Politics

March 19, 2019

How ‘tropical Trump’ is harnessing racism to destroy the Amazon

By Molly Taft If you’ve never heard of Ricardo Salles, it’s helpful to think of him as another version of Scott Pruitt. There’s a lot the Brazilian environmental minister has in common with the former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, who rolled back countless environmental protections while meeting with fossil fuel industry insiders. Like Pruitt, […]
March 19, 2019

White House proposal to cap student loans would mean only rich people can afford elite schooling

A week after federal prosecutors revealed just how brazenly rich families cheat to get their kids into elite colleges, the White House proposed changes to higher education laws that would further widen the college access gap between people born into money and those less fortunate. On Monday, President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos […]
March 19, 2019

Bolsonaro and Trump lather praise on one another during Brazilian president’s first visit

President Donald Trump and his Brazilian counterpart, President Jair Bolsonaro, were full of praise for each other during the latter’s first visit to the White House on Tuesday. “He has done a very outstanding job,” Trump said during an Oval Office press conference, before praising Bolsonaro for running “one of the incredible campaigns.” “Somebody said […]
March 19, 2019

The Supreme Court is about to kick America’s democratic death spiral into overdrive

Somewhere, in an alternative universe where the winner of the 2016 presidential election lives in the White House, partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional. Justice Merrick Garland provided the key fifth vote in Gill v. Whitford to strike down the Wisconsin Republican Party’s aggressive effort to immunize itself from elections. Lower courts are busy dismantling gerrymanders in states […]
March 19, 2019

Warren calls for ‘right to vote’ constitutional amendment, abolishing electoral college

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) endorsed a constitutional amendment enshrining the right to vote, which she said would bring some “federal muscle” to repealing voter suppression laws around the country. She made her remarks at a town hall late Monday in Mississippi, the state that disenfranchises more people with felony convictions than any other in the […]
March 19, 2019

Warren calls for ‘right to vote’ constitutional amendment, abolishing electoral college

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) endorsed a constitutional amendment enshrining the right to vote, which she said would bring some “federal muscle” to repealing voter suppression laws around the country. She made her remarks at a town hall late Monday in Mississippi, the state that disenfranchises more people with felony convictions than any other in the […]

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March 19, 2019

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March 19, 2019

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March 15, 2019

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Latest from the World

March 19, 2019

‘Call of Duty: Mobile’ brings the popular series to iOS and Android for free

One of the best-selling video game series of all time is finally making its way to mobile devices. On Monday, Activision announced that it is teaming up with Chinese game publisher Tencent to bring Call of Duty: Mobile to the West. Made by Tencent's Timi studio, the free-to-play game draws on maps, modes, weapons, and characters from the history of the franchise, including the Black Ops and the Modern Warfare series. Call of Duty: Mobile will focus entirely on competitive multiplayer, featuring familiar modes like Team Deathmatch, Search and Destroy and Free-For-All. Classic maps such as Nuketown, Crash, and Hijacked will be included as well, and players can "earn and unlock classic Call of Duty characters, weapons, scorestreaks and other gear to equip and customize their loadouts as they battle to be among the best in the world." “We are delivering the definitive, first person action experience in a new mobile title with incredible graphics and visceral Call of Duty gameplay,” said Chris Plummer, VP of Mobile at Activision. “Together with the amazing team at Tencent, we’re bringing together a collection of the most beloved maps, competitive modes, familiar characters and signature weapons from across this storied franchise into one epic experience for the first time on mobile.” There's sure to be more information to reveal as we get closer to launch, but the end of the trailer seems to suggest that a battle royale mode could be included as well -- possibly a port of the Black Ops 4 Blackout mode. Starting today, anyone with an account on CallofDuty.com can pre-register for the mobile beta. In an FAQ on the site, Activision says that it will host multiple pre-launch betas over the coming months, but it looks like the beta might only be available on Android. The game will be free to download on iOS and Android later this year.
March 19, 2019

Islamophobia: ‘No place’ for it in Conservative Party says chairman

The party chairman responds to Islamophobia claims, saying swift action is taken on complaints.
March 19, 2019

Scientists are using a video game to help stroke victims regain movement

Most people play video games for their entertainment value or simply to kill a bit of time, but games have also proven useful in a variety of medical contexts. Customized interactive digital experiences have helped patients battle symptoms of PTSD and even train doctors to be better at their jobs. Now, researchers from Northwestern Medicine have developed a retro-styled arcade game designed specifically for stroke survivors. The game, which has since been tested on over 30 volunteers, has demonstrated its effectiveness at promoting muscle control and increased mobility in individuals who suffered reduced mobility for decades. The scientists developed a specialized device called a myoelectric computer interface that pairs with a simple video game that requires players to move a cursor to a specific point on the screen. Stroke victims who have decreased mobility in their arms typically suffer from a loss of control over their arm muscles. When they attempt to move their arms the muscles in the limb tend to fight against each other leading to a condition called co-activation or co-constriction. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9MWoQY4pYw Researchers isolated the muscles responsible for this condition in each participants and then monitored the electrical muscle triggers being sent from the brain. They used that information as an input for the game, retraining the participant's brains to activate muscles independently. This is called "decoupling" and it's crucial to a stroke victim regaining mobility in their limbs. What the team found was that after completing a session with the game, participants demonstrated increased mobility in their retrained limbs. Most volunteers who participated in the experiment continued to demonstrate increased arm mobility even a month later. "The beauty of this is even if the benefit doesn't persist for months or years, patients with a wearable device could do a 'tune-up' session every couple weeks, months or whenever they need it," Dr. Marc Slutzky, senior author of the study, said in a statement. "Long-term, I envision having flexible, fully wireless electrodes that an occupational therapist could quickly apply in their office, and patients could go home and train by themselves." A single training session takes as little as an hour and could provide huge benefits to stroke patients. Going forward, similar applications could be provided to victims shortly after their stroke to enhance recovery and rehabilitation.
March 19, 2019

Why buy a $50 Philips Hue bulb when these $16 smart LED bulbs don’t need a hub or Wi-Fi to work?

Most of our readers probably realize by now that spending $50 per bulb on pricey big-brand smart LED lights isn’t necessary to put together an awesome and versatile smart lighting setup. In fact, you don’t need to spend anywhere near that much. There are plenty of great options out there, but there’s one in particular that you should check out. It’s called the MagicConnect Bluetooth Mesh Multicolor Light Bulb, and it has two things that set it apart from a solution like Philips Hue. First, it doesn’t need a hub or even a Wi-Fi connection to work. And second, it’s WAY cheaper than Philips Hue!

Here’s some additional info from the product page:

  • ✔ Control a of maximum 64 bulbs together at one time. Mesh bulbs link to each other automatically as a local area network allowing for a greater range of control, and allows for multiple mobile device control at the same time.
  • ✔ No hub required, and compatible with other MagicConnect Bluetooth Mesh products. Also, you can create many groups to control, one bulb can be set to a maximum of 8 groups, it is the perfect choice for household and engineering lighting.
  • ✔ Compatible with Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant via MagicConnect Hub (Hub Required, Hub Sold Separately), also you can control it remotely (Hub Required, Hub Sold Separately)
  • ✔ Various Modes: 16 Million Color Setting, Group Control, Sunlight, Timer, Music Sync, Sunrise, Sharing Control, Unlimited Patterns. If you just need a few bulbs, this is a perfect choice. If you need many bulbs for whole house or big project, this is also a perfect choice.
  • ✔ Application: Multiple lighting patterns, suitable for a showcase, residential, office, hotel, shop, exhibition room, landscaping etc.
March 19, 2019

Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, And More Join Jennifer Lopez’s Wall Street Stripper Movie

Cardi B, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, and Julia Stiles are all in talks to join Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu in STX's upcoming Wall Street stripper movie "Hustlers."
March 19, 2019

Apple’s new iPad Air and iPad mini just released, but you can already find great deals

Apple on Monday announced a couple of new iPad models -- the 2019 iPad Air and iPad mini -- with prices starting at $499 and $399, respectively. Both devices share the same set of specs, and both of them are almost as powerful as the 2018 iPad Pro — the new tablets have the iPhone XS’s A12 Bionic chip inside, rather than the A12X flavor that goes into the Pros. That makes them great alternatives to the iPad Pro, which is more expensive, or the regular iPad, which isn’t as powerful. If you’re looking for even better prices for either the Air or the mini, some retailers are have already introduced deals. Best Buy members will be able to save up to $25 when ordering select iPad Air or iPad mini models. If you’re going for the cellular version of either model and are willing to ink a two-year contract with Verizon, you’ll save $200 on specific models. Verizon, meanwhile, is out with its own iPad Air and iPad mini sale, ready to shave off $100 on any Cellular version of the two new iPads, when purchased on a two-year contract. Preorders start on March 21st, with the in-store launch set for March 26th. Here are Verizon’s prices:
  • 64 GB iPad Air: $26.24/month on device payment ($629.99 Retail); $529.99 with a 2-year contract
  • 256 GB iPad Air  $32.49/month on device payment ($779.99 Retail); $679.99 with a 2-year contract
  • 64 GB iPad mini:  $22.08/month on device payment ($529.99 Retail); $429.99 with a 2-year contract
  • 256 GB iPad mini:  $28.33/month on device payment ($679.99 Retail); $579.99 with a 2-year contract
Verizon has a special deal for buyers who’re also shopping for a new iPhone: You’ll get $250 off when you buy both devices on a Verizon device payment plans. Furthermore, Verizon is also offering buyers $150 off or $250 off other select iPads, when purchased with a device payment plan or a two-year contract. However, the discount isn’t given at check out on offers that require device payment plans. Instead, they’ll be applied as bill credits for the duration of the offer.
March 19, 2019

Nevada high school student with autism crowned prom king

It was a “perfect” night, indeed.
March 19, 2019

Seven arrested for hate crimes after New Zealand mosque shootings

Fifty people died and dozens were injured in the twin shootings on Friday in Christchurch.
March 19, 2019

Ex-Labour MPs ‘booted’ off Foreign Affairs Committee

Labour MPs vote to remove independent MPs Ian Austin and Mike Gapes on a three-line whip.
March 19, 2019

Target acquired: Suzuki’s radar reflector idea could make motorcycles safer

Avoiding contact.
March 19, 2019

How ‘tropical Trump’ is harnessing racism to destroy the Amazon

By Molly Taft If you’ve never heard of Ricardo Salles, it’s helpful to think of him as another version of Scott Pruitt. There’s a lot the Brazilian environmental minister has in common with the former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, who rolled back countless environmental protections while meeting with fossil fuel industry insiders. Like Pruitt, […]
March 19, 2019

Everything leaving Netflix in April 2019

Bond fans -- this is going to be a tough pill to swallow. Netflix is dumping not one, not two, but eleven James Bond movies next month, including Casino Royale, Goldfinger, and The Spy Who Loved Me. If you're looking to get your spy fix in, you'll need to do it before April, because they're all being removed on the 1st. Netflix will also be losing the entire Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, which, believe it or not, was actually a really solid entry into the Star Wars canon (unlike the prequel movies). Other tough losses include Billy Madison, I Love You, Man, Silver Linings Playbook, and all four seasons of Luther. You can see the full list of Netflix streaming departures for the month of April below:

Leaving April 1st

  • American Pie
  • Billy Madison
  • Blue Mountain State: Seasons 1-3
  • Casino Royale
  • Diamonds Are Forever
  • Die Another Day
  • Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
  • Goldfinger
  • Happy Feet
  • Happy Gilmore
  • Heat
  • I Love You, Man
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Live and Let Die
  • Luther: Series 1-4
  • Octopussy
  • Pokémon: XY: Seasons 1-2
  • Seven
  • Sex and the City: The Movie
  • The Living Daylights
  • The Man with the Golden Gun
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • The World Is Not Enough
  • Wallander: Series 1-4
  • You Only Live Twice

Leaving April 4th

  • Raw

Leaving April 7th

  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Seasons 1-5
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions

Leaving April 13th

  • Video Game High School: Seasons 1-3

Leaving April 18th

  • Silver Linings Playbook
Now that you’ve seen everything that will be removed from the service over the next month, be sure to check out all of the new movies and TV shows being added to Netflix in April as well.
March 19, 2019

Watch Normani Perform Rihanna And Fifth Harmony Hits At Her First Sweetener Tour Stop

Normani performed hits by Rihanna, Fifth Harmony, and Aaliyah during the first night of Ariana Grande's Sweetener World Tour.
March 19, 2019

Kit Harington Sought Therapy After One Of Game of Thrones‘ Biggest Plot Twists

Kit Harington sought therapy after dealing with one particular plot twist in 'Game of Thrones,' which had him questioning whether he could act or not.