While everyone was still (rightfully) raging at a Philadelphia Starbucks for racially profiling black male customers as dangerous users of restrooms, another national chain was doing the same damn thing in New Jersey, with just a fraction of the public scrutiny. On Monday, Tshyrad Oates joined an unnamed friend for an afternoon workout at the Secaucus LA Fitness; his friend, who describes himself as a paying member of the gym for “at least eight years,” was able to secure Oates’ access to the facility with a four-day guest pass. Oates’ friend, the actual gym member, arrived first, and Oates joined him a bit later. Both were required to present proper credentials to enter. But according to Oates, about 30 minutes later, the female LA Fitness employee who had scanned Oates’ guest pass interrupted his workout. After about a half hour I was approached by this same employee telling me that I had to leave or pay and I explained to her that I just signed in with her with the guest pass. She stated that it was my friend who did not pay (unaware that her manager had already signed him in with his membership pass). After explaining that they did, in fact, have every right to be there, and asserting that they were embarrassed by the implications, the men continued to exercise. The female employee then apparently called the police. We continued our workout and next thing we know 2 police men show up questioning us on why we were (there) with no memberships, we explained to them about our guest pass and rescanned my friend’s member tag and it resulted in current active (statuses). (The La Fitness employee did look at the computer screen that showed current member status and said nothing.) With their right to be in the gym once again validated, and, ostensibly, the police on their side, Oates says the men resumed their workouts. But the LA Fitness staff weren’t having it. The female employee summoned her manager, who then called MORE police, and demanded the men stop filming; police told him that Oates had every right to record videos.
Nineteen years after the massacre at Columbine shocked the entire nation, five years and four months after Sandy Hook made the American president cry on television, and two months after Parkland shocked us again, students at over 2,500 schools across the U.S. united for a second National School Walkout, calling, once again, for the grownups to do something to stop gun violence in this country. xToday, students at more than 2,500 schools will walk out to demand an end to gun violence. We stand with them to say #EnoughIsEnough! #NationalSchoolWalkout pic.twitter.com/RZFmmXui9sÃ¢ÂÂ MoveOn.org (@MoveOn) April 20, 2018
Welcome back, Saturday Campaign D-I-Y’ers! For those who tune in, welcome to the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. Each week, we discuss issues that help drive successful campaigns. If you’ve missed prior diaries, please visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide. Candidates who launch campaigns are generally pretty well informed about what is going on in their school board, city offices, county offices, state house or even federal offices. Candidates decide to run in large part because they care about the political process and something has motivated them to seek out office. That same drive and awareness aren’t always true of the people living inside of their districts who will be casting votes in their election. In order to determine what helps motivate the voters in your district, candidates often turn to issue briefs—documents, studies, polling data containing research about the opinions of voters in the district and the issues that motivate them.
If our understanding of how the solar system formed is at all accurate, there were probably at least several and probably dozens of planets accruing from the flattened disk that surrounds young, forming stars circling that have long since been gobbled up by other planets, sent into a fiery rendezvous with the sun, or cast out into interstellar space to wander the galaxy as a rogue world. Evidence for such a menagerie would disappear forever in all three cases. Or would it? Fragments from a meteorite that splintered high above Sudan a decade ago may hold the answer: Upon closer inspection, he found that the material inside the diamonds could only have been formed at incredibly high pressures—much higher than anything the meteorite would have been subject to as it crashed toward Earth. These diamonds must have held the weight of an entire world—literally. At 20 gigapascals, the pressure necessary to form these substances is likely to occur deep within a planet—one between the size of Mercury and Mars. “Space” diamonds are probably more common than one might think. Very tiny, nano meter-sized diamonds can sometimes form in meteorites during reentry. There could be exo-planets made of so much carbon that it would be awash in a sort of diamond bedrock. Astrophysicists have even suggested that certain types of diamonds here on Earth actually originated inside certain kinds of stars, such as white dwarfs, where they would exist in the trillions of tons. Earth has exploding ants, how cool is that? Well, not for the ant maybe … The Hubble Space Telescope marks its 28th anniversary with dazzling pics of the Lagoon Nebula. And speaking of images and space, this interview piece by Mark earlier this week on the TESS replacement for Kepler is a great read! You can learn a lot about Trump loyalists by examining the claims and methods of moon landing hoaxers. You’ll learn that both groups have abysmal critical thinking skills. I suffer from chronic pain in the form of an autoimmune disease, I will continue to suffer for the rest of my life, and it will only get worse, not better. So I have a dog in this hunt; that dog being to keep painkillers available in the face of growing opioid abuse. There was some good news on that front, at least in the sense that more people who have become dependent appear to be getting the help they need: [T]he report also found that the number of people newly prescribed these medications, including buprenorphine and naltrexone, nearly doubled over the course of 2017, to 82,000 per month from 42,000.
Arizona State Sen. Republican Debbie Lesko is running in the special election on April 24, for the vacant seat of Republican scandal-resigner Trent Franks’s seat, against Democrat Hiral Tipirneni. She is favored to win the red seat back for the Republicans in a race that’s shown all of the sociopathic hallmarks of the Republican balancing act of pretending they both support and are not complicit in their current leadership. And as the Intercept reports, Lesko is the perfect Republican candidate with a long history of copying and pasting conservative lobbyist private interests directly into the bills she has written. LESKO’S WORK THROUGH ALEC has helped her produce a steady stream of other interest group-authored bills. ALEC, for instance, has worked closely with for-profit charter schools to develop a range of model bills to help channel taxpayer money from public schools into proprietary charters schools. The largest names in the for-profit primary education industry, such as “virtual charter school” operators K12 Inc. and Connections Academy, have sponsored ALEC conferences and helped to author these charter-expansion bills. The Intercept provides side-by-side comparisons of State Sen. Lesko’s “bill,” and ALEC’s sponsorship proposals. It’s like reading the worst plagiarized high school book report where one term—in this case using “handbook” instead of “catalogue”—is supposed to throw us off the scent of corruption. This is just one example of the numerous times state Sen. Lesko proposed legislation that simply changes the stationary on which the lobbyist wrote the original proposal. The Health Care Compact was an attempt by ALEC to undermine the Affordable Care Act, by pulling Medicare away from the federal government and into the hands of the state. Lesko proposed HB2509—the same thing. Not only is Lesko an ALEC board member and frequent speaker at the group’s events, but she was also recognized as ALEC’s lawmaker of the year in 2016. She appeared on television once to defend the organization from critics who said the group provides a backdoor channel for special interests to exercise influence over legislators. This is the definition of the swamp.
T-shirts and other garb that promote white supremacy should be taken seriously as an entry point into hate
Hong Kong authorities have been approached and recovery writ has been filed against companies of Nirav Modi, the official said
Hong Kong, a city with some of the costliest real estate in the world, set a new record earlier this week with a single parking space in the Kowloon district. Read Full Article at RT.com
Officials said the examination will also cover the disclosures made at the time of Chanda Kochhar being appointed as CEO and Managing Director of the bank for the first time in 2009
Nirav Modi-owned Firestar Diamond Inc filed for bankruptcy in the US on February 27
The next trillion-dollar industry will be in the mining sector, and the world’s first trillionaire will make his/her fortune by mining in outer space, Goldman Sachs claims. Read Full Article at RT.com
Two men were arrested for allegedly duping people of large sums of money after luring them into bitcoin mining and trading on the promise of high returns since December 2016, the police said today. They also falsely claimed that their online portal was being operated by a US based company, they said. Cyber Crime Cell of the police received a complaint that Deepak Jangra (37) and Deepak Malhotra (56) had duped multiple investors by making false representation and assurances, the police said. They used the concept of multi-level marketing which runs on the basic principle of referral incomes from the new members, payouts from individuals investment and other benefits. The accused used to attract investors by holding meetings and parties in various five star hotels in the national capital region, they said. Initially the investors got the due returns which helped in adding new investors and multiple investments from the existing clients. After a few days, they accused stopped paying ...
The famous Oxford Dodo died after being shot in the back of the head, according to new research. Using revolutionary forensic scanning technology and world-class expertise, researchers have discovered surprising evidence that the Oxford Dodo was shot in the neck and back of the head with a shotgun.
Pivotal has kind of a strange role for a company. On one hand its part of the EMC federation companies that Dell acquired in 2016 for a cool $67 billion, but it’s also an independently operated entity within that broader Dell family of companies — and that has to be a fine line to walk. […]
Every startup needs a little skill and a little luck. BigID, a NYC-based data governance solution has been blessed with both. The company, which helps customers identify sensitive data in big data stores, launched at just about the same time that the EU announced the GDPR data privacy regulations. Today, the company is having trouble […]
Cloud computing has been a revolution for the data center. Rather than investing in expensive hardware and managing a data center directly, companies are relying on public cloud providers like AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure to provide general-purpose and high-availability compute, storage, and networking resources in a highly flexible way. Yet as workflows have […]
When you think about critical infrastructure, DNS or domain naming services might not pop into your head, but what is more important than making sure your website opens quickly and efficiently for your users. NS1 is a New York City startup trying to bring software smarts and automation to the DNS space. “We’re a DNS […]
There used to be two cultures in the enterprise around technology. On one side were software engineers, who built out the applications needed by employees to conduct the business of their companies. On the other side were sysadmins, who were territorially protective of their hardware domain — the servers, switches, and storage boxes needed to […]
PARIS (AP) - French authorities are evacuating tourists and others from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and monument in western France after a visitor apparently threatened to attack security services. The national gendarme service said the man made the threat Sunday on one of the shuttles serving the site, on a peninsula ...
At the inaugural gem and jewelry fair GemGenève, which takes place from May 10 to 13 this year, 150 exhibitors are due to showcase pieces that have been drawing the attention of discerning customers worldwide. Scheduled to be included in the show are vintage pieces created by Cartier, Boucheron, and Lalique while jewelry provider, Yafa showcases items from JAR. Among the specialists in the vintage jewelry section is Pat Saling who will bring rare pieces such as an enamel and diamond bracelet by Cartier.The contemporary designers set to be featured in the fair are Sean Gilson who is famous for his handcrafted pieces while Hannah Martin will showcase the gender fluid vibe that her jewels are known for. Fabio Salini, Emmanuel Tarpin and Alexander Tenzo are the other designers included in the Contemporary Designer section which will be curated by Vivienne Becker — the renowned jewelry historian. The latest offerings from the Style of Jolie jewelry collection from Robert Procop are also going to be featured in the fair along with a limited edition Zahara series of anklets and bracelets.Created by founders Thomas Faerber and Ronny Totah, who own gem and jeweler firms aligned with their families, GemGenève focuses on medium to small-size firms who are often lost among big names in Baselworld.GemGenève will be held from May 10 - 13 at the Palexpo Convention Center, Route François-Peyrot 30, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland.For details, visit: http://www. gemgeneve.com/Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at gems and jewelry that will be featured in the fair
FRISCO, Texas (AP) - Andy Wartman dabs maroon paint followed by a mix of pink and gray on the seams that connect the mini rock formations of New Mexico. A bit of dark green foliage goes into the crevices. The Dallas Morning News reports within minutes, his handiwork blends ...
BEND, Ore. (AP) - Federal officials are taking public comments on management strategies for five central Oregon wilderness areas that include possible restrictions on the number of visitors. The U.S. Forest Service on Thursday released its draft Central Cascades Wilderness Strategies Project, the Bulletin reported . Forest Service project leader ...
BOSTON (AP) - Done Boston's Freedom Trail? Now you can tackle a new adventure: the Massachusetts Whale Trail. The state Office of Travel and Tourism says a map debuting Monday will include locations along the coastline and inland with noteworthy connections to the majestic marine mammals. Officials say whale-related points ...
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers have introduced a bill allowing Delaware's most populous county to impose a new lodging tax on hotel and motel rooms. The bill introduced Thursday would allow the imposition of a lodging tax of up to three percent for rental of a room in a ...
Vinales was on a quick lap and set to challenge Marquez's provisional pole benchmark when he came up on the Honda rider in the final sector and was forced to back out, gesticulating angrily at Marquez as he rode past.He recovered with his nest lap, finishing the pole shoot-out four tenths off Marquez in second, before a three-place penalty for the latter promoted the Yamaha man to ... Keep reading
SYDNEY (AP) Cronulla center Jesse Ramien scored two tries to help the Sharks beat Penrith 26-22 on Sunday and prevent the Panthers from moving into a share of first place in the National Rugby League.
VIENNA (AP) Salah-Eddine Bounasr of Morocco won the Vienna City Marathon on Sunday after world record holder Dennis Kimetto quit the race before the 25-kilometer mark.
The French team has been the most consistent behind the big three outfits in the first three grands prix of the 2018 season but has had lower performance peaks than McLaren, Haas and Toro Rosso.Renault is fifth in the constructors' championship, three behind its customer team McLaren, but Bell said its progress has not been as significant as it hoped."I would say we're disappointed ... Keep reading
The pair were squabbling over sixth place late in the race when the contact happened, with van Gisbergen on a charge with fresher rubber thanks to an alternate tyre strategy.It started with a wobble from Lowndes through Turn 11, light contact from van Gisbergen then sending the #888 Holden off the track at high speed.Van Gisbergen immediately let Lowndes back through to avoid a ... Keep reading
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The highest-scoring team in the NHL is playing a stingy brand of defense in the playoffs.