>Last week, as Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed off on the first state law requiring drug companies to justify steep price hikes, Pfizer was in the process of raising the list prices of its drugs by an average of 8.8 percent, according to a Pfizer spokesperson. The price boost follows a similar one in January, which involved raising the list price of more than 100 drugs, some by as much as 20 percent.
>Pfizer isn’t alone in this trend. Drug companies including AbbVie, Eli Lilly, Merck, and Bristol-Myers Squibb... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>Meet nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts) and oganesson (Og), the newest elements on the periodic table to receive names. But don't get too attached to the nomenclature for these elements, formerly known by their respective atomic numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118. The names are on a five-month probation before things are made official.
>The elements were recognized by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, or IUPAC, the U.S.-based world authority on chemistry, on December 30, 2015. Their addition completed the seventh row of the periodic table.
>The discoverers of the elements were invited to propose the names, and now a public review of the names begins, expiring on November 8, 2016. If you feel strongly about these names, the union invites you to provide comments and feedback ...
>>48980 very little is known about these elements and their properties. The half-lifes are very short. I don't think anyone has obtained a long enough lasting sample to be able to test its reactivity with other elements and compounds but scientists can make educated guesses. If you look up each of the elements by their numbers you can find their old temporary names to look up the properties of. Here is 115 (Moscovium):
http://www.infowars.com/napolitano-fbi-plan-to-access-browser-history-major-step-towards-police-state/ "The Obama administration is pushing Congress to amend existing surveillance laws to give the FBI unquestionable authority to access a person’s browser history without a warrant, a move Judge Andrew Napolitano slammed as “a major step towards a police state.”"
>If Facebook knows what your status update is about, it can show it to people who care about that topic. If it understands the difference between “I just got out of the taxi” and “I need a ride” messages, it can ask if you want an Uber. If it detects that you’re trying to sell something in a status update, it can automatically format post with the price and item details. And if Facebook can determine what kinds of comments on celebrities’ posts are interesting and not just “OH MY... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>One of the first obvious applications for DeepText will start rolling on Messenger. When DeepText identifies a sentence it thinks means you need a ride, it will suggest you use Messenger transportation integrations with services like Uber and Lyft. Recognizing “I need a ride” is easy, but it should also be able to pick up on things like “Should I call a car?”, “I can pick you up in 20”, or “I’ll get an Uber”.
>Facebook explains that “to get closer to how humans understand text, we need to teach... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>But at the same time DeepText could help Facebook weed out harassment and abuse. If it can automatically pick out hate speech from status updates that merely contain controversial terms, it could prevent a human from ever suffering the harassment and having to report it manually. Facebook already says that its AI systems report more offensive photos than humans on its social network.
>With DeepText and its other image recognition AIs, Facebook could make huge improvements in how it routes content from authors to viewers.... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>Howell’s friend and fellow car club member Joseph Greeson, 18, said Howell didn’t harbor any ill will toward gays or lesbians and added that Howell was bisexual. >Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks initially said on Twitter that the 20-year-old man told one of her officers after he was arrested that he wanted “to harm Gay Pride event.” >Patrol officers responded and encountered Howell, who was sitting in a car registered in Indiana, police said. Officers inspected the... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>If your car was built before 1997, don’t even think about driving it into Paris after this month. From July 1, the French capital will ban vehicles older than 19 years from driving in the city on workdays. Motorcycles will face yet tighter restrictions, with a driving ban on all two-wheeled motor vehicles made after 2000. Anyone caught driving an older vehicle will face a fine whose potential severity ranges from modest (€35) to biting (€450). While these... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>It may be tempting to paint Paris as a lone eco-warrior, fighting pollution levels that at times have been among the worst in the world. But the new ban rests substantially on anti-pollution action taken at the national level in France—action that has actually been watered down thanks to pressure from Paris’s mayor, among others. The upcoming old-car ban in fact relies on a new national system of classifying cars according to their emissions levels. Starting July 1, French cars will be grouped into six categories depending on the degree of pollution they create. Drivers can then apply to receive a display disc for their windshield. Such discs (which are free for the next 6 months, and €5 after) won’t as yet be compulsory across France, though drivers of zero and very-low emitting vehicles will get some occasional perks (such as priority parking) that make applying worth their while.
>The new windshield discs will, however, be obligatory in Paris, where the most polluting of the six categories (all vehicles registered before December 31, 1996) will face the weekday ban. If anything, the new categories could have been tighter. Originally, the national plan was to divide cars into four categories rather than six, in order to place restrictions on the most polluting fourth. In Paris, this could have meant up to 10 percent of the city’s private vehicle fleet being forced off the roads, a radical change liable to cause an uncomfortable backlash. Mayors from Paris, Versailles and Grenoble thus petitioned (successfully) for the diluted, more nuanced system being brought in this July. ...
>The new rules will still affect up to 30,000 vehicles currently registered in Paris. The moves won’t be popular with everyone (and will likely affect people on lower incomes more) but Paris’s political structure has arguably helped it achieve greater acceptance. As a mayor governing only the 2.2 million citizens living in the historic core of Paris’s wider metro area, Anne Hidalgo is answerable to an electorate who already rely substantially on public transit and who suffer more than most the long-term effects of car commuter-related pollution.... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>47945 If my income was taken care of, id quit my job, sit back and relax. If I earn my paycheck without working, why in the fuck would I work? I own my house, and like it. I'm not going to keep working for a bigger house, id much rather enjoy time with my family. On top of that, assuming liberals are correct in saying that there will be no inflation, id save money on food, because id be able to cook all my meals. My house would be kept up better seeing as I have time to do maintenance, saving me money on repairs. Id use... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>47958 Because jobs will become status symbols. Your gonna feel pretty peer pressured when all your friends have jobs AND the basic income. Its literally just a fairer welfare system that doesnt discriminate against anyone except recent arrivals, and for good reason. Keeps the muzzies away. I say its a good idea and the Swiss are one of the few places on earth where its actually feasible right now. It keeps the poor from dying and boosts everyone else as well. One day, probably in our lifetime, automation and job outsourcing... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
The woman, in her twenties, was given a lethal injection after doctors and psychiatrists decided that her post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions were incurable.
As a result of her abuse, she suffered from post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD), severe anorexia, chronic depression and hallucinations, MailOnline reports.
It went ahead despite improvements in the woman's psychological condition after 'intensive therapy' two years ago, and even though doctors in the Netherlands accept that a demand for death from a psychiatric patient may... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Nikki Kenward, from disability rights group Distant Voices, said: "It is both horrifying and worrying that mental health professionals could regard euthanasia in any form as an answer to the complex and deep wounds that result from sexual abuse."
My graduation ceremony was the only extracurricular school function that I attended in high school, and I wish I'd skipped it and just partied with my friends. Public schools, especially in Texas, are just minimum security prisons, and pretending that graduation is some kind of achievement is just dumb. Congratulations, you managed to wait it out.
As far as the PC bullshit goes, this kind of thing is deeply disturbing at universities, but public high schools do not have any academic integrity to be compromised.
>The arrest comes hours after Omar Mateen, a man who reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS, attacked an Orlando gay club, killing 50 people and wounding 53 more in the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
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>“We believe [the arrests are] completely unrelated,” Mr. Garcetti said.
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I mean, obviously the guy saying they're not believed to be related doesn't mean they aren't related,... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>The Meteorological Services Department has described the “snow” that fell in Lower Gweru last Friday as a rare sleet phenomenon that has taken place in the country for the first time in history. >“We lost our vegetables, some property and food as the sleet entered our homesteads. Small animals like rabbits and snakes also died while trees in general were pruned of their leaves. We appeal for food aid,” >“The depth of the ice was 30 centimetres and it is a very rare phenomenon in the country and only happened within a short radius of 5km.”
>Sixteen years ago, amid a post-Cold War glow, U.S. defense contractors began using a cheap and efficient Russian engine to launch American military rockets into space.
>Now, with Vladimir Putin's authoritarian regime opposing American interests in Syria, Crimea and across the globe, the use of Russian technology to launch secret spy satellites and other sensitive payloads is increasingly viewed as a security... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
> Sen. John McCain has been leading the charge to stop using the Russian rocket engines, arguing that by buying them, the U.S. is providing a benefit to Putin and his allies.
>"Purchasing these engines provides financial benefit to Vladimir Putin's cronies, including individuals sanctioned by the United States, and subsidizes the Russian military-industrial base," the Arizona Republican said on the Senate floor Wednesday. "This is unacceptable at a time when Russia continues to occupy Crimea, destabilize Ukraine, menace our NATO allies, violate the 1987 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and bomb moderate rebels in Syria."
>McCain has long spoken out against Russian excesses. His election campaign also happens to have received $10,000 in contributions from the political action committee of SpaceX, the rocket company started by billionaire Elon Musk, according to OpenSecrets.com, which compiles federal election data.
> SpaceX is also listed as a donor for an unspecified amount less than $24,999 to the McCain Institute, a foundation named after the senator at Arizona State University.
>SpaceX is trying to break into the military launch market, having won its first military contract in April. SpaceX's PAC also contributed $2,500 to Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the chief sponsor of the ban in the House, who has proclaimed himself a friend and supporter of California-based Musk.
>SpaceX would benefit from the ban of Russian engines because they are being used by its chief competitor, the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of defense contractors Boeing and Lockheed Martin. ...
>A McCarthy aide who declined to be quoted said McCarthy's district has a significant commercial space presence and that McCarthy believes a continued reliance on Russian rockets threatens U.S. national security interests.
>McCain spokeswoman Rachel Dean declined to address the donations, but said, "The Secretary of Defense and the Director of National Intelligence both confirmed that the United States can meet its assured access to space requirements without the use of Russian rocket engines."
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>Boeing executives have been Shelby's single largest contributor associated with a single company, having contributed $136,400 from 2011 to 2016 to his various funds, according to OpenSecrets, which is run by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, a good government group.
>Boeing execs also gave $58,500 to Durbin's campaign and leadership funds from 2011 to 2016, making them collectively one of his top corporate donors.
>When Durbin was last up for re-election... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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