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281 Passengers Ill Aboard
Royal Caribbean Ship

ABC News, by Staff

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Posted By:Drive, 1/25/2014 10:54:26 PM

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 281 passengers have fallen ill aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. The CDC said in a statement Friday that another 22 crew members also are ill, with people reporting vomiting and diarrhea. Authorities said it´s not yet clear what is causing the illness. The CDC said health officials will board the ship on Sunday while it´s docked in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Authorities said specimens are being collected and will be tested. A total of 3,050 passengers and 1,165 crew members are aboard the Explorer of the Seas. The CDC said Royal

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: squid, 1/25/2014 11:42:12 PM     (No. 9705894)

It doesn´t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. With all the Caribbean Cruse Ships following the same passage ways, and with all the Caribbean Cruse Ships dumping their sewage, then when you ship over sewage except to get sick.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ZurichMike, 1/25/2014 11:47:36 PM     (No. 9705899)

Cruise ships = floating septic tanks. Never, ever would I go on a cruise ship.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 1/26/2014 1:10:57 AM     (No. 9705915)

What #2 said. Never.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Subal, 1/26/2014 1:28:02 AM     (No. 9705917)

Quick, launch the "0´bama Mobile emergency mobile row boat"

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Elvira, 1/26/2014 2:01:02 AM     (No. 9705920)

I have only one cruise line I will ever use. The have a wonderfully small passenger capacity and the staff are absolutely THE BEST!

Else, I would never go on a cruise again. You can have your floating cities with 3-4 thousand people is it? Don´t know, don´t care to. Will NOT take a Cruise that has "Celebrity, Disney, Royal, etc,

I hate to even give away my secret cruising paradise, but I will say that the largest ship we sailed on only held 2000 guests and you could never see another passenger if you didn´t want to. Service was THE most outstanding I´ve EVER experienced. If you want details, email me, but be warned, I´m behind, just got back from seeing my son off for a tour that Thank You God, does not involve a war zone. But, here´s a hint, the ship´s names usually end I n "dam".

I only share this because I would hate to have one of my favorite people, any of you LDOTTERS miss out on an opportunity because the floating cities are making a very bad name for the cruising business. A LOT of very pokr people are employed by these companies and I have checked out the one we use. The staff reportedly are happy - but, then you know how things can be used.

At any rate friends, go with the smaller lines and I think you will be very happy with your vacation.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: steveW, 1/26/2014 2:05:59 AM     (No. 9705922)

They looked at the "planet Hillary" picture..

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ynaught, 1/26/2014 2:20:43 AM     (No. 9705927)

Small ship cruising - less than 100 passengers - is the way to go. More expensive, but worth it!


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Reply 8 - Posted by: TXknitter, 1/26/2014 2:45:55 AM     (No. 9705931)

I seriously agree with #2 and 3.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/26/2014 4:28:15 AM     (No. 9705945)

Wouldn´t it be funny if Subway was the main food supplier..

It´shard to believe all these people ate the same food,leaving water as the main suspect.

Not many of us could afford a cruise anyway but if you´re careful with your EBT allotment,you could save the money in a couple of months.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 1/26/2014 7:47:25 AM     (No. 9706031)

Carnival I can see, but Royal Caribbean? What´s the world coming to?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Coy860, 1/26/2014 8:19:17 AM     (No. 9706061)

I´ve sailed 42 cruises and never got sick. Blame the airlines and their recycled air. How often are planes sanitized? People fly to the ships carrying germs aboard.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 1/26/2014 8:20:53 AM     (No. 9706062)

When you are paying that much for a ´´cruise´´ even 15 minutes of discomfort it too much. Think of that next time you crowd yourself with 1000 strangers wearing expensive new clothes, packed into a huge metal tube, eating who-knows-what, set afloat on the open ocean and call it luxury!

Above, 2, 3, & 8 called it.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: kayjaymac, 1/26/2014 8:31:17 AM     (No. 9706080)

Our 25th anniversary cruise left from a northern FL port. It was August, the food was neither hot nor cold when it should have been, it was full of kids who thought a plate piled high with sausage was their right, extra wide motorized scooters with huge people all over the place, and there was a redneck sister fight in the hallway outside our door at 3 a.m. We decided to call it our "floating Walmart" vacation. It was awful and we won´t be doing that again anytime soon.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 1/26/2014 8:36:42 AM     (No. 9706089)

What´s with these cruise lines, anyway? It seems every other week we´re reading about passengers falling overboard, engines failing, passengers succumbing to the green apple quickstep, etc. etc. Is the only alternative one of the flying cattlecars the airlines are herding us onto?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: strike3, 1/26/2014 8:44:47 AM     (No. 9706100)

I just watched "Titanic" for the third time. I won´t be going anytime soon either. You know these cruise ships are taking short cuts in this economy.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 1/26/2014 9:05:09 AM     (No. 9706130)

I´d rather take a freighter cruise. Only a handful of other passengers on board. No faux entertainment, no overpriced glitz and glamor. Just sit on the deck with a good book and enjoy the journey.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: T-Bubba, 1/26/2014 9:19:27 AM     (No. 9706146)

During the initial, all-hands safety meeting, people started giving me really dirty looks when I broke into song.

Couldn´t understand the total lack of sense of humor on the part of those crabby passengers who can´t appreciate "My Heart Will Go On."

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Reply 18 - Posted by: dragonlearner, 1/26/2014 9:47:23 AM     (No. 9706176)

I never heard of the term ´green apple quickstep´ until now. Thanks #14. ROFLMAO.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: MDConservative, 1/26/2014 9:49:59 AM     (No. 9706180)

Cruising is my preferred vacation - safer than driving. Never gotten sick. For those landlubbers who will never take a cruise, thanks. It helps keep prices down and the promotional deals coming my way. Cheers!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/26/2014 10:11:37 AM     (No. 9706211)

Easy solution: stay off those obscene mega-ships. A disaster waiting to happen.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: RancherJack, 1/26/2014 10:54:02 AM     (No. 9706270)

Not even with a gun to my head would I get on a death ship ...

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Reply 22 - Posted by: ladydawgfan, 1/26/2014 10:56:28 AM     (No. 9706276)

One of the best vacations I have ever had was the 2 week Caribbean cruise I took in November with my sister and niece. Warm tropical weather, plenty of sunshine, snorkelling in clear turquoise waters, relaxing and being catered to for two weeks. It was WONDERFUL!!! And I didn´t get sick once, other than a touch of mal-de-mer from the rough seas of the Gulf of Mexico.

BTW, #1, NOTHING gets dumped into the ocean, not even so much as a cigarette butt. It is against international maritime law and there are heavy fines for both the cruise lines and passengers who do so. There are cameras everywhere onboard watching your every move outside of your cabin so no ship is floating over another ships sewage.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Urgent Fury, 1/26/2014 11:10:57 AM     (No. 9706297)

We took a pretty nice cruise thru the Hawaiian Islands. It was a good way to see the whole chain. Sat with some passengers who were complaining about the lobster until I mentioned that my last cruise was on an aircraft carrier.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: darnright, 1/26/2014 11:23:20 AM     (No. 9706311)

Good for you 22. I want the real truth on any topic that might affect a future decision of mine. I like to believe that I can get that truth here on L-Com. Those who spread disinformation, for whatever reason, do a huge disservice to everyone. So lets leave the propaganda to the dems people, and keep the truth here where it belongs...

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Reply 25 - Posted by: L1A1SLR, 1/26/2014 11:57:02 AM     (No. 9706358)

#16, do any shipping lines still do those? I know they were kind of an "open secret" for adventurous travelers back in the day...and that does sound more interesting than a floating mall/WalMart-on-the-water cruise!


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Reply 26 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 1/26/2014 12:22:03 PM     (No. 9706393)

As several have posted.....small boats only. There are several that sail the Western Isles off Scotland. One is small and elegant (and quite expensive) but the others are all under 100 passengers and much less expensive.

A river cruise on the Danube or other European river on one of the small liners also seems appealing.

I have absolutely no desire to be packed on a floating hotel with 4,000 strangers.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/26/2014 12:28:06 PM     (No. 9706400)

My cruising history includes 20+ cruises on the largest "Floating cities", boats with less than 100 passengers and paddle wheels on the Mississippi. For the record, people do not simply fall overboard unless they are butt drunk or doing something really stupid.
Lots of misinformation posted on this thread by people who obviously know absolutely nothing about cruises and safety at sea.
Give me the Caribbean any day over mundane resorts.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: SallyHerigstad, 1/26/2014 12:32:59 PM     (No. 9706405)

That´s less than 10% of the people on board sick. I´ve seen 40% of a workplace office go down with the flu at once. I don´t see how this is even news.

If you stay away from the buffets and don´t touch every handrail, you´re probably safer on a cruise ship than you are at work.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 1/26/2014 1:05:26 PM     (No. 9706440)

I´ve been on two cruises. They lasted nine months each, all expenses paid but no booze, 4000 men, no women, exotic Asian ports of call-- on an aircraft carrier. That was enough.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 1/26/2014 1:33:50 PM     (No. 9706477)

Cruising is a wonderful way to see the world.
A great way to see Alaska or Europe is on a cruise.
Many of the newer ships are gorgeous , literally floating resorts and despite
the large numbers of passengers , they don´t feel crowded.
Many ships have lots of suites with balconies and there´s nothing like sitting on your private balcony with a cup of coffee or a drink and watching the ocean and your cares drift away.
The ships today are fanatic about recycling and disposal of waste.
The crews are constantly cleaning the public areas .
If you sail from a US port , all the food and water
is purchased in the US before embarking.
On our recent cruise on RCCL ,
they had hand sanitizers everywhere and had crew members stationed
at the entrance to the casual eating areas ,
to make sure everyone got their hands spritzed before entering.
If you don´t like crowds of kids however , don´t book a cruise during spring break ,
the summer or over Christmas.
The exception would be one of the luxury lines that cater to the older crowd.
A lot of the ships in summer that sail from Florida are apparently packed with unsupervised
teen age girls from South America celebrating their quinceaneara or 15th birthday.
10 million passengers cruise in the US every year and the overwhelming majority never get sick.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 1/26/2014 2:02:24 PM     (No. 9706513)

I´ve had enough cruising courtesy of Uncle Sam´s Canoe Club to last a lifetime...been on one ´cruise´ since for a family event....never again.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: shamrock, 1/26/2014 2:08:30 PM     (No. 9706520)

If that is true #22, how come they haven´t found out what happened to several "overboard" passengers?

And being watched every minute of the day and paying for it, isn´t my idea of a vacation. But, I guess some people are used to that.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Jloophole, 1/26/2014 3:00:02 PM     (No. 9706585)

We had a fabulous time cruising the Hawaiian Islands.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: thewarden, 1/26/2014 3:23:04 PM     (No. 9706604)

I prefer to fly to an exotic locale like Tahiti and stay in a small resort with huts on or near the water. I will never cruise. Ever.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/26/2014 3:43:07 PM     (No. 9706623)

Do you, "Fly to an exotic locale like Tahiti", often?

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Reply 36 - Posted by: peterfleming, 1/26/2014 7:43:21 PM     (No. 9706804)

Lucianne, Congratulations on the new state of the art anti establishment cartoon ! !

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Reply 37 - Posted by: ladydawgfan, 1/26/2014 8:04:31 PM     (No. 9706818)

RE #32:

Try jumping at night from a seven storey building moving at 18 its into 8000 ft deep water with 7 ft waves. See if you survive the fall. Sad to say but people who jump overboard or "accidentally" fall are fish food the minute they hit the water and are gone long before rescue efforts can be launched.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: ncgrammie4, 1/26/2014 8:31:06 PM     (No. 9706829)

Have cruised the Mediterranean and the Caribbean and I can say that the service, food, and all around experience was far better in the Mediterranean. A lot of the crew said that they avoid the Caribbean tours as much as they can because of the passengers. Maybe Obama Care will step in and be sure all of the passengers on the cruise ships are well before they board.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: xcenturion, 1/26/2014 8:49:03 PM     (No. 9706840)

My wife and I have been on over ten cruises to various parts of the world. Despite being on a few ships where the Norovirus was reported, we´ve never gotten ill. Don´t blame the cruise line for the on board illnesses such as the Norovirus, blame the person(s) that bring it on board. Prior to boarding the ship passenger are supposed to disclose any current or recent illnesses. They don´t, therefore these sickies carry their illness on board where it spreads. Proper hygiene, like washing your hands often will keep you healthy. Ever been on a commercial flight and some inconsiderate sick moron is coughing or sneezing? Doe´s this mean you´ll never fly again? Let´s face it, inconsiderate people are the problem.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: joew9, 1/26/2014 9:21:15 PM     (No. 9706853)

14 foot aluminum, 9.5HP motor, Oconee River.
Voyaged to Dublin several times.
Never got sick once.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 1/26/2014 9:54:26 PM     (No. 9706872)

Now you´re talking, #40. : )

Our boat is a 16 ft. and a 40 HP motor. I can´t imagine having any more fun in a boat than we have fishing, or just "cruising" in ours. Lovely, and awesome, and often unexpected sights to be seen, and sometimes the "critters" seen along the way can cause a laugh or two by their antics.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Japanorama, 1/26/2014 11:49:48 PM     (No. 9706915)

As the old saying goes, living on a ship is like being in jail, with a chance of drowning.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: flutepilot, 1/27/2014 12:23:15 AM     (No. 9706923)

Just got off a cruise on the Celebrity Reflection. 3000 passengers worth. There were crew at both the buffet and main dining room making sure everybody got a spritz of some fluid. Nobody got sick. There are so many venues that it never, NEVER felt like there were 3000 passengers. As somebody else said: get your facts straight. Maybe the ship in the article did not go to such lengths to prevent this.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/27/2014 5:53:44 PM     (No. 9708001)

Came here for the humor, and was not disappointed.

The information was good, too.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Mushroom, 1/27/2014 6:18:16 PM     (No. 9708032)

I´m confused. Is this the ship other reports are saying 600 people ill? Or is that another ship?

Personally, I don´t care for hotel trips on the water or not. I like small resort scuba. But it will be a long time before I can do that again, if ever. Meanwhile Ill stick to our motor home...the Captian is a jerk, but I can choose where and when to go somewhere. (evil grin)

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 1/27/2014 8:18:32 PM     (No. 9708168)

Have made a few cruises, and the on up the rivers through Austria and Germany were the best vacations ever. We´ve never been sick on the Mega-Ship cruises either. Face it, stuff happens!

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Neurosurgeon Ben Carson says the White House wanted him to apologize for “offending” President Obama after he famously delivered a conservative message at the National Prayer Breakfast last year. Carson, the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, recalls the events surrounding his 2013 speech in his new book, One Nation: What We Can All Do To Save America’s Future. The Daily Caller obtained an advance copy of the book, which is set for release May 20. “He did not appear to be hostile or angry,” Carson writes of Obama, “but within a matter of minutes after the conclusion of

Obama Generation Losing
Interest in Obama

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Wall Street Journal, by James Freeman    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 4:23:09 PM     Post Reply
President Obama inspired a generation of young people to support his historic election in 2008. And in 2012, despite the struggles of his first term, Mr. Obama still managed to win the support of a full 60% of voters age 18-29. But the man who once dreamed of being a transformative leader in the Reagan mold is inspiring few of those young people to follow his lead. "For all the talk about the movement that elected Mr. Obama, the more notable movement of Obama supporters has been away from politics. It appears that few of the young people who voted

Why You Should Be Sympathetic
Toward Cliven Bundy

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Powerline, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/15/2014 8:40:58 AM     Post Reply
On Saturday, I wrote about the standoff at Bundy Ranch. That post drew a remarkable amount of traffic, even though, as I wrote then, I had not quite decided what to make of the story. Since then, I have continued to study the facts and have drawn some conclusions. Here they are. First, it must be admitted that legally, Bundy doesn’t have a leg to stand on. The Bureau of Land Management has been charging him grazing fees since the early 1990s, which he has refused to pay. Further, BLM has issued orders limiting the area on which Bundy’s cows can

Chelsea Clinton no longer
ruling out politics

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The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Katz    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 11:57:36 AM     Post Reply
Chelsea Clinton says when people ask her these days whether she wants to go into politics, her answer isn’t an automatic “no.” The 34-year-old former first daughter told Fast Company in an interview published Monday, “for so long the answer was just a visceral no. Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Now, the only child of former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explains, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I

Glaring limits of the Civil Rights
Act: We need to redistribute wealth

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Salon Magazine, by Matt Bruenig    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/14/2014 7:20:41 PM     Post Reply
Although the Civil Rights Act, the landmark legislation which just reached its 50th anniversary, made great strides in desegregating the economy, economic discrimination is still widespread, and anti-discrimination legislation alone can never rectify the economic damage inflicted upon blacks by slavery and our Jim Crow apartheid regime. The Civil Rights Act was a mild reform, all things considered, but one conservatives fought with vigor and one many conservatives are still bitter about to this day. When the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964, the primary purpose was to root out discrimination in public accommodations (like hotels and movie theaters)

Megyn Kelly and the
Sandberg Head Shaker

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American Thinker, by Richard F. Miniter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/15/2014 9:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of


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