Ferguson Protesters Temporarily Shut Down San Francisco Train Service

About 20 protesters chained themselves to the handrail of a train at the West Oakland station. Train service was partially restored after about an hour after police removed the handrail from the train and arrested the demonstrators, according to NBC Bay Area.

An organizer told NBC that protesters planned to shut down the train system for four hours, the same amount of time Michael Brown's body laid on the ground after he was shot.
Protesters of the grand jury decision also temporarily shut down a St. Louis shopping mall on Friday.
In 2009, a BART officer shot and killed an unarmed black man named Oscar Grant. A San Francisco jury ruled in favor of the officer in a 2011 civil rights case for the shooting. His story was later made into the fictional film "Fruitvale Station."

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Austin Police Identify Shooter Who Targeted Mexican Consulate (VIDEO)

Before identifying McQuilliams, police had previously told the press that the shooting suspect had a criminal record and possibly held anti-immigration and anti-government views.
According to McQuilliams' Facebook page, he was an avid participant in Renaissance fair culture, posting several photos of himself in full costume.

McQuilliams' page also contains several videos of himself playing with various martial arts weapons.
In one video description, he wrote that he was "practicing for great plains rennaissance festival."
Besides one meme featuring a quote from the Dalai Lama ("If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun"), McQuilliams appears not to have posted anything of a political nature.

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'F*ck It, I Quit' Reporter Under Investigation For Possible Campaign Finance Violations

For the past month, Greene has been embroiled in a disagreement with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, which has sought fundraising records for her group, the Alaska Cannabis Club.
The Alaska Dispatch News reported that APOC asked Greene last month to provide documents for the IndieGogo fundraising campaign she launched after she quit her job as a reporter at Anchorage-based CBS affiliate KTVA.
To date, Greene has raised $8,438 on the IndieGogo page.
Greene argued that the online fundraising was not for Ballot Measure 2, an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use that Alaska voters passed earlier this month, but rather to subsidize her broader pot legalization efforts.
According to the Dispatch News, Thomas Lucas, the APOC's group campaign disclosure coordinator, found "at least two instances of what he believes are active campaigning from the group in support of Ballot Measure 2 listed on Greene’s IndieGogo website."
That would represent a violation of Alaska's campaign finance laws, which require anyone who's advocating on behalf of a candidate or other campaign to register with the APOC.
The commission sided with Lucas earlier this week, denying Greene's objection to the subpoena in a three-page order. As the Dispatch News noted, the commission made it clear that the order does not necessarily mean "there has been any violation of the law."
"But without a reasonable investigation, no determination can be reached," the commission said.
During a live broadcast on KTVA in late-September, Greene revealed herself to be the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club before signing off for the final time.
"And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but: Fuck it, I quit," she said, blindsiding the anchor of that night's telecast.
In a web video released the next day, Greene challenged others to follow her lead.
"Who is willing to take a stand? I'm not afraid, clearly," she said in the video. "But if you are, I don't judge you or any other man. Nearly a century of marijuana prohibition and stigma have stained America, the land of the free and home of the brave."
Greene told the Dispatch News on Wednesday that the commission's decision "worries me and should worry any other Alaskan that’s taken on a stance on any matter that’s important to them."
“If you publish your personal stance on any issue, then this government agency believes they have the authority to ask for emails, bank account information, all of your records," she said. "That’s scary.”
In a post last week on the Alaska Cannabis Club's Facebook page, Greene sounded a note of defiance, railing against the state for "trying to punish me for using my right to free speech and advocating for change by attempting to take away my individual right to privacy."
"This would mean they can come after anyone who supports an issue publicly they don't agree with," Greene wrote. "Yea fucking right. You know WE ALASKANS are NOT having that."

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Pregnant St. Louis woman loses eye after police fire non-lethal round: reports

Dornnella Conner was left blind in one eye after police fired a bean bag round at a car she was travelling in.
A pregnant St. Louis woman was blinded in her left eye after a police officer on Tuesday fired a non-lethal bean bag round at her car on the outskirts of Ferguson, according to reports. The woman claimed on Facebook that she had to have her eye removed.
Dornnella Conner was sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle at a BP gas station on New Halls Ferry Road in St. Louis when the incident occurred, New York Daily News reported. Police had been called to the area after reports of trouble during a night of unrest in Ferguson and across the U.S..
Conner's boyfriend, De’Angelas Lee, was reportedly driving the car out of the gas station when police opened fire.
Conner says he was trying to drive around the officers. However, police say he was driving toward them, and that the officer fired because he feared for his own safety, according to local media. The bean bag round hit and shattered the front passenger window.
"I didn’t have any weapons, I wasn’t looting or anything. I was just out with my boyfriend. We was just riding around respecting Mike Brown," she told local media outlet KMOV.
Darnella Conner

"I'm very upset and very disappointed with the tactics that they used," Conner's father Donnell added. "I understand that it was chaos, but there was no reason to fire upon an innocent person sitting in a vehicle. How can a pregnant person, in a car in a seatbelt, be causing chaos?”
Conner subsequently vowed to seek justice for the incident on her Facebook page (where she also goes by the name "Lenora Prince"). "I will have justice for what they've done to me," she wrote, "But I'm happy I'm alive."
Darnella's Facebook post

Sixteen people were arrested at the gas station, and police say they still don't know who was firing gunshots there. They've issued a warrant for the arrest of Lee, Conner's boyfriend.

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Mickey Rourke returns to boxing at age 62 and beats 29-year-old opponent

Mickey Rourke during a boxing training in a World Class fitness club on November 26, 2014 in Moscow, Russia.
UPDATED 2:15 p.m. ET: At 62 years old, Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday night in Moscow, beating a fighter less than half his age. According to the Associated Press, Rourke scored two knockdowns against Elliot Seymour, a 29-year-old former California Golden Gloves champion with a 1-9 professional record, before the referee stopped the fight and awarded the win to Rourke.

Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke (C), 62, raises his fists after knocking out US professional Elliot Seymour, 29, in Moscow on November 28, 2014.
However, this video of the fight would suggest that neither Rourke nor Seymour were that formidable in the ring:

ORIGINAL POST: Mickey Rourke is a hard man to describe. Young people nowadays probably know him as Marv from the Sin City movies, and those who are older remember him as a Hollywood heartthrob in 1980s flicks 9 1/2 Weeks and Year of the Dragon.
However, in the 1960s and '70s, Rourke was also a boxer, boasting a formidable 27 wins and three losses as an amateur. He also has a spotless record as a professional, with six wins, two draws and no losses. Now, at 62 and some 20 years after his last fight, Rourke is returning to the ring — against 29-year-old American fighter Elliot Seymour.
Slated to last five rounds, the fight is scheduled to take place Friday in Moscow. And while it sounds like a recipe for disaster, Rourke's weigh-insand photos from his training, shows that the actor is in very good shape.
Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke during boxing training in a World Class fitness club on Nov. 26, 2014 in Moscow, Russia.
Legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach, known for his work with Mike Tyson, is coaching Rourke, who reportedly lost 35 pounds preparing for Friday's fight.
Given Seymour's awful boxing record — with only one win and nine losses — we'd say Rourke has more than a decent chance to win.

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Protestors at several Ferguson stores call for Black Friday boycott

Ricky Hawkins tells a group of protesters at the Underground Atlanta entertainment complex to boycott Black Friday sales on November 25, 2014.
Protesters went to Walmart and Target stores in Ferguson, and surrounding areas in Missouri, late Thursday calling for a boycott against Black Friday.
The group, which was protesting a grand jury's verdict not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, managed to get into some stores, but police guarded the entrances to others.
This video show's protestors outside a Walmart shouting the refrain "shut it down."
Protesters also sang “Back away from the Walmart, back away."
Elsewhere, protestors were escorted out of Macy's.
The protests, which started Thanksgiving night, continued early Friday. Protesters spent a few minutes at each store, shouting inside.
The movement was discussed widely on social media, with #BoycottBlackFriday trending on Twitter. No arrests were made.
According to Johnetta Elzie, who had been tweeting and posting videos of the protests, demonstrations occurred at a Walmart and Target in Brentwood, two Walmarts in St. Charles and one Walmart in Manchester.
In the suburb of Ferguson, where Brown was shot on Aug. 9, there were no visible protests as the National Guard patrolled the area.

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The obstacles behind the demise of the sapphire iPhone screen

In the year leading up to the release of the iPhone 6, Apple invested more than $1 billion in an effort to make sapphire one of the device's big selling points. Making screens out of the nearly unscratchable material would have helped set the new phone apart from its competitors.
When Apple announced the iPhone 6 this September, however, it didn't have a sapphire screen, only a regular glass one. And a month later, the small New Hampshire-based company chosen to supply Apple with enormous quantities of cheap sapphire, GT Advanced Technologies, declared bankruptcy.
Recent documents from GT's bankruptcy proceedings, and conversations with people familiar with operations at Apple and GT, provide several clues as to what went wrong.
Sapphire must have seemed like a perfect material for a smartphone screen. It has long been used as a cover for luxury watches, and Apple has used it to cover the cameras and fingerprint sensors in some iPhones since October 2013. But making large pieces of sapphire — enough for a smartphone screen — would normally cost 10 times as much as using glass.
In 2013, GT, a company that had manufactured and sold furnaces for growing sapphire for many years, claimed it could cut the cost by two-thirds by increasing the size of its equipment and adapting the crystal growth procedures to make cylindrical crystals — called boules — that are more than twice as large as ordinary sapphire crystals.
Apple originally offered to buy sapphire-growing furnaces from GT. But according to sources familiar with negotiations, after five months Apple demanded a major change in terms, requiring GT to supply the sapphire itself. In fact, Apple wanted GT to build the world's largest factory to produce the stuff — more than doubling the world's entire sapphire production capacity. Apple said in recent court documents that GT failed to produce "any meaningful quantity of useable sapphire." GT's bankruptcy filing provides clues as to why the company was unable to deliver.

Producing sapphire requires a very clean environment, but ongoing construction at the factory meant that sapphire was grown "in a highly contaminated environment that adversely affected the quality of sapphire material," according to GT. It also requires uninterrupted supplies of water and electricity to regulate the temperature of the molten aluminum oxide used to form the boule. GT said that to save costs, Apple decided not to install backup power supplies, and multiple outages ruined whole batches of sapphire.
Technical problems would have been compounded by the fact that it takes nearly a month to grow a sapphire boule. There's no way to directly monitor if a sapphire crystal is forming correctly inside a furnace, says Eric Virey, a sapphire industry expert from Yole Développement, a French manufacturing company. Even if a problem occurs at the beginning of the process, "You only see the results at the end of the month when you open it up," Virey says. And so, even once you've discovered and attempted to correct a problem, it could be another month or more before you know if a fix has worked.
The problems evidently didn't end with producing a perfect boule. GT said in the documents that there were problems with much of the sawing and polishing equipment used to slice the boule — equipment that it says Apple selected. For example, a diamond-wire saw that was supposed to cut sapphire in 3.6 hours took 20 hours to do it and had to be replaced. According to GT, problems like these increased the costs of processing the sapphire boule by 30%.
The terms Apple negotiated committed GT to supplying a huge amount of sapphire, but put Apple under no obligation to buy it. In its bankruptcy documents, GT would later accuse Apple of using "bait-and-switch" tactics, and said the terms of the deal were "onerous and massively one-sided."
It's unclear whether the failure marks the end of Apple's attempts to make use of sapphire in smartphone screens. Apple is using sapphire for the screen of one version of its new Apple Watch — though it will not rely on GT to produce the material. But the techniques used to grow sapphire will need further development before we're likely to see the material widely used in smartphone screens.
GT is working on one possibility that could eliminate the need for large crystals — slicing smaller ones into ultrathin laminates that could be added to conventional glass. That would slash the amount of costly sapphire needed, while still making screens nearly impossible to scratch.

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Kids: Beware of the pregnant turkey prank on Thanksgiving

Parents can have a sick sense of humor, which is why some love scaring their kids with the pregnant turkey prank.
The parents in the video, above, could hardly wait for their girls to discover this macabre family-dinner surprise on Thanksgiving.
"What is it?" the parents ask in the video.
"I swear, it's like a baby chicken," one now-traumatized girl responds.
In another pregnant turkey prank, a flustered family member asks, "How can this be possible?" The simple answer is: It's not.
A quick lesson in turkey biology: Turkeys, like chickens, lay eggs in order to reproduce. After about 28 days, those eggs hatch, and little turkeys come into the world. These turkeys eat, grow and eventually, some of them become the turkeys we eat. At no point in this process does a little baby turkey live inside another turkey.
The fully cooked birds inside the turkeys in these videos are cornish hens.
One video of the prank, pulled on an unsuspecting daughter by her mother, has been making the viral rounds, though it's a year old:

A search on YouTube reveals that there are quite a few parents out there who are working toward turning their kids into vegetarians:

So the next time you're invited to carve the turkey and someone (say, your mom) flips out her phone to record the proceedings, be prepared.

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20 predictions for the future of storytelling

It's not easy to predict what the future of anything may be — including the storytelling industry, which has undergone myriad changes over the last few years. Those who have been able to jump on trends early have reaped successes, while those who have fallen behind have struggled to keep up.
Eventbrite - Mashable Media Summit: Formats of Creativity
In preparation for Mash’s upcoming Media Summit, which takes place on Dec. 5 at the Hudson Theatre in New York City, we asked our audience to make predictions for the future of storytelling. We received more than 100 responses, and 10 lucky individuals each won a free ticket to attend our event.
Here are some of the #MediaSummitContest predictions for the future of storytelling:

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35 Christmas songs to officially kick off the holidays

Once the clock strikes midnight on Nov. 28, we can officially wrap the turkey in tin foil and break out the  music without judgment.
In this holiday playlist, there's a little mix of Bing Crosby, 'N Sync and Sufjan Stevens to remind us that Christmas music isn't only songs from the 1950s. We've also embedded a Spotify playlist, below, for you to enjoy.
So enjoy these holiday tunes, as you wrap the presents you just waited in line for six hours to buy. Because, let's be real: We need a little Christmas.

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