With America No Longer A ‘Friend,’ Angela Merkel Looks To China As New Partner

July 6, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Berlin this week for whats been described as a highly-symbolic state visit. Welcoming Xi on Wednesday, Merkel said the meeting happening just days before the start of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg was a good opportunity for the two countries to expand and broaden our extensive strategic relations. She did not elaborate on these comments, but her words have been interpreted as…

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We Were Kicked Off Chicagos Dyke March for Not Being the Right Kind of Jew

July 4, 2017

On June 24, some 1,500 people joined the Chicago Dyke March, in what seemed like a utopia of acceptance and respect for people of all orientations, races, nationalities and backgrounds or it almost was. According to the Windy City Times, it seemed as if the entire gender, racial and sexual spectrum was represented, walking hand-in-hand and demonstrating a powerful unity as they chanted "We are Dyke March" in English and…

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How much the Great Barrier Reef is worth, and what there is to lose

June 27, 2017

(CNN)Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has long been considered one of the world’s natural wonders, but now we know how much some economists think it’s really worth. The reef is one of Australia’s most valuable assets, but two massive bleaching events in less than 12 months have left it severely damaged, compounding years of steady attrition at the hands of climate change.

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How to get a job at: Getty Images

June 23, 2017

Image: Shutterstock / lOvE lOvE “How to get a job at:” is a series of interviews with hiring managers at companies in order to provide specific and useful insight into… well, how to get a job. Read the first installment here. Imagine standing on the red carpet of the Met Gala, photographing Rihannas ensemble and immortalizing this moment for years to come. Thats just another day in the life for…

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How I transitioned into the freelance economy

June 22, 2017

Image:  Vasylyna Halun/shutterstock Five years ago, I was one year into a salary writing job at a luxury fashion brand when it hit me: I was being grossly overpaid. You read right. I was overpaid. As a writer. In fashion. You can imagine my boss face whenat our monthly review I marched into his office, diligently listed out my responsibilitiesand informed him that I was being overpaid. Through the most…

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Trump called on tech giants and most of them came

June 20, 2017

President Donald Trump wants to modernize government systems, and he is asking the CEOs of the world’s largest tech companies for help. Many executives, like those at Apple, Amazon, and Google, are listening and offering their words of wisdom, while others, like Facebook, appear to be keeping their distance at least publicly. SEE ALSO: Former Twitter chief likens Trump meeting to ‘waterboarding’ On Monday, tech leaders, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos,…

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Forget the IPO, the ICO is the cool new way to get funded

June 20, 2017

Image: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable A few days ago, a startup called Bancor raised around $153 million in two hours and twenty-five minutes. The ICO, short for initial coin offering, followed several similar, equally successful funding events, and the numbers are rising. Prediction market Augur raised around $5.2 million over two months in 2015; this year, its competitor Gnosis raised $12 million in just 15 minutes. And we could only be…

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After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

(CNN)The congressional boys of summer ditched partisan hardball for seven innings of healing Thursday at their annual baseball classic just 36 hours after a horrifying gun rampage at a Republican batting practice. And while rattled lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill instinctively drew together after the shooting, sitting together at the game, that doesn’t mean their constituents and attack dogs in warring partisan media establishments will heed a moment of…

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The Revolutionary Street Art Project That Inspired Banksy And Empowered A City’s Youth

June 15, 2017

Little did the then 21-year-old youth worker know back in 1984 that his Aerosol Art Project at the Barton Hill Youth Center would go some way to shaping British and global street art over the coming years and decades. John Nation founded the project as a way to channel young people’s creativity in a positive and legal way. Here he is pictured painting at the center in the late 80s….

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Travis Kalanick takes leave of absence to work on Travis 2.0

June 15, 2017

Image: getty images/nicolas mccomber Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence from the company he built into one of the world’s biggest private businesses. It’s not clear how long Kalanick will be away from Uber or who will be serving as interim head of the company, but the move signals the biggest shift yet for the ride-hailing giant since the emergence of allegations of systemic workplace dysfunction…

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Melania Trump moves in

June 11, 2017

(CNN)The White House East Wing has thus far been functioning with a first lady in absentia — but soon, that will change. What we learned about Melania Trump from her first international trip Melania Trump’s role on first foreign trip What issues will the First Lady embrace? How Melania Trump met the 45th President

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Boobs and Brass: The female band raising cash for breast cancer – BBC News

June 10, 2017

That first show attracted a big crowd – some of whom, Mrs Betts suspects, were only there because they were curious about the name. “I don’t think they were quite sure what they were getting,” she says. “They might have been disappointed! “All the girls said, ‘That was brilliant, we’ve got to do it again.’ And it’s just never stopped since.” Image copyright Boobs and Brass The struggles of those…

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Weibo blocks users from posting photos and videos on Tiananmen anniversary

June 7, 2017

Image: Bradshaw/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, blocked millions of its overseas users from posting pictures or video yesterday, the 28th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing in 1989. The ban over the weekend was simply announced as a “systems update,” but people noticed that local users were also not able to change their profile information, nor post photos or videos in comments. SEE ALSO: Remembering the Tiananmen…

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Guys seeking a ‘generic’ dad on Craigslist ad want a paternal presence at their BBQ

June 7, 2017

Polish up those resumes, dads, because your services are seriously needed. A few young roommates in Spokane, Washington, recently created a Craigslist ad in search of one lucky, “generic” dad who could perform some much-needed dad duties for their upcoming backyard barbecue. SEE ALSO: There’s now a Roomba for your lawn, but it’ll cost ya What kinds of dad things? The usual: – Grilling hamburgers and hotdogs (whilst drinking beer)–…

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It’s time to get serious about editing tweets

June 4, 2017

When your tweets need surgery.Image: Lance ulanoff/mashable And thus he spoke: Covfefe. Its an embarrassing Twitter mistake, especially for a sitting President. Donald Trumps solution, after waking up and discovering he left this bizarre remark in the ether, was, ultimately, to delete the tweet. I bet he wished, like many of us on Twitter, that he could simply edit Tweets. SEE ALSO: Words with Friends adds ‘covfefe’ to its dictionary,…

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Ravaged By Climate Change, The Great Barrier Reef May Never Be The Same

June 2, 2017

Conceding that climate change will inevitably cause the decline of the reefs overall health in the coming decades, reef experts have started talking about a possible Plan B a strategy that wont save the reef as a whole, but may at least ensure that it doesnt disappear completely. But now, with back-to-back mass bleaching events in 2016 and 2017causing large swathes of the Great Barrier Reefs corals to die,some members…

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Coral Reefs Are Changing So Fast, Scientists Say We Need To Rewrite The Playbook

June 1, 2017

In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature, coral researchers say the reefs of the past will probably never be seen again because human activity has devastated them. But despite dramatic obituaries for structures like Australias Great Barrier Reefand mounting concern that thereslimited timeto save them, scientists say there is still hope for the structures. We can still have reefs in the future that will look OK in terms…

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As Trump’s Aides Touted His Alliance-Building, European Leaders Mocked And Disparaged Him

May 31, 2017

BRUSSELS Donald Trumps first trip abroad as president showed how quickly and decisively he is acting to strengthen alliances, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday. But if Trump strengthened Americas alliances in Europe, no one told Americas European allies. Instead, in remarks ranging from cautionary to disparaging, European heads of state have described a churlish, impulsive American leader whose actions have alienated them and threaten to upend the…

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Anita Borg Institute ends Uber partnership over Uber’s treatment of women

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick.Image: Will Oliver/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Uber’s actions are having real consequences. The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology ended a partnership with Uber over allegations of the ride-hailing giant’s treatment of women employees. “This is a rare step for us, but we felt compelled to take action in light of the many serious accusations Uber faces regarding the treatment of women employees,” the institute wrote in a press…

May 27, 2017
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Look around Tokyo and you can still see the concrete legacy left by the 1964 Olympics and the subsequent economic “miracle.” Wood can change that, says the architect of the main stadium for the 2020 Games. Using Japanese lumber for the centerpiece venue, Kengo Kuma wants to restore woods that Tokyo lost half a century ago in the blitz to build highways, bullet trains and skyscrapers to showcase the recovery from wartime…

May 24, 2017
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It Doesn’t Sound Like Senate Republicans Are Anywhere Close To A Deal On Obamacare Repeal

WASHINGTON It took the House months of infighting and a failed first attempt to ultimately pass a bill torepeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. More than two weeks later, Senate Republicans are nowhere near reaching an agreement on a bill of their own. As scandal after scandal piled up for the Trump administration last week, Republicans were given some cover. Rather than being flooded with questions as they exited…

May 24, 2017
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Your Weekend Horoscopes May 19-21: Black Out All Weekend & Blame It On Your Sign

The weather is finally heating up this weekend, which could mean fun things like day drinking outside, tanning, and pretending to go swimming while actually just working on your tan some more. Or, it could mean less pleasant things such as sweating like a grease monkey and standing at the infernal subway platform for 20 minutes while your makeup melts off your face because the fucking MTA can’t get their…

May 21, 2017
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Cold War-era nuclear tests actually changed the space environment around our planet

We're in a bubble!Image: NASA Humans change every environment we inhabit on Earth, building cities, clearing forests, growing crops, and living in even the most remote parts of our world. But now we have evidence that we also affect the vacuum of space around us. According to new findings, a type of radio communication actually produces something like a bubble of radiation protection around our planet. The study also includes…

May 20, 2017
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