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  • Free Speech Panel at CPAC Canceled by Pamela Geller After Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft Banned

    02/22/2018 4:36:52 AM PST · by Raymann · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/21/18 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    Conservative commentator Pam Geller revealed on Breitbart News Daily on Wednesday morning that her panel on free speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) had been canceled because she refused to remove Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit as a participant. “Late last night, I received a call … demanding that I remove one of the speakers from the panel. I would not do this. I told them it was unconscionable that a panel on free speech — I mean, it’s, I don’t know if anybody sees the irony, and this just happened — and I’m sorry, I’m breaking it...
  • This Designer Label Is Selling a Plastic Bag for $590

    02/22/2018 2:45:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Money ^ | February 21, 2018 | Allana Akhtar
    For the mega-rich, clearly, a regular plastic grocery bag is too drab. Céline, a France-based luxury clothing brand, unveiled a transparent plastic shopping bag during Paris Spring/Summer 2018 fashion week in January. The bag has since been spotted in a Nordstrom pop-up store in Seattle, retailing for $590. (That is approximately $589.95 higher than what a regular plastic bag costs to produce.)
  • The Boys of Winter -- February 22, 1980

    02/21/2018 7:30:58 PM PST · by Alberta's Child · 25 replies
    The Boys of Winter ^ | 2005 | Jim Craig
    Years before I ever heard of Lake Placid or the Olympics, before I knew the name of a single Russian hockey player, I was a kid in Massachusetts who wanted to be the next Bobby Orr. I grew up skating on Holmes' Pond, which took its name from our next-door neighbor, Mrs. Holmes, who owned it. A man named Phil Thompson, our postman, was the person who told me I should try organized hockey in the Easton Junior Hockey League. He had already been working on it with my mother. He was a fine postman and an even better...
  • Jennifer Lawrence ‘Extremely Offended’ After Feminists Criticize Her Revealing Dress

    02/21/2018 7:26:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies
    Big Hollywood (Breitbart) ^ | February 21, 2018 | Charlie Nash
    Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence hit back at feminists who attacked her for wearing a “revealing” dress in cold weather, writing on Facebook Wednesday that she is “extremely offended” and calling her critics “sexist.” Lawrence came under fire for wearing a Versace dress, which critics described as “revealing,” while posing for a photo with her Red Sparrow co-stars Joel Edgerton, Jeremy Irons, Matthias Schoenaerts, and director Francis Lawrence, who wore winter coats. Helen Lewis, the deputy editor of the New Statesman, received thousands of likes in her critique of Lawrence’s choice of clothing.
  • On Russia, Democrats Try To Rewrite History

    02/21/2018 6:16:27 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 6 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 21 Feb, s018 | David Harsanyi
    There's a case to be made that in every way, save rhetoric, the president has been tougher on Russia than his predecessor. This week, CNN fact checked Donald Trump’s recent claim that he had been tougher on Russia than Barack Obama. “(No he wasn’t)” maintained the cheeky chyron. Though the network fancies itself the arbiter of truth in the Era of Trump — apples and bananas and all that — this particular contention is, at the very least, debatable. In fact, there’s a good case to be made that in nearly every way, save rhetoric, the president has been tougher...
  • US neo-Nazi groups on the rise under President Donald Trump: report [SPLC; gefälschte nachrichten]

    02/21/2018 6:14:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.22.2018 | ls/sms (Reuters, AFP)
    The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Wednesday published a report showing a rise in the number of hate groups operating in the United States during President Donald Trump’s first year in office. The number of hate groups in the US grew to 954, marking a 4 percent increase compared to last year. The report said Trump-inspired groups also provoked a backlash that witnessed a rise in black nationalist groups, such as the Nation of Islam. “President Trump’s first year in office proved to be just as racially divisive as his campaign — but even more consequential,” the report said....
  • Walz Breaks with NRA, Supports Minnesota Assault Weapons Ban

    02/21/2018 5:41:51 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 30 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 2/21/18 | AP
    U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, a Democratic candidate for Minnesota governor and longtime gun-rights supporter, has proposed an assault weapons ban in the state. Walz has faced repeated attacks from Democratic competitors because of his past support from the National Rifle Association.
  • One Juvenile Arrested After Police Say Threats Caused Lockdown of Orono (MN) Schools

    02/21/2018 5:34:23 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 2/21/18 | Frank Rajkowski
    Orono Police Chief Correy Farniok said one juvenile was arrested at Orono High School Wednesday afternoon in connection to a pair of social media posts that caused a lockdown of Orono schools. Farniok said the juvenile arrested was one of two persons of interest who have been identified in the matter. He said both suspects, who were identified as students, were holed up in Orono High School during the lockdown. Police were informed around 10:57 a.m. Wednesday of a pair of threats made on social media threatening a shooting at Orono schools at noon. That led to a lockdown which...
  • Publishing platform Medium suspends far-right figures

    02/21/2018 3:15:24 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 21, 2018 | Ali Breland
    The online publishing platform Medium has suspended the accounts of prominent far-right figures Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec and Laura Loomer. Medium spokesperson Sandee Roston told The Hill that the company does “not comment on individual accounts.” Roston did point to a Feb. 7 post detailing an update to its rules. “We have all seen an increase and evolution of online hate, abuse, harassment, and disinformation, along with ever-evolving campaigns of fraud and spam,” Medium's rules update reads. “We have strengthened our policies around this type of behavior.” “We do not allow calls for intolerance, exclusion, or segregation based on protected...
  • Deploy or find something else to do (as a civilian)

    02/21/2018 1:01:37 PM PST · by pabianice · 10 replies
    Military Times ^ | 2/21/18 | Mattis
    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis used tough terms to back up the new deploy-or-get out rules, saying those held back for administrative reasons place an unfair burden on troops who routinely serve multiple combat tours. "You're either deployable, or you need to find something else to do. I'm not going have some people deploying constantly and then other people, who seem to not pay that price, in the U.S. military," Mattis told reporters traveling with him on his way home Saturday from a week-long trip to Europe. "If you can't go overseas [and] carry a combat load, then obviously someone else...
  • Trump on course for clash with House GOP over gun control

    02/21/2018 11:21:51 AM PST · by pabianice · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/21/18 | Bade/Schor
    Conservatives are demanding that ‘concealed-carry’ language hitch a ride on any bill to strengthen background checks. President Donald Trump’s tentative embrace of a narrow background-checks bill is about to hit a towering hurdle: members of his own party. The White House is signaling support for a bipartisan bill that would enhance reporting of violent criminals to the FBI’s background-check database in order to stop them from buying firearms. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) is trying to round up support for it along with the White House — a formidable duo from a party that typically shuns any talk of...
  • Jefferson County 8th grader dead after trying to light fire with 5 gallons of gasoline

    02/21/2018 11:14:11 AM PST · by BBell · 47 replies
    http://www.al.com/ ^ | 2/20/18 | Carol Robinson
    A Jefferson County teen has died after he was burned while trying to start a fire nearly one week ago. Jefferson County Sheriff's Office officials said they were notified Thursday by a hospital social worker that the teen had suffered severe burns and would be taken off life support, said Chief Deputy Randy Christian. Authorities didn't release the teen's name but a GoFundMe account set up in his name and multiple social media posts identified him as Sam Gean, an eighth-grader at Corner Middle School where he played the trumpet in the school band. The fundraising account said he was...
  • How to test your smartphone's speed... And improve its performance.

    02/21/2018 9:56:38 AM PST · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    www.popsci.com ^ | 02/20/2018 | By David Nield
    Is your handset doing its best? Alvaro Reyes via Unsplash _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ After a year or two, your trusty smartphone may not race along at the same speed it used to. You might feel like it has slowed down a little, but before you go in for an upgrade, you should be more scientific about your hunch. To know for sure whether there's a drop-off, here's how to run some benchmarks and speed tests on your phone—and boost its performance if it falls short. Benchmark basics On personal computers, benchmarking has been around for years. Benchmarks are tests that measure the...
  • MS-13 spreads to 22 states, fed by 300,000 illegals, DACA recipients, tied to 207 murders

    02/21/2018 9:43:22 AM PST · by qaz123 · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 21Feb18 | Paul Bedard
    The vicious MS-13 gang, stifled under former President George W. Bush, exploded during the Obama era fueled by 300,000 illegals, including those given amnesty under the DACA program, and has now been linked to crimes in 22 states, according to a new report. Since 2012, 207 murders have been tied to the gang called “Mara Salvatrucha,” and there are over 500 cases nationwide of MS-13 members being charged in major crimes, according to the report from the Center for Immigration Studies.
  • Md. students stage walkout, march to US Capitol to demand action on guns

    02/21/2018 8:56:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 89 replies
    The HIll ^ | February 21, 2018 | Rebecca Savransky
    Hundreds of students in Maryland on Wednesday walked out of class and began marching toward the U.S. Capitol to demand action on gun control. Students at Montgomery Blair high school in Montgomery County planned a walkout through social media, according to a reporter from ABC 7.
  • Japanese father of 13 surrogate children veiled in mystery

    02/21/2018 7:38:46 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 2/21/2018 | MARI YAMAGUCHI,
    TOKYO — A Japanese man who has won legal custody of 13 surrogate children in Thailand has remained virtually anonymous in the Japanese media. Mitsutoki Shigeta, who was granted sole custody of his children by a Thai court on Tuesday, is the son of the founder of Japanese telecom and insurance company Hikari Tsushin. As a major shareholder, he earns millions of dollars a year in dividends. But in Japan, he keeps an extremely low profile. Aggressive reporting by Japanese tabloids after his surrogate babies were discovered in a Bangkok condominium in 2014 quickly faded, allegedly after defamation lawsuits and...
  • Exclusive: Inside the Corrosive Workplace Culture of the Dallas Mavericks

    02/21/2018 5:49:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    SI ^ | February 20, 2018 | Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther
    It was an hour or so before tip–off. The Dallas Mavericks were hosting a nationally televised game during the 2010–11 NBA season. And, deep inside the American Airlines Center, a recently–hired Mavericks support staff employee was eating dinner in the media dining room. As the woman sat down, the team president and CEO, Terdema Ussery, asked if he could join her. She grew nervous, not because Ussery was her boss’s boss, or because he was one of the most prominent figures in the Dallas sportscape. It was because his reputation as a serial sexual harasser of women preceded him. At...
  • Miami media goes into "protect Democrat sheriff" mode regarding shooting

    02/21/2018 5:49:03 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 20 replies
    Various | 2/21/18
    Just started seeing it today go on full bore. The LACK OF CURIOSITY was there from almost the moment it was discovered that Broward LEOs were called 30+ times to killer Nikolas Cruz's home. The FBI hasn't done much to stop killer Nikolas Cruz either. Now, Broward sheriff Scott Israel, good friend of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has issued a statement saying HE will handle any problem in his department. Local Miami media is apparently satisfied with that. Now, back to attacking the Constitution, the NRA, Rick Scott and Donald Trump.
  • Did Russia's Social Media Campaign To Discourage Black Voters Cost Clinton The Election?

    02/21/2018 3:29:46 AM PST · by SMGFan · 68 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | February 20, 2018
    Russia’s effort to discourage minorities from voting for Hillary Clinton — described in a federal indictment released Friday — revives the mystery of why turnout among black voters declined so substantially from 2012 to 2016. The indictment of 13 Russian trolls lays out a surprisingly sophisticated social media campaign to turn minorities, and black people in particular, against Clinton. Details of the campaign show that Russians understood both the significance of those voters in the election and the language of black social media. “Russians understood how important minority voters were to Hillary Clinton’s chances in this election. They were able...
  • 'Making a Murderer' subject Brendan Dassey asks Supreme Court to review his case

    02/21/2018 1:20:24 AM PST · by BBell · 4 replies
    Lawyers for a Wisconsin inmate featured in the "Making a Murderer" series on Netflix asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to review a federal appeals court decision that held his confession was voluntary. Brendan Dassey's legal team told the high court in their petition that the case raises crucial issues that extend far beyond Dassey's case alone and that long have divided state and federal courts.