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View from the Left: Republican men remind us how repugnant their treatment of women really is

I'm not a big fan of name calling and generally try to avoid leaning on it even when writing about things that are clearly outrageous. It feels intellectually lazy and there's usually more clever and even respectable ways to roast someone if you have the tim

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Nuts & Bolts: Inside a Democratic campaign—retention campaigns

It’s another Saturday, so for those who tune in, welcome to the weekly diary discussing the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic Campaign. If you’ve missed out, you can catch up anytime: Just visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide. We are all p
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Nuts & Bolts: Inside a Democratic campaign—retention campaigns

It’s another Saturday, so for those who tune in, welcome to the weekly diary discussing the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic Campaign. If you’ve missed out, you can catch up anytime: Just visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide. We are all pretty familiar with how elections work: We nominate candidates, those candidates express values, we decide between the candidates. What happens when the election you are voting in is not a race between two candidates, but a vote on retaining or firing a local or state judge? Retention elections are difficult: Voter participation in retention races is low, and the administration of the outcome can vary by state and region. A judge who isn’t retained could be replaced by appointment by a mayor, county commissioner, or governor; there might be an actual election.  Because of the variance in application, it is difficult for activists to know what to do in a retention election. This week, I want to talk about how to use retention elections to build your own activism.

Trump administration tells taxpayers: Don't worry, be happy about lower tax refunds

Tax refunds are down by 8.7 percent from this time one year ago, and people are not happy. No wonder—a lot of people count on their refund. Don’t worry, says the Trump Treasury Department. “Most people are seeing the benefits of the tax cut in larger pa
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Trump administration tells taxpayers: Don't worry, be happy about lower tax refunds

Tax refunds are down by 8.7 percent from this time one year ago, and people are not happy. No wonder—a lot of people count on their refund. Don’t worry, says the Trump Treasury Department. “Most people are seeing the benefits of the tax cut in larger paychecks throughout the year, instead of tax refunds that are the result of people overpaying the government.” It’s a good thing! “Smaller refunds mean that people are withholding appropriately based on their tax liability, which is positive news for taxpayers.” Taxpayers … don’t seem to agree. And one reason taxpayers don’t agree that this is such a great thing is that those larger paychecks throughout the year were consistently oversold by Republicans. Remember that school secretary whose paycheck bump amounted to about the cost of a Costco membership, which then-Speaker of the House Paul Ryan saw as something to brag about? The wealthiest people, on the other hand, have lots to celebrate.

Republicans stand between two-thirds of working poor and a raise, this week in the war on workers

Every year it feels like this must be it: the low-hanging fruit and some of the pretty damn high-hanging fruit have been picked when it comes to raising state minimum wages, and momentum is surely going to grind to a halt. Somehow, it doesn’t. Already in 20
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Republicans stand between two-thirds of working poor and a raise, this week in the war on workers

Every year it feels like this must be it: the low-hanging fruit and some of the pretty damn high-hanging fruit have been picked when it comes to raising state minimum wages, and momentum is surely going to grind to a halt. Somehow, it doesn’t. Already in 2019, New Jersey has passed a $15 minimum wage bill and the Illinois legislature has done the same, with new Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritztker expected to sign. (The two states’ laws are different, but the end point is $15.) But the place we never see any progress is where it would affect the most people. The federal minimum wage last rose in 2009, to $7.25 an hour, and congressional Republicans were in a position to block further increases for the rest of Barack Obama’s presidency. Now, Republicans in Congress and the White House stand in the way of a non-poverty level minimum wage. Democrats have introduced a $15 minimum wage bill, but until Democrats take the Senate and the White House, it’s not going anywhere. Let’s talk about what that $15 minimum wage bill would do, though, because Republicans should have to face consequences for their actions, and working people should know what Republicans are doing to them. Here's the bottom line, from the Economic Policy Institute: “All told, raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2024 would directly or indirectly lift wages for 39.7 million workers, 26.6 percent of the wage-earning workforce.” The average worker who would be directly affected—that is, who would get a raise because they earned less than the new minimum wage—would get an extra $4,000 in pay if they work all year. The workers who would get raises would be disproportionately women, disproportionately people of color, and more than half would be between the ages of 25 and 54. The impact on black workers would be especially pronounced: 38.1 percent of black workers would get a raise, compared to 23.2 percent of white workers. Across the board, “Two-thirds (67.3 percent) of the working poor in America would receive a pay increase if the minimum wage were raised to $15 by 2024.” Republicans always claim to value work, but they are dead set against two-thirds of the working poor getting a raise.

Spotlight on green news & views: Green New Deal; Gov. Gavin Newsom breaks some hearts

This is the 588th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the February 6 edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OU
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Spotlight on green news & views: Green New Deal; Gov. Gavin Newsom breaks some hearts

This is the 588th edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the February 6 edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES OceanDiver writes—Dawn Chorus: Winter days on the Skagit Flats, 2018-19: “This edition of Dawn Chorus is a series of visits I’ve had this winter on the delta of the Skagit River in Washington state. The Skagit delta is flat and agricultural, the core being Fir Island, a triangle between the north and south forks of the river. It’s been diked and drained for fields, great for crops with the deep fertile sediment washed down from the Cascade mountains nearby. This area could very easily get built up with residential and commercial development being so close to urban centers. I am thankful the many folks associated with Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland (www.skagitonians.org) and state agencies like WDFW have managed to stave that off, and even more are the wildlife who benefit from open land and waterways. In winter the fields are mostly inactive, with swans and geese traveling around gleaning residue, raptors feasting on rodents and small birds, and waterbirds in the bay and canals. Dikes protect Fir Island from the river and Skagit Bay; otherwise it would be regularly flooded when the river or storm surges run high. The Bay beyond is very shallow and protected (in fact getting shallower every year as sediment washes directly there rather than onto the delta) and popular for waterfowl and shorebirds. A few spots on Fir Island have been restored to estuary habitat by WDFW. I live nearby, but not near enough to visit often, and in fact my intermittent trips through there are side trips on my way down to the city or to appointments in the area.” Seemed to turn a corner in 2007 NoFortunateSon writes—It's Here! Green New Deal Calls for National High Speed Rail! (More Photos): “This is a diary about HSR. Why do we care about the power industry? Well, the generation of electrical power is the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. And something amazing has happened in recent years. It’s not just that humanity knows what to do about solving the problem of greenhouse gasses resulting from power generation (i.e., wind plus solar). We are already doing it. The United States has the third largest installed nameplate generating capacity of wind power in the World, behind China and the European Union. But this metric is largely meaningless, since the largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions in the World, China, just isn’t as windy as the United States, and therefore doesn’t generate as much power despite having more wind turbines.  It’s clever marketing by China, but reality is from 2008 to 2016(1), the United States generates the more electricity from wind than any other Country, and that’s what really counts(2). [...]  Look at the timeline for wind and solar growth [...] What happened in 2007? Democrats took control of the House of Representatives and the United States, dramatically changing spending priorities. And what happened in 2009, when even bigger changes started happening, especially in solar? The much reviled (even on the left) stimulus.”

Picks of the Week from the Daily Kos Community, Feb. 16 (and yet another Community question)

Will there ever be a week, sweet Community, where I can’t write “Oh, what a week it’s been” as I start this collection of your work? It feels unlikely right now. Alas, since last we spoke, we’ve got new presidential candidates, and a fake national e
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Picks of the Week from the Daily Kos Community, Feb. 16 (and yet another Community question)

Will there ever be a week, sweet Community, where I can’t write “Oh, what a week it’s been” as I start this collection of your work? It feels unlikely right now. Alas, since last we spoke, we’ve got new presidential candidates, and a fake national emergency declared. Obviously I have no choice but to declare it: Oh, what a week it’s been! This was one of the best weeks for Community content since I started this weekly feature, y’all! You should put down your phone or mouse and pat yourself on the back right this very moment!  Are you done? Good. Now it’s time for my weekly question.

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Fortnite overtime challenges: How to search a supply drop in different matches - CNET

Epic Games is letting you get the season 8 Battle Pass for free, but you have to get through the challenges.
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Fortnite overtime challenges: How to search a supply drop in different matches - CNET

Epic Games is letting you get the season 8 Battle Pass for free, but you have to get through the challenges.

Toy Fair 2019: Power Rangers Lightning Collection adds Lord Zedd and more - CNET

Exclusive: The Mighty Morphin villain is among several Power Rangers icons coming to Hasbro's Lightning Collection.
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Toy Fair 2019: Power Rangers Lightning Collection adds Lord Zedd and more - CNET

Exclusive: The Mighty Morphin villain is among several Power Rangers icons coming to Hasbro's Lightning Collection.

Fortnite season 7: All the maps you need to complete every challenge - CNET

There are only two weeks left to play catch-up on season 7 challenges, so here's all the info you need to get it done.
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Fortnite season 7: All the maps you need to complete every challenge - CNET

There are only two weeks left to play catch-up on season 7 challenges, so here's all the info you need to get it done.

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Vision system for autonomous vehicles watches not just where pedestrians walk, but how

The University of Michigan, well known for its efforts in self-driving car tech, has been working on an improved algorithm for predicting the movements of pedestrians that takes into account not just what they're doing, but how they're doing it. This body lan
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Vision system for autonomous vehicles watches not just where pedestrians walk, but how

The University of Michigan, well known for its efforts in self-driving car tech, has been working on an improved algorithm for predicting the movements of pedestrians that takes into account not just what they're doing, but how they're doing it. This body language could be critical to predicting what a person does next.

Investor momentum builds for construction tech

Although it’s not the sexiest of industries, the hefty construction sector in 2018 attracted not only the attention but, more importantly, the dollars of investors.
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Investor momentum builds for construction tech

Although it’s not the sexiest of industries, the hefty construction sector in 2018 attracted not only the attention but, more importantly, the dollars of investors.

How to read fiction to build a startup

“The book itself is a curious artefact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn’t have to be plugged
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How to read fiction to build a startup

“The book itself is a curious artefact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn’t have to be plugged in, activated, or performed by a machine; all it needs is light, […]

Visa and Mastercard could raise interchange fees

According to a report from the WSJ, Visa and Mastercard are considering raising interchange fees on card transactions in the U.S. Visa and Mastercard generate most of their revenue from these small processing fees, and it could have implications for merchant
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Visa and Mastercard could raise interchange fees

According to a report from the WSJ, Visa and Mastercard are considering raising interchange fees on card transactions in the U.S. Visa and Mastercard generate most of their revenue from these small processing fees, and it could have implications for merchants and fintech startups. When you pay with a credit or debit card, merchants pay […]

Push-up capacity linked with lower incidence of cardiovascular disease events among men

Active, middle-aged men able to complete more than 40 push-ups had a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes -- including diagnoses of coronary artery disease and major events such as heart failure -- during 10 years of follow-up com
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Push-up capacity linked with lower incidence of cardiovascular disease events among men

Active, middle-aged men able to complete more than 40 push-ups had a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes -- including diagnoses of coronary artery disease and major events such as heart failure -- during 10 years of follow-up compared with those who were able to do less than 10 push-ups during the baseline exam.

Engineered metasurfaces reflect waves in unusual directions

Researchers have developed new metasurfaces for the arbitrary manipulation of reflected waves, essentially breaking classical reflection law to engineer it at will.
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Engineered metasurfaces reflect waves in unusual directions

Researchers have developed new metasurfaces for the arbitrary manipulation of reflected waves, essentially breaking classical reflection law to engineer it at will.

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Pregnant Seal Shot in the Eye Recovers, Set to Be Released Back Into the Wild

A pregnant harbor seal that was shot through the head and lost an eye is set to be released back into the wild after surgery and nearly a month of recovery. The seal […] The post Pregnant Seal Shot in the Eye Recovers, Set to Be Released Back Into the W
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Pregnant Seal Shot in the Eye Recovers, Set to Be Released Back Into the Wild

A pregnant harbor seal that was shot through the head and lost an eye is set to be released back into the wild after surgery and nearly a month of recovery. The seal […] The post Pregnant Seal Shot in the Eye Recovers, Set to Be Released Back Into the Wild appeared first on Geek.com.

Flight headed to Las Vegas diverted to nearby military base

LAS VEGAS (AP) - American Airlines says one of its jets inbound to Las Vegas' airport was diverted to a nearby military base to refuel after experiencing weather-related delays in the area. Airline spokesman Josh Freed said Flight 671 from Dallas landed safel
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Flight headed to Las Vegas diverted to nearby military base

LAS VEGAS (AP) - American Airlines says one of its jets inbound to Las Vegas' airport was diverted to a nearby military base to refuel after experiencing weather-related delays in the area. Airline spokesman Josh Freed said Flight 671 from Dallas landed safely Saturday at Nellis Air Force Base, which ...

NBA’s App-Controlled ‘Smart Jersey’ Can Change Your Player Name and Number

The NBA is taking basketball fans to the future with a cool innovation: A “smart jersey” that can change players’ names and numbers with a phone app. On Friday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver unveiled […] The post NBA’s App-Contro
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NBA’s App-Controlled ‘Smart Jersey’ Can Change Your Player Name and Number

The NBA is taking basketball fans to the future with a cool innovation: A “smart jersey” that can change players’ names and numbers with a phone app. On Friday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver unveiled […] The post NBA’s App-Controlled ‘Smart Jersey’ Can Change Your Player Name and Number appeared first on Geek.com.

This Coding Master Class Bundle Is An Extra 60 Percent Off

Knowing how to code can make all the difference. Make sure you are fully prepared with The Complete Learn to Code Master Class Bundle, featuring $1370 worth of training, now offered to Geek […] The post This Coding Master Class Bundle Is An Extra 60 Per
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This Coding Master Class Bundle Is An Extra 60 Percent Off

Knowing how to code can make all the difference. Make sure you are fully prepared with The Complete Learn to Code Master Class Bundle, featuring $1370 worth of training, now offered to Geek […] The post This Coding Master Class Bundle Is An Extra 60 Percent Off appeared first on Geek.com.

Library presents major show of objects in Wheeling's history

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - The Wheeling 250 observance is providing a perfect opportunity for the Ohio County Public Library to showcase many treasures from its large archival collections. Wheeling 250 is a year-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the ci
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Library presents major show of objects in Wheeling's history

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - The Wheeling 250 observance is providing a perfect opportunity for the Ohio County Public Library to showcase many treasures from its large archival collections. Wheeling 250 is a year-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the city's founding. City leaders and community groups are organizing events ...

This $5.5 Million ‘Livable Yacht’ Lets You Ride Out Climate Change

A NASA report released earlier this month announced 2018 as fourth warmest year on record, part of a long-term global warming trend. But the impacts of this warming are already being felt — from […] The post This $5.5 Million ‘Livable YachtR
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This $5.5 Million ‘Livable Yacht’ Lets You Ride Out Climate Change

A NASA report released earlier this month announced 2018 as fourth warmest year on record, part of a long-term global warming trend. But the impacts of this warming are already being felt — from […] The post This $5.5 Million ‘Livable Yacht’ Lets You Ride Out Climate Change appeared first on Geek.com.

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LeBron James backs Colin Kaepernick following NFL settlement

LeBron James has one of the most powerful voices in sports, and he’s not afraid to speak about social issues, so it’s no surprise to hear him back Colin Kaepernick. James weighed in Saturday morning on Kaepernick’s NFL settlement, saying many of Kaepern
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LeBron James backs Colin Kaepernick following NFL settlement

LeBron James has one of the most powerful voices in sports, and he’s not afraid to speak about social issues, so it’s no surprise to hear him back Colin Kaepernick. James weighed in Saturday morning on Kaepernick’s NFL settlement, saying many of Kaepernick's critics weren’t paying attention to the real message he was trying to send. Kaepernick has found wide support in the NBA community. It’s not surprising that James would back him and speak publicly about it. Kaepernick settled his collusion case against the NFL on Friday, with rumors indicating he got a huge sum from the league. 

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