Umair Irfan at Vox writes—7 things we’ve learned about Earth since the last Earth Day: 1) Kids today face a truly frightening climate future — and they’re mad as hell at adults for neglecting the problem Many people under the age of 18 right now may be around to see the end of the century. And a growing number of them are not pleased with the climate they’re inheriting. Our current trajectory puts the planet on course to warm by 4 degrees Celsius by 2100, creating a world that will be devastated by disasters, droughts, disease, and food shortages. In March of this year, students in more than 120 countries went on strike from school to demand action on climate change. These climate strikes are part of a youth-led climate activism movement, with another global strike planned for May 24. Here’s Irene Kananura of Kampala, Uganda who was striking this past Friday in the heat: xI can bare the hot sunshine on a roadside every friday as i strike to fight for my future. climate change is real, we need action NOW. @GretaThunberg@Fridays4future@Fridays4FutureU pic.twitter.com/COCeyPapIz— Irene Kananura (@IreneKananura) April 19, 2019 Indivisible’s list of Resistance Events & Groups TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” ~~Sun Tzu, The Art of War (scholars differ, but probably 500-400 BC) TWEET OF THE DAY xPictured is a caravan of nomadic white people in 1889 invading the northern border of the Cherokee Nation in a frenzy to be the first to get his hands on the free government handouts. The Americans call this theft of Oklahoma a Ã¢ÂÂLand RunÃ¢ÂÂ and it happened on this day 130 years ago pic.twitter.com/HBab7aou7n— Brett A. Chapman (@brettachapman) April 22, 2019 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2011—Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signs budget suicide order: The crazy spreads. If an executive order from Republican Gov. Butch Otter forbidding state agencies in Idaho from accepting federal funds to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passes constitutional muster, the state would have to opt out of Medicaid in 2014. More than 220,000 of Idaho's citizens depend on Medicaid. Unless the governor and GOP-dominated Legislature choose to drop these folks off where the grizzly bears roam, they will have to come up with the money to treat them. That amounts to around $1 billion a year, 40 percent of the state's entire annual budget. One way to pay for it? Cut public school funding by 85 percent. Given their hatred for public education, maybe that approach would suit Idaho's elected Republicans just fine. Saying he opposes «the overreaching nature of the PPACA and its infringements on Idahoans and the authority of the States under the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution,» the governor stated in his order that «no executive branch department, agency, institution or employee of the state shall establish or amend any program or promulgate any rule to implement any provisions of the PPACA» without his consent. The Tenth Amendment is a favorite of right-wingers eager to nullify federal initiatives and take back the state sovereignty they believe has been dwindling ever since the presidency of...uh...Abraham Lincoln. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Seth Moulton is running for president, everybody! Greg Dworkin joined in a full 2 hour show on that exciting news, with a brief 119 minute detour into consideration of the censure, impeachment, and/or defeat of the current president. x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
Fines of $1,000, public space lockouts, school shutdowns and other drastic measures have failed to stop a measles outbreak in the US. Four months into this year, 626 cases have been registered and the record for one year is 667. Read Full Article at RT.com
The self-styled New IRA has offered its “sincere apologies” to the family and friends of Lyra McKee, an investigative journalist shot and killed in a skirmish between police and nationalists in a Northern Irish city last Thursday. Read Full Article at RT.com
A Democratic congressman joining the jam-packed 2020 US presidential primary field has assured voters he’ll use diplomacy, not weapons or walls…to combat an alien invasion. Finally, a candidate who cares about the issues! Read Full Article at RT.com
When it comes to restoring rights for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people in the U.S., the discussion too often lives and dies around voting rights. And make no mistake: Voting matters. But when it comes to helping formerly incarcerated people stay out of prison, one of the biggest factors is access to education. Receiving education while incarcerated has also been shown to increase a person’s opportunities for work (and higher pay) after release. But—as is too often the norm—systemic barriers are in place that limit people’s ability to receive an affordable education. Finally, a bipartisan effort is working to change that. And the resulting bill is moving closer to Congress. For decades, incarcerated people have not had access to federal Pell Grants. Pell Grants are need-based financial grants meant to support low-income people in pursuing higher education. Pell Grants are not loans, so they don’t need to be paid back. There are a number of requirements for recipients of Pell Grants, but generally they go to students who have not yet received a bachelor’s degree and whose families’ annual income is below $50,000. They can be applied to fall, spring, or summer courses, and the amount the student receives varies based on the cost of their particular institution. These grants can also go toward expenses such as books. Basically, Pell Grants are immeasurably important. And incarcerated people who would otherwise meet the qualifications for the grant deserve them just as much as anybody else.
All problems in Game of Thrones can be boiled down to one simple point: Lyanna Stark makes people stupid. And by people, I mean men. Not only did Robert Baratheon launch a kingdom-ripping rebellion over her, but even decades after her death, simply standing in front of Lyanna’s statue is still the go-to place for people to make very poor political decisions. And by people, I mean Jon Snow. This week’s outing in Game of Thrones was all about the calm before the storm. We know the Night King and his endless supply of ice zombies is coming. Everyone in Winterfell knows they’re coming. And quite early in the episode, the timeline for coming Battle of Winterfell is set—everyone, and everything, stands a very good chance of being dead before the dawn. That gives every character a chance to take the stage for a moment and have one—possibly—last chance to show us who they have become over the course of seven plus seasons. Some of these are spot on: Tormund Giantsbane gets to tell a tall tale about the origin of his name, and to leer appreciatively at Brienne. Jaime and Tyrion get to admit to each other that their days of wanton incest and carefree debauchery, respectively, are behind them. And in what might be the most touching moment of an episode chockablock with tender glances and rueful last statements, Brienne of Tarth kneels on the cold stones of Winterfell and is made a knight of the seven kingdoms by the man who knows all about losing … and regaining … the honor that knighthood is supposed to embody. Oh, and Arya has sex. Which is a perfectly acceptable response to impending doom, and a much better option than setting around with a morose Sandor Clegane and a preachy Beric Dondarrion, both of whom are former members of Arya’s bedtime Kill List. However, let us say thanks that the producers of Game of Thrones for once restricted themselves to shots of Arya’s scarred back … because for those of us who have just finished rewatching the whole series, a girl is perpetually twelve. Despite all these moments ranging from sex to introspection to drunkeness to drunken introspective sex, the episode sometimes falls flat when it comes to making the audience feel the impending doom coming closer by the moment. Soldiers have long had the saying that their job is long stretches of boredom interrupted by rare moments of sheer terror, but even knowing that one of those rarities is right ahead doesn’t make the boredom a whole lot more interesting. However, there are a number of instances in the episode whose impact will surely echo even after the local scramble against the deadites is done. Assuming, as the increasingly slappable Bran puts in doubt, there is an after.
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Twitter shut down Dom Hoffman’s app Vine, giving away the short-form video goldmine to China’s TikTok. Now a year and half since Hoffman announced he’d reimagine the app as V2 then scrapped that name, his follow-up to Vine called Byte has finally sent out the first 100 invites to its closed beta. Byte will let […]
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Many people fighting a very aggressive form of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) don't survive more than five years. These very sick patients are often unable to receive the only cure -- a bone marrow transplant. Now, an international team of scientists report on a long-overlooked part of a leukemic cell's internal machinery, where they may have found a key to treating the aggressive blood cancer.
Game of Thrones Season 8 is already in full swing, and Episode 2 showed Winterfell preparing for a major showdown with the Army of the Dead. Now, the preview for Season 8, Episode 3 […] The post ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 3 Preview: ‘The Dead Are Already Here’ appeared first on Geek.com.
What: London JewelsWhere: Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, W1S 1SR, LondonWhen: April 30, 1:00 PM BSTPublic Viewing: April 26, 09:00 - 16:30 BST; April 28, 11:00 - 15:00 BST; April 29, 09:00 - 16:30 BST; April 30, 09:00 - 11:00 BSTTop Lots at the Sale:— «A sapphire and diamond ring» - The cushion-shaped sapphire, weighing 17.43 carats, within an old brilliant-cut diamond surround, diamonds approximately 1.80 carats total, ring size L. Featured at lot 196. Estimate: 390,000 USD - 520,000 USD.— «A diamond single-stone ring» - The step-cut diamond, weighing 9.07 carats, within a double four-claw setting, between fancy-cut diamond shoulders, ring size L½. Featured at lot 193. Estimate: 330,000 USD - 460,000 USD.— «A diamond and sapphire transformable necklace,» by Grassy, circa 1935 - The articulated collar with central shield-shaped plaque set with a step-cut sapphire, weighing 34.59 carats, on a ground of old brilliant, brilliant and single-cut diamonds and a motif of baguette-cut diamonds with a lozenge-shaped diamond terminal, between triple swags of similarly-cut diamond chain, continuing to the back as old brilliant, brilliant, single, baguette and square-cut diamond openwork plaques, with a diamond shield-shaped clasp, mounted in platinum, diamonds approximately 40.00 carats total, French assay marks, necklace inner diameter 11.5cm, larger clip width 5.5cm, smaller clip width 2.2cm, ring size L, fitted case by Grassy, Biarritz. Featured at lot 194. Estimate: 160,000 USD - 230,000 USD.— «An emerald and diamond ring» - The step-cut emerald, weighing 10.779 carats, between demi-lune-shaped diamond shoulders, weighing 0.97 carat and 1.03 carat, ring size N. Featured at lot 146. Estimate: 130,000 USD - 200,000 USD.— «A sapphire and diamond ring, mounted by Boucheron» - The cushion-shaped sapphire, weighing 14.53 carats, between baguette-cut diamond shoulders, signed Monture Boucheron, French assay mark, ring size N. Featured at lot 149. Estimate: 130,000 USD - 200,000 USD.— «A pair of diamond earrings» - The old brilliant-cut diamonds, weighing 11.27 and 10.61 carats, each within a pinched collet setting. Featured at lot 195. Estimate: 130,000 USD - 200,000 USD.— «A pair of emerald and diamond pendant earrings» - The cushion-shaped emerald surmounts, weighing 2.89 and 2.64 carats, each suspending a pear-shaped diamond drop, weighing 3.13 and 3.19 carats, connected by a brilliant-cut diamond, within an engraved mount, length 3.4cm. Featured at lot 141. Estimate: 91,000 USD - 120,000 USD.— «An emerald and diamond 'Two Bees' ring,» by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co, circa 1965 - The step-cut emerald, weighing 22.02 carats, within an elaborate mount formed of two marquise and brilliant-cut diamond honey bees and two curving brilliant-cut diamond leaves, with polished wirework decoration, signed Schlumberger and Tiffany & Co, ring size L. Featured at lot 177. Estimate: 85,000 USD - 110,000 USD.For details, visit: https://www.bonhams.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration is considering suspending or limiting entry to the U.S. for individuals from countries with high rates of short-term visa overstays - a proposal vaguely reminiscent of the controversial travel bans President Donald Trump pursued during his first year in office. In a memo signed ...
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Odell Beckham Jr. hasn’t said that much about his departure from the New York Giants, but on Monday, he gave us some insight into how he feels. Beckham seemed to object to how Giants GM Dave Gettleman and the team have characterized him since his departure. On Monday, he replied to a fan who was critical of Gettleman’s recent comments by saying he simply wants “respect” from his former organization. Beckham clearly viewed Gettleman’s recent comments about fixing a “culture problem” in New York as a shot at him, as did many others. He seems to feel he was disrespected by his former team as well. After the trade, Beckham thanked the Giants and has been fairly quiet since. Gettleman’s recent quote seems to have stirred him to action, and the message is he was willing to move on, but if he’s going to be disrespected, he won’t be backing down.
Many in Detroit were rather dissatisfied with how the first half of Monday night’s Pistons-Bucks playoff game was being officiated. Milwaukee and Detroit were whistled for a combined 28 personal fouls in the first 24 minutes of the first-round game, but 18 of them went against the Pistons. At halftime, Detroit’s Bruce Brown had already tallied four personal fouls, while four other Pistons — including key starters Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and Luke Kennard — had been whistled for three. In contrast, no Bucks player went to the locker room with more than two fouls. As a result, Milwaukee had attempted 15 more free throws than Detroit had at the half. Whether warranted or not, a one-sided free throw margin like that is going to attract the attention of the home fans, who struck up a “ref you suck” chant late in the half. Hilariously, Griffin subtly joined them. Griffin would’ve almost certainly gotten away with it if not for the close-up camera shot. We’ll see if the NBA takes any action in what has become
Just when we thought it was safe to celebrate the arrival of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to the big leagues, the Toronto Blue Jays pulled the rug out from under us. Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reported Monday that the Blue Jays will not be promoting Guerrero to the majors on Tuesday, as many expected. The 20-year-old Guerrero has been crushing the ball the past couple of years in the minors and is hitting .344 with two home runs and seven RBIs in just 34 at-bats this season for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. Guerrero has been working back from a left oblique injury sustained late in spring training. A young man who has a lot to offer at the plate, Guerrero could only help a Blue Jays team that is floundering at 11-12 on the season.
The Oakland Raiders sent all of their scouts home last week in advance of the NFL Draft, and the move not just be about trying to keep their plans as secretive as possible. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and new general manager Mike Mayock do not trust the scouts that are currently working for the team, and there is expected to be a “major shakeup” with the department. Rapoport expects the Raiders to move on from most, if not all, of them after the draft. Most of Oakland’s scouts were already working for the team before Mayock was hired, so it makes sense that he would want to bring in his own people. After the report came out that Gruden and Mayock had sent all of their scouts home and told them not to return for the draft, Mayock’s daughter tried to downplay it by sharing a funny story about the lengths the GM went to in order to keep his draft binder away from his own family. While that was likely a factor in what happened with the Raiders’ scouts, it seems like May
The Arizona Cardinals have done everything they can to create the impression that they have not decided whether to take Kyler Murray or another player with the top overall pick in the NFL Draft, and they may actually be telling the truth. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Monday that Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, head coach Kliff Kingsbury and owner Michael Bidwill plan to meet in the coming days to go over their options for the No. 1 pick. They have also received inquiries from teams interested in trading up to their spot. It has been widely reported that the Cardinals are set on drafting Murray, but Keim said last week that no decision has been made and the media must know more than he does about his own team. If what Rapoport was told is accurate, Keim was not lying. The Cardinals could still decide that Josh Rosen is a good fit for Kingsbury’s system, and Kingsbury has done nothing but praise the team’s 2018 first-round pick. We know of at least one team that might look to move up for Murra
The new-for-2019 series has teamed up with local IT firm Astrontech to create the Astrontech Pole Award, which will see $1000 awarded to the winner.It's the same amount that Supercars offers for pole position through its own Armor All-backed pole position award.The additional seven lots of $1000 adds to the $250,000 season prize pool already confirmed by TCR Australia organisers, which ...Keep reading