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Today in eww…. Coffee and beer aficionados join forces

The Boston Globe explains… If you didn’t peer into their mugs, it might be hard to distinguish between a group of coffee gurus and beer aficionados slurping their beverages with furrowed brows as they waxed... Read More
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End of an Internet era. Aereo Concedes Defeat and Files for Bankruptcy

The New York Times discusses… Aereo stormed onto the media landscape about three years ago with a tiny dime-size antenna and a grand plan not only to change the way people watched television but also... Read More
Charles Mingus Toilet Trained his Cat. We Put his Method to the Test

Charles Mingus Toilet Trained his Cat. We Put his Method to the Test has the story… The jazz musician Charles Mingus was a celebrated band leader and one of the most important composers of his generation. But at the same time he was recording The Greatest Jazz... Read More
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These are NSFW emoji for sexting

The Verge spoke with Flirtmoji artist Katy McCarthy about designing tiny, sexy icons. Emoji aren’t sexy. They’re simple, tame, and accessible icons that work wonders if you want convey basic emotions. But when it comes to sexting,... Read More
Fox cries foul over Obama’s Bible quotes in immigration speech: That’s ‘not proper use!’

Fox cries foul over Obama’s Bible quotes in immigration speech: That’s ‘not proper use!’

Raw Story explains… Conservatives are incensed that President Barack Obama quoted scripture in his speech last night about immigration reform, Media Matters for America reports. “Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger,... Read More

(So what? Are you following male candidates and their paid speeches?) As likely campaign looms, Hillary Clinton to give paid speech

Politico is seemingly worried about Hillary’s income stream. Are they worried about anyone else? Hillary Clinton is set to give a paid speech at a women’s conference in Silicon Valley in February, an appearance that... Read More

The FBI’s Dangerous Misrepresentation of Encryption Law explains… The FBI no more deserves a direct line to your data than it deserves to intercept your mail at the post office. But it doesn’t want you to know that. FBI Director James... Read More

Judge to ‘sovereign citizen’: No, you cannot just mint your own silver ‘liberty’ dollars

Raw Story explains… A federal judge in North Carolina disagreed with claims made by a “sovereign citizen” and ruled that the U.S. Congress does have the authority to prevent him from minting and selling his... Read More

Which UK supermarket is cheapest? It’s Morrisons now

Bet you thought it would be ASDA or lidl? The Guardian explains… Move over Aldi, step aside Asda, Morrisons is winning the supermarket price war, independent survey finds. Morrisons has jumped ahead of Aldi to... Read More
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Obama’s advantage is that he has an immigration policy. Republicans don’t. has the story… There’s one way President Obama’s executive action on immigration has been a boon to Republicans. Instead of coming up with their own immigration policy, the’ve been able to just unite against Obama’s.... Read More

The Chemistry of Matches explains…. After fielding questions from students about what chemicals are in matches this week, it seemed like a good topic for a post looking at the question in more detail. When using matches on a... Read More
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100-Year-Old Woman Sees the Ocean for the 1st Time

Heard this story last night on BBC Radio 5. They asked how many people in the UK (an island) have never seen the sea? AP reports…

Temporary service interruption overnight fixed – apologies

We had a technical fault and lost our overnight stories, but no worries, we’ll make up for it this morning. Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience and we thank you for your continued... Read More
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And Now the Richest .01 Percent

by Robert Reich The richest Americans hold more of the nation’s wealth than they have in almost a century. What do they spend it on? As you might expect, personal jets, giant yachts, works of... Read More

Note the location: Cardiff! Call for tough action on extremists over radicalisation

The BBC reports on local radicalisation efforts. Extremists who try to radicalise young people should be treated like those who groom children for abuse, an MP has said. Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty... Read More

From Bad to worse for Cosby: Janice Dickinson Details Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Accusations: He Raped Me

Entertainment Tonight has the details… With rape allegations against Bill Cosby mounting, supermodel Janice Dickinson tells ET in a new interview that the comedian sexually assaulted her in 1982. Dickinson, now 59, recalls first meeting... Read More
They get all the good meteors: Something Exploded In Russia

They get all the good meteors: Something Exploded In Russia compiled… On November 14th, a mysterious explosion rocked Russian skies leaving the world to wonder, “What the hell is going on over there?” While people were quick to think it was a meteor, video... Read More
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(So get over it USA) The World’s Most Powerful Computer Is Still in China sheds light… Deal with it, America. The world’s most powerful computer still resides in China. The Tianhe-2 supercomputer, installed at China’s National University of Defense Technology, remained in the number one spot on the... Read More
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(Is Parking Extra?) In Hong Kong, One-Bedroom Apartments That Could Fit in a Bedroom

The New York Times explains the astonishing prices for little space…. HONG KONG — There are breathtaking views of Victoria Harbor from a 23rd-floor apartment that recently sold for $722,000 in the new Le Riviera... Read More

Satire: G.O.P. Unveils Immigration Plan: “We Must Make America Somewhere No One Wants to Live”

In The New Yorker, the Great Andy Borowitz hits the GOP poutrage right where it lives…. WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his party’s long-awaited plan on immigration on Wednesday, telling reporters,... Read More
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10. The 3 Muckrakers: Obama & Xiping bad-ass climate ninjas

Podcast: Play in new window | Download An historic climate accord between the US and China: @Robert_Hunziker explains. Dario in Mexico City on an under-reported story of missing students. And dual (or is it dueling?) 800 lb. gorillas... Read More
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Today! Senate Hearing Set on Secret Recordings at N.Y. Fed

A banking subcommittee will explore the case of fired examiner Carmen Segarra and whether the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is too soft on institutions it supervises. by Jake Bernstein ProPublica A U.S. Senate... Read More

Female teachers: The sex offenders no one suspects

MacLeans in Canada examines the story. In August, Quebec Justice Valmont Beaulieu stated the obvious when he addressed the double standard in the treatment of teachers who have sex with students: “The sexual exploitation of... Read More
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GOP leaders set sights on tax reform but fret over newly combative Obama

The Washington Post explains the coming fights… Less than two weeks after Republicans won control of Congress, acrimony over immigration is dampening hopes for cooperation on more ambitious initiatives, with President Obama and GOP lawmakers... Read More
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Is Your Police Force Wearing Body Cameras?

Vocativ reached out to police departments in the 100 biggest U.S. cities to determine who’s using body cam technology. While the numbers are increasing, cops still have to turn on the cams for them to... Read More

Dear Amtrak/1st Great Western riders: Japan’s levitating maglev train reaches 500km/h (311mph)

BBC has the astonishing and depressing news… why we cannot have good things. Train fans have experienced the speed of super-fast maglev trains, during test runs for members of the public in central Japan. One... Read More
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One in five UK supermarkets must close to restore profit growth, say analysts

The Guardian reports… Supermarket chiefs need to take drastic action by shutting one in five of their stores if the financial health of the mainstream grocery chains is to recover from the damage being wreaked... Read More
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Congress would rather you drive to work than take public transit

The Washington Post discusses the ridiculousness of the US Congress… The federal tax code has a weird way of favoring people who drive to work over those who take public transit there. If you’re a... Read More
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Dear elite colleges, please stop recruiting students like me if you know we won’t get in

The Washington Post has this Op Ed from a New Jersey High School senior… Dear Amanda, As the Dean of Yale College, I write to congratulate you on your academic success and to introduce you to... Read More
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Net neutrality nuclear war

by Brent Budowsky Before Tom Wheeler was named chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, he was paid handsomely to advocate the interests of the cable and telecommunications industries, which now have billion of dollars at... Read More