In Context: Hate Crime Hoaxes

10 Nov 2017

These seem to be continuing to exist. We get the sensational headline about a hate crime… then it comes out as a hoax, and there is little fanfare. So even though I am starting this thread today, I will go back and retrieve prior hoaxes as well.

Racial Slurs at US Air Force Academy
2017/11/09 – Air Force Academy hoax doesn’t change overall picture on hate crimes – CNN
2017/11/08 – Air Force Academy discovers racial slurs were hoax, months after superintendent lauded for tough speech – Fox News
2017/09/29 – ‘You Should Be Outraged,’ Air Force Academy Head Tells Cadets About Racism On Campus – NPR
2017/09/28 – US Air Force Academy: Racist slurs written on 5 black cadet doors at prep school – Fox News

Racial Slurs and Kansas State University
2017/11/06 – Racist graffiti painted on car near K-State was a fraud – Kansas City Star
2017/11/01 – Car near K-State painted with ‘Go Home Nigger Boy’ and students are fed up – Kansas City Star

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FDA Releases New Guidance on Calorie Rule

8 Nov 2017

2017/11/08 – FDA Releases New Guidance on Calorie Rule – Washington Free Beacon

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released draft guidance to help chain restaurants and groceries comply with an Obamacare regulation that requires calorie labeling on menus.


The regulation, which applies to chains of 20 or more stores, is set to take effect in May 2018. The Trump administration delayed the compliance date earlier this year to take into account concerns of companies and food associations that must comply.


Pizza chains represented by the American Pizza Community—including Domino’s, Papa John’s, and Little Caesars—raised the issue that pizza can contain up to a billion topping combinations, making the rule unworkable unless they can comply online. Domino’s has said the vast majority of their orders are already placed online, where customers can use a calorie tracker for any pizza they order.

The new FDA guidance does not allow pizza chains to comply online but attempts to provide more flexibility with allowing companies to use calorie ranges.


John Stossel on Tax Reform

8 Nov 2017

2017/11/08 – Simpler Tax Simplification – Rasmussen Reports

As you read this, President Trump’s tax plan is being debated. Congress will change it. Where this ends, no one knows.

I want two things:

1. Simplification.

2. More money in private hands.

Trump offers some of both.

Read the rest for a good take on tax reform.


Former Phillie Cy Young Winner Halladay Killed in Plane Crash

7 Nov 2017

2017/11/07 – Roy Halladay killed in plane crash at age 40 – Yahoo

Roy Halladay, the former MLB pitching star and two-time Cy Young winner, is reportedly dead after his plane crashed Tuesday afternoon into the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40 years old.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office in Florida confirmed Tuesday that Halladay died in the crash, which happened around 1 p.m. ET about 10 miles west of St. Petersburg. Initial reports said one person died in the crash but the victim wasn’t unidentified until the sheriff’s office confirmed Tuesday afternoon what many had feared — it was Halladay.


Sewage Leaks From Mexico Sickening California Beachgoers

7 Nov 2017

2017/11/06 – US ‘doesn’t give a crap’ about Mexico sewage spills sickening Calif. beachgoers, critics say – Fox News

Up to 200 days a year, this otherwise pristine beach in Southern California is closed because of raw sewage and industrial waste from Mexico, a treaty violation for which Washington has shown little interest in enforcing.

“Unfortunately, the U.S. government seems to be in the mode that everything’s fine and don’t worry about it,” says Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, who got sick last week after surfing in the contaminated water. “That doesn’t fly anymore.”


Besides a slow federal response, Harris blames the state of California, which is tough with corporate and individual polluters, but takes a velvet glove-approach with Mexico, despite emissions of toxic chemicals and metals like chromium, cadmium and lead that has burned the soles and laces of border agent boots.

California seems to prefer the cafeteria approach to when they want to apply federal and state government standards.


Smartphones Too Much… Now Selling Dumbphones

7 Nov 2017

2017/11/06 – Ditching Smartphones: ‘Dumbphones’ With Basic Functions Appealing To Some – CBS Philadelphia

“We’ve hit a point where we can pretty much do everything with these phones and I think some people are finding themselves saying, ‘What do I need all that for?’”


“I think some will gravitate to dumpphones because they want simplicity. They want their lives back.”


Portfolio Manager Sued For Raping, Beating Women in Penthouse Dungeon

3 Nov 2017

2017/11/03 – Portfolio manager accused of raping, beating women in penthouse dungeon – NY Post

A former portfolio manager for an investment fund founded by financier George Soros sexually abused women at a Manhattan penthouse dungeon, according to a $27 million Brooklyn federal suit.


The three unidentified plaintiffs in the case — including two Playboy Playmates — claim the married father raped and beat them to the point that they needed extensive medical attention, court papers say.


In one session, he beat one of the women’s “breasts so badly that her right implant flipped,” the papers state.

The former Bear Stearns trader paid her $20,000 to repair the damage.

On my worst day that I could imagine myself misbehaving, I would come nowhere close to this universe.

Lock this guy up immediately if this is proven true.

This also needs to be investigated.

The trio sought to “cover up Rubin’s sexual misconduct and criminal abuse of women and to serve as a cover for his wide-ranging human trafficking scheme,” wrote Balestriere.