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“Mississippi Is Failing”: As Prisoner Deaths Reach 13 in August Alone, Advocates Demand Answers

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman, with Nermeen Shaikh. NERMEEN SHAIKH: We now go to Mississippi, where prisoners are dying at the highest rates...

/ August 30, 2018

From the Grassroots to the Ballot Box: How Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum Won in Florida

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. NERMEEN SHAIKH: We begin today’s show looking at how progressive candidate Andrew Gillum pulled off a stunning upset in Florida’s Democratic primary for governor Tuesday, putting him...

/ August 30, 2018

Headlines for August 30, 2018

“A fantastic job”—that is how President Trump is describing his administration’s response to the catastrophe in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria a year ago. Trump made the comment on Wednesday, a day after Puerto Rico adjusted its official toll from...

/ August 30, 2018

How Big Can A Solar-Powered Drone Be?

It's a brilliant idea. Put solar panels on a drone and it doesn't even need a battery. That's exactly what students made at the National University of Singapore. Without a battery, you could fly a drone like this as long...

/ August 30, 2018

Markets Update: BTC Consolidates Around $7K After Breaking Trendline

Markets and Prices The cryptocurrency markets are consolidating today, following BTC’s recent break above the major descending trendline dating back to December’s all-time highs and subsequent rally to approximately $7,150 USD. Also Read: Reserve Bank of India Anticipates Shift to P2P...

/ August 30, 2018

Back-to-Screwed

When the guy who was the student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is making news you know there is a problem. Seth Frotman recently resigned to protest what the Trump administration is doing to make it easier for...

/ August 30, 2018

Andreessen Horowitz, Polychain Capital Lead Blockchain Startup’s New $105 Million Funding Round

Swiss and US-based blockchain cloud computing startup DFINITY has closed a new funding round worth over $100 million from repeat backers including Andreessen Horowitz, it confirmed August 29. DFINITY, which aims to build what it describes as an “Internet Computer,”...

/ August 30, 2018

I’m Not Here to Make Friends: The Rise and Fall of the Supercut Video

In the summer of 2008, Rich Juzwiak was working as a culture writer for VH1’s website, a job that required him to keep up with a daunting assortment of reality-television shows. Some were well-established hits: Survivor, The Apprentice, Big Brother....

/ August 30, 2018

Republican fury about ‘bias’ on the internet is just a distraction, ThinkProgress founder Judd Legum says

President Trump claims that Google News is “rigged” against him and Twitter is “shadow banning” conservatives (although the latter belief originated with a dubiously researched Vice News article). But the anger about the alleged censorship of Republicans by the big...

/ August 30, 2018

The bare-knuckle tactics Uber used to get its way with regulators are not going to work for scooter startups

Earlier this year, in a handful of cities along America’s West Coast, droves of electric scooters descended on busy streets with little to no warning. It wasn’t only consumers who were surprised — some pleasantly so, others not so much....

/ August 30, 2018

Xiaomi partner says US-China trade war will not impact its business ‘at all’

Chinese wearable technology company Huami is expressing confidence as it expands globally amid the ongoing U.S.-China trade war. The wearable technology company based in California and listed on the New York Stock Exchange makes Xiaomi's Mi Band. Huami also sells...

/ August 30, 2018

The Little Stranger is a quietly brilliant tale of pain, grief, and possibly ghosts

From the moment in The Little Stranger that Dr. Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson) pulls up to Hundreds Hall, a big English manor home that has clearly seen better times, it’s clear that something not entirely normal is going on. Viewers with...

/ August 30, 2018

What Is the Real-World Value of a Left-Wing Art Show?

“Casa Tomada,” the 2018 biennial at SITE Santa Fe in the New Mexico capital, is a jewel-box biennial. It includes just 21 artists, spread across four galleries and a few outdoor spaces, barely larger than a large summer group show. Ideas have...

/ August 30, 2018

Rohingya crisis: Myanmar leader Suu Kyi ‘should have resigned’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Rohingya are one of many ethnic minorities in Myanmar The outgoing UN human rights chief says Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi should have resigned over the military's violent campaign against the...

/ August 30, 2018

Black Power during the other ’68

FROM THE urban rebellions to the salute at the Olympics, commemorations of 1968 — a pivotal year of Black Power — have appeared in news headlines throughout this anniversary year. Yet 2018 also marks the 150th anniversary of 1868 —...

/ August 30, 2018

Rahm’s “solutions” to gun violence are the problem

CHICAGO HAS been in the headlines once again after the city was rocked by gun violence over the summer, including several weekends when the number of shooting deaths reached double digits. Once again, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Department...

/ August 30, 2018

Peter Dutton overruled advice and granted au pair visa: Emails

Peter Dutton defied advice from a senior Australian Border Force official when he personally intervened to stop a French au pair from deportation after being lobbied by AFL boss Gil McLachlan. Mr Dutton says he stepped in to save the...

/ August 30, 2018

Crypto Exchange Huobi Acquires Public Firm for $70 Million

Crypto exchange Huobi has completed an acquisition deal to become the largest shareholder of a public firm listed in Hong Kong, inching a step closer to a possible back-door listing. Pantronics Holdings, the acquired firm, released a statement on Aug. 29...

/ August 30, 2018

Widespread blackouts across Adelaide after record warm night

Posted August 30, 2018 13:21:21 Almost 26,000 homes and businesses in Adelaide are without power as severe winds cross the state, bringing down trees and power lines. The worst-hit suburbs include Croydon, Holden Hill, Campbelltown, Dernancourt, Maylands and Thebarton. A...

/ August 30, 2018

Where could your team finish in the top eight shakeup?

Updated August 30, 2018 13:26:55 Photo: The Melbourne Storm won the minor premiership in 2016 for the first time, and are looking to claim it for a second time this season. (AAP: Julian Smith) Map: Australia The final round of...

/ August 30, 2018