China rejects North Korean coal shipments, opts for US supplies instead

China has sent a flotilla of North Korean freighters loaded with coking coal back to their home ports, according to an exclusive Reuters report. Meanwhile, China has placed massive orders for the steel-making commodity from U.S. producers.

Information on the Thomson Reuters Eikon financial information and analytics platform revealed that 12 freighters were returning to North Korea.

Reuters attributed news of Chinas rejecting North Korean coal to a trading source at Dandong Chengtai Trade Co., which is the biggest buyer of North Korea’s coal.

The Dandong Chengtai said it had 600,000 tons of North Korean coal sitting at various ports and that there were 2 million tons stranded at Chinese ports to be sent back to North Korea, Reuters said.

The move reflects Chinas public commitment on Feb. 26 to join other nations in punishing North Korea for its continued nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development program. China said in February it was suspending North Korean imports for the rest of this year.

China is North Korea’s largest source of trade and aid and targeting coal imports are meant to deprive Pyongyang of an important source of foreign currency.

As it halts imports of North Korean coal, China is increasing the amount of coal it buys from U.S. producers, Reuters said.

Buying U.S. coking coal marks a U-turn for China: No U.S. coking coal was exported to China between late 2014 and 2016. By February, coal shipments from the U.S. to China amounted to more than 400,000 tons. 

Global coal supplies have tightened recently, partly as a result of China forcing domestic producers to cut output and a cyclone curbing Australian coal shipments. The effect of the tightened coal supply has driven the price of premium coking coal to three times the level it was just one year ago.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Happy 25th birthday, Linux

Linux will turn 25 years old on August 25, the working day Linus Torvalds sent out his fateful message asking for help with a new operating system. Im doing a( free) operating system( merely a hobby, wont be big and professional like gnu) for 386( 486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. Id like any feedback on things people like/ aversion in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat( same physical layout of the file-system( due to practical reasons) among other things ), he wrote in the comp.os.minix message committee. And the remainder, as they say, is history.

Whats particularly interesting about Torvalds note is that it was followed not by snark or derision but with general interest. While we can chalk that up to Torvalds actually having a product ready to show potential users, we are also reminded that the internet in 1991 was a far different place than it is today.

TheLinux Foundation has just released a detailed report on the OS with highlightings from the past 25 years. They write that 13,500 developers from 1,300 companies have contributed to the Kernel since the entire project went up on Git in 2005. The most interesting bit of data?

During the period between the 3.19 and 4.7 releases, the kernel community was merging changes at an average rate of 7.8 patches per hour; that is a slight increase from the 7.71 patches per hour seen in the previous version of this report, and a continuation of the longterm trend toward higher patch volumes. That means the Linux kernel is almost constantly being patched and updated all by a volunteer army of programmers dedicated to seeing the glue of the Internet succeed.

You can read theentire report here.

Linux now operates most of the websites you visit and runnings on everything from gas pumps to smartwatches. The OS teaches kids to program thanks to the Raspberry Pi and it helped the French police save millions of euros. Heck, evenMicrosoft is releasing code for Linux. If you cant beat em, join em.

For a bit more insight into the history of the OS, Id recommendRebel Code and
Just For Fun. These books, released around the time Linux was coming into prominence, tell the fascinating narrative of Torvalds and his not big and professional side project.

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San Francisco to pay $190G to undocumented immigrant over sanctuary law violation, lawyer says

A man from El Salvador in the U.S. illegally who sued San Francisco after police turned him over to immigration authorities in violation of the city’s sanctuary law is set to be awarded $190,000, his attorney said Thursday.

Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno, 33, reached the settlement agreement with the city attorney’s office, said Saira Hussain, a staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus who represented Zarceno. The agreement must be approved by the Board of Supervisors.

Its really important for San Francisco to remain a sanctuary city not in name only but also in practice, Hussain told The San Francisco Examiner. Our hope is that the department is going to look into this further and really examine the way that the department can do more.”

Figueroa-Zarceno sued San Francisco in January for violating its sanctuary city law.

The construction worker said he went to police in December 2015 after getting a call from authorities that his stolen car had been found. Instead of helping him, he said, officers detained him and called immigration authorities.

He was taken into custody by federal authorities outside the police station and was in jail for two months. He has been fighting his deportation since his release.

“What happened to me was very unfair and it was an injustice,” Figueroa-Zerceno said. “I went into the police station to seek help and they didn’t tell me what was happening and they arrested me and treated me badly.”

City law prohibits law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigration officials except when violent criminals are involved.

Part of the law’s purpose was to encourage immigrants to report crimes they may be afraid of disclosing because of fear that investigating officers would turn them over to immigration authorities.

San Francisco’s sanctuary law was thrust into the national debate on immigration after the July 2015 slaying of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle.

The man charged with murder in Steinle’s slaying, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, had been released by San Francisco sheriff’s officials months earlier despite a request by immigration officials to keep him behind bars.

House Republicans took action Thursday to crack down on illegal immigrants and the cities that shelter them.

One bill passed by the House would deny federal grants to sanctuary cities and another, Kates Law, would increase the penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the United States.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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The ‘Star Wars’ Facebook page just replied obviously and correctly to a sexist comment.

Meet Captain Phasma. She’s a character in the new “Star Wars” movie.

And that’s … basically all we know about her.

Most details about her remain top secret, so much so that “Star Wars” HQ had recently uncovered two pretty obvious things: She’s a high-ranking stormtrooper, and she’s played by Gwendoline Christie, aka Brienne of Tarth from “Game of Thrones.”

Well played @StarWars, well played … 🙂 xL3HyPALkc Man vs Pink (@ ManVsPink) August 28, 2015

Let’s jolt that up, for those of you in the cheap seats .

It doesn’t matter how good it looks at a pond party. Man or female, it just needs to keep you the hell alive.

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What Depression Actually Is, Because Its More Than Just Being Sad

Depression is doing everything you can to hide it. Because theres nothing extol about it. Theres nothing beautiful about a bad night as you fall you your knees, in a silent holler, that no one hears because youre alone and you need to be until you get through it.

Its the sleepless nights as you lay awake at 2 am staring at the ceiling.

Its that time of year, you merely get a little bit sadder for no reason.

Its the tears you dont tell people you exclaim because you dont truly know why youre crying, you just know you need to.

Its the wishing and need to be around people but at the same time, you push them away.

Depression is watching across social media, everyones highlight reels and you know its not an accurate depiction of “peoples lives” yet you still compare yourself to them.

Its the plans canceled last minute because you couldnt muster the strength to get out of bed.

Its your alarm running off in the morning and you just want to go back to sleep.

Depression is that cloud that doesnt seem to go away ever. And even in those happy moments, you cling to, you know its still hovering over you. Depression waits. It creeps and lurks. It waits for the best day of your life and your happiest moment just so the next one can be your worst.

Its the fear of such happiness because you know its bound to fade.

Its every good day, that are few and far between and that’s what you hang onto.

Its the struggle in explaining to people when they ask why are you depressed? You only dont know and you dont know how to fix it. Its only a impression you cant shake but youre learn to work through.

Depression are toxic habits or people you gravitate towards.

Its drinking the style you do because at least for a moment your pain is numbed. You know the effects lead to being even more depressed the next day. And you know alcohol is a depressant but being numb assist sometimes.

Depression is the constant unbalance of things in your life.

Its either overexercising and being at the gym for hours or staying in bed for weeks immobile.

Its either sleeping too much or too little. But no matter what, youre always tired.

Its feeing too much or only never being hungry. Its someone asking,’ When was the last time you feed ?’ And you actually don’t know the answer.

Its weight loss that people commend you for but you know even you couldnt help it.

Depression is people asking if youre okay and you dont respond with Im sad. You simply say,’ I’m tired .’

Its the resentment of looking at others and only wanting to be that happy. So you glamorize your own life so it is suggested that style.

It’s that really scary moment when you open up to someone about what it is you enter into negotiations with. And that new level of friendship you reach, when they welcome you with open arms and it nearly brings you to tears.

Its loving people unbelievably hard because youre still learning to love yourself.

It’s looking ahead and looking forward to certain days in your life and really appreciating everything.

And even though you might not say it, as often as you should, it’s the love you have for everyone in their own lives which gives you strength .

Depression is becoming addicted to anything that gives you purpose. Whether its being a perfectionist in academics or becoming a workaholic. Its becoming the most to participate in a group or organization because you need something to look forward to. Its excelling in athletics because it genuinely helps to have that and a team to fall back on.

Its the need to be busy because if youre not youll spend too much period alone and everything will get worse.

But more than that, depression is the person who would do anything to construct others happy because someone elses happiness is their own.

Depression is being overly observant because you know what its like to hide things, so you look for it in others.

Its being the first one willing to help and being the person or persons you wish you had. Knowing well, there’s nothing you can say or do but be there for them and that’s okay.

But more than that, depression is a strength in you because theres nothing harder than overcoming demons within yourself .

Its the trust people have in you, knowing they can turn to you without decision.

It’s the exhilaration you bring to others because even though you’re sad, you do love life.

Depression is being the happiest, saddest person, people know but there’s a bit of beauty to someone who knows both feelings at such an extreme level.

Depression is an appreciation and gratitude for life. It’s knowing no matter what happens things will get better.

Depression is hope even in moments that seem hopeless.

It’s not letting this define who you are but rather learning to live through it and being the instance others can follow.

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Army veterans return to Standing Rock to form a human shield against police

A growing group of military veterans are willing to set their bodies between Native American activists and the police trying to remove them

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Tennessee McDonalds nativity scene goes viral

Drove by and did a double-take. Growing up in the mitten, you would NEVER see this. Tennessee McDonald’s…you made my day. “His name is Jesus”.

Posted by Amy Basel on Monday, December 14, 2015

Fox 17 Nashville spoke with the locations co-owner Gina Wolfe who said its a Christmas tradition to paint the window of her franchise locatings every year.

“It’s a family business which has been owned and operated by their own families for 40 years. My dad started this 40 years ago when he had a local art student paint it on his store, Wolfe told the station. My husband and I have been proprietors for 28 years and we’ve done this or something similar during Christmas each year. I guess with social media, it’s taken off.

Wolfe also reiterated the McDonalds larger than life murals have become a tradition for the surrounding neighborhood.

“We have so many people that tell us it genuinely kicks off the season for them when they see it on our stores. We are so pleased people enjoy it.”

Other adornments have included more commercialized images like characters from Charlie Brown or the Disney blockbuster Frozen, she said.

But amid the War on Christmas, the nativity scene has become a viral reach. Basels post has over 95,000 likes and 67,000 shares in just four days.

Lord bless them! In this day and age putting the spirt of the true meaning of Christmas up !!! Thank you !! commented Facebook user Mary Pruitt.

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10 Types Of Moms That Suck

Im not sure if you knew, but Im pretty much the best, most perfectest mommy ever in the history of ever. I dont need to tell you thats sarcasm, right internet? Perhaps? Eh. Is this satire now? I feel like I used to know what that was but I suppose I lost it somewhere along the way during my Wild Adventures in Blogging. People seem to have created this new, vague definition. Anyway, back to my perfection.

1. Language Police Mom

Firstly, that sounds like an awesome name for some sort of knockoff Barbie doll; you know the kind made of the same plastic they use for those KoolAid bottle-things that your inexpensive Aunt used to buy for you years after youd stopped played with dolls? Complete with police uniform, perfectly curled hair and a baby under each limb.

Secondly, I appreciate it when people curb its own language for children. Thats real nice and respectful, otherwise known as common courtesy. And yeah, it kind of sucks when some asshole( heh heheh, irony is fun) is cursing up a cyclone three feet from my perfect and innocent offspring, but hey, therefore welcomed reality. A mystic place full of things that really suck; like people, for example. As we step out into this land of people I cant control with a withering mama glare, I watch my daughters mounting disarray and horror. Those are bad words, she knows those are bad words because from time to period her mom says similar words and tells her those are bad words. I steel myself for life lesson time, usually by ordering more coffee.

Dearest child I begin cursing can be fun. It can be honed into a fine, enjoyable art. But, like many fun things in life, you typically have to be of an appropriate age to enjoy them. Now is not that age , nor will it ever be whilst you exist under my roof and I am legally responsible for your infractions. If you happen to express such language in my supreme direction, I will personally ensure that I embarrass you in front of every boy( girl ?) you like in the history of ever.

And lastly, its a moms job to protect their children, pretty much, but there exists this fine, judgy line between protection and total realistic disconnection. Remember Im altogether perfect, here, so yeah

2. The I Buy and Make Everything Organic, Mom

Kudos, thumbs up and a big smacking on the ass for you, lady, I mean severely, that stuff is expensive. But could you maybe stop shoving it down my throat like that awful kale smoothie youre forcing your sobbing child to choke down while I hand my daughter some frozen yogurt? She aced another spelling test, get off my suit, bro. Also, its a Saturday morning and my will is weak.

I induce my child Kraft Mac N Cheese with frozen chicken nuggets( I do heat them, by the way) sometimes, and I refuse to feel bad about it. I mean, its childhood we are talking about here, I only have so much time to nutritionally ruin her for life like my mothers did. Its the American way.

3. The Youre Doing That, As In Everything, All Wrong, Mom.

I am all about the open mindedness and information sharing. No really, despite my hatred of kale, smoothie form or otherwise, I entirely am. But I just really have a hard time believing there could be another mom as perfect as me out there. Okay, in all seriousness, all the child one-upping that goes on here kiiiinda makes me want to strangle you with your really cute diaper pouch. Your child is awesome Im sure, but every time you have to explain how they are more awesome than every other belligerent two year old, you steadily ruin the chances anyone else is actually going to like your kid. Or you.

4. The My Baby is 57 and a Half Months Old, Mom

Your kid is not 20 months old; your kid is over a year old, maybe even a year and a half old, but for the love of sweet, beautiful baby Jesus, after a year, months should no longer be used to reference the age of your child. Thats like forcing complete strangers to do math the first time you meet them, and thats grounds for irrational hatred. And I mean completely warranted, pure, unadulterated, but still irrational, hatred.

5. The Center for Disease Control, Mom

I love hand sanitizer as much as the next working mother with no more sick leave, but I need you to stop forcing it on me every 5 seconds. Do you want me to drink it? Would that build you happy ?! Dude, we used to hold each others hair in post-apocalyptic bar bathroom conditions, can we just calm down a teensy, teensy bit? Mini you just shoved three pennies and a nickel into her mouth while you were demise staring me for licking Cheetos off my thumbs, youve got bigger problems.

6. The Always Super Chipper and Well Dressed, Mom

I detest you.

No actually, I simply dislike you. Im 100% sure you sold your soul to Satan, or maybe Martha Stewart. Nope, dont even speak to me, I feel more disgusting and unworthy the closer you get. Im not even sure these Yoga gasps are clean, I may have worn them to the gym yesterday, who even knows anymore?

7. The I Lost All My Baby Weight in 5 Hours, Mom

From time to hour I enjoy playing this game with strangers at the gym where I say Im trying to lose baby weight. This is not exactly a lie. I merely see no reason to inform them my supposed newborn is nearly nine years old( how many months is that ?). Not relevant in the least.

Also consider# 6 for further details.

8. The I Only Care About Being A Mom, Mom

Shhhhh, this is a safe place my parenting sister. No one here( okay, well, excluding the entire internet because thats just what the internet does) is going to judge you for forcing your kids down for an early sleep because you wanted to catch up on the last season of Game of Thrones prior to season four premiering. Or, you know, to prevent yourself from being tomorrows CNN headline, whichever. All your dreamings, hobbies and general sense of ego doesnt have to leave your body at the same time your baby is expelled from your vagina, I mean they probably will, but you should at least fight the good fighting. Is that what feminism is about? Thats becoming about as vague as satire.

9. The We Dont Use the Word No In Our House, Mom

And this only positive reinforcement thing youve goes on prepares your child for reality how, exactly? My favorite thing to say to my daughter is no. I even say it before she finishes asking for something. Usually because she asks me for everything shes ever wanted in her entire life within the first ten minutes after I pick her up from school, but also because life is filed with a whole lot of no. Id rather she learned that early on, from me, than go skipping into the world expecting rainbows and unicorns only to belatedly discover soul crushing frustration that is in no way positive, or glittery. Soul crushing.

10. The I Write Internet Articles about Other Moms and Its Super Hypocritical, Mom

Oh, well hello there internet, imagination meeting you here.


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The danger of high-functioning depression as told by a college student.

I first watched a psychiatrist for my nervousnes and depression as a junior in high school.

During her evaluation, she asked about my coursework. I told her that I had a 4.0 GPA and had filled my schedule with pre-AP and AP class. A puzzled looking traversed her face. She requested information about my participation in extracurricular activities. As I rattled off the long list of groups and organizations I was a part of, her frown creased further.

Finally, she set down her pen and looked at me, saying something along the lines of “You seem to be pretty high-functioning, but your anxiety and depression seem fairly severe. Actually, its teens like you who scare me a lot.”

When we ensure depression and anxiety in teens, we see teens struggling to get by in their day-to-day lives. We ensure grades falling, and we see involvement replaced by the following paragraph isolation. But it doesnt always look like this.

And when we limit our idea of mental illness, at-risk people slip through the cracks.

We dont watch the student with the 4.0 GPA or the student whos active in choir and theater or a member of the National Honor Society or the ambitious teen who takes on leadership roles in a religion youth group.

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Google reportedly offered $30 billion to acquire Snapchat

Nerdy Google has failed at social time and time again, so it considered buying teen sensation Snapchat. The search giant held informal talks with Snap and floated an offer of $30 billion in 2016 before Snaps last funding round, and just before its IPO this year, according to Business Insiders Alex Heath. That offer was apparently an open secret inside Snap, and was on the table after the IPO, too.

But Snaps notoriously independent CEO Evan Spiegel has apparently showed no interest in selling out to Google or anyone else. Thats despite the startups market cap slipping to around $15 billion after soaring as high as $30 billion when it IPOd in May.

News of Googles interest helped Snaps share price climb around 2.3 percent today. The uptick comes after weeks of decline due to lockup expiration finally allowing insiders to sell stock, and strong growth for Facebooks Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status clones of Snapchat.

Google declined to comment to Business Insider and Snap told TechCrunch these rumors are false. Its possible that Googles interest was very preliminary, and likely never rose to Snaps higher ranks. Its standard for startups to explore alternative paths before taking significant funding rounds or going public.

[Update: Now Google is building its own competitor to Snapchat Discover. Read more in our feature piece: Google and Facebook envision Stories for news, not social]

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel (left) and his advisor and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt (right)

Googles growth-stage investment fund CapitalG ended up investing in Snap after the 2016 talks went nowhere, contributing to the round valuing the camera company at $20 billion. The organizationshave long been buddy-buddy. Google chairman Eric Schmidt was an adviser to Spiegel, Snap runs Googles office software suite and Snapchat has committed to spending $2 billion on Google Cloud hosting over the next five years.

At the time of the May 2016 choice to go with raising money instead of being acquired, Snap looked unchallenged in the full-screen Stories social media game. But in August, Instagrams soon to be wildly successful Stories clone launched, which has diverted growth, mind share and advertisers from Snap ever since.

Joining forces could be beneficial to both companies. Google would get a top social property to make up for its Google+, Buzz and Wave flops. It could also reap data about peoples social graphs, where they spend time and what topics they care about, allowing it to improve its ad targeting and measurement.

Snap would gain a deep-pocketed parent that could provide extra capital to make acquisitions and build out its R&D-heavy augmented reality technology. Machine vision and image recognition algorithms from Google Search could unlock information about whats in everyones Snaps. Googles advertising expertise and connections could boost Snaps ad revenue.

Together, they could align their Google Glass and Snap Spectacles hardware efforts to build a powerful but appealing AR device. However, Googles open, engineering-driven culture could clash with Snaps secretive, design-driven culture.

But Spiegel is the real stumbling block. He and his co-founder Bobby Murphy have configured Snaps voting rights to give them full control over the direction of the company, denying public backers any say. So even if investors would love to take the $30 billion offer thats double Snaps current market cap, they couldnt compel it to do so. Spiegel famously rebuked Mark Zuckerbergs offers to buy Snapchat, and is known for following his gut over outside advice.

As we wrote before the IPO, to bet on Snap is to bet on Spiegel for better or worse. His sixth sense for product produced ephemeral messaging and Stories, while his eye for acquisitions gave Snap Bitmoji and AR face filters. But with Snap drowning under Facebooks competition, Spiegels renegade style could see the company refuse life preservers even as it sinks.

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