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IMF chief Lagarde on trial in France over tycoon case

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:58:07 GMT

IMF chief Christine Lagarde goes on trial in France on Monday over a massive state payout to a flamboyant tycoon when she was finance minister in a case that risks tarnishing her stellar career. Lagarde denies the charges of negligence, arguing she was acting "in the state's interest" in making the payment to Bernard Tapie, the former owner of sportswear giant Adidas and Olympique Marseille football club. If found guilty, Lagarde could receive a one-year prison sentence and a 15,000 euro ($15,900) fine.

Aboard Charles de Gaulle, French and US sailors toast ‘l’interopérabilité’

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:50:04 GMT

ABOARD THE CHARLES DE GAULLE — U.S. Navy Lt. Osbaldo walked through the catapult spaces beneath the flight deck, shaking hands with every present member of his French crew, a morning routine he’s grown accustomed to since attaching to the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle. Today, he’s ensuring his catapult and arresting gear systems are in perfect operational condition for the launch and landing of aircraft supporting the U.S-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Elsewhere on the ship, four other Americans are also adapting to the customs and courtesies of serving on a French...

Russia Hacked Republican Committee, U.S. Concludes (Democratic whining continues)

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:29:07 GMT

WASHINGTON — American intelligence agencies have concluded with “high confidence” that Russia acted covertly in the latter stages of the presidential campaign to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances and promote Donald J. Trump, according to senior administration officials. They based that conclusion, in part, on another finding — which they say was also reached with high confidence — that the Russians hacked the Republican National Committee’s computer systems in addition to their attacks on Democratic organizations, but did not release whatever information they gleaned from the Republican networks. In the months before the election, it was largely documents from Democratic Party...

Why You Should #DumpStarWars

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:18:59 GMT

"But the actions of the Rogue One writers is a lot more than that. Their tweets, particularly the safety pin emblem, is an obvious attempt to make the film a political statement against Trump and his supporters. The evil Empire is a white supremacist, Trump-esque organization, while the Rebellion are all those scrappy college kids demanding a safe space from the president-elect." Read more:

Rudy Giuliani Interview With Eric Bolling – Fox News (Video)…

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:16:31 GMT

Tonight, for the first time in three weeks, Rudy Giuliani appeared for an in-person media interview with Fox News Eric Bolling. The obvious topic was Giuliani’s decision to withdraw his name from consideration for President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet:

Forgiveness Ceremony Unites Veterans And Natives At Standing Rock Casino

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:01:22 GMT

On Monday, Native Americans conducted a forgiveness ceremony with U.S. veterans at the Standing Rock casino, giving the veterans an opportunity to atone for military actions conducted against Natives throughout history. In celebration of Standing Rock protesters’ victory Sunday in halting construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline, Leonard Crow Dog formally forgave Wes Clark Jr., the son of retired U.S. Army general and former supreme commander at NATO, Wesley Clark Sr. This was a historically symbolic gesture forgiving centuries of oppression against Natives and honoring their partnership in defending the land from the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Mark Zuckerberg Joins Tech Bosses In Supporting Obama On Immigration [Supports Amnesty]

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 03:53:58 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg Joins Tech Bosses In Supporting Obama On Immigration The tech industry says the ‘ingenuity, skill and entrepreneurial spirit’ of immigrants is good for the US economy, and is backing Barack Obama ‘America’s immigration enforcement policies should ensure that immigrants’ ingenuity, skills, and entrepreneurial spirit are contributing to the US economy,’ says a brief written by Mark Zuckerberg’s advocacy group 8 March 2016 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other Silicon Valley leaders have urged the supreme court to uphold Barack Obama’s efforts to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the US. It marks the latest step...

Oscars: Scorsese Shows up with “Silence,” a Masterwork That Will Ambush Current Awards Race

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 03:51:05 GMT

Martin Scorsese has ambushed the Oscar race with Silence, a Masterwork movie about faith and ideas that rocks everything we’ve been dealing with. Andrew Garfield may win the Oscar for best actor. But this is the Big Idea movie Hollywood has lacked for some time. It’s strange, too, because the word out of Los Angeles on Sunday was that “Silence” was boring or something. I don’t know who those people could be who thought that. “Silence” is a meditation on theology, but it’s also a completely engrossing, absorbing movie in which Big Ideas are made accessible in dialogue and visuals...

CCTV Catches Group Of Muslims Kicking Random German Girl Down The Subway Stairs Just For Fun

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 03:50:43 GMT

a shocking new video, Muslim men kick a German girl down the stairs and severely injure her just because they can for fun: This is an excellent video, for as we have pointed out before, this is how many of the Muslims really feel about non-Muslim people, that they can do what they want because they will not be held accountable for their actions no matter what they are, even if it means going on sprees of murder, rape, or urinating on others just because they can.

Norfolk Treasurer Anthony Burfoot found guilty on 6 counts in federal public corruption trial

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 03:47:04 GMT

NORFOLK Anthony Burfoot sold his City Council votes to benefit developers for six years and then lied about it when questioned in federal court, a jury found Friday. The city’s treasurer, who previously served as vice mayor, was convicted on six of eight public corruption and perjury charges. He can remain free until he is sentenced April 17 in U.S. District Court, but he must submit to the supervision of a federal probation officer. Burfoot – who plans to appeal and continue working at the treasurer’s office while that’s pending – faces the possibility of 90 years in prison but...

Examiner: Philadelphia had 35 drug overdoses in 5 days

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 03:43:30 GMT

The Philadelphia medical examiner’s office says as many as 35 fatal drug overdoses over a recent five-day period might be part of a bigger problem: the national opioid crisis. Philadelphia police and the medical examiner’s office are working to determine the cause of the overdoses and possible reasons for the spike in deaths. “There are overdoses that occur every day and people don’t die,” said police spokesman Lt. John Stanford. “What’s coming to the forefront is the fact that people are overdosing and dying.” A dozen people alone died from overdoses Dec. 1. Another four died the following day. That...

Clinton Won As Many Votes As Obama In 2012 — Just Not In The States Where She Needed Them Most

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 03:37:54 GMT

Clinton Won As Many Votes As Obama In 2012 — Just Not In The States Where She Needed Them Most By David Lauter Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by at least 2.7 million, according to a final tally. The result marked the biggest gap between the popular vote and the electoral college in almost 150 years The final results of the 2016 presidential election look like this: Hillary Clinton got roughly the same number of votes that President Obama received four years ago en route to his reelection, but she nonetheless lost the presidency to Donald Trump, who came...

Trump Takes Heat From Breitbart Over Labor Secretary Pick

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 03:25:54 GMT

Trump Takes Heat From Breitbart Over Labor Secretary Pick by AMANDA SAKUMA Donald Trump is taking heat from his right flank over his labor secretary pick, a CEO known for pro-immigration views that run in direct contradiction with a key policy of the president-elect. Breitbart News on Thursday excoriated Trump for tasking fast food CEO Andy Puzder to run the Department of Labor, accusing the president-elect of putting foreign labor ahead of American workers. Trump's senior adviser, Steve Bannon, was CEO of the conservative news website before leading the Republican's campaign operation. "Trump Expected to Tap Labor Secretary Who Prefers...

John Ratzenberger advocates for manufacturing in America

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 03:17:14 GMT

Ever since his Cheers days John Ratzenberger has been giving speeches and even had his own TV series about American manufacturers. For years he was practically the only guy speaking about bringing manufacturing back. Here is an interview about the election and what it will take to bring back manufacturing.

Trump Team's Memo Hints at Broad Shake-Up of Energy Policy

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 03:12:27 GMT

dvisers to President-elect Donald Trump are developing plans to reshape Energy Department programs, help keep aging nuclear plants online and identify staff who played a role in promoting President Barack Obama's climate agenda. The transition team has asked the agency to list employees and contractors who attended United Nations climate meetings, along with those who helped develop the Obama administration's social cost of carbon metrics, used to estimate and justify the climate benefits of new rules. The advisers are also seeking information on agency loan programs, research activities and the basis for its statistics, according to a five-page internal document...

Obama creates 'resilience area' to protect Bering ecosystem

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 03:04:38 GMT

President Barack Obama responded to appeals from Alaska Native villages and gave them more of a say in the federal management of marine resources of the Bering Sea. Obama signed an executive order Friday to create a Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area that will focus “locally tailored” protections on marine resources. The newly created resilience area covers 112,300 square miles and stretches from north of the Bering Strait to north of Bristol Bay. The order requires more focused federal consultation with Alaska tribes and 39 communities that line the west coast of Alaska, along with state officials. …

Donald Trump and the Canary in the LGBT Coal Mine

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 02:47:52 GMT

As Donald Trump begins to staff his administration, his appointees should understand how deeply the ideologically-driven LGBTs have burrowed into permanent jobs in the permanent bureaucracy and how dangerous they are.The new political appointees should also understand how this group and their allies have driven those who may disagree with their agenda either underground or from the federal bureaucracy altogether, and some even to jail.And they should understand that this group is entrenched and determined not to give an inch in the territory they have gained under the incredibly radical Obama administration.The LGBT cadres had already made great strides...

Jill Stein’s Pennsylvania recount request: Federal judge to rule by Monday

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 02:43:35 GMT

Federal Judge Paul Diamond heard arguments today. The computer science expert whose opinions catapulted presidential election recounts into the national spotlight today admitted in a federal courtroom in Philadelphia that there’s no evidence Pennsylvania’s voting systems were hacked. Meanwhile, an expert witness testifying on behalf of the GOP — which is working to protect electors for President-elect Donald Trump — said the likelihood that Pennsylvania’s voting system was hacked is about as likely as aliens living among us. It’s possible, but there’s no evidence to show it’s happening.

Veterans Affairs chief: 'No VA medical facility is bad'

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 02:42:05 GMT

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald argued no VA hospital is "bad" in a letter to USA Today on Friday, just one day after the publication exposed an internal rating system that showed several clinics in Texas and Tennessee had received low marks. "To be clear, no VA medical facility is bad or failing," wrote McDonald and Sloan Gibson, his deputy, in a letter that was obtained by the Washington Examiner.

Puzder Tweets Thanks to Bush, Cantor

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 02:40:05 GMT

"Andy Puzder, Trump’s immigration-boosting nominee to become the Secretary of Labor, promptly sent his very public thanks to the two defeated leaders for their support."

Dow Chemical CEO named chair of national Manufacturing Council by Trump

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 02:31:44 GMT

Dow Chemical Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris will be heading the national Manufacturing Council, Republican President-elect Donald Trump announced Friday.  The news was announced at Trump's Friday night rally in the Grand Rapids area, which is part of his nationwide post-election thank you tour.  Liveris, who was born in Australia and has worked with Dow for 40 years, said during brief comments at the rally that the Midland-based company is committed to investing more in Michigan.  He said he was "tingling with pride" at the appointment and told the crowd he was excited to help promote manufacturing in Michigan and the rest of...

Navy Won’t Remove ‘Midshipman’ Title Because It’s Enshrined In The Law As A Rank

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 02:28:54 GMT

The goal of the job title review Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus initiated back in January is to make women feel more included now that they have access to all combat roles, but the reason midshipman will remain in its current state is because the name is a rank stipulated by the law, Capital Gazette reports. . . . In late September, the Navy announced that it was ditching historic job titles and revamping the entire system, in effect removing an element that made the Navy unique from other services in the military. . . . Sailors have reacted...

FReeper Canteen ~ Countdown To Christmas ~ 10 December 2016

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:59:57 GMT

   ***** ~ Canteen Music Dedication ~ *****~ Support The Artists ~   Support the artists you hear throughout the Canteen! Click on the links below! Keep the music going! ArtistDirect l  Internet Radio l  AOL Music l  Sonique (Lycos) l  Real Radio Live365 l  971TheRiver  l  GotRadio  l  Wherehouse  l  Target  l Shoutcast AFRTS l  VH1 l XM Radio l  BET l  audiophile l  Virgin Radio l  Soma (Alternative) Acaza l AudioRealm l VH1 l  Yahoo! Launch Music l  Radio Disney l  Live-Radio Net ITunes l Amazon l Salsa Radio l MTV l CMT l Ticketmaster l Billboard...

Man Who Called Tennessee Wildfire Victims 'Trump-Suckin Pond Scum' Fired

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:48:21 GMT

A man who called residents of fire-ravaged Gatlinburg, Tenn., “Trump-suckin pond scum” has lost his job. “Funny story. I was recently in gatlinburg. Had a terrible time, I felt that the place was a cesspool of consumerism and a bastion of the worst aspects of southern culture. Turns out a wildfire just burned most of the town to the ground,” Coleman Bonner said in a post late last month. “Good riddance gatlinburg. And good luck, you mouth-breathing, toothless, diabetic, cousin-humpin, mountain-drew chuggin, moon-pie-munchin, pall-mall smokin, trump-suckin pond scum.” Bonner, who was listed as posting from Wessington, Ala., ended his litany...

Mika Brzezinski says Clinton camp tried to pull her off the air

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 01:47:50 GMT

Hillary Clinton’s campaign tried to remove an MSNBC personality from the air after she aired criticisms of the Democratic presidential candidate, the host revealed Friday. Mika Brzezinski, a co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” said NBC was pressured to get her pulled during the campaign. “I was concerned the campaign was not understanding that perhaps there was an arrogance. They needed to sort of get off their high horse and understand that this isn’t over,” Brzezinski said on her show Friday, recalling the criticism she expressed frequently during the campaign. “I’ll just say it: NBC got a call from the [Clinton]...