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Shipping Giant Maersk Hit Hard by Petya Attack

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:48:06 -0400

Shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, which handles one out of seven containers shipped globally, said the Petya cyber attack had caused outages at its computer systems across the world on Tuesday. The attack came as computer servers across Europe and in India were hit by a major ransomware attack. ... The breakdown affected all business units at Maersk, including container shipping, port and tug boat operations, oil and gas production, drilling services, and oil tankers, the company said. ... With a fleet of more than 600 container vessels, Maersk is the world's biggest shipping company with a market share of around 16 percent.(image)



Creator of Paddington Bear Dies

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:46:35 -0400

The creator of marmalade-loving Paddington Bear, Michael Bond, has died at his home on Tuesday after a short illness. He was 91. Bond's beloved creation first appeared in A Bear Called Paddington in 1958 -- a stowaway from "Darkest Peru" who arrived at London's Paddington train station wearing a sign that said: "Please look after this bear. Thank you." He has appeared in 20 books, a TV series and movie. Thirty five million copies of the books have been sold and translated into 40 languages, including Latin, where he's known as Ursus Nomine Paddington.(image)



Trump Beckons Female Reporter During State Call

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 19:30:29 -0400

President Donald Trump interrupted his phone call with the prime minister of Ireland to beckon over a reporter and compliment her "nice smile." Trump began his phone call with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Tuesday morning in the Oval Office by congratulating the new leader on his "great victory" before turning his attention to a female reporter in the room. ... "Go ahead, come here, where are you from?" he said, waving Perry to come over. "We have all of this beautiful Irish press, where are you from?" the president said.(image)



'My Grandparents Came Here Legally.' Are You Sure?

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:33:20 -0400

Michael Matza, Philadelphia Inquirer: "If someone says, 'My grandparents came legally, learned English, and assimilated quickly,' I can't challenge their personal story -- I don't know it," said [immigration historian Mae] Ngai. "But I do know that was not the experience of the vast majority." ... Stanford University history professor Richard White ... discovered that his maternal grandfather, an Irishman, had entered the U.S. illegally from Canada in 1924 because he could not get a visa that year under the new quota laws. His grandfather failed in his first attempt, when he walked across a bridge into Detroit, got caught by U.S. customs officers, and was deported. From Canada, the grandfather called his brother-in-law, a Chicago policeman, who came to Canada and met him there, White said. The pair then walked to Detroit, But this time the brother-in-law, who was dressed in his police uniform, flashed his badge at the customs officers, who waved the duo through.(image)



L.A. Clippers Trade Chris Paul to Houston Rockets

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:27:34 -0400

The Houston Rockets have acquired Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers for Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hilliard, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Wiltjer, a 2018 first-round pick and $661,000. Houston acquired Hilliard (from Detroit) and Liggins (Dallas) in exchange for cash considerations just to immediately trade them. Since joining the Clippers in 2011, Paul was All-NBA first team three times, All-NBA second team two times and All-Defensive first team six times.(image)



The Ten Commandments Broken in Arkansas

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 16:32:23 -0400

The newly unveiled Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Arkansas state Capitol was knocked over early Wednesday, less than 24 hours after it was erected, a state government official told CNN. Michael Tate Reed, 32, was arrested after Capitol police saw him drive onto the Capitol grounds in Little Rock and intentionally ram his car into the monument, according to Chris Powell, a spokesman for the Arkansas secretary of state. Reed faces charges of defacing an object of public interest, criminal mischief in the first degree and criminal trespass, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office said. ... Video from CNN affiliate KATV-TV in Little Rock showed the large stone slab was knocked off its base and cracked into at least three pieces.(image)



No One Wants to Date a Trumpling

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 15:33:17 -0400

President Donald Trump's own supporters are finding their online dating options severely limited ever since his election last November. The Sacramento Bee reports that online dating sites such as Match and Tinder have seen a big increase in users explicitly saying in their profiles that they don't want to date anyone who backs Trump. "His presidency has created this new deal-breaker," relationship coach Laurie Davis Edwards tells the Sacramento Bee. "I've never seen it like this before, where people say 'no' to Trump supporters, or they only want to date other Trump supporters ... I have clients all over the country, and people are saying, 'If you're a Trump supporter, swipe left."(image)



Hawaii Passes Bill Exploring Universal Basic Income

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:32:32 -0400

Earlier this month, the state [of Hawaii] earned the distinction of being the first in the U.S. to formally accept the provisions of the Paris Climate Agreement after President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the nation from it, and now, Hawaii is taking the lead in embracing yet another innovative idea: universal basic income (UBI). ... The bill [from state representative Chris Lee] has two major provisions. First, it declares that all families in Hawaii are entitled to basic financial security. "As far as I'm told, it's the first time any state has made such a pronouncement," wrote Lee. The second provision establishes a number of government offices "to analyze our state's economy and find ways to ensure all families have basic financial security, including an evaluation of different forms of a full or partial universal basic income."(image)



Kellyanne: If We Take Your Medicaid, Go Get a Job

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:16:46 -0400

Jonathan Cohn, Huffington Post: White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday came right out and said what so many Republicans are probably thinking ― that taking Medicaid away from able-bodied adults is no big deal, because they can go out and find jobs that provide health insurance. Apparently nobody has told Conway that the majority of able-bodied adults on Medicaid already have jobs. The problem is that they work as parking lot attendants and child care workers, manicurists and dishwashers ― in other words, low-paying jobs that typically don't offer insurance. Take away their Medicaid and they won't be covered.(image)



Church Mic Cut After Girl Reveals She's Gay

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:30:27 -0400

A video of a young Mormon girl revealing to her congregation that she is lesbian and still loved by God -- before her microphone is turned off by local church leaders -- is sparking a new round of discussions about how the religion handles LGBT issues. Savannah, 13, spoke on May 7 in Eagle Mountain, Utah, about her belief that she is the child of heavenly parents who didn't make any mistakes when she was created. Her comments came during a once-a-month portion of Mormon Sunday services where members are encouraged to share feelings and beliefs. "They did not mess up when they gave me freckles or when they made me to be gay," she said, wearing a white shirt and red tie. "God loves me just this way."(image)



Vegan Mayo Startup Working on Lab-Made Meat

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:00:05 -0400

The maker of vegan mayonnaise has been working on getting lab-made meat onto dinner tables everywhere. It's just that nobody knew about it. Hampton Creek -- a company that built its name on plant-based condiments and vegan-friendly cookie doughs -- today revealed that, for the last year, it has been secretly developing the technology necessary for producing lab-made meat and seafood, or as the industry likes to call it, "clean meat." ... Just a pound of clean meat -- grown inside high-tech industrial vats -- can easily cost thousands of dollars. A pound of lab-made beef would have cost $1.2 million per pound to sell in 2013. In four years, the price of lab-grown meat has fallen by 99% -- but it's still higher than your usual animal-reared meat.(image)



World Has Very Little Confidence in Trump

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:11:15 -0400

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Trump Promotes Himself with Fake Time Covers

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:29:30 -0400

The framed copy of Time Magazine was hung up in at least four of President Trump's golf clubs, from South Florida to Scotland. Filling the entire cover was a photo of Donald Trump. ... This cover -- dated March 1, 2009 -- looks like an impressive memento from Trump's pre-presidential career. To club members eating lunch, or golfers waiting for a pro-shop purchase, it seemed to be a signal that Trump had always been a man who mattered. ... The Time cover is a fake. There was no March 1, 2009, issue of Time Magazine. And there was no issue at all in 2009 that had Trump on the cover.(image)



TrumpCare Increases Premiums for the Elderly

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:34:00 -0400

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a progressive think tank, on Monday released an analysis of the effects of Senate Republicans' Obamacare repeal bill on health care premiums. In short: They'll go up, and especially so for the elderly. The above chart tracks the increase in premium price for "silver plan" insurance coverage for a hypothetical 60-year-old with income at 350 percent of the poverty line in 2020.(image)