"The two Americas watch different news. They read very different books, listen to different music and watch different television shows. Increasingly, they now live lives according to two widely different traditions."
Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Sunday said Congress should look into former FBI Director James Comey’s revelation that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch asked him to downplay the nature of his investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
President Trump lauded the opening of the nation's first new coal mine in recent memory. Corsa Coal Company will operate the mine in Somerset County, Pa. - outside of Pittsburgh. Corsa CEO George Dethlefsen said the mine will be a boon to the struggling local economy. He praised Trump's easing of regulations and encouragement for fossil fuel exploration. Dethlefsen told Leland Vittert that for the 70 positions available in the mine, 400 people applied.
The large and aging baby boom generation has hit retirement age, and the Trump White House has tightened immigration rules, among other things. Partly as a result, the labor force is only increasing about half as fast as companies are hiring.
"In order to meet its 2025 Paris Agreement commitment—or NDC—of reducing emissions by 26–28% below 2005 levels, the USA would have had to implement both the Clean Power Plan and the Obama Administration’s full Climate Action Plan. Current US policies, including the Clean Power Plan, would only reduce emissions to 10% below 2005 levels by 2025."
" a list compiled by Fox News Thursday morning included Facebook, bad polling, low-information voters, and, of all places, Hollywood. No doubt she will elaborate on those in her book. But Wednesday's performance was the most complete statement yet on Clinton's view of the 2016 race. There are dozens, or hundreds, or thousands of reasons why she lost -- and none is named Hillary Clinton."
Single-payer healthcare plan advances in California Senate — without a way to pay its $400-billion tab - LA Times
“We don’t have the money to pay for it,” Sen. Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) said. “If we cut every single program and expense from the state budget and redirected that money to this bill, SB 562, we wouldn’t even cover half of the $400-billion price tag.”
"Kenneth Watt warned about a pending Ice Age in a speech. “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years,” he declared. “If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”
"Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) actually compared President Trump trying to get funding for a border wall to a gun at the heads of Americans. So the budgetary process is like a mass shooting?!? Do Democrats ever think before they speak?"
"San Francisco’s Butter Bar, a trendy outpost that prides itself on being a true-blue, trailer park-themed bar, serving up the best in “trashy” cuisine and cocktails. With tater tots, microwaved food, and deep-fried Twinkies on the menu, the bar also serves cocktails that contain cheap ingredients, such as Welch’s grape soda. The bar has an actual trailer inside, and serves cans in paper bags,"
"20-year-old Christian, confronted his "professor" of Middle Eastern Humanities who asserted that Jesus Christ was not crucified. He also told his class that Jesus's 12 apostles did not believe in Christ's divinity."
This "news" piece seems a teeny bit slanted..."The American public could take a direct hit under a rollback of the Clean Power Plan, environmental groups say, from an increase in illnesses to an uptick in natural disasters."...and wild hyperbole...ed
"All this happens through what’s called reinforcement learning, the same fundamental technique that underpinned AlphaGo, the machine from Google’s DeepMind AI lab that cracked the ancient game of Go. Basically, the bots navigate their world through extreme trial and error, carefully keeping track of what works and what doesn’t as they reach for a reward, like arriving at a landmark."
"The obese Australian Bureau of Statistics clerk claimed he had been bullied and harassed and suffered from a “psychological injury.” He claimed to be plagued with breathlessness, fatigue and dizziness. The man claimed that meant he was not able to mow his lawn, but his demand for compensation was rejected by Comcare because he had family members who could mow the lawn instead."
"JORGE RAMOS: This is our country, it is yours, it is mine and it is ours. The interesting this is with the Trump administration and many people who support Donald Trump they think it is their country, that it is a white country and they are absolutely wrong. This is not a white country, this is not their country, it is ours, and that is precisely what I’m saying. Look in 2044, the white population will become a minority, it will be a minority/majority country, that is precisely what I’m saying. Latinos, Asians, African-Americans, whites, it is our country Tucker."
"They said: 'We were standing on the track, waiting for the train. The train came, and suddenly someone jumped out with an ax, hit the people. 'There was blood everywhere. I have experienced a lot, but I have never experienced it.'
"A burger-flipping robot has just completed its first day on the job at a restaurant in California, replacing humans at the grill."