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This robot maintains tender, unnerving eye contact

Humans already find it unnerving enough when extremely alien-looking robots are kicked and interfered with, so one can only imagine how much worse it will be when they make unbroken eye contact and mirror your expressions while you heap abuse on them. This i

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Republican lawmaker on Kavanaugh: 'Even if it’s all true, does it disqualify him?'

Rep. Kevin Cramer, the Republican nominee for Senate in North Dakota, is not sure it would be a problem to put an attempted rapist on the Supreme Court. Sure, he told an interviewer, “it’s tragic, it’s unfortunate, it’s terrible” if Brett Kavanaug
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Republican lawmaker on Kavanaugh: 'Even if it’s all true, does it disqualify him?'

Rep. Kevin Cramer, the Republican nominee for Senate in North Dakota, is not sure it would be a problem to put an attempted rapist on the Supreme Court. Sure, he told an interviewer, “it’s tragic, it’s unfortunate, it’s terrible” if Brett Kavanaugh pinned Christine Blasey Ford to a bed, covered her mouth so she couldn’t scream, and tried to tear her clothes off. But “even if it’s all true, does it disqualify him? It certainly means that he did something really bad 36 years ago, but does it disqualify him from the Supreme Court?” 1.) Yes. Does it disqualify him from leading a productive life in any way? No. But we’re not talking about that. We're talking about one of only nine jobs on the most powerful court in the nation. It’s not like everyone who doesn’t get to be on the Supreme Court has been ruined for life. 2.) If it’s “all true,” then Kavanaugh has been lying about his history of sexual assault. Wouldn’t that be disqualifying? Cramer allowed as how that’s true, that if “it’s found that he knew, that he recalls it, he knew it happened, and lies about it, then I think that would disqualify him.” But if he did it and he doesn’t recall that, then he lied on Fox News about never having been blackout drunk. (Also. Kavanaugh already lied repeatedly about several other things under oath at his first hearing and Republicans didn’t think that was disqualifying.) Cramer also kinda sorta clarified his earlier remarks that “nothing evidently happened” because “it was supposedly an attempt or something that never went anywhere,” after interviewer Chris Berg prodded him that “I think most people would say something definitely happened.” “Right. That, I get,” replied Cramer. “My point was is that there was no type of intercourse or anything like that. That was my point, that nothing happened in terms of a sexual, um, event, beyond, obviously, the attack.” That’s why it’s attempted rape, genius. Is this yet another double bind for women on rape—that if you don’t fight off an attacker, everyone asks why you didn’t fight harder, and if you do fight off an attacker, then “nothing happened” so why does it matter? It cannot be repeated often enough that Kevin Cramer, the man both suggesting that attempted rape (and lying about it) doesn’t disqualify someone from the Supreme Court and that attempted rape doesn’t matter because it’s not rape, is both an elected member of the United States House of Representatives and a top Republican recruit to run for Senate in 2018. This is the Republican Party. We have to fight tooth and nail to keep this party from continuing to control the Senate. Can you give $3 to elect Democrats in Nevada and Texas?

Lisa Murkowski makes Susan Collins look like the unprincipled partisan hack she is

Look, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), it really isn't hard. At all. Here's your colleague and supposed bff in the Senate, Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaking about the allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. «We are now in
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Lisa Murkowski makes Susan Collins look like the unprincipled partisan hack she is

Look, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), it really isn't hard. At all. Here's your colleague and supposed bff in the Senate, Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaking about the allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. «We are now in a place where it’s not about whether or not Judge Kavanaugh is qualified. […] It is about whether or not a woman who has been a victim at some point in her life is to be believed.» And you're out there playing dumb. Literally. xSusan Collins on Brett Kavanaugh's yearbook entries: «At the risk of sounding naive, I don't know what many of the references are ... I don't know what to make of somebody's high school yearbook.»— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 25, 2018 You might try Google? Of course, it might just not be an act. You're still stuck in the timeline where all that we were worried about with this guy is whether women will still be able to decide what could happen to their bodies medically. The first thing out of your mouth: «First of all, I do not believe he's going to repeal Roe v. Wade.» Catch the hell up with life! We're now at the point where it's pretty damned clear that the man cannot be trusted PERSONALLY with women's bodies! Set aside the fact that he's lied through the whole damned process, beginning with his very first public appearance. He's lied about torture. He's lied about stolen documents. He's lied about his work to put anti-choice judges in the judiciary. He lied about his underaged drinking!

Kavanaugh's SeaWorld dissent shows he wants to drag workers back a century

During his years as a judge on the D.C. Circuit court, Brett Kavanaugh has dedicated a solid amount of time to writing extremist dissents to show us just what kind of a deciding vote he would be on the Supreme Court. One of those is his notorious SeaWorld
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Kavanaugh's SeaWorld dissent shows he wants to drag workers back a century

During his years as a judge on the D.C. Circuit court, Brett Kavanaugh has dedicated a solid amount of time to writing extremist dissents to show us just what kind of a deciding vote he would be on the Supreme Court. One of those is his notorious SeaWorld v. Perez dissent, in which Kavanaugh said SeaWorld shouldn’t be held responsible for the killing of a trainer by an orca. Steven Greenhouse writes that the dissent is “remarkable because Kavanaugh shows far less sympathy to the whale trainer who was dismembered and killed than he shows to SeaWorld for being the victim of what he sees as government overregulation and overreach,” and that he “seemed to lack an empathy gene.” It’s not just a lack of empathy, though. Kavanaugh’s dissent, Greenhouse suggests, is either profoundly ignorant of history or is an active attempt to undo historical progress: He said that state tort law—for instance, lawsuits that workers bring against their employer because a machine chopped off an arm—would pressure SeaWorld to assure safety to its workers. But Kavanaugh bafflingly fails to realize that the workers compensation system was set up in the early 1900s in large part to prohibit workers from filing tort lawsuits against their employers. Moreover, state tort law compensates employees only after an arm is amputated or a worker is crippled, while government regulation in the form of OSHA aims to prevent such horrific injuries from ever happening. In likening Dawn Brancheau to NFL players and NASCAR drivers, Kavanaugh essentially embraced a pro-corporate legal doctrine that was prevalent in the 19th century—that workers assume the risks inherent in a dangerous job. In other words, if Brancheau got killed or injured, well, tough luck. It’s on them. David Michaels, the head of OSHA under President Obama, criticized Kavanaugh for making “the perverse and erroneous assertion that the law allows SeaWorld trainers to willingly accept the risk of violent death as part of their job.”  Is Kavanaugh that ignorant of history or is he fully aware of the brutal past of American workplaces, and knowingly trying to drag us back to that brutality? Given the totality of what we know about him, the latter seems the safe bet.

Trump dismisses fresh sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh: “She admits she was drunk”

“I think it’s horrible what the Democrats have done. It is a con game they’re playing,” Trump said of the claims
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Trump dismisses fresh sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh: “She admits she was drunk”

“I think it’s horrible what the Democrats have done. It is a con game they’re playing,” Trump said of the claims

Fox News star Tucker Carlson’s anti-GOP rant: “The Republicans in the Senate do not care about you”

Carlson used the Brett Kavanaugh scandal to highlight what he thinks is the “new rules in the court of credibility”
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Fox News star Tucker Carlson’s anti-GOP rant: “The Republicans in the Senate do not care about you”

Carlson used the Brett Kavanaugh scandal to highlight what he thinks is the “new rules in the court of credibility”

Avenatti: Claims Kavanaugh made on Fox News will “ultimately be shown to be 100% demonstrably false”

Attorney Michael Avenatti lashes out at Brett Kavanaugh’s recent denials in his trademark dramatic fashion
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Avenatti: Claims Kavanaugh made on Fox News will “ultimately be shown to be 100% demonstrably false”

Attorney Michael Avenatti lashes out at Brett Kavanaugh’s recent denials in his trademark dramatic fashion

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Instagram co-founders leaving company, reportedly amid clashes with Facebook - CNET

Instagram vice president Adam Mosseri is the most likely candidate to take over the app, according to multiple reports.
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Instagram co-founders leaving company, reportedly amid clashes with Facebook - CNET

Instagram vice president Adam Mosseri is the most likely candidate to take over the app, according to multiple reports.

Govt to consider PSBs' demand for PCA relaxation for the banking system

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held the annual performance review meeting of PSBs on Tuesday and discussed wide-ranging issues, including the need for early capitalisation of banks this fiscal year
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Govt to consider PSBs' demand for PCA relaxation for the banking system

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held the annual performance review meeting of PSBs on Tuesday and discussed wide-ranging issues, including the need for early capitalisation of banks this fiscal year

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What to expect from Facebook’s big Oculus Connect 5 keynote

The Oculus Connect 5 conference kicks off tomorrow in San Jose where FB and company will let their latest virtual reality efforts loose and attempt to prove to the world at last that VR is coming and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. Tomorrow is go
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What to expect from Facebook’s big Oculus Connect 5 keynote

The Oculus Connect 5 conference kicks off tomorrow in San Jose where FB and company will let their latest virtual reality efforts loose and attempt to prove to the world at last that VR is coming and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. Tomorrow is going to be a big day for hardware, though […]

Hear from investors at General Catalyst, FirstMark, Shasta at TC Sessions: AR/VR

The worlds of augmented reality and VR theoretically represent a boundless expanse for startups looking to create a new digital future. Realizing that future is the tough part and doing so while Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple all look to plant their fl
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Hear from investors at General Catalyst, FirstMark, Shasta at TC Sessions: AR/VR

The worlds of augmented reality and VR theoretically represent a boundless expanse for startups looking to create a new digital future. Realizing that future is the tough part and doing so while Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple all look to plant their flags is even harder. While plenty of investors have taken a look at […]

The new era in mobile

A stagnating mobile app industry eyes automobiles and a driverless future as the path to much needed diversification and exponential revenue growth.
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The new era in mobile

A stagnating mobile app industry eyes automobiles and a driverless future as the path to much needed diversification and exponential revenue growth.

Protesters call on Salesforce to end contract with border patrol agency

A dozen or so people accompanied by a 14-foot, 800-pound cage gathered in downtown San Francisco Tuesday morning to protest Salesforce’s contract with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), the agency within the Department of Homeland Security responsib
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Protesters call on Salesforce to end contract with border patrol agency

A dozen or so people accompanied by a 14-foot, 800-pound cage gathered in downtown San Francisco Tuesday morning to protest Salesforce’s contract with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), the agency within the Department of Homeland Security responsible for enforcing the Trump Administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. Today is the first day of Dreamforce, Salesforce’s annual user conference that […]

NASA Administrator Talks Training, Future Missions with Newest Astronaut Class

NASA’s newest class of astronaut trainees will join agency Administrator Jim Bridenstine Thursday, Sept. 27, to talk about their experiences in the training program, hopes for future missions, and more, in a live episode of Watch This Space.
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NASA Administrator Talks Training, Future Missions with Newest Astronaut Class

NASA’s newest class of astronaut trainees will join agency Administrator Jim Bridenstine Thursday, Sept. 27, to talk about their experiences in the training program, hopes for future missions, and more, in a live episode of Watch This Space.

Live streams of karate and niche sports are terrifying major sports leagues

Of the 100 most-watched live telecasts in the US in 2005, 14 were sporting events; in 2015, sporting events comprised 93 of the top 100 telecasts. That shift occurred because TV shows are shifting to online or on-demand viewing, and live broadcasts of the big
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Live streams of karate and niche sports are terrifying major sports leagues

Of the 100 most-watched live telecasts in the US in 2005, 14 were sporting events; in 2015, sporting events comprised 93 of the top 100 telecasts. That shift occurred because TV shows are shifting to online or on-demand viewing, and live broadcasts of the biggest sports are the main thing TV networks have left to […]

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New Hitman 2 Trailer Spotlights Columbian Level

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO Interactive have today released a brand-new Hitman 2 trailer. This latest video spotlights Santa Fortuna, which is located in the heart of the Colombian rainforest. This jungle […] The post New Hitman 2 Trai
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New Hitman 2 Trailer Spotlights Columbian Level

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO Interactive have today released a brand-new Hitman 2 trailer. This latest video spotlights Santa Fortuna, which is located in the heart of the Colombian rainforest. This jungle […] The post New Hitman 2 Trailer Spotlights Columbian Level appeared first on Geek.com.

GEEK PICK: The Rick and Morty Soundtrack Album

What was your favorite part of Rick and Morty season three last year? Was it the surprise April Fool’s Day premiere that inspired a bunch of awful dorks to mob McDonald’s for sauce? […] The post GEEK PICK: The Rick and Morty Soundtrack Album app
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GEEK PICK: The Rick and Morty Soundtrack Album

What was your favorite part of Rick and Morty season three last year? Was it the surprise April Fool’s Day premiere that inspired a bunch of awful dorks to mob McDonald’s for sauce? […] The post GEEK PICK: The Rick and Morty Soundtrack Album appeared first on Geek.com.

Wildfire smoke costs famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) - The famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival that attracts tourists from around the world says it lost $2 million this summer because wildfire smoke forced it to cancel more than two dozen outdoor performances. The organization will have an indo
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Wildfire smoke costs famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) - The famed Oregon Shakespeare Festival that attracts tourists from around the world says it lost $2 million this summer because wildfire smoke forced it to cancel more than two dozen outdoor performances. The organization will have an indoor venue next season for smoky days as an ...

4th Circuit halts pipeline work in national forest land

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has halted work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through stretches of national forest land. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday granted a request from environmental groups to stay National Forest Service
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4th Circuit halts pipeline work in national forest land

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has halted work on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline through stretches of national forest land. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday granted a request from environmental groups to stay National Forest Service decisions allowing construction on about 20 miles of ...

In 'Free Solo,' a steeper challenge for Honnold than El Cap

TORONTO (AP) - The important thing to rock climber Alex Honnold is that the movie screen be big. IMAX, whatever. But big. It's shortly before the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of «Free Solo,» the documentary that chronicles Honnold'
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In 'Free Solo,' a steeper challenge for Honnold than El Cap

TORONTO (AP) - The important thing to rock climber Alex Honnold is that the movie screen be big. IMAX, whatever. But big. It's shortly before the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of «Free Solo,» the documentary that chronicles Honnold's legendary, ropeless ascent up Yosemite's El Capitan, a 3,000-foot wall of ...

Greek court convicts 2 over 'religious' museum oil attacks

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - A Greek court has given four-year suspended prison sentences to two Bulgarian women who smeared centuries-old artifacts in three Athens museums with frying oil for apparently religious reasons. Defense lawyer Maria Constantopoulou said h
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Greek court convicts 2 over 'religious' museum oil attacks

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - A Greek court has given four-year suspended prison sentences to two Bulgarian women who smeared centuries-old artifacts in three Athens museums with frying oil for apparently religious reasons. Defense lawyer Maria Constantopoulou said her clients said they believed they were ridding the world of evil spirits ...

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League Cup: Mourinho's Man United ousted by Lampard's Derby

The coaching apprentice got the better of his former master as Frank Lampard's Derby knocked Jose Mourinho's Manchester United of the League Cup
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League Cup: Mourinho's Man United ousted by Lampard's Derby

The coaching apprentice got the better of his former master as Frank Lampard's Derby knocked Jose Mourinho's Manchester United of the League Cup

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