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Brian Williams Mocks ‘Freedom Fighter’ Matt Gaetz Over His Trolling Of Gen. Mark Milley

Crooks and Liars - 12 hours 48 min ago

There is probably no one on cable news who can pick apart the Republican clownfest as well as Brian Williams. First, it was General Mark Milley's intelligent and sound response that it was important that those in uniform be "open-minded and be widely read,” to understand the history of the United States from many perspectives. Rep, Matt had other ideas though, and continued with his trolling even after the hearing was over.

Source: Forbes

Milley’s comments were dismissed by Rep. Matt Gaetz, who shook his head as the general spoke. “Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, who did not serve in the military but did smirk while General Milley was testifying,” Williams said, noting that Gaetz trashed the general later in the day on Twitter:

Retired Lt General Mark Hertling responded:

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Categories: Politics

Opera launches R5 browser update for Mac with shareable Pinboards, floating video calls, more

9to5Mac - 12 hours 53 min ago

Opera has released a major update for Mac, Windows, and Linux today with the launch of its new R5 browser. Headlining features include shareable Pinboards, a new popout UI for more flexibility with video calls, integration of four more streaming music services, and more.


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Categories: Geek

Laura Ingraham Demands Congress Defund Military Over Race Theory

Crooks and Liars - 12 hours 58 min ago

The right wing is all in a fake tizzy over Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley's statement on critical race theory during a House Armed Services budget hearing this week. You know his remarks were principled and intelligent, because here's how the execrable Laura Ingraham responded to Milley's thoughtful explanation.

"We are sending out tax dollars to this military in an attempt to weed out so-called extremists, which just means conservative evangelicals as far as I can tell. We're paying for that?

"Why is Congress not saying: 'We're not going to give you a penny until all of this is eradicated from the military budget. Nothing. This is my offer to you. Nothing.'

"That's what I would say. I am totally outraged by him and his ridiculous response today."

What did he say that was so very outrageous?

“I do think it’s important for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and be widely read." (Well, you know, right there, Fox News has a problem with this guy. If people become widely read, there go their ratings!)

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Categories: Politics

Apple will make it easier to erase a stolen iPhone in Brazil

9to5Mac - 13 hours 3 min ago

Last week, we reported that criminals in Brazil are stealing people’s iPhones to access bank accounts. Now, Procon-SP, the Brazilian consumer protection regulator based in São Paulo state, said banks are promising to create emergency centers to fight this kind of criminal activity, and Apple and Google are committed to making it easier to erase people’s stolen smartphone.


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Categories: Geek

New Time to Walk episodes coming to Apple Fitness+ on June 28

iDownloadBlog - 13 hours 5 min ago

Promotional graphics showing the Time to Walk feature for Apple Fitness+ on Apple Watch

The Apple Fitness+ Time to Walk feature is adding new guided audio walking workouts and music on Monday, June 28, 2021. STORY HIGHLIGHTS: New Time to Walk workouts from fitness experts Also coming June 28: the Artist Spotlight series New playlists...
Categories: Geek

Apple releases trailer for Sundance award-winning movie CODA, premieres August 13 on Apple TV+

9to5Mac - 13 hours 13 min ago

Apple today released the official trailer for its next original movie, CODA. Apple TV+ will release the film on August 13, alongside a limited theatrical release. CODA first debuted as part of the 2021 Sundance film festival.

At Sundance, the film was warmly received and it was awarded the Grand Jury prize. Apple acquired the film in a record-setting $25 million deal. Watch the trailer below …


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Categories: Geek

New Instagram test intersperses suggested posts throughout your feed, sometimes ahead of your friends’

iDownloadBlog - 13 hours 21 min ago

Promotional image showing suggested posts in the main Instagram feed on iPhone

Instagram is also testing new controls to help shape recommendations by letting you choose from predetermined interests as well as add new ones and remove specific interests.
Categories: Geek

Apple Fitness+ announces new Time to Walk workout series starting June 28

9to5Mac - 13 hours 25 min ago

After its first season of Time to Walk workouts ended in April, Apple today announced that new audio episodes will start again beginning June 28.

Time to Walk is part of Apple Fitness+, Apple’s fitness workout subscription service. Time to Walk encourages users to take a half-hour outdoor walk with their Watch, guided by uplifting and inspiring narration from famous celebrities.


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Categories: Geek

Google and India's Jio Platforms Announce Budget Android Smartphone JioPhone Next

Slashdot - 13 hours 28 min ago
Jio Platforms, run by India's richest man (Mukesh Ambani), and Google on Thursday unveiled the JioPhone Next, an affordable Android smartphone, as the top Indian telecom operator and the American giant make further push to expand their reach in the world's second largest internet market. From a report: The Indian firm, which secured $4.5 billion investment from Google (and another $15.5 billion from Facebook and others) last year and shared plans to work on low-cost smartphones, said the JioPhone Next is aimed at helping roughly 300 million users in India who are still on 2G network upgrade their gadget to access faster networks. The phone, which is "powered by extremely optimized Android" mobile operating system, will first launch in India on September 10 ahead of the festive season in the country, and will eventually be made available outside of India, said Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, at its annual general meeting Thursday. The JioPhone Next will be an "ultra-affordable 4G smartphone," claimed Ambani, though he didn't reveal the price or the hardware specifications of the handset.

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Categories: Geek

Tested: Zens ZEPP03M dual-sided MagSafe-compatible powerbank for iPhone 12 and AirPods

9to5Mac - 13 hours 28 min ago

The Zens ZEPP03M dual-sided MagSafe-compatible powerbank is one of four models the company announced earlier this month. Its USP is that it can simultaneously charge both an iPhone 12 and an AirPods case.

The company’s marketing is a little naughty, saying MagSafe in some materials and MagSafe-compatible in others…


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Categories: Geek

Apple continues crackdown on leaks, sends warning letters to prominent sources

9to5Mac - 13 hours 37 min ago

Apple is taking action against some of the most prominent leakers in the Apple community. “Kang,” one of the most reliable and well-known Apple leakers, posted on Weibo this week that he received a letter from a law firm representing Apple about information he had previously leaked. This comes after 9to5Mac recently reported that Apple also made changes to its internal development process to crack down on leaks.


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Categories: Geek

Joy Reid nails it: It's not critical race theory, it's Christopher Rufo Theory

Daily Kos - 13 hours 38 min ago

With Fox News and Republicans in a continuing uproar over the false idea that a graduate-level legal theory is being taught in K-12 schools, Joy Reid brought one of the architects of that uproar, Christopher Rufo, onto her show Wednesday night, and smilingly refused to allow him to recite his well-rehearsed talking points.

The campaign against critical race theory in schools is based on identifying virtually any discussion of race or racism as critical race theory. Rufo has admitted as much—or bragged about it—tweeting “The goal is to have the public read something crazy in the newspaper and immediately think ‘critical race theory.’ We have decodified the term and will recodify it to annex the entire range of cultural constructions that are unpopular with Americans.” 

Reid was not having it when Rufo tried to do just that on her show. He repeatedly offered up non-critical race theorists like Robin DiAngelo as examples of critical race theory supposedly being taught in schools, and Reid shot him down—still smiling—every single time. (DiAngelo has a degree in multicultural education.) “Critical race theory” as promoted by Republicans and the right-wing media, Reid correctly identified, is really Christopher Rufo Theory. “You made up your own thing, you admitted you were going to do it, and I’m going to give you credit for one thing: You did create your own thing,” Reid said late in the interview.

Categories: Politics

U.S. life expectancy is down, as the gap between the U.S. and other countries continues to grow

Daily Kos - 13 hours 45 min ago

Compared to other high income nations, the life expectancy numbers in the U.S. have never been great. Routinely, the numbers in the United States fall years behind nations that have actual health care systems for all citizens not just those who can afford it, nations that don’t treat workplace safety rules as something to be evaded, and nations that don’t insist on the right to be shot while buying socks. But in the last year, the United States demonstrated that it could still take the lead … in allowing people to die pointlessly during a pandemic.

In a new study published in TheBMJ, researchers looked at how the pandemic had affected life expectancy in the United States and in other high income nations. What they found was that, while every nation suffered to some degree, the United States took a massive hit. That’s particularly true for Black and Latino Americans who were both more likely to work in “essential” jobs, and more likely to have poor health care availability even before the pandemic.

None of that may be all that surprising. After all, officially the number of COVID-19 deaths stands at just over 600,000, with analysts attributing 400,000 directly to the bad decisions made by Donald Trump. More realistically, at least 900,000 have died as a result of the pandemic, easily the greatest public health disaster in a century. So a sharp, one-time hit to the numbers might be expected. But what the researchers also point out is that the U.S. was quickly losing ground to other nations even before the pandemic.

Categories: Politics