Nike designer says self-lacing ‘Back to the Future’ shoes will arrive in 2015

I’ll be first in line when they’re available!

By Casey Newton 02.15.2014

The fictional Nike Air Mag sneakers from Back to the Future Part II became a reality in 2011, when Nike auctioned off 1,500 pairs to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The shoes featured a glowing LED panel, an electroluminescent Nike logo, and a battery that kept them lighted for five hours between charges. There was just one problem — they didn’t lace themselves automatically the way they did in the movie.


But that may be about to change. Sole Collectorreports that during an appearance in New Orleans, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield suggested that Marty McFly’s dream shoes might be on their way after all. “Are we gonna see power laces in 2015?” he said, according to the publication. “To that, I say YES!” There’s no telling how serious Hatfield is, but he’s certainly given sneakerheads reason to hope. If only the outlook for flying cars were as bright.

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Foxconn’s US manufacturing invasion could start with Vizio TVs

My take on this, this is the company that makes iPhones for Apple in China. Moving factories to this country is an incredible reversal and is the beginning of what I believe to be a manufacturing boom for the United States.

By Aaron Souppouris 2/16/14


Foxconn looks likely to begin manufacturing large-screen TVs in the US. Last month, chairman Terry Gou said the manufacturing giant was “studying the feasibility” of opening a display manufacturing plant in the US, but according to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Gou is now more bullish on the possibility. “We have many big projects in the US coming up,” says the chairman. “For instance, is it possible to make our 120-inch TVs in Taiwan and ship them over? It’s impossible. We have to make them on site.”


Foxconn already has a silent presence in the US; a partnership sees the Taiwanese company manufacture many of Vizio’s panels in Asia. Last month, Vizio and Foxconn demonstrated a 120-inch 4K TV at CES, and it appears that Foxconn’s chairman believes the only way that TV and similar models will make it to US stores will be if they’re made in the country.

A new TV plant in the US would represent a major investment in the country’s marginalized manufacturing industry. Foxconn previously announced plans to open a $30 million facility in Pennsylvania that will employ 500. That plant is focused chiefly on research and development, an area that should be bolstered by a partnership with a further $10 million investment in research at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University. Foxconn has also been meeting with Google recently to discuss a partnership in advanced manufacturing robotics, something that could be important for the creation of electronics in a country with relatively expensive labor when compared to China.

Source The Wall Street Journal

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Kerry slams Russia for ‘enabling’ Syria’s Assad (via Riversip)

I found this interesting article via Riversip US Politics News
My take:
The President of Syria has no reason to negotiate in good faith. Although the end game seems clear, he’s trying to prolong what is going to be his end. Russia, his ally needs to pay back large sums of money borrowed from the world based on a barrel of oil being a $120 to fund the Olympics in Sochi. It is in their best interest to stir the ant beds and keep the Mideast in turmoil . I fear that this is the dilemma that the administration of faces. This can be very dangerous.

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The definition of politics by Bill Maher


Politicians are much like a box of chocolates. You bite into them to find out what’s inside. Democrats are often soft and gooey, while Republicans are mostly nuts.
February 14th 2014 during New Rules han is HBO show.

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‘Meet The Press’ Shows Us Exactly How Not To Cover Climate Change

Jack MirkinsonThe Huffington Post02/15/14 09:39 AM ET

On Friday, “Meet the Press” host David Gregory sent out this tweet:


This, to put it mildly, is not the way to do things.

First, some context: TV news shows almost never cover climate change, which ought to be one of the most aggressively-reported issues around, given that, y’know, it’s a dire threat to the planet and everyone on it. A recent study from Media Matters found that the Sunday shows on NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox spent a combined 27 minutes on the topic in the whole of 2013. Meet the Press was singled out as “failing to offer a single substantial mention of climate change” for the entire year.

So, when “MTP” does finally decide that the issue merits its consideration, what does it do? It sets up a “debate” about the issue between Bill Nye—who, despite the great things he has done to popularize science, is not a climate scientist—and Blackburn, who has previously tweeted about how proud she is to deny that global warming exists.

The existence of climate change is no longer an issue up for discussion, and hasn’t been for decades. The most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said there was a 95 percent chance that humans are responsible for global warming.

The only debate left is what to do about climate change, not whether it exists. And, if the Sunday shows do insist on carrying out that tired conflict, they should at least put the debate in the hands of climate scientists, rather than media figures or politicians. “Meet the Press” is providing a perfect example of what not to do.

The Sunday shows on ABC and CBS are doing marginally better this weekend. Both are covering “extreme weather,” which naturally involves a conversation about climate change, and, regrettably, both are seemingly keen on maintaining the idea that there is still a “debate” about the topic afoot. Consequently, both shows are featuring Republican governor Pat McCrory, who has previously said that global warming is “in God’s hands.”

But they’re also turning to actual climate scientists. “This Week” is speaking to Climate Central’s chief climatologist Dr. Heidi Cullen, and “Face the Nation” is turning to Dr. Marshall Shepherd, the former head of the American Meteorological Society. That’s a small step, but it is something.

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Antonin Scalia Gets Big Shoutout In Judge’s Decision Against Virginia Gay Marriage Ban

Who could have guessed that Justice Scalia’s rant against marriage equality would be used so well to make the rationale four marriage equality. AVB

Once again, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s blistering June 2013 dissent against overturning DOMA has been cited by a judge ruling against a state’s gay marriage ban.

Late Thursday night, U.S. District Court Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen decided that Virginia’s current law denies same-sex couples “their rights to due process and equal protection guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

As TPM points out, Wright Allen made a direct reference to Scalia’s words in the process. Part of his June dissent highlighted the conflict United States v. Windsor presents for state and federal gay marriage laws.

From page 28 of Wright Allen’s ruling:

“In Windsor, our Constitution was invoked to protect the individual rights of gay and lesbian citizens, and the propriety of such protection led to upholding state law against conflicting federal law. The propriety of invoking such protection remains compelling when faced with the task of evaluating the constitutionality of state laws. This propriety is described eloquently in a dissenting opinion authored by the Honorable Antonin Scalia:

As I have said, the real rationale of [the Windsor opinion] is that DOMA is motivated by “bare . . . desire to harm” couples in same-sex marriages. How easy it is, indeed how inevitable, to reach the same conclusion with regard to state laws denying same-sex couples marital status.

Scalia’s June dissent went so far as to call the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down DOMA “legalistic argle-bargle.” He argued that same-sex marriage was a question best reserved for Congress and the states.

“We might have let the People decide,” he said. “But that the majority will not do. Some will rejoice in today’s decision, and some will despair at it; that is the nature of a controversy that matters so much to so many. But the Court has cheated both sides, robbing the winners of an honest victory, and the losers of the peace that comes from a fair defeat. We owed both of them better. I dissent.”

This is not the first instance of Scalia’s words from the federal DOMA case being applied at the state level. TPM noted in its Friday report that judges from Kentucky, Utah and Ohio have all pointed to some portion of that dissent in their various rulings.
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Obama considers tougher action against Syria


US president announces more help for King Abdullah and officials hint at more aggressive policy against Assad

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Google Glass gets dumped by yet another former fan

image By Brad Reed 2/14/14

Google Glass’s chances of being a big commercial hit aren’t very good if it keeps losing fans left and right. Earlier this month we brought you the tale of Jeff Jarvis, the longtime Google fanboy who came out and admitted that he “*hates*” Google Glass so much that he feels “embarrassed” for ever having ordered one. Now CNET reports that Chris Barrett, another Google Glass early adopter who famously tried his luck at bringing Glass with him into a casino, has all but stopped wearing the headset because it regularly gave him pounding headaches.

“I have it on my desk every day, but I just don’t have a good enough reason to wear it,” he tellsCNET. “It’s not worth the headache. I get my e-mails on my laptop or iPhone if I’m on the go.”

Barrett, who has no history of getting headaches from looking at screens, says that Google should issue some kind of warning with Glass since many people who get headaches from it might not understand that Glass is the cause. In response, Google tells CNET that “health and safety are extremely important to the Glass team, and we’ve been working with eye care professionals from the very beginning to ensure that the device is safe for use” while noting that “in our help center, we do encourage new Explorers to ease into Glass, just as they would a new pair of glasses.”

The wearable computing market right now is very much in its early stages and companies such as Google and Samsung are all feverishly trying to experiment with different platforms that will make computers more part of our everyday apparel. Given this, it shouldn’t be too surprising that early models are giving early adopters both literal and figurative headaches.

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White House pledges $1 billion to prepare for climate change

My take on this, this may be literally a drop in the ocean but our leaders  need to acknowledge there is a problem, and President Obama seems to have the courage to do so.

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday unveiled a $1 billion fund in his 2015 budget to help communities across the United States prepare for the impact of climate change. The fund, announced in Fresno, California, is part of Obama’s pledge to speed federal assistance to the most populous U.S. state. The fund is part of a broader approach to deal with climate change that Obama outlined in his Climate Action Plan in June 2013. “Given the saliency of the issues in communities across the political spectrum, it seems likely to create some momentum for action in Congress, although obviously that is very hard to say in the current environment,” said Billy Pizer, associate professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
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Nominate Heroic LGBTQ Youth for Courage Award

Frontiers Magazine
Posted on 2/14/2014 1:30:00 PM by Karen Ocamb


The Colin Higgins Foundation is seeking nominations for its Youth Courage Award  – but the deadline is this Monday, Feb 17.  Nominees must be age 20 or younger. The three winners will receive a $10,000 grant, plus trips to L.A. Pride & Creating Change in Denver. Late nominations will not be accepted. Winners will be notified at the end of April

Nominate here:

From the Collin Higgins Foundation:

    The Youth Courage Award will be given to: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer and Questioning youth activists (through age 20) who have bravely stood up to hostility and intolerance based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and triumphed over bigotry through working for LGBTQ rights and social justice.

    The nomination is simple: Fill out the online application and describe in 450 words or less why you think your nominee should receive the award, giving details that cover three areas: A) obstacles the nominee has faced due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, B) how the nominee has overcome these obstacles through their activism for LGBTQ rights in their community, and C) how the award could transform the life of your nominee and support them to achieve their dreams. Please be specific and use examples.

    Whether it’s coming out to your high school football teammates or deciding that being transgender won’t stop you from being prom queen or king, the Colin Higgins Foundation wants to show LGBTQ youth that their courage is appreciated.

    Many LGBTQ youth struggle day to day living in environments that threaten their well-being, from enduring physical and emotional abuse from family members, to being kicked out of their homes, to seeking social services from providers that have no training on the issues facing LGBTQ youth, to confronting bullying and harassment in public schools coming from both students and the school administration.

    Pictured: At NYC Pride, last year’s Youth Courage Award honorees, from left to right:  Isaias Vazquez Martinez (age 21 from Denver, CO), Mateo Tabares (age 18 from Corona, NY) and Alan Pelaez (age 20 from Waltham, MA).  Photo courtesy Golin Higgins Foundation.
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