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Posted 12 April 2015 - 08:08 AM
Hillary Version 2.0
Expected to announce her presidential run Sunday,
Hillary Clinton has been attempting to rebrand herself: She’s Hillary Version 2.0,
campaigning out of Brooklyn, a more accessible, relatable candidate
who learned the lessons of her bruising, failed 2008 bid:
From now on, no equivocating, no entitlement, no dubious financial dealings.
Edited by Savile Row, 12 April 2015 - 08:30 AM.
Posted 12 April 2015 - 08:09 AM
Her accomplishments as secretary of state are as unclear. She traveled to 112 countries, but again, she has nothing of consequence to her name: no peace treaty, no accord, no summit of consequence. Her defenders say that she helped restore America’s reputation in the wake of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; critics say she was too afraid to make a mistake that would affect her presidential run in 2016.
When asked in 2014 by Diane Sawyer to name her greatest achievement or “signature doctrine,” Hillary could not. “We haven’t had a doctrine since containment worked with the Soviet Union,” she said. “But we’ve had presidents who’ve made some tough calls and some hard choices, some of which have worked, and some of which have not.”
Edited by Savile Row, 12 April 2015 - 08:26 AM.
Posted 12 April 2015 - 08:16 AM
Government logic: Spending $28M to create 76 jobs
By Kyle Smith
April 12, 2015
In the entire state. From a program that has spent $28 million advertising its own existence.
That’s $368,000 per job.
Start-Up NY sounds great on its face. It’s a tax cut. Who could argue with that?
The problem is that it’s a very, very narrow tax cut. It’s only for certain kinds of businesses
that do certain kinds of things in certain areas of the state. Surprise: It’s had very narrow effects.
It’s a classic example of how politicians have an irrepressible urge to tinker, to steer, to organize.
Tech jobs in university towns are great, but they aren’t defining the New York economy.
Start-Up NY’s professed goal? Creating 2,100 jobs. Over five years. Points for modesty.
Posted 12 April 2015 - 08:23 AM
New Islamic State Video “We Will Burn America”
Calls for Attacks on the American Homeland,
Promises Another 9/11
by Patrick Poole
April 11, 2015
Read more: http://pjmedia.com/t.../#ixzz3X6JEeX9w
WASHINGTON — Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata, commander of American Special Operations forces in the Middle East, sought help this summer in solving an urgent problem for the American military: What makes the Islamic State so dangerous?
Trying to decipher this complex enemy — a hybrid terrorist organization and a conventional army — is such a conundrum that General Nagata assembled an unofficial brain trust outside the traditional realms of expertise within the Pentagon, State Department and intelligence agencies, in search of fresh ideas and inspiration. Business professors, for example, are examining the Islamic State’s marketing and branding strategies.
“We do not understand the movement, and until we do, we are not going to defeat it,” he said, according to the confidential minutes of a conference call he held with the experts. “We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea.”
Edited by Savile Row, 12 April 2015 - 08:26 AM.
Posted 12 April 2015 - 08:26 AM
Doesn't Brother Pesty have a Version 2.0 as well?
Posted 12 April 2015 - 07:06 PM
Cocoa can help to slow and even reverse age-related memory loss. Scientists believe that flavanols, the antioxidants inside cocoa beans, can give people in their sixties the memory of a “typical 30 or 40-year-old”.
The study, by the Columbia University Medical Centre in New York, is thought to be the first evidence that age-related memory decline – a common problem that can cause older people to forget small things like the names of acquaintances or where they have placed their keys – can be countered through dietary changes.
One group was administered daily drinks with a high (900mg) dosage of flavanols, while the other was offered just 10mg a day. After three months, the group that drank the high intake showed signs of faster and clearer recognition of visual patterns. Brain scans before and after the trial showed more blood within the dentate gyrus part of the hippocampus, one of the few regions known to generate fresh brain cells.
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Posted 13 April 2015 - 03:25 PM
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Posted 17 April 2015 - 09:52 PM
Teacher ‘knocked out cold’ by a student’s mother
By Matt McNulty
April 17, 2015
A teacher was allegedly attacked by a parent in the hall of a Long Island middle school — and in a disturbing surveillance photo can be seen knocked out cold.
Teacher Catherine Engelhardt was pummeled by a parent and a 14-year-old at the Alverta B. Gray Schultz Middle School in Hempsted Wednesday, police said.
“It’s not like I thought a parent would do something, but I knew something violent was going to happen,” Engelhardt told WABC/Channel 7 from her home.
“I’ve warned them time and again that the children have no respect for adults. Yes, I fear for my safety. They can’t control the kids.”
Edited by Savile Row, 17 April 2015 - 09:52 PM.
Posted 17 April 2015 - 10:01 PM
Beijing Shocks US With Unbelievable Progress of Airstrip in South China Sea
New satellite imagery shows the extent of China’s construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea. Fiery Cross Reef could soon serve as a military-grade runway in the middle of the ocean. And despite its own military presence in the region, US officials are in panic.
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Posted 17 April 2015 - 10:03 PM
Panicked by China’s growing influence in the South China Sea, several US Senators have demanded that a formal strategy be put in place to combat what the United States sees as a threat to its own hegemony.
Reaching across the aisle, two Republican Senators – John McCain and Bob Corker – have teamed up with two Democrats – Jack Reed and Bob Menendez – to draft a letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
Composed Thursday, the letter addresses the need to develop a comprehensive strategy to counter China’s land reclamation attempts in the South China Sea. Without such a plan, "long-standing interests of the United States, as well as our allies and partners, stand at considerable risk."
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Posted 17 April 2015 - 10:05 PM
Chinese Naval Fleet Now Outnumbers US Combat Vessels
China is at the forefront of building submarines and now has more than the United States, says a Navy admiral testifying before a congressional committee that is discussing future funding for US defense projects.
Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy told legislators on Thursday that not only is China building “some fairly amazing submarines” but that the Chinese are carrying out more deployments and expanding their area of operations as part of an rapid military buildup.
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Posted 17 April 2015 - 10:46 PM
April 13, 2015
His story quickly went viral after a rural Oregon man was slapped with fines for collecting rain water on his own property. But now, as of last Wednesday, Gary Harrington of Eagle Point, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and more than $1,500 in fines, all because he had three reservoirs on his own property, that he used to collect and use rainwater.
Tom Paul, the administrator of the Oregon Water Resources Department, says that the law doesn’t need to ban collecting rain water, because all of the water in the state is “public water,” which doesn’t actually mean the water belongs to the public, it means the government has claimed ownership of it.
“The law that he is actually violating is not the 1925 provision, but it’s Oregon law that says all of the water in the state of Oregon is public water and if you want to use that water, either to divert it or to store it, you have to acquire a water right from the state of Oregon before doing that activity.”
Posted 18 April 2015 - 05:33 PM
Brooklyn drug gang's YouTube music videos can be used in trial, Judge Kiyo Matsumoto rules
BY John Marzulli
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Prosecutors can use YouTube music videos
made by the leaders of a Brooklyn drug gang called Together Forever Mafia
against them at their upcoming racketeering trial, a federal judge ruled Friday.
The TF Mafia videos on YouTube include titles such as “Smell Murder,” “Hustler Anthem,” “TF Mafia — My Mobb” and “Brooklyn Zoo — Boo,” according to court papers.
Edited by Savile Row, 18 April 2015 - 05:35 PM.
Posted 25 April 2015 - 07:46 AM
The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime
By Declan Hill
The Fix is the most explosive story of sports corruption in a generation. Intriguing, riveting, and compelling.
I tells the story of an investigative journalist who sets out to examine the world of match-fixing in professional soccer.
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