Beto and Friends

What passes for much “campaign-finance” reporting in America typically follows the flow of cash from big bundlers to particular candidates, treating the whole thing like a competition over who “got” what rich person to invest in them. Rarely is the central question asked of how that rich person earned their money, and what effect that will have on the candidate’s outlook. In other words, it’s not just the power of Big Money, but what specific kind of Big Money, that often gets ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2019-03-21 16:36pm to the Politics forum.

Microsoft Says the FCC 'Overstates' Broadband Availability in the US

Similar criticism has long plagued the agency. The FCC’s broadband data is received via the form 477 data collected from ISPs. But ISPs have a vested interest in over-stating broadband availability to obscure the sector’s competition problems, and the FCC historically hasn’t worked very hard to independently verify whether this data is truly accurate. The FCC’s methodology has long been criticized as well. As it currently stands, the agency declares an entire ZIP code as “served” ...
Submitted by SharoKham at 2019-03-21 16:28pm to the Science forum.

Why the 'Forrest Gump' sequel was halted: The film 'felt meaningless' following 9/11 attacks

“People wouldn’t go to class with (Forrest Jr.) in Florida," said Roth. "We had a funny [sic] sequence where they were (desegregation) busing in Florida at the same time, so people were angry about either the bussing or (their) kids having to go to school with the kid who had AIDS. So there was a big conflict.”...“I had (Forrest) in the back of (O.J. Simpson's) Bronco,”...Princess Diana...bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building...Katrina...
Submitted by SharoKham at 2019-03-21 15:24pm to the Movies forum.

'It hurt so bad': Indiana teachers shot with plastic pellets during active shooter training

An active-shooter training exercise at an Indiana elementary school in January left teachers with welts, bruises and abrasions after they were shot with plastic pellets by the local sheriff’s office conducting the session.

The event, acknowledged in testimony this week before state lawmakers, was confirmed by two elementary school teachers in Monticello, who described an exercise in which teachers were asked by local law enforcement to kneel down against a classroom wall before being sprayed ...
Submitted by Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus at 2019-03-21 15:13pm to the Education forum.

My Stepdad's Huge Dataset

Over the course of these experiences, I learned about a major new force reshaping the industry: data. That day on set, the director’s instructions came directly from the production company, which decided on the topic and vetted the script. And the company based its creative direction on specific fantasies proposed by paying customers on an online forum that it owned. (“The stepsister should catch her stepbrother masturbating and she should humiliate him for being a dork,” one commenter ...
Submitted by elitist horde at 2019-03-21 15:01pm to the The Economy forum.

NASA issues space herpes warning as virus reactivates in astronauts

NASA has issued a warning about space herpes after a study found the virus was reactivating in crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions.

According to the agency, while only a small proportion of the astronauts develop symptoms as a result of the dormant virus awakening, it could spell danger for longer spaceflight missions - for instance to Mars.

"NASA astronauts endure weeks or even months exposed to microgravity and cosmic radiation - not to mention the extreme G ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-03-21 14:52pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Upload filters and one-hour takedowns: the EU’s latest fight against terrorism online, explained

The new laws require platforms to take down any terrorism-related content within an hour of a notice being issued, force them to use a filter to ensure it’s not reuploaded, and, if they fail in either of these duties, allow governments to fine companies up to 4 percent of their global annual revenue. For a company like Facebook, which earned close to $17 billion in revenue last year, that could mean fines of as much as $680 million (around €600 million)...Critics say that the upload filter ...
Submitted by SharoKham at 2019-03-21 14:04pm to the Crime forum.

The One Ingredient Missing From This Disgusting Hot Dog Is Sports Illustrated's Integrity

The article is stuffed with verbose passages that would be bad but unremarkable in the best of circumstances, but which become even more unforgivable when attached to an article about a once-proud institution shilling a baseball team’s weird hot dogs. After a lede containing the type of aimless scene-setting that plagues so much modern feature writing, Wilder explains what gross stunt food is, and what it means in relation to How We Live Today:

Submitted by Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus at 2019-03-21 13:37pm to the Sports forum.

Stadia is about the future of YouTube, not gaming: Google’s starting a revolution just to keep things as they are

Yes, it’s cute that Google printed the Konami code on the underside of its Stadia controller, but look at the unique buttons the company has put on the top: one is for Google Assistant and the other is for screen capture. Those are your Google priorities printed in crisp white iconography atop a smooth black surface. The capture button is there to make sharing to YouTube as effortless and frictionless as possible, while the Assistant’s inclusion is there to help gamers stuck on a level find ...
Submitted by SharoKham at 2019-03-21 13:53pm to the Video Games forum.

Either the CEO of AT&T Staged a Robocall During a Live Interview or No One Is Immune to This Plague

The robocalling problem just keeps getting worse and worse—last year, the Federal Communications Commission ordered telecommunications executives to start doing something about the problem, which one report in January 2019 estimated had exploded to the tune of 26.3 billion robocalls placed to U.S. numbers annually...In the clip below posted by C-SPAN, Stephenson paused to glance at his Apple Watch, telling the audience: “I’m getting a robocall, too... It’s literally a robocall.”
Submitted by SharoKham at 2019-03-21 13:37pm to the Crime forum.

European Wikipedias have been turned off for the day to protest dangerous copyright laws

Ahead of a final vote on the legislation next Tuesday, March 26th, a number of European Wikipedia sites are going dark for the day, blocking all access and directing users to contact their local EU representative to protest the laws. Other major sites, such as Twitch and PornHub, are showing protest banners on their homepages and social media...Article 13 is particularly dangerous, say critics. It will make all platforms hosting user-generated content (everything from Imgur to Tumblr to ...
Submitted by SharoKham at 2019-03-21 13:47pm to the Podcasts, Etc forum.

Netflix's Bright Future Looks A Lot Like Television's Dim Past

In this quest-narrative of progress through increased options, streaming services were supposed to toss the One Ring of monoculture into Mount Doom for good. They’d offer virtually limitless viewing options. They’d enable viewers to cut the cord that bound them to cable and broadcast networks, allowing those viewers to watch those endless options whenever and wherever they wanted...Netflix’s endgame: more of the same, and only more of the same, and all in one place only.
Submitted by SharoKham at 2019-03-21 13:43pm to the Television forum.

Ronaldo and Juventus Will Avoid U.S. Amid Rape Investigation

Organizers of a high-profile summer tournament for world soccer’s biggest club teams have decided to keep Juventus and its star Cristiano Ronaldo away from the United States this year, eliminating the risk of the Portuguese star’s being detained by the authorities as part of a rape investigation in Las Vegas.

Submitted by Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus at 2019-03-21 13:23pm to the Sports forum.

Teacher used pedometer to suggest boy was a paedophile

A science teacher who joked that a pupil covered in blue ink looked like they just had sex with a smurf has avoided a classroom ban.

Adam Evans also made beeping noises while holding a pedometer near a boy to suggest he was a paedophile.

Another pupil said he ‘started talking about finger-blasting girls’ and that he described a pupil’s textile work as ‘troll pubes’.
Submitted by sacred animal at 2019-03-21 8:58am to the Education forum.

ICE Issued False Deportation Requests for 420 U.S. Citizens in Miami-Dade, ACLU Reports

Two American citizens who live in South Florida— Miamian Garland Creedle and Keys resident Peter Sean Brown — sued Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties after being wrongly held in jail and nearly deported thanks to mistaken paperwork from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Frighteningly, those two people are not alone. According to a report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union, ICE erred in issuing 420 "detainer requests" for U.S. citizens in Miami-Dade from 2017 to 2019 ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-03-21 4:57am to the Politics forum.

‘Florida Is Tired of Being a Cheap Date’: Andrew Gillum Wants to Help Democrats Win in 2020

Andrew Gillum has more free time than he would like.

After losing his bid for Florida’s governorship by less than one half of a percentage point, Mr. Gillum, the former Tallahassee mayor, is now carefully planning his next steps amid speculation that he would run for president. On Wednesday, he announced he will not join the Democratic field seeking to oppose President Trump, but instead return to political organizing. He said he aims to build a voter mobilization network in Florida that ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-03-21 4:45am to the Politics forum.

CBP Detains US Citizen, 9, Accuses Her of Lying About Identity, Mother Says

A mother and her 9-year-old daughter were separated for 36 hours after the child fell into U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody because agents at the border didn’t believe she was who she claimed to be, a mother says.

Thelma Galaxia said her friend, Michelle Cardenas, was driving each of their two children from Tijuana, where they live, to their schools in San Ysidro Monday morning, as they do nearly every day.

Galexia's 9-year-old daughter, Julia Isabel Amparo Medina, attends fourth ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-03-21 1:41am to the Crime forum.

Former FBI Director James Comey explains why it's so hard to prosecute white-collar criminals, as 2020 Democrats slam 'two systems of justice'

Democratic presidential contenders want Wall Street executives locked up for crimes committed on their watch — but former FBI Director James Comey, once the top prosecutor in Manhattan, said it might not be so easy.

Comey, who served as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in the days after the dotcom meltdown of the early 2000s, weighed in on the matter on Friday during a rare question-and-answer session at his alma mater William & Mary.

Responding to a student who asked ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-03-21 1:17am to the Crime forum.

Africa’s Hurricane Katrina: Tropical Cyclone Idai Causes an Extreme Catastrophe

Over 400 are dead and countless more are at grave risk, huddled on rooftops or clinging to trees, in the horrifying aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Idai in Mozambique. In scenes reminiscent of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, aerial survey teams photographed thousands of marooned people in the “inland ocean” up to 30 miles wide that heavy rains from Idai have created in central Mozambique.

Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall on Thursday evening as a Category 2 storm with 110 mph ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-03-21 1:09am to the The World forum.

Bad week for billionaires as some of world's richest tangle with the law

Several billionaires were arrested this week and some may even receive slaps on the wrist.
Submitted by Disruptive Emotional-Support Pig at 2019-03-21 0:30am to the Crime forum.