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Daily Kos - 9 hours 41 min ago

Firmly planted in the Path of Totality today, but with twice the number of screaming kids in the house, there was no chance of finding a quiet place for a live show this Monday. And really, I might just have let you all enjoy the ambience along with me, but the reality is that the kids don’t just want to scream. They want pancakes. And waffles. And ice cream. And pancakesandwafflesandicecream!

And so do I, really. Everyone's excited!

I mean, Trump sucks and stuff. But we’re excited!

And you’re excited, too! So I’m not gonna just leave you hanging. We’ve got another brand-new show for you today, catching up on new details about the wild happenings of the past few days, continued fallout from Charlottesville, Bannon’s “exit,” and more.

If I might be so bold: great listening while you get ready for the big celestial event.

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So, you thought David Waldman went “on vacation”? KITM is vacation, for all of us to get away from all of this by shouting WTF together. So David felt obligated to record a new almost-live show to help us over this weekend: For Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, vacation and work also blend together, so much so that it is hard to tell when they are working at all. Don’t bother Ivanka, or any Trump, for any non-self-serving effort anymore, they’re all too busy. Donald Trump warns “You can’t change history” by eliminating Confederate statues. Condoleezza F’ing Rice agrees. True, the statues themselves attempted to eliminate the uncomfortable history of the Dred Scott decision,  Jim Crow laws,  civil rights, and Robert E. Lee, but how could we teach history without statues? And, does anyone ever consider the beauty of monuments? Donald, a lover of history, believe me, loved historical monuments so much he erected fake ones at his clubs. He loved historical beauty so much he… OK, that feeling might be only recent. Heather Heyer’s mom won't speak with Trump, for good reason. Another disrupter of the very fine people rally suffered a stroke because of injuries inflicted upon him. But what about the real victims? Like the White Nationalist fired from the Libertarian hotdog place? Or the crying virgin nazi-boy? Or the Victim in Chief himself? He really needs an adoration rally right now, and Phoenix’s mayor wants to withhold this most important thing, just to avoid death and destruction. Bannon bets Scaramucci that he can call a reporter, say dumbass things, and still keep his job. (He lost.)

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Categories: Politics

Morning Digest: Facing difficult 2018 map, Nevada GOP resorts to recalls to win back state Senate

Daily Kos - 9 hours 41 min ago

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard.

Leading off

NV State Senate: Shady GOP antics are afoot in the Silver State.

Nevada Republicans are, understandably, less than thrilled about losing what had been a slim 11-10 majority to the Democrats in the 2016 elections. The loss of Senate control coincided with a dramatic power shift towards Democrats in the state Assembly, where Republicans went from a 24-15 majority (plus one Libertarian) to a 17-25 minority overnight last fall. And one senator added insult to the GOP’s new minority-status injury by leaving the Republican caucus a few days after the election, declaring herself an independent and caucusing with Democrats, giving them an effective 12-9 majority in the state Senate. Only GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval stands between Republicans and relative political irrelevance in the state.​

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​Republicans theoretically have a chance for a comeback next year, but their electoral prospects are less than sunny in the upper chamber. In 2018, the half of the state Senate that wasn’t on the ballot last fall is up for election. Unfortunately for the GOP, however, the 10 Senate seats going before voters next year include only three districts currently held by Democrats, all of whom survived the rather difficult 2014 cycle with strong performances. The most viable pickup “opportunity” for Republicans is to replace party-switcher Patricia Farley in a seat where Clinton edged Trump 48-47. But that only matters if they can successfully play defense, because one Republican incumbent on the ballot next fall currently occupies a seat Clinton carried easily (52-43), giving Democrats an opportunity to further expand their majority.

So, faced with a tough election cycle, Republicans could attempt to do things like recruit great candidates, raise a ton of money, or resign themselves to working cooperatively with their Democratic colleagues for the next three years to advance policies that move Nevada forward.

Instead, Republicans are trying to trigger election do-overs in three districts: two in seats they lost last fall and one in a competitive district they worry they can’t win in a general election. The third senator they’re trying to recall—Farley, who now caucuses with Democrats—isn’t even running for re-election, but Republicans are clearly worried they won’t pick her open seat back up.

Categories: Politics

Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - 9 hours 43 min ago
Mike's Blog Round Up

Progressive Eruptions: A Boston blogger reports on the anti-Alt-Right counter-protest there.

What Would Jack Do: Women find Nazis irresistible.....don't they?

Crazy Eddie's Motie News: Scaramucci may not have lasted long, but he got his final wish.

We Hunted the Mammoth: Here's how the Alt-Right commemorates the death of Heather Heyer (be warned, this is seriously ugly stuff).

Blog round-up by Infidel753. Tips to mbru [at] crooksandliars [dot] com.

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Categories: Politics

Extraordinary Democrats Like Derrick Crowe Are Crucial To Taking Back The House

Crooks and Liars - 9 hours 43 min ago
Extraordinary Democrats Like Derrick Crowe Are Crucial To Taking Back The House

Blue America has been busily vetting new congressional candidates since spring. Sometimes it takes a while since we don't base our endorsements on questionnaires but, rather, on "getting to know" the candidates and what they stand for and what their capabilities are.

We’ve certainly gotten to know Derrick Crowe, our newest endorsee very well. He is a progressive Texas Democrat who is running a campaign based on what he wants to do to represent the interests of TX-21 working families in Congress.

The district stretches from north San Antonio up through a corridor past New Braunfels and San Marcos into Downtown Austin almost to UT and then west into the Hill Country. It was drawn to minimize the solidly blue Travis County vote, but last year Trump underperformed past GOP nominees and barely won a majority (52.5%) in the district.

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Categories: Politics

Claimed Apple A11 chip for iPhone 8 shown on blurry images

iDownloadBlog - 9 hours 48 min ago

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the sole supplier of Apple’s new A11 processor, recently kicked off mass production of the upcoming chip and last week leak aggregator SlashLeaks posted a pair of blurry images claiming to depict the new processor.... Read the rest of this post here

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Asian report says iPhone 8 face recognition system will work in ‘millionths of a second’

9to5Mac - 10 hours 1 min ago

A Korean report on the Samsung-made OLED display for the iPhone 8 claims that the speed of the facial-recognition system used in the device will be measured in ‘millionths of a second.’

All the latest reports are pointing to Apple abandoning TouchID in the new flagship phone, replacing it with face recognition for both unlock and Apple Pay authorization. Though concerns have been expressed about this, it appears that Apple may have successfully addressed them …


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Pragmatism. . .

The Daily Buddha - 10 hours 12 min ago

Today I would like to discuss the pragmatism or the practicality of Buddhism. Instead of taking an interest in metaphysics and academic theories, the Buddha deals with problems per se and approached them in a concrete way.

This attitude of pragmatism is clearly expressed in the Culamalunkya Sutra where the Buddha made use of the example of the wounded man. The man wounded by an arrow wishes to know who shoots the arrow, from which direction it comes, whether the arrow head is made of bone or iron, whether the shaft is of this kind of wood or another before he will have the arrow removed. This man is likened to those who would like to know about the origin of the Universe, whether the world is eternal or not, finite or not before they will undertake to practice a religion. Just as the man in the parable will die before he has all the answers he wants regarding the origin and nature of the arrow, such people will die before they will ever have the answers to all their irrelevant questions. This exemplifies what we call the Buddha’s practical attitude. It has a lot to say about the whole question of priorities and problem solving.

We would not make much progress developing wisdom if we ask the wrong question. It is essentially a question of priority. The first priority for all of us is the problem of suffering. The Buddha recognized this and said it is of no use for us to speculate whether the world is eternal or not because we all have got an arrow in our chest, the arrow of suffering. We have to ask questions that will lead to the removal of this arrow. One can express this in a very simple way. We can see that in our daily life, we constantly make choices based on priority. If, for instance, we happen to be cooking something on the stove and we decide that while the beans are boiling we will dust the house, and as we dust the house we smell something burning. We have to make the choice, whether to carry on with our dusting or whether to go to turn down the flame on the stove to save the beans. In the same way, if we want to make progress towards wisdom we have to recognize our priorities.

The teaching suggests that if you are a true seeker, your focus should be on the death of the ego-becoming free of grasping or clinging to the rewards of daily life and cutting through the illusion that anything in this temporal world will bring you lasting happiness. It is a grand vision of steadfast courage that does not yield to temptation or distraction and celebrates the magnificence of what is possible for a seeker of liberation. It brings vitality to your efforts for finding freedom and penetrating the mystery of life.

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Categories: Misc

Barclays unveils Siri support for its mobile banking app

iDownloadBlog - 10 hours 12 min ago

British multinational bank and financial services company Barclays today announced that its mobile banking app for iPhone has picked up Siri integration, allowing customers to ask the personal assistant to make hands-free payments on their behalf.... Read the rest of this post here

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Categories: Misc

Microsoft Speech Recognition Now As Accurate As Professional Transcribers

Slashdot - 10 hours 13 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes TechCrunch: Microsoft announced today that its conversational speech recognition system has reached a 5.1% error rate, its lowest so far. This surpasses the 5.9% error rate reached last year by a group of researchers from Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research and puts its accuracy on par with professional human transcribers who have advantages like the ability to listen to text several times. Both studies transcribed recordings from the Switchboard corpus, a collection of about 2,400 telephone conversations that have been used by researchers to test speech recognition systems since the early 1990s. The new study was performed by a group of researchers at Microsoft AI and Research with the goal of achieving the same level of accuracy as a group of human transcribers who were able to listen to what they were transcribing several times, access its conversational context and work with other transcribers.

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Categories: Misc

ERISA explains it all

Balloon Juice - 10 hours 17 min ago

The most important health policy law that is not the Social Security Act or its amendments is one that operates in the background. The 1974 Employee Retirement Income Security Act is the 800 pound gorilla that controls employer plans that are organized on a self-payment basis. Self-insured plans cover roughly 60% of all people who get their insurance via work. ERISA has a legal concept of pre-emption where ERISA overrules all state laws regarding regulation on self-insured employer plans. This ranges from benefit requirements to whether or not a self-insured plan has to send a claims file to a state all-payer claims database.

It is the 800 pound gorilla that lurks in the back ground ready to smash barrels and throw bananas at state based reforms.

Jon Walker at Shadowproof has a series of posts that is trying to lay out a path to single payer. He is grappling with complexity and faces the scope of the problem that ERISA has:

State-based health care reform would be fairly easy if the state could simply require every employer to buy their employees the state-based, Medicare-like insurance policy or pay a large tax.

Back in 1974, Hawaii adopted a strong employer mandate law that required good private coverage before Congress adopted ERISA so it is exempt from the federal law. The Hawaii plan was fairly straightforward and worked well. ERISA prevents anything like that from happening now.

Unable to directly regulate most employer-sponsored health plans, state based reform plans tie themselves in knots trying to work around it. Most state single-player plans would indirectly but strongly encourage companies to drop insurance benefits and increase wages to make up for it.

ERISA is a straitjacket on state level reforms. Jon looks at options that are viable work-arounds ranging from a comprehensive national ERISA waiver system to incremental improvements.

ERISA can also be used as a measure of how big of a change a proposal wants to be. If there are two reasonably well thought out proposals on the table and one opens up ERISA and one does not, the proposal that touches ERISA is far more likely to be a big system transformation bill. The bill that does not touch ERISA is more likely to be an incrementalist bill.

Categories: Politics

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Statues and statutes in the spotlight

Daily Kos - 10 hours 22 min ago

NY Times on race, statues and the VA gubernatorial race:

Charlottesville and Trump’s Response Reshape Virginia Gubernatorial Race

Many in the political middle here fault Mr. Trump for effectively weaponizing the conversation.

“We need a rational debate, but I’m afraid the emotion of the moment after what Trump did just destroyed the opportunity for that discussion,” said Mr. Deeds, who did not criticize Mr. Northam but made clear he thinks localities should be free to decide the monument issue.

Yet much like the aftermath of the 2015 rampage by a white supremacist in a South Carolina black church, there is an impulse in Virginia to take a tangible step toward healing.

“This state is no longer a history lesson suspended in animation,” Mr. Sabato said. “This was a disaster for Virginia, and people want to put a period on it.”


Conservatives are convinced statue and monument discussions are a win for them. Don’t be so sure. Context matters, and as many begin to come down (and many already have), watch the VA Gov. race for a better sense of where we are at. It’s a moment the way the S.C. flag was, and things may be politically possible that weren’t a week ago.

There’s a plus and a minus side to anything Trump champions, but remember, the discussion is about Nazis and white supremacists. Not Antifa, not statues. Nazis. And if Nazis love those statues, that tells you what you need to know.

Categories: Politics

Alleged iPhone 8 OLED display assembly and internal components leak

iDownloadBlog - 10 hours 28 min ago

Following our first iPhone 8 component leak in the form of a purported inductive wireless charging printed circuit board last week, more alleged parts for the handset were photographed and posted on Sunday to the Chinese microblogging service Weibo.... Read the rest of this post here

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Categories: Misc

Barclays bank now lets customers make payments via Siri

9to5Mac - 10 hours 33 min ago

If you have a Barclays bank account, you can now make payments simply by instructing Siri to do it.

The feature, added to the latest version of the company’s iOS app, uses the Siri integration for payment apps Apple introduced with iOS 10. PayPal took advantage of this last November, but banks have been slow to do so …


Categories: Misc

Indians wrap up solid road trip with loss to Royals

Medina Gazette - 11 hours 8 min ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It took the bottom of a makeshift lineup filled mostly with backups for the Kansas City Royals to finally put some runs on the board against the Cleveland Indians.

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Indians wrap up solid road trip with loss to Royals

Medina Gazette - 11 hours 8 min ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It took the bottom of a makeshift lineup filled mostly with backups for the Kansas City Royals to finally put some runs on the board against the Cleveland Indians.

Categories: Misc

Make your Status Bar’s Breadcrumb links look better with Croutons

iDownloadBlog - 11 hours 42 min ago

One of the more useful features Apple integrated into iOS is the Breadcrumb link function, which is accessible from the Status Bar. With it, you can go back to previously-used apps more quickly after you’re redirected to another on your device.

Despite how handy it is, people aren’t so fond of their Status Bar getting cluttered up with extra text. Fortunately, iOS developer Sticktron found an aesthetically-pleasing way to improve your Breadcrumb link trail in his new free jailbreak tweak dubbed Croutons (iOS 9/10).... Read the rest of this post here

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iPhone 8 display assembly, flex cables and more pictured in latest component leak

9to5Mac - 12 hours 39 min ago

iPhone 8 parts continue to appear on Chinese social media as the official unveiling September Apple event draws closer. Whilst a timeframe has yet to leak out, historical patterns point to September 6th as a likely date.

In this latest leaks (via Slashleaks), various purported components for the iPhone 8 are on show, including the flex cables for power transfer, part of the internal components for the Lightning cable and the display assembly (with the notch, as expected). More photos below …


Categories: Misc

On the Road and In Your Backyard

Balloon Juice - 12 hours 42 min ago

Good Morning All,

This weekday feature is for Juicers who are are on the road, traveling, or just want to share a little bit of their world via stories and pictures. So many of us rise each morning, eager for something beautiful, inspiring, amazing, subtle, of note, and our community delivers – a view into their world, whether they’re far away or close to home – pictures with a story, with context, with meaning, sometimes just beauty. By concentrating travel updates and tips here, it’s easier for all of us to keep up or find them later.

So please, speak up and share some of your adventures and travel news here, and submit your pictures using our speedy, secure form. You can submit up to 7 pictures at a time, with an overall description and one for each picture.

You can, of course, send an email with pictures if the form gives you trouble, or if you are trying to submit something special, like a zipped archive or a movie. If your pictures are already hosted online, then please email the links with your descriptions.

For each picture, it’s best to provide your commenter screenname, description, where it was taken, and date. It’s tough to keep everyone’s email address and screenname straight, so don’t assume that I remember it “from last time”. More and more, the first photo before the fold will be from a commenter, so making it easy to locate the screenname when I’ve found a compelling photo is crucial.

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!


So today’s an eclipse – groovy! Make sure to protect your eyes and enjoy this cool thing. In this age of omnipresent cameras and distribution tech, I expect lots of aamzing videos of animals and plants reacting to the eclipse. I can’t wait!


So, in honor of the great Jack Horkheimer, I encourage you to “keep…looking up!” And to encourage this, let’s take a different look up at the stats and things celestial.


Oh, and mom’s back home, recovering from the aborted surgery (which turned into an old-school biopsy, in effect) and beginning the Great Fight. Fuck cancer, fuck it all to hell.

Do keep Immanetize and Impkid in your thoughts and prayers as they piece together a new life.

Today, pictures from valued commenter

Categories: Politics

Monday Morning Open Thread: GOATALITY! (Also: I Hope We See Pics from Carhenge)

Balloon Juice - 13 hours 17 min ago

Apart from the Big Solar Event, what’s on the agenda as we start the new week?


I enjoyed this whole Washington Post story, “For one day, a fractured country will be united by sun, moon and history”… but especially the bit about a very American ‘monument’:

On the high plains of northwest Nebraska, north of Alliance, where Army pilots trained in World War II, a mysterious circle of gray objects rises from the flat expanse of farmland.

The objects closely resemble Britain’s 4,000-year-old Stonehenge, a mystical place of pilgrimage for neo-druids, solstice watchers, and legions of tourists.

But this monument is made of 39 junked cars.

It’s Carhenge, perhaps the most cosmic spot in the country to watch the eclipse. And it has an impressive two minutes and 28 seconds of totality.

Carhenge was assembled in 1987 by Jim Reinders, the son of a Nebraska tenant farmer, to honor his late father, Herman.

Reinders, 89, a retired oil industry engineer now living in Texas, resided in London in the 1970s and was fascinated by Stonehenge.

After his father died, he came up with the idea of Carhenge, and in June 1987, members of his family convened on land he had inherited from his father.

“With about 30 of us working at it, why, in one week later, we had Carhenge up and running,” he said…

Construction went well, except when an AMC Gremlin that was poorly welded in place came down in a storm. It was put back with stronger welds, he said.

Reinders plans to be at Carhenge on Monday, reportedly along with Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) and thousands of others…

Categories: Politics

Elon Musk Backs Call For A Global Ban On Killer Robots

Slashdot - 14 hours 13 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes CNN: Tesla boss Elon Musk is among a group of 116 founders of robotics and artificial intelligence companies who are calling on the United Nations to ban autonomous weapons. "Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare. Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend," the experts warn in an open letter released Monday... "Unlike other potential manifestations of AI, which still remain in the realm of science fiction, autonomous weapons systems are on the cusp of development right now and have a very real potential to cause significant harm to innocent people along with global instability," said Ryan Gariepy, the founder of Clearpath Robotics and the first person to sign the letter. More than a dozen countries -- including the United States, China, Israel, South Korea, Russia and Britain -- are currently developing autonomous weapons systems, according to Human Rights Watch.

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