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Hilarious 'Tribute To Pumpkin Spice Latte' From Last Week Tonight

Crooks and Liars - 10 hours 49 min ago

The biggest laugh this weekend was this bit from Last Week Tonight, highlighting the TV news media's insistence on promoting the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte as some sort of seasonal requirement.

Don't miss the clap back to Tucker Carlson concern trolling the unhealthy aspect of the beverage.

And also the Ewww factor with Neil Cavuto. Because Ewwww.

The War on Christmas is coming, so get your PSL's while you can.

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Astronomers Strike Gravitational Gold In Colliding Neutron Stars

Slashdot - 11 hours 3 min ago
For the first time, scientists have caught two neutron stars in the act of colliding, revealing that these strange smash-ups are the source of heavy elements such as gold and platinum. From a report: The discovery, announced today at a news conference and in scientific reports written by some 3,500 researchers, solves a long-standing mystery about the origin of these heavy elements -- which are found in everything from wedding rings to cellphones to nuclear weapons. It's also a dramatic demonstration of how astrophysics is being transformed by humanity's newfound ability to detect gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space-time that are created when massive objects spin around each other and finally collide. "It's so beautiful. It's so beautiful it makes me want to cry. It's the fulfillment of dozens, hundreds, thousands of people's efforts, but it's also the fulfillment of an idea suddenly becoming real," says Peter Saulson of Syracuse University, who has spent more than three decades working on the detection of gravitational waves. Albert Einstein predicted the existence of these ripples more than a century ago, but scientists didn't manage to detect them until 2015. Until now, they'd made only four such detections, and each time the distortions in space-time were caused by the collision of two black holes. That bizarre phenomenon, however, can't normally be seen by telescopes that look for light. Neutron stars, by contrast, spew out visible cosmic fireworks when they come together. These incredibly dense stars are as small as cities like New York and yet have more mass than our sun. Further reading: 'A New Rosetta Stone for Astronomy' (The Atlantic), and Gravitational Wave Astronomers Hit Mother Lode (Scientific American).

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AGR Manet is DOWN, 1508170986

AGR Manet - 11 hours 17 min ago
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9to5Toys Last Call: SanDisk Amazon Gold Box, Anker iPhone Accessories from $5, iPad mini 4 $285, more

9to5Mac - 11 hours 21 min ago

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GOP lawmakers and major donors warn of a 2018 'bloodbath' if they don't pass tax cuts for the rich

Daily Kos - 11 hours 22 min ago

On Face the Nation this weekend, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham mused at what will happen to Republicans in the midterms if they fail as miserably at passing tax cuts as they did at repealing health care: "We're dead."

"If we don't cut taxes and we don't eventually repeal and replace Obamacare, then we're going to lose across the board in the House in 2018," Graham said. "And all of my colleagues running in primaries in 2018 will probably get beat."

"It will be the end of Mitch McConnell as we know it," he added.

At an exclusive Koch network gathering in New York last week of 100-plus major donors, the talk was no less dire. The Washington Post's Sean Sullivan writes:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) warned that Republicans could face a “Watergate-level blowout” in the midterm elections if they don’t make major legislative strides on taxes and health care, invoking the political scandal that brought down Richard Nixon’s presidency and set back the GOP considerably in subsequent elections.

“If tax reform crashes and burns, if [on] Obamacare, nothing happens, we could face a bloodbath,” said Cruz, who spoke in a moderated discussion.

Just how important is that tax cut to rich GOP donors?

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Fox And Friends: Trump's Sexual Assault Is 'Child's Play' Compared To Weinstein

Crooks and Liars - 11 hours 32 min ago

Surprisingly, "Fox and Friends" brought up Trump's past sexual assault history and the Access Hollywood tape. They tried to make it about "the left" accusing Trump to "distract" from the Weinstein case but really, who buys that? Weinstein and Trump are literally two peas in a pod: powerful perverts whose money and threats of legal action have protected them from the consequences of their abuse of women.

But of course, Fox and Friends has to defend Trump.

So they bring on conservative talk radio host and Trump supporter Larry Elder, who immediately counter-attacks and makes this startling claim: "Oh, for crying out loud -- whatever Donald Trump has done is child's play compared to this."

In conservative circles, what is the minimum number of women assaulted by a man for him to be held accountable?

Fox and Friends was disturbed that Hillary Clinton brought up Trump's sexual assault. Conservative outlets have been ignoring the similarities between Trump and Weinstein and instead focused on Weinstein's past donations to Democrats.

Larry's first salvo was weird even for him.

Elder replied, "Nice try, first of all President Trump has not admitted to being a sexual assaulter at all so that's hashtag "fake news."

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Microsoft Has Already Fixed the Wi-Fi Attack Vulnerability; Android Will Be Patched Within Weeks

Slashdot - 11 hours 43 min ago
Microsoft says it has already fixed the problem for customers running supported versions of Windows. From a report: "We have released a security update to address this issue," says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. "Customers who apply the update, or have automatic updates enabled, will be protected. We continue to encourage customers to turn on automatic updates to help ensure they are protected." Microsoft is planning to publish details of the update later today. While it looks like Android and Linux devices are affected by the worst part of the vulnerabilities, allowing attackers to manipulate websites, Google has promised a fix for affected devices "in the coming weeks." Google's own Pixel devices will be the first to receive fixes with security patch level of November 6, 2017, but most other handsets are still well behind even the latest updates. Security researchers claim 41 percent of Android devices are vulnerable to an "exceptionally devastating" variant of the Wi-Fi attack that involves manipulating traffic, and it will take time to patch older devices.

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Yield rates for iPhone X components are starting to improve

iDownloadBlog - 11 hours 45 min ago

Yield rates for the important iPhone X components are finally beginning to improve, according to a teaser headline published by Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes hours before the article is scheduled to go live.... Read the rest of this post here

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Republican senator: The big premium hikes caused by Trump's Obamacare sabotage 'helps the family'

Daily Kos - 11 hours 46 min ago

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Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy teamed up with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham to create the very worst of the still-standing "replacement" plans for Obamacare, and he's still trying to make it happen. That means Cassidy must keep popular vote loser Donald Trump on his side. That also means lying like a rug about the damage Trump is inflicting on innocent Americans with his sabotage efforts.

"If you take the totality of what the president did, I think it actually helps the family," Cassidy said on "Fox News Sunday."

The Republican said Trump created an opportunity for Congress to address an "unconstitutional" requirement, and he believes "Congress should pass that short-term extension" of the payments.

"And that's exactly what the president is asking," he said. "But we absolutely have to think about that family around the kitchen table, which is why I think Congress should pass them. Republicans have been trying to do so, but with flexibility so that premiums go down."

The "flexibility" Cassidy is referring to is the ability for states to decide that insurers might not have to provide insurance to people with pre-existing conditions, or maybe that they don't have to cover all the essential benefits one expects insurance to have. That's the demand Republicans are making of Democrats in passing a guarantee that the cost savings reduction payments Trump has ended will be paid. In other words, they expect Democrats to compromise to make the Trump administration uphold the law instead of flouting it.

Premiums will not go down. The Congressional Budget Office has debunked that one repeatedly. It's a basic thing about how health insurance works that was the whole basis of our system before Obamacare. Not covering everyone equally causes premiums to skyrocket for people who have to use insurance. That's just what happens.

But that's good for "the family," Cassidy says. He's lying.

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In 'momentous victory,' California governor signs bill banning creation of 'Muslim registry'

Daily Kos - 11 hours 56 min ago

On the heels of signing the most sweeping anti-deportation bill in the nation, California Jerry Brown has signed legislation blocking the creation of any so-called Muslim registry should President Trump choose to act on a proposal he repeatedly suggested during his 2016 campaign.” The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) hailed the bill, authored by one of the state Senate’s most leading pro-immigrant voices, as a "momentous victory”:

Senate Bill 31 by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) bars state and local governments from releasing personal information to the federal government for the creation of any religious list, registry or database. It also prohibits them from using resources to create their own lists.

Dubbed the California Religious Freedom Act, the bill coasted through the legislative process this year, the only proposal to gain bipartisan support from a package introduced by majority Democrats to counter Trump's policies.

In authoring the bill, Lara cited an NBC News interview in which Trump, then a presidential candidate, said there "should be a lot of systems," beyond a database, that track Muslims in the country.

As the Los Angeles Times notes, it was just a year ago “that Trump surrogates referenced Japanese internment camps from World War II as ‘precedent’ for a Muslim registry,” and since his poorly attended inauguration, Trump has stuck to his deplorable campaign promise by issuing three legally shaky bans so far on Muslims trying to enter the U.S.

In a large rally earlier this year, CAIR and more than 700 Muslim-Americans gathered in Sacramento to urge legislators to prioritize the legislation, which was also supported by Asian Americans Advancing Justice-California, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) California, and others. As the numerous Muslim bans have shown, Trump is intent on furthering his anti-Muslim attacks, but this bill is an important first step. 

"We applaud Governor Brown's commitment to preserving the civil liberties of all Californians," said CAIR-CA’s Yannina Casillas. "Today, California took a proactive stance in protecting the civil liberties and religious freedoms of all Californians. With the signing of SB 31, Californians know that our great state will stand up to any federal policy that targets vulnerable communities." 

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Everyone Using The Internet Is Screwed, Part Infinity

Crooks and Liars - 12 hours 8 min ago

I hate to start the week with an "everything is awful" post, but really. Those of us who thought we'd done the right thing by joining LifeLock in the wake of the Equifax breach got a hard smack from John Oliver last night. At the ten minute mark of the video above, Oliver highlights this exchange between Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Equifax CEO Rick Smith:

SENATOR WARREN: According to filings with the SEC, Lifelock purchases credit monitoring services from Equifax. And that means, someone buys credit monitoring through Lifelock, Lifelock turns around, and passes some of that revenue, directly to Equifax. Is that right, Mr. Smith?

RICK SMITH, EQUIFAX: That is correct.

Of course, Rick Smith "retired" from Equifax recently amid the scandal of leaking our financial and personal information in a huge data breach, so he's been sufficiently punished, right? Wait, there's more:

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Cross-platform AirDrop alternative, called AirDroid, is now available for iPhone and iPad

iDownloadBlog - 12 hours 13 min ago

AirDroid, the popular cross-platform file transfer app, is now available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch as a free download from App Store. The iOS 9 or later app launched last week.... Read the rest of this post here

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Monday Midday Open Thread

Balloon Juice - 12 hours 18 min ago

Feeling kinda stuck today, not unlike Batman and Robin:

The photo is from the @BatLabels Twitter feed, which, as its name suggests, primarily features things that are labeled from the old Batman TV series, e.g., “UNDETACHABLE GLUE PAD.”

Besides that, I got nothing. Open thread!

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Voice Assistants Will Be Difficult To Fire

Slashdot - 12 hours 20 min ago
mirandakatz writes: As voice assistants crop up left and right, consumers are facing a decision: Are you an Alexa? A Google Assistant? A Siri? Choose wisely -- because once you pick one voice assistant, it'll be difficult to switch. As Scott Rosenberg writes at Backchannel, "If I want to switch assistants down the line, sure, I can just go out and buy another device. But that investment of time and personal data isn't so easy to replace... Right now, all these assistants behave like selfish employees who think they can protect their jobs by holding vital expertise or passwords close to their chests. Eventually , the data that runs the voice assistant business is going to have to be standardized."

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Colin Kaepernick says NFL owners colluded against him to deny him employment and files grievance

Daily Kos - 12 hours 31 min ago

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Nearly fourteen months after beginning his protest against police brutality during NFL games, Colin Kaepernick remains unemployed. Though he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of last season, he has been unable to find a new home in the league. This is surprising based on talent alone—especially given how well he played in the preceding season. However, Kaepernick believes (like many others) that he is essentially being blackballed from football after his season-long peaceful protest. For that reason, he has filed a grievance against NFL owners, claiming they are participating in collusion.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported on what Kaepernick is looking to accomplish with the grievance:

"Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Kaepernick wants to trigger termination of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

"Article 69, Section 2 of the CBA allows for the agreement to be terminated prematurely in the event of proof of collusion. Under Article 17, Section 16(c) of the CBA, termination can arise from only one incident of collusion involving only one player if there is clear and convincing evidence of a violation."

Kaepernick and his lawyer’s argument is that the owners are working to deny him employment. It does not help also that the current president of the United States has weighed in and has been giving speeches and tweeting for weeks supporting, encouraging and practically threatening owners not to tolerate peaceful protest by athletes during the national anthem. While it may fan the flames of hatred among Trump’s base and those racists who are angry with black athletes protesting injustice, it is also now being used as evidence in Kaepernick’s grievance.

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Apple hit with $439.7M in damages over VirnetX patent case after court denies all motions [U]

9to5Mac - 12 hours 42 min ago

Update: Apple says it will appeal.

We may have finally reached the finale in Apple’s years-long patent case with VirnetX. The firm announced on Monday that it was awarded $439.7 million in its case against Apple over patents it claims Apple used for iMessage and FaceTime.


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Apple must pay VirnetX $440 million in final judgement

iDownloadBlog - 12 hours 47 min ago

A United States District Court denied all Apple’s motions and appeals for new trials, upholding a $302.4 million jury verdict that vindicates VirnetX’s patent infringement claims brought against Apple over secure communications protocols in FaceTime and other applications.... Read the rest of this post here

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Isikoff: Russian Trolls Were Ordered To Watch House Of Cards

Crooks and Liars - 12 hours 50 min ago

CNN's Chris Cuomo introduced Yahoo News correspondent Michael Isikoff, who broke the story that Russian trolls were forced to watch "House of Cards" to learn about American politics.

Isikoff said an independent Russian TV station tracked the source down, a man identified as Maksim.

"What's interesting about him is, he was part of the English language department of the Internet Research Agency," he said.

"Now, that's the same St. Petersburg troll farm that has been suspected or believed to have placed those Facebook ads, the 3,000 ads, $100,000, that Facebook just recently disclosed that it discovered was on its platform. And the English language department was the sort of elite section of the Internet Research Agency.

"They were more polished, more studied. They spent -- what really leaps out is how meticulous their operations were. Maksim talks about how they -- you know, every comma was reviewed by his bosses to make sure it was in the right place, so it sounded like an American posting by Americans. primarily what he was doing was placing comments on the websites of major news organizations. The Washington Post, and others."

Then Isikoff showed that he really doesn't understand online media. He said he didn't know how many people actually read the comments, and he's skeptical about the potential impact.

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Trump's pick for drug czar blocked the DEA from fighting the opioid epidemic

Daily Kos - 12 hours 57 min ago

In the middle of a deadly opioid epidemic, Congress virtually shut down a key way the Drug Enforcement Administration can stop drug companies, pharmacies, or doctors from flooding towns with prescription painkillers. Just a few years ago, the DEA was aggressively going after drug companies and pharmacies for distributing suspiciously large numbers of pills, but an April 2016 law sponsored in Congress by the man Donald Trump has nominated as his drug czar and passed by unanimous consent made that enforcement much more difficult.

A bombshell Washington Post investigative piece by Scott Higham and Lenny Bernstein shows how key former DEA employees cashed in by going to work for the drug companies and more or less wrote a law sponsored by Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), a law changing the standard the DEA has to meet to shut down a company’s drug shipments. The end result:

John Mulrooney, the chief DEA administrative law judge, has been documenting the falling number of immediate suspension orders against doctors, pharmacies and drug companies. That number has dropped from 65 in fiscal year 2011 to six so far this fiscal year, according to the DEA. Not a single order has targeted a distributor or manufacturer since late 2015, according to Mulrooney’s reports, which were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. [...]

In his article planned for the winter issue of the Marquette Law Review, Mulrooney wrote: “If it had been the intent of Congress to completely eliminate the DEA’s ability to ever impose an immediate suspension on distributors or manufacturers, it would be difficult to conceive of a more effective vehicle for achieving that goal.”

From 65 to six. For context, that late 2015 case, which is still pending, involves a company that shipped 258,000 hydrocodone pills in a single month to a single pharmacy in a town of less than 3,000 people. Stuff like that is going on but the DEA suddenly can’t find any more companies that deserve immediate suspension orders? Sure.

In the district represented by Marino, the anti-enforcement law’s sponsor and Trump’s drug czar pick:

Since 2014, the year Marino first introduced his bill, 106 people have died of opioid overdoses in Lycoming County. Over six days this summer, 53 people in the county overdosed on opioids. Three of them died.

Doesn’t that make you confident the government will be taking strong action to end the opioid crisis?

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US Supreme Court To Decide Microsoft Email Privacy Dispute

Slashdot - 13 hours 21 sec ago
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to resolve a major privacy dispute between the Justice Department and Microsoft Corp over whether prosecutors should get access to emails stored on company servers overseas. From a report: The justices will hear the Trump administration's appeal of a lower court's ruling last year preventing federal prosecutors from obtaining emails stored in Microsoft computer servers in Dublin, Ireland in a drug trafficking investigation. That decision by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals marked a victory for privacy advocates and technology companies that increasingly offer cloud computing services in which data is stored remotely. Microsoft, which has 100 data centers in 40 countries, was the first U.S. company to challenge a domestic search warrant seeking data held outside the country. There have been several similar challenges, most brought by Google.

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