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Bernie Wins Nevada in a Landslide

Kevin Drum - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 20:41

Only about 5 percent of the votes have been counted so far, but everyone has called the Nevada race for Bernie Sanders, who appears to have won nearly half the delegates.  Joe Biden came in a distant second with a little less than 20 percent and Pete Buttigieg came in third at around 15 percent.

This is obviously not good news for Elizabeth Warren or Amy Klobuchar, neither of whom did well. But Biden, at least, may have stanched his bleeding just in time for the South Carolina primary next weekend. Then it’s on to Super Tuesday, where Mike Bloomberg will finally enter the race. It’s gonna be exciting!

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Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucus

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 20:21

Bernie Sanders has been declared the winner of Nevada’s Democratic presidential caucus. 

While Sanders scored a strong victory, a cluster of candidates was fighting for a distant second place — and any momentum that may come with it heading into next-up South Carolina and then Super Tuesday on March 3. Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren were trailing far behind Sanders.

While there are only 4% of the results in, Sanders victory is decisive, and he is expected to take a large number of the state’s 36 delegates. It’s not clear when complete results will be available. 

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Live coverage #5: The 2020 Nevada Democratic presidential caucuses

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 20:10

The battle lines of the 2020 Democratic primary shift today as voting moves to the first state that’s home to a diverse electorate, Nevada. As in Iowa, the state will report three sets of results. Doors opened at 10 AM local time (1 PM ET) and caucuses began at 12 PM (3 PM ET). While the returns come in, check out our guide to the caucuses.

Results: First alignment (by county) | Final alignment (by county) | County delegates (by county)

NBC and the Associated Press have both called Bernie Sanders the winner in the Nevada caucuses. But there are not enough results yet to declare 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. 

From his speech currently going on:

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Report Shows How The Radical Right Gets Its Financing From Mainstream Sugar Daddies

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 20:00

People often wonder where the radical right—the neo-Nazis and white nationalists and alt-righters—get their funding, besides the occasional online fundraiser. The truth is somewhat bland but disturbing: Most of their money comes through discreet donations from relatively anonymous individuals with significant wealth accrued through nondescript means including finance, real estate, construction, and the like.

New York Magazine’s Sarah Jones performed a public service this week by diving into the tax records of one such financier, a “libertarian” donor named Robert P. Rotella. (Full disclosure: I am quoted in this article.) What she revealed was a portrait of a quiet support network: namely, a range of significant financial support for a broad menu of far-right organizations, mostly disguised by being intermingled with a larger number of mainstream conservative and libertarian groups.

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Spotlight on green news & views: $10 billion from Bezos for climate; survey—250,000 solar jobs

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 19:45

This is the 632nd edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the February 15 edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it.

OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES

Qasim Rashid writes—Republican Member of Congress Who Is an Environmental Scientist OK-s Poisoning Our Water: “Go down to Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County and you will see streets lined with beach cottages and golf carts, local shops and hotels, and in the summer--people on the sandy shores of the Potomac River. This little town is a pristine getaway from day to day life. It’s economy and culture are centered around being on the Potomac River, which is being put in danger due to rollbacks on water protections. Trump’s budget will cut funding to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by 26%. This is after Trump has already rolled back protections on our freshwater streams. His own handpicked scientists at the EPA warned him and his staff what the implications of such policy would do, but still the GOP has not fought against it. Moreover, Rep. Rob Wittman (VA-01) is an environmental scientist by profession and openly advocates for taking care of our environment. Last week on Twitter, he announced his One Trillion Trees initiative and tweeted ‘Congress has the chance to work in a bipartisan manner to consider legislation that would reduce emissions, promote clean energy, and conserve our natural resources, and I will continue to advocate for our environment.’ But the truth is, he voted in favor of Trump’s cut to the EPA and has done nothing about stopping the chemicals from entering our waters.”

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Amazon Is Collecting Donations For a Scientology-Linked Anti-Drug Charity

Slashdot - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 19:34
An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian: Amazon has agreed to channel funds to a controversial drug rehabilitation charity linked to the Church of Scientology, the Guardian has learned. The web giant will make donations to Narconon — which runs programmes for drug addicts based on the teachings of the Scientology founder, L Ron Hubbard — when supporters buy products through the site, with shoppers able to pledge 0.5% of purchases to selected charities under Amazon's "Smile" feature... Experts have warned the charity's methods have no scientific basis and its link to Scientology has prompted criticism that it is a front used to convert people to the religion, which some former devotees have labelled a cult... The Guardian discovered that Amazon US allows shoppers to donate funds to more than a dozen Narconon-related charities, including its international branch based in Clearwater, Florida, near Scientology's "spiritual headquarters". "The Narconon treatment invokes concepts of residual drug in body and brain which have no scientific validity," complains professor David Nutt, who formerly chaired the government's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. And he also tells the Guardian Narconon's anti-drug talks in schools aren't "truly scientifically or evidence based. "Sadly we have known for years that Scientology is the main provider of 'teaching' materials on addiction to schools, as the UK government doesn't fund any alternative sources."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Geek

Kickstarter employees vote to unionize, this week in the war on workers

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 18:55

The meteoric growth of the tech industry has, with few exceptions, created a new no-unions zone in the U.S. economy. Those exceptions, such as a group of Google contractors or Facebook's bus drivers, have largely been contract workers rather than direct employees of tech companies. So the successful unionization vote at Kickstarter is something of a first. 

During the organizing drive, Kickstarter fired two union supporters and hired an anti-union law firm. The workers and their union, the Office and Professional Employees International Union, have alleged retaliation and filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board. The vote was close—46 to 37—and Kickstarter is a comparatively small company. There remain big questions about whether tech can be unionized to any significant degree. But progress is progress, and wins are to be celebrated.

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Live coverage #4: The 2020 Nevada Democratic presidential caucuses

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 18:45

The battle lines of the 2020 Democratic primary shift today as voting moves to the first state that’s home to a diverse electorate, Nevada. As in Iowa, the state will report three sets of results. Doors open at 10 AM local time (1 PM ET) and caucuses begin at 12 PM (3 PM ET). While the returns come in, check out our guide to the caucuses.

Results: First alignment (by county) | Final alignment (by county) | County delegates (by county)

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Are APIs Putting Financial Data At Risk?

Slashdot - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 18:34
We live in a world where billions of login credentials have been stolen, enabling the brute-force cyberattacks known as "credential stuffing", reports CSO Online. And it's being made easier by APIs: New data from security and content delivery company Akamai shows that one in every five attempts to gain unauthorized access to user accounts is now done through application programming interfaces (APIs) instead of user-facing login pages. According to a report released today, between December 2017 and November 2019, Akamai observed 85.4 billion credential abuse attacks against companies worldwide that use its services. Of those attacks, around 16.5 billion, or nearly 20%, targeted hostnames that were clearly identified as API endpoints. However, in the financial industry, the percentage of attacks that targeted APIs rose sharply between May and September 2019, at times reaching 75%. "API usage and widespread adoption have enabled criminals to automate their attacks," the company said in its report. "This is why the volume of credential stuffing incidents has continued to grow year over year, and why such attacks remain a steady and constant risk across all market segments." APIs also make it easier to extract information automatically, the article notes, while security experts "have long expressed concerns that implementation errors in banking APIs and the lack of a common development standard could increase the risk of data breaches." Yet the EU's "Payment Services Directive" included a push for third-party interoperability among financial institutions, so "most banks started implementing such APIs... Even if no similar regulatory requirements exist in non-EU countries, market forces are pushing financial institutions in the same direction since they need to innovate and keep up with the competition."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Geek

Election Year Open Thread: Nevada Caucuses (End) Today

Balloon Juice - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 18:06

Random scenes from the sausage factory. For some reason, seems like it was easier for reporters to visit Las Vegas in February than Iowa…


Because she represents MASSACHUSETTS:

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The Weaponization of Intelligence for the President’s Political Purposes: The Coming Influence Operation Against Senator Sanders

Balloon Juice - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 18:04

Last night I wrote that it was a problem that Senator Sanders sat on the information that Vladimir Putin was interfering in the Democratic primaries to elevate his candidacy for a month. That by waiting, by not finding a way to get the information released or even leaked in a manner that he could control to get ahead of the information, he placed himself at the mercy of someone else leaking it. Someone else did leak it. And that leak was not done to assist Senator Sanders or his campaign. By sitting on the information, Senator Sanders made himself vulnerable to the other two principal leaders who also had the information: the President and Vladimir Putin. Neither of whom wants Senator Sanders to be the nominee because they want him to become President. Rather the President wants Senator Sanders to be the nominee because he has determined that Senator Sanders will be the easiest of the Democratic primary candidates to defeat. Vladimir Putin wants Senator Sanders to be the nominee because he has assessed that Senator Sanders is the most likely to create chaos within the Democratic Party, which furthers his goal of seeing the President reelected.

As was easily predictable, the information is now being weaponized by the President’s surrogates.

Assistant to the President-National Security Advisor (APNSA) O’Brien’s statement clearing the President of suspicion, but reaffirming the negative information against Senator Sanders will just be the first of many. Expect the Acting DNI, Ambassador Grennell, to make similar statements. Likely backed up by further leaks and/or official disclosures. US intelligence will be weaponized to dirty up Senator Sanders by the political loyalists the President has placed in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The narrative will be to tie the information that Putin is interfering in the primaries on behalf of Senator Sanders with Senator Sanders long history of support for hard socialist and communist leaders and officials in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and parts of Asia. This may not be fair, but this is what is going to happen.

This influence campaign, one which will be carried out not just by surrogates and supporters outside of government, but by actual appointed senior officials in the President’s administration like APNSA O’Brien has done with his statement today are not really intended to effect Senator Sanders’ core supporters. Nor is it really intended to influence the Democratic primary. What it is intended to do is create material for Facebook ads to micro-target more moderate Democrats, Democratic leaning Independents, and formerly Republican leaning Independents, as well as to provide material that can be weaponized to reach these same people on Twitter and other social and digital media platforms. The point of doing this will be to depress Democratic turnout, as well as the turnout of non Democrats that will be needed to ensure an Electoral College victory against the President should Senator Sanders be the Democratic nominee. It is also intended to effect down balance races to maintain the Republican majority in the Senate, flip the House majority back to the Republicans, and capture as many Democratic held governorships and state legislatures as possible before the next round of redistricting after the 2020 census.

I’m not writing this to harm Senator Sanders. I guarantee that there is a similar influence operation already planned for each of the potential Democratic nominees. Whichever Democrat gets the nomination is going to face something similar. We’ve been watching the operation against VP Biden for well over a year now. And we know, because I’ve put it on the front page at least eight times, that the seeds of that influence operation against VP Biden were first sown in 2o14. And that should be a concern to Senator Sanders, his campaign, his key surrogates, and his supporters because Senator Sanders has over 40 years of taking controversial, hard left positions and supporting some of the worst hard left, socialist, and communist leaders outside the US. And because the Soviet Intelligence Services were collecting video and audio on him the entire time he was in Soviet Russia for his honeymoon; video and audio that Vladimir Putin will weaponize if and when he feels the need too. And that’s before the President, his campaign, and his surrogates decide to juxtapose the now leaked intelligence that Putin is acting to aid Senator Sanders in the Democratic primary with Senator Sanders voting record regarding Russia – a voting record that leaves a lot to be desired. He voted against the Magnitsky Act in 2012, the sanctions against Russia in 2014 and 2017, and didn’t vote at all when the sanctions against Russia bill came up in 2019. This voting record combined with the now leaked intelligence that Putin is interfering in the Democratic primary on his behalf is all the President, his campaign, and his surrogates need to argue that the President is the one who has and will continue to stand up to Putin, not Senator Sanders who always votes in Putin’s favor. That’s not my argument, that is me anticipating the President’s argument.

This is the reality of the 2020 election. I warned everyone who reads Balloon Juice that the 2020 election was going to be open information warfare back in March 2019. What is happening should not be surprising to anyone. And if Senator Warren or Mayor Buttigieg or Senator Klobuchar were the front runners right now, we would have different weaponized information to produce influence being deployed against them right now. And if one of them should become the front runner, we will.

Open thread.

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City Sues Drug Manufacturer Mallinckrodt Over 97,500% Price Increase

Slashdot - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 17:34
McGruber quotes Atlanta TV station WSB: The city of Marietta, Georgia is suing drug manufacturer Mallinckrodt after Mallinckrodt increased the price of the drug Acthar by 97,500%. The lawsuit, filed in federal court, claims one city employee needs the drug Acthar, which is used to treat seizures in small children. "Acthar used to cost $40, but Mallinckrodt has raised the price of the drug to over $39,000 per vial," the city claims in the lawsuit. "This eye-popping 97,500% price increase is the result of unlawful and unfair conduct by Mallinckrondt. The city has expended over $2 million for just one patient covered by the city's self-funded health plan...." Atlanta pharmacist Ira Katz said Acthar is what's called a "biologic" and they can be classified as specialty drugs. "They put them into the specialty class, and the prices are outrageous, just outrageous," Katz said.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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City Sues Drug Manufacture Mallinckrodt Over 97,500% Price Increase

Slashdot - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 17:34
McGruber quotes Atlanta TV station WSB: The city of Marietta, Georgia is suing drug manufacturer Mallinckrodt after Mallinckrodt increased the price of the drug Acthar by 97,500%. The lawsuit, filed in federal court, claims one city employee needs the drug Acthar, which is used to treat seizures in small children. "Acthar used to cost $40, but Mallinckrodt has raised the price of the drug to over $39,000 per vial," the city claims in the lawsuit. "This eye-popping 97,500% price increase is the result of unlawful and unfair conduct by Mallinckrondt. The city has expended over $2 million for just one patient covered by the city's self-funded health plan...." Atlanta pharmacist Ira Katz said Acthar is what's called a "biologic" and they can be classified as specialty drugs. "They put them into the specialty class, and the prices are outrageous, just outrageous," Katz said.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Live coverage #3: The 2020 Nevada Democratic presidential caucuses

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 17:30

The battle lines of the 2020 Democratic primary shift today as voting moves to the first state that’s home to a diverse electorate, Nevada. As in Iowa, the state will report three sets of results. Doors open at 10 AM local time (1 PM ET) and caucuses begin at 12 PM (3 PM ET). While the returns come in, check out our guide to the caucuses.

Results: First alignment (by county) | Final alignment (by county) | County delegates (by county)

No official figures yet from the Nevada Democratic Party. But with 88 of the 2096 Nevada precincts counted on the final alignment in the caucus (4% of the state total) CNN calculates that Bernie Sanders has a commanding lead with 41%.  Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Elizabeth Warren follow in double digits. The rest of the field are coming in with single digits.

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Deadly WW2-era racism, the fight for voting rights, and more: This week's Community Picks

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 17:17

Hey there! Need a break from obsessing over the Nevada caucuses? I got you covered. Whether it’s debates or town halls or primaries, let’s be real: It can be overwhelming to even watch the lengthy and intense fight to release the nation from the grips of an ochre tyrant like Donald Trump. To be an active combatant in that fight is downright exhausting. Nevertheless, we persist. 

By now, most of us have a preferred candidate. I do! Thus I understand the reflexive confusion and frustration when others fail to see the same light that, in your eyes, is so obviously shining on the person you want to become POTUS 46. I totally get it. I do. But as someone who reads every single Community diary every week, as someone who’s only been here since 2017, I find myself longing for the unity of the 2018 election. I cannot wait till the primary pie is eaten up and we can unite in the battle against the shrieking, semi-sentient Creamsicle™ with hair stuck in it who currently is dripping all over the Oval Office. 

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OPEN THREAD: Nevada Caucus

Crooks and Liars - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 16:57

Things seem to be going pretty quickly so far in Nevada, with things like card draws and actual math making the news, at least over at MSNBC. What are your thoughts on the day so far?

Open Thread below:

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Did 'The SImpsons' Accurately Portray STEM Education and the Gig Economy?

Slashdot - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 16:34
Long-time Slashdot reader theodp writes: On Sunday, The Simpsons aired The Miseducation Of Lisa Simpson, an episode in which Marge — with the help of a song from John Legend ("STEM, it's not just for dorks, dweebs and nerds / It'll turn all your dumb kids to Zuckerbergs") — convinces Springfield to use a windfall the town reaped by seizing shipwreck treasure to build the Springfield STEM Academy to "prepare kids for the jobs of tomorrow." All goes well initially — both Lisa and Bart love their new school — until Lisa realizes there's a two-tiered curriculum. While children classified as "divergent pathway assimilators" (i.e., gifted) like Lisa study neural networks and C+++ upstairs, kids like Bart are relegated to the basement where they're prepared via VR and gamified learning for a life of menial, gig economy side-hustles — charging e-scooters, shopping for rich people's produce, driving ride-share. The school's administrator was even played by Silicon Valley actor Zach Woods, who delivered one of the episode's harshest lines, notes The A.V. Club. "Staging a Norma Rae-style revolt at how the 'non-gifted' students are being trained to do everyone else's dirty work, Lisa's brought up short with a startled 'Eep' by Woods' administrator asking, 'Isn't that the point of a gifted class?'"

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Live coverage #2: The 2020 Nevada Democratic presidential caucuses

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 16:30

The battle lines of the 2020 Democratic primary shift today as voting moves to the first state that’s home to a diverse electorate, Nevada. As in Iowa, the state will report three sets of results. Doors opened at 10 AM local time (1 PM ET) and caucuses began at 12 PM (3 PM ET). While the returns come in, check out our guide to the caucuses.

Results: First alignment (by county) | Final alignment (by county) | County delegates (by county)

Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 · 9:32:26 PM +00:00 · Meteor Blades

It’s apparent that those Nevadans who cast early ballots make up the bulk of the Democratic caucus. 

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The (Blog) Doctor Is In. Tell Me What Ails You.

Balloon Juice - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 16:22

Hey everybody!

John will tell me this is crazy – never ask people for complaints!  In fact, if Cole were Leroy Jethro Gibbs, that would be Rule 1-15.

But, even it it is crazy or stupid, I feel the need to do it anyway because I plan to have a conversation with the developers this week about any issues that remain, so I need to be clear about what those issues are, how frequently they occur, and just how many people are being affected by them.

My Girlfriend on the Side

To reiterate, my primary goals are to determine the following:

·  What problems remain?

·  How frequently do they occur?

·  How many people are affected by each issue?

If you you talk about an existing issue in the comments, it will be most helpful if you include the Identifier, eg A-1 or B-3. 

Confirmed That these Issues Have Been Resolved (yay!)
  •  A-1.  Sometimes comments do not show up until a manual refresh, or multiple manual refreshes.
  •  A-2.  Sometimes people lose the ability to Edit their comments.
  •  A-3.  Sometimes people bounce to the top after making a comment.
Top Tier Issues That I am Currently Aware Of
  •  B-1.  Clicking @nym in a reply no longer anchors you in the way that clicking the date/time stamp anchors you.
  •  B-2.  Back arrow no longer reliably takes you even one step back.  The back arrow took you back many steps during testing before the rollout.
  •  B-3.  When clicking on Reply, sometimes @nym does not show up in the popup reply box.
Second Tier Issues That I am Currently Aware Of
  •  C-1.  Visual and text tabs are not always visible; when that happens it defaults to text with no tabs showing. (Question: is that true in the comment box only or also in the reply popup?)
  •  C-2.  Recent comments not updating properly for just a few people.
More Obscure Issues That I am Currently Aware Of
  •  D-1.  Titles with quotation marks: open quote is correct; close quote is missing or shows as an apostrophe. (Google Font Library Issue)
  •  D-2.  Balloon Juice pages resize after/while loading.
  •  D-3.  RSS issues with SharpReader.
  •  D-4.  Line spacing in text mode adds an extra line between the final two lines.  (Firefox issue)
  •  D-5.  Strange problem with videos in Safari – when trying to enlarge videos to full screen, instead the entire web page enlarges to full screen.
  •  D-6.  The navigation bar items (comment, refresh, & arrows) at the top are not working most of the time (one person Sony Xperia X: Firefox)
  •  D-7.  Nym and email not sticking for one person (I have sent email asking if private browsing or no cookies is a possibility, but no reply yet.)
  •  D-8.  One-time Safari phone problem, the site suddenly rendered as a long blank page.
  •  D-9.  Twitter embeds not showing up in posts in Firefox (may be a configuration issue).
These Should Never Happen (If this ever happens to you, please share details below)
  •  E-1.  You should never be able to post an identical comment that has already been posted.
  •  E-2.  Comments should never get eaten for no reason.  Please report it if that happens, so I an look into it.)

I was going to post this later this evening, but since posting is light this afternoon, I thought maybe earlier would be better.

Edit: I kind of have a crush on John’s new girlfriend, so I used her for the image.

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Horrible pro-Trump group glues MAGA hats and Trump wig to Las Vegas pigeons to 'protest' Democrats

Daily Kos - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 16:17

In an unapologetic display of animal cruelty, an anonymous group of terrible people released over two dozen pigeons into Las Vegas, with political accessories affixed to their heads. The group, which will not be named here, released the abused birds on Tuesday, in a “sarcastic” protest of the Democratic presidential debate the next day. 

According to the local NBC affiliate, the group was inspired by a “Cold War-era CIA operation.” The BBC reports that the formerly secret details of that operation were just released in September.

The 1970s' operation was codenamed Tacana and explored the use of pigeons with tiny cameras to automatically take photos, newly released files show.

It took advantage of the fact that the humble pigeon is possessed of an amazing ability - almost a superpower. They can be dropped somewhere they have never been before and still find their way hundreds of miles back home.

The use of pigeons for communications dates back thousands of years but it was in World War One that they began to be used for intelligence gathering.

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