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India: Why Dayamani Barla cannot give up her homeland

India: Why Dayamani Barla cannot give up her homeland | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it

By keeping the tribal activist in prison on one charge or the other, the Jharkhand government is actually trying to demoralise the villagers of Nagri who’re resisting the large-scale usurping of their land in ‘public interest’


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Idaho House panel advance anti-motorcycle profiling bill

Idaho House panel advance anti-motorcycle profiling bill | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
An Idaho House panel revved up bikers' support Tuesday by advancing legislation that would ban law enforcement agencies from profiling motorcyclists.

The House Judiciary, Administration and Rules Committee unanimously supported a bill that defines motorcycle profiling in state law, which includes prohibiting officers for stopping bikers for riding motorcycles or wearing biker garb. Instead, police must have a legitimate reason for stopping, questioning, searching or arresting bikers.

Bikers clad in wearing motorcycle jackets filled almost every seat in the committee room to cheer the panel's decision.

Washington was the first state to ban motorcycle profiling in 2011. According to supporters in Washington, profiling complaints have dropped 90 percent since the law passed.
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Bill Gates Says Robots Should Be Taxed Like Workers

Bill Gates Says Robots Should Be Taxed Like Workers | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
To help pay for job retraining, avoid negative affects of robots taking over human jobs.
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...but they shouldn't have to pay their sewer bill....
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Sara Mckinstry's comment, February 20, 2:06 AM
yea if robots take over peoples jobs. they should definitely be paying tax on certain things.
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yes, it's an artful way to ensure that things like social security continue to be fully funded.
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Fox News Poll: Voters Trust Trump Administration Over News Media

Fox News Poll: Voters Trust Trump Administration Over News Media | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
It’s close, but slightly more Americans reportedly trust the White House to tell them the truth more than the news media. A recent Fox News poll found
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The Mark Zuckerberg Manifesto Is a Blueprint for Destroying Journalism

The Mark Zuckerberg Manifesto Is a Blueprint for Destroying Journalism | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Lip service to the crucial function of the Fourth Estate is not enough to sustain it.
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UC Berkeley police release photos from Milo Yiannopoulos protest

UC Berkeley police release photos from Milo Yiannopoulos protest | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
University of California Campus Police have released several photos of suspects allegedly involved in a variety crimes committed earlier this month during a protest against far-right write
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All parties need to rally around peaceful free speech.  This means prosecuting those who break the rules.
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Do Complete Street laws make pedestrians safer?

Do Complete Street laws make pedestrians safer? | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
The carnage continues. We need to go beyond policies and transform streets themselves, according to a new report.
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Georgia DOT to open first diverging diamond interchange outside metro Atlanta

Georgia DOT to open first diverging diamond interchange outside metro Atlanta | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to open the state’s first diverging diamond interchange (DDI) outside of metropolitan Atlanta on Jan. 15 at the intersection of I-95 and SR 21 at Exit 109. DDIs, one…
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Texas shop remanufactures pickups in under 48 hours, sells them for half price

Texas shop remanufactures pickups in under 48 hours, sells them for half price | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Hmmmm…it’s half the cost of a new truck and it comes with a 3-year/75,000-mile warranty? Yes. A vehicle remanufacturer in Tyler, Texas rebuilds fleet vehicles, including trucks and vans, in a short amount of time and…
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Oil Jumps to 18-Month High As More Countries Agree to Cut Production

Oil Jumps to 18-Month High As More Countries Agree to Cut Production | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Oil prices surged to their highest since mid-2015 after the world's top crude producers agreed to the first joint output cut since 2001.
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Study misses point of Prop. 13: Jon Coupal

Study misses point of Prop. 13: Jon Coupal | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
A recent study published in Trulia, a website dedicated to housing issues, has raised eyebrows among those who follow Proposition 13. Indeed, the title of the study itself was marginally inflammatory: “
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The Simplest Way to Avoid Bad Street Design: Copy the Ones That Work

The Simplest Way to Avoid Bad Street Design: Copy the Ones That Work | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
City planning is not just an art, but also a profession, and like in the professions of law or medicine, its practitioners have a responsibility to learn from past successes and failures.  Study of precedent makes it clear that boulevards create street life and enhance real estate value, while highways obliterate street life and sunder real estate value. It is not too late for Lowell to embrace a model that will transform this site from a place that is easy to get through to a place worth arriving at. Similarly, all of our cities, as they contemplate expensive reconstruction of obsolete roadways, have two models to choose from, one led by engineering, and another led by precedent: the study of places we love.
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Brent oil trading trashes volume records after OPEC, Russia agree output cut

Brent oil trading trashes volume records after OPEC, Russia agree output cut | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Trading volumes of Brent crude oil futures pulverized records on Thursday after some of the world's top producers on Wednesday struck a deal to cut output for the first time since 2008, seeking to bolster prices stuck at historically modest levels.
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Oil prices surge, trading volume records smashed as OPEC and Russia agree output cut

Oil prices surge, trading volume records smashed as OPEC and Russia agree output cut | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
An agreement between oil producer club OPEC and Russia to produce less to drain a global glut sent prices soaring in record trading volumes on Thursday, even as analysts warned other producers will likely top up supply.
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Oscar Voting Is Engineered To Favor Movies Like ‘La La Land’

Oscar Voting Is Engineered To Favor Movies Like ‘La La Land’ | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
When the Academy expanded the best picture category to more than five nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010, it also made a fascinating tweak to how the votes are counted. It used to be a first-past-the-post system, where all you needed was more votes than everyone else to win. This meant that movies used to be able to win without majority appeal, as all you needed to do was persuade a dedicated minority to pick your movie. But now, instead of picking their choice for best picture, voters rank them. Then they’re counted with instant runoff voting,1 and the impact this has is it’ll award films with broad majority appeal over ones that have strong plurality appeal. Here’s the gist:

Count up all the first-choice votes.
If a movie gets a majority, that’s the winner. If none does, eliminate the last-place movie from contention.
Take all of the ballots with the eliminated movie at the top. Reapportion them to each voter’s next preferred movie.
Go back to step two.
For example: Let’s say all the first-choice votes are counted up, and no one has a majority. The last-place movie — “Hell or High Water,” maybe — is eliminated, and all of the ballots that had it as the first choice are reapportioned to those ballots’ second-choice movies. Then the process repeats: If nobody has a majority, the last-place movie — let’s say “Lion” — is eliminated from contention, and the ballots that now have “Lion” as top choice are moved to their next preferred pile. This continues until a movie breaks 50 percent.

The effect that this has is that if “La La Land” were every person’s second-favorite movie, it would win the Oscar. It’s why even if we do get an Oscar shock, the result is usually a film that’s recognized as rather good, if not everyone’s favorite.

Given that it’s won some of the most predictive awards this year, that it’s a relatively uncontroversial film and that the Oscars are poised to award the film with the broadest appeal based on the voting algorithm, “La La Land” looks to be a shoo-in.
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Here's one of those Arrow Theorem game theory problems.  How do you get voting "right"?  Primaries take time and don't ensure the "right" outcome, but neither to outright votes, because if my preferred vote doesn't win, maybe there's a second choice that I'd prefer over the actual winner.  If that's the case, I may not vote my preference because I don't want to "waste" my vote; but, then if my second choice wins, I may have buyers remorse if it was a followed closely by my actual preference....arghhh!

The Oscar's system described to the right is probably the best, but it tends to push all winners towards the least offensive and not towards the best...which is often beside the point in voting....hopefully, we won't have protests for "NOT MY OSCAR".
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Wilton: The Recount Is Political

Wilton: The Recount Is Political | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Democrats and Progressives in the Vermont House of Representatives have voted to recount the close election of Chelsea Republican Representative Bob
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Trump Doubles Down on Feud With “Dishonest Media” at Florida Campaign Rally

Trump Doubles Down on Feud With “Dishonest Media” at Florida Campaign Rally | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
After a chaotic week in the White House, President Donald Trump went back to familiar, comfortable territory: a campaign rally. The coordinator of the
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U.S. Inquiries Into Russian Election Hacking Include Three FBI Probes

U.S. Inquiries Into Russian Election Hacking Include Three FBI Probes | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump said in a press conference he had no business ties to Russia.
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How countryside becomes sprawl in four steps

How countryside becomes sprawl in four steps | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
1. Farmer sells frontage lots with septic tanks;
2. Farmer sells culdesac lots with septic;
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Georgia DOT: How a Diverging Diamond Interchange work?

Georgia DOT: How a Diverging Diamond Interchange work? | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
A Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), also known as a double crossover diamond (DCD), is a diamond interchange that crosses traffic to the opposite side of the road across an interchange so vehicles have unimpeded movement onto the freeway ramps. Left-turn movements, which are a typical challenge with standard four-way interchanges, are eliminated with a DDI.
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Vehicle Reman operates nationwide as the leading fleet provider and
service-partner for a sustainable, economical fleet.
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Plat of Zion - 99% Invisible

Plat of Zion - 99% Invisible | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
One such way was in building streets with a width of 132 feet. Which is why today, many streets in Salt Lake City—even in the downtown core—are six lanes of traffic wide (some are narrower due to larger sidewalks).

Street width, as well as the length of each block, can make the city feel hostile to pedestrians. The streets are so menacing and crossings so long that the city has placed plastic buckets on lampposts which hold flags that pedestrians can carry to the other side while crossing.
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Will Legislature follow or evade California’s new sunshine law?

Will Legislature follow or evade California’s new sunshine law? | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
California voters on Nov. 8, 2016 overwhelmingly passed Proposition 54, which mandates 72 hours’ notice before any bill faces a final vote in the Legislature. Will legislators faithfully follow the new law to bring more transparency to their operations or seek loopholes to avoid it?
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Crude Oil Prices Today | OilPrice.com

Crude Oil Prices Today | OilPrice.com | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Crude oil prices & gas price charts. Oil price charts for Brent Crude, WTI & oil futures. Energy news covering oil, petroleum, natural gas and investment advice
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U.S. opens door to oil exports after year of pressure

U.S. opens door to oil exports after year of pressure | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
The Obama administration on Tuesday bowed to months of growing pressure over a 40-year-old ban on exports of most domestic crude, taking two steps expected to unleash a wave of ultra-light shale oil onto global markets.
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Oil, dollar, energy shares and bond yields leap on OPEC deal

Oil, dollar, energy shares and bond yields leap on OPEC deal | Moral Panics, Rent-Seeking Behavior & Fake News | Scoop.it
Oil prices and energy shares swept higher on Thursday after OPEC agreed to cut crude output to clear a glut, while the dollar and bond yields rose sharply on prospects that resulting inflationary pressures will lead to higher interest rates.
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