On top of quietly recording every political argument in your home, Amazon’s Alexa will now let users put their money where their mouth is, and wirelessly donate to their favorite 2020 candidate. Read Full Article at RT.com
To build his pointless ecologically, economically, aesthetically, and historically awful border fence, Donald Trump is using the National Emergencies Act to dip into a hodgepodge of military projects and scoop out funds that were going to purchase little things like homes, schools, hospitals—and in at least one case, a practice facility for paratroopers. Which seems a little important. As The Washington Post reports, the cost of these projects might not just be in dollars, because some of them were designed to address situations that are genuinely life-threatening. Warning of dire consequences, the Pentagon notes that some of the homes that troops and their families are occupying currently aren’t just old, but they’re also loaded up with asbestos and other things that create hazardous living conditions. In other cases, Trump’s precious ammunition is being stored in facilities that aren’t fire-resistant or tough enough to handle potential explosions. The buildings to be replaced or upgraded included more warehouses with crumbling asbestos, a middle school infested with mold, and a training facility overrun by bats. Not only do these conditions represent a direct threat to military personnel, but the Pentagon also notes that they are “hurting military readiness” and damaging national security. So … Trump has declared a national emergency on the southern border, while military personnel are at risk and genuine threats to national security go unaddressed. Sounds about right. However, despite the apparent urgency now being expressed, a lot of these projects have gone unfunded for years, or even decades, not because someone at the White House pulled the plug, but because the Pentagon itself has a tendency to funnel money toward massive, costly projects such as new ships and fighter jets, even when those programs incur huge cost overruns. Especially when they incur overruns. In fact, it’s exactly because these other projects had not been finalized that the money was available for Trump. Had the Pentagon prioritized these programs to begin with, the NEA would not have left them vulnerable to being snatched away. The biggest mistake the Pentagon is making now is coming to Congress with these warnings rather than going to the man who took its dollars in the first place.
A new post-debate poll shows Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren leading the field by multiple metrics among Democratic primary voters. The poll conducted by Civiqs for Data for Progress included both a pre-debate and post-debate sample, which showed very little change in voters' preferences. Following the debate, primary voters favored Warren as their first choice for Democratic nominee: Warren: 30% Biden: 24% Sanders: 14% Buttigieg: 6% Harris: 6% Warren also topped their list for second choice, while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Vice President Joe Biden slipped to fourth and fifth, respectively, by that measure: Warren: 27% Harris: 11% Buttigieg: 11% Sanders: 10% Biden: 9% But Warren also dominated when voters were asked who they would choose if they could «wave a magic wand» and make any one of the Democratic candidates president: Warren: 30% Biden: 16% Sanders: 15% Buttigieg: 10% Harris: 9% Interestingly, Warren picks up her largest number of “second-choice” voters almost equally from Sanders and Harris supporters: 59% of Sanders supporters chose Warren second, while 57% of Harris supporters made Warren their second choice. Warren also picked up 37% of Biden supporters and 36% of Buttigieg supporters. Overall, Warren was the top second pick of every other top five candidates' voters. Warren voters, on the other hand, picked the following as their top 4 second choices: Sanders, 21%; Buttigieg, 21%, Harris, 20%; Biden, 13%.
Russian UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov added English football icon David Beckham to his list of celebrity encounters as the pair bumped into each other at the Champions League game between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid. Read Full Article at RT.com
Zinedine Zidane endured a torrid return to the city in which he won a World Cup as his Real Madrid side were beaten 3-0 by an understrength Paris Saint-Germain side in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League action. Read Full Article at RT.com
The Senate/White House/NRA gun kabuki continued Wednesday with a higher degree of incompetence than usual, which is because Trump. One part of the White House—represented by Attorney General William Barr and Legislative Director Eric Ueland—has been circulating a memo on Capitol Hill that would expand background checks to all commercial gun sales including gun shows. It's much narrower than the universal background check bill from the House. The checks would be conducted either through the existing Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs) or through a newly created group of licensed transfer agents. Sellers could choose where records of transactions would be held. It does not cover private sales. But the fact that the document is coming from the White House doesn't mean the White House supports it. «Not even close,» says White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley. «The President has not signed off on anything yet but has been clear he wants meaningful solutions that actually protect the American people and could potentially prevent these tragedies from ever happening again,» he said. And the document that Barr and Ueland have been circulating? «That is not a White House document, and any suggestion to contrary is completely false.» Oh, okay. Sounds like maybe someone from the Hill maybe tipped off the NRA which then intervened with the White House to get them to disavow it. Because the NRA is not happy. It is «concerned about the White House's handling of the talks, according to one top NRA executive who was not authorized to speak publicly,» reports the Washington Post's Robert Costa, and the concern is being «quickly relayed to allies» the Hill. «NRA members and gun owners will not support the contents of this vague memo,» the executive told Costa. «It reads like a pathway to gun registration and confirms their worst fears.» Trump is likely not involved in any of this. He certainly hasn't sat through meetings in which the various former buyers and sellers are required to file and with whom have been discussed. But now that the NRA is freaking out, you can bet he'll be involved. And once again, nothing will happen to protect Americans from gun violence.
Director James Gray launches his cosmic epic despite a disagreement over the ending, your space myths and US Space Command.
Zuckerberg has called for more government regulation.
The mystery of the moon lander lingers as NASA examines images of the targeted landing site.
MIT Technology Review editor shows off deepfake tech that can be used in real time. Hope you speak Russian.
«The need to create lasting economic security for our workforce demands action. Assembly Bill 5 is an important step,» Gov. Gavin Newsom says.
NASA has awarded fellowships to 14 minority-serving institutions through its Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) and five majority institutions through its Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), all totaling $2.3 million, to support graduate student research.
Researchers have made two unexpected discoveries. First, they found that, given a choice, fruit flies are drawn to green light early in the morning and late in the afternoon, when they are most active, and to red, or dim light, in midday, when like many humans, they slow down to eat and perhaps take a siesta.
Films of platinum only two atoms thick supported by graphene could enable fuel cell catalysts with unprecedented catalytic activity and longevity, according to a new study.
To process information, photons must interact. However, these tiny packets of light want nothing to do with each other, each passing by without altering the other. Now, researchers have coaxed photons into interacting with one another with unprecedented efficiency -- a key advance toward realizing long-awaited quantum optics technologies for computing, communication and remote sensing.
Weathering of subsurface rock in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California occurs due more to rocks expanding than from chemical decomposition.
California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law gig worker protections bill AB5. This comes shortly after AB5 passed in the California State Assembly and Senate. “Today, we are disrupting the status quo and taking a bold step forward to rebuild our middle class and reshape the future of workers as we know it,” bill […]
Director Vince Gilligan revealed which 'Breaking Bad' characters will be returning for 'El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.' (Photo Credit: Netflix) El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is weeks away from airing on Netflix and director Vince Gilligan recently announced some major cast updates, including which Breaking Bad characters are returning for the film. […] The post ‘El Camino’ Director Reveals Return of 2 ‘Breaking Bad’ Characters appeared first on Geek.com.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky is backing away from its plan to have circuit court clerk's offices distribute new driver's licenses that eventually will be needed for domestic air travel. The state started a pilot program in Franklin and Woodford counties to distribute Real ID licenses in circuit court clerk's ...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - There's a new push to ban those tiny plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner and bath gel in hotel rooms across New York state as a way to reduce plastic waste. State Sen. Todd Kaminsky announced a legislative proposal Wednesday that would prohibit hotels from offering single-use ...
MIAMI — A federal judge cited new evidence of potential terrorism sympathies Wednesday in denying bail for a longtime mechanic charged with sabotaging an American Airlines jetliner that prosecutors say could have caused it to crash with 150 people aboard. U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris McAliley imposed pretrial detention for Abdul-Majeed ...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's governor is defending a law she signed earlier this year that prohibits Medicaid payment for gender reassignment surgery after California's attorney general prohibited state-funded travel to Iowa. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Friday added Iowa to a list of 10 other states for ...
A hungry mountain lion broke into a couple's home in Sonora, California, on September 15. (Photo Credit: Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office / Facebook) A mountain lion on the hunt for a late-night snack frightened a couple on Sunday night after it entered through the front door of their home in Sonora, California. Homeowners Edward Sudduth and his […] The post Mountain Lion Breaks Into California Home, Leaps From Bathroom Window appeared first on Geek.com.
Manning knew he might lose Giants job, Jones says he's ready
Packers take 'mental day' to rest in middle of tough stretch
The Tennessee Titans have embarrassed the Jacksonville Jaguars in each of their past two midweek games, a trend the Jags would like to end Thursday night
Manchester City became the only English club to win its opening Champions League game, beating Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 on Wednesday
Boise State welcomes Air Force in a significant Mountain West Conference opener