12.31.2013

LinkedIn, Pinterest more popular than Twitter: study

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - More U.S. adults use LinkedIn and Pinterest than Twitter, but that website attracts a greater proportion of blacks and young adults than do its social media peers, a Pew Research Center study released on Monday showed.






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12.27.2013

Former BP geologist: peak oil is here and it will 'break economies' | Nafeez Ahmed





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YouTube’s Content ID System Will Take Away Your Money If You Dare Sing “Silent Night”

YouTube is full of web-celebs with decent followings who make some cash by allowing the site to run ads against their videos. YouTube also has a horrendously inaccurate and over-eager system called Content ID that flags videos that may contain copyrighted music content. When a monetized video is flagged, YouTube takes away the ads and […]



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12.26.2013

Minneci's downtown closing after New Year's Eve




A longtime local Italian restaurant will serve its last plate of pasta next week.





CHAMPAIGN — A longtime local Italian restaurant will serve its last plate of pasta next week.


Minneci's Traditionale, a fixture at First Street and Springfield Avenue for about three decades, will shutter on New Year's Eve. A second Minneci's, which opened this fall in southwest Champaign, will remain open.


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12.22.2013

Home sweet home-based businesses




Some of the most unusual businesses in Champaign-Urbana don't have a storefront. You can't find them downtown or on campus. You probably won't even notice them as you drive by.





Some of the most unusual businesses in Champaign-Urbana don't have a storefront. You can't find them downtown or on campus. You probably won't even notice them as you drive by.


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12.12.2013

With Instagram Direct, Facebook's Pursuit of Snapchat Is Over

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I was mostly wrong about Instagram's plans and also mostly right. I know, that oxymoronic statement makes little sense unless you consider that Instagram Direct, unveiled on Thursday in New York, is the very first big step into a full-scale encroachment on Snapchat's territory. It also means Facebook, to borrow a Taylor Swift lyric, will never, ever, ever bid on Snapchat again.


A couple of days ago, I predicted Instagram would unveil some sort of direct image messaging system and I almost called it Instagram Direct: "The ability to make chat-based or direct Instagrams temporary." Instagram Direct is, as I guessed, a way of sharing images "between only a group of Instagram friends or with just one other user." Read more...


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Stopgap farm bill passes U.S. House, averts 'dairy cliff'





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Twitter Says New Blocking Policy Which Allows Following, Tweet Interaction Is To Prevent Retaliation

Twitter has introduced a new blocking policy that is materially different from the one that they’ve had in the past. Blocked users can now see your tweets while logged in and continue to follow you on the service, allowing potential harassers or abusers to continue to track your updates on the network, even though you’ve […]



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Shane Dwight plans Friday night show

URBANA — Shane Dwight, who was a headliner at the 2013 Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, will return to perform Friday evening at the New Fluid Event Center inside Lincoln Square Village.


The show, presented by Fluid Events & Smoky's House BBQ, will open with local band Timmy D. and Blind Justice. The doors will open at 8 p.m.; the show will start at 9.


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YouTube culls hundreds of game clips

Major games publishers offer support to fans who have had gameplay clips removed from YouTube due to "illegitimate" copyright claims.



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12.10.2013

Early results show turbines not exceeding noise limits, firm's lawyer says | News-Gazette.com





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12.09.2013

Middle-aged drink and drugs warning

People in their 40s have the highest rates of hospital admission for drug and alcohol abuse in England, a review says.



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12.04.2013

Monday was a really bad day




Monday was just a regular day for normal people, the first day of a new work week. But for the especially sick and twisted — those who run for public office in Illinois — Monday was a day of almost cosmic significance.





Days like Monday undermine the political process, and here's why.


Monday was just a regular day for normal people, the first day of a new work week.


But for the especially sick and twisted — those who run for public office in Illinois — Monday was a day of almost cosmic significance.


It was the last day of the candidate filing period — Nov. 25 to Dec. 2.


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Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

Nerval's Lobster writes "Spotify wants to change the perception that it's killing artists' ability to make a living off music. In a new posting on its Website, the streaming-music hub suggests that songs' rights-holders earn between $0.006 and $0.0084 per stream, on average, and that a niche indie album on the service could earn an artist roughly $3,300 per month (a global hit album, on the other hand, would rack up $425,000 per month). 'We have succeeded in growing revenues for artists and labels in every country where we operate, and have now paid out over $1 billion USD in royalties to-date ($500 million of which we paid in 2013 alone),' the company wrote. 'We have proudly achieved these payouts despite having relatively few users compared to radio, iTunes or Pandora, and as we continue to grow we expect that we will generate many billions more in royalties.' But does that really counter all those artists (including Grizzly Bear and Damon Krukowski of Galaxie 500) who are on the record as saying that Spotify streaming only earns them a handful of dollars for tens of thousands of streaming plays? Let's say an artist earns $0.0084 per stream; it would still take 400,000 'plays' per month in order to reach that indie-album threshold of approximately $3,300. (At $0.006 per stream, it would take 550,000 streams to reach that baseline.) If Spotify's 'specific payment figures' with regard to albums are correct, that means its subscribers are listening to a lot of music on repeat. And granted, those calculations are rough, but even if they're relatively ballpark, they end up supporting artists' grousing that streaming music doesn't pay them nearly enough. But squeezed between labels and publishers that demand lots of money for licensing rights, and in-house expenses such as salaries and infrastructure, companies such as Spotify may have little choice but to keep the current payment model for the time being."

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Snapchat Scoops Up Facebook, Instagram Exec as COO

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Snapchat added Emily White, the director of business operations at Instagram, as the company's new COO on Tuesday, according to AllThingsD


The now-former Facebook exec had been director of mobile partnerships at Facebook beginning in 2011, according to her LinkedIn profile. She was assigned to work with Instagram and its co-founder Kevin Systrom in April, and was involved in bringing advertisements to Instagram just last month



"It happened really quickly, but to have an actual COO role in one of many companies that is disrupting the communications arena is one I could not pass up," White, who will work directly with Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel as the company's No. 2, told AllThingsD. “I have always been captivated by the creativity that has gone into the product… and I think that Evan has been looking for someone who can help him grow and scale what is already something that has changed a lot of the way people think about the mobile experience.” Read more...


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12.03.2013

Houston Cops Handcuff and Take 13-Year-Old White Girl From Black Guardians






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Houston Police have refused to explain why they took a 13-year-old white girl from her two black guardians over the weekend and placed her in the custody of Child Protective Services.


Landry Thompson's mother had signed notarized papers giving dance instructor Emmanuel Hurd full guardianship over her during a trip from Oklahoma to Houston for training, according to KHOU.


Thompson, Hurd and another dance instructor had stopped at a gas station in Houston on Saturday night when they were surrounded by police cars.


Thompson is a 13-year-old blonde white girl and both dance instructors are young African-American men.


"We were on the GPS trying to figure out where the hotel was," Hurd recalled. "They just pulled us out of the car and put our hands behind our backs like we were criminals."


"The officer asked me 'who’s the girl?' and I said 'she’s my student,'" Hurd continued. “I told him I had a notarized letter from her parents stating that we have full guardianship over her while we’re here.”


All three told the police the same story, but the officers apparently weren't buying it.


“They still put handcuffs on me and it really scared me,” the 13-year-old said. “And they put me in the back of a cop car and I was terrified.”


Thompson's mother, Destiny, was shocked when she found out that her daughter had been placed in the care of Child Protective Services.


“She was with the people I wanted her to be with," the mother remarked. "She was with people I trusted. And now she was taken away from those people and in a shelter with people I didn’t know.”


At first officials reportedly demanded that the mother fly to Houston to get her daughter, but 11 hours later, the girl was released back into the custody of Hurd.


Destiny Thompson insisted that the police owed her and her daughter an apology. However, the department refused to comment for KHOU's report.


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12.01.2013

Patent trolls have a surprising ally: universities - The Washington Post





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This Is What An Uncooked McRib Looks Like

Gird your stomach muscles, oh ye lovers of the elusive, seasonal McRib. Because when you see what it looks like before it’s delivered on its bready bed covered in barbecue sauce, you might not be so excited to actually eat it.


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YouTube hilariously impotent against ASCII comment pornographers | Ars Technica





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11.30.2013

11.28.2013

Suit claims cops stood by and laughed as officer shocked mentally ill suspect with stun gun

Police and paramedics are accused in a federal lawsuit of laughing as they repeatedly shocked a mentally ill man with a stun gun while he was handcuffed. Thomas Jason James Smith filed the suit against Millvale, Pennsylvania, police officer Nichole Murphy and Chief Derek Miller, in addition to the borough, which is just northeast of Pittsburgh. The FBI launched a civil rights investigation earlier this year into the Sept. 21, 2012, incident, when Smith was […]



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11.26.2013

The Beauty Brains Show Episode 02 – Toxic mayhem in makeup

A recent article published on the Huffington Post by Amy Ziff claimed that makeup contaminated with lead is one of the “scariest things kids may encounter this Halloween” and could lead to “toxic mayhem.” In this week’s show we discuss the inaccuracies presented in this article along with documented references where the correct information can […]



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11.25.2013

Waitress Says She Was Fired For Not Covering Customers’ $96 Bill After Dine-And-Dash

As we’ve looked into in the past, while there are many employers who might hold servers accountable for an unpaid bill (this side-eye glance is for you, dine-and-dashers) those that do are are often in violation of the Department of Labor’s rules regarding wage deductions. But that didn’t stop one Brooklyn waitress from getting the […]



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VIDEO: Ukraine protesters clash with police

Protesters demonstrating against the Ukrainian government have clashes with riot police for the second day.



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11.24.2013

Winamp Shutting Down Forever After 15 Years — Wait, Winamp Was Still Around?

There are many readers who will no doubt read the above headline and, after wiping a tear or two from his eye, will surely rage, “Uh, I STILL USE WINAMP.” Rest assured, the astonishment that Winamp is still around comes from a purely nostalgic place. Winamp occupies that spot in my memory where I’ve just […]



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11.17.2013

Twin Peaks Inspired Fashion Has Arrived, Everyone


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Taylor Armstrong Slams Brandi for Joanna Krupa Diss: "She Can't Keep Her Trashy Mouth Shut!"





Ladies, to your corners! Brandi's feud with Joanna is having a ripple effect among the other women on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Real Housewives of Miami.



After the 40-year-old Drinking and Tweeting: And Other Brandi Blunders author told Andy that Krupa's "pussy smelled," her former costar Taylor decided to give Glanville a taste of her own bitter medicine.



Asked by TMZ about the war of words between the Real Housewives, Armstrong didn't hold back. She told the site that Glanville's trash-talking was "gross" -- but not out of character.



"It never surprises me because Brandi can't keep her fucking trashy mouth shut," Armstrong, who departed RHOBH after season three, dished.



"Who talks about another woman's vagina? It's so gross and so classless and it's pretty consistent with how she is.



You don't talk about another woman like that, and what business of it is hers who Yolanda's husband was sleeping with? That is so gross to me."




(During her appearance on Monday's episode of Watch What Happens Live, Glanville also accused Krupa of having an affair with Yolanda Foster's ex-husband Mohamed Hadid while the two were still married. Hadid later tweeted that the RHOBH star was lying.)



"You want to know why Real Housewives of Beverly Hills will never be the same?" Armstrong asked TMZ.



"Brandi Glanville...I think if Brandi was nonexistent, all together it would be a better show."











Lea Black denies RHOM has been canceled!






Rumors have been circulating online that Thursday’s episode of The Real Housewives of Miami was the series finale and that the reality show has been canceled.



But, Miami housewife Lea Black spoke exclusively to RumorFix to say that this is not the case.



Lea told our Mr. Real Housewife, “In previous years they never made the decision until mid January or later. I am not speaking on behalf of anyone but my personal understanding is that they evaluate iTunes sales, on demand, Direct TV, reruns, Tivo, and all the data. To my knowledge no decisions have been made.”



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Dimitri Charalambopoulos Speaks Out!






Camille Grammer claims former boyfriend Dimitri Charalambopoulos inflicted physical abuse on her. Now, in an exclusive interview, Dimitri tells his side of the story of what happened on the evening of October 15 and the morning of October 16 inside a houston hotel room.



Speaking out to Access Hollywood, Dimitri denies Camille's claims although he does not offer any reason for why she would accuse him of domestic violence. Admitting, "There was a verbal altercation. And it was heated." Dimitri maintains he did not physically assault Camille.



Camille alleges Dimitri held her down, slammed her face into the bed, restrained her wrists, pulled out clumps of her hair, and also broke her iPhone to prevent her from calling for help. Camille also sustained a black eye according to photos she submitted into evidence. Dimitri says all of her accusations are quite simply "not true."



















Lauren Manzo Gushes About Her Engagement!






Give Vito Scalia an A+ for his proposal to Lauren Manzo, from the planning down to the bling!



Manzo, the daughter of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo, tells PEOPLE that her beau did everything right on the big day.



"Vito went and got a shave, his eyebrows waxed and a haircut. Then he showed up at 5:30 wearing a sportscoat even though I normally have to force him to dress up," she said.



"He had a big bouquet of red roses and got down on one knee. When I looked up, both of our families were in the window and he was crying and shaking and I'm hysterically crying. It was amazing – the moment that every girl waits for."



So, the families were in on it? "My mom was on cloud nine all day," Lauren says. "I was wondering why she was so happy."



Scalia also put plenty of thought into the ring, getting designer Yanina – Lauren's jeweler since she was 17 – to create the diamond sparkler with white and rose gold accents.



"I remember seeing the ring, and I couldn't believe he pulled off what I always wanted," Lauren says. "I am obsessed with it. I don't know how many carats it is because he won't tell me, but when I go out to eat with my friends I make them wear it, so I can see what it looks like."



And now, of course, the planning begins for a wedding that will probably happen next summer – perhaps at the church at Fordham University, where Scalia went to school. "It's gorgeous," says Lauren of the chapel.



"[My mom] saw a dress already and she was like, 'You have to try this on,'" Lauren adds. "I want the bridesmaids to wear wedding dresses, too. Mine will be snow white, and they will be in ivory or cream," she said.







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11.13.2013

Restaurant inspection placards rejected outside C-U | News-Gazette.com





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11.11.2013

Amy’s Baking Company Owner Calls For End To Reddit

It’s been several months since we wrote about the zany owners of Scottsdale, Arizona’s Amy’s Baking Company, the little restaurant that became world-famous after a now-infamous episode of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. Nearly six months after claiming that Yelpers were threatening her life, Amy is now calling for an end to Reddit. Speaking to FOX […]



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Pilot fined $750 after teens hit with fungicide

PESOTUM — A pilot who inadvertently sprayed fungicide on almost 80 teens as they were detasseling corn in southern Champaign County has been fined $750 for violating the Illinois Pesticide Act. That comes to about $9.50 per victim.


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11.10.2013

Hundreds of unexplained sea turtle deaths in Central America alarm scientists

Hundreds of sea turtles are washing up dead on the beaches of Central America and scientists don’t know why. One hypothesis is that the killer is a potent neurotoxin that can be produced by algae during red tides, which are large accumulations of algae that turn sea water red or brown. The puzzling thing, though, is that red tides have come and gone before without taking such a deadly toll on turtles. Making things worse, […]



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Just 16% of U.S. adults use Twitter and only 8% get their news from Twitter

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16 People On Things They Couldn’t Believe About America Until They Moved Here

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11.03.2013

Prison Reform Only Matters When a Conservative Says It



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Example #9,294,263 why the "liberal media" meme is complete b.s.

Bernie Kerik was a notorious hardass as NYC Police Commissioner. Rules were for the little guy, as he went patrolling NYC streets with a posse of cops known for their brutality. When caught not disclosing gifts and subsequently indicted for tax fraud, conspiracy and making false statements, Kerik tried to influence the trial by disclosing information to taint the jury pool.


In a rare incident of the elite being held accountable for their transgressions, Kerik was found guilty and sentenced to three years of prison.


And in prison, Bernard Kerik found his empathy.


Just like Rob Portman discovering tolerance when his gay son came out to him, or Chris Christie's personal friendships with Muslims having him decry anti-Muslim hatred from the right, conservative empathy occurs only when forced upon them by their own circumstances. The notion of empathy on its own is antithetical to conservative thought.



Conservatives see the world as a more threatening place because their brains predispose them to being fearful (2). They are also predisposed by brain biology to hating complexity and compromise. That would help to explain why politics can be so polarized.



Now make no mistake, I'm very happy for Kerik that he's seen the light. I'm grateful that something has pierced through the hardened shell of his heart and made him realize that not everyone who sits in a jail is a loser moocher on society with no redeemable qualities. It's a good thing that he realizes that the prison system is bloated, inefficient and harming society.


But guess what, David Gregory? There's been a segment of activists saying this for years, railing against the conflict of interests that prison privatization poses, asking for the end of "mandatory minimums", calling for not imprisoning for minor drug offenses, focusing on drug rehabilitation, job training and even more importantly, focus on issues of poverty before prison becomes the only option. You know who those people are, Dancin' Dave?



Liberals.


And yet you have NEVER had one on to discuss prison reforms. It only becomes a legitimate discussion when a reformed conservative finds empathy on the issue.


Telling, that.







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Downtown apartment building proposed




A five-story apartment building has been proposed for downtown Champaign, with the intent of serving people who want to walk to their downtown jobs.





CHAMPAIGN — A five-story apartment building has been proposed for downtown Champaign, with the intent of serving people who want to walk to their downtown jobs.


Michael Markstahler and Janice Juraska plan to build The Quarters on the parking lot across the street from Escobar Restaurant, 6 E. Columbia Ave., C, provided the city council grants waivers for the project.


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Common Ground raises base pay for employees | News-Gazette.com





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Food pantries to see increased demand with SNAP cuts




Local food pantries will soon begin seeing increased demand from families struggling with cuts in food stamp benefits, Eastern Illinois Foodbank Executive Director Jim Hires says.





CHAMPAIGN — Local food pantries will soon begin seeing increased demand from families struggling with cuts in food stamp benefits, Eastern Illinois Foodbank Executive Director Jim Hires says.


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10.28.2013

It's Your Business: Japanese restaurant leads slew of dining news

Jin Park is bringing two innovative concepts to Champaign — a Japanese restaurant that will open soon in Campustown and a restaurant/bar/karaoke lounge destined for downtown Champaign.


Sakanaya, the Japanese restaurant, is expected to open to the general public Nov. 8 at 403 E. Green St., C, Park said. He plans to host some invitation-only gatherings there before then.


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10.18.2013

Naked Florida Man Shot and Killed by Passing Motorist After Having His Clothes Stolen

Naked Florida Man Shot and Killed by Passing Motorist After Having His Clothes Stolen

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The family of a Florida man is searching for answers after he was shot by a passing motorist while running home naked because his clothes had been stolen while at the beach.


Jandei Cherry, who The Orlando Sentinel described as a 22-year-old "free-spirited musician and doting father," had decided to run home naked last week after a friend took off with his clothes and skateboard.


Hollywood police said that somewhere along the less than 10-mile journey back to his home, a passing motorist stopped to investigate why a nude man was running down the street. Police believed that a conflict with the motorist resulted in Cherry being fatally shot.


"It is not normal for someone to be running naked down Hollywood Boulevard," Hollywood police Lt. Osvaldo Perez explained. "I think that's what spiked the other guy's attention."


Duke Laguerre, 29, told police that he passed Cherry on highway 29 and then turned around and went back to confront him. That's when Laguerre apparently shot Cherry in the stomach, but he offered no other details about the encounter.


"The more I think about this, the more I think it makes no sense," Cherry's mother, Auta, told the Sentinel. "It is heartbreaking."


"He was running naked, yes, but he had no choice. And knowing my son he would have forgiven the man who shot him."


As of Monday, Laguerre had not been charged for shooting the 22-year-old father.








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Man attempting to help mentally disabled boy in his care wrongfully arrested in controversial gay sex sting

Last March, Charles Couch was attempting to aid a mentally disabled boy in his care when he was arrested in a controversial Manhattan Beach, California bathroom sex sting that resulted in the police releasing his name and photograph to the public. Now, Couch is suing the city, alleging he was subjected to a false arrest, unlawful search and seizure, and a number of other civil rights violations. The sting in question took place in a […]



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10.16.2013

SD Ranchers Want To Know: Where's The Government They Voted Against?


Why did teabagging, money-grubbing Rep. Kristi Noem, who went with her hand out to the freedom-destroying federal government last year, vote against Hurricane Sandy aid -- and for a cut in food stamps, while collecting a half-million in subsidies for her family farm?


You know, I'm a pretty sympathetic person. But what kind of numbnut tea drinkers are these people, that it never occurred to them to appreciate what kind of aid they get from the government? Like, WTF?



Yet Washington's shutdown has deprived people here of a traditional safety net: Congress hasn't passed a new farm bill to subsidize agricultural producers, and the lockout means legislators won't be voting on the topic any time soon.


These days, Reder passes a federal Farm Services Administration office whose doors are closed. Like most American ranchers, the 47-year-old is a resilient small businessman used to tending to his own problems, with help from neighbors whose families settled this land generations ago.


Still, he's frustrated and feels that federal lawmakers have turned their backs on the nation's heartland in a time of need.


"We're just a bunch of ranchers from South Dakota — it's hard for our voices to be heard," he said, sitting at the kitchen table at dawn Friday, drinking coffee, fielding calls from fellow cattlemen. "You see crises across the country, the hurricanes and tornadoes, and officials are right on top of it. But something of this magnitude, that has just about leveled this part of the country, and there's nothing."


Many residents in this conservative region had supported the government shutdown as a way to make Washington more fiscally responsible. "But one appropriate role for these guys is to lend a hand after disasters like this," Christen said, "and they're not here."



Remember when your beloved Congresswoman and former South Dakota Snow Queen Kristi Noem, your state's own Caribou Barbie, voted against aid for Hurricane Sandy victims and for food stamp cuts?


YOU VOTED TO PUT MEAN, CRAZY PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF DESTROYING THE GOVERNMENT, AND NOW YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY THE GOVERNMENT ISN'T HELPING YOU? WTF WTF WTF?


Don't you know you're just "takers"?


Don't you know you're supposed to count on your church and community to help with GIANT NATURAL DISASTERS BEYOND IMAGINING? Because freedom? Because cowboys?


You voted for the people who shut down the government. How can you not connect those big honkin' dots?


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10.15.2013

Majority of U.S. fast-food workers need public assistance: study

NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than half of low-wage workers employed by the largest U.S. fast-food restaurants earn so little that they must rely on public assistance to get by, according to a study released on Tuesday.






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Snapchat Manually Retrieves 'Snaps' For Law Enforcement

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Snapchat has shed new light on the exact details concerning the supposedly transient nature of photos and videos — or “Snaps” — sent through its network.


In a new blog post, Snapchat Director of Operations Micah Schaffer reiterates that Snaps are deleted from Snapchat’s servers after they are opened by their recipientsUnopened Snaps, on the other hand, remain on the servers until they’re deleted.


Schaffer maintains, though, that unopened Snaps are not manually retrieved under ordinary circumstances. But under special circumstances, as when required by a law enforcement agency, Snapchat does perform manual retrieval of unopened Snaps: Read more...


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10.14.2013

Chicago man unwittingly buys $127,752 worth of authentic Banksy works from street vendor

England’s notoriously anonymous street-artist “Banksy” continued his October invasion of New York City this Sunday by installing a “pop-up” stall in Central Park. The stall was selling “100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases for $60 each.” A total of eight were sold, netting the vendor $420. By comparison, in 2008 Sotheby’s sold his original “Keep it Spotless (Defaced Hirst)” for $1,870,000 and “Simple Intelligence Testing” for $1,265,120. In a video posted on the artist’s website, […]



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Of Course Harvard's Larry Summers Hates The Thiel Fellowship

statue_cobwebsSo, the former President of Harvard doesn’t like the Thiel Fellowship. In his shoes, neither would we. A program that asks the best and brightest from top Universities to pursue their interests outside Harvard’s hallowed campus walls? Larry Summers’ critique of The Thiel Fellowship as “single most misdirected bit of philanthropy in this decade” is predictable and thick with vested interest.



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Asian shares fall, yen firms as U.S. debt deadline nears

TOKYO/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares and U.S. stock index futures fell and the safe-haven yen rose on Monday as a possible U.S. debt default edged closer after the failure of weekend talks in Washington, though expectations are that a last-minute compromise will be reached.



















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