Any hoot! Hey yall!!
LMAO, but laughter feeds my joy….
I HOPE @GLOBAL14DJS SAW DIS DAT NIGGA IS A ONLINE BULLY MUTHAFUCCA B TROLLIN G-14 ALL DAY WAITING TO TALK SHYT
Unfortunately you choose to be rapper online. A really bad rapper
nigga 30yo still talking shyt to young niggaz
yes you are
Can somebody who is literally stupid act smart? Or will their stupidity ultimately fuck that up too.
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6 missing adults, children found alive in Nevada
A desperate search for a couple and four children missing for two days in the below-zero cold of Nevada’s rugged mountains turned jubilant Tuesday when rescuers guided in part by cellphone signals and footprints in the snow found them alive and well near their overturned Jeep.
About 200 people had searched by land and air after the group of six failed to return Sunday from a trip to play in the snow near their hometown of Lovelock, in Nevada’s high desert.
”They stayed together and that was the key that allowed them to live through this experience. You don’t see that that often in search and rescue,” said Paul Burke, search-and-rescue coordinator for the state. ”They did some pretty inventive things, heating up rocks and things. Staying together, that was a big deal.”
Their Jeep had overturned just off a road. A member of the rescue team said the engine would no longer start, but the group stayed in the upside-down vehicle for shelter, burning the spare tire to keep warm.
”Their father kept them alive and well,” said Patty Bianchi, CEO of Pershing General Hospital, where the six were taken. ”Everybody is in good shape. There was no frostbite. They are stable. They suffered a little exposure and dehydration, but that is all.”
About 100 well-wishers lined the street outside the hospital and broke into cheers when two of the smallest children were taken from an ambulance. The others walked into the hospital on their own.
”The mood where I’m at’s ecstatic,” said Col. Tim Hahn of the Civil Air Patrol, which used several planes to search for the group. ”We are thrilled beyond words.”
Rescuers began scouring the Seven Troughs Area wilderness on Sunday night for James Glanton, 34; his girlfriend, Christina McIntee, 25; their two children, Evan and Chloe Glanton; and Shelby Fitzpatrick and Tate McIntee, a niece and nephew of McIntee’s. The children range in age from 3 to 10.
The situation grew more dire as overnight temperatures in Lovelock dipped to 16 below zero.
A cellphone forensics team analyzed which towers the woman’s phone was in contact with during their trip, giving searchers a better idea of where they might be, Hahn said. They were so far out in the wilderness that they apparently were unable to call for help, although there was enough signal strength to leave a basic electronic trail from the early stages of their ordeal, air patrol officials said.
Search volunteer Chris Montes said he and two rescuers with him first spotted children’s footprints in the snow Tuesday morning, then followed a set of Jeep tracks until they found the flipped vehicle and the family beside it.
”They just said that they knew somebody was going to find them,” Montes said.
The discovery prompted a wave of relief on social media.
”Very glad to hear the missing family in Lovelock has been found and they are safe!” Gov. Brian Sandoval tweeted. ”Thank you to all who worked so tirelessly to find them!”
The Seven Troughs area is named for seven parallel canyons below Seven Trough Peak, elevation 7,474 feet. It is about 20 miles southeast of Black Rock Desert, where the annual Burning Man counterculture festival is held.
Most of the roads are dirt and more easily traveled by ATVs or other off-road vehicles.
Seven Troughs is a popular area for hunting chukars, a pheasant-size winter game bird.
”So it’s not the kind of area where there would be nobody around,” Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy said. ”But most chukar hunters are smart enough not to go out in the weather we have now.”
By MICHELLE RINDELS and SCOTT SONNER
General Motors names Mary Barra as CEO, first woman to lead an automaker
Corporate succession announcements often have no impact much beyond the sphere of any company’s influence, but a surprise announcement by General Motors today should rightly be called a bit of history: As of January, one of the world’s largest automakers will be led by Mary Barra, a 51-year-old executive who will become the first woman chief executive of a major carbuilder.
GM said in a statement that the move was made several months sooner than expected due to current chief executive Dan Akerson having to step down due to his wife’s cancer diagnosis. Akerson had been expected to leave sometime after the U.S. government sold the last shares of GM it held after the 2009 bailout — which it did on Monday, recording a $10 billion loss on the company’s rescue.
Barra has long been considered one of a handful of executives in the running for the CEO post after Akerson’s departure. (Most of her competitors for the job will get promotions of some sort, with the exception of the chairman of GM Europe, who’s leaving that thankless job in April.) Since February 2011, Barra has overseen GM global vehicle development, and in the past few years the automaker has released a string of strong vehicles, from the new Corvette Stingray to the Cadillac ATS and CTS sedans.
“With an amazing portfolio of cars and trucks and the strongest financial performance in our recent history, this is an exciting time at today’s GM,” Barra said in a statement today. “I’m honored to lead the best team in the business and to keep our momentum at full speed.”
Women have long been rare in corporate boardrooms — according to Forbes, of the 500 largest companies in the United States, 21 had a female CEO as of this September. That gender gap has long been a chasm in the auto industry, where female executives have been rare, even as women account for more than half of all new vehicles sold. And while more women hold titles in American automakers and the regional arms of foreign automakers, they hold few positions at the top of conglomerates like Toyota or Volkswagen — and none that have a direct line of succession to CEO.
Detroit has never been a welcoming place to executives from outside the industry, and Barra has the resume of a GM lifer. Her father was a GM die maker for 39 years; her first car was a Chevy, and Barra drove it to class at the General Motors Institute in Flint, Mich., (now Kettering), the automaker’s feeder school for talent where she got her degree in electrical engineering. Starting as an 18-year-old co-op student in 1980, Barra rose through the engineering and production ranks, from managing the sprawling Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to overseeing corporate-wide human relations — which some companies have turned into a corporate ghetto for women executives. But Barra succeeded in streamlining GM’s overwhelming bureaucracy, a skill that has served her well.
And while Barra hasn’t shied from publicity, she has downplayed her groundbreaking status in the past when she was the first woman to oversee development at a major automaker: ”I don’t know that I’m a ‘car gal,’ but I know I love cars and trucks,” Barra told a Detroit TV station last year.
“There’s pressure in every job. I have the best job at GM, because I lead a talented, dedicated team around the globe who shares a common vision: to design, build and sell great vehicles.”
During her tenure, Barra has avoided the kind of pronouncements that her predecessor as GM development chief, famed ”car guy” Bob Lutz, was infamous for; where his motto was ”often wrong, never in doubt,” Barra has stressed working together, telling Fortune last year: ”The day they say ’I’m doing it because Mary told me to do it,’ is the day I lose.” Barra’s appointment makes one kind of history; showing that a car gal can drive GM to a new era would be another, bigger step.
By Justin Hyde
Justin Bieber visits Philippine typhoon victims
Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber visited young victims of Typhoon Haiyan on Tuesday, traveling to the Philippines after launching a worldwide campaign to help those affected by the deadly storm.
Bieber arrived from Australia and flew to Tacloban, the devastated capital of central Leyte province, where he distributed shirts, toys and basketballs to children.
The 19-year-old pop star visited a Tacloban elementary school that is being used as an evacuation center despite being heavily damaged by last month’s typhoon, which left nearly 6,000 people dead and more than 1,700 others missing, and flattened entire towns and villages in the central Philippines.
”It was like we were not hit by the typhoon, like Yolanda never came,” one girl told Manila’s TV5 Television, describing her feelings on seeing her idol. Typhoon Haiyan is known locally as Yolanda.
Bieber took a quick walk around the school and checked a temporary learning space that was packed with about 300 children, including some from the local neighborhood, before moving to an outdoor stage to sing, said Kate Donovan, a spokeswoman for UNICEF.
”He played a very beautiful set,” she said. ”He played a series of Christmas songs and some of his hits as well, including ’Baby.’”
At another school also used as temporary shelter, Bieber played basketball with some boys and posed gamely for pictures with his fans.
”Justin brought a lot of joy, hope and cheer to the hundreds of children who were there,” Angela Kearney, UNICEF’s emergency coordinator for Haiyan response, said in a statement.
Kearney said the money Bieber raises ”will give some of the children who were caught in the path of Haiyan access to education, vaccinations, better nutrition, clean water and sanitation.”
Bieber arrived on a special flight, Immigration officer Jerome Ollet said. Pictures on social media showed fans snapping photos of the star at Manila’s airport.
In a video posted on the fundraising platform Prizeo, Bieber asked fans to help him support victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
Bieber is one of the several foreign and local celebrities and VIPs who have helped recovery efforts.
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Australian Foreign Minister Julia Bishop flew to Tacloban on Sunday to console survivors and pledge continuing aid.
Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys visited an air force base in Manila two weeks ago and distributed crayons and coloring books to children of families who arrived aboard mercy flights by the Philippine and U.S. military from the typhoon-ravaged provinces of Leyte and Samar. The R&B star was in Manila at the time for a concert.
Bieber said donors have a chance to win a prize to hang out with him in a studio while he works on his upcoming album.
”The moment I heard about the tragedy a few weeks back, I thought I can count on you guys to make a difference,” Bieber said.
Obama shakes hands with Cuba’s Raul Castro
President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday as both leaders attended an emotional memorial for the late Nelson Mandela. The moment drew fire from key Republicans, including Sen. John McCain, who likened it to shaking hands with Hitler.
The fleeting exchange, captured in photographs and video from a giant soccer stadium in Johannesburg, came after Obama bounded up the steps toward the podium to address the massive crowd.
The United States and Cuba have seen their enmity outlive the Cold War that spawned it — even as Raul’s brother Fidel Castro, now in reportedly poor health, outlasted the decadeslong American embargo meant to push him from power.
The two countries have not had formal diplomatic relations since shortly after Fidel Castro led a 1959 revolution and aligned his country with the Soviet Union. Fidel passed the reins to Raul in 2008.
It was believed to be the first such encounter between the leaders of the two countries since Bill Clinton gripped Fidel Castro’s hand in 2000 at a United Nations lunch.
Shortly after the handshake, Obama delivered a speech honoring Mandela, also called Madiba, in which he seemed to take aim at governments like Castro’s, saying: ”There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people.”
While this White House has at times signaled a willingness to ease tensions with Cuba, there were no signs of a fresh diplomatic push on anything approaching the scale of outreach towards Iran, which got a boost from a historic Sept. 27 phone call between Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
”This wasn’t a preplanned encounter,” an Obama aide told Yahoo News on condition of anonymity. ”Above all else, today is about honoring Nelson Mandela, and that was the president’s singular focus.”
Still, ”as the president said, we urge leaders to honor Mandela’s struggle for freedom by upholding the basic human rights of their people,” the official said.
At a fundraiser for Senate Democrats in Florida last month, Obama sounded optimistic about political change spreading in Cuba and said it was time to “update our policies” — a clear reference to the economic embargo first imposed by then-President Dwight Eisenhower and regularly toughened since.
“Now, I think we all understand that, ultimately, freedom in Cuba will come because of extraordinary activists and the incredible courage of folks like we see here today,” he said. ”But the United States can help, and we have to be creative,” Obama added. “The notion that the same policies that we put in place in 1961 would somehow still be as effective … today in the age of the Internet and Google and world travel doesn’t make sense.”
The handshake drew sharp GOP criticism. McCain told Public Radio International reporter Todd Zwillich that it gave Castro a propaganda victory and that Obama shouldn’t have done it, noting that American international aid worker Alan Gross has languished in a Cuban cell since December 2009.
”Why should you shake hands with somebody who’s keeping Americans in prison,” McCain said, adding: ”Neville Chamberlain shook hands with Hitler.” That was a reference to the British prime minister who wrongly believed he could appease the Nazi leader.
Obama and Castro had exchanged a few words before the American president moved on to share a handshake with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and kiss her on both cheeks. Rousseff has angrily condemned U.S. spying in her country, which reportedly included her own communications.
And Obama also briefly exchanged greetings with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, with whom he also has been at odds recently.
By Olivier Knox
Leo the Homeless Coder Finished His App, and You Can Download It Right Now
Leo Grand considers himself lucky when the doorman at the luxury apartment building nearby lets him charge his Samsung Chromebook without issue.
Leo’s app — Trees for Cars — just launched this morning, and the new coder needs to make sure his computer is ready to go for the day. The guys in the apartment building have been a great help; four months ago when Grand started this venture, it was warm outside. That, unfortunately, is no longer the case.
”Trees for Cars” is a mobile application that aims to save the environment by helping users carpool to their destinations, and Grand programmed the entire thing himself from the streets of Manhattan with just 16 weeks of coding lessons. It also provides information on how much CO2 the user is saving with each ride which further encourages environmental awareness, creating within the app a healthy competition amongst users to save the most CO2.
Grand was approached by a young programmer named Patrick McConlogue in mid-August with a choice: Take $100 or take an opportunity to learn how to code. Grand, who had been homeless since 2011 after he lost his job at MetLife and was priced out of his neighborhood when a high-rise went up on the next block, didn’t hesitate.
He wanted to learn to code.
The two men met every weekday where Leo sleeps outside for an hour each morning. McConlogue taught Grand how to program using three used books from Amazon and a refurbished Chromebook McConlogue purchased for Grand online.
Business Insider spent a lot of time talking to the men back in the fall, and we even visited a coding class on what would be the coldest day of September. Grand talked a lot about his upcoming app (which, at the time, remained a secret), and how excited he was for its launch. There were naysayers who said this day would never come, but Grand, McConlogue, and thousands of people following their journey on Facebook had kept a positive outlook.
Now the app has arrived to the Apple Store and the Play Store for $.99.
”Trees for Cars is a great way to build relationships, strengthen communities, help each-other financially and energy wise, all under the umbrella of saving the environment,” Grand said in an official statement about the app.
Here’s how it works: As a driver, simply pick a meeting address and the app will suggest nearby riders. Then, each rider and driver are only connected if they choose to mutually accept the invitations. The app tracks how much CO2 was saved by the passengers who got rides with others.
All of the money the developers receive from this app goes to Grand, who will use it to help him further his programming education.
Here’s a video of Leo talking about the app:
By Caroline Moss
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