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Email bombshells from Hillary's secret account show she didn't know when cabinet meetings were held, was dumbfounded by a fax machine and emailed aides to fetch her iced tea. State Department published a massive tranche of Hillary Clinton's emails Tuesday night from her days as secretary of stateJudge ordered the release in response to a Freedom Of Information Act lawsuitTuesday's revelation covers barely 3,000 of the 55,000 pages that must go online by the end of the year; 9:00 p.m. release suggested State Department tried to bury itFunny moments (Clinton can't work a fax machine) vied with imperious messages (telling aides to fetch her iced tea) and confusing references to someone on her calendar named 'Santa' By David Martosko, Us Political Editor For Published: 05:49 GMT, 1 July 2015 | Updated: 21:44 GMT, 1 July 2015 Hillary Clinton's emails have been a subject of partisan finger-pointing and hand-wringing since the revelation in April that she had used a private home-brew server to store her messages during the four years she was secretary of state.

She used her email to let aides know she was thirsy. Scroll down for video WHO'S SANTA? 1. 2. Education | Parents tackled over discipline. Schools' Secretary Ed Balls has promised to tackle parents who refuse to accept that teachers have a right to discipline their children. Some headteachers give unruly pupils detentions only for the parents to march into class to complain, he says. He has asked behaviour adviser Sir Alan Steer to suggest ways heads in England can work with such parents. He talked about discipline and the running of schools at a meeting of head teachers in Birmingham. At the National College for School Leadership conference, he said: "Schools are doing a fantastic job of turning around poor behaviour, which is crucial to improving results.

"However, we need parents to continue to play their part. "When I talk to heads they say behaviour is one of their main concerns. "So whilst the vast majority of parents work really well with schools, a small minority are not supporting heads to maintain discipline. " Discipline is seen as a key way of improving standards in schools where few pupils achieve good GCSEs. Silicon-valley-servers. Leaked TPP paper shows US pushing drug company rights. A draft of part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal leaked to the Politico website suggests the US is demanding increased protections for pharmaceutical companies, restricting access to the lower-cost generic versions of drugs that agencies such as New Zealand's Pharmac buy.

The draft copy of the intellectual property chapter of the trade agreement as it stood on May 11, before the Guam negotiating round, includes what is known as 'patent-linkage' provisions which would prevent regulators in TPP countries approving generic versions of drugs whenever there were unresolved patent issues, the Washington-based Politico website reported. The draft would make linkage mandatory, as it is in the US, allowing drug companies to fend off generics by claiming patent infringements, the website reported.

It cited Heather Bresch, chief executive of generic drug maker Mylan, as saying mandatory patent linkage would amount to "a recipe for indefinite evergreening of pharmaceutical monopolies. " Iran nuclear talks in endgame, negotiators push on sticking points. Perfectly timed picture of my firework. Yes or no? What Greece's landmark vote might bring. LONDON (AP) — On his 10-year trip home, the Greek hero Odysseus at one point had to steer his ship and crew down a narrow stretch of water menaced on opposite sides by two sea monsters, Scylla and Charybdis. The Greek people are in similar dire straits as they prepare to vote on a future in which they face two painful prospects: the slow grind of years more of austerity cuts or the country's potentially catastrophic exit from the euro.

The question is whether their vote on Sunday can help them escape either. "Yes" to more budget cuts in exchange for a financial aid package for the country? Or reject it in the hope it will not lead the country out of the euro? The referendum question makes no reference to Greece's future in the currency union. For the radical left-led Greek government, the proposals were unacceptable. In fact, what might happen in each case is unclear. Here's a look at the events that each vote might trigger. Much would likely depend on what happens on the political front. Reddit CEO Ellen Pao: 'We are going to figure this out and fix it' Less than half of young people in the US are extremely proud to be American. Cornell Professor Sara Pritchard recently made the argument in the Conversation that female professors should receive bonus points on their student evaluations, because of the severe negative bias students have toward their female professors.

Commentators on Fox News attempted to discredit her argument as “insane,” ridiculed the idea that gender plays a role in evaluations and repeatedly mentioned a lack of data to support her claims. But the reality is women faculty are at a disadvantage. Unfortunately, as we well know, for many women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the path to academia ends long before they obtain a faculty position and are the “lucky” recipient of biased student evaluations. We represent the success stories—women with careers at Ivy League universities. And yes, while we agree that there are more women in STEM fields today than ever before, bias still affects women in STEM, and not just in student evaluations. What makes a ‘fit’? The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit | GQ.

The hermit set out of camp at midnight, carrying his backpack and his bag of break-in tools, and threaded through the forest, rock to root to rock, every step memorized. Not a boot print left behind. It was cold and nearly moonless, a fine night for a raid, so he hiked about an hour to the Pine Tree summer camp, a few dozen cabins spread along the shoreline of North Pond in central Maine. With an expert twist of a screwdriver, he popped open a door of the dining hall and slipped inside, scanning the pantry shelves with his penlight. Candy! Always good. Ten rolls of Smarties, stuffed in a pocket. He could’ve used a little more luck. And there he was. Hughes used his cell phone, quietly, and asked the Maine State Police to alert trooper Diane Perkins-Vance, who had also been hunting the hermit. The burglar eased out of the dining hall, and Hughes used his left hand to blind the man with his flashlight; with his right he aimed his .357 square on his nose.

"For how long? " And that was it. Have a Way To Break the Sabbath? Some Jewish Entrepreneur Will Patent That. If you try to keep the Jewish Sabbath, you might have heard of KosherSwitch, which is supposed to allow observant Jews to flick switches without violating Shabbat. KosherSwitch looks like the clever brainchild of Rube Goldberg and Erwin Schrödinger. When you flick it, you’re raising a tiny plastic gate inside, which had previously separated a laser from a laser detector. Once a laser pulse is detected, the light turns on—but not instantaneously, because both laser and detector are wired to “malfunction” at random intervals. You flick, a light goes on—but because the link between actor and action has been severed, the person flicking isn’t culpable for the result, which is therefore Shabbat-friendly (the theory goes).

The Indiegogo page notes several times that the device has been patented—this cockeyed Jewish legal dodge is proprietary and cannot be produced by others without the inventor’s permission. And it isn’t the only one. Skolnik saw a business opportunity. Like this article? What Washington really knows about the Internet of Things. President Barack Obama wears a FitBit monitor on his wrist to count his steps and calories, and has waxed poetic about the power of wearable technology to “give each of us information that allows us to stay healthier.”

On Capitol Hill, 13 members have joined together across party lines this year to launch the Internet of Things Caucus. Started by a former Microsoft marketing executive and a Republican who made his fortune in electronics, the caucus pledges to help foster the coming explosion of “products, services and interconnected opportunities that didn’t exist a generation ago and will be taken for granted by the end of this generation.” Then again, the caucus hasn't even held its first meeting yet. The short answer: It's not. What I found, overall, is that the government doesn’t have any single mechanism to address the Internet of Things or the challenges it’s presenting. So far, we seem to be letting the window close. But the Internet of Things isn't waiting. Sen. The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. Know Which Words to Use on Your Resume for Different Job Openings.

Coping While Black: A Season Of Traumatic News Takes A Psychological Toll : Code Switch. Raymond Smith of Charleston, S.C., kneels in prayer in front of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston before a worship service on June 21. Stephen B. Morton/AP hide caption toggle caption Stephen B. Morton/AP Raymond Smith of Charleston, S.C., kneels in prayer in front of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston before a worship service on June 21. Stephen B. Can racism cause post-traumatic stress? What's clear is that many black Americans experience what psychologists call "race-based trauma," says Monnica Williams, director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities at the University of Louisville.

While researchers are still trying to understand exactly how this phenomenon operates, Williams says it's clear that African-Americans are hit hard by incidents that recall the country's ugly history of institutionalized racism. And such trauma can occur, even vicariously, after events like the recent church attack in Charleston. Smoke billows from a CVS Pharmacy store in Baltimore on April 27. 3 reasons the American Revolution was a mistake. This July 4, let's not mince words: American independence in 1776 was a monumental mistake. We should be mourning the fact that we left the United Kingdom, not cheering it. Of course, evaluating the wisdom of the American Revolution means dealing with counterfactuals. As any historian would tell you, this is a messy business. We obviously can't be entirely sure how America would have fared if it had stayed in the British Empire longer, perhaps gaining independence a century or so later, along with Canada.

But I'm reasonably confident a world in which the revolution never happened would be better than the one we live in now, for three main reasons: Slavery would've been abolished earlier, American Indians would've faced rampant persecution but not the outright ethnic cleansing Andrew Jackson and other American leaders perpetrated, and America would have a parliamentary system of government that makes policymaking easier and lessens the risk of democratic collapse. How Uber Took Over Portland: Release the Lobbyists! Charlie Hales, the mayor of Portland, Ore., was running a zoning hearing last December when he missed a call on his cell from David Plouffe, the campaign mastermind behind Barack Obama’s ascent.

Although Hales had never met him, Plouffe left a voice mail that had an air of charming familiarity, reminiscing about the 2008 rally when 75,000 Obama supporters thronged Portland’s waterfront. “Sure love your city,” Plouffe gushed. “I’m now working for Uber and would love to talk.” Hales, like many mayors in America, could probably guess why Plouffe was trying to reach him. Uber’s made a name for itself by barging into cities and forcing politicians to respond. It started in 2010, providing swanky rides at the tap of an app in San Francisco. The next day, City Hall heard from a local reporter that Uber cars would hit the streets that very evening. Hales gathered Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick and three aides to call Plouffe. That didn’t sit well with Uber. Soon, Alpert’s phone rang. Insomnia, anxiety, break-ups … musicians on the dark side of touring. While many may envisage the life of a touring musician to be that of a glorified jetsetter, the reality is far from idyllic.

A recent study by charity Help Musicians UK found that over 60% of musicians have suffered from depression or other psychological issues, with touring an issue for 71% of respondents. Singer Alanna McArdle recently announced her departure from Cardiff punk band Joanna Gruesome for mental health reasons, her statement hinting that the strain of touring may have been a factor in her decision to quit.And when Zayn Malik broke the hearts of millions by pulling out of One Direction’s tour of Asia – leaving the boy band shortly after – a source close to the band told the tabloid press: “Zayn went because he’d had enough.

Have you ever been on the road for four years? ” “The classic image of a touring musician would seem counterintuitive to all we know about well-being,” says Isabella Goldie of the Mental Health Foundation. More information at Help Musicians UK. Uk.businessinsider. The Man Who Jumped Out Of The Window. My Great Uncle Abe was a liberal icon and a target of vicious McCarthyites in the 1950s. But is that what drove him to suicide? When I was five years old and about to start school, I asked my grandmother if all the terrible stories I’d heard about first grade were true.

You know, the ones about homework so hard it makes you cry and fourth graders the size of bears. She assured me they were not, and pointed to a portrait on the wall of a man with wire-rimmed glasses and an old-fashioned haircut. In a soft voice, she told me that I had been given his Hebrew name, Avraham. Abe Feller had been accorded hero status in our family long before anyone painted his portrait. Still, Abe’s story has never felt like an integral part of our family’s larger story.

Even later, as a young adult, I would catch only glimpses of Abe’s last days. I became curious about what was on the other side of that silence in the summer of 1995, when I was thirty-four. I started reading about Abe. Abe Feller Alice Feller. iOS 9 and Safari View Controller: The Future of Web Views. For a long time, iOS apps have been able to open links as web views. When you tap a link in a Twitter client, an RSS reader, or a bookmark utility, it usually opens in a mini browser that doesn't leave the app, providing you with the convenience of not having to switch between Safari and the app.

For years, in spite of some security concerns, this worked well and became the de-facto standard among third-party iOS apps. With iOS 9, Apple wants this to change – and they're bringing the power of Safari to any app that wants to take advantage of it. Web Views The history of iOS has seen a complicated history between apps and the web. With the release of iOS 4.3 in early 2011, Apple introduced Nitro, a faster, just-in-time (JIT) JavaScript engine for Safari that considerably sped up the browser's performance in loading complex webpages.

In a widely circulated article, The Register wrote that Apple was "handcuffing" open web apps with Safari-only Nitro. Safari View Controller But there's more. Kurdish Forces Regain Control of Kobani. How successful people beat stress. This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here. There are two kinds of people in this world: those who believe they can make things happen and those who believe things happen to them. The first group are convinced that the outcome of their lives and careers is more or less in their own hands, and they wouldn’t have it any other way. The second group take more of a Forrest Gump approach—they sit around and wait for the bus to take them somewhere. University of Florida psychologist Tim Judge and his colleagues have shown overwhelmingly that people who feel that they control the events in their lives (more than the events control them) and are confident in their abilities end up doing better on nearly every important measure of work performance.

In Judge’s studies, these individuals—we’ll call them “the Empowered”—were found to do the following: In good times and bad Of course, when good times are rolling, nearly all of us believe we have the world by the tail. The crisis in non-fiction publishing. Decoding the Remarkable Algorithms of Ants. Editing the Software of Life, for Fame and Fortune — Backchannel. Top Professions in America That Are Lacking in Diversity. Some physicists believe we're living in a giant hologram — and it's not that far-fetched.

Don't Believe In Evolution? Try Thinking Harder : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture. Ultrafast 3-D Printing Tech Could Challenge Established Manufacturing Methods. Everything Is Yours, Everything Is Not Yours — Matter. Be More Likable in Any Situation by Following the "Platinum Rule" London: the city that ate itself | UK news. Don't Call Kids 'Smart' A Hilarious War Between A Graffiti Artist And A Graffiti Cleanup Crew. An Italian taste tests American junk food. Designing Data-Driven Interfaces — Truth Labs. Black churches are burning while the US declares victory over a flag. Dick Costolo: why tech firms are set to face complex ethical issues | Technology. Associated Press Interactive. UzyUxrj. Video: Movies that predicted the future—and some that didn’t.

The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here. Downhills at the Tour de France Test Cyclists Against Time, Danger and One Another. A New Way To Look At Emotions : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture. A Brief Guide to Quitting a Bad Habit. Introducing Material Design Lite — Google Developers. Tehran's 'Just Do It' Generation makes up for lost time. Peak Thucydides? | Sphinx. Terminator-vision and the complex questions behind “augmented reality” Europe doesn’t have a debt crisis—it has a democracy crisis. The Father of the Emoticon Chases His Great White Whale | Narratively | Human stories, boldly told. The Mob's IT Department | Bloomberg Business.

What are Quaaludes, where did Bill Cosby get them, and why aren’t they legal anymore? Apple Watch sales plunge 90% Uk.businessinsider. Science-backed things that make you happier - Business Insider. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. How to Jump Into the Deep End of Change: Leaving Your Startup as a Founder. While China’s stock market melts down, investors ask, “Where are our leaders?” Scientists discover an unexpected natural hangover cure that actually works. Let's Quit It with the Introvert/Extrovert Nonsense. My favourite Jurassic world edit so far. Dinosaurs, Man...What Does It All Mean?

Uk.businessinsider. What I've Learned from Moving Three Times and Trashing Everything I Own. Google’s Monastic Vision for the Future of Work. 12 Vague Supermarket Food Labels, Explained. Hands-on: Reaching out and touching someone with Oculus’ Touch controllers. The absurd trial of a Russian farmer who invented his own inflation-proof currency. A New Theory of Distraction. The War Nerd: A Glorious Victory, For Once! Google DeepMind Teaches Artificial Intelligence Machines to Read. The Best Place to Sit in Coach If You Hope for an Empty Seat Next to You. Uk.businessinsider. I sacrificed my health and teenage years to study at the IITs—but was it worth it? All the Stuff You Can Rent Out to Earn Extra Cash. Top 10 tips: Reporting the economy. Oklahoma school finds hidden time capsule - Album on Imgur.

Working Mothers Who Make It All Work. TbtZUTX.jpg (JPEG Image, 581 × 848 pixels) Top 10 Unusual Ways to Make Your To-Do List Actually Doable. Avoid "Hedonic Adaptation" by Breaking Routines to Stay Happy. 7 Ways to Use the Power of Powerless Communication. How America Broke Its Drone Force. Data Mining Reveals the Surprising Factors Behind Successful Movies. Solar Power for Everyone. This Video Explains How to Finally Get Rid of Your Bad Breath. Are We Seeing the End of Homeopathy? Behind the skyscrapers in Dubai. Cp2qW13. Want to manage your time successfully? Use this simple Google investment trick. Talent Does Not Decide Whether You Succeed. This debate between two college students reveals an enormous amount about class in America. Take This Productivity Style Quiz to Find Out How You Work Best  Uk.businessinsider. Will artificial intelligence be so human that it will get religion? The Emerging Challenge of Augmenting Virtual Worlds With Physical Reality.

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