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  • 13 days ago
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    Trump White House Says Diabetics Don't Deserve Health Care

    Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said that people with Type 2 diabetes don’t deserve to have health insurance because they gave themselves diabetes. While speaking at Stanford University, Trump Budget Director Mick Mulvaney classified diabetes as a bad lifestyle choice, “That doesn’t mean we should take care of the person who sits at home, eats poorly and gets diabetes. Is that the same thing as Jimmy Kimmel’s kid? I don’t think that it is.”

  • 2 weeks ago
    Analysis robmonk

    A Lot of What Is Known about Pirates Is Not True, and a Lot of What Is True Is Not Known.

    In 1701, in Middletown, New Jersey, Moses Butterworth languished in a jail, accused of piracy. Like many young men based in England or her colonies, he had joined a crew that sailed the Indian Ocean intent on plundering ships of the Muslim Mughal Empire. Throughout the 1690s, these pirates marauded vessels laden with gold, jewels, silk, and calico on pilgrimage toward Mecca. After achieving great success, many of these men sailed back into the Atlantic via Madagascar to the North American seaboa...

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event robmonk

    France bans extremely thin models

    A law in France banning the use of unhealthily thin fashion models has come into effect. Models will need to provide a doctor's certificate attesting to their overall physical health, with special regard to their body mass index (BMI) - a measure of weight in relation to height. The health ministry says the aim is to fight eating disorders and inaccessible ideals of beauty. Digitally altered photos will also have to be labelled from 1 October.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Police officer doesn't punish girl caught stealing, helps her instead

    When a police officer responded to a heartbreaking call, he chose sympathy over punishment. Officer Milton responded to an incident about a shoplifter at a Family Dollar store. According to the Atlanta Police Department, store employees were holding a 12-year-old girl they had caught stealing. The girl told Officer Milton she tried to take a pair of $2 shoes for her 5-year-old sister. Her sister needed new shoes, but her family couldn't afford them.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event robmonk

    Armored military vehicle runs over Venezuelan protester

    Sirens blared in the Altamira neighborhood of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. Anti-government protesters poured into the streets of this once bustling commercial and residential hub, their young faces obscured by tear-gas masks and bandanas. They hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at riot police who responded Wednesday to the almost daily demonstrations calling for embattled President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event robmonk

    Coinbase adds support for Litecoin

    Coinbase has just rolled out full support for Litecoin, its third cryptocurrency. Users will be able to buy, sell, send and store Litecoin from Coinbase’s website or mobile apps, using easy payment methods like a credit/debit card or PayPal. While Coinbase was founded as a platform to transact only with Bitcoin, the company has since announced its intent to add other cryptocurrencies with the broader goal of becoming a “digital currency company.”

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event robmonk

    Patriot missile fired at drone entering Israeli airspace from Syria

    Israel fired a Patriot anti-ballistic missile in the North on Thursday, reportedly intercepting a drone that entered Israel’s airspace from Syria. The interception comes hours after Israel allegedly struck a Hezbollah arms depot near Damascus International Airport, a move condemned by Russia, which called it a “gross violation of Syrian sovereignty.”

  • 1 month ago
    Analysis robmonk

    New study shows number of American atheists underreported

    A new study shows there may be more than twice as many atheists in the U.S. than previous studies have found. The report by two University of Kentucky scholars suggests that because people may be embarrassed to admit they don’t believe in God, the number of Americans who say they are non-believers may be artificially low. Polls from Gallup, Pew and Barna have reported that number between 3 and 10 percent.

  • 1 month ago
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    Trudeau's pot plans ready to be unveiled

    When marijuana becomes a legal recreational drug in Canada, the Liberal government wants Canadians to be able to hold up to 30 grams without fear of running afoul of the law, Radio-Canada and CBC News have learned. That is just one of several details about what will be included in the federal government's marijuana legislation, which is expected to be introduced on Thursday, according to a senior government source.

  • 1 month ago
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    Trump's Treasury Secretary Says Increased Automation Is "Not Even on Our Radar"

    During his campaign, now-President Donald Trump promised voters he would bring American jobs back from overseas. Now that he is in office, his administration has made job creation a central focus of its efforts. But what if those jobs overseas can’t come back to the United States because companies no longer need to hire humans to complete the tasks? How is the Trump administration gearing up to tackle the rise of automation?

  • 2 months ago
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    Russia's foreign minister says ready to discuss reducing nuclear arms

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday Russia was willing to discuss reducing nuclear weapons, news agency RIA reported. "We are ready to discuss the possibility of further reducing nuclear capacity, but only if all factors are taken into account and not only the number of strategic offensive weapons," Lavrov was quoted as saying. He said it was "absolutely clear the time had not yet come" for eliminating all nuclear arms, news agency TASS reported.

  • 2 months ago
    Expression robmonk

    'More Than a Feeling': The making of a rock classic

    Forty years ago, the band Boston released its debut single, “More Than a Feeling.” The song was a big hit, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard chart — but that was just the start of the story. “More Than a Feeling” became an enduring radio staple, one which established Boston among the biggest rock acts in the country and which helped turn the band’s eponymous debut album into a huge seller. This bittersweet tale about the power of music also helped define an entire genre of immaculately...

  • 2 months ago
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    New Peeps-flavored Oreos reportedly turning people's poop pink

    Those new Peeps-flavored Oreos are giving some people a bright pink surprise when they use the bathroom. The limited edition cookies just came out a few weeks ago. The Oreos have a pink marshmallow filling. Complaints are turning up on Twitter that after eating the cookies people's excrement looks like Pepto-Bismol. One person said the Oreo Peeps left a pink stain in the toilet.

  • 2 months ago
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    Try Hard II: Try Harder

    Having gorged on Gawker’s freshly slain body and retreated to his cave for a little bout of hibernation, Charles Harder is back, baby! And he’s bolder than ever. The lawyer who unexpectedly forced New York gossip site Gawker into bankruptcy, Harder has set his eyes on taking down a brand new target: the MailOnline. The MailOnline recently found itself on the receiving end of a new lawsuit prepared by Harder, on behalf of First Lady Melania Trump.

  • 2 months ago
    Current Event robmonk

    Pound Drops as May Reported to Brace for New Scottish Referendum

    The pound fell against all its major peers after The Times reported that U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s team is preparing for Scotland to potentially call for an independence referendum. Sterling, which has been held hostage by politics since a Scottish referendum in 2014, fell as much as 0.6 percent after the newspaper cited unidentified government sources as saying May could agree to a new Scottish vote, but on condition it is held after the U.K. leaves the European Union.

  • 2 months ago
    Analysis robmonk

    Netflix, Youtube and Amazon are the Most Popular Streaming Services

    Netflix, Youtube and Amazon, are the most popular web streaming services. In the 2016 report on global web phenomenon, Sandvine, an analytics firm, shows that Netflix accounts for more than one third of all downstream web traffic in North America. Netflix is followed by Youtube, Amazon Video and a few other streaming services, see below.