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Jaquet Droz’s “Loving Butterfly Automaton” Gets Three New Versions

With a history that dates back over 280 years, Jaquet Droz is one of the pioneers of the Swiss watchmaking industry. Formed in 1738 by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, the company has a long and rich tradition of featuring automaton in its timepieces. In pieces such as th

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Mueller report now apparently NOT coming next week

This announcement brought to you by the National Association of Reporters Who Cried Wolf. Again. After days of reports that the special counsel investigation under Robert Mueller was going to end next week and the Justice Department was standing by to catc
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Mueller report now apparently NOT coming next week

This announcement brought to you by the National Association of Reporters Who Cried Wolf. Again. After days of reports that the special counsel investigation under Robert Mueller was going to end next week and the Justice Department was standing by to catch a final report, along with a Britannica’s worth of speculation over what the heck that might mean, NBC News is reporting what is likely the least surprising outcome of all: The report is not coming next week. Reporter Julia Ainsley is indicating that the report will not be appearing next week after all, based on a statement from “a senior official at the Justice Department.” The initial reaction would seem to be … well, of course. Because there are so many things obviously still hanging.  CNN, which was the first outlet to report that the report was coming, has now reversed itself and agreed that it’s not coming. However, CNN is blaming the nonappearance of the report on Trump’s being out of the country and the special counsel not wanting to “step on the toes” of foreign policy. Take that for what it’s worth … which is likely not much.

Democrats draw line in the sand: Congress must get the full 'unedited' Mueller report

With multiple news reports suggesting the special counsel's investigation could conclude as early as next week, congressional Democrats are gearing up for a battle to make sure they see the contents of that report in its entirety. By current statute, Trump'
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Democrats draw line in the sand: Congress must get the full 'unedited' Mueller report

With multiple news reports suggesting the special counsel's investigation could conclude as early as next week, congressional Democrats are gearing up for a battle to make sure they see the contents of that report in its entirety. By current statute, Trump's newly installed attorney general, William Barr, will have wide-ranging discretion over how much of Robert Mueller's report is relayed to Congress. In anticipation of Barr withholding some, most, or even all of that report, Democrats are putting Barr on notice that such an omission will result in a political shitstorm. When a reporter tweeted Wednesday that Barr was making plans to submit to Congress «a summary of Mueller's confidential report,» the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee had a message for Barr. “A ‘summary’ is not going to cut it,” Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia tweeted. “Congress needs to see the Special Counsel’s findings *in their entirety* and an unclassified report should then be released to the public.” On Friday, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee also weighed in with a meaty statement on the matter, calling on Barr to turn over to Congress the full «unedited» report once he receives it. “Regulations governing Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation do not prohibit Attorney General Barr from disclosing Mueller’s final report and investigative materials to Congress,« wrote Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, »and I repeat my call for the attorney general to provide the report unedited once it has been provided to him.« Feinstein said Congress has »a clear interest« in getting the full report and noted that the Justice Department had already released multiple documents pertaining to the investigation at the behest of Republicans. »The attorney general cannot take the position that it will only produce material to Congress when requested by Republicans,« she wrote. She concluded that a »summary« of the report »will not be acceptable.« Congress has a duty to »determine if there was misconduct or abuse of power" and whether existing statutes are sufficiently deterring election interference, Feinstein argued. Some Democrats have also suggested they would subpoena Mueller if his findings were not publicly released. Some Republicans, such as Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, have also expressed support for a public release of the findings. 

Conservatives will use Jussie Smollett to hide the truth about hate crimes: They can't

One false police report: Sure, it's bad. But it can't hide the steady drumbeat of violence coming from the right
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Conservatives will use Jussie Smollett to hide the truth about hate crimes: They can't

One false police report: Sure, it's bad. But it can't hide the steady drumbeat of violence coming from the right

Midday open thread: WA sheriffs say no to gun law enforcement; far more energy storage needed

Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is It’s a wall emergency! What;s coming up on Sunday Kos: Black History Month is an opportunity to instill year-round confidence in our kids, by Rochaun MeadowsFernandez The defense argument for former FBI Deputy D
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Midday open thread: WA sheriffs say no to gun law enforcement; far more energy storage needed

Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is It’s a wall emergency! What;s coming up on Sunday Kos: Black History Month is an opportunity to instill year-round confidence in our kids, by Rochaun MeadowsFernandez The defense argument for former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, by Frank Vyan Walton Trump's legacy: Hate groups are at an all-time high, by Sher Watts Spooner  How Norman Rockwell brought Roosevelt's 'Four Freedoms' to life, by David Akadjian  BLACKkKLANSMAN, the KKK, and white supremacy during Black History Month, by Denise Oliver Velez Let’s reset and have civil and respectful debates as we choose the best Democratic candidate, by Egberto Willies  Through film, young artists document the diverse stories and people creating change in Oakland, by Kelly Macías  These are dangerous times, by Mark E Andersen  Book review: 'Why Nationalism' by Yael Tamir, by Ian Reifowitz  • County sheriffs in Washington state refuse to enforce new gun laws: Twenty-one sheriffs, more than half in the state, have joined the refusal, and several county governments have adopted resolutions officially opposing enforcement of the laws. One of those is a ballot-approved effort to restrict the use and possession of military-style assault weapons. Some sheriffs say the law is impossible to enforce. Some of them are not just refusing to enforce the law themselves but trying to keep other county agencies from doing so. Observers say that these refusals are starting to look like a full-scale “constitutionalist” revolt against gun law reforms. • Former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy tells agency staffers to keep on keeping on: Now prominent at Harvard University School of Public Health, McCarthy gave a 15-minute speech at the Georgetown Climate Center's 10th anniversary reception, alternating between joking and seriously addressing key issues. In addition to cracking wise about Arnold Schwarzenegger who was present in the audience, and about the record delay in getting the Senate to confirm her to the EPA post, McCarthy thanked former staffers at EPA in the room. «There are awesome folks here from throughout EPA. You know I love you, I think about you every day. I shout about you every day. I want you to continue to do the incredibly sophisticated message that I left you with, which is to keep your asses in your seats.» She also reflected on the Trump regime’s assault on the environment: «One of the things I have learned as I've left government is you ... get beyond the tweets and you get beyond all the bullshit. The work of states and local governments is what's holding this country together and which will present us a foundation to run when we have that opportunity.» MIDDAY TWEET xIdea: Remember how conservatives freaked out because CNN was secretly notified to stake out Roger Stone's house right before his arrest? Every morning, park a CNN truck outside the home of a random Trump family member.— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) February 22, 2019 • Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” heads to theaters for 40th Anniversary showings in April. The film, the second major release from the group, sharply satirizes religion and all things biblical. So much so that it was banned in Ireland and Norway in 1979: “It’s another coming of Brian, and we are here to fill the world with laughter,” the Pythons said in a joint statement. “’The Life Of Brian’ may have been set 2000 years ago, but it’s a mirror of what’s going on today. Except that it’s funny. • Deep freeze in from Polar Vortex showed the tremendous need for storage batteries for 100% renewables: The deep cold plaguing the central and eastern United States late last month required utilities to switch on just about every power plant they own to meet the higher demand for electricity. And what this showed, according to an analysis by Wade Schauer at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, is that a 100 percent renewably-sourced grid would take a whole lot of energy storage to meet consumer demand. Today there are about 11 gigawatts of storage covering the grid regions of New England, New York, the Mid-Atlantic, the Midwest and parts of the South. Schauer calculated that a 100 percent renewable grid just in those regions will require 277.9 gigawatts of storage. That is about twice as much as Wood Mackenzie forecasts will be in place for energy storage nationwide in 2040. • FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says killing net neutrality and otherwise weakening oversight of internet service providers increased network investment. That appears to be baloney: “Overall, capital expenditures by broadband providers increased in 2017, reversing declines that occurred in both 2015 and 2016,” the FCC claimed, again hinting that the repeal of net neutrality directly impacted CAPEX and broadband investment.  A problem with that claim: the FCC’s latest report only includes data up to June 2018, the same month net neutrality was formally repealed. As such the data couldn’t possibly support the idea that the elimination of net neutrality was responsible for this otherwise modest growth. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: The big story of the day was Trump Labor Sec. Acosta letting Trump buddy Epstein off the hook for his child sex trafficking. The minute we were done, Trump buddy Kraft got busted in a sex trafficking ring in the very same jurisdiction. Gee whiz! x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE

New York prosecutors are prepared to charge Paul Manafort if he receives a pardon from Trump: report

New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. purportedly readies tax and other charges against Manafort
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New York prosecutors are prepared to charge Paul Manafort if he receives a pardon from Trump: report

New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. purportedly readies tax and other charges against Manafort

Tucker Carlson guest tells black Americans «you need to move on» from slavery on Fox News

«The reparations thing, eventually as the decades go by, becomes ridiculous,» guest Mark Steyn says
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Tucker Carlson guest tells black Americans «you need to move on» from slavery on Fox News

«The reparations thing, eventually as the decades go by, becomes ridiculous,» guest Mark Steyn says

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Here's all the stuff you could buy for the price of a Galaxy Fold - CNET

Samsung's transforming phone looks amazing, but I've got about two thousand reasons I won't get a Fold. Again, I'd like to -- just can't justify it.
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Here's all the stuff you could buy for the price of a Galaxy Fold - CNET

Samsung's transforming phone looks amazing, but I've got about two thousand reasons I won't get a Fold. Again, I'd like to -- just can't justify it.

Toyota's ready to pour that sweet GRMN performance on the Corolla hatch - Roadshow

Just because we've never gotten a GRMN model in the US doesn't mean we're not keeping fingers (and toes) crossed this time.
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Toyota's ready to pour that sweet GRMN performance on the Corolla hatch - Roadshow

Just because we've never gotten a GRMN model in the US doesn't mean we're not keeping fingers (and toes) crossed this time.

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Inca Ritual Baths Fed by Waterfall Reveals More of Its Secrets

Cutting-edge radar and laser scans and on-the-ground excavations are revealing just how the Inca built and used a ceremonial complex more than 500 years ago.
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Inca Ritual Baths Fed by Waterfall Reveals More of Its Secrets

Cutting-edge radar and laser scans and on-the-ground excavations are revealing just how the Inca built and used a ceremonial complex more than 500 years ago.

Apple confirms its plans to close retail stores in the patent troll-favored Eastern District of Texas

Apple has confirmed its plans to close retail stores in the Eastern District of Texas – a move that will allow the company to better protect itself from patent infringement lawsuits, according to the Apple news site MacRumors which broke the news of th
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Apple confirms its plans to close retail stores in the patent troll-favored Eastern District of Texas

Apple has confirmed its plans to close retail stores in the Eastern District of Texas – a move that will allow the company to better protect itself from patent infringement lawsuits, according to the Apple news site MacRumors which broke the news of the stores’ closures. Apple says that the impacted retail employees will be […]

Captured carbon dioxide converts into oxalic acid to process rare earth elements

Removing carbon dioxide from power plant emissions is a good idea to start with -- and it may have an extra economic benefit. Engineers are presenting results on turning carbon dioxide into oxalic acid, which is used to process rare earth elements for electro
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Captured carbon dioxide converts into oxalic acid to process rare earth elements

Removing carbon dioxide from power plant emissions is a good idea to start with -- and it may have an extra economic benefit. Engineers are presenting results on turning carbon dioxide into oxalic acid, which is used to process rare earth elements for electronic devices.

Predicting the monsoon a year ahead

With average precipitation of 35 inches per four-month season over an area encompassing most of the Indian subcontinent, the South Asia summer monsoon is intense, only partly understood, and notoriously difficult to predict. Until now.
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Predicting the monsoon a year ahead

With average precipitation of 35 inches per four-month season over an area encompassing most of the Indian subcontinent, the South Asia summer monsoon is intense, only partly understood, and notoriously difficult to predict. Until now.

Researchers engineer a tougher fiber

Researchers have developed a fiber that combines the elasticity of rubber with the strength of a metal, resulting in a tougher material that could be incorporated into soft robotics, packaging materials or next-generation textiles.
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Researchers engineer a tougher fiber

Researchers have developed a fiber that combines the elasticity of rubber with the strength of a metal, resulting in a tougher material that could be incorporated into soft robotics, packaging materials or next-generation textiles.

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Smile: Some airliners have cameras on seat-back screens

Now there's one more place where cameras could start watching you - from 30,000 feet. Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines and Singapore Airlines have cameras, and it's likely they are also on planes used by ot
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Smile: Some airliners have cameras on seat-back screens

Now there's one more place where cameras could start watching you - from 30,000 feet. Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines and Singapore Airlines have cameras, and it's likely they are also on planes used by other carriers. American and Singapore both say they have ...

‘Fortnite’ World Cup Finals Will Have a Massive $30 Million Prize Pool

Get ready to fight off the zombies and dance it out: The Fortnite World Cup Finals are coming this summer and $30,000,000 is available for competing players. On Friday, Epic Games, Fortnite’s developer, announced the e-sports […] The post ̵
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‘Fortnite’ World Cup Finals Will Have a Massive $30 Million Prize Pool

Get ready to fight off the zombies and dance it out: The Fortnite World Cup Finals are coming this summer and $30,000,000 is available for competing players. On Friday, Epic Games, Fortnite’s developer, announced the e-sports […] The post ‘Fortnite’ World Cup Finals Will Have a Massive $30 Million Prize Pool appeared first on Geek.com.

‘Tetris 99’ Is the Only Good Battle Royale Game

Apex Legends wasn’t the only free battle royale game to drop out of nowhere this month. At the most recent Nintendo Direct we learned about Tetris 99, a new spin on the classic […] The post ‘Tetris 99’ Is the Only Good Battle Royale Game a
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‘Tetris 99’ Is the Only Good Battle Royale Game

Apex Legends wasn’t the only free battle royale game to drop out of nowhere this month. At the most recent Nintendo Direct we learned about Tetris 99, a new spin on the classic […] The post ‘Tetris 99’ Is the Only Good Battle Royale Game appeared first on Geek.com.

Dramatically Sweeping Dresses by Pierpaolo Piccioli Resemble Classic Winter Puffer Coats

Winter apparel brand Moncler has partnered with Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Picciolo to create massive gowns that reference classic cold-weather puffy coats. Each gown features the typical quilted style of down jackets, but instead of short fo
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Dramatically Sweeping Dresses by Pierpaolo Piccioli Resemble Classic Winter Puffer Coats

Winter apparel brand Moncler has partnered with Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Picciolo to create massive gowns that reference classic cold-weather puffy coats. Each gown features the typical quilted style of down jackets, but instead of short form-fitting coats, the dresses sweep across the floors with voluminous hemlines and envelope the wearer’s neck and shoulders in cocoon-like shapes. Typical subdued winterwear colors are swapped out for a riot of jewel tones accented with variegated stripes. More

Diane von Furstenberg fetes female Oscar nominees

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Even with rain clouds threatening from above, the spirits, and heels, were high at Diane von Furstenberg's idyllic Coldwater Canyon property Thursday afternoon. The famed fashion designer and philanthropist had invited all the fem
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Diane von Furstenberg fetes female Oscar nominees

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Even with rain clouds threatening from above, the spirits, and heels, were high at Diane von Furstenberg's idyllic Coldwater Canyon property Thursday afternoon. The famed fashion designer and philanthropist had invited all the female Oscar nominees to gather at her home before the Academy Awards ...

US hits Congo officials with travel bans for graft, abuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is hitting senior Congolese officials with travel bans for their alleged involvement in corruption and human rights abuses. The State Department says the officials include the president of the country's National Asse
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US hits Congo officials with travel bans for graft, abuses

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is hitting senior Congolese officials with travel bans for their alleged involvement in corruption and human rights abuses. The State Department says the officials include the president of the country's National Assembly, the head of its constitutional court and three top members of the ...

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$33 million cash boost for Sydney Supercars night race

The Eastern Creek circuit was used as a test bed for Supercars night racing last year with the Sydney SuperNight round, which was well received despite using temporary lighting.While SMP missed out on a spot on the 2019 schedule, it has always been poised to
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$33 million cash boost for Sydney Supercars night race

The Eastern Creek circuit was used as a test bed for Supercars night racing last year with the Sydney SuperNight round, which was well received despite using temporary lighting.While SMP missed out on a spot on the 2019 schedule, it has always been poised to return in the early part of the 2020 schedule.That's now been confirmed, the night concept also on its way back thanks to the ...Keep reading

Catch up with Miami's do-it-all point-forward with the debut of 'Inside the Heat: Justise Winslow' on Feb. 23

FOX Sports Sun, the local television home of the Miami HEAT, will premiere an all-new episode of “Inside the HEAT” this Saturday, Feb. 23.
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Catch up with Miami's do-it-all point-forward with the debut of 'Inside the Heat: Justise Winslow' on Feb. 23

FOX Sports Sun, the local television home of the Miami HEAT, will premiere an all-new episode of “Inside the HEAT” this Saturday, Feb. 23.

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