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Australia’s Economy Expands at Slower Pace in Second Quarter

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Pedestrians walk through a laneway lined with boutiques and street cafes in central Melbourne, Australia. Close Pedestrians walk through a laneway lined with boutiques and street cafes in central Melbourne, Australia. Pedestrians walk through a laneway lined with boutiques and street cafes in central Melbourne, Australia. Australia’s economy ...

WFP Steps Up Emergency Assistance And Logistical Support In Fight Against Ebola

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DAKAR – The United Nations World Food programme (WFP) is stepping up assistance to people impacted by Ebola in the three most-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – and increasing logistical support to the whole humanitarian community fighting the spread of the virus. WFP has launched ...

Suprise! Eric Cantor Lands $3.4 Million Job on Wall Street

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After Rep. Eric Cantor lost his primary to a tea party challenger in June, he could have stayed on as a lame duck, collecting his salary and voting as a full member of Congress through January 2015. Instead, Cantor decided to step down from his job as the ...

ISIS is a Problem That Only Iraqis Can Solve

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Christopher Paul and Colin Clarke have studied 71 insurgencies during the post-WWII period and have concluded that every successful counterinsurgency shared several characteristics. They apply the results of their research to the problem of the ISIS insurgency in Iraq: First, we found that in every case where they ...

WFP Reaches A Record Number Of People Inside Syria With Food Assistance

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AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) dispatched food to a record-breaking number of 4.1 million people inside war-ravaged Syria in August due to improved access with increased cross-line operations within Syria and more cross-border convoys. Over the last six weeks, WFP and partners crossed lines ...

Inflation Is Still the Great Bogeyman of the Rich

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Paul Krugman is trying to figure out why wealthy elites are so damn obsessed with the dangers of moderately higher inflation. After all, in a deep recession, inflation is likely to spur economic growth, and that helps rich folks. Their assets increase in value and they become even richer. So what's their problem? In a post yesterday, Krugman refers to my suggestion that it's mostly a case of septaphobia, or fear of the 70s. The idea here is that inflation really did run out of control in the 70s, and ...

Angelo Mozilo Speaks: No Villainy at Countrywide

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Six years after he lost control of the largest mortgage lender in the U.S., and days after news that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles plans to sue him, the Countrywide Financial Corp. founder is baffled by a new effort to punish him, proud of past triumphs ...

Apple Said to Team With Visa, MasterCard on IPhone Wallet

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Apple Inc. (AAPL) plans to turn its next iPhone into a mobile wallet through a partnership with major payment networks, banks and retailers, according a person familiar with the situation. The agreement includes Visa Inc. (V), MasterCard Inc. (MA) and American Express Co. (AXP) and will be unveiled on Sept. 9 along with the next iPhone, said the person who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. The new iPhone will make mobile payment easier by including a near-field communication chip for the first time, the person ...

Putin Brags About How Fast He Could Take Ukraine

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Vladimir Putin has said Russian forces could conquer the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, in two weeks if he so ordered, the Kremlin has confirmed. Moscow declined to deny that the president had spoken of taking Kiev in a phone conversation on Friday with José Manuel Barroso, the outgoing president of the European commission....Barroso asked Putin about the presence of Russian troops in eastern Ukraine. Nato says there are at least 1,000 Russian forces on the wrong side of the border. The Ukrainians put the figure at 1,600. "The problem is not ...

PG&E Should Pay $1.4 Billion for San Bruno Blast: Judges

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PG&E Corp. (PCG), owner of California’s largest utility, should pay a $1.4 billion penalty for a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, two state regulatory judges said in a proposed decision. The fine would be the largest safety-related penalty ever levied by the agency, the California Public Utilities Commission said in an e-mailed statement today. The penalty consists of $950 million that would be paid to the state and $450 million in charges and remedies that shareholders would have to pay. Added to a prior ruling that ...

Merkel Says Europe Won’t Allow Russia ‘Attack’ on Ukraine

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union will press ahead with tougher sanctions against Russia as evidence mounts that President Vladimir Putin is behind “attacks” on Ukraine. “It’s become ever clearer that, from the beginning, this hasn’t been about a conflict within Ukraine, but a conflict between ...

Germany Resists Calls for ECB Aid in Euro Growth Dilemma

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German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said deficit-fueled growth leads to economic decline, signaling discord with Italy and France as euro-area policy makers seek ways to avoid deflation and spur growth. With France urging a stronger role for monetary policy to help spark its stagnant economy, Chancellor Angela Merkel ...

The Meaning of Disruption: How Should Utilities Think About Change?

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There’s lots of debate about the meaning of “disruption” and what it could bring for utilities. Here are a few musings. "Disruption" is one the most overused words to describe how radical technological change can unseat incumbent businesses. It also happens to be one of the most accurate.

Iraq: Massive UNHCR Aid Operation

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The UN refugee agency is conducting a massive aid operation to assist some 500,000 Iraqis displaced by conflict in northern Iraq. It includes airlifts, and transport of aid by road and sea.Meet some of the families who have fled their homes, including Yasir, who carried his disabled father ...

TechCrunch Disrupt Starts With Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

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TechCrunch Disrupt, a thrice-yearly event where they drag me, the founder of TechCrunch, out like Lenin’s embalmed body to show I’m still around, is but a week away. And if anything will shock me back to life, it’ll be Travis Kalanick, the controversial CEO of the controversial startup ...

How corals stir up their world

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Coral reefs may look static to the naked eye, but scientists have now seen "violent" activity on their surface. Using powerful microscopes, researchers filmed tiny hairs on the surface of corals "stirring up" surrounding water. They say that these swirls of water draw nutrients towards the coral, and ...

Greensmith to Deploy Aqueous, Lithium-Ion and Flow Batteries for Grid Storage

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As the energy storage market develops and shakes out, it's worth keeping an eye on Greensmith. The startup is a software developer and system integrator that has attracted investment, personnel and a growing roster of turnkey energy storage projects. Last week, Greensmith CEO John Jung told Greentech Media ...

Scientists criticise new “open access” journal which limits research-sharing with copyright

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Restrictive copyright licenses and expensive submission fees have led to a significant number of scientists to criticise Science Advances, a new journal due to launch next year, for failing to live up to its open access principles. One hundred and fifteen scientists have signed an open letter to ...

Uber Slapped With Nationwide Injunction In Germany

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Last month on-demand ride-hailing service Uber faced a ban in Berlin on passenger safety grounds. That ban was suspended days later while the court in question rules on the legality of the move. But Uber is now facing another injunction in the country — this time a district court in Frankfurt has issued a temporary ban against its service which applies nationwide. The Frankfurt injunction, which was issued late last week, is reported to be enforceable until the start of any hearing appealing the ban — so is very likely ...

Police Arrest Young Black Politician For Distributing Voting Rights Leaflets

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA—The stars of North Carolina’s Moral Mondays movement took the stage Monday at Charlotte’s Marshall Park to condemn the state’s record on voter suppression and racial profiling, and urge the community to organize and turn out at the polls this November. Just a few hundred feet ...

Google Forms Now Less Ugly Thanks To Addition Of Themes

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Google Forms, the service in Google’s online office suite that helps users collaboratively create web-based forms which can be shared with others, is finally getting a professional makeover thanks to the addition of themes. The company announced the new, custom themes today, which users are able to further ...

World Health Org panel finds so-called "LGBT-related disorders" baseless, harmful

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A World Health Organization (WHO) panel, upon review, recommends that "homosexuality-related psychological disorders" be removed from the most widely used diagnostic reference book because such categories are harmful and scientifically baseless. The Advocate and Science Magazine broke the story. According to the current International Classification of Diseases (ICD),

US government labs plan biohazard-safety sweep

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The unexpected discovery of smallpox in a refrigerator at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, on 9 July has apparently sparked some soul searching in the US government. On 27 August, the NIH designated September as “National Biosafety Stewardship Month,” encouraging researchers to inventory ...

For Labor Day, a look at the state of underemployment

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Labor Day is intended to honor working Americans. But six years after the financial panic that nearly sank the U.S. economy, it’s the millions of Americans who aren’t working, or working less than they want to, who pose a challenge to policymakers and a are major contributor to ...

Tocomail For Gmail Offers Parental Controls And Monitoring For Teens’ First Gmail Account

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A company called Tocomail earlier this year launched a mobile application designed to be kids’ first email service, built with the parental controls and protections such an app would require, while allowing kids to write simple messages and send drawings to pre-approved family and friends. Now Tocomail is ...

How Movies Trick Your Brain Into Empathizing With Characters

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In today's business world, disruption is a constant force that never lets up. At the annual WIRED Business Conference: Disruptive by Design, we celebrate the creative power of bold new ideas and the people that make them happen.See the event > WIRED.com © 2014 Condé Nast. All rights ...

Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, Says U.S. Case Is 'Stacked'

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Jason Wright, seen here during his 15-month deployment to Iraq, served in the military for nine years before resigning last week.Courtesy of Jason Wrighthide caption Jason Wright, seen here during his 15-month deployment to Iraq, served in the military for nine years before resigning last week. Khalid Sheikh ...

LinkedIn Sales Navigator Comes To iOS As A Standalone App

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LinkedIn over the weekend launched a standalone version of its “Sales Navigator” service, which is now available on iOS only. The addition of the new, native application follows a recent overhaul for Sales Navigator that saw it split off as its own product, rather than a set of ...

How corals stir up their world

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Coral reefs may look static to the naked eye, but scientists have now seen "violent" activity on their surface. Using powerful microscopes, researchers filmed tiny hairs on the surface of corals "stirring up" surrounding water. They say that these swirls of water draw nutrients towards the coral, and ...

Private Prison Stocks Soar As Companies Cash In On Incarcerated Immigrants

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Share prices for two of the largest private prison firms have spiked sharply since an influx of unaccompanied migrant children crossing the border was reported this summer. And some investors in GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America are seizing on the opportunity for more profit from incarceration,

Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrity hacking victims should not have to play it cool.

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On Sunday, dozens of nude photographs of female celebrities—including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Kirsten Dunst—were leaked online. The hacking and nonconsensual publication of these photos—which were kept privately by the women themselves and shared only with partners and friends of their choosing, if with anyone at all—is ...

Vandrico Wants To Become The Wearables Platform For The Workplace

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If you know about Vandrico, it’s probably because of the company’s cool wearables database we featured earlier this year. That wasjust a byproduct of Vandrico’s research, however. What the company is really about is bringing wearables into the workplace. I first met Vandrico co-founders Kenna MacKenzie and Gonzalo ...

The Indiewire 2014 Fall Preview: The 18 Films We've Alrea

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Any movie that's billed as an Iranian vampire Western is worthy of consideration, but "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" also happens to be really good film. The movie, from first-time feature director Ana Lily Amirpour, takes place in an imaginary Iranian town (and shot in L.A.),

How to boycott Israel: updated guidelines for academics

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The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) recently updated its guidelines on how to apply the international academic boycott of Israel. This comes at a crucial moment – in the wake of Israel’s latest spasm of horrifying destruction and mass killing in Gaza,

Turkey: Internet Freedom, Rights in Sharp Decline

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(Istanbul) – Turkey, the host of a UN-sponsored Internet forum September 2-5, 2014 in Istanbul, has an abysmal record of protecting free expression online. In recent months, the Turkish government has expanded its powers to censor online content and to monitor Internet activity without independent oversight. The Internet Government Forum (IGF), an annual meeting convened by the United Nations secretary-general, brings together governments, civil society, and others as equal partners to discuss public policy issues related to the Internet. “Turkey’s ruling party has responded to criticism of its policies by ...

Will Texas Get Away With Discriminating Against Voters?

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Imani Clark, Aurica Washington, Crystal Owens and Michelle Bessiake are students at Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern University, two historically black colleges in Texas. They do not have a driver’s license or own a car, and do not possess one of the five forms of government-issued identification ...

Iraq: Islamic State Executions in Tikrit

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Ali, one of the few survivors of a mass execution at the Presidential Palace in Tikrit, is visible among more than 60 captives prior to execution in a still frame from a YouTube video posted by Islamic State. Still frame from a YouTube video posted by Islamic State ...

U.K. Factory Index Drops to 14-Month Low on Global Risks

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While the report signals continued growth in manufacturing, it also highlights that Britain’s economy may lose momentum as a stagnant euro area and the conflict in Ukraine damp sentiment and demand. Close While the report signals continued growth in manufacturing, it also highlights that Britain’s economy may lose ...

Remembering LGBT Health Advocate Andrew Cray

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Over the past week, the Center for American Progress has been mourning the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andrew Cray. Kellan Baker shares this remembrance. Last Thursday, August 28, the LGBT movement suffered a terrible loss with the passing of Andrew Cray. Andy had been struggling ...

Salaita firing shows where Zionism meets neoliberalism at US universities

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Students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign participate in a 26 August rally calling for the reinstatement of Steven Salaita. In the past ten months, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) administration has done two things of note: rejected the American Studies Association (ASA) vote to ...

The Wealth Gap Between Rich And Poor Americans Is Affecting Our Diets

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Americans’ diets have gradually been improving, but the gains aren’t being shared equally across socioeconomic lines, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine. Low-income people’s diets have gotten worse over the past decade as richer people’s nutrition has been ...

Mashr Resurrects A Tinder Experiment To Make You A Match Maker

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In May 2013, Tinder introduced Matchmaker, a way for users of the popular dating app to introduce their Facebook friends to each other. “Right now introductions are a very difficult process,” Tinder Ceo Sean Rad said at the time. “They’re slow, they’re socially awkward. This is socially a ...

Math Might Help Nail Oceans' Plastic 'Garbage Patch' Polluters

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Who's flushing plastic pollution into the oceans, creating tiny time bombs that kill fish, birds and sea turtles ingesting what they think is food? That question has been around since 1997, when the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" was discovered, and a new mathematical model could provide the tool ...

Green Jobs: Ballard, Stem, WaterSmart, CPV, Sol Systems, 1Energy, SunEdison

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Randall MacEwen has been named CEO of fuel-cell developer Ballard Power Systems. Previously, MacEwen was EVP of Stuart Energy Systems, an onsite hydrogen production company, and CEO of Solar Integrated Technologies. John Sheridan, the current CEO of Ballard, is retiring after serving in that role since 2006. Stem,

ACLU v Clapper Oral Arguments Phone Record

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City hears oral argument in ACLU v. Clapper, which challenges the National Security… read moreThe Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City hears oral argument in ACLU v. Clapper, which challenges the National Security Agency’s (NSA) phone records surveillance program. The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking to end the program. close

Israel seizes most West Bank land in 30 years

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Wadi Fukin, occupied West Bank - Residents of Wadi Fukin have grown accustomed to the sounds of construction. This lush village, which sits just west of Bethlehem along the Green Line, is surrounded on three sides by Israeli settlements that are constantly growing. Dotted with olive trees and ...

Crain’s Red Baits Nurses Union Leader on Labor Day

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Nurses from Long Island College Hospital join Occupy Wall Street protesters along 47th Street in New York. September 17, 2013. (Reuters, Joshua Lott) Take Crain's. Crain Communications owns thirty business publications, among them the health industry heavy-hitter, Modern Healthcare and New York Business. Their audience, they say, are ...

Dispatches: Time to Stand up for Bahrain’s Dissidents

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Many Bahraini activists have borne the brunt of their government’s unjust laws, unfair convictions and unlawful tactics, but few have resisted with such steely resolve as the activists in the al-Khawaja family. Maryam al-Khawaja’s August 30 arrest on charges of assaulting a police officer at Manama airport –allegedly ...

(2014/09/02) Victim blaming after hacker steals celebrity nudes, Stop and Frisk is a bigger problem than armored vehicles

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Episode #1074: Allison and Jamie yell at the author of a dumb email, followed by a discussion of victim-blaming following a hacker stealing some celebrity nudes, and two cities in California get rid of armored vehicles, which is great, but pales in comparison to the problem of Stop ...

Michael Sam: Out of the Closet, Out of the NFL?

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St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam during an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins. August 28, 2014. Miami Gardens, Florida (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) The tweet sent by one of my favorite football writers, Mike Freeman speaks volumes: “GM tells me: ‘Teams want to sign Michael ...
 

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