A movement was born this summer during the crisis over migrant children at the border. Are the vigilante extremists back for good?
Columbia University expert Donald Green argues that hate crimes tend to spike when rapid in-migration of minority groups occurs in formerly white neighborhoods. Perhaps that helps explain the sheer ugliness of the events in Murrieta, Calif., this July — events that came during the week of Independence Day, when Americans gather to celebrate our country and its democratic values.
Three buses carrying 140 undocumented women and children to a temporary shelter in the city of 107,000 — part of a wave of some 60,000 unaccompanied minor immigrants fleeing staggering violence and poverty in their Central American countries or seeking a long-lost parent in the United States — were met by a howling mob of nativists who physically blocked the vehicles. Ultimately, the government was forced to take the frightened children to another Border Patrol facility, and in the week that followed more angry nativist protesters rallied in Murrieta.
Intel’s data center group, powered by Xeon processors, is surging as 35 percent of the unit’s revenue comes from cloud deployments and that infrastructure for the likes of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure is increasingly custom.
Those takeaways were front and center as Diane Bryant, head of Intel’s data center group (DCG), highlighted the outlook. Intel’s hammerlock on the server market means that it can do well even as workloads move to the cloud. Will enterprises buy a lot of servers in the future (probably not), but those Xeons are likely to be in the systems bought by cloud vendors.
“Two Lands - Greenland | Iceland” is the result of a very brief 10 day shoot I did for Panasonic. The video is a compilation of some of the footage I shot while there. Some of the other shots are in lockdown by the client so I used what I could to create this video. I spent 4 days shooting in Iceland and 6 days shooting in Greenland. Greenland locations include the Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat, Ilimanaq, Ilulissat Ice Fjord, Russell Glacier, Greenland Icecap, and Disko Bay. Iceland locations include the South Coast, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Kirkjufell, and Grundarfjörður.
All footage was shot in super high resolution 4K Ultra HD.
“A Meaningful Moment”
By Jan Baumann
Special thanks to:
World of Greenland Arctic Circle - wogac.com
Local Greenland Guides - Adam Lyberth & Laust Hojbjerg
Another example of Theocratic urges in action from our Southern Neighbors
A bill introduced in the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies would, if enacted, require creationism to be taught in the country’s public and private schools. Introduced by Marco Feliciano, a controversial federal deputy and Assembly of God pastor, on November 13, 2014, bill 8099/2014 calls (PDF) for the inclusion of “the ideas that life has its origin in God, the supreme creator of the whole universe and of all things that compose it.”
Accompanying the bill is a justification that complains of the existing curriculum as “propagating [the idea that] life originated from a ‘primitive cell’ that was set in motion by the ‘Big Bang’” and charges that teaching evolution without teaching creationism violates the Brazilian constitution’s guarantee of freedom of conscience and belief, especially “since the creationist doctrine is prevalent throughout our country.”
Maurício Tuffani, blogging for Folha de S. Paulo (November 15, 2014), described the bill as “a monument to ignorance,” and disclosed that the bill repeated, almost verbatim, a bill filed in the Paraná state legislature in 2007. In a later post (November 16, 2014), Tuffani quoted the president of the Sociedade Brasileira para o Progresso da Ciência as saying that her organization “will stand forcefully against this bill.”
According to a report of a 2005 poll using a version of the Gallup questions, 31% of Brazilian respondents preferred the “God created human beings” option, with 54% preferring the “God guided process” option and 9% preferring the “God had no part in the process” option. Additionally, 89% of respondents supported teaching creationism alongside evolution, and 75% supported teaching creationism instead of evolution.
*When I went to High School none of the kids considered to be “cool” turned out to be truly that cool in later life. Instead the theater and band geeks, the shop class nerds, the art class wallflowers, and the AP course kids all turned out to be the cool ones in real adult life. It still amazes me how that worked.
IC Insights compared the six most significant end-user markets for integrated circuits. These are the computer, consumer, communications, automotive, industrial/medical, and government/defense markets. During the time frame, until 2018, the IC demand from automotive customers is expected to exhibit the strongest average annual growth — 10.8% on average. This is significantly higher than the communications industry, at second place with 6.8%.
The computer market, once the IC growth driver per se, apparently is approaching saturation status. With 3.3% CAGR, it shows the lowest growth of all segments (albeit certainly at a very high sales level). In contrast, automotive chip demand is still growing from a smaller base. While a high semiconductor content in earlier years was associated to the luxury class, higher quantities of chips are installed now in vehicles of all categories.
Demand drivers include safety features that increasingly are becoming mandatory, such as backup cameras or eCall. But driver-assistance systems are also becoming ubiquitous. Future drivers will include connectivity, such as vehicle-to-vehicle communications, as well as sensors and controllers necessary for various degrees of autonomous driving.
Last night President Obama announced an executive order granting amnesty to a certain class of undocumented immigrants. The #tcot responded with their usual eruptions of rage and racism, turned up to 12.
Complementarity: the new separate but equal….
Complementarity is one of those obscure theological concepts that nevertheless casts a long shadow over modern conservative religious thinking. It’s the idea that men and women’s differing and complementary biological roles play out in their respective roles in religion and society, which are separate, but supposedly equal, and divinely ordained.
Pope John Paul II was a big proponent of the concept of complementarity as a core principle of the family, most famously expounded upon in his 1995 Letter to Women, which extolled the “special genius” of women to serve as helpmates to men and society. Like many of the church’s more regressive ideas, however, complementarity has been embraced more enthusiastically by conservative Protestants, who use it to justify the idea that women should be submissive to men, than it is by Catholics themselves.
This Catholic/Conservative Christian confluence was on full display at the conference, organized by Cardinal Gerhard Muller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as, one might suspect, a counterbalance to all the talk of liberalizing influences under Francis. Participants included mega-Pastor Rick Warren, Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput.
This is a big breakthrough if it works as advertised, getting CAD, photography apps, and other graphics intensive programs working on pads, phones, and handhelds working over a thinner network has always been problematic. AWS is tackling the issue by putting a virtual graphics workstation in the cloud, and making the “directX rendering offload chore” an configurable installation, so I’m guessing there’s an API or wizard involved somewhere. It will be interesting to see if this also supports…. Flash.
Amazon Web Services has updated its AppStream service so developers can set up Windows apps to stream down to mobile devices more easily.
Amazon AppStream, announced a year ago, makes use of AWS’s muscular Nvidia GPUs and STX streaming protocol to speed up the often-sluggish performance of desktop apps running on mobile devices. AppStream offloads the number-crunching heavy lifting of AutoCAD or other graphics-heavy applications so they can run on small devices without a ton of lag time, according to the company.
Before now, to use AppStream, the developer had to futz with Microsoft’s DirectX rendering library. That apparently is no longer the case. According to a blog post by AWS evangelist Jeff Barr:
You can now stream just about any existing Microsoft Windows application without having to make any code changes. You simply step through a simple installation and configuration process using the AWS Management Console. Once you’ve completed the process, your users can begin to use the application.
On Thursday evening, President Barack Obama announced his hotly anticipated executive action on immigration, which will keep nearly 5 million undocumented residents from being deported. Even though the sweeping measure has elicited threats of retaliation from congressional Republicans, Obama said he moved forward because comprehensive immigration reform is unlikely to go anywhere in the GOP-dominated Congress next year.
“I know some of the critics of this action call it amnesty,” the president said in his speech. “Well, it’s not. Amnesty is the immigration system we have today—millions of people who live here without paying their taxes or playing by the rules, while politicians use the issue to scare people and whip up votes at election time. That’s the real amnesty—leaving this broken system the way it is.”
A year and a half ago, a bipartisan immigration bill passed in the Senate but died in the House. The bill likely had enough Republican and Democratic votes to pass in the House, but Speaker John Boehner, catering to his tea partiers, refused to bring the measure to the floor. If signed into law, the legislation would have provided legal status to about 11 million undocumented immigrants. Here’s a look at who benefits most from Obama’s executive action—and who has lost out, thanks in part to GOP obstructionism.