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  • [Congress: Congressional News, Schedule, Votes & More - The Washington Post] What led to the violence in Charlottesville? Here's what social science says.: A roundup of our posts from this week and beyond.
  • [Campaigns: Campaign and Election News & Analysis - The Washington Post] What led to the violence in Charlottesville? Here's what social science says.: A roundup of our posts from this week and beyond.
  • [Post Politics: Breaking Politics News, Political Analysis & More - The Washington Post] What led to the violence in Charlottesville? Here's what social science says.: A roundup of our posts from this week and beyond.
  • [PCMag.com Breaking News] Will 'Invisible Messages' in Street Signs Steer Self-Driving Cars?: The company that brought us the Scotch Tape and Post-It Notes?3M?just revealed a particularly clever idea to help move self-driving cars forward.
  • [Reuters: U.S.] Duke University removes contentious Confederate statue after vandalism: (Reuters) - Duke University removed a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the entrance of a chapel on the Durham, North Carolina, campus, officials said on Saturday, days after it was vandalized.
  • [Reuters: World News] German critic of Turkey's Erdogan arrested in Spain: BERLIN (Reuters) - German-Turkish author Dogan Akhanli was arrested in Spain on Saturday after Turkey issued an Interpol warrant for the writer, a critic of the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Der Spiegel magazine reported.
  • [Reuters: Company News] UPDATE 1-Former workers at U.S.-owned miner Freeport Indonesia injured in clash with police: Aug 19 (Reuters) - Hundreds of workers laid off by Freeport Indonesia clashed with security forces, injuring three, near the company's mines in the eastern province of Papua on Saturday, company and union officials said.
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  • [Reuters: World News] Activists protest in Germany against neo-Nazi vigil for Hitler ally: (Paragraph 9 contains language that readers may find offensive.)
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    Lincoln Memorial in Washington defaced with expletive [Reuters: U.S.]
  • [World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post] Tropical Storm Harvey heads through Caribbean: Tropical Storm Harvey is moving through the Caribbean Sea on a projected course that would have it approaching Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula next week.
  • [World: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post] Jet2 asks French why flight was apparently tracked: Budget carrier Jet2 says it has asked French aviation officials for clarification as to why a flight from Spain to Britain was apparently tracked by military aircraft.
  • [Hacker News] Flutter ? cross platform mobile app development: Comments
  • [Reuters: World News] Zimbabwe's Grace Mugabe absent from regional summit after assault allegation: JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe did not make an expected appearance at a summit of regional leaders in South Africa on Saturday, following allegations of assault against her by a 20-year-old model.
  • [Hacker News] Mastodon is big in Japan, and the reason why is uncomfortable: Comments
  • [Reuters: Company News] Fired workers protest against U.S.-owned miner Freeport Indonesia: Aug 19 (Reuters) - Hundreds of workers laid off by Freeport Indonesia blocked routes and set trucks on fire near the company?s mines in the eastern province of Papua on Saturday, company officials said.
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    UPDATE 1-Former workers at U.S.-owned miner Freeport Indonesia injured in clash with police [Reuters: Company News]
  • [Hacker News] NuCypher (YC S16) is hiring a marketer to promote proxy re-encryption/blockchain: Comments
  • [Reuters: Science News] Solar eclipse presents first major test of power grid in renewable era: HOUSTON (Reuters) - As Monday's total solar eclipse sweeps from Oregon to South Carolina, U.S. electric power and grid operators will be glued to their monitoring systems in what for them represents the biggest test of the renewable energy era.
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  • [Reuters: U.S.] Solar eclipse presents first major test of power grid in renewable era: HOUSTON (Reuters) - As Monday's total solar eclipse sweeps from Oregon to South Carolina, U.S. electric power and grid operators will be glued to their monitoring systems in what for them represents the biggest test of the renewable energy era.
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  • [Reuters: Politics] Trump tweets thanks to Steve Bannon for service and role in campaign against Clinton: (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump praised his former chief strategist Steve Bannon on Saturday, thanking him on Twitter for his service and his role in the presidential election campaign against Hillary Clinton.
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    Scaramucci criticizes Trump's Charlottesville statement: 'I think he needed to be much harsher' [Congress: Congressional News, Schedule, Votes & More - The Washington Post]
  • [Reuters: Company News] Zambia restores full power supply to First Quantum mines: JOHANNESBURG, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Zambia has restored full electricity supply to the mines of First Quantum Minerals , the ministries of finance and energy said on Saturday, after reducing power to the mines earlier this week.
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  • [Reuters: U.S.] Powerball jackpot grows to $535 million, fifth largest ever: NEW YORK (Reuters) - A $2 investment could yield more than a half-billion dollars in the Powerball lottery's fifth-largest jackpot in a 25-year history that is up for grabs on Saturday. But the odds of winning are miniscule.
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  • After Charlottesville, Republicans remain stymied over what to do about Trump

    GOP leaders see dangers of a continued embrace and of a collective break with the president

  • After Charlottesville, Republicans remain stymied over what to do about Trump

    GOP leaders see dangers of a continued embrace and of a collective break with the president

  • After Charlottesville, Republicans remain stymied over what to do about Trump

    GOP leaders see dangers of a continued embrace and of a collective break with the president

  • This $15 gamay will go great with what?s on the grill

    PICKS | Plus 4 other suitable wines to try, from France and Italy.

  • Weekend plans: DIY #sheetcaking

    A single-layer, rectangular cake is easy to make, after all. Here are a few Recipe Finder options.

  • Let?s open two: Dusty Baker wines now available around D.C.

    WINE | The 2015 and 2016 releases from the Washington Nationals manager?s Calif. vineyard shows more sophistication than his 2013s.

  • The Latest: South Africa blocks Air Zimbabwe flight

    The Latest on assault allegations against Zimbabwe?s first lady (all times local):

  • Police separate 500 neo-Nazis, opponents at Berlin protest

    Some 500 far-right extremists marched Saturday in Berlin in honor of the 30th anniversary of the death of top Nazi Rudolf Hess ? and they were separated by hundreds of heavily armed police from an equal number of counter-demonstrators.

  • Questions abound as Spanish officials investigate terrorist attacks

    Currently, authorities believe that at least eight suspects were involved in the Barcelona and Cambrils incidents. At least one suspect remains at large, and the fate of the van driver in the Barcelona attack remains unknown.

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  • How Afghanistan is ramping up its fight against corruption ? especially among the country?s elite

    An army general and a business leader were convicted of embezzlement and abuse of power.

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Entries

  • Two Passengers Kicked Off Plane After 8 Hour Delay for Complaining.. To Each Other! (351 characters)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:34:00 -0400Two Passengers Kicked Off Plane After 8 Hour Delay for Complaining.. To Each Other!View from the Wing

  • Trump, first lady will not attend Kennedy Center Honors: White House (265 characters)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:15:00 -0400Trump, first lady will not attend Kennedy Center Honors: White HouseReuters: U.S.

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors in December, the White House announced on Saturday, after several honorees said they would boycott a White House reception before the show.

  • Enter to Win 100,000 TrueBlue Points From JetBlue (1656 characters)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:15:00 -0400Enter to Win 100,000 TrueBlue Points From JetBlueThe Points Guy

    Not even the blackout during Monday’s solar eclipse will be enough for JetBlue to budge on its blackout policy. The New York-based carrier is known for its generous no blackout dates for award flights ? which is one of the staples of the TrueBlue program.

    Now, the carrier wants to give you the chance to win 100,000 TrueBlue points for not believing in blackouts either ? even though the solar eclipse is imminent. JetBlue is hosting its giveaway on Facebook in the form of an event. The event details read:

    “At JetBlue, we don?t believe in blackout dates. And that got us thinking… if Monday?s blackout is the biggest in recent history, then we don?t believe in it either.

    So that total solar eclipse? Totally made up.

    Join us and see the light August 21, 2017 as we gather to celebrate nothing ? no eclipse, no seat restrictions, no expiring points, and most importantly, no blackout dates when redeeming points on JetBlue flights with TrueBlue, JetBlue?s loyalty program.”

    To enter to win the 100,000 points, all you need to do is go to the event page, which is titled “The JetBlue No Blackout Non-Eclipse Non-Event,” and indicate that you’ll be “Going.” Once you’ve done so, you’re automatically entered to win the grand prize. You can find the sweepstakes rules here.

    Based on TPG’s most recent valuations, those 100,000 points are worth $1,300. Considering how easy it is to enter this contest, the payout of TrueBlue points is very valuable. If you have a Facebook account, you’re definitely going to want to enroll in this sweepstakes.

    H/T: Mommy Points

  • Ridiculous: Southwest Shames Passenger For Not Being Large Enough To Book A Second Seat (7821 characters)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:02:00 -0400Ridiculous: Southwest Shames Passenger For Not Being Large Enough To Book A Second SeatOne Mile at a Time

    Most airlines have a procedure in place for passengers of size (those who can’t comfortably fit in one seat). The policy varies by airline, though virtually all airlines encourage such passengers to book an extra seat to be sure they’re comfortable. What differs by airline is:

    • Whether you can earn points for the second seat
    • How expensive the second seat is
    • What the process is for booking the second seat
    • What happens if you don’t book a second seat but don’t comfortably fit in one seat

    If you want more details, CheapAir.com has a good rundown of how the policies of different airlines vary.

    Regardless, you’d think airlines would be happy when passengers are proactive in booking two seats so that everyone is as comfortable as possible. Reader Andy emailed me to share an experience he had booking a second seat on Southwest, which just leaves me floored. Here’s the email he sent me (it’s fairly long, but I don’t think I can do justice to this without sharing the whole thing):

    Thought I’d share a very interesting story about a bizarre Southwest experience I had traveling this past week from Las Vegas to Houston Hobby. I don’t recall seeing much blog traffic on this particular topic so I figured I’d share the story as I was pretty flabbergasted as to how this played out.

    I’m a bigger size passenger (not your standard passenger of size but at 6’2″, 250lbs it’s not hard for me to be uncomfortable on a flight), and I typically go out of my way to avoid discount airlines or coach seats for longer flights. Of course not always the case, but more often than not I’ll pay for a first class seat if I can’t get an upgrade.

    I had to take a Southwest flight from Vegas to Houston and concerned about the flight length I decided to call the airline and inquire as to purchasing a second seat. The agent was helpful and accommodated me, and my reservation was made. I paid about $690 for my first seat in business select and the second seat cost a little under $200.

    When I got to the Vegas airport and went to check in, I had to see an agent. I went to the counter and the woman greeted me, asked about my issue checking in, and when she noticed my second seat booking she stepped out from behind the counter, looked me up and down, and said she needed a supervisor.

    Her supervisor came over, looked at the computer, and informed me that I wasn’t “big enough” to qualify. I explained to him that I reviewed their policy, which was vague and only defined the policy as the boundaries of the armrest, and he informed me he had the discretion to refuse my ticket. I offered to sit in a seat and demonstrate my concerns but he told me he would be canceling my seat and I could fly with one or not at all. I asked the agent what gave him the right to deem me “not fat enough,” and he said his “20 years of experience.” He even went so far as to point to another much larger passenger to show me what he viewed as a true passenger of size.

    After the flight, I contacted Southwest and informed them of both the humiliation of having two different agents judge me and reject my seat, but also the inconsistency of their policy and the discretionary enforcement. As I explained to the customer service agent, shouldn’t the airline be appreciative of customers willing to pay for two seats to avoid discomfort for themselves and others?

    Southwest has been pretty apologetic but this issue apparently got elevated to senior leadership. I was given a lousy $100 apology voucher and a refund on the second seat I purchased, and I was told the issue is being “reviewed in the monthly executive meeting given the sensitivity”.

    My gut tells me they did something very wrong here, based on the quick elevation.

    This may be an interesting case for the blog. Of course it’s a sensitive topic for me, but I can’t help but think Southwest should revisit their policy and maybe find a less humiliating, discreet way to “enforce” it? Shouldn’t a customer be able to pay for two full seats if they’re concerned about comfort? Isn’t this better for the airline; they get the revenue for the seat without the additional fuel burn or snack consumption, too.

    I’m sort of in shock here. While Andy might not be a “traditional” passenger of size, I think he did the right thing by looking after not only his own comfort, but the comfort of those around him. With airline seats constantly shrinking, one really has to wonder how small you have to be to fit “comfortably” into economy seats nowadays. So for a Southwest employee to judge him in this way seems ridiculous.

    I had a look at Southwest’s policy on this, and it sure is vague:

    What is Southwest Airlines’ policy for Customers of size?

    Customers who encroach upon any part of the neighboring seat(s) may proactively purchase the needed number of seats prior to travel in order to ensure the additional seat(s) is available. The armrest is considered to be the definitive boundary between seats; width between the armrests measures 17 inches. The purchase of additional seats serves as a notification to Southwest of a special seating need, and allows us to adequately plan for the number of seats that will be occupied on the aircraft.  In turn, this helps to ensure we can accommodate all Customers on the flight/aircraft for which they purchased a ticket and avoid asking Customers to relinquish their seats for an unplanned accommodation. Most importantly, it ensures that all Customers onboard have access to safe and comfortable seating. You may contact us for a refund of the cost of additional seating after travel.  Customers of size who prefer not to purchase an additional seat in advance have the option of purchasing just one seat and then discussing their seating needs with the Customer Service Agent at their departure gate. If it is determined that a second (or third) seat is needed, they will be accommodated with a complimentary additional seat.

    How do I know if I need a second seat?

    The armrest is the definitive gauge for a Customer of size. It serves as the boundary between seats; the width between armrests measures 17 inches.  Customers who are unable to lower both armrests and/or who encroach upon any portion of the adjacent seat may proactively book the number of seats needed prior to travel or receive a complimentary additional seat.

    The rules suggest that if a customer encroaches on any part of the neighboring seat they may proactively purchase an additional seat. This is vague on many levels, and especially in this case it seems crazy to tell a passenger (who paid extra for a second seat) that they won’t encroach on another’s seat in any way.

    Southwest was way out of line with this, in my opinion. If they’re not going to have a clear policy, it can’t be up to individual customer service agents to decide who is large enough to pay for an extra seat.

    Really I don’t get why airlines don’t let people buy extra seats across the board. You’d think they’d love to have people paying for extra seats. Their rebuttal would be that inventory management is complicated, it would cause low fares to sell out faster, skew airfare, etc.

    However, it sure seems like the current system is a bit broken.

    What do you make of this situation? Should individual customer service agents be deciding who isn’t big enough to purchase an extra seat?

  • American Suspends Los Angeles ? Auckland Flight Effective March 23 (344 characters)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:04:00 -0400American Suspends Los Angeles ? Auckland Flight Effective March 23View from the Wing

  • 10 Things No One Tells You About? Seattle (8364 characters)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -040010 Things No One Tells You About? SeattleThe Points Guy

    Seattle is one of the country’s fastest growing cities, and those new transplants are coming here for more than a good cup of coffee. Whether you’re looking for great nightlife, a cultural melting pot or an outdoor utopia, Seattle should be near the top of your list. Here are 10 tips to help you explore this jewel of the Pacific Northwest.

    1. You Should Skip The Space Needle

    Seattle’s iconic landmark is easily the most recognizable building in the Northwest, but I don’t think it’s your best option to get the lay of the land. Instead, you should visit the Sky View Observatory. Perched on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center (Seattle’s tallest skyscraper), Sky View offers stunning panoramic views from 1,043 feet above sea level ? that’s roughly 400 feet higher than the Space Needle’s observation deck. Better still, tickets cost $10 less and you won?t have to face the grueling lines that pile up at the Needle during peak visiting hours. The downside is that Sky View is fully enclosed, so you can’t take in the scenery from outdoors in good weather. If that doesn’t bother you, save your time and money and get a better view in the process.

    2. It Doesn’t Really Rain That Much…

    What do New York, Houston, Indianapolis and many other major US cities have in common? They all average more annual precipitation than Seattle ? just ask anyone who sat through storm delays in the Northeast this spring. In fairness, Seattle has more rainy days than most, but the reality is that despite its soggy reputation, weather in the Pacific Northwest is mild and often pleasant. Winters can be pretty gloomy due to the meager daylight hours, but summers are spectacular and you’ll catch plenty of good weather in the months between.

    3. But When It Does Rain, Life Goes On

    Rainfall in Seattle is more of a sprinkle than a downpour, the upshot being that it shouldn’t intrude too much on your plans. That said, when weather does become a factor, you’ll find no shortage of entertaining indoor activities. If you’re staying near downtown, head to the Hotel Sorrento on First Hill, where you?ll find great food and drinks, a roaring fireplace and the occasional jazz ensemble. Take a break from colder weather at Volunteer Park Conservatory, which feels downright balmy even in winter. Browse the shelves at the iconic Elliott Bay Book Company in Capitol Hill or geek out over the extensive board game selection at Raygun Lounge.

    4. The Freshwater Beaches Are Fantastic

    Seattle isn?t known for being a beach destination ? the Puget Sound tops out around a frigid 56 degrees ? but the city boasts another shoreline that’s pure heaven on a hot day. Stretching 22 miles from top to bottom, Lake Washington comprises the entirety of Seattle’s eastern border and is punctuated by dozens of tantalizing public beaches. Stroll, bike or cruise along the meandering roadways and trails, where you can take in scenic views of the surrounding mountains and recharge at a variety of neighborhood restaurants and cafés. The swimming is best from Independence Day to early October, so bring your suit and some water shoes if you’re planning a summer visit!

    5. We Believe in Ferries

    For a classic Puget Sound experience, take a Washington State Ferry from downtown to Bainbridge Island (35 minutes each way) or Bremerton (60 minutes each way). On a clear day, you?ll get views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker and both the Olympic and Cascade ranges, plus a stunning panorama of downtown Seattle. The passenger decks are great for a picnic if you just want to enjoy the ride, or you can take some time to explore either destination and catch the next boat back. Tickets are about $8 round-trip for adults, or $9 if you’re riding with a bike. For a shorter excursion, check out the Water Taxi, which sails from downtown to West Seattle and Vashon Island.

    6. Coffee Is King, But Tea Is Also Royalty

    Seattle is renowned for its thriving coffee culture and it’s hard to walk more than a block in the city without passing a café, but it’s not the only drink in town. Tea also has a strong and loyal following, and there are a number of great venues to support the habit. If you’re near Pike Place Market, stop by the wall of loose teas at MarketSpice for a memorable olfactory experience ? I highly recommend the Evening in Missoula. If you want a bit of history to go with your cup, visit the Panama Hotel in the International District or try the Chado tea ceremony at the Seattle Japanese Garden. Just need a fix? Head to Modern Steep, Cederberg or any of the city’s other fine tea houses.

    7. You Can Ride Between SeaTac and Downtown for $3

    Seattle’s public transportation system is underwhelming, but the Link light rail is a bright spot if you’re arriving by plane ? a trip from the airport to the city center (or vice versa) costs $3 and takes just under 40 minutes. By comparison, a car takes about 25 minutes, when traffic is clear, but will cost you 10-15 times as much so if you’re not in a rush or overburdened with luggage, the light rail is the way to go. Just make sure to take the northbound train headed to downtown, since SeaTac is no longer the end of the line.

    8. The Surrounding Area Is an Adventure Paradise

    Seattle has phenomenal parks, but beyond the city limits is a wonderland of outdoor recreation. Head east on I-90 and you can find first-rate hiking and biking trails within an hour of downtown. Mason Lake, Snow Lake and Rattlesnake Ledge all offer solid ascents, rewarding views and great swimming opportunities in summer. If you’re looking for some alone time, you’ll find less crowded trails farther off the interstate corridor. Winter visitors don’t need to pack heavy either ? REI and other local outfitters can equip you with snowshoes, skis or whatever other gear you need for an alpine experience.

    9. You Can Harvest Your Own Seafood

    Tourists like to watch fish get tossed around at Pike Place Market, but many beaches in the Puget Sound area allow you to catch your own seafood. Clams, crabs, oysters and even seaweed are all on the menu; just get a license and verify when and where the harvesting season is open beforehand. You should also consult with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife to avoid unsafe conditions. If you don?t want to eat but still want to look, head to Golden Gardens at low tide for a captivating showcase of wild sea creatures. Note that beach shoes and a tolerance for cold water are highly recommended!

    10. Start Your Weekend at Cal Anderson Park

    Nestled in the heart of Capitol Hill, Cal Anderson Park is a great starting point for an evening out. Grab a bench by the fountain or a patch of turf on the athletic field and enjoy some exquisite people-watching. Get cheap, awesome Mexican take-out from Rancho Bravo and ice cream from Molly Moon’s across the street, and when you’re ready, go dance the night away at the Century Ballroom, check out the music venues along Pike and Pine streets or jump in a game of dodgeball on the tennis courts nearby. It’s not the only hot spot in town, but it’s one of the liveliest.

    What are some of your favorite things to do in Seattle? Let us know in the comments, below.

     Featured Image by David Hogan/Getty Images.

  • Work: Photos of Jobs Around the World from a Top-Down View (1072 characters)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:40:00 -0400Work: Photos of Jobs Around the World from a Top-Down ViewPetaPixel

    Photographer Sanwal Deen has been working on a new personal project, titled “Work.” It’s an exploration of different careers found around the world, and how work is a thread by which individuals all over the world are connected.

    “People tend to spend more than a third of their lives working,” Deen tells PetaPixel. “But more than that, the type of work that happens in a city or place (and the process by which it comes about) is directly tied to the culture of a city, place or country.

    “For a lot of people, their identity is tied to the work that they do.”

    “The idea behind this project is to document and celebrate one’s individuality as seen through the lens of the work one does, while still acknowledging our shared humanity.”

    Deen is a photographer who’s originally from Islamabad, Pakistan, and who’s currently based in the United States. He recently won a 2nd Place National Award in the Sony World Photography Awards. You can find more of his work on his website.

  • Here?s a 5-Minute Intro to Photoshop?s Healing Brush (753 characters)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:24:00 -0400Here?s a 5-Minute Intro to Photoshop?s Healing BrushPetaPixel

    In this 9-minute video by tutvid, take a look at Photoshop’s Healing Brush and learn how exactly you can use it to improve your editing workflow.

    The brush itself comes with loads of options to adjust that you may well not have noticed or used before. From different modes to altering the sampled layers, the Healing Brush is more than just a “click and correct” affair.

    One problem you may have faced with the brush is when removing things near to a contrasting edge, strange colors and information can bleed over into the “fixed” area.

    But try adjusting the diffusion setting of the Healing Brush. This allows you to decide exactly how these edges will affect the adjustment, and will quickly solve the problem.

  • Enter to Win 100,000 JetBlue Points at Non-Solar Eclipse Online Party (1427 characters)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:22:00 -0400Enter to Win 100,000 JetBlue Points at Non-Solar Eclipse Online PartyMommy Points

    As I am sure you know, the big eclipse is on Monday, and there are plenty of folks all around the country traveling right now to the line of totality. Weather may impact the viewing party in some locations, but I’m pretty sure the eclipse will come and go whether we use our cool looking eye protection gear and look up at it or not.

    However, JetBlue isn’t so sure. They don’t believe in blackout dates when using their TrueBlue points for award flights, so they have decided they don’t believe in the blackout caused by the solar eclipse either…or something like that. I’m not sure I totally follow, but I do understand that if you RSVP “Going” on Facebook for their No Blackout, Non Eclipse, Non Event Event then you can have a shot at winning 100,000 JetBlue TrueBlue points among other non-party favors.

    The value of 100,000 JetBlue points varies based on how you redeem, but it is easily well over $1,000 worth of JetBlue travel, so I’m in for the non-event event. No purchase necessary to enter, must be 18+ to win. Visit http://bit.ly/2w7VVSI for sweepstakes rules.

    See you at the virtual non-blacked out non-event, or something. And if you are traveling to the actual real eclipse like some of my family is I would love to hear how that is going!

    The post Enter to Win 100,000 JetBlue Points at Non-Solar Eclipse Online Party appeared first on Mommy Points.

  • Boy missing as many countries mourn Barcelona attack victims (306 characters)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:21:03 -0400Boy missing as many countries mourn Barcelona attack victimsWar Zones: War News, Coverage, Analysis & More - The Washington Post

    An Italian father who saved his children?s lives but lost his own. An American celebrating his first wedding anniversary. A Portuguese woman celebrating her birthday with her granddaughter. These were but a few of the more than 100 people from around the world killed or injured in Barcelona?s attacks.

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  • Finland stabbings ?a likely terror act;? Ties to Spain eyed (262 characters)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:20:29 -0400Finland stabbings ?a likely terror act;? Ties to Spain eyedWar Zones: War News, Coverage, Analysis & More - The Washington Post

    The knife attack in western Finland that left two people dead and seven others wounded is ?a likely terror act,? Finland?s intelligence agency said Saturday, while police said Europol was investigating if it had any ties to deadly vehicle attacks in Spain.

  • Etihad Is Closing The Six Senses Spa London Heathrow (2864 characters)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:05:00 -0400Etihad Is Closing The Six Senses Spa London HeathrowOne Mile at a Time

    The Gulf carriers are under a lot of financial pressure from their respective governments, and have been doing significant cost cutting lately. I?d say that Etihad has probably been doing a bit more cost cutting than Emirates and Qatar, and it?s really starting to show when it comes to their product. This includes things like them cutting back the food choices in their loungeseliminating chauffeur service outside the UAE, etc. On top of that, they’re starting to trim their schedule a bit, like cutting their Abu Dhabi to San Francisco route. All of this is only the beginning.

    While minor, Etihad has just announced their latest cost cutting measure. Etihad has a partnership with Six Senses Spa, offering premium passengers spa treatments at their hub in Abu Dhabi. The only outstation lounge to also have a Six Senses Spa is London Heathrow.

    Per Live from a Lounge, Etihad has just announced that they’ll be closing the Six Senses Spa at Heathrow Airport as of August 31, 2017. Per the announcement:

    On 31 August we will be closing our Six Senses Spa facility at our Etihad First and Business Class Lounge in London Heathrow. We will soon be introducing more areas for you to relax, as well as some new food and drink options to make your lounge experience more convenient.

    Back in the day Etihad used to offer free spa treatments to both first and business class passengers, though a couple of years ago they made the treatments only available to first class passengers, while business class passengers have to pay.

    That means the number of passengers entitled to complimentary treatments is minimal, and the times I’ve been at the London lounge, I haven’t seen many people pay for treatments. While I’m not suggesting it’s representative of the norm, my last massage at the Six Senses Spa Heathrow was horrible. I was in pain for a couple of days following it.

    Ultimately this is a very minor cost cut in the grand scheme of things, though there’s no denying that Etihad is looking for just about any way to cut costs, no matter how small.

    If they’re going to invest in their lounges, I’d rather they bring back the a la carte dining than have spa treatments. However, the reality is that we’re getting neither.

    What do you make of Etihad closing their spa at Heathrow Airport?

  • 10 Most Instagrammable Places in Chicago (6206 characters)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -040010 Most Instagrammable Places in ChicagoThe Points Guy

    The Windy City is a domestic travelers’ dream: it’s enough of a journey from the East and West coast population centers to feel like a trip, but still retains that homey, all-American flair. Nestled along Lake Michigan and around both banks of a river that now flows backwards, Chicago combines location, history and character to create a destination like nowhere else. Whether you’re noshing on a Chicago dog, cheering on the curse-breaking Cubbies or spending more money than you should on Michigan Avenue, you won’t regret your time in this Midwestern jewel. All that fun is great for Instagram, too, so the next time you’re in town, check out these gram-worthy places.

    1. The Bean at Millennium Park 

    Officially called “Cloud Gate” but known as “The Bean” by just about everyone else, this gigantic stainless steel sculpture is the centerpiece of Chicago’s Millennium Park. Tourists and Chicagoans can’t help but ogle at the smooth, reflective service, photo gold ever since the sculpture was dedicated in 2006. And with the explosive rise of Instagram, its notoriety has only grown.

    2. The Art Institue of Chicago

    Right next door to Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago will add some bona-fide culture to your Windy City adventure. The sprawling art museum ? America’s second-largest ? houses notable paintings from across the world. Tour the works of Impressionist master Claude Monet and Cubism pioneer Pablo Picasso as you walk these famous halls. And don’t forget to strike a pose by American Gothic while you’re there.

    3. Buckingham Fountain

    Keep walking south in Grant Park and you’ll find Buckingham Fountain, the nearly 100-year-old Chicago city gem that wows its visitors multiple times a day. For 20 minutes every hour, the fountain ? one of the world’s largest, by the way ? puts on a dazzling water show. The fun (and photos) get even better after dusk when a series of lights make the waterworks absolutely glimmer. Don’t miss out on this classic Chicago attraction.

    4. The Field Museum

    The Field Museum is full of great natural history photo-ops. Check out the museum’s Cretaceous Period-era mascot, Sue, the most complete T-Rex fossil in the world today. The museum also houses one of the best dinosaur fossil collections worldwide and its Jurassic World exhibit shouldn’t be missed.   

    5. Wrigley Field

    They might not be the lovable losers of baseball anymore, but the Chicago Cubs are still worth spending a sunny summer afternoon with. Stop by historic Wrigley Field to see the Cubbies defend their home turf, or come while they’re out of town for a stadium tour. No matter how or when you pass through Wrigleyville, you’ll be glad you came.

    6. The Chicago Riverwalk

    With stellar views of the city’s architecture, river-crossing drawbridges and waterfront traffic, the recently completed Riverwalk is another excellent photo stop in the Windy City. This walkable park guides visitors past nine blocks of the Chicago River, all while exposing you to a number of attractions and striking art installments. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your mid-day walk, searching for that perfect photo-op or just want a peaceful place to sit and read a good book, chances are you’ll find it along the Riverwalk.

    7. Navy Pier and Its Centennial Wheel

    It’s often hard to find an all-in-one attraction that will make the whole family happy. Stop by Chicago’s Navy Pier, the lakeside destination that has a little something for everyone. Kids, adults, locals, tourists and everyone in between will find joy on the Centennial Wheel, which is open year-round and known for its excellent skyline views and vistas of Lake Michigan. Save some time after the ride to snap foodie-centric shots at one of Navy Pier’s many restaurants.

    8. O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

    ORD is not without its flight delays, but if you get stuck at the gate, fret not. Take a walk through the airport with your camera phone in tow as you spot some of this bustling hub’s standout attractions. Hidden around the various terminals, you’ll find a hall of flags from around the world, a seemingly endless moving walkway with dazzling lights and a full-size dinosaur replica.

    9. Skydeck Chicago

    If seeing the Chicago skyline from afar isn’t enough, ride the elevator at Willis Tower to floor 103 and visit the Skydeck, an observation deck 1,353 feet up. It’s a great place to stare at all the ant-like people bustling about below and an irresistible photo-op as well. For those up for a scare ? and a jaw-dropping, jealousy inducing insta-pic ? the glass boxes sticking out of the tower’s façade are a must.

    10. North Avenue Beach

    The Midwestern US might not seem like an obvious choice for your next beach vacation, but Chicago’s North Avenue Beach stands out nonetheless. This popular lakefront beach draws massive crowds, with promises of summertime fun in the sand, water and nearby restaurants as well. Chill out with a drink as your day winds to a close ? and snap a pic for all your friends back home.

    Are there any other Chicago spots you would add to this list? Let us know in the comments, below.

    Featured image by Education Images/Getty.

  • Sony Proposes BCMD with Reduced Dark Current (1037 characters)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:47:00 -0400Sony Proposes BCMD with Reduced Dark CurrentImage Sensors World

    Sony patent application US20170229493 "Pixel circuit and imaging apparatus" by Kouichi Harada and Toshiyuki Nishihara proposes dark current reduction in bulk charge modulated device (BCMD).

    "...the above image sensor needs to read 1000 times in one frame for example, and has problems of increase in read voltage and increase in read time. Also, as the number of reads per frame increases, dark current of the FD increases proportionally. As a result, the dark current of the FD becomes the main component of the dark current of the pixel. The dark current of the FD is unable to be reduced easily, and thus even if the conversion efficiency can be set to 600 ?V/e?, the accuracy of detecting one photon is reduced. If there is no FD, the accuracy of detecting one photon is improved.

    ...According to the present technology, it is possible to obtain an excellent effect that the dark current of the FD in the image sensor is eliminated, and that the conversion efficiency of converting the electric charge to a voltage can be improved.
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  • Deal: Save 10% on Refurbished Lenses at the Canon Store Today Only (318 characters)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:36:00 -0400Deal: Save 10% on Refurbished Lenses at the Canon Store Today OnlyCanon Rumors

    In celebration of World Photography Day, you can save 10% on refurbished lenses at the Canon USA store. No coupon code is needed and this deal expires tonight at 11:59PM EST. Canon Lenses: Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L $1511 Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L $539 Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS $791 Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II $1151 Read more...

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    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:34:53 -0400Boy missing as many countries mourn Barcelona attack victimsWorld: World News, International News, Foreign Reporting - The Washington Post

    An Italian father who saved his children?s lives but lost his own. An American celebrating his first wedding anniversary. A Portuguese woman celebrating her birthday with her granddaughter. These were but a few of the more than 100 people from around the world killed or injured in Barcelona?s attacks.

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  • The Solar Eclipse is a Total Non-Event, Get Over It (503 characters)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:34:00 -0400The Solar Eclipse is a Total Non-Event, Get Over ItView from the Wing

    There?s nothing new about a total solar eclipse. It?s completely predictable, indeed the Greeks could predict it and those calculations will last until the sun burns out.

    Now it would be cool if you were the only one who knew about an eclipse, and it happened to come right as you were captured by soldiers or savages. You could prove your mystical powers by blotting out the sun and then they?d all bow at your magnificence.

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  • How to Fly American?s Best Business Class Seats Domestically From August to October 2017 (4683 characters)

    Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:30:00 -0400How to Fly American?s Best Business Class Seats Domestically From August to October 2017The Points Guy

    It’s not often in air travel when you get a lot more than what you’re expecting. But, thanks to American Airlines’ widely varying fleet, you can experience a top-notch lie-flat international business class seat when flying up front domestically. Far better than a narrow-pitch, no-power and no in-flight entertainment domestic first class seat. (You can find those on AA, too.)

    Since AA’s schedule can vary from month to month, we like to save you some time by digging into the airline’s schedule and unveiling where you can find these excellent seats.

    Whether you decide to splurge on a first class award or paid ticket, get a free upgrade using 500-mile upgrades or get a complimentary upgrade as an Executive Platinum member, here are the ways to fly on American Airlines best business class seats without having to bring your passport.

    777-200 B/E Aerospace Super Diamond

    American Airlines has two versions of the 777-200 in its fleet:

    While the “old” retrofit also has lie-flat seats, the “new” retrofit is a much more pleasant experience:

    Here are the domestic routes where you can find these seats:

    787-900 B/E Aerospace Super Diamond

    AA originally launched its 787-900 on a domestic route between Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles. Since then, the airline has tried to solely fly these three-cabin (economy, premium economy, business) aircraft on its international routes. However,  they are making a return to domestic routes starting Tuesday August 22, between Los Angeles and Miami:

    Upgrade didn’t clear? Or, don’t want to pay for first class? AA has made the decision to not sell premium economy on domestic routes, so the premium economy cabin is sold as part of Main Cabin Extra. However, these seats are labeled as Main Cabin Extra, so you’ll need AA elite status to choose these for free.

    777-300ER Zodiac

    Long considered to have one of the best business class seats in the sky, American Airlines’ Boeing 777-300ER is a great way of traveling anywhere. Problem is, it’s typically expensive to buy an international round-trip on this aircraft; award availability on these flights is especially hard to get; and upgrades are highly sought after.

    Want to try out the seat for yourself? There are just two flights where you can sit in these seats for the price of economy through October: Los Angeles to Dallas flight #70 October 29-30. However, you can either buy or get upgraded to these seats as part of a true business class while flying domestically.

    This aircraft can only be found flying between Dallas and Los Angeles:

    Where do you hope to catch these business class seats domestically?

  • The crazy summer of Trump controversies that you?ve already forgotten (309 characters)

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