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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

How Well Do You Know 70s TV Theme Songs?

 

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This test was pretty easy.  It was nice to hear some of the theme songs from the 70's.

Russians given day off work to make babies

Workers in a Russian region have been given today off to have sex in a bid to boost the birth rate.

Today has been declared the Day of Conception in Ulyanovsk, Lenin's birthplace, when couples are told go to home and multiply.

If they succeed they could win a car, cash or a fridge.

Under the city council's "Give Birth to a Patriot" scheme, those who give birth on June 12, Russia Day, will get a prize.

The winning couple of the grand prize - a locally made 4x4 car - are judged by a committee on criteria such as "respectability" and "commendable parenting".

The scheme is championed by the Ulyanovsk governor, Sergei Morozov.

"The leadership (of the country) is interested in the family," he told AP Television News.

Since the scheme started three years ago the region's birth rate has increased.

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American Ninja Warrior Winner Isaac Caldiero: First Champ in 7 Seasons

After seven seasons and thousands of competitors, NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” finally crowned a winner, after not one, but two competitors completed the fourth and final stage of the challenge for the first time in the show’s history.

Since the series began in 2009, no athlete had ever progressed past the third stage of the competition, but in the season seven finale, both Geoff Britten and Isaac Caldiero finished the seemingly impossible course. Britten completed Stage 4 first, but Caldiero subsequently beat his time by 3.6 seconds, enabling him to win the challenge and the $1 million grand prize — meaning that Britten went home empty-handed.

Watch Caldiero’s performance on Stage 3 and his Stage 4 win below:

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President Obama Orders Behavioral Experiments On American Public

President Obama announced a new executive order on Tuesday which authorizes federal agencies to conduct behavioral experiments on U.S. citizens in order to advance government initiatives.

“A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights — research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them — can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people,” reads the executive order, released on Tuesday.

The new program is the end result of a policy proposal the White House floated in 2013 entitled “Strengthening Federal Capacity for Behavioral Insights.”

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Iraq War Veteran Blows Whistle On Shameless Propaganda Being Taught At Police Academies

Before getting into the meat of this post, I want to start off by stating a fact: There is no “war on police” happening in America today. What is happening is a growing movement of people who want police accountability, profess a desire to reform the justice system so that we stop incarcerating people for the oxymoron of “victimless crimes,” and an end to the widespread thieving of the public without due process via a practice known as civil asset forfeiture.

I’ve covered these topics extensively over the years. Here are just a few examples:

The United States: 5% of the World’s Population, 25% of its Prisoners

Don’t Mess with Texas – Police Raid and Shutdown Lemonade Stand Run by 7 and 8-Year-Old Girls

Chart of the Day – America’s Prison Population Over the Past 100 Years

Denver Police Arrest “Jury Nullification” Activist for Passing Out Informational Pamphlets

Land of the Unfree – Police and Prosecutors Fight Aggressively to Retain Barbaric Right of “Civil Asset Forfeiture”

The DEA Strikes Again – Agents Seize Man’s Life Savings Under Civil Asset Forfeiture Without Charges

Asset Forfeiture – How Cops Continue to Steal Americans’ Hard Earned Cash with Zero Repercussions

The public grievances listed earlier are reasonable demands which any civilized culture would insist upon. Nevertheless, many police departments across the country are taking these criticisms as part of some imagined “war on police” which simply doesn’t exist. Rather than showing even a sliver of introspection by looking inward at the mistakes policing has made in recent years, many officers are becoming defensive, combatant and have resorted to lies in order to dismiss the concerns of the public.

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O’Malley: DNC Committing ‘Party Malpractice’ To Protect Hillary From Debates

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley wants more opportunities to debate his fellow Democratic presidential candidates, and he’s not being shy about saying so.

A month before the first Democratic primary debate, O’Malley called the party limiting the number of debates to six “party malpractice.”

Appearing on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” O’Malley told the audience, “It is party malpractice for the Democratic Party not to be holding our own debates.” 

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Austrian Economics and the Time for Monetary Freedom

For over a decade, now, the American economy has been on an economic roller coaster, of an economic boom between 2003 and 2008, followed by a severe economic downturn, and with a historically slow and weak recovery starting in 2009 up to the present.

Before the dramatic stock market decline of 2008-2009, many were the political and media pundits who were sure that the "good times" could continue indefinitely, including some members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, America's central bank.

When the economic downturn began and then worsened, many were the critics who were sure that this proved the "failure" of capitalism in bringing such financial and real economic disruption to America and the world.

There were resurrected long questioned or rejected theories from the Great Depression years of the 1930s that argued that only far-sighted and wise government interventions and regulations could save the country from economic catastrophe and guarantee we never suffer from a similar calamity in the future.

The Boom-Bust Cycle Has Its Origin in Government Policy

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Sunfest kicks off Ocean City’s ‘Second Season’


Gin Blossoms & Spin Doctors, Wynonna and the Big Noise and Tony Orlando in event line-up

OCEAN CITY, MD –: Sunfest sets up for its 41st year as Ocean City’s flagship event, September 24-27, 2015. An annual tradition for many event-goers Sunfest offers something for everyone with four days of live music, food, arts, crafts and just plain fun by the beach and Ocean City’s historic boardwalk. Admission to Sunfest is free.

Recognized as one of the top arts and crafts festivals in the United States and rated as the leading event three years in row, Sunfest boasts over 250 vendors including over 180 artists. Add to that live music, artist demonstrations, gourmet food and wine offerings, hayrides on the beach and a food tent famous for mouthwatering meal offerings, this is a four-day festival you don’t want to miss. Opening day on Thursday, September 24 begins with a parade down the Boardwalk at 9:45 a.m. starting at the 12th St. Beach Plaza Hotel and arriving at the festival grounds with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:15 a.m. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

OJ Simpson appeal rejected by Nevada Supreme Court

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawyer for O.J. Simpson said Friday they'll decide their next step after the Nevada Supreme Court rejected the imprisoned former football star's latest appeal of his 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery conviction.

Attorney Patricia Palm said she needed to talk with Simpson at Lovelock Correctional Center about the Thursday ruling by a three-member panel of the state high court, and whether he wants to appeal to federal court.

The Nevada justices issued a detailed 16-page decision saying they found there was no reason to overturn Clark County District Court Judge Linda Marie Bell's findings in the case and give Simpson a new trial.

The court said Simpson failed to show that his notoriety following his 1995 acquittal in Los Angeles in the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman tainted his trial in Las Vegas, and he failed to demonstrate that his lead trial lawyer, Yale Galanter, had a conflict of interest.

"We ... conclude the district court did not err in denying these claims," justices Ron Parraguire, Michael Douglas and Michael Cherry said.

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OCPD Reminds Citizens to “Share the Road” During OC BikeFest

OCEAN CITY, MD –: Thousands of motorcyclists will soon arrive to the Ocean City area for the annual OC BikeFest Motorcycle Rally, set to begin Thursday, September 17. The Ocean City Police Department is reminding motorists and motorcyclists to “share the road” and be alert to keep motorcyclists safe.

“It is up to all motorists and motorcyclists to make our roads safer,” commented Chief Ross Buzzuro. “Drivers should perform visual checks for motorcyclists by checking mirrors and blind spots before they enter or exit a lane of traffic. Pedestrians should also get into the habit of scanning for motorcyclists who might be hidden by other traffic.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than a passenger vehicle in the event of a crash. Motorcyclists are reminded to remain alert to other drivers, never ride impaired or distracted, and always wear a helmet and other protective gear.

Italian-Chinese medical team to perform first head transplant

An Italian-Chinese medical team plan to perform the world's first head transplant in China, one of the surgeons said Friday, amid concerns over medical ethics in the country.

Ren Xiaoping, who along with Italian surgeon Sergio Canavero, hope to attempt the procedure within two years, but only if the preparatory research and tests go according to plan, Ren said.

"A lot of media have been saying we will definitely attempt the surgery by 2017, but that's only if every step before that proceeds smoothly," Ren told AFP.

Canavero, who leads the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, first announced his project in 2013, saying at the time that such a procedure could be possible as soon as 2016.

But this timeline seems extremely unlikely given the numerous obstacles and gaps in knowledge.

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Public defender’s division challenges juvenile sentences

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Office of the Public Defender’s post-conviction division has adopted a strategy to help ensure juveniles convicted of crimes and serving life sentences without the possibility of parole are resentenced following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that such punishments are cruel and unusual.

Under the division’s new Youth-Resentencing Project, attorneys will investigate all life-without-parole cases to determine if the crime occurred before the convict reached age 18 and examine other cases involving juvenile offenders serving long sentences short of life without parole, said division chief Becky Feldman.

“We are looking at what if anything we can do to get them in court, to get them resentenced,” she added.

The project’s launch was spurred by the high court’s 2012 Miller v. Alabama decision that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles violate the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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Former Russian rebels trade war in Ukraine for posh life in Moscow

MOSCOW — There was a time when the arrival of Alexander Borodai and his posse of camouflaged gunmen could clear out a restaurant in just minutes.

But that was in Donetsk, Ukraine, in 2014, where Borodai was prime minister of a ­pro-Russian separatist government. Now, he is back in his native Moscow and, as he tells it, back to his old day job as a public relations consultant.

“When you are not on television, people start to forget what you look like,” he said, sinking into a cream-colored sofa in a tony Moscow restaurant for an interview. “And thank God for that. It was hard to go out on the street at first.”

It is an unlikely, perhaps unbelievable, transformation for the most prominent Russian citizen in the war in Ukraine and the possible target of a Dutch investigation into the missile attack on a Malaysian airliner in July last year that killed 298 people.

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MIKULSKI ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO INCREASE ACCESS TO MARYLAND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AND KEEP FAMILIES HEALTHY


The funds will be used by 14 community health centers across the state for expanded services and construction.
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today announced that, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 14 community health centers across Maryland have been awarded a combined total of $4,161,916 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to increase access to health care services in Maryland. Community health centers provide comprehensive, high quality primary and preventive care to Americans in rural and urban communities, who otherwise may face hurdles in accessing basic health care services.
“Community health centers provide an important safety net for the people who need it most,” Senator Mikulski said. “During the debate over health reform, I fought to end the punitive practices of health insurance companies, but I also fought to expand access to needed health care services. These funds, which we included in the Affordable Care Act, will help families in under-served neighborhoods have access to quality, reliable care in their own communities. I will continue to fight for the health and well-being of Maryland families with a government on their side.”

Fierce response to Walker plan to bar federal public unions

MADISON, Wis. — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker is hoping to pull his campaign off the mat by taking on unions — a familiar foe for the Wisconsin governor — in a sweeping plan to upend pillars of organized labor nationwide.

Walker's plan calls for eliminating unions for employees of the federal government, making all workplaces right-to-work unless individual states vote otherwise, and scrapping the federal agency that oversees unfair labor practices.

Union leaders are livid. Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union that represents 150,000 federal workers, said Walker is "declaring a war on middle class workers."

But in an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Walker said no one should be surprised.

"I think people would be shocked if the governor who took on big government special interests wouldn't do it at the federal level," Walker said by telephone as he waited to board a plane to Las Vegas where he was to spell out his "Power to the People" proposal in a speech late Monday afternoon.

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OCT. 14 STAKEHOLDER INPUT SESSIONS SCHEDULED FOR WICOMICO SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS SEARCH

The Wicomico County Board of Education has begun the search for a new superintendent. On Oct. 14 the entire community will have the chance to guide the search process.

The Wicomico County Board of Education has begun the search for a new superintendent, and next month the entire community will have the chance to help guide the search process.

The Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), which the Board has hired to conduct the superintendent search, will hold Stakeholder Input Sessions at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 in two locations: the cafeterias of both James M. Bennett High School and Salisbury Middle School. These 7 p.m. sessions will be for the entire community: parents, students, business leaders, community members, public officials, and other interested parties.

Both locations will also host Stakeholder Input Sessions for staff at 4 p.m. that day.

Anti-Geoengineering Attorneys Give Updated Statement On Preparations For Legal Action To Expose Global Climate Engineering

On August 14th, 2015, there was a major event in Northern California that was organized for the purpose of exposing and halting global climate engineering programs that are decimating our planet and the entire web of life. Numerous experts spoke out at this event including attorneys, former government scientists, a former defense industry technician, former military personnel, a prominent Northern California Neurologist, and a CEO for one of the largest environmental and engineering consulting firms in the world. Approximately 1000 people attended this event. A team of 7 attorneys (5 from the US and 2 from Canada) are working together with geoengineeringwatch.org in the effort to put forward a legal filing against the ongoing covert climate engineering crimes. Two of the attorneys from that team are William Blackwell and Joseph Marman. In the short video below, William and Joseph give a brief statement to summarize the ongoing legal efforts. The emcee for this important event was John B. Wells, radio host for the highly acclaimed "Caravan to Midnight" show. John works tirelessly toward revealing the truth for the common good. His participation in the Northern California event was of immense benefit to the cause of exposing geoengineering. My deepest appreciation to John, to all the speakers that participated and shared their knowledge, to each and every activist that contributed countless hours, and of course our gratitude to all those that attended the event. Individuals came from locations as far away as Valdez Alaska and St. Louis Missouri.

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Maryland health officials announce first West Nile death of 2015

BALTIMORE —A Baltimore County resident died Sept. 8 from West Nile virus, marking the state's first death related to the virus this year, Maryland state health officials announced.

Health officials said the death was confirmed on Monday to be attributed to West Nile virus.

"This is very unfortunate, and though not common, we do know that people can die from West Nile Virus infection" Deputy Health Secretary Dr. Howard Haft said in a statement. "While the virus can occur symptom-free in people and resolve itself naturally in a few weeks, it can cause sickness or death, typically in older people.”

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Calls to depose GOP leadership mount: 'Who is in charge right now?'

Conservative disappointment with the Republican leadership on a host of issues from the Iran deal, to federal funding for Planned Parenthood, to the failure to secure a budget, left some members openly calling for the leadership's removal over the weekend.

"Time for new congressional leadership," Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich. tweeted Saturday. He added: GOP leaders "in Congress refuse to listen to regular Americans."

GOP leaders "don't follow their own party platform," former Sen. Jim DeMint, who now heads up the conservative Heritage Foundation, said Sunday. "Things that were mainstay 10 years ago [like] balancing the budget, limited government, getting rid of cronyism, [are] now called radical or far right."

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“Walk Smart” Campaign Earns National Award

OCEAN CITY, MD –: The Ocean City Police Department recently accepted an award on behalf of the entire Ocean City Pedestrian Safety Committee at the Governors Highway Safety Association’s (GHSA) Annual Meeting. GHSA awarded the popular “Walk Smart” Campaign with the Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Award, a nationwide award which recognizes notable achievements in the field of highway safety. The Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Award is named after the past GHSA chairman and highway safety leader who served to make highways safer through many roles.

The “Walk Smart Campaign” began in the winter of 2013 after the Ocean City area experienced a significant increase in pedestrian collisions in 2012. Since the campaign went into effect, there has been no fatalities as a result of a pedestrian collision. Two years later, the Pedestrian Safety Committee continues to see dramatic decreases in the number of pedestrian collisions and has experienced 50 percent less year-to-date in 2015 than in 2014.

In addition to the Ocean City Police Department and Town of Ocean City, the Pedestrian Safety Committee is comprised of the Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland Highway Safety Office and a number of private businesses in the Ocean City Community. Without the support from partnering agencies, the “Walk Smart” campaign would not be possible.

Refugees, Or Invaders?

Syrian refugees are pouring into Europe and the United States is poised to take at least 10,000 of them. Not to be outdone, Germany wants to take 800,000 refugees. What a compassionate gesture toward fellow human beings whose lives are disrupted by civil war and chaos in their home countries.

But how many of these “refugees” are fleeing to the West to make a better life for themselves and how many are soldiers of Islamic jihad, part of an advance wave of invasion?

Where are these refugees coming from? There are nine civil wars going on now in Islamic countries between Pakistan and Nigeria. Of the refugees arriving in Syria, and presumably here in the U.S., one-third are from Syria. 12 percent are from Afghanistan and another 12 percent from Eritrea. 5 percent each from Somalia and Nigeria. Are these countries friendly to us? We recently fought a war in Afghanistan and Somalia was the home of Black Hawk Down, where 18 U.S. special operations soldiers were killed.

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Was Donald Trump’s education venture, Trump University, a scam?

They hoped to get rich off real estate, and who would be a better mentor than one of the richest men in the world? So they enrolled in Donald Trump’s university to learn the tricks of the trade, some of them maxing out their credit cards to pay tens of thousands of dollars for insider knowledge they believed could make them wealthy.

With Trump rising in the polls as the front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination, his brief foray into education is an episode — and a business failure — that remains far more obscure than other chapters of the celebrity billionaire’s career.

Never licensed as a school, Trump University was in reality a series of real estate workshops in hotel ballrooms around the country, not unlike many other for-profit self-help or motivational seminars. Though short-lived, it remains a thorn in Trump’s side nearly five years after its operations ceased: In three pending lawsuits, including one in which the New York attorney general is seeking $40 million in restitution, former students allege that the enterprise bilked them out of their money with misleading advertisements.

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WCSO Press Release - September 16, 2015

Jermel MossJermel Moss
Incident: CDS Possession / Malicious Destruction of Property

Date of Incident: 15 September 2015

Location: Wicomico County, MD

Suspect: Jermel Lee Moss, 26, Salisbury, MD

Narrative: On 15 September 2015 at 11:54 PM, a deputy made contact with Jermel Moss during an investigation on Naylor Street in Salisbury. During the encounter Moss made a statement that he had been using drugs all day and had marijuana with him. During a subsequent search the deputy did locate marijuana but also recovered what would be identified as ecstasy. The deputy placed Moss under arrest and transported him to the Sheriff’s Office for processing.

While in a cell at the Sheriff’s Office, Moss defecated on the floor and then took the feces in his hand and not only wiped it on the wall of the cell but also wrote with it. Moss also spread the feces on the glass window of the cell.

The deputy transported Moss to the Central Booking Unit where he was processed and taken in front of the District Court Commissioner. Following an initial appearance, the Commissioner detained Moss in the Detention Center in lieu of $5,000.00 bond.

Charges: Possession of CDS
                Malicious Destruction of Property
                                                          
Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson        Date:  16 September 2015

Fourth Turning: Crisis Of Trust, Part 2

In Part 1 of this article I discussed the catalyst spark which ignited this Fourth Turning and the seemingly delayed regeneracy. In Part 2 I will ponder possible Grey Champion prophet generation leaders who could arise during the regeneracy.

The nearly seven year reign of Barack Obama has resulted in furthering wealth inequality, in spite of his socialistic rhetoric. Notwithstanding his Nobel Peace Prize, military spending is at all-time highs and we are engaged in actual and proxy wars across the Middle East and in the Ukraine. Race relations have never been worse. Poverty levels have never been worse. Real median household income is lower than it was in 1989. Real hourly wages are at 50 year lows. Home ownership has plunged to 50 year lows, as middle class workers have been kicked out of their homes and young people are saddled with so much student loan debt and bleak job opportunities they will never have an opportunity to own. The ownership society pushed by Clinton and Bush, with the proliferation of Wall Street created “exotic” subprime mortgages, peddled to people incapable of paying their mortgages, blew up the world in 2008, and the fall out will last for decades.

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Twice-convicted murderer convicted again for killing teen

A 41-year-old Baltimore man was convicted Tuesday afternoon of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of a 17-year-old boy — a crime that occurred just months after his release from prison for two other murders.

A city jury convicted David Thornton of second-degree murder and openly carrying a deadly weapon in the March 8, 2014, killing of Jawan Henry, which occurred in the 2600 block of Mura St. Prosecutors said the two had argued over $10 owed to Henry by Thornton's girlfriend for doing chores.

Thornton was originally charged with first-degree murder. He faces a maximum penalty of 33 years for second-degree murder and the weapons charge.


In 2006, Thornton was sentenced to eight years in prison for two killings. Both the prosecutor and Thornton's defense attorney at the time agreed the cases were rife with challenges, and said that while the eight-year sentence was light, "maybe he can't kill anyone … while he is in prison." 




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BEWARE: Croc Found In The Waters of West Ocean City


This CEO Makes 1,951 Times More Than Most of His Workers

Just because the exec who runs your company makes more money than you do doesn’t mean you’re a worthless peon who should go on food stamps. Or maybe not. It’s bad enough that average S&P 500 CEOs make more than 200 times in compensation than the median income of their workers. If the median worker income is $50,000, that’s a mere $10 million a year—not including stock, long-term incentive plans, massive amounts of perks, etc.

But wait. There’s more. That 200-to-1 ratio is chicken feed compared with unabashedly greedy CEOs who are the real high rollers. The Glassdoor Economic Research team analyzed data from S&P 500 companies to determine the highest and lowest ratios of CEO to worker pay. The results are astounding.

The highest CEO pay was 1,951 greater than the median pay of his workers. That dubious achievement belongs to David M. Zaslav, CEO of Discovery Communications, who made $156,077,912 last year. Assuming Zaslav works 60 hours a week with no vacation (unlikely), his hourly pay would be $52,026.

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Support For German Right-wing Party Rises Amid Immigrant Crisis

Support for the Alternative for Germany (AfD), a right-wing party that backs a tough line on immigration, has risen to its highest level in nearly four months as an influx of refugees from the Middle East gathers pace, a poll showed on Tuesday.

The INSA poll for German daily Bild showed support for the AfD, which was dogged by infighting in the first half of the year and saw its founder break away to form a new party, climbing to 5.5 percent, its highest level since late May.

The survey also showed support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc slipping 1.5 points to 40 percent, still the strongest party by far, but its lowest reading since late June.

Merkel was feted in Germany earlier this month for opening Germany's borders to refugees fleeing war in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, but has since backtracked amid an outcry from the leaders of Germany's 16 federal states.

"The refugee crisis is pulling the conservatives down and pushing the AfD over the 5 percent threshold," INSA head Hermann Binkert told Bild.

Presenting its asylum policy at a news conference in Berlin last Monday, the AfD backed the introduction of border controls to stem the tide of refugees entering Germany from Hungary, via Austria.

Over the weekend, Merkel bowed to pressure from state premiers, including Bavarian leader Horst Seehofer, and agreed to such controls.

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ANTI-GUN COMEDIAN GIVES EPIC RANT ON GUN CONTROL

MIKULSKI, SCHATZ INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PROVIDE WORKING PARENTS WITH PAID LEAVE


Legislation Would Provide Six Weeks of Paid Leave for Federal Workers
WASHINGTON  U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) today introduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act (FEPPLA), legislation that would provide federal employees with six weeks of paid leave, under the Family and Medical Leave Act, for the birth, adoption, or fostering of a child.
“Working families who work hard and play by the rules deserve to get ahead and not just get by. No working parent should be forced to choose between caring for their family and keeping their job,” said Senator Mikulski. “This legislation will provide a critical lifeline to working moms and dads to provide the care and support infants and children need. I will continue to fight so working families have a government on their side.”
“While private companies are beginning to see the benefits of providing paid family leave, America is still the only industrial nation in the world without a program that gives working parents the time off and income they need to care for a new child,” said Senator Schatz.  “Our legislation will provide federal workers with six weeks of paid leave, making sure no federal employee has to make the impossible choice between caring for a newborn child and putting dinner on the table.”

Carly Fiorina swipes at Trump: ‘Look at this face.’

PHOENIX - "Ladies," Carly Fiorina said, "look at this face!"

Fiorina took direct aim at Donald Trump here Friday evening, offering up a sharp rejoinder to comments by Trump that appeared to mock Fiorina's appearance.

"Look at that face," Trump told Rolling Stone in an interview published Wednesday. "Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!"

Absolutely, Fiorina said at the National Federation of Republican Women's annual conference here.

"This is the face of a 61 year old woman. I am proud of every year and every wrinkle," "Fiorina said as the overwhelmingly female crowd laughed and cheered.

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Frederick Corn Maze Designed After Taylor Swift

There's a corn maze that looks just like singer Taylor Swift in Frederick, Maryland.

Summers Farm in Frederick designed its 2015 12-acre corn maze for their Summers Farm's 19th Annual Fall Harvest Festival after the singer.

Taylor Swift shared a photo of the maze on her Instagram account with the caption "Lawn goals."

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WHICH GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES ACTUALLY OWN FIREARMS?

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Probiotics: Healthy Gut Bacteria Could Ward Off Age-Related Disease

In the quest to determine why some people remain in good physical and mental health until a very old age and others don't, scientists working with fruit flies suggest that a factor of healthy aging could be found in the gut.

Other recent studies have begun connecting diseases such as diabetes and Parkinson's to changes in gut bacteria, although they have not pinpointed the ideal composition.

"Age-onset decline is very tightly linked to changes within the community of gut microbes," says senior author David Walker of the University of California, Los Angeles in the US. "With age, the number of bacterial cells increase substantially and the composition of bacterial groups changes."

The research team used fruit flies because of their short life span -- which lasts an average of eight weeks -- and the diverse ages at which they die.

"One of the big questions in the biology of aging relates to the large variation in how we age and how long we live," says Walker.

What's more, scientists have identified all the genes of the fruit fly, and are able to switch them on and off individually.

Springboarding off previous research in which they observed that the flies develop leaky guts within days before dying, they analyzed the gut bacteria -- collectively referred to as the microbiota -- of more than 10,000 female flies.

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The Terrifying Results of Muslim Immigration in the UK

Greek coastguards seize huge shipment of arms and ammo 'bound for Libya'

A huge stash of weapons and ammunition has been found hidden aboard a cargo ship understood to be bound for Libya.

Greek authorities seized 5,000 shotguns and half a million rounds of ammunition found aboard the Haddad 1, a coast guard official said on Wednesday.

Videos released by the Hellenic Coast Guard show officers uncovering the arms, which it said had no accompanying documents and were concealed by furniture and gym mats.

The crew of seven – which is reportedly made up of Syrians, Egyptians and Indians – were arrested as inspectors searched 14 shipping containers aboard the Bolivian-registered vessel.

The ship is understood to have set off from the Turkish port of Iskenderun, about 50km from the Syrian border, at the end of last month and was intercepted near Crete.

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Wicomico County Republican Central Committee has a vacancy.


Central Committee Vacancy NoticeThe Wicomico County 
 
Republican Central Committee has notified the Wicomico County Republican Club of an opening for membership on the Central Committee. Recently Dr. Greg Belcher tendered his resignation from the Central Committee.

The Central Committee's bylaws call for existing Central Committee members to nominate candidates to fill the vacancy.

If you are interested in serving on the Central Committee you must secure a central committee member to nominate you at the next Central Committee meeting which will be held on October 5th at 7:00pm and is located at the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce on Main Street in Downtown Salisbury. They will review nominations, possibly conduct brief interviews and vote that evening.

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Selfies Are Linked To Mental Disorders

1. You’ve seen it thousands of times on Facebook and other social media outlets, there is even a song on the radio about it! Selfies have become a huge trend in social media and psychiatrists and mental health workers are linking them to mental health conditions related to narcissism and a person’s obsession with their looks.

According to psychiatrist Dr David Veal: Two out of three of all the patients who come to see me with Body Dysmorphic Disorder since the rise of camera phones have a compulsion to repeatedly take and post selfies on social media sites.

Cognitive behavioural therapy is used to help a patient to recognize the reasons for his or her compulsive behaviour and then to learn how to moderate it. he told the Sunday Mirror.

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A pregnant woman wanted her tubes tied. Her Catholic hospital said no

It was painful to hear but ultimately seemed the best course to Jessica Mann and her family. Because of a dangerous tumor in her brain, her doctor gently suggested that she take steps to make sure that she could not get pregnant again.

So Mann, 33, who is due to have her third baby next month, decided that while she was under anesthesia during the birth, she would undergo a tubal ligation — a procedure that would prevent further pregnancies.

But her hospital said no. Genesys Regional Medical Center, which is Catholic, denied the request on religious grounds: Catholic mandates forbid procedures that cause sterilization, including vasectomies, and officials said she did not qualify for an exception.
“I was surprised and upset,” said Mann, who on Friday sent a letter through the American Civil Liberties Union threatening legal action. “And there was anger at the fact that they can disregard medical issues for their religious beliefs.”

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AT&T, Verizon And Sprint Helped NSA With Mass Collection Of Phone Records

Administration claims individuals can't sue because they can't prove they were spied upon

The EFF provided evidence in two of its cases that it was not just AT&T that helped the NSA collect phone records for millions of Americans, but also Verizon Wireless and Sprint. This information was not previously given by the government, which claimed that it was a state secret.

Despite all the revelations in the media from Snowden’s documents and other sources that the U.S. government is collecting citizens’ information, the administration is still claiming that either individuals or organizations such as the EFF have “no standing” to sue because they can’t prove that they were spied upon.

Of course, this kind of argument quickly turns into circular logic, because such evidence is often secret and can’t be easily given away via FOIA requests either (the released documents are often heavily redacted to the point of being useless). Therefore, you can’t prove you were spied upon because that information is typically classified.

Still, this time the EFF managed to get some evidence that AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint were involved in helping NSA with the mass collection of phone records, from filings made to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) that were recently made public.

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Historically Black Ohio University Removing Bill Cosby's Name from Communications Building

Central State University has permanently changed the name of the Camille O. & William H. Cosby Communications Center to the CSU Communications Center.

WILBERFORCE, Ohio —
A historically black college in southwest Ohio says it is permanently removing the name of comedian Bill Cosby from its communications building.

In a statement Friday, Central State University in Wilberforce says the Camille O. & William H. Cosby Communications Center has been renamed the CSU Communications Center. The school had been temporarily covering Cosby's name since July while it made a final decision.
The Cosby family has donated more than $2 million to the university.

Cosby has been the target of sexual assault allegations by dozens of women. He has acknowledged that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women before sex.

Central State President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond had called circumstances surrounding the comedian's situation "troublesome and disappointing to all."

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National Park Service Bans The Use Of E-Cigarettes Anywhere Smoking Is Prohibited

The National Park Service already prohibits smoking inside its buildings and in many outdoor spots included in its many miles of landholdings, and now vaping with an e-cigarette will be banned as well: the agency announced Monday that e-cigs can’t be used anywhere traditional smoking is already prohibited.

National Park Service Director Jonathan Jervis announced the new policy, calling it a step to safeguard people’s health, according to U.S. News & World Report.

“Protecting the health and safety of our visitors and employees is one of the most critical duties of the National Park Service,” Jarvis said. “We are therefore extending the restrictions currently in place protecting visitors and employees from exposure to tobacco smoke to include exposure to vapor from electronic smoking devices.”

Park service employees were clued in last week, in a memo that cites disputed findings about the risks of secondhand vapor inhalation, and e-cigarettes emitting formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals.

The new policy was introduced “out of an abundance of caution in light of the scientific findings and uncertainty to date, and in the interest of equity,” the memo to employees read.

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Layoffs to begin this fall at Home Depot center in Hagerstown

A transition is under way at the Home Depot distribution center near Hagerstown that is expected to significantly reduce the more than 300 jobs there, although the exact number of positions to be cut is not yet determined, according to a company official.

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation issued a Work Adjustment and Retraining Notification last week reporting that 315 jobs could be eliminated at the 800,000-square-foot distribution center on Hunter's Green Parkway.

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City Councilman Tim Spies Graduates From University of Maryland - School of Public Policy

Nobel Prize winner Shiller warns of market bubble

Fears of a bear market for U.S stock markets came back to the fore Monday with Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller warning of rock-bottom investor sentiment in his latest research.

The Yale University economist told the Financial Times over the weekend that his confidence surveys were signaling investors were currently at their most fearful of an overvalued market than they have been since the dot-com bubble in 2000.

"It looks to me a bit like a bubble again with essentially a tripling of stock prices since 2009 in just six years and at the same time people losing confidence in the valuation of the market," he told the newspaper in an article published Sunday.

However, analysts and strategists have played down talk of overvalued equity markets, despite seven years of ultra-loose monetary policy.

"Absolutely not ... I just don't see it." Michael Gurka, founder and president of BruinHill Partners, told CNBC on Monday when asked whether he thought U.S. stocks were in a bubble.

"I think that if there is a bubble it's so far down the road that we need to see much higher inflated prices to warrant that."

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WCSO Press Release - September 15, 2015

Incident: Burglary Investigations

Date of Incident: 12-14 September 2015

Location: Wicomico County, MD

Suspect: Pending

Narrative:  Between 12-14 September 2015, the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office has investigated several reported break-ins to garages and automobiles. In all of the instances of entry into a garage, it was discovered that the garages had been left unlocked. In most of the break-ins to
the vehicles it was also determined that they were left unlocked. There was an incident where a window in a vehicle was smashed so the perpetrator could access the item inside.

These incidents have been reported in the county in neighborhoods adjacent to the Old Ocean City Road and Coulbourn Mill Road areas.

The Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone to secure their vehicles and lock the exterior doors that lead to their garages. It is also a good practice to
not leave items such as electronic devices, purses or wallets in plain view inside a vehicle.

If you have any information regarding these incidents, please contact the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office at 410-548-4891. You can also report
information anonymously to Crime Solvers at 410-548-1776.                                                         
             

Releasing Authority: Lt. Tim Robinson        Date:  15 September 2015

Meet Candy Carson: The anti-Michelle Obama

After nearly eight years of the East Wing’s politics of mope and complain, it’s refreshing to see a presidential candidate’s spouse who is always smiling.

Candy Carson — wife of GOP 2016 hopeful Dr. Ben Carson, mother of three sons, and grandmother of two — is the anti-Michelle Obama. She’s a quiet but confident ray of sunshine: down-to-earth, devoutly Christian and proudly patriotic.

While Mrs. Obama first gained notoriety carping about racism and trashing America, Mrs. Carson helped kick off her husband’s 2016 bid by playing the violin with a gospel choir as they performed a joyful, rousing rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner.

I met the couple, who recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, a few weeks ago during a campaign stop in Colorado Springs. Dr. Carson’s dazzling career as a Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon is well known. But Mrs. Carson’s own personal story is remarkable as a standalone exemplar of the American Dream achieved.

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Carbon Fiber Drone Looks Like A Tough Paper Airplane

In everything but material, Carbon Flyer is a fancy paper airplane. With two propellers and a Bluetooth controller, it’s a lot like the PowerUp 3.0 remote control paper airplane the FAA strangely approved as a drone. Instead of a body built from looseleaf, the plane’s structure is carbon fiber, giving it a rigidity and strength that paper lacks. In addition, it has a camera and lights, making it far more drone than its folded-sheet appearance suggests.

In January, the Carbon Flyer surpassed its IndieGogo crowdfunding goal by 637 percent. Last month, they sent their prototype plane to the factory The airplane is controlled by an app on either an iPhone or an Android, and with Bluetooth 4 it can be controlled up to 240 feet away from the pilot. That’s less distance than it sounds - a pilot in one end zone of a football field could steer the plane almost to the opposing 20 yard line, but to retain control, the plane would probably have to turn back sooner so the signal isn’t lost.

As a toy, the Carbon Flyer seems like a lot of fun. As a remotely controlled unmanned aerial vehicle, capable of recording video, it straddles the very edge of what counts as a toy.

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Married 50 + years


After being married for 50 years, I took a careful look at my wife one day and said, "Fifty years ago we had a cheap house, a junk car, slept on a sofa-bed and watched a 10-inch black and white TV. But hey I got to sleep every night with a hot 23-year-old girl.
Now ... I have a $750,000 home, a $45,000 car, a nice big bed and a large screen TV, but I'm sleeping with a 73-year-old woman.  So I said to my wife "it seems to me that you're not holding up your side of things."

My wife is a very reasonable woman.  She told me to go out and find a hot 23-year-old girl and she would make sure that I would once again be living in a cheap house, driving a junk car, sleeping on a sofa bed and watching a 10-inch black and white TV.
   
Aren't older women great?  
They really know how to solve an old guy's problems!

Newest Pluto pictures show jumbled mountains, possible dunes

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The spigot has opened again, and Pluto pictures are pouring in once more from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.

These newest snapshots reveal an even more diverse landscape than scientists imagined before New Horizons swept past Pluto in July, becoming the first spacecraft to ever visit the distant dwarf planet.

"If an artist had painted this Pluto before our flyby, I probably would have called it over the top — but that's what is actually there," said Alan Stern, New Horizons' principal scientist from Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

In one picture, dark ancient craters border much younger icy plains. Dark ridges also are visible that some scientists speculate might be dunes.

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MISS SOUTH CAROLINA BLASTS HOLES THROUGH ANTI-GUN QUESTION

AFSCME and DPSCS reach agreement on department HR restructure with no layoffs

Baltimore --- The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Maryland Council 3 announced
today an agreement with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) regarding the department’s
restructuring of the Human Resources Division. The new plan no longer involves any job losses. Instead, employees who may have
been separated will now be relocated to vacant positions within DPSCS.

“AFSCME members are pleased to reach a mutual understanding with Secretary Stephen T. Moyer which respects
the service of and protects the jobs of these hard-working employees, while still allowing the department to
reorganize human resources functions,” said AFSCME Maryland Council 3, President Patrick Moran.

The original plan would have abolished 63 positions and would have resulted in layoffs. The department will establish human
resources “hubs” in Baltimore, Cumberland, Hagerstown, Jessup and Westover. The new plan allows workers to remain
in state service within the DPSCS.