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  • Are algorithms hacking our thoughts?

    05/26/2018 3:14:35 PM PDT · by spintreebob · 10 replies
    Techcrunch.com ^ | 5-20-2018 | Adriana Stan, Mihai Botarel
    As Facebook shapes our access to information, Twitter dictates public opinion and Tinder influences our dating decisions, the algorithms we’ve developed to help us navigate choice are now actively driving every aspect of our lives. But as we increasingly rely on them for everything from how we seek out news to how we relate to the people around us, have we automated the way we behave? Is human thinking beginning to mimic algorithmic processes? And is the Cambridge Analytica debacle a warning sign of what’s to come — and of happens when algorithms hack into our collective thoughts? It wasn’t...
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel tackles housing shortfall, tenancy hikes

    05/26/2018 2:00:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 05.26.2018 | ipj/jm (AFP, Reuter, epd)
    Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany “urgently needed” extra affordable housing and used her weekly video podcast Saturday to reel off a series of steps — outlined last February as her coalition took shape — to get them built before the next federal elections in 2021. Simultaneously Saturday, the board chairman of Germany’s BA Labor Agency, Detlef Scheele, told Stuttgart-based SWR public broadcasting that affordable housing had become the “burning topic of our times.” More and more people were seeking second jobs to supplement their incomes, especially in Germany’s urban hubs, said Scheele Last year alone, Berlin property prices soared 20.5...
  • Why do people become killers? There are only three reasons -- Here they are

    05/26/2018 1:04:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    FOX News ^ | May 26, 2018 | J. Warner Wallace
    Following the most recent school mass shooting – this time in Santa Fe, Texas, where 10 students and teachers were killed and 10 were wounded Friday – family members, friends and investigators find themselves searching for illusive answers. Why did this happen? How do you make sense of such a senseless tragedy? Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pointed out that unlike other recent mass shootings, “there were not those types of warning signs. The red-flag warnings were either nonexistent or very imperceptible.” The accused shooter’s parents said the media reports of the shooting seemed “incompatible with the boy (they) love,” and...
  • Homeland Security releases 15,000 additional H-2B visas

    05/26/2018 8:16:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 25, 2018 | Katie Johnston Globe Staff
    Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen raised the cap on H-2B visas after determining there were not enough qualified US workers to meet the needs of American employers, the department said. The same situation occurred last year, although Homeland Security did not grant extra visas until July.
  • I-95 Bottleneck: Anderson pushes plan to add shoulder lane at Occoquan

    05/26/2018 8:16:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    InsideNoVa ^ | May 25, 2018 | Stephen Niedzwiecki
    Traffic backs up virtually every day on Interstate 95 southbound where it crosses the Occoquan River entering Prince William County because five lanes are decreased to three. Prince William Supervisor Ruth Anderson, R-Occoquan, has proposed a solution: Build a reinforced shoulder lane along I-95 south from the Route 123 interchange at Occoquan to the Prince William Parkway. This will keep four lanes available. “Not only will this improve commute time, it will prevent frustration with having one of the worst bottlenecks in the nation,” Anderson said. The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board is conducting an air quality analysis to...
  • Trump strikes deal with China over ZTE

    05/25/2018 4:48:43 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6 hours ago | John Roberts
    President Trump told Fox News on Friday he has struck a deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping to ease U.S. sanctions imposed on Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE. The Commerce Department last month blocked China's ZTE from importing American components for seven years, accusing it of misleading U.S. regulators after it last year settled charges of violating sanctions against Iran and North Korea. The ban was a virtual death sentence for ZTE, which relies on U.S. parts. The Trump administration, though, caused controversy by putting ZTE in play amid trade negotiations. According to Trump, Xi recently called him to ask if...
  • Publix halts political contributions in face of protestor "die-in"

    05/25/2018 3:56:27 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 61 replies
    See BS News ^ | 5/25/18 | K Gibson
    Publix is backing down in a standoff with survivors of this year's mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school, saying it has suspended political contributions. The regional supermarket chain, which is based in Florida, announced its decision amid a "die-in" at several Publix stores in the state to protest the supermarket chain's financial support for a gubernatorial candidate who opposes gun control. Publix said Friday in a statement that it will "suspend corporate-funded political contributions as we reevaluate our giving processes."
  • New policy directive implements commercial space regulatory reforms

    05/25/2018 1:03:13 PM PDT · by messierhunter · 1 replies
    SpaceNews ^ | May 24, 2018 | Jeff Foust
    "A second section deals with commercial remote sensing regulatory reform. “The current regulatory system is woefully out of date and needs significant reform to ensure the United States remains the chosen jurisdiction for these high tech companies,” the fact sheet states. A related section calls on the Secretary of Commerce to provide a plan to create a “one-stop shop” within his department “for administering and regulating commercial space flight activities.” The Commerce Department had previously announced plans to combine the Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs office with the Office of Space Commerce..." http://spacenews.com/new-policy-directive-implements-commercial-space-regulatory-reforms/ This appears to address regulatory issues that...
  • They Aren't Crumbs! Business Owner Sets Pelosi Straight at CNN Town Hall (WATCH)

    05/25/2018 9:29:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05/25/2018 | Caleb Howe
    This is great. Nancy Pelosi's "crumbs" comment has rightly followed her around since she first uttered it.After the GOP tax cuts, it was raining bonuses out there. Nancy described those bonuses that were being bragged about at family dinners and being used to pay bills or buy necessities as "the crumbs that they are giving to workers." She (and Democrats in general) has been paying for it ever since.Which includes last night at a CNN Town Hall, as a small business owner named John Anfinson went after her. Watch: We are a small business of seven full-time employees that...
  • Three Cheers for a Tight Labor Market; Let's Not Screw Things Up by Importing More Foreign Workers

    05/25/2018 9:13:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/25/2018 | Mark Krikorian
    The unemployment rate is down, and employers are howling for more immigration because they say they can’t get enough workers.Their howling should be music to our ears.I don’t say this out of any animus — my mom and both grandfathers were small businessmen. Heck, I run a small (non-profit) business myself. But a tight labor market means that our fellow citizens who are the least attractive to employers — and on whose support we collectively spend billions — suddenly become a lot more attractive.Advertisement In other words, a tight labor market is the best social policy. America wins when employers...
  • What the Hell Happened at General Electric?

    05/25/2018 9:03:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Fortune ^ | 05/25/2018 | Geoff Colvin
    It’s a bad day for a CEO when he announces he’s retiring and the stock goes up. That was Jeff Immelt’s day on June 12, 2017. The news of his departure was in one sense no surprise—some investors and analysts had been urging his ouster for years;but it was also a shock. He’d been General Electric’s CEO for almost 16 years, and outsiders were unaware of any specific succession plans or that ­Immelt, at age 61, had any intention of stepping down. Suddenly they were told that in just seven weeks he’d be gone as CEO (he remained nonexecutive board...
  • Is 100 Percent Renewable Energy Possible?

    05/25/2018 6:47:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 77 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 5/25/2018 | Norman Rogers
    The people who are best described as members of a renewable energy cult are lately promoting the idea that we should run the country on 100% renewable energy, whatever that is. I say "whatever that is" because different branches of the cult have different definitions of renewable energy. It seems to be a matter of fashion and prejudice. One definition of renewable energy is that it is naturally replenished on a human timescale. Solar energy and wind energy fit in nicely with that definition. Most fans of renewable energy explicitly reject renewable hydroelectricity if it involves damming a river. Most...
  • European Companies are Fleeing Iran

    05/25/2018 6:12:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 28 replies
    Al-Awsat ^ | Tuesday, 22 May, 2018 | Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement on Monday put an end to bargains. Officially, Washington has begun its war on the Iranian regime. The weapons of economic sanctions threaten the entire regime and do not only restrain it. The French Total left the gas fields in the Gulf and moved on. Head of the Italian company ENI told the company’s board that they shut down their offices in Tehran and stopped searching for oil and gas. Airbus signed a contract to sell Iran 100 airplanes and only three jets arrived in Tehran’s airport as part of this historic deal...
  • ‘Italy Should Not be a German Colony’: Salvini Slams EU Demands For €10 Billion Corrective Budget

    05/25/2018 5:50:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 25, 2018 | Chris Tomlinson
    Populist leader of La Lega Matteo Salvini lashed out at the European Union this week after requests that Italy implements a €10 billion corrective budget while promoting a eurosceptic candidate for Finance Minister. Salvini slammed the corrective budget request saying if the political bloc starts issuing diktats then Italy would do the opposite, adding he was opposed to those “who want Italy to be a French or German colony”, Il Giornale reports.
  • Parkland Survivors to Participate in "Die-In" at South Florida Publix...Over Political Donations

    05/25/2018 5:30:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 49 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 5/25/18 | Jamie Guirola and Andrea Cruz
    One of the leading voices in the movement, David Hogg, called for the “die-in” protests Friday afternoon at Publix They are protesting Publix’s donations to conservative gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, who has been a staunch gun supporter.
  • Rwanda, US eye trade war over $1 billion used clothing market

    05/25/2018 5:13:39 AM PDT · by Cronos · 24 replies
    PRI ^ | 24 May 2018 | Reuters
    ..Rwanda has bounced back in the past decade or so. As part of a drive to become a middle-income country by 2020, it is nurturing a garment sector it hopes can create 25,000 jobs. It's a strategy that has flourished elsewhere in Africa. But domestic demand for locally produced clothes has been stifled, east African governments say, by the ubiquity of cheap, second-hand garments imported from Europe and the United States. The manager of the factory where Mukankusi works says the facility is only running at 40 percent capacity and second-hand garments, which can sell at well below his production...
  • Oil prices fall as Russia warns of gradual output increase

    05/24/2018 11:55:35 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    reuters.com ^ | May 25, 2018 | Henning Gloystein
    Oil prices eased on Friday as Russia hinted it may gradually increase output, after having withheld supplies in concert with producer cartel OPEC since 2017.
  • NTSB Report On Fatal Uber Crash In Tempe Arizona

    05/24/2018 9:05:03 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 78 replies
    NTSB ^ | 05/24/2018 | NTSB
    About 9:58 p.m., on Sunday, March 18, 2018, an Uber Technologies, Inc. test vehicle, based on a modified 2017 Volvo XC90 and operating with a self-driving system in computer control mode, struck a pedestrian on northbound Mill Avenue, in Tempe, Maricopa County, Arizona. The Uber test vehicle was occupied by one vehicle operator, a 44-year-old female. No passengers were in the vehicle. In the area of the crash, northbound Mill Avenue consists of two left-turn lanes, two through lanes, and one bike lane. The crash occurred before the formation of a right-turn lane. Roadway lighting was present. The posted speed...
  • Planned Parenthood Group Moves to Use Trump’s NLRB to Bust Union

    05/24/2018 1:18:20 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 8 replies
    Pay Day Report ^ | 05/24/2018 | Mike Elk
    Recently, a group of 153 Planned Parenthood support staff at 14 clinics in Colorado has attempted to unionize with SEIU. Clinic workers say they put up with long work weeks for low pay with starting wages at a mere $12 an hour. “Its low compensation for the intense and emotional work we are doing,” says Dominique Silverman, who regularly faces protesters on her way into work. Organized labor has stood in solidarity with Planned Parenthood in their fight to block federal cuts to their funding. Groups like the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and SEIU have all...
  • How To Prove The NRA Is Wrong: Just Make Stuff Up… ANTI-GUN VIDEO

    05/24/2018 12:53:38 PM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 5/23/2018 | Chris Knox and Jeff Knox
    Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, turned ubiquitous talking head on left-leaning cable news and radio, recently published five talking points that he claims shoot holes in the NRA's (here meaning all gun-rights supporters') arguments. The points are not at all unique to Mr. Reich, so we thought it would be worthwhile to take a closer look.