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College Football Video Games Are Done. Here's Why.

College Football Video Games Are Done. Here's Why. | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

Video game company Electronic Arts announced Thursday that its popular line of NCAA football games would be discontinued, leaving July's NCAA Football 14 as the seeming last iteration of the series. Cam Weber, EA Sports' GM of American football, posted the death notice on the company's blog:

Today I am sad to announce that we will not be publishing a new college football game next year, and we are evaluating our plan for the future of the franchise. This is as profoundly disappointing to the people who make this game as I expect it will be for the millions who enjoy playing it each year. I'd like to explain a couple of the factors that brought us to this decision. 

We have been stuck in the middle of a dispute between the NCAA and student-athletes who seek compensation for playing college football. Just like companies that broadcast college games and those that provide equipment and apparel, we follow rules that are set by the NCAA—but those rules are being challenged by some student-athletes. For our part, we are working to settle the lawsuits with the student-athletes. Meanwhile, the NCAA and a number of conferences have withdrawn their support of our game. The ongoing legal issues combined with increased questions surrounding schools and conferences have left us in a difficult position—one that challenges our ability to deliver an authentic sports experience, which is the very foundation of EA SPORTS games.

 

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Most congressmen are boring. This one is funny—on purpose

Most congressmen are boring. This one is funny—on purpose | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it
Meet Rep. Mark Takano, the man who trolls Republicans with "Breaking Bad" and Kanye West references.
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New Report: For 95% Of Americans, Obamacare Will Cost Much Less Than Expected

New Report: For 95% Of Americans, Obamacare Will Cost Much Less Than Expected | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

When uninsured Americans begin enrolling in Obamacare’s new health care exchanges on Oct. 1, the overwhelming majority — 95 percent — will face health care premiums that are 16 percent lower, on average, than the government had previously projected, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the Obama administration.

In the 36 states where the federal government supports or fully runs the Health Insurance Marketplace, a 27-year old who does not qualify for tax credits will pay, on average, $163 for a plan that covers approximately 60 percent of health care expenses (a so-called bronze-level plan), while a 27-year-old with an income of $25,000 could pay $83 dollars per-month after subsidies. Individuals up to 30 years old will also have the option of buying cheaper catastrophic coverage outside of the marketplaces, though they will not qualify for subsidies. A family of four in Texas with an income of $50,000 would pay as little as “$57 per month for the lowest bronze plan after tax credits,” the report finds.

 

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Marlins Ranked Third Worst Major American Sports Franchise in ESPN Analysis

Marlins Ranked Third Worst Major American Sports Franchise in ESPN Analysis | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

"The Ultimate Rankings" combined a series of polls, the first of which asked sports fans what they expect most out of their teams. Things like championships and winning records were found to be important, but so were things like the likability of ownership, the skill of players and coaches, lower ticker prices and stadium atmosphere were also important.

Next, fans of every franchise were asked how their favorite teams rank in each category. A "bang for your buck" category, which was based on a formula comparing money generated directly from fans to wins, was also included.

The Marlins, as it turned out, came in 120th out of all 122 teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL.

Their lowest single category ranking came in "Ownership: Honesty and loyalty to core players and local community." There they came in dead last. So there you have it: Jeffrey Loria is officially the least popular owner in all of sports. The team also ranked second to last for "fan relations."

The team also ranked 107th for "bang for buck," 103rd for stadium experience, 114th for players, and 110th for coaching. The only semi-bright spots were an 88th affordability (which, mind you, is not based on ticket prices but whether if fans feel, at least in part, if the team deserves to ask that much for tickets) and 51st for "Title Track," meaning championships already won or expected to be won during a fan's lifetime -- the team does have two World Series wins, which makes this even sadder.

The only teams ranked lower? The New York Jets (which, hahahaha) and the Sacramento Kings.

However, surely if the rankings included a specific "screwing over taxpayers" section, the Marlins would have secured last place.

 

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The Ryno's insight:

Marlins ranked 3rd worst American sports franchise. Marlins' lowest single category ranking came in "Ownership: Honesty and loyalty to core players and local community." There they came in dead last. 

So there you have it: Jeffrey Loria is officially the least popular owner in all of sports...

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Senator John McCain: Russians deserve better than Putin

Senator John McCain: Russians deserve better than Putin | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

When Pravda.ru editor, Dmitry Sudakov, offered to publish my commentary, he referred to me as "an active anti-Russian politician for many years." I'm sure that isn't the first time Russians have heard me characterized as their antagonist. Since my purpose here is to dispel falsehoods used by Russia's rulers to perpetuate their power and excuse their corruption, let me begin with that untruth. I am not anti-Russian. I am pro-Russian, more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today.

I make that claim because I respect your dignity and your right to self-determination. I believe you should live according to the dictates of your conscience, not your government. I believe you deserve the opportunity to improve your lives in an economy that is built to last and benefits the many, not just the powerful few. You should be governed by a rule of law that is clear, consistently and impartially enforced and just. I make that claim because I believe the Russian people, no less than Americans, are endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

A Russian citizen could not publish a testament like the one I just offered. President Putin and his associates do not believe in these values. They don't respect your dignity or accept your authority over them. They punish dissent and imprison opponents. They rig your elections. They control your media. They harass, threaten, and banish organizations that defend your right to self-governance. To perpetuate their power they foster rampant corruption in your courts and your economy and terrorize and even assassinate journalists who try to expose their corruption. 


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Great piece by John McCain calling out Vladimir Putin

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Public masturbation not a crime: Swedish court - The Local

Public masturbation not a crime: Swedish court - The Local | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it
A man who openly masturbated on a Stockholm beach has been acquitted of sexual assault in court after it was ruled he was not targeting a specific person, with the prosecutor saying it's "okay" to play with yourself in public.

 

The incident occurred on June 6th at the Drevviken beach when the man removed his shorts and began masturbating close to the water. He was subsequently charged with sexual assault. 

The Södertörn District Court has now acquitted the 65-year old in a judgement which stated that it "may be proven that the man exposed himself and masturbated on this occasion".

However, the court added that no offence had been committed as the masturbating man was not pleasuring himself towards a specific person. 

 

Public prosecutor Olof Vrethammar told the Mitti newspaper that he wasn't planning to appeal the ruling. 

"For this to be a criminal offence it's required that the sexual molestation was directed towards one or more people. I think the court's judgement is reasonable," he said. 

When asked if it was now acceptable to masturbate in public if you don't direct it towards a specific individual the prosecutor said it was "okay." 

"The district court has made a judgement on this case. With that we can conclude that it is okay to masturbate on the beach. The act may be considered to be disorderly conduct." 

In another recent judgement a 15-year-old boy was acquitted after being previously charged with sexual assault. The teen had thrown his underwear into a lake and stood naked in front of two under-age girls. 

The Södertörn District Court said that his behaviour did not have a sexual undertone and the charge was dismissed. Both the girls had requested the boy be charged with molestation. 

The Ryno's insight:

Swedish court says "Get Your Damn Hands off My public masturbation!"

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Police Made One Marijuana Arrest Every 42 Seconds in 2012

Police Made One Marijuana Arrest Every 42 Seconds in 2012 | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

Data released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation show there were an estimated 1,552,432 arrests for drug-related crimes in 2012 – a slight uptick from the 1,531,251 drug arrests in 2011. Marijuana offenses accounted for 48.3 percent of all drug arrests, a slight reduction from 49.5 percent in 2011, which itself was the highest rate since before 1995.

Most marijuana-related arrests were for possession of the drug. By mere possession, there was one marijuana arrest every 48 seconds in 2012. Including arrests for distribution, there was a pot-related arrest every 42 seconds, the same interval as in 2011.

Advocacy groups that back campaigns to legalize or decriminalize weed said police should prioritize solving violent crimes – the number of which bumped upward from 2011 to 2012 – over arresting marijuana users.

According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Report data, there were an estimated 1,214,462 violent crimes reported to police in 2012, a 0.7 percent increase. FBI Director James Comey noted in a statement this was the first overall increase in violent crime in six years.

Just 40.1 percent of the 84,376 forcible rapes reported to police and 28.1 percent of the 354,520 robberies were solved by law enforcement. Around 62.5 percent of the 14,827 murder cases were closed, as were 55.8 percent of the 760,739 aggravated assaults.

 

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The Ryno's insight:

War on Drugs is shit. 

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U.S. measles cases in 2013 may be most in 17 years

U.S. measles cases in 2013 may be most in 17 years | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

(CNN) -- This year is on track to be the worst for measles in more than a decade, according to new numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And people who refuse to vaccinate their children are behind the increasing number of outbreaks, health officials say.

There were 159 cases of measles in the United States from January 1 through August 24, according to the CDC. If that trend continues, there will be more cases in 2013 than in any year since 1996, when some 500 cases were reported. The number would also surpass that of 2011, when there were 222 cases.

Measles cases in the United States numbered in the hundreds of thousands before the advent of vaccination, and dropped dramatically throughout the 1960s. The disease was thought to have been eradicated in 2000, but the numbers have recently crept back up, largely because of visitors from countries where measles is common and because of vaccine objectors within the United States. Nearly two-thirds of the reported cases happened in three outbreaks in communities where many people don't vaccinate their children for religious or philosophical reasons.

"This is very bad. This is horrible," said Dr. Buddy Creech, a pediatric infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University who was on a telephone briefing with the CDC Thursday morning. "The complications of measles are not to be toyed with, and they're not altogether rare."

According to the CDC, one to three out of every 1,000 children in the United States who get measles will die from the disease, even with the best of care. Even if complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis aren't deadly, they can make children very sick; in 2011, nearly 40% of children under the age of 5 who got measles had to be treated in the hospital.

 

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Thanks Jenny McCarthy!

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The full text of the French UN resolution on Syria - Telegraph

The full text of the French UN resolution on Syria - Telegraph | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

A French draft UN Security Council resolution on Syria, seen by the Daily Telegraph and other media outlets, would give Syria 15 days to provide a full accounting of its chemical weapons stockpiles, and threatens all "necessary measures" - military force - if all such weapons are not destroyed.

 

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And the international bullshit games begin....

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House GOP Leaders divided on how best to hold Government hostage with Obamacare tricks

House GOP Leaders divided on how best to hold Government hostage with Obamacare tricks | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

House Republican leaders on Tuesday will propose to their members that the House use a complex procedural tactic to defund ObamaCare that would press the fight but likely avoid a government shutdown.

The plan for the stopgap spending bill is aimed at forcing the Senate into a politically difficult vote on ObamaCare and satisfying conservatives who have demanded that the GOP target the law in the fall budget fight. 

But it might not be enough.

Conservative Republicans who caught wind of the plan on Monday told The Hill it was unacceptable, and GOP leadership is anticipating push-back when it presents the proposal to the rank and file on Tuesday morning in the conference’s first full meeting since Congress’s five-week recess ended.


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The Ryno's insight:

House Republicans looking to hijack spending bills to hopefully pass Obamacare onus onto Senate instead of House.

 

Hard to pull tricks when everyone knows what you're doing - especially when most Republicans hate the idea. 

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Report: Tebow not willing to change position

Report: Tebow not willing to change position | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it
Tim Tebow, looking for a job after being released by the New England Patriots, refused to change positions after an NFL team expressed interest in him, according to a report by Peter King of Sports Illustrated.
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Not being in the top 96 QBs in the league won't deter Tim from his dream

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OVER-RATED: 13-Year Bias of the AP Poll Evaluated

OVER-RATED: 13-Year Bias of the AP Poll Evaluated | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

The AP Poll was released Saturday morning with much anticipation and analysis.  By now college football and its title contenders have been discussed ad nauseam and we are all tired of talking about what is to come and ready for some actual action.  One of the conversations I had this week was with a Kentucky fan who claimed: “Clemson is always overrated in the pre-season.”  It got me thinking……since 2000 what programs have under-performed OR out-performed Pre-Season Expectations in terms of the Final AP Poll?

 

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Most Pre-Season Over-rated since 2000

Florida State-89Tennessee-63USC-57Oklahoma-56Michigan-55Nebraska-54Florida-49Texas-45California-35Virginia Tech-35Miami (FL)-32WVU-25Wisconsin-24Georgia-22Clemson-21Washington-20LSU-19
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Frequent Sex Equals Higher Income

Frequent Sex Equals Higher Income | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

It’s the age old chicken and the sperm egg argument: does more sex lead to higher income or does higher income lead to more sex?

A recent study says people who have more sex make more money and people who have less sex have less money. Of course we all know that chicks dig money, and that your poor ass isn’t going to get laid (as much) — but could the converse be true? Besides Stedman, can having more sex help your bank account?

I’ve been waiting for years for my sex to translate into dollars, but so far that only happened for me in Costa Rica.

 

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The Next Campaign To Paint Obamacare As A Failure

The Next Campaign To Paint Obamacare As A Failure | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

Next week, as uninsured Americans begin signing up for coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s health care marketplaces, Republicans will seize on the trickle of early beneficiaries and technical glitches to paint the measure as a failure. But administration officials tasked with implementing President Obama’s signature domestic policy accomplishment are anticipating these attacks and are confident they will win the public debate and meet their enrollment targets over the long term.

On Tuesday, the nation’s 48 million uninsured will be able to log on to Healthcare.gov, dial a federal hotline, or visit a community “navigator” and begin enrolling in health care coverage through the law’s state-based exchanges to receive coverage next year. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 7 million enrollees will participate in the marketplaces in 2014; 9 million will sign up for Medicaid. By 2023, the exchanges will hold 24 million people and the law’s Medicaid expansion will accompany another 13 million.

But health care experts caution that enrollment may prove to be more of a marathon than a sprint and will work best in states that are actively helping uninsured people sign up for coverage....

 

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The Ryno's insight:

Republicans are all set to scream about Obamacare's problems when it rolls out next week, they just don't know what they are yet. 

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Robots Now Replacing Chinese Factory Workers and U.S. Fighter Pilots

Robots Now Replacing Chinese Factory Workers and U.S. Fighter Pilots | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

Now we've learned that Boeing has been secretly testing old fighter jets flown without a human pilot aboard, which means F-16s are now drones. And these are very fast drones that can successfully perform crazy aeronautic maneuvers such as the evasive combat technique called the Split-S—"a move in which the aircraft turns upside down before making a half loop so that it flies the right-way-up in the opposite direction."

The robotic F-16s do all the things fighter jets are supposed to do: take off, land, attack, evade attack, and zoom back and forth over Florida making horrible noise without crashing into a housing tract too often. They can also do more than a human-piloted fighter jet, because robots don't black out due to heavy gravitational forces.

For now, the retrofitted fighters are remotely controlled by a human on the ground. But this isn't required, because the F-16 could be flown just as well by a series of self-correcting routines stored on the plane's own computer navigation system. As with the Google employees who ride along with that company's driverless cars, the earthbound humans controlling the F-16 drones are a safety measure until there's enough testing to have confidence with entirely automated fighter jets.

These F-16s aren't even new planes. They're old garbage, and the ones retrofitted by Boeing and its subsidiary the U.S. Air Force had been mothballed in Arizona for 15 years.

 

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The Collected Poems of the Affordable Care Act

The Collected Poems of the Affordable Care Act | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2010, was an attempt by Democratic lawmakers to reform the health care system by creating an individual mandate to purchase insurance. But since then, the law has morphed into a specter seemingly larger. It is alternatively an abomination and a document worthy of adulation; the death of the Democratic party and the yoke by which it will cling to power; the socialization of medicine and a gift-basket to private insurers.

Do these pundits contradict themselves? Very well then, they contradict themselves—Obamcare is fractal; it contains multitudes. As a service to our readers, we have rearranged the most vivid and hyperbolic descriptions of the Affordable Care Act below as a collection of short poems...

 

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The typical American family makes less than it did in 1989

The typical American family makes less than it did in 1989 | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

The Census Bureau is out with the annual report on incomes and poverty. And while you might think that after years of stagnant incomes and elevated poverty rates, we would be inured to the depressing facts contained therein, it still somehow has the power to shock.

For my money, the most depressing fact about the economy is not the fact that household incomes were basically flat in 2012 (the real median household income was down to $51,017 from $51,100 in 2011, a statistically insignificant change). It wasn't even the fact that 15 percent of the U.S. population was living in poverty, according to the official, flawed definition of the term.

Nah, the most depressing result comes when you look at the longer view of household incomes in the United States. This chart shows real median household income over the past 25 years; that is, the money earned, in inflation-adjusted dollars, by the family at the exact middle of the income distribution.

Headlines about these numbers tend to focus on how we have now experienced a lost decade for the middle-class American family, with incomes back to their late 1990s level. But as the chart shows it's really worse than that.

In 1989, the median American household made $51,681 in current dollars (the 2012 number, again, was $51,017). That means that 24 years ago, a middle class American family was making more than the a middle class family was making one year ago.

This isn't a lost decade for economic gains for Americans. It is a lost generation.

 

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Assad: It’s No Longer a Secret We Have Chemical Weapons

Assad: It’s No Longer a Secret We Have Chemical Weapons | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

Syrian President Bashar Assad sat down for an interview in Damascus on Wednesday with Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich and Fox News’ Greg Palkot. When asked by Kucinich whether or not he had chemical weapons, he responded “it’s not a secret anymore” and said his government will follow the agreement reached between the U.S. and Russia to turn over his chemical weapons.

He made clear that destroying the stockpiles would take some time— “maybe a year”—and that the cost would be tremendous. He also pointed out the environmental burden of destroying his stockpile.

Assad then denied that his regime was behind a sarin attack in August that killed hundreds of civilians and questioned the authenticity of the YouTube videos, insinuating that they are a “forgery.”

 

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The Ryno's insight:

So Syria's giving up their chemical weapons stash even though they didnt use them or didnt do anything wrong? Sounds plausible...lol

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Charged With Illegally Dumping Polluted Fracking Fluid, Exxon Claims ‘No Lasting Environmental Impact’

Charged With Illegally Dumping Polluted Fracking Fluid, Exxon Claims ‘No Lasting Environmental Impact’ | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General has filed criminal charges against ExxonMobil for illegally dumping tens of thousands of gallons of hydraulic fracturing waste at a drilling site in 2010. The Exxon subsidiary, XTO Energy, had removed a plug from a wastewater tank, leading to 57,000 gallons of contaminated water spilling into the soil.

The Exxon subsidiary has contested the criminal charges, claiming there was “no lasting environmental impact,” and it can “discourage good environmental practices” from guilty companies. “The action tells oil and gas operators that setting up infrastructure to recycle produced water exposes them to the risk of significant legal and financial penalties should a small release occur.” In July, XTO had agreed to several fines, including $20 million to improve its facilities treating wastewater.

The company’s response raises one good point about fracking practices: How much to disclose to the public is a largely self-regulated practice.Thanks to laws pushed by corporate front groups like American Legislative Exchange Council, sponsored by ExxonMobil, states have allowed minimum disclosure of the chemicals used in fracking fluid. Pennsylvania now requires disclosure to regulators; however, it has a “gag rule” on the health risks. Meanwhile, a Julystudy found that the closer residents live to wells used in fracking, the more likely drinking water is contaminated, with 115 of 141 wells found to contain methane.

For years, the route oil companies have taken is to frack first, and fight pittance fines at a later point. Oil lobby chief Jack Gerard has argued that regulators cannot “fundamentally” issue and public health protections, due to the fact that the industry has created jobs. A pro-fracking report out recently, funded by theoil and gas industry, stresses the same point that economics take priority over precaution.

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Profits and jobs for some matter more than overall health of the people. 

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Republicans Like The Affordable Care Act More Than Obamacare

Republicans Like The Affordable Care Act More Than Obamacare | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

Republicans like the 2010 health care law better when it's called by its proper name -- the Affordable Care Act -- instead of Obamacare, according to a new Fox News poll.

Republican support for the law jumped eight percent, from 14 percent for Obamacare to 22 percent for the Affordable Care Act, when pollsters revised the question's language.

Overall support increased from 34 percent to 39 percent with the change. Democratic support moved one percent; independent support rose four percent.

The poll of 900 registered voters was conducted from Sept. 6 to 9, using live telephone interviews. According to the poll, 443 people were asked about Obamacare; 457 were asked about the Affordable Care Act.

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This shows a) branding works b) Republicans hate anything with Obama's name on it c) a lot of people are moronic, partisan sheep

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Voyager 1 probe becomes first man-made object to leave solar system

Voyager 1 probe becomes first man-made object to leave solar system | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

(CNN) -- NASA's Voyager 1 probe has become the first man-made object to enter interstellar space, the U.S. space agency announced Thursday.

Scientists report they have strong evidence that the unmanned spacecraft has crossed the magnetic boundary separating the solar system's sun, planets and solar wind from the rest of the galaxy. The announcement comes more than 36 years after the unmanned spacecraft lifted off on a journey that gave humans close-up views of Jupiter and Saturn before heading toward deep space.

"In leaving the heliosphere and setting sail on the cosmic seas between the stars, Voyager has joined other historic journeys of exploration: The first circumnavigation of the Earth, the first steps on the Moon," said Ed Stone, chief scientist on the Voyager mission. "That's the kind of event this is, as we leave behind our solar bubble."

Voyager 1 is currently 18.8 billion kilometers (11.7 billion miles) from Earth, NASA says. A new study in the journal Science suggests that the probe entered interstellar space around August 25, 2012.

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36 years, 11.7 billion miles...wasn't even supposed to really work after 1981 when it passed Saturn. Amazing

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The BRAD BLOG : CA Legislature Approves Dangerous Bill to End All Federal Testing of State E-Voting Systems

A new bill that would grant unprecedented and unchecked powers to the California Sec. of State --- including those that could allow him or her to approve new e-voting systems for use in actual elections with no testing at all --- was approved late last week by the state legislature along partisan lines. It is now on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for his signature or his veto.

The Governor should veto SB 360, a sweeping, dangerous, ill-conceived and dishonestly presented piece of legislation, passed with little debate in public or in either chamber of the state legislature.

The measure has been, and is being, deceptively sold to the public and to state lawmakers as necessary to allow CA counties --- specifically Los Angeles County --- to "develop, own and operate public voting systems". In fact, the bill does much much more than that. What itactually does, among other things, is end the long-standing requirement that all electronic voting systems used in the state be tested and certified at the federal level before being allowed for use in California.

The bill also includes a provision allowing for new voting systems to be used in "pilot programs" during "a legally binding election", before the systems have been certified by the state in any way. 

 

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The Ryno's insight:

Amazing how Republicans pretend to care about voter fraud, but then silent on the most disgusting affront to voting in the country - untested, faulty, intentionally shady and unverifiable electronic voting machines. 

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Miami Has the Lowest Percentage of People Working in Science and Engineering in the Nation

Miami Has the Lowest Percentage of People Working in Science and Engineering in the Nation | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

Gov. Rick Scott is pushing for Florida students to get degrees in science and engineering, but when those students graduate they might have to travel far away to actually find employment. 

A new analysis of census data finds that Florida's metros have a shockingly low numbers of people working in science and engineering, and the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale metro area has the lowest number of people employed in the fields of any major metro area in the nation.

The National Science Foundation says that workers with expertice in science and engineering "are an integral part of a region's innovative capacity because of their high levels of skill, creative ideas, and contributions to scientific knowledge and R&D." Their analysis shows that few of those workers are in Florida.

Only 3.8 percent of workers in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale region work in science and engineering. That's well below the national average of 6.2 percent, and the lowest rate of any major metro area.

Other Florida metros don't fare much better. The rate in Orlando is 4.9 percent, 5.5 percent in Jacksonville and 6 percent in Tampa.

We shouldn't be too shocked though. Miami's economic engine seems to be more concerned with flooding the market with high-priced condos than high-paying jobs.

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Why Your Team Sucks 2013: Miami Dolphins

Why Your Team Sucks 2013: Miami Dolphins | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it

Some people are fans of the Miami Dolphins. But many, many more people are NOT fans of the Miami Dolphins. This 2013 Deadspin NFL team preview is for those in the latter group. 

The Ryno's insight:

Brutal. True, but brutal. 

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2013 Houston Astros: Baseball's Worst Team Is The Most Profitable In History

2013 Houston Astros: Baseball's Worst Team Is The Most Profitable In History | Crap You Should Read | Scoop.it
Astros owner Jim Crane is making an estimated $99 million in operating income from his team this season, more than any owner in baseball history.
The Ryno's insight:

Jeffrey Loria is jealous as hell

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