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The false dichotomy of 'peace or war' with North Korea

15-Jun-2018

The practical patience of most Americans' take on the situation offers a safer, if slower, route to security and, someday, peace.

War between North Korea and the U.S. (and any of either countries' allies) would be hellish on a scale few alive today have witnessed. Deterrence is an option, particularly when coupled with a gradual improvement of relations and opening of North Korea to the outside world, which the Trump-Kim summit could inaugurate.

Source: Common Domain

Apple’s Next Laptops Could Be More iPhone Than Mac

15-Jun-2018

Apple’s MacBook Pro laptops are powered by Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processors and—like Apple’s desktop computers—will probably continue to be for a long time.

Many manufacturers are already using mobile chips from smartphones in laptops running Google’s Chrome OS, and are starting to put them in laptops running Microsoft Windows. Apple Inc. AAPL 0.05% already designs its own chips, which are arguably the fastest mobile processors in the world—will it use them in its own MacBooks?

Source: New York Times

My Son Loves Elsa From ‘Frozen.’ I Had to Learn to Love Her, Too.

15-Jun-2018

I’d never heard of the animated musical “Frozen” until this past Christmas, when my 3-year-old son got off a plane after an 11-hour flight.

I certainly didn’t know a morning would soon come when my son, wrapped up in a bath towel — his “princess dress,” he told me — would ask if I wanted lipstick to be beautiful like Elsa … and like him. It turns out my wife (an editor at The New York Times) has no problem coating his lips with a neutral pink, or letting him stumble around her in heels, or buying him a proper Elsa dress, with lace flecked in snowy glitter.

Source: DW

All about Orpheus

15-Jun-2018

Performed by: Orchestre de l'Opera National de Lyon Orchestre de Chambre de Grenoble Marc Minkowski, conductor. Joseph Haydn  Excerpts from the opera The Soul of the Philosopher, or Orpheus and Euridice. Christoph Willibald Gluck Excerpts from the opera Orpheus and Euridice:  Overture. performed by: Mathias Vidal, tenor  Bonn Philharmonic Chorus Les Musiciens du Louvre Sébastien Rouland, conductor. Recorded by Deutsche Welle, Bonn (DW) in the World Conference Center Bonn on September 30, 2017

Source: CBS News

Elon Musk says high-speed underground train in Chicago could be finished in 3 years

15-Jun-2018

The sturdiness of the tunnels is a safety concern and the disposal of the tunnel dirt an environmental one, but if the concerns are answered, Musk says digging could start in three to four months and the first passengers could be aboard in three years – 30 to 60 feet underground.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO said Thursday his Boring Company had won the bid to build a system using electric vehicles to carry passengers through tunnels and predicted it would be ready within three years.

Source: CBS News

Pilot missing since World War II buried at Arlington National Cemetery

15-Jun-2018

Keown's remains arrived Thursday at Washington's Reagan National Airport, said Justin Taylan of Pacific Wrecks, a nonprofit contractor that searches for the remains of missing service members in conjunction with the Department of Defense.

More than 50 years later, in 1999, the Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery gave the Army human remains a farmer had found on his land in the 1980s and reburied in a village cemetery.

Source: NBC News

Tunisian presidential committee recommends decriminalizing homosexuality

15-Jun-2018

The decriminalization of homosexuality was one of several progressive changes recommended to Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebi by the country’s Individual Freedoms and Equality Committee (also known by the acronym COLIBE), a presidential commission comprised of legislators, professors and human rights advocates.

Homosexuality may soon cease being a crime in the North African country of Tunisia, where gay sex is currently punishable by up to three years in prison.

Source: New York Times

Spurs Forward Kawhi Leonard Wants Out of San Antonio

15-Jun-2018

An N.B.A. off-season frenzy expected to revolve around LeBron James took its first wild twist on Friday with reports that the San Antonio Spurs’ star forward, Kawhi Leonard, wants to be traded.

Amid a growing belief around the league that the longtime Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich would soon meet face to face with Leonard to try to repair the team’s deteriorating relationship with its best player, multiple reports indicated Friday that Leonard no longer wished to stay with the franchise that acquired him on draft night in 2011.

Source: The Guradian

Jay-Z sued in dispute over royalties from debut album

15-Jun-2018

Jay-Z is being sued over royalties for his 1996 album Reasonable Doubt, the debut record that put the now 48-year-old rapper on the map.

Among the defendants in the suit are Jay-Z, Damon Dash and Kareem Burke, both executive producers on Reasonable Doubt, as well as Roc-A-Fella, Jay-Z’s record label, and Roc Nation. In the court filing, obtained by Pitchfork, Herbert’s attorney Kevon Glickman claims the plaintiff “is not presently aware of the exact amounts of damages resulting from defendants’ breach” but adds that “the sum of money is substantial”.

Source: New York Times

At Snapchat, Redrawing the Bounds of Reality

15-Jun-2018

The figure in the storyboard was what’s known as a 3D Bitmoji, part of a deceptively powerful Snapchat feature that uses augmented reality to drop cartoon characters — dancing hot dogs, twerking chipmunks, Ed Sheeran — and other digital objects into a camera lens’s field of view.

Unlike virtual reality, which demands that the natural world be forfeited for seductive ones and zeros, the allure of augmented reality is a kind of perceptual truce, with our digital preoccupations layered harmoniously atop the natural landscape.

Source: New York Times

With $40 in Bets, New Jersey’s Governor Ushers in Legal Sports Betting

15-Jun-2018

The wagers, held aloft by Gov. Philip D. Murphy on Thursday, were the first legal sports bets placed in New Jersey, heralding a new era in the state that began the effort to legalize sports betting as a way of providing a boost to struggling Atlantic City casinos and the state’s racetracks.

Sports betting operations began at two sites in New Jersey — Monmouth Park in Oceanport, near the Jersey Shore, and at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City — and both were overwhelmed by lines of eager gamblers seemingly thrilled to have the chance to part with their money.

Source: New York Times

A Fashion Expert and a Football Expert Had a Conversation About World Cup Kits

15-Jun-2018

As we gird ourselves for what may be the ultimate sports fashion show — the World Cup of kits — I have been struck by a few things that cry out for your opinion.

Perhaps we should count ourselves lucky that, at least as far as the uniforms go, a lot of this World Cup looks pretty good.

Source: DW

CERN: Large Hadron Collider gets stronger, better, brighter

15-Jun-2018

The data center of CERN, which collects and processes all the data from those experiments is unique and connected to all the cooperating institutes and universities in the world.

That goes for the huge CERN data center, in which all the pictures from the collisions get stored like on the memory stick of a digital photo camera. Then the data gets redistributed to other servers all over the world where physicists analyze and interpret it.

Source: DW

Kommentar: Warum es doch einen Grund zur Freude auf die WM gibt

15-Jun-2018

Diese kindliche Freude auf fünf Wochen Fußball, auf begnadete Ball-Streichler aus aller Welt, auf Tipp-Spiel-Siege im Kollegenkreis oder die sehr deutsche Tradition des Rudelguckens mit Bier und Bratwurst?

Für DW-Sportredakteur Joscha Weber liegen die Gründe auf der Hand - und dennoch sieht er Hoffnung für ein großes Turnier. Die WM 2018 in Russland beginnt und bei manch einem fehlt noch die echte Euphorie.

Source: DW

Maxim Ossipow: Russische Politik ist wie eine Krankheit

15-Jun-2018

Mit seinem Buch "Nach der Ewigkeit" war Maxim Ossipow ein Anwärter auf den Internationalen Literaturpreis für übersetzte Gegenwartsliteraturen.

In diesem Jahr durften sich die Kroatin Ivana Sajko und ihre Übersetzerin Alida Bremer über die Auszeichnung freuen.

Source: New York Times

Matt Murphy, Master of Blues Guitar, Is Dead at 88

Tuesday 22:48 GMT
Source: CBS News

Johnny Depp: "I was as low as I believe I could have gotten" after money and marital problems

Thursday 21:55 GMT
Source: CBS News

This "Hot Dog Water" sells for $37.99 a bottle

Thursday 21:55 GMT
Source: CBS News

Yrsa Daley-Ward on raw Instagram poetry and her new memoir, "The Terrible"

Thursday 21:55 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Mexico Criticizes U.S. Over Policy Removing Immigrant Children From Parents

Wednesday 18:15 GMT
Source: Reuters

In Mexico, Trump's child separations trigger wrenching decisions

Thursday 05:16 GMT
Source: NBC News

'The lucky ones': Families who slip through the gap in Trump's zero-tolerance border policy

Wednesday 15:30 GMT
Source: Common Domain

In the U.K., the Average Asking Price is 45% Above the Average Sale Price

Friday 06:09 GMT
Source: Global News

Reduce taxes, fees to help grow Canada’s airline industry, lower prices: study

Friday 03:25 GMT
Source: CBS News

Florida teen is first known human to contract virus usually found in animals

Friday 20:03 GMT
Source: CBS News

Make Music Day celebrates the musician in everyone

Friday 09:03 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Here’s what could happen to Apple’s average selling prices in the next iPhone cycle

Friday 20:03 GMT
Source: New York Times

Magnetic Sense Helps Billions of Moths on an Australian Migration

Friday 09:04 GMT
Source: New York Times

Chinese Fans Paid Dearly for World Cup Tickets That Never Materialized

Friday 09:03 GMT

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