Sanders supporters banned from Tinder after campaigning on dating app | Reuters( 2 )

Two women – one from Iowa and the other from New Jersey – confirmed to Reuters on Friday that they received notices from Tinder in the previous 24 hours that their accounts were locked because they had been reported too many times for peppering men on the site with messages promoting Sanders’ candidacy.

Robyn Gedrich, 23, said she sent messages to 60 people a day for the past two weeks trying to convince them to support the U.S. senator from Vermont in his race for the Democratic nomination against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

From: Sanders supporters banned from Tinder after campaigning on dating app | Reuters

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Frederic C. Hof: Syria: What Next? – The Atlantic Council( 1 )

As was the case in the last century when American presidents attempted to look the other way when governments elected to slaughter their own citizens, the president can fall back on a solid wall of public and congressional disinclination toward involvement in someone else’s problem. Presidential leadership has always been the key variable in saving lives and catalyzing requisite political changes.

Saving innocent lives is not, however, a universal motivator. So put humanitarian considerations aside: what happens in Syria does not stay in Syria. The gap in Syrian policy between US words and deeds surely has not imposed limits on Vladimir Putin’s dangerous and destabilizing behavior in Europe. And if his current offensive in Syria sends yet more waves of refugees in the direction of Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and Western Europe, we should not expect Russia’s leader to lose sleep. Barack Obama may not be the only one hoping to leave office before the piper is paid. Russia may be dying, but Putin’s nationalist show of military aggression may buy him a few years in the saddle. Still, it is extraordinarily dangerous. It is a threat to the peace.

From: Syria: What Next?

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Not the oignon: Fury as France changes 2,000 spellings and drops some accents | The Guardian( 1 )

The aim was to standardise and simplify certain quirks in the written language making it easier to learn (among them chariot to charriot to harmonise with charrette, both words for a type of cart and the regrouping of compound nouns like porte-monnaie/portemonnaie (purse), extra-terrestres/extraterrestres and week-end/weekend, to do away with the hyphen.

The circumflex will be removed from above the letters I and U where the accent does not change the pronunciation or meaning of the word.While the “revised spelling list” was not obligatory, dictionaries were advised to carry both old and new spellings, and schools were instructed to use the new versions but accept both as correct.

The reforms provoked a #JeSuisCirconflexe campaign (derived from the #JeSuisCharlie hashtag) on Twitter. As the row spread across the internet and social networks, some wondered why the reforms, decided 26 years ago, had suddenly become such an issue.

From: Not the oignon: fury as France changes 2,000 spellings and drops some accents | World news | The Guardian

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Class Calls McDonald’s Cheese Sticks a Fraud – Courthouse News Service( 44 )

McDonald’s defrauds customers by claiming its Mozzarella sticks are “100 percent real cheese,” because it uses starch as a cheap filler to add weight, a class action claims in Federal Court.

Lead plaintiff Chris Howe sued McDonald’s Corp. on behalf of customers in 42 states and the District of Columbia. He accuses the company of unfair and fraudulent competition, false advertising, and breach of warranty – the last under the laws of all 42 states and the District of Columbia.

From: Courthouse News Service

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What Is the Purpose of Higher Education? | The Glittering Eye( 4 )

IMO our present system of higher education is targeted with unerring precision at the economic conditions of the 1950s. Then the purposes of higher education were clear. They were

A) To prepare professionals for their post-graduate education.
B) To pre-select managers for big businesses.
C) To function as a place where middle and upper middle class women could meet and marry men of the appropriate social classes.

and none of those are operative today except maybe the first. The system of legal education seems to be collapsing even as I type and Lord knows the system of medical education is in drastic need of reform. How much sense does it actually make for GPs to get the same training as medical researchers?

From: What Is the Purpose of Higher Education?

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Study Finds Republican Voter Suppression Is Even More Effective Than You Think | ThinkProgress( 67 )

For years, researchers warned that laws requiring voters to show certain forms of photo identification at the poll would discriminate against racial minorities and other groups. Now, the first study has been released showing that the proliferation of voter ID laws in recent years has indeed driven down minority voter turnout, and by a significant amount.

In a new paper entitled “Voter Identification Laws and the Suppression of Minority Votes”, researchers at the University of California, San Diego — Zoltan Hajnal, Nazita Lajevardi — and Bucknell University — Lindsay Nielson — used data from the annual Cooperative Congressional Election Study to compare states with strict voter ID laws to those that allow voters without photo ID to cast a ballot. They found a clear and significant dampening effect on minority turnout in strict voter ID states.

From: Study Finds Republican Voter Suppression Is Even More Effective Than You Think | ThinkProgress {via Greginak}

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Clinton Emails Held No Direct References to Undercover CIA Officers – NBC News( 16 )

A handful of emails forwarded to Hillary Clinton’s personal server while she was secretary of state contained references to undercover CIA officers — including one who was killed by a suicide attack in Afghanistan, according to U.S. officials who have reviewed them.

But contrary to some published reports, three officials said there was no email on Clinton’s server that directly revealed the identity of an undercover intelligence operative. Rather, they said, State Department and other officials attempted to make veiled references to intelligence officers in the emails — references that were deemed classified when the messages were being reviewed years later for public release.

In one case, an official said, an undercover CIA officer was referred to as a State Department official with the word “State,” in quotes, as if to suggest the emailer knew the officer was not actually a diplomat. In another case, an email refers to “OGA” for “other government agency,” a common reference to the CIA. Yet another now-classified email chain originated with a member of the CIA director’s staff, leading some officials to question how Clinton could be blamed.

From: Clinton Emails Held Indirect References to Undercover CIA Officers – NBC News

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Disclosure: TSA Cannot Verify Employees’ Criminal Histories – WFB( 9 )

Government oversight officials informed Congress on Wednesday that the Transportation Security Administration continues to operate in disarray, failing to record basic security details for thousands of employees and not tracking official IDs and badges that allow access to the most sensitive areas of an airport.

Lawmakers described the security agency as operating “in chaos” and expressed frustration with Obama administration officials as they informed the House Oversight Committee about a range of security shortfalls that continue to endanger the nation’s 450 commercial airports.

From: Disclosure: TSA Cannot Verify Employees’ Criminal Histories

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Twitter Nerd-Fight Reveals a Long, Bizarre Scientific Feud | WIRED( 9 )

Twitter Nerd-Fight Reveals a Long, Bizarre Scientific Feud | WIRED

#ParsimonyGate turned into one big airing of grievances. One scientist called the group a cult and another suggested the editorial must have been either a joke, prank, or hoax.The thing is, few in the field would argue that people shouldn’t use parsimony to sort out phylogentic trees. Even Eisen uses it in his own research—alongside other methods. He even teaches parsimony to his students. It was the editorial’s use of the word “philosophical” that rankled him.

“There are strong philosophical arguments in support of parsimony versus other methods of phylogenetic inference,” the editorial reads. “I’ve never in my life, in any area of science,” says Eisen, “seen something presented where people said, ‘We’re not going to judge something on the science, we’re going to judge it on the philosophy.’”

From: Twitter Nerd-Fight Reveals a Long, Bizarre Scientific Feud | WIRED

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Ramesh Ponnuru: Rand Paul and the Myth of the “Libertarian Moment” – The Corner( 119 )

Senator Rand Paul is dropping out of the presidential race, a move that has journalists reaching back to 2014, when Paul was leading the polls and people were arguing that he was a good fit for a “libertarian moment” in American politics. The evidence for that “moment”: Marijuana legalization and official recognition of same-sex marriage had both grown in popularity; Americans were weary of foreign intervention; and Americans remained skeptical of government activism. Young people were supposed to be particularly susceptible to libertarianism.

Some people are now arguing that Paul squandered the libertarian moment. Others say that the rise of the Islamic State put an end to that moment. The truth is, though, there never really was such a moment.

From: Rand Paul and the Myth of the “Libertarian Moment” {via Roland Dodds}

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Ana Palacio: The Causes and Consequences of Brexit – Project Syndicate( 1 )

Past experience shows that, when voters make such decisions, they rarely focus on the issue at hand. In referenda on the EU’s draft constitution in 2005, for example, the Dutch focused on the euro, while the French worried that Polish plumbers would take their jobs.

So far, the signs indicate that the upcoming British referendum will follow the same pattern, with voters focusing more on simplistic ideas, prejudices, and emotions than pragmatic considerations. And the anti-EU camp has been by far the more passionate – and the more inflammatory in its rhetoric – side.

From a European perspective, this is deeply worrying. It is well known that a British departure would deal a devastating blow to European integration, possibly causing an already-fragile process to unravel.

From: The Causes and Consequences of Brexit by Ana Palacio – Project Syndicate

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Why We Need To Improve Standardized Testing | ThinkProgress( 6 )

According to a new report from the Center for American Progress on implementing the No Child Left Behind rewrite, or the Every Student Succeeds Act, states and schools could do much more to communicate with parents — and ensure that a child’s day at school doesn’t revolve around standardized testing. (Disclosure: ThinkProgress is an editorially independent site housed at the Center for American Progress.)

The Obama administration supports a move toward greater efficiency and quality of tests. The U.S. Department of Education, which has recommended that schools spend no more than 2 percent of classroom time taking tests, released official guidance on Tuesday providing more specifics on how federal funds can be used to improve testing. The guidance explains that states and districts should use federal money for professional development for teachers, to make sure tests and curricula are aligned, to audit assessments, and to facilitate better conversations with parents about why the tests are required.

From: Why We Need To Improve Standardized Testing | ThinkProgress

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Sacramento Kings scrap planned T-shirt giveaway after DeMarcus Cousins takes issue – ESPN ( 27 )

The Sacramento Kings canceled a T-shirt giveaway Monday night after some in the organization, including star DeMarcus Cousins, found the shirts to be racially insensitive.

The Kings had placed black shirts adorned with a purple monkey as part of their Lunar New Year celebration on seats at Monday night’s game against theMilwaukee Bucks. The Chinese Year of the Monkey begins Feb. 8.

However, Monday also marked the first day of Black History Month, and players and coaches were wearing shirts in honor of the annual commemoration.

From: Sacramento Kings scrap planned T-shirt giveaway after DeMarcus Cousins takes issue

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Jerry Lawson, Inventor of Modern Game Console, Dies at 70 | WIRED( 0 )

As an engineer at Fairchild Semiconductor, Lawson designed the electronics of the Fairchild Video Entertainment System, later renamed the Channel F, in 1976.

Predating the release of Atari’s Video Computer System by a year, the Channel F was the first videogame machine that used interchangeable game cartridges, which Fairchild sold separately. Previous game machines like Atari’s Pong and the Magnavox Odyssey had all their games built into the hardware. Lawson’s pioneering design set the standard for the game consoles of today.

From: Jerry Lawson, Inventor of Modern Game Console, Dies at 70 | WIRED

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John Judis: Initial Reflections: A Better Night for Republicans – TPM Editors Blog( 0 )

Clinton also displayed continuing weakness in connecting with voters. The quarter of Democratic voters who want a candidate who “cares about people like you” preferred Sanders by three to one. Those who wanted a candidate who was “honest and trustworthy” preferred Sanders by 82 to 11 percent. These kind of concerns could plague Clinton in the general election.Cruz won

…Rubio got all the late-comers to the election, and if you look at the difference between the final polls and the results, he seems to have shifted about six or seven percent of the vote from Trump to himself. Among the 20 percent of the caucus goers who put a priority on a candidate who could win in November, he got 43 percent of their vote. He did well among young voters, college-educated voters , moderates and somewhat conservatives. This bodes well for later Republican primaries in big states that Obama won, as well in the South, and also can make him a formidable candidate in November. Trump still has to be the favorite in New Hampshire, but Rubio could gain second place and find himself in a strong position as the campaign moves South. The Democrats should worry.

From: Initial Reflections: A Better Night for Republicans

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John Schindler: BREAKING: Hillary Clinton Put Spies’ Lives at Risk – The Observer( 25 )

I can confirm that the FoxNews report, which lacks any specifics about exactly what was compromised, is accurate. And what was actually in those Top Secret emails found on Hillary’s “unclassified” personal bathroom server was colossally damaging to our national security and has put lives at risk.

Discussions with Intelligence Community officials have revealed that Ms. Clinton’s “unclassified” emails included Holy Grail items of American espionage such as the true names of Central Intelligence Agency intelligence officers serving overseas under cover. Worse, some of those exposed are serving under non-official cover. NOCs (see this for an explanation of their important role in espionage) are the pointy end of the CIA spear and they are always at risk of exposure – which is what Ms. Clinton’s emails have done.

Not only have these spies had their lives put in serious risk by this, it’s a clear violation of Federal law. The Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982, enacted due to the murder of the CIA’s station chief in Athens after his cover was blown by the left-wing media, makes it a Federal crime to divulge the true identity of any covert operative serving U.S. intelligence if that person has not previous been publicly acknowledged to be working for our spy agencies.

From: BREAKING: Hillary Clinton Put Spies’ Lives at Risk

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Ross Douthat’s Primary Prediction Tweetstorm · Storify( 0 )

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Student loan crisis at its ugliest: I graduated and found out I owe $200,000 – Slate( 52 )

Every once in a while, when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I watch college commencement ceremonies on YouTube. These rituals remind me how perverse our higher-education system is—and of the empty idealism that colleges and universities sell us: We are here today, donning our ceremonial robes and caps, to recite the traditional vacuous platitudes and wish you well in paying off high-interest student loans for which we are in no way held accountable. Let us now further romanticize our fair institution by singing the alma mater and conveniently forget that tuition has gone up 1,120 percent since 1978. Good luck out there, kids!

I’m a consumer of those vacuous platitudes and a victim of this system. After finishing my master’s degree in 2008, I found out—as in, I didn’t already know—that I had $200,000 in student debt.  Some well-paying professions might make this amount manageable, but for a bioethicist like me, it’s been crushing. Many things had to go wrong for this to happen—or right, if you’re a school or a lender. Although the hefty amount I owe is unusual, my experience is not.

From: Student loan crisis at its ugliest: I graduated and found out I owe $200,000. {via Jaybird}

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Stephen Sestanovich: Falling Oil Prices, the Saudis, and the Soviets – Washington Wire – WSJ( 1 )

The desire to bring the economy into the modern world, the urge to rationalize and privatize—these are straight out of Mikhail Gorbachev’s playbook. (If you doubt this, read Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s recent Economist interview as well as Mr. Gorbachev‘s 1987 book, “Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World”—especially the section titled “On to Full-Cost Accounting!”)

As for opening up the system, I suspect Saudi experts would scoff at comparisons between the kingdom’s December elections (in which women voted for the first time) and Soviet-style glasnost. But give it time. People initially scoffed at Mr. Gorbachev’s political reforms too.

Saudi strategy diverges from the Soviet model in one crucial area: foreign policy. Mr. Gorbachev always argued that transformation at home required peace abroad—and he single-mindedly pursued accommodation with the U.S. The Saudi stance, by contrast, is both confrontational and interventionist. Ask Iran and Yemen.

From: Falling Oil Prices, the Saudis, and the Soviets – Washington Wire – WSJ

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Ted Cruz stole one of his favourite jokes from a Canadian politician – The Globe and Mail( 1 )

“What’s the difference between regulators and locusts?” the Texas senator asks. “You can’t use pesticide on the regulators.”

If that quip sounds familiar, it’s because it’s cribbed from former Alberta premier Ralph Klein. In 1990 Mr. Klein, then a first-term MLA from Calgary, described Edmonton: “A fine city with too many socialists and mosquitoes. At least you can spray the mosquitoes.”

From: Ted Cruz stole one of his favourite jokes from a Canadian politician – The Globe and Mail

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Retreating Clinton Campaign Torches Iowa Town To Slow Advance Of Sanders Volunteers – The Onion( 0 )

“Once we received word the Sanders campaign had begun canvassing in nearby Fort Dodge, we only had a matter of hours to burn everything to the ground,” said communications director Jennifer Palmieri, who tossed a lit torch through the window of the town’s hardware store before rushing over to help a group of Hillary for America workers erect a roadblock made of dead livestock to prevent all entrance to and exit from the city.”

From: Retreating Clinton Campaign Torches Iowa Town To Slow Advance Of Sanders Volunteers – The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

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Dick Nixon sizes up the 2016 GOP field( 0 )

Cruz? He’s known to be the worst poker player in Ivy League history. And it shows. He has what they call a “tell;” when he lies his expression is like a child with a full diaper. Relief, satisfaction. A little fear. We’ve all met fellows like Cruz. They end up in jail or the priesthood. He’s a Bircher, and the Chinese will spit him out like cabbage.

From: Dick Nixon sizes up the 2016 GOP field

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Dude Gets Shot in the Chest, Smokes Cigarette During Live TV Interview Right After | Mediaite( 6 )

The victim is a Quincy, IL, resident named DeVon and he ain’t trippin’. No, on the contrary, DeVon is a national hero. So is Reyna Harvey, the journalist who handled the whole shocking situation with grace and skill.

From: Dude Gets Shot in the Chest, Smokes Cigarette During Live TV Interview Right After | Mediaite

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Hisham Melhem: The Diminished West – Al Arabiya English( 35 )

It seems that with the exception of the French not too many Europeans are willing to fight for anything. Pacifism is on the rise in Europe and in the welfare state many are tempted to cut military spending.

It was a wakeup call for American officials when they realized that some European countries continued to decrease their military budgets even after Russia’s land grab in the Ukraine. A 2014 win/Gallup International survey showed shocking statistics about the unwillingness of Europeans to even defend themselves.

Only 29 percent of French citizens polled, 27 percent of British citizens and 18 percent of German citizens said they were willing to fight for their country. However, 68 percent of Italians said they would refuse to fight for their country. This is music President Putin can easily dance to.

From: The diminished West – Al Arabiya English

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Iain Martin: Does Jeremy Corbyn hate Britain? – CapX( 3 )

On subject after subject – relations with Russia, the IRA, the need to kill that scumbag Emwazi – Corbyn struggles to make even vaguely pro-British noises. The roots of this on the far left are deep. Its origins may lie in some democratic socialists in the 1920s identifying with the Russian Revolution and the sense in the 1930s that one had to choose one tyranny – socialism – in order to defeat another – national socialism or Nazism. This led some traitorous twits to betray their country as spies, but among a larger group that would never have gone that far it left a residual contempt for Britain. Everything the UK did could be seen through the prism of imperial decline, decadent fading grandeur, American aggression, capitalist oppression and the class system (even though some of those who hate Britain then and now went to leading schools and are appalling snobs.)

It must be maddening for the Corbynistas that the UK has actually recovered rather well from the traumas of the mid-20th century. It has shed an empire, while offering protection to the Falklands, in a remarkably well-ordered way compared to what happened when the empires of other nations collapsed. There are plenty of problems, in terms of social mobility and community breakdown, but the record in the last quarter of a century of tackling this in education (in England, and best of all in London) is outstanding.

From: Does Jeremy Corbyn hate Britain? – CapX

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NFL Coaches Are Getting Away With Crimes Against Middle-School Math( 0 )

Look, “advanced” stats can be opaque. In midfield situations, whether to punt or go for it on fourth down, for example, takes some confidence in expected points and expected win models that are statistically somewhat complicated and can sometimes get things a little wrong. Although I think those models are pretty good (or are at least good enough for most of the types of decisions they’re used to analyze), I can see how someone might find them foreign or overly abstracted. And yes, the statsy crowd can be preachy and overconfident. We probably don’t know as much as we think we do, and we often aren’t very good at explaining ourselves to skeptics.1

But some decisions — like the ones faced by Green Bay and Kansas City — aren’t that complicated. Analyzing them requires no advanced statistical techniques, and solving them requires no more than grade-school-level math and an eye on win maximization.

Source: NFL Coaches Are Getting Away With Crimes Against Middle-School Math | FiveThirtyEight

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Trump and Cruz Battle for Evangelical Hearts | Boston Review( 19 )

…[T]he polls are not so hard to make sense of if we recognize that evangelicals are motivated by more than emulating the virtues of Christ. Many, if not most, are also motivated by fighting the evils of Satan. While Cruz may better understand the doctrinal origins of that conflict, the two men locate the forces of evil in some of the same terrestrial enemies—their logics may be different, but they are pushing the same fight.

…[I]f you share Cruz’s spiritual convictions, there is nothing wrong with Trump’s material ones. Both pursue the same ends: the destruction of God’s rivals on earth. Trump’s catnip—his addictive blend of optimism and anger, his bluster, his imperious outsiderness, his speaking truth to power (or power to truth, as the case may be)—isn’t made only for evangelical Christians, but there is no reason it can’t appeal to them.

From: Trump and Cruz Battle for Evangelical Hearts | Boston Review

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John Schindler: Why Hillary’s EmailGate Matters | Observer( 36 )

“Of course the SVR got it all,” explained a high-ranking former KGB officer to me about EmailGate (the SVR is the post-Soviet successor to the KGB’s foreign intelligence arm). “I don’t know if we’re as good as we were in my time,” he added, “but even half-drunk the SVR could get those emails, they probably couldn’t believe how easy Hillary made it for them.”

Any foreign intelligence service reading Ms. Clinton’s emails would know a great deal they’re not supposed to about American diplomacy, including classified information: readouts from sensitive meetings, secret U.S. positions on high-stakes negotiations, details of interaction between the State Department and other U.S. agencies including the White House. This would be a veritable intelligence goldmine to our enemies. Worse, access to Ms. Clinton’s personal email likely gave foreign spy agencies hints on how to crack into more sensitive information systems. Not to mention that if Clinton Inc. was engaged in any sort of illegal pay-for-play schemes, our adversaries know all about that, as well as anything else shady that Ms. Clinton and her staff were putting in those unencrypted emails.

From: Why Hillary’s Email-Gate Matters | Observer

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Porn film accidentally shown at funeral service for father and baby son – The Guardian( 2 )

“The television screen which showed the inappropriate content was recently installed, replacing a screen which was broken. We are trying to establish if the new screen – which is a smart television – could have accepted or picked up a broadcast by accident via Bluetooth or across a Wi-Fi network.

“The other three screens, which aren’t smart TVs, were unaffected. We are clear that it isn’t possible for any member of staff to play or download anything on the computer that links to the screens in the chapel. The screen has now been completely disconnected until audio visual engineers carry out a thorough investigation.

From: Porn film accidentally shown at funeral service for father and baby son | UK news | The Guardian

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What It Was Like Recording ‘Blackstar’ With David Bowie | Observer( 0 )

David Bowie – Lazarus

Originally this space was to be occupied by a Q&A with all five brilliant jazz musicians who helped David Bowie, seemingly unbeknownst to them, craft his last goodbye to Planet Earth: The challenging, satisfying and uncompromising Blackstar.Unfortunately, the news of the English rock legend’s passing from a long, quiet battle with liver cancer just two days after his 69th birthday came mere hours before I was to speak with drummer Mark Guiliana and keyboardist Jason Lindner about their experiences creating what many are considering a masterpiece on par with Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Low and Let’s Dance. Understandably, both men cancelled. However, both bassist Tim Lefebvre and guitarist Ben Monder agreed to talk. I am eternally grateful to both men, as well as the amazing McCaslin whom I had spoken with the night before Blackstar’s release date, to offer the Observer these touching and funny memories of working with The Man Who Fell to Earth and made the whole world cry when he was called back up to the sky.

From: What It Was Like Recording ‘Blackstar’ With David Bowie | Observer

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Greg Sargent: Can Bernie Sanders’s ‘revolution’ break the GOP? – The Washington Post( 0 )

American Horizon | Bernie Sanders

To win back the House, given the current distribution of seats, Wasserman calculates that even if Dems hold all their seats and win a number of true swing districts, they’d still need to pick up as many as another two-dozen GOP held seats with a PVI of up to +3 Republican. As Wasserman sees it, there simply might not be enough voters sympathetic to the Dem agenda to flip all these seats in the near term.

“For Democrats to win the House by even a single seat, they’d have to win all Democratic leaning districts, and all districts up to +3 Republican,” Wasserman tells me. “There aren’t enough disengaged young voters who are Bernie fans to make up the Democratic deficits in these districts. For Bernie to usher in a revolution that would reclaim some of these districts, you’d need to assume there are a lot of hard-core Bernie supporters who were disaffected in 2008 and 2012.” As it is, Cook Political Report currently sees only a dozen GOP-held seats as being true toss ups.

From: Can Bernie Sanders’s ‘revolution’ break the GOP? – The Washington Post

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Joan Walsh: Why I’m Supporting Hillary Clinton, With Joy and Without Apologies | The Nation( 12 )

I’ve come to feel passion for Clinton herself, and for what I see as a movement that supports her, even though only Sanders is judged a “movement” candidate. I believe she’s evolved back to be the progressive Democrat she used to be, more progressive than her liberal husband. Some of my feelings remain defensive, but in a warmer sense: I really don’t want to see her abused again. I’m tired of seeing her confronted by entitled men weighing in on her personal honesty and likability, treating the most admired woman in the world like a woman who’s applying to be his secretary…

…Naturally, I will back Sanders if he’s the nominee. I promise I’ll eventually feel joy about it—after grieving, if Clinton were to lose again. But if that were to happen, it wouldn’t be because I was too busy protecting my lefty bona fides to say I support her, enthusiastically, this time around. I stand with a lot of women who feel the same way, including my daughter, and we won’t be erased.

From: Why I’m Supporting Hillary Clinton, With Joy and Without Apologies | The Nation

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Robert Gates: Republicans’ grasp of national security is at a child’s level | The Guardian – h/t @AkhiPill( 2 )

An ex-CIA director who first joined the White House under Richard Nixon, Gates joked that if frontrunner Donald Trump wins the presidency, he would emigrate to Canada. He condemned the media for failing to challenge candidates from both parties on promises he believes are unaffordable, illegal or unconstitutional.

“The level of dialogue on national security issues would embarrass a middle schooler,” Gates said of the Republican contenders at a Politico Playbook event in Washington on Monday. “People are out there making threats and promises that are totally unrealistic, totally unattainable. Either they really believe what they’re saying or they’re cynical and opportunistic and, in a way, you hope it’s the latter, because God forbid they actually believe some of the things that they’re saying.”

 From: Robert Gates: Republicans’ grasp of national security is at a child’s level | US news | The Guardian

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Trump says he won’t participate in GOP debate on Fox News – The Washington Post( 43 )

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump abruptly announced here Tuesday that he would not participate in Thursday’s scheduled debate, escalating his off-and-on feud with Fox News Channel and throwing the GOP campaign into turmoil.

Trump’s assertion, which his campaign manager insisted was irreversible, came less than one week before the kickoff Iowa caucuses. He once again defied the conventional rules of politics, and used his power and prominence to shape the campaign agenda and conversation.

From: Trump says he won’t participate in GOP debate on Fox News – The Washington Post

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