How hot is it in the West? Let us count the ways

June 20, 2017

San Francisco, California (CNN)It’s so hot in the West that the scorching heat is breaking records, causing massive power outages and prompting flight cancellations. Las Vegas could also see peaks on Tuesday and Wednesday. The city could gamble with its highest temperature ever observed, which was 117 degrees Fahrenheit in 2013. What NOT to do in a heat wave …

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Ralph Northam Wins In Democratic Primary For Virginia Governor

June 14, 2017

… and not left. Northam, a 57-year-old pediatric neurologist from the Hampton Roads area, will now face off against Republican gubernatorial nominee Ed Gillespie. Gillespie,a Beltway power broker and former Republican National Committee chairman,consistently led in the polls against state Sen. Frank Wagner and Corey Stewart, at-large chairman of Prince William County. He beat Stewart by a narrow margin Tuesday night. Northam is highly favored to win both because of the relative popularity of …

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Japan Passes Law Allowing Emperor Akihito To Abdicate

June 9, 2017

… to do the job this long. The law, which applies only to Akihito and not to future emperors, included a resolution to debate letting female royals stay in the imperial family after marriage but did not touch on the controversial topic of allowing women to inherit. Many conservatives oppose the idea of an empress, but some Japanese think the monarchy should also move with the times on this. After all, the emperor is a symbol, its not as if they really have power. Theyre a representative …

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California Attorney General To Trump: Keep Your Hands Off Our Public Lands

June 9, 2017

… areas to oil and gas drilling and even private development. The six are the Giant Sequoia, Mojave Trails, Berryessa Snow Mountain, Carrizo Plain, Sand to Snow and San Gabriel Mountains national monuments. The Giant Sequoia land contains nearly two-thirds of all the giant treesremaining in the world. Utahstribal leaders and the Patagonia outdoor gear and clothing company have both threatened to sue the White House over the order. Trump administrationwant to gut the power of the Antiquities Act …

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Trump’s Climate Withdrawal Is An Impeachable Offense

June 9, 2017

… made significant commitments to cut their emissions as well. China is shutting down coal mines and plants and replacing them with solar plants and wind turbines. India is substituting solar panels for expansion of its coal companies. But Trump signed an executive order in March, directing the Environmental Protection Agency to begin withdrawing from the Clean power Plan. A study by the Grantham Research Institute concluded that the existence of the Paris climate agreement has caused dozens …

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Senate Republicans Are Closer Than Ever To Repealing Obamacare

June 7, 2017

… bill may not allow insurers to set higher prices for people with pre-existing conditions than for healthy people. Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy suggested he was comfortable with the bill still being written, though he noted he hadn’t seen final text. What weve been told so far, states would have the ability, a lot more power than they do under Obamacare, to shape their future, and I think weve gotta return the power to the states, Cassidy said, seemingly referring to a proposal to …

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Scientists Are Running For Congress Because “The Future Hangs In The Balance”

June 6, 2017

Every social struggle has a tipping point. Progress is normally made at a snails pace, but with certain movements same-sex marriage, racial equality, for example when push comes to shove, nationwide change can suddenly snap into place. Fast-forward to 2017. The Trump administration is in power and Alternative Facts, climate change denial, and anti-scientific policies are the norm. Scientists have had enough, and in an unprecedented display of solidarity, have decided to run for office on a …

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Gulf States In Diplomatic Crisis As Multiple Countries Cut Ties With Qatar

June 5, 2017

… withdrew their ambassadors from Doha, again alleging Qatari support for militant groups. At that time, travel links were maintained and Qataris were not expelled. The diplomatic broadside threatens the international prestige of Qatar, which hosts a large U.S. military base and is set to host the 2022 World Cup. It has for years presented itself as a mediator and power broker for the regions many disputes. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters in Sydney on Monday that the spat …

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‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ gets more screenings after Paris Climate Agreement fallout

June 4, 2017

… scheduled screenings include Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Voorhees, New Jersey, with updates being added to the site as they are scheduled. Directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenkissued a statement following Trump’s decision: “We were shocked and disappointed to hear President Trump’s announcement…In our new film,An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to power,we filmedbehind-the-scenes in Paris to show thehard work, finesse, and passion …

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Apple WWDC 2017: iOS takes center stage

June 4, 2017

… which Apple likes to position, at least for professionals, as a companion power tool for MacBook Pros and iMacs, may be the one piece of hardware that sees more than just a component update. Gillett likes the idea of an all new iPad Pro and the rumored 10.5-inch model, which would sit between the 12.9-inch original and 9.7-inch model. Bajarin agrees, telling me, The iPad Pros do need to be updated and this venue would be a good one to show their hand on new iPad hardware. The mobile brain While …

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Kevin Spacey uses ‘House of Cards’ to force you to embrace the silly and serious sides of VR

June 2, 2017

… most personal moments of the series. From Underwood’s Call of Duty and Monument Valley gaming addictions in previous seasons to the use inextricable role that texting plays in nearly every episode, House of Cards is a tale of dusty, old school power plays that are made vibrant by the intelligent way in which tech quietly frames each episode in the background. Image: NETFLIX But with Conway’s decision to strap on the Samsung Gear VR headset, the subtext appears to be that VR …

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9 Times Donald Trump Twisted Facts In His Speech Quitting Paris Accord

June 2, 2017

… over the past three years have corroborated the decline in Chinese emissions. Backing this up, China has aggressively moved to invest in renewable energy over the past few years. In January, the country set aside for clean energy investment over the next four years and new coal-fired power plants. As a result, Chinas own coal mining regions are . textown executives admit The Independent 5. This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial …

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Why the UK election isn’t exciting Americans – BBC News

May 30, 2017

… exercised too little power rather than too much: they wanted him to use his royal prerogative to overrule parliament over its much-hated tax regime. America’s royal obsession sometimes has the feel of a cargo cult on a small Polynesian island, but its faithful to the thinking of some of the country’s leading founding fathers. History. That’s what continues to fascinate Americans about Britain, not its modern-day politics. That’s evidenced by the enormous popularity of the …

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11 Morning Rituals You Can Adopt To Become A Happier And More Successful Person

… power of your mind and law of attraction to help you get what you want. 5. Exercising Exercise is just plain good for you. It gets your body working, the blood flowing, and gives you more energy. Wake up and do some sort of exercise, whether its a jog around the block, some yoga, stretching, or hitting the gym for an hour. This is more about feeling good than looking good. 6. Reading Reading books and magazines will feed the mind and get your brain working every morning. And, depending on what …

May 29, 2017
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If MacGyver lived today this is probably how he’d survive in the wild

… mosquito trap using metal coil and a digital camera the first of many devices he creates over the series. In the same episode, he also makes his own hydroelectric generator, using a nearby river to power a lightbulb and he constructs his own compass using parts from a laptop. Quitmeyer’s journeys see him going everywhere from a desert island to an Alaskan ice forest. During his time in the wild, Quitmeyer isn’t given any food, water, or help in any form. Rather, he feeds himself on …

May 27, 2017
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Apple working on dedicated AI chip for iOS devices, report says

… the chip.” By moving AI processing to a dedicated chip, battery life in devices could also see a boost since the main CPU and GPU wouldn’t be crunching as much data and gobbling as much power. The report says Apple plans to integrate the chip into its devices, but it’s unclear when that’ll happen, and if any iOS devices launching this year will have it. Apple’s work on an AI chip shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s paying attention to the competition. …

May 27, 2017
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China, the King of Coal, Is Getting Gassy

With factories and power plants across China burning half the world’s coal, the government’s latest targets for using more natural gas to ease the country’s worsening air pollution seemed too ambitious. Though gas remains a small and  The results are encouraging analysts to upgrade their demand forecasts and may signal the government is on track to reach its goal of getting as much as 10 percent of its energy from gas by 2020. It’s also bolstering the outlook …

May 25, 2017
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Axe wants men to rethink masculinity, but can an ad really help?

… up” about Hillary Clinton, and bullies anyone who questions his authority, even a Gold Star dad. Toxic masculinity is what happens when traits traditionally associated with male identity strength, stoicism, aggression are put into overdrive, often in pursuit of personal or professional power. While it might be appealing to Trump and some of his supporters, hyper-masculine doesn’t sell like it once did in the consumer marketplace, and Axe knows that. “What we’re seeing now …

May 18, 2017
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Elizabeth Warren Has A Real Plan To Drain The Swamp In Washington

Other lawmakers and policy experts gathered at Washingtons Four Seasons Hotel focused on defending the Barack Obama-era status quo against President Donald Trumps onslaught, rather than on proposing ambitious new ideas. In her scathing remarks, Warren portrayed a Washington compromised by the largesse of big corporations and the ultra-rich long before Trump came to power. The former bankruptcy law professor and originator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau decried the armies of …

May 17, 2017
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