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  • Think Anti-Conservative Bias is new to TV? Think again--

    01/18/2018 5:25:44 AM PST · by Bender2 · 8 replies
    Decades (channel network) is an American digital broadcast television network that is owned as a joint venture between the CBS Television Stations subsidiary of CBS Corporation and Weigel Broadcasting. The network, which is primarily carried on the digital subchannels of television stations, mainly airs classic television sitcoms and drama series from the 1950s through the 2000s, feature films from the same period, along with historical news and documentary programming.
  • Number of Russians condemning abortion has risen threefold

    01/18/2018 12:49:04 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 13 replies
    Izvestia (in Russian) ^ | 01/1/2018 | Natalia Berishvily
    Number of Russians condemning abortion has risen threefold The majority also disapproves adulteries and same-sex relationships The share of people who consider abortions unacceptable has risen from 12% to 35% in the recent 20 years. Also the number of people opposing adulteries and same-sex relationships has risen considerably. Men are notably more indulgent than women, especially concerning sex outside marriage. These are the results by the sociologists of the Levada Centre. Experts suggest that means that the traditional family values have become more popular. A national poll by the Levada Centre held in the late December 2017 revealed that most...
  • Do women want to date alpha males like Donald Trump? This matchmaker says yes

    01/17/2018 11:15:18 PM PST · by libh8er · 39 replies
    Sac Bee ^ | 10.13.2017 | Angela Hart
    After the election of President Donald Trump, Richard Gosse, a matchmaker of sorts, had a realization. “It dawned on me that Trump has all these qualities that women are attracted to – he’s tall, he’s older, he’s wealthy, he’s well-educated and he’s a dominant alpha male. Unfortunately, he’s also a narcissistic womanizer,” Gosse said. “I recommend women seek the opposite of Donald Trump – bachelors who are younger, shorter, poorer, less-educated and shy.” Gosse has been taking his message across California, hosting anti-Trump singles parties where he invites women to meet men who aren’t at all like the president. His...
  • Catholic university cancels LGBTQ exhibit amid complaints [Newman University, Wichita KS]

    01/17/2018 5:15:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 17, 2018 1:36 PM EST
    A Catholic university in Wichita canceled an exhibit intended to highlight contributions to the arts by LGBTQ Kansans after it heard “community concerns” that the exhibit would expose students to “evil.” The exhibit, “Rainbow in Reverse: Queer Kansas History,” was scheduled to open next week at Newman University’s Steckline Gallery. The artist, Genevieve Waller, a Wichita native now living in Denver, was scheduled to present the show to highlight LGBTQ Kansans who worked through various art forms, The Wichita Eagle reported. During the weekend, an email with the subject line, “Newman University sponsors LGBTQ event — Your action is needed!”...
  • China’s Moneybag Friends at Harvard University

    01/17/2018 9:51:18 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 7 replies
    Asia Sentinel ^ | Aug 2017 | Anders Corr
    The way in which China-linked money percolates through elite-level US policy discussions on China on both sides of the aisle, and in supposedly impartial think tanks and universities, should be a concern to all US citizens who depend on places like Harvard for unbiased political analysis and leadership. China-linked donations to universities can be relatively opaque, including the sources of those funds. The donation of US$350 million to Harvard in 2014 by Ronnie Chan’s family foundation, the Morningside Foundation, appears from an analysis of its Form 990s to be staggered over six years... US professors who are experts on US-China...
  • Betty White turns 96 today, credits vodka and hot dogs

    01/17/2018 9:11:50 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 69 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | January 17, 2018 | Rachel DeSantis
    The mythical Fountain of Youth isn’t made of water, after all, but vodka — at least, according to Betty White. The famously spry comic actress, who turns 96 today, gave good news to those struggling to make it through January by offering some sage insight into her longevity. She told Parade magazine that she loves vodka and hot dogs, “probably in that order.” She may be on to something — a recent study found that adults who were moderate drinkers were more than 20 percent less likely to die early of any cause. White added that she’s also made it...
  • Descartes’s Blunder

    01/17/2018 7:29:47 AM PST · by Heartlander · 14 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | January 17, 2018 | Michael Egnor
    Descartes’s Blunder Michael Egnor January 17, 2018, 6:51 AM What is it that we are most sure of? It’s a fundamental question, the object of philosophical analysis for millennia. Our modern answer to this question was provided by René Descartes in the 17th century. Descartes’s answer is the answer most modern men would give. But Descartes got it wrong.Descartes set out to rethink metaphysics from the ground up. In Meditations on First Philosophy, he asked this question: How do I know what is real? Of what can I be certain? He suggested this scenario: Imagine that his mind is controlled...
  • How Free Markets Neutralize Junk Science

    01/17/2018 6:12:39 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    RealClearScience ^ | January 17, 2018 | Cameron English
    Anti-science activists can be very destructive when they get their way. Groups like Greenpeace attack innovations, sometimes literally, in biotechnology and energy production and millions of people suffer as a result, especially in the developing world. This is evident in Uganda, where the government continues to debate a GMO safety bill this week as beatable agricultural diseases ravage crops. Science literacy is the obvious antidote to policies that disregard evidence, but there’s an important precursor to implementing it: economic freedom. A free society creates an environment where science can flourish. So if we want to spread science literacy around the...
  • Swiss Follies

    01/17/2018 5:27:10 AM PST · by Heartlander · 3 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | January 16, 2018 | Wesley J. Smith
    Swiss Follies Wesley J. Smith January 16, 2018, 12:30 PM Switzerland has followed New Zealand and a few other localities to outlaw boiling live lobsters. It also requires them to be shipped in salt water. Supporters claim that lobsters can feel pain, a dubious notion, given that they don’t have brains adequate to process such stimuli.But never mind. The Swiss epitomize the world we are creating once we reject human exceptionalism and elevate eliminating — as opposed to mitigating — suffering to top societal priority. That can drive policy into surreal regions of misplaced priorities. Consider: Switzerland has amended its Constitution to recognize the...
  • White Supremacist, KKK Member Running for Office as Democrat

    01/16/2018 6:57:58 PM PST · by Enterprise · 21 replies
    https://pjmedia.com ^ | JANUARY 16, 2018 | TOM KNIGHTON
    John Abarr is a known member of the notorious Ku Klux Klan, and he's somewhat remembered for his involvement in a push to make the Klan more "inclusive." That's right, he's the guy who wanted to recruit minorities into an organization best known for terrorizing and murdering minorities. Can't imagine why it didn't work. Abarr now wants to run for office. He's running for the Montana House of Representatives as a Democrat.
  • ‘He shot them both,’ defense lawyer says of illegal immigrant accused of killing two cops

    01/16/2018 5:17:09 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 20 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 16, 2018 | Sam Stanton
    Barely two hours into the first day of trial for accused cop killer Luis Bracamontes, the proceedings devolved Tuesday into a spectacle of the defendant threatening to kill more people, giggling as a prosecutor described his 2014 crime spree and his own lawyers once again questioning his sanity.
  • Pope Francis says he fears 'accidental' nuclear war

    01/16/2018 5:14:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 16 January 2018 08:44 CET+01:00 | AFP/Catherine Marciano
    Pope Francis admitted on Monday he was frightened by the prospect of an accidental nuclear apocalypse, as he began a weeklong visit to Chile and Peru to bolster a local Catholic Church riven by sex abuse scandals. “I think we are at the very edge,” the pope told reporters aboard his plane when asked about the threat of a nuclear war in the wake of a recent string of tests by North Korea and a false missile alert last week that sparked panic in the US state of Hawaii. “I am really afraid of this. One accident is enough to...
  • Check out the twitter feed of LOCAL "news" stations/reporters [Bias Alert!]

    01/16/2018 3:32:41 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    twitter.com | sff
    just for fun, I decided to look at the LOCAL media twitter feeds. I look at the stuff down here in South Florida; newspaper, radio, tv. Talk about the bias they exhibit. one reporter retweeted someone's F bomb tweet. And they attack Trump for saying less. Can't post any pics now, but will try to do so later. I make this thread so you all can share your thoughts. See how biased even the local media is. Not good.
  • Cost climbs by $2.8 billion for California bullet train

    01/16/2018 3:22:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2018 5:21 PM EST | Kathleen Ronayne
    Officials increased the cost estimate for the first phase of California’s high speed rail project by 35 percent on Tuesday, to $10.6 billion. That would put the entire cost of the train from San Francisco to Los Angeles at roughly $67 billion, although officials said they hope to recover the newly announced costs later. […] The $2.8 billion price jump is for a 119-mile (191-kilometer) segment in the Central Valley, which is partially under construction. The fresh costs are due to trouble acquiring rights of way for the track, the need to build more barriers along the tracks and other...
  • Massachusetts to Confiscate bump stocks

    01/16/2018 12:59:36 PM PST · by pabianice · 40 replies
    Commonwealth of Massachusetts Issues Letter To LTC/FID Holders Regarding Bump Stocks and Trigger Cranks – You Need To Read This. EOPSS Letter Calls For Forced Surrender. 1/16/18 GOAL has obtained a letter regarding bump stocks from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety, that will be mailed to all licensed MA gun owners and it is a doozy. The letter, titled “Notice of Legislation Prohibiting Bump Stocks and Trigger Cranks” notifies addressees that the law directs EOPSS to notify gun owners about the change in law, specifically to section 18 to 21 of Chapter 110 and that the change, as...
  • If you're still boycotting the NFL, it's time to come home

    01/16/2018 12:33:23 PM PST · by C19fan · 172 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 15, 2018 | Siraj Hashmi
    If you're still boycotting NFL games over player protests of the national anthem or the NFL owners' handling of Colin Kaepernick, it's time to put your feelings on ice for a few weeks.
  • Subway drivers REFUSE to stop at several stations in Paris because of huge rise in violent crime

    01/16/2018 12:06:57 PM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 16, 2018 | Julian Robinson
    Subway drivers are refusing to stop at some stations in Paris because of a surge in violent crime at some stops, it has emerged. Frightened drivers say they are not calling at certain stations in the French capital's north east in order to 'protect passengers' and themselves. Some stations are increasingly being used by crack dealers, they say, with Marx Dormoy on line 12 and Marcadet-Poissonniers on lines 12 and 4 said to be among the worst hit.
  • Margaret Atwood is a blood-drinking monster

    01/16/2018 11:46:32 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Toronto Globe & Mail ^ | January 15, 2018 | Margaret Wende
    Margaret Atwood likes to stir the pot. Always has. You've got to like her for that. So when she wrote a piece in Saturday's Globe and Mail called "Am I a Bad Feminist?", she can't have been too surprised by the vitriol that ensued. What might surprise the rest of us is where it came from. These attackers were not the usual Atwood critics on the right. They are a generation of younger activists who think she has sold women, feminism – and especially victims of sexual assault – down the river.
  • Soros Pledges Renewed Fight Against Nationalism, Says EU ‘on Verge of Breakdow

    01/16/2018 10:29:56 AM PST · by Signalman · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/15/2017 | Victoria Friedman
    The progressive billionaire speculator George Soros has said he will ‘fight back’ against the “dominant ideology” of nationalism, whilst admitting that favoured globalist project the European Union is “on the verge of a breakdown”. Wistfully writing that Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF) once ‘epitomised the optimism about the spread of Western-style democracy’ after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Financial Times described the scrutiny the global progressive body is experiencing amidst a wave of patriotism and populism and the ‘wilting’ attraction of the leftist agenda. Soros, alluding to the collapse of the USSR, told the left-liberal newspaper: “It’s déjà...
  • For First Time in History, Atheism Overtakes Religious Faith in Norway

    01/16/2018 9:46:30 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 26 replies
    Salon Magazine has called Norway one of the “eight best countries to be an atheist,” along with Sweden, Denmark, Japan and the Czech Republic, suggesting that Norway’s “socially just government” has effectively taken the place of God for many Norwegians. In 2012, Norway eliminated Lutheranism as the official state church. “The Evangelical Lutheran religion will no longer be the state’s official religion,” parliament wrote in a statement, which meant that the church would receive public financing “on par with other religious and belief-based societies.” Norway’s decline in religiosity has been constant. A year ago the number of Norwegian atheists equaled...