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  • Memes may contribute to teenage obesity, lawmakers told

    10/19/2018 3:08:50 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | October 18, 2018 | Rob Picheta
    It's been a bad few weeks for memes. In mid-September the European Parliament passed a new copyright law that some have dubbed a "meme ban." Then Sweden's advertising watchdog ruled that the popular "distracted boyfriend" meme is sexist. Now, academics have told British lawmakers that internet memes may be contributing to the UK obesity crisis and doing harm to teenagers on a significant scale. Memes carry dangerous health-related messages and make light of unhealthy eating habits, researchers from Loughborough University wrote in a letter sent to a British parliamentary committee. "A substantial number of individuals on Twitter share health-related Internet...
  • Brittney Griner Sounds Off on New G-League Payment For High School Stars [NBA/WNBA]

    10/19/2018 12:52:26 PM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    SI ^ | October 19, 2018 | Alaa Abdeldaiem
    Brittney Griner has a lot to say about the NBA's new G-League offer to top prospects. In an Instagram post that she shared on Friday, the Phoenix Mercury center called out the new G-League contracts, which are offering $125,000 to elite prospects who are at least 18 years old but not yet eligible for the NBA draft as an alternative to the NCAA's one-and-done route. "Must be f------ nice coming out of college getting that," Griner said in the post. "We def didn't see any money like that till we went overseas. AWAY FROM OUT FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES AND...
  • French lawmaker proposes bill to outlaw mockery of accents

    10/19/2018 11:05:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 19, 2018 | Staff
    A French member of parliament has proposed that mockery of accents be outlawed, after an irate politician derided a journalist’s southwestern pronunciation before asking if anyone had a question in “understandable French”. Laetitia Avia of President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party said she was proposing a bill that would classify such mockery with other forms of prohibited discrimination such as on grounds of sex or race.
  • Last Update 3 hours ago 'First Man' star Claire Foy calls Donald Trump 'the giant penis of America'

    10/19/2018 10:21:38 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 100 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 19, 2018
    British actress Claire Foy shared her views about President Trump, calling him “the giant penis of America” in a new interview. “The Crown” actress opened up about politics in a profile with The Hollywood Reporter released Wednesday “All powerful! D.C. is where the giant penis of America lives... in more ways than one,” Foy told the outlet referring to Trump. The singer also revealed that she wanted to “violently hurt” an anti-#MeToo movement protester she encountered at an anti-Brett Kavanagh protest the weekend the judge was confirmed to the Supreme Court. The actress explained that the protester carried a sign...
  • What Trump Knows That Obama Didn’t

    10/19/2018 9:03:29 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 39 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 19 Oct, 2018 | Fred Barnes
    W e now know why President Obama had to struggle so hard to spur the economy and allow it to grow more than 2 percent a year. And that was the high-water mark. In the last quarter of his presidency, growth had slipped to 1.5 percent. Today it’s obvious what Obama’s problem was. He had the wrong policies‚ lots of them. How do we know this? Obama’s successor, Donald Trump, and the Republican Congress reversed Obama’s policies. The result, from the day Trump was elected, has been a more robust economy. Nearly 4 million jobs have been added, and unemployment...
  • A Shift in GOP Fortunes

    10/19/2018 8:59:00 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    Cook Political ^ | October 19, 2018
    The most dramatic change over the last six weeks in the midterm election picture is clearly in the Senate, but the House situation has subtly changed as well. Not long ago, the most likely outcome for the Senate was either no net change at all, or a shift of one seat, so the Senate would remain under GOP control, with the majority holding 50-52 seats. Today, a Republican net gain of a seat or two seems most likely, moving the GOP up to either 52 or 53 seats, though a gain of three seats or no net change are entirely...
  • Operation Intercept targets child predators, johns in Greenville Co. (SC)

    10/19/2018 8:49:11 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 6 replies
    WSPA News7 ^ | October 19, 2018 | WSPA News7 Staff
    GREENVILLE Co., S.C. (WSPA) -- Authorities say multiple arrests were made in an operation targeting child predators and johns soliciting prostitutes in Greenville County. The four-day sting was called Operation Intercept. Greenville County Interim Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown told reports that 10 adults solicited sex from what they believed was a 14-year-old. But when the suspects arrived, they were met by officers. Eleven johns seeking sexual favors with a prostitute discovered the prostitute was actually an undercover officer, Brown said. Greenville Police Department assisted in the operation. Police Chief Ken Miller said they prevented crimes for occurring. These are individuals...
  • Fentanyl smuggled from China is killing thousands of Americans

    10/19/2018 8:46:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 19, 2018 | Del Quentin Wilder
    The Zheng drug trafficking organization was hardly clandestine. The Shanghai-based network sold synthetic narcotics, including deadly fentanyl, on websites posted in 35 languages, from Arabic and English to Icelandic and Uzbek. The Chinese syndicate bragged that its laboratory could “synthesize nearly any” drug and that it churned out 16 tons of illicit chemicals a month. The group was so adept at smuggling, and so brazen in its marketing, that it offered a money-back guarantee to buyers if its goods were seized by U.S. or other customs agents.
  • Despite Me Too Witch Hunts, The ‘Pence Rule’ Still Doesn’t Make Sense

    10/19/2018 6:48:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 18, 2018 | Brad Polumbo
    It’s an unsettling time to be a man in America. Democrats recently tried to destroy the career of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh over a sexual assault allegation that lacked any substantial evidence or corroboration. According to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Kavanaugh deserved “no presumption of innocence.” This attitude has also infected the campus tribunals that adjudicate sexual assault claims, and now run roughshod over the rights of accused college students. It culminates in cases like one recently reported by writer Robby Soave at Reason, where a University of California at Davis student spent $12,000 defending himself against...
  • VIDEO: Beto O’Rourke supporters can’t name any of his accomplishments

    10/19/2018 6:34:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | October 19, 2018 | Cabot Phillips
    With midterm elections right around the corner, people around the country are turning their eyes to high stakes races in states like Florida, West Virginia, and Nevada. Perhaps no race, though, has garnered more outside media attention than that of the Texas Senate election between incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Democrat Rep. Beto O’Rourke. “I honestly couldn’t point to anything. I’m not as educated as I would like to be.” While Cruz leads in most polls, O’Rourke has a decided lead amongst Millennials and college students.
  • In campus speech, David Hogg says U.S. is stolen land, justifies illegal immigration

    10/19/2018 6:32:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 70 replies
    College Fix ^ | October 19, 2018 | William Nardi
    Anti-gun rights activist David Hogg often urges young people to take on the Second Amendment. But he’s picked up a few more topics to pontificate on recently. In his latest talk Wednesday to students at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, with the midterm elections just weeks away, Hogg defended illegal immigrants, decried white politicians, and bemoaned American imperialism.
  • Police find body of teacher accused of inappropriate relationship with student

    10/19/2018 6:06:23 AM PDT · by gasport · 23 replies
    WSB-TV ^ | 10/18/18
    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Gwinnett County police confirmed late Wednesday evening that they had found the body of a missing DeKalb County teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. ... According to the incident report, the victim was a 12-year-old boy.
  • Kellogg’s and GLAAD Launch Special Edition 'All Together' Cereal

    10/19/2018 4:04:40 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 39 replies
    GLAAD ^ | October 18, 2018 | GLAAD
    To support Spirit Day, the most visible anti-LGBTQ bullying campaign and united show of support for LGBTQ youth, Kellogg Company today launched a special edition 'All Together' cereal in collaboration with GLAAD supporting inclusion and to stand up against bullying. 'All Together' will be available today at Kellogg’s NYC café. Visitors will receive an 'All Together' special edition box and can make their own 'All Together' cereal by mixing a diverse combination of Kellogg’s cereals. The special edition 'All Together' box features beloved characters including Tony the Tiger, Toucan Sam, Snap, Crackle & Pop, Mini (from Frosted Mini Wheats), Sunny...
  • Transgender rights lie in the hands of a state’s electorate [MA]

    10/19/2018 4:52:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 19, 2018 7:37 AM EDT | Bob Salsberg
    Nicole Talbot isn’t quite old enough to vote next month, but she isn’t shy about urging Massachusetts residents who are to keep a state law that protects transgender people from discrimination, including the right to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. It makes her feel safe, Talbot said, which wasn’t always the case for the teenager, an accomplished singer with dreams of a Broadway career. For as long as she can remember, she felt she was a girl — like the time she insisted upon being a princess at a preschool Halloween party — even when...
  • Anti-Trump and anti-GOP mobs act like thugs, while Trump-hating media spare them criticism

    10/19/2018 2:03:53 AM PDT · by LoicW · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/18/18 | David N. Bossie
    The anti-Trump media – obsessed with spreading negative and often inaccurate coverage of the president – continue to ignore the dangerous violence, intimidation tactics, threats, bullying and harassment by the professional paid left-wing protest industry. While the mainstream media had no problem wrongly labeling peaceful Tea Party protesters in 2010 as “the mob,” they are closing their eyes to the real unhinged mob behavior emanating now from the radical left. What will it take for the political operatives in the mainstream media to snap out of their Trump Derangement Syndrome and at long last say it’s time for their allies...
  • US, Mexico agree on plan to handle migrant caravan from Central America

    10/19/2018 1:32:29 AM PDT · by JonnyFive · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/18/18 | Elizabeth Zwirz
    U.S. and Mexican officials have agreed on a plan to handle the approaching migrant caravan making their way up from Central America, a senior administration official told Fox News on Thursday. Under the deal, which was developed over the course of several months, Mexico requested that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) establish shelters along its southern border with Central America, the official said. Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Geronimo Gutierrez elaborated on the request, during an interview on Fox News’ “Special Report.”
  • More on the Firebomb Attack at McDonald’s in Cologne

    10/18/2018 9:33:21 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 18 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 18 Oct, 2018 | Baron Bodissey
    The Cologne police acknowledged that the McDonald’s attacker might have caused significant carnage if his firebomb attack had gone as planned. The alleged perpetrator is a Syrian “refugee” who is said to admire the Islamic State. Yet the last I heard, the authorities deny any connection with “terrorism”. Presumably that’s because they failed to find an ISIS membership card in the guy’s apartment. Oh, by the way — he also has “mental problems”.
  • NFL LIVE THREAD: Week 7

    10/18/2018 4:15:21 PM PDT · by Impy · 29 replies
    10-18-18
    NFL LIVE THREAD Week 7 THURSDAY, OCT 18, 2018 (All Times Eastern) Denver at Arizona 8:20 pm NFLN/Fox State Farm Stadium SUNDAY, OCT 21, 2018 Tennessee "at" L.A. Chargers 9:30 am CBS Wembley Stadium (London, UK) Buffalo at Indianapolis 1:00 pm CBS Lucas Oil Stadium Carolina at Philadelphia 1:00 pm FOX Lincoln Financial Field Cleveland at Tampa Bay 1:00 pm FOX Raymond James Stadium Detroit at Miami 1:00 pm FOX Hard Rock Stadium Houston at Jacksonville 1:00 pm CBS TIAA Bank Field Minnesota at N.Y. Jets 1:00 pm FOX MetLife Stadium New England at Chicago 1:00 pm CBS Soldier Field...
  • Job growth is found to be no cure for a community’s poverty [barf alert]

    10/18/2018 1:10:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 18, 2018 2:19 PM EDT | Josh Boak
    A healthy dose of job growth has long been seen as a likely cure for poverty. But new research suggests that poor Americans are frequently left behind even when their cities or communities benefit from hiring booms. When such cities as Atlanta and Charlotte enjoyed a job surge in the 20 years that began in 1990, for example, the job gains mostly bypassed residents — often African-American — who had been born into poverty. That is among the findings of a study led by Raj Chetty, a Harvard economist whose newly launched Opportunity Atlas found no association between job growth...
  • Delta Flight Attendant Suspended After Mile High Romp With Male Porn Star Hits The Internet

    10/18/2018 10:40:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 80 replies
    Loyalty Lobby ^ | Oct 17, 2018 | John Ollila
    A Delta flight attendant that was on non-revenue travel and the same flight as male porn star “Austin Wolf” thought that it would be a good idea to try and join the “mile high club” together inside the lavatory. Mr. Wolf must have been filming this action as it had appeared on his Twitter account (now removed). A Delta employee in his uniform was recognized by his colleagues and they reported this action to the airline (after carefully studying the clip of course). Here’s an excerpt from the Daily Mail: The attendant was off duty but wearing his Delta uniform...