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Ukrainian couple who handcuffed themselves together to test their love are cut apart after 4 months... and break up IMMEDIATELY

Two Ukrainian lovebirds who chained themselves together on Valentine’s Day, as a way to put their relationship to the test, have opted to remove the handcuffs and go their separate ways after four months of being stuck together. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Ukrainian couple who handcuffed themselves together to test their love are cut apart after 4 months... and break up IMMEDIATELY

Two Ukrainian lovebirds who chained themselves together on Valentine’s Day, as a way to put their relationship to the test, have opted to remove the handcuffs and go their separate ways after four months of being stuck together. Read Full Article at RT.com

Change of plan? Euro 2020 final could be MOVED from Wembley to full capacity Budapest if UK govt doesn’t alter rules for VIPs

UEFA could shift its upcoming Euro 2020 final from Wembley Stadium to the Puskas Arena in Budapest unless the UK government makes VIP attendees exempt from its strict quarantine restrictions, according to reports. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Change of plan? Euro 2020 final could be MOVED from Wembley to full capacity Budapest if UK govt doesn’t alter rules for VIPs

UEFA could shift its upcoming Euro 2020 final from Wembley Stadium to the Puskas Arena in Budapest unless the UK government makes VIP attendees exempt from its strict quarantine restrictions, according to reports. Read Full Article at RT.com

Number of global displaced persons doubled in a decade amid ongoing war and persecution – UN report

A United Nations report released on Friday found that the number of people around the world classified as refugees or asylum seekers rose to more than 82 million in 2020, as people continue to flee drawn-out wars and persecution. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Number of global displaced persons doubled in a decade amid ongoing war and persecution – UN report

A United Nations report released on Friday found that the number of people around the world classified as refugees or asylum seekers rose to more than 82 million in 2020, as people continue to flee drawn-out wars and persecution. Read Full Article at RT.com

Cartoon: Algorithm news redux

x Vimeo Video In light of the attack on the Capitol and recent Congressional hearings looking into the tech giant’s role in the attack, I thought it would be helpful — and a little creepy — to look back at how I’ve cartooned Facebook over the past
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Cartoon: Algorithm news redux

x Vimeo Video In light of the attack on the Capitol and recent Congressional hearings looking into the tech giant’s role in the attack, I thought it would be helpful — and a little creepy — to look back at how I’ve cartooned Facebook over the past few years. I’m taking a few days off so will leave you with this “classic” Facebook cartoon, which offers a little insight into how we got to the January 6th insurrection. (Stay tuned for the second of two parts!) Facebook recently announced a major shift in how it is going to treat news on the world’s largest social network. In a series of chipper statements and videos, Mark Zuckerberg and crew announced they were going to de-emphasize posts from news publishers. Instead, Facebook is going to concentrate on “bringing people closer together” (while pushing them farther away from news). Translated from Utopian-speak, that means they are going to give higher ranking in their almighty algorithm to posts shared by friends and family while knocking news outlets down a few rungs. This comes after putting loads of effort into building up Facebook as the place where people get their news. (45% of adults in the United States say they get news from the social media site, and worldwide there are over two billion users.) It looks like Facebook’s struggle with fake news may have caused the algorithm wranglers to throw up their hands with all news, real or fake. Facebook wasn’t the only one putting time and money into getting news onto their network, media outlets spent millions chasing after coveted eyeballs by tailoring content and publishing directly to the “news” feed. Now Facebook wants to return to its social media roots and be all about individuals talking with each other. Fortunately, it sounds like individual creators (like certain, ahem, cartoonists) may fare better, algorithmically-speaking, than big publishers. Enjoy the cartoon, comment about it with your friends and family— and let’s hope Zuck’s algorithm looks kindly upon us. (And you can always cut to the chase and see my cartoons and plenty of other material here on my Patreon site.)

What’s the ‘critical race theory’ uproar really about? The right-wing need to fabricate enemies

The modern American right is preoccupied with being viewed as heroic, in particular with its self-conception as savior of the republic. Heroes, of course, require enemies. So throughout postwar history, right-wing ideologues have specialized in concoctin
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What’s the ‘critical race theory’ uproar really about? The right-wing need to fabricate enemies

The modern American right is preoccupied with being viewed as heroic, in particular with its self-conception as savior of the republic. Heroes, of course, require enemies. So throughout postwar history, right-wing ideologues have specialized in concocting them, supposedly dire existential threats to the nation spun into whole cloth out of tidbits of half-fact: Communists, Satanic occultists, New World Order overlords, cultural Marxists, antifa, Black radicals, adrenochrome-harvesting pedophilia rings—all have had their turns as right-wing bogeymen. The latest is critical race theory (CRT), which seems to have appeared out of nowhere as the latest great threat to America. (On Fox News, as Matt Grossman notes, the issue was mentioned zero times in 2018; four times in 2019; 77 times in 2020; and so far in 2021, 626 times.) Despite the issue having received zero attention until this year, Republican-controlled state legislatures in places like Idaho, Tennessee, Texas, and Oklahoma have passed laws outlawing its use in their public classrooms, while school boards around the country have been besieged by right-wing ideologues demanding it be excised from their curricula. The whole campaign against CRT, in fact, appears to be primarily the work of a handful of astroturfing “dark money” right-wing organizations. And its central figure is named Christopher Rufo, a longtime right-wing think tank activist with a history of promoting various kinds of spurious enemy concoctions

Covid-19 restrictions to be relaxed in Norway as cases fall and one-third fully vaccinated

Norway has announced that the third major phase of its plan to reopen society will take place on Sunday, with citizens allowed to welcome up to 20 people to their homes and hospitality allowed to stay open beyond midnight. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Covid-19 restrictions to be relaxed in Norway as cases fall and one-third fully vaccinated

Norway has announced that the third major phase of its plan to reopen society will take place on Sunday, with citizens allowed to welcome up to 20 people to their homes and hospitality allowed to stay open beyond midnight. Read Full Article at RT.com

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Emcure says it will continue growth momentum in FY21 by deepening product portfolio, digital focus

The privately held Pune-based company aims to first bring generic drugs to the market through the company’s own RD efforts and innovative molecules through licensing
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Emcure says it will continue growth momentum in FY21 by deepening product portfolio, digital focus

The privately held Pune-based company aims to first bring generic drugs to the market through the company’s own RD efforts and innovative molecules through licensing

Social media is all theater. Your personal finance is the next act - CNET

Commentary: New platforms like Venmo and Reddit are shattering old taboos about discussing money. Is that a good thing?
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Social media is all theater. Your personal finance is the next act - CNET

Commentary: New platforms like Venmo and Reddit are shattering old taboos about discussing money. Is that a good thing?

Market Wrap Podcast, June 18: Here's all that happened in the markets today

BSE Sensex fell 722 points intra-day but recovered to close 21 points, or 0.04 per cent, higher at 52,344 levels
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Market Wrap Podcast, June 18: Here's all that happened in the markets today

BSE Sensex fell 722 points intra-day but recovered to close 21 points, or 0.04 per cent, higher at 52,344 levels

Automobile demand unscathed by petrol above Rs 100, auto firms to rev up output

Launch of new models, low interest rates for car loans and growing preference for personal mobility because of the pandemic has helped demand bounce back and prompted leading companies Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai to ramp up production.
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Automobile demand unscathed by petrol above Rs 100, auto firms to rev up output

Launch of new models, low interest rates for car loans and growing preference for personal mobility because of the pandemic has helped demand bounce back and prompted leading companies Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai to ramp up production.

Silver turns positive for 2021 after sharp selloff on firm global cues

Technically, LBMA Silver below $26.50 will continue its bearish momentum and could see further downside movement up to $25.80-$24.10 levels.
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Silver turns positive for 2021 after sharp selloff on firm global cues

Technically, LBMA Silver below $26.50 will continue its bearish momentum and could see further downside movement up to $25.80-$24.10 levels.

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Scientists convert plastic waste into vanilla flavoring

Scientists have figured out a way to convert plastic waste into vanilla flavoring with genetically engineered bacteria, according to a new study.
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Scientists convert plastic waste into vanilla flavoring

Scientists have figured out a way to convert plastic waste into vanilla flavoring with genetically engineered bacteria, according to a new study.

NASA asteroid-hunting satellite clears hurdle on path to 2026 launch

NASA has approved the Near-Earth Object Surveyor space telescope to move into «preliminary design,» its next phase of development on the road to a planned liftoff in 2026.
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NASA asteroid-hunting satellite clears hurdle on path to 2026 launch

NASA has approved the Near-Earth Object Surveyor space telescope to move into «preliminary design,» its next phase of development on the road to a planned liftoff in 2026.

Galveston from Space

On Monday, June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Texas learned of their freedom. That day of liberation became known as Juneteenth.
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Galveston from Space

On Monday, June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Texas learned of their freedom. That day of liberation became known as Juneteenth.

Tiger Global in talks to back BharatPe at $2.5 billion valuation

Indian fintech startup BharatPe is in advanced stages of talks to raise about $250 million in a new financing round led by Tiger Global, two sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The new round, a Series E, is valuing the three-year-old New Delhi-h
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Tiger Global in talks to back BharatPe at $2.5 billion valuation

Indian fintech startup BharatPe is in advanced stages of talks to raise about $250 million in a new financing round led by Tiger Global, two sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The new round, a Series E, is valuing the three-year-old New Delhi-headquartered firm at a pre-money valuation of $2.5 billion, sources said, requesting […]

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A Delightful Animation Chronicles a Peaceful Spring Hike through a Camera’s Viewfinder

 “Viewfinder” is a charming animation about exploring the outdoors from the Seoul-based studio VCRWORKS. The second episode in the recently launched Rhythmens series, the peaceful short follows a central character on a hike in a springtime forest and f
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A Delightful Animation Chronicles a Peaceful Spring Hike through a Camera’s Viewfinder

 “Viewfinder” is a charming animation about exploring the outdoors from the Seoul-based studio VCRWORKS. The second episode in the recently launched Rhythmens series, the peaceful short follows a central character on a hike in a springtime forest and frames their whimsically rendered finds through the lens of a camera. Watch the first episode, which goes on a similarly calming snowy adventure, on VCRWORKS’ Vimeo. More

An Undulating Roof Made of Cedar and Steel Flows Out from a Pool House in Ontario

A steel slatted roof ripples across a property in southwestern Ontario, providing a meditative enclave under its gently sloping cover. Contrasting the stark black metal with softer strips of cedar, “Fold House” by Partisans features a two-story li
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An Undulating Roof Made of Cedar and Steel Flows Out from a Pool House in Ontario

A steel slatted roof ripples across a property in southwestern Ontario, providing a meditative enclave under its gently sloping cover. Contrasting the stark black metal with softer strips of cedar, “Fold House” by Partisans features a two-story living quarter with a lengthy undulating structure that branches out from one side. It’s bisected by a staircase leading to an upper walkway and covers a luxe in-ground pool. Partisans is an architecture studio based in Toronto that frequently works with organic shapes and textures, which you can see on its site and Instagram. More

Herds of Life-Sized Elephants Roam Through London’s Parks for a Global Conservation Project

Sixty migrating elephants pass between Piccadilly and Buckingham Palace in London’s Green Park in one of nine herds roaming throughout the city. The lumbering creatures are part of an ongoing collaboration between two nonprofits, CoExistence and Elephan
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Herds of Life-Sized Elephants Roam Through London’s Parks for a Global Conservation Project

Sixty migrating elephants pass between Piccadilly and Buckingham Palace in London’s Green Park in one of nine herds roaming throughout the city. The lumbering creatures are part of an ongoing collaboration between two nonprofits, CoExistence and Elephant Family, that explores how humans can better live alongside animals and the larger ecosystem through imaginative public art projects. As its name suggests, CoExistence’s aim is to identify mutually beneficial modes of living considering that within the last century, the balance between world population and wilderness has shifted considerably: in 1937, 66 percent of global environments were intact with 2.3 billion people on Earth. More

Japan announces easing of coronavirus state of emergency ahead of Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Thursday announced the easing of a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and six other areas from next week, with new daily cases falling just as the country begins final preparations for the Olympics starting in just over a mont
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Japan announces easing of coronavirus state of emergency ahead of Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Thursday announced the easing of a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and six other areas from next week, with new daily cases falling just as the country begins final preparations for the Olympics starting in just over a month. Japan has been struggling since ...

Sleek Wooden Ribbons Spiral in an Infinitely Looping Installation in Hong Kong

A new installation by Paul Cocksedge (previously) creates an endless circuit of coiling wood in Hong Kong’s Yue Man Square. Made of sustainably sourced timber, “Time Loop” evokes the infinity symbol and represents the city’s history o
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Sleek Wooden Ribbons Spiral in an Infinitely Looping Installation in Hong Kong

A new installation by Paul Cocksedge (previously) creates an endless circuit of coiling wood in Hong Kong’s Yue Man Square. Made of sustainably sourced timber, “Time Loop” evokes the infinity symbol and represents the city’s history of continual growth and change. A poem written in two languages is engraved in the spiraling structure, which stretches more than nine meters across and three meters tall to allow passersby to stop and rest amidst the bustling environment. More

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Nick Wright: Brooklyn Nets were on ‘dead legs’ in Game 6 loss | FIRST THINGS FIRST

The Milwaukee Bucks force a Game 7 after a feeble showing from the Brooklyn Nets in last night's matchup. Khris Middleton lead the Bucks with 38 points, while Giannis ANtetokounmpo closely followed with 30 points of his own and 17 rebounds. Nick Wright decide
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Nick Wright: Brooklyn Nets were on ‘dead legs’ in Game 6 loss | FIRST THINGS FIRST

The Milwaukee Bucks force a Game 7 after a feeble showing from the Brooklyn Nets in last night's matchup. Khris Middleton lead the Bucks with 38 points, while Giannis ANtetokounmpo closely followed with 30 points of his own and 17 rebounds. Nick Wright decides if last night was a break through night for the Bucks, or if this was just Kevin Durant being out of gas after a historic performance in Game 5.

Paul Ricard F3: Mercedes junior Vesti beats Hauger to pole

The Mercedes junior went quickest with a 1m50.882s with less than five minutes left of the 30-minute qualifying session, almost two-tenths clear of Hauger, who made a minor error on his last lap while attempting to take back pole.MP Motorsport’s Victor Mart
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Paul Ricard F3: Mercedes junior Vesti beats Hauger to pole

The Mercedes junior went quickest with a 1m50.882s with less than five minutes left of the 30-minute qualifying session, almost two-tenths clear of Hauger, who made a minor error on his last lap while attempting to take back pole.MP Motorsport’s Victor Martins came in third, with Trident’s Jack Doohan ending up fourth ahead of MP Motorsport driver Caio Collet and teammate Clement ...Keep reading

German MotoGP: Oliveira puts KTM on top in FP2

Barcelona race winner Oliveira set the early pace on the factory KTM at the start of FP2, the Portuguese rider’s benchmark a 1m21.823s.Marquez soon took over from Oliveira with a 1m21.687s, though this lap was set under yellow flag conditions when Avintia r
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German MotoGP: Oliveira puts KTM on top in FP2

Barcelona race winner Oliveira set the early pace on the factory KTM at the start of FP2, the Portuguese rider’s benchmark a 1m21.823s.Marquez soon took over from Oliveira with a 1m21.687s, though this lap was set under yellow flag conditions when Avintia rookie Luca Marini crashed on the exit of the final corner. This ultimately turned out to be of little consequence as Marquez ...Keep reading

Celtics trade Kemba Walker to Thunder for Al Horford, Moses Brown

Walker is still owed $108 million over the next three years, which is why the Celtics had to take on a contract like Horford’s to unload him.
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Celtics trade Kemba Walker to Thunder for Al Horford, Moses Brown

Walker is still owed $108 million over the next three years, which is why the Celtics had to take on a contract like Horford’s to unload him.

Petrucci targeting Dakar if he loses KTM MotoGP seat

The double MotoGP race winner’s place at the Tech 3 squad is under threat, with KTM Moto2 rider Raul Fernandez expected to step up and join Remy Gardner at the team next year.Petrucci says he hasn’t had any discussions with KTM yet about 2022, but only wa
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Petrucci targeting Dakar if he loses KTM MotoGP seat

The double MotoGP race winner’s place at the Tech 3 squad is under threat, with KTM Moto2 rider Raul Fernandez expected to step up and join Remy Gardner at the team next year.Petrucci says he hasn’t had any discussions with KTM yet about 2022, but only wants to race with the Austrian manufacturer.Should he ultimately lose his ride, Petrucci says he is not currently entertaining a ...Keep reading

Alpine: No Mercedes exit clauses in Ocon’s new three-year F1 deal

Alpine announced on Wednesday that Ocon had agreed a new long-term deal that would keep him with the team until the end of the 2024 season.When asked by Motorsport.com to clarify his ties to Mercedes ahead of this weekend’s French Grand Prix, Ocon 
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Alpine: No Mercedes exit clauses in Ocon’s new three-year F1 deal

Alpine announced on Wednesday that Ocon had agreed a new long-term deal that would keep him with the team until the end of the 2024 season.When asked by Motorsport.com to clarify his ties to Mercedes ahead of this weekend’s French Grand Prix, Ocon said: “So, I’m completely a fully Alpine driver for the next three years – that’s where I stand at the moment.  “For ...Keep reading

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