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Tim Cook: Pro-discrimination ‘religious freedom’ laws are dangerous

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There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country. A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in ...

America Ranks in the Top 5 Globally—for Putting Its Citizens to Death

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America once again ranks among the top five nations in the world—in executions. Sigh. That's according to a new report from Amnesty International, which also notes that more and more nations have been opting not to kill their convicts. Amnesty tallies at least 607 known executions in 22 ...

Syria gets Russian arms under deals signed since conflict began: Assad

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is supplying weapons to Damascus under contracts signed since the conflict in Syria began in 2011, as well as under earlier deals, President Bashar al-Assad said. Assad's comments, in an interview published by Russian government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta on Monday, appeared to contradict Moscow's ...

O'Reilly Cameraman Disputes Fox News Host's Falklands "War Zone" Story

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly continues to insist that he never misrepresented or embellished his wartime reporting experiences and other previous episodes—even after CNN, the Washington Post, the Guardian, Media Matters, and Mother Jones reported significant discrepancies between O'Reilly's accounts and what actually occurred. Last Tuesday, O'Reilly appeared ...

Yes, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker Are Different Kinds of Conservatives

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Jeb Bush may project a warmer, fuzzier, less hardnosed conservatism than Scott Walker, but is there really much difference between them? Greg Sargent isn't so sure: Here’s what I’ll be watching: How will this basic underlying difference, if it is real, manifest itself in actual policy terms? On ...

Pesky Packing Peanuts Baked and Crushed to Make Battery Electrodes

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Packing peanuts make shipping fragile objects easy. But the puffy particles become a wasteful nuisance once the shipment is complete. Now researchers report a method to turn them into something useful. The chemical engineers carbonize the foam packaging and use the resulting carbon microsheets to construct lithium battery ...

How DIY Bond Traders Displaced Wall Street’s Hot Shot Bond Dealers

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(Bloomberg) -- Time was, Sherman McCoy could stride into Pierce & Pierce to bray for money on the bond markets with other Masters of the Universe. That was 1987. McCoy, the hotshot bond dealer at the center of the “Bonfire of the Vanities,” would be 66 by now,

Marco Rubio's 2016 Campaign Could Depend on This Billionaire Car Dealer

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As Jeb Bush sucks up cash from Florida's wealthy Republican donors for his all-but-announced presidential bid—his allies have set a goal of raising $100 million by the end of the month—many of the state's wealthiest conservatives have passed over Sen. Marco Rubio, another possible 2016 contender, who like ...

Greek Proposals to Unlock Aid Need Lots of Work, EU Aides Say

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(Bloomberg) -- Greece’s proposed plans to bolster its finances in exchange for unlocking bailout funds still need lots of work, three European officials said. The 15-page draft, which was discussed Sunday in Brussels, requires more information and details and was a long way from serving as the basis ...

Cohen’s Point72 Starts Technology Venture Capital Unit

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(Bloomberg) -- Point72 Asset Management, the firm that manages the fortune of billionaire trader Steven A. Cohen, started a venture capital unit that backs technology companies. The business, Honeycomb Ventures, will invest mainly in growth equity opportunities and is led by Point72 money manager David Fiszel, the firm ...

Syria: Latest report to Security Council highlights “breath-taking” levels of savagery

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, briefed the UN Security Council today on Syria. She noted the briefing came just a little over a year after the Council adopted a resolution demanding action by parties to the conflict to cease attacks against civilians and ...

Musk: Tesla Will Unveil Major New Product on April 30

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Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company will be unveiling a major new product line on April 30th. He further stated that it will not be a car. Follow us on:FacebookTwitterInstagramYoutube

Big Oil Pressured Scientists Over Fracking Wastewater's Link to Quakes

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In November 2013, Austin Holland, Oklahoma’s state seismologist, got a request that made him nervous. It was from David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma, which houses the Oklahoma Geological Survey where Holland works. Boren, a former U.S. senator, asked Holland to his office for coffee with Harold ...

#WaterforlifeVoices Exhibit and Campaign

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The UN will celebrate the end of the ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015 Decade at UN Headquarters in New York on World Water Day 2015. Celebrations will include a planned exhibition to take stock, observe our shared successes and contribute to the road map for the future #post2015. The ...

ECB Nerves Fray on Greece as Supervisors Rile Central Bankers

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(Bloomberg) -- Inside the five-month-old union between monetary policy and financial oversight at the European Central Bank, nerves are beginning to fray. As officials under ECB President Mario Draghi seek to replace deposits fleeing Greek banks without blatantly financing the state, the efforts of the institution’s new Single ...

Alan Cumming Is Bisexual — And You Might Be Too

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The award-winning actor of The Good Wife and Cabaret is always candid about his life, including in a new memoir. Bisexuality, film, Spotlight, television, Theater, People, Arts & Entertainment The Only 2 Things to Know Out of Mike Pence's Dissembling Interview Is This Photo Proof Mike Pence Knew ...

The Next Billion-Dollar Market Opportunity Is Mobile Enterprise

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Editor’s note: Kevin Spain is a general partner at Emergence Capital. Enterprise mobile applications – like enterprise cloud applications a decade before – are poised to become a $100 billion market opportunity. I’ve worked with enterprise technologies exclusively for more than a decade and have watched as cloud ...

Google Now Includes Google+ Photos In Drive

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Google has begun showing photos uploaded via Google+ in Google Drive, where they can be managed via a new Google Photos tab, or stored in folders alongside other kinds of files easily. The inclusion of Photos and Videos in Drive is one sign that Google is moving to ...

Unpacking Etsy’s S1

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Editor’s note: Ezra Galston is a venture capitalist with Chicago Ventures and the former Director of Marketing for CardRunners Gaming. He writes the blog BreakingVC. As an investor in many digital marketplaces (Kapow Events, Spothero, Bloomnation, Shiftgig, among others, as well as an arts and crafts community, Blitsy) ...

The destructive legacy of Arab liberals

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Arab liberals have allied with Israel, the US and Saudi Arabia to wreak an unparalleled record of destruction. It has become commonplace to present Arab Islamists of all political stripes (liberals, conservatives, radicals, neoliberals, moderates, extremists, nonviolent, violent, etc.) as a most, if not the most, dangerous political ...

Testlio Raises $1M To Provide On-Demand QA Testers

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Testlio, a startup that provides development teams with dedicated quality assurance testers, has recently raised $1 million in seed funding to bring on more experts to fill out its “elastic” on-demand offering. Instead of hiring a team of QA engineers to deal with the bugs produced in new ...

10 Facts About Hunger In Yemen

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Hunger is a huge issue in Yemen. Please help WFP raise awareness by sharing the following ten hunger facts: This requires comprehensive efforts to ensure that every man, woman and child enjoy their Right to Adequate Food; women are empowered; priority is given to family farming; and food ...

What is Palestine's Land Day?

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On this day in 1976, thousands of Palestinians marched in towns and villages across the Galilee region, in the north of present-day Israel, to protest Israel’s expropriation of vast tracts of land as part of its openly declared policy to “Judaize” the area at the expense of the ...

Dispatches: Freedom to Discriminate in Indiana?

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“This bill is not about discrimination,” said Indiana Governor Mike Pence when he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into state law last week.But it is.Indiana’s Senate Bill 101 prevents a government entity from substantially burdening a person's ability to exercise their religion, unless the government can ...

Bethlehem's 2002 siege recalled in new Freedom Theatre play

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The Jenin-based Freedom Theatre is scheduled to lift the curtain on its new theatrical production, The Siege, this Saturday. The play opens as part of a day of cultural events at the theater in the occupied West Bank planned to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the assassination of ...

Donald Shoup, an Appreciation

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Donald Shoup at the 2011 launch of SFpark, which put his ideas about curbside parking management into practices at a large scale. Photo: Bryan Goebel On Tuesday, the news came that after 41 years of teaching at UCLA, Donald Shoup, distinguished professor of urban planning, will retire. For ...

Watch "We the Economy: Income Inequality"

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Advocate links automobile dependence to poverty

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Patrick Blannerhasset / Surrey NowFebruary 26, 2015 12:00 AM Ayesha Rahimyar gets anxious when she thinks about how she would travel from her home in Surrey to a regular job. The 34-year-old single mother of three is struggling to get her life back on track. She's currently on ...

Mahmoud Abbas calls for Arab military intervention against Hamas in Gaza

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Abdulfattah al-Sisi, the general who led the military coup against Egypt’s elected president in 2013, welcomes the Palestinian Authority’s de facto leader Mahmoud Abbas to Sharm al-Sheikh, 27 March. Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas issued a thinly veiled call for an Arab military intervention to overthrow Hamas in ...

Francis Maude warned by scientists over 'chilling effect' of new media rules

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Letter to minister expresses fears that changes to the civil service code will effectively silence government scientists on important public issuesFriday 27 March 2015 14.16 EDTLast modified on Friday 27 March 2015 14.20 EDTFrancis Maude has been warned that changes to the civil service code threaten to stop ...

Exercises Improve Memory in Older Adults

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2 mentions19 hours ago
When Mick Jagger first sang “what a drag it is getting old,” he was 23 years old. Now at 71, he is still a veritable Jumpin' Jack Flash on stage. Jagger seems to have found the secret to staying physically fit in his advancing years, but getting old ...

Self-Control: The Secret to Life’s Successes

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The ability to regulate our impulses and desires is indispensable to success in living and working with others. People with good control over their thought processes, emotions and behaviors not only flourish in school and in their jobs but are also healthier, wealthier and more popular. And they ...

TSA Agrees To Stop Targeting Black Women's Hair In Airport Security Screenings

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"TSA Agrees To Stop Targeting Black Women’s Hair In Airport Security Screenings" After reaching an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), officials at the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) have agreed to stop racially profiling black women with natural hair and subjecting them to extra security screenings.

The secret to shame-free sex

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If you’re having a conversation about sex with someone in the U.S., you are probably also, implicitly or explicitly, also talking about shame. The two are intertwined, even for those who appear to exude openness and pride around their sexuality, all the more so for women. Shame ...

Greenpeace Aces Renewables Forecasts

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Published on March 30th, 2015 |by Sandy Dechert Over the past 15 years, many organizations have offered national and global predictions about the future of renewable energy. We’ve seen renewable forecasts from all of these groups: All have posted increasing numbers on the issue. However, almost all of ...

How The Flood Wall Street Trial Changed The Game Of Policing

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NEW YORK — It was an unwinnable case. The motley pack of defendants making up the “Flood Wall Street Ten” didn’t even deny the charges against them. Hoping to catalyze the momentum of the historic People’s Climate March in New York City into a radical environmentalist movement decidedly ...

A Smarter Take On Sex Could Have Saved 'Looking'

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It’s been about 10 years since the (American) Queer as Folk, The L Word, and Noah’s Arc all went off the air. Looking, for many people, promised to be a return to that world of prestige gay drama(dy) where queer characters weren’t just tertiary window dressing, they were ...

Long Commute to Silicon Valley Increasingly the Norm for Many

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Ronnie Thomas works for Stanford University Dining, a six-hour round trip commute on bus, bike and train from his home in Stockton. (Sabrina Greenway/Peninsula Press) It is 3:10 a.m. when Ronnie Thomas rolls out of bed in his Stockton apartment. He brushes his teeth, takes his vitamins, throws ...

Indiana Governor Won't Say If 'Religious Liberty' Bill Will Be Used To Discriminate

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"Indiana Governor Won’t Say If ‘Religious Liberty’ Bill Will Be Used To Discriminate" Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) defended a “religious liberty” law he signed on Sunday, saying that tolerance was a “two-way street” and the law was about protecting religious people from government overreach. Pence had said he ...

Apple CEO Tim Cook Opposes Discriminatory Legislation Sweeping U.S.

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Apple boss Tim Cook has written an op-ed decrying discriminatory legislation proposed in more than 20 states, following a controversial law signed by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence that appears to allows the state’s business owners to refuse service to same-sex couples. “America’s business community recognized a long time ...

Pentagram Rebrands The New School

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An algorithm-based typeface is designed to catapult one of the nation's top creative hubs into the 21st century. The New School, home to Parsons School of Design, is one of the most design-centric universities in the country. In the past two years, the New School has been working ...

How Google, Facebook And Others Pay Their H-1B Employees

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Editor’s note: Kiran Dhillon is a senior editor for FindTheBest, where she tackles big datasets to produce interesting insights. Legislative debate regarding expanding the H-1B visa program is heating up in the U.S. Senate. H-1B visas allow foreign workers — specifically those in technical roles—to legally work in ...

Kuwait: Opposition Protest Broken Up

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(Beirut) – Kuwaiti authorities broke up an opposition protest in Kuwait City on March 23, 2015, and detained 16 protesters.Eleven of the protesters were released on March 25 and are expected to face charges of illegal gathering. Five remain in custody and may face charges of attacking law ...

Reddit Science #AMA: March 31, 2015

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From March 28-April 7, NOAA scientists will be on a research expedition in the U.S. Virgin Islands aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. This is the 12th consecutive year of an effort in the Caribbean to map a sprawling coral reef ecosystem that is home to an amazing ...

Book Review: 'How to Save Town Centres' by Julian Dobson.

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Book review: How to save our town centres: a radical agenda for the future of high streets by Julian Dobson.Policy Press (available here).I cannot recommend this book highly enough.Indeed, I wish I had written it.It is, in effect, the Transition Guide to Reclaiming Local Economies.It is quite brilliant.My ...

Angie's List Cancels $40 Million 1000 Jobs Indiana Expansion Over Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Law

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Popular local business review and search site Angie's List is canceling its expansion plans in response to Indiana's "religious freedom" law. Since the year after its 1995 founding, Angie's List has been headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. The $315 million corporation which lets users review local businesses, especially home ...

PHOTOS: See the Real Side of China's Great Wall

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The Great Wall of China is one of the world’s most popular destinations in Asia. Referred, in the country, as “The Thousand-Mile-Long Wall,” the site was once thought to be visible to the naked eye from outer space, although that claim has since been proven to be false.

Elizabeth Warren Strikes Back as Citigroup Tries to Blackmail the Democratic Party

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An unusually move by a thin-skinned too big to fail bank, Citigroup, to slap down the finance-skeptic faction of the Democratic party appears to be backfiring. Reuters reported on Friday that Citigroup was making clear its displeasure with the way Elizabeth Warren had been calling to its overly-cozy ...

IDF setting up an operational Internet

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The IDF is in the process of setting up an operational Internet network, complete with military applications that can be downloaded by users, engineers and programmers from the Lotem Unit told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.Lotem is the Hebrew abbreviation for Telecommunications and Operational Information Technology.Maj. Yossi Raido,

The Sharing Economy Is On The Brink Of Disrupting Business Travel

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The foundations of the business-travel ecosystem are under more strain than ever before. U.S. companies are projected to spend $310 million on business travel in 2015 (up 6.2 percent from last year), but how they spend that money has become a source of tension and uncertainty. Sharing-economy startups ...

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