Inmate No. 15000-030 is released into the frigid January morning at 8:46, a gray custodial suit of sweatpants and long-sleeved thermal clinging to his immense frame, a bushy salt-and-pepper beard wrapping around his face, a guard escorting him with a high-powered rifle slung over his right shoulder. Most politicians would appear hopelessly—dangerously—misplaced in a federal prison. Kent Sorenson is not most politicians. Standing over six feet tall and weighing every bit of 270 pounds, with 11 tattoos and a cleanshaven head, Sorenson is probably the only state senator to have ever been mistaken for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. That happened during his first stop on the penal turnpike, the Metropolitan Correctional Center (“The MCC”) in Chicago, an administrative facility with maximum-security lodging where the “fish” was viewed warily by fellow inmates. A white supremacist, they figured, sizing him up. It didn’t take long—as soon as … [Read more...] about Kent Sorenson Was a Tea Party Hero. Then He Lost Everything.
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Jennifer Jolly Special for USA Today Published 2:40 p.m. UTC Jun 5, 2018 The start of summer signals peak shutterbug season. From graduations, weddings and family vacations to those long, lazy days sleeping in late and running through sprinklers— ’tis the season to get super snap-happy! But then what? Once we capture all those great memories, how do we share, store, organize and actually appreciate them? According to estimates by market research firm InfoTrends, people around the world took more than 1.2 trillion digital photos in 2017. Here are a few simple solutions to help capture the little things that really make life great— and save them in a way to relive it again and again. Sharing is caring Saving and sharing photos via a smartphone has changed in a big way in the past few years. You likely know how to upload your pictures and videos to Facebook or Instagram, but what about sharing them directly with family and friends? … [Read more...] about Overwhelmed by all your digital photos? Here are 6 smart ways to share and organize them
One high-volume third-party fix shop speaking under condition of anonymity told AppleInsider on Monday that about one in three screen repairs on the iPhone 8 family were having the problem. Apple first tied hardware and software together with the launch of Touch ID on the iPhone 5S.According to Vice, the iOS 11.3 update that Apple released in March is now killing touchscreen functionality in devices that were previously repaired by third parties.This has been confirmed by the fix community and also the folks at Engadget who tested it out themselves, where they swapped displays between brand new iPhones only to have the ambient light sensor to stop working after. Third-party repairers quickly found out that replacing a broken fingerprint sensor with a working unit would disable Touch ID. Apple recently started shipping these machines (around 400 last year) to some of the 4,800 authorized service providers around the world. Each sensor is paired with the iPhone's logic board when the … [Read more...] about Uh Oh, The Latest iOS Update Is Bricking Some iPhone 8s
This collection of gadgets, gear and apps helps travelers cope. Brave Era 100 Percent Mulberry Silk Travel Sheet NAME Brave Era 100 Percent Mulberry Silk Travel Sheet COST $99 from braveera.com WHAT IT IS A lightweight sleep sack made by women, for women (though men can use it, too). Weighing less than 6 ounces, it easily folds into an included pouch about the size of an iPhone, ready to be slipped into purse, bag or brief. THE GOOD The sheet is naturally hypoallergenic, temperature-regulating, machine-washable and critter-resistant, making it among a traveler's most coveted possessions whether backpacking across Europe, cruising the Caribbean or just intent on having a little bit of luxury that is fully trustworthy. A roomy fit for sleepers up to 6 feet, 6 inches tall, the sheet comes in sharkskin gray and natural white. THE BADThe price is a little high, but then again, so is the quality.-- Tribune News Service HeadDefender NAME HeadDefender airplane seat cover COST … [Read more...] about Travel gear and gadgets for when you’re on the go
“OBAMA’S DATA ADVANTAGE,” by Lois Romano, in Chicago: “The depth and breadth of the Obama campaign’s 2012 digital operation—from data mining to online organizing— reaches so far beyond anything politics has ever seen … that it could impact the outcome of a close presidential election. … Launched two weeks ago, Obama’s newest innovation is the much anticipated ‘Dashboard,’ a sophisticated and highly interactive platform that gives supporters a blueprint for organizing, and communicating with each other and the campaign. In addition, by harnessing the growing power of Facebook and other online sources, the campaign is building what some see as an unprecedented data base to develop highly specific profiles of potential voters. This allows the campaign to tailor messages directly to them -- depending on factors such as socio-economic level, age, and interests. … “[Obama for America officials are] … [Read more...] about 150 DAYS TO ELECTION DAY – FIRST WOODWARD-BERNSTEIN BYLINE IN WASHPOST IN 36 YEARS — “DOING [NOT SO] FINE” — Katty Kay on Siri; how to quick-scroll to top of your iPhone email