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  • 10,000 [nearly] naked men reach out to grab lucky sticks for 2019

    02/18/2019 10:52:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 39 replies
    THE ASAHI SHIMBUN ^ | February 17, 2019 at 12:20 JST | Staff
    OKAYAMA--A whirlpool of near-naked men massed on a dark temple compound here on Feb. 16 as they sought to become the luckiest man of the year. About 10,000 men in white loincloths, whose bodies were emitting steam in the cold night air after being purified in frigid water, scrambled for wooden sticks believed to bring luck at the Kinryozan Saidaiji temple. After all the lights were turned off around 10 p.m., the chief priest tossed a pair of 20-centimeter-long “shingi” sacred sticks from a window 4 meters above ground into the massive throng. Those who left the temple grounds holding...
  • Nolte: Looks Like Jussie Smollett Chose Wrong Surveillance Camera to Capture ‘Attack’

    02/18/2019 9:46:38 AM PST · by servo1969 · 75 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2-18-2019 | John Nolte
    Jussie Smollett appears to have picked the wrong location for his "hate crime" to be caught on video, if we compare his Good Morning America interview to the latest reports about the two Nigerian men who say the actor-singer paid them to stage an assault.************* The most important dot to connect to all of the above, though, comes from Smollett himself, who told Good Morning America (GMA) last week that he suspected a surveillance camera caught the whole incident.Speaking to GMA's Robin Roberts, Smollett said, "And I looked up and I saw there was a camera directly on the light...
  • 230,000 Died in a Dam Collapse That China Kept Secret for Years

    02/18/2019 9:23:42 AM PST · by EveningStar · 38 replies
    MSN ^ | February 17, 2019 | Justin Higginbottom
    ... According to an account of the Banqiao Dam by a Chinese journalist writing under the pseudonym Yi Si, on Aug. 8, as workers stared curiously at the retreating water level of the reservoir, a voice in the dark called out: “The River Dragon has come!” And suddenly the dam ruptured, unleashing 600 billion liters of water and destroying an entire village. By Aug. 17, reports Si, 1.1 million people remained trapped by flooding with 50 to 60 percent of food air-dropped into the area floating in the murky waters. It would take weeks for the waters to drain, revealing...
  • Stained glass windows stolen from historic Braddock church

    02/18/2019 7:47:53 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 12 replies
    TribLIVE ^ | 2/15/2019 | Megan Guza
    Police are investigating the theft of more than a dozen stained-glass window panes from a 126-year-old church in Braddock. A passerby noticed the theft Thursday morning at the former First United Presbyterian Church on Parker Avenue, according to a spokesman for the Mon-Valley Initiative. The church, built in 1893, shut down in 2017. The Mon-Valley Initiative bought it last year and planned to redevelop the church into housing while retaining much of the original features, said spokesman Jason Togyer. The thief or thieves made off with 13 panes of glass ranging from 2 square feet to 3 feet by 2...
  • Study blames YouTube for rise in number of Flat Earthers

    02/18/2019 7:41:42 AM PST · by Simon Green · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 02/17/19 | Ian Sample
    Researchers believe they have identified the prime driver for a startling rise in the number of people who think the Earth is flat: Google’s video-sharing site, YouTube. Their suspicion was raised when they attended the world’s largest gatherings of Flat Earthers at the movement’s annual conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2017, and then in Denver, Colorado, last year. Interviews with 30 attendees revealed a pattern in the stories people told about how they came to be convinced that the Earth was not a large round rock spinning through space but a large flat disc doing much the same thing....
  • AOC - Doing Some Swamp Draining of Her Own? (Vanity)

    02/18/2019 5:43:47 AM PST · by super7man · 19 replies
    youtube ^ | 02/11/2019 | youtube
    Aside from trying to be cute, AOC seems to be asking questions that may have some Dems and Reps scurrying for cover. Seems to me good questions about means for Congressional corruption. I have no idea what these hearings are. Two thoughts: Looks to me like the Trey Gowdy style of exposing things. Lots of questions, no action. Would love to see AOC's balance sheet two years from now.
  • Don’t expect apologies from the left over Jussie Smollett ‘attack’ fraud

    02/17/2019 11:54:32 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 43 replies ^ | February 17, 2019 | Kyle Smith
    A lot of explosive material can get defused with nine little letters: “I was wrong.” It works wonders with your significant other. Try it. Frequently. This week, now that the Chicago Police Department has “shifted the trajectory of the investigation” and now believes Jussie Smollett may have faked his own bias attack, we’ll be hearing apologies from a lot of progressive activists, celebrities and politicians. With three simple words, they’ll disarm their detractors, pour oil on troubled waters. They’ll help to reunify a culture by admitting that sometimes their ideological opponents are correct. Just kidding. Don’t hold your breath waiting...
  • Inslee Appointee Lied About Domestic Violence–Dems Confirm Anyway

    02/17/2019 8:59:58 PM PST · by Robwin · 11 replies
    News Talk ^ | February‎ ‎15‎, ‎2019 | John McKay
    Olympia is buzzing this week after it was learned that one of Gov. Jay Inslee's appointees to the Housing Finance Commission 'omitted' (some say lied) on his application, failing to list a 2005 domestic violence conviction that gave him a year in jail. Noe Castillo Jr. was appointed to the commission last November by Inslee, but had to wait til now to be officially confirmed by the Senate Housing Stability and Affordabability Committee before it became official. According to Senate Republicans, Castillo Jr. did list a 2002 Assault -4- charge on his application, but omitted a 2005 domestic violence conviction....
  • ‘The migraines stopped’: Why more women have gone off birth control pills

    02/17/2019 7:21:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    Global News ^ | February 10, 2019 | Laura Hensley
    Kelsie Bryson says the excruciating migraines started around 2008, when she was 18 years old. They would come about once a month and cause what the now 28-year-old Bryson calls “really terrifying side effects.” “I would experience numbness in the right side of my body — including in my mouth, which would prevent me from talking for 15 or so minutes at a time — vomiting and confusion,” she told Global News. “I would be at work, and suddenly, it would be hard to read words or speak. I would bump into things and then my body would go numb....
  • Gay mayor accused of sexual harassment as #MeToo reckoning comes to West Hollywood

    02/17/2019 4:58:24 PM PST · by simpson96 · 26 replies
    LA TImes ^ | 2/16/2019 | Hailey Branson-Potts
    For years, Mayor John Duran has been a public avatar for West Hollywood’s cheekily sexual culture. From the City Council dais, he joked about wearing gold lamé underwear and announced a public forum on anal cancer named Booty Call to Action. But he was also accused by another councilman of looking for sex on the dating app Grindr during public meetings. Even after the city paid $500,000 in 2016 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by Duran’s former council deputy—whom Duran hired after meeting on Grindr and having sex with him—Duran was reelected. For many, it seemed West Hollywood...
  • Germany joins push to ban gay conversion therapies

    02/17/2019 5:19:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies ^ | 16 February 2019 13:40 CET+01:00 | AFP
    German Health Minister Jens Spahn said Friday he will seek to ban conversion therapies that claim to change sexual orientation. “Homosexuality is not an illness, which is why it does not need to be treated,” Spahn, who is gay himself, told the Berlin daily left-leaning daily Die Tageszeitung. He hoped that a German law banning such therapies could be adopted by the middle of the year. […] “I do not believe in these therapies, mainly owing to my own homosexuality,” said Spahn, who represents the right wing of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party. …
  • I doubted Jussie Smollett. It breaks my heart that I might be right.

    02/17/2019 4:47:37 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 116 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 17, 2019 | Nana Efua Mumford
    [snip] I wanted to believe Smollett. I really did. I know that there is a deep, dark racist history in Chicago and, if proved true, this would be just one more point on the list. I wanted to believe him with every fiber of my being, most of all because the consequences if he were lying were almost too awful to contemplate. And yet I struggled with Smollett’s story. I tried telling myself that it is possible that two assailants were walking around downtown Chicago at 2 a.m. in January in 10-degree weather, waiting for a black victim. In addition...
  • 15 Celebrities Who Blamed Trump, Deplorables for Hoax Attack on Jussie Smollett

    02/17/2019 12:35:12 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Feb 2019 | Justin Caruso
    Left-wing Hollywood wasted no time in politicizing and blaming President Donald Trump and his supporters for an alleged hate crime attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett — an encounter that police now reportedly believe to have been staged. CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz reported Saturday, “Chicago Police believe Jussie Smollett paid two men to orchestrate the assault. The sources tell CNN that the two men are now cooperating fully with law enforcement."Left-wing Hollywood, of course, used the alleged attack to cast blame on President Trump and the United States in general. Empire co-creator Lee Daniels said, “We have to love each other...
  • Actor William Shatner debuts country songs at Grand Ole Opry

    02/17/2019 4:47:21 AM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 16, 2019
    Actor William Shatner boldly went where no "Star Trek" captain has gone before when he took the stage for the first time for the Grand Ole Opry radio show to sing from his new album of country songs. Shatner made his Opry debut on Friday night in Nashville, Tennessee, on the famed country music radio show along with Jeff Cook of the band Alabama. Together they released a country album called "Why Not Me," which features songs like "Beam Me Up," a nod to both whiskey maker Jim Beam and Shatner's catchphrase on the popular sci-fi TV show.
  • WATCH: Three Armed Suspects Flee When Homeowner Opens Fire

    02/16/2019 11:37:34 PM PST · by Silentgypsy · 37 replies | Feb. 16, 2019 | Awr Hawkins
    Three armed suspects were caught on video fleeing after the owner of the home they were targeting opened fire on February 12. The Tribunist reported that the incident occurred in broad daylight in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Surveillance video showed three armed suspects approach the home and try to kick in the front door. A shot was then heard as the homeowner opened fire. The panicked suspects quickly spun around and fled the scene.
  • Ray Romano doesn't think Everybody Loves Raymond character would be sportswriter in current climate

    02/16/2019 3:07:46 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 32 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | February 16, 2019 | PETER SBLENDORIO
    A career change probably would’ve been in store for Ray Romano’s “Everybody Loves Raymond” character if the show was set today, the actor said. Romano — who played Ray Barone, a sportswriter in New York, on the popular sitcom — doesn’t think it’s likely his character would have remained a writer in the current media climate. “I think I would've quit already,” Romano told the Daily News while promoting his new movie “Paddleton.” “I think Ray Barone would've started a podcast or something.” He continued, “I don't know. He was kind of not hard-hitting enough.” “Everybody Loves Raymond” aired for...
  • Kellyanne Conway’s Husband Thinks Trump Sounds Like Jar Jar Binks

    02/16/2019 8:08:10 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 63 replies
    Huffington Compost ^ | February 16, 2019 | David Moye
    President Donald Trump is known for boasting about having “the best words,” but Kellyanne Conway’s husband, attorney George Conway, is having none of it. On Friday, George Conway, who has been critical of the Trump administration even though his wife is a senior White House adviser, upped the ante by ripping the president’s oratorical skills. Conway’s post on Twitter linked to a Washington Post column by Henry Olsen that lambasted what he called Trump’s ”rambling and disjointed explanation” for why he is declaring a national emergency to fund a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. For Conway, the key quote...
  • Where are Obama's dogs, Bo and Sunny?

    02/15/2019 11:36:11 PM PST · by Jonty30 · 43 replies
    We know that Obama got the dogs to make him more relatable and not because he's a dog person. However, is there any information as to their whereabouts since Obama left thevWhite House?
  • Travelers to be provided ‘nonbinary’ gender option by some airlines: report

    02/15/2019 8:42:39 PM PST · by Simon Green · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 02/15/19 | Elizabeth Zwirz
    Travelers booking with certain U.S. airlines will reportedly soon be offered new gender options. The adjustment will provide passengers alternate choices when booking their tickets, The Associated Press reported on Friday. The modification is being put into effect as a means to promote inclusivity, according to the airlines. Undisclosed” or “unspecified” will reportedly be among the new options made available. The booking tools used to arrange flights on American, Delta and United airlines are currently being restructured with the new selection, which is expected to be changed in the coming weeks, they told The Associated Press. American Airlines spokesman Matt...
  • Hits Keep Piling Up Against Philadelphia Soda Tax

    02/15/2019 4:00:07 PM PST · by NRx · 11 replies
    Political Calculations ^ | February 15, 2019 | PC
    Two years after it first went into effect, the negative fallout from Philadelphia's controversial soda tax continues to pile up. Here's a short summary of the news that has broken since we last reviewed what has perhaps become the most unpopular tax in the City of Brotherly Love. A Philadelphia ShopRite convenience store will close, with the owner citing lost business related to the city's soda tax as the primary reason for its closure. The store is located near Philadelphia's city limits, where local residents appear to have taken a good portion of their business across the border to avoid...