Day: March 30, 2017

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Lost gator crawls through Florida furniture store – Mating season means active alligators in Florida


An alligator need a little extra help making its way back to a pond behind a Florida furniture store, so deputies were called in to direct it on Wednesday.

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The gator was spotted in the parking lot in front of American Freight Furniture in Holiday, employee Peter Soto told FOX 13. Workers called deputies with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, who were able to catch the gator.

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In order to get the gator to the pond in the back of the store, deputies had to drag it, unwilling, through the store and out the back door. “They either had to drag it around the whole plaza or to make sure the gator didn’t get hurt, the manager let them take it thru the store,” Soto said.

So the gator went through the furniture section, back toward the “Same Day Delivery” sign, back through “Clearance,” and eventually into the back parking lot, to the amusement of employees and deputies.

Video showing the gator being taken through the furniture store was quite a sight to see.

Deputies were eventually able to release the gator back into its pond. No word on if it’ll receive a discount next time as a repeat customer.

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DICTATOR'S END GAME Who is Kim Jong Un? And what does he want?


He’s said to be a chain-smoking, beer-drinking, maniacal tyrant who binges on Swiss cheese while his people starve. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called him a “crazy fat kid.” President Trump scolded him for “acting very, very badly.” The Chinese were apparently asked to scrub the Internet of references to his nickname, “Kim Fatty the Third.”

In his most wide-reaching display of “crazy,” North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, 33, freely taunts the world by testing missiles, leading to speculation that a sixth nuclear test could be in the near future.

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Communist North Korea tested another rocket engine on Friday that could be part of their development of an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to reports. This follows another test launch just a month ago, and the New Year’s Day announcement by the North Korean dictator that the country was in the final stages of test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The website 38 North, which provides analysis by the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, published new satellite imagery of North Korea on Wednesday that appeared to show increased activity at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, indicating that North Korea could be in the final stages of preparing for a nuclear test.

“This clearly is one of those preparatory steps that take them to an intercontinental ballistic missile that really works,” said Gordon Chang, author of “Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World.”

Intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, have a minimum range of about 3,400 miles, but could be developed to travel further. North Korea has the missile power to strike the U.S., Chang said.

“They already have 3 missiles that can hit the lower 48 states,” Chang said, citing North Korea’s arsenal that includes the Taepodong-2, KN-08 and the KN04 missiles.

Chang believes that Pyongyang is less than four years away from putting a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the U.S. mainland.

“What they’re working on with these engine tests,” Chang explains, is “an engine for a new missile that would be more powerful than anything they have in their inventory. They’re making fast progress, and they’re not being restrained. We’ve got to change our policies.”

Isolating North Korea is not enough, Chang said.

“It’s about Iran, Pakistan, North Korea and China,” he said. “And when we talk about China being in the mix, you just can’t have a China policy on North Korea, you have to have a China policy on all the issues – the South China Sea, cyber-attacks, you name it. You have to get China right, and all these other countries right, otherwise you don’t have a chance” of having an effective North Korea policy.

During U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s first official trip to South Korea, he told Fox News that “nothing has been taken off the table,” when asked whether he would rule out allowing defensive nukes on the Korean peninsula.

Shrouded in secrecy and clouded by propaganda, Kim Jong Un’s motivation is difficult to decipher. Is it to strike at the West, conquer South Korea or simply to hang on to the power passed on to him from his father and grandfather?

“The end game of the North Korean regime has always been the maintenance of the Kim family rule,” Chang says, shedding some light on the deeply isolated country’s objectives. “The Kim family rule rests on one legitimizing goal – and that is to rule over all of the Korean peninsula, the destruction of the South Korean state.”

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Kim Jong Un maintains the vision set by his grandfather, the founder and “eternal president” of North Korea, Kim Il Sung, who was installed by Joseph Stalin. He trained his son, Kim Jong Il, for more than 20 years to take over, Chang said, and Jong Ill in turn spent a little over two years preparing his own son to rule.

The future of the Kim dynasty is uncertain, as Kim Jong Un has no successor. His brother, Kim Jong Chul is not seen as a worthy successor. The authoritarian’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, was considered to have been the most capable according to Chang, but in a male-dominated Confucian society, a woman cannot rule the country.

Given his age, Kim could remain in place for decades. Given what is known about his health and his growing list of enemies, it could be substantially less.

According to Chang, “there is a lot that we don’t know about his attitudes toward foreigners. His father traveled to China a number of times. Kim Jong Un has not left the country since he became ruler of North Korea.”

Though on paper, North Korea and China appear to be important allies, North Koreans harbor a deep-seated hatred toward the Communist superpower on their northern border.

“North Koreans may use us as propaganda, but they would be willing to do a deal with the U.S. if it meant they would not have to deal with the Chinese, who they resent, they hate, they despise,” Chang said. “The thing we have to remember is that we have been North Korea’s enemy since the end of the 1940s. China has been the enemy of the Korean people for millennia.”

Chang said Kim Jong Un’s long-term goal is to end the U.S.-South Korea military alliance.

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“Without the U.S., he feels he could intimidate and ultimately absorb South Korea,” he said, achieving Jong-un’s goal of ruling over the entirety of the Korean peninsula.

Chang points to obvious signs of Kim Jong Un’s instability – the execution of around 145 senior North Korean officials added to hundreds of junior officials sent to death camps. In terms of total deaths, he says, “I suspect it’s more than we’re thinking.”

“The regime works in ways that are really out of the sight of South Korea or the international community. When a leader executes people, it’s not a stable situation. If it were stable, why would he need to execute people? Execution creates enemies and people wonder – ‘am I next? Do I fight? Do I flee?’”

Chang said that’s why he believes the U.S. should take the North Korea threat seriously.

“One-man systems are the least stable forms of government,” Chang argues. “That’s why we need to be concerned about North Korea’s nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, biological agents, long range missiles, because it’s unstable.”



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NETFLIX Fonda Vibrator Billboard Has Drivers Doing Double Takes…


Netflix is promoting season three of the Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda comedy with the tagline “Good Vibes.”

A billboard in Hollywood for Netflix’s scripted comedy Grace and Frankie has drivers slowing down to gawk.

On the giant advertisement, on Vine Street just south of Santa Monica Boulevard, the show’s title characters, played respectively by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, are holding large purple vibrators.

What’s more, the ad for the third season of the series from Friends creator Marta Kauffman comes with the tagline “Good Vibes.” 

It may seem outlandish to some, but then again, they likely did not see the season three teaser, which dropped in February and showed nothing but vibrators forming the March 24 release date (watch below). 

The comedy, a critical favorite, revolves around two friends whose husbands leave them for each other. Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, Brooklyn Decker and Ethan Embry co-star. 

Season three sees Grace and Frankie launching a business together for female-centric sex toys, including vibrators and organic lubricant.

The marketing stunt is not uncommon given the crowded scripted marketplace that currently boasts more than 450 originals. That makes it increasingly challenging to cut through the clutter and gain attention — a harder feat for a show in its third season, when many networks and streamers have a reduced marketing budget.

More recently, CBS used a suggestive sexual pun to promote legal drama Bull. Amazon also found itself in a heap of trouble and had to pull ads featuring Nazi imagery for drama Man in the High Castle. FX also had to yank disturbing billboards featuring an eyeball worm for drama The Strain.   

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Report: South Korean ex-president Park arrested


South Korea’s disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye was arrested early Friday local time on charges including bribery and abuse of power, the latest chapter in a dramatic downfall for the U.S. ally, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Prosecutors accused Park of colluding with a confidante to extort from big businesses, take a bribe from one of the companies and commit other wrongdoings. The allegations prompted millions of South Koreans to protest in the streets every weekend for months before the Constitutional Court ruled March 10 to remove her. Park’s presidential powers already had been suspended after the parliament impeached her in December.

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Live TV footage showed a black sedan carrying Park entering the detention center near Seoul. Earlier Friday, the Seoul Central District Court approved prosecutors’ request to arrest her, citing worries that she may try to destroy evidence.

Many Park supporters were seen carrying national flags and shouting “president” when Park’s car was entering the detention facility.

South Korea’s first female president rose to power four years ago amid conservatives’ nostalgia for her late dictator father who is credited by supporters for pulling a war-torn country out of poverty in the 1960-70s. Liberal critics reviled her father as a ruthless leader who tortured and imprisoned his opponents.

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Prosecutors said they wanted to arrest Park because her crimes were “grave” and because other suspects involved the scandal, including her confidante Choi Soo-sil, already had been arrested.

In the coming weeks, prosecutors are expected to formally charge Park with extortion, bribery and abuse of power. A bribery conviction alone is punishable by up to life in prison in South Korea.

Park and Choi deny most of the allegations. Park has said she only let Choi edit some of her presidential speeches and got her help on “public relations” issues. Choi made similar statements.

The women, both in their 60s, have been friends for 40 years. Park once described Choi as someone who helped her when she had “difficulties,” an apparent reference to her parents’ assassinations in the 1970s. Park’s father Chung-hee was gunned down by his own intelligence chief in 1979, five years after his wife was killed in an assassination attempt that targeted him. Park Geun-hye served as first lady after her mother’s death.

While in office, Park Geun-hye had refused to meet with prosecutors, citing a law that gives a leader immunity from prosecution except for grave crimes such as treason.

South Korea is to hold an election in May to choose Park’s successor.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tennessee Amber Alert: Teacher with missing teen may be posing as missionary


Tad Cummins, the Tennessee teacher believed to be on the run with 15-year-old student Elizabeth Thomas, may have fled to Mexico with the girl, investigators say. Maury County District Attorney Brent Cooper tells ABC News that the 50-year-old Cummins, who allegedly kidnapped Elizabeth more than two weeks ago, is a “religious man” who might be posing as a missionary.

“He planned this in such a way that he had a 24-hour head start, easily enough time for him to make it to Mexico,” Cooper says.

He urges members of the public to share the Amber Alert with family members in Mexico and Central America. More than 1,100 tips have been received in the US, but none have panned out, investigators say.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said it would be a mistake to describe the relationship between Cummins and Thomas as “romantic,” the Tennessean reports.

“Let me be clear. She is 15, a child. He is 50, a grown man,” Gwyn said. “This is, and was not, a romance. This was manipulation solely to benefit Tad Cummins. This is not a fairy tale. This is a case of kidnapping.”

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INTEL LEAKERS? Report: WH staffers shared files with Nunes


Two White House aides have emerged as sources for a top House Republican who said earlier this month that Trump transition team members were incidentally caught up in surveillance conducted on foreign targets after the presidential election.

It had been unclear who showed embattled House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes the documents, though it previously emerged the California Republican viewed the files on White House grounds.

But on Thursday, “several” current officials identified the sources to The New York Times as Ezra Cohen-Warnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council, and Michael Ellis, an attorney at the White House Counsel’s Office who previously worked for the House Intelligence Committee. 

Fox News has confirmed that the two staffers aided Nunes in reviewing intelligence on White House grounds March 21.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday wouldn’t confirm or refute the report; however, he did announce the White House had just hours before submitted a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees, inviting them to the White House to “see the information” that had recently “come to light.”

“We are willing to provide them the materials that we have come across,” Spicer said.

Asked if President Trump specifically directed anyone to look into allegations he had made about the Obama administration spying on him, Spicer said he wasn’t “aware of anything directly.” 

The Times report appears to cast the actions of the White House aides as being undertaken on their own volition.

Earlier this month, after Trump tweeted that former President Barack Obama had “wiretapped” him, Ellis began viewing classified reports that showed “intercepted communications of foreign officials,” The Times reported. The reports mainly focused on foreign officials “talking about how they were trying to develop contacts within Mr. Trump’s family and inner circle,” according to The Times.

A spokesperson for Nunes declined to comment on the Times report.

“As he’s stated many times, Chairman Nunes will not confirm or deny speculation about his source’s identity, and he will not respond to speculation from anonymous sources,” Director of Communications Jack Langer said in a statement. 

Rep. Adam Schiff, top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters Thursday, “We need to get to the bottom of whether this was some stratagem by the White House.”

“Obviously that would be deeply concerning to us. And if it’s necessary for us to interview these two individuals, then we should do so,” he said. “… And I do think that the White House has a lot of questions to answer.”

As to the White House invitation to view the materials, he indicated he could go as early as Friday. 

Nunes shocked many observers with his revelation that Trump team members had been “unmasked” and had their identities widely disseminated throughout the government. Sources told The Times that Nunes’ characterization of the reports as having nothing to do with Russia appeared to be correct.

After his shocking news conference, Nunes, in a move panned by many Democrats, went to the White House to inform Trump of what he had found.

Nunes has said the intelligence collection appeared to have been done lawfully, and the intercepts of Trump team members were only collected incidentally. However, Nunes raised questions over the apparent unmasking of multiple officials and the extensive dissemination of the information — ostensibly to be used against Trump.

During his briefing, Spicer alluded to a former Obama administration official who appeared to confirm this week some form of surveillance was being undertaken, disseminated and preserved due to a distrust of Trump.

“They have admitted on the record that that was their goal, to leak stuff,” Spicer said.

Though The Times report doesn’t dispute any essential facts of what Nunes said, it’s likely to embolden detractors who already say Nunes is too close to the White House and Trump – on whose transition team Nunes served.

Democrats want Nunes to recuse himself from the Russia probe. Nunes has resisted, defending his actions. 

Fox News’ John Roberts and Jake Gibson contributed to this report.



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'TRYING NOT TO VOMIT' Professor tweets disgust over respect for troops


An anti-white Drexel professor said he was disgusted a fellow traveler gave up their seat for a uniformed member of the military.

Then it was time for the rest of the Internet to register its disgust.

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The Twitter backlash was swift for George Ciccariello, a visiting researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico who had a bad taste in his mouth after witnessing a kind act.

“Some guy gave up his first class seat for a uniformed soldier. People are thanking him. I’m trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul,” Ciccariello tweeted on March 26.

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Conservative writer Ben Shapiro replied: “Because you’re a douchebag?”

After Ciccariello apparently blocked Washington Times columnist Madison Gesiotto, she wrote: “Maybe he’s busy vomiting.”

This isn’t the first time Ciccariello has drawn ire for his tweets.

In 2015 Ciccariello wrote “Abolish the White Race” and said Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof “put into practice what many white Americans already think.” In December 2016 he referred to two men in a viral video as “Racist Crackers.”

Ciccariello’s account, @ciccmaher, has its tweets protected; however, several of the more inflammatory messages have been archived.

The professor gave a statement to Fox 29, part of which reads: “Two days after U.S. airstrikes incinerated an estimated 200 civilians in the Iraqi city of Mosul, I sent a personal tweet in reaction to what I considered a smug and self-congratulatory gesture by a first-class passenger toward a uniformed soldier. Maybe predictably, my tweet has since been fed into and misrepresented by the outrage machine that is right-wing media. Needless to say, my personal views expressed off-campus have absolutely nothing to do with those of my employer, Drexel University.”

A university spokesman told the news station that the professor’s comments “are his own opinion and do not represent the University’s views. Drexel is committed to and vigorously supports our ROTC students, student veterans and alumni who have served in the military. Our support for student veterans has helped us create an inclusive campus culture that honors service and Drexel’s deep connection to American military history.”

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Is your pillow infested?


he monsters in your nightmares are living and pooping and dying inside your pillow.

Dust mites — lumpy, hairy, fat-bodied, microscopic atrocities — are way worse than you have probably ever cared to think about. And they MITE be (probably are) making you sick.

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These teeny-tiny bugs feast on your dead hair and skin, and according to research, after two years of use, one-third of your pillow’s weight is made up of the species, their droppings and their carcasses.

So if you have three pillows under your bed, and have slept on them for more than two years, congratulations — you’re sleeping on a whole pillow’s worth of bugs and feces every night.

If you have allergies, your pillow hotel for mites is making them worse. If you suffer from asthma, same thing. If you have neither, it’s just a matter of time before the mites irritate your sinuses and make life worse than it already is. The same study showed that 10 percent of people, and 80 percent of allergy sufferers, are allergic to the critters’ waste and their decomposed bodies.

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What can you do? Wash your pillows every six months, wash your pillowcases every week and maybe destroy all your skin and hair, because as long as you have both, the dust mites will always return.



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Kentucky coal miner dies after 15-foot section of rock collapses


Authorities say a 33-year-old miner has been killed in the collapse of a 15-foot-tall section of rock at a Kentucky coal mine.

It was the state’s second mining death this year, matching the number of Kentucky mining fatalities in all of 2016.

Officials say Joseph W. Partin was performing maintenance work on an auger at Green Hill Mining’s No. 51 surface mine in southeast Kentucky when the accident occurred early Thursday.

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A statement from Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet says Green Hill’s mining operations were paused and investigators remained at the site for hours Thursday.

The agency says the mine was last inspected in December and no unsafe conditions were found. A review of federal inspection records revealed no serious violations at the site operated by Green Hill since 2005.



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Angie’s drug tests exposed


Angelina Jolie was drug tested during production of 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” according to a new book by the former CEO of Paramount Pictures.

The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday released an excerpt from an upcoming biography of the former studio head Sherry Lansing, “Leading Lady.” Lansing stepped down as Paramount Pictures chairman and chief executive in 2005.

The book claims when casting the then 24-year-old Jolie for “Lara Croft,” Lansing had concerns about Jolie’s stability after she received calls about the actress from her father Jon Voight and family friend Jane Fonda.

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The flick was filmed shortly before the actress wed Billy Bob Thornton.

Then-Paramount production president John Goldwyn said the studio had Jolie undergo random drug tests. Director Simon West recounts that Jolie, eager for the part and to prove herself.

“She said: ‘Look, I want to do it, but I know what my reputation is, and I’ll do anything you want to prove that I’m worthy. I’ll be reliable, and I’ll turn up, and I’ll work hard,’” recalled West in the book. “She said, ‘I don’t care if the studio wants to drug test me every day.’ “

The book claims the drug tests were administered.

Goldwyn added, “We were sufficiently worried that we obliged her to undergo random drug tests — and not just urine tests but also blood tests.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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