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Alonso planning «many more» races in 2019

The two-time world champion wants to expand his programme beyond his existing commitments after he drops out of F1 in what is officially being billed as a sabbatical from the pinnacle of the sport. He is currently scheduled to compete in the remaining rounds

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Open thread for night owls: Fox News viewers aren't hearing much about North Carolina election fraud

As revelations of an orchestrated campaign of election fraud roil the 9th congressional district of North Carolina, a scheme that allegedly included absentee ballot destruction and Republican operatives altering other ballots to give Republican congressional
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Open thread for night owls: Fox News viewers aren't hearing much about North Carolina election fraud

As revelations of an orchestrated campaign of election fraud roil the 9th congressional district of North Carolina, a scheme that allegedly included absentee ballot destruction and Republican operatives altering other ballots to give Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris a boost, Fox News is uncharacteristically reluctant to inform their viewers of what could be the most substantial incident of election fraud in recent history. Fox & Friends First reported on the story for less than 30 seconds, claiming that “ballots may have been illegally collected” without making it clear which party’s candidate is facing allegations. The hosts then pivoted to yet another story on incoming freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. [...] Dana Perino, host of The Daily Briefing, hosted a segment which explained the allegations, but again did not say which party likely benefited from the alleged election fraud. Additionally, the segment pointed out that Harris was still technically in the lead by 905 votes, but did not specifically mention that the alleged election fraud very well could have impacted this outcome. To be fair to the network, there has been plenty of other breaking news competing for viewers' limited attention of late. Tucker Carlson, for example, hosted a segment in which his guest warned that «feminism has ambitions to take over civilization» and are «trying to disappear males.» It is difficult to focus on the validity of American elections when the very existence of menfolk is in question. TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES • THE WEEK’S HIGH IMPACT STORIES TWEET OF THE DAY xCongressional hearings are now necessary to determine whether DOD was incompetent or disingenuous—or both—in failing to charge Saudis for refueling bombing runs in Yemen.— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) December 10, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2004—Powell: won't seek political office:  While yesterday's Q-poll showed Colin Powell polling decently in hypothetical NY governor and senate races, the integrity-free outgoing secretary of state says he's not interested. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday he won't seek political office, dismissing suggestions that he run for governor or senator in New York. Asked about a poll that shows him favored in a hypothetical matchup for the governor's race, Powell said, «I'm not going to be running for office even in my beloved home state of New York, as flattering as that poll might be.» [...] «I don't think I've ever said I wouldn't be interested in public life again,» Powell said. «I think I've repeatedly said over the course of nine-plus years that I've had no interest in political office.» The GOP bench in NY is exactly one man deep without a Powell candidacy -- Giuliani. Expect state Republicans to keep talking up a Powell candidacy over the next two years as they grow increasingly desperate in their efforts to take on HIllary and hold the governorship. 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

'Panama Papers' and Colombian government demonstrate how to decrease tax evasion by the wealthy

The Panama Papers are back in the news, as the U.S. brought its first indictments against four men connected to Mossack Fonseca, an offshore account used to launder money and avoid taxes.  This week, while researching the papers, I came across an interest
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'Panama Papers' and Colombian government demonstrate how to decrease tax evasion by the wealthy

The Panama Papers are back in the news, as the U.S. brought its first indictments against four men connected to Mossack Fonseca, an offshore account used to launder money and avoid taxes.  This week, while researching the papers, I came across an interesting piece of research by Juliana Londoño-Vélez at UC Berkeley that used some special circumstances in Colombia to examine how the leaked papers impacted reporting of assets. Her paper is titled: “Can Wealth Taxation Work in Developing Countries? Quasi-experimental Evidence from Colombia.” This is interesting because there is much debate about the behavioral responses to wealth taxes and enforcement, and Columbia provides a unique opportunity because they imposed a series of wealth taxes and they required yearly reporting on wealth.  Here’s a brief summary of Londoño-Vélez’s study.  The unique situation in Columbia  It’s difficult to study behavioral responses to wealth taxation. The problem is threefold because: Few countries collect data on wealth  It’s rare to find an event that occurs that’s large enough to impact behavior  It’s difficult to measure responses to taxation, especially because secrecy is what makes tax shelters popular The situation in Colombia and the release of the Panama Papers provides an opportunity to overcome these challenges. 

Right to end life on Earth: Can corporations that spread climate change denialism be held liable?

If a corporation’s propaganda destroys the world, doesn’t that conflict with our right to live?
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Right to end life on Earth: Can corporations that spread climate change denialism be held liable?

If a corporation’s propaganda destroys the world, doesn’t that conflict with our right to live?

Yes, Virginia, there are progressives in rural America

Election Day 2018 was a significant success for Democratic Party efforts nationwide, capturing the U.S. House and several governorships, along with other statewide offices around the country. You’d think with this result, we’d be praising success, talkin
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Yes, Virginia, there are progressives in rural America

Election Day 2018 was a significant success for Democratic Party efforts nationwide, capturing the U.S. House and several governorships, along with other statewide offices around the country. You’d think with this result, we’d be praising success, talking about how to replicate it, and looking at ways to tweak and improve. Instead, as is typical, we have spent a lot of our time wringing our hands and wondering how, exactly, we could do better, combined with assumptions of why, exactly, we didn’t succeed in races that we had hoped to prevail in. Along with this handwringing has come a new call, often by former elected officials, to look seriously at the Democratic Party and contend that the answer is we are losing rural communities and trend red districts because, by gosh, the party is simply too liberal and progressive. So the answer is to come up with a way to be, well, less liberal  and progressive. In an interview with NPR, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill decried the fact that the party has imposed hard rules, which, in her view, make it difficult to attract voters to moderate candidates. What McCaskill doesn’t point out is that in 2016 Jason Kander, who ran a far more progressive campaign, performed just as well—and often better—in rural counties throughout the state.  Both candidates lost, and a presidential year does have an uptick, but if the reason rural voters stayed away was that they were upset with a progressive message, it would stand to reason that a progressive campaign would significantly underperform a moderate one. That simply didn’t happen. Why? Because this common wisdom, that rural areas are packed with Democratic voters who want socially conservative candidates, is a combination of hype, bunk, and a little bit of salesmanship. What it isn’t, however, is a recipe for success.

Ilhan Omar tells pastor 'you’re gonna have to just deal' with her hijab on the House floor

E.W. Jackson, a conservative pastor who claims he is not Islamaphobic, expressed his horror that Democratic legislators are hoping to reverse a ban prohibiting headwear from being worn on the House floor in his radio show. For people who wear headwear for re
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Ilhan Omar tells pastor 'you’re gonna have to just deal' with her hijab on the House floor

E.W. Jackson, a conservative pastor who claims he is not Islamaphobic, expressed his horror that Democratic legislators are hoping to reverse a ban prohibiting headwear from being worn on the House floor in his radio show. For people who wear headwear for religious reasons, this rule creates an obvious problem. But as The Hill first reported, Jackson expressed his concerns on his radio program and, well, they’re pretty Islamaphobic. «The floor of Congress is now going to look like an Islamic republic,» Jackson said. «We are a Judeo-Christian country. We are a nation rooted and grounded in Christianity and that's that.»

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PVR inks pact with Cinionic for fitting Barco projection systems at 150 screens

«Elevating the cinematic experience in India, 150 screens at both new and existing PVR properties will be outfitted with Barco#39;s 2K, 4K and flagship laser projection within 12 to 18 months,» PVR said in a statement.
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PVR inks pact with Cinionic for fitting Barco projection systems at 150 screens

«Elevating the cinematic experience in India, 150 screens at both new and existing PVR properties will be outfitted with Barco#39;s 2K, 4K and flagship laser projection within 12 to 18 months,» PVR said in a statement.

Ashoka Buildcon up 11% on receipt of LoA from Rail Vikas Nigam

Shares of Ashoka Buildcon rose as much as 11 per cent to Rs 133 apiece on National Stock Exchange (NSE) in intra-day trade on receipt of Letter of Acceptance (LoA) from Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL)
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Ashoka Buildcon up 11% on receipt of LoA from Rail Vikas Nigam

Shares of Ashoka Buildcon rose as much as 11 per cent to Rs 133 apiece on National Stock Exchange (NSE) in intra-day trade on receipt of Letter of Acceptance (LoA) from Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL)

4 reasons why the Sensex tanked over 600 points on Monday

The S&P BSE Sensex lost over 600 points, or nearly 2 per cent, in intra-day trade on Monday. The 50-share Nifty, on the other hand, slipped nearly 200 points to test the 10,500 mark
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4 reasons why the Sensex tanked over 600 points on Monday

The S&P BSE Sensex lost over 600 points, or nearly 2 per cent, in intra-day trade on Monday. The 50-share Nifty, on the other hand, slipped nearly 200 points to test the 10,500 mark

Adani, Reliance Group stocks trade weak; RIL, Adani Ports down over 3%

Adani Transmission, Adani Power, Adani Enterprises, Adani Green Energy, Adani Gas and Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone of Adani Group stocks were down in the range of 4% to 10% on the BSE.
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Adani, Reliance Group stocks trade weak; RIL, Adani Ports down over 3%

Adani Transmission, Adani Power, Adani Enterprises, Adani Green Energy, Adani Gas and Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone of Adani Group stocks were down in the range of 4% to 10% on the BSE.

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Tencent Music sued by investor ahead of $1.2 billion US IPO

China’s largest music streaming service has had a whirlwind year. With 800 million monthly users across multiple apps and a profitable business, Tencent Music Entertainment is gearing up for one of this year’s most anticipated initial public offer
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Tencent Music sued by investor ahead of $1.2 billion US IPO

China’s largest music streaming service has had a whirlwind year. With 800 million monthly users across multiple apps and a profitable business, Tencent Music Entertainment is gearing up for one of this year’s most anticipated initial public offerings in the US. But the firm has landed in hot water in the months leading up to […]

Africa Roundup: Terragon’s Asia acquisition, Twiga Foods’ $10M raise, SimbaPay’s China payment service

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor SimbaPay launches Kenya to China payment service over WeChat Africa’s agtech wave gets $10 million richer as
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Africa Roundup: Terragon’s Asia acquisition, Twiga Foods’ $10M raise, SimbaPay’s China payment service

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor SimbaPay launches Kenya to China payment service over WeChat Africa’s agtech wave gets $10 million richer as Twiga Foods raises more capital Nigerian consumer data analytics firm Terragon Group  acquired Asian […]

Some things Jack Dorsey didn’t mention in his Myanmar meditation travelogue

Twitter co-founder and chief executive officer Jack Dorsey recently went on a birthday trip to Myanmar. As Dorsey recounted in a series of tweets to his 4.1 million followers, he studied Vipassana meditation. The practice’s “singular objective is to h
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Some things Jack Dorsey didn’t mention in his Myanmar meditation travelogue

Twitter co-founder and chief executive officer Jack Dorsey recently went on a birthday trip to Myanmar. As Dorsey recounted in a series of tweets to his 4.1 million followers, he studied Vipassana meditation. The practice’s “singular objective is to hack the deepest layer of the mind and reprogram it,” Dorsey wrote, and it is “likely […]

Tencent-backed fleet manager G7 racks up $320M in funding

A sizable funding round is poised to heat up a race to automate China’s logistics infrastructure. Beijing-based fleet management company G7 announced on Monday that it has banked $320 million to drive technological development, bringing its total capit
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Tencent-backed fleet manager G7 racks up $320M in funding

A sizable funding round is poised to heat up a race to automate China’s logistics infrastructure. Beijing-based fleet management company G7 announced on Monday that it has banked $320 million to drive technological development, bringing its total capital raised to around $500 million. G7, which runs a proprietary connected platform for trucks, shippers, fleet manager and […]

Alibaba Group takes majority control of loss-making movie unit Alibaba Pictures with $160M share purchase

Alibaba Group announced today that it will increase its stake in Alibaba Pictures from 49% to 50.92%, making it the loss-making movie production company’s controlling shareholder. Under the agreement, Alibaba Pictures will issue one billion new shares,
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Alibaba Group takes majority control of loss-making movie unit Alibaba Pictures with $160M share purchase

Alibaba Group announced today that it will increase its stake in Alibaba Pictures from 49% to 50.92%, making it the loss-making movie production company’s controlling shareholder. Under the agreement, Alibaba Pictures will issue one billion new shares, priced at HKD $1.25 each share for a total of HKD $1.25 billion (about $160 million), to Alibaba […]

Payment service Toss becomes Korea’s newest unicorn after raising $80M

South Korea has got its third unicorn startup after Viva Republica, the company beyond popular payment app Toss, announced it has raised an $80 million round at a valuation of $1.2 billion. This new round is led by U.S. firms Kleiner Perkins and Ribbit Capit
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Payment service Toss becomes Korea’s newest unicorn after raising $80M

South Korea has got its third unicorn startup after Viva Republica, the company beyond popular payment app Toss, announced it has raised an $80 million round at a valuation of $1.2 billion. This new round is led by U.S. firms Kleiner Perkins and Ribbit Capital, both of which cut their first checks for Korea with this […]

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New Mexico mayor to donate $10K for eyed Judy Chicago museum

BELEN, N.M. (AP) - The mayor of a small New Mexico city has announced he will donate a year of his salary to help open a museum in town dedicated to a feminist artist. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports Belen Mayor Jerah Cordova recently announced he would give a
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New Mexico mayor to donate $10K for eyed Judy Chicago museum

BELEN, N.M. (AP) - The mayor of a small New Mexico city has announced he will donate a year of his salary to help open a museum in town dedicated to a feminist artist. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports Belen Mayor Jerah Cordova recently announced he would give around $10,000 toward ...

China Launches Lunar Probe to Far Side of the Moon

China’s Chang’e-4 lunar probe is headed to the far side of the moon, an area that’s unknown and could offer more information on space climate conditions. On Saturday, the Chang’e-4 lunar probe took […] The post China Launches Lun
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China Launches Lunar Probe to Far Side of the Moon

China’s Chang’e-4 lunar probe is headed to the far side of the moon, an area that’s unknown and could offer more information on space climate conditions. On Saturday, the Chang’e-4 lunar probe took […] The post China Launches Lunar Probe to Far Side of the Moon appeared first on Geek.com.

Watch: This Toilet-Cleaning Robot Does the Dirty Work for You

No one wants to spend more time cleaning, and that’s why robot vacuums have been hot items the last few years. But a new robot is set to make your life 100 times better, […] The post Watch: This Toilet-Cleaning Robot Does the Dirty Work for You a
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Watch: This Toilet-Cleaning Robot Does the Dirty Work for You

No one wants to spend more time cleaning, and that’s why robot vacuums have been hot items the last few years. But a new robot is set to make your life 100 times better, […] The post Watch: This Toilet-Cleaning Robot Does the Dirty Work for You appeared first on Geek.com.

Apple’s $29 iPhone Battery Replacement Program Ends December 31

Own an iPhone 6 or later and having battery issues? Here’s a reminder that you just have a few weeks to score a replacement battery from Apple for $29. After December 31, the price […] The post Apple’s $29 iPhone Battery Replacement Progra
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Apple’s $29 iPhone Battery Replacement Program Ends December 31

Own an iPhone 6 or later and having battery issues? Here’s a reminder that you just have a few weeks to score a replacement battery from Apple for $29. After December 31, the price […] The post Apple’s $29 iPhone Battery Replacement Program Ends December 31 appeared first on Geek.com.

Sierra snowpack well above average after California storms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Back-to-back California storms blanket the Sierra Nevada in snow, more than twice the snowpack level compared to this time last year, with winter still nearly two weeks away. At the same time last year, the Sierra snowpack was 47 percent
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Sierra snowpack well above average after California storms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Back-to-back California storms blanket the Sierra Nevada in snow, more than twice the snowpack level compared to this time last year, with winter still nearly two weeks away. At the same time last year, the Sierra snowpack was 47 percent of average, the San Francisco Chronicle ...

‘The Umbrella Academy’ Superhero Series Is Coming to Netflix Next Year

The Umbrella Academy, a new series about a dysfunctional superhero family, is coming to Netflix next year. On Saturday, Netflix unveiled The Umbrella Academy trailer on its YouTube channel. The series, which follows […] The post ‘The Umbrella Acad
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‘The Umbrella Academy’ Superhero Series Is Coming to Netflix Next Year

The Umbrella Academy, a new series about a dysfunctional superhero family, is coming to Netflix next year. On Saturday, Netflix unveiled The Umbrella Academy trailer on its YouTube channel. The series, which follows […] The post ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Superhero Series Is Coming to Netflix Next Year appeared first on Geek.com.

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Female Utes winner sets sights on Supercars

Whitley, born in Toowoomba, Australia but based across the ditch in New Zealand, made history on Sunday be becoming the first female race winner in NZ Utes history at Pukekohe. While committed to completing her 2018/19 Utes campaign, Whitley is already workin
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Female Utes winner sets sights on Supercars

Whitley, born in Toowoomba, Australia but based across the ditch in New Zealand, made history on Sunday be becoming the first female race winner in NZ Utes history at Pukekohe. While committed to completing her 2018/19 Utes campaign, Whitley is already working on securing a move to Australia. She's identified Supercars as her primary career goal, and is in talks with Super2 teams about testing ... Keep reading

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