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Picking Your Car’s Computerized Brain

The New York Times explains… EVEN with their high-tech gadgets and computerized machinery, most cars still do a pretty poor job of providing helpful information about things like mechanical problems and fuel use — and... Read More
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How Our Media Are Helping Turn America Into a Land of Political Idiots

Alternet names and shames… It’s in the economic self-interest of the news media to make politics as fun as wrestling and as risky as a high-wire act. Just days after the midterm election, President Barack... Read More
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The Absolute Worst Reactions To Obama’s Immigration Action

ThinkProgress explains… In announcing a plan for executive action on immigration Thursday, President Barack Obama did something similar to every president since Dwight Eisenhower — including Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. In fact, presidents... Read More
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House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories

The AP reports… A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi,... Read More
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Driving the Mirai, Toyota’s massive bet on hydrogen power

The Verge explains the experience…. This car is weird, but normal in the right ways. The most remarkable thing about driving the Toyota Mirai is how unremarkable it is. For this car, that’s a compliment.... Read More

The Facebook Of Real Estate Allegedly Forced Workers To Skip Meals And Work Without Pay

ThinkProgresss explains… The number one online real estate website is facing a $5 million class action lawsuit for intimidating employees to skip meals and work long hours without pay. Former sales representative Ian Freeman filed... Read More
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I give up! Using a public restroom hand dryer? You may be spreading bacteria all over the place.

The Washington Post has the bad news. First things first: When you go to the bathroom, wash your hands properly when you’re done. Seriously. This is not a drill. But what to do with those wet hands?... Read More
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Nigel Farage accused of changing policy on EU migrants by new Ukip MP

The Guardian and others explain… Mark Reckless, Ukip’s second elected MP, has criticised his leader Nigel Farage for changing party policy on the hoof following a row over whether European migrants would be forced to... Read More
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New York Fed Chief Stands Firm Against Charges of Weak Oversight

Bank President William Dudley said supervision is stronger than ever, but Democratic senators were unconvinced: “You need to fix it, Mr. Dudley, or we need to get someone who will.” by Jake Bernstein ProPublica WASHINGTON... Read More
Obama Immigration

The numbers are the story: Undocumented Immigrants Aren’t Who You Think They Are explains… In a prime-time address on Thursday, President Obama laid out his plan to grant work permits to millions of unauthorized immigrants, as part of a broader overhaul of immigration enforcement. Obama says he... Read More
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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