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By Steve Hamm Last November in a championship powerboat race off Key West, Florida, Nigel Hook, skipper of Lucas Oil 77, was knifing along at more than 140 mph when he got a heads up from his support team that one of the main batteries was about to fail....
From: A Smarter Planet | By: Steve Hamm | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) slags his own party's House members for passing a budget last week that not only increased spending totals but refused to pay for them by cutting spending elsewhere. In 2011, he notes, Joint...
From: Reason | By: Nick Gillespie | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Speaker of the House John Boehner discusses President Obama's executive actions addressing immigration reform, at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 21, 2014. (Jabin Botsford/The New York Times) One of the really weird ironies...
From: Truthout | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Blockchains are a new form of information technology that could have several important future applications. They could be an explosive operational venue for new kinds of autonomous agents like DACs, distributed autonomous corporations. A DAC is a corporation...
From: Broader Perspective | By: LaBlogga | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Will Republicans' anti-climate-science rhetoric be a legitimate barrier to the White House?
From: Grist | By: Sabrina Siddiqui | Monday, March 30, 2015
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City officials say the shift to 100-percent renewable energy is a way to save cash, not the planet.
From: Grist | By: Tom Dart | Monday, March 30, 2015
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(Photo: Sonya Baumstein) Sonya Baumstein aims to be the first woman to row across the Pacific Ocean, and in doing so, hopes to raise awareness of the crisis the oceans are in due to human-caused climate disruption.(Photo: Sonya Baumstein) Sonya Baumstein...
From: Truthout | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Updated from last week's By-Ranking Board, but with many new links (HINT: do a search for "video" for some special ones), some revised (and unrevised) rankings, a few new players, and a fully expanded Ain't Gonna Happen List. HV Info Pos. 1:10 Trae Waynes,...
From: Behind the Steel Curtain | By: Scott Pavelle | Monday, March 30, 2015
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The Democrats should look elsewhere for a new Senate leader.
From: Reason | By: Ira Stoll | Monday, March 30, 2015
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More than 60,000 single parents contacted debt charity StepChange in 2014, and as a group are more likely to be in arrears with rent and billsThe number of single parents seeking help with debts has more than doubled in two years, according to advice...
From: The Guardian | By: Hilary Osborne | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Rules that may prompt you to pay extra taxesGettyThere are three surprising instances where the IRS forces you to pay taxes on unexpected items. Unforeseen circumstances that may blindside youMore in finance7 restaurant ripoffs to avoidImportant financial...
From: Good News Now | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Filed under: Personal Finance, Financial Education Getty Images In my early 20s, I made a ton of financial mistakes. From maxing out credit cards, to delaying my savings, I got off to a rocky start. You don't have to get off to a rocky start, though....
From: Daily Finance | By: Jeff Rose | Monday, March 30, 2015
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There is only one way to end the financial tyranny of the Federal Reserve--abolish it, and put an end to the predatory pathologies of its policies.The Federal Reserve has failed not just the nation and the U.S. economy, but more importantly, the American...
From: Of Two Minds | By: Charles Hugh Smith | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Clean energy in developing economies rests with a seamless, ubiquitous, easy-to-use financing platform based on energy and mobile money. Wireless credit is a very important piece of that platform. Wireless credit is a new financial product that enables...
From: Greentech Media | By: Daniel Tomlinson | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Peter Lehner, Executive Director, New York City: For the men and women who serve in the military, fossil fuels are a liability. In The Burden, a 40-minute documentary that recently premiered at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C., veterans...
From: Natural Resources Defense Council | By: Peter Lehner | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Singapore's late leader governed undemocratically but effectively. Which raises a question: What is the ultimate purpose of government?...
From: The Atlantic | By: Graham Allison | Monday, March 30, 2015
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The cause of electronic privacy gained a bit in the Supreme Court on Monday as the Justices ruled that it is a search, subject to constitutional challenge, when police install a monitoring device on an individual’s body to track movements after being...
From: SCOTUSblog | By: Lyle Denniston | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Betty T. Threatt, 27, is being accused of severely abusing her nine-year-old son. It’s for certain that she won’t win any mother of the year awards. Sadly, the boy appeared to be malnourished with bruises, welts, abrasions, and burn marks on his...
From: The Inquisitr | By: Debbie Ann | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Dynamic scoring is great in theory. Can it work in practice? That’s the question facing lawmakers as they get around to hammering out a budget this year.
From: Wall Street Journal | By: Greg Ip | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Play our favorite iPhone games of March
From: Time | By: Alex Fitzpatrick | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Two big Clinton stories landed last week. The first is that Hillary Clinton destroyed the electronic copies of her State Department emails on her private server after the State Department subpoenaed her emails. The second is that Hillary Clinton had...
From: Weekly Standard | By: Mark Hemingway | Monday, March 30, 2015
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If you believe the U.S. is winning in Afghanistan, I've got some oceanfront property in Kandahar to sell you.
From: Reason | By: Steve Chapman | Monday, March 30, 2015
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A bipartisan bill would legalize medical marijuana in states that allow it.
From: Reason | By: Jacob Sullum | Monday, March 30, 2015
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I listened – if that’s the right word – to a social media conversation last week about the Germanwings Flight 9525 crash. The discussants were four colleagues who have been around homeland security for over a decade. The discussion took place at...
From: Homeland Security Watch | By: Christopher Bellavita | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Good morning! It's a pretty sunny day out there. Here's the tech news you need to know today. 1. Jay Z held a star-studded press conference for the relaunch of his streaming site. He acquired Tidal for $56 million earlier this month. 2. Elon Musk says...
From: Business Insider | By: James Cook | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Cost pressures, alcohol as the only "approved" anti-mental-illness drug, and other ramifications of this murder/suicide....
From: The Atlantic | By: James Fallows | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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The lead developer of Lantern, a censorship-evading tool, discusses how it works and how it has reacted to the new measures by Chinese Internet regulators....
From: New York Times | By: PATRICK BOEHLER | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security gave a 90-day humanitarian pass to a 20-year-old Mexican man seeking a double heart and liver transplant, his mother said Monday....
From: Fox News | Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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New research shows that water scarcity linked to climate change is now a global problem playing a direct role in aggravating major conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa. By Nafeez Ahmed Behind the escalating violence in Iraq, Syria and Yemen,...
From: Firedoglake | By: CTuttle | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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A good deal makes the Middle East a safer place. A bad deal makes matters worse. Here are some issues to keep in mind if nuclear talks lead to a provisional deal....
From: The Atlantic | By: Jeff Goldberg | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Well, it's official! Today, some of the biggest titans of the music industry have been gathered by Jay Z to celebrate the re-launch of Tidal — the streaming service that's supposed to change the way we listen to music!! The 45-year-old rapper assembled...
From: Perez Hilton | By: Perez Hilton | Monday, March 30, 2015
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The writer sums up 16 years of On the Road columns for The Times....
From: New York Times | By: JOE SHARKEY | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Political representation is defined as the election of officials, who then stand in for, and speak for a group of their constituents in the legislature, for a set period of time. Unfortunately, moneyed interests, the threat of being "primaried" by the...
From: Truthout | Sunday, March 29, 2015
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Amber Rose was simply not in the mood to talk when she arrived in LAX airport after a trip to Maui. PHOTOS: Amber Rose Addresses Photoshop Controversy Dressed in a black jumpsuit and shades, the curvy beauty looked pretty agitated …...
From: OK Magazine | By: Amethyst Tate | Monday, March 30, 2015
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A Jewish leader in Paris answers my questions about hope, despair, liberalism and politics...
From: The Atlantic | By: Jeff Goldberg | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Two men dressed as women attempted to drive through the entrance to the NSA in a stolen car. One was killed and the other was wounded by police gunfire....
From: The Atlantic | By: Adam Chandler | Monday, March 30, 2015
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The 38-year-old husband, member of China's Muslim minority Uyghur community, has been sentenced to six years in prison. Online reporting about the case has since been censored.
From: Global Voices | By: Oiwan Lam | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Personal details of world leaders present at November’s G20 Summit, held in Brisbane, were inadvertently leaked to organizers of the Asian Cup by the Australian immigration department, highlighting global security concerns linked to cyber attacks and...
From: Christian Science Monitor | Monday, March 30, 2015
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Apple  rose 2.13% to $125.87 in afternoon trading Monday after a report surfaced late last week that the tech giant would introduce three new iPhone models this fall. Taiwanese website DigiTimes reported that Apple...
From: TheStreet | By: Andrew Meola | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Authorities say there were two men, disguised as women, in the vehicle. The headquarters of the US spy agency are located in Maryland, about 20 miles northeast of Washington....
From: Christian Science Monitor | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Nearly 18 months after the Silk Road online drug market was busted by law enforcement, the criminal charges rippling out from the case have now come full circle: back to two of the law enforcement agents involved in the investigation, one of whom is...
From: Wired | By: Andy Greenberg | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Officials said a car tried to crash through a gate at the National Security Agency in suburban Maryland....
From: New York Times | By: SCOTT SHANE and HELENE COOPER | Monday, March 30, 2015
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A technologist says that the day of airliners flown by remote-control is closer than we think. Is that good news or bad? Plus why it's better to be a co-pilot and other lessons from the latest crash....
From: The Atlantic | By: James Fallows | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Prior to Edward Snowden’s revelations, there was a push to end it.
From: Reason | By: Scott Shackford | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Thousands rallied in Tunis to denounce extremism as officials announced that organizers of the siege had been killed....
From: The Atlantic | By: Adam Chandler | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Over the last year, Reddit’s “dark net markets” discussion forum has grown into one of the central fixtures of the online drug scene. At any given moment, hundreds of redditors are browsing reddit.com/r/darknetmarkets, many brazenly discussing...
From: Wired | By: Andy Greenberg | Monday, March 30, 2015
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One person was killed in a firefight that erupted Monday after a car with two people tried to ram a gate at the Fort Meade, Md., military base near a gate to the National Security Agency, according to preliminary reports cited by two U.S. officials....
From: Fox News | Monday, March 30, 2015
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The smart home is a trend expected to grow worldwide, but the reasons for implementation vary by region. Japan is a particularly interesting case due to the country’s advanced technological communities and dense population. The following is a snapshot...
From: Silicon Angle | By: Cynthia Kuzela | Monday, March 30, 2015
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Guns on college campuses are becoming more likely. Inside Higher Ed today brings an update on the status of the never-ending and inexplicable quest of gun people to ensure that guns are allowed on college campuses across America. Why is this, of all...
From: Liberaland | By: Alan | Monday, March 30, 2015
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NATO'S secretary-general wants more joint action with the European Union to face the security challenges coming from Russia and the violent Islamic extremism plaguing some countries in the Middle East and North Africa....
From: Fox News | Monday, March 30, 2015
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