California Is Running Out of Inmates to Fight Its Fires

I've learned to have low standards about you America, but this is pretty fucked.
Submitted by Double The Fist at 2017-12-11 12:03pm to the The World forum.

Thomas fire creating its own weather, expert says

The massive smoke plume generated by the fire, also known as a pyrocumulus cloud, continues to rise, gathering heat energy from the flames below, Ripley said.

But the unstable column of air can collapse at any time, resulting in dramatic 180-degree wind shifts that pose a major danger to firefighters, he said.
Submitted by SolarW at 2017-12-11 8:00am to the The World forum.

Cracked Lays Off 25 As the Great Digital Media Purge Continues

This week, the humor site laid off a majority of its staff in the latest sign that ad-supported digital publishers are withering on the vine.

Twenty-five employees were let go, according to Kari Wethington, a spokeswoman for E.W. Scripps. She added that the onetime magazine, which in recent years has built out a robust YouTube presence in the hope of cashing in on video revenue, will now pivot back from its previous pivot and resume producing more written content.
Submitted by crossaffliction at 2017-12-11 2:24am to the Off Topic News forum.

Business owner denies involvement in painting over Zap Project artwork

Resubmitting this because I spent half an hour trying to find the original on my phone and have an uplifting update.
Submitted by MaulLove at 2017-12-11 1:00am to the Crime forum.

Miami Gardens Police Arrested a Man 62 Times for Trespassing Where He Works

Well, that’s what Miami Gardens, Fla., store owner Alex Saleh is trying to figure out. One of the employees at his store, 207 Quickstop, Earl Sampson, has been stopped and questioned 258 times, searched more than 100 times and arrested and tossed in jail countless times, the Miami Herald reports.

According to Saleh, Sampson, other employees and even his customers have been repeatedly stopped and frisked by Miami Gardens police, sometimes as often as three times a day.

Most of them, the ...
Submitted by revdrew at 2017-12-10 21:26pm to the Crime forum.

Fairbanks man gets 45 year sentence in child abuse case

A 37-year-old Fairbanks man who was sentenced Monday to 45 years in prison for sexually abusing a young girl under his care told the judge he was a “feminist and pacifist” who had “earnest conversations” with the girl “about gender equality and how she should be able to expect the same respect as any man.”

Weixelman said he worries about the girl’s ability to trust people, especially men.

“I know that it was incredibly difficult for her. It’s hard for me, because, of course, ...
Submitted by Please Do Not Read This Text at 2017-12-10 20:50pm to the Video Games forum.

Why Is There No “Saudi-Gate”?

Imagine if Russia — instead of doing what it has been accused of doing last year — had funded and facilitated an attack on US soil that killed thousands of Americans. Then imagine that US policymakers, rather than punish the Kremlin by cutting diplomatic ties, imposing sanctions, seeking legal recourse, or all of the above, covered up its involvement in the attack and continued to treat it as a loyal ally.

Imagine if the president who presided over that attack had decades of intimate ...
Submitted by somedongus at 2017-12-10 17:22pm to the Crime forum.

Tech's new D.C. partner: Charles Koch

The tech industry has found a surprising new ally in its effort to shape public policy in Washington: the 82-year-old libertarian billionaire Charles Koch.

Two organizations founded by Koch, one an education-focused institute and the other a grant-making foundation, have spent the past year ramping up their efforts to shape public debate on tech policy topics like self-driving cars and the rights of online publishers.

And despite their ideological distance on issues like the Paris climate ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2017-12-10 17:18pm to the Politics forum.

Modern Day Witches Call Theirs ‘A Beautiful Way Of Life’

“I am the high priestess,” Lisa Stewart said.

“To be a witch is incredibly relevant in today’s society,” Anton Stewart explained.

Nestled in the heart of the Hudson Valley is the Church of the Eternal Circle, the only legally recognized Wiccan Church in the state of New York.

“We follow the tradition of the craft of the wise — witchcraft — and we are witches,” Stewart said.

For the first time, members invited CBS2 to attend their services.

“The time is right,” Lisa ...
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2017-12-10 16:47pm to the Off Topic News forum.

German intelligence warns of increased Chinese cyberspying

The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency warned Sunday that China is using social networks to try to cultivate sources of information among lawmakers and officials, while Chinese hackers are increasingly attacking European companies through trusted suppliers.

Hans-Georg Maassen said his agency, known by its German acronym BfV, believes more than 10,000 Germans have been targeted by Chinese intelligence agents posing as consultants, headhunters or researchers, primarily on the social ...
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2017-12-10 16:41pm to the Politics forum.

Trump attends civil rights museum opening; black leaders stay away

.S. Representative John Lewis of Georgia, a Democrat who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, said on Thursday that he would not go to the museum opening because of Trump’s presence.

“President Trump’s attendance and his hurtful policies are an insult to the people portrayed in this civil rights museum,” Lewis said in a statement with Mississippi Democratic U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson, who also declined to attend.
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2017-12-10 16:39pm to the Politics forum.

Cat Person

Margot met POE-NEWS on a Wednesday night toward the end of her fall semester. She was working behind the concession stand at the artsy movie theatre downtown when he came in and bought a large popcorn and a box of Red Vines.

“That’s an . . . unusual choice,” she said. “I don’t think I’ve ever actually sold a box of Red Vines before.”
Submitted by athodyd at 2017-12-10 5:14am to the The World forum.

Hillary Clinton on Empathy

"Empathy. On all my long walks in the woods and quiet days at home (when I’m not shouting at the television), that’s what I’m contemplating."
Submitted by egg sandwich at 2017-12-10 5:49am to the Horseshit! forum.

My theory: Patreon doesn’t want to be a money services business

Patreon is changing their fee structure, in part, because the batching of pledge payments from one patron to multiple creators and the use of Patreon balance to pay pledges without processing an external payment requires “holding funds in a balance that can then be redistributed” and makes them look like a money transmitter money services business, which makes them subject to additional regulation.
Submitted by Haystack at 2017-12-09 23:09pm to the The Economy forum.

The U.S. Media Yesterday Suffered its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened

How did CNN end up aggressively hyping such a spectacularly false story? They refuse to say. Many hours after their story got exposed as false, the journalist who originally presented it, Congressional reporter Manu Raju, finally posted a tweet noting the correction. CNN’s PR Department then claimed that “multiple sources” had provided CNN with the false date. And Raju went on CNN, in muted tones, to note the correction, explicitly claiming that “two sources” had each given him the ...
Submitted by Late Night Love Visit from Panoptical Goat Satan at 2017-12-09 21:14pm to the Politics forum.

How Secret Talks With Russia to Prevent Election Meddling Collapsed

A second senior State Department official said any potential gains would come at too high a cost. “We would have to give up democracy promotion in Russia, which we’re not willing to do,” said the official.
Submitted by somedongus at 2017-12-09 21:04pm to the Politics forum.

The media's Russia probe meltdown: 3 screw-ups in one week

The misses
Flynn's testimony: Last Friday, ABC News reported that former national security advisor Michael Flynn was prepared to testify that President Trump, while still a candidate, directed him to contact Russian officials. But later in the day, the network issued a "clarification" that the direction came when Trump was president-elect. That changed the impact of the story entirely as it's a common occurrence for presidential transition teams to reach out to foreign governments.
Submitted by somedongus at 2017-12-09 20:56pm to the Politics forum.

The CIA’s Mop-Up Man: L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories With Agency Before Publication

“I’m working on a story about congressional oversight of drone strikes that can present a good opportunity for you guys,” Dilanian wrote in one email to a CIA press officer, explaining that what he intended to report would be “reassuring to the public” about CIA drone strikes. In another, after a series of back-and-forth emails about a pending story on CIA operations in Yemen, he sent a full draft of an unpublished report along with the subject line, “does this look better?” In ...
Submitted by somedongus at 2017-12-09 20:41pm to the Crime forum.

Ex-Tribune reporter said to have 'collaborative' relationship with CIA

A website cofounded by journalist Glenn Greenwald has published emails suggesting that a former Tribune Washington bureau national security reporter submitted some of his work to CIA officials prior to publication, a practice banned by many media outlets, including Tribune.

Ken Dilanian, a former staff writer for the newspaper chain that includes the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, had a "closely collaborative relationship with the CIA," according to the article, published Thursday ...
Submitted by somedongus at 2017-12-09 20:38pm to the Crime forum.

Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

Around 5:30 each morning, President Trump wakes and tunes into the television in the White House’s master bedroom. He flips to CNN for news, moves to “Fox & Friends” for comfort and messaging ideas, and sometimes watches MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” because, friends suspect, it fires him up for the day.

Energized, infuriated — often a gumbo of both — Mr. Trump grabs his iPhone. Sometimes he tweets while propped on his pillow, according to aides. Other times he tweets from the den next ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2017-12-09 18:34pm to the Politics forum.