Coronavirus Spending Bill Could be Used to Cement Spying Powers, Surveillance Critics in Congress Warned

The congressional effort to rein in the government’s surveillance powers before a looming deadline on March 15 could run up against a new opponent: the coronavirus.

House Democrats have been working on plans to further amend a provision of the Patriot Act, which as of 2015 provides a way for the government to get American citizens’ phone records from telecom companies. This and other key provisions of the Patriot Act must be reauthorized by March 15, or the surveillance authority lapses. ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2020-02-28 3:38am to the Politics forum.

The Legend of Testicular Navigation

As rumors swirl about Disney’s potential Moana sequel, perhaps it’s high time to point out the film’s historically inaccurate depiction of Polynesian navigation. That is, if Moana 2 wants to be accurate, we must see Maui standing spread-eagle on his canoe, using his dangling testicles to read disturbances in the waves.

It’s called “testicular navigation,” and according to David Barrie, author of Sextant: A Voyage Guided by the Stars and the Men Who Mapped the World’s Oceans, ...
Submitted by chapstick at 2020-02-28 0:04am to the The World forum.

Youth pastor wanted colleague, judge killed, police say

A former youth pastor at a Chester County mega-church who was prosecuted for impregnating a teenage girl has been accused of attempting to hire an inmate at a state prison where he was serving time to murder the head pastor at the church where he served and the judge who had sentenced him.

Jacob Matthew Malone was charged by State Police on Tuesday with attempted murder, criminal solicitation, attempted aggravated assault, and terroristic threats, in a criminal complaint filed at a ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-02-27 23:47pm to the Crime forum.

The economist who taught Bernie how to talk about race and wealth

In March 2018, nearly a year before officially putting in for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders hosted a town hall at the US Capitol Visitor Center on the subject of “Inequality in America.” The event promised a lively discussion of “the rise of the oligarchy and the collapse of the American middle class”—lively in large part due to the presence of three people onstage who would soon play central roles in shaping the policy contours of the Democratic presidential primary. ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-02-27 23:06pm to the Politics forum.

U.S. workers without protective gear assisted coronavirus evacuees, HHS whistleblower says

Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services sent more than a dozen workers to receive the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, without proper training for infection control or appropriate protective gear, according to a whistleblower complaint.

The workers did not show symptoms of infection and were not tested for the virus, according to lawyers for the whistleblower, who is a senior HHS official based in Washington who oversees ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-02-27 22:24pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Winners of the 2020 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest

The winners of this year’s Underwater Photographer of the Year contest were just announced, and the photographer Greg Lecoeur was named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020 for his image of crabeater seals in Antarctica. More than 5,500 images were submitted by photographers from around the world. Prizes and commendations were handed out in categories including Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Portrait, Black and White, Compact, Up and Coming, Marine Conservation, and in British ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-02-27 22:07pm to the The World forum.

Scenes From Milan Fashion Week 2020

A collection of photographs from Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020/21, with runway shows put on by Versace, Gucci, Moschino, Philipp Plein, Moncler, and many more.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-02-27 22:02pm to the Arts forum.

MSNBC pundit loses air time after saying Sanders staffers are ‘island of misfit Black girls’

MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson has been sidelined after making controversial comments about the Black women on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign last week.

On The Karen Hunter Show, Johnson made inflammatory comments about the women of color on Sanders’ campaign team, calling them “misfit Black girls.”
Submitted by nocash at 2020-02-27 21:06pm to the Television forum.

Coronavirus Testing In the U.S. Is Somehow Looking Worse by the Day

The questions keep piling up.

There was the revelation late Wednesday that federal officials initially declined to test the first U.S. 2019 novel coronavirus case of “unknown origin.” Plus word of hundreds of people under monitoring for infection in Massachusetts and thousands more in California.
Submitted by nocash at 2020-02-27 20:46pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

How to be a Democrat, according to Republicans

It is one of the oldest truisms in the whole human story that it is not a great idea to take advice from your enemy. That’s why wolves put on sheeps’ clothing. It’s why frogs shouldn’t let scorpions hitch rides across rivers. You’re going to get bitten or stung, at best. However, for many American liberal politicians, it seems that listening to your natural adversary remains an irresistible temptation.
Submitted by nocash at 2020-02-27 20:30pm to the Politics forum.

Trump backers see a coronavirus conspiracy

Some supporters of President Donald Trump see a threat bigger than the spread of a highly contagious novel coronavirus: a conspiracy by deep state actors to use the virus against the president.

One key piece of evidence fueling their theory: An official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention making public statements on the outbreak is the sister of Rod Rosenstein, the former deputy attorney general who oversaw the Mueller probe and, according to a disputed report, once discussed ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-02-27 19:59pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Dow's tumble on track to achieve first key Fibonacci retracement target

Many Wall Street followers of the Fibonnaci ratio of 0.618, which is also known as the golden, or devine ratio, given its prevalence in the natural world, believe key retracement targets of a move off a significant low to a significant high are 38.2% (1-0.618), 50% and 61.8%. A 38.2% retracement of the Dow's rally would come in at 26,587.40. As long as a retracement stays above the 61.8% mark (24,756.22 for the Dow), the previous uptrend remains intact.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-02-27 19:37pm to the The Economy forum.

Democratic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, hear constant warnings from allies about congressional losses in November if the party nominates Bernie Sanders for president. Democratic House members share their Sanders fears on text-messaging chains. Bill Clinton, in calls with old friends, vents about the party getting wiped out in the general election.

Submitted by Forensic at 2020-02-27 19:32pm to the Politics forum.

The Eternal Mystery of Men Pissing in Closets

It’s a tale as old as time. Every man on the planet has a story about inventing a toilet that’s far from the bathroom. But why is it always the closet?
Submitted by nocash at 2020-02-27 18:41pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

United Airlines flight makes emergency landing after phone battery catches fire

An United Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing after a "thermal runaway event."

Flight 1456 from Newark, New Jersey, to Nassau, Bahamas, diverted to Daytona Beach Airport Wednesday after a phone battery charger caught fire mid-flight, the airport confirmed on Twitter.

The fire was contained to a passenger's bag and placed inside a fire retardant case after bursting into flames, Daytona Beach Airport added. There were no injuries to the flight's 130 passengers and five crew ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-02-27 18:39pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Secretive church at center of South Korea's explosive coronavirus outbreak

An So-young had a gut feeling that the 31st person in South Korea to test positive for the coronavirus might be a member of the controversial religious sect she quit four years ago.

The person, dubbed “Patient 31,” was the first of an explosive wave of cases that made South Korea’s outbreak the largest outside of China. What caught An’s attention was how health authorities were struggling to track the woman’s movements before she was tested.

“That’s their culture, they have ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-02-27 18:37pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Submitted mostly for the secondary headline "Amazon Prime has devastated traditional retail. Walmart is about to fight back."

In order to save traditional retail, we were forced to destroy it even harder.
Submitted by useless_pedant at 2020-02-27 18:28pm to the The Economy forum.

The Bible That Oozed Oil

In the summer of 2016, God gave Johnny Taylor a prophecy. It wasn’t a specific vision, but something more like a promise. After the presidential election that fall, so the prophecy went, God would begin to “position” Johnny and his group of friends to do great things. Months later, when Donald Trump won—no surprise to Johnny—God provided another message: After the inauguration, he said, “I’ll show you what I’m doing.”
Submitted by nocash at 2020-02-27 17:54pm to the Politics forum.

The Dark, Chaotic, Utterly Mesmerizing Soul of Modern Celebrity

Pretend for a moment that your lifelong dream is to pay $400 for a 16-second video of the Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil mispronouncing the name of your charitable organization while standing in front of a Gulfstream IV. Or to exchange $150 for blurry footage of the disgraced actor Tom Sizemore comparing his innumerable career failures to your close friend’s recent cancer diagnosis. Five years ago, this would have been an impossibility. Today, thanks to Cameo, your dream is finally within ...
Submitted by nocash at 2020-02-27 17:31pm to the Podcasts, Etc forum.

Brewery employee at Molson Coors fatally shoots 5 in Milwaukee rampage, then kills self

In one of the worst shootings in Wisconsin history, five people were killed Wednesday by a gunman during a rampage on the Milwaukee campus of Molson Coors.

The gunman died by suicide, bringing the total of known dead so far to six. Initial accounts from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel indicated at least seven had died, but that number has since been clarified.

The shooter  was a 51-year-old Milwaukee man who died of a gunshot wound, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-02-27 17:24pm to the Crime forum.