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Fusion picks up The Young Turks show

Fusion picks up The Young Turks show
By HADAS GOLD 05/09/16 11:04 AM EDT
The Young Turks is coming to cable TV, with a one-hour weekly show on Fusion.

The show will start in September and run for 12 weeks until the election. It will be hosted by "TYT" hosts Ana Kasparian and Jon Iadarola and will be taped in front of a live audience at college campuses around the country. TYT founder Cenk Uygur, as well as celebrity guest hosts and participants will join in throughout the series.

“Fusion’s goal is to continue elevating the issues that matter to this diverse, emerging generation of young people. The Young Turks and their distinct, passionate voices will be a valuable addition to our coverage of this unconventional and consequential election cycle,” Daniel Eilemberg, Co-President and Chief Content Officer for Fusion said in a statement. “We are excited to hit the road this fall to engage college students from across the country, providing them with a platform to make their voices heard.”

The Young Turks network is one of the largest online video news channels, with a liberal and progressive bent and more than 200 million views a month on YouTube, often beating traditional cable news outlets on the platform.


We can’t vote for either one: On world stage, Clinton and Trump present different, but serious,

SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2016 05:59 AM EDT

We can’t vote for either one: On world stage, Clinton and Trump present different, but serious, dangers

It is pathetically impossible to determine which one would be worse, the only metric we have left. It's OK to pass


As of this past week Americans voters have their choices in November—all three of them. I do not see them as nearly as clear or simple as a lot of people might have imagined even a little while ago. The exception is the third of these alternatives, the right to remain silent—a phrase ordinarily used in another context but perfectly correct in this one. This position seems to have just gotten a great deal clearer, if not simpler.

In my read, the race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as it now shapes up does not present voters with anything like an obvious choice. Neither does it seem certain at this moment which of two candidates unworthy of election—let us speak honestly—will triumph. Nor can one say which of the two would be worse, and this, pathetically, is the metric now establishing itself in many voters’ minds.

As a quick aside, it truly tells us a lot, doesn’t it, that Clinton can bring a record of service decades in length and still face a serious challenge from Donald Trump. Every time she tells her mobs of supporters, “This is going to be a tough fight,” I think how shameful a fact this is. Madame Secretary, I reflect, looks a lot better in the television series, risible as it is. Téa Leone, with her whiskey voice, her greeting-card compassion and her ritualized moral ambivalence as she executes our dishonorable foreign policies, somehow manages to come over more persuasively.

What a moment.

more: http://www.salon.com/2016/05/08/we_cant_vote_for_either_one_on_world_stage_clinton_and_trump_present_different_but_serious_dangers/
Posted by silvershadow | Sun May 8, 2016, 05:04 PM (8 replies)

The Small Town Judge Who Sees a Quarter of the Nation’s Patent Cases

The Small Town Judge Who Sees a Quarter of the Nation’s Patent Cases

May 5, 2016 // 08:00 AM EST

The first thing people tell you about Judge Rodney Gilstrap is that he’s not from Marshall. In the small Texas city (population 24,000) east of Dallas where he presides as a US district court judge, where you’re from matters, and the 59-year-old Gilstrap was actually born in Pensacola, Florida. But because he earned both his BA and his law degree at Baylor University (three hours away in Waco, Texas), has practiced law in Marshall since the 80s, and married a local girl whose family owns the town funeral home, most folks forgive Gilstrap this blight.

They also probably cut him some slack because of how he’s run his court for the last five years.

Since taking the bench in 2011—moving literally across the street from his law office into the district courthouse—Gilstrap has become one of the most influential patent litigation judges in the country. In 2015, there were 5,819 new patent cases filed in the US; 1,686 of those ended up in front of Judge Gilstrap. That’s more than a quarter of all cases in the country; twice as many as the next most active patent judge.

These include some of the most contentious and headline-grabbing patent disputes in the US. There’s the 2013 case where a jury awarded a patent troll $2.3 million, a decision Gilstrap later overturned. There was also the $533 million patent troll win in a case against Apple, a decision Gilstrap has now stayed to allow for appeal.


Posted by silvershadow | Sun May 8, 2016, 04:07 AM (0 replies)

The Bernie Sanders question

The Bernie Sanders question

FINDING PATTERNS If things play out according to form, most Bernie Sanders voters will end up backing Hillary Clinton. But very little in this election has played out to form.

By Harry Bruinius, Staff writer
MAY 6, 2016

The script should feel familiar to Hillary Clinton. In 2008, after all, she was Bernie Sanders, pushing the presumptive nominee, Barack Obama, well after the delegate chase seemed lost.

But as Mrs. Clinton moves inexorably toward the Democratic nomination this summer, there is some question about whether this election will continue to follow that 2008 script.

In 2008, Clinton threw her considerable clout behind Mr. Obama, unifying the party for the general election.

Will Senator Sanders do the same? And perhaps more important, will Sanders’s supporters be inclined to listen?

much more: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2016/0506/The-Bernie-Sanders-question
Posted by silvershadow | Sun May 8, 2016, 01:52 AM (6 replies)

Bernie Sanders will be well-equipped to upend Democratic convention

WASHINGTON — If Bernie Sanders wants to upend the Democratic National Convention, he'll likely have all the tools he needs.

The Democratic nomination increasingly seems Hillary Clinton's for the taking. But the number of pledged delegates Sanders will have collected by the time the convention begins July 25 should give him a sizable presence on convention committees and a strong voice in shaping the Democratic Party's rules and platform to include some of his top priorities.

Tad Devine, one of Sanders' top advisers and a veteran of contentious convention battles, said he expects “good will” at the convention between Sanders and Clinton, and agreement on a number of issues. But he raised the possibility that Sanders will play hardball if negotiations fail.

Devine said Sanders should have enough committee votes to file “minority reports” — dissents from positions held by the majority of delegates at the convention. Using that tool could mire the proceedings in debate and votes if Clinton won't agree on issues important to Sanders.

much more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/05/05/bernie-sanders-well-equipped-upend-democratic-convention/83964184/

Bernie Sanders Comes to Montana

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will host a rally on Wednesday in Billings. He is expected to discuss a wide range of issues, including getting big money out of politics, his plan to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, combating climate change and ensuring universal health care.

Doors Open at 5 p.m. for the “A Future to Believe In” Rally, Montana Pavilion, MetraPark, 308 6th Ave N, Billings.

It’s free and open to the public. However, RSVP are strongly encouraged.

Admission is first come, first served. Crowd entrance can be found at the admission gate. For security reasons, the public is asked to bring bags and limit what they bring to small, personal items like keys and cell phones. Weapons, sharp objects, chairs, and signs or banners on sticks won’t be allowed through security. Public transportation will be available via the Met bus arena stop

Posted by silvershadow | Sun May 8, 2016, 01:27 AM (3 replies)


ABC's "This Week" - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump

NBC's "Meet the Press" - Trump; Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

CBS' "Face the Nation" - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union; Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

CNN's "State of the Union" - Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska.

Posted by silvershadow | Sun May 8, 2016, 01:24 AM (3 replies)

Jack Russell In A Life Jacket Rescued After Swimming For Three Hours At Sea

A very tired Jack Russell swam for three hours amid choppy waters before two couples passed within ten feet of him on their boat. His owner had gone below deck, and when he returned the dog was gone. If the pup hadn’t been wearing a bright orange life jacket, his rescuers said, they would never have seen him.

The boaters were five miles offshore of Hernando Beach in the Gulf of Mexico when one man, Bruce Knecht, identified what he thought was a buoy floating in the water. As they grew closer, it became clear the “object” was something else entirely.

“You just saw his little nose sticking up out of the water,” another boater, Shawn Sahr, told FOX 13 News. Sahr’s husband Michael noted that finding the little guy was like “a needle in a haystack.” The pup swam right up to the boat before Michael lifted him aboard.

When they radioed the Coast Guard, the group discovered the dog had been reported overboard several hours prior. His owner arrived at the nearest station in tears the same moment they arrived, shouting the dog’s name, Jaegermeister. He said this was his baby, and that he was “just so glad,” especially after hours of searching and assuming his best friend was gone forever.

Posted by silvershadow | Sun May 8, 2016, 12:28 AM (9 replies)

Huge Panama Papers search database goes public Monday

Huge Panama Papers search database goes public Monday

On Monday, people everywhere will be able to see for themselves which politicians, celebrities and business executives allegedly kept secret shell companies that were exposed in the Panama Papers.

A Google-like searchable database is expected to go live at 2 p.m. ET, detailing ties between 368,000 people and 300,000 offshore entities.

It's being released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

"You'll see companies and their official owners. This is information that's never been available," said Marina Walker Guevara, ICIJ's deputy director. "We think that information about who owns the company should be public and transparent."


Apparently we need to trot this out again...I defer to his advice and counsel over yours:

Posted by silvershadow | Sat May 7, 2016, 10:47 PM (8 replies)
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