SECRET SERVICE INVESTIGATE CAR FOUND IN CONN AS A THREAT TO POTUS OBAMA?

I AM VERY TEMPTED TO ASK MY PAL SCOTT BUT I’M SURE HE DOESN’T KNOW ANYTHING

APPARENTLY A REAL THREAT HAS BEEN LODGED AGAINST OBAMA THAT THE SECRET SERVICE IS TAKING SERIOUSLY

HERE’S THE NON STORY

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Possible Threat Against Obama Investigated By Secret Service

Posted: 08/29/2014 8:26 pm EDT Updated: 53 minutes ago
OBAMA SECRET SERVICE

By Richard Weizel

HAMDEN, Conn., Aug 30 (Reuters) – A car sought in connection with a suspected threat against President Barack Obama has been located in Connecticut, authorities said on Saturday.

The U.S. Secret Service, which is responsible for presidential security, had asked state police for help in locating the car in connection with a possible threat to the president, State Police Lieutenant J. Paul Vance said.

Both the state police and the Secret Service declined to specify the nature of the threat.

The vehicle, a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, was found late Friday night in Hamden, a suburb of New Haven, Vance said.

Obama on Friday night was in Newport, Rhode Island, which is about 90 miles east of Hamden, attending a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraiser.

The Secret Service, in a statement on Saturday, said that it had investigated information about a suspicious person and vehicle and was working to determine its validity.

“There have been no arrests or charges brought in this case at this point,” Secret Service spokeswoman Nicole Mainor said in the statement.

The car was found near an ice rink and a group of apartment complexes, police said. (Reporting by Richard Weizel; Editing by Jonathan Kaminsky and Leslie Adler)

JOAN RIVERS, COMIC & “THE APPRENTICE” WINNA IS CRITICAL & ON LIFE SUPPORT

I FEEL SO BAD FOR MELISSA HER ONLY CHILD

SHE HAD A HEART ATTACK DURING VOCAL CHORD SURGERY

I GUESS HER BODY CANNOT TAKE ANY MORE SURGERY

I WISH HER WELL

AND

I’LL FEEL TERRIBLE IF SHE PASSES

OR

WHEN SHE PASSES

I HAVEN’T ALWAYS LIKE JOAN RIVERS BUT

SHE WAS ALWAYS A FUNNY WOMAN

I was born in Mt Sini Hospital where River’s is in critical but stable condition

She is in a medically induced coma.

Prayers for u Joan. I wish you well.

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Daughter: Joan Rivers is in ‘serious condition

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2012, file photo, Joan Rivers attends a screening of the Season 2 premiere of WE TV's "Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" in New York. Two police officials say Rivers has been rushed in cardiac arrest from a doctor’s office to a New York City hospital, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
FILE – In this Jan. 19, 2012, file photo, Joan Rivers attends a screening of the Season 2 premiere of WE TV’s “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” in New York. Two police officials say Rivers has been rushed in cardiac arrest from a doctor’s office to a New York City hospital, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers remained in serious condition in a New York City hospital Friday, one day after going into cardiac arrest at a doctor’s office.

Melissa Rivers said in a statement Friday that her mother was “receiving the best treatment and care possible.” She also thanked Rivers’ fans and friends for their support.

“My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world,” Melissa Rivers said. “Her condition remains serious … We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery.”

The Mount Sinai Hospital said it had no updates Friday. On Thursday, hospital spokesman Sid Dinsay confirmed that Rivers had been taken there that morning.

New York City police officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly name Rivers, said she was taken to the hospital just after 9:30 a.m. Thursday. It was unclear why she was visiting the doctor’s office.

The comedian with a half-century of show business under her belt has spawned a reputation for often-snarky red carpet fashion commentary. A show she had scheduled Friday at the Count Basie Theatre in New Jersey, has been postponed.

An early and outspoken proponent of cosmetic surgery, Rivers’ drastically altered her appearance over the years — and found plenty of material for jokes. (“I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware.”)

The host of “Fashion Police” on E! network, Rivers also presides over an online talk show, “In Bed With Joan” and co-stars with her daughter on the WEtv reality show, “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?”

Her latest book, “Diary of a Mad Diva,” was released this summer.

In 2009, Rivers emerged as the winner of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.” A documentary, “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” premiered in theaters in 2010.

The New York native originally entered show business with the dream of a theatrical career, but comedy became a way to pay the bills while she auditioned for acting roles.

“Somebody said, ‘You can make six dollars standing up in a club,’” she told The Associated Press in 2013, “and I said, ‘Here I go!’ It was better than typing all day.”

After proving herself in comedy clubs as a rarity — a woman comedian — Rivers was a smash on her first booking on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” in 1965. “God, you’re funny,” Carson told her.

MICHAEL SAM DID NOT MAKE THE GRADE WITH THE SAINT LOUIS RAMS IN PRESEASON?

THEY ARE SAYING THAT THERE WAS SOMEONE BETTER THAN HE

AND THE RAMS HAVE RELEASED HIM

I THINK IT’S BECAUSE THE RAMS COULDN’T STAND THE HEAT THAT OTHERS PLACED ON THE RAMS

BECAUSE MIKE IS OPENLY GAY

No Other team wanted him.

Is he washed up for the NFL?

OR IT COULD BE SAINT LOUIS IS PREJUDICE AGAINST GAY BLACK MEN?

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Michael Sam released by Rams; what are NFL options?

Michael Sam played well in the preseason for the Rams, but he won’t appear in a regular-season game for St. Louis.

The rookie defensive end was released  Saturday as the Rams trimmed their roster down to the 53-man limit.

“I can play in this league,” Sam told reporters after his NFL debut, a 26-24 loss to the Saints earlier this month. “That’s the most important. I was kind of nervous. I got some nerves out today. It was a very good learning experience, and I can play in this league.”

Maybe he can, but it it won’t be for St. Louis. The numbers game with the Rams was never in Sam’s favor since he got the draft call in May.

Robert Quinn and Chris Long are the Rams’ elite starters at defensive end. Veterans William Hayes and Eugene Sims are the projected backups. Sam’s chief competition, undrafted fellow rookie Ethan Westbrooks, was better than Sam throughout the preseason.

Before the draft, teams such as the Packers, Jets, Ravens and Steelers were all mentioned as good landing spots for Sam. Those, however, are all base 3-4 teams, and Sam’s second chance wouldn’t come just because of some relentlessness and quickness. His pass rush and pursuit are positives, but considering even explosive No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney had some early coverage troubles, Sam is just not athletic enough to drop back as an outside linebacker.

Michael Sam (AP Photo)

It will take a desperate 4-3 team to add Sam this late. Half of the teams in the NFL run that as a base.

Like the Rams, the Bills, Panthers, Bears, Bengals, Broncos, Raiders, Lions and Seahawks all look too deep and strong at his position. The Patriots had been mentioned as pre-draft consideration, but it’s hard to see Bill Belichick taking a flyer on a non-versatile end for his hybrid defense.

That leaves six possible teams. The Dolphins went into camp with a shaky backup situation behind Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon and second-year first-rounder Dion Jordan. Unfortunately for Sam, they have also been helped by the league’s most impressive rookie seventh-round end: Terrence Fede. Sam’s chances elsewhere in Florida with either the Buccaneers or Jaguars aren’t much better.

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf was one of Sam’s strongest supporters when the latter came out publicly as gay. Defensive-minded coach Mike Zimmer likes having a deep quiver of attack players. However, behind starters Everson Griffen and Brian Robison, Corey Wootton and rookie third-round pick Scott Crichton—both much more versatile than Sam — are locks.

It would be down, then, to two teams in the NFC East.

The Giants are known in their best seasons for their solid defensive end depth. They aren’t quite the same at the position going into 2014, leaving the door only slightly ajar for a player such as Sam. They’ve got Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka, Damontre Moore and Robert Ayers as the top four; the first question is if they would want to carry five ends instead of five tackles. That’s unlikely because starting tackle Mike Patterson is battling a bad shoulder.

The Cowboys have so many front four questions, they may carry double-digit linemen on their final 53-man roster. Their most promising rookie, DeMarcus Lawrence, is out through at least all of September with a broken foot. Their pass rush remains awful enough to consider giving Sam a second chance if they’re not happy with all they have now post-DeMarcus Ware.

All in all, if Sam is not in the league come Week 1, it just would be all harsh football business, nothing personal.

 

IF THE EBOLA DISEASE WAS A WHITE POLICEMAN – THERE WOULD ALREADY BE A CURE

NOW 5 COUNTRIES HAVE THIS CONTAGIOUS DISEASE AND THERE IS NO END IN SIGHT TO THE DEATH AND DESTRUCTION IT IS BRINGING TO THE BLACK POPULATIONS IN THESE AREAS.

BUT NO ONE REALLY CARES ABOUT THE BLACK PEOPLE OF AFRICA; WHETHER THEY LIVE OR DIE NOT EVEN THEIR BLACK AMERICAN BROTHERS

AS LONG AS IT’S NOT THEM DYING FROM A TERRIBLE DISEASE WITHOUT A CURE

EVERYTHING IS DANDY IN GOOD OLE’ AMURICA

BECAUSE OBAMA IS PRESIDENT

OBAMA IS GOLFING

OBAMA IS ON VACATION

AND THIS WEEK SUMS IT UP FOR THE REST OF US

WE ARE ALL ON VACATION EXCEPT FOR ME – GOING BACK TO MY DENTIST FOR A TOOTH HE ALREADY FILLED WHICH IS NOW HURTING?

I’M PISSED BUT

THAT’S THE WAY  MY LIFE HAS BEEN

THIS SUMMER HAS BEEN THE WORST EVER

WEATHER WISE NOT SO BAD

EVENT WISE

FUCKING SUCKED BALLS.

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AMERICAN BLACK FOLKS ARE BUSY CALLING OUT ALL THE WHITE BROTHAS AND OTHER AMERICANS WHO THINK THAT MICHAEL BROWN AND OTHERS WERE THUGS WHO DESERVED WHAT THEY GOT.

ALL OUR BLOOD RUNS RED IN A’MURICA.

NO MATTER WHAT RACE YOU IS.

SWEAR. I DON’T LIE ABOUT STUFF LIKE THAT.

SO HERE’S TO ALL THE PISSED OFF BLACK AMERICANS

WHERE IS THE ANGER?

WHERE IS THE CONFUSION?

THERE IS A SERIAL KILLER OUT THERE CALLED

EBOLA

AND YOU NIGGA’S DON’T GIVE A SHIT?

SHAME ON YOU BROTHA’S AND SISTAH’S!

DO SOMETHING FOR YOUR FELLOW MAN/WOMAN BEFORE KARMA

KICKS YOUR HEFTY REAR ENDS AND MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE THE 2ND COMING OF KIM KARDASHIAN!

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ALL OF LIFE CAME OUT OF AFRICA

ALL AMOUNT OF DISEASES CAME OUT OF AFRICA

I THINK SOMEONE WANTS TO KILL THE BLACK PEOPLE

AFTER THEM

THE HISPANICS

AFTER THEM

THE GAYS

AFTER THEM

WELL ALL THE ILLEGALS OF COURSE

AND THEN AFTER THEM

THERE’S A WHOLE NEW SLIMMER WORLD

I HOPE BY THAT TIME I’M DEAD!

 

 

Senegal Confirms First Case Of Ebola

Posted: 08/29/2014 8:53 am EDT Updated: 2 hours ago
SENEGAL EBOLA

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal has recorded its first case of Ebola in an outbreak that is ravaging its West African neighbors, the Ministry of Health said Friday.

The infected person is a young man from Guinea, Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters.

The outbreak that has killed more than 1,500 people began last year in Guinea, which shares a border with Senegal. Since then, the disease has spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. At least 3,000 people have contracted the virus.

The arrival of the dreaded disease in Senegal, whose capital Dakar is a major transportation hub for the region, is likely to increase fears about the disease’s uncontrolled spread even further.

The World Health Organization has warned that the outbreak is worsening and offered new evidence of its acceleration Friday, saying the past week has seen the highest increase of cases since the outbreak began.

The U.N. health agency has warned that the disease could eventually infect 20,000 people, and unveiled a plan Thursday to stop transmission in the next six to nine months.

THE WORLD LEADERS HAVE A PLAN TO ELIMINATE NON-ESSENTIAL CITIZENS OF THE WORLD THROUGH EBOLA

EBOLA VIRUS HAS NO LIMITATIONS

THE WORLD IS SAYING THAT 20,000 MORE PEOPLE IN AFRICA WILL DIE FROM THIS STRAIN

THE BEGINNINGS OF THE WORLD WAS IN AFRICA

THE BEGINNINGS OF AIDES WAS IN AFRICA

THE BEGINNINGS OF EBOLA IS IN AFRICA

THE WORLD LEADERS – THE POWERS THAT BE – OR THE NEW WORLD ORDER

IS WIPING OUT AFRICANS FIRST. WHEN THE EBOLA VIRUS KILLS ALL THE AFRICANS

IT WILL START ON BLACK PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD

THEN HISPANICS OF ANY COLOR

THEN GAY PEOPLE

THEN THEY WILL MIRACULOUSLY FIND A CURE

AND THE 47 PERCENT OF RICH PEOPLE OF ALL CULTURES AND COLORS WILL LIVE IN AN EMPTY WORLD

YOU SEE, THE REST OF THE WORLD IS NON ESSENTIAL AND WE NEED TO LIGHTEN THE LOAD

THERE ARE BILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD

BUT IN 1900S THERE WAS 2 BILLION PEOPLE

THERE ARE 5 BILLION MORE THAN WE NEED

FOR SO MANY REASONS

THIS IS JUST BEGINNING

COULD YOU BE NEXT?

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UN: Ebola Could Eventually Infect 20,000 People

Posted: 08/28/2014 7:29 am EDT Updated: 36 minutes ago

GENEVA (AP) — The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger to infect as many as 20,000 people, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The U.N. health agency unveiled a new road map for containing the virus, and scientists are fast-tracking efforts to find a treatment or vaccine.

Ebola has menaced Africa for 40 years, but previously struck in remote villages and was contained fairly quickly. This time, it has spread to major cities in four countries, provoking unrest as whole neighborhoods and towns have been sealed to the outside.

An experimental vaccine developed by the U.S. government and GlaxoSmithKline will be tested on humans starting next week, the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced Thursday. The NIH trial will use healthy adult volunteers in Maryland, and British experts will simultaneously test the same vaccine in healthy people in the U.K., Gambia and Mali.

 Preliminary results on the vaccine’s safety — not its effectiveness — could be available in months.

Scientists also announced that they have mapped the genetic code of this strain of Ebola to better understand how it kills. In a study published Thursday in the journal Science, researchers traced an explosion of cases in this outbreak to a single funeral in Guinea in May.

They hope to use DNA mapping to track mutations that could become more worrisome the longer the outbreak lasts, and make a difference in the how doctors spot and fight the disease as vaccines are developed.

The outbreak has now killed at least 1,552 people among 3,069 reported cases in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria, and the real caseload in urban areas could be two to four times higher. Meanwhile, an entirely separate Ebola outbreak has killed 13 of 42 people sickened in a remote area of Congo, in Central Africa, the agency said.

With about a 50 percent mortality rate among those known to be infected, the overall death toll could reach 10,000 in the worst-case scenario.

“I think that’s completely unacceptable,” said the agency’s emergency operations director, Dr. Bruce Aylward.

The WHO’s new plan would cost $489 million to support 750 international health workers and 12,000 national ones. It aims to:

— stop Ebola transmission in affected countries within six to nine months

— prevent the spread of any new infections within eight weeks of a case being identified anywhere in the world

— and improve the public health responses to Ebola in any nation with major transportation hubs or borders shared with affected countries.

With the world’s support, medical workers hope to take “the heat out of this outbreak” within three months, Aylward said.

The U.N. agency’s announcement was immediately criticized by Doctors Without Borders, a medical charity running many of the treatment centers in West Africa.

“The WHO road map is welcome, but it should not give a false sense of hope. A plan needs to be acted upon. Huge questions remain,” the charity’s operations director, Bruce de le Vingne, said in a statement. “States with the capacity to help have the responsibility to mobilize resources to the affected countries, rather than watching from the sidelines with a naive hope that the situation will improve.”

Containment is key, but it has to be done carefully, in ways that don’t cause panic or hamper the response, the agency said.

The WHO has supported the quarantine of sick people, and said cordoning off entire neighborhoods can be useful, as long as civil rights are respected. But it has called on airlines to resume flights to affected countries, since Ebola is unlikely to spread through air travel. Health checks at airports should provide sufficient protection while still enabling humanitarian workers to get in.

“Right now there is a super risk of the response effort being choked off, being restricted, because we simply cannot get enough seats on enough airplanes to get people in and out, and rotating, to get goods and supplies in and out and rotating,” Aylward said.

Ebola and the measures used to control it are making it harder for some of the world’s poorest people to feed themselves and seek medical care. Many thousands of people have been cut off from markets; food prices have soared and farmers are separated from their fields. People now fearing hospitals are going without treatment for other diseases, like malaria, which kills around 600,000 each year, 90 percent of them in Africa.

The World Food Program says it needs $70 million immediately to help feed 1.3 million people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in the coming months because control measures have threatened food supplies.

Nigerian authorities, meanwhile, confirmed their first fatality outside the commercial capital of Lagos, where a dying Liberian-American airline passenger infected others in late July. They said a man sickened after coming into contact with the passenger had evaded surveillance and infected a doctor in southern Nigeria, who later died.

THE ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT

WHY THE HELL WOULD ICE BE IN THIS CHALLENGE TO DONATE TO ALS?

WHEN AN ICE BUCKET HITS YOU AND YOU SCREAM BECAUSE OF THE COLD WATER AND ICE

The feeling when you get a bucket full of ice pour on you is how people with lou gehrig’s disease feels because their nerves are really sensitive. 

I AM NOT PARTICIPATING IN THIS CHALLENGE FOR ONE REASON

AGAIN, IT’S ABOUT FOLLOWING    https://www.facebook.com/TheAnthonyCarbajal

I GIVE MONEY TO VARIOUS PEOPLE I KNOW THAT HAVE PROBLEMS

during the year

I hate being pointed to a disease and being forced by social media to do something I am against doing.

I understand people are trying to raise money – I’ll give some money to ALS even though none of the people I know have this disease. I have no problem giving money however to be forced to do this ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE it’s a mob mentality/mob rule type of thing.

There are many other charities out there looking for a gimmick that will sweep people into their corner to help them. Kudo’s to that dude Anthony Carbajal for starting this but I refuse to participate.

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I’m not a follower – I’m a leader – but most of all – I’m a writer. When celebrities get involved with an issue I tend to not participate.

MULTIMILLIONAIRE DES HAGUE, KICKS A DOG & ONLY PAYS $100K & DOES ONLY 1000 HR of COMMUNITY SERVICE?

MULTIMILLIONAIRE DES HAGUE, KICKS A DOG & ONLY PAYS $100K & DOES ONLY 1000 HR of COMMUNITY SERVICE?

I HOPE HIS FRIEND TAKES THAT SAME LEASH AND TIES IT AROUND DESMOND’S DICK AND THE OTHER END TO A BUMPER OF A FAST CAR.

SO DESMOND IS NOT FIRED FOR THIS HORRIBLE ACT

SIGN THE PETITION

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Des Hague, Multimillionaire CEO, Caught On Tape Kicking Puppy

The multimillionaire CEO of a Connecticut-based sports catering company has been caught on camera allegedly abusing his friend’s dog.

Last week, the Global News obtained surveillance footage from an elevator in a Vancouver building that appears to show a man dragging a Doberman puppy by its leash and kicking the animal several times.

The man in the graphic video (featured above) was later revealed to be Des Hague, the CEO of $6 billion-dollar company Centerplate, according to ESPN.

 Hague, who has been CEO of the company since 2009, released an apology statement in which he characterized the incident as “completely and utterly out of character,”Fortune reported. The statement went on to say:

“I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed… a minor frustration with a friend’s pet caused me to lose control of my emotional response… I would like to extend my apology to my family, company and clients, as I understand that this has also reflected negatively on them.”

On Wednesday, Centerplate announced that Hague would be donating $100,000toward the creation of the Sade Foundation, an organization for the protection of animals in Vancouver. He also will be serving 1,000 hours of community service at an animal protection agency, according to the statement.

It’s unclear if Hague will face criminal charges however 11 hours ago it was reported that this moron is on PROBATION?

Canada has changed in over 30 years and I gotta say – these new Canadians are fucked up!

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Des Hague

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Centerplate CEO Des Hague on probation following dog-kicking video

News1130 Staff August 27, 2014 1:30 pm

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The CEO at the centre of an animal cruelty investigation in Vancouver has been placed on indefinite probation by his company, Centreplate Inc.

As a condition of his continues employment with the company, Des Hague will personally donate $100,000 US to the Sade Foundation in honour of the dog in the video. The company also wants him to do 1000 hours of community service with an organization protecting animals.

The footage shows the man repeatedly kicking a one-year-old Doberman in the elevator of the residences at the Hotel Georgia and then picking the dog up by the leash.

Centreplate, which supplies concessions to sports stadiums around North America, says it it no way condones the mistreatment of animals and it will also contribute a portion of its sales to the Safe Foundation.

Hague could still be charged in Vancouver but at this point nothing has been laid.

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 Sign this petition    https://www.change.org/p/centerplate-fire-ceo-des-hague-for-animal-cruelty
Fire CEO Des Hague for animal cruelty
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Fire CEO Des Hague for animal crueltyErica Perry

    1. Petition by

      Erica Perry

      Vancouver, Canada

Des Hague has been identified as the man abusing a defenceless Doberman Pinscher named “Sade” in the elevator of the Private Residences at Hotel Georgia. He is the CEO of Centerplate – the catering company who has contracts at BC Place and the Convention Centre here in Vancouver and many other entertainment venues around North America and the UK.

Des Hague issued a statement through his lawyer. But it doesn’t sound like there’s a whole lot of remorse. He doesn’t even call “the animal” by name, and instead focuses on how embarrassed he is to have been caught.

A spokeswoman for the BCSPCA says “The way she behaves certainly gives the indication of fearfulness, and that indicates she has received this treatment before.”

The elevator camera looks to show the Centerplate CEO kicking the dog, yanking on her chain, and even lifting her up by the leash!

Centerplate’s Facebook page and Des Hague’s Twitter account were both closed down after a barrage of social media complaints.

On Twitter, Centerplate said “In no way do we condone the mistreatment of animals. This is a personal matter involving our CEO that we are currently investigating.”

When a corporate CEO is seen on camera abusing a dog, that is not a “personal matter.” People who are violent to animals often do not stop there.

Let’s compile everyone’s thoughts in one place and take a stand against animal cruelty.

Fire Centerplate CEO Des Hague. Animal abusers should think about the implications when caught abusing an animal.

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DIANE SAWYER STEPS DOWN FROM “WORLD NEWS” ANCHOR

AND I DON’T CARE

I’M JUST WRITING ABOUT IT BECAUSE

I DISLIKE HER

INTENSELY

SHE’S ANNOYING

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Diane Sawyer Steps Down As ‘World News’ Anchor

ABC’s Diane Sawyer ended her tenure as anchor of “World News” on Wednesday, marking another milestone in a long and iconic career in TV news.

In a warm goodbye, Sawyer thanked her viewers and said she felt privileged about her time sitting in the anchor chair.

“It has been wonderful to be the home port for the brave and brilliant forces of ABC News around the world and to feel every single night you and I were in a conversation about the day together. Sometimes, as we know, there have been tough stories but you always made it clear, like me, you believed that better will come, that the future is one of possibility,” she said. “With gratitude for these years, I thank you and I’ll see you right back here on ABC News very soon.”

She assured viewers they were in “strong and steady hands” with her replacement, David Muir, who will officially take over from her on September 2nd.

“I can’t wait to see you in full gear,” she told him.

Sawyer is stepping down as “World News” is mounting its fiercest challenge in years to top-rated rival “NBC Nightly News.” She is transitioning to the role of a roving scoop-getter, essentially filling the slot left by Barbara Walters after her retirement. Her time as “World News” chief was marked by rising ratings and a string of bigexclusives, but also charges that she’d softened the broadcast’s content in a bid for ratings. (ABC has always heatedly rejected that last claim.)

Sawyer is also potentially the last evening news anchor at ABC to be the true face of the network. Her job has been effectively split in half, with Muir taking over nightly anchoring duty while leaving breaking news and election nights to George Stephanopoulos.

RUSSIANS ARE INVADING INTO UKRAINE – IT’S TIME TO KILL PUTIN & RUSSIANS

I KNOW YOU DON’T AGREE WITH ME – HATERS

I GET HATERS FROM BOTH SIDES – LIBERAL/CONSERVATIVE

AND I DON’T SEE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM FRANKLY

TWO EXTREMIST GROUPS

MOST OF THEM ARE MORE DENSE THAN THE WALLS IN THE GREAT WALL IN CHINA

DENSER THAN SARAH PALIN’S VAGINA

MOST DENSE THAN THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE’S TIGHTEST ASSHOLE (he has several)

You get my point!

So really what else can I say?

I dislike what Putin and these crazy cosacks are doing to the Ukraine

STOP IT

LET MY PEOPLE GO!!!
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Ukrainian soldiers regrouped in a defensive position after coming under heavy shelling in Novoazovsk, a border town near Russia in southeastern Ukraine.CreditMauricio Lima for The New York Times

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine — Tanks, artillery and infantry have crossed from Russia into an unbreached part of eastern Ukraine in recent days, attacking Ukrainian forces and causing panic and wholesale retreat not only in this small border town but also a wide section of territory, in what Ukrainian and Western military officials described on Wednesday as a stealth invasion.

The attacks outside this city and in an area to the north essentially have opened a new, third front in the war in eastern Ukraine between government forces and pro-Russian separatists, along with the fighting outside the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Exhausted, filthy and dismayed, Ukrainian soldiers staggering out of Novoazovsk for safer territory said Tuesday they were cannon fodder for the forces coming from Russia. As they spoke, tank shells whistled in from the east and exploded nearby.

Some of the retreating Ukrainian soldiers appeared unwilling to fight. The commander of their unit, part of the Ninth Brigade from Vinnytsia, in western Ukraine, barked at the men to turn around, to no effect. “All right,” the commander said. “Anybody who refuses to fight, sit apart from the others.” Eleven men did, while the others returned to the city.

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Residents of the town of Novoazovsk, Ukraine, watched shelling on Wednesday.CreditSergei Grits/Associated Press

Some troops were in a full, chaotic retreat: a city-busload of them careened past on the highway headed west, purple curtains flapping through windows shot out by gunfire. A Ukrainian military spokesman said Wednesday the army still controlled Novoazvosk but that 13 soldiers had died in the fighting.

The behavior of the Ukrainian forces corroborated assertions by Western and Ukrainian officials that Russia, despite its strenuous denials, is orchestrating a new counteroffensive to help the besieged separatists of the Donetsk People’s Republic, who have been reeling from aggressive Ukrainian military advances in recent weeks.

“Russia is clearly trying to put its finger on the scale to tip things back in favor of its proxies,” said a senior American official. “Artillery barrages and other Russian military actions have taken their toll on the Ukrainian military.”

The Obama administration, which has placed increasingly punitive economic sanctions on Russia because of the Ukraine crisis, asserted over the past few days that the Russians had sent new columns of tanks and armor across the border.

“These incursions indicate a Russian-directed counteroffensive is likely underway,” Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, said Wednesday. At the department’s daily briefing in Washington, Ms. Psaki also criticized what she called the Russian government’s “unwillingness to tell the truth” that its military had sent soldiers as deep as 30 miles inside Ukraine territory.

Ms. Psaki apparently was referring to videos of captured Russian soldiers, distributed by Ukraine’s government on Tuesday, that directly challengedPresident Vladimir V. Putin’s assertions that Russia is a mere bystander in the conflict. The videos were publicized just as Mr. Putin was meeting with his Ukraine counterpart, Petro O. Poroshenko, in Belarus.

Russian forces have been trying to help the separatists break the siege of Luhansk and have been fighting to open a corridor to Donetsk from the Ukrainian-Russian border, Western officials say.

To the south, Russia has been backing a separatist push toward the southern town of Mariupol, a major port on the Sea of Azov, according to Western and Ukrainian officials. The Russian aim, one Western official said, is to open a new front that would divert Ukrainian forces from Donetsk and Luhansk and to possibly seize an outlet to the sea in the event that Russia tries to establish a separatist enclave in eastern Ukraine.

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A villager opened a box of rockets left by the Ukrainian army after their withdrawal from Starobeshovo, southeast of Donetsk. CreditFrancisco Leong/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Some Western officials fear the move might even be a step in what they suspect is a broader Russian strategy to carve out a land link to Crimea, the strategic Ukrainian peninsula that Russia annexed in March, setting off Moscow’s worst crisis with the West since the Cold War.

The Russian military’s use of artillery from locations within Ukraine is of special concern to Western military officials, who say Russian artillery has already been used to shell Ukrainian forces near Luhansk. And along with the antiaircraft systems operated by separatists or Russian forces inside Ukraine, the artillery has the potential to alter the balance of power in the struggle for control of eastern Ukraine.

Russia has denied that it has intervened militarily in Ukraine and the separatists have asserted that they are using captured Ukrainian equipment. But American officials say they are confident that the artillery in Ukraine’s Krasnodon area is Russia’s since Ukrainian forces have not penetrated that deeply into that separatist-controlled region. American officials also say the separatists have no experience in using such weaponry.

“We judge that self-propelled artillery is operated by Russians rather than separatists since no separatist training on this artillery has occurred to date,” an Obama administration official said.

The United States has photographs that show the Russian artillery moved into Ukraine, American officials say. One photo dated Aug. 21, shown to a reporter from The New York Times, shows Russian military units moving self-propelled artillery into Ukraine. Another photo, dated Aug. 23, shows the artillery in firing positions in Ukraine.

Advanced air defenses, including systems not known to be in the Ukrainian arsenal, have also been used to blunt the Ukrainian military’s air power, American officials say. In addition, they said, the Russian military routinely flies drones over Ukraine and shares the intelligence with the separatists.

The Ukrainian retreat from the border area near Novoazovsk, which began on Tuesday, came as Mr. Putin told Mr. Poroshenko that the Ukrainian insurgency was an internal matter and that the Ukrainian government needed to negotiate a cease-fire.

By coupling the Russian military actions with his political talks in Minsk, Mr. Putin appeared to be calculating that Moscow could intervene in eastern Ukraine with conventional Russian forces without risking further Western economic sanctions.

Ukraine Crisis in Maps

A day after Ukraine announced the capture of 10 Russian soldiers in the Donetsk region, fighting erupted to the south, the latest update to the current visual survey of the continuing dispute, with maps and satellite imagery showing rebel and military movement.

On the highway here, Sgt. Ihor Sharapov, a soldier with the Ukrainian border patrol unit, said he had seen tanks drive across the border but marked with flags of the separatist movement here, the Donetsk People’s Republic.

The group that attacked the city crossed from Russia, and though some soldiers were convinced they had spent two days fighting the Russians, others said they had no way of knowing who was inside the tanks, or the identities of the infantry who crossed the border and advanced toward this town.

“I tell you they are Russians, but this is what proof I have,” said Sgt. Aleksei Panko, holding up his thumb and index finger to form a zero. Sergeant Panko estimated that about 60 armored vehicles crossed near Novoazovsk. “This is what happened: they crossed the border, took up positions and started shooting.”

The Ukrainian Vinnytsia brigade met the cross-border advance over the six miles of countryside separating Novoazovsk from the Russian border, but later retreated to the western edge of town along the Rostov-Mariupol highway, where soldiers were collapsed in exhaustion on the roadside. “This is now a war with Russia,” Sergeant Panko said.

The counteroffensive that Ukrainian officers said was at least in part staged across the border from Russia pushed the Ukrainian army off a 75 mile-long highway from Donetsk south to the Azov Sea.

On Wednesday, it amounted to a no-man’s land of empty villages, roads crisscrossed by armored vehicle treads, felled trees and grass fires burning out of control, and panoramas of sunflower and corn rotting unharvested in the fields.

To the west of the Novoazovsk highway, the contrails of Ukrainian Grad rockets rose toward the sky, and to the east, black smoke from their impacts where Ukrainian soldiers said the newly arrived armored columns were moving near the Russian border.

The countryside was changing hands and the Ukrainians falling back westward, leaving under fire along side roads. One such route was littered with two incinerated Ukrainian army trucks, smoldering in the early evening, and an abandoned armored vehicle.

“The Ukrainians slipped away and the Donetsk People’s Republic hasn’t yet arrived,” said Roman Bespaltsev, a resident of the village of Starobeshovo south of Donetsk.

HERE’S A REAL PROBLEM – TOLEDO OHIO WATER SUPPLY IS CONTAMINATED-MEDIA WILL NOT REPORT THIS – WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!

FROM WEATHER.COM

WAKE THE FUCK UP AMERICA – THIS IS WHAT THE MEDIA IS TRYING TO DISTRACT YOU FROM KNOWING ABOUT

THIS IS WHAT THE MEDIA IS TRYING TO DISTRACT YOU FROM – INSTEAD THEY BOMBARD AMERICANS WITH BULLSHIT LIKE #FERGUSON!!! WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ALGAE!!! IT STINKS!

Toledo, Ohio Water Supply Contaminated by Algae From Lake Erie

By Eric Zerkel Published: Aug 3, 201

Toledo, Ohio city officials issued an urgent notice to residents to not drink or use the city’s tap water after harmful levels of algae-related toxins were discovered at one of the city’s water treatment plants.

A post to the city’s Facebook page urged the 400,000-plus residents of Ohio’s fourth largest city not to drink or boil the water until the city cleared the water for consumption. Some Toledo, Ohio, suburbs along with areas of southwestern Michigan were also affected by the water ban.

“Chemists testing water at Toledo’s Collins Park Water Treatment Plant had two sample readings for microcystin in excess of the recommended “DO NOT DRINK” 1 micro-gram per liter standard,” the post read in part.

The post went on to explain that consuming the water could lead to a series of health complications, including “abnormal liver function, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea numbness or dizziness.” Attempting to boil and drink the water would only worsen those health effects because it would “increase the concentration of the toxins.”

Those toxins are said to come from a growing algae bloom on Lake Erie. A recent bulletin issued by NOAA shows the harmful algae bloom growing in Maumee Bay near the mouth of the Maumee River, which runs through Toledo. Lake Erie provides water to more than 11 million people, including major cities like Toledo, Cleveland, Buffalo and Detroit.

The city issued the warning just after midnight, and with no official water source set up by the city, residents made a mad-dash to local stores to clear the shelves of bottled water, the Associated Press reports.

“It looked like Black Friday,” said Aundrea Simmons, who stood in a line of about 50 people at a pharmacy before buying four cases of water. “I have children and elderly parents. They take their medication with water.”

Officials said Saturday that they were working to set up water distribution centers around the metro area.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared a state of emergency Saturday with water in short supply around the Toledo area. The declaration will enable state government officials to activate infrastructure and ship in additional water resources for residents affected by the ban.

Kasich said it was too early to say how long the advisory will last or what caused toxins to spike suddenly in the drinking water. Officials were waiting on test results on water samples.

“We don’t really want to speculate on this,” he told The Associated Press. “When it comes to this water, we’ve got be very careful.”

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins said it would probably be Sunday morning before all the results are in and officials could consider after that whether to lift the advisory.

Restaurants and other businesses closed-up shop due to the unstable water supply.

Harmful blooms on Lake Erie have become annual affairs, fueled by fertilizers and other run-off from industrial sources surrounding the lake. According to the Associated Press, the city of Toledo spent $4 million on resources to combat the toxins found in harmful algae blooms.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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Toledo, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio

 Algae washes ashore from Lake Erie at Maumee Bay State Park August 4, 2014. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Toledo, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio

 Carol Snyder of Northwood, Ohio, holds up a jar with water collected from Lake Erie at Maumee Bay State Park August 4, 2014 in Oregon, Ohio, near Toledo. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

Toledo, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio

 Algae washes ashore from Lake Erie at Maumee Bay State Park August 4, 2014. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Toledo, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio

 Carol Snyder of Northwood, Ohio, holds up a jar with water collected from Lake Erie at Maumee Bay State Park August 4, 2014 in Oregon, Ohio, near Toledo. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

Toledo, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio

 Algae washes ashore from Lake Erie at Maumee Bay State Park August 4, 2014. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Toledo, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio

The City of Toledo water intake crib is surrounded by algae, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Lake Erie, about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Toledo, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio

 Algae is seen near the City of Toledo water intake crib, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Lake Erie, about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Toledo, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio

 A detail photograph of the Lake Erie water near the City of Toledo water intake crib, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Lake Erie, about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Pelee Island, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio

 A closer view of the algae bloom in Lake Erie in September 2009. (NOAA-GLERL/Flickr)

Lake Erie: October 2011

Toledo, Ohio

 Satellite image from the fall of 2011 shows what researchers say was the worst bloom in recent years. (MERIS/ESA)

Monroe, Michigan

Toledo, Ohio

 A view of the algae bloom in Lake Erie near Monroe, Michigan, during the summer of 2011. (NOAA-GLERL/Flickr)

Lake Erie: September 2012

Toledo, Ohio

Satellite image from September 2012 shows a mild algae bloom that season. (MODIS/NASA)

Lake Erie: September 2013

Toledo, Ohio

 A satellite image shows the intense algae bloom in the fall of 2013. (MODIS/NASA)

Lake Erie: October 2011

Toledo, Ohio

 An image from NASA’s Earth Observatory clearly shows the algae in western Lake Erie in the fall of 2011. (NASA’s Earth Observatory)

Lake Erie: July 2011

Toledo, Ohio

A view of the algae bloom in Lake Erie during the summer of 2011. (NOAA-GLERL/Flickr)

Pelee Island, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio

 A view of the algae bloom in Lake Erie in September 2009. (NOAA-GLERL/Flickr)

Kelley’s Island, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio

A view of the algae bloom in Lake Erie near Kelley’s Island, Ohio, during 2011. (T. Joyce/NOAA-GLERL/Flickr)

  • Diana Shugar · Top Commenter · Orange Coast College

    Euglena is a demonic microorganism. If you kill it violently it releases its toxins into the water before it dies. The only real solution is to introduce powerful beneficial biologicals to compete with it for the limited resources in the aquatic environment, and thereby force it to subside naturally. Unfortunately, the EPA s controlled by a special interest which is much more concerned with EUGENICS than euglena.I have some inside information on the Toledo, Ohio water crisis. I was told last year at this time that this would happen, not just in Toledo, but all over Ohio because of a highly toxic algae called euglena. Certain strains of euglena are responsible for turning water red like blood, and have been linked to cancer and other health issues. Both FEMA and the EPA have known about this problem for years—and the eventual See More

  • Mark Contorno · Kent State University

    Asian Carp and harmful algal blooms – they are going to keep us busy for decades. We are always posting articles about these two topics on our enviro ‘crowdfunding’ site:

    https://creeklife.com/blog/harmful-algal-blooms-in-lake-environments

  • Jane Williamson

    This has been an issue for years. Much is caused by golf courses, their man-made ponds full of herbicides/ pesticide chemicals that run-off into lakes. They are EXEMPT by the gov’t and permitted to use poisonous chemicals such as from Monsanto. It’s Summer, cottages/homes with septic tanks too close to the lakes esp. the ones with huge lawns… with rainfall, the septic tanks are leaching out. We have fewer farms now these days, so it’s not them. The majority of problems are from all the Golf courses and homes by the water who have NO regulations. It’s happening all over Canada too. Golf courses should be held accountable, as they got away with this for way too long with polluting the aquatic ecosystem. They earn billions in revenue and won’t change their ways for the environment. They can afford it.
  • Stephen Phillippo · Top Commenter

    It’s from runoff from using chemicals such as fertilizer feeding it. But also global warming. You don’t think it’s real because you can’t see it. They grow better in warmer water. The cold air at the poles get displaced with equalization more in winter causing colder winters as well. Because warm and cold water/air mix constantly on the Earth. Just like warm water from oceans get sucked up in hurricanes to the colder atmosphere causing spin. Or tornadoes in pockets of warm/ cold air.As the warm oceans flow north they now push more cold down until there isn’t any cold left. Hence glaciers melting at an extraordinary rate like big ice cubes making for colder winters. Millions of years of carbon being stored in the Earth in fossil fuels from plants breathing in carbon dioxide. It took millions of years to store drop by drop as plants decayed. We are releasing it in little over 100 years. It’s hard to fathom a million. You should try to count to it once. Then imagine it being years. It would take 12 days to count to a million with a fast speed by the way. Let alone millions of years of life evolving.

  • Clarke Owens · Attorney at Law at Self Employed Attorney at Law

    Algal blooms in Lake Erie, caused by fertilizer runoff and a change in rainfall patterns (additional runoff caused by more rain, which occur with warmer air) have led to a prohibition on drinking water in Toledo, Ohio, population over 400,000. Algal blooms are called ‘annual affairs’ in the news story.
  • Robert M Stanton · Top Commenter · Toledo, Ohio

    The source of the toxins from the run from animal and farm and others who east drain in rivers and local streams so this can touch the Detroit River also.
  • Patrick Snay · UConn

    Detroit does not get its water from Lake Erie; it comes from the Detroit River, upstream of Lake Erie.
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