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San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 14:00
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Daily Horoscope: October 13, 2022

Motherboard (Vice) - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 14:00

The moon enters quick-witted Gemini at 1:08 AM, and we’re asking big questions and exploring new opportunities as the moon mingles with Jupiter in Aries at 4:08 AM. The moon connects with chatty Mercury in relationship-oriented Libra at 7:29 AM, encouraging connection and understanding.

All times ET.

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Aries glyph Aries: March 20, 2022 - April 19, 2022

The moon enters Gemini today, illuminating the communication sector of your chart. You can feel inspired to share big news or ask big questions as the moon connects with Jupiter in Aries. The moon mingles with Mercury in Libra, boosting communication between you and your partners.

Taurus glyphs Taurus: April 19, 2022 - May 20, 2022

Your focus can turn to money today as the moon enters Gemini. The moon connects with Jupiter in Aries and Mercury in Libra, which could find you feeling ready to let go of something you’ve held been holding on to.

Gemini glyph Gemini: May 20, 2022 - June 21, 2022

The moon enters your sign today, Gemini, and it’s a wonderful time to connect with your emotions! The moon connects with Jupiter in Aries and Mercury in Libra, inspiring an exciting energy in your love life and social life.

Cancer glyph Cancer: June 21, 2022 - July 22, 2022

The moon enters Gemini today, encouraging you to slow down and rest. The moon connects with Jupiter in Aries and Mercury in Libra, and you may be fantasizing about success. Dreaming up ideas are the first steps to making them happen!

Leo glyph Leo: July 22, 2022 - August 22, 2022

Your attention is on your social life today as the moon enters Gemini. The moon connects with Jupiter in Aries and Mercury in Libra, which could find you having a particularly inspiring discussion. Helpful information may arrive.

Virgo glyph Virgo: August 22, 2022 - September 22, 2022

The moon enters Gemini today, which can find you reflecting on your career or your life in the public eye. The moon connects with Jupiter in Aries and your ruling planet Mercury in Libra, boding well for discussions regarding your finances.

Libra glyph Libra: September 22, 2022 - October 23, 2022

New opportunities can arise as the moon enters Gemini! The moon connects with Jupiter in Aries and with Mercury in your sign, Libra, which may find you having deep, meaningful discussions with your partners.

Scorpio glyph Scorpio: October 23, 2022 - November 22, 2022

Your focus can turn to taking care of your bills as the moon enters Gemini. The moon connects with Jupiter in Aries and Mercury in Libra, helping you strike a better balance between productivity and rest.

Sagittarius glyph Sagittarius: November 22, 2022 - December 21, 2022

The moon enters your opposite sign Gemini, illuminating the relationship sector of your chart, and encouraging connection and collaboration. The moon connects with Jupiter in Aries and with Mercury in Libra, bringing a fun atmosphere to your social life!

Capricorn glyph Capricorn: December 21, 2021 - January 19, 2022

The moon enters Gemini, which can find you reorganizing your workspace or schedule. An expansive, warm energy flows at home as the moon connects with Jupiter in Aries. The moon also mingles with Mercury in Libra, inspiring exciting discussions about your career.

Aquarius glyphs Aquarius: January 19, 2022 - February 18, 2022

The moon enters fellow air sign Gemini, which can find you in a creatively inspired and romantic mood! The moon connects with Jupiter in Aries and with Mercury in Libra, perhaps bringing exciting conversations your way. New opportunities can be explored!

Pisces glyph Pisces: February 18, 2022 - March 20, 2022

The moon enters Gemini today, which can find you focused on your home and family life. The moon connects with your ruling planet Jupiter, now in Aries, and Mercury in Libra, and you’re reflecting on themes like wealth and abundance.

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The Inadequacy of the Stories We Told About the Pandemic

N.Y. Times - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:55
Race has been as big a part of the story as partisanship.
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US State Department says Iran nuclear deal 'not our focus right now'

CNN World News - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:52
The Iran nuclear deal is "not our focus right now," US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Wednesday, noting the administration was instead focusing on supporting the protesters in Iran as efforts to restore the nuclear deal have hit yet another impasse.
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How Kevon Looney became Warriors’ moral compass in Draymond Green crisis

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:51

SAN FRANCISCO — Draymond Green’s pending return to the Warriors comes with plenty of questions.

Has he mended the trust he broke when he punched Jordan Poole last week in practice? Can Green find a balance between competitive fire and anger? Are his Warriors teammates OK with his return?

Steve Kerr fielded some of those questions Tuesday night with hints of uncertainty after announcing that Green would rejoin his teammates Thursday.

But he spoke with profound conviction when it came to Kevon Looney’s leadership in what Kerr called the biggest crisis he’s faced during his Warriors tenure.

“Loon is incredible,” Kerr said. “This guy has so much wisdom. He’s so quiet that if you don’t pay attention, you may not realize he’s become the moral compass of our team. A special human being. Special. And he was a key instrument in everything we have done the last week to try to get things back on track. I’ll ride with Loon forever. This is a special man.”

Looney’s evolution from a quiet “church mouse,” as Kerr put it, to the Warriors’ guiding light became clear amid this crisis with Green. He became a leader somewhat under the radar, over time.

Looney has undergone surgeries, suffered from a mysterious illness and been pushed to the back of the bench — only to become a key player in the Warriors’ dynasty, starting must-win games in the NBA Finals. Few players have seen such highs and lows.

That ride yields perspective.

“Loon is such a level-headed guy. He’s like the rock of the team,” Moses Moody said. “I imagine he was instrumental in this decision.”

Looney is not much older than the “young core” at just 26 years old, but he’s wise in experience. It was only natural that Looney step up, along with Steph Curry, to put the pieces of a broken and untrusting locker room back into place.

In the team’s decision to allow Green back ahead of the final preseason game Friday night, Looney was a bridge between the locker room and higher-ups, especially with all the younger players that make up nearly half of the Warriors’ roster.

“I’ve just been communicating a lot with everybody,” Looney said Tuesday before Kerr announced that Green would return to practice. “I know a lot of times when something happens, everybody has an opinion, but a lot of guys don’t want to say it because everybody is new. Just being able to give guys the freedom to speak, ask everybody how they feel and what’s going on.”

Four titles and Curry’s international superstardom brings a spotlight onto the organization that sometimes gets harsh. Not long ago, the Warriors and Green were at the center of controversies involving Kevin Durant’s free agency tension and very public sideline fights that broke out because of it.

Looney has been on this ride before, but in different shoes. He remembers asking questions and talking through the drama — some known to the public, some not — with Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and, yes, Green.

“Since I’ve been here, we’ve had things go on and we had great veterans, they all came to talk to everybody,” Looney said. “Everybody was able to get their opinion. When you give your opinion, you feel like you matter. Like you’re a part of something.

“And that’s my job is to go around and make sure that everybody knows what’s going on and get a pulse on the locker room. Not be the voice for them, but speak up for the guys who have an opinion but don’t feel comfortable yet. I’ll be the guy that says, ‘OK, if that’s how you feel, I can go talk to them if you want me to do it.'”

It isn’t just Looney’s teammates and Kerr who see his leadership transformation. He quietly saw it in himself, even at his lowest. In 2019, when doctors couldn’t diagnose his random pains and strains on the court (later diagnosed as a neuropathic condition) his family and friends started to question if Looney’s basketball career was worth the pain.

“My friends had doubt. I think some of my family even had doubt, but I didn’t have doubt,” Looney said. “I was upset, disappointed, but I was never in doubt (thinking) I couldn’t make it back. I started my career with injuries, but I was playing on one of the best teams ever. I knew I belonged out there. Once I got that confidence — if I can play with these guys, I can play anywhere.”

All those years of injury rehab turned Looney into a gym rat. He’s become the first to arrive and last to leave the weight room. Anyone arriving at the gym after 8 a.m. will see Looney posted up in the corner of the practice facility doing Joga — a more physical form of yoga — before the day begins.

Looney is always there. It’s how he earned his job as the team DJ, an unofficial job he parlayed into an internship at Warner Records this summer. Once retirement starts creeping into his brain, Looney hopes to get into the music business. Not as a musician — he can’t rap or sing, he says —  but with a goal to own his own label one day. For now, at least, he owns the auxiliary cord in their Chase Center locker room. A job he’s held since he was a rookie.

“I kinda just took it,” Looney said. “I earned that role and did a decent job enough that people didn’t complain.”

Through music, he’s learned to read the room. If he’s with fellow Milwaukee natives like Poole and Patrick Baldwin Jr., he can play something new, or maybe an artist with Chicago ties like Lil Durk. If he’s sharing a locker room with 19-year veteran Iguodala, he can’t turn on any new music. Back when Looney was the youngest player on the team with the auxiliary cord responsibility, he stuck to oldie playlists only.

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“If I play any new music, Andre be talking crazy, like ‘What is this you’re playing?” Looney said. “You have to know your crowd.”

For how much this Warriors locker room changes, celebrates and, conversely, endures crises like this current one as they hope to repeat as NBA champions, Looney knows what tune to strike with this crowd. It’s nothing he hasn’t seen before, but this time he took the reins. It was only right.

How will the Warriors move on from this? Looney thinks this crisis can make them stronger.

“When you’ve been through wars and you’ve been through adversity, it makes that bond that much closer and tougher to break apart. We’ve seen guys in their darkest days and guys in their best days,” he said.

“We’ve been through hard times and we never folded before. So we won’t fold now.”

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Virtually all PPP loans have been forgiven with limited scrutiny

NPR - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:48

Officials promised a robust review process before forgiving PPP loans, but most loans could be forgiven with a simple, one-page form. Meanwhile, just 2% of loans have gotten close, hands-on reviews.

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Hospital giant's IT still poorly a week after suspected ransomware infection

The Register - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:43
Insiders tell of struggle to access patient info, meds without working computers

Computer systems are still down at CommonSpirit Health – America's second-largest nonprofit hospital network – more than a week after it was hit by a somewhat mystery cyberattack.…

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California to Investigate Los Angeles Redistricting Based on Leaked Remarks

N.Y. Times - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:38
Three City Council members and a labor leader were captured on a recording using racist and insulting terms. They were focused on changing district boundaries to benefit Latino council members.
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Prosecutors: Milpitas police lawfully killed stolen-vehicle suspect

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:38

The four Milpitas police officers who killed a stolen-vehicle suspect in a shootout in October 2021 did so lawfully, prosecutors said in a new report released Wednesday.

Five officers responded to reports that a stolen car was parked near the Milpitas Square shopping center on the afternoon of Oct. 15, 2021, according to the report from the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. The officers, who drove separate unmarked vehicles, executed a “Vehicle Containment Tactic,” a maneuver intended to box in a vehicle by surrounding it with other vehicles.

Upon arrival, the suspect was seated in the driver’s seat of the stolen vehicle, a black Honda Accord, according to the report. One of the officers flashed red and blue emergency lights from his vehicle and told the suspect to remain in the car and show his hands.

The suspect, 42-year old Michael Nelson Jr., instead opened the Honda’s drivers-seat door. Officers yelled again at Nelson to stay inside the vehicle. Nelson then turned his body 90 degrees and put his feet on the ground outside of the car, still seated.

After Nelson turned, officers saw him holding a handgun on his lap. The officers yelled at Nelson again, before Nelson responded, saying “this isn’t going to end the way you think,” according to the report.

Two officers shouted “gun,” and one officer fired at Nelson. A two and a half minute shootout ensued, resulting in fatal wounds for Nelson. He was taken to a hospital with seven gunshot wounds to his head, chest, arms and feet, according to the report. Nelson died on Oct. 19. He had traces of methamphetamine and amphetamine in his blood, according to an autopsy.

Four of the five officers initially on the scene fired shots, the report says. A total of 58 shell casings were found on the scene, with just four fired from Nelson’s gun. All four officers were granted two weeks of administrative leave following the incident, a common procedure after deadly shootings.

In the initial release on the evening of the shooting, Milpitas police reported that Nelson fired before police, but later acknowledged that one of their officers had fired the first shot. The investigation determined Nelson possessed a “ghost gun,” an unregulated and unserialized firearm often assembled by the gun owner, making them difficult to trace.

Body camera video released by Milpitas Police shows the moments before officer shot and killed 42-year-old Michael Nelson after stopping him in a reported stolen vehicle at the Milpitas Square Shopping Center on Oct. 15,2021. (Photo courtesy of Milpitas Police)Police released a photo of the ‘ghost gun’ possessed by Michael Nelson Jr. when he was shot and killed by officers in October 2021. (Photo courtesy of Milpitas Police) 

According to the report, family and friends of Nelson told investigators they were unaware that he possessed any firearms, and he never spoke of committing “suicide by police.”

Nelson, a Healdsburg resident, was on parole at the time of his death. He was sentenced to 13 years in Santa Clara County prison in 2005 for multiple felony convictions, including three counts of robbery. He was later released on parole, then convicted in Sonoma County for being a felon in possession of an assault rifle.

The report, signed by District Attorney Jeff Rosen, finds that the four officers used deadly force in self-defense against Nelson. Officers properly gave Nelson a chance to surrender, but he “did the exact opposite,” the report says.

“Nelson could have ended the entire confrontation at any time after [an officer] fired the first two shots by simply tossing his gun away and raising his hands,” the report reads. “Based on these facts, it is reasonably likely that a jury would conclude that Nelson intentionally chose to present a continuing threat of death and great bodily injury to the officers.”

After the DA’s announcement, Milpitas police Chief Jared Hernandez provided a following statement to Bay Area News Group:

“Lethal force is not something an officer ever wants to use but the unfortunate reality is that police officers are sometimes put in situations where lethal force is necessary to protect themselves or the community. … my officers acted in response to a threat presented to them and I’m thankful no officers or community members were injured.”

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‘Almost Famous’ Heads to Broadway, Purple Aura Intact

N.Y. Times - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:36
Cameron Crowe adapted his Oscar-winning screenplay, about writing for Rolling Stone in the ’70s, preserving parts of the movie’s soundtrack and zingers (Don’t take drugs!) for the stage.
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Colorado’s coaching search: The peculiar pipeline, a strategy for success and our (preliminary) list of candidates

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:35

Colorado is searching for its fifth head coach since joining the Pac-12 a decade ago and its seventh since the turn of the century.

Only this time, the Buffaloes have time.

By dismissing Karl Dorrell last week, the administration gained two months of preparation time. So long as a successor is in place by early December, the Buffaloes will have a chance to salvage a 2022-23 recruiting class that’s better than you might think given the on-field product.

In fact, we began our research into Colorado’s hiring process right there — with recruiting.

Absent a head coach who can maximize the talent pipeline, the Buffaloes will be right back in this position in three or four years, mired at the bottom of the standings, looking for a head coach and hoping to recapture the glory years.

CU is a tough job, one of the toughest in the Pac-12. A chief reason for that existence is the lack of in-state talent. Colorado not only compares poorly to California but also to Utah and Arizona.

But there are some blue-chip prospects in the Centennial State, and that’s where our eyes went first.

The Hotline examined the 247Sports recruiting database to unearth every four- and five-star prospect from Colorado over the past decade. Their names mattered less than their positions.

We found 19, which isn’t many. Not many at all. But it’s not nothing. And of those 19, the most fruitful position, by far, was the offensive line: Six of the 19 blue chippers played up front.

That fits with the state’s reputation in the recruiting world as a home for size, not speed.

The findings guided our subsequent step: Identifying names of potential candidates.

If the local talent leans big, perhaps the Buffaloes should consider hiring a coach with that background: Someone who was an offensive lineman, has coached and developed offensive linemen or, at the very least, favors a run-heavy scheme.

The list below, grouped into three categories, is more comprehensive — we selected coaches with backgrounds in other facets of the game.

But CU should consider reverse engineering its search strategy, first determining what style of play is most likely to succeed given the talent pipeline, then finding a coach who can maximize that pool of players.

Candidates we dismissed for various reasons but might reconsider later in the search: Utah State coach Blake Anderson, UNLV coach Marcus Arroyo, former CU player/Chiefs coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Rice coach Mike Bloomgren, Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, former Texas coach Tom Herman, Oregon State offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren, BYU coach Kalani Sitake, Sacramento State coach Troy Taylor

Here we go …

*** Reach candidates

Names the Buffaloes are unlikely to land, either because of the financial commitment required or their lack of interest.

Former Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst: He’s not the dynamic personality or relentless recruiter the Buffaloes need, but his success in Madison (four 10-win seasons) cannot be ignored. And Chryst’s reputation as a playcaller and developer of linemen and tailbacks would work well. We are generally wary of recycled coaches, but it’s not like Chryst has been in the TV booth for years.

Ex-Carolina panthers coach Matt Rhule: A proven commodity at the college level, Rhule won at Temple and rebuilt Baylor after the sexual assault scandal. The Hotline would be stunned if he had serious interest — there are better jobs to be had, including Nebraska and Wisconsin — or if Colorado could meet his salary demand. But from the standpoint of due diligence, the call must be placed. There’s a one-percent chance, but he’s worth it.

Cal coach Justin Wilcox: Why would Wilcox leave for Boulder now when he could have pursued the vacancies in Seattle and Eugene last fall? Because every month he spends dealing with the UC bureaucracy and Berkeley politics is frustration on an exponential level compared to anywhere else. If CU were to place the call right after Cal denies admission to a four-star edge rusher because his second cousin tested positive for COVID 18 months ago, Wilcox just might listen.

*** Up-and-comers

Head coaches at the Group of Five level or coordinators in the Power Five who could be desirable options come December.

San Jose State coach Brent Brennan: The Bay Area native and UCLA graduate rates an 11 when it comes to recruiting energy and community engagement, and his Spartans are on their way to a second MW division title in three years. In every regard except alma maters, Brennan is the anti-Dorrell.

Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell: One of the hottest coaches in the Group of Five is 28-3 since the start of the 2020 season. He has no experience coaching in the western half of the country and might have his pick of Power Five opportunities. In that regard, he’s both an up-and-comer and a reach candidate.

USC defensive coordinator Alex Grinch: If the Trojans keep winning and the defense isn’t a hindrance, Grinch will be the top coordinator candidate within the Pac-12. He spent a few years on the Wyoming staff, then ran Mike Leach’s defense in Pullman for three successful seasons before moving to Ohio State and Oklahoma. Put him on the short list.

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Former Colorado players or coaches who understand the challenges.

Indianapolis Colts tight ends coach Klayton Adams: Don’t let the title fool you: Adams is a lineman by trade, having played center at Boise State and coached the position at Colorado when the Buffaloes won the 2016 division title. He knows what works in Boulder, and the NFL experience would play well with recruits aiming to play on Sundays.

Baylor offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes: An offensive tackle at UTEP who coached the position at Arizona State, Auburn and LSU. He was BYU’s play-caller in 2020, when quarterback Zach Wilson had his breakout season. Grimes also served as Dan Hawkins’ run-game coordinator in Boulder for two years.

Colorado interim coach Mike Sanford: We don’t give Sanford much chance, primarily because the roster doesn’t support the amount of success required for him to get the permanent gig. But if the Buffs somehow become competent — admittedly, that’s a low bar — Sanford will warrant a hard look.

Illinois defensive coordinator Ryan Walters: The 36-year-old former Colorado defensive back is currently having a stellar season with the Illini, who are 5-1 and own the No. 1 defense in the country (8.0 points allowed per game). Walters was a CU legacy — his father played for Buffs legend Bill McCartney — and earned a captaincy late in his playing career. He’s a no-brainer for the short list.

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New York City’s First Cannabis Boss Wants to Combat ‘Cannaphobia’

N.Y. Times - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:34
Dasheeda Dawson, a native New Yorker, returns home to direct the effort to build cannabis businesses and to absorb the illegal market into the new legitimate one.
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DHS watchdog appointed by Trump has fueled an exodus of agency lawyers, sources say

NPR - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:26
The investigation of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has highlighted concerns about the Inspector General Office at the Department of Homeland Security.

The Jan. 6 investigation has brought new attention to tumult at the watchdog agency for the Department of Homeland Security. Now its Inspector General is under fire from multiple directions.

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Oakland lawyer and activist among MacArthur ‘genius grant’ recipients

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:23

An Oakland-based attorney is among the recipients of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius grants,” an $800,000 gift that gives each recipient unfettered freedom to pursue creative ideas in their field.

Priti Krishtel, 44, is a health justice lawyer and co-founder and co-executive director of the Initiative for Medicines, Access, and Knowledge (I-MAK), a team of lawyers and scientists that exposes inequities in the patent system to boost access to affordable, life-saving medications.

“What a powerful validation of the change the movement is about to make,” she Tweeted, after hearing the news. “Let’s go!!!”

The awards, announced Wednesday by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, were given to 25 recipients.  They’re a mix of the famous and obscure, representing a broad cross section of the arts, economics and science. They work in settings as diverse as the wilds of South Carolina to inner-city Chicago.

“The 2022 MacArthur Fellows are architects of new modes of activism, artistic practice, and citizen science,” according to Marlies Carruth, director of the MacArthur Fellows program.

Krishtel, a graduate of UC Berkeley, discovered the drug affordability problem while working with low-income people with HIV/AIDS in India in the early 2000s. Many of her clients were struggling and even dying, because they couldn’t afford the lifesaving medicines they needed.

The root cause of the crisis, she concluded, is the patent system. Patents create a monopoly on a medicine, inhibiting competition and pushing up prices.  She decided to walk away from a lucrative Los Angeles law firm job to make a difference in the lives of the sick and the poor.

Her father, now retired, was a successor inventor with many patents to his name, she said in a 2020 TED Talk.   “There’s a recognition in our family that everything I’ve been able to do is because America enabled my father to fulfill his potential as an inventor.”

But the original intention behind the patent system — to motivate people tby rewarding them with a time limited monopoly — has been distorted, she said.  Corporations now seek to extend patent protections as long as possible, without adding anything new.

“They can set prices at whim,” she said. “And because these are medicines and not designer watches, we have no choice but to pay.”

Drug companies have built “patent walls,” she says.  This is a strategy to block competition by stacking patents, like bricks, to create a fortress around intellectual property, ensuring that no one else can make the drug or do any research that is related to it.

The 12 best-selling drugs in America have, on average, 125 patents filed on each medicine, “often for things we’ve known how to do for decades, like putting two pills into one,” she said.

Krishtel is working for reform, advocating for a system that raises the bar on what it takes to get a patent and amends the incentives, so that drug makers get revenue based on the merit, not the number, of patents. She is seeking to ease transparency and access to the U.S. Patent Office, expand congressional oversight and give the average American, not just a drug company,  legal standing to go to court to challenge a patent.

“I think it is possible for this system to grow into something that is far more inclusive, equitable and just than the one we have today,” she said in a MacArthur interview.

“We need a competitive marketplace. We also need a collaborative one,” she said. “When we face the next pandemic, what we should all aspire to is a system where drug makers are incentivized to share their intellectual property to save lives.”



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A blood shortage in the U.K. may cause some surgeries to be delayed

NPR - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:22

Part of the reason for the shortage is that there are fewer donors visiting blood collection centers in cities and towns in the aftermath of the pandemic, the National Health Service said.

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Starbucks Kept List of Pro-Union Employees to Punish, Ex-Manager Says

TruthOut - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:21

At least at one point in Starbucks’s anti-union campaign, the company’s upper management maintained a list of pro-union employees that they encouraged managers to seek out and punish, newly unveiled testimony from a former Starbucks manager reveals.

David Almond, who used to manage several Starbucks stores in the Buffalo area, said in testimony under oath in August that he had been read a list of workers that the higher ups at Starbucks suspected were pro-union, and told to comb through their records to find a nonunion issue for reprimanding them.

The explosive revelation was first reported by Bloomberg, who had obtained a copy of a transcript of Almond’s testimony through a Freedom of Information Act request. The testimony was part of a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hearing presided over by a labor board judge.

Managers would sift through the list together to find seemingly minor infractions, Almond said, such as wearing purple pants, for which to punish workers or “partners,” as the company calls them. They steered clear of issues that were union related, likely to avoid legal trouble or perhaps to deflect from an underlying goal of union busting.

At one point, a district manager asked Almond whether a particular pro-union employee had any supposed infractions.

“She said go through her files,” Almond testified, as Bloomberg reported. “She’s a long-term partner. I’m sure there’s something in there we can use against her.”

Another time, a corporate employee told Almond to follow a store employee who appeared to be pro-union and rewrite schedules so that there was always a manager present at their store. “She said, this way, the partners won’t feel comfortable talking about the union, and if they do, then you should discourage them,” said Almond.

Almond said that he resigned in January citing the company’s anti-union tactics, which he said were likely illegal.

A spokesperson for the company has said that, if Almond was told to punish pro-union employees, the company is not aware of it.

Punishing workers for union activity is illegal under federal labor laws. NLRB officials have found multiple counts of illegal union busting activity by the company in the past year, including for what officials say was illegal retaliation against union organizers in Phoenix, Arizona, and elsewhere.

Starbucks Workers United says Almond’s testimony reflects a seeming policy that Starbucks has implemented nationwide. “This is what the company has directed managers to do across the country,” the union wrote on Tuesday. “We immensely appreciate David Almond’s bravery for speaking out.”

Almond’s testimony lines up with what union organizers who have faced reprimands or have been fired by the company say about their punishments. To date, the union has filed complaints against the company over the firing of over 80 union supporters.

The company has cited spurious reasons for firing pro-union workers, they say. One Buffalo worker was fired for being late once on a day they were scheduled to open immediately following the day they had closed the store, she said. Workers in Memphis were fired for what the union says are policies that had never been previously enforced.

2 more union leaders fired – Michael Sanabria and Cole Graziano. For horrendous reasons . On strike this morning at Transit Commons Starbucks in Buffalo. 3 other stores on strike here too. Shame. pic.twitter.com/dzDGcr4B3B

— Richard Bensinger (@RichBensinger1) October 12, 2022

Recently, Buffalo union organizer Will Westlake said he was fired after refusing to stop wearing a suicide awareness pin to work, which managers sent him home over for four consecutive months. Westlake said that he wore the pin, which read “You are not alone,” to honor a coworker who had died by suicide earlier this year. Managers cited attendance and dress code when firing him.

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American Siamak Namazi forced to return to prison in Iran after short furlough

CNN World News - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:14
American Siamak Namazi, who has been wrongfully detained in Iran for seven years, was forced to return to prison Wednesday after briefly being released on furlough, his family's pro bono legal counsel said in a statement.
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The Best Last-Chance Deals from Amazon’s Prime Early Access Sale

Motherboard (Vice) - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:14

Stay locked in: It's the second day of Prime’s Early Access Sale. If you’ve been following closely, we’ve been highlighting and spotlighting all the best deals on this Prime Day-like slate, spanning everything from Apple tech and Vitamix blenders to brand-name skincare and sex toys. Amazon’s in-house villain Jeff Bezos is good for something, and that's Prime Day 2.0.

Say what you will about Amazon (and trust us, there’s plenty of things to say), but it’s hard to top the sheer volume of deals that you can find on Amazon alone. Yesterday we came, saw, and consumed materialism at its best by saving big bucks on headphones, cookware, and more. Today, we’re back for round two because we can't get enough of the dopamine hit. (No, we’re not addicts, we're shopping *experts*.) The clock is ticking, so here are the best last-chance deals for Prime’s Early Access Sale across tech, health, and home categories. Whatcha waiting for? Get to it.

Apple iPad

Take it from our personal experience, you never think you need a tablet—until you absolutely do. It’s no secret that trucking a hefty laptop to grind out some work at a coffee shop (pun very much intended) is a pain in the ass. Or, sometimes you just want to keep things compact on a flight while you watch Netflix or read The Notebook via Kindle (no judgment). It may be the 2021 edition, but this model has a near-perfect rating, over 27,800 reviews on Amazon, and is 18% off. Features include up to 10 hours of battery life, Apple Pencil compatibility, retina display, and ultra wide camera lenses.

iHealth COVID Test

It’s practically a no-brainer: As we slide into the fall and winter months, stock up on two-packs of these at-home COVID tests (it’s called “flu season” for a reason guys). Sometimes it’s impossible to differentiate the flu from COVID-19, so having a few of these on FDA-authorized tests on-hand when you start to feel under the weather is one of the best ways to know if it’s a seasonal bug or something that requires some time in quarantine.  Like the tests you might receive at a formal testing location or at the doctor’s office, all you need to do is swab your nose,  informing you of the results within 15 minutes. While our editors also swear by the accuracy of this test, you don’t have to take our word for it; this test boasts a4.5-star rating, 32% off discount, and over 185,000 customer reviews on Amazon.

Vitamix Professional Blender

Smoothies are not just for men whose definition of “peak physical fitness” is Chris Evans’ take on Captain America or (god forbid) Mike “The Situation” from The Jersey Shore. Blend up some insane smoothies with this workhorse for 37% off. It has five pre-programmed settings, stainless-steel blades (so you can enjoy the animalistic catharsis of watching all sorts of foods be torn to a pulp in front of your eyes), and manual speed control. Not a smoothie zaddy? You can also use it to whip up soups, purees, or some faux ice cream.

AirPods Pro

While there’s plenty of solid options in the Bluetooth earbud market, it’s hard to deny that Apple’s AirPods Pro are the headphones that helped shift the market (as they say “often imitated, never duplicated”).. You can’t go wrong with a pair of AirPod Pros—known for their noise-canceling tech, customizable fit, Bluetooth connectivity, touch control, and water-resistance for when you wear them during a particularly gnarly workout or accidentally drop one in a glass of pinot grigio (don’t ask). You also get easy access to our homegirl Siri—all for 10% off.

Garmin Vivoactive

Why wear a watch when you can wear a smartwatch—specifically this one for 43% off. Unlike the hand-me-down Timex you’re currently rocking, this Garmin timepiece keeps track of your energy levels, pulse, respiration, menstrual cycle, stress, sleep, heart rate, hydration, all while being able to play music and track GPS. If you need some guidance on workouts, simple animated workouts are featured on Vivoactive’s screen—including strength, yoga, and Pilates exercises.

Olsky Massage Gun

This muscle tenderizer (aka: our post-workout pride and joy)  is still on sale for 20% off. Sure, a Theragun sounds good on paper, but this one *saves you money* with all the same massaging oomph. This massager comes with 12 attachments to target different muscle groups, has adjustable speeds, and is nearly silent when in use, so you won’t disturb your disgruntled roommate (those uncontrollable groans resulting from Olsky-induced muscle relief however—those are on you).

Casper Sleep Original Pillow

Listen, we love a solid mattress and a cool set of sheets as much as the next guy, but don’t sleep (get it) on the fact you’ll need an equally top-class pillow to round out your bedroom’s holy trinity.Our suggestion? This plush Casper pillow for 30% off. It’s clump-resistant, which means more lucious fluff, is breathable for a cool snooze, and has a 100% cotton cover.

Bose SoundLink Headphones

We really don’t want to hear a peep from the outside world. Sure, you could broadcast that vibe with any pair of over-ear headphones, but why do that when you can pick up a pair that’s been designed by iconic audio brand Bose?  These cans make that “tune-out-the-world”-magic happen with its “deep, immersive sound” and 15 hours of playtime—beautiful. What’s even more gorgeous is that they’re 35% off.

Audio Technica Turntable

Being a record hoarder is only fun and games when you have a good-quality gadget to play that first pressing of Static Age on. This automatic record player has high-fidelity audio, is wireless, and is anti-resonance for no vibration. Set the mood and do the stanky leg—all for 20% off.

Just gonna leave this here.

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Beats Headphones Are a Steal During Amazon’s Prime Early Access Sale

Motherboard (Vice) - Wed, 10/12/2022 - 13:13

If you’re anything like me, you have been putting off buying a nice new pair of headphones because you have gone through three pairs of AirPods in the last 18 months and just don't trust yourself anymore; they’re too damn loseable! But there’s truly no better time than the present to indulge in a new pair of earbuds, considering Beats are highly discounted for Amazon’s Prime Early Access Sale. Yes, all Beats styles are on sale, including the very chic, earth-toned Beats Fit Pro x Kim Kardashian line, if you’ve been struggling to find a pair that really resonates with your “wannabe nudist” lifestyle.

Personally, I’ve already added the Beats Studio3 wireless, noise-canceling headphones to my cart, because they’re a ridiculous 51% off, and in addition to making a “you’re in a bathroom at a party mix” sound great, they are going to keep my ears warm and toasty as soon as the thermostat dips below 50. I’m partial to the murdered-out matte black color, but for people not afraid of color, there’s also red, white, and some bedazzled pairs.

Ayy, lovers of more on-the-go, compact earbuds—don’t fret. Beats Fits Pro and Studio Pods are also on sale. Go with the classic sweat-resistant Studio Pods, for just $99, if you’re always on the go. They feature two listening modes—Active Noise Canceling, for getting in the zone, and Transparency mode, if you’re exercising outdoors and need to be aware of your surroundings. For an even higher quality sound experience, and up to six hours of listening time, the Fits Pros are also compatible with “Hey Siri” functions on Apple devices, as well as Android.

For the sleekest, most “I belong in the Centurion Lounge” pair, look no further than that limited-edition collab with none other than Kim K. Available in the colors Moon, Earth, and Dune, these dreamy earbuds not only match your closet’s expensive sweatsuit; they also send out “too important to disturb” energy to everyone on the subway platform.

Now go out there and headbang to your heart’s desire.

Check out the full selection of Beats on sale for Prime Early Access over at Amazon.

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