Biden Sorry For "You Ain't Black" Comment: I Shouldn't Have Been "Such A Wise Guy" And So Cavalier [VIDEO] - Joe.My.God.

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, apologized Friday afternoon for telling a radio host that black voters torn between voting for him and President Trump “ain’t black,” remarks that ignited a firestorm online. “I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy,” Mr. Biden said in a call the U.S. Black Chambers, later saying that he had not expected to join the call. “I shouldn’t have been so cavalier.”

His remarks came ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-05-23 2:24am to the Politics forum.

Republicans wrestle with conspiracy-theory advocate winning Senate primary

Republicans in Oregon this week nominated a Senate candidate with a deep history of promoting and vowing support for the QAnon conspiracy theory, providing the fringe movement its largest electoral platform yet and roiling Republicans over having a candidate who openly embraces baseless conspiracy theories.

In a now-deleted Twitter video, insurance agent Jo Rae Perkins, who bested three other candidates in the primary to face Democrat Sen. Jeff Merkley in November’s general election, ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-05-23 2:26am to the Politics forum.

Uber customer claims company won price-fixing suit because arbitrator was scared

The appointed arbitrator, attorney Les Weinstein, on Feb. 22 ruled in Uber’s favor and dismissed the lawsuit, but according to Friday’s filings he did so out of “evident partiality.”

A transcript excerpt of the arbitration, attached to the filing, cited him saying: “I must say I act out of fear. My fear is if I ruled Uber illegal, I would need security. I wouldn’t be able to walk the streets at night. People would be after me.”

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Biscuits and Gravy: Two-faced kitten surprises Albany family

A two-faced cat was born on a farm east of Albany Wednesday morning.
Submitted by katheudo at 2020-05-22 23:23pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Ken Nightingall, Star Wars Pink Shorts Boom Guy, Dies At 92

Ken Nightingall, the veteran boom operator who was immortalised to a generation of Star Wars fans as “pink shorts boom guy”, has died aged 92.

The Association of Motion Picture Sound confirmed the news on social media, saying he had died on Tuesday.
Submitted by Enki Don't at 2020-05-22 21:42pm to the Off Topic News forum.

The Feds Gave a Former White House Official $3 Million to Supply Masks to Navajo Hospitals. Some May Not Work.

A former White House aide won a $3 million federal contract to supply respirator masks to Navajo Nation hospitals in New Mexico and Arizona 11 days after he created a company to sell personal protective equipment in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Zach Fuentes, President Donald Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, secured the deal with the Indian Health Service with limited competitive bidding and no prior federal contracting experience.

The IHS told ProPublica it has found that ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-05-22 21:41pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Guerrilla Grafters Bring Forbidden Fruit Back To City Trees

Spring means cherry, pear and apple blossoms. But in many metropolitan areas, urban foresters ensure those flowering fruit trees don't bear fruit to keep fallen fruit from being trampled into slippery sidewalk jelly.

But a group of fruit fans in the San Francisco Bay Area is secretly grafting fruit-bearing tree limbs onto those fruitless trees.

I visited the "crime scene" one recent day, but I can't tell you where it is because I was with the "criminals."

"If we say where it is, they ...
Submitted by katheudo at 2020-05-22 18:39pm to the Food forum.

NYC on Track to End Shutdown in June; MTA Asks Public Not to Take Mass Transit to Beach

With more restrictions easing each day, an energized tri-state area is beginning to get into the groove of its new normal. For the first time in months, people lined up to eat (al fresco) at their favorite restaurants in Connecticut, as New Jerseyans stood, socially distant, in line to buy their summer beach badges.

In New York, religious groups of up to 10 people are permitted starting Thursday. The same small crowds are also allowed for Memorial Day ceremonies to honor veterans -- as flags ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-05-22 18:15pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

U.S. to pull out of Open Skies treaty, Trump's latest treaty withdrawal

The United States said on Thursday it would withdraw from the 35-nation Open Skies treaty allowing unarmed surveillance flights over member countries, the Trump administration’s latest move to pull the country out of a major global treaty.
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-05-22 18:15pm to the The World forum.

Victoria's Secret closing 250 stores

Victoria's Secret is closing 250 stores in shopping centers, malls and other locations in the U.S. and Canada.

This news comes as the lingerie giant continues to see a plummet in sales during the coronavirus pandemic.

On a call with analysts, Victoria's Secret CEO Stuart Burgdoerfer said, "What we see is a somewhat smaller but substantially more profitable business with a much better foundation, and then obviously a return to growth which is what all of us are looking for."

With these ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-05-22 18:14pm to the The Economy forum.

Trump says he won't close the country if second wave of coronavirus hits

President Donald Trump on Thursday said “we are not closing our country” if the U.S. is hit by a second wave of coronavirus infections.

“People say that’s a very distinct possibility, it’s standard,” Trump said when asked about a second wave during a tour of a Ford factory in Michigan.

“We are going to put out the fires. We’re not going to close the country,” Trump said. “We can put out the fires. Whether it is an ember or a flame, we are going to put it out. But we ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-05-22 18:13pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Issa sues California over November mail-ballot election

Republican congressional candidate Darrell Issa and a conservative group are suing to block California’s move to an all-mail November election.

They are legally challenging Gov. Gavin Newsom’s directive that elections officials mail every registered voter a ballot for the November election, making California the first state to switch to vote by mail due to coronavirus concerns. Newsom called the move a necessary response to the pandemic since voters at crowded vote centers could be ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-05-22 18:12pm to the Politics forum.

California GOP pulls endorsement of Ted Howze in light of past social media posts

The California Republican Party has pulled its endorsement of congressional candidate Ted Howze as he faces sharp criticism over past posts on his social media accounts.

Earlier in May, the Republican candidate apologized for the “ugly ideas” in the posts and claimed they were written by other people who had access to his accounts.

“Like many in my age group, I learned a good lesson about protecting and regularly monitoring all my social media accounts for unauthorized activity,” ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-05-22 18:11pm to the Politics forum.

CDC estimates that 35% of coronavirus patients don't have symptoms

In new guidance for mathematical modelers and public health officials, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is estimating that about a third of coronavirus infections are asymptomatic.
The CDC also says its "best estimate" is that 0.4% of people who show symptoms and have Covid-19 will die, and the agency estimates that 40% of coronavirus transmission is occurring before people feel sick.
The agency cautions that those numbers are subject to change as more is learned about ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-05-22 18:09pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Reports: Chechen leader in hospital with suspected COVID-19

Russian state news agencies have reported that Ramzan Kadyrov, the authoritarian leader of Russia’s southern region of Chechnya, has been transported to a Moscow hospital with suspected COVID-19 symptoms.

“Ramzan Kadyrov has been flown to Moscow with suspected coronavirus. He is currently being monitored by doctors,” an unidentified source in the Moscow medical community told Tass agency, adding that Kadyrov’s condition is “stable.”

Kadyrov’s illness has not been officially ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-05-22 18:08pm to the The World forum.

New Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows coronavirus conspiracy theories spreading on the right may hamper vaccine efforts

According to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll, 44 percent of Republicans believe that Bill Gates is plotting to use a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign as a pretext to implant microchips in billions of people and monitor their movements — a widely debunked conspiracy theory with no basis in fact.

The survey, which was conducted May 20 and 21, found that only 26 percent of Republicans correctly identify the story as false. In contrast, just 19 percent of Democrats believe the same spurious ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-05-22 18:07pm to the Politics forum.

Biden asks Amy Klobuchar to undergo vetting as possible running mate

Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota, has been asked by Joe Biden to undergo a formal vetting to be considered as his vice presidential running mate, one of several potential contenders now being scrutinized by his aides ahead of a final decision, according to people familiar with the moves.
Submitted by Mordant at 2020-05-22 16:05pm to the Politics forum.

Herd Of Fuzzy Green 'Glacier Mice' Baffles Scientists

In 2006, while hiking around the Root Glacier in Alaska to set up scientific instruments, researcher Tim Bartholomaus encountered something unexpected.

"What the heck is this!" Bartholomaus recalls thinking. He's a glaciologist at the University of Idaho.

Scattered across the glacier were balls of moss. "They're not attached to anything and they're just resting there on ice," he says. "They're bright green in a world of white."

Intrigued, he and two colleagues set out to study these ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-05-22 15:38pm to the Science forum.

Joe Biden tells Charlamagne tha God 'you ain't black' if you vote for Trump over him

"You've got more questions," Biden said. "I'll tell you, if you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or for Trump, then you ain't black."
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-05-22 14:24pm to the Politics forum.

Man who filmed Ahmaud Arbery shooting charged with murder

The Georgia man who filmed Ahmaud Arbery's fatal shooting was arrested Thursday and charged with murder in his death.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said 50-year-old William "Roddie" Bryan was arrested on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. No other details were given.
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