Category Archives: CNN – US

Mastercard will let transgender, non-binary people use their chosen name on cards

Mastercard has announced that it well let transgender and non-binary people use their chosen name, rather than their legal or given name, on credit, debit and prepaid cards. “For many in the LGBTQIA+ community, the name on their credit, debit or prepaid card does not reflect their true identity,” the company said in a release.…MORE

MIT teaches robots to ‘feel’ objects just by looking at them

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are teaching robots to “see” what an object looks like just by touching it and predict what something will feel like by looking at it. A team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have created a predictive artificial intelligence to help robots use multi-modal sensory…MORE

Closing arguments begin in the trial of alleged Nxivm sex cult leader

Within the Nxivm community, group founder Keith Raniere was viewed as a humanitarian and a mentor. “But you saw him for what he was — a con man, a predator, a crime boss,” prosecutor Moira Penza told jurors Monday. Closing arguments in Raniere’s racketeering trial have begun and prosecutors drilled home their claims that the…MORE

Police shot and killed a gunman at a federal courthouse in Dallas

A man opened fire at a federal courthouse in Dallas on Monday before he was shot and killed by federal officers, authorities said. No officers or other citizens were injured at the shooting near the Earle Cabell Federal Building, police said. The gunman, identified as 22-year-old Brian Isaack Clyde, was taken to a hospital where…MORE

Arizona family in police confrontation gets backing from Jay-Z group

A philanthropy affiliated with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, said it is offering support to an Arizona family after a confrontation with police in Phoenix last month following an alleged shoplifting incident. Team Roc spokesman Didier Morais said Sunday that the group has offered legal and emotional backing to the family. Officers were “caught on video using…MORE

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When the “Victims” Strike Back

A lot of terms were used to describe the man that opened fire on Republicans members of Congress at their baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday.  “Bernie Sanders supporter”, “left wing extremist”, “disturbed”, and “troubled” were the most common used by those investigating the matter, those who were among the targets and those who…

Less Than Compelling

Usually us curmudgeons like to go on and on about how sports, music and movies were better in “our day”.  I think that you can add Congressional hearings to that list as well.  That’s what I was thinking during both the James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions testimony the last couple of weeks.  While…

Un-settling the Science

While James Comey was sucking up all the oxygen in the room, there was a pretty major science announcement last week.  It turns out that the human species might be much older than we originally thought.  Fossils found in Morocco place our earliest ancestors on the planet as far back as 350-thousand years ago.  Until…

Open Week

Welcome to US Open week here in Wisconsin.  Many of you will be venturing down to Erin (or Hartford or Richfield–I’ve seen all three used to describe the location of the course in stories) for practice rounds the next three days–or for the competitive rounds Thursday through Sunday (and possibly Monday–more on that later).  Here…