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  • Tom Hayden, famed 1960s anti-war activist, dies at 76

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. –  Tom Hayden, the famed 1960s anti-war activist who moved beyond his notoriety as a Chicago 8 defendant to become a California legislator, author and lecturer, has died. He was 76. His wife, Barbara Williams, says Hayden died of Sunday in Santa Monica of a long illness. Hayden made headlines in the 1960s with his radical activism, his marriage to actress Jane Fonda and his trips to North Vietnam during the Vietnam war. But he changed paths, winning election to the California Assembly and state Senate where he served for nearly two decades. He was the only member of the radical Chicago 8 to achieve such distinction in the mainstream political world. Hayden remained an enduring voice for progressive causes, including education and the environment. He wrote many books, among them a memoir and a retrospective look at the Chicago 8.

    October 24, 2016 2:39 am


  • Today’s Toons 10/24/16

    Click for related video: Click below for Tony’s toons: Click below for related story: This Thread Brought To You By The Letters C & L: In Case You Missed It Dept.: Donald Trump roared into a tie with Hillary in Friday’s Rasmussen Poll. Lewd sexist remarks no longer cost you the election, they rally your base. Hillary countered by naming Bill Clinton to be her future Surgeon General so that he’ll have the legal right to see every woman in America naked. The NFL reported a ten percent ratings drop believed caused by National Anthem protests by players. Some teams have adjusted. When the 49ers play in Buffalo today, the loudspeaker will play the National Anthem on every third down, thinking that Colin Kaepernick will hear it and take a knee. Hillary Clinton cited Trump for being in the forefront of the Birther Movement five years ago that doubted President Obama’s claim to be an …

    October 24, 2016 3:23 am


  • Toyota, GM and BMW warn against Brexit

    Some of the world’s leading car makers have come out in support of Britain remaining in the European Union. Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota (TM), BMW (BAMXY) and Vauxhall — owned by GM (GM) — said a vote to leave the EU (the so-called Brexit) could damage the U.K.’s booming car industry. The industry depends on exports. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said 80% of vehicles made in the U.K. are exported, with more than half of those sold to the rest of the EU. Dropping out of the EU single market — the biggest in the world — could damage those exports, the society said. The automotive industry supports 800,000 jobs across the U.K. and car manufacturing contributes £15.5 billion ($22.6 billion) annually to the U.K. economy, according to the SMMT. And the industry has just had a bumper year in 2015, producing the highest number of cars since 2005. Demand from China …

    June 20, 2016 5:40 am


  • From blocked punts to missed field goals, Seahawks, Cards show their flaws in SNF tie

    A Sunday night game marked by negated first downs, not one but two blocked kicks (one punt and one field goal), and almost no offense to speak of would not end mercifully. It eventually did end—in not just a tie, but the lowest scoring OT tie in NFL history—but it took an extra 15 minutes and two missed field goals to get there. The Cardinals led by three for 56 minutes, but the Seahawks, who could not get anything going offensively all game, answered with a field goal late in the fourth quarter following a blocked punt. Arizona then opened overtime with another made field goal, only to see the Seahawks match that as well. On the following drive, a conclusion finally seemed certain when a 40-yard-completion to J.J. Nelson put the Cardinals at the Seahawks’ five. Yet, David Johnson was stopped inside the one on consecutive runs and Arizona kicker Chandler Catanzaro’s offering plunked …

    October 24, 2016 12:36 am

World News

  • Fighting starts again as Aleppo ceasefire expires

    ALEPPO, Syria, Oct. 23 (UPI) — Although a stop to bombings in Aleppo was meant to allow humanitarian aid to get to where it is needed and give residents a chance to flee the city to safer ground, neither occurred as a three-day ceasefire came and went. Fighting started in beaten-up Aleppo almost as soon as the three-day ceasefire ended, with none of the purposes accomplished during that time, aside from residents refusing to leave their homes and instead protesting the Assad regime for what it has done to the city. A mortar attack marked the end of the ceasefire Sunday around 7:00 p.m. local time, restarting them military campaign that has devastated and destroyed large swaths of the city. While Russia had backed the ceasefire specifically so people seeking medical attention could leave the city and supplies be brought it, those in the city failed to evacuate the wounded — the United Nations cancelled …

    October 23, 2016 10:35 pm


  • Mark Zuckerberg’s Long March to China

    For U.S. Internet businesses, China is the land of moral defeat. Many people hoped that Western technology companies would loosen China’s control over information. Instead, those companies have willingly participated in efforts to censor citizens’ speech. Yahoo gave Chinese authorities information about democracy activists, landing them in jail. Microsoft shut down the blog of prominent media-freedom activist Michael Anti. Google censored search results that were politically sensitive in China. In 2006, those three companies came before Congress and were accused by a subcommittee chairman of “sickening collaboration” with the Chinese government. Google shut down its mainland Chinese search engine in 2010, publicly complaining about censorship and cybersecurity. Facebook has been blocked in China since 2009, and its Instagram photo-sharing service was blocked in 2014. I once thought that it would be disastrous or impossible for the social network to try a Chinese adventure of its own, and some China experts still believe that to be …

    October 24, 2016 2:16 am


  • While Dinosaurs Romped, Birdsongs Filled the Air in Balmy Antarctica

    BUENOS AIRES—Sixty-eight million years ago in what is now Antarctica, there were no ice floes groaning or collapsing into an ice-covered sea. Instead the region had a moderate climate, temperate waters and a silence occasionally broken by the “hoink hoink” calls of prehistoric birds. That, at least, is the scenario suggested by Argentine and U.S. paleontologists who recently described in detail, in an article published in Nature, the oldest fossilized remains found so far of a syrinx—the sound-making structure of birds. “This is the first fossil evidence of the vocalization apparatus of a bird of the Mesozoic era,” says paleontologist Fernando Novas, a researcher at the National Scientific and Technological Research Council here. “It belonged to an extinct genus of birds called Vegavis iaai, which lived on today’s Vega Island, north of the Antarctic Peninsula. This animal was about 40 centimeters long, resembled a duck and coexisted there with the dinosaurs.” Artist rendition of Vegavis …

    October 22, 2016 9:43 am


  • Almost 2 Million U.S. Kids Get Concussions a Year: Study

    MONDAY, June 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Close to 2 million U.S. children and teens may suffer concussions annually, say researchers who add that the prevalence of head injuries among American youth has been underestimated for years. Using data from hospitals, doctor visits and athletic trainers, the investigators estimated between 1 million and 1.9 million concussions occur annually among kids aged 18 and younger due to sports and recreation injuries. But more than half a million of these head injuries aren’t seen in emergency rooms or by physicians, which is why official tallies are usually too low, they noted. “There is a lot of uncertainty in how many concussions from sports and recreation occur each year because many concussions are not reported,” explained lead researcher Dr. Mersine Bryan, a pediatrician at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. “Better surveillance for concussions due to sports and recreational activities is needed, so we can understand …

    June 20, 2016 10:01 am


  • Kanye West vows not to attend Grammy’s if Frank Ocean isn’t nominated

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) — Kanye West is making his feelings about an award show quite clear once again, although this time he’s warned the world before leaping onstage to interrupt somebody else’s speech. West said during a concert Saturday night in Oakland, Calif., that if Frank Ocean is not nominated for the albums he put out this year, West plans not to show up to the Grammy Awards next year in Los Angeles. Ocean put out two albums this year, “Blonde” and “Endless,” neither of which has been nominated for a Grammy because, apparently, Ocean’s labels and management neglected to submit them for consider for the awards. “The album I listened to the most this year is Frank Ocean’s album and, I’ll tell you this right now, if his album is not nominated in no category, I’m not showing up to the Grammys,” West told the crowd, saying artists needed to come together to …

    October 24, 2016 2:59 am


  • Ex-State Dept. insider: Patrick Kennedy’s long history with scandal

    From the Benghazi cover up to a clumsy attempt to trade favors with the FBI, a long string of State Department scandals dating all the way back to 1998 has one central figure in common: Patrick Kennedy. The undersecretary of state for management, Kennedy, has been directly involved, if not at the very center, of the many biggest scandals of Hillary Clinton’s State Department. He wields considerable power because in the State Department because he oversees every activity, including diplomatic security, information technology, contracting, acquisitions, construction, budget, finance, personnel, assignments, consular affairs and State’s FOIA office, that is necessary for the department’s operation and our embassies abroad. WHAT THE BENGHAZI ATTACK TAUGHT ME ABOUT HILLARY CLINTON Kennedy has a reputation as a micromanager who involves himself in the most mundane details. For example, he personally approved every U.S. official who worked in or visited the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, or its mission in Benghazi. …

    October 22, 2016 6:06 pm

Odd News

  • Man sues city, drug test company after donut icing mistaken for meth

    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 24 (UPI) — A man who was pulled over for speeding last year and arrested when an officer mistook frosting from a donut for methamphetamine is now suing because he his mugshot is permanently on the internet for doing nothing wrong. Daniel Rushing filed suit against the city of Orlando and against the maker of a roadside drug test kit, the false positive from which resulted in his arrest for possession of a drug he did not have. Rushing was pulled over last December by Cpl. Shelby Riggs-Hopkins for speeding and did not stop when he was supposed to. During the stop, Riggs-Hopkins noticed a “rock-like” substance on the floor of the car and searched the vehicle. Using a roadside drug kit, Riggs-Hopkins tested the substance, which came up positive for methamphetamine despite actually being the famously flaky glaze of a Krispy Kreme donut. Rushing spent ten hours in jail before bonding …

    October 24, 2016 2:16 am