Category Archives: “Cool Stuff”

Trump Declares Dreamer Program ‘Probably Dead’

I swear, wasn’t it less than a week ago when we were all running around with our hair on fire because the press was reporting that Trump was selling us out on compromises with Democrats on illegal immigration?

Seriously, the popular media in America when it comes to anything political is as unreliable as Pravda.

Prospects for a bipartisan agreement to protect young immigrants from deportation and prevent a government shutdown later this week faded Sunday as key lawmakers traded sharp accusations and President Trump said hopes for a deal were “probably dead.”

Negotiators spent last week seeking a solution that would shield young immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children, including the roughly 800,000 who secured work permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created under President Barack Obama.

But a tentative deal worked out Thursday by a small bipartisan group of senators crumbled in an Oval Office meeting in which, according to multiple people involved, an angry Trump asked them why the United States should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” such as Haiti, El Salvador and African nations over those from European countries such as Norway.

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Who Here Can Eat The Most Laundry Detergent? Might be Fake News, Might Not Be, Just Can’t Tell Anymore.

A bizarre new trend dubbed the “Tide Pod Challenge” is gaining popularity among teens on social media — and doctors say it could land them in the emergency room.

The challenge involves people popping the small laundry detergent pacs and posting videos of themselves chewing and gagging on the oozing product online.

If someone swallows a small amount of the concentrated detergent in the pods, it could result in diarrhea and vomiting. And it can even creep into the lungs and burn the respiratory tract, making it incredibly difficult to breathe, Dr. Alfred Aleguas Jr., managing director of the Florida Poison Information Center told USA Today.

The D.C.-based not-for-profit National Capital Poison Center reported that biting into a pod can cause “serious injury or even death.” Rubbing the product into the eyes can make the eyes burn, too.

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Saudi Arabian State Taking Control of bin Ladin Construction Giant – Some bin Ladin Family Members are Already in Detention

RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia is taking managerial control of Saudi Binladin Group and discussing a possible transfer of some of the giant construction group’s assets to the state while its chairman and other family members are in detention, sources told Reuters.

Binladin, which had over 100,000 employees at its height, is the biggest builder in the country and important to Riyadh’s plans for large real estate, industrial and tourism projects to help diversify the economy beyond oil.

However, the group has been hurt financially in the past couple of years by a slump in the construction industry and a temporary exclusion from new state contracts after a crane accident killed 107 people at Mecca’s Grand Mosque in 2015. It was forced to lay off thousands of employees.

Riyadh’s move to take control appears aimed at ensuring the group can continue to serve Saudi Arabia’s development plans, said banking and industry sources, who declined to be named due to the political and commercial sensitivity of the matter.

The government detained scores of senior officials and businessmen in October as part of a sweeping crackdown on corruption. The Binladin group’s chairman Bakr Bin Laden and several family members have been held, the sources said.

Saudi officials are trying to negotiate settlements with detainees, saying they aim to claw back some $100 billion of funds that rightfully belong to the state. The talks on Binladin’s future are part of this effort, the sources said.

Since the detention of Bin Laden family members, the finance ministry has formed a five-member committee, including three government representatives, to oversee the group’s business and handle relations with suppliers and contractors, the sources said.

Binladin executives did not respond to phone calls seeking comment. Finance ministry officials and the government media office also did not respond to requests for comment.

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‘Rat bomb’ designed for British spies to fight Nazis up for auction

In the market for an exploding French rat? Probably not, but why miss this opportunity? Especially if you have a spare £1,500 ($2,020) lying around to spend on utterly random wartime taxidermy.

Found in the back of a Lyon police station, this incredibly rare object is a fine example of some of the more bizarre and creative methods employed for hampering the Nazis.

The dummy rat, up for auction at Bonhams New York, carries the French police identification label ‘surmulot ou rat d’egouts Mus decumanus. Pall.Lyon I 1942.’ The ink label on the base is dated 1942 and has a post-war 1940s tie-on label, also written in French; stating that the “rat is of the SOE” – the Special Operations Executive.

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Quebecois can now tell Justin Trudeau to go F%%K Himself 24/7 on Radio

Canada declares F-word is not too rude for radio

The Canadian authorities have decided that the F-word is not too blue for some radio listeners’ ears.

Although on English-language broadcasting the word is still not used until it is beyond the evening watershed – and even then it is only used with a prior warning – it has been decided that on French-language radio stations it is perfectly fine to broadcast the profanity at any time of day.

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Battlefield bounty hunters: the detectorists of eastern Europe

In the quiet of the forest, Aleksander holds a rusted pistol and turns it over. Others gather round to admire the handgun, each feeling its weight before shooting an imaginary bullet into the trees. More detritus of war is placed on a picnic table – a swastika-adorned badge, shards of shrapnel, a Soviet medal inscribed “Proletarians of all countries, unite!” The remnants of fallen regimes.

The men are among the thousands of detectorists across eastern Europe hunting for relics of the Red Army, the Third Reich and Imperial Russia. Beneath ploughed field and remote woodland is buried treasure from a turbulent, vanishing past. Even today, the war dead lie in these lands. Sometimes bodies are found.

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