This Startup's Robots Hold Your Favorite Parking Space At The Mall -- Even On Black Friday

MyPark will also commercialize spaces beyond the traditional parking lot, a revenue stream that has piqued the interest of foreign partners. "[Our system is] creating an opportunity to monetize a space that was not monetized before," Mayendia said. "It's very exciting."

Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-11-19 18:26pm to the The Economy forum.

Chinese writer jailed for gay sex novel

A Chinese writer has been given a 10 year sentence for writing and selling a novel which featured gay sex scenes.

The writer, identified as Liu, was jailed by a court in Anhui province last month for producing and selling "obscene material".

Her novel, titled "Occupation", featured "male homosexual behaviour... including perverted sexual acts like violation and abuse."

But her lengthy jail term has sparked protest across Chinese social media.

According to the Beijing News, Liu - better ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-11-19 18:23pm to the Books forum.

Wedding magazine shuts after LGBT row

One of Australia's leading wedding magazines is shutting down after it refused to feature same-sex couples.

Luke and Carla Burrell, founders of White magazine, said advertisers had abandoned them in droves.

The Christian couple said they made the choice because they had "no desire to create a social, political or legal war".

Australia legalised gay marriage in December last year after the country overwhelmingly voted in favour of it.

In a farewell post on its website, the magazine's ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-11-19 18:28pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

FBI now classifies far-right Proud Boys as 'extremist group', documents say

The FBI now classifies the far-right Proud Boys as an “extremist group with ties to white nationalism”, according to a document produced by Washington state law enforcement.

The FBI’s 2018 designation of the self-confessed “western chauvinist group” as extremist has not been previously made public.

The Proud Boys was founded by the Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes. McInnes has insisted that his group is not white nationalist or “alt-right” but the Proud Boys have a history of ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2018-11-19 18:23pm to the Crime forum.

A $12 Billion Program to Help Farmers Stung by Trump’s Trade War Has Aided Few

America’s farmers have been shut out of foreign markets, hit with retaliatory tariffs and lost lucrative contracts in the face of President Trump’s trade war. But a $12 billion bailout program Mr. Trump created to “make it up” to farmers has done little to cushion the blow, with red tape and long waiting periods resulting in few payouts so far.

According to the Department of Agriculture, just $838 million has been paid out to farmers since the first $6 billion pot of money was made ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2018-11-19 17:48pm to the The Economy forum.

Silicon Valley’s Favorite Prison Reformer Accused of Sexual Assault and Harassment

Defy Ventures brings the gospel of entrepreneurship to an unlikely place: prisons.

The nonprofit company founded by Catherine Hoke says it is dedicated to helping formerly incarcerated people start their own businesses and stay out of prison. “Transform the hustle,” the company’s tagline encourages.

Defy has received grants from Google and the conservative Koch brothers. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote a foreword to Hoke’s new memoir. Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara called ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2018-11-19 17:23pm to the The Economy forum.

Indigenous women kept from seeing their newborn babies until agreeing to sterilization, says lawyer

As a senator calls for a nationwide review of the forced sterilization of Indigenous women, a lawyer representing a proposed class action detailed the women's accounts of being sterilized without proper and informed consent.

"In the throes of labour ... they would be approached, harassed, coerced into signing these consent forms," said Alisa Lombard, an associate with Maurice Law, the first Indigenous-owned national law firm in Canada.

The women would be told that they could not leave until ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2018-11-19 17:11pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

The Bay Area’s hidden problem: hunger and food insecurity

The Bay Area’s hidden hungry are the Hayward delivery driver and homemaker who rely on the food bank to feed their family of five. They are the seniors struggling to get enough to eat in East Palo Alto, just 2 miles from Facebook headquarters and its free employee meals. They are the diabetics showing up in emergency rooms in Oakland with low blood sugar at the end of the month because they ran out of food. They are the undocumented families sharing tiny apartments in the South Bay, cooking ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2018-11-19 16:57pm to the The Economy forum.

Teenager Claims Body-Cams Show the Police Framed Him. What Do You See?

Marijuana arrests are the latest battleground for critics of the police who are fighting to reverse years of racially imbalanced policing in New York. While the Police Department has sharply scaled back marijuana arrests recently, more than 6,000 people were arrested in the first six months of 2018 over small amounts of pot, most of them black or Hispanic.

Until recently, these arrests were rarely taped, but that has changed now that many police officers in New York wear body cameras.

The New ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2018-11-19 16:50pm to the Crime forum.

Saddam Hussein memorial plaque appears on bench in London's Wanstead

A dedication to a brutal oppressor who ruled Iraq with violence and fear for 30 years has been placed on a bench in the middle of a busy high street in east London, saying “In loving memory of... Saddam Hussein, 1937 - 2006.”
Submitted by sacred animal at 2018-11-19 16:07pm to the Off Topic News forum.

How I Went From Tesla Delivery Hell To Tesla Giving Me Control Of Their Site Forums With Over 1.5 Million Tesla Account Contacts

I took to the Tesla Forums and posted my experience. One reader responded to my experience by saying to hang in there as it will be worth it. Afterwards I went to make an edit to my post and when I saved it, the thread was gone.

I didn’t think Tesla intentionally deleted it as they have practically zero presence on their own forums. But I was perplexed. I tried reposting my thread and it said that non-owners can only make one thread a day and to call customer service to lift that ...
Submitted by garbage boy at 2018-11-19 15:47pm to the Crime forum.

The Blue Wave Brought With it a Candidate Dems Might Prefer to Leave Adrift

He was elected to the San Diego City Council in the 1960s and his political career derailed when he was indicted — later acquitted — as part of a Yellow Cab bribery scandal. He would go on to become, in the words of the Los Angeles Times, “one of California’s most notorious slumlords.” In 1993, he was convicted of misdemeanor spousal abuse for allegedly beating his wife in their Point Loma home, according to the Reader. He was later disbarred in Nevada and hit with a restraining ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2018-11-19 15:46pm to the Politics forum.

The million-dollar drug

It is one of this country's great scientific achievements.

The first drug ever approved that can fix a faulty gene.

It's called Glybera, and it can treat a painful and potentially deadly genetic disorder with a single dose — a genuine made-in-Canada medical breakthrough.

But most Canadians have never heard of it.
Submitted by thirteen3seven at 2018-11-19 15:38pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

He Kept Blacks From Voting. GOP Wants to Make Him a Judge.

Donald Trump’s federal bench picks looks like a MAGA rally.

Of the 48 people he’s nominated to appellate courts, none are black or Latino. Thirty-nine of them are men. Eighty percent come from the far-right Federalist Society, though only 4 percent of the nation’s lawyers are members.

But the cream of the ultra-white crop is being pushed through by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell right now: longtime Republican lawyer and political operative Thomas Farr, up for a life-tenure ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2018-11-19 15:42pm to the Politics forum.

Days Away From Mars, NASA Awaits 'The Seven Minutes Of Terror'

Flying the freeway to Mars, the robotic probe InSight nears the end of its 301-million-mile cruise with nary a hitch and hardly a hiccup.

But looming just ahead is the exit ramp—the Martian atmosphere.

InSight’s in for a wild ride.

“There’s a classic term for it,” says Rob Grover of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “The seven minutes of terror.”

That’s approximately the time InSight takes to land, a spooky 70-mile descent from the top of the atmosphere ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2018-11-19 5:58am to the Science forum.

Taylor Swift sometimes travels inside a giant suitcase to avoid paparazzi

In an interview with British Vogue that also touched upon his religious beliefs, Zayn Malik seemed to confirm the long-standing rumor that his collaborator and friend Taylor Swift actually does sometimes travel inside a giant suitcase.

When asked about relationship with Swift and her ability to avoid paparazzi, the former One Direction member’s eyes went wide. “She was traveling around in a suitcase,” he revealed.
Submitted by HiatusValdeDeflendus at 2018-11-19 2:25am to the Music forum.

The Future of Aging Just Might Be in Margaritaville

At the Jimmy Buffett-branded community, a hint at how an increasingly long-lived species might choose to spend its extra decades.
Submitted by revdrew at 2018-11-19 1:43am to the Health & Beauty forum.

The Theranos tale exposes the dangers lurking in Silicon Valley

As Mr Carreyrou closed in on Theranos, Ms Holmes and her powerful allies and legal advisers — including David Boies, the legendary litigator — mounted an intense campaign to thwart him. He believes now that the Theranos founder “would not have hesitated” to use the relationship she had cultivated with the Clintons to try to derail regulatory investigations had Hillary Clinton won the 2016 presidential election. After all, he says, having convinced Mr Murdoch to invest, Ms Holmes ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2018-11-18 23:17pm to the Off Topic News forum.

Organisms found on hike in the woods are like no other life on Earth | CBC News

Canadian researchers have discovered a new kind of organism that's so different from other living things that it doesn't fit into the plant kingdom, the animal kingdom, or any other kingdom used to classify known organisms.

Two species of the microscopic organisms, called hemimastigotes, were found in dirt collected on a whim during a hike in Nova Scotia by Dalhousie University graduate student Yana Eglit.

A genetic analysis shows they're more different from other organisms than animals and ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2018-11-18 21:25pm to the Science forum.

Disgraced former Judge Lance Mason accused of fatally stabbing estranged wife in Shaker Heights, sources say

Former Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge Lance Mason, who spent nine months in prison for beating his then-wife in front of their children, is accused of fatally stabbing the woman Saturday morning at her Shaker Heights home, according to three sources.

Mason was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of his estranged wife, Aisha Fraser Mason, at her home on Chagrin Boulevard near Normandy Road, the sources said.

Submitted by Forensic at 2018-11-18 21:05pm to the Crime forum.