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Pivotal CEO talks IPO and balancing life in Dell family of companies

Pivotal has kind of a strange role for a company. On one hand its part of the EMC federation companies that Dell acquired in 2016 for a cool $67 billion, but it’s also an independently operated entity within that broader Dell family of companies —

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Kavanaugh's accuser is being set up, and Flake is the tool McConnell and Grassley are using to do it

Reuters is reporting that Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley has set a deadline for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony, giving her less than two days to complete it by 10 AM ET on Friday. That's the latest move in an elaborate set-up of Dr
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Kavanaugh's accuser is being set up, and Flake is the tool McConnell and Grassley are using to do it

Reuters is reporting that Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley has set a deadline for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony, giving her less than two days to complete it by 10 AM ET on Friday. That's the latest move in an elaborate set-up of Dr. Ford, a strategy kicked off by Republican Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who on Monday demanded a delay in proceedings until the committee could hear from Ford. What immediately followed was an arbitrary and capricious deadline set by Grassley, trumpeted by the likes of the new worst senator in the world: South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, who says «It is imperative the Judiciary committee move forward on the Kavanaugh nomination and a committee vote be taken ASAP.» For no real reason other than the longer it drags out, the more damage is done to both Kavanaugh and the Republicans trying to force him through—oh, and for the reason that they then can paint Dr. Ford as unwilling to testify on the terms that they've forced on her. And here's asshole Jeff Flake, the guy who got plaudits for requesting the delay, piling on. xWhen Dr. Ford came forward, I said that her voice should be heard and asked the Judiciary Committee to delay its vote on Judge Kavanaugh. It did so. I now implore Dr. Ford to accept the invitation for Monday, in a public or private setting. The committee should hear her voice.— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) September 19, 2018 Don't be fooled—that's Flake playing «good cop» to Grassley's «bad cop.»  He is not acting in any better faith here than Grassley is. He's been a tool of a senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as well as Grassley through this whole process, and is as guilty—if not more so—as the two of them in these efforts to destroy Dr. Ford. It's time to take back the Senate. Please help with $3 to our Senate candidates.

Trump admin has, yet again, lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant kids, report says

Campaign Action The Trump administration, yet again, can’t account for nearly 1,500 unaccompanied migrant children, or kids who came to the U.S. by themselves, that were released from Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody and then placed with U.S.
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Trump admin has, yet again, lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant kids, report says

Campaign Action The Trump administration, yet again, can’t account for nearly 1,500 unaccompanied migrant children, or kids who came to the U.S. by themselves, that were released from Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) custody and then placed with U.S. sponsors this year, the New York Times reports. “In findings that lawmakers described as troubling, Senate investigators said the department could not determine with certainty the whereabouts of 1,488 out of 11,254 children the agency had placed with sponsors in 2018, based on follow-up calls from April 1 to June 30.” If this all sounds familiar, you’re right. Last May, ORR officials were blasted by senators for failing to track nearly 1,500 migrant kids—another group of children totally different from the children in the New York Times’ latest report—that were placed with U.S. sponsors. Now, while it’s true that the administration has been wholly unfit to care for migrant kids, it can also be true that these sponsors and families may have intentionally cut off communication with Trump officials as a matter of survival. “In September 2017, then-ICE acting Director Tom Homan said at a public event that his agency would arrest undocumented people who came forward to care for the children, something previous administrations avoided,” CNN reported, with Health and Human Services (HHS), which runs ORR, partnering with ICE “to more heavily scrutinize adults who come forward, including fingerprinting. Now as a result of these roadblocks, a record 12,800 migrant kids are in custody, including more than 200 separated kids who have yet to be reunited with their parents despite a judge’s order.

Midday open thread: Tax cut not boosting wages or bonuses; space debris netted for first time

Today’s comic by Matt Bors is Why women claim sexual assault: • Columnist who attacked Obama over Iran nuclear deal sides with Trump regime’s efforts to get banking sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic. • Experimental debris removal pla
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Midday open thread: Tax cut not boosting wages or bonuses; space debris netted for first time

Today’s comic by Matt Bors is Why women claim sexual assault: • Columnist who attacked Obama over Iran nuclear deal sides with Trump regime’s efforts to get banking sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic. • Experimental debris removal platform snags its orbiting junk with a net. The University of Surrey’s Space Center captured a piece of debris speeding around the planet on Sunday, the first time this has ever been demonstrated in space after six years of testing on Earth. The system is designed to gather up the tens of thousands of pieces of speeding junk, some the size of a thumbnail, some complete rocket stages.  MIDDAY TWEET xOne of the best things I’ve seen in awhile. They use the same pink dye that is attached to stolen bank notes. This makes the ivory unsellable, and it cannot be consumed. The animals are not harmed and it is saving their lives. Please share, thanks. pic.twitter.com/6SFJXTjMCH— Welcome To Nature (@welcomet0nature) September 17, 2018 • Texas great-grandma kills alligator she blames for eating her miniature horse: The gator was 12 feet long and weighed 580 pounds. Linda Cochran, newly elected mayor of Livingston, a town of 5,300 about an hour north of Houston, got a permit to shoot the ‘gator, which she thinks gobbled up her miniature horse a few years ago. Livingston is the county seat of Polk County, one of 12 in Texas that has a short alligator hunting season each year. • 140 members of Congress voted against chemical safeguards every time: The Environmental Working Group Action Fund has released the first-ever report scrutinizing how every member of the U.S. House of Representatives has voted on chemical policy and safety. The results—140 members voted against chemical safeguards every time while 149 members usually voted for safeguards. The report stated: «While no president has ever done as much to weaken safeguards for toxic chemicals as Donald Trump, too many members of Congress have collaborated with the Trump administration or cast votes in favor of policies that reversed or delayed chemical bans, gutted chemical safety rules, rejected sound science, weakened worker and consumer protections, and denied justice to asbestos victims.» • California and New Mexico sue Trump regime over rollback of methane rule. • Trump regime’s tax cut fail to generate widespread growth in wages, bonuses: The $0.03 increase in inflation-adjusted bonuses per hour over the last two quarters came as W-2 wages (defined as direct wages plus wages for paid leave and supplementary pay) actually fell $0.25 and overall compensation rose just $0.07. Looking over the last year we see a rise in bonuses of $0.09 per hour accounting for nearly all of the very small increase in W-2 wages of $0.12 while overall compensation did not grow at all. On today’s “encore presentation” of the Kagro in the Morning show: It’s Yom Kippur and Talk Like a Pirate Day? Well, good thing our 9/19/17 show mentions both, because I'll be busy arr-toning. Bain boards, sinks Toys-R-Us. Trump plunders charities. Fox News rapes under the Jolly Roger. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE

Trump addresses Brett Kavanaugh controversy: It is “very hard for me to imagine anything happened”

Trump addresses what he calls the “very unfair” allegation of sexual assault against his Supreme Court nomine
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Trump addresses Brett Kavanaugh controversy: It is “very hard for me to imagine anything happened”

Trump addresses what he calls the “very unfair” allegation of sexual assault against his Supreme Court nomine

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SBI in international bond market to raise nearly $500 mn in green bonds

With this issue SBI will become compliant with the global standards as prescribed by the Climate Bonds Initiative
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SBI in international bond market to raise nearly $500 mn in green bonds

With this issue SBI will become compliant with the global standards as prescribed by the Climate Bonds Initiative

VW's I.D. Buzz Cargo van puts aside the flower power and gets a job - Roadshow

The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Cargo loses the extra glass and gains a bunch of practicality to be a promising-looking work van.
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VW's I.D. Buzz Cargo van puts aside the flower power and gets a job - Roadshow

The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Cargo loses the extra glass and gains a bunch of practicality to be a promising-looking work van.

Nintendo Switch Online is officially live: Here's what's included - CNET

Nintendo goes pay-to-play online for the first time. Here's what you'll need to pay and what you'll get once you sign up for the service.
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Nintendo Switch Online is officially live: Here's what's included - CNET

Nintendo goes pay-to-play online for the first time. Here's what you'll need to pay and what you'll get once you sign up for the service.

Is Amazon about to take on Sonos with a high-end Alexa speaker? (The 3:59, Ep. 460) - CNET

Special guest David Katzmaier helps break down the prospect of top-notch audio from Amazon, plus what's new in Apple's TV-system update.
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Is Amazon about to take on Sonos with a high-end Alexa speaker? (The 3:59, Ep. 460) - CNET

Special guest David Katzmaier helps break down the prospect of top-notch audio from Amazon, plus what's new in Apple's TV-system update.

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Anti-inflammatory protein promotes healthy gut bacteria to curb obesity

Scientists have discovered that the anti-inflammatory protein NLRP12 normally helps protect mice against obesity and insulin resistance when they are fed a high-fat diet. The researchers also reported that the NLRP12 gene is underactive in people who are obes
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Anti-inflammatory protein promotes healthy gut bacteria to curb obesity

Scientists have discovered that the anti-inflammatory protein NLRP12 normally helps protect mice against obesity and insulin resistance when they are fed a high-fat diet. The researchers also reported that the NLRP12 gene is underactive in people who are obese, making it a potential therapeutic target for treating obesity and diabetes, both of which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease and other serious conditions.

Quantum anomaly: Breaking a classical symmetry with ultracold atoms

A new study of ultracold atomic gases finds a quantum anomaly: strongly interacting particles breaking classical symmetry in a 2-D Fermi gas.
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Quantum anomaly: Breaking a classical symmetry with ultracold atoms

A new study of ultracold atomic gases finds a quantum anomaly: strongly interacting particles breaking classical symmetry in a 2-D Fermi gas.

Unprecedented ice loss in Russian ice cap

In the last few years, the Vavilov Ice Cap in the Russian High Arctic has dramatically accelerated, sliding as much as 82 feet a day in 2015, according to a new multi-national, multi-institute study. That dwarfs the ice's previous average speed of about 2 inc
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Unprecedented ice loss in Russian ice cap

In the last few years, the Vavilov Ice Cap in the Russian High Arctic has dramatically accelerated, sliding as much as 82 feet a day in 2015, according to a new multi-national, multi-institute study. That dwarfs the ice's previous average speed of about 2 inches per day and has challenged scientists' assumptions about the stability of the cold ice caps dotting Earth's high latitudes.

Facebook plans voter drive, partners with Democratic/Republican Institutes

Facebook will push users to register to vote through a partnership with TurboVote, has partnered with the International Republican Institute and International Democratic Institute non-profits to monitor foreign election interference, and will publish a weekl
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Facebook plans voter drive, partners with Democratic/Republican Institutes

Facebook will push users to register to vote through a partnership with TurboVote, has partnered with the International Republican Institute and International Democratic Institute non-profits to monitor foreign election interference, and will publish a weekly report of trends and issues emerging from its new political ads archive. Facebook has also confirmed that its election integrity […]

Fitbit targets employers and health plans with Care

When it launched the Versa back in March, Fitbit also announced plans to pivot. While the company will continue to operate in consumer hardware, it’s also shifting much of its focus toward healthcare. A month earlier, the company had acquired Twine, a p
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Fitbit targets employers and health plans with Care

When it launched the Versa back in March, Fitbit also announced plans to pivot. While the company will continue to operate in consumer hardware, it’s also shifting much of its focus toward healthcare. A month earlier, the company had acquired Twine, a platform that serves as part of the foundation of its new health coaching service, […]

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Delta joins United, JetBlue in raising checked-bag fees

ATLANTA (AP) - Delta Air Lines is joining two rivals in raising fees to check a bag on a flight within the United States. Delta on Wednesday posted new fees of $30 for checking a first bag and $40 for a second bag - increasing the previous fees by $5 ...
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Delta joins United, JetBlue in raising checked-bag fees

ATLANTA (AP) - Delta Air Lines is joining two rivals in raising fees to check a bag on a flight within the United States. Delta on Wednesday posted new fees of $30 for checking a first bag and $40 for a second bag - increasing the previous fees by $5 ...

A Peculiar Character From a Hieronymus Bosch Painting Comes to Life on the New York City Subway

Artist Rae Swon recently brought a fantastical creature from The Temptation of St. Anthony to life on the New York City subway. The triptych painting created by Hieronymus Bosch in the early 16th century includes a small, peculiar figure on the left-hand t
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A Peculiar Character From a Hieronymus Bosch Painting Comes to Life on the New York City Subway

Artist Rae Swon recently brought a fantastical creature from The Temptation of St. Anthony to life on the New York City subway. The triptych painting created by Hieronymus Bosch in the early 16th century includes a small, peculiar figure on the left-hand triptych (detail below). The character has bird-like facial features, and is wearing what appear to be ice skates and a funnel as a hat. After creating the modern-day costume using needle felting and other found materials, Swon took her character for a subway ride through Manhattan. More

Liberia investigating $100 million in missing new bank notes

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Liberia's government says it is investigating the disappearance of newly printed bills worth about $100 million that were imported into the West African nation. That amount is nearly 5 percent of the country's GDP. Information Ministe
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Liberia investigating $100 million in missing new bank notes

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Liberia's government says it is investigating the disappearance of newly printed bills worth about $100 million that were imported into the West African nation. That amount is nearly 5 percent of the country's GDP. Information Minister Eugene Nagbe tells The Associated Press the money entered the ...

AdamTots Presents: By Your Powers Combined

Twitter: @moby_dickhead Instagram: @adamtot TeePublic: @adamtots Love Adam’s work? Preorder his new book ‘Super Chill: A Year of Living Anxiously’ right here. And you can see all of Adam’s work for Geek in one spot. Let us know what […] Th
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AdamTots Presents: By Your Powers Combined

Twitter: @moby_dickhead Instagram: @adamtot TeePublic: @adamtots Love Adam’s work? Preorder his new book ‘Super Chill: A Year of Living Anxiously’ right here. And you can see all of Adam’s work for Geek in one spot. Let us know what […] The post AdamTots Presents: By Your Powers Combined appeared first on Geek.com.

Buy This Comic: CRIMINY

“Daggum Criminy’s peaceful life is suddenly interrupted as pirates invade his island, casting Criminy’s family out as refugees into the wild unknown in search of a new home. Soon, the Criminy’s find themselves […] The post Buy Th
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Buy This Comic: CRIMINY

“Daggum Criminy’s peaceful life is suddenly interrupted as pirates invade his island, casting Criminy’s family out as refugees into the wild unknown in search of a new home. Soon, the Criminy’s find themselves […] The post Buy This Comic: CRIMINY appeared first on Geek.com.

The Human Figure Takes Shape in New Steel, Graphite, and Gypsum Sculptures by Emil Alzamora

The human figure is the through line of sculptor Emil Alzamora‘s emotive work previously covered both here and here. The body’s many poses and positions are explored in his multi-material practice which uses gypsum, graphite, stainless steel, a
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The Human Figure Takes Shape in New Steel, Graphite, and Gypsum Sculptures by Emil Alzamora

The human figure is the through line of sculptor Emil Alzamora‘s emotive work previously covered both here and here. The body’s many poses and positions are explored in his multi-material practice which uses gypsum, graphite, stainless steel, and more to create his often life-size works. “I like to explore both material and form as well as the seemingly infinite sculpting processes to discover new visual narratives about life and art,” he tells Colossal. More

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Report: Mavs hit with sanctions over workplace misconduct

The NBA has wrapped up its investigation into alleged workplace misconduct by the Dallas Mavericks, and the team will pay a heavy price.According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, owner Mark Cuban has agreed to donate $10 million to organizations that support wo
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Report: Mavs hit with sanctions over workplace misconduct

The NBA has wrapped up its investigation into alleged workplace misconduct by the Dallas Mavericks, and the team will pay a heavy price.According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, owner Mark Cuban has agreed to donate $10 million to organizations that support women in leadership roles and combat domestic violence, and the team will be subject to sanctions and check-ups to change their practices and eliminate the toxic workplace culture. You can read just some of the disturbing allegations that led to this action. Obviously the Mavericks were a mess, and hopefully these steps help get things turned around.

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