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Word for the day -- "dotard". It was used by North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, while insulting Donald Trump. Definition according to the Oxford dictionary: “An old person, especially one who has become weak or senile.”
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Don't unlock your phone with your face

Good advice.

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Why you shouldn’t unlock your phone with your face – freeCodeCamp

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Today Apple announced its new FaceID technology. It’s a new way to unlock your phone through facial recognition.
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The iPhone 10 years in

Ten years of iPhone. Good article outlines the progression.

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The iPhone 10 years in: Everything that's changed from 2007 to 2017

The original iPhone


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A decade's worth of iPhone design, features and more.
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Inside 9/11: The day that never ends

16 years ago today. Will never forget.

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Inside 9/11: The day that never ends

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Video — raw, chaotic and nearly inconceivable — offers a rare look into a day that continues to haunt the nation 16 years later.
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Stealing Signs From Yankees

Damned cheaters !

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How Red Sox Used Tech, Step by Step, to Steal Signs From Yankees

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Boston used an Apple Watch and video cameras to illegally gain an advantage, decoding the signs of the Yankees’ catcher to the pitcher.
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Barack Obama on DACA

Barack Obama shares his thoughts on today's decision by the Trump White House. He calls Trump’s decision ‘wrong,’ ‘self-defeating’ and ‘cruel’. I would add the word cowardly.

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Barack Obama

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Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules. But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is about. This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license.

Over the years, politicians of both parties have worked together to write legislation that would have told these young people – our young people – that if your parents brought you here as a child, if you’ve been here a certain number of years, and if you’re willing to go to college or serve in our military, then you’ll get a chance to stay and earn your citizenship. And for years while I was President, I asked Congress to send me such a bill. That bill never came. And because it made no sense to expel talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know solely because of the actions of their parents, my administration acted to lift the shadow of deportation from these young people, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country. We did so based on the well-established legal principle of prosecutorial discretion, deployed by Democratic and Republican presidents alike, because our immigration enforcement agencies have limited resources, and it makes sense to focus those resources on those who come illegally to this country to do us harm. Deportations of criminals went up.

Some 800,000 young people stepped forward, met rigorous requirements, and went through background checks. And America grew stronger as a result. But today, that shadow has been cast over some of our best and brightest young people once again. To target these young people is wrong – because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating – because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel. What if our kid’s science teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? Where are we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even speak? Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question.

Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us. They are that pitcher on our kid’s softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages. It is precisely because this action is contrary to our spirit, and to common sense, that business leaders, faith leaders, economists, and Americans of all political stripes called on the administration not to do what it did today.

And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future. I’m heartened by those who’ve suggested that they should. And I join my voice with the majority of Americans who hope they step up and do it with a sense of moral urgency that matches the urgency these young people feel. Ultimately, this is about basic decency. This is about whether we are a people who kick hopeful young strivers out of America, or whether we treat them the way we’d want our own kids to be treated. It’s about who we are as a people – and who we want to be.

What makes us American is not a question of what we look like, or where our names come from, or the way we pray. What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals – that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation. That’s how America has traveled this far. That’s how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union.
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Keep Making Bread

Of course they did. That's what decent and honest hardworking people do.

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Stand Up America

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"When they realized they were stuck, they decided to keep themselves busy and help the community and made as many loaves of bread as they could. By the time the owner managed to get to them, they had made so much bread that we took the loaves to loads of emergency centers across the city for people affected by the floods."
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Floating Fire Ants in Texas

This is why insects will survive way after the human race has completely damaged the environment or bombed themselves to death.

Insects are highly adaptable and have a killer survival instinct that humans no longer possess.

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Yes, That's a Huge Floating Mass of Live Fire Ants in Texas

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Floods make them more venomous and more aggressive.
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Antifa? White nationalist? A glossary from CNN

Good overview that outlines the players in this drama for those of you that may not have been following these events.

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Antifa? White nationalist? A glossary for today's political climate — CNN

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Much of today's rhetoric uses words that aren't even in the dictionary. Alt-right. 'Alt-left.' Antifa. The list goes on. Here's a glossary of phrases infiltrating our political vocabulary:
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Why They Came to Charlottesville

So ask yourself this; if they came to your town, your neighborhood, where you live and work: How would you confront this threat?




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Opinion | Why the Nazis Came to Charlottesville

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And why I was wrong not to confront them.

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MLB celebrates Players Weekend

This is a very cool promotion using nicknames on the team jerseys.

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MLB to celebrate Players Weekend

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Please allow us to introduce you to All Rise, Stickman, La Potencia, Kiiiiid, Miggy, Corey's Brother, Codylove, Tokki 2, Flaco Fuerte, KB, Tsunami, Cruz, EE, El Koja, Bringer of Rain, Big Kid, Wawindaji, Yoyo, Nado and Pappo. You may know them better, respectively, as Aaron Judge, Chris Sale, Yoenis...


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Sabiduria or Wisdom

Wepa! Even in his eighties, the master can still cook.

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Sabiduria

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Eddie Palmieri's new album cooks. It's called "Sabiduria" or "Wisdom"



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Please Forgive Us at Blue Apron

😀 tough times at blue apron?

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Please Forgive Us at Blue Apron for This Week’s Meals. We’ve Been Having a Tough Time Lately

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This box contains the ingredients and recipes for this week’s Blue Apron meals. We know you’ve come to expect a high standard of quality from Blue ...
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DODOcase | iPad Case of the Year

Nice cases for your iPhone or iPad, plus 15% off

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DODOcase | iPad Case of the Year

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Get 15% off MacWorld’s iPad Case of the Year.


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Visual guides of Iron Throne contenders

Good guide to catch up with before tonight's return season 7 episode.

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A visual guide to every contender for the Iron Throne on “Game of Thrones”

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Everything you need to know for season 7, on handy trading cards.
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Climate change could make flying worse

Oh goodie, more delays, just what we need more of.

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Climate change could make flying even more hellish

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Rising temperatures mean more weight restrictions — which might mean more bumped passengers.
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It’s time to save the internet — again

Excellent article from Nilay Patel at The Verge outlines the current state of internet access and explains why the Trump appointed new heads of the FCC wish to do away with net neutrality rules.

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It’s time to save the internet — again

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Why does this keep happening?
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How to Safely Eat Cantaloupe

Love Cantaloupe

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How to Safely Eat Cantaloupe

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Cantaloupe is rich in vitamins and water and eating it is good for your health. Learn about the nutritional benefits of this melon and safe handling.
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Using the Original iPhone... in 2017

Funny video. By the way I still have a working original iPhone 📱

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Living With the Original iPhone... in 2017

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Back in 2007, the iPhone was revolutionary. But what about using that same phone in 2017? Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern locked up her iPhone 7 and attempted to make it through the day.

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Perfect Ten

Ten years ago today the original iPhone went on sale.

John Gruber nails the excitement and anticipation we all felt back then. Simply monumental.

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Perfect Ten

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Apple had amazing product introductions before the iPhone, and it’s had a few good ones after. But the iPhone was the only product introduction that felt *impossible*.


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Obama on Healthcare Debate

Well stated as usual

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Barack Obama

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"The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else.

Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely. Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm."
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'Star Trek: Discovery' beams up premiere date

Hmm, yes indeed.

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'Star Trek: Discovery' beams up a premiere date

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After hurdling several delays, "Star Trek: Discovery" gets a premiere stardate set for this fall, when the prequel series will take off with a new crew.


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Tech CEO's Faces While Meeting Trump

Their faces say it all.

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See the Look on Tim Cook and Jeff Bezos' Faces When They Met With President Trump

President Donald Trump (2nd L) welcomes members of his American Technology Council, including (L-R) Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

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U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd L) welcomes members of his American Technology Council, including (L-R) Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in the State Dining Room of the White House June 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump met with top leaders…
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Would Your Dog Eat You If You Died?

Yes Fido and Tabby will eat you if they are hungry and you happen to die.

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Would Your Dog Eat You If You Died? Get the Facts. (National Geographic)

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You might not look at your beloved Bella or Buddy the same way after reading this.
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Get Cancer Now, Before Congress Cuts Insurance

Striking and well-written opinion piece. My opinion: The proposed GOP legislation would cut taxes for the wealthy by curtailing federal programs that help provide health care to millions of poorer Americans.

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Opinion | Get Cancer Now, Before Congress Cuts Your Insurance

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After 16 years working in the health insurance lottery, I know what’s at stake.
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How New Yorkers gave rise to salsa

A New York thing that grew into a sensation.

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How New Yorkers’ obsession with Cuba gave rise to salsa

Salsa music remains a dance staple
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The Cheetah Club on Broadway and 53rd Street was the “granddaddy of the big commercial disco,” wrote cultural historian Steven Watson in his 2003 book, “Factory Made: Warhol and the Sixties.” Warho…
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Backyard Waterfall

Our backyard waterfall is back up in 2017


Waterfall

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New York Stories

By the New York Times. Very cool comics issue in the Magazine.

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New York Stories

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The magazine’s first-ever all-comics issue, with 12 tales of the city based on stories from The Times’s Metro desk.

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Opinion | "Trump Poisons the World"

Strong Op-Ed column from David Brooks of the NY Times

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Opinion | Donald Trump Poisons the World

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This White House is an axis of selfishness, which explains its suspicion of cooperative global arrangements, like NATO and the Paris climate accord.
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Rest In Peace Frank Deford

Sorry to hear of the passing of Frank Deford, the great Sport Illustrated writer. Colorful prose and wonderful stories that many of us grew up reading in SI.

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NPR

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Frank Deford died Sunday, just weeks after hanging up his cleats as commentator for NPR's Morning Edition.
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About Memorial Day

"I hope you're having a meaningful day."

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Don't Say 'Thank You For Your Service' This Monday

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Memorial Day is specifically to honor those who died in military service. One vet says he'd prefer people say, "I hope you're having a meaningful day." The holiday's history dates to the Civil War.
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Beatles' First Take Of 'Lucy In The Sky'

If you are a Beatles fan (who isn't?) this first take version will blow you away.

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The Beatles' First Take Of 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'

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On the cusp of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band's 50th birthday, hear is the first take of The Beatles recording of a legendary song.

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The Echo Show’s killer feature

Brilliant use-case. Think they are going to sell a lot of these.

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The Echo Show’s killer feature is next-level FaceTime

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Earlier today, Amazon made its long-rumored screen-based Echo device official. The Echo Show is basically a cuboid Echo with a touchscreen and camera attached to it.

Amazon unveiled the Echo Show, which adds a 7-inch touchscreen as well as the ability to make and receive video calls using a built-in camera.

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Why Don't People Return Shopping Carts?

One of my pet peeves. I ALWAYS return my shopping cart.

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Why Don't People Return Their Shopping Carts?

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Pulling up to a parking spot and finding a shopping cart there can be pretty frustrating. Why do people ignore the receptacle?

Credit: Daniel Blume Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Yankee Birthday

Exactly 4 years ago today I snagged my first major league foul ball while celebrating my birthday at Yankee Stadium. 😀👍

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Repeal and Replace?

Republicans buy massive tax cuts for the rich with the suffering and death of tens of thousands of not-rich Americans, and then go throw themselves a party. At what point is hatred the appropriate emotion?

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The New York Times

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The bill to replace Obamacare narrowly won passage in the House, moving President Donald J. Trump and Republicans closer to a long-held goal.
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Kimmel's Tear-Filled Plea for Obamacare


Powerful statement
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Ballmer Unveils USAFacts

Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft today unveiled a database and a website that he and a small army of economists, professors and other professionals have been assembling as part of a stealth start-up over the last three years called USAFacts. The database is perhaps the first nonpartisan effort to create a fully integrated look at revenue and spending across federal, state and local governments.

Want to know how many police officers are employed in various parts of the country and compare that against crime rates? Want to know how much revenue is brought in from parking tickets and the cost to collect? Want to know what percentage of Americans suffer from diagnosed depression and how much the government spends on it? That’s in there. You can slice the numbers in all sorts of ways.

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USAFacts

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We are currently building a first-of-its-kind platform to help interested citizens learn the facts about government in a comprehensive, nonpartisan way.
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50 years later, 1st woman runs Boston Marathon again

Awesome Story!

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50 years later, 1st woman runs Boston Marathon again

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Kathrine Switzer ran the Boston Marathon in the same bib number that a race official tried to rip off her in an iconic photo from the 1967 race.

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Special Seat Startles Mexico Subway Riders

They should try this on every bus and train in the U.S.

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NPR

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Mexico City's "penis seat" aims to raise awareness about sexual harassment, providing a dose of shock and shame that will change men's behavior toward female transit customers.

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Trump promotes coal, others turn to sun

2 lumps of coal for you this Christmas.

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While Trump promotes coal, other countries are turning to cheap sun power

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Nations such as Chile, which aspires to be the “solar Saudi Arabia,” are leading the switch.
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Members of Congress sold us out

Shameful

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The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them

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Republicans in Congress just voted to reverse a landmark FCC privacy rule that opens the door for ISPs to sell customer data. Lawmakers provided no credible reason for this being in the interest of...
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Jimmy Breslin Dies at 88

Breslin was an amazing writer and story-teller. Enjoyed his straight-forward prose in the local newspapers for many, many years when I lived in NYC. He grew up in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, where my family and I also lived for many years. Rest in peace.

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Jimmy Breslin, Legendary New York City Newspaper Columnist, Dies at 88

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With prose that was savagely funny, deceptively simple and poorly imitated, Mr. Breslin created his own distinct rhythm in the hurly-burly music of newspapers.

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Hilarious: interrupted live on air

This is why I used to lock my door when working from home and on conference calls. :-)

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Hilarious moment BBC World News guest expert is interrupted live on air by his KIDS

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– before mum rushes in to save the day. Professor Robert E Kelly was discussing the impeachment of South Korean president Park Geun-hye when his children...

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A Bill So Bad It’s Awesome

"TrumpCare," how ironic. :-)

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A Bill So Bad It’s Awesome

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What were Republicans thinking? Were they even thinking?
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Wiretap?

This is all a distraction and simply subterfuge and misdirection to pull focus off the Trump administration's alleged dealings with Russian operatives. He literally pulled this one out of his ass.

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CNN

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President Donald J. Trump is asking Congress to look into whether the Obama administration abused its investigative powers during the 2016 election, said White House press secretary Sean Spicer in a statement
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Alien: Covenant

Wow, this looks like a good one.

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Alien: Covenant | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

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Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Coven...

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New DNC Chairman

It's on, baby. 👍🏽

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Occupy Democrats

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Our new DNC Chairman just put Trump in his place with this blistering tweet.
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Heroin Hellscape

Ignored for more than 2 tragic decades, just four miles from Center City Philadelphia is a hidden-in-plain-sight wasteland along railroad tracks where the most desperate of Philadelphia's addicts have handed over their lives to heroin.

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In Philadelphia, just four miles from where America declared its independence, is a hidden-in-plain-sight wasteland along railroad tracks where the most desperate of Philadelphia's addicts have handed over their lives and liberty to heroin.
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Attorney General: Dominicans Have No "Provable Skill"

Oh Really?

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Attorney General: Dominicans Have No "Provable Skill" to Contribute to US

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In 2006, Jeff Sessions said he didn't believe Dominicans could contribute to the United States.
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When handshakes go wrong

Funny

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When handshakes go wrong, and the world is watching

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What's in a handshake? Sometimes a great deal, as leaders around the world have proved time and again.
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NYTimes: Muslim Ban Is Cowardly and Dangerous

Well said.

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Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Cowardly and Dangerous

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History has its eyes on Trump officials and members of Congress who know better, but are staying silent.

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GQ Gives Trump a Makover

I wouldn't bother. :-)

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GQ

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We gave Donald J. Trump a presidential makeover—because somebody has to.

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Donate to Planned Parenthood

Decided to put my $$ where my mouth is. I sent a donation to Planned Parenthood. I encourage you to do the same:

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Donate to Planned Parenthood

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We all deserve the right to make our own health care choices. That's why I just joined Planned Parenthood in the fight to make sure everyone can access the care they need, no matter where they live, no matter what. Stand with us.
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Women’s Marches Around the Nation

Inspiring

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Where Women’s Marches Are Happening Around the World

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The Women’s March on Washington is expected to be the largest inauguration-related demonstration in United States history.

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CBO: ACA’s Repeal Could Raise Costs

According to the CBO, "repealing major provisions of the Affordable Care Act, while leaving other parts in place, would cost 18 million people their insurance in the first year and could increase the number of uninsured Americans by 32 million in 10 years, while causing insurance premiums to double over that time."

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Health Law’s Repeal Could Raise Costs and Number of Uninsured, New Report Says

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The Congressional Budget Office said 18 million would lose their insurance in the first year, with that number and costs rising over 10 years.
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‘On the Waterfront’ Endures

My late father worked as a longshoreman on the New York waterfronts and piers for many years from the 1950s through the 1970s. He had a strong back as it was all done by hand with hooks and brawn. Now it's all mechanized with cranes and fork lifts.

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Along New York Harbor, ‘On the Waterfront’ Endures

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Much has changed since the days when mobsters controlled the waterfront, but investigators say organized crime still has a presence there.


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3 Small Actions Boost Your Mood

3 simple small actions you can do every day to help boost your mood.

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There are three small actions you can do every day to boost your mood

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Happiness tends to occur as the side-effect of other pursuits and activities—here are some actions that’ll help cultivate happiness “on the side.”
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Classic Flan for Christmas

Delicious Flan for Christmas.... Period

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Classic Flan, a Cool and Creamy Taste of the Past

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Rediscovering flan, that simple alchemy of eggs, milk and sugar, and a Christmas tradition throughout Spain and Latin America.

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Holiday dip gone wrong

Not everyone can cook I guess. :-)

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Holiday artichoke dip goes terribly wrong on-air

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Global News' Leslie Horton shared her favorite treat to make at Christmas -- but admitted her recipe for artichoke dip went "terribly wrong."

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Rather Be Clean Bandit Cover

interesting "Westworld" Style Cover of Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be'

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Rather Be - Vintage "Westworld" Saloon - Style Clean Bandit Cover ft. Ada Pasternak

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Singer / violinist Ada Pasternak is a rare talent that combines classical and jazz technique with a style all her own.

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The Benefits of Bilingualism

Of course (Por supuesto)

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The Benefits of Bilingualism

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Being bilingual makes you smarter and can have a profound effect on your brain.

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Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency

Very insightful article. Worth a read.

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Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency

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Inside a stunned White House, the President considers his legacy and America’s future.
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The Hamilton Cast and Trump-Pence

This is what the actor said, "We are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us. We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us." ...and Trump is demanding that the cast apologize?

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The Hamilton Cast and Trump-Pence

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Donald J. Trump has called for the cast to apologize to the VP-elect.
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Defining Racism

Well said.

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What is Racism?

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Racism DESTROYED in one minute. The woman in the video is anti-racism educator Jane Elliot.




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America Elects a Bigot

All that needs to be said.

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America Elects a Bigot

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I do not respect this president-elect. Count me among the resistance.
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Election fatigue?

I'm tired of this election. Get it over with please.

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Election fatigue? Consider these 12 blissfully quiet places

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If Election Day still feels so close, yet so far away, it's time to escape -- mentally, at the very least -- to wide-open places where solitude is easily achieved.

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Obama to Appear on Bill Maher

Very good. Now Bill just needs to be on his best behavior. :-)

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President Obama to Appear on Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

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Bill Maher’s interview with President Barack Obama will air November 4th at 10pm on HBO.

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Kershaw in Cubs' way

Good game tonight, will be watching on TV. Can the Cubs get to the World Series?

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Kershaw stands in Cubs' way in Game 6

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If you're going to end a World Series drought, you might as well do it against a distinguished opponent. That's the chance that the Cubs have given themselves. They'll face Clayton Kershaw on Saturday night, with the Dodgers backed against the wall.
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Canada's inspiring message on U.S. election

Oh Canada!

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from Washington Post

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Canadians are here to offer a sympathetic message to lift Americans’ spirits during a U.S. election cycle that has broken all norms for civility.

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Party Platform Web Sites

Make up your own mind.

Take the time to read the Democratic Party platform

https://www.democrats.org/party-platform

Compare it to the the Republican Party platform

https://www.gop.com/the-2016-republican-party-platform/
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Michelle Obama's EPIC Takedown

Michelle's got it right. "It's about basic human decency." Nicely done.

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Michelle Obama's EPIC Takedown Of Trump's Disgusting Treatment Of Women

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Things just got real for Donald Trump. After recordings surfaced of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women, Michelle Obama took to the campaign trail...


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11 women accuse Trump

Very Disturbing Events

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In 24 hours, 11 women have accused Donald Trump of sexual harassment, assault, or inappropriate behavior

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From allegations of walking in on teenage beauty contestants as they changed, to unwanted groping on an airplane.
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Register to Vote

Not voting is not an option. To not vote is to be a coward in my humble opinion.

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Register to Vote

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Join millions of Americans who are registered to vote by signing up in your state.
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Inside 9/11

15 years later the memories are still so tragically vivid.

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Inside 9/11: The day that never ends

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Video — raw, chaotic and nearly inconceivable — offers a rare look into a day that continues to haunt the nation 15 years later.
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Apple doing something for music

Most wired headphones deliver crappy sound quality anyway. I hate being tethered to a phone via a cable, getting rid of the audio port is a good thing. Wireless is the way to go, period.

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By scrapping your antiquated headphones, Apple is doing something extraordinary for music

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Hear us out.
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Star Trek 50th Anniversary

Happy 50th Anniversary to Star Trek, live long and prosper!

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Happy 50th Anniversary, Star Trek!

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News - Star Trek actors wish the iconic franchise a Happy Birthday...


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Should I Hit ‘Reply All’?

So obvious, but people are sheep.

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When I’m Mistakenly Put on an Email Chain, Should I Hit ‘Reply All’ Asking to Be Removed?

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I did not ask to be put on this list.
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Haitian-Dominican Wins Olympics Medal

Poetic to say the least

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Haitian-Dominican Wins Dominican Republic's Only Olympics Medal

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Luisito Pie, a Dominican of Haitian descent, has won the country’s only 2016 Olympics medal, a bronze in Taekwondo. If the surprise is still not apparent, consider that the Dominican government stripped all Dominicans of foreign descent of their citizenship just in 2013. The people disproportionately affected were Dominicans of Haitian descent, and the cities all over the U.S. rallied for the government to cease its “ethnic cleansing.
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Trump’s $650 Million Debt

This is not surprising. His ploy all along in running was to somehow make more money. He never expected to win the GOP nomination and doesn't really want to be president, this is why he self-sabotages his own campaign regularly.

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In Maze of Trump’s Empire, Unknown Ties and $650 Million in Debt

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A review of the Republican presidential nominee’s holdings uncovered more debt than what is apparent on his federal election filing, and partnerships with even more liabilities.
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"Unfettered Anti-Intellectualism"

"If your political priorities are the total defeat of a single politician – not the advancement of your own policies – it fans the flames of extremism"

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By Trying To Destroy President Obama Through Unfettered Anti-Intellectualism, The GOP Destroyed Itself

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The Guardian: It may seem too early to call, but we already have a winner in the 2016 election. He’s someone the pundits wrote off long ago. An improbable outsider who rode an insurgent wave to snatch the nomination from the establishment.
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NBC Commercials and a bit of Olympics

Is it me or aren't we watching more commercials than actual ceremony?

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The #Rio2016 Opening Ceremony begins tonight.
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Obama Speech at 2004 DNC

As we watch tonight's speech from the president, I'm reminded of the 2004 speech that introduced him to a national stage and made Barack Obama President.

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C-SPAN: Barack Obama Speech at 2004 DNC Convention

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Then-Illinois State Senator Barack Obama (D) delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Michelle's Great Speech

Amazing speech last night by Michelle Obama

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Quartz

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“Because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters, and all of our sons and daughters, can take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”

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Children watching Trump's statements

Very effective

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VIDEO: "Our children are watching."
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Game of Thrones Beginner’s Guide

Who better to explain Game Of Thrones to newbies than Samuel L. Jackson? Not safe for work!

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Game of Thrones Beginner’s Guide: Uncensored (HBO)

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Game of Thrones available for digital download at http://ift.tt/29NVFeS
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Where Pokémon Should Not Go

Me: "Can I help you?"
 Some dude: "gotta catch em all!" 
Me: "Please get the F___ off my lawn"

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The digital beasts have been reported at Auschwitz and memorials for the Holocaust and the Sept. 11 attacks.
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Net Neutrality Upheld by Court

Common Sense Prevails

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Net Neutrality Rules Upheld by Federal Court

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An appeals court panel affirmed the Federal Communications Commission’s rules, including the definition of high-speed internet providers as utilities.
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Bernie

Bernie will do the right thing. He fought the good fight, but must now join with Clinton to keep the GOP madness from continuing.

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Bernie Signals the End

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After meeting with President Obama, Sanders confirmed he would compete in Washington, D.C.’s Democratic primary next week. But he signaled a willingness to work with Hillary Clinton to ensure that Democrats win the White House. (via The Atlantic)
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Why GOP Won’t Renounce Trump

Precisely

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Why Republicans Won’t Renounce Trump

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Far too many in the G.O.P. share his racism, even if they’re not as open about it.
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Trump slips by Clinton in poll

Ok, now there's reason to be concerned. Can we say President Trump? Vote in November!

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Trump slips by Clinton in a virtual dead heat in new poll

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He holds a razor-thin lead over Clinton.
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Obama at Rutgers: Walls won't stop change

The address to more than 10,000 graduates was the first at Rutgers by a sitting president.

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Obama at Rutgers: Walls won't stop change.

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Delivering the commencement address at Rutgers University, President Obama told graduates "Your generation has everything it takes to lead this country toward a brighter future," then joked that his generation had better penmanship and spelling.

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Kendrick and Timberlake Perform

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake decided to do an impromptu concert as they sang a cover of True Colors (by Cyndi Lauper) together, the theme song for their new movie Dreamworks Trolls.

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Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake Perform True Colors Cannes 2016

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for their new movie from Dreamworks ...

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91% Democratic

That's about right.

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According to this quiz I am 91% Democratic. Which political party do you side with?

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Your beliefs on Science, Healthcare, the Environment, Social, and Domestic Policy side you mostly with Democrats. You are most concerned about Medicaid, Global Warming, Military Spending, Gun Control, and SCOTUS.
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Atlantic City Gambles on Rising Seas

Atlantic City is sinking. Casinos will be fine, but floods in the city are becoming a routine, exacerbating inequality by dividing the population between those who can leave, and the ones who are forced to stay.

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Atlantic City Gambles on Rising Seas

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This city’s famous casinos are on high ground, while its poor are in the floodwaters’ path. The people still there "haven’t figured out a way to leave yet," one lifelong resident says.
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VHS HD Demo - NY in 1993

Wow, what a time capsule. High Definition Video of New York in 1993. Folks would carry around a camera that weighed a ton to be able to capture high definition video onto special "Digital" VHS tape.

You say not much has changed in 23 years? The clothes are different, no Twin Towers, nobody looking down at their phones. Now everybody carries around a smart phone that can do the same as that huge camera in 1993. :-)

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DTheater DVHS HD Demo - New York in 1993

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Captured from a D-Theater HD DVHS Demo Tape.

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Shake and Fold

For those of you that actually wash your hands. It's "Shake!" followed by "Fold!"

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How to use a paper towel by Joe Smith

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Obama to speak at Rutgers

Nice, I plan on possibly being there.

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President Obama to speak at Rutgers commencement

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Rutgers University is celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2016 and had invited the president to speak 2 years ago. There is no record of a sitting president speaking at a Rutgers graduation.
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April Snow Shower

Climate Change Indeed

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Salsa on a Weekday

Took some salsa dance lessons with a live latin band on a Monday night. Had to make believe I didn't know how for awhile.

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NYC Aerial Fly-by Video

New York City Aerial Fly-by Video used by AppleTV Screensaver

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Tesla Model 3

Awesome concept is realized. Sign me up!

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Tesla Model 3 Announced

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Judging from the $200 million in deposits Tesla has already raked in, the Model 3 has quickly found its fans in the last 24 hours.
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Join Proper Cloth, Save $20

Excellent shirts

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Join Proper Cloth Today and Save $20 On Your First Shirt.

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The #1 online maker of custom dress shirts. Easy custom sizing. Renowned quality & fit. Perfect fit guaranteed. Fast delivery. Join now and save $20 on your first shirt.
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Dominican Cuisine Made Simple

New website coming soon.

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Dominican Cuisine Made Simple

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This is the best place to get Dominican recipes!
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Obamas dancing Tango

I think Michele is the better dancer, but I think they both did us proud. Going to miss the First Family when they leave office soon.

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President Obama dancing the Tango at the Argentina State Dinner

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The Obamas dancing Tango.
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Elizabeth Warren & Hillary Clinton

Interesting history between these two women.

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Quartz

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Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton have a complicated history, dating back to when Clinton was first lady and Warren was a professor at Harvard.
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Disney Announces 5th 'Indiana Jones'

Harrison's getting a little long in the tooth for this, but I'll probably still go watch it since it's still Spielberg as Director and Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall as Producers.

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Disney Announces Fifth 'Indiana Jones' Movie

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Indiana Jones is swinging back into theaters.
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Obama confronts heckler at rally

This is how you handle a heckler. With respect, dignity and without inciting violence.

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Obama confronts heckler at immigration reform rally
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Watch: 5 Foods to Never Eat

Interesting. Careful what you eat! Did you know that 80% of weight-loss is what you eat and only 20% involves exercise?

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Watch: 5 Foods to Never Eat

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Credible Weight-Loss Advice from a Certified Nutritionist, Starting with 5 Foods to Never Eat and Why
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Lack of Diversity in Tech Industry

Very few Latinos in the hiring process for tech firms.

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Why the Right Degree Is Not Leading More Blacks and Hispanics Into Tech

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There are many more black and Hispanic students majoring in computer science and engineering than work in tech jobs. So why aren’t they being hired?
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Customer Letter from Apple

Well done Apple and Tim Cook. Forcing a company to enable a backdoor would compromise users’ privacy and could allow hacking from bad actors.

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Customer Letter - Apple

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A Message from Apple to their customers
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Snow Cleanup

Getting the Snow Blower Going on President's Day


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pitchers and catchers report soon

bats will hit balls quite soon

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When do pitchers and catchers report to baseball spring training 2016?

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Can't wait for baseball? Find out when pitchers and catchers report
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27 things your iPhone can do

Helpful list of features for iPhone owners

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27 things you didn't know your iPhone could do

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There are tons of hidden features buried in the iPhone's Settings menu among other places.
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Zika: What is it?

There’s a lot of alarm about Zika virus, now spreading “explosively” (says the WHO) in the Americas. Travelers have brought cases from the tropics to the US, and a few to Europe. The alarm is because there’s a lot scientists still aren’t sure of.

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Zika: What is it and should you be worried about it?

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The outbreak has now spread to Europe and the US.
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MLK I Have a Dream Speech

How many of you have actually read the I Have A Dream speech? It's remarkably powerful and moving.

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Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream speech text and audio
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Fox to do more '24' without Jack Bauer

Without Jack Bauer? That's a bunch of horse crap.

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Fox is going go try to do more '24,' but without Jack Bauer

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Will you watch a Jack Bauer-less '24'?
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"The Late Show" Opening Credits

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has some truly amazing opening credits. The animation, miniatures, and stop motion photography are awesome. Stop the video every few seconds and look at all the little details.

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"The Late Show" Open Director's Cut

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By now you're probably familiar with filmmaker Fernando Livschitz's gorgeous NYC opening for "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," but there's a lot more to it...

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Chinese restaurant caught with animal parts

Your worst fears about Chinese food are indeed true. :-)

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Chinese restaurant caught with deer brains, heads and unidentifiable animal body parts on premises

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LILITZ, Penn. — A Chinese restaurant in Pennsylvania has been caught with deer brains, heads and unidentifiable animal body parts on their premises. PennLive reported that the New China House resta...
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White House: 2015 Year in Photos

Great photographs from the White House photographer.

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Behind the Lens: 2015 Year in Photographs — 2015 Year in Review

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By Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer
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Dana Michael feat. Jennel Garcia

Great job from Dana and Jennel.

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Home Alone Tonight - Dana Michael feat. Jennel Garcia

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Nice cover of a Luke Bryan original by Dana Michael featuring Jennel Garcia.

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How to Become a Morning Person

Excellent advice on how to get better sleep, especially the one on darkness.

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How to become a morning person

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Five small changes make a huge difference in your day.
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Advanced Robots

These robots will take your job quite soon.

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Vocativ

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10 robots that are gunning for your job.

https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ/videos/1131236080221959/
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Flight attendants when they greet you

as some travel for the holidays...

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What flight attendants really thinks about when they first greet you

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When they greet people, you better believe that they are always very aware of each passenger who steps through the door of the aircraft.
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République Dominicaine Tourisme

Nice video advertisement targeted at the French. :-)

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Dominican Republic Tourism

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Flash Mob
Flash Mob de la République dominicaine à Montréal

Le Complexe Desjardins s’est enflammé tout dernièrement avec la musique torride de la République dominicaine lors du Flash Mob

Posted by République dominicaine Tourisme - Dominican Republic Tourism on Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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Fan's New Hope

I agree wholeheartedly

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A fan's new hope

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"There’s something aspirational in Star Wars’s thrilling heroics, the battle of the dark side and the light. That hope, that good might eventually triumph and that even evil can be redeemed, is at the very core of Star Wars’s story, and in these times of terror and strife, when the morning headlines seem to every day scream of some new atrocity, we could all use a little more hope."
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Star Wars Meets Fallon and the Roots

This is awesome on so many levels. :-)JavaScript if it is disabled in your browser.

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Threaten, Seethe and Unhinge, Then Kill

Illuminating NY Times article from 2000.

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They Threaten, Seethe and Unhinge, Then Kill in Quantity

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They are not drunk or high on drugs. They are not racists or Satanists, or addicted to violent video games, movies or music. Most are white men, but a surprising number are women, Asians and blacks. Many have college degrees, but most are unemployed. Many are military veterans.
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7 Terrific Holiday Gifts

Great gift ideas from David Pogue

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This year, the world’s stockings will be stuffed with an awful lot of the obvious ones: Amazon Echos, Chromecast Audios, Surface Pros, iPads, and so on.
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Tom Brokaw on Donald Trump

Food for thought from Tom Brokaw

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Tom Brokaw compares Donald Trump's call to bar Muslims from America to Japanese internment, Nazi Germany, McCarthyism, and Jim Crow. Well worth taking a moment to watch, via NBC News
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Gun Control: Australia's Example

Makes sense, get rid of the guns, reduce the incidences of violence.

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In Debate Over Gun Control, Australia Presents Stark Example

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Australia has had no mass killings of five or more since a 1996 rampage spurred a tightening of laws, but critics say gun violence had been falling anyway.
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Cheat sheet for tech on Thanksgiving

Just send them here and avoid the bother. :-)

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Your cheat sheet for talking about tech this Thanksgiving

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Holiday dinner table talk can be rough. When you’re not slicing up a strange hybrid turkey or serving up dishes of root vegetables, it’s easy to feel as though you’re both moderating a political...
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Someday At Christmas

Happy Thanksgiving

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Apple - Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder + Andra Daye

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From our family to yours, Andra Day and Stevie Wonder perform his 1967 holiday classic, “Someday At Christmas.

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5 Facts to Silence Millennials

Love it. Take that millennials.

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It has become an annual Thanksgiving ritual for news organizations to post Facebook-friendly explainers, aimed at millennials, on how to deal with ignorant uncles and the things they say about politics and Mexico and the economy. To help level the playing field, here are some key facts those aunts a…
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Why People Love Bass

All about that bass...

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Why People Love Bass

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The beat drops and people start nodding their heads. It's a common behavior, so it's easy to disregard. But the reasons why humans respond to a killer beat aren't necessarily obvious.
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Adele's Incredible Vocal

Wow, absolutely flawless.

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Adele's Incredible Isolated Vocal Track From 'SNL'

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Just in case any proof was needed that Adele’s vocal talent is remarkable, the singer’s raw mic feed from her performance of “Hello” on Nov. 21’s SNL is making its rounds across the Internet.
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Adele the impersonator

Funny and poignant

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Adele pulled off the best prank of the year. Teaming up with the BBC’s Graham Norton, the singer —...
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Nineteen cops showed up.

Absolutely terrible, this should not happen.

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The place I call home no longer feels safe.
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Wake-up Machine

Some folks have too much time on their hands.

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I built an alarm clock that wakes me up in the morning by slapping me in the face with a rubber arm. I picked apart a clock, wired it to an Arduino UNO and c...
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Donny Hathaway

Listening to the beautiful, mellow voice of the late Donny Hathaway. He passed away too young (33) back in 1979. His music lives on.

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A Donny Hathaway Collection, including ”A Song for You,” ”I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know,” ”You Were Meant for Me,” and many more. Buy the album for $10.99. Songs start at $0.99.
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Why GOP Tax Plans Won’t Work

From the editorial board of the NY Times comes this article warning about the GOP's lunacy.

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There is no rationale for across-the-board tax cuts, no matter what the Republican candidates say.
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De Niro speech to NYU grads

Good speech by DeNiro

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Robert De Niro gives amazing graduation speech to NYU grads


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$6 million without a record label

Good for her.

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Labels are desperate to sign her but she is succeeding without the support of the industry.
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Adele - Hello

Stunning

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‘Hello' is taken from Adele's new album, 25, out November 20.
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Victor Manuelle Concert in Atlantic City

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Victor Manuelle Concert in Atlantic City

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October 10, 2015 • 12 moments
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Families Funding 2016 Presidential Election

Not surprisingly "They are overwhelmingly white, rich, older and male"

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Just 158 families have provided nearly half of the early money for efforts to capture the White House.
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Who Is United Continental's New CEO?

Good to see a new Hispanic CEO, but Oscar Munoz has a very tough job ahead.

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Can Oscar Munoz mend the broken fences at United Continental? So far the reports on his experience and approach are positive. Yesterday Chicago-based United, the nation’s third-largest airline, announced that CEO Jeff Smisek had left the company amid a federal investigation and an internal company p…
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From the Governor's Office

The evidence is indeed overwhelming.

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Some schooling on climate change from the Governor of California to GOP candidate Ben Carson.
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Push for Diversity in the Tech Industry

At tech conferences and meetings I'm often the only person of color in the room. It's getting better though.

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The lack of people of color in the tech industry is by now well documented. What is not as well known is what some people are trying to do about it.
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The Newsroom

Aaron Sorkin's writing at its best. Listen closely, he speaks the truth.

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The Newsroom

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Great scene and dialogue from "The Newsroom."
Is America the greatest country ?

The Most Honest Three Minutes In Televion History :))JOin My Page for More Ashraf Kochai

Posted by Ashraf Kochai on Thursday, May 30, 2013
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