US winter has shrunk by more than one month in 100 years


Scientists find that climate change has helped push first frosts later across the country

The length of the US winter is shortening, with the first frost of the year arriving more than one later than it did 100 years ago, according to more than a century of measurements from weather stations nationwide.

The trend of ever later first freezes appears to have started around 1980, according to data from 700 weather stations across the US going back to 1895 and compiled by Ken Kunkel, a meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

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Conservative Website First Funded Anti-Trump Research by Firm That Later Produced Dossier – The New York Times

The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website funded by a major Republican donor, was the first to hire the firm that conducted opposition research on Donald J. Trump — including a salacious dossier describing ties between Mr. Trump and the Russian government — website representatives told the House Intelligence Committee on Friday.According to people briefed on the conversation, the website hired the firm, Fusion GPS, in October 2015 to unearth damaging information about several Republican presidential candidates, including Mr. Trump. But The Free Beacon told the firm to stop doing research on Mr. Trump in May 2016, as Mr. Trump was clinching the Republican nomination.

Poland to Richard Spencer: keep out


The American far-right leader plans to address an extremist rally in Warsaw next month, but the Polish foreign minister says ‘he should not appear publicly’

The Polish government has expressed strong objections to plans by American white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak at a far-right conference in Warsaw in November, but did not say if it would prevent him from entering the country.

Foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski described Spencer as someone “who defames what happened during World War II, defames the Holocaust.”

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Canada judge says sexual assault victim may have been ‘flattered’ by the incident

WTF Friday – ashamed of way too many men who are not even human.


Judge Jean-Paul Braun suggested that a 17-year-old girl might have welcomed the advances of a 49-year-old taxi driver who allegedly assaulted her

A judge in the Canadian province of Quebec has come under fire after remarking in court that a 17-year-old who said she was sexual assaulted was a “little overweight but has a pretty face” and that she may have been a “bit flattered” by the attention.

The comments, which came to light this week, were made by Judge Jean-Paul Braun in May as he heard allegations of sexual assault against a taxi driver, Carlo Figaro.

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