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Vintage cars visit Medina fairgrounds

Medina Gazette - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 23:36

MEDINA — Rain dampened the first day of the Vintage Street Rodders of America car show Friday at Medina County Fairgrounds. Organizers displayed the 20 cars that came inside a fairgrounds building.

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Horse show aids effort to improve safety of teen drivers

Medina Gazette - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 23:36

MEDINA — Kelsey Spencer looked away when asked about Kelli Baker, one of her best friends. She breathed in, then spoke through tears.

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Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell & Greg Christie recount creation of original iPhone interface & more in new video

9to5Mac - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 22:37

This month marks the 10th anniversary of the iPhone being released to the public. In honor of the anniversary, former Apple executives Scott Forstall, Tony Fadell, and Greg Christie have sat down the The Wall Street Journal to offer some backstory on the device’s inception and the development process…

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Open thread for night owls: Rick Perry humiliates himself yet again

Daily Kos - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 22:31

Following his embarrassingly ignorant performance on CNBC, newly installed Energy Secretary Rick Perry closed off his week somehow managing to look even worse. The venue was a hearing before the United States Senate; the event was Senator Al Franken, former comedian turned political force, reducing the Republican ex-governor of no remaining discernible talents to an angry puddle by introducing him to scientific conclusions Rick Perry steadfastly insists are not real.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) informed Perry that scientists have concluded that “humans are entirely the cause” of recent warming, to which Perry responded, “I don’t believe it” and “I don’t buy it.”

Thank the heavens the world's collected scientific research does not hinge on gaining the personal buy-in of one Rick Perry. We would be in deep trouble if the man failed to give his stamp of approval to the existence of electricity; we may be in deep trouble if the man overseeing the nation's nuclear stockpiles decides that radiation is now a vitamin.

Perry went on to call for a so-called “red team” exercise where scientists argue back and forth with a “blue team” on the issue. “But that is exactly how science works,” replied Franken, with teams of scientists pushing back and forth on one another until a consensus is reached.

We can assume that Rick Perry did not in fact know this.

Franken then pointed out that the Koch brothers had actually helped set up a “red team” of skeptics to take a new look at all of the historical data on global surface temperatures. He then quoted what the head of that team, Dr. Richard Muller, said in the New York Times about their findings:

Call me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.

At that moment in the questioning, Perry lost his composure, not merely rejecting this scientific reality but asserting angrily that it is “just indefensible.”

And so we we draw our little scene to a close, as Rick Perry confronts the forces of scientific inquiry and responds with stern disapproval that the forces of scientific inquiry would say such things.

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Public health officials like Ms. Ehresmann, who herself has a son with autism, have been trying for years to convince parents like Ms. Rupp that there is no link between thimerosal - a mercury-containing preservative once used routinely in vaccines - and autism.

They have failed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the Institute of Medicine, the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics have all largely dismissed the notion that thimerosal causes or contributes to autism. Five major studies have found no link.

Yet despite all evidence to the contrary, the number of parents who blame thimerosal for their children's autism has only increased.

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Jared Kushner’s Big Loan From Deutsche Bank

Balloon Juice - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 21:53

A month before election day, Deutsche Bank came through for Jared Kushner. If I am reading this right, the loan is to Jared’s corporation, for a property near Times Square, but Jared and his brother are guaranteeing it.

The corporate loan and Kushner’s personal guarantee are not mentioned on his financial disclosure form, filed with the Office of Government Ethics. Blake Roberts, a lawyer who represented Kushner on the matter, said in a statement to The Post that Kushner’s form “does not list the loan guarantee” because the disclosure relied on “published guidance” from OGE that he said “clearly states that filers do not have to disclose as a liability a loan on which they have made a guarantee unless they have a present obligation to repay the loan.”

The Post sent the language cited by Kushner’s lawyer to Don Fox, a former general counsel and acting OGE director. After reviewing the wording, he said in an interview that he would have advised Kushner to disclose the personal guarantee of the $285 million corporate loan because of its size and possible implications.

One more thing, like the meetings with Russians, that Jared forgot to tell us as he took his seat as the President’s special advisor. He and his mother also have a personal line of credit at Deutsche Bank up to $25 million.

Deutsche Bank has been in trouble, and so was Jared’s property. Sounds like a marriage made in heaven.

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And Now, Your Daily Dose of Nightmare Fuel: "CURVE"

Little Green Footballs - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 21:47

Clinging to a smooth, curved surface high above a sentient abyss, a girl tries to cover the few feet back to safety without losing purchase and falling to her death.

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Roadside Cameras Infected with WannaCry Virus Invalidate 8,000 Traffic Tickets

Slashdot - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 21:34
Long-time Slashdot reader nri tipped us off to a developing story in Victoria, Australia. Yahoo News reports: Victoria Police officials announced on Saturday, June 24, they were withdrawing all speed camera infringement notices issued statewide from June 6 after a virus in the cameras turned out to be more widespread than first thought. "That does not mean they [the infringement notices] won't not be re-issued," Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer told reporters, explaining that he wants to be sure the red light and speed cameras were working correctly. Acting Deputy Commissioner Ross Guenther told reporters on Friday that 55 cameras had been exposed to the ransomware virus, but they've now determined 280 cameras had been exposed. The cameras are not connected to the internet, but a maintenance worker unwittingly connected a USB stick with the virus on it to the camera system on June 6. Fryer said that about 1643 tickets would be withdrawn -- up from the 590 that police had announced on Friday -- and another five and a half thousand tickets pending in the system would be embargoed. Fryer said he was optimistic the 7500 to 8000 tickets affected could be re-issued, but for now police would not issue new tickets until police had reviewed the cameras to ensure they were functioning properly... The "WannaCry" malware caused the cameras to continually reboot, Fryer said. Fryer said there was no indication the malware had caused inaccurate radar readings, but police were being "over cautious" to maintain public faith in the system. Last week Victoria's Police Minister was "openly furious" with the private camera operator, saying the group hadn't notified the relevant authorities about the infection.

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Apple & Tim Cook celebrate #Pride2017 in cities around the world [Gallery]

9to5Mac - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 21:24

As it has done in past years, Apple this week celebrated Pride 2017 in a handful of cities around the world, participating in parades in San Francisco, New York City, and Toronto. Tim Cook also commemorated the parades with a tweet….

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A final ode to Cliff Huxtable: Burying the past in order to deal with the present

Daily Kos - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 21:01

It’s devastating trying to say goodbye to a part of yourself that you’ve carried with you for almost as many years as you’ve been alive. There are various stages that you go through as you work to cleave that part of your identity—anger, grief, denial. It can feel like the equivalent of a death. This was my experience in 2015 when I buried my relationship with a man that I never really knew but deeply admired: Dr. Cliff Huxtable.

Though he was almost like a father figure to me, I realized that I needed to say goodbye to him. There came a point in time that it was inevitable for us to part ways, in order for me to be able to separate myself from Bill Cosby, the actor who played him—once and for all.

The Cosby Show was a part of my life for almost 30 years. Like a lot of Americans, I grew up watching it, without fail, every week on Thursday nights. It was one of the first representations I can remember in which I saw myself, a young black girl, portrayed on TV. Of course, my family or life wasn’t really anything like the Cosbys. Instead of being one of several children in a traditional nuclear family living in a brownstone in Brooklyn, I was the only child of a single mom, growing up in a relatively small apartment in Baltimore City.

During the course of my childhood, we moved around a few times. Though I did have a close relationship with my grandparents, like the children on the show, I had a small extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins, most of whom didn’t live close by. Most of my family was not college-educated and it certainly wasn’t guaranteed that I would go. For a child growing up in 1980s Baltimore where drugs and violence were hyper-present, the Cosbys gave me a sense of continuity and sense of aspiration that people who looked like me could do and be anything. They were some of my very first representations of blackness outside of my family. They were my heroes.

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Australian Officials Want Encryption Laws To Fight 'Terrorist Messaging'

Slashdot - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 19:34
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: Two top Australian government officials said Sunday that they will push for "thwarting the encryption of terrorist messaging" during an upcoming meeting next week of the so-called "Five Eyes" group of English-speaking nations that routinely share intelligence... According to a statement released by Attorney General George Brandis, and Peter Dutton, the country's top immigration official, Australia will press for new laws, pressure private companies, and urge for a new international data sharing agreement amongst the quintet of countries... "Within a short number of years, effectively, 100 per cent of communications are going to use encryption," Brandis told Australian newspaper The Age recently. "This problem is going to degrade if not destroy our capacity to gather and act upon intelligence unless it's addressed"... Many experts say, however, that any method that would allow the government access even during certain situations would weaken overall security for everyone. America's former American director of national intelligence recently urged Silicon Valley to "apply that same creativity, innovation to figuring out a way that both the interests of privacy as well as security can be guaranteed." Though he also added, "I don't know what the answer is. I'm not an IT geek, but I just don't think we're in a very good place right now."

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Hot enough for you? It's likely to get worse. Much worse.

Daily Kos - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 19:01

Individual daily heat records are being matched and shattered across the country and around the world. And new research predicts that by the year 2100, climate change means that such heat could expose three-fourths of the world’s population to deadly temperatures.

Temperatures in the Southwest are climbing to more than 120 degrees—it was so hot in Phoenix last week that some planes weren’t able to take off or land. Now, weather is not climate, and one day’s soaring heat is just that—one day. But what used to be a few-days-a-summer event of horrific heat in some locations will become more common and have deadly consequences, according to a new study from Nature Climate Change.

An international research team did a global analysis of “lethal heat events,” or occasions when extreme heat caused deaths, looking at nearly 2,000 academic papers published between 1980 and 2014. The researchers identified “783 cases of excess human mortality associated with heat from 164 cities in 36 countries.” According to the researchers’ abstract:

Based on the climatic conditions of those lethal heat events, we identified a global threshold beyond which daily mean surface air temperature and relative humidity become deadly. Around 30% of the world’s population is currently exposed to climatic conditions exceeding this deadly threshold for at least 20 days a year. … An increasing threat to human life from excess heat now seems almost inevitable, but will be greatly aggravated if greenhouse gases are not considerably reduced.

Here’s the researchers’ frightening forecast: If climate change continues along current trends, without a lowering of carbon emissions, that 30 percent figure will rise to 74 percent of the global population by the year 2100. In other words, three in four people could face the threat of dying from extreme heat by the end of the century.

Even with drastic carbon emission cutbacks, 48 percent of the world’s population will still face risks from deadly heat waves because of the amount of heat-trapping gases that already have accumulated in the atmosphere.

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Why So Many Top Hackers Come From Russia

Slashdot - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 18:34
Long-time Slashdot reader tsu doh nimh writes: Brian Krebs has an interesting piece this week on one reason that so many talented hackers (malicious and benign) seem to come from Russia and the former Soviet States: It's the education, stupid. Krebs's report doesn't look at the socioeconomic reasons, but instead compares how the U.S. and Russia educate students from K-12 in subjects which lend themselves to a mastery in coding and computers -- most notably computer science. The story shows that the Russians have for the past 30 years been teaching kids about computer science and then testing them on it starting in elementary school and through high school. The piece also looks at how kids in the U.S. vs. Russia are tested on what they are supposed to have learned. Fossbytes also reports that Russia claimed the top spot in this year's Computer Programming Olympics -- their fourth win in six years -- adding that "the top 9 positions out of 14 were occupied by Russian or Chinese schools." The only two U.S. schools in the top 20 were the University of Central Florida (#13) and MIT (#20).

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John Dryden

Quote of the day - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 18:33
"Words are but pictures of our thoughts."
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Josh Billings

Love quote of the day - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 18:33
"Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope."
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It’s a Beautiful Day

Balloon Juice - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 18:18

It is 70-75, breezy, with blue skies, and it is just beautiful. If only every day were like today. Every window is open, and the house has this amazing cool breeze and I am happy as a pig in shit. Took some pics for you all. New flag:

Picked up a piece of slate with a little note and a peacock for 2 bucks at a yard sale:

And some of you were questioning the sign in the front yard last time so I embiggened it (well, the picture. The sign is the same size):

It’s from the Mennonites.

Lily and I are going to take a nap before we start cooking dinner.

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Few Republican voices seem to consider Trump campaign collusion with Russia unthinkable

Daily Kos - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 18:01

This is an odd segment of Fox News coverage, or at least it would be if it hadn't been preceded in recent months by iterations of the same notion. Even if we find out that the Republican presidential campaign of 2016 did indeed actively collude with Russian intelligence operations against their opponents, asks the perpetually dignified-ish conservative Fox anchor Brit Hume, is that really a crime?

"But what crime? Can anybody identify the crime? Collusion, while it would be obviously alarming and highly inappropriate for the Trump campaign, of which there is no evidence by the way, of colluding with the Russians. It's not a crime. So are we talking about here the president's firing of Comey being and obstruction of justice? And they got a grand jury on that? Is that was this is about?"

He's parroting the same lines by Sean Hannity, as an aside, and he's also just plain wrong about multiple aspects of the story, which ought to be embarrassing for anyone so perpetually dignified-ish, but we'll ignore that. What's become just a little bit odd, as the months roll on, is just how wary even the supposedly-most-serious Republican voices are about staking themselves to any claim that the members of Trump's Republican campaign team would of course never have done such a thing.

To be sure, Hume here wants the audience to know he would consider such a thing "obviously alarming" and "highly inappropriate"—but what he's not saying is that active collusion isn't a possibility. There's no evidence, he says—but he's not discounting the possibility that some might come up. And if we were to learn that some of the circumstantial evidence suggesting obviously alarming and highly inappropriate things, a week from now or a month from now, Hume is covering that base preemptively: He'd be very disappointed to hear it, dear viewers, but he's already prepared to defend it.

Which is just a bit odd, and it's been such a commonplace refrain that perhaps we've become a bit inured to just how odd it is. From the House to the Senate to Fox News, you don't hear many (any?) voices proclaiming that it's truly insulting to think that a Republican presidential campaign and transition team, full of Republican functionaries and lawmakers and strategists, would do such a transparently malevolent thing as to collude with an unfriendly foreign power in order to throw a national American election. It should be an insulting thing to think of someone, should it not? We can all agree to disagree on the issues facing our nation, and so on and so forth, but isn't it truly outrageous to suppose that top members of one political party worked on-the-sly with a foreign power in an act that gains power for the colluders and financial gains for that power at the not-exactly-trivial expense of the nation's democracy itself?

But no, from the House to the Senate to Fox News, there are very few Republican lawmakers or pundits willing to publicly stake themselves to a claim Trump's assembled team would never have done such a thing. There are, however, many voices like Hume here who are laying the groundwork for what the movement might next pipe up with if such a thing proved true.

That seems like it should be noted, somehow. In an environment in which lawmakers and pundits alike are very, very eager to fudge the truth to benefit the party's needs, there's still precious few voices willing to stake their reputations to the theory that the Republican team now populating the White House would never have stooped to such a thing.

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Trump 'struggling to stay calm' as Russia investigation continues

Daily Kos - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 17:51

So are we as a nation still just going to not talk about how freaking nuts this is.

President Trump has a new morning ritual. Around 6:30 a.m. on many days — before all the network news shows have come on the air — he gets on the phone with a member of his outside legal team to chew over all things Russia.

Trump now has a dedicated morning phone call for the Russia investigation. It's like the presidential daily intelligence briefing—but for what people have been saying about him and Russia, and nothing else. It is now a scheduled part of the White House day. It specifically targets, among others, the special counsel leading that investigation.

The calls — detailed by three senior White House officials — are part strategy consultation and part presidential venting session, during which Trump’s lawyers and public-relations gurus take turns reviewing the latest headlines with him. They also devise their plan for battling his avowed enemies: the special counsel leading the Russia investigation; the “fake news” media chronicling it; and, in some instances, the president’s own Justice Department overseeing the probe.

Oh, thank goodness. A dedicated morning call so that his team can battle his avowed enemies: anyone who talks about Russian election hacking and the specific investigators investigating it. That is a brilliant idea that is no way a symptom of a deranged narcissist losing his everloving s—t while his entire team watches.

His advisers have encouraged the calls — which the early-to-rise Trump takes from his private quarters in the White House residence — in hopes that he can compartmentalize the widening Russia investigation. By the time the president arrives for work in the Oval Office, the thinking goes, he will no longer be consumed by the Russia probe that he complains hangs over his presidency like a darkening cloud.

Spoiler alert: It hasn't been working. Another spoiler alert: Anyone who thought it would work hasn't been paying attention to just how bottomless this man's need for ego-fueled vengeance against his invisible enemies has always been.

And so we're treated to stories like "Trump is struggling to stay calm on Russia, one morning call at a time" which is a headline you would expect to see written about a celebrity battling their rampant drug usage, not a sitting president battling an investigation which he insists will find nothing and is completely meaningless except as vehicle for making him, ensconced in the most powerful office in the nation, feel bad.

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New HyperThreading Flaw Affects Intel 6th And 7th Generation Skylake and Kaby Lake-Based Processors

Slashdot - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 17:34
MojoKid writes: A new flaw has been discovered that impacts Intel 6th and 7th Generation Skylake and Kaby Lake-based processors that support HyperThreading. The issue affects all OS types and is detailed by Intel errata documentation and points out that under complex micro-architectural conditions, short loops of less than 64 instructions that use AH, BH, CH or DH registers, as well as their corresponding wider register (e.g. RAX, EAX or AX for AH), may cause unpredictable system behavior, including crashes and potential data loss. The OCaml toolchain community first began investigating processors with these malfunctions back in January and found reports stemming back to at least the first half of 2016. The OCaml team was able pinpoint the issue to Skylake's HyperThreading implementation and notified Intel. While Intel reportedly did not respond directly, it has issued some microcode fixes since then. That's not the end of the story, however, as the microcode fixes need to be implemented into BIOS/UEFI updates as well and it is not clear at this time if all major vendors have included these changes in their latest revisions.

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Open Thread: VULGAR! (As in, ‘of the common people’)

Balloon Juice - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 17:24

To the fainting couches, gentlemen!…


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Clutching-pearls and elbow patches at the ready!


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Because TONE is more important than FACTS!


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(The facts, after all, are almost never on the side of the Republicans.)

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Breaking 200 Year Tradition, Trump Skips WH Ramadan Celebration

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 17:19
Breaking 200 Year Tradition, Trump Skips WH Ramadan Celebration

Way back in 1805, Thomas Jefferson hosted the first official White House iftar dinner, recognizing the holy celebration of Ramadan.

Between the third president and today, celebrations have been admittedly varied. But since 1996, when Bill Clinton held an official iftar dinner, modern presidents have always held a dinner out of respect for the Muslim American community.

It's actually a pretty good meal. Since Ramadan involves fasting during daylight hours, breaking that fast brings forward a feast for the senses.

You'd think that the concept of gorging himself on a ton of food would be at least somewhat appealing to Trump.

But no, breaking with that 20 year tradition, Trump declined to hold an iftar dinner or invite any Muslims to the White House during Ramadan.

Donald Trump’s government has not held an iftar dinner for the end of Ramadan, breaking a Muslim tradition held at the White House for more than two centuries.

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