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Friday, October 20, 2017

Could San Francisco Get the Oil Industry to Pay for Climate Change?


By Wired, Oct. 19, 2017

WHEN A RAINDROP falls in San Francisco, it has two choices: flow east into the San Francisco Bay, or west into the Pacific Ocean. A ridgeline divides the city into two, slicing through the Presidio, hugging the eastern edge of Golden Gate Park, and skirting Twin Peaks. As the land drops off in either direction, the elevation difference doesn’t just drive raindrops downhill—it also moves human waste. San Francisco, unlike any other coastal city in California, has just one set of pipes for its storm runoff and sewage. First engineered more than a hundred years ago, the system still functions on the same basic principle as it did in 1890: Let gravity do the work.

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Sean Penn TRIES BLOCKING NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY Suggesting He Ratted Out El Chapo


By TMZ, Oct. 19, 2017

Sean Penn is using a full-court press to either block or re-edit a Netflix documentary that suggests Penn ratted out El Chapo by alerting the United States Dept. of Justice of his whereabouts.

Multiple sources involved in the documentary -- due out Friday -- tell TMZ, some of the people interviewed suggest that Penn alerted the DOJ that he was traveling down to a secret location in Mexico to interview the drug kingpin for a Rolling Stone article.


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Cambridge University students given trigger warnings for Shakespeare plays


By Telegraph, Oct. 18, 2017

Cambridge University academics have hit out at “trigger warnings” after students were cautioned that Shakespeare’s plays contain potentially distressing topics.

English literature undergraduates have been advised that a lecture which focusses on Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and The Comedy of Errors will include “discussions of sexual violence” and “sexual assault”.


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Being an actor, singer or athlete is no longer a child's number one career choice


By Mirror, Oct. 20, 2017

Ask any young child what they want to be when they grow older and you'll hear the classic answers.

"A singer", "a footballer" or "an actor" have long been popular choices with youngsters.

But all that has started to change.

Impressively, young people in Britain are now aspiring to become business leaders and entrepreneurs, with 12% of kids picking this vocation over any other.


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Publishers are caught in the crossfire of the Facebook-Apple fracas


By Digiday, Oct. 19, 2017

Facebook and Apple are squabbling, and publishers are caught in the middle.

Publishers were supposed to be the winners of Facebook’s long-awaited plan to provide a path to sell subscriptions in its Instant Articles. But the test was delayed because Apple didn’t want Facebook to let publishers sidestep its App Store and avoid giving Apple its customary 30 percent cut of in-app purchases.


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Backyard chicken trend causes spike in infections, 1 fatal


By Detroit News, Oct. 19, 2017

Des Moines, Iowa — Luke Gabriele was a healthy 14-year-old football player in Pennsylvania when he began to feel soreness in his chest that grew increasingly painful. After his breathing became difficult, doctors detected a mass that appeared to be a tumor.

For a week, Dan and DeAnna Gabriele thought their son was dying until tests identified the cause: not cancer, but chickens — the ones he cared for at home. They had apparently infected him with salmonella that produced a severe abscess.


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White nationalist Richard Spencer speech ends amid protests


By The Hill, Oct. 19, 2017

The University of Florida’s Public Safety Twitter account wrote at 4:17 p.m. that the event was over and that Spencer left the campus.

One audience member asked Spencer to reply to those who use his views and rhetoric to commit violence.


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How ISIS virus has spread around the globe even as its heartland caliphate collapses: Map reveals where cells have sprung up in the past MONTH as the group is obliterated in Iraq and Syria


By Daily Mail, Oct. 19, 2017

At least a dozen terror cells linked to Islamic State have been uncovered across the globe in the past month alone, research has found.

As ISIS is defeated in its 'caliphate' in Syria and Iraq, the terrorist organisation is looking for new territory.

In the past four weeks, ISIS cells have sprung up in as far flung places as Russia, Ireland and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


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Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals


By Reuters, Oct. 20, 2017

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia, Oct 20 (Reuters) - A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia's Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time.

The non-profit healthcare system is one of the state's largest employers and sits in the heart of economically depressed coal country. It faces a $40 million deficit this year as it struggles with fewer privately insured patients, cuts in government reimbursement and higher labor costs to attract a shrinking pool of nurses.


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Judging by Mueller's staffing choices he may not be very interested in justice



By The Hill, Oct. 19, 2017

Much has been written about the prosecutorial prowess of Robert Mueller’s team assembled to investigate allegations of Russia’s involvement in the Trump campaign. Little has been said of the danger of prosecutorial overreach and the true history of Mueller’s lead prosecutor.

What was supposed to have been a search for Russia’s cyberspace intrusions into our electoral politics has morphed into a malevolent mission targeting friends, family and colleagues of the president. The Mueller investigation has become an all-out assault to find crimes to pin on them — and it won’t matter if there are no crimes to be found. This team can make some.


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Moody's Warns of 'Likely' Hartford Default, Decades of Deficits Ahead



By Courant, Oct. 19, 2017

Moody’s Investor Service issued a dire warning to lenders Thursday: Hartford is likely to default on its debt by November and, if it doesn’t change course, will run up annual deficits exceeding $60 million through the next 20 years.

On Sept. 26, Moody’s downgraded the city’s bond rating, reflecting the investor service’s belief that “in the likely event of a default,” bondholders may recover as little as 65 percent of their investment.


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Sliding NFL ratings could deliver hit to TV networks


By CBS News, Oct. 20, 2017

The NFL's declining TV ratings, blamed by some on the national anthem controversy, could soon take a financial toll on the broadcasters that have spent tens of billions dollars for the right to air pro football, investment analystssay.

Through the first five weeks of the season, ratings for the Sunday night game on 21st Century Fox's (FOXA) Fox Sports have slumped 7 percent from a year ago. NFL viewership at CBS (CBS), the parent company of CBSNews.com, has plunged 17 percent for Sunday match-ups and 8 percent on Thursday. The audience for NBC's "Sunday Night Football" game broadcast has dropped 4 percent.


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Pentagon investigating troubling questions after deadly Niger ambush


By Military, Oct. 19, 2017

REPORTING FROM WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, troubled by a lack of information two weeks after an ambush on a special operations patrol in Niger left four U.S. soldiers dead, is demanding a timeline of what is known about the attack, as a team of investigators sent to West Africa begins its work.

The growing list of unanswered questions and inability to construct a precise account of the Oct. 4 incident has exacerbated a public relations nightmare for the White House, which is now embroiled in controversy over President Trump's belated and seemingly clumsy response this week to console grieving military families.
 
 
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2 former presidents — from both parties — blast the state of American politics in unprecedented day


By Business Insider, Oct. 19 2017

The two most recent former US presidents on Thursday blasted the state of US politics in events that were separated by less than 20 miles.

First, it was former President George W. Bush. The most recent former Republican president lambasted a political culture that he said caused "bigotry" to seem "emboldened." The public comments were Bush's most pointed since President Donald Trump took office in January.


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White House chief of staff John Kelly defends Trump over widow remarks


By BBC, Oct. 20, 2017

The White House chief of staff has launched an impassioned attack on a "selfish" congresswoman who said President Trump made a war widow cry.

General John Kelly said he was "broken-hearted" by the Democrat's criticism of the president's condolence call to Sgt La David Johnson's wife.

Sgt Johnson was one of four killed in Niger by Islamist militants this month.


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Moguls and starlets: 100 years of Hollywood’s corrosive, systemic sexism


By The Guardian, Oct. 19, 2017

In the Hollywood dream factory, trauma surfaces as light entertainment. In 2013, introducing the list of best supporting actress nominees at a pre-Oscars event, comedian Seth MacFarlane quipped: “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.” What was chilling about this was not just that MacFarlane followed it up at the Oscars with a stream of “edgy” jokes, including the line that nine-year-old Quvenzhan√© Wallis had “16 years before she’s too old for Clooney” and the nauseating We Saw Your Boobs song. What is really disturbing is that everyone – even people who had no idea of what has now emerged about Weinstein’s behaviour – got the joke. The idea that female stars and aspiring stars are required to accept the attentions, at the very least, of older male studio executives and producers, is as old as the Hollywood hills.

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Tarantino apologizes for staying silent about Weinstein's alleged abuse


By CNN, Oct. 20, 2017

(CNN)Quentin Tarantino, the famed director and frequent Harvey Weinstein collaborator, said in an interview that he had heard accounts of abuse by Weinstein and regrets not acting on it.

"I knew enough to do more than I did," Tarantino told The New York Times in a story published Thursday. "There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn't secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things."
"I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard," he added. "If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him."


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Harvey Weinstein raped me, actress tells LAPD. Investigation launched


By LA Times, Oct. 19, 2017

An Italian model-actress met with Los Angeles police detectives for more than two hours Thursday morning, providing a detailed account of new allegations that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her at a hotel in 2013.

She is the sixth woman to accuse Weinstein of rape or forcible sex acts. Los Angeles police Capt. Billy Hayes confirmed that the department has launched an investigation into the matter.

It is the first case related to Weinstein to be reported in Southern California. New York police already have two active sex crime probes and London’s Metropolitan Police is investigating allegations made by three women.


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Harvey Weinstein doesn’t seem to be taking sex rehab seriously


By Page Six, Oct. 19 2017

Harvey Weinstein is already being belligerent at sex addiction rehab — barking into his banned mobile phone and remaining in denial about his alleged sex attacks, insisting each and every one was consensual, Page Six has exclusively learned.

The movie mogul, who volunteered to go to rehab after a wave of allegations of sexual harassment and rape against him from women in Hollywood, isn’t exactly in his element in therapy, falling asleep in sessions or talking on his phone, a source tells Page Six.


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