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  • Guinness Commercial: Empty Chair

    12/22/2014 12:15:54 PM PST · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Guinness Commercial: Empty Chair video (don't know when this 1st aired)
  • Five Christmas ads in which ... "Guns are Great!"

    12/22/2014 10:43:50 AM PST · by pabianice · 10 replies
    ADWEEK ^ | 12/20/10
    Ah, yesteryear, when Mom was pleased as punch to see each of her three strapping young lads brandishing a gun he got for Christmas. After the jump, check out five such vintage Christmas ads for guns, including one that offers advice to men whose wives worry that little Ralphie will shoot his eye out—and not just with a BB gun... "Suppose you want to give a Winchester 22 to your 12-year-old. But the wife says, "It's too dangerous now. Wait till he's older." What do you tell her? First, tell her exactly why you think a boy should learn to...
  • Bizarre (and illegal) trade in 'positive' pregnancy tests sweeps Craigslist

    12/22/2014 7:56:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 22, 2014 | Charlene Adams
    A typical Christmas shopping list usually consists of toys, electronics, gift cards, etc. But now, some women are adding positive pregnancy tests to their list -- and checking it twice. Women across the country are selling and buying positive pregnancy tests on Craigslist. One post from Claremore, Oklahoma offered a positive pregnancy test for $20. The advertisement stated: 'I have positive pregnancy test for those of you who need a little help holding onto your man through the holidays, shoot me a message for $20 each.'
  • Cute moment when daddy comes home. (video only)

    12/22/2014 5:28:17 AM PST · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    dump.com ^ | 9-30-2008 | Keli Vandegrift
    After a rough day at work, it's hard to beat coming home to people a happy household. Baby Isaiah can barely stand up, but patiently waits at the window for his daddy to come home. When he sees his car, he waves and then speed-crawls his way to greet his hero. That's a worthwhile homecoming.
  • [HHS Secretary] Burwell Recruits Liberal ‘Faith Leaders’ to Promote Obamacare

    12/21/2014 10:46:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 18, 2014 - 1:59 PM | Penny Starr
    Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell met with “faith organizations from across the country” last week to ask them to help people enroll in federal health care insurance plans created through the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. […] While addressing reporters, Burwell was flanked by two people who attended the meeting: Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, National Catholic Social Justice Lobby and Amy Cotton, senior policy manager at the National Council of Jewish Women. Campbell supported liberal causes, including the reelection of President Barack Obama. In September, Campbell and other nun activists did their third tour to...
  • When Kids Stop Believing in Santa Claus

    12/21/2014 8:18:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 12/21/2014 | OLGA KHAZAN
    Earlier this week, a woman wrote in to Slate's Dear Prudence advice chat asking whether it's considered lying to allow her daughter, who is three, to continue to believe in Santa Claus. Prudie's take: Nah. "Reality will eventually out," wrote the columnist, Emily Yoffe, "but there’s so much reality in this life, that one of the delights of childhood, and of being a parent, is to spread a little fairy dust occasionally." Later in the chat, though, another person wrote in saying that his or her parents kept the Santa thing going until the writer was nine, at which point...
  • Satanic Temple puts up display at Michigan Capitol

    12/21/2014 8:13:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 21, 2014 6:21 PM EST
    Christians and Satanists put up competing displays Sunday on the Michigan Capitol grounds as Christmas week got underway. The Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple set up its “Snaketivity Scene” featuring a snake offering a book called “Revolt of the Angels” as a gift. The snake is wrapped around the Satanic cross on the 3-feet-by-3-feet display. Capitol rules require that displays have to be taken down each night. In a videotaped interview with the Lansing State Journal, Satanic Temple spokeswoman Jex Blackmore said her group doesn’t worship Satan but does promote individuality, compassion and views that differ from Christian and...
  • Cops Being Murdered, SCOTUS and GOP bending over, Obama Approval Up....Sad

    12/21/2014 4:14:37 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 7 replies
    12/21/14 | sff
    Folks, I have been a bit under the weather lately....so maybe my mood is reflected by my sickness. I log on to Drudge and see Obama is going UP in Gallup....meanwhile, the society is hurtling toward hell. Sodomy is celebrated and enabled by SCOTUS (the state of Florida's constitution is about to be shredded--to the delight of the liberal media), jobs are being lost, racism is exploding, and all during the season wherein we are to remember our Saviour. My mind and heart struggle to remember God has ALL THINGS in His control. His providence is working all events and...
  • Elton John marries longtime partner David Furnish nine years after civil partnership

    12/21/2014 12:51:41 PM PST · by doug from upland · 53 replies
    DAILY NEWS ^ | 12-2014 | RIVERA
    After England and Wales changed their laws about same-sex marriage in March, the pair have now converted their 2005 civil partnership to become legally wed. ‘Share the love,’ John wrote on Instagram. BY ZAYDA RIVERA NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, December 21, 2014, 10:32 AM A A A It's official! Elton John and his longtime love, David Furnish, are officially a married couple. "That's the legal bit done," the famed musician captioned a photo of them signing paperwork. "Now on to the ceremony! #ShareTheLove @DavidFurnish" ‘It's beginning!! The Registrar welcomes our guests. #ShareTheLove,’ John wrote on this Instagram photo. ELTONJOHN...
  • Judge Awards Family $200,000 In Emotional Damages Over Dog Shooting

    12/21/2014 12:58:37 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 60 replies
    Life With Dogs ^ | December 21, 2014 | Fred
    A Maryland Appeals Court judge handed down a verdict awarding emotional damages payment be given to a family that had their dog shot and killed by one of its deputies. The original verdict did state that the officers did intend to cause harm, and based on that the family was allowed to collect $200,000. The decision is a shift in legal precedent. Usually, pets are considered by the court to be “property” and only worth their “fair market value.” The 42-page court opinion decreased the original amount the family had sought by $400,000. The findings that involved the officers in...
  • Worst Christmas songs: The 10 most annoying holiday hits

    12/21/2014 11:36:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 168 replies
    City News Toronto ^ | Shalini Roy
    We asked you what you thought of Christmas music and while most of you love it – early appearances not withstanding – there are a few songs that just get under your skin. Here are the tunes that iVillage.ca readers voted as the worst (read: most annoying) Christmas songs ever. 10. Run, Rudolph, Run This rockabilly jingle is a bluesy take on Christmas. “Run, run, Rudolph, whizzin’ like a merry-go-round,” croons Chuck Berry, as we imagine frenzied shoppers running in all directions to satisfy Christmas desires. 9. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus This song might be perceived as being...
  • The best movie ever made

    12/21/2014 7:36:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 110 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 12/21/2014 | Phil Boatwright,
    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- What's the best movie ever made? A subjective question, if ever there was one. That's the magic of movies: some folks will enjoy a film that may seem an endurance test for others. While "Casablanca," "Citizen Kane" or "Lawrence of Arabia" may be prime examples of technical and artistic innovators, I challenge you to suggest a more important message than that found in "It's A Wonderful Life." In this film about an angel sent to Earth to rescue a man on the brink of suicide, James Stewart's George Bailey is given the opportunity to see...
  • Will any players be wearing "NYPD" on their game jerseys today? (vanity)

    12/21/2014 7:24:53 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 19 replies
    Dec. 21, 2014 | me
    It would be a nice touch if some of the players did that, and in a small measure it would help to bring the country together. But no, I don't think that anyone will make the gesture.
  • Critical Evaluation of the Eric Garner case (vanity)

    12/21/2014 5:58:23 AM PST · by RC one · 28 replies
    Free Republic | 12/21/2014 | RCone
    Much has alrteady been said of the alleged choke hold employed by officer Panatelo against Eric Garner and the resulting turn of events that ultimately ended with Garner's death. I have watched the video dozens of time and would like to offer my own perspective, as an ER nurse, of what happened. I will include two You Tube video links as references.In video number 1, we observe the initial confrontation between Garner and the police. At 38 seconds, officer Pantaleo has attempted to subdue Garner and we see his left arm going around Garner's neck. This is the beginning of...
  • George W. Bush turned up at children’s hospital as Santa, but the buzz was about his elf

    12/21/2014 3:21:33 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    bizpacreview.com ^ | December 20, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    Whether you agree with his politics or not, and despite being vilified by the left for the better part of eight years, there’s no doubting that George W. Bush is a class act. The former president, dressed as Santa, visited the Dallas’ Children’s Medical Center recently to spread a little Christmas cheer with the young patients. And just as he does in his many activities with wounded veterans, Bush did so sans media.
  • De Blasio Accused Of Having 'Blood On His Hands' [Obama Too?]

    12/20/2014 5:58:37 PM PST · by Steelfish · 45 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | December 20, 2014 | CHRIS SPARGO
    De Blasio Accused Of Having 'Blood On His Hands': Thousands attack New York City Mayor for backing anti-cop protesters before two officers were shot dead 'in revenge for Garner' A Move On petition demanding that Mayor de Blasio resign already has thousands of signatures Sharpton has released a statement saying, 'We plan to hold a press conference in the morning to express our outrage and our condolences to the families and the police department' Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik said, 'De Blasio, Sharpton and all those who encouraged this anti-cop, racist mentality all have blood on their...
  • Response to survey on down syndrome children shows contempt and selfishness

    12/20/2014 8:00:38 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | January 10, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    Detroit News survey asking women if they would have an abortion if the baby had down syndrome. One respondent said yes: “Let’s be practical. I am not giving up 80% or more of my life to care for a Down Syndrome baby that will be depend on me through his/her adult life. “Corkey” was lucky and probably the only cast to get ratings to play on the hearts of others. Let me be as upfront as possible……This is the ‘Me’ generation, and with health costs increasing endlessly, who has the money?” Quoted in the blog JivinJehosephat Over 95% of all...
  • Should NYPD Issue Strike Ultimatum Demanding Holder and De Blasio Step Down?

    12/20/2014 7:21:12 PM PST · by Steelfish · 35 replies
    December 20, 2014
    Turning their backs on De Blasio during press conference and accusing Bill de Blasio of having blood on his hands is a good start. But where's the action? Where are the marches?
  • Here's The Most Educated Town In Every State

    12/20/2014 6:28:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/20/2014 | Andy Kiersz
    We recently looked at the most affluent towns in every U.S. state. Now we're turning our attention to educational achievement.The American Community Survey is an annual survey run by the Census Bureau to allow the government, corporate and academic researchers, and anyone who is curious about demographics to better understand the population of the U.S. Among many other subjects, the ACS includes questions about respondents' education levels.Using the 2008-2012 ACS estimates for places with at least 1,000 population, Business Insider made a map showing, for each state, the town with the highest percentage of adults over 25 who have at...
  • Booze calculator: What's your drinking nationality?

    12/20/2014 5:45:08 PM PST · by EveningStar · 95 replies
    BBC News ^ | December 18, 2014
    In the month of December alcohol consumption increases as many people celebrate the festive season. But how does your drinking measure up to the average from countries around the world? Find out below if you are similar to a boozy Belarusian or a teetotal Kuwaiti.
  • Amazing Mona Lisa forgery by Muslim artist

    12/20/2014 4:46:11 PM PST · by doug from upland · 11 replies
    tinypic ^ | 12-2014
  • Ohio Governor signs gun rights bill to reform concealed carry, suppressor use

    12/20/2014 2:50:52 PM PST · by RC one · 16 replies
    Guns.com ^ | 12/20/14 | | by Chris Eger
    Republican Gov. John Kasich on Friday signed a bill expanding gun rights in Ohio to include the use of suppressors by hunters, concealed carry reforms, and mandatory shall-certify rules for National Firearms Act items.The measure, H.234, had proven popular with lawmakers, passing the state Senate on Dec. 9 by a large 24-6 margin on its way to a 72-21 win in the House the following day. Beginning life as a bill that only legislated a repeal in the state’s ban on using legally possessed suppressors while hunting in the state, the measure over time grew to include a number of...
  • Two New York cops shot dead 'execution style' in ambush

    12/20/2014 1:53:12 PM PST · by catnipman · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/20/2014 | Kieran Corcoran
    Two NYPD officers have been killed in an 'execution-style' ambush in Brooklyn as they sat in their patrol car. ...
  • Faculty Senate speaks out against Jindal's prayer rally

    12/20/2014 1:18:17 PM PST · by BBell · 3 replies
    http://www.lsureveille.com ^ | 12/20/14 | Fernanda Zamudio-Suarez
    Plans for Gov. Bobby Jindal’s upcoming prayer rally are drawing criticism from the LSU Faculty Senate.When students and faculty come back from winter break Jindal will host “The Response,” a prayer rally in the PMAC on Saturday, Jan. 24. The University cannot deny the PMAC from any group who pays the rental fee. “Thus, the University may not have the authority to prevent the use of this facility by its sponsor, the AFA, which, as readers of the newspapers know, has voiced a variety of views that seem inconsistent with the goals and aspirations of a great university,” LSU Faculty...
  • Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot

    12/20/2014 10:37:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 19, 2014 6:36 PM EST | Nicholas Riccardi
    Despite growing public support for legalizing marijuana, a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma shows that at least two segments of American society are prepared to fight the idea before the nation’s highest court—social conservatives and law enforcement. The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado’s experiment in legalized recreational pot, alleging that the two conservative states are being overrun with Colorado marijuana that is making it harder for them to enforce their own drug laws. …
  • David Schwimmer Cast as Robert Kardashian Sr. Opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. in O.J. Simpson's

    12/20/2014 9:45:40 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 27 replies
    US Weekly ^ | Dec. 20, 2014 | Stephanie Webber
    ...upcoming miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
  • The College Football Czar: 2014-15 Bowl Game Picks

    12/20/2014 3:12:09 AM PST · by Daniel Clark · 17 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | December 20, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    The College Football Czar: 2014-15 Bowl Game Picks Week fifteen in review: As critical as the College Football Czar is of the whole concept of the CFP Committee, he is pleased that it has succeeded in selecting the correct four teams, an obnoxious publicity campaign by #5 Baylor notwithstanding. Anybody who argues that any team other than Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State deserves a shot at the national title is merely agitating on behalf of playoff expansion for its own sake. Fourth-rated Ohio State certainly has its flaws, but the Buckeyes are one among the tiny minority of...
  • Nebraska and Oklahoma are misreading Raich

    12/19/2014 10:21:17 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 3 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | December 19, 2014 | Randy Barnett
    I want to second Jonathan’s take on the lawsuit brought by Oklahoma and Nebraska to enjoin the operation of Colorado’s marijuana regulations. Much as I respect Oklahoma’s Attorney General Scott Pruitt, I think this suit lacks merit. Among other vices, it seriously misreads the Supreme Court’s decision in Gonzales v. Raich, which I litigated on behalf of Angel Raich and Diane Monson from the filing of the complaint to the oral argument in the Supreme Court. The Court in Raich ruled that Congress had the power to criminalize the noncommercial and wholly intrastate cultivation, possession and transfer of marijuana notwithstanding...
  • Dangerous implications of the Nebraska-Oklahoma lawsuit against marijuana legalization in Colorado

    12/19/2014 10:16:21 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 49 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | December 19, 2014 | Ilya Somin
    Co-blogger Jonathan Adler and Vanderbilt law professor Robert Mikos have pointed out some of the flaws in the lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma urging a federal court to invalidate marijuana legalization in neighboring Colorado. In the unlikely event that the plaintiff states prevail, they will also have set a very dangerous precedent – one that conservatives are likely to rue in other areas. Nebraska and Oklahoma argue that Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana under state law, in the face of continuing federal prohibition, harms neighboring states because it facilitates the flow of marijuana across their borders and may increase...
  • Feds Spend $189,186 to Study Transgender Mortality Using VA Medical Records

    12/19/2014 9:10:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 19, 2014 - 11:31 AM | Melanie Hunter
    The National Institutes of Health has awarded $189,186 in taxpayer dollars to Emory University to study the mortality of transgendered people, using electronic medical records for people who receive care from the Veterans Affairs Administration. “The purpose of this study is to determine whether transgender persons defined as those who medically change the gender assigned to them at birth (male to female or female to male) have higher or lower risk of death and certain diseases than men and women that do not consider themselves transgender,” the grant said. …
  • Clinic worker troubled by seeing aborted baby’s foot…but then it became routine

    12/19/2014 7:22:04 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Sarah Terzo
    A nurse from a Seattle abortion clinic said the following at a meeting of abortion providers where they discussed the emotional impact of their work. I was watching the doctor struggle with the cannula, trying to pull it out. I didn’t understand what the resistance was all about. And I was very alarmed and all of the sudden the doctor pulled the cannula out and there, as I was at the woman’s side, I looked down at the cannula and there was a foot sticking out. I will never forget the feeling I had in my chest as the doctor...
  • Get Ready for The Next Wave of Tech Disruptions

    12/19/2014 10:36:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    33rd Square ^ | 12/17/2014
    According to technology expert Vivek Wadhwa, "One of the things that has begun to worry me is the fact that I'm seeing change happening at a scale which is unimaginable before and that it's impacting industry after industry after industry." "Every industry I've looked at I've seen a trend of major disruption happening," says Wadhwa in a new piece for Big Think. Wadhwa is a fellow at Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, director of research at Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke, and Distinguished Fellow at Singularity University.  Wadhwa tells how manufacturing will be dramatically...
  • The Limits of Police Subterfuge

    12/19/2014 10:18:09 AM PST · by Theoria · 3 replies
    Schneier on Security ^ | 17 Dec 2014 | Bruce Schneier
    "The next time you call for assistance because the Internet service in your home is not working, the 'technician' who comes to your door may actually be an undercover government agent. He will have secretly disconnected the service, knowing that you will naturally call for help and -- ­when he shows up at your door, impersonating a technician­ -- let him in. He will walk through each room of your house, claiming to diagnose the problem. Actually, he will be videotaping everything (and everyone) inside. He will have no reason to suspect you have broken the law, much less probable...
  • Woman Catches Police Officer Doing Something on Side of Busy Roadway...[title too long]

    12/19/2014 10:15:45 AM PST · by SZonian · 27 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 12/17/2014 | Nicole Higman
    Debbie Davis was driving along a busy roadway in Kansas City when she saw something that made her slow down.
  • Beverly Johnson: My Daughter Helped Me Go Public About Bill Cosby

    12/19/2014 8:30:23 AM PST · by SteveH · 52 replies
    People ^ | 12/17/2014 | liz mcneil
    Supermodel Beverly Johnson, who came forward last week to claim she was drugged by Bill Cosby, cites her daughter as one of the reasons she finally spoke out. It was her daughter, Anansa Sims, now 35, who first accompanied her to Cosby's Manhattan brownstone for brunch in the mid '80s, a few days before the comedian invited her back for an alleged audition. "My daughter loved him," Johnson wrote in Vanity Fair. It was only recently, after a series of women came forward claiming they had been drugged and assaulted by Cosby, that Johnson, 62, told her daughter she had...
  • DC bar plans 'wake' for Washington Redskins

    12/19/2014 7:44:03 AM PST · by central_va · 23 replies
    Fox 46 ^ | 12/18/14 | unknown
    <p>A lot of people will be watching the Redskins take on the Eagles this weekend.</p> <p>But one local sports bar plans on hosting a very unique event to try and soothe the pain from all the past Redskin losses.</p> <p>Lou's City Bar in Columbia Heights says it plans on hosting a ‘Washington Wake’ this Saturday because of the team's terrible season.</p>
  • FCC says Redskins name not offensive

    12/19/2014 5:00:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 19, 2014 | (With AP)
    The Federal Communications Commission dismissed a petition Thursday to deny renewal of WWXX-FM’s broadcast license because it’s the flagship radio station of the NFL’s Washington Redskins, whose name has come under fire by some who see it as a derogatory term for Native Americans. The petition claimed repeated use of the word “Redskins” violates rules against indecent content. …
  • Abortionist Says He’s a “God Loving Christian” But Does Abortions at 28 Weeks

    12/18/2014 6:22:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 28 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 12/18/14 | Sarah Terzo
    James Pendergraft is a late term abortionist, who performs abortions up to 28 weeks. He works in Florida. From an article about him: “Pendergraft also isn’t bashful about making money in his line of work. He says he went into a profession he believes in, and it happens to be profitable… He will not reveal annual revenues, but he says his clinics are “very economically viable.” “His in-your-face salesmanship leaves many – including other clinic operators – uncomfortable. They wonder how much of his professed altruism is just a marketing pitch. Maggie Gifford, a spokeswoman for the Florida coalition of...
  • Father accidentally slices off his 18-month-old daughter's foot with a lawnmower

    12/18/2014 4:26:09 PM PST · by logi_cal869 · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/18/2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    A toddler's father has accidentally sliced off one of her feet with a lawnmower. Eighteen-month-old Roseanne Mendez was playing in her family's garden in North Fresno, California on December 7 as her father, Reyes Mendez, trimmed the edges of the grass. The youngster was climbing on a swing set with her siblings and she came off the slide, the lawnmower cut off her foot, KMPH reported. Mr Mendez ran to a nearby house and frantically asked neighbor Lisa Bertelsen to call 911. snip McQuay personally delivered the money to the family in San Francisco on Sunday, and although the parents...
  • Is the EU right to consider obesity a disability?

    12/18/2014 2:36:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:22PM GMT 18 Dec 2014 | Rohan Banerjee
    Hefty Danish child-minder Karsten Kaltoft, who was fired from his job earlier this year because he was too immobile to tie a kid’s shoelaces, has successfully won his appeal to the European Court of Justice to consider obesity a disability. As a result, new legislation will be drawn for the purposes of equality in the workplace, stating that employers within the EU must treat any overweight members of staff in the same way that they would those with other disabilities—for example, priority parking or adapted facilities. Is this ridiculous, or does the EU have a point? “To disable” means to...
  • Windows 10 Preview Was Installed by 1.5 Million Users

    12/18/2014 2:29:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 12/18/2014
    Microsoft launched the Windows Insider Program in early October to provide users with access to the newest technical previews of Windows 10, and until now, this particular campaign has proven to be quite a successful effort. New statistics provided by Gabriel Aul, head of the Windows Insider Program, reveal that no less than 1.5 million people have actually installed Windows 10 through this program, but the number of those who have actually given the technical preview a try could be even bigger if we take into consideration the number of ISO downloads as well. Out of the 1.5 million users...
  • Number of patients waiting on trolleys in A&E triples (UK NHS; ER mess)

    12/18/2014 2:28:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:15AM GMT 30 Dec 2014 | Laura Donnelly and Patrick Sawer
    The number of patients forced to endure Accident & Emergency trolley waits of up to 12 hours has tripled in four years. New figures from NHS England show that in November, 23,663 patients in England waited between four and 12 hours on a trolley in A&E. In November 2010, the figure was just 6,579. This month also saw 52 patients waiting in A&E for more than 12 hours, compared with just two in the same month four years ago. The figures show the problems are greatest in London, with 273 waits of between four and 12 hours at Barts Health...
  • Imagine the outrage if those vulgar Christmas cards poked fun at Islam instead

    12/18/2014 2:22:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 05:33 EST, 18 December 2014 | Stephen Glover
    Hollywood dubbed the life of Christ “The Greatest Story Ever Told”. But actually the title would serve perfectly for the birth of the baby Jesus in the stable at Bethlehem, surrounded by his parents and beasts of the field. […] Whatever you think, whether you believe the Gospels or not, this is a story that has spoken to the hearts of men for 2,000 years, and still speaks to many of us. Who could ruin it? Who could want to ruin it? One answer is a stationery chain called Scribbler. It is stocking, by my count, some 50 Christmas cards...
  • Tesla Drivers Don't Be Too Smug: Electric Cars Are Not So Green, Says Study

    12/18/2014 1:03:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Reason ^ | 12/18/2014 | Ronald Bailey
    In a new study in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences University of Minnesota researchers report in various scenarios that vehicles using alternative fuels are often more harmful to human health than are conventional gasoline-powered automobiles. From the abstract: We find that powering vehicles with corn ethanol or with coal-based or “grid average” electricity increases monetized environmental health impacts by 80% or more relative to using conventional gasoline. PNAS The AP reported: "It's kind of hard to beat gasoline" for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. "A...
  • Shakedown? Al Sharpton meets with Sony’s Amy Pascal to discuss race in Hollywood

    12/18/2014 11:24:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    Twitchy ^ | December 18, 2014 | Staff
    Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal, who last week apologized over racially insensitive comments she made in leaked emails posted online, just finished a 90-minute meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton in NYC where the two discussed diversity in Hollywood. Here is Sharpton’s take:
  • Study reveals cops are the most obese workers in America

    12/18/2014 10:51:21 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 66 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Tim MacFarlan
    • Along with firefighters and security guards, nearly 41% of police are obese • Findings published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine study • Slimmest workers are economists, scientists and psychologists Their job is to protect and serve – but it seems some police officers interpret this as an excuse to enjoy too many extra servings at the lunch table. A study has revealed US cops have the highest rates of obesity among any profession in the country. Along with firefighters and security guards, nearly 41 per cent of boys in blue are obese, according to a study in the...
  • What Every State in the U.S. Is Worst at (Including North Dakota at Tourism)

    12/18/2014 9:23:40 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 55 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | December 17, 2014 | Kate Peregrina
    One thing that makes the U.S. great: no two states are the same. That diversity leads to distinct strengths and weaknesses, but how can you know what makes North Dakota different from South Dakota, besides a made-up line separating them? Well, in the interest of showing that every state sucks in some way, we picked out one key area where each is most deficient. This is what every state is the worst at.
  • Black Abortions Matter

    12/18/2014 9:20:16 AM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    town hall ^ | Dec 18, 2014 | Mike Adams
    A friend sent me a recent news article showing that Planned Parenthood had decided to join in the protest of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. He was curious to know why Planned Parenthood was interested in the case. After all, they provide abortions. What is their interest in preventing the death of people like Michael Brown? Before I answered his question, I told him to take a couple of hours to watch Maafa 21 – a documentary on the roots of Planned Parenthood in the eugenics movement. Some interesting statistics are revealed in the film. For example:...
  • Remarkable: Republicans standing strong for liberal Democrat Hollywood; Obama wimpy response

    12/18/2014 8:17:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    12/18/14 | soflofreeper
    National Review's editorial board, Mitt Romney, and other Republicans seem to be MORE willing to stand for freedom of speech than the Obama administration. Getting pushed around by third world tin pot dictators is modus operandi for Demon Rats.
  • The Top 10 Skills That Got People Hired This Year, According To LinkedIn

    12/18/2014 7:46:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/18/2014 | JILLIAN D'ONFRO
    >With more than 330 million people using the service to list their resumes, find jobs, or find new hires, LinkedIn has a lot of data about the job market. To close out 2014, the company released a list of the top skills people who got hired this year had listed on their profiles and that recruiters searched for the most. These are the 10 skills that got people jobs this year: