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In Ferguson, Cops Hand Out Three Warrants Per Household Every Year

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You don’t get $321 in fines and fees and 3 warrants per household from an about-average crime rate. You get numbers like this from bullshit arrests for jaywalking and constant “low level harassment involving traffic stops, court appearances, high fines, and the threat of jail for failure to pay.” If you have money, for example, you can easily get a speeding ticket converted to a non-moving violation. But if you don’t have money it’s often the start of a downward spiral that is hard to pull out of....If you are ...

House Candidate Called Female Senators "Undeserving Bimbos in Tennis Shoes"

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3 mentions5 hours ago 5 hours ago
Republican congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn could face a major obstacle in his race to unseat Minnesota Democrat Tim Walz: conservative blogger Jim Hagedorn. Hagedorn, the son of retired congressman Tom Hagedorn, was a surprise victor in last Tuesday's GOP primary. But he brings some serious baggage to his ...

Neanderthals: Bone technique redrafts prehistory

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Nature Video travels back 50,000 years to find out when the Neanderthals disappeared and how Homo sapiens came to dominate Europe. Neanderthals and humans lived together in Europe for thousands of years, concludes a timeline based on radiocarbon dates from 40 key sites across Europe. The results1, published ...

India to Unveil Warship to Deter Chinese Submarines Near Coast

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India will unveil its first home-built anti-submarine warship tomorrow in a move to deter China from conducting underwater patrols near its shores. Defense Minister Arun Jaitley will commission the 3,300-ton INS Kamorta at the southeastern Vishakapatnam port. The move comes a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the largest indigenously built guided-missile destroyer and vowed to bolster the country’s defenses so “no one dares to cast an evil glance at India.” India is pushing to catch up with China, which built 20 such warships in the past two years ...

Iraq: UNHCR Aid Airlift to Reach Displaced

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In response to the deteriorating situation in northern Iraq, UNHCR is this week launching one of its largest aid pushes aimed at helping close to a half million people who have been forced to flee their homes.A cargo jet carrying 100 tons of emergency relief supplies landed at ...

Amory Lovins: As Economists Argue, Renewables Keep Getting Cheaper

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3 mentions2 hours ago 2 hours ago
The academic world is full of debate about how expensive or cheap renewables are compared to fossil fuels. But do those debates actually match what’s happening on the ground? In this week’s podcast, we’ll talk with Amory Lovins, the founder and chief scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute,

Hunt for Foley’s Killer Targets Social Media, Linguistics

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A photo taken on September 29, 2011 shows U.S. journalist James Foley resting in a room at the airport of Sirte, Libya. Close A photo taken on September 29, 2011 shows U.S. journalist James Foley resting in a room at the airport of Sirte, Libya. The hunt for ...

Google And Citrix Launch Citrix Receiver For Chrome OS

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Google and Citrix today announced the launch of a newversion the Citrix Receiver for Chrome that both hope will bring more businesses to Google’s Chrome OS platform. Receiver gives users access to their virtual apps and desktops through XenDesktop and XenApp from their smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs.

Here’s Why SolarCity Will Move Into Mexico

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SolarCity is pursuing an aggressive growth strategy -- and it’s been paying off. According to the GTM Research’s U.S. PV Leaderboard, SolarCity installed 29 percent of all residential solar in the first quarter of this year, three times the volume of its nearest competitor, Vivint Solar. The company ...

Iraq: Camp Expands to Cope with New Influx

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A former transit camp for Syrian refugees in northern Iraq is being reconfigured and expanded to meet the needs of a growing number of displaced people. Information for media: If you would like to use this video to communicate refugee stories or require B-Roll, transcripts, stills or much ...

Ferguson: Economic, Political Conditions Fuel Protest Fury

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Early this year, before the summer weather in Ferguson, Mo., turned to a fog of tear gas and a hail of rubber bullets, before the downscale suburb began to share national airtime with Sierra Leone and Iraq, a legal aid firm called ArchCity Defenders prepared a white paper ...

Another GOP Candidate Says Migrant Kids Might Have Ebola. (They Don't.)

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Arizona Speaker of the House Andy Tobin is the latest Republican politician to suggest migrants from Central America might bring the Ebola virus with them to the United States. Tobin, who is seeking the GOP nomination for the state's 1st Congressional District in Tuesday's primary, made the connection ...

How The US Helped ISIS Grow Into a Monster

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This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. This essay is excerpted from the first chapter of Patrick Cockburn's new book, The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising, with special thanks to his publisher, OR Books. The first section is a new introduction written for TomDispatch.

Iraq's Kurds Look to Profit from Kirkuk Oil Chaos

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Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Iraq has the fifth-largest proven oil reserves in the world, but the continued chaos has now reached parts of the country where that oil is produced. Bloomberg's Willem Marx reports on how factional fighting -- and a new pipeline -- may be redrawing the ...

The Intersection of Social Liberalism and Social Media is Brutal

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I think it's safe to say that Freddie deBoer is considerably to my left. But even he finds much of contemporary social liberalism dispiriting and self-righteous: It seems to me now that the public face of social liberalism has ceased to seem positive, joyful, human, and freeing. I now mostly associate that public face with danger, with an endless list of things that you can’t do or say or think, and with the constant threat of being called an existentially bad person if you say the wrong thing. ....I’m far ...

I am not emotionally prepared for Twitter to suck

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To this point in my five-year career as a tweeter, I have authored 4,626 answers to Twitter’s original question of "What are you doing?" That’s merely a tenth of the number of tweets my esteemed colleague Chris Ziegler has produced, but each one of those little missives is ...

What Militarization Has Done to Our Police Departments

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Protests have continued for more than a week since the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Police officers initially met protesters with full riot gear, armored vehicles and assault rifles, escalating tensions and leading Gov. Jay Nixon to replace the St. Louis County Police ...

Putting Body Cameras on Cops Is Hardly a Cure-All for Abuses

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On Tuesday, the City of Ferguson announced what seemed like a no-brainer: It would look into getting dashboard-mounted and wearable cameras for its police officers. The pledge—part of a litany of promises aimed to help the community "feel more connected to and demonstrate the transparency of city departments"—is ...

Chart of the Day: The Horrible Toll of the Recession on the Poor

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2 mentions23 hours ago 23 hours ago
When we talk about rising income inequality, we usually talk about the skyrocketing pay of the top 1 percent. And that's quite proper, since that's the main driver of increasing inequality. But new census data shows that when it comes to net worth—which is basically total wealth—the biggest ...

Russian Sanctions Mostly Hitting Russian Consumers

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The BBC reports on how those Russian sanctions against Western food have put the squeeze on European and American suppliers: Moscow officials say frozen fish prices in the capital's major supermarkets have risen by 6%, milk by 5.3% and an average cheese costs 4.4% more than it did before the 7 August ban took effect. Russia has banned imports of those basic foods, as well as meat and many other products, from Western countries, Australia and Japan. It is retaliation for the West's sanctions on Russia over the revolt by ...

Quote of the Day: Getting raped after drinking is like having your bike stolen when you left it unlocked

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Some men feel that too much responsibility for preventing sexual assault has been put on their shoulders, said Chris Herries, a senior at Stanford University. While everyone condemns sexual assault, there seems to be an assumption among female students that they shouldn’t have to protect themselves by avoiding ...

13 Republican Climate Deniers Who Want to Be President

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This story originally appeared on Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. It's hard to believe, surveying the GOP field of possible presidential nominees, but back in 2008 the parties were not that far apart on climate change. Sen. John McCain of Arizona,

LTG Exam Prep Platform Raises $3M In Series A Round To Develop SAT, More Test Apps

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Whether it’s the SAT or the GMAT, studying for standardized tests hasn’t changed a great deal. The test prep market, valued at $861 million, is led by companies like Kaplan Test Prep and The Princeton Review, who require students to cling to their heavy test prep textbooks. But ...

How US Territories Can Kick Their Oil Addiction

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4 mentions24 hours ago 24 hours ago
As befits an empire, the United States has a number of island territories. They run almost entirely on crude oil. Geopolitically and congressionally, the phrase "United States" means the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. territories: Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the ...

Why Don't Colleges Care About Athletes' Grades?

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Somewhere along the 405 freeway in Southern California, there's a billboard with a succinct, if not slightly frustrating, message: "You are not stuck in traffic. You are traffic." The point of the billboard, one of Gavin Newsom's favorites, is clear to California's lieutenant governor. "We are our behavior," ...

Why Racism Is Bad For Your Brain

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In his press conference Monday discussing the shooting of an unarmed black teenager and the ongoing crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, President Obama addressed the continuing prevalence of racial inequality in the US. "You have young men of color in many communities who are more likely to end up ...

Road users split over 'magic roundabout' which separates bikes from cars

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UK and American security chiefs today launched a hunt for the “British” executioner of US photojournalist James Foley as his heartbroken mother pleaded with his killers to spare the lives of other hostages. A breakthrough in cycle safety was unveiled today as work began to create the first ...

Drug saves monkeys from close relative of Ebola

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2 mentions2 days ago 2 days ago
A medicine administered days after infection can save monkeys from a deadly virus related to Ebola, researchers report in Science Translational Medicine1. “This clearly starts to move into the realm of being a therapy, rather than a post-exposure treatment,” says virologist Gene Olinger, principal science adviser for contract-research ...

24 states, 53 cities: Protected bike lanes have become as American as pizza

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8 mentions12 hours ago 12 hours ago
Seven years ago, protected bike lanes were one of two things in the United States: a relic of the pre-Watergate 70s or one of those crazy things they do in Northern Europe and Southern China (or maybe in Quebec — close enough). But by the middle of 2014,

I will not be returning to Ferguson

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8 mentions22 hours ago 22 hours ago
I had been on the ground helping Al Jazeera America cover the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., since this all started last week. After what I saw last night, I will not be returning. The behavior and number of journalists there is so appalling, that I cannot ...

Health Gorilla Bags $1.2M To Grow Its Online Diagnostic Test Marketplace

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Another funding round in the digital healthcare space, with US online diagnostic test marketplace startup Health Gorilla (previously called Informedika) pulling in $1.2 million in new seed financing, led by True Ventures. The startup says it expects a more substantial Series A round to follow shortly, in the coming months. Health Gorilla/Informedika was founded back in 2011, and has pulled in a total of $1.7 million in seed funding for its platform, including its latest chunk. It’s grown to have more than 500,000 patient health records in its system and ...

SnagFilms Free Movie of the Week: 'Dragonslayer' is a Ska

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Josh "Skreech" Sandoval is a new breed of American Hero; a skate punk phoenix who emerged from the abandoned swimming pools of suburban Southern California. He's got no job, no home, no money, a six month old kid and no desire to do anything but shred. Stuck in ...

Federal Court Shuts Down Aereo’s Attempt At A Comeback

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In an eleventh hour attempt to save its business following the Supreme Court’s ruling that it was illegal, Aereo changed its tune and claimed to be a cable provider in a court filing last month. But the Second Circuit Court Of Appeals isn’t hearing it. The Washington Post ...

Restoring dignity, ensuring ‘safe space’ for returning Nigerian schoolgirls critical – UN official

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Students at a school operated by Future Prowess Islamic Foundation in Maiduguri, Nigeria, which provides free primary education for orphans and vulnerable children. Photo: IRIN/Obinna Anyadike 20 August 2014 – A United Nations official for Nigeria today said that restoring the dignity and integrity of returning schoolgirls kidnapped ...

Video: Chicago Jewish activists disrupt Rahm Emanuel, Michael Oren at Israel fundraiser

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2 mentions50 minutes ago 50 minutes ago
On Thursday night activists from Jewish Voice for Peace–Chicago (JVP-Chicago) disrupted the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Chicago “Israel Emergency Campaign” fundraiser at the Chicago Hilton, which was addressed by prominent officials and an Israeli soldier. The disruptions took place as dozens of Chicagoans rallied outside calling for ...

Kill the Bookends column: Why the New York Times Book Review’s most frustrating feature has to go

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Topics: bookends, new york times book review, nytbr, Books, francine prose, zoe heller, Editor's Picks, Jennifer Weiner, Media News, Entertainment News Highbrow, Lowbrow, Middlebrow — Do These Kinds of Cultural Categories Mean Anything Anymore? What Are We Meant to Get Out of Movies Based on Short Stories and ...

Meet the Locals Trying to Keep the Peace in Ferguson

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Peace prevailed last night in Ferguson, Missouri—for the most part. There were a few bottles hurled at the cops, and dozens of arrests, but no gunshots, looting, teargas plumes, or fusillades of rubber bullets. Largely to thank for this turn of events are the Peacekeepers, a group comprised ...

Thai Junta Chief Likely to Become Prime Minister Today

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Thailand’s military ruler Prayuth Chan-Ocha has already given himself absolute power as head of the junta that controls the country. Now he’s looking to add legitimacy by taking on the role of prime minister. It will be tough to convince critics that his probable appointment to the premiership ...

Bankrupt Fuel Cell Maker Lilliputian, Cleantech VC and Due Diligence

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MIT spinout and consumer fuel cell startup Lilliputian Systems recently declared bankruptcy after more than twelve years of development and hype, $150 million in VC investment and dozens of press releases attesting to the strength of its portable charging technology. The bankruptcy says a bit about fuel cells ...

3 Takeaways From NextWave: Dollars Are Still Being Put to Work for Greentech

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So it's been a couple of weeks now since the NextWave Greentech Investing conference, and I thought I would share three of my takeaways from an interesting day of speakers and panels. And again, my thanks to Greentech Media for organizing the event and once again inviting me ...

7 lessons from Seattle’s spectacular protected bike lanes on Broadway

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To see how dramatically Seattle has changed Broadway, just above its downtown, by adding streetcar tracks and one mile of two-way protected bike lane, compare the photo above (from Saturday) to the one below (from Google Street View's capture of the same stretch of road in 2011). As ...

Remembering James Foley, And The Awful Calculus Of a Hostage's Family

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4 mentions2 days ago 2 days ago
When I first saw the image of James Foley kneeling before a masked Islamic State member gripping a knife, I wanted to look away, forget, and go for a walk outside. I know the dragging uncertainty of living years and months in the power of someone who sees ...

The Return of Jonah Lehrer

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When we last heard about writer Jonah Lehrer – whose career self-destructed after his writing was found to have numerous instances of plagiarism and factual inaccuracies – he had been paid $20,000 to give a much-criticized speech about journalistic ethics. A few months after that, he was reported ...

Schizophrenia Hinders Assessing Effort Needed for Task

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New research suggests the reason individuals with schizophrenia have trouble engaging in daily tasks or setting goals for themselves is that they have difficulty assessing the amount of effort required to complete tasks. Study authors believe the findings can assist health professionals in countering motivation deficits among patients ...

CBT Mindfulness for Depression May Also Reduce MD Visits

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New Canadian research finds a reduction in primary care visits among individuals receiving mindfulness-based therapy for depression. Investigators discovered frequent health service users who received mindfulness-based cognitive therapy showed a significant reduction in non-mental health care visits over a one-year period, compared with those who received other types ...

The Next Big Challenge for Energy Storage

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Bill Watkins, Imergy Power SystemsAugust 21, 2014|0 CommentsThe energy storage era is upon us. States like California and New York have adapted energy policies that will make it possible to economically deploy storage systems, while technology advancements have boosted performance and trimmed costs. For the first time in history it will become feasible to store electric energy. These breakthroughs in turn will change the underlying infrastructure of our whole industry. Utilities in most jurisdictions are legal monopolies because it was the only way to economically and technically bring electricity ...

US judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

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MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled Thursday that the ban added to Florida's constitution ...

Dolphins and Whales Squeal like Children When They’re Happy, Study Says

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An Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis). A new study found that dolphins and whales “squeal with delight.” (Photo: Oceana) As a child, you may remember squealing and screaming when you were excited about something. It turns out that humans aren’t the only species that gets noisy when they’re ...

Syrian woman gives birth to quintuplets weeks after fleeing Iraq

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QAMISHLI, Syria, August 20 (UNHCR) – A 27-year-old Syrian woman has given birth to quintuplets in northern Syria weeks after fleeing her home in neighbouring Iraq on foot. Tamam, an ethnic Yazidi, gave birth by Caesarean section last Thursday at a hospital in the city of Qamishli. "She ...

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