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  • “Pro-Life” Democrat Joe Manchin Won’t Commit to Supporting Brett Kavanaugh

    07/17/2018 5:55:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | July 16, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is one of several swing votes that could determine the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. A Democrat who is moderately pro-life, Manchin has not said how he will vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the Washington Free Beacon reports. While Manchin did support President Donald Trump’s first nominee to the high court, Neil Gorsuch, he is being lobbied heavily by abortion activists to oppose Kavanaugh. Manchin has a mixed voting record on pro-life issues. A sign of hope, on Wednesday, Manchin did praise Kavanaugh as a “very fine person of high...
  • Gillibrand: Women's Lives Will Be at Risk if Kavanaugh Is Confirmed

    07/17/2018 5:01:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 39 replies
    TOWN HALL ^ | July 17, 2018 | Cortney O'Brien
    The pushback against President Trump's latest Supreme Court nominee has reached peak outrage, specifically in the pro-abortion movement. Liberal lawmakers and activists are under the impression that Kavanaugh's presence on the bench will mean the end of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion. That was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's impression. She said Kavanaugh could "put everything at risk" and a vote for him is a vote to "destroy" Roe v. Wade. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) was the latest Democrat to suggest this in a recent interview with Glamour magazine. Gillibrand, who’s generated buzz as a possible...
  • Stolen U.S. Military Drone Documents Found for Sale on Dark Web, Researchers Say

    07/17/2018 1:22:01 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 11th 2018 | Dustin Volz
    An unidentified hacker tried to sell purported U.S. military documents containing information about combat drones last month, a cybersecurity research firm said, after they were allegedly stolen from an Air Force officer’s computer.
  • Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States

    07/17/2018 11:48:53 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 46 replies
    Motherboard ^ | July 17th 2018 | Kim Zetter
    Remote-access software and modems on election equipment 'is the worst decision for security short of leaving ballot boxes on a Moscow street corner.'
  • Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who Is America?’ Debut Pratfalls In Ratings For Showtime

    07/17/2018 9:55:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    deadline.com ^ | July 17, 2018 8:06am | by Dominic Patten
    Oscar Wilde once quipped that “there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” Having generated a lot of chatter recently, Sacha Baron Cohen and Showtime may take The Importance of Being Earnest author’s words as some cold comfort today. They may have to. Because, for all the hoopla around the debut of Cohen’s Who Is America? series, the 10 PM satire offering attracted a pretty meager viewership on July 15, at least on the small screen. Just 327,000 sets of eyeballs tuned in to the premium cabler on...
  • A History of Money and Banking in the United States Part 1: Before the 20th Century

    07/17/2018 9:26:38 AM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | 04-30-2018 | Murray N Rothbard
    Part 1 of A History of Money and Banking in the United States. Part 2 which covers the Federal Reserve Bank will be linked in the comments.
  • The U.K.'s New 'Tempest' Stealth Fighter Project Already Faces Serious Challenges

    07/17/2018 9:18:04 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 8 replies
    The War Zone ^ | JULY 16, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    The U.K. Ministry of Defense has unveiled new plans for a new stealth fighter jet called Tempest at the biennial Farnborough Airshow. The announcement coincides with the release of a new Combat Air Strategy, which focuses heavily on sustaining and expanding the United Kingdom’s domestic defense industrial base and international cooperation in that sector, but there are already questions about the project’s viability given the country’s increasingly uncertain political and economic future. Underscoring the emphasis on engagement with the private sector, U.K. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson offered details about Tempest and the country’s new aerial warfare strategy in front...
  • Debt-plagued Chicago becomes latest blue stronghold to consider free 'basic income'

    07/17/2018 7:50:49 AM PDT · by pabianice · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/17/18 | Brown
    Chicago may soon become the largest municipality in the U.S. to test a universal basic income program. Chicago alderman Ameya Pawar recently proposed legislation that would provide 1,000 families with a $500 monthly stipend -- no questions asked. The bill already has the backing of the majority of city lawmakers, and Pawar hopes to soon work with Mayor Rahm Emanuel to implement the pilot program, The Intercept reported. “Nearly 70 percent of Americans don’t have $1,000 in the bank for an emergency,” Pawar told the outlet. “UBI could be an incredible benefit for people who are working and are having...
  • Public Schools: The Three Big Problems We Must Fix

    07/16/2018 4:36:34 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 19 replies
    Republic Standard ^ | May 3, 2018 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    One thing our public schools do well is undermine real education. K-12 education is a big swirl of unnecessary problems and impasses. Millions of children are damaged by what seem to be ideological decisions. Our self-appointed experts, which I call the Education Establishment, appear unable to improve the schools. Worse, they don't seem to want to. Let’s identify the three main problems as the first step toward fixing them: First, our schools seem to become dumber by the year and probably by the month. Government statistics say that the majority of our students, in both fourth grade and eighth grade,...
  • Lost Stanley Kubrick screenplay, Burning Secret, is found 60 years on

    07/16/2018 10:50:57 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 37 replies
    www.theguardian.com ^ | 07/16/2018 | Staff
    His first world war classic, Paths of Glory, is one of cinema’s most powerful anti-war movies, widely acclaimed as a masterpiece, as was his Roman epic, Spartacus, both of which starred Kirk Douglas. Now a “lost” screenplay by director Stanley Kubrick has been discovered – and it is so close to completion that it could be developed by film-makers. Entitled Burning Secret, the script is an adaptation of the 1913 novella by the Viennese writer Stefan Zweig. In Kubrick’s adaptation of the story of adultery and passion set in a spa resort, a suave and predatory man befriends a 10-year-old...
  • This startup is the perfect example of Korea’s vibrant crypto market

    07/16/2018 9:08:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    TNW ^ | July 16, 2018 | Lucas Miller
    Though cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications seem to have taken the entire world by storm, there are few places where this new technology has been embraced like South Korea. In part, thanks to changing regulations within the country, the overwhelming sentiment seems to indicate that crypto will soon become fully integrated into everyday life in South Korea. But what is it that has made cryptocurrency take off in South Korea at such an unprecedented rate? By taking a closer look at overall trends and how they have impacted blockchain startups like Bezant, we also get greater insight into the success of...
  • Flippin' awesome: Footage of a 1982 cassette player's amazing auto-reverse system

    07/16/2018 6:58:32 AM PDT · by dennisw · 51 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 13 July 2018 | TED THORNHILL
    Flippin' awesome: Footage of a 1982 cassette player's amazing auto-reverse system has the internet mesmerised The footage shows one of the best auto-reverse systems - by Nakamichi The system on the RX-202 model physically flips the cassette around After the clip was uploaded to Imgur it garnered 100,000 views There were several purchases that helped people ‘keep up with the Joneses’ in the 1980s – buying SodaStreams, cars with head rests and, of course, cassette players with auto-reverse. And it seems that the latter is still mesmerising people, because a video of a 1982 auto-reverse system in action has been...
  • Ivanka Trump’s Clothing Line Pulled From Yet Another Department Store (Canada)

    07/15/2018 5:20:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    MSN Lifestyle ^ | July 15, 2018 | Sara Hendricks, Refinery 29
    Another Ivanka Trump placement bites the dust. Trump’s titular fashion line, Ivanka Trump, has been dropped by Hudson’s Bay, a Canadian department store. The line can no longer be found on the store’s website and will be gradually phased out of stores in the coming months. Hudson’s Bay’s decision should not come as a surprise to Canadians. According to the Guardian, an activist group called the “Peeved Beavers” have been leading demonstrations against the store over the past year. And, of course, it has also been faced with the ultimate kiss of death for any fashion line — poor brand...
  • The High Cost of Catering to SJWs on Campus: Dwindling Enrollment and Finances

    07/15/2018 4:41:19 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 13, 2018 | Tom Ciccota
    Over the last few years, a select few schools around the country have shown the high cost of catering to the demands of partisan activist groups and mobs of social justice warriors. Schools like Evergreen State College, the University of Missouri and Oberlin College are all notorious for their tendency to pander to social justice activists — and now they are paying the price. Although college enrollment is slightly declining throughout the country, these institutions have seen massive declines over just the past few years.
  • Sinclair Broadcasting plans to launch streaming service: report

    07/15/2018 4:17:47 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 14, 2018 | Brett Samuels
    Sinclair Broadcast Group is working on a streaming news service that could launch later this year, BuzzFeed News reported Wednesday. The company has submitted a trademark application for a free streaming app, called STIRR, BuzzFeed reported. Sources familiar with the project told the news outlet that the app would offer local and national news, as well as other on-demand programming. A spokesperson for Sinclair declined to comment to BuzzFeed. The app would represent the latest effort from Sinclair to expand its reach.
  • A look inside the last Blockbuster video store in America

    07/15/2018 3:40:22 PM PDT · by BBell · 61 replies
    A man parked his motorcycle on the sidewalk Saturday morning, ruining the aesthetic of the last remaining Blockbuster in the continental United States. "You can't park there," general manager Sandi Harding told the man as he walked into the store in Bend, Oregon. "People are trying to take pictures." The man paused for a beat. There was confusion in his response. "Trying to take pictures?" Somehow he had missed the past decade, when Blockbuster the video rental behemoth became Blockbuster the fallen victim of modernity.In 2004, at the company's peak, 9,000 Blockbuster outlets studded city blocks and suburban strip malls...
  • Yes, open office plans are the worst

    07/14/2018 4:58:09 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | Sarah Wells
    While the concept behind open office spaces is to drive informal interaction and collaboration among employees, the study found that for both groups of employees monitored (52 for one company and 100 for the other company) face-to-face interactions dropped, the number of emails sent increased between 20 and 50 percent and company executives reported a qualitative drop in productivity. “[Organizations] transform their office architectures into open spaces with the intention of creating more [face-to-face] interaction and thus a more vibrant work environment,” the study’s authors, Ethan Bernstein and Stephen Turban, wrote. “[But] what they often get—as captured by a steady...
  • Is using magnets and copper wiring to power light bulbs a money saver?

    Aside that it is neat, is it actually worth the expense over time?
  • Dozens hurt as Ryanair flight loses cabin pressure

    07/14/2018 9:53:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 07/14/2018
    More than 30 Ryanair passengers, some bleeding from their ears, have received hospital treatment in Germany after their plane to Croatia lost cabin pressure, German police say. Flight FR7312 from Dublin to Zadar made an emergency landing in Frankfurt. The airline said oxygen masks were deployed and the crew carried out a "controlled descent". The plane descended 8,000m (26,000ft) from 11,300m to 3,000m in seven minutes, according to Flight Radar. Ryanair said the plane "landed normally and customers disembarked, where a small number received medical attention as a precaution". The plane was carrying 189 passengers, 33 of whom were hospitalised,...
  • Alleged mob hit in the Bronx that critically injures man caught on video

    07/14/2018 12:07:56 AM PDT · by BBell · 23 replies
    https://pix11.com/ ^ | 7/13/18 | Anthony DiLorenzo
    THROGS NECK, the Bronx — A man was critically injured outside his Bronx home in what police sources said on Friday is an attempted mob attack. It happened at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday in the vicinity of Tierney Place and Locus Point Drive in Throgs Neck. Video surveillance shows a man firing several shots at a 41-year-old man before fleeing the scene inside a red four-door sedan. The victim, who police sources identified as Bonnano Associate Salvatore Zottola, suffered several gunshot wounds to his torso, his left hand and graze wounds to his head.