case 4000 and Case 1270, is one of Netanyahu's closest confidants. He was allegedly sought out by many businessmen and major companies to advance their interests based on his close relationship with the PM. Among the suspects in Case 4000 (the Bezeq corruption affair) and new Case 1270 (attempt to bribe District Court President Judge Hila Gersti with appointment to Attorney General in return for tossing out a case against the prime minister's wife Sara Netanyahu) one name stands out: Nir Hefetz. Hefetz, who until recently was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's media adviser, is...