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  1. p/s says:

    “…The term callous-unemotional (CU) traits refers to a pattern of behaviors including a lack of empathy, guilt or remorse, shallow or deficient affect, as well as a lack of concern about the person’s actions or one’s own and others’ feelings (i.e., limited prosocial emotions). High levels of CU-traits are often observed in youths with severe aggression and antisocial behavior. Therefore, CU-traits have mostly been studied in children and adolescents with disruptive behavior disorders (DBDs, including oppositional defiant and conduct disorder. Notably, children and adolescents with DBD form a very heterogeneous group in regard to etiology, associated behavioral symptoms, developmental trajectories, future risk for impairment, or response to treatment” http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213158217303200

  2. Wazzup says:

    Loss of water from rocks during drought caused California’s Sierra Nevada to rise nearly an inch (2.5 centimeters) in height from October 2011 to October 2015, according to a new NASA study. The study also found that in the following two years of increased snow and rain, the rocks in the range regained about half as much water as was lost during the drought and the return of the weight caused the height of the mountains to fall about half an inch (1.3 centimeters). https://phys.org/news/2017-12-loss-drought-sierra-nevada.html Pumping of Central Valley groundwater has produced spectacular land subsidence. Uplift of the adjacent Sierra Nevada mountains has been proposed to be either tectonic uplift or solid Earth’s elastic response to unloading of Central Valley groundwater.
    Meanwhile: “The bottom of the ocean is sinking, warping and deforming because of the added water weight from melting glaciers. What does this say about estimated extent of sea level rise?” http://www.techtimes.com/articles/218284/20180108/the-ocean-floor-is-sinking-due-to-additional-water-weight-from-melting-glaciers.htm
    Ocean Bottom Deformation Due To Present-Day Mass Redistribution and Its Impact on Sea Level Observations (American Geophysical Union) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017GL075419/abstract scroll down for related articles

  3. Doc says:

    Two teams of scientists from Switzerland, USA, Germany, Italy, and Israel have discovered the fourth dimension. https://www.phys.ethz.ch/research/highlights/research-highlights/2017/04/a-look-into-the-fourth-dimension.html “Physicists can now investigate not just on paper, but also experimentally the effects that phenomena occurring in four (or even more) dimensions can have in our usual three-dimensional world. Quasicrystals in metallic alloys are one example. In three spatial dimensions such quasicrystals have no periodic structure, but when one looks at them in higher virtual dimensions, they actually exhibit regular patterns. And, finally, there is string theory, according to which higher spatial dimensions are “compactified” in such a way that, at the end, our normal three-dimensional world emerges.”

    • Mike says:

      “Australian raptors start fires to flush out prey : In the first recorded instance of fire being used by animals other than humans, three Australian birds of prey species have been seen carrying burning twigs to set new blazes.” https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/australian-raptors-start-fires-to-flush-out-prey (includes photos) “At or around an active fire front, birds – usually black kites, but sometimes brown falcons – will pick up a firebrand or a stick not much bigger than your finger and carry it away to an unburnt area of grass and drop it in there to start a new fire,” says Bob Gosford, an ornithologist with the Central Land Council in Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory, who led the documentation of witness accounts. “It’s not always successful, but sometimes it results in ignition. Observers report both solo and cooperative attempts, often successful, to spread wildfires intentionally via single-occasion or repeated transport of burning sticks in talons or beaks. This behaviour, often represented in sacred ceremonies, is widely known to local people in the Northern Territory,” write the authors behind the find in the Journal of Ethnobiology. “Intentional Fire-Spreading by “Firehawk” Raptors in Northern Australia” http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.2993/0278-0771-37.4.700

    • Drill Baby says:

      Twenty-two Democratic U.S. senators from 12 states on Thursday joined the chorus of local representatives seeking exemptions from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s newly proposed offshore drilling plan, after his surprise move on Tuesday to shield Florida. http://gcaptain.com/u-s-senators-from-12-states-seek-offshore-drilling-exemptions-like-floridas/
      Zinke surprised lawmakers, governors, and industry groups on Tuesday night by announcing that Florida would be removed from the Interior Department’s proposal to open up over 90 percent of federal waters to oil and gas leasing.
      Zinke had met in Tallahasee with Republican Governor Rick Scott who told the Interior chief that drilling puts his state’s coastal tourism economy at risk. Scott is widely expected to challenge Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.
      The White House dismissed suggestions that Florida’s exemption was a political favor to Scott. “I am not aware of any political favor that that would have been part of,” spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

  4. Cassandra says:

    “Is the US Preparing for Preventive War? Views from North Korea” By: Alexander Vorontsov
    38 North, January 10, 2018 http://www.38north.org/2018/01/avorontsov011018/
    “In mid-November 2017, I spent several days in Pyongyang talking to DPRK foreign ministry officials about the prospects of war between North Korea and the United States. These were sobering discussions. All of my interlocutors made it clear that while North Korea does not want war, it will not hide from it either. These officials feared that the US was already trying to shape the battlefield for a military operation against the North, and that South Koreans do not seem to have grasped the reality that the Trump administration is set on a course for preventive war. However, Pyongyang is extremely serious about this scenario and is not bluffing when it says that “only one question remains: when will war break out?” In this respect, our counterparts emphasized that “our soldiers have long been sleeping without removing their boots.”

    • CRM 114 says:

      “A group of veteran nuclear launch officers has pleaded with Congress to restrict President Donald Trump’s access to the U.S.’s weapons of mass destruction, questioning his ability to make such a serious decision.” http://www.newsweek.com/trump-last-person-have-power-start-nuclear-war-former-missile-officer-778705 “In a letter to lawmakers, 17 veterans once charged with starting a nuclear war at the president’s request said Thursday that they have long questioned the current leader’s “fitness to serve as commander in chief, with absolute authority over the nation’s nuclear arsenal.” The group said their doubts have only grown as Trump neared the one-year mark of his first term in office, and an upcoming Pentagon review was expected to loosen restrictions to the U.S.’s ability to use nuclear weapons.”

      • "Moe, Larry, the cheese!" says:

        White House chief of staff John Kelly and a Secret Service agent scuffled with Chinese security officials over the U.S. nuclear “football” during a trip to China in November, Axios reported Sunday. The nuclear football is the black briefcase containing the nuclear launch codes for the president. The aide carrying it is required to remain close to the president at all times. http://thehill.com/policy/international/china/374485-axios-us-and-chinese-officials-scuffled-in-beijing-over-nuclear The interaction reportedly took place during President Trump’s trip to Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. The aide carrying the briefcase was blocked from entering the hall, and another official quickly told Kelly, five sources told Axios.
        Kelly then came over and told the officials to continue walking in, after which a Chinese security official grabbed at Kelly, and the chief of staff pushed him off, according to Axios. A Secret Service agent then tackled the Chinese security official, the publication reported.
        U.S. officials were asked to not discuss the interaction, according to Axios. Chinese officials were never in possession of the bag containing the nuclear launch codes, and a top Chinese security official apologized to the Trump team afterward.

  5. Ante up says:

    “Cliven Bundy may be a free man, but he is also a cheat and a thief” (Salt Lake Tribune) https://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2018/01/09/gehrke-cliven-bundy-may-be-a-free-man-but-he-is-also-a-cheat-and-a-thief/
    “Theoconstitutionalism is an integral part of the LDS faith, Mormons adding the White Horse Prophecy belief the Constitution of the United States is not only divinely inspired but they are the chosen to defend it at The End when their Church can be “restored” after they ascend. This is a continuation of a long standing war not only for the Mormon State of Deseret but for the United States. http://suindependent.com/theo-constitutional/ This is War, a Constitutional crisis defined by Cliven Bundy and his Nay Book. https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/12/12/blood-soil-faith

  6. Mike says:

    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) plans to deliver a speech this week condemning President Trump’s frequent attacks on the press and comparing him to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, NBC News reported Sunday. http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/368988-flake-to-evoke-stalin-in-senate-speech-slamming-trumps-attacks-on-media “2017 was a year which saw the truth — objective, empirical, evidence-based truth —more battered and abused than any other time in the history of our country, at the hands of the most powerful figure in our government,” Flake will say in his speech, according to excerpts obtained by NBC News. (see links)

  7. Movin' up says:

    CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation: Who Is Sean Cairncross? http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/ceo-of-the-millennium-challenge-corporation-who-is-sean-cairncross-180116?news=860405 (the Millennium Challenge Corporation was established in 2004 to administer the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), the George W. Bush administration’s bilateral development aid fund. The MCA was conceived in the wake of the 9/11 attacks as a means of combating terrorism through poverty alleviation—or, more accurately, through economic development in poor countries where instability could pose a threat to U.S. interests.)

  8. Chimayóso says:

    “Book examines rank, file workers who kept Los Alamos lab running” http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/book-examines-rank-file-workers-who-kept-los-alamos-lab/article_a1a4f998-0523-545a-920f-c4ed3015ac52.html “…A 54-year-old radiological technician who reflected on his work at the lab said, “I’ve been in every building in the laboratory and been exposed to all sorts of things. It’s been a good job and provided well for my family, but I know it is going to kill me. I can accept that knowledge. I knew the risks going in and I made my choices.”
    Most remained loyal to the lab, no matter how things turned out for them. …Gene Westerhold, a pipefitter who once volunteered to troubleshoot a radiological accident that killed a co-worker and could have blown up the lab. Westerhold said that on at least three occasions, he received a lifetime dosage of radiation.
    But when he retired in 1998 and asked for his medical records, he got only one page.”

    • eideard says:

      Have to smile over some of the [very few] experiences I had with the Labs. The funniest being on a repair job with a couple of technicians from a firm where I worked. One of the guys always brought his custom-nutrition lunch with him. When he opened a refrigerator standing in a corner of the maintenance room we were working in – it was half-full of rock samples labeled from several locations at the Trinity Nuclear Test Site.

      I suggested he’d be better off letting his lunch come to room temperature. He agreed.

  9. Straya says:

    Researchers have discovered rocks in northern Queensland that bear striking similarities to those found in North America, suggesting that part of northern Australia was actually part of North America 1.7 billion years ago. http://news.curtin.edu.au/media-releases/curtin-researchers-discover-piece-america-northern-australia/ The research paper in GEOLOGY published by the Geological Society of America, concluded that the rocks found in Georgetown, 412 kilometres west of Cairns, have signatures that are unknown in Australia and instead have a surprising resemblance to rocks found in Canada today. Curtin University PhD student Adam Nordsvan from the School of Earth and Planetary Sciences said the findings were significant as they unlock important information about the 1.6 billion year old supercontinent Nuna. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_(supercontinent)#/media/File:Paleoglobe_NO_1590_mya-vector-colors.svg

  10. Genly Ai says:

    “Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like “The Left Hand of Darkness” and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 88.” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/23/obituaries/ursula-k-le-guin-acclaimed-for-her-fantasy-fiction-is-dead-at-88.html “In addition to more than 20 novels, she was the author of a dozen books of poetry, more than 100 short stories (collected in multiple volumes), seven collections of essays, 13 books for children and five volumes of translation, including the Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu and selected poems by the Chilean Nobel Prize winner Gabriela Mistral. She also wrote a guide for writers.”
    “The Lathe of Heaven” (1980) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8VRbaVNvSA

  11. Dodes'ka-den says:


    A panel from Kazuto Tatsuta’s “Ichi-F: A Worker’s Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant”, translated into English by Stephen Paul, published by Kodansha Comics. http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/08/28/fukushima-from-within-ichi-f/
    Kazuto Tatsuta is a middle-aged man from Tokyo who became determined to work cleaning up the infamous Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after it was severely damaged in the March 2011 tsunami. Ichi-F describes his everyday life in Fukushima, from the mundanity of apartment hunting with other men his age to the specifics of putting on a protective mask without giving himself a headache. It is autobiographical, though Tatsuta’s name is a pseudonym and most details are anonymized.

  12. Filmer says:

    “‘Our New President’ : A revealing documentary looks at Donald Trump in the scary funhouse mirror of Russian media. It’s a lot like the fake news here, only more so.” (Variety Jan 19) http://variety.com/2018/film/reviews/our-new-president-review-sundance-1202669658/
    “Over the last year, we’ve grown used to thinking of “fake news” as a relatively recent phenomenon, one that has its roots in the talk-radio culture of the late ’80s. But when you see the revealing and impishly infuriating documentary “Our New President,” one of the opening-night movies of the Sundance Film Festival (it’s being presented in World Documentary), you get a heady lesson in how fake news really works — and how far back it stretches.
    The movie, directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin (“Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer”), is a compilation of archival clips from contemporary Russian television that presents the American political circus — in particular, the election and presidency of Donald Trump — as it’s been portrayed in the funhouse mirror of Russian media. What we see, in clip after clip, is an overheated and jarring mélange of conspiracy theory and authoritarian hero worship that makes your average Rush Limbaugh ranting session sound like a Bill Moyers seminar. Yet most of the “information” has been drawn out of the same well of paranoid fantasy that has helped to poison U.S. political discourse.”
    “Our New President” Vimeo 12:04 clip https://vimeo.com/215220668

  13. Heigh-Ho says:

    YouTube Google DoubleClick ads reportedly leaching off visitors’ CPUs and electricity to covertly generate digital currency on behalf of anonymous attackers. https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/01/now-even-youtube-serves-ads-with-cpu-draining-cryptocurrency-miners/ Trend Micro says the campaign started January 18. According to a Google representative: “Mining cryptocurrency through ads is a relatively new form of abuse that violates our policies and one that we’ve been monitoring actively. We enforce our policies through a multi-layered detection system across our platforms which we update as new threats emerge. In this case, the ads were blocked in less than two hours and the malicious actors were quickly removed from our platforms.” https://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/malvertising-campaign-abuses-googles-doubleclick-to-deliver-cryptocurrency-miners/

  14. Hope says:

    In a surprise reversal, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it is withdrawing its plan to suspend environmental protections for an area of Alaska that is home to the world’s most valuable wild salmon fishery. https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/27/politics/epa-alaska-salmon-fishery/index.html The EPA proposed last year to “reverse clean water safeguards” for the Bristol Bay watershed, paving the way for a massive gold and copper mine to be built in the region.
    The controversial proposal would have canceled an EPA protection put in place during the Obama administration. After years of study, the EPA found in 2014 that a mine “would result in complete loss of fish habitat” in some areas of the bay, and that “all of these losses would be irreversible. The Bristol Bay watershed is one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world, supplying about half of the world’s sockeye salmon. A CNN investigation last fall found that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt ordered his staff to reverse the environmental protection within hours after meeting with the CEO of the mining company, Pebble Limited Partnership. While Friday’s decision still allows a pathway for the Pebble Mine to be developed, the EPA statement says any permits to build “must clear a high bar, because EPA believes the risk to Bristol Bay may be unacceptable.” The mining company says its application for a permit remains on track.”

  15. Will C. says:

    “The political action committee backed by Republican megadonor Charles Koch will spend between $300 million and 400 million during the upcoming 2018 midterm elections — a 60 percent increase compared to what the organization spent in the 2016 elections.” http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/koch-political-action-committee-ramp-spending-midterms-fight/story?id=52658045 “The announcement about campaign spending, interestingly, came at the same time as another wing of Koch’s powerful political and philanthropic apparatus voiced disapproval of the White House’s new immigration plan. Brian Hooks, president of the Charles Koch Foundation, said while he applauded President Donald Trump for outlining a path to citizenship for so-called Dreamers, those young immigrants who came to the country as children, his group could not support a plan that would dramatically cut other legal immigration opportunities. Hooks said that the plight of Dreamers should be a top priority for the country, and it would be for the Koch network of political organizations and nonprofits.”

  16. Watch this space says:

    Amateur Astronomer finds satellite NASA lost contact with 12 years ago – still functioning. https://skyriddles.wordpress.com/2018/01/21/nasas-long-dead-image-satellite-is-alive/ “IMAGE (Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration) is [was] the first MIDEX (Medium-class Explorer) mission of NASA/GSFC with the overall objective to study the global response of the Earth’s magnetosphere to changes in the solar wind. Observations of high spatial and temporal resolution 3-D imagery of magnetospheric plasma motions. https://directory.eoportal.org/web/eoportal/satellite-missions/i/image-mission

      • Update says:

        “Contact with lost NASA satellite IMAGE confirmed” http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Contact_with_lost_NASA_satellite_IMAGE_confirmed_999.html “The NASA team has been able to read some basic housekeeping data from the spacecraft, suggesting that at least the main control system is operational. Scientists and engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will continue to try to analyze the data from the spacecraft to learn more about the state of the spacecraft. This process will take a week or two to complete as it requires attempting to adapt old software and databases of information to more modern systems. If data decoding is successful, NASA will seek to turn on the science payload – currently turned off – to understand the status of the various science instruments. Pending the outcome of these activities, NASA will decide on how to proceed.”

  17. Jediondo says:

    Ivanka Trump had Hispanic celebrity chef José Andrés thrown out of a dinner party last night, basically for being a Puerto Rican activist. https://thinkprogress.org/ivanka-trump-jose-andres-89bc08f6c967/ Former Mexican ambassador to China Jorge Guajardo said on Twitter Sunday morning that Andrés was in fact asked to leave because “his presence made Ivanka Trump uncomfortable” and that when Ivanka arrived at the party, Cafe Milano owner Franco Nuschesse asked to speak with Andrés outside, after which Andrés was not allowed back in.
    See more @ https://twitter.com/jorge_guajardo/status/957609921901748225
    In the summer of 2015 Andrés pulled out of a lease to open a restaurant in Trump’s D.C. hotel . An immigrant from Spain, Andrés took offense when the then-candidate railed against Mexican immigrants as drug dealers and rapists on the campaign trail. Reportedly Andrés had been working on the design of the $7 million restaurant with Ivanka Trump. The Trump Organization, run by Trump’s adult sons Donald Jr. and Eric, then sued Andrés for $10 million and he counter sued for $8 million. A settlement took place last April. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/digger/wp/2017/04/07/trump-organization-settles-restaurant-suit-with-chef-jose-andres/
    “José Andrés Fed Puerto Rico, and May Change How Aid Is Given” (NYT Oct 30, 2018) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/dining/jose-andres-puerto-rico.html
    “DC chef Jose Andres feeds millions in hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico” (CBS News 11/27/17) https://wtop.com/local/2017/11/d-c-chef-jose-andres-feeds-millions-hurricane-stricken-puerto-rico/slide/1/
    “A federal emergency official is accusing chef and Spanish restaurateur José Andrés of self-promotion after he criticized the government agency’s response to Hurricane Maria.” (Newsweek 11/6/17) http://www.newsweek.com/celebrity-chef-who-delivered-over-2-million-meals-puerto-rico-did-it-promote-703380

  18. Waltzing mouse says:

    “The former independent counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton said President Donald Trump can fire special counsel Robert Mueller “for any reason.” But the former counsel, Ken Starr, also told ABC News’ “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz that Mueller should “look at” whether Trump lied to the public about wanting to fire the special counsel.” http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-special-counsel-fired-reason-independent-prosecutor/story?id=52664965

  19. Best paractice says:

    “Intel Warned Chinese Companies of Chip Flaws Before U.S. Government : Decision to disclose issue to select few customers, including Lenovo and Alibaba, has ripple effects through security and tech industries” (Wall Street Journal) https://www.wsj.com/articles/intel-warned-chinese-companies-of-chip-flaws-before-u-s-government-1517157430 “Because the flaws can be leveraged to sneak sensitive data out of the cloud, information about them would be of great interest to any intelligence-gathering agency, said Jake Williams, president of the security company Rendition Infosec LLC and a former National Security Agency employee. In the past, Chinese state-linked hackers have exploited software vulnerabilities to get leverage on their targets or expand surveillance.”

  20. Social parasite says:

    “Why Russia’s Rich and Powerful Fear Wealth Disclosures in U.S. Kremlin Report (Op-ed) : A key feature of the Kremlin Report will be the inclusion of family members” (Moscow Times 1/29/18) https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/why-russias-rich-and-powerful-fear-wealth-disclosures-in-us-kremlin-report-op-ed-60320 Re: Moscow Times https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moscow_Times See also Meduza https://meduza.io/en/feature/2015/02/02/welcome-to-meduza

  21. Casssandra says:

    Cape Town cuts limit on water use by nearly half as ‘Day Zero’ looms (CNN) https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/01/africa/cape-town-water-crisis-intl/index.html “Cape Town — a city once at the forefront of Africa’s green movement — implemented new emergency water restrictions Thursday as the sprawling metropolis prepares for the day its taps run dry.
    Residents are now being asked to curb the amount of municipal water they use each day to just 50 liters (a little over 13 gallons). Only a month ago, level six restrictions had placed residents on a daily allowance of 87 liters (about 23 gallons), illustrating the severity of the looming crisis.
    Officials estimate that if water levels continue to fall as expected, South Africa’s second most populous city will run out of water by April 16, which has been dubbed “Day Zero.”

    • Dystopian says:

      South Africa Plans to Declare Drought a National Disaster (Bloomberg 2/8/18) Cape Town, the South African city contending with the worst drought on record, has pushed out the estimated date on which it may have to turn off water supplies to residents by about four weeks to May 11, as use by farmers declines. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-08/south-africa-plans-to-declare-drought-a-national-disaster
      “Commentary: Cape Town Is Running out of Water. Could More Cities Be Next?” (Fortune 2/8/18) http://fortune.com/2018/02/07/water-shortage-cape-town-south-africa/ “Cape Town is not alone. California, São Paulo, Australia, the eastern Mediterranean, and other regions have all recently suffered through severe droughts and water crises.
      Short-term droughts and water shortages aren’t new. Under normal circumstances, cities can respond by temporarily cutting water waste. But circumstances aren’t normal anymore. More and more major cities will face their own Day Zero unless we fundamentally change the way water is managed and used.”

  22. America's Game says:

    “The Film the NFL Doesn’t Want You to See” https://theintercept.com/2018/02/01/nfl-concussion-super-bowl-protocol-football/ “Concussion Protocol”, directed by Josh Begley and produced by Oscar winner Laura Poitras, is making its debut just a few days before the Super Bowl. https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/02/field-of-vision-nfl-football-super-bowl According to the N.F.L.’s own statistics, there have been 281 recorded concussions this season, the most since the N.F.L. started recording the injuries six years ago.

  23. Jimmy Click says:

    “San Francisco has changed. A free digital map lets you turn back the clock.” http://www.sfgate.com/local/article/Map-sf-historic-vintage-openhistorysf-12544608.php
    “OpenSFHistory, a subgroup of the Western Neighborhoods Project, compiled thousands of historical images accumulated over 40 years by an anonymous collector. All the public knows about “The Private Collector” is that he or she possesses a passion for San Francisco history and the images that depict it. The collection expanded through the purchase of original negatives and photographs, as well as the copy of negatives and prints from other collections. It therefore “includes images that intersect with virtually every other San Francisco historical image collection,” according to the OpenSFHistory site. The compilation of photographs, taken by commercial and amateur photographers, provide a nostalgic overview of San Francisco from the 1850s through the 1970s. Wedged between pivotal moments in the city’s history – the great earthquake of 1906, the burning of the Cliff House – are depictions of quiet moments in Golden Gate Park and snapshots from the World’s Fair.” Go to http://opensfhistory.org/about.php

  24. Bilagáana says:

    “Mom Says She’s Fostered 10,000 Navajo Children” http://www.fronterasdesk.org/content/10976/mom-says-she%E2%80%99s-fostered-10000-navajo-children “…Foster home licensing specialist Elsie Elthie calls Vallis Martinez a superhero. Elthie only has two emergency homes she can turn to on the western side of the reservation. The other homes are in Flagstaff and Phoenix. “There are so many kids, and the system cannot keep up,” Elthie said. “It used to be just alcohol and then, about 15 years ago, I started hearing about meth. And that has completely destroyed families.” The 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act requires Elthie to place children first with family members. If she can’t find one, then she takes them to Martinez or another Navajo foster family. If they’re at capacity, then she goes to the non-Navajo families off the reservation. Children on the Navajo Nation are about four times more likely to be in the foster care system compared to the number of kids in Arizona. Last year, the tribe didn’t receive federal funds for three months because of budget cuts to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, so foster parents had to dig in their own pockets to buy food and pay for gas.”
    Re: K’é – Diné (Navajo) Kinship System see http://navajopeople.org/blog/ke-dine-navajo-kinship-system/

  25. Holy Moly says:

    “As part of a deal to return stolen American cyber-weapons, a Russian national was able to get $100,000 from the American government after a hotel room meeting in Germany. But that’s only part of the story: As the New York Times’ Matthew Rosenberg reported on Friday, the Russian also wanted to pass along compromising information about President Trump to American intelligence operatives, including what the Russian said was a video of the unproven (and yet infamous) hotel room urination incident in Moscow. The Americans resisted receiving the information, fearing both that it was fake, and that it would be used to create rifts within the American government. The whole story, and James Risen’s Intercept piece on the same subject, which landed earlier on Friday, must be read in full to be believed.” (Slate) https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/02/the-nyts-crazy-russian-spy-story-explained-by-its-author.html
    “U.S. Spies, Seeking to Retrieve Cyberweapons, Paid Russian Peddling Trump Secrets” (New York Times) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/09/us/politics/us-cyberweapons-russia-trump.html
    “Documents — and the Russians Offered Trump-Related Material, Too” (The Intercept) https://theintercept.com/2018/02/09/donald-trump-russia-election-nsa/

  26. Warbucks says:

    “Drug Wars, Missing Money and a Phantom $500 Million : Pentagon watchdog calls out two commands for financial malfeasance” http://warisboring.com/drug-wars-missing-money-and-a-phantom-500-million/ See also Department of Defense Office of Inspector General report “U.S. Central and U.S. Africa Commands’ Oversight of Counternarcotics Activities” (12/26/17) http://www.dodig.mil/reports.html/Article/1405155/us-central-and-us-africa-commands-oversight-of-counternarcotics-activities/

  27. Americana says:

    “What the Demolition Derby Reveals About Small-Town Politics and the Trump Apocalypse” https://psmag.com/magazine/the-demolition-derby-and-small-town-politics “There is no single storyline to demolition derby. Unlike a football game, there is no ground to take, no points to score. There is only mayhem and survival.” See also “Speedo: A Demolition Derby Love Story” : “The History and Future of the Demolition Derby” (PBS) http://www.pbs.org/pov/speedo/history/

  28. Heads up says:

    “The VIX, a Wall Street “fear gauge” that measures volatility and was a big factor in wild stock price swings last week, is the target of a “manipulation scheme” that poses a risk to the stock market, an anonymous whistleblower told U.S. regulators. The whistleblower, who has held senior investment positions at many of the world’s largest investment firms, through a letter sent by a Washington-based law firm, urged the Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission “to promptly investigate the matter before investors suffer additional losses due to this fraud.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/02/13/vix-gauge-volatility-being-manipulated-claims-whistleblower-letter-sec/333119002/

  29. Puzzling Evidence™ says:

    “The senior military advisor to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed in a press conference in Tehran today that Western nations had deployed reptiles as nuclear spies. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/02/iranian-official-claims-west-used-lizards-as-nuclear-spies/ Agence France-Presse reports that Hassan Firuzabadi, previously chief of staff of Iran’s military, justified the recent arrest of environmentalists by claiming that the West had used scientists and environmental activists to spy on Iran’s nuclear program by deploying lizards that could “attract atomic waves.” https://vimeo.com/24244695

  30. Thoughts and Prayers™ says:

    The National Rifle Association was promoting a Valentine’s Day–themed tweet on Wednesday that urged its nearly 500,000 followers to “buy your loved one a gun” as a teenager in Florida was opening fire on his former high school classmates with an AR-15 assault rifle.
    http://www.newsweek.com/nra-gun-sales-florida-school-shooting-808128
    The NRA retweeted a post by Kimber Firearms that featured a photo of a heart-shaped pillow with matching handguns lying on it on Wednesday morning, according to the Internet archiving website the Wayback Machine. The gun advocacy organization’s retweet was live at 3:49 p.m. EST. By 7 p.m. EST, the retweet had been deleted, Business Insider reported.
    Image http://s.newsweek.com/sites/www.newsweek.com/files/styles/full/public/2018/02/15/nra-valentines.png

  31. Meanwhile says:

    “Ajit Pai faces investigation into moves that benefit Sinclair Broadcasting : IG examines whether Pai “improperly coordinated with Sinclair” on rule changes.” https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/02/ajit-pai-faces-investigation-into-moves-that-benefit-sinclair-broadcasting/ The FCC also faces a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation related to alleged DDoS attacks on its system for accepting public comments. In that case, Democratic lawmakers asked for evidence that the attacks actually happened, and for information on whether the FCC is prepared to stop future attacks.
    “Sinclair asks news directors to donate to political action committee” http://thehill.com/homenews/media/373300-sinclair-asks-news-directors-to-donate-to-political-action-committee Sinclair has come under scrutiny for reportedly ordering local stations to run stories favorable of President Trump. Former Trump senior advisor and spokesman Boris Epshteyn is the company’s senior political analyst. In September 2016, the media watchdog organization Media Matters for America criticized CNN, Fox News, and PBS for failing to disclose Epshteyn’s “financial ties to the former Soviet Union, which include consulting through Strategy International LLC for ‘entities doing business in Eastern Europe’ and moderating a Russian-sponsored conference on ‘investment opportunities in Moscow.'” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Epshteyn See also “Former Trump official Epshteyn testifies in House Russia probe” http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/352918-former-trump-official-epshteyn-testifies-in-house-russia-probe “Epshteyn, who resigned from the White House in March without explanation, has drawn attention for his apparent dismissal of the intelligence community’s assessment that Moscow tried to influence the 2016 presidential election.”

  32. Bud says:

    “Molson Coors Brewing Co. now considers legal cannabis a potential “risk factor” to its business.” https://www.thecannabist.co/2018/02/14/molson-coors-legal-marijuana-beer/99014/
    Molson Coors, which maintains headquarters in Denver and Montreal, on Wednesday joined the growing ranks of established, traditional publicly traded companies to address the burgeoning marijuana industry in their annual financial reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
    Also: “Trial begins for advocates suing Sessions and the DEA over marijuana’s Schedule I status : “How could anyone say that your clients’ lives have not been saved by marijuana?” the judge asked a lead attorney for the plaintiffs, which include an Iraq War vet, a child with a seizure disorder and an ex-NFL player.” https://www.thecannabist.co/2018/02/14/marijuana-schedule-i-lawsuit-trial/98979/

  33. Raising Hell says:

    “A Viral Video Revealed Big Energy’s Stranglehold on West Virginia Politics : Apparently state legislators don’t like it when you talk about their campaign donations from fossil fuel companies.” https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/d3wdn7/a-viral-video-revealed-big-energys-stranglehold-on-west-virginia-politics On February 9, Lissa Lucas, an online media specialist and a 2018 state House candidate, expressed to a Judiciary Committee her concern over a bill called HB 4286 that would allow fossil fuel companies to drill for oil and gas on private land without all of the landowners’ consent. Under this “co-tenancy” law, companies would only need to secure 75 percent of landowners’ approval in order to extract oil or gas from a region, as opposed to the current 100 percent requirement. Lucas was dragged out of the public hearing after she started listing campaign donations to committee members from oil and gas companies.

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