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  • Madrid vows to ban diesel-fueled cars by 2025

    12/03/2016 9:29:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    TheLocal.es ^ | 2 December 2016 13:49 CET+01:00
    Madrid mayor, Manuela Carmena, signed a commitment to rid the pollution-stricken city of diesel-powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade. She joined the mayors of Paris, Athens and Mexico City in signing the deal to improve air quality at the biennial meeting of city leaders in Mexico on Thursday. She also vowed to continue in a drive for alternative vehicle use and improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians in the city. …
  • How dare the President Elect Call world leaders without the NY Slimes permission.... Seriously!

    12/03/2016 6:27:53 AM PST · by jerod · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | DEC. 2, 2016 | By MAX FISHER and JOSH KELLER
    Less than a month after pledging to... rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism. That is to report America and the world honestly, without fear or favor, striving always to understand and reflect all political perspectives and life experiences in the stories that we bring to you. It is also to hold power to account, impartially and unflinchingly. You can rely on The New York Times to bring the same fairness, the same level of scrutiny, the same independence to our coverage of the new president... They have abandoned their PLEDGE.
  • Spain to raise minimum wage by 8 percent in 2017

    12/02/2016 9:17:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.es ^ | 2 December 2016 16:32 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Spain’s minority conservative government on Friday approved raising the country’s minimum monthly wage by 8.0 percent in 2017 to €825.50 ($876) as demanded by the main opposition Socialists. Finance Minister Cristobal Montoro said the rise — approved at a weekly cabinet meeting — was “negotiated with other political groups”. The minimum wage will rise from €764.40 to €825.50, an increase of €61.10. That is higher than the monthly minimum wage of €618 in neighboring Portugal, but far lower than the minimum wage of €1,467 in France. …
  • General Mills Joins $4 Million Pollinator Initiative

    12/02/2016 9:11:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    KSTP ^ | December 01, 2016
    Minnesota-based General Mills will be part of a partnership that will plant more than 100,000 acres of pollinator habitat over the next five years, the company announced Thursday. General Mills, the Xerces Society and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are teaming up on the $4 million project to support farmers across the United States by offering technical assistance to plant and protect habitat like native wildflower field edges and flowering hedgerows. The habitats will serve bumble bees, squash bees, honey bees and butterflies as well as the crops they pollinate. The funding will also support six biologists who will offer...
  • Mall of America Gets Its First Black Santa

    12/02/2016 7:45:46 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 12/2 | Ben Feuerherd and Asher Klein
    The Mall of America is celebrating diversity this holiday season. For the first time since it opened in the early 1990s, a black Santa will hear children's wishes at the Minnesota mall. "It's pretty historic," Landon Luther, co-owner of The Santa Experience, which runs a small photo studio in the mall, told NBC. "We want Santa to be for everyone." Luther said he wanted a diverse bunch to pose for photos with visitors this year, so he sent staff members to a Santa convention in Bronson, Missouri. There was a single black Santa at the convention, Texas resident Larry Jefferson....
  • ARE THERE LEGITIMATE JOBS ON-LINE?

    12/02/2016 7:05:43 PM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 58 replies
    December 2, 2016 | John Leland 1789
    We are asking the question for real-life reasons; not being rhetorical. There is a real 37 year old lady who was born with congenital defects that prevent her from ever driving a motor vehicle. Yet she is highly intelligent, very good with mathematics and logic, writes great poetry, has experience proofreading documents for authors, has fast and accurate typing skills. She has worked as a teacher's aid at the elementary level but housing was provided at the school and she didn't need to drive. Now she is in a rural setting, too far to walk to a job. She would...
  • General Tso's Chicken Creator Dies at 98

    12/02/2016 5:23:03 PM PST · by iowamark · 28 replies
    NBC News ^ | Dec. 2, 2016 | Stephany Bai
    The chef behind one of America's most popular Chinese food dishes has died. Chef Peng Chang-kuei was 98 when he died on Nov. 30 from pneumonia, according to the Epoch Times. Peng first made General Tso's chicken in the 1950s, when he was working as a chef for the Taiwanese government, according to Taiwan Business Topics. When U.S. Navy Admiral Arthur W. Radford visited Taiwan in 1954 to lead a summit of high-ranking government officials, Peng decided to expand on the usual banquet menu. One of his innovations, a breaded and stir-fried chicken dish in a sweet and spicy sauce,...
  • FCC says AT&T and Verizon ‘harm consumers’ with free data schemes

    12/02/2016 4:30:11 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    The Verge ^ | Dec 2, 2016, 2:23pm EST | by Colin Lecher
    In two letters sent to AT&T and Verizon yesterday, the FCC writes that sponsored data plans from the telecom giants are a threat to net neutrality. FCC writes that the programs harm competition Both companies have recently instituted similar plans. Under the programs, customers can use select services without having them contribute to a data cap — a practice known as zero rating. In AT&T’s case, the FCC writes that, despite protests from the company, its sponsored data program “strongly favors AT&T's own video offerings” while damaging the opportunity for other video services to compete.“We have therefore reached the preliminary...
  • Why A Hedge Fund Manager Thinks Tesla's Model 3 May Put Elon Musk Out of Business

    12/02/2016 4:14:07 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 20 replies
    fortune.com ^ | 2 Dec 2016 | Jen Wieczner
    In order to sell the Model 3 at as low a price as $35,000 and still make a profit, Tesla would have to cut its production costs by more than half.... Where will Tesla find all those savings? The company hasn’t said specifically, but Spiegel estimates that it can cut about $6,000 off the $81,000-per-car cost by using its new batteries produced at its so-called gigafactory (which also cost $5 billion to build), another $5,000 by using cheaper parts for the Model 3—substituting steel for aluminum, for example—and $5,000 on top of that by finding ways to make its manufacturing...
  • A message from Apple about 
iPhone and unexpected shutdowns

    12/02/2016 4:11:04 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | December 2, 2016
    Apple has posted the following statement on their Chinese website: We care deeply about our customers and take seriously concerns they have about their Apple products. After hearing reports from iPhone customers whose devices unexpectedly shut down, we thoroughly looked into these reports, and collected and analyzed devices.We found that a small number of iPhone 6s devices made in September and October 2015 contained a battery component that was exposed to controlled ambient air longer than it should have been before being assembled into battery packs. As a result, these batteries degrade faster than a normal battery and cause unexpected...
  • Beware: 99% of fake Apple chargers are dangerous and could cause electric shocks

    12/02/2016 12:43:44 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Friday, December 2, 2016 · 10:56 am
    “Consumers are being warned off buying bargain iPhone chargers online, after 99% failed a basic safety test,” Megan White reports for The Mirror. “Out of 400 counterfeit Apple chargers purchased from online suppliers around the world, 397 failed a basic safety test, according to safety campaigners.” “Knock-off cables can be bought for as little as one pence on auction sites such as eBay, but Apple’s official leads retail at £19,” White reports. “Common problems with fakes included counterfeit plugs, non-sleeved plugs where the metal pins are exposed, live parts, two pin plugs attached and only basic insulation. They could also...
  • Are virtual reality headsets safe for kids?

    12/02/2016 1:53:17 AM PST · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    ClickOrlando ^ | December 1, 2016
    It's expected to be the hot holiday gift of the season: Virtual reality headsets. It's a cool new experience but there's still a lot unknown about the technology, especially when it comes to kids. The headset completely immerses users in a new 3-D virtual world. "I felt like I was actually there." said one first-time user. "There's no age limit to this," said another virtual reality fan
  • Android Malware Used to Hack and Steal a Tesla Car

    12/01/2016 10:12:18 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    BleepingComputer.com ^ | November 25, 2016 | By Catalin Cimpanu
    By infecting a Tesla owner's phone with Android malware, a car thief can hack and then steal a Tesla car, security researchers have revealed this week. Previous attempts to hack Tesla cars attacked the vehicle's on-board software itself. This is how Chinese security researchers from Keen Lab have managed to hack a Tesla Model S last month, allowing an attacker to control a car from 12 miles away. Security experts from Norwegian security firm Promon have taken a different approach, and instead of trying complicated attacks on the car's firmware, they have chosen to go after Tesla's Android app...
  • A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAIRMAN AND CEO (Boycott Kellogg's Guy Who Hates Us)

    12/01/2016 10:05:28 PM PST · by Be Careful · 48 replies
    Welcome to Features, Kellogg Company’s annual publication highlighting our diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts and accomplishments. Diversity and inclusion are distinct but equally important concepts. Diversity, of course, refers to the wide variety of characteristics each of us has. Inclusion has to do with the environment we create so everyone can bring their whole selves to work every day and contribute fully to the organization. At Kellogg, we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. We aim to have a workforce that, at all levels, reflects the vast diversity of our consumer base, and we want every employee to feel...
  • 'Fight For $15' Minimum Wage, McDonald's Unveils Job-Replacing Self-Service Kiosks Nationwide

    12/01/2016 5:42:58 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 29 replies
    http://www.forbes.com/sites ^ | NOV 29, 2016 @ 01:37 PM | Ed Rensi
    As the labor union-backed Fight for $15 begins yet another nationwide strike on November 29, I have a simple message for the protest organizers and the reporters covering them: I told you so. It brings me no joy to write these words. The push for a $15 starter wage has negatively impacted the career prospects of employees who were just getting started in the workforce while extinguishing the businesses that employed them. I wish it were not so. But it’s important to document these consequences, lest policymakers elsewhere decide that the $15 movement is worth embracing.
  • Homeowner's sign to prostitutes: 'Do not walk by this house'

    12/01/2016 3:33:42 PM PST · by Morgana · 28 replies
    wowk ^ | December 1, 2016 | wowk
    BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) - Frustrated with the prostitutes who he says walk in front of his home day and night, a West Virginia man has put up signs urging them to take their business elsewhere. Jeffery Blankenship tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph that prostitutes walk along his street at all hours, seeking clients. Three weeks ago, he began putting up anti-trespassing signs outside his Bluefield home, including one that reads, "Attention prostitutes ... Do not walk by this house 1000x a day waving your hand."
  • Key cause of Parkinson's disease can be treated

    12/01/2016 2:24:42 PM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | December 1, 2016 | Provided by: University of New South Wales
    A new Australian study that models the early stages of Parkinson's disease has given researchers insight into its causes and a possible treatment. "We've shown how inflammation within the brain is related to the development of Parkinson's disease, and we've identified a potential mechanism that can prevent this inflammation," says lead author Dr Nic Dzamko, a NHMRC CJ Martin Fellowship holder in the Faculty of Medicine at UNSW in Sydney. "This is the result of four years' worth of work, and we're really excited by the outcomes. It offers hope and introduces a new target for therapeutic research, which we're...
  • Magnetic brain stimulation can bring back stowed memories: study [help for Hillary!]

    12/01/2016 2:19:03 PM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | Dec 01, 2016 | Provided by: University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Results by Rose et al. overturn a theory that in order for short-term memories to exist, neurons that represent that memory must be constantly active. Instead, the neural activity supporting that memory need only arise when the person trying to recall it consciously focuses his or her attention on the memory. Credit: N.S. Rose et al. =========================================================================================================================== It's clear that your working memory—which holds attention on small things of short-term importance—works, or you wouldn't be able to remember a new phone number long enough to dial it. Describing how it works, however—how the brain determines what to keep in mind,...
  • McDonald's will install self-serve kiosks at locations nationwide

    12/01/2016 8:25:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/30/2016 | Rick Moran
    In light of several cities passing $15 an hour minimum wage laws, McDonald's will install self-serve kiosks at many locations around the country. Wendy's has already gone the automated ordering route and othe fast food outlets are seriously considering it. Supporters of the $15 hourly wage claim that few jobs will be lost as  result of automation. They say the self serve kiosks will make workers more efficient in dealing with the ordering process. That may be true (as explained here). But the near doubling of the minimum wage in most cities will be done incrementally, ostensibly to soften...
  • Record cold coming to ‘almost entire USA’ – Low temperature records set to be SHATTERED

    12/01/2016 5:58:05 AM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 46 replies
    ventcore.com ^ | 11/30/16 | Paul Dorian
    Climatologist Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. announced: 'I cannot recall last time I have seen such a cold anomaly forecast across almost entire USA.' While we end November on a warm note here in the eastern US, there are changes unfolding across the Northern Hemisphere that will likely bring a widespread very cold air mass into the US next week. This cold air mass is first going to arrive in Alaska this upcoming weekend with some spots in that state plunging to 40 degrees below zero and way below normal for early December. After that, the cold air dives into the...
  • It's Never Too Late To Quit Smoking, Even In Your 60s Facebook

    11/30/2016 9:34:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    NPR ^ | November 30, 2016 | KATHERINE HOBSON
    Older people who smoke may think there's no reason to give up the habit. After all, hasn't the damage to their bodies already been done? But it turns out there's a benefit to quitting even later in life. Research published Wednesday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that older adults who quit smoking in their 60s had a lower chance of dying in the years that followed than contemporaries who kept smoking. "It's never too late," says Sarah Nash, an epidemiologist and one of the study's authors. The results are based on data from more than 160,000 participants...
  • How Cubans Live as Long as Americans at a Tenth of the Cost

    11/30/2016 8:26:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/30/2016 | James Hamblin
    On public-access TV in 1985, Bernie Sanders defended an element of Fidel Castro’s regime: It was rarely mentioned that Castro provided health care to his country. Sanders grumbled that the same could not be said of then-President Reagan. The comment came back to haunt Sanders in the wake of Castro’s death. On Sunday on ABC’s This Week, host Martha Raddatz played the old clip and then asked Sanders if he was aware that “this was a brutal dictatorship despite the romanticized version that some Americans have of Cuba.” She reminded Sanders that Castro rationed food and punished dissidents, then hit...
  • ‘I’m Not a Criminal!’: Two NFL Players, One Name, One Nightmare

    11/30/2016 2:57:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 30, 2016 | Mark W. Sanchez
    Will Allen pleaded guilty last week in a $35 million Ponzi scheme, in which the former NFL player handed out fraudulent loans to professional athletes. For the other football-playing Will Allen, this was a recurring nightmare. Willie James Allen is a journeyman defensive back, currently a free agent, who played in 2014 and 2015 with Pittsburgh. Will D. Allen, a former cornerback who spent 2001 through 2005 with the Giants, is awaiting sentencing for a money-laundering scam. Confusion over which was the guilty party extended to media outlets all over — including ESPN, at which Willie James Allen lashed out...
  • 14 Fashion Designers on Whether They’d Dress Melania Trump as First Lady

    11/30/2016 2:38:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | Cady Lang
    "I have no interest whatsoever in dressing Melania Trump"  Fashion functions as a reflection of the times that we live in, which is why it should come as no surprise that sartorial choices can be extremely political. Michelle Obama’s embrace of young American designers of color like Tracy Reese and Jason Wu during her two terms as First Lady or Melania Trump’s choice to wear a dress to the RNC by Roksanda Ilincic, viewed as a nod to how Ilincic’s Serbian background paralleled Melania’s own Slovenian upbringing. (Obama has also supported the popular designer.) A style decision at momentous...
  • Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ends 24-year print edition run (Dead Tree Media Obit)

    11/30/2016 11:50:39 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 6 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | 11/30/2016 | uncredited
    he Pittsburgh Tribune-Review newspaper printed its last edition and has laid off 106 workers as it transitions into an online-only publication. Wednesday's edition ends a 24-year run that began when the late billionaire publisher Richard Mellon Scaife established the paper to compete with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which remains the only printed daily newspaper in the city. Trib Total Media will continue publishing two daily print editions for the suburbs, the Greensburg-based Westmoreland edition of the Tribune-Review and the Tarentum-based Valley News Dispatch edition, as well as 11 of the other 14 weeklies owned by Trib Total Media. The company announced...
  • 6 million Americans have stopped paying their car loans, and it's becoming a 'significant concern'

    11/30/2016 10:18:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/30/2016 | Matt Turner
    There is a lot of talk out there about the auto-loan market right now. Hedge fund manager Jim Chanos has said the auto-lending market should "scare the heck out of everybody," while the auto-lending practices of some used-car dealerships has been given the John Oliver treatment on TV. It's a topic we've been paying attention to as well. In a presentation in September at the Barclays Financial Services Conference, Gordon Smith, the chief executive for consumer and community banking at JPMorgan, set out some eye-opening statistics on the market. Now the New York Federal Reserve is taking a closer look...
  • Android 'Gooligan' Hackers Just Scored The Biggest Ever Theft Of Google Accounts

    11/30/2016 10:03:24 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 30, 2016 | By Thomas Fox-Brewster
    More than a million Android phones are infected with Gooligan, a strain of malware Google is fighting in earnest. Cybercriminals used the spyware to steal 1.3 million Google accounts in the last four months, researchers warned. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) A new variant of Android malware is responsible for what’s believed to be the biggest single theft of Google accounts on record. The so-called Gooligan strain has infected as many as 1.3 million Android phones since August, completely prizing the devices open and stealing the tokens users are given to verify they are authorized to access their accounts. It’s main aim,...
  • CDC: Gruesome Late-Term Abortion Methods Still Being Used

    11/30/2016 8:03:26 AM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    secularprolife.org ^ | November 30, 2016 | Kelsey Hazzard
    Last week, the CDC released its annual abortion surveillance report (for 2013, because it's always behind). The big story the media picked up from it was that the American abortion rate has once again hit a record low. Of course, that's welcome news. But dig deeper, and the report also contains some extremely disturbing findings. If you have a weak stomach, stop reading and just trust me when I tell you it's worse than you think. Scroll to the bottom, where you'll find Table 22 (click to enlarge): ***table on link** First of all, note that this table only includes...
  • Shock 911: One Patient Assaulted, Another Hospitalized at Notorious California Abortion Facility

    11/30/2016 7:14:22 AM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    OPERATION RESCUE ^ | November 23, 2016 | Cheryl Sullenger
    Bakersfield, CA — Public records obtained by Operation Rescue and eye-witness accounts reveal two disturbing incidents that both took place on November 5, 2016, at the FPA abortion facility in Bakersfield, California. Emergency 911 recordings and CAD transcripts show that a 911 call was placed by an FPA employee, at 9:42 a.m. complaining of a patient that has arrived on a motorcycle with a friend, who was “flipping out like crazy” and throwing a helmet around. When the caller could not answer the dispatcher’s questions, another woman, identified as “Maria,” the clinic manager, took the phone. But Maria was surprised...
  • New York State hasn't paid contract workers building Tesla's solar plant in months

    11/29/2016 7:23:41 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 18 replies
    business insider ^ | 28 Nov 2016 | Danielle Muoio
    The state of New York is spending $750 million on the Buffalo plant as part of an economic revitalization project called the Buffalo Billion initiative spearheaded by Governor Andrew Cuomo. SolarCity pledged $150 million toward the plant... Tesla and Panasonic will manufacture and produce solar cells at the Buffalo plant as part of Tesla's new solar aspirations since it acquired SolarCity on November 17 in a deal worth roughly $2 billion. Initial production at the plant will center around Tesla's solar roof product. Louis Ciminelli, CEO of LPCiminelli, is known as a generous supporter of Cuomo. Ciminelli, along with his...
  • Second Samsung appeal bid on $119.6 million iPhone slide-to-unlock patent verdict denied

    11/29/2016 12:23:32 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 08:15 am PT | By Mike Wuerthele
    The U.S. Court of Appeals has denied Samsung's bid for a second re-hearing of the storied 2014 patent trial with apple, covering auto-correct, quick links, and slide-to-unlock, and is now on the hook for the $119.6 million ruling. The Court of Appeals made no comment on the refusal of the appeal effort by Samsung. Samsung's only venue for relief on the matter is the Supreme Court, should it decide to pursue that avenue. Samsung had little support in this matter, standing in contrast to wide industry support for its Supreme Court bid over the first Apple versus Samsung trial. Only...
  • Apple to Obsolete Select 2009 to 2011 Macs at End of Year

    11/29/2016 11:05:27 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 44 replies
    MacRumors ^ | November 29, 2016 | by Joe Rossignol
    The following Macs will be classified as either vintage or obsolete in the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region: MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011) MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011) Mac mini(Early 2009) MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2009) The aforementioned Macs will no longer be eligible for hardware service or new parts from Apple or Apple Authorized Service Providers, except in Turkey and California, where Apple will continue to provide repairs and documentation for up to two years, or December 31, 2018 in this case, as required by local statutes. Vintage products are those that have not...
  • Many iCloud users receiving spam Calendar & Photo Sharing invitations, here’s how to fix

    11/29/2016 10:46:32 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | November 1, 2016 | By Chance Miller
    Over recent weeks, iCloud users have started to notice an increased amount of spam coming to various aspects of their accounts. Email accounts, of course, are always vulnerable to spam messages and the root cause can be a variety of different reasons. This new type of spam, however, relates to iCloud’s Calendar and Photo Sharing functionalities… Essentially what happens in these instances is an iCloud user will receive a request for either a Calendar event or to view/share an iCloud Photo Sharing album or image. The issue with this type of spam is that, even if the user hits...
  • McDonald's testing the use of fresh beef in some burgers

    11/29/2016 9:45:53 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 29, 2016 12:20 PM EST
    McDonald’s is testing the use of fresh, never frozen beef for its Quarter Pounder hamburgers. The fast food giant says the tests are being carried out in 75 of its restaurants in the Tulsa, Oklahoma-area. It says Quarter Pounders in the restaurants will be made with fresh beef that’s cooked when ordered. …
  • Five Myths About Landing a Good Job Later in Life; Conventional Wisdom is wrong

    11/29/2016 8:01:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/29/2016 | By ANNE TERGESEN
    There’s a stereotypical view of job opportunities for older workers, and it’s not pretty. It goes something like this. If you’re past 50 and thinking of a career switch, forget it. The opportunities for older workers in the new economy are pretty much nonexistent. And you’re in even worse shape if you’re in your 50s or 60s and retired but want to get back into the workforce in a job that is both challenging and financially rewarding. The only spots available are low-skilled and low-paying—whether that’s burger flipper, Wal-Mart greeter or Uber driver. Boy, have a lot of people have...
  • I don’t belong in tech

    11/29/2016 5:32:51 AM PST · by spintreebob · 172 replies
    medium.com ^ | 11/25/16 | Saron Yitbarek
    <p>It was dark and cold that night I stomped down Broadway, talking to my then-boyfriend-now-husband about my feelings. I am always talking about my feelings, and he is always listening. He “mhm”s at the right places and doesn’t interrupt and sometimes says good things at the end. Sometimes he says wrong things, and then I have to explain why those things are wrong, taking us down an emotional tangent that is frustrating and exhausting, but he’s trying to be helpful, I tell myself and breathe. Bless his little heart.</p>
  • Texas Governor Vows To "Ban Sanctuary Cities"

    11/29/2016 5:15:10 AM PST · by Be Careful · 24 replies
    Earlier this morning, Texas governor Greg Abbott vowed to sign legislation banning sanctuary cities in Texas and to issue orders to cut off funding to dissenters.
  • $100 Golden Donut Coming to South Florida

    11/29/2016 1:35:03 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Nov 28, 2016 | Teresa Joseph
    South Floridians with expensive taste can now indulge in a pricey piece of pastry that became a viral internet sensation earlier this year. The golden donut, created by the owners of the Manila Social Club in New York City, is a spectacle to anyone with a sweet tooth. But, you'll need a lot of dough to sink your teeth into the $100 delicacy. The lavish doughnut is handmade with Ube, a naturally purple sweet yam, and Cristal champagne. It's adorned with Cristal icing, 24 karat pure gold dust and 24 karat pure gold leaf. The pastry is exclusively sold at...
  • Trump’s USA: Global Empire or Fortress America?

    11/29/2016 1:28:21 AM PST · by fella · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | 28 November 2016 | south front
    Trump’s USA: Global Empire or Fortress America? A fairly good situational analysis of today.
  • Autistic boy, 9, disqualified from swimming competition ‘for going too fast’

    11/28/2016 5:00:51 PM PST · by cba123 · 64 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 28, 2016 | Andy Wells
    The mother of an autistic boy claims her son was disqualified from a swimming final because he “swam too fast”. Rory Logan, nine, was competing in the Special Olympics Regional finals in Bangor, north Wales, and won the 50 metres race in 53.15 seconds – a personal best and smashing his heat time of one minute and three seconds. However, when it came to the medal ceremony, Rory, from County Antrim, was simply given a ribbon for participating instead of the gold he was expecting. Now mum Briony claims that officials told her that he didn’t get a medal because...
  • Microsoft Confirms Its Chinese-Language Chatbot Filters Certain Topics

    11/28/2016 4:00:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    fortune ^ | November 28, 2016, 5:04 AM EST | Kevin Lui
    Microsoft’s MSFT 0.13% Chinese-language AI chat bot filters certain topics, the company confirmed Monday, although it did not clarify whether that included interactions deemed politically sensitive. Last week, CNNMoney and China Digital Times reported that Xiaoice would not directly respond to questions surrounding topics deemed sensitive by the Chinese state. References to the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 or “Steamed Bun Xi,” a nickname of Chinese President Xi Jinping, would draw evasive answers or non sequiturs from the chat bot, according to the report. “Am I stupid? Once I answer you’d take a screengrab,” read one answer to a question...
  • 'I'm Smarter Than They Are': Underground Chemist Says Police Losing Fentanyl Battle

    11/27/2016 3:02:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    CBC ^ | Nov 26, 2016 | Jon Hernandez
    In new documentary, B.C. drug producer known as Beeker says fentanyl is just the beginningA B.C. drug producer known as Beeker says underground chemists are steps ahead of the police when it comes to the movement of illicit drugs on the streets. Beeker is the subject of a new documentary, Unstoppable: The Fentanyl Epidemic, in which he opens up about the big business behind the drug. He says police are far behind when it comes to tracking drugs throughout the province, and he says many local chemists are synthesizing drugs with materials ordered from China. "I'm smarter than they are...
  • (Chicago) Police: 6 killed, 45 wounded in Thanksgiving weekend violence

    11/27/2016 12:31:31 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 27 replies
    ABC 7 CHICAGO ^ | 27 NOVEMBER 2016 | SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE
    CHICAGO -- At least 51 people have been shot, 6 fatally, in attacks across the city over Thanksgiving weekend, according to Chicago police. The weekend's latest homicide happened at 2:38 a.m. Sunday in the Homan Square neighborhood on the West Side. Two men were seated in a parked vehicle in the 3400-block of West Harrison when a silver car stopped in front of them and two males wearing hooded sweatshirts exited the car and opened fire, police said. One man, 30, suffered gunshot wounds to the head and body and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
  • Preschool sweethearts wed after matching 30 years later on online dating site

    11/27/2016 12:25:12 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 18 replies
    WSB-TV 2 ATLANTA ^ | 26 NOVEMBER 2016 | WSB-TV 2 ATLANTA
    From the moment Amy and Justin Pounders met, they knew they had a special connection. What the newlyweds didn't realize then, however, is that they actually knew each other from preschool. After meeting on Match.com, it took a month for them to realize what they had in common. "He pointed out a scar above his eye. He proceeded to tell me how he [had] gotten it from falling off monkey bars at preschool. He then said, '... Sunshine Preschool,'" Amy recalled, adding that when she heard the name of the preschool she realized it was the same school she had...
  • Americans Are Voting Again This Weekend

    11/27/2016 10:17:16 AM PST · by Strac6 · 31 replies
    She Who Must Obeyed (Mrs. Strac) | Vanity
    Mrs. Strac and three friends just returned from two hours of retail therapy. In most years, the stores at all the local malls would be overflowing with merchandise this weekend. Today, they were full of shoppers, but almost empty of items to purchase. The shelves were actually bare in many departments. Mrs. Strac questioned a number of managers and received the same reply from each. They all reported they had been overflowing with merchandise on Friday, but as soon as the stores opened, they were inundated with record numbers of purchasers. These were not just “tire-kickers” but actual buyers. In...
  • Lot 406: Colt U.S. Contract Artillery SAA Un-Numbered Replacement Frame (Gun Porn)

    11/27/2016 9:52:44 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 81 replies
    Auction Zip ^ | December 2, 2016 | Rock Island Arsenal auction list
    Description: Rare and Unique Documented Colt U.S. Contract Artillery Model Single Action Revolver with Un-Numbered Replacement Frame Colt Artillery Model Single Action Army revolver with un-numbered replacement frame, barrel, cylinder and trigger guard. The Ordnance Department purchased 171 unnumbered replacement frames from Colt between 1874 and 1891. The left side of the frame is roll-stamped with the Colt three-date/two-line patent marking initially used by Colt in 1890 at approximately serial number 134,000. "A Study of the Colt Single Action Army Revolver" by Graham, Kopec and Moore states that the Army purchased six replacement frames from Colt on May 4, 1891....
  • (MS)SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why? (Preview review)

    11/26/2016 7:51:49 PM PST · by dayglored · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 24, 2016 | Tim Anderson
    First Look Microsoft has released a public preview of SQL Server for Linux, and I took it for a spin. There are three supported platforms for SQL Server on Linux, these being Red Hat Enterprise 7.2, Ubuntu 16.04, and a Linux-based Docker engine. Installation on other versions of Linux may also work, although unsupported. The Docker image enables installation on Mac or Windows. Microsoft specifies a minimum of 3.25GB of RAM. I installed on a modest 8GB dual-processor VM running Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" for testing. Setup involves agreeing a licence and setting an SA (system administrator) password. I then installed...
  • Environmentally-friendly graphene textiles could enable wearable electronics

    11/26/2016 8:36:43 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    phys.org ^ | 11/25/2016
    Cotton fabric is among the most widespread for use in clothing and textiles, as it is breathable and comfortable to wear, as well as being durable to washing. These properties also make it an excellent choice for textile electronics. A new process, developed by Dr Felice Torrisi at the CGC, and his collaborators, is a low-cost, sustainable and environmentally-friendly method for making conductive cotton textiles by impregnating them with a graphene-based conductive ink. Based on Dr Torrisi's work on the formulation of printable graphene inks for flexible electronics, the team created inks of chemically modified graphene flakes that are more...
  • Heart - "Never"

    11/25/2016 7:17:01 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 8 replies
    YOUTUBE.COM ^ | 07 FEBRUARY 2011 | HEARTVEVO
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWzy5q_M5Ho
  • Black Friday madness: Two people are killed outside a Macy's and a Walmart while customers....

    11/25/2016 8:34:51 AM PST · by Morgana · 45 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | November 25, 2016 | Myriah Towner For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Black Friday madness: Two people are killed outside a Macy's and a Walmart while customers fight over everything from TVs to $1.60 towels as stores open their doors for record $3.1 billion holiday splurge Two people were shot dead and two others were injured in three separate incidents in New Jersey, Nevada and Tennessee as Black Friday shopping kicked off. A man was fatally shot and his brother was wounded in a shooting outside of a Macy's in New Jersey on Friday morning while another was shot dead in an apparent road rage incident in a Walmart parking...