Al Gore Did Not Invent the Green New Deal, but He Likes It

I met Al Gore when I interviewed him for Red Herring magazine during his run for the presidency 20 years ago. I remember thinking I’d never met a politician so intellectually curious and so uncomfortable with campaigning. (Red Herring’s archives are long gone, but The Weekly Standard’s derisive summary of our conversation still exists.) The then-vice president was genuinely interested in technology: At one point, he spun an elaborate metaphor, likening American democracy to a microprocessor. Gore helpfully sketched the idea on a napkin, drawing the executive branch as the control logic section. We kept the napkin, printing it in the magazine—along with the cover line, “E-Gore.”

I was therefore not surprised when Gore became a successful technology investor, a senior partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, and a member of the board of Apple. Recently, I met him [...]  read more

20 years for swatter who got a man killed

Tyler Barriss, a prolific and seemingly unremorseful repeat swatter and bomb hoaxer whose fakery got a man killed in 2017, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. This hopefully closes the book on a long and disturbing career of random and mercenary harassment and threats.

Not to linger on the crimes committed by Barriss, but to refresh your memory: Barriss accumulated dozens of charges generally relating to calling in fake threats in order to get police or SWAT called to a location or shut it down. Among his bomb threat targets was the FCC, which had to clear the room during a major net neutrality vote because of a call Barriss had made.

Nearly at the same time, as part of a conflict relating to a $1.50 Call of Duty bet, he had called the police claiming he was armed and had shot his father, and was at an address in Kansas, where he thought his target lived. Unfortunately the target had moved well before, and when the police showed up, they shot and killed the current resident, Andrew [...]  read more

Aix-en-Provence, a history of sunshine

Aix-en-Provence is located in France close to the Mediterranean Sea, about 20 miles North of Marseille: the port city that was founded by the Greeks in the 7th … Our plan to visit historical sites quickly evaporates when we reach Aix.
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The best Mother’s Day online flower delivery services available

You might be cutting it close, but worry not, there’s just about still time get an order of Mother’s Day flowers delivered via an online florist. Finding a reliable one can be tricky if you’re shopping for the first time, but we’ve done our homework and compared the best ones out there to find a florist that won’t let you down. 

We’ve plucked our way through the best places for flower deliveries online, so you’ve got plenty to choose from. While we’re just a fee days away now, these florists are still taking orders online with various delivery windows remaining open. If you opt for standard delivery for arrival in a few days’ time, you’re more likely to pay lower delivery costs, while most charge extra if you want them to be delivered specifically on Mother’s Day this Sunday March 31.

You can get flowers delivered to your mum’s home or workplace and if you’re not sure if they’ll be home to receive [...]  read more

Daily Crunch: Lyft debuts on Nasdaq

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1. Lyft prices IPO at top of range

Lyft raised more than $2 billion Thursday afternoon after pricing its shares at $72 apiece, the top of the expected range of $70 to $72 per share. This gives Lyft a fully diluted market value of $24 billion.

The company is debuting on the Nasdaq stock exchange today, trading under the ticker symbol “LYFT.”

2. How Apple Card works

Overall, the Apple Card has some relatively unique and interesting takes on data transparency for users, who are getting what appears to be an information-rich — but easy to interpret — interface, along with a solid set of security features.

3. Huawei books $8.8B profit for 2018 as consumer devices become top moneymaker

Despite an ongoing tussle with the U.S. government, signs look positive for Huawei. The Chinese firm just released [...]  read more

India Goes Electric With Battery-Swapping Rickshaws

Pankaj Kumar drives his autorickshaw up to a charging station in a covered parking lot in Gurugram, a satellite city of New Delhi. He flips open a lid on the side of the box that was the driver’s seat. One at a time, he pulls out the two batteries powering the small vehicle, each about a foot high, five inches wide, and weighing 26 pounds. Kumar taps his key fob on the station, a large black box a bit shorter and wider than a vending machine. A locker pops open, revealing a fully charged battery. He pops it in, then repeats the action for the second battery. After just a few minutes of downtime, Kumar and his electric ride are back on the road, fully charged and looking for the next fare.

Globally, transportation accounts for 15 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and electric vehicles are a big part of the solution. In the US and Europe, governments have worked to push people into electric cars. But in India[...]  read more