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"All this means that, although Trump will still hold the title of President, he’s on the way to being effectively removed from the presidency. Neutered. Defanged." http://bit.ly/2xr7Is5

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to trade point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in exchange for point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 unprotected first-round draft pick, the team announced Tuesday night.

Irving had originally requested a trade during a July meeting with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Reports indicated that Irving wanted to play in a situation where he could be more of the focal point and that he no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James. Irving also has three years and $60 million left on his contract (with an opt-out on the final year), but the Celtics completed the trade with the belief that Irving will sign long-term.

Thomas, on the other hand, led the Boston Celtics to the best record in the Eastern Conference last season, while averaging 28.9 points, 5.9 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers are also getting a solid defender in Crowder, who averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds last season.

#NBA #Celtics #Cavaliers

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// High-ranking military officials have become an increasingly ubiquitous presence in American political life during Donald Trump’s presidency, repeatedly winning arguments inside the West Wing, publicly contradicting the president and even balking at implementing one of his most controversial policies.
Connected by their faith in order and global norms, these military leaders are rapidly consolidating power throughout the executive branch as they counsel a volatile president. Some establishment figures in both political parties view them as safeguards for the nation in a time of turbulence.Trump’s elevation of a cadre of current and retired generals marks a striking departure for a country that for generations has positioned civilian leaders above and apart from the military. “This is the only time in modern presidential history when we’ve had a small number of people from the uniformed world hold this much influence over the chief executive,” said John E. McLaughlin, a former acting director of the CIA who served in seven administrations. “They are right now playing an extraordinary role.” In the wake of the deadly racial violence in Charlottesville this month, five of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were hailed as moral authorities for condemning hate in less equivocal terms than the commander in chief did. On social policy, military leaders have been voices for moderation. The Pentagon declined to immediately act upon Trump’s Twitter announcement that he would ban transgender people from the armed forces, instead awaiting a more formal directive that has yet to arrive. //

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Video: Since Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the 2016 presidential election many have been looking for an explanation for his rise. But, there is no such thing as one type of Trump voter who voted for him for one single reason. Instead, five different types of Trump voters voted for him for different reasons — and these groups disagree with one another on even the core issues of the campaign. For updates on the study, follow #VOTERSSG on Twitter… http://j.mp/2vcf2XG

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WARNING TO PARENTS: One man’s 7-year-old daughter loves an app called Musical.ly, which he says she uses to create goofy lip dub duets with her cousins. But apparently, the app has a messaging component and his family found out the hard way when his daughter started getting messages from a stranger asking for nude photos. Now the concerned dad wants to warn others.

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Jack Wallen looks at the best Linux distributions according to task:

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Note 8 Keeps getting better...

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There was no shortage of drama at the official arrivals.

http://nesn.com/2017/08/watch-conor-mcgregor-clash-with-floyd-mayweathers-entourage-in-las-vegas/

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"In my free time, I am a wish granting volunteer for Make a Wish Mid Atlantic." - Julieanne, 4 year veteran
Read more on: bit.ly/2g3bTqy

#Sports #NFL #Cheerleaders

(Credit: Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders)

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After a Delay the Moto 360 Sport gets Android Wear 2.0

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How #DigitalNervousSystems can raise your #OrganizationalIQ
https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/insights/how-digital-nervous-systems-can-raise-your-organizational-iq
#Cybernetics #DigitalTransformation #CEOs #CIOs #CTOs #Technology #TechStrategy

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Study of Moon Rocks Suggest Interior of the Moon is Really Dry

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Mars may seem to resemble a cold, dusty, and dry landscape, but it looks like the atmosphere can also produce violent, unexpected bouts of snowy weather – particularly after nightfall.

When the Sun goes down and temperatures plunge, Mars experiences intense snowstorms generated by strong gusts of wind, according to a new study that shows there's still a lot we don't know about conditions on the Red Planet.

The findings, led by planetary scientist Aymeric Spiga from the University Pierre and Marie Curie in France, give us a new insight into weather patterns on Mars, which could one day help future explorers colonising the planet.

"It's the first time anyone has shown that snowstorms, or water-ice microbursts, occur presently on Mars," Spiga told Andy Coghlan at New Scientist.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2144536-it-could-be-snowing-on-mars-right-now/

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NGC 5189 Planetary Nebula

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope Striking image of the planetary nebula NGC 5189. The intricate structure of the stellar eruption looks like a giant and brightly coloured ribbon in space.

Image: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) [high-resolution]

Caption: Hubble Heritage team

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A tiny organism has big potential to produce both life-sustaining food and construction materials for astronauts on their long journey to Mars.

Yeast strains of Yarrowia lipolytica that naturally like to feed on urine have been bioengineered to produce omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to human health, as well as polyesters that can be made into moldable shapes.

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Electronic Toys

Time to upgrade, managed to switch to a great time of year for freebies. Hence the Home by Google, didn't cost a penny.

The Pixel will take a little while to get used to, went for the smaller sized version. Blame this one on +Kimberly Chapman (thank you!).

#pixel #phone #toystoystoys #tookalmost2hourstomovedata

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Hidden jewel

Stone bramble (Rubus saxatilis)

Svartskog, Norway

This intensely colored fruit should be easy to see on the forest floor but is quite hard to find as it is mostly hidden under the leaves of the plant. Furthermore each plant holds very few fruits, and some just one drupe as seen here. A fully formed fruit would hold many drupes and resemble a cloudberry, but this species has way of producing very irregular number of drupes and for me this one was like a ruby in the forest. Just one precious fruit carrying the true gem inside it.

With blueberries and lingonberries/cowberries each plant carries so many fruits you can see them from afar, but this species has a different way of life and I had to look very carefully to find this amazing specimen.

When you sit by these fruits and wait for the rays of sunlight to filter through to the fruit, they almost glow and become semi-transparent, and you can see the shape of the seeds inside.

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 22 August 2017 17:00
Altitude: 9 meters

#fruits #plants #autumn #svartskog #norway

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro
#BTPMacroPro +BTP Macro Pro
#BTPMacroPro+BTP Macro Pro , owned by +Nancy Dempsey , curated by +Kenny Jones

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A Morning Walk

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NASA's EPIC View of 2017 Eclipse Across America | DSCOVR
On August 21, 2017, millions of Americans saw day turn temporarily to night as the Moon passed between the Sun and the Earth to create a total solar eclipse. As people in the 70-mile-wide (110-kilometer-wide) path of totality looked up and saw blinding light replaced by a dark circle and the Sun’s wispy corona, several Earth-observing satellites captured spectacular imagery of the Moon’s shadow as it raced eastward over the continental United States.

The animation was assembled from several images acquired on August 21, 2017, by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR). From its position about 1.6 million kilometers (1 million miles) from Earth, DSCOVR maintains a constant view of the sunlit face of Earth. From that perspective, both the Earth and the Moon’s shadow moved during the eclipse.

While the Earth itself rotated at several hundreds of miles per hour, the lunar shadow moved much faster. It took just one hour and 30 minutes for the shadow to travel across the United States, but it did not move at a constant speed. Earth’s shape caused the shadow to hit the surface at a slant—and thus move more quickly—at the beginning and end of the eclipse path.

More about how NASA studies eclipses: www.nasa.gov/eclipse

More about DSCOVR: https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/content/dscovr-deep-space-climate-observatory

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Katy Mersmann/NASA EPIC Team
Release Date: August 22, 2017

+NASA Goddard
+NOAA Weather
+AFOSR, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
+Al Gore
+U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

#NASA #NOAA #Astronomy #Science #Space #Satellite #Earth #SolarEclipse #Sun #Solar #Moon #Eclipse #SolarEclipse2017 #Eclipse2017 #DSCOVR #Weather #Climate #DeepSpace #Observatory #EPIC #AirForce #Military #Orbit #Lagrange #AlGore #STEM #Education #GIF #Animation

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Here's my Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 6 Q&A video. Catch you shopping at the Hardhome Depot! 🐉⛓️ ► http://bit.ly/2wCv4h7


#gameofthrones #gameofthrones7x06 #gameofthronesseason7 #gameofthronesfinale #gotfinale #asoiaf #jonsnow #aryastark #hbo #grrm

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Night Glows
Image Credit & Copyright: Taha Ghouchkanlu

Explanation: What glows in the night? This night, several unusual glows were evident -- some near, but some far. The foreground surf glimmers blue with the light of bioluminescent plankton.

Next out, Earth's atmosphere dims the horizon and provides a few opaque clouds. Farther out, the planet Venus glows bright near the image center. If you slightly avert your eyes, a diagonal beam of light will stand out crossing behind Venus.

This band is zodiacal light, sunlight scattered by dust in our Solar System. Much farther away are numerous single bright stars, most closer than 100 light years away. Farthest away, also rising diagonally and making a "V" with the zodiacal light, is the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy. Most of the billions of Milky Way stars and dark clouds are thousands of light years away.

The featured image was taken last November on the Iranian coast of Gulf of Oman.

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Breaking: Jon Jones fails UFC 214 drug test 
https://goo.gl/DVE9sd

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Certain foods have been shown to fight inflammation, strengthen bones and boost the immune system. Adding these foods to your balanced diet may help ease the symptoms of your arthritis.

http://www.hownutrition.info/5-best-foods-joint-pain/

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#transformationtuesday with our amazing 😍 #TTC Captain @hannah_ttc! This girl has had her dancing shoes 👠 on since before she could walk! 💙
Read more on: bit.ly/2ioZduP

#Sports #NFL #Cheerleaders

(Credit: Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders & T-Rac)

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Preservationist race to save "The Legend of Watchung" mural before Sears store where it hangs is demolished http://4.nbcny.com/b1qUKGR

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Mark Dice explains...

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They've put out some gameplay for #Biomutant. Looks gorgeous, definitely gameable for RPG content.

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10 Best Video Player Apps For Android

Every year, our phones are getting bigger, better, powerful and have large screens. And with it, every smartphone company has tried to give you the best video experience. In fact, HD content is something, which actually makes a premium phone worth having.

With bigger and better screens and lots of available HD content, it has become easier than ever to turn your Android phone or tablet into a portable theater. However, watching locally stored video on your device can be a chore. There are a ton of codecs out there and not every video player can play every one of them. Thankfully, you can find many good video players on the Google Play Store that supports multiple video formats, extra features, and hugely improved user experience through good design.

To help you pick the right app for your videos, we have compiled a list of 10 Best Video Player Apps For Android that are free, have better battery optimization and are easy-to-use. So, without further ado, let us check out the best video player apps for Android!

Read all about it here: https://goo.gl/64v8td

#Android #VideoPlayer #Video #Apps #Free

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The Cosmic Seagull

This new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory shows part of a stellar nursery nicknamed the Seagull Nebula. This cloud of gas, formally called Sharpless 2-292, seems to form the head of the seagull and glows brightly due to the energetic radiation from a very hot young star lurking at its heart. The detailed view was produced by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope.

Nebulas are among the most visually impressive objects in the night sky. They are interstellar clouds of dust, molecules, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases where new stars are being born. Although they come in different shapes and colors many share a common characteristic: When observed for the first time, their odd and evocative shapes trigger astronomers’ imaginations and lead to curious names. This dramatic region of star formation, which has acquired the nickname of the Seagull Nebula, is no exception.

This new image from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the head part of the Seagull Nebula. It is just one part of the larger nebula known more formally as IC 2177, which spreads its wings with a span of over 100 light-years and resembles a seagull in flight. This cloud of gas and dust is located about 3,700 light-years away from Earth. The entire bird shows up best in wide-field images.

The Seagull Nebula lies just on the border between the constellations of Monoceros (The Unicorn) and Canis Major (The Great Dog) and is close to Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky. The nebula lies more than four hundred times further away than the famous star.

The complex of gas and dust that forms the head of the seagull glows brightly in the sky due to the strong ultraviolet radiation coming mostly from one brilliant young star — HD 53367 — that can be spotted in the center of the image and could be taken to be the seagull’s eye.

The radiation from the young stars causes the surrounding hydrogen gas to glow with a rich red color and become an HII region [3]. Light from the hot blue-white stars is also scattered off the tiny dust particles in the nebula to create a contrasting blue haze in some parts of the picture.

Although a small bright clump in the Seagull Nebula complex was observed for the first time by the German-British astronomer Sir William Herschel back in 1785, the part shown here had to await photographic discovery about a century later.

Image: ESO [high-resolution]

Caption: ESO

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Aside from just watching TV shows, of course.

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The +Samsung Mobile Galaxy Note 8 will be made official in less than 24 hours, but the rumor mill has decided to squeeze in one last leak.

#GalaxyNote8 #Samsung #Android

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Who Won the Trade?

Long-term I think the Celts won, short term I think the Cavs won.

Cleveland gets one last crack at it, they get IT for at least a year and a future first round draft pick in 2018.

The Celts get a younger player in Irving for at least for the next two years, they won't have to pay IT all that money next summer. Kyrie said he wanted to go to a contender and he wanted it to be his team. Well now he's got that.

Cavs will still win the East next year, but next summer it'll be over. LeBron will leave and probably Isaiah too. Either way it'll be a fun year to watch.

Who do you guys think Won?

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A Closer Look at the Officials in the #Mayweather vs #McGregor Fight

READ: http://www.thesweetscience.com/feature-articles/44006-integrity-closer-officials-mayweather

#boxing #boxeo #MMA #MayweatherMcGregor
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