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Facebook To Show Users Which Russian Propaganda They Followed

Slashdot - 42 min 28 sec ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Facebook will show people which Russian propaganda pages or accounts they've followed and liked on the social network, responding to a request from Congress to address manipulation and meddling during the 2016 presidential election. The tool will appear by the end of the year in Facebook's online support center, the company said in a blog post Wednesday. It will answer the user question, "How can I see if I've liked or followed a Facebook page or Instagram account created by the Internet Research Agency?" That's the Russian firm that created thousands of incendiary posts from fake accounts posing as U.S. citizens. People will see a list of the accounts they followed, if any, from January 2015 through August 2017. Facebook will only be showing people the names of the pages and accounts, not the content. A user will only see what they liked or followed, so if they simply saw IRA content in their news feeds, they won't be notified.

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Night Being 'Lost' To Artificial Light

Slashdot - 1 hour 17 min ago
An anonymous reader shares a report: A study of pictures of Earth by night has revealed that artificial light is growing brighter and more extensive every year. Between 2012 and 2016, the planet's artificially lit outdoor area grew by more than 2 percent per year. Scientists say a "loss of night" in many countries is having negative consequences for "flora, fauna, and human well-being." A team published the findings in the journal Science Advances. It showed that changes in brightness over time varied greatly by country. Some of the world's "brightest nations," such as the US and Spain, remained the same. Most nations in South America, Africa and Asia grew brighter. Only a few countries showed a decrease in brightness, such as Yemen and Syria -- both experiencing warfare. The nocturnal satellite images -- of glowing coastlines and spider-like city networks -- look quite beautiful but artificial lighting has unintended consequences for human health and the environment.

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Apple’s holiday ad shows off wireless AirPods and a stunning dance performance in the snow

9to5Mac - 1 hour 28 min ago

It’s the eve of Thanksgiving in the United States and as has become tradition, Apple has shared its annual holiday ad for the year. The new ad called “Sway” features a brief appearance by the new iPhone X, but mostly revolves around AirPods and sharing an experience with music with someone special.

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AGR Manet is DOWN, 1511382186

AGR Manet - 1 hour 29 min ago
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Washington Post Publishes Complete List of Accusations of Sexual Misconduct Against Donald Trump

Little Green Footballs - 1 hour 41 min ago

The accusations of sexual assault, harassment, and groping against Donald Trump are even worse than the disgusting allegations against Roy Moore. The Washington Post has published the complete list, and we should never stop being appalled that the Republican Party and the right wing base actually put a vile person like this in the White House.

During the second presidential debate, Anderson Cooper asked then-candidate Trump point blank whether he had “actually kiss[ed] women without consent or grope[d] women without consent?” Trump asserted that “nobody has more respect for women” and Cooper pushed him, asking, “Have you ever done those things?” Trump denied that he had, responding: “No, I have not.”

The president has held this line, telling the New York Times, when asked the same question: “I don’t do it. I don’t do it.”

But it’s not as simple as that. Many of the women have produced witnesses who say they heard about these incidents when they happened — long before Trump’s political aspirations were known. Three have produced at least two witnesses.

Such contemporaneous accounts are essential to establishing the credibility of the allegation because they reduce the chance that a person is making up a story for political purposes. In the case of sexual allegations, such accounts can help bolster the credibility of the “she said” side of the equation. Often, a sexual assault will occur behind closed doors. The contemporary corroborators can explain what they heard at the time and whether the story being told now is consistent with how the story was told years earlier. This does not necessarily mean an allegation is true, but it does give journalistic organizations more confidence to report on the allegation.

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Here’s a list of 13 women who have publicly come forward with claims that Trump had physically touched them inappropriately in some way, and the witnesses they provided. We did not include claims that were made only through Facebook posts or other social media, or in lawsuits that subsequently were withdrawn.

We also did not include the accounts of former beauty contestants who say Trump walked in on them when they were half nude because there were no allegations of touching. Trump had bragged on the Howard Stern show of his “inspections” during the pageants: “You know they’re standing there with no clothes. Is everybody OK? And you see these incredible looking women. And so I sort of get away with things like that.”

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Best Apple Black Friday Deals: 9.7-inch iPad $249, $250 off MacBooks, iTunes gift cards, more

9to5Mac - 1 hour 47 min ago

Black Friday is upon us, and despite the name, we’re expecting the deals to starting flying tonight at 12:01am. The team at 9to5Toys have been working around the clock compiling and sorting through all of this week’s best price drops.

For Black Friday 2017, this hub will serve as our main landing page for all of the hottest Apple deals. We’ve put together a list of what we know is coming down the line over the next 72 hours, and we’ll be updating it regularly in the meantime.

Before we jump to the deals, be sure to follow 9to5Toys on Twitter, RSS and Facebook now so as deals pop up you’ll be sure to see them. Sometimes offers only last a few minutes, so having our social feeds on-hand will ensure you’re prepared. We’ve rounded up all of the best Black Friday 2017 deals just below.

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Net Neutrality Advocates Plan Protests For December 7 at Verizon Stores

Slashdot - 1 hour 57 min ago
Jordan Crook, writing for TechCrunch: During yesterday's announcement of the upcoming vote, the FCC neglected to mention the historic 22 million comments on the issue, the majority of which were opposed to its rollback. In response, protests are being held on December 7 at Verizon retail stores across the country. The protests were organized by Demand Progress, Fight For The Future, and FreePress Action Fund. Here's what the protest organizers have to say on their event page: "Ajit Pai is clearly still working for Verizon, not the public. But he still has to answer to Congress. So we're calling on our lawmakers to do their job overseeing the FCC and speak out against Ajit Pai's plan to gut Title II net neutrality protections and give Verizon and other giant ISPs everything on their holiday wishlist.

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Horse Head Mask

Woot - 2 hours 2 min ago

"Knock Knock"  "Who's there?"  "Sheer Terror"

What ever events have happened to you previously no longer matter. That was your old life. This is your new life. In your new life you have a super power. That power is stored in this terrifying horse mask. Transform your life, transform your head, transform your future.
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Revisiting the Sins of Mark Halperin

Kevin Drum - 2 hours 10 min ago

Eve Fairbanks says that Mark Halperin did a lot more harm than just abusing women. Via his authorship of The Note, he spent years abusing the entire city of Washington DC:

I want to talk about the deeper, subtler, more insidious effect Mark Halperin had on our politics — one which we’ll be paying for for years to come. The Note purported to reveal Washington’s secrets….It replaced normal words with jargon. It coined the phrase “Gang of 500,” the clubby network of lobbyists, aides, pols, and hangers-on who supposedly, like the Vatican’s cardinals, secretly ran DC….Halperin wrote about Washington like it was an intriguing game, the kind that masked aristocrats played to entertain themselves at 19th-century parties: Everyone was both pawn and player, engaged in a set of arcane maneuvers to win an empty jackpot that ultimately meant nothing of true importance.

At the same time, The Note made it seem that tiny events — a cough at a press conference, a hush-hush convo between Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell in a corridor — held apocalyptic importance. Cloaked in seriousness, with the imprimatur of Peter Jennings’ ABC News, in reality The Note was not news but simple gossip.

….I dare say Halperin is the single journalist most responsible for Donald Trump….After all, what did Trump respond to? Most of all, two things: the sense among Americans that the language of politics has become an incomprehensible jargon of the elite, and the sense that a disaster or a dramatic change that will upend everything looms at every moment — hidden from sight, but still imminent. We have an apocalyptic politics in part because Halperin helped promote an apocalyptic approach to political coverage.

I don’t really buy this. The Note was gossip and palace intrigue, but that’s the exact opposite of apocalyptic. Gossip makes everything seem trivial and fleeting, and Halperin’s writing was invariably aimed at the world-weary cynic who was too cosmopolitan to ever find anything truly apocalyptic. Gossip is both the great leveler of men and the great enemy of policymaking, which was always a subject that was just too, too dreary for readers of The Note.

But if it wasn’t Halperin, who was it? Really, there’s not much question where the apocalyptic approach to politics has come from: post-Gingrich movement conservatives, especially (and fittingly) conservative evangelicals. I don’t feel like digging up chapter and verse here, but all you have to do is read the speeches and emails and newsletters that they produced to understand exactly where this has come from. For years, they’ve told each other that the United States is literally¹ on the verge of collapse if the liberal agenda continues much longer. That’s what produced Donald Trump, not Mark Halperin.

That said, Trump is also a creature of gossip, and Halperin certainly helped set the stage for the centrality of gossip—and the disdain for policy—that’s so widespread among thought leaders in modern politics.

And for what it’s worth, this is why I always refused to read The Note and its imitators from the day I started blogging. It’s not possible to read this stuff “just for fun” and then pretend that it doesn’t affect you. The only way to avoid being affected by it is not to read it at all. Does that mean I missed out on things? Not that I can tell. Over the past 15 years, I can’t recall more than two or three items of any importance that were reported first in one of the morning gossip newsletters. They may not be responsible for apocalyptic politics, but they have plenty of other sins to account for.

¹Note that I’m using the word literally in its correct sense here.

Categories: Politics

Donald Trump Freaks Out At LaVar Ball: 'IT WAS ME' Who Saved Your Son

Crooks and Liars - 2 hours 31 min ago
 'IT WAS ME'  Who Saved Your Son

Earlier, Donald Trump renewed his feud with LaVar Ball, the bombastic father of one of the three UCLA basketball players who was detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting because he's not sufficiently kissing his ring with gratitude.

On Monday, Ball told CNN he still wouldn't praise Trump for getting the UCLA players out of China saying he would have thanked him if those players rode out of China on Air Force One.

The man-baby was very cranky this morning and it showed. But this Twitter rant was particular more unhinged than normal.

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How to record ultra slow motion 1080p/240 FPS video on your iPhone

iDownloadBlog - 2 hours 32 min ago

All iPhones from iPhone 5s onward can record slow-motion video at 120 frames per second (FPS), but only the latest models powered by the A11 Bionic chip or newer, like iPhone 8 and iPhone X, boost the slo-mo frame rate to 240 FPS in full HD resolution (1,920-by-1,080 pixels).... Read the rest of this post here

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Thanksgiving Files: Turkey, Turkey, Who Is Cooking The Turkey?

Balloon Juice - 2 hours 35 min ago

Spatchcock Turkey finish

This is the only way I’ve been preparing turkey since my first attempt. The only thing I changed up from that first time I prepared it, I skip the metal rack and instead place the bird on a bed of carrots, celery and onion. With the shorter cooking time, the flavor needs the boost the roasting veggies add.

From 2015:

Sometimes the scariest part of the Thanksgiving Dinner is the worry that the turkey will not turn out properly – undercooked, overcooked, dry, flavorless – and ruin the whole meal. I’ve cooked in bags, roasted, braised, fried, deboned – about everything but brine. I’m not a fan of brining. And still every year I worry.

This year I decided to try removing the backbone and flattening the bird, cooking it at a high temperature for a shorter cooking time. It seemed like it was fairly foolproof and stress free and the bird turned out great.

BTW, my recommendation is to always get two smaller birds instead of one massive bird – you’ll have a much better outcome with shorter cooking times. Not to mention not having to worry about fitting a huge bird in the oven. We usually do an oven bird, then grill, smoke or fry another.

For this recipe, a good set of poultry shears makes quick work of removing the backbone. I prepped the bird yesterday, wrapped it up and refrigerated it. This gave me time to make a nice broth from the backbone, giblets and neck last night (see notes below) and make the cranberry sauce, because it’s always better the next day.

Spatchcock Turkey Prep

Roasted Spatchcock Turkey

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 whole turkey (10-12 pounds)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

Rimmed baking sheet, rack

In a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle, crush together pepper, salt, sage and rosemary and add to brown sugar. Set aside.

With a sharp knife or scissors, remove the back bone of the turkey, flip over and press down on the breast bone to break and flatten. I wasn’t quite strong enough, so I turned the bird over, scored the bone, flipped it back and tried again, this time it broke easily. I then trimmed off the wing tips. See my notes below on what to do with the back and wing tips.

Place the bird flat, breast side up, on the rack in the baking sheet. Rub with spice mix and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Before cooking drizzle olive oil over turkey and roast for 1 hour or until the temperature of the thickest part of the breast reaches 160 degrees. Remove from the oven, tent with foil and let rest for 30 minutes (during this time the bird temperature will reach 165 degrees and thighs should be 175 degrees).

Carve and serve.

NOTES: I took the back, wing tips, neck and giblets, covered them with water and simmered them for about an hour. I then used the broth for both the stuffing and gravy. I also cooked the stuffing in the oven, in a baking dish, uncovered, with the turkey. They finished up about the same time.

The next time I make this, I would forego the metal rack and instead use a roasting pan and place the bird on a bed of carrots, celery and onion. With the shorter cooking time, the flavor could use the boost. I do feel this is a great technique for wood grilling or smoking.

More Recipes: We have a bunch, a peck, a bushel, of Thanksgiving recipes, including my favorite Upside-Down Cranberry Cake (here), No Boil Mashed Potatoes (here), and Non-Traditional Sides (here), click on this link for all the other recipes.

How do you prep your Turkey? To brine or not to brine? My brother always smokes or fries our second bird and I’d love to try the spatchcock bird on the grill one time. What else will grace your table tomorrow? Open thread.

Categories: Politics

'The Death of the MBA'

Slashdot - 2 hours 37 min ago
An anonymous reader shares a report: U.S. graduate business schools -- once magnets for American and international students seeking a certain route to a high income -- are in an existential crisis. They are losing droves of students who are balking at sky-high tuition and, in the case of international applicants, turned off by President Trump's politics. The once-venerated MBA is going the way of the diminished law degree, pushed aside by tech education. Graduates of the top 25 or so MBA schools still command the elite Wall Street and corporate jobs they always did, but the hundreds of others are scrambling, and some schools are shutting down their programs. Survivors are often offering new touchy-feely degrees like "master of social innovation." [...] In the more than 350 programs that didn't make the top ranks, rising tuition costs and smaller returns in the form of employment and income have forced a rethink of the traditional MBA degree.

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Are Allies Of Ohio’s Biggest Charter School Fueling A Republican Coup?

Plunderbund - 2 hours 41 min ago

Something strange is going on at the Ohio Statehouse.

The week’s headlines were dominated by the story of freshman Republican State Representative Wes Goodman, whose habit of chatting up young men online was revealed after his abrupt resignation over sex acts in his office. We’ll set aside the details of that story and let Wes and his wife work out their issues in private. The interesting part of the story is how it is being pushed from the sidelines and why.

ECOT, Ohio’s Scammiest Charter School

First, a quick review of the recent history of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow (ECOT), the state’s largest online charter school. ECOT is currently in a battle for its survival with the Ohio Department of Education over tens of millions of annual payments for what the State says are phantom students. The school has no records to show that thousands of students actually engage in any learning activities. The issue is working its way through the courts, but if the school loses its appeals and the legislature doesn’t bail it out, it says it will be forced to close.

This is a major twist of fate for ECOT’s founder, Bill Lager, whose generosity in giving to the campaigns of powerful Republican lawmakers is legendary. Over a decade, Lager and his affiliated businesses have contributed more than $2 million to Ohio Republican campaigns. Under previous legislative leadership (including House Speakers Householder, Husted and Batchelder), Lager was able to get bills passed to keep the gravy train of taxpayer money flowing. But since Cliff Rosenberger took over as House Speaker in 2015, bills favorable to ECOT have gone nowhere. Ultimately, it’s up to legislative leaders to decide which bills move forward, which brings us to what appears to be a concerted effort to take down Speaker Rosenberger.

Bill Lager at ECOT Rally [Columbus Dispatch]

ECOT Gets a New Mouthpiece: 3rd Rail Politics

In the summer of 2016, when ECOT was in a multi-front PR war to stay in business, a new blog emerged that seemed single-handedly focused on advancing ECOT’s message and questioning its legislative opponents. As a private business, 3rd Rail Politics will not disclose its funding sources, but ECOT’s fingerprints all over it. In addition to having an editorial slant that is wholly aligned with ECOT’s, 3rd Rail also shares a business address with two Lager-affiliated businesses, is edited by a former ECOT board member, and frequently uses ECOT’s spokesperson, Republican lobbyist Neil Clark, as a source. Among the blog’s early targets were Republican Senator Peggy Lehner, who chairs the powerful Senate Education committee, where legislation to rein in unaccountable charter schools has seen recent success.

Search Results from 3rd Rail Politics for Lehner

House Speaker Rosenberger Under Fire

More recently, 3rd Rail has set its sights on Speaker Rosenberger. Throughout the fall, 3rd Rail Politics posted a series of articles suggesting Rosenberger is “lavishlyspending Republican House caucus funds on purposes unrelated to election campaigns. Republican House members in tough reelection races rely on these funds to pay for campaign materials and advertising. Understandably, caucus members–who will be voting for the next Speaker–might be upset if that money is misspent.

Goodman is sworn in by Rosenberger

The blog is now working hard to suggest that Speaker Rosenberger knew about Wes Goodman’s inappropriate targeting of young men and covered it up. It’s worth noting that somehow emails about Goodman’s past behavior landed in the hands of the Washington Post before Speaker Rosenberger says he found out. Washington Post reporters don’t routinely participate in the Statehouse rumor mill. Someone sent them those emails in an effort to drive this story. We’re not saying it was 3rd Rail Politics, but they clearly knew this story was coming.

3rd Rail Politics “predicted” Goodman’s resignation weeks before it occurred on Nov. 15

When the legislature convenes in January of 2019, Rosenberger will no longer be in the legislature and a new Speaker will be chosen by its Republican members. 3rd Rail Politics appears to be attempting to accelerate that process. Why? Would ECOT benefit from new leadership to get it out of its current existential legal jam?

There is a lot of detail and backstory that we’re leaving out for the sake of brevity. But the basic question is this: is a blog aligned with an embattled charter school engaging in a rumor-mongering public intimidation campaign to take out the Speaker and put someone more favorable to their cause in his place?

We’ll revisit this story and as always, our inbox is open (and anonymous) if you have insights to share.

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This New Robot Will Help Keep Hearts Pumping

Wired Science - 3 hours 2 min ago
First it wraps the organ in polymer arms. Then it pierces the flesh with a pointy rod.
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Stuart Varney Gets Knickers In A Twist At Trump Critic: 'You Don't Approve Of Our President, Do You?'

Crooks and Liars - 3 hours 13 min ago

FBN's Stuart Varney engaged in a weird interview with Dr. Azriel Bermant, who claims Trump's uncooth rhetoric may force him to engage militarily with North Korea.

I'm, still trying to understand why this interview was even conducted. Slow news day? I guess if it's too embarrassing to have someone on that you'd have to ask about Trump's endorsement of Roy Moore, you better work the North Korean angle.

Weeks ago, Dr. Azriel Bermant wrote an article "Donald Trump will be forced into North Korea war for THIS reason."

"A missile defense expert and historian – told us that Trump's boisterous efforts on social media may have left world peace past the point of no return.Dr Bermant says that by macho posturing to followers, allies and the public through other mediums, Trump may have forced himself into a position where he has to launch military might.

Like many of us, Bermant surmises that by Trump's warring rhetoric against North Korea is forcing a "put up or shut up" move from Kim Jong-Un. And given the immaturity and narcissism of both leaders, the world is dangerously close to military actions.

Dr. Bermant is confirms what we all know: that much of the world feels the same way. Why Varney waited almost three weeks to interview him is beyond me.

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Midday Open Thread - Headlines Of The Day

Crooks and Liars - 3 hours 15 min ago
Midday Open Thread - Headlines Of The Day

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The Feds Are Officially Cracking Down on Basement Biohackers

Slashdot - 3 hours 17 min ago
Kristen Brown, reporting for Gizmodo: The Food and Drug Agency has issued a stern warning to anyone who might be crazy enough to undertake gene therapy in the do-it-yourself fashion. Definitely don't do this at home, a statement released on Tuesday implies. And if you do, we'll throw every law we can at you. The FDA's deterrent comes on the heels of a brazen DIY gene therapy experiment, in which a 27-year-old software engineer injected himself with an unprove gene therapy for HIV designed by three biohacker friends. The first injection was streamed live on Facebook in October, and went viral after it was covered by Gizmodo. "You can't stop it, you can't regulate these things," patient zero, Tristan Roberts, told Gizmodo at the time. Apparently the FDA begs to differ.

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Anker Black Friday deals: $24 wireless headphones, $10 iPhone X cases, and more

iDownloadBlog - 3 hours 20 min ago

Below we’ve put together a roundup of some of Anker’s best Black Friday deals. If you’re not familiar with the company, it’s one of the top-rated smartphone accessory-makers on Amazon, with a wide range of products including battery packs, charging cables, Bluetooth speakers, cases and more.... Read the rest of this post here

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AGR Manet is DOWN, 1511374986

AGR Manet - 3 hours 29 min ago
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