Friday, April 11, 2014

Nicaragua on Red Alert as Aftershocks Follow 6.1 Magnitude Quake

Nicaragua on Red Alert as Aftershocks Follow 6.1 Magnitude Quake

Nicaragua on Red Alert as Aftershocks Follow 6.1 Magnitude Quake

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 11:25 AM PDT

The president of Nicaragua issued the country’s highest earthquake alert level Friday as ongoing aftershocks rock the area after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the country earlier in the day, the Associated Press reports.

The alert forced some schools to close and 155 people in at-risk areas to be evacuated.

The government said 200 people were injured and one 23-year-old woman died of a heart attack after the initial earthquake. It also said 800 homes were damaged in the town of Nagarote, about 30 miles northwest of the capital, Managua.


This Is How You Resurrect America’s Dying Malls

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 11:15 AM PDT

The American mall of the future may look a lot like the kinds of public markets traditionally found in towns and cities in the developing world.

The recession and the rise of e-commerce have left many U.S. shopping malls nearly vacant or completely dead. A new mall hasn't been built in the United States since 2006, and growth in brick-and-mortar shopping centers has slowed to a crawl. Business owners and mall managers are looking for ways to bring their properties back to life — and they increasingly they see Hispanics as a vital part of the solution.

One in every six Americans is Hispanic, up from one in sixteen in 1980. The Hispanic population in the U.S. today is over 52 million and counting. And with a buying power of $1.2 trillion, Hispanic consumers are fast becoming a valued prize to be won by American businesses.

But some question whether Hispanic consumers are really the answer. The children of immigrants are assimilating fast, breaking free of their parents’ old-world values. Many don't want to shop in Hispanic malls or listen to mariachi music. Will Hispanics lose their economic clout as their children evaporate into the American cultural cloud, or will the Hispanic consumer become the new American consumer?

Greenwald, Poitras Return to U.S. For First Time Since Snowden NSA Revelations

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 11:15 AM PDT

Two American journalists who reported on the National Security Agency documents leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden arrived back in the U.S. Friday for the first time since their reporting on those files was first published.

Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, who broke the Snowden story and met with the whistleblower in Hong Kong, are in New York City to receive the prestigious George Polk Award. Greenwald, formerly a columnist for The Guardian and now a partner in the upcoming First Look Media venture, and Poitras, a documentary filmmaker, will share the journalism award with Ewen MacAskill of The Guardian and Barton Gellman of the Washington Post, the Huffington Post reports.

Greenwald, who currently resides in Rio de Janeiro, told The Huffington Post that he wanted to return to the U.S. because “certain factions in the U.S. government have deliberately intensified the threatening climate for journalists.” He noted that language used by government officials suggested that reporters who investigated Snowden’s documents were complicit with him.

Greenwald and Poitras, who lives in Berlin, expected to be detained immediately upon their arrival Friday, but they left John F. Kennedy International Airport without incident.


Facebook Reveals Which Countries Censor Citizens’ Newsfeeds

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 11:14 AM PDT

Facebook revealed that it has allowed the Indian government to censor the content its inhabitants are allowed to see on the social network 4,765 times between July and December 2013. Why? Indian legislation outlaws criticizing a religion or the state, so when government officials call blasphemy, Facebook investigates and eradicates.

“Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share, and to make the world more open and connected,” Colin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel, said in a transparency report that was released Friday. “Sometimes, the laws of a country interfere with that mission, by limiting what can be shared there.” If a country’s complaint is proven valid given local laws—Facebook’s next report may reveal how many times requests are denied—then Facebook removes the content for users only in that region.

This is the first time the social network has disclosed how often it allows governments to remove or restrict content for legal reasons. While India leads the pack, it was followed by Turkey, which restricted 2,014 pieces of content primarily because it defamed or criticized Ataturk or the Turkish state, which is illegal. Germany was allowed to censor 84 pieces of content because local laws prohibit Holocaust denial. That law also exists in France (80 restrictions) and Austria (78 restrictions).

A map chronicling how much was banned and why can be seen here. Facebook didn’t include information it would have removed anyway because it violated its community standards.

This isn’t the first time Facebook has offered up information on allowances it grants to governments. The company’s first Global Government Requests Report was released in August and disclosed how often it grants governments access to user data. That information was also included in the current July-Dec. report.

The United States was the leader in user information requests. It was granted 81% of its 12,598 requests for account details due to search warrants, subpoenas, emergency disclosures, and other official reasons. It was followed by the UK (granted 71% of its 1,906 requests), and India (granted 54% of its 3,598 requests).

This level of disclosure isn’t unheard of in the tech world. Twitter has been releasing this information for years. Between July 1 and December 31, Twitter withheld 191 tweets.

Dating Narcissism: Why We Look for Ourselves in a Partner

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 11:09 AM PDT

When How I Met Your Mother wrapped up last week, fans were delighted to find out that the mother of Ted’s children was his soul mate. Why? Because she was just like Ted: they shared the same dorky interests, a similar sense of humor and a taste in yellow umbrellas. They even shared the same initials! And many complained when (spoiler alert) in the final minutes of the episode, Ted decides to court Robin, a character who in many ways is Ted’s opposite.

In the search for a partner, we struggle to determine who’s our best match. Is it someone who compliments us?—the guy who’s calm when you’re emotional; the girl who’s organized when you’re messy? Or is it someone who looks, thinks and acts like us? Do opposites attract or do they “attract and then attack” as eHarmony advertises?

The attributes of the person who “completes” us has befuddled singles for centuries: In Plato’s Symposium, a philosopher asserts that humans began as androgynous creatures with both male and female parts. The gods split each creature in half, separating one being into man and woman. The result? We now spend our lives looking for our soulmate, the one who makes us whole—though it’s unclear whether that other half is just like us or the ying to our yang.

But Plato didn’t have the luxury of examining data from dating sites. An analysis of eHarmony users by this week found that while 86 percent of people say they want someone who “compliments” them (as opposed to someone who “resembles them”), women and men are much more likely to message those who are similar to them not only in terms of age, attractiveness, education, race and income, but also in terms of less obvious traits like intelligence, creativity and humor. And then there’s the Boyfriend Twin Tumblr that recently surfaced, featuring gay couples that look almost identical running under the headline, “What’s sexier than dating yourself?” A similar Siblings Or Dating? website feature straight, gay and lesbian couples who look like they could be related.

Both of these blogs tap that impulse to be with someone who echoes your own personality and looks. That urge is called homogamy, a marriage between two individuals who are extremely similar. For decades, we’ve been becoming more homogamous in terms of education, income, religion and even looks. A Slate article on the Boyfriend Twin Tumblr cites a study that shows people are attracted to versions of themselves: researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign altered their subjects’ faces into those of strangers and asked them to evaluate the strangers’ attractiveness. Subjects favored faces that looked like their own. Another study found that people are even more attracted to those who share superficial traits like letters in their names and birthdays with them.

Social scientists are already anxious about the amount of time we spend thinking about and looking at ourselves, what with the hours we spend advertising our thoughts and activities on social networks and the rise of the selfie. Now it looks like we’re dating ourselves too. It smacks of narcissism — and remember what happened to Narcissus, who was so entranced with his own reflection in a pool of water that he couldn’t move and eventually was transformed into a flower.

But there may be hope for us narcissists yet. Biologically speaking, we’re built to be attracted to people who are dissimilar to us. A famous 1995 study that asked women to smell the sweaty t-shirts of men found that women preferred the smells of those who were genetically dissimilar to them. (Though notably this wasn’t true for women on the pill.) Scientifically speaking, opposites really do attract. Experts have a clear explanation for our tendency towards genetic diversity: our bodies are trying to prevent us from inbreeding. Plus, parents with more diverse MHC genes birth offspring with better immune system.

This genetic diversity impulse cannot apply to gay couples where reproduction is taken out of the equation. And yet data suggests that gay and lesbian couples, too, prefer diversity in their partners. Though Boyfriend Twin may be a fun Tumblr, research shows that gay couples are actually a lot less likely to be homogamous than straight couples.

So in the end which dating impulse wins out? Our narcissistic tendencies, or the quest to diversify our gene pool?

It turns out there may be no universal truth. An October study from Rutgers University found that a specific balance of chemicals affects what type of person each individual is attracted to. People with active dopamine levels (impulsive, curious types) or high serotonin levels (social, conscientious types) tended to like people similar to themselves. But men with high testosterone tended to be drawn to women with high estrogen and oxytocin levels (and vice versa). So who you fall for all boils down to how the chemicals are distributed in your brain.

What’s Inside a Black Box?

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 11:06 AM PDT

As search and rescue crews race against time to locate the flight-data recorders from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, what might we learn from these “black boxes,” which contain hundreds of data points about the plane’s location, movements, speed, altitude and mechanical integrity?

The biggest challenge remains finding the devices in the deep waters where it is believed they lie. If recovered, investigators will sift the data in hopes of finding answers to the flight’s mysterious disappearance more than a month ago.

Nirvana Reunite, KISS Show Up to Star-Studded 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:22 AM PDT

The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was filled with surreal moments (Cat Stevens on stage with KISS), pot shots at the hosting organization, tear-jerking remembrances of band members past, and — of course — a lot of rock and roll.

The Hall of Fame class of 2014 included Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, managers Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham, the so-called "girl with the golden voice" Linda Ronstadt and singer songwriter Cat Stevens. Also inducted were Hall and Oates, KISS and the E Street band — all celebrating 40 years of making music.

But some of the biggest cheers of the night came when Joan Jett walked onstage with the surviving members of Nirvana and blazed into the opening chords of “Smells Like Teen Spirit." By the time St. Vincent, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and finally Lorde joined the band, the capacity crowd at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center knew they had witnessed rock history.

"I'm often asked what makes a great manager and my answer, simple and true, is a great client," said Peter Asher, famed manager in his own right, who started the evening by inducting Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham into the Rock Hall — and finally managing to unite the two bands' fans. Oldham opted not to come to the ceremony. On Friday, he tweeted, “Like Brian Epstein i was not consulted as regards this matter & like dear Brian I will not be going.” Epstein died in 1967.

Epstein and Oldham shared the Ahmet Ertegun Lifetime Achievement Award and were inducted into the Rock Hall as non-performers, to help mark both their contributions to music history and to mark the 50th anniversary of the musical British Invasion.

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin delivered a surprisingly funny homage to former Genesis band member Peter Gabriel, who was inducted as a solo artist this year. "My mother always said to turn to the Bible, so I'd like to read to you from the Book of Genesis," said Martin, before launching into his own revised edition of the Book of Genesis featuring the angel "Gabriel" appearing to “Phil the Collins” with the good news that that he was going solo. Martin also recounted falling in love with Gabriel's Us, teasing the artist over his many self-titled albums, and including among Gabriel's credits, "He helped John Cusack get his girlfriend back in that movie, Say Anything."

"Chris has been working as a stand-up comic," started Gabriel, before doling out advice to the next generation of artists just starting out on their journey making music. "Dream big and let your imagination be your guide, even if you end up dressing as a flower or a sexually transmitted disease."

Gabriel also pleaded, "Watch out for music. It should come with a health warning. It can be very dangerous. It can make you feel so alive, so connected to the people around you, connected to what you are inside. It will make you think that the world should and could be a better place. And occasionally it will make you very, very happy."

For his set, Gabriel played a hypnotic version of "Digging in the Dirt,” and then was joined on stage by Martin for “Washing of the Water” and Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour for "In Your Eyes".

As KISS had decided not to perform during the induction ceremony, they were ushered on and off the stage early in the evening. While the tension between the Rock Hall and KISS was palpable, one KISS superfan, Rage Against the Machine frontman and current E Street band touring member Tom Morello, was enthusiastic enough to make up for it. Morello delivered a fiery defense of the band, dismissing critics, because in his words: "Kiss was never a critics’ band, KISS was a people's band." Despite the Rock Hall's decision to only induct the band's original lineup, Morello used his platform to list every band member and to honor what he called "the fifth member of the band without whom this would not be possible": The KISS Army. He then inducted them into what he called the "Rock and Roll All Night and Party Every Day Hall of Fame."

The band kept it civil on stage, each taking their turn at the podium to thank family, friends and crew: “We are humbled to stand on this stage and do what we love doing,” said Gene Simmons. “This is a profound moment for all of us. I’m here to say a few kind words about the four knuckleheads who, 40 years ago, got together and decided to put together the kind of band we never saw onstage, critics be damned.”

"You've got to forgive to live," said Peter Criss before turning to give Simmons and Paul Stanley big hugs. Stanley, who was the most vocal critic of the Rock Hall in the lead up to the ceremony, used his allotted time to take a few shots at the organization: “The people are speaking to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” he said. “They want more. They deserve more. They want to be part of the induction. They want to be a part of the nomination [process]. They don’t want to be spoon-fed a bunch of choices. The people pay for tickets. The people buy albums. The people who nominate do not.”

Ace Frehley later admitted that he wanted to play the show but, as he said, "We're still brothers in rock and roll." However, when asked if there was any chance that he and Criss would play together in the future, he gave a curt no.

The show made a rather abrupt transition from the tense energy of KISS on stage to the quiet and humble atmosphere brought by the induction of folk signer Cat Stevens.

Art Garfunkel gently inducted Cat Stevens into the Rock Hall. “If Paul and I hadn’t split up around 1970 there’d be no room on the charts for Cat Stevens to take over,” he said, wearing a beret and singing half his speech. “Bridge Over Troubled Water had to go away so that Tea for the Tillerman could arrive.”

“This guy’s better than Paul Simon," he added. Cat Stevens, the 65-year-old musician born Steven Georgiou and who now uses the single name Yusuf, took the stage and delivered the line that everyone was thinking: “I never thought I’d be on the same stage as KISS, to be honest.” Stevens spoke about his love of music, and closed by looking around the crowded room and noting, "I’m not the best of you, but I’m not the worst, either."

His set, which was backed by Paul Schaffer and his band, included some of Stevens's best-known hits, including "Wild World," "Peace Train" and an acoustic version of "Father and Son"; it earned him a standing ovation.

Glenn Frey began his induction of Linda Ronstadt by making it clear that the Eagles would not exist if Ronstadt hadn't hired them as her backing group in the early 1970s: “She, more than anyone else, helped form The Eagles,” he said. “She has one of the greatest voices of all time. She never wanted to be a star — she just wanted to make good music.”

Ronstadt couldn't attend the ceremony due to her ongoing struggles with Parkinson's, but in her stead was an eye-popping lineup of star power: Carrie Underwood kicked off the tribute to Ronstadt with a solid rendition of “Different Drum,” followed by Emmylou Harris and Bonnie Raitt with "Blue Bayou." Sheryl Crow was joined by Glenn Frey on “You’re No Good,” and Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks sang a beautiful version of “It’s So Easy.” The Ronstadt tribute ended with a group harmony on the Everly Brothers' classic “When Will I Be Loved,” popularized by Ronstadt on her 1974 album Heart Like A Wheel.

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Performers onstage at the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City. Larry Busacca—Getty Images

The crowd at Brooklyn's Barclays Center was Bruce Springsteen-fan heavy, with people all over the stadium wearing the band's tour tees under their black tie attire and occasionally interrupting the proceedings to holler, "Bruuuuuuuce." Springsteen himself was inducted in the Rock Hall back in 1999, but his band was controversially left out. The Rock Hall rectified that situation this year, and Springsteen delivered a heartfelt speech paying tribute to each of the members, including Little Stevie Van Zandt, Max Weinberg, the late Danny Federici, Clarence Clemons and his wife, Patti Scialfa. “I told a story with the E Street Band that is bigger and better than anything I could have told on my own,” he said.

The eleven members of the E Street Band — including original keyboardist David Sancious, who left the band in 1974 — were inducted last night, and each took a turn at the microphone. Their speeches, including touching tributes to both Federici from his son, and to Clemons from his widow, took over 40 minutes and delayed the rest of the show. All was forgiven, though, when the band hit the stage for a Springsteen-fronted set that included “E Street Shuffle,” “The River” and “Kitty’s Back”.

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Performers onstage at the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City. Larry Busacca—Getty Images

“If you owned a radio in the ’70s or ’80s, or you knew anyone who did, you knew them," said Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson as he inducted fellow Philadelphians Daryl Hall and John Oates into the Rock Hall.

He then listed the highlights of the duo's long career, singing lines from their songs and noting that he didn't need to list the band's hits: “We know them all."

“I’m going to list all the duos that were more popular than Hall & Oates," he said. "Okay, I’m done.”

Hall and Oates then took the stage for speeches so brief they seemed to be a shot at the E Street Band's long-windedness. “We’ve been doing this together for 40 years,” said Oates. “Why should we stop now? Also, lucky for you there’s only two us.”

"We're the only homegrown Philly band to be in the Rock Hall," said Hall. "I'm not saying that because I'm proud, I'm saying that because it's f—ked up! Where's Todd Rungren? Where's Chubby Checker?"

Hall and Oates then picked up their instruments and powered through technical difficulties for a medley that included “She’s Gone,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” followed by a rousing rendition of "You Make My Dreams" that woke the crowd up just in time for the night’s final induction and performance: Nirvana.

“This is not just pop music. This is something much bigger,” said REM singer Michael Stipe, who had the task of inducting Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the first year that they were eligible for the honor. “They were singular, loud and melodic and deeply original,” he said. “And that voice, that voice. Kurt, we miss you. I miss you. Nirvana defined a moment, a movement for outsiders, from the fags and the fat girls to the shy nerds and the goth kids in Tennessee and Kentucky, for the rockers to the awkward to the too-smart kids and the bullied. We were a community.”

Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic were joined onstage by Kurt Cobain’s mother, sisters and widow, Courtney Love, who surprised the crowd by keeping her speech very short and giving huge hugs to both Grohl and Novoselic, with whom she has a notoriously tetchy relationship. Cobain was on everyone’s mind and tongues; they all mentioned that they wished he were here for the honor. Grohl thanked his parents for letting him drop out and made sure to thank all the Nirvana drummers who came before him, giving a special shout-out to Chad Channing, the drummer on Bleach. He also encouraged fans not to idolize their favorite artists, but to emulate them: "Don't look at the poster on your wall and say 'I could never do that.' Look at it and say, 'I'm gonna do that!"

Then Grohl and Novoselic took the stage to perform a set of Nirvana classics, joined by an impressive roster of some of rock music's most iconic (and powerful) female artists, including Joan Jett covering “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth for “Aneurysm”, St. Vincent for “Lithium” and finally — and surprisingly — Lorde for "All Apologies."

Of the gender-switching, Annie Clark a.k.a. St. Vincent reminded fans that Nirvana were feminists and are "forward thinking, inclusive and f—ing rad." It’s an apt description as well of a performance that will undoubtedly go down in Rock Hall history as one of the very best.

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This App Is Supposed to Help You Get Over Jet Lag

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:08 AM PDT

NPR Health blog “Shots” and Quartz have profiled an app that is supposed to help globetrotters recover from jet lag more easily.

Users select the timezone they’re flying into, and the iOS program, which is called Entrain, illustrates in a flow graphic when to stay in bright or low light and when to be in dark light throughout their trip, based on the kinds of mathematical equations that NASA and the military use to anticipate how light affects the human circadian clock. For example, people who fly from New York to Tokyo could feel jet-lagged for as many as 12 days, and this app hopes to radically reduce recovery time to 3-5 days altogether, Quartz reports.

To create the app, NPR explains that the developers, a University of Michigan graduate student Olivia Walch and professor of mathematics and computational medicine Danny Forger,

simulated the optimal schedules for more than 1,000 possible trips. They then applied two basic principles. One is to be exposed to one big block of light and one big block of dark in your day, Walch says. Another is to be exposed to the brightest possible light.

The app has not been flight-tested yet, but Forger and his colleagues published a study in PLOS Computational Biology Thursday with research that is supposed to back up Entrain’s methodology.

On Obama and Race, It’s Not Black and White

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:03 AM PDT

In the wake of speeches such as President Obama's this week on the occasion of the sesquicentennial of the Civil Rights Act, it is customary to say that on race "We've come a long way but we have a long way to go." And the true intent of the statement is less to celebrate than to sigh. We are to keep ever in mind that we haven't come as far as we might think.

However, the very way in which race is discussed so often these days indicates happier news than many perceive. I refer to, of all things, the role that racism has played in Republicans' reception of our president.

"Oh, you just know what really bothers them about him is his race," is the expected response here — during the delivery of which one could surely detect a distinct spike in endorphins. To the non-Republican in 2014, to identify this racism is a badge of one's awareness of racism's existence and power. One must know this, feel it, and say it. One has done one's job.

And here is how we know how far we have come — in the sheer vehemence, even fury, with which this opinion is typically vented. A sterling example is the response to Jonathan Chait's piece this week suggesting some moderation in how the racism charge is leveled at the right.

Though Chait is no right-wing partisan and thoroughly outlines the extent to which race does play a part in the right's rhetoric, he has been brutally slammed by people left of center — and I refer in particular to non-black writers, for whom racism isn't even a personal experience. The bilious tone of Chait's critics signals something beyond opinion: This is argument from something more like personhood, of the kind we associate with religion. And as ordinary as this response to a piece like Chait's seems today, the prospect of it ever happening would have seemed like science fiction to someone watching the Civil Rights Act being signed 50 years ago.

We have gone from a society in which it was ordinary for whites to have a deep-seated, near-religious opposition to black people to one in which it is ordinary for many whites to have a deep-seated, near-religious commitment to showing awareness that remnants of that racism still exist. That is as much a defining feature of what America is today as the racism itself.

On racism and Obama, we know that this feature has become as much creed as opinion in that it elides, as all creeds do, certain empirical facts. When people say racism plays "a part" in how the right sees Obama, they consider it by far the most interesting part — in fact, it would seem fair to say, the main part. "It's all about race," one hears said, with confidence and a distinct sense that the discussion is closed.

But this neglects what hatred of Bill Clinton was like in the ’90s, as Chait has noted. The searing contempt so many very white people had for the man — some of the same who now hate Obama — was as near-recreational as today's against Obama can be, including goofy speculation that the Clintons got people killed. And the reason was their hatred of a charismatic Democrat trying to change how the nation works.

Another one: We are to assume that the Tea Party would not exist if Obama weren't black. But who can say that John Edwards, if he hadn't been waylaid by scandal and had won, wouldn't have inspired a similar animus? Encouraging class conflict, not exactly clubby in his public persona, married to an accomplished and public-spirited woman who wasn't going to be "home making cookies" any more than Hillary Clinton was — would Republicans in today's climate have liked him any more than they do Obama? Wouldn't they have come up with names to call him other than racial ones? Recall that from the right, he was at one point termed with a word beginning with F that has six letters.

All of which is to say that the idea that racism is anything like the reason why Republicans don't like Obama is one that reasonable people will differ on. I'm the last person to deny that race plays a part in how the right processes the president. It may be 50 years after the Civil Rights Act, but it isn't 100 years after it. Even over 50 years, people only change so much.

But is race the main issue here? That is, in the history books, will the verdict be that Obama got so little done beyond health care reform because of how people like Mitch McConnell and Rep. Joe "You lie!" Wilson feel or don't feel about black people? Doubtful — and yet, one is not even to "go there" in certain circles today.

And that, as ticklish and even acrid as it can be here in the present tense, is a sign of true progress in this country. Imagine telling Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King that there would be a time when a numerous and influential component of white people would be irate at the proposition that racism was not the defining trait of one political party?

We've come a long way.

Ukraine Gets Energy Help Amid Threats From Russia

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:02 AM PDT

A nuclear technology firm signaled Friday that it will help Ukraine become more energy independent from Russia by supplying fuel for Ukraine’s nuclear power plants through 2020.

Westinghouse Electric Company said it had extended a 2008 contract to provide fuel for Ukraine’s 15 nuclear reactors, which produce about half of the country’s electricity, the Associated Press reports. Most of Ukraine’s nuclear fuel comes from Russia, though Westinghouse will now provide up to 25 percent of that supply. The terms of the deal allow Westinghouse to potentially provide more fuel if needed, AP reports.

Ukraine also announced Friday that it would look to European countries for new sources of natural gas after Russia threatened to cut off supplies over price disputes, Reuters reports. The two countries have been locked in confrontation following Russia’s annexation of the breakaway region of Crimea from Ukraine.


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