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How to become a spaceship pilot

How do you become a spaceship pilot? First, practice flapping your wings very hard. Or watch this Virgin Galactic video, and learn how these people became exactly that, and on “what inspires our spaceship pilots to do what they do.”
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#JoinJuliana: Kids suing U.S. government over climate change need your help

The Juliana v. US youth plaintiffs need your help. To support their lawsuit against the federal government for causing climate change, these young climate warriors need Americans under the age of 25 to sign a legal brief that will be submitted with the Court. What if you're older? Ages 25 and under will appear on the Young People’s Brief. If you’re older, please sign on to stay informed about our campaign, and share with the young people in your life! Parents may sign on behalf of their young...
Tags: Post, News, Climate Change, Environment, US, United States, Juliana, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Picks, YouthVGov, JoinJuliana, Juliana v. US youth


What did we do to deserve dogs?

This is what happiness and best-friends-forever friendship looks like. [source] ...?
Tags: Dog, Post, Family, Kids, News, Children, Dogs, Cute, Pets, Aww, Puppy, Picks, Doggos


Etsy sellers say their bank accounts were emptied in major billing snafu

People who sell crafts and other goods on Etsy, an e-commerce site focused on handmade and small-batch products, say they woke up to a nasty surprise Friday morning when thousands of dollars were withdrawn from the bank accounts and credit cards sellers are required to have on file in order to have an Etsy storefront. The amounts of those surprise withdrawals varied wildly, from a few hundred dollars, to tens of thousands. Some of the attempted withdrawals were blocked by the sellers’ banks...
Tags: Post, Business, News, Etsy, Irs, Sarah, Picks, Etsy This, Artisanal Accounting, EtsyFail, Handcrafted Disaster, Etsy 's Community Forums, Etsy Instead, Etsy Conversations


Akita puppy has serious snow addiction

“Maximus the Akita refusing to come inside yet again,” or COCAINE'S A HELLUVA DRUG, you pick. I mean, party hard, but pace yourself, bruh. IMGURIAN fuqHALO1 sure has a cute dog. Maximus has a snow addiction
Tags: Dog, Post, News, Winter, Funny, Pets, Snow, Aww, Puppy, Akita, Pup, Picks, Doggo, Doggos, Pupper, Puppers


Facebook and FTC negotiating multi-BILLION dollar fine over privacy violations

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is negotiating with Facebook over a multi-billion dollar fine to settle the FTC investigation into Facebook's privacy- and security-violating practices, two sources familiar with the probe told the Washington Post. One of the Post's sources says Facebook has been expressing concern with the FTC’s demands, and it's possible the matter will end up in the courts. SCOOP: The FTC is actively negotiating w/Facebook and could force it to pay a multi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, News, Washington Post, Bill Gates, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Kara Swisher, Picks, Cambridge Analytica, Tony Romm, United States Federal Trade Commission FTC, CambridgeAnalytica, KkEregTsha Tony Romm


Israeli spyware firm NSO Group 're-acquired' by founders

The Israeli software firm NSO Group made headlines for its mobile surveillance technology, which played a key role in assassinations in Mexico, among other nations. On Thursday, NSO Group announced it has been “re-acquired” by its founders. Security researchers found evidence NSO sold spyware to governments that are established human rights abusers. The company has been accused of creating tools that help bad regimes invade privacy, conduct abusive surveillance, and target political enemies...
Tags: Security, Post, News, Privacy, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Israel, US, Spyware, Surveillance, Associated Press, Francisco, Francisco Partners, NSO, Citizen Lab, Picks


Trump will sign funding bill and declare national emergency in attempt to fund border wall

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday afternoon that Donald Trump plans sign a federal government spending package that reflects compromises over his US-Mexico border wall, and that Trump will also declare a national state of emergency. Team Trump intends to use the phony emergency declaration to obtain more money for The Wall. Shortly after McConnell broke the news, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed the same in a statement on Twitter. Statement on Governme...
Tags: Post, Florida, News, Mexico, Senate, Russia, Nbc News, US, US news, House, Mitch McConnell, Fox News, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Trump


India set to adopt China-style internet censorship

India is on the verge of imposing new powers to censor internet content. Excerpt from the New York Times' coverage: Under the proposed rules, Indian officials could demand that Facebook, Google, Twitter, TikTok and others remove posts or videos that they deem libelous, invasive of privacy, hateful or deceptive. Internet companies would also have to build automated screening tools to block Indians from seeing “unlawful information or content.” Another provision would weaken the privacy protec...
Tags: Post, News, China, India, Censorship, Narendra Modi, New York Times, Picks, Facebook Google Twitter TikTok


Reminder: Ryan Adams and Bryan Adams are not same guy

One letter different, but a world apart. So, Bryan Adams is the '80s MTV pop star your trusty Gen-Xer blogger grew up listening to and watching. He's this guy. Here's one video, here's another. He's great! Now, Ryan Adams is this guy, below. Not great. Ryan Adams is accused by multiple women, recording artists and others, of being a self-confessed “like R. Kelly” sexual predator whose predations include a minor. Ava was 14. She played bass, and she was serious about it. Excerpt, NYT: Their ...
Tags: Post, Music, News, Entertainment, Culture, Mtv, Sexual Predators, Ryan Adams, Bryan Adams, Ava, Adams, Picks, Know The Difference, R Kelley


Eyewitnesses say Pittsburgh-Post Gazette publisher John Robinson Block fired journalists while screaming drunk

Eyewitnesses say the publisher of the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette drunkenly stumbled through the newsroom screaming at journalists, firing them-- and demanded that a photo of him and his daughter be published on the front page. Meanwhile, his daughter screamed, “Please, please Daddy no!” Good gracious. The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh today released some of the eyewitness accounts of an incident involving Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Publisher John Robinson Block and his daughter “that transpired on ...
Tags: Post, News, Journalism, Pittsburgh, North Shore, Block, Tim, Sally, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Newspaper Guild, Picks, Mr Block, Jonathan Silver, John Robinson Block, Sally Stapleton


Eyewitnesses say Pittsburgh-Post Gazette publisher John Block fired journalists while screaming drunk

Eyewitnesses say the publisher of the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette drunkenly stumbled through the newsroom screaming at journalists, firing them-- and demanded that a photo of him and his daughter be published on the front page. Meanwhile, his daughter screamed, “Please, please Daddy no!” Good gracious. The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh today released some of the eyewitness accounts of an incident involving Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Publisher John Robinson Block and his daughter “that transpired on the...
Tags: Post, News, Journalism, Pittsburgh, North Shore, Block, Tim, Sally, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Newspaper Guild, Picks, John Block, Mr Block, Jonathan Silver, John Robinson Block, Sally Stapleton


Was that huge 2017 Equifax data breach part of a nation-state spy scheme?

That massive Equifax data breach on September 7, 2017, shocked everyone, but a year and a half later, where the data of all those 143 million Equifax users ended up is still a mystery. CNBC reports that the current prevailing theory is that “the data was stolen by a nation-state for spying purposes, not by criminals looking to cash in on stolen identities.” Excerpt: CNBC talked to eight experts, including data "hunters" who scour the dark web for stolen information, senior cybersecurity manage...
Tags: Security, Post, Business, Technology, News, Privacy, Tech, Hack, Data Breach, Hacked, Cnbc, Data Breaches, Equifax, Picks


Judge says Paul Manafort broke plea deal by lying to Mueller

A federal judge ruled today that Paul Manafort lied to special counsel Robert Mueller's office, which effectively voids Manafort's plea agreement and ensures that he will receive a more harsh prison sentence. One possibility now is that Manafort may be motivated to cooperate more earnestly with federal investigators, in a last-ditch attempt to avoid losing his liberty for life. Here is the PDF of the judge's ruling today. Zoe Tillman at Buzzfeed News: US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson wrote...
Tags: Post, News, US, Jackson, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, BuzzFeed News, Mueller, Zoe, Robert Mueller, Amy Berman Jackson, Picks, Zoe Tillman, Trump Slump, Kilimnik


Thousands of migrant kids were shipped to this for-profit facility with no state oversight

Thousands of migrant children who present themselves at the US-Mexico border seeking asylum are sent by the U.S. government to an emergency intake facility in South Florida. The Homestead "temporary influx facility" is the largest shelter for migrant children in the country. Homestead is the only such facility run by a for-profit corporation. It is also the only one that receives no oversight from state regulators. From John Burnett's report for NPR: Discipline is strict. The teenagers walk...
Tags: Post, Florida, Politics, News, Immigration, US, Npr, Donald Trump, Trump, John Burnett, Welch, Picks, FamiliesBelongTogether, Leecia Welch, South Florida The Homestead


Wife of top Trump official cheers return of measles

Darla Shine is a former Fox News producer and the wife of Bill Shine, the White House deputy chief of staff of communications. This morning, Darla went on a dangerously ill-informed Twitter rant about the recent measles outbreaks in Washington state and Oregon. Here we go LOL #measlesoutbreak on #CNN #Fake #Hysteria The entire Baby Boom population alive today had the #Measles as kidsBring back our #ChildhoodDiseases they keep you healthy & fight cancer — Darla Shine (@DarlaShine) February ...
Tags: Health, Twitter, Post, News, Washington, Oregon, White House, Cancer, MMR, Fox News, Donald Trump, Trump, Bill Shine, U S Air Force, Picks, Darla


Donald Trump thanks MSNBC for exonerating him in Russia scandal

Welp. Here's the clip, below. MSNBC's Hallie Jackson and Ken Dilanian report that the 'Senate Intel Committee hasn't uncovered direct evidence connecting Trump with Russia.' Of course Trump ran with it. Thank you to @MSNBC! pic.twitter.com/VdRnirACAz — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2019 The story is more complicated. "Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats Dispute Claims That Russia Probe Found No Collusion"https://t.co/Ndc4v3Puhy — Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) F...
Tags: Post, Politics, Rachel Maddow, News, Media, Russia, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Senate Intelligence Committee, Trump, Donald J Trump, Welp, Hallie Jackson, Ken Dilanian, Picks, Senate Intel Committee


Bill Gates debates Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'tax the rich' policy

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates made some comments this week on the 'tax the rich' ideas making the rounds in America. Taxing the rich is fine, he said in an interview with The Verge, and "more progressive" taxes on the ultra rich are okay. Gates then went on to characterize Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as an 'extreme' politician who is missing the point by focusing on targeting high income brackets. AOC identifies as a Democratic socialist, and in January 2019 floated the idea of a 70 percent ...
Tags: Post, Business, Politics, Money, News, Microsoft, Congress, US, America, Economics, Economy, United States, Bill Gates, Social Security, Gates, Aoc


EL CHAPO GUILTY: Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman CONVICTED in U.S. trial

In Brooklyn, New York today, on the sixth day of jury deliberations, a court convicted Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman. Alan Feuer's incredible reporting on the case is essential reading. It has been a dramatic trial indeed: tales of bribes, murders, naked lovers crawling into sewers, diamond-encrusted pistols... El Chapo smuggled drugs in fake cans of chile and bananas, through submarines and subterranean tunnels. El Chapo routinely raped underage girls as young as 13 and 14...
Tags: Post, Politics, Crime, News, Justice, America, Associated Press, Drug Wars, El Chapo, Guzman, Joaquin Guzman, Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, Joaquin, Brooklyn New York, Chapo, Picks


VP Mike Pence to visit Auschwitz death camp on Europe trip

Conservative Christian and expressionless piece of furniture man Mike Pence, who is currently the Vice President of the Trump Administration, plans to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp site on Friday, and tour a memorial to Jewish detainees who were murdered there by Nazis in occupied Poland. On Friday the Polish President @AndrzejDuda and the Vice President of the USA @VP Mike Pence and their wives will visit the @AuschwitzMuseum. Accreditation for media (accreditation ends on Febr...
Tags: Europe, Post, Politics, Usa, News, Washington Post, White House, Germany, Israel, Iran, Holocaust, Middle East, Poland, Pentagon, Nazi, Benjamin Netanyahu


Trump signs 'American AI Initiative' executive order to prioritize federal funding for artificial intelligence research

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday intended to boost America's global position in artificial intelligence. While nothing in the statement mentions China, it's clear the order was intended to send a message. From Reuters: Under the American AI Initiative, the administration is directing agencies to prioritize AI investments in research and development, increase access to federal data and models for that research and prepare workers to adapt to the era of AI. There was no ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Post, Business, Technology, News, White House, China, America, Computers, Artificial Intelligence, United States, New York Times, Ai, Donald Trump, Trump


Maybe Amazon HQ2 won't happen in New York after all?

As New York lawmakers including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) continue to oppose Amazon.com's plans to establish a second headquarters there, Amazon execs have been internally talking about ways to reassess the situation, and explore alternatives for 'HQ2.' “Amazon is thinking of pulling out of New York HQ2 deal because of strong opposition from local politicians,” writes Robert McCartney of the Washington Post on his scoop today. “Northern Virginia could get some or all of the jobs s...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Business, Politics, New York, Technology, News, Washington Post, Senate, Virginia, Tech, US news, Queens, Bill De Blasio, Nashville, Jeff Bezos


Could the National Enquirer—Bezos scandal end AMI's federal plea deal?

Prosecutors "are reviewing the National Enquirer's handling of their Jeff Bezos reporting to determine if the company may have violated a cooperation deal reached with prosecutors last year," per Evan Perez and Kara Scannell of CNN, citing two sources familiar with the matter. Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg reported the news separately around the same time: Scoop: Prosecutors are reviewing whether National Enquirer’s messages to Jeff Bezos about his affair violated tabloid’s deal to avoid prose...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Bloomberg, US news, Cnn, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Donald Trump, Trump, Bezos, Jennifer Jacobs, Mueller, AMI, Southern District, Evan Perez


'Wind River' and Harvey Weinstein's broken promise to Native women and children in Indian Country

Elizabeth Olsen and Graham Greene star in Wind River. THE PLAN was that every time a person watched 'Wind River,' a portion of royalties from the movie would go to The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, which works to “enhance the safety of Native women and their children.” But NIWRC says it never got any of the promised funds, and may never get a dime. “So what went wrong?,” writes Elena Saavedra Buckley at High Country News. “Harvey Weinstein.” Great story, awful story. Excerpt:...
Tags: Post, Politics, Texas, News, Montana, Netflix, New York Times, Harvey Weinstein, Native Americans, New York Police Department, Graham Greene, Elizabeth Olsen, Indigenous, Indigenous People, Simpson, Wind River


Jeff Bezos’ investigator suspects 'a government agency' intercepted Amazon CEO's text messages

On MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell show tonight, Roig Franzia of the Washington Post said the security and legal team representing Jeff Bezos believes it's possible the leaks of the Amazon CEO's texts, with accompanying intimate photos, were politically motivated -- and that a “government entity” accessed the material somehow, rather than the phone being hacked. Video below. Washington Posts @RoigFranzia says Bezos' team thinks it's possible that the text leaks were politically motivate...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Politics, UK, News, Washington Post, Washington, Israel, US, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Mossad, Bezos, James Gleick


Amazon at times used Flex drivers' tips to cover promised base pay, investigation finds

Amazon sometimes dipped into tips earned by contracted delivery drivers for its 'Flex' service to cover the base pay they'd been promised, a Los Angeles Times review of emails and receipts shows. They're not the only contractor-supported delivery giant playing hinky with tips. Instacart and DoorDash have caught criticism for doing the same. As Amazon continues to grow, it increasingly relies on contractors to meet delivery demand. They aren't employees, so they don't get benefits. Tips help. A...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Business, Technology, News, Labor, Tech, Workers, US news, The Times, Tipping, Los Angeles Times, Jeff Lee, Amazon Flex, Picks, Times Amazon


Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer parent company of 'extortion and blackmail' over dick pics

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos today took the highly unusual step of publishing correspondence with Trump-allied tabloid publisher AMI, which owns the National Enquirer. The Amazon CEO says this correspondence reveals threats made by AMI to publish nude photos of Bezos, unless Bezos stops criticizing AMI's coverage. Yes, that's a lot to digest. We'll give you a moment. Excerpt from the post titled “No thank you, Mr. Pecker,” which Jeff Bezos just published on Medium.com: Back to the story: Several d...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Politics, News, Washington Post, Sex, Jeff Bezos, National Enquirer, Donald Trump, Trump, Dick Pics, Martin, Bezos, Sánchez, Dylan, AMI


NOAA says 2018 was 4th warmest year on record, in an undeniable global warming trend

2018 was the fourth warmest year ever recorded on planet Earth, NOAA reported today. “Earth’s long-term warming trend continued in 2018 as persistent warmth across large swaths of land and ocean resulted in the globe’s fourth hottest year in NOAA’s 139-year climate record,” NOAA said. 2018 ranks just behind 2016 (the absolute warmest), 2015 (second warmest) and 2017 (third warmest). “In separate analyses of global temperatures, scientists from NASA, the United Kingdom Met Office and the Worl...
Tags: Weather, Post, Science, News, Climate Change, Russia, Environment, Global Warming, US news, Nasa, United States, New York Times, Middle East, Noaa, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean


At least 1,500 people were injured in e-scooter-related crashes in America since late 2017 — Consumer Reports

“Consumer Reports what no one in government seems to be doing,” tweeted Kim Zetter (an author & journalist I follow, you should too). They slogged through all the data, “tracked the number of e-scooter accidents and injuries nationwide, and found 1,500... these are just ones they found by calling 110 hospitals and 5 agencies in 46 cities - there are likely many more.” says 1,500 people across the country were injured in an e-scooter-related crash since late 2017, according to their “spot ...
Tags: Post, Business, Technology, News, California, America, Tech, Atlanta, Bird, Nashville, Electric Scooters, Lime, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Kim Zetter, Bloomington Ind, Grady Memorial Hospital


Snap Filter 2019 State of The Union

Oh. My. God. Genius. It's original stuff, made & shared by IMGURian Iputbootsonsnakes. State of the union *snap filters*
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