Monthly Archives: July 2014

Chinese President Signs Deals with Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela; Next Stop: Cuba

Repeating Islands

China's President Xi waits to greet Cuba's First Vice President of the Council of State Diaz-Canel in Beijing

Marc Frank (Reuters) reports that President Xi Jinping is visiting Cuba “stirring hopes on the island that China will finally invest in the country.” This trip is the latest stop of a four-country visit to Latin America. The trip comes just days after the Chinese president signed a series of oil and mineral deals with Venezuela. He has already signed key deals in Argentina and Brazil. Here are excerpts with a link to the full article below:

Xi was to meet with President Raul Castro on Tuesday and then fly to Santiago de Cuba to see plans to improve port facilities and recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy, which devastated Cuba’s second city almost two years ago.

Xi was in Brazil last week for a summit of the BRICS nations, which also includes Russia, India and South Africa. He then traveled to Argentina and Venezuela, signing a raft of multi-billion dollar credit and…

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Mysterious Tape Or Delivery Slip On Your Home? It Could Be Burglars Doing Recon

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Peter Hart noticed something out of place stuck on the window of his Fresh Meadows, Queens, home: a piece of black electrical tape.

“The first initial (thought) was, What the heck is it?” Hart told CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco. “And then I said, ‘You know what? Tape. Could that be someone that’s marking the house?'”

Suspicious, Hart turned to the Internet and found that electrical tape can be a sneaky trick used by burglars to tell whether or not residents are home.

Burglars put a piece of electrical tape on your door or window. If they return and see the tape is gone, then they know you’re home. But if the tape is still there when they return, they’ll assume you’re not home and see that as an opportunity to break in.

Home security expert Dan Coleman said the trick is becoming more common, along with one…

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Christmas came early! Flying Lotus spills album release date and fall tour.

The Electronic Current

After months of endless anticipation, Flying Lotus has a thrilling announcement for his devoted fans. His next album, titled You’re Dead!, is set to be released October 7th. But wait folks, there’s more! To supplement the hoopla, he plans to undertake a fall tour of North America. His dreamy, experimental style has a funny way of jumping all over the place, mingling with every genre along the way, and trickling into a wonky river of futuristic electronic fun. Check out the dates below!

Flying Lotus
07-25 San Diego, CA – Casbah
08-16 Mexico City, Mexico – Ceremonia Festival
08-17 Somerset, WI – Summer Set Music Festival
08-24 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest
10-09 Orlando, FL – The Beacham Theatre
10-10 Miami, FL – III Points Festival
10-11 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
10-12 Carrboro, NC – Cats Cradle
10-13 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
10-14 Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theater

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Pot Industry Recommends Less THC In Edibles Than State Did

CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – There’s a new campaign to try to prevent overdosing on marijuana edibles.

Earlier this year CBS4 Investigator Rick Sallinger reported on how many dispensaries suggested far greater than the recommended dosage for edibles, and now it seems the marijuana industry is doing something about it.

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The state had recommended 10 milligrams of THC per dose. Now a new campaign is going with even less, especially for those new to pot edibles.

Representatives from Colorado’s marijuana industry gathered on Wednesday to unveil a new campaign. It’s called “First Time 5” — as in take just 5 milligrams of marijuana edibles for beginners.

“There are times when some people may use too much of an edible during their first experience,” Steve Fox with the Council for Responsible Cannabis Regulation said.

For example, Levy Thamba, the Wyoming college student who ate a marijuana cookie and then jumped off…

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“The city is challenging ourselves to have more fun:” Swings are back under the Marsupial Bridge

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Swings are now back at a small green space on Milwaukee’s lower east side.

The city took down the swings last fall at a park just under the Marsupial Bridge.

The swings were removed because they fell into disrepair, and were dangerous.

That’s when the grassroots organization “Beintween,” the Brady Street Business Improvement District and the city teamed up to replace them.

“The city is challenging ourselves to have more fun, while at the same time being functional and creating spaces where people can come and enjoy themselves and bring their kids or their grandkids and have a lot of fun,” Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said.

A total of 11 new swings were made from recycled materials including rubber tires, metals and wood.

The cushioned ground beneath the swings was also replaced with shredded rubber tires and new lighting has been installed for a safer experience.

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AP source: Thieves got into 1K StubHub accounts


NEW YORK (AP) — Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers’ accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said Tuesday.

Arrests were expected in a case that sprawled across international borders, said the official, who wasn’t authorized to discuss it ahead of arrests being announced and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. was expected to hold a news conference Wednesday with London and Royal Canadian Mounted Police officials. A spokeswoman for Vance’s office declined to comment Tuesday night on the case, which comes amid growing concern about data thieves targeting retailers and other consumer giants.

StubHub, which is based in San Francisco, said that the thieves didn’t break through its security — rather, they got account-holders’ login and password information from data breaches at other websites and retailers or…

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