Thursday, 27 April 2017
quote [ The controversial VOICE hotline was officially established yesterday.
Opponents of VOICE have condemned the office as a platform for demonizing immigrants, and compared it to Nazi-era policy.
With the information hotline officially established, opponents of Trump's immigration policies are rallying their Twitter followers to call and report "criminal aliens." Specifically, ones from outer space. ]
This immigrant-hate hotline sucks ass.
Tuesday, 25 April 2017
quote [ The Trump administration announced it will impose a 20 percent tariff on imported softwood lumber from Canada.
The dispute is not new — the United States and Canada have sparred over imports of forest products for decades. But the action comes as the two nations prepare to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, which President Trump has harshly criticized. ]
Probably a diversion to draw attention from the Flynn/Russia investigation. Sorey.
Monday, 24 April 2017
quote [ "Momma, Did You Hear The News?" addresses a fundamental component of black childhood.
n the black community, “the talk” with your children isn’t just that of the birds and the bees ― it’s the one where you explain to them how their skin tone may one day make them a police target.
It’s a conversation so difficult that mother, former social worker and Nashville, Tennessee, native Sanya Gragg wanted to help fellow parents navigate it with her recently released book Momma, Did You Hear The News?
Gragg, 46, said she’d been considering writing the book for a short time after she was laid off from her position as a social worker. Her decision to go forth with it came after the police killing of Terence Crutcher last September. ]
This could be Book One of a series.
quote [ The pilot will involve more than 750,000 children aged between five and 17 months. Around half will get the vaccine in order to compare the jab's real-world effectiveness.
In this age group, the four doses have been shown to prevent nearly four in ten cases of malaria.
This is much lower than approved vaccines for other conditions. ]
Far from perfect, but way better than the alternative, which is nothing.
Sunday, 23 April 2017
quote [ The pair are set to face-off on 7 May but it is the centrist Emmanuel Macron who is favourite.
The centrist Emmanuel Macron will face far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a run-off for the French presidency on 7 May, multiple projections indicate.
An Ipsos/Sopra Steria poll puts Mr Macron on 23.7% in first-round voting with Ms Le Pen on 21.7%.
Opinion polls have consistently predicted Mr Macron defeating his rival in the run-off.
The two fought off a strong challenge from centre-right François Fillon and hard-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon. ]
Europe gets to continue holding its breath, for another couple of weeks, at least.
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
quote [ ...Google Earth received a major update today to version 9. This version is again designed to run in a Web browser (just Chrome for now), but there's now a standalone home for Google Earth at earth.google.com/web. The Android app has been updated, too (iOS is coming soon).
Version 9 puts a big focus on guided tours via the "Voyager" section, which serves as a jumping off point for YouTube videos, 360° content, Street View, and Google Earth landmarks. The tours are led by scientists and documentarians, with some content produced by well-known groups like the BBC's Planet Earth team. ]
If you need another way to waste the rest of today.
Thursday, 13 April 2017
quote [ Last shipments hit stores this month
“NES Classic Edition wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product. However, due to high demand, we did add extra shipments to our original plans,” it told IGN.
Those extra shipments never made it any easier to purchase the NES Classic Edition. Prices skyrocketed on reseller websites throughout the hardware’s short life. Any time a retailer received a limited quantity in stock, the entire shipment would sell out in minutes. ]
I guess it became a hassle for Nintendo to meet demand, what with everybody in the fucking world wanting one. Goddammit, Nintendo!
quote [ U.S. forces dropped one of the biggest non-nuclear weapons in its arsenal in a large-scale strike against ISIS in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, according to Pentagon officials. Officials did not know how many ISIS fighters were killed or if any civilians perished in the attack. ]
Trump must have just found out this bomb existed, and what's the point of having a weapon you're not using?. Especially when you're a War President, a lot of people are saying the greatest War President ever. Many people are saying that.
quote [ In just one 2:30 minute segment, Trump mistakenly says he recently authorized the bombing of Iraq, not Syria, recounts eating the “most beautiful piece of chocolate cake you’ve ever seen” with Chinese president Xi Jinping while telling him about the air strike, and compliments Bartiromo for “treating him so good.” ]
There's a 2:30 video embedded in this article that should be preserved for use in journalism schools, if there still is such a thing. Maria Bartiromo's fawning interview style encourages Trump's obviously lying, self-aggrandizing version of the fabulous missile launch, and his dessert with the cake-eater, Xi.
Monday, 10 April 2017
quote [ The sirens sounded for about an hour and nearly crippled Dallas' 911 call system
Outdoor emergency warning sirens went off across Dallas late Friday, despite no severe weather or any other live emergency threat. A city spokesman originally said a system malfunction had caused the sirens to activate.
But now, Dallas officials say the late-night alarms were due to a security breach. ]
Think of it as a security wake-up call.
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