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What Happened at Slate This Week?

News: Slate - Fri, 2014-12-19 16:15

Hey Slate Plus–sters,

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The James Flacco Name Generator

News: Slate - Fri, 2014-12-19 16:05

At a press conference on Friday, President Obama said Sony made “a mistake” by canceling the release of The Interview. He also praised the film’s stars Seth Rogen and James … Flacco? If, like actor James Franco, you want a new last name—one you can share with an NFL quarterback—then use our name generator below.

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The One Amendment We’re Not Willing to Give Up

News: Slate - Fri, 2014-12-19 15:57

During the past few months, America has made a number of statements about how it balances safety and security risks against the rights guaranteed in the Constitution. To review:

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Obama Defends Cuban Opening but Faults Sony Over Movie in Year-End Press Conference

News: The New York Times, Top stories - Fri, 2014-12-19 15:49
The president rejected critics who say he should not have opened relations with Cuba because of its human rights record, and he criticized Sony for pulling the movie that provoked a data breach.






The Music Club, 2014

News: Slate - Fri, 2014-12-19 15:35

Team America: Pop Police,

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Google Files Suit Against Mississippi Attorney General

News: The New York Times, Top stories - Fri, 2014-12-19 15:27
The search giant accused the official, Jim Hood, of violating federal law in his efforts to get it to remove links to some content.






Dozens of Militants Killed in Pakistan in Wake of Taliban Attack on School

News: The New York Times, Top stories - Fri, 2014-12-19 15:19
Pakistani forces stepped up operations against insurgents near the Afghan border after 148 students and staff members died in a siege in Peshawar.






Obama Vows U.S. Response to North Korea Cyberattack on Sony

News: The New York Times, Top stories - Fri, 2014-12-19 14:52
President Obama said the U.S. would “respond proportionally” to the attack on Sony Pictures after the F.B.I. said it had extensive evidence that North Korea had organized it.






FIFA to Release Redacted Report on Corruption in World Cup Bidding

News: The New York Times, Top stories - Fri, 2014-12-19 14:35
Sepp Blatter, the president of the world governing body of soccer, said the findings by an ethics committee would be edited to protect privacy and investigations.






Los Angeles, as a Pedestrian

News: The New York Times, Top stories - Fri, 2014-12-19 14:34
Seeing the city from the sidewalk, not the freeway, opens a visitor to quiet wonders that would be lost at 60 miles per hour.

At the Table: Over Blintzes, Savoring and Saying Goodbye to Cafe Edison

News: The New York Times, Top stories - Fri, 2014-12-19 14:13
At Cafe Edison, a theater district haunt that is closing on Sunday, a couple bemoaned the loss of a New York institution.

Fracking Movement Wins As NY Bans Fracking | PopularResistance.Org

I Cite - Fri, 2014-12-19 14:05
Tom Wilber who writes Shale Gas Review which covers gas development in Marcellus and Utica shales, noted the power of the anti-fracking movement and how it related to the science on fracking: Science is part of the calculus. But despite what Cuomo would like us to believe, scientists don’t make these kinds of decisions. The full equation is Science + politics = policy. Cuomo finally got tired of being hounded on the issue by his political base. The movement in New York against shale gas was relentless and it was focused on him. People rising up and saying ‘no’ to fracking made it impossible for the government to ignore the health, safety and environmental problems caused by fracking. See this December 2014 compendium of the research. This victory is one that will spur the anti-fracking movement throughout the country and puts in question the fracking infrastructure being built, e.g. pipelines, compressor stations and export terminals, currently being pushed throughout the country by Big Energy. Inside Climate News reports that Sandra Steingraber, an environmental health expert and fracking activist in New York, told them from the parking lot of a sheriff’s office where she was bailing out 28 musicians arrested in an ongoing protest against a fracked gas storage facility in the Seneca Lakes region of New York that when she told the activists the news, they picked up their instruments and there was “singing and dancing in the streets.” She added “Fracking is able to roll over so many communities... Jodi
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Bits Blog: Uber Driver in Boston Area Is Charged With Rape

News: The New York Times, Most emailed - Fri, 2014-12-19 14:03
The man is accused of picking up a young woman in Boston on Dec. 6 while presenting himself as the driver for a ride-sharing service.

F.B.I. Evidence Often Mishandled, Inquiry Finds

News: The New York Times, Top stories - Fri, 2014-12-19 13:55
An internal investigation recounts tales of missing and mislabeled evidence that could have consequences for criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Bits Blog: The Lesson of the Sony Hack: We Should All Jump to the ‘Erasable Internet’

News: The New York Times, Most emailed - Fri, 2014-12-19 13:47
The hack at Sony underscores the need for more secure online communication systems. That is, if people are willing to use them.

Air Horns, Weather Puppies, and DIY Emojis

News: Slate - Fri, 2014-12-19 13:32

Buying a smartphone and using only the built-in apps is like buying a Nintendo just to play Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt. You can do it, but you won’t be getting full value from your purchase. (And yes, you did pay a lot of money for that new phone, even if you deferred the upfront cost by buying it on contract.)

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The Music Club, 2014

News: Slate - Fri, 2014-12-19 13:23

My comrades in headphone-rash ears and achy-breaky fingers,

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Common Sense: The Insider Trading Morass

News: The New York Times, Top stories - Fri, 2014-12-19 12:48
Insider trading is a crime entirely defined by common law — an accumulation of cases and judicial precedents that date from the 1960s — and fitting a case into that thicket can be problematic.

Something to Sneeze At

News: Slate - Fri, 2014-12-19 12:36

Browse the cold and flu aisle at the pharmacy or watch certain famous doctors on TV, and you'll encounter a number of products claiming to boost your immunity, “naturally.” Research on these products shows that they are expensive placebos. However, many people remain convinced that these potions can keep them healthy. Millions of people are taken in by the seemingly friendly—but ultimately cynical—marketing of these products, and they happily fork over their money for what overwhelmingly amounts to snake oil. For all you believers (and for skeptics looking for some new arguments), consider this: Boosting your immunity is actually a pretty bad idea. Even if these remedy and prevention products did what they purport to, you wouldn't want them to.

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We Really Need to Explore Europa

News: Slate - Fri, 2014-12-19 12:08

A brief debate broke out over the radio on Jan. 25, 2013. “Anyone in drill camp know who’s in the Super Bowl?” someone asked.

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