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Joe Girardi expected to be considered for Cardinals job

Joe Girardi is expected to receive consideration for the St. Louis Cardinals’ managerial job.The Cardinals fired Mike Matheny on Saturday night while he was in his seventh season as the team’s manager. Bench coach Mike Shildt will serve as the interim man

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Outgoing House Republicans really don't care if there's a shutdown

If there's going to be a partial government shutdown at the end of the week, most of the blame will be on Individual 1, because he continues to persist in the idea that it will somehow make him more popular. But part of the blame will be on outgoing House Rep
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Outgoing House Republicans really don't care if there's a shutdown

If there's going to be a partial government shutdown at the end of the week, most of the blame will be on Individual 1, because he continues to persist in the idea that it will somehow make him more popular. But part of the blame will be on outgoing House Republicans, who really can't be bothered to show up at work these days. The House is out until Wednesday afternoon, showing absolutely no urgency to do anything about fixing shit. They got beat, badly. They have never been particularly diligent about doing work and now it's just downright humiliating for them to show up. This is best bit of what's happening now in the House, as reported by The New York Times: «Many lawmakers, relegated to cubicles as incoming members take their offices, have been skipping votes in the weeks since House Republicans were swept from power in the midterm elections, and Republican leaders are unsure whether they will ever return.» Read it and weep. With laughter. “No one has any idea what the play call is — we don’t know what’s going on,” said Representative Ryan A. Costello, Republican of Pennsylvania, who, because he is retiring, has already surrendered his office suite for a cramped cubicle. “You don’t have an office,” he added. “You’re in wind-down mode, saying goodbye to people and wrapping up, and just putting your voting card in the machine and pressing red or green. It’s going through the motions.” No wonder they slunk out of town last week, backing down from that promise to vote to back up Trump on his $5 billion in wall spending. Not that they ever had the votes to pass it; it was approved in committee back in July and was never brought to the floor for a vote because leadership never had the votes to get it passed. So that's where we're at right now. Chance of a shutdown? I'd put it at 90 percent. Because Republicans, who are still nominally in control of things, are just going to let Trump be Trump.

We can't look away from Trump advisor Stephen Miller's newfound 'hair' (and neither can Twitter)

Male pattern baldness is something millions of men struggle with as they age. It’s natural, it happens. While some just go with it and embrace it, others find new ways to cover the loss of hair: baseball hats, implants, hair growth supplements, whatever i
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We can't look away from Trump advisor Stephen Miller's newfound 'hair' (and neither can Twitter)

Male pattern baldness is something millions of men struggle with as they age. It’s natural, it happens. While some just go with it and embrace it, others find new ways to cover the loss of hair: baseball hats, implants, hair growth supplements, whatever is happening on Donald Trump’s head and in the case of Donald Trump’s senior racism advisor, Stephen Miller, spray paint.  Appearing on CBS’s Sunday morning talk show, Face the Nation, Miller debuted a new look and let’s just say whatever racist drivel he was shoveling was completely drowned out by the chatter of whatever was happening on his head. Exhibit A: x#facethenation Stephen Miller sporting the worst case of spray-on hair I have ever seen.The glory and horror of HDTV. pic.twitter.com/KqhVfzRPWf— Futuropolist (@futuropolist) December 16, 2018 As you might imagine, the reaction has been, well, not great for Stephen Miller. For the rest of us, the reaction has been a barrel of laughs. Let’s get to it!

Our pr*sident is an idiot, part 8,436

The very stable genius contributes again to the national dialogue. xAnytime you hear a Democrat saying that you can have good Boarder Security without a Wall, write them off as just another politician following the party line. Time for us to save billions o
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Our pr*sident is an idiot, part 8,436

The very stable genius contributes again to the national dialogue. xAnytime you hear a Democrat saying that you can have good Boarder Security without a Wall, write them off as just another politician following the party line. Time for us to save billions of dollars a year and have, at the same time, far greater safety and control!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 17, 2018 Apparently there’s not going to be any movement on his side to prevent a partial government shutdown at the end of the week.  But, hey, there’s some good advice there. When you’re forced to rent out part of your home to make ends meet in Trump’s economy, it makes sense to have good firewalls in your living spaces. Boarder security, indeed.

Senate report on Russia's social media effort shows how racism drove results on both right and left

When publicist Rob Goldstone emailed Donald Trump Jr. during the lead up to the infamous Trump Tower meeting, he wrote that the information he had to share was just “part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump.” A new report prepared for th
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Senate report on Russia's social media effort shows how racism drove results on both right and left

When publicist Rob Goldstone emailed Donald Trump Jr. during the lead up to the infamous Trump Tower meeting, he wrote that the information he had to share was just “part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump.” A new report prepared for the Senate brings together knowledge about the social media efforts of that Russian government support for Donald Trump, and putting it all in one place drives home just how enormous, how comprehensive, and how all-in Russia was in their effort to push “our boy” over the line.  As the Washington Post reported on Sunday, the report includes analysis of posts provided by Facebook, Google, and Twitter. What those posts show is concerted messaging—running into millions of posts—that “clearly sought to benefit the Republican Party—and specifically Donald Trump.”  To maximize support for Trump, Russia prepared false stories and propaganda focused on guns and immigration. But that wasn’t the end of it. Russia also had a two-pronged attack focused on racism, one that sought to stir up anger on the right, while deflating efforts to organize African American voters by Democrats. That effort included not just ads on social media, but ads on local black radio stations intended to depress turnout and raise suspicions about Hillary Clinton. Some Russian ads even did double duty, being targeted at Republicans in a way that was intended to make Black Lives Matter seem much more militant and frightening, and being targeted at African American voters to make Democratic support seem weak. How racism was at the center of the effort was also the focus of reporting at the New York Times, including how Russians planted traps for users who were looking for material on historical figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcolm X or the Black Panther Party. These efforts were not a sideline of the Russian effort. They were the largest part of that effort.  “The most prolific I.R.A. efforts on Facebook and Instagram specifically targeted black American communities and appear to have been focused on developing black audiences and recruiting black Americans as assets.” Russia understood that they didn’t have to turn African American voters into “blacks for Trumps,” they just had to persuade them that Democrats were “only interested in them at election time,” a theme that the social media effort hit over and over.

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Rupee closes 34 paise higher at 71.56 vs dollar on narrowing trade deficit

According to commerce ministry data, India's trade deficit came down to $15.1 bn in Nov from $17.13 bn in Oct this year
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Rupee closes 34 paise higher at 71.56 vs dollar on narrowing trade deficit

According to commerce ministry data, India's trade deficit came down to $15.1 bn in Nov from $17.13 bn in Oct this year

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The Google Assistant can now alert you of potential flight delays

If you’re an experienced traveler, you know that plenty of your delays are due to your plane being stuck somewhere else or because the weather at your local or arrival airport isn’t ideal (I’m looking at you, fogged-in SFO in the morning). S
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The Google Assistant can now alert you of potential flight delays

If you’re an experienced traveler, you know that plenty of your delays are due to your plane being stuck somewhere else or because the weather at your local or arrival airport isn’t ideal (I’m looking at you, fogged-in SFO in the morning). So you also know to check on your incoming flight, even when the […]

Saturn is losing its rings at 'worst-case-scenario' rate

New NASA research confirms that Saturn is losing its iconic rings at the maximum rate estimated from Voyager 1 and 2 observations made decades ago. The rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice particles under the influence of Satur
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Saturn is losing its rings at 'worst-case-scenario' rate

New NASA research confirms that Saturn is losing its iconic rings at the maximum rate estimated from Voyager 1 and 2 observations made decades ago. The rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice particles under the influence of Saturn's magnetic field.

Birds can mistake some caterpillars for snakes; can robots help?

Researchers witnessed a hummingbird defending its nest from what it interpreted to be a snake, but was actually a caterpillar of the moth Oxytenis modestia. 
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Birds can mistake some caterpillars for snakes; can robots help?

Researchers witnessed a hummingbird defending its nest from what it interpreted to be a snake, but was actually a caterpillar of the moth Oxytenis modestia. 

Drivers who can 'bid' for parking spaces may improve parking options around the world

Researchers have developed a parking algorithm that allows drivers to 'bid' for a curbside spot in urban areas. A smartphone app that uses the algorithm can offer a practical solution to the problem of bottleneck parking in low supply areas and empty lots out
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Drivers who can 'bid' for parking spaces may improve parking options around the world

Researchers have developed a parking algorithm that allows drivers to 'bid' for a curbside spot in urban areas. A smartphone app that uses the algorithm can offer a practical solution to the problem of bottleneck parking in low supply areas and empty lots outside the immediate sphere of demand.

Discovered: The most-distant solar system object ever observed

A team of astronomers has discovered the most-distant body ever observed in our solar system. It is the first known solar system object that has been detected at a distance that is more than 100 times farther than Earth is from the sun.
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Discovered: The most-distant solar system object ever observed

A team of astronomers has discovered the most-distant body ever observed in our solar system. It is the first known solar system object that has been detected at a distance that is more than 100 times farther than Earth is from the sun.

115 Years of Flight

For most of human history, we mortals have dreamed of taking to the skies. Then, 115 years ago on on December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved the impossbile.
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115 Years of Flight

For most of human history, we mortals have dreamed of taking to the skies. Then, 115 years ago on on December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved the impossbile.

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Facebook Photo Bug: How to Check If You Were Impacted

Concerned about Facebook’s latest photo bug? The company just shared steps on how to check your profile and what to do if you were impacted by the incident. On Friday, Facebook announced in […] The post Facebook Photo Bug: How to Check If You Wer
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Facebook Photo Bug: How to Check If You Were Impacted

Concerned about Facebook’s latest photo bug? The company just shared steps on how to check your profile and what to do if you were impacted by the incident. On Friday, Facebook announced in […] The post Facebook Photo Bug: How to Check If You Were Impacted appeared first on Geek.com.

‘First Ever’ Footage of Wolves Hunting Freshwater Fish Captured in Minnesota

We know wolves to be terrifying predators that kill large mammals like moose and deer, but new footage captured in Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota shows them doing (and eating) something unusual: hunting […] The post ‘First Ever’ Footag
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‘First Ever’ Footage of Wolves Hunting Freshwater Fish Captured in Minnesota

We know wolves to be terrifying predators that kill large mammals like moose and deer, but new footage captured in Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota shows them doing (and eating) something unusual: hunting […] The post ‘First Ever’ Footage of Wolves Hunting Freshwater Fish Captured in Minnesota appeared first on Geek.com.

Microbiology Professor Transforms His Research into Bronze Recreations of Ancient Trilobites and Modern Insects

D. Allan Drummond (previously) is an associate professor of biochemistry, microbiology, and human genetics at the University of Chicago. A few years ago Drummond began turning his extensive research of fossils and prehistoric sea creatures into detailed com
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Microbiology Professor Transforms His Research into Bronze Recreations of Ancient Trilobites and Modern Insects

D. Allan Drummond (previously) is an associate professor of biochemistry, microbiology, and human genetics at the University of Chicago. A few years ago Drummond began turning his extensive research of fossils and prehistoric sea creatures into detailed computer renderings which he then 3D prints and casts in bronze. Although many of his sculptures are inspired by ancient creatures like the trilobite, which existed for over 270 million years before its extinction 250 years ago, he also creates modern-day insects such as praying mantises and large bug-eyed jumping spiders. More

Food Delivery Robot Catches Fire on UC Berkeley Campus

One of the 100-plus roving robots that deliver food across the Berkeley, Calif., area last week caught fire on the UC Berkeley campus Students were understandably upset: That’s one fewer bot available to […] The post Food Delivery Robot Catches Fi
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Food Delivery Robot Catches Fire on UC Berkeley Campus

One of the 100-plus roving robots that deliver food across the Berkeley, Calif., area last week caught fire on the UC Berkeley campus Students were understandably upset: That’s one fewer bot available to […] The post Food Delivery Robot Catches Fire on UC Berkeley Campus appeared first on Geek.com.

Face ID or Touch ID on Future iPhones and Apple Watches? Why Not Both?

I’ve made a lot of jokes about Apple’s recent Face ID feature for newer, too big iPhones. I’ve talked about how I don’t want the camera to steal my face to make animated animal […] The post Face ID or Touch ID on Future iPhones and Apple Watche
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Face ID or Touch ID on Future iPhones and Apple Watches? Why Not Both?

I’ve made a lot of jokes about Apple’s recent Face ID feature for newer, too big iPhones. I’ve talked about how I don’t want the camera to steal my face to make animated animal […] The post Face ID or Touch ID on Future iPhones and Apple Watches? Why Not Both? appeared first on Geek.com.

California Transitioning to All-Electric Public Buses by 2040

California has 20 years to transition to a 100 percent zero-emission bus fleet. The Golden State’s Air Resources Board (CARB) last week set a statewide goal for public transit agencies to go all-electric […] The post California Transitioning to Al
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California Transitioning to All-Electric Public Buses by 2040

California has 20 years to transition to a 100 percent zero-emission bus fleet. The Golden State’s Air Resources Board (CARB) last week set a statewide goal for public transit agencies to go all-electric […] The post California Transitioning to All-Electric Public Buses by 2040 appeared first on Geek.com.

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Buemi «not in same league» as Techeetah in FE opener

The Nissan e.dams driver moved up to second place from third on the grid by going around the outside of front row-starter Jose Maria Lopez at Turn 1. Buemi chased eventual race winner Antonio Felix da Costa, but was overhauled by Techeetah pair Jean-Eric Verg
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Buemi «not in same league» as Techeetah in FE opener

The Nissan e.dams driver moved up to second place from third on the grid by going around the outside of front row-starter Jose Maria Lopez at Turn 1. Buemi chased eventual race winner Antonio Felix da Costa, but was overhauled by Techeetah pair Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotterer and was shuffled down to sixth by the finish. That was still behind Vergne and Lotterer, despite the duo having ... Keep reading

Kansas, Duke, Tennessee remain atop new AP Top 25 men's basketball poll; reigning national champion Villanova falls out

Kansas, Duke, Tennessee remain atop new AP Top 25 men's basketball poll; reigning national champion Villanova falls out
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Kansas, Duke, Tennessee remain atop new AP Top 25 men's basketball poll; reigning national champion Villanova falls out

Kansas, Duke, Tennessee remain atop new AP Top 25 men's basketball poll; reigning national champion Villanova falls out

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