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  • Illegal Immigrants in Mexico Are Now Using Uber to Cross Border Points Undetected

    06/26/2017 7:14:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Pan Am Post ^ | June 26, 2017 | Elena Toledo
    Uber may be assisting in illegal immigration, some Mexican officials claim. Arnulfo Leon Campos of Mexico’s National Institute of Migration said that transporters of undocumented immigrants are using the private ride-sharing service to cross border points without being detected. “Traffickers of people going to the United States diversify their operations and now use private vehicle services like Uber to transport undocumented people,” he said. The statements were made last week after four Uber cars were stopped in the state of Zacatecas on their way to Durango. Cases like these have become more common, officials said, as it becomes increasingly complicated...
  • European Union Threatens Poland, Hungary [fake satire]

    06/25/2017 11:54:14 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Fake Satire ^ | 25 June 2017 | John Semmens
    The absence of Islamic terror attacks in Poland and Hungary has been attributed to these countries' refusal to take in an adequate portion of the flood of Muslim refugees that have swarmed into Europe over the last few years. The leaders of Hungary and Poland think this is a good thing. Hungarian Prime Minster Viktor Orban called these migrants "a poison" and said "every single migrant poses a public security and terror risk." Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydo called the European Union's policy of allowing mass migration from the Middle East "folly." EU Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos slammed the governments...
  • Obama takes a luxury trip down memory lane: Former first family fly into Indonesia....

    06/23/2017 5:24:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | June 23, 2017 | Jessica Chia
    Barack and Michelle Obama, along with their two daughters, are on a five-day luxurious resort holiday in Bali They will be staying at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Ubud, where villas overlook lush rice fields The former president will travel to the island of Java to speak at the 4th Indonesian Diaspora Congress Obama's stepfather was Indonesian, and the former president lived in Jakarta for a few years in the late 1960s Barack and Michelle Obama, along with their two daughters, are taking a luxury vacation to Indonesia - where the former president lived in the 1960s. Soldiers...
  • 8 International Fast Food Chains That Need to Come to the States

    06/20/2017 12:27:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Spoon University ^ | March 23, 2016 | Megan Smith, Purdue University
    With everyone running off to various parts of the world for exciting spring or summer plans, it seems only natural to address an issue regarding the lack of international franchise success within the U.S. Aside from all the McDonalds’, Starbucks’, and KFC’s lining most street corners of metropolitan locations worldwide, other countries have a few delicacies they’ve been covertly keeping to themselves all this time. It’s okay, we’re here to reveal these mouthwatering fast food restaurants from all over the world in efforts to finally bring them to the United States. I don’t know about you, but I could go...
  • Trump family making first visit to Camp David

    06/16/2017 10:09:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 16, 2017 | Julia Manchester
    President Trump and his family will make their first visit to Camp David this weekend, according to the White House. “The first family heads to Camp David. Hoping everyone has a wonderful weekend,” Stephanie Grisham, communications director for first lady Melania Trump, tweeted Friday evening. (TWEET-AT-LINK) Alerts of the president’s visit were issued by the federal government earlier this week, according to The Frederick News Post, which noted a Federal Aviation Administration notice being issued. Similar notifications were sent in March and May but didn't lead to a visit. This is the first visit Trump will make as president to...
  • Islamist extremism: Germany invests millions to prevent radicalization

    06/16/2017 8:28:30 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
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  • Throwback Tulsa: Controversial Creek Turnpike opened 25 years ago

    06/12/2017 7:13:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | March 5, 2017 | Debbie Jackson
    Least terns. A federal lawsuit. Greenpeace. Vandals. Industrious beavers. Angry homeowners. Bureaucratic delays. These were among the obstacles and setbacks that had to be overcome before the Creek Turnpike was built. At one point, the chairman of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority declared it a “total disaster” and exclaimed: “The Creek Turnpike in Tulsa, God only knows when that’ll be completed,” John Kilpatrick said, as reported by the Tulsa World’s Wayne Greene on Oct. 19, 1990. “If we had it to do all over again, we wouldn’t do that project,” the exasperated Kilpatrick said after federal bureaucrats held up construction of...
  • Driverless Autonomous Cars Will Be on U.S. Roads in the Next 2 Months

    06/11/2017 7:06:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 114 replies
    Futurism ^ | June 9, 2017 | Dom Galeon
    Eliminating the Problem How difficult is it to test autonomous vehicles (AVs) on public roads? Uber can probably tell you all about it. Much of the difficulty in obtaining the permits necessary for such tests comes from fear. Because self-driving technology is new, because the systems have been involved in incidents in the past, and so on, people aren’t quite ready to trust the tech. The governor of Washington state, however, has a different perspective. Governor Jay Inslee signed an order on Wednesday that would allow for autonomous vehicle tests without a human driver behind the wheel. According to the...
  • Delta Ends Sponsorship of New York's Public Theater Over Trump-like 'Julius Caesar'

    06/11/2017 6:56:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 11, 2017 | Lauren Huff
    “No matter what your political stance may be, the graphic staging of 'Julius Caesar' at this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park does not reflect Delta Air Lines’ values," the airline said in a statement. Just hours before the theater world gathered for the annual Tony Awards, Delta Air Lines revoked its four-year-old sponsorship of New York's Public Theater, according to reports. The airline found issue with the summer production of Julius Caesar, featuring the assassination of the title character, who in this staging bears an unmistakable resemblance to Donald Trump. "No matter what your political stance may be, the...
  • Muslim Rapists Go Free in Idaho [semi-satire]

    06/10/2017 9:47:27 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 June 2017 | John Semmens
    Three Muslim youths who orally and anally raped and urinated on a 5-year-old girl got off with probation and no time served. Bizarrely, Janice Kroeger, the Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, called the rapists "the real victims of this tragic turn of events." "These three boys are all doing well in school," Kroeger said. "We shouldn't discourage this accomplishment by subjecting them to the scarring effects of incarceration. They are already suffering PTSD from their arrest and these judicial proceedings. There's no need to compound this by putting them in a juvenile detention center." Kroeger lashed out at the little girl's...
  • Indo-American Hotelier Partners With Trump On New Hotel Chain “American Made”

    06/10/2017 2:58:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The South Asian Link ^ | June 10, 2017
    NEW YORK – The sons of President Donald Trump have said their company is launching a new hotel chain inspired by their travels with their father’s campaign. The Trump Organisation is calling the new mid-market chain “American Idea” and said it will start with three hotels in Mississippi. At a party at Manhattan’s Trump Tower, Donald Trump Jr said he and his brother, Eric, got a “crash course in America” while travelling across the country with their father’s presidential campaign. “We saw so many places and towns and so many stories,” he said. The first of dozens of hotels in...
  • Madrid Bans 'Manspreading' On Mass Transit

    06/09/2017 7:27:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    MRC TV ^ | June 9, 2017 | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    The city of Madrid has joined the likes of other Progressive cities like New York City and banned “manspreading” on mass transit. According to Spanish news source the Local, the Municipal Transportation Company (EMT) will be posting signs on the bus system discouraging men from spreading their legs when sitting. A tweet by the Madrid City Council shows the signs will include a big red “x” next to a photo of a man with his legs spread and the phrase, “Respect the space of others” next to it: In a statement provided to the Local, the EMT said, “The new...
  • Study says self-driving cars will create a $7 trillion 'passenger economy'

    06/06/2017 6:39:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 121 replies
    Mashable ^ | June 3, 2017 | Brett Williams
    The race to create self-driving cars is on—but what happens when they’re everywhere and nobody has to drive? That could lead to a “passenger economy” worth $7 trillion by 2050, according to a new report by Intel and analyst firm Strategy Analytics. While the name of the potential new market is lame, the amount of cash it's estimated to drive is not: the study predicts self-driving cars will free up 250 million hours of commuting time per year, providing the backbone for a thriving $800 billion industry by 2035, when the study predicts fully autonomous vehicles will begin to proliferate...
  • Company’s impact unlimited (400 jobs at an average salary of $45,625 in California)

    06/03/2017 10:05:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Porterville Recorder ^ | June 3, 2017 | Rick Elkins
    GreenPower should help local economy Not only were civic leaders at Friday’s groundbreaking for GreenPower Motor Company’s electric-power bus plant, but several local business people were there hoping the company will not only stimulate the local economy, but maybe their’s as well. The Vancouver, Canada-based company broke ground Friday on 10 acres of land it purchased from the city on Hope Drive at the Porterville Municipal Airport. Within a year, it will be turning out electric buses for not just the City of Porterville, but for cities and schools across the nation. It has already set up a limited operation...
  • Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

    06/03/2017 8:10:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Cato At Liberty (Cato Institute) ^ | May 31, 2017 | Randal O'Toole
    Greater reliance on user fees, federal loans rather than grants, and corporatization are three keys to the Trump administration’s infrastructure initiative released as a part of its 2018 budget. The plan will “seek long-term reforms on how infrastructure projects are regulated, funded, delivered, and maintained,” says the six-page document. More federal funding “is not the solution,” the document says; instead, it is to “fix underlying incentives, procedures, and policies.”In building the Interstate Highway System, the fact sheet observes, “the Federal Government played a key role” in collecting and distributing monies to “fund a project with a Federal purpose.” Since then,...
  • Workhorse Group Plans Reveal of SureFly Personal Octocopter Concept

    05/31/2017 1:48:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Trucks ^ | May 31, 2017 | Tiffany Hsu
    Surface road transportation comes with congestion, construction and hordes of cranky commuters. One potential workaround? Flight. That’s the idea behind SureFly, an octocopter concept capable of carrying two passengers into remote and difficult-to-access areas up to 70 miles away. Better known for its trucks, Workhorse Group Inc. plans to unveil the technology at the Paris Air Show on June 19. “It’s designed to be a short-hop machine — if you can fly a drone, you should be able to fly this,” Steven Burns, chief executive of the Loveland, Ohio, company told Trucks.com. Only a mock-up concept vehicle will be on...
  • CBS Exposes Deadly Impact of "Trump Economy" [semi-satire]

    05/29/2017 4:18:58 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 May 2017 | John Semmens
    The upsurge in economic activity that has followed from Donald Trump's elevation to the presidency has an unpublicized "dark side" according to a recent newscast from CBS. Network correspondent Norah O'Donnell explained that "what the Trump Administration failed to consider was that getting people off unemployment and welfare and into the workforce means more will be on the roads driving to their jobs. This exposes them to higher risk of death and injury in traffic crashes." "Worse, the risk isn't confined to the work commute," O'Donnell breathlessly told viewers. "When people are more prosperous they also travel more for recreation....
  • ICTP President Lipman writes to his new friend Ivanka Trump about women Curators and SUN Centers

    05/28/2017 4:15:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    eTurbo News - Global Travel Industry News ^ | May 28, 2017 | Juergen T. Steinmetz
    Ivanka Trump is the “first daughter” in the United States of America. Her father, US President Donald Trump has been a controversial figure when it comes to climate change and tourism. Geoffrey Lipman can be considered a senior celebrity in the travel and tourism world. Lipman is president of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) and co-founder of SUN. ICTP is a Haleiwa, Hawaii-based association of tourism destinations and stakeholders with members in more than 100 countries. Brussels based Professor Lipman has a unique proposal to the first daughter and pledged to have SUN Centers manned only by women...
  • Plasma Jet Engines Might Soon Become A Reality

    05/27/2017 6:18:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Wall Street Pit ^ | May 27, 2017
    Conventional jet engines generate thrust by mixing fuel with compressed air, then igniting it. As the burning mixture rapidly expands, it gets blasted out of the back of the engine, propelling the craft forward. On the other hand, a plasma jet engine does away with the standard air and fuel mixture. Instead, it makes use of electricity to compress and excite gas into a plasma — an extremely hot, dense ionised state comparable with the insides of a fusion reactor or a star — then generate an electromagnetic field from it. Plasma engines have remained in experimental stages for quite...
  • Smugglers offer luxury passage for migrants, if they can pay

    05/27/2017 4:14:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Hamilton Spectator ^ | May 27, 2017 | Gaia Pianigiani and Lorenzo Tondo, The New York Times
    AVOLA, Sicily — It was a far cry from the rotting fishing boats and overstuffed dinghies that carry so many thousands of migrants precariously to Italian shores. The family of six had paid about $96,000 (all figures US) to travel from Afghanistan to Turkey. The last leg of their journey, a cramped week's sail through the Aegean and Mediterranean seas aboard a cerulean 50-foot yacht, the Polina, piloted by three Ukrainian skippers, cost $7,000 a head. It dropped them in Sicily in relative style. As migrants go, this was luxury class. It was not the first time that Carlo Parini,...