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Royals prospects Schwindel, Griffin earn top organization 2017 honors

Kansas City Royals prospects Frank Schwindel and Foster Griffin have been honored as the organization's 2017 player and pitcher of the year, respectively

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GOP heads into midterms with zero policy goals other than targeting Pelosi, refugees, and media

If voters have known one thing for sure about Republicans ever since 2010, it's that once they had the power to do so, they would absolutely repeal the Affordable Care Act (i.e. Obamacare). Except that over the three election cycles in which they made that 
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GOP heads into midterms with zero policy goals other than targeting Pelosi, refugees, and media

If voters have known one thing for sure about Republicans ever since 2010, it's that once they had the power to do so, they would absolutely repeal the Affordable Care Act (i.e. Obamacare). Except that over the three election cycles in which they made that pledge repeatedly and resolutely (“root and branch!”), they never bothered hashing out exactly how they would accomplish that goal legislatively. In essence, the art of governing was just a little too tedious and sophisticated—campaigning on empty promises was far more fun.  But Republicans learned a valuable lesson after they won in 2016 and were forced to try their hand at governance: they mostly suck at it. The one thing they could agree on was giving away money to rich people at the expense of the nation's poor and middle class. Done! But solving health care and the nation's «broken» immigration system (which they all say is tremendously critical)—they're not offering any solutions on those two issues this time around. Nope, they're not going to get caught in that trap again. Republicans, after all, are problem finders and crisis creators. Solutions just aren't their cup of tea. Which is why their 2018 platform is policy-free. Instead of getting hung up on providing a vision for how they'll legislate, their agenda is really just more of a bitch session, of sorts. First off, those desperate migrant refugees are a real problem, they say, even though immigration is at historic lows (including apprehensions at the Southwest border) and unfilled job openings in the U.S. are at an all-time high, threatening the economy's expansion. So what's Trump going to do about that non-problem? Send the military to the border. To do what? To apprehend the migrants, of course. But refugees surrender to authorities at the border and then seek asylum. Oh. Well, then, he'll «Build the wall!» Okay, he ran on that in 2016, why didn't he do it? Cuz he was saving it for 2018—a silver bullet in case everything we did once we were in power totally repelled the electorate. Smart. Also, Democratic women—we don't like 'em. Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, lock 'em up! They're a real problem. What if you can't lock 'em up? Due process, and all that? Screw that, due process is for losers, sexual assaulters, and despotic murderers. Women don't get due process, only men do. Cool. Oh, and by the by, the media are the enemy of the people. We're gonna body slam every damn one of 'em. Rep. Greg Gianforte will be leading a workshop on it! So what are your policy goals if you maintain control of Congress after the midterms? Build the wall! Lock her up!* And body slams! (*Except for those first two. We don't actually want to accomplish those—we need 'em for 2020.) Gotcha. Want to help Democrats vote but unsure how? Try this: click here, enter your zip code, and RSVP for a volunteer shift. Still fired up? Chip in $3 to help put Democrats back in charge of the House!

'6 Easy Steps to Get Your Vote On' and other tips from 'The Black Woman’s Guide to the Midterms'

Though it sounds completely contrary to the hell we’ve been subjected to since Donald Trump became a politician, there is actual good coming out of this unique moment in time. Of course, it is really hard to see—unless you are a wealthy, white Republic
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'6 Easy Steps to Get Your Vote On' and other tips from 'The Black Woman’s Guide to the Midterms'

Though it sounds completely contrary to the hell we’ve been subjected to since Donald Trump became a politician, there is actual good coming out of this unique moment in time. Of course, it is really hard to see—unless you are a wealthy, white Republican who is benefitting from this administration’s regressive, hateful, harmful, pro-rich policies. But in spite of all the steps backward we are taking toward a more unequal society, progressives are now being forced to get creative and actively engage communities and constituencies like never before. Though it is exhausting and maddening work, this is most certainly a good thing. In other words, there is finally a momentum of passion, energy, and excitement to build a reliable, diverse coalition of people who actively champion progressive values—365 days a year. And it shows no signs of slowing down. With just two weeks to go until Election Day, progressives are doing all they can to make sure eligible voters, especially in communities of color, turn out in record numbers. And the stakes couldn’t be higher—especially as Republicans use fear, intimidation, and voter suppression in order to hand themselves electoral victories. One social media platform, in particular, is using its reach to target black women voters, with a specific focus on economic justice and the wealth gap.  BlackHer, a new platform developed after the 2016 election, has developed The Black Woman’s Guide to the Midterms, which contains a comprehensive list of resources for voters to demystify the midterm election process. The guide has key races to watch (including some congressional and down-ballot races where black women are candidates), details on specific issues at stake that impact black women, information about how to register to vote online, and voter registration deadlines by state.  The guide also contains “6 Easy Steps to Get Your Vote On,” which, conveniently, applies to anyone and everyone who wants to vote. On the list: 1. Register. 2. Vote early. 3. Check to see if you need to bring an ID with you to vote. 4. Confirm the location of your polling place. 5. Cast an absentee ballot if you can’t vote in person. 6. If you are eligible but prevented from voting for some reason, call a lawyer.  There’s more detailed information contained in the guide—including a glossary of terms and a critically important section on “so what and who cares.”

After GOP savaged middle-class Americans, Trump suddenly champions Democratic policies

Remember when Republicans dedicated most of their first year in power to trying to kill pre-existing conditions coverage while stripping millions of Americans of health care coverage? Then when they failed at that, they immediately turned their attention to g
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After GOP savaged middle-class Americans, Trump suddenly champions Democratic policies

Remember when Republicans dedicated most of their first year in power to trying to kill pre-existing conditions coverage while stripping millions of Americans of health care coverage? Then when they failed at that, they immediately turned their attention to giving mega tax cuts to America's big corporations along with multimillionaires and billionaires. That tax law resulted in: huge tax breaks for the richest one percent, who on average will save more than $51,000 on taxes this year while a family making between $48,600 and $86,100 will save $930; soaring deficits that Republicans are now using as an excuse to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; and an actual decline in real wages for real workers while corporations used the money they saved to buy back stock rather than invest in job-creating growth. Perfect. Anyway, Trump is now having a change of heart about all the policies Republicans devoted two years of unilateral control to enacting. Here’s his new midterm platform on health care and taxes: Republicans all support people with pre-existing conditions now, he says, even as 20 GOP attorneys general across the nation work to destroy it through litigation; Republicans will protect Social Security and Medicare, he says, even as GOP Leader Mitch McConnell lobbies for cutting both programs and more to pay for the tax cuts for the rich; Republicans will pass middle-class tax cuts by Nov. 1, he says, even though Congress is out of session. Huh, what do all those policies sound like to you? Yep, the policies of Democrats. And why—why would Trump suddenly adopt Democratic positions after governing in the complete opposite fashion for two full years?  GET OUT THE VOTE for Democrats. Just click here, enter your zip, and you’re off to the races! Want to do more? Chip in $3 to help put Democrats back in charge of health care in the House and Senate!

Commit to voting this November and help protect TPS recipients like Alex

Alex was visiting Miami for New Year’s when her home country of Haiti was devastated by a catastrophic earthquake in January 2010, just one day before she was supposed to return. “It’s one of the worst feelings,” she says in a video from The Love V
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Commit to voting this November and help protect TPS recipients like Alex

Alex was visiting Miami for New Year’s when her home country of Haiti was devastated by a catastrophic earthquake in January 2010, just one day before she was supposed to return. “It’s one of the worst feelings,” she says in a video from The Love Vote campaign, “knowing that you’re not with your family in a time of tragedy like that.” The 7.0 earthquake killed an estimated 220,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands more.  But Alex also considers herself “very lucky.” She was able to gain Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which allows recipients to live and work here legally when natural disasters or other extraordinary circumstances make it too dangerous for them to return to their home countries. Here, Alex “built a new life,” working, building relationships, and pursuing her “greatest passion,” dancing. “Miami is home to me now,” she says. But, after nearly a decade here, her future is again at stake, following the Trump administration rescinding TPS for hundreds of thousands of recipients like Alex. Officials knew, particularly in Haiti’s case, that ongoing conditions merited the continuation of these protections, but ended them anyway. “It was a heartbreak with that final news,” she said, “like, ‘get your papers ready, you’re going back.’” The lives of TPS recipients are in limbo. While a judge put a temporary hold on the administration’s move, what would bring the most stability to settled immigrants who have homes and lives and families here is permanent legislation—and we need a Democratic Congress that will do that. To win that, Alex needs us to vote on her behalf. “I don’t want to be anywhere,” she said. “I want to be here … every vote counts. If you’re able to do it, you should do it.” Watch Alex’s video below, THEN COMMIT TO VOTING for young Americans-in-waiting like her. Just click here, enter your zip code, choose the event that works best for you,​ and RSVP to attend.

Trump seized upon a 'caravan' to turn out his virulently racist base; the media may help him do it

One of the biggest impediments to defeating the Republican slide from conservatism to white nationalism is the press insistence on inventing nuance where there is none. Donald Trump and Republicans are seizing on a so-called «caravan» of refugees
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Trump seized upon a 'caravan' to turn out his virulently racist base; the media may help him do it

One of the biggest impediments to defeating the Republican slide from conservatism to white nationalism is the press insistence on inventing nuance where there is none. Donald Trump and Republicans are seizing on a so-called «caravan» of refugees and asylum-seekers bound, eventually, for the United States because their base of rancid racists find such things uniquely terrifying. Trump himself believes the caravan images are so politically potent for Republicans and so damaging for Democrats, people who have spoken with him about the approach said that he’s vowed to bring up the caravan wherever and whenever he can, even when he isn’t being prompted by others. “There is now video on TV screens that matches the feeling on the ground that the president has felt for the past three years,” said a person familiar with the polling reviewed by Trump's team. But a bunch of families fleeing poverty and horrific violence isn't scary enough for anyone who's not a die-hard racist, so that's why Trump and his fellow race-baiters are inventing new details on the fly to try to be more racist-er about it. There are secret Middle Easterners hiding in the group, Trump and his vice presidential bunion warn! It might be, Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz tosses out on social media, a plot by a suspiciously Jewish billionaire! It's all racism, top to bottom, the end. If it wasn't racism they wouldn't be throwing in all the little racist details; if it wasn't racism Donald Trump wouldn't give a damn about it to begin with. The notion of «invading» refugees somehow being a threat to the United States, even as we take in, for example, far fewer Syrian war refugees than a truly decent nation would, etc, has long been an explicitly racist premise peddled by white nationalists, white supremacists, and their allies (e.g. the National Rifle Association). The premise is that non-white immigrants are uniquely dangerous to «American culture» because reasons; the perceived danger is not terrorism or or overpopulation, but «taco trucks on every corner» and someone with a slightly different skin tone than your own someday marrying your daughter and coming to Thanksgiving dinner. This isn't hard, and Trump is not hiding his intent. Trump is directing his various acolytes and hangers-on to engage in racism against a distant «caravan» because he himself believes racism is the most potent motivator for his base. He is, for once, absolutely correct. And the media is going to help the racists peddle these theories because that is, every time, what they do. It is imperative that we reverse the tide of nationalist hate by turning out voters and throwing Republicans from their nationwide offices: Click here, enter your zip code, and RSVP for a volunteer shift.

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Lyft acquires AR startup Blue Vision Labs to boost its self-driving car tech - Roadshow

The augmented reality company's tech could let Lyft's cars see their world more clearly without expensive sensors.
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Lyft acquires AR startup Blue Vision Labs to boost its self-driving car tech - Roadshow

The augmented reality company's tech could let Lyft's cars see their world more clearly without expensive sensors.

Yahoo must pay $50M in damages for security breach - CNET

The company will also provide at least two years of credit-monitoring and identity theft protection insurance for around 200 million people.
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Yahoo must pay $50M in damages for security breach - CNET

The company will also provide at least two years of credit-monitoring and identity theft protection insurance for around 200 million people.

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To see what's right in front of you, your brain may need some rewiring

As you encounter new experiences and form new memories, your brain changes. Now, researchers show that some of these change occur in a brain region devoted to visual perception.
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To see what's right in front of you, your brain may need some rewiring

As you encounter new experiences and form new memories, your brain changes. Now, researchers show that some of these change occur in a brain region devoted to visual perception.

New insight into why galaxies stop forming stars

Galaxy clusters are rare regions of the universe consisting of hundreds of galaxies containing trillions of stars. It has long been known that when a galaxy falls into a cluster, star formation is fairly rapidly shut off in a process known as 'quenching.' A n
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New insight into why galaxies stop forming stars

Galaxy clusters are rare regions of the universe consisting of hundreds of galaxies containing trillions of stars. It has long been known that when a galaxy falls into a cluster, star formation is fairly rapidly shut off in a process known as 'quenching.' A new study has made the best measurement yet of the quenching timescale, measuring how it varies across 70 percent of the history of the universe.

Adenovirus Doesn't Usually Kill, So Why Did 6 Kids Die from the Virus in New Jersey?

Six children at a New Jersey healthcare facility have died in an outbreak of adenovirus, a virus that can cause cold and flu-like symptoms.
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Adenovirus Doesn't Usually Kill, So Why Did 6 Kids Die from the Virus in New Jersey?

Six children at a New Jersey healthcare facility have died in an outbreak of adenovirus, a virus that can cause cold and flu-like symptoms.

Coming to America: Orion’s European Service Module Arrives for First Mission

NASA is inviting media to its Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9 a.m. EST Friday, Nov. 16, for an event marking the arrival from Bremen, Germany, of the European Service Module – the powerhouse that will supply NASA’s Orion spacecraft with electricity,
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Coming to America: Orion’s European Service Module Arrives for First Mission

NASA is inviting media to its Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 9 a.m. EST Friday, Nov. 16, for an event marking the arrival from Bremen, Germany, of the European Service Module – the powerhouse that will supply NASA’s Orion spacecraft with electricity, propulsion, thermal control, air and water.

FCC puts gigabit Wi-Fi on the roadmap by opening up new wireless spectrum

More and more, the internet is delivered wirelessly, but as bandwidth demand grows in each home — multiple TVs, smart devices, tablets and phones — current Wi-Fi standards are starting to fall short. Fortunately the FCC and wireless industry are prepare
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FCC puts gigabit Wi-Fi on the roadmap by opening up new wireless spectrum

More and more, the internet is delivered wirelessly, but as bandwidth demand grows in each home — multiple TVs, smart devices, tablets and phones — current Wi-Fi standards are starting to fall short. Fortunately the FCC and wireless industry are prepared for this, and the former has just officially proposed opening up a wide swathe of spectrum to bring our Wi-Fi systems up to gigabit level.

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7 Sneakers Your Favorite DC Superhero Would Wear

Superheroes are inherently theatrical and stylish. Captain America doesn’t fight evil in an American flag tee from Walmart. Green Lantern’s spandex is functionally useless but it looks cool, so we don’t ask questions […] The post 7 Sneakers Your F
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7 Sneakers Your Favorite DC Superhero Would Wear

Superheroes are inherently theatrical and stylish. Captain America doesn’t fight evil in an American flag tee from Walmart. Green Lantern’s spandex is functionally useless but it looks cool, so we don’t ask questions […] The post 7 Sneakers Your Favorite DC Superhero Would Wear appeared first on Geek.com.

First Amazon Go Store in California Opens in San Francisco

Imagine a grocery store where you can literally grab a meal and go without a tedious checkout process. Amazon is making this high-tech shopping experience a reality with its Amazon Go stores. Amazon […] The post First Amazon Go Store in California Open
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First Amazon Go Store in California Opens in San Francisco

Imagine a grocery store where you can literally grab a meal and go without a tedious checkout process. Amazon is making this high-tech shopping experience a reality with its Amazon Go stores. Amazon […] The post First Amazon Go Store in California Opens in San Francisco appeared first on Geek.com.

8BitDo’s New SN30 and SN30 Pro Controllers Pay Homage to the Gameboy Pocket

8BitDo never takes a break. Just when you think they’re going to chill on releases, they come right out with something new, like the latest editions of their popular SN30 Wireless Gamepad and […] The post 8BitDo’s New SN30 and SN30 Pro Controlle
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8BitDo’s New SN30 and SN30 Pro Controllers Pay Homage to the Gameboy Pocket

8BitDo never takes a break. Just when you think they’re going to chill on releases, they come right out with something new, like the latest editions of their popular SN30 Wireless Gamepad and […] The post 8BitDo’s New SN30 and SN30 Pro Controllers Pay Homage to the Gameboy Pocket appeared first on Geek.com.

Grand Canyon chief being investigated, will be reassigned

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The National Park Service says it will reassign the Grand Canyon superintendent amid a federal investigation into undisclosed allegations. Investigators from the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General arrived at the park thi
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Grand Canyon chief being investigated, will be reassigned

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The National Park Service says it will reassign the Grand Canyon superintendent amid a federal investigation into undisclosed allegations. Investigators from the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General arrived at the park this week. Park spokeswoman Vanessa Lacayo says the allegations involve Grand Canyon Superintendent Christine ...

US to revoke visas of Saudis implicated in killing of writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration is revoking the visas of some Saudi officials implicated in the death of writer Jamal Khashoggi. Pompeo announced the step at a State Department news conference Tuesday. Vice Presi
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US to revoke visas of Saudis implicated in killing of writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration is revoking the visas of some Saudi officials implicated in the death of writer Jamal Khashoggi. Pompeo announced the step at a State Department news conference Tuesday. Vice President Mike Pence said earlier that Khashoggi's death at Saudi ...

Porsche to price Taycan between the Cayenne and Panamera

German auto giant Porsche is all likely to position their Taycan below their own Panamera sedan when the electric four-door sports car makes it to the markets next year. The car is expected to have a starting price above 80,000 euros, (approximately $92,500).
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Porsche to price Taycan between the Cayenne and Panamera

German auto giant Porsche is all likely to position their Taycan below their own Panamera sedan when the electric four-door sports car makes it to the markets next year. The car is expected to have a starting price above 80,000 euros, (approximately $92,500).Robert Meier, who is the complete vehicle model line director for the Taycan said “We’re expecting a price somewhere between a Cayenne and a Panamera.” Once taxes are included the vehicle would cost between 74,828  and 90,655 euros for its base version in Germany. Though Lutz Meschke, the CFO of Porsche told the media that he wants to offer higher-performance versions of the Taycan which could be priced as much as 200,000 euros, like a Taycan Turbo S.Taycan’s two permanently synchronous electric motors are supplied by Magneti Marelli of Italy. The motors will produce more than 600 hp and accelerate the vehicle from 0 to 62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds. Well, that would be a first for an electric bolstered engine we guess! The Taycan also aims to be the fastest series production electric car around the Nordschleife race track of Germany, with a lap time of less than 8 minutes.Auto industry experts have been claiming that Taycan could pose a serious threat to Tesla if it really delivers what it’s promising. The Tesla Model S has been ruling the full-sized electric sedan market since quite some time now. Well, one must admit that this car completely changed the perception of people of what electric cars were really capable of. They are sleek, fast and equipped with real range.Tesla’s Model S has been called a true no-compromises vehicle. Out of all the cars out there to compete with the Model S, it’s the Taycan by Porsche everyone has set their eyes on. The Taycan was earlier known as the Mission E sedan. Since it debuted at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the car has captured the imagination of EV aficionados. A legacy automaker, Porsche is leaving no stone unturned in making Taycan a successful vehicle. Initially released with an RWD option, all variants of The Tesla Model S are now Dual Motor AWD.In comparison, Porsche is using permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) for the Taycan and being true to the Porsche tradition, the PSM motors are race-bred, having been used in the Porsche 919 Hybrid race car. So, maybe the Taycan will have the edge over Tesla when it comes to power. What may be the deciding factor is the price of the two. It also depends on what the buyer is looking for? Style, Speed, Sophistication or Simplicity.  Founder: Louise Blouinhttps://www.blouinartinfo.com 

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Pillow Talk: Biz's stolen suit

Back for a new season: * Pillow Talk with Paul Bissonnette and Tyson Nash. * Matching onesies. But one of Biz's suits has been gone for quite some time.
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Pillow Talk: Biz's stolen suit

Back for a new season: * Pillow Talk with Paul Bissonnette and Tyson Nash. * Matching onesies. But one of Biz's suits has been gone for quite some time.

Griffen to rejoin Vikings after mental health evaluation

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is returning to the team after being out for the past month for a mental health evaluation
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Griffen to rejoin Vikings after mental health evaluation

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is returning to the team after being out for the past month for a mental health evaluation

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