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2015-07-15
Multiple Discoveries from NASA's New Horizons Pluto Mission

2014-07-09
R.I.P. William 'Bill' Herbert Kelder - Intellpuke

2013-11-28
Gamers Donate 37,500 Pounds Of Food To Needy

2013-09-30
Statement From The Whitehouse Regarding The Government Shutdown

2013-09-29
An Open Response To 'Organizing for Action'

2013-08-26
Bayou Corne: The Biggest Ongoing Disaster In The U.S. You Have Not Heard Of

2013-04-21
Boston Mayor Hopes Feds 'Throw the Book' at Marathon Bombing Suspect

2013-04-19
Boston Police Closing In On Suspects

2013-04-15
2 Explosions At Boston Marathon. 2 Dead, Many Injured.

2013-01-03
The Press vs Citizens Rights and Privacy - Act 3

2012-12-30
CBS News - Year In Review 2012

Nature.com - 366 Days: 2012 In Review

The Guardian - 2012 In Review: An Interactive Guide To The Year That Was

TruTV - The Biggest Conspiracy Theories of 2012

Colbert Nation: 2012: A Look Back

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2012-12-25
Happy Holidays

2012-12-21
Welcome To A New Era!

2012-12-16
An Open Letter To United Health Care, Medcom, And The Medical Insurance Industry In General

2012-11-17
Whitehouse Petition To Remove "Under God" and "In God" From Currency And The Pledge.

2012-11-15
December 21, 2012

2012-11-11
If Hillary Clinton Ran For President, She Would Probably Be The Best-prepared Candidate In American History

2012-11-10
CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns After FBI Investigation Uncovers Affair With High-Profile Journalist

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2012-11-07
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2012-11-06
Live Election Results

2012-09-30
FIP In Hiatus

2012-09-18
U.S.-Afghan Military Operations Suspended After Attacks

Iran Nuclear Chief Says IAEA Might Be Infiltrated By 'Terrorists And Saboteurs'

Romney Stands By Gaffe





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The Faces of Health Care: Joanne W.
2015-07-30 10:01:56 (4 minutes ago) 

What has health reform meant to this country? That's a question that millions of Americans answer every day. Joanne is one of them. Read more of their stories here.

"My life was saved by early detection, thanks to annual wellness checks that included a
heart ultrasound."

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Happy 50th Birthday, Medicare! Next Steps in the Fight for Universal Health Care
2015-07-30 10:01:49 (4 minutes ago) 

In 1965, the authors of Medicare intended to create a social insurance fund to cover all Americans, not just seniors. We still need such a single-payer program. We have to go beyond the Affordable Care Act. Too many people are still suffering and dying prematurely.

Dr. Jorge Cornielle examines a patient at Boston Road Medical Center in New York, January 21, 2015. (Edwin J. Torres/The New York Times)

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I love to celebrate birthdays, but this year there's one birthday that really needs a special pie - not a cake, but a pie. Medicare turns 50 today, on July 30.

For the last 14 years, I've practiced primary care pediatrics at a community health center located just two miles north of the White House. I love what I do, but not necessarily how I have to do it.

I'm grateful to practice alongside colleagues who share my commitment to provide high-quality, comprehensive care to all, regardless of their ability to pay, their employment status or the language they speak.

But I am frustrated when patient after patient gets inadequate treatment - not because I'm not working hard, but because of the irrationality and cruelty of the complicated way in which we pay for care.

I am disheartened when a 15-year-old patient is asked to spend $800 so she can be seen at the concussion specialty clinic to help her recover from a lacrosse-related head injury, or when my uninsured 17-year-old patient is refused a postoperative follow-up visit with his surgeon.

The private insurers' primary mission is to create "value" for their shareholders, not to provide care.

Growing up in Texas, I was taught to embrace words like "self-determination" and "freedom," even if the real world didn't always measure up to those ideals. But something sunk in, and now I find myself wanting to be free to practice medicine without the bureaucratic shackles imposed on all of us by the private insurance companies and other for-profit players in US health care.

The private insurers' primary mission is to create "value" for their shareholders, not to provide care. They maximize their profits by enrolling the healthy, avoiding the sick, denying claims, increasing premiums and erecting barriers to care like co-pays, high deductibles, bureaucratic thickets and narrow networks.

These private-insurer practices are good for neither patients nor physicians. Patients suffer needlessly, and doctors are afflicted by endless bureaucratic paperwork, contributing to burnout.

The Affordable Care Act hasn't changed this picture very much.

But back to Texas. My home state is also the birthplace of Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed Medicare into law 50 years ago. Medicare has since become one of our nation's most beloved social programs.

Traditional Medicare offers important lessons. It runs on very low overhead - around 2 percent, versus the 12 to 15 percent overhead typical of the big private insurers. It allows seniors to go to the doctor and hospital of their choice. It controls costs better than private insurers do, even though it serves the oldest and sickest segments of our population.

If only all my patients were covered by a single, simple program like Medicare. The administrative savings would be immense - more than $375 billion annually, according to a recent study. That's more than enough money to cover everyone's medically necessary care with no co-pays or deductibles.

In point of fact, in 1965, the authors of Medicare intended to create a social insurance fund to cover all Americans, not just seniors. We still need such a single-payer program. We have to go beyond the Affordable Care Act. Too many people are still suffering and dying prematurely.

As a patient, imagine never again having to worry about whether the doctor's office, hospital or pharmacy takes your insurance, because there is only one insurance, improved and expanded Medicare for all, which pays all the bills.

As a provider of health care, imagine never again having to worry about being paid for the services you provide. Imagine working for yourself and having the freedom to set your hours most conducive to your lifestyle and to that of your patients. Imagine the autonomy of running your own practice, or at the very least, spending less time on paperwork hassles.

This is no pipe dream. Medicare points the way. We merely need the political will to enact legislation like H.R. 676, the Improved and Expanded Medicare for All Act, into law.

And that birthday pie I spoke about? When it comes to Medicare, the three crucial ingredients are to protect it, improve it and expand it (pie). Let's celebrate Medicare's birthday by extending it to all.

 
‘Emboldened’ looks back to the roots of jazz
2015-07-30 10:01:43 (4 minutes ago) 
A review of Reginald A. Jackson’s “Emboldened,” a play with music based on the life of jazz innovator Charles “Buddy” Bolden.
 
US court says drug-sniffing dog fails the smell test
2015-07-30 10:01:43 (4 minutes ago) 
CHICAGO (AP) — Lex the police dog from central Illinois is far from top dog in drug-sniffing skills. That’s the core finding of a potentially influential new ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which considered the question of how much police should rely on their K-9 partners to justify searches when a […]
 
Somalia president: No elections in 2016
2015-07-30 10:01:43 (4 minutes ago) 
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia’s president is ruling out the possibility of holding elections that are due next year, citing security challenges stemming from an Islamic insurgency. Opposition parties charge that that his government is taking advantage of poor security to extend its mandate through postponement of elections. National elections are impossible amid rampant violence […]
 
7 best ways to drink now: Tiki treats, 7-Eleven chic and more
2015-07-30 10:01:40 (4 minutes ago) 
Summer drinking season is in full swing. Here’s how to do it right.
 
Afghan official: Drone strike kills 20 members of IS group
2015-07-30 10:01:40 (4 minutes ago) 
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says two separate drone strikes in an eastern province bordering Pakistan have killed 20 militants affiliated with the Islamic State group. Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, says the strikes took place late on Wednesday night. He says both took place in Haska Mina […]
 
Edge: A well-presented browser apology from Microsoft
2015-07-30 10:01:38 (4 minutes ago) 
 
Newcastle teenager Liam Lyburd found guilty of planning college massacre
2015-07-30 10:01:36 (4 minutes ago) 
 
Who Will Make the Cut for the GOP Debate?
2015-07-30 10:01:27 (4 minutes ago) 

First Read has the latest polling averages from the last five national polls — Quinnipiac, CNN, WaPo/ABC, Fox, USA Today/Suffolk — to see which Republicans will be on stage at the first GOP debate:

Trump: 19.4% Bush: 13% Walker: 11.8% Rubio: 6.2% Paul 6% Huckabee 5.4% Cruz: 5.2% Carson 5.2% Christie 3.2% Kasich 2.8%

Not making the cut:

Perry 2.2% Santorum 1.4% Jindal 1.4% Fiorina 0.8% Pataki 0.6% Graham 0.4% Gilmore 0.0%
 
Confederate flags placed at MLK center, church in Atlanta; police, feds investigate
2015-07-30 10:01:25 (4 minutes ago) 
 
Last-Ditch Plan Aims to Prevent First Drought Extinction of Native Fish
2015-07-30 10:01:19 (4 minutes ago) 
The California drought threatens several of its native fish with extinction. Will the Sacramento River’s winter-run Chinook be the first to go?

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
 
Shutter speed is important!
2015-07-30 10:01:13 (4 minutes ago) 
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Finmeccanica H1 111 mln euro net profits
2015-07-30 10:00:58 (5 minutes ago) 
Aerospace giant confirms targets for 2015








 
San Jose man charged with kidnapping, attacking prostitutes
2015-07-30 10:00:46 (5 minutes ago) 
SAN JOSE--A city man faces life in prison on charges that he kidnapped and assaulted at least two prostitutes in one night last weekend.
 
Newcastle teenager Liam Lyburd found guilty of planning college massacre
2015-07-30 10:00:24 (5 minutes ago) 
 
Why the BBC would never broadcast Prince Philip: the Plot to Make a King
2015-07-30 10:00:22 (5 minutes ago) 
 
Millennials Won't Get Out There and Feather Their Own Nests
2015-07-30 10:00:19 (5 minutes ago) 

“Millennials,” a demographic group defined by a slavish devotion to “keeping it real” by purchasing the correct consumer products, are now old enough to be “out there” in the world, “doing their thing.” Instead, they are living at home.

Read more...










 
Edge: A well-presented browser apology from Microsoft
2015-07-30 09:51:11 (14 minutes ago) 
Not perfect, but way better than IE and it gives Chrome the willies

Review Microsoft Edge, the new web browser that comes with Windows 10 – released on Wednesday – isn't just a browser, it's a kind of atonement. Microsoft, it seems, wants to apologize not just for its recent Windows 8, but for the entirety of Internet Explorer. And, surprisingly, Edge turns out to be a great apology.…

 
Get a natural wood turntable and free LP carrying case for $119.99
2015-07-30 09:50:45 (15 minutes ago) 
Electrohome's top-rated Winston record player includes built-in speakers, AM/FM radio and a CD player. And the case is a $70 value!









 
Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion keeps low profile amid outrage
2015-07-30 09:50:38 (15 minutes ago) 
A Minnesota dentist who killed a well-known, protected lion while on a hunt in Zimbabwe has advised his patients to seek care elsewhere since becoming a target of outrage from across the world.
 
HubSpot fires executive for ethics violation
2015-07-30 09:50:34 (15 minutes ago) 
HubSpot personel are in trouble after attempting to obtain a draft of an upcoming book about the company.








 
'Clean your own house first, Obama'
2015-07-30 09:50:30 (15 minutes ago) 
Young Africans warn Obama on race and guns
 
The Anti-Sam Dubose Video: UK Police Subdue a Knife-Wielding Man Without Incident
2015-07-30 09:50:24 (15 minutes ago) 
British police show, once again, that lethal violence isn't a necessary go-to response.

Wednesday afternoon, Hamilton County prosecutors released video of University of Cincinnati Officer Ray Tensing shooting Sam Dubose, an unarmed African-American, point blank in the face, all because Mr Dubose let his car slowly roll away after committing the grave crime of not having a front licence plate.

The video rightfully shocked the conscience of most Americans, leading to widespread outrage and the summary indictment of the officer in question.

But the question remains: Why? Even setting aside the manifest racism of the American police system, the use of lethal force by American police flies in the face of basic common sense. American police killed 404 people in 2011. By comparison, just six people were killed by police in Australia. England and Wales killed only two people, and German police killed six.

This stark contrast was on full display yesterday when hours after officials released the brutal video of DuBose's killing, Northamptonshire Police in the UK released a video from March of last year showing two police officers calmly engaging a knife-wielding suspect and subduing him without incident -- to either the officer or the suspect. According to The Telegraph:

PC Alex Prentice and PC Debbie Wishart were called out to a domestic incident in Corby in March 2014 and were confronted by an agitated knife-wielding man, named as Lee Vickers. Vickers managed to hit PC Prentice’s protective vest.

The police officer told BBC Crimewatch, “If the knife had been two to three inches higher it would caught me in the neck”... A statement by Northamptonshire Police said: “They both demonstrated courage, cool resilience and outstanding professionalism in the face of extreme danger.”

Notice in the video below the different approaches the two parties take: One is of conformation and domination, the other de-escalation and proportionality. Of course, neither video is entirely representative of either country but, released on the same day, they do provide a stark window into how radically different America approaches law enforcement versus the rest of the world.

Watch below:

 
AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics
2015-07-30 09:50:01 (16 minutes ago) 
An AP investigation found dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from sewage in venues where athletes will compete in the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic water sports.
 
Western delegations visit Iran one after another to seek cooperation opportunities
2015-07-30 09:42:10 (23 minutes ago) 
After a landmark deal on Iran's nuclear program, Tehran has received various senior officials from the West, with the latest being French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
 
New England Maps Adding Trails
2015-07-30 09:42:00 (24 minutes ago) 
Summary: Several of the new US Topo quadrangles for New Hampshire and Vermont now display parts of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) and other selected public trails Newly released US Topo maps for New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island now feature selected trails and other substantial updates

Contact Information:

Mark Newell, APR ( Phone: 573-308-3850 ); Larry Moore ( Phone: 303-202-4019 );



Several of the new US Topo quadrangles for New Hampshire and Vermont now display parts of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) and other selected public trails. Also, parts of the new maps for Connecticut and Massachusetts feature segments of the New England National Scenic Trail as well as sections of the A.T. Further, all of these revised New England maps, to include new US Topo maps for Rhode Island, highlight significant additions to the new quads such as map symbol redesign, enhanced railroad information and new road source data.

“US Topo maps are the ‘gold standard’ for mapped information,” said Fred Dieffenbach, who coordinates environmental monitoring along the A.T. for the National Park Service, “And the inclusion of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in this latest update illustrates the significance of this prized resource to the American public.”

For East Coast residents, recreationalists and visitors who want to explore the featured New England trails by biking, hiking, horseback or other means, the new trail features on the US Topo maps will be useful.

The Appalachian NST is a public footpath that traverses more than 2,100 miles of the Appalachian mountains and valleys between Katahdin, Maine (northern terminus), and Springer Mountain, Georgia (southern terminus). The Trail winds through scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands along this ancient mountain range. With more than 99% of the A.T.’s corridor on Federal or State land, it is the longest continuously marked, maintained, and publicly protected trail in the United States.

“The National Park Service has committed significant resources to understanding the environmental health of the lands and resources that characterize the Appalachian Trail along its entire length,” Dieffenbach continued. “It is extremely gratifying to know that its inclusion in the most recent update was a high priority, and clearly validates the efforts of all the people involved with the management of the A.T.”

The New England NST covers 215 miles from Long Island Sound across long ridges to scenic mountain summits in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The trail offers panoramic vistas and close-ups of New England’s natural and cultural landscape: trap rock ridges, historic village centers, farmlands, unfragmented forests, quiet streams, steep river valleys and waterfalls 

The USGS partnered with the National Park Service, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and other organizations to incorporate the trail data onto the updated New England US Topo maps. These two NST’s join the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail the North Country National Scenic Trail, Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, and the Arizona National Scenic Trail as being featured on the new US Topo quads. The USGS hopes to eventually include all National Scenic Trails in The National Map products.

Some of the other data for new trails on the maps is provided to the USGS through a nationwide “crowdsourcing” project managed by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA).  This unique crowdsourcing venture has increased the availability of trail data available through The National Map mobile and web apps, and the revised US Topo maps.

During the past two years the IMBA, in a partnership with the MTB Project, has been building a detailed national database of trails. This activity allows local IMBA chapters, IMBA members, and the public to provide trail data and descriptions through their website. MTB Project and IMBA then verify the quality of the trail data provided, ensure accuracy and confirm the trail is legal. 

These new maps replace the first edition US Topo maps for these eastern states and are available for free download from The National Map, the USGS Map Locator & Downloader website , or several other USGS applications.

To compare change over time, scans of legacy USGS topo maps, some dating back to the late 1800s, can be downloaded from the USGS Historical Topographic Map Collection

For more information on US Topo maps: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

Updated 2015 version of the Mount Washington, New Hampshire quadrangle with orthoimage turned on. (1:24,000 scale) (high resolution image 1.1 MB) Scan of the 1893 USGS quadrangle of the Mount Washington, New Hampshire area from the USGS Historic Topographic Map Collection(1:62,500 scale) (high resolution image 1.8 MB) Updated 2015 version of the Mount Washington, New Hampshire with orthoimage turned off to better see the various trail networks. (1:24,000 scale) (high resolution image 1.2 MB)

The National Trails System was established by Act of Congress in 1968. The Act grants the Secretary of Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture authority over the National Trails System.  The Act defines four types of trails. Two of these types, the National Historic Trails and National Scenic Trails, can only be designated by Act of Congress.  National scenic trails are extended trails located as to provide for maximum outdoor recreation potential and for the conservation and enjoyment of nationally significant scenic, historic, natural, and cultural qualities of the area through which such trails may pass.

There are 11 National Scenic Trails:

Appalachian National Scenic Trail Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail Continental Divide National Scenic Trail North Country National Scenic Trail Ice Age National Scenic Trail Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail Florida National Scenic Trail Arizona National Scenic Trail New England National Scenic Trail Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail
 
Time Out Corner
2015-07-30 09:41:52 (24 minutes ago) 
 
US cuts estimates for economic growth over past 3 years
2015-07-30 09:41:46 (24 minutes ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew more slowly over the past three years than the government had previously estimated, held back by more frugal consumers and steeper spending cuts by state and local governments. The Commerce Department says the economy expanded at just a 2 percent annual rate from 2012 through 2014, down from […]
 
Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui
2015-07-30 09:41:46 (24 minutes ago) 
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — About 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach to demonstrate against a trade agreement being negotiated by ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations. The demonstrators blew into their shells in unison on Wednesday on the sand in front of the Westin Maui resort on Kaanapali Beach, where ministers were […]
 
US economy posts solid 2.3 percent growth rate in Q2
2015-07-30 09:41:42 (24 minutes ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy posted a solid rebound in the April-June quarter after a harsh winter, led by a surge in consumer spending and a recovery in foreign trade that bode well for the rest of the year. It also ended up squeezing out some growth in the first quarter, reversing an earlier […]
 
Rickie Lambert set to finalise move from Liverpool to West Brom
2015-07-30 09:41:39 (24 minutes ago) 
 
US Navy Tests 3D-Printing Custom Drones On Its Ships
2015-07-30 09:41:24 (24 minutes ago) 
itwbennett writes: Researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School are testing the use of 3D printers on ships to produce custom drones outfitted for specialized missions. The idea, said Alan Jaeger, a faculty research associate at the school, is that ships could set sail with kits of the core electronics parts, since they are common to most drones, but have the bodies designed according to specific requirements for each mission. A prototype drone was designed by engineers on shore based on requirements of the sailors at sea, and the 3D design file was emailed to the USS Essex over a satellite link. Flight tests revealed some of the potential problems, most of which were associated with operating the drone rather than the printing itself, Jaeger said. 'Even with a small amount of wind, something this small will get buffeted around,' he said. They also had to figure out the logistics of launching a drone from a ship, getting it back, how it integrated with other flight operations, and interference from other radio sources like radar.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

 
Everything about this meeting is perfect
2015-07-30 09:41:10 (24 minutes ago) 
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Which 'The Walking Dead' character would you bring back?
2015-07-30 09:41:07 (25 minutes ago) 
Eager to see Shane shooting zombies again? Would you like to hear another motivational speech from Hershel? What if Gareth was still eating Bob's leg?
 
Op-Ed Columnist: Why the Naysayers Are Wrong About the Iran Deal
2015-07-30 09:41:02 (25 minutes ago) 
Sure, the agreement is flawed, but it would make us safer.
 
Chiamparino re-elected
2015-07-30 09:40:54 (25 minutes ago) 
Giovanni Toti to be vice president








 
'Law & Order' Director Charged With Child Pornography
2015-07-30 09:40:52 (25 minutes ago) 
Officials say they found digital pornography files on computers and external hard drives at Jason Alexander's Westchester County, New York, home.









 
'Back of the Bus Club' Celebrates 25 Years of Commuting Bliss
2015-07-30 09:40:44 (25 minutes ago) 
A group of friends has been commuting together on the same Seattle bus for 25 years. KING's Eric Wilkinson reports.









 
Can Netflix achieve its goal of world domination?
2015-07-30 09:40:41 (25 minutes ago) 
Netflix is looking to challenge some of the most creative minds in the business, in its quest to become the gold standard of content while continuing to lead in streaming technology.
 
ISS Daily Summary Report – 07/29/15
2015-07-30 09:40:29 (25 minutes ago) 
Capillary Flow Experiment-2 (CFE-2)-Vane Gap: Yui reviewed onboard training materials prior to configuring the CFE Vane Gap experiment on the Maintenance Work Area (MWA).  He configured the assembly to create appropriate conditions within the CFE chamber for fluids to fill the small perforations within the chamber. The primary objective of Vane Gap is to determine equilibrium interface configurations and critical wetting conditions for interfaces between interior corners separated by a gap. Secondary objectives are to determine critical wetting transient as well as to validate numerical predictions of the large length scale discontinuous or near discontinuous wetting phenomena.  CFE involves many studies centered on a phenomenon called wetting. Wetting describes the ability and degree that a liquid spreads across a surface. The original CFE tests were highly successful at uncovering the dynamics of wetting in microgravity. Capillary Flow Experiment -2 (CFE-2) determines the critical wetting conditions for screens and perforated plates for perfectly wetting fluids. The impact of such ‘porous substrates’ has immediate implications to the design of passive geometries to manage highly wetting fuels, cryogens, thermal fluids, and contaminated aqueous solutions for urine processing. The unique vane gap critical wetting phenomena is greatly complicated by the presence of three-dimensional (3-D) porous walls. Human Research Program (HRP) Operations:  Today’s HRP operations included the Flight Day (FD) 6 Cognition, FD7 Microbiome and FD10 Salivary Markers for Yui; Habitability Observation #6 for Kelly; and the Microbiome questionnaire for Lindgren. The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results, which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body. The Microbiome experiment investigates the impact of space travel on both the human immune system and an individual’s microbiome (the collection of microbes that live in and on the human body at any given time). Individualized Real-Time Neurocognitive Assessment Toolkit for Space Flight Fatigue (Cognition) is a battery of tests that measure how spaceflight-related physical changes, such as microgravity and lack of sleep, can affect cognitive performance. Salivary Markers samples will be used to measure markers of latent viral reactivation (a global indicator of immune impairment and infection risk) in conjunction with salivary antimicrobial proteins and immune cell functional assays. This research study will help identify if there are any risks of an adverse health event in crewmembers due to an impaired immune system. Habitability assesses the relationship between crew members and their environment in order to better prepare for future long-duration spaceflights to destinations, such as Near Earth Asteroids (NEA) and Mars. The ultimate goal is to understand how much habitable volume is required for vehicle internal design and layout, and if mission duration impacts the volume needed. Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) 3011 Return To Service (RTS): Following yesterday’s gas trap and Water Line Vent Tube Assembly (WLVTA) Remove & Replace (R&R), today Kelly and Lindgren successfully R&Rd the Fan Pump Separator. As part of the R&R, they cleaned and inspected the Primary Life Support System (PLSS). Today’s Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. HRF – Sample Collection and Prep for Stowage HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion CORRECTSIA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake / r/g 9451 CORRECTSIA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake / r/g 9431 CONTUR-2. Installation of P/L and Cables. / r/g 9471 Gather EVA Equipment and Tools. Photography, Photo Downlink / r/g 9464, 9465, 9468 HABIT – Hardware activation ISS Crew / SSIPC FD Conference BIOME – Survey Completion EMU – Fan Pump Separator (FPS) Remove and Repair, Part 1 JEM Stowage Consolidation – Part 1. EMU – Cleaning Fan Pump Separator (FPS) EMU – Fan Pump Separator (FPS) Remove and Repair,  Part 2 EXPANDER Exercise Study of veins in lower extremities / r/g 9462 EHS MCD – In-flight Microbiology Water analysis and data recording ISS O2 Repress from ТКГ 425 (Aft) СРПК Section 1 (start) CORRECTSIA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake / r/g 9451 CORRECTSIA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake / r/g 9431 EMU – Fan Pump Separator (FPS) Remove and Repair,  Part 3 ISS O2 Repress from ТКГ 425 (Aft) СрПК Section 1 (terminate) CFE – Big Picture Overview Consolidate Tool Caddy, Photography, Photo Downlink. / r/g 9464, 9465, 9468 Filling (separation) of EDV (KOV) for Elektron or EDV-SV r/g 9372 Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation HRF – Hardware Setup MOTOCARD. Experiment Ops. / r/g 9469 MOTOCARD. Assistance with the Experiment / r/g 9470 SHD – Weekly Questionnaire NEIROIMMUNITET. CORRECTSIA. MORZE. Experiment setup / r/g 9463 Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation CFE – MWA Setup CFE Teardown NEIROIMMUNITET. Saliva Test / r/g 9467 COGN – Experiment Ops and Filling Questionnaire CORRECTSIA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake / r/g 9451 CORRECTSIA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake / r/g 9431  Completed Task List Items NOD1 Galley Rack Prep [In Work] IMAX VEG scene [In Work] Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. EMU FPS R&R support DOUG prep for RS EVA #41 crew  Three-Day Look Ahead: Thursday, 07/30: CFE ops, EMU flush, N1 Galley Rack Prep Friday, 07/31: N1 stowage reconfig, Microbiome Saturday, 08/01: Crew off duty, housekeeping QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:                               Component Status Elektron Off Vozdukh Manual [СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) On [СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) Off Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Shutdown Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up  
 
Do you remember the 1966 World Cup in England? If so, we want to hear from you
2015-07-30 09:40:21 (25 minutes ago) 
 
These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
2015-07-30 09:40:03 (26 minutes ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.








 
Justin Bieber shocks family with $50,000
2015-07-30 09:30:44 (35 minutes ago) 
As part of the show "Knock Knock: Live," Justin Bieber visited fans to lend a helping hand, including Nakia and his son Noah, who has Down syndrome.
 
Are Patriots fans the only ones who believe Tom Brady?
2015-07-30 09:30:44 (35 minutes ago) 
 
Reliant Robin driven on to rail line
2015-07-30 09:30:29 (35 minutes ago) 
Police try to identify a Robin Reliant driver who inexplicably reversed on to a level crossing ahead of a train approaching.
 
How to do a clean install of Windows 10 (from Windows 7 and 8)
2015-07-30 09:30:28 (35 minutes ago) 

Windows 10 is an unusual release for Microsoft: if you have a licensed version of Windows 7 or 8/8.1, it will very easily upgrade to Windows 10—you don't even need to enter a licence key. Clean installations, however, are a bit trickier: you do need to enter a licence key, and your Windows 7/8 key probably won't work.

Fortunately, if you're running Windows 7 or 8, and you really want to use your free Windows 10 licence key to perform a clean installation rather than upgrade, there is a solution. It's pretty convoluted, but it works.

First, you need to do an in-place upgrade to Windows 10. You can do this via Windows Update, or if Windows Update isn't playing ball you can use the direct download tool: English/German/French/Italian/Dutch. If you use the download tool, make sure you select "Upgrade this PC now." It goes without saying that, before you install any new operating system, you should back up any important data beforehand.

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Kingshighway reopens after water main break near Barnes-Jewish Hospital
2015-07-30 09:30:02 (36 minutes ago) 
Some patients moved out of Queeny Tower to other areas of hospital after loss of power.
 
Taliban confirm leader's death, choose successor
2015-07-30 09:22:36 (43 minutes ago) 

Mullah Akhtar Mansoor chosen as the new leader.

        
 
Migrants Are Drowning as They Flee War and Poverty; Will Europe Continue Its Sea Rescues?
2015-07-30 09:22:33 (43 minutes ago) 

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Migrants are fleeing war and poverty across the Middle East and Africa, and now the mass migration itself has erupted into a full-blown humanitarian crisis. While a temporary expansion of European aid and search-and-rescue missions appears to have led to a decline in the migrant death rate, it's unclear whether these efforts will continue.

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As European officials squabble over monetary policy and football scandals, the ghosts of war and imperialism haunt the continent's jagged maritime border.

This year, the Mediterranean has swallowed more than 1,800 souls. Many took their last gasps while clinging to ramshackle boats a few miles off the shores of Libya, just short of the salvation they sought in Europe. Migrants are fleeing violence, war and epidemic poverty across the Middle East and Africa, from the Syrian battlefields to Eritrea's autocratic regime - and now the mass migration itself has erupted into a full-blown humanitarian crisis on the West's doorstep.

"People keep coming, and it's important that resources to save them remain out there."

In a single shipwreck in April, about 800 migrants died, splashing images across the media worldwide of desperate survivors clustered on the Italian shore. European Union ministers were shamed into hastily boosting funding for Mediterranean rescue operations - one step toward compensating for the consequences of their controversial decision to shut down search-and-rescue operations months earlier.

But while this temporary expansion of aid appears to have led to a sharp drop in the migrant death rate, it's unclear whether these minimal efforts will be maintained.

Elisa De Pieri, Amnesty International's Italy researcher, said neither the mass migrations nor the related hazards show any sign of abating. "We are seeing hundreds and thousands of people at a time, coming on, all the time," she said. "People keep coming, and it's important that resources to save them remain out there."

For many, the tip of Italy's coastline is the last stop in a harrowing itinerary across Africa and through some of the world's worst combat zones. Mamadou, 28, was rescued a year ago from a boat off the coast of Italy after escaping Libya. His journey began when he fled political troubles in his home country, Gambia. Like countless other fellow African migrants, he then made multiple, increasingly desperate moves across the region on the way to Europe. He initially hoped to work for a while in Libya after being targeted for violence due to political conflict, he said. He did odd household jobs for a while. But soon the outbreak of civil war - sparked in part by the NATO-led ouster of the Qaddafi regime - intersected with an undercurrent of anti-Black racism in Libyan society, and exploded into widespread attacks on migrant workers.

"Libyan people, they treat Black people like slaves," he says, recounting the exploitation he and other Black laborers suffered. "They don't give you a single cent; they don't give you nothing." As conflict encircled them, migrants became easy targets for armed groups. Mamadou says they were bandits in civilian clothing who assaulted and robbed African migrants. He packed onto a rickety boat in June 2014 with scores of others and nearly drowned before being rescued by an aid mission. Today, he lives in the sprawling Mineo migrant center in rural Sicily, which is known for shoddy conditions and links to trafficking networks. Along with about 3,200 other migrants, he is awaiting an asylum hearing.

As European officials debate migration policy in terms of state "security," they often portray the teeming migrant facilities and makeshift encampments dotting the streets of European cities as a problem dumped on the continent from "over there." But the stream of migrant bodies attests to global social crises that are directly linked to the economic and military policies of the West. Of the 137,000 migrants who crossed the Mediterranean in the first half of 2015, a third are escaping war in Syria. Thousands of refugees have also fled to Europe from Afghanistan and Iraq. They have endured intense trauma in war zones or at the hands of abusive traffickers; many women report being sexually assaulted.

A Deadly Journey

Migration levels appear to be rising overall while the risks of the journey escalate, with well over 200,000 crossings in 2014 - about a tenfold increase from 2012.

The Mediterranean is one of several entry points into Europe. Tens of thousands have come by land through other "frontline" countries such as Greece. Since border states are often relatively poor themselves, most migrants try to move on to wealthier countries like Germany, Sweden or Britain. But under EU law, migrants seeking asylum are generally supposed to remain in the first EU country they enter. Many become stuck in legal purgatory in a border state, navigating a chaotic immigration bureaucracy known for arbitrary and inhumane treatment. Some will eventually obtain asylum. The many who are rejected may go underground and seek unauthorized work. Activists say that a more rational policy would allow people to apply for visas before they make the treacherous journey; the current system simply encourages people to risk death in transit and suffering in detention.

"I knew that the journey would be very dangerous and difficult, especially for my daughter. But what was the alternative?"

Many families are split before even reaching Europe. Agnes fled with her husband from Eritrea's conscription system, which is known for pressing youth into draconian military service, and spent three years in Sudan trying to scrape up the money to get to Europe. Unable to afford the journey, her husband stayed behind while Agnes and their toddler daughter traveled to Tripoli by car, packed with other migrants "like animals," she later recalled in a testimony for Doctors Without Borders, "beaten with bare hands, with sticks, with guns."

After spending months detained in a squalid house with 600 or 700 other migrants, "being beaten every day," she finally paid her captors $1,700 to secure passage across the Mediterranean on a hot, suffocating boat, and was rescued by humanitarian aid workers. "I knew that the journey would be very dangerous and difficult, especially for my daughter," she stated. "But what was the alternative? We could not survive in Eritrea or Sudan."

Another young Eritrean, Freshgy, similarly journeyed through Sudan and then Libya by truck. He recalled seeing fellow migrants get "left to die in the desert" along the way, being robbed and held captive in a packed compound, where migrants languished in suffocating squalor and women were raped. Eventually his family paid ransom so he could board a doomed boat with about 550 others.

After he was rescued in Italy, Freshgy testified, "I have many friends and relatives who came to Europe before me. I knew how dangerous the travel is - they had told me on Facebook and Messenger. But I had no choice. In Sudan there is no peace. In Ethiopia there is no peace. In Libya there is no government ... this is the only choice we have: to cross the sea by the help of god."

Migrants keep finding their way to shore, dead or alive. Some smugglers, who run sophisticated, lucrative trafficking networks across the region, are reportedly abandoning vessels at sea, leaving their human cargo to the mercy of passing ships. Now many arrive on small rubber dinghies - presumably easier to obtain than the usual wooden fishing vessels.

European Search-and-Rescue Missions

Under public pressure, EU authorities have expanded the maritime patrols into more active search-and-rescue missions, rather than leaving migrants' fate to chance. Since European maritime authorities and private aid groups have intensified their efforts, there have been only 99 deaths from late April through late June. The number of migrants coming to Europe has simultaneously risen sharply, from fewer than 28,000 from January to April, to over 42,000 between May and June, according to Amnesty.

European authorities now confront the more complex ethical and logistical challenge of resettling survivors across different countries. So far, officials have only agreed to relocate 40,000 people, plus another 22,000 new refugee resettlements - a sliver of the total population in need, particularly long-term refugees like Syrians fleeing civil war.

"The smugglers are exploiting a situation that has been in part created by the policies that the European governments have taken."

Meanwhile, amid high unemployment and tightened welfare budgets, populist xenophobic undercurrents are rising across the continent, especially in countries like France, where right-wing, anti-Muslim nationalist movements are gaining momentum. European leaders have vowed to get "tough" on migration by filtering out so-called "economic migrants" and distinguishing them from those with "genuine" asylum claims (a murky rhetorical distinction that elevates fleeing war and persecution over fleeing crushing poverty). Officials have even weighed deploying military interventions off Libya's coast, to supposedly stop smugglers at the source - a proposal activists criticize as both ineffective and cruel.

In De Pieri's view, officials should acknowledge that "the smugglers are exploiting a situation that has been in part created by the policies that the European governments have taken in the past years, effectively sealing off the land borders and refusing to offer considerable amounts of resettlement and humanitarian places in Europe - so that people have effectively been channeled toward the sea route."

And the borders grow tighter by the day. In recent years, immigration authorities in Greece and Hungary have further militarized enforcement efforts, ramping up security patrols or erecting more border fencing. But rather than deterring migration, these trends simply drive people to try to enter Europe by boat, leading to more hazardous passages across the continent.

Untold numbers of men, women and children perish before they even approach Europe. According to Flavio Di Giacomo, a spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration, "the sea crossing is only the last leg of a much lengthier journey which often requires an arduous crossing of the Sahara, where many die unremarked." Statistically, most people displaced by social or economic disaster tend to stay within their regions. Europe's migrants represent just the outer edge of a phalanx of desperation spanning the global South.

Grassroots Pressure for Migrant Justice

Frustrated by their governments' passive response, however, grassroots activists have organized in solidarity with migrants, raising a human rights challenge to what they see as Europe's dereliction of global social responsibility. Advocates have provided direct aid and social support to camps of migrants stranded at the French Port of Calais. Others press for policy reforms with campaigns to raise awareness of the underlying drivers of the crisis, including conflict, oppression and dysfunctional asylum and detention systems, widely decried for abusive and unjust treatment of migrants.

Following the April mass drowning incident, activists from Brighton to Brussels organized staged mourning protests - demonstrations of public outrage to pressure EU officials to address the Mediterranean deaths.

Presenting the chilling image of ceremonial body bags on a sandy beach, Amnesty UK director Kate Allen proclaimed to "Fortress Europe": "The equivalent of five passenger planes full of people have drowned last week alone, and this is only the start of the summer. If they had been holiday makers, instead of migrants, imagine the response."

"You have to leave to save your life."

For now, Europe's migrants are suspended between rising desperation abroad and sinking hope on strange shores. While European leaders try to differentiate proper asylum seekers from other desperate sojourners, migrants themselves don't distinguish between forced and "economic" migration. In the midst of war and mass deprivation, the only option is to keep moving, with fleeting faith that they'll eventually reach safety.

"You have to leave to save your life," Mamadou said. "You have no [other] choice, because your life is left up to you. You take it."

Today, about a year since he was plucked from the Mediterranean waters, Mamadou waits patiently for his hearing. He has picked up a little Italian, he said, and plans eventually to find work in Europe.

But he is alone and does not know when it will be safe to return to Gambia, where family and community remain. "I hope to see them again," he said. "I hope that our government will go out very soon." Asked about his prospects for asylum, he responded quickly, almost reflexively: "Yeah, I'm hopeful."

At this point, what else could he say?

 
Advance Estimate of GDP for the Second Quarter of 2015
2015-07-30 10:01:56 (4 minutes ago) 

Real GDP rose faster in the second quarter than in the first, even after a large upward revision to first-quarter growth. Strong personal consumption led the rebound as consumers spent more of the windfall gains from lower oil prices that they had saved in the first quarter, and many of the temporary factors that restrained growth in the first quarter faded. The President is committed to pushing Congress to increase investments in infrastructure as part of a long-term transportation reauthorization, to open our exports to new markets with new high-standards free trade agreements, and to ensure that fiscal brinksmanship or the sequester does not return in the next fiscal year as outlined in the President’s FY2016 Budget. 

FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

1. Real gross domestic product (GDP) rose 2.3 percent at an annual rate in the second quarter according to the BEA’s advance estimate, while first-quarter GDP growth was revised up from a 0.2 percent decline to a 0.6 percent increase. The revision to first-quarter GDP growth is mostly accounted for by higher fixed investment growth than previously estimated, in both the business and residential sectors. In the second quarter, the rise in GDP growth was led by a faster pace of personal consumption growth than the first quarter and a shift from negative to positive net export growth. The drag from declining structures investment was also much less negative for overall growth in the second quarter than in the first. Incorporating the effects of the annual GDP revision released today (see point 2), real GDP has now risen 2.3 percent over the past four quarters.

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Hidden Origins of Syria's Civil War
2015-07-30 10:01:49 (4 minutes ago) 

Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, nearly a quarter million people have perished and fully half of the country's inhabitants have been forced from their homes, creating the worst refugee crisis in the past quarter century. Meanwhile, the continuing advance of brutal Islamist factions — which a leading CIA officer in 2013 termed the "top current threat to U.S. national security" — makes the chances of restoring peace and human rights seem more remote than ever.

Many parties are to blame, but certainly among them are interventionists in the United States and its allies who rationalized supporting the Islamist opposition — and refusing to embrace serious peace negotiations — on the grounds that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a uniquely evil dictator. That image of Assad grew directly out of his regime's brutal response to civilian protests that began in early 2011, soon after the start of the Arab Spring.

Summarizing the conventional wisdom, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect notes that "The crisis in Syria was prompted by protests in mid-March 2011 calling for the release of political prisoners. National security forces responded to widespread, initially peaceful demonstrations with brutal violence. From summer 2011 onwards, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad refused to halt attacks and implement the meaningful reforms demanded by protestors. In July 2011, accounts emerged from witnesses, victims, the media, and civil society that government forces had subjected civilians to arbitrary detention, torture, and the deployment and use of heavy artillery."

That August, following critical reports about the regime's crimes, President Barack Obama joined European leaders in demanding that Assad "face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people" and "step aside." Washington imposed new economic sanctions, prompting Syria's U.N. Ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari to assert that the United States "is launching a humanitarian and diplomatic war against us."

But the convention wisdom — that "the protest movement in Syria was overwhelmingly peaceful until September 2011" — is wrong, or at best incomplete. In fact, opposition to the government had turned violent almost from the start, and was likely aimed at provoking a harsh reaction to polarize the country.

Although nothing justifies the myriad crimes committed by state forces then and since, facts ignored by most media and government accounts suggest that responsibility for the horrors in Syria is widely shared. The facts undercut the rationale behind inflexible demands for "regime change" from Western and Gulf leaders that closed the door on serious negotiations and opened the way to mass slaughter and the rise of today's Islamist-dominated opposition.

A Violent Start

The city of Dara'a, near the Jordanian border, was the epicenter of protests that triggered Syria's civil war in 2011. Anti-government sentiment had been growing due to a recent influx of angry and desperate families dispossessed by what one expert called "the worst long-term drought and most severe set of crop failures since agricultural civilizations began in the Fertile Crescent many millennia ago."

In early March 2011, police in the city arrested and severely beat several high school students for painting anti-government graffiti on a wall. No doubt inspired by the Arab Spring, protesters gathered at a local mosque and began to march for political rights and an end to corruption, chanting "God, Syria, Freedom." Syrian police reportedly responded with water cannons, batons and even gunfire to disperse the marchers, killing three protesters. The government news agency claimed that "infiltrators" among the marchers had smashed cars, destroyed other property and attacked police, causing "chaos and riots."

Matters went from bad to worse when demonstrators fought back. As one Israeli journalist reported, "In an uncharacteristic gesture intended to ease tensions the government offered to release the detained students, but seven police officers were killed, and the Baath Party Headquarters and courthouse were torched, in renewed violence." Around the beginning of April, according to another account, gunmen set a sophisticated ambush, killing perhaps two dozen government troops headed for Dara'a.

President Assad tried to calm the situation by sending senior government officials with family roots in the city to emphasize his personal commitment to prosecute those responsible for shooting protesters. He fired the provincial governor and a general in the political security force for their role. The government also released the children whose arrest had triggered the protests in the first place.

Assad also announced several national reforms. As summarized by the UN's independent commission of inquiry on Syria, "These steps included the formation of a new Government, the lifting of the state of emergency, the abolition of the Supreme State Security Court, the granting of general amnesties and new regulations on the right of citizens to participate in peaceful demonstrations."

His response failed to satisfy protesters who took to the streets and declared the city a "liberated zone." As political scientist Charles Tripp has observed, "this was too great a challenge to the authorities, and at the end of April, a military operation was put in motion with the aim of reasserting government control, whatever the cost in human life."

The Assad regime reacted ruthlessly, laying siege to the town with tanks and soldiers. Security forces cut water, electricity and phone lines, and posted snipers on rooftops, according to residents quoted by The New York Times. At the same time however, according to another report, unknown gunmen in Dara'a killed 19 Syrian soldiers.

Meanwhile, protests had begun spreading to other towns, fed by social media campaigns. By late April, government forces had reportedly killed several hundred protesters. Dozens of their own were killed as well.

In early April, for example, nine Syrian soldiers on their way to quell demonstrations in Banyas were ambushed and gunned down on the highway outside of town. Western news media suggested they were killed by Syrian security forces for refusing to fire on demonstrators, a fanciful tale that was analyzed and demolished by Professor Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

An opposition leader based in Paris, who urged local demonstrators to remain non-violent, told Landis that he had been approached by three groups "to provide money and weapons to the rebels in Syria." They included "several pro-American Syrian opposers" whom he refused to name. He declared that anyone providing money and weapons to the rebels was "pushing them to commit suicide," a prescient warning.

The Failure to Report

As Landis concluded, "Western press and analysts did not want to recognize that armed elements were becoming active. They preferred to tell a simple story of good people fighting bad people. There is no doubt that the vast majority of the opposition was peaceful and was being met with deadly government force and snipers. One only wonders why that story could not have been told without also covering the reality – that armed elements, whose agenda was not peaceful, were also playing a role."

He also accused the Western press of similarly misreporting a massacre of government security forces in early June, 2011, in the city of Jeser al-Shagour — a Muslim Brotherhood stronghold near the Turkish border — where some 140 members of the police and security forces were slaughtered.

Several Western news accounts uncritically recited claims from local activists that the victims had mutinied against their commanders and been killed by government forces. But video footage of the fighting was "fairly conclusive in corroborating the original government version of events: the soldiers stationed in the town were overrun by armed and organized opposition," Landis noted.

In the city of Hama, another video emerged, showing rebels dumping the bodies of soldiers off a highway bridge. As CNN reported on Aug. 2, 2011, "One prominent anti-government activist, who asked not to be named because of the dangers that could arise from the release of the information, told CNN the state TV account was correct. The bodies are those of Syrian secret police killed by Syrian fighters from Iraq who have joined the anti-government fight."

The same activist insisted that such anti-government violence was the exception, not the rule, but admitted that it gave "credence to the Syrian government's assertion that it is targeting 'armed gangs.'"

Shortly thereafter, an analyst at the private intelligence firm Stratfor warned colleagues not to be misled by opposition propaganda: "The opposition must find ways to keep the Arab Spring narrative going, and so the steady flow of news relating to regime brutality and opposition strength is to be expected. Although it is certain that protesters and civilians are being killed, there is little evidence of massive brutality compared to . . . other state crackdowns in the region. Stratfor has also not seen signs of heavy weapons being used to massacre civilians or significant battle damage, although tank mounted .50 caliber weapons have been used to disperse protesters."

That August — just days before Western leaders called on Assad to quit — Landis rightly predicted that the regime would not simply step aside quietly and let the opposition take over:

"Syria's divisions are too deep. The fear of revenge and ethnic cleansing will galvanize those who have backed the present order for decades. Had the Syrian leadership been willing to hand over power peacefully or establish some sort of constitutional convention, it would have done so already. The poverty and loss of dignity for so many Syrians is a crushing part of Syrian reality. . . .

"Syria is filled with people who have little to lose, who have little education, and few prospects of improving their chances for a better and more dignified life. The potential for violence and lawlessness is large. Most worrying is the lack of leadership among opposition forces."

But rather than heeding such advice and seeking to promote dialogue and reconciliation, the United States and other Western powers — along with their allies in Turkey and the Gulf states — chose confrontation and a deepening civil war. As former CIA intelligence analyst Philip Giraldi warned in December 2011,

"Americans should be concerned about what is happening in Syria, if only because it threatens to become another undeclared war like Libya but much, much worse. . . . NATO is already clandestinely engaged in the Syrian conflict, with Turkey taking the lead as U.S. proxy. . . . Unmarked NATO warplanes are arriving at Turkish military bases close to Iskenderum on the Syrian border, delivering weapons from the late Muammar Gaddafi's arsenals as well as volunteers from the Libyan Transitional National Council who are experienced in pitting local volunteers against trained soldiers, a skill they acquired confronting Gaddafi's army.

"Iskenderum is also the seat of the Free Syrian Army, the armed wing of the Syrian National Council. French and British special forces trainers are on the ground, assisting the Syrian rebels while the CIA and U.S. Spec Ops are providing communications equipment and intelligence to assist the rebel cause, enabling the fighters to avoid concentrations of Syrian soldiers."

What to Conclude?

What should one make of these facts? First, even if opposition propaganda sometimes inflated the case against the Damascus regime, there can be no reason to doubt the many reports by United Nations and private human rights organizations that government forces — accustomed to decades of authoritarian rule — " committed the crimes against humanity of murder and of torture, war crimes and gross violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, including unlawful killing, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, sexual violence, indiscriminate attack, pillaging and destruction of property."

However, the deadly provocations against Syrian government forces put an entirely different cast on the origins of the conflict. Furthermore, some human rights organizations also acknowledge that armed opposition forces began committing crimes against civilians by the summer of 2011. In March 2012, Human Rights Watch sent an "open letter" to leaders of the Syrian opposition, decrying "crimes and other abuses committed by armed opposition elements," including the kidnapping and detention of government supporters, the use of torture and the execution of security force members and civilians, and sectarian attacks against Shias and Alawites.

Western media did not ignore such reports, but significantly underplayed them, no doubt wanting to maintain focus on the larger (and simpler) narrative of Assad's evil. (In much the same way, Western media sympathetic to the Ukrainian opposition underplayed the role of rightist violence in the putsch that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014.)

In choosing to cite human rights selectively as their rationale for regime change, Western governments — including the Obama administration — followed longstanding double standards. Many of the U.S-backed states involved in the anti-Assad campaign, including Saudi Arabia and Israel, have also committed gross human rights violations and war crimes, whether at home or in neighboring territories and states such as Gaza, Yemen and Lebanon.

In Syria as in Libya and Iraq, human rights became a convenient bludgeon for supporting the longstanding ambition of U.S. neoconservatives to topple critical Arab regimes as part of their grand plan for remaking the map of the Middle East. The worthy cause of saving lives perversely enabled a much greater sacrifice of Syrian lives.

History shows that war itself is the greatest threat of all to human rights. Surely our common "responsibility to protect" should start with efforts to limit the start and expansion of armed conflicts, not to inflame them in humanity's name.

 
For July 30: ‘Married’ offers another look at married life — with laughs
2015-07-30 10:01:43 (4 minutes ago) 
‘Married’ Nat Faxon and Judy Greer star in this comedy — now in its second season — as married couple Russ and Lina Bowman. While not as bright and sunny as other comedies about modern family life, Faxon and Greer are good enough to make you hope for the best for these characters. Great comic […]
 
Soup kitchen offers free meal for return of Jesus statue
2015-07-30 10:01:43 (4 minutes ago) 
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — “Have you found Jesus?” That’s what employees at a Rhode Island soup kitchen are asking after a religious statue disappeared from the kitchen’s garden. Pawtucket Soup Kitchen Director Adrienne Marchetti says on Wednesday that she last saw the statue, which depicts Joseph carrying the baby Jesus, on July 20. Marchetti says […]
 
For North Korea, Iran-style nuclear deal not an option
2015-07-30 10:01:43 (4 minutes ago) 
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — If any hopes have been raised that the progress between the United States and Iran to halt Tehran’s development of nuclear weapons could bring change in Pyongyang, North Korea has gone out of its way to thwart them. In a flurry of public comments since the deal, the North has […]
 
Sister sees moral obligation to testy sister-in-law
2015-07-30 10:01:40 (4 minutes ago) 
She may not like her sister-in-law, but a reader sees a moral obligation to tell her that her husband is cheating on her.
 
5 food news bites of the week: Anthony Bourdain sightings, $15 news, Paseo excitement and more
2015-07-30 10:01:40 (4 minutes ago) 
Where did Tony go when he was in town? Does Renee Erickson's service-charge increase signal end times? What neighborhood might get Paseo #2? And more.
 
Athletes at Rio Olympics to compete in 'basically raw sewage', study reveals
2015-07-30 10:01:36 (4 minutes ago) 
 
John Kasich's super PAC reports $11.1 million in donations, mostly from Ohio
2015-07-30 10:01:30 (4 minutes ago) 
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LOCAL","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LOCAL"};WASHINGTON - New Day for America, the super PAC that is backing Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president, received most of its money - $6.613 million – from Ohio donors, POLITICO reported this morning. The Washington, D.C. publication, which received an advanced notice of documents about the organization, reported that the organization raised more than $11 million between April 20 and June 30 of this year.
 
Get Ready for a September to Remember
2015-07-30 10:01:27 (4 minutes ago) 

First Read: “Just look at what Congress (and the president) will have to deal with when Congress returns in September from its August recess. There’s the Iran deal, the Highway Trust Fund and, oh, a possible government shutdown over Planned Parenthood… This a real test for the GOP-led Congress, which has racked up some minor bipartisan victories (trade authority, Medicare doc-fix). Given that they know control both the House and Senate, Republicans won’t have Harry Reid to blame anymore.”

“Folks, this is a slow-moving train wreck about to happen. Can anyone recall House Speaker Boehner calling any Harry Reid legislation a ‘piece of shit’, as he called Mitch McConnell’s Senate highway bill? He said a lot of bad things about some Senate Democratic legislation but that harsh? Folks, this ain’t gonna be pretty. And with a handful of 2016ers in the senate needing to show spark, it will be a political September to remember.

 
Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The After Sex After Baby Edition
2015-07-30 10:01:21 (4 minutes ago) 

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Vertigo Knocks Millions off Their Feet, and Doctors Are Looking at Ear Implants to Relieve It
2015-07-30 10:01:19 (4 minutes ago) 
Vertigo can knock people off their feet for years. Ear implants and gene therapy are new attempts at relief

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Athletic air-raid shelters in Finland
2015-07-30 10:01:13 (4 minutes ago) 
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Does Killing Lions for Sport Really Help Save Them?
2015-07-30 10:00:55 (5 minutes ago) 
The killing of Cecil the lion has reignited a debate about whether big game hunting helps fund conservation efforts that would otherwise wither.









 
Shake, Rattle and Build: Colliding Bricks Self-Assemble Into Objects
2015-07-30 10:00:43 (5 minutes ago) 
Scientists shook "bricks" in a spinning chamber, and for the first time, showed that artificial building blocks can put themselves together just by banging around at random.
 
Washington delivers F-16s to Egypt after military package is unfrozen
2015-07-30 10:00:24 (5 minutes ago) 
 
Newcastle teenager Liam Lyburd found guilty of planning college massacre
2015-07-30 10:00:22 (5 minutes ago) 
 
Panicked 911 caller: Dispatcher had no reason to hang up
2015-07-30 10:00:18 (5 minutes ago) 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 911 caller said she was panicked about a friend being shot but stayed as calm as possible before a New Mexico dispatcher told her to "deal with it yourself" and hung up as she sought aid.

Seventeen-year-old Esperanza Quintero told The Associated Press Wednesday that ...

 
Finding the meaning of home in Africa
2015-07-30 09:50:48 (15 minutes ago) 
 
See front pages of Sam DuBose, Ray Tensing news
2015-07-30 09:50:44 (15 minutes ago) 

Front pages show Cincinnati case

        
 
One more day until Uber leaves Broward, now what?
2015-07-30 09:50:38 (15 minutes ago) 
One more day until Uber leaves Broward.
 
Does anyone still make those magazines where David Bowie is mauled by weasels?
2015-07-30 09:50:32 (15 minutes ago) 
h/t Josh Centers. Previously.

Does anyone still make the sort of magazines where men are always fighting swarms of things? pic.twitter.com/y9QcIOqvvt

— Josh Centers (@jcenters) July 30, 2015
 
Wife's tribute to beach death man
2015-07-30 09:50:30 (15 minutes ago) 
The wife of a man who died after getting into difficulty off the Gower coast describes him as "a wonderful husband".
 
Slain Senator's Widow Sets up Foundation to Honor His Causes
2015-07-30 09:50:03 (16 minutes ago) 
Widow of South Carolina senator slain at Charleston church sets up foundation in his honor
 
Cardinals seek power, grab Brandon Moss from Indians
2015-07-30 09:50:01 (16 minutes ago) 
The deal, confirmed first by P-D columnist Bernie Miklasz, sends lefty prospect Kaminsky to Cleveland for 15-homer, lefthanded hitter.
 
Israel evacuates 200 settlers from illegal settlement in West Bank
2015-07-30 09:42:10 (23 minutes ago) 
Israeli security forces on Thursday evacuated about 200 settlers from the site of the former illegal settlement of the Sa-Nur in the northern West Bank, a military spokesperson said in a statement.
 
Peek into Prince Charles' Highgrove
2015-07-30 09:42:00 (24 minutes ago) 

Trees, flowers, herbs, wild meadows proliferate across the 15-acre site.

        
 
8 Hidden Features in Windows 10
2015-07-30 09:41:49 (24 minutes ago) 
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T-Mobile beats Street 2Q forecasts
2015-07-30 09:41:46 (24 minutes ago) 
BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS) on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $361 million. On a per-share basis, the Bellevue, Washington-based company said it had profit of 42 cents. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 17 cents […]
 
IBM’s Watson computing technology learns Japanese
2015-07-30 09:41:42 (24 minutes ago) 
TOKYO (AP) — The IBM Watson super-brainy computing technology, which has helped organize massive data as well as beaten champions on the Jeopardy TV show, is now learning Japanese. IBM Watson, a unit of the U.S. technology and consulting company, said Thursday it was working with Japanese telecommunications and robotics company Softbank Corp. to share […]
 
1 dead, 2 injured in Federal Way shooting
2015-07-30 09:41:42 (24 minutes ago) 
One man is dead and two others wounded after a shooting in Federal Way early Thursday morning.
 
UK Athletics finds no ‘evidence of impropriety’ on part of Mo Farah
2015-07-30 09:41:39 (24 minutes ago) 
 
Last-Ditch Plan Aims to Prevent First Drought Extinction of Native Fish
2015-07-30 09:41:22 (24 minutes ago) 
The California drought threatens several of its native fish with extinction. Will the Sacramento River’s winter-run Chinook be the first to go?

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
 
TIL in 2013 a dog named Killian saved a baby boy from an abusive babysitter. He alerted his owners by growling and standing between the baby and the sitter whenever she was there. Suspicious, the parents left an IPhone under the sofa recording audio.
2015-07-30 09:41:10 (24 minutes ago) 
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New in young adult fiction: a teen's cross-country journey to Cleveland in 'Mosquitoland,' 'The Alex Crow' and more
2015-07-30 09:41:07 (25 minutes ago) 
New in young adult fiction: "Mosquitoland" by David Arnold, "The Alex Crow" by Andrew Smith, "The Kidney Hypothetical" by Lisa Yee.
 
Taliban confirm leader's death, choose Mullah Omar successor
2015-07-30 09:40:58 (25 minutes ago) 
ISLAMABAD (AP) - Two high-ranking Afghan Taliban officials have confirmed the death of their leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, and say the group's council has elected a successor.
 
Magistrates open file on wiretap leaks
2015-07-30 09:40:54 (25 minutes ago) 
Commission tasked with investigating embarassing leaks








 
Island Scoured for MH370 Clues After Debris Washes Ashore
2015-07-30 09:40:52 (25 minutes ago) 
The discovery of an airplane fragment is being viewed as a "major lead" in the hunt for missing Flight MH370, Australia's deputy prime minister said.









 
First Read's Morning Clips
2015-07-30 09:40:44 (25 minutes ago) 
A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day









 
Focus On What You Can Do, Not What You Should Do
2015-07-30 09:40:38 (25 minutes ago) 

You know those moments when you’ve gobbled up an entire pizza and you mutter, with sauce still dribbling down your lips, “I shoulda ate only one slice?” But you didn’t, and the regret of bygone decisions only further undermines your drive to achieve your health goals. Here’s how you can pick yourself up, stop worrying about what you should’ve done, and focus on what you can do.

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Réunion islander on the moment he found plane debris
2015-07-30 09:40:23 (25 minutes ago) 
 
Rickie Lambert set to finalise move from Liverpool to West Brom
2015-07-30 09:40:21 (25 minutes ago) 
 
And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon
2015-07-30 09:31:12 (34 minutes ago) 
Rejoice, petrolheads – team of boring old men back to act like prats again

Amazon Prime has signed up Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for a car show intended to rival Top Gear on its streaming service.…

 
Man regrets stretched earlobes, gets surgery
2015-07-30 09:30:44 (35 minutes ago) 
A Canadian man is about to undergo surgery to patch up the holes in his earlobes; this procedure is growing in popularity. CNN affiliate CBC News reports.
 
These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
2015-07-30 09:30:34 (35 minutes ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.








 
FireChat launches private messaging
2015-07-30 09:30:29 (35 minutes ago) 
Social messaging app FireChat launches a new feature allowing people to communicate privately, even without an internet connection.
 
Boy, 4, hit by gunfire, killed while playing in front yard
2015-07-30 09:30:25 (35 minutes ago) 
HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a 4-year-old boy playing with stuffed animals in his family's front yard was hit by gunfire and killed in San Bernardino County....
 
Cardinals land Brandon Moss from Indians
2015-07-30 09:30:02 (36 minutes ago) 
ST. LOUIS • A few hours after their left fielder Matt Holliday sustained his second leg injury of the season, the Cardinals moved swiftly to complete a deal with Cleveland that brings them lef…
 
Taliban confirm leader's death, choose successor
2015-07-30 09:22:35 (43 minutes ago) 

Mullah Akhtar Mansoor chosen as the new leader.

       
 
Meet Rebecca Ferguson, the Scene-Stealing Star of Mission: Impossible
2015-07-30 09:22:32 (43 minutes ago) 
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Undaunted Chief Keef has new plans to put on hologram show
2015-07-30 10:01:51 (4 minutes ago) 

Keef was thwarted from performing via hologram in Chicago and Hammond but isn't giving up.

       
 
France Sends Extra Police to Port City as Migrant Crisis Worsens
2015-07-30 10:01:46 (4 minutes ago) 
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7 best ways to drink now: Tiki treats, 7-Eleven chic and more
2015-07-30 10:01:43 (4 minutes ago) 
Summer drinking season is in full swing. Here’s how to do it right.
 
Afghan official: Drone strike kills 20 members of IS group
2015-07-30 10:01:43 (4 minutes ago) 
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says two separate drone strikes in an eastern province bordering Pakistan have killed 20 militants affiliated with the Islamic State group. Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, says the strikes took place late on Wednesday night. He says both took place in Haska Mina […]
 
‘Emboldened’ looks back to the roots of jazz
2015-07-30 10:01:40 (4 minutes ago) 
A review of Reginald A. Jackson’s “Emboldened,” a play with music based on the life of jazz innovator Charles “Buddy” Bolden.
 
US court says drug-sniffing dog fails the smell test
2015-07-30 10:01:40 (4 minutes ago) 
CHICAGO (AP) — Lex the police dog from central Illinois is far from top dog in drug-sniffing skills. That’s the core finding of a potentially influential new ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which considered the question of how much police should rely on their K-9 partners to justify searches when a […]
 
Somalia president: No elections in 2016
2015-07-30 10:01:40 (4 minutes ago) 
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia’s president is ruling out the possibility of holding elections that are due next year, citing security challenges stemming from an Islamic insurgency. Opposition parties charge that that his government is taking advantage of poor security to extend its mandate through postponement of elections. National elections are impossible amid rampant violence […]
 
George North fit for Wales World Cup warm-up matches after concussions
2015-07-30 10:01:36 (4 minutes ago) 
 
T-Mobile beats Street 2Q forecasts
2015-07-30 10:01:27 (4 minutes ago) 
BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS) on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $361 million. On a per-share basis, the Bellevue, Washington-based company said it had profit of 42 cents. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 17 cents per share. The wireless carrier posted revenue of $8.18 billion in the period, also surpassing Street forecasts. Nine analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $7.97 billion. T-Mobile shares have increased 37 percent since the beginning of the year. The stock has climbed 19 percent in the last 12 months. _____ This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.
 
The Latest: Coast Guard says search for 2 missing teen boaters to continue into Friday
2015-07-30 10:01:25 (4 minutes ago) 
 
The Origami Robots
2015-07-30 10:01:21 (4 minutes ago) 

The next entrant into the robot race: miniature, origami-inspired machines that are controlled by magnetic fields:

 
'Imperfect' Vaccines May Aid Survival Of Ultra-Hot Viruses
2015-07-30 10:01:19 (4 minutes ago) 
Certain vaccines prevent sickness and death, but don't block transmission--meaning they may actually give some viral strains an extra shot at survival. Christopher Intagliata reports.

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
 
Cleveland Performance Art Festival archives move to Case Western Reserve University
2015-07-30 10:01:12 (4 minutes ago) 
More than 1,000 hours of video recordings, 6,000 photographs and other archival records of the Cleveland Performance Art Festival have been donated to Case Western Reserve University's Kelvin Smith Library.
 
Panicked 911 caller: Dispatcher had no reason to hang up
2015-07-30 10:00:52 (5 minutes ago) 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 911 caller said she was panicked about a friend being shot but stayed as calm as possible before a New Mexico dispatcher told her to "deal with it yourself" and hung up as she sought aid.

Seventeen-year-old Esperanza Quintero told The Associated Press Wednesday that ...

 
Ask an Expert: All About Windows 10
2015-07-30 10:00:43 (5 minutes ago) 

Windows 10 arrived this week, and the free update is rolling out to millions of users with a wide variety of new features and tweaks that improve on the operating system. But no doubt many of you still have questions, and we have a representative from Microsoft here to answer them.

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Tokyo Olympic Games logo embroiled in plagiarism row
2015-07-30 10:00:22 (5 minutes ago) 
 
UK Groups Award £3M in Grants to Fund Epigenetics Research
2015-07-30 10:00:20 (5 minutes ago) 
 
Federal Disaster Aid to Local Governments Helping Rebuild Arkansas Communities
2015-07-30 10:00:16 (5 minutes ago) 

NORTH LITTL ROCK — Federal officials today estimated more than $6 million in disaster assistance will help fund local governments’ storm recovery from this spring’s severe weather.

That funding is in addition to nearly $2 million in federal disaster assistance to date that has helped individuals, families and businesses repair property and replace essential possessions.

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Imperial Sphericator gizmo turns virtually any food into caviar-sized pearls
2015-07-30 09:50:45 (15 minutes ago) 
Cheesecake with blackcurrant pearls? Rum with coke pearls? Chicken with Tabasco pearls. This super-fun kitchen device will make it possible.









 
6 Things Employees Want to Hear from Their Bosses
2015-07-30 09:50:39 (15 minutes ago) 
Are you the type of boss who commends your employees for their contributions, meets with them one-on-one and takes an active interest in their lives?
 
HubSpot fires executive for ethics violation
2015-07-30 09:50:37 (15 minutes ago) 
HubSpot personel are in trouble after attempting to obtain a draft of an upcoming book about the company.








 
What's it like to go viral?
2015-07-30 09:50:32 (15 minutes ago) 

Rick Paulas talks to writers and YouTubers about what it feels like for a posting to go viral.

"There's a point when the narrative of how that story's being disseminated shifts completely,” A.J. Daulerio told him. “It gets picked up by the slipstream of the Internet, and, more importantly, by outside of the Internet.”

Daulerio, formerly the editor of Gawker and Deadspin, notes something that we know all to well at Boing Boing: the most successful posts, traffic-wise, are rarely the ones that are conspicuously "viral" or which enter the realm of public discussion. This post about frazil ice was constantly in our top lists, month after month, thanks to it being in a chain email ricocheting endlessly around the grandmothersphere.

 
Apprentice contestant found dead
2015-07-30 09:50:30 (15 minutes ago) 
Apprentice star Stuart Baggs is found dead in Douglas, police confirm.
 
Long Way From Home: Manatees Show up in North Carolina
2015-07-30 09:50:03 (16 minutes ago) 
Long way from home: Manatees show up in North Carolina, far from their natural Florida habitat
 
2nd round talks with Taliban postponed
2015-07-30 09:42:10 (23 minutes ago) 
The second round of the Afghan peace talks are being postponed amid reports on the death of Taliban leader Mulla Omar, Pakistan's foreign ministry said on Thursday.
 
Japanese media slashes gov't "China threat" tactics as "dangerous gamble"
2015-07-30 09:42:10 (23 minutes ago) 
The Japanese government is in a " dangerous gamble" for seeking the passage of the unpopular security bills by making China an "imaginary enemy," the local Kyodo News reported, urging the government to have a comprehensive perception on Japan-China ties.
 
University president offended by bias-free language guide
2015-07-30 09:41:58 (24 minutes ago) 

"Implying the word 'American' is not appropriate to use on campus is un-American to say the least."

       
 
Janeane Garofalo on Wet Hot American Summer’s Cult Status and Quitting the Internet
2015-07-30 09:41:49 (24 minutes ago) 
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US economy posts solid 2.3 percent growth rate in Q2
2015-07-30 09:41:46 (24 minutes ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy posted a solid rebound in the April-June quarter after a harsh winter, led by a surge in consumer spending and a recovery in foreign trade that bode well for the rest of the year. It also ended up squeezing out some growth in the first quarter, reversing an earlier […]
 
US cuts estimates for economic growth over past 3 years
2015-07-30 09:41:42 (24 minutes ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew more slowly over the past three years than the government had previously estimated, held back by more frugal consumers and steeper spending cuts by state and local governments. The Commerce Department says the economy expanded at just a 2 percent annual rate from 2012 through 2014, down from […]
 
Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui
2015-07-30 09:41:42 (24 minutes ago) 
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — About 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach to demonstrate against a trade agreement being negotiated by ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations. The demonstrators blew into their shells in unison on Wednesday on the sand in front of the Westin Maui resort on Kaanapali Beach, where ministers were […]
 
Widow of South Carolina senator slain at Charleston church sets up foundation in his honor
2015-07-30 09:41:29 (24 minutes ago) 
 
What are YOU 99.9% sure about?
2015-07-30 09:41:10 (24 minutes ago) 
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Tom Cruise and Rebecca Ferguson make excellent action team in 'Mission: Impossible -- Rogue Nation' (Review)
2015-07-30 09:41:07 (25 minutes ago) 
If you didn't get enough of Tom Cruise repeatedly dying in "Edge of Tomorrow," you can see him nearly get killed multiple times in "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation."
 
As Medicare and Medicaid Turn 50, Use of Private Health Plans Surges
2015-07-30 09:41:02 (25 minutes ago) 
Enrollment in private insurance plans has soared as the government has tried to control costs and improve care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.
 
Taliban confirm leader's death, choose Mullah Omar successor
2015-07-30 09:40:58 (25 minutes ago) 
ISLAMABAD (AP) - Two high-ranking Afghan Taliban officials have confirmed the death of their leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, and say the group's council has elected a successor.
 
Cops dismantle violent crew in Bronx housing development
2015-07-30 09:40:53 (25 minutes ago) 
A crew who plotted murders and trafficked narcotics in a Bronx housing development was dismantled Wednesday, authorities said.








 
'Law & Order' Director Charged With Child Pornography
2015-07-30 09:40:44 (25 minutes ago) 
Officials say they found digital pornography files on computers and external hard drives at Jason Alexander's Westchester County, New York, home.









 
A Showdown in Kentucky Could Be the Last of the Obama Wars
2015-07-30 09:40:44 (25 minutes ago) 
First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.









 
Flavor Bourbon with Apple Peels Instead of Tossing Them
2015-07-30 09:40:38 (25 minutes ago) 

Apple peels are one of those scraps that don’t really seem to have a higher purpose, but leave it to the folks at Food 52 to find a (boozy) use for them. Just toss ‘em in a bottle of bourbon and in no time you’ll have a fancy infused liquor to gift or enjoy by yourself.

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Scotland's sole Labour MP backs Yvette Cooper for party leadership
2015-07-30 09:40:22 (25 minutes ago) 
 
UK Athletics finds no ‘evidence of impropriety’ on part of Mo Farah
2015-07-30 09:40:21 (25 minutes ago) 
 
Two Individuals Plead Guilty to Transporting an Individual with the Intent That She Engage in Prostitution
2015-07-30 09:30:52 (35 minutes ago) 
— Boston
 
Should colleges do away with SATs?
2015-07-30 09:30:44 (35 minutes ago) 
This week, George Washington University announced it is adopting a "test-optional" admissions policy, becoming one of the largest private universities to allow prospective students to opt out of sending ACT or SAT scores.
 
Twitter row over Kenya's Obama grass
2015-07-30 09:30:30 (35 minutes ago) 
Nairobi's governor denies hiring grass to impress President Obama as a video emerges appearing to show plants being dug up after his visit to Kenya.
 
Man guilty of college murder plot
2015-07-30 09:30:29 (35 minutes ago) 
A 19-year-old man has been found guilty of plotting mass murder at a Newcastle college.
 
Baby OK After Man Steals Car With Her Inside, Hits Tree
2015-07-30 09:30:03 (36 minutes ago) 
Baby unharmed after man steals car with her inside, leads police on 2-county chase and crashes
 
Cape Watch: Hugh Jackman Wants Your Input for His Last Wolverine Movie
2015-07-30 09:22:41 (43 minutes ago) 

The man who plays Wolverine solicited ideas for what Logan should do in his next movie. He got a lot of responses.

The post Cape Watch: Hugh Jackman Wants Your Input for His Last Wolverine Movie appeared first on WIRED.











 
Loser, lightweight, moron or dummy? Donald Trump's insult targets
2015-07-30 09:22:35 (43 minutes ago) 

Donald Trump has insulted a lot of people. These are some of them.

       
 
Possible Malaysia Airline Plane Debris is Being Sent to France
2015-07-30 09:22:32 (43 minutes ago) 
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Posed photo of suspect, mugshot of a victim
2015-07-30 10:01:51 (4 minutes ago) 

People commented on social media about how in the recent police shooting in Cincinnati, Ohio, news outlets used a mugshot of the victim and ...

       
 
Panicked 911 caller: Dispatcher had no reason to hang up
2015-07-30 10:01:45 (4 minutes ago) 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 911 caller said she was panicked about a friend being shot but stayed as calm as possible before a New Mexico dispatcher told her to "deal with it yourself" and hung up as she sought aid.

Seventeen-year-old Esperanza Quintero told The Associated Press Wednesday that ...

 
Sister sees moral obligation to testy sister-in-law
2015-07-30 10:01:43 (4 minutes ago) 
She may not like her sister-in-law, but a reader sees a moral obligation to tell her that her husband is cheating on her.
 
5 food news bites of the week: Anthony Bourdain sightings, $15 news, Paseo excitement and more
2015-07-30 10:01:43 (4 minutes ago) 
Where did Tony go when he was in town? Does Renee Erickson's service-charge increase signal end times? What neighborhood might get Paseo #2? And more.
 
For July 30: ‘Married’ offers another look at married life — with laughs
2015-07-30 10:01:40 (4 minutes ago) 
‘Married’ Nat Faxon and Judy Greer star in this comedy — now in its second season — as married couple Russ and Lina Bowman. While not as bright and sunny as other comedies about modern family life, Faxon and Greer are good enough to make you hope for the best for these characters. Great comic […]
 
Soup kitchen offers free meal for return of Jesus statue
2015-07-30 10:01:40 (4 minutes ago) 
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — “Have you found Jesus?” That’s what employees at a Rhode Island soup kitchen are asking after a religious statue disappeared from the kitchen’s garden. Pawtucket Soup Kitchen Director Adrienne Marchetti says on Wednesday that she last saw the statue, which depicts Joseph carrying the baby Jesus, on July 20. Marchetti says […]
 
For North Korea, Iran-style nuclear deal not an option
2015-07-30 10:01:40 (4 minutes ago) 
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — If any hopes have been raised that the progress between the United States and Iran to halt Tehran’s development of nuclear weapons could bring change in Pyongyang, North Korea has gone out of its way to thwart them. In a flurry of public comments since the deal, the North has […]
 
Why the BBC would never broadcast Prince Philip: the Plot to Make a King
2015-07-30 10:01:36 (4 minutes ago) 
 
Republicans May Force Shutdown Over Abortion
2015-07-30 10:01:27 (4 minutes ago) 

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said Republicans “should do everything they can” to eliminate federal money for Planned Parenthood — “even if it means a government shutdown fight this fall,” Politico reports.

In addition, 18 House Republicans told leadership that they “cannot and will not support any funding resolution … that contains any funding for Planned Parenthood.”

“It’s a potentially ominous sign for GOP leaders desperate to avoid another shutdown debacle. While Cruz may be radioactive in the Senate GOP conference after calling his leader a liar, his analysis of next week’s vote has merit: With Democrats vowing to block the measure, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) won’t be able to get the 60 votes he needs to advance the bill next week, a result that likely won’t satisfy a conservative base itching for confrontation over abortion.”

 
Boy, 4, hit by gunfire, killed while playing in front yard in Southern California
2015-07-30 10:01:25 (4 minutes ago) 
 
Clues to How Homo sapiens Conquered the Earth Emerge from Digs in South Africa [Slide Show]
2015-07-30 10:01:19 (4 minutes ago) 
Archaeological sites along the southern coast are yielding fresh insights into an enduring mystery of human evolution

-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
 
Children return to Pasadena's Kidspace Museum camp days after 70-foot tree fell on them
2015-07-30 10:01:14 (4 minutes ago) 
 
Arrest made in Cleveland apartment killing
2015-07-30 10:01:12 (4 minutes ago) 
Cleveland police said a 23-year-old man fired through the front window of an East Side apartment and struck Cory Sanderfer, 21, in the chest. Sanderfer died.
 
Israel changes law on force-feeding prisoners
2015-07-30 10:00:46 (5 minutes ago) 
Detained Palestinians use hunger strikes to protest detention without trial or charges, but Israel fears deaths could spark unrest
 
Hillary Clinton faces grilling as she seeks labor movement endorsement
2015-07-30 10:00:24 (5 minutes ago) 
 
George North fit for Wales World Cup warm-up matches after concussions
2015-07-30 10:00:22 (5 minutes ago) 
 
Roche Files PMA for Updated Cobas EGFR Test as CDx for AstraZeneca's AZD9291
2015-07-30 10:00:20 (5 minutes ago) 
 
These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
2015-07-30 10:00:03 (6 minutes ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.








 
Cthulhu coin bank: Save your money, lose your marbles
2015-07-30 09:50:45 (15 minutes ago) 
Put your spare change into the maddeningly protective embrace of a Great Old One.









 
What should be done with the lion killer?
2015-07-30 09:50:38 (15 minutes ago) 
One newspaper called him "the most hated dentist in the world."
 
These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
2015-07-30 09:50:35 (15 minutes ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.








 
Apprentice contestant found dead
2015-07-30 09:50:31 (15 minutes ago) 
Apprentice star Stuart Baggs is found dead in Douglas, police confirm.
 
No issue with Farah - UK Athletics
2015-07-30 09:50:30 (15 minutes ago) 
A UK Athletics review into double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah's high performance training system has found "no evidence of impropriety".
 
Germany: Homeless Woman Leaves Cash Stash, Heir Sought
2015-07-30 09:50:02 (16 minutes ago) 
German authorities find cash stash on homeless woman who died, check for possible son in US
 
Russia not responsible for MH17 crash: Kremlin
2015-07-30 09:42:10 (23 minutes ago) 
Russia is not responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine one year ago, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.
 
Myanmar grants amnesty to 6,966 prisoners
2015-07-30 09:42:10 (23 minutes ago) 
The Myanmar government on Thursday granted an amnesty to 6,966 prisoners including 155 detained Chinese loggers, a higher official confirmed.
 
Yemen: World Food Programme delivers assistance in war-torn districts of Aden
2015-07-30 09:41:52 (24 minutes ago) 
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributions of food to around 340,000 people in eight of the worst-affected areas of the southern Yemeni port city of Aden.
 
IBM’s Watson computing technology learns Japanese
2015-07-30 09:41:46 (24 minutes ago) 
TOKYO (AP) — The IBM Watson super-brainy computing technology, which has helped organize massive data as well as beaten champions on the Jeopardy TV show, is now learning Japanese. IBM Watson, a unit of the U.S. technology and consulting company, said Thursday it was working with Japanese telecommunications and robotics company Softbank Corp. to share […]
 
1 dead, 2 injured in Federal Way shooting
2015-07-30 09:41:46 (24 minutes ago) 
One man is dead and two others wounded after a shooting in Federal Way early Thursday morning.
 
T-Mobile beats Street 2Q forecasts
2015-07-30 09:41:42 (24 minutes ago) 
BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — T-Mobile US Inc. (TMUS) on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $361 million. On a per-share basis, the Bellevue, Washington-based company said it had profit of 42 cents. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 17 cents […]
 
Swedes' viral plea finds sender of bottle message
2015-07-30 09:41:40 (24 minutes ago) 
A Swedish family has told The Local how they tracked down the sender of a mystery message in a bottle when their Facebook appeal went viral – 11 years after the letter was thrown into the sea by a Norwegian boy.
 
Long way from home: Manatees show up in North Carolina, far from their natural Florida habitat
2015-07-30 09:41:29 (24 minutes ago) 
 
My hotel room's phone has a dedicated pizza button.
2015-07-30 09:41:10 (24 minutes ago) 
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Cleveland metal band Mushroomhead revisits its roots with old school Odeon show
2015-07-30 09:41:07 (25 minutes ago) 
Old School Mushroomhead takes on a special meaning this Saturday. That's because the Cleveland shock metal band is REALLY returning to its roots with their annual retro gig. They're doing the show at the club where they got their start: the Odeon.
 
A Psychologist as Warden? Jail and Mental Illness Intersect in Chicago
2015-07-30 09:41:02 (25 minutes ago) 
Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, a clinical psychologist, was chosen to run Cook County Jail, underscoring how much the nation’s prisons have become holding centers for the mentally ill.
 
FCA Q2 with net profit 333 mln euros
2015-07-30 09:40:54 (25 minutes ago) 
Revenues up 25% to 29.2 bn euros Fiat Chrysler reports








 
Ex-'Top Gear' Stars Zoom Off to Amazon Prime
2015-07-30 09:40:52 (25 minutes ago) 
Former "Top Gear" co-host Jeremy Clarkson has signed a deal with Amazon to present a new show alongside two former colleagues.









 
Mixed Results for Ford F-150 in Crash Tests
2015-07-30 09:40:44 (25 minutes ago) 
Ford's new aluminum-sided F-150 pickup saw mixed results in new crash tests, and the damaged trucks cost more to repair than steel-bodied ones.









 
Former U.S. counterterrorism official pleads guilty to voyeurism
2015-07-30 09:40:41 (25 minutes ago) 
Daniel Rosen, a former State Department official, secretly recorded women undressing in their D.C. homes, prosecutors say
 
The Simplest Espresso Maker is Down to an Unheard of $63 Today
2015-07-30 09:40:38 (25 minutes ago) 

Hands down, Nespresso is the easiest way to make decent espresso at home, and their Inissia model is on sale at Williams-Sonoma for an absolutely bonkers $63, if you hurry.

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Why is Spain not interested in boxing?
2015-07-30 09:40:21 (25 minutes ago) 
 
Filthy Rio Water a Threat at 2016 Olympics
2015-07-30 09:40:08 (26 minutes ago) 
Cleaning up the dangerously polluted Guanabara Bay in the next year for sailing events is the biggest challenge facing Rio de Janeiro Olympic organizers.
 
Former Sierra Army Depot Employee Sentenced for Stealing Military Equipment
2015-07-30 09:30:51 (35 minutes ago) 
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Jon Stewart for president?
2015-07-30 09:30:44 (35 minutes ago) 
On Tuesday we learned that President Obama had "secretly" summoned "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart to the White House twice in recent years. Social media was abuzz with the question of whether Stewart was actually advising Obama on certain policy issues. The comments of Obama's former senior adviser, David Axelrod that Stewart had "forceful arguments" on issues that "deserved to be answered" added to the speculation.
 
US economic growth picks up to 2.3%
2015-07-30 09:30:30 (35 minutes ago) 
The US economy grew at an annualised pace of 2.3% in the three months to June, official figures show.
 
Amazon beats Netflix to sign ex-Top Gear talent for new motoring show
2015-07-30 09:30:28 (35 minutes ago) 

In a surprise move, former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond have signed a three-year deal with Amazon for a new motoring show. Earlier rumours suggested that the trio—who left the program earlier this year when Clarkson was let go as a consequence of punching a producer—would sign a deal with rival streaming service Netflix.

While the show being created for Amazon Prime—which requires a yearly subscription of £79 in the UK and $99 in the US—doesn't currently have a name, the company has confirmed that it will go into production shortly and launch in 2016. If you don't want Prime's free shipping, you can get Amazon Instant Video on its own with a (slightly) cheaper monthly subscription (£5.99 in the UK). The show will form part of Amazon Prime's original programming line-up, which currently includes the Steven Spielberg produced Extant, and Ridley Scott's The Man in the High Castle.

Landing the ex-Top Gear presenters, as well as ex-producer and creative force behind the show Andy Wilman, is quite the coup for Amazon. At its peak, Top Gear was the most watched factual program in the world, with a global audience of around 350 million people a year. Even if only a few of those people pay to join Prime, Amazon could be looking at making a very large sum of money.

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Video Shows Plague of Locusts Swarming in Southern Russia
2015-07-30 09:30:03 (36 minutes ago) 
The waves of locusts began around July 20, agricultural officials said.
 
Watch: The Mysterious Craters on Ceres Get New Names
2015-07-30 09:22:41 (43 minutes ago) 

The Dawn probe is circling in on Ceres and returning new topographic images of its pockmarked surface.

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160-pound python killed in Missouri
2015-07-30 09:22:35 (43 minutes ago) 

A giant snake has finally been killed in eastern Missouri's Warren County after terrifying a neighborhood for several days.

       
 
UFC Champion Conor McGregor in No Rush to Grapple With Ronda Rousey
2015-07-30 09:22:32 (43 minutes ago) 
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