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September 12, 2013
What’s worse, a shadow campaign or a massive shadow campaign fund? Let’s compare facts.
- $256M the amount raised by a until-now-unknown political group, Freedom Partners, which played a major role in bankrolling the conservative movement in 2012, according to Politico. The group paid out $236 million to various groups, according to a soon-to-be-released IRS filing … a filing that comes nearly a year after the election and was only revealed last night.
- $608k the amount a contractor in D.C. paid a marketing executive, using the illicitly-gained funds to run a so-called “shadow campaign” for Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign—which Clinton’s campaign denies being involved in, by the way. This is getting a lot of press because it ties Hillary Clinton to a corruption scandal indirectly. But I did the math here, and it seems that this only involves 0.2 percent of the total in the top item. Wait a second …
10:34 // 2 months ago
September 11, 2013
Remember anti-Muslim pastor Terry Jones? He’s still trying to burn copies of the Koran en masse
- 2,998 the number of copies of the Koran that infamous anti-Muslim pastor Terry Jones tried to burn today. And he would have gotten away with it, too (for the second time), had it not been for Polk County, Fla. sheriff’s deputies. They arrested him and his
accomplice associate pastor, Marvin Sapp Jr., before they could get to burning copies of the Koran. On September 11. source
21:32 // 2 months ago
September 10, 2013
Four men convicted for last year’s brutal New Delhi rape/murder
- 4 men convicted on all counts for the infamous, brutal rape and murder of a woman riding a bus in New Delhi, India last year. All four men could face the death penalty by hanging, with sentencing expected to be announced on Wednesday. source
20:15 // 2 months ago
September 8, 2013
Centenarian killed by SWAT team in Arkansas
- 107 the age of a man killed in a standoff in police in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on Saturday. Monroe Isadore, who was alive when Theodore Roosevelt was president, was shot and killed after he threatened two residents of a home, leading a SWAT team to come in and negotiate.
- 25 the number of vehicles, mostly police cars drawn to the home during the standoff. The negotiations failed, leading to the SWAT team throwing gas into the room, Isadore shooting off his gun, and police shooting (and killing) him. Nobody else was injured.
- 2nd the city’s ranking in a nationwide poll of most dangerous metropolitan areas. Detroit was first. source
20:48 // 2 months ago
September 7, 2013
High schoolers, middle schoolers using e-cigarettes, but the FDA may spoil the party
- 10% the percentage of high school students that used electronic cigarettes in 2012, a sharp increase from the 4.7 percent that said they used them in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- 2.7% the percentage of middle school students that said they have done the same, according to the study. The Food and Drug Administration is considering regulations on the battery-powered nicotine devices, something that the findings could directly influence. source
14:12 // 3 months ago
There’s arsenic in brown rice, but don’t freak out, guys.
- 160ppm the level of arsenic in brown rice (in parts per million), according to a recent test by the Food and Drug Administration. While that level is far higher than is the maximum alotted for water (10 parts per million), but we drink way more water than we eat rice, so it’s still not dangerous, the FDA says. The agency recommends that we simply diversify the grains we eat—no big deal. source
11:36 // 3 months ago
September 3, 2013
New poll finds most Americans don’t want U.S. military involved in Syria
- 59% of Americans oppose the idea of U.S. military strikes in Syria, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, while roughly 70 percent of respondents said they would not support putting U.S. troops on the ground inside the country, Opposition to airstrikes is high on both sides of the aisle too; 54 percent of the Democrats and 55 percent of the Republicans polled opposed military strikes of any kind. source
19:21 // 3 months ago
September 2, 2013
Diana Nyad completes epic 53-hour swim from Cuba to Florida
- 1978 the first year journalist and long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad first attempted to make a 110-mile excursion from Cuba to the United States. Over the past 35 years, she’s tried four other times (three of which were in 2011 and 2012), but wasn’t successful until today, when she swam from Havana to Key West successfully. “I am about to swim my last 2 miles in the ocean,” Nyad told her team as she neared the home stretch. “This is a lifelong dream of mine and I’m very very glad to be with you.” source
14:48 // 3 months ago
August 31, 2013
What “Made in the USA” costs for smartphones
- $4 the cost increase, per device, to bring manufacturing for Google’s Moto X phones to the United States instead of having the phones made in China, according to IHS iSuppli. “The total cost to make Motorola’s smartphone is only 9 percent more than the iPhone 5—and about 5 percent less than the Galaxy S4,” notes the firm. But the issue might come down to labor resources—Apple can, for example, hire more skilled industrial engineers in China than the U.S., because there is more focus on STEM education in the country. source
17:21 // 3 months ago
August 30, 2013
If you’re on Time Warner Cable, a long football season might be in the cards
- nine the number of years Time Warner Cable held out for a deal with the NFL Network on retransmission fees—something likely to be avoided in the current conflict the company is having with CBS, but nonetheless, expect drama in the weeks to come. Three million people have been missing out on shows on the cable system for a solid month now, and if the two sides don’t make a deal fast, it’ll start cutting into the football season—including the upcoming “Manning Bowl” between the Broncos and Giants. source
18:41 // 3 months ago