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Trump's deregulation of greenhouse gases has a direct connection to lives lost to COVID-19

Daily Kos - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 10:22

When efforts were made to address acid rain in the original Clear Air Act, dire consequences were predicted. Industry experts tallied up associated costs that ran well into the billions, and predictions were made that electricity would become too expensive for many Americans. Similar predictions were made about automobiles when new rules were put in place to reduce emissions. Every time there is an attempt to rein in pollution, it’s a sure bet that someone will be standing by to have a scary price tag. But what never seems to get mentioned is the cost of not addressing these issues. Particulates from power plants generate everything from asthma to cancer. Emissions from all sources don’t just devastate wildlife and the environment, they generate lost work, healthcare costs, and missed opportunities. In 2016, the estimated cost of pollution was $4.6 trillion a year, and every dollar spent in the U.S. addressing issues of pollution had generated over $23 dollars in return.

Since Donald Trump took charge, deregulation has been the name of the game on every front. And, of course, the results of this deregulation are described as “savings.” Because they absolutely do provide additional profits to the companies creating pollution. This is particularly true on climate change, where the supposed benefits of deregulation have been very much exaggerated, while the cost of failing to act has been continuously undervalued.

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Enhanced unemployment for more than 30 million runs out in 11 days, while Republicans play politics

Daily Kos - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 10:17

In 11 days, enhanced federal unemployment will start to expire for the more than 30 million Americans who've been shut out of their jobs because of a global pandemic. If those extra benefits are gone, real pain will start. "We'd basically have to choose between paying bills and eating," Erin Walker told The Washington Post.  Walker was furloughed from her job as a dining manager at a college campus near Summerville, S.C., at the end of April. "I honestly don't know what I would do."

The White House is now leaning toward approving an extension of those enhanced benefits, but not at the current $600/week level. They argue that it is too nice for the plebes, and makes people not want to work. You might have thought it was the idea of entering a workplace full of potentially sick people and becoming part of the body count that was keeping people away from their jobs. But you would be a person with normal human feelings, not a Republican. Thus Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the administration is going to make sure that those benefits are extended, but reduced to "no more" than 100% of the worker's prior wages. Which, the Post reports, "surprised some congressional Republicans who thought he shared their strong opposition to extending the benefits."

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America now faces a wave of evictions and homelessness even as the pandemic gets worse

Daily Kos - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 10:08

I really don't know how we can properly convey how bad things are about to get in the United States. Americans are losing their jobs. They are running out of money. We are on the brink of a homelessness crisis, and all of that is happening even before the pandemic began to get much much worse.

In an interview with CNBC, American Bar Association Task Force Committee on Eviction Chair Emily Benfer estimates that between 20 and 28 million Americans will face eviction between now and September; for context, 10 million were evicted during the Great Recession. She is urging a nationwide moratorium on eviction. But it has to happen soon. Very soon.

Categories: Politics

Google Is in Advanced Talks To Invest $4 Billion in Jio Platforms

Slashdot - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 10:01
Google is in advanced talks to buy a $4 billion stake in Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani's technology venture, Bloomberg News reported Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter, seeking to join rival Facebook in chasing growth in a promising internet and e-commerce market. From the report: The Mountain View, California-based company has been discussing the investment in Jio Platforms, the digital arm of Ambani's Reliance Industries, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private. An announcement could come as soon as the next few weeks, according to the people. Jio is at the center of the Indian tycoon's ambition to transform his energy conglomerate into a homegrown technology behemoth akin to China's Alibaba Group Holding. The venture has turned into a magnet for Silicon Valley investors, attracting almost $16 billion from Facebook to KKR in the past three months. Should the talks with Google result in a deal, that would further burnish Jio's credentials in its push to upend online retail, content streaming, digital payments, education and health care in a market of more than a billion people. Google said on Monday that it plans to invest $10 billion in India over the next five to seven years.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Geek

Porsche Found a Way To 3D-Print Lightweight Pistons That Add More Horsepower

Slashdot - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 09:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Drive: With select bucket seats from the 911 and 718 as well as various classic car parts -- including clutch release levers for the 959 -- already being produced using 3D printing, Porsche is more familiar with the technology than most. Now, the automaker is taking things even further, 3D printing entire pistons for its most powerful 991-gen 911, the GT2 RS. Although it doesn't sound like these 3D-printed pistons will actually be found in many production Porsches anytime soon, they represent a bit more than just an engineering flex. There are some very real mechanical benefits here. For starters, they weigh 10 percent less than their forged equivalents and feature an integrated and closed cooling duct in the piston crown that's apparently unable to be reproduced using traditional manufacturing methods. The decrease in weight and temperature results in an extra 30 horsepower on top of the GT2 RS's already mighty 700. Produced in partnership with German auto part maker Mahle and industrial machine manufacturer Trumpf, the pistons are made out of a high-purity metal powder developed in-house by the former using the laser metal fusion process, essentially a laser beam that heats and melts the metal powder into the desired shape. The end result is then validated using measurement technology from Zeiss, the German optics company best known for camera lenses.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Geek

White House instructing governors to send National Guard to hospitals to oversee data on COVID-19

Daily Kos - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 08:50

There are a number of jobs that the National Guard has been trained to perform. Though many Americans most recently saw the guard pressed into service to confront protesters, for decades they’ve engaged in far more welcome roles, from rescuing those trapped by rising floods to delivering supplies into areas ravaged by hurricane. But if there’s one task that is not associated with the traditional role of the National Guard it might be this—emergency accountancy.

But that seems to be exactly that the White House is proposing. The right-wing media continues to spread conspiracy theories that COVID-19 deaths are being overstated. Donald Trump continues to insist that the growing surge of cases, including overrun hospitals and rising deaths, is somehow the fault of more testing. And Trump is pressing states to allow the National Guard to come into hospitals to “improve data collection.” If that sounds to you like a plan to downplay the crisis … it sounds that way to everyone.

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Tucker: We Are Shocked, Shocked That There Is White Nationalism On Our Staff!

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 08:44

Tucker Carlson is a very good liar. As the WASP racist he is, he really knows how to take the edge off, mask his racism with coded language. No wonder Fox pays him all that money: racism is their brand, and he's their best brand ambassador! So of course we knew there was nothing authentic in his little speech last night about Blake Neff, his white supremacist minion, resigning his job.

Via Media Matters:

Carlson has long sneered at the implication that there’s anything racist about his show, with particular vitriol for those who point out the long track record of Caller staff hired under his tenure and later revealed to have white nationalist ties.

But as Washington Post media columnist Erik Wemple pointed out, CNN’s report “removed any plausible deniability” for Fox. “Of course Carlson wouldn’t cop to harboring racist thoughts,” Wemple wrote. “His innovation lies in finessing the hatred. … Thanks to Darcy’s exposé, the public can now view that mindset in its raw, repugnant format.”

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Let’s Talk iOS 352: We’re way off track

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 08:30

An episode about being a manly man, road trip adventures, iOS 14 betas, future iPhones packaging, and somehow, throwing steaks down your pants.
Categories: Geek

Apple paid Samsung circa $1 billion for missing OLED panel purchase goals in March quarter

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 08:30

Samsung levied a hefty penalty on Apple for not buying enough OLEDs to meet a contracted minimum amount. Apple missed purchase targets as the coronavirus affected sales.
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This tweak adds a screen recording length indicator to the Status Bar

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 08:00

It can sometimes be difficult to discern how long your iPhone’s screen recording will be before ending it. This new jailbreak tweak solves that problem.
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Morning Digest: Massachusetts could become second state to adopt instant runoffs with vote this fall

Daily Kos - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 08:00

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

Leading Off

MA Ballot: On Monday, supporters of a referendum to institute instant-runoff voting in Massachusetts announced that officials have verified that they've turned in enough valid signatures to make the November ballot. If this measure wins a majority this fall, then Massachusetts will be the second state after Maine to use this method to decide many of its elections.

If passed, instant-runoff voting (also known as ranked-choice voting) would, starting in 2022, apply to both primaries and general elections for governor and other statewide offices; U.S. Senate and House; the state legislature; and countywide posts such as district attorney and sheriff. The measure would not impact presidential elections or races for city and town offices.

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Cartoon: Postal service of the future

Daily Kos - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 07:50

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Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

Daily Kos - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 07:50


Lou Dobbs, a leading candidate for Trump's presidential fossil garden, has officially added the Supreme Court to his list of evil entities operating as tentacles of The Deep State. The following are also on his latest list of deep-state plotters trying to bring him down:

Clinton, Soros, Pelosi & Obama, Inc…congresswomen of color…his VCR that still blinks "12:00"…fact checkers…the parking police…blue states…the lid on the jar of mayonnaise he can't open…the mama who never hugged him…the dozens of people who flip him off while he's being driven to and from work…Sean Hannity's roughhousing…chemtrails (of course)…that voice in his head, the one that sounds like Emo Phillips…whoever’s been stealing the Sears catalog out of his mailbox since 1993…the pool guy who didn’t remove that dead moth like he asked him to...and, always at the top of the list: his natural hair color.

Updates will be posted as needed. Thank you.

Categories: Politics

Apple may release new Windows app soon

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 07:49

Some of the possibilities include a version of iTunes for PCs built on Microsoft's modern Universal Windows Platform, as well as dedicated TV, Music and Podcasts apps.
Categories: Geek

Abbreviated pundit roundup: White House attacks Fauci instead of dealing with the pandemic

Daily Kos - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 07:31

We begin today’s roundup with reaction to the opposition research the White House has released attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been sidelined from the White House’s coronavirus response messaging because he dares to speak the truth about the pandemic raging across America. 

First up, Michael D'Antonio at CNN:

Note the difference between Fauci and Trump: One man, a dedicated public servant, offered his best analysis and, when new data emerged, corrected himself without hesitation so that lives might be saved. The other dug in to a don't-worry-about it position and has refused to budge as the passing months have led the US to become the leading global hotspot
Just as the pandemic has revealed Trump's tragic limitations, his abuse of Fauci confirms the President's deep character flaws. Fauci's lifelong devotion to science has been guided by a commitment to facts and a focus on helping others. Trump's lifelong devotion, on the other hand, has been to himself. This has led him to consistently deny facts that conflict with his ends, while he seeks credit for all that is good and blames others for everything that goes wrong. Along the way he keeps a mental scoresheet, noting who places Trump above all else, and who might value, say, human life more.
Categories: Politics

WHOA: It's So Close, Joe Biden Is Spending On Campaign Ads In Texas

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 07:30

John Berman introduced Joe Biden's new ad that's airing in Texas, and explained why it's significant.

"CNN's Arlette Saenz joins us now with more. This is a real digital buy, Arlette, and it includes the state of Texas," Berman said.

"That's right, john. Joe Biden is wading into Texas with his first general election TV ad of this campaign, a spot that will focus on the coronavirus pandemic as that state has seen an uptick in covid-19 cases in recent weeks," she said.

"Now, I'm told this is part of a mid-six-figure buy in television and digital. and while the ad makes no direct mention of President Trump by name, Biden's advisers believe that the tone and message of this ad will present a stark contrast with the president's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, here is the very first look of this new ad set to run in the Lonestar state."

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Keyboard shortcuts for Pages on Mac

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 07:30

MacBook Pro keyboard -Pages keyboard shortcuts

Control the window, open documents, navigate within a document, and move through the sidebar with this list of common keyboard shortcuts for Pages.
Categories: Geek

Aperio is a lightweight, yet functional app launcher for iOS 13

iDownloadBlog - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 07:00

Aperio is yet another take on what a modern app launcher should be on jailbroken devices.
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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9 AM ET!

Daily Kos - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 07:00
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Hello, and happy Tuesday!

I forgot to tell you, I’m going trout fishing today! And I forgot to tell myself how long I’ll be trout fishing for! Or where I’ll be fishing!

Luckily, Joan McCarter is scheduled to stop by, and she’s from Idaho. Where they have trout. Which I have totally been planning for a very strongly long time to go fishing for in that place.

So I can ask her about what sort of trout gun I’ll need!

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Categories: Politics

Ad Roundup: Traitor In A Mask Doesn't Own The American Flag

Crooks and Liars - Tue, 07/14/2020 - 06:30

Vote Vets has had some of the best and hardest-hitting ads of this election cycle. This one builds on a prior one where they just came out and called him the traitor he is. No group has more moral standing to hammer Trump than veterans, especially after the revelations about Putin's bounties and Trump's ongoing silence.

For a more patriotic feel and an actual pitch for Biden, there's this one from Don Winslow.

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