Politics

April 25, 2019

Democratic candidates address women of color, vow to fight for racial justice

HOUSTON, TEXAS — Some 2,000 women, almost all of them women of color, gathered together in Houston Wednesday for the “She the People” forum, where they pressed Democrats running for president on how they propose to help support their communities. The gathering aimed to address “the unfinished business of women of color,” Aimee Allison, founder […]
April 24, 2019

Mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc said Trump rallies were like a ‘new found drug’

The man who mailed pipe bombs to prominent Democratic figures, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, wrote in a letter to the judge presiding over his case that attending a Trump rally “became like a new found drug.” Cesar Sayoc, 57, pleaded guilty in March to mailing 16 crude explosive devices to Democrats who criticized […]
April 24, 2019

Mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc said Trump rallies were like a ‘new found drug’

The man who mailed pipe bombs to prominent Democratic figures, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, wrote in a letter to the judge presiding over his case that attending a Trump rally “became like a new found drug.” Cesar Sayoc, 57, pleaded guilty in March to mailing 16 crude explosive devices to Democrats who criticized […]
April 24, 2019

Republicans are to blame for Trump’s norm-busting presidency

For all the talk about President Donald Trump’s refusal to abide by conventional norms befitting the nation’s chief executive, he bears only partial responsibility for his almost daily desecration of the Oval Office. Like a perpetually undisciplined child, the president’s defiance of rational political behavior is tolerated by the more judicious adults who toil, seemingly unperturbed, a mile down […]
April 24, 2019

Iowa’s drinking water crisis is part of a larger trend but the government has done little to act

Private wells used for drinking water in Iowa face widespread contamination due to agricultural practices, according to a new report out Wednesday, highlighting the latest in a series of major drinking water issues unfolding across the country. Authored by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Iowa Environmental Council, the report finds that agriculture, a […]
April 24, 2019

Deceptive conservative poll on Green New Deal accidentally supports strong climate action

The right wing media, led by Fox News, has been working overtime to misrepresent and demonize the Green New Deal and one of its chief proponents, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). But while this attack has certainly helped turn Republicans against the term “Green New Deal,” support for the underlying policies of the proposal — a […]

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April 24, 2019

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April 24, 2019

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April 22, 2019

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April 22, 2019

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April 21, 2019

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April 21, 2019

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April 20, 2019

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April 19, 2019

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April 18, 2019

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Latest from the World

April 25, 2019

New Zealand and France call out Facebook, Twitter and Google

Tech CEOs have been invited to a summit of world leaders in Paris next month to agree on ways of preventing terrorists from using their platforms.
April 25, 2019

Islanders to face Hurricanes’ ‘bunch of jerks’ next round – New York Post

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April 25, 2019

Leader of militia that has held migrants attacked in jail – CNN

Leader of militia that has held migrants attacked in jail  CNNTrump’s angry tweet about a common border incident prompts a Mexican investigation  Los Angeles TimesHow armed citizen militias roam the border — and legal gray areas — t...
April 25, 2019

Stop letting babies watch TV, begs World Health Organization

The occasional Netflix binge might seem like a harmless distraction to you and me, but the World Health Organization says those same personal standards should never be applied to babies and toddlers. In a new report, WHO insists that sedentary behavior in children up to five years of age puts them at a dramatically increased risk of developing habits links to obesity and all the nasty health effects that come with it. Previous WHO guidance on "screen time" for children had already placed restrictions on the amount of sedentary time young children should spend watching TV and playing with gadgets like smartphones and tablets. These low-energy activities contribute to poor health, it's thought, and now the guidelines have become even more strict. “Achieving health for all means doing what is best for health right from the beginning of people’s lives,” WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. “Early childhood is a period of rapid development and a time when family lifestyle patterns can be adapted to boost health gains.” The group cites increasingly troubling statistics regarding not just childhood obesity but the risks of sedentary lifestyles among adults. WHO says nearly a quarter of adults and a whopping 80 percent of adolescents fail to meet the minimum physical activity recommendations, and the thought is that these habits begin early in life and can be hard to break once an already-unhealthy individual reaches adulthood. So what should kids be doing if not staring at a digital screen? WHO has some ideas:
The pattern of overall 24-hour activity is key: replacing prolonged restrained or sedentary screen time with more active play, while making sure young children get enough good-quality sleep. Quality sedentary time spent in interactive non-screen-based activities with a caregiver, such as reading, storytelling, singing and puzzles, is very important for child development.
A full list of individual recommendations based on age can be found on the organization's website.
April 25, 2019

HBO shares new ‘Game of Thrones’ photos ahead of the bloodiest, longest episode yet

The Lady of Winterfell looks a little shaken in the image at the top of this post, and it's certainly no secret why. The epic confrontation we've all been anticipating as Game of Thrones' final season reaches the halfway mark this Sunday is almost here. And in advance of the high-stakes battle of Winterfell that will give the show it's bloodiest and longest episode to date, HBO has released a new batch of images teasing the struggle to come. Some of the images appear to be taken directly from the teaser for Episode 3 that fans will have seen this past Sunday at the end of the previous episode, while others give us a tiny hint of what we're in store for during the upcoming episode that will fall just shy of the 90-minute mark. Among them are depictions of Jaime Lannister and Brienne fighting together on what appears to be the front line. We see Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow seemingly far above the action, watching it unfold, as well as Tyrion Lannister and Varys huddled down below, in the safety (or, rather, the pseudo-safety) of the Stark crypts. We also get an image of Sansa and Arya Stark seeming to confer atop the castle fortifications. Last week's episode set the stage nicely for what's sure to go down as one of the most unforgettable in the series' history. Bran left us wondering if he'll be able to lure the Night King to the Godswood, where he can be dealt with, somehow, once and for all. Or is he bypassing Winterfell to go make trouble for Cersei while his minions lock Winterfell down? It's safe to say the body count in this episode will be high, and there's a new undercurrent of tension to boot between Jon and Dany now that he's told her his secret. As far as the battle itself, it's been touted as the most sustained action sequence ever filmed for a TV show or movie, so it will no doubt be an intense sequence of events to watch unfold. Which will be good news for those of you who've been anxious during the season's first two episodes which have been heavy on the table-setting and exposition. Your patience is about to be rewarded.
April 25, 2019

HBO shares new ‘Game of Thrones’ photos ahead of the bloodiest, longest episode yet

The Lady of Winterfell looks a little shaken in the image at the top of this post, and it's certainly no secret why. The epic confrontation we've all been anticipating as Game of Thrones' final season reaches the halfway mark this Sunday is almost here. And in advance of the high-stakes battle of Winterfell that will give the show it's bloodiest and longest episode to date, HBO has released a new batch of images teasing the struggle to come. Some of the images appear to be taken directly from the teaser for Episode 3 that fans will have seen this past Sunday at the end of the previous episode, while others give us a tiny hint of what we're in store for during the upcoming episode that will fall just shy of the 90-minute mark. Among them are depictions of Jaime Lannister and Brienne fighting together on what appears to be the front line. We see Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow seemingly far above the action, watching it unfold, as well as Tyrion Lannister and Varys huddled down below, in the safety (or, rather, the pseudo-safety) of the Stark crypts. We also get an image of Sansa and Arya Stark seeming to confer atop the castle fortifications. Last week's episode set the stage nicely for what's sure to go down as one of the most unforgettable in the series' history. Bran left us wondering if he'll be able to lure the Night King to the Godswood, where he can be dealt with, somehow, once and for all. Or is he bypassing Winterfell to go make trouble for Cersei while his minions lock Winterfell down? It's safe to say the body count in this episode will be high, and there's a new undercurrent of tension to boot between Jon and Dany now that he's told her his secret. As far as the battle itself, it's been touted as the most sustained action sequence ever filmed for a TV show or movie, so it will no doubt be an intense sequence of events to watch unfold. Which will be good news for those of you who've been anxious during the season's first two episodes which have been heavy on the table-setting and exposition. Your patience is about to be rewarded.
April 25, 2019

Will Paulie Volunteer For A Possible Challenge War With Kyle?

Paulie pondered volunteering for an elimination during tonight's 'Challenge: War of the Worlds' episode.
April 25, 2019

Young stars love to destroy planet atmospheres, new study suggests

New exoplanet discoveries have been piling up fast in recent years, and whenever astronomers confirm the existence of another planet there's always an immediate interest in whether or not that planet could support life. For many newly-discovered worlds the answer is a firm "no." They're either too hot, too cold, or they're just big balls of gas, but when a rocky world is discovered to be just the right distance from its star the possibility of life remains. A new research paper published in Astronomy & Astrophysics Letters explains how even some planets in the so-called "Goldilocks zone" of their parent stars can be doomed to harsh fate with no possibility of supporting life as we know it. For a planet to support life as we know it on Earth, it needs to have an atmosphere of some kind. Many young planets are believed to form atmospheres early on, which sounds like great news for anyone hoping that mankind finds extraterrestrial life out in the cosmos some day, but there's a bit catch. Young planets are often in orbit around young star, and scientists are beginning to realize now more than ever just how difficult it is for a planet to hang onto its atmosphere in the face of an active young star. The paper explains that abundant M-dwarf type stars, which are considered the most plentiful in our neck of the woods, may make life very difficult for the planets that orbit them. Unlike stars like our own Sun, M-dwarf type stars go through particularly active streaks at a young age, spewing elevated amounts of X-ray and ultraviolet radiation for billions of years. It's that radiation that can rapidly strip a nearby planet of its atmosphere. In fact, even a planet with an Earth-like atmosphere could completely lose it within a little as one million years if it were orbiting a particularly active young star. This isn't great news for alien hunters, but it does tell us a good deal about how unique Earth truly is, and it could help narrow down our search for extraterrestrial life in the future.
April 25, 2019

Democratic candidates address women of color, vow to fight for racial justice

HOUSTON, TEXAS — Some 2,000 women, almost all of them women of color, gathered together in Houston Wednesday for the “She the People” forum, where they pressed Democrats running for president on how they propose to help support their communities. The gathering aimed to address “the unfinished business of women of color,” Aimee Allison, founder […]
April 25, 2019

Labour pledges to reverse cuts to 3,000 bus routes in England and Wales

Jeremy Corbyn vows to protect "lifeline" services but the Tories warn motorists will be "clobbered".
April 25, 2019

Girls in gangs ‘failed by authorities’

The children's commissioner calls for a government review into how girls involved in gangs supported.
April 25, 2019

Coffee waste ‘could replace palm oil’

Scottish entrepreneurs aim to go global with their hope to replace palm oil using coffee waste.
April 25, 2019

Disney+ release may prompt a wave of Netflix cancellations, new survey reveals

Earlier this month, Disney officially took the wraps off of Disney+, its highly anticipated streaming service designed to compete with the likes of Netflix and HBO. With streaming being all the rage these days, and with Disney already boasting an absolute treasure trove of content, getting into the streaming game certainly makes a whole lot of sense. From what we can gather so far, Disney's streaming strategy appears to be incredibly well thought out. In addition to a vast library of compelling content -- which will include all 30 seasons of The Simpsons -- the company signaled a willingness to offer Disney+ at a discount should users opt to bundle it with services like ESPN+ and Hulu. And speaking of price, the $6.99 price point Disney revealed last week is remarkably cheap and does a solid job of undercutting Netflix. With Disney+ slated to roll out this coming November, it stands to reason that the nascent streaming service will quickly amass an impressive number of subscribers. What remains to be seen, though, is if consumers will view Disney+ as an "add-on" service to be enjoyed alongside Netflix or if Disney+ is so compelling that it might actually prompt some Netflix subscribers to cancel their subscriptions altogether. Tackling this very issue, Streaming Observer recently conducted a survey of 602 Netflix subscribers in order to assess the impact Disney+ might have on Netflix. Somewhat surprisingly, 12.3% of respondents indicated that they "might cancel Netflix and get Disney+" while 2.2% of respondents indicated that they are planning to cancel Netflix no matter what. The report adds:
With just under 14.5% of subscribers indicating they might leave the service, that represents nearly 9 million customers. That represents $116.9 million a month of potential lost revenue for Netflix. This echoes the anger many subscribers expressed in 2017 when learning Netflix would be losing Disney content. Of course, the reality is many people who threaten to cancel won’t actually follow through and do so. However, even if it’s just the 2.2% of subscribers who indicate they will definitely cancel that end up doing so, that still represents 1.3 million domestic customers at a time when Netflix’s growth in the US is stalling.
I certainly agree with the sentiment here, which is to say that many people may talk a big game when it comes to cancelling Netflix but not many people actually follow through. Further, with Netflix continuing to pump out fresh content at a breakneck pace, it's hard to envision a large group of users -- except for, perhaps, die-hard Disney fans -- opting for Disney+ over Netflix. As for Netflix subscribers keen on trying Disney+, 37.5% of respondents indicated a plan to take the new streaming service for a test run. There's plenty more information to be gleaned from the survey, which can be viewed in its entirety over here. My personal take is that Disney+ is incredibly compelling -- especially at the $6.99 price point -- but it's truly hard to imagine any one service really giving Netflix a run for its money at this point.
April 24, 2019

Archibald Leitch: The man who survived disaster to build football

He fought back from disaster to reinvent the football terrace and build more stadiums than anyone since.