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Wiped Phones and the Battle for Evidence in Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's Prosecution
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 16:33:09 +0000

Phones belonging to top state health department officials were found with no text messages from January 2014 to October 2015.

The post Wiped Phones and the Battle for Evidence in Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s Prosecution appeared first on The Intercept.


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The Incredible Cynicism of GOP Support for #FreeBritney
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 10:00:23 +0000

Britney Spears's struggle is against patriarchal control and economic exploitation — which are core Republican values.

The post The Incredible Cynicism of GOP Support for #FreeBritney appeared first on The Intercept.


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In one quote, the core of the effort to undermine the 2020 election is revealed
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:25:14 EDT
The Republican belief in rampant Democratic voter fraud predates Trump by decades.
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qualifiers: 30.00 republican, 30.00 politics, 30.00 democrat, 25.00 election

Can Pelosi’s power play on Capitol attack panel thwart wrecking tactics?
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 12:12:08 GMT

Speaker is locked in a battle of wills with Kevin McCarthy who is determined to change the political conversation, critics say

It was, Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday, one of the darkest days in America’s history – an assault on democracy, Congress and the constitution. “The American people want to know the truth,” she said.

But will the truth of the 6 January insurrection at the US Capitol ever be fully told?

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Alabama governor joins growing number of Republicans urging Americans to get vaccinated – live
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 14:21:22 GMT
  • Covid cases likely to accelerate through summer, new forecasts say
  • CDC director warns Americans in ‘another pivotal moment’ in pandemic

Republican lawmakers are under increasing pressure to tell their constituents Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective amid spread of the new, more contagious Delta variant.

Covid-19 vaccines are highly effective against the Delta variant, and remain the single most tool available to prevent infection with the highly contagious disease.

In recent news conferences and statements, some prominent Republicans have been imploring their constituents to lay lingering doubts aside. In Washington, the so-called Doctors Caucus gathered at the Capitol for an event to combat vaccine hesitancy. And in Florida, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis this week pointed to data showing the vast majority of hospitalized Covid-19 patients hadn’t received shots.

“These vaccines are saving lives,” said DeSantis, who recently began selling campaign merchandise mocking masks and medical experts.

Republican Governor Kay Ivey has joined a growing chorus of Republicans urging people to get vaccinated. According to local TV station WKRG, she told a press conference Thursday:

The new cases of Covid are because of unvaccinated folks. Almost 100% of the new hospitalizations are with unvaccinated folks. And the deaths are certainly occurring with the unvaccinated folks. These folks are choosing a horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain,” said Gov. Ivey.

When asked how the state can get more shots into the arms of residents, Ivey did not hold back her displeasure with the lack of success previous plans have had.

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Democratic bill would suspend Section 230 protections when social networks boost anti-vax conspiracies
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 19:37:48 +0000
Two Democratic senators introduced a bill Thursday that would strip away the liability shield that social media platforms hold dear when those companies boost anti-vaccine conspiracies and other kinds of health misinformation. The Health Misinformation Act, introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), would create a new carveout in Section 230 […]
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Former congresswoman Abby Finkenauer launches Senate bid against Grassley
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:47:49 EDT
The Democrat accused the Republican incumbent of being "obsessed with power."
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U.S. Military Bought Cameras in Violation of America's Own China Sanctions
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 17:55:59 +0000

Purchased camera systems were supposedly made in the U.S. but actually originated from Chinese companies blacklisted for security reasons.

The post U.S. Military Bought Cameras in Violation of America’s Own China Sanctions appeared first on The Intercept.


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A scandal-scarred Senate candidate wants Donald Trump’s endorsement. Other Republicans worry he’ll give it.
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 06:00:00 EDT
Former Missouri governor Eric Greitens, forced from office in 2018, has hired several Trump associates for his campaign and has falsely suggested Trump could replace Biden before the next presidential election.
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Labour’s local successes show there’s a path forward – if the national party dares to take it | Andy Beckett
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 05:00:44 GMT

A Westminster leadership that often appears timid or lost should learn from bold, innovative municipal government

As Labour’s general election defeats have mounted, it’s become common to fear that the party will never hold office again. There are reasons to think that this pessimism is overdone: the volatility of our electoral system, the government’s accumulating problems, and the ageing voters whom it increasingly relies on.

But another reason not to despair quite yet is rarely introduced into the panicky debate about Labour’s future. Away from Westminster, in regions such as northern England where its crisis is supposed to be deepest, the party is still in office in lots of places, in both traditional local government institutions and new ones created by devolution. And rather than just clinging on, in a small but growing number of these places Labour is doing innovative and popular things with what power it still has.

Some of these islands of radicalism are relatively well known, such as “the Preston model”, a Labour council’s revival of the once-struggling Lancashire city by getting its main institutions to spend a lot more of their money locally. Other ambitious Labour administrations such as Salford, North Ayrshire and the North of Tyne combined authority are also beginning to attract attention beyond their localities, by pursuing expansive policies such as opening more public libraries, building large numbers of council homes and investing in new green businesses.

Meanwhile, already high-profile but previously quite cautious Labour mayors such as Andy Burnham and Sadiq Khan have become bolder, particularly in their policies to reduce air pollution and improve public transport. Despite Labour’s sagging national popularity since 2017, in all these local strongholds its support has been resilient or even increased. Is this the beginning of something important – or just a few minor fightbacks by a declining party?

Sceptics about Labour’s prospects have plenty of reasons to think the latter. In centralised Britain, local government has been losing power and funding for decades, and particularly since 2010, as it has suffered the worst of Conservative austerity. And under Keir Starmer, Labour hasn’t been able – or willing – to use its local successes as evidence of its ability to run the country. A party that is damagingly short of national policies, and which recently launched a policy review to find some, appears largely uninterested in the promising experiments of its municipal wing. In statements by Starmer and his shadow ministers, the achievements of these innovators rarely feature.

This disconnect tells us important things about the state of the party, and also about our wider politics. Starmer’s vulnerable position as leader makes it risky for him to publicise the achievements of currently more effective local Labour politicians, such as the ambitious Burnham. Many of the party’s mayors and council leaders are also to the left of Starmer, or at least to the version of Starmer permitted by his centrist advisers. They are more interested in redistributing power and resources locally than in looking respectable for the Tory press, or trying to appease increasingly rightwing ex-Labour voters.

This boldness partly explains what happened to the many new ideas generated by the left during Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Some of that energy has either lingered in, or been transferred to, Britain’s town and city halls. Yet with Corbynism now increasingly treated by Labour as an aberration, its ideas – however successful they may be locally – appear to be largely off-limits to Starmer.

The municipal radicals seem undeterred. The leader of Preston council, Matthew Brown, and the mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett, have written occasional articles about what Labour nationally could learn from their work. But they also have a strong air of independence. In a recent book co-authored by Brown and the leftwing writer Rhian E Jones, Paint Your Town Red, which makes modern municipal socialism seem seductively achievable, there is a section titled “Solving problems from below without permission from above”. In some ways, these local leaders have seceded from mainstream politics, with its Westminster fixation. That may be their most radical step of all.

Yet they have also learned to exploit the Conservatives’ careless lawmaking. Brown and Jones argue that the new mayoralties and combined authorities, “cynically introduced” by the Tories since 2010 as an attempt to devolve the blame for austerity, have inadvertently “proved amenable” to leftwing politicians. The new structures have prompted them to form new regional alliances and to think afresh.

This picture of a kind of guerrilla government by the local left is very appealing in an era of Tory domination and general Labour toothlessness. But as a long-term strategy it may have limits. A similar but larger-scale leftwing experiment took place at the Greater London Council (GLC) between 1981 and 1986, during Margaret Thatcher’s premiership. The GLC had originally been created by the Tories to loosen Labour’s hold on the capital by extending London’s boundaries to include its more rightwing suburbs. Yet during the 80s a leftwing Labour administration led by Ken Livingstone took control, and found legislative loopholes that enabled it to increase and redirect the GLC’s spending in radical directions.

With little help from a cautious Labour leadership, rather like today’s, the GLC supported multiculturalism and minority rights in pioneering and eventually very influential ways. But its radicalism also so enraged and threatened the Conservatives that they abolished it. The current government is not yet suggesting that today’s leftwing mayoralties and councils be abolished. But days after Labour’s successes in this year’s mayoral elections, the Tories confirmed their plans to change the voting system for electing mayors, to the probable disadvantage of Labour candidates. Even more than Thatcher, this government is intolerant of rival centres of power.

For anyone wanting the city hall radicals to rescue Labour, there are also potential problems of scale. It’s relatively easy for bold politicians to win control locally in elections when turnouts tend to be low, and more politicised voters are influential. It’s also not that difficult to get a good press for shaking up a town from local newspapers that may welcome the excitement, and are often fairly neutral. But national politics, with its ferocious media bias towards Conservatism and fickle swing voters, is a different business.

Yet for Labour to recover nationally, and to remain usefully in power locally, closer cooperation between these two sides of the party may be one of the few viable strategies. Labour’s recent announcement that in government it “would ask public bodies to give more contracts to British businesses”, on the condition that those businesses improve their “social, environmental and labour” practices – both policies echoing parts of the Preston model – may be a sign that Starmer is finally beginning to pay attention to the municipal revolutions taking place under his nose. If not, the lives of those revolutions may be short and lonely.

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Texas GOP lawmakers want 2020 election audit — but only in big counties that mostly went for Biden
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:50:30 EDT
Dozens of Texas Republicans have signed onto a bill mandating a forensic audit of the 2020 election results, but only in the state's biggest counties, which mostly went for President Biden.
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qualifiers: 30.00 republican, 30.00 politics, 25.00 election

Eight Months Later, a Vigilante Shooting Over a Trump Sign Divides Topeka
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 13:15:10 +0000

Two white men in Kansas shot into a car of Latino teenagers and went home. Almost a year later, neither shooter is in custody.

The post Eight Months Later, a Vigilante Shooting Over a Trump Sign Divides Topeka appeared first on The Intercept.


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Ignoring Intel Rumors, GlobalFoundries Will Do $1-billion Expansion
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 15:27:00 GMT
Plus the foundry will build a new fab in New York state
Match ID: 12 Score: 75.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 2 days
qualifiers: 30.00 democrat, 20.00 federal government, 15.00 executive, 10.00 house of representatives

I Tried to Make Claims About Election Fraud So Preposterous Trump Fans Wouldn't Believe Me. It Was Impossible.
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 17:42:19 +0000

I was acting as Trump and his minions do: free to say anything, no matter how ridiculous, with no basis in observable fact.

The post I Tried to Make Claims About Election Fraud So Preposterous Trump Fans Wouldn’t Believe Me. It Was Impossible. appeared first on The Intercept.


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Bill to Subsidize Sustainable Agriculture Is a “Prime Contender” for Reconciliation Package
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 16:18:35 +0000

The Growing Climate Solutions Act would help farmers and foresters participate in carbon credit markets. Its opponents say it doesn’t go far enough.

The post Bill to Subsidize Sustainable Agriculture Is a “Prime Contender” for Reconciliation Package appeared first on The Intercept.


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Germany’s Greens cautious over linking floods to climate crisis
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 15:10:58 GMT

Party leaders hope public will draw its own conclusions from last week’s catastrophic floods

It was a slogan that cut to the chase: “Everybody is talking about Germany. We talk about the weather.”

The provocative message – itself an inversion of the title of an essay by Red Army Faction terror group founder Ulrike Meinhof (“Everybody talks about the weather. We don’t”) – was at the heart of the West German Green party’s 1990 election campaign, but has rarely felt more relevant than today as catastrophic floods in western Germany have brought extreme weather events to the centre of the national debate little more than two months before federal elections.

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qualifiers: 30.00 politics, 25.00 election, 15.00 elections

What Amazon and Facebook Get Wrong About FTC Chair Lina Khan
Sun, 18 Jul 2021 16:17:44 +0000

The tech giants have accused her of bias against them, but that misunderstands her antitrust analysis.

The post What Amazon and Facebook Get Wrong About FTC Chair Lina Khan appeared first on The Intercept.


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qualifiers: 21.43 politics, 21.43 democrat, 10.71 judiciary, 7.14 congress

Coronavirus live: Indonesia reports record daily deaths; Philippines bans children from going out
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 14:48:13 GMT

Latest updates: Indonesia’s daily death toll reaches 1,566; Philippines bans children aged 5-17 leaving the house until end of July

The Republican governor of Alabama has said it is “time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks” for rising cases of Covid-19, amid concern that months of misinformation over the need and efficacy of vaccines is fueling a resurgence of coronavirus infections in several states.

Kay Ivey said that vaccines are “the greatest weapon we have to fight Covid” and added that a surge in new cases of the coronavirus in Alabama is due to a reluctance among many people in the state to get inoculated.

Related: Republican governor says ‘time to start blaming unvaccinated’ for rise in cases

Related: Alabama governor joins growing number of Republicans urging Americans to get vaccinated – live

Germany’s public health institute has said it is putting Spain and the Netherlands on a list of high-incidence countries for coronavirus, meaning new restrictions for unvaccinated travellers.

The move by the Robert Koch Institute, effective from Tuesday, means anyone arriving from high-incidence countries with new infection rates of 200 or more per 100,000 people in the past seven days is required to go into a 10-day quarantine, which can be cut to five days upon a negative test.

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qualifiers: 30.00 republican, 30.00 politics

Mississippi urges US supreme court to overturn Roe v Wade in abortion case
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 12:38:48 GMT

• State argues that constitution does not support right to abortion

• Court likely to hear the case this fall and rule in spring

The US supreme court should overturn its landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide, instead letting states decide whether to regulate abortion before a fetus can survive outside the womb, the state of Mississippi argued in papers filed on Thursday with the court.

The filing came as one reproductive rights advocate warned that she believed half of US states would ban abortion altogether if Roe versus Wade was overturned, as anti-abortion extremists gain ground and Republican-dominated state legislatures continue their work of recent years to strip back a woman’s choice.

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Ron Rosenblith, Democratic political strategist and Hotline co-founder, dies at 75
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 20:53:09 EDT
He was a campaign official and Senate chief of staff for John F. Kerry, then helped launch a political newsletter.
Match ID: 19 Score: 60.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 0 days
qualifiers: 30.00 politics, 30.00 democrat

Rep. Hank Johnson arrested at ‘Black Voters Matter’ protest for voting rights
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 20:22:49 EDT
Johnson is the second House Democrat in a week to be arrested at a voting rights demonstration.
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Suddenly, (Some) Republicans Are All In on the Vaccine
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 23:40:22 +0000
The new G.O.P. politics of the pandemic follow the grim new math of the pandemic for Red America.
Match ID: 21 Score: 60.00 source: www.newyorker.com age: 0 days
qualifiers: 30.00 republican, 30.00 politics

Democrats continue to admonish FBI over handling of Kavanaugh complaints
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:35:41 EDT
Their demand followed a letter last month from from an FBI official defending its process and providing new details about the volume of tips it received about Kavanaugh through a tip line it set up for the investigation.
Match ID: 22 Score: 60.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 0 days
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The Guardian view on Pegasus spyware: the export of self-censorship | Editorial
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:03:47 GMT

Global rules are needed to govern the proliferation of these weapons of mass repression

Last year saw the highest global military spending – nearly $2tn – since 1988. More than half of that was expenditure by the United States and its allies. Defence capabilities are closely guarded national assets. A web of rules has grown up around the export of arms and their use. No country wants its most lethal weapons being turned upon themselves.

Yet there are at least 500 private companies that operate, largely unregulated, and sell intrusive software to oppressive regimes that spy on and harass their critics. These anti-democratic acts ought to be enough to bring such trade to a halt. However it has continued; the industry says these tools are for fighting crime and terrorism. What happens when, instead, governments opt to use these capabilities not just on their people, but on the democratic west?

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qualifiers: 30.00 politics, 30.00 democrat

COVID-19 Forced Us All to Experiment. What Have We Learned?
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 15:00:00 GMT
Telework, telelearning, telemedicine, and telecommerce are here to stay
Match ID: 24 Score: 60.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 3 days
qualifiers: 25.71 politics, 21.43 election, 12.86 executive

Trump’s PAC collected $75 million this year, but so far the group has not put money into pushing for the 2020 ballot reviews he touts
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:05:00 EDT
Even as he assiduously tracks attempts by his allies to cast doubt on the integrity of the 2020 election, the former president has been uninterested in personally bankrolling the effort in Arizona or similar attempts in other states.
Match ID: 25 Score: 55.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 0 days
qualifiers: 30.00 politics, 25.00 election

Stacey Abrams Courts the Republican Suspense-Novel-Reader Vote
Mon, 19 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0000
Among the fans of Abrams’s new political thriller, “While Justice Sleeps,” are self-described conservatives, who size up the Democratic voting-rights activist as both a Marxist and a budding John Grisham.
Match ID: 26 Score: 53.57 source: www.newyorker.com age: 4 days
qualifiers: 21.43 republican, 21.43 democrat, 10.71 conservatives

France fiasco to pingdemic U-turn: Boris Johnson’s week of chaos
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:25:20 GMT

In the last seven days the UK government has flailed from one controversy or misstep to the next

Often, the political week heading into the Commons summer recess can feel almost soporific, with the thoughts of ministers and MPs geared more towards holiday sunbeds than rows. But the last seven days has been different, and not only because of the ongoing political flux of coronavirus, with the government seeming to flail from one controversy, U-turn or misstep to the next, day after day.

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COP26 will be most important summit ever, but the UK’s leadership is already falling short | Kate Blagojevic
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:00:52 GMT

From fossil fuels to carbon offsetting, the British government must practise what it preaches if it is to inspire others to step up

This summer alone has seen scorching heat domes smother parts of the US and Canada with record temperatures, and blistering heatwaves sweep across Pakistan. Torrential rain has caused devastating floods in China, as well as India, Germany, Belgium and Austria. And while fires are raging in Siberia, Madagascar is experiencing the world’s first famine caused solely by the climate crisis. Even here in the UK, the first extreme heat warnings were issued earlier this week.

New extreme-weather events linked to the climate crisis have become rolling news. Their destruction and death tolls are a daily reminder that the UK-hosted Cop26 this autumn isn’t just the most important climate conference ever held, but the most important international summit of all time.

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Saved by the bell, Boris Johnson’s government flip-flops off for the summer | Polly Toynbee
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:20:51 GMT

As the Commons enters recess, the PM has simply kicked huge issues – the ‘pingdemic’, ‘levelling up’ – down the road

On the last day of term in parliament, there’s a bad tradition of governments sneaking out a host of unwelcome reports and decisions they hope to hide amid the great Westminster summer escape. Not this time. Instead, in a week of fiasco for the government, all we can hear is the ear-splitting clatter of huge cans being kicked down the road. Recess comes with everything Boris Johnson should have done left undone. The prime minister’s fatal indecision is final.

Newspaper front pages shout about shelves left unfilled by pinged workers, while a million pinged children in England miss their last week of school, and many sectors fear being overwhelmed by pings. This week’s promised list of crucial workers to be exempt from Covid test-and-trace isolation finally emerged last night, covering a number of industries including emergency services, local government, food and medical supplies. As every sector howled for help, yet another hapless minister – Kwasi Kwarteng on Thursday’s BBC Breakfast – was sent over the top to say nothing at all: yes there would be a list, only “quite narrow”, but no, it wasn’t ready right now. Why on earth did it take so long?

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Jeremy Heywood’s widow calls Greensill inquiry a ‘travesty’
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:11:57 GMT

Suzanne Heywood says process was set up to scapegoat the former civil servant and ‘distract attention’

The widow of a former top civil servant who was heavily criticised in the UK government’s inquiry into the Greensill affair has described the process as a “travesty” set up to scapegoat her husband and “distract attention” from events after his death.

Boris Johnson has already been accused of orchestrating a cover-up over the lobbying scandal after an official review mildly rebuked the former prime minister David Cameron.

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Mississippi asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in upcoming case
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:08:00 EDT
The state, in defending its restrictive law, says in a brief filed Thursday that nothing in the Constitution protects the right to abortion.
Match ID: 31 Score: 45.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 0 days
qualifiers: 30.00 politics, 15.00 constitution

The Guardian view on public sector pay: inadequate and insulting | Editorial
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:04:38 GMT

The government had a chance to do things differently. The chance is being squandered by ministers who do not know what to do

Parliament is breaking for the summer recess with the Conservatives in a shambles over some of the most fundamental issues facing the country. Government tactics for getting into the recess without allowing MPs a proper chance to examine big issues like Covid controls, social care reform, public sector pay and public spending have been reminiscent of football time-wasting ploys at their worst. The absences from the frontline of the prime minister, the chancellor and the health secretary, all self-isolating, are simply irritants of the larger problem, not the cause.

The issue is that ministers do not know what to do. The reason is that all these issues are connected. For days, there was Westminster talk of a strategic pre-recess announcement on social care reform. Decisions on NHS and other public sector pay rates were much trailed too. In the event, there has been no social care statement – while a set of pay decisions was shuffled out at the last minute in a ministerial written statement. Government evasions, delays and disagreements have cloaked every turn and every issue – and still do. The explanation is simple and glum: the government cannot make up its mind because it knows much of what it has to say will be unpopular.

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We can fund social care without raising national insurance | Letters
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 16:43:32 GMT

Readers respond to reports that the government is mulling an increase in NI payments, which will disproportionately hit the young and low-paid

The government’s consideration of a rise in national insurance presents an ideal opportunity to question the unfairness of the current 12% and 2% NI rate levels (Ministers mull national insurance rise to fund social care, 19 July). Employee NI contributions (NICs) are no different to income tax. We know this because HMRC’s annual tax summaries, as sent to every taxpayer in the land, combine income tax and NICs in calculating how our taxes have contributed to the full range of government spending.

The specific text reads: “The information on this page shows how your income tax and national insurance contributions were spent … The list does not include indirect taxes such as VAT and other duties.” It then lists how much each of us has individually paid towards the full range of government expenditure on welfare, education, defence, etc.

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The Trailer: Whatever happened to Medicare-for-all?
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 18:14:11 EDT
Whatever happened to Medicare-for-all, what's going on as Trump heads back to Arizona, and what's missing from summer congressional town halls.
Match ID: 34 Score: 40.00 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 0 days
qualifiers: 30.00 politics, 10.00 congress

Republicans Protest Lack of Rioters on January 6th Commission
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 14:34:38 +0000
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the commission “little more than a gussied-up festival of anti-riot propaganda.”
Match ID: 35 Score: 40.00 source: www.newyorker.com age: 1 day
qualifiers: 30.00 republican, 10.00 house of representatives

The Controversial Prosecutor at the Heart of the Julian Assange Case
Sat, 17 Jul 2021 11:00:13 +0000

Gordon Kromberg has been dogged by allegations of bias and politicized prosecutions. Now he could shape the future of journalism.

The post The Controversial Prosecutor at the Heart of the Julian Assange Case appeared first on The Intercept.


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qualifiers: 12.86 politics, 10.71 election, 6.43 executive, 6.43 elections

5 takeaways from the new House and Senate fundraising reports
Sat, 17 Jul 2021 12:17:50 EDT
Looking at how the pro-impeachment Republicans did, along with some of the other big numbers.
Match ID: 37 Score: 34.29 source: www.washingtonpost.com age: 5 days
qualifiers: 17.14 republican, 17.14 politics

UK Covid live news: more than 800,000 people had coronavirus last week, ONS estimates
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 14:43:47 GMT

Cases increased in all four nations, says Office for National Statistics

Turning back to the ONS infection survey, here are the figures from the data tables showing the estimate for what percentage of the population in England would have tested positive on 14 July by region.

North-east: 1 in 45

Experts and charities have raised the alarm about rising youth violence in the UK and say it could erupt over the summer, aggravated by Covid lockdowns, mental health problems and months out of education, my colleague Jessica Murray reports.

Related: Youth violence likely to explode over summer, UK experts fear

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Greensill: Lady Heywood's anger at 'scapegoating' of late husband by inquiry
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 14:43:51 GMT
Lady Heywood calls a report on the Greensill lobbying scandal a "fabricated attack" on her late husband.
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Tracking the political appointees Biden is nominating to fill the top roles in his administration
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:56:14 EDT
Follow the president-elect’s progress filling nearly 800 positions, among the 1,200 that require Senate confirmation, in this tracker from The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service.
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From modernist myopia to civic weakness, our historic buildings have paid the price | Ian Jack
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 13:41:27 GMT

Liverpool’s attempt to turn its waterfront into a toytown Shanghai has led to its delisting as a Unesco world heritage site

In the 30 years after the end of the second world war, many British cities embarked on the wholesale destruction of their history. Residential streets were out and tower blocks were in, and cars had always to be accommodated. The dense, extravagant, smoke-stained fabric of the Victorian city came down in clouds of dust. It was often calculated that the country had knowingly obliterated more of its historic buildings in the 1950s and 60s than the Luftwaffe’s bombs had managed in wartime. Behind it all, wrote the architectural historian Gavin Stamp, lay “a sense of shame about the industrial past, a visceral and blinkered rejection of the dark but substantial legacy of the Victorians – fuelled in part by a crude socialist vision – that could amount to little more than civic self-hatred”.

Labour-controlled local authorities certainly had their follies – entire neighbourhoods vanished in Glasgow for the sake of an inner-city motorway – but socialism was no more to blame for the architectural destruction than greed, corruption, ineptitude and the strange idea that Britain’s supreme century in terms of its technical achievements and global influence had produced risible buildings that weren’t worth keeping. “Whatever may be said in favour of the Victorians, it is pretty generally admitted that few of them were to be trusted within reach of a trowel and a pile of bricks,” wrote PG Wodehouse in 1937; and, minus a few dissenters such as John Betjeman, that view held good into the 1970s.

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Alabama’s GOP governor says ‘it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks’ for covid-19 spike
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:36:19 EDT
“It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down,” said Gov. Kay Ivey, whose state has the lowest vaccination rate in the country.
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‘It’s incredibly poor’: Scottish islanders angry at failing ferry service
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 13:26:35 GMT

Ageing fleet hit by breakdowns and cancellations, with capacity low on services that do run due to Covid

The perfume and toiletries shop overlooking Brodick Bay on Arran is normally packed in the summer, as day-trippers and holidaymakers stream off the mainland ferries at the busy terminal just across the bay.

But this summer has been grim, said Andrew Russell, the sales director for Arran Sense of Scotland, formerly known as Arran Aromatics. For thousands of people and businesses up and down the west coast of Scotland, this summer has been marred by repeated crises affecting ferry services run by the state-funded CalMac.

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Will we ever get to see Neill Blomkamp’s mooted District 9 sequel based on ‘American history’?
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 13:17:54 GMT

Blomkamp’s dystopian satire left so many questions unanswered that it simply demands a follow-up – and recent US politics could be the perfect inspiration

The greatest science fiction movies always leave us wanting to know more. Think Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Terminator, Blade Runner, Ex Machina or The Matrix. All are spiked with so much enigma – visions of the future that are only half-explained – that we finish the movie desperate for more information. Was Deckard a replicant? Who built and placed the monoliths? Where did the xenomorphs come from? Should Neo have taken the blue pill? These are the kinds of questions that fuel message board speculation for decades after the movie hit cinemas.

Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 stands up to any of the movies mentioned above in terms of its ability to create a living, breathing science fiction world that both wows the senses with its shocking differences from our own reality and inspires us to look at the inadequacies of our own societal structures. Blomkamp’s ingenious decision to blend the then-fresh found-footage style with racial satire amid the rancid slums of alternate reality South Africa marked out the 2009 film as a rare example of intelligent science fiction on the big screen. It put Sharlto Copley on Hollywood’s radar and briefly saw the director take on the mantle of coming man of futuristic cinema: the middling Elysium followed in 2013, with the underrated Chappie arriving in 2015, but, despite the latter returning us to the mean streets of Jo’burg, Blomkamp’s star never quite recovered its early sparkle.

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World Heritage Committee agrees not to place Great Barrier Reef on ‘in danger’ list
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 12:37:40 GMT

Unesco says ‘the facts are the facts and the science is the science’ after its recommendation is ignored

The Great Barrier Reef will not be placed on a list of world heritage sites “in danger” after a global lobbying effort from Australia against the proposed listing.

The 21-country World Heritage Committee on Friday ignored a scientific assessment from the UN’s science and culture organisation, Unesco, that the reef was clearly in danger from climate change and so should be placed on the list.

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Omagh bombing could have been prevented, says high court judge
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 12:28:54 GMT

‘Real prospect’ 1998 attack by dissident republicans could have been thwarted, says Mr Justice Horner

Security forces had a “real prospect” of preventing the 1998 Omagh bombing – the deadliest atrocity of the Northern Ireland Troubles – a Belfast high court has ruled.

Mr Justice Horner recommended on Friday that the British and Irish governments each undertake human rights compliant investigations into the bombing, which killed 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, and injured 220 people.

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Republican bid to limit health officials could cause ‘preventable tragedies’ – experts
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:00:50 GMT

At least nine states have considered ‘emergency power limitation’ legislation proposed by conservative organization Alec

Republican lawmakers across more than a dozen states are working to limit the powers of local health departments in ways experts say is likely to lead to “preventable tragedies” during disease outbreaks, including the Covid-19 pandemic.

The attempts to limit the emergency powers of public health agencies comes alongside harassment of individual public health workers, renewed concern about the spread of the highly transmissible Covid-19 Delta variant, and a flagging US vaccination campaign.

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Climate change, a coalmine and a town that needs jobs
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 08:28:50 GMT
In Cumbria, environmental concerns come into conflict with economic hopes.
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Dawn Butler thrown out of Commons for PM lie accusation
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 08:17:22 GMT
Dawn Butler breaks parliamentary rules by accusing Boris Johnson of lying.
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Going to space for fun? You should be taxed, lawmaker says.
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 04:03:43 EDT
Rep. Earl Blumenauer wants passengers and businesses to be taxed for commercial flights to space that aren't for scientific purposes.
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Electric cars: UK government urged to prevent ‘charging deserts’
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 07:43:54 GMT

Competition watchdog investigates dominance of one provider across motorway service stations

The UK’s competition authority has called for the government to intervene in the electric car charger market to prevent “charging deserts” and increase availability in locations outside London, which remain underserved.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) also said it had opened an investigation into the dominance of one provider, Electric Highway, in the fast-charging network at motorway service stations.

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Why is the Northern Ireland protocol still an issue? Actions have consequences | Fintan O'Toole
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 07:00:47 GMT

Someone tell Boris Johnson: you can’t bake your ‘oven-ready deal’ and then remove a key ingredient (even if it’s a sausage)

Ask a stupid question and you get a stupid answer. The Northern Ireland protocol is a stupid answer: it imposes a complex bureaucracy on the movement of ordinary goods across the Irish Sea. But it is the only possible response to a problem created by Boris Johnson. The reason it keeps coming around again and again, like a ghoul on a ghost train, is that it requires Johnson and his government to do something that goes against the grain of the whole Brexit project: to acknowledge that choices have costs.

There used to be a gameshow on American radio and TV called Truth or Consequences. It was so popular that a whole city in New Mexico is named after it. It’s where we live now. In each episode, the contestant was asked a deliberately daft question – and when they failed to answer it, they had to perform a zany or embarrassing stunt.

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Fact-checking Biden’s town hall on CNN
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 03:00:58 EDT
We looked into five claims the president made on topics such as covid-19, the economy and a new child tax credit.
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Low-traffic schemes halve number of road injuries, study shows
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 06:00:46 GMT

Research on police data for London neighbourhoods finds greatest reduction in injury rates among pedestrians and people in cars

Road injuries halved in low-traffic neighbourhoods installed during the coronavirus pandemic when compared against areas without the schemes, a new study has found.

The improvement in safety is more than twice that created by 20mph urban speed limits.

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MPs to examine lack of support for working menopausal women
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 05:01:44 GMT

Cross-party inquiry will consider if anti-discrimination laws are needed to help women at peak of careers

A parliamentary inquiry into the workplace treatment of women going through the menopause will examine if legislation goes far enough to address discrimination.

An invisible cohort: why are workplaces failing women going through the menopause? is being launched by the Commons cross-party women and equalities committee, and will draw up recommendations with a view to shaping policies to address gender equality, it has been announced.

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100 days to Cop26: protesters urge Boris Johnson to take climate talks seriously
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 05:00:45 GMT

With 100 days to go to crucial UN crisis summit in Glasgow, PM is accused of lack of leadership

Protesters will fill London’s Parliament Square on Friday morning, calling on the prime minister, Boris Johnson, to make the climate crisis his top priority, as the UK prepares to host UN talks that will determine whether the world tips into environmental catastrophe this decade.

Giant alarm clocks will show time running out, while 100 protesters chant that Johnson and his chancellor, Rishi Sunak, are “missing in action” on the climate crisis.

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US in ‘another pivotal moment’ as Delta variant drives surge in Covid cases
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 02:35:26 GMT
  • Hospitals are filling up, especially in areas with low vaccinations
  • CDC offers no change in guidance on mask wearing

The US is “at another pivotal moment in this pandemic” as rising Covid-19 cases show no signs of abating, driven by the Delta variant, and some hospitals are filling up, especially in areas with low vaccination rates, government officials warned on Thursday.

The US government did not change its guidance on mask wearing, despite debates going on in the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about whether those who have been vaccinated should once again be officially advised to wear masks indoors to prevent the spread.

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US 'not of the woods yet', says CDC chief, as Delta variant drives Covid surge – video
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 02:34:33 GMT

The US is at another 'pivotal moment' in the pandemic as the Delta variant drives a big rise in new cases, said CDC director, Rochelle Walensky, who warned 'we are not out of the woods yet'. She added: 'The Delta variant is more aggressive and much more transmissible than previously circulating strains,' she said. 'It is one of the most infectious respiratory viruses that we know of and that I have seen in my 20-year career.'

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Coronavirus: Was US money used to fund risky research in China?
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 23:06:19 GMT
What's the row about virus research in China between a prominent Republican and Dr Anthony Fauci?
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Workers in south-west England hardest hit by Universal Credit cut
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 23:01:37 GMT

TUC says high proportion of people who will be affected by planned £20-a-week benefit cut are in work

The south-west of England will have the highest proportion of low-income workers affected by a £20-a-week cut later this year in universal credit payments, according to analysis by the TUC that illustrates the widespread culture of low pay from Cornwall to Gloucestershire.

More than four in 10 universal credit claimants in the south-west have a low-paid job that qualifies them for benefits, a larger percentage than any other region, said the trade union body.

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Biden will launch into campaigning with visit to Virginia in support of McAuliffe
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 17:28:07 EDT
The president on Friday will travel to a state seen as a testing ground for his midterm message.
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Biden signs bill supporting service programs for crime victims
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 16:54:21 EDT
“When someone commits a crime, it’s not enough to bring the predator to justice. We also need to support the victims,” Biden said in remarks at the White House Thursday.
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A Former Olympian Discusses the Tribulations of Tokyo 2020
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 20:38:47 +0000
Angela Ruggiero, an Olympic gold medallist and a former member of the International Olympic Committee, discusses the merits of holding the Games in Tokyo.
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The administration hoped its new mask guidance would stoke vaccinations. It doesn’t seem to have worked.
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 15:40:26 EDT
As the delta variant surges, it's worth revisiting one of the government's efforts to encourage more vaccinations.
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Prog rockers sussed out Boris Johnson years ago | Brief letters
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 16:43:01 GMT

The price of ‘freedom’ | New phrases | Genesis | Brexit plank | Spelling disaster

Let me get this right: lockdown was damaging the economy through the restrictions imposed on trade and commerce. So “freedom” is declared. But the accompanying upsurge of the Johnson variant and increase in infections, and ensuing “pingdemic”, brings the economy to its knees (Supermarkets struggle to stock shelves as ‘pingdemic’ havoc spreads, 21 July). Something wrong there, surely?
David Walker
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• I always greatly enjoy reading Aditya Chakrabortty and I was delighted to discover a new phrase: “coprophagic cynicism” (After Covid, the climate crisis will be the next thing the right says we ‘just have to live with’, 22 July). I intend to use it in conversation as soon as possible and I do not expect to wait long.
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A child in Marjorie Taylor Greene’s district died of covid. She’s still attacking masks and the vaccine.
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 12:17:09 EDT
Her district is among the least vaccinated in the country.
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PG&E Will Bury 10,000 Miles of Power Lines So They Don't Spark Wildfires
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What Donald Trump has said about the Capitol rioters
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 10:38:11 EDT
For the last two weeks of his presidency, he offered prepared remarks of condemnation. Everything since has been sympathetic.
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Airlines need to do more than plant trees to hit net zero, MPs told
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 14:37:45 GMT

Climate Change Committee head says firms must invest in ‘scaleable’ offsets such as carbon capture

The aviation industry must pay for costly carbon removal technologies rather than rely on using the planting of trees to claim they are reducing emissions, the head of the Climate Change Committee has said.

Chris Stark said aviation, unlike other transport sectors, was unlikely to meet targets for net zero by 2050. He said instead the industry had to use “scaleable” offsets that matched ongoing emissions into future decades, but that these should be used as a last resort after directly cutting emissions.

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Vaccine doubters’ strange fixation with Israel
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 09:51:05 EDT
Israel is a case study in the vaccine's efficacy. But a rise in cases has vaccine skeptics cherry-picking their data.
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Covid pass could be compulsory for entry to large events in England – video
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 11:19:12 GMT

The vaccines minister has confirmed the government intends to go ahead with making Covid vaccination a condition for entry to nightclubs from September in England.

Nadhim Zahawi said that after a successful trial the government has rolled out the NHS Covid pass, which allows people to show their Covid status, whether proof of vaccination, test results or natural immunity. 

He added the government reserved the right to make its use compulsory in future but confirmed MPs will get a vote on plans to use Covid passports

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CIA officer from bin Laden hunt to lead Havana Syndrome probe as cases rise
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 23:12:36 +0000
There may be as many as 200 cases now, including around two dozen from Vienna.
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Care homes worst hit by Covid – search the data
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 16:26:04 GMT
Figures from Care Quality Commission lay out the pandemic's 'devastating impact' on care homes in England.
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Secret NYPD Document Teaches Cops to Illegally Raid Sealed Records
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 12:00:23 +0000

Police are running roughshod over a half-century-old law preventing access to the sealed arrest records of 3.5 million people.

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Can the Democrats Create a New Economic Model?
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 18:29:19 +0000
The Biden Administration and its allies on Capitol Hill are rejecting old ideas about trimming government spending and reducing the budget deficit.
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Afghanistan’s Only All-Girls Boarding School Fears the Return of the Taliban
Mon, 19 Jul 2021 20:30:00 +0000
The militants brutally oppose the education of girls. The founder of the School of Leadership Afghanistan anxiously watches their resurgence, hoping that Kabul remains safe.
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Biden’s ‘over his skis’ moment on Facebook
Mon, 19 Jul 2021 15:44:39 EDT
Analyzing Biden's walk-back of his comment that platforms such as Facebook are "killing people."
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Samoa’s political crisis ends and first female prime minister installed after court ruling
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 06:09:52 GMT

Fiame Naomi Mata’afa was confirmed by Samoa’s court of appeal to be the country’s first female prime minister, ending the 22-year reign of the former leader

Samoa’s months-long political crisis has been brought to a close and the Pacific nation has its first female prime minister after a ruling of the country’s court of appeal this afternoon.

The Samoan court of appeal ruled that the Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party was the official winner of the national election in April and the ad hoc swearing-in ceremony held by the party out the front of parliament, when FAST MPs were denied entry to the building, was legitimate.

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Africa's week in pictures: 16-22 July 2021
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 23:05:17 GMT
A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent and beyond.
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As Transphobes Rally Again at Los Angeles Spa, Police Attack Counterprotesters
Mon, 19 Jul 2021 03:54:38 +0000

Although right-wing extremists stabbed two demonstrators and clubbed a journalist at the first Wi Spa protest, the LAPD cracked down on left-wing protesters at the second.

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Top players likely to switch allegiance to compete in Rugby League World Cup
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 14:16:27 GMT
  • Australia and New Zealand stars can play for tier two nations
  • Neither country is sending a squad to the 2021 tournament

The prospect of some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s best players switching allegiance to play for other nations if this year’s World Cup goes ahead is “highly likely” according to the chief executive of the Australian players’ union.

The Australian Rugby League Commission and New Zealand Rugby League are adamant they will not be sending squads to compete in the tournament in England later this year due to player welfare concerns regarding Covid-19, with World Cup organisers spending the weekend in dialogue with government officials trying to determine whether or not to proceed without them, or whether to postpone the event for 12 months.

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Jabil OKs new $1 billion stock buyback program
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 12:08:05 GMT

Jabil Inc. said Friday it has set up a new $1 billion stock repurchase program, that will last through fiscal 2023. The buyback program represents 12.3% of the contract manufacturer's market capitalization of $8.11 billion as of Thursday's stock closing price of $55.62. "This $1 billion authorization reflects our belief in Jabil's ability to generate strong earnings and free cash flows," said Chief Executive Mark Mondello. The company said that since 2016, it has repurchased 63.6 million shares at an average price of $28.73, for a value of $1.83 billion. The stock has rallied 62.9% over the past 12 months through Thursday, while the S&P 500 has advanced 35.0%.

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Kimberly-Clark profit slides to miss estimates as sales fall short amid reduced demand for tissue
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:50:00 GMT

Kimberly-Clark Corp. shares slid 3.9% in premarket trade Friday, after the consumer goods company missed earnings estimates for the second quarter and lowered its guidance, as higher costs and reduced demand for consumer tissue weighed. The company posted net income of $404 million, or $1.19 a share, in the quarter, down from $681 million, or $1.99 a share, in the year-earlier period. Adjusted per-share earnings came to $1.47, missing the $1.71 FactSet consensus. Sales edged up 2% to $4.722 billion from $4.612 billion, also below the $4.766 billion FactSet consensus. Chief Executive Mike Hsu said the numbers reflect continued pandemic-driven volatility. "We are facing significantly higher input costs and a reversal in consumer tissue volumes from record growth in the year ago period as consumers and retailers in North America continued to reduce home and retail inventory," Hsu said in a statement. "While we look forward to a return to a more normalized environment, we have moved decisively to take pricing actions to mitigate inflationary headwinds and continue to prudently manage costs." The company is now expecting full-year adjusted EPS of $6.65 to $6.90, down from prior guidance of $7.30 to $7.55. It expects sales to grow 1% to 4%, down from prior guidance of 3% to 5%. It also expects to complete a restructuring program in 2021 and to book charges of $2.0 billion to $2.1 billion. Shares have fallen 0.1% in the year through Thursday, while the S&P 500 has gained 16%.

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Schlumberger stock rallies after swinging to profit that beat expectations
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 11:07:02 GMT

Shares of Schlumberger Ltd. rallied 1.9% in premarket trading Friday, after the oil services company reported second-quarter profit and revenue that beat expectations, and said it expects the momentum of international activity growth is likely to continue in the face of concerns over potential resurgence of COVID-19-related disruptions. The company swung to net income of $431 million or 30 cents a share, from a loss of $3.43 billion, or $2.47 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding nonrecurring items, adjusted earnings per share of 30 cents topped the FactSet consensus of 26 cents. Revenue rose 5% to $5.63 billion, above the FactSet consensus of $5.51 billion. All business segments topped revenue expectations, with revenue up 32% for digital and integration, up 8% for production systems and up 1% for well construction, but down 4% for reservoir performance. "[W]e believe the momentum of international activity growth that we experienced in the second quarter will continue as the cyclical recovery unfolds," said Chief Executive Olivier Le Peuch. "This view is supported by rig count trends, capital spending signals, and customer feedback." The stock has run up 28.2% year to date through Thursday, while the VanEck Vectors Oil Services ETF has climbed 23.8% and the S&P 500 has advanced 16.3%.

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Honeywell stock gains toward a record after profit and sales beats, raised full-year outlook
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:45:16 GMT

Shares of Honeywell International Inc. gained 0.1% toward record territory in premarket trading Friday, after the aerospace and industrials company reported second-quarter profit and sales that beat expectations and raised the full-year outlook, citing a turnaround in several end markets hit hardest by the pandemic. Net income rose to $1.45 billion, or $2.04 a share, from $1.10 billion, or $1.53 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding nonrecurring items, adjusted earnings per share of $2.02 beat the FactSet consensus of $1.94. Sales grew 17.8% to $8.81 billion, above the FactSet consensus of $8.64 billion. All business segments saw growth, while slight misses in aerospace and safety and productivity solutions sales were offset by beats in building technologies and performance materials and technologies. For 2021, the company raised its guidance ranges for adjusted EPS to $7.95 to $8.10 from $7.75 to $8.00 and for sales to $34.6 billion to $35.2 billion from $34.0 billion to $34.8 billion. "We are especially pleased to see a turnaround in several of our key end markets that were hardest hit by the pandemic, with commercial aerospace aftermarket and the UOP business returning to growth in the quarter," said Chief Executive Darius Adamczyk. The stock, which was on track to open above the June 1 record close of $232.95, has gained 9.4% year to date through Thursday while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has advanced 13.8%.

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Food delivery firm Zomato surges 65% in key India debut
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:09:54 +0000
Shares in Zomato, a Gurgaon-based food delivery company and first of India’s consumer tech startups to go public, closed up 65% in its debut day of trading in Mumbai, delivering a key insight into the appetite investors have for the world’s second largest internet market’s burgeoning startup ecosystem. Zomato’s shares traded all day above the […]
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The Pegasus project part 5: the fightback against private spyware begins
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 02:00:41 GMT

After a week of stories about the abuse of private spyware by governments around the world, Michael Safi rounds off our mini-series by looking at the global impact of the Pegasus project and what could change as a result

All this week Guardian journalists across the world have been reporting on a massive data leak: more than 50,000 phone numbers that, it is believed, have been identified as those of people of interest by clients of the spyware company NSO Group.

The leak has made people realise that without us really noticing, the world changed. There are now 3.8bn smartphones globally. They hear our most intimate conversations, hold our deepest secrets – each one can be a microphone and a camera, waiting to be switched on.

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Khosla Ventures leads Even’s $5M seed to give India the kind of healthcare their insurance doesn’t
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 22:00:53 +0000
Even, a healthcare membership company, aims to make going to a primary care doctor as easy and accessible in India as it is in other countries.
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Cowboy Ventures’ Ted Wang: CEO coaching is ‘about having a second set of eyes’
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 20:40:43 +0000
'I think you want insight from people who understand how human beings listen and learn and grow.'
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The Pegasus Project part 4: runaway princesses and the UK connection
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 02:00:12 GMT

In today’s episode, two princesses from the United Arab Emirates show up in our leaked records – and we look at whether powerful spyware is being used against UK citizens

In 2018, Princess Latifa, a daughter of Dubai’s ruler, made a bid for freedom. Together with a Finnish fitness instructor and a French former spy, she fled the United Arab Emirates.

The Guardian’s Dan Sabbagh tells Michael Safi that at the height of the escape drama, it can now be revealed, the mobile numbers for Latifa and some of her friends back home appeared on a database at the heart of the Pegasus project data investigation. Latifa was ultimately captured by Indian special forces and returned to Dubai. The UAE described it not as an escape attempt but as a kidnapping.

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The FTC Votes Unanimously to Enforce Right to Repair
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 21:47:14 +0000
The move follows an executive order issued last week by the White House urging the agency to secure consumers' rights to fix their own gadgets.
Match ID: 91 Score: 15.00 source: www.wired.com age: 1 day
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How the IBM PC Won, Then Lost, the Personal Computer Market
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 18:30:00 GMT
Not even Big Blue could keep up with its creation’s success
Match ID: 92 Score: 15.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 1 day
qualifiers: 15.00 executive

How to Keep the Automotive Chip Shortage From Happening Again
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 13:00:00 GMT
It’s time for the auto industry to really get to know the chip industry
Match ID: 93 Score: 15.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 2 days
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The Pegasus Project part 3: cartels, corruption and cyber-weapons
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 02:00:43 GMT

In the latest part of our mini-series, Michael Safi hears from Nina Lakhani on how 15,000 Mexicans including journalists and politicians appeared on a list of possible targets for surveillance

In March 2017, a 38-year-old freelance reporter named Cecilio Pineda Birto was shot dead in Altamirano, a town in the southern Mexican region of Tierra Caliente – a battleground for organised crime factions. His phone vanished from the crime scene. A few weeks earlier, a number connected to that phone had been selected as a possible surveillance target by a client of the spyware company NSO group.

The Guardian’s Nina Lakhani tells Michael Safi that this story is illustrative of the dangers faced by journalists in Mexico. The mobile numbers of 15,000 Mexicans including politicians, judges, activists and teachers appear in the data leak of possible surveillance targets. Included in that are at least 50 people linked to Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador – his wife, children, aides and doctor. Appearing on the leaked list does not mean that a number was attacked, or that an infection was attempted and NSO insists the database has “no relevance” to the company.

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Match ID: 94 Score: 15.00 source: www.theguardian.com age: 2 days
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New AI-Based Augmented Innovation Tool Promises to Transform Engineer Problem Solving
Mon, 19 Jul 2021 20:00:00 GMT
AI-enabled software suite helps automate innovation process – from ideation to disclosure submission.
Match ID: 95 Score: 12.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 3 days
qualifiers: 12.86 executive

NSF Engineering Alliance to Help Set Course for Research
Mon, 19 Jul 2021 18:00:00 GMT
Engineers will have a hand in prioritizing topics to fund
Match ID: 96 Score: 12.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 3 days
qualifiers: 12.86 executive

At Least Seven Colombians in Haiti Assassination Received U.S. Training
Fri, 16 Jul 2021 23:23:02 +0000

Trainings for the Colombian mercenaries accused of killing Haitian President Jovenel Moïse were conducted in both the U.S. and Colombia, some as recently as 2015.

The post At Least Seven Colombians in Haiti Assassination Received U.S. Training appeared first on The Intercept.


Match ID: 97 Score: 12.86 source: theintercept.com age: 6 days
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REvil is Off-Line
2021-07-16T20:03:13Z

This is an interesting development:

Just days after President Biden demanded that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia shut down ransomware groups attacking American targets, the most aggressive of the groups suddenly went off-line early Tuesday.

[…]

Gone was the publicly available “happy blog” the group maintained, listing some of its victims and the group’s earnings from its digital extortion schemes. Internet security groups said the custom-made sites ­- think of them as virtual conference rooms — where victims negotiated with REvil over how much ransom they would pay to get their data unlocked also disappeared. So did the infrastructure for making payments...


Match ID: 98 Score: 12.86 source: www.schneier.com age: 6 days
qualifiers: 12.86 politics

GPUs Can Now Analyze a Billion Complex Vectors in Record Time
Fri, 16 Jul 2021 18:42:00 GMT
The advancement boosts the speed of GPU image analysis eight-fold
Match ID: 99 Score: 12.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 6 days
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Global Democracies Need to Align to Fight Disinformation
Wed, 07 Jul 2021 13:00:00 +0000
Before authoritarians pollute the 2022 midterms, the US and EU must build a blueprint for democratic internet governance.
Match ID: 100 Score: 12.14 source: www.wired.com age: 16 days
qualifiers: 7.86 midterms, 4.29 democrat

Video Friday: Fluidic Fingers
Fri, 16 Jul 2021 15:14:00 GMT
Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos
Match ID: 101 Score: 10.71 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 6 days
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Wolf Alice review – delirious crowd drink in a night of sublime bedlam
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 12:20:40 GMT

O2 Academy, Bournemouth
The three-time Mercury prize nominees seemed stunned by the deafening reception at their first non-socially distanced show in two years

From the second you walk into Bournemouth’s O2 Academy, it’s clear that gigs are not as they once were. An hour before Wolf Alice are due to take the stage for their first full, non-socially distanced live show in nearly two years, the atmosphere already feels more like an evening’s sweaty climax. People are cheering everything, including the roadie who comes on stage to say “one-two-one-two” into the microphones and the music playing through the PA: each song is greeted by a bellow of enthusiasm and a mass singalong.

Under the circumstances, you get the feeling that Wolf Alice could come on stage and read out Stalin’s speech to the 1939 Soviet Communist party congress – in the original Russian – and still get a reaction like the Beatles got at Shea Stadium. Instead, they play a set heavy on songs from their new album: over half of Blue Weekend – nominated, like every album Wolf Alice have thus far released, for the Mercury prize – gets an airing.

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“We Knew Who Was Going to Die”: Warnings About Lower-Income Heat Risk Went Unheeded
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 10:30:19 +0000

Many of the deaths in extreme heat events, like the record-breaking one in the Pacific Northwest, could be foreseen, a scientist told Congress.

The post “We Knew Who Was Going to Die”: Warnings About Lower-Income Heat Risk Went Unheeded appeared first on The Intercept.


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Oregon congressman proposes new space tourism tax
2021-07-23T01:22:05+00:00
Oregon congressman proposes new space tourism tax submitted by /u/Bammy-Soy
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Match ID: 104 Score: 10.00 source: www.reddit.com age: 0 days
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Weak US Privacy Law Hurts America’s Global Standing
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000
Unrestrained data collection and selling doesn’t just harm citizens at home. It’s terrible foreign policy.
Match ID: 105 Score: 8.57 source: www.wired.com age: 3 days
qualifiers: 8.57 congress

Today's Cyberattacks Foreshadow Wars to Come
Wed, 24 Mar 2021 12:00:00 GMT
SolarWinds, the Florida water treatment hack, even Texas's grid outage: These are what threats to a nation's cybersecurity look like
Match ID: 106 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 121 days
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4G on the Moon: One Small Leap, One Giant Step
Mon, 02 Nov 2020 17:26:00 GMT
Nokia Bell Labs and NASA team up to bring wireless networks to the moon
Match ID: 107 Score: 7.86 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 262 days
qualifiers: 3.57 election, 2.14 executive, 2.14 elections

Braço forte, e-mail amigo
Sat, 17 Jul 2021 15:30:04 +0000

Os militares se aprontam para a eleição do ano que vem.

The post Braço forte, e-mail amigo appeared first on The Intercept.


Match ID: 108 Score: 5.71 source: theintercept.com age: 5 days
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QAnon Pivots Its Exiled Online Movement to the Real World
Thu, 08 Jul 2021 13:00:00 +0000
The conspiracists might have been deplatformed, but their movement is shifting into local elections and events.
Match ID: 109 Score: 5.71 source: www.wired.com age: 15 days
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The Brazilian protest leader determined to bring Bolsonaro’s ‘genocidal’ government down - video
Sat, 03 Jul 2021 09:33:10 GMT

The Guardian follows Guilherme Boulos, who ran against Bolsonaro in the last elections, as he leads thousands through the streets of São Paulo, calling for the country’s president to be impeached. 

The pressure is mounting on Bolsonaro as he faces a scandal over allegedly corrupt Covid vaccine deals and public rage over his handling of a pandemic that has killed more than half a million people. 

Boulos has helped lead and organise two mass demonstrations already in the past month and will be at the forefront of a third protest this Saturday. Tens of thousands of people are expected to turn out. 


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Match ID: 110 Score: 5.71 source: www.theguardian.com age: 20 days
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2022 U.S. Budget Funds New ICBMs—A Reckless Diversion?
Fri, 02 Jul 2021 14:30:00 GMT
Minuteman III’s successors could represent a dangerous misstep
Match ID: 111 Score: 5.71 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 21 days
qualifiers: 4.29 politics, 1.43 congress

Real Diplomacy Is a Start, but the US Needs to Make Putin Pay
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 17:13:21 +0000
Biden's summit with Putin marked a quantum leap forward, but there's still little standing in the way from Russia interfering in future US elections.
Match ID: 112 Score: 5.71 source: www.wired.com age: 35 days
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SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Dynetics Compete to Build the Next Moon Lander
Wed, 06 Jan 2021 18:00:00 GMT
If all goes well, in February NASA will pick which design to develop
Match ID: 113 Score: 5.00 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 197 days
qualifiers: 3.57 election, 1.43 congress

How your mask protects other people – video explainer
Wed, 07 Jul 2021 09:51:35 GMT

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, many countries have brought in rules, and even laws, requiring people to wear face masks to help contain the spread of the virus. But as restrictions are being lifted globally, many governments are loosening the rules around mandatory face coverings. 

With the requirements due to be dropped in England on 19 July, the Guardian's science correspondent Natalie Grover looks at why masks are more about protecting others than ourselves, and where we still might want to wear them

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Gasoline is up and GOP sees an easy target: Biden
Sun, 04 Jul 2021 05:50:14 EST
Americans are hitting the road as strong economic growth pushes up oil prices, and Republicans are trying to pin pump prices on Biden's energy policies.
Match ID: 115 Score: 4.29 source: www.politico.com age: 19 days
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Hacking enlightenment: can ultrasound help you transcend reality? - video
Tue, 29 Jun 2021 11:06:38 GMT

Can technology improve the way we meditate? At the University of Arizona, Dr Jay Sanguinetti and master meditator Shinzen Young are using ultrasound to improve our ability to achieve mindfulness – as well as enhance our cognition and wellbeing. They believe it could revolutionise the way we treat those with depression and trauma. But as investors from Silicon Valley become interested in the technology, the pair are fighting to make sure the device is used in the right way and for the right reasons.

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Match ID: 116 Score: 4.29 source: www.theguardian.com age: 24 days
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FAA Files Reveal a Surprising Threat to Airline Safety: the U.S. Military's GPS Tests
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:00:00 GMT
Military tests that jam and spoof GPS signals are an accident waiting to happen
Match ID: 117 Score: 4.29 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 182 days
qualifiers: 2.86 federal government, 1.43 congress

Retro meets retrofit
Tue, 29 Jun 2021 16:50:00 +0200
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Retro meets retrofit: The Novespace Air Zero G aircraft is seen here next to Douglas the 1962 VW Transporter. The two are in Paderborn, Germany for the 76th ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign.

The refitted A310 Air Zero G aircraft flies in parabolas that offer teams from various research institutes and universities altered states of gravity  to perform experiments and technology demonstrations. Experiments span many disciplines including complex fluidics and human physiology, and this campaign is no exception. 

Running from 25 June to 1 July, the 76th campaign features an experiment studying the effect of gravity on hydrodynamics to better protect spacecraft and science instruments from the temperature fluctuations in space; a study on how immune cells flow under the stress of spaceflight; an experiment studying spinal stiffness under microgravity to mitigate lumbar pain for both astronauts and patients on Earth, to name a few.    

A typical parabolic flight campaign involves three flights and requires a week of on-site preparation. Each flight offers 31 periods of weightlessness. The aircraft can also fly in arcs that provide lunar or martian gravity levels by adjusting the angle of attack of the wings. Each flight of this particular campaign will split the gravity states, flying one third of parabolas at martian-G, one third at lunar-G, and one third at zero-G.

The aircraft flies close to maximum speed and pulls the nose up to a 45° angle, then cuts the power to fall over the top of the curve. Whilst falling freely the passengers and experiments experience around 20 seconds of microgravity, until the plane is angled 45° nose-down, before pulling out of the dive to level off with normal flight.

These “pull up” and “pull out” manoeuvres before and after the weightless period increase gravity inside the plane up to 2g, but that is just part of the ride, repeated every three minutes for almost two hours.

The campaign is the fourth to take place under Covid-19 restrictions. Despite measures loosening across Europe, participants and coordinators adapted to safety measures: PCR tests were required to enter Germany, as well as rapid antigen or RT LAMP tests each day for every participant. Facilities on the ground as well as on board are adapted to allow for social distancing and cleanliness requirements. Surgical masks are worn at all times, and movement is restricted during the flights.

University students can also take part in a parabolic flight campaign thanks to the ESA Education Office’s Fly Your Thesis! programme. Masters and PhD students can propose their experiment, and upon selection, will be supported in preparing their experiment for the campaign by ESA Academy, ESA and Novespace experts. The 2022 Call for Proposals is now open.


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Wide range of applications for ESA’s astronaut selection
Wed, 23 Jun 2021 10:30:00 +0200
Apply now to become an ESA Astronaut

Aspiring astronauts from across Europe are awaiting the next step in ESA’s astronaut selection, following the 18 June closure of the Agency’s first application period in 11 years.  


Match ID: 119 Score: 3.57 source: www.esa.int age: 30 days
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Three Decades in the Making, China's Space Station Launches This Week
Wed, 28 Apr 2021 14:43:00 GMT
Tianhe's first module expected to be joined by other launches—establishing the full Chinese Space Station by end of 2022
Match ID: 120 Score: 3.57 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 86 days
qualifiers: 3.57 election

How NASA Designed a Helicopter That Could Fly Autonomously on Mars
Wed, 17 Feb 2021 22:32:00 GMT
The Perseverance rover's Mars Helicopter (Ingenuity) will take off, navigate, and land on Mars without human intervention
Match ID: 121 Score: 3.57 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 155 days
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Liquid Lasers Challenge Fiber Lasers as the Basis of Future High-Energy Weapons
Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:00:00 GMT
Boeing and General Atomics are teaming to scale a novel killer-laser technology to 250 kilowatts.
Match ID: 122 Score: 3.57 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 274 days
qualifiers: 2.14 executive, 1.43 congress

With Ultralight Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, Electric Airplanes Could Finally Take Off
Wed, 19 Aug 2020 18:00:00 GMT
Oxis Energy’s design promises outstanding energy density, manufacturability, and safety
Match ID: 123 Score: 3.57 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 337 days
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U.S. Transportation Officials Seek Alternative Tech for GPS
Fri, 24 Apr 2020 15:00:00 GMT
Ten years after decommissioning the previous backup to the country’s global satellite fleet, government agencies are taking steps to create a new one
Match ID: 124 Score: 3.57 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 455 days
qualifiers: 2.14 executive, 1.43 congress

Do Companies Really Need Chief Experience Officers to Know Their Customers?
2021-07-05T00:00:00EDT
Does it take a CXO or chief customer officer to bring executives closer to the customer experience? James Heskett ponders the value of this increasingly popular role.
Match ID: 125 Score: 2.14 source: hbswk.hbs.edu age: 18 days
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With Drones and Other Autonomous Vehicles, Safety Must Come First
Tue, 23 Mar 2021 19:00:00 GMT
Engineers developing drones or similar robotic helpers need to focus on mitigating the dangers
Match ID: 126 Score: 2.14 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 121 days
qualifiers: 2.14 executive

The Networks That Aim to Track GPS Interference Around the World
Wed, 03 Mar 2021 17:00:00 GMT
Troubleshooting the world’s navigation systems could streamline transport and save lives
Match ID: 127 Score: 2.14 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 141 days
qualifiers: 2.14 executive

Alphabet's Loon Failed to Bring Internet to the World. What Went Wrong?
Mon, 01 Feb 2021 15:29:00 GMT
The balloon-based wireless provider ultimately couldn’t close the digital gap
Match ID: 128 Score: 2.14 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 171 days
qualifiers: 2.14 executive

Boom Supersonic’s XB-1 Test Aircraft Promises a New Era of Faster-Than-Sound Travel
Mon, 04 Jan 2021 20:00:00 GMT
The prototype of a planned, 65-seat airliner will fly in 2021
Match ID: 129 Score: 2.14 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 199 days
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Sabrewing Cargo Drone Rises to Air Force Challenge
Fri, 01 May 2020 14:38:00 GMT
The Rhaegal cargo drone pivots to new possible military missions under a U.S. Air Force contract
Match ID: 130 Score: 2.14 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 448 days
qualifiers: 2.14 executive

What If Regulating Facebook Fails?
Fri, 02 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000
It seems increasingly likely that antitrust and content moderation tools aren’t up to the task. Here’s what we do next.
Match ID: 131 Score: 1.43 source: www.wired.com age: 21 days
qualifiers: 1.43 congress

Russia, China, the U.S.: Who Will Win the Hypersonic Arms Race?
Tue, 17 Nov 2020 16:00:00 GMT
When missiles fly beyond Mach 5, materials melt, airflow turns turbulent, and budgets enter the stratosphere
Match ID: 132 Score: 1.43 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 247 days
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When a Giant Mylar Balloon Was the Coolest Thing in Space
Thu, 12 Nov 2020 16:00:00 GMT
The Echo 1 satellite delivered mail, probed the ionosphere, and captured traces of the big bang
Match ID: 133 Score: 1.43 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 252 days
qualifiers: 1.43 congress

Hanford Has a Radioactive Capsule Problem
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:00:00 GMT
Researchers still don’t have a way to neutralize the former nuclear-weapons complex’s 1,936 capsules of radioactive cesium and strontium
Match ID: 134 Score: 1.43 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 310 days
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A Glass Nightmare: Cleaning Up the Cold War’s Nuclear Legacy at Hanford
Tue, 28 Apr 2020 15:00:00 GMT
Scientists have spent three decades cleaning up the Hanford Site’s 177 giant tanks of radioactive sludge. And they’re just getting started
Match ID: 135 Score: 1.43 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 451 days
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Here’s Where and How We Think China Will Land on Mars
Wed, 25 Mar 2020 16:13:00 GMT
China’s 2020 HX-1 Mars mission will draw on previous lunar explorations and human spaceflights
Match ID: 136 Score: 1.43 source: spectrum.ieee.org age: 484 days
qualifiers: 1.43 congress

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