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For Democrats, Kansas has become Exhibit A in their prosecution of the Trump tax cuts. It's routinely cited as evidence the new GOP proposal won’t grow the economy or pay for itself, and that proposed business tax reduction similar to Brownback’s will create a new loophole for wealthy individuals to exploit.

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After spending hundreds of dollars on your smartphone, you probably want it to last a while before breaking. The Pixel 2 thankfully has a pretty grippy build, but you’re probably going to drop it at some point. If a case isn’t your thing, you’ll want to…

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Football legend Herschel Walker shared his battle with dissociative identity disorder with a packed room of Veterans and VA employees earlier this month

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For Your Brain’s Sake, Keep Moving

Because we can never have enough reasons to keep exercising, a new study with mice finds that physical activity not only increases the number of new neurons in the brain, it also subtly changes the shape and workings of these cells in ways that might have implications for memory and even delaying the onset of dementia. As most of us have heard, our brains are not composed of static, unchanging tissue. Instead, in most animals, including people, the brain is a dynamic, active organ in which new neurons and neural connections are created throughout life, especially in areas of the brain related to memory and thinking. This process of creating new neurons, called neurogenesis, can be altered by lifestyle, including physical activity. Many past studies have shown that in laboratory rodents, exercise doubles or even triples the number of new cells produced in adult animals’ brains compared to the brains of animals that are sedentary. But it has not been clear whether the new brain cells in active animals are somehow different from comparable new neurons in inactive animals or if they are just more numerous....Last year, in an important study published in NeuroImage, the researchers found for the first time that young brain cells in adult mice that spent a month with running wheels in their cages did seem to be different from those in animals that did not run. For the experiment, the scientists injected a modified rabies vaccine into the animals, where it entered the nervous system and brain. They then tracked and labeled connections between brain cells and learned that compared to the sedentary animals’ brain cells, the runners’ newborn neurons had more and longer dendrites, the snaky tendrils that help to connect the cells into the neural communications network. They also found that more of these connections led to portions of the brain that are important for spatial memory, which is our internal map of where we have been and how we got there.

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Ketamine May Help Treat Pain in Migraine Suffers Unresponsive to Other Treatments

Ketamine, a medication commonly used for pain relief and increasingly used for depression, may help alleviate migraine pain in patients who have not been helped by other treatments.

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The Nike LeBron 15 Ashes Releases Next Week: Earlier this week we saw the retail debut of the all-new Nike LeBron 15 with the release of the Ghost colorway. Next up? The Ashes colorway. If they hadn’t tried to reduce him to ashes, he wouldn’t know that he could rise from them. The Nike LeBron 15 Ashes honors the embers of LeBron’s past, […] The post The Nike LeBron 15 Ashes Releases Next Week appeared first on KicksOnFire.com.

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Without bragging, Windows 10 adds feature cheats in games

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"Canada and Mexico have no choice but to make clear their own bottom lines and prepare for life after NAFTA," the Star’s editorial board writes.

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Dwyane Wade says he's still trying to figure out role with Cavaliers: Wade, who is still trying to find his place on the Cavaliers, only scored five points in the team's loss to the Magic. http://dlvr.it/Px0lPl

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Practically all of Hollywood posted social media tributes on what would have been the Star Wars princess’s 61st birthday.

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This is what it looks like when a woman loves you. <3

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Dogs really can smell your fear, and then they get scared too

Dog owners swear that their furry best friend is in tune with their emotions. Now it seems this feeling of interspecies connection is real: dogs can smell your emotional state, and adopt your emotions as their own. Science had already shown that dogs can see and hear the signs of human emotions, says Biagio D’Aniello of the University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy. But nobody had studied whether dogs could pick up on olfactory cues from humans....D’Aniello and his colleagues tested whether dogs could sniff out human emotions by smell alone. First, human volunteers watched videos designed to cause fear or happiness, or a neutral response, and the team collected samples of their sweat. Next, the researchers presented these odour samples to domestic dogs, and monitored the dogs’ behaviours and heart rates. Dogs exposed to fear smells showed more signs of stress than those exposed to happy or neutral smells. They also had higher heart rates, and sought more reassurance from their owners and made less social contact with strangers....D’Aniello’s study suggests humans can inadvertently hijack their dogs’ emotions by releasing smells. A second study suggests dogs can return the favour, using their expressive faces. Juliane Kaminski of the University of Portsmouth, UK, and her colleagues have found that dogs’ faces are most expressive when they know people are looking at them. The researchers introduced dogs to a human who was either looking at them or facing away, and either presenting food or offering nothing. The team analysed how much the dogs’ facial movements varied in the four scenarios. They found that the dogs’ facial expressions varied the most when the person was looking at them. In contrast, Kaminski says there was no sign of a “dinner table effect”, “which would predict that dogs try and look super-cute when they want something from the humans.”

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IGDB - Video Games Database beta
https://www.testingcatalog.com/project/638/reports

This beta app is all about games. It has a huge database where you can search and browse game details.
I like the UI, it easy to navigate through the app.
It is possible to add games to the list of favourites and rate them with a 0 to 100 scale. Usability wise it is done quite well in general. I would try to move actions from the floating button somewhere else to decrease an amount of taps the user has to perform (Not very important).
It was very interesting to test this one and I also liked that this app contains links to the wiki pages and related twitter accounts.

Device: Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Android 6.0.1

Notes:

Some games in the database has an empty description
Search for “fifa” and open fifa 12. See the screenshot below.

There is no warning if device doesn’t have internet connection.
In addition to that, the user can see “Server maintenance” message on app loading if he doesn’t have an internet connection.

Issues:

The user can see a short blink during the search hot loading.

- Priority - low.
- Steps - open app - press the search icon - type "fifa" - wait for the search results loading - type Space.
- Expected - the user should see a short loading animation for hot loading events or the list of results should stay unchanged after the "Space" character entering b/c the list of new results will be the same.
- Actual - the user can see a short blink during the search hot loading even if the list of results is the same.

The second Back button press doesn’t close the app if the settings menu was closed via back arrow

- Priority - medium.
- Steps - open app - open app drawer - open settings - press Back arrow icon at the top-left corner - press Back device button - see the toast message - press Back device button again
- Expected - the app is closed as per Toast promise.
- Actual - Settings activity is opened. It looks like the Back arrow icon starts a new main activity instead of resuming an old one which behaves badly.

Full description is opened by default on the game details page and “read more” button collapses it

- Priority - medium.
- Steps - open app - open any game - swipe right to the details page - scroll down - press “Read more”
- Expected - Short description is opened by default and Read more button expands it to the full description. If it is intended to show a full description by default, the button should be changed to the “Show less”.
- Actual - “read more” button shows a short description which is “less"

The details page tab opening crashes an app in case if the Main activity was recreated by the Settings activity

- Priority - High.
- Steps - open app - open app drawer - open settings - press Back arrow icon at the top-left corner - open any game - swipe right to the details page.
- Expected - Settings activity shouldn’t spawn a new Main activity instance and the details page should be displayed.
- Actual - App crashes. See logs.

```
10-21 23:35:36.880 3750 3750 E AndroidRuntime: FATAL EXCEPTION: main
10-21 23:35:36.880 3750 3750 E AndroidRuntime: Process: com.igdb.igdbmainapp, PID: 3750
10-21 23:35:36.880 3750 3750 E AndroidRuntime: java.lang.NullPointerException: null reference
```

Removing from the favourites crashes the app

- Priority - high.
- Steps - open app - sign in - open any app - tap on the floating button - Press on the Add to Want List - see “error adding” toast message - tap on the floating button again - press on the Remove from Want List.
- Expected - the user can add and remove games from the Want list without any errors.
- Actual - The user receives a server error during adding any game to the Want list (The same operation works normally without an internet). The game was marked as “added” on the app level and the user can remove it from the list. This operation causes a crash. See logs.

```
10-21 23:59:17.725 16035 16293 E AndroidRuntime: Process: com.igdb.igdbmainapp, PID: 16035
10-21 23:59:17.725 16035 16293 E AndroidRuntime: java.lang.NullPointerException: Attempt to invoke virtual method 'int java.lang.Integer.intValue()' on a null object reference
10-21 23:59:17.725 16035 16293 E AndroidRuntime: at com.igdb.igdbmainapp.view.GamePageActivity$11.run(GamePageActivity.java:380)
10-21 23:59:17.725 16035 16293 E AndroidRuntime: at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:818)
10-21 23:59:17.725 3936 4569 W ActivityManager: Force finishing activity com.igdb.igdbmainapp/.view.GamePageActivity
```

The monkey script test crashes the app with a high chance

- Priority - medium.
- Steps - run "adb shell monkey -p com.igdb.igdbmainapp -v --pct-syskeys 0 1000” script
- Expected - test passes successfully
- Actual - app crashed 4 out of 5 tries. See logs.

```
// CRASH: com.igdb.igdbmainapp (pid 2668)
// Short Msg: java.lang.NullPointerException
// Long Msg: java.lang.NullPointerException: null reference
// Build Label: samsung/treltexx/trelte:6.0.1/MMB29K/N910CXXS2DQHB:user/release-keys
// Build Changelist: N910CXXS2DQHB
// Build Time: 1502430430000
// java.lang.NullPointerException: null reference
```

Happy Testing!

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Falcons owner Arthur Blank on Super Bowl rematch: 'There’s nothing open': To Blank, Sunday's game isn't about getting any type of closure. http://dlvr.it/Px0Yhp

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Conspiracy Theories Are for Underdogs https://trib.al/E6vqQ5C

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The IPC Podcast LIVE #167 | Spaceballs
On this episode, Zac and Ben kick off a two-part "Spoof" series by discussing the  greatest and most iconic Star Wars Parody of all time, Spaceballs ! The break down the film's outrageous plot, ridiculous characters, and absolutely hysterical jokes. The guy...

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The lying disease is still spreading through the Trump administration like a virus.
This time John Kelly is caught in a blatant lie about a Dem Congresswoman falsely claiming credit for raising the money for a building.

More proof of where the fake news is really coming from!

From the article linked below:

At the White House press briefing on Thursday, Gen. Kelly said:

In October — April, rather, of 2015, I was still on active duty, and I went to the dedication of the new FBI field office in Miami. And it was dedicated to two men who were killed in a firefight in Miami against drug traffickers in 1986 — a guy by the name of Grogan and Duke. Grogan almost retired, 53 years old; Duke, I think less than a year on the job. Anyways, they got in a gunfight and they were killed. Three other FBI agents were there, were wounded, and now retired.
....
And a congresswoman stood up, and in the long tradition of empty barrels making the most noise, stood up there and all of that and talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building, and how she took care of her constituents because she got the money, and she just called up President Obama, and on that phone call he gave the money — the $20 million — to build the building. And she sat down, and we were stunned. Stunned that she had done it. Even for someone that is that empty a barrel, we were stunned.

The video of the speech Kelly talks about has been posted online, proving beyond any doubt that he just lied outright, fabricating a story exactly like Trump does.

The article continues:

The video of Rep. Wilson’s speech, which can be viewed here [link given below], tells a different story.

Wilson did take some credit, while also crediting former Speaker John Boehner, for getting the naming of the building through the House in time for the dedication, but she not take credit for getting the money for the building, or show disrespect in any way. During her speech, Wilson said, “It is a miracle, to say the least, but it speaks to the respect that our Congress has for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The men and women who put their lives on the line every single day.”

Rep. Wilson honored all law enforcement officers in attendance and asked them to stand to be applauded by the audience. Wilson retold the story of the FBI agents that the building was named after, and showed nothing but the greatest respect.

The Trump White House invented a story for the speech and flat out lied to smear a member of Congress because she had the nerve to let the public know how this president insulted the family of a fallen soldier.

The surprise isn’t that this administration lied. It is that they lied, and didn’t expect to get caught.

John Kelly’s reputation is garbage now, as has shown that he is another member of this administration whose words can’t be trusted.

The video link:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/94925992-132.html

The article link:

http://www.politicususa.com/2017/10/20/bombshell-video-shows-john-kelly-flat-lied-frederica-wilson-press-briefing.html

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We missed a birthday yesterday! Happy Birthday to Ray Ellin, one of our comic co-hosts and the comedian who warms up our #StarTalkTV audience at +American Museum of Natural History. Here he is co-hosting an episode of StarTalk All-Stars about Aliens with Seth Shostak:
https://www.startalkradio.net/show/ufos-possible-aliens-seth-shostak-startalk-stars/

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Zodiacal light and winter Milkyway
in the night Sky!

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Swirling Autumn

Sometimes wild and impressive, at other times more tranquil, the Falls of Bruar in the Scottish Highlands are never dull. Here in the autumnal scenery taken a week ago.

#landscape #photography #autumn #atmospheric #fall #Scotland
#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Krzysztof Felczak

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Dreamy were my eyes in London, on October 20th 2017
with +Angelo Gifford

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Entre-deux
Angoulins-sur-Mer - Pointe de la Belette
©2017 www.fabricedenisphotography.fr

Version HD : 500px.com/photo/232717651

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Possibly the last tulip of the season

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On Rails

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That Beautiful Evening

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Into the city

Via Anzac Bridge

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TIL that…

Astronauts living aboard the International Space Station actually live closer to the graveyard of spacecraft than anyone else. This is because the ISS orbits about 250 miles above Earth — and Point Nemo, when the orbital laboratory flies overhead. (The nearest island, meanwhile, is much farther away.)

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The five living former presidents put aside politics and appeared together for the first time since 2013 at a concert on Saturday to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Democrats Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Republicans George H.W. and George W. Bush gathered in College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M University, to try to unite the country after the storms.

Texas A&M is home to the presidential library of the elder Bush. At 93, he has a form of Parkinson's disease and appeared in a wheelchair at the event.

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#UniteTheStatesOfAmerica

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I have a problem with my MacBook Pro keyboard - and Apple's official fix is absurd (AAPL)....
"You're typing it wrong"

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Facebook won't launch its news subscription service on iOS due to Apple's 30 percent tax

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In January, O’Reilly agreed to a $32 million settlement with a longtime network analyst, according to The New York Times.

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SPIDER-MAN SYMBOL EVOLUTION

Which is your favourite? Mine are: 1962, 1988, and 2002. Honestly, the 2nd 2015 symbol doesn't even look like a spider. Half of these don't even look like spiders which I think is hilarious XD

✥ Credit to Ricky Franklin Design! ✥

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🇬🇧 ~ ⚜ Cσмρяσмιѕє ωнєяє уσυ cαи. ωнєяє уσυ cαи'т, ∂σи'т. Eνєи ιf єνєяуσиє ιѕ тєℓℓιиg уσυ тнαт ѕσмєтнιиg ωяσиg ιѕ ѕσмєтнιиg яιgнт. Eνєи ιf тнє ωнσℓє ωσяℓ∂ ιѕ тєℓℓιиg уσυ тσ мσνє, ιт ιѕ уσυя ∂υту тσ ρℓαит уσυяѕєℓf ℓιкє α тяєє, ℓσσк αт тнєм ιи тнє єуєѕ, αи∂ ѕαу, 'Nσ, YOU мσνє.' ⚜ ~ 🇬🇧

♔ ~ #marvel#marveluniverse#MCU#marvelmovies#marvelfilms#marvelcomics#spiderman#peterparker#tobeymaguire#andrewgarfield#tomholland#symbols#superherosunday#superhero#hero#art#fanart#fandoms#welcometothefandomlife ~ ♔

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Real estate portal Domain has been at the forefront of technology for some years now, so it’s no surprise that they’ve already got a Google Assistant app up and running. As usual you can find it in the Assistant app repository in your Google Home app by…

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Eric Brown looks at new hardware and software projects in open source Linux phone space:

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The Samples That Fueled Kendrick Lamar's ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’

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Next week's preview. If caulifa goes SS3 I'm done lol

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Pixel 2 has a hidden trick you should know about

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