By Clasping Hands with Netanyahu, Sen. Kamala Harris Reveals Herself as Just Another ‘Progressive Except For Palestine’

Harris proudly displays her credentials on progressive social issues at home while defending Israel’s ethnic purity and palling around with its right-wing leader.

As the second Black female Senator in American history, Kamala Harris has been a pioneer in American politics. Many consider her to be a serious contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. Harris has even been branded by the New York Times as a “‘Top Cop’ in the era of Black Lives Matter,” a tip of the hat to the progressive politics the former California Attorney General has preached on issues of social justice. While Harris has been praised as someone who fights anti-Black racism in the United States, she appears to have failed to be consistent in that approach abroad.

On November 20th, California Senator, Kamala Harris, one of two African American Senators, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Through the meeting, Harris ignored the avalanche of officially sanctioned anti-Black racism in Israel, turned her back on historic Black solidarity with the Palestinian cause, and brushed off the human rights demands of Palestinians living under apartheid. She thus revealed herself as the latest in a long line of “Progressives Except for Palestine,” and one of the most egregious examples given her personal and political background.

 

 

Ironically, just the day before Harris’ meeting with Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister announceda plan to expel 40,000 non-Jewish African migrants, branding the asylum seekers as “infiltrators” whose existence poses a threat to Israel’s “Jewish character.” This came after years of anti-Black protests in Israel where Israeli politicians across the political spectrum, including those from Netanyahu’s own party, have made statements referring to African immigrants as a “cancer” and “emitting a bad stench” and “likely to cause all kinds of diseases.”

Denying historical Black solidarity with Palestine

Beyond ignoring the anti-Black racism of the Israeli government, Harris has also willfully ignored over half a century of Black American solidarity with the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Black Panther Party, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference were all groups that consistently stood in solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

Malcolm X, Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael were passionate opponents of Zionism, which they regarded as racist to the core and James Baldwin even famously wrote that “The state of Israel was not created for the salvation of the Jews; it was created for the salvation of the Western interests.”

This solidarity with the people of Palestine has has been further revitalized in the present day. Black intellectuals such as Michelle Alexander, Eddie Glaude, Alice Walker and Cornel West have all endorsed a movement of boycott, divestment, and sanctions, or BDS, to pressure the state of Israel to comply with international human rights conventions. West has even referred to the dire humanitarian crisis in Gaza as “the hood on steroids.” Colin Kaepernick, perhaps the world’s most influential athlete-activist, has also endorsed the BDS movement. The Movement for Black Lives platform supported the BDS movement and condemned Israel as an apartheid state. Black Lives Matter activists have been taking yearly solidarity trips to Palestine since 2014. The most recent trip even included rapper Vic Mensa, who is currently on tour with Jay Z. Black artists such as Snoop Dogg, Future, and Lauryn Hill have also refused to perform in Israel, in cooperation with the BDS movement’s call for cultural boycott of Israel.

Black American solidarity with Palestine has also been accompanied by a broader international Black solidarity with Palestine. The African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, ratified by 53 of 54 African nations, calls for the elimination of Zionism as necessary to bringing an end to racism.

Just a week after Kamala Harris’ meeting with Netanyahu, Mandla Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela and Member of Parliament in South Africa, visited Occupied Palestine and stated that “Palestinians are being subjected to the worst version of apartheid.”

Mandela also cited cited the words of his grandfather, who said that “Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”

Vocal support for Israel’s racist demographic engineering

While the bearer of Nelson Mandela’s legacy rallies support for Palestinian human rights, Harris stated her commitment to “protect[ing] Israel’s identity” and demanded recognition of Israel as a “Jewish state” — clear calls for policies that guard the country’s ethnic purity and justify the exclusion of the indigenous Palestinian population.

At a speech at AIPAC in 2016, Harris bizarrely cited her biracial background as her inspiration behind supported the US sending tens of billions of dollars in aid to the Israeli military. While Harris upheld herself as a product of a multicultural US, the Israeli government demands a right to engineer its demographic purity through violence, walls, and laws that have forbidden Palestinian residency in certain areas and which even restrict marriages between Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza and Israeli citizens.

Her opportunism mirrors that of one of the other three Black senators in Congress. Last December, I attended a town hall with Senator Cory Booker, a fellow Democrat who proudly waves his progressive credentials on social issues. After the town hall, a constituent asked Booker about illegal settlements in the West Bank that were destroying his family’s village in Palestine, Booker incoherently somehow brought the conversation to Israel’s “right to defend herself.”

After that, I asked Booker if considered Israel to be an apartheid state. He responded “no” and then turned around. I then asked Booker if he believes that he knows more about apartheid than Black South South Africans who lived under it. After that, Cory Booker sought to ignore me.

Booker is one of the leading recipients of pro-Israel cash, which goes a long way to explaining how he can so shamelessly square his pro-Israel politics with rhetorical support for civil rights in America.

The Israel that Harris and Booker opportunistically support is a dystopian ethnocracy where religious and ethnic segregation is often enforced through violence and the values of racism are implanted in Jewish Israeli youth through official indoctrination programs.

In one recent episode of Israel’s ongoing racial hatefest, the country’s Ministry of Education banned a high school textbook that described an interracial love story between an Israeli and Palestinian, justifying the decision on the grounds that “intimate relations between Jews and non-Jews threaten the separate identity,” and that “young people of adolescent age don’t have the systemic view that includes considerations involving maintaining the national-ethnic identity of the people.”

While progressive Democrats rally for Palestinian human rights, Harris turns her back

By clasping hands with Netanyahu, Harris stood against historical momentum for justice that is even sweeping through the halls of Congress. This past June, 35 members of Congress wrote a letter in support of Issa Amro, an activist from the brutally occupied city of Hebron lauded as the Palestinian Gandhi for his nonviolent approach to confronting Israeli occupation. Israel’s occupation authorities had put Amro on trial for 18 trumped up charges, ranging from “insulting a soldier” to “assault.” Amnesty International has stated that “the deluge of charges against ISsa Amro do not stand up to any scrutiny,” describing the charges as “baseless and politically motivated.” In the letter, 35 House Democrats defended Amro’s right to peacefully protest.

On November 14th, just six days before Harris’ meeting with Netanyahu, 10 House Democrats co-sponsored “The Promoting Human Rights by Ending Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act,” which requires the Secretary of State to certify every year that no American tax dollars given in the form of military aid to Israel are used to “support military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children.”

In an unprecedented move on November 29th, 10 Democratic Senators authored a letter to Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to put a halt to the Israeli government’s planned demolition of the Palestinian village of Susiya, in order to create yet another illegal settlement. Missing from that letter to Netanyahu were America’s most high profile Black Senators: Cory Booker and Kamala Harris.

As activists, intellectuals, entertainers, and even progressive forces within the Democratic Party began to advocate for Palestinians living under occupation, Harris remains a prisoner of her own opportunism. Desperate to remain in good standing with the powerful pro-Israel lobby and poised to run for president, Harris has attempted to reconcile a progressive politics at home with vociferous support with an apartheid regime that is responsible for some of the worst anti-Black racism and violence against communities of color abroad. If the current trends on Palestine solidarity continue, her hypocrisy may limit her ambitions in a way she never expected.

 

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An alternative explanation for Harvey

As a scientist I do believe in man-made global warming. So do the governments and the majority of citizens of every country in the world, except for Syria, Nicaragua, and the USA. The science says that global warming is likely to increase the occurrence and effect of catastrophic weather events. In particular an increase in the power of hurricanes and the amount of rain they carry has been predicted by the models years ago. Nobody is saying that hurricane Harvey is man-made, as hurricanes already existed long before man burning fossil fuel. But the fact that Harvey brought more rain than ever before observed on the American continent (the National Weather Service needed to add new colors to an expanded rain scale to map it) fits rather well with the predictions. So of course the US climate change deniers, first and foremost the Trump administration, react somewhat miffed if asked about climate change right now.

So I was thinking that one should keep an open mind and respect the believes of those who do not trust science. And I came up with an alternative explanation for Harvey which doesn’t rely on science or an assumption of man-made climate change: Hurricane Harvey was an act of God, or more precisely the wrath of God. God sent Harvey to express his displeasure with the vain and godless Trump administration. Which is why he sent the hurricane to deeply Republican Texas, and not to Democratic California. In his mercy, God intended Harvey as a stern warning. If the USA doesn’t get rid of Trump he will send further punishment, like heavenly fire (in the form of North Korean nukes). Repent now and kick Trump out, before it is too late!

I hope this inclusive multi-cultural approach makes my less scientific and more religious readers happy. 🙂

Deal: Xiaomi discounts Mi MIX 2, Mi A1 Special Edition, Redmi Note 4 in “No. 1 Fan Sale”

Xiaomi is celebrating the end of a banner year in the Indian market with a “No. 1 Fan Sale” that applies some tasty discounts to its top phones from 2017. The deals begin to go live at 12:00 am IST and run until December 21st on Mi.com.

The headline deal coincides with the launch of the stunning red Xiaomi Mi A1 Special Edition, which is set to drop from Rs. 13,999 to Rs. 12,999. The offer goes live in just under six hours (at time of writing), but Reward Mi members can get in on the savings early. You can find out all you need to know about the Android One phone here.

On the flagship front, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 will enjoy a price drop from Rs. 35,999 to Rs. 32,999 (check here for a refresher on Xiaomi’s bezel-less beauty in our full review) . The Mi Max 2 phablet, meanwhile will come down to Rs. 12,999 from Rs. 14,999.

Xiaomi’s real success in India has come from mid-tier phones, so it’s not too surprising to see the Redmi 4, Redmi Y1 Lite, and the insanely popular Redmi Note 4 all receive price cuts too. Unfortunately, Xiaomi is being a little coy with the finer details on these deals – most only say “up to $1,000 off” – and it hasn’t confirmed which exact models are on offer. I imagine we’re looking at the standard base models, but we won’t know for sure until the sale goes live.

If you’re happy with your current phone but are looking for something on the side then you’re also in luck as Xiaomi’s “Fan Sale” covers accessories too. This includes offers on phone cases, up to 25% off a Mi Power Bank 2i, and the Mi Band – HRX Edition for Rs. 1,299 (was Rs. 1,799). There are also various deals on Xiaomi audio and smart home devices, while the Mi VR Play 2 drops from Rs. 1,499 to Rs. 1,299.

You can see all the deals for yourself by clicking the button below.

Xiaomi No.1 Fan Sale at Mi.com

Why companies hiring Interns, build their BRAND faster?

Why should company hire Intern?

Increase productivity: Speaking of additional manpower, setting up an internship program allows you to take advantage of short-term support. The extra sets of hands help your employees be more productive, prevent them from becoming overburdened by side projects, as well as free them up to accomplish more creative tasks or those where higher-level, strategic thinking or expertise is required.

Take advantage of low-cost labor: Interns are an inexpensive resource. Their salaries are significantly lower than staff employees, and you aren’t obligated to pay unemployment or a severance package should you not hire them on full time.Moreover, while their wage requirements are modest, they’re among the most highly motivated members of the workforce.

Benefit your small business: When looking for full time work, the top talent often go for big-name businesses. But when seeking internships, learning is the leading draw. Many candidates feel they’ll get more hands-on training, real experience, and mentoring opportunities with smaller organizations.

Advantages of doing the Internship for a student

Get Real Work Experience
The biggest benefit of internships is that they offer a safe space for students and graduates to gain work experience. This is important because most employers are reluctant to hire someone who’s never worked before, they think that with no experience, you’ll probably be unreliable and not know what to do or how to work. Of course, this creates a vicious circle with no way out which is why lots of graduates end up in completely unrelated fields.

Internships can be a great solution to this problem as they allow students and graduates to experience a real workplace. Apart from the vocational skills that interns gain, they also get lots of soft skills which are crucial to not only finding a job but succeeding at one as well.

Get a Taste of Your Chosen Field
One of the greatest advantages of internships is that they allow people to experience their industry and chosen profession. This usually has one of two effects – makes people more excited and drives them to work hard and build a successful career, or they realize it’s not the right career for them.

Boosts Your CV
Internships can also benefit your CV as they are a foolproof way to demonstrate that you have work experience, as well as other workplace skills. The skills can be relevant to your chosen profession, which is admittedly crucial in a CV, but they could also be other skills, including communication and people skills that employers value.

Helps You Choose a Specialty
An internship can help you identify a particular area in your industry or profession that you’re interested in and help you acquire more knowledge regarding this area.

Following are the major companies across the world always hiring Interns

  1. Facebook
  2. Google
  3. Qualcomm
  4. Microsoft
  5. Morgan Stanley
  6. Apple
  7. HP
  8. CISCO
  9. Deloitte
  10. JP Morgan and Chase
  11. Amazon.com
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Smartphone VR: Another 3D fad or the real deal?

This is the second in the three-part series looking at 3D imaging. In the first, we looked at why every time “3D” has failed to become totally mainstream. Today, 3D is back and trying to make a splash in mobile devices – this time in the form of “virtual reality.” Is VR — especially on smartphones — going to be a long-term success, or just another example of a 3D fad?

VR headsets like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR and similar “tethered” products have made great strides in the last few years. So-called “mobile” VR headsets, like Samsung’s Gear VR and Google’s Daydream, have been even more successful (or at least more widespread). They’re basically head mounts for your smartphone with some optics thrown in, and lately it seems like everyone is making one. But will it stick?

Having just looked at the fanfare-and-failure cycles of 3D in general, should we really expect VR to really have staying power? Will it make a big splash and then fade just like its predecessors?

Wikipedia A Samsung VR conference in 2016

At heart, VR headsets are stereoscopic “3D” displays, with the all same potential problems and an added twist. It’s “virtual reality” because it lets you look around at, and interact with, this illusory three-dimensional world. That requires displaying the correct images to create a stereo effect, figuring out where the viewer is actually looking, and changing the image to match in real time. 

At the heart of it, VR headsets are stereoscopic 3D displays, with the same potential problems as every other example of the species.

If you move your head to look behind something, then that something had better move out of the way in your field of view, just as though it were really there. VR requires combining a convincing stereoscopic display with the sensors and graphics processing power needed to render and update your virtual view in a smooth, convincing manner. This is part of why I said that augmented reality is an even bigger challenge: if you’re going to, say, place an imaginary creature on a real tabletop, then not only do you have to render the creature correctly but keep it in the proper relationship to its real-world surroundings.

A dedicated, “tethered” VR headset can pull off all of its assigned tasks pretty well. Connecting it to a standalone computer, which could be anything from a barebones notebook to IBM’s Watson, means you can throw as much processing power as you can muster at problems. But the simple fact that it’s a product designed solely for the purpose of VR means that it has displays, optics, head-tracking systems, and so forth than could all be optimized to that goal. That’s not to say these products are going to be the perfect answer, but they’ve at least got a big leg up on the other option.

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That other option is “mobile” VR, which is typically a plastic mount with straps to go over your head and lenses over your eyes, and you supply the rest— namely a smartphone, which provides the displays, processing, and position sensing needed to create a virtual world. This is, in my not-so-humble opinion, a remarkably bad idea.

That “s” on “displays” wasn’t a typo. Yes, your phone only has the one display, but here it’s forced to play the role of two. Left-eye and right-eye images have to be shown simultaneously, and it’s up to the optics in the headset to deliver those correctly to the eyes. That means only half the pixels on the screen are available for each image, which leads to an aspect ratio and resolution charitably described as “less than optimal.”

A Galaxy S8 features a 5.8″ 2960 x 1440 OLED screen at 570 PPI. It’s a really nice smartphone display in anyone’s book, but close to a 2:1 aspect ratio. Splitting it in two in a VR headset means each eye gets an almost perfectly square display to use. That’s not good when we’d really like to have a wide field of view. The human eye uses something roughly equivalent to a 5:3 aspect ratio (of course, it’s also not a nice clean rectangle, but rather a sort of fuzzy oval).

There are two ways to fix this. You could use the full area of each half, displaying pre-distorted image on the square space and relying on the optics to stretch the image to the desired wider area— the same sort of trick used in anamorphic movies. However, If the distortion introduced into the image isn’t exactly what the optics were designed to “undo,” you’ve got problems. The other option is to just not use the full height of the display. If, on the S8, we have a 1440 x 1440 space for each image, but we want, say, a 16:9 view, we could just center a 1440 x 810 image in that space and it would be good to go, albeit at well under half the phone’s full resolution.

We could just demand a higher resolution in our phone screens. “But Bob,” I hear you protest, “didn’t you just tell us a few weeks ago that packing more pixels onto a phone was a bad idea?” Yes, I did. That article also generated some comments which took me to task for ignoring the needs of VR. But that was my point: smartphone display choices should ignore VR, at least as a top priority.

Smartphone display choices should ignore VR, at least as a top priority

Phone-based VR headsets represent the entry level in the VR market. They suffer from too many compromises already to be the choice for serious VR users, and paying for the extreme levels of screen resolution needed to address just that one issue makes no sense. As good as they are, smartphone graphics processing and position/orientation sensors just aren’t up the task of matching what you can do with a dedicated headset and tracking hardware.

Again, consider the Galaxy S8. It’s got an MSRP of more than $700—over $200 higher than Samsung’s own Odyssey VR/MR headset, which features dual 1440 x 1600 OLED displays coupled with a full array of cameras, motion and position sensors, integrated headphones, and adjustments for interpupillary distance. Putting a higher resolution display in a phone just for VR is like paying to put a Ferrari engine in a Toyota Prius. Sure, you’d get a lot more power, but the platform just isn’t meant to do what you want. You’re better off just buying the product meant for that use in the first place.

Graphics processing burden goes up literally geometrically with increased resolution, which isn’t the best idea for a battery-operated device.

We could even put a 4K display into a phone, and get a great resolution for each eye. The graphics processing burden goes up geometrically with increased resolution. Even if you build the added power into the processor, it just isn’t the best idea for a battery-powered device. Phone-based VR is best for what it was supposed to be: a quick and relatively economical means of introducing VR into the consumer market. But let’s not make the mistake of thinking it’s the right answer for the serious VR fanatic.

It’s not like dedicated VR headsets are perfect either. They still suffer from all of the other problems we’ve described earlier with stereoscopic displays, with the additional concern that motion tracking and its resulting view is never going to quite match what we see in real life. VR is getting a lot of attention in education circles, to name one interested market, but how long will that love affair last if kids get severe eye fatigue from using it?

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There’s a way around even that concern, though. All we need is a display that can produce a real three-dimensional image, one that actually has the appearance of solid objects occupying space, and without any glasses, headsets, head tracking, or any of those burdens. We’ve even already seen examples of this; surely everyone by now has seen a hologram. You’ve probably even got a few in your wallet, on your credit cards.

So when can we replace our old-fashioned flat displays, and free us from all this stereoscopic nonsense?Stay tuned.

Best GPS running watches (December 2017)

There are plenty of great fitness trackers on the market right now, each of which cater to different users with different needs. Just need to keep an eye on your daily activity levels? Maybe the Fitbit Charge 2 or Garmin vívosport will suit your needs. Looking for something even cheaper than that? Garmin’s vívofit 3 or Xiaomi’s Mi Band 2 might do the trick. But if you’re a more serious athlete that needs something a bit more powerful—something that can track your long runs and not skimp on the handy watch features—what are your options? Today, we’re going to walk you through our list of the best GPS running watches on the market.

Related: The best fitness trackers | Which Fitbit is right for you?

If you’re a serious runner and need something that will accurately track your routes, has a big, easy-to-read screen, a built-in heart rate monitor, and of course, a GPS, this list is for you. Some of the options on here are a bit pricey, but that’s par for the course in this segment of wearables.

Without any further delay, let’s get started!

Editor’s Note: We will update this list as more devices hit the market.

Best GPS running watch

Garmin fenix 5

Garmin’s fenix 5 lineup is finally here, and these are the best GPS running watches on the market right now.

All three fenix 5 models come with preloaded multisport functionality for running, hiking, swimming, biking, and more. They all feature Garmin’s impressive Elevate heart rate trackers, built-in GPS (of course), water resistance up to 100 meters, as well as navigation features with a 3-axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter.

They all also feature a variety of connected features that make these devices true smartwatches. Users can get call, text and email smartphone notifications. All Sapphire models are also Wi-Fi enabled, so users will be able to connect with their home network and upload statistics even if their smartphones aren’t around.

Not crazy about the regular fenix 5? The smaller fenix 5S might be for you. It has all the same specs as the fenix 5, though it’s built for people with smaller wrists and has a slightly smaller battery. Looking for something even more beefy than the fenix 5? The fenix 5X is much larger and comes with preloaded with TOPO U.S. mapping, routable cycling maps and other navigation features like Round Trip Run and Round Trip Ride. The 5X will even display guidance cues for upcoming turns.

Read more

  • Garmin fenix 5 review
  • Wrists-on with Garmin’s new fenix 5 line at CES 2017
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Runner-up

Garmin vívoactive 3

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Garmin’s vívoactive 3 is a huge step up from its predecessor, the vívoactive HR.

For starters, the vívoactive 3 actually looks like a watch this time around, and it will look nice on your wrist whether you’re at the gym or the office. It’s comfortable too, and has a bright, colorful touchscreen display.

There are a total of 15 activity tracking profiles built in, so most athletes will be covered here. It also has a super accurate GPS and heart rate monitor, a battery that will last around five days on a single charge, and plenty of great smartwatch features built in.

If you don’t mind spending close to $249 on a GPS running watch, you should definitely consider the vívoactive 3.

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  • Garmin vívoactive 3 review
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Honorable mention

TomTom Spark 3 Cardio + Music

TomTom’s Spark 3 Cardio + Music is a great option if you aren’t interested in the Garmin vívoactive HR.

It has everything you need in a GPS running watch – an accurate heart rate monitor, a built-in GPS (of course) and support for a ton of different running applications. Plus, this model comes with a Route Exploration feature that not only lets you track where you’ve run, but also lets you get routes from any website and upload them to your watch if you’re interested in trying out a new route.

It’s worth noting there are a few different models in the Spark 3 lineup: the TomTom Spark 3, Spark 3 Music, Spark 3 Cardio and our pick, the Spark 3 Cardio + Music. Though less expensive, the Spark 3 and Spark 3 Music unfortunately don’t offer a heart rate monitor. The Spark 3 Cardio certainly offers a lot for the money, though we believe the onboard music storage and pair of Bluetooth headphones that come with the Spark 3 Cardio + Music provide a better value overall. The Cardio + Music model only costs $60 more.

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Also read: The dark side of fitness trackers: how to avoid common mistakes that could hurt your fitness goals

Best budget GPS running watch

Polar M200

If you’re on a budget, you can’t go wrong with the Polar M200.

This is a waterproof running watch with a built-in heart rate sensor and GPS that will track your speed, distance and route during a run, and will also keep tabs on your daily activity, steps, calories burned, sleep time and quality. This is also a sleek-looking device. In our opinion, it’s much better looking than its predecessor, the Polar M400.

Plus, this device also comes with Polar’s Running Index, which will show you how your running performance is improving overtime. In the Polar Flow app, you’ll get a Running Index score that’s automatically calculated after every run, based on your heart rate and speed data.

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Best smartwatch for running

Polar M600

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Polar’s M600 sport watch is by far the best GPS running smartwatch on the market.

With a built-in GPS, IPX8 water resistance rating, optical heart rate monitor and 4GB of on-board storage, the M600 is quite the feature-packed watch. It also comes with support for Polar’s wonderful Flow app, allowing you to track just about any activity you can think of – rowing, skiing, hiking and much more. You’ll also be able to squeeze about two days of battery life out of this thing, which is impressive for an Android Wear watch.

You can certainly find Android Wear devices for less than the $300 asking price, but the M600 provides much more than other devices.

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  • Polar M600 review
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So there you have it – our list of the best GPS running watches on the market! Did we miss anything? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Next: How to use your fitness tracker to actually get fit – a comprehensive guide

Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms

The last time I wrote about idle games was nearly 2 years ago. In that time the games have evolved further. And if you look at my Steam account, Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms is a game I have played for over 300 hours. Or rather, not played. Or to be even more precise, played for a few hours, but have left running on my computer for over 300 hours. It’s complicated!

Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms combines the idle game genre with the RPG genre, and sprinkles a bit of an endless runner into the mix. You start out with one dwarven warrior, Bruenor (who is “famous” in the lore of D&D) on a side-scrolling screen encountering endless hordes of monsters on his way. The dwarf kills monsters, and you can help by dealing damage through clicking on monsters. Every monster drops gold. And that gold can be used to increase your click damage, or to increase the level of Bruenor, or unlock additional heroes and level those up. Once you have fulfilled certain requirements, e.g. kill 25 monsters, you can advance to the next level, where there is the next endless stream of monsters.

Because that is the point of an idle game, there isn’t a whole lot to do. However the game has more strategic depth than one would think, because you need to arrange your heroes in a formation. And with levels each hero acquires special abilities which influence his neighbors in the formation. At one point you will have more heroes available than there are slots in the formation. And selecting the best heroes in the best formation is far from a trivial task. In addition there are some story elements, mostly in the form of friendly banter between the heroes. So for an idle game it is the most interesting and strategic game I know. Yeah, I know, that isn’t saying much. But, anyway, I keep “playing” this.

The math behind the game is interesting in as far as it is exponential, and human brains have problems with exponential. Your stats and gold found quickly go up into million, billions, trillions, quadrillions, etc., until you switch to scientific notation in the settings because you don’t even know the units any more. The one thing that remains linear is gems, with just a handful of them dropping every 5 levels at each boss. With gems you can buy chests, which contain things like helpful potions or gear for your heroes. And, because this is a free-to-play game, of course you can also buy those chests for real money. I probably spent more than I should have, but sometimes when I feel down I use buying special offers in free-to-play games as a sort of retail therapy, and this is my current game of choice for this. I don’t claim that this is rational behavior. 🙂

One of the more interesting choices to do in this game is choosing when to stop a run and to start over. At the end of a run you get divine favor in function of the amount of gold you gathered. And that divine favor increases the amount of gold you will find on the next run. The exponential math is tuned in a way that your divine favor basically determines how far you get in a run, because at some point gold gathering and level gaining becomes very slow, while the monsters keep getting harder and harder, until you can’t beat them any more. So the ideal strategy is doing a run until you hit a progress wall, and then reset to collect divine favor and start the next run. The game is organized in a way that this also over time gives you access to different stories and locations. To make this trickier you can also spend your divine favor for bonuses, but of course if you spend too much the lack of divine favor hurts you more than the bonuses help.

The reason for my 300+ hours is something that I am not really happy about: Idle offline gives far less rewards than idle online. For example while the game is running online, you can set the levels to auto-advance. The latest patch even added “familiars”, which are legal click-bots, but also only work when the game is running. Thus one is pushed towards leaving the computer on for example at night. The whole thing smacks a bit of mining bitcoins, only that the rewards of the game are less valuable than bitcoins. Offline you still gather gold and divine favor at the level you currently are, but with diminishing returns. If you are on holiday and offline for a week you don’t come back with a huge amount of divine favor collected, you’d have gathered more online in a day or two. Still it is nice to get at least some rewards while offline.

Overall I like the game for the D&D Forgotten Realms theme, and the relatively large number of non-trivial decisions you need to make to advance. But it remains an idle game, and I am well aware that this won’t be everybody’s cup of tea.

Anthony Scaramucci Publicly Blasts ‘Loser’ Steve Bannon During Hannukah Party Remarks

The speech was supposed to be about his pilgrimage to Israel.

On Tuesday, short-lived White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci took a jab at fellow ex-Trump aide Steve Bannon at a New York Hannukah party.

As the New York Post‘s Page Six reports, The Mooch blasted Bannon as a “messianic loser” at Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s annual Hannukah party on the second-to-last night of Jewish holiday.

As Page Six notes, Scaramucci was at Rabbi Boteach’s party to discuss his recent trip to Israel — and was also the subject of a recent controversy after his “Scaramucci Post” Twitter account published a controversial tweet poll asking how many people died in the Holocaust.

“He’s a loser,” Scaramucci reportedly said. “He’ll be a stalwart defender of Israel until he’s not. That’s how this guy operates. I’ve seen this guy operate.”

“The problem with Bannon is he’s a messianic figure,” he added. “It’s his way or the highway.”

Scaramucci also once again brought up “leakers,” the ostensible subject of his rant to a New Yorker writer over the summer that likely led to his ouster a mere 10 days after taking his press secretary job. At the Hannukah party, The Mooch accused Bannon of “leaking on everybody” in the White House.

“I’m not Steve Bannon,” Scaramucci told The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza in July. “I’m not trying to suck my own c*ck.”

 

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5 Holiday Tips on How Not to Get Arrested in New York City

This is just common sense stuff, but let’s review it anyway, shall we?

 

 

5 Holiday Tips On How Not To Get Arrested In NYC

Many people come to New York City for the holidays. … it, smoking marijuana in public is not legal. Personal possession has been decriminalized, but that doesn’t mean you can smoke it in public. Never smoke a joint on the streets of NYC. You risk being arrested …

 

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Build a Game Without Coding : Android- LeaVe my baThRoom at-least !

Do you have innovative ideas about android games but don’t know how to code ?
Then do not worry about it. If you are interested in making your own games and don’t know coding then you may be  surprised to know that there are many development programs/tools available which do not require any programming or coding skills.

There are software called Game Builders which provide drag and drop facility to create games.But before you start developing your games you must know following things:

  • You should decide Narrative of your game and also how your game would look like.
  • Decide Rules and Control for the game
  • Last but very important Graphics and Music for the game
Lets check out some game builders

1. GameMaker

Looking for a tool that will allow you to make games not just for mobile devices also for video game system then GameMaker is the perfect tool for you. It is popular and most robust tool. It provides customization for development environment by choosing predefined skins or create your own.
GameMaker Studio 2 is the latest and greatest incarnation of GameMaker!
It has everything you need to take your idea from concept to finished game. With no barriers to entry and powerful functionality, GameMaker Studio 2 is the ultimate 2D development environment!


Following  games developed using GameMaker

  • Galactic Missile Defense
  • wanderlust:adventures

    2. BuildBox

    Buildbox is the world’s first software that truly allows anyone to create amazing games regardless of technical skill. Due to its unique user interface, making games becomes a fluid process that doesn’t require any scripting, programming or software design experience. It provide various option such as drag and drop,it also support to create any imaginable 2D games.


    Following  games developed using BuildBox
    • Color Switch
    • The Line Zen
    • Trump On The Run

    Conclusion

    In Today’s Android gaming industry  it is very easy to develop games.There are thousands of new games are being published both by big companies and individual developers but not all of the game makers know how to code. Even you can make games without writing any single line of code.

    So if you have any innovating idea about games but don’t know programming then  simply use game builder tools to develop your own game.

    Interested to learn Android Programming ?