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Paul Allen’s crew found another battleship from WW II.

It is the USS Juneau.

Name not ring a bell?

How about the Sullivan brothers?

All 5 were on board when it sank, devastating the family with the news.

An expedition in the South Pacific ocean funded by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen has discovered the wreckage of a famous US warship that was attacked by the Japanese during the second world war, claiming more than 600 lives.

The billionaire’s personal search team located the remains of the USS Juneau off the coast of the Solomon Islands on St Patrick’s Day.

The Juneau was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in November 1942, claiming the lives of 687 men, including five brothers known as the Sullivans from Waterloo, Iowa. The men became navy heroes and had a destroyer named after them.

Despite naval policy stipulating that siblings could not serve in the same military unit, brothers George, Francis, Joseph, Madison and Albert refused to serve in the navy unless they were posted to the same unit.

“We certainly didn’t plan to find the Juneau on St. Patrick’s Day. The variables of these searches are just too great,” said Robert Kraft, director of subsea operations for Allen.

“We’re dealing with an environment out here that is very harsh … It’s thousands of meters deep and it’s very unpredictable. We’re putting, you know, a lot of electronics and high voltage down in very deep waters and sea waters where it shouldn’t belong, and so that always presents challenges.”

An autonomous underwater vehicle dispatched by Allen’s expedition ship the Petrel confirmed the wreckage was indeed the Juneau, after video recorded by the underwater vehicle was analysed by experts on board the Petrel.

“As the fifth commanding officer of USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), a ship named after five brothers, I am excited to hear that Allen and his team were able to locate the light cruiser USS Juneau that sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal,” said Vice Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Surface Forces.

“The story of the USS Juneau crew and Sullivan brothers epitomize the service and sacrifice of our nation’s greatest generation.”

According to information from Paul Allen the USS Juneau was only active for a year prior to its sinking. The November 1942 battle was short and brutal, and the ship split in two under torpedo fire, killing most of the men onboard immediately.

The Juneau sank very quickly – reportedly within 30 seconds – and despite there being approximately 115 survivors, a serious rescue effort was not initiated for several days, by which time only ten men were rescued from the disaster.

Expeditions funded by Allen have resulted in the discovery of the USS Lexington, the USS Indianapolis, the USS Ward, the USS Astoria, Japanese battleship Musashi and the Italian second world war destroyer Artigliere.

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Tide-pod Millennials are self-eliminating.

Just think of all the money they’ve saved us and future generations from having to treat them and any hell-spawn they created.

J.C. Ruf, 16, was a Cincinnati-area pitcher who died by suicide in the laundry room of his house. Tayler Schmid, 17, was an avid pilot and hiker who chose the family garage in upstate New York. Josh Anderson, 17, of Vienna, Va., was a football player who killed himself the day before a school disciplinary hearing.

The young men were as different as the areas of the country where they lived. But they shared one thing in common: A despair so deep they thought suicide was the only way out.

The suicide rate for white children and teens between 10 and 17 was up 70% between 2006 and 2016, the latest data analysis available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although black children and teens kill themselves less often than white youth do, the rate of increase was higher — 77%.

A study of pediatric hospitals released last May found admissions of patients ages 5 to 17 for suicidal thoughts and actions more than doubled from 2008 to 2015. The group at highest risk for suicide are white males between 14 and 21.

Experts and teens cite myriad reasons, including spotty mental health screening, poor access to mental health services and resistance among young men and people of color to admit they have a problem and seek care. Then there’s the host of well-documented and hard to solve societal issues, including opioid-addicted parents, a polarized political environment and poverty that persists in many areas despite a near-record-low unemployment rate.

And while some adults can tune out the constant scroll of depressing social media posts, it is the rare teen who even tries.

Then there’s the simple fact they are teens.

“With this population, it’s the perfect storm for life to be extra difficult,” says Lauren Anderson, executive director of the Josh Anderson Foundation in Vienna, Va., named after her 17-year-old brother who killed himself in 2009. “Based on the development of the brain, they are more inclined to risky behavior, to decide in that moment.”

That’s very different from how even a depressed adult might weigh the downsides of a decision like suicide, especially how it will likely affect those left behind. And sometimes life is so traumatic, suicide just seems like the best option for a young person.

Carmen Garner, 40, used to walk across busy streets near his home in Springfield, Mass. when he was a teen, hoping to get hit by a car to escape life with drug addicted parents.

“Our students are dying because they are not equipped to handle situations created by adults — situations that leave a child feeling abandoned and with a broken heart,” says Garner, now a Washington elementary school art teacher and author. “Our students today face the same obstacles I faced 30 years ago.”

November is an especially difficult time in the Adirondack mountains resort town where her family lives, says Laurie Schmid, Tayler’s mother. As the seasons change, the trees are bare, it’s bitter cold and the small community has shrunk after summer residents leave their lakefront cottages.

In the weeks before he took his life the day before Thanksgiving 2014, Tayler seemed sullen but his family chalked it up to “teenage angst and boredom and laziness.” It was likely “masking his depression he was dealing with the last few years of his life,” she says.

As her son moved through his teenage years, Schmid says she became less focused on getting her son in to see his pediatrician annually, because he didn’t need shots and wasn’t as comfortable with a female doctor. Besides, he got annual physicals at school to compete on the school soccer and track teams. Among the “what ifs” that plague her now is the question of whether the primary care doctor who had treated Tayler all his life would have picked up on cues about possible depression a new doctor missed.

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She had even tried to get Tayler to see a mental health counselor, even though finding one in their area of upstate New York wasn’t easy. Once Schmid and husband Hans settled on one, Tayler refused to go.

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Another IHOP:

An IHOP manager was left bloodied after he was attacked by rowdy female patrons who threw punches, chairs, and plates at the worker, according to Tennessee police who are seeking to identify the assailants.

According to cops, the melee touched off early Friday morning at an IHOP restaurant in Memphis after victim Mohammad Al Hourani, 28, asked the group to “please keep it down.”

As detailed in a Memphis Police Department report, Al Hourani told cops that when the diners “started to get louder” he “asked the suspects to just leave.” Still yelling, the diners departed the IHOP, but “kept coming in and out of the business taunting” Al Hourani, the report notes.

Al Hourani said he called 911, but before police arrived, he was attacked by one of the suspects near the IHOP’s front door.

As seen in the above video, which was shot by a diner unconnected to the raucous party of five, the manager fought with one woman near a booth while two of her friends threw plates at the worker from point blank range. Al Hourani told cops he was struck in the head several times.

After the 5’ 8” manager bodyslammed the woman with whom he was tangling, one of the plate throwers launched a chair at Al Hourani. He responded by throwing the chair back at the woman, knocking her to the ground. Further chair tossing followed before the attackers finally left IHOP and Al Hourani staggered away.

The IHOP employee, who was bleeding profusely from cuts to his head and face, was later transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Al Hourani told officers that “one of the reasons why the suspects got so upset was because he kept calling them sirs even though the suspects were dressed like ladies.” The police report identifies the assailants–both men and women–as between the ages of 20 and 25.

Memphis police have not made any arrests in connection with the 12:30 AM incident, which has been classified as a felony aggravated assault.

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And that stench is strong: Richmond school system is proposing Congress ban large capacity ammo “cartridges.”

When you can’t even get the terminology right you know that liberals and stupidity are side by side.

A proposed City of Richmond School Safety resolution asks Congress to ban “large-capacity ammunition cartridges.”

The proposed resolution also calls on Congress to “ban the manufacture, sale, purchase, possession, and use of assault weapons.”

It also asks to implement “universal background checks.” Such checks would require a background check for a private sale just like the background check currently required for a retail purchase. Ironically, almost every high-profile firearm-based attacker acquires his or her gun via background checks at retail sales, so such an expansion would do nothing to prevent future attacks.

To date, attackers that do not acquire firearms via background checks most often get their guns via thievery. For example, the Parkland, Florida, school attacker passed a background check for his rifle, while the Sandy Hook Elementary attacker stole his guns. Universal background checks would not have prevented either attack.

The proposed Richmond school safety resolution voices opposition to arming teachers for self-defense, even as it calls for more gun control outside of schools. The resolution says, “The School Board and [Richmond Public Schools] is opposed to the arming of teachers to protect schools and children.”

Moreover, the proposed resolution calls for extending gun-free school zones. It should be noted that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was not only a gun-free zone but an ammunition-free zone as well, yet none of these designations mattered to the gunman who was intent on taking lives of defenseless individuals.

The proposed resolution also calls on Congress to fund “programs to educate students and their families on the dangers of firearms.”

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And that stench is strong: Holy Cross is retiring it’s mascot because it symbolizes the violence of Christianity during the Crusades.

No words from the school on their thoughts about the violence perpetrated against Europe by the Muslims during the same period.

Dumb ass-sucking fuckers.

MNaybe they can get a goldfish instead.

No! Wait! Gold symbolizes wealth.

Maybe an earthworm.

No! Wait! That’s offensive to people without arms and legs.

You get the point.

The College of the Holy Cross, will do away with its Knight mascot and all other imagery, to avoid any symbolic connection to Knights who fought for Christianity during the Crusades.

Reverend Phillip Burroughs, president of the Massachusetts based school, explained the decision in a letter to the student body. Burroughs wrote, “the visual depiction of a knight, in conjunction with the moniker Crusader, inevitably ties us directly to the reality of the religious wars and the violence of the Crusades.

“This imagery stands in contrast to our stated values. Over the coming months, the College will gradually phase out the use of all knight-related imagery.”

According to Fox News, “Students and faculty members unsuccessfully urged the school to drop the Crusaders name entirely, arguing it associates the school with the violence committed against non-Christians nearly 1,000 years ago. ”

During an appearance on Fox & Friends, Campus Reform Editor-in-Chief Lawrence Jones blasted the school’s decision. Citing it as yet another example of history being destroyed in the name of political correctness.

“The social justice warriors and the speech police are out to destroy history,” he said, asking where this all stops.

“Why not … just remove the ‘Cross’ from the name Holy Cross? That’s ultimately what the Crusaders were defending,” said Rachel Campos-Duffy.

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This story says no money is in the budget for Obama-Care.

The House will not include an Obamacare bailout package in their must-pass omnibus spending bill.
Multiple lawmakers left a meeting with House Republican leadership on Monday night, confirming that the House version of the omnibus spending bill will not include an Obamacare bailout package proposed by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Susan Collins (R-ME).

Congress must pass the omnibus spending bill before midnight Friday or the government will shut down.

The proposed bailout package would include Obamacare’s cost-sharing reduction subsidies for three years and funding a federal reinsurance program for three years in exchange for increased flexibility for states through federal waivers. The program would also expand eligibility for Obamacare “copper” plans.

The removal of the Obamacare bailout proposal deals a blow to Sen. Collins, who secured support from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to support the bailout measure in exchange for her vote for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), a supporter of the proposed bailout measure, said on Monday night, “They’re not in there at this point, and that’s unfortunate. We’re going to see what we can do moving forward, perhaps in the Senate.”

Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), as well House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) wrote an op-ed last week urging fellow lawmakers to end any potential Obamacare bailout.

The conservative lawmakers wrote in their op-ed why they oppose funding the CSR program, as well as a federal reinsurance program:

Before now, Republicans correctly saw CSR payments for what they were – flagrant bailouts of favored ObamaCare insurance companies – and refused to be complicit in that bailout.

Republicans also recognized that CSR payments lacked sufficient pro-life protections, allowing taxpayer funding for abortions. These problems with CSR payments still remain – but the attitude among some Republicans has strangely and suddenly changed.

The reinsurance program proposals under consideration today would create a new backdoor bailout similar to one originally found in Obamacare.

In contrast, Lee, Cruz, Meadows, and Jordan argue that Republican lawmakers should focus on expanding health savings accounts (HSAs), allowing Americans to purchase more affordable health plans, and making health plans portable between jobs.

“These three simple things will go a long way toward promoting market competition that benefits consumers and reduces the cost of health care for everyday Americans,” the conservatives explained.


This story says that it is going to be funded.

Someone’s lying.

Congressional Republicans unveiled legislation on Monday that would funnel billions of dollars to Obamacare markets, and hope the provision can be attached to the long-term government spending that’s due Friday.

The new bill would fund insurer payments known as cost-sharing reduction payments for three years, and offer $30 billion in reinsurance funds distributed evenly for three years. It includes more flexibility for states to implement changes to their healthcare systems and allows more people to buy plans that have lower premiums and higher deductibles.

An aspect of the bill that hadn’t been previously disclosed specifies that health insurers would have to specify in their marketing materials that this type of coverage isn’t as extensive as Obamacare plans, and allows states to set up their own regulations on these plans. The Trump administration has proposed these plans should be extended from three months, a limit set by the Obama administration in 2016, to as long as 364 days.

The GOP proposal also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to issue rules about selling health insurance across state lines, a provision already proposed by the White House.

The bill has the support of Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine; House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore.; and Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa.

“Our recommendations are based upon Senate and House proposals developed in several bipartisan hearings and roundtable discussions,” the four lawmakers said in a statement. “According to independent experts, our proposal would reduce premiums in the individual market by up to 40 percent for farmers, songwriters, and small business men and women, and others who don’t receive insurance from the government or from their employer and who pay for insurance on their own.”

Democratic leaders who support Obamacare have previously said they would not vote to pass the bill because it also contains the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the funding of abortions with taxpayer money, with limited exceptions.

An aide from the office of Sen. Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the HELP committee, reiterated this stance in an email after the latest GOP proposal was unveiled.

“Senator Murray is disappointed that Republicans are rallying behind a new partisan bill that includes a last-minute, harmful restriction on abortion coverage for private insurance companies instead of working with Democrats to wrap up what have been bipartisan efforts to reduce health care costs,” the aide said. “She hopes the unexpected release of this partisan legislation isn’t a signal from Republicans that they have once again ended ongoing negotiations aimed at lowering families’ health care costs in favor of partisan politics, and that they come back to the table to finally get this done.”

The consulting firm Oliver Wyman issued a recent report that said that gross premiums would fall by 40 percent if the bill were to pass. Various consumer and industry groups support the legislation, as does the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

But according to a report funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, not every insurer is on board with receiving cost-sharing reduction payments. That’s because individual insurers negotiated with states so that they could structure subsidies for low-income people differently. Doing so allowed a higher number of low-income customers to receive higher subsidies paid for by the federal government that made their premiums less expensive.

Premiums are still more expensive for people who don’t receive subsidies because of the income cutoff in Obamacare, and federal spending is higher.

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