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  • Microcomputer inventor, 79, is among the 51 dead in devastating California wildfires as hunt for...

    11/14/2018 10:28:34 PM PST · by bunkerhill7 · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Nov. 14, 2018 | Reporter
    Microcomputer inventor, 79, is among the 51 dead in devastating California wildfires as hunt for more victims continues- Bill Godbout, 79, died on Thursday when the wildfire burned down his Concow home and workshop Godbout was 'a legend in the S-100 community for his 1970s-1980s work at Godbout Electronics and CompuPro'
  • PG&E plunges 21% amid disclosure of an 'electric incident' just before wildfire

    11/14/2018 6:54:38 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 39 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/14/16 | Thomas Franck
    Shares of utility PG&E fell 21 percent on Wednesday after the company said its insurance wouldn't cover its cost if it's found responsible for the Camp Fire. "If the Utility's equipment is determined to be the cause, the Utility could be subject to significant liability in excess of insurance coverage," the company said. The utility company also discloses that it submitted an "electric incident report" to the California Public Utilities Commission on Nov. 8, just before the wildfire.Shares of utility PG&E fell 21 percent on Wednesday after the company said that if its equipment is responsible for the "Camp Fire"...
  • Michael Avenatti arrested by LAPD on suspicion of domestic violence

    11/14/2018 4:20:08 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 41 replies
    Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, has been arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of domestic violence, police said. Josh Rubenstein, LAPD’s director of communications, said Avenatti’s arrest Wednesday afternoon stemmed from an incident on the Westside, but he could not provide details until the attorney was formally booked. Avenatti, who has been tormenting President Trump for almost nine months over the $130,000 payoff that Daniels received to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump, is considering a run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Avenatti has been facing growing legal and financial challenges in recent...
  • 3,500 UC Davis students sign up for event to throw rocks at Camp Fire smoke to make it go away

    11/14/2018 1:48:34 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 62 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 14, 2018 | By Bill Disbrow
    The air around Davis should be clear right about now, thanks to the efforts of hundreds of bored students with no classes to attend and plenty of loose rubble to throw at the skies. According to a Facebook event posting, a horde large enough to fill the Chem 194 lecture hall several times over was planning to "Throw rocks at the smoke to make it go away". "Alright comrades! Class was cancelled but let's still throw some rocks! Throughout the day, when you get a chance, just pick one up and throw it north and slightly east!" read a Facebook...
  • Revolutionary Suicide

    11/14/2018 10:01:21 AM PST · by detective · 13 replies
    Front Page ^ | November 14, 2018 | Daniel Flynn
    “We didn’t commit suicide,” Jim Jones insisted 40 years ago this Sunday. “We committed an act of revolutionary suicide protesting the conditions of an inhumane world.” The transition from idealism to nihilism that the American Left experienced in a few short years during the 1970s finds expression in that short, peculiar phrase. Apart from encapsulating the decline of the Left, revolutionary suicide also advertises the link between the Black Panthers and Peoples Temple, Huey Newton and Jim Jones, the murder of a cop in Oakland in the fall of 1967 and the murder of 909 communards in Jonestown on November...
  • SINCE ELECTION DAY: Democrats Pick Off Over a Dozen GOP House Seats and 2 Senate Seats (tr)

    11/14/2018 7:08:22 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 171 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 13, 2018 | Jim Hoft
    Democrats had a decent haul on election night but since Election Day the Democrats have had a spectacular run. In the US Senate Democrats picked up two seats since Election Day. ** In Montana Senator Jon Tester — who was behind on election day — had a huge haul overnight and won by 5 points. ** In Arizona Taliban-supporting Marxist Kyrsten Sinema was declared the winner a week after votes were cast after being behind on election night ** In Florida Democrats have discovered a secret stash of 83,000 votes since election day! Senator Bill Nelson is now surprisingly only...
  • Explainer: Blame climate, but crowded forests also fuel California fires

    11/14/2018 7:05:17 AM PST · by McGruff · 26 replies
    REUTERS ^ | November 14, 2018 | Nichola Groom
    With a tweet blaming California’s wildfires on “gross mismanagement of the forests,” President Donald Trump dismissed the role of climate change in the worsening blazes across the U.S. West - generating widespread derision in the Golden State. Viewed on the surface as the latest shot by Republican Trump at a Democratic state that has repeatedly pushed against his administration’s policies, the tweet nevertheless shone a spotlight on California’s overgrown forests and their role in devastating fires. In fact, few disagree that California’s increasingly dry and overgrown forests are, effectively, large-scale tinderboxes. “California’s forests are reaching a breaking point,” the Little...
  • Real Men Saved Lives in Thousand Oaks

    11/14/2018 6:41:52 AM PST · by Brilliant · 9 replies
    WSJ ^ | Nov. 12, 2018 | Abigail Shrier
    The mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks, Calif., bar last week was a tale of men and masculinity... As soon as he heard the shots, Mr. Wennerstrom... and some friends grabbed everyone they could and pushed them down behind the pool table, piling their own bodies on top of the girls. One woman...told “Good Morning America”: “There were multiple men who got on their knees and pretty much blocked all of us with their back toward the shooter, ready to take a bullet for every single one of us.” When the shooter paused to reload, Mr. Wennerstrom grabbed a bar...
  • Google Confronts Its Bolsheviks: Political activists inside the company aim at white males at top

    11/14/2018 6:06:55 AM PST · by Brilliant · 35 replies
    WSJ ^ | Nov. 13, 2018 | Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.
    ...Google’s leaders conspicuously put their tails between their legs in response to employee protests... that executives were allowed to leave with nest eggs intact after being accused of inappropriate sexual conduct... A more telling loss of control was Google’s surrender to mau-mauing employees when it walked away from a Pentagon deal to develop algorithms to speed the extraction of meaningful information from... drone footage, as well as ...participate in a 10-year project to build out the military’s cloud infrastructure... The Google protests have been led by a group calling itself the Tech Workers Coalition, whose avowed purposes are ideological rather...
  • Cost of building Southland section of bullet train could jump by $11 billion, documents show

    11/14/2018 3:35:58 AM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | NOV 12, 2018 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN
    The cost of constructing the Southern California section of the state bullet train could jump by as much as $11 billion over estimates released earlier this year, though rail authority officials caution that their new numbers assume a more expansive design than is likely to be built. The new estimates are contained in environmental reports prepared for Thursday’s meeting of the authority board, which will review planned routes throughout the Southland. The reports acknowledge that the new cost estimates could affect the $77-billion price tag of the Los Angeles-to-San Francisco system, though they also use a different methodology than previous...
  • Denham loses GOP seat in California

    11/13/2018 7:07:01 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/13/18 | Mike Lillis
    Democrat Josh Harder has defeated Rep. Jeff Denham (Calif.), a week after the midterm elections were held, knocking off a Republican long seen as vulnerable. The Associated Press called the race for Harder on Tuesday night. Denham had sought to distance himself from President Trump on immigration, helping to launch the upstart effort from moderate Republicans to force votes on legislation protecting the so-called “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants brought to the country illegally as kids, even as GOP leaders were fighting to keep the issue off the floor. Denham’s discharge petition gambit ultimately failed, however, as conservatives maneuvered successfully to block...
  • The underestimated cooling effect on the planet from historic fires

    11/13/2018 6:50:30 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 16 replies
    sciencedaily ^ | August 9,2018 YES August | University of Leeds
    Historic levels of particles in the atmosphere released from pre-industrial era fires, and their cooling effect on the planet, may have been significantly underestimated according to a new study. Historic levels of particles in the atmosphere released from pre-industrial era fires, and their cooling effect on the planet, may have been significantly underestimated according to a new study. Fires cause large amounts of tiny particles, known as aerosols, to be released into the atmosphere. These aerosols, such as the soot in smoke or chemicals released by burning trees, can cool the planet by reflecting sunlight back into space and increasing...
  • New hurdle arises in Pelosi’s march to speakership

    11/13/2018 2:36:32 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/13/18 05:18 PM EST | MIKE LILLIS
    Democrats in the Problem Solvers Caucus are proving to be the latest hurdle to Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) rise to the Speakership. Ten Democrats in the bipartisan, 48-member group are vowing to withhold their support for Pelosi — or any other Speaker nominee — unless the candidate commits, in writing, to certain changes in House rules designed to empower rank-and-file lawmakers and break partisan gridlock. ADVERTISEMENT Pelosi, while voicing general support for the group’s ideas, has not issued a written commitment to adopting them. And the Democratic co-chairman of the group, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), said Tuesday that he won’t support...
  • How Trump's tax cuts hurt the GOP in America's wealthy suburbs

    11/13/2018 1:51:18 PM PST · by Mariner · 66 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | November 13th, 2018 | Brian Cheung
    Republicans are losing their hold on upper-middle-class suburbs, and the tax reform bill may be to blame. Although a number of races are still too close to call, Democrats have taken 30 seats so far — more than the 23 GOP districts they needed to seize control of the House of Representatives. In swing districts across the country, new Democratic challengers vowed to defy the Trump administration while Republican incumbents touted the benefits of tax reform and a booming economy. But the GOP’s tax reform bill may have disenfranchised fiscal conservatives in higher-income areas, since the Trump tax cuts capped...
  • Malibu Man Defies Woolsey Fire Evacuation Order to Help Protect Homes From Looters, Assist Residents

    11/13/2018 10:14:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    KTLA ^ | November 13, 2018, by | Eric Spillman and Tracy Bloom,
    On Monday night, Bassett was making gas deliveries to help out firefighters around Malibu when heard a troublesome report on the radio. "We actually heard it come over the radio that people were coming in by boat to start stealing things, and that people were dressed as officers, dressed as firemen, and taking what they could," he said. Bassett immediately went back to his residence and grabbed a rifle, along with and a mask to filter out the wildfire smoke. He then waited outside the Malibu Gardens Condominiums, located in the area of Kanan Dume and Cavalleri roads, ready to...
  • Democrats Gain Veto-Proof Majority in California Legislature

    11/13/2018 9:43:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    AP ^ | November 12, 2018 | Don Thompson
    Democrats have won two Republican-held California state Senate seats in the Central Valley, giving the party veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature. Vote totals updated since Election Day made winners Monday of Melissa Hurtado and Assemblywoman Anna Caballero. Hurtado won the open 12th District seat while Caballero defeated Republican Sen. Andy Vidak in the neighboring 14th District. Both are in the Fresno area. Vidak, of Hanford, has held the seat since a special election in 2013.
  • Larkspur cuts ties with wastewater treatment provider (California)

    11/13/2018 5:10:43 AM PST · by ptsal · 6 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | Nov 08, 2018 | Matthew Pera
    Citing concerns about possible pension liability, Larkspur officials this week took the first step toward severing the city’s membership in the Central Marin Sanitation Agency, a wastewater organization it helped form in the late 1970s. The Larkspur City Council agreed Wednesday to give up the city’s seat on Central Marin’s six-member board of directors, which governs the infrastructure that treats sewage collected from Larkspur and other nearby areas. The council will vote on formal resolutions declaring the city’s severance at future meetings. But Larkspur’s voice won’t be completely flushed down the drain when the withdrawal is finalized, one of the...
  • First victims of Paradise fire are identified as death toll rises to 42 with 220 still missing...

    11/13/2018 1:41:17 AM PST · by Morgana · 86 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | November 13, 2018 | Valerie Edwards For
    FULL TITLE: First victims of Paradise fire are identified as death toll rises to 42 with 220 still missing making it the deadliest in state history with remains found in charred cars and the ruins of their homes Four victims of what has now been confirmed as the deadliest wildfire in the history of the state of California have been identified as three men and a woman. The official death toll in Northern California's Camp Fire has climbed to 42 after local authorities revealed that the remains of another 13 people were found on Monday. Ernest Foss, 65, of Paradise...
  • FIRE INFO--official, up-to-date, for LA county

    11/12/2018 10:02:52 PM PST · by Innovative · 21 replies
    211 LA Fire Information ^ | Nov. 12, 2018 | LAFD
    WOOLSEY FIRE INFORMATION Note: this website is updated regularly with verified official information. Check back or follow us at @211LACounty for updates.
  • UC Berkeley law school confronts the racist legacy behind its famed Boalt Hall

    11/12/2018 6:04:25 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Nov 12, 2018 | Teresa Watanabe
    For more than a century, UC Berkeley's elite law school has been closely tied to the name of the building that houses it, Boalt Hall.