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University of Texas at Austin removes its Confederate statues overnight

Daily Kos - 4 hours 24 min ago

If America is the land of opportunity, then it could surely be said that it’s a country filled with people who are opportunists. While opportunists are generally known for taking advantage of a situation to gain some benefit without regard to ethics or morals, every once in a while even the most calculating ones can do the right thing. Politicians, who are the most notorious opportunists out there, have used the violence in Charlottesville to seize the moment when it comes to removing Confederate monuments. Last week, Baltimore removed its monuments in the middle of the night and other cities are planning to follow suit. And the University of Texas at Austin also joined the club, removing several of its Confederate statues from campus on Sunday night. 

Workers began removing the statues of Robert. E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and John Reagan from the university's main plaza late Sunday night. The news was delivered to the campus community via an email from UT-Austin President Greg Fenves just before 11 p.m., who said the monuments depicted parts of U.S. history that "run counter to the university's core values." Another statue, one of former Texas Gov. James Stephen Hogg, was also taken down.

This is great news, especially coming from the Lone Star State. While state Republicans spend their time doing everything they can to block women’s access to abortion and reproductive health care, this proves that progressive ideas can move forward at local levels. It is also a pretty big deal that this is occurring in a state which has a notorious passion for defending the Confederacy. 

"We do not choose our history, but we choose what we honor and celebrate on our campus," Fenves wrote, adding that recent unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, "make it clear, now more than ever, that Confederate monuments have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism." 

Indeed, these monuments are about white supremacy.

Categories: Politics

How to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse Without Glasses

Wired Science - 4 hours 35 min ago
Sure, you can buy solar glasses. Or you can save your money an make a DIY pinhole. It's a lot more fun.
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Organizations continue to cancel events at Mar-a-Lago

Daily Kos - 4 hours 37 min ago

Donald Trump will have to rent more golf carts to the Secret Service, because still more charities are canceling events at his, ugh, “Florida White House.”

In the last five days — since President Trump said there were “fine people” among those marching in a violence-plagued “Unite the Right” demonstration in Charlottesville — the president’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida has been deserted by 14 charities that use its ballrooms for fundraisers.

Mar-a-Lago already had a lot of empty dates in its schedule. Donald Trump’s earlier statements had made many charities and other organizations leery of holding events at Trump’s premiere property. But Trump’s embrace of white supremacists has sent a lot of organizations who were previously tottering on the brink of whether it would draw more attention to stay or cancel, into the cancel camp.

Others canceling galas or dinner events include the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the American Cancer Society, American Friends of Magen David Adom, Leaders in Furthering Education, the Palm Beach Zoo, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, the Susan G. Komen breast cancer charity and the Autism Project of Palm Beach County.

An additional group of charities have cancelled other types of events, just as luncheons. But so far there are two groups hanging in there with Trump.

The Palm Beach Police Foundation — whose Policeman’s Ball is one of Mar-a-Lago’s largest events — is “continuing with its plans” to hold the gala there again in 2017, spokeswoman Maureen O’Sullivan said Sunday.

The same is true for the Palm Beach County Republican Party, which has held its annual Lincoln Day dinner at Mar-a-Lago since 2013. “We have no plans to switch venues,” the party's chairman, Michael Barnett, wrote Sunday.

That … seems about right.

Categories: Politics

Alexander Pope

Quote of the day - 4 hours 39 min ago
"Never find fault with the absent."
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Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Quote of the day - 4 hours 39 min ago
"The greatest remedy for anger is delay."
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John Ruskin

Quote of the day - 4 hours 39 min ago
"Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you."
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Oscar Wilde

Quote of the day - 4 hours 39 min ago
"Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about."
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Samuel Butler

Love quote of the day - 4 hours 39 min ago
"It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all."
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Anais Nin

Love quote of the day - 4 hours 39 min ago
"Do not seek the because - in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions."
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Plato

Love quote of the day - 4 hours 39 min ago
"To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way."
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Sigmund Freud

Love quote of the day - 4 hours 39 min ago
"One is very crazy when in love."
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Eclipse Watching With Hilbert

Kevin Drum - 4 hours 41 min ago

Hopper seems to be OK, thank Ra, but after her close call Hilbert insisted on watching the eclipse with proper eye protection:

Hilbert seems to have a mistaken notion of where the sun is right now, but other than that everything worked out fine.

Categories: Politics

Apple releases macOS High Sierra developer beta 7

9to5Mac - 4 hours 45 min ago

Apple has released macOS High Sierra beta 7 for developer testing. macOS High Sierra includes the new Apple File System, HEVC video playback, Metal 2, Photos and Safari upgrades, and more.

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tvOS 11 developer beta 7 rolling out for the Apple TV now

9to5Mac - 4 hours 45 min ago

Apple is rolling out the seventh tvOS 11 developer beta for testing on the fourth-gen Apple TV. tvOS 11 brings Home screen sync, automatic dark and light mode, full AirPods support, AirPlay 2 and more.

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Apple seeds beta 7 of iOS 11, macOS High Sierra 10.13, watchOS 4 & tvOS 11

iDownloadBlog - 4 hours 48 min ago

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Categories: Misc

Does the Civil War Really Represent “Southern Culture”?

Kevin Drum - 4 hours 49 min ago

This weekend the Washington Post ran a story about a huge Confederate statue in Louisville that was dismantled and shipped off to the town of Brandenburg, which thought it might be a good tourist attraction. Apparently everyone was pretty happy about it except for Mildred Brown, an African-American seamstress who’s lived there for 50 years:

She recalled telling him [the judge executive in Meade County] that having the monument was a mistake. It was a symbol of dark times — dark enough that she no longer went to the riverfront. “It doesn’t unify us,” she said. “It separates us.”

He recalled telling her: “Don’t worry, we’re not going to let people come down there and throw a fit and have Confederate flags and call names.” He also said the monument was about preserving a part of history with a lot of nuance. “It had a whole lot more to it than slavery,” he said.

I don’t want to pretend to be naive, but when Southerners talk about these statues representing their heritage, or their history, or their culture, what heritage do they think it represents? Let’s assume they don’t buy the argument that these statues are mostly 20th century monuments to Jim Crow and white terror. Fine. They’re certainly monuments to the Civil War. I can understand why northern states would build monuments to the war, but why would Southern states do it? It was a war of treason. It was a war to protect slavery, even if there were other catalysts too. It was a war of white supremacy. It was a war of personal bravery in defense of the indefensible. It was a war they lost.

From the perspective of 2017, what exactly is there to honor about that? What’s the party line here?

Categories: Politics

Apple releases iOS 11 developer beta 7 (and public beta 6)

9to5Mac - 4 hours 55 min ago

[Update: Public beta 6 is now also available for testers.]

Once again after just a week since the last developer beta, Apple has released the seventh developer beta preview. iOS 11 brings new features like drag-and-drop and a redesigned multitasking interface for iPad, a new customizable Control Center, and much more.

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Categories: Misc

Intel launches 8th-gen i5/i7 processors, could bring big performance gains to MacBooks

9to5Mac - 4 hours 56 min ago

Intel has today launched its 8th generation of U-Series Core Processors that could find their way into Apple’s future MacBooks. These newest chips will provide up to a 40% boost in computing productivity and more for laptops and 2-in-1 devices.

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Apple AI expert, Tom Gruber explains Siri’s ‘humanistic AI’ at TED

9to5Mac - 4 hours 57 min ago

Apple’s AI expert, Tom Gruber, delivered a TED talk back in April extolling the benefits that AI may provide for us in the years to come. The video of the onstage presentation has now been released and gives us a better glimpse into the future Gruber imagines. His presentation focuses on what he calls “humanistic AI”, the belief that when machines get smarter, so will we.

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Intel Launches 8th Generation Core CPUs

Slashdot - 5 hours 2 min ago
Reader joshtops writes: Today Intel is launching its new 8th Generation family of processors, starting with four CPUs for the 15W mobile family. There are two elements that make the launch of these 8th Gen processors different. First is that the 8th Gen is at a high enough level, running basically the same microarchitecture as the 7th Gen. But the key element is that, at the same price and power where a user would get a dual core i5-U or i7-U in their laptop, Intel will now be bumping those product lines up to quad-cores with hyperthreading. This gives a 100% gain in cores and 100% gain in threads. Obviously nothing is for free, so despite Intel stating that they've made minor tweaks to the microarchitecture and manufacturing to get better performing silicon, the base frequencies are down slightly. Turbo modes are still high, ensuring a similar user experience in most computing tasks. Memory support is similar -- DDR4 and LPDDR3 are supported, but not LPDDR4 -- although DDR4 moves up to DDR4-2400 from DDR4-2133. Another change from 7th Gen to 8th Gen will be in the graphics. Intel is upgrading the nomenclature of the integrated graphics from HD 620 to UHD 620, indicating that the silicon is suited for 4K playback and processing.

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