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Democrats Used To Run From Big Government Label; They're Now Embracing It

The pandemic, a changing party makeup and a softening approach to debt and deficit have combined to give the party space to embrace expensive policies that would have been unheard of a few years ago.

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This AI Could Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 07:00
Medtronic's GI Genius, recently cleared by the FDA, will help doctors identify precancerous polyps.
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TikTok Duets Are Reviving the Exquisite Corpse

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 07:00
Dances, duets, and other challenges differ greatly from the work of the Surrealists. But that doesn’t mean they’re not creating a new art form all their own.
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Antitrust and Privacy Are on a Collision Course

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 07:00
Facebook is being sued for weakening data protections. Google is being sued for strengthening them. Can that paradox be resolved?
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Pandemic Lockdowns Did Cut Air Pollution—but With a Catch

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 04/12/2021 - 07:00
Studies from all over the globe show short-term improvements in urban air quality, but experts are skeptical about how long they’ll last.
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White House Convenes Summit To Address Supply Shortage Crippling Auto Plants

A lack of computer parts known as semiconductors threatens many industries, hitting auto makers especially hard. The White House will bring together executives from 19 companies to confront the issue.

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Can America's 'Civil Religion' Still Unite The Country?

America's diversity means it is not defined by a single ancestry or faith tradition. Americans may nevertheless unite behind a "civil religion" that incorporates the nation's founding principles.

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COMIC: How Your State Wins Or Loses Political Power Through The Census

How much say your state has in Congress and the Electoral College is determined through a little-known, once-a-decade process based on the census.

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MLB's Move Out Of Georgia Is The Latest In A Line Of Political Boycotts

Today's boycotts aren't coming out of nowhere. Here's a look at some prominent examples in history and how boycotts got started.

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John Boehner On The 'Noisemakers' Of The Republican Party

Boehner was the Republican speaker of the House during much of the Obama presidency. His new memoir recounts his time leading House Republicans — even if that meant doing things he personally opposed.

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Hideki Matsuyama Wins Masters, Makes History For Japan

Matsuyama entered the tournament ranked 25th in the world and emerged as the first Japanese person to win a golf major.

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From Bad To Worse: La Soufrière Continues To Erupt

Experts predict the volcano eruption on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent will last for days, even weeks. Officials urge people to seek safety as rescuers search for those who haven't evacuated.

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ITER, The Grand Illusion: A Forensic Investigation of Power Claims

“Is nuclear fusion a likely solution to climate change? Is fusion a viable energy alternative? For 70 years, fusion scientists have promoted new design concepts, pointed to computer models, and unequivocally stated that fusion is the answer. But where is the experimental evidence that the scientific method demands? And why has energy from nuclear fusion always been 20 years away? In a 1993 hearing, nuclear fusion research representatives convinced the U.S. Congress to spend public money on ITER, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor. ITER, they said, was the way to fusion energy. Elected officials in Europe, Japan, and the Soviet Union also agreed to fund ITER. Later, China, India, and South Korea joined the partnership. The evidentiary foundation for ITER, they said, was the Joint European Torus fusion reactor, which, they implied, produced thermal power from fusion at a rate of 66 percent of the reactor input power. That foundation, as it turns out, was flawed. Sometime around 2045, the $65 billion ITER project is expected to run its final experiments, which should produce, for 500 seconds, a thermal power output rate equivalent to the overall reactor electrical power input rate. Although this result would accomplish its scientific objective, the overall reactor output will be equivalent to a zero net-power reactor. Instead, the fusion representatives told Congress, the public, and the news media that the ITER reactor would produce millions of Watts of power, ten times the power the reactor would consume. They said it would prove that fusion on Earth is commercially viable. But the scientists didn’t disclose that the reactor would also consume millions of Watts of electrical power. They didn’t explain that the reactor is designed only for a power gain of the physics reactions, rather than a power gain of the overall reactor. If ITER works as designed, the 70-year research program will end up with a reactor that produces no overall net energy. ITER, The Grand Illusion: A Forensic Investigation of Power Claims, featuring members of Congress, prominent representatives of the fusion community, and the two former spokesmen of the ITER organization, reveals the details of this story. Watch now on Vimeo.”

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Surgo Ventures Projects U.S. Will Only Achieve 58% Vaccine Coverage a Year from Now

“Surgo Ventures Projects U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Rates will Plateau in Late April—Before We Reach Herd Immunity. Projections Show Vaccine Uptake Will Move Much Slower after April: Without Working Harder to Convince Vaccine Holdouts, We Will Only Achieve 58% Vaccine Coverage a Year from Now. April 8, 2021 — Today Surgo Ventures released the results of its second survey of U.S. adults, which found that enthusiasm for the COVID-19 vaccine is generally high, with 59% of the population now saying they have already been vaccinated or want to be as soon as a vaccine is made available to them. This proportion of vaccinated and vaccine enthusiastic adults increased from 40% in Surgo’s first survey, conducted in early January.However, an additional analysis Surgo conducted based on survey respondents’ preferred timelines for getting vaccinated (e.g., “as soon as it’s available,”“in three months,” “in a year,” “don’t know” and “would not get vaccinated”) and current U.S. vaccination rates suggests that the supply-demand shift for the vaccine will happen earlier than expected—as early as the end of April—and before the nation reaches the 70-90% threshold for achieving herd immunity…”

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2021: Office Re-Entry Index

“Throughout the extent of the Coronavirus pandemic, many companies across America halted in-office operations and transitioned workforces to operate remotely. As companies worked year-round to develop strategies for office re-entry, planning efforts continued to shift as new information was presented daily. One year later, now with vaccine in distribution and decreasing positivity rates, companies have a renewed focus on planning for when and how to bring employees back into the office. In its latest “Office Re-Entry Index,” LaSalle Network collected responses from 350 Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers, and Human Resources and Finance leaders on sentiments and plans for returning to the office. This is the first installment of an ongoing series LaSalle Network will produce over the next 12 months to continue gauging office re-entry efforts. This index includes information on topics such as:

  • When and how companies plan to bring employees back into the office
  • Structuring and leading hybrid workforces
  • Vaccination trends..”
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5 Sites Like Rotten Tomatoes to Find Average Ratings and Reviews for Anything

Make Use Of: “Track reviews from top critics to find the best-reviewed books, music, gadgets, games, and cryptocurrencies. Rotten Tomatoes is great for movies, but what about the rest? These sites track reviews from top critics to find the best-reviewed books, music, gadgets, games, and cryptocurrencies. With so many newspapers, magazines, websites, and YouTube channels, there are reviews everywhere and about everything. Rotten Tomatoes solved the problem for films by aggregating all reviews for a movie and assigning it an average rating. You can now use the same system for a bunch of other fields, and in turn, discover what you should try next…”

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More Than 700 Civilians Killed By Myanmar Junta Since Coup

At least 82 people were killed in the city of Bago on Friday during a military crackdown against opposition.

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8 new rules for Zoom after a year of all-virtual meetings

Tech Republic Video – 8 new rules for Zoom after a year of all-virtual meetings – “Babies and dogs are now welcome visitors during video conference calls but the expectation about your camera is the same: Turn it on.”
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Swelling Anti-Asian Violence: Who Is Being Attacked Where

The New York Times report and visualization: “Over the last year, in an unrelenting series of episodes with clear racial animus, people of Asian descent have been pushed, beaten, kicked, spit on and called slurs. Homes and businesses have been vandalized. The violence has known no boundaries, spanning generations, income brackets and regions. The New York Times attempted to capture a sense of the rising tide of anti-Asian bias nationwide. Using media reports from across the country, The Times found more than 110 episodes since March 2020 in which there was clear evidence of race-based hate. There have been many more attacks on people of Asian descent in which hate is not a clear motivation the way it is when racial slurs are used. Those cases include the fatal attack of a Thai man in January, as well as the assaults of a 91-year-old man in Oakland’s Chinatown and a 89-year-old woman in Brooklyn. Those episodes, and other brutal high-profile attacks, have terrified the Asian community. But there is no ambiguity about the cases The Times collected: These are assaults in which the assailants expressed explicit racial hostility with their language, and in which nearly half included a reference to the coronavirus: “You are the virus.” “You are infected.” “Go back to China.” “You’re the one who brought the virus here.”..”

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Black Army Lieutenant Sues Virginia Police Officers For Excessive Force

Lt. Caron Nazario told the two Windsor police officers he was afraid to get out of the car after how belligerently he was being treated. Officer Joe Gutierrez responded: "Yeah, you should be."

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