Long Island, New York, UFO From April Still Unexplained

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Researchers are still struggling to explain a flying object filmed off the coast of Long Island, according to The Daily Mail U.K.

The Huffington Post writes that on April 17th, the witness — whose name isn’t revealed — was driving home around 10:30 p.m. in Port Jefferson, New York, and noticed an odd light in the sky.

He then gave the video to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) for investigation, and has left almost everyone stumped as to what he captured on his phone.

“When I looked to my left, I noticed red and blue lights hovering. I stopped and watched for a little bit to see if it was just someone playing with a toy,” the witness wrote in his report according to The Huffington Post.

“Then the object went higher into the air and started to move pretty fast. I then took out my phone and started to record for as long as I could till my phone died.”

The Daily Mail writes that a recent study states that UFO claims in New York City and Long Island are “particularly rare.”

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Remington Arms Factory Stays In New York

According to syracuse.com, Remington Arms is hiring at a Herkimer County factory.  Some thought the company was in trouble after passage of New York’s Safe Act gun-control law and the company’s announcement that it would build a new plant in Alabama.

Remington’s website says the company is hiring at its Ilion location for assemblers and machine operators.

The gun maker at first said it was seeking 200 applicants “for screening” but then expanded that to 400, according to the (Utica) Observer-Dispatch.

Last year, Remington laid off 231 of its approximately 1,300 workers in Ilion.

The layoffs came just after the company announced that it would open a factory in Huntsville, Alabama.  This gave way to speculation that Remington was planning to close its plant in Ilion, where it has been making guns for almost 200 years, writes syracuse.com.

New York’s SAFE Act was enacted in 2013 and bans high-capacity magazines of more than 10 rounds and it tightens restrictions on assault weapons.  It also closes loopholes on background checks and addresses some mental health issues.



In A City, Little Things Mean A Lot

An unlikely new beacon is glowing in the claustrophobic canyon of Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, New York.

The once-shadowy hole of an arcade and covered space at 560 Lexington Avenue had become an oasis of light.

The old enclosure was secured at night with a roll-down grille, but now the new area is closed by moving a hinged wall section into place, creating a transparent glass sculpture.

The light and the new enclosure are worth noting because it shows that dismal spaces can be rehabilitated, writes The New York Times. There are more than 500 privately owned public spaces in the city. Most of them, having generated extra development potential for their builders, turned out to be fairly skimpy as public spaces, which was the case at 560 Lexington Avenue.

The open area, light, and glass create a more attractive, safe space.

Is ‘Manspreading’ An Arrestable Offense?

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“‘Manspreading’ — the act of a someone, usually a man, taking up two subway seats by spreading his legs — has rankled many train passengers for years. It became enough of an annoyance that the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York put anti-manspreading public service announcements on subway cars,” writes The Huffington Post.

Is the campaign against “manspreading” left-wing? Right-wing? Is it “anti-man?” Can women get arrested for it?

Or is it “anti-poor?”

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Gallup Survey: Acceptance Of Polygamy Is Up

According to the New York Times, the shift on same-sex marriage has captured the headlines, but the changes on views toward marriage are much broader than one issue.

The latest Gallup social issues survey shows changing social views since 2001.  They show that not just support for same-sex marriage is changing.

Approval of unwed parenthood (45 percent in 2001, 61 percent now), divorce (59 percent then, 71 percent today), and premarital sex (53 percent then, 68 percent now) are on the rise.

Also, the acceptance of polygamy has more than doubled.  Support for “plural matrimony” rose from 7 percent to 16 percent during the same period.


President Creates Twitter Account, Gets Trolled By Racists

President Obama sent his inaugural Twitter post from the Oval Office on Monday, writes The New York Times.

The White House heralded the event with fanfare, and displayed a photograph of him perched on his desk tapping out his message on an iPhone.

The account is @POTUS — named for the in-house acronym derived from “President Of The United States.”

A White House aide wrote that it would “serve as a new way for President Obama to engage directly with the American people, with tweets coming exclusively from him.”

According to The New York Times, however, it took only a few minutes for Mr. Obama’s account to attract racist, hate-filled posts and replies.

“They addressed him with racial slurs and called him a monkey,” wrote the Times.

One post had an image of the president with his neck in a noose.

Racial hostility toward the nation’s first black president has long been expressed in stark terms on the Internet, where conspiracy theories thrive and prejudices find ready outlets, writes The New York Times.

“But the racist Twitter posts are different because now that Mr. Obama has his own account, the slurs are addressed directly to him, for all to see,” writes the Times.

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Will Hillary Listen To The Left-Wing Base?

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President Bill Clinton was a renowned centrist and had been called one of the best Republican presidents the U.S. has ever had.

Will Hillary Clinton move to the right or will she listen to her left-wing base?

Months before Hillary Rodham Clinton started giving Democratic primary voters a liberal-minded message about a “stacked deck” in favor of the wealthy and the need for criminal-justice reform, she met at a restaurant in Midtown Manhattan with four powerful labor leaders, according to The New York Times.

There, in February, she treated representatives of the biggest teachers’, service employees’ and government workers’ unions to a seafood dinner and a lengthy discussion of policy issues. Her meaning was unmistakable: She wanted them to feel like an important part of her coming campaign.

On Tuesday, Richard L. Trumka, president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., gave an address aimed ostensibly at any White House contender.  He urged candidates for president to resist “cautious half-measures.”

He also called for “a commitment, from the candidate down through his or her economic team,” to steer a progressive agenda to completion.  A senior labor official later called it the most important line in Mr. Trumka’s speech.

According to The New York Times, Trumka was repeating an argument that liberals have made to Mrs. Clinton and her team more bluntly in private: they do not wish to see the likes of Robert E. Rubin and Lawrence H. Summers – both “centrist” former treasury secretaries to Bill Clinton – become part of her circle.

It is unclear how Mrs. Clinton will react to these types of demands.  A senior campaign aide said to The NYT only that she receives a range of policy advice.

Thursday, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a self-proclaimed socialist, said he would seek the Democratic nomination.

The push and pull between Mrs. Clinton and the liberal base may become an obstacle or a source of tension for Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton welcomed Mr. Sanders into the race, even as she works to deny Mr. Sanders or any other liberal an issue on which to bloody her from the left.

She and her top aides have begun an aggressive charm offensive, calling, emailing, meeting and dining with scores of progressive officials and activists. John Deeth, a well-read blogger in Iowa City (“the People’s Republic of Johnson County,” he joked), said that Matt Paul, Mrs. Clinton’s Iowa director, called him after she announced.

“Mostly he listened,” recalled Mr. Deeth, who said he would probably remain neutral in the primary.

With Big Labor opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, Mrs. Clinton’s staff has been in touch with Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio, who has been battling President Obama over the agreement.

“People are seeing that the Democratic Party is again standing for things,” Mr. Brown said of the energy on the left, though he added that he was not ready to commit to Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy and had “zero” interest in a presidential bid of his own.

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