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  • 37 Children Die In Hot Cars Each Year, According To A New Report

    08/18/2018 4:27:17 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 51 replies
    CNN via simplemost ^ | 6/12/2018 | unknown
    The official start of summer comes later this month, but already children have died after being left unattended in hot cars, according to the nonprofit National Safety Council, drawing attention to an issue that kills an average of 37 children a year. The council released a report this month that says 742 US children died of heatstroke in vehicles between 1998 and 2017. Forty-two children died in these conditions in 2017, up from 39 the previous year. Just 21 states have laws regarding this issue, the report says; eight include the possibility of felony charges for individuals who deliberately leave...
  • Ex-CIA directors issue unprecedented Trump condemnation

    08/17/2018 11:35:55 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 152 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 18Aug18 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) - Former CIA directors and another half dozen of America's most senior spies have issued an unprecedented condemnation of President Donald Trump, after his decision to blacklist their colleague John Brennan. In a statement, ex-CIA bosses appointed by Republican and Democratic presidents -- including Robert Gates, George Tenet, Porter Goss, Leon Panetta and David Petraeus -- denounced Trump's decision to strip Brennan of his security clearance.
  • Massachusetts Republican beats trans driver’s license bill by forcing votes on all 73 genders

    08/17/2018 8:45:46 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 49 replies
    Life Site ^ | Aug. 16, 2018 | Calvin Freiburger
    Legislation to add a “Gender X” option to driver’s license should have been a straightforward task in the far-left state of Massachusetts, but one Republican lawmaker managed to derail the bill by taking transgender ideology to its furthest extreme. The state Senate voted in June to approve the measure, which would have also extended the option to learner’s permits and state identification cards. No documentation would have been required to prove an applicant is neither male nor female. “It’s a milestone,” bill sponsor Sen. Karen Spilka, a Democrat, said at the time. Despite the state House of Representatives being just...
  • Netflix Cancels Joel McHale, Michelle Wolf Talk Shows

    08/17/2018 6:44:57 PM PDT · by Tallguy · 25 replies
    Netflix has decided to cancel a pair of talk shows on Friday: “The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale” and “The Break With Michelle Wolf.” Both shows had finished their respective runs, with “The Break” wrapping up its 13 episode order on July 31. The streamer will not order any more episodes.
  • Miss America Slams the Miss America Organization

    08/17/2018 3:46:50 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 17, 2018 | Jonah Engel Bromwich and Sara Simon
    Cara Mund, whose reign as Miss America comes to a close next month, accused the pageant’s parent organization of systematically silencing her in a letter made public Friday. It was the latest setback for the organization, which has struggled to reinvent itself after a string of scandals. In a missive that ran over 3,000 words long, Ms. Mund said that the pageant’s leadership had “reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America in subtle and not-so-subtle ways on a daily basis.” She went on to say that members of the organization had prevented her...
  • The un-celebrity president: Jimmy Carter shuns riches, lives modestly in his Georgia hometown

    08/17/2018 3:02:33 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 94 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/17/2018 | Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan
    They have no chef and they cook for themselves, often together. They make their own yogurt. On this summer morning, Rosalynn mixes pancake batter and sprinkles in blueberries grown on their land. Carter cooks them on the griddle. Then he does the dishes.
  • Put God First - Denzel Washington Motivational & Inspiring Commencement Speech (Video)

    08/17/2018 2:52:33 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 10 replies
    Video LinkThis left me feeling really hopeful. Perhaps it will have the same effect on you.
  • 'Hacky hack hack': Australia teen breaches Apple's secure network

    08/17/2018 2:18:18 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    phys.org ^ | August 17, 2018 | Staff
    A schoolboy who "dreamed" of working for Apple hacked the firm's computer systems, Australian media has reported, although the tech giant said Friday no customer data was compromised. The Children's Court of Victoria was told the teenager broke into Apple's mainframe—a large, powerful data processing system—from his home in the suburbs of Melbourne and downloaded 90GB of secure files, The Age reported late Thursday. The boy, then aged 16, accessed the system multiple times over a year as he was a fan of Apple and had "dreamed of" working for the US firm, the newspaper said, citing his lawyer. Apple...
  • James Mattis: Latin American countries selling out their sovereignty to Russia, China

    08/17/2018 12:30:07 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2018 | Martin Arostegui
    A Chinese space force in Argentina, Russian control of Venezuelan gas and South American armies equipped with the latest Chinese and Russian hardware. Until recently, it might have sounded like the plot of a geopolitical thriller in a region once considered America’s backyard. But this is what Defense Secretary James N. Mattis faced on his visit this week to several South American nations, where economic and military posturing by Beijing and Moscow has been on the rise for the past decade. Analysts say Chinese loans in recent years have allowed authoritarian leaders to consolidate power in Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua,...
  • youtube messin' with Joe Dan again

    08/17/2018 11:06:29 AM PDT · by InABunkerUnderSF · 8 replies
    Joe Dan Media ^ | 8/16/2018 | Joe Dan
    They posted the latest edition of Intellectual Froglegs was posted last night. When you try to play the video on youtube you get the ever popular "! Video unavailable. This video contains content from UMPG Publishing who has blocked it in you country on copyright grounds."Looks like someone at Google/youtube got in touch with their lib buddies at UMPG and got them to block the content.
  • Southwest Airlines Sets New Limits On Travelers’ Pets–Only Dogs, Cats And Horses

    08/17/2018 10:14:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 17, 2018 | Andrew Malcolm
    Like many airlines, Southwest has been working on new policies to rein in passenger abuse of generous “emotional support” animal guidelines. Customers have successfully flown with support spiders, snakes, possums, raccoons and, of course, cats and dogs, even large slobbering ones shedding fur. We wrote here in April about airlines’ varied struggles with developing standard policies that meet the needs and desires of passengers paying a small fortune to fly cross-country without being eaten and passengers who feel the need to have their little baby Bailey nearby at all times.
  • Why 'Crazy Rich Asians' is the right movie for this moment

    08/17/2018 9:36:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/15/2018 | Jeff Yang
    You've probably already read about how "Crazy Rich Asians" is the first major studio release to feature an all-Asian cast in 25 years -- since The Joy Luck Club accomplished that feat in 1993. And yes, this movie is a singularly special and important event for those in the Asian-American community, who are finally beginning to sense a change in an industry that has, over the past quarter century, seemed afraid of putting more than one of us onscreen at once for fear of somehow freaking out or turning off non-Asian viewers. (Don't look now, but "Crazy Rich Asians" serves...
  • Woman denied job for ‘ghetto’ name, but company blames hacker

    08/17/2018 6:56:05 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 57 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 15, 2018 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A Missouri woman said she’s hurt and distraught after being denied a job because her name was considered too “ghetto” — but company officials insist a hacker sent the racist message. Hermeisha Robinson, of Bellefontaine Neighbors, shared her experience with Mantality Health in Chesterfield in a Facebook post on Monday, saying she was discriminated against due to her name — even though she had what it takes to fill the job post. “I have a public service announcement,” Robinson wrote in an all-caps post. “I am very upset because today I received an email about this job that I applied...
  • Americans Don’t Know China—and That’s a Huge Problem

    08/17/2018 6:32:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Fortune ^ | 08/16/2018 | By BEN HARBURG
    President Trump has accused China of intellectual property theft, forced technology transfer, protectionism, and driving a trade deficit. But these disputes obscure an embarrassing reality: America has voluntarily ceded its intellectual arbitrage to China by opening the U.S. up for total download without even attempting to return the favor. Information flows abundantly and freely eastward. Little returns west. Chinese investors, students, government officials, and corporations have mapped every inch of America. The same cannot be said for Americans. But this situation is not actually due to protectionism by the Chinese state. Rather, Americans have voluntarily chosen isolation. The flood of...
  • Beads, booze and babies? New Orleans' French Quarter debates whether to become more family friendly

    08/17/2018 6:14:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 16, 2018 | Jenny Jarvie
    The family stepped warily onto Bourbon Street and hurried past a burlesque joint, an absinthe bar and neon signs touting “Leather Lingerie Love Toys” and “Hunk Oasis Male Strippers.” Heather and Chad Bruton, a clean-cut couple from Texas, didn’t want to visit this historic city for the first time without witnessing its famed promenade of debauchery. But with three young children in tow, they didn’t want to see too much.
  • The most dangerous bridge in every US state

    08/17/2018 4:07:19 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 52 replies
    MSN / Business insider ^ | August 16, 2018
    Over five months after the White House sent President Donald Trump's infrastructure plan to Capitol Hill, the proposal has stalled among Congress members on both sides of the aisle. Trump's plan proposes allocating $200 billion in grants to spur investment from private businesses and local governments, and the Trump administration was expecting those matching efforts to raise the value of the investments to $1.5 trillion. In late May, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Congress will likely not pass the massive plan this year. One of the plan's goals is to repair and rebuild America's bridges, which received a...
  • How the First Foreign-Born First Lady Tackled Her Critics

    08/17/2018 1:49:16 AM PDT · by gattaca · 5 replies
    History Stories ^ | August 15, 2018 | Nathasha Frost
    When John Quincy Adams fell for the woman who would become his wife, his mother worried about the effect it might have on his political dreams, while the future bride’s American ex-pat father worried that Yankees made poor husbands. Louisa Catherine Johnson, as she was then known, was young, charming and a wonderful hostess—but she was also British-born, to a British mother. Despite the warnings, the two were married in the United Kingdom, and the American papers made their position clear—as the Boston Independent Chronicle declared on September 14, 1797, “Young John Adams’ Negotiations have terminated in a Marriage Treaty...
  • Meet Dallas, the pit bull saved from a Canadian dogfighting ring to get K-9 training

    08/16/2018 10:09:04 PM PDT · by Norski · 17 replies
    MetroUSA ^ | august 13, 2018 | Sam Newhouse
    'Ontario 21' pit bull saved from fighting will get training for K-9 work in Philly area with the Throw Away Dogs Project. By Sam Newhouse Dallas, a pit bull rescued from an Ontario dog-fighting ring, was facing euthanasia but now is entering training as a K-9. A pit bull who has led a precarious life for years – discovered in a massive Canadian dogfighting ring, scheduled for execution by animal welfare authorities and then freed by court order – is now on the way to a very unexpected second act: K-9 police dog training in the Philly area through the...
  • Dogs attack 79-year-old woman in Cartersville

    08/16/2018 9:59:13 PM PDT · by Norski · 42 replies
    Fox5Atlanta ^ | August 14, 2018 | Alexa Liacko
    Posted: Aug 14 2018 09:35PM EDT Video Posted: Aug 14 2018 10:53PM EDT Updated: Aug 15 2018 08:27PM EDT CARTERSVILLE, Ga. - Neighbors are on edge in Cartersville after they say three dogs attacked a 79-year-old woman. The neighbors tell FOX 5 the woman was outside her home in her front yard when the three pit bull mix dogs approached her and began biting her. The woman fell and suffered a fractured spine in addition to the bite marks. I She is now at the hospital in Cartersville recovering. Neighbors say these dogs have gotten out before and have harassed...
  • Woman indicted on three charges of aggravated assault after pit bull attack, gun threats

    08/16/2018 9:55:40 PM PDT · by Norski · 10 replies
    Killeen Daily Herald ^ | august 15, 2018 | Emily Hilley-Sierzchula
    A Bell County grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Killeen woman on three felony charges after police said she threatened three people with a gun and let her pit bulls attack a man. Lashai Jean-Baptist, 22, of Killeen, was indicted on three charges of aggravated assault threaten bodily injury with a deadly weapon. Jean-Baptist was not listed in the Bell County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon, according to jail records. Bell County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a home in the 1300 block of Briggs Road in Killeen on May 26 regarding a domestic disturbance with weapons, according to the...