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Summary Author: Patrick Wiggins

Featured above is the recently discovered supernova 2018gj, located in the direction of Ursa Major but some 67 million light-years away in galaxy NGC 6217. I captured it from my home observatory in Tooele, Utah, on January 14, 2018. This was my fifth supernova discovery and has been confirmed by the supernova working group of the International Astronomical Union. The light from this supernova that's just reaching Earth today started its journey about a million years before the dinosaurs became extinct."

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The Parents Of Kim And Kanye's Surrogate Tell All On Her Insane Delivery!
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Blac Chyna Is Determined To 'Fight Back' And Win The War After Losing Legal Battle Against The Kardashians
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U.S. Senate passes bill to renew NSA warrantless internet surveillance

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Republican Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue sought to discredit Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin’s account of President Trump using profanity to disparage African countries at an immigration meeting in the Oval Office, saying Durbin has a “history” of misrepresenting what was said at White House meetings.

They are referring to a 2013 Facebook post in which Durbin wrongly claimed a GOP leader had told then-President Barack Obama, “I can’t even stand to look at you.”

But there’s more to that story than Cotton and Perdue presented, and there’s a big difference between what happened then and now.

Durbin was not in the 2013 White House meeting. Rather, he shared a secondhand report he received from White House staffers that turned out to be inaccurate. The White House press secretary at the time said the misquote resulted from a “miscommunication in the readout of that meeting between the White House and Senate Democrats.”

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Maintaining a well-balanced, healthy diet is key in protecting vision health. It may reduce your risk from developing serious eye conditions, including cataract, glaucoma, dry eyes, poor night vision, age-related macular degeneration, etc. Here are five best foods for your eyes.

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Want to sell on Amazon? 15 strategies for success

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Teach Clock's Time to your Kids on Android

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Learn Clock's Time will quickly become your ideal and indispensable tool in learning how to read the time on quartz clocks.

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There are a few voices in the present government willing to call out Trump on his unchecked lying, instability, incoherence and arrogance.
When those voices are from within Trump's own party, there can be no claim of bias.

The fact is that the only republicans who are willing to speak out are the ones who admit to themselves that their financial backers will abandon them for speaking the truth.

The additional fact that these few voices of truth feel they cannot get reelected due to the loss of financial support they will incur speaking such truths, merely evidences the failures of the system which gives corporates such leverage over candidates.

(The article contains a link to the full speech transcript -- there's more!)

From the article linked below:

[Jeff] Flake's speech Wednesday -- regardless of his motives -- was a powerful rejection of the "fake news/"alternative facts" era that Trump's candidacy -- and presidency -- has ushered in......
I read through it and plucked out 20 of the most damning lines directed at Trump.

1. "For without truth, and a principled fidelity to truth and to shared facts, Mr. President, our democracy will not last."
Flake, right from the start of the speech, is talking about BIG stuff -- like the future of democracy. And, he's right: Without an agreed-upon set of truths -- and a group of people trusted to fairly judge whether people adhere to those truths or not -- democracy starts to fall apart.

2. "2017 was a year which saw the truth -- objective, empirical, evidence-based truth -- more battered and abused than any other in the history of our country, at the hands of the most powerful figure in our government."
As of last week, President Trump had said more than 2,000 things that were either totally false or misleading, according to a count kept by the Washington Post. That's more than 5.5 factually inaccurate or incorrect statements a day. Every day.

3. "It was the year in which an unrelenting daily assault on the constitutionally-protected free press was launched by that same White House, an assault that is as unprecedented as it is unwarranted."
It's important to harp on this point from Flake. All White Houses -- and all politicians -- don't love the way the media covers them. They want the coverage to focus much more on what they've done as opposed to what they've failed to do. But, what Trump has done is well beyond that sort of territory. He has embarked on a comprehensive and purposeful attempt to vilify and discredit the media for his own political purposes.

4. "It is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies."
This is the line that has drawn the most attention -- and controversy -- from Flake's speech. "Sen. Flake, turn on the news," tweeted Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel. "It's wall-to-wall with biased coverage against @POTUS. He has every right to push back. Comparing the leader of the free world to murderous dictators is absurd. You've gone too far."

5. "The president has it precisely backward -- despotism is the enemy of the people. The free press is the despot's enemy, which makes the free press the guardian of democracy."
This is a Republican senator -- albeit one who is retiring -- basically calling the Republican President of the United States a "despot." Stunning. Even in an age in which that word has lost almost all meaning.

6. "When a figure in power reflexively calls any press that doesn't suit him "fake news," it is that person who should be the figure of suspicion, not the press."
CORRECT. And, an important point: Trump uses the phrase "fake news" to describe stories he doesn't like. That, of course, doesn't make them fake.

7. "Mr. President, so powerful is the presidency that the damage done by the sustained attack on the truth will not be confined to the President's time in office."
If Trump's presidency ended today, there is NO doubt that his lasting legacy on the office, our politics and our country would be his disdain for facts and his attempts to vilify the media for trying to do its job. The idea -- forwarded by Trump -- that objective truth simply doesn't exist and everything is a matter of opinion and perspective is hugely corrosive for democracy.

8. "Here in America, we do not pay obeisance to the powerful -- in fact, we question the powerful most ardently"
One of my favorite quotes about journalism comes via Finley Peter Dunne: "The job of the newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable."

9. "No matter how powerful, no president will ever have dominion over objective reality."
Trump is putting this argument to the test. He may not have dominion over objective reality but he is working very hard to make the case that objective reality doesn't even really exist.

10. "A major difference between politicians and the free press is that the press usually corrects itself when it gets something wrong. Politicians don't."
This is especially true with Trump. While the media has made errors in the Trump era, those mistakes have been addressed and there have been consequences for them. Trump has said more than 2,000 things that are misleading or false and hasn't once apologized for doing so or stopped saying the thing that isn't true.

11. "No longer can we compound attacks on truth with our silent acquiescence. No longer can we turn a blind eye or a deaf ear to these assaults on our institutions."
While much of Flake's speech is meant for Trump, this line is clearly targeted at Flake's Senate colleagues -- many of whom throw up their hands and say nothing every time Trump lies or commits some new outrage. That reaction isn't enough in the face of such an existential threat, according to Flake.

12. "An American president who cannot take criticism -- who must constantly deflect and distort and distract -- who must find someone else to blame -- is charting a very dangerous path."
Trump's thin-skinnedness is somewhat remarkable given that he has spent almost his entire adult life in the public eye.

13. "2018 must be the year in which the truth takes a stand against power that would weaken it."
Flake is actively calling for a revolt against Trump by his own party -- in an election year no less!

14. "Together, united in the purpose to do our jobs under the Constitution, without regard to party or party loyalty, let us resolve to be allies of the truth -- and not partners in its destruction."
I am going to make a prediction here: The Senate won't be throwing aside party loyalty any time soon.

15. "To be very clear, to call the Russia matter a 'hoax' -- as the President has many times -- is a falsehood."
Already in 2018, Trump has sent out three separate tweets deriding the Russia investigation as a "hoax."

16. "Every word that a president utters projects American values around the world."
This is both a) objectively true and b) something that Trump appears to either not grasp or not care to grasp.

17. "Between the mighty and the modest, truth is the great leveler."
My favorite line of the speech -- by far.

18. "Not only has the past year seen an American president borrow despotic language to refer to the free press, but it seems he has in turn inspired dictators and authoritarians with his own language."
We tend to focus on the impact Trump's words have on American society and our politics. But, as Flake catalogs in his speech, it's quite clear that Trump's norm-busting is being watched by authoritarians the world over as they seek to diminish the idea of objective truth and put their own political goals into the vacuum created.

19. "In our own country, from the trivial to the truly dangerous, it is the range and regularity of the untruths we see that should be cause for profound alarm, and spur to action."
This is spot-on. What has amazed me in the first year of Trump's presidency is not his willingness to fib about big things but the little white lies he tells about stuff that's laughably easy to check -- and in so doing prove him wrong.

20. "If we compromise the truth for the sake of our politics, we are lost."
Partisanship and politics has become not only the over-arching concern for lots of politicians but the only concern. The reaction by the White House to Trump's "shithole" comments -- this will play well with our base! -- was the epitome of this politics-over-everything view.


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Craving carbs? Blame your brain, Japan study finds - Under pressure and gobbling pizza or chocolate? It may not be your fault, according to Japanese researchers who have isolated the neurons that drive a craving for carbs.

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The new Exynos 7885 SoC is arguably the Galaxy A8 (2018)’s best feature

A lot has been said about the new Galaxy A8 (2018) and Galaxy A8+ (2018), especially when it comes to how these handsets bring Samsung’s mid-range lineup closer to the flagships more than ever. What hasn’t been highlighted enough is the Exynos chip that powers these handsets. The Exynos 7885 is the first Exynos 7 series chip to sport performance-oriented Cortex-A73 cores (and also the first with Bluetooth 5.0 support), and in my experience with the A8+, I’ve come to realize that the new Exynos SoC makes for one of the most significant upgrades to the A series.

It’s what’s under the hood that counts

I’ve talked about how the Galaxy A7 (2017) disappointed me with its everyday performance, and I’d chalk it up to the fact that it was powered by a processor that’s all about efficiency (even though a Snapdragon chip with similar specs seems to perform better). The Exynos 7880 that powered the 2017 models of the A5 and A7 was an octa-core chip with eight Cortex-A53 cores, and it just didn’t have the grunt to keep Samsung’s heavy (and still fairly unoptimized) software running without hiccups. My girlfriend is currently using the A7 (2017), and while her complaints of poor performance have only become more frequent in the last couple of months, that phone wasn’t a great performer out of the box, either.

It’s a different story with the Galaxy A8+, however. Performance on this phone has been almost flagship-like in everyday usage, with the few stutters and hiccups here and there not getting in the way of the user experience. It’s not perfect: The A8+ slows down when apps are being installed or updated in the background, or when I try to switch between two apps quickly by double tapping the recent apps button. But, like the Infinity display or the Gear VR support, the A8+’ everyday performance makes it feel like a flagship without all the bells and whistles (or price tag) of an actual flagship. The 6GB of RAM helps, of course, but our experience with the A8 has been a similar one despite lower RAM on that model.

Now, as with most Samsung phones, it’s possible the A8 and A8+ will slow down after a few weeks or months of use, but things are looking promising right now. If anything, just the fact that there are two Cortex-A73 cores under the hood means the A8 or A8+ will not see the same kind of performance dip as their predecessors. Again, nothing’s certain until someone has used one of these phones for an extended period, but as it stands right now, I would argue that the new Exynos 7885 chipset is the Galaxy A8 and A8+’ best feature.

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This administration is working to advance an agenda the ends of which are functionally identical not only to that of toxic Never-Trump #neoconservatives like Bill Kristol and John McCain, but to Obama and Hillary Clinton as well.

There has been a lot of confusion and dispute about the term #deepstate lately, but whatever your definition, a military agenda which transcends party boundaries and remains in effect no matter who is in office surely points to an unelected power establishment calling the shots from behind the scenes.


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Top 10 defining phones in Samsung's History

Samsung has a long journey in the mobile industry from being a small fish in the wide ocean to becoming the undisputed leader of the smartphone market now. In that video, you are going to discover the Top 10 defining phones in Samsung's History with :
- Samsung Galaxy I7500
- Samsung BlackJack, one of the most popular Window Mobile phones
- Samsung Galaxy S4, the flagship with more features packed into a phone
- Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
- Samsung Galaxy Alpha, design shift
- Samsung Instinct, response to the original iPhone
- Samsung Galaxy Note, first “true” phablet
- Samsung Galaxy S I9000
- Samsung Galaxy Note 7, fiasco with the recall
- Samsung Galaxy SIII, first phone to reach sales comparable to iPhone, established Samsung as a world leader
- and ...

Let us know your thoughts concerning this Top 10 Samsung's phones in the history.

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Wisconsin's Walker proposes work, photo ID requirements in welfare overhaul plan

Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday called on the Wisconsin Legislature to pass a sweeping welfare overhaul package with some of the toughest requirements in the country, including forcing parents on food stamps with school-aged children to work or be in job training and mandating photo identification for food stamp recipients.
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