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Sunday polling from South Carolina (Post and Courier): Warren, Buttigieg surge in SC 2020 Democratic presidential poll as Biden still leads Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg have emerged as the next two choices afte

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Cross-border drug traffic peaking thanks to focus on migrant crisis, US drug czar says

More drugs than ever are flowing into the US from south of the border as federal resources have been diverted to the migrant crisis, leaving Border Patrol hopelessly overstretched, the US drug policy chief has warned. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Cross-border drug traffic peaking thanks to focus on migrant crisis, US drug czar says

More drugs than ever are flowing into the US from south of the border as federal resources have been diverted to the migrant crisis, leaving Border Patrol hopelessly overstretched, the US drug policy chief has warned. Read Full Article at RT.com

Open thread for night owls. Serwer: 'What Americans do now will define us forever'

Adam Serwer at The Atlantic writes—What Americans Do Now Will Define Us Forever: If multiracial democracy cannot be defended in America, it will not be defended elsewhere: The conservative intelligentsia flocked to the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C.
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Open thread for night owls. Serwer: 'What Americans do now will define us forever'

Adam Serwer at The Atlantic writes—What Americans Do Now Will Define Us Forever: If multiracial democracy cannot be defended in America, it will not be defended elsewhere: The conservative intelligentsia flocked to the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., this week for the National Conservatism Conference, an opportunity for people who may never have punched a time clock to declare their eternal enmity toward elites and to attempt to offer contemporary conservative nationalism the intellectual framework that has so far proved elusive. Yoram Hazony, the Israeli scholar who organized the conference, explicitly rejected white nationalism, barring several well-known adherents from attending, my colleague Emma Green reported. But despite Hazony’s efforts, the insistence that “nationalism” is, at its core, about defending borders, eschewing military interventions, and promoting a shared American identity did not prevent attendees from explicitly declaring that American laws should favor white immigrants. Some other attendees, such as National Review’s Rich Lowry, took pains to distance themselves from the president’s brand of nationalism. “We have to push back against Donald Trump when he does things to increase that breach between the right and African Americans,” Lowry said. But in the fall of 2017, when Trump attempted to silence black athletes protesting police brutality, Lowry praised his “gut-level political savvy,” writing, “This kind of thing is why he’s president.” The conference stood solidly within the conservative intellectual tradition, as a retroactive attempt by the right-wing intelligentsia to provide cover for what the great mass of Republican voters actually want. Barry Goldwater did not break the Solid South in 1964 because the once Democratic voters of the Jim Crow states had suddenly become principled small-government libertarians; voters who backed Donald Trump in 2016 did not do so because they believed a nonracial civic nationalism had been eroded by liberal cosmopolitanism. The consensus that American civic nationalism recognizes all citizens regardless of race, creed, color, or religion was already fragile before Trump took office. That principle has been lauded, with varying degrees of sincerity, by presidents from both parties, and in particular by the first black president, who reveled in reminding audiences that “in no other country in the world is my story even possible.” The nationalism that conservatives say they wish to build in fact already existed, but it was championed by a president whose persona was so deformed by right-wing caricature that they could not perceive it. Instead, they embraced the nationalism that emerged as a backlash to his very existence and all it represented. [...] Indivisible’s list of Resistance Events & Groups TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the goods are worthless.”                 ~~Sinclair Lewis, Our Mr. Wrenn (1914) TWEET OF THE DAY xIn 2000 George Bush sent robocalls accusing John McCain of fathering an «illegitimate black child.» In 2004, George Bush sent mailers accusing gay people of wanting to ban the Bible. https://t.co/Rj7ZgXiLri— Steve Morris (@stevemorris__) July 18, 2019 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2007—Huzzah for Harry Reid: The Brown Derby closed several years ago, but if I could lay my hands on that house-sized hat, I'd give it a tip for Harry Reid. Let me start with the confessions.  First, I have not always held tight to my pom-poms.  More than once in the last six months, I've said some... not all that supportive things about Senator Reid and his ability to move things through the «collegial» axle grease of the Senate. A big part of this was frustration at seeing all that «first hundred hours» legislation come rocketing through the House, only to enter a Senatorial time warp. A bigger part of that was the failure to keep popping that same vetoed Iraq bill back onto Bush's desk until either sweet reason prevailed or Bush's fingers got too tired to scrawl his 'X.' The biggest reason of all was a deep personal need to see Mitch McConnell face down in the mud while Senator Reid does a Riverdance clog on his back (Oh, and Bill O? That there is one of them met-a-phors). Forget that. My past criticisms arguably makes me little more than a fair weather friend, but I see a lot of blue skies today, and I see one tough senator standing out in the sunshine. I'm damned impressed with Senator Reid. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: SDNY unseals Cohen search warrant documents, and we find Trump all over the hush money deals. (Duh.) There’s an alternate theory about that, by the way. Hey, what is it with right-wing pedophilia projection? Will Epstein take even more big names under? x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE

That funny smell: 4.5mn-gallon sewage spill shuts Washington beaches

Power glitches at the two biggest sewage treatment plants in Washington state's King County have resulted in the uncontrollable discharge of millions of gallons of wastewater into the ocean, causing several beaches to close. Read Full Article at RT.com
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That funny smell: 4.5mn-gallon sewage spill shuts Washington beaches

Power glitches at the two biggest sewage treatment plants in Washington state's King County have resulted in the uncontrollable discharge of millions of gallons of wastewater into the ocean, causing several beaches to close. Read Full Article at RT.com

What kind of idiot believes we didn't land on the moon?

There are some people in this country who just try to undermine everything good about our society, and they are the fundamental reason we can’t have nice things. This group is usually made up of many people called Republicans, but in truth it goes much d
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What kind of idiot believes we didn't land on the moon?

There are some people in this country who just try to undermine everything good about our society, and they are the fundamental reason we can’t have nice things. This group is usually made up of many people called Republicans, but in truth it goes much deeper than that. As much as people can get into “America: Love it or leave it” exceptionalism, listening to shitty Lee Greenwood music while drinking Michelob from a Stars and Stripes beer koozie, there is a separate category of assholes who feel the need to question and doubt every aspect of information for … reasons. Skepticism and critical thought are good things. They’re necessary in a world with businesses and conmen that’ll rob people blind if given the chance. But when the reasons for doubting the obvious become ideological, whether politically, religiously, or dogmatically, things go off the rails into cuckoo crazy town. The Apollo program is considered by many to be one of the greatest accomplishments in human history, and a mark of greatness for the United States as a country, as proof of what people can achieve through science and government (i.e., don’t let conservatives know it was done through socialism). However, it is a popular myth that the moon missions were overwhelmingly popular and had broad support from the public. Even during the 1960s, a majority of Americans did not believe the Apollo program was worth the cost, with the exception of polling done in 1969 around the time of the moon landing. In 1979, 10 years after the landing in the Sea of Tranquility, only 47% of the public felt it had been worth it. When it comes to government funding for the space program, there is a weird coalition of liberals who feel every dollar spent to get “Whitey on the Moon” is a dollar not being used for social programs and conservatives who think of it as money that needs to be sent back to the 1% as tax cuts. But beyond just opposition, there is a sort of person who takes a look at the image above and just wants to shit on it to feel special. It’s the sort of person who watches two airplanes loaded with jet fuel crash into buildings, then sees those buildings burn for hours and crumble on live television, and then thinks, “The sheeple will probably think that’s the way it actually happened.” Or the kind of guy who hates the first black president so much, his fat ass accuses him of not being a “real” American. Or a TV network that hates Democrats so much, it tortures a murder victim’s family with a (Russian-induced) conspiracy theory to get views and clicks from the trash in its audience. So I thought it might be interesting to look at the dumbest conspiracy theories, and what drives people to think, for example, that we never put men on the moon. Millions of people, with their own eyes, watched NASA launch rockets toward the moon. We have pictures and video documenting the journeys. The astronauts even brought back moon rocks. And yet there are still idiots who think the whole thing was directed by Stanley Kubrick on a soundstage in Nevada.

US pressure & EU inaction left Iran with ‘very few options’ except to retaliate

The seizure of British-owned oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz is the signal that Iran's patience has run out, worn thin by European inaction over a year after the US pullout from the nuclear deal, analysts have told RT. Read Full Article at RT.com
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US pressure & EU inaction left Iran with ‘very few options’ except to retaliate

The seizure of British-owned oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz is the signal that Iran's patience has run out, worn thin by European inaction over a year after the US pullout from the nuclear deal, analysts have told RT. Read Full Article at RT.com

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HDFC Bank could report more than 20% growth in Q1 profit, NII

Key issues to watch for would be the outlook on SME retail book as management indicated some stress in same, and trends in digital banking/payments and various initiatives.
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HDFC Bank could report more than 20% growth in Q1 profit, NII

Key issues to watch for would be the outlook on SME retail book as management indicated some stress in same, and trends in digital banking/payments and various initiatives.

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Tesla drops request for restraining order against allegedly dangerous short seller

Tesla has withdrawn its request for a court-ordered restraining order against Randeep Hothi, documents submitted to the court where the complaint was filed revealed Friday. Hothi, an individual who is very vocal on social media about his short position in Tes
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Tesla drops request for restraining order against allegedly dangerous short seller

Tesla has withdrawn its request for a court-ordered restraining order against Randeep Hothi, documents submitted to the court where the complaint was filed revealed Friday. Hothi, an individual who is very vocal on social media about his short position in Tesla, had gone to extreme and potentially dangerous lengths in his avid attempts to collect […]

Google is adding Find My Device and battery features to Fast Pair headphones

Introduced a few I/Os back, Fast Pair is Google’s attempt to make its own mark on the post-AirPod headphone landscape. Many of the features are similar to Apple’s offerings, but Google’s got a leg up in one key way: third-party hardware. Like Android, t
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Google is adding Find My Device and battery features to Fast Pair headphones

Introduced a few I/Os back, Fast Pair is Google’s attempt to make its own mark on the post-AirPod headphone landscape. Many of the features are similar to Apple’s offerings, but Google’s got a leg up in one key way: third-party hardware. Like Android, the company’s focused on bringing Fast Pair to as many manufacturers as […]

Moon bricks could keep the lights on and the heat up in Lunar colonies

There may be no «dark side» of the Moon, but when and where it is dark, it's dark — and stays that way for two weeks. If we're going to have colonists up there, they'll need to stay warm and keep the lights (among other things) on for the long l
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Moon bricks could keep the lights on and the heat up in Lunar colonies

There may be no «dark side» of the Moon, but when and where it is dark, it's dark — and stays that way for two weeks. If we're going to have colonists up there, they'll need to stay warm and keep the lights (among other things) on for the long lunar night. Turns out bricks made of Moon dust could be part of the solution.

Biologist leads pioneering study on stress

A biologist conducted a pioneering research study that could help us to better understand the role of dopamine in stress resilience in humans through analyzing wild songbirds. This study could lead to increased prevention and treatment of stress-related disor
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Biologist leads pioneering study on stress

A biologist conducted a pioneering research study that could help us to better understand the role of dopamine in stress resilience in humans through analyzing wild songbirds. This study could lead to increased prevention and treatment of stress-related disorders.

Discovering how diabetes leads to vascular disease

A team scientists and physicians has identified a cellular connection between diabetes and one of its major complications -- blood vessel narrowing that increases risks of several serious health conditions, including heart disease and stroke.
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Discovering how diabetes leads to vascular disease

A team scientists and physicians has identified a cellular connection between diabetes and one of its major complications -- blood vessel narrowing that increases risks of several serious health conditions, including heart disease and stroke.

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London’s Mayor Rejects Plans for Controversial “The Tulip” Skyscraper

Plans for “The Tulip,” a 305.3-meter-high viewing tower designed by Foster + Partners, have been rejected by London’s mayor Sadiq Khan. According to the mayor, the reversal of the previously approved proposal was made on the grounds that it would provid
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London’s Mayor Rejects Plans for Controversial “The Tulip” Skyscraper

Plans for “The Tulip,” a 305.3-meter-high viewing tower designed by Foster + Partners, have been rejected by London’s mayor Sadiq Khan. According to the mayor, the reversal of the previously approved proposal was made on the grounds that it would provide “very limited public benefit” to the City of London and that it was not the “world-class architecture that would be required to justify its prominence.”“The mayor has a number of serious concerns with this application and having studied it in detail has refused permission for a scheme that he believes would result in very limited public benefit,” a spokesperson for the mayor said.“In particular, he believes that the design is of insufficient quality for such a prominent location and that the tower would result in harm to London’s skyline and impact views of the nearby Tower of London World Heritage Site,” the spokesperson added.“The ‘Tulip Project’ team are disappointed by the mayor of London’s decision to direct refusal of planning permission, particularly as ‘The Tulip’ will generate immediate and longer-term socio-economic benefits to London and the UK as a whole,” a spokesperson from the project told Dezeen.Had The Tulip been built, it could have been the second tallest skyscraper in Western Europe. The “new public cultural and tourist attraction” was set to stand right beside the Gherkin, the ovoid skyscraper designed by the same firm, which has become an iconic landmark of the city’s modern skyline. In its proposal, The Tulip promised “significant economic and social benefits” and a commanding 360-degree view of the city.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Hesselbrand Transforms Stables into Guest Suites at Villa Lena, Tuscany

London and Oslo-based architecture studio Hesselbrand has transformed a series of old horse stables at the Tuscan art retreat Villa Lena into rustic guest suites. Villa Lena is nestled in the heart of Tuscany stretched on a 500-hectare wooded estate, dotted w
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Hesselbrand Transforms Stables into Guest Suites at Villa Lena, Tuscany

London and Oslo-based architecture studio Hesselbrand has transformed a series of old horse stables at the Tuscan art retreat Villa Lena into rustic guest suites. Villa Lena is nestled in the heart of Tuscany stretched on a 500-hectare wooded estate, dotted with vineyards and olive groves, reports dezeen.Villa Lena was home of an aristocratic Italian family during the 19th and early 20th-century, but in 2013 it was reopened as a hotel and non-profit art foundation.Hesselbrand has also recently revamped one of the old stables, named Fattoria, into 13 guest rooms that reflect “the playful meeting of the traditional and contemporary,” states the dezeen report.“Fattoria has served so many varied uses throughout the years, so we are excited to use our design to finally open up the site, create new spaces and allow everyone to experience this rich and characterful building,” explained Hesselbrand, co-founders Magnus Casselbrant and Jesper Henriksson to dezeen. “Carefully curated palettes of organic materials and forms have been combined in a way which enhances and amplifies this unique juxtaposition between old and new in both the guest rooms and surrounding social spaces.”The stable’s entrance has been expanded to form a grandiose hallway. The original vaulted ceiling and cobbled stone floors are still featured in the complex. In the white-painted bedroom suites, surfaces are paneled with grooved timber. In the bathrooms, standalone bathtubs have been placed underneath shuttered windows so that guests can enjoy views of the enchanting landscape around.The decor has been maintained simply with ceramic ornaments and antique ottomans on display. Ochre-yellow curtains, pink scatter cushions or large renders an ambiance of warmth and comfort.In this restoration, Hesselbrand also managed to create a small art library within the building. An outdoor yoga studio and open-air pavilion have also been created by the studio for the benefit of guests.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Early Tests of OneWeb’s New Satellite Internet Service Hit 400Mbps

Artist's illustration of OneWeb satellite. (Photo Credit: OneWeb) There’s a race going on right now to blanket the globe with high-speed Internet access. One of the horses in that race is OneWeb. Their first satellites are already in low Ea
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Early Tests of OneWeb’s New Satellite Internet Service Hit 400Mbps

Artist's illustration of OneWeb satellite. (Photo Credit: OneWeb) There’s a race going on right now to blanket the globe with high-speed Internet access. One of the horses in that race is OneWeb. Their first satellites are already in low Earth orbit […] The post Early Tests of OneWeb’s New Satellite Internet Service Hit 400Mbps appeared first on Geek.com.

Get Up to 75% Off on These Bluetooth Speakers and Earbuds

Summer and music go hand in hand. So make your season one to remember with these Bluetooth headphones and speakers. Each is discounted heavily — by as much as 75 percent off the […] The post Get Up to 75% Off on These Bluetooth Speakers and Earbuds ap
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Get Up to 75% Off on These Bluetooth Speakers and Earbuds

Summer and music go hand in hand. So make your season one to remember with these Bluetooth headphones and speakers. Each is discounted heavily — by as much as 75 percent off the […] The post Get Up to 75% Off on These Bluetooth Speakers and Earbuds appeared first on Geek.com.

The Latest: Judge to give nod to Motel 6 settlement

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on a preliminary agreement in Motel 6 immigration lawsuit (all times local): 3 p.m. A federal judge says he'll give the preliminary nod to a settlement in the lawsuit by Motel 6 guests who say the chain invaded their privacy by givin
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The Latest: Judge to give nod to Motel 6 settlement

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on a preliminary agreement in Motel 6 immigration lawsuit (all times local): 3 p.m. A federal judge says he'll give the preliminary nod to a settlement in the lawsuit by Motel 6 guests who say the chain invaded their privacy by giving their information to ...

SDCC 2019: First ‘The Walking Dead’ Movie Teaser Kickstarts Rick Grimes’ Next Chapter

Rick Grimes' return is confirmed in the first teaser for 'The Walking Dead' movie. (Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis / AMC) Rick Grimes from AMC’s The Walking Dead series has some unfinished business to take care of: The first teaser just dr
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SDCC 2019: First ‘The Walking Dead’ Movie Teaser Kickstarts Rick Grimes’ Next Chapter

Rick Grimes' return is confirmed in the first teaser for 'The Walking Dead' movie. (Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis / AMC) Rick Grimes from AMC’s The Walking Dead series has some unfinished business to take care of: The first teaser just dropped for The Walking Dead movie at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) and it […] The post SDCC 2019: First ‘The Walking Dead’ Movie Teaser Kickstarts Rick Grimes’ Next Chapter appeared first on Geek.com.

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Mercado gets 5 hits, Indians top Royals 10-5, 6th win in row

Rookie Oscar Mercado went 5 for 5 and drove in two runs as the Cleveland Indians won their sixth straight game by defeating the Kansas City Royals 10-5
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Mercado gets 5 hits, Indians top Royals 10-5, 6th win in row

Rookie Oscar Mercado went 5 for 5 and drove in two runs as the Cleveland Indians won their sixth straight game by defeating the Kansas City Royals 10-5

AP Source: Pacers sign Justin Holiday to 1-year contract

A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent guard Justin Holiday has agreed to a one-year contract worth $4.8 million with the Indiana Pacers
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AP Source: Pacers sign Justin Holiday to 1-year contract

A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent guard Justin Holiday has agreed to a one-year contract worth $4.8 million with the Indiana Pacers

Montgomery struggles in debut as Royals fall 10-5 to Indians

Rookie Oscar Mercado went 5 for 5 and drove in two runs as the Cleveland Indians won their sixth straight game, defeating the Kansas City Royals 10-5.
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Montgomery struggles in debut as Royals fall 10-5 to Indians

Rookie Oscar Mercado went 5 for 5 and drove in two runs as the Cleveland Indians won their sixth straight game, defeating the Kansas City Royals 10-5.

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