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  • London Mayor Says Trump Wrong to Blame Immigrants for Crime Wave [semi-satire]

    07/16/2018 9:31:21 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 July 2018 | John Semmens
    Mayor Sadiq Khan rebuffed US President Donald Trump’s contention that immigrants from Africa and Asia are responsible for rising levels of violent crime in London and other parts of Europe. “The fact that rising numbers of immigrants happen to coincide with rising levels of violence doesn’t prove that the immigrants themselves are the ones responsible,” Khan argued. “Let me point out that the levels of violence in the countries of origin of these immigrants are higher than they are in London. This leads me to think that to a certain extent we are moderating their behavior and reducing the global...
  • Bombshell Bourdain interview published month after his suicide: Chef unloads on 'rapey ... Clinton

    07/16/2018 12:09:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | July 16, 2018 | Emily Crane
    Anthony Bourdain pulled no punches in one of his final interviews as the celebrity chef slammed Bill Clinton for being 'rapey, gropey and disgusting' and spoke of how he imagined Harvey Weinstein dying alone in a bathtub. The globe-trotting food chronicler, who hanged himself in a French hotel in June, gave a lengthy and wide-ranging interview to journalist Maria Bustillos for her recently launched magazine Popula. The interview was conducted in one of Bourdain's favorite Irish pubs in New York back in February and was only published on Sunday. It covered everything from Weinstein's downfall, the Clinton-Trump election and even...
  • Paragliding Trump protester arrested

    07/15/2018 11:15:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 15, 2018 | Jason Hoffman and Livvy Doherty
    Police in Scotland have arrested the paragliding protester who was able to get surprisingly close to President Donald Trump on Friday night as the President visited his Turnberry golf resort. In a statement, Police Scotland said a 55-year-old man has been charged and will appear in Ayr Sheriff Court on Monday. After the President arrived at his Turnberry resort, the paraglider, a Greenpeace activist, flew by the President with a banner that read, "TRUMP, WELL BELOW PAR #RESIST," and then managed to escape. Greenpeace tweeted an image of the incident with the caption, "We've just delivered a message to @RealDonaldTrump...
  • Seoul's Central Asian enclave undergoes demographic change

    07/14/2018 10:29:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | Kwak Yeon-soo
    Near the subway station of Dongdaemun History and Culture Park just west of downtown Seoul, there's a small ethnically diverse enclave along the alleys, better known as Central Asia Street, packed with restaurants and shops displaying signs in Russian. It's a home away from home for ethnic minorities from Mongolia, Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries. The neighborhood is often called Mongolia Town as Mongolians are the dominant population in the neighborhood. But the early settlers were Russians and the neighborhood was once known as Little Moscow. In the wake of the "Wind of Change" that swept Eastern Europe in...
  • Cruise line plans to hire up to 200 at-home agents in Triad (North Carolina)

    07/14/2018 6:20:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The News and Record ^ | July 12, 2018 | Richard Craver, The Winston-Salem Journal
    The Triad’s economic-development groups said Thursday they have successfully recruited Norwegian Cruise Line to create a work-from-home agent cluster in the region that could lead up to 200 full-time jobs. The agents, serving in an entry-level position, will be the first point of contact for guests and travel agents looking to design a vacation on the cruise line, which visits 300 destinations globally. The cruise line plans to begin its hiring process with interviews taking place Wednesday. It said it may take as long as 18 months to complete its hiring initiative. The interviews will be held at Forsyth Technical...
  • Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Michael Avenatti Skyrockets to Trump's Chief Critic

    07/13/2018 11:16:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    News18 India ^ | July 14, 2018 | The Associated Press
    Before Avenatti began representing porn actress Stormy Daniels in her legal fight against President Donald Trump in February, he was virtually unknown outside of the California legal community. But in less than six months the litigator has become one of Trump's chief critics....
  • Melania Trump steps out in London for event with British schoolchildren

    07/13/2018 8:56:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    KTRK-TV ^ | July 13, 2018 | Jordyn Phelps, ABC News
    While President Donald Trump met with Prime Minister Theresa May Friday morning, First Lady Melania Trump set out for London to meet up with May's husband, Philip May, at London's Royal Hospital for an event with British schoolchildren and veterans. The first lady met with school children who showed her how they make poppies -- a British symbol in that stands in tribute to fallen service members -- that are sold to raise money for veterans on Armistice Day and, in an apparent nod to Mrs Trump's "Be Best" initiative that promotes children's interests, chatted with a group of kids...
  • Inside Camp Humphreys, South Korea: America's Largest Overseas Military Base

    07/12/2018 1:00:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 12, 2018 | Joseph Hincks
    After a 19-gun salute wreathed the parade ground at Camp Humphreys in white smoke on June 29, South Korea’s Minister of National Defense, Song Young-moo, and United States Forces Korea (USFK) Commander, General Vincent Brooks, cut the ribbon at the United Nations Command and USFK’s new headquarters. The massive $10.8 billion garrison in Pyeongtaek—America’s largest overseas military base—is in the final stage of a more than decade-long expansion project. About 45 miles south of the joint command’s former headquarters in metropolitan Seoul, it is expected to house nearly 45,000 troops, contractors, and family members by 2022, following the largest peacetime...
  • How Florida spread oxy across half of America

    07/11/2018 10:41:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Metro West Daily News ^ | July 8, 2018 | Pat Beall, The Palm Beach Post
    Reliably red on the political map, Huntington is a West Virginia town with a 191-year-old university, a storied football team and more than 100 churches. It’s where Will Lockwood graduated from high school. It’s where he enrolled at Marshall University. It’s where he first tried OxyContin. By the time Lockwood entered Marshall as a freshman, Detroit dealers were trickling into Huntington selling OxyContin and pills with OxyContin’s active ingredient, oxycodone. Even though Lockwood could step out his front door and get the drug, Detroit street dealers weren’t the preferred supplier. Florida was. It may be 1,000 miles away, but to...
  • VIDEO: Hillary keeps distance from Deplorables as she flies commercial

    07/09/2018 12:27:36 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 71 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 8 Jul 18 | Kyle Olson
    Is Hillary attempting to fashion herself as just one of the people in preparation for a 2020 presidential run? Bill and Hillary Clinton were forced to fly with the unwashed masses recently, according to video posted on Twitter. The video shows the pair apparently sitting in the First Class section, captured across the aisle peons filed into coach.
  • Stephen King Has A ‘Warning’ For Brits Ahead Of Trump’s U.K. Visit

    07/09/2018 9:51:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 9, 2018 | Ed Mazza
    Horror novelist Stephen King is going viral again with yet another slam against President Donald Trump. Trump is visiting the United Kingdom later this week after a NATO summit in Brussels, and is expected to be greeted by protests complete with a 20-foot “Trump baby” in a diaper blimp floating overhead. The best-selling writer tweeted: (TWEET-AT-LINK) King has been a frequent Trump critic on Twitter....
  • Melania Could Well Dampen Protests Against Trump's UK Visit

    07/08/2018 3:12:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Al Bawaba ^ | July 7, 2018 | SyndiGate
    Donald Trump is making his first presidential visit to the UK next week, and the First Lady Melania is set to be the most crucial member of his entourage, amid planned meetings with the Queen and Theresa May. Huge protests are expected in London for Trump's first full day in the capital next Friday, but Melania, 48, could well be the key to ensuring the visit is still a success regardless, thanks to her positive effect on his public image. Branding expert Claire Shiels told Femail: 'There can be no doubt that Melania balances out her husband’s brash, in-your-face personality...
  • South Korea's unstoppable taste for haste

    07/08/2018 1:52:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | July 8, 2018 | Matt C. Crawford
    How did the people go from transplanting rice to downloading torrents in just a few decades? On a recent evening at Ttobagi Driver’s Restaurant in Seoul’s Gwanak District, I surreptitiously started a timer upon placing my order. The waitress strolled off in a leisurely fashion, returning with kimchi and other side dishes just two minutes and 20 seconds later. One and half minutes after that, a clay bowl of ppyeodagwi haejangguk (pork-spine ‘hangover’ soup) was set on the table, steaming furiously. It’s remarkable enough that such service exists in a country where tipping is not practiced. More remarkable still, though,...
  • 'Trump Baby' balloon to go on world tour

    07/08/2018 1:37:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    KRON-TV ^ | July 8, 2018 | Alexa Mae Asperin, CNN
    LONDON -- A giant 'Trump Baby' balloon is set to be flown close to the UK Parliament during US President Donald Trump's visit to London next week after the Mayor of London gave the go-ahead. And just recently, the organizers announced the blimp is going on a world tour. The organizers wrote on its Crowdfunder page that "people have been SO generous and supportive that we now have WAY more money than we can sensibly spend just on Trump's UK visit in July!" “So - Trump Baby is going on World Tour!” the organizers wrote. “All the details are still...
  • ICA busts large syndicate that arranged sham marriages with Vietnamese women (Singapore)

    07/05/2018 10:22:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | June 19, 2018 | Jalelah Abu Baker
    A single tip-off on a sham marriage in March last year led officers from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) to uncover one of the largest sham marriage syndicates to date. In all, 17 syndicate members were identified between March and July last year, ICA said during a media briefing at its headquarters on Tuesday (Jun 19). A sham marriage, or marriage of convenience, is a ruse to help foreigners enter Singapore or extend their stay here. The act was criminalised in 2012. Of the 17 syndicate members, 12 have been convicted, two left Singapore before investigation started, one was...
  • Why hiring more truck drivers won’t fix the shortage

    07/04/2018 10:46:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Fox Business ^ | July 3, 2018
    As the Trump administration considers alleviating a shortage of truck drivers by lowering the age requirement to 18 from 21, a truck industry leader said that would do little to solve the actual problem – retention. “We’ve been hearing about a truck driver shortage for about 30 years now,” Todd Spencer, the owner-operate of the Independent Driver’s Association said during an interview with FOX Business’ Charles Payne. “What they’re really talking about is they have retention issues.” According to the American Trucking Association, the industry was short more than 36,000 drivers in 2016, and estimated that number could surpass 63,000...
  • Asiana chairman apologises over no in-flight meals fiasco

    07/04/2018 9:42:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Malay Mail ^ | July 4, 2018 | Agence France Presse
    SEOUL, July 4 — The chairman of South Korea’s Asiana Airlines today apologised after many of its planes took off without any in-flight meals this week because the carrier was suddenly forced to switch caterers. Since Sunday, many Asiana flights have been delayed waiting for meals and many others, mostly short-haul flights to Japan and China, have had to leave without any. “I am sorry for causing public concern over Asiana’s in-flight meal crisis,” said Park Sam-koo, chairman of Kumho Asiana Group whose main subsidiaries include Asiana Airlines and Kumho Engineering & Construction. The debacle at South Korea’s second largest...
  • Record RV sales nationwide boost Lane County-based Marathon Coach’s fortunes (75 jobs in Oregon)

    07/04/2018 12:37:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Register-Guard ^ | July 3, 2018 | Elon Glucklich
    COBURG — After surviving the Great Recession by downsizing from 400 employees to fewer than 100, Marathon Coach is firmly back in growth mode. The Coburg-based luxury RV manufacturer plans to build at least 20 new RVs this year, nearly twice as many as it made four years ago and after a few years in the depths of the Great Recession when it built just three or four a year. Even 20 vehicles might seem a low volume. But given that these are ultra-luxury items that retail for up to $2 million apiece, each unit takes months to produce. Marathon...
  • Overwhelmed by freight loads, railroads offer hefty hiring incentives to fill jobs

    07/02/2018 8:17:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 22, 2018 | Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
    As Americans go on a shopping bender, railroad operators carrying train loads of consumer purchases are adding thousands of jobs, and some are offering hefty hiring incentives to draw applicants. Union Pacific is dangling $10,000 hiring bonuses for Chicago-area train conductors and engineers, and $15,000 for diesel technicians, while BNSF Railway has advertised a $20,000 incentive for a diesel technician job in the area. Norfolk Southern Railway also has ambitious hiring plans, though it is not offering hiring incentives. Strong economic growth has increased the amount of goods moving on the rails and therefore the manpower needed, while the nation's...
  • When the heck is the flying car going to get here?

    07/01/2018 8:12:53 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 69 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 7/1/18 | Jim Bray
    We've been promised them for years, and periodically we get to see an interesting new supposed prototype appear in the media, or as a "character" on TV or in movies. But the real, consumer-friendly flying family car never seems to actually come to market. Why is that? Well, it's a pretty tough nut to crack, and there are questions of what infrastructure would be required (if any) and of course there's also the question of whether or not we want to inflict a bunch of bad drivers onto the sky as well as the roads. I mean, if you think...