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  • Invasive lizards in Florida are eating cats

    06/02/2015 1:07:03 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.aol.com ^ | Apr 15th 2015 5:32PM | Staff
    Florida has a big lizard problem. Between lion fish and Burmese pythons, Florida has a lot of invasive species problems -- and the newest is massive Nile Monitor Lizards. Nile Monitor Lizards can grow to be almost 6 feet in length and weigh 33 pounds. They're mostly found in Northern Africa, but some households take them in as pets. The "pets" are often let loose after getting too big, so they wind up on the streets. But that's not the only problem -- they start eating things, like neighbors' cats.
  • Americans 'overreacted' to 9/11 terror attacks because they're not as resilient as Brits

    06/02/2015 10:12:13 AM PDT · by Teotwawki · 53 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | June 2, 2015 | Eleanor Harding
    Americans ‘overreacted’ to the 9/11 attacks, according to the newly appointed first female vice-chancellor of Oxford University. Terrorism expert Professor Louise Richardson said the 2001 atrocity provoked such a response because violent extremism was a ‘new experience’ in the US. Widespread panic ensued in America after al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger airliners and flew them into buildings, causing almost 3,000 deaths. In contrast, British citizens have shown themselves to be more ‘resilient’ in the face of terror when dealing with violence during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, she said.
  • Depression is no longer the No. 1 mental-health concern among college students

    06/02/2015 8:50:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/02/2015 | Abby Jackson
    Anxiety has now surpassed depression as the most common mental-health diagnosis among college students, according to The New York Times. A recent study of more than 100,000 students by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State found that more than half of students seeking help at campus clinics report anxiety as an issue, and nearly one in six college students has been treated for anxiety in the past year, according to the American College Health Association. Mental-health counselors on campus attribute numerous factors to this rise, namely academic pressure from a much earlier age and compulsive social-media interaction....
  • The Ominous Warning in Denny Hastert's Downfall

    06/02/2015 8:04:06 AM PDT · by B4Ranch · 21 replies
    http://www.thedailybell.com/ ^ | June 02, 2015 | Philippe Gastonne
    J. Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican House speaker in history, was swept from leadership in 2006 on a wave of Republican revulsion over what critics saw as a legislative favor factory he presided over in Congress. That wave deposited him on K Street, a prime address for the capital's lobbyists, where his influence and good name kept the favors flowing – including into his bank accounts. Federal law enforcement agents say Mr. Hastert's years as a lobbyist and rainmaker explain how he was able to promise $3.5 million in cash to a former student who claims Mr. Hastert sexually...
  • France awaits Vatican word on ambassador said to be gay

    06/02/2015 8:00:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 2, 2015 10:35 AM EDT | Sylvie Corbet and Nicole Winfield
    The French government is expecting the Vatican to decide within days whether to approve the nomination of a respected diplomat who is said to be gay as French ambassador to the Holy See. Paris is hoping that Laurent Stefanini wins approval five months after the French presidential palace submitted his nomination. […] Gay rights groups have accused the Vatican of delaying a decision because of Stefanini’s sexual orientation. Such decisions normally take just a few weeks. …
  • SSA.GOV - A Hackers Tool

    06/02/2015 7:57:58 AM PDT · by the_boy_who_got_lost · 7 replies
    LinkedIn.com ^ | Jun 2, 2015 | Timothy Martens
    The ssa.gov website is vulnerable in several ways, and when it comes to identity thief's no one is a better friend or more helpful with validating data or filling in the blanks or even stealing complete Social Security Account Numbers. Social Security Account Numbers are said to be the Holy Grail of identity theft. Stealing Social Security Numbers Hackers may easily steal Social Security Account Numbers from the Social Security Administration's website ssa.gov making Everyone who has ever been issued a Social Security Account Number vulnerable to identity theft should hackers choose to use this attack vector. This vulnerability is...
  • Environonsense—eco-faithful rant; DOD enforces EPA swiping water rights

    06/02/2015 7:51:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 6/2/2015 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Begin with brainwashed college students absurdly demanding their institution of ‘higher learning’, Western Washington University, rescind the masters degree awarded a state senator for admitting being a “climate agnostic.” Sen. Doug Ericksen, who holds a degree in political science and environmental policy, seems to have used the term to illustrate how man-made climate change has become a religion rather than science-based theory. Evidently, that, along with his removing verbiage from legislation referring to climate change as being a threat to the state, was enough to invoke the ire of the eco-faithful to ply WWU to revoke his degree. Thankfully, the...
  • Is Casey Anthony preparing to tell all?

    06/02/2015 3:05:18 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 16 replies
    WESH.com ^ | Jun 01, 2015 | Bob Kealing
    ORLANDO, Fla. —Attorneys for Zenaida Gonzalez said they are watching Casey Anthony closely after reports indicated she is in New York with intents to sell her story. Gonzalez filed a defamation lawsuit in 2008 after Anthony claimed a woman by the same name kidnapped her daughter, Caylee.
  • Police Chase Ends In Multi-Car Crash In San Francisco’s SoMa Neighborhood; 1 Hurt, 1 Arrested

    06/02/2015 1:38:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    A suspect was taken into custody after a police chase ended in a multi-car pileup in San Francisco’s South of Market area, causing a traffic mess and spectacle for bystanders Monday evening. The chase began at Third Street and Cesar Chavez, with the suspect vehicle reaching speeds between 20-45 miles per hour. Multiple collisions occurred along city streets before the chase ended in the crash at 5th and Market Streets, where one woman was injured. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital. The accident scene was cleared at 7:30 p.m. No further details were available.
  • 7 Million Apple Watch Orders Received, According To Analyst (Lies)

    06/01/2015 9:05:39 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 25 replies
    Uber Gizmo ^ | 06/02/2015 09:16 UTC | Tyler Lee
    Prior to the Apple Watch’s launch, many were already predicting that the device would be the answer to wearables and be the device that would change the landscape of the wearables industry. Initial reviews are a bit mixed but it is Apple’s first-gen smartwatch so there are bound to be some areas that could be improved upon. However if the figures provided by analysts are accurate, it seems that there are many who are interested in the device regardless of the reviews. According to the latest numbers from Global Equities Research, they have estimated that Apple has received 7 million...
  • Father believes son was shot for talking to police

    06/01/2015 7:09:04 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | June 1, 2015 | Keith Morelli
    TAMPA — Did Tampa’s no-snitch culture cost another young teenager his life? Edward Harris III thinks so. He says his son, 14-year-old Edward Harris IV, witnessed a stabbing last year and cooperated with police. A few months later, somebody shot at him five times but missed. Late Sunday afternoon, Edward Harris IV was killed in a driveby shooting on the north side of Woodland Terrace Park. Tampa police said the shooting did not appear to be a random act but stopped short of saying the motive for the homicide was retaliation in a part of Tampa where talking to police...
  • Owner of dog, Rocky, who chewed off part of his leg to get free, won't face criminal charges

    06/01/2015 4:33:53 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 1, 2015 | Sean Emery
    A Westminster man whose alleged abuse of his dog forced the pup to chew off part of a foot to get loose of a tether had his criminal charges dropped last week, after he took part in an animal neglect prevention program. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss misdemeanor failure to care for animals and cruelty to animals charges after Samer Ibrahim took an active role in completing a 10-class program teaching the 23-year-old how to properly care for dogs. He also agreed to voluntarily provide his DNA to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
  • D'Iberville man arrested after stealing Jackson County deputy's patrol car(mugshot)

    06/01/2015 2:57:21 PM PDT · by BBell · 16 replies
    GulfLive.com ^ | 6/1/15 | Warren Kulo
    MOSS POINT, Mississippi -- A 19-year-old D'Iberville man was arrested Friday night after he attempted to elude Jackson County deputies by stealing and fleeing in a patrol car. According to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell, deputies responded to a domestic dispute call in the 7300 block of Big Point Road in Moss Point Friday night around 10:30 p.m. Upon arrival, deputies learned the dispute was between a father and his son, Chance Alexander Dearman. When confronted by the deputies, Dearman became agitated and attempted to flee on foot.A JCSO 2013 Dodge Charger patrol car was nearby, with the motor running,...
  • Google Could Put Self-Driving Cars on the Roads by Summer 2015

    06/01/2015 1:42:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Yahoo News via Market Realist ^ | 06/01/2015 | Anne Shields
    Google’s self-driving cars will hit the roads by summer 2015 On May 21, 2015, Nvidia (NVDA) started shipping Drive PX, its hardware and software development kit, to leading luxury car manufacturers including Bentley, Aston Martin, Tesla (TSLA), and Rolls-Royce. Google (GOOG), which has been in this space for the last six years, will be putting its self-driving cars on public roads by as early as summer 2015. Tech giants report that Google, with a fleet of almost 20 self-driving cars, now averages ~10,000 self-driving miles per week. Google claims that its cars have 75 years of US adult driving experience...
  • America Has Less Poverty Than Sweden

    06/01/2015 1:35:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/10/2012 | Tim Worstall
    This might seem very surprising indeed but it could be said that the United States actually has less poverty than Sweden. I know this isn’t the story you’re used to hearing but bear with me. Given that elections are looming it must be time for the Economic Policy Institute to release their State of Working America report. Just before an election is of course exactly the right time to release impartial figures on how everyone is doing. Which is what makes this chart of theirs so interesting: This is not calculating poverty by the usual US method. This is using...
  • OPINION: Sorry "Caitlin" Jenner... You're Still Not a Woman

    06/01/2015 12:47:32 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 125 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 01/01/2015 | Steven Crowder
    This is a column from my site. There are videos included in the column, so if you want to keep supporting videos, please visit the homelink. So it’s official. Bruce Jenner is now a “woman.” He calls himself Caitlyn. Cue the social media, social justice warriors delivering the grandiose, unnecessary compliments. “Oh she’s so brave!” “We’re so proud of you!” “Caitlyn, you’re a hero!” Listen, I don’t begrudge Bruce Jenner for wanting to be happy. Everyone wants to be happy. The problem is that with the recent, hyper-aggressive push to normalize transgenderism, we’ll no longer be able to discuss whether...
  • Gov. Scott Walker Taking Heat From Right and Left Over WEDC

    06/01/2015 12:16:37 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 38 replies
    The CapTimes | 5/22/2015 | Mike Ivey
    . . . WSJ Subscriber Services WSJ E-edition Archives Obituaries More Join the conversation Log In Register Subscribe avatar . . madison.com Advanced Search | Privacy | About Our Ads News Search Home Sites Writers Opinion Data About Weather Communities Shop CarSoup Jobs Homes . . Trending Two minutes with Mitch Henck Latest state budget news Seven Days of Summer Judge Doyle Square WEDC loan raises questions . . Home/ Top News Summary/ Local News/ Writers/ Mike Ivey Gov. Scott Walker taking heat from both right and left over WEDC 13 Print Email May 22, 2015 10:30 am • By...
  • HSBC Joins JPMorgan: Prepares To Unveil Up To 20,000 Job Cuts

    06/01/2015 12:03:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/01/2015 | Tyler Durden
    The banking system must be doing great... just days after JPMorgan announced mass layoffs, SkyNews reports that HSBC is preparing to announce a revised headcount target, which insiders said that it was likely to be between 10,000 and 20,000 job cuts. As Sky News reports, HSBC will next week set out plans to cut thousands more jobs across its global workforce as it tries to reassure shareholders that its focus on costs remains undiminished after a series of reputational crises. Sky News understands that Stuart Gulliver, HSBC's chief executive, will set out a revised target for headcount reductions that will be...
  • 5Points on Scott Walker's Big New Wisconsin Mess and It's Impact on 2016

    06/01/2015 12:01:57 PM PDT · by conservativejoy · 20 replies
    Talking Points Memo .com ^ | 5/22/2015 | Daniel Strauss
    As he gears up his putative 2016 presidential campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has found himself increasingly mired in a mess back in Wisconsin. It's not the kind of scandal that sends tabloids into a lather, but it has Democrats pouncing and good government types scolding, and even some state Republicans have piled on Walker. The mess involves an entity called the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC), a state agency Walker himself established when first elected to fulfill his promise of creating a wave of new jobs. The problems at WEDC have multiplied since. Recently, Walker was forced to...
  • Pot Rock Smokes Into Denver

    06/01/2015 7:01:17 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Radio Insight ^ | June 1, 2015 | Lance Venta
    Featuring a mix of Rock hits and marijuana themed programming, KBUD will also air the syndicated Bubba The Love Sponge in mornings. The station is focusing on the niche of weed smokers in the first state to legalize marijuana, just like the short-lived on-air version of “K-High” in Colorado Springs.
  • How Hackers Steal Your Social Security Number

    06/01/2015 6:06:16 AM PDT · by the_boy_who_got_lost · 8 replies
    LinkedIn.com ^ | Timothy Martens
    Your Social Security Number can be stolen in under an hour. And hundreds of website run by the government, universities and financial institutions among other companies are at fault. ... ... ... It works essentially in the following way. Is my victim's SSN 123-45-6789? No! Is my victim's SSN 123-45-6790? No! Is my victim's SSN 123-45-6788? Yes! ... ... ... Very commonly all the hacker needs is: A victim’s last name A victim's birth date A vulnerable website the victim uses. ... ... ... Are any big players exposing SSN’s? I have a list of hundreds of websites who are...
  • Pearson Common Core expert: ‘Was George Washington any different from Palestinian terrorists…?’

    05/31/2015 4:44:32 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 18 replies
    Education Action Group ^ | Jul 7, 2014 | Danette Clark
    “Was George Washington any different from Palestinian terrorists trying to protect their country?” “Was Jefferson a hypocrite? Did he really think of a slave as a sub-human while writing the Declaration of Independence?” These questions were written for use in the classroom by Grant Wiggins, a Pearson Education author, partner, and Common Core professional development trainer. In partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers, Pearson Education provides lessons, texts, professional development, and other resources to states implementing the Common Core State Standards.
  • Sarah Palin welcomes Martin O'Malley into the fray

    05/31/2015 4:06:38 PM PDT · by palin45potus · 30 replies
    Sarah Palin Facebook Page ^ | 5-30-2015 | Sarah Palin
    Yet another anti-freedom politician jumps in the race today for POTUS. As cool as he is with his rock 'n roll persona, this typical liberal's erroneous grasp of our Bill of Rights merely continues the strange and disastrous agenda of Barack Obama. Good to know he doesn't have much chance of winning. The democrats have greased the skids for their chosen one, despite the media games that play the public with various "competing" campaigns used for gamey distractions. With today's more-of-the-same distract-sphere – with the politician sounding exactly like all the others – don't you wonder if there are ANY...
  • Dallas chase suspect beaten by female motorist after crash

    05/31/2015 1:50:47 PM PDT · by BBell · 10 replies
    A robbery suspect appeared to be glad to see police arrive after a chase through North Dallas streets ended with him being beaten by a female motorist whose vehicle he rear-ended
  • The hotel industry is sending a clear signal that the US economy is not grinding to a halt

    05/31/2015 10:14:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/31/2015 | Myles Udland
    Want a sign that the economy is doing fine? Look no further than the hotel industry. First flagged by Bill McBride at Calculated Risk, in April all of the major metrics measuring the hotel industry hit all-time highs.Via Jan Freitag at HotelNewsNow:April had the highest occupancy ever (66.8%) and the highest room demand (99.4 million rooms) ever.This pushed annualized occupancy (measured as a 12-month moving average) up to 65%.What does this mean? All key performance indicators (rooms available, rooms sold, revenue, average daily rate, occupancy and revenue per available room) are still at all-time highs.The broader economic takeaway is simple:...
  • Education System now Graduating Al Gores from public schools

    05/31/2015 7:41:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 5/31/2015 | Judi MacLeod
    Teaching school age children how to be politically correct far exceeds educating them. In education, indoctrination has become a lucrative cottage industry, because it can count of the support of generous government grants. Rather than school kids wanting to talk about the family’s next planned trip to Disneyland, they will be probing the size of their parents’ carbon footprint, per the instructions of their classroom teacher—and coming up with creative ways to shrink it.
  • Don’t want to play soccer against girls? You lose

    05/30/2015 6:12:12 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 12 replies
    National Post ^ | May 29, 2015 | Chris Selley
    Sometimes, religious accommodation is hard. Reasonable people will disagree. Is it an affront to secular society to allow a Muslim congregation to organize Friday prayers in a public school cafeteria? Or is it simply a practical way of minimizing disruption to the school day? Kirpans in schools? Public servants in niqabs? The Lord’s Prayer at city council? Hmm, well on the one hand, but on the other hand … Sometimes, though, religious accommodation is not complicated. Sometimes you don’t even need those two words. Sometimes it’s just a soccer team refusing to play another soccer team. That’s what CityNews reports...
  • Why shouting "racist" is for the birds

    05/30/2015 3:39:04 PM PDT · by pollwatcher · 16 replies
    me | 5 30 15 | pollwatcher
    racist: [rey-sist] verb (used without object) The characteristic shrill and repeated distress call made by the Common North American Lib Loon (Liberalis Vacuous). It is typically sounded, ad nauseum, when the birds feel cornered, which happens often due to their innately poor sense of direction and unawareness of surroundings. The vexing sound is soon loudly repeated by all other distressed Lib Loons across a wide territory. Most other bird genus, such as the once-numerous Common Sensiblem and Haveworktoduem, have learned to largely ignore this useless sound. This contrasts with a highly symbiotic species, Mainstreamum Mediaus, which is known to fly...
  • S’mores no more? Feds wage war of culinary aggression

    05/30/2015 11:54:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 29, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    I have disturbing news to share with you from our federal government. The USDA wants Americans to remove chocolate and marshmallows and fire from our summertime s’mores. Instead—the USDA is suggesting we load up the graham crackers with strawberries and low-fat yogurt. That’s not a s’more. That’s a fruit salad with an oversized graham cracker crouton. Over the past six years the Obama administration has waged a War of Culinary Aggression against lard-loving Americans. …
  • Harlan Ellison still angry, still writing at 81

    05/30/2015 10:36:56 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 73 replies
    The Jewish Advocate ^ | May 22, 2015 | Nat Segaloff
    Harlan Ellison is still an angry young man, except he'll be 81 on May 27. He has used this anger, fueled by childhood anti-Semitism, throughout his extraordinary career as a writer of speculative fiction. This year saw the publication of his 116th and 117th (so far) books: The Top of the Volcano, a collection of his awardwinning short stories, and a graphic novelization of his original script for "The City on the Edge of Forever," widely considered the best Star Trek episode ever written. Although Ellison's hundreds of published stories contain a wealth of Jewish characters, his most complex creation...
  • Barnard works toward a new policy on transgender admissions (NYC)

    05/30/2015 10:14:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 30, 2015 10:35 AM EDT | Jocelyn Noveck
    On a recent bright spring morning, students admitted to the Barnard College Class of 2019 gathered on campus. As blue-and-white balloons fluttered in the breeze, the prospective freshmen attended panels and lunched on the lawn, chatting animatedly with current students. There were, of course, young women from a variety of backgrounds, but at least one category wasn’t included: transgender women. Barnard, like other women’s colleges, has traditionally admitted only students born female. But that might be changing. Next week, Barnard’s trustees are expected to vote on an issue that has arrived loudly and emphatically on the front burner for women’s...
  • I'm not buying Emma Stone as an Asian-American in Aloha

    05/30/2015 9:49:26 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 73 replies
    EW ^ | May 29, 2015
    Accepting Emma Stone as an Asian-American in Aloha requires a certain suspension of disbelief and no small amount of magical thinking. In the Hawaii-set romantic comedy-drama, she portrays Allison Ng: an aggressively peppy Air Force fighter pilot of Chinese-Hawaiian-Swedish decent who falls for an existentially angst-y military contractor played by Bradley Cooper. But in order to process this idea of Stone as a bi-racial character, as someone whose genetic lineage can be traced back to the Middle Kingdom by way of Polynesia, you must first get past the obvious stumbling blocks: her alabaster skin and strawberry blond hair, her emerald...
  • WATCH: Openly Gay Brit RIPS Gay Marriage, Feminists and Trannies On Air

    05/30/2015 8:45:24 AM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 28 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 05/30/2015 | Steven Crowder
    Now many of you are familiar with Milo Yiannopoulos. Many of you are not. You need to fix that about yourselves. As an openly gay man living in London, he’s also capable of verbally expressing his anti-authoritarian, freedom-centered principles better than our talking heads this side of the pond. Unshackled by the chains of political correctness, Milo really does offer a refreshing, challenging and wildly entertaining interview here. Also, for the first time, there’s an extended additional 45minute interview too raw for terrestrial radio! The guy deserves some support. Truly awesome.
  • Girl, 2, Among 14 Shot in Chicago Since Thursday evening

    A man was killed and at least 13 others, including a 2-year-old girl, were injured in shootings across Chicago since Thursday evening, police said. Police said the 2-year-old girl was wounded around 10:30 p.m. in the 6200 block of South Honore Street in the city's Englewood neighborhood when shots were fired, striking a group of people on a sidewalk.
  • Google Wants to Turn Your Clothes Into a Computer

    05/30/2015 6:15:31 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | 05/29/15 | Conor Dougherty
    On Friday, the second day of its annual developer conference, Google I/O, one of the search giant’s semi-secretive research divisions announced a project that aims to make conductive fabrics that can be weaved into everyday clothes. The effort, called Project Jacquard, is named for the French inventor of the Jacquard Loom, which revolutionized textile manufacturing and helped pave the way for modern computing. Much like the screens on mobile phones, these fabrics could register the user’s touch and transmit information elsewhere, like to a smartphone or tablet computer. They are made from conductive yarns that come in a rainbow of...
  • Women DO lie about rape - as I know to my own cost

    05/30/2015 6:02:25 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 29, 2015 | Max Pemberton
    A jury took just 40 minutes this week to clear Prince Philip’s former aide Benjamin Herman of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl. He had been accused of grooming her in the Seventies while working at Buckingham Palace. Eighty-year-old Mr Herman was innocent, yet his good name has been dragged through the mud. Meanwhile, officers leading Operation Hydrant — the inquiry set up to investigate historic sex abuse — have revealed that they are investigating an astonishing 1,400 suspects, including 76 politicians, 43 figures from the music industry and 135 from TV, film and radio. Each and every one of these...
  • Mark Levin slams Michelle Obama's 'despicable' commencement message

    05/29/2015 11:51:48 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 29, 2015
    FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA, MAY 25: I want to urge you to actively seek out the most contentious, polarized, gridlocked places you can find, because so often throughout our history, those have been the places where progress really happens. Climate change, economic inequality, human rights, criminal justice -- these are the revolutions of your time. And you have as much responsibility and just as much power to wake up and play your part in our great American story. OBAMA, MAY 9: But as potentially the first African-American first lady, I was also the focus of another set of questions and...
  • Munich headteacher: ‘Atheists are stupid’

    05/29/2015 11:32:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 29 May 2015 14:57 GMT+02:00 | Matty Edwards
    A head teacher at a state school in Munich is attempting to introduce a strict Christian regime by hanging crosses in the classroom and holding daily prayers. He’s within the law, but parents and pupils are beginning to resist. According to Spiegel, the headteacher of Geretsried comprehensive was covering a lesson for a class of 14-15 year-olds when a debate broke out after the class refused to say a prayer. At the end of the debate, he said atheists were stupid, sparking outrage among teachers, parents and students alike. Not all pupils are baptized, and some teachers—including the biology teacher—don’t...
  • 'Love Is Strange' music (2:56)

    05/29/2015 6:22:46 PM PDT · by virgil283 · 21 replies
    .youtube.com ^ | .November 1956 | Mickey & Sylvia
    "Love is Strange" was a crossover hit by Mickey & Sylvia, which was released in late November 1956. The song was based on a guitar riff by Jody Williams. The song was written by Bo Diddley under the name of his wife at the time, Ethel Smith, and was recorded by Bo and Buddy Holly, among others.".....
  • AmEx president Ed Gilligan dies suddenly after falling ill on flight

    05/29/2015 5:28:08 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/29/2015 | Asspiciated Press
    NEW YORK – American Express said president Ed Gilligan died suddenly Friday after falling ill while flying on a corporate plane to New York. The credit card company said the 55-year-old executive was coming back from a business trip. The plane made an emergency landing in the U.S., an American Express spokeswoman said, but she declined to say where Gilligan had been.
  • PURE VANITY: IF you could put an end to one specific thing, what would it be and why?

    05/29/2015 4:12:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 90 replies
    Some times I get real bored.. Or I'm losing at online poker and wondering why it is worthwhile to tap away on a keyboard trying to advance the cause of sanity and its return to the common man's mind in an uncommon time. Or I figure what better way to let a few here vent.. As Rome burns. Plus I haven't had a thread in the Smoky BarrenLand room in ages..
  • How James Patterson's novel 'Zoo' became a series on CBS

    05/29/2015 11:52:53 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 29, 2015 | T.L. Stanley
    No need to head to the multiplex for big action, special effects and hair-raising thrills, says bestselling author James Patterson, when the CBS adaptation of his novel, "Zoo," promises all that — and rampaging wildlife, to boot. "It should give the summer movies a run for their money," said Patterson, a populist literary star perhaps best known for his Alex Cross franchise, less so for being understated. "There's horror, sci-fi, suspense. It's kind of James Patterson meets Stephen King meets Michael Crichton. It's a scary fable."
  • State chief justice calls out Ginsburg for backing same-sex 'marriage'

    05/29/2015 10:09:08 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 15 replies
    WND ^ | May 28, 2015 | Bob Unruh
    Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, known for his opposition to federal courts imposing same-sex “marriage” on states, says U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg could be penalized for her public advocacy of “gay” rights as the court considers a case that could redefine marriage in federal law. “It’s called impeachment,” he told WND on Thursday.
  • Bring Kelly Rutherford’s Kids Home!

    05/29/2015 12:42:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 29, 2015 | Andrea Peyser
    Kelly Rutherford’s long international nightmare may soon be coming to an end. She’s thrilled. So am I. “This is about my kids,’’ she told me this week, exhausted, after getting off a plane in New York City from Europe, where Rutherford was barred from seeing daughter Helena, 5, and son Hermes, 8. “They’ve been through a lot,’’ she said. Yet she’d fight the kids’ father for their company until her last breath.
  • Nearly one-third of Americans have no retirement savings

    05/28/2015 6:32:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    The Week ^ | 05/27/2015
    Only 63 percent of Americans have saved any money for retirement within the past year, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday.The survey of 5,800 Americans, conducted last fall, found that 31 percent of Americans have no retirement savings or pension plans. And among adults older than 45, almost 25 percent of respondents didn't have retirement savings. Thirty-eight percent of respondents, meanwhile, said they don't plan on retiring and will "keep working as long as possible," USA Today reports.
  • Huck Finn's waiter's racist action did damage to New Orleans

    05/28/2015 5:33:55 PM PDT · by BBell · 22 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/25/15 | Brett Anderson
    There are countless reasons to be outraged by last week's revelations that a waiter at Huck Finn's, a French Quarter restaurant, thought it appropriate to print the N-word on a receipt delivered to a table of African-American diners. Debate over whether the racial invective was an "isolated incident" has raged online for a week. While I find it difficult not to question a working environment that allowed for an employee to use the company point of sale system as a forum for bathroom wall graffiti, the truth of whether the act was an aberration is immaterial to the issue of...
  • Judge Denies Stay, DC 'Forced" to Issue Concealed Permits Now

    05/28/2015 4:41:17 PM PDT · by Plainsman · 15 replies
    On May 28, Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. denied the District of Columbia’s request for an administrative state in the ruling against the “good reason” provision in DC’s concealed carry permitting process. The “good reason” requirement forced residents applying for a concealed carry permit to demonstrate a justification for wanting to carry a gun. Breitbart News previously reported that Judge Scullin ruled against the requirement on May 18, saying it “impinges on Plaintiffs’ Second Amendment right to bear arms.” The administrative stay would have extended the effective date for Scullin’s May 18 ruling, giving the city more time to evaluate...
  • 84% of Women Worldwide Dealt With Catcalls Before Age 17: Study

    05/28/2015 3:25:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | ERICA PEARSON
    Women the world over have to deal with “hey, baby” and worse from catcallers while walking on the sidewalk or riding the train — and most say the harassment started when they were girls. Street harassment is so common around the globe that 84% of women say they experienced it before turning 17, a new study found. More than half told researchers they have been fondled orgroped, according to the global online survey of more than 16,600 women, by anti-harassment group Hollaback! and Cornell University. “This is a global problem. This really points to the fact that it is a...
  • CPD cops posed for photo standing over black man dressed in antlers

    05/28/2015 2:59:14 PM PDT · by BBell · 45 replies
    http://chicago.suntimes.com ^ | 5/26/15 | Frank Main and Kim Janssen
    It’s a racially charged photo the Chicago Police Department didn’t want the public to see: two white cops posing with rifles as they stand over a black man lying on his belly with deer antlers on his head. But a Cook County judge has refused to keep secret the shocking image of former Officers Timothy McDermott and Jerome Finnigan kneeling with what the police department says is an unidentified African-American drug suspect. Believed to have been taken in a West Side police station between 1999 and 2003, the Polaroid photo was given to the city by the feds in 2013...
  • NOPD investigating Central City fight(photos)

    05/28/2015 2:11:11 PM PDT · by BBell · 31 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/28/15 | Heather Nolan
    New Orleans police are investigating a fight that broke out Wednesday (May 27) evening on a Central City street. Officer Juan Barnes said police were called to the 2400 block of Magnolia Street around 7:30 p.m.