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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Pope Francis: 'There Is No Hell'
[CNS] In another interview with his longtime atheist friend, Eugenio Scalfari, Pope Francis claims that Hell does not exist and that condemned souls just "disappear." This is a denial of the 2,000-year-old teaching of the Catholic Church about the reality of Hell and the eternal existence of the soul.

The interview between Scalfari and the Pope was published March 28, 2018 in La Repubblica. The relevant section on Hell was translated by the highly respected web log, Rorate Caeli.

The interview is headlined, "The Pope: It is an honor to be called revolutionary." (Il Papa: “È un onore essere chiamato rivoluzionario.")

Scalfari says to the Pope, "Your Holiness, in our previous meeting you told me that our species will disappear in a certain moment and that God, still out of his creative force, will create new species. You have never spoken to me about the souls who died in sin and will go to hell to suffer it for eternity. You have however spoken to me of good souls, admitted to the contemplation of God. But what about bad souls? Where are they punished?"

Pope Francis says, "They are not punished, those who repent obtain the forgiveness of God and enter the rank of souls who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot therefore be forgiven disappear. There is no hell, there is the disappearance of sinful souls."
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/29/2018 15:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Confine him with Hillary and Nancy for a few days, then ask for a recount.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/29/2018 15:12 Comments || Top||

#2  This commie pope does not really know anything.
Posted by: newc || 03/29/2018 16:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Except for racists, sexists, and zionists?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/29/2018 17:02 Comments || Top||

#4  He'll be saying 'there is no God' next.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/29/2018 17:07 Comments || Top||

#5  #4 He'll be saying 'there is no God' next.

Strumming an air guitar and singing "Levon".

"He was born a pauper
To a pawn on a Christmas day
When the New York Times
Said God is dead and the war's begun
Alvin Tostig has a son today"
Posted by: Jolet Snamble1696 || 03/29/2018 17:40 Comments || Top||

#6  His Holiness has obviously not spent time at the DMV.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 03/29/2018 18:18 Comments || Top||

#8  Except in socialist states.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 03/29/2018 18:54 Comments || Top||

#9  There is no Pope Francis.

Benedict is still Pope.
Posted by: charger || 03/29/2018 19:32 Comments || Top||

#10  Well, whomever 'dis guy is is identified as the perp.

Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 03/29/2018 20:49 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Minneapolis FBI agent charged with leaking info to news outlet
[THEHILL] The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed charges against an FBI agent for allegedly leaking secret documents to a news hound, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Wednesday.

The DOJ alleges that Terry Albury, a Minneapolis-based agent, shared a document on FBI informants with an unnamed news hound for a national media organization. In addition, Albury allegedly leaked a document "relating to threats posed by certain individuals from a particular Middle Eastern country."

The Star-Tribune reported that the charges don’t name the news hound or news outlet involved. However,
a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
Albury allegedly shared the information between February 2016 and Jan. 31, 2017.
...in other words, the last year of President Obama’s tenure. Why d’you suppose he chose that timing, dear Reader?
The news outlet The Intercept published a piece on Jan. 31, 2017, titled "The FBI’s Secret Rules," based on a trove of secret FBI documents.

An attorney for Albury and an FBI spokesperson did not respond to the Star-Tribune's requests for comment.

The Trump administration has taken a harsh stance toward leakers. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in August a governmentwide crackdown on leakers, which included a review of the DOJ's policies on subpoenas for media outlets that publish sensitive information.

Sessions said at the time that the DOJ, FBI and government intelligence agencies would direct more resources into the investigations of government leaks and would prioritize prosecuting those who pass sensitive information along to the press or foreign officials.

Posted by: Fred || 03/29/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Intercept published a piece on Jan. 31, 2017, titled "The FBI’s Secret Rules," based on a trove of secret FBI documents.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/29/2018 1:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Lawyers Cite Race In Defense Of Black FBI Agent Who Leaked Classified Info

“He accepts full responsibility for the conduct set forth in the Information. We would like to add that as the only African-American FBI field agent in Minnesota, Mr. Albury’s actions were driven by a conscientious commitment to long-term national security and addressing the well-documented systemic biases within the FBI.”

Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 03/29/2018 18:59 Comments || Top||

#3  "The Race Card™. Don't leave home without it"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/29/2018 19:08 Comments || Top||

15 suspects arrested by Kabul police on charges of murder, other crimes
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Police forces in Kabul have tossed in the slammer
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
at least fifteen suspects in connection to murder cases and other criminal incidents from various parts of the city.

The Criminal Investigation Department officials said the suspects were rounded during the operations over a period of one week.

The officials further added that one suspect was arrested for carrying illegal weapon in 13th police district of the city while two others were arrested on similar charges from the 17th police district of the city.

According to the officials, another suspect was arrested on charges of murdering an individual in Tahia Maskan area of the city while another suspect was arrested from the 8th police district of the city for stealing the registration plates of the vehicles.

Another suspect identified as Faiz Agha was also arrested on charges of killing an individual in the 17th police district of the city while two others were arrested from the same area on charges of armed robbery.

The CID officials also added that another suspect was arrested for hurling a hand grenade on a civilian house in the 13th police district of the city that left one person maimed.

The other suspects were arrested on charges of robberies mainly involving vehicles and motorycle in the 17th police district and Paghman district, the officials said.

Posted by: Fred || 03/29/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

Africa Subsaharan
This Woman Just Became The First Person To Go To Prison For Racism In South Africa
[BuzzFeed] The woman, the first to be sentenced under South African laws criminalizing racist language, called two police officers "kaffirs," a highly offensive term for black South Africans.

NAIROBI ‐ For the first time in South African history, a court on Wednesday sentenced a white woman to prison for making racist comments, a judgment that has given some hope that charges of racism will be treated more seriously.

Vicki Momberg was sentenced to up to three years in prison for an incident that took place in Johannesburg in February 2016, when she was filmed making derogatory comments toward the black police officers who had responded to her call of a reported robbery. She was convicted last November of four counts of "crimen injuria," or the use of racially offensive language.

In the viral video, Momberg can be heard talking to someone on the phone about the police officers dispatched to the scene. She referred to them as "kaffirs," an offensive and derogatory term for black South Africans that was used during apartheid, and which lawmakers have in recent years tried to criminalize along with other forms of hate speech.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/29/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wunderbar.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/29/2018 2:20 Comments || Top||

#2  So the insult word for blacks in South Africa is the Arabic insult word for unbelievers. Fascinating.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/29/2018 11:13 Comments || Top||

#3  I once, in the shade of a num-num,
Was stuck by a thorny conundrum:
"Your native white flowers
Smell sweet without showers..."
"By gum," said a plum, "you're a dum-dum."
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 03/29/2018 14:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Always mixing those two up (Natal plum and kaffir plum), which is strange, being there's about a thousand miles of C. macrocarpa hedge hereabouts.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 03/29/2018 14:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Recommend renaming it "Boer plum" in interest of equity.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 03/29/2018 14:18 Comments || Top||

#6  There is also the kaffir lime also known as Thai lime.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/29/2018 16:16 Comments || Top||

Saudi cleric al-Ghamdi: Abaya is not mandatory as per Islam’s teachings
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Sheikh Ahmed al-Ghamdi, former head of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Mecca, said that the statement of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
...Crown Prince of Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
as of 2016....

regarding the "abaya" not being obligatory (all black cloak or dress), is consistent with the teachings of Islam.

He pointed out that the black color is not the only one permitted by Islamic law, but it happened due to the exploitation of certain fatwas by "Al Sahwa" group, and the promotion of the concept of the head cover and black color, as the main dress code (hijab) for Saudi women.

Al-Ghamdi said in an interview with Al Arabiya: "The cloak is meant for maintaining a modest look and it does not have to be black. If a woman wears clothes that serve the same purpose for her to be able to perform her duties whether to work or study, that’s fine.

He added: "There is nothing wrong with the dress she wears, if it is not a black cloak, these attires may be different, yet do the necessary covering, without the need for any other dress on top.

Not based on the teachings of Islam
He explained that the color of the abaya and its design is not based on the teachings of Islam, but the main purpose is decency and concealment, "nothing is wrong with the color of the garment or its type."

He also noted that the black abaya dates back to the end of the Ottoman era, but in some hadiths and narrations it was mentioned that "the wives of the Prophet used to wear colors such as pale yellow and rose."

In other stories, he said: "There were some exaggerations obliging women to wear black, they refer to what Umm Salamah said that the women of Ansar appeared like "crows" when the verses referring to women attire were revealed, so they took on the color black as per their interpretation of the women’s reaction back then, but there is nothing that states women are obliged to do so. Other narratives show that the prophet’s wives wore colored clothes."

Al Sahwa group enforced it
In our present day, Al Sahwa group endorsed this understanding which has become part of people’s thoughts and their subconscious that it must be worn by women, and that the cloak should cover the head, be black and loose.

a clean conscience makes a soft pillow...
the interpretation of the verse, " O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring over themselves [part] of their outer garments," mean that women need to wear something that is not revealing whether it is abaya or any other piece of clothing without a specific distinction," he clarified.
Posted by: Fred || 03/29/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Why Chinese Tourism Barely Benefits Russia’s Budget
There was an obscure cute SciFi novel from 1975 with the KGB approaching the CIA for help in dealing with all the Chinese tourists who just had to visit Russia - the home of communism - and never spent a cent while loudly displaying the superiority of their Chinese products. So of course I couldn't resist this article from Russia!
The book's author: Dallas McCord "Mack" Reynolds Title: "Tomorrow might be different". The last few paragraphs of the book:
"Mr. Edwards," he said incisively, "to use an old Americanism, let's face it. The cold war is over between us. Not in an Armageddon, not in a Gotterdammerung of guided missiles and H-Bombs, but in the face of a problem common to both."
Mike and Kirichenko came to their own feet, their faces set firmly, their glasses upraised.
Mike bit out courageously, slurring only slightly, "The common enemy of all." he toasted. "Tourists! They must and shall be stopped!"
[Carnegie] Contrary to popular belief, Chinese tourism generates very little revenue for the Russian economy. The reason lies in the inner workings of the Chinese tourist economy in Russia, in which visitors are limited to package tours where most payments are made in China or through Chinese banks. The Russian authorities should recognize this problem and stop treating Chinese tourism as the new engine of economic growth.

On February 1, St. Petersburg tour operators called a press conference to discuss a popular but largely misunderstood subject: the impact of Chinese tourism on the Russian economy. They claimed that the growing wave of Chinese tourists brings virtually no revenue to Russia and harms the local tourism industry. And government officials ignore the problem, happily reporting impressive statistics on Chinese tourism to their higher-ups.

As a rule, Chinese visitors take a seven- to nine-day tour that usually includes both Moscow and St. Petersburg. They visit the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and the Kremlin in Moscow, focusing on the palaces’ interior decorations rather than on the works of art and artifacts that they display. Russia’s major attractions fit the Chinese worldview quite well—after all, they also have a walled palatial complex in the middle of their nation’s capital.

Generally speaking, it is China’s lower middle class that sets its sights on Russia. Sixty-three percent of Chinese tourists are women, and 45 percent are over fifty. Most tourists come with a group. There are very few individual travelers because that requires a visa, while group travelers can enter visa-free. Additionally, the Chinese are still afraid to visit Russia without a group leader and an interpreter, because they usually don’t speak foreign languages. And Chinese websites are rife with horror stories of Chinese tourists who were deceived or robbed by Russian police officers, skinheads, or tour guides.

Most of the money that Chinese tourists leave in Russia goes to jewelry and souvenir stores. Profit margins average 200–300 percent here, but for some items—for example, fake amber—they can be 1,000 percent or more. Still, tourists rarely make such expensive purchases. They usually buy simple “amber” crafts and inexpensive golden jewelry. Often, a few copies of the same objects are bought as gifts for one’s wife, mistress, relatives, or co-workers.
Posted by: 3dc || 03/29/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Does Russia give its visiting Chinese free room & board? I really doubt that.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 03/29/2018 11:44 Comments || Top||

#2  nyeculturni turisty!
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 03/29/2018 21:29 Comments || Top||

#3  ack. make that...

nyekulturni turisty!
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 03/29/2018 21:30 Comments || Top||

China and North Korea confirm Kim Jong-un visit to Beijing
[Al Jazeera] North Korean leader Kim Pudge Jong-un
...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished...
has pledged to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula during his first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, according to China's state news agency.

Xinhua on Wednesday quoted Kim saying that the issue could be resolved if South Korea and the United States respond to Pyongyang's efforts "with goodwill".

"It is our consistent stand to be committed to denuclearisation on the peninsula, in accordance with the will of late President Kim Il-sung and late General Secretary Kim Jong-il," Kim said, referring to his grandfather and father, according to the statement issued by China's foreign ministry.

"The issue of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved, if South Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realisation of peace."

Kim was also reported to have reaffirmed his willingness to meet US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
. It was the first official mention of the planned event by North Korea.

Posted by: Fred || 03/29/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Did Kim ask to visit, or was he invited, or was he summoned?
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/29/2018 9:56 Comments || Top||

Trump gives positive sign on talks with Kim, good review of Xi meeting
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
said on Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Pudge Jong-un
...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished...
looked forward to meeting with him, indicating the planned landmark talks between the isolated Asian leader and Republican president will go forward.

"Received message last night from XI JINPING of China that his meeting with KIM JONG UN went very well and that KIM looks forward to his meeting with me," Trump said on Twitter. "In the meantime, and unfortunately, maximum sanctions and pressure must be maintained at all cost!"

Trump also tweeted: "Look forward to our meeting!"

After two days of speculation, China announced on Wednesday that Kim had visited Beijing and met Xi, who elicited a pledge from Kim to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

The trip was Kim’s first known journey abroad since he assumed power in 2011 and is believed by analysts to serve as preparation for upcoming summits with South Korea and the United States.

Maximum pressure
The White House said on Tuesday that China briefed Trump on the meetings and that the denuclearization pledge was "further evidence that our campaign of maximum pressure is creating the appropriate atmosphere for dialogue with North Korea."

"For years and through many administrations, everyone said that peace and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was not even a small possibility," Trump tweeted on Wednesday. "Now there is a good chance that Kim Jong-un will do what is right for his people and for humanity."

Earlier this month, Trump surprised the world by agreeing to meet Kim at a place and time to be determined. South Korea’s national security chief said the first-ever meeting between US and North Korean presidents would take place in May but details of potential talks have not been made public and the White House has said they will only happen if North Korea keeps "several promises."

Posted by: Fred || 03/29/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Commies

U.S. Jobless Claims Decline to Lowest Level Since January 1973
Posted by: Frank G || 03/29/2018 10:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Congratulations to all now gainfully employed! Mr. Wife officially retires tomorrow, so as of Monday he won't be one of them. But he's already been asked to consult on some things, and who knows what will happen with his photography hobby. .. I'll be happy if he cuts back to something like 50 hours a week.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/29/2018 12:30 Comments || Top||

#2  '73 huh? That's about when I stopped putting any stock in any gov't statistic.

But I can still like it for the reaction of the TDS infected to it.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/29/2018 12:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Unexpectedly!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 03/29/2018 18:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Last day of the trading week, market closes higher.... unexpectedly.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/29/2018 19:47 Comments || Top||

Poland signs deal to buy Patriot missile defense system
[THEHILL] Poland on Wednesday signed off on a deal to buy Raytheon’s latest Patriot air and missile defense system, a move to upgrade the country’s air defenses that took years to negotiate.

The Polish government signed a letter of offer and acceptance with the United States for the first phase of Warsaw’s Wisla program, a two-part procurement of the medium-range, integrated air and missile defense system, according to a statement from U.S. defense contractor Raytheon.

The system includes Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS), and Lockheed Martin’s Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement missiles, according to separate company statements.

The deal, which will eventually include eight batteries, is expected to be worth nearly $6 billion.

The new Patriot deal is likely to stoke Russia-NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
tensions. Russian President Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
has said Moscow views the missile defense systems in eastern Europe
...also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
as a "great danger." Putin has also threatened that Russia will be forced to enhance its own missile strike capability.

The sale has long been in the making, with Poland first intending to buy the Patriot system in 2014. A new Polish president in 2015, however, threw those plans into question as the government wanted a look at other possible systems.

Posted by: Fred || 03/29/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Should we look for US military bases being move from Germany to Poland?
Posted by: jvalentour || 03/29/2018 0:13 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
VA Secretary Shulkin to resign, Trump to nominate his personal physician
Actually the WH physician
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin will resign soon, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday, adding that he will nominate his personal physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, to succeed him.

White House officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Shulkin had become a distraction due to a constant wave of speculation about his future. They said an undersecretary at the Department of Defense, Robert Wilkie, will be the acting secretary.

Jackson, a rear admiral of the US Navy, has been working as a presidential physician since the George W. Bush administration, and has monitored Trump's health since Trump became president.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/29/2018 02:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What the
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/29/2018 2:07 Comments || Top||

#2  removed the FB print to to send from headline.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/29/2018 7:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Thanks
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/29/2018 7:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Shulkin exhibited poor judgement (bad 'optics') in his misuse of funds and was an embarrassment and distraction, and had to go. (May be unfortunate, anecdotally performance at local VA is much improved of late.)
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/29/2018 10:03 Comments || Top||

US: We won't pay over 25 percent of UN peacekeeping anymore
[Ynet] The United States will no longer shoulder more than a quarter of the multibillion-dollar costs of the United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
' peacekeeping operations, Washington's envoy said Wednesday.

"Peacekeeping is a shared responsibility," US Ambassador Nikki Haley
...Trump administration's ambassador to the UN. First woman to serve as Governor of South Carolina, and the second Indian-American governor in the country, after Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. At the age of 39, Haley was the youngest governor in the U.S., a distinction formerly held by Jindal. She is a Republican, which really grates on the Dems...
said at a Security Council debate on peacekeeping reform. "All of us have a role to play, and all of us must step up."

The US is the biggest contributor to the UN's 15 peacekeeping missions worldwide. Washington is paying about 28.5 percent of this year's $7.3 billion peacekeeping budget, though Haley said US law is supposed to cap the contribution at 25 percent.

The second-biggest contributor, China, pays a bit over 10 percent.

President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
's administration has complained before that the budget and the US share are too high and pressed to cut to this year's budget. It is $570 million below last year's, a smaller decrease than Washington wanted.

"We're only getting started," Haley said when the cut was approved in June. It followed a $400 million trim the year before.

Haley said Wednesday the US will work to make sure cuts in its portion are done "in a fair and sensible manner that protects UN peacekeeping."
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/29/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Does that include 'in kind' contributions. See - transportation and mobility.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/29/2018 8:11 Comments || Top||

#2  The first two UN Peacekeeping missions were UNTSO to monitor Arab-Iraeli ceasefire in 1948 and UNMOGIP to monitor India-Pakistan ceasefire in Kashmir in 1948. 70 years later neither problem has been solved and an argument could be made that having Peacekeepers there actually elongates problems by limiting the larger power and allowing the smaller power to attack knowing they won't be crushed as they would without peacekeepers.

Then their is the UN Peacekeepers rape problem that keep popping up...

Perhaps we should rethink Peacekeepers entirely.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/29/2018 11:20 Comments || Top||

#3  ...yes, see Sri Lanka.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/29/2018 12:06 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Facebook increases lobbying presence on Capitol Hill before Zuckerberg testimony
[Guardian] Facebook is increasing its lobbying presence in Washington DC before Mark Zuckerberg’s expected testimony on Capitol Hill.

The company has listed 12 policy-related job openings based in Washington DC as it faces increased scrutiny over its privacy policies after it was reported that Cambridge Analytica had obtained data from up to 50 million Facebook users.

The revelation sparked new concern about the amount of information that the company had collected from its users and with whom it was shared.

The job listings include a Washington DC-based public policy manager "to work with both the legislative branch and third-party groups as a clear line of communication, helping to advocate on behalf of the company’s mission and goals" as well as a politics and government manager to "work with candidates, elected officials, and others in the US political system to use our platform and civic engagement tools to connect in meaningful and innovative ways".
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/29/2018 02:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I hope Congress has come out of its hibernation hole and is up to its responsibilities in this and a lot of other arenas.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/29/2018 7:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes, the UniParty has swung into action. The sons and daughters of congressman are very likely applying for those newly posted Zuckerberg positions as we speak.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/29/2018 7:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Facebook is increasing its lobbying presence in Washington DC before Mark Zuckerberg’s expected testimony on Capitol Hill.

Hey, every now & then youse gotta grease a few guys, capiche?
Posted by: Raj || 03/29/2018 9:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Nice thing is Zuckerberg can grease all these politicians only to find a new batch with their greedy hands out next year.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/29/2018 11:14 Comments || Top||

#5  Gotta pay the whores before you lie to them.
Posted by: charger || 03/29/2018 19:35 Comments || Top||

GainsWave sound wave therapy may help ED sufferers
[NYP] Move aside, Viagra ‐ there’s a new treatment for erectile dysfunction, and it’s, well, shocking.

The procedure, called GainsWave, zaps tens of thousands of sound waves through a man’s penis to improve blood flow and enable erections. Scary as it sounds, urologists and sexual-health proponents are getting excited about it.

"People in the community who deal with erectile dysfunction often use the word ’promising’ when they talk about this therapy," says Dr. Michael Reitano, the physician-in-residence for men’s health startup Roman, the creators of the erection-tracking app Morning Glory.

The therapy is available in a handful of practices in New York City and several more nationwide. Its proponents say the sound wave pulses cause new blood vessels and nerve tissue to grow within the penis, enabling better blood flow and possibly improving tissue sensitivity.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/29/2018 02:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Doctors remove headphone wire jammed into Shenzhen man's penis
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/29/2018 4:00 Comments || Top||

#2  "...tens of thousands of sound waves..."

CNN Anderson Cooper / Stormy Daniels interview?
Posted by: Phegum Wittlesbach5343 || 03/29/2018 9:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Tiny little headphones
Posted by: Frank G || 03/29/2018 9:55 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Are You Ready For Male NFL Cheerleaders?
Roger Goodell does seem determined to ruin viewership numbers, doesn't he?
[USA TODAY] - For the first time, an NFL team will have men as part of its official spirit squad.

Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies, named to the Los Angeles Rams squad this week, will be the first ones to perform the same routine as the female dancers. The Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts have men who perform stunts with female cheerleaders, but don't dance.

Peron and Jinnies are both classically trained dancers and have been performing their entire lives.

But what made them take this groundbreaking step?

"I thought, 'Why not me? Why can't I do this?' " Peron said in an interview Wednesday on ABC-TV's Good Morning America.
Check out the guy on the right - my gaydar meter's pegging!
Posted by: Raj || 03/29/2018 10:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Personally I don't care. Didn't watch football for the cheerleaders and won't be watching it anyway this year.

Keep digging your hole, Goodell and fuck the owners that kept him in.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/29/2018 10:32 Comments || Top||

#2  CA where reality is more nuts than fantasy! Seriously, how can you misunderstand your core business demographic and expect to grow your brand.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 03/29/2018 10:44 Comments || Top||

#3  In order to predict the course of any large organization, one need only assume it is being run by a secret cabal of enemies determined to destroy it.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/29/2018 11:08 Comments || Top||

#4  Cheerleaders seem a bit like the laugh-track of sports.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/29/2018 11:12 Comments || Top||

#5  It would great if the two guys were paid more!
Posted by: Airandee || 03/29/2018 11:41 Comments || Top||

#6  Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies, named to the Los Angeles Rams squad this week, will be the first ones to perform the same routine as the female dancers

I take it they won't be in the same uniform as the young females, except at home games.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/29/2018 12:10 Comments || Top||

#7  For the first time, an NFL team will have men as part of its official spirit squad.

Oh, gonna have dude military press an axle with tractor tires while the gals do a bee dance, take some 40 yard shots with a 2" revolver? Change a flat in 5 minutes?

Peron and Jinnies are both classically trained dancers and have been performing their entire lives.


What is missing for next year? I mean, other than my patronage. Abolishing team names?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/29/2018 13:26 Comments || Top||

#8  So they will wear pant suits and show us their she wees instead of boobs and all cackle like psychos awesome!
Posted by: Jack Chaiter7913 || 03/29/2018 13:32 Comments || Top||

#9  The gentleman on the right appears to have donned foundation, lip stain, and subtle eye liner.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/29/2018 13:32 Comments || Top||

#10  Faaaaabulouuuus!

At least the femmes will be safe in the co-ed locker room
Posted by: Frank G || 03/29/2018 13:52 Comments || Top||

#11  classically trained dancers

They are really going to stand out. While they are doing The French Mistake, the gals will be performing modern dance - pole and twerk.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/29/2018 14:02 Comments || Top||

#12  So .... in 1941 my dad went out for the HS football team despite his father forbidding it (they couldn't afford insurance and he was worried about broken bones etc.).

Granddad came home from work early, passed the team heading out to the practice field and dragged Dad out of there.

So, my father being my father, he went out for the cheerleading squad. Made it as was made captain despite being so young.

Later he left HS early to enlist (lied about his age). They made him senior class president in his absence.
Posted by: Grins Flerenter6346 || 03/29/2018 16:36 Comments || Top||

#13  Didn't used to indicate one was 'light in his loafers.' Today however, it's probably a prerequisite.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/29/2018 17:11 Comments || Top||

#14  120 years ago, pink was considered the color for a young man, showing good health and vigor.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 03/29/2018 18:53 Comments || Top||

#15  Hence Dr. Steve's Mod Color

"Hey, it's salmon, dammit"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/29/2018 19:03 Comments || Top||

#16  It's fine. Don't watch them now, won't watch them in the future until it switches til the last team surviving wins.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 03/29/2018 23:00 Comments || Top||

NFL owners finalize $90M social-justice deal without resolving anthem protests
[Wash Times] NFL team owners have unanimously given their final approval to an unprecedented $90 million social justice initiative but have made no decisions about how to handle players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.

Instead, owners are expected to continue the discussion about whether to change the game-day policy, which does not require players to stand, at the spring league meeting in May, according to a post on NFL.com citing the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

"The NFL is committing $90 million to a new social justice initiative that supports efforts and programs to combat social inequality," the NFL post said Monday. "In a memo sent to all 32 teams in early December, the league said it plans to work closely with players, teams and other groups in the new and expanded community improvement program."

In addition, the NFL Foundation "contributed $3 million in initial funding for the program," the statement said.

The decision to avoid an anthem vote at the March 25-28 annual league meeting in Orlando came with the owners split on how to handle the divisive two-year-old sideline protests, which have been blamed in large part for the NFL’s 9.7 percent ratings decline in the 2017 regular season.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/29/2018 03:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I don't care.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/29/2018 7:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Reminds me of the bright leadership of Government General Motors for years ignoring the problems.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/29/2018 8:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Beads and blankets... 'Virtue Signalling' directed toward the entitlement class. It has a calming effect, both in the clubhouse as well as in the community.

To coin a Pelosi phrase, ‘Crumbs’
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/29/2018 8:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Paying the Danegeld. Look for increased ticket prices to pay for it.

Of course once you pay the Danegeld you never get rid of the Dane.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/29/2018 8:27 Comments || Top||

#5  Reason #4,645 why I have given up on the NFL.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/29/2018 9:09 Comments || Top||

#6  Throwing money at the problem, hoping it'll get better or disappear? There's a winning strategy.
Posted by: Raj || 03/29/2018 9:37 Comments || Top||

#7  Social justice programs by football teams just screams idiot, cowardly team owners who make too much money and want to buy their way out of dealing with arrogant players whose misbehavior and statements are disrespectful of national symbols so they can feel relevant to phony racist power schemes. Jackasses are destroying the fan base with appeasement.....
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 03/29/2018 10:54 Comments || Top||

#8  NFL Owners Finalize 90M Leftist Socialism Deal

There. Fixed that for you.
Posted by: Omeger Gray6606 || 03/29/2018 11:08 Comments || Top||

#9  General Motors for years ignoring the problems.

Don't give em any ideas. The moment I have to kneel or listen to a sermon before the car will start there is going to be trouble...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2018 11:09 Comments || Top||

#10  I didn't watch them last season and I won't watch them next season.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/29/2018 11:19 Comments || Top||

#11  'He broke a woman's jaw and was carrying a firearm. A BAL of 1.8? Drugs too? Oh, I understand this is the third incident in a year, so how about a $5million donation to the local charity of your choice, and we will have him highlight the donation with a something something about respecting coaches, educators a great, yadda yadda yadda. Deal? Fantastic. We have your routing information, should see the donation by 4:00 your time tomorrow. Splendid. Love ya mayor; chow.'
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/29/2018 13:32 Comments || Top||

#12  All it takes to get a sports fanatic foaming at the mouth is to point out that the old "sports builds character" myth collapses in the cases of those who most need it to be true...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2018 13:59 Comments || Top||

Trump Gives Many Liberians a Year to Quit US
[AnNahar] US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
decided Tuesday to end the protected status of thousands of Liberian migrants colonists to the United States and gave them a year to leave the country.

It's the latest of similar moves, after more than 250,000 Salvadorans, Haitians and Nicaraguans lost their protected status under an administration which has made cracking down on illegal immigration a priority.

In 1991, when the West African country was in the grip of civil war, some Liberians living in the US were given "temporary protected status" to allow them to remain in safety.

Then in 1999 approximately 10,000 of them were made eligible for "deferred enforced departure," or DED, by then-president Bill Clinton
...former Democratic president of the U.S. Bill was the second U.S. president to be impeached, the first to deny that oral sex was sex, the first to have difficulty with the definition of is...
, allowing them to continue to build new lives.

Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama
My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it...
have periodically renewed the DED status, but Trump has now decided to allow it to expire, deeming Liberia safe for returnees.

Trump has taken a tough stance on immigration in general and, in reported private conversations, an even tougher stance on Africans from what he has reportedly deemed "shithole countries."

The latest grace period expires on March 31, but Trump said in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security that he would accord the Liberians a 12-month "wind-down" period to prepare their departure.

"Through consultation with appropriate executive departments and agencies and my advisors, I have been informed that conditions in Liberia have improved," Trump wrote.

"Liberia is no longer experiencing armed conflict and has made significant progress in restoring stability and democratic governance," he argued.

Trump admitted that the 2014 outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa had brought "tragic loss of life and economic damage" to Liberia, one of the world's poorest countries after years of civil war.

But he declared himself satisfied with Liberia's progress in tackling the disease.

It is not clear how many of the original 10,000 DED recipients may have died, moved on voluntarily or been granted another form of legal US residency -- but the rest face an uncertain future.

Opponents of Trump's move warned it would uproot many who had made new and productive lives for themselves in the United States.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, noted on Twitter that, thanks to the previous presidents' DED extensions, the Liberians had been living in the United States legally since 1992.

"Many work in Minnesota hospitals and nursing homes," she wrote. "I won't give up this fight. We have a year."
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/29/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I thought Liberia was supposed to be where slaves from America would found a homeland...

Maybe culture matters.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/29/2018 8:13 Comments || Top||

#2  I thought Liberia was supposed to be where slaves from America would found a homeland...

That was the intent, but like most gov't programmes, it failed miserably. Local nationals were cool on the notion from the start. They soon became totally indignant when the newly arrived began slaughtering them. It's a tribal, Afri thing.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/29/2018 8:22 Comments || Top||

#3  He should probably give most Librarians a year as well.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/29/2018 9:42 Comments || Top||

#4  If only Democrats fought this hard for the American people.
Posted by: Herb McCoy7309 || 03/29/2018 18:00 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Hofstra activists want to remove Thomas Jefferson statue
[FOXNEWS] Student activists at Hofstra University are demanding the removal of a statue of Thomas Jefferson from campus. Ja’Loni Owens, a Hofstra student and Black Lives Matter activist, started a change.org petition that warns it will discuss “slavery, rape, eugenics, anti-black racism” and claims the Founding Father’s statue belongs in a museum with proper context, “not displayed on a college campus, especially not in front of a hub of student life.”
Posted by: Fred || 03/29/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ja’Loni Owens

Words fail
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/29/2018 1:56 Comments || Top||

#2  off the pile...

If TJ today had a fellow
Less colorful, barely high yellow,
He'd be Dad of the Year,
Safely end his career
In the White House, and f--- Monticello.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 03/29/2018 2:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Bet he was only there because he stole a place based on his skin colour.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/29/2018 8:14 Comments || Top||

#4  "stole" is such a harsh word, BP.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/29/2018 11:49 Comments || Top||

Netflix Names Ambassador Susan Rice to Board of Directors
[HollywoodReporter] Glad I don't have Netflix. Don't worry, I'm sure your viewing habits will be confidential. Mwuhhaha!
Fox News adds:
In fact, Rice's former boss may be joining her at Netflix, as the New York Times first reported earlier this month the 56-year-old was in talks for a deal that would pay him and his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, for Netflix-only "exclusive content" that would be available to subscribers of the digital streaming service.

Netflix has about 118 million subscribers globally. It was not immediately clear how many shows or episodes would be ordered or how much the Obamas would be paid.

The streaming service recently tried a talk show featuring anti-Trump comedian Chelsea Handler called "Chelsea" that lasted two seasons before getting canceled.
I had been considering NetFlix. Not now.
Posted by: charger || 03/29/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I only got it to watch the last two seasons of Longmire. I was appreciative that they picked up the show, but their service is no more essential to my life than the TV bundle I stopped buying last year. I don't pay Bill Maher's or Rachel Maddow's salary and I don't feel a need to pay Rice's director's compensation either.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/29/2018 6:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Looks like many of those companies indicated in the pic are having considerable trouble as of late. They have been naughty.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/29/2018 7:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Looks like a meeting of 'Evil Are Us'. I see no one at that table that should be consuming our air.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 03/29/2018 7:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Rice ought to be in jail.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/29/2018 7:39 Comments || Top||

#5  I have to wonder what Coptic born Egyptian Christian Mr. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula would say about the new Netflix hire ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/29/2018 7:41 Comments || Top||

#6  Looks to me like Netflix is doing some kind of battlefield prep for Net Neutrality Part 2.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/29/2018 9:39 Comments || Top||

#7  Good call RJ. Can't be the sex appeal.
Posted by: Unaling Omuter5128 || 03/29/2018 10:04 Comments || Top||

#8  Answer to liberal media companies is always the same - piracy :-)
Posted by: Iblis || 03/29/2018 11:00 Comments || Top||

#9  Canceled
Posted by: Maggie Granter9509 || 03/29/2018 12:36 Comments || Top||

#10  Hello Hulu!
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/29/2018 14:35 Comments || Top||

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