• Minnesota Twins' chase of history gets boost from Jaime Garcia
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    Minnesota Twins' chase of history gets boost from Jaime Garcia The Minnesota Twins contending this season despite sporting the American League’s fourth-worst run differential is astonishing. While the Twins are scoring 68 fewer runs than their opponents after a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers, Monday night, the Twins sit just two games out of the playoff picture and 3.5 games back in the AL Central. And the run differential is just the tip of the iceberg. This was originally published at FoulPlaybyPlay.com, a community of foul-mouthed, sports broadcasters and analysts providing coverage of select games. The combined WAA (wins above average) between Twins batters and pitchers is -4.3 wins, meaning…
    Written on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 18:58 in News & Information
  • Ice Served at Fast Food Chains Found to Contain Poop Bacteria
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    Ice Served at Fast Food Chains Found to Contain Poop Bacteria Ice used for soft drinks at leading fast food chains in the UK were found to contain bacteria usually seen in fecal matter. This comes weeks after the same BBC investigation found similar contaminated ice at Starbuck’s, Caffe Nero, and Costa Coffee. On the TV Show Watchdog, BBC reported more than half the samples tested at food chains including Burger King, McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) contained coliform bacteria, or bacteria that colonize intestines. Harmful bacteria, such E. coli, however was NOT found according to a spokesperson for McDonald's. So even though the bacteria discovered would not harm humans…
    Written on Monday, 24 July 2017 20:36 in News & Information
  • Largest darknet drug bust unlikely to save Sessions’s job
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    Largest darknet drug bust unlikely to save Sessions’s job Despite recommendations to resign his post, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing potentially the largest bust in the history of the online, drug trafficking market and has vowed to go after the “criminals and transnational criminal organizations” involved in the billion-dollar drug trade on the darknet. What’s the Darknet? The darknet is a version of the internet reserved for people who take special measures to protect their identity online. In fact, admittance requires users to be completely anonymous. Users most commonly gain access to the darknet by shielding their IP addresses with The Onion Router (TOR) and running…
    Written on Sunday, 23 July 2017 16:16 in News & Information
  • Confronting the Oppressors!
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    Confronting the Oppressors! The views and opinions expressed below are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the position of the GCN Live newsroom. A guest editorial follows. “Never take counsel from your fears.”-Stonewall Jackson On a daily basis, Americans are being inundated with oppression through a corrupt system of not only the media, but also corrupt politicians as well. 80 house members have been reported as communists. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQPfNs3_RO4 Through it all, we see such unlawful and unconstitutional organizations like that of the American Civil Liberties Union, The Southern Poverty Law Center , Planned Parenthood, Homosexual organizations and bureaucracies such as…
    Written on Friday, 21 July 2017 20:59 in News & Information
  • Senator John McCain Diagnosed with Brain Tumor
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    Senator John McCain Diagnosed with Brain Tumor Last week, when we were told Senator John McCain (R-AZ) was being treated for a blood clot above his left eye, we suspected a tumor could have been involved, as he was a cancer survivor and tumors are thrombogenic, meaning clot forming. Unfortunately, the 80 year old melanoma cancer survivor has been diagnosed with primary glioblastoma. However, it's been reported that the whole tumor was removed when the doctors performed a craniotomy (opening of the skull) to remove the blood clot. A statement from his office reports Senator McCain is home and recovering “amazingly well.” What is Primary Glioblastoma? Primary…
    Written on Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:51 in News & Information
  • Who's the Real Jackass?
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    Who's the Real Jackass? I don’t know about you, but I have always loved to read and study Louisiana History. I’ve had the pleasure of teaching the history of the Bayou State at both Tulane University and LSU. And when it comes to examining the giant political figures that had a direct bearing on the stature and even the survival of Louisiana as an American state, two individuals stand head and shoulders above all others. They each are former presidents. And without their vision and dramatic leadership, Louisiana might well not be an American state today. No one else could fill this role more…
    Written on Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:30 in News & Information
  • Heroes, Cops and Kids: The best superhero story you will hear all week
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    Heroes, Cops and Kids: The best superhero story you will hear all week Our newsfeeds are bombarded with so many stories about excessive use of force within the police department that it’s almost shocking to read something about cops that is the exact opposite. Now, I know that the vast majority of good deeds cops do go unreported because they are not sensational stories. The headline, “Cop does something nice” does not sell much of anything. And so there is a silent majority of cops that do their jobs and get little to no fanfare. And much has been written about the more and more common tragedy of a law enforcement officer shooting…
    Written on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 23:31 in News & Information
  • Opinion: Republicans should consider Cardin’s consumption tax
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    Now that Republicans’ plans to repeal and replace Obamacare are all but dead, GOP Congress-men and -women will be working to preserve their jobs by accomplishing something -- anything. Now it seems the Republican budget proposals will get in the way of their next big project -- tax reform. But there is a lifeboat out there for Republicans, if they’re willing to accept a hand from a Democrat. Progressive Consumption Tax Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) reintroduced S. 3529, otherwise known as the Progressive Consumption Tax Act (PCTA), back in December. And while the bill wouldn’t do what many Republicans would…
    Written on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 05:05 in News & Information
  • 5 ways Americans can save money despite budget cuts to energy, transportation
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    5 ways Americans can save money despite budget cuts to energy, transportation Now that we know Donald Trump's budget would increase the deficit and do little to improve the economy according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, you can expect fixed costs like energy and transportation to cut into the average American’s income even more so than in the past. In fact, the Trump administration made a $3.7 trillion mistake in its budget, which is far larger than the $776 billion and and $303 billion mistakes the Obama administration made with its budgets. Energy cuts focus on energy-efficiency research While the bulk of Trump’s proposed cuts in energy are research programs at…
    Written on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 20:35 in News & Information
  • Thunderstorm Asthma Risks Rise During Monsoon Season
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    Thunderstorm Asthma Risks Rise During Monsoon Season While monsoon season brings shifts in temperatures, it also brings heavy winds and thunderstorms. Yet for an asthmatic this can be exceptionally dangerous. “Thunderstorm Asthma” is a term used when a very windy storm can induce an asthmatic attack. Last year, nine people died in Melbourne, Australia after a thunderstorm precipitated respiratory difficulties. The storm, it’s believed, caused pollen particles to swell and rupture into much smaller particles, which were dispersed by wind. The theory is that the immediate propulsion of much smaller (and more numerous) particles into one’s lungs was the recipe for asthma disaster. We first learned of…
    Written on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 17:33 in News & Information