Black panther spotted prowling French rooftops prompts astonishment

A black panther escaped from its home and prowled the rooftops of a French town.

The animal, which wildlife experts believe was about six-months old, was being kept as a pet and got out through an open window while its owner was on holiday, French media reported.

Police officers, firefighters and the National Wildlife Conservation Authority combined to bring in the big cat after it caused a stir in the town of Armentieres, near Lille.

"She is beautiful, wonderful to see in real ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-09-20 6:29am to the The World forum.

Polio Re-emerges in the Philippines After Nearly Two Decades

The Philippines has reported its first case of polio in almost two decades, prompting health authorities to declare an epidemic and mount a mass immunization drive.

A three-year-old girl from the southern province of Lanao del Sur was the first confirmed polio case in the Philippines since 2000, when the Southeast Asian nation was declared free from the infectious disease, the Department of Health said in a statement Thursday.
Submitted by chapstick at 2019-09-20 0:53am to the Health & Beauty forum.

Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party Clears Out Athens Headquarters

The officials of the racist and xenophobic group recently decided to empty out their premises following the electoral collapse of their party in the recent national elections of July, 2019.

Golden Dawn is now suffering greatly financially, since no state funding is available to the party following its expulsion from the Greek Parliament.

In addition to this, most of its once-prominent members have now left the party, while the trial of its leadership continues for the fifth consecutive ...
Submitted by GARFA the Orange at 2019-09-19 20:42pm to the Politics forum.

Colt To Cease Making AR-15s Due To Flooded Market

As you can below, anti-gun activists are reading this news very differently.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-19 20:20pm to the The Economy forum.

Queens Democrat Launches Primary Challenge Against AOC

A Queens community activist has just announced a primary campaign for Congress. You may have heard of her opponent: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the current incumbent.

Plenty of Republicans have filed to run for Ocasio-Cortez’s seat representing New York's 14th congressional district. Republicans do not care for AOC, unless you consider Fox News mentioning her 3,181 times in six weeks to be a form of affection.)" But as the New York Post points out, Badrun Khan is evidently the first ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-19 20:19pm to the Politics forum.

Justin Trudeau apologizes, again, for brownface and blackface photos

When asked if the public can expect more photos of him in blackface to emerge, Trudeau said he couldn't be sure. 
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-19 20:19pm to the Politics forum.

Just 13% of Americans would support US military going to war over Saudi oil field attack

Only 13 percent of Americans would support the US military joining Saudi Arabia in a conflict as part of a response to a recent attack on two major Saudi oil fields, a new Insider poll of US adults shows.

The poll asked participants "what, if any, role do you think the US should take in a response to the attack on the Saudi oil facilities?" The participants were given six options and asked to select the one that comes closest to their view.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-19 20:18pm to the The World forum.

Netanyahu 'played Trump using misinformation' several times, says Tillerson

U.S. President Donald Trump was “played” by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on several occasions, said Trump’s former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday during a panel interview with Harvard professors.

During the talk, Tillerson gave assessments of various world leaders - including Netanyahu. 

Tillerson, who had a contentious tenure as the U.S.’s top diplomat, said that Netanyahu is “an extraordinarily skilled” politician and diplomat, but “a bit ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-19 20:17pm to the The World forum.

WeWork isn’t a tech company; it’s a soap opera

On August 14th, The We Company (the company formerly known as WeWork) filed its mandatory S-1 paperwork to go public, and it’s worth reading in full. I mean, forget the serious stuff for a moment. The thing begins with an epigram: “We dedicate this to the energy of we — greater than any one of us, but inside all of us.”
Submitted by nocash at 2019-09-19 15:30pm to the The Economy forum.

Nancy Pelosi Is the Best Friend Donald Trump Could Ask For

When it comes to the issue of impeaching one of the worst Republican presidents of all time, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has done exactly the same thing that she did over a decade ago when presented with the issue of impeaching one of the worst Republican presidents of all time: Nothing.

And as more and more House Democrats have come out and backed the push for impeachment, Pelosi has only become more indignant that it’s a bad idea, even refusing last week in a press conference ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-09-19 18:47pm to the Politics forum.

Essay mills use promise of Turnitin check to sell their work

Essay-writing firms claim that they use a service offered by Turnitin, a plagiarism detection tool used by universities, to provide their customers with reassurance that the work they purchase will not be flagged as suspicious.

HE approached a UK-based essay mill and asked the price of a masters-level essay about Chinese politics. In response, the company informed us that for £117.92 we would receive the essay and a “plagiarism report...from Turnitin/WriteCheck, so you have an assurance ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-09-19 17:54pm to the Education forum.

With New Investigation at Duke and U.N.C., Feds Hunt Anti-Israel Bias in Higher Education

The Education Department has ordered Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake the Middle East Studies program run jointly by the two schools after concluding that it was offering students a biased curriculum that, among other complaints, did not present enough “positive” imagery of Judaism and Christianity in the region.

In a rare instance of federal intervention in the details of higher education academic content, the department asserted that the ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-09-19 17:59pm to the Education forum.

How a revolution in climate science is putting big oil back on trial.

The outer banks of the Carolinas and the Bahamas are picking up the pieces after the battering from Hurricane Dorian—the first direct hit of this year’s extreme weather season. Already the damages for 2019 are well above the 40-year average for billion-dollar events, and the price tag for damages will rise dramatically over the next decades. At the current rate of warming, the US could see more than 10 percent of its annual GDP wiped out by the end of the century from the extreme heat ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-19 17:28pm to the The World forum.

Minority contractors claiming to be 'Native American' to undergo nationwide review

Federal, state and local authorities are intensifying scrutiny of minority contracting programs across the country in the wake of a Times investigation that found that companies received more than $300 million in government contracts based on unsubstantiated claims by the firms’ owners to be Native American.

As two House committees prepare to examine the matter, the U.S. Department of Transportation has called for a review of all Native American companies in its minority contracting ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-19 17:29pm to the The Economy forum.

Corey Lewandowski’s Self-Immolation

The most striking moment of Corey Lewandowski’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday came near the end of a long day, when the former Trump campaign manager was surprisingly open in revealing his disdain for the truth. For much of the testimony, Lewandowski alternated between filibustering by slow reading the Mueller report and filibustering by saying he was under White House orders to be silent. He clearly delighted in stymying House Democrats, even as he used the ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-19 17:29pm to the Politics forum.

Meet the Man at the Controls of the World’s Largest Steam Locomotive

There’s no doubt about it. Ed Dickens is a rockstar. Dickens is a steam locomotive engineer and mechanic who maintains the Union Pacific Railroad’s historic steam and diesel fleet, which now includes the world’s largest steam locomotive, known to train buffs around the world as “Big Boy.” And everywhere that Dickens goes—and he’s going all over—train fans let him hear it.
Submitted by nocash at 2019-09-19 16:50pm to the The World forum.

HUD Official Gets Stern Letter For Hatch Act Violations

Remember a few months ago when this Trump lackey declared “I don’t give a shit” about Hatch Act violations and dared her critics to come after her?

The Office of Special Counsel has reprimanded Lynne Patton, a top Department of Housing and Urban Development official with ties to President Donald Trump’s family, for making political statements on the job. Patton, a HUD regional administrator for New York and New Jersey, used her official government Twitter account to promote political ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-19 16:44pm to the Politics forum.

Phoenix Artists Can Refuse to Make Wedding Invitations for Same Sex Couples, Arizona Supreme Court Rules

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that the city of Phoenix can’t require two Christian artists to make wedding invitations for same-sex couples.

Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski argued earlier this year that a Phoenix anti-discrimination ordinance—which makes it illegal to refuse service to same-sex couples for religious reasons—was a violation of their freedom of speech. On Monday, the court agreed, siding with Duka and Koski by a margin of 4-3:

“Duka and Koski’s beliefs about ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-19 16:44pm to the Politics forum.

GM no longer paying for striking workers' health insurance

General Motors is no longer paying the health care costs for the tens of thousands of auto workers who went on strike on Monday, shifting the costs instead to a union fund.

More than 49,000 union workers walked off their jobs on Sunday night, starting a nationwide strike at General Motors. As negotiations enter their third day on Wednesday, the health coverage for striking workers will no longer be covered by GM.

Mary Kay Henry, the president of the Service Employees International Union ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-19 16:42pm to the The Economy forum.

Daily Stormer Website Goes Dark Amid Chaos

The website for the Daily Stormer, the white supremacist, neo-Nazi and antisemitic racist group, has lost access to a critical piece of web infrastructure that allows the general public to access its hate propaganda easily.

This infrastructure ensures the Stormer, the most read hate site in the world, attracts and maintains website readers and protects it from malicious attacks. But in a hectic 24 hours, Andrew Anglin, the website’s founder, took to Gab.com on Tuesday and told his readers ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-09-19 16:40pm to the Podcasts, Etc forum.