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The impeachment hearings

A "dishonest scrivener" covertly changed the Constitution’s impeachment clause. A Constitutional scholar at the inquiry hearing today mentioned the day in 1787 when the Constitutional convention debated a clause on impeaching.

A dishonest scrivener covertly changed the US Constitution’s impeachment clause

If you are a style freak then you already know just how strongly word nerds feel about the importance of phrasing things just so. But what you may not know is that the framers of the US Constitution created a style committee to arrange the final document, and one of the word nerds on it was a dishonest

If you are a style freak then you already know just how strongly word nerds feel about the importance of phrasing things just so. But what you may not know is that the framers of the US Constitution created a style committee to arrange the final document, and one of the word nerds on it was a dishonest scrivener who advanced his own constitutional approach through subtle but substantive changes that were ratified and became part of the text of this founding legal document.

It is an interesting history, and the full 100-page study of the question may contain information about serious changes, but the following facts seem to matter most: 1) The Convention approved the Constitution, 2) the States ratified the Constitution, 3) any crime committed by a President is by the nature

It is an interesting history, and the full 100-page study of the question may contain information about serious changes, but the following facts seem to matter most: 1) The Convention approved the Constitution, 2) the States ratified the Constitution, 3) any crime committed by a President is by the nature of the office a betrayal of the trust of the People of the United States, and 4) while justices may wish to read the Convention proceedings or the Federalist Papers, the Constitution is the law. Finally, in the case of Donald J. Trump, evidence of various crimes already in the public domain shows him to have violated Articles I and II of the Constitution itself, so the question is moot.

And it’s good to see the Supreme Court justices take into consideration the intentions of the framers by considering the drafts and constitutional convention documents in their ruling.

What makes the US constitution strong is the fact that it accounts for human imperfections and temptations of power

And it’s good to see the Supreme Court justices take into consideration the intentions of the framers by considering the drafts and constitutional convention documents in their ruling.

What makes the US constitution strong is the fact that it accounts for human imperfections and temptations of power. While there may have been “philosopher kings”, there were no such things as “benevolent tyrants”.

The start of an epidemic

Obscure state regulations gave birth to the opioid crisis. Five states—California, Idaho, Illinois, New York, and Texas—were subject to a "triple threat" of conditions that left them particularly susceptible to a flood of painkillers.

Obscure state regulations gave birth to the opioid crisis

Economists use different kinds of experiments to test theories, and a particularly effective type is a "natural experiment," where otherwise similar companies or countries might use different strategies or policies. That's what happened with US states at the birth of the opioid crisis, when some states

Economists use different kinds of experiments to test theories, and a particularly effective type is a "natural experiment," where otherwise similar companies or countries might use different strategies or policies. That's what happened with US states at the birth of the opioid crisis, when some states made it harder for doctors to prescribe drugs like oxycontin, while others had no such barriers. According to a new paper, Purdue Pharma understood the difference, and eagerly exploited it.

Political messaging

An anti-Bloomberg ad ran on bloomberg.com. The “[Michael] Bloomberg will take your guns ad” that slipped through an algorithmic decision-making process was the creation of US gun lobby NRA, which is unhappy with Bloomberg’s presidential bid.

The NRA was able to run an anti-Michael Bloomberg ad on Bloomberg.com

I was astounded to see this ad and became even more surprised when reps from both Bloomberg.com and Taboola told me they each have policies against running any political ads. And yet they both failed in the most embarrassing way: Mike Bloomberg's fiercest political rival was able to use the candidate's

I was astounded to see this ad and became even more surprised when reps from both Bloomberg.com and Taboola told me they each have policies against running any political ads. And yet they both failed in the most embarrassing way: Mike Bloomberg's fiercest political rival was able to use the candidate's own news website to attack him over one of the issues he fights for the hardest.

The next big thing

Focus on the future

Disrupting dementia

Science can’t fix dementia’s most heartbreaking problem. No matter how far science advances, it will never be able to tell you how to personally deal with a dementia diagnosis. ✦

Science can’t fix dementia’s most heartbreaking problem

As a science journalist, I believe there's always an answer for how to do things. That's why reporting this story was so hard: I learned there IS no guidebook for taking care of a person with dementia. It's scary and lonely and heartbreaking.

I cried while interviewing my parents for this story, and

As a science journalist, I believe there's always an answer for how to do things. That's why reporting this story was so hard: I learned there IS no guidebook for taking care of a person with dementia. It's scary and lonely and heartbreaking.

I cried while interviewing my parents for this story, and choked up talking to my friend, and a stranger. It was an eye opening experience, and I'm grateful they shared their stories.

An excellent journalistic piece that integrates the human element successfully with the stakes of the successes of scientific research (here finding cures for the many forms of dementia). Also, an excellent example of why science journalists are essential in bridging the gap between the hard reality

An excellent journalistic piece that integrates the human element successfully with the stakes of the successes of scientific research (here finding cures for the many forms of dementia). Also, an excellent example of why science journalists are essential in bridging the gap between the hard reality of patients and their families, and the surgical/cold eye of scientists and healthcare practitioners on these devastating diseases.

What's SCOTUS up to?

Its chief justice sounded almost socialist in the ARCO Montana case. John Roberts urged private landowners to think big picture in their bid for a smelter owner to shoulder cleanup costs for 20,000 acres of land in Montana.

SCOTUS chief John Roberts sounded almost socialist in a case about toxic waste and landowners

A fight between private landowners in Montana and ARCO, owner of the now defunct Anaconda Smelter that spewed toxins into the big sky of Big Sky Country for a century, brought out the communitarian in chief justice John Roberts. ARCO and the federal government argue that the landowners can't sue the

A fight between private landowners in Montana and ARCO, owner of the now defunct Anaconda Smelter that spewed toxins into the big sky of Big Sky Country for a century, brought out the communitarian in chief justice John Roberts. ARCO and the federal government argue that the landowners can't sue the company in state court for environmental remediation because the EPA is already in charge of the smelter site and additional efforts could upset the delicate balance there.

You might expect that conservative justices would have sided with private landowners, and some seemed to do that, but the issues at stake here appeared to touch the chief deeply. He emphasized the greater good and the big picture beyond Big Sky Country.

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Ford Brings in Startup to Test Walking Robot Deliveries

Ford Brings in Startup to Test Walking Robot Deliveries

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  • It's a cool idea, but it's a less efficient delivery system than drones. The drone technology that Amazon and others are developing will easily leap frog this method. Why send cars along long, windy roads (and use a robot for the last 40 feet) when you could send a drone directly from Point A to Point B?

  • Several major companies are getting involved in automated logistics and delivery or distribution. The challenges along the value chain remain 1/reliability and security 2/verification and authentication of goods delivered as an automated system can be hacked or intercepted in many ways that a human being

    Several major companies are getting involved in automated logistics and delivery or distribution. The challenges along the value chain remain 1/reliability and security 2/verification and authentication of goods delivered as an automated system can be hacked or intercepted in many ways that a human being might not. End to end verification solutions become the critical point of failure or the weakest link.

  • Imagine how freaky it’d be seeing a headless robot walking up to your porch

  • One day the post office will use this robot to walk the route, while the mail truck follows along in the street.

  • There goes more low paying jobs. Companies are starting to get very good at automating every aspect of their business. Thanks to AI it’s getting even easer for them to do it.

  • To those who think a locomotive or walking robot would be less efficient at delivering then a drone.. You don't understand how much energy drones need to take off and deliver a single package. Its why they are so small. Something could zoom around on the ground more efficiently with a greater payload

    To those who think a locomotive or walking robot would be less efficient at delivering then a drone.. You don't understand how much energy drones need to take off and deliver a single package. Its why they are so small. Something could zoom around on the ground more efficiently with a greater payload using same energy and technology. The automation is much cleaner and requires less machine intelligence with a plus that these systems already have a lot development anyway.

  • interesting that Ford is leading on this while Amazon seems to be more into drone deliveries. this model - using existing logistics chains and automating them with robots - seems to make more sense.

  • If you’re looking to appoint a mascot that best represents the fourth phase of the industrial revolution, this headless delivery robot could become the equivalent of Mr. Met or the San Diego Chicken - for all the wrong reasons.

    As this piece of technology, or others like it, begin to take actual human

    If you’re looking to appoint a mascot that best represents the fourth phase of the industrial revolution, this headless delivery robot could become the equivalent of Mr. Met or the San Diego Chicken - for all the wrong reasons.

    As this piece of technology, or others like it, begin to take actual human jobs - more than a few of those units will meet an ignominious fate while on the job.

  • Dogs chasing mail carriers was one thing, imagine what will happen to these on the streets.

  • I would much rather purchase a Ford electric vehicle.

  • Great to see Ford stretching their innovation legs but this is a concept that is likely a good few years away from any realistic operational state

  • Ford is basically trying to grab the "last steps" of the delivery industry. Packaging and sorting, and self-driving vehicles—now with USPS testing autonomous mail deliveries starting just yesterday—and the final part of the route is the steps to the property for the delivery drop. Will it be reliable, safe?

  • Interesting concept but it needs deliver on its promise especially on busy Brooklyn or San Francisco streets.

  • Will that be plastic or metal?

  • That's going to be strange lol

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