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  • youtube messin' with Joe Dan again

    08/17/2018 11:06:29 AM PDT · by InABunkerUnderSF · 6 replies
    Joe Dan Media ^ | 8/16/2018 | Joe Dan
    They posted the latest edition of Intellectual Froglegs was posted last night. When you try to play the video on youtube you get the ever popular "! Video unavailable. This video contains content from UMPG Publishing who has blocked it in you country on copyright grounds."Looks like someone at Google/youtube got in touch with their lib buddies at UMPG and got them to block the content.
  • Southwest Airlines Sets New Limits On Travelers’ Pets–Only Dogs, Cats And Horses

    08/17/2018 10:14:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 17, 2018 | Andrew Malcolm
    Like many airlines, Southwest has been working on new policies to rein in passenger abuse of generous “emotional support” animal guidelines. Customers have successfully flown with support spiders, snakes, possums, raccoons and, of course, cats and dogs, even large slobbering ones shedding fur. We wrote here in April about airlines’ varied struggles with developing standard policies that meet the needs and desires of passengers paying a small fortune to fly cross-country without being eaten and passengers who feel the need to have their little baby Bailey nearby at all times.
  • Why 'Crazy Rich Asians' is the right movie for this moment

    08/17/2018 9:36:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/15/2018 | Jeff Yang
    You've probably already read about how "Crazy Rich Asians" is the first major studio release to feature an all-Asian cast in 25 years -- since The Joy Luck Club accomplished that feat in 1993. And yes, this movie is a singularly special and important event for those in the Asian-American community, who are finally beginning to sense a change in an industry that has, over the past quarter century, seemed afraid of putting more than one of us onscreen at once for fear of somehow freaking out or turning off non-Asian viewers. (Don't look now, but "Crazy Rich Asians" serves...
  • Woman denied job for ‘ghetto’ name, but company blames hacker

    08/17/2018 6:56:05 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 54 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 15, 2018 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A Missouri woman said she’s hurt and distraught after being denied a job because her name was considered too “ghetto” — but company officials insist a hacker sent the racist message. Hermeisha Robinson, of Bellefontaine Neighbors, shared her experience with Mantality Health in Chesterfield in a Facebook post on Monday, saying she was discriminated against due to her name — even though she had what it takes to fill the job post. “I have a public service announcement,” Robinson wrote in an all-caps post. “I am very upset because today I received an email about this job that I applied...
  • Americans Don’t Know China—and That’s a Huge Problem

    08/17/2018 6:32:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Fortune ^ | 08/16/2018 | By BEN HARBURG
    President Trump has accused China of intellectual property theft, forced technology transfer, protectionism, and driving a trade deficit. But these disputes obscure an embarrassing reality: America has voluntarily ceded its intellectual arbitrage to China by opening the U.S. up for total download without even attempting to return the favor. Information flows abundantly and freely eastward. Little returns west. Chinese investors, students, government officials, and corporations have mapped every inch of America. The same cannot be said for Americans. But this situation is not actually due to protectionism by the Chinese state. Rather, Americans have voluntarily chosen isolation. The flood of...
  • Beads, booze and babies? New Orleans' French Quarter debates whether to become more family friendly

    08/17/2018 6:14:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 16, 2018 | Jenny Jarvie
    The family stepped warily onto Bourbon Street and hurried past a burlesque joint, an absinthe bar and neon signs touting “Leather Lingerie Love Toys” and “Hunk Oasis Male Strippers.” Heather and Chad Bruton, a clean-cut couple from Texas, didn’t want to visit this historic city for the first time without witnessing its famed promenade of debauchery. But with three young children in tow, they didn’t want to see too much.
  • The most dangerous bridge in every US state

    08/17/2018 4:07:19 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 51 replies
    MSN / Business insider ^ | August 16, 2018
    Over five months after the White House sent President Donald Trump's infrastructure plan to Capitol Hill, the proposal has stalled among Congress members on both sides of the aisle. Trump's plan proposes allocating $200 billion in grants to spur investment from private businesses and local governments, and the Trump administration was expecting those matching efforts to raise the value of the investments to $1.5 trillion. In late May, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Congress will likely not pass the massive plan this year. One of the plan's goals is to repair and rebuild America's bridges, which received a...
  • How the First Foreign-Born First Lady Tackled Her Critics

    08/17/2018 1:49:16 AM PDT · by gattaca · 4 replies
    History Stories ^ | August 15, 2018 | Nathasha Frost
    When John Quincy Adams fell for the woman who would become his wife, his mother worried about the effect it might have on his political dreams, while the future bride’s American ex-pat father worried that Yankees made poor husbands. Louisa Catherine Johnson, as she was then known, was young, charming and a wonderful hostess—but she was also British-born, to a British mother. Despite the warnings, the two were married in the United Kingdom, and the American papers made their position clear—as the Boston Independent Chronicle declared on September 14, 1797, “Young John Adams’ Negotiations have terminated in a Marriage Treaty...
  • Meet Dallas, the pit bull saved from a Canadian dogfighting ring to get K-9 training

    08/16/2018 10:09:04 PM PDT · by Norski · 11 replies
    MetroUSA ^ | august 13, 2018 | Sam Newhouse
    'Ontario 21' pit bull saved from fighting will get training for K-9 work in Philly area with the Throw Away Dogs Project. By Sam Newhouse Dallas, a pit bull rescued from an Ontario dog-fighting ring, was facing euthanasia but now is entering training as a K-9. A pit bull who has led a precarious life for years – discovered in a massive Canadian dogfighting ring, scheduled for execution by animal welfare authorities and then freed by court order – is now on the way to a very unexpected second act: K-9 police dog training in the Philly area through the...
  • Dogs attack 79-year-old woman in Cartersville

    08/16/2018 9:59:13 PM PDT · by Norski · 38 replies
    Fox5Atlanta ^ | August 14, 2018 | Alexa Liacko
    Posted: Aug 14 2018 09:35PM EDT Video Posted: Aug 14 2018 10:53PM EDT Updated: Aug 15 2018 08:27PM EDT CARTERSVILLE, Ga. - Neighbors are on edge in Cartersville after they say three dogs attacked a 79-year-old woman. The neighbors tell FOX 5 the woman was outside her home in her front yard when the three pit bull mix dogs approached her and began biting her. The woman fell and suffered a fractured spine in addition to the bite marks. I She is now at the hospital in Cartersville recovering. Neighbors say these dogs have gotten out before and have harassed...
  • Woman indicted on three charges of aggravated assault after pit bull attack, gun threats

    08/16/2018 9:55:40 PM PDT · by Norski · 7 replies
    Killeen Daily Herald ^ | august 15, 2018 | Emily Hilley-Sierzchula
    A Bell County grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Killeen woman on three felony charges after police said she threatened three people with a gun and let her pit bulls attack a man. Lashai Jean-Baptist, 22, of Killeen, was indicted on three charges of aggravated assault threaten bodily injury with a deadly weapon. Jean-Baptist was not listed in the Bell County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon, according to jail records. Bell County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a home in the 1300 block of Briggs Road in Killeen on May 26 regarding a domestic disturbance with weapons, according to the...
  • DC Confirms That Batman’s An Atheist

    08/16/2018 8:04:05 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 39 replies
    We Got This Covered ^ | 08/16/18 | Eric Joseph
    It’s not often that we think or talk about the religious beliefs of our favorite superheroes, barring the times when writers blatantly state from where these characters are coming. For example, we’re all aware of how Daredevil’s a devout Catholic, or how Batwoman’s Jewish. Speaking of which, the latest issue of Batman really hammered home the point that the Dark Knight is, in fact, an atheist. I mean, it’s technically nothing new and has been somewhat explored in the past (I believe it was Broken City that briefly touched on this before), but the latest entry into Tom King’s ongoing...
  • Satanic Temple unveils Baphomet statue at Arkansas Capitol

    08/16/2018 7:57:05 PM PDT · by Simon Green · 29 replies
    SFGate ^ | 08/16/18 | Hannah Grabenstein
    The Satanic Temple unveiled its statue Thursday of a goat-headed, winged creature called Baphomet during a First Amendment rally at the Arkansas State Capitol to protest a Ten Commandments monument already on the Capitol grounds. With Satanists, atheists and Christians among those in attendance, several speakers called for the removal of the Ten Commandments monument or for state government officials to install Baphomet as well. The Satanic Temple said the Ten Commandments monument violates constitutional freedom of religion rights and that installation of their statue will demonstrate religious tolerance. Satanic Arkansas cofounder Ivy Forrester, who helped organize the rally,...
  • 1 in 7 Americans Lose Sleep Over Politics, Survey Finds

    08/16/2018 5:07:18 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 21 replies
    rollcall ^ | August 16, 2018
    Younger baby boomers are the most likely age group to toss and turn over political worries Suffering from insomnia? Here’s a quick cure: stop caring about politics so much. A new study shows that one in seven Americans are so riled up about politics that they’re losing sleep over it, according to a survey conducted for Bankrate.com. That adds up to 34 million people, more than those who lose sleep over health care costs or paying rent. The more education and money Americans have, the more they lie awake over political worries, the survey found. Twenty percent of those with...
  • ‘Queer Eye’ Star Jonathan Van Ness Under Fire After Saying ‘Not All Republicans Are Racist’

    08/16/2018 3:10:14 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 13 replies
    The Wrap ^ | August 16, 2018 | Jon Levine
    “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness had to defend himself on Wednesday after he was ripped for urging his fans to be tolerant of other ideas and saying that not all Republicans were evil and racist. Van Ness decided to get political on Twitter following the results of Tuesday’s primary results. “Luckily a lot [of] extreme right people won yesterday, meaning that if we can come up w center left candidates we can take back the house & senate, not to mention many state legislatures. It is so important for the left to not go too left or we are...
  • Austria rejects Afghan's asylum bid because he 'did not act or dress gay'

    08/16/2018 2:29:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    AFP via Manchester Grauniad ^ | Wed 15 Aug 2018 07.34 EDT
    n Afghan teenager who said he feared being persecuted in his home country for being gay has had his asylum application rejected by Austria after an official said he did not “walk, act or dress” like a gay man, according to reports. An official in Lower Austria found no grounds for fear of persecution based on the sexual orientation of the 18-year-old, the Falter newspaper reported. “The way you walk, act or dress does not show even in the slightest that you could be homosexual,” the official reportedly wrote in his assessment rejecting the claim. The official also found “potential...
  • French doctor offering 'homosexuality' cure faces Swiss probe

    08/16/2018 2:06:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 15 August 2018 20:16 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    A French doctor claiming he can treat homosexuality using alternative therapies like homeopathy was on Wednesday placed under investigation by the Swiss canton of Geneva where he has been practicing. Regional health minister Mauro Poggia asked a commission overseeing health professionals and patient rights in the canton to open an investigation into the practice of Dr. Jean-Yves Henry, he told the Le Courrier daily in an interview. “For him, it would seem that homosexuality is an illness to cure. This element is enough to justify opening an investigation,” Poggia was quoted as saying. […] Henry, who is a licenced general...
  • Detroit Rep. Bettie Cook Scott on Asian opponent: 'Don't vote for the ching-chong!'

    08/16/2018 1:32:53 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Detroit Metro Times ^ | August 16, 2018 | Violet Ikonomova
    More than a dozen community groups have called on Rep. Bettie Cook Scott (D-Detroit) to apologize for a series of racial slurs sources say she used to describe her primary election opponent, Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit). Scott is alleged to have referred to Chang as "ching-chang" and "the ching-chong" to multiple voters outside polling precincts during last Tuesday's election. She's also said to have called one of Chang's campaign volunteers an “immigrant,” saying “you don’t belong here” and “I want you out of my country.”
  • Newark School Installs Laundromat In Attempt To Wash Away The Vicious Cycle Of Bullying

    08/16/2018 1:27:56 PM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    CBS NYC ^ | August 15, 2018 | Staff
    A high school in New Jersey is getting off to a “clean” start this year. The principal discovered students were being bullied for coming to class with dirty clothes, so he’s giving them a chance to go from the classroom into the laundry room, all under the same roof, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported Wednesday.
  • Blue Lives Matter Refuses to Partner with Jets, Cites NFL Protests And Isaiah Crowell Controversy

    08/16/2018 12:16:46 PM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    SI ^ | August 15, 2018 | Emily Caron
    New York Jets' senior manager of partnerships Anthony Bulak reached out to Blue Lives Matter founder Joe Imperatrice in hopes of partnering with the organization this season only to be rejected immediately, according to The New York Post. Imperatrice refused the proposal on the grounds that the current NFL political climate does not align with the group's mission of respecting first responders. The pro-cop non-profit cited the current NFL protests as a sign of disrespect towards "our first responders, our military members both past and present and our flag."