KKK imperial wizard Frank Ancona is found dead in Missouri

The body of the 51-year-old Leadwood, Mo., resident was discovered near the Big River by a family fishing in the area, according to Washington County Sheriff Zach Jacobsen in southeast Missouri.

Washington County coroner Brian DeClue told The Kansas City Star that Ancona died of a gunshot wound to the head.

“It was not self inflicted,” he said. “This is now a homicide investigation.”

Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/state/missouri/article132273414.html#storylink=cpy
Submitted by Dreaded Candiru at 2019-02-16 4:09am to the Crime forum.

What Did Elliott Abrams Have to Do With the El Mozote Massacre?

In a testy exchange with Elliott Abrams on Wednesday, Representative Ilhan Omar resurrected the memory of El Salvador’s El Mozote massacre, one of the worst mass killings in modern Latin American history. Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota, was all of two months old when the December 1981 massacre took place. Abrams, President Donald Trump’s new special envoy for Venezuela, was a senior State Department official in the Reagan administration, which was sending military and economic aid into El ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-02-16 2:18am to the The World forum.

Border Wall GoFundMe Leader Brian Kolfage is Now Selling Coins With His Face on Them

The organizer of an effort to crowdfund construction for the southern border wall has a new plan to raise money: selling commemorative coins with his face on them.

Fans of Brian Kolfage, the triple-amputee Iraq War veteran behind the border wall effort that started on GoFundMe, can now buy a “Brian Kolfage Collector's Coin” coin for $49.99. One side of the coin features the logo of Kolfage’s nonprofit, We Build the Wall. The other side bears Kolfage’s Twitter profile picture, and the ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-02-16 1:47am to the The Economy forum.

Swiss Cat Ladders

The example of the city of Bern is used to research Swiss cat ladders. A cat ladder is a climbing aid for cats, which is usually attached to buildings. The research is based on photographs of cat ladders in the context of their surrounding architecture. A closer look at the cat ladders reveals sociological, architectural and aesthetic perspectives, which are elaborated in an accompanying text. For example, the question arises as to whether we humans should really impose the cat ladders we have ...
Submitted by sacred animal at 2019-02-15 22:04pm to the Arts forum.

CBS leaves Trump for 'The Price is Right'

I think Drew Carey is the President now?
Submitted by SharoKham at 2019-02-15 21:38pm to the Television forum.

If Elliott Abrams’ Career Is a Disgrace, Then American Foreign Policy Is Disgraceful

If it’s ad hominem to point out that Elliott Abrams has lied to Congress and promoted atrocities in Latin America, then it’s ad hominem for a preschool to check if a job applicant is a registered sex offender.
Submitted by somedongus at 2019-02-15 21:13pm to the Politics forum.

The world is so chaotic, and fight promoters so inept and sleazy, that bare knuckle boxing is on PPV now

This is real and sanctioned. One of these women holds the Police Gazette Championship, which is also real!
Submitted by SharoKham at 2019-02-15 19:59pm to the Sports forum.

Mike Tyson Tried To Fight A Gorilla For $10,000

“I paid a worker at New York’s zoo to re-open it just for me and Robin (his wife). When we got to the gorilla cage there was 1 big Silverback gorilla there just bullying all the other gorillas. They were so powerful but their eyes were like an innocent infant. I offered the attendant $10,000 to open the cage and let smash that silverback’s snotbox! He declined.”
Submitted by SharoKham at 2019-02-15 19:34pm to the Sports forum.

Drug company used rap video to push for higher doses, sales

Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps into getting patients on higher doses.

The video was shown to jurors this week in the closely watched trial in Boston of wealthy Insys Therapeutics Inc. Founder John Kapoor and four other onetime executives, including a former exotic dancer who prosecutors say was hired as a regional sales manager even though ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-02-15 18:43pm to the Crime forum.

An Open Letter To Game Developers From America's Largest Labor Organization

If an investor was searching for the country’s most explosively successful commodity, they might look to the ground for natural resources or to Wall Street for some new financial instrument. But, the most meteoric success story can be found virtually all around us—in the booming video game industry. Growing by double digits, U.S. video game sales reached $43 billion in 2018, about 3.6 times greater than the film industry’s record-breaking box office.

It’s a stunning ...
Submitted by thirteen3seven at 2019-02-15 18:05pm to the Video Games forum.

As Uber Prepares for I.P.O., Its Losses Pile Up

Technology companies rarely make money before they go public. Twitter was unprofitable when it listed on the stock market. So were Snap, Spotify and SurveyMonkey.

For Uber, the question as the ride-hailing giant prepares for a public offering is even bigger than whether it can make money. That’s because the company, the most prominent tech start-up of its generation, will set the bar for other well-known tech companies like Slack and Lyft as they also stampede toward the stock market this ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-02-15 18:08pm to the The Economy forum.

Review | Andrew McCabe’s disturbing account of working for Sessions and Trump

He didn’t read intelligence reports and mixed up classified material with what he had seen in newspaper clips. He seemed confused about the structure and purpose of organizations and became overwhelmed when meetings covered multiple subjects. He blamed immigrants for nearly every societal problem and uttered racist sentiments with shocking callousness.

This isn’t how President Trump is depicted in a new book by former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe. Instead, it’s McCabe’s account of ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-02-15 17:41pm to the Books forum.

When India Kicked Out Coca-Cola, Local Sodas Thrived

Sweet, fizzy Coca-Cola, notes writer Tom Standage, is practically “capitalism in a bottle.” In societies where capitalism loses favor, the symbolic American drink is often replaced with a palatable local alternative. Yet when the Berlin Wall fell, East Germans ditched their Vita-Cola for Coca-Cola. Poland’s Polo-Cockta and the Czech Kofola both faded away, only to be later revived out of nostalgia. But in India, two underdog sodas that flourished during the country’s stint of economic ...
Submitted by nocash at 2019-02-15 17:17pm to the Food forum.

Police across the US are training crime-predicting AIs on falsified data

In May of 2010, prompted by a series of high-profile scandals, the mayor of New Orleans asked the US Department of Justice to investigate the city police department (NOPD). Ten months later, the DOJ offered its blistering analysis: during the period of its review from 2005 onwards, the NOPD had repeatedly violated constitutional and federal law.

It used excessive force, and disproportionately against black residents; targeted racial minorities, non-native English speakers, and LGBTQ ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-02-15 16:39pm to the Crime forum.

National emergency will be blocked by courts temporarily, DOJ warns White House

The Justice Department has warned the White House a national emergency declaration is nearly certain to be blocked by the courts on, at least, a temporary basis, preventing the immediate implementation of the president's plan to circumvent Congress and build the wall using his executives powers, ABC News has learned.

However, a senior White House official tells ABC News that the administration is confident it could ultimately win the case on appeal.

(MORE: Trump will sign border bill, ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-02-15 16:55pm to the Politics forum.

The Green New Deal Is Impractical, But ‘Practical’ Solutions Haven’t Worked Either

But that’s a false choice. As I talked to experts about the Green New Deal and its feasibility, I realized that the practical, politically feasible way of dealing with climate change hasn’t proven to be either practical or politically feasible. The question we have to deal with right now isn’t “Is the Green New Deal practical?” The question is, “What do you do about a crisis when even the practical-seeming solutions haven’t been practical?”
...Dolsak and Prakash understand why ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-02-15 15:45pm to the The World forum.

Sources: Police investigating whether Smollett staged attack with help of others

Chicago police confirmed Thursday that detectives are talking to two persons of interest in connection with the alleged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.

Multiple sources have told ABC7 Eyewitness News that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack allegedly because Smollett was being written off of "Empire."

A source familiar with the investigation told the ABC7 I-Team that Smollett failed to appear for an interview with detectives earlier Thursday, ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-02-15 16:13pm to the Crime forum.

Lyndon LaRouche, Politician Who Sought HIV Quarantine, Dead at 96

Among his most notorious claims were that England’s Queen Elizabeth II was a drug dealer and that the International Monetary Fund created and spread HIV. In the 1980s, he managed to get propositions on the California ballot that, if approved by voters, would have resulted in the quarantine of people with HIV.

In 1985, LaRouche’s National Democratic Policy Committee – not affiliated in any way with the Democratic Party, although LaRouche associates sometimes ran in Democratic primaries ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-02-15 16:13pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Police: School resource officers being verbally abused, will leave Metro's alternative schools

School resource officers at two Metro schools say they are being verbally abused by the students. The officers will be moved out of those schools beginning next month.

One officer from Bass Learning Center and two from Johnson Alternative will be deployed to other schools, according to Metro police spokesman Don Aaron. However, the officers will continue to make daily visits throughout the school year.

"Frankly, our officers at the alternative schools have reported having been verbally abused ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-02-15 15:48pm to the Education forum.

An AI helped us write this article

ne of the coolest AI systems I’ve ever seen may also be the one that will kick me out of my job.

Earlier this week, I attended a demo with a research team at OpenAI, the San Francisco nonprofit that’s right up there with top tech companies in conducting impressive new research on the frontiers of AI. The system they showed me was a language-learning model that writes the news, answers reading comprehension problems, and is beginning to show promise at tasks like translation.

In a paper ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-02-15 15:40pm to the Science forum.