Looking for a gift for the gadget-minded this holiday season (or maybe just something decent to throw into the Secret Santa pile)? Look no further. Here’s a good selection of the best gadgets gifts you can give this year, all for under $25:
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Great stocking stuffers, these things will keep headphones, chargers, and any other cord from getting tangled. Avoid creating a electronic Rat King in your purse or bag.
Know someone who’d like keep an eye on the house (or their pets) while they’re away? The WyzeCam is a Wi-Fi-enabled 1080p security camera that comes with 14 days’ worth of free cloud storage. And it costs about a tenth as much as some competitors.
Tech companies say that it is easier to identify content related to known foreign terrorist organizations such as ISIS and Al Qaeda because of information-sharing with law enforcement and industry-wide efforts, such as the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, a group formed by YouTube, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter in 2017.
On Monday, for example, YouTube said on its Twitter account that it was harder for the company to stop the video of the shootings in Christchurch than to remove copyrighted content or ISIS-related content because YouTube’s tools for content moderation rely on “reference files to work effectively.” Movie studios and record labels provide reference files in advance and, “many violent extremist groups, like ISIS, use common footage and imagery,” YouTube wrote.
The cycle is self-reinforcing: The companies collect more data on what ISIS content looks like based on law enforcement’s myopic and under-inclusive views, and then this skewed data is fed to surveillance systems, Bloch-Wehba says. Meanwhile, consumers don’t have enough visibility in the process to know whether these tools are proportionate to the threat, whether they filter too much content, or whether they discriminate against certain groups, she says.
Who are the mystery parties in the new Jeffrey Epstein suit?
Two mystery litigants citing privacy concerns are making a last-ditch bid to keep secret some details in a lawsuit stemming from wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein’s history of paying underage girls for sex.
Just prior to a court-imposed deadline Tuesday, two anonymous individuals surfaced to object to the unsealing of a key lower-court ruling in the case, as well as various submissions by the parties.
Both people filed their complaints in the New York-based 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which is overseeing the case. The two people said they could face unwarranted speculation and embarrassment if the court makes public records from the suit, in which Virginia Giuffre, an alleged Epstein victim, accused longtime Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell of engaging in sex trafficking by facilitating his sexual encounters with teenage girls. Maxwell has denied the charges.
Updates from the catastrophic cyclone in Mozambique
Rescue teams in Mozambique are struggling to reach the thousands of people stranded on roofs and in trees and urgently need more helicopters and boats as post-cyclone flood waters continue to rise.
Rescue workers, military personnel and volunteers are rushing to save thousands of Mozambicans before flood levels rise further, but with four helicopters, a handful of boats and extremely difficult conditions, have only been able to save about 413 so far.
“I don’t even know if we’ve made a dent. There are just so many people. The scale is huge. We’re busy doing the best we can,” said Travis Trower from Rescue South Africa, adding that a lot of people had been washed away but those still alive, whom he had seen from helicopter flights, were in a very bad state.
More than 400 sq kilometres (150 sq miles) in the region are flooded, according to satellite images taken by the EU, and in some places the water is six metres (19ft) deep. At least 600,000 people are affected, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), ranging from those whose lives are in immediate danger to those who need other kinds of aid.
D.C. is being hit by an unprecedented wave of gentrification
About 40 percent of the District’s lower-income neighborhoods experienced gentrification between 2000 and 2013, giving the city the greatest “intensity of gentrification” of any in the country, according to a studyreleased Tuesday by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.
The District also saw the most African American residents — more than 20,000 — displaced from their neighborhoods during that time, mostly by affluent, white newcomers, researchers said. The District and Philadelphia were most “notable” for displacements of black residents, while Denver and Austin had the most Hispanic residents move. Nationwide, nearly 111,000 African Americans and more than 24,000 Hispanics moved out of gentrifying neighborhoods, the study found.
In an essay accompanying the study, Sabiyha Prince of Empower DC said the city “rolled out the proverbial red carpet” for tens of thousands of new residents in the past five years. But the new dog parks, bike lanes, condominiums and pricey restaurants that followed, she said, are not viewed as improvements by long-term residents, who can feel isolated because of losing neighbors, social networks and local businesses. Prince, an anthropologist, said longtime Washingtonians tell stories of “alienation and vulnerability in the nation’s capital.”
There’s a morbid Yakov Smirnoff joke in here somewhere
i asked Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova if she supports russians’ right to satirise their leaders and laugh at president putin if they wish. she looked mystified. “We do not have this tradition.”
This says something about the Democratic Party’s relationship to Israel right now
The liberal group MoveOn is calling on Democratic presidential candidates to skip this year’s AIPAC policy conference, citing its links to the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu and charging that AIPAC has flirted with Islamophobia.
The move underscores a growing willingness on the Democratic left to criticize Israel and its staunchest Washington supporters, particularly since freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) bashed supporters of Israel in terms widely condemned as anti-Semitic.
“It’s no secret that that AIPAC has worked to hinder diplomatic efforts like the Iran deal, is undermining Palestinian self-determination, and inviting figures actively involved in human rights violations to its stage,” said Iram Ali, Campaign Director at MoveOn Political Action, in a statement provided first to POLITICO. Ali said the move should “give a clear insight to 2020 candidates on where their base stands instead of prioritizing lobbying groups and policy people who rarely step outside of D.C.”
What would presidential campaigns look like without the electoral college?
Today, Eric published an exhaustive and definitive answer to the question: “do any of the arguments for preserving the electoral college make any sense?” The answer was “nope.” We all agree that this system is nonsensical, and so, by large margins, does the public. It’s been almost 20 years since Bush V. Gore; why has it taken national Democrats so long to start rallying around its abolishment?
Because it’s very hard to do. Plus, we’ve had a second 2000-type disaster.
Well, I don’t think that Warren is the first Democratic presidential candidate to call for its abolition. And obviously, at the state level (largely Democratic) governments have been working to nullify it via the National Popular Vote Election Compact. But I do think that the events of the past decade – in which the 2010 wave election enabled Republicans to gerrymander the living daylights out of the House, the movement of rural, white working class voters out of the Democratic Party inflated the GOP’s advantage in the Senate, and Trump’s strength in the Midwest enabled him to win the presidency while receiving 2 million fewer votes – has made progressives more acutely aware of how much they have to gain from making our governing institutions more small-d democratic.
Yeah, I agree the Electoral College is increasingly viewed as part of a whole set of anti-democratic–and anti-Democratic–institutions.
As you said, the National Popular Vote Election Compact is gaining steam, blue state by blue state — though it’s still a long way off from reaching the threshold necessary to overrule the electoral college. Let’s say we’re in a situation where it’s actually foreseeable that the old system could go down. Which of the (flawed) arguments will Fox News try to scare their viewers with? Will it just be “Democrats are trying to rig our perfect Constitutional system to their advantage?”
@LindseyGrahamSC: “The desire to abolish the Electoral College is driven by the idea Democrats want rural America to go away politically. “
I think they’ll lead with the small-state argument. It’s important, since some small states (right now, Delaware) will need to go along to pass the National Popular Vote Compact.
That said, I think if/when the compact passes, it will be with strong bipartisan support. There’s a decent chance that within a decade, Texas becomes a 52 percent blue state. The conservatives’s advantage in the Senate is firm. The Electoral College is a much weirder beast, and it’s not actually clear that the GOP will be well-served by it forever.
Well, recently, it’s become more partisan. The only reason there’s been sustained momentum is due to activity in states (like Colorado) whose legislatures flipped from R to D control.
If Democrats automatically win TX, CA, and NY each cycle, then abolishing the Electoral College might actually be in the GOP’s self-interest.
Yeah, that’s true. But TX is a long way from being automatically blue.
Somewhat ironically, the EC does effectively give more representation to places with undocumented immigrants in presidential elections than the popular vote would.
Let’s say the electoral college was abolished tomorrow. What would be the most obvious change to the way national campaigns are run? Is the fear that candidates would be hanging out in California and New York the whole time justified in any way?
There’d be a cost-benefit analysis that would guide candidate time and media spending, just like there is now.One major shift I could see is much less preoccupation with the small number of competitive small states (or in the case of Nebraska and Maine, districts with a single EV). But Wyoming and Alaska get no attention now, and still wouldn’t.
There would be a lot more attention than now paid to non-competitive large states like NY and CA and IL, without question. But that is, after all, where more people live. (edited)
Yeah. I mean, currently, almost all campaigning occurs in a little more than a handful of states. So, one of the only things we can be 99% sure of is that the national popular vote would bring more people and places into the campaign
It would totally change, or maybe even abolish, the idea of “battleground states,” I suppose. You could argue also that it would intensify the shift from persuasion to mobilization strategies for winning elections.Competitive states generally would get less attention that they do today, and their swing voters a lot less attention.
Sounds great to me! I, for one, would love to be inundated with general election ads
“I remember when a man named Dukakis got into a tank,” Trump says at the tank plant in Ohio. “He tanked when he got into the tank. … How would I look in a tank? OK? Yeah? … The helmet was bigger than he was, that was not good.”
Around 1,600 people have been secretly filmed in hotel rooms in South Korea, with the footage live-streamed online for paying customers to watch, police said Wednesday.
Two men have been arrested and another pair investigated in connection with the scandal, which involved 42 rooms in 30 accommodations in 10 cities around the country. Police said there was no indication the businesses were complicit in the scheme.
… Cameras were hidden inside digital TV boxes, wall sockets and hairdryer holders and the footage was streamed online, the Cyber Investigation Department at the National Police Agency said in a statement.
The site had more than 4,000 members, 97 of whom paid a $44.95 monthly fee to access extra features, such as the ability to replay certain live streams. Between November 2018 and this month, police said, the service brought in upwards of $6,000.
An update on the White House marital drama no one asked for
Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump’s attacks on her husband George Conway saying he’s “a counterpuncher” and asserting that the president is free to respond when he’s accused of having a mental illness.
“He left it alone for months out of respect for me,” Conway, a senior Trump aide, told POLITICO in a brief telephone interview. “But you think he shouldn’t respond when somebody, a non-medical professional accuses him of having a mental disorder? You think he should just take that sitting down?”
“Don’t play psychiatrist any more than George should be,” she added. “You’re not a psychiatrist and he’s not, respectfully.”