Hypothetical Free Presser De Blasio Says U.S. Better W/O Fox News

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) targeted conservative media outlets and Rupert Murdoch’s media empire Tuesday during an interview with The Guardian, saying he wishes the U.S. could “remove” unfavorable outlets “from the last 25 years of American history.”

DeBlasio insisted that “if you could remove News Corp from the last 25 years of American history, we would be in an entirely different place.” Gotham’s mayor also condemned Murdoch and Fox News for President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory and its aftermath.

Without Murdoch and Fox News, de Blasio said “we would be a more unified country. We would not be suffering a lot of the negativity and divisiveness we’re going through right now. I can’t ignore that.”

DeBlasio’s targeting conservative media outlets comes as the nation debates Trump’s controversial comments about “Fake News” and his “enemy of the people” label. Trump explained Thursday on Twitter that “they asked my daughter Ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people. She correctly said no. It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!”

They asked my daughter Ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people. She correctly said no. It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2018

Even so, the label again hit the headlines last week when CNN’s Jim Acosta challenged White House press secretary Sarah Sanders during Thursday’s press briefing to denounce her boss’s use of the phrase. Acosta’s grandstanding dominated coverage of the briefing.

To be fair, de Blasio has also criticized the liberal-leaning New York Daily News and The New York Times for their coverage of his administration of …read more

Source:: LifeZette

Why bathroom sensors suck

Despite being introduced for hygiene and ease, automatic toilets can be extremely frustrating, either flushing too soon or not at all. We found out why bathroom sensors malfunction so often and a few simple fixes for the issues. Following is a transcript of the video.

Narrator: We’ve all been in a situation where an automatic toilet flushes too soon or refuses to flush at all. The sensors are supposed to be hygienic and simple, but instead, they’re frustrating and wasteful. Even worse, the problems don’t end in the stall. Sinks and paper towel dispensers use the same annoying technology. To figure out why sensors fail so often, we spoke to Bill Strang. He’s the President of Operations for luxury toilet brand TOTO.

Bill Strang: So the sensor, it has a sending unit and a receiving unit. The sending unit will flash a little red light, it will go out into the room and look for something to bounce back off of. And so, as you approach that device, that light will emit, it will bounce off of you, it will then be caught by the sensor on the other side. The receiver receives it, having bounced off of your body, and it will then know to prepare, and then once you get up and walk away, and it sees that you’re no longer there, it will go through about a four to seven second dwell time before it flushes.

Narrator: Okay, that sounds great. So why do they flush too soon? It could be that you’ve moved out of the range of the sensor, activating the automatic flush. And if the sensor is old, it may not be able to register your presence.

Strang: In the early days, there actually was a bit of a challenge if you wore black clothing and the material …read more

Source:: Business Insider

Elon Musk’s latest Twitter antics have Tesla hurtling into uncharted territory — and could have legal ramifications for the CEO

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Elon Musk sent Tesla share soaring on Tuesday after tweeting that he had a $420-per-share deal to take the company private with “funding secured.”
The tweet vaults Tesla into uncharted territory, as a CEO has never conveyed such sensitive corporate information in such an unconventional and casual manner.
It also raises some legal red flags, especially if any part of Musk’s tweet is found to be untrue, according to a legal expert interviewed by Business Insider.

Elon Musk’s quest to become the most unorthodox CEO of all time took another strange turn on Tuesday.

The Tesla chief took to Twitter around 1 p.m. ET, telling his 22.3 million followers that he had a deal in place to take his company private at $420 — a 4% premium to the stock’s Monday closing price. Not only was he specific on the price, but he also said funding was “fully secured.”

Tesla’s stock immediately hit intraday highs, spiking more than 8% for the session before trading was halted around 2 p.m. ET. The shares resumed trading around 3:45 p.m. ET and quickly set another new daily high, climbing as much as 13%.

In the end, Tesla added roughly $7 billion on the day. The stock also received a boost shortly before Musk’s tweet on reports Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund acquired a $2 billion stake in the company.

With that one tweet, Tesla was plunged into unprecedented market territory. Never before has the CEO of a company so massive and widely-followed had the hubris to disclose something so sensitive on a social media platform like Twitter.

“Typically you’d halt the stock to make an announcement like this,” Greg Sichenzia, a lawyer who advises companies on securities law, told Business Insider by phone. …read more

Source:: Business Insider

Jordan Spieth takes another run at career Grand Slam at PGA

ST. LOUIS — The spotlight was downright searing when Jordan Spieth arrived at Quail Hallow last summer, fresh off a victory at Royal Birkdale that had put him on the precipice of the career Grand Slam.

He didn’t wilt. Didn’t even wither.

Spieth just didn’t win, putting together four consistent-if-unspectacular rounds that left him tied for 28th, well behind good buddy Justin Thomas. It was a good PGA Championship for a player that had come to expect greatness or at least have greatness expected of him.

But it also meant an entire year waiting for another shot at the Slam.

“I think I was probably a little more anxious last year, just because there was a big focus right after winning the Open Championship,” Spieth said Tuesday as thunder boomed and rain pelted Bellerive Country Club, washing out many practice rounds. “I was fresh, in form, going to a place where if I worked up the leaderboard I could create a lot of noise.”

That noise? It’s softened considerably during the last year, and the spotlight that accompanied him to Quail Hallow shines a little less brightly on Spieth in St. Louis.

He’s yet to win since Royal Birkdale, the missed cuts becoming too frequent for comfort. He looked as if he might be turning the corner at the British Open last month when he shot 65 on Saturday to surge into contention, but a birdie-less Sunday and final-round 76 dropped him to the wayside.

He followed that with three rounds in the 70s at the Bridgestone Invitational last week, leaving him a full 20 shots off the pace — and outside the top 20 for the …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca