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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud to be Gay"

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Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to myself. Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus on our ...

Republicans Tried to Suppress the Black Vote in North Carolina. It's Not Working.

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Smith runs a hair salon on the outskirts of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her hair is dyed lavender and her arms are covered in heart and shooting-star tattoos. In the lead-up to the midterms, she's lending her storefront to Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan's reelection campaign. Smith passes out sample ...

To Beat Obamacare, Opponents Resurrect an Old Birther Argument

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The Supreme Court today is considering whether to hear a challenge to Obamacare that could deprive 8 million people of their newly acquired health insurance. If the court does decide to take the case, though, it will be buying into a legal argument that is frequently deployed by ...

Braving dust storms, women plant seeds of hope at the Dadaab refugee camp

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Turning dry lands into fertile fields, a livelihood project is helping Somali women refugees in Kenya make a living and prevent sexual and gender-based violence.In the world’s largest refugee complex — the sprawling Dadaab settlement in Kenya’s North Eastern Province —women listen attentively during a business management workshop ...

Sierra Leone: Helping Ebola survivors turn the page

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As the Ebola outbreak grows and spreads, a small but significant group of people is also growing - the Ebola survivors. Emerging shell-shocked from what one described as a "glimpse of hell", the survivors have not found life easy on the other side of the Ebola ward. Some ...

Stop Asking Why the Women Accusing Jian Ghomeshi Didn't Go to the Cops

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In the past two weeks, nine women have come forward with stories about getting beat up by Jian Ghomeshi. Now, thousands of people are asking what on earth took them so long. The confused disbelief seems genuine to me. Why on earth didn't they rush to the nearest ...

Washington Post will soon have an all-male masthead

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The Washington Post announced today that Usha Chaudhary, its chief financial officer and vice president for finance and administration, would depart Nov. 21 to take a leadership post at the Pew Charitable Trusts. The news follows the Oct. 1 departure of Publisher Katharine Weymouth, who was replaced by ...

Court Rules Maine Can't Quarantine Ebola Nurse

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After a days-long battle with Maine governor Paul LePage, Kaci Hickox, a nurse who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, has officially won the right to go outside. Hickox, who had been working with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone, was quarantined in a New ...

Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: The feminist protest in Barcelona

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Like the rest of the English-speaking world apparently, we’re late on covering the awesome feminist protest that happened in Barcelona last week. Called Vaga De Totes (“Everything Strike”), the protest brought together more than 600 different feminist and community groups.The slogan of the “day of struggle” was ”Women ...

While You Were Getting Worked Up Over Oil Prices, This Just Happened to Solar

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Every time fossil fuels get cheaper, people lose interest in solar deployment. That may be about to change. After years of struggling against cheap natural gas prices and variable subsidies, solar electricity is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in 47 U.S.

One grid to rule them all: Is a national transmission system coming to America?

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A project that would transform the U.S. grid’s three isolated segments into a national transmission system could be financed and under construction by the end of 2014. Two major concerns regarding the much-hyped Tres Amigas interconnection have been answered. Utilities and other potential investors are gathering, and power ...

The stereotype of scientist as crazy genius does no favours to the mentally ill

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People who suffer from mental health issues also suffer from its stigma. Portraying mental illness as a good thing helps no one It is not funny or cool to have a mental disorder. Unless, however, you’re a a scientific genius: then it appears to be quite all right,

PATRIOT Act Warrants Used More For Drugs Than For Terrorism

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The PATRIOT Act gave federal agents expanded powers to issue search warrants without informing the targets of the warrant beforehand. Why? Because terrorism investigations were special: they'd fall apart if terrorists received warning that they were being investigated. So with terrorism suddenly a far bigger priority after 9/11,

Hot Sheet: October 31, 2014

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10. DVD: Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck StoryThe story of one Navy SEAL and her life-changing secret, Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story, debuts on DVD November 11 from Wolfe Video and CNN Films. Directed by Sandrine Orabona and Marrk Herzog, the powerful documentary recounts the journey of ...

Tim Cook Speaks Up

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Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to myself. Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus on our ...

Why Theaters Are Refusing to Book Godard's Moneymaking 3D

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By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood Fri Oct 31 15:36:04 EDT 2014 "Goodbye to Language" grossed $11,448 in two New York theaters in its first two days after opening Wednesday. With a per screen average for $5,724, it beat films with far higher ad buys and ...

SunPower’s New China Joint Venture Lines Up Gigawatts of C7 Concentrated Solar

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Earlier this week GTM suggested that SunPower was one of the last firms standing in bringing concentrated solar technology to market. That might turn out to be an understatement. Investment firm Baird has suggested that SunPower's "C7 technology is not fully appreciated." That might be changing as well.

Startup Borrows Financing Model From Solar, Efficiency Sectors to Launch EVs in Fleets

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California-based startup Vision Fleet makes low-carbon, alternative fuel vehicles cheap and easy to access by taking a couple of pages out of the clean energy sector’s play book. Vision Fleet unveiled an innovative new contract model this week in what it calls the Clean Mile Solution. The model ...

Big Sugar's Sweet Little Lies

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BuzelliOn a brisk spring Tuesday in 1976, a pair of executives from the Sugar Association stepped up to the podium of a Chicago ballroom to accept the Oscar of the public relations world, the Silver Anvil award for excellence in "the forging of public opinion." The trade group ...

Demolition dreams: the world’s ‘worst’ buildings

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The world is full of terrible architecture. Which buildings would the FT’s global network of correspondents demolish if they were given a wrecking ball? The Soviets came to Cuba, almost precipitated a third world war, and then pulled the plug on the island 30 years later when the ...

Super-Agent Andrew Wylie Calls Amazon An “ISIS-Like Distribution Channel”

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Andrew Wylie is a major book agent who many in the milquetoast publishing industry call the “jackal.” His fiery pronouncements are much-read in certain circles and his latest one, in a speech given at Toronto’s International Festival of Authors, is a doozy. Wylie, who sees Amazon as a ...

Post-Arab Spring: Egypt's economy grows

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A year ago, Egypt's economy had been crushed by political turmoil. The Arab Spring had culminated in a military takeover and the installation of the current president, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. There were curfews and scenes of violence on the streets of Cairo. In the words of one Egyptian ...

US Trade Policy in Action: SolarWorld Now Growing Jobs and Solar Module Capacity

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SolarWorld just announced an expansion of its solar module factory capacity during a bit of celebration in Oregon this morning. In June, German-owned and Oregon-based SolarWorld Americas won its trade case when the Department of Commerce found in favor of the company's claim against Chinese solar module makers.

Quote of the Day: “White men in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.”

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As we learned during the last election, sometimes there’s nothing like a recording of a closed-door event with supporters to reveal what politicians really think. In a private event at the all-male Hibernian Society of Charleston, Senator Lindsey Graham, who is considering a presidential run, told the audience: ...

Rights abuses make AHAVA a tough sell

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The same week that carbonated drink machine manufacturer SodaStream announced that will close its West Bank factory next year, it was confirmed that the upscale online shopping website Gilt no longer carries AHAVA Dead Sea cosmetics. Both SodaStream and AHAVA are targets of consumer boycott campaigns in support ...

Bay Area activists declare victory after Israeli carrier cancels all ships

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Bay Area activists launched a massive campaign to block Israeli shipping vessels in August. (Daniel Arauz / Flickr) On 28 October, San Francisco Bay Area activists organizing to block the unloading of Israeli shipping vessels declared their most significant victory yet: Israel’s Zim Integrated Shipping Services appears to ...

Tim Cook: Being Gay Has Helped Me Lead Apple

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By coming out as gay, Tim Cook becomes the most influential and powerful CEO of any company to live openly, providing an example that was missing at the highest levels of the business world. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until ...

7 Big Gun Fights to Watch on Election Day

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No election cycle in recent memory has seen the guns issue heat up the way this year's has. The National Rifle Association, continuing a long-running strategy of campaign spending, earmarked over $11 million for this year's elections—but for the first time in decades the nation's leading gun lobby ...

Joni Ernst Is the Tea Party's Endgame

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Early last Thursday morning, Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for Senate in Iowa, swung by the Des Moines Rotary Club to speak at the group's monthly lunch meeting. Mostly white and mostly male, the club counts much of the state's political elite among its members. The day Ernst ...

On the Road: One family's exhausting journey from Kobani to northern Iraq

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QUSHTAPA REFUGEE CAMP, Iraq, October 29 (UNHCR) – Tarifa shepherds her hungry and tired family after they arrive by minibus at this refugee camp in northern Iraq more than two weeks after fleeing their home in the Syrian city of Kobani. More than 190,000 Syrians from Kobani have ...

How Efficiency Is Learning About Market Segmentation From Internet Giants and Political Campaigns

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Political campaigns are armed with detailed knowledge about every prospective voter. Data-driven analytics tell them how to communicate with you. Amazon’s product suggestions are often eerily on target. Its servers shadow you as you shop to learn about your interests and preferences. Google knows you. Algorithms hang onto ...

These Maps of California's Water Shortage Are Terrifying

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Just how bad is California's water shortage? Really, really bad, according to these new maps, which represent groundwater withdrawals in California during the first three years of the state's ongoing and epochal drought: The maps come from a new paper in Nature Climate Change by NASA water scientist ...

Halloween on the High Seas

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Viperfish live in ocean waters all over the world. Fishermen caught this one in the Pacific Ocean off Alaska. In this close-up it may look intimidating, but the largest of these fish will grow only to about 2 feet long. Photo Credit: David Csepp, NMFS/AKFSC/ABL Hatchetfish are found ...

Olive harvest in Palestine - photos and video

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According to the United Nations monitoring group OCHA, nearly half of all cultivated land in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip is planted with olive trees, and the olive oil industry constitutes 25 percent of the territories’ agricultural income. Though the olive harvest is traditionally a festive ...

Slack Confirms $120M Fundraise Led By Google Ventures And KPCB At $1.12B Valuation

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Slack, the enterprise collaboration platform co-founded by Stewart Butterfield, today confirmed that it has closed a $120 million round of funding, co-led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures with the participation of past investors including A16Z, Accel Partners and The Social+Capital Partnership. We first reported ...

Amazon’s Fire Phone Product Efforts Will Continue Despite Early Stumbles

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Amazon is taking the long view on the Fire phone, despite poor early sales, a huge price cut and $83 million in surplus inventory that resulted in a $170 million charge for the excess hardware and supplier costs combined. Amazon’s SVP of Devices David Limp told Fortune the ...

3 Ballot Measures Could Obliterate Abortion Rights For Millions Of Women

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Voters in Tennessee, North Dakota and Colorado will consider sweeping ballot measures on Tuesday that would eliminate the right to abortion under their state constitutions and, in some cases, criminalize the procedure. The Tennessee measure, known as Amendment 1, would declare that Tennessee's constitution does not protect women's ...

Millennials: The Core of the Clean Economy? Or Overhyped as the Green Generation?

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The Energy Gang examines how Millenials are changing the way they think about energy and the environment. Depending on your perspective, Millenials are either the most globally-aware, technologically-savvy generation or the most distracted, dependent, self-obsessed generation. For many, those feelings about Millenials extend to the environment. Some criticize ...

The top 100 papers

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The discovery of high-temperature superconductors, the determination of DNA’s double-helix structure, the first observations that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating — all of these breakthroughs won Nobel prizes and international acclaim. Yet none of the papers that announced them comes anywhere close to ranking among the ...


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NEW YORK / GENEVA (27 October 2014) – “Education is not a privilege of the rich and well to do; it is an inalienable right of every child,” the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh, said during the presentation his report to the UN General Assembly.* “The exponential growth of private education must be regulated by Governments to safeguard education as a public good,” the expert told the global forum, warning that the rapid expansion of private education is increasingly replacing public education, rather than ...

Why John Maynard Keynes's Theories Can Fix the World Economy

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Is there a doctor in the house? The global economy is failing to thrive, and its caretakers are fumbling. Greece took its medicine as instructed and was rewarded with an unemployment rate of 26 percent. Portugal obeyed the budget rules; its citizens are looking for jobs in Angola ...

Been to an Ebola-affected country? Stay away from tropical medicine meeting, Louisiana says

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Ebola fears are interfering with the world's premier scientific meeting on tropical diseases. Today, Louisiana state health officials asked anyone who has traveled to Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea in the past 21 days, or has treated Ebola patients elsewhere, to stay away from the annual meeting of ...

Kerry phones Netanyahu to apologize over 'chickenshit' slur

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US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks on the phone to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (photo credit:REUTERS) US Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to apologize for the quotes attributed to anonymous White House officials referring to the Israeli premier in harsh ...

More Problems for CSP: Ivanpah Solar Plant Falling Short of Expected Electricity Production

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Whether scorched birds are a major issue at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California is a matter of dispute. But the “power tower” solar plant and its owners -- NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy -- might have an even more fundamental problem on their hands: ...

Jerusalem light rail is a symbol of Israeli oppression

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Workers fix the light rail station in Shuafat, Jerusalem. Palestinians destroyed it during protests against the murder of teenager Muhammad Abu Khudair in July. In July, sixteen-year-old Muhammad Abu Khudair was kidnapped and killed by a group of Israelis who forced petrol down his throat and burnt him ...

Watch: GamerGate gets The Colbert Report treatment

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Last night Stephen Colbert sat down with Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian to discuss GamerGate and the fact that “feminazis in the gamer world are coming for our balls to snip them off, put them into a little felt purse and take them away, so we have to ...

Claude Lanzmann's 'Shoah' to Stream Online for the First

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You're likely to find Claude Lanzmann's landmark documentary "Shoah" near or at the top of any list of the greatest documentaries ever made (it's number 2 on Sight & Sound's recent list), but it's not always been as widely available as its status called for. That changed last ...

Off-grid German village banks on wind, sun, pig manure

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Feldheim (Germany) (AFP) - If Germany has taken a pioneering though risky role in shifting to renewable energy, then the tiny village of Feldheim -- population 150 -- is at its vanguard. The hamlet near Berlin is Germany's first to have left the national grid and switched to ...

Amazon rainforest deforestation linked to extreme weather events

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The Amazon rainforest has degraded to the point where it is losing its ability to benignly regulate weather systems, according to a stark new warning from one of Brazil’s leading scientists. In a new report, Antonio Nobre, researcher in the government’s space institute, earth system science centre, says ...

Jake Gyllenhaal, Jean-Luc Godard and Us

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"Amusing Ourselves to Death," proclaimed the title of media scholar Neil Postman’s influential 1985 book, which took aim at the deleterious impact of television on American discourse. Nearly 30 years later, based on two movies out this week, Postman’s thesis seems prime for an update. These days, it’s ...

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