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Senate blocks aid to Israel

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In the end, the Senate couldn’t even agree to deliver emergency aid to one of the United States’ closest allies. A last-ditch effort to deliver aid to Israel during its war with Hamas died on the Senate floor, as Republicans blocked the proposal over concerns that it would ...

Obama: "We Tortured Some Folks"

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On Friday, President Obama said that some of the things the United States did after 9/11 were indeed acts of torture. National Journal has the full quote: Obama also addressed post-9/11 America in remarks about the Central Intelligence Agency. "We tortured some folks," he said. "We did some ...

Unsold Warhol Nickel Vanishes in Opaque Online Auction

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"50GBP" by Kate Brinkworth was the priciest lot that sold at "Currency" online-only auction on on June 24, 2012. The work's final bid was $3,500. Close "50GBP" by Kate Brinkworth was the priciest lot that sold at "Currency" online-only auction on on June 24, 2012. The ...

Ackman Says ‘My Bad’ on Herbalife Presentation

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Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has two words to sum up his Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) presentation last week: “My bad.” Investors may have missed the point because the event was long and overhyped, Ackman said in an interview. Even the private researcher who helped convince Ackman the company ...

Science Says You Should Leave Work at 2 p.m. and Go for a Walk

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Charles Dickens, perhaps the greatest of the Victorian novelists, was a man of strict routine. Every day, Dickens would write from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. After that, he would put his work away and go out for a long walk. Sometimes he walked as far as 30 ...

Why American Politics Is Broken In One Sentence

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Voters are aware of a border crisis, they are aware that Barack Obama is president—they blame him for nothing getting done. Yep. Republicans can basically do anything they want and never get blamed for it. Most voters don't even know who's in control of Congress anyway. When something goes wrong, all they know is (a) something went wrong, and (b) Barack Obama is the president and he should have done something about it. That being the case, what incentive to Republicans have for making things go right? Pretty much none.

Arizona's Terrible Lethal Injection Track Record

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When Arizona executed Joseph Wood last week, witnesses said he repeatedly gasped for air during an execution that dragged on for nearly two hours. Wood's lawyers have demanded, and the state has agreed to, an investigation into whether a new and largely untested combination of lethal drugs caused ...

Argentina Default Triggers $1 Billion of Swaps After ISDA Ruling

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Argentina's Presient Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner waves to supporters after a ceremony at the government house on July 31, 2014 in Buenos Aires. Argentina blamed the United States Thursday for the legal battle that forced it to miss a debt payment and -- despite ratings agencies' declarations to ...

FEATURE: As climate talks heat up, experts debate if natural gas, fracking will turn ‘brown’ economies ‘green’

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South Africa's reliance on coal is clear to see. The coal-mining process can leave water supplies unusable for irrigation, for industry and for consumption. The water is not just dirty, but toxic. UN Photo/Gill Fickling 1 August 2014 – The world faces a looming energy problem. There’s not ...

#KnowYourHistory: Women of color have been moving beyond “pro-choice” for decades

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On Tuesday, the New York Times published a feature on reproductive health advocates moving away from the language of “choice.” An important and interesting topic, the potentially illuminating piece instead served to obscure the history of the move away from choice language, completely erasing women of color’s crucial ...

Meet Thundershorts Creators: Ted Alexandro and Hollis Jam

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By Oliver MacMahon | IndiewireThu Jul 31 17:49:05 EDT 2014 Hollis James: It's an idea we've had for a long time. We thought our previous jobs (Ted as a music teacher and my stint as a janitor) were good fodder to develop into a workplace comedy. Ted ...

Sundance Film Festival Goes to Hong Kong

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Since 2012 the Sundance Institute, with AEG Europe, annually presents the Sundance London film and music festival and in 2013 the Institute launched the Los Angeles-based Sundance NEXT FEST (August 7 to 10).We'll find out the program for the Sundance Film Festival – Hong Kong Selects in mid-August.

The 10 Best Moments From a Conversation with Isabelle Huppert and John Waters

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On July 30th, the Walter Reader Theater was filled to the brim with perverse New Yorkers itching to hear from two masters of expertly crafted shock and awe. John Waters took to the stage first, there to introduce his “favorite actress in the world,” Isabelle Huppert. The Film ...

Psychology Comes To Halt As Weary Researchers Say The Mind Cannot Possibly Study Itself

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Psychologists caution that it is a grave folly to believe anything objective can be learned about the human mind given that the object of observation is, by its nature, also the observer. NEW YORK—The field of psychology was brought to an immediate halt this week as disillusioned and ...

World Humanitarian Day

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Every time you share #theworldneedsmore #yourword using twitter, you unlock one dollar, and we are one step closer to making it a reality! You are about to help make this word a reality using PayPal. Your donation will go directly to humanitarian aid operations that help people in ...

This is the next Hobby Lobby

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Laura Grieneisen and Liz Miller have a lot in common. Both are graduate students in biology at the University of Notre Dame, where they share an office, a lab, and a research focus. Their work on bacteria in baboons takes them to Kenya for months on end. Each ...

How Much Money Will California Solar Customers Save With Net Metering?

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Last October, California governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 327, which requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to make significant changes to the structure of California’s net energy metering regime.The action has now moved to CPUC, which just this month launched a new proceeding to establish ...

Facebook Is Down For Many

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Facebook appears to be down right now for many. If you load the website, you will get an error like the one you can see below. The website has been down for around 10 minutes now. Similarly, you get a network error in the mobile apps and your ...

Leaked Memo: Top Tea Party Group Says Mitch McConnell Only Opposed the Stimulus Because It Leaned on Him

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As he seeks another six years in office, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has touted his reputation as a true conservative and an unwavering opponent of President Barack Obama. But a newly leaked document written by one of the most prominent figures in the tea party movement ...

The Feds Are Demanding That Twitter Turn Over More User Info Than Ever

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US law enforcement and intelligence agencies are hitting Twitter with more information requests about its users than ever before, and in most cases the social network is handing over some data, according to a new report released by the company on Thursday. Twitter notes that many of the ...

T-Mobile CEO Legere Breaks Down 2Q Results

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July 31 (Bloomberg) -- John Legere, president and Chief Executive Officer at T-Mobile, talks with Emily Chang about second-quarter results as the wireless carrier added more subscribers than expected. He speaks on “Market Makers.”

Negative Reviews of 'The Kill Team' Miss What Makes the Documentary Special. So Do the Positive Ones.

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Dan Krauss' "The Kill Team," which opened last Friday in New York and is spreading out over the coming weeks, is a documentary with a very long logline: It's about a U.S. Army platoon that made headlines in 2010 after it was discovered that the group, stationed in ...

Here Are Seven Ways Argentine Debt Crisis Could Get Fixed

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Axel Kicillof, economy minister of Argentina, speaks during a press conference at the Consulate General of Argentina in New York on July 30, 2014. Close Axel Kicillof, economy minister of Argentina, speaks during a press conference at the Consulate General of Argentina in New York on July 30,

Pure Storage’s Scott Dietzen And Sutter Hill’s Mike Speiser To Talk About Building For The Long Term At Disrupt SF

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Pure Storage is upending the enterprise storage industry by fully utilizing flash memory technology into their product. Scott Dietzen, the current CEO of Pure Storage, and Mike Speiser, managing director at Sutter Hill Ventures, are working together to grow Pure Storage into an industry leader in flash-based enterprise ...

Cancer biomarkers: Written in blood

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DNA circulating in the bloodstream could guide cancer treatment — if researchers can work out how best to use it. In 2012, Charles Swanton was forced to confront one of cancer's dirtiest tricks. When he and his team at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute sequenced DNA ...

Did Israeli army deliberately kill its own captured soldier and destroy Gaza ceasefire?

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Injured Palestinian children at al-Najar hospital in Rafah, southern Gaza, following an Israeli military strike on 1 August. Friday turned into yet another day of horror for Palestinians in Gaza, as Israel committed massacres and atrocities claiming the lives of at least 100 people. It wasn’t supposed to ...

Facebook Slingshot’s First Update Makes It Conversational With Pre-Unlocked Reactions To Reactions

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Facebook’s standalone photosharing app Slingshot is sidestepping its core “reply-to-unlock” mechanic by letting people send reactions to reactions that are instantly viewable, thanks to its first update for iOS and Android that just went out. This solves Slingshot’s biggest problem: the inability carry on an normal conversation. Finding ...

Functional Neuroimaging's Neymar Problem - Neuroskeptic

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As a “World Cup tie in post” this one’s a bit late, but here’s a story that’s been getting a lot of attention: According to scientists, Neymar uses instinct and not his brain when playing football Yes, if you believe the headlines, research has shown that legendary Brazilian ...

U.S. Could Move to Sanction Russia Derivatives, Short-Term Funds

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The U.S. might move to limit derivatives trading and short-term loans with Russian companies if sanctions already imposed fail to sway President Vladimir Putin to end support for rebels in eastern Ukraine. U.S. citizens and businesses are still permitted to trade in outstanding debt of any maturity and ...

Queue Of Democrats Line Up On House Floor To Stand Up For Children At The Border

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“I stand with those children at the border and I stand for due process,” Rep. Al Green (D-TX) said on the House floor Friday morning, evoking the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I don’t stand for a fast track adjudication that mimics due process and makes ...

Woman finds Ikea bags stuffed with 80 skeletons

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UPDATED: A woman in southern Sweden is furious after stumbling upon scores of skulls and human bones inside Ikea bags in a church. The man who dug up the bones, however, says it's not as bad as it looks.The Swedish government announced that it plans to remove all ...

Fotopedia Will Shut Down Its Apps And Website On August 10

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About six years ago, former Apple Application Division CTO Jean-Marie Hullot founded Fotopedia, a startup that in its early days tried to bring the coffee table book experience to the iPad (and later iPhone). It focused on travel-related apps and quickly gained traction with users and advertisers. By ...

Renewables Rising: Wind, Solar, Geothermal and Biomass Will Top Hydropower in 2014

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Wind, solar, geothermal and biomass are surpassing hydropower as the dominant form of renewable electricity. And according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the crossover is expected to last the rest of 2014 and beyond. April was the eighth consecutive month that nonhydro renewable generation exceeded ...

MIT Students Use Lasers To Restart Failed 3D Print Jobs

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OMG Lasers! A group of MIT students have built a scanning system that allows 3D printers to restart prints after a failure. Why is this important? Because there is nothing more frustrating than running a long print job only to have it fail in the last few minutes.

40 Under 40: It's Probably A Good Idea to Listen to Nate Silver

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While Nate Silver is among the best at predicting election outcomes — if not the best — that hasn't earned him unconditional love in Washington, where he still sometimes finds himself an outsider looking in."It's made it easier because we have a clearer sense of identity," Silver says ...

Watch: UN Agency Spokesman Breaks Down In Tears While Talking About Gaza School Bombing

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United Nations Relief Works Agency spokesman Chris Gunness has been talking to media outlets around the world about the situation in Gaza, "advocating passionately," as he puts it, "for Palestine refugees to enjoy all their rights to the full, including the right to a just and durable solution." ...

This is the Lamest Defense of GMO Foods Ever

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Over on our environment blog, Chris Mooney posts an excerpt from an interview in which Neil deGrasse Tyson defends GMO foods: "Practically every food you buy in a store for consumption by humans is genetically modified food," asserts Tyson. "There are no wild, seedless watermelons. There's no wild cows...You list all the fruit, and all the vegetables, and ask yourself, is there a wild counterpart to this? If there is, it's not as large, it's not as sweet, it's not as juicy, and it has way more seeds in it.

The Abortion Ministry of Dr. Willie Parker

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In light of Tuesday's court ruling against a Mississippi law that would close the last abortion clinic in the state, we are releasing a profile a doctor who works there from our next issue, which has yet to appear on newsstands. For more stories like this one, subscribe ...

Sir Peter Hall obituary

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The main concern of the geographer and town planner Sir Peter Hall, who has died aged 82, was the growth and change of cities. Britain's leading expert in the field, he was professor of planning and regeneration at the Bartlett, University College London, and president of the Town ...

The Scourge of "Relatability"

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If Twitter is a place in which a user may be rewarded for exposing his most stupid self, Ira Glass put the medium to good use last week, when, after watching John Lithgow appear as King Lear at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, he tweeted his response: ...

Tesla Beats In Q2 With Non-GAAP Revenue Of $858M On Delivery Of 7,579 Cars

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Update: After initially picking up several percent, Tesla is now roughly flat in after-hours trading.Tesla just reported its second quarter financial results, including non-GAAP revenue of $858 million, and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.11. That non-GAAP revenue figure is up 55% from the year-ago period. The company ...

This GOP Candidate Says He's Cracking Down on Coal Pollution—but Green Groups Say That's BS

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North Carolina Senate candidate Thom Tillis is making an unusual argument—for a Republican. In recent weeks, he's accused his Democratic opponent, Sen. Kay Hagan, of sabotaging critical environmental regulations because of her "cozy relationship" with a powerful energy company. At the same time, Tillis has trumpeted his own ...

Crave’s Vesper Is A Vibrator That Hides In Plain Sight

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In a market filled with many, many, many sex toys, Crave stands out by making vibrators that are not only elegant and discreet, but also multifunctional. For example, Duet, the first vibe it produced, charges through USB and can also be used as a thumb drive. Now Crave,

Forty Bullets to Head Shows Why Hondurans Flee to U.S.

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Heidy Cabrera said she was finishing her shift at a supermarket checkout counter in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, when her mother called to deliver the news. Her boyfriend, Diego, had been killed on the way home from his construction job -- shot in the head 40 times. Seven months later,

Scientists Uncover a Surprising World of Microbes in Cheese Rind

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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 > Explore what’s new and innovative in the ...

Sherpa Foundry’s First Startup, Do, Is A Platform For Making Meetings More Productive

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There are few things more frustrating than an unproductive meeting. You know the type — when participants show up unprepared or don’t show up at all, when they forget which items need to be followed up on, when those who didn’t show up to the previous meeting need ...

What Happens Now That Argentina Is in 'Selective Default'

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Default is a major disaster for a government, but not much will happen right away now that Standard & Poor’s has declared Argentina to be in “selective default.” S&P (MHFI) took the action today after Argentina’s talks with holdout creditors continued past the end of the 30-day grace ...

Justice Who Upheld Wisconsin's Anti-Union Law Was Embroiled In Ethics Allegations

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Wisconsin unions gather for a 2012 rally to mark the one-year anniversary of the state Legislature passing a bill to end collective bargaining rights for most public workers in the state. On Thursday, the Wisconsin high court handed Gov. Scott Walker (R) what is likely the decisive win ...

Euro Inflation Slowed to 0.4% in July, Lowest Since 2009

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Euro-area inflation (ECCPEST) unexpectedly slowed in July to the weakest in almost five years, underscoring the European Central Bank’s concerns that the economy is too feeble to drive price growth. Inflation was 0.4 percent compared with 0.5 percent in June, the European Union’s statistics office in Luxembourg said today. That is the weakest since October 2009 and below a median forecast of 0.5 percent in a Bloomberg News survey of 42 economists. Having unleashed an unprecedented round of easing measures, the Frankfurt-based European Central Bank is seeking to rekindle price ...

Family detention: A shame and a waste

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The United States has a problem. We are addicted to incarceration. We lock up millions of our fellow citizens every year, at staggering financial cost. Now, in an unfortunate twist on a familiar vice, Congress is debating locking up even more people. Only this time, the plan is ...

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