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The Dallas Cowboys star has been crushing it while away from the team.

Ezekiel Elliott looks absurdly jacked after training for 6 weeks in Mexico: http://ow.ly/kd1f30hiOYi

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"I must go and teach other little boys and girls about the importance of always telling the truth. Remember, Trump family: Honesty is the best policy."

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Reddit launches new mobile apps with support for real-time comments, chat, mod tools and more

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How ECT Relieves Depression: Mouse Study

In a study using genetically engineered mice, Johns Hopkins researchers have uncovered some new molecular details that appear to explain how electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) rapidly relieves severe depression in mammals, presumably including people. The molecular changes allow more communication between neurons in a specific part of the brain also known to respond to antidepressant drugs.

The research is in Neuropsychopharmacology. (full access paywall)

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In the weeks after he became the Republican nominee on July 19, 2016, Donald Trump was warned that foreign adversaries, including Russia, would probably try to spy on and infiltrate his campaign, according to multiple government officials familiar with the matter.

The warning came in the form of a high-level counterintelligence briefing by senior FBI officials, the officials said. A similar briefing was given to Hillary Clinton, they added. They said the briefings, which are commonly provided to presidential nominees, were designed to educate the candidates and their top aides about potential threats from foreign spies.

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We've all had a weekend; it's time to get all spoiler-y when discussing #TheLastJedi

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Quality of sleep matters a lot. https://n.pr/2okx9vY

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Opinion | Warren and Sanders: Who Is Congress Really Serving? https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/17/opinion/warren-sanders-congress-serving.html -via Flynx

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Senator Corker does considerably better with the Republican tax bill than a married couple earning $30,000, with two kids
http://cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/swamping-the-drain-with-senator-bob-corker-and-the-republican-tax-bill

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Some components of the new tax bill could hurt the president’s business.

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Does Twitter's New Hate Policy Have a Trump Exception? https://trib.al/20DAd4k

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Samsung might cheer us up with the Galaxy S9 #GalaxyS9 #Samsung

As we were putting the wraps on last week, some Galaxy S9 renders followed by a video began to go viral. The leaked renders and leaked video, which show us the alleged device from every angle, are sure to cheer up those of you who despise the fingerprint…

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With the flight models of the #CHEOPS spacecraft and telescope maturing, crucial tests can now be run with real hardware in place of simulations. The latest such tests involved operating the payload with the Mission Control System to test and validate real operational command sequences.

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You can access the cloud-based Codeanywhere from a simple web browser or from any iOS or Android phone or tablet, and write code for apps. #Deals #Codeanywhere

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Google Offers Advice On How To Get Ready For The Mobile-First Index

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The question is, when will they purge the hater in chief Trump himself from Twitter? After all, Trump was happily retweeting now banned accounts! Don't hold your breath for Twitter to do the correct thing when it comes to Trump. He's too much of a cash cow for them.

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Report: The Samsung Galaxy S9 May Have a 3200mAh Battery - New rumors of Samsung’s upcoming 2018 flagships seem to pop up every day. The Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ — the successors to the Galaxy S8 and the S8+, respectively — are said to be incremental upgrades that won’t have an in-display fingerprint sensor, but they’re nonetheless impressive. We’ve seen leaks about likely color configurations, CAD drawings showing the presence of a 3.5mm headphone jack, and device renders in one of Sam...

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just behind the corner

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Fillmore, CA, Train Station

From here you can go everywhere, e.g., take the Mystery Train.

ENJOY

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The end of a season

Fungus, unknown species

Svartskog, Norway

This autumn has been the most amazing when it comes to mushroom diversity and numbers, but in the first week of November I found only inconspicuous and to me unknown species.

This one I found amongst the lichen and moss on the western slopes near the ocean where the very low hanging November sun still was able to warm the ground on its way towards the horizon. In summer this location would dry up quickly in the sun and there would be no sign of fungi.

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 07 November 2017 13:33
Altitude: 3 meters

#fungus #mushroom #autumn #svartskog

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

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St James Station - Sydney

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How Star Wars: The Last Jedi was Lost in the Edit [MAJOR SPOILERS!]

It's not like I don't have a lot of better things to do, but, having seen the following video on how the original "Star Wars" was transformed from a pretty boring and silly film into the action masterpiece that has endured for decades, I just have to say that the new film is kind of the OPPOSITE of what saved the original "Star Wars."

What the video points out is that the first cut of the original "Star Wars" suffered from meaningless dialogue, lots of characters and extra scenes that didn't advance the plot one bit, and action sequences that were loose, long and kind of boring. So it seems with "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." The film could be (and should be) at least fifteen minutes shorter, there are plot lines that are completely silly or boring (A First Order dreadnought and two cruisers cannot overtake a tiny Resistance ship for hours?), and endless dialog scenes that are loose, sloppily edited, and failing to advance the plot.

This is in marked contrast to the most recent new-franchise "Star Wars" film "The Force Awakens." In many ways "Force" is a tour de force of editing, acting, and action, in many ways surpassing the original as a movie that is both fun to watch and that gets us into the guts of the characters quickly. By contrast, do we really need to see Yoda again (unless it's a precursor to other cameos)? With a multi-million dollar budget, couldn't you shoot the island scenes with similar weather to where the previous movie left us there?

And why do we even need Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern), a bureaucrat who slows down all of the action just to decide at the last moment to do a "Thelma and Louise" and shove the Resistance ship at light speed into the dreadnought? The scene itself makes sense, but it is so out of character for Holdo to start with, and is just one additional detail that drags out Carrie Fisher's screen time in scenes where she really doesn't get to provide effective performances.

Another concern is that the movie does a 180 on the theology/cosmology of "Star Wars," and decides that "The Force" has to go atheistic to be valid. This may please younger generations, perhaps, but it's disturbing that "The Force" seems now more focused on a power struggle between good and evil than something that is inevitably stronger.

Are we left after this film with any sense why we should care about the next one? Not really. It's a multicultural cast of characters who seem to exist for the sake of existing, not to advance a story. And dragging out Carrie Fisher's role, when there was a clear opportunity to give her story a heroic ending (Han Solo got his hero ending, after all) seems like a silly way to move things forward - and now, sadly, she cannot move things forward.

That's it. Sorry for all the spoilers, but I did warn loudly up front. I hope and pray that the next movie in this series takes its craft a bit more seriously, so that we can have a bit more fun watching it.

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Could Cognitive Interventions be Useful in Treating Depression?

A new study by experimental psychologists from the University of Bristol has examined whether cognitive bias modification (CBM) for facial interpretation, a digital health intervention that changes our perception for emotional expressions from negative to positive, might be useful in treating depression.

The research is in Royal Society Open Science. (full open access)

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Kaspersky Lab Sues Trump Administration Over Software Ban - Moscow-based anti-virus company Kaspersky Lab sued the Trump administration in U.S. federal court on

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Americans Don't Trust Government and They're Angry About It, Poll Finds - There’s widespread agreement on what government should be doing, just not on how to do it.

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More on Trump's revision of himself.
His lies don't work on people with functioning memories.

From the article linked below:

In the wake of what should be a humbling, if not humiliating, loss in the ruby red state of Alabama, Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to calm his supporters and exonerate himself from any blame.

“Remember, Republicans are 5-0 in Congressional Races this year,” he tweeted Monday morning. “The media refuses to mention this. I said Gillespie and Moore would lose (for very different reasons), and they did. I also predicted ‘I’ would win. Republicans will do well in 2018, very well!”

...I don’t recall Trump predicting that Ed Gillespie would lose the governorship in Virginia—or that Roy Moore would lose the Senate race in Alabama. I’m pretty sure he endorsed both losers in the general election, and that it would have been huge news if the Republican standard bearer had made such a prediction before an election. In fact, the liberal media would have blamed him for the losses.

_What Trump did do, however, is retroactively declare that he had predicted their political demise. We have to take his word for this revisionist history, I suppose. But why even point it out? Is the benefit of being considered a terrific prognosticator worth the cost of kicking a man when he’s down? Is being Nate Silver better than being Dale Carnegie? It is if you divide the world into winners and losers, and assume that losers get what they deserve. _

In terms of congressional special elections, it’s important to note that gerrymandering—whether that’s in order to help Republicans win or to ensure that a minority-majority district gets representation—has skewed things. Roy Moore managed to lose Alabama, even though he won six of the seven Congressional districts there. So it’s very possible that Republicans salvage a majority, even as they incur the wrath of a Democratic wave election. Some waves are so big, however, that no man-made wall can save you. And make no mistake, a storm is brewing. All you have to do is look at the numbers. And here, Trump’s penchant for tallying up “wins” and “losses” can be very misleading.

....This 538 post-Alabama piece includes a shocking data point: “There have been more than 70 special elections for state and federal legislative seats in 2017 so far ...Democrats have outperformed the partisan lean in 74 percent of these races.”

...Trump’s failure to grapple with reality could have consequences. A clear-eyed leader would recognize that the train is off the track, and make corrections.

...What we are witnessing here is the work of a blame-shifter, not a leader. Trump doesn’t look like he wants to make any corrections, but why should he care? If the midterms go badly he can just make another excuse. In fact, I’m predicting that we may very well see Trump tweet someday that he predicted Republicans would “lose the House in 2018.” You know, he’s never wrong.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-latest-tweet-i-have-the-most-beautiful-political-brain-around-okay

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Opinion: Republican mendacity metaphor: The Corker kickback https://whyy.org/articles/republican-mendacity-metaphor-corker-kickback/ -via Flynx

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Bob Corker Is Shocked—SHOCKED! http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14454474/bob-corker-tax-bill-kickback/ -via Flynx

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How To Backup And Restore #Linux With Timeshift https://itsfoss.com/backup-restore-linux-timeshift/

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"While I've always been a gregarious person, it's heartbreaking to me that I have put someone in a position that made them feel uncomfortable or disrespected." State Senator Daylin Leach says he will continue to represent his district in the Pennsylvania Senate.

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In late 2016, Google began experimenting with mobile-first indexing of Search results to provide an experience that better reflects how people now use the web. A year later, Google has provided an update on the effort that is now underway for a “handful…

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For those who don't want to go the command line way, here's how to find all the files with given text using SearchMonkey GUI tool in #Ubuntu https://itsfoss.com/searchmonkey-search-text-files-linux/

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Rose Tico herself narrates the audiobook edition! Listen to a clip featuring the Resistance mechanic and her sister Paige now.

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#BREAKING: A former Metro Transit Police officer was convicted on charges of obstructing justice and trying to support ISIS. He tried to give the terrorist group monetary support through a friend who was an undercover agent. Read more: https://trib.al/PTTovv4

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Hopeful:

Fruit fly breakthrough may help human blindness research

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-12-fruit-breakthrough-human.html
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