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Sweden's Olympic leaders: Taxpayers won't foot bill for 2026

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Sweden's Olympic leaders have tried to assure Stockholm's newly formed local government that the city's taxpayers will not be asked to foot the bill for the 2026 Winter Games. Stockholm's bid to host the games is at risk after lawmakers in th

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Midday open thread: Military readiness amid the climate crisis; Trump fans lured by Iraqi dinar scam

Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is Notification bloatification: • The correct time to eat Thanksgiving dinner. • The suppressed 1970 speech of Wampanoag elder Wamsutta Frank James in which he named Thanksgiving a National Day of Mourning: Thre
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Midday open thread: Military readiness amid the climate crisis; Trump fans lured by Iraqi dinar scam

Today’s comic by Jen Sorensen is Notification bloatification: • The correct time to eat Thanksgiving dinner. • The suppressed 1970 speech of Wampanoag elder Wamsutta Frank James in which he named Thanksgiving a National Day of Mourning: Three hundred fifty years after the Pilgrims began their invasion of the land of the Wampanoag, their «American» descendants planned an anniversary celebration. Still clinging to the white schoolbook myth of friendly relations between their forefathers and the Wampanoag, the anniversary planners thought it would be nice to have an Indian make an appreciative and complimentary speech at their state dinner. Frank James was asked to speak at the celebration. He accepted. The planners, however , asked to see his speech in advance of the occasion, and it turned out that Frank James' views — based on history rather than mythology — were not what the Pilgrims' descendants wanted to hear. Frank James refused to deliver a speech written by a public relations person. Frank James did not speak at the anniversary celebration. If he had spoken, this is what he would have said [...] • Trump backers invest in wacky Iraqi dinar rip-off. • When left-leaning parties go for austerity, their voters switch to the far right: Recently, former White House adviser Anthony Scaramucci declared that President Trump is a “blue-collar president” — which some observers find curious, given his wealthy upbringing and boasts about being a billionaire. And in Sweden’s general election in September, the far-right Sweden Democrats finished in third place with 18 percent of the vote, while the center-left Social Democrats had their worst electoral performance in more than a century. Why? My research in Hungary and Poland suggests that the right-wing populism’s rise and center-left parties’ decline result from the same process: blue-collar supporters shifting away from the left to embrace the populist right. MIDDAY TWEET x“This is not a Native congressman’s issue. Every congressman should know,” she said. “And it will require compassion for understanding where we come from and why this is happening to us.” https://t.co/NjyOdH6k4M— Deb Haaland (@Deb4CongressNM) November 19, 2018 • Inside Climate News has begun a new series on military readiness in a global warming world. Another reminder that Sen. Bernie Sanders was right but ridiculed when said at the end of a presidential debate two years ago about climate change being the No. 1 threat to national security: In October, Hurricane Michael slammed Tyndall Air Force Base near Panama City, Florida, inflicting what officials called «widespread catastrophic damage.» The year prior, the Pentagon spent $1.3 billion to repair bases and equipment damaged by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. In 2014, flash floods ravaged the critical combat training grounds at Fort Irwin, California, requiring $65 million in repairs. A recent Pentagon survey at 3,500 military installations found that half of them already face destabilizing weather, including droughts, extreme heat, wildfires, high winds and inland flooding, and many are grappling with multiple threats. • A stimulus plan for caregiving, a neglected major force in U.S. labor: If you’re a highly educated white man without serious disabilities—a description that, not incidentally, fits a large majority of people who make and write about policy in the United States—the economy probably looks like this to you: a web of financial transactions between individuals and companies, with support and guidance from the government. To Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha—a disabled, chronically ill writer and performer—it looks completely different. “Your life is maintained by a complex, non-monetary economy of shared, reciprocal care,” she writes in her new book, Care Work. “You drop off some extra food; I listen to you when you’re freaking out. You share your car with me; I pick you up from the airport. We pass the same twenty dollars back and forth between each other.” Throughout the book, Piepzna-Samarasinha details how activists in the disability justice movement, led largely by LGBTQ people of color, support and advocate for one other. She describes a neurodivergent person bringing shawarma orders to a social justice conference, crowdfunding campaigns to pay for rehabilitation, and collectively-written best-practice guidelines for closed captioning. When wildfires hit California last year, she writes, “Over and over, it was sick and disabled folks—particularly folks with chemical injuries, environmental illness, asthma, and other autoimmune conditions who had been navigating unsafe air for years—sharing the knowledge that being sick and disabled had already taught us.” • The ethical quandary of human infection studies: Sometimes infecting volunteers with a disease can lead to new treatments. But how much risk and compensation is acceptable for those in poor nations? On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Last live licks before T-Day. Russian to head Interpol, all law turns inside-out. Trump's lies are a virus. But Ivanka's emails. WTF are we doing advising MBS how to duck Khashoggi murder? Oh, P.S.: We’re once again under the cloud of a mass shooting. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!)

Trump issues weird, blustering statement defending Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi murder

The White House has issued Donald Trump's statement on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Trump decision to «stand with» Saudi Arabia despite that murder, and it is absolutely clear, for once, that Trump wrote this one himself. Becau
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Trump issues weird, blustering statement defending Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi murder

The White House has issued Donald Trump's statement on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Trump decision to «stand with» Saudi Arabia despite that murder, and it is absolutely clear, for once, that Trump wrote this one himself. Because it's a meandering, juvenile, exclamation-point-infused wreck. America First! The world is a very dangerous place! The country of Iran, as an example, is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen, trying to destabilize Iraq’s fragile attempt at democracy, supporting the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon, propping up dictator Bashar Assad in Syria (who has killed millions of his own citizens), and much more. No, really. That’s how it really starts out. I say Trump wrote it, but it's just as likely that Trump scoured a local junior high school for students willing to let him copy their work. It reads like a class presentation, at best. There is a damn good chance we will find out that Barron Trump wrote his whole thing as part of a current-events assignment, only to have his father swipe it from his desk the day before it was due. Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an “enemy of the state” and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but my decision is in no way based on that – this is an unacceptable and horrible crime. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t! For f--ks sake, this is what the White House itself put out as an official statement from the President of These United States in response to one of the biggest diplomatic crises of this administration.

Scaramucci on Ivanka’s emails: “I think it will be a great campaign talking point for Democrats”

“This is one of the main reasons why the American people are so fed up with Washington,” Anthony Scaramucci added
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Scaramucci on Ivanka’s emails: “I think it will be a great campaign talking point for Democrats”

“This is one of the main reasons why the American people are so fed up with Washington,” Anthony Scaramucci added

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Credit set for worst year since 2008 crisis as crashes roil markets

High-yield and investment-grade notes are headed for losses in both euros and dollars - the first time all four asset classes have posted negative total returns since 2008
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Credit set for worst year since 2008 crisis as crashes roil markets

High-yield and investment-grade notes are headed for losses in both euros and dollars - the first time all four asset classes have posted negative total returns since 2008

Disclosure score is average for top 100 listed firms at 6.3, says study

The firms were selected on the basis of market capitalisation and assessed on 12 publicly available information disclosure parameters
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Disclosure score is average for top 100 listed firms at 6.3, says study

The firms were selected on the basis of market capitalisation and assessed on 12 publicly available information disclosure parameters

Black Friday ads 2018: Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target and more reveal their best deals early - CNET

The biggest retailers on the planet are gearing up with their best deals of the year? Here are their full Black Friday 2018 ads -- along with when each sale starts.
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Black Friday ads 2018: Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target and more reveal their best deals early - CNET

The biggest retailers on the planet are gearing up with their best deals of the year? Here are their full Black Friday 2018 ads -- along with when each sale starts.

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LinkedIn launches its own Snapchat Stories: ‘Student Voices’

The social media singularity continues with the arrival of Snapchat Stories-style slideshows on LinkedIn as the app grasps for relevance with a younger audience. LinkedIn confirms to TechCrunch that it plans to build Stories for more sets of users, but first
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LinkedIn launches its own Snapchat Stories: ‘Student Voices’

The social media singularity continues with the arrival of Snapchat Stories-style slideshows on LinkedIn as the app grasps for relevance with a younger audience. LinkedIn confirms to TechCrunch that it plans to build Stories for more sets of users, but first it’s launching “Student Voices” just for university students in the U.S. The feature appears […]

Half a million Android users tricked into downloading malware from Google Play

More than half a million users have installed Android malware posing as driving games — from Google’s own app store. Lukas Stefanko, a security researcher at ESET, tweeted details of 13 gaming apps — made by the same developer — which were at th
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Half a million Android users tricked into downloading malware from Google Play

More than half a million users have installed Android malware posing as driving games — from Google’s own app store. Lukas Stefanko, a security researcher at ESET, tweeted details of 13 gaming apps — made by the same developer — which were at the time of his tweet downloadable from Google Play. Two of the apps […]

Elon Musk’s extracurricular antics reportedly spark a NASA safety probe at SpaceX

Elon Musk’s dabble with the doobage in a September radio interview may have sparked more than just an outpouring of adulation from his acolytes (and a fairly interesting conversation around artificial intelligence, social media, invention, and space). T
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Elon Musk’s extracurricular antics reportedly spark a NASA safety probe at SpaceX

Elon Musk’s dabble with the doobage in a September radio interview may have sparked more than just an outpouring of adulation from his acolytes (and a fairly interesting conversation around artificial intelligence, social media, invention, and space). The Washington Post reports that the folks at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration were less than amused with […]

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UN environment chief under fire for travel expenses resigns

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - U.N. environment chief Erik Solheim resigned Tuesday following widespread criticism of his excessive expenses on official global travel. The former Norwegian diplomat, politician and environment minister announced on the U.N. Environmen
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UN environment chief under fire for travel expenses resigns

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - U.N. environment chief Erik Solheim resigned Tuesday following widespread criticism of his excessive expenses on official global travel. The former Norwegian diplomat, politician and environment minister announced on the U.N. Environment Program's website that he would step down Thursday after receiving the final report of the ...

How to Cook Perfectly Fried Rice, According to Scientists

Cooking fried rice isn’t always easy, but two scientists have revealed the secret sauce behind making the perfect batch: physics. David Hu and Hungtang Ko, two Georgia Institute of Technology researchers, tapped into […] The post How to Cook Perfe
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How to Cook Perfectly Fried Rice, According to Scientists

Cooking fried rice isn’t always easy, but two scientists have revealed the secret sauce behind making the perfect batch: physics. David Hu and Hungtang Ko, two Georgia Institute of Technology researchers, tapped into […] The post How to Cook Perfectly Fried Rice, According to Scientists appeared first on Geek.com.

A Photographer’s Guide to ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’

When Jim Fisher tells you about a great camera on PCMag, you listen. And when Jim Fisher wants to write about photography in Red Dead Redemption 2,  providing his own beautiful screenshots, you […] The post A Photographer’s Guide to ‘Red De
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A Photographer’s Guide to ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’

When Jim Fisher tells you about a great camera on PCMag, you listen. And when Jim Fisher wants to write about photography in Red Dead Redemption 2,  providing his own beautiful screenshots, you […] The post A Photographer’s Guide to ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ appeared first on Geek.com.

Man Arrested for Selling Modded Super NES Classic With Just 5 Additional Games

Modding a gaming console has always carried certain risks. Generally speaking, they’re limited to, say, bricking your system or getting banned from online play. Take things too far, however, and the authorities could […] The post Man Arrested for
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Man Arrested for Selling Modded Super NES Classic With Just 5 Additional Games

Modding a gaming console has always carried certain risks. Generally speaking, they’re limited to, say, bricking your system or getting banned from online play. Take things too far, however, and the authorities could […] The post Man Arrested for Selling Modded Super NES Classic With Just 5 Additional Games appeared first on Geek.com.

Black Friday 2018: Best Amazon Deals for Gaming, Tech, and Smart Home Items

Amazon is going all out for Black Friday and the e-commerce retailer is offering some great deals on gaming equipment, tech gadgets, and smart home items. From pre-Black Friday deals to the big […] The post Black Friday 2018: Best Amazon Deals for Gamin
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Black Friday 2018: Best Amazon Deals for Gaming, Tech, and Smart Home Items

Amazon is going all out for Black Friday and the e-commerce retailer is offering some great deals on gaming equipment, tech gadgets, and smart home items. From pre-Black Friday deals to the big […] The post Black Friday 2018: Best Amazon Deals for Gaming, Tech, and Smart Home Items appeared first on Geek.com.

Battlefield V’s War Stories Made Me Like a Military FPS Game

As a gamer who prefers single player, narrative-driven experiences, multiplayer-focused titles don’t have much appeal for me. This is why I don’t pay much attention to games like Call of Duty, Fortnite, Overwatch, […] The post Battlefield V’s
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Battlefield V’s War Stories Made Me Like a Military FPS Game

As a gamer who prefers single player, narrative-driven experiences, multiplayer-focused titles don’t have much appeal for me. This is why I don’t pay much attention to games like Call of Duty, Fortnite, Overwatch, […] The post Battlefield V’s War Stories Made Me Like a Military FPS Game appeared first on Geek.com.

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Macau winner Ticktum to make F2 debut in Abu Dhabi finale

Ticktum, 19, finished runner-up in the European Formula 3 championship this year, before sealing a second Macau Grand Prix win in a row last weekend.  Reigning McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Ticktum has travelled straight from Macau to Abu Dhabi to repl
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Macau winner Ticktum to make F2 debut in Abu Dhabi finale

Ticktum, 19, finished runner-up in the European Formula 3 championship this year, before sealing a second Macau Grand Prix win in a row last weekend.  Reigning McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Ticktum has travelled straight from Macau to Abu Dhabi to replace Maxi Gunther – who scored Arden's only F2 win of the season in the Silverstone reversed-grid sprint race – in the team this ... Keep reading

Eagles must hope injuries are the main culprit for seemingly lost season

Even among the extremely vocal contingent of Eagles die-hards, there wasn’t a lot of faith that Philadelphia was going to turn its season around in the Superdome on Sunday. Oddsmakers weren’t any more optimistic in their outlook, as the Eagles opened las
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Eagles must hope injuries are the main culprit for seemingly lost season

Even among the extremely vocal contingent of Eagles die-hards, there wasn’t a lot of faith that Philadelphia was going to turn its season around in the Superdome on Sunday. Oddsmakers weren’t any more optimistic in their outlook, as the Eagles opened last week as nine-point underdogs, the largest point spread against a defending champ in nearly a decade. That pessimism was certainly vindicated, as the beating the Saints put on the Eagles was more vicious and thorough than expected. All told, the 48-7 loss by the Eagles goes down as the worst by a defending Super Bowl champ ever.  Back in February, the Eagles were so powerful, they took down the juggernaut Patriots with their backup quarterback. Now they’re floundering enough that some are questioning whether the team is still set up to compete over the long haul. By virtue of belonging to the thoroughly middling NFC East of 2018, the 4-6 Eagles are still only two games out of first place and therefore technically alive. But it’s hard to have any faith in a t

Michigan attorney general charges ex-MSU president Lou Anna Simon with lying to police in Nassar sexual assault case

Michigan attorney general charges ex-MSU president Lou Anna Simon with lying to police in Nassar sexual assault case
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Michigan attorney general charges ex-MSU president Lou Anna Simon with lying to police in Nassar sexual assault case

Michigan attorney general charges ex-MSU president Lou Anna Simon with lying to police in Nassar sexual assault case

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