Tens of thousands of low-wage workers flood the streets demanding higher pay – Bryce Covert November 29, 2016


Fast food workers, Uber drivers, childcare providers, home health aides, airport workers, healthcare employees, and adjunct protested on Tuesday.`

The movement, which now calls itself the Fight for 15, is demanding a minimum wage of at least $15 as well as the right to unionize. And Tuesday’s day of action proved just how massive it has now become. Strikes and protests weren’t limited to New York City — they reached 340 cities. Fast food workers were joined by a variety of low-paid people, including childcare providers, home health aides, airport workers, healthcare employees, adjunct professors, and, for the first time, Uber drivers.

Uber drivers went on strike in more than two dozen cities. They were joined by striking hospital workers in Pittsburgh as well as a number of fast food employees across the country.

Many airport workers, including baggage handlers and cabin cleaners, also went on strike for the first time. A group walked off the job at Boston’s Logan International Airport, while more than 500 went on strike at Chicago O’Hare. They were backed up by protests at nearly 20 other major airports.

A number of other workers and supporters were arrested for acts of civil disobedience. In Detroit, Michigan, home care worker Renita Wilson was arrested at 5 a.m. while demanding she be paid $15 an hour, be allowed to join a union, and have access to affordable health insurance with a client she cares for, Carl Watkins, at her side.

Uber drivers, fast food employees, and airport workers were also arrested outside of McDonald’s restaurants in a number of cities, including Cambridge, Chicago, Detroit, and New York City. Organizers said tens of thousands of people joined the protests.

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Magnets Aren’t Miracles, But Solar Flares Burst With Magic – NICK STOCKTON 11.29.16 5:13 PM


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MEET JOHN KNOLL, THE CREATIVE GENIUS WHO BROUGHT ROGUE ONE TO LIFE – ROBERT CAPPS 11.29.16. 6:55 AM


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IN ONE CORNER of John Knoll’s office at Lucasfilm stand three racks of imposing black computer servers. The sleek 6-foot-tall towers, complete with mechanical switches and fans, flash blue LEDs. Each bears the insignia of the Galactic Empire from Star Wars and a name—Death Star 748, Death Star 749. Imperial computers, these are.

As impressive and menacing as the machines appear, they aren’t real. They’re just faceplates wired with Arduino controllers to make the lights blink and flutter like actual computers. They are, in other words, visual effects—and a look into the mind of Knoll, the 54-year-old chief creative officer of Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm’s famed VFX arm.

A museum’s worth of movie props and models decorate Lucasfilm’s labyrinthine halls—the flotsam of Star Wars, Star Trek, E.T. … a half century of iconic cinema. But Knoll’s servers (or, rather, faceplates) aren’t from a movie. They’re what made the movies. They come from the machines that spent roughly 13,000 hours rendering digital effects for the three Star Wars prequels, on which Knoll was a lead effects supervisor. The march of Moore’s law turned the server farm that created those movies into scrap. Or, for Knoll, a project.

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Security experts join Jill Stein’s ‘election changing’ recount campaign – Jon Swaine Tuesday 29 November 2016 00.02 EST


Jill Stein calls for recount in order to verify US election result

Jill Stein calls for recount in order to verify US election result

More election security experts have joined Jill Stein’s campaign to review the presidential vote in battleground states won by Donald Trump, as she sues Wisconsin to secure a full recount by hand of all its 3m ballots.

Half a dozen academics and other specialists on Monday submitted new testimony supporting a lawsuit from Stein against Wisconsin authorities, in which she asked a court to prevent county officials from carrying out their recounts by machine.

Stein argued that Wisconsin’s plan to allow automatic recounting “risks tainting the recount process” because the electronic scanning equipment involved may incorrectly tally the results and could have been attacked by foreign hackers.

“There is a substantial possibility that recounting the ballots by hand will produce a more correct result and change the outcome of the election,” Stein argued in the lawsuit in Dane County circuit court. A copy was obtained by the Guardian.

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