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  • St. Patrick: A Great Christian Missionary

    03/17/2018 7:24:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | March 17, 2018 | Jack Kerwick
    Today, countless numbers of Americans will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Many will do so with no small share of adult spirits. Yet how many of these people genuinely know anything about Saint Patrick? While it’s true that many of the details of his life are lost in the midst of time, and while it is equally true that some conventional accounts are purely mythological, those who have taken the time to research St. Patrick seem to be in essential agreement over a few things that have more or less been accepted as fact. (1)Patrick came from a relatively well-to-do Christian family of the 5th...
  • Have Progressives Won “The Culture War?”

    03/17/2018 8:20:50 AM PDT · by Mafe · 55 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | March 17, 2018 | Hunter Lewis
    In a recent article, David Brooks (New York Times “conservative” columnist who — surprise — writes as a “progressive”) suggests that “the culture war” is over or close to over: progressives have already won. Their opponents, “the … less educated ... tribalists” have “self-marginalized over the past two years.” In addition, progressives “are getting better and more aggressive at silencing dissenting behavior. ...” As a result, they could now “be on the verge of delegitimizing their foes, on guns but also much else, rendering them untouchable for anybody who wants to stay in polite society … [avoid being] morally illegitimate...
  • Miami bridge that collapsed lifted into place without suspension cables, support tower [link only]

    03/16/2018 5:45:38 PM PDT · by grundle · 17 replies
    USA Today (link only) | March 16, 2018
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  • Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks

    03/16/2018 5:18:40 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 66 replies
    Pew Research ^ | March 8, 2018 | Andrew Perrin
    Americans are spreading their book consumption across several formats, and the use of audiobooks is rising. About three-quarters (74%) of Americans have read a book in the past 12 months in any format, a figure that has remained largely unchanged since 2012, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January. Print books remain the most popular format for reading, with 67% of Americans having read a print book in the past year. And while shares of print and e-book readers are similar to those from a survey conducted in 2016, there has been a modest but statistically significant...

    03/16/2018 6:42:02 AM PDT · by knarf · 30 replies
    Seven ,minute, very good explanation of pre-stressed concrete
  • Pelosi: GOP Attacks Me Because They Are ‘Against Poor Children’

    03/16/2018 5:45:28 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 35 replies
    Thursday at her weekly press briefing, Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said GOP attacks against her leadership during congressional races were due to Republicans being opposed to her hometown San Francisco, LGBT and “poor children.” On Democrat Conor Lamb’s victory, Pelosi said, “So it was a very issues-oriented campaign. As part of it, was millions of dollars that’s coming in from the Koch brothers, and that will happen all over the country, demonizing me as the leader of the Democratic Party. I just wanted him to win. I don’t think that really had that much impact on the race....
  • Hundreds march with Nazi SS veterans in Latvia

    03/16/2018 5:25:16 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 58 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/3/18
    Police arrested a man for displaying a poster of soldiers killing Jews at the annual march by local veterans of two SS divisions that made up the Latvian Legion during World War II. The man was arrested Friday morning on the margins of the annual march of the Remembrance Day of the Latvian Legionnaires — soldiers from the 15th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS and the 19th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (the 1st and 2nd Latvian, respectively.) A handful of veterans flanked by hundreds of supporters waving Latvian flags gathered around Freedom Monument for the march under...
  • Columbia man owes more than $1 million to government for food stamp fraud

    03/15/2018 6:23:43 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 36 replies
    The State ^ | 3/15/2018 | Noah Feit
    COLUMBIA, SC A Columbia man was sentenced to prison and must pay more than $1,000,000 in restitution for his role in the theft of food stamp money. Christopher O’Berry, 43, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for theft of government money, according to U.S. Attorney Beth Drake. O’Berry was also ordered to pay $1,039,981.75 in restitution to the United States. O’Berry operated Cynthia’s Soul Food Deli (formerly Food World), which was located near the intersection of St. Andrews Road and Broad River Road. It served food, but was also registered to receive SNAP benefits as payment for food items....
  • FIU Bridge Collapse: ‘Several’ Dead, 8 Cars Trapped Underneath

    03/15/2018 1:49:43 PM PDT · by grundle · 66 replies
    CBS News Miami ^ | March 15, 2018
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Florida International University’s (FIU) massive new pedestrian bridge collapsed, killing at least one person and crushing several vehicles under it.The 950-ton bridge, located at 109th Ave and 8th Street, came crumbling down onto a number of cars. Florida Highway Patrol told CBS4 that several people are dead due to the collapse. Miami Dade Police Chief Juan Perez said 8 people have been taken to the hospital and eight vehicles are stuck under the bridge and the number of dead is undetermined. An official told CBS4’s Jim DeFede, “At this point, we can’t even tell how many cars...
  • Matt Damon moving family to Australia because of Trump

    03/15/2018 9:21:59 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 136 replies
    Page Six ^ | 15 March 2018 | Emily Smith and Ian Mohr
    Matt Damon is moving his family to Australia — in part because the liberal star’s fed up with President Trump.
  • Walmart patents hint at future where its drones tend the farms

    03/15/2018 2:42:47 AM PDT · by blueplum · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | 14 March 2018 10:03pm | Nandita Bose, Tom Polansek
    NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Walmart Inc’s patent filings hint that it may see a future where farmers use its drones to not only spot crop problems but selectively apply chemicals or even disperse pollen to bring shoppers the freshest and cheapest food possible. The world’s largest retailer applied for six patents last year on drones that aim to prevent damage to crops, control pest attacks on farms and cross-pollinate plants, according to U.S. Patents and Trademark Office documents that were made public last week and seen by Reuters. {snip} .....The market for agricultural drones will top $1 billion by 2024,...
  • Contradiction — Students favor ‘free speech’ and policies that restrict it such as safe spaces

    03/14/2018 8:46:30 PM PDT · by Mafe · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 14, 2018 | Bradford Richardson
    Free speech may not mean what most college students think it means. The majority of college students surveyed in a Gallup/Knight Foundation study said they support free speech and believe it is vital to the health of democracy. Yet droves of students also said they favor policies that restrict free speech such as safe spaces, free speech zones, speech codes and bans on offensive Halloween costumes. Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, said “the discrepancy between what undergraduate students say they believe and what actions they are willing to take is really breathtaking.” “Students like the ring...
  • Tinder Sued By Transgender Woman ... You Won't Let Us In!!!

    03/14/2018 4:18:55 PM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 73 replies
    A transgender woman is suing Tinder on behalf of other transgender people living in the Portland area, claiming it rejects all transgender people from the dating service. Ariel Hawkins claims in a new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, a few days ago she edited her profile to disclose that she was a pre-op trans woman. She says Tinder immediately deleted her account. She says the company sent her email saying she violated its terms of service ... but didn't point her to any term and refused to explain the basis for the rejection.
  • Migrants Walk into U.S. Beside Donald Trump’s Border Wall

    03/14/2018 3:19:08 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 40 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | 03/14/2018 | Neil Munro
    A foreign family with two kids hopped over the existing border wall beside President Donald Trump’s new prototype walls, spotlighting the legal loopholes which allow migrants with children to overwhelm border defenses. The March 14 video was posted by Mexico’s major establishment media site, El Universal. The video shows the semi-trailers which were positioned to hide President Donald Trump from possible attackers on the Mexican side of the border as he visited the prototype walls on March 13. The four migrants are met by a border officer, who directs them to a nearby office where they can ask to file...
  • SEC accuses Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes of ‘massive fraud’

    03/14/2018 11:31:49 AM PDT · by jerod · 37 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 14, 2018 | 1:20pm | Updated | By Kevin Dugan
    Elizabeth Holmes — the Silicon Valley wunderkind whose blood-testing startup Theranos has collapsed in a slew of scandals — has been charged with “massive fraud” by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC on Wednesday accused Theranos CEO Holmes and a top lieutenant of defrauding investors of more than $700 million through false claims about its blood-testing technology. Theranos and 34-year-old Holmes ran “an elaborate, years-long fraud in which they exaggerated or made false statements about the company’s technology, business, and financial performance,” according to the SEC. While Theranos had said it was on track to make $100 million by...
  • Ford recalling 1.4M cars for loose steering wheel bolts

    03/14/2018 9:42:40 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 42 replies
    Fox 5 NY ^ | MAR 14 2018 | staff
    Ford is recalling nearly 1.4 million midsize cars in North America because the steering wheel can detach from the steering column and drivers could lose control. The recall covers certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2014 through 2018 model years. Ford says steering wheel bolts can loosen over time. The company says it knows of two crashes and one injury caused by the problem.
  • One Thing All School Shooters Have in Common (no dads)

    03/14/2018 7:18:36 AM PDT · by Wuli · 56 replies
    [watch the video]
  • Stephen Hawking, science's brightest star, dies aged 76

    03/14/2018 2:45:41 AM PDT · by P8riot · 67 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/14/18 | Roger Penrose
    Stephen Hawking, the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences in the millions, has died aged 76.
  • Physicist Stephen Hawking dies aged 76

    03/13/2018 8:56:26 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 172 replies
    BBC ^ | March 13, 2018
    Physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, a spokesman for his family has said. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.
  • Hillary Clinton injured during Rajasthan visit (Not Fall Related)

    03/13/2018 7:53:35 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 147 replies
    India Times ^ | 3/13/18
    JODHPUR: Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday picked injuries in her hand during her visit to Rajasthan's Jodhpur and had to cancel some of her programmes as a result, officials said.