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Apple rushes to resolve ‘huge’ password glitch on MacOS High Sierra

A major flaw in the way the MacOS High Sierra operates means that anyone can gain entry to a computer without the use of a password
Warnings about the bug were shared by computing experts such as Edward Snowden, who described Apple's operating system as "really bad" on Tuesday
While Apple works on permanently fixing the problem, the tech giant offered a workaround for users concerned about any possible ramifications on its website

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Animals do have feelings - and here's the science to prove it - The i newspaper online iNews

Science shows that animals feel emotions. What’s more, they have distinct personalities – yes, even fish, writes Jan Hoole

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Brown University to allow students to 'self-identify' as persons of color - The College Fix

Brown University is implementing a change to its graduate school application that will allow applicants to “self-identify” as persons of color. Multiple efforts by The College Fix to clarify the details of this change were ignored by campus officials.

The policy comes as a result of complaints made by graduate students on the Graduate School advisory board that international and Asian American students are not treated as members of historically underrepresented groups by the university, according to The Brown Daily Herald.

One graduate student, Lydia Kelow-Bennett, told The Herald that this decision has led to “institutional invisibility” for these students. Brown defines historically underrepresented groups as “American Indian, Alaskan Native, African American, Hispanic or Latinx and Native Hawaiian and/or Pacific Islander.” The school’s diversity initiatives are intended to benefit members of these groups.

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Expanding DNA's alphabet lets cells produce novel proteins

A team at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, expanded the genetic alphabet, creating two artificial DNA “letters” called X and Y. A few years ago, the researchers brewed up a type of E. coli bacteria commonly used for lab research that contained both natural DNA and this new artificial base pair — storing extra genetic information inside cells.

The next challenge: Normal DNA contains the coding for cells to form proteins that do the work of life. Could cells carrying this weird genomic hybrid work the same way?

Sure enough, the altered cells glowed green as they produced a fluorescent protein containing unnatural amino acids, researchers reported Wednesday in the journal Nature.

“We can make proteins that are built of more things than they normally are,” explained Scripps chemist Floyd Romesberg, who leads the project.

While programming the green germs offered evidence that the approach can work, eventually “we would like to get proteins that do new things,” he said.

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STUDY: Global Warming Not Getting Worse | The Daily Caller

Global warming has not accelerated temperature rise in the bulk atmosphere in more than two decades, according to a new study funded by the Department of Energy.

University of Alabama-Huntsville climate scientists John Christy and Richard McNider found that by removing the climate effects of volcanic eruptions early on in the satellite temperature record it showed virtually no change in the rate of warming since the early 1990s.

“We indicated 23 years ago — in our 1994 Nature article — that climate models had the atmosphere’s sensitivity to CO2 much too high,” Christy said in a statement. “This recent paper bolsters that conclusion.”

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Research suggests that dogs really are smarter than cats | Daily Mail Online

Experts found that dogs have more neurons in their cerebral cortex than cats
The region has been linked with thinking, planning and complex behaviours
Dogs have around 530 million cortical neurons while cats have 250 million
The researchers found bigger brains do not always have more cortical neurons

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MSNBC's ‘Morning Joe’: Trump Mentally Ill, Has Dementia; Remove Him From Office

(CNSNews.com) - Declaring President Trump to be mentally unfit for office and in the early stages of dementia, the hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday said it is time for Trump's Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment, which allows for the president to be removed from office when “he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

The anti-Trump diatribe -- not too much different from those that occur daily on "Morning Joe" -- follows President Trump's tweet on Wednesday aimed at NBC executives and "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough:

Trump tweeted: "So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the 'unsolved mystery' that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!"

A 28-year-old intern was found dead, reportedly of natural causes, in Scarborough's Florida district office in 2001, two months after Scarborough announced his retirement from the U.S. Congress.

At the beginning of "Morning Joe" on Thursday, host Mika Brzezinski read from a "New York Daily News" editorial, which said, "Only those completely under his spell can deny what growing numbers of Americans have long suspected: The President of the United States is profoundly unstable. He is mad. He is by any honest layman's definition mentally unwell."

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University event highlights 14 ways ‘whiteness’ oppresses society - The College Fix

SAN MARCOS, Calif. — A “Whiteness Forum” at Cal State San Marcos on Tuesday prominently displayed 14 poster boards detailing different ways in which students say whiteness in America oppresses people of color and society.

For 15 years and “going strong,” this annual forum has taken place as a part of Professor Dreama Moon’s “Communication of Whiteness” course, the scholar said as she kicked off the two-hour event inside a large multipurpose room.

A banner hung at the front of the room indicated the “Whiteness Forum” is about “reflecting on white privilege and racism.”

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Judge issues ruling on Albany High online posting lawsuits

ALBANY –– A United States District Court judge in San Francisco issued a divided ruling this week on a portion of a case involving an Instagram account created by a former Albany High student that had several racist memes posted on it.

The lawsuits were filed on behalf of 10 students disciplined after the discovery of the account in March. The Albany Unified School District and several employees as well as district officials and an AUSD board member were the defendants.

On Nov. 29, Judge James Donato granted a summary judgment in favor of the defendants regarding how the AUSD disciplined the creator of the account and students who had “liked” and commented on some of the posts.

He ruled against the AUSD regarding four students who liked or commented on posts that didn’t target specific students and one who never liked or commented on anything.

Donato only considered the First Amendment questions and related state law claims raised by the lawsuits in this ruling. The parties agreed to address those questions on summary judgment as they are central to the cases.

It’s not clear when other claims by the plaintiffs will be considered.

The AUSD had no comment, issuing a news release that simply restated the results of the ruling.

Darryl Yorkey, who represented several of the plaintiffs, said he will be filing an amended complaint in the next week.

“I don’t agree with the judge’s decision,” Yorkey said. “It was definitely unfavorable to my clients.”

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Man choked, defecates himself after trying to pay ticket in pennies, lawsuit says - SFGate

Things went horribly wrong for a Michigan man who tried to pay for a parking ticket in pennies.
Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse than that.
It all started when Anthony Sevy got a $10 parking ticket in Royal Oak, Mich., near Detroit, reports WJBK. He went to pay the ticket with his credit card and was told there would be an added $1.75 service fee.
Sevy wasn't happy with that, his attorney told WJBK, so he left and later came back with rolls of pennies.
"The clerk wasn't too happy about that, they refused to allow him to pay with penny rolls," attorney Jonathan Marco said.

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Homeless street services stall as encampments continue to grow - LA Times

Last year, Los Angeles put money behind various efforts to curb encampments like Brown’s until the city’s ambitious housing construction program takes hold.

Funding for one strategy — camp cleanups or sweeps — expanded to $13 million. But spending on services for people living in the streets — mobile showers, housing navigation centers, storage facilities and homeless parking lots — lagged behind.

Of the $7.5 million budgeted for “street strategies” in 2016-17, more than $2 million was returned to city coffers, and nearly $2 million was diverted to camp sweeps, according to figures provided by city officials. Last month, the city approved an additional $509,000 transfer from services to homeless outreach workers to accompany cleanup teams.

Advocates say hygiene, storage and other services help homeless people get back into the mainstream. But no navigation centers have opened, storage facilities are available only on skid row and, to a limited extent, in Venice, and one small city-funded parking program opened in South Los Angeles in June.

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Evergreen State’s student newspaper includes no-whites-allowed opinion section - The College Fix

The student newspaper at Evergreen State College has a section in its opinion pages described as “for people of color by people of color.”

“This should be a place where we can be us without it being overshadowed by the dark cloud that is living under white supremacy and having to see things from a white perspective. This is why when we do cover these issues it will be in the context and from the perspective of POC and POC only,” according to the section’s editors as they reintroduced it to readers in September.

The anonymous column, known as “POC Talk,” debuted in the bi-weekly Cooper Point Journal last year and returned this fall to the newspaper’s pages following racial unrest that erupted at the public university this past spring.

“Dear White people, please take a step back, this isn’t brown-people-answer-white-people’s-questions-hour, we’re asking specifically for submissions from POC,” the section’s editors added in their September intro. “As being told no seems to be a difficult concept for some of y’all I await your emails about the Irish, how the term white fragility is mean (great example of white fragility) and how we need to view people through a color-blind lens (just lol). You will 100% not get a response!!!”

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Anglican Minister Urges Prayers for Prince George to Be Gay - The New York Times

LONDON — A prominent Anglican cleric and gay rights campaigner known for contentious gestures has urged believers to pray for Prince George — age 4, and third in line to the throne — to find the love “of a fine young gentleman” when he grows up so as to advance the cause of same-sex marriage in church.

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Baltimore sees 319th killing of 2017, eclipsing last year's homicide total - Baltimore Sun

The 21-year-old man, whom police did not identify, was the 319th homicide victim in the city in 2017; raising the total beyond the 318 killings that occurred in Baltimore in all of 2016.

That means this year is now Baltimore’s second-deadliest on record on a per-capita basis, with a month left to go. The record was set in 2015, when there were 344 homicides.

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Robots could replace nearly a third of the U.S. workforce by 2030 - The Washington Post

Over the next 13 years, the rising tide of automation will force as many as 70 million workers in the United States to find another way to make money, a new study from the global consultancy McKinsey predicts.

That means nearly a third of the American workforce could face the need to pick up new skills or enter different fields in the near future, said the report's co-author, Michael Chui, a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute who studies business and economics.

“We believe that everyone will need to do retraining over time,” he said.

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RPD: Group looking for Christmas tree finds kidnapped woman

Redding police say some people searching for a Christmas tree in eastern Shasta County on Monday found a partially clothed kidnapping victim forced to take shelter in a dead tree and drink from puddles to survive. One suspect was arrested while another remains at large, officers said. 

Capt. Eric Wallace said the group found the 25-year-old victim east of Eskimo Hill near Hat Creek on Monday. Police said they're not identifying the woman for the time being, though they did not say why.

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Statistics Canada: Less Than Half of All Canadians Aged 25-54 Now Have Full-Time, Year-Round Jobs
New census data from Statistics Canada suggests the quality of Canadian jobs continues to fall while precarious work continues to rise.

Most disturbingly, StatCan reports less than half of all Canadian workers (49.8%) between the ages of 25 and 54 worked full-time, full-year jobs in 2015.

According to StatCan, “the period from 2005 to 2015 saw an overall shift from full-time, full-year employment to part-time or part-year work,” something they attribute to “social and economic changes, such as the 2008-2009 financial crisis,” as well as “a shift from traditional to more flexible work schedules.”

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This is making it harder and harder for young people to start a family here in Canada. Even if they do manage to get a full time job, pay is stagnant and housing is the most expensive in North America. The church is not very understanding to the financial conditions of the youth today unfortunately. Faith only goes so far when social and economic conditions become the reality for all, as it is here for over half the working population. No one wants the stigma of having to go on welfare to support a family. :(

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Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:27 am
Statistics Canada: Less Than Half of All Canadians Aged 25-54 Now Have Full-Time, Year-Round Jobs
New census data from Statistics Canada suggests the quality of Canadian jobs continues to fall while precarious work continues to rise.

Most disturbingly, StatCan reports less than half of all Canadian workers (49.8%) between the ages of 25 and 54 worked full-time, full-year jobs in 2015.

According to StatCan, “the period from 2005 to 2015 saw an overall shift from full-time, full-year employment to part-time or part-year work,” something they attribute to “social and economic changes, such as the 2008-2009 financial crisis,” as well as “a shift from traditional to more flexible work schedules.”

http://pressprogress.ca/statistics-cana ... ound-jobs/
This is making it harder and harder for young people to start a family here in Canada. Even if they do manage to get a full time job, pay is stagnant and housing is the most expensive in North America. The church is not very understanding to the financial conditions of the youth today unfortunately. Faith only goes so far when social and economic conditions become the reality for all, as it is here for over half the working population. No one wants the stigma of having to go on welfare to support a family. :(
I honestly believe that we can take steps to make possible forming a family without going into debt but I don't think the LDS or non-members are willing to make that change. They are happy with things the way they are.

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Even a $1 million retirement nest egg isn't enough anymore

With more retirees responsible for their own financial security, even a $1 million nest egg isn't nearly enough. Considering the looming retirement savings shortfall, experts say there are only two ways out: Earn more or spend less.

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Top FBI official assigned to Mueller’s Russia probe said to have been removed after sending anti-Trump texts - The Washington Post

The former top FBI official assigned to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election was taken off that job this past summer after his bosses discovered he and another member of Mueller’s team had exchanged politically charged texts disparaging President Trump and supportive of Hillary Clinton, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.

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Fear in London as acid attacks soar

London (AFP) - Delivery rider Jabed Hussain was waiting at a traffic light one night in east London when two attackers sprayed acid in his face and stole his moped.

It was one of hundreds of attacks in the British capital every year that have prompted government intervention and left the city's police force asking the public for help to tackle the crime wave.

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High court affirms mom's conviction for profanely dissing son at home

The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday upheld a mother's conviction for swearing at her son, but without reaching the issue of whether her speech was protected by the First Amendment.

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ABC Makes "Epic Mistake", Retracts Bombshell Flynn Story | Zero Hedge

Having caused chaos in financial markets briefly, set the liberal media on fire with 'I told you so's, and sparked a renewed round of #ImpeachTrump demands, ABC News issued a 'clarification' to their bombshell Flynn report that not only negates the entire story but provides President Trump with another round of ammunition to fire against the 'fake news' media.

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Judge sentences young Jacksonville man to life in prison for shooting officer | Jacksonville News, Sports and Entertainment | jacksonville.com

A young Jacksonville man who ambushed and shot a Jacksonville police officer multiple times during a traffic stop in 2016 was sentenced to life behind bars Wednesday.

 
Kevin Rojas was smug in court when the officer called Rojas a coward and said he would have a tough time in prison. The officer then took out a tube of K-Y Jelly, a personal lubricant, and said: “You are going to need a lot of this.”

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South Texas sheriff: 'My hugging days are over'

NUECES COUNTY, Texas - A sheriff in South Texas said he will no longer be giving or receiving hugs.

Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin posted on Facebook Wednesday that his hugs will be reserved only for family and close friends.

"Sad, but you just don't know when this hug might come back and bite you," Kaelin said.

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Miami doctors face dilemma over 'Do Not Resuscitate' tattoo

(CNN) - Picture this: A man is admitted to the hospital, unconscious, with a history of serious health problems and a high blood alcohol level. He has no identification and no family with him. On his chest, he has a tattoo: "Do Not Resuscitate."

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Swedish man convicted over 'online rape' of teens groomed into performing webcam sex acts | The Independent

Bjorn Samstrom, 41, sentenced to ten years in prison for coercing vulnerable young people from the UK, US and Canada into sending explicit images and video by court in Uppsala

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Brian Head Fire led officials to uncover survivalist’s explosive-filled bunkers hidden near makeshift cabins - The Salt Lake Tribune

A wildfire that burned 71,000 acres in southern Utah this summer led firefighters and other officials to uncover several explosive-filled bunkers hidden near makeshift cabins illegally built by a survivalist on public land, police say.
A Thursday news release from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office detailed how firefighters discovered the first bunker June 27 — 10 days after the Brian Head Fire began.
While working to suppress the blaze, firefighters near Henderson Hill heard “popping sounds,” the release said. At first, they thought the popping was rocks exploding from the heat of the wildfire, but as the sounds continued for about five minutes, the crews realized it was ammunition exploding.

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Secrets of Ancient Egyptian Writing Revealed in 2,000-Year-Old Papyrus Scrolls

The black inks that ancient Egyptians used for writing on papyrus texts were made, in part, of metal. A collaboration of international researchers revealed for the first time that despite having their origins vary across time and space, ancient Egyptian papyri contained ink that shared a literal common element: copper.

Researchers used texts from the Papyrus Carlsberg Collection, University of Copenhagen, which they divided into two groups. One comprised private papers of a soldier named Horus who was stationed at a military camp in southern Egypt. The camp, Pathyris, fell to civil war in 88 B.C. The texts recovered from the ruins date to the late 2nd and early 1st centuries B.C. The second group comes from the Tebtunis Temple Library, which remains the only known major ancient Egyptian library to survive to the present day. The researchers selected from several hundred papyrus manuscripts and fragments from the 1st to 3rd centuries A.D.


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