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Charleston, Key Entry For Slaves In America, Apologizes And Meditates On Racism Today

The plight of migrant families at the U.S. southern border was also mentioned, amid discussions of exploiting laborers and treating people of a different race as chattel in the slave era.

(Image credit: Bruce Smith/AP)

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Sennheiser CX Sport Review: Can’t Shake ’Em

Wired Top Stories - 2 hours 24 min ago
Senny’s latest buds lack bass but stay put during the most strenuous workouts.
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Rescuers Search For At Least 180 Missing After Ferry Sinks In Indonesia

Rescuers say only 18 survivors have been found so far. The boat capsized late Monday afternoon during Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

(Image credit: Binsar Bakkara/AP)

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Autonomous Vehicles Might Drive Cities to Financial Ruin

Wired Top Stories - 4 hours 24 min ago
American cities rely on car-related fees to fund public transit. But driverless cars might not need to park or fill up on gas—causing the system to collapse.
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Why Lyft Is Trying to Become the Next Subscription Business

Wired Top Stories - 4 hours 24 min ago
After months of testing its fledgling membership program, Lyft is betting that the model that built loyal followings for Netflix and Spotify can also work for transit
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The Science Behind The World Cup Ball

For every World Cup, there's a custom official ball. But how does the Telstar 18 actually stack up? To find out, scientists stuck it in a wind tunnel with a bunch of sensors.

(Image credit: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

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A New Wave Of Meth Overloads Communities Struggling With Opioids

Meth has made a resurgence, and in some communities already stressed by opioid addiction it's doubling the burden on first responders, the criminal justice system and schools.

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Family Separation Is Trump's Immigration Policy. Here's Why He Won't Own It

The policy is unpopular, and vulnerable Republicans in competitive districts stand to be punished by voters in the midterms if this continues much longer. So Trump is trying to flip the script.

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Civil War Battlefield 'Limb Pit' Reveals Work Of Combat Surgeons

Scientists have been analyzing bones first uncovered by a utility crew digging at the Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia. The remains provide insights into surgery during the Civil War.

(Image credit: Meredith Rizzo/NPR)

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Dow Jones Drops GE, A Member Of The Original Industrial Average In 1896

As recently as 2005, according to Reuters, General Electric was the most valuable publicly traded company in the United States. It will be replaced by the parent company of Walgreens pharmacies.

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China Tells Farmers To Grow More Soybeans Amid Trade Fight With U.S.

After hitting U.S. soybeans with retaliatory tariffs, China is seeking alternatives to supply its important crop.

(Image credit: Rob Schmitz/NPR)

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OpenEDGAR: Open Source Software for SEC EDGAR Analysis

Computational Legal Studies: “Our next paper — OpenEDGAR – Open Source Software for SEC Edgar Analysis is now available.  This paper explores a range of #OpenSource tools we have developed to explore the EDGAR system operated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  While a range of more sophisticated extraction and clause classification protocols can be developed leveraging LexNLP and other open and closed source tools, we provide some very simple code examples as an illustrative starting point.

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Abstract
OpenEDGAR is an open source Python framework designed to rapidly construct research databases based on the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) system operated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). OpenEDGAR is built on the Django application framework, supports distributed compute across one or more servers, and includes functionality to (i) retrieve and parse index and filing data from EDGAR, (ii) build tables for key metadata like form type and filer, (iii) retrieve, parse, and update CIK to ticker and industry mappings, (iv) extract content and metadata from filing documents, and (v) search filing document contents. OpenEDGAR is designed for use in both academic research and industrial applications, and is distributed under MIT License at https://github.com/LexPredict/openedgar

Categories: Law and Legal

Migrant Children Heard Crying On Tape Are The Voices 'Left Out' Conversation

Children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and held at a Border Patrol facility are heard wailing inconsolably in seven minutes of audio obtained by ProPublica.

(Image credit: Courtesy CBP/Handout/via Reuters)

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Commentary – Schools must equip students to navigate alt-right websites that push fake news

The Conversation – Schools must equip students to navigate alt-right websites that push fake new: “More than 60 percent of America’s middle and high school students rely on alt-right internet sites as credible sources for their research papers. The students are using alt-right sites to write papers on topics that range from free speech and the Second Amendment to citizenship, immigration and the Holocaust. These were among the key findings of a preliminary survey of 200 teachers I conducted recently to develop a snapshot of how common it was for middle and high school students to turn to alt-right websites. As a researcher who specializes in teaching what is known as “hard histories,” including slavery, the Holocaust and other genocides, this finding is of concern, particularly as the nation approaches the one-year anniversary of the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia…” [h/t Pete Weiss]

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Why Ford Is Buying Detroit’s Derelict Central Depot

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 20:00
It’s a savvy PR move, but it also sends a big message. The carmaker wants to show it can compete with Uber and Waymo and all the Silicon Valley tech giants.
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A kinder gentler TV program (via youtube) for kids, parents, and pets too

“Die Sendung mit der Maus (German link) is the oldest kids’ show on German TV – it first aired in 1971. Its main charm was its unhurried, affirming and positive approach to children’s stories and children’s questions. Despite multiple makeovers, the basic format remains the same: each episode has animated shorts (Lachgeschichten) and documentaries about everyday things (Sachgeschichten). But most of all, we children loved the Maus Spots that separated the individual blocks from each other: charming, wordless adventures of a very big, orange mouse and a very small, purple elephant. The best thing is: It’s all available online and if your kids are like mine, they will love Mouse and Elephant, too.” Please take some time out to watch at least a couple of these episodes – there is no dialogue, and you will be rewarded with timeless, charming and restorative little vignettes that are a real gift to counterbalance at least a bit of the stunningly cruel rhetoric and conduct which bombards us daily. Regardless of what languages you speak, these shows will communicate to adults and children. Peace.

Categories: Law and Legal

The 100 Greatest YouTube Videos of All Time, Ranked

Warning – NSFW! Via Thrillist – “Like most unicorns, YouTube isn’t perfect. Its comment sections are famously noxious, its algorithms proliferate conspiracy theorists, its filters fail to protect kids’ feeds, and its ad-revenue-sharing model props up problematic vloggers. But it also has hydraulic press videos. And lo-fi hip-hop beats to study/relax to. And a dude lip-syncing TGIF theme songs while sitting on the toilet. For better or for worse, YouTube is the ultimate time-waster, the place you go when you literally have to watch the Howard Dean scream right now and the place you remain an hour later after the rabbit hole you descended eventually spat you out on an ’80s video dating montage. Sometimes, if enough people deem a particular video undeniably watchable all at once, it becomes a phenomenon with the cultural cache to demand that you take notice and catalog it as a historical event. That’s what caught us: When does a YouTube video turn from merely a YouTube video into a great YouTube video? And which great YouTube videos over the years are the greatest?

Categories: Law and Legal

UN Food and Agriculture Organization launches Open Access for all publications

“As of [June 18, 2018], FAO will implement an Open Access policy, enabling maximal reach and ease of use for FAO knowledge products. FAO has been disseminating knowledge since its foundation in 1945, and its publications have been freely accessible in the FAO online Document Repository since 1998. The new Open Access policy goes a step further; not only ensuring that FAO’s wealth of knowledge remains easily accessible to users around the world, but actively encouraging and providing a framework for the broader use, reproduction and dissemination of this material. “This policy is a recognition of the importance that FAO places on the universal right of access to information.  FAO knowledge is a global public good, and it should be free of unreasonable barriers to access for those who need it most,” said Enrique Yeves, Director of the Office of Corporate Communications. In concrete terms, FAO will apply a Creative Commons 3.0 IGO license to all eligible publications and documents published on its Web site. The policy uses a license developed together with the World Intellectual Property Organization and other United Nations and international organizations and designed for international institutions – which have unique legal status – to allow unrestricted online access to expert research…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Social Media Use Continues to Rise in Developing Countries but Plateaus Across Developed Ones

Pew – Digital divides remain, both within and across countries: “In recent years, there have been doubts raised about the overall benefits of internet access and social media use. Concerns or no, the share of people who use the internet or own a smartphone continues to expand in the developing world and remains high in developed nations. When it comes to social media use, people in emerging and developing markets are fast approaching levels seen in more advanced economies. In addition, as people in advanced economies reach the upper bounds of internet penetration, the digital divide continues to narrow between wealthy and developing countries. There has been a steady increase in internet use over the past five years among the 19 emerging and developing economies surveyed. Between 2013 and 2014, a median of 42% across these countries said they accessed the internet at least occasionally or owned a smartphone. By 2017, a median of 64% were online. Meanwhile, internet use among the 17 advanced economies surveyed has remained relatively flat, with a median of 87% across these nations using the internet at least occasionally in 2017, similar to the 86% who said this in 2015 or 2016..”

Categories: Law and Legal

The State of the Nation’s Housing 2018

Joint Center for Housing Studies Harvard University – “The inaugural State of the Nation’s Housing report in 1988 noted that the majority of Americans were well housed and some conditions have improved since then. More than 40 million units have been built over the past three decades, accommodating 27 million new households, replacing older homes, and improving the quality of the nation’s housing stock.Nevertheless, several challenges highlighted in the first report persist today. Homeownership rates among young adults are even lower than in 1988, and the share of cost-burdened renters is significantly higher, with almost half of all renters paying more than 30 percent of their income for housing. Soaring housing costs are largely to blame. The national median rent rose 20 percent faster than overall inflation between 1990 and 2016 and the median home price rose 41 percent faster. While better housing quality accounts for some of the increased costs, higher costs for building materials and labor, limited productivity gains, increased land costs, new regulatory barriers, and growing income inequality all played major roles as well.”

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