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  • Fox News contributor Ralph Peters quits ‘propaganda machine’ in email to colleagues

    03/20/2018 3:15:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 179 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 20, 2018 | Jessica Chasmar
    A retired Army lieutenant colonel and Fox News contributor quit the network Tuesday, accusing it of fueling paranoia among its audience and serving as a “propaganda machine” for the Trump administration. Retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, a “strategic analyst” at Fox News, made the comments in an email to colleagues announcing that he had not renewed his contract, obtained by BuzzFeed. “Four decades ago, I took an oath as a newly commissioned officer. I swore to ‘support and defend the Constitution,’ and that oath did not expire when I took off my uniform. Today, I feel that Fox News is...
  • White House honors FIU bridge expert as Champion of Change [2015]

    03/20/2018 11:45:08 AM PDT · by grundle · 16 replies
    FIU News ^ | October 9, 2015 | Isabel Gamarra
    The White House and the U.S. Department of Transportation will honor Atorod Azizinamini, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Florida International University’s College of Engineering and Computing, for his innovations in making the nation’s aging bridges safer. Azizinamini has been named a 2015 White House Transportation Champion of Change. The White House Champions of Change Program highlights the stories and examples of citizens across the nation who are leading projects and initiatives that move their communities forward. On October 13, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the White House Office of Public Engagement will host White...
  • The Social-Media Panic

    03/20/2018 11:35:56 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 8 replies
    All that matters to the center-Left is whether Silicon Valley will keep them in power. ‘Make no mistake: 2016 will never happen again.” Historians are not always reliable predictors of the future, but Niall Ferguson’s analysis of how Silicon Valley and the center-Left would react to the successive and surprise victories of Brexit and Donald Trump is proving correct. Conservatives and populists will not be allowed to use the same tools as Democrats and liberals again, or at least not use them effectively. Silicon Valley is working with its media and governmental critics to limit the damage to the center-Left...
  • NYC might get nearly a foot of snow from another nor’easter

    03/20/2018 8:00:11 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 20 replies
    On the first day of spring, the fourth nor’easter in a month is barreling toward the Big Apple, where it is expected to dump as much as 10 inches of snow and disrupt travel Wednesday. A winter storm warning is in effect from 12 a.m. Wednesday until 8 a.m. Thursday, with heavy snow and winds of about 45 mph expected, according to AccuWeather. “The wintry mix during the evening commute will change to all snow overnight (Wednesday) as the temperatures fall to the upper 20s,” AccuWeather meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said. The snow will intensify during the day Wednesday and is...
  • The Latest: Significant damage at Jacksonville State (Alabama tornado)

    03/19/2018 8:07:18 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 6 replies ^ | Mar 19, 2018
    Significant damage has been reported at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. Athletic director Greg Seitz said in a tweet Monday evening, "I can confirm we have major roof damage at Pete Mathews Coliseum, but The Pete is not completely destroyed." He said there was extensive damage in Jacksonville.
  • 70,000 Whites Murdered In South Africa Since 1994

    Alphabetical list of a Genocide as posted on Sunette Bridges Web Site in South Africa...almost 70 000 White People have been murdered by Blacks in South Africa since 1994! These people were shot, bludgeoned, hacked, tortured, burnt, stabbed and mutilated. There is no official list available with the names of all these victims and since 2007 it has become very difficult to keep any kind of record as police no longer mention the race of the victim nor the perpetrator on...... It is time we stop talking about figures, numbers and statistics and speak of the names of the people...
  • Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Arizona Pedestrian

    03/19/2018 11:44:55 AM PDT · by grundle · 112 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 19, 2018 | DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI
    SAN FRANCISCO — A woman in Tempe, Ariz., has died after being hit by a self-driving car operated by Uber, in what appears to be the first known death of a pedestrian struck by an autonomous vehicle on a public road. The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode with a human safety driver at the wheel when it struck the woman, who was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk, the Tempe police said in a statement. The episode happened on Sunday around 10 p.m. The woman was not publicly identified. Uber said it had suspended testing of its self-driving...
  • Democrats Are Primed for 2018 and Looking Pretty in 2020

    03/19/2018 11:17:45 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 35 replies
    Throughout the 2016 election cycle and ever since, I’ve been hearing that the Democratic Party has no bench. This is 100 percent true. When it comes to credible presidential prospects, the Democratic Party has several rows of benches. The Democratic Party has bleachers. Dozens of prominent Democrats are at least flirting with running in 2020, and while it’s easy to look at them and play Goldilocks — too cold, too hot, too bald, too blond, too Wall Street, too wordy — it’s just as easy to believe. The perfect person? The party certainly lacks that. But potentially effective candidates? It’s...
  • Sumo: Kakuryu's great escape keeps Spring tourney tied

    03/19/2018 6:11:19 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 11 replies
    The Mainichi ^ | March 19, 2018 | Mainichi Japan
    OSAKA (Kyodo) -- Yokozuna Kakuryu's awkward win kept him atop the standings with Brazilian maegashira Kaisei on Monday, the ninth day of the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament. The yokozuna was nearly blown out of the ring by a powerful but uncontrolled final charge from No. 4 maegashira Shodai (5-4), but Kakuryu made his escape tip-toeing along the ring's straw-bale border as Shodai thundered out. The Mongolian could barely control his smile after snatching victory from defeat. He had opened brightly, but Shodai repulsed his charge and seized the initiative. Everything was going the youngster's way until his failed attempt to...
  • Police officer busted for reverse drunk driving

    03/18/2018 6:14:50 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 73 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/18/18 | Emily Saul
    A police lieutenant was canned early Sunday after crossing over the blurry blue line — when her fellow officers discovered their drunken colleague driving backwards, honking, through the streets of Florida. Now ex-cop Christi Ruhtz, 41, was discovered with bloodshot, glassy eyes and reeking of booze in Pinellas, Florida around 2:00 a.m————————snip———————-Rhutz, who’d been with the Pinellas County Sherriff’s Office since 1998, was immediately fired, according to the report.
  • Trump-Russia: Not Mueller's First Botched Investigation

    03/18/2018 3:46:04 PM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 15 Jan 2018 | Daniel Ashman
    {snip} There is no need to wonder about how Mueller operates. His history has made it quite clear. One needs only to study his actions as FBI director when he managed the FBI's most important investigation ever. {snip} There was no direct link from Hatfill to the attacks, by the FBI's own admission. The FBI never even charged Hatfill. The bureau only spied on, followed, and harassed him, non-stop, for years. The Department of Justice publicly outed Hatfill as the possible terrorist. While America's secret police trampled on Hatfill's dignity and life, Mueller took a stand – but on a...
  • UCLA archaeologist digs deep to reveal Easter Island torsos

    03/18/2018 2:16:18 PM PDT · by Aliska · 40 replies
    UCLA Newsroom ^ | May 30, 2012 | Cynthia Lee
    As the director of the Easter Island Statue Project — the longest-continuous collaborative artifact inventory ever conducted on the Polynesian island that belongs to Chile — Van Tilburg has opened a window on one of the greatest achievements of Pacific prehistory on one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. She and her team of resident Rapa Nui have spent nine years locating and meticulously documenting the nearly 1,000 statues on the island, determining their symbolic meaning and function, and conserving them using state-of-the-art techniques. After spending four months over the last two years excavating two of the...
  • AP Exclusive: Kushner Cos. filed false NYC housing paperwork

    03/18/2018 11:57:19 AM PDT · by blueyon · 34 replies ^ | 3/18/18 | bernard condon
    When the Kushner Cos. bought three apartment buildings in a gentrifying neighborhood of Queens in 2015, most of the tenants were protected by special rules that prevent developers from pushing them out, raising rents and turning a tidy profit. But that's exactly what the company then run by Jared Kushner did, and with remarkable speed. Two years later, it sold all three buildings for $60 million, nearly 50 percent more than it paid. Now a clue has emerged as to how President Donald Trump's son-in-law's firm was able to move so fast: The Kushner Cos. routinely filed false paperwork with...
  • St. Patrick: A Great Christian Missionary

    03/17/2018 7:24:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | March 17, 2018 | Jack Kerwick
    Today, countless numbers of Americans will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Many will do so with no small share of adult spirits. Yet how many of these people genuinely know anything about Saint Patrick? While it’s true that many of the details of his life are lost in the midst of time, and while it is equally true that some conventional accounts are purely mythological, those who have taken the time to research St. Patrick seem to be in essential agreement over a few things that have more or less been accepted as fact. (1)Patrick came from a relatively well-to-do Christian family of the 5th...
  • Have Progressives Won “The Culture War?”

    03/17/2018 8:20:50 AM PDT · by Mafe · 55 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | March 17, 2018 | Hunter Lewis
    In a recent article, David Brooks (New York Times “conservative” columnist who — surprise — writes as a “progressive”) suggests that “the culture war” is over or close to over: progressives have already won. Their opponents, “the … less educated ... tribalists” have “self-marginalized over the past two years.” In addition, progressives “are getting better and more aggressive at silencing dissenting behavior. ...” As a result, they could now “be on the verge of delegitimizing their foes, on guns but also much else, rendering them untouchable for anybody who wants to stay in polite society … [avoid being] morally illegitimate...
  • Miami bridge that collapsed lifted into place without suspension cables, support tower [link only]

    03/16/2018 5:45:38 PM PDT · by grundle · 17 replies
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  • Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks

    03/16/2018 5:18:40 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 69 replies
    Pew Research ^ | March 8, 2018 | Andrew Perrin
    Americans are spreading their book consumption across several formats, and the use of audiobooks is rising. About three-quarters (74%) of Americans have read a book in the past 12 months in any format, a figure that has remained largely unchanged since 2012, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January. Print books remain the most popular format for reading, with 67% of Americans having read a print book in the past year. And while shares of print and e-book readers are similar to those from a survey conducted in 2016, there has been a modest but statistically significant...

    03/16/2018 6:42:02 AM PDT · by knarf · 30 replies
    Seven ,minute, very good explanation of pre-stressed concrete
  • Pelosi: GOP Attacks Me Because They Are ‘Against Poor Children’

    03/16/2018 5:45:28 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 35 replies
    Thursday at her weekly press briefing, Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said GOP attacks against her leadership during congressional races were due to Republicans being opposed to her hometown San Francisco, LGBT and “poor children.” On Democrat Conor Lamb’s victory, Pelosi said, “So it was a very issues-oriented campaign. As part of it, was millions of dollars that’s coming in from the Koch brothers, and that will happen all over the country, demonizing me as the leader of the Democratic Party. I just wanted him to win. I don’t think that really had that much impact on the race....
  • Hundreds march with Nazi SS veterans in Latvia

    03/16/2018 5:25:16 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 111 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/3/18
    Police arrested a man for displaying a poster of soldiers killing Jews at the annual march by local veterans of two SS divisions that made up the Latvian Legion during World War II. The man was arrested Friday morning on the margins of the annual march of the Remembrance Day of the Latvian Legionnaires — soldiers from the 15th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS and the 19th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (the 1st and 2nd Latvian, respectively.) A handful of veterans flanked by hundreds of supporters waving Latvian flags gathered around Freedom Monument for the march under...