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Huffington Post Featured Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 23:59 Source

In writing the state budget, New York legislators totally capitulated to the billionaire-funded charter industry. Of course, they were egged on by Governor Cuomo, who now sees himself as a national leader of the school privatization movement. (He is even leading a retreat with other prominent figures of the movement to turn public schools over to private management. Please note that the "philosophers" who wrote the invitation to the retreat couldn't manage to spell the name of James Russell Lowell correctly.)

The budget deal includes these terms:

Huffington Post Featured Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 23:59 Source

Monday night at midnight, the deadline for applying for Obamacare ended. Sort of. Mostly. People who were unable to complete their applications to the federal website and some state websites will be allowed to finish up in the next week or so.

Huffington Post Technology Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 23:29 Source

Facebook is a powerful tool for connecting people and ideas. Members of the site have been shown to foster more close relationships with others, scoring several points higher on tests of companionship and emotional support in a 2011 Pew Research Center study of Americans' Internet habits. And more than ten percent of the entire world are citizens of the Facebook nation.

Huffington Post Technology Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 23:16 Source

Colonize Mars? Meh. While some space enthusiasts are vying for a chance to create a human colony on the Red Planet, others say exoplanets like "Kepler-22b" and "Gliese 667Cc" may be more suitable for life -- human or alien, that is.

Huffington Post Featured Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 22:59 Source

Sometimes life gives you lemons. Other times it gives you smelly coworkers, strange fetishes, and embarrassing autocorrect mistakes. No matter how you live your life, awkward situations occur. Here's how to deal with the worst of them:

Confronting a Smelly Coworker
I once had an obese boss with a rotting flesh wound and had to smell him every day. Oddly, he was a tennis coach. I ended up quitting because it was so nauseating, but in retrospect I learned there were better ways to handle this kind of putrid circumstance.

Huffington Post Featured Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 13:59 Source

Much of the chatter from American soccer fans, press and coaches leading up to Wednesday night's friendly match against Mexico (11 EST, University of Phoenix Stadium, ESPN) has revolved around narrowing the player pool to the final roster of 23 who will make the World Cup this June. Both sides have called up only North America-based talent, with the U.S. further limited by injury and an uncooperative Mexican club team.

Huffington Post Featured Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 09:59 Source

The most startling statistics I've seen in recent months came from Mayo Clinic researchers last June, who reported that nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug. More than half take at least two prescriptions. Twenty percent take five or more.

Since this was published, I've heard relatively little reaction from the medical community. So allow me to speak up: This is scandalous and tragic.

To put it in an international perspective, a 2010 British study established that among 14 developed countries surveyed, the U.S. is solidly number one in per-capita prescription drug use.

Huffington Post Featured Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 09:59 Source

We must raise our voices in unison and ask that the world community insist on peace, particularly for those in the midst of perpetual conflict. Our brothers and sisters in the DRC and Great Lakes region have the right to expect our solidarity as we show support for all peace building efforts.

Huffington Post Technology Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 09:27 Source

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Tinder? What's a Tinder? As my mom pursued Google a completely perplexed expression came across her face, and she read allowed, "tinder (noun), a dry substance that readily takes fire from a spark?" That's when I considered how I could explain to someone from a "pre-Internet generation" the mobile application that seems to be ruling the hookup culture and sex lives of young people today.

Huffington Post Technology Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 09:10 Source

Biz Stone knew he wasn't interested in selling Twitter when he and his business partner Evan Williams were driving to Facebook's Silicon Valley headquarters.

"I came up with the idea that, why don't we, if it comes to it, say a number that's so outrageous that no one could ever possibly accept," Stone recalled in an interview with HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy Tehrani.

Huffington Post Technology Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 09:04 Source

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has conducted warrantless searches of Americans' communications as part of the National Security Agency's surveillance operations that target foreigners located outside of the U.S., the administration's top intelligence official confirmed in a letter to Congress disclosed Tuesday.

Huffington Post Technology Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 08:53 Source

Army Private Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence for leaking reams of classified information is out of proportion with the offenses for which she was convicted, the lawyer who will represent her in court-martial appeals said Tuesday.

Huffington Post Technology Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 08:47 Source

Western New Mexico University covered its website in babies Tuesday.

As in little human babies. It's kind of adorable. Or creepy. We haven't decided yet.

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The home page features ads for babies to learn ABC's in online classes and skipping pre-school to start work on a college degree in the summer.

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Huffington Post Technology Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 08:44 Source

If you had to explain the "Game of Thrones" series to someone in just a few phrases, it would probably sound something like this: "Lots of sex, even more violence, too many characters to count." Right?

The series is so complex and grandiose that it's taken a ridiculous number of trailers for HBO to feel that it's adequately hyped up fans for the upcoming fourth season. Well, we've got one last trailer, and it's really the only one you'll ever need.

Huffington Post Technology Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 08:22 Source

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My computer is my life. Really.

I'm not a gamer. Or a hacker. Or fully "networked" Millennial. But I've had this jones since 'way back in the '70s, when the Chicago Sun Times became one of the first newspapers to go completely digital and made my life as a reporter sooooo much easier.

Huffington Post Technology Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 08:04 Source

Discussing Facebook with people who know me always reminds me of that Conan O'Brian joke he told the graduating class at Harvard about how for the rest of their lives, whenever they do something stupid they will inevitable hear the words "...and you went to Harvard?!" as if doing so should exclude you from all stupidity for life.

Huffington Post Featured Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 07:59 Source

As some of you may know, I created the website Honest Slogans wherein I construct and write slogans for brands and what people really think of them.

Huffington Post Featured Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 07:59 Source

My guess is that you have had this experience before. You're walking down the street. Your eyes are looking forward and you notice a person coming your way. You prepare to say "good morning," "hello," or something similar, only to have the other person drop their eyes to avoid contact. You may choose to acknowledge him or her anyway, to which you get a half-hearted reply or no response at all. And if the person is walking past you from behind, you can be almost certain that no exchange will occur. Similar scenarios may play out during your morning jog, in a workplace elevator, or in many other social contexts.

Huffington Post Featured Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 07:59 Source

I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested and made to pay for their pre-meditated decision to take human lives for a lousy ten bucks. The executives at GM knew for 13 years that their cars had a defective ignition switch that would, well, kill people. But they did a "cost-benefit analysis" and concluded that paying off the deceased's relatives was going to be cheaper than having to install a $10 part per car. They then covered up their findings and continued to let millions drive around with the defective part in their cars.

Huffington Post Featured Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 07:59 Source

I've watched How I Met Your Mother more or less consistently since the beginning. Not an episode has been bypassed, and I've rewatched many of the early seasons multiple times. At first I watched because I enjoy the laughter and happy endings promised by sitcoms, and How I Met Your Mother fit in somewhere narrowly below The Office and 30 Rock in my rotation. The comedy was well-worn enough to be comfortable, but not so unimaginative as to be dull, and the stellar acting frequently elevated it to something really special.

Huffington Post Technology Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 07:57 Source

Since the 1890s, man has been using technology to try and find signs of intelligent life in the universe. Nicola Tesla, the brilliant inventor and engineer, was said to be one of the first when he suggested that an extreme version of his wireless electrical transmission system could be used to contact Martians.

Huffington Post Technology Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 07:40 Source

It was the idea of individuals using Twitter for creative purposes that inspired the platform's co-founder Biz Stone to create it.

Huffington Post Technology Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 07:38 Source

In case you (somehow) managed to miss the first two "Hobbit" films, we've got a quick and easy way for you to catch up. Quite a lot of chit-chatting and trotting across the countryside takes place over the nearly six combined hours of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," so if you'd like to skip all of that and get to the action, here's your chance.

Huffington Post Technology Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 07:13 Source

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By By Robin Farmanfarmaian, Vice President of Strategic Relations and Founding Executive Producer of the Exponential Medicine conference at Singularity University.

Huffington Post Technology Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 07:08 Source

Dr. Seuss once said, "You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book."

March is National Reading Month, a time to celebrate the importance of reading, foster children's growth as readers and promote a lifelong love of literature.

Technology has opened up possibilities for reading that were unimaginable a decade ago. Technology has improved the reading experience for children by making it more interactive. E-readers and other devices also have made it possible for children to have a 1,000-book library in the palm of their hands.

Huffington Post Featured Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 06:59 Source

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You probably remember Little Golden Book classic The Poky Little Puppy from your childhood. Not a dog person? Then maybe The Shy Little Kitten or The Little Red Hen was more your style.

Huffington Post Technology Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 06:49 Source

This may just be the fan theory to end all fan theories. What if the real sequel of "Breaking Bad" isn't "Better Call Saul," but "The Walking Dead"?

Huffington Post Technology Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 06:32 Source

A small technology company based in southern Belgium is set to take on the giant US market with its crowning achievement: an anti-migraine headband.

The product of years of medical and technological research, the device is a diadem fitted with electrodes designed to take the edge off migraines before they develop into acute blinding pain.

Migraine, a deep headache which develops behind the eyes and can last for days, is estimated to stalk to some degree the lives of about one in seven adults around the world, World Health Organization data shows.

Huffington Post Technology Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 06:10 Source

Imagine raising your kids without ever telling them "no". To anyone of a certain age, that may sound outlandish, and yet, in many ways, that's exactly where Americans are headed culturally -- and it's infantilizing us.

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