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Saturday, June 24, 2017

If you like your coffee black, you may be someone who prefers strong flavors, takes good care of their health, or just wants to drink their coffee the way it's supposed to be drunk. Or, you may be a psychopath. At least, that's according to a new study published in the journal Appetite, which found a correlation between a love of black coffee and sadist or psychopathic tendencies. The research surveyed more than 1,000 adults, asking them to give their food and flavor preferences. The participants then took a series of personality tests assessing antisocial personality traits, such as sadism, narcissism and psychopathy. read more


Spain lost more than 12,000 scientists between 2010 and 2015, according to a recent report from the European commission. The "brain drain" highlights a 9% decline in the research workforce over five years returning the country to 2007 levels. The commission's report also notes that Spain's gross expenditure on R&D has declined to 1.2% in 2015, less than it was a decade ago and far below the EU average of 2%. Ana Fernández Zubieta, one of the authors of the report and a researcher in the sociology department of the Complutense University of Madrid, tells Chemistry World that she's pessimistic about the future of R&D in the country. "Sadly, most of our findings are negative. The economic situation takes its toll, and there's no political initiative. The government considers science an expense, not an investment," Zubieta adds.


Governors in several states that opted to expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama's health care law are wary of the Senate Republican plan to end the added federal funding for it within seven years. The proposal released Thursday calls for a slower phase-out of the Medicaid expansion than a bill adopted earlier by the House. Yet it still would force those states to figure out what to do about the millions of lower-income Americans who used it to gain health coverage. The doubts about the latest plan from Washington came from Republicans, Democrats and the nation's one independent governor. "I have deep concerns with details in the U.S. Senate's plan to fix America's health care system and the resources needed to help our most vulnerable, including those who are dealing with drug addiction, mental illness and chronic health problems and have nowhere else to turn," Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, said in a Twitter message.


Four Arab states that have boycotted Qatar have handed the country a list of 13 demands, including some likely to infuriate Doha and exacerbate the region's worst crisis in decades. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt sent Qatar the list -- which includes a demand to shut down the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera news network -- and gave the country 10 days to comply with the demands. read more


A Huntington Beach resident marked his 2,000th consecutive visit Thursday to the parks of the Disneyland Resort. Jeff Reitz, a Disneyland Resort annual passholder, began his daily sojourns to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park on Jan. 1, 2012, according to Disneyland Resort officials. ... Now that Reitz has a regular day job again at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System, he typically spends evenings at the park. "He said it helps him decompress at the end of the day," Disneyland spokesman John McClintock said.


Neera Tanden, The Atlantic: As the president faces accusations of colluding with the Russians during last year's campaign, his policies in office have aligned almost perfectly with the Kremlin's goals. If Moscow wanted its interference in America's election to yield dividends, it could hardly have hoped for more. ...
[President] Trump himself has seemingly courted the favor of Russian President Vladimir Putin since the 2016 presidential campaign. He's repeatedly praised Putin's leadership, refused to condemn Russian efforts to disrupt the U.S. system of free elections, and openly encouraged Russian hacking of the Hillary Clinton campaign. Friday's explosive report from the Washington Post confirmed that Putin was deeply and directly involved in an operation to hurt Clinton's candidacy and help elect Trump. read more


I like the Amazon Echo. It's great for listening to music, asking simple questions or just setting a timer while cooking. But sometimes Alexa can be a little bland. A little too complacent. Almost like it wants you to stay asleep, to not see the real puppet masters orchestrating the grand New World Order conspiracies behind 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the recent death of Carrie Fisher. Enter Alexa Jones, a smart speaker that will wake your family up to the truth. read more


Minutes after Senate Republicans released the text of their bill to repeal Obamacare a group of protesters, some wheelchair-bound or wearing medical devices, were carried away by police after blocking the hallway outside of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office. ADAPT, the national disability rights group behind the protest, said the Senate GOP's bill is a direct threat to the future of people with preexisting conditions and disabilities. ... According to the Washington Post, about 60 protesters chanted "No cuts to Medicaid -- save our liberty" while being forcibly removed by Capitol Police. read more


The White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings, so on Friday CNN got creative and sent a sketch artist. Bill Hennessy, the network's regular sketch artist for Supreme Court proceedings, headed over to the White House on Friday afternoon and drew Press Secretary Sean Spicer's afternoon briefing. He didn't have his usual easel, but he stood in the back of the briefing room to document the scene. Hennessy's sketches aren't exclusive to CNN; other news outlets may also use them.


Turkey has expunged Charles Darwin's theory of evolution from its new national curriculum draft, which will be released after the Eid break, the education ministry has announced. Alpaslan Durmus, the head of the ministry's curriculum board, told educators during an Ankara seminar on June 20 that the ministry had presented the draft to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has approved it. "We have excluded controversial subjects for students at an age [that they are] unable yet to understand the issue's scientific background," he said. read more


Friday, June 23, 2017

A Detroit federal judge issued a two-week stay Thursday halting the planned deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians back to their country of origin. U.S. District Court Judge Mark A. Goldsmith responded to a habeus corpus petition filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 114 immigrants by staying the deportation orders until he decides whether he has jurisdiction to hear the case. The Justice Department said the detainees must go to immigration court to try to remain in the U.S., not U.S. District Court. But the ACLU said they might be deported before an immigration judge can consider their requests to stay. read more


McDonald's hits all-time high as Wall Street cheers replacement of cashiers with kiosks. Cowen raised its rating on McDonald's shares to outperform from market perform because of the technology upgrades, which are slated for the fast-food chain's restaurants this year. Andrew Charles from Cowen cited plans for the restaurant chain to roll out mobile ordering across 14,000 U.S. locations by the end of 2017. The technology upgrades, part of what McDonald's calls "Experience of the Future," includes digital ordering kiosks that will be offered in 2,500 restaurants by the end of the year and table delivery.


Bernie Sanders's wife, Jane Sanders, has reportedly hired lawyers following a federal investigation into her time as president of the now-defunct Burlington College in Vermont. She is accused of fraudulently obtaining a $10 million bank loan that was purportedly used to buy 33 acres of land for the school. ... When asked about the allegations against him in May, Bernie Sanders said it would be improper to comment, though he added: "There is a process going on, which was initiated by Trump's campaign manager, somebody who does this all of the time, has gone after a number of Democrats and progressives in this state."


Volcanologist Jess Phoenix would agree with President Donald Trump on one thing: There's something wrong with Washington, D.C. "We need science in our everyday lives," she said, speaking in April at the Los Angeles March for Science. "Ignorance is the disease." The cure is more scientists who hold political office, Phoenix said. "We're at a critical point in our planet's history," Phoenix said "It's really important that we have people in office who understand that protecting the world around us, doing good science ... is just critical, it's paramount." read more


[Maine] Gov. Paul LePage on Friday granted conditional commutation orders for 17 prisoners through a plan that he says will help offenders get jobs and won't threaten public safety. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and state prisoner advocates applauded the Republican governor's idea to release lower-risk inmates, but some fellow Republicans have called it soft on crime and part of an effort to close a long-embattled Washington County minimum-security prison. "The state is really safe now, isn't it?" said Republican Sen. Joyce Maker, who says the commutation process typically takes months.


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