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The Guardian
Monday October 22, 2018 @ 03:00:25 PM mt

Americans urged to vote 'like lives depend on it' after reports of Trump anti-trans push




Rights groups in midterms drive after officials reportedly planning to define gender as only male or female and defined at birth

LGBT and civil rights activists urged Americans to vote in the midterm elections like lives depend on it on Monday, after it was reported that the Trump administration is planning to define transgender people out of existence, by officially defining gender as only male or female and determined at birth.

Related: Authoritarians like Trump target trans people for a reason | Mischa Haider

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The Guardian
Monday October 22, 2018 @ 03:00:19 PM mt

John Bolton says he told Russians 2016 election meddling had little impact




National security adviser said the effort did not have any real effect on the vote during visit to discuss INF treaty withdrawal

US national security adviser John Bolton has said he told senior Russian officials that the Kremlins efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential elections had little impact on the results of the vote.

Related: EU warns Trump of nuclear arms race risk after INF withdrawal move

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The Guardian
Monday October 22, 2018 @ 01:47:19 PM mt

Footage from inside Soyuz spacecraft shows crew at moment of failure video




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The Guardian
Monday October 22, 2018 @ 01:46:02 PM mt

Cannabis from yeast: will synthetic pot help grow the industry




Much like making craft beer, yeast enzymes can be used to create THC and CBD, the active chemicals found in marijuana

Unlike other modern high growth industries, the pot business doesnt require a doctorate in science, or even a college degree. Much of the economic hype which surrounds the industry depends on it remaining an agricultural product. But it might not always be that way.

In September, the Boston-based Ginkgo Bioworks, which calls itself the organism company, landed a deal worth approximately $100m with Cronos Group, one of Canadas most prominent cannabis companies. Ginkgo promises to produce the active ingredients in marijuana from genetically modified microorganisms, such as yeast. The company says its process, which draws on the field of synthetic biology, will produce a far greater array of valuable compounds at greater purity and for less money than marijuana plants can.

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The Guardian
Monday October 22, 2018 @ 01:44:35 PM mt

Can you solve it Cutting the perfect slice




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The Guardian
Monday October 22, 2018 @ 01:44:30 PM mt

Did you solve it Cutting the perfect slice.




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The Guardian
Monday October 22, 2018 @ 08:39:42 AM mt

Orwell was right: free speech is important but it is not enough David Dwan




Freedom of expression is a dangerous licence when severed from any commitment to truth, as cyber-thugs reveal daily

Its been an eventful week for what we used to call truth. The Saudi government has finally admitted that Jamal Khashoggi has been killed, although its account of how this happened is as implausible as the various denials it supplants. That we rely on Recep Tayyip Erdoan, the worlds most enthusiastic jailer of journalists, to help establish the facts is one of the ironies of a post-truth world.

Talk about the demise of truth is always liable to sound histrionic and naive. After all, we have long been told that the prince must be a great feigner and dissembler (this is Machiavelli, not the House of Saud), and realists ever since have stressed the usefulness of illusions and the necessity of lies. Indeed, recent research by Ezra Zuckerman Sivan indicates that a large constituency of voters expect their political heroes to lie on their behalf.

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The Guardian
Monday October 22, 2018 @ 08:39:31 AM mt

How Russia cyber attacks helped Trump to the US presidency Kathleen Hall Jamieson




Its clearer than ever: the theft and leaking of Democratic emails were key to Clintons election defeat

In the process of announcing the US Justice Departments July 2018 indictment of a dozen Russian military intelligence officers for hacking Democrats computers and publishing the contents, US deputy attorney general Rod J Rosenstein noted that: What impact they may have had [on the 2016 presidential election] is a matter of speculation. I disagree. While the case will never be iron-clad, one can plausibly determine how these Kremlin-tied saboteurs changed the contest that put real estate developer Donald J Trump in the White House.

Doing so entails two steps. The first requires documenting the ways in which the Russian cyber-theft of more than 150,000 emails and documents affected key players, bolstered or undercut the electoral strategies of the major party contenders, legitimized central Republican attacks, and altered the media and debate agendas. The second involves asking how these changes in the balance of messaging and the media agenda compare to those whose effects have been documented in past campaigns.

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The Guardian
Monday October 22, 2018 @ 08:38:42 AM mt

Elizabeth Warren says she took DNA test to restore trust in government




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The Guardian
Monday October 22, 2018 @ 07:49:17 AM mt

Carriages strewn after train derailment in Taiwan video




Carriages are strewn at angles across and away from the track, some on their side, in this aerial footage of the scene after an expresstrain was derailed in Taiwan. Eighteen people died and more than 170 were injured when the Puyuma service, carrying at least 366 passengers from a Taipei suburb toward Taitung, was derailed

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