How the CIA Came Out of the Closet – The Daily Beast

“Everyone is armed. Everyone is stressed out. And I couldn’t trust anybody… I had no idea who was in on this. I had no idea how far up it went. And I knew that if... Read More

It’s fast, global, engaged and influential – so why isn’t Twitter flying? | Technology | The Guardian

The company built around text-message-length “tweets” announced in its own quarterly results last week that it has 304 million monthly active users (MAUs), who logged in at least once a month in the past quarter.... Read More

China’s Most Censored Author Published His Most Daring Book Yet | The New Republic

In 1958, Mao Zedong declared war on the sparrows. Sparrows ate grain while it ripened in the fields, depriving the people of the fruits of their labor. For this reason they were one of four... Read More

Secret NSA map pinpoints China’s U.S. cyberattack victims

That the U.S. is frequently the victim of cyberattacks from #China is hardly news, though actual attribution of attacks, especially sophisticated ones, are notoriously difficult or even impossible to attribute with certainty.   Intelligence officials... Read More

Galaxy Quest | Texas Monthly

These are the questions I want to ask my wife as she lounges on our couch, reading the Sunday paper and leisurely drinking her tea, hair still mussed from the previous night’s sleep. Are you... Read More

How ‘Assembly-Line Justice’ Victimizes Kids In St. Louis County

That’s according to an extensive investigation by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, which began looking into the St. Louis County Family Court in late 2013 following a report by the National Juvenile Defender Center that examined systemic problems... Read More

Georgia is Segregating Troublesome Kids in Schools Used During Jim Crow

A Department of Justice investigation found that Georgia is giving thousands of kids with behavioral issues a subpar education and putting them in the same run-down buildings that served black children decades ago. by Marian... Read More
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Tiger Beat on the Potomac

Given all this, Politico was inevitable. It is a content-producing machine. It is a brand that runs in and of itself. It has a Web site and a magazine. It produces its own videos. It... Read More

House Speaker Mark Eves sues LePage, claiming governor used power ‘to bully and intimidate’ – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

House Speaker Mark Eves filed a civil lawsuit against Gov. Paul LePage on Thursday, alleging that LePage used taxpayer money and the power of his office to prevent Eves from being hired by a private... Read More

China’s securities watchdog probes automated trading as stocks slip again | World news | The Guardian

China’s securities watchdog is investigating the impact of automated trading on share markets, as authorities step up a crackdown on what they regard as heavy speculative selling that could destabilise the world’s second-largest economy.  ... Read More

Meet the World’s Most Controversial Inflatable Yellow Duck | Atlas Obscura

You probably wouldn’t think, in this world of Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dogs and Damien Hirst’s expensive art sharks, “wow, this must be among the most divisive creaturely artworks in the modern pantheon.” But it is.   “Rubber Duck” is... Read More
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Should we love Uber and Airbnb or protest against them?

An angry crowd has attacked Uber cars with bars and stones outside Mexico City airport, the latest in a series of worldwide protests against the ride-hailing app. More than 1,000 taxi drivers blocked streets in... Read More
Hello Windows 10: could this be a winner for Microsoft?

The Early Reviews For Windows 10 Are In (And They’re Pretty Good!) – Digg

Windows has a cycle. Windows XP saved us from Windows ME, Windows 7 saved us from the Windows Vista mess, now Windows 10 is here to save save us from Windows 8. It’s nice to be... Read More

Cameron chairs Cobra meeting after overnight standoff in Calais | UK news | The Guardian

About 3,000 people from countries including Syria and Eritrea are camping out in the northern French port of Calais and trying to cross into Britain illegally by climbing on board lorries and trains. France has... Read More

More Millennials Living With Family Despite Improved Job Market | Pew Research Center

In terms of sheer numbers, there are more young adults today than there were when the recession hit – the 18- to 34-year-old population has grown by nearly 3 million since 2007. But the number... Read More

This Super Tall, Super Thin Tower Was Built Just To Test Elevators

Take #ThyssenKrupp, the German elevator company that, last year, announced it had developed the elevator of the future. Called Multi, the system uses magnetic levitation technology borrowed from its maglev train design Transrapid to propel... Read More

Europe could solve the migrant crisis – if it wanted | Daniel Trilling | Comment is free | The Guardian

This technique, described to me recently by a Sudanese refugee who spent five months living rough in Calais last year, was an attempt to dodge the EU’s Dublin regulation, which insists that refugees claim asylum... Read More
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Human-Made Evolution

by Robert Hunziker Evolution is nature’s way of preserving itself, but nature is losing out for the first time ever as it becomes curiously unnatural, artificially induced to adapt to human existence. It is human-made... Read More
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Lord Sewel: was it really necessary to go on and on humiliating him? | Media | The Guardian

  Am I alone in having some sympathy for Lord Sewel (aka Lord Coke, Lord Sewer, The Cocaine Peer, Baron Sewel of Orange Bra and, doubtless, plenty of nastier nicknames in pubs across the land)?... Read More

GoButler Takes Its SMS Personal Assistant Out Of Beta, Raises $8M | TechCrunch

Today, the startup is announcing that it has moved out of beta testing and is available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It’s also announcing that it has raised $8... Read More

AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio’s filth

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes in next year’s Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in... Read More
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Obama Wants the US to Build the World’s Fastest Supercomputer | WIRED

Supercomputers are at the heart of a huge number of important scientific and defense research projects. They’re used by aerospace engineers to model planes and weapons, and by climatologists to predict the the near-term impact... Read More
mh 370 debris

MH370 search: Australia ‘increasingly confident’ debris is from missing jet | World news | The Guardian

A two-metre barnacle-covered chunk of aircraft debris will be flown to Toulouse, the hub of #Europe’s aerospace industry, for identification amid hopes it is the first physical evidence from the disappearance of the #Malaysia Airlines... Read More
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How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Drugs Better and Faster | Popular Science

When researchers used to try to diagnose and treat diseases, they would often search for one mutation on a single gene that was causing the problem. Or maybe they would look for average effects of... Read More

Report: Fox Debate Rules “Generating Controversy” Among Network’s Staffers | Blog | Media Matters for America

Fox News has previously announced that the top 10 performers in national polls will qualify for the first debate, but the network has yet to provide clarity on which polls will be included in its tally.... Read More

Rand Paul attributes Trump’s rise to a ‘loss of sanity’ | TheHill

Trump drew 20 percent support in a Quinnipiac poll released Thursday, ahead of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Jeb Bush, while #Paul tied with several candidates for fourth place in the poll, taking 6 percent.   “I... Read More

Texas Gov. Abbott accused of stifling mental health care bill after being pressured by Scientologists

Updated | Texas Governor Greg Abbott had no sooner emerged from a controversy—the “Jade Helm” brouhaha, when he was accused of pandering to the right-wing fringe after his decision to ask the Texas National Guard... Read More
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BBC – Future – The molecular medley that gives bacon its rich flavour

It’s the chemistry of the meat, the chemistry of the smoking and the chemistry of the cooking that combine to make bacon smell and taste irresistible, as Veronique Greenwood discovers.   There are few foods... Read More

Rand Paul attributes Trump’s rise to a ‘loss of sanity’ | TheHill

Trump drew 20 percent support in a Quinnipiac poll released Thursday, ahead of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Jeb Bush, while #Paul tied with several candidates for fourth place in the poll, taking 6 percent.   “I... Read More

The Fox News GOP Debate Could Draw the Biggest Audience in Cable News History — and Roger Ailes Is Making All the Rules

From NY Magazine At the start of his career, not long after he helped Richard Nixon win the 1968 election, Roger Ailes boasted to a reporter that television would one day replace the political party... Read More