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Snapchat update adds location-based Context Cards for reviews, business info, and actions

9to5Mac - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:54

Snapchat is partnering with several services including OpenTable and Lyft to launch something new called Context Cards. These location-based cards bring relevant information like business hours, reviews, contact information, and travel options to Snapchat.


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Confederacy-obsessed groups refuse to let monuments go, fund new monuments across the country

Daily Kos - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:42

Though we can’t seem to agree on what to do with them, it is clear that the presence of Confederate monuments evokes deep emotions on the part of supporters and those who want them removed. At the heart of this issue is a fundamental disagreement about what they represent and what kind of history is being preserved by their presence. Many advocates for keeping them in their place argue that they were erected decades ago to honor the Confederacy and culture of the South. Except this is not fully accurate. These statues and monuments were built way after the Civil War ended—most between the 1890s and 1950s which just happens to have also been the Jim Crow period. But, more disturbingly, a number of them were also erected in the last thirty years.

At least 50 smaller Confederate monuments have been built since 1990, including a bronze statue near a courthouse in Cleburne, Tex., and a tombstone-shaped monument on the grounds of a public elementary school in Prattville, Ala. Even Union states have them: Two Confederate monuments have been erected in Iowa in the past 12 years.

Newer monuments are popping up mostly in rural towns and tend to laud foot soldiers rather than Confederate generals and political leaders. All but seven are in Confederate states and 60 percent are on public land.

Let’s try to understand this. By 1990, we had enough information to know that not only were the Confederate leaders treasonous, we also know that their entire reason for wanting to secede from the country in the first place was because they saw absolutely nothing wrong with slavery. Yet this hasn’t stopped local organizations from funding these monuments. They’ve even adopted a new strategy.

A majority of the monuments are financed by local chapters of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Most cost less than $5,000, paid for with money raised with chili cook-offs, bake sales and Civil War reenactments.

“We don’t need something massive to do this,” said Michael Landree, who is executive director of the national Sons of Confederate Veterans. “We want to put up a lot of these across the country.” [...]

The smaller monuments allow local groups to continue to promote the Confederacy without drawing a lot of attention, several Civil War historians said. The shift to building monuments to foot soldiers instead of the generals is also a calculated move, they said.

Categories: Politics

Pelosi says she may withhold spending bill support unless DACA deal reached

Daily Kos - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:35

Calling President Stephen Miller’s white supremacist wish list of immigration principles “a complete non-starter,” Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi said she intends “to use every possibility” to reach an agreement to protect undocumented immigrant youth, including withholding Democratic support for a spending bill:

“We’re not at that place yet,” she added, per the Post. “Right now, we’re trying to get Republicans to vote on what we believe.”

The White House on Sunday announced a list of demands for any deal restoring some protections for DACA recipients that could tank a potential deal. The Trump administration demanded that any agreement include funding for the border wall, curb legal immigration, and limit the relatives that immigrants can bring to the U.S.

The list of hard-line immigration demands runs against the supposed tentative deal that President Donald Trump reached with Democratic leaders. Pelosi told the Washington Post that she still believes Trump wants to protect DACA recipients, but that his staff proposed a list of demands that could threaten a DACA deal.

“I do believe the president when he says he wants to protect the Dreamers,” Pelosi said. “I do not think what his staff put forward is in furtherance of that. In fact, it’s endangering them.” We can thank the ghoulish Miller for that, who has a racist history that dates back to his middle school days, when he unfriended a Latino classmate just because he was Latino. 

The fact is the American people overwhelmingly back immigrant youth, not Miller, with nearly 90 percent saying that undocumented immigrant youth should be put on a path to legal status so that they can stay in the only country they’ve ever known as home. And if there’s anyone who can whip up the votes to support immigrant youth and pass the bipartisan DREAM Act—without Miller’s ideas—it’s Pelosi.

Categories: Politics

Buying a House Sucks for Millennials

Kevin Drum - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:27

Standard & Poor’s released the Case-Shiller Housing Index for August today, so that seemed like a good excuse to follow up Monday’s post about the feeble growth of millennial income. Here is income growth for 25-34-year-olds vs. housing prices since 1975:

The income of young adult families has gone up about 18 percent since 1975. Housing has gone up about 65 percent. So if you remember buying a house in the 70s, and how tough it was to make the payments, multiply that by two-thirds to see what young adults have to put up with today.

And if you’re thinking that mortgage rates are lower today than they were in the 70s, think again:

Real interest rates are lower than they were in the 80s, and a couple of points lower than they were in the 90s. But that’s it. Buying a first home just sucks these days unless you’re lucky enough to be in the top 20 percent or so.

Categories: Politics

Google Paid $7.2 Billion Last Year To Partners, Including Apple, To Prominently Showcase Its Search Engine and Apps on Smartphones

Slashdot - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:24
A reader shares a Bloomberg report: There's a $19 billion black box inside Google. That's the yearly amount Google pays to companies that help generate its advertising sales, from the websites lined with Google-served ads to Apple and others that plant Google's search box or apps in prominent spots. Investors are obsessed with this money, called traffic acquisition costs, and they're particularly worried about the growing slice of those payments going to Apple and Google's Android allies. That chunk of fees now amounts to 11 percent of revenue for Google's internet properties. The figure was 7 percent in 2012. These Google traffic fees are the result of contractual arrangements parent company Alphabet makes to ensure its dominance. The company pays Apple to make Google the built-in option for web searches on Apple's Safari browsers for Mac computers, iPhones and other places. Google also pays companies that make Android smartphones and the phone companies that sell those phones to make sure its search box is front and center and to ensure its apps such as YouTube and Chrome are included in smartphones. In the last year, Google has paid these partners $7.2 billion, more than three times the comparable cost in 2012.

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Day 10 of no Children's Health Insurance Program and the Republican Congress is doing nothing

Daily Kos - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:23

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The Children's Health Insurance Program, covering 12 percent of the nation's children expired on September 30. Today in the Republican-led House, they are having a hearing. One hearing. Not about CHIP. The Republican-led Senate gaveled in for a minute or two, with no members present, then adjourned. They're gone for the week.  

When they come back, which will be a while because the House is in recess next week, they are going to be talking about tax cuts for rich people. They might talk about Puerto Rico relief, and they will hold children's health hostage while they're doing that.

Meanwhile, the country has very clear priorities.

About seven in 10 Americans—and majorities across parties—say it's "extremely" or "very" important to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program before its funding expires at the end of the month (75%) and to pass legislation to stabilize ACA insurance marketplaces (69%) as the deadline looms for insurers to set 2018 premiums.


And the president? He probably doesn't even know that CHIP is a thing, not if Fox & Friends isn't talking about it. Day 10 of no Children's Health Insurance Program and the Republican Congress is doing nothing.

Categories: Politics

ESPN suspends Jemele Hill over comments on NFL protests and of course Trump is tweeting about it

Daily Kos - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:08

Instead of tending to escalating tensions with North Korea, working with Congress on passing sensible gun control legislation in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, or dealing with his failing Cabinet, Donald Trump is doing something much more important in his eyes: tweeting about NFL protests and the sportscasters who support them. On Tuesday morning (at 3 AM, no less), he rattled off a series of tweets stating that the NFL shouldn’t receive tax breaks while players “disrespect” the country. 


The hypocrisy here is astounding. By now, anybody with an ounce of sense should know that the protests are not at all about the anthem but instead about police and state violence directed at blacks and people of color. But lying about facts is what Trump does best. What’s really laughable in this tweet is the gall of Donald Trump talking about tax breaks for a corporation. It is really almost too much to bear. Seriously, the loser president who refuses to release any tax information from the last decade, the very same man who has declared bankruptcy numerous times and has made a fortune by exploiting tax loopholes, the one who is proposing a massive tax cut which will save his family billions of dollars, is now suggesting that the NFL shouldn’t get tax breaks because of player protests? Now, that’s rich.

But, of course, a Trump tweetstorm would be incomplete without attacking a person of color. So predictably, he lashed out at ESPN’s Jemele Hill, who was suspended for two weeks for tweeting about the protests.

Categories: Politics

Pixelmator picks up support for iOS 11 drag and drop & importing HEIF images

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:45

The popular Photoshop alternative, Pixelmator for iPhone and iPad, was updated on App Store this morning with support for iOS 11’s drag and drop features on iPad and opening images saved in Apple’s new HEIF file format.... Read the rest of this post here

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Categories: Misc

Twitterrific returns to the Mac as a modern Twitter client w/ themes, muffle syncing, more

9to5Mac - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:45

The Iconfactory has officially launched Twitterrific 5 for Mac after a successful Kickstarter campaign for Project Phoenix earlier this year. Twitterrific for macOS is a totally new version of the Twitter client with a modern design that includes a dark theme, visual customization, muffle/mute/timeline syncing to the iOS app, and more.


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Trump's feud with Corker threatens to totally torpedo tax deal he's so desperate to pass

Daily Kos - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:44

Trump has zero major legislative accomplishments and he's working pretty hard to preserve that goose egg. Tuesday morning he continued mocking "Liddle' Bob Corker," the guy whose vote he desperately needs to pass a deficit-ballooning tax plan that Corker already doesn't like. Bloomberg writes:

Corker, a member of the Budget Committee, is seen as a crucial vote for tax legislation. Because he plans to retire when his second term expires in 2018, he has little incentive to compromise on his core stance. The Tennessee senator has said if the tax legislation adds even a penny to the deficit “there is no way in hell I’m voting for it.”

That’s a tall order.

The tax framework released late in September by the White House and GOP leaders would add $3.1 trillion to the deficit over a decade, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. And the few revenue-raisers it specifies, such as ending the $1.3 trillion state and local tax deduction, are facing Republican headwinds and may be preserved in some form, GOP lawmakers said.

What's truly amazing about this whole situation is that Trump still hasn't figured out he's on the losing end of it.

Another former House Republican, Tom Davis of Virginia, said the split with Mr. Corker would undermine Mr. Trump’s influence with other legislators as well. “Corker’s comments carry credibility because of his reputation as a thoughtful senator not known for shooting from the hip,” he said. “There is an old saying in politics: Don’t pick a fight with someone who has nothing to lose.”

We're not talking about a tiny flap here, we're talking about Trump killing any chance he has of accomplishing meaningful legislation.

One person close to the president, who requested anonymity to give a candid assessment of the situation, said the battle with Corker won’t help Trump get a much-needed legislative win. Another Trump ally, who also asked for anonymity, was more dire, predicting it may turn out to be the final nail in the coffin for the president’s tax bill and saying the past weekend may solidify a legacy of failure for Trump.

Categories: Politics

Russian Central Bank To Ban Websites Offering Crypto-currencies

Slashdot - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:44
An anonymous reader shares a report: Russia will block access to websites of exchanges that offer crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin, Russian Central Bank First Deputy Governor Sergei Shvetsov said on Tuesday. He called them "dubious." Russian financial authorities initially treated any sort of money issued by non-state approved institutions as illegal, saying they could be used to launder money. Later the authorities accepted the globally booming market of crypto-currencies but want to either control the turnover or to limit access to the market "We cannot stand apart. We cannot give direct and easy access to such dubious instruments for retail (investors)," Shvetsov said, referring to households.

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Steve Bannon declares war on the 'GOP establishment' ... except Ted Cruz

Daily Kos - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:39

Donald Trump’s former right-hand man and noted white supremacist Steve Bannon has “declared war”:

“We’re declaring war on the Republican establishment,” he said, appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity” Monday evening. [...]

“We’re declaring war on the Republican establishment. … We’re going to cut off the oxygen to Mitch McConnell,” he said. “Mitch McConnell’s biggest asset is the money. We’re going to make it a liability. We’re going after them tooth and nail.”

Well, everyone except Ted Cruz:

“There’s a coalition coming together that’s going to challenge every Republican incumbent instead of Ted Cruz,” he said.

It seems that the rumors that Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer are really paying off! 

So the civil war in the Republican Party continues, pitting the white supremacist jackasses against the semi-white supremacist jackasses. Stay tuned and have plenty of popcorn handy. 

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Niall Horan’s ‘On the Record: Flicker’ is the latest behind-the-scenes album film to hit Apple Music

9to5Mac - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:33

Apple is really on a roll with its music documentaries, announcing the fourth one this month. As with Pink’s Beautiful Trauma, this latest one is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a new album.

On the Record: Flicker takes a look at the making of Niall Horan’s first solo album following five One Direction albums …


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AGR Manet is DOWN, 1507645386

AGR Manet - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:33
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Three weeks after Maria, the situation in Puerto Rico is still all 'about survival'

Daily Kos - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:30

Donald Trump came, he praised himself, he threw paper towels. But though talk of Puerto RIco seems to have slipped out of the media, that doesn’t mean things there are suddenly fine. Or anywhere close.

"It is way too early to even think about recovery. Right now, it's about survival," said Orlando Bravo, a Puerto Rico native and co-founder of private equity firm Thoma Bravo.

"You have shelters, towns, rural communities that are running extremely low to this day — almost three weeks after the hurricane hit — on food and water," Bravo told CNBC's "Squawk Box."

In some locations, the level of supplies reaching families are still well below what’s needed. And despite push for more, things aren’t getting a lot better.

“There is this view that, somehow, we don’t merit that level of concern or attention or respect from this government,” said Melissa Mark-Viverito, the speaker of the New York City Council, comparing the response in Puerto Rico with areas struck by recent hurricanes in Florida and Texas. “Somehow, we’re a burden and we’re mooching. That’s the kind of language this president is throwing around.”

While water is back in many areas, it needs to be boiled—hard to do when many are homeless, and those who are not displaced are still without electricity. Puerto Rico was damaged everywhere. These is no well-stocked shelter in an area just down the road. People aren’t asking for luxuries. They’re asking that desperate needs be met.

Officials and nonprofit groups in Puerto Rico say the immediate need remains for essentials like food and water. 

And it adds up.


Does Trump consider Puerto Rico a “real” catastrophe yet?

Categories: Politics

Trump tweets on health care, because his TV told him to

Daily Kos - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:26

Donald Trump's stubby little thumbs were ridiculously busy this morning with his usual airing of the grievances that consumed the wee hours of his night. Mostly football. But then he popped up with a non-sequitur.


Where did that come from? Where else? What was on Fox & Friends this morning. Media Matters did the tracking this morning and found that every tweet coincided with something he saw on his TV, specifically his best friends at Fox. What prompted him to think about health care?


Yep. A commercial. By the way, there’s really nothing at all great in what he’s got planned for Obamacare, particularly if you’re unlucky enough to have a pre-existing condition.

Categories: Politics

Dow Jones technical error spreads fake news story of Google acquiring Apple

9to5Mac - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:22

The Dow Jones newswires had a ‘technical error’ which caused the portal to report several spurious stories including several headlines claiming Google was acquiring Apple for $9 billion, and that the deal was pre-arranged with Steve Jobs in his will.


Categories: Misc

1,000 leads later, authorities still stumped by Vegas gunman

Medina Gazette - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:10

LAS VEGAS — More than a week after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history investigators are stumped about the key question: What led a 64-year-old high-stakes gambler to kill 58 people and wound hundreds of others at a country music concert?

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College enshrines healthy living in bricks and mortar

Medina Gazette - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:10

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Pledges by college students to eschew drugs and alcohol are old hat. Now they’re meditating, working out, practicing yoga, eating healthfully, and at least one school, the University of Vermont, it has become a bona fide lifestyle.

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10 things to know, Tuesday, Oct. 10

Medina Gazette - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:10
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
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