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Illinois Voters Don't Have Much National Influence, Report Says - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/reboot-...
Illinois Voters Don't Have Much National Influence, Report Says
It is every Americans' duty and right to exercise the right to vote and voice an opinion in how our communities are governed. With such a close governor's race in Illinois, residents of this state know their votes count more than ever this year. But what about when it comes to Illinoisans' national influence? How much does an individual Illinoisan's vote count at the federal level? A new study by WalletHub attempted to answer that question. Not every state or person within a state has an equal democratic influence. WalletHub explains it like this: Although the U.S. is a democratic nation, ballots carry different weights based on the state in which one lives. Take California, for instance. Its estimated population is nearly 66 times greater than Wyoming's, yet each state has two seats in the Senate. In this case, less is more: California's votes are weakened exponentially because each of its senators must represent tens of millions more residents. WalletHub calculated the influence of...
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"Why Do I Serve? Because Serving My Country Is Part of Serving Humanity" - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rich-po...
"Why Do I Serve? Because Serving My Country Is Part of Serving Humanity"
If you've ever read my blog posts on Huffington Post Impact, you know I like to tell stories about inspiring individuals who are driven by a sense of purpose. Recently, I was speaking with an Army Veteran who had been in Iraq, and I realized that I've written very little about the veteran population. Shame on me. To serve in the military is to live (and sometimes die) with a sense of purpose. So back in August, I took it upon myself to find three veterans whose stories I would share. I didn't have to look far. Thanks to my friends at the The Mission Continues, I was given access to their nationwide community of 3,000+ veterans. Ultimately, I selected three people who moved me not because of something uniquely spectacular that they'd accomplished, rather because of how normal and accessible they were. These are people who struggle with day-to-day living just as you or I might, yet they draw from their military experience and continue to lead lives of purpose and service. What better...
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Choosing China Patterns With Tim Cook - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/greg-wh...
Choosing China Patterns With Tim Cook
When I heard that Apple CEO Tim Cook came out, my first thought was, "Is he single?" I'd like to set I'm him up with my friend Sean. Tim's perfect. He's obviously brave; but look behind the silver fox. I see a man that can figure out gadgets. I have three remotes for one television. No clue what two of them do. I mostly watch Nickelodeon because I can't figure out how to change the channel. Tim probably lives in a smart house where he sets the thermostat with his mind. Waiting in lines at Apple would end for me. No more trying to look worthy and attractive to the Geniuses. As of now, I have to go in the store, put my name on the list, and then circle the room like I'm in a nightclub. I try to look desirable. I make googley eyes at the check-in guy every chance I get, but I bet that's going better in my mind. The customers with twitches get called last. I wonder if he can cook. He'd be the trifecta catch. Money, brains, the ability to measure. God our life would be perfect. I imagine...
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The 21 Best Wing Joints in the Country - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thrilli...
The 21 Best Wing Joints in the Country
By: Dave Infante There is no "best" type of chicken wing. Great wings win hearts and stomachs with well-balanced flavors and quality meat regardless of whether they're naked, dredged, sauced, or smoked. So instead of tracking down the best wings from Buffalo or Chinese restaurants or women wearing tank tops three sizes too small, we tracked down the best chicken wings of any kind. Competition was fierce, but, in the end, these 21 wing joints distinguished themselves on meat quality, innovation, and overall atmosphere. You'll surely decide this list is "invalid" when you discover that your favorite place isn't mentioned. By all means, take this fury to the comments. But now, on to America's finest fowl: More: The 33 Best Pizza Shops In America Credit: Bar Bill Bar Bill Tavern East Aurora, NY First things first: Anchor Bar, recognized for inventing the glorious combo of poultry parts & spicy sauce we now know as the Buffalo wing, does not appear on this list. There are a few reasons;...
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iOS Experts Worried By Fake App Store's Malware - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
iOS Experts Worried By Fake App Store's Malware
Apple's iOS devices have generally been relatively safe from malware threats in the past. But you might want to watch what you plug your iPhone into from now on: New reports say a malicious software called WireLurker is able to infest iOS devices. While you're probably safe from this specific virus, the way it attacks iPhones and iPads has experts worried. WireLurker itself is rooted in third-party, Chinese Mac OS X app stores, according to CNET. People sometimes download these "stores" to access unofficial apps, since they're basically home-brewed versions of the App Store that aren't tied down to Apple's approval or standards. For now, average U.S. users who avoid unvalidated apps and software shouldn't have an issue with WireLurker. But experts say the case is the first-known example of malware that can infect installed apps like a "traditional virus," even on devices that aren't jailbroken -- setting a troubling precedent of malicious software worming its way onto phones that...
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(VIDEO) Wall Street Journal & BBC News Using TouchCast Interactive Video - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andy-pl...
TouchCast, the interactive video platform co-founded by former TechCrunch editor Erick Schonfeld, has been gaining traction in use by the BBC. Now it is announcing The Wall Street Journal will also use the innovative new service. TouchCast lets video producers embed interactive web elements including images, maps, web pages and other videos inside digital video, each expanding when clicked on by viewers, opening up possibilities for immersive storytelling. The BBC has been using TouchCast on iPad since this summer on a range of stories from Ebola and the Scottish referendum to architecture and cats "(WSJ) is about to roll out TouchCast on a regular basis," Schonfeld tells Beet.TV in this video interview. "There's a talented crew making WSJ interactive videos. "It's going to be a completely new form of video for them. They're being super-creative. Most of their pieces are in the studio. Sarah Murray does stand-ups in the newsroom. They figured out a way to really rapidly do interactive...
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Surfer's Close Encounter With Shark Captured In Series Of Jaw-Dropping Photos - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Surfer's Close Encounter With Shark Captured In Series Of Jaw-Dropping Photos
Now that was a close encounter. On Sept. 21, Surfer Andy Johnston was catching some waves in the waters off Esperance in Western Australia when a "curious" shark swam right up near him. Instead of freaking out, Johnston decided to remain calm. "I'd rather try to hold my ground against it and not freak out and make a commotion," he told the Esperance Express. "It seemed just curious and I didn't want to give it a reason to chase me so I tried to behave casually and keep an eye on it. But I didn't know it came up quite so close as I was paddling into the wave to come into the beach with the other lads." Johnston, who was able to get away once a wave came and the shark swam back out to sea, did not realize how close he came to the finned creature until he saw a series of photographs taken by onlooker Frits de Bruyn. "At the time I didn't think it was that big a shark and that close, but I did lose sight of it when it came right up behind me," he told ABC Goldfields-Esperance. "It was a...
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Carmelo Anthony Is Not Fit For The Triangle Offense - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jordan-...
Carmelo Anthony Is Not Fit For The Triangle Offense
Carmelo Anthony is too talented and versatile a scorer not to put up big numbers. You might say that other than reigning MVP Kevin Durant, there isn't a more natural scorer than Anthony. And yet, five games into the Derek Fisher/Phil Jackson-era New York Knicks, it has become evident the triangle offense does not highlight Anthony's strengths. To be fair, it will take time for him to adapt to it. But sub-41 percent shooting and a 19-point scoring average represent the lowest totals of his 12-year career. Anthony may not be Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant -- two megastars who excelled in Jackson's triangle -- but he is a former scoring champ not accustomed to operating within a ball-movement-based concept that features an entire team and not just one player. Anthony's woes may have reached a boiling point during a miserable 5-21 shooting performance in Wednesday night's 98-95 loss to lowly Detroit. It came the day after he missed 15 of his 23 attempts in another Knicks loss. It was "one...
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Obama Coordinating With Iran In Islamic State Fight, Growing Evidence Suggests - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Obama Coordinating With Iran In Islamic State Fight, Growing Evidence Suggests
Adding to mounting evidence that President Barack Obama's administration sees Iran as something of a partner in its fight against the Islamic State, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Obama wrote to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month about the campaign against the Islamic State. The WSJ reported last week that the U.S. had assured Iran that it would not be targeting the forces of its ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, as it began striking targets in Syria. Like that news, the latest revelation will likely stir consternation among many of Obama's current partners in this campaign. From Arab nations that have launched their own strikes against the militant group to moderate U.S.-backed Syrian rebels who are presently besieged by Iranian forces aiding the Syrian regime, key Obama allies see collaborating with Iran as unacceptable because of the country's unwavering support for Assad. The U.S. has previously concurred with its partner states and the...
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The Spirit of Essaouira at the Heart of Judeo-Arabic Culture - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bernard...
The Spirit of Essaouira at the Heart of Judeo-Arabic Culture
The 11th Edition of the Festival des Andalousies Atlantiques The autumn evening is still balmy and Essaouira's large sports hall is packed on this last Thursday, Oct. 30. Rabbi Haïm Louk has now taken his seat at the center of the Temsamani Orchestra from Tetuan conducted by Mohamed Amine El Akrami. At his right is seated another great Moroccan musical figure, the Arab singer Abderrahim Souiri. At the age of 72, Haïm Louk continues to be a spectacular tenor, with a voice full of refined colors and hues. Born in Morocco, already early on in his career he took part in the renewal of Moroccan music by developing its relations with the Arab-Andalusian tradition. After an instrumental prelude that introduces the chosen mode, Haïm Louk's voice softly starts on a Hebrew melody in the medium register. It then takes off towards a higher register, swirls around a few pivotal notes in a phrase that seems virtually infinite, and then comes down again, elaborating on a series of melismata. Souiri...
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Starbucks Will Bring Back Eggnog Lattes The Week Of November 17 - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Starbucks Will Bring Back Eggnog Lattes The Week Of November 17
Everybody knows it's not quite possible to usher in the holiday season without a little eggnog. Everyone except Starbucks, that is. The coffee chain found itself in hot water when it pulled the Eggnog Latte and from its holiday menu, sparking outrage across all social media outlets and a barrage of complaints. Starbucks spokesperson Linda Mills told HuffPost Taste via email that Starbucks "originally made the decision to discontinue the beverage this holiday season to try to simplify our expanding menu, and we only offered it in the Pacific Northwest." Luckily, the brand was quick to respond to the complaints and will reinstate the drink. "We made a mistake," Mills admitted in a statement to USA Today. "We are very sorry." The Eggnog Latte has been on the Starbucks menu since 1986, and will return to all U.S. and Canada locations the week of November 17. And for those freaking out about Gingerbread Lattes, the drinks should return to British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest shortly...
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Fawzi Al-Odah, Long-Held Guantanamo Prisoner, Sent Home To Kuwait - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Fawzi Al-Odah, Long-Held Guantanamo Prisoner, Sent Home To Kuwait
MIAMI (AP) — One of the longest-held prisoners at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay was sent home to Kuwait on Wednesday, the first release based on the determination of a review panel that has been re-evaluating some men previously classified as too dangerous to release. Fawzi al-Odah had been told his release was imminent but didn't know the date until shortly before he boarded the flight back to his country from the base in southeast Cuba, his lawyer, Eric Lewis, said. The 37-year-old al-Odah had been the focus of an arduous battle to secure his release that had the support of his government. Lewis, who spoke to him about a week before the departure, said the prisoner just wanted to get on with life. "There's no bitterness, there's no anger," Lewis said. "There's just excitement and joy that he will be going home." Al-Odah faces a minimum of one year at a militant-rehabilitation center on the grounds of a Kuwaiti prison under the transfer agreement. Lewis said that after...
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There Was A Time When Water Beds Were Considered Sexy And We're Revisiting It - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
There Was A Time When Water Beds Were Considered Sexy And We're Revisiting It
If you're of a certain age, you probably remember water beds. Perhaps your parents owned one when you were a kid and you have vague, nausea-inducing memories of being lulled to sleep on a huge mattress full of water. Or maybe you owned a water bed yourself, because, well, at the time you thought it was the coolest thing around. Whatever the reason, water beds were definitely the thing to have in the '70s and '80s, so we decided to revisit this beloved relict for a better understanding of why so many of us wanted them. The water bed was invented in 1968 as a thesis project. Credit: YouTube user: tinfoiltiger Charles Hall invented the water bed for his Master's Thesis project while he was in design school at San Francisco State University. And even though the water bed's popularity has declined, Hall told SF State Magazine that he still only sleeps on water beds. "In each house I have a water bed," he said. "And you know what? I wouldn’t sleep on anything else. They are the most...
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Cyber Retaliation: A Byte for a Byte? - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca...
Co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Founder & CTO Ziklag Systems The Pentagon has Plan X --a scheme to retaliate against cyber attacks. No one knows what the warfare rules are for Plan X, but the fact that the Defense Department thought it necessary to put Plan X in place tells us that the attacks on the US critical infrastructure are rising to a level that threatens America's security directly. Exactly what would trigger a counter-attack, a cyber war, can only be guessed. Would an attack on America's banking system that threatened our economy, or an attack on a nuclear power plant that could set off another Three Mile Island or Chernobyl type incident be enough to trigger a counter attack from the United States? Are we entitled under the rules of war to destroy an adversary's nuclear power plants or banking system? For the past decade the US has tolerated cyber attacks on the critical infrastructure. Government agencies have tried to help private sector companies and organizations, but...
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4 Sandy-Damaged NYC Hospitals To Get $1.6 Billion In FEMA Funds - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
4 Sandy-Damaged NYC Hospitals To Get $1.6 Billion In FEMA Funds
NEW YORK (AP) — Four public hospitals in flood-prone parts of the city are getting at least $1.6 billion in federal money to protect them from the kind of harrowing damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy, officials announced Thursday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency money will create a new, storm-resilient building to house the emergency room and such key equipment as X-ray machines at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, where the 2012 storm inundated the basement and came into the first floor. The water plunged the hospital into darkness and sent staffers scrambling to move patients on stretchers to higher floors before ultimately evacuating. Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital Center, which also was evacuated after flooding and losing power, is getting money to build a big floodwall and flood-proof elevators, among other improvements. Coler Specialty Hospital on Roosevelt Island and Metropolitan Hospital Center in Manhattan are getting funding for flood barriers and other...
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Five Career Strategies for Women in Tech - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alison-...
Five Career Strategies for Women in Tech
It seems as if every day someone in my network is sending me an article about challenges facing women in technology. If I had to summarize all the articles into a six word story, it might read, "75 percent pay, 25 percent women, 5 percent CEO." On nearly every dimension that can be calculated, women are coming up short. I have been loving my work in Silicon Valley since graduating from Harvard Business School in the late '90s -- first as an entrepreneur, next as a researcher, and now as a venture capitalist. For the last several weeks I have been thinking about the best way to channel my positive Silicon Valley experiences into useful advice for women who are building careers in technology. I thought it might be helpful to share five strategies that have helped me build my career. 1. Invest in relationships in all dimensions of your life. While there is often discussion about "work life balance," in reality, I think "work life integration" might be a better term. When I was writing...
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7 Ways Data Currently Being Collected About You Could Hurt Your Career or Personal Life - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-p...
7 Ways Data Currently Being Collected About You Could Hurt Your Career or Personal Life
Your data is telling a story about you. Maybe the story's a good one: you vote at every election, you pay your bills on time, you do your job well and get to work on time each day. But there are now so many data brokers -- buyers and sellers of data -- that databases may be defaming you without you even knowing it. Consider the following examples: 1) You could get classified as a meth dealer ChoicePoint is a data broker that maintains files on nearly all Americans. It mistakenly reported a criminal charge of "intent to sell and manufacture methamphetamines" in an Arkansas resident's file. ChoicePoint corrected the information when notified about the error, but other companies that had bought Taylor's file from ChoicePoint did not automatically follow suit. The free-floating lie ensured rapid rejection of her job applications, and she could not even obtain credit to buy a dishwasher. Some companies corrected their reports in a timely manner, but Taylor had to nag others repeatedly and...
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Peer Influence, Shaming Drives Green Behavior - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carol-p...
Peer Influence, Shaming Drives Green Behavior
A recent column on "groundbreaking innovation" from Fast Company was titled "If Your Neighbor Gets a Solar Panel, You're Going to Want One Too: Whether your neighbor has a solar installation is more likely to influence your decision than politics or income level." The articles' author Ben Schiller cites studies which mapped 3,843 solar units installed in Connecticut between 2005 and September 2013. What they found was "'considerable clustering of adoptions' in 'wave-like centrifugal' patterns. When they looked at the dates of the installs, they found one decision in a neighborhood tended to lead to another." Pretty cool, but isn't this old news? Back in 2005, a study in San Diego compared the influence on energy consumption between potential money savings vs concern for the environment vs peer pressure. The results clearly supported social influence, which reduced consumption by 10 percent." Influence guru Robert B. Cialdini weighed in on the remarkably effective tactic of adding a...
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BP Is Liable For Clean Water Act Damages From Gulf Oil Spill, Appeals Court Reaffirms - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
BP Is Liable For Clean Water Act Damages From Gulf Oil Spill, Appeals Court Reaffirms
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has reaffirmed its ruling that BP is liable for federal Clean Water Act damages stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the latest loss for the oil giant as it fights court decisions that could ultimately bring $18 billion in penalties. The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments that there were errors in its June 4 ruling on BP's Clean Water Act liability. The ruling released Wednesday night is not the final say from the court. BP and its minority partner in the Macondo well, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., have a request pending for the full 15-member court to reconsider the issue. The June order and Wednesday's follow-up were issued by Judges Fortunato Benavides, Carolyn Dineen King and James Dennis. They upheld U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling holding the well owners are liable. BP and Anadarko had argued they were not liable because equipment failure on the leased rig Deepwater...
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Colbert: If Obama's Presidency Is Up In Smoke After Midterms, It's Only Because D.C. Legalized Pot - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Colbert: If Obama's Presidency Is Up In Smoke After Midterms, It's Only Because D.C. Legalized Pot
Aww yeah, tear up Michelle's kale patch, Mr. President, and plant some "Skunk Force One." Washington, D.C., went to the polls on election night Tuesday and voted to legalize marijuana for personal use. On his show Wednesday, Stephen Colbert pointed out that this might be the best thing for President Obama, who will probably need to take the edge off after those damaging midterm elections. "You're looking at two years of a Republican House and Senate," said Colbert. "What's the worst that could happen? You get high, and nothing gets done." You may now commence referring to D.C. as our nation's "Dank Chronic." "The Colbert Report" airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30 pm ET on Comedy Central.
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The Kenyan Muslim Cleric Whose Love Of Peace May Have Gotten Him Killed - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
The Kenyan Muslim Cleric Whose Love Of Peace May Have Gotten Him Killed
(Reuters) - A Kenyan Muslim cleric, who supported government efforts to stamp out radicalism among youths in the country's restive coastal region, was shot dead by unknown assailants on Tuesday, police said. Sheikh Salim Bakari Mwarangi was shot while returning home from evening prayers at a mosque in the Likoni area of Mombasa, the local police chief said. "He was rushed to a nearby local hospital, but succumbed to his injuries," the Mombasa County police commander, Robert Kitur, told Reuters. Kenya's coastal region, a tourist hub where most of Kenya's Muslims live, has been hit by a spate of bomb attacks over the past months blamed on Islamists linked to Somalia's militant al Shabaab group. Haki Africa, a local Muslim rights group, said the slain cleric was a peace activist and that his killing may have been tied to his stand against extremism in Mombasa. "He was a member of the Mombasa peace committee and was helping the government a lot in dealing with radicalization and guiding...
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This Chinese City Is Becoming The Silicon Valley Of Hardware - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
This Chinese City Is Becoming The Silicon Valley Of Hardware
SHENZHEN, China -- Chinese technology is chock-full of awkward analogies and misfit metaphors. The social network formerly known as "the Facebook of China" (Renren) turned out to be a flop, "the Twitter of China" (Weibo) is slowly sliding toward irrelevance, and e-commerce behemoth Alibaba has burst out of several rhetorical straitjackets. But recently, international tech circles have been buzzing about a new analogy, one that doesn't pigeonhole its subject as "the [insert U.S. tech giant] of China" but instead embeds it firmly in global innovation networks. They're talking about the city of Shenzhen, and they're calling it the Silicon Valley of hardware. After two decades of astronomic growth in the digital world, some entrepreneurs and engineers are turning back to the world of real stuff -- wearable tech, robots, smart health devices -- and many of them are beating a path to Shenzhen, the mainland Chinese metropolis that borders Hong Kong. Long viewed as the go-to region for...
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More Than 700,000 Tell Congress: Fast Track Is the Wrong Path - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ilana-s...
More Than 700,000 Tell Congress: Fast Track Is the Wrong Path
Photo courtesy of Teamsters The saying goes: The more things change, the more they stay the same. This couldn't be more true for the two largest trade agreements currently in negotiation, the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). While the Obama administration and congressional supporters of the pacts have rekindled timeworn talking points that describe these deals as "21st century" trade agreements, in reality, they strongly resemble the failed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that went into effect more than two decades ago. That's why today, representatives from environmental, labor, food and farm, consumer rights and other fair trade allies delivered to Congress more than 700,000 petitions opposing "fast track" -- a piece of legislation that would push these harmful trade agreements through Congress without any meaningful oversight or assurances that the trade pacts would actually benefit workers,...
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Biosimilars: Another Untold Story of the Affordable Care Act - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-bob...
Biosimilars: Another Untold Story of the Affordable Care Act
As the 2014 mid-term election season nears its final days, the American public has been saturated by a flood of campaign advertisements and literature attacking and promoting the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Were it not the political lightning rod that it has become, many more Americans would have a much clearer understanding about the ACA's wide breadth and how some of the law's policy changes, which are not featured in those campaign ads, will benefit them and their loved ones. In addition, a good number of these changes will significantly advance healthcare quality and science in our country. One sweeping policy and regulatory innovation under the ACA, of which most Americans are unaware, is the role that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now plays in the regulation and approval of biological medicines and their biosimilar counterparts. This past summer, the first biosimilar applications were submitted to FDA for approval. These pending applications mean that patients and...
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A School Housed In A Tent Is Only Hope These Syrian Refugee Kids Have To Beat Illiteracy - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
A School Housed In A Tent Is Only Hope These Syrian Refugee Kids Have To Beat Illiteracy
SURUC, Turkey (AP) — It's only a blue tent at the back of a refugee camp in the Turkish border town of Suruc. But for dozens of children who study in the makeshift school, it's a glimmer of hope. Inside, brightly colored drawings are pinned to the plastic walls, and wooden desks stand in two neat rows. For some of the Kurdish kids who fled with their families from the besieged Syrian town of Kobani, this is the only school they've known. "The whole world was collapsing, how could they go to school," said Ghazi Mammo Darwesh, father of 7-year-old Diyala. The shy, brown-eyed girl says she like learning Kurdish writing and drawing pictures of flowers and girls. Her father is overjoyed that, at last, she is learning something. "How can I not like it? I can fly for happiness. I hope that my children will study abroad," said Darwesh, who has seven children. School also provides some psychological support for traumatized youngsters, who have lost their homes and often family members during a...
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James Manning, ATLAH Church Pastor, Claims Starbucks Uses 'Sodomites' Semen' - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
James Manning, ATLAH Church Pastor, Claims Starbucks Uses 'Sodomites' Semen'
Here we go again. The leader of the vehemently anti-gay Harlem ATLAH Missionary Church, James Manning, is once again making outrageous claims against the gay community. This time he might have outdone himself. Last week, Manning asserted that Starbucks is "ground zero for Ebola" after the company released it's first LGBT commercial starring Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano of "RuPaul's Drag Race" fame. Now, Manning has released another video in which the religious leader claims that Starbucks has been using the "sodomites' semen" in their flavored coffee drinks. He states in the video: “Starbucks is a place where these types frequent and a lot of body fluids are exchanged there. But the thing that I was not aware of is that there has been information that has been released… what Starbucks was doing, is they were taking specimens of male semen, and they were putting it in the blends of their lattes. Now, this is the absolute truth." ATLAH Missionary Church has a long history of anti-gay...
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Feds Arrest Alleged Silk Road 2.0 Operator Blake Benthall - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Feds Arrest Alleged Silk Road 2.0 Operator Blake Benthall
WASHINGTON -- Federal authorities on Thursday announced the arrest of Blake Benthall, the man they say was behind the website Silk Road 2.0, which allowed users to buy and sell drugs online. The website, described by authorities as "one of the most extensive, sophisticated, and widely used criminal marketplaces on the Internet today," popped up in November 2013 after an earlier version of the site was shut down. As of September 2014, authorities believed the website was "generating sales of at least approximately $8 million per month and had approximately 150,000 active users," according to a Justice Department press release. The site has since been shut down. Benthall was taken into custody in San Francisco on Wednesday, but is being charged in the Southern District of New York. The investigation was run by the New York FBI and the office of Homeland Security Investigations, which had an undercover agent who "successfully infiltrated the support staff involved in the administration...
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Diner Forced To Spend Thousands On Wine After He Asks Waitress For Recommendation - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Diner Forced To Spend Thousands On Wine After He Asks Waitress For Recommendation
This is WINE you have to be careful when you go out to dinner. Joe Lentini went out for dinner at Bobby Flay Steak at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City last week. The Star-Ledger reports that Lentini, who said he's no wine expert, asked a waitress for a wine recommendation. "I asked the waitress if she could recommend something decent because I don't have experience with wine," Lentini said. "She pointed to a bottle on the menu. I didn't have my glasses. I asked how much and she said, 'Thirty-seven fifty.'" It turns out that the wine was a bottle of Screaming Eagle, Oakville 2011, which cost $3,750. Lentini and his two fellow diners were able to get the restaurant to agree to a discounted price of $2,200, which is obviously still an incredible amount of money. The Ledger reached out to the Borgata for the resort's side of the story. "As the leading culinary destination in this region, we consistently serve as many, if not more high-end wine and spirits without incident,"...
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Living, Breathing History and Morality Through Design at Greenbuild 2014 - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-fe...
Living, Breathing History and Morality Through Design at Greenbuild 2014
The U.S. Green Building Council recently concluded the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, which took place Oct. 22-24 in New Orleans. The following is an excerpt from USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi's blog covering the event and details two of his personal highlights of the conference. Living, Breathing History While admittedly biased on the subject, as great as Greenbuild 2014 was, I'm not sure any aspect of this year's conference moved me any more than the magical moment in the closing plenary when new USGBC President Roger Platt introduced eight seminal figures in the green building movement - Bob Berkebile, David Gottfried, Scot Horst, Martha Jane Murray, Tom Paladino, Peter Templeton, Kath Williams and Alex Wilson. They came up on stage and stood, tableau style, stretching shoulder to shoulder across the stage. You can only imagine how I felt as each spoke very briefly about not just where we were as a movement 20 years ago, but where we are today, and most importantly,...
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The Weather Channel Lays Off Another 40 Employees - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
The Weather Channel Lays Off Another 40 Employees
The Weather Channel laid off 40 more employees this week in another round of cuts, just a month after dozens of staffers at the network were given pink slips. “After a careful analysis of our business, we made the difficult decision today to eliminate roles across all functions and levels,” TWC told The Huffington Post in a statement. “The television business is shifting and in order for us to compete in the future, we need to reallocate and better focus our resources on what we know our audiences want. The changes we are making today are necessary, difficult and the responsible way for us to move forward.” Staffers cut from the Atlanta-based network on Wednesday included senior producers, show producers and weather producers, TVNewser reports. In an internal memo obtained by FTVLive which details the layoffs, TWC President David Clark wrote that "one of the people we will say goodbye to is Scot Safon, our chief marketing officer." Safon, formerly the chief marketing officer at CNN...
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