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Astronomers spot more mysterious radio signals from far outside the galaxy

Astronomers spot more mysterious radio signals from far outside the galaxy

Whenever some new “cosmic puzzle” crops up, you always have to be ready for the other shoe to drop. But just because something isn’t an alien message or Ringworld doesn’t mean it can’t be interesting science.

Today’s shoe drop concerns “fast radio bursts” coming from a distant galaxy — but don’t expect a secret message from an advanced civilization.

Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are short, intense blasts of radio waves that come from far outside our galaxy. No one knows what causes them, but they’re unlike anything else we’ve observed — and their uniqueness makes them a prime target for detection in noisy data.
A SETI project snatched a few just this fall, but another effort using a brand new radio telescope called CHIME that essentially points at the whole sky and chooses where to “look” using software. In a pair of papers published today, researchers say they’ve found 13 new FRBs using the method.

“The telescope has no moving parts. Instead it uses digital signal processing to ‘point’ the telescope and reconstruct where the radio waves are coming from. This is done using clever algorithms and a couple of giant computer clusters that sit beside the telescope and crunch away at the data in real time,” explained Kiyoshi Masui, an MIT scientist on the team behind CHIME’s discoveries, in a news release.

This kind of software-defined operation is sure to become more common as computing power increases and the effectiveness of smaller arrays increases.

You can see where in the universe they appeared in the video here:

Animation illustrating the random appearance of Fast Radio Bursts on the sky. from NRAO Outreach on Vimeo.

Hopefully that helps.

Naturally everyone wants to think it’s spaceships or planets full of hyper intelligent broadcasters sending out signals to us, though of course they would have had to send it a long, long time ago. More likely it’s “powerful astrophysical objects more likely to be in locations with special characteristics,” the scientists speculated.

Supernovas, black holes, quasars — there are lots of strange, high-energy items out there in the universe, and who knows what happens when they combine? The FRBs observed recently also exhibited a much lower wavelength than those seen previously, so there appears to be quite a variety.

But what’s even rarer than FRBs is repeating FRBs; only one has ever been found, via the massive Arecibo array in Puerto Rico. That is, until these scientists spotted another.

When there was only the one, it was conceivable that the occurrence was a cosmic anomaly — perhaps some incredibly rare event that only happens once in a thousand millennia. But two in a handful of years? That suggests they’re far more common than that, and now that we know what to look for we’re likely to find more.

It might not be an alien civilization, but something totally new to science is a pretty nice consolation prize.

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Triple Amputee Vet Raises Over $20.6 Million to Build Wall $1 Billion Goal

Triple Amputee Vet Raises $1,361,421 to Build Wall in Two Days — $1 Billion Goal

Brian Kolfage, a triple amputee veteran and Purple Heart recipient has raised more than $20 million as of Thursday morning on a Go Fund Me campaign to pay for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.

Over 347,351 people in 1 month have donated to the WE Build The Wall Effort.

Kolfage, who has a verified Facebook page, wrote on the Go Fund Me page:

Like a  majority of those American citizens who voted to elect President Donald J Trump, we voted for him to Make America Great Again. President Trump’s main campaign promise was to BUILD THE WALL. And as he’s followed through on just about every promise so far, this wall project needs to be completed still.

As a veteran who has given so much, 3 limbs, I feel deeply invested to this nation to ensure future generations have everything we have today. Too many Americans have been murdered by illegal aliens and too many illegals are taking advantage of  the United States taxpayers with no means of ever contributing to our society.

I have grandparents who immigrated to America legally, they did it the correct way and it’s time we uphold our laws, and get this wall BUILT! It’s up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling.

If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall. That equates to roughly 5 Billion Dollars, even if we get half, that’s half the wall. We can do this.

AFTER DONATING, SIGN OUR PETITION WE NEED 100 million signatures www.WeFundTheWall.com also join our groups on social media

Kolfage is a retired US Air Force member who lost three limbs when he was wounded in Iraq. According to the biography on his personal website , he is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s School of Architecture.






WE EXPANDED OUR MISSION! We are no longer just funding the wall, we are now BUILDING the wall.  

Eight days before Christmas I started this GoFundMe campaign because I was tired of watching the U.S. government’s inability to secure our southern border. Like most Americans, I see the porous southern border as a national security threat and I refuse to allow our broken political system to leave my family and my country vulnerable to attack.

The plan of action was simple and straightforward to raise money to construct a wall on our southern border. We have raised over $20 Million from 325,000 plus donors and we are only just getting started! I have been literally overwhelmed and inspired by the outpouring of support, calls, and emails from American citizens who support our efforts to Build the Wall. I got some hate as well but that was easy to ignore with all the positive feedback I was getting. I immediately sought out and consulted with some of our country’s leading professionals in law, politics, national security, construction, and finance. This team has spent countless hours over the holidays reviewing all issues pertaining to the construction of a southern border wall. Unanimously, we have all come to the conclusion that:

  1. The federal government won’t be able to accept our donations anytime soon.
  2. We are better equipped than our own government to use the donated funds to build an  actual wall on the southern border.
  3. Our highly experienced team is highly confident that we can complete significant segments of the wall in less time, and for far less money, than the federal government, while meeting or exceeding all required regulatory, engineering, and environmental specifications.
  4. Our team strongly believes that we can complete our segments of the wall for less than half of the government’s estimated costs on a per mile basis.


To show the government how “We the People” can get this done, we have formed a Section 501(c)(4) non-profit Florida Corporation named “We Build the Wall, Inc.” to receive the GoFundMe contributions. Our website can be found at www.webuildthewall.us.

The following individuals serve on the on the advisory board, and construction, finance, and or audit committees, operations, administration, PR, Media and ongoing fundraising:


⭐ Brigadier General Dr. Robert S. Spalding III

⭐ Industrialist John Daniel Moran, Jr.

⭐ Ex-Navy SEAL and businessman Erik Prince,

⭐ Former Secretary of State of Kansas Kris Kobach,

⭐ Angel Mom Mary Ann Mendoza

⭐ Law enforcement and immigration expert Sheriff David Clarke

⭐ Former Colorado Congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo

⭐Angel Dad Steve Ronnebeck

⭐ Media consultant and journalist Jennifer Lawrence

⭐ and many others


We have made significant progress in less than a month. We have begun extensive due diligence and the commencement of feasibility studies engaging leading experts in a variety of fields necessary to construct our border wall. These professionals have provided us with critical guidance on the legal, engineering, contracting, environmental, accounting, maintenance, and real estate issues required to build a wall on the southern border.

We are already taking action on:
✔ Identifying the most densely crossed areas of the border
✔ Soliciting affected landowners along the Southern border
✔ Studying the most feasible solutions based on terrain, barrier styles, environmental impact and efficacy
✔ Ascertaining the willingness of border landowners to provide no or low-cost easements on their property for wall construction

If the Democrats won’t provide the funding for what the American people voted for in 2016 then we the people will. When Americans see us completing real miles of beautiful wall, we know that we will raise the many billions we need to finally secure the entire border. I am 100% committed to secure our southern border and protect Americans.

There is a lot of work ahead of us, but this has never deterred me in the past. With the help of our highly experienced team, and your support, we will make this work!

The Articles of Incorporation and Mission Statement of We Build The Wall, Inc. make delivering on my promise to get a wall on the southern border built the clear objective and purpose of the organization.

⭐“Our mission is to unite private citizens that share a common belief in providing national security for our Southern Border through the construction, administration and maintenance of physical barriers inhibiting illegal entry into the United States. In interpreting the purpose of the Corporation, the Board of Directors and Members of the Advisory Board will consider the impact of a proposed structure on a selected site’s environment and construct barriers primarily designed to prevent illegal access to the United States, rather than cause catastrophic injury. We will focus on building portions of a U.S. Southern Border wall and manage the support operations required for, and the processes associated with, the design, engineering, construction, and maintenance of the wall.”⭐

100% of the funds raised on GoFundMe will be used in the execution of our mission and purpose. To honor the commitment, we made to our donors; all funds raised, less the processing fees and refunds, will be transferred to a special purpose account to carry out the purposes and mission of We Build the Wall, Inc.  I will personally not take a penny of compensation from these donations. 

When I created this fundraiser, I said if we did not reach our goal we will refund donors. I am honoring that commitment today. We will promptly refund your donation unless you tell us you approve our new plan for action.

You MUST tell GoFundMe you still want to Build the Wall or your contribution will not be included in this historic project.

★★★   ACT NOW CLICK HERE TO SAY YES  To Building The Border Wall With Brian Kolfage ★★★

If you want a refund for your donation, no need to do anything. You will receive your refund a few weeks after the 90 days expires and GoFundMe will notify you once your refund has processed. If you would prefer a refund now, you can request that here: https://bit.ly/2smynWq

You can also contact GoFundMe here.  You need to do this by April 10!


WeBuildTheWall, Inc.

PO Box 131567 Houston, Texas 77219-1567

God Bless



Most of the donations have been in the range of $20 to $100.  The highest donation to date was for $50,000 by a private user.

The top 14 Highest Donations as of December 21 are shown below:

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Fighting Pain and Addiction for Veterans


Last year, more than 130 Americans died each day from a drug overdose involving an opioid. Veterans are twice as likely to die of the same.

But there is some good news: The Department of Veterans Affairs is a recognized leader in pain management and opioid safety, and its success in reducing the use of opioids can be emulated by other health systems through VA’s proven strategies.

Severe pain is 40 percent more common in veterans compared to non-veterans. Nearly 60 percent of veterans who have served in the Middle East and more than 50 percent of older veterans live with some form of chronic pain.

I saw the effects of severe, chronic pain on my father when he returned from Vietnam severely wounded and still recovering after a year in military hospitals. Many veterans like my father suffer chronic pain for the rest of their lives, and the risk of suicide is particularly high among veterans and others who face chronic pain.

Fortunately, VA has taken a multi-faceted approach called the Opioid Safety Initiative to reduce the need for opioids. Since its launch, the program managed a 45 percent reduction in veteran patients receiving opioids from July 2012 to June 2018. That’s more than 300,000 fewer veterans on opioids. The same program in the same months reduced veterans on long-term opioid therapy by 51 percent and veterans on high-dose opioid therapy by 66 percent.

In addition to systemwide oversight of prescribing of opioids, the initiative has brought pharmacists and prescribers together to educate one another on the problem of identifying the best treatment for each veteran in pain.

Opioids have a place among treatment options. They are powerful drugs that can be used to alleviate pain, and any reduction in their use must be done carefully. Otherwise, patients could be driven to crisis by both the effects of withdrawal and ineffective pain management.

Decisions on the use of opioids must therefore take a whole health approach to care, with the aim of not just reducing opioids but also improving functioning by patients. It takes time and attention from providers to have meaningful conversations with patients about what their life goals are, and provide education about what they can reasonably expect from treatment.

This approach uses the stepped care model based on a continuum of care and incorporating professional support and self-management through counseling and participation in groups like Narcotics Anonymous. It also includes non-pharmacological pain treatment options like stress reduction, yoga, tai chi, mindfulness, chiropractic care, nutrition, acupuncture and health coaching, which may reduce reliance on opioids without increasing pain or causing other health problems.

Virtually all VA facilities have reduced prescriptions for opioids. VA facilities in El Paso, Texas, and Fayetteville, N.C., have managed the greatest reductions, cutting rates by 71 percent in El Paso and 69 percent in Fayetteville.

Rates for other VA facilities can be viewed online since January, when VA became the first hospital system in the country to begin posting its opioid prescribing rates online, updating them twice yearly in January and July.

We expect even better management of pain medications for veterans when VA and the Department of Defense roll out their new integrated electronic health records. The new records system will give health care providers a full picture of patient medical history, enabling better treatment and better clinical outcomes. It will also help us better identify veterans at higher risk for opioid addiction and suicide, so health care providers can intervene earlier and save lives.

We have also issued the lifesaving drug Naloxone to more than 100,000 veterans to help prevent tragedies and instituted patient risk assessments for overdose and suicide, bringing the power of big-data analytics to bear through VA’s Stratification Tool for Opioid Risk Mitigation, which puts predictive analytics in the hands of providers and allows effective collaboration of medical and mental care of veterans at risk.

There is still more to learn and more to do, and a national solution will require national collaboration. But President Trump has said, “We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic.” He is right about that. We can end the epidemic, and VA is helping lead the way.

Robert Wilkie is the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. This op-ed appeared in Newsday on October 25, 2018.

Schiff hires ex-National Security Council staff for panel – Fox News

Schiff hires ex-National Security Council staff for panel – Fox News

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., arrives to speak with reporters after his panel voted in a closed session to send more than 50 interview transcripts from its now-closed Russia investigation to special counsel Robert Mueller, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. Two associates of President Donald Trump have been charged with lying to the committee and Schiff said Mueller should consider whether additional perjury charges are warranted. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., arrives to speak with reporters after his panel voted in a closed session to send more than 50 interview transcripts from its now-closed Russia investigation to special counsel Robert Mueller, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. Two associates of President Donald Trump have been charged with lying to the committee and Schiff said Mueller should consider whether additional perjury charges are warranted. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON –House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has hired former National Security Council staffers to work for him as he launches a sweeping new investigation into President Donald Trump’s finances and foreign connections — a move that appears to have drawn particular ire from the president.

Trump tweeted Thursday that Schiff and Democrats were going “nuts” with investigations and wrote, without elaborating, that they were “even stealing people from the White House!”

It’s unclear exactly who Trump was talking about, but the tweet comes as Schiff appears to have hired at least one staff member who served on the National Security Council under Trump. The staff member, Abigail Grace, is listed in a House directory as working for Schiff on the intelligence panel. A person familiar with the committee’s staff confirms that she is working for the panel and used to work for the NSC.

The person declined to be identified because Schiff has not publicly announced his new hires.

Grace worked for a bipartisan think tank, Center for a New American Security, after working for both former President Barack Obama and Trump on the National Security Council from 2016 to 2018. She focused on Asia-Pacific security issues, according to a spokesman for the group.

Schiff wouldn’t confirm the hires in an interview Thursday, but hinted at them while snapping back at Trump.

“We have a long tradition of hiring out of the intelligence community, out of the National Security Council, and if the president is worried about our hiring any former administration people maybe he should work on being a better employer,” Schiff said.

A committee aide said that none of Schiff’s staff have come directly from the White House, but said the panel has hired people with prior experience on the National Security Council staff.

“We do not discriminate against potential hires on the basis of their prior work experience, including the administration,” the aide said. The person also declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publically about confidential committee business.

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Transgender bathroom ban may end, but transcript irks teen

Transgender bathroom ban may end, but transcript irks teen

FILE – In this March 6, 2017, file photo, Gloucester County High School senior Gavin Grimm, a transgender student, listens to a speaker during a news conference in Richmond, Va. Grimm is continuing to sue the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia over a policy that banned him from using the boys’ bathrooms. He’s now trying to amend the suit to include the matter of his unchanged transcripts. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — For nearly four years, Gavin Grimm has been suing his former school district after it banned him from using the boys bathrooms in high school.
Along the way, he’s became a national face for transgender rights. His case almost went to the U.S. Supreme Court. He graduated and moved to California but kept fighting.
The school board in Virginia may finally be giving in, although not in court. It will hold a public hearing Tuesday to discuss the possibility of allowing transgender students to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.
“I have fought this legal battle for the past four years because I want to make sure that other transgender students do not have to go through the same pain and humiliation that I did,” he said.
The Gloucester County School Board’s meeting comes just months before a trial is set to begin over its current bathroom rules.
Grimm said the proposed policy “is far from perfect, but would represent an important first step for Gloucester.” The policy “would also send the message to school districts across (Virginia) and the country that discrimination is unacceptable,” he said.
Grimm has also been expanding his case against the school board. A federal judge ruled Thursday that he can sue over its refusal to change the gender on his high school transcript, which still lists him as female.
Grimm said the unchanged transcript will stigmatize him every time he applies to a college or potential employer that asks for it.
“I shouldn’t have to be outed against my will in every situation where I would have to give that document,” Grimm said during a phone interview from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he moved after graduating in 2017.
A court order legally made Grimm a man. And he is listed as male on his birth certificate, passport and a state-issued identification card in California.
The issue of Grimm’s transcript highlights another concern in the transgender community that, like bathroom policies, remains far from settled across the nation.
Federal law does not directly address the issue. Some states, such as Massachusetts, provide explicit guidance to schools for updating records. Others, such as Virginia, do not provide a clear path forward to schools.
“The issue is certainly rising as more students express their gender identity,” said Francisco M. Negron Jr., chief legal officer for the National School Boards Association.
“We would hope states offer clear guidance,” he added. “The alternative is that students would have to make the case on their own, and school districts would not have the benefit of clarity under state law.”
Paul D. Castillo, an attorney for the LGBT rights group Lambda Legal, said Grimm’s effort to update his transcript is “not an isolated incident.”
“But it might be one of the first challenges based on federal law to update a student’s legal record,” Castillo said.
David Corrigan, the lead attorney for the Gloucester County School Board, declined to comment on the case or on how it could be impacted by a possible policy change. The district is located about an hour east of Richmond.
Grimm’s lawsuit has followed a circuitous path that almost included a stop at the U.S. Supreme Court.
The high court had scheduled arguments for 2017. But they were scrapped after the Trump Administration withdrew recommendations from the Obama-era to allow students to use the bathroom of their chosen gender.
As recently as December, Gloucester was still fighting the lawsuit as well as Grimm’s efforts to bring his transcripts into it.
Grimm and the American Civil Liberties Union claim the policy violated his rights under the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause and federal policies that protect against sex discrimination. They make the same argument about Grimm’s transcripts.
The school board had argued that its bathroom policy did not violate Grimm’s rights but protected students’ privacy.
Regarding the transcripts, the board says such records are a matter of state law, which shouldn’t be argued in federal court.
Plus, the board said, Grimm has ignored federal guidance on such matters. The guidance recommends holding a hearing with school officials to discuss changing “misleading” or “inaccurate” information on a record.
If the board refuses to make a change, the guidance says a person can then place a statement with the contested record that lays out his or her point of view.
It’s unclear if a change in the board’s bathroom policy could lead to a change on Grimm’s transcripts.
Since moving to California, Grimm has been studying at a community college and working as an activist and educator.
He’s been able to avoid submitting his transcript to anyone so far. But that will likely change soon. He’s looking for more traditional work and will eventually apply to four-year schools.
“I’m still tethered to 2017 by this document,” he said. “It’s unfair that a high school that put me through so much is able to wield that much negative influence over my adult life.”

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Dingell’s farewell message to America includes dig at Trump – Fox News

FILE- In a Feb. 4, 2009 file photo, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. poses for a photograph inside his office in House Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington. Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history who mastered legislative deal-making and was fiercely protective of Detroit's auto industry, has died at age 92. Dingell, who served in the U.S. House for 59 years before retiring in 2014, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at his home in Dearborn, said his wife, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

FILE- In a Feb. 4, 2009 file photo, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. poses for a photograph inside his office in House Rayburn Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington. Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history who mastered legislative deal-making and was fiercely protective of Detroit’s auto industry, has died at age 92. Dingell, who served in the U.S. House for 59 years before retiring in 2014, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at his home in Dearborn, said his wife, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

DEARBORN, Mich. –On the day of his death, longtime Rep. John Dingell dictated a farewell message to America and used some of his final words to criticize President Donald Trump.

Dingell dictated the message to his wife and congressional successor Debbie Dingell Thursday in their suburban Detroit home. The Washington Post published the opinion piece on Friday.

“One of the advantages to knowing that your demise is imminent, and that reports of it will not be greatly exaggerated, is that you have a few moments to compose some parting thoughts,” Dingell said Thursday. “In our modern political age, the presidential bully pulpit seems dedicated to sowing division and denigrating, often in the most irrelevant and infantile personal terms, the political opposition.”

Dingell, who died Thursday at age 92, didn’t mention Trump by name in the article.

Dingell represented parts of southeast Michigan for nearly 60 years before retiring in 2014 as the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history.

On Friday, Trump ordered flags at the White House and other federal facilities lowered to half-staff in Dingell’s memory. The president also used Twitter to extend sympathies to Debbie Dingell and other family members.

“Longest serving Congressman in country’s history which, if people understand politics, means he was very smart,” Trump tweeted. “A great reputation and highly respected man.”

Dingell’s opinion article was similar to a letter penned by former Arizona Sen. John McCain before his death in August from brain cancer.

In McCain’s letter, the late Arizona Republican appeared to repudiate Trump’s politics one last time, saying, “We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe.”

Much of Dingell’s letter to the Post focused on the country and improvements made over the decades to Medicare, the environment, the Great Lakes and efforts to end racial discrimination.

“All of these challenges were addressed by Congress,” Dingell said. “Maybe not as fast as we wanted, or as perfectly as hoped. The work is certainly not finished. But we’ve made progress — and in every case, from the passage of Medicare through the passage of civil rights, we did it with the support of Democrats and Republicans who considered themselves first and foremost to be Americans.”

He concluded by saying “as I prepare to leave this all behind, I now leave you in control of the greatest nation of mankind and pray God gives you the wisdom to understand the responsibility you hold in your hands. May God bless you all, and may God bless America.”

Trump’s proclamation applies to flags at the White House, other public buildings and grounds, U.S. military posts and naval stations, and on all federal naval vessels. They’ll be lowered until sunset Saturday.

Flags at U.S. embassies and other facilities overseas also are ordered to half-staff. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also ordered flags on state property lowered.

A public visitation will be held Monday at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. A funeral will be held at a local church Tuesday.

Following those services, a casket carrying Dingell’s body will be driven past the Capitol in Washington. The public is invited to watch from the east lawn of the Capitol.

A second funeral Mass will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington. The public is invited.

Dingell will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery, said his wife Debbie Dingell, who succeeded him in the Michigan congressional seat.

Tributes poured in following Dingell’s death, including from former U.S. presidents, colleagues and some of his more than 250,000 Twitter followers.


See AP’s complete coverage of John Dingell here: https://apnews.com/JohnDingell

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World Reacts to Madrid Losing to Girona

World Reacts to Madrid Losing to Girona

  1. Tee 🇸🇩.@TeejayAljead

    Looking for Real Madrid like … https://t.co/OfAy13qFmS

  2. luis suarez hate acc@vilIeneuves

    good morning everyone real madrid lost and ramos got a red card https://t.co/NEJu2XuD5M

  3. Enoch Mainza@Enochmh2

    We really about to lose to Ginora! Sergio Ramos sent off! Real Madrid smh https://t.co/iamyHYb2z5

  4. Paddy Power@paddypower

    Sergio Ramos has been sent off for Real Madrid. https://t.co/czxTmG14T8

  5. Jenna@JennaChami

    real madrid losing all hope in la liga so they can focus on the CL https://t.co/QpCfAnIvDH

  6. UltraInstinct@shanshan888888

    #RealMadrid lose too Girona

    Real Madrid fans this season https://t.co/RZkWeRIqQo

  7. SM¹³@SMFutboI

    Real Madrid’s 2018/19 https://t.co/hA596Z3nZD

  8. Chelsea Fc news@cklipholo

    #RMAGIR 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Courtois costing Real Madrid in every game,hahah what a signing for Los Blancos https://t.co/YN0rb08VS8

  9. Xav Salazar@XavsFutbol

    Giving Real Madrid a chance to stay in the race for La Liga is pointless. Absolutely hate how they give us a slight hint of optimism only to let Girona absolutely crush any bit of positivity we had.

  10. Chemical Boy 🇨🇦@Chemicalboyy

    Real Madrid lost to Girona 😮. Sergio Ramos still in love with red cards.

    Zidane: https://t.co/6WNIcCLriH

  11. SM¹³@SMFutboI

    Real Madrid in LaLiga 2018-19

    With Marcelo: Concede a goal every 52 minutes
    With Reguilón: Concede a goal every 135 minutes

    Enough Said https://t.co/cQ5OPtG8ej

  12. isabella@alissonramses_

    Real Madrid are losing? https://t.co/T4S4yu0odQ

  13. CLINTON 👑@Clinton_Vice_B

    Girona to Real Madrid 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/sVjep6rguU

  14. Squawka Football@Squawka

    Real Madrid have now kept just one clean sheet in their last eight matches across all competitions:


    They currently trail 15th-placed Girona at home. 😱 https://t.co/jBav45bUPx

  15. 🇵🇰@_Messinha

    Ramos Red.
    Real Madrid loses against a Catalan team …

    AHHhhhhh! https://t.co/gBC1gT06Ff

  16. The Spanish Football Podcast@tsf_podcast

    Girona join Real Sociedad, Levante, Villarreal, Barça and Betis as teams who’ve beaten Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in the league in the last two seasons.

  17. Madrid in UCL vs. La Liga

    B/R Football@brfootball

  18. Gary Lineker@GaryLineker

    Blimey. Real Madrid have lost at home to Girona. That surely means @FCBarcelona will retain their title. How splendid.

  19. @jeffwilliams@iam_jeffwilliam

    As a Real Madrid fan https://t.co/DgI4cpG4sH

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Listen to Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, Lance Stephenson’s New Song ‘Swerve’

Listen to Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, Lance Stephenson’s New Song ‘Swerve’

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 16: Lance Stephenson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Lonzo Ball #2 look on against the Washington Wizards during the second half at Capital One Arena on December 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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Los Angeles Lakersteammates Lonzo Ball and Lance Stephenson released a song together, “Swerve,” under the Big Baller Music Group onSpotify, and as hip-hop efforts from athletes go, it’s far from the worst you’ll ever hear.

NBAplayers trying their hand in the music game is a long and storied tradition,from Allen Iverson to thefreestyling dissesofShaquille O’Nealduring his beef withKobe Bryantto theleaked tapesofKevin Durantand LeBron James or thelegitimate talentof Dame D.O.L.L.A., akaDamian Lillard

“Swerve” falls somewhere in the middle of that grand tradition, though in a season that has seen its share of strife in Los Angeles—with pretty much everyone on the team not named LeBron James being floated in trade rumors—it’s nice to see Ball and Stephenson sharing the mic.

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Please stop marking yourself safe on Facebook

Please stop marking yourself safe on Facebook

Let me begin by saying that Facebook’s Crisis Response pages do a lot of good. They are a locus for donations and offers of help. But that said, for the love of humanity, when something bad happens, please stop marking yourself safe on Facebook.
They don’t mean to prey on our anxieties. They mean to assuage them. But all they do is reinforce the incorrect notion that the world is a terrifying place where unpredictable awful things happen frequently; they worsen the problem by attempting to treat the symptom.
Consider, for instance, “The Tornado in Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec, Canada” a few months ago. As a former Ottawa resident I have multiple Facebook friends there. Todd and Jennifer marked themselves safe; but what about Joe? Stefan? Stephane? What happened to them?
Yeah, they’re fine, thanks, because that region has a population of 1.3 million, and while it is a shame that six of them were hospitalized as a result of that tornado (which hit Canada frequently) when you do the math you quickly realize that that is equal to one out of every 216,000 people. If a single person were hospitalized as a result of an incident in a single town of 216,000, would Facebook call on every resident of that town to mark themselves safe?
I mean, if Facebook did do that, why, your feed would be a nonstop deluge of Crises from which people are Marked Safe. The world would seem like a cauldron of terrors, and any unknown much too scary to venture into, full of things which might harm you and your friends and family. You would be fearful of other places, and maybe eventually, almost logically, by extension, people from other places, too.
Our brains are well known to weigh our fears based in part on how vivid they are rather than how likely they are. So we worry more about vivid events than actually fearsome ones. Would Facebook call on New Yorkers to mark themselves safe if a terrorist attack killed 15 people in a busy subway station? Of course they would. It’s not even a question, is it.
But 15 is fewer than the number of New Yorkers killed in traffic every single month. Is Facebook calling on New Yorkers to mark themselves as “Safe From Cars” every month? Of course not. That’s a laughable concept. But the risk of that is greater than the risk of any given New Yorker being killed in that hypothetical terror attack.
And – here’s the key – when Facebook asks you to mark yourself safe, and reports that you’re safe to all your Facebook friends, it may reduce some specific anxiety in the short term, but it does so at the cost of increasing generalized anxiety — about the world and everything in it — in the long term.
There are of course some crises so awful, so huge, so widespread, that this no longer applies; where the risk to any individual is in fact much higher than, say, the annual risk of dying in a car crash. If Facebook reduced its calls to mark yourself safe to such actual crises, then none of the above would apply. Let’s hope that one day they ratchet down their anxiety-inducing algorithms and do just that.

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Lyndon LaRouche, perennial presidential candidate, dead at 96

Lyndon LaRouche, perennial presidential candidate, dead at 96 – Fox News


Lyndon LaRouche in an undated photo. (Photo by Steve Liss/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Lyndon LaRouche in an undated photo. (Photo by Steve Liss/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Lyndon LaRouche, the political extremist and conspiracy theorist who ran for president in eight consecutive national elections, died Tuesday, his political action committee confirmed. He was 96.

“Those who knew and loved Lyndon LaRouche know that humanity has suffered a great loss, and today we dedicate ourselves anew to bring to reality the big ideas for which history will honor him,” read a statement on the website of LaRouchePAC, which noted that LaRouche died on the birthday of former President Abraham Lincoln, whom he celebrated in his writings.

A native of Lynn, Massachusetts, LaRouche was a former member of the Socialist Workers Party who first ran for president in 1976 as a candidate of the U.S. Labor Party. In subsequent elections, LaRouche ran as either a Democratic or independent candidate. His final run for president took place in 2004.

LaRouche espoused several conspiracy theories, most notably that the International Monetary Fund was “engaged in mass murder” by spreading AIDS through its economic policies, that former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Vice President Walter Mondale were Soviet “agents of influence,” and that the Queen of England was involved in the international drug trade.

He also called for a quarantine of AIDS victims, referred to Zionism as “cult nonsense” and said the Holocaust was “mythical.” The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith once characterized LaRouche’s organization as an anti-Semitic political cult.

During a 1984 libel trial, LaRouche said he had no income and had filed no tax returns for 12 years. He said he did not know who paid his bills. His political action committee described him as a “philosopher, scientist, poet, statesman [and] economist.”

Speaking in 1986, LaRouche described himself as being in the tradition of the American Whig Party, a forerunner of the GOP in the first half of the 19th century. His views evolved throughout his life, but a central tenet of his apocalyptic platform warned of an inevitable global downward slide into crisis and called for a complete overhaul of the world’s economic and financial systems.

LaRouche ran his 1992 presidential campaign from prison after he was convicted in 1988 of mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the IRS by defaulting on more than $30 million in loans from campaign supporters. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison but was released in 1994.


Based in Leesburg, Virginia, outside Washington, LaRouche’s organization continued to operate during the years he was in prison. His followers could be found at major airports, where they distributed publications and tried to raise money. In addition to his presidential campaigns, LaRouche ran unsuccessfully in 1990 to represent a northern Virginia district in Congress.

The commitment of LaRouche followers reportedly inspired some people to hire so-called “deprogrammers” to kidnap his devotees and stop them from giving him their fortunes. One high-profile case involved a supposed conspiracy to kidnap DuPont heir Lewis duPont Smith and his wife to deprogram them. In 1992, a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, acquitted Smith’s father, E. Newbold Smith, and three other men.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ex-boyfriend held in death of woman in suitcase – Fox News

Ex-boyfriend held in death of woman in suitcase – Fox News

GREENWICH, Conn. –The ex-boyfriend of the New York woman whose body was found inside a suitcase in a wooded area of Connecticut was held without bail Tuesday on a charge carrying a potential death penalty.

Javier Enrique Da Silva Rojas, 24, of Queens, New York, was detained in the death of 24-year-old Valerie Reyes after he appeared in federal court in White Plains, New York.

The victim’s body was found on Feb. 5 inside a suitcase discarded near a Connecticut road by highway workers. The discovery came after she was reported missing on Jan. 30 by her mother, father and boyfriend, authorities said.

Da Silva Rojas was arrested in Queens, New York, on Monday. A defense lawyer did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Federal authorities said Da Silva Rojas told authorities in a videotaped interview at the New Rochelle Police Department that Reyes fell to the floor and hit her head after they had sex on Jan. 29 at her residence.

They said he indicated he put packing tape over her mouth, bound her legs and hands, and put her in a suitcase that he put in a forest after driving for some time.

Da Silva Rojas was charged with kidnapping resulting in death, which carries a potential penalty of death or life in prison. Prosecutors have not yet indicated if they will seek death if he is convicted.

William F. Sweeney Jr., head of the FBI’s New York office, said federal authorities teamed with police in Greenwich and New Rochelle to “swiftly identify Javier Da Silva, an alleged murderer, and place him behind bars.”

“While today’s arrest is certainly a welcome conclusion, it in no way alleviates the pain and suffering Valerie’s family will continue to feel for years to come. The reality of their situation is utterly unimaginable, as is the crime with which Da Silva is charged,” Sweeney said.

Investigators “zeroed in” on Da Silva Rojas after he allegedly used Reyes’ ATM card to withdraw cash multiple times after her death, Greenwich Police Capt. Robert Berry said.

“We are confident that the pursuit of justice for Valerie will be successful and we continue to work with the family to provide closure to this tragedy,” Berry said in a written statement.

Reyes, of New Rochelle, New York, was reported missing when she did not show up for work Jan. 30 at a bookstore. Autopsy results from the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are still pending.

Police said they have examined hundreds of hours of surveillance footage in the case and interviewed several potential witnesses.

Reyes had worked at a Barnes & Noble store in Eastchester, New York, since it opened 2 ½ years ago, according to the bookstore chain.


This story has been corrected to show that police in Greenwich announced the arrest but did not make it and to reflect the defendant’s name as it is provided in court documents.

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Sheriff: Lyft driver charged in kidnap, rape of passenger – Fox News

Sheriff: Lyft driver charged in kidnap, rape of passenger – Fox News

GRETNA, La. –Authorities say a 30-year-old Lyft driver kidnapped and raped a woman in suburban New Orleans last month.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto says in a Thursday news release that Yousef Hamed (yu-SEF’ HAH’-mehd) of Harvey faces charges of second-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping.

The release says the victim was using the Lyft ride-hailing app to get home from New Orleans’ Bywater neighborhood after a night of drinking on Jan. 23.

Instead, she was taken to a residence in Jefferson Parish, where the sheriff’s office says she was raped.

The news release says Hamed told investigators he had consensual sexual contact with the woman.

Hamed was arrested Tuesday and remained in jail Thursday on $400,000 bond. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney who could comment.

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Wife accuses husband of torture before her daughter’s death – Fox News

Wife accuses husband of torture before her daughter’s death – Fox News

BELFAST, Maine –A motion for separate trials for a husband and wife in the death of a 10-year-old contends the husband tortured both his wife and stepdaughter.

Sharon and Julio Carrillo are both charged with murder in the death of Marissa Kennedy in Stockton Springs, a shocking crime a year ago that led to a push for child welfare reform.

But court documents, filed Friday, contend Sharon Carrillo was a victim, not an accomplice.

The documents cite images from Julio Carrillo’s cellphone including one in which mother and daughter were naked and kneeling while being assaulted.

Julio Carrillo’s attorney says the wife is trying to deflect blame.

Investigators who say the Carrillos took turns beating the girl want to try the cases at the same time. Both Carrillos have pleaded not guilty.

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