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  • Board: N Carolina lawmaker didn’t disclose $140K in activity

    10/18/2018 9:13:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    AP News ^ | 10/17/18 | GARY D. ROBERTSON
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s elections board sent to prosecutors Wednesday the case of a state House member whom investigators allege failed to report over $140,000 in campaign contributions expenditures over several years. The elections panel voted unanimously to send their findings involving Democratic Rep. Rodney Moore of Charlotte and his campaign to the Mecklenburg County district attorney for possible charges. The board decided there is “clear and convincing evidence” that false campaign reports were signed while treated under oath as complete and correct, as well as that unlawful spending of campaign contributions occurred.
  • Disgraced former Congressman Weiner set to be let go from federal prison three months early

    10/08/2018 6:03:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 40 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/08/18 | REUVEN BLAU
    Full title - Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner set to be let go from federal prison three months early due to good behavior **SNIP** Weiner – who was sentenced to 21 months of hard time for sexting with a minor – will be let go on May 14, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He’s currently being held in the Federal Medical Center at Devens, a former military facility in Massachusetts. Federal prisoners are not eligible for parole. But they can get as much as 54 days shaved off annually for good behavior.
  • World's first human case of rat disease found in Hong Kong

    09/28/2018 9:06:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | September 28, 2018 | Staff - AFP
    A Hong Kong man has developed the world's first ever human case of the rat version of the hepatitis E virus, according to new research from one of the city's leading universities. There had previously been no evidence the disease could jump from rats to humans, the University of Hong Kong said Friday, warning the discovery had "major public health significance". "This study conclusively proves for the first time in the world that rat HEV can infect humans to cause clinical infection," the university added. Rat hepatitis E virus is very distantly related to human hepatitis E virus variants, HKU...
  • The Communist Who Launched Keith Ellison’s Career

    08/24/2018 5:33:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 8/24/18 | JERYL BIER
    Keith Ellison's political career began with controversy over his links to the Nation of Islam's Louis Farrakhan, connections that continues to dog him to the present day despite his repeated disavowals. But less commonly known is another radical association of Ellison's: a decade-long relationship with Marxist University of Minnesota professor and 1974 Communist Party gubernatorial candidate in Minnesota, Erwin Marquit. Marquit helped launch Ellison's national political career in 2006 using Marquit's political connections, anti-war associations, personal donations, and hosting at least four fundraisers over the years for Ellison in the Marquit home near Cedar Lake in the Bryn Mawr section...
  • Rat lungworm disease is popping up in the mainland United States

    08/11/2018 11:48:40 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies
    ScienceNews.org ^ | 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...
  • Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Under Investigation for Tax Fraud

    08/07/2018 10:39:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 7, 2018 12:15 p.m. ET | By Rebecca Davis O’Brien and Nicole Hong
    As legal pressures mount, Cohen’s bank loans are also under scrutiny by prosecutors The legal pressures facing Michael Cohen are growing in a wide-ranging investigation of his personal business affairs and his work on behalf of his former client, President Trump. In previously unreported developments, federal prosecutors in New York are examining whether Mr. Cohen committed tax fraud, people familiar with the investigation said. Federal authorities are assessing whether Mr. Cohen’s income from his taxi-medallion business was underreported in federal tax returns, one of the people said. That income included hundreds of thousands of dollars received in cash and other...
  • Knocking on Doors With Julia Salazar (the other NY RAT socialist)

    07/07/2018 6:59:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NY Mag ^ | 7/06/18 | Christian Lorentzen
    **SNIP** Salazar, 27, was born to politically conservative parents—her Colombian immigrant father was a cargo pilot and her Italian-American mother a flight attendant—and grew up in Colombia and Florida. (She’s a naturalized U.S. citizen.) She moved to New York to attend Columbia, where she studied Middle Eastern history and became “class-conscious” while working as a nanny and house cleaner. Later, she led a rent strike against her building’s management company over unlivable conditions. Dealing with the legislators who make housing laws brought an epiphany: “We have to replace these people.” “After college, I was trying to write. I started going...
  • Rat Bones Reveal How Humans Transformed Their Island Environments

    06/19/2018 9:20:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | June 6, 2018 | Lorraine Boissoneault
    For the Polynesian islands, that meant the arrival of agricultural crops like breadfruit, yams and taro, as well as domesticated animals like dogs, pigs and chicken. The early settlers also used slash-and-burn agriculture to remove forests and fertilize the soil and likely hunted many seabirds to extinction. To get a more precise view of how human behavior impacted the islands, Swift and her colleagues used stable isotope analysis. Carbon analysis is based on the way plants process carbon dioxide: most agricultural products are classified as C3 plants, while tropical grasses are usually C4 plants. If rat bones show a higher...
  • New York City’s rat problem is getting worse

    06/12/2018 8:10:09 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 50 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 12, 2018 | Danielle Furfaro
    Rats prefer the neighborhoods of Harlem, the Upper West Side, and Bedford-Stuyvesant — and they really like to party in the summer, a new study shows. Citywide, the rat population grew about 10 percent from 2016 to 2017 based on complaints filed to 311, the RentHop study released on Tuesday shows.
  • Dem House candidate gets pepper sprayed in the face in campaign ad

    06/12/2018 2:20:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/11/18 | AVERY ANAPOL
    A progressive House candidate in Colorado has released a campaign ad in which he gets pepper sprayed in the face as part of his call to combat violence in schools. In the ad, posted last week, Levi Tillemann criticizes President Trump’s plan to arm teachers and school officials with firearms as a way to combat potential school shooters. “I’m calling on Congress to stop talking past each other and try something new,” Tilleman says in the ad. “Empower schools and teachers with non-lethal self-defense tools, like this can of pepper spray.”
  • Supposedly extinct kangaroo rat resurfaces after 30 years

    05/06/2018 2:09:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 63 replies
    Science Mag ^ | 4/30/18 | Elizabeth Pennisi
    The last time anyone saw the San Quintin kangaroo rat was more than 30 years ago, in the arid scrublands of Baja California in Mexico. Mexican authorities declared the small mammal critically endangered, and possibly extinct, in 1994. So biologists couldn't believe their eyes when not one, but four San Quintin kangaroo rats (Dipodomys gravipes) hopped into their survey traps in 2017. Named for their ability to leap like kangaroos, the rats are key species in arid areas across western North America, dispersing seeds and feeding predators such as coyotes and foxes. The San Quintin kangaroo rat is about 12...
  • Former MSNBC anchor Dylan Ratigan running for Congress The Hollywood Reporter

    02/21/2018 10:15:47 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 16 replies
    aol ^ | Feb 21st 2018 | JEREMY BARR
    Former CNBC and MSNBC anchor Dylan Ratigan is getting into politics. On Wednesday afternoon, Ratigan formally announced that he's running for Congress as a Democrat in New York's 21st congressional district, which encompasses several counties in the northern part of the state. Ratigan spent three years at MSNBC before leaving the network — and the television business — in 2012. Before that, he worked as an executive for Bloomberg News and an anchor for CNBC. Last spring, Ratigan was hired by his former MSNBC colleague, Cenk Uygur, as a contributor to his Young Turks Network. Uygur said that Ratigan will...
  • Luis Gutierrez to Announce He Won't Seek Reelection: Sources

    11/27/2017 6:27:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 60 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 11/27/17 | Mary Ann Ahern
    NBC 5 has learned Congressman Luis Gutierrez will announce Tuesday he is not running for re-election after 24 years on Capitol Hill, sources say. Guitterez telephoned key democratic leaders late this afternoon to let them know of his plans. Calls to Guitterez tonight have not been returned. Already printing petitions Monday night-- to begin the process of getting signatures before next Monday's deadline -- is Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia. Ald. Carlos Ramirez Rosa is considering a congressional race. This will also leave an opening on the county board should Garcia opt for Guitterez's seat.
  • Avocado Rat Is the Millennial Version of Pizza Rat

    11/17/2017 8:22:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Mashable ^ | SHANNON CONNELLAN
    t's been two years since a rat struggled to drag a hefty slice of pizza along a few subway stairs in New York, and oh, how far we've come. American hero Pizza Rat now has a rather on-trend Brooklyn antithesis: Avocado Rat. Discovered hauling an avocado along the tracks at Greenpoint Avenue subway station in Brooklyn on Tuesday, this determined little rat truly embodies the undying millennial addiction to the coveted fruit. Documentary filmmaker Jessica Edwards managed to capture the little hero, posting an Instagram video of the little battler. Look, he even managed to get his avo off the...
  • Fall Brings the Return of Pizza Rat and His Hungry Adventures

    10/03/2017 2:40:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Pizza Rat is back, and he’s hungry New York’s unofficial mascot Pizza Rat has returned. The pie-loving rat that stole New Yorkers’ hearts and even inspired a Halloween costume just keeps popping up on subways and streets, and this time he’s bringing it back to his roots with a subway slice fight. Watch above as Pizza Rat battles multiple hungry enemies to protect his dinner. No one puts Pizza Rat in a corner.
  • Parisians protest 'genocide' of rats as city battles rodent infestation

    09/04/2017 12:50:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 49 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 3 SEPTEMBER 2017 | David Chazan
    Parisians protest 'genocide' of rats as city battles rodent infestation By David Chazan, paris 3 SEPTEMBER 2017 • 6:11PM Thousands of Parisians have signed a petition denouncing efforts to control a rat infestation as a rodent “genocide.” The French capital is facing its worst rat crisis in decades, and rapid proliferation of the animals has forced several parks to close temporarily amid fears that children could be bitten or infected by disease. Paris authorities are spending £14 million this year on “deratisation”. But some residents have spoken out in defence of the creatures. Influenced perhaps by the loveable rat Remy...
  • The price of Rat meat goes up in Thailand

    08/17/2017 5:06:28 AM PDT · by vannrox · 32 replies
    Living Thai ^ | Not Specified | Editorial staff
    The price of Rat meat goes up in Thailand I rarely copy a news story but a story about eating rats I can't pass up. This story from PDN about the price of rat meat in Phitsanulok. Before you think that's it's only poor farmers eating rats, the cost of rat meat is double that of chicken and pork. This lady says it costs 250 baht a kilogram for a big rodent, not that i'm noting to buy a whole kilo of it! Still I've eaten rat meat and although I prefer fried frog, fried rat isn't too bad...
  • Vanity, if McCain campaigned on Obamacare repeal can he be sued to get the money back?

    07/28/2017 2:51:56 PM PDT · by edzo4 · 22 replies
    Edzo | Edzo
    Just curious, I mean it seems fraudulent to me.
  • Monster Rat found on U Street [DC]

    07/24/2017 2:40:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 71 replies
    www.popville.com ^ | July 24, 2017 at 11:00 am | by Prince Of Petworth
    Photo by Pat Pat sends us a shot of this monster Friday night: “Check this bad boy out. Found on U Street today.” Ed. Note: I will never ever ever complain about wild bunny rabbits again.
  • College roommates team up to courageously swat rat out of Pittsburgh apartment, internet goes wild

    02/19/2017 7:42:31 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 36 replies
    Ny Daily News ^ | 18 Feb 2017 | Brian Lisi
    They've got all the rat moves. Four (female) college students took matters, brooms and mops into their own hands to evict a rat from their Pittsburgh apartment, the whole ordeal then uploaded the tense 13-second footage