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A historic 2,000+ women will be in office this coming year—almost entirely from one political party

When conservatives scoff at the progressive slogan “The Future is Female,” they are usually responding to the insecurity that comes with knowing, deep down inside, you are in the wrong. The strides that women, people of color, and the LGBT community have

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Open thread for night owls: Survivor recalls '81 massacre that Trump's Venezuelan envoy downplayed

Nelson Rauda at the Daily Beast writes—Her Family Survived the El Mozote Massacre. Now She’s Fleeing El Salvador’s Gangs: Marta Maritza Amaya was seated at the back of the bus, gazing through the window at the sunset over the green mountains of Mora
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Open thread for night owls: Survivor recalls '81 massacre that Trump's Venezuelan envoy downplayed

Nelson Rauda at the Daily Beast writes—Her Family Survived the El Mozote Massacre. Now She’s Fleeing El Salvador’s Gangs: Marta Maritza Amaya was seated at the back of the bus, gazing through the window at the sunset over the green mountains of Morazán, in northern El Salvador. It was March 2017. Back in the 1980s this poor area was a war zone, ruled by the Revolutionary People’s Army (ERP in Spanish). Marta’s bus stopped at the detour to Arambala village. It was here, in December 1981, that Salvadoran troops—trained and funded by the U.S., which backed the ruling junta—headed down that very detour in the direction of El Mozote, Marta’s hometown. Back then, leftist guerrilla troops roamed clandestinely in almost of all the towns in northern Morazán. An army operation—allegedly to capture the guerrilla radio station, Radio Venceremos, and other military targets—turned into the worst massacre of the Salvadoran civil war. At El Mozote and other nearby villages, 988 civilians were killed; at least 553 of the dead were minors and at least 433 were children no older than 12. Four of those kids were Marta’s older brother and sisters. The cover-up of the massacre at El Mozote still reverberates decades later. This past week, Representative Ilhan Omar reminded the U.S. Congress of the role that Elliot Abrams played in the aftermath of the slaughter, when he called early claims of the killing “communist propaganda.” To this day, Abrams, President Donald Trump’s new special envoy for Venezuela, hasn’t recanted his claims. To be fair, Abrams was just one more gear in a U.S. government machine that chose to overlook human-rights violations in El Salvador as part of its Cold War ideological crusade. All these years after the massacre, there are still people looking for their family members. On Feb. 14, judge Jorge Guzmán and Dr. Silvana Turner conducted an exhumation to seek the remains of María de la Paz Pereira, 32, her husband, and her five children. The expedition was prompted by the discovery by farmers of old clothes and some bones. Mrs. Turner, a member of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, concluded that the bones were of animal, not human, origin, and that there was no point in digging them up, despite the presence of the clothes and shoes.[...] One of the first two reporters of the massacre was Raymond Bonner, a former marine who had become a journalist. Less than a month after the slayings, he wrote about them for The New York Times in an article that would rile Abrams, then Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs, and other thugs in the Reagan administration and spur them to howl and push to get Bonner booted. He was exiled from the Central American beat to the financial desk and he soon quit. From the Chicago Reader in 1993: Bonner's most incendiary report described a «massacre of major proportions» in the hamlet of El Mozote: «In some 20 mud brick huts here, this reporter saw the charred skulls and bones of dozens of bodies buried under burned-out roofs, beams and shattered tiles. There were more along the trail leading through the hills into the village, and at the edge of a nearby cornfield were the remains of 14 young men, women and children. . . . The villagers have compiled a list of the names, ages and villages of 733 peasants, mostly children, women and old people, who they say were murdered by the Government soldiers. The Human Rights Commission of El Salvador . . . puts the number at 926.» Two days ago, this time in The Atlantic, Bonner, now 77, again wrote about the massacre, Abrams and others in the administration who had downplayed with vehemence the possibility that the Salvadoran army—partially funded and some of its officers specially trained by the United States—had committed this atrocity. Their stance was not too surprising given their vile policies throughout Central America. Almost exactly a year after the Mozote massacre, Reagan himself dropped into Honduras to meet the genocidal general who was then president of Guatemala, Efraín Rios Montt. He called him  “a man of great integrity'' and «totally dedicated to democracy” even though U.S. intelligence services knew full well that the man was overseeing the slaughter of thousands of Maya Indians at the time while receiving U.S. military equipment that Reagan had relabeled as civilian to get around a congressional ban.  Bonner notes at the end of his piece:  Inadvertently, Omar revealed that Trump may have picked the right man to implement his policy in Venezuela. As his record in El Salvador suggests, Abrams will say whatever is necessary to accomplish the administration’s will. Indivisible’s list of Resistance Events & Groups TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES  TWEET OF THE DAY xThere’s no way to avoid seeing this DHS move as a treacherous betrayal of American democracy by President Trump. He’s inviting hostile foreign powers to invade our elections, the heart of our sovereignty. His oath of office meant nothing to him. https://t.co/sQxANdksMg— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) February 17, 2019 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2006—Cheney drank before shooting his pal: In an exclusive interview with Fox News' Brit Hume this afternoon, Vice President Dick Cheney took full responsibility for shooting his hunting companion, who has until now been pictured as the guilty party. The interview will not aired in full until 6 p.m. but according to Hume, in summarizing the contents, the vice president remained »totally unapologetic« about the long lag in reporting the shooting to the public—and also said that he had consumed one beer at lunch that day. Cheney must consume a virtual cocktail of drugs every day because of his heart condition. I wonder what kind of reaction throwing alcohol into the mix might have. Any doctors in the house? Update: Here's video of Hume talking about his interview with Cheney. You see, according to Cheney, they drank beer but no one drank beer: HUME: He said he had a beer at lunch and that had been many hours earlier. And it was dusk, around 5:00 p.m., when this incident happened. And he said that, you know, they had lunch out in the field, a barbecue, and he had a beer. But you said you don’t hunt with people who have been drinking. He said no one was drinking. He said they went back to the ranch afterwards, took a break after that, and went out about 3:00 and so you’re four or five hours distanced from the last alcohol that he consumed. And he said no one was drinking, not he nor anyone else. 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.” LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE

Team Trump begins opposition research on his likely Democratic challengers

As of this moment, those surrounding Donald Trump are still presuming there will be a Donald Trump re-election campaign. This requires staffing up a new campaign operation, which will be a bit more of a challenge this time around, now that the majority of hi
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Team Trump begins opposition research on his likely Democratic challengers

As of this moment, those surrounding Donald Trump are still presuming there will be a Donald Trump re-election campaign. This requires staffing up a new campaign operation, which will be a bit more of a challenge this time around, now that the majority of his previous top lieutenants are either in jail, under indictment, or otherwise caught up in the probe of Russian election hacking and related (and unrelated!) crimes. It also requires doing a bit of research on who their likely Democratic opponent will be, presuming Donald does run again rather than holing up in a Russian embassy somewhere with his adult children and his tweetin' phone. According to Politico's sources, Trump's current advisers are now «compiling opposition research» on Democrats Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Cory Booker, the trio that Team Trump believes to be the current frontrunners. Not exactly going out on a limb with that one, so ... noted. The strategy Team Trump is coalescing around is an unsubtle one, one in which any and all Democratic contenders will be declared «socialists» for proposing that the United States do a single damn thing for any of its citizens, regardless of specific plans or details. «Socialism» will be the bugaboo by which Trump's Republican defenders defend imprisoning refugee children, regularly obstructing justice, promoting white supremacist concepts and theories, and leading the nation's dumbest organized-crime ring. It will be «socialism» to not build a turgid monument to Trump's ego in the southern desert; it will be «socialism» to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions rather than leaving them in the woods as our ancestors intended; it will be «socialism» to propose that we save the state of Florida from going underwater, build transportation systems to match those of other top industrial nations, return to the same tax rates that the wealthy had to pay back when the first Star Wars movie came out, or suggest that it was improper for Trump's campaign manager to hand over internal polling data to Russian spies during an espionage campaign against the United States. Donald Trump supporters are a simple people. They don't like nuance. They do like being absolutely terrified of secret conspiracies, scary immigrants, and Europe, so expect the next Trump campaign, like the last one and like every Fox News program on any evening after new indictments or Russia-related revelations have surfaced, to consist primarily of high-pitched shrieking noises.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez swiftly debunks newest conspiracy theory that her partner is on her payroll

If there’s one thing that unifies conservatives, it’s their endless quest to harass Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The freshman Congresswoman has a lot going for her: policies that actually make sense, a great social media presence, a
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez swiftly debunks newest conspiracy theory that her partner is on her payroll

If there’s one thing that unifies conservatives, it’s their endless quest to harass Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The freshman Congresswoman has a lot going for her: policies that actually make sense, a great social media presence, and a personality that people actually, well, like. For these reasons, it seems, people on the right can’t wait to bring her down. “Nude” pictures (allegedly) of her feet? Dancing in college? Having a nickname in high school? Scandal attempts she was, luckily, able to stomp out. The latest attempt happened on Valentine’s Day. Like most of these faux scandals, it took off on Twitter, and that’s also where Rep. Ocasio-Cortez put it to rest.  Here’s how it shook out. A user identified as Luke Thompson on Twitter posted this tweet, along with a screenshot: xWhile you were having a nice Valentine's Day, @AOC decided to put her boyfriend on staff - drawing a salary on the taxpayer's dime. Nice to see her adapting to the swamp so quickly. pic.twitter.com/bvncwzxY53— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) February 15, 2019

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.

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First time in FY19, RBI turned net dollar buyer in Dec, bought $607 million

Between April and November 2108, the central bank had net sold $26.51 billion in the spot market against net purchase of $18.017 billion in the same period in 2017
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First time in FY19, RBI turned net dollar buyer in Dec, bought $607 million

Between April and November 2108, the central bank had net sold $26.51 billion in the spot market against net purchase of $18.017 billion in the same period in 2017

India to continue buying Venezuelan oil despite US warning

India will look into commercial considerations and related factors to determine the value of oil imports from any country, an Indian official said, after a top US official warned countries against buying oil from Venezuela. Read Full Article at RT.com
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India to continue buying Venezuelan oil despite US warning

India will look into commercial considerations and related factors to determine the value of oil imports from any country, an Indian official said, after a top US official warned countries against buying oil from Venezuela. Read Full Article at RT.com

IL&FS-led liquidity woes, Aadhaar ban roil NBFCs, micro-lending dips by 15%

The liquidity crisis at NBFCs triggered by the bankruptcy of IL&FS and the Supreme Court verdict banning use of the Aadhaar data for financial transactions have led to a 15 per cent drop in micro-lending by financial institutions for the December 2018 qua
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IL&FS-led liquidity woes, Aadhaar ban roil NBFCs, micro-lending dips by 15%

The liquidity crisis at NBFCs triggered by the bankruptcy of IL&FS and the Supreme Court verdict banning use of the Aadhaar data for financial transactions have led to a 15 per cent drop in micro-lending by financial institutions for the December 2018 quarter. Disbursements stood at Rs 41,840 crore for the third quarter of the current fiscal year, down from Rs 49,450 crore in the preceding three months, show the data from the credit information company Crif High Mark. «There were two major changes during the quarter which may have resulted in the decline. First was the liquidity trouble, which subsided towards the end of the quarter, and the second was the Aadhaar verdict,» agency vice president Parijat Garg told PTI. Garg said the Aadhaar verdict, which prohibits all financial institutions including non-banking finance companies from storing a users data, resulted in a fall in disbursements and also resulted in a marginal fall in the share of NBFC-MFI lenders in ...

How easy credit from shadow banks has begun to haunt Indian realty sector

The regulator for housing-finance firms has allowed an accumulation of illiquid long-term assets with liquid short-term liabilities
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How easy credit from shadow banks has begun to haunt Indian realty sector

The regulator for housing-finance firms has allowed an accumulation of illiquid long-term assets with liquid short-term liabilities

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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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Queen scores 13 to lift New Mexico St. past Seattle 59-53

Trevelin Queen had 13 points off the bench to carry New Mexico State to a 59-53 win over Seattle, the Aggies' 11th consecutive victory
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Queen scores 13 to lift New Mexico St. past Seattle 59-53

Trevelin Queen had 13 points off the bench to carry New Mexico State to a 59-53 win over Seattle, the Aggies' 11th consecutive victory

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