NYC ID program starts off with a bang
NEW YORK — A municipal ID program that city officials thought would draw a few hundred thousand people in its first year has been much more popular than anticipated, with New Yorkers waiting hours in line and months for appointments to register.
City officials have scrambled to keep up with the demand as residents have made more than 260,000 appointments in just the first month since the city IDs became available. In the first couple of days before the online system was up, people waited hours for their turn.
"To see this kind of response ... is remarkable in a positive way and I think has a lot of lessons to teach us," said Nisha Agarwal, the city's commissioner for immigrant affairs.
Should Californians Resurrect a Plan to Pipe in Water From Alaska?
Californians are desperate for water, so you can’t blame them for greedily eyeing the storm-sodden east. Look at all that snow! That’s just frozen water, right? But seriously, trucking snow from Boston over the Rockies is a pipe dream. Or…not the right kind of pipe, anyway.
Consider ASKFMB's U.S. Anti-Flooding System, which is a concept that is designed to move huge sums of water from any one area of the nation to another. The System will also create jobs for decades and can also be used to fight "Forest Fires, Flooding, Droughts, as well the ability to be an "Anti Invasion tool" for national defense.
Many South Sudan boys 'kidnapped to be child soldiers'
The figure is a big increase on the 89 child abductions reported by Unicef last month.
Their latest statement blamed a militia group allied to the government. South Sudan is in a state of civil war with forces loyal to President Salva Kiir pitted against rebels led by former Vice-President Riek Machar.
Targeting Inequality, This Time on Public Transit
The project, which is being closely watched around the nation, gives discounts on public transportation to people whose household income is no more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level — for instance, $47,700 or less for a family of four under the 2014 guidelines.
Maduro says Venezuela detains U.S. citizens; announces moves against U.S.
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had detained U.S. citizens, including a pilot, on suspicion of espionage, in a move likely to strain already tense relations between Washington and Caracas.
Maduro also said his government would order a reduction in the number of U.S. embassy staff in Caracas and prohibit some U.S. officials from entering Venezuela in retaliation for a similar U.S. measure last year. Venezuela would also require U.S. citizens to obtain visas before visiting, he told a rally.
He said U.S. politicians including former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and Senator Bob Menendez would be blocked from entering Venezuela.
Army veteran's guilt over surviving Iraq is a wound that won't heal
Spc. Reyes. "Arvin," Reyes reminded his former platoon sergeant. Sulham wasn't likely to forget Arvin Reyes.
They had been together on a day that changed both their lives. In the early afternoon of June 28, 2007, they were riding in the same Humvee when insurgents in southern Baghdad ambushed their convoy.
Five soldiers under Sulham's command were killed. Now, nearly seven years later, Reyes had tracked Sulham down in Florida to make a confession:
One of the soldiers, his friend Spc. Shin Woo Kim, hadn't died at the hands of the enemy.
Reyes said he had to tell the truth. He had accidentally shot Kim. Sulham was astounded. He knew more than anyone else alive that Reyes was innocent.
Russians march in memory of murdered Putin critic
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Russians marched through central Moscow on Sunday, carrying banners declaring "I am not afraid" and chanting "Russia without Putin" in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.
Families, the old and young walked slowly, with many holding portraits of the opposition politician and former deputy prime minister who was shot dead while walking home from a nearby restaurant on Friday night.
"If we can stop the campaign of hate that's being directed at the opposition, then we have a chance to change Russia. If not, then we face the prospect of mass civil conflict," Gennady Gudkov, an opposition leader, told Reuters.
Anti-Israel divestment push gains traction at US colleges
A student government body takes up Israeli policy toward the Palestinians and decides whether to demand their school divest from companies that work with the Jewish state.
In the United States, Israel's closest ally, the decade-old boycott-divestment-sanctions movement, or BDS, is making its strongest inroads on college campuses. No U.S. school has sold off stock and none is expected to do so anytime soon.
Still, the current academic year is seeing an increasing number of divestment drives on campus.
Since January, student governments at four universities have taken divestment votes.
‘I’m a felon’: Former HealthSouth executive cautions students against fraud
By the age of 64, he was mowing lawns for $50 each. “Most of the people who hired me didn’t know I was a former CFO of a New York Stock Exchange company,” Beam said Friday.
They also didn’t know he was a felon in an approximately $2.7 billion securities fraud who spent three months behind bars in 2005.
'I Will Never Wear Trousers Again': Meet Serbia's First Transgender Army Major
There may be several other things Helena will never do again after serving in the Armed forces as a man for more than 20 years and after being married to a woman for 21 years.
One might be reflecting positively on the Serbian Army and Serbia’s Ministry of Defence, since she is taking legal action against both of them on the grounds that they did nothing to stop her being the subject of insults and harassment.
New Museum Depicts 'The Life Of A Slave From Cradle To The Tomb'
The restored antebellum mansions along the route draw hundreds of thousands of visitors a year.
The newest attraction aims to give visitors a realistic look at life in the pre-Civil War South. Don't expect hoop skirts and mint juleps, but stark relics that tell the story of a dark period in American history, through the eyes of the enslaved.
From the entrance, Whitney Plantation in Wallace, La., resembles the other plantations, with majestic oaks framing the front walk to the French-Creole style "big house."
But before you can see the late-18th century home, furnished with period finery, a tour guide introduces you to the slaves who built it, and everything else, on this former sugar cane plantation.
The names of the 356 people enslaved on the plantation are etched in granite slabs on the Wall of Honor.
A German Muslim Asks His Compatriots: 'What Do You Want To Know?'
Sadiqu al-Mousllie sees humor as a good way to fight growing anti-Islam sentiment in Germany. He lives in Braunschweig, in western Germany. Earlier this month, he decided to go downtown and hold up a sign that read, "I am a Moslem. What would you like to know?"
Sir John Sawers, ex-MI6 chief, warns of Russia 'danger'
Russia has become a danger to Britain and the country must be prepared to take steps to defend itself and its allies, the former head of MI6 says. Sir John Sawers, who recently retired after five years as chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Russia poses a "state to state threat".
Sir John said dealing with such threats would require more defence spending.
But he called on issues with Russia to be addressed by "increased dialogue".
Judge rejects delay in sentencing for ailing ex-state legislator
Farnham's lawyer, Terry Ekl, had sought to delay the sentencing, arguing in a court filing that the former lawmaker's advanced lung disease and constant reliance on supplemental oxygen made it difficult for him to travel to the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse.
In rejecting a delay, U.S. District Judge Edmund Chang said it appeared Farnham "is physically capable of traveling to the courthouse for sentencing, based on his physician's description of his condition and based on his other out-of-home appointments."
Looted Iraqi Museum in Baghdad reopens 12 years on
Many of the antiquities looted during the war have now been recovered and restored.
The museum's opening was brought forward in response to an Islamic State (IS) video showing statues being destroyed in Mosul.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has vowed to punish those responsible.
"Those barbaric, criminal terrorists are trying to destroy the heritage of mankind and Iraq's civilization,"
Mr Abadi said while attending the museum's opening.
"We will chase them in order to make them pay for every drop of blood shed in Iraq and for the destruction of Iraq's civilization.''
The world heritage body
Unesco has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss how to protect Iraq's cultural heritage.
Why 40-Year-Old Tech Is Still Running America's Air Traffic Control
On Friday, September 26, 2014, a telecommunications contractor named Brian Howard woke early and headed to Chicago Center, an air traffic control hub in Aurora, Illinois, where he had worked for eight years.
He had decided to get stoned and kill himself, and as his final gesture he planned to take a chunk of the US air traffic control system with him.
Court records say Howard entered Chicago Center at 5:06 am and went to the basement, where he set a fire in the electronics bay, sliced cables beneath the floor, and cut his own throat.
Black Stand for Civil Rights at Mexico Olympics
Talking about athletic performances, Mexico 1968 Olympic Games rank among the very best in history.
The world record was broken in no less than 15 specialties, including up to five times by three different athletes at the triple Jump.
Interestingly, all but two of those records were set at sprint and horizontal jump events, helped by the altitude and ideal atmospheric conditions.
The most remembered moment of the Games was the superhuman flight of Bob Beamon, but also Jim Hines ran for the first time ever under 10sec and Lee Evans and Larry James under 44sec.
Evans’ record stood for 20 years and the one recorded by him and his mates of the male 4×400 relay even longer than Beamon’s 8.90.
KKK Was Terrorizing America Decades Before Islamic State Appeared
"My characterization of ISIS is that they have 14th century ethics and 21st century weapons," he said.
King and others who have reached into the Middle Ages for an apt Islamic State comparison may be going back further than they need to.
The 19th and 20th centuries work just as well.
For David Pilgrim, the founder and director of the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University, the actions of ISIS and other extremist groups are familiar -- no better, no worse than the historic stateside violence against African-Americans.
"There's nothing you're going to see today that's not going to have already occurred in the U.S.," he said.
"If you think of these groups that behead now -- first of all,
beheading is barbaric but
it's no more or less barbaric than some of the lynchings that occurred in the U.S."
The Ku Klux Klan was a domestic terror organization from its beginning, said Pilgrim, who finds it offensive when, after 9/11, some Americans would bemoan that terrorism had finally breached U.S. borders.
Boris Nemtsov, outspoken Putin critic, shot dead in Moscow
Moscow (CNN)—Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot and killed Friday night in central Moscow, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation said in a statement Saturday, prompting immediate speculation from fellow opposition figures that the killing was targeted. A deputy prime minister in the late 1990s under President Boris Yeltsin, Nemtsov had been one of current President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics.
Pelosi Slams ‘Toxic Anti-Immigrant’ House Republicans
Speaking to reporters Friday morning, Pelosi reiterated Democratic support for a vote to fund DHS for the entire year and called the House GOP’s recalcitrance “a staggering failure of leadership that will prolong this manufactured crisis of theirs and endanger the security of the American people.”
Teacher denies radicalizing Canadian teens headed to Syria
MONTREAL (Reuters) - A Muslim teacher once jailed by Canada as a security threat denied on Friday he had radicalized Canadian teens believed to have headed to Syria to fight with Islamic State, saying his school had only brief contact with one of the six students.
The students, four men and two women aged 18 and 19, left Montreal in January and February for Turkey and then on to Syria, according to media reports, the latest in a string of young Westerners who have become radicalized and have headed to the Middle East hoping to fight with Islamic State.
Gaza floods: dispelling the myth about Israeli 'dams'
Tzeelim (Israel) (AFP) - Once again this winter, following days of very heavy rainfall across the region, the banks of a riverbed running through central Gaza were breached, flooding dozens of Palestinian homes.
For the residents, there was no doubt: Israel was responsible after deliberately opening "a dam" to flood the enclave.
But an examination of the facts on the Israeli side tells another story, shattering a long-held Palestinian myth.
People living in Wadi Gaza say flooding happens every year after heavy rain, creating yet another challenge for those struggling to survive in the tiny coastal territory.
Leonard Nimoy, 'Star Trek's' Spock, dead at 83
Nimoy died this morning in Bel Air, California, his son Adam Nimoy told CNN. According to his granddaughter, Madeleine Nimoy, the cause of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. His "Star Trek" co-stars, including William Shatner and George Takei, expressed sadness at his death.
Stopgap Homeland Security spending bill fails in House
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has rejected a stopgap spending bill for the Homeland Security Department with just hours to go before a midnight deadline to fund the agency or see it begin to partially shut down.
The surprise 224-203 defeat of the legislation was a major embarrassment for House GOP leaders. Next steps were not immediately clear.
Islamic State: Iraq minorities 'threatened with eradication'
A report details summary executions, forced conversions, rape and other abuses suffered by minorities.
Such acts are tantamount to war crimes, and in some cases, genocide, it argues. Iraqi minorities face a "threat to their existence", said the Institute of International Law and Human Rights (IILHR), one of the groups involved.
Focusing on Iraq's Christian, Kaka'i, Shabak, Turkmen and Yazidi populations, the report looks at their plight after the fall of Mosul to IS in June 2014, a key point in the rise of a group that now controls swathes of the country.
CPAC 2015: GOP White House contenders unite against Hillary Clinton
But while they're gathering at a convention center just outside of Washington, D.C., their minds — and rhetoric — are focused squarely on the White House and on attacking Hillary Clinton, the most likely Democratic nominee in 2016.
This year's CPAC marks the unofficial kickoff of the battle for the conservative vote among GOP presidential contenders. For some, like Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, the event will be a homecoming, a return to their most ardent and loyal supporters.
For others, like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, CPAC represents a lion's den, full of activists skeptical of his conservative chops and wary of his presidential aspirations.
Eric Holder: I'm worried about lone wolf attacks
Washington (CNN)Shortly after the ISIS recruit known as Jihadi John was unmasked as Mohammed Emwazi of London -- outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder vowed, "Anyone involved in the killing of American citizens will be held accountable. It doesn't matter where you are, we will find you. We will hunt you down."
"Whether it's through the use of our military or the use of our law enforcement capacity, if you harm Americans it is the sworn duty of every person in the executive branch to find you and hold you accountable, and we will do that," he said.
No charges yet for pickup driver in train crash 'mistake'
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Investigators on Thursday were trying to determine why a pickup truck driver mistakenly turned onto railroad tracks before a crash that derailed a California commuter train, and prosecutors said they would await more answers before deciding to file charges.
"We know a mistake was made," said Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board, the agency leading the investigation. "We want to figure out why."
'Jihadi John': The bourgeois terrorist
(CNN)This is how top national security reporters Souad Mekhennet and Adam Goldman of the Washington Post, who broke the story that Mohammed Emwazi has been identified as the notorious ISIS terrorist known as "Jihadi John," describe him: "a Briton from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London and graduated from college with a degree in computer programming."
Boehner defends Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday challenged an assertion by the Obama administration that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress about nuclear negotiations with Iran would be destructive to U.S.-Israeli relations.
"The president's national security advisor says it's destructive for the prime minister of Israel to address the United States Congress. I couldn't disagree more," Boehner said at his weekly news conference.
No Harsh Vidoe delaying your reception No moving stuff Just News delivered to U
Republican Failure in leadership is a
Democrat Failure as well
Giuliani, a lesson in Poor Character
A 20 Year Plan
Indigency status mandates "no jail"
for misdemeanor offenses
Movies, reflect the existing disposition of this nation even if its "Racist"
More than 20 Years of Muslim Radical Destruction
Every Muslim/Arab Entity, 5 years ago, absolutely demanded that any western nation, remain out of any Muslim Nation's affairs.
3 Months after the Arab League demanded that no western nation intervene in the initial Arab Spring issues in Syria, it was the Arab League that requested UN Sanctions
be imposed on Syria after Assad gave them the "middle finger".
3 plus years later, Qatar is finally saying something!!!!
Interesting how the perspectives change when it happens
Another Outrageous Shooting by Police Officers
3 Police Officers fire 17 Bullets into Antonio Zambrano-Montes who was accused of throwing a rock at the officers...,
can you say "equal force"....
Another SOP process by the local police department and you, by now, knows the entire process and how it will eventually play out.
The only way to change this groundhog day style of justice system is to change the Mayor, Police Chief, District Attorney,
and then every police officer who is accused of any type of abuse.
The Vikings can just "Kiss It", Peterson won't be back
Then the NFL piled on with arbitrary punishment by Roger Goodell, the half wit NFL Commissioner who gets $35 plus Million per year.
I hope that Adrian Peterson can land on a team that can capitalize on his truly rare talent and go on to have a good next half of his career.
Can you say "Car Engine".... "PRINT"....
it is such a huge mystery to get a new transmission or a new engine for your my car and I can imagine the day when I can actually order a
"Printed Engine", have it installed, all for less than $1k.
If this were the case, I wouldn't ever change the car that I have today, meaning, no more Car Payments.....
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