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Donald Trump is leaving The Apprentice and launching a presidential exploratory committ...

17 March 2015 - 09:29 PM


Republican primaries =
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Observations from the Hubble suggest that Ganymede has a huge underground ocean

12 March 2015 - 09:54 PM


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Family Feud, but with Google Autocomplete

11 March 2015 - 09:24 PM


This is weirdly fascinating

Hillary never used an official government e-mail address during her time in the State D...

02 March 2015 - 09:39 PM

And therefore a record of her e-mails was not preserved as is required by law. This uh.... doesn't seem okay.


WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.

It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department. All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to the department. Mrs. Clinton stepped down from the secretary’s post in early 2013.

Her expansive use of the private account was alarming to current and former National Archives and Records Administration officials and government watchdogs, who called it a serious breach.

“It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level-head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business,” said Jason R. Baron, a lawyer at Drinker Biddle and Reath who is a former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration.

Former Sec. of Homeland Security Tom Ridge: Don't build Inglewood stadium, because...

01 March 2015 - 01:10 PM

Tom Ridge is apparently spending his days dreaming up fantasy terrorist scenarios for commission.


Sports conglomerate AEG has pursued the construction of an NFL stadium in Los Angeles for over a decade, and it has become clear that they'll resort to a hilariously deplorable campaign of dirty tricks to ensure that a competitor's stadium doesn't get built.

A week ago the Chargers and Raiders released a statement outlining a plan to jointly build a stadium in Carson (Calif.) if their respective negotiations with the cities of Oakland and San Diego for new stadiums fall through. This spurred the City Council of Inglewood (Calif.) to approve the construction of a football stadium for the Rams in such a way that fast tracks it by not allowing the public to vote on the proposal.

But AEG—who wants to build Farmers Field next to the Staples Center in downtown LA—isn't going down without a fight. The Los Angeles Times has obtained a December report AEG commissioned former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge to write, and it's a doozy. In the report, Ridge claims that the Inglewood stadium site presents a major terrorist threat, suggesting that its close proximity to LAX gives terrorists a unique target for a "twofer":

Effective risk management is about limiting exposure as much as possible. Placing an NFL stadium in the operational space of another well-known target, layers additional safety and security risks, materially increases the risk of a terrorist event "twofer", and increases the likelihood that an incident involving one facility will adversely impact the other.

He also mentions something about the rocket fire in Gaza, so I guess there's a danger that people in LA might also fire rockets at it?