The Xbox One will always be listening to you, in... →
silviowilma: The reason for always-on listening mode is simple; Microsoft wants the new Xbox to respond quickly and naturally to you, whenever you need it. To fulfill that goal, the company will ship the new Kinect — its motion-sensing and listening peripheral — with every Xbox One. The new console uses the new Kinect for just about everything: switching between games, movies, web browsing, and...
The Growing Global Challenge to Monsanto's... →
A global grassroots movement is building to challenge Monsanto as more people realize that we are in a struggle for our survival. May 25 is a global day of action against Monsanto taking place in hundreds of cities and 41 countries. Monsanto must be stopped before its unfettered greed destroys our health and environment. We urge you to join the effort to stop Monsanto.
Military Quietly Grants Itself the Power to Police... →
The lines blurred even further Monday as a new dynamic was introduced to the militarization of domestic law enforcement. By making a few subtle changes to a regulation in the U.S. Code titled “Defense Support of Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies” the military has quietly granted itself the ability to police the streets without obtaining prior local or state consent, upending a precedent that has...
You can listen to WBEZ/NPR Chicago through iTunes...
Maybe everyone knows this and I’m just an old man, but here is the link if you didn’t know either.
A bill to regulate horizontal hydraulic fracturing in Illinois was unanimously passed by a House committee Tuesday amid chants of “shame” from opponents who packed the hearing.
Yesterday during the live coverage right after the tornado I watched a reporter interview a woman with blood all over her face who wouldn’t talk about anything but her dog (who was ok) even when she was asked about other stuff. Then the reporter asked her what her injuries were and she said that she was directed to go directly to the hospital due to a suspected concussion (from an EMS...
Yahoo To Buy Tumblr in $1.1bn deal →
“The company announced the acquisition in a statement on Monday, saying that it will be independently operated as a separate business. The acquisition of Tumblr, a fast-growing platform popular with young users, would be Marissa Mayer’s, Yahoo chief executive, largest deal since taking the helm of the once-iconic internet company in July 2012. Mayer is expected to make an...
Why Is Violent Crime So Rare In Iceland? →
First - and arguably foremost - there is virtually no difference among upper, middle and lower classes in Iceland. And with that, tension between economic classes is non-existent, a rare occurrence for any country. A study of the Icelandic class system done by a University of Missouri master’s student found only 1.1% of participants identified themselves as upper class, while 1.5% saw...
The most significant differences between those who smoked marijuana and those...– The Atlantic’s Lindsay Abrams, reporting on the results of a recent study on the health effects of marijuana. In addition, regular pot smokers were skinnier than those who abstained, “even after adjusting for factors like age, sex, tobacco and alcohol use, and physical activity levels,” and had...
Conscientious objector Joe Glenton on being jailed... →
Today is Conscientious Objectors Day, marking the refusal of servicemen and women around the world to perform military service. Metro talks to a former British soldier turned anti-war campaigner who was jailed for not fighting in Afghanistan.
Israel Hints of New Strikes Over Weapons and Warns... →
An official suggested Israel would use force to prevent the transfer of weapons to Islamic militants, a warning that could be intended not just for President Bashar al-Assad.
Let’s put our democratic and republican hats away for a second. Can we all agree to put Eric Holder on trial over this media spying business as well as everything else? We need to start holding the DOJ accountable now.
United States: Fracking waste too toxic for toxic... →
amodernmanifesto: A truck delivering waste from a fracking operation in Greene County, Pennsylvania, on April 19 was quarantined after being rejected by a hazardous waste landfill as too dangerous. The truck was carrying highly radioactive radium-226 in concentrations 86 times higher than allowed per Environmental Protection Agency limits. After being quarantined at the landfill, the truck was...
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p>Return to Gravity, so many things. It is strange to talk and feel the weight of my lips and tongue! Dizzy too - would fail any sobriety test</p>— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) <a href=”https://twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield/status/334713769294958592”>May 15, 2013</a></blockquote> <script...
New App Lets You Boycott Koch Brothers, Monsanto... →
The Vicious New Bank Shakedown That Could... →
The CFPB knows what’s going on, and it sent a friendly little note to Congress saying that “we are concerned about the system-wide problems in the debt collection market…and we want to see good practices come to dominate the market, including improved data integrity.” Well, golly, that’s reassuring.
G.O.P. Split Over Whether to Waste Time... →
“If we’re going to do something that’s purely symbolic, pointless, and detached from reality, I say it should be repealing Obamacare for the thirtieth or fortieth time.”
Monsanto Wins Landmark Patent Case In Supreme... →
“The high court said early Monday that 75-year-old farmer Vernon Bowman of Indiana violated Monsanto’s patent rights when he purchased a mix of seeds from a grain elevator that he later planted on his Midwest farm. That mix included patented Roundup Ready soybean seeds manufactured by Monsanto that are sold under license because they can hold up against their namesake, a nasty pesticide...
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