First there was Netflix, now there’s Napflix

Not that the new venture is affiliated with the venerable America video streaming and disc rental company.

No, the new and similarly named venture is Spanish, and while Netflix aims to keep your attention riveted to the screen, the European copany aims to do just the opposite.

From The

A Spanish video platform called Napflix, designed to put people to sleep with dull content, was launched this week and its founders are on the lookout for more “monotony and repetition.”

Napflix offers about 60 videos taken from YouTube, including footage of rain pattering on windowpanes, a documentary on pandas and quantum physics lectures, to help people doze off.

“The idea is to make entertainment boring,” Victor Gutierrez de Tena, one of Napflix’s two co-founders told AFP on Friday.

“We are looking for monotony and repetition,” the 31-year-old said of the service, which was launched on Monday.

Charts of the day: Call it opposition polling

In the world of the political operative, opposition polling tracks rival candidates, but in Campaign 2016 the term could take on a whole new meaning, given that the largest single factor driving voters in the camps of the two major party presidential candidates is opposition to the rival candidates rather than support of their own.

The latest Reuters/Ipsos polls make the motivation quite clear.

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First, a look at the motives of likely Clinton voters:


And then the Trump voters:


Yeah, the system is rigged, and people clearly know it.

The problem is, it’s rigged to give us candidates who don’t represent our interests.

Wikileaks reveals the Clintonian glass ceiling

Why are we not surprised?

From teleSUR English:

While U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proudly declares her ‘feminist’ credentials, the latest cache of emails published by Wikileaks reveals that both the Clinton Foundation and her Senate office paid women staffers just 72 cents for every dollar paid to male employees.

In the hacked emails, Clinton campaign staffer Karuna Seshasai wrote to Democratic operative Ian Mandel, saying, “3 out of the 11 highest paid employees of the Foundation are women. Avg salary of the highest paid men is US $294,157.50, while the avg salary of the highest paid women is $181,576.66 ($112K difference). Median salary of the highest paid men is $346,106, while the median salary of the highest paid women is $185,386 ($190K difference),” she wrote.

Mandel forwarded her email to campaign manager Robby Mook and campaign research director Tony Carrk, adding, “Given the story yesterday about pay equity at the State Department, I wanted to flag something that came out of our research on pay equity at the Foundation. There are huge discrepancies, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they went here next.”

The story Mandel was referring to, reported that even as senator, Clinton paid women 72 cents for every dollar she paid men.

Clay Bennett: Women for Trump

From the editorial cartoonist of the Chattanooga Times Free Press:


Headline of the day: It’s just business as usual

From the London Sunday Mail:

No comment: Clinton has ‘nothing to say’ about Wikileaks email revealing $12M quid pro quo with Morocco’s king that an aide said was a ‘mess’ of her own making

  • ‘I have nothing to say about Wikileaks, other than I think we should all be concerned about what the Russians are trying to do to our election’
  • Democratic nominee was responding to a question posed by during a question and answer session on her plane
  • Trump went on offense over the ‘pay for play’ agreement at a rally Friday
  • Emial from Huma Abedin revealed how Clinton got King of Morocco to underwrite $12m Clinton Foundation summit
  • Abedin revealed: ‘The condition upon which the Moroccans agreed to host the meeting was her participation.’ 
  • She backed out of Marrakesh event amid a human rights storm after Abedin wrote: ‘She created this mess and she knows it’

Bloody indigenous protest over another pipeline

While indigenous people in the U.S. are battling one pipeline project, two indigenous groups are battling each other and the government over another pipeline, this one in Mexico.

And the conflict has suddenly turned violent.

From  Mexico News Daily:

Yaqui indigenous communities in disagreement over a proposed natural gas pipeline clashed yesterday, leaving at least one person dead.

The confrontation involved close to 300 people from the neighboring Yaqui communities of Loma de Bácum and Loma de Guámuchil in the state of Sonora. The former community is opposed to the pipeline project, while the latter is in favor.

The Yaqui from Bácum filed and won an amparo against the construction, which resulted in the temporary suspension of all activity in the area, but the construction company started work again last Saturday, allegedly with the support of government officials and the Yaqui of Guamúchil.

Those from Bácum have accused Guámuchil leader César Cota Tortola of being “close to the state government” and receiving “millions of pesos” for his support for the project.

The refusal of those from Guámuchil to abide by the amparo was what sparked the violence between the two communities, which reportedly started late Thursday night and climaxed about noon yesterday.

Image of the day: Sweden’s fall colors, from space

From NASA’s Earth Observatory, an astronaut’s-eye view of the fall colors of Sweden, with a jet plane’s contrail visible starting from the upper right corner:


From NASA:

Fall in northern Sweden is a brief but spectacular affair. For a few weeks in October, alpine forests in this remote part of Swedish Lapland turn blazing shades of yellow and orange.

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on the Landsat 8 satellite captured this image of hilly terrain in northern Lapland on October 10, 2016. Birch forests growing along stream valleys are probably the source of most of the color, though other deciduous shrubs and understory plants surely contribute as well. Some of the hills have a dusting of snow. The southern Sun’s low angle above the horizon draws long, dark shadows across the landscape.

In autumn, the leaves on deciduous trees change colors as they lose chlorophyll, the molecule that plants use to synthesize food. Chlorophyll makes plants appear green because it absorbs red and blue sunlight. It is not a stable compound, and plants have to continuously produce it, a process that requires ample sunlight and warm temperatures. When days shorten and temperatures drop, levels of chlorophyll do as well.

As the green fades, other leaf pigments—carotenoids and anthocyanins—show off their colors. Carotenoids absorb blue-green and blue light, appearing yellow and orange. Anthocyanins absorb blue, blue-green, and green light, appearing red.

In fall displays of color in Scandinavia and northern Europe yellows tends to dominate and reds are rare. In fact, northern Europe has just four tree species that turn red, compared with 89 tree species in North America. In East Asia, the number is 150.

In Lapland, the local name for leaf peeping season is ruska, the time of year when Scandinavians head outdoors to savor nature’s display before the long, dark winter descends.