Breaking News: 25 reportedly dead in Kiev riots

From CBS News
February 18, 2014, 06:31 PM
updated February 19th 2014
Thousands of police stormed Kiev’s Independence Square, where protesters are demanding closer economic ties to Western Europe. Katie Stallard of Sky News reports from Kiev, where medics have treated multiple gunshot wounds, despite assurances from the prime minister that live ammunition would not be used on protesters.
Another corrupt government killing it’s own people.

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Secretary of State Kerry on a secret trip to Tunisia

via Rivsip politics 2/18/14


US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Tunisia Tuesday on an unannounced trip to lend support to the North African country that ignited the Arab Spring three years ago. Kerry met President Moncef Marzouki and was later to hold talks with newly appointed Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, who formed a cabinet of independents in January after a months-long political crisis ignited by the killing of two secular politicians. He went on to congratulate Tunisia on its adoption of a new constitution last month that has been widely hailed as the most progressive in the region, calling it a “big step,” and said he looked forward to elections planned for later this year. Kerry’s discussions with Tunisian leaders were to focus on “the progress made in Tunisia’s democratic transition,” and to show the “continued US support for the Tunisian people and government,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said earlier.
On a personal note my father was born in Tunisia when it was a French colony.

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Google tells Glass users: ‘Don’t be a Glasshole’

I love that a large company like Google can actually have a sense of humor. By Brad Reed 2/18/14


Google knows that it has its work cut out for it when it comes to making Google Glass more widely accepted by the general public, which is why it’s put a strict ban on Glass facial recognition apps and other features that could potentially creep people out. However, Google also knows that some of its more zealous early Glass adopters could also pose an image problem for the product, which is why it’s published a handy etiquette guide for Glass users on the do’s and don’t’s of using its computerized headset.

By far the most amusing item on Google’s “don’t” list is “Don’t be creepy or rude (aka, a ‘Glasshole’).” Google knows that Glass could get the same stigma as Bluetooth earpieces if its early adopters are perceived as being oblivious to the world around them and it wants to make sure its Glass pioneers are on the most sociable behavior.

“Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy,” Google writes. “Be polite and explain what Glass does and remember, a quick demo can go a long way. In places where cell phone cameras aren’t allowed, the same rules will apply to Glass. If you’re asked to turn your phone off, turn Glass off as well. Breaking the rules or being rude will not get businesses excited about Glass and will ruin it for other Explorers.”

Google also tells users that they shouldn’t expect to wear Glass out in public and not get asked questions from multiple people about the device since it’s so novel and new. It also recommends that they not stare into Glass’s display for hours on end because “if you find yourself staring off into the prism for long periods of time you’re probably looking pretty weird to the people around you.”

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Disney campaign donations don’t include Gov. Rick Scott

This is the time for like minded people should cheer Disney on and its decision. Is it me or does Governor Scott eyes creep you out to?


(George Skene, Orlando Sentinel )
February 16, 2014|By Jason Garcia, Orlando Sentinel

Walt Disney World, one of the largest political donors in Florida, has spent more than $1.7 million so far during this campaign cycle, cutting checks to more than 100 candidates and committees throughout the state.

But one notable candidate hasn’t made Disney’s donation list: Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

Though Disney says it is supporting Scott, state records show that Disney hasn’t given any money directly to Scott or his Let’s Get to Work political committee, even though the Republican governor is furiously raising money for what some predict will be a $100 million re-election campaign.
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Snowden documents reveal that the NSA spied on WikiLeaks website visitors

My take on this, it seems to have a certain irony, spies surveying leakers of spy materials.  Way too complex for my little brain. And can we please get a new picture of Snowden?

FEBRUARY 18TH, 2014 AT 3:51AM ET 1


Two infamous serial leakers’ paths have just crossed, as new documents from Edward Snowden reveal just how much energy the NSA devoted to spying on Julian Assangeand Wikileaks. According to documents fromThe Intercept, the US and British governments targeted not only the organization itself, but also “the human network that supports WikiLeaks.” In one instance, Britain’s spying agencies tapped fiber-optic cables and logged IP addresses from every visitor to a certain WikiLeaks site. Another showed that the US government urged its allies to charge Assange criminally over Afghanistan leaks, and considered designating WikiLeaks a “malicious foreign actor” — normally a term used for terrorist organizations. For his part, Assange called the NSA’s actions “unlawful and reckless” and urged an investigation into the activities.

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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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