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Bayou Corne: The Biggest Ongoing Disaster In The U.S. You Have Not Heard Of

Boston Mayor Hopes Feds 'Throw the Book' at Marathon Bombing Suspect

Boston Police Closing In On Suspects

2 Explosions At Boston Marathon. 2 Dead, Many Injured.

The Press vs Citizens Rights and Privacy - Act 3

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NASA rover to get Martian memory wipe
2014-09-01 17:00:12 (0 seconds ago) 

An alien world, extraterrestrial exploration, and memory wipes on Mars sound like the makings of a Hollywood movie. Instead, it's a major IT project.

After a decade of exploring, the Opportunity rover's computer system will get a reboot to reformat its flash memory and eliminate its reliance on malfunctioning memory cells. In the last month alone, the rover has had to reset its systems a dozen times, a process that can take a day or two, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

"Worn-out cells in the flash memory are the leading suspect in causing these resets," John Callas, project manager for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Project, said in a statement. "The flash reformatting is a low-risk process, as critical sequences and flight software are stored elsewhere in other non-volatile memory on the rover."

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Wong ties game with two-run homer
2014-09-01 17:00:02 (10 seconds ago) 
Pinch hit blast in sixth make it 4-4.
Obama rallies Wisconsin workers at Labor Day festival
2014-09-01 16:50:22 (10 minutes ago) 
President Obama touted a rebounding economy, campaigned for a minimum wage and fired up union workers at a Labor Day festival in Milwaukee Monday.
Biden Celebrates Labor Day With Call For ‘Fair Wage’
2014-09-01 16:43:49 (16 minutes ago) 
Jennifer Lawrence requests nude pics investigation
2014-09-01 16:43:30 (17 minutes ago) 
Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of the Oscar winner online, a publicist for the actress said.
Tropical Depression FIVE Forecast Discussion Number 1
2014-09-01 16:42:25 (18 minutes ago) 
Issued at 400 PM CDT MON SEP 01 2014 000 WTNT45 KNHC 012036 TCDAT5 TROPICAL DEPRESSION FIVE DISCUSSION NUMBER 1 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL052014 400 PM CDT MON SEP 01 2014 An Air Force Reserve Unit reconnaissance aircraft investigating the low pressure area over the southwest Gulf of Mexico found a well-defined center of circulation. The system has a curved band of deep convection that wraps around the southern and eastern portions of the circulation. Thus the system is being designated as a tropical depression at this time. The maximum winds reported by the aircraft so far support an intensity of 25 kt. Although the cyclone is situated over very warm waters of near 30 deg C, the atmospheric environment is not ideal for strengthening. Dynamical models indicate that significant northerly to northwesterly vertical shear should affect the tropical cyclone for the next 36 hours and this is likely to limit intensification up to landfall. After landfall, dissipation should be quick due to the mountainous terrain of Mexico. The official wind speed forecast is a little above the intensity model consensus. The initial motion is west-northwestward or around 295/11. The steering scenario appears to be fairly straightforward. The flow to the south of a mid-level ridge along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast should maintain a west-northwestward track for the next 36 hours, i.e. through the expected time of landfall. The official track forecast is very close to the latest dynamical model consensus. FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS INIT 01/2100Z 20.1N 93.6W 25 KT 30 MPH 12H 02/0600Z 21.1N 94.8W 30 KT 35 MPH 24H 02/1800Z 21.9N 96.3W 35 KT 40 MPH 36H 03/0600Z 22.4N 97.9W 40 KT 45 MPH...INLAND 48H 03/1800Z...DISSIPATED INLAND $$ Forecaster Pasch
Combined no-hitter for Phillies against Braves
2014-09-01 16:42:21 (18 minutes ago) 
Cole Hamels, three Philadelphia Phillies relievers throw combined no-hitter against Atlanta Braves
Barack Obama Fast Facts
2014-09-01 16:40:46 (19 minutes ago) 
Wozniacki thriving after McIlroy split
2014-09-01 16:40:43 (19 minutes ago) 
Caroline Wozniacki has had her critics in the past. A defensive game and not landing a grand slam title while she was ranked No. 1 provided fodder for her detractors.
Disruptive Pattern Material: definitive work of all things camouflage
2014-09-01 16:40:20 (20 minutes ago) 

Disruptive Pattern Material: in plain words: camouflage. This massive tome features 5,000 images of all things camouflaged, from silly camouflage fashion (bikinis and handbags), to camouflage in contemporary ads, movies, and art, to natural camouflage among wild animals, to its historical uses in wars past, to the most recent scientific research in disruptive pattern materials.

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Etihad to start A380, B787-9 Dreamlier operations in December
2014-09-01 16:40:12 (20 minutes ago) 
Mon, 2014-09-01 21:57

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has reaffirmed its commitment to start Airbus A380 and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner operations in December, with additional flights on sale this week...

Qatar to relinquish hold as world leader in LNG exports
2014-09-01 16:40:12 (20 minutes ago) 
Mon, 2014-09-01 22:00

Over the last decade, the discovery of massive quantities of unconventional gas resources around the world has spurred a renaissance within global energy markets, redirecting international...

Samsung’s shipbuilding and engineering units to merge
2014-09-01 16:40:12 (20 minutes ago) 
Mon, 2014-09-01 22:02

SEOUL: The shipbuilding and engineering units of South Korea’s Samsung group said they would merge, as the family-run giant gears up for generational ownership succession.
The board members...

Cyler Miles to start at quarterback in Huskies' home opener against Eastern Washington
2014-09-01 16:32:07 (28 minutes ago) 
Sophomore Cyler Miles, suspended for Washington's season opener against Hawaii last week, will start the Huskies' home opener against Eastern Washington on Saturday, UW coach Chris Petersen announced Monday afternoon.
Parents of ill UK boy fight extradition from Spain
2014-09-01 16:30:25 (30 minutes ago) 
The parents of a child suffering from a severe brain tumor signaled Monday they would defy efforts to force them to return to Britain, days after their family fled to seek a novel kind of radiation treatment for the 5-year-old boy.
Hey Joe: Old-man strength, Bo, Seinfeld and other Andy Staten family adventures
2014-09-01 16:30:25 (30 minutes ago) 
As we dive into MSU-Oregon -- a game that is, by the rankings, the Spartans' biggest nonleague regular-season matchup since No. 1 Notre Dame at No. 2 MSU in 1966 - I'd like to ask you to spend a few minutes of Labor Day reading the story of Andy Staten. He's a guy on the verge of his 40th birthday and another college football season, a guy who has sacrificed a lot to take advantage of a second chance at education and football.
One game down, MSU's McDowell feels ready now as Oregon awaits
2014-09-01 16:30:25 (30 minutes ago) 
The 'Whoa, I'm a college football player' moment hit Michigan State freshman defensive tackle Malik McDowell repeatedly on Friday night. 'There was a few times it happened,' McDowell said of MSU's 45-7 win over Jacksonville State. 'Running out of the tunnel. First play. Warming up. Just being out there was crazy.'
Americans detained in North Korea call for US help
2014-09-01 16:30:25 (30 minutes ago) 
North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and - watched by officials as they spoke - called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.
Justin Verlander, KateUpton apparent victims of nude photo leak
2014-09-01 16:30:25 (30 minutes ago) 
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has been caught up in a wave of leaked celebrity nude photos that begin appearing on the Internet over the weekend.
'Russian tank battalion' helps rebels make gains in east Ukraine, Kiev claims
2014-09-01 16:23:32 (37 minutes ago) 
Study: Action-packed TV might make you snack more
2014-09-01 16:23:19 (37 minutes ago) 
Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show.
2 killed, 2 wounded in gun battle near biker club
2014-09-01 16:23:14 (37 minutes ago) 
Police say at least 40 rounds were fired during a gun battle outside a Birmingham, Alabama, motorcycle club that killed two people and wounded two others.
Americans Are Eating Healthier, Study Finds
2014-09-01 16:22:18 (38 minutes ago) 
People in the U.S. are eating healthier now than a decade ago, a new study finds.
Gulp! People Snack More During Action Movies
2014-09-01 16:20:59 (39 minutes ago) 
People eat more when watching more stimulating programs, new research shows. Continue reading →
Chris Tucker settles huge tax bill
2014-09-01 16:20:45 (39 minutes ago) 
Comedian Chris Tucker's multimillion dollar tax bill isn't very funny, but he's reached a deal with the IRS to settle it, his representative said Monday.
Man United completes $23m signing of Daley Blind
2014-09-01 16:20:29 (40 minutes ago) 

MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United completed the signing of versatile Netherlands international Daley Blind from Ajax on Monday for 14 million pounds ($23 million).

The 24-year-old Blind is being reunited with Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford after being part of his World Cup squad that reached the World Cup semifinals.

"Louis van Gaal is a tremendously talented coach, I have worked with him at Ajax and also for the Netherlands national team and I cannot wait to work with him at the biggest club in the world," Blind said.

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2014-09-01 16:11:59 (48 minutes ago) 
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Teen dies in hospital after head-on crash
2014-09-01 16:03:24 (57 minutes ago) 
An 18-year-old West Coast woman has died in hospital eight days after a head-on collision near Murchison. 
Minnesota Zoo prepares birthday party for snow monkey turning 31
2014-09-01 16:03:23 (57 minutes ago) 
The Minnesota Zoo is preparing a birthday party for Nikko, a 31-year-old snow monkey that's believed to be the oldest in North America.
Biologist Climbs High to Prove Hypothesis About Trees
2014-09-01 16:02:34 (58 minutes ago) 
A 20-year quest to prove a longstanding hypothesis about how nutrients are transported may come to an end thanks to tiny needles that probe leaves 40 feet up an oak tree.
Speaker close to climbdown over role of new clerk in House of Commons
2014-09-01 16:01:55 (58 minutes ago) 
Cave art 'hashtag' is first by Neanderthals, researchers say
2014-09-01 16:00:31 (1 hours ago) 
Belying their reputation as the dumb cousins of early modern humans, Neanderthals created cave art, an activity regarded as a major cognitive step in the evolution of humankind, scientists reported Monday in a paper describing the first discovery of artwork by this extinct species.
US works to free trio in N Korea
2014-09-01 16:00:19 (1 hours ago) 
The White House says securing the release of three American citizens detained in North Korea is a "top priority", after they appealed for help.
2 Killed, 2 Wounded in Gun Battle Near Biker Club
2014-09-01 16:00:03 (1 hours ago) 
2 killed, 2 wounded in gun battle outside motorcycle club in Alabama; at least 40 rounds fired
How That Massive Celebrity Hack Might Have Happened
2014-09-01 15:43:34 (1 hours ago) 
School seeks to cover up felon name on scoreboard
2014-09-01 15:43:10 (1 hours ago) 
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is asking a judge to allow the university to cover up the name of a convicted felon on its stadium scoreboard.
For union stagehands, Labor Day is day of labor
2014-09-01 15:42:26 (1 hours ago) 
By the time Labor Day dawned, steamy and soggy on the Made in America concert site on the Parkway, union stagehand Colin Peters and his overnight crew had just about wrapped up dismantling the three miles of barricades.
Jennifer Lawrence, other celebs, hit by nude photo leak
2014-09-01 15:42:16 (1 hours ago) 
Reported phone hacking scheme results in celebrity photos leaking online; dozens of fake celeb photos posted as well.
Kevin Sinfield retires from international rugby after 40-cap career
2014-09-01 15:41:55 (1 hours ago) 
Mitt Romney Fast Facts
2014-09-01 15:40:49 (1 hours ago) 
Opinion: What can West do about it?
2014-09-01 15:40:46 (1 hours ago) 
Russia's tactics in Ukraine are difficult to pin down: The Kremlin categorically denies Russian troops are fighting alongside rebels there, or that the sophisticated weaponry being used against Ukrainian government forces is supplied by Moscow.
VIDEO: The 10 Best and Worst Campaign Ads of 2014 (So Far)
2014-09-01 15:40:09 (1 hours ago) 
Attention candidates: Lots of lessons to be learned here! The 2014 campaign is well under way, and the ads have been flying. Most spots are unmemorable, but there are a few that stick out. Some of them offer a compelling and memorable case to voters, either in a primary or general election. Others ... don't.

What follows is a look at 10 spots from up to this point in the 2014 cycle. Five of them are good, and five of them have a serious flaw. There are plenty of great and terrible ads that didn't get included. These 10 spots were chosen because each offers a lesson in political messaging, and they are worth learning from.

Let's start with the above commercial, a spot that is almost universally mocked.

• MI-Sen: Terri Lynn Land(R): This may go down as the most memorable ad of the cycle, and not in a good way. Republican Terri Lynn Land decided to counter Democratic attacks that she favors policies that hurt women by ... drinking coffee. Seriously. Land concludes the ad by declaring that as a woman, she may know a little more about women than her Democratic opponent Gary Peters.

Republican pollster Frank Luntz memorably called it "the worst ad of the political process," and it's not hard to see why. The spot is trying to use humor to point out what it thinks is an absurd idea, that a woman could be part of a war on women. Only it's not at all absurd: Peters and his allies have attacked Land for opposing policies like equal pay for women and abortion rights. By saying nothing to counter the attacks in her spot, Land is actually giving them more credibility.

What we can learn: Don't just assume that voters will immediately take your side when you're being attacked, even if you think the attacks are ridiculous. Also, don't spend two-thirds of an ad doing nothing.

• AK-Sen: Put Alaska First (D): The Democrats have been running a ton of good ads supporting Sen. Mark Begich, but this one still stands out. It features a cancer survivor describing how she was denied health insurance for a pre-existing condition: Begich took on the insurance companies and got her the insurance she needed.

What we can learn: Ads featuring individual stories about how a candidate helped someone are nothing new, but they can still be incredibly effective. Little stories like these are easy to understand and offer something many voters can relate to.


• CA-33: Wendy Greuel (D): This spot isn't terrible, but it makes the mistake a lot of campaign ads make: It tries to cram far too much into just 30 seconds. Greuel introduces her family and then lays out a long list of priorities in a very short amount of time, making it very hard to remember anything Greuel actually said. Had Greuel focused on one issue or theme, this spot would have done a better job making her stand out. Greuel ended up narrowly losing in the crowded June primary to state Sen. Ted Lieu.

What we can learn: Cramming too many positive ideas into one spot makes it very hard to really remember any of them, or allow the candidate to stand out from the rest of the field.


• VA-08: Don Beyer (D): Here's a good example of how effective it can be to focus on just one idea. Beyer declares his support for a carbon tax, arguing that it's essential to protecting the earth for today's children. Like Greuel, Beyer also ran this spot in a crowded June Democratic primary. While Beyer was always the favorite in large part due to his name recognition and superior resources, spots like this probably helped him stand out from the pack and easily win.

What we can learn: Zeroing in on one issue that's important to the electorate is often a very effective way to get voters to remember you, especially in a crowded race.

• AR-Gov: Mike Ross (D): Most of this spot is fine: Ross defends himself from a recent Republican attack on his ethics, before portraying GOP rival Asa Hutchinson as unethical.

However, the ad does one thing really wrong: It repeats the original accusation, with the narrator declaring, "There was never a Justice Department investigation." The big problem with this is it helps keep the original attack in circulation while it's trying to counter it. As Brad Phillips of Mr. Media Training put it in a very good article about these types of "quotes of denial," "The problem is that the defensive-sounding negative word or phrase tends to linger longer in the public memory than the word 'not.'" (See Richard Nixon's "I'm not a crook" for a famous example).

There are better ways to push back on these types of attacks. Had the narrator said something like "Mike Ross is always ethical," it would have been a good way to push back on the GOP attackwithout repeating it. However, viewers who had never seen the Republican ad are likely to start to wonder "What's this I hear about Mike Ross being investigated by the Justice Department?" and people who had seen it are likely to just have the Republicans' accusations reinforced.

What we can learn: When trying to push back on an attack, don't repeat it.

• IA-Sen: Joni Ernst (R): Ernst started the Republican primary as a little-known state senator, but this spot helped her get national attention. Ernst declares she grew up castrating hogs on a farm, so she'll know how to cut pork. Ernst then calls for cutting spending. Pretty much all the Republican contenders were talking about cutting spending, but Ernst was the only one who did it memorably: She easily won the GOP nomination.

What we can learn: When talking about an issue that every else is talking about, find some way to make it memorable.

• IA-Sen: Bruce Braley (D): Once Ernst won the Republican nomination, her Democratic opponent Bruce Braley had a variety of issues he could have hit her with. In a debate days before the primary Ernst voiced opposition to the Farm Bill, the Clean Water Act, and the minimum wage, and called for privatizing young workers' Social Security.

So Braley immediately attacked her on ... wasteful spending, completely ignoring everything else. To make matters worse, the spot weirdly compares Ernst to a bird. The Ernst team immediately accused Braley of sexism by calling her a chick. Braley has since gotten a new media consultant.

What we can learn: If your opponent has very controversial views, don't attack them on something much more mundane. Also, don't compare your female opponent to a chick.

• WI-Gov: Mary Burke (D): Using an opponent's own words against them is nothing new, but Burke does it well in her race against Republican Gov. Scott Walker. The spot features Walker pledging 250,000 new jobs, and saying he "absolutely" wants to be held to it. The narrator then describes the state's poor job growth. The spot seizes on an issue people care about and does a great job hitting Walker for not fulfilling it.

What we can learn: Hire a good opposition research team.

• VA-07: Eric Cantor (R): Almost everyone was caught by surprise when then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was unseated in his primary by little-known professor Dave Brat, but Cantor's team actually did see Brat as a threat months before the primary. However, their response may have done a lot more harm than good. Cantor ran a spot accusing Brat of being a liberal adviser to then-Democratic Gov. (and now Sen.) Tim Kaine. The evidence they gave was pretty thin: Brat served on the Council of Economic Advisers when Kaine was trying to raise taxes.

Cantor's team thought this was a good way to disqualify Brat before he could respond. However if anything, all they did was increase Brat's name recognition. The fact that the attack was so weak may have even made Cantor look all the worse. With Cantor so unpopular among voters, his campaign could have at least attempted to raise his approval ratings, but they didn't even try. Instead, all they did was provide Brat with more name recognition.

What we can learn: Always be careful when attacking a little-known opponent, as it can backfire badly.

• OK-Sen-B: James Lankford (R): Rep. James Lankford won a surprisingly decisive victory in the June Republican primary against former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon. There were a lot of reasons for Lankford's big win, but ads like this were a part of it. On paper, Lankford's service in the House should have been a liability. Congress is utterly despised and Lankford had taken some votes anathema to the GOP base like raising the debt ceiling. Shannon seemed to offer voters the chance to choose a Washington outsider over an insider. However, Lankford cleverly turned his time in Congress into a positive.

The spot shows Lankford saying good-bye to his family and leaving his Oklahoma home early in the day and driving to the airport, as the narrator describes how Lankford is going to Washington to fight the Obama administration. The ad does a good job depicting Lankford as a real Oklahoman who is leaving home to fight the good fight in Washington, rather than as a creature of the capitol. The narrator also has an effective final line that further turns Lankford's incumbency into an asset: "While other conservatives talk about what they would do, James Lankford is already doing it." It's a good way to remind primary voters that Lankford is already fighting Obama, their common enemy.

What we can learn: It's often better to try and put a positive spin on a potential liability rather than try and pretend it doesn't exist.

With Labor Day here, the campaign ads are going to start flying, and it's quite likely that some of 2014's most remembered ads haven't even been envisioned yet. But there's a lot to learn from these spots, both good and bad.



Watch: Chicago Has Fewest Murders in 50 Years, Police Say
2014-09-01 15:40:03 (1 hours ago) 
The city is still plagued by a rise in the number of shootings and shooting victims.
Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya
2014-09-01 15:32:33 (1 hours ago) 
An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago.
Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights
2014-09-01 15:23:31 (2 hours ago) 
Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men were struck by lightning.
Ajax confirm the transfer of Daley Blind to Manchester United
2014-09-01 15:23:28 (2 hours ago) 
Iowa State football off to another awful start
2014-09-01 15:23:15 (2 hours ago) 
One of the defining qualities of Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads is his ability to generate optimism in lieu of success.
11th Congressional District Caucus Labor Day Parade has political candidates out in force
2014-09-01 15:23:09 (2 hours ago) 
Statewide candidates spent time reminding voters not to ignore the bottom of their ballots.
A Brief Reflection on The True Meaning and Value of Labor
2014-09-01 15:22:03 (2 hours ago) 
Honor Labor
England batsmen must show less respect and attack the Indian spinners
2014-09-01 15:21:55 (2 hours ago) 
What Jennifer Lawrence can teach you about cloud security
2014-09-01 17:00:12 (0 seconds ago) 
Jenn Deering Davis

By now, you already have probably heard about the digital exposure, so to speak, of nude photos of as many as 100 celebrities, taken from their Apple iCloud backups and posted to the “b” forum on 4Chan. Over the last day, an alleged perpetrator has been exposed by redditors, although the man has declared his innocence  The main stream media have leapt on the story and gotten reactions from the affected celebrities, who include Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, model Kate Upton, and a number of other young actresses.

Someone claiming to be the individual responsible for the breach has used 4Chan to offer explicit videos from Lawrence’s phone, as well as more than 60 more nude “selfies” of the actress. In fact, it seems multiple "b-tards" claimed access to the images, with one providing a Hotmail address associated with a PayPal account and another seeking contributions to a Bitcoin wallet. Word of the images launched a cascade of Google searches and set Twitter trending. As a result, 4Chan/b—the birthplace of Anonymous—has opened its characteristically hostile arms to a wave of curious onlookers hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite starlets’ naked bodies. Happy Labor Day!

This breach is different from other recent celebrity "hacks" in that it used a near-zero-day vulnerability in an Apple cloud interface. Instead of using social engineering or some low-tech research to gain control of the victims' cloud accounts, the attacker basically bashed in the front door—and Apple didn't find out until the attack was over. While an unusual, long, convoluted password may have prevented the attack from being successful, the only real defense against this assault was never to put photos in Apple's cloud in the first place. Even Apple's two factor authentication would not have helped.

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Microsoft has 20 days to respond to China's queries in antitrust probe, reports say
2014-09-01 16:52:05 (8 minutes ago) 
Chinese antitrust officials  have given Microsoft 20 days to respond to questions about compatibility issues related to Windows and Office, as well as its use of verification codes, according to reports in The Wall Street Journal and Reuters.
Court to weigh use of race in drawing political lines
2014-09-01 16:44:26 (16 minutes ago) 

Case on Alabama redistricting could have implications throughout the South.

New York homeowner interrupting burglary is fatally stabbed
2014-09-01 16:43:41 (17 minutes ago) 
— An intruder stabbed a couple who unwittingly interrupted a burglary at their home, killing the man and injuring his wife, police said Monday.
NATO to Create a Rapid-Response Force for Eastern Europe, Officials Say
2014-09-01 16:42:47 (17 minutes ago) 
NATO leaders are expected to respond to increased Russian intervention in Ukraine by establishing a force capable of deploying quickly to Eastern Europe.
Tropical Depression FIVE Forecast Advisory Number 1
2014-09-01 16:42:25 (18 minutes ago) 
Mexico baffled by sudden death of thousands of fish in Lake Cajititlán
2014-09-01 16:41:59 (18 minutes ago) 
Courtney Love struggling to finish 'disaster' memoir
2014-09-01 16:40:46 (19 minutes ago) 
J-Law's nude photos: Who's at fault?
2014-09-01 16:40:43 (19 minutes ago) 
Peggy Drexler: How do you deal with the problem of very private photos being hacked and posted? Not by blaming the victims.
Are Employees Who Work From Home More Productive Than Those in Offices?
2014-09-01 16:40:19 (20 minutes ago) 
William Craig has an interesting piece up on Forbes detailing the benefits of telecommuting. In it, he discusses how working from home has risen in popularity and why it's likely to become more of a norm in the near future. He also explains that, despite common apprehensions about telecommuting,  ...

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Giant chocolate cake unveiled at poolside
2014-09-01 16:40:12 (20 minutes ago) 
Mon, 2014-09-01 21:57

A giant chocolate cake, in the shape of ‘100’, was unveiled at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah recently to celebrate Hilton Worldwide surpassing 100 hotels either trading or under development...

Siemens inks SEC deals to build world-class transmission network
2014-09-01 16:40:12 (20 minutes ago) 
Mon, 2014-09-01 22:00

Siemens has signed two contracts with Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) for the construction of Static Var Compensators (SVCs) at Madinah East, Hail-2 and Al Jouf-2 380kV substations.
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US helicopter crashes in Gulf of Aden; all rescued
2014-09-01 16:40:11 (20 minutes ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Navy says a Marine Corps helicopter with 25 aboard has crashed in the Gulf of Aden, but all aboard have been rescued....
TIFU thinking I was saving my friends life
2014-09-01 16:32:01 (28 minutes ago) 

This happened a few years back as teenagers.

So me and my friend agreed to help his dad at his allotment (a small patch of land where people like to grow fruit and veg and store porn in their sheds) It was a typical English summers day (cloudy with light drizzle). After we were done pulling weeds and sweeping leaves and mud away, I look over to see my friend holding on to an electricity pylon with both hands. On a second look I can see him shaking quite violently. Panic and adrenalin kick in. I am convinced I am watching my friend die in front of me from an electric shock. I scramble into the shed and find a thick broom. I sprint out with tears in my eyes coming to terms he is already dead. I sprint over with the broom over my head (looking like Gandalf at the end of ROTK) and bring it crashing down on both his arms in an attempt to save him from a crispy death. The crack I hear is not from an electrical discharge but it's both his arms fracturing as he crumples to the floor calling me a cunt.

TL;DR My mate was shaking mud from his boots so I broke both his arms thinking he was receiving an electric shock from a pylon.

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Short-term IR still a possibility for Lions' Van Noy
2014-09-01 16:30:25 (30 minutes ago) 
Lions coach Jim Caldwell said today that a trip to short-term injured reserve 'certainly' remains a possibility for Van Noy, and if that happens, as expected, the second-round pick out of BYU will miss at least half the year.
For sale: Century-old cards of Ty Cobb, Cy Young
2014-09-01 16:30:25 (30 minutes ago) 
A small auction house that's becoming known for selling rare baseball memorabilia has come across a mother lode of cards prized by collectors. The collection from 1909, 1910 and 1911 features more than 1,400 cards including famous players like Cy Young and Ty Cobb.
Oregon opens week as 11-point favorite vs. MSU
2014-09-01 16:30:25 (30 minutes ago) 
Okay, so Michigan State looked pretty good in its season opener Friday night - but that was Jacksonville State. Saturday's going to be a real test as the Spartans play No. 3 Oregon at the Autzen Zoo. And right now, Las Vegas likes the Ducks by a considerable margin - they're set as the 11-point favorites against the No. 8 Spartans (6:30 p.m. Saturday, Fox), according to
Lions' Caldwell likes new NFL domestic violence policy
2014-09-01 16:30:25 (30 minutes ago) 
Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he plans to address the NFL's new policy against domestic violence with his players in their team meeting today. The NFL sent a memo to teams last week that spelled out tougher penalties for players who commit crimes of domestic abuse.
Family Dinners Protect Against The Effects of Cyberbullying
2014-09-01 16:23:37 (37 minutes ago) 
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US eating habits improve a bit _ except among poor
2014-09-01 16:23:19 (37 minutes ago) 
A new study says Americans' eating habits have improved — except among the poor.
5 fact-checks about the high cost of college tuition
2014-09-01 16:22:40 (38 minutes ago) 
As students head back to college this month, many will find it a tough call about what’s more stressful -- their homework, or their looming student debt. In recent months, PolitiFact has done a number of fact-checks about tuition and student debt. Here are five of them: • "In 1978, a student who worked a minimum-wage summer job could afford to pay a year's full tuition at the 4-year public university of their choice." Mostly True. This claim came from a meme created by, an advocacy group for young Americans. When you look at the historical data, the comparison ... >>More Maintains Your Productivity Chain with a Daily Email
2014-09-01 16:22:17 (38 minutes ago) 

Web: You can maintain a good habit by charting a success streak. We've talked about this before, known more commonly as the "Don't Break the Chain" Method . helps you log this streak with nothing more than a daily email.


Why 2014 is not 2010, in one very clear chart
2014-09-01 16:20:55 (39 minutes ago) 

At the beginning of the year, we heard a lot of talk about how 2014 was going to be another Republican wave year, like 2010, or bigger. Now, however, it's clear that 2014 has not followed the same trajectory as 2010.

By this time in 2010, Democratic fortunes were sliding downhill fast, according to generic congressional ballot polling questions. This year—not so much. Take a look at the trends (Loess curves):

The generic ballot has been stable all year for 2014, and with a small Democratic advantage (although not nearly enough to take back the House). Things can always change—but as of now, there's no evidence of a developing Republican wave.

In past years, massive waves have been quite obvious by now. Here's the data going back to 2002:

It's only six elections worth of data, so it's difficult to draw conclusions or attempt predictions, but it's pretty clear the mood of the electorate this year is different from 2010 or 2006.

Data from HuffPost/Pollster and Real Clear Politics. Polls of Registered or Likely Voters only for 2012 and 2014.

Rick Perry deletes tweet about "drunk" district attorney
2014-09-01 16:20:29 (40 minutes ago) 
The Texas governor said he doesn't "condone" a post on his Twitter account about Mary Lehmberg being "the most drunk Democrat in Texas"
China accuses MPs of 'interference'
2014-09-01 16:20:18 (40 minutes ago) 
Chinese authorities have accused British MPs of interfering in Hong Kong's affairs by investigating tensions there, Newsnight learns.
I too, had to stop when driving
2014-09-01 16:11:59 (48 minutes ago) 
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Jennifer Lawrence 'horrified' over nude photos
2014-09-01 16:03:24 (57 minutes ago) 
Jennifer Lawrence is reportedly feeling "horrified" over the impact of her leaked nude photos.
Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed
2014-09-01 16:03:18 (57 minutes ago) 
ashshy writes Unlike the obvious battery needs for smartphones or electric cars, many consumers are unaware of the exploding need for enormous battery banks as modern power grids are bringing a whole new set of requirements. From the article : "'Our electricity grid was built a certain way, and that way is to have on-demand production,' Argonne National Laboratory battery researcher Jeff Chamberlain explained. 'So as I flip my light switch on at home, there's some little knob somewhere that turns the power up. There is no buffer. It's a very interesting production cycle compared to other consumer goods. It was built a certain way, and the grid is currently changing in two different ways. One is, first our demand is increasing. But another is, around the world human beings are trying to get off fossil fuels and that means using solar and wind. Well, we cannot turn up the sun or wind, or turn down the sun or wind according to our energy needs. So the more those technologies penetrate the grid, the more you need energy storage. You need a buffer. And that is a very difficult challenge that's similar to transportation because it's cost-driven,' Chamberlain said. 'But it's also different from transportation because we're not limited by volume or mass like we are in vehicles. We're working on energy storage systems that are stationary.'"

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Ray McDonald arrest presents new problem for 49ers
2014-09-01 16:02:17 (58 minutes ago) 
San Jose Police Department won't release 911 call from incident allegedly involving San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald
US calls for North Korea to free three detained Americans
2014-09-01 16:01:54 (58 minutes ago) 
Body of Chicago Heights boy, 14, pulled from Kankakee River
2014-09-01 16:00:31 (1 hours ago) 
A Chicago Heights boy who was swimming in the Kankakee River with other youths was pronounced dead after being pulled from the water Sunday evening, according to Illinois State Police officials.

VIDEO: Abuse researcher 'faced hostility'
2014-09-01 16:00:18 (1 hours ago) 
An expert who wrote a report into the sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham says she faced "hostility" from the council.
Kenneth Bae's Family Worried About His Health
2014-09-01 16:00:03 (1 hours ago) 
Kenneth Bae's family worried about detained missionary's health, wellbeing
Kevin Sinfield retires from international rugby after 40-cap career
2014-09-01 15:43:29 (1 hours ago) 
Op-Talk: What Is the World’s Most Livable City?
2014-09-01 15:42:33 (1 hours ago) 
Monocle magazine says it’s Copenhagen, the Danish capital, thanks to its focus on “human scale” urban development.
What Killed Atlantic City's $2.4 Billion Casino Hotel?
2014-09-01 15:42:18 (1 hours ago) 
Revel is shutting down a little over two years after opening with high hopes of revitalizing Atlantic City's struggling gambling market.
In-game blog: Cubs boost lead to 3-0 in 4th
2014-09-01 15:42:10 (1 hours ago) 
The Brewers will try to snap their five-game losing streak Monday as they open a three-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Medical research would be 'eroded and lost' by Scottish independence
2014-09-01 15:41:55 (1 hours ago) 
Michele Bachmann Fast Facts
2014-09-01 15:40:49 (1 hours ago) 
Ukrainian troops demoralized
2014-09-01 15:40:46 (1 hours ago) 
CNN's Diana Magnay reports from the front lines in the Ukrainian conflict.
AlterNet Comics: Jen Sorensen's Tips for College Students
2014-09-01 15:40:09 (1 hours ago) 
Maybe buy a goat.

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He drives in two with double; Pirates lead 3-2.
Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights
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Islamist militia now guards US Embassy in Libya
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An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago.
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Houston Astros fire manager Bo Porter
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The new football season is kicking off but for me, the romance is long gone
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Man Nearly Dies In Ice Bucket Challenge After Plane Drops Water On Him
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Arsenal strike €20m Welbeck deal with Man Utd
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Kitsap sheriff: Wife suspected of fatally stabbing husband
2014-09-01 16:52:05 (8 minutes ago) 
Update| 12:10 p.m., Sept. 1:
Obama rallies Wisconsin workers at Labor Day festival
2014-09-01 16:44:26 (16 minutes ago) 

Obama touts jobs numbers at Milwaukee labor festival

Abuse allegations in surrogacy case
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TWIN children born from a surrogacy arrangement in Thailand are at the centre of child-abuse allegations.
Tropical Depression FIVE Graphics
2014-09-01 16:42:25 (18 minutes ago) 

5-Day Uncertainty Track last updated Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:36:47 GMT

Wind Speed Probabilities last updated Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:36:46 GMT
Summary for Tropical Depression FIVE (AT5/AL052014)
2014-09-01 16:42:25 (18 minutes ago) 
...TROPICAL DEPRESSION FORMS IN THE BAY OF CAMPECHE... As of 4:00 PM CDT Mon Sep 1 the center of FIVE was located near 20.1, -93.6 with movement WNW at 13 mph. The minimum central pressure was 1009 mb with maximum sustained winds of about 30 mph.
Comet on 31 August 2014 – NavCam montage
2014-09-01 16:41:02 (19 minutes ago) 

Four-image montage comprising images taken by Rosetta's navigation camera on 31 August from a distance of 61 km from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The comet nucleus is about 4 km across.

For full details and for the individual images, see the Rosetta blog post: Make your own NAVCAM mosaic

Nude photo hack isn't Jennifer Lawrence fault (Opinion)
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Trestman mum on Wilson status
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Arsenal agree £16m fee for Welbeck
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Arsenal agree a £16m fee to buy Manchester United's England striker Danny Welbeck.
Kingdom makes history as largest cargo ship docks
2014-09-01 16:40:12 (20 minutes ago) 
Mon, 2014-09-01 21:57

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Vijay Mallya declared ‘wilful defaulter’
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2 men sue over Nevada trapping regulations
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This Girl's Talent is Legit
2014-09-01 16:32:01 (28 minutes ago) 
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Invasive plant to be removed in Grand Traverse Bay
2014-09-01 16:30:25 (30 minutes ago) 
Michigan conservationists are working to eliminate an invasive grass that threatens local ecosystems and blocks waterfront views.
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U-M opens as a 6-point underdog at Notre Dame
2014-09-01 16:30:25 (30 minutes ago) 
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Report: Apple fixes bug exposing nude celeb photos
2014-09-01 16:30:25 (30 minutes ago) 
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2014-09-01 16:23:37 (37 minutes ago) 
2 killed, 2 wounded in gun battle near biker club
2014-09-01 16:23:19 (37 minutes ago) 
Police say at least 40 rounds were fired during a gun battle outside a Birmingham, Alabama, motorcycle club that killed two people and wounded two others.
Police in Oregon say scene 'safe' after standoff
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Police have detained a man after a brief standoff near Interstate 84 in northeast Portland, Oregon.
NATO to Create a Rapid-Response Force for Eastern Europe, Officials Say
2014-09-01 16:22:36 (38 minutes ago) 
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'Competing British police forces' harmed Madeleine McCann search
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World War II Fast Facts
2014-09-01 16:20:45 (39 minutes ago) 
Here's what you need to know about World War II, which lasted from 1939 to 1945.
Hamels, Phils bullpen pitching no-hitter thru 8
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Move over Iceland: Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea is the volcano to watch
2014-09-01 16:20:13 (40 minutes ago) 
Tavurvur erupting in 2008. Taro Taylor

Last week, the eyes of volcanologists—and presumably a few nervous pilots—were fixed on Iceland. But unexpectedly, the volcanic eruption that made headlines happened on the other side of the world, in Papua New Guinea.

Before dawn on August 29, Tavurvur—a stratovolcano on the island of New Britain, in Papua New Guinea’s eastern archipelago—awoke spectacularly after two decades of dormancy. The eruption shot lava hundreds of meters into the air, while the accompanying ash cloud reached 18km, almost double the cruising altitude of most commercial aircraft. As a precaution, several flights from Australia were rerouted around the volcano.

The explosions at Tavurvur have since died down somewhat, though as of Sunday the volcano was still ejecting material from its crater. The activity may still intensify. Regardless of how the eruption proceeds, this is a volcano worth remembering.

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Buddy of mine met Elijah Wood. He asked Elijah to pretend he was the biggest creep in the world.
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Game thread: Mariners at A's -- September 1, 2014
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Being Palestinian Got Me Barred from Visiting Palestine
2014-09-01 15:40:09 (1 hours ago) 
Not just barred—banned for five years—no explanations given.

“What is your father’s name?”

“What is your father’s father’s name?”

“Where was he born?”


“You have Palestinian passport?”

“You have American passport only?”

“You have family in Ramallah?”

“You don’t have family there?”

“Who do you know in Ramallah?”

“You were born in Ramallah but you don’t know anybody there?”

“You JUST TOLD ME you were born in Ramallah.”

A phone call in Hebrew I don’t understand a word of. A hostile glare.

I tell her I’m sorry, that I misheard her, I thought she was asking where my grandfather was born. He was born in Ramallah. I was born in Detroit. I have only an American passport. I am telling her this calmly, but in my mind, I am thinking I am fucked and this would all go so much more smoothly if the Israeli woman with the bad eyebrows behind the counter didn’t know my grandparents were from Palestine. Of course, the irony of the situation does not escape me. Being Palestinian is making it impossible for me to visit Palestine.

This is my first time at the Israeli-controlled border between Palestine and Jordan. I am traveling with 15 young Arab-Americans, mostly Palestinian, to do community service work and connect with our heritage and homeland.​ We have arrived at the Allenby Bridge anxious & apprehensive, having heard countless stories of harassment by Israeli soldiers, and deeply exhausted from a long weekend of delayed flights, desert nights, and the Dead Sea. Our trip was cancelled due to increased violence in the West Bank, and re-planned after the participants wrote a letter stating their determination and commitment to experience life in occupied Palestine, even if that meant putting ourselves in danger. But despite all this, I am thrilled to be returning to Palestine after months of planning, years of dreaming. Tucked in a corner of my wallet are directions to my grandparents’ homes. Nothing, not even the chills of anxiety the Israelis’ intimidation is sending down my spine, can extinguish the flame that was lit when I decided to return.

She gives me a Visitor Information Form to fill out, sends me to a grid of cold metal benches, separated by thick metal bars from the rest of the people waiting to cross into the West Bank. I don’t know why the Israelis need to know my father’s middle name, the location of my workplace in Michigan, or the address of the second cousin of the brother of the doctor of the shop owner who lived on the same street as the sister of the woman my great-great-grandfather might have met once, but I complete the form. It isn’t long before the rest of my group joins me. And not long after that, interrogation starts.

They take J. first. I am silently praying that she can stay strong, because I know she doesn’t know what to expect. Almost an hour later, she emerges from the tiny room, shaking, wiping tears from her eyes. They yelled at her. Accused her of lying. Told her she could be arrested. She is terrified, but she kept her composure. Already, I am full of this strange but familiar combination of rage and pride, the internal swell and crash of injustice and resistance, of indignity and resilience, of being Palestinian.

They call each of our names. They are the hardest on our boys. A. is shuttled between three different rooms, screamed at and threatened by three different officers. T., who has been leading delegations to Palestine for twenty years, warned us while we were still on the bus leaving Jordan: “Stay calm, don’t let them get to you.” We are trying. We are laughing, joking, and playing games in the waiting area as the minutes tick by, as one by one, we are asked the same questions and the Israelis get the same answers. We wait, and talk, and dream of Palestine. We wait.

A baby-faced boy dressed in olive green, with a rifle slung across his shoulders, chooses to sit in the waiting area with us instead of taking C. to the interrogation rooms. “I’m sorry about this,” I hear him say. “I’m sorry you have to go through this.”

“I don’t even understand why we’re doing this, to be honest.”

“I’m 20. This is only my second week in the IDF.”

I sigh. He’s my age; seems like a sweet kid. But this is Israeli occupation, so because he is Jewish and we are Palestinian, he holds the gun and asks the questions. We can do nothing but wait.

(When it is time for iftar, for Muslims to break their daily fast during Ramadan, Baby Face sneaks N. and R. a bottle of water. We do not see him again.)

They take J. again; the same narrow-eyed woman beckons impatiently. “You know, you’re scaring her,” T. tells her.

The Israeli woman rolls her eyes, turns around. “That’s not us. That’s her personal experience. That’s personal, if someone is scared.”

We have been detained at the Israeli border crossing for hours, interrogated, accused of crimes, lied to, and threatened. There are men with guns casually wandering back and forth. The lines at the gates fill and empty, fill and empty, as we watch, waiting to be granted permission from military occupiers to enter our own homeland. That’s personal.

It is 8:30 by the time my name is called last and frankly, I’m wondering what took them so long. The woman with flat blond hair, the one who made J. cry, beckons me to follow her into a tiny room. I wink at my friends as I leave our waiting area.

She is coldly professional. I am polite. “Have a seat.” “Thank you.”

“This will be quick and easy,” she says. Great.

“What is the purpose of your visit?”

“What is the group you are with?”

“What will you be doing?”

“Where will you be staying?”

“Will you be going anywhere else?”

“Will you be going to Ramallah?”



“Will you be going to any refugee camps?”

“Have your leaders told you to say any specific information?”

“Was there anywhere else they said they might go?”

“Who do you know in Israel?”

“What are you doing here?”

My heart is pounding but I smile, answer calmly. Tourism; a Christian youth group; visiting holy sites; Jerusalem; maybe Bethlehem—you know, holy sites—So you’re Christian?—Yes—That’s personal; I don’t know; I don’t know; no; no; not that I know of; nobody; excuse me ma’am but what are YOU doing here? Did your great-grandparents walk this earth? Did your grandfather tell you the exact location of the fig tree he planted as a child? What are YOU doing here? Is this your home, your history? Didn’t think so.

“Are you sure,” she asks, “because the consequences depend on your answers.”

I’m sure.

I am dismissed, told to stand outside with three other travelers. The blonde woman mutters to a stern-looking man, who instructs us to cross to the other side of the gate, where we cannot see or hear the other members of our group. He points for us to sit. So we sit. And we wait.

T. wanders back to our side, now with a grey sweatshirt on over the Bedouin-via-China dress she bought in Petra. “I think they’re going to deny our entry.”

I am staring down at a spot on the tile floor, a speck missed by the Black man who pushed the cleaning machine around us earlier. I know how Israel treats its African asylum seekers, and it doesn’t escape my notice that the white, European Israelis hold positions of relative power while every Black person I see has been cleaning. We have been sitting on the same metal bench, separated from the rest of our group, for at least an hour. Nobody has told us what is going on. The Israeli officer, who seems to have nothing to do but sit and watch us, spoke only to tell us not to talk to each other, the note in her voice too harsh not to defy—of course we talk to each other. We make sure she hears us laugh. Every small act of defiance feels like resistance to this occupation.

We are still waiting. T. and J. drift back and forth. They are calling the State Department, the Consulate General, waiting for our paperwork, waiting for what? It’s cold inside the Allenby border crossing, and we are tired. The Israelis eventually offer us cheap snacks. How benevolent, how generous they are.

Since I heard we may be denied entry, I am curled in my metal seat, refusing to let the words settle.

I knew before I boarded a plane to Amman that the Israeli border control could simply decide, for any or no reason, not to let me into Palestine. This is the reason I am careful in everything I do, careful to make sure I am never photographed, that I am un-google-able, that my name is not associated with Palestine solidarity activism in any way. I know they harass activists. They harass everybody. I avoid cameras and journalists. I know I am overly paranoid, but staying as anonymous as possible is just a precaution; it can’t hurt, and it sets my father’s mind at ease, as he worries constantly that even my modest activism will get me in trouble. I knew, but I didn’t think I had much to worry about. I expected questioning; I expected to be detained. This much is standard. To be denied entry is extreme, but not unheard of. So I worry, and I wait.

And I wait. The border crossing is still open, and we see a few families pass, a few single men. We are still separated from the rest of our group and from any access to information about why this is taking so long. There is nothing to do but try to make light of the dread, the weight of anxiety, the uncertainty simmering.

Finally, a young woman with a stud in her nose approaches, holding a stack of passports. N. trails behind her, catches my eye, shakes her head. Mouths the words “we’re not going.”

The Israeli woman clutches the stack of American passports, calls out a few names. Tells them they are going with her to get their luggage. Tells the rest of us to wait for our passports. More officers follow, holding our passports hostage, tell us to collect our bags & that we’re leaving. Not leaving the freezing, hostile border crossing to enter the holy land, but leaving through the door we entered from, leaving back to the no-man’s-land between the West Bank and Jordan. “You’re leaving.”

At this point, deportation doesn’t come as much of a surprise. As the words settle, as yet another thin, blonde Israeli woman approaches with my passport, J. emerges from the other side of the gate, biting her nails.

“We’re banned for five years,” she says.

Five years.

I stop breathing.

Banned from the place my grandparents were born, that I’ve heard endless stories and seen countless photos of, that I’ve dreamed of returning to. Forbidden to see the holy land for five years, a sentence handed down arbitrarily by bored officers who don’t know and don’t care what this means. They are laughing, flirting, leaning back in their chairs, killing time until they get off work, when they can travel freely wherever they want within historic Palestine. Our devastation is nothing to them.

I collect my bags. Later, in a hotel in Amman, I will find that the Israelis have searched my luggage and neatly folded all of my clothing, arranged my t-shirts and bras. The woman returns my passport, opened to page 9 to reveal a new scar.

Entry Denied. Not one but two ugly rectangular red stamps on a formerly clean page of my passport.

Entry Denied.

Five hours of waiting, of interrogation, of reassuring each other the border closes soon, they can’t keep us here forever, they just want to scare us, this is normal. Three hours is nothing. Four, average. Five, entry denied.

Banned. From my own homeland. For five years.

Standing on the street waiting for a bus to take us back to Jordan, I unwrap a piece of gum to mask the bitter taste rising in the back of my throat. A man in a plaid blue shirt and jeans lifts a semiautomatic rifle as he sees me move. Clicks the safety off. I snap a photo, trying to be discreet, as he stands with his finger on the trigger. Not discreet enough. He turns his eyes on me.

Suddenly two men appear on either side of me, speaking Hebrew-accented Arabic, switching to English when they see my blank stare. “Get your passport. Come with me. Give me the cell phone.”

I wait. “Why? Can you tell me what the problem is?” As if I don’t know the problem is the photo, the problem is the potential of sharing Israel’s brutality with the world with a click of a button.

“The security guard gonna ask you a few questions.”

I’m too tired to argue, so I let them lead me away, tell them “I’m sorry, I didn’t know I wasn’t allowed to take a photo, it’s just that I’ve just never seen anything like that in America.”

“Okay, erase the photo.”

“You’re holding my phone. You erase the photo.” He does. “Maybe you took a video too?”

“You’re holding my phone. If I took a video, you’d see it there.”

He thanks me, and in some bizarre attempt to ease the tension, casually asks “So, you going back to Jordan?”

Something in me snaps.

Of course I’m going back to Jordan. Where else am I supposed to go? You and your people just TOLD me I had to go back to Jordan. Because of you—

T. grabs my arm, pulls me away; “stay calm, don’t let them get to you,” murmured in my ear for the thousandth time today.

The man thanks me again with a smirk. I can do nothing but stare back at him.

The next few hours are surreal, blurred memory of chaos and calm. We are silent in our devastation as the reality of what has just happened settles; we are shaking with anger, jaws aching from holding back furious tears; we are finally crying, trying to console each other, realizing some of us may never see our elderly grandparents in Palestine again. The Jordanian tour bus wants to charge us $300 for the drive from the Israeli border across no-man’s-land back to Jordan—hardly more than one mile. We need new Jordanian visas to reenter, though we were only out beyond Jordan’s borders for a few hours. The Jordanians check our passports; we wait; they check our luggage; we wait. Chaos and calm. Rage and disbelief. Exile and acceptance.

Eventually, the Jordanian officers show some sympathy, and taxis arrive to take us back to Amman. At some point during the hour’s drive, to break the heaviest silence I have ever felt, H. points out at some distant hills. “Hatha Amman?” Our driver jerks his lead to the left, “la2, Amman hon.” Amman is over there. And on the right, where she pointed? “Hatha Falasteen.” We are so close, separated from home by just a few miles. Minutes away, but it will be years before any of us can return.

In Amman, we flip through Arabic television channels, desperate for news. Though I can’t understand a word of the anchor’s formal Arabic, I recognize images of Palestine. A photo of a teenage boy wearing a baseball cap flashes across the screen, followed by footage of protests. Muhammad Abu Khdeir has been kidnapped and murdered by Jewish settlers. Israeli soldiers are shooting at protestors in Ramallah and Jerusalem. They have begun airstrikes over the Gaza Strip. It is now 3:00 in the morning, and I am exhausted, struggling to understand; struggling to carry the weight of exile, the burden of my Palestinian blood.

As bombs fall over Gaza, and keffiya-clad youth throw stones at their occupiers, my bones ache to be across the border. To be home.

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European cities house mostly renters, and they are quite happy about it.

Between 1970 and 1990, the population of Philadelphia shrank by a quarter, dropping from 1.95 to 1.59 million. Like many American cities, it seemed caught in a downward spiral.

Since then – like many American cities – Philadelphia has stabilized. The population now appears to have bottomed out at the millennium, and has been regaining residents over the past decade. But as it rebounds, Philly is becoming a different kind of city.

In the two most recent decades, which comprise the bounce of the city’s population curve, owner-occupied housing dropped even more steeply than in the ’70s and ’80s. Between 2000 and 2012, the percentage of Philly houses and apartments inhabited by owners dropped from 59 to 52, the second-sharpest decline among big U.S. cities during that time.

Meanwhile, renter-occupied housing exploded. More units are rented today in Philadelphia than in 1970, despite 400,000 fewer residents. According to a report from Pew Charitable Trusts, the size of the Philadelphia rental stock has grown by 37,000 since the millennium — a gain of more than 10 percent.

Philadelphia is a concentrated case of a larger trend in American housing: We are increasingly renting instead of buying our homes. Rental household growth is rising at double the rate it has in previous decades. Developers are building more multi-family units than they have in years. Last month, the homeownership rate fell to a 19-year low, down to 64.7 percent from a peak of 69.2 percent in 2004.

This is bad news, insofar as it demonstrates that Americans are struggling to buy homes. It’s bad news for the housing industry, whose greenfield development machine has less fuel. But as a long-term development, it signifies an emerging model of American life released from the cult of homeownership. It would make Americans more mobile (as we once were), and more able to adapt to economic changes. Jordan Rappaport, a senior economist at the Kansas City Fed, elucidates some benefits of the shift from single-family to multi-family housing (which is closely related to the owner-renter shift):

It will shift consumer demand away from goods and services that complement large indoor space and a backyard toward goods and services more oriented toward living in an apartment. Similarly, the possible shift toward city living may dampen demand for automobiles, highways and gasoline but increase demand for restaurants, city parks and high-quality public transit.

For the moment, though, Americans are renting across the spectrum of the built environment, in cities (long skewed toward renters), suburbs (shifting in that direction) and exurbs. Wall Street has taken notice: The Blackstone Group, a private equity shop, now owns and rents some 45,000 homes. At one point, the firm’s housing division was spending $150 million a week buying houses to rent.

But academics, politicians and homeowners have long been suspicious of tenants. Increasing the homeownership rate has been a foundational goal of American politics at the federal level for most of the past century. In fact, it’s older than that: Most states had property restrictions on voting well into the 19th century.

“For a man who owns his home acquires with it a new dignity,” Sen. Charles Percy said in 1966. “He begins to take pride in what is his own, and pride in conserving and improving it for his children. He becomes a more steadfast and concerned citizen of his community. He becomes more self-confident and self-reliant. The mere act of becoming a homeowner transforms him. It gives him roots, a sense of belonging, a true stake in his community and well being.” The tax code is engineered to support that viewpoint, however off-key it may sound to the millions of Americans mired in foreclosure proceedings.

“Homeownership and Neighborhood Stability,” a 1996 paper by planning professor William M. Rohe from which the Percy quote comes, offers what might now be seen as the established academic perspective on renters. Rohe and co-author Leslie Stewart found that the homeownership rate does indeed have a positive correlation with various social and economic attributes of a “good” neighborhood. It wasn’t just that homeowners kept the paint fresh and the lawn mowed. Their status led “to greater social interaction within, and psychological identification with, the neighborhood.”

But a significant amount of doubt remains about cause and effect. The increase in “neighborhood stability” (which, per the authors, includes resident tenure, property values, and physical and social conditions) “may be the result of the types of households drawn to homeownership” rather than the experience itself. And since homeownership is closely tied to income, family size, marital status and age, it can be hard to separate those variables. Self-selection, the authors write, is “a confounding factor.”

How might things be changing today, with homeowners under duress and a whole new class of former and future owners thrust into the rental market?

Back in Philly, a recent survey of renters conducted by the city found unexpected levels of social engagement. Planners were surprised by how many renters knew their neighbors, participated in neighborhood events and helped maintain the physical environment through volunteer work.

Philadelphia, however, despite the recent shift toward a renter city, is still more than half homeowners. Of the country’s 10 largest cities, most (running across typical urban typologies) have higher percentages of renters: Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, San Diego and Dallas all have lower homeownership rates than Philly. Nearly seven in 10 New York City units are rented. How does NYC maintain any semblance of community with such a large population of “transient” neighbors? Rent control and stabilization, which cover 1 million New York City apartments.

Most economists don’t like rent-control programs, arguing that they harm the housing stock and drive up prices for newcomers. But a city with rents rising just as rapidly as the renter population risks becoming a kind of deck of cards, shuffled every 12 months when leases expire and landlords target a new stratum of the population. Unfortunately, that’s now a description that could apply to a number of American cities – not just San Francisco and Boston. Even in Houston, famous for its low cost of housing, rent is rising at a record rate. Evictions are up 43 percent in Milwaukee since 2010.

Cities like Philadelphia have already cut property taxes to help longtime homeowners (who, by the way, stand to make a windfall off gentrification) stay put in their neighborhoods. But help for renters remains politically charged, in part because renting is still seen as a transitory stage — a life-step to be tolerated but not encouraged.

But this is not a universal perspective. In Germany, for example, renting is the norm — and people are quite happy with the situation. France, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands have similar renter-owner breakdowns.

Is America moving in that direction? If so, it’s worth asking ourselves why we’d rather not have renters for neighbors — and in the cases where there’s some truth to the stereotype, what we can do about it.


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United States Attorney General Eric Holder. [T]he federal civil rights investigation into the shooting incident itself continues, in parallel with the local investigation into state law violations. Our investigators from the Civil Rights Division and U.S. attorney’s office in Missouri have already conducted interviews with eyewitnesses on the scene at the time of the shooting incident on Saturday. Our review will take time to conduct, but it will be thorough and fair.”—Attorney General Eric Holder

What can the Department of Justice do about the issues in Ferguson? Not just the killing of Michael Brown but the conduct of Ferguson, St. Louis County and Missouri law enforcement as well? A Reuters piece considers the options:

After Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to the St. Louis suburb on Wednesday, he vowed that the Justice Department would stay involved to help heal the relationship between the police department and the public.  [...] So what more can Holder and the Justice Department do?  Fortunately, whatever the outcome of the criminal process, they still have important tools at their disposal.

One crucial order of business will be to identify any credible allegations that the Ferguson Police Department used excessive force or other unconstitutional practices in responding to the demonstrations. [...]  The attorney general has authority to investigate and file suit against a police department that has engaged in a pattern of conduct that violates the Constitution or federal laws. The investigation leading to such a suit can include an in-depth examination of the Ferguson Police Department’s use of force, its conduct in searches, surveillance and making arrests (including allegations of racial profiling and other bias) and its procedures for training, supervising and disciplining officers. In Ferguson, the investigation will have to include the police department’s interference with the First Amendment rights of the press.

I'll discuss Justice's mandate and procedure on these issues on the other side.
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