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  • Wild Thai Tiger Cub Footage Sparks Hope for Endangered Species

    Conservationists on Tuesday hailed the discovery of a new breeding population of tigers in Thailand as a “miraculous” victory for a sub-species feared wiped out by poaching. Images of four mothers and six cubs, captured by camera traps in an eastern Thai jungle throughout 2016, confirm the presence of what is only the world’s second known breeding population of the endangered Indochinese tiger. The last such tiger family was seen 15 years ago in a western forest corridor along Thailand’s border with Myanmar. ”The extraordinary rebound of eastern Thailand’s tigers is nothing short of miraculous,”
  • Mar-a-Lago can't release visitor logs — because it doesn't keep them

    03/28/2017 1:45:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/28/2017 | By DARREN SAMUELSOHN
    PALM BEACH, Fla. — Democrats just came up with a catchy-sounding bill to force President Donald Trump to cough up a list of visitors to his private clubs. But there’s just one problem: There are no lists yet. On Friday night, guests streamed into Mar-a-Lago, the president’s self-proclaimed “southern White House,” for the annual Palm Beach GOP Lincoln Day Dinner. All they had to do to get into the seaside retreat, where the first lady and the president’s youngest son were vacationing for spring break, was buy a $300 ticket. They didn’t have to submit to the kinds of rigorous...
  • Mom says TSA agents at DFW Airport traumatized son with 'horrifying' security check

    03/28/2017 1:40:57 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    dallas news ^ | march 28, 2017 | Kim Breen Julieta Chiquillo
    A mother who asked TSA agents at DFW International Airport for alternative screening for her son with special needs said they were "treated like dogs" and forced to miss a flight during an extensive security check, according to her Facebook post that has since gone viral. But the Transportation Security Administration said in a prepared statement that it followed approved procedures to "resolve an alarm of the passenger's laptop." Jennifer Williamson wrote Sunday morning that her son has a sensory processing disorder and that she asked agents to "screen him in other ways per TSA rules." ***video on link*****
  • As Raiders rush to Las Vegas, try not to laugh at Roger Goodell's stance against gambling

    03/28/2017 1:37:56 PM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 27, 2017 | Dan Wetzel
    Roger Goodell recently declared the NFL remained opposed to legalized sports wagering. The NFL commissioner’s reasons were trite, outdated and mocked by experts, but when has that ever stopped the NFL from doubling down (gambling term) on a policy? If Goodell says the league is opposed to sports wagering, then you rest assure that … … Welcome the Las Vegas Raiders … … Yeah, there is nothing that $750 million can’t buy. Whatever. Goodell is just the talking head for the league. His bosses voted Monday by the tune of 31-1 that the Raiders should move from Oakland to Las...
  • Malia Obama Just Made Windbreakers Cool Again: Teen Officially Masters '90s Style (mom jeans barf)

    03/28/2017 1:21:08 PM PDT · by drewh · 69 replies
    Harpers Bazaar ^ | 3.28.17 AST | Lauren Alexis Fisher
    Malia Obama Just Made Windbreakers Cool Again The teen has officially mastered '90s style. Despite being born in 1998, Malia Obama has seamlessly mastered the art of '90s style since moving to New York. The former First Daughter has been spotted around the city for her internship in high-waisted denim, Timberlands and lace-up combat boots but over the weekend, she took her penchant for the '90s to a new level. Obama stepped out in one of the most memorable trends of the '90s: a bright color-blocked windbreaker. The 18-year-old styled the retro outerwear with a pair of vintage-cut dad jeans...
  • Petition: Move Melania Trump to White House, or she can foot security bill

    03/28/2017 12:39:59 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 85 replies
    CBS NEWS ^ | March 28, 2017 | KATHRYN WATSON
    More than 108,000 people have signed a petition urging First Lady Melania Trump to move to the White House or pay for security costs at Trump Tower herself. The Change.org petition was started after a senior White House aide indicated the president’s wife and son, Barron, will remain in New York until the school year ends. It’ll be delivered to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren if at least 150,000 people sign. “The U.S. taxpayer is paying an exorbitant amount of money to protect the First Lady in Trump Tower, located in New York City,” the petition...
  • Missing teen, ex-teacher may be in Mexico: Officials

    03/28/2017 12:37:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    abcnews ^ | march 28, 2017 | EMILY SHAPIRO
    This morning, Brent Cooper, district attorney for Maury County, Tennessee, asked members of the public to share the Amber Alert with friends and family in Mexico and Central America, adding that Mexican law enforcement was notified of the Amber Alert and "it's possible that's where they are." Cooper said Cummins "planned this in such a way that he had a 24-hour head start ... easily enough time for him to make it to Mexico."
  • Dubai to Have Tower Dangling in the Air?

    03/28/2017 12:36:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    Khaleej Times ^ | March 28, 2017 | Bernd Debusmann Jr.
    An artist's impression of how the proposed asteroid-suspended Analemma Tower would look. The building will be suspended from an asteroid orbiting 50,000kms from the earth A New York-based firm is proposing that Dubai be the site of a futuristic, asteroid-suspended skyscraper that orbits around the world. The speculative Analemma Tower - which is being proposed by the Clouds Architecture Office - is designed to be suspended downward on an asteroid orbiting 50,000km from earth. It would orbit in a figure-eight pattern across the northern and southern hemispheres in a 24-hour cycle each day. A design close-up of the asteroid from...
  • 12-Year-Old Boy Becomes India's Youngest Father

    03/28/2017 12:30:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Khaleej Times ^ | March 27, 2017
    A 12-year-old boy has perhaps become the youngest father in India. The boy, hailing from Kerala, is the father of a baby girl. The mother of the baby is a 16-year-old. According to The Hindu, the boy has been booked for impregnating the teenage girl under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. The baby girl was reportedly born in Ernakulam. The paternity has been confirmed by DNA tests. Dr. P.K. Jabbar, Professor and Head of the Endocrinology Department of the Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram was quoted saying by The Hindu that the boy could have a medical condition...
  • Chappelle Crashes Chris Rock Show w/30 Min Rant, Says Donald Trump ‘Gonna Save America by Accident’

    03/28/2017 12:15:45 PM PDT · by drewh · 18 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 28 mar 2017 ast | Jerome Hudson
    Chris Rock’s return to stand-up in New Orleans after a nine-year hiatus was crashed by none other than fellow comedian Dave Chappelle. According to the Times-Picayune, a cigarette-smoking Chappelle took the stage at the Saenger Theatre and treated the audience to 30 minutes of unscheduled material. “Tonight, you are all part of a social experiment. Stranger things have happened in New Orleans,” he said. Chappelle reportedly riffed on Rock’s rough divorce, Bill Cosby, and controversy over LGBTQ jokes he had made during his newly-released Netflix special. Rock, the night’s headliner, later joined his longtime friend onstage and the pair spent...
  • Islamic State stones to death a youth accused of homosexuality in Mosul

    03/28/2017 12:12:51 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 23 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 03/28/2017 | Robert Spencer
    Extremist? No. The Qur’an contains numerous condemnations of homosexual activity: “And [We had sent] Lot when he said to his people, ‘Do you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds? Indeed, you approach men with desire, instead of women. Rather, you are a transgressing people.’…And We rained upon them a rain [of stones]. Then see how was the end of the criminals.” (Qur’an 7:80-84) Muhammad specifies the punishment for this in a hadith: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘Whoever you find doing the action of...
  • Angry Kentucky fans flood referee's business with poor Facebook reviews following UNC loss

    03/28/2017 12:07:45 PM PDT · by Uncle Sam 911 · 23 replies
    www.saturdaydownsouth.com ^ | 3/28/17 | Michael Wayne Bratton
    Well, this is one way to get over a tough loss in the NCAA tournament. Angry Kentucky fans seeking vengeance have found it in the form of attacking a roofing company from Nebraska named John Higgins Weatherguard, Inc. Why would Big Blue Nation find solace in this? It’s owned by the referee from the Wildcats loss to North Carolina. Of course, Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari seemed to take issue with the officiating from last weekend’s game, as noted by several people from his post game press conference.
  • Media Cries ‘Islamophobia’ as Hindu-Right Gains Ground in India

    03/28/2017 12:06:46 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 8 replies
    http://legalinsurrection.com ^ | 03/28/2017 | Vijeta Uniyal
    President Trump calls Indian PM Modi to congratulate him on the latest electoral victory. Video at link (1:52) Mainstream media is reeling following the victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-Right BJP party in nationwide state elections, with leading liberal newspapers and news outlets raising the cry of ‘Islamophobia’ in India. The UK’s left-wing newspaper The Guardian called the Hindu-Right electoral gains in the biggest Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP), which has a population of 220 million, “a victory for anti-Muslim bigotry”. Aiming its criticism of the man elected to run the state — a 44 year-old Hindu Monk...
  • Trump and Russia

    Trump and Russia by Yours Truly http://youtu.be/_JcDlXlikWk?hd=1 Google Terms: Crowdstrike and Google, John Brenner Hacked by Teenager, Jeh Johnson hacked by teenager, Natanz, Stuxnet, Attribution and Vault 7
  • Islam is fastest growing religion, Pew study says

    03/28/2017 11:57:18 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 15 replies
    http://aleteia.org ^ | 03/20/2017 | John Burger
    Christianity is the largest religion in the world today, but if trends persist, Islam will overtake it by the end of the 21st century. So predicts the Pew Research Center, which identified two factors in Islam’s current status as the world’s fastest growing faith: Muslim women are having more children, on average, than women of other religions, and adherents to Islam, on average, are younger than devotees of other religious groups. Around the world, each Muslim woman has an average of 3.1 children, compared with 2.3 for all other groups combined,” said the report, “Muslims and Islam: Key findings in...
  • Sources: Natalie Wood 'Cold Case' Probe Could Spark Grand Jury, Nightmare for Robert Wagner

    03/28/2017 11:46:13 AM PDT · by drewh · 70 replies
    Radar Online ^ | March 28 2017 7:21 am | staff report
    New evidence emerges...investigation could finally solve the death mystery Said to be a 'strong case file' compiled with the help of Cold Case Investigative Research Insititute Marks on Wood's body could prove she was choked unconscious and rolled off yacht wrapped in a heavy coat so that she would drown.CCIRI believes Wagner put the coat on Natalie to make it appear she left the yacht.
  • Spicer: If Trump Uses Russian Salad Dressing, ‘Somehow That’s a Russian Connection’

    At a press briefing on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer asserted the media is so obsessed with trying to find evidence of collusion between the administration and Russia, that if Trump were to put Russian salad dressing on his dinner, it would become a “Russian connection.” “With all of these investigations, questions of what is ‘is,’ how does this administration try to revamp its image? Two and a half months in, we’ve got this Yates story today, you’ve got other things going on, you’ve got Russia, you’ve got, you’ve got wiretapping...” the reporter began to ask. “No, we...
  • gold/silver investment/hedge thread #2

    03/28/2017 11:28:25 AM PDT · by SteveH · 14 replies
    steveh | 3/28/2017 | steveh
    thread #1 here http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3537409/posts recapping from post 57 begin recap buying bulk contemporary usa silver dollars? plus bulk usa gold coin questions 3/27/2017, 10:20:27 PM · 57 of 59 SteveH to All I got some coins today, 3/27/2017 how did i do? gold (s. african krugerrands) spot $1254.80 1 oz. s.kr = $1286.12 $1286.12 @ 3 = $3858,36 silver (pre 1965 dimes) 90% $88.00 @ 13.54 XFACE = $1192.52 total purchase, gold and silver = $5049.88 right now hiding in cubbyhole at home. thinking if TSHTF, it will be very fast, no time to go to safe deposit box (?)...
  • 'I’m Still in Shock!' Learner Passes His Driving Test on His 33rd Attempt

    03/28/2017 11:26:36 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Express ^ | Fri, Mar 24, 2017 | Paul Jeeves
    THE mantra “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again” has proved true for this new driver who has finally passed his driving test at the 33rd attempt.Determined Christian Whiteley-Mason has used 14 different instructors, taken 85 lessons and spent Ł10,000 over 25 years to get the licence. After finally being given the all clear to get out on the roads by himself, the care home manager said: “I can’t believe I’ve actually finally passed after all these years. I’m still in shock!” Mr Whiteley-Mason, 42, from Barnsley, first took his test in 1992 in the days before...
  • Raoul Peck’s ‘The Young Karl Marx’ Acquired By The Orchard For Fall Bow

    03/28/2017 11:18:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | March 28, 2017 | Patrick Hipes
    The Orchard has acquired U.S. distribution rights to The Young Karl Marx, the latest film from Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro director Raoul Peck. A fall theatrical release is planned for the pic, which bowed this year at Berlin. August Diehl, Stefan Konarske and Vicky Krieps star.
  • Man Cuts Neighbor’s Hand Off for Stealing His Phone

    03/28/2017 10:50:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 28 March 2017
    Another ugly crime took Egypt by a storm in the Al Sharabiya area north of the Egyptian capital, Cairo. A terrible crime took place when four brothers cut off a young man’s hand in front of pedestrians after they accused him of stealing a mobile phone. A security source said that a quarrel broke out between two families in the area, where knives and swords were used, because a member of the Hook family accused the son of the other family of being involved in the theft of a mobile phone. The quarrel resulted in four people being injured, five...
  • NATIONAL BLACK FOREST CAKE DAY – March 28

    03/28/2017 10:45:49 AM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 13 replies
    (recipes at link) March 28 recognizes a food holiday known as National Black Forest Cake Day. Black Forest cake is the English name for the German dessert Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte, meaning “Black Forest cherry torte.” Most often, the Black Forest cake is made of several layers of chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries between each layer. The cake is then decorated with whipped cream, maraschino cherries and chocolate shavings. In some traditional recipes, sour cherries are used between the layers and a Kirschwasser (a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries) is added to the cake. In the United States, alcohol...
  • Islamic Council Norway hires woman in niqab as communications officer

    03/28/2017 10:11:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 28 March 2017 17:01 CEST+02:00
    Norwegian Muslim umbrella organization Islamic Council Norway has been criticized for hiring a woman who wears the full face-covering niqab as a communications officer. Minister for Culture Linda Hofsted Helleland called the move “extremely ill-advised” and members of other parties have also voiced their concern about the appointment. The appointment of 32-year-old Leyla Hasic as an administrative consultant by Islamic Council Norway (Islamsk Rĺd Norge, IRN) comes soon after the Ministry of Culture (Kulturdepartementet) granted almost half a million kroner ($58 million) to help the organization with initiatives aimed at improving dialogue between Muslim communities and the rest of society,...
  • Advice from cops: Don’t talk to cops

    03/28/2017 9:52:01 AM PDT · by Sopater · 94 replies
    Learn Liberty ^ | January 31, 2017 | James Duane
    Almost every time I speak at a college or law school campus, there are one or two audience members whose mother or father is a police officer or a prosecutor. I always ask them: What did your parents tell you about dealing with the police? Every one of them, without exception, has told me the same thing: My parents in law enforcement taught me years ago that I should never talk to the police, or agree to let them interview me about anything, or let them search my car or my apartment or my backpack without a warrant. You need...
  • The Most Infuriating Movie Endings Of All Time

    03/28/2017 9:24:33 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 237 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 27, 2017 | Looper
    There's nothing quite as frustrating as a bad movie ending. Failure to stick that landing in the final act can totally ruin an otherwise great film, or give us one more reason to hate one that was already a dud. Here's a look at some of the most annoying movie endings in recent memory. And it should go without saying, but spoilers ahead… The Matrix Revolutions | 0:23 X-Men: The Last Stand | 0:59 Signs | 1:44 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 | 2:43 Now You See Me | 3:27 I Am Legend | 4:15 Man of Steel | 5:14 Lord...
  • Donald Trump slams Freedom Caucus on Twitter, says Democrats will ‘make a deal’

    03/28/2017 9:21:49 AM PDT · by Coronal · 185 replies
    Global News ^ | March 27, 2017 | Kevin Nielsen
    President Donald Trump continued to nurse a grudge against the Freedom Caucus as he lashed out against the ultra-right wing of the Republican Party on Twitter Monday, while also promising cooperation from the Democrats on health care. Earlier Monday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer suggested Trump might turn to members of the Democratic Party to overhaul Obamacare and the U.S. president seconded that notion on Twitter Monday night. Trump said the Freedom Caucus of the GOP, known as a particularly right-wing segment of Republican lawmakers, snatched “defeat from the jaws of victory” after Trump-backed health care legislation was pulled off...
  • NINE male high school athletes in Texas charged with 'holding down at least 10 other boys.....

    03/28/2017 9:11:37 AM PDT · by Morgana · 78 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 27, 2017 | Associated Press and Dailymail.com Reporter
    FULL TITLE: NINE male high school athletes in Texas charged with 'holding down at least 10 other boys and sexually assaulting them with Coke bottles, steel pipes and baseball bats' Nine Texas high school students - seven of them juveniles - have been charged after they allegedly sexually assaulted other boys with objects including bottles and even baseball bats. The students - all of whom are or were athletes - have been charged with allegations going back as far as 2014, La Vernia police Chief Bruce Ritchey said Monday. More arrests are likely to follow, he added. Police are not...
  • This device from Israel can literally pull clean drinking water out of thin air

    03/28/2017 9:05:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dana Varinsky
    When kids learn about the planet’s water cycle, they’re taught a simple concept: our atmosphere is filled with water vapor that has evaporated from the bodies of liquid water we see around us. When the vapor’s temperature gets low enough, it gets turned back into water. The presence of that vapor becomes especially apparent in the summer, when droplets collect on glasses of ice water and air conditioning units drip onto unsuspecting passersby. An Israeli company called Water-Gen does not think of that condensation as a byproduct; instead, it has built machines specifically designed to create and harvest as much...
  • Three teenage burglars are shot dead by homeowner's son, 23, with an AR-15 after they burst......

    03/28/2017 9:03:08 AM PDT · by Morgana · 44 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 28, 2017 | Dave Burke For Mailonline
    FULL TITLE: Three teenage burglars are shot dead by homeowner's son, 23, with an AR-15 after they burst in to Oklahoma house wearing masks and carrying a knife Three masked teenagers who broke into a home in broad daylight were shot dead by a 23-year-old man living inside. The intruders, who were dressed in all black and wore masks and gloves, entered the residence in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, before the homeowner's son confronted them with a rifle and opened fire. The suspects, said to be ages 16, 17 and 18, all died at the scene. One was armed with a...
  • Kambalny volcano erupts for first time since reign of Catherine the Great

    03/28/2017 8:37:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Siberian Times ^ | 25 March 2017
    Kambalny volcano erupts for first time since reign of Catherine the Great By The Siberian Times reporter 25 March 2017 An 8 km high plume was recorded from the southernmost major stratovolcano on the Kamchatka peninsula. The eruption is believed to be the first since 1769, and tourist organisations have been warned not to venture towards the 2,156 metre high volcano. It is on Russia's famed Land of Fire and Ice, the Kamchatka peninsula, in the extreme east of the country. A source at the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) told IA Kamchatka: 'Currently, the eruption of the volcano...
  • Investor Who Lost Millions to Madoff Leaps to Death in Midtown, Sources Say

    03/28/2017 8:28:25 AM PDT · by Oratam · 18 replies
    DNAInfo ^ | March 28, 2017 | Trevor Kapp
    MIDTOWN — A prominent financier who lost millions in Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme leapt to his death from a Midtown hotel Monday afternoon, according to police sources and reports.
  • Christine Kaufmann, Austrian-born actress in ‘Town Without Pity,’ dies at 72

    03/28/2017 8:18:43 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 28, 2017 | Staff Reports and News Services
    Christine Kaufmann, an Austrian-born actress who became the country’s first Golden Globe winner and was married to Hollywood star Tony Curtis in the 1960s, has died. She was 72... She made her acting debut in 1952 and appeared in European films, including the Italian-made sword-and-sandal drama “The Last Days of Pompeii” (1959) opposite Steve Reeves. Her best-known film was “Town Without Pity” (1961), as a sexily precocious German girl raped by American soldiers occupying her town. Kirk Douglas portrayed the Army defense attorney...
  • Culture-Enriching Ruction in Peine Includes “Allahu Akhbar!”

    03/28/2017 7:52:13 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 8 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 27 Mar, 2017 | Baron Bodissey
    About ten refugees with Syrian and Palestinian background were fighting with each other around 9:30 in Peine. Once the police got there, the majority of the fighters involved had already fled. One person was taken to the hospital with a head injury. Towards 11:00pm a group of about ten people, among them perpetrators of the first brawl, destroyed multiple cars in Peine. Many people living nearby were then drawn into the brawl with the migrants; a total of about 40 to 50 people were involved in the mass brawl. The people involved were mostly citizens with Turkish, Kurdish, and Lebanese...
  • That really IS a high rise: Sci-fi plan to hang wandering skyscraper from asteroid orbiting Earth...

    03/28/2017 7:40:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | Updated: 18:59 EDT, 27 March 2017 | By Stacy Liberatore
    Radical skyscraper design from a New York City firm will be built from the sky down instead of the ground up Analemma Tower is set to be suspended from an orbiting asteroid 31,068 miles (50,000 km) above the Earth Tower will move in a figure eight pattern between the northern and southern hemispheres each day Solar panels will generate power and water will be collected from cloud condensation and rain water Building will be broken up into sections, such as business, worship, dining, shopping and entertainment A New York architecture firm has unveiled designs for a skyscraper that is out...
  • Rush:Democrats are "FEELING THIER OATS" Like They Can't Believe

    RUSH: Here’s where I think the Democrats are, folks. I think the Democrats are feeling their oats like they can’t believe. The psychological graph here: You go to election night; they think they’re gonna win in a landslide. Then they don’t. And the bottom has fallen out. And they can’t believe it. It is hell on earth. It’s one thing to lose when you expect to lose. You prepare yourself for it. It’s another thing to lose when you lose by a landslide that you thought you were gonna win in a landslide. So they had to scramble the decks....
  • Senator J. Wellington Wimpy's Health Care Bill

    03/28/2017 6:07:25 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/20/2009 | ken blackburn
    Pollsters like to say their surveys are like a snapshot, limited to the time and the picture frame in which they are taken. What we are seeing in polling on the takeover of health care by the federal government is a consistent opposition by the American people. No major poll shows the people supporting the House or Senate bill. .... This is just another version of the slogan of J. Wellington Wimpy, the great pal of Popeye the Sailor Man. Older readers will remember Wimpy saying: “I would surely pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” Was he Senator J....
  • This Is Russia's Warship Built Specifically For Arctic Fighting

    03/28/2017 5:52:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    The Drive ^ | March 27, 2017 | Tyler Rogoway
    Much has been made about America's so-called "icebreaker gap"—Russia has roughly 40 with many more in production while the US has one that is operational—and we have talked extensively about how the frigid arctic is likely to be a contested territory and battlefield of the future. But Russia isn't just building more icebreakers or ice-capable logistics ships—they are also building fighting ships that can go independently where few other surface combatant can, and carry much heavier firepower while doing so.
  • As more Americans fail drug tests, employers turn to refugees

    03/28/2017 5:18:42 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | Mar. 27, 2017 | Dan Lieberman
    ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA (CNN) - Inside a factory near this lakeside city, a man holding a blowtorch is putting the finishing touches on a plastic rain barrel that will soon make its way to a home and garden section somewhere in America. He is Talib Alzamel, a 45-year-old Syrian refugee who arrived here last summer with his wife and five children. He can't speak much English, but neither can most of the 40 refugees who work at Sterling Technologies, a plastic molding company based near the shores of Lake Erie. They earn $8-14 an hour. The refugees at Sterling come from...
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday March 28, 2017

    03/28/2017 4:22:40 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 18 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday March 28, 2017 In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". mumpsimus [muhmp-suh-muh s] -n1. adherence to or persistence in an erroneous use of language, memorization, practice, belief, etc., out of habit or obstinacy (opposed to sumpsimus ). 2.a person who persists in a mistaken expression or practice [1520-30; from a story, which perhaps originated with Erasmus, of an illiterate priest who said mumpsimus rather than sūmpsimus (1st plural perfect indicative of Latin sūmere to pick up;...
  • Today's Toons 3/28/17

    03/28/2017 3:28:32 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 11 replies
    The Right Reasons ^ | 3/28/17 | pookie18
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  • AFI'S 100 GREATEST MOVIE QUOTES OF ALL TIME

    03/28/2017 3:02:33 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 288 replies
    American Film Institute ^ | 06.21.05 | Jean Picker Firstenberg
    AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes is a list of the 100 top film quotes of all time.
  • Would YOU take this Italian UFO for a spin? Concept drone seats two people and hits speeds of 120mph

    03/28/2017 2:14:39 AM PDT · by cba123 · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Published: 07:39 EDT, 27 March 2017 | Harry Pettit For Mailonline
    This strange vehicle might look like a flying saucer, but it's not for extraterrestrials. Humans looking for a trip that's truly 'out of this world' can now fly in style with the I.F.O or 'Identified Flying Object', a proposed two-seater drone concept that looks like a UFO. The I.F.O is powered by eight electric rotary engines that push the saucer to an estimated top speed of 120mph (190kph) and can lift it to the average helicopter altitude. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4352540/UFO-drone-seats-two-passengers-reaches-120mph-190kph.html#ixzz4cbsQlITJ Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Schumer loses cool with Trump supporter at swanky restaurant

    03/28/2017 2:10:32 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 62 replies
    NY post ^ | 3/28/17 | Emily Smith
    Schumer loses cool with Trump supporter at swanky restaurant Sen. Chuck Schumer caused a scene at a Manhattan restaurant when he began yelling at a wealthy and well-connected Donald Trump supporter that the POTUS is “a liar.” Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, lost his cool on Sunday night at Upper East Side restaurant Sette Mezzo, according to witnesses. He was dining with friends when he encountered Joseph A. Califano Jr. — the former US secretary of health, education and welfare under President Jimmy Carter and domestic policy adviser to President Lyndon B. Johnson — and his wife, Hilary, who were...
  • Homeowner’s son kills three would-be burglars with AR-15

    03/28/2017 1:48:37 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 55 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/28/17 | Fox news
    Homeowner’s son kills three would-be burglars with AR-15 Three would-be robbers were shot and killed Monday when an Oklahoma homeowner’s son opened fire on them with an AR-15, authorities said. Wagoner County sheriff’s deputies were called to the home in Broken Arrow, southeast of Tulsa at around 12:30 p.m. local time. When they arrived, they found the three dead suspects and two uninjured residents. Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Nick Mahoney said the suspects enetered the home through a glass back door with the intent to burglarize it. It was not immediately clear why they picked that home. Mahoney said the suspects...
  • Democrats new strategy: Reach out to more people of color

    03/28/2017 12:27:15 AM PDT · by RC one · 38 replies
    San Fransisco Chronicle ^ | March 27, 2017 | Joe Garofoli |
    To regain political power, Democrats need to better direct their message at people of color who aren’t voting instead of conservative whites who have stopped listening to them. That’s the conclusion of San Francisco’s Democracy in Color, which on Monday outlined a road map to victory that involves spending $500 million on field operations — instead of TV commercials — designed to turn out 10 million new progressive voters of color in 17 key states for the next presidential race. Among the target states: longtime GOP strongholds of Georgia, Texas and Arizona, whose demographics are becoming less white and probably...
  • (Jan 8, 2016) Speaker Ryan Responds to President’s Veto of Obamacare Repeal

    03/27/2017 10:40:46 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 16 replies
    youtube ^ | Jan 8, 2016 | Paul Ryan
    "It's no surprise that someone named Obama vetoed a bill repealing Obamacare. And we will hold a vote to override this veto. Taking this process all the way to the end under the Constitution. But here's the thing, the idea that Obamacare is the law of the land for good is a myth. This law will collapse under its own weight or it will be repealed. Because all those rules and procedures Senate Democrats have used to block us from doing this, that's all history. We have shown now that there is a clear path to repealing Obamacare without sixty...
  • Apple releases iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, and tvOS 10.2 Updates

    03/27/2017 9:57:25 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | March 27, 2017
    Apple today released iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2, and tvOS 10.2. iOS 10.3 introduces new features including the ability to locate AirPods using Find my iPhone and more ways to use Siri with payment, ride booking and automaker apps.Find My iPhone • View the current or last known location of your AirPods • Play a sound on one or both AirPods to help you find themSiri • Support for paying and checking status of bills with payment apps • Support for scheduling with ride booking apps • Support for checking car fuel level, lock status, turning on lights and activating horn...
  • U.S. EIA: “Record Precipitation, Snowpack in California”

    03/27/2017 9:27:54 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    warrs up with that? ^ | March 22, 2017 | David Middleton
    Guest post by David MiddletonSource: U.S. Department of Agriculture Drought Monitor MARCH 22, 2017Record precipitation, snowpack in California expected to increase hydro generation in 2017 For the first time since 2011, California’s drought is significantly weakening—a result of one of the wettest winters on record. California has experienced record levels of precipitation this winter, and unlike last winter, cooler temperatures over the 2016–2017 winter season have enabled the precipitation to build up snowpack (the total accumulated snow and ice on the ground). High precipitation and snowpack levels, both of which supply hydroelectric generators throughout the year, suggest that hydroelectric...
  • Watch the US Navy fire its game-changing hypersonic electromagnetic railgun

    03/27/2017 8:55:09 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 27 Mar, 2017 | Alex Lockie
    he US Navy recently released footage of its first testfire of an electromagnetic railgun at their new terminal at Office of Naval Research and Naval Surface Warfare Center. Railguns use 20 to 32 mega joules of electromagnetic energy to fire projectiles at seven to nine times the speed of sound, according to a Congressional Research Service report on the weapons. Because they fire with electricity alone — not chemical explosives like conventional ammunition — railguns can potentially operate much cheaper and fire much much faster than weapons currently used by the Navy. The Navy has long sought the technology as...
  • Washington's cherry blossoms bloom despite cold snap

    03/27/2017 7:53:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/27/17 | yahoo
    A mild winter followed by a spate of cold weather in Washington, made its mark on the city’s cherry blossoms, but the annual festival delighted first-time visitors on Sunday. The cherry blossom trees were a gift from Japan to the United States in 1912. The cherry blossom trees currently grow in three National Park Service locations, including the Tidal Basin, Hains Point and on the Washington Monument grounds. The cold weather killed half of the blossoms on the Yoshino cherry trees just as they were reaching their peak. The National Park Service says on its website that peak bloom was...