Somalia’s Youth Task Force & The Recovering Winery Workforce: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO) – VICE News Published on Oct 27, 2017


October 20, 2017, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO. VICE News follows the young female activist leading the youth task force that has formed in response to the terrorist attack in Somalia, where the government does not have nearly enough resources to provide emergency services.

California’s undocumented workers without social security numbers are already fighting for disaster assistance after the wildfires. In wine country, these migrants are a critical labor force behind a celebrated product. Now, some aren’t sure where they can get help.

Plus, the Car Audio Championships World Finals in Louisville, KY and Obama’s visit to Richmond brings some rare Democratic power to the Virginia governor’s race.

Somalia Mogadishu: Deadly attacks rock capital – BBC News Oct 29, 2017


Security forces in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, have ended a 15-hour siege of a hotel stormed by armed militants.

The gunmen entered the building after two bombs were detonated in the area. At least 20 people were killed, and it is feared more bodies will be found as security forces search the hotel.

The Islamist militant group al-Shabab said it had carried out the bombings.

Two weeks ago, 358 people died in the worst attack in Somalia since the group launched its offensive in 2007.

The al-Qaeda-linked group denies having any involvement with the 14 October attack, from which another 56 people are still missing.

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First Charges Filed in Russia Probe Led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller – Del Quentin Wilber Updated Oct. 28, 2017 11:45 a.m. ET


At least one defendant is expected to be taken into custody as soon as Monday

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is special counsel on the Russian investigation.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is special counsel on the Russian investigation.Photo: saul loeb/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

At least one person was charged Friday in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, according to people familiar with the matter.

That person could be taken into custody as soon as Monday, these people said. The number and identity of the defendants, and the charges, couldn’t be determined.

A spokesman for Mr. Mueller, Peter Carr, declined to comment. The news of the charges, marking the first in Mr. Mueller’s investigation, was first reported by CNN on Friday.

Appointed in May, Mr. Mueller and his team of prosecutors and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have been examining alleged Russian efforts to influence last year’s election and whether President Donald Trump’s campaign or Mr. Trump’s associates colluded with the Kremlin.

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6 charts that explain why American politics is so broken – Andrew Prokop Oct 27, 2017, 12:10pm EDT


The Pew Research Center’s political typology report, explained.

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US politics has gone in some pretty strange directions lately. But now the Pew Research Center has come along to try to make sense of just what Americans are thinking, with a new edition of its study of Americans’ political typology — its first since 2014.

Pew’s analysis stands out from standard polls because it doesn’t simply sort Americans by demographic factors like age, race, and gender, and instead finds divisions within political parties that don’t fall along typical lines. To them, it’s not all about Hillary voters versus Bernie voters, or Trump populists versus establishment Republicans — what people actually believe creates divisions that are more complicated than that.

Instead, in surveys this summer of about 5,000 people, Pew asked respondents several ideological questions, and then used statistical techniques to try to figure out the clearest way to divide respondents’ views into a series of coherent groups. The questions present respondents with a stark choice between two very different options:

The actual survey respondents could also volunteer that they’re unsure or don’t know. Still, it’s true that this format doesn’t allow for much moderation or nuance. But in a system with two major parties (and a media environment that often lacks nuance), your choice about which statement you most agree with — or which one you’re most repelled by — can be very revealing. Here’s what Pew found.

1) Pew splits the politically engaged public into eight groups

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In analyzing how the responses differed, Pew ended up dividing politically engaged voters into eight groups. Among Republicans, the “Core Conservatives” — traditional GOP voters — is the largest and most engaged group. “Country First Conservatives, who we might think of as anti-immigration Trump fans, are relatively small in comparison. Then, two GOP-leaning groups that tend to get less attention in punditry are “Market Skeptic Republicans,” who stand out for their concern about the economic system favoring the powerful, and “New Era Enterprisers” (they’re pretty moderate on social issues but economically conservative).

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Solve These Tough Data Problems and Watch Job Offers Roll In – TOM SIMONITE 10.28.17


Late in 2015, Gilberto Titericz, an electrical engineer at Brazil’s state oil company Petrobras, told his boss he planned to resign, after seven years maintaining sensors and other hardware in oil plants. By devoting hundreds of hours of leisure time to the obscure world of competitive data analysis, Titericz had recently become the world’s top-ranked data scientist, by one reckoning. Silicon Valley was calling. “Only when I wanted to quit did they realize they had the number-one data scientist,” he says.

Petrobras held on to its champ for a time by moving Titericz into a position that used his data skills. But since topping the rankings that October he’d received a stream of emails from recruiters around the globe, including representatives of Tesla and Google. This past February, another well-known tech company hired him, and moved his family to the Bay Area this summer. Titericz described his unlikely journey recently over colorful plates of Nigerian food at the headquarters of his new employer, Airbnb.

Titericz earned, and holds, his number-one rank on a website called Kaggle that has turned data analysis into a kind of sport, and transformed the lives of some competitors. Companies, government agencies, and researchers post datasets on the platform and invite Kaggle’s more than one million members to discern patterns and solve problems. Winners get glory, points toward Kaggle’s rankings of its top 66,000 data scientists, and sometimes cash prizes.

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