SFGATE: AP NewsBreak: US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits

AP NewsBreak: US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits
Published on July 05, 2018 at 11:54PM by By MARTHA MENDOZA and GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned.
The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say they know of more than 40 who have been discharged or whose status has become questionable, jeopardizing their futures.
“It was my dream to serve in the military,” said reservist Lucas Calixto, a Brazilian immigrant who filed a lawsuit against the Army last week.

You can pay with bitcoin to see this movie

You can pay with bitcoin to see this movie … its ultramodern status: It's the first movie to be released using the cryptocurrency technology called blockchain. This will allow viewers to purchase the film using bitcoin — virtual tokens, …
social experiment by Livio Acerbo #greengroundit

SFGATE: Read Pruitt’s resignation letter

Read Pruitt’s resignation letter
Published on July 05, 2018 at 11:09PM by The Washington Post

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he accepted Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s resignation. Pruitt was ensnared in a series of controversies that centered on lavish spending, ethical lapses and his management decisions.

Text of Pruitt’s resignation letter to Trump:
“Mr. President, it has been an honor to serve you in the Cabinet as Administrator of the EPA. Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration.

M4, partita la prima “talpa” per la tratta Ovest della linea Blu: scaverà senza sosta per un anno

È partita questa mattina dal Ronchetto la prima delle due Tbm, le cosiddette “talpe” che realizzano le gallerie da S.Cristoforo a Solari della M4, la nuova metropolitana di Milano. Conclusi i lavori e realizzate entrambe le gallerie della tratta Est, da Linate a Tricolore, si apre ora la fase di scavo e costruzione delle due “canne” della tratta Ovest, destinate a ospitare i treni che percorreranno i 3,7 km dal capolinea di S.Cristoforo a Stazione Solari.

La “talpa” 6,7 metri di diametro, scaverà giorno e notte, sette giorni su sette, a una profondità media di 15 metri, realizzando 16 metri circa di galleria al giorno. La seconda talpa partirà tra circa un mese per realizzare la seconda “canna”. Entrambe le gallerie della tratta Ovest si stima saranno realizzate in poco più di un anno. “Lavoriamo e investiamo sul trasporto pubblico affinché tutti i quartieri della città siano sempre più vicini fra loro – ha dichiarato [...]  read more

Skype adds read receipts at long last

The feature is available in one-on-one conversations as well as group chats with as many as 20 people; everyone will need to use the 8.26.76 preview build on iOS, Android or desktop for it to work. If sending read receipts is not your jam, you can turn them off in your privacy settings and they are disabled in any case if your status is set to invisible. That said, to see read receipts from others, you’ll need to have the option turned on. Assuming the test goes well, the feature should roll out to everyone at a later date.

Of course, a litany of other apps have had read receipts for years, including iMessage, Whatsapp, Twitter’s direct messages and dating [...]  read more

SFGATE: New leader at EPA is a former coal lobbyist

New leader at EPA is a former coal lobbyist
Published on July 05, 2018 at 10:32PM by By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — The new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency is a former coal industry lobbyist who helped lead an industry fight against regulations that protect Americans’ health and address climate change.
Andrew Wheeler, the No. 2 official at EPA, will take over as acting administrator Monday now that embattled administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned.
The Senate confirmed Wheeler as the agency’s deputy administrator in April.
President Donald Trump tweeted he has “no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. … The future of the EPA is very bright!”
Republicans say Wheeler is well-qualified to lead the EPA, having worked at the agency early in his career.