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Trump Booster Goes Down In Flames For Pushing Trump's Border Wall Lies

Crooks and Liars - 9 hours 44 min ago
Trump Booster Goes Down In Flames For Pushing Trump's Border Wall Lies

Here's an idea. Instead of CNN giving these liars airtime, how about not inviting them on in the first place? If these anchors are going to be forced to contend with these lying Trumpsters, New Day host Victor Blackwell showed everyone how they should be handled this Saturday when Council member for the 51st District and Minority Whip of the New York City Council Joseph Borelli tried pushing Trump's lie that construction has "already started" on his border wall.

BLACKWELL: Let me come to another thing the president said yesterday and has been saying for a while now -- that there's a lot of wall that's being built, that the president has already seen additional miles of this new wall being built. That is not true. Why is the president saying it?

BORELLI: We've had this debate. We've had the gumballs out that you like so much. You know...

BLACKWELL: I like the truth. The reason they are gumballs is because the president has said more than 8,000 things that are either false and misleading.

BORELLI: And there is a wall that's existing that is being repaired. There are small patches of new wall that are being formed. And I think...

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Hit the Gym, Visualist, Actiview and other apps to check out this weekend

iDownloadBlog - 10 hours 1 min ago

Apps of the week

This week’s edition of our Apps of the Week roundup features a digital workout buddy, an app for giving instructions, and an app for assistive and accessible content. And as always, we’ve selected two cool new games for you to...
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WormBase Manet is DOWN, 1550326566

WormBase Manet - 10 hours 1 min ago
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Acting President Hannity Orders Barr To Investigate Trump's Deep State Enemies

Crooks and Liars - 10 hours 2 min ago

Following in President Lou Dobbs' footsteps, Acting President Sean Hannity demanded the incoming Attorney General deal with Deep State enemies..

On Thursday, the Fox News host laid out Trump's enemy list he considers "deep state actors" aching to overthrow Trump's presidency. Hannity then demanded they be held accountable by the newly minted Attorney General William Barr.

Hannity had just finished advising Trump on signing the spending bill and declaring a National Emergency for his border wall funding so when he says his sources tell him something from within the Trump administration, it makes it more credible.

After going ballistic over Andrew McCabe's new book and upcoming 60 Minutes appearance. Sean was foaming at the mouth. "They even plotted and schemed to remove a duly elected president from office because they didn't like him or want him to win!"

"It seems like they are getting away with it," he continued. "We have a new Attorney General, hopefully that will change. My sources telling me tonight things are happening as we speak."

James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates and Rod Rosenstein all made his hit list. Sean went on about FISA warrant lies, just like Dobbs did.

He is also not fond of former CIA Director John Brennan, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

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MiniWiki allows you to browse Wikipedia from your Apple Watch with bookmarks, nearby, and more

9to5Mac - 10 hours 5 min ago

MiniWiki is a new app from developer Will Bishop that allows you to browse Wikipedia directly from your Apple Watch. The app supports features like popular articles around you, offline reading, bookmarks, and more.


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Donald Trump, incompetent super villain, comes up against the power of law, man

Daily Kos - 10 hours 15 min ago

In the movies, super villains always pause in the middle of their evil schemes to give a detailed account of why and how they’re out to end, ruin, or run the world. On Friday, life followed art—only life has much poorer writing than even the worst comic book film. 

Donald Trump shambled onto the steps above the Rose Garden Friday morning, appropriately enough backed by nothing, to talk about China, the stock market, his close friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, women with duct tape on their mouths, and just incidentally, how he was going to misuse the National Emergency Act to steal $8 billion in taxpayer dollars for a vanity project. And, while he tried to bury his scheme in an incredible stream of incoherent babble, it still didn’t stop him from admitting that his abuse of power was fundamentally to no end.

“I didn’t need to do this.”

What’s that? Why is there an emergency being declared if even Lex Luthor’s much dumber brother doesn’t think it’s an emergency?

“The only reason why we're up here talking about this is because of the election.”

That’s good clarity. Trump also let it be known that running off with the money that’s supposed to provide homes, schools, and hospital beds for military families was no big deal. No big deal at all.

“It didn’t sound too important to me.”

It was, all an all, probably the most bizarre speech that has ever been delivered within a mile of the White House — and that includes some pretty colorful statements from the far side of the gates. But there was one last bit of truth in Trump’s monologuing

“And then we will be sued.”

Ding. Ding. Ding. Oh, yes, you will.

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WorkFFS: A tweak made to resolve freezing and crashing issues with certain apps

iDownloadBlog - 10 hours 31 min ago

WorkFFS is a new free jailbreak tweak that has been released to resolve freezing and crashing issues for certain apps.
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Making the Grade: Makeblock Neuron Explorer Kit is a useful addition to a STEM lab

9to5Mac - 10 hours 31 min ago

As an IT Director, I am always on the lookout for ways to allow our students to use technology in new and interesting ways. We teach some basic coding skills (I love it for the problem-solving aspect as much as anything), we have an active STEM lab, and we’re always looking to expose our students to different ways of learning. Last fall, I was sent a review unit of the Makeblock Neuron Explorer Kit that is only available at the Apple Store.

About Making The Grade: Every Saturday, Bradley Chambers publishes a new article about Apple in education. He has been managing Apple devices in an education environment since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing 100s of Macs and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple’s products work at scale, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for students.


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Apple allowing Apple Music subscribers to gift a free month of the service to friends

9to5Mac - 11 hours 2 min ago

Last weekend, Apple sent a wave of Apple Music notifications to previous subscribers offering them an additional 3-month free trial. Now, Apple is continuing its Apple Music focus with push notifications allowing current subscribers to gift a friend a free month of the streaming music service.


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Mike's Blog Round Up

Crooks and Liars - 11 hours 31 min ago
Mike's Blog Round Up

Happy weekend, fellow hostages, er, Crooks and Liars! What a day Friday was! From the National Emergency that isn't to tough words from Marco Rubio, the blogosphere had it all from A to B and back again!

Greg Fallis says what's on everyone's mind.

News Corpse tells us who influenced Comrade Trump's decision.

I Should Be Laughing gives us some examples of true national emergencies.

Bonus Track: Miss Cellania reminds us that it is the thought that counts.

Round-up by Tengrain who blogs at Mock, Paper, Scissors. You can follow Tengrain on the Twitters, too. Send tips, requests, and suggestions to mbru@crooksandliars.com (with For MBRU in the subject line).

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Academics Confirm Major Predictive Policing Algorithm Is Fundamentally Flawed

Slashdot - 11 hours 32 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Last week, Motherboard published an investigation which revealed that law enforcement agencies around the country are using PredPol -- a predictive policing software that once cited the controversial, unproven "broken windows" policing theory as a part of its best practices. Our report showed that local police in Kansas, Washington, South Carolina, California, Georgia, Utah, and Michigan are using or have used the software. In a 2014 presentation to police departments obtained by Motherboard, the company says that the software is "based on nearly seven years of detailed academic research into the causes of crime pattern formation the mathematics looks complicated -- and it is complicated for normal mortal humans -- but the behaviors upon which the math is based are very understandable." The company says those behaviors are "repeat victimization" of an address, "near-repeat victimization" (the proximity of other addresses to previously reported crimes), and "local search" (criminals are likely to commit crimes near their homes or near other crimes they've committed, PredPol says.) But academics Motherboard spoke to say that the mathematical theory that is used to power PredPol is flawed, and that its algorithm -- at least as pitched to police -- is far too simplistic to actually predict crime. Kristian Lum, who co-wrote a 2016 paper that tested the algorithmic mechanisms of PredPol with real crime data, told Motherboard in a phone call that although PredPol is powered by complicated-looking mathematical formulas, its actual function can be summarized as a moving average -- or an average of subsets within a data set. "The academic foundation for PredPol's software takes a statistical modeling method used to predict earthquakes and apply it to crime," reports Motherboard. "Much like how earthquakes are likely to appear in similar places, the papers argue, crimes are also likely to occur in similar places. Suresh Venkatasubramanian, a professor of computing at the University of Utah and a member of the board of directors for ACLU Utah, told Motherboard that earthquake data and crime data are, naturally, collected in different ways." "I would say in our mind, the key difference is that in earthquake models, you have seismographs everywhere -- wherever an earthquake happens, you'll find it," Venkatasubramanian said. "The crux of the issue really is that to what extent are you able to get data about what you're observing that is not also totally on the model itself." "If you build predictive policing, you are essentially sending police to certain neighborhoods based on what what they told you -- but that also means you're not sending police to other neighborhoods because the system didn't tell you to go there," Venkatasubramanian said. "If you assume that the data collection for your system is generated by police whom you sent to certain neighborhoods, then essentially your model is controlling the next round of data you get."

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WormBase Manet is DOWN, 1550319366

WormBase Manet - 12 hours 1 min ago
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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: The national emergency is Donald Trump

Daily Kos - 12 hours 2 min ago

National fake emergency is for Trump’s base and Trump’s base alone. I sound like a broken record on this “Trump’s base, so what? Not enough to win with” stuff, but there’s reason.


Nate Silver/FiveThirtyEight (from 11/18):

Trump’s Base Isn’t Enough

This year’s results do serve as a warning to Trump in one important sense, however: His base alone will not be enough to win a second term. Throughout the stretch run of the 2018 midterm campaign, Trump and Republicans highlighted highly charged partisan issues, from the Central American migrant caravan to Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. And Republican voters did indeed turn out in very high numbers: GOP candidates for the House received more than 50 million votes, more than the roughly 45 million they got in 2010.

But it wasn’t enough, or even close to enough. Problem No. 1 is that Republicans lost among swing voters: Independent voters went for Democrats by a 12-point margin, and voters who voted for a third-party candidate in 2016 went to Democrats by 13 points.

Trump and Republicans also have Problem No. 2, however: Their base is smaller than the Democratic one. This isn’t quite as much of a disadvantage as it might seem; the Democratic base is less cohesive and therefore harder to govern. Democratic voters are sometimes less likely to turn out, although that wasn’t a problem this year. And because Republican voters are concentrated in rural, agrarian states, the GOP has a big advantage in the Senate.

And see this one, too, from last month:

Rachel Bitecofer/NY Times:

Why Trump Will Lose in 2020

The president is running hard on a strategy of riling up his base. But by doing that, he riles up the Democratic base, too, and that one is bigger.

All of this was validated in 2018. That’s why Nancy Pelosi is speaker.

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WormBase Manet is DOWN, 1550312166

WormBase Manet - 14 hours 1 min ago
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Chicago Mayor Releases Roadmap For Transitioning To 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2035

Slashdot - 14 hours 32 min ago
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual has released a roadmap for transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2035 and to an electric Chicago Transit Authority bus fleet by 2040. The move is especially noteworthy as there are 11 nuclear reactors in operation in Illinois. From a report: Yesterday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled the Resilient Chicago plan, which with action number 38 commits to "transition to 100% clean, renewable energy in buildings community-wide by 2035." The deadline for all city government buildings to be powered solely by renewables, first established in 2017, has been brought forward to 2025. The policy has been introduced as part of environmental group the Sierra Club's "Ready for 100" campaign, and Chicago is the largest city to join the effort to date. (Editor's note: While Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has announced his city is on a path to 100% renewable energy, it is not clear if the formal goal is 100% renewable or 100% zero-carbon, and LA is not included in the Sierra Club's Ready for 100 list.) The language of the Resilient Chicago text says "clean, renewable energy," and the Sierra Club does not include nuclear as part of its Ready to 100 campaign. The new policy is a particularly interesting move for Emanuel, once considered one of the more pro-nuclear politicians in the Democratic Party, and a man who brokered the deal that created Exelon. Were Chicago to include nuclear in a 2035 target, it would require either buying power from existing plants instead of investing in new generation, or starting new nuclear plants within six years. Given the high cost of nuclear compared to wind and solar, few decision makers are contemplating that option.

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WormBase Manet is DOWN, 1550304966

WormBase Manet - 16 hours 1 min ago
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Gravitational Wave Detectors Upgraded To Hunt For 'Extreme Cosmic Events'

Slashdot - 17 hours 32 min ago
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) facilities, residing in Washington and Louisiana, will be upgraded via grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation, UK Research and Innovation and the Australian Research Council -- providing stronger, more frequent detections and decreasing noise. CNET reports: Over $34 million will be provided for the upgrade which makes LIGO sound like the latest iPhone. When it is complete, LIGO will go from its crusty old 2015 "Advanced LIGO" phase to the "Advanced LIGO Plus" phase. LIGO's twin facilities both contain two 4-kilometer long arms that use lasers to detect minute disturbances caused by extremely energetic cosmic events -- like black holes merging. The incredibly high-powered events are responsible for gravitational waves, rippling out through spacetime the same way water does when you drop a rock in a pond. By the time they reach Earth, the ripples are so small that only incredibly tiny disturbances in LIGO's lasers can detect them. The proposed upgrades will greatly increase the number of events that LIGO will detect. With only 11 under its belt so far, [David Reitze, executive director of LIGO] even expects we might see "black hole mergers on a daily basis" and describes neutron star mergers becoming "much more frequent." All that extra power adds up, hopefully revealing some of the cosmos' deepest, darkest secrets. In September 2015, LIGO provided the first evidence for a black hole merger -- and in turn, the existence of gravitational waves -- just four days after a three-year long upgrade. Since then, LIGO has seen 10 black hole mergers and a single, huge collision between two incredibly dense stars, known as neutron stars.

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WormBase Manet is DOWN, 1550297766

WormBase Manet - 18 hours 1 min ago
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Romance blossoms at Medina County Office for Older Adults

Medina Gazette - 18 hours 15 min ago
MEDINA — Love is in the air at the Medina County Office for Older Adults.
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Medina Ice Festival kicks off

Medina Gazette - 18 hours 17 min ago
The temperature was around 30 degrees, with a wind that made it feel a lot colder.
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