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Yes, the FBI is America’s secret police

Dec 11th 2017, 20:12, by Global Truth

Politifact delivered a “pants on fire” slam to Fox News on Friday because one of its commentators asserted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation “has become America’s secret police.” The FBI has legions of new champions nowadays among liberals and Democrats who hope that its probes will end Donald Trump’s presidency. This is a stunning reversal that may have J. Edgar Hoover spinning in his grave. In order to boostRead More

EU begins court action against Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic over migrant quotas

Dec 11th 2017, 14:27, by Global Truth

The EU has now turned over the three countries to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Although the ECJ possesses powers to interpret provisions of international refugee law, the current crisis — which has caused chaos and led to jihad attacks, and which threatens the fabric of European culture and society — is unprecedented. The EU’s relentless attack on the Visegrad group is a troubling, fascist-like interference in the sovereignty ofRead More

The EPA spent millions in taxpayer dollars to push climate change propaganda via social media

Dec 11th 2017, 14:00, by Global Truth

(Natural News) Under the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency was one of the most tyrannical, lawless institutions in the entire country, spitting out tens of thousands of unconstitutional regulations each year and compelling businesses to abide by the left’s radical climate change agenda. Mind you, these are regulations that the American people did not vote for, nor do they necessarily support; rather, the EPA’s agenda under the Obama regimeRead More

‘Kiev, get up!’ 1000s of Saakashvili supporters demand Ukraine president’s impeachment

Dec 11th 2017, 13:09, by Global Truth

Thousands of supporters of former Georgian President and ex-Governor of Ukraine’s Odessa Oblast Mikhail Saakashvili rallied in Kiev, on Sunday, demanding his release from jail and impeachment of the country’s president Petro Poroshenko. After marching across the city center, they staged a rally on Kiev’s main Independence Square, the Maidan. Saakashvili’s wife, Sandra Elisabeth Roelofs, delivered a speech to the gathered people, which she finished with the words “Get up,Read More

Subliminal Sex Messages – Disney Cartoons & Advertisements

Dec 11th 2017, 00:09, by Global Truth

A Subliminal presentation that actually shows you where the subliminal is located!         .     .

Dude Where’s My Troops? Pentagon Loses Track Of 44,000 Soldiers

Dec 10th 2017, 12:37, by Global Truth

The Stripes article opens with a line that would seem straight out of the Onion, yet matter-of-factly states, “The U.S. military has more than 44,000 troops across the globe that the Pentagon claims it cannot track, according to a recent report.” The Pentagon’s system for accounting troop deployment numbers, maintained by the Defense Manpower Data Center under the Office of the Secretary of Defense, lists up to 44,000 troops inRead More

Occult Exposed: Shemales of Hip-Hop & Hollywood!

Dec 9th 2017, 02:02, by Global Truth

  Not everything is what it appears to be. There is more gender confusion in Hollywood than just a bunch of down-low rappers. Who do those rapper use as a cover?? The inter-sexed (a Babylonian favorite). This is purely what I see with my own eyes and perceive to be true. You judge for yourself!         .    

You Probably Don’t Know All the Ways Facebook Tracks You

Dec 8th 2017, 23:10, by Global Truth

We’re all aware of the deal we make when we sign up with Facebook: we get somewhere to post vacation photos and stalk friends, and Mark Zuckerberg gets to sell your passion for fishing trips to fishing equipment retailers. What you might not realize is how deep or extensive the tracking goes—so let’s shed some light on it. All of this is well within Facebook’s remit. You’re using its servicesRead More

Jordan Maxwell & David Icke (Dec 02, 2017) – Jordan Maxwell in conversation

Dec 8th 2017, 22:21, by Global Truth

Jordan Maxwell & David Icke (Dec 02, 2017) – Jordan Maxwell in conversation       .

FDA Just Approved ‘Smart Pill’ Antidepressant So Gov’t Can Track You As They Force Medicate You

Dec 8th 2017, 17:49, by Global Truth

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved what may be the world’s first “smart pill.” Abilify MyCite, (aripiprazole) a “pill with a sensor that digitally tracks if patients have ingested their medication” was approved for sale and distribution by the FDA in mid-November. Now, a month after the drug’s approval, several of the world’s leading medical doctors are questioning the ethics surrounding the controversial drug. Presumably using “compliance” with takingRead More

TRUE FASCISM: YouTube Censors Polish Government’s Video Exposing Catastrophic Migrant Invasion

Dec 8th 2017, 12:05, by Global Truth

The Polish government has fallen victim to YouTube’s selective censorship crackdown after the information giant banished a video exposing Europe’s manufactured migrant crisis to ‘limited state’ limbo. The video is titled, “Europe opens its eyes and admits us right,” and was posted by Poland’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration. Its description reads – “The PiS government withdrew from the harmful decision of the PO-PSL government to bring immigrants fromRead More

Channel DELETED Over This Moon Video?

Dec 8th 2017, 11:36, by Global Truth

Channel DELETED Over This Moon Video?     .

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Theresa May tells MPs Brexit deal is ‘good news’ for both remain supporters and leave supporters – Politics live

Dec 11th 2017, 18:37, by Andrew Sparrow

Rolling coverage of the day’s political development as they happen, including Theresa May’s statement to MPs about the UK-EU Brexit deal

As I said earlier, the key fact from Theresa May’s statement was a negative: the absence of any fresh Tory row about Brexit. (See 5.54pm.)

But there was some news in what May and Jeremy Corbyn had to say. Here are the key points.

It is clear in the joint progress report, I have repeated it in my statement just now, that this offer is on the table in the context of us agreeing the partnership for the future, agreeing the next stage and agreeing the partnership for the future. If we don’t agree that partnership, then this offer is off the table.

We have always said that we will be working to negotiate our full agreement in terms of the future relationship that we have with the European Union. Of course, legally it won’t be possible for them to sign up to that agreement until after we have left the European Union and we’ve become a third county. While we are in the EU, it’s not possible to [be] a signatory of that agreement. But the pieces of work that will now go forward will be the details of the implementation period, the details of the withdrawal agreement, which will have to go through certain parliamentary processes in European member states … and also the future relationship that we will have in trade terms and security terms with the European Union.

There are some details to be sorted out. I think the general expectation is that it will be agreed, we’ve said as early as possible in the new year, and Michel Barnier [the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator] has indicated that could be during the first quarter.

We put that amendment down because we believe it’s important that we actually confirm and people have the confidence of knowing the date on which we will be leaving the European Union, which is March 29 2019.

This is good news for people who voted Leave, who were worried we were so bogged down in tortuous negotiations it was never going to happen.

And it is good news for people who voted Remain, who were worried we were going to crash out without a deal.

Senior civil servants across Whitehall have reportedly been instructed from here on not to commit into writing any evaluation they make of the impact of Brexit on their industry sectors. Is this true and if so why the cover-up?

Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, is currently making a Commons statement. My colleague Patrick Wintour says he is striking a new tone on Yemen.

Very powerful words by the foreign secretary @borisjohnson warning that history may judge Saudis of seeking victory in Yemen by starvation. Major change in tone.

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Manhattan subway explosion ‘was attempted terrorist attack’, says mayor

Dec 11th 2017, 18:36, by Amanda Holpuch, Martin Pengelly, Paul Owen and Jamiles Lartey in New York

A 27-year-old man was in custody on Monday after detonating an explosive device in a New York City subway station during the morning commute.

The suspect, Akayed Ullah, was one of four people injured in the explosion, which occurred at about 7.20am in a passageway near 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, in midtown Manhattan near Times Square, New York City police said.

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Women accusing Trump demand Congress investigate sexual misconduct claims

Dec 11th 2017, 18:29, by Molly Redden

Women who accused Trump of sexually inappropriate behavior say lawmakers should extend same scrutiny to the president that they did to Al Franken

A group of women who have accused Donald Trump of sexually inappropriate behavior have demanded that Congress open an investigation.

Related: The sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump – the full list

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‘Homeless because of a tragedy’: struggle to rehouse Grenfell survivors continues

Dec 11th 2017, 18:27, by Amelia Gentleman

Maxine Holdsworth, responsible for rehousing those made homeless by the fire, fears many face spending Christmas in hotels – six months after the tragedy

Maxine Holdsworth, the official responsible for rehousing the people who lost their homes in the Grenfell Tower fire, is uneasy about the number of survivors of the tragedy who remain stuck in hotels.

Some four-fifths of those made homeless have yet to be found a permanent home, leaving many in temporary flats or staying with family; 105 households – around half of those displaced by the disaster – are preparing to spend the holiday period in hotels, six months after the fire.

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Cue Card may head for restaged Peterborough as King George warm-up

Dec 11th 2017, 18:16, by Chris Cook

• Tizzard family considers sending him to Taunton on Thursday
• Grade Two race will be salvaged from Sunday’s Huntingdon card

Cue Card could be a fascinating addition to the Peterborough Chase when the race is staged at Taunton on Thursday. The Grade Two race will be salvaged from the Huntingdon card that was wiped out by snow on Sunday, under plans announced by racing’s ruling body on Monday night, and those efforts could be rewarded with a popular and high-profile new entrant.

Related: Cue Card may miss King George after Betfair Chase defeat to Bristol De Mai

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England players have let down Joe Root and must rebuild trust, says Bairstow

Dec 11th 2017, 18:00, by Ali Martin

• ‘We’ve got a chance as a group to go out there and front up’
• ‘Lads are still feeling positive’ despite trailing 2-0 in Ashes

Jonny Bairstow accepts England’s players have let down their captain, Joe Root, and must rebuild public trust by delivering on the field during the remainder of the Ashes.

Both Root and the head coach, Trevor Bayliss, expressly told the players to behave before the Thursday night in Perth that resulted in Ben Duckett’s suspension from Lions duty for tipping a drink over Jimmy Anderson – and suggestions he was not alone in the caper.

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How the original US-Mexico border markers led to decades of fear and antipathy

Dec 11th 2017, 17:59, by Tom Dart in Houston

Photographer David Taylor documented 276 monuments erected to mark the border in 1848, in an attempt to show how they’ve affected American mentality

Before the fence, there were obelisks – 276 monuments marking the US-Mexico border that were erected after the Mexican-American war ended in 1848.

In 2007, David Taylor, an Arizona-based artist and professor, set out to photograph them all – a task that lasted seven years and took him from the Texas, New Mexico and Chihuahua border to the Pacific Ocean, passing through cities and remote mountainous terrain.

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How I, Tonya betrays its tragicomic ice-skating protagonist

Dec 11th 2017, 17:35, by Jean Hannah Edelstein

Tonya Harding’s difficult life, filled with domestic violence and struggle, is played for laughs in an uneven biopic that never really scratches the surface

Long before Frozen, those of us who were American girls in the mid-90s lived and breathed a different icebound battle of good and evil. Every morning in the winter of seventh grade, I was hungry to read the newspaper for more details in the war between Nancy Kerrigan, America’s smooth-haired brunette sweetheart and her frizzier blonde nemesis, Tonya Harding.

Related: I, Tonya review – scattershot skating biopic offers flawed, foul-mouthed fun

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Keith Chegwin – a career in clips

Dec 11th 2017, 17:33, by Sam Richards

Whether he was chasing hovercrafts, doorstepping celebrities or standing up to Katie Hopkins, the late TV legend always remained irrepressibly upbeat

Keith Chegwin began his career as a child actor, starring in Robin Hood Junior, various sitcoms, and – weirdly – Roman Polanski’s ultra-violent take on Macbeth. More typical was this none-more-70s chopper-bike caper, Betcher!, featuring a cameo from Herman’s Hermits frontman Peter Noone (“I know he’s a singer, you nit!”).

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BA cancels more than 100 Heathrow flights after snow and ice

Dec 11th 2017, 17:30, by Gwyn Topham Transport correspondent

Disruption affecting up to 50,000 BA passengers raises fresh questions about airport’s preparedness for winter

Dozens more British Airways flights from Heathrow have been cancelled after snow and ice caused disruption at the weekend.

The airline, the main operator at the UK’s busiest airport, was particularly badly affected after the weather turned worse than forecast from Sunday morning.

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Woman dies after being run over four times in south London

Dec 11th 2017, 17:22, by Haroon Siddique

Female struck in Tulse Hill by lorry then by three more vehicles, none of whose drivers stopped, say police

A woman has died after being run over and then hit by three more vehicles in a suspected multiple hit and run in south London, police said.

The woman, who is believed to be in her late 20s or early 30s, was struck by a lorry as she crossed the road at a pedestrian crossing in Tulse Hill just after 6.45am on Monday.

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Jury sworn in for trial of Samuel Armstrong, MP’s aide charged with rape

Dec 11th 2017, 17:19, by Jamie Grierson

Judge tells seven women and five men to disregard any reports about a sexual harassment culture in Westminster

A jury has been told to disregard any reports of a culture of sexual harassment in Westminster as they embark on the trial of a Conservative MP’s aide for rape.

Samuel Armstrong, 24, denies two charges of rape, one of assault by penetration and one of sexual assault on 14 October 2016.

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Time to shine! How to get perfect party eyes this Christmas

Dec 11th 2017, 17:19, by Hani Sidow

’Tis the season to go all out with your eye makeup – and what better way to up the ante than with glitter?

Following my recent guide to the perfect party face, I have decided to do something specific on eyes. After all, ’tis season to bring out the glitter. Here is how I get the look in six easy steps.

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Corrie McKeague: landfill search fails to find missing airman

Dec 11th 2017, 17:11, by Press Association

Seven-week search for remains of RAF gunner who disappeared in September 2016 fails to find any trace of him

The search of a landfill for the remains of the missing RAF gunner Corrie McKeague has concluded without finding any trace of him.

A 20-week search of the site at Milton, near Cambridge, finished earlier this year and a second search, lasting seven weeks, finished on Monday.

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Sublime Shape of Water leads Golden Globes on merit, but all-male director list is dismaying | Peter Bradshaw

Dec 11th 2017, 17:09, by Peter Bradshaw

Prestige pictures lead the way, with The Post and Three Billboards also up there – but with no Dee Rees, Kathryn Bigelow or Greta Gerwig, the director nominations look dubious

Full list of nominees

At first glance, the major loser in this year’s Golden Globe nominations would appear to be Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, his superb daymare about a 1950s London fashion designer; it gets its mandatory best actor (drama) nod for Daniel Day-Lewis in his valedictory performance but nothing in the way of best film or best director. Nothing, furthermore, for Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling as a younger-generation replicant-hunter who winds up on the track of his predecessor, Harrison Ford. Nor is there anything for the red-hot topicality of Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit – and in fact the best director category has, depressingly, been turned into a boys’ club; all the more dismaying considering that Sofia Coppola picked up the director’s prize in Cannes for her The Beguiled (not noticed here). And in the foreign film category, Robin Campillo’s excellent BPM (Beats Per Minute), his drama about the ACT UP campaign in Paris, has not been nominated.

Related: Golden Globes 2018: Shape of Water, The Post and Three Billboards lead nominations

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The tech giants will never pay their fair share of taxes – unless we make them | David Pegg

Dec 11th 2017, 17:01, by David Pegg

Multinational companies should be taxed on where they genuinely do business – not on where they artificially shift their profits

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, and the accountants of Silicon Valley have proved Arthur C Clarke’s third law to be as true of tax avoidance as it is of tech. The most recent outrage is Apple’s $252bn offshore cash pile, as exposed by the Paradise Papers investigation. More valuable than the foreign currency reserves of the US or the UK, it represents all the money that the world’s most valuable company has siphoned out of the global financial system for the benefit of its shareholders.

Tax avoidance is as essential to the tech giants as their products are to our lives. Until 2015, Amazon paid a pittance on its UK sales by sluicing them through Luxembourg. George Osborne’s “Google tax” didn’t cover Google. The creativity of the iPhone pales next to that of the company that exists nowhere, and last year Apple paid just $2bn of tax on $41bn of non-US profits, an effective rate of 4.8%. In total an estimated $500bn is withheld from public coffers by multinationals each year.

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Thylacine DNA reveals weakness – and kinship with the kangaroo

Dec 11th 2017, 17:00, by Michael McGowan

Researchers sequence the Tasmanian tiger’s genome, showing it to be a closer relative of the kangaroo than the dingo

The first full genetic blueprint of the long-extinct thylacine has revealed the animal suffered from genetic weakness well before it was isolated on Tasmania 10,000 to 13,000 years ago.

An international team of researchers led by associate professor Andrew Pask from the University of Melbourne used DNA from the 106-year-old preserved remains of a juvenile thylacine or Tasmanian tiger to sequence the animal’s genome, making it one of the most complete genetic blueprints for an extinct species.

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Daisy Pulls It Off review – snobs, chums and scrummy tussles in schoolgirl tales spoof

Dec 11th 2017, 17:00, by Michael Billington

Park theatre, London
Paulette Randall imaginatively revives Denise Deegan’s parody with a lively cast but this two-and-a-half-hour spoof is relentless in its gaiety

Denise Deegan’s parody of period schoolgirl fiction became an unlikely commercial hit in 1983. But, although it has now been revived with great brio as a seasonal diversion, I wonder whether it will make the same impact. Does anyone today, except a few nostalgic oldsters, still read the breathless stories of Angela Brazil on which it is palpably based?

Related: Daisy Pulls It Off: Pauline McLynn, Anna Shaffer and more on a spiffing school assembly

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Vladimir Putin makes triumphant visit to Syria airbase

Dec 11th 2017, 16:45, by Shaun Walker in Moscow

President Assad tells Russian leader Syrian people will never forget Russia’s help in driving Islamic State from country

Vladimir Putin has declared mission accomplished for Russian forces in the fight against Islamic State in Syria, as he made a surprise visit to the Russian airbase in the country.

“Friends, the motherland is waiting for you,” Putin told the Russian air force detachment based at the Khmeimim airbase during his visit on Monday morning. “You are coming back home with victory.”

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EU could ‘scrap refugee quota scheme’

Dec 11th 2017, 16:25, by Jennifer Rankin in Brussels

European council president Donald Tusk to tell EU summit that mandatory quotas have been ‘divisive and ineffective’

The EU could scrap a divisive scheme that compels member states to accept quotas of refugees, one of the bloc’s most senior leaders will say this week.

The president of the European council, Donald Tusk, will tell EU leaders at a summit on Thursday that mandatory quotas have been divisive and ineffective, in a clear sign that he is ready to abandon the policy that has created bitter splits across the continent.

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The prospect of a Roy Moore victory should make your stomach churn with fear | Paul Mason

Dec 11th 2017, 16:16, by Paul Mason

Despite allegations of sexual abuse and hard right views, Moore is supported by the Republican establishment – the cumulative radicalisation of the American right is fully underway

At what point does corporate America start disinvesting in the Republican party? Not any time soon seems to be the answer. Having rushed a tax bill through the Senate that will deliver tens of billions in tax cuts to rich people and corporations, why should it bother the average business owner if the Republicans want to put an Islamophobe into the Senate to represent Alabama?

Roy Moore, who is expected to win Tuesday’s special election, hit the headlines after several women came forward to allege that he had sexually assaulted them in the 1970s while they were in their teens. Moore denies this, saying the accusations are a conspiracy by “lesbians, gays, bisexuals and socialists” – a claim made from the pulpit of an evangelical church. He has refused to debate with his Democratic party opponent on the grounds that he has supported transgender rights. After the allegations surfaced, 37% of white evangelical voters in the state said it made them more likely to support Moore.

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Return of the rhythm method – how natural contraception went digital

Dec 11th 2017, 16:15, by Emine Saner

An app which allows women to use their phones to employ the fertility awareness method is becoming hugely popular. What does that mean for other contraceptives?

It’s a contraceptive your great-grandmother would probably recognise, only these days it has to, of course, involve an app. The rhythm method, more commonly known now as the fertility awareness method, appears to be making a small comeback, at least if you go by the number of users of the Natural Cycles app. Among British users, it has gone from 5,000 to 125,000 – although NHS figures don’t show an increase, reporting that over the past five years, a steady 1% of women in England have used natural family planning as their main contraceptive.

Natural Cycles, which costs £39.99 a year, was developed by particle physicist Elina Berglund, who previously worked at Cern. “Around the same time as we discovered the Higgs particle,” she says casually, “I stopped using hormonal contraception because I knew I wanted to have children in a few years and I wanted to give my body a break from hormones. I developed [Natural Cycles] from my own need for a reliable contraceptive method.”

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City slickers, Benteke’s blunder and classic Allardyce – Football Weekly

Dec 11th 2017, 16:06, by Presented by Paul MacInnes and produced by Jonathan Fisher; with Barry Glendenning, Priya Ramesh, Daniel Harris and Sid Lowe

Guest host Paul MacInnes and co cover Milkgate at Old Trafford, Big Sam Big Samming, and the team Sid Lowe thinks got the best Champions League draw

Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email.

Guest host Paul MacInnes is joined by Barry Glendenning, Priya Ramesh and Daniel Harris for a stop-gap tour around the Premier League weekend. Starting with the derbies, we ask whether Manchester United fans deserve better than to play the role of underdog in every game against a big side, and whether Everton’s equaliser was the most Big Sam thing to have ever happened.

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Poppy is a disturbing internet meme seen by millions. Can she become a pop sensation?

Dec 11th 2017, 16:03, by Elle Hunt

The character played by 22-year-old Moriah Pereira is a childlike, robotic-sounding woman with friends who include a basil plant. Now she’s trying to become the first pop megastar to be born on YouTube

I’m Poppy,” says Poppy, often. In one of her hundreds of videos on YouTube, she repeats those two words in her childlike monotone for 10 minutes. This has been viewed more than 12.6m times.

Poppy has about 300 videos on her channel, which have received a combined 235m views, increasing by 250,000 a day; YouTube says her subscribers have grown 260% in the past year. Her videos are the sort you stumble upon while following links blindly down an online rabbit hole: portals to a pastel-washed parallel universe populated by platinum-blond Poppy and her fellow characters – a basil plant and a mannequin called Charlotte.

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Global warming will weaken wind power, study predicts

Dec 11th 2017, 16:00, by Damian Carrington Environment editor

Wind farms are key to tackling climate change but warming will significantly cut wind power across US and UK, though Australia will see winds strengthen

Wind farms are key to tackling climate change but warming will significantly cut the power of the wind across northern mid-latitudes, including the US, the UK and the Mediterranean, according to new research. However, some places, including eastern Australia, will see winds pick up.

The research is the first global study to project the impact of temperature rises on wind energy and found big changes by the end of the century in many of the places hosting large numbers of turbines.

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Atlético get back to what they know and make La Liga a four-horse race | Sid Lowe

Dec 11th 2017, 15:59, by Sid Lowe

Atlético Madrid, despite a number of issues this season, remain unbeaten in the league and still feel like one of the runners who will compete for the title

Quique Setién says he has told Atlético Madrid’s manager Diego Simeone exactly what he thinks of him but Simeone hasn’t told him back. He can guess, though: it doesn’t take a genius. “He might not like what I do, but he has the decency not to say so,” admits the chess-playing, beach football international, former manager of Equatorial Guinea (for one night only) and defender of an aesthetic footballing faith who briefly made Las Palmas the best thing in the league and is now at Real Betis, if maybe not for much longer. “He might go: ‘Bloody hell, this bring-the-ball-out thing, I shit on its mother!’ He’s good enough not to say that, but I’m sure he thinks it.”

So is everyone else, and more than before. Because if Simeone never told Setién, on Sunday afternoon he showed him. Really, really showed him. It was easy to imagine him barely suppressing a smirk, winking his way back to the dressing room at the Benito Villamarín and breaking into a giggle as soon as he got through the door, points won and point made. At the same time as he arrived, midfielder Koke stood pitchside. Talking to the telly, Koke’s opening line couldn’t have been clearer: “Betis were spectacular,” he said. “They played very well, they play very nice football.” Antonio Adán, Betis’s goalkeeper, agreed: “The football we played was incredible,” he insisted, “our opponents were truly dominated.” The problem was, a ‘but’ hung in the air and it was a big one. Dominated? Perhaps, but still not defeated.

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Labour will make Britain a great digital power: here’s how | Liam Byrne

Dec 11th 2017, 15:57, by Liam Byrne

The Teletext-era Tories have plunged us into a cyber depression. But Labour’s People’s Plan for Digital will launch a science revolution for an innovation nation

So the facts are in. The Tories have given us a recovery that is worse than the one in the 1930s that followed the Great Depression. And families won’t see any improvement in living standards until 2022. That’s why we should set a new ambition for Britain: to become the world’s leading digital economy.

Related: Digital tech employees are offered 36% higher wage than UK average

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An alleged sexual predator, Republican civil war and Steve Bannon: what’s at stake in Alabama?

Dec 11th 2017, 15:52, by Ben Jacobs in Montgomery

The election to replace Jeff Sessions in the Senate has turned into a bitter fight between Democrats, establishment Republicans and the party’s populist wing

On Tuesday, Alabamans will go to the polls to decide which is the lesser evil, an accused child molester or a Democrat. In recent polls, the accused child molester is favored.

The surprise is that a Democrat even has a chance in a deep red state that Donald Trump won by a landslide in the 2016 presidential race. The concept that a Republican might be vulnerable is almost as unusual as the white-flecked fields of rural Alabama in December, where snow mixed with leftover cotton bolls to produce an Arctic landscape in the Bible Belt.

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Lyon’s festival of lights – in pictures

Dec 11th 2017, 15:51, by Alicia Canter for the Guardian

Lyon’s Fête des Lumières is the world’s largest visual arts festival. It takes place every year around 8 December for four nights. The festival attracts millions of visitors from all over the world to see the visual creations by artists. This year there are 76 installations

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Writhing in linguine is fine, Emily Ratajkowski, if that’s your thing – but it’s not feminist

Dec 11th 2017, 15:50, by Hadley Freeman

The model took part in a fashion video where she danced around while rubbing pasta on her oiled body, drawing criticism from some quarters. Our style expert, in her weekly column, says not everything needs to have an ideological underpinning

I see there’s been controversy about Emily Ratajkowski. What is this about? Samantha, by email

Here’s what I think about Emily Ratajkowski: I think we should all think a lot less about Emily Ratajkowski. For those who think so little about her to the point they don’t even know who she is, allow me to catch you up. Ratajkowski is, well, I guess one would call her a model, but it’s a little more complicated than that. She is best known for appearing in the video for Robin Thicke’s once ubiquitous and now totally forgotten 2013 song, Blurred Lines, and since then she has done some acting but primarily made a career out of looking sexy. And sure, why not? You live your life, Emily.

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Belated bravado shows José Mourinho is feeling the sting of his own methods | Barney Ronay

Dec 11th 2017, 15:46, by Barney Ronay

In confronting Manchester City’s staff after Sunday’s defeat, the United manager showed an aggression that was missing from his side’s display on the field

At first glance the most startling aspect of the Manchester derby tunnel fracas is the fact it seems to have been kicked off by José Mourinho knocking on the dressing room door and going toe-to-toe with Manchester City’s players. Hearing this, you wondered: why now? The fronting-up, the ballsiness, the stick-it–to-them bravado. Where was all this an hour and a half ago when the score was 0-0 and there was still a match to be won?

At which point, with the day still wide open and the spoils there to be claimed, Mourinho’s men didn’t go banging on anyone’s door. Instead the players of Manchester United coiled back in their own half like a red-shirted draught excluder, abasing themselves in this grand old stadium before the perceived – and conceded – superiority of their opponents

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Diana Athill webchat: your questions answered on Jean Rhys, love affairs and turning 100

Dec 11th 2017, 15:29

The literary editor and memoirist turns 100 in December, so she answered Guardian readers’ questions about her life, books and career

Many thanks for all your questions. I’m sorry I haven’t had time to answer them all.

Diana turns 100 on 21 December – remember to lift your afternoon cup of tea or gin and tonic to toast that milestone then.

Lislorien asks:

Best advice you would give a woman about to embark upon her 30s?

I should advise her to have a very good love affair if she hasn’t had one already.

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Young people and gamers’ gambling: what are your experiences?

Dec 11th 2017, 15:28, by Sarah Marsh and Guardian readers

The head of the Gambling Commission said it would crackdown on computer-game currencies and upgrades which are being used to gamble for real money

Gambling webpages linked to computer games could face a crackdown, the betting industry’s chief regulator has warned.

In August, the head of the Gambling Commission, Sarah Harrison, said that “skins” betting, where computer-game currencies and upgrades can be used to gamble for real money, is a priority for the regulator. Harrison said one in five of the illicit operations shut down by the watchdog since 2014 facilitated “skins” betting.

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Missed the bitcoin boom? Five more baffling cryptocurrencies to blow your savings on

Dec 11th 2017, 15:25, by Alex Hern

Regretting not spending a few hundred quid on bitcoin five years ago? Get ahead of the speculators by spending thousands of dollars on a imaginary cat or the Paris Hilton-backed LydianCoin

If you are worried you’ve missed out on making millions by betting on bitcoin, don’t worry: there will be plenty more bizarre, borderline-incomprehensible digital bubbles in the future, and their value is only going to go up (until it all comes crashing down, that is). Here are five assets each competing to be the next bitcoin.

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Duffy Ayers obituary

Dec 11th 2017, 15:25, by Mel Gooding

Gifted portrait painter and member of the famous school of art based in the Essex village of Great Bardfield

The painter Duffy Ayers, who has died aged 102, was the last survivor of the lively and distinguished community of artists who lived and worked in the Essex village of Great Bardfield from the 1930s to the 60s, and which included Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, John Aldridge and Michael Rothenstein.

Duffy was a gifted portrait painter within a quiet realist tradition, but her best work was inflected with a subtle French touch of intimism. This set her in some ways apart from most of the artists around her, whose linear naturalism and homely rural subject matter was distinctly English. Her portrait of Ravilious’s wife, Tirzah (1944), is well known: sharply observed, it is at once coolly objective and poignant.

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‘Tis the season for falling over in the snow – and I am scared witless

Dec 11th 2017, 15:20, by Michele Hanson

A third of over-65s fall over at least once a year, with falls the age group’s most common cause of death from injury. Help!

On Sunday I took the big dog out for a walkie in the snow and realised ‘tis the season for falling over. The pavements are either slithery with melting slop or trodden flat into ice-rinks. One little tug from the dog, and I would have been on my bum, or my ancient legs would have snapped like twigs.

Only now, at 75, do I wish I had a fat bum. I have hardly any bum left, and it is no fun, whacking one’s bones on the pavement. So I chickened-out and drove the car at 5mph to the park and walked on some safer grass.

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Mastodon review – monsters of rock, masters of melody

Dec 11th 2017, 15:18, by Stevie Chick

Brixton Academy, London
A triumphant blend of brutal nosebleed thrash, furious prog-style epics and multi-part harmonies exhilarates the hardcore faithful

There’s a winning humility to Mastodon. Bassist Troy Sanders opens the show by silently saluting the pit with devil’s horns; drummer Brann Dailor closes it with an earnest post-gig spiel in praise of their hard-working road crew. In between, there’s plenty of on-stage heroics – Sanders ending songs by triumphantly holding his bass aloft; guitarist Brent Hinds rabidly soloing by the stage’s lip – but mostly they keep their heads down, focused on the often furiously complex music.

Ego, then, is not much of an issue. This is the third tour running they’ve played Brixton Academy. A more career-oriented group might get antsy in the face of such apparent box-office stasis, but the gnarly Atlantans seem supremely comfortable in their niche. They’ve regularly crashed the Billboard Top 10 since their fourth album, 2009’s Crack the Skye, which tempered their furious progressive thrash with classic rock flourishes, but was by no means a compromise. Perhaps mindful of the identity crises that plagued Metallica after the crossover success of their 16-times-platinum Black Album, Mastodon prefer to nurture a faithful cadre of diehards rather than to convert sceptics.

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Keith Chegwin, TV presenter, dies aged 60

Dec 11th 2017, 15:15, by Hannah Ellis-Petersen

Television star most famous for Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Cheggers Plays Pop dies from a progressive lung condition

The television presenter Keith Chegwin, who made his name presenting the popular children’s shows Cheggers Plays Pop and Saturday Superstore, has died aged 60.

He had a progressive lung condition and died at home surrounded by his family.

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Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre’s pay jumps 50% to almost £2.5m

Dec 11th 2017, 15:14, by Mark Sweney

Editor-in-chief of Mail titles earns £1.45m in salary plus £856,000 payout from company’s long-term investment plan

Paul Dacre’s pay packet has increased by more than 50% to almost £2.5m , bolstering his status as Britain’s best-paid newspaper editor.

The editor-in-chief of the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Mail Online has received £1.45m in salary in 2017 and £68,000 in taxable benefits.

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US authorities lift threat to prosecute HSBC

Dec 11th 2017, 15:12, by Jill Treanor

Deferred criminal charges have been hanging over the bank since it was fined for alleged money laundering five years ago

HSBC has avoided the threat of prosecution in the US over allegations that its lax controls allowed Mexican drug traffickers to launder cash through the bank.

The risk of a prosecution has been hanging over Britain’s biggest bank for the past five years after it was forced to pay $1.9bn (£1.4bn) to the US authorities to settle claims it allowed “narcotics traffickers and others to launder hundreds of millions of dollars through HSBC subsidiaries and to facilitate hundreds of millions more in transactions with sanctioned countries”.

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Net neutrality: ‘father of internet’ joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan

Dec 11th 2017, 15:01, by Olivia Solon in San Francisco

Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and other industry luminaries tell US lawmakers proposal to end safeguards is based on misunderstanding of internet

More than 20 internet pioneers and leaders including the “father of the internet”, Vint Cerf; the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee; and the Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak have urged the FCC to cancel its vote to repeal net neutrality, describing the plan as “based on a flawed and factually inaccurate” understanding of how the internet works.

“The FCC’s rushed and technically incorrect proposed order to repeal net neutrality protections without any replacement is an imminent threat to the internet we worked so hard to create. It should be stopped,” said the technology luminaries in an open letter to lawmakers with oversight of the Federal Communications Commission on Monday.

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C7 bulbs or C9s? How Christmas lights became a nerdy obsession

Dec 11th 2017, 14:45, by Michael Hann

Adorning trees with electric lights has been common since the early 1900s. Whether you love them – or love complaining about your neighbours’ – this year their ubiquity and inventiveness has become undeniable

I love Christmas lights. I am writing this in my living room, with no overhead lights on. All the illumination is coming from seven strands of lights – one on the tree, six more around the walls; several hundred bulbs. I love them so much that the ones that aren’t on the tree stay up all year. Every year I buy a few more sets, for no good reason – I just find it hard to walk past a shelf of lights without buying a set. I’m not alone in my passion. Although John Lewis won’t give out exact figures, its spokeswoman tells me the chain sells hundreds of thousands of sets of lights each year, its bestseller being an 11m string of 480 white lights in a vine style, yours for 50 quid.

People obsess over lights. Search online and you’ll find forums full of people debating bulb types, strand length, how to build their own strands without having to sully themselves with inferior shop lights. My friend Steve Selvidge is that kind of person. He is a rock guitarist from Memphis, and Christmas lights fit into the same part of his mind that is very particular about guitars. “I’m an analogue guy,” he says. “I like vinyl. I like Les Pauls and Telecasters. I’m the same with Christmas. So I use incandescent bulbs.”

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Three children die in suspected arson attack on house in Salford

Dec 11th 2017, 14:41, by Frances Perraudin North of England reporter

Three-year-old in critical condition and woman seriously ill in hospital as police launch murder investigation

Police have urged a murder suspect to hand himself in after three children died and a woman and a three-year-old girl were left seriously ill in hospital after a suspected arson attack in Salford.

Four fire engines were called toa street in Worsley, Greater Manchester, after the fire broke out in the mid-terraced house at about 5am on Monday. Greater Manchester police confirmed they were treating the blaze as suspicious and that a murder investigation was under way.

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Scuffles break out as artworks removed from Catalan city’s museum

Dec 11th 2017, 14:39, by Sam Jones in Madrid

Police clash with protesters in Lleida as 44 works of art at centre of dispute between Catalonia and region of Aragón are removed

Scuffles broke out between police and demonstrators after hundreds of people gathered outside a museum in the Catalan city of Lleida to protest against the removal of 44 works of art that have been at the centre of a long-running dispute between Catalonia and the neighbouring region of Aragón.

The pieces, which include paintings, alabaster reliefs and polychromatic wooden coffins, were sold to the Catalan government by the nuns of the Sijena convent, in Aragón, in the 1980s.

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What’s the deal with Bee Movie? Why someone watched Jerry Seinfeld’s cartoon 357 times in 12 months

Dec 11th 2017, 14:12, by Guardian Staff

It was mainly forgotten on release, but the Dreamworks animation has gained an unlikely afterlife among online pranksters. Does that explain one UK viewer’s devotion?

Name: Bee Movie

Age: 10 years old.

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Europe tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump’s Jerusalem move

Dec 11th 2017, 14:02, by Peter Beaumont in Jerusalem

Israeli PM had asked EU member states to recognise city as capital of Israel, and to back US peace initiative

European foreign ministers have strongly rejected calls by Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, for them to follow Donald Trump’s example and recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Opposition from across the European spectrum came as Netanyahu made the first official trip to the EU by a sitting Israeli premier in 22 years.

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Carla Bruni review – first lady of jazz-pop delivers stylish Christmas sermon

Dec 11th 2017, 14:02, by Ian Gittins

Union Chapel, London
Playing unusual covers of AC/DC, Depeche Mode and Willie Nelson alongside strong self-penned material, Bruni performs with poise and catwalk swagger

When Carla Bruni, the Italian-born, French-raised heiress and supermodel quit the catwalk to reinvent herself as a singer-songwriter 20 years ago, many thought it would be short-lived dilettantism. Yet Bruni surprised her detractors, showing herself to be a talented songwriter and a careful, nuanced singer whose jazzy chansons soon topped the French charts. She has continued to do so, even after the inevitable hiatus to her musical career caused by marrying Nicolas Sarkozy, and spending 2008-12 in the Élysée as France’s first lady.

She has spoken of suffering from crippling stage fright, but this still-gamine figure, fronting a four-piece, light-jazz band, exudes preternatural poise. Bruni moves with beatific grace, recalling Karl Lagerfeld’s praise of her as “this beautiful creature who can wear anything”; her husky whisper could be a parody of a breathy Gallic siren.

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NHS managers in England back Kerslake’s underfunding claim

Dec 11th 2017, 14:02, by Denis Campbell Health policy editor

As King’s College hospital trust is put into special measures, NHS Confederation urges government to give service more funding

NHS managers have backed the claim by Bob Kerslake, the outgoing chairman of King’s College hospital, that the health service is being denied the money it needs to meet the rising demand for healthcare.

The NHS Confederation, which represents 85% of the NHS’s 240 trusts in England, urged the government to ditch its policy of giving the service small increases and instead realise that it deserved a greater share of national income.

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Snowy scenes and winter swimming: Monday’s best photos

Dec 11th 2017, 13:38, by Joanna Ruck

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including protests in Catalonia and fierce wildfires in California

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Dennis Rodman asks Trump for formal role as North Korea envoy

Dec 11th 2017, 13:11, by Tom Phillips in Beijing and Justin McCurry in Tokyo

Ban on US passport holders travelling to Pyongyang stops former basketball star from making sixth trip

Dennis Rodman, the American basketball star turned freelance diplomat , has urged Donald Trump to sign him up as a peace envoy to North Korea after his latest foray into Kim Jong-un’s hermit kingdom was scuppered by a travel ban preventing US citizens from visiting.

During an interview in Beijing, from where Rodman had hoped to fly to Pyongyang for his sixth trip there, the former NBA star said US officials had discouraged him from doing so amid continuing tensions between the countries. “Basically they said it’s not a good time right now,” he said.

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When good TV goes bad: how bad twists and incest fantasies put Dexter on death row

Dec 11th 2017, 13:00, by James Donaghy

For five seasons, it marshalled its absurdities to deliver a unique, darkly funny show. Then it tangled with the Doomsday trope – and saw its world end

It began with a lethal formula of black comedy and revenge-killing procedural, but bad twists and incest put Dexter on death row. It had a good run: from its debut in 2006, Showtime’s adaptation of Jeff Lindsay’s Dexter novels expertly marshalled its own absurdities to deliver a confident, darkly funny show like nothing around at the time. It was television’s first serial-killer procedural: a monster of the week format where Dexter assessed, tracked and killed whichever rapist, spree killer or assassin was in his sights. Rooting for the villain was nothing new, of course, but this took fanboying the bad boy to the next level.

Working as a blood-spatter analyst for Miami-Dade police offered Dexter the intel and expertise to carry out his campaign. He was the psychopath you could introduce to your parents. The show reached its peak with John Lithgow’s Trinity Killer of season four, a mesmerising big bad every bit as complex and formidable as our hero.

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How far will Trump go to keep his core supporters on his side? | Nouriel Roubini

Dec 11th 2017, 12:44, by Nouriel Roubini

He has sold out the blue-collar voters who brought him to power, while pursuing policies to enrich his fellow plutocrats

Donald Trump won the US presidency with the backing of working-class and socially conservative white voters on a populist platform of economic nationalism. Trump rejected the Republican party’s traditional pro-business, pro-trade agenda, and, like Bernie Sanders on the left, appealed to Americans who have been harmed by disruptive technologies and “globalist” policies promoting free trade and migration.

But while Trump ran as a populist, he has governed as a plutocrat, most recently by endorsing the discredited supply-side theory of taxation that most Republicans still cling to. Trump also ran as someone who would “drain the swamp” in Washington DC and on Wall Street. Yet he has stacked his administration with billionaires (not just millionaires) and Goldman Sachs alumni, while letting the swamp of business lobbyists rise higher than ever.

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Largest California wildfire expected to grow as it enters second week

Dec 11th 2017, 12:28, by Associated Press in Los Angeles

As southern California entered its second week engulfed in flames, fire officials said they anticipated more growth and danger due to continued strong wind gusts, no rain and decades-old dry vegetation.

Related: California’s hellish fires: a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Future | Dana Nuccitelli

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Tory MPs bombard social media with pro-environmental messages after Blue Planet II

Dec 11th 2017, 12:22, by Martin Belam and Jessica Elgot

Coordinated social media strategy saw Conservatives post preprepared graphics about the government’s environmental policies

After a number of viral headlines last month incorrectly claimed that Tory MPs had voted that animals weren’t sentient and don’t feel pain, Conservative MPs wanted social media users to be left in no doubt where they stood on marine conservation issues.

As the final episode of the BBC’s Blue Planet II finished on Sunday evening, MP after MP went on Twitter to push the government’s environmental policies, with a string of preprepared, Conservative-branded graphics.

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Justin Bieber and Katy Perry rally in support of bullied boy Keaton Jones

Dec 11th 2017, 12:20, by Elle Hunt and agencies

Emotional video in which Keaton describes how he is tormented at school has had more than 22m views since Friday

A Tennessee boy has been inundated with support from celebrities on social media after a video of him tearfully recounting being bullied at school went viral.

Keaton Jones’s mother, Kimberly, posted the minute-long clip of her son apparently sheltering from bullies inside her car on her personal Facebook page on Friday. She wrote that she had filmed Keaton at his request “after he had me pick him up again because he was afraid to go to lunch”.

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Excitement as trial shows Huntington’s drug could slow progress of disease

Dec 11th 2017, 12:20, by Hannah Devlin Science correspondent

Hailed as ‘enormously significant’, results in groundbreaking trial are first time a drug has been shown to suppress effects of Huntington’s genetic mutation

A landmark trial for Huntington’s disease has announced positive results, suggesting that an experimental drug could become the first to slow the progression of the devastating genetic illness.

The results have been hailed as “enormously significant” because it is the first time any drug has been shown to suppress the effects of the Huntington’s mutation that causes irreversible damage to the brain. Current treatments only help with symptoms, rather than slowing the disease’s progression.

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Grenfell Tower: police investigating corporate manslaughter offences

Dec 11th 2017, 12:11, by Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent

Public inquiry into London fire hears Met officers considering multiple offences including misconduct in public office

Criminal offences of manslaughter, corporate manslaughter, misconduct in public office and breaches of fire safety legislation are being considered by the police investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire.

Updating the public inquiry on the progress of the parallel police inquiry, Jeremy Johnson QC, for the Metropolitan police, told a hearing in London that 31m documents had been obtained.

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Primary school invites in elderly people to work with young pupils

Dec 11th 2017, 11:38, by Sally Weale Education correspondent

Downshall primary school in Essex hosts day centre where older people, some with early dementia, can interact with children

A primary school in Essex is piloting a new project that brings elderly people suffering from isolation, depression and early dementia into the classroom to work with four- and five-year-old children, with the aim of mutually benefiting all.

Previous projects have involved children visiting care homes, but Downshall primary school in Ilford is thought to be the first to host a day centre for older people, who read books, sing songs and do puzzles with children.

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Champions League draw: Chelsea to face Barcelona in last 16

Dec 11th 2017, 11:30, by Guardian sport and agencies

• Juventus v Tottenham; Basel v Manchester City; Porto v Liverpool
• Sevilla v Manchester United and Real Madrid to face Paris Saint-Germain

Chelsea must find a way past five-time winners Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Tottenham face a tricky tie against last season’s runners-up Juventus.

Antonio Conte’s side finished second in their group behind Roma and their reward is a tie against La Liga’s leaders, with the first leg taking place at Stamford Bridge. Elsewhere, Manchester City were handed potentially the most straightforward task when they were paired with Swiss champions Basel, with Liverpool up against Porto.

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Battling a tide of sewage in Brazil: ‘For 17 days we lived with our feet under water’ | Ciro Barros and Iuri Barcelos

Dec 11th 2017, 11:25, by Ciro Barros and Iuri Barcelos

Residents near the world’s fourth largest hydroelectric power plant say the Belo Monte dam has made their houses prone to floods of waste water

A line on the wall of Carlos Alves Moraes’ house shows the highwater mark of the flood which hit his neighbourhood in August. Houses near the lagoon are built on stilts to protect against seasonal rains, but now, because of the dam, they are prone to flooding throughout the year, he says.

“We spent 17 days in August living here with our feet under water,” he says.

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The Brexit situation is a ‘shambles’: your best comments on the Guardian today

Dec 11th 2017, 11:09, by Guardian readers

Your reaction to David Davis’ suggestion the UK could back out of its Brexit deal on the Irish border, and comments on weather woes and travel chaos

Discussion today looks at the latest from Brexit secretary David Davis as he retracts his suggestion that the UK could back out of its Brexit deal on the Irish border. We also follow the latest on plunging temperatures in the UK and the travel chaos it has created.

Related: David Davis clashes with Ireland over Brexit deal

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Exclusive Johnny Marr and Maxine Peake music video: The Priest

Dec 11th 2017, 09:25, by Johnny Marr Maxine Peake

Watch Johnny Marr and Maxine Peake’s music video The Priest, about a young homeless girl’s experiences of life on the street

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The Smurfette Principle: why can’t Hollywood accept gender equality?

Dec 11th 2017, 09:00, by Steve Rose

As Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and It show, the problematic trope of token girls in all-male gangs endures

It has been a good year for women in cinema in many ways, with a high count of quality female-made and female-led movies, and the removal of an echelon of sexual predators from the industry. But by some metrics, there’s still a way to go. In particular, the Smurfette Principle. The phrase was coined back in 1991 by US writer Katha Pollitt, who bemoaned the number of films and TV programmes that featured a group with one lone female. Not just The Smurfs but also The Muppets, Winnie The Pooh, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and so forth. “The message is clear,” she wrote, “… boys are central, girls peripheral.”

Related: Wonder Woman review – glass ceiling still intact as Gal Gadot reduced to weaponised Smurfette

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Brexit is just a distraction to the real problem: the UK’s clapped-out economy | Austin Mitchell

Dec 11th 2017, 08:58, by Austin Mitchell

We must rebalance the economy by widening the manufacturing and production base, making it competitive. Being in or out of the EU has little relevance

• Austin Mitchell is a former Labour MP for Grimsby and public accounts commissioner

As Brexiteers shout “forward” and remainers chant “ back”, the battle over the EU dominates British politics. Yet it obscures a more basic British problem. Our clapped-out economy, brilliant at consumption, poor at production, is becoming unviable. A “nation of shopkeepers” has become a nation of shoppers, dependent on debt.

Deindustrialisation and misguided economic policies have reduced the former workshop of the world to a level where Britain can neither pay its way, nor afford the defence and public services an advanced society needs. Everything in which we once were leaders – ships, railways, TV, great bridges, nuclear plants, bicycles, textiles, clothing, even Kit Kats – we now import.

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Top of the flops: the year’s worst customer service errors

Dec 11th 2017, 08:09, by Anna Tims

From unfinished homes to bank errors, which gaffes have made your blood boil? Consumer champion Anna Tims picks the prize failures

As you read this, some of your fellow Britons will be considering remortgaging to pay a utilities bill that demands a four-figure sum because their supplier confused imperial meter readings with metric. Except they won’t qualify for a loan because their credit rating has been wrecked by a phantom £5 default on a bank account they closed 10 years ago. And they will be unable to get the default rectified because the bank can’t get access to the account. And in any case, they have no phone to ring on since telecoms have yet to be installed on their year-old housing estate and their mobile service provider inadvertently gave their number to someone else.

It’s tempting to take the next flight out to escape the torment of corporate Britain, but before you book, be aware that paying for a ticket does not guarantee that you will be airborne. The pilot’s holiday rota might have been messed up, or a weird glitch in your travel agent’s computer might have printed your surname twice and invalidated your ticket or cancelled your booking without letting you know.

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Johnny Marr and Maxine Peake: ‘You can’t avoid homelessness in Manchester. It touched us both’

Dec 11th 2017, 08:00, by John Harris

When the musician and the actor met in 2014, they ‘clicked straight away’, bonding over a mission to bring back socially conscious art. They talk about shamanic rock stars, working-class guilt and how their spoken-word album about homelessness strives to be a modern Cathy Come Home

Back in the autumn of 2014, Johnny Marr was about to release his second solo album, go on tour and get down to writing his autobiography. Maxine Peake, meanwhile, was playing Hamlet in a feverishly received production at the Royal Exchange theatre in Manchester. Marr had seen her in the film Keeping Rosy and enthused to an interviewer about the rarity of a “British suspense movie”. He added that she was “a good advertisement for British actors”. Peake sent him a thank-you letter – written on paper and put in the post.

Some time later, they arranged to meet in a city-centre cafe. “I still remember being stood outside where we were meeting,” she says now, “being on the phone to my fella – and, literally, there were beads of sweat on my top lip. I said: ‘I’ll probably only be 15 minutes.’ And then five hours later, I emerged.”

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Why did climate scientists emit 30,000 tonnes of C02 this weekend? | Peter Kalmus

Dec 11th 2017, 08:00, by Peter Kalmus

Around 25,000 of my colleagues flew to a conference, leaving a colossal carbon footprint in their wake. This makes our warnings less credible to the public

This weekend, 25,000 Earth, Sun, and planetary scientists from across the US and abroad flew to New Orleans for the annual American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting. These scientists study the impact global warming is having on Earth. Unfortunately, their air travel to and from the meeting will contribute to that warming by emitting around 30,000 tonnes of CO2.

As an Earth scientist and AGU member myself, I know the importance of their work. Still, there’s something wrong with this picture. As scientists, our work informs us – with dreadful clarity and urgency – that burning fossil fuel is destroying the life support systems on our planet. There’s already more than enough science to know we need to stop. Yet most scientists burn more than the average American, simply because they fly more.

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In fear of deportation: five hours that can make or break a family’s future

Dec 11th 2017, 07:00, by Carey Dunne

For Joe and Mei Chen, their appointment at the federal immigration agency, Ice, in New York would determine if they would be separated from their children

In late October, at a Dunkin’ Donuts in lower Manhattan, a crowd of 40 volunteers gathered around Joe and Mei Chen and their three children.

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The walls have eyes: the best urban photography

Dec 11th 2017, 07:00

A sun-baked Niemeyer treasure, a decaying Montana schoolhouse and a scary manmade cave are just some of the striking pieces shortlisted for the 2017 Art of Building photography awards. The winner will be announced in January

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‘There really is no better way to get to work’: your unusual commutes – in pictures

Dec 11th 2017, 07:00, by Emma Sheppard and Guardian readers

Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding or skating, Guardian readers from around the world, who opt to take an alternative route to work, share their stories

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‘Sacrificed on the altar of trade’: Britons in EU feel betrayed by Brexit deal

Dec 11th 2017, 07:00, by Lisa O’Carroll Brexit correspondent

British nationals in mainland Europe say they feel like ‘bargaining chips’, and that first-stage deal does not guarantee rights

British nationals living in mainland Europe say they are alarmed by claims that their rights have been protected by the Brexit deal sealed by Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker.

One Briton, Ingrid Taylor, who is settled in Germany, described claims that their rights were now guaranteed as “a barefaced lie”.

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Have you been rejected by insurers because of mental health problems?

Dec 11th 2017, 06:35, by Sarah Marsh and Guardian readers

Insurance companies can only deny people with mental health problems in certain circumstances. We want to hear your experiences

If you have a mental health condition it can be harder to get insurance and in some circumstances you have to pay more.

However, this should only be the case if the insurer can provide evidence that you are at a higher risk of making a claim and if the information they used to access your application was applied in a reasonable way.

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Mass starvation is humanity’s fate if we keep flogging the land to death | George Monbiot

Dec 11th 2017, 06:00, by George Monbiot

The Earth cannot accommodate our need and greed for food. We must change our diet before it’s too late

Brexit; the crushing of democracy by billionaires; the next financial crash; a rogue US president: none of them keeps me awake at night. This is not because I don’t care – I care very much. It’s only because I have a bigger question on my mind. Where is all the food going to come from?

By the middle of this century there will be two or three billion more people on Earth. Any one of the issues I am about to list could help precipitate mass starvation. And this is before you consider how they might interact.

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The best albums of 2017, No 10: Richard Dawson – Peasant

Dec 11th 2017, 06:00, by Gwilym Mumford

The Newcastle singer-songwriter’s avant-folk stories of a troubled medieval age have striking relevance to our own fraying society

Who would have thought that one of the year’s most absorbing albums would have concerned the goings-on in the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Bryneich, performed by a geordie with a nylon-stringed guitar, a busted amp and a penchant for impenetrable avant-folk? Richard Dawson’s latest long-player doesn’t exactly scream “Best of 2017”, but there was something in Peasant’s detailed vignettes of dark ages beggars, weavers and prostitutes that felt unexpectedly resonant in 2017, a timely work from another time.

Dawson has previous on excavating the distant past to explain the present. The Newcastle singer-songwriter’s 2013 album The Glass Trunk was inspired by a search for clippings on the subject of death at the Tyne and Wear museum archive. He dug up some remarkable finds – none more than the poem that inspired live favourite Poor Old Horse, a blackly comic account of three tanners yard workers’ fruitless and exceedingly brutal attempts to put a nag out of its misery. At the same time though there was something slightly callous about the exercise, a feeling that its author was a little too in love with the notion of the past as a period of brutality and squalor.

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The 50 best films of 2017 in the UK: No 10 Manchester by the Sea

Dec 11th 2017, 06:00, by Cath Clarke

As our countdown enters the final stages, Cath Clarke champions a harrowing, beautifully acted film where tragedy has no easy resolution

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Hollywood tends to side with Nietzsche on the subject of human suffering. So films end with characters recovering from tragedy, or at the very least achieving some kind of emotional closure, and we all get to go home with the uplifting message that everything in life happens for a reason – even the crappy stuff. But Kenneth Lonergan’s shattering portrait of grief has something different to say. What if some tragedies are impossible to come back from? What happens to the people broken into too many pieces to heal?

So no, Manchester by the Sea doesn’t win the prize for cheeriest film of 2017. But it is definitely in the running for most beautifully acted – so real and alive that you could almost see its breath frosting up the cinema screen.

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The best 50 TV shows of 2017: No 7 The Deuce

Dec 11th 2017, 06:00, by Sarah Hughes

David Simon’s drama about the birth of porn in 1970s New York is a clever tale of sex, commerce and the price of power

When David Simon announces he’s making a new TV series, even the most jaded of critics tend to take notice. Sure, not everything Simon touches turns to gold, but the creator of The Wire has more than earned the widespread goodwill he enjoys: few writers are as comfortable turning difficult, complicated subjects into intricate, heartbreaking TV.

The birth of the porn industry in 1970s New York does not make for the most promising of subject matters. Not only have we been here before in everything from Boogie Nights to the 2004 documentary Inside Deep Throat, but also the last time HBO visited the 70s it was for the big-budget excesses of Vinyl, a show whose multiple failings remain an all-too-vivid memory.

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Max Clifford rewrote the rules of PR: a made-up story was as good as a real one

Dec 10th 2017, 20:25, by Simon Hattenstone

A compulsive liar who prided himself on knowing where the bodies were buried, with Max Clifford you could never rule anything out

When I visited Max Clifford at Littlehey prison this August, I didn’t recognise him. The last time I saw him, three years ago, he was being led out of the dock having been sentenced to eight years in jail for eight indecent assaults on girls and women. Back then he was overweight, exhausted and, for all his bluster, beaten.

I looked around the prison visiting room for Clifford. Then I realised that the man in front of me – tough, sinewy, bearded with astonishingly bright blue eyes – was him. He had lost weight, and he looked like an ascetic priest.

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Mark Kermode’s best films of 2017

Dec 10th 2017, 07:00, by Mark Kermode

Cannibalism in France, a latterday Our Gang in Florida, three women in Tel Aviv, and – at last! – a Blade Runner sequel are among the year’s must-sees

• Observer critics’ reviews of the year in full

To get a sense of how many great movies played UK cinemas in 2017, just look at some of the outstanding titles that didn’t make my top 10 list. From Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden (brilliantly adapted from Sarah Waters’s novel Fingersmith) to Anocha Suwichakornpong’s dazzling By the Time It Gets Dark, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (featuring an Oscar-nominated Isabelle Huppert) and Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Aquarius (with Sônia Braga in breathtaking form), there was a dizzying array of delights on offer. Even so-called mainstream cinema seemed particularly adventurous this year, ranging from Patty Jenkins’s rip-roaring Wonder Woman to Christopher Nolan’s overwhelming Dunkirk, Kathryn Bigelow’s gripping Detroit, Edgar Wright’s pulse-racing Baby Driver and Darren Aronofsky’s bewildering Mother!.

Home-grown triumphs included William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth (which made a star of Florence Pugh) and Francis Lee’s passionate God’s Own Country, while Zambian-born, Welsh-raised Rungano Nyoni emerged as a major new talent with the uncategorisable I Am Not a Witch. My favourite Bollywood film of 2017 was Advait Chandan’s Secret Superstar, which cleverly interwove dark themes of domestic abuse into its musical fantasy narrative. There were also several Netflix-backed movies that cried out to be seen on the big screen, most notably Bong Joon-ho’s creature-feature Okja.

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Lives in limbo: Ai Weiwei on the plight of refugees across the globe – video

Dec 9th 2017, 08:00, by Ekaterina Ochagavia Alex Healey

Exiled Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei discusses the shocking plight of refugees worldwide. He travelled to 23 countries and interviewed more than  600 refugees for his new documentary, Human Flow, an uncompromising cine-essay on this 21st century crisis

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Why are California’s wildfires so out of control? – video explainer

Dec 8th 2017, 14:18, by Clare Downey

The state of California has faced a number of powerful wildfires this year, some of them covering thousands of acres and destroying hundreds of homes. Fire services are struggling to bring them under control. But what’s making them so ferocious? 

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Picfair’s Women Behind the Lens contest: in pictures

Dec 8th 2017, 07:00

Image library Picfair’s Women Behind the Lens competition features work by female photographers in four categories – Portrait, Architecture, Nature and Street Level. Open to all levels of photographer, the shortlist includes a Milton Keynes-based paramedic, an engineer from the Forest of Dean, an archaeologist from the Scottish highlands, and an interior designer from Malaysia

  • Women Behind the Lens: 11 December – 11 January 2018 at the Guardian News & Media Gallery, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU

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Own a limited edition print by Observer photographer Jane Bown

Dec 7th 2017, 06:00, by Jane Bown

Jane Bown photographed cats for pleasure and the images occupied a special place in her work. She was drawn to their natural elegance, economy, and self-containment – the very qualities that made her portraits iconic. Bown, a world-renowned photographer whose career at the Observer spanned six decades, was adept at producing respectful images of her subjects on their own terms. We celebrate her passion with an exclusive opportunity to buy fine art prints of some of her favourite feline friends

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Can you do the invisible box challenge? – video

Dec 5th 2017, 19:37

Forget planking, cinnamon eating, ice-bucket pouring, mannequin standing and bottle flipping: December 2017 is all about pretending to step on to an invisible box. The invisible box challenge went viral this week, thanks to a successful attempt by a Texan high school cheerleader. It’s basic mime, but it’s impressive enough to have inspired thousands of less agile challengers to share their attempts online. (Warning: you may fall on your face)

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The Barcelona design studio for people with Down’s syndrome and autism – video

Dec 4th 2017, 12:07, by John English and Tom Garner at Otoxo Productions

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we visit Casa Carlota, a Barcelona-based design studio that includes people with Down’s syndrome, autism and intellectual disabilities. People with intellectual disabilities tend to have less obvious approaches to design and creativity

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Hoeveel sneeuwvlokken vallen er vandaag? Peter Kuipers Munneke heeft het uitgerekend

Dec 11th 2017, 15:10, by Gerard Driehuis

Hoeveel sneeuwvlokken vallen er vandaag in NL? 40.000 km^2, 5 cm sneeuw, dichtheid 100 kg per kuub, 1 vlok weegt 3 mg. Antwoord:

— PeterKuipersMunneke (@PKuipersMunneke) December 11, 2017

De beste grappen van Twitter over de sneeuw

Dec 11th 2017, 14:20, by Jeannette Kras

Het is koud, nat en glibberig buiten. Reden voor mensen om thuis te werken, sneeuwpoppen te bouwen en ijsvrij te nemen. En om grappen te maken op Twitter.

Toos & Henk bellen naar het KNMI #sneeuw

— Vogelvrije Huisarts (@VogelvrijeHArts) 8 december 2017

#Breaking In Twente inmiddels meer dan 1 meter #sneeuw gevallen ,opgepast als u de weg op gaat, wellicht zal het niet bij die meter blijven . #weer

— Radio4fun media faciliteiten (@4funOldenzaal) 10 december 2017

Er komt #sneeuw in heel #Nederland

— Maruschka Verhoek (@PerSlotVan) 8 december 2017

Het loopt in Rotterdam wat uit de hand #sneeuw #codeoranje #erasmusbrug #erwtensoep

— Angelo Sarti (@sarti_angelo) 10 december 2017

T.k.a. Sneeuwpop. Bouwjaar 2013. T.e.a.b. #sneeuw

— Henk de Bot (@Bontenbal) 10 december 2017

Slechte dag voor henneptelers. #sneeuw

— Hans Groenendijk (@HansGroenendijk) 10 december 2017

Morgen meenemen onderweg:
Tent met heater op accu
Lange onderbroek
Powerbank voor de phone
Kerstbanden onder de auto
Schrijf je sofinummer op je arm#sneeuw#codeoranje #coderood

— @discussiegek (@discussiegek) 10 december 2017

En ja hoor, als er gestrooid MOET worden dan zijn die Pieten ineens in geen velden of wegen te bekennen. #sneeuw

— Evert Kwok (@evertkwok) 11 december 2017

Zoals altijd met code Oranje: zonnebril op en een terrasje pakken… #stormineenglaswater #sneeuw

— Moessie (@Moessie15) 10 december 2017

De buurman wel of niet storen bij zijn middag dutje? #sneeuw #codeoranje

— PoliZiek (@PoliZiek1) 10 december 2017

U wilt hier parkeren mag dat?#sneeuw

— henk braker (@henknijverdal) 10 december 2017

Ook met #sneeuw geldt: Verdachte situatie? 112! Als u bijvoorbeeld inbreker betrapt in uw tuin. #HMR247.

— Politie H'meer (@POL_Hmeer) 10 december 2017

#coderood Als er geen sneeuw op een dak ligt is de kans groot dat er hennep gekweekt wordt! #sneeuw @MinPres

— Onzinnig (@aanbiedingTODAY) 11 december 2017

De #Participatiemaatschappij voor ouderen toegepast in de praktijk……#sneeuw #coderood #sneeuwval #sneeuwpret #codeoranje

— PoliZiek (@PoliZiek1) 11 december 2017

Gelukkig zijn er nog genoeg kinderen die wél weten hoe je een sneeuwpop moet maken… 😉 Geniet! #codeoranje #codegeel #CodeRood #sneeuwvrij #Sneeuwpop #sneeuwval #sneeuw #thuiswerken

— Cartoonjournaal (@Cartoonjournaal) 11 december 2017

De psychologische verklaring voor de Bitcoin-gekte

Dec 11th 2017, 13:14, by Jeannette Kras

Iedereen wil bitcoins. Sinds zondag kun je op de optiebeurs in Chicago zelfs in bitcoin-futures handelen. En vrijwel direct na de start van de handel lag de website plat en liep de koers op. De belangstelling is dus gigantisch. Maar waar komt die hype vandaan?

Het simpelste antwoord is: FOMO, oftewel de ‘fear of missing out’. Je hoort je collega op kantoor opscheppen over hoe zijn bitcoins in een jaar tijd twintig keer zoveel waard zijn geworden. Je leest in de media verhalen over tieners die drie jaar geleden op een saaie zondagmiddag het verjaardagsgeld van hun oma in bitcoin stopten en nu miljonair zijn. En dat wil jij natuurlijk ook wel.

Consumentenpsycholoog Patrick Wessels legt uit: “Het brein is lui en zoekt altijd een makkelijke manier om keuzes te maken. Dus zeker met iets als de bitcoin, wat voor veel mensen ingewikkeld is, zijn we geneigd de groep te volgen.” Er ontstaat bovendien een gevoel van schaarste. “En dan gaan we ons competitief gedragen. We krijgen het gevoel dat we deze kans niet mogen missen en kopen een bitcoin.”

Wat ook meespeelt volgens Wessels: “Als we ons verdiepen in een onderwerp, raken we er vertrouwder mee. Veel kennis en informatie over iets, maakt datgene minder eng en ook belangrijker. Daarom zijn veel officiële rapporten ook vaak zo dik. Dat straalt degelijkheid uit. Dus als jij veel weet over bitcoins, ben je veel eerder geneigd om er eentje te kopen.”

De psycholoog heeft ook wel een verklaring voor het feit dat niemand de inmiddels hoog opgelopen winst pakt. “Wie eenmaal een bitcoin heeft, verandert in een ‘positive buyer‘. Onze hersens willen ons blij maken met keuzes die we maken, dus wordt de aanschaf van de bitcoin ook iets positiefs. We gaan geloven dat de koers van die munt verder zal stijgen en hebben ons psychologisch eigenaar gemaakt van dat idee”, zegt Wessels. “De gedachte dat je meer winst misloopt als je nu verkoopt, weegt 2,5 keer zo zwaar als de gedachte aan de winst die je nu kunt veiligstellen.”

Maar als de koers toch hard gaat zakken, gebeurt precies het tegenovergestelde. “Dan beginnen mensen te verkopen en zullen steeds meer bitcoinbezitters dat gaan doen. En dan kan het hard gaan. Je moet de koers echt heel scherp in de gaten houden, want je kunt zomaar verrast worden.”


Explosie in New York bij Times Square

Dec 11th 2017, 13:09, by Gerard Driehuis

Tijdens de ochtendspits was er op een busstation in het centrum van Manhattan een explosie. De metro is stilgelegd. Het metrostation is ontruimd. Volgens eerste berichten zou het gaan om een ontplofte pijpbom. Er zou een man zijn aangehouden door de politie. Het zou gaan om een beperkte explosie, maar de chaos in het westelijke deel van New York is aanzienlijk

DEVELOPING: Reports of an explosion within Port Authority in New York City. Evacuations underway

— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 11, 2017

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Rapper Sef over optreden Lange Frans bij FvD: ”Frans, you’re better than this..”

Dec 11th 2017, 12:19, by Steven Driehuis

In de meest recente aflevering van Wilde Haren de podcast – de podcast van rappers Jiggy Djé en Spacekees – waren rappers Sef en Faberyayo te gast. Het viertal rappers besprak aan het einde van de ruim drie uur durende Podcast het feit dat Lange Frans de hoofdact zal zijn op het kerstfeest van de jongerenafdeling van  het Forum voor de Democratie. De rappers lopen niet over van enthousiasme over het geplande optreden..

”Ik vind het op geen enkele manier oké. Maar ik vind het wel iets wat hij zelf moet weten”, zegt Pepijn Lanen –  ook wel Faberyayo.

Yousef Gnoui – beter bekend als Sef – is stelliger. Hij zegt het ‘dom’ te vinden en kan niet begrijpen hoe Lange Frans tot dit besluit is gekomen. Sef vindt dat  het Forum voor de Democratie  fascistoïde trekjes heeft.

Gnoui reageert op Lange Frans die  heeft aangegeven dat hij vindt dat Thierry Baudet slimme dingen zegt: ”Waarschijnlijk zegt hij wel een paar slimme dingen.. Ik heb hem ook wel eens iets horen zeggen wat ik niet dom vond. Maar die wegen niet op tegen alle super foktop crazy enge dingen .. dat je dat opzij wilt zetten .. dat snap ik gewoon écht niet.” Hij besluit met de woorden: ”Frans, you’re better than this..”

Rapper en eigenaar van het platenlabel Noah’s Ark Jiggy Djé zegt de drang te voelen om Lange Frans op te bellen om te vragen hoe het zit. Maar liever nog heeft Jiggy Djé dat Lange Frans zijn keuze komt verantwoorden in zijn podcast.

Bekijk het fragment hier.






Derde Michelinster voor Inter Scaldes

Dec 11th 2017, 11:45, by anp

Restaurant Inter Scaldes in het Zeeuwse Kruiningen heeft een derde Michelinster bemachtigd. Dat werd bekend bij de presentatie van de nieuwe restaurantgids voor 2018 van Michelin in het Amsterdamse DeLaMar Theater. Chefkok en eigenaar Jannis Brevet en zijn partner kregen een staande ovatie.

Tot nu toe waren De Leest in Vaassen en De Librije in Zwolle de enige twee restaurants in ons land met drie Michelinsterren. Zij behouden hun sterren, bleek maandag.

Silicon Valley huurt modellen in voor kerstborrel, zodat “nerds iets hebben om naar te kijken”

Dec 11th 2017, 11:13, by Jeannette Kras

Techbedrijven in Silicon Valley huren fotomodellen in voor de kerstborrel. Het zou de man-vrouwverhouding verbeteren en de computernerds iets geven om naar te kijken. Dat meldt Bloomberg.

Silicon Valley, waar ook Google, Facebook en Apple kantoor houden, staat bekend om zijn vrouwonvriendelijkheid. Er is een groot overschot aan mannen en er zijn meerdere verhalen opgedoken van vrouwen die gediscrimineerd of geïntimideerd worden.

Het is natuurlijk gênant dat de techbedrijven hun vrouwentekort oplossen door modellen in te huren, die moeten rond paraderen op de diverse kerstfeestjes. Ze krijgen vijftig tot tweehonderd dollar per avond om het bijna uitsluitend mannelijke personeel te vermaken.

Door de vraag van de Californische techbedrijven draaien de lokale modellenbureaus overuren. De dames worden uitgekozen op basis van foto’s en moeten een geheimhoudingsverklaring tekenen. Ze krijgen namen van ‘vrienden’ die ze kunnen noemen als iemand vraagt hoe ze op het feestje terecht zijn gekomen, zodat het lijkt alsof ze echt in de tech-sector werken.

Rijkswaterstaat: zeer gevaarlijk op de weg

Dec 11th 2017, 11:00, by anp

Rijkswaterstaat waarschuwt voor zeer gevaarlijke rij-omstandigheden door de sneeuw en roept weggebruikers op om maandagmiddag en -avond niet de weg op te gaan als dat niet per se nodig is.

Mensen die nu op hun werk of een andere bestemming zijn en naar huis willen, krijgen van de dienst het advies de weersverwachting en verkeersinformatie goed in de gaten te houden. Wie toch de auto in gaat doet er goed aan rijstijl en snelheid aan te passen aan de omstandigheden op de weg. ,,Dat betekent voorzichtig rijden, snelheid matigen, afstand houden en niet onnodig van rijstrook wisselen'', aldus Rijkswaterstaat. Die vraagt weggebruikers bovendien strooiwagens de ruimte te geven.

Het KNMI heeft voor het hele land code oranje afgegeven vanwege de sneeuw. Ook de komende nacht kan het overal glad worden door sneeuwresten en bevriezing van natte weggedeelten.

Rijkswaterstaat zet voor de gladheidsbestrijding al het beschikbare materieel en personeel in. Naast strooiwagens en sneeuwschuivers worden ook zogenoemde calamiteitenmachines gebruikt. Die bestrijden ijsplaten op de weg met een warme zoutoplossing.

Video van gepeste jongen raakt iedereen. Zelfs Hollywoodsterren steunen hem

Dec 11th 2017, 09:52, by Jeannette Kras

Keaton Jones wordt gepest op school en heeft helemaal geen vrienden. In tranen vraagt hij aan zijn moeder: “waarom, waarom doen ze het?” Moeder Kimberley filmde de droevige jongen en zette de beelden online. Nu krijgt Keaton steun uit de hele wereld.

De jongen uit het Amerikaanse Knoxville werd door klasgenoten uitgescholden en besmeurd met eten en drinken, zo vertelt hij in de video, die inmiddels 18 miljoen keer is bekeken. “Dit is niet goed,” zegt hij huilend.

De rest van de wereld is het daarmee eens. Zelfs bekende sporters en artiesten steunen hem. En er is een heuse hashtag voor de jongen: #standwithkeaton.

Winnaar Nobelprijs voor de Vrede: “We zijn een woede-uitbarsting verwijderd van een kernoorlog”

Dec 11th 2017, 08:25, by Pieter Immerzaal

Beatrice Fihn, directrice van de Internationale Campagne tot Afschaffing van Kernwapens (Ican) en winnaar van de Nobelprijs voor de Vrede, sprak scherpe taal gisteren tijdens de Nobelprijs-ceremonie. “De wereld riskeert een kernoorlog door een gekwetst ego”, aldus Fihn. “We hebben de keuze: het einde van kernwapens of het einde van ons.”

Ze verwees naar de opgelopen spanningen tussen de VS en Noord-Korea. “We zijn een kleine woede-uitbarsting verwijderd van een nucleaire oorlog. Een moment van paniek kan leiden tot de vernietiging van steden en de dood van miljoenen burgers. Het risico dat nucleaire wapens nu worden ingezet is groter dan tijdens de Koude Oorlog,” waarschuwt ze.

Ican is een coalitie van honderden NGO’s die werkt aan een verdrag om nucleaire wapens af te schaffen. Hun niet aflatende inzet om de wereld te wijzen op de gevaren van kernwapens en hun poging om ze af te schaffen leverden hen de Nobelprijs op.

Immuuntherapie tegen kanker maakt belofte waar

Dec 11th 2017, 08:02, by Jeannette Kras

Het is al jaren de meest veelbelovende behandeling tegen kanker. Nu lijkt immuuntherapie ook daadwerkelijk die belofte in te lossen, al is de behandeling peperduur en zijn de bijwerkingen ernstig.

Het belangrijkste positieve nieuws komt van een grootschalige klinische studie in 27 klinieken over de hele wereld. Immuuntherapie werd ingezet bij patiënten met non-hodgkin-lymfoom oftewel lymfeklierkanker bij wie de ziekte na chemotherapie was teruggekeerd. Een derde van de patiënten genas door de immuuntherapie en bij zes procent verdween de ziekte gedeeltelijk. Dat was na een jaar nog steeds zo.

Bij immuuntherapie wordt het eigen afweersysteem ingezet om tegen de kanker te strijden. T-cellen worden buiten het lichaam genetisch geherprogrammeerd, zodat ze kankercellen herkennen en opruimen. Iedere T-cel die wordt teruggebracht in het lichaam kan zich daar inmiddels 10.000 keer vermenigvuldigen en blijft jaren werkzaam.

Nadeel zijn de bijwerkingen. Patiënten krijgen griepachtige verschijnselen, die zo ernstig kunnen zijn dat de dood erop volgt, al is dat niet gebeurd bij het bovengenoemde onderzoek. Ook bestaat de kans op aantasting van het zenuwstelsel en de hersenen. Nog een flink minpunt is de prijs. De behandeling kost per patiënt vele honderdduizenden euro’s.

Drukker in treinen, rustig op de weg

Dec 11th 2017, 07:53, by anp

Het is maandagochtend opvallend rustig op de weg, maar juist drukker dan normaal in de treinen. De NS denkt dat mensen vanwege de gladheid hun auto laten staan en voor het openbaar vervoer hebben gekozen.

,,Mensen komen naar het station om te kijken of er een trein rijdt en gaan dan mee. Maar we hebben wel te maken met een aantal storingen en doordat er minder treinen rijden, zijn ze ook voller. Bovendien moeten mensen er in verband met de verwachte sneeuw ook echt rekening mee houden dat hun terugreis er anders uit zal gaan zien'', aldus een NS-woordvoerder.

Op de weg was rond 08.30 uur de piek in de drukte al voorbij. ,,Normaal moeten we dan nog wel wat krijgen'', aldus de ANWB. ,,Er waren ook minder aanrijdingen. Mensen hebben blijkbaar toch het advies opgevolgd om niet naar het werk of andere afspraken te gaan. We zijn tevreden dat mensen het advies ter harte hebben genomen. We hopen dat dit vanmiddag ook te merken is als er weer sneeuw gaat vallen.''

De files ontstonden maandagochtend al vroeg. Mensen die toch de weg op gingen, hebben dat volgens de ANWB vroeger gedaan dan normaal.

Zo glijd je vandaag niet uit op de fiets: 7 tips

Dec 11th 2017, 07:30, by Jeannette Kras

Het is vandaag weer glijden en glibberen op de wegen. Maar er zijn manieren om de kans kleiner te maken dat je valt. Dit zijn de tips van de Fietsersbond:

1. Zet je zadel lager
Als je dreigt weg te glijden, kun je nog snel je voeten op de grond zetten.

2. Laat wat lucht uit je banden lopen
Zachte banden zijn wat breder en hebben daardoor net iets meer grip.

3. Let op het wegdek
Glinstert het asfalt of zit er een wit laagje op de klinkers dan is de kans groot dat het glad is.

4. Rijd meer in het midden
Juist aan de rand van de weg, waar het vaak wat lager is, hopen sneeuw en ijs zich op. Bovendien val je harder op een stoeprand dan op de vlakke weg.

5. Plan je route
Veel gemeentes zetten op hun website welke wegen ze gestrooid hebben. Je vindt ze eenvoudiger via de Routeplanner van de Fietsersbond.

6. Koop winterbanden voor de fiets
Ze zijn duur, maar helpen wel in deze winterse tijden. Je kunt ze zelfs kopen met ingebouwde spikes.

7. Kies voor een zware versnelling
Je hebt meer grip met een zware dan met een lichte versnelling. Fiets daarnaast zo regelmatig als je kan: begin langzaam, rem heel rustig en zo min mogelijk.

Doe de test: hoeveel slaven werken er voor jou?

Dec 11th 2017, 07:04, by Gerard Driehuis

Volgens de Walk Free Foundation zijn er  wereldwijd zo’n 45,8 miljoen slaven. Ze zijn niet erg zichtbaar en dat willen de bedrijven en mensen die van hen profiteren graag zo houden. Ze doen dwangarbeid, zijn via mensenhandel iemands eigendom, zijn door schulden gebonden. Als je denkt dat jij daar niets aan kunt doen kun je de test doen waar je invult hoe – in materiële zin – je leven er uit ziet. De test berekent dan hoeveel slaven er voor jou aktief zijn.

Naar de test

KNMI: Vanaf 12.00 uur weer code oranje

Dec 11th 2017, 06:11, by anp

Nederland krijgt vanaf maandag 12.00 uur opnieuw te maken met code oranje, een waarschuwing voor gevaarlijk weer. Er is volgens het KNMI grote kans op gevaarlijk of extreem weer waarbij de impact groot is en er kans is op schade, letsel of veel overlast. Weggebruikers wordt opgeroepen om hierop voorbereid te zijn.

Aan het eind van de ochtend trekt een gebied met flinke sneeuwval vanuit het zuiden het land binnen. Als eerste zijn de zuidelijke provincies Limburg, Noord Brabant en Zeeland aan de beurt. Daar geldt vanaf het middaguur code oranje.

De sneeuw trekt gedurende de middag het land over in noordelijke richting. Vanaf 14.00 uur geldt code oranje voor alle provincies, behalve de drie noordelijke.

In de provincies Groningen, Friesland en Drenthe is code oranje vanaf 17.00 uur van kracht.

Zondag gold al vrijwel de gehele dag code oranje. De ANWB verwacht voor automobilisten een drukke ochtendspits en een zeer zware avondspits. Weggebruikers moeten oppassen voor gladheid door bevriezing, sneeuwresten en vanaf maandagmiddag dus voor verse sneeuw.

Australisch meisje (18) traint zich dood

Dec 11th 2017, 05:26, by Ans Vink

Jessica Lindsay moest en zou het amateur Muay Thai winnen. Maar ze was niet voldoende in vorm, een paar dagen voor het gevecht. En dus schakelde ze haar training een tandje bij. Ze trainde fanatiek en reduceerde de hoeveelheid water die de druk drastisch  omdat ze dacht dat dat zou helpen, in ieder geval om gewicht kwijt te raken. Maar dat werd haar fataal: tijdens een trainingsloop viel ze, raakte in coma en kwam nooit meer bij. Ze bleek ernstig uitgedroogd en haar organen waren een voor een uitgevallen.

Bij Muay Thai is deelname alleen toegestaan als je voor je klasse het juiste gewicht hebt. De fatale training was een uur voor dat ze zou worden gewogen

Record aantal salafisten in Duitsland

Dec 11th 2017, 05:05, by Gerard Driehuis

Het aantal salafisten in Duits is gestegen tot boven de 10.000. Salafisme is een fundamentalistische en extreme islamitische stroming, die gelooft dat alles weer moet worden zoals in de tijd van Mohammed. Het salafisme is de godsdienst van Saoedi Arabië, niet voor niets hofleverancier van terroristen. De contra-terreur organisaties in Duitsland maken zich daarover veel zorgen. Ook omdat de activiteiten van de salafisten zich verplaatsen weg van de moskeeën, naar kleine groepjes die in huizen bijeenkomen. Die zijn veel moeilijker te volgen en te infiltreren. Salafisten waren eerst de drijvende kracht achter de opstanden in Tsjetsjenië en verplaatsen toen hun aandacht naar Syrië en Irak. Nu stijgt, volgens de Duitse diensten, hun aantal in heel West-Europa

Charlie Sheen: ‘Ik heb Corey Haim niet verkracht’

Dec 11th 2017, 04:43, by anp

Het gossipblad National Enquirer kan een aanklacht van Charlie Sheen tegemoet zien. De acteur is boos dat het tijdschrift een artikel heeft gepubliceerd, waarin gezegd wordt dat hij zijn vroegere collega Corey Haim verkracht heeft.

In een uitgave van het blad, dat op 8 november uitkwam, was te lezen dat Sheen zich tijdens de opnames van de film Lucas in 1986, vergrepen zou hebben aan de toen 13-jarige Haim, terwijl Charlie toen zelf 19 jaar oud was. Volgens de National Enquirer rookten de twee samen een jointje en hadden ze anale seks. Ook zou het Sheens schuld zijn, dat Corey aan de drugs raakte, wat uiteindelijk zijn dood betekende.

Charlie beweert dat een van de bazen van het tijdschrift, Dylan Howard, 'iets tegen hem heeft'. Volgens hem is de man nog altijd boos dat zijn blad niet de scoop kreeg dat Sheen besmet is met het HIV-virus. Dit schokkende verhaal kwam naar buiten tijdens een exclusief interview dat Sheen gaf aan, de inmiddels gevallen, Today Show-host Matt Lauer in 2015.

Sheen klaagt niet alleen het blad, maar ook Howard en acteur Dominick Brasa aan voor laster en smaad. Brasa werd in het bewuste artikel geciteerd, hij beweerde dat Sheen hem persoonlijk verteld had Haim verkracht te hebben.

Nederland wacht weer overlast door sneeuw

Dec 11th 2017, 03:18, by anp

Voor de tweede achtereenvolgende dag krijgt ons land weer met overlast door sneeuw en gladheid te maken. Maandag aan het eind van de ochtend bereikt een nieuw sneeuwgebied het zuiden van het land. Deze sneeuw breidt zich in de loop van de middag over het land uit, meldt het KNMI. Mogelijk volgt weer waarschuwingscode oranje.

Rijkswaterstaat waarschuwt hoe dan ook dat weggebruikers maandag de hele dag rekening moeten houden met gevaarlijke rij-omstandigheden en grote vertragingen. De dienst adviseert mensen zo mogelijk thuis te werken. Zondagnacht en maandag tijdens de ochtendspits kan het ook glad worden door bevriezing van natte weggedeelten en sneeuwresten.

De NS laat maandag net als zondag minder treinen rijden vanwege de verwachte winterse omstandigheden. Op de meeste plekken rijden de treinen elk half uur in plaats van elk kwartier of elke tien minuten. Tijdens de avondspits zal de hinder voor reizigers naar verwachting zeer groot zijn.

KLM heeft wegens de verwachte sneeuw voor maandag 122 vluchten gecanceld. Het gaat om retourvluchten van na 15.30 uur naar vooral Europese bestemmingen die niet doorgaan, zo liet een woordvoerster weten. Schiphol houdt rekening met verminderde baancapaciteit door verwachte sneeuw.

Hollywood neemt het op voor gepest jongetje

Dec 11th 2017, 01:24, by anp

Een filmpje waarin een huilend jongetje vertelt dat hij dagelijks gepest wordt, is viral gegaan in Amerika. De moeder van de jongen, Kimberly Jones, postte afgelopen vrijdag het hartverscheurende verhaal van haar zoon op Facebook. Het filmpje werd massaal gedeeld, onder meer door Hollywoodsterren en bekende Amerikaanse sporters en is inmiddels bijna 20 miljoen keer bekeken.

Kimberly moest haar zoon Keaton eerder van school ophalen, omdat hij overstuur was. Een aantal pesters zou hem tijdens de schoollunch bekogeld hebben met melk en vleeswaren. Daarbij maakten ze nare opmerkingen over zijn uiterlijk. Zo noemden ze de littekens die de jongen aan een tumoroperatie heeft overgehouden lelijk.

In tranen vraagt Keaton zich in het filmpje af waarom mensen elkaar moeten pesten. "Waarom? Wat is het nut hiervan? Hoe haal je voldoening uit het naar beneden trappen van anderen? Ze zeggen dat ik geen vrienden heb en dat ik een lelijke neus heb. Dat is echt niet okay! Dat zeg ik niet alleen voor mezelf, maar ook voor anderen die gepest worden."

Het duurde niet lang voordat Keatons aangrijpende verhaal werd opgepikt. Snoop Dogg postte het filmpje op zijn Instagram en vroeg de jongen hem een persoonlijk berichtje te sturen. "Hey kleine man, ik ben je vriend voor het leven. Mail me en dan kunnen we hierover praten. Dat is de enige manier om haat te verslaan." Victoria Beckham nam het bericht van haar 12-jarige zoon Cruz over, die het nieuws op zijn beurt weer van hun familievriendin Eva Longoria overnam. Victoria schreef in een emotionele post: "Voor iemand die zelf vroeger gepest is, doet dit pijn. Ik moet er om huilen. Ik stuur al mijn liefde naar deze dappere jongeman. Het is niet erg om anders te zijn."

Diverse bekende Amerikaanse sporters nodigden Keaton en zijn familie uit voor een wedstrijd met bijbehorende vip-behandeling. Onder andere Dr. Phil, Ryan Seacrest, Cardi B, Chase Crawford, Patricia Arquette, Mark Rufallo, Patrick Adams en Chris Evans staken het joch een hart onder de riem. Evans vroeg of Keaton volgend jaar bij de première van zijn film Avengers: Infinity War aanwezig wil zijn. De familie van Keaton is overweldigd door de steunbetuigingen aan hun adres. "Het doet ons heel erg goed om te zien dat mensen met hem en ons meeleven. Er komen zoveel reacties binnen, dat we simpelweg niet in staat zijn om iedereen persoonlijk te bedanken."

Werk morgen thuis als het kan

Dec 10th 2017, 18:49, by Gerard Driehuis

Rijkswaterstaat adviseert om morgen thuis te werken als het mogelijk is. Een nieuw sneeuwgebied koerst op Nederland af, waardoor het in de middag en avond opnieuw gaat sneeuwen. Ook de ANWB is bezorgd, vooral over de avondspits. ,We vrezen vooral voor de avondspits. Die wordt heel pittig”.

De NS laat morgen minder treinen rijden. Tijdens de avondspits zal de hinder voor reizigers zeer groot zijn, verwacht het spoorbedrijf

Waarom je meestal beter geen aanvullende verzekering kunt nemen

Dec 10th 2017, 12:09, by Pieter Immerzaal

De aanvullende verzekering dreigt te verdwijnen, zo waarschuwde De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) deze week. Veel mensen schrokken. Volkskrantcolumnist Frank Kalshoven was juist verbaasd toen hij hoorde hoeveel mensen nog zo’n aanvullende verzekering hebben.

Eerst schrijft hij over de basisverzekering: “Wanneer is een verzekering een goed idee? Als de kans dat een gebeurtenis zich voordoet klein is, maar de impact van die gebeurtenis juist groot. De kans dat ik komend jaar tienduizenden euro’s zorgkosten moet maken is klein, maar als dat gebeurt slaat dat ook een diepe financiële wond. Daarom is die verzekering nuttig en nodig.”

Wat met een aanvullende polis wordt vergoed, is van een heel andere orde. De kans dat je de polis nodig hebt, is groot, maar de financiële gevolgen zijn klein. Kalshoven geeft een voorbeeld: “De kans dat ik bij de tandarts kom, is komend jaar bijna 100 procent. Voor dit type kosten is verzekeren geen handige oplossing. Dit zijn grotendeels reguliere kosten van levensonderhoud (zoals wonen, eten, telefoon, de sportclub betalen en geld opzij leggen voor een vakantie). En voor zover deze kosten een keer onvoorzien groot zijn, heeft een mens een spaarpotje.”

Hij besluit: “Als je dit soort kosten (kans groot, impact klein) toch verzekert, zullen de jaarlijkse premies grofweg gelijk zijn aan de jaarlijkse kosten. Dit lijkt meer op ‘gespreid betalen’ dan op echt verzekeren. Of, zoals DNB het noemt, een ‘abonnementenmodel’. Voor de meeste huishoudens is dit nodeloos moeilijk doen (een verzekering afsluiten; bonnetjes insturen; wachten op betaling, et cetera). Aanvullend verzekeren is vanuit dit perspectief nu dus onbegrijpelijk populair.”

Is Trump tv-verslaafd? Naar verluidt kijkt hij tot wel acht uur per dag

Dec 10th 2017, 11:50, by Jeannette Kras

Dat Donald Trump graag tv kijkt, is bekend, maar hoe erg het precies is, wordt nu pas duidelijk. Naar verluidt kijkt de Amerikaanse president minstens vier uur per dag oplopend tot soms wel acht uur.

Volgens de New York Times begint zijn dag in het Witte Huis om half zes ‘s ochtends. Dan zet hij de televisie aan in zijn slaapkamer. De krant sprak met 60 adviseurs, vrienden en congresleden om een beeld te krijgen van het dagelijks leven van de president. Hij kijkt graag ‘Fox & Friends’, maar ziet feitelijk alle actualiteitenprogramma’s die hij maar bedenken kan.

Dat zijn niet alleen shows die hem gunstig gezind zijn. Hij zet ook CNN aan of MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’. Vrienden denken dat dat hem lekker opfokt voor het begin van de dag. “Vol energie en woedend” gaat Trump dan naar Twitter, want “de munitie voor zijn tweets is de televisie,” zo schrijft de Amerikaanse krant.

Gedurende de dag kijkt hij vier tot acht uur naar nieuwszenders. Soms zet hij het geluid uit. Hij gebruikt ze om op de hoogte te blijven van wat de media allemaal over hem en zijn presidentschap zeggen.

Volgens bronnen in het Witte Huis is er een heilige regel dat niemand aan de afstandsbediening mag komen behalve Trump zelf en een paar technici. Als de president een nieuwsprogramma heeft gemist dan heeft hij altijd nog zijn ‘SuperTiVo’-systeem waarmee hij uren aan nieuws kan opnemen om het later terug te zien.

Succesvol supermodel weegt 80 kilo: “Ik wil alle barrières doorbreken”

Dec 10th 2017, 11:22, by Désirée du Roy

Daniëlle van Grondelle reist de hele wereld over als model. Ze liep de New York Fashion Week en stond op de covers van Vogue en Harper’s Bazaar. Belangrijk detail: ze is niet broodmager, maar heeft een heel gezonde Hollandse vrouwenmaat 42.

Met haar 80 kilo is ze een opvallende verschijning in het modellenwereldje, maar haar carrière gaat als een speer. Plussize-modellen worden steeds gewoner. Daniëlle heeft het dan ook razend druk, vertelt ze RTL Nieuws. “Als ik in New York ben, ben ik aan het casting lopen (opdrachten binnenhalen) of aan het werk (fotoshoots). Als ik vrij ben ga ik langs bij klanten om het contact goed te houden. In Amerika moet je elke dag ready to go zijn. Daarom moet ik goed slapen, genoeg water drinken naast een gevarieerde voeding en zorgen voor voldoende balans in mijn dagelijkse ritme. Dus geen feesten met champagne en weinig dagen rustig aan doen met een joggingbroek op de bank.”

Dat glamorous modellenbestaan valt dus een tikje tegen. Daar staat tegenover dat ze niet de hele tijd op dieet moet. “Ik hoef er niet veel voor te doen of te laten. Ik drink geen alcohol, wel heel veel water. Ik sport twee keer in de week. Soms neem ik een toetje. Ik mag vooral niet afvallen. Na een periode van stress zegt mijn agent wel dat ik moet opletten dat mijn taille niet te smal wordt. Ik word geboekt op mijn maat, dus die moet wel gelijk blijven. Toen ik naar de States kwam, kreeg ik de vraag of ik wilde aankomen. Nee, dit is wie ik ben, was mijn antwoord. Ik wil mezelf niet overeten en ook niet uithongeren.”

Haar kijk op haar lichaam heeft haar populair gemaakt. “Ik krijg zoveel berichtjes van jonge meiden die door mij supertrots zijn dat ze een iets grotere maat hebben. Ik antwoord iedereen. Toen ik opgroeide, waren er geen modellen die op mij leken. Het lijkt me fijn dat die er nu wel zijn.” Ze vervolgt: “Ik wil alle barrières doorbreken. Ik wil dingen die nu niet weggelegd zijn voor een plusmodel.”

Van Grondelle is het gezicht van het tv-programma Curvy Supermodel, waarin op zoek wordt gegaan naar een plussize model. “We noemen het trouwens curvy, maar waar hebben we het over? We zoeken meiden vanaf maat 40. Heel normaal en eigenlijk gewoon slank als je 1,80 bent. Maar het gaat erom dat dit de tegenhanger wordt van de shows met bijna alleen maar heel slanke deelneemsters. Daarin is Nederland de eerste. We beginnen echt wakker te worden.”

Een bericht gedeeld door Danielle van Grondelle (@daniellevangrondellemodel) op

Een bericht gedeeld door Danielle van Grondelle (@daniellevangrondellemodel) op

Een bericht gedeeld door Danielle van Grondelle (@daniellevangrondellemodel) op

ANWB: geen grote problemen op de weg

Dec 10th 2017, 11:17, by anp

Sneeuwbuien hebben zondag nog niet tot grote problemen op de weg geleid. Er was een enkele slippartij, maar volgens de ANWB passen automobilisten hun snelheid en rijgedrag goed aan.

Door de sneeuw kleurden de wegen in Zeeland, Noord-Brabant en Limburg als eerste wit, gevolgd door die in Zuid-Holland. Op snelweg A58 van Vlissingen naar Bergen op Zoom zag de ANWB dat automobilisten vrijwel meteen gas terugnamen en ongeveer 50 kilometer per uur gingen rijden.

De ANWB adviseert mensen die erop uit willen gaan de actuele situatie goed in de gaten te houden. Vanwege sneeuwval en gladheid heeft het KNMI voor zondag code oranje afgegeven.

Hoe je de schoonste wc vindt

Dec 10th 2017, 08:03, by Emmeke Smit

Mannen kunnen buitenshuis naar de plasbakken, maar vrouwen hebben een WC nodig, En dan wil je de schoonste kiezen. Maar welke is dat. Je denkt: ‘niet de eerste, want die neemt iedereen’. En omdat iedereen denkt dat iedereen de eerste neemt, nemen de meeste dames niet de eerste. Nicholas Christenfeld van de Universiteit van Californië in San Diego stelde dan ook vast dat op de eerste wc – gerekend vanaf de ingang – de minste bacteriën zitten. Via het verbruik van toiletpapier werd ook onderzocht welke WC’s het meest worden gebruikt. van een rij van 10 werden de 6 middelste het meest gebruikt en de twee keer twee aan de zijkanten het minste

Miljoenen Airbnb vakanties eindigen in een teleurstelling

Dec 10th 2017, 06:34, by Gerard Driehuis

De ergste verhalen? Misschien van die vakantieganger die gegijzeld werd door zijn host, of de jongelui op vakantie in Parijs die het lijk van een vrouw, in verregaande staat van ontbinding, vonden in de tuin. Maar dat zijn de excessen van Airbnb. Maar er is ook veel ‘routine’ leed. Het voornaamste: appartementen of kamers die door de verhuurder minder dan 24 uur voor de vakantie zou beginnen worden gecanceld. Of appartementen die er heel anders uitzien dan beloofd. Of borgsommen die nooit meer terugkomen.

Uit een (bescheiden) onderzoek van de reissite Asher & Lyric leert dat vakante vieren met Airbnb veel avontuurlijk kan uitpakken dan je dacht. Airbnb geeft toe dat het miljoenen keren fout gaat. Het bedrijf zegt – zonder cijfers te leveren die dat bewijzen – dat het bij tussen de 3 en 7 procent van de boekingen mis gaat. Als het 7 is, dan eindigen jaarlijks 5,7 miljoen Airbnb-vakanties in een grote teleurstelling.

Het is geen wonder. Airbnb doet niet veel meer dan mensen die beweren iets te huur te hebben in contact brengen met mensen die zeggen iets te zoeken. Het verdienmodel bestaat er uit vraag en aanbod bij elkaar te brengen. En van de reissom 10 procent te claimen. De service omvat geen  check op de betrouwbaarheid van de aanbieder. Die moet een e mailadres hebben en een telefoonnummer. De aanbieder hoeft geen identiteitsbewijs te tonen, laat staan dat na wordt gegaan of hij of zij deugt. Het kan een oplichter zijn, een geregistreerde verkrachter, een seriemoordenaar. Airbnb vindt het allemaal best, of doet in ieder geval geen poging de verhuurders te screenen.

Het bedrijf zegt tegen The Independent dat op de miljoenen boekingen het aantal echte drama’s meevalt.

Als je niks ruikt blijf je slanker

Dec 10th 2017, 05:23, by Gerard Driehuis
Als je niks ruikt, word je minder snel dik. Een onderzoek aan de Universiteit van Berkeley (VS) heeft uitgewezen dat je ook (meer) eet omdat je neus je verleidt. Maar het is nog gekker: zelfs als niets-ruikers net zoveel eten als wel-ruikers blijven ze  slanker. Althans: het is aangetoond dat dat bij muizen zo is.

De onderzoekers gaven hetzelfde  voer aan drie groepen muizen: muizen die niets roken, muizen die extra goed roken en normale muizen. De laatste groep muizen werd twee keer zo dik als de reukloze. De muizen die extra goed roken werden nog dikker. Blijkbaar beïnvloedt geur van voedsel de wijze waarop we (of althans muizen) voedsel verbranden of opslaan. “We weten nu dat de geur van voedsel belangrijk is. Daar kunnen we iets mee,” zegt de onderzoeker in The Independent.

Advies ANWB: blijf vandaag binnen

Dec 10th 2017, 05:02, by Gerard Driehuis

De ANWB zegt dat mensen beter niet de weg op kunnen gaan als dat niet nodig is. Het KNMI noemt het ‘code oranje’ en de NS laat minder treinen rijden. Oorzaak: het gaat sneeuwen.

De sneeuw trekt ‘s ochtends vanuit het zuidwesten het land in en bereikt in de middag het noorden, terwijl deze dan in het zuiden over gaat in regen. Lokaal kan tot 15 centimeter sneeuw vallen. Het KNMI verwacht een minimumtemperatuur rond -1 graden, aan de kust kan het warmer zijn. Ook kan het hard gaan waaien, vooral in het zuiden en midden van het land en aan de kust. Op de weg kan stuifsneeuw ontstaan.

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Nieuw: pitloze avocado met eetbare schil

Dec 10th 2017, 04:54, by Gerard Driehuis

De hipste vrucht van deze tijd heeft 2 grote nadelen: een avocado schillen is nodig, maar veel gedoe en er zit in de vrucht een enorme pit. Marks en Spencer verkoopt – tijdelijk – avocado’s zonder die nadelen.

De vruchten zijn met hun vijf à acht centimeter wat kleiner dan een gemiddelde avocado en hun schil is veel dunner en daardoor ook eetbaar. En de pit ontbreekt. Je kunt hem dus gewoon afhappen.

Dat zou volgens de winkelketen niet liggen aan genetische manipulatie, maar wel aan de natuur zelf: deze avocado’s komen voort uit een onbevruchte avocadobloesem. De vrucht ontwikkelt zich dan wel, maar zonder een pit.  Een pakje in Marks & Spencer kost twee pond, omgerekend € 2,27.

Badr Hari gaat weer vechten

Dec 10th 2017, 04:46, by Pieter Immerzaal

Nu zijn gevangenisstraf er op zit kan Badr Hari weer gaan vechten in de ring. Op 3 maart is zijn rentree op het kickboks-evenent Glory in Ahoy.

“In het belang van het publiek en de sport keren we terug”, aldus Hari, die een overeenkomst voor meerdere gevechten heeft gesloten met Glory.

De 32-jarige Hari hervatte in november zijn training na een gevangenisstraf van zeven maanden, omdat hij meerdere mensen had mishandeld in het uitgaansleven.Hari vertrok na zijn celstraf naar Marokko om zich voor te bereiden op zijn rentree.

Hari won als kickbokser 106 van zijn 118 gevechten.

Vanaf vandaag vervangt ‘Beste reizigers’ ‘dames en heren’

Dec 10th 2017, 03:17, by anp

Wie vanaf zondag met de trein reist, wordt niet meer aangesproken op zijn of haar geslacht. De Nederlandse Spoorwegen veranderen vanaf dan de aanhef 'dames en heren' in de mededelingen op stations en in de trein in 'beste reizigers'.

Zondag gaat ook de nieuwe dienstregeling van de NS in. Belangrijkste wijziging is de invoering van tienminutentrein tussen Utrecht en Eindhoven, waardoor reizigers elke dag profiteren van kortere wachttijden en meer kans op een zitplaats.

Op verschillende trajecten zet de NS meer treinen in. Al met al gaan er dagelijks 130 treinen meer rijden, vijftig intercity's en tachtig sprinters.

De dienstregeling is minder ingrijpend veranderd dan vorig jaar. Toen was die helemaal opnieuw gemaakt, waardoor er veel veranderde.

De NS voert eens per jaar een nieuwe dienstregeling in, gelijktijdig met de zusterbedrijven in heel Europa.

Chris Rea zakt in elkaar op het podium

Dec 10th 2017, 00:57, by anp

De Britse zanger Chris Rea is zaterdagavond bij een concert in de Engelse plaats Oxford in elkaar gezakt tijdens een optreden. De zanger werd wereldberoemd werd door zijn kerstplaat Driving Home For Christmas, stortte na ongeveer 45 minuten te hebben gespeeld neer en begon hevig te schudden.

De 66-jarige zanger werd met grote spoed naar het ziekenhuis vervoerd. Hoe zijn toestand nu is, is nog niet bekend, melden verschillende Britse media. Het concert was een van de laatste optredens van een tournee, waarin Rea in totaal 37 concerten geeft.

De zanger wordt de laatste jaren geplaagd door allerlei gezondheidsproblemen. Zo overwon hij alvleesklierkanker en lijdt hij aan diabetes.

In welk land drinken ze het meest? Er is een verrassende nummer 1

Dec 9th 2017, 13:59, by Jeannette Kras

Het zijn toch vooral de Oost-Europeanen die bekend staan om hun exorbitante drinkgewoonten, maar volgens het gerenommeerde onderzoeksbureau Ipsos drinken West-Europeanen toch echt meer. Onze buurlanden bezetten namelijk de top 3 met op 1 België, op 2 Frankrijk en op 3 Duitsland. Pas op de vierde en vijfde plaats vinden we Hongarije en Polen.

Het onderzoek is gedaan onder 38 landen en het gaat om pure alcohol in liters. Nederland staat op een heel beschaafde vijftiende plaats.

Dit is de volledige top 10:

Infographic: Belgians Are The Booziest | Statista

Er komt een mysterieus geluid uit de aarde. En niemand weet wat het is

Dec 9th 2017, 13:41, by Jeannette Kras

Al sinds 1959 is bekend dat er een gek geluid uit het binnenste van de aarde komt, maar pas in 1998 konden wetenschappers bewijzen dat het echt zo was. En nu pas is het gelukt om opnames te maken van het mysterieuze gebrom.

Dat onderzoekers er nu pas in zijn geslaagd, komt omdat eerdere pogingen allemaal op land zijn gedaan. Dat werkte niet, maar op de bodem van de oceaan lukte het wel om het geluid vast te leggen.

De data werden verzameld in 2012 en 2013, maar het kostte wetenschappers enige jaren om alle geluiden van de zee weg te filteren en het natuurlijke geluid van de aarde over te houden. Voor het menselijk oor is het nog steeds niet te horen. Het bedraagt slechts 4,5 millihertz. Dat is 10.000 keer lager dan wat mensen kunnen opmerken.

Hoe blij wetenschappers ook zijn met deze doorbraak, het brengt ze nog geen stap dichter bij waar het geluid precies vandaan komt. Sommigen stellen dat de golven in de oceaan de trillingen veroorzaken, anderen vermoeden dat het afkomstig is van stormen en turbulentie in de atmosfeer.

Het lage gebrom helpt wetenschappers om meer te weten te komen over het binnenste van de aarde. De constante zoem geeft een signaal af dat overal op aarde is te meten. Daarmee zou de structuur van onze planeet beter in kaart kunnen worden gebracht.

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Top Crypto Mining Executive Explains Why “We’re Hoarding The Coins”

Dec 11th 2017, 02:28, by Mac Slavo

If the price action in crypto currencies over the last several months has proven anything, it’s that the blockchain has gone fully mainstream with global investors, major financial institutions and governments showing significant interest in the space. While a number of blockchain projects are moving onto the stage, the primary focus for investors has been Bitcoin, which has seen an increase of over 1,600% in 2017. And according to Frank Holmes, there is much more to come.

In an interview with SGT Report, Holmes, the Chairman of Hive Blockchain Technologies, the world’s only publicly traded blockchain mining company explains that, while roughly 78% of the available 21 million Bitcoins, or about 16.4 million, have been mined up to this point, there are probably only about 10 million coins in actual circulation around the world because somewhere on the order of 25% have been lost forever due to misplaced wallet access keys and other issues. Moreover, of those 10 million or so available coins, it has been widely reported that about 1000 “whales,” or high net worth investors, own some 40% of the coins, creating a scarcity in the market that has left millions of global investors chasing a limited supply of BTC.

Holmes suggests that this limited availability works to the advantage of cryptocurrency miners who use expensive computer hardware mining rigs to process transactions on the blockchain, because with so much investment capital moving into the space they can hoard the coins they mine and sell into the market during price spikes while loading up on more coins when markets dip. Hive currently mines Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Bitcoin and will soon move into Litecoin and other popular cryptocurrencies using the same strategy:

We’re hoarding the coins… we mine virgin coins and in fact we are getting offered premiums for our coins because they’ve never been tainted. 

We never buy the coins… anytime it has a huge surge we will sell one, two or three percent… and as soon as it corrects we just mine more and replenish ourselves… We want to wait until we get at least 20,000 coins and then we can turn around and use our quant models, so we’re doing things very unique…

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Most crypto currencies have a maximum supply of coins that can ever be mined. As Bitcoin demonstrates, a percentage of those already-mined coins will be lost. Another percentage will be locked up by high net worth and long-term investors. These mechanics create a situation where, perhaps only a little over half of the actual listed circulation of coins is actually circulating.

With this being the case it’s not difficult to see why, as tens of billions of dollars, and perhaps even trillions as has been suggested by investment gurus, continue to pile into these assets, prices for top tier crypto currencies could continue to rise exponentially in coming months and years.

You can learn more about Frank Holmes at Hive Blockchain Technologies

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Trump Weighs Private Spy Network To Counter Deep State: “It Is A Direct-Action Arm… Totally Off The Books”

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The Deep State surveillance network, powered by technology developed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, is in full effect. Over the last several weeks we’ve learned that not only did the Obama White House deploy a vast spy net over anyone within President Donald Trump’s political and business orbit while he was still a candidate for office, but that they were actively monitoring other organizations and individuals such as Blackwater founder Eric Prince.

Now, according to David Knight of Infowars, the President is turning the tables and is reportedly considering hiring private spies to counter the Deep State’s attacks on his Presidency.

Via The Intercept:

The sources say the plans have been pitched to the White House as a means of countering “deep state” enemies in the intelligence community seeking to undermine Donald Trump’s presidency.

“Pompeo can’t trust the CIA bureaucracy, so we need to create this thing that reports just directly to him,” said a former senior U.S. intelligence official with firsthand knowledge of the proposals, in describing White House discussions. “It is a direct-action arm, totally off the books,” this person said, meaning the intelligence collected would not be shared with the rest of the CIA or the larger intelligence community. “The whole point is this is supposed to report to the president and Pompeo directly.”

In an interview with Owen Shoyer, Dr. Steve Pieczenik explains how such direct action may work:

I think it’s an interesting idea… the Deep State probably entails 16 to 18 intelligence networks… Most of the spy business is too fragmented and having the DNI (Director Of National Intelligence) created over all of them makes it even more of a problem… I think we’re over-manned and under-staffed intellectually… I don’t think most of our spies are really trained very well…

Liberal Hollywood Darling Sarah Silverman Describes Being “Scared” Of The American Flag, Attempts To Connect Patriotism With Being A Nazi

Dec 9th 2017, 23:04, by Alex Thomas


Liberal comedian Sarah Silverman recently decided to address the topic of “nationalism” during a segment on her Hulu talk show during which she described being scared after an old boyfriend hoisted an American flag onto his property.

Silverman described her “visceral reaction” to literally being proud of ones country in a monologue that eventually devolved into the noted anti-Trump comedian pathetically attempting to connect patriotism with being a Nazi.

You truly can’t make this stuff up folks.

“I had a boyfriend many years ago, he was my first boyfriend who had his own house, and one day I went outside to see what he was doing, and he was hoisting an American flag up the flagpole in his front yard,” Silverman said. “And I instantly felt very weird. It didn’t make sense, but I felt, scared.”

After questioning her boyfriends motives, (why else would someone be putting up an American flag but for love of country?!) he apparently responded with, “Um, because I love America?”

Silverman went on to claim that she was so shaken inside from seeing the horror of someone raising an American flag in their front yard that she had to call her sister in Israel for help.

“I had no idea why I was freaking out,” she continued before directly using a well-known propaganda technique to connect two ideas that have absolutely nothing to do with each other but allow the left to continue to attack both the president and his tens of millions of supporters.

“My sister was like, ‘Dude, nationalism is innately terrifying for Jews. Think about it: flags, marching, blind allegiance, these things tend to ring a bell for us,’” she said.

“Right. Of course. Duh. It made sense. And it made me realize that the things that terrify some people are the same things that give other people great comfort. It’s like the way the sight of a police car might give some people comfort, for instance, white people.”

That’s right, Silverman openly connected the idea of American nationalism with Nazi Germany as if the two have anything remotely to do with each other. Keep in mind her show itself is called, “I Love You America”.

Make no mistake, this is a purposeful deception aimed at convincing otherwise patriotic Americans that showing their patriotism could not only hurt the feelings of others, it could show your connection to racism.


My take on the rise of nationalism in America. #ILYAmerica

— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) December 8, 2017

MAGA Hats Violate “Safe Space Policy”: College Campus Coffee Shop Kicks Out Students For Being Trump Supporters

Dec 9th 2017, 22:06, by Alex Thomas


Students at Fordham University were forced to leave a college campus coffee shop after they were harassed by its president who demanded that they leave the store because they were members of the College Republicans who were wearing Make American Great Again hats.

The students were told that their MAGA hats violated the shops “safe space policy” and therefore they had five minutes to leave the store despite the fact that they had purchased coffee and as students of the university would seemingly have every right to be there.

Video footage of the incident, obtained by Campus Reform, shows the “self-identified” president of the Coffee House harassing the students before laughably claiming that she is the one protecting her customers.

“I am protecting my customers,” the clearly agitated liberal yells at the students.

Campus Reform reported:

“We are your customers, we bought something,” a CR member replied.

“I don’t want people like you supporting this club… no one here wants people like you supporting our club,” the president retorted. “I am giving you five minutes.”

A student then asked for a refund, to which the president responded, “[y]ou had some coffee… do not try to outsmart me.”

“You are threatening the integrity of our club. This is a community standard—you are wearing hats that completely violate safe space policy,” she said. “You have to take it off or you have to go.”

One of the students then asked the president to explain what she thinks the MAGA hat stands for, to which she replied, shouting: “Fascism, Nazis! You have three minutes.”

The students took a photo of the coffee shops safe space policy which predictably targets anyone who doesn’t follow the hard-left orthodoxy.

It reads:

“Do not make assumptions about someone’s gender, sexuality, race, class, or experiences. Be aware of your own identity, while being considerate of the personhood of your peers. Be mindful of the ways in which your words and actions impact others. Be aware of the boundaries of other’s space, physical or otherwise, and respect their consent.

No racism – No sexism – No homophobia. If you feel that someone has transgressed this policy, we want you to feel comfortable confronting them or approaching a member behind the counter, who is available as a resource to assist you.”

In other words, if you are a Trump supporter you are a racist and not allowed in a coffee shop that is literally on campus.

No word whether or not university officials are going to do anything about their own students being harassed for their political opinions.

“We On The Scene Of This B***h… That’s The Owner Drunk As A Motherf****r” – Citizen Journalist Gives Hilarious Report During Local House Fire

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Citizen journalist Rhoda Young came upon the scene of a house fire and went live via Facebook to provide a news report about the tense situation as fire trucks roared into action.

Though tragic for the individual who owned the home and happened to be watching the fire while drinking a six pack from across the street, Young explained to viewers what was happening, going so far as to even suggest to firefighters she knew how the blaze started.

The owner of the house was upstairs when the fire started.

Doing my investigation, I have now discovered his motherf*****g hair was on fire, and his pants is burned off his d**n leg.

So he was right there when the fire started, and he got a six pack of godd**n PBR.

So now I gotta figure out how he start that fire.

Once again, that’s the owner drunk as a motherf****r.

The owner was subsequently arrested, reportedly because law enforcement officials believe he purposely set the fire.

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Mysterious Hum From Deep Inside The Earth Revealed: Scientists Have NO IDEA What It Actually Is!

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It has long been known that the Earth continually generates a low-frequency vibration signal, with attempts at recording the “hum” going back to at least 1959 while finally been conclusively proven in 1998 despite the fact that scientists have no idea what is actually causing it.

Now, for the first time ever, scientists have actually measured the hum using seismic instruments placed at the bottom of the ocean.

“The researchers first gathered data from 57 seismometer stations located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, between 2012 and 2013,” the United Kingdom’s Mirror newspaper reported.

“They then applied a combination of techniques to remove interference from ocean infragravity waves, currents and electronic glitches, and corrected for the signal generated by any earthquakes. Eventually, they were able to determine that the Earth’s natural vibration peaks at several frequencies between 2.9 and 4.5 millihertz.”

According to the report, the vibrations cannot be heard by people due to the fact that they are at least 10,000 times smaller than the hearing threshold for humans.

Amazingly, the fact that the hum can be detected across 70% of the earths surface as well as at the bottom of the ocean points to it being present throughout the entire planet.

The Mirror continued:

However, the fact that they have been detected at the bottom of the ocean, and around 70% of the planet’s surface is covered by water, suggests that the hum is present across the entire globe.

The research team, led by Martha Deen at the Paris Institute of Earth Physics, hopes the new data will provide clues as to the source of the hum.

Seismologists have proposed many different theories to explain the continuous vibration – from atmospheric disturbances to ocean waves moving over the sea floor.

However, the study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, concludes that these theories can only explain part of the vibration.

Deen and her co-authors believe the data could also help scientists map the interior of Earth with more detail and accuracy than ever before.

Newsweek also covered the new recordings of the hum, noting that it could eventually help us discover the makeup of the planet itself.

Scientists have recorded the mysterious sound of the Earth deep underwater for the first time. The eerie hum could be key to understanding the makeup of the planet itself—but no one knows what makes it.

First proposed in the 19th century, scientists have been trying to record the Earth’s hum since 1959. The Earth expands and contracts very slightly all the time, creating a steady sound that’s inaudible to human ears. No one really knows why this happens, but scientists think ocean waves could be the source.

Powerful waves pummel the surface of Earth all the time, so experts think that pounding might fuel its movement. Covering two-thirds of the planet, they are a great place to hunt for the hum. Unfortunately for researchers, however, these vast areas are widely unexplored.

“Station coverage in the oceans is much sparser than on land, leaving great parts of the Earth uncovered,” scientists wrote in the recent study, published in Geophysical Research Letters.

Additionally, some conspiracy theorists believe that the so-called “hum” is proof that the Earth itself is either hollow or that a past civilization somehow reached the inside of the planet.

What do you think? What is this mysterious hum and is it connected to the various hollow earth theories floating across the internet?

Breaking: Roy Moore Accuser Beverly Young Nelson Admits She FORGED Her Yearbook As ABC News Reporter Openly Coaches Her

Dec 8th 2017, 21:02, by Alex Thomas


In what has become a bombshell admission, Roy Moore accuser Beverly Young Nelson has now openly admitted that she forged a portion of her infamous high school yearbook that was used as “proof” of the disgusting accusations against the Alabama Senate candidate.

During an interview with ABC News, Nelson made the bombshell admission which was immediately glossed over by the mainstream media reporter who acted as if her admitting she forged at least part of the yearbook was no big deal.

As Breitbart reported, “In yet another blow to the credibility of ABC News, the disgraced, left-wing network downplayed the bombshell by presenting this admission of forgery as adding “notes” to the inscription. Worse still, the reporter actually coaches Nelson, puts words in her mouth, downplay the enormous significance of her deceit.”

Beverly Young Nelson, one of the women accusing GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, tells @GMA it “sickens” her to think what might happen if Moore is elected.

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 8, 2017

The ABC News reporter, in a pathetic attempt at pretending what he was about to say wasn’t huge news, quickly revealed Nelson’s deceit before pretending it wasn’t deceitful at all. Make no mistake, this is the mainstream media openly covering for a women they are trying to use to take out an anti-establishment Republican.

“Nelson admits she did make notes to the inscription,” the ABC News reporter reveals. “But the message was all Roy Moore.”

“Beverly, he signed your yearbook,” ABC News reporter Tom Llamas says.

“He did sign it,” she replies.

“And you made some notes underneath.”

“Yes,” Nelson says.

“And then, after a woman admits to forging a document used in a campaign to destroy the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, ABC News quickly moves on as though it is not news of extraordinary consequence,” the Breitbart report continued.

This is about as transparent as it gets. ABC News attempted to have Nelson reveal the stunning fact that she forged part of the yearbook inscription as if it were not news at all but simply another detail that proves that Moore is guilty.

“How can anyone believe anything she says after admitting to such a thing? Early reports are that Nelson and Allred will produce an expert to prove the rest of the yearbook is not a forgery. So a proven forger is bringing in her own expert. What an insult to the people of Alabama,” Breitbart continued.

“Another problem with Nelson is that she has a motive to lie and forge: as a circuit judge, Moore ruled against her in a 1999 divorce case.”

So there you have it. Whether or not you believe the accusations against Roy Moore, we now have undeniable proof that one of the main accusers, with help from the liberal media, publicly lied about her yearbook and then used ABC News to reveal her lie as if it were no big deal.

Note: Remember when The Washington Post trotted out a former FBI “expert” who claimed there was no evidence that any portion of the yearbook was forged?!

“It Was Like A War Zone” – Heavy Winds Push Wildfires Toward San Diego As Bel Air Burns

Dec 8th 2017, 17:18, by Contributing Author

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Images of charred palm trees and the burnt-out husks of multi-million-dollar homes flooded social media for a fifth day Friday as the SoCal wildfires that exploded into life at the beginning of the week showed no signs of slowing.

Instead, some of the largest fires have entered the heart of Los Angeles – America’s second largest city – and are menacing some of the most expensive homes in the country.

To date, six large wildfires have scorched 141,000 acres in the state, with the flames spreading as far south as San Diego, Cal Fire officials said. At least 5,700 firefighters from several agencies and at least nine states are working to contain the massive walls of flames. The fires have forced 190,000 people out of their homes in a hurry. Many took only their pets and a few choice mementos.

The Skirball fire that’s terrorizing Bel Air isn’t nearly as large as some of the other fires raging in Ventura and LA counties, but it has had an outsize impact in terms of cost. Two days ago, local media reported that the fire had torched a mansion owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Though Murdoch later clarified that the property was (mostly) intact, other homes in the area are at risk of being reduced to cinders.

So far, the fire has damaged many homes in the hills of Bel Air, Los Angeles’ most expensive neighborhood according to Zillow. At least six of those, which Zillow estimates to be worth around $20 million, were completely destroyed on Wednesday.

According to the Wall Street Journal, about 1,700 homes were in mandatory evacuation zones from the Skirball Fire. The company estimates the homes’ values totaled $6.4 billion, where the median home value is just under $3 million.

Beyond Bel Air, there are 86,242 homes in Ventura and Los Angeles counties that are at “some level of risk” from the Thomas, Rye and Creek Wildfires, according to CoreLogic. The combined reconstruction cost value of these properties is $27.7 billion – nearly triple the $10 billion in damages caused by the NorCal fires.

In Ventura County alone, 14,300 homes valued at a total of $10.4 billion were in mandatory evacuation zones, according to Zillow.

Just like with the fires that devastated California’s wine country two months ago, the powerful Santa Ana winds have exacerbated the devastation. After a brief lull on Tuesday, the winds picked back up again Wednesday. And though they’re expected to taper off again – albeit briefly – late Friday, winds of up to 80 mph are expected to continue through Sunday, making it difficult for firefighters to tame the blazes.

“We are in the beginning of a protracted wind event,” Ken Pimlott, the director of the California department of forestry and fire protection, told the Los Angeles Times. “There will be no ability to fight fire in these kinds of winds.”

All together, the four fires in Southern California – possibly the most destructive in the state’s history – have scorched more than 116,000 acres so far, and despite the round-the-clock work of thousands of firefighters since Tuesday, they are still burning ferociously with little to no containment. For example, the Thomas fire northwest of Ventura is barely 5% contained.

All around the region, people encountered nightmarish conditions as flames seemed to come from everywhere. Patricia Hampton, 48, said she and her boyfriend woke up at her house in Ventura on Tuesday night to the sound of helicopters. Outside, the ground was covered in ash, the air so smoky it was hard to breathe as they hopped on bicycles and tried to flee, according to the Washington Post.

“We didn’t know what had happened. We rode down into town trying to make sense of what we were seeing — police everywhere, firetrucks, helicopters,” she said at a temporary shelter at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. “It was like a war zone. You could hear transformers blowing up.”

Authorities are warning residents in nearby communities to prepare to evacuate, even if they aren’t directly impacted by the fire. Residents should be ready to evacuate even if they don’t live in areas immediately affected by flames, Cal Fire Division Chief Nick Schuler said Thursday night. Families should have an escape plan ready to go just in case, he said.

“They need to prepare as if they will be impacted. Where are they gonna go? What are their escape routes? What is their communication to their families?” he said.

Adding to the devastation in the region, the Lilac Fire in San Diego County started Thursday and grew to 4,100 acres in a few hours, leading to new evacuation orders. Evacuation centers have been set up in affected areas.

The Lilac Fire has left three people with burn injuries and two firefighters hurt. One firefighter suffered smoke inhalation while the second one had a dislocated shoulder. The latter popped it back into place and continued working, Schuler said. According to CNN, school boards have shut down schools spanning at least 16 districts.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued an emergency proclamation for Santa Barbara and San Diego counties. The declarations free state resources such as the National Guard to support response efforts. He’s also requested federal assistance to supplement state and local emergency response.

Per CNN, here’s a quick summary of the six largest fires.

  • Thomas Fire: The largest of the six blazes started Monday in Ventura County, and has scorched 115,000 acres. It’s only 5% contained, and has destroyed at least 150 homes and threatening thousands more in Ventura, about 50 miles (80 km) north-west of Los Angeles.
  • Creek Fire: The second-largest fire is in neighboring Los Angeles County, and ignited a day later. It has burned 15,323 acres and is 20% contained.
  • Rye Fire: It broke out Tuesday in Los Angeles County and has burned 7,000 acres. Firefighters are making progress, with 25% of the blaze contained.
  • Lilac Fire: This fast-moving fire erupted Thursday in San Diego County, and has consumed 4,100 acres in just a few hours. It’s unclear what percentage of it is contained.
  • Skirball Fire: It started Wednesday as a brush fire in Los Angeles County, and is now 30% contained.
  • Liberty Fire: The blaze in Riverside County has burned 300 acres since it ignited Thursday. It’s 5% contained.

While no deaths have been reported so far as a direct result of the flames, three residents have been burned while trying to flee. And one woman was found dead after a car crash in an area under an evacuation order, the authorities said on Thursday, according to the GuardianWith 2017 on track to be the most destructive year for wildfires in California history, experts are warning that this could be the new status quo, given dry conditions across the state.

The Santa Ana winds are an entirely natural phenomenon of course, and they usually peak during the month of December. What is unusual is that wildfires peak during the autumn period. But because of the ongoing drought across California and the very dry weather during October and November, the conditions have been ripe for the wildfire outbreak we are now witnessing.

The current weather pattern is consistent with what climatologists refer to as the ‘Ridiculously Resilient Ridge’ which has become more prevalent in recent years. This results in cold weather across eastern parts of US, and unseasonably warm weather in western areas that we are seeing this month.

As this weather pattern intensifies, expect deadly blazes to become a perennial concern, Al Jazeera reported.

Bitcoin Bubble: Is Bitcoin Going To $1 Million Or Is it Going To Zero?

Dec 8th 2017, 16:55, by Contributing Author

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The price of Bitcoin continues to rise at an exponential rate, and the financial world is in a complete state of shock. Just yesterday, I marveled that the price of Bitcoin had surged past the $13,000 mark for the first time ever, but then on Thursday it actually was selling for more than $19,000 at one point. As I write this, Bitcoin is sitting at $16,877.42, but a few hours from now it could be a couple of thousand dollars higher or lower than that. Those that got in early on “the Bitcoin revolution” have made extraordinary amounts of money, and many believe that this is just the beginning.

Of course many of the most respected names in the financial world were convinced that this would never happen. For example, back in 2014 Warren Buffett encouraged investors to “stay away” because he believed that Bitcoin was a “mirage”.  And not too long ago JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said that “if you’re stupid enough to buy it, you’ll pay the price for it one day”.

But for now, it is Bitcoin investors that are having the last laugh. If you would have gotten into Bitcoin back at the beginning of this year, your investment would be worth 16 times as much today. The following comes from CNN

Bitcoin cracked $1,000 on the first day of 2017. By this week, it was up to $12,000, and then it really took off: The price topped $16,000 on some exchanges Thursday, and $18,000 on at least one. Other cryptocurrencies have seen similar spikes, though they trade for much less than bitcoin.

There’s a long list of factors people may point to in an attempt to explain this. Regulators have taken a hands-off approach to bitcoin in certain markets. Dozens of new hedge funds have launched this year to trade cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. The Nasdaq and Chicago Mercantile Exchange plan to let investors trade bitcoin futures, which may attract more professional investors.

At this point, Bitcoin has a market cap of approximately 280 billion dollars, and that means that if it was a stock it would “rank among the 20 largest stocks in the S&P 500“.

To put this another way, Bitcoin’s market cap is now greater than the GDP of the entire nation of Greece.

Earlier today, Zero Hedge posted a chart that showed how meteoric Bitcoin’s rise has been…

  • $0000 – $1000: 1789 days
  • $1000- $2000: 1271 days
  • $2000- $3000: 23 days
  • $3000- $4000: 62 days
  • $4000- $5000: 61 days
  • $5000- $6000: 8 days
  • $6000- $7000: 13 days
  • $7000- $8000: 14 days
  • $8000- $9000: 9 days
  • $9000-$10000: 2 days
  • $10000-$11000: 1 day
  • $11000-$12000: 6 days
  • $12000-$13000: 17 hours
  • $13000-$14000: 4 hours
  • $14000-$15000: 10 hours
  • $15000-$16000: 5 hours
  • $16000-$17000: 2 hours
  • $17000-$18000: 10 minutes
  • $18000-$19000: 3 minutes

So where is Bitcoin headed next?

Whenever we see anything go up this fast, it is inevitable that there will be a pullback, and that is precisely what we are witnessing at the moment. After soaring past the $19,000 mark, Bitcoin dropped back to under $17,000. But this pullback could just be temporary, and there are some that are absolutely convinced that Bitcoin will blow well past the $20,000 mark by the end of December.

In the long-term, experts such as John McAfee and James Altucher believe that the price of Bitcoin will reach one million dollars. But there are others that believe that Bitcoin is one of the biggest financial bubbles in history and that it will eventually end in an absolutely horrible crash.

So who is correct?

Well, it is entirely possible that both sides are correct.

Bitcoin could theoretically continue to skyrocket for the next few years if the economy remains somewhat stable. And it is also true that given a long enough time frame, virtually every financial investment goes to zero.

Just like every other financial investment, the key is to get in at the right time and to get out at the right time.

For now, Bitcoin has sparked a worldwide craze that is absolutely unprecedented. The following comes from the Washington Post

Such warnings have not stopped the craze surrounding the currency as the sharp rise in value creates ever more demand. In South Korea, people are pouring their life savings into bitcoin and other digital currencies. In Venezuela, after observing the rise of bitcoin, the government announced it would launch its own virtual currency called the “Petro” to get around U.S. sanctions.

And of course Bitcoin has spawned a whole host of competitors. At this point there are more than 1,000 virtual currencies in existence, and that number is constantly growing.

To me, this whole phenomenon is absolutely amazing. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are digital creations, and they don’t have any real intrinsic value.

But something doesn’t have to have intrinsic value in order to be extremely expensive. For example, a single painting by Pablo Picasso once sold for more than 100 million dollars. You and I may consider it to be just a silly painting, but because there are people out there that are willing to pay more than 100 million dollars for it, that is how much it is worth.

The same thing is true with cryptocurrencies. At this moment there are people willing to pay more than $16,000 for a single Bitcoin, and therefore that is what it is selling for.

Someday if this craze fades or global governments really start cracking down on cryptocurrencies, things could change very, very rapidly. So anyone that is considering investing should be aware of the risks.

But for the moment Bitcoin is on a wild ride, and it has been fun to watch. And since Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are not controlled by the authorities, it is easy to root for them to be successful.

However, now that they are getting so much attention it is inevitable that the heavy hand of government will come down hard at some point. In the end, government usually ends up ruining just about everything, and I have a feeling that cryptocurrencies will be no exception.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on

GetPreparedNow-MichaelSnyderBarbaraFixMichael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

If you want to know what is coming and what you can do to prepare, read his latest book Get Prepared Now!: Why A Great Crisis Is Coming.

Flash Points Grow in Numbers & Increase Threats of Attack on U.S.

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In a decision bound to have far-reaching effects, President Trump announced that the United States would be recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Furthermore, he also stated his intentions of placing an American embassy in the city. The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has already weighed in on this, and said that such a move by President Trump would not be tolerated.

It is difficult to address such an issue in a non-didactic manner that blends theological implications, but there is more at stake here than this being a theological debate, or simply a conflict between Christianity, Muslims, or Judaism, or an “end of days” issue.

Politics is statecraft and stagecraft, and this decision has infuriated the Iranians and will potentially provoke them into activity: the invasion of Iran has been desired for three administrations.

Obama intended to overthrow Assad in Syria for many reasons: to ingratiate himself to the House of Saud (as the Saudi Arabians hate Assad), to control Northwestern Syria and run a natural gas pipeline through it from Qatar to Europe, and to secure a foothold with which to invade Iran. The Russians have had other plans: Gazprom was the target regarding the Qatar natural gas pipeline, and the Russians reacted by bombing ISIS (an Obama creation) and securing Syria for Assad.

The Iranians have plans of moving their fleet into the Atlantic and eventually operating (sometime next year) near Cuba, and in South America in support of Venezuela and Bolivia (led by Maduro and Morales respectively). The Iranians have been working with North Korea for years on missile technology exchange. Iran has several projects that have commenced with Russia and China as partners regarding development of their nuclear power facilities.  Iran is a “flash point,” simply for the fact that the United States has been their stated enemy for decades, and tensions will rise with this decision of the President’s regarding Jerusalem.

In the meantime, Venezuela has been accused over the past several months of human rights violations against its citizens by the U.S. and other nations. Venezuela has responded by placing an embargo on the acceptance of dollars for its oil. This is significant, as Venezuela is the 11th largest producer in the world. Obama in March of 2015 signed an order declaring Venezuela a threat and a violator of human rights.

Interestingly, the Venezuelan government gave $500,000 to President Trump for his inauguration on 1/20/17, yet President Trump on 8/11/17 declared he was “not going to rule out a military option” in opposition to Maduro’s government and the Venezuelan crisis it was causing, as reported in the Washington Post on 8/11/17. Venezuela has close ties with Iran, Cuba, and Russia.

North Korea has been the primary focus for some time, now, and the crisis is worsening because North Korea will not back down nor relinquish its nuclear weapons. There is a point I wish to mention that has not really been considered fully, nor has it been mentioned. The Koreans are a tough and tenacious people, and they fought hard against the United States the first time around (a war that never officially ended). Why are people under the assumption that they’re just going to lay down and throw up their hands when the hostilities start?

These countries mentioned have been revolving their defensive/offensive doctrines around low-cost systems with high return in terms of effectiveness. As you can research by pulling up reports from the (now disbanded and defunct) Commission to Assess the EMP Threat Against the U.S., written by Dr. Pry and Dr. Graham, the central focus of North Korea and Iran’s nuclear missile programs revolves around an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) strike against the U.S.

In true “David-Goliath” fashion, there are plenty of instances throughout modern history where the lightweight has danced around the heavyweight and brought him to the canvas. The Soviet Union ended partially because of their involvement in Afghanistan, where they lost. We did not learn the lesson and are still enmired in Afghanistan. The French lost to the Viet Minh, and withdrew. The U.S. took up the reins and fought the Viet Cong and the NVA regular. We ignored what we could have learned from the French, and ended up withdrawing from Vietnam as they did.

Force projection and the promulgation of imperialism can work, but only for a time. Eventually all great empires have fallen: they rotted from within, and the rot was “augmented” by attacks from without simultaneously that rang their death knells. We are no different than these great empires of the past: long past our peak, we have been in steady decline for decades. The Lilliputians, meanwhile, are awaiting their moment to tie Gulliver down. Each one of those countries represents a flash point that can set off a much greater chain of explosions, leading to a world war.

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne).  Mr. Johnson is also a Gunsmith, a Certified Master Herbalist, a Montana Master Food Preserver, and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape).  He lives in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with his wife and three cats. You can follow Jeremiah’s regular writings at or contact him here.

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Is Amazon Echo Show Worth It Even After Black Friday?

Dec 11th 2017, 04:22

Forget about Black Friday. Amazon has just slashed a whopping $80 off the Echo Show, so it’s definitely the perfect time to buy the touchscreen device that also works as a smart speaker. 

Thomas Fire Update: Santa Barbara County Scorched By Wildfires, Mandatory Evacuation Ordered

Dec 11th 2017, 04:12

Fires continued to rage in California’s Santa Barbara County and Ventura County on Sunday as fire crews continued to battle the blaze. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for the residents of Santa Barbara County as the Thomas Fire scorched more than 200,000 acres or 312 square miles with only 10 percent containment by Sunday evening.

Texas Priest Sentenced To Life For Killing School Teacher In 1960

Dec 10th 2017, 23:38

A former Texas priest on Thursday was convicted of the 1960 murder of a second-grade teacher and was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. John Feit, 85, was arrested in February 2016 for a murder that had taken decades for authorities to prosecute. 

Tom Savage Injury: Texans Rule Concussion, QB Seen Shaking After Devastating Tackle

Dec 10th 2017, 21:51

Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage re-entered Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers following a tackle that left him convulsing on the field. Savage, 27, was briefly evaluated by officials in a medical tent after he appeared stunned by a hit from 49ers defensive end Elvis Dumervil on a pass attempt with nine minutes remaining in the second quarter. He checked back into the game where he threw two incomplete passes.

Missile Tracking Exercises Scheduled Amid Nuclear Tension With North Korea

Dec 10th 2017, 21:35

The United States, along with allies South Korea and Japan, will conduct missile tracking exercises starting Monday as tensions with North Korea remains high.

The Bitcoin Bubble – How We Know It Will Burst

Dec 10th 2017, 20:32

In the last year, the price of Bitcoin has increased from less than US$800 to more than US$12,000. This huge spike in value has many asking if it is a bubble or if the high price today is here to stay.

Nina Dobrev Reunites With ‘Vampire Diaries’ Star Paul Wesley In New Photo

Dec 10th 2017, 20:31

Stefan and Elena reunited this weekend — well, at least the actors who played them did. “Vampire Diaries” alums Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley had a little reunion in New York. Dobrev shared a photo Sunday that showed her and her former “TVD” love interest together. The two were all smiles as they took a selfie. “NYC when it’s snowing is full of serendipitous run ins and magical reunions. Like this one,” Dobrev wrote along with the hashtag #TVDForever.

WWE’s Rich Swann Suspended Indefinitely Following Domestic Battery And Kidnapping Arrest

Dec 10th 2017, 20:02

Former WWE Cruiserweight champion Rich Swann was suspended indefinitely following an arrest on battery and false imprisonment charges, the WWE announced Sunday. “WWE has zero tolerance for matters involving domestic violence, and per our policy, Rich Swann has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest,” the statement read.

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ First Reviews: What Are Critics Saying?

Dec 10th 2017, 18:26

While reviews for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” haven’t officially hit the internet, critics who went to Saturday’s premiere in Los Angeles let fans know their thoughts right away. They took to Twitter to share their early reactions to the film. Generally, everyone seems to love “The Last Jedi,” which was directed by Rian Johnson. All of the Twitter raves are pretty vague, but they’re happy with everything. From the cinematography to the acting to the writing, it seems like “Episode VIII” is striking a cord with these moviegoers.

Watch: Video Captured Of Hannibal Buress’ Mysterious Arrest

Dec 10th 2017, 18:08

Comedian and actor Hannibal Buress was arrested Saturday night in Miami on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly intoxication, according to the Miami Herald. A video was captured of the 34-year-old Chicago native being arrested, which was quickly spread on social media. free @hannibalburess

Ryan Shazier Injury Update: Steelers LB Shows ‘Gradual Improvement’ After Spinal Stabilization Surgery

Dec 10th 2017, 17:34

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is showing “signs of improvement” Sunday after undergoing spinal stabilization surgery on his injured back this week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported. “Doctors are controlling and limiting his movement as they wait for the swelling and bruising in his back to subside,” Schefter wrote, adding that Shazier’s career is likely over.

Super Bowl 2018 Betting Odds Ahead Of NFL Week 14 Sunday Games

Dec 10th 2017, 17:21

Sunday’s Week 14 NFL games kick off at 1 p.m. ET time with most teams from both conferences still in the playoff hunt, and with dreams of winning Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

‘Jessica Jones’ Season 2 Spoilers: Everything We Know So Far

Dec 10th 2017, 17:17

Everyone’s favorite drunken P.I. is coming back! Netflix announced that “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” Season 2 is returning in 2018. Luckily, we already know a bit about what to expect. Release Date: “Jessica Jones” Season 2 premieres on March 8. That’s exactly one year before “Captain Marvel,” the first female fronted Marvel movie, hits theaters.

‘LHHNY’ Season 8 Episode 7 Spoilers: Remy Ma, Mariahlynn Discuss Plastic Surgery

Dec 10th 2017, 17:00

Although “Love & Hip Hop: New York” Season 8 has seen a lot of drama, some fans tend to forget that behind the arguments and drink throwing, there are people with feelings who round out the cast of the popular VH1 series.

24 Sudanese Women Arrested For Wearing Pants, Charged With Indecency

Dec 10th 2017, 16:53

A group of women in Sudan were arrested for wearing pants, according to the BBC Sunday. The 24 women were charged with indecency. The women were caught at a party near the Sudanese capital of Khartoum Wednesday. Sudanese law prevents people from wearing “an obscene outfit” or “causing an annoyance to public feelings.” Women wearing pants is considered an obscene outfit and lawbreakers face a punishment of 40 lashes and a fine, according to the BBC.

Bitcoin Isn’t A Currency – And Unless It Becomes One It Could Be Worthless

Dec 10th 2017, 16:25

Bitcoin is in decline. Not its price, which has increased 900% this yearand (at the time of writing) stands at over US$12,000 per unit, but its actual use as a currency. And this makes its rapid appreciation all the more puzzling.

Lakers News: Jordan Clarkson The Most Underrated Player In The NBA? Guard Leads LA Past Hornets

Dec 10th 2017, 16:18

With the Los Angeles Lakers boasting promising young stars Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, it might be easy to overlook the production of one of the only mainstay players on the roster. Jordan Clarkson, who joined the Lakers as a second-round pick in 2014, has flown under the radar a bit this season, yet he has been an important contributor to Luke Walton’s squad. 

What Is Mermaid Syndrome? Rare Disorder Causes Babies Born With Fused Legs

Dec 10th 2017, 16:08

A woman in West Bengal, India, gave birth to a child stricken with a rare congenital deformity known as sirenomelia, or “Mermaid Syndrome.” The baby died four hours after delivery due to complications, according to reports Wednesday. Muskura Bibi, 23, gave birth to the child who had fused legs at the Chittaranjan Deva Sadan Hospital, a government-operated facility in Kolkata.

Southern California Wildfires 2017: How Many Fires Are Contained?

Dec 10th 2017, 15:34

Southern California wildfires are expected to continue into Sunday with firefighters battling blazes that will be further stoked by strong and erratic Santa Ana winds that could gust 50 mph in the morning. According to Saturday reports, many of the fires have been mostly contained, though the Thomas Fire in Ventura County is only 15 percent contained. 

Watch The 4 Best ‘SNL’ Sketches From Last Night

Dec 10th 2017, 15:18

James Franco hosted last night’s “Saturday Night Live,” and while the episode wasn’t a standout, there were a few sketches that were just funnier than the rest. These are the best sketches from “SNL” Season 43, episode 10:

World Series 2018 Betting Odds: Yankees Ahead Of Dodgers After Stanton Trade?

Dec 10th 2017, 15:10

The New York Yankees on Saturday acquired superstar slugger Giancarlo Stanton in a trade with the Miami Marlins, according to multiple reports. The addition of the National League MVP has oddsmakers feeling good about the Yankees’ chances of winning the 2018 World Series. According to betting site Bovada, the Yankees are now favored ahead of the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the defending World Series champion Houston Astros. The Yankees have +500 odds of winning it all, while the Dodgers and Astros are both listed at +600. 

How To Support A Friend Who Has Depression

Dec 10th 2017, 14:10

At first it may be a reluctance to hang out. Gradually it turns into a disinterest in most things, and a newfound tendency, and then compulsion, to sleep. Eventually, you don’t even recognize your friend anymore. All that’s left is a person clearly in need of help, but who feels nothing — not even the desire to seek that help.

‘Karen Kingsbury’s Maggie’s Christmas Miracle’ Hallmark Movies, Mysteries Premiere: Cast And Trailer

Dec 10th 2017, 14:00

There’s no point in spending Sunday night dwelling on the fact that Monday is almost here when you could be watching a brand new Hallmark Movies & Mysteries premiere instead. “Karen Kingsbury’s Maggie’s Christmas Miracle,” starring Jill Wagner and Luke Macfarlane, debuts on the network tonight at 9 p.m. EST, and is based on the novel “Maggie’s Miracle” by Karen Kingsbury.

Christmas Songs Lyrics: Words To ‘Silent Night’, ‘Deck the Halls’, Other Carols

Dec 10th 2017, 14:00

Holiday season is here and it’s time to bring out the boom box and belt out your favorite carols. Spreading the holiday cheer, carols carry scenes of tradition that date back to the 19th century. This also means that you should have a healthy supply of famous carols in your head to be able to start singing at the slightest prompting. If you are worried that you may not be able to remember the lyrics to all of them, rest at ease. We have you covered.

8 Drinking Patterns That Point Toward Alcoholism

Dec 10th 2017, 13:10

Experts routinely spout that a glass of red wine each night is good for the heart. But what about seven glasses? And what if they’re spread over the course of two days? Is it still just as detrimental to your health? A new study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors outlines eight drinking patterns found in 177 heavy alcohol users that, if left unchecked, could quickly slide into full-blown alcoholism.

Hallmark Channel ‘Sharing Christmas’ Premiere: Meet The Cast, Watch Trailer

Dec 10th 2017, 13:00

Another day, another Hallmark Channel premiere, another night with a smile plastered on your face. This time, it’s the Sunday night Countdown to Christmas premiere of “Sharing Christmas,” with Ellen Hollman and Bobby Campo. Welcome to the Hallmark family, Hollman! This marks the actress’ first flick on the network, though she has her co-star Campo, who’s been in two Hallmark Channel films and one Hallmark Movies & Mysteries film, to help show her the way.

Human Rights Day 2017: UN Launching Year-Long Campaign To Honor Foundation Document

Dec 10th 2017, 12:36

Sunday (Dec. 10) marks Human Rights Day, a day that is celebrated every year to commemorate the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 and the importance of securing human rights for all people.

Steve Reevis Facts: ‘Dances With Wolves’ Actor Passes Away At 55

Dec 10th 2017, 12:11

Steve Reevis, the Hollywood actor who played supporting roles in acclaimed movies like “Fargo” and “Dances With Wolves” died Thursday at a hospital in Missoula, Montana, at the age of 55. According to a report by the Hollywood Reporter, Ralph Foster of Foster Funeral Home said Friday the cause of the death was not known. Reevis was a member of the Blackfeet Tribe from northwestern Montana.

7 Of The Most Impressive Things That Happened At NASA In 2017

Dec 10th 2017, 12:10

The closer we get to the conclusion of 2017 the more we reflect on the last 12 months, the ups, the downs, and everything in between. If you’re feeling there isn’t much to celebrate, you’re forgetting about all the major events and findings that happened at NASA.  There were plenty of new discoveries, records that were broken, and promises for future research at the space agency this year it can be difficult to narrow it down to some of the most important or momentous ones. Here are seven of the highlights from NASA, in no particular order. 

4 Things That Can Actually Change The Shape Of Your Brain

Dec 10th 2017, 12:10

For most of the 20th century, science thought it understood the brain. Researchers cleverly named particular neighborhoods of the gray organ after themselves, and with great certainty poked tiny flags into portions of tissue they thought they had figured out. But they were missing something.

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Over de aantrekkingskracht van het Nazisme; Dick Pels en Ewoud Kieft

Dec 9th 2017, 13:10, by Redactie

‘De nationaal-populisten van nu beheersen alle tips en tricks allang, daar hebben ze Hitler echt niet voor nodig.’

Ewoud Kieft is historicus en schrijver van het boek Oorlogsenthousiasme 1900-1918. Onlangs verscheen zijn boek over “Mein Kampf” het verboden boek van Adolf Hitler. Kieft deed onderzoek naar de aantrekkingskracht van het nazisme en komt tot de conclusie dat de nationaal-populisten van nu alle tips en tricks beheersen, zonder dat ze Hitler daar voor nodig hebben.×205.jpg 300w” sizes=”(max-width: 540px) 100vw, 540px” />

“Mein Kampf” wordt nu 70 jaar na de eerste verschijning en na het verlopen van het auteursrecht wereldwijd opnieuw uitgegeven. Hij las de Duitse uitgave van het boek minutieus door en ploegde door de wetenschappelijke studies over de publieke opinie in de Weimarrepubliek, over antisemitisme en over radicalisering. Hoewel er nog steeds in Nederland grote (politiek) weerstand bestaat tegen de aandacht voor de denkwereld van Adolf Hitler ligt dat voor Kieft anders. Kieft raakte juist steeds meer overtuigd van de noodzaak van een wetenschappelijke heruitgave. ‘Mijn aanvankelijke twijfels verdwenen al snel. Zo’n nieuwe editie geeft ons de kans om de donkere kanten in onszelf en onze samenleving onder de loep te nemen. We moeten juist onderzoeken waarom de abjecte ideeën in dat boek zo’n grote weerklank hebben gekregen. We moeten die confrontatie opzoeken om het gevaar te kunnen ontmantelen.’

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“Geloof is een interessante mythe”; Esther van Fenema met Leon de Winter

Dec 9th 2017, 10:02, by Redactie

Een gesprek over de Joodse identiteit. “Het Joodse volk is zo vermengd dat er geen Joods ras bestaat.” “De ontstaansgeschiedenis, de traditie en het besef van bepaalde ideeën heeft daarbinnen gemeenschappelijke waarde”.×293.jpg 300w,×751.jpg 768w,×60.jpg 60w,×32.jpg 32w,×50.jpg 50w” sizes=”(max-width: 332px) 100vw, 332px” />

Schrijver Leon de Winter met Esther van Fenema over de Joodse identiteit. Beiden hebben een joodse achtergrond. De Winter beseft dat het bijzonder is om een een deel te zijn van een eeuwen lange tijdslijn, dat een ander besef creëert over het begin en het einde. Hij voelt zich solidair met de geschiedenis van het Joodse volk, maar is zeker niet gelovig. Geloof is volgens De Winter een interessante religieuze mythe.

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Hoe Delta Lloyd levens ruïneerde; Ruben Munsterman en Ab Flipse

Dec 6th 2017, 18:00, by Redactie

Woekerpolis, deel 3. De grootste zwendel in Nederland ooit, heeft vele slachtoffers gemaakt. Een golf van persoonlijke faillissementen, huisuitzettingen, scheidingen en psychische aandoeningen zijn het gevolg geweest. Veel mensen hebben hun verlies genomen, maar sommige hebben de wapens gepakt. Zij zijn ten strijde gegaan met een nog desastreuzer uitkomst.×300.jpg 248w” sizes=”(max-width: 333px) 100vw, 333px” />

Het aangrijpende verhaal van Paul Quekel, die als een zeer succesvol en vermogend man zijn bedrijf, huis en gezin kwijt raakte en vervolgens zelf in de gevangenis terecht kwam. Hoe hij tegen gesloten deuren aanliep bij de overheid en de Delta Lloyd-top bewust zijn leven ruïneerde.

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Over de integriteit binnen defensie; Dieuwertje Kuijpers en Victor van Wulfen.

Dec 4th 2017, 20:08, by Redactie

“Het is tijd om schoon schip te maken, te beginnen met een groot onderzoek. Problemen worden in de organisatie niet opgelost. Veel zaken op het gebied van integriteit en meldingscultuur binnen defensie kunnen en moeten beter. De Tweede Kamer is er inmiddels ook van overtuigd dat ze werd voorgelogen door de ambtelijke- en militaire top.”×187.png 300w” sizes=”(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px” />

Dit is het derde interview van Victor van Wulfen; klokkenluider en majoor buitendienst bij de luchtmacht. Deze keer met Dieuwertje Kuijpers, defensiespecialist van Follow the Money.

Van Wulfen liep binnen de luchtmacht tegen zaken aan die ernstige gevolgen konden hebben voor de veiligheid van het personeel en omwonenden. Zijn pogingen om tot veranderingen te komen leidde tot grote weerstand bij zijn superieuren.

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Levenslust & Doodsdrift; Esther van Fenema en Sid Lukkassen

Dec 4th 2017, 19:06, by Redactie

Levenslust en Doodsdrift het nieuwe boek van Sid Lukkassen.×300.jpg 198w” sizes=”(max-width: 341px) 100vw, 341px” />

De zomer en herfst van 2017 stonden in het teken van de ophanden zijnde ondergang van West-Europa. Onder meer GeenStijl, De Correspondent en De Groene Amsterdammer mengden zich in het debat. Eerst was er maandenlang een debat over het cultuurmarxisme, vervolgens ontstond er een polemiek over de vertaling van Spenglers Ondergang van het Avondland.
Maar steeds wanneer het linksliberale opinielandschap de doctrine van het cultuur-marxisme definitief probeert te bezweren, verschijnen er weer nieuwe intellectuelen die de handschoen opnemen.Dr. Lukkassen geldt als een van de meest veelbelovende intellectuelen en critici van het cultuurmarxisme.Hij doceerde o.a. filosofie van de geschiedenis aan de Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen en promoveerde in de politieke wijsbegeerte.
Hij publiceerde op diverse media, waaronder ThePostOnline en Elsevier, en is bekend van optredens bij Buitenhof en Café Weltschmerz.

De presentatie van deze uitgave werd gefrustreerd door de dreigementen van linkse activisten de bijeenkomst te zullen verstoren. Uitgever Tom Zwitser heeft op het laatste moment de presentatie verplaatst en het nieuwe adres slechts voor vrienden en bekenden beschikbaar gesteld. Hier het gesprek met Esther van Fenema, een week voor de presentatie van het boek.

Sid Lukkassen studeerde geschiedenis en filosofie. Hij is cursusleider en docent van beroep en promoveerde op het onderwerp ‘de democratie en haar media’. Tevens is hij gemeenteraadslid in de gemeente Dieren en auteur van het boek Avondland en Identiteit. Hij komt uit een nest van no-nonsense middenklassers en hardwerkende arbeiders.

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De politieke lading van de Joods-Hongaarse verbroedering; Laszlo Maracz en Leon de Winter

Dec 3rd 2017, 20:05, by Redactie

Onlangs ontmoette Benjamin Netanyahu zijn Hongaarse collega Viktor Orbán in Boedapest. 

Waarom gaat een Israëlische premier naar het centrum van Europa waar ooit de verschrikkingen hebben plaatsgevonden van de Holocaust?×293.jpg 300w,×751.jpg 768w,×60.jpg 60w,×32.jpg 32w,×50.jpg 50w” sizes=”(max-width: 423px) 100vw, 423px” />

Volgens De Winter bevinden veel Oost Eurpese landen zich in dezelfde positie als de Israëliërs in hun relatie met ‘Brussel’.

Leon de Winter is schrijver, scriptschrijver, filmer en opiniemaker. Dit gesprek met hoogleraar Laszlo Maracz gaat vooral over de geopolitieke situatie in Europa en de rol van de staat Israël en het Jodendom daarbinnen.

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(PILOT 23-11) Café Weltschmerz Live! met Sven Hulleman en Ruben Munsterman

Dec 3rd 2017, 16:00, by Redactie

Hebben mensen met politieke macht ook economische macht en hebben mensen met economische macht ook politieke macht?

Kees van der Pijl is emeritus hoogleraar internationale betrekkingen. De markt bestaat niet meer. De Financiële handel is gericht op de voorspelling wat centrale bankiers zullen gaan doen.

Deze derde en laatste serie werd opgenomen op donderdag 23 november 2017 in Café Het Geveltje aan de Bloemgracht 170 in Amsterdam.

In 2018 zullen we Café Weltschmerz Live definitief voortzetten.

Jackie-T ook wel Jackie Nieuwenburg is als jong meisje begonnen met haar muzikale opleiding aan het Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag. Ze is bekend van de Pasadena Dreamband met de hit “Hee Ga Je Mee Naar Zandvoort Aan De Zee”, maar ook van volle theaters in binnen en buitenland met Mini & Maxi in het programma “Scherzo”. Ze is een veel gevraagde trompettiste zowel in binnen als buitenland.

Deze derde en laatste serie werd opgenomen op donderdag 23 november 2017 in Café Het Geveltje aan de Bloemgracht 170 in Amsterdam.

In 2018 zullen we Café Weltschmerz Live definitief voortzetten.

Thijs Brilleman was al docent van het jaar in 2015 op De Haagse Hogeschool, maar dit jaar maakt de docent Industriële Robotica ook kans op de landelijke titel. Het juryrapport roemt Thijs om zijn inzet om samen te werken met het werkveld:

‘Hij laat studenten werken aan echte automatiseringsopdrachten vanuit bedrijven en biedt hen, door slim gebruik te maken van oud-studenten dagelijkse begeleiding van experts. Brilleman vindt het belangrijk dat de school en de docenten er zijn voor de studenten. ‘Wij moeten alles doen om het beste in de student naar boven te halen,’ is zijn visie.’

Deze derde en laatste serie werd opgenomen op donderdag 23 november 2017 in Café Het Geveltje aan de Bloemgracht 170 in Amsterdam.

In 2018 zullen we Café Weltschmerz Live definitief voortzetten.

De perversiteit rond de afschaffing van de dividendbelasting; Ruben Munsterman en Ewald Engelen

Dec 2nd 2017, 12:36, by Redactie

1 januari 2018 vervalt de dividendbelasting. Een inkomensbron van 1,4 miljard per jaar die de Nederlandse regering cadeau geeft aan de corporaties.×300.jpg 233w” sizes=”(max-width: 266px) 100vw, 266px” />

Volgens hoogleraar financiële geografie Ewald Engelen ziet het als een onderdeel van een veel breder patroon. De schatkist, waar de overheid de kosten ten behoeve van de samenleving uit betaalt, loopt volgens Engelen al decennia terug. “Terwijl er de afgelopen jaren enorm bezuinigd is en ieder dubbeltje drie keer omgedraaid werd wordt er nu een cadeau van 1,4 miljard Euro op jaarbasis weggegeven. Het CPB heeft geen analyse kunnen maken van de mogelijke economische voordelen. De afschaffing van deze regeling zal nooit meer teruggedraaid kunnen worden, zonder de economie dan opnieuw grote schade te berokkenen.

De oppositie heeft expliciet gevraagd naar de onderliggende argumenten en partijen die voor deze regeling gelobbyd hebben en kregen die informatie niet.
Een gesprek over de perverse context en uitkomsten van de afschaffing van de dividendbelasting.

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