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  1. Justin Trudeau keeps praying for higher poll numbers. Canada should be embarrassed.
  2. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticises lack of diversity among CBS journalists covering 2020 election Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hit out at CBS News for an apparent lack of black journalists covering the 2020 US presidential election. The newly sworn in congresswoman responded to a tweet from CBS producer Ben Mitchell which announced the team covering the upcoming election and published their headshots. The Democrat, who represents New York's 14th congressional district, said: “This WH admin has made having a functional understanding of race in America one of the most important core competencies for a political journalist to have. "Yet CBS News hasn’t assigned a *single* black journalist to cover the 2020 election.” The rising political star, a self-avowed socialist from the South Bronx, added: “Unacceptable in 2019. Try again.” The Twitter post, which has been shared over 4,500 times, faced some criticism from other reporters over the comments. This included Josh Kraushaar, politics editor at the National Journal, who said she had “another thing” in common with US president Donald Trump: “media scold.” ************************************************ The fake news gets busted by a Democrat.
  3. You have to bring up Trump in a thread about Trudeau and his horrible poll numbers? No explanation needed though, you have a serious case of TDS.
  4. Research details the 'rapid increase in homelessness' in certain U.S. cities Across some of the biggest U.S. cities, rent prices are continuing to rise for lower-income Americans. Meanwhile, an estimated 553,000 people experienced homelessness in 2018, according to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) data. And a recent Zillow study — which estimated the number of homeless people in America to be closer to 661,000 — found a specific correlation between rent affordability and the rate of homelessness at a certain threshold: “Communities where people spend more than 32 percent of their income on rent can expect a more rapid increase in homelessness.” New York City, Los Angeles, and Seattle stand apart Zillow researchers clustered different communities together based on “how they’re experiencing rising poverty rates, existing homelessness, homelessness rates, and declining affordability.” The places where people are most at risk of homelessness, according to the study, included New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Boston, “which all have crossed the 32 percent affordability threshold.” The three U.S. cities with the most homeless people in 2018 were New York (78,676), Los Angeles (49,955), and Seattle (12,112), according to the most recent HUD data. A 2016 Wall Street Journal report highlighted that while overall homelessness in America was declining, the homeless population in these cities and others had risen rapidly since 2010. ******************************************* The three big liberal cities have the highest homelessness, and they try preaching to everyone else how to fix it. BTW these researchers must never have seen the real homeless, they can't even afford toast in the morning, so rent prices have nothing to do with it.
  5. Winter of Discontent: As Justin Trudeau’s approval deteriorates, can his rivals make gains? At the end of what has been a challenging and at times chaotic year across the federal political landscape, Canadian approval of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to decline. With less than a year before an expected election, the number of people who favour Trudeau has fallen to 35 per cent, down from 46 per cent this time a year ago. For the first time since October 2015, he is no longer seen as the national party leader who would be the best prime minister. That mantle now narrowly rests with Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leader Andrew Scheer (33% prefer Scheer; 27% Trudeau), although many say they don’t know just who would be ideal in the top job (26%). Underlying the downward shift in the PM’s approval is a tumultuous twelve months that saw his government face criticism for its handling of a number of key files, including pipelines, trade negotiations, and irregular border crossings. As 2018 comes to a close, Justin Trudeau’s approval rating slips to its lowest mark in ARI polling since he became Prime Minister, dropping to 35 per cent overall. Only 8 per cent of people strongly approve of the PM’s performance, while a plurality (39%) strongly disapprove: Comparing Canadian assessments of Trudeau over the course of his first term provides an even more stark indication at how far the Liberal leader’s brand has dulled. Trudeau’s approval has dropped considerably in every region since he took office. In December 2015, at least half in every province said they approved of the then-new Prime Minister’s performance. Today, no region feels this way. ********************************************************************** Trudeau has worse poll numbers than Trump on a bad day, and Canadians waste time talking about how to fix the United States? They have a leader who has poll numbers in the low thirties, and no wonder.
  6. Why our galaxy probably isn't full of alien civilizations killed off by climate change Could it be that climate change is a universal menace? A recent article in Forbes addresses the idea that the galaxy might be strewn with extinct alien civilizations, burned to a crisp by ferocious planetary warming. The idea is certainly intriguing, and has obvious relevance as a cautionary tale for us. But could it be true? The article doesn’t say these hypothetical societies died out thanks to an alien fondness for SUVs. Instead, the aliens are hypothesized to be the victims of a natural process — the aging of their home star — coupled with the bad luck of having no planet similar to Venus in their solar system. This may sound puzzling, but the reasoning is straightforward. It’s an established fact that stars get hotter as they age (unlike humans). The sun, for example, shines by fusing hydrogen into helium in its hellish core. Six hundred tons of hydrogen are fused per second. But this process reduces the number of particles in the sun’s deep interior. That reduces the gas pressure, causing Sol to collapse a bit under its own weight. The collapse raises the pressure, and the particles respond by moving faster — which is to say, they get hotter. This isn’t something you’re likely to notice. Day to day, the sun’s brightness increases by about 0.00000000003 percent. Obviously, there’s no hurry to buy a new pair of Ray-Bans. But over the long haul, this slow brightening, and accompanying increased energy output, will wreak havoc on Earth’s biosphere. The unlovely details were worked out by Penn State planetary scientist James Kasting, who determined years ago that the sun’s warming will eventually evaporate our oceans, dumping enormous quantities of water vapor into the atmosphere. Water vapor is a highly potent greenhouse gas, which causes yet more heating. Earth will be toast (without the bread part). ******************************************** It's come down to global warming and aliens now, just like in the movies.
  7. We regret to inform you that The Rock has some thoughts on “generation snowflake” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart are pals, having co-starred in comedies like Central Intelligence and Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. One can imagine, then, that his recent comments to the U.K.’s Daily Star, in which he laments “generation snowflake,” were at least partially prompted by the controversy surrounding Hart’s old, homophobic tweets and the fallout of his gig hosting the Oscars. “So many good people fought for freedom and equality—but this generation are looking for a reason to be offended,” he told the Star, really digging deep into that Fox News rhetoric. “If you are not agreeing with them then they are offended—and that is not what so many great men and women fought for.” He continued, “We thankfully now live in a world that has progressed over the last 30 or 40 years. People can be who they want, be with who they want, and live how they want. That can only be a good thing—but generation snowflake, or whatever you want to call them, are actually putting us backwards.” He neglects to say how, exactly, this vague, ill-defined generation is “putting us backwards,” but we’re going to give him the benefit of the doubt by not assuming it’s in pushing back against old, outdated norms and actually holding those in power accountable for patterns of hate speech. The Star, meanwhile, is positively giddy over his comments, lacing them with editorial about the U.K.’s “death of comedy” and the “constant moaning” of these “equality fools.” ********************************************** The Rock is probably never going to get another acting job after being honest like this.
  8. Greece plummets to record -23C as European cold snap sees 'enormous' dumping of snow Temperatures in Greece have hit record lows and Athens has seen a rare dusting of snow, as deadly winter weather continues to pummel Europe. Northern Greece saw an all-time low of -23C on Tuesday, which was recorded in the city of Florina, disrupting roads, rail and bus services. While tourists at the Acropolis were treated to a snow-globe scene on Tuesday, locals had to contend with roads made impassable by ice and many schools were closed in the Athens region. Heavy rain and snow was also reported on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, which is more used to protracted periods of drought. In Austria, authorities are issuing the highest avalanche warning possible for several regions, while more than 350 residents in Bavaria were snowed in and a teacher was killed while skiing in the Alps. At least 14 weather-related deaths have been reported in Europe over the last week. Schools remained closed in parts of Austria and southern Germany on Wednesday. Several roads and highways were also blocked leading to a 20km traffic jam near Munich and trucks had to deliver food to the snowed-in Bavarian community of Buchenhöhe near Berchtesgaden as snow continued falling across the northern Alps. **************************************** Maybe after another five Al Gore movies we will start to see some warming. This is why they switching from claiming "global warming" to "climate change", since things like this couldn't be explained away.
  9. Fewer Billionaires, Poorer Billionaires On African Continent In 2019 Buffeted by plunging stock prices and weaker currencies, the number of African billionaires has shrunk to just 20, down from 23 a year ago. Four people fell off Forbes’ annual list of the continent’s richest since last year while one returned to the ranks after a four-year absence. All but four members of the list have smaller fortunes than a year ago. For the eighth year in a row, Aliko Dangote of Nigeria is Africa’s richest person. His estimated $10.3 billion net worth, however, is nearly $2 billion less than a year ago, primarily due to a roughly 20% drop in the stock price of Dangote Cement, his most valuable asset. The continent’s second richest is Mike Adenuga, also of Nigeria, worth an estimated $9.2 billion. Adenuga owns Globacom, which is Nigeria’s third-largest mobile phone network, plus oil exploration firm Conoil Producing, extensive real estate holdings in Nigeria and a network of 12,000 cellphone towers. His net worth has climbed dramatically from $5.3 billion in January 2018 as a result of more detailed information provided by him about his assets. Number three in Africa is diamond heir Nicky Oppenheimer of South Africa. His grandfather founded diamond mining firm DeBeers, which Nicky ran and then sold to mining giant Anglo American for $5.1 billion cash in 2012. He is currently worth an estimated $7.3 billion, down from $7.7 billion a year ago. Among the few on the list who are richer than a year ago is Strive Masiyiwa of Zimbabwe, worth an estimated $2.3 billion, up from $1.6 billion last year. He’s richer due to a rise in the share price of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe and a new investment that boosted the value of his stake in fiber-optic and satellite-services firm Liquid Telecom. ********************************************* Our Democrat leaders should be happy about this one, since they always complain about billionaires.
  10. MSNBC’s Brian Williams mocks Beto O’Rourke for livestreaming trip to dentist Before closing his show on Thursday night, MSNBC anchor Brian Williams had some fun at the expense of several Democratic politicians who have recently taken to social media to prove “they’re just like us.” Beto O’Rourke, the congressman from Texas who may be running for president in 2020 after his defeat against Sen. Ted Cruz in the midterm elections, drew a ton of attention when he livestreamed his trip to the dentist on Instagram and had his teeth cleaned as he spoke to his followers about the ongoing debate on border security. Williams began by knocking O’Rourke for his “$90 million” Senate run and how he made news because he got his teeth cleaned. “And we know that because he thought it was important enough to share with all of us on social media,” Williams said. “You can imagine the comments, many of them along the lines of ‘Thank God this wasn’t Beto’s day to see the proctologist.” The “11th Hour” host observed that it “seems so important” for politicians, especially Democrats, to “show us that they eat food and drink beverages just like us.” He pointed to numerous examples of high-profile Democrats who have posted on social media doing mundane activities like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., cooking in her kitchen and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., making gumbo with her sister. Williams also singled out Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who received plenty of ridicule for the livestream of her drinking a beer, which he thought was proving “she’s just like similar beverage enthusiasts in kitchens all across our great country.” The MSNBC anchor gave credit for this latest trend in Democratic politics to Republican President Gerald Ford, whom he called a “normal Michigander,” and highlighted that in the White House, he both “toasted and buttered his own English muffin every morning” as he demonstrated to the press. *************************************************** First people watch Desperate Housewives, then they go over and watch Desperate Politicians.
  11. Hope vs. Change: Why Some Democrats Are Turning on Obama’s Legacy If no one seems to care that Elizabeth Warren has made her candidacy for president semi-official, let it also be said that no one seems to care that Joe Biden is about to do the same. As the public’s attention starts to focus on the primaries of 2020—God, didn’t we just do this?—many Democrats are acting as if Donald Trump, who’s having a good day when his approval ratings stay in the 40s, would beat most of the field. Maybe that’s because they’re still recovering from the shock of 2016. But maybe it’s more serious than that. If today’s Democrats can’t beat Trump, then maybe Hillary Clinton wasn’t as bad a candidate as her critics claimed. And if Clinton wasn’t the problem, then what was the problem? Such questions are behind a recent spike of debates on the left over Barack Obama’s record. More and more voices seem to be saying, either obliquely or bluntly, that Obama was a bad president. Certainly, almost anyone on the left will agree that Obama was preferable to his Republican opponents. If they object to how Obama handled issues such as health care, finance capitalism, immigration, economic stimulus, trade, or war and peace, it’s not because they feel a Republican president would have been better. That makes it tempting to say that Obama is being criticized only for pushing insufficiently to the left, settling for the Affordable Care Act rather than Medicare for All or a stimulus package under a trillion dollars rather than one twice that size. But such an explanation tends to assume a difference of degree rather than kind, with Obama dwelling in a more purplish spot than his bluer critics. In reality, the categories that matter as much as left and right are those of establishment and radical. Obama’s record of siding reliably with the former at a time when the zeitgeist had come to favor the latter is the source of much of the tension over his legacy. ********************************** This is a long-winded article from the left that points out how lazy Obama was. It was too much golf, not enough work. He went for photo ops instead of actual accomplishments. He went for polls and not what was needed. Even after he left office, the first thing he wanted to buy was an NBA team. Is that what a former President should be worried about? Basketball? He gave us a horrible economy that lasted for 8 years. He gutted things like student loans, reliable energy, a measured military response, and a stable world order. ISIS took over in his absence, North Korea developed long range missiles, and he did the Wave with a communist in Cuba. Other than that he did a fine job for those who were sleeping through it all.
  12. If Trump had been against the Vietnam War, the media would have demanded he stay in it no matter what. Every war Obama decided to send troops to, they loved him.
  13. So the rich got richer in California over this? I'm not that surprised.
  14. The actors today are all very forgettable, and people are not going to sit to see someone who looks like the next door neighbor fawn over a gold statue decided by a bunch of balding white men. There, I think that got it all in. Oh, and every one seems to be a relative of someone else who made it (hint hint).
  15. One beer, she is a real wild one for the Democrats.

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