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Turning aside risk, Democrats rally to Bernie Sanders' single payer health plan | The Los Angeles Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 13, 2017 01:34 PM
"A Pew Research poll in June found that the percentage of Americans favoring a single-payer plan had risen to 33%, five points higher than in January and 12 points higher than three years earlier. Two-thirds of Democrats under age 30 favored a single government plan, as did 22% of young Republicans. Sanders has said support for his plan should not be a litmus test for candidates, but some of his most loyal partisans disagree in words that conjure a coming fight."

Syria signs Aleppo power plant contract with Iran | The Washington Post

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 12, 2017 08:28 PM
"The Aleppo contract was awarded to the Iranian firm Mabna and is valued at around 130 million Euros ... Assad’s government awarded a concession to Iran to operate a new cellular network for Syria in January. Other concessions signed to Iran include thousands of hectares of land for farming and oil and gas terminals, and the operation of a phosphate mine in central Syria, according to Iran’s official IRNA news agency."

Hundreds of Isis defectors mass on Syrian border hoping to flee | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 12, 2017 02:57 PM
"[L]arge numbers of militants and their families are now trying to leave the war-battered states altogether – posing significant challenges to a global intelligence community that, for the most part, views them as a hostile and unmanageable threat, and sees limited scope for their reintegration. ... French officials have said privately that they would rather that nationals who travelled to join Isis died on battlefields and have no plans to support those who now want to return. Other European states have expressed similar sentiments."

The normal user's guide to using Linux – Citizen's Press

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Sep 11, 2017 09:14 AM
The purpose of this document is to outline how I work in Linux, Mutt, Emacs, and i3 Window Manager. While there are lots of documents online about how coders set-up and tinker with Linux, there are not many for normal users who want to become more proficient in their computer use.

It's Been 100 Years and the Robots Still Haven't Taken Over | Literary Hub

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Sep 11, 2017 09:11 AM
> The 20th-century symbol of ambivalence toward technology was the robot, invented in its modern form by the Czech playwright Karel Čapek. The word “robot” comes from the Czech robota, meaning “forced labor,” a term that derives in turn from rab meaning “slave.” Initially this referred to programmed machines that released factory workers from repetitive toil but simultaneously threatened their livelihood, a comment on Henry Ford’s moving assembly line, introduced in 1913 for the mass production of automobiles.

Netanyahu, the self-proclaimed leader of the Jewish people, stays silent as his son flirts with anti-Semitic ideas | Ha'aretz

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 10, 2017 11:01 AM
"After the neo-Nazi demonstration in Charlottesville last month, which ended with the death of a left-wing female protester, Netanyahu Jr. – “Hun,” as he calls himself on his Facebook page – published a post that actually equated the racists and anti-Semites with those demonstrating against them."
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