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SEC Finally Approves Rule On CEO Pay

Elizabeth Warren scores another win.<p>WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday approved a rule requiring companies to the reveal the discrepancy between what their top executive gets paid and what their ordinary workers take home.<p>The CEO pay rule comes more than five years …

The Republicans’ Food Stamp Fraud: It’s Not About Austerity

What’s the single worst thing the Obama-era Republicans have done? Tough one, I know.<p>But spare me a moment here—plus a thousand words down the …

7 signs America has regressed — to the 19th century

Workers aren’t unionized, and some pols are now advocating child labor. It’s like the U.S. has gone back in time<p>RJ Eskow<p>October 5, 2013 2:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Alternet.<p>Of course they shut the Federal government down. Tea Party Republicans long for the days when there were …

GOP congressman on shutdown: “It’s getting better for us”

Rep. Raúl Labrador says the politics of the government shutdown are turning in the GOP’s favor<p>Elias Isquith<p>October 2, 2013 1:07pm (UTC)<p>While the polls may show Americans are opposed to the government shutdown — and that they blame Republicans for its occurrence — at least one Republican congressman …

Hill prediction: Headed for shutdown

House and Senate leadership aides in both parties are increasingly convinced the federal government will close for the first time in more than 17 years on Tuesday morning.<p>There is still time to avoid such a climactic stalemate, the aides acknowledged. But unless there is a dramatic change in …

Wall Street Is Starting to Worry About a Potential Government Shutdown

It’s starting to get real. In four days, the U.S. government is poised to shut down. In three weeks, the U.S. Treasury is poised to run out of its …

Human genome sequencing: the real ethical dilemmas

Good science fiction always tries to be thought-provoking about the present, not just the future. Rarely has this been accomplished as successfully as in Andrew Nicoll's movie Gattaca. Released in 1997, just as the sequencing of the human genome neared completion, this dystopian vision portrayed a …

Time-lapse Photography: Full Tutorial on Each Step of the Process

With so many timelapse videos floating around the internet recently, you may be looking to create your own timelapse. Well look no further than …

Basic Skin Smoothing in Photoshop

I’ve always said that the best Photoshop is the Photoshop you never even notice. I encourage my students to get it right in the camera, because my …

5 Important Tone Mapping Tips That Will Improve Your HDR

Tone mapping is at the heart of what most people consider to be HDR photography. Although we have a wonderful array of tone mapping software at our …

The Glory Of The Capital, Empty

<b>Because, as it once</b> was said, Washington is actually a swamp that traded malaria for politics and got the worst of the deal, the month of August is when the city goes to the dogs and the tourists. Congress flees to the hinterlands. The president goes off to the golf course, which is on Martha's …

How to Get Stunning Colors in Your Sunset Photography

Nothing makes a sky pop in a photograph the way that a sunset can. Beautiful purples and yellows in a sky are often the result of the setting sun, …

There’s nothing about abortion in the Bible

<b>(Twin Design via Shutterstock)</b><p>But that hasn’t stopped the religious right from invoking the good book in its war on women’s rights<p>Adam Lee<p>July 20, 2013 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Republican officeholders are bending all their efforts... to ban abortion. In the last few …

8 reasons our economy is more dysfunctional than ever

<b>((Wikimedia))</b><p>Self-sacrifice, fear and lowered expectations are the new normal in post-recession America<p>Steven Rosenfeld<p>July 20, 2013 1:30pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>There’s a new normal in the American economy for vast slices of society and it’s discouragingly tough, …

Police May Know Exactly Where You Were Last Tuesday

License plate scanners are the dark horse of the surveillance world. They've been around for a decade, but people rarely notice. They don't look much different from closed circuit cameras, perched over busy intersections. Or they're just another device mounted on a passing police car.<p>But they …

Cheers! Two Valley Product Pros Debut Homebrew, a Seed-Stage Venture Firm.

Hunter Walk (left) and Satya Patel of Homebrew<p>“Bottoms up!”<p>It’s a familiar adage to drinkers. And lately it’s likely the celebratory phrase of choice …

American universities reeling from daily assaults by Chinese hackers

A culture of sharing ideas is being challenged by increasing security risks<p>When Bill Mellon, an associate dean at the University of Wisconsin, set out to update the school's security system, he was blown away by the incredible number of cyberattacks being directed at his campus each day. "We get …

Top 10 Composition Tips in Photography

Photography is all about composition. If you can’t compose an image, you can’t take photos. That’s the bottom line. This is where your photography …

Why Are Some People So Smart? The Answer Could Spawn a Generation of Superbabies

Zhao Bowen is late for a Satanic heavy metal concert. After haggling the doorman down to half price, he pushes into a Beijing bar with a ceiling low …

How algorithms rule the world

On 4 August 2005, the police department of Memphis, Tennessee, made so many arrests over a three-hour period that it ran out of vehicles to transport …

Here's What Happens If You Don't Sign Up For Obamacare

But the vast majority of uninsured Americans — the very people the Affordable Care Act is meant to help — still have no idea whether they'll need to enroll or not.<p>According to a recent survey, nearly two-thirds of uninsured Americans say they haven't decided whether or not they'll buy health …

Top Medicare Prescribers Rake In Speaking Fees From Drugmakers

When the blood pressure drug Bystolic hit the market in 2008, it faced a crowded field of cheap generics.<p>So its maker, Forest Laboratories, launched a promotional assault on the group in the best position to determine Bystolic's success: those in control of prescription pads. It flooded the offices …

U.S. Companies Lobbying Furiously To Save Corporate Tax Loopholes: Study

Corporate America worked hard to build massive loopholes into the tax code for itself, and by golly it is working just as hard to keep them.<p>U.S. companies, along with their lobbyists and trade groups, are treating Washington, D.C., like a big, swampy strip club, showering it with cash in an effort …

What Auto Execs Think

What companies do the world's auto executives think will increase their market share from now until 2018? KMPG's 14th Annual Automotive Executive Survey, published in April, gives the auto industry a sense of who will lead and who will fall behind. Here is a look at the auto makers, their marques …

If PRISM Is Real, Why Are All These Tech Companies Denying Participation?

PRISM is real. Even the U.S. government now acknowledges its existence. The question that remains unanswered, though, is how involved Google, Apple, Yahoo, AOL, Paltalk and Facebook were. These companies are all named as “providers” on the original slides, including the dates the NSA started …