Disk space woes. and yes, posting links is STILL broken due to some issue with recaptcha that I can't fucking figure out.

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Artificial lights are eating away at dark nights — and that's not a good thing

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http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-earth-artificial-light-night-darkness-20171122-story.html

Earth is losing its darkness. A new study using satellite data finds that artificially lit surfaces around the world are spreading and growing brighter, producing more light pollution at night.

The findings, described in the journal Science Advances, track what researchers called a worrisome trend that has implications for the environment as well as human health.

“This is concerning, of course, because we are convinced that artificial light is an environmental pollutant with ecological and evolutionary implications for many organisms — from bacteria to mammals, including us humans — and may reshape entire social ecological systems,” Franz Holker of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, one of the study’s authors, said in a briefing.

Thanks to electric lights, outdoor lighting grew at a rate of 3% to 6% annually in the second half of the 20th century. While this has benefited human productivity and safety, it has come with a dark side: The night is no longer dark enough.

Half of Europe and a quarter of North America have experienced seriously modified light-dark cycles, the study authors wrote, calling it a “widespread ‘loss of the night.’ ”

This light pollution can have serious consequences for living things, which have evolved in accordance with a natural day-night cycle, where the only major sources of light at night would have been the moon or more intermittent sources such as volcanoes, lightning, wildfires or auroras.
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Trudeaus best accomplishment this year.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-10/tpp-talks-stall-after-justin-trudeau-canada-fails-to-show-up/9140250?section=politics

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has infuriated leaders of 10 other Asia-Pacific countries by pulling a sudden "no show" for the signing of a lucrative trade deal.

If this deal goes through we will see Australia's first favela
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Legal complaint filed over KellyAnn Conway's comments on Moore race

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https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/22/kellyanne-conway-hatch-act-complaint-doug-jones-comment-259147

>A prominent government ethics expert has filed a complaint against White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, alleging that she violated federal law Monday by appearing to oppose Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's Democratic opponent.

>Walter Shaub, who resigned in July as the head of the Office of Government Ethics, said on Twitter on Wednesday that he lodged a complaint claiming that the top aide to President Donald Trump ran afoul of the Hatch Act when she discouraged Alabamans from voting for the Democratic nominee, Doug Jones.

>"I have filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, which investigates Hatch Act violations," Shaub tweeted.

>During an interview earlier this week on "Fox and Friends," Conway called Jones "weak on crime," "weak on borders," and "terrible for property owners." Pressed on whether she was endorsing Moore, she never answered directly but suggested his vote was needed to advance Trump administration priorities.

>"I'm telling you that we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through," she said, as she stood on the White House's North Lawn with the executive mansion in the background.
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There are teachers and students who clean the toilet with bare hands in Japan

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http://www.asahi.com/articles/DA3S13237314.html

They clean the toilet with bare hands to train the spirit. It's not mandatory but optional. The working minister seems to have drunk water of the toilet in the past when she was working part-time at the hotel in order to prove that she did the perfect job. Is there such a culture in your country? Please tell me your opinion
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Facebook will show which Russian election troll accounts you followed

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https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/22/russian-trolls/

Facebook is building out a tool to show which Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts associated with Russia’s Internet Research Agency election troll farm you Liked or followed. Launching by the end of the year as part of the Facebook Help Center, the tool will show a list of all the IRA accounts you followed.

The IRA is a group based in St. Petersburg, Russia with ties to the Kremlin. It’s been exposed as an office organizing purposeful disinformation campaigns to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election by sowing division in the country. Facebook is now on a mission to thwart future election meddling, and be as transparent as possible about previous election interference.

However, this tool will not show whether you saw ads or organic posts from the Russian troll accounts. That’s important, because paid reach and reshared posts by other users are how many of the 146 million Facebook and Instagram users encountered election interference content. Facebook has said 29 million Americans saw Russian troll content directly shared to their feeds, but 126 million total saw posts including reshares, with 10 million seeing ads. Twenty million Americans saw a combination of Russian troll ads and direct posts on Instagram.

Providing a list of all the individual Russian interference posts a user saw or interacted with could be more useful. At the very least, this new tool could list accounts whose content users saw or clicked, even if they didn’t follow the account that created it. But Facebook has contended it would be technically difficult to dredge up all that information. During the Senate hearing on election interference, Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch said “It’s a much more challenging issue to identify and notify reliably people who may have been exposed to this content on an individual basis.”
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F.C.C. Plans Net Neutrality Repeal in Victory for Telecoms

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https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/technology/fcc-net-neutrality.html

The Federal Communications Commission announced on Tuesday that it planned to dismantle landmark regulations that ensure equal access to the internet, clearing the way for companies to charge more and block access to some websites.

The proposal, put forward by the F.C.C. chairman, Ajit Pai, is a sweeping repeal of rules put in place by the Obama administration. The rules prohibited high-speed internet service providers from blocking or slowing down the delivery of websites, or charging extra fees for the best quality of streaming and other internet services for their subscribers. Those limits are central to the concept called net neutrality.

The action immediately reignited a loud and furious fight over free speech and the control of the internet, pitting telecom giants like AT&T against internet giants like Google and Amazon, who warn against powerful telecom gatekeepers. Both sides are expected to lobby hard in Washington to push their agendas, as they did when the existing rules were adopted.

“Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet,” Mr. Pai said in a statement. “Instead, the F.C.C. would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate.”

The proposal from Mr. Pai, a Republican, is widely expected to be approved during a Dec. 14 meeting in a 3-to-2 party line vote from the agency’s five commissioners. But some companies will probably put up a legal fight, or actions by lawmakers, to prevent it from taking hold.

The clear winners from the move would be the giant companies that provide internet access to phones and computers, which have fought for years against broadband regulations.
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Google Is Creating Its Own City

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FRENCH AGE OF CONSENT WILL BE REDUCED TO 13 YEARS OLD

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Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet today said that the lower age was now a 'limit that is worth considering' by law makers

Feminist groups plan a protest Tuesday to argue the age should be set at 15.
Despite its age of consent, France currently does not have any law which defines sex with someone below a fixed age as rape.
Currently in France if there is no violence or coercion proved, people may only be charged with sexual abuse of a minor charge and not rape- this has a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of £66,000.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4914784/french-age-of-consent-may-be-reduced-to-13-years-old-after-courts-rule-two-11-year-old-girls-werent-raped/
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Congressman on tape tells woman he would report her to police for exposing his secret sex life

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/congressman-told-woman-he-would-report-her-to-capitol-police-if-she-exposed-his-secret-sex-life/2017/11/22/e3345862-cf10-11e7-a1a3-0d1e45a6de3d_story.html

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), who apologized Wednesday for a lewd photo of him that circulated on the Internet, told a woman to whom he had sent sexually explicit photos, videos and messages that he would report her to the Capitol Police because she could expose his behavior, according to a recording reviewed by The Washington Post.

The woman spoke to The Post after the lewd photo was published Tuesday by an anonymous Twitter account. She shared a secretly recorded phone conversation she had with Barton in 2015 in which he warned her against using the explicit materials “in a way that would negatively affect my career.”

The woman described encounters and contact spanning a five-year period that began online after she posted a message on Barton’s Facebook page in 2011, leading to the sexually explicit exchanges and ultimately a pair of physical sexual encounters in Washington and Texas. Over time, she said, she became aware of and corresponded with multiple other women who engaged in relationships with Barton, who represents a suburban Dallas district and is one of the most senior Republicans in the House.
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“I want your word that this ends,” he said, according to the recording, adding: “I will be completely straight with you. I am ready if I have to, I don’t want to, but I should take all this crap to the Capitol Hill Police and have them launch an investigation. And if I do that, that hurts me potentially big time.”
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JOHN MCCAIN'S WALKING BOOT MYSTERIOUSLY APPEARS TO SWAP FEET

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The walking boot that Sen. John McCain has worn since receiving treatment for a recent injury appears to have swapped feet.
The Arizona Republican tweeted on Wednesday a photo of himself sitting next to his wife, Cindy McCain, attending their daughter's wedding at their ranch in Arizona.
The boot, which McCain has worn since his treatment for a minor tear in his right Achilles tendon at the beginning of the month, has appeared on his right foot in a number of photos the senator has shared on Twitter in the last couple weeks.

JOHN MCCAIN’S WALKING BOOT MYSTERIOUSLY SWAPS SIDES WEEKS AFTER TREATMENT FOR TORN ACHILLES TENDON

But Twitter users Wednesday noted that the boot in the latest photo appeared to be on his left foot. It's unclear whether the photo McCain shared was mirrored for some reason, but it has prompted a fierce debate and conspiracy theories on social media.
McCain, who is 81 years old, was also diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, over the summer. He has since returned to Washington, D.C., for work following the first round of chemotherapy and radiation.

Now maybe McCain's tendon healed in two weeks and he simply forgot which leg it was during a senior moment. If that's the case - is he fit to hold his Senate seat? Was he fit to cast the deciding vote which killed the healthcare repeal? Then there was his strange rambling line of questioning during the Comey hearing.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/john-mccains-walking-boot-mysteriously-appears-to-swap-feet-in-latest-photo/article/2641581
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