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Student thoughts on the first day of school, ages 5 to 18

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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You only get one first day of school per year, so it’s always a little nerve-wracking.

You’re filled with excitement and dread. You’re thrilled to show off your new haircut but you’re not looking forward to the eight pop quizzes you will have to take every single day.

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Here’s a list of thoughts everyone has on their first day of school throughout their ages.

Age 5

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I will major in Economics at the University of Wisconsin, then move to Chicago after graduation. I’ll work at a bank for two years, three years tops. Then I will apply to business school. Read more…

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Tech companies form alliance for open-source video format

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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Add Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Netflix and others to the list of those who apparently want to see Flash die.

The worlds largest tech companies, including Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix, are forming the Alliance For Open Media to create an open-source, royalty-free video format, reports Wired. The alliance aims to make a video codec designed for high-quality streaming across a variety of devices.

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Adobe Flash was the standard for high quality video playback for a number of years thanks to the fact that it didn’t require much computer power to run well. Now it’s seen as a serious security hazard and a blight on the internet. Both Chrome and Firefox have plugins to block Flash by default. Read more…

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How the Windows Phone Could Rise Up and Dominate

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the launch of Windows 95. What people often forget about Windows 95 is that it not only kicked Apple’s butt, but also kicked IBM’s — and it wasn’t even a complete product. The thing was an operating system. It’s especially hard to imagine now that these things typically are downloaded from the Web, and there’s no need to stand in line.

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Pope Francis’ Disturbing Cuba Activism

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would be changing its policy toward Cuba, opening a Havana embassy and expanding travel. “Through these changes, we intend to create more opportunities for the American and Cuban people and begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas,” President Obama explained.

The president negotiated the deal between the United States and Cuba over the course of 18 months. Pope Francis apparently initiated the negotiations himself. The Vatican released the following statement:

[T]he Holy Father wishes to express his warm congratulations for the historic decision taken by the governments of the United States of America and Cuba to establish diplomatic relations, with the aim of overcoming, in the interest of the citizens of both countries, the difficulties which have marked their recent history.

Raul Castro thanked Pope Francis personally for the deal.

Pope Francis’ casual embrace of a communist regime contrasts sharply with the approach of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict. Pope John Paul II’s visit to Poland in 1979 famously helped launch the solidarity movement that led to the collapse of communism in the nation.

When Pope John Paul II visited Cuba in 1998, he blasted the Castro regime by routinely using the language of freedom, and implicitly criticizing the Castros:

The Church in Cuba has always proclaimed Jesus Christ, even if at times she has had a scarcity of priests and has had to do so in difficult circumstances. I wish to express my admiration for so many of the Cuban faithful for their fidelity to Christ, to the Church and to the Pope, as also for the respect they have shown for the more genuine religious traditions learned from their elders, and for the courage and persevering spirit of commitment demonstrated in the midst of their sufferings and ardent hopes.

Pope Francis, then an assistant archbishop, apparently wrote a book about the visit, which he joined. The tract, titled Dialogues Between John Paul II and Fidel Castro, slammed “the spirit that has driven capitalism – using capital to oppress and subject people.”

Pope Benedict visited Cuba in 2012 and slammed the American embargo against Cuba, but also stated in Havana’s Revolution Square:

The truth is a desire of the human person, the search for which always supposes the exercise of authentic freedom…[some] wrongly interpret this search for the truth, leading them to irrationality and fanaticism; they close themselves in ‘their truth,’ and try to impose it on others.

At the time, human rights activists criticized Benedict for not meeting with dissidents.

Francis has gone further than both of his predecessors. He didn’t merely criticize the embargo – he attempted to broken an end to it with explicitly political maneuvering. According to his biographer, Austen Ivereigh, Francis “saw the paralysis that resulted from the embargo, which had a deeply damaging impact on Cuban politics, psyche and economics.”

And unlike both John Paul II and Benedict, Francis’ critique of communism has been tepid at best. In October, Francis complained that “land, housing and work are increasingly unavailable to the majority of the world’s population,” and warned, “If I talk about this, some will think that the Pope is a communist.” Instead, Francis explained, “love for the poor is at the center of the Gospel…it’s the social doctrine of the church.” 

In June, Francis actually suggested that communism had cribbed from Catholicism: “I can only say that the communists have stolen our flat. The flag of the poor is Christian…Communists say that all this is communism. Sure, twenty centuries later. So when they speak, one can say to them: ‘but then you are Christian.’”

In December 2013, Francis said at the United Nations that economic progress could be achieved through “the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state, as well as indispensible cooperation between the private sector and civil society.” He has tweeted, “Inequality is the root of social evil” – a notion that would certainly come as a shock to many religious people who believe that mistreatment of others is the root of social evil.

In October 2013, Francis went so far as to tell a prominent Italian interviewer, “Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is Good…Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place.” This seeming moral relativism is unsettling coming from the most powerful voice for traditional Biblical religion on the planet.

Pope Francis’ perspective on the Cuban embargo is nothing new to the Vatican. His active involvement in negotiations, however, is. And given his rhetorical differences with his predecessors on the evils of communism, that activism should cause nervousness among more traditional Catholics in the mold of John Paul II and Benedict.

Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the new book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration (Threshold Editions, June 10, 2014). He is also Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.








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MMA legend ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira reflects on career

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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At 24, Linux Has Come Out of the Basement

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Happy Birthday, Linux Project — this week you turned 24. The Linux OS has grown up everywhere. Its code and the open source model are found worldwide. People often use linux without knowing it — when they search on Google, buy metro tickets or surf the Web. Linux travels worldwide on airplanes, and it’s embedded in many of the smart devices that bring ultra convenience to our homes and cars.

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The Ultimate Ranking Of The Best Disney Princesses Of All Time

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the raddest of them all?

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AVG launches LiveKive cloud sync and backup tool

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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A while back, we told you about AVG’s new LiveKive service, a new cloud synchronization and backup tool which appears to have been named after a vat in which mash is made during the brewing process. But enough about AVG’s odd choice of monikers — LiveKive has launched and is now ready to accept your files into the AVG cloud.

LiveKive takes aim at services like Dropbox and SugarSync, though at the moment it’s lagging behind in terms of features. As it stands, LiveKive is only compatible with Windows and OS X. There are no mobile clients yet, though with AVG’s strong presence on Android we wouldn’t be surprised to see an app arrive in the near future.

The company is offering a heck of a deal right now, however. If you sign up for a paid account during the launch phase, you can score unlimited storage for $80 for a whole year. You can’t even score 50GB per year at that price from Dropbox, so if cost and space are more important to you than cross-platform availability, LiveKive might be worth checking out.

If you’re not interested in ponying up any cash at the moment, you can still get a 5GB account free of charge. Just head on over, and create a LiveKive account.

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Zendaya Is Celebrating Her 19th Birthday In The Most Selfless Way Possible

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

For her 19th birthday, Zendaya is raising funds for a needy family in Africa.

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Kylie Jenner Parties with Scott Disick, Wears Short Blue Wig All Weekend

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

The 18-year-old reality star looked a little blue this weekend while partying with friends.

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