Protesters rally outside Capitol on first National Period Day

PERIOD has two primary demands: provide period products to all — specifically in public schools and prisons — and eliminate the tampon tax. The latter, often called the “pink tax,” refers to a sales tax in 34 states on menstrual products, which classify them as non-essential items rather than hygiene products, which are typically exempt from the tax and include items such as Rogaine and Viagra.
Submitted by SharoKham at 2019-10-19 23:26pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

News Corp to supply headlines for Facebook's upcoming news tab

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) upcoming news tab will feature headlines from the Wall Street Journal and some other News Corp (NWSA.O) media properties when it launches in fall of 2019, the social network said on Friday.

The WSJ, which first reported about the deal, said news publications Washington Post, BuzzFeed News, and Business Insider have also reached a similar deal with Facebook.

The news organizations will be paid a licensing fee to supply headlines, the WSJ ...
Submitted by Anhedonia at 2019-10-19 20:09pm to the Crime forum.

Creepy human-like skin makes your phone ticklish and pinchable

Forget protective covers – there are now skin-like phone cases that respond to being pinched and tickled.

Marc Teyssier at Telecom Paris in France and his colleagues have devised an artificial skin for interactive devices that responds to touch. The skin is able to detect a variety of gestures, including sliding, stretching and rotation.

“I wanted to pinch my phone,” says Teyssier as the reason for designing the skin. The skin also responds to different gestures that mimic human ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-10-19 18:38pm to the The Economy forum.

AP Investigation: Deported parents may lose kids to adoption

As the deportees were led off the plane onto the steamy San Salvador tarmac, an anguished Araceli Ramos Bonilla burst into tears, her face contorted with pain: “They want to steal my daughter!”

It had been 10 weeks since Ramos had last held her 2-year-old, Alexa. Ten weeks since she was arrested crossing the border into Texas and U.S. immigration authorities seized her daughter and told her she would never see the girl again.

What followed — one foster family’s initially ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-10-19 17:37pm to the Crime forum.

PG&E Power Safety Shutoffs Could Continue for 10 Years, Says CEO

PG&E CEO and President Bill Johnson said Friday it could take up to 10 years for the utility to improve its system enough to not have to rely on power shutoffs to prevent wildfires during dry, windy conditions.

Johnson's comments came about a week after the utility cut power to about 2 million people in Northern and Central California, saying the outages were needed due to high winds and dry conditions that could spark wildfires.
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-10-19 2:35am to the Off Topic News forum.

Buttigieg removes attorney from fundraiser after backlash

Pete Buttigieg is returning campaign contributions from a former Chicago city attorney who led a vigorous effort to block the release of a video depicting the shooting of Laquan McDonald , a black teenager whose death at the hands of police stirred months of protest and resulted in an officer’s conviction.

The Democratic presidential candidate also removed Steve Patton as a co-sponsor of a fundraiser held in Chicago on Friday. The move came after The Associated Press reported on his ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-10-19 2:26am to the Politics forum.

China demanded the firing of Houston Rockets exec. over Hong Kong tweet, NBA chief says | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

China demanded that a Houston Rockets executive be sacked for supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey ignited a firestorm earlier this month with a tweeted image captioned “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”

It came right before the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets arrived in China for what proved to be a tense two-game exhibition tour, with broadcasters refusing to air the games, public ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-10-19 2:26am to the Sports forum.

So, You're Curious About Doing Stuff With Dudes

After years of wondering if I could ever be intimate with another man, I decided to hook up with a dude my freshman year of college. I figured this "bicurious" thing clearly isn't a phase, since I'd been thinking about it for a few years. The only way I could know for sure if I was actually gay or bi was if tested the waters.

So I did. Alas, I got so drunk in order to have the courage to hook up with another man that I ended up puking midway through our encounter. After the experience, I ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-10-19 2:26am to the Health & Beauty forum.

KANSAS CITY: Anti-Revisionist Confrontation of DSA Event Ends in Bloodshed

On October 12, a contingent of anti-revisionist combatants confronted a public meeting of the Kansas City chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Online propaganda from the DSA and their supporters has tried to portray the event as a brutal attack on the elderly, but in reality, a DSA member who attacked a woman combatant was repelled, taking multiple blows that left him bloodied and sent to the hospital.

Only two local DSA chapter leaders and two other members who were ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-10-19 2:25am to the Politics forum.

People are reporting sightings of the Tasmanian tiger, thought to be extinct

The Tasmanian tiger, a large striped carnivore, is believed to have gone extinct over 80 years ago -- but newly released Australian government documents show sightings have been reported as recently as two months ago.

Tasmania's Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) recently released a document detailing eight reported sightings of the Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, in the last three years.
The thylacine, a marsupial that looked like a cross between a wolf, ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2019-10-18 23:26pm to the The World forum.

The hunt for Japan’s ‘ghost’ wolves

Yagi’s pursuit of the Japanese wolf began about 20 years before his sighting in 1996. He was on night watch duty at a mountain lodge that was owned by a mountaineering group he was part of.

“It was then when I heard a howl,” says Yagi. “I knew that the Japanese wolf had been declared extinct since the Meji era [which ended in 1912], but I thought, ‘An animal that doesn’t exist can’t howl’.” And so began his 50-year search for the Japanese wolf.

The photographs he ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2019-10-18 22:12pm to the The World forum.

Chicago’s top cop had been drinking before falling asleep in his car early Thursday, mayor says

Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson admitted to Mayor Lori Lightfoot that he had “a couple of drinks” Wednesday night before he fell asleep in his car after pulling over when he felt lightheaded, the mayor told the Chicago Sun-Times on Friday.
Submitted by nocash at 2019-10-18 20:57pm to the Crime forum.

Air Force finally retires 8-inch floppies from missile launch control system

Five years ago, a CBS 60 Minutes report publicized a bit of technology trivia many in the defense community were aware of: the fact that eight-inch floppy disks were still used to store data critical to operating the Air Force's intercontinental ballistic missile command, control, and communications network. The system, once called the Strategic Air Command Digital Network (SACDIN), relied on IBM Series/1 computers installed by the Air Force at Minuteman II missile sites in the 1960s and ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2019-10-18 20:29pm to the Video Games forum.

At least 8 killed in mayhem surrounding Mexico’s failed effort to capture El Chapo’s son

An operation to capture one of Mexico’s most powerful drug lords failed disastrously Thursday as several Mexican security officers were held hostage by heavily armed cartel fighters who laid siege to the northern Mexican city of Culiacan.
Authorities had sought to detain Ovidio Guzman Lopez, a leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel and the son of notorious drug boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. But after briefly capturing their target, security forces ultimately retreated without him, a ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2019-10-18 20:28pm to the Crime forum.

A Good Place: The public access channel from hell

A couple years ago, a series of experimental horror videos began seeping across the internet that watched like potential catalysts for airing Turner’s sign-off. Most were formatted as if recorded to VHS from a public access channel, with tinny background music warbling in and out of key as static burns raced across the screen. One in particular, titled “Weather Service,” starts with a recording of an evening’s programming schedule, before being interrupted by a strange emergency ...
Submitted by nocash at 2019-10-18 20:07pm to the Television forum.

Trump Stuns Grieving Britons: Meet the Suspect in Your Son’s Death

President Trump said on Wednesday that he had tried unsuccessfully to arrange a White House meeting between the parents of a teenager killed in an August crash in Britain and the American driver involved in the crash.

The parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, met with Mr. Trump in the Oval Office Tuesday evening but balked when he said that Anne Sacoolas, the wife of an American diplomat whom British police are seeking for her involvement in the crash, was in a nearby room and wanted to ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-10-18 19:27pm to the Crime forum.

Virtually Tour a Dutch Smuggler’s Shipwreck in Iceland

Since the wreck of the 108-foot vessel was rediscovered under 40 feet of water in 1992, maritime archaeologists have pored over the remains to learn everything they could about it and the circumstances that brought it to Iceland and then sent it to the depths. Now, to commemorate the 360th anniversary of the shipwreck, archaeologists have released a 360-degree virtual dive experience so the public can experience Melckmeyt (nearly) firsthand.
Submitted by nocash at 2019-10-18 19:26pm to the The World forum.

GM, UAW agree on tentative labor contract that could end a monthlong strike by 48,000 workers

General Motors and union leaders have reached a tentative deal on a new labor contract that could end the United Auto Workers’ monthlong strike against the automaker, the UAW said Wednesday.

Details of the proposed four-year deal were not disclosed. However, the union’s members with GM are expected to receive raises of 3% to 4% or lump-sum bonuses each year as part of the accord. The deal also will include the addition or retention of 9,000 hourly U.S. jobs and a “clear path” for ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-10-18 19:29pm to the The Economy forum.

Trump picks Colorado Springs author of Illuminati books for education board

A Colorado Springs lawyer appointed by President Donald Trump to a federal education board is a prolific author of self-help Illuminati books whose education company has been accused of handing out certificates to undeserving applicants.

The White House announced last week that Trump had nominated George Mentz to the Commission on Presidential Scholars. His nomination does not require Senate confirmation.
Mentz’s books include “The Illuminati Secret Laws of Money,” “The ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-10-18 19:28pm to the Books forum.

The cop-hating Bronx Defenders shouldn’t get a dime of public money

Twenty-five years spent as an FBI agent instilled in me an appreciation for American justice. One of its hallmarks is collegiality: Prosecutors and defense attorneys respect each other even as they vigorously make their cases in an adversarial system.
Submitted by ron at 2019-10-18 19:21pm to the Horseshit! forum.