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Get over it? When it comes to recycled water, consumers won't

If people are educated on recycled water, they may come to agree it's perfectly safe and tastes as good -- or better -- than their drinking water. They may even agree it's an answer to the critical water imbalance in California. But that doesn't mean they're

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Morning Digest: New 2019 election data shows Mississippi's Jim Crow-era law still harms black voters

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Lead
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Morning Digest: New 2019 election data shows Mississippi's Jim Crow-era law still harms black voters

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● MS-Gov: Last month, Republican Tate Reeves defeated Democrat Jim Hood by a modest 52-47 margin to become the next governor of Mississippi, but thanks to a unique relic of Jim Crow that's still very much alive today, Reeves could have lost the popular vote by double digits yet still won the election. Campaign Action How could this be possible? The state's 1890 constitution, which was officially enacted «to secure to the State of Mississippi 'white supremacy,'» is still in effect today, and among its provisions is an «electoral college» for statewide elections that deliberately penalizes black voters and the Democrats they support. The provision in question requires candidates for offices such as governor or attorney general to win not only a majority of the vote but also a majority of the state House's 122 districts. If no candidate surpasses both thresholds, the members of the House choose the winner, and there's nothing to stop them from picking the person who lost the popular vote. Republicans have controlled the state legislature since 2011, and as soon as they took charge, they redrew their own districts to guarantee they'd never lose their grip on power. They did so by making sure a majority of districts would be heavily white, and therefore heavily Republican. As a result, they not only gerrymandered the state House, they gerrymandered every statewide election, too. Just how big of a penalty does this system impose on Mississippi Democrats, who overwhelmingly rely on the support of black voters? We compiled the results of every contested statewide election in 2019 broken down by state House district to find out. Even though Reeves won the popular vote by just 5 points, that victory translated into a crushing 74-48 win at the district level, meaning he won 61% of the state's «electoral votes.» But even that doesn't tell the whole story. We can also ask ourselves what it would have taken for Hood to have carried a majority of House districts. One way we can answer that question is by ranking every district from most Republican to most Democratic, ranging from Reeves' largest margin of victory to Hood's largest margin, and finding the district in the middle. Reeves won that median district 60-39, 15 points to the right of his 5-point statewide win.

Cartoon: Spygate

x Vimeo Video The ongoing effort to prove Republican conspiracy theories is continuing apace. Now, besides just right-wing websites, President Trump and Attorney General Barr are hard at work to convince the world that Obama and his sex-crazed FBI agents
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Cartoon: Spygate

x Vimeo Video The ongoing effort to prove Republican conspiracy theories is continuing apace. Now, besides just right-wing websites, President Trump and Attorney General Barr are hard at work to convince the world that Obama and his sex-crazed FBI agents “spied” on the president in order to undo the 2016 election. The uncomfortable fact is that Trump’s own Department of Justice says there was no politically-motivated conspiracy. Sure, some “errors and omissions” were made, but there was reason to start the investigation into the Trump crew’s dealings with Russia. (Note: my support of an investigation into a corrupt president does not mean I endorse a surveillance state.) Now that Trump’s promised bigger-than-Watergate DOJ inspector general report did not blow the lid off the deep state conspiracy as promised, we’ve got to wait for the next report that will surely exonerate the president, right? In the meantime, Barr will act as Trump’s press agent and maybe another head of the FBI will get fired, who knows?  In the meantime, enjoy the cartoon and be sure to visit me over on Patreon for some behind-the-scenes goodies!

Death-defying maneuver ‘paid off big time’ as NASA’s Juno craft discovers new storm forming hexagon on Jupiter (PHOTOS)

After conducting a death-defying maneuver in deep space, NASA’s Juno spacecraft has discovered a new cyclone on Jupiter's south pole, transforming the gas giant’s enigmatic pentagon into a hexagon storm formation. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Death-defying maneuver ‘paid off big time’ as NASA’s Juno craft discovers new storm forming hexagon on Jupiter (PHOTOS)

After conducting a death-defying maneuver in deep space, NASA’s Juno spacecraft has discovered a new cyclone on Jupiter's south pole, transforming the gas giant’s enigmatic pentagon into a hexagon storm formation. Read Full Article at RT.com

Abbreviated pundit roundup: Impeaching a corrupt president

We begin today’s roundup with USA Today’s editorial in favor of impeachment: In his thuggish effort to trade American arms for foreign dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, Trump resembles not so much Clinton as he does Richard Nix
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Abbreviated pundit roundup: Impeaching a corrupt president

We begin today’s roundup with USA Today’s editorial in favor of impeachment: In his thuggish effort to trade American arms for foreign dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, Trump resembles not so much Clinton as he does Richard Nixon, another corrupt president who tried to cheat his way to reelection. This isn’t partisan politics as usual. It is precisely the type of misconduct the framers had in mind when they wrote impeachment into the Constitution. Alexander Hamilton supported a robust presidency but worried about “a man unprincipled in private life desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper” coming to power. Impeachment, Hamilton wrote, was a mechanism to protect the nation “from the abuse or violation of some public trust.” Here is Eugene Robinson’s analysis of the evidence so far: The president’s defenders are correct when they say “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress” are not statutory crimes. They are, in fact, worse. The stripped-down impeachment articles against President Trump go to the heart of his blatant misconduct, which poses a direct challenge to the Constitution. I know that sounds grandiose to describe the offenses of such a small man as Trump. But it is true.

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Corp Affairs Ministry reviews ILFS resolution progress

After the crisis at diversified ILFS came to light last year, the ministry had superseded its board and since then various measures have been taken to address the issues as well as repay outstanding dues of the group.
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Corp Affairs Ministry reviews ILFS resolution progress

After the crisis at diversified ILFS came to light last year, the ministry had superseded its board and since then various measures have been taken to address the issues as well as repay outstanding dues of the group.

Cash woes at India shadow lenders may lead to more bad debt at banks

Banks and non-bank firms are in a feedback loop, especially through exposures to the real estate sector, which is under «significant stress,» Moody's said
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Cash woes at India shadow lenders may lead to more bad debt at banks

Banks and non-bank firms are in a feedback loop, especially through exposures to the real estate sector, which is under «significant stress,» Moody's said

Rupee pares gains to close flat at 70.83 against USD on crude price surge

The rupee opened strong at 70.54 and surged further by 33 paise to touch the day#39;s high of 70.50 to the US dollar, mirroring sharp gains in the stock markets.
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Rupee pares gains to close flat at 70.83 against USD on crude price surge

The rupee opened strong at 70.54 and surged further by 33 paise to touch the day#39;s high of 70.50 to the US dollar, mirroring sharp gains in the stock markets.

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Lightning Bolts Create Glowing Auroral 'Elves' and Brilliant Gamma-Ray Flashes

Dark fluffy thunderclouds don't just fuel dramatic storms, they also produce some of the most energetic flashes of light on the planet.
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Lightning Bolts Create Glowing Auroral 'Elves' and Brilliant Gamma-Ray Flashes

Dark fluffy thunderclouds don't just fuel dramatic storms, they also produce some of the most energetic flashes of light on the planet.

Porsche and Lucasfilm co-designed a new starfighter for the Star Wars universe

Porsche typically concerns itself with terrestrial vehicle designs, but for a new project it worked with Lucasfilm designers in collaboration on a new starfighter for the Star Wars universe. The starfigher, called the Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus, obviously doesn&#
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Porsche and Lucasfilm co-designed a new starfighter for the Star Wars universe

Porsche typically concerns itself with terrestrial vehicle designs, but for a new project it worked with Lucasfilm designers in collaboration on a new starfighter for the Star Wars universe. The starfigher, called the Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus, obviously doesn’t exist in full-scale flyable form, but it is being built out as a 5-foot long highly-detailed sub-scale […]

Bluespace.ai, a startup focused on AV technology for mass transit, gets $3.5 million in seed funding

Bluespace.ai, a new autonomous driving startup focused on mass transit, announced today that it has raised $3.5 million in seed funding led by Fusion Fund. Other investors include YouTube co-founder Steve Chen; UMC, the Taiwanese semiconductor foundry; Kakao
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Bluespace.ai, a startup focused on AV technology for mass transit, gets $3.5 million in seed funding

Bluespace.ai, a new autonomous driving startup focused on mass transit, announced today that it has raised $3.5 million in seed funding led by Fusion Fund. Other investors include YouTube co-founder Steve Chen; UMC, the Taiwanese semiconductor foundry; Kakao Ventures; GDP Ventures; Atinum; Wasabi Ventures; Blue Ivy Ventures; Plug n Play; and SLV Capital. The startup […]

Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s next-gen console, arriving late-2020

If you didn’t watch last night’s Game Awards, you may of missed it. But Xbox Series X is the company’s  next generation console, and will be arriving in late 2020. Thankfully, Microsoft has kindly catalogued all of the images, media and even a litt
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Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s next-gen console, arriving late-2020

If you didn’t watch last night’s Game Awards, you may of missed it. But Xbox Series X is the company’s  next generation console, and will be arriving in late 2020. Thankfully, Microsoft has kindly catalogued all of the images, media and even a little information online. Oh, and we’ll almost certainly be hearing a LOT […]

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Watch These Trailers From the 2019 Game Awards

I’m not going to lie, fam. This year’s Game Awards might have been the most painful yet. And that’s before famous bad game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice took home the top prize. It’s […] The post Watch These Trailers From the 2019 Game Awards appear
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Watch These Trailers From the 2019 Game Awards

I’m not going to lie, fam. This year’s Game Awards might have been the most painful yet. And that’s before famous bad game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice took home the top prize. It’s […] The post Watch These Trailers From the 2019 Game Awards appeared first on Geek.com.

PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X: Everything We Know About Next-Gen Consoles

Without a box to house it and a real name to call it, a new video game console is pretty much just a list of specs. But at the 2019 Game Awards the […] The post PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X: Everything We Know About Next-Gen Consoles appeared first o
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PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X: Everything We Know About Next-Gen Consoles

Without a box to house it and a real name to call it, a new video game console is pretty much just a list of specs. But at the 2019 Game Awards the […] The post PlayStation 5 vs. Xbox Series X: Everything We Know About Next-Gen Consoles appeared first on Geek.com.

California library gains hundreds of presidential documents

SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) - History scholars are getting a new trove of priceless presidential papers to pore over at Southern California's Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. The Huntington announced Thursday that 340 artifacts focusing on pr
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California library gains hundreds of presidential documents

SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) - History scholars are getting a new trove of priceless presidential papers to pore over at Southern California's Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. The Huntington announced Thursday that 340 artifacts focusing on presidential administrations from the 18th to the 20th centuries are being donated ...

‘The Witcher’ Final Trailer Teases Magic, War, and an Eerie Quest

'The Witcher' premieres on Netflix on Dec. 20. (Photo Credit: Katalin Vermes / Netflix) Geralt of Rivia hates destiny, but it takes him on a magical, dark, and eerie journey in the fantasy series The Witcher. The TV show, which stars Henry Cavil
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‘The Witcher’ Final Trailer Teases Magic, War, and an Eerie Quest

'The Witcher' premieres on Netflix on Dec. 20. (Photo Credit: Katalin Vermes / Netflix) Geralt of Rivia hates destiny, but it takes him on a magical, dark, and eerie journey in the fantasy series The Witcher. The TV show, which stars Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, and Freya Allan, is […] The post ‘The Witcher’ Final Trailer Teases Magic, War, and an Eerie Quest appeared first on Geek.com.

Fitbit Activity Spike Exposes Cheating Boyfriend

Photo Credit: StockSnap/Pixabay If we’re going to keep using wearable technology to quantify our bodies in increasingly creepy ways, it needs to do more than just help us stay in shape. It can’t just help. It […] The post Fitbit Act
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Fitbit Activity Spike Exposes Cheating Boyfriend

Photo Credit: StockSnap/Pixabay If we’re going to keep using wearable technology to quantify our bodies in increasingly creepy ways, it needs to do more than just help us stay in shape. It can’t just help. It […] The post Fitbit Activity Spike Exposes Cheating Boyfriend appeared first on Geek.com.

Cuba tourists barely pass 4 million, in disappointing result

HAVANA (AP) - Cuba’s government announced Thursday that visitor numbers will only reach slightly more than 4 million this year, dealing a blow to a faltering economy heavily dependent on income from the sector. The government had hoped to surpass the 5 mill
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Cuba tourists barely pass 4 million, in disappointing result

HAVANA (AP) - Cuba’s government announced Thursday that visitor numbers will only reach slightly more than 4 million this year, dealing a blow to a faltering economy heavily dependent on income from the sector. The government had hoped to surpass the 5 million mark in 2019, but U.S. sanctions and ...

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F1 team principals' top 10 results revealed

In what has now become an annual tradition after an original idea that began in 2008, Autosport asks each of the team bosses to pick their top 10 drivers of the year.The individual results are kept secret – so the team principals can answer honestly – an
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F1 team principals' top 10 results revealed

In what has now become an annual tradition after an original idea that began in 2008, Autosport asks each of the team bosses to pick their top 10 drivers of the year.The individual results are kept secret – so the team principals can answer honestly – and the tally totted up using F1's point structure that runs from 25 points for first down to 1 point for 10th. Autosport magazine then ...Keep reading

Sepang WTCR: Michelisz extends lead with finale double pole

While Michelisz scored the maximum 10 points on offer across the two qualifying sessions, his nearest rival Esteban Guerrieri was the only one of the remaining three contenders to score on Friday after he was second fastest in second qualifying.Cyan Racing Ly
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Sepang WTCR: Michelisz extends lead with finale double pole

While Michelisz scored the maximum 10 points on offer across the two qualifying sessions, his nearest rival Esteban Guerrieri was the only one of the remaining three contenders to score on Friday after he was second fastest in second qualifying.Cyan Racing Lynk & Co drivers Yvan Muller and Thed Bjork fared worse, and will both start all three races outside the top 10.Michelisz was ...Keep reading

Hamilton leads F1 bosses' top 10 for fifth year running

In what has now become an annual tradition after an original idea that began in 2008, Autosport asks each of the team bosses to pick their top 10 drivers of the year.The individual results are kept secret – so the team principals can answer honestly – an
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Hamilton leads F1 bosses' top 10 for fifth year running

In what has now become an annual tradition after an original idea that began in 2008, Autosport asks each of the team bosses to pick their top 10 drivers of the year.The individual results are kept secret – so the team principals can answer honestly – and the tally totted up using F1's point structure that runs from 25 points for first down to 1 point for 10th. Autosport magazine then ...Keep reading

Di Resta insists WEC/DTM clashes «don't impact me»

Di Resta has been a regular in the DTM since 2007, save for a three-year stint in Formula 1 with Force India, and raced for the R-Motorsport Aston Martin team in 2019 following Mercedes’ withdrawal from the series.He has also been competing with United Auto
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Di Resta insists WEC/DTM clashes «don't impact me»

Di Resta has been a regular in the DTM since 2007, save for a three-year stint in Formula 1 with Force India, and raced for the R-Motorsport Aston Martin team in 2019 following Mercedes’ withdrawal from the series.He has also been competing with United Autosports in WEC and has a deal through to the end of the 2019/20 season.There are two clashes between the ongoing WEC season and the ...Keep reading

Goodyear to become sole LMP2 tyre supplier

The arrangement with the American company, which re-entered international motorsport in LMP2 at the start of the current WEC season, will mean all cars in the secondary prototype category will run on its tyres from the start of the 2020/21 campaign next Sept
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Goodyear to become sole LMP2 tyre supplier

The arrangement with the American company, which re-entered international motorsport in LMP2 at the start of the current WEC season, will mean all cars in the secondary prototype category will run on its tyres from the start of the 2020/21 campaign next September.It follows the WEC's decision to mandate a sole supplier for the class in order to help slow the P2s when the hypercar era begins ...Keep reading

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