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According to recent speculation, the Samsung Gear S4 smartwatch may be released under the name Galaxy Watch and it may be based on Google's Wear OS operating system rather than Samsung's preferred Tizen platform.

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The ideas, coupled with the stimuli we bond with, and how we value them, appear to shape our biology, and by extension, our experience of life. Pavlovian dogs all?

Even Just The Smell of Coffee Could Actually Perk Up Your Brain, Study Shows

"...The researchers think some sort of placebo effect might be happening, where an expected increase in performance ends up leading to an actual increase."

https://www.sciencealert.com/coffee-smells-are-enough-to-perk-up-the-brain

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White House: U.S. Can’t Afford Veterans’ Health Care Without Cuts http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/07/trump-u-s-cant-afford-veterans-health-care-without-cuts.html -via Flynx

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Chance the Rapper buys ‘Chicagoist’ website, rapping the announcement in new song

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Russia 2018 was the worst World Cup for Africa in 36 years. But why?http://aje.io/5pgx8

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Trump Loyalists Accused of Purging Veterans Affairs Ahead of New Secretary’s Arrival https://nym.ag/2zRWiUb

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Uh, EU? You've got some things wrong about Android.

Ahem:

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As it turned out, Mr. Putin was trying to equate the #Mueller investigation with a sinister Russian campaign against Bill #Browder, an American-born financier who has become a #Putin nemesis. After his lawyer, Sergei #Magnitsky, was jailed and #killed for exposing a massive fraud involving senior Russian officials, Mr. Browder persuaded #Congress to pass the 2012 Magnitsky Act, which has led to sanctions against numerous officials in the Putin clique. In an attempt to get the #sanctions lifted, the Putin government has tried to portray Mr. Browder as the criminal, repeatedly and unsuccessfully seeking his arrest by Interpol
#TyrantPutin #Russia #Kremlin #US #Trump

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NASA’s New Mini Satellite Will Study Milky Way’s Halo

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#F1 Five of the strangest moments from the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim over the years.

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The White House Can't Contain the Russia Story http://on.theatln.tc/36odKs7

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summer colors

#leavesonthursday +Leaves On Thursday

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Rio Grande and Santa Elena Canyon

The Rio Grande as it winds through the incredible Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. The crown Jewel of the park and a site I return to again and again.

This is the border. Mexico is the left wall

#wildernessphotographer #texas #bigbend #nationalpark #riogrande #landscape #landscapephotography

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stairs in the vineyard

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Sunrise

I kinda missed sunrise since I slept in, however I did catch a few nice rays since it was only a few steps from the tent to this view :)

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Dahlia lighting up the room

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Tent view.

Not too bad i say. Note the nicely placed shovel and camp stove (melting some snow for a coffee), if you did not know better you would think this is a Advertorial ;)

On that point, the shovel (voile), best thing ever, at 700grams this thing is awesome, they (the manufacturer) do have a blurb about it that the material (6061-t6) has a tensile strength of 42ksi which rivals the strength and rigidity of steel, well i suppose thats kinda correct depending on the steel your comparing it too :) - like many things which advertise 'aerospace' materials or some crap I always have a chuckle at these kind of statements, i'll forgive Voile in this case since they do make a cracking shovel and it is very tough and rigid :)

Since I am plugging some product, the stove (msr windburner) is also awesome, they don't claim any 'aerospace' materials, however i have seen worse welding and material on the exhaust of several large aircraft :) the canister thing on these stoves is quite impressive, super light and simple as but seems pretty tough, the little burner section is a work of engineering art, can't fault it, i'll give it to MSR, they know how to make great products, albeit expensive..

Boils a bunch of snow in a matter of minutes and yup.. i can confirm it works really well in strong wind... the only problem is getting it lit in the first place :)

Note my nice little footwell in the snow next to the tent, best little trick Mike Edmondson showed me last year, makes me look less like one of the spiders in the hobbit movie (#2) when extracting or stowing myself inside the tent ;), I can also sit in the tent without having my knees around my ears. Brilliant.

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This is the NH Republican response to their portion of the approximately 4 million students incensed by the lack of action on gun control who will become eligible to vote in the midterm elections:

The New Hampshire Republican state legislature is trying to make cash-poor students ineligible to vote, on technicalities of their own fabrication.
Expect other states with similar statutes to attempt the same..

The article also reminds us of Trump lying about electoral fraud..

From the article linked below:

New Hampshire, as you may recall, went for Hillary Clinton by less than three thousand votes in 2016, and then-Gov. Maggie Hassan defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte by a little over a thousand votes. Following the election, Donald Trump made the profoundly baseless claim that he only lost in New Hampshire because its liberal neighbor, Massachusetts, “bused in” thousands of voters to vote illegally. There is no evidence for this ever happening, of course, because there doesn’t need to be.

But as Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern notes, the current effort has been ongoing for decades:

After the 26th Amendment lowered the national voting age to 18 in 1971, New Hampshire declared it would deny the ballot to college students who might leave the state after graduating. A federal court forced the state to scrap this plan in 1972, holding the Constitution protects students’ right to vote where they live. Forty years later, the GOP-controlled state Legislature revived efforts to disenfranchise college students, passing a bill that inaccurately told new voters they could only register if they planned to live in New Hampshire indefinitely. The state Supreme Court unanimously invalidated the law in 2015.

*Read more by following the link:

https://splinternews.com/new-hampshire-republicans-are-trying-their-very-best-to-1827642107

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#NASCAR Furniture Row Racing, Martin Truex Jr. looking for new sponsor https://www.motorsport.com/nascar-cup/news/furniture-row-racing-martin-truex-jr-looking-for-new-sponsor-1061298/ via @Motorsport_Oz

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"The Milky Way, the Andromeda galaxy and the Running Man nebula feature in the shortlist for the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year award. The winners will be announced on 23 October, and an exhibition of the winning images from the past 10 years of the contest will be on show at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich from 24 October"

Image: Dani Caxete (Spain). The International Space Station (ISS) was captured between two massive sunspots, the AR 12674 and AR 12673, during its solar transit. The image was taken in Madrid and it took the ISS less than a second to cross the solar disk. Photograph: Dani Caxete/National Maritime Museum

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Chicken Assassin: Reloaded now has official #Linux support

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Yep. Even So, Trump must GO!

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Big news coming from Bloomberg and Mark Gurman: Inside Google’s development of Fuchsia - successor to Android.

This is something I have been waiting for a very long time; a system controlled by Google without fragmentation. Android has always been a broken system with endless excuses and with no real fix in sight. Hopefully this allows Google to keep everything under control and on the same page.
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