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Progressive Andrew Gillum Wins Upset In Florida Democratic Primary

Gillum won the primary for governor over establishment favorite Gwen Graham, boosted by backing from Sen. Bernie Sanders. Gillum will face Rep. Ron DeSantis, a favorite of President Trump.

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The best free movies on YouTube

Digital Trends: “Google quietly began rolling out the section in 2011. Since then, its library of titles for rent, purchase, or streaming has grown considerably, adding up to more movies than you could watch in a lifetime. If you don’t want to pay for a streaming service like Netflix or HBO, you can view some free movies on YouTube, but it’s tough to find stuff that isn’t illegally uploaded or in poor quality. Many of the movies that are available are documentaries, campy horror flicks, and older titles from Hollywood’s “Golden Age,” and it’s not easy to make an educated choice when you’re faced with choosing something you’ve probably never heard of. So, to help save you some time in your search, we’ve sifted through the site to bring you this list of the best full-length — and, of course, free — movies on YouTube….”

  • Note – “Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece, Metropolis, helped pioneer the sci-fi genre as a whole. The dystopian film revolves around a man of wealth (Gustav Fröhlich), who abandons his privileged life to join a band of oppressed workers in a revolt. The film was initially praised for its technical merits (though not so much for its plot or commentary on society as a whole), and as time has gone on, its legacy has grown, as it’s now considered one of the defining films of the entire 20th century.”
Categories: Law and Legal

NASA releases thousands of hours of Apollo 11 mission audio

The Hill: “NASA and the University of Texas have teamed up to digitize 19,000 hours of recordings from the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first two people on the moon.  The audio was uploaded to the Internet Archive, a nonprofit website that hosts digitized versions of cultural artifacts. “One of the things that comes across is that each of the people working for NASA is proud of what they do. They were always working collaboratively,” John Hansen, a speech researcher at the university and principal investigator for the project, told NBC News. The newly digitized recordings track conversations between astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and mission control in Houston. They include serious discussions, such as one about a program alarm Armstrong and Aldrin hadn’t encountered in training, and more light-hearted exchanges like one about an oatmeal-eating contest.  Digitizing the tapes was an arduous task, NBC reported, as each one contained 30 different audio channels and a unique tape recorder was needed to read one track at a time, requiring each of the 170 tapes to be played 30 times…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Google made new search tools to help veterans find better jobs

Google Blog – Helping veterans make their next move in civilian life: “…Through Grow with Google, our initiative to help create opportunities for all Americans, we hope to use our technology to help veterans understand the full range of opportunities open to them across many different fields. Right now those opportunities are getting lost in translation. There isn’t a common language that helps recruiters match a veteran’s experience with the need for their skills and leadership in civilian jobs. As a result, 1 in 3 veterans—of the roughly 250,000 service members who transition out of the military each year—end up taking jobs well below their skill level. Starting today, service members can search ‘jobs for veterans‘ on Google and then enter their specific military job codes (MOS, AFSC, NEC, etc.) to see relevant civilian jobs that require similar skills to those used in their military roles. We’re also making this capability available to any employer or job board to use on their own property through our Cloud Talent Solution. As of today, service members can enter their military job codes on any career site using Talent Solution, including FedEx Careers, Encompass Health Careers, Siemens Careers, CareerBuilder and Getting Hired….” [h/t Pete Weiss]

Categories: Law and Legal

Catholic Lay Group Wants More Responsibility To Investigate Clergy Sexual Abuse

A panel of lay advisers to U.S. Catholic bishops sees a "systemic problem" in the church that can only be addressed independently of Catholic authorities.

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A Toddler's Death Adds To Concerns About Migrant Detention

An 18-month-old child died this spring after she was released from an immigrant detention facility in Texas. Lawyers representing her mother intend to sue the contractor for $40 million in damages.

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How plastic bags came to rule our lives, and why we can’t quit them.

Via TOPIC: “The story of the plastic bag—the kind that is so ubiquitous in grocery stores, in gutters, in the branches of trees—is a story of persuasion, one that began with a battle between paper and plastic in the hearts of the American people. “People are fond of the old paper bag,” Peter Bunten explained to the New York Times in 1984. “It’s as American as the flag and apple pie and all those other red, white, and blue clichés.” At the time, Bunten worked for American Paper Institute, and the plastic bag, first introduced to grocery stores in 1979, was ready to challenge the paper bag’s supremacy over how people carted home groceries—a $600 million market at the time. To the plastics industry, the grocery bag was “the last stronghold” of the American supermarket, Ronald Schmeider, marketing manager at Mobil Chemical, a subsidiary of what is now ExxonMobil, told the Los Angeles Times in 1986. Plastics already had conquered the meat tray, the egg carton, and the produce and bread bag, jobs previously performed by paper. But the paper grocery bag proved harder to supplant…The general public, however, was sold the sack on the prospects for reuse. “The Plastic Grocery Sack Council says plastic bags can be reused in more than 17 different ways, the Los Angeles Times reported in 1986, “including as a wrap for frozen foods, a jogger’s wind breaker or a beach bag.” By 1988, about 40 percent of US grocery bags were plastic. By 2003, the American Plastics Council estimated plastic’s market share was close to 80 percent. Estimates made over a decade ago suggest somewhere between 500 billion and 1.5 trillion plastic bags are consumed globally each year at a rate of more than a million a minute…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Google Search latest target in Trump’s “strategic” push to discredit the news

Quartz: “The White House is “taking a look” into regulating Google, Donald Trump’s top economic advisor said Tuesday morning, after the US president tweeted in the early morning hours that googling “Trump news” turned up too many negative results. Google search results has it “RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD,” Trump wrote before 5am EDT, in tweets that were erased and then reposted hours later. Google & others “are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good. They are controlling what we can & cannot see!” he wrote. Asked by a reporter whether that meant there should be some sort of regulation for Google, economic advisor Larry Kudlow said “We’ll let you know. We’re taking a look at it.” Later, Trump told reporters he thought Google is “really taking advantage of a lot of people.” There are “literally thousands and thousands of complaints coming in,” he said. Google, Twitter, and Facebook are “really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful.”…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Government Agency Digital Products Case Study Report Now Available

Federal Depository Library Program (FDPL) – “In the fall of 2016, the Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the Superintendent of Documents entered into an interagency agreement with the Federal Research Division (FRD) of the Library of Congress to develop and test a methodology for identifying agency digital publishing, dissemination, and preservation policies and practices. The final report, “Disseminating and Preserving Digital Public Information Products Created by the U.S. Federal Government: A Case Study Report,” is now available. The results and recommendations found in the report provide Library Services and Content Management (LSCM) a more informed approach to:

  • Foster productive, collaborative relationships with agencies
  • Develop strategies to improve and transform its operations and services to facilitate a more effective and efficient proactive approach to increased discovery and access to Government information
  • Ensure all in-scope content is acquired for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the Cataloging & Indexing Program (C&I), and GPO’s System of Online Access (FDsys/govinfo)…”
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The Lego Minifig Turns 40

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 18:00
It's been four decades since Lego's little plastic people first walked off the assembly line.
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Prime Minister Theresa May Pledges $5.1 Billion In Investment In Africa

May says her pledge to boost investment in the continent is part of a post-Brexit goal to deepen and strengthen Britain's global partnerships.

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McCain Honored By Best Friend Graham In Emotional Senate Speech

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said that Sen. John McCain, who died on Saturday, was successful in spite of his political failures.

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In France Man Arrested After Video of Harassment Goes Viral

The video shows a man punching a woman in front of a Paris cafe, French media reports the assailant was taken into police custody after leaving a hospital where he was receiving psychiatric treatment.

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Need To Track A Submarine? A Harbor Seal Can Show You How

Harbor seals use sensors in their whiskers to help discern predator from prey. It's all about the way the water whirls, say scientists who are now training computers to be better trackers, too.

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Record High Number Of STD Infections In U.S., As Prevention Funding Declines

The U.S. has the highest rates of sexually transmitted disease cases in the industrialized world, say health trackers, with chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reaching 2.3 million cases in 2017.

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A New 'Taxonomy Of Corruption' In Nigeria Finds 500 Different Kinds

A researcher has developed a tool to document all the forms corruption takes in Nigeria. What can it teach us?

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Why Google Is a Perfect Target for Trump

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 14:59
A sentence-by-sentence breakdown of Trump's recent tweets about the search giant reveal why Google is his most convenient target.
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Underwater Robots Help NASA Plan Future Deep-Space Missions

NASA Image of the Day - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 14:51
An expedition that will help NASA search for life in deep space launched today – not with a rocket’s roar, but with a gentle splash into the deep Pacific Ocean. The project will use underwater robots to explore the environment around a deep-sea volcano off the coast of Hawaii that has similar conditions to what may exist on Saturn’s moon Enceladus.
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French Environment Minister Quits In Live Interview: 'World Is Not Doing Enough'

"I don't want to give the illusion that my presence in government means we're answering these issues properly," Nicolas Hulot said, criticizing President Emmanuel Macron's environmental policies.

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Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte Is Back to Mess With Your Brain

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 14:15
The real reasons why these frothy, fatty drinks are so devilishly addictive.
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