Apr 222019
 

The Debian Project Leader elections just finished and the winner is Sam Hartman! His term as project leader starts inmediately today April 21st and expires on April 20th 2020. Of a total of 1003 developers, 378 developers voted using the Condorcet method. More information about the result is available in the Debian Project Leader Elections 2019 page. Many thanks to Joerg Jaspert, Jonathan Carter and Martin Michlmayr for running. And special thanks to Chris Lamb…

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Apr 202019
 

I have a First Amendment right to express my anger about Georgia’s proposed abortion ban through peaceful protest. As a concerned citizen, I have visited the Georgia capitol many times to talk with our lawmakers about various issues. While recently advocating against a particularly harmful piece of legislation — House Bill 481, which would, if signed into law, effectively ban all abortion in Georgia — I found myself caught up in a debate over my…

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Apr 202019
 

Mckayla Wilkes, a 28-year-old administrative assistant, part-time student, and mother of two, has had enough. In late March, she announced that she was mounting a bid for Maryland’s 5th Congressional District, aiming to unseat one of the oldest and most powerful Democratic members, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. Wilkes is running on a host of progressive policies, but plans to put particular focus on Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and affordable housing. A…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://theintercept.com/2019/04/19/steny-hoyer-primary-challenger/

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Apr 202019
 

A little over two weeks ago, India successfully test-fired an interceptor rocket that shot down a live satellite. In a surprise television address, India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, then triumphantly declared that India was now the fourth country to acquire the ability to shoot down satellites, after the United States, Russia, and China. The test’s success clearly demonstrates the advancement of India’s military capabilities in outer space. But how much of an advancement is it,…

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Apr 192019
 

How Super Mario Kart looks under traditional bsnes emulation… [credit: DerKoun / FrameCompare ] Gamers of a certain age probably remember being wowed by the quick, smooth scaling and rotation effects of the Super Nintendo’s much-ballyhooed “Mode 7” graphics. Looking back, though, those gamers might also notice how chunky and pixelated those background transformations could end up looking, especially when viewed on today’s high-end screens. Emulation to the rescue. A modder going by the handle…

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Apr 192019
 

On April 15, Michael Crowell, an independent voter in North Carolina and an attorney, filed a new complaint in his lawsuit Crowell v Cooper, m.d., 1:17cv-515. The case was filed two years ago and has never had a decision. It challenges North Carolina law for mandating that only members of the two largest parties can serve on the State Board of Elections, or on a county board. Here is the new complaint. The case has…

External feed Read More at the Source: http://ballot-access.org/2019/04/17/lawsuit-against-exclusion-of-independent-voters-from-north-carolina-election-boards-gets-a-new-start/

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Apr 192019
 

Elizabeth Warren is no socialist — but unlike most of the candidates beating her in the polls, she’s a tough-minded liberal who makes the right kind of enemies. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks into a megaphone after joining striking Stop & Shop workers on April 12, 2019 in Somerville, Massachusetts. Scott Eisen / Getty Almost every day Elizabeth Warren comes out with serious policy proposals. They’re rarely even baby steps down the…

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Apr 192019
 

For the past year, the fate of Ellicott City, Maryland, has been trapped in limbo. Between 2011 and 2018, three separate floods have hammered the the 247-year-old mill town outside Baltimore, first from Tropical Storm Lee and then via a lethal pair of “1,000-year storms” that sent water raging down the valley and through Main Street, killing two people in 2016 and one in 2018. The spectacular flooding, which was captured in videos shot by…

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Apr 192019
 

On March 31, U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan dissmissed the lawsuit Level the Playing Field v Federal Election Commission. Here is the 42-page opinion. The case had been filed in 2015. The opinion says that the Federal Election Commission was not “arbitrary or capricious” when it determined that the Commission on Presidential Debates is not violating federal campaign finance law. Here is an April 1 press release from the FEC.

External feed Read More at the Source: http://ballot-access.org/2019/04/18/debates-case-loses/

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Apr 192019
 

The White House on April 17, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Dear House Democrats, You told us to be patient. You told us to be cautious. You told us to wait for Robert Mueller. Well, the time for waiting is over. And the moment for impeachment hearings has arrived. Forget the mendacious Attorney General William Barr, and his repeated — and repeatedly dishonest — attempts to summarize and spin the special counsel’s report…

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Apr 182019
 

Matt Taibbi’s (previously) latest Rolling Stone column traces the long history of rich Democrat donors and the officials whom they fund attacking progressive candidates, showing how the same playbook used to attack Dennis Kucinich in 2003 is now being rolled out to attack Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren (I am a donor to both the Sanders and Warren campaigns). The wealthy and their captured lawmakers smear anyone who offers a progressive alternative as a “spoiler”…

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Apr 172019
 

As one of the oldest torrent communities, the Demonoid tracker has gone through many ups and downs over the years. The site has disappeared for months, more than once, but always reappeared. Early last year things were looking quite positive for the site. Founder and operator ‘Deimos’ was committed to rebuilding the site back to the thriving community it once was, but at the end of the summer new problems emerged. Initially, there were some…

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Apr 172019
 

Last week, fans of cool astronomical phenomena (read: almost everyone) rejoiced as an international team of scientists released the first ever image of a black hole. For the astrophysicists, software engineers, philosophers, and mathematicians who worked on the Event Horizon Telescope that captured the image, the announcement was an unprecedented milestone. Their excitement was perhaps best embodied by a photo of one computer scientist on the Event Horizon Telescope team, Katie Bouman, who hid her…

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Apr 172019
 

HR 51, the bill in the U.S. House to make the District of Columbia a state, now has 203 co-sponsors. It has gained two co-sponsors so far in April. By contrast, HR 1965, the bill Puerto Rico statehood bill introduced by Congressman Darren Soto, only has one co-sponsor. HR 1681, the ballot access bill introduced by Congressman Justin Amash, has no co-sponsors. HJR 7, the bill to abolish the electoral college, only has seven co-sponsors.

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Apr 172019
 

A handful of Motel 6 owners and operators suddenly decided the best use of their guest info was as fodder for law enforcement agencies. In Connecticut, a Motel 6 just decided to start faxing its guest list over to the local cop shop every night. After this questionable practice was made public, the PD announced it never asked for this info and was going to route it right into the shredder going forward. Other Motel…

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Apr 162019
 

Jason Scott just posted all of the Infocom source, which is glorious!<ROUTINE GLASS-CASE-F ()         <COND (<VERB? EXAMINE>                <TELL “The ” D ,GLASS-CASE ” is “>                <COND (<FSET? ,GLASS-CASE ,OPENBIT>                       <TELL “open”>)                      (T        …

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Apr 162019
 

Hours after the ejection of Julian Assange from the London Ecuadorean embassy last week, police officers in Ecuador detained the Swedish citizen and open source developer Ola Bini. They seized him as he prepared to travel from his home in Quito to Japan, claiming that he was attempting to flee the country in the wake of Assange’s arrest. Bini had, in fact, booked the vacation long ago, and had publicly mentioned it on his twitter…

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Apr 162019
 

Umair Haque (previously) writes about how the last days of the Soviet Union were filled with “forced apathy” (an inability to care about what was going on because just surviving took everything you had) and “self-referentialism” (an obsession with domestic affairs to the exclusion of everything else going on elsewhere in the world)> Haque also remembers those days for the “one party rule” and notes that while the US is dominated by a single party…

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Apr 162019
 

As was widely expected, the EU Council (made up of representatives of the EU member states) has officially rubber stamped the EU Copyright Directive that the EU Parliament passed a few weeks back. There had been some talk of various countries, such as Sweden, Germany and the UK possibly changing their vote. Sweden, in the end, actually did do so, but to stop the Directive, it was necessary for the UK or Germany to do…

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