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11 hours ago
Opinion | Can California Be Saved?
Can California Be Saved? The toxic smoke is a bleak backdrop and an apt metaphor for where Silicon Valley finds itself. Ms. Swisher covers technology and is a…
13 hours ago
Microbe found in Halifax, Nova Scotia reveals a new branch of the evolutionary tree
A dirt sample taken from a wilderness area outside Halifax contained one-celled microbial organisms that no one even knew existed
scienceIgnorance 
13 hours ago
'Stunning': After Court Rejects GOP Lawsuit, Democrat Wins as Maine Becomes First State to Use Ranked-Choice Voting in National Race
Victory not just for challenger Jared Golden, but for “voters who demand a fair and representative process”
win  voterSuppression 
13 hours ago
Kansas Official Tells Black Woman He's Member of the 'Master Race:' 'Don't Ever Forget That'
“You have a gap in your teeth. We are part of the master race, don’t ever forget that,” said Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp.
racism  governmentOverreach  casteingTheLowerClass 
13 hours ago
Majority of Brits now against Brexit and back second EU referendum.
Three in 10 (31%) Brits think Theresa May is the best person to lead the country through Brexit, ahead of Jeremy Corbyn on 24%.
popularStupidity  popularism  popularUnrest  globalization 
13 hours ago
Almost all of Sen. Harris’s $2.8 trillion tax plan would help middle and working class, study finds
But the legislation is complicated, its price-tag is high, and the bill does little to help the very poorest Americans.
13 hours ago
As the Obama DOJ Concluded, Prosecution of Julian Assange For Publishing Documents Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom
The Trump Justice Department inadvertently revealed in a court filing that it has charged Julian Assange in a sealed indictment. The disclosure occurred through…
13 hours ago
Hidden Cameras in Streetlights
Both the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are hiding surveillance cameras in streetlights.

According to…
14 hours ago
Japan's minister of cybersecurity has never used a computer.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s minister in charge of cybersecurity is in the spotlight for acknowledging he has never used a computer and making comments showing he has no idea what a USB port might be. Ruling party lawmaker Yoshitaka Sakurada, also in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, was replying Wednesday to questions from independent and opposition legislators. “I give instructions to my aide and so I don’t punch into a computer myself,” he said. “But I am confident our work is flawless.” When asked about the power grid and malware, Sakurada said USB was “basically never used” in the utility systems, appearing to not know what it might be.
governmentIncompetence  securityNegligence  oligarchy 
yesterday
Mitch McConnell wrote an op-ed calling for bipartisanship, and people are not having it
His main message of “bipartisanship” was that Democrats shouldn’t investigate Trump.
trumpPropaganda 
yesterday
Trump picks handbag designer, Mar-a-Lago member to be envoy to South Africa
President Donald Trump has nominated handbag designer Lana Marks to be the next US ambassador to South Africa.
trumpAristocracy 
yesterday
California's background checks for firearm purchases and ban on possession for those convicted of violent misdemeanors has had no effect on firearm homicide or suicide over the past 10 years.
In 1991, California implemented a law that mandated a background check for all firearm purchases with limited exceptions (comprehensive background che…
governmentIncompetence 
yesterday
Comcast forced to pay refunds after its hidden fees hurt customers’ credit
AG: Comcast tricked customers into long-term contracts, then raised bills 40%.
ISP  corporateCorruption  win  judicialImpotence 
yesterday
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yesterday
Sourdough Hands: How Bakers And Bread Are A Microbial Match
"Our data suggests that something about baking seems to be changing the hands of the people who do the baking," says ecologist Rob Dunn. Rick Gayle/Getty Images…
2 days ago
Jay Rosen's "Letter to My Network: Join The Correspondent"
This is for everyone who follows me on social media, or who has read my press criticism. All my former students. Fans of my blog, PressThink. Anyone who owns my…
2 days ago
In at least three states, Republicans lost the popular vote but won the House
Gerrymandering might be an even bigger issue at the state legislative level than at the federal level, but it doesn’t get talked about as much.
endOfTheGOP  voterSuppression 
2 days ago
After Macron's call and Trump's threats, Angela Merkel calls for a European Union military
STRASBOURG (REUTERS) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Tuesday (Nov 13) for an integrated European Union military, echoing language used by French President Emmanuel Macron last week which irritated US President Donald Trump.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
globalGameOfThrones  globalUnrest  trumpIncompetence 
2 days ago
Federal judge finds Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act by rejecting ballots
A federal judge on Tuesday found that Gwinnett County violated the Civil Rights Act in its handling of absentee ballots during last week’s midterm elections, a ruling that will likely delay the overall vote tally in the state’s tight gubernatorial
voterSuppression  racism 
2 days ago
Trump, stung by midterms and nervous about Mueller, retreats from traditional presidential duties
President Trump, brooding over midterm losses and the Mueller probe, has cancelled a number of events that presidents normally attend, including a visit to Arlington National Cemetery. Behind the scenes, he has lashed out at aides, from low level press assistants to senior officials.
trumpIncompetence  trumpAuthoritarianism 
2 days ago
Things Nobody Told Me About Being a Software Engineer · Ana Ulin
Things Nobody Told Me About Being a Software Engineer Thu, Nov 8, 2018 My dad started teaching me Basic when I was about 7 years old, and since about that age I…
3 days ago
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I'm continuously blown away by the momentum and innovation of the TypeScript team 😍
3 days ago
Pipeline Opponents Make Gains in Midterms as Federal Judge Halts Keystone XL Pipeline
A U.S. district court in Montana last week ordered a halt to all work on the Keystone XL pipeline, the fossil fuel project that inspired a revival of direct…
3 days ago
Trump Points to Polls in France, Where 80 Percent Say He’s a Dangerous, Incompetent Racist
On Tuesday morning, the President of the United States encouraged Americans to study opinion polls in France, apparently unaware of a recent survey there…
3 days ago
One Little-Watched Race Has Huge Implications for Election Hacking and Voter Suppression In Georgia
So much attention in the midterm elections this year has focused on the gubernatorial race in Georgia between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams…
3 days ago
Purple bacteria can turn sewage into clean hydrogen energy while reducing carbon emissions from waste treatment.
The new method reduces carbon emissions and turns wastewater treatment plants into green generators. A significant downside to wastewater treatment plants is their carbon footprint. Now, researchers have found a way to reduce carbon emissions from sewage and produce hydrogen energy at the...
greenEconomy  climateChange  scienceAdvancement  win 
3 days ago
Pediatric patients granted a wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation were 2.5 times more likely to have fewer unplanned hospital admissions and 1.9 times more likely not to have to use the emergency department. This led to a decline in cost of care even after
In the retrospective study patients granted a wish were 2.5 times more likely to have fewer unplanned hospital admissions and 1.9 times more likely not to have to use the emergency department. This led to a decline in cost of care even after accounting for the average cost of the wish.
healthcare  humanPsycology 
3 days ago
Big Oil claims it's doing its part to combat climate change. A new study finds it's not even close.
Despite years of claims about clean investment, the world’s largest oil companies have contributed just 1% to green energy in 2018.
corporateLies  greenEconomy 
3 days ago
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