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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Renowned astronomer Galileo Galilei has been lauded for centuries for his courageous principled stance against the Catholic Church. He argued in favor of the Earth moving around the Sun, rather than vice versa, in direct contradiction to church teachings at the time.

But a long-lost letter has been discovered at the Royal Society in London indicating that Galileo tried to soften his initial claims to avoid the church's wrath. n August, Salvatore Ricciardo, a postdoc in science history at the University of Bergamo in Italy, visited London and searched various British libraries for any handwritten comments on Galileo's works.

He was idly flipping through a catalogue at the Royal Society when he came across the letter Galileo wrote to a friend in 1613, outlining his arguments.

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The news that Exxon and Chevron are joining a global industry partnership called the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative could signal a broader pivot under two rather new CEOs, ExxonMobil's Darren Woods and Chevron's Michael Wirth. read more


A former top White House official has revised her statement to investigators about a key event in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, after her initial claim was contradicted by the guilty plea of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to people familiar with the matter.

K.T. McFarland, who briefly served as Flynn's deputy, has now said that he may have been referring to sanctions when they spoke in late December 2016 after Flynn's calls with Russia's ambassador to the United States, these people said.

When FBI agents first visited her at her Long Island home in the summer of 2017, McFarland denied ever talking to Flynn about any discussion of sanctions between him and the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, in December 2016 during the presidential transition.

For a time, investigators saw her answers as "inconsistent," putting her in legal peril as the FBI tried to determine if she had lied to them.


Friday, September 21, 2018

This is Tyler "Ninja" Blevins. He's going to be featured on the cover of the October edition of ESPN The Magazine. A first for the publication.

If you watch Fortnite gameplay streams, Ninja's work is inescapable. He plays with celebrities, random people, other famous gamers, and of course, by himself.

In April, he broke Twitch records by hitting over 600,000 concurrent viewers. The next month, Ninja broke his own record. By his estimate, he makes "close to" a million dollars a month from donations, subscriptions, and sponsorship deals.

To an audience of a certain age, he is the next Michael Jordan or Joe Montana.


The US Republican Party has apologised to Hindus after an advertisement meant to woo them ended up offending instead.

The ad, published to celebrate a Hindu festival for the elephant-headed deity Ganesha, also included the political message: "Would you worship a donkey or an elephant? The choice is yours." The donkey is the political symbol for the Democrats while the elephant is the symbol for the Republicans.

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) called the ad "problematic". It asked the party's branch in Texas's Fort Bend County, which published the ad in a local newspaper, for clarification.

"While we appreciate the Fort Bend County GOP's attempt to reach out to Hindus on an important Hindu festival, its ad -- equating Hindus' veneration of the Lord Ganesha with choosing a political party based on its animal symbol -- is problematic and offensive," said HAF Board Member Rishi Bhutada in an official statement.


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@#1 ... Our insatiable appetite for convenience is getting to be a problem ...

... that, combined with being hypnotized by the ~magic~ of technology.

The tech companies have gotten a free pass for too long.

Just wait until Amazon's Alexa takes over the world...

Why everyone is talking about everything talking
www.computerworld.com

...Voice-first technology went radically mainstream this week. For starters, Amazon announced on Thursday a stunningly high number of Alexa-enabled devices. These include an Echo for cars, a voice-interaction wall clock and an Alexa-equipped microwave that can order popcorn when you run out....

But the real news is that Amazon announced the Alexa Connect Kit, which includes a very low-cost circuit board the size of a quarter that has the electronics necessary to turn any device into an Echo. Expect a tsunami of Alexa-equipped devices next year....


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This is not going to end well....


@#14 ... I'm in trouble then. Oh G-d I am so in troubles. ...

An Amazon Echo recorded a family's conversation, then sent it to a random person in their contacts, report says
www.washingtonpost.com

...A family in Portland, Ore., received a nightmarish phone call two weeks ago.

"Unplug your Alexa devices right now," a voice on the other line said. "You're being hacked."

Apparently, one of Amazon.com's Alexa-powered Echo devices in their house had silently sent recordings to the caller without the family's permission, according to KIRO 7, a news station covering Seattle and western Washington state that first reported the story. The person, an employee of the husband, was in the family's contact list.

"My husband and I would joke and say, ‘I'd bet these devices are listening to what we're saying,' " a woman who identified herself only by her first name, Danielle, told KIRO. She added that the device did not tell her that it would be sending the recorded conversations....




Another article on GOP poll at Bloomberg:

Internal GOP Poll: Pelosi Beats Trump in a Head-to-Head Matchup
www.bloomberg.com

...President Trump likes to mock Nancy Pelosi, but a private survey conducted for the Republican National Committee finds that she's actually more popular -- and beats the president when the midterm election is framed as a contest between the two.

The internal poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and obtained by Bloomberg Businessweek, asks registered voters who they support "when the November election is framed by Trump and Pelosi." Overall, respondents prefer Pelosi-aligned candidates over Trump-aligned candidates by 5 points, 50 percent to 45 percent. Among independents only, Pelosi still prevails by a 4-point margin. The poll was completed on Sept. 2....


That one's gonna leave a mark...



Heller predicts Kavanaugh confirmation to Supreme Court despite 'hiccup'
thenevadaindependent.com
...Republican Sen. Dean Heller is predicting that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the nation's highest court despite the "hiccup" of a recent allegation that the judge sexually assaulted a woman when they were both teenagers.

In a "VIP" conference call arranged by the Nevada Republican Party on Wednesday ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to the state, Heller -- who is running for re-election against Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen -- said the Senate would still likely confirm Kavanaugh to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy despite the sexual harassment allegations.

"I'm really grateful for the White House, for the effort of President Trump and what he has done, and the excitement that we have," he said. "We got a little hiccup here with the Kavanaugh nomination, we'll get through this and we'll get off to the races," he said....

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