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May 23 07:39

The Huffington Post Is What Happens When There's No Men In The Room

The Huffington Post's executive editor tweeted out a picture showing who comprises their editorial staff, now everything makes sense.

May 23 07:38

Obama’s Civil Rights Hypocrisy

George Zimmerman tried to sell the gun he used to murder Trayvon Martin. The fear of bad publicity prevented him from successfully auctioning the weapon because outrage was loud and swift. But the bigger outrage was ignored. Zimmerman would be in jail if Barack Obama wanted him to be.

May 23 07:37

Sorry, But We’re About To Ruin Diet Soda For You

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• This study http://www.livescience.com/35464-diet-soda-salt-increase-stroke-risk.html found that people who drank diet soda every day had a 61 percent higher risk of stroke and heart attack than those who drank none at all.

• And this one http://time.com/3746047/diet-soda-bad-belly-fat/ showed that older people who drank diet soda over nine years picked up about triple thewaist circumference and belly fat as their non-soda counterparts. (That’s the body circumference you least want to increase.)

• Overweight or obese people who drink diet sodas eat significantly more calories http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24432876 .

• Oh, and people who drink diet sodas are more apt to eat like crap http://www.livescience.com/52183-diet-soda-extra-calories.html .

• Diet soda tastes like aluminum foil. We have no science for that, but we stand by it.

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May 23 07:28

"Print The Money": Trump's "Reckless" Proposal Echoes Franklin And Lincoln

“Reckless,” “alarming,” “disastrous,” “swashbuckling,” “playing with fire,” “crazy talk,” “lost in a forest of nonsense”: these are a few of the labels applied by media commentators to Donald Trump’s latest proposal for dealing with the federal debt. On Monday, May 9th, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate said on CNN, “You print the money.”

May 23 07:24

Britain’s Rural Police Officers ‘Sitting Ducks’ For Terrorist Attacks

Rural police officers are “unarmed and vulnerable” and are “sitting ducks” for terrorists, according to a senior member of the Police Federation.

John Apter, head of the Hampshire branch of the police union, told the BBC on Tuesday that armed officers are up to 70 miles (112km) away from some areas, including regions with vital infrastructure like nuclear power plants.

May 23 07:23

No, "science" has not confirmed that GMOs are safe to eat

This week the Spanish newspaper El País published an article called "Science confirms that GMOs are as safe as other foods", commenting on the latest report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), titled "Genetically engineered crops: Experiences and prospects”. However, the report paints a very different picture from the one portrayed by the headlines.

May 23 07:21

Cameron Desperate To Get ‘Remainers’ On Board: Analyst

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s opposition to Turkey joining the European Union is a desperate move to get the “Remainers” — those who want to remain in the EU — on board, according to a British journalist political commentator.

May 23 07:17

U.S., UK, And EU, Are Now Dictatorships

How can it be that in virtually all of the Presidential-candidate head-to-head Democratic versus Republican polling that was done of both Democratic and Republican candidates during the primaries, the preferred Democratic candidate against any one of the Republican candidates was Bernie Sanders, but he almost certainly won’t be that Party’s nominee (and there’s more on that here).

May 23 06:48

Lawsuit against Bridgewater State Hospital can move forward

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The suit alleges that (*Massachusetts) state officials discriminate against the most severely mentally ill men by sending them to a facility run by the Department of Correction, not the Department of Mental Health.

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(*Stoking memories of Saddam Husein's alleged torture chambers , right here in The Commonwealth !)

May 23 03:57

FINRA Cracks Down On Annuity Sales

Earlier this month, MetLife Inc. (MET) broke a record, though not the type businesses hope for: The company settled allegations with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority for $25 million, the second-largest penalty the regulatory body has levied in its history.

What sort of allegations could generate such a hefty price tag? In MetLife’s case, the core of the problem was the way the company handled variable annuities. According to FINRA, MetLife’s sales force allegedly provided customers with incomplete or misleading information when encouraging them to replace their variable annuities with newer products. The insurer neither admitted nor denied wrongdoing in the settlement.

Variable annuities are complicated products, often pitched as a key component of a retirement plan.>>>

May 23 03:44

Poland braced for EU Commission opinion amid row

The European Commission is on Monday expected to issue an opinion critical of the state of democracy and the rule of law in Poland under the country’s Law and Justice (PiS) government.

The commission, the executive body of the European Union, last week gave Poland until Monday to find a solution to an ongoing row and a deadlock over the country’s Constitutional Tribunal.

But since then tensions have escalated, with the PiS-dominated parliament voting through a resolution on Friday calling on the government to "defy all actions infringing" Poland’s sovereignty and pointing a blaming finger at Brussels.

A critical opinion by the European Commission would be a further step in a long process that could lead to the EU imposing penalties on Warsaw, theoretically including the suspension of its voting rights in the EU Council.

But Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said his country would veto any such move, which would have to be backed unanimously by EU member states.

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May 23 03:29

Pentagon Had 'Too Much Money for Too Long'

More Funds? Pentagon's Main Problem is It Had 'Too Much Money for Too Long'
Leaders at the Pentagon have long campaigned for increased defense spending, citing imaginary threats from Russia and China as one of the key reasons, but the US military's main problem is that it has grown too accustomed to generous budgets, international relations and security analyst Mark Sleboda told Radio Sputnik.

"The US military is still facing large degrees of corruption. Their problem is probably that they've had too much money for too long and they are able to throw it around without thinking about how it's been spent," he said. "It would actually be better for them to experience a little bit of belt tightening in that regard. A little more self-control."

The House of Representatives approved its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 last week. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill later this month. Senator John McCain is set to contest the $602 billion military spending bill, arguing an extra $17 billion is needed

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May 23 03:03

Blasts Hit Near Russian Military Bases In Syria

Over 100 feared killed as blasts hit near Russian military bases in Syria’s Latakia province

Over 100 people are feared dead after seven blasts targeted several locations in the coastal towns of Jableh and Tartus, Syria’s Latakia province, according to media reports. The locations are close to two Russian military facilities: the Khmeimim airbase and the Tartus naval base.

Jihadist group Ahrar ash-Sham al-Islamiyya took responsibility for the blasts in both Jableh and Tartus.

Later, Islamic State militants also claimed the attacks saying via its news outlet, Amaq, that "gatherings of Alawites in Tartous and Jableh" had been targeted. The Alawites is the minority sect to which President Bashar Assad belongs.

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May 23 03:00

Hillary Clinton Could Topple Obama's Record for Revving Gun Sales

If the Democratic front-runner wins the White House in 2016, the gun industry predicts sales records will fall.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has struggled with her party's liberal base during the primary season, as Senator Bernie Sanders and his supporters insist she's too cozy with Wall Street, resent her 2002 vote to invade Iraq, and criticize the overlap between her family foundation's donors and some of the corporations doing business in Washington.

But for conservatives, there are plenty of issues—including their own uncompromising stand to protect access to firearms—on which Clinton is viewed not just as an extension of incumbent President Barack Obama, but as even more liberal.

"President Obama has made clear his contempt for the Second Amendment," Chris Cox, head of the National Rifle Association's lobbying arm, told Bloomberg Politics. "Hillary Clinton would take that to the next level."

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