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  • Sharing “fake news” in Ireland could soon be illegal, with $10k fine attached

    12/18/2017 5:29:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Irish Central ^ | December 17, 2017 07:09 AM | Frances Mulraney
    An Irish politician has brought forward a new bill to the Dáil (Irish parliament) which will attempt to legislate to prevent the spread of fake news stories and articles in Ireland. The groundbreaking proposals were brought forward by opposition party Fianna Fáil in the wake of the influence of bots and fake new articles in politics overseas, especially in the 2016 US Presidential election and the Brexit referendum in the UK. There are concerns that although fake news has not been used so far to influence political debate in Ireland, even in the particularly intense 2016 general election, that this...
  • From Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris to 10,000 teenage girls: 'Speak up' (barf alert)

    12/18/2017 5:06:07 AM PST · by simpson96 · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/15/2017 | Sonali Kohli
    Female politicians are used to finding themselves in rooms full of men. But on Friday, two of the nation’s most prominent political women got the chance to address 10,000 girls. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) shared their experiences and offered advice to the young women in middle and high school at the annual Girls Build L.A. leadership summit in downtown Los Angeles. Girls Build is a program of the nonprofit L.A. Promise Fund, which aims to help students throughout L.A. County reach academic, personal and professional success. Both Harris and Clinton encouraged the young women to find issues...
  • Inspector General Michael Horowitz War vs. The Obama Administration

    12/17/2017 10:44:27 PM PST · by bitt · 12 replies
    twitter ^ | 12/17/2017 | @DaveNYviii
    Inspector General Michael Horowitz War vs. The Obama Administration lots of info and short videos ..
  • Now Chicken Wing Producers Are Whining Over NFL Protests

    12/17/2017 9:10:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Eater ^ | Dec 15, 2017, 4:03pm EST | Chris Fuhrmeister
    Another food behemoth is blaming slumping sales on protests at National Football League games. Sanderson Farms, a poultry outfit headquartered in Laurel, Mississippi, is pointing to the protests, in which some NFL players kneel during the pre-game national anthem, as a possible reason for a recent decline, reports Fortune. “The only thing puzzling me right now is wings,” chief executive officer Joe F. Sanderson Jr. said in an earnings call on Thursday. “It’s just been reported to us that some of our customers think that their traffic is down because of the demonstrations by some of the NFL players.” Chicken...
  • ‘Saturday Night Fever’ is Hollywood’s Greatest Insult to Italian-Americans

    12/17/2017 9:06:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 16, | Steve Cuozzo
    I’ve hated “Saturday Night Fever” since the first time I saw it in 1977. It’s the only Hollywood movie that offends me as an Italian-American. Sure, it’s “iconic” — but that debased term is now used for every pizza joint that closed because of a rent hike. I admit that I love the pulse-pounding opening sequence where John Travolta prances under the 86th Street tracks in Bensonhurst to the beat of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.” Who doesn’t? But the next 116 minutes make my blood boil. Movies about Mafia gangsters, which some Italian-Americans grumble about, rarely bother me. The...
  • IED Explodes on a Subway Platform in Hamburg

    12/17/2017 5:44:43 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 18 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 17 Dec, 2017 | Baron Bodissey
    Perpetrator on The Run – Explosion at the Veddel Subway Station Explosives-alarm on the Veddel! According to first information, Sunday evening, around 5:30, an explosion took place at the subway station. The perpetrator(s) apparently are on the run. Fortunately, no one was wounded, according to the police. According to the police, a pyrotechnic item exploded in a plastic bag deposited at the train station. The windows of an air trap were damaged, but people were not harmed, according to police. The perpetrator used a stop on the subway. He exited, deposited the bag on the platform, and quickly entered the...
  • Chinese university sparks controversy over class teaching women to ‘shut up’

    12/17/2017 4:56:03 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 70 replies
    Asian Correspondent ^ | Dec. 18, 2017 | Asian Correspondent Staff
    CHINESE women are disfavoured at birth compared to boys (the country has one of the lowest female-to-male sex ratios at birth in the world) and stigmatised as “sexless” spinsters if they choose to earn a PhD. Now, a viral video has surfaced on China’s Internet, of a class that teaches its students that “women should talk less, do more housework and shut their mouths”, according to an AFP report. The teacher in the class in the northeastern province of Liaoning, also told students that “women should not strive to move upwards in society, but should always remain at the bottom...
  • Child Rapist Sentenced To No Jail, So Victim's Boyfriend Takes Him Out

    12/17/2017 3:33:46 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 65 replies
    BlueLivesMatter ^ | 17 December 2017 | HollyMatkin
    Brittany Monk's rapist received just 5 years of probation for repeatedly sexually assaulting her when she was a child. Baton Rouge, LA – A Louisiana man said he is “not sorry” that he murdered a man who raped his girlfriend when she was a child, because he believed that the justice system “failed” her. Jace Crehan, 23, admitted to having stabbed and strangled Robert Noce Jr., 47, less than two weeks after Noce was convicted for sexually assaulting Crehan’s girlfriend, 20-year-old Brittany Monk, the New York Daily News reported. A jury found Crehan guilty of the July 4, 2015 second-degree...
  • Yes, progressives have written that they hate America.

    12/17/2017 2:27:05 PM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 10 replies
    They just don't use that language, because they believe their vision is better and not harmful. Problem is, in their writings they have gone too far in regards to spilling the beans. Around the time of the 2008 election, Michelle Obama was caught on video stating: "We're going to have to change our traditions, our history; we're going to have to move into a different place as a nation". This is nothing new; however, what she did not do was explain what she meant. Other progressives have explained what they meant using virtually identical language. In 1909, in the book...
  • Lawrence Solomon: Ban the bike! How cities made a huge mistake in promoting cycling

    12/17/2017 2:23:19 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 52 replies
    Financial Post ^ | December 1, 2017 | Lawrence Solomon
    --SNIP-- Today the bicycle is a mixed bag, usually with more negatives than positives. In many cities, bike lanes now consume more road space than they free up, they add to pollution as well as reducing it, they hurt neighbourhoods and business districts alike, and they have become a drain on the public purse. The bicycle today — or rather the infrastructure that now supports it — exemplifies “inappropriate technology,” a good idea gone wrong through unsustainable, willy-nilly top-down planning. London, where former mayor Boris Johnston began a “cycling revolution,” shows where the road to ruin can lead. Although criticism...
  • Pope says ‘fake news’ a ‘very serious sin’

    12/17/2017 10:13:59 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    AP via Times of Israel ^ | December 17, 2017 12:45 pm
    Pope Francis is criticizing journalists who dredge up old scandals and sensationalize the news, saying it is a “very serious sin” that hurts all involved. Francis, who plans to dedicate his upcoming annual communications message to “fake news,” told Catholic media on Saturday that journalists perform a mission that is among the most “fundamental” to democratic societies. […] The pope said,“You shouldn’t fall into the ‘sins of communication’ — disinformation, or giving just one side, calumny that is sensationalized, or defamation, looking for things that are old news and have been dealt with and bringing them to light today.” …
  • Rose McGowan Calls Out Meryl Streep, Actresses Who Plan to Wear Black to Golden Globes

    12/17/2017 8:41:03 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 56 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | December 16, 2017 | Patrick Shanley
    <p>Rose McGowan called out actresses who plan to wear black gowns to the Golden Globes to protest gender inequality.</p> <p>The actress took to Twitter on Saturday, writing, "Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @GoldenGlobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real change. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa." Marchesa, a womenswear company, was founded by Georgina Chapman, Harvey Weinstein's ex-wife. Weinstein himself is presumably the "Pig Monster" in McGowan's tweet.</p>
  • Bazooka handed in at San Francisco gun buyback event

    12/17/2017 8:25:51 AM PST · by PROCON · 68 replies ^ | Dec. 16, 2017
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- People gave up 271 guns during a weapons buyback in San Francisco Saturday. The buyback was held on Howard Street in the South of Market Area when police showed off this military-grade bazooka. Officers also collected handguns, shotguns, and high-powered rifles. A community leader believes San Francisco took a big step toward being less violent with the event.
  • How Hoboken SantaCon descended into a drunken violent day

    12/17/2017 6:55:41 AM PST · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    Hoboken may have welcomed its final Santacon this weekend after more than a dozen arrests and reports of bar fights across the Mile Square City. Mayor-elect Ravi Bhalla tweeted that SantaCon isn't welcome in Hoboken and that he would review options. "We shouldn't have to subsidize a few bars getting rich off our tax dollars!" Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante posted a running commentary, underpinned with growing disgust, as the day got out of hand. Here's how Hoboken SantaCon 2017 unfolded:
  • City residents may soon be able to register to vote online

    12/16/2017 8:55:02 PM PST · by EinNYC · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 16, 2017 | Khristina Narizhnaya and Anna Sanders
    City residents may soon be able to register to vote online under a City Council bill signed Saturday by Mayor de Blasio. Voters would enter their information in an online portal or mobile app, which would then be printed onto a registration form with an electronic signature and delivered to the city Board of Elections.
  • Racist-Meltdown Professor Quits, Get Giant Taxpayer-Funded Payday

    12/16/2017 6:40:58 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 28 replies
    BlueLivesMatter ^ | 16 December 2017 | GinnyReed
    The professor captured having a racist meltdown on video has resigned. Olympia, WA - An Evergreen State College professor who was captured on video making racist remarks and screaming at her white colleagues has resigned, and accepted a settlement from the school. Naima Lowe, a self-proclaimed black queer artist and educator who taught video and performance art at Evergreen State, had filed a discrimination and hostile work environment claim against the college, according to FOX News. The professor drew the ire of many when she was caught on video berating her white co-workers in front of the university’s library. “You...
  • Leftists Angry after Taylor Swift Says She ‘Couldn’t Have Asked for a Better Year’

    12/16/2017 3:23:43 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Dec 2017 | DANIEL NUSSBAUM
    Pop star Taylor Swift apparently struck a nerve with leftists and Internet trolls this week after she said she “couldn’t have asked for a better year” in 2017 and thanked her fans in a birthday Instagram post. “I love you guys so much,” Swift captioned a photo taken at a recent London concert. “I couldn’t have asked for a better year, all thanks to you. Thanks for all the birthday wishes. Can’t wait to see what 28 will be like. See you on tour.” That simple message was apparently too much for some Twitter users — and at least a...
  • Attorney for IT worker who took a hammer to Clinton cell phones is Mueller deputy

    12/16/2017 1:14:55 PM PST · by RC one · 34 replies
    World Tribune ^ | December 11, 2017 | WorldTribune Staff
    A top attorney on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating alleged Trump campaign ties to Russia also represented the IT staffer who set up Hillary Clinton’s private email server, a report said.Aaron Zebley was an attorney for Justin Cooper, the IT aide who set up the private email server and who destroyed Clinton’s old Blackberry phones with a hammer, Fox News’s Tucker Carlson reported on Dec. 7. Documents obtained by Fox News show that Zebley, as Cooper’s acting attorney, “stonewalled” Senate investigators who wanted to question Cooper regarding Clinton’s mishandling of classified information. “We are troubled by [Zebley’s] complete refusal...
  • Virginia woman killed in 'grisly mauling' by her dogs, cops say

    12/16/2017 11:06:15 AM PST · by familyop · 172 replies
    Fox News ^ | 16DEC17 | Fox News
    "It appears she was taken to the ground, lost consciousness, and the dogs then mauled her to death,...The area where they found the victim’s body was covered in blood, Agnew said, adding that it took at least eight hours for investigators to collect over 60 pieces of evidence. "It was an absolutely grisly mauling," Sheriff Agnew said. "In my 40 years of law enforcement I've never seen anything quite like it.
  • Indiana gyro restaurant closed after customer finds cocaine in take-out order

    12/16/2017 6:11:07 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 20 replies
    Globe-Gazette ^ | 12-16-2017 | Lauren Cross
    GRIFFITH, Indiana — Broad Street Gyros' doors will remain closed indefinitely until detectives finish their investigation into how a bag of cocaine wound up in a customer's food order last month, according to Griffith Police Cmdr. Keith Martin. The business at 105 N. Broad St. in downtown Griffith — steps away from the town's police department — was first shuttered Nov. 22 and the Town Council voted again this week to allow the suspension to stand during the police department's investigation, according to Martin and police records. No criminal charges have been filed, Martin said, but that could change as...