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What I've Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings

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A few days ago, Deadspin's Kyle Wagner began to compile a list of all police-involved shootings in the U.S. He's not the only one to undertake such a project: D. Brian Burghart, a writer for the Reno News & Review, has been attempting a crowdsourced national database of ...

Blockade the Boat at Tacoma and Seattle ports!

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1. Subscribe to text alerts: Send a text from your mobile phone to 88202 with blocktheboat (all one word) in the message, or use this online portal. Help us circulate up-to-date information on Zim Chicago’s actual time of arrival and transportation info for getting to the action. As ...

Conservatives Want to Wipe Out Coal Rules…Over a Typo

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This story originally appeared on Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. That seems to be the lesson of the D.C. Circuit Court's recent decision in Halbig v. Sebelius, which could render millions of Americans ineligible for health insurance subsidies on the basis ...

Friday Cat Blogging - 22 August 2014

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Here's Domino helping Marian with a bit of gardening in the front yard. The days may not be sunny and warm forever, so she's taking advantage of whatever ones are left to her. Kevin Drum is a political blogger for Mother Jones. For more of his stories, click ...

San Francisco Open Exchange Aims To Be The E-Trade Of Bitcoin

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Y Combinator-backed startup San Francisco Open Exchange (SFOX) is an online trading platform that helps people find the best bitcoin prices at various exchanges. In other words, it would like to help you buy, sell and invest in bitcoin exchanges kinda like and investor buys and sells stock ...

Women In Tech: It’s Not Just A Pipeline Problem

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Why are there so few women in tech jobs? Repeat after me, robotically, defensively: “It’s a pipeline problem!” So says David Cohen of TechStars, echoing many others, e.g. Paul Graham and CNN. But come on, folks. We’re kidding ourselves if we pretend that’s the only obstacle here. The ...

Russian Aid Convoy Without Consent Deemed Invasion by Ukraine

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Trucks carrying humanitarian aid from Russia crossed the border to Ukraine, which said the move amounted to an invasion as the convoy moved without its consent. Russia is invading under the cover of the aid trucks, Valentyn Nalyvaychenko, the head of Ukraine’s security council, said on TV5. More ...

German Regulator Backs Google Over Publishers, As Europe Gets Embarrassing

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German regulators will not pursue a complaint brought against Google by a group of publishers for giving users access to their news articles. A number of German publishers, including Axel Springer and Burda, brought the action under a group called VG Media to demand Google pay them for making their articles available to the public on the search engine without paying them. But Andreas Mundt, president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, said in a statement on Friday that: “Sufficient suspicion is always necessary to initiate an abuse procedure. The complaint ...

China Races Ahead of the Pack as Bike Sharing Goes Viral

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Back in the summer of ’65, a group of self-styled anarchists whitewashed 50 bicycles and stationed them in the center of Amsterdam. “We wanted to save the city,” said Luud Schimmelpennink, 79, who invented the “White Bicycle Plan” as a member of the anti-establishment Provo movement. “The idea ...

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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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 ...

Joel Kotkin thinks you want to live in Houston. Here’s why you don’t.

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There are people who have made a career out of being consistently wrong, and then there’s Joel Kotkin. Kotkin isn’t even so much wrong as he is confused. Like a NIMBY activist complaining about how a new luxury high-rise in her neighborhood is going to “raise prices,” Kotkin ...

Voice-Based Social Media Platform Bubbly Acquired By Altruist Group

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Bubbly, the voice-based social media network, has been acquired by India-based Altruist, which provides telecom services in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The terms of the deal were undisclosed. Bubbly, which was known as Bubble Motion before rebranding last year, raised a total of $39 million, and investors, including ...

Papers that triumphed over their rejections

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Most of us know of very significant foundational scientific results that were rejected by the major journals and magazines but have nonetheless stood the test of time and proven of exceptional importance to science. The goal of this post (work in progress) is to compile a list of ...

In photos: Gaza families return home to horror and devastation

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The Qarara family returns to their destroyed home in Shujaiya, east of Gaza City, to salvage their belongings on 26 July. After nearly twenty days of war, the southern Gaza neighborhood of Khuzaa, near Khan Younis, was still off limits on 26 July. Israeli ground forces fired warning ...

Sorry Bill Gates, You Are Wrong on Renewable Energy

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Bill Gates just blogged on energy poverty. In that post, he agrees with the political scientist Bjorn Lomborg who “argues that before poor countries can move to clean energy, poor families need access to cheap electricity so they don’t have to burn dung, cardboard, or twigs for heating ...

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

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9 mentions16 hours ago 16 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,

White House issues new fix for contraceptive coverage

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The Obama administration has issued a new set of rules to provide contraceptive access to women whose employers object to their insurance plans covering birth control, which is required under the Affordable Care Act.The new policies are intended to fill gaps left by two Supreme Court moves: The ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Amory Lovins: As Economists Argue, Renewables Keep Getting Cheaper

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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,

Most U.S. Businesses Don’t Know They Were Caught Up In Massive Cyberattack

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Is your payment information safe? It’s hard to know, considering many companies hit by the same cyberattack that hit Target don’t even know it. According to a New York Times report published Friday, more than 1,000 businesses, including Supervalu and United Postal Service (UPS), were caught up in ...

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 ...

Warren Buffett’s Energy Company Says Net Metering Should Be ‘Eliminated’

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Berkshire Hathaway Energy, the holding company owned by famed investor Warren Buffett, is weighing in on the debate over how to compensate distributed generation. In a strategy document written by the Senior Vice President Brent Gale for a legal conference in July, Berkshire Hathaway Energy outlined its position ...

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 ...

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.

How can whale shark tourism be kept sustainable?

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When the revenue generated by wildlife-related tourism is higher than that generated by the consumption of that wildlife, then the animals in question are worth more alive than dead. This seems intuitive, but the economics of wildlife tourism aren’t always easy to work out. Over the last couple ...

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 ...

Deepak Chopra Backs Art Marketplace GlobeIn

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GlobeIn, an online marketplace where you purchase art and handmade goods from around the world, has the backing of an unusual investor — spiritual guru Deepak Chopra. The company is announcing that it has raised $1 million in additional funding from backers including Chopra and former IBM executive ...

In Autism, Poor ‘Pruning’ of Neurons Leads to Excess Synapses

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Children and teens with autism have a sluggish brain “pruning” process during development compared to healthy kids, according to neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). This slower pruning process results in a surplus of brain synapses — the points where neurons connect and communicate with one another.

This New Card Skimmer Is Almost As Thin As A Credit Card

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Good old Brian Krebs has the scoop on a new card skimmer found in Europe. How is it different? It literally fits right into the card slot of any ATM, essentially allowing unfettered access to cards as they slide through. Add in a tiny camera and you’ve got a complete card cloning system. The skimmer is powered by a simple watch battery and uses a very small PCB and magnetic strip reader to store the numbers. Apparently the thieves didn’t remove this unit from the slot in time and it ...

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 ...

Engineers Build A 3D Printing OS For All Printers Everywhere

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If you’ve used any 3D printers over the past year or so, you’ll notice one thing: fragmentation. A few use open source apps (which are abysmal) and many use homebrew solutions which range from amazing to “meh.” Now a group of engineers wants to create a standardized, usable ...

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.

TechCrunch Giveaway: Canon EOS T3i Kit And NeroTrigger

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The Canon EOS Rebel is a digital SLR camera, and is accompanied by an accessory kit that includes three lenses, a camcorder and a 59″ lightweight tripod – among other accessories. The second part of this package is a LCD color-screen NeroTrigger, a gadget designed for high-speed photography,

Whisky Hunters Scour Globe For Rare Malts as Wine Sours

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Private collector Aaron Chan poses in front of his collection of ChenHanyu Ichiro's 'Playing Card Series' at Bonhams Hong Kong on Aug. 15, 2014. Private collector Aaron Chan poses in front of his collection of ChenHanyu Ichiro's 'Playing Card Series' at Bonhams Hong Kong on Aug. 15, 2014.

globalrevolution

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Canada's tax-deductible support for Israel's crimes

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The Israeli army which caused this scene of destruction in Gaza includes more than 100 soldiers from Canada. When is a Canadian who leaves this country to join a foreign military force and participate in the killing of innocent civilians, including children, called a “terror tourist” and sent ...

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 ...

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 ...

San Francisco's Housing Craze: More People Fewer Cars

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We've read that driving has been declining and that Americans are owning fewer cars, particularly among Millennials in major urban centers. Nowhere in the U.S. may this be more true than in San Francisco. "Between 2000 and 2012, the city has seen a net increase of 11,139 households,

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 ...

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 ...

The 10 Dumbest Myths About Feminism, Debunked

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This week, the New York Post ran an op-ed written by Doree Lewak in which she expressed delight in being catcalled by strange men, while at the same time pointing a not-so-subtle finger at all those "unfun" feminists who keep telling her that street harassment was a form ...

Amazon Now Piloting CPM Ads With Select Amazon Associates Publishers

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Amazon has launched a display ad network, in the form of Amazon CPM ads, to members of its online affiliates program, Amazon Associates. Select members of the program have recently been invited to test the new advertising option, which will feature both display ads from Amazon as well ...

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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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 ...

Thailand's Energy Absolute to Invest $1.4 Billion in Solar, Wind Projects

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Anuchit Nguyen, BloombergAugust 22, 2014|0 CommentsEnergy Absolute Pcl, whose Bangkok- listed shares have more than tripled this year, plans to spend about 46 billion baht ($1.4 billion) over the next three years to boost generation capacity from renewable energy. Capacity will increase by 570 megawatts by 2017 from about 100 megawatts, Chief Financial Officer Amorn Sapthaweekul said yesterday. The company, operator of Thailand’s biggest solar power project, is spending 17 billion baht to build two solar projects with combined capacity of 180 megawatts. It plans to invest an additional ...
 

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