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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Tuesday Morning News

Posted by on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Metro Crash in Moscow: 19 dead.

Egyptian Truce Proposal Accepted by Israel, But Not Hamas: The fight goes on in Gaza.

Ramadan Shopping Attack in Eastern Afghanistan: At least 89 people dead; Taliban says it didn't do it. (Haqqani, sources wonder?) Taliban does take responsibility for killing two of the outgoing president's team in a separate attack.

Magic Kingdom Horror: Thirty-five Disney World employees arrested for child-related sex crimes; Universal and SeaWorld workers implicated, too. Skip theme parks. Take your kids to the beach and swim.

Jose Antonio Vargas, Journalist, Filmmaker, and Immigration Activist: Detained at the Texas border.

Friends Share More DNA Than Strangers?: New research.

Meanwhile, Scientists Say They're Closer to Finding Friends for Earth: “I think in the next 20 years we will find out we are not alone in the universe,” said NASA astronomer Kevin Hand.

Brain-Eating Amoeba Kills a 9-Year-Old Girl: She got it from swimming in fresh water in Kansas.

"Our Bees, Ourselves": Learn from the honeybee collapse.

Microbes Are THIS Important: "We Are Our Bacteria."

Hellish Customer Service Call: A tech journalist tries to cancel his Comcast.

Forget Google Glass, Wear Smart Contacts Instead: Obv. Meanwhile, the creator of Google Glass goes to Amazon.

It's Official: Uber and Lyft Are Like Pot (Kind of) in Seattle: Yesterday afternoon's decision.

How Badly Did Brazil Lose This World Cup?: Spike Friedman took a look at the larger questions around World Cup success and failure—people dead and displaced, infrastructures half-built—on Slog yesterday. From his post:

Is funding the World Cup fundamentally different than what’s happening with sports in Seattle or is it merely different by a matter of degree? Because our growing problems with poverty and homelessness are still considered tolerable, we're entitled to pursue packing a fourth and fifth major professional sports team into our mid-sized American city, while watching our largest research institution spend a quarter of a billion dollars renovating a football stadium while in-state tuition grows at five times the rate of inflation?

Trying Over Again at Woodstock: The farm gone digital, then stopped in its tracks by the sky.

Eschaton! This video for a Decemberists song isn't new, but it's worth watching again if only to remember the chaos that proceeds from the basic busting of an agreed-upon metaphor.

 

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I disconnected my Comcast last week and it took 5 minutes. Just told them that I was leaving the country. They asked if I had anyone I wanted to change it to and I said no.

Done.
Posted by Foonken2 on July 15, 2014 at 8:50 AM · Report this
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They even offered and then sent me a postage-paid box to send my modem back in, came in 2 days.

Horrifyingly, I've only ever had good Comcast customer service, which is more than can be said for the actual service provision (endless cutting out).
Posted by Foonken2 on July 15, 2014 at 8:52 AM · Report this
seandr 3
watching our largest research institution spend a quarter of a billion dollars renovating a football stadium

Football brings a lot of money into the UW, money that pays for non-football related things. The economics don't at all resemble those of the World Cup in Brazil.

Theater and art people can whine all they want about the pointlessness of sports, but the fact is they are a prosocial outlet for male aggression, and they are and always will be tremendously popular. Just roll with it and be thankful that the sports industrial complex is keeping tons of testosterone from wandering around idly in the streets looking for something to do.
Posted by seandr on July 15, 2014 at 8:58 AM · Report this
this guy I know in Spokane 4
Corporations are people. And Comcast, apparently, is a needy, codependent, borderline psychotic stalker ex-girlfriend.
Posted by this guy I know in Spokane on July 15, 2014 at 9:08 AM · Report this
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We moved to another city (in another state) where Comcast was not available, so they didn't argue about it. I gave them a date to discontinue service, and they cut us off ten days earlier than that date. They're either staggeringly incompetent, or they do it for giggles.
Posted by originalcinner on July 15, 2014 at 9:13 AM · Report this
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"Skip theme parks. Take your kids to the beach and swim."

Uh, except none of the incidents involved children visiting a park. And drowning is one of the most common causes of death in children.
Posted by siduri on July 15, 2014 at 9:18 AM · Report this
treefort 7
The Disney summary really doesn't represent the article. From the article:

"Two cases, which were for possession of child pornography, occurred on Disney property, according to police reports. None of the cases involved children or teenagers visiting the parks."

Also, these were arrests since 2006, not one sting. But yay sensationalism?
Posted by treefort on July 15, 2014 at 9:25 AM · Report this
seatackled 8
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a needy, codependent, borderline psychotic stalker ex-boyfriend.
Posted by seatackled on July 15, 2014 at 9:36 AM · Report this
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Your disney summary is hyperbolic.
Posted by yellow on July 15, 2014 at 9:37 AM · Report this
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Who needs Google Glass when you've got Mr. Microphone!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF4ny7Ki…

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 15, 2014 at 9:56 AM · Report this
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British Intelligence? James Bond it ain't!

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/…

http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/12…

And more on that British Intelligence stuff:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/485529/…

American Intelligence? Where is it?

https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-secur…

Army Intelligence in the --- hopefully --- bygone days of yore:

http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Ser…

And for the record, once again:

http://projects.propublica.org/nsa-grid/

But if you are really interested in how the elites do things . . . .

Take a look at the National Chamber Litigation Center:

http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xbcr/just…

Posted by sgt_doom on July 15, 2014 at 10:36 AM · Report this
ferret 12
About the Naegleria Fowleri newstory.. (ie the 8 year old girl who died by ingesting the amoeba via her nose) She didn't die swimming in fresh water. She died swimming in WARM water. The amoeba thrives and multiplies in very warm water, like 85/30 degree water.. It also has to be ingested via the nose, given it enters the brain via the sinuses..

One of the best preventative measure for Naegleri Fowleri is a nose clip...
Posted by ferret http://https://twitter.com/#!/okojo hide on July 15, 2014 at 10:54 AM · Report this
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A reminder that today is the last day to post a comment on the FCC website before they rule on Net Neutrality. Strangely, over half of the comments seem to be missing from their page. Not so surprising, their page is down again, but you can still submit your comment via e-mail. Send your comment to the FCC’s dedicated inbox, openinternet@fcc.gov to respond to the questions below...

1) Should fast lanes be banned?

2) Should broadband providers be classified as Title II Common Carriers?

3) Should these same rules apply to wireless (mobile) providers?

You can also call (888) 225-5322, then press 1, 4, 0.
Posted by Large Hardon Colluder on July 15, 2014 at 11:13 AM · Report this
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Any followup on the taxi assault yesterday?

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on July 15, 2014 at 11:44 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 15
@8,

Nah. If Comcast were a crazy ex-boyfriend he'd murder you to keep you from doing business with any other telecom.
Posted by keshmeshi on July 15, 2014 at 12:22 PM · Report this
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@12, Courtesy of GlobalWarming, #6 of "6 Ways Climate Change is Ruining Summer..." - Brain-Eating Amoebas found further north -killed 7 year old in Minnesota in 2010 http://www.salon.com/2014/07/13/6_ways_c…
Posted by iseult on July 15, 2014 at 12:45 PM · Report this
Keekee 17
Somebody really doesn't enjoy theme parks.
Posted by Keekee on July 15, 2014 at 1:24 PM · Report this
ScienceNerd 18
There were rumors at my Dentist's office of a motorcycle vs. car fatality this morning, which caused late patient arrivals and was why the Dentist was running 1/2 hour behind schedule. They say around 7:30AM. I haven't found anything about it on the internets.
Posted by ScienceNerd http://stanichium.tumblr.com/ on July 15, 2014 at 2:14 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 19
@15 - Right, but if Comcast were a woman, it wouldn't have rights like a person.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on July 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM · Report this
Knat 20
Anyone who's worked in customer service longer than a month will tell you that the best call you can hope for is one where the customer wants to cancel service, doesn't care to provide an explanation, and is polite about the whole ordeal. Makes for zero stress at your end because it will be a quick call that's easy to log and move on to the next. For the rep to behave this way tells me that he's been heavily coached to do everything possible to dissuade people from cancelling, and the caller in this case won't provide him a hint as to which tactic he should turn to next, so he starts flailing.

But it's news to no one that Comcast is built and runs on lies, isn't it?
Posted by Knat on July 15, 2014 at 8:49 PM · Report this

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