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  • Transgender people encouraged to become priests in Church of England diversity drive

    05/26/2018 6:31:06 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 22 replies
    Telegraph ^ | May 26, 2018 | Olivia Rudgard
    Transgender people are being encouraged to become Church of England vicars as bishops launch a diversity drive. Bishops in the diocese of Lichfield have issued new guidance to parishioners and clergy reminding them that LGBT people "can be called to roles of leadership and service in the local church". The guidance, titled "welcoming and honouring LGBT+ people", warns that the church's reputation as being unwelcoming towards gay and transgender people is stopping young people attending. "We very much hope that they, like everyone else, feel encouraged to serve on PCCs, or as churchwardens and worship leaders, for instance, and are...
  • Austin man indicted in 1979 cold case murder of newlywed Debra Reiding

    05/26/2018 2:24:24 PM PDT · by BBell · 22 replies
    https://www.mystatesman.com/ ^ | 5/25/18 | Ryan Autullo and Katie Hall
    Debra Reiding was an 18-year-old newlywed when her husband discovered her remains in their South Austin home. An Austin man was indicted Thursday in the 1979 cold case murder of Debra Reiding, Austin police officials said. Michael Anthony Galvan, 64, faces one count each of capital murder and murder after investigators linked him to Reiding’s death through DNA evidence. He was arrested Thursday and was still in the Travis County Jail in lieu of bail set at $750,000 on Friday afternoon. Galvan has worked and lived in Austin since Reiding’s killing, police said. He was a suspect in 1979, but...
  • Driving Up Wages - Women and Uber

    05/26/2018 1:28:41 PM PDT · by PGR88 · 16 replies
    University of Chicago Magazine ^ | spring 2081 | Susie Allen
    When a passenger requests a pickup from a ride-share service, the app pings a nearby driver, who can accept or decline the trip. All drivers in a market charge the same rate: in Chicago last year, the base fare for UberX was $1.70, plus $.20 per minute and $.95 per mile. It’s a transparent system that seems perfectly designed to eliminate disparities in how much male and female drivers can earn—right? Not quite, according to research coauthored by John List, the Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College, and collaborators at Stanford and Uber.
  • Tell me what you get when you say: "Hey Google, play some patriotic music"

    05/26/2018 1:15:06 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 51 replies
    26 MAY 18 | self
    How frustrating. I asked google home (gift from brother) to "Hey google, play some patriotic music". What I got was a bunch of condescending bluegrass crap. No battle hymn of the republic, no star spangled banner, no lee greenwood, no armed forces western.....just a bunch of crap that only the CA libtards actually think is patriotic music.
  • Still Dying On The Inside: The Case For Ending Imprisonment Of Women

    05/26/2018 12:00:13 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 37 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | Mat 22, 2018 | Deborah Coles
    This month marks ten years since the death of Pauline Campbell. Pauline became a formidable campaigner exposing the harm inflicted on women within the prison system. This followed the death of her 18-year-old daughter in Styal prison in 2003. It was campaigning by Pauline Campbell, bereaved families and Inquest around the sharp rise in deaths across the women’s estate, and in particular deaths at Styal in the early 2000s, that persuaded the then Labour government to commission Baroness Jean Corston to conduct an independent review of women in the criminal justice system. Corston’s ground-breaking report, published in March 2007, offered...
  • Live feed of Tommy Robinson protest

    05/26/2018 9:50:00 AM PDT · by fuzzylogic · 60 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/26/2018 | Opinionated European
    Live feed to the "free Tommy Robinson" protest. Tommy will probably be murdered if he's left in jail.
  • Baby dies after mom was killed in alleged street race crash

    05/26/2018 9:36:50 AM PDT · by BBell · 38 replies
    https://nypost.com/ ^ | 5/25/18 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A 21-month-old girl whose mother was killed while crossing a boulevard in Florida during an illegal street race has died, police said. The girl, Lillia Raubenolt, was being pushed in a stroller by her mother, Jessica Raubenolt, of Jeromesville, Ohio, across Bayshore Boulevard near West Knights Avenue in Tampa early Wednesday when they were mowed down by a black Ford Mustang that police said had been racing side by side on the roadway against a gold Nissan.Witnesses told the Tampa Bay Times the two cars reached speeds as high as 60 mph, but investigators were unable to confirm that. Other...
  • Austria’s Populist Vice-Chancellor Slams EU Border Agency as ‘People-Trafficking Organisation’

    05/26/2018 8:48:50 AM PDT · by BBell · 1 replies
    http://www.breitbart.com/ ^ | 5/26/18 | Chris Tomlinson
    Austrian vice-chancellor and leader of the populist Freedom Party (FPÖ) Heinz-Christian Strache slammed the European Union border agency Frontex, labelling it a “people-trafficking organisation”. Vice-chancellor Strache, who has been consistently outspoken against mass migration, made the comments following a meeting in Brussels in his role as Austrian Minister for Sport, slamming Frontex and saying the agency was “anything but a border guard”, Kronen Zeitung reports. Strache spoke specifically about the rescue operations taking place in the Mediterranean in which migrants are often picked up only a few miles off the coast of Libya and other North African countries. and brought...
  • Fox Business' Lou Dobbs: Trey Gowdy a 'phony' who has 'never done anything'

    05/26/2018 7:46:57 AM PDT · by RevelationDavid · 48 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | May 26, 2018 08:43 AM | Daniel Chaitin
    Some harsh words about Trey Gowdy. “Think about it. He was in charge of Benghazi, he was in charge of various committees and investigations. But what did he do? Nothing. He’s never done anything!" he said while speaking to Tom Shillue on his eponymous show on Fox Radio.... “No indictments, no charges, no revelations, no — nothing has ever happened except he gets to have some terrific moments as I think he did with Hillary Clinton. Where after 11 hours he just let her talk endlessly and never laid a glove on her. It was an amazing performance," he added,...
  • "1. I think I may have discovered what the DOJ & FBI are desperately trying to hide."

    05/25/2018 6:01:37 PM PDT · by DiogenesLamp · 116 replies
    REX @_VachelLindsay_ ^ | May 24, 2018 | REX @_VachelLindsay_
    An American POTUS can LEGALLY authorize electronic surveillance 'without a court order...to acquire foreign intelligence information for periods of up to one year’. Yes, it's true. Obama had legal authorization to by-pass the normal court vetting process. 4. Such power lies in 50 U.S. Code § 1802 -
  • Keith Olbermann, twice fired by ESPN, lands new 'expanded role' with network

    05/25/2018 2:02:45 PM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 36 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/25/18 | by Christian Datoc
    Keith Olbermann is coming back to ESPN's airwaves. The outspoken sports and politics commentator has been granted an "expanded role" with the Disney-owned sports broadcasting giant, a Friday report from New York Post claims. "Since we started this, my sixth separate tenure with ESPN, in January, I’ve found the variety of assignments to be the most fun and energizing of all my stints,” he said in a statement on his new gig. “Adding stuff, like being a rookie 59-year-old play-by-play guy, plus the Rip Van Winkle of SportsCenter, only adds to the smorgasbord. Can’t wait, and at my age, I...
  • The new gang of hyper-confident male atheists wants you to laugh at religion

    The New Atheists were never a particularly funny bunch. They were either, like Richard Dawkins, chippy materialists with a quasi-religious faith that science can offer a complete answer to any mystery worth contemplating. Or they were, like Christopher Hitchens, swaggering verbal stylists whose cleverness put a charming gloss on sentiments about believers that would otherwise sound like hate speech. But there is another gang of hyper-confident male atheists for whom knee-slapping humour is front and centre in their atheist proselytizing, far more than science or intellectual debate. These are the Comic Atheists, people like TV host Bill Maher, Family Guy...
  • Cecile Richards: Women ‘Not Free’ Without Abortion

    05/25/2018 1:09:29 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 24, 2018 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Former Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards said women are dependent on abortion for their freedom because, without it, they cannot control their own bodies. “If you can’t control your own body, you are not free,” Richards said. “That is a fundamental issue, and I don’t think we can, like, make any bones about that.” Richards was interviewed by former Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams, reports MRC NewsBusters’ Katie Yoder, who also notes the unlisted YouTube video of the interview. The former head of America’s largest abortion vendor has been promoting her new book, Make Trouble, since she stepped down from...
  • Mussels test positive for opioids in Seattle's Puget Sound

    05/25/2018 1:04:24 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    BBC ^ | 05/25/2018 | Staff
    Scientists at the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife have found that mussels in Seattle's waters are testing positive for opioids. The finding suggests "a lot of people" are taking oxycodone in the Puget Sound, researchers say. Scientists used mussels as a way to test pollution in Seattle's waters and discovered high enough oxycodone levels for the shellfish to test positive. Mussels do not metabolise opioids, but some fish can become addicted. Mussels are filter-feeders, which means they filter water for nutrients to nourish themselves. In the process, they end up storing pollutants in their tissues, which makes them...
  • Police: Pit bull attacks Jehovah's Witnesses at front door

    05/25/2018 12:19:01 PM PDT · by BBell · 79 replies
    Just five hours after four people were injured in a dog attack in the North Sound, the animal was euthanized. It happened around 12:30 p.m., off Cemetery Road in Arlington. Police say four Jehovah’s Witnesses parked in front of a house and as soon as one of them - a 70-year-old woman - got out of the vehicle, a pit bull attacked her. “I just heard the screaming - I heard some screaming and I didn’t really pay much attention to it. I was on my phone and I just thought it was kids. It sounded like a little girl...
  • French government offers to absorb '€35 billion of railway debt' to end strike

    05/25/2018 10:57:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 25 May 2018 11:36 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    The French government has agreed to absorb €35 billion in debt from the state railway SNCF, a top union official said Friday, as it seeks an end to nearly two months of strikes. Luc Berille, the head of the UNSA union, said that the state had proposed taking on €35 billion ($41 billion) of the SNCF’s €46 billion of debt, starting with €25 billion as soon as 2020. “The prime minister was specific,” Berille said after talks with premier Edouard Philippe, adding that the government would increase infrastructure investment by €200 million a year to reach an annual total of...
  • The social contract of driving is now in jeopardy

    05/25/2018 10:15:56 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 35 replies
    Driving ^ | May 25, 2018 | David Booth
    It is perhaps our most astonishing social contract. Universal, essential and (mostly) binding, it depends of a certain amount of skill, (hopefully) a modicum of training and, most of all, trust. I am talking, of course, about driving a car. And even though, in the span of just a century and a quarter, it is now just as common an everyday task as taking out the garbage or shopping for groceries, it remains an amazing — possibly the most amazing — social construct we all share. Think about it for just a minute. Except for the time spent on divided...
  • JAMES CAAN We're in a Strange Place MEN CAN'T HIT ON WOMEN ANYMORE

    05/25/2018 10:08:53 AM PDT · by BBell · 96 replies
    James Caan says society is in a strange place ... because it's nature's way that men and women are supposed to be attracted to each other. We got the movie legend Thursday night in WeHo leaving Craig's, when our photog asked about sexual misconduct allegations against Morgan Freeman.
  • Local 6 yr old boy killed by dog

    05/25/2018 8:52:19 AM PDT · by Norski · 39 replies
    WTAJ ^ | May 25, 2018 | John Clay
    Lakemont, Blair County, Pa. - The Blair County Coroner tells WTAJ at 6:18 Thursday night, a 6 year old boy in Lakemont, Blair County was killed by the family Pit Bull. Logan Township Police are investigating. The boy was killed by blunt force trauma at the home along Gesser Avenue. The boy went to Baker Elementary School. Counselors there have been called in to help students and staff Friday. WTAJ is currently withholding the name of the child out of respect for the family's wishes. Coroner Patty Ross wanted to thank the staff at UPMC for their compassion during this...
  • Great Iranian twitter feed. Shows long gas lines and Israeli attacks on their Syrian bases

    05/25/2018 8:42:19 AM PDT · by dennisw · 11 replies
    Heshmat Alavi ^ | May 25 2018 | Heshmat Alavi
    Seems to me the author is Iranian but lives in the US or Europe. Lots of videos and photos. He is coordinating video coming out of Iran. See coverage of Israeli missile strikes on Iran- Al Quds forces bases within Syria scroll down to May 23 and 24. Many Iranians in Syria are getting wasted and so are Hezbollah missile production lines. Iran is have lots of trouble delivering gasoline due to unrest and truckers strikes.