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  • Emma Watson donates more than $1.4M to equality campaign

    02/18/2018 2:10:42 PM PST · by bgill · 29 replies
    kctv5 ^ | Feb. 18, 2018 | Meredith Digital Staff
    Actress Emma Watson is donating more than $1.4 million to the UK Justice and Equality Fund to help sexual harassment victims. According to its Go Fund Me Page, the fund's mission is “to create the far-reaching personal, social, legal and policy changes that will ensure everyone can feel safe at work, at play and at home. Together we can end the culture of harassment, abuse and impunity.” The fund is managed by Rosa, the UK's leading women's fund and the site states when grant-making opens in the spring, "the fund will address priority needs, especially those of people in low...
  • How to "greenlight" a mass shooting.

    02/18/2018 8:06:49 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 204 replies
    Original content ^ | 2/18/2018 | By Laz A. Mataz
    I created this. It illustrates the dozens of systemic failures around the Florida school shooting. But the conclusion for liberals? "LET'S BLAME GUNS!" (This will serve as the basis for a long editorial. Keep your eyes peeled.)
  • How NASA is going to use a lunar outpost to launch us into deep space

    02/18/2018 1:00:44 AM PST · by blueplum · 41 replies
    syfy.com ^ | 17 Feb 2018 | Elizabeth Raine
    NASA is eager for humans to venture beyond the International Space Station, leave boot prints in the red dust of Mars and fly into the vast unknown—but first, the moon. Before the space agency puts astronauts on our natural satellite for the first time since the Apollo missions touched down, it needs a lunar outpost to be its gateway to the future. The Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway is the brainchild of NASA scientists joining forces with ISS and commercial partners to explore the concept of such an outpost floating around the moon. After months of brainstorming, the concept is going to...
  • F.B.I. Was Warned of Florida Suspect’s Desire to Kill but Did Not Act [plus three others]

    02/16/2018 11:42:42 PM PST · by grundle · 59 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 16, 2018 | KATIE BENNER, PATRICIA MAZZEI and ADAM GOLDMAN
    The F.B.I. received a tip last month from someone close to Nikolas Cruz that he owned a gun and had talked of committing a school shooting, the bureau revealed Friday, but it acknowledged that it had failed to investigate. The tipster, who called an F.B.I. hotline on Jan. 5, told the bureau that Mr. Cruz had a “desire to kill people, erratic behavior and disturbing social media posts,” the F.B.I. said. The information should have been assessed and forwarded to the Miami F.B.I. field office, the bureau said. But that never happened. On Wednesday, Mr. Cruz, 19, killed 17 students...
  • With Blackface and Monkey Suit, Chinese Gala on Africa Causes Uproar

    02/16/2018 7:42:20 PM PST · by blueplum · 52 replies
    NYTimes via msn ^ | 16 Feb 2018 | JANE PERLEZ
    BEIJING — A lavish four-hour Lunar New Year show televised to millions across China on Thursday night set off a flood of indignation with its caricatures featuring blackface and African men in animal suits. The gala, televised by China’s state broadcaster, featured a well-known Chinese actress as an African woman with exaggerated buttocks, a large chest and a face painted black. Carrying a platter of fruit on her head, she was accompanied by an African man dressed as a monkey. {snip}The skit was set in Kenya, home to a new Chinese-built railroad between the capital, Nairobi, and the coastal town...
  • College hoops corruption case poised to take down Hall of Fame coaches, top programs, lottery picks

    02/16/2018 3:59:53 PM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 24 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Feb 15, 2018 | Pete Thamel
    NEW YORK – It has been five months since the FBI arrested 10 men in a sweeping federal probe into the underbelly of the basketball world. As the three ongoing criminal cases resulting from the investigation plod along, it’s increasingly unlikely there will be another wave of double-digit arrests. More legal charges still could come, but what’s becoming increasingly clear as the discovery portion of the case comes to a close is that the breadth of potential NCAA rules violations uncovered is wide enough to fundamentally and indelibly alter the sport of college basketball.
  • Daily on Energy: Cornyn looks to overhaul Ethanol Program...

    02/16/2018 8:41:21 AM PST · by caww · 20 replies
    Washington Exaiminer ^ | Feb. 16, 2018 | John Siciliano and Josh Siegel
    Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn is expected to issue draft legislation on overhauling the Renewable Fuel Standard.... Proponents of getting rid of the ethanol mandate pitched the idea of the bill being released during next week’s holiday recess, but Cornyn’s office is being tight lipped. Sources tell John that the Senate majority whip has been working steadily on a bill that would phase out the ethanol mandate in four years. The Renewable Fuel Standard requires refiners to blend billions of gallons of corn ethanol into the nation’s gasoline supply each year, in addition to other biofuels derived from plant waste...
  • What the FBI Knew Before 9/11 (Oldie- not conspiracy theory)

    02/16/2018 4:05:02 AM PST · by God luvs America · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | 4/13/2002 | Pierre Thomas
    he independent commission charged with investigating 9/11 is now turning its attention to the FBI and apparent intelligence failures in the months before the attacks. The commission is hearing testimony today from current and former intelligence officials, including former FBI Director Louis Freeh, former Attorney General Janet Reno and current Attorney General John Ashcroft. The release of the president's daily intelligence briefing from Aug. 6, 2001, has raised new questions about the FBI's handling of the terrorist threat leading up to 9/11. The main question — what was the FBI doing in the summer of 2001? The Bush administration has...
  • Shootings: Why Don't Schools Have Better Security

    02/15/2018 6:43:26 PM PST · by Mafe · 53 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | February 15, 2018 | Ryan McMaken
    Whenever there is a mass shooting in the media, commentators rush to figure out on what to blame the latest violence. Predictably, those who want gun control blame gun control. Others blame mental illness — and perhaps a lack of government programs related to it. Some others blame racism or ideology, as was the case with the Aurora theater shooting when one ABC talking head concluded the shooter must a "Tea Party" member within hours of the shooting. And then there's the Republican politician who blamed the same shooting on “the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs.” The odds of dying...
  • SC woman who gouged out her eyes was using drugs, mother says

    02/15/2018 4:53:22 PM PST · by Gamecock · 31 replies
    The State ^ | 2/15/2018 | Noah Feit
    ANDERSON, SC The mother of the South Carolina woman who gouged out her eyes outside of an Upstate church provided an update on the 20-year-old who was discovered holding an eyeball in her hand. Kaylee Muthart is permanently blind because of the self-inflicted injury, according to her mother, Katy Tompkins. Muthart gouged out her eyes as she fought off good Samaritans and first responders next to the South Main Chapel in Anderson on Feb. 6. She was under the influence of drugs when she intentionally blinded herself, wyff4.com reported, saying Muthart used marijuana and methamphetamine. “Like so many, she fell...
  • Food Stamp Fraud, Rare but Troubling [fraud rate = 1.3%]

    02/15/2018 1:58:32 PM PST · by grundle · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 18, 2013 | Kim Severson
    Officially, the amount of money lost to underground trafficking is estimated to be 1.3 percent annually. That is down from more than 4 percent in the 1990s when paper coupons had not yet been replaced by electronic benefit cards, called E.B.T.'s, in the program that is formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Include erroneous payments to recipients because of errors on the part of the government or outright lying on applications, and the overall loss to the food stamp program is about 4.07 percent, according to the Department of Agriculture.
  • Mass shooters want fame. Here's why we should stop giving it to them.

    02/15/2018 8:32:29 AM PST · by Az Joe · 53 replies
    VOX ^ | 08/28/2018 | German Lopez
    As a sociologist, I am increasingly concerned that the tornado of media coverage that swirls around each such mass killing, and the acute interest in the identity and characteristics of the shooter -- as well as the detailed and sensationalist reporting of the killer's steps just before and during the shootings -- may be creating a vicious cycle of copycat effects
  • Rauner's proposed budget hinges on shifting pension costs to schools

    02/15/2018 5:26:47 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 25 replies
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed on Wednesday an election-year budget that relies on a politically questionable shift of pension costs to colleges, universities and local school districts. "The simple truth is this: We have to change the way we manage pension costs and group health expenses. If we don't, our finances will continue to deteriorate, our economy will remain sluggish and our tax burdens will stay high and keep rising," Rauner said in his fourth budget address. "Our FY19 budget addresses the problem head on and creates a surplus that we can use to pay down some of our...
  • Why ‘Black Panther’ Is a Defining Moment for Black America

    02/15/2018 2:07:33 AM PST · by vikingrinn · 86 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/012/2018 | Carvell Wallace
    "Marvel Comics’s Black Panther was originally conceived in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, two Jewish New Yorkers, as a bid to offer black readers a character to identify with."
  • Polygamy, Robot Sex Are Consequences of the Sexual Revolution

    02/14/2018 4:26:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | February 13, 2018 | Bruce Ashford
    Not for nothing, but the latest fruits of the sexual revolution are even more bizarre than most of us imagined.We knew things would get a little freaky, but maybe we didn’t know it would involve an upswing in polygamy, amorous activities with plastic women, or cuddling sessions with electric candelabra.But that is the state of affairs as we approach Valentine’s Day this year.We shouldn’t be surprised. When a society deifies sexual expression, it deifies a jealous god who will not be satisfied until every biological, social, and moral norm is overturned.Consider the upswing in open marriages. In a recent edition...
  • A Racist Con-Man: Obama’s Portrait Artist, Who Hires Cheap Chinese Labor (Trunc.)

    02/14/2018 8:08:14 AM PST · by libstripper · 61 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb. 14, 2018 | Lucian Winrich
    Full title of article: A Racist Con-Man: Obama’s Portrait Artist, Who Hires Cheap Chinese Labor To Paint “His” Work, Says “Kill Whitey” Is A Major Theme Since Obama’s portrait was unveiled, I’ve received a flurry of text messages from outraged artist friends I made while living in New York. No, they weren’t outraged because they saw Kehinde Wiley’s other painting that feature black women murdering white women. They were outraged because Kehinde Wiley is a terrible artist who only rose to prominence, something they have been attempting to do their entire lives, in the art world because he is a...
  • Leftist Professor Who Chased Charlotesville Driver With A Rifle Attacks Big League Cameraman (VIDEO)

    02/13/2018 3:07:23 PM PST · by blueyon · 41 replies
    bigleaguepolitics ^ | 2/12/18 | Patrick Howley
    Dwayne Dixon, a leader of the left-wing Redneck Revolt militia group, admitted to chasing Charlotesville driver James Fields with a rifle shortly before Fields allegedly crashed into a group of protesters, killing Heather Heyer, on August 12, 2017. Why did Dixon chase Fields before the crash? Big League Politics asked Dixon about this on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where Dixon works as a cultural anthropology professor. The interview quickly went haywire, with Dixon attacking our cameraman and calling the police to report on “an intruder” on the public college campus:
  • Elementary Students Told They Can't Say No When Asked To Dance

    02/13/2018 11:14:08 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 34 replies
    Mr. Menhra ^ | 02/113/2018 | Not Indicated
    School dances have been causing controversy for promoting sexist stereotypes, and now, blurring the lines of consent between boys and girls. The latest example involves a Utah mother and her daughter’s elementary school dance, which requires girls to accept boys’ invitation to hit the floor. Mom Natalie Richard told Salt Lake City local news station Fox13 that she was in disbelief when her sixth-grade daughter came home from Kanesville Elementary with a set of ground rules for an upcoming dance: Students fill out cards with the names of five people with whom they’d like to dance, and if someone’s name...
  • "Obit bandit" broke into homes while owners were at funerals, police say

    02/13/2018 1:44:02 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2-11-18 | CBS News
    BARNSTABLE, Mass. -- Police have arrested a man dubbed the "obit bandit" who allegedly broke into multiple homes while grieving residents were attending funerals and wakes, CBS Boston reports. Randy Brunelle, 35, was previously found guilty in 2012 of breaking into the home of a Sandwich police officer while he attended his mother's funeral. Brunelle served 18 months in jail for the crime. Since his release, police say Brunelle has used the same technique to burglarize other homes. On Friday night, police say they followed Brunelle's Honda Civic while detectives went to the homes of residents who were attending funeral...
  • Slight modification of the new Presidential Portrait

    02/12/2018 6:36:11 PM PST · by FrankR · 121 replies
    Self | 02-12-2018 | Frank R
    I did a slight adjustment to Baracks new "portrait"....(or maybe, "POTrait") to make the "garden setting" a little more appropriate for him.