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  • 'Like a bad Tinder date that lasted three years': Final Fifty Shades film is lashed by [tr]

    02/08/2018 6:45:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 8, 2018 | Alexander Robertson
    The latest Fifty Shades movie has been slammed by critics despite desperate attempts by studio executives to stop them from attending screenings. Fifty Shades Freed, which is released in the UK tomorrow, was only screened to journalists at the last minute in a bid to halt the barrage of poor reviews.
  • The Right Can’t Ignore The Rise Of White Supremacy On Campus

    02/08/2018 5:53:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 74 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 7, 2018 | David Marcus
    The Anti-Defamation League has released and updated a troubling study about the rise of white supremacist messaging on America’s college campuses. Incidents tripled in 2017 compared to the prior year. While the total number of incidents in 2017 was only 290, the increase from 147 in 2016 should serve as a wake-up call to address a new and insidious form of white supremacist rhetoric.
  • State could finally pass texting-while-driving ban - with caveats

    02/08/2018 5:47:04 AM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
    PHOENIX — Arizona may finally be ready to join the 47 other states who find the practice of texting while driving so dangerous that they have made it illegal. But supporters of the ban, who have come up pretty much empty-handed for more than a decade, are having to agree to some limits to try to push the bill to the finish line and get it signed into law. SB 1261 as approved Tuesday by the Senate Committee on Transportation and Technology, would create a fine of no more than $99 for a first offense and $200 for repeat violations....
  • George Soros, the man who 'broke the Bank of England'

    02/07/2018 10:54:17 PM PST · by qaz123 · 9 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 07Feb18 | Nick Timothy, et al
    George Soros, the billionaire known as the man who broke the Bank of England, is backing a campaign to overturn Brexit, the Telegraph can disclose. The investor is one of three senior figures linked to the Remain-supporting campaign group Best for Britain who plan to launch a nationwide advertising campaign this month, which they hope will lead to a second referendum to keep Britain in the EU.
  • Seattle is Putting Up Fences....

    02/07/2018 10:38:12 PM PST · by qaz123 · 33 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 06Feb2018 | Scott Greenstone
    When Mike O’Brien, Ballard’s Seattle City Council member, biked up the Ballard Bridge last Thursday night, he counted five tents camped under the north ramp. He went back Tuesday, and those tents were gone. The underpass was fenced off, and workers were drilling holes to put up a 10-foot-high spiked fence to prevent homeless people from camping there.
  • Warped Mourning: Stories of the Undead in the Land of the Unburied

    02/07/2018 6:54:16 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose
    Stanford University Press ^ | 2018 | Alexander Etkind
    After Stalin's death in 1953, the Soviet Union dismantled the enormous system of terror and torture that he had created. But there has never been any Russian ban on former party functionaries, nor any external authority to dispense justice. Memorials to the Soviet victims are inadequate, and their families have received no significant compensation. This book's premise is that late Soviet and post-Soviet culture, haunted by its past, has produced a unique set of memorial practices. More than twenty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia remains "the land of the unburied": the events of the mid-twentieth century...
  • Woman Accused of St. Kate's Arson Now Facing Federal Terrorism Charge

    02/07/2018 4:41:56 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies ^ | 2/7/18 | KSTP
    The United States Attorney's Office in Minnesota announced Wednesday that the 19-year-old woman accused of starting fires in several different buildings last month on the campus of St. Catherine University in St. Paul is now facing federal charges, including attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. Those charges stem from an incident federal authorities claim happened in March of last year when she is alleged to have attempted to recruit two fellow St. Kate's students to "join the jihad in fighting." According to a release, U.S. Attorney Gregory G. Brooker announced a three-count indictment against Tnuza...
  • Oprah Tells Lin-Manuel That She Will Not Run for President at SUPER SOUL CONVERSATIONS

    02/07/2018 3:34:12 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 18 replies
    Broadway World ^ | February 7, 2018 | BWW Newsdesk
    This afternoon, in a Super Soul conversation at the Apollo Theater, media titan Oprah Winfrey confirmed to Broadway icon Lin-Manuel Miranda that she will not be running for the presidency in 2020. Discussing their social platforms, Miranda confirmed that he would not consider running for public office, after which Winfrey chimed in, "I'M NOT EITHER!" Though the crowd expressed some disappointment at the decision, both stars agreed that they would continue to use their popularity for positive change in the world. Sylvia Obell âś” @SylviaObell Lin-Manuel Miranda said Oprah is the only person who could drag him away from his...
  • Jonah Goldberg: Why the ‘Cult of Trump’ Has Taken Hold

    02/07/2018 2:56:38 PM PST · by EveningStar · 90 replies
    National Review ^ | February 7, 2018 | Jonah Goldberg
    ... Liberals roll their eyes at the claim that President Obama violated democratic norms or abused his power. But putting aside the specific arguments, conservatives saw plenty of abuses and violations, from the IRS scandals and Benghazi to the Iran deal. Obama said many times he couldn’t unilaterally implement the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program because he wasn’t a “king.” Then he did it anyway. And the process repeats itself, getting worse and more egregious each time. When I criticize Trump, the first response from countless Republicans is, “Oh yeah, why was it okay for Obama!?” If I point...
  • Electric cars have benefits, but likely won't save you money

    02/07/2018 2:26:51 PM PST · by Red Badger · 41 replies ^ | February 7, 2018 | by Dee-Ann Durbin
    <p>Electric cars have a lot of perks: zero emissions, a quiet ride and instant acceleration. But can they save you money? Probably not.</p> <p>Electric car prices are falling, but they still cost more than equivalent gas models because of their expensive batteries. A $7,500 federal tax credit—which survived the recent tax overhaul—helps erase that gap, but not entirely.</p>
  • Meet the first Gerber baby with Down syndrome; his name is Lucas!

    02/07/2018 10:51:28 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 37 replies ^ | 2-7-18 | Terri Peters
    The 2018 Gerber baby is Lucas Warren, a 1-year-old from Dalton, Georgia who is the first child with Down syndrome to be named a Gerber baby since the contest's start in 2010. "He's very outgoing and never meets a stranger," Lucas's mom, Cortney, told TODAY Parents. "He loves to play, loves to laugh and loves to make other people laugh." Cortney Warren said she entered the Gerber contest on a whim, after a relative pointed out an ad seeking submissions. After posting a photo of Lucas on Instagram using the contest's hashtag, Cortney and her husband, Jason, received the news...
  • So much for artificial intelligence and the stock market's programmed trades

    02/07/2018 9:20:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/07/2018 | Jack Hellner
    We see a lot of people touting artificial intelligence (AI) as the wave of the future. On Monday there was a great example of the wonders of AI. Machines are programmed to sell stocks at certain levels, and they do what they are told. Then the cascading effect goes throughout the world. So what if a human forgets to program the machines to stop selling? What could go wrong? When I think of AI, I think of self-driving cars, which are only as good as the humans programming their cameras and computers. Let’s say an autonomous car was going down...
  • Governments Hate Bitcoin and Cash for the Same Reason: They Protect People’s Privacy.

    02/07/2018 9:10:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Reason ^ | 02/07/2018 | J.D. Tuccille
    Publicly fretting about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, last month, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin assured an audience at the Economic Club of Washington that "one of the things we will be working very closely with the G-20 on is making sure that this doesn't become the Swiss numbered bank accounts." He specifically cited the difficulty cryptocurrencies pose to tracking transactions as a major concern. Soon afterward, India's finance minister, Arun Jaitley, sounded an even stronger note, saying, "The government does not consider crypto-currencies legal tender or coin and will take all measures to eliminate use of these crypto-assets in financing illegitimate...
  • House Passes Obamacare Calorie Rule Fix

    02/07/2018 6:44:56 AM PST · by pabianice · 17 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 2/7/18 | Harrington
    Bipartisan bill would give restaurants flexibility from 'onerous' regulation The House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation Tuesday giving greater flexibility to restaurants and grocery stores in complying with an Obamacare regulation that mandated every food item be labeled with calorie counts. The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, sponsored by House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R., Wash.), passed on a 266 to 157 vote, with 32 Democrats joining Republicans. "This bill isn't about the merits of calorie counts; it's about providing flexibility for businesses to provide that information in a way that makes sense for them and their customers,"...
  • Fetal Alcohol Disorder as Prevalent as Autism, JAMA Study Shows

    02/07/2018 6:20:51 AM PST · by Neoliberalnot · 11 replies ^ | Feb 6, 2018 | Philip A. May
    The warnings have been ubiquitous for decades: drinking alcohol while pregnant could have severe impacts on the unborn child. Now, a new study of thousands of first graders in four different regions of the United States contends the rates are much higher than previously believed – perhaps five times the most recent estimates. The study, published in the Journal of American Medical Association, has already indicated that the effects of alcohol on fetuses are statistically comparable to other development disabilities. “Our results suggest that the rate of FASD (fetal alcohol spectrum disorder) in children in the Untied States is as...
  • University to spend $121 million on diversity efforts – and maybe more in two years [Amer Univ]

    02/07/2018 6:16:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    College Fix ^ | February 7, 2018 | Christian Montoya
    Last fall, Columbia University pledged to spend an extra $100 million on diversity efforts over five years. Not content to play second fiddle on diversity spending, American University is spending even more, even faster. The private university in Washington, D.C., plans to shell out $121 million in the next two years on its “Plan for Inclusive Excellence.”
  • Cornell frat punished for "pig roast" sex contest

    02/07/2018 6:13:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 7, 2018 | Staff
    A fraternity at Cornell University has been placed on probation for conducting a sex contest members dubbed the "pig roast" in reference to the weight of women they slept with. The university said officials launched an investigation of the Zeta Beta Tau chapter last year after multiple reports about the secret game in which new members could get points by having sex with women.
  • Chinese Police Go RoboCop With Facial-Recognition Glasses

    02/07/2018 5:41:10 AM PST · by PIF · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 7, 2018 6:52 a.m. ET | Josh Chin
    BEIJING - As hundreds of millions of Chinese begin traveling for the Lunar New Year holiday, police are showing off a new addition to their crowd-surveillance toolbox: mobile facial-recognition units mounted on eyeglasses ... The eyeglass-mounted camera is equipped with facial-recognition technology capable of “highly effective screening” of crowds for fugitives traveling under false pretenses ... The devices have already helped railway police at Zhengzhou’s East Railway Station capture seven people wanted in connection with major criminal cases, and 26 others who were traveling using other people’s identities ...
  • Fiat Empire Full Documentary

    02/07/2018 5:26:59 AM PST · by ThinkingBuddha · 11 replies ^ | 06/12/2015 | Truth Juice
    Fiat Empire Full Documentary.
  • More than 200 North Korean cheerleaders in matching red outfits arrive across the border [tr]

    02/07/2018 5:26:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 7, 2018 | Emily Crane
    More than 200 North Korean cheerleaders sporting matching scarlet coats and pelt hats have arrived in South Korea to root for athletes from both sides of the peninsula at the Winter Olympics. The 229 young women who arrived on Wednesday were among a 280-member delegation who crossed the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas at the Dorasan border post north of Seoul.