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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Kevin R Mullins on Twitter: "Americans NOT in the Labor Force remains above 92 Million! http://t.co/4gUcUs2auy #tcot @AppSame @THETXEMBASSY @jjauthor @Lrihendry"

Kevin R Mullins on Twitter: "Americans NOT in the Labor Force remains above 92 Million! http://t.co/4gUcUs2auy #tcot @AppSame @THETXEMBASSY @jjauthor @Lrihendry"

Concept tire could generate electricity | Dallas Morning News

Concept tire could generate electricity | Dallas Morning News



Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. introduced a concept tire at the Geneva auto show that it says could generate electricity for use by electric cars.
Most mainstream electric cars are limited to a range of 100 miles or less before they must be recharged.


Announce: Vivid will switch to booting with systemd next Monday, brace for impact

Announce: Vivid will switch to booting with systemd next Monday, brace for impact



it should be no secret any more, but it'll get serious now: we will
switch Ubuntu Vivid to boot with systemd instead of upstart. That is,
desktop, server, cloud/autopkgtests (that already happened two days
ago), and all flavors. snappy has used systemd from day one. We will
*not* switch Ubuntu Touch, however [1].

As per the feature freeze exception [2] this is scheduled to happen on
Monday. Technically, this will flip around the preferred dependency of
"init" to "systemd-sysv | upstart", which will affect new installs,
but not upgrades. Upgrades will be switched by adding "systemd-sysv"
to ubuntu-standard's dependencies.

So if you already want to do this change today, you can switch today
already if you want. If you never booted your system with systemd
before, it's advisable to do an one-time boot first. Please see

  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SystemdForUpstartUsers#Switching_init_systems

for details. This also explains how to move back to upstart for one
boot or permanently.

If you run into any trouble, please do file a bug (ubuntu-bug
systemd)! I'll do my best to keep up with them. Please have a look at
/usr/share/doc/systemd/README.Debian for some debugging tips.

Contingency plan: If after some weeks we find that there are too many
or too big regressions, we can revert to upstart by default with two
simple uploads (ubuntu-standard and init).

Chinese Government Takes Down Anti-Pollution Documentary "Under The Dome" - Slashdot

Chinese Government Takes Down Anti-Pollution Documentary "Under The Dome" - Slashdot



An anonymous reader writes with a link to BBC's report that



[A]uthorities in China have a removed from websites a popular documentary which highlights the country's severe pollution problem. Under the Dome explains the social and health costs of pollution, and was watched by more than 100 million people online, sparking debates. It was removed just two days after Premier Li Keqiang called pollution a blight on people's lives.



Searching YouTube gives you a pretty good idea of what the Chinese government doesn't want people to see.

Mike Fangman on Twitter: "@Chicago_Scanner http://t.co/tP3G5Yj6GB"

Mike Fangman on Twitter: "@Chicago_Scanner http://t.co/tP3G5Yj6GB"





62.8%: Labor Force Participation Has Hovered Near 37-Year-Low for 11 Months | CNS News

62.8%: Labor Force Participation Has Hovered Near 37-Year-Low for 11 Months | CNS News



(CNSNews.com) - The labor force participation rate hovered between 62.9 percent and 62.7 percent in the eleven months from April 2014 through February, and has been 62.9 percent or lower in 13 of the 17 months since October 2013. 



Prior to that, the last time the rate was below 63 percent was 37 years ago, in March 1978 when it was 62.8 percent, the same rate it was in February.




Thursday, March 5, 2015

IS 'bulldozed' ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, Iraq says - Yahoo News

IS 'bulldozed' ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, Iraq says - Yahoo News



"Until now, we did not know to what extent it was destroyed," the official said on condition of anonymity.
Nimrud, one of the jewels of the Assyrian era, was founded in the 13th century BC and lies on the Tigris River around 30 kilometres (18 miles) southeast of Mosul, Iraq's second city and the main hub of IS in the country.
"I'm sorry to say everybody was expecting this. Their plan is to destroy Iraqi heritage, one site at a time," said Abdulamir Hamdani, an Iraqi archaeologist from Stony Brook University.
"Hatra of course will be next," he said, referring to a beautifully-preserved city in Nineveh that is more than 2,000 years old and is a UNESCO world heritage site.
"I'm really devastated. But it was just a matter of time," he said.

Net Neutrality: A Solution Looking for a Problem | Students For Liberty

Net Neutrality: A Solution Looking for a Problem | Students For Liberty



While net neutrality doesn’t solve any actual problem, and the theoretical problems it may solve will likely never actually pan out, it nonetheless has garnered significant support from many grassroots activists due to classic political gamesmanship. The phrase “net neutrality” is a nice sounding euphemism in the same league as the “Affordable Care Act,” and both phrases represent legislation that runs contrary to what the phrase would ordinarily mean. Additionally, net neutrality has an anti-corporate appeal to it, which, leading up to the FCC decision, helped mobilize many on the left. These activists have civil libertarian beliefs and good intentions, but fail to see how the decision will affect regulation in the long term.
All in all, the debate on net neutrality is one that follows a familiar pattern in politics: create a catchy and euphemistic title, promise benefits, ignore negative long-term consequences, and pass detrimental legislation that is nearly impossible to reverse. Nonetheless, one can only hope that net neutrality advocates will recognize their error and advocate for a truly free and open Internet.


Net Neutrality: A Solution Looking for a Problem | Students For Liberty

Net Neutrality: A Solution Looking for a Problem | Students For Liberty



At the most fundamental level, net neutrality is a solution looking for a problem. There currently aren’t any companies paying ISPs for favoritism, and no clear indication that any will. Plus, even if they did, Internet speeds are increasing at an exponential rate, making the argument irrelevant. To illustrate this point, the University of Surrey in the UK is testing 5G Internet that will give mobile phones terabit speeds, faster than even the best fiber optic Internet connections today. At that speed, full-length movies in high quality would download in a split second. Spinning wheels in front of videos will be a thing of the past, no matter how much any company pays another. Yet, the FCC will still be able to regulate the Internet as it pleases, even if there is no longer a need for the regulation (if a need for the regulation ever existed in the first place).




Mark Cuban: This tech bubble is ‘far worse’ than back in 2000 - MarketWatch

Mark Cuban: This tech bubble is ‘far worse’ than back in 2000 - MarketWatch



The call
The bubble 15 years ago was bad. This bubble is far worse, warns Mark Cuban. “If stock in a company is worth what somebody will pay for it, what is the stock of a company worth when there is no place to sell it?” the mouthy billionaire wrote. “The only thing worse than a market with collapsing valuations is a market with no valuations and no liquidity.” The lack of liquidity he’s referring to is today’s private investors, who are investing in apps and small tech firms. “I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that most of these individual angels and crowd funders are currently underwater in their investments. Absolutely none. I say most. The percentage could be higher,” Cuban said. Read why he’s blaming the SEC for the loud pop we’re about the hear.
Zero Hedge says the media will spend today trotting out an assortment of “asset-gatherers and commission-takers” to drill into Cuban’s assessment. “The question is: Who do you believe? The billionaire with no ax to grind or the market maven ‘TV personality’ with vested interests up the wazoo?” the blogger wrote.


Why Labor Force Participation Is Still So Low - Bloomberg Business

Why Labor Force Participation Is Still So Low - Bloomberg Business



The latest U.S. jobs report, released on Jan. 9, found that unemployment in the U.S. is nearly back to normal, at 5.6 percent. Still, a more telling statistic, the share of Americans in the labor force (people working or looking for work), barely budged at just 62.7 percent. That figure was significantly higher before the recession, at around 66 percent, but labor force participation started to fall in 2009 and has since been trending down.

Mark Cuban: This tech bubble is ‘far worse’ than back in 2000 - MarketWatch

Mark Cuban: This tech bubble is ‘far worse’ than back in 2000 - MarketWatch



Initial unemployment claims hit the highest level since May. Factory orders numbers for January are coming at 10:00 a.m. After the market closes, we’ll get a look at the Dodd-Frank stress test results. Read why these results are getting questioned. The ECB meeting just passed by with no change on rates.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

FCC Already Causing Problems for Coming 5G Standard

FCC Already Causing Problems for Coming 5G Standard



by CHARLES C. W. COOKE March 4, 2015 5:38 PM Here’s another fun oops-what-have-we-just-done? story, from PC World: Net neutrality and 5G may be on a collision course as the mobile industry tries to prepare for a wide range of mobile applications with differing needs. The net neutrality rules passed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission last week have raised some eyebrows at Mobile World Congress this week. The full text of the rules isn’t public yet, but mobile movers and shakers are having their say. The latest questions involve 5G, the next-generation standard that everyone here is trying to plan for. The most common thing they think 5G will have to do is to serve a lot of different purposes. Regulators’ attempts to ban “fast lanes” and other special treatment might make that impossible, people who’ve been thinking about 5G said Wednesday. Amazingly, when you hand over the key to the government — especially when you haven’t been able to read its plans — it tends to prove itself incapable of accommodating nuance: Industrial sensors, self-driving cars and other emerging uses of the Internet have needs that can’t be met by a general-purpose network, Ericsson Group CTO Ulf Ewaldsson said during a panel discussion. That’s driving a global discussion on a so-called “industrial Internet” alongside the regular Internet that’s grown up around the Web and other consumer activities, he said. Regulatory efforts like the FCC’s rules don’t see a distinction, Ewaldsson said. He didn’t slam the agency for this but said the mobile industry needs to do a better job of explaining what it’s trying to do. Most importantly, it’s not trying to block or throttle people’s access to the Internet, he said. So? Yesterday, that wasn’t a problem. Today, it is. Why? Because now there is a federal agency involved, and it has a bunch of power that it didn’t before. Good luck to Mr. Ewaldsson. Good luck to Netflix. Good luck to Google. Good luck to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Good luck to the Progressive Policy Institute. Good luck to the Internet Society. You made your bed. Now lie in it.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/414872/fcc-already-causing-problems-coming-5g-standard-charles-c-w-cooke

R. Lee "Gunny" Ermey Interview - AskMen

R. Lee "Gunny" Ermey Interview - AskMen



Listen up, maggot. You need to stop being a being such a fat body and get born-again hard.

If I were a rich man, I’d hire R. Lee Ermey to yell at me Full Metal Jacket-style for my workouts. I think it would be equal parts motivating and hilarious, but that’s probably just me.
Tough love doesn’t work for everyone, but there are a lot of people who can benefit from a swift kick in the ass with a combat boot when it comes to motivation to eat right and exercise, and Gunny is gonna give it to you.

Success Academy on Twitter: ""Buses are still pulling in from Buffalo to the BX! When all is said & done we are 13000 strong." #DontStealPossible http://t.co/2P0mMwTJyt"

Success Academy on Twitter: ""Buses are still pulling in from Buffalo to the BX! When all is said & done we are 13000 strong." #DontStealPossible http://t.co/2P0mMwTJyt"

Kayla on Twitter: ""Don't tread on my Obamacare" even tho those that can't afford their insurance plans bc of outrageous prices are now subsidizing yours ��"

Kayla on Twitter: ""Don't tread on my Obamacare" even tho those that can't afford their insurance plans bc of outrageous prices are now subsidizing yours ��"

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Goodreads | Quote by Hunter S. Thompson

Goodreads | Quote by Hunter S. Thompson: “Life should not be a...”








“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”


― Hunter S. Thompson

#ن: How an Arabic letter was reclaimed to support Iraq’s persecuted Christians | euronews, world news

#ن: How an Arabic letter was reclaimed to support Iraq’s persecuted Christians | euronews, world news



  • There are 1,200,000 Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq

  • This includes 500,000 displaced from fighting in Anbar province since January (before the most recent fighting in Mosul)

  • The IDPs are scattered in numerous locations around the country. Some estimates from particular localities include: 100,000 thousand in Erbil. 200,000 in Duhouk, 97,000 in Ninewa and 25,000 IDPs in Sulaymanieh

  • Christians are fleeing to all parts of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, including the governorates of Erbil, Duhok and Sulymaniah.

  • Christians are not necessarily staying in camps – like most IDPs they stay outside of camps staying with host families, collective shelters like schools, hotel rooms etc.

  • UNHCR protection officers estimate there are 1,000 Christian families (about 6,000 people) who have fled to the city of Erbil from Mosul since fighting broke out there in early June

  • In addition, over the past weekend alone UNHCR estimates that more than 500 Christian families crossed the border into the Duhok governate in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to escape the fighting. (3,000 people)





  • Art of Manliness on Twitter: "Leave it Facebook to turn a post about improvisation with MacGyver as inspiration into a debate about guns"

    Art of Manliness on Twitter: "Leave it Facebook to turn a post about improvisation with MacGyver as inspiration into a debate about guns"

    ☠DΞATH BY LIAЯ$☠ on Twitter: "I want a #Spocked bill like this. That's art right there. #SpockingFives #LLAP http://t.co/cwO3bFWztl"

    ☠DΞATH BY LIAЯ$☠ on Twitter: "I want a #Spocked bill like this. That's art right there. #SpockingFives #LLAP http://t.co/cwO3bFWztl"

    Amber Girl on Twitter: "Contrast. Netanyahu vs. Obama http://t.co/GO9Fj16anf http://t.co/rwg85oz6wQ"

    Amber Girl on Twitter: "Contrast. Netanyahu vs. Obama http://t.co/GO9Fj16anf http://t.co/rwg85oz6wQ"

    Erika on Twitter: "VZLA TE ACOSTUMBRASTE A ESTO¡ http://t.co/6E0fjPErJd"

    Erika on Twitter: "VZLA TE ACOSTUMBRASTE A ESTO¡ http://t.co/6E0fjPErJd"

    Monday, March 2, 2015

    Obama Hit For Filling Embassies With Political Allies - Fox Nation

    Obama Hit For Filling Embassies With Political Allies - Fox Nation



    BY PAUL BEDARD, Washington Examiner
    Career diplomats are finding that they can't advance to top State Department posts such as ambassadorships because President Obama has stuffed political appointees into those jobs, the most ever in his second term.
    "Yes, it's a problem," said Robert Silverman, president of the American Foreign Service Association. "This is an ongoing struggle. We need to maintain the ability for our top people to go straight to the top," he said.


    SanDisk Unveils The World's Highest Capacity MicroSDXC card | Digital Trends

    SanDisk Unveils The World's Highest Capacity MicroSDXC card | Digital Trends



    Running out of space on your smartphone? That’s a problem SanDisk wants to eliminate entirely, so the flash memory master has worked its magic to bring the storage capacity you’d expect from a desktop to your mobile device. The company announced a new 200GB MicroSDXC card at Mobile World Congress 2015 — enough room to cram in all those “backed up” episodes of Game of Thrones and House of Cards you’re keeping handy, not to mention your entire Katy Perry song book and photo gallery.
    SanDiskmicroSDIt’s simultaneously the largest and smallest example of flash memory that you’ll see — it’s the highest capacity of memory that you’ll find crammed into a package about the size of a finger nail. The SanDisk UHS-I card, Premium Edition, utilizes the same proprietary technology that allowed the company to turn out a 128GB MicroSD last year, they’ve just managed to increase the size by 56 percent. Good luck filling that up with selfies any time soon.
    Best of all, that new space won’t slow down this card one bit — it maintains its 90MB per second transfer speed, equivalent to 1,200 photos per minute.
    Good things may come in small packages, but the 200GB MicroSDXC card from SanDisk won’t come cheap. When it arrives in the second quarter of 2015, it will come with a retail price of $400. Technological progress isn’t always affordable.


    Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/sandisk-shrinks-200gb-into-a-wee-little-microsdxc-card/#ixzz3TFcSlb2Y
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    Sunday, March 1, 2015

    Latin American Herald Tribune - Huge Mortuary Complex Found near Beijing

    Latin American Herald Tribune - Huge Mortuary Complex Found near Beijing



    It is also rare to find archaeological deposits of such antiquity near Beijing, a city that only began to acquire political importance in the late Yuan dynasty (1271-1368) after being founded by the Mongols.






    The people moving to Detroit are trying to change it. They say it's for the better.

    The people moving to Detroit are trying to change it. They say it's for the better.

    DETROIT, Michigan — Many Detroiters are still leaving. Casey Rocheteau just moved in.
    She is the first recipient of a free, refurbished home from Write a House, a nonprofit that is salvaging abandoned homes and turning them over to writers, in hopes of bolstering the city’s literary arts scene. Casey is a poet.
    The requirements are vague. The hope is that by simply being in Detroit, they’ll be inspired to write literature about the city and embrace its communities.

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