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I remember the early summer day in Moscow well. I had one day to myself to explore a bit of the city after conducting a two-day workshop for Russian regional publishers. By late afternoon, I was ready to return to the hotel and prepare for the next morning’s...
From: Newsonomics | By: Ken Doctor | Friday, December 19, 2014
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continues its fight against companies that continuously take advantage of members of the military, despite protections afforded to them under federal laws. Regulators’ latest victory? A settlement demanding...
From: Consumerist | By: Ashlee Kieler | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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by Dish Staff Erik Voeten notes that, in one respect, Cuba isn’t the only country that’s been internationally isolated by the US embargo: The United Nations General Assembly has voted since 1992 on an annual resolution on the “necessity of ending...
From: The Atlantic | By: Dish Staff | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Simple: to undermine Tehran.
From: Foreign Policy | By: justinedrennan | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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by Dish Staff Before Tuesday’s horrific attack on an army school, Carl Bialik grimly notes, Pakistan’s terrorism problem was on a downward trend, from utterly horrifying to just god-awful: More than 3,000 Pakistani civilians died in terrorist attacks...
From: The Atlantic | By: Dish Staff | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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An influential, unpublished report looks to radically revise notions of how to achieve peace in this war-torn country....
From: Foreign Policy | By: davidkenner2014 | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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We proudly present this article from our partners at ReadWrite. By Adriana Lee Smartphones have gone from communications tools to our front door keys, light switches, remote controls, credit cards - and now driver's licenses, at least in Iowa. According...
From: GeekSugar | By: ReadWrite | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Delightfully free of finger-pointing, cheap nostalgia, or breathless boosterism, the book makes the point that only through an understanding of this troubled city’s history can one hope to understand its current woes and its possible ways forward. ...
From: The Millions | By: Bill Morris | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Digital traces remain that shed light on who Ilham Tohti's students really were.
From: Foreign Policy | By: bethanyallenebr | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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When the government is waving at us with its right hand, it is the government's left hand that we should be watching. Just as a magician draws your attention to what he wants you to see so you will not observe how his trick is performed, last week presented...
From: Reason | By: Reason.com | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Billionaires and CEOs have something in common with the rest of us: They didn't know everything in their 20s. The people who start and run awesome companies, write best-sellers, and become household names haven't always known what was best for their...
From: Business Insider | By: Libby Kane | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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The U.S. is still the world’s leading economy, but its geopolitical clout isn’t what it used to be
From: Time | By: Christine Lim | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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SunTx Capital Partners has refinanced most of the debt of Construction Partners, Inc., an infrastructure and road construction company in the southeast. SunTx has consolidated the company's borrowings into a simplified credit structure. Proceeds from...
From: PE Hub | By: Chris Witkowsky | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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We’re not sure what’s more depressing about this story alleging that CIA torture contractors may have used dogs to rape detainees in Afghanistan: The possibility that it happened, our realization that the CIA hasn’t given us any reason to think...
From: Wonkette | By: Doktor Zoom | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Here are some of the more prominent technology prediction lists for 2015.  Not surprising themes: security, IoT/wearables, healthcare IT.  Somewhat surprising themes: 3d printing.  Missing in action: bitcoin, marketplaces, etc. Gartner: Top 10 Strategic...
From: Larry Cheng | By: Larry Cheng | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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There’s a shortage of radioactive material that few people outside the medical community know about. And the best hope for solving the problem—and reduce nuclear proliferation risks linked to it—rests in the hands of a handful of startups operating...
From: Xconomy | By: Martin LaMonica | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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George Zimmerman has a lot of free time. His notoriety prevents him from seeking conventional employment, evidently, and he got fired from his last unpaid gig in that the owner of the gun shop he was lurking behind at night for security told him to...
From: Wonkette | By: Doktor Zoom | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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DeSmog UK has compiled a list of the top 5 fracking moments of 2014 for our #FrackingFriday series – complete with controversial government reforms, industry blunders and the defining moments of a debate that has exacerbated the relationship between...
From: De-Smog Blog | By: Richard Heasman | Friday, December 19, 2014
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The costs of more than a decade of war are far higher than many ever thought, and we're still paying the price for the fiscal irresponsibility of the Bush Administration while they were being fought.
From: Outside the Beltway | By: Doug Mataconis | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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A number of recent mindblog posts have engaged the issue of the individual versus the collective good (for example, here, here, and here), a creative tension that has been central in human evolution. This has led me to mull a bit about the current apparent...
From: Deric Bownds' Mindblog | By: Deric Bownds | Friday, December 19, 2014
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The Sony Pictures hack is getting all of the attention right about now, but it turns out that another prominent organization recently was victim to a security breach as well. Last month, ICANN, the outfit that regulates the internet's domain names an......
From: Switched | By: Timothy J. Seppala | Friday, December 19, 2014
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An independent panel appointed to investigate the Secret Service after a series of security breaches around the White House released a report Thursday that said the agency tasked with protecting the president of the United States is “starved for leadership.”...
From: Fox News | Friday, December 19, 2014
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The South Asia Daily Brief for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.
From: Foreign Policy | By: emdsch | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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I remember the early summer day in Moscow well. I had one day to myself to explore a bit of the city after conducting a two-day workshop for Russian regional publishers. By late afternoon, I was ready to return to the hotel and prepare for the next morning’s...
From: Nieman Journalism Lab | By: Ken Doctor | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Removing "black liquor," an industrial byproduct of the paper-making process, from the city's Renewable Energy Portfolio is D.C.'s latest push for cleaner energy. The post How ‘Black Liquor’ Has Been Clogging Up D.C.’s Path To Sustainability appeared...
From: Climate Progress | By: Ari Phillips | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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President Obama brought the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency back to the White House to serve as one of his top national security aides....
From: New York Times | By: PETER BAKER | Friday, December 19, 2014
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by Dish Staff Aaron Blake flags one argument that won’t get much traction – that Cuba is a genuine national security threat: Despite Cuba’s proximity to the United States (about 90 miles from Florida) and its alliance with other antagonistic countries...
From: The Atlantic | By: Dish Staff | Friday, December 19, 2014
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by Dish Staff Ruling in what otherwise would have been a fairly straightforward deportation hearing, District Judge Arthur J. Schwab issued an opinion (pdf) yesterday declaring President Obama’s executive action on immigration unconstitutional. Lyle...
From: The Atlantic | By: Dish Staff | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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The report released by the Department of Homeland Security also said the next director should come from outside the agency....
From: New York Times | By: MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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The computer files of more than 40,000 federal workers may have been compromised by a cyberattack at federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, the second breach this year at a major firm handling national security background investigations of...
From: Fox News | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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I'm interested in stories from individuals who formerly had a substantial IT career who transitioned to a job that neither relied heavily on sitting in front of screens for long periods, and was also not an "exempt" position (ie, overtime work in your...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: Anonymous | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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How do you balance the need to protect one of the world's most important buildings without turning it into a foreboding symbol of the 21st century security state?...
From: The Atlantic | By: Russell Berman | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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While driving in very remote small town I was cited for Failure to Stop. There are problems with the case, details here are not pertinent, I meant to contest in a hearing but forgot to send in the papers. Now MA wants to suspend permission to drive in...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: NorthCoastCafe | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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The basic plot of Dragon Age: Inquisition sounds terribly conventional to any fantasy video game fan: A group of heroes bands together to battle an evil wizard who seeks godlike power and world domination. It’s the plot of dozens of role-playing ventures...
From: Reason | By: Reason.com | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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The White House said today it’s treating the hacking of Sony Pictures as a “national security matter.” It would not indicate who it believes to be behind the cyberattack or confirm any statements that North Korea is responsible. In the wake of...
From: Reason | By: Scott Shackford | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Lawmakers tussled with one another on Thursday, when a measure was passed giving more power to the security services and the president....
From: New York Times | By: JEFFREY GETTLEMAN | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Nearly $1 trillion was spent on the war in Afghanistan, mostly under President Obama.
From: Reason | By: Veronique de Rugy | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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It comes down to two words: biology and technology....
From: The Atlantic | By: Moisés Naím | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Following several accusations of Uber drivers behaving horrendously and a lawsuit regarding the company’s vetting processes for potential vehicle operators, the ride-sharing company is reportedly trying to make it up to future customers by revamping...
From: Consumerist | By: Ashlee Kieler | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Across crowdfunding sites, we're seeing more and more smart doorbells and other devices designed to protect user's homes. A new one from Glate, called DefenDoor, aims to combine some of the best features from all of them, as it serves as a doorbell,...
From: Gizmag | By: Dave LeClair | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Even with new Kill Switch technology, the problem is still growing....
From: VentureBeat | By: Dean Takahashi | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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This just in: X-ray machines used by the Transportation Security Administration have the power to see through plastic — yes, even the plastic used in gaming consoles! — and will be able to detect the presence of things that should not be in your...
From: Consumerist | By: Mary Beth Quirk | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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A tool used by law enforcement to gain access to Apple’s iCloud service has been updated to bypass the two-factor authentication feature, which requires a randomly-generated code in addition to a user’s normal password. Apple introduced this feature...
From: Pando Daily | By: Nathaniel Mott | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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The U.S. is prepared to veto a United Nations Security Council proposal that calls for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands in 2017.
From: Fox News | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he supports further negotiations over a draft on ending Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands that was submitted to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vote....
From: Fox News | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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We’ve all been there — the airline has lost your luggage and it’s probably never going to show up again. But maybe if you wait 20 years, your missing property will find its way back to you. That was the case for one Arizona woman who got a call...
From: Consumerist | By: Mary Beth Quirk | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Every year I buy a bunch of gifts, schlepp them home, and wrap them surreptitiously in a secret corner of my mom's house about 3 minutes before I have to give them over, all in the name of national security. Am I being stupid? Can I do this differently?I...
From: Ask Metafilter | By: pazazygeek | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Gun control advocates fighting "assault weapons" have two formidable enemies: the law and experience.
From: Reason | By: Steve Chapman | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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 A new patent application published by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) details some additional uses of the Touch ID sensor found on the iPhone and iPad that could make its way into future products. The patent is credited to AuthenTec co-founder Dale R....
From: TechCrunch | By: Darrell Etherington | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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A new report from the U.K. found that over 99 percent of seabirds are likely to alter their flight paths in order to avoid collision with offshore wind farms. The post Birds Are Avoiding Offshore Wind Farms, Study Finds appeared first on ThinkProgress....
From: Climate Progress | By: Ari Phillips | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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