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What the Kawhi Leonard for DeMar DeRozan deal means for San Antonio, Toronto

The most fascinating part of the Kawhi Leonard for DeMar DeRozan deal isn’t about Leonard wanting out of San Antonio, it isn’t about DeRozan wanting to stay in Toronto and it sure as hell isn’t about what this means for the Lakers — it’s about this

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The best scene in “When Harry Met Sally…” – the fake orgasm – was a group effort

Everyone from Billy Crystal to Rob Reiner’s mom contributed to the scene, but Meg Ryan’s idea made it what it was
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The best scene in “When Harry Met Sally…” – the fake orgasm – was a group effort

Everyone from Billy Crystal to Rob Reiner’s mom contributed to the scene, but Meg Ryan’s idea made it what it was

Open thread for night owls: Arctic 'flash thawing' may have substantial effects 'within decades'

Climate scientists have long warned that as Arctic temperatures rise, the resulting permafrost melt would, and will, release large quantities of carbon dioxide and methane that had been previously sequestered in the long-frozen ground. This feedback loop–i
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Open thread for night owls: Arctic 'flash thawing' may have substantial effects 'within decades'

Climate scientists have long warned that as Arctic temperatures rise, the resulting permafrost melt would, and will, release large quantities of carbon dioxide and methane that had been previously sequestered in the long-frozen ground. This feedback loop–in which rising temperatures result in the release of gases that themselves cause temperatures to rise further–could happen with great speed, resulting in worldwide temperatures rising measurably in the span of a single century. A new study indicates that we still may have been underestimating the potential speed and severity of permafrost melt and the resulting temperature rise. «Abrupt thawing» of Arctic thermokarsts could release gargantuan amounts of previously-trapped greenhouse gases within the next few decades. «The mechanism of abrupt thaw and thermokarst lake formation matters a lot for the permafrost-carbon feedback this century,» said first author Katey Walter Anthony at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, who led the project that was part of NASA’s Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), a ten-year program to understand climate change effects on the Arctic. «We don’t have to wait 200 or 300 years to get these large releases of permafrost carbon. Within my lifetime, my children’s lifetime, it should be ramping up. It’s already happening but it’s not happening at a really fast rate right now, but within a few decades, it should peak.» [...] Using a combination of computer models and field measurements, Walter Anthony and an international team of U.S. and German researchers found that abrupt thawing more than doubles previous estimates of permafrost-derived greenhouse warming. They found that the abrupt thaw process increases the release of ancient carbon stored in the soil 125 to 190 percent compared to gradual thawing alone. What's more, they found that in future warming scenarios defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, abrupt thawing was as important under the moderate reduction of emissions scenario as it was under the extreme business-as-usual scenario. This means that even in the scenario where humans reduced their global carbon emissions, large methane releases from abrupt thawing are still likely to occur. [...] «Within decades you can get very deep thaw-holes, meters to tens of meters of vertical thaw,» Walter Anthony said. «So you’re flash thawing the permafrost under these lakes. And we have very easily measured ancient greenhouse gases coming out.» TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES • THE WEEK’S HIGH IMPACT STORIES TWEET OF THE DAY xThat bird should be in Hollywood😂 pic.twitter.com/2SfFIErrSK— Ross McCulloch (@Rossmac212) August 18, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2006—A Sense of Urgency, Please: It's difficult to appreciate the magnitude of self-censorship in the American media until you're exposed to how the foreign press reports on a given conflict.  Watching the news here in Greece has helped to put things into perspective. Here, and in nations across the globe, America's dirty little secret is exposed for the entire world to see.  It's a difficult transition to make, the one from filtered news dolled up in blazing graphics and theme music to this unadulterated version of reality pouring into television sets around the globe.  The anchor will usually preface the segment with a warning («the images you are about see are disturbing, but we feel we have to show them to you»), and before your heart has a chance to tell your mind to look away, you're looking at Iraq.  The camera pans the street. It's strewn with debris, not flowers.  The blackened skeleton of some family car is in the foreground. There's a screaming woman on her knees, slapping her hands on the ground (the puddle of blood she's in, the reporter kindly reminds us, is that of her son). And suddenly, you feel that all-too familiar feeling as your eyes begin to sting and tear up for the death of a stranger. Of course, it's not just the death of this particular Iraqi, this stranger that affects us so. It is the death of thousands who preceded him that weigh like a million anvils on our conscience, and it's the inevitable death of thousands more that make the shame rise so quickly to our cheeks when we're confronted with the consequences of our action (or inaction, as it may be). Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio.”

Why Donald Trump needs to increase immigration

Over the past couple of weeks, the Trump administration and its allies have been engaging in a lot of wishful thinking. Fresh off the strong second quarter economic growth number of 4.1 percent, Trump told a gathering of business leaders next quarter “coul
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Why Donald Trump needs to increase immigration

Over the past couple of weeks, the Trump administration and its allies have been engaging in a lot of wishful thinking. Fresh off the strong second quarter economic growth number of 4.1 percent, Trump told a gathering of business leaders next quarter “could be in the fives.” Not content to rest there, the President echoed his campaign pledge by proclaiming, “I really think we can go much higher than in the fives once we get trade deals that are rational, and sane, and good to our country.” Meanwhile, NBC News reported Team Trump marked the one-year anniversary of its proposal to slash legal immigration in half by revealing it will seek to “make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens or get green cards if they have ever used a range of popular public welfare programs, including Obamacare.” That was doubtless music to the ears of Fox News host Laura Ingraham: “In some parts of the country, it does seem like the America we know and love don’t exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people. And they’re changes that none of us ever voted for and most of us don’t like.” Well, as Mick Jagger famously put it, “You can’t always get what you want.” That was the message—both direct and indirect—from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week. While America’s budget scorekeeper forecast annual, inflation-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) will expand by 3.1 percent for this year, “in 2019, the pace of GDP growth slows to 2.4 percent in the agency’s forecast as growth in business investment and government purchases slows.” Worse still, as the top chart above reflects, “from 2023 to 2028, real GDP is projected to grow by about 1.7 percent each year.” And that’s a real problem for a president who promised to “to create 25 million new American jobs in the next decade and return to 4 percent annual economic growth.” After all, to hit those targets (see the second chart above), Donald Trump will have to oversee a massive jump in productivity or a huge expansion in the labor force. And that means a lot more immigration, not less. To fully appreciate the magnitude of Trump’s conundrum, a little historical context is in order: No American president since Lyndon Johnson averaged 4 percent GDP growth over his tenure in office.

Marijuana, opioids, and alcohol: It is time to change the paradigm

America needs a paradigm shift when it comes to how it deals with products that affect our moods, psyche, and our overall well-being. We must do so based on data instead of ideology, and deprogramming many will be difficult. But marijuana must be completely
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Marijuana, opioids, and alcohol: It is time to change the paradigm

America needs a paradigm shift when it comes to how it deals with products that affect our moods, psyche, and our overall well-being. We must do so based on data instead of ideology, and deprogramming many will be difficult. But marijuana must be completely decriminalized. Houston cannabis activist Ashley Miller appeared on Politics Done Right to bring awareness to many issues about marijuana, aka weed, aka cannabis. Her first goal was to dispel the notion that there are any valid reasons why marijuana is illegal. Second, she hoped to activate Americans both locally and throughout the country. As one listens to all the arguments and discourse about marijuana, there can only be one conclusion: the product should not be illegal. Here are some interesting facts about alcohol. 2,000+ Americans die every year from alcohol poisoning. 1.4 million alcohol-related acts of violence are committed each year. Nearly 10,000 people are killed annually on U.S. roadways for alcohol-related accidents. Alcohol is involved in more homicides across the United States compared to other substances, like heroin and cocaine. In fact, about 40 percent of convicted murderers had used alcohol before or during the crime. An estimated 37 percent of sexual assaults and rapes are committed by offenders who were under the influence of alcohol. Roughly four in 10 child abusers have admitted to being under the influence of alcohol during the time of the offense. And here are some interesting fact about opioids. Roughly 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them. Between 8 and 12 percent develop an opioid use disorder. An estimated 4 to 6 percent who misuse prescription opioids transition to heroin. About 80 percent of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids. Opioid overdoses increased 30 percent from July 2016 through September 2017 in 52 areas in 45 states. The Midwestern region saw opioid overdoses increase 70 percent from July 2016 through September 2017. Opioid overdoses in large cities increased by 54 percent in 16 states. And now, the facts on marijuana:

7 questions for Erica Newsome, West Virginia teacher, about the West Virginia teacher’s strike

I met Erica Newsome at Netroots Nation 2018 where she was one of the panelists speaking about the West Virginia teachers strike. Other panelists included Zanetta Stallworth, Ryan Frankenberry, and Brianne Solomon (now running for state legislator in WV-14).
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7 questions for Erica Newsome, West Virginia teacher, about the West Virginia teacher’s strike

I met Erica Newsome at Netroots Nation 2018 where she was one of the panelists speaking about the West Virginia teachers strike. Other panelists included Zanetta Stallworth, Ryan Frankenberry, and Brianne Solomon (now running for state legislator in WV-14). I told Erica how the strike had been an inspiration to many educators and others around the country and asked her if she’d share her experiences.  What’s your background as a teacher, Erica?  My parents always told me that they thought I would be a good teacher, so that’s always what I leaned toward. I originally wanted to be a Music teacher but eventually switched to English Language Arts. I have taught English in West Virginia as well as Toronto, Canada, and South Korea. This will be my ninth year teaching. What led to the strike? For a very long time, teachers have been mistreated and overworked. Central Offices spend millions of dollars on programs that take control away from educated professionals and put us at the mercy of a different school’s programming, or a computer generated lesson, while we can barely obtain school supplies for our rooms. West Virginia, as a state, has failed its teachers spectacularly. Years ago, lawmakers told us that we would never be at the top pay scale but we would have good benefits from the state and be taken care of in terms of insurance and retirement. For the past several years, the state has not contributed any money to the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) and have passed the rising costs of health care onto their underpaid state workers, including teachers. This past year, the PEIA board decided to cut premiums for the top tier of public employees (which would include people such as Dana Holgorson, West Virginia University’s head football coach, who reportedly makes over 2 million a year) because they were “paying too much” and shifted additional costs onto lower income workers instead. They also planned to charge extra to married employees, and charge per child instead of offering a single family plan. Deductibles were to be higher than ever while our salaries have been stagnant for several years. I think the last straw was when we learned we would be forced to download a phone app that would track our movement, food intake, body measurements, and more. Failure to do so would result in even higher deductibles and would force even retired employees to report their biometrics regularly via a phone app. Some teachers who downloaded the app reported that they already had targeted ads and other evidence of tracking appear on their phones even before signing up for the program. Invading our privacy while asking more and more of us each year and paying less was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The lack of respect and basic decency afforded to some of the most highly educated and important employees of West Virginia left us little recourse than to walk out of the classroom.

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Chinese police nab suspects after $87 mn cryptocurrency theft

Chinese police have arrested three suspects alleged to have stolen assets worth 600 million yuan ($87 million) through hacking, state media reported today, as cyber criminals target holders of bitcoin and other virtual currencies. Police in the northern city
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Chinese police nab suspects after $87 mn cryptocurrency theft

Chinese police have arrested three suspects alleged to have stolen assets worth 600 million yuan ($87 million) through hacking, state media reported today, as cyber criminals target holders of bitcoin and other virtual currencies. Police in the northern city of Xian began investigating in March when a victim surnamed Zhang complained that hackers had taken control of his computer to steal 100 million yuan ($15 million) worth of cryptocurrency, the Shaanxi Daily reported. The 100 million yuan haul was made up of the popular bitcoin and ether currencies, state news agency Xinhua reported. The transfer of the units provided police with a virtual trail, the Shaanxi Daily said, leading them to a suspect surnamed Zhou in the central province of Hunan. Zhou's communications led to two more alleged accomplices. Altogether, the three suspects are thought to have stolen 600 million yuan by hacking the computers of individuals and companies, according to the newspaper. The police investigation ..

South Korean swaps bitcoins for 2 mln euros in fake notes

The deal sounded murky from the start: in exchange for bitcoin worth two million euros (USD 2.3 million), the wealthy buyer would hand over the equivalent sum in cash in a luxury hotel on the French riviera. The seller, a South Korean businessman with a compa
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South Korean swaps bitcoins for 2 mln euros in fake notes

The deal sounded murky from the start: in exchange for bitcoin worth two million euros (USD 2.3 million), the wealthy buyer would hand over the equivalent sum in cash in a luxury hotel on the French riviera. The seller, a South Korean businessman with a company specialised in the crypto-currency in Singapore, accepted the proposition nevertheless and met the Serbian buyer in July. But once the transaction was completed in a hotel in the city of Nice, the South Korean realised the 500-euro notes he had been handed were crude, photocopied fakes, police sources told AFP. After the victim filed a criminal complaint at the end of July, the Serbian man was arrested at a top-end hotel in the glitzy town of Cannes in the south of France, apparently living the high-life with a luxury car and a 100,000-euro watch. After appearing in court, he was remanded in custody on charges of fraud and being part of a organised crime network, his lawyer Gerard Baudoux told AFP on Sunday. Police are still ..

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Robotics-as-a-service is on the way and inVia Robotics is leading the charge

The team at inVia Robotics didn’t start out looking to build a business that would create a new kind of model for selling robotics to the masses, but that may be exactly what they’ve done. After their graduation from the University of Southern Cal
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Robotics-as-a-service is on the way and inVia Robotics is leading the charge

The team at inVia Robotics didn’t start out looking to build a business that would create a new kind of model for selling robotics to the masses, but that may be exactly what they’ve done. After their graduation from the University of Southern California’s robotics program, Lior Alazary, Dan Parks, and Randolph Voorhies, were casting […]

As promised, Netflix’s user reviews are no more

Netflix user reviews are no more. Sure, chances are pretty decent you didn’t realize Netflix still had reviews at this point, but the video streaming giant has delivered on its promise to do away with the one-time mainstay of the service. Last month, it inf
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As promised, Netflix’s user reviews are no more

Netflix user reviews are no more. Sure, chances are pretty decent you didn’t realize Netflix still had reviews at this point, but the video streaming giant has delivered on its promise to do away with the one-time mainstay of the service. Last month, it informed recent users that reviews would be sunset soon. Netflix dropped the […]

The Kindle Voyage is no longer available from Amazon

The Kindle Voyage is no more. The e-reader is currently unavailable through Amazon, as noted by a few sites. You can still pick up a refurbed version through the retailer, but listings for the new model note that, “[t]his item is only available from thi
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The Kindle Voyage is no longer available from Amazon

The Kindle Voyage is no more. The e-reader is currently unavailable through Amazon, as noted by a few sites. You can still pick up a refurbed version through the retailer, but listings for the new model note that, “[t]his item is only available from third-party sellers.” TechCrunch confirmed that the product is no longer available […]

A paper battery powered by bacteria

In remote areas of the world, everyday items like electrical outlets and batteries are luxuries. Health care workers in these areas often lack electricity to power diagnostic devices, and commercial batteries may be too expensive. Today, researchers report a
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A paper battery powered by bacteria

In remote areas of the world, everyday items like electrical outlets and batteries are luxuries. Health care workers in these areas often lack electricity to power diagnostic devices, and commercial batteries may be too expensive. Today, researchers report a new type of battery -- made of paper and fueled by bacteria -- that could overcome these challenges.

Weaponizing oxygen to kill infections and disease

The life-threatening bacteria MRSA can cripple a medical facility since it is resistant to treatment. But scientists report that they are now making advances in a new technique that avoids antibiotics, instead using light to activate oxygen, which wipes out b
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Weaponizing oxygen to kill infections and disease

The life-threatening bacteria MRSA can cripple a medical facility since it is resistant to treatment. But scientists report that they are now making advances in a new technique that avoids antibiotics, instead using light to activate oxygen, which wipes out bacteria. The method also could be used to treat other microbial infections, and possibly even cancer.

Jack Dorsey admits Twitter hasn’t ‘figured out’ approach to fake news

Jack Dorsey is hedging his bets. In an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter, the beard-rocking CEO said Twitter is reluctant to commit to a timetable for enacting policies aimed at curbing heated political rhetoric on the site. The executive’s lukewarm comm
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Jack Dorsey admits Twitter hasn’t ‘figured out’ approach to fake news

Jack Dorsey is hedging his bets. In an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter, the beard-rocking CEO said Twitter is reluctant to commit to a timetable for enacting policies aimed at curbing heated political rhetoric on the site. The executive’s lukewarm comments reflect an embattled social network that has been the brunt of criticism from both […]

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Tourists go off beaten path on North Korea's sacred volcano

MOUNT PAEKTU, North Korea (AP) - Foreign tourists looking to go off the beaten path in North Korea can now camp out on the country's biggest volcano. Hoping to open up a side of North Korea rarely seen by outsiders, a New Zealander who has extensive experienc
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Tourists go off beaten path on North Korea's sacred volcano

MOUNT PAEKTU, North Korea (AP) - Foreign tourists looking to go off the beaten path in North Korea can now camp out on the country's biggest volcano. Hoping to open up a side of North Korea rarely seen by outsiders, a New Zealander who has extensive experience climbing the mountains ...

Junkyard fire suspends SEPTA and Amtrak service in Northeast

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A junkyard in Northeast Philadelphia erupted into flames Sunday night, suspending some SEPTA and Amtrak service. Philly.com reports that the Philadelphia Fire Department is on scene in the city's Frankford section. NBC 10 says the fire beg
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Junkyard fire suspends SEPTA and Amtrak service in Northeast

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A junkyard in Northeast Philadelphia erupted into flames Sunday night, suspending some SEPTA and Amtrak service. Philly.com reports that the Philadelphia Fire Department is on scene in the city's Frankford section. NBC 10 says the fire began shortly before 7 p.m. and that no injuries have been ...

The Latest: Latest earthquake on Indonesian island kills 2

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - The Latest on earthquakes that have struck Indonesia's Lombok island (all times local): 8 a.m. A strong earthquake Sunday on the Indonesian island of Lombok has killed at least two people. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesma
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The Latest: Latest earthquake on Indonesian island kills 2

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - The Latest on earthquakes that have struck Indonesia's Lombok island (all times local): 8 a.m. A strong earthquake Sunday on the Indonesian island of Lombok has killed at least two people. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho tweeted Monday that both victims died in ...

%headline(Tourists go off beaten path on North Korea's sacred volcano

MOUNT PAEKTU, North Korea (AP) - Foreign tourists looking to go off the beaten path in North Korea can now camp out on the country's biggest volcano. Hoping to open up a side of North Korea rarely seen by outsiders, a New Zealander who has extensive experienc
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%headline(Tourists go off beaten path on North Korea's sacred volcano

MOUNT PAEKTU, North Korea (AP) - Foreign tourists looking to go off the beaten path in North Korea can now camp out on the country's biggest volcano. Hoping to open up a side of North Korea rarely seen by outsiders, a New Zealander who has extensive experience climbing the mountains ...

The Latest: Strong quake cuts power across Indonesian island

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - The Latest on earthquakes that have struck Indonesia's Lombok island (all times local): 1:25 a.m. A strong earthquake has cut power across the Indonesian island of Lombok and toppled buildings. The shallow magnitude 6.9 quake that hi
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The Latest: Strong quake cuts power across Indonesian island

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - The Latest on earthquakes that have struck Indonesia's Lombok island (all times local): 1:25 a.m. A strong earthquake has cut power across the Indonesian island of Lombok and toppled buildings. The shallow magnitude 6.9 quake that hit just after 10 p.m. Sunday is one of multiple ...

French audit warns 840 bridges may face risk of collapse

PARIS (AP) - An audit commissioned by the French government says about 840 French bridges are suffering from serious damage and at risk of collapse in the coming several years. President Emmanuel Macron's government had already promised new infrastructure spe
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French audit warns 840 bridges may face risk of collapse

PARIS (AP) - An audit commissioned by the French government says about 840 French bridges are suffering from serious damage and at risk of collapse in the coming several years. President Emmanuel Macron's government had already promised new infrastructure spending, but is coming under new pressure after Tuesday's bridge collapse ...

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McCusker close to Biles in bars, and that will have to do

Riley McCusker came within one-tenth of a point on the uneven bars of preventing a Simone Biles sweep at the U.S. gymnastics championships
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McCusker close to Biles in bars, and that will have to do

Riley McCusker came within one-tenth of a point on the uneven bars of preventing a Simone Biles sweep at the U.S. gymnastics championships

Messi's good start reinforces Barcelona's status as favorite

Lionel Messi started the Spanish league right where he left off last season, and that's not a good sign for Real Madrid's weakened squad
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Messi's good start reinforces Barcelona's status as favorite

Lionel Messi started the Spanish league right where he left off last season, and that's not a good sign for Real Madrid's weakened squad

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