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Five sailors injured, 10 missing after US Navy destroyer collides with a merchant ship – Washington Post

Monday, August 21, 2017

SEOUL — Ten U.S. Navy sailors were missing and five were injured after the USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer and an oil tanker more than three times its size collided near Singapore early Monday. American and Singaporean ships and helicopters launched a search-and-rescue mission after the pre-dawn collision at the entrance to one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. This was the second time in two months that a Navy…

Trump Settles on Afghan Strategy Expected to Raise Troop Levels – New York Times

Monday, August 21, 2017

American military commanders have argued during the monthslong policy assessment that the additional troops would enable the United States to reverse gains made by the Taliban and militant groups like the Islamic State’s Afghan affiliate, the Islamic State in Khorasan. Administration aides, under orders to let Mr. Trump announce the details, hinted that any American commitment to increase force levels would require steps by the Afghans, like doing more to…

The slapstick, the telethons, ‘Laaa-dy!’ — comic and philanthropist Jerry Lewis dies at 91 – Chicago Tribune

Monday, August 21, 2017

When the singer on the bill at the 500 Club was fired, Lewis recommended a singer he had shared the bill with at the Havana-Madrid nightclub in New York several months earlier and with whom, he told the club manager, he had done “a lot of funny stuff” on stage: Dean Martin. “A handsome man and a monkey,” as Lewis later described the heavily improvised act he and Martin performed…

US-South Korea set for divisive military drills – BBC News

Monday, August 21, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Foal Eagle, held earlier this year, saw US and South Korean troops practice a beach landing The US and South Korea are conducting annual military drills which consistently infuriate Pyongyang, despite appeals to halt the exercise. Last week North Korea appeared to back down from a threat to send missiles towards the US Pacific island of Guam, but said it would watch US actions….

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7, Episode 6: Seeing Is Believing – New York Times

Monday, August 21, 2017

In other words: It. Is. On. [Want exclusive “Game of Thrones” explainers as well as the internet’s best articles on this week’s episode? Sign up for our Season 7 newsletter here.] The episode picked up where we left off last week, with seven heroes and a fungible number of Wildling Redshirts (Redfurs? Wildshirts?) out to bag a wight to show Cersei. I continue to think this was a ridiculous plan…

Putting The ‘World’s Smallest Laptop’ To The Test – Forbes

Monday, August 21, 2017

Ben Sin The GPD Pocket is being billed as the world’s smallest laptop. With tech advances making gadgets increasingly capable (and more affordable), there’s never been a better time to be a so-called “digital nomad.” Personally, I cringe at the “digital nomad” term, but I can’t deny that it quite succinctly sums up people like me, who only needs solid internet connection and a digital device to do work. In the…

Microsoft’s Project Scorpio returns as a special Xbox One X for preorders – The Verge

Monday, August 21, 2017

Microsoft first revealed its Xbox One X back at E3, and now it’s allowing consumers to preorder the console today ahead of its release on November 7th. Just like the Xbox One Day One Edition, Microsoft is also creating a special edition for the Xbox One X: the Project Scorpio Edition. Priced at $499, the Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition includes a gradient design on the console itself, alongside…

Vietnam’s president calls for tougher internet controls – Reuters

Monday, August 21, 2017

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam’s president called on Sunday for tougher controls on the internet in the face of dissidents who are using it to criticize the ruling Communist Party, and to combat threats to cybersecurity. Vietnam’s government has stepped up a crackdown on activists this year, but despite the arrest and sentencing of several high profile figures, there has been little sign of it silencing criticism on social media. President…

Internet shaming: When mob justice goes virtual – CBS News – CBS News

Monday, August 21, 2017

The words FOR SHAME have long been spoken to people accused of offensive behavior. Now, thanks to the Internet, those words (and worse) can be sent, sometimes unjustifiably, to millions around the world. Our Cover Story is reported by David Pogue of Yahoo Finance: Last Friday night, Kyle Quinn, an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas, was enjoying a pleasant night out with his wife at Crystal Bridges Museum…

White supremacists once wore hoods. Now, an internet mob won’t let them stay anonymous – PBS NewsHour

Monday, August 21, 2017

Peter Cytanovic, right, along with neo-Nazis, “alt-right” and white supremacists encircle and chant at counter-protesters at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 11, 2017. Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Nearly a century ago, the governor of Louisiana proposed doxing the Ku Klux Klan. Gov. John Parker was in New York City for…

Spain sets up 800 checkpoints in Catalonia in manhunt for Barcelona suspect – Washington Post

Sunday, August 20, 2017

RIPOLL, Spain — Desperate to ease public fears and neutralize a terrorist cell responsible for the deadliest attack in Spain in a decade, Spanish police erected 800 checkpoints across the region of Catalonia on Sunday — part of a massive manhunt for a Moroccan-born man they suspect was the driver of the van that killed 13 and injured scores in Barcelona last week. Authorities could not say whether Younes Abouyaaqoub,…

Raiders’ Derek Carr and Khalil Mack stand for national anthem but still send a message of unity – Washington Post

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Marshawn Lynch, left, elected to sit during the anthem once again, while Derek Carr took another approach. (Ben Margot/Associated Press) Their teammate, Marshawn Lynch, chose to sit in protest during the national anthem, but Derek Carr and Khalil Mack had a different statement in mind before kickoff of the Oakland Raiders’ preseason game Saturday. The quarterback and the linebacker stood together, with Carr placing his hand on Mack’s back as…

Trump to announce ‘path forward’ for US in Afghanistan – CNN

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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How ‘The King of Comedy’ Proved Jerry Lewis Was a Great Actor – RollingStone.com

Sunday, August 20, 2017

By the late 1970s, Jerry Lewis was becoming perilously close to being a has-been. After decades of celebrity – first in his successful partnership with Dean Martin, then later on his own as the star of comedies like Rock-A-Bye Baby and as the auteur behind epochal hits such as The Nutty Professor – the gifted comic filmmaker and host of the annual Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy telethon started experiencing a series…

Breitbart goes after McMaster – The Hill

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Breitbart News, the media outlet helmed by President Trump’s former chief strategist Stephen Bannon, published an article on Sunday casting national security adviser H.R. McMaster as soft on Islamist extremism and terrorism.  The article came just two days after Bannon’s departure from the White House. He returned to Breitbart later on Friday. Bannon’s tenure in the White House was often turbulent, and he is said to have frequently feuded with the president’s…

Help Me, LAPTOP: Should I Buy a New Laptop or a New Battery? – Laptop Mag

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Many people keep their laptops for four, five or even more years and still find them powerful and functional enough for everyday use. But what happens when your old laptop can’t stay unplugged for very long? Unlike computer chips, LCD screens and hard drives, lithium-ion batteries — the kind in all laptops — have a very limited life span. Over the course of a couple of years, batteries start to…

15 Years Later, Maine’s ‘One Laptop Per Child’ Initiative Hasn’t Helped Test Scores – Fortune

Sunday, August 20, 2017

When the Internet and digital tools first rose into popular consciousness, one major concern was that the barriers to access them would create a “digital divide” between rich and poor. Those with access to expensive new technology, the thinking went, would rocket ahead of those without it. The Maine Learning Technology Initiative was one of the earliest and largest efforts to bridge that divide. Starting in 2002, it provided a…

Microsoft will be the publisher of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds when it comes to Xbox – The Verge

Sunday, August 20, 2017

We’ve know since E3 that the hugely popular survival shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is coming to Xbox One later this year as a timed exclusive. But “PlayerUnknown” himself, game designer Brendan Greene, says Microsoft Studios is now the official publisher of the console version of the game. That means Greene and his development team at Korean studio Bluehole now have the added resources of the Xbox maker itself, which should certainly…

Vietnam’s president calls for tougher internet controls – Reuters

Sunday, August 20, 2017

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam’s president called on Sunday for tougher controls on the internet in the face of dissidents who are using it to criticize the ruling Communist Party, and to combat threats to cybersecurity. Vietnam’s government has stepped up a crackdown on activists this year, but despite the arrest and sentencing of several high profile figures, there has been little sign of it silencing criticism on social media. President…

Democrats see an opening with Trump but are worried about messaging – CNN

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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