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  • Apple Music joins ‘Blackout Tuesday’ awareness campaign

    06/02/2020 8:05:57 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 38 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | June 2, 2020
    On Tuesday, Apple Music canceled the radio schedule for Beats 1 radio to support “Blackout Tuesday,” suggesting that listeners tune in to a “”Blackout Tuesday” radio stream. On launching ‌Apple Music‌, users see a message that replaces the normal “For You,” “Browse,” and “Radio” sections. The page includes a “Listen Together” button that links to the aforementioned station. In steadfast support of the Black voices that define music, creativity, and culture, we use ours. This moment calls upon us all to speak and act against racism and injustice of all kinds. We stand in solidarity with Black communities everywhere....
  • Three arrested after attempt to drive truck with drugs onto Seymour Johnson AFB

    06/02/2020 3:46:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    WRAL ^ | 6/01/20
    GOLDSBORO, N.C. - Three people face drug and trespassing charges after they tried to drive a rented truck carrying marijuana and methamphetamine onto Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Goldsboro police were called to the Slocumb Street Gate on May 29 at approximately 4:45 p.m. There they found three people inside a U-Haul van that had been leased May 25 and had been due back May 26. They saw marijuana inside the truck and, after a further search, found smoking pipes, methamphetamine precursor chemicals and a large pit bull. The dog was taken to the Wayne County Animal Shelter.
  • Historic curfews in Los Angeles and New York are the harshest in decades

    06/02/2020 2:17:27 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    CNN via MSN ^ | 6/02/20 | Hollie Silverman
    Curfews have been issued across the country in the wake of protests, both peaceful and violent, against police brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. In Los Angeles, the curfew is the harshest since the riots in 1992 following the acquittal of the officer who beat Rodney King. On the East Coast, New York City has enacted the strictest curfew since the race riots of 1943. **SNIP** The county of Los Angeles, the nation's most populous county with approximately ten million residents, enacted a 12-hour overnight curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Monday night....
  • The New Top Prosecutor in Ukraine Has Joe Biden in Her Sights

    06/02/2020 1:58:25 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 6/01/20 | Anna Nemtsova
    Ukraine’s recently appointed prosecutor general, 41-year-old Iryna Venediktova, is a woman to watch. The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, expects her to investigate and prosecute his predecessor. **SNIP** On the night of May 19, Venediktova personally approved the beginning of criminal proceedings against former President Petro Poroshenko for high treason and abuse of office. The move was triggered by leaked recordings of confidential conversations that allegedly took place in 2015-2016 between Poroshenko and then Vice President Biden, as well as John Kerry, who was the U.S. secretary of state at the time. **SNIP** “I know there’s a lot more of...
  • Toms River Businesses Begin Boarding Up Windows Ahead of Tuesday’s Peaceful Protest

    06/01/2020 8:45:07 PM PDT · by Trump.Deplorable · 15 replies
    Shore News Network ^ | 06/01/2020 | Phil Stilton
    TOMS RIVER, NJ – You can’t help but to think Toms River Police and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department are playing down Tuesday’s BLM protest being held in Downtown Toms River, but local businesses aren’t taking any chances and don’t have the same level of comfort as local law enforcement agencies. This afternoon, businesses began boarding up their storefronts from Route 37 down to Water Street ahead of the protests. We reached out earlier to both the Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little and Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy regarding several warnings of threats against the community on social media....
  • Trying to shop online, based on country of manufacture

    06/01/2020 7:43:30 PM PDT · by George from New England · 29 replies
    As we all continue to co-exist in a One World environment I am finding it virtually impossible to find country of origin on many items. Does any freeper know of any search tools or sites where a consumer can easily see in a table, country of manuf ? Currently looking for a 12000 BTU ductless split a/c system. I see loads of them, no way to identify the China made ones vs. Taiwan, Japan, Korea, etc. Pain to have to ask each source. These one world outfit, google, amazon, etc DON'T want to let us distinguish.
  • As Trump’s smearing of protesters gets worse, Adam Schiff raises a red flag ('delegitimize peaceful protests')

    06/01/2020 5:56:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Washington Post (democracy dies with democrats) ^ | 6/01/20 | Greg Sargent, Paul Waldman
    As protests against police brutality spread across the country, President Trump looked impotent, unable to offer anything reassuring and tweeting angrily from inside a White House under siege. But Trump has hit on a solution: designate “antifa” a terrorist organization, to make it look as if the protests have been taken over by radical terrorists, and to create the impression that he’s getting fearsomely tough in response. In an interview with us, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told us that the designation itself, which has no legal basis, appears to be a “characteristically political act." Schiff, the chair of the House...
  • NASA’s Dragon riders capture the flag, nine years after it was left on the space station

    06/01/2020 5:35:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Geekwire ^ | 6/01/20 | Alan Boyle
    A day after arriving at the International Space Station on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken laid claim to a U.S. flag that symbolizes America’s capability to send people to orbit from U.S. soil. The handkerchief-sized flag, sealed in a plastic envelope, has been kept aboard the space station since 2011, when NASA’s final space shuttle crew left it behind before making their departure aboard Atlantis. It was displayed above the Harmony module’s hatch - and, for a time, stored in an equipment bag, nearly forgotten - with instructions that it was to be taken...
  • Some scientists fear ‘superspreaders’ may prompt new COVID-19 outbreaks as states reopen

    06/01/2020 4:54:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/01/20 | Christopher Carbone
    As states across America being to reopen, some scientists are voicing fears about so-called "superspreaders" who may be responsible for larger numbers of coronavirus cases through airborne transmission. Although many businesses are reopening with stringent social distancing guidelines, those practices vary significantly from state to state and even from city to city within various states. Kimberly Prather, an atmospheric chemist at University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, wrote in a recent perspective paper in Science that a review of existing literature provides evidence that the new coronavirus can linger in the air, perhaps even for hours, before...
  • Box Office Will Plunge 50% Due to Coronavirus Closures, Analyst Predicts

    06/01/2020 1:55:14 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 34 replies
    Variety ^ | June 1, 2020 | Brent Lang
    Movie theater closures and the uncertainty created by COVID-19 will have a devastating impact on the box office, according to a new note from research company MoffettNathanson. The Wall Street analyst firm predicts that revenues from ticket sales will be cut in half, falling from $11.4 billion in 2019 to $5.5 billion in 2020. That’s a 52% plunge, and it’s a drop that could be even steeper if cinemas don’t reopen in July and if summer blockbusters such as “Tenet” and “Mulan” that are supposed to debut that month get pushed back deeper into the year. They note that it...
  • Couple up: How 3D printing helped to enable a new scaffold coupler design

    06/01/2020 10:18:05 AM PDT · by null and void · 7 replies
    tct Magazine ^ | 25 May 2020 | Sam Davies
    The scaffold coupler was developed by StrucTemp and LUMA-ID and showcased at the Futurebuild trade fair in January. For two years a prototype has been handled with great care, whether in the hands of the product design company that produced it or the civil engineer whose experience in the construction industry spawned the idea for it. At January’s Futurebuild trade show, the sintered aluminium piece, a new design of a scaffold coupler, was being clanged and bashed against the kind of cold, metal framework it is designed to join together. For more than 100 years, the design of scaffold couplers...
  • A Weekly Dose of President Trump- Trump Family Train 6/1/2020

    06/01/2020 8:50:37 AM PDT · by weston · 318 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 06/01/2020 | weston
  • Democrats' first big virtual convention kicks off in Texas

    06/01/2020 3:49:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 5/31/20
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Democrats will try their first large-scale virtual convention starting Monday in Texas as plans for a traditional national convention this summer remain unsettled because of the coronavirus. Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are among the scheduled speakers in Texas. Democrats in Minnesota had also planned on holding their state convention online this weekend but postponed amid unrest over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer used his knee to pin Floyd’s neck down for several minutes as Floyd pleaded for air and eventually stopped...
  • Let them eat cake! Moment looter casually walks out of Seattle Cheesecake Factory with an entire cake, two wine glasses and a bottle of booze

    05/31/2020 7:06:12 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 31, 2020 | AUREN FRUEN
    This is the moment a woman was filmed walking away from a looted Cheesecake Factory carrying an entire dessert. Wearing a mask the Seattle, Washington resident appeared live on air Saturday as local news station KIRO7 covered George Floyd protests in the area. The reporter tells viewers: 'You see someone actually walking away with a cheesecake there after the Cheesecake Factory was looted. 'Unclear where they may have got that.'
  • Here’s How To Stop The Rioting And Looting

    05/31/2020 5:28:44 PM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 48 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 5/31/2020 | blueunicorn6
    Have every Democrat politician go to the rioting and looting areas. Have them tell everyone to stop rioting and looting. If the Democrat politicians refuse to go, confiscate their wealth and give it to the store/property owners. It would stop in a second.
  • Almonds Are Out. Dairy Is a Disaster. So What Milk Should We Drink?

    05/31/2020 12:45:55 PM PDT · by Bob Ireland · 81 replies
    The Guardian via Pocket Worthy {Yahoo} ^ | May 30, 2020 | Annette McGivney The Guardian
    A glass of dairy milk produces almost three times more greenhouse gas than any plant-based milk. But vegan options have drawbacks of their own. For environmentally minded consumers, the news is hard to swallow: almond milk is not healthy for the planet and the popular milk substitute is especially hard on bees. Our recent investigation into the connection between California’s industrialized almond industry and a record 50bn commercial bee deaths created quite a buzz. The widely read story prompted one primary response from readers: “What should we be drinking instead?” This is a thorny question, and food sustainability experts are...
  • German industry demands subsidies for fossil fuel cars

    05/31/2020 8:46:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.31.2020 | aw/sri (AFP, dpa)
    Germany’s top industry body on Sunday called for sales subsidies on electric cars to be extended to fossil-fuel-powered vehicles. Dieter Kempf, president of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), made the demand in the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. Germany’s powerful-but-struggling carmakers have been calling for the expansion of the subsidies on electric cars, in a bid to shore up their positions during the coronavirus-induced economic crisis. “In view of the crisis, it makes sense to introduce a further purchase bonus for at least 12 months in addition to the environmental premium, provided that this premium is part of a cross-sectoral...
  • Here’s the Ugly Truth About How Much We Save for Retirement

    05/31/2020 7:10:02 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 79 replies
    Moneytalksnews ^ | May 31, 2020 | Chris Kissell
    By and large, Americans of all ages believe they are building healthy nest eggs that will support them through a long retirement. In fact, 60% of all workers say they are piling up savings adequate to last through their golden years, according to the 20th annual Transamerica Retirement Survey of Workers. But the actual numbers suggest something different. The median-sized nest egg for baby boomers is a relatively paltry $144,000, according to the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies. The median is defined as approximately the midpoint of the range in a given category.
  • Isaiah 59 - "Their feet run to evil, and they hasten to shed innocent blood...."

    05/31/2020 6:07:09 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 13 replies
    Bible | 31 May 2020
    The rioters don't go to worship. The people who hate the rioters don't go to church. The national leaders seldom darken the doors of a place of worship. And then people wonder what's wrong with this country. God has a solution for everyone unless they repent. China. Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the Lord's hand is not so short That it cannot save; Neither is His ear so dull That it cannot hear. Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear....
  • Lot 15: Engraved Smith & Wesson Lever Action Repeating Carbine —(The predecessor of all Winchester Rifles, the rarest of the rare!)

    05/30/2020 11:54:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    Rock Island Auction ^ | June 5, 2020
    The rarest of the rare: Offered here is a crown jewel in American firearms collecting: 1 of only 3 S&W lever action repeating rifles known to exist. The carbine is well-documented in Edmund Lewis and Stephen Rutter's "Volcanic Firearms" on pages 38 and 39. According to the two authors, "This is one of only two privately owned Smith & Wesson rifles…More than likely, this was a factory exhibition piece, never destined for sale and never fired. It was manufactured circa 1854-1855." The long guns were developed from Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson’s lever action patent of 1854. Less than 10...