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Dangerous winds persist as wildfires roar in California

Medina Gazette - 5 hours 16 min ago

LOS ANGELES — The winds aren't changing for Southern California's wildfires yet.

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Admin says big revenue from GOP tax plan; analysts less rosy

Medina Gazette - 5 hours 16 min ago

WASHINGTON — The Republican tax plan will deliver a swift adrenaline shot to the economy that will send hundreds of billions pouring into federal tax coffers, the Trump administration asserts in a new analysis. But nonpartisan analysts make a less rosy projection of new revenue from the tax legislation now before Congress.

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NYC commuters returning to subway amid heightened security

Medina Gazette - 5 hours 16 min ago

NEW YORK — A would-be suicide bomber's rush-hour blast in the heart of the New York City subway system failed to cause the bloodshed he intended, authorities said, but it gave new fuel to President Donald Trump's push to limit immigration.

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Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017: 'Feminism'

Medina Gazette - 5 hours 16 min ago

NEW YORK — This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017 is “feminism.”

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World leaders, high security at Paris climate summit

Medina Gazette - 5 hours 16 min ago

PARIS — More than 50 world leaders are joining bankers, energy magnates and others Tuesday in Paris for a summit that President Emmanuel Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming — despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord.

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Freed prisoner witnessed radicalization in Egyptian jails

Medina Gazette - 5 hours 16 min ago

DUBLIN — An Irish citizen recently acquitted after four years of being imprisoned in Egypt says he saw dozens of cellmates become radicalized and adopt views of the Islamic State group during his brutal captivity in overcrowded jails.

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iMac Pro, Apple’s most powerful Mac, will be available to order December 14

9to5Mac - 5 hours 22 min ago

Apple’s pro-oriented all-in-one desktop, the iMac Pro, is set to launch this Thursday on December 14, 2017. To learn what to expect from the iMac Pro you can read our full breakdown of everything we know about iMac Pro so far. more…

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Mac app claims to make audio file editing as easy as wordprocessing – but it’s not cheap

9to5Mac - 5 hours 29 min ago

A new Mac app from the former CEO of Groupon claims to make to make audio file editing as easy as wordprocessing. Descript allows you to edit a transcript of the recording, and the changes are then automatically reflected in the synced audio file …

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Apple's Alleged Throttling of Older iPhones With Degraded Batteries Causes Controversy

Slashdot - 5 hours 32 min ago
An anonymous reader shares a report: A Reddit post over the weekend has drawn a flurry of interest after an iPhone 6s owner reported that a battery replacement significantly increased the device's performance running iOS 11. The ensuing discussion thread, also picked up by readers in the MacRumors forum, has led to speculation that Apple intentionally slows down older phones to retain a full day's charge if the battery has degraded over time. According to TeckFire, the author of the original Reddit post, their iPhone had been very slow after updating to iOS 11, especially compared to their brother's iPhone 6 Plus, so they decided to do some research with GeekBench and battery life apps, and ended up replacing the battery.

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iDevices outdoor HomeKit switch is the best way to control your holiday lights

iDownloadBlog - 5 hours 33 min ago

Whether you have some ambiance lighting on your patio, or an entire holiday light showcase on your house, iDevices outdoor HomeKit switch allows you to control them with ease. The weatherproof box allows you to schedule, automate, gather energy insights, and use Siri from your phone to manage all of your outdoor lighting.

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Donald Trump Furious At Nikki Haley For Defending Women's Right To Speak Out

Crooks and Liars - 5 hours 33 min ago
Donald Trump Furious At Nikki Haley For Defending Women's Right To Speak Out

The AP is reporting that Donald Trump was infuriated by Niki Haley's words on CBS' Face The Nation Sunday morning.

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations told host John Dickerson that women "should be heard" if they "felt violated."

"They should be heard, and they should be dealt with," Nikki Haley said after saying they were heard before the election. She continued, "And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up,” Haley said.

This is a very candid statement from one of Trump's own since he has a multitude of women alleging he sexually assaulted them. Three of them spoke out on Megyn Kelly's morning show today which put the pressure on the WH press Secretary.

Donald put himself back into the line of fire with his full throttled support of Judge Roy Moore's Senate campaign. He even recorded a robocall to support Moore.

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Ohio University researcher combats parasite-borne disease

Ecuador news - 5 hours 34 min ago

An Ohio University researcher's desire to help his native Ecuador battle parasite-carrying insects has led to a modern laboratory in the nation's capital, a new nationwide protocol for screening donated blood and a program that helps rural residents build new homes and overcome poverty. But Ecuadorians are not the only ones affected by the work of Mario Grijalva.

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Lightroom CC adds auto settings powered by Adobe Sensei, watermarking support, more

9to5Mac - 5 hours 40 min ago

Adobe’s December release of Lightroom CC for iPad and iPhone includes a few new interesting features that will be helpful to amateur and professional photographers alike. The update comes after Adobe significantly overhauled the Lightroom experience earlier this fall, bringing closer integration between the Creative Cloud desktop application and mobile experience.

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Phil Schiller talks about the gamble of dropping the Home button; says iMac Pro ‘days away’

9to5Mac - 6 hours 12 min ago

iMac Pro release date has now been confirmed as December 14.

British gadget magazine T3 has an interesting interview with Apple SVP Phil Schiller in which he talks about the ‘gamble’ the company took in dropping the Home button from the iPhone X.

He also revealed that the iMac Pro is just days away from launch …

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PCPs are not a panacea

Balloon Juice - 6 hours 28 min ago

There is a good story to tell about using more primary care providers (PCPs). They are fairly low cost providers who can provide a lot of touches to patients with chronic conditions. These frequent, low cost touches should allow chronic conditions to be managed more effectively. The relationship and trust built will lead patients to head to their PCPs instead of the emergency room. Everyone is healthier and the total cost of care decreases.

This is a great story.

It is increasingly looking like it is not a true story.

A new study from Virginia is being discussed in an NBER working paper:

We conducted a randomized controlled trial, enrolling low-income uninsured adults to determine whether cash incentives are effective at encouraging a primary care provider (PCP) visit, and at lowering utilization and spending. Subjects were randomized to four groups: untreated controls, and one of three incentive arms with incentives of $0, $25, or $50 for visiting a PCP within six months of group assignment. Compared to the untreated controls, subjects in the incentive groups were more likely to have a PCP visit in the initial six months. They had fewer ED visits in the subsequent six months, but outpatient visits did not decline. We also used the exogenous variation generated by the experiment to obtain causal evidence on the effects of a PCP visit. We observed modest reductions in emergency department use and increased outpatient use, but no reductions in overall spending.

This is strong evidence. It is in an randomized control trial. It is a study where the study population is prone to have avoidable emergency room visits and non-regualr care. Everything is set up to see significant impacts of PCP care coordination.

And then nothing much.

This is important. The PCP care coordination story is a story that sounds good. It sounds plausible. And we have been investing a tremendous amount of time, effort and intellectual firepower into encouraging more primary care coordination.

And the evidence is shaky. It is either not there, or it is just bloop singles.

Categories: Politics

Rally Speaker Tells Voters About Roy Moore Visit To Bordello With Child Prostitutes

Crooks and Liars - 6 hours 32 min ago

Roy Moore pulled out all the stops at his final campaign rally before the upcoming election, bringing friends and family forward to testify to how fine, upright and upstanding he is.

One of them, Bill Sailing, shared a story from Moore's time in Vietnam, where they "accidentally" landed at a brothel featuring child prostitutes.

Sailing's story begins in Vietnam with the imminent departure of a buddy, who invited Moore and Sailing to a private club in the city to celebrate with "a couple of beers."

Generally, "private clubs" weren't just bars. But Moore and Sailing weren't expecting anything more than the equivalent of an officer's club or something, or at least that's the story he told.

According to Sailing, when they arrived they were shocked -- SHOCKED -- to find activities that were considerably more sinful than they expected. “I could tell you what I saw but I don’t want to,” Sailing said mischievously.

“There were certainly pretty girls. And they were girls. They were young. Some were very young,” Sailing told the audience.

But Sailing also said that Moore was shocked by the sight of prostitutes, telling Sailing they should leave right away.

According to Sailing, he and Moore asked their friend to leave with them but he didn't care to, so they left without him. Apparently child prostitution is bad if you see it, but it's fine to leave a pal there to enjoy those children.

Sailing finished the story by telling his audience the third man returned in the morning on the back of a motorcycle.

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How to change your iPhone or iPad passcode back to 4 digits

iDownloadBlog - 6 hours 33 min ago

With the release of iOS 9 back in 2015, Apple increased the security of iOS devices by defaulting to a 6-digit passcode instead of a 4-digit passcode when setting up a new device. While this has undoubtedly made iOS devices more secure, some people prefer to use the shorter passcode option for various reasons.... Read the rest of this post here

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - 6 hours 33 min ago
Mike's Blog Round Up

Happy Alabama election day! Remember -- either we'll send Doug Jones to the Senate, or we'll get to hang Roy Moore around the neck of every Republican next November.

Fair and Unbalanced: Trump's lawyer doesn't want to acknowledge how big a deal the Flynn indictment is.

Progressive Eruptions: The Republicans are cementing their status as the party of coddling molesters. Who's soft on crime now?

Dave Dubya's Freedom Rants: There's a dangerous new cult operating in the US.

Blue in the Bluegrass: Separation of Church and State? What's that?

Bonus link: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.....

Blog round-up by Infidel753. To recommend a post, send link to mbru [at] crooksandliars [dot] com.

Categories: Politics

D-Orbit’s Self-Destruct Modules for Satellites Could Help Fix the Space Junk Problem

Wired Science - 6 hours 33 min ago
A plug-and-play motor could send any satellite to burn up in the atmosphere. It's a good thing, promise.
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129 Million Americans Can Only Get Internet Service From Companies That Have Violated Net Neutrality

Slashdot - 6 hours 33 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Based on the Federal Communications Commission's own data, the Institute for Local Self Reliance found that 129 million Americans only have one option for broadband internet service in their area, which equals about 40 percent of the country. Of those who only have one option, roughly 50 million are limited to a company that has violated net neutrality in some way. Of Americans who do have more than one option, 50 million of them are left choosing between two companies that have both got shady behavior on their records, from blocking certain access to actively campaigning against net neutrality. Aside from being a non-ideal situation for consumers like me, this lack of competition is another dock against the FCC's plan to repeal net neutrality rules later this week. In arguing against net neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has repeatedly cited a free market as just as capable of ensuring internet freedom as government regulations. "All we are simply doing is putting engineers and entrepreneurs, instead of bureaucrats and lawyers, back in charge of the internet," Pai said on Fox News's "Fox & Friends," in November. "What we wanted to do is return to the free market consensus that started in the Clinton administration and that served the internet economy in America very well for many years." But how can market competition regulate an industry when more than a third of the market has no competition at all, and even those that do have to choose between options that don't uphold net neutrality?

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