Drone Killed American Hostage and Obama Barely Apologizes + More – Daily Digest

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Drone Killed American Hostage and Obama Barely Apologizes

In January, the U.S. drone program killed three American citizens in Pakistan, one of them Maryland doctor and al-Qaida hostage Warren Weinstein. After piecing together drone footage and intercepted jihadi communications, U.S. officials concluded that a “signature strike” killed hostages Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian. A signature strike is a drone attack where the CIA doesn’t know exactly who is on the ground, yet they take action based on suspicious activity.

Officially, Barack Obama apologized. “As president and as commander in chief, I take full responsibility for all our counterterrorism operations, including the one that inadvertently took the lives of Warren and Giovanni,” he…

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ACA scores big on customer satisfaction

The Fifth Column

Pedro Rojas holds a sign directing people to an insurance company where they can sign up for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, before the Feb. 15th deadline on Feb. 5, 2015 in Miami, Fl. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty) Pedro Rojas holds a sign directing people to an insurance company where they can sign up for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, before the Feb. 15th deadline on Feb. 5, 2015 in Miami, Fl. | Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty

The Maddow Blog

When the Affordable Care Act’s Republican critics were making all kinds of dire predictions about the inevitable “failures” of “Obamacare,” one of the charges was that American consumers will end up hating the coverage they receive through the reform law.
And for those ACA detractors looking for something, anything, to bolster their contempt for the law, I’m afraid I have more bad news: Americans who received coverage through Obamacare tend to be quite pleased with the results.
Obamacare customers nationally also tended to be more satisfied with their plans bought in 2014 than people who primarily have traditional job-based health coverage – the majority of…

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Purported HTC Butterfly 3 specs revealed in new benchmark test



So far this year, we haven’t heard too much regarding HTC’s new Butterfly 3 flagship. We’ve heard whispers that the Asia-centric handset will tote a 5.2-inch Quad HD display (just like the One M9+), but that’s the extent of it. Now we’re getting a few more hints at what the device will bring to the table, thanks to a recent benchmark test over at CompuBench.

The benchmark test reveals that the HTC Butterfly 3 (J Butterfly HTV31) will have a slightly smaller 5.1-inch display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor backed by 3GB of RAM, and an Adreno 430 GPU. The benchmark reveals it also has 32GB of on-board storage, a 20MP rear-facing camera and a high-res 13MP front-facing camera. It’s also running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

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Traditionally, HTC has only launched the Butterfly series in Asian markets, so folks in North America probably won’t get…

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A The Nine Realms Campaign and Project Update #1


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19 poets, 23 artists, 3 musicians and a Viking boat!


Vikings Ahoy!

Campaign Update:

So far we are off to a really great start. We are 53% funded and have £646 of our £1222 goal. A big thank you to all the 19 backers thus far.



Here’s the latest backers’ wordle I created by way of a thank you. A larger version of the  wordle will be publicly displayed within ‘The Gallery’ in Hanse House throughout The Nine Realms event in September.

Day 3

Our Viking Boat:

We are also 4 days into the carving of our Viking Boat. It is starting to take shape, but in the beginning, so Mark tells me, it’s a slow process. Getting the boat prepped for the figurehead is key. Here is a slideshow of the boat’s progress thus far.



There are some great Viking related rewards:

  • Have your initials carved…

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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


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Shouldn’t this man have to offer some sort of proof for this statement?

The Cross Pollinator

From CBS News here:

Michael Morell, the former deputy director of the CIA and a CBS News senior national security contributor, called drones “the most precise weapons in our arsenal.”

“There’s no doubt in my mind that these strikes, which have been fairly aggressive since 2008, have prevented another 9/11 style attack in the United States,” he said.

That’s quite a claim this guy is making.

In fact it sounds like pro-drone propaganda and he should have to explain how he came to this statement.

We have a very passive media when statements like this go unchallenged and left to stand out their in the public space as truth.

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British poetess Clare Pollard on literature and politics

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This 2009 video from Britain is called Clare Pollard, Thinking of England (Poetry).

By Clare Pollard in Britain:

In Dark Times: Some Thoughts on Political Poetry

Thursday 23rd April 2015

Poet and Morning Star regular Clare Pollard on how poetry can best engage with Brecht’s ‘dark times’

Last week I was at the Betsey Trotwood for the launch of Campaign in Poetry, Emma Press’ political anthology. I was pleased to have two poems included, and it was an interesting event with some blisteringly great moments – Kayo Chingonyi’s Legerdemain and Luke Kennard’s Poor Door made me particularly envious. Both are online, so do read them immediately (‘We built a stack of gambling chips in your neighbourhood…’)

If I have a ‘subject’ it’s human relationships, and as I’ve moved beyond my early love poetry, more and more I want to look at wider relationships – control, fear, guilt, responsibility – which…

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