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Tuesday

1 Article
Source: The Week

'Europe' is meaningless

10-Oct-2017

Subtitled "A Europe We Can Believe in," it is a document of some 4,600 words whose authors get by turns misty eyed and histrionic about the fate of a meaningless concept.

"Europe," like modal jazz and Star Wars, is one of those ideas that's been going steadily down-hill since its inception, in this case round about the 9th century in the Year of Our Lord. It used to mean, very simply, the lands in which the population were paid-up members of the Latin — as opposed to the Greek — Church.

1 Article
Source: Common Domain

Bad medicine: California lags other states in empowering nurse practitioners

10-Oct-2017

California is the only Western state that still requires a supervising physician for nurse practitioners to diagnose, treat and prescribe medicine for patients.

One solution is to expand the role of well-trained nurse practitioners, who can meet the basic healthcare needs of our growing population at a fraction of the cost of doctor visits. This will result in more people turning to costly emergency-room visits for routine care, it predicts.

1 Article
Source: New York Times

Review: Money Can’t Buy the New ‘Dynasty’ Excitement

10-Oct-2017

All that the network provided for review — suggests that this “Dynasty” hasn’t done much to rethink the 1981–89 nighttime soap other than to offer a different set of real-life analogues than you would have had in the ‘80s.

Unlike the three-season TNT version of “Dallas,” which continued the Ewing family saga with a new generation, this “Dynasty” is a remake, starting from scratch. Beyond some updates and nods to the times — the cast is more diverse, the setting is Atlanta rather than Denver, the word “mansplainer” is used — the story line stays very close to the outlines of the Aaron Spelling original.

Wednesday

1 Article
Source: Reuters

Trump's popularity is slipping in rural America: poll

11-Oct-2017

(Reuters) - Outside the Morgan County fair in McConnelsville, in a rural swath of Ohio that fervently backed U.S. President Donald Trump in last year’s election, ticket seller John Wilson quietly counts off a handful of disappointments with the man he helped elect.

Trump, who inspired millions of supporters last year in places like Morgan County, has been losing his grip on rural America. According to the Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll, the Republican president’s popularity is eroding in small towns and rural communities where 15 percent of the country’s population lives.

1 Article
Source: BBC

How chicken feathers could warm our homes

11-Oct-2017

One result of a huge chicken population is a huge amount of chicken feathers, which are normally burned or taken to landfill, polluting the environment.

BBC Designed visited Dieckmann and Robinson in their work space at Imperial College, where the pair works amid bales of chicken feathers collected from British farms and food processors. “Currently feathers are mainly converted in this country to a low-grade animal feed called feathermeal,” says Robinson.

1 Article
Source: The Guradian

End of the road: will automation put an end to the American trucker?

11-Oct-2017

The trucker holds a special place in American mythology: sometimes a symbol of freedom and the open road, sometimes a threat.

If you go to a modern warehouse now, say Amazon or Walmart, the trucks are unloaded by machines, the trucks are loaded by machines, they are put into the warehouse by machines.

Thursday

1 Article
Source: New York Times

Review: Adam Sandler Is a Revelation in ‘The Meyerowitz Stories’

Thursday 00:36 GMT

“The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” takes a literary angle that indirectly suggests The New Yorker, J. D. Salinger and, to some extent, Woody Allen.

The movie cuts to a medium close-up of a mustachioed Adam Sandler at a steering wheel looking back over his shoulder and screaming his head off. This is good for a laugh (and there are more to come), but once Danny pulls out of the impossible space and tools around downtown Manhattan, a different side of the character appears.

1 Article
Source: New York Times

The Best of Nikole Hannah-Jones

Thursday 00:36 GMT

The MacArthur board recognized Hannah-Jones, a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, for “chronicling the persistence of racial segregation in American society, particularly in education, and reshaping national conversations around education reform.”

“If there is a benefit to having to fight for civil rights over so many decades, it’s that it makes you presciently aware of the way that racism does not so much go away but adapts to the times.” “Historically black colleges like Xavier have written the guidebook on how to educate the nation’s neediest students, but they have always done so with less, and many of these schools are now struggling to survive.”

1 Article
Source: NBC News

Democrat unveils, then shelves, articles of impeachment against Trump

Thursday 00:36 GMT

A Democratic congressman took to the House floor Wednesday to unveil articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, but ultimately allowed the measure to be shelved indefinitely in order to avoid forcing his Democratic colleagues to take a potentially difficult vote.

Green, who said he was not aware of Steyer's letter, declined to say if he had received any pressure from his party's leadership to back down from the measure after his speech on the House floor, but said he had not been dissuaded ahead of time.

Friday

1 Article
Source: Reuters

Helicopters pluck 42 people, 5 dogs and cat from brink of California wildfire

Friday 00:05 GMT

(Reuters) - Helicopter pilot Pete Gavitte peered through his night vision goggles late Sunday as he approached a fast-growing wildfire near the California wine country town of Napa and instantly knew there was trouble ahead.

“We saw that it was actually really large, looked like a nuke had gone off or something,” said Gavitte, an 18-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol. As sirens blared from his helicopter, residents were grabbing their belongings and jumping into their cars to head down Atlas Peak Road, the only way out of the rural community.

1 Article
Source: Washington Post

Game 4 best and worst moments: Stephen Strasburg lifts Nationals to 5-0 win, forcing Game 5

Friday 00:05 GMT

With Stephen Strasburg back on the mound, amid sickness and confusion, the Washington Nationals staved off elimination in Game 4 with a 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Stephen Strasburg may or may not be sick, but he’s definitely a better option than Tanner Roark. Anthony Rizzo was so insulted by the Nationals that he hit a really well-placed pop fly. Boswell: Plenty of decisions to second-guess in Game 3, but that doesn’t mean they were wrong. Svrluga: Winter is coming: Nationals must fix anemic offense, or watch another fall go to waste. Nationals pushed to brink of elimination after wasting Max Scherzer’s Game 3 gem. What bringing a World Series home would mean to the Nationals, in their own words. The true, complete story of how the Nationals fixed baseball’s worst bullpen in two trades. Anthony Rendon prefers anonymity.

1 Article
Source: Times

21 Dead as Wildfires Rage Through California

Friday 00:05 GMT

Steve Concialdi said the blaze was nearly halfway surrounded and full containment was expected by Saturday, but another round of gusty winds and low humidity levels could arrive late Thursday.

(SONOMA, Calif.) —Wildfires tearing through California's wine country flared up Wednesday, destroying hundreds more homes and other buildings and leading to new evacuation orders as authorities raised the death toll to 21 and warned that the number was expected to rise.

Saturday

1 Article
Source: The Guradian

Under fire: how cinema's new breed of cowboys are taking aim at the old west

Saturday 00:34 GMT

If I told you about a pivotal scene in which a gunslinger turns to the camera and stares, hard-eyed, at the audience, I might be describing The Great Train Robbery, made in 1903, a silent cinema milestone whose star, Justus D Barnes, was a middle-aged stage actor.

By the 1970s, the old western was seen as a product of a filthy America – the western was the Kent State shooting, the western was My Lai.

1 Article
Source: The Guradian

Breathe review – Andrew Garfield fronts poignant biopic of wheelchair pioneer

Saturday 00:34 GMT

At all events, Breathe is an affecting account of the quiet courage needed to battle the deadly spores of discrimination and condescension that came with polio.

Andrew Garfield plays Cavendish, a rather dashing fellow in the 1950s who zooms around the place in his sports car and plays a splendid game of cricket, hitting a six that breaks the teacups set out by the clubhouse and roguishly calling out: “Sorry!”

1 Article
Source: The Guradian

Chinese messaging app error sees n-word used in translation

Saturday 00:34 GMT

Chinese messaging app WeChat has reportedly apologised after an AI error resulted in it translating a neutral Chinese phrase into the n-word.

Almost two years ago, Google was forced to apologise after its machine vision system had labelled a photo of two black people as “gorillas”.

Sunday

1 Article
Source: Common Domain

Mazda’s MX-5 Miata RF: A Peter-Pan Car Grows Up

Sunday 00:33 GMT

The Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster, now nearly three decades in production, belongs to the canon of great cars—inimitable, essential and timeless, a Hall of Famer.

The Mazda’s power-roof cycle takes about 13 seconds but, because it’s such a small car, the speed at which the top can be lowered is limited to 6 mph, to avoid blowing hair being caught in the mechanism. They might have called it RT for “retractable targa” except for Porsche’s Wehrmacht of copyright litigators.

1 Article
Source: Common Domain

How being a skinflint became ‘sexy’

Sunday 00:33 GMT

There are a host of blogs that are connecting “fun” with “frugal,” including “My Frugal Adventures,” “The Frugal Girl,” and “Suddenly Frugal.” But there are also new money-saving movements shy away from traditional words like “frugal,” “budgeting” and “cheap,” and opt for fresher terms like “financial freedom,” “early retirement” and “minimalism,” that make saving money sound cool and attracting cult-like followings in the process.

1 Article
Source: The Guradian

'Thanks to Guardian readers, many children are now sleeping safely in warm beds'

Sunday 00:33 GMT

“Thanks to your readers, many children are now sleeping safely and securely in warm beds, and many more will not have to risk their lives trying to reach sanctuary.”

“Thanks to your generosity, we were able to respond to the growing number of unaccompanied children arriving in Italy earlier this year; we have started to establish inter-Europe family reunion, helping unaccompanied children to reunite with their families across Europe; and we have begun to extend our work beyond Europe.”

Source: Common Domain

Senators announce bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare markets

Today 01:30 GMT
Source: New York Times

Trump Says Drug Czar Nominee Tom Marino Withdraws From Consideration

Tuesday 21:57 GMT
Source: Fox News

Trump touts new Senate plan on payments to ObamaCare insurers, after cutoff

Today 01:30 GMT
Source: BBC

Trump cites bereaved aide to attack Obama

Today 01:30 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Hawaii judge blocks Trump's new travel ban

Tuesday 22:47 GMT
Source: BBC

Iraqi forces make fresh gains from Kurds

Tuesday 19:09 GMT
Source: New York Times

Top General’s Grief Becomes Political Talking Point for Trump

Today 01:33 GMT
Source: Washington Post

‘Bone Music’: The revival of making albums made from X-rays

Tuesday 07:01 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Alpine Ski Resorts Luring Buyers with Year-Round Activities

Tuesday 18:13 GMT
Source: DW

Feeding the world with organics: A realistic prospect?

Monday 18:13 GMT
Source: The Guradian

NFL owners and players meet after tumultuous start to season

Today 01:33 GMT
Source: The Guradian

James Corden faces backlash for Harvey Weinstein jokes

Monday 14:32 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Mining Mexican cinema for its music: How songs and scores lend power to the picture

Tuesday 19:09 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Li Yuchun: meet the pop star taking gender neutral style to China

Monday 08:06 GMT

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte