Melvin Shaffer

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Lawrence Lessig: The problem with American democracy in three charts

Lawrence Lessig, the Harvard law professor and political activist, has made reforming America’s system of financing political campaigns the centerpiece of his work over the past eight years. In 2011, Lessig founded Rootstrikers, an organization dedicated to changing the influence of money in the …

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Scientific Linux, the Great Distro With the Wrong Name

Scientific Linux is an unknown gem, one of the best Red Hat Enterprise Linux clones. The name works against it because it's not for scientists; …

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How to Convert a Physical Windows or Linux PC to a Virtual Machine

Want to keep an old Windows or Linux installation around without keeping the hardware around? Convert that physical Windows partition to a virtual …

Crack Dip: Game Day Hero

Crack dip is the stuff dreams are made of. You have to give it 24 hours in the fridge, but OH is it worth it!<p>Crack dip. What the what? I had never heard of it but I've seen it all over Pinterest. It's been pinned SO many times. I was intrigued. I mean really, a dip that's simply called "crack dip"</i> …

Slow Cooker Recipes That Will Feed A Crowd

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching. Have you planned your Super Bowl party menu yet? If you haven't figured out what you're going to cook for the big game, don't panic. We've got Super Bowl recipe collections that run the gamut from wings and nachos to sliders. We've also rounded up some stellar …

Create A Secure Cloud Storage Using Seafile In Ubuntu 14.10

<b>Seafile :</b><p>is an open source cloud storage system with advanced support for file syncing, privacy protection and teamwork. It allow users TO Organize …

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Colorado’s Burliest Backyard Mountain Adventure Tests What’s Humanly Possible

<b>After 15 years in obscurity, Nolan’s 14, a hundred-mile traverse of 14 14,000-foot peaks in 60 hours, emerges as a new test piece for elite mountain runners. A new film on the endeavor aims to inspire viewers to simply go for a hike.</b><p>Just past dawn on September 21, 2014, Ben Clark, a professional …

The Feds Just Restricted The Law That Lets Police Seize Stuff From Innocent People

Under the official law, the Justice Department's Equitable Sharing Program, local police departments can keep 80% of the stuff seized during drug raids and other investigations.<p>The practice of local police taking property, including cash and cars, from people that they stop, and of handing it over …

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Sriracha Ketchup Exists, And It Makes Virtually Everything Taste Better

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we have incredible news to share. Sriracha-enriched ketchup exists.<p>No longer must you tax yourself by juggling two cumbersome bottles at once to add a spicy-sweet sensation to your meals.<p>This sriracha chili ketchup from Lee Kum Kee certainly satisfies both …

5 Simple Border-Blurring Japanese Recipes

I love Japanese food. And while there's nothing better than bellying up to a low table in a tatami room for a traditional <i>Omakase</i> tasting menu created by a master, sometimes a plate of <i>Napolitan</i> (spaghetti in a buttery tomato sauce with sausages) calls my name. <i>Yōshoku</i> translates into <i>Western Food</i>. …

The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future

Congress is attempting to pass the buck on federal funding for education. The results would be disastrous.<p>In the weeks ahead, Congress will consider …

Natural Born Heroes | Agility and Balance

Christopher McDougall<p>Christopher McDougall<p>Apr 14, 2015<p>You can do this yoga-meets-wrestling series of movements anywhere, with results that put the weight machines to shame<p>Christopher McDougall<p>Christopher McDougall<p>Feb 25, 2015<p>Stop that lawnmower! Your urban backyard is packed with hidden …

To Deal With Hostile Congress, Obama Can Look To History

President Obama will face opposition in 2015 in both the House and Senate. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to historian Michael Beschloss about how Obama will (or will not) work with the 114th Congress.<p>Transcript<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:<p>When the new Congress is inaugurated next month, President Obama …

When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?

Millennials—rich or otherwise—have been notoriously uninterested in politics. So how do you mobilize a cynical generation?<p>Whether it is …

The Real Story of How America Became an Economic Superpower

Adam Tooze's study of the two world wars traces a new history of the 20th century.<p>Very rarely, you read a book that inspires you to see a familiar story in an entirely different way. So it was with Adam Tooze’s astonishing economic history of World War II, <i>The Wages of Destruction</i>. And so it is …

Lifehacker Pack for Windows: Our List of the Essential Windows Apps

Windows has more great programs than we can count, but some are essential to just about every PC setup. In this year’s annual Lifehacker Pack for …

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

With so many flavors of Linux and the awesome apps in their repositories, finding the right app for getting things done can be tough. In our annual …

Christmas Morning Casserole Everyone Will Love

Christmas Morning Casserole is perfect for long lazy mornings with family and friends. A super simple casserole made with refrigerated biscuits, eggs, cheese, and bacon.<p>Are you excited for the holidays? <i>I</i> am excited.<p>Christmas morning is obviously the peak of all the holiday excitement, and in our …

Our 15 Most Popular Entertaining Recipes from 2014

Did you throw dinner parties in 2014? Did people gather around your table and pass plates and laugh and ask for seconds and linger over final bites of cake and sips of wine? Did you spend your Saturday afternoons baking, or rolling pasta dough, or braising things, then welcome friends with an apron …

Gluten Free Sunbutter Cheesecake Pops Recipe

Share this with:<p>My favorite way to entertain during the holidays is to host a cocktail party – this gives me the opportunity to invite as many people …

5 Awful Things Congress Snuck Into the Omnibus Budget Deal

On Thursday night, the US House passed the omnibus spending bill - backed aggressively by President Obama and GOP leadership - to avert another government shutdown and put off our next completely avoidable, 100% self-imposed budget crisis until next September. The yes votes prevailed 219 to 206 …

Our Favorite Early Black Friday Specials, and a Lot More Deals

Samsung's 64GB MicroSD card has fantastic reviews, and early Black Friday pricing today on Amazon. This is the best deal we've ever seen on this …

The Best Saucepan, the Cleverest USB Charger, and More Deals

Chances are, your most-used kitchen instrument is a small saucepan, and The Sweethome's new favorite is on sale today for an all-time low price. …

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The Speech That Could Make Elizabeth Warren the Next President of the United States

Early Friday evening Sen. Elizabeth Warren took to the Senate floor and gave a plain-spoken, barn-burning speech that could make history and put her into serious contention to be the next President of the United States.<p>There are only a handful of political speeches that have such historic impact. …