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Apr 11 10:19

Harlan Ellison Dies at 84; Prolific, Irascible (Science) Fiction Writer

Harlan Ellison, a furiously prolific and cantankerous writer whose science fiction and fantasy stories reflected a personality so intense that they often read as if he were punching his manual typewriter keys with his fists, died on Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 84.

His wife, Susan Ellison, confirmed his death but said she did not know the cause. He had had a stroke and heart surgery in recent years.

Mr. Ellison looked at storytelling as a “holy chore,” which he pursued zealously for more than 60 years. His output includes more than 1,700 short stories and articles, at least 100 books and dozens of screenplays and television scripts. And although he was ranked with eminent science fiction writers like Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov, he insisted that he wrote speculative fiction, or simply fiction.

Apr 11 10:10

11-year-old girl shamed by teacher for picking President Trump as her “hero,” told to choose “somebody else’s hero”

An 11-year-old student named Bella Moscato was shamed by her teacher after picking President Trump as her “hero” for a class assignment and was subsequently told to “pick someone else’s hero,” according to statements made by the girl’s parents during their appearance on The Ingraham Angle on Tuesday.

“When she [the teacher] found out that Trump was her [Bella’s] hero she said ‘you are not allowed to pick Trump he spreads negativity and he says bad things about women’ and — I was like floored when I heard that,” the girl’s mother Valerie Moscato told Fox News host Laura Ingram.

Apr 11 10:05

Fury As Facebook Brands Photo Of Alton Towers Crash Victim Vicky Balch As 'Disturbing' Then BLOCKS Disability Campaigner's Page For Featuring It

Facebook blocked a disability campaigner's page after they said he had shared a 'disturbing' photo of Alton Towers crash survivor Vicky Balch.
Simon Sansome runs Disability Access and says he shared the picture of the 23-year-old in a nude pose almost three years ago as an example of great bravery to disabled women.

Apr 11 10:05

‘I know nothing about Wikileaks. It’s not my thing,’ says Trump following Assange’s arrest

US President Donald Trump, who said he loved WikiLeaks during his election campaign, tried to distance himself from the arrest of Julian Assange, which was carried out by Britain on the request of the US.

Speaking to journalists in the Oval Office on Thursday, hours after the arrest of Assange in London, Trump said:

"I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing."

Trump was far less reluctant to speak about the transparency site in 2016, when it played a major role in the US presidential election after it published a number of documents leaked from the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Then-candidate Trump called the work of the site “amazing” and said he “loved” what it was being doing.

Apr 11 10:05

'Do You Think More Folks Should Have Gone To Jail For Their Role In The Financial Crisis': AOC Grills JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon On His Bank's Role In The 2008 Recession After He Criticized Her Green New Deal

Democrat firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivered a harsh rebuke to JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon after he criticized the Green New Deal.
The freshman rep from New York asked Dimon why more senior banking officials weren't jailed after the economic collapse while the people from her district can end up behind bars for far lesser crimes.

Apr 11 10:01

The Mysteries Of Outer Space – How Far Science Has Advanced

For years and years, people have asked the age-old questions about outer space. Is there life on other planets? What does the moon look like? How far away are the stars really? Although all of these questions cannot completely be answered, scientists have been able to take giant steps toward at least partially solving some of the mysteries of outer space. The universe is so vast and so far away from mankind that it takes some really high-tech equipment, along with highly trained personnel, in order to explore it.

Apr 11 09:56

Knocker-ups: The Human Alarm Clocks

While these days people rely on their cell phones or standalone alarm clocks (or both) in order to wake up in the morning, these are relatively modern conveniences. Personal alarm clocks were patented in Europe in 1847, but that was not affordable and, therefore, not commonly used by the general public. However, people still needed a way to wake themselves up in the morning or they could find themselves without a job. This is where the knocker-ups came in.

Apr 11 09:55

The Real Nellie Oleson, Laura’s Prairie Frenemy

If you were a fan of the Little House series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder or a fan of the 1970s TV show, Little House on the Prairie, then you no doubt remember Laura’s frenemy, Nellie Oleson, portrayed by Alison Arngrim on the TV show. The original mean girl, Nellie and her meddling mother were a constant source of aggravation for Laura and the rest of the Ingalls family, even their faithful dog, Jack. Nellie appeared in several of Wilder’s autobiographical books, first as a spoiled little rich girl and then as a wily teen trying to steal away Laura’s beau. Let’s take a look at the real Nellie Oleson who inspired the character in Laura’s books and on the television series.

Apr 11 09:53

Assange and Manning Under Arrest: Trump Admin Goes All Out Against Whistleblowers

Apr 11 09:51

Tulsi's 65,000 Donors Qualify Her for June Debates!

Apr 11 09:34

Metros On Markdown: Americans Can Live On Less Than $50,000 A Year In These 10 Cities - And Springfield, Missouri Is The Cheapest

Many Americans struggle to make ends meet, but for those willing to live outside of the nation's largest cities it is possible to find a simpler way of life.
A new report by GoBankingRates has crunched the numbers to identify the top cities where it's possible to live – comfortably – on less than $50,000 a year.

Apr 11 09:33

Ilhan Omar Wipes Away Tears As She Fronts Democratic Bid To End Trump's Travel Ban Saying It Is An 'Invisible Wall' Targeting Muslims After Outrage Over 9/11 Comments

Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar wiped away a tear on Wednesday as she issued a call to end President Donald Trump's travel ban, calling it an 'invisible wall' against Muslims.

Apr 11 09:30

Julian Assange screams DESPERATE final plea to Britain – 'You MUST RESIST'

Julian Assange appeared to resist Scotland Yard's effort to haul him out of the Embassy as he gesticulated and shouted to the camera his last message to the UK. The WikiLeaks founder could be heard screaming "UK must resist" moments before he was pushed by police officers into a Scotland Yard van.

Apr 11 09:22

New Reuters Poll Proves That Many Americans Can’t Think for Themselves

It is generally believed that America is more polarized than ever. After all, one need only look at the fallout from the last election to test this theory: both liberals and conservatives are convinced that their ideas and principles are the best and should be followed.

But a recent survey by Reuters casts a bit of doubt on how well people really know their own minds and understand the political principles they say they adhere to. It appears that many Americans base their views on whether a particular authority figure holds them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And therein lies the doom of our society.

Apr 11 09:18

State-coerced child gender ‘transitioning’ is here. Parents are horrified

As a Canadian father fights to stop court-ordered testosterone treatments for his 14-year-old daughter, U.S. experts warn there’s an increasing danger that more and more American parents will find themselves in a similar heartrending predicament.

“Yes, it is really that bad,” Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatrics, told LifeSiteNews.

“Parents are losing their right to protect their children from this dangerous medical experiment, and extended family members fare no better,” she told LifeSiteNews.

The general rule that individuals under age 18 cannot consent to medical treatment is being tossed out the window when it comes to sex transitioning, she said.

Apr 11 09:16

America Is No Longer A Nation

The America in which I grew up and lived my early adult life was a nation. Over the course of my life I have watched my country turn into a Tower of Babel. Homogeneity and shared values permitted us to understand one another. This doesn’t mean that there was uniformity or that things were perfect. A Baptist wasn’t a Catholic. A WASP was not a black laborer. A female was not a male. Blacks and poor whites had a hard time becoming middle class, but it could be done. It was possible for middle class people to become “well off,” but difficult to become rich. Immigration was controlled, and the reduction of inflows had helped the Irish and Italians to integrate into society.

Apr 11 09:14

'Simply delusional': Nevada state judge dismisses Cliven Bundy's federal lands claim

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by cattle rancher Cliven Bundy seeking to have the 59 million acres of federal land within Nevada’s borders declared state property, calling the legal argument “simply delusional.”

Nevada Circuit Court Judge Jim Crockett ruled that the federal-versus-state lands issue had been decided in three previous cases involving Mr. Bundy, who has feuded with the federal government over his grazing allotment for 20 years.

“It is simply delusional to maintain that all public land within the boundaries of Nevada belongs to the state of Nevada,” said Judge Crockett in the April 1 ruling, which was made public Tuesday.

Apr 11 09:13

Chicago's gang war: a crisis like no other | 60 Minutes Australia

Imagine living in a place where every two hours someone is shot, and every 14 hours someone is murdered. It isn’t Iraq or Afghanistan, but one of the biggest and most sophisticated cities in the world: Chicago. On the city’s south side, which is considered the heart of black America, gang rivalry is tearing its people apart. It has become so brutal that both police and the perpetrators agree this urban warfare is out of control

Apr 11 09:09

Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder arrested in London- BBC News

Apr 11 09:01

We are all Julian Assange

The arrest of journalist and whistleblower Julian Assange by the Met Police in London marks a shameful day in the annals of British justice.

Ecuador terminated Assange’s asylum, allowing the Metropolitan Police to enter its embassy in London to effect the arrest and removal of the Australian whistleblower, bringing an end to seven long, soul-destroying years of confinement in one small room of the tiny embassy. This has now brought into view the grim prospect of his extradition to the US and his disappearance into the void of the American prison system, which is notoriously cruel and callous.

For the army of smug liberals, many of them leading columnists in newspapers such as the Guardian in the UK, which exploited Assange when he first came to prominence before ruthlessly turning on and abandoning him, that noise they hear right now is the death rattle of their collective moral conscience.

Apr 11 08:57

The Vaccinated Spreading Measles: WHO, Merck, CDC Documents Confirm

The manufacturer Merck’s own product warning links MMR to a potentially fatal form of brain inflammation caused by measles. Why is this evidence not being reported?

Apr 11 08:55

Assange charged with helping Manning crack password to leak classified US docs – DOJ statement

The US indictment against Julian Assange alleges that the whistleblower engaged in “conspiracy” with US Army soldier Chelsea Manning in 2010, according to a statement from the US Department of Justice.

The statement said Assange is charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and alleged attempts to break the password for a classified US government computer.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If Assange did that (and he had a past as a hacker prior to WikiLeaks), then the Nixon v WP/NYT does not apply and he is in a lot of trouble.

The irony is, the maximum sentence he faces is less time than he spent in that embassy. Had he been tried 7 years ago instead of seeking asylum, he would have been out free by now.

Apr 11 08:51

Triggered liberal calls 74-year-old MAGA hat-wearing Jewish Trump supporter a “Nazi” inside Starbucks

Victor F., 74, was involved in a verbal altercation inside of a local Starbucks after a liberal woman named Rebecca Mankey appears to have been triggered by the man’s “Make America Great Again” hat.

The Jewish Trump supporter who also wears a yarmulke under his red MAGA cap told reporters that the woman tried to rile up coffeehouse patrons by yelling out loud and even referred to him as a “Nazi” in an attempt to publically shame the man.

Apr 11 08:43

Julian Assange arrested in London

Speaking to journalists in a scrum outside Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon, Jennifer Robinson, a member of Julian Assange's legal team, said they had been proven right in regards to their previous warnings that Assange would face extradition to United States for his "publishing activities" since 2010.

I've just been with Mr Assange in the police cell, he wants to thank all of his supporters for the ongoing support, and he said - 'I told you so.' "

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Apr 11 07:58

Lok Sabha election 2019: World's shortest woman Jyoti Amge votes in Nagpur

Heads turned when the world`s tiniest woman, actress and Guinness World Record holder Jyoti Amge - who stands just 63 cm tall - turned up to vote at a polling station in Nagpur on Thursday.
Sporting a red-and-checks sleeveless dress, the 25-year-old woman at 2 feet, 1 inch, patiently stood in the queue and exercised her franchise.

Apr 11 07:11

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange dragged out of embassy, charged with computer hacking

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange was arrested then dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy on Thursday after the U.S. Department of Justice issued a charge against the 47-year-old freedom fighter for “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion,” according to a statement released by the Justice Department.

Apr 11 06:04

AOC blames GOP groups for death threats

WASHINGTON – Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez denounced a conservative group on Twitter on Wednesday after it labeled her as a "domestic terrorist," saying similar rhetoric consistently leads to a spike in threats against her life.

Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat representing New York who has become both a social media star and a favorite target for Republicans, was criticizing a fundraising email sent out by the Ohio College Republican Federation with the subject line: "AOC is a domestic terrorist."

The email, which was posted by Dave Levinthal, a politics editor at The Center for Public Integrity, included that the conservative group was asking for donations to "stop the brainwashing">>>

Ocasio-Cortez grills bankers on if more should have gone to jail for financial crisis

(*isn't she awful !)

Apr 11 05:38

What Would Life Be Like Without Trucks? We’ll Find Out When Truckers Strike April 12

In January I wrote on the abundance of bare shelves in the United States and what might be causing that. During my interviews and research, I realized just how many problems there are in the nation’s shipping industry. At the root of it is government over-regulation, which is causing many people to leave the trucking profession because they can make a more steady income and be at home working even a simple fast food job. It seems that most any trucker I talked to had seen a reduction in wages and were having to work harder under trying conditions.

As a result, some truckers have decided to shut down their rigs on April 12 in protest and to raise awareness of the issues they are facing.

Apr 11 04:55

Katie Porter Takes on Jamie Dimon

At ‘Megabank’ Hearing, Freshman Rep. Katie Porter Takes on Jamie Dimon—and His $31M Salary
The California Democrat and law school professor has shown a unique confrontation style, giving plenty of discussion points for white-collar and congressional lawyers preparing clients. Wednesday's hearing was no exception.
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Drawing from the hourly wage listed on an online job posting, along with average housing costs and a minimal food budget, Porter painted a picture of a low-level JPMorgan Chase employee supporting a 6-year-old daughter in Irvine, California. At the $16.50 hourly wage she said she found on a Monster.com posting, the mother would face at least a $567 shortfall each month after taxes and expenses, Porter calculated.

“My question for you, Mr. Dimon, is, how should she manage this budget shortfall while she’s working full-time at your bank?” Porter asked.

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Apr 11 04:30

Presidential Candidate Cory Booker Loves Himself Some AIPAC And Israel

How do you take a typical progressive and turn him or her into a fascist? One possible way is to send the poor bastard off on an all expenses paid trip to Israel where a meticulously crafted and sophisticated brainwashing program will make one believe almost anything regarding the noble and God-chosen Israelis versus the satanic Arab terrorists. Add into that the fact that being pro-Israel is a plus in many career fields and it is easy to understand why a monster like Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gets favorable press and commentary in the United States even as he is reviled in most of the rest of the world.

The liberal to fascist metamorphosis is most evident among Democratic Party politicians, who have been successfully targeted by the Israel Lobby and its deep pocketed supporters for many years. It is all part of a massive public relations campaign, which some might instead refer to as disinformation, planned and executed by the Israeli foreign ministry and its diaspora supporters to advance Israeli interests in spite of the fact that the government of Netanyahu has implemented and executed fundamentally anti-democratic programs while at the same time committing war crimes and violating a whole series of United Nations resolutions.

Israel works hard to influence the United States at all levels>>>

(*Nothing says Trump Wins 2020 Louder)

Apr 11 04:15

Israel converts historical mosque into a bar and events hall

The Israeli municipality in Safed has turned Al-Ahmar Mosque into a bar and events hall, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported yesterday

As one of the most historical mosques in the Arab city, which was occupied by the Jewish gangs in 1948, the building was first turned into a Jewish school, then into a centre for Likud’s elections campaigns and then into a clothes warehouse before finally being converted into a nightclub

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Trump congratulates Israel’s Netanyahu on election victory

Apr 11 04:04

Egypt Withdraws From US-Led “Arab Nato” Initiative Against Iran

Egypt has pulled out of the US effort to forge an “Arab NATO” with key Arab allies, according to four sources familiar with the decision, in a blow to the Trump administration’s strategy to contain Iranian power, Reuters reports.
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Egypt withdrew because it doubted the seriousness of the initiative, had yet to see a formal blueprint laying it out, and because of the danger that the plan would increase tensions with Iran, said an Arab source who, like the others, spoke on condition of anonymity.

Uncertainty about whether US President Donald Trump will win a second term next year and whether a successor may ditch the initiative also contributed to the Egyptian decision>>>

Apr 11 03:15

Xocolatl: The Mayan Food Of The Gods

We have the Mayans to thank for giving us one of our favorite guilty pleasures, chocolate. Archaeologists believe that chocolate, or Xocolatl, as the Mayans called it, was cultivated as early as 900 AD in Mesoamerica. The Mayans, and later the Aztecs, made a beverage from the beans of the cocoa pods that was used for a popular, everyday drink but also used in rituals and healing practices. The beverage was a far cry from the sweetened hot chocolate that we enjoy today. Let’s look at the traditional xocolatl drink, the Mayan food of the Gods.

Apr 11 03:12

Diana of the Dunes: A Lake Michigan Ghost Story With A Basis in Reality

In the early 1900s, a Lake Michigan fisherman spotted a naked woman swimming in the waters off the dunes of northern Indiana. Other people in the area also reported seeing a naked woman, sometimes swimming in the Great Lake and other times, running nude along the beach. It turned out that she was a Chicago woman living the reclusive life of a hermit in a shack on the beach. Her life would be fascinating enough, but many area residents believe that she still roams the beach long after her death as a ghostly figure known as Diana of the Dunes.

Apr 11 03:10

What Do You Know About St. Elmo’s Fire, Not the 1980s Brat Pack Film?

In 1985, a movie called St. Elmo’s Fire, starring brat-packers Ally Sheedy, Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Andrew McCarthy, and Judd Nelson, was released. Although the film took its title from the bar that was the characters’ favorite college hangout, it had a number of fans asking, “What is St. Elmo’s fire?” A rare and strange weather phenomenon that produces a fire-like light in the sky, St. Elmo’s fire is both magical and grounded in science. Here is what you didn’t know about St. Elmo’s fire, not the 1980s Brat Pack film.

Apr 10 20:09

Identity Politics Smears Robert E. Lee

My Great Great Grand Daddy was on the staff of the 6th Virginia Infantry
Army of Northern Virginia Robert E.Lee commanding, enlisted in Norfolk Virginia and fought in every battle in the east from Second Bull Run to The Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. WE are proud of him. Got to heft his 1860 Colt Army as a youngster.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-did-the-re...

Robert E. Lee has been dead for 150 years, but the Identity Politics freaks can’t leave him alone. The latest attack on Lee is by CounterPunch music writer Lee Ballinger reviewing a one-sided and utterly false book by John Reeves with the biased title of “The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee.”

Apr 10 16:05

Stunning Joe Biden Admission On Ukriane...

Biden openly brags about how he got Ukraine’s top prosecutor to stop investigating his son at Burisma for the missing billions in IMF loans…

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Apr 10 16:05

Indivior shares plunge on 'shameful' opioid drug scheme

Shares in drugmaker Indivior plunged 71% after the US Department of Justice charged it with fraudulent marketing.

A federal grand jury in Virginia accused Indivior of a "truly shameful scheme to put profits over the health and well-being of patients".

It alleged the firm conducted an illicit scheme to increase sales of Suboxone Film, an opioid drug used to treat opioid addiction.

Apr 10 15:17

Hilarious – Mnuchin Vs Maxine…

Epic footage from yesterday's hearing between Maxine Waters and the Treasury Secretary...

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Apr 10 13:58

Right On Cue, CNN Protects Obama…

Our child separations were good, yours are bad…. and we gave them ice cream with sprinkles.

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Apr 10 13:52

U.S. Prisoners Have Lost a Combined 20,000 Years of Life to False Convictions

In 2018 alone, wrongly convicted prisoners lost more than 1,600 years of life behind bars.

That's a new record, according to the annual report from The National Registry of Exonerations, which tracks all exonerations from 1989 onward. In 2018, 151 people were freed from serving sentences for crimes they did not commit. They had served 1,639 years altogether, an average of about 11 years per person.

Another record set last year is also worth our attention: More of these exonerations are happening in cases where misconduct by officials played a role. The report documents official misconduct in at least 107 exonerations last year. Official misconduct played a role in 80 percent of the 54 homicide cases in 2018 in which the person convicted was subsequently exonerated.

Apr 10 12:08

Lindsey Graham Cracks The Spygate Nut, Feinstein Is Stunned

Check out the look on Feinstein's face...

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