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Who Runs the Democratic Party? - Huffington Post

Who Runs the Democratic Party? - Huffington Post | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
There must be a national Democratic strategy comparable to that developed by Karl Rove for the GOP. This is more than a compelling populist message....
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Sony Hackers Promise to Deliver Large "Christmas Gift"

Sony Hackers Promise to Deliver Large "Christmas Gift" | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Hackers released a seventh cache of files leaked from Sony Pictures Entertainment on Saturday, along with a promise of more to come.
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In Washington, political dysfunction and grim outlooks are the new normal

In Washington, political dysfunction and grim outlooks are the new normal | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The outcome of the midterm elections doesn’t bring any new hope to those already disappointed by the system.
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Spending Showdown's Odd Couple Might Give Taste of Things to Come

Spending Showdown's Odd Couple Might Give Taste of Things to Come | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
We've seen plenty of drama in Congress over the past two years, but what was different about last night's narrow passage of the $1 trillion spending bill thr...
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Grudgingly, Japanese Voters Look Set to Stick With Abe - New York Times

Grudgingly, Japanese Voters Look Set to Stick With Abe - New York Times | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The party of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could gain big in Sunday’s elections as voters, worried about the economy, pick what they see as a lesser evil.
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Iran hackers may target US energy, defense firms, FBI warns

Iran hackers may target US energy, defense firms, FBI warns | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Operation is the same as one flagged last week by cyber security firm Cylance Inc
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Is this the beginning of the Kasich campaign for president?

Is this the beginning of the Kasich campaign for president? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
“As he wrestles with another run for president, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is trying keep his political maneuverings above the fray and below the radar,” the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. “Backed by a new nonprofit group that can raise unlimited [...]
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Is it 1963 Again?

Is it 1963 Again? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Last August, some observers drew comparisons between the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, and the 1955 murder of Emmett Till.
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Mike Pence lays out vision for a presidential campaign. But will he be a candidate?

Mike Pence lays out vision for a presidential campaign. But will he be a candidate? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
He has strong ideas on what the GOP nominee should be but hasn’t decided whether he’ll run.
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Half of Doctors Listed as Serving Medicaid Patients Are Unavailable, Investigation Finds

Half of Doctors Listed as Serving Medicaid Patients Are Unavailable, Investigation Finds | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
A report raises questions about access to care for Medicaid beneficiaries; some listed doctors were not taking new patients, and others had long since left the location where they were listed.
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Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid Just Revealed Democrats' 2015 Strategy

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid Just Revealed Democrats' 2015 Strategy | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Think they're irrelevant now? Think again.
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The Real Crisis of Journalism - The New Yorker

The Real Crisis of Journalism - The New Yorker | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The self-purge at The New Republic might be taken as part of the demise of old journalistic institutions. Or it might be the story of one incompetent mogul.
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Melissa English's curator insight, December 15, 3:56 AM
Change is afoot at the New Yorker.
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Russian soldiers take selfie with MH17 wreckage

A PHOTOGRAPH of two Russian soldiers posing smugly with shrapnel-ravaged MH17 wreckage has emerged as Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko meets with Tony Abbott to discuss justice for victims.
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Michael Mazo's curator insight, December 14, 1:26 PM

A very interesting article elaborating the use of technology in todays society. MH17 had been shot down in Ukraine over the summer and caused quite the controversy. It has been said that the Ukrainian military believed this plane to be a russian warplane and because it invaded their airspace they decided to shoot it down. It turned out to be a passenger plane and killed hundreds of people. A very big mistake indeed. For those near the site of destruction, they took selfies to remember this terrible moment. Maybe a way to document the incident or maybe a way to show others how their day went on social media

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Jeb Bush Stakes Out the Middle Ground - New York Times

Jeb Bush Stakes Out the Middle Ground - New York Times | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Though Mr. Bush is deeply conservative on some issues, in other ways — culturally and philosophically — he is out of step with the grass-roots activists who animate the party nowadays.
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Thomas Frank: The New Republic, the torture report, and the TED talks geniuses who gutted journalism

Thomas Frank: The New Republic, the torture report, and the TED talks geniuses who gutted journalism | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Zillionaire new media barons think themselves geniuses, not say, really lucky to've been Mark Zuckerberg's roommate
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'Bibi Fatigue' could factor into Israeli election - Fox News

'Bibi Fatigue' could factor into Israeli election - Fox News | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
With elections on the horizon, the greatest obstacle standing between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a return to high office could be Netanyahu himself.
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Putin Tries to Deny the Tatar Claim to History

Putin Tries to Deny the Tatar Claim to History | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
In a recent address to the nation, Russian President Vladimir Putin tried to tie his foreign and defense policies to one of the turning points in Russian history: the conversion to Christianity of...
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The Outrage Over The Eric Garner And Mike Brown Decisions Went Global

The Outrage Over The Eric Garner And Mike Brown Decisions Went Global | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
People all over the world are outraged about the failure to indict the police officers who killed Eric Garner and Michael Brown. ...
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Backers: Romney more open to 2016 run

Backers: Romney more open to 2016 run | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
For most of the past year, Mitt Romney supporters have publicly said he should consider running again. And for most of the past year, Romney has seemed uninterested. Until recently. While some people close to Romney insist he hasn’t moved from saying he has no plans to run, the 2012 Republican nominee has sounded at least open to the idea in...
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Former Virginia Governor McDonnell’s sentencing guidelines: 10 years at least

Former Virginia Governor McDonnell’s sentencing guidelines: 10 years at least | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Probation office report recommends ex.-Va. governor spend 121 to 151 months behind bars
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Jeb Bush Has a Mitt Romney Problem

Jeb Bush Has a Mitt Romney Problem | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
A private-equity-guy presidential candidate with lots of deals for the press to untangle—it sounds at least 47 percent familiar.
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Internet of Things will change everything

Internet of Things will change everything | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to become as ubiquitous as the mobile phone. The technologies required, such as low power microchips, sensors, and energy efficient networks, have all become small and inexpensive enough that everything from smart watches, light bulbs and even heart monitors can connect to the Internet to send and receive data more easily than ever before.

Devices that comprise the Internet of Things typically transmit small amounts of data related to their particular function – such as temperature or moisture information, or industrial machines that can alert HQ when they need servicing. There is no strict definition of the Internet of Things, but it’s generally accepted that it includes embedded computing devices that use the existing Internet infrastructure, yet goes beyond normal machine-to-machine (M2M) networking with new protocols and applications.

Just a few examples where IoT is expected to make an enormous impact are:

Environmental monitoring
Infrastructure management
Industrial applications
Energy management
Healthcare
Home automation
Transport systems
In essence, the Internet of Things will form a smart grid of “intelligent” devices and sensors in areas like smart homes, biomedicine, mobile communications, agriculture, transport and wearables. It’s a brave new world, where everything is connected and constantly online. But what does it mean for consumers and business, and how will it affect our lives in the next few years?

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Luigi Cappel's curator insight, December 5, 7:46 PM

The Internet of Things or IoT has been around for a while. If you control anything from your mobile for example, you are already using it. It might be remote controlling your TV, using a Fitbit, connecting to a GoPro. These are everyday things today and we don't think of them as IoT, we just use them.

 

One of the things that I liked in the story was intelligent furniture. I get frustrated when I watch Science Fiction TV shows that are supposed to be in the future and they are still using the equivalent of today's iPhones. In 20 years time that type of communication will seem as outdated as the bricks we used to use.

 

What do you have in your home today that's connected? Garage door? Printer? Notebooks, Mobiles, Tablets, TV, alarm clocks, fitbit, Go Pro? I'll bet you have a few even though you don't think of them as IoT. I'm about to buy Bluetooth shower speakers for $20. You wouldn't even think of that as being anything sophisticated any more right?

 

Think about basic entertainment. I put my iPhone into my home theatre and control Spotify from my iPad. Not only do I get the music I want, the latest tracks on The Billboard Top 100 but my phone is also charging at the same time.

 

Buying any Bluetooth or WiFi devices for Christmas? If the answer is yes, then you are buying into the IoT. The cool thing today is that we are just doing it, its not about the acronyms or jargon, its just how we live today.

John Presutti's curator insight, December 14, 9:13 AM
  • GE estimates that the “Industrial Internet” will add $10-$15 trillion to worldwide GDP by 2035
  • Cisco says the “Internet of Everything” may add $19 trillion in economic value by 2022
Jean-Christophe Gilquin's curator insight, December 15, 6:24 AM

L'internet des objets va profondément changer nos modes de vies et notre manière de communiquer.

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Hitler's Plan to Attack America

It had been an assumption of Hitler's since the 1920s that Germany would at some point fight the United States. As early as the summer of 1928 he asserted in his second book (not published until I did it for him in 1961) that strengthening and preparing Germany for war with the United States was one of the tasks of the National Socialist movement.

 

Both because his aims for Germany's future entailed an unlimited expansionism of global proportions and because he thought of the United States as a country which with its population and size might at some time constitute a challenge to German domination of the globe, a war with the United States had long been part of the future he envisioned for Germany either during his own rule of it or thereafter.

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As Frustrations Surface, Lawmakers Scramble to Pass Spending Bill

As Frustrations Surface, Lawmakers Scramble to Pass Spending Bill | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Last-minute brinkmanship and bickering dominated Congress as legislators prepared to vote on a $1 trillion spending measure as early as Thursday afternoon.
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