Senate Republicans plan to ignore impeachment hearings – POLITICO
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Senate Republicans plan to ignore impeachment hearings – POLITICO

As top diplomats William Taylor and George Kent prepare to appear before the House in the first public phase of the inquiry, few senators said they had plans to watch most of the testimony on Wednesday. And though Democrats and a handful of Republicans said they would try to play catch-up if they couldn't monitor in real time, a significant portion of the Senate GOP said they have no plans to watch at all. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he’s going to “be paying attention to what we’re doing in the Senate.” Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, the No. 3 GOP...
Stakes are high as Supreme Court prepares to hear DACA arguments – WJLA
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Stakes are high as Supreme Court prepares to hear DACA arguments – WJLA

The Supreme Court is set to hear opening arguments Tuesday that will determine whether the Trump administration has the legal authority to end protections for more than 700,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. The hearing before the Supreme Court is the culmination of more than two years of legal battles fought by hundreds of organizations, institutions and individuals challenging the constitutionality of President Donald Trump's September 2017 decision to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Trump Justice Department attempted to bring the DACA issue before the Supreme Court twice. The court finally agreed to consider the government's appeal on the third try.
Bevin asks for a recanvass in Kentucky – Politico
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Bevin asks for a recanvass in Kentucky – Politico

NO CONCESSION — Bevin is not giving up without a fight. “Speaking before reporters Wednesday night in Frankfort, the state capital, Bevin said his campaign would be seeking an official recanvass of the results — but it is also compiling evidence of ‘irregularities’ in the voting process to be investigated,” Campaign Pro’s Steve Shepard reported. “Without providing details, Bevin cited ‘thousands of absentee ballots that were illegally counted,’ reports of voters being ‘incorrectly turned away’ from polling places and ‘a number of machines that didn’t work properly.’ He said his campaign would provide more information as it is gathered, and he did not take questions from reporters,” Steve wrote.
The blue wave skips New Jersey as Democrats lose legislative seats – The Philadelphia Inquirer
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The blue wave skips New Jersey as Democrats lose legislative seats – The Philadelphia Inquirer

It seems the blue wave missed New Jersey. Republicans fared better than expected Tuesday night in an election where all 80 seats in the General Assembly were at stake, plus one in the state Senate. This was one of the few election contests nationwide that didn’t go well for Democrats. They won’t lose their control of the Assembly, having held a 54-26 majority going into election night. But experts predict Republicans will add two to four seats when the new legislative session begins next year. The lone Senate seat on the ballot flipped from Democratic to Republican. “It’s a great starting-off point,” Douglas Steinhardt, New Jersey GOP chairman, said Wednesday. “It should make Republicans hungry for 2020 and 2021."
Pres. Trump demands whistleblower testify in person – KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2
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Pres. Trump demands whistleblower testify in person – KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2

With the impeachment cloud looming, President Donald Trump is demanding a whistleblower’s identity to be revealed. In a tweet Monday morning the president said in part, “The Whistleblower gave false information & dealt with corrupt politician Schiff. He must be brought forward to testify. Written answers not acceptable!” Some House Republicans like Mark Meadows are pushing to have the whistleblower testify in person. “I can’t imagine that Chairman Schiff would allow written questions and answers for all of his witnesses,” Meadows said.
Experts: Trump, graduated tax could drive high turnout in 2020 – Bloomington Pantagraph
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Experts: Trump, graduated tax could drive high turnout in 2020 – Bloomington Pantagraph

With the fall election a year away, three political scientists expect the possible reelection of Republican President Donald Trump and the prospect of a graduated income tax for Illinois to motivate voters across party lines. "I have a feeling, and I'm really hoping I'm right, that turnout is going to be huge, maybe upwards of 65 or 70 percent," said Bob Bradley, professor emeritus of political science at Illinois State University, Normal. "More people seem to in tune with what's going on and feel that they need to vote."
Divided House approves Dems’ impeachment rules – PIX11 New York
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Divided House approves Dems’ impeachment rules – PIX11 New York

Democrats swept a rules package for their impeachment probe of President Donald Trump through a divided House Thursday, as the chamber's first vote on the investigation highlighted the partisan breach the issue has only deepened. By 232-196, lawmakers approved the procedures they'll follow as weeks of closed-door interviews with witnesses evolve into public committee hearings and — almost certainly — votes on whether the House should recommend Trump's removal.
After Facebook comes under fire, Twitter’s CEO announces ban on political ads – Yahoo News
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After Facebook comes under fire, Twitter’s CEO announces ban on political ads – Yahoo News

Twitter announced on Wednesday that it would no longer allow political ads on its service, in an implicit response to Facebook’s policy of allowing political ads even if they contain false information. “We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally,” wrote CEO Jack Dorsey in a series of messages Wednesday. “We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought. Why? A few reasons. A political message earns reach when people decide to follow an account or retweet. Paying for reach removes that decision, forcing highly optimized and targeted political messages on people. We believe this decision should not be compromised by money. “While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions. Internet political ads present entirely new challenges to civic discourse: machine learning-based optimization of messaging and micro-targeting, unchecked misleading information, and deep fakes. All at increasing velocity, sophistication, and overwhelming scale.”
Polls: Impeachment, Removal of President Unpopular in Battleground States – Breitbart
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Polls: Impeachment, Removal of President Unpopular in Battleground States – Breitbart

Two recent polls show that the effort by Democrats to impeach and remove President Trump from office is unpopular with a majority of voters in several key battleground states. Those results may loom large in the minds of Democrat members of the House of Representatives from those states as they consider how they will cast their ballots when a vote on impeachment proceedings comes to the floor of the House on Thursday. One poll, conducted by Marquette Law, measured voter sentiment on impeachment in Wisconsin, while a second poll, conducted by The New York Times Upshot/Siena College,...
Democrats Will Vote To Formalize Their Impeachment Inquiry, And Hearings Will Be Public Soon – BuzzFeed News
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Democrats Will Vote To Formalize Their Impeachment Inquiry, And Hearings Will Be Public Soon – BuzzFeed News

The House of Representatives will vote on a resolution formalizing its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump this week, following attacks from Republicans and the White House and just days after a judge ruled there was no legal requirement to do so. “For weeks, the President, his Counsel in the White House, and his allies in Congress have made the baseless claim that the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry ‘lacks the necessary authorization for a valid impeachment proceeding,’” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote in a letter to her caucus...
Judge's order releasing Trump's tax returns and blasting 'repugnant' immunity claim put on hold – Reuters
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Judge’s order releasing Trump’s tax returns and blasting ‘repugnant’ immunity claim put on hold – Reuters

A federal judge on Monday said eight years of U.S. President Donald Trump’s tax returns must be provided to Manhattan prosecutors, forcefully rejecting the president’s argument that he was immune from criminal investigations. Trump’s returns will not be turned over immediately, after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan granted the president’s request to temporarily block the order, handed down by U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero.
Iranians tried to hack U.S. presidential campaign in effort that targeted hundreds, Microsoft says – Washington Post
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Iranians tried to hack U.S. presidential campaign in effort that targeted hundreds, Microsoft says – Washington Post

The intrusion observed by Microsoft, spearheaded by an outfit it calls Phosphorus, made more than 2,700 attempts to identify personal email addresses that belonged to the company’s customers over a 30-day period between August and September, 241 of which were then attacked. Four were compromised, but they do not belong to the presidential campaign or government officials, according to the tech giant.
If You Don’t Have the Power for Change, Make Your Own Power
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If You Don’t Have the Power for Change, Make Your Own Power

Sometimes they say, Be the change you hope to see, and sometimes you respond, well, we have no power to be that change. Meet John Magiro Wangare, a man who wanted to be the change he hoped to see, and when he didn't have the power to make that change, he made his own power. John built, for his community, a power plant, transforming the lives around him, becoming the change he wanted to see. Meet the Man Who Built His Own Power Plant – Great Big Story Many parts of rural Kenya lack access to electricity, leaving residents shrouded in darkness as nighttime falls. John Magiro Wangare wanted to change that. Using a local river, scrap metal and dynamo, Wangare built a hydroelectric power station in the town of Njumbi. Today, his clean energy solution generates electricity for 250 households, creating a brighter life for his whole community.
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Why AI is a threat to democracy—and what we can do to stop it – Technology Review

Why AI is a threat to democracy—and what we can do to stop it – Technology Review

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 Rather than create a grand strategy for AI or for our long-term futures, the federal government has stripped funding from science and tech research. So the money must come from the private sector. But investors also expect some kind of return. That’s a problem……

…..at the same time that there’s a tremendous amount of power being consolidated in China. China has a sovereign wealth fund devoted to fundamental basic research in AI. They’re throwing huge amounts of money at AI. And they have a totally different idea than the US when it comes to privacy and data.

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The Conflicting Moral Dilema of Training for Apocolypse
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The Conflicting Moral Dilema of Training for Apocolypse

Should all individuals, no matter their disposition, be training for apocalyptic outcomes such as shootings? It might seem like an easy answer, but it's not one that was ever raised, for instance, before American schools started conducting shooting drills with captive audiences at non-consenting ages (minors). Some of the questions now being asked regarding the implementation of VR (virtual reality) Training for mass shooting events perhaps should have been asked before schools conducted these drills as well. Companies can use VR to train employees for mass shootings. But should they? – CNN Excerpt: …..while there may be a large market for such services, Peterson is concerned that they’re not just helping innocent bystanders learn how to cope with a shooting at work or at school: they’re also training the very people who could be perpetrators. She said research indicates that about 90% of school or workplace shootings are committed by former students or employees. It also makes Peterson nervous to put people through simulations in virtual reality in case it triggers a fascination or interest in shootings that wasn’t there previously. “If you’re suicidal, and you’re in crisis, and you have a trauma background, and you have access to weapons, this sort of rehearsal could be problematic,” she said.
Leyla Acaroglu: the disruptive designer reshaping minds to change the world – UN Environment
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Professional Disruption of WrongThink Mastered at UnSchool

Meet Leyla Acaroglu. She founded "The Unschool of Disruptive Design. Here is an excerpt from the website's page on the disruptive design method: The 12 units in the Disruptive Design Methodology synthesize a broad range of thinking and doing skills and tools, including systems thinking, gamification and game theory, ethics and empathy, life cycle thinking, research strategies, applied systems intervention, cognitive and behavioral sciences, ideation and creative problem solving, and sustainable production. Each of the learning modules fit together to form the practice of Disruptive Design, which is the applied approach to designing creative interventions for positive social change. Leyla Acaroglu: the disruptive designer reshaping minds to change the world – UN Environment Excerpt: Acaroglu is passionate about the need to equip young people with the cognitive and creative tools necessary to take a leap into an alternative future. In 2014, she founded The UnSchool of Disruptive Design—a global experimental knowledge laboratory for creative rebels and change agents. If Acaroglu’s work inspires these budding innovators, they also galvanize her. “The UnSchool and the work I do with these people who are coming to learn how to change in the world, is the biggest optimism shot I could get any day of the week,” she said. In her bid to rework education, Acaroglu has designed a circular economy curriculum—the Circular Classroom—for Finland and is working on another for Southeast Asia. She is also a passionate advocate for disrupting the gender-based stereotypes of leadership. This thinking reflects calls by the United Nations for women to be included as key decision makers in the critical transformation needed to tackle climate change. Editor's Note: It would seem that Leyla has decided not to equip humans to imagine a future of their own preferneces, but rather to continue the Prussian model of education in providing for students the particularly CORRECT future the child should imagine. The phrase "take a leap into an alternative future" describes one future, and a future, it would seem, she has fully mapped out for all of the students she has been given power to engineer, thanks to the United Nations. Leyla falls in line with many of the other social engineers that have come before her. From Robespiere to Pol Pot, history is littered with the dead of the well-intended social engineers of the new human. Let us hope her dream is not fulfilled, for the sake of all.
We May Have Just Solved Oh-My-God Particle Mystery Using Galactic Filaments – Anton Petrov
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OMG! We Know Where the OMGS Come From!

We May Have Just Solved Oh-My-God Particle Mystery Using Galactic Filaments – Anton Petrov - VIDEO in this video, we will talk about a new study that investigates the origin of The Oh-My-God particle (OMG Particle) and other Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays
Transformative? New Device Harvests Energy from Darkness – NYTImes
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From Darkness, Comes Power, Literally, Thanks to These Folks

Transformative? New Device Harvests Energy from Darkness – NYTImes Excerpt: Dr. Raman wondered whether he could use all that darkness to make something to light it up, not unlike the way that solar panels generate electricity from the sun’s heat and light.He did. In new research published on Thursday in the journal Joule, Dr. Raman demonstrated a way to harness a dark night sky to power a light bulb.His prototype device employs radiative cooling, the phenomenon that makes buildings and parks feel cooler than the surrounding air after sunset. As Dr. Raman’s device releases heat, it does so unevenly, the top side cooling more than the bottom. It then converts the difference in heat into electricity. In the paper, Dr. Raman described how the device, when connected to a voltage converter, was able to power a white LED…..
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Did Scientists Just See Dark Matter Or Is This a New Mystery? – Anton Petrov

Did Scientists Just See Dark Matter Or Is This a New Mystery? – Anton Petrov

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Hello and welcome! My name is Anton and in this video, we will talk about two studies that investigate unusual gamma rays that may indicate that dark matter is emitting them.
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FCC approves Nexstar’s $6.4B takeover of Tribune Media – PitchBook

FCC approves Nexstar’s $6.4B takeover of Tribune Media – PitchBook

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The Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to sign off on Nexstar Media Group‘s $6.4 billion buyout of Chicago-based Tribune Media, clearing the TV takeover’s final hurdle. The development follows the Justice Department’s tentative approval in July, on the condition that the companies divest television stations to mitigate antirust issues. The deal was announced in December.

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Pewdiepie Bends The Knee – Geeks and Gamers
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Pewdiepie Bends The Knee – Geeks and Gamers

The former head of the 9 year old army hung up his edgy memes today and traded them in for a nice return to the good graces of Google, and, apparently, also the ADL, which is not going over greatly with his former 9 year old army. (TubeFire Insert from Dexerto ) -The chaos didn’t go unnoticed: PewDiePie published a statement about the controversy on September 11, clarifying that the Christchurch shootings in New Zealand had used his negative image with the mainstream media as a destructive tool, explaining that his donation to the ADL was a step in rectifying this damage.“ …after the Christchurch travesty a few months ago, my own clash with MSM was manipulated as a tool for destruction,” Kjellberg wrote. “Making a donation to the ADL doesn’t make sense to everyone, especially since they’ve outright spoken against me. I wanted to show publicly that I can move past it and move on.”
When AI Creates AI — Who Owns the Rights? | Davis Wright Tremaine LLP – JD Supra
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When AI Creates AI — Who Owns the Rights? | Davis Wright Tremaine LLP – JD Supra

In the war for the ownership of thought, AI-created thought injects whole new levels of questions regarding whom should be consider the owner of these ideas....  JD Supra More problematic, however, is the treatment of inventions discovered either wholly or in part by the artificial intelligence. Since inventorship resides only in humans, the USPTO is ill equipped to handle the ramifications when an AI discovers a new malaria drug or designs a new, easier-to-handle container. While attributing inventorship of an AI-generated invention to the AI’s human creator may seem like a reasonable solution, in some cases the human’s actions and the realization of the invention might be so far separated in time and intervening events, and proximate cause questions, that it can be hard to square naming the human as an inventor. What might happen if a human puts into place an AI system that runs for years and in ways that might not have been anticipated, that AI system – maybe even after the human has forgotten about it or passed away – outputs something that if done directly by a human would unquestionably be an invention? If the human was an independent inventor or employed as an inventor, and a different entity owns the AI system, who should own the patent rights?
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Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas lists 2,500 people as missing – BBC

Hurricane Dorian: Bahamas lists 2,500 people as missing – BBC

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Bahamas emergency services have listed 2,500 people as missing after Hurricane Dorian struck the islands last week.

This official count suggests the death toll will be much higher than the current 50, though the number of missing has yet to be checked against those in shelters and should fall.

Tens of thousands of people remain in need of aid.

Dorian equalled the highest winds ever recorded for a hurricane at landfall when it struck the Abaco Islands.

Large areas were devastated on the Abacos and on Grand Bahama.

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Fake Human Embryos are All the Rage at the University of Michigan
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Fake Human Embryos are All the Rage at the University of Michigan

In a laboratory in the University of Michigan, researchers are growing near-facsimiles of human embryos, with a pre-determined life expectancy of 4 days.  They are creating these embryos from stem cells that have been encouraged to produce a human-shaped embryo, sans the placenta. Meet the artificial embryos people are calling “uncanny” and “spectacular” – MIT Technology ReviewExcerpt:….researchers at the University of Michigan are reporting that they’ve learned to efficiently manufacture realistic models of human embryos from stem cells. They think the advance will let them test fertility drugs and study the earliest phases of pregnancy, but it is also raising novel legal and ethical issues.The artificial embryos were made by coaxing stem cells to spontaneously form tiny ball-shaped structures that include the beginnings of an amniotic sac and the inner cells of the embryo (the part that would become a person’s limbs, head, and the rest of their body) though they lack tissues needed to make a placenta….The ones developed by the Michigan team, which was led by bioengineer Jianping Fu and biologist Deborah Gumucio, were only allowed to live four days and don’t have all the cell types needed to qualify as a real conceptus, as the implanting embryo is known, and are likely to have other abnormalities and limitations…..
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Locking Up New Plants in Intellectual Property, the New Colonialism

The patent warriors have taken their efforts to perpetually profit from the ideas of others one step forward by stepping up their patent-squatting, pirating efforts in…farming.  That’s right, you folks might not even be aware of how small numbers of companies are securing patents on new planet ‘designs,’ assuring that any great discovery in farming will be controlled and sold at high price to the few who could afford the ‘product.’

Case in point is what happened to an Indian gentleman from Gujarat.  He went and messed up and dared grow plants with patented seeds. … Source

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US Scientists 3D Print Miniature Human Heart – Geek

US Scientists 3D Print Miniature Human Heart – Geek

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Scientists have successfully 3D printed a miniature human heart.Chicago-based biotech firm Biolife4D recently took a significant step toward its goal of producing a full-sized human heart viable for transplant.  The mini milestone, led by Chief Science Officer Ravi Birla, boasts the structure of a standard-sized heart—including four internal chambers.  It’s the closest anyone has gotten to producing a fully functioning heart through 3D bioprinting, according to the company.

“We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished, from the ability to 3D bioprint human cardiac tissue last summer to a mini heart with full structure now,” Birla said in a statement.

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