Lady Gaga stops concert to pummel Mike Pence’s Christianity and Trump’s shutdown—the crowd goes wild

Lady Gaga stops concert to pummel Mike Pence’s Christianity and Trump’s shutdown—the crowd goes wild

“If the fucking president of the United States could please put our government back … there are people who live paycheck to paycheck and need their money!”

Gaga didn’t stop there. The Star is Born award-winning singer, songwriter and actress had some words for VP Mike Pence as well.

“To Mike Pence, who thinks that it’s okay that his wife works at a school that bans LGBTQ, you’re wrong. You’re the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian. I am a Christian woman, and what I do know about Christianity is that we bear no prejudice and everybody is welcome. So you can take all that disgrace, Mr. Pence, and look yourself in the mirror and you’ll find it right there.”

via Daily Kos Lady Gaga stops concert to pummel Mike Pence’s Christianity and Trump’s shutdown—the crowd goes wild

Former White House staffer says Trump is completely obsessed with chyrons

Former White House staffer says Trump is completely obsessed with chyrons

Sims describes Trump as he watches TV in his private dining room off the Oval:

“He consumed TV like the late Roger Ebert must have watched movies. … He commented on the sets, the graphics, the wardrobe choices, the lighting, and just about every other visual component of a broadcast. Sure, he liked to hear pundits saying nice things about him or White House officials defending him from attacks, but everything came back to how does it look?

With that in mind, the most Trumpian tactic the comms team employed was arguing with TV networks about the ‘chyrons,’ the words displayed at the bottom of the screen that act as headlines for whatever the commentators are discussing.

‘People watch TV on mute,’ the President told me, ‘so it’s those words, those sometimes beautiful, sometimes nasty little words that matter.’ …

via Former White House staffer says Trump is completely obsessed with chyrons

Catholic Priests Ran Child Porn Ring Out Of Pittsburgh Diocese | Michael Stone

Catholic Priests Ran Child Porn Ring Out Of Pittsburgh Diocese | Michael Stone

New grand jury report shows Catholic priests in Pittsburgh ran an extensive child porn ring where children were sexually exploited and groomed for abuse.

In a growing and horrific story out of Pennsylvania, a breathtaking grand jury report released by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court documents rampant and pervasive child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, listing more than 300 accused clergy and over a 1,000 confirmed child victims.

The report demonstrates that hundreds of “predator priests” sexually abused more than 1,000 children in Pennsylvania for decades — all the while being protected and enabled by Roman Catholic Church leaders.

via Patheos Catholic Priests Ran Child Porn Ring Out Of Pittsburgh Diocese | Michael Stone

Anonymous FBI agents air shutdown grievances in association’s report – POLITICO

Anonymous FBI agents air shutdown grievances in association’s report – POLITICO

One FBI special agent said the partial government shutdown has “eliminated any ability to operate.” Another said the job has “never been so hard or thankless.” A third said agents cannot “protect and serve the American people.”

The anonymous testimonials came in a report Tuesday by the FBI Agents Association, which advocates for more than 14,000 active and former FBI special agents, detailing how the longest-ever partial government shutdown hinders the agency’s operations.

“The shutdown has eliminated any ability to operate,” said one unnamed special agent, who the report said is working on counter-intelligence matters against a top threat to the United States’ national security. “It’s bad enough to work without pay, but we can only conduct administrative functions while doing it. The fear is our enemies know they can run freely.”

via Anonymous FBI agents air shutdown grievances in association’s report – POLITICO

26 billionaires own as much as world’s 3.8 billion poorest people – NationofChange

26 billionaires own as much as world’s 3.8 billion poorest people – NationofChange

Since the financial crisis, the super-rich billionaires of the world have seen their wealth grow by $2.5 billion a day. This is just one of the shocking revelations in a report published by Oxfam this past weekend.

While the world’s richest people saw their fortunes swell by over $900 billion last year, or $2.5 billion a day, the world’s poorest actually lost wealth at a decline of 11 percent, or $500 million each day.

Oxfam’s report, titled “Private Good or Public Wealth?” revealed that 26 billionaires now own as much wealth as the world’ poorest 3.8 billion people combined.

via 26 billionaires own as much as world’s 3.8 billion poorest people – NationofChange

The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater

The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater

Water scarcity is getting worse around the world as aquifers are drained faster than they can be refilled. The most significant contributor to the problem is industrial farming, due to its heavy use of potable water for irrigation
About 80 percent of the U.S. freshwater supply (and more than 90 percent in many Western states) is used for agricultural purposes
One-third of the largest groundwater aquifers are nearing depletion. In the Ogallala aquifer in the American Midwest, the water level has been dropping by an average of 6 feet per year, while the natural recharge rate is less than 1 inch
Water sources are also threatened by pollution from large-scale monocrop farms and concentrated animal feeding operations; corporate agribusiness is one of the biggest threats to America’s waterways
“Pumped Dry: The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater,” reveals the seriousness of the situation, visiting hard-hit areas such as Kansas and California in the U.S., and in India, Peru and Morocco

via Dr Mercola The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater

Medical Doctor Responds to New York Times Article Attacking Vaccine Skeptics

Medical Doctor Responds to New York Times Article Attacking Vaccine Skeptics

We need a full stop on vaccinations until the CDC whistle-blower testifies, the CDC does a vaccinated versus unvaccinated study, and the HHS department (which licenses vaccines) demands all vaccines be tested against a true placebo.

Vaccines have been proven to cause autism in the Hannah Poling case. Hannah had been developing normally until at age 19 months she received nine immunizations.

Shortly after the vaccinations, Hannah developed a fever, diarrhea, appetite loss, and screaming. This was accompanied by a gradual loss of speech, no longer making eye contact and not sleeping throughout the night.

In 2007, the vaccine court said the vaccines she received exacerbated an underlying mitochondrial disorder which lead to a brain disease that appeared as autism.

The NYT and the other Powers That Be repeat the same hypothesis over and over: vaccines are safe and do not cause autism.

For a hypothesis to be proven true, it has to hold true for all cases.

In the case of Hannah Poling, the hypothesis that vaccines are safe and do not cause autism has been disproved. I can assure you that there are many cases like Hannah Poling out there.

via Vaccine Impact Medical Doctor Responds to New York Times Article Attacking Vaccine Skeptics

I Tried to Block Amazon From My Life. It Was Impossible.

I Tried to Block Amazon From My Life. It Was Impossible.

Given Amazon’s access to data about many, many businesses through hosting websites via AWS, it could be collecting similar competitive data on a vast scale. In fact, in the past, it has used insights gleaned from AWS to make investments in start-ups that it saw were doing gangbusters growth in its cloud.

“I’d be stunned if AWS product managers aren’t using data from the usage patterns of their platform to decide with whom and how to build competitive products,” said Matthew Prince, who runs Cloudflare, one of the content delivery networks that frustrated my blocker this week. “They’ve done this relentlessly in retail, there’s no reason to think they won’t use the data from their platform to do the same with digital services. Companies that use AWS are feeding critical market data directly to the company that, almost certainly, will one day be their largest competitor.”

Amazon did not respond to an inquiry about how it uses data gleaned through hosting other companies’ web offerings.

Ultimately, I learn that it’s simply not an option to block Amazon permanently. It’s technically impossible given the use of CDNs, and even if we could come up with a perfect block, it would wall me off from too many crucial services and key websites that I can’t function without for both personal and professional reasons. (To be totally honest, I just like watching television shows on demand too damn much.) I can’t give up Amazon completely, but it seems like there are other people and companies out there that should be trying very hard to do so.

via Gizmodo I Tried to Block Amazon From My Life. It Was Impossible.

Holy Crap, the Moon Was Struck by a Meteorite During the ‘Super Wolf Blood Moon’ Eclipse

Holy Crap, the Moon Was Struck by a Meteorite During the ‘Super Wolf Blood Moon’ Eclipse

Monday’s much anticipated Super Blood Wolf Moon eclipse, though badly named, did not disappoint. Millions of people gazed into the night sky or onto video feeds to see a stunning coppery-red hue envelop our planet’s natural satellite. As the January 21 eclipse unfolded, however, some observers noticed a tiny flash while watching the online broadcasts, reported New Scientist. Some suspected the flash was caused by a meteorite strike—and it turns out they were right.

via Gizmodo Holy Crap, the Moon Was Struck by a Meteorite During the ‘Super Wolf Blood Moon’ Eclipse

Multifamily Groups Press for Shutdown Solution

Multifamily Groups Press for Shutdown Solution

On Friday last week, the NMHC was among hundreds of business groups that signed a letter from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce addressed to the president and members of Congress urging them to “to immediately take steps to restore the full operation of the federal government.” The groups—which include the National Apartment Council, National Retail Federation, American Bankers Association and CCIM Institute—stated that the shutdown “is causing significant and in some cases lasting damage to families, businesses and the economy as a whole.”

Other groups such as the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA), a membership organization serving 70 of the largest public housing authorities (PHAs) in the country, are warning the shutdown of most operations at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development could be disastrous to Section 8 and other rental assistance programs, as well as financing and development of affordable housing projects. HUD is among the nine federal departments that do not have funding under the shutdown. Of approximately 800,000 federal workers affected, about 95 percent or 7,109 of HUD employees have been deemed nonessential and are not working.

“Public housing authorities, which are responsible for housing over 3 million low-income households nationwide, are doing everything they can to keep things running during this period of tremendous uncertainty, but it is unclear how long they continue with business as usual for residents and landlords. Without a guarantee from HUD that funding will be available in March, many PHAs will need to notify landlords and residents next month the delayed payments are a possibility,” Sunia Zaterman, CLPHA’s executive director, said in a prepared statement.

“Anxious residents and landlords fearful of missed payments, combined with other cascading impacts due to lack of staffing at HUD, including program grants not being renewed and affordable housing development deals not being approved, amount to an unmitigated disaster for millions of low-income families.”

via Multihousingnews Multifamily Groups Press for Shutdown Solution

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