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EPA says it can't pay economic damages from mine spill - SFGate

DENVER (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it will not repay claims totaling more than $1.2 billion for economic damages from a mine waste spill the agency accidentally triggered in Colorado, saying the law prohibits it.

The EPA said the claims could be refiled in federal court, or Congress could authorize payments.

But attorneys for the EPA and the Justice Department concluded the EPA is barred from paying the claims because of sovereign immunity, which prohibits most lawsuits against the government.

via www.sfgate.com


Zombies Would Wipe Out Humans in Less than 100 Days

The zombie apocalypse won't take long.

A new article in a peer-reviewed student journal finds that the zombie hordes would take Earth's population down to a mere 273 survivors in 100 days.

The paper, published in the University of Leicester's Journal of Physics Special Topics, was a fanciful use of the so-called SIR model, which is used in epidemiology to simulate how diseases spread over time. It's not the first time zombies have been used as a public health metaphor. In December 2015, for example, the British medical journal The Lancet published a tongue-in-cheek paper titled "Zombie infections: epidemiology, treatment, and prevention." And the website of the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) once went viral with a blog post urging zombie apocalypse preparations as a metaphor for real-life disaster preparedness.

via www.livescience.com


Hollywood sign altered to read 'Hollyweed' by vandal recorded on surveillance video | abc7.com

Hollywood residents awoke Sunday morning to find the iconic Hollywood sign had been altered to read "Hollyweed" in an apparent New Year's Day prank.

The sign was vandalized about 3 a.m. by a male suspect who was recorded on surveillance video, said Lt. Guy Juneau of the Los Angeles Police Department's Security Services Division.

Dressed in all black, the unidentified vandal scaled Mount Lee, made his way over a fence and then climbed onto each of the landmark's "O" letters, the lieutenant said. He then draped those letters with black tarps so they each appeared as a lowercase "e."

via abc7.com


CONGRATS MINIMUM WAGE PROTESTERS! McDonald's Unveils Job-Replacing Self-Service Kiosks Nationwide

The “Fight for 15” movement has been staging protests for the last few years, insisting that fast food workers get a minimum wage of $15 dollars. They don’t care about the economic reality of their demands, they just want what they want. They also refuse to understand that being a fast food cashier is a starter job, not a career.

Many people warned them that their demand would have a negative impact on these jobs, as business owners would look for ways to work around them. That time has arrived.

Former McDonald’s CEO Ed Rensi writes at Forbes:

Thanks To ‘Fight For $15’ Minimum Wage, McDonald’s Unveils Job-Replacing Self-Service Kiosks Nationwide

As the labor union-backed Fight for $15 begins yet another nationwide strike on November 29, I have a simple message for the protest organizers and the reporters covering them: I told you so.

It brings me no joy to write these words. The push for a $15 starter wage has negatively impacted the career prospects of employees who were just getting started in the workforce while extinguishing the businesses that employed them. I wish it were not so. But it’s important to document these consequences, lest policymakers elsewhere decide that the $15 movement is worth embracing.

via www.thegatewaypundit.com


3 shot while hanging Christmas lights amid fight with driver - Tulsa World: Ap

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police in Philadelphia say three men hanging Christmas lights were shot after getting into an argument with a passing motorist.

The victims told authorities they were decorating a home in the city's Juniata (joon-ee-EHT'-ah) neighborhood Wednesday night when a man drove by and asked if any of them had hit his car.

via www.tulsaworld.com


Iowa woman livestreams coffee shop rant directed at police officers

An Iowa woman's livestream of an almost 8-minute rant against police officers in a Cedar Rapids cafe, where she calls them "pigs" and "vicious thugs," has gone viral.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, the video, which was posted on Nov. 6, has more than 221,000 views and nearly 2,000 shares. Commenters applauded the officers' composure, while many criticized the woman's actions. Some praised the woman for raising her voice.

via www.desmoinesregister.com


Supreme Court to decide if offensive names such as 'Redskins' and 'Slants' can be trademarked - LA Times

The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide whether The Slants, an Asian American rock band from Portland, Ore., can trademark its name despite the government’s objection that it is an offensive term.

This clash between free speech and trademark protection has drawn wide attention in part because the Washington Redskins football team is locked in the same dispute.

The court also said it will decide a free-speech dispute involving fees charged to merchants who accept credit cards. Under challenge are laws in California, New York, Florida, Texas and several other states that forbid retailers from disclosing the surcharge to customers who use a charge card.

via www.latimes.com


SPLC Lists White Lives Matter as Hate Group, But Not BLM | MRCTV

The Southern Poverty Law Center will be listing the White Lives Matter movement, but not the Black Lives Matter movement, as a hate group on its upcoming “Hate Map.”

Heidi Beirich, the director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report, told Chron.com White Lives Matter will be included on the new Hate Map because it’s a “flat-out white supremacist group.”

“The ideology behind it, the racist leaders, everything about it is racist,” Beirich explained.

Despite the long history of Black Lives Matter protesters threatening whites, blocking highways, and destroying property, the group has yet to be included on the list of hate groups.

via www.mrctv.org


GOPUSA – Kapernick kneels for anthem; wears socks depicting cops as pigs during practice

KaepernickSAN DIEGO (AP) — Colin Kaepernick began the game by taking a knee during the national anthem. The veteran quarterback ended it with reason to hope he’ll have more games with the San Francisco 49ers.

Kaepernick passed for 103 yards after kneeling in protest alongside teammate Eric Reid during the national anthem in the Niners’ 31-21 preseason victory over the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night.

Kaepernick and Reid, a starting safety who wasn’t playing, declined to stand for the anthem before a preseason game dedicated to military appreciation by the Chargers. Kaepernick has decided not to stand this season to draw attention to American racial injustice, minority oppression and a litany of additional concerns ranging from police brutality to military veterans’ rights.

via www.gopusa.com