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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
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Facebook shutting down a key path Obama used to reach voters

Yahoo! News reports: An upcoming code change means Obama’s groundbreaking 2012 outreach on the site won’t happen again. Barack Obama’s reelection campaign pioneered a pathway for political campaigns to reach voters through Facebook when it released... Read More
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Kaci Hickox: ‘Stop calling me the ebola nurse’

She writes in The Guardian: I never had Ebola, and politicians who lie do nothing to protect your health. I never had Ebola. I never had symptoms of Ebola. I tested negative for Ebola the first... Read More
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Is Texas Getting Ready to Kill an Innocent Man? (Again!)

The // Intercept has the shocking story… On a late October night in 2007, 20-year-old Connie Lear was playing cards and drinking with friends at an apartment complex just outside Austin, Texas, when she caught... Read More
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Despicably feckless cheats: How the GOP used Twitter to stretch election laws

Washington (CNN) — Republicans and outside groups used anonymous Twitter accounts to share internal polling data ahead of the midterm elections, CNN has learned, a practice that raises questions about whether they violated campaign finance... Read More
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DEA stages surprise NFL inspections

ESPN reports that three NFL teams had surprise visits from the DEA over misuse of prescription drug for players. In an unprecedented step, agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration conducted surprise inspections Sunday, targeting... Read More
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Head Of Elite L.A. School Resigns After Sex Misconduct Scandal

The longtime head of Marlborough School in Los Angeles will resign at the end of the school year following a sexual misconduct scandal, brought to light by a BuzzFeed News investigation last July. The longstanding... Read More
The State Of The Lakers, As Seen By A Very Sleepy Jack Nicholson

The State Of The Lakers, As Seen By A Very Sleepy Jack Nicholson

It’s very bad for the 1-8 Los Angeles Lakers when Jack Nicholson falls sleeps courtside. explains…. It’s hardly surprising that the star of “The Shining” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” sleeps with... Read More
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Chesapeake Energy Faces Subpoena on Royalty Payment Practices

The Justice Department’s inquiry comes after a ProPublica investigation and years of complaints from landowners who say they have been underpaid for leasing land to the energy giant for drilling. by Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica The... Read More

California? Not Wyoming? Fresno college student, stressed over midterms, arrested for sexually assaulting campus sheep

This is one of those stories where the line ‘where men are men and sheep are nervous comes to mind. Raw Story has it, how appropriate… resno State college student has been arrested for sexually... Read More
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Why we LOVE Anonymous: takes over Ku Klux Klan’s Twitter account

The Guardian explains how the rednecks are thwarted by the guys behind the mask and the result is hilarious! The internet activist group Anonymous has responded to Twitter taunts from the Ku Klux Klan by... Read More
Jon Stewart pitching new film calls out ‘bad CNN’ as horror movie doll ‘Chuckie’

Jon Stewart pitching new film calls out ‘bad CNN’ as horror movie doll ‘Chuckie’

Appearing this past weekend on Fareed Zakaria’s CNN Show, Jon Stewart takes another well-deserved shot at CNN. As Fareed throws to commercial, his script line of ‘what’s up next’ is classic ‘bad Chuckie CNN.’
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22-Year-Old Mother Working Two Jobs Blasts Lawmakers Who Oppose Raising The Minimum Wage

ThinkProgress explains… GREENSBORO, NC — It’s Monday evening, the night before North Carolinians head to the polls in one of the most hotly contested senate races in the country. Hundreds of Greensboro residents have gathered... Read More
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‘Orange is the New Black’ actress: My parents were deported

The LA Times has the story… “Orange Is the New Black,” I play Maritza Ramos, a tough Latina from the ‘hood. In “Jane the Virgin,” I play Lina, Jane’s best friend and a funny know-it-all... Read More
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Is YouTube the new television?

The Financial Times explains… There are few certainties in modern broadcasting but Dominic Smales is “100 per cent sure” that he knows one of them: the small-screen stars of the future will be minted on... Read More
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What ‘War on Marriage?’ Divorce Rates Are Highest Among Evangelicals

Alternet explains… Fox claims that traditional marriage is under assault, but it turns out Evangelicals have divorce issues of their own. Fox News loves to loudly proclaim that President Obama has declaredwar on traditional marriage.... Read More
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Sipping Green Tea With Barack Obama and Xí Jìnpíng

by Robert Hunziker History is “made” when it’s least expected: This past week, as soon as Air Force One touched down at Beijing Capital International Airport–in nothing flat–President Obama sealed a climate initiative between China... Read More
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GOP debates its immigration strategy as Obama prepares executive action

The Washington Post explains… Congressional Republicans have split into competing factions over how to respond to President Obama’s expected moves to overhaul the nation’s immigration system, which are likely to include protecting millions from being... Read More