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Chris Matthews apologizes for “Bill Cosby pill” rape joke about Hillary Clinton

The MSNBC host is under fire for a quip made off-camera before interview with the former presidential candidate

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Jared Kushner holds the knife sticking out of Tillerson’s back in this exposé

When former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was ignominiously fired by Donald Trump in March, it was not so much surprising as it was one of the continuing chaotic outcomes of this garbage fire we call the Trump administration. Ronan Farrow has a big piece
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Jared Kushner holds the knife sticking out of Tillerson’s back in this exposé

When former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was ignominiously fired by Donald Trump in March, it was not so much surprising as it was one of the continuing chaotic outcomes of this garbage fire we call the Trump administration. Ronan Farrow has a big piece on the “last days” of TIllerson’s tenure, in The New Yorker. Stacked inside of the exposé is this great illustration of the wretchedness of our country’s best and brightest. When I mentioned the White House’s role in escalating rumors of his demise, Tillerson appeared to have been waiting for the question. “Mm-hmm,” he said, nodding. “When you say ‘the White House,’ who are you talking about?” he asked. “The White House is comprised of how many people?” Hook, the director of policy planning, chimed in that the answer was perhaps in the thousands. Tillerson waved him off. “But people that matter, people that might have an interest in whether I stay or leave, there’s about one hundred and sixty of them.” Tillerson leaned in and, for a moment, I realized that it must be unpleasant to be fired by him. “I know who it is. I know who it is. And they know I know.” Spoiler alert—it’s Jared Kushner. Jared Kushner and the fact that the State Department is a wasteland that’s been allowed to lie dangerously fallow for way too long because of the unbelievable ineptitude of both Rex Tillerson and Donald Trump. Farrow gets a nice quote out of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who faced the same kind of power-struggle with the dark lord Dick Cheney, under Bush jr. The former Secretary of State Colin Powell recalled having similar turf wars with Vice-President Dick Cheney. “I’ve been in similar situations, where I suddenly discovered we’ve created military commissions. ‘Wait a minute—that’s a legal matter and a legal matter the State Department has primacy on.’ ” But Powell was one of several former Secretaries to express bafflement at Tillerson’s approach to his shrinking mandate. “I can’t tell. He may love it,” Powell said, with a shrug. “I can’t tell that he objects.” And then, with a wry smile, “Maybe if we had ambassadors there, they’d pick it up—that’s what they do.”

Open thread for night owls: Over half of U.S. teens worry a shooting could happen at their school

In new polling conducted after the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school, over half of all American teenagers express fear that a shooting could happen at their own school as well. Overall, 57% of teens say they are worried about the possibility
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Open thread for night owls: Over half of U.S. teens worry a shooting could happen at their school

In new polling conducted after the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school, over half of all American teenagers express fear that a shooting could happen at their own school as well. Overall, 57% of teens say they are worried about the possibility of a shooting happening at their school, with one-in-four saying they are very worried. About three-in-ten (29%) say they are not too worried about this, and just 13% say they are not at all worried. Nonwhite teens express a higher level of concern than their white peers. Roughly two-thirds (64%) of nonwhite teens, including 73% of Hispanics, say they are at least somewhat worried about this, compared with 51% of white teens. School shooting fears differ by gender as well: 64% of girls say they are very or somewhat worried about a shooting happening at their school, compared with 51% of boys. [...] Asked to assess how effective various measures would be at preventing school shootings, 86% of teens say that preventing people with mental illnesses from purchasing guns and that improving mental health screening and treatment would be effective, including majorities who say each of these proposals would be very effective. Roughly eight-in-ten teens (79%) say that having metal detectors in schools would be effective and 66% say the same about banning assault-style weapons. By contrast, a much smaller share of teens (39%) say that allowing teachers to carry guns in schools would be very or somewhat effective at preventing school shootings; 35% of teens say this would be not at all effective. TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES TWEET OF THE DAY xAs a New Yorker, I am a bodega sandwich. I am a subway rat. I am a goat cheese wheel from Murray's. I am a saw mill in Albany. I am the Corning glass museum. I am lichen on the gorges of Ithaca. I am an incomprehensible New School philosophy thesis. I am a Martin Scorsese movie. https://t.co/tgPL9jq6dK— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) April 19, 2018 On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: It’s not looking so good for Cohen. Or Trump. Or Greitens. Or any Republican. (Total coincidence, I’m sure!) Trump's ego eats US foreign policy, and Nikki Haley is next. Limits of McConnell's power, explored. Oh, and this: «remote mind control forced orgasm.» x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5)

Study shows that making sure naloxone is readily available can greatly reduce overdose deaths

Lancet Public Health published a new study that covers the very quickly expanding use of British Columbia’s Take Home Naloxone program. The program made sure that more and more people had the life-saving overdose drug Naloxone after BC found that synthetic
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Study shows that making sure naloxone is readily available can greatly reduce overdose deaths

Lancet Public Health published a new study that covers the very quickly expanding use of British Columbia’s Take Home Naloxone program. The program made sure that more and more people had the life-saving overdose drug Naloxone after BC found that synthetic opioid overdoses were at epidemic proportions. 22 499 ambulance-attended overdoses and 2121 illicit drug-related deaths (677 [32%] deaths related to fentanyl) were recorded in the study period, mostly since January, 2016. In the same period, 19 074 THN kits were distributed. We estimate that 298 deaths (95% credible interval [CrI] 91–474) were averted by the THN programme. Of these deaths, 226 (95% CrI 125–340) were averted in 2016, following a rapid scale-up in distribution of kits. We infer a rapid increase in fentanyl adulterant at the beginning of 2016, with an estimated 2·3 times (95% CrI 2·0–2·9) increase from 2015 to 2016. Counterfactual modelling indicated that an earlier scale-up of the programme would have averted an additional 118 deaths (95% CrI 64–207). Our model also indicated that the increase in deaths could parsimoniously be explained through a change in the fentanyl-related overdose rate alone. The THN programme substantially reduced the number of overdose deaths during a period of rapid increase in the number of illicit drug overdoses due to fentanyl in British Columbia. However, earlier adoption and distribution of the THN intervention might have had an even greater impact on overdose deaths. Our findings show the value of a fast and effective response at the start of a synthetic opioid epidemic. We also believe that multiple interventions are needed to achieve an optimal impact. According to the study, the Take-Home program prevented 26 percent of all potential overdose-related deaths. Eureka Alert has more info on the program.

After being sued, Alex Jones suddenly believes Sandy Hook actually happened

The other day it was reported that two Sandy Hook families decided to sue InfoWars snake oil salesman Alex Jones for defamation, stemming from his years of attacks on the validity of the murders that took place in Sandy Hook Elementary. Jones’s lucrative pr
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After being sued, Alex Jones suddenly believes Sandy Hook actually happened

The other day it was reported that two Sandy Hook families decided to sue InfoWars snake oil salesman Alex Jones for defamation, stemming from his years of attacks on the validity of the murders that took place in Sandy Hook Elementary. Jones’s lucrative propaganda war against reality has led to parents of deceased children receiving death threats from very deplorable people. WSHU Public Radio reports that Alex Jones is now saying that the Sandy Hook shooting did happen. In a YouTube video, Jones said he now believes the shooting really happened, and that the families are being used by the Democratic Party and the news media. Jones invited the parents onto his program for a discussion about guns. In the past, Jones has repeatedly claimed the shooting was staged and that parents of children who died in the shooting are actors. Alex Jones has stoked the fires of people who believe conspiracy theories that somehow connect a super vast evil conspiracy—so vampirish and insidious in nature, so cruel and power-hungry—that instead of actually killing people and covering it up, they pretend to kill people and then cover up that cover up by paying actors to pretend, hundreds and hundreds of “crisis actors,” for years and decades after that their loved ones were murdered. They also believe that these shadowy forces are also trafficking in child sex slavery at pizza places; and so while these shadowy forces have the morality not to murder children in order to take away your guns, they don’t have the morality to protect children from being systematically raped in order to … whatever the reason is. People like Alex Jones are the only time I vaguely hope that there is an actual hell. You can watch Jones’ weak sauce statement below the fold; but you can watch a supercut of what Jones is pretending he didn’t say now right here. x x YouTube Video

Samantha Bee blasts Fox News’ Sean Hannity: “His whole show is just an hour-long list of lies”

“People think it’s news, because he doesn’t sweat as much as Alex Jones,” the “Full Frontal” host says
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Samantha Bee blasts Fox News’ Sean Hannity: “His whole show is just an hour-long list of lies”

“People think it’s news, because he doesn’t sweat as much as Alex Jones,” the “Full Frontal” host says

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Alok Industries#39; 12,000 employees may lose jobs as it heads towards liquidation

About 12,000 permanent employees of Alok Industries are likely to lose their jobs as the company is heading towards liquidation.
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Alok Industries#39; 12,000 employees may lose jobs as it heads towards liquidation

About 12,000 permanent employees of Alok Industries are likely to lose their jobs as the company is heading towards liquidation.

Planning your summer vacation? Here are the top 10 hotels in India as voted by travellers

TripAdvisor, a renowned travel portal has released a list of top ten Indian hotels to stay based on the reviews by travellers. The list is dominated by properties in Rajasthan. As much as half of the top 10 hotels comprise properties from the land of kings. H
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Planning your summer vacation? Here are the top 10 hotels in India as voted by travellers

TripAdvisor, a renowned travel portal has released a list of top ten Indian hotels to stay based on the reviews by travellers. The list is dominated by properties in Rajasthan. As much as half of the top 10 hotels comprise properties from the land of kings. Here is the full list:

This homemade Westworld robot will give you nightmares - CNET

Robot maker Simone Giertz builds her own robotic likeness that can talk, move and creep everyone out in honor of season 2 of HBO's sci-fi hit, Westworld.
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This homemade Westworld robot will give you nightmares - CNET

Robot maker Simone Giertz builds her own robotic likeness that can talk, move and creep everyone out in honor of season 2 of HBO's sci-fi hit, Westworld.

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Google changes its messaging strategy again: Goodbye to Allo, double down on RCS

Google’s long-and-winding road to figuring out messaging is taking yet another change of direction after the company called time on Allo, its newest chat app launch, in order to double down on its vision to enable an enhanced version of SMS. The compan
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Google changes its messaging strategy again: Goodbye to Allo, double down on RCS

Google’s long-and-winding road to figuring out messaging is taking yet another change of direction after the company called time on Allo, its newest chat app launch, in order to double down on its vision to enable an enhanced version of SMS. The company told The Verge that it is “pausing” work on Allo, which was only launched […]

'Alice in Wonderland' Dodo Was Murdered in Cold Blood

Dodos went extinct more than 300 years ago, but scientists are only now opening up a cold case after learning that one of the birds — the prized dodo specimen that likely inspired author Lewis Carroll to create a dodo character in the 1865 book "Alice in
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'Alice in Wonderland' Dodo Was Murdered in Cold Blood

Dodos went extinct more than 300 years ago, but scientists are only now opening up a cold case after learning that one of the birds — the prized dodo specimen that likely inspired author Lewis Carroll to create a dodo character in the 1865 book "Alice in

Technique to beam HD video with 99 percent less power could sharpen the eyes of smart homes

Everyone seems to be insisting on installing cameras all over their homes these days, which seems incongruous with the privacy crisis — but that's a post for another time. Today, we're talking about enabling those cameras to send high-definition video signa
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Technique to beam HD video with 99 percent less power could sharpen the eyes of smart homes

Everyone seems to be insisting on installing cameras all over their homes these days, which seems incongruous with the privacy crisis — but that's a post for another time. Today, we're talking about enabling those cameras to send high-definition video signals wirelessly without killing their little batteries. A new technique makes beaming video out more than 99 percent more efficient, possibly making batteries unnecessary altogether.

Don’t just stir; Stircle

Although I do my best to minimize the trash produced by my lifestyle (blog posts notwithstanding), one I can't really control, at least without carrying a spoon on my person at all times, is the necessity of using a disposable stick to stir my coffee. That co
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Don’t just stir; Stircle

Although I do my best to minimize the trash produced by my lifestyle (blog posts notwithstanding), one I can't really control, at least without carrying a spoon on my person at all times, is the necessity of using a disposable stick to stir my coffee. That could all change with the Stircle, a little platform that spins your drink around to mix it.

World's Most Famous Dodo Didn't Die — It Was Murdered

Dodos went extinct more than 300 years ago, but scientists are only now opening up a cold case after learning that one of the birds — the prized dodo specimen that likely inspired author Lewis Carroll to create a dodo character in the 1865 book "Alice in
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World's Most Famous Dodo Didn't Die — It Was Murdered

Dodos went extinct more than 300 years ago, but scientists are only now opening up a cold case after learning that one of the birds — the prized dodo specimen that likely inspired author Lewis Carroll to create a dodo character in the 1865 book "Alice in

Integrating optical components into existing chip designs

A new technique can assemble optical and electronic components separately on the surface of a computer chip, enabling the addition of optical components to existing chips with little design modification.
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Integrating optical components into existing chip designs

A new technique can assemble optical and electronic components separately on the surface of a computer chip, enabling the addition of optical components to existing chips with little design modification.

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Town settles with family of woman lost during field trip

TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut town has agreed to pay a settlement to the family of a woman with Down syndrome who was left behind when her educational group went on a field trip. The Connecticut Post reports the 20-year-old woman was part of a school-r
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Town settles with family of woman lost during field trip

TRUMBULL, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut town has agreed to pay a settlement to the family of a woman with Down syndrome who was left behind when her educational group went on a field trip. The Connecticut Post reports the 20-year-old woman was part of a school-run group for young ...

Plane skids off runway, shutting down Nepal's airport

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Nepal's only international airport remained closed Friday after a passenger plane attempting to take off skidded off the runway. Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu said no one was injured when a Boeing 737 operated by Malind
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Plane skids off runway, shutting down Nepal's airport

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Nepal's only international airport remained closed Friday after a passenger plane attempting to take off skidded off the runway. Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu said no one was injured when a Boeing 737 operated by Malindo Air skidded to the grassy area at the end of ...

'This is my family': Where the travel ban debate hits home

NEW YORK (AP) - At the New York City convenience store where he works the overnight shift, Radad Alborati takes a sip of coffee and surveys his life. His wife is stuck in war-torn Yemen after his yearslong effort to bring her to the U.S. ended last month wit
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'This is my family': Where the travel ban debate hits home

NEW YORK (AP) - At the New York City convenience store where he works the overnight shift, Radad Alborati takes a sip of coffee and surveys his life. His wife is stuck in war-torn Yemen after his yearslong effort to bring her to the U.S. ended last month with a ...

Jordan Peele Warns “Effed-up Dystopia” Using AI to Make Fake Obama Video

The problem with reality is that discerning what truly is can take an enormous amount of work. Take science, for instance. There is actually pretty consistent data on what types of food most […] The post Jordan Peele Warns “Effed-up Dystopia” Using
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Jordan Peele Warns “Effed-up Dystopia” Using AI to Make Fake Obama Video

The problem with reality is that discerning what truly is can take an enormous amount of work. Take science, for instance. There is actually pretty consistent data on what types of food most […] The post Jordan Peele Warns “Effed-up Dystopia” Using AI to Make Fake Obama Video appeared first on Geek.com.

GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Enter Apokolips With Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus

Anyone who knows me and my takes on comic books knows that I absolutely love Darkseid. I love that he’s obsessed with something called the Anti-Life Equation. I love that Michael Ironside voiced […] The post GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Enter Apokolips With
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GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Enter Apokolips With Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus

Anyone who knows me and my takes on comic books knows that I absolutely love Darkseid. I love that he’s obsessed with something called the Anti-Life Equation. I love that Michael Ironside voiced […] The post GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Enter Apokolips With Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus appeared first on Geek.com.

Geek Deals: EverCam Wireless Cams with One-Year Battery, 20 Percent off Amazon Warehouse Tech, and more

Looking for a wireless security camera that can run without a battery change for a full year? EverCam has a two-pack of 1080p wireless cameras up on Kickstarter now for just $329. There […] The post Geek Deals: EverCam Wireless Cams with One-Year Batter
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Geek Deals: EverCam Wireless Cams with One-Year Battery, 20 Percent off Amazon Warehouse Tech, and more

Looking for a wireless security camera that can run without a battery change for a full year? EverCam has a two-pack of 1080p wireless cameras up on Kickstarter now for just $329. There […] The post Geek Deals: EverCam Wireless Cams with One-Year Battery, 20 Percent off Amazon Warehouse Tech, and more appeared first on Geek.com.

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Angels look to rebound in interleague matchup with Giants (Apr 20, 2018)

The Los Angeles Angels will host the San Francisco Giants for the first time in nearly six years beginning Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Angel Stadium.
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Angels look to rebound in interleague matchup with Giants (Apr 20, 2018)

The Los Angeles Angels will host the San Francisco Giants for the first time in nearly six years beginning Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Angel Stadium.

Recap: Red Sox 8, Angels 2 (4/19)

Angels manager Mike Scioscia recognized his starting rotation left the bullpen hanging this series vs. the Red Sox and the bats were not as effective as the earlier part of the month, but the veteran skipper does not feel like this will be lingering issue fo
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Recap: Red Sox 8, Angels 2 (4/19)

Angels manager Mike Scioscia recognized his starting rotation left the bullpen hanging this series vs. the Red Sox and the bats were not as effective as the earlier part of the month, but the veteran skipper does not feel like this will be lingering issue for his team

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