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May 31, 2018

Samantha Bee calls Ivanka Trump a 'feckless c***'

Of course it got derailed by her use of the C word because the media sucks. But she makes a valid point otherwise. We can all feel the frustration.
May 30, 2018

Trump's weight-loss regimen: fish and half a bun


Washington (CNN)Dietitians have been consulted in the White House kitchens. Steak has been swapped out for Dover sole, his favored fish. And hamburger buns have been discarded -- or at least the tops have.

President Donald Trump, who embarked upon a mission to shed 10 to 15 pounds in January, has acknowledged in private that he needs to lose weight. Prodded along by his White House physician and the knowledge he is approaching obesity, Trump agreed earlier this year to alter his diet and begin a new exercise plan. Five months into his regimen, people close to him say they've detected small changes, mostly in how he eats, that reflect a desire to follow doctor's orders.

But they haven't identified a discernible exercise routine beyond the weekend rounds of golf the President enjoys with the help of a cart. Trump himself has continued to downplay the importance of exercise, even questioning whether it presents more risk than reward.

On Wednesday, Trump will publicly tout the importance of physical fitness during an event on the White House South Lawn, accompanied by his daughter Ivanka and major sports figures such as legendary New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera and Misty May-Treanor, a three-time Olympic gold medal winning beach volleyball player.

Their goal is to reverse the trend of declining participation in youth sports through initiatives and research that reinforces the importance of staying active. Whether Trump will hold himself up as a model remains to be seen.

In completely unrelated coincidence that may also be fake news: President Trump has common form of heart disease
(CNN)Like most men of his age, President Donald Trump has a common form of heart disease, relatively easy to address if he increases the dose of his cholesterol-lowering medication and makes necessary lifestyle changes. Without those changes, the President has a moderate risk of having a heart attack in the next three to five years, according to the Mayo Clinic.

In completely unrelated news, Dr. Gupta is facing deportation despite being born in America.

May 30, 2018

Weezer - Africa

"Hurry boy, she's waiting there for you"
May 29, 2018

National Guard sergeant's body found in Patapsco River near Ellicott City


A man’s body found by searchers in the Patapsco River is that of Eddison “Eddie” Hermond, a National Guard sergeant who went missing after he tried to rescue a woman trapped by rapidly rising water Sunday in Ellicott City, Md.

Howard County police said Hermond’s body was found across the county line in Baltimore County. The discovery came after Ellicott City was hit over the weekend by widespread flooding.

Hermond, 39, of Severn, Md., had been at a restaurant Sunday helping to celebrate the owner’s birthday. The woman who was trapped, Kate Bowman, said Hermond stepped over a ledge and was “immediately washed away.”

“It was so fast,” Bowman recalled. “He just got washed away real quick.”

Disregard earlier false reports that he was trying to rescue a cat. Sergeant Hermond was trying to save Kate Bowman as she was holding her cat. Videos of the rapid floodwaters can show how impossible that task was.

This whole situation is frustrating as they are badly in need of better storm drainage infrastructure and wetlands/forests to absorb the flood waters instead of housing and pavement.
May 27, 2018

It's Been 40 Years Since This Man Traveled 6,000 Miles To Be With The Love Of His Life, Here's How

It’s Been 40 Years Since This Man Traveled 6,000 Miles To Be With The Love Of His Life, Here’s How They Both Live Now

More than 40 years ago a beautiful love story began between an Indian artist and a young Swedish woman. After defeating all the odds this beautiful couple is still together. Here’s their story.

Pradyumna Kumar Mahanandia was born an “untouchable” in a remote village of India in 1949. According to prophecy, told by an astrologer after Kumar’s birth, he was meant to marry a musician woman from a faraway country, who is born under the zodiac sign of Taurus and owns a forest. “I believed strongly in the prophecy and now know that everything is planned on this planet,” Kumar told National Geographic.

The man remembers very clearly the day when prophecy came true. The beautiful story began on December 17, 1975. Back then, Kumar was a street artist. A beautiful blonde woman with blue eyes, named Charlotte Von Schedvin, asked him to draw a portrait of her. “When she appeared before my easel, I felt as though I didn’t have any weight. Words are not accurate enough to express such a feeling,” he said. “Her eyes were so blue and big and round, I felt as if she was not looking at me, she was looking inside me, like an X-ray machine!” The nervous young man couldn’t properly draw a woman of his dreams the first time, so he asked Charlotte to come back another day. “She ended up coming back three times and I did three portraits, ” he said. “After the second time, I felt, she’s the one!” Turns out the mysterious foreign woman was born under the sign of Taurus, owns a forest and plays the flute, just as the prophecy said. “You will be my wife. We were destined to meet.” Kumar told her.

Charlotte, who was 19 years old at the time, wasn’t scared of this unexpected confession and decided to give the young man a change. The couple spent 2-3 weeks together before Charlotte came back home to Sweden.

The love story could’ve ended there, but young and determined Kumar decided not to let it happen. After a year and a half spent apart, the artist sold everything he had and bought a bicycle. With very little money and the help of a few kind people he met on the way, Kumar managed to travel 6,000 miles to see Charlotte. “The biggest obstacle was my own thoughts, my doubts,” he said.

The two lovers ended up getting married and have been together for more than 40 years now. The couple has raised two children together and their love is as strong as ever.

Amazing story. These days there are many borders that would stop a brown guy passing through on a bicycle. More at the link up top.
May 25, 2018

Police officer's son pleads guilty to terrorist bomb plot


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The son of a Boston police captain pleaded guilty Monday to plotting to use guns and homemade bombs to attack a college campus to support the Islamic State group, three years after his arrest after his father alerted the FBI.

Alexander Ciccolo’s guilty plea comes a month before he was scheduled to go to trial. He faces 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in September.

Ciccolo was arrested in July 2015 after he received four guns he ordered from a person who was cooperating with the FBI. Boston police Capt. Robert Ciccolo tipped off authorities after his son said he wanted to join the Islamic State group.

Federal authorities said Ciccolo’s case is a reminder that ‘homegrown’ radicalization remains a threat and that citizens must speak up when they become aware of a potential threat.

Prosecutors say Ciccolo told the person cooperating with authorities that he planned to commit acts of terrorism to support the Islamic State group, including attacking an unidentified university using assault rifles and homemade bombs similar to the pressure cooker bombs used in the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon attack. The bombing at the marathon finish line killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

People often forget about the homegrown ones.
May 25, 2018

A London couple's shared delusions led to the torture and death of French au pair


Neighbors spotted the black smoke lifting from behind the house on Wimbledon Park Road in the Southfields neighborhood of southwest London. The smell was so alarmingly pungent and foul firefighters were called to the scene. When the crew pushed into the garden of the $1.2 million residence, a bonfire was belching flames. Once the blaze was doused, firefighter Thomas Hunt’s eyes zeroed in on the ashes: clothing, jewelry, and a human nose and fingers appeared to be in the smoking pile.

“Why are you burning a body?” the disturbed firefighter asked the homeowner, Ouissem Medouni, Hunt would later testify.

“It’s a sheep,” Medouni, a French Algerian financial analyst, replied.

“Bollocks,” the firefighter answered. Later, Hunt would tell a court Medouni then insisted the remains were from an animal, but that a look of “resignation” crossed his face, as if “the game’s up.”

Police arrived at the London house that day — Sept. 20, 2017 — to recover what would be later identified as the charred body of Sophie Lionnet, the 21-year-old French au pair hired to care for Medouni’s two young children.

Sounds like these two were sick twisted psychopaths.
May 23, 2018

These are the only two owners of color in the NFL


The three biggest US sports leagues have just six people of color as principal owners.
Team ownership is still largely the territory of white men.

It's a trend that doesn't look like it'll change anytime soon.

"Historically the wealth in this country belongs to white males," said sports attorney Richard Roth. "It's the same reason most Fortune 500 companies, most law firms, etc. are owned by white males."

Owning a pro sports team can be very lucrative but they're also obscenely expensive to buy, fetching billions of dollars. That's something even most wealthy people can't afford single-handedly, according to Roth.

"I do believe you'll see more [people of color] break that glass ceiling," he said. "It just takes a little longer because of the size of the money."

Kim Pegula, co-owner of the Buffalo Bills, and Shahid Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

First we steal your jobs. Then we steal your NFL teams. Eventually we'll steal your hearts too.

There are also about 5 white women owners in the NFL. That's notable too.
May 22, 2018

This company needs workers so badly it's putting them through drug rehab


This past winter, John Stroup had a problem.
Roughly one out of 10 applicants for jobs at his factory in Richmond, Indiana, had failed their drug tests, disqualifying them for employment at the safety-conscious company. A handful of the 450 people already working there had failed random drug tests as well. With opioids ravaging the region, the CEO of Belden Inc. was short-staffed while orders for the company's computer networking equipment were pouring in.

"Now that we're seeing a bit of a manufacturing renaissance, unfortunately we don't have the qualified labor that we need, and we have this terrible epidemic," says Stroup.

It's a challenge confronting employers across America. Drugs are sapping a workforce already spread thin across a tight job market. Factories are particularly affected, with high overdose rates concentrated in counties that have a greater number of manufacturing jobs, according to an analysis by the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.

Some employers have dealt with the opioid crisis by altering their insurance contracts to discourage physicians from prescribing addictive painkillers, a survey by the National Business Group on Health found. Many also offer Employee Assistance Plans, which generally cover a few sessions of counseling.

For Stroup, the decision was a simple cost-benefit analysis: How much would it cost to help people get sober in this Rust Belt town of 37,000, compared to what he was losing by not having them available to work?

After a few meetings with board members and addiction experts, he came up with a plan. If an applicant or a current employee failed a drug test, but they still wanted the job, Belden would pay for an evaluation at a local substance abuse treatment center.

This is quite an incentive. Sounds like a win-win for workers and the company.

May 22, 2018

How businesses are really spending their tax cuts


President Donald Trump's tax law was sold as a transformative overhaul that would unlock an ocean of money Corporate America could spend on job-creating investments.
The Republican tax cuts enacted last December immediately sparked millions of one-time bonuses for employees as well as some wage hikes. And the windfall led to a record-shattering stock buyback bonanza that enriched shareholders.

However, the promised investment boom has not materialized -- not yet anyway. Business spending is humming along at healthy levels, but economists see little evidence that the tax cuts sparked an acceleration of investments in new equipment, factories or other projects.

"There is nothing to suggest the tax law is lifting investment in any substantive way, at least so far," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics.

One broad measure of business spending, real nonresidential fixed investment, rose by 6.1% during the first quarter. That's solid growth signaling a strong economy. However, it was roughly in-line with the past several quarters. It even marked a slight deceleration from the final three months of 2017.

So mainly stock buybacks and paying down debt. Not much job creation or investments in new equipment. Maybe the GOP will solve this problem with more tax cuts.

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