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Mark Twain

Quote of the day - 10 hours 55 min ago
"Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."
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William James

Quote of the day - 10 hours 55 min ago
"Begin to be now what you will be hereafter."
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Leo Buscaglia

Quote of the day - 10 hours 55 min ago
"Change is the end result of all true learning."
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Victor Hugo

Quote of the day - 10 hours 55 min ago
"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face."
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Percy Bysshe Shelley

Love quote of the day - 10 hours 55 min ago
"Familiar acts are beautiful through love."
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Napoleon Bonaparte

Love quote of the day - 10 hours 55 min ago
"Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment."
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Charles Dickens

Love quote of the day - 10 hours 55 min ago
"A loving heart is the truest wisdom."
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Iris Murdoch

Love quote of the day - 10 hours 55 min ago
"Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real."
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Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Compare & Contrast

Balloon Juice - 10 hours 56 min ago

Dr. Barber, who officially stepped down in October after 12 years as president of the N.C. NAACP, will be part of a two-day conference attended by social justice advocates from countries like Canada, Senegal, Italy, Ireland, Tunisia, Ghana, Brazil, and the United States, among others.

It’s no doubt that Dr. Barber’s involvement in the 50 anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1968 Poor’s People’s Campaign caught the attention of not only national, but international social justice leadership, like Pope Francis, who is world reknowned for his personal and official advocacy for the poor.

Just last Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Pope Francis, the leader of the Catholic Church, celebrated a special Mass for poor people on the first World Day of the Poor, eating with 1,500 from Italy, Poland and France.

The pope also denounced those who express indifference to the plight of the poor, calling such behavior “ a great sin.”

“It is when we turn away from a brother or sister in need, when we change channels as soon as a disturbing question comes up, when we grow indignant at evil but do nothing about it,” Pope Francis said. “God will not ask us if we felt righteous indignation, but whether we did some good.”

Dr. Barber’s organization, Repairers of the Breach, “seeks to build a moral agenda rooted in the framework that uplift’s our deepest moral and constitutional values to redeem the heart and soul of our country,” it says on its website.

“Our deepest moral traditions point to equal protection under the law, the desire for peace within and among nations, the dignity of all people, and the responsibility to care for our common home.”…

Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the spectrum, the Washington Post reports that Grifters Gonna Grift…

A weekend conference organized by white nationalist Richard Spencer was shut down after the owners of the Maryland farm he rented discovered he was behind the event.

The think tank that Spencer leads, the National Policy Institute, hosted the conference for about 100 people at Rocklands Farm, a winery and events venue in Montgomery County. Spencer said in an interview that a third-party logistics company contacted Rocklands Farm on behalf of the National Policy Institute this month and didn’t reveal that white nationalists were affiliated with the event when they booked it. The company told the farm’s management only that it was a “corporate” gathering, according to Spencer.

The conference started about 11 a.m. Sunday and was scheduled to continue until 8 p.m. Caterers at Rocklands Farm served brunch, and participants recapped 2017. At about 4 p.m., Spencer said, someone working the event learned that Spencer was there, and management told everyone to leave…

The National Policy Institute booked space at Rocklands Farm after the property manager at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, a federal facility in the District, told the organization that it couldn’t host its conference at the building. The two sides had been in communication for months before a private management company rejected the request over safety concerns…

Spencer described the Rocklands Farm gathering as a policy conference, in which attendees paid $225. Spencer said before the event that it was to feature Daniel Friberg, the European editor of, and Kevin MacDonald, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “the neo-Nazi movement’s favorite academic.”

The organizers didn’t publicly disclose beforehand that the event would be held at Rocklands Farm, Spencer said. Instead, organizers arranged for vans to pick up attendees at various locations and drive them to the farm.

After Rocklands Farm management told them to leave, those vans then shuttled the conference attendees to another private space outside the District before they then went to dinner at a restaurant, Spencer said.

“I’m not mad, but if I were a business owner, I would not do that,” Spencer said. “If communists came to my establishment, but they were civilized, I couldn’t imagine kicking them out. So I’m certainly disappointed, but we are not going to retaliate. It’s just life in 2017 for us.”…

Spencer knew damned well that no reputable public venue would let him in without a steep damages deposit, so he hustled his hundred deluded marks in under third-party cover. (Wonder if he conned them into paying their own restaurant tabs, after he was fortuitously ‘busted’.) And now he gets to play White Male Martyr for the rubes — no doubt guaranteeing that his next “policy conference” will attract even more racists, probably for an even higher cover charge.

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2018 iPhones to feature upgraded antenna design for faster LTE speeds

iDownloadBlog - 10 hours 58 min ago

Now that the 2017 iPhone’s have been released, we have started to see a steady supply of rumors for next years handsets. The latest is a new report from Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities who speculates that the 2018 iPhones will have an improved antenna design, yielding increased speeds for users.... Read the rest of this post here

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AGR Manet is DOWN, 1511346186

AGR Manet - 11 hours 25 min ago
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Moment launches official counterweight to support using their lenses with DJI Osmo gimbal

iDownloadBlog - 11 hours 58 min ago

Mobile lens manufacturer Moment has released a new counterweight to make using their (quite hefty) lenses with the Osmo Mobile gimbal possible.

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Russia Detects a Significant Radiation Spike In Mountains Close To Soviet-Era Nuclear Plant

Slashdot - 11 hours 58 min ago
According to a report via The New York Times, Russia said that it had detected a significant radiation spike in the Ural Mountains, close to a sprawling Soviet-era nuclear plant still remembered as the site of an accident 60 years ago. Russia did however reject suggestions that it was the source of a radioactive cloud that hovered over Europe. From the report: The location of the spike -- in the Chelyabinsk region near the border with Kazakhstan -- has been identified by French and German nuclear safety institutions as a potential source for a concentration of a radioactive isotope called ruthenium 106 detected in the air in late September above several European countries. But nuclear energy authorities in Moscow insisted Monday that still-higher levels of atmospheric contamination had been detected outside Russia, in southeastern Europe. Reports of the elevated radiation levels over Western Europe raised alarms, but nuclear safety authorities in France and Germany said there was no threat to human health or to the environment -- an assurance repeated on Tuesday by Moscow. The Russian state weather service Roshydromet said it had found what the Russian news media described as "extremely high pollution" at two monitoring facilities within a 62-mile radius of the Mayak nuclear reprocessing and isotope production plant. A weather station in the town of Argayash recorded ruthenium 106 levels that were 986 times higher than a month earlier, the state weather agency said. A second station at Novogorny detected levels 440 times higher. Ruthenium 106, which does not occur naturally and has a half-life of about a year, is used for medical purposes. For weeks, Russian officials had denied the French and German accusations. Citing the results of its own air monitoring on European territory, Moscow pointed to high radiation levels over Romania, Italy and Ukraine, insisting that there had been only a negligible presence of ruthenium 106 on Russian territory. On Tuesday, even after the Russian agency acknowledged the radiation spike in the Urals, Maxim Yakovenko, the head of Roshydromet, said in a statement that higher levels of contamination had been detected in Romania than in Russia. "The published data is not sufficient to establish the location of the pollution source," he said. The authorities at Mayak denied in a news release on Tuesday that the plant had contributed to the increased levels of ruthenium 106 and insisted that there was no threat to human beings.

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AGR Manet is DOWN, 1511338986

AGR Manet - 13 hours 25 min ago
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Microsoft Confirms Surface Book 2 Can't Stay Charged During Gaming Sessions

Slashdot - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:00
The Verge mentioned in their review that the Surface Book 2's power supply can't charge the battery fast enough to prevent it from draining in some cases. Microsoft has since confirmed that "in some intense, prolonged gaming scenarios with Power Mode Slider set to 'best performance' the battery may discharge while connected to the power supply." Engadget reports: To let you choose between performance and battery life, the Surface Book has a range of power settings. If you're doing video editing or other GPU intensive tasks, you can crank it up to "best performance" to activate the NVIDIA GPU and get more speed. Battery drain is normally not an issue with graphics apps because the chip only kicks in when needed. You'll also need the "best performance" setting for GPU-intensive games, as they'll slow down or drop frames otherwise. The problem is that select titles like Destiny 2 use the NVIDIA chip nearly continuously, pulling up to 70 watts of power on top of the 35 watt CPU. Unfortunately, the Surface Book comes with a 102-watt charger, and only about 95 watts of that reaches the device, the Verge points out. Microsoft says that the power management system will prevent the battery from draining completely, even during intense gaming, but it would certainly mess up your Destiny 2 session. It also notes that the machine is intended for designers, developers and engineers, with the subtext that it's not exactly marketed as a gaming rig.

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AGR Manet is DOWN, 1511331786

AGR Manet - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 02:33
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Seth Meyers "Creepy" Edition: Trump Backs Roy Moore; Charlie Rose Fired for Sexual Harassment

Little Green Footballs - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 02:28

Seth takes a closer look at the White House continuing to stand by an accused sexual predator running for Senate so they can pass tax cuts.

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Late-Night Russiagate Open Thread: California’s Representative to Mother Russia

Balloon Juice - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 02:15

He’s the twinkly-eyed Zelig of the American Treason Party:

For two decades, Representative Dana Rohrabacher has been of value to the Kremlin, so valuable in recent years that the F.B.I. warned him in 2012 that Russia regarded him as an intelligence source worthy of a Kremlin code name.

The following year, the California Republican became even more valuable, assuming the chairmanship of the Foreign Affairs subcommittee that oversees Russia policy. He sailed to re-election again and again, even as he developed ties to Vladimir V. Putin’s Russia…

As revelations of Russia’s campaign to influence American politics consume Washington, Mr. Rohrabacher, 70, who had no known role in the Trump election campaign, has come under political and investigative scrutiny. The F.B.I. and the Senate Intelligence Committee are each seeking to interview him about an August meeting with Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, Mr. Rohrabacher said. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is said to be interested in a meeting he had last year with Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trump’s short-lived national security adviser.

At the same time, fellow Republicans — questioning his judgment and intentions — have moved to curtail his power as chairman of the Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats. And back home in Southern California, where Democrats and Republicans alike smell blood, the 15-term congressman is facing his toughest re-election contest in decades, with well-funded candidates from both parties lining up to unseat him…

Mr. Rohrabacher has laughed off suggestions that he is a Russian asset, and said in an interview that he did not remember being briefed that the Russians viewed him as a source. The F.B.I. and the senior members of the House Intelligence Committee sat Mr. Rohrabacher down in the Capitol in 2012 to warn him that Russian spies were trying to recruit him, according to two former intelligence officials…

In April 2016, he was in Moscow, accepting a copy of a “confidential” memo containing accusations against prominent Democratic donors that would, months later, reappear in Trump Tower when a Russian lawyer who had reported those allegations to the Russian government, Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, sat down with Donald Trump Jr. to deliver a similar document.

Last August he was in London on a quick diversion from an anniversary trip to the Iberian Peninsula to meet Mr. Assange at the fugitive’s sanctuary in the Ecuadorean Embassy. American intelligence agencies believe Mr. Assange acted as a conduit for Russian operatives seeking to release a trove of hacked Democratic emails. Mr. Assange denies the accusation, and Mr. Rohrabacher hoped to broker a meeting with Mr. Trump to allow him to make his case.

Then earlier this year, this time on Capitol Hill, Mr. Rohrabacher dined with Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of the Russian central bank who has been linked both to Russia’s security services and organized crime. During Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, Mr. Torshin tried to set up a “backdoor” meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin, according to an email that has been turned over to Senate investigators…

Mr. Rohrabacher may shrug off such scrutiny, but on the Foreign Affairs Committee, fellow Republicans have had enough. The committee’s chairman, Representative Ed Royce of California, pushed out Mr. Rohrabacher’s top committee aide, Paul Behrends, in July amid stories about his ties to pro-Russian lobbyists.

Since then, the chairman has taken a more hands-on approach to managing Mr. Rohrabacher’s subcommittee, a Republican House aide said. The chairman has not imposed a blanket ban on Mr. Rohrabacher’s travel or power to convene hearings, nor has he stripped Mr. Rohrabacher of his subcommittee chairmanship.

But Mr. Royce’s aides are closely scrutinizing his requests…

Rorabacher’s been a KGB pilot fish since the Reagan era, but as long as the Orange County revanchists kept him a safe vote for whatever the GOP put forward, they didn’t care where he was feeding. THANKS, REPUBLICANS!

Not mentioned in the NYTimes, probably due to the ick factor:

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Samsung 1080p Wi-Fi Smartcam - 2 Pack

Woot - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 02:00

Which is smarter: Samsung SmartCam or a box with a human brain stapled to it?

Samsung SmartCam: able to stream images
box with brain: not able to do that

Samsung SmartCam: multi-streams up to 10 cameras
box with brain: oh gross it's leaking

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The Debunker: Do Airplanes Dump Frozen Waste in Flight?

Woot - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 02:00

November is here, and you know what that means—National Aviation History Month! Yes, like all good citizens, you undoubtedly wait all year for this fun-filled celebration of great achievements in the history of flight. But as you get together with loved ones during this festive flight-themed season, we want to make sure you don't perpetuate any myths and misconceptions. Ken Jennings, high-flying Jeopardy! whiz, is here all month to correct a lot of common aviation knowledge that's just plane wrong.

The Debunker: Do Airplanes Dump Frozen Waste in Flight?

When Charles Lindbergh made his historic trans-Atlantic flight and met all the crowned heads of Europe, Britain's King George V had a question. "There is one thing I long to know," he said. "How did you pee?" Lindbergh, put at ease by the question, let His Majesty in on the secret: he had a funnel attached to an aluminum container, which he dropped somewhere over the French countryside. "I was not going to be caught with the thing on me at Le Bourget (Airport)!" he said.

The Debunker

Lindbergh's emergency evacuation was just the first in a long line of close encounters with airborne waste. There have been dozens of news stories documenting the phenomenon of "blue ice"—frozen waste falling from commercial airline toilets. Sometimes the frosty biowaste tears holes in roofs and smashes cars. On TV's Six Feet Under—though never in real life—a woman was even killed by a falling chunk of blue ice. Media accounts of these incidents often include words like "jettisoned" or "ejected," because someone in the newsroom assumed that the pilot accidentally pulled a Lindbergh and opened the tanks in mid-air.

In fact, commercial airliners have no mechanism for pilots to flush the sewage tank mid-flight. In the 1980s, airplane toilets mixed human waste with hundreds of gallons of a blue disinfectant called Anotec, the same stuff they use in Port-a-Potties. Occasionally a holding tank would leak, and a gross blob of poopsicle would freeze onto the exterior of the plane. As the plane descended to land, the ice would thaw and fall, posing a hazard to the plane itself or to residents below. So, in 1982, Boeing began to install those vacuum suction toilets we still use today. These new, more reliable systems aren't prone to "blue ice" leaks. The FAA still receives complaints of weird-smelling stuff tearing through houses, but they've found that these complaints tend to spike in the fall. Their theory: migrating birds are the most common falling-poop culprit nowadays.

Quick Quiz: What flavor is 7-Eleven's beloved blue Slurpee?

Ken Jennings is the author of eleven books, most recently his Junior Genius Guides, Because I Said So!, and Maphead. He's also the proud owner of an underwhelming Bag o' Crap. Follow him at or on Twitter as @KenJennings.

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