theintercept.com | Dec 18 @ 10:01
As you write, “Child gun deaths, indeed any gun deaths, have become generally understood in the same way as car accidents.
I don’t think they need me to be polemicizing on their behalf; I tell them just as some neutral observer.
The inability of the gun control movement to relate to that broad sense of isolation and exclusion is a real problem.
But the people who are most affected by gun violence aren’t the people who are genuinely reached by the gun control movement.
Pretty much all the families I spoke to just don’t think the system is working for them.
npr.org | Dec 18 @ 08:21
Notorious Elderly Jewel Thief Doris Payne Caught In GeorgiaAn 86-year-old international jewel thief was nabbed after trying to shoplift a bracelet at a mall north of Atlanta.
nytimes.com | Dec 18 @ 05:00
But the victory of President-elect Donald J. Trump, who lost the popular vote but is projected to win the most electoral votes, has thrust the Electoral College into the spotlight once more.
But Congress has never sustained an objection to an electoral vote.
At that point, Mr. Biden will ask if there are any objections, and lawmakers can then challenge either individual electoral votes or state results as a whole.
Who counts the electoral votes?
Do electors have to vote according to popular vote results in their states?
reuters.com | Dec 18 @ 06:46
"Facebook is earning an awful lot of money with fake news," Maas told Bild am Sonntag.
REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File PhotoBERLIN German judges and state prosecutors need to crack down straight away on fake news disseminated through social media platforms such as Facebook, Germany's Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview published on Sunday.
Facebook Inc FB.O said on Thursday it would take measures to prevent fake news spreading.
"Defamation and malicious gossip are not covered under freedom of speech," Maas said, just days after other top government officials called for legislation to tackle "hate speech" and fake news on Facebook and other social media platforms.
German government officials have expressed concern that fake news could influence the parliamentary election expected in September, in which Merkel will run for a fourth term.
newyorker.com | Dec 18 @ 09:00
It’s wholesome and nourishing, like porridge; Danish doctors recommend “tea and hygge” as a cure for the common cold.
The most striking thing about hygge, though, might be how its proponents tend to take prosperity for granted.
At least six books about hygge were published in the United States this year, with more to come in 2017.
In “The Little Book of Hygge,” the best-selling of the current crop of books, Meik Wiking, the C.E.O.
Bo Lidegaard, a Danish historian, told the Times in September that many Danes feel strongly that “we are a multiethnic society .
bbc.co.uk | Dec 18 @ 03:21
Image copyright Big Earth Productions/ITV Image caption Prince Harry spoke about how he views life differentlyPrince Harry has said he no longer struggles with his royal role and wants to "make something" of his life.
Image copyright Big Earth Productions/ITV Image caption Prince Harry is reunited with Mutsu whom he met on his first visit to LesothoImage copyright Big Earth Productions/ITV Image caption Harry helps with sandstone cladding during a visit to the construction site for a new children's centre
Image copyright Big Earth Productions/ITV Image caption Harry returned to Lesotho where his charity operatesThe 32-year-old prince told the programme: "I always feel like I need to make something of my life.
Harry co-founded the Sentebale charity with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to help young people affected by HIV/Aids.
Image copyright Big Earth Productions/ITV Image caption The prince joins in a cooking lesson at a centre for children living with multiple disabilities in LesothoThe prince said it was "fun to be good and boring to be bad".
npr.org | Dec 18 @ 08:21
Report: Vast, Standardized Production Facilities Allow ISIS To Produce 'High-Quality' WeaponsA new report says ISIS is manufacturing large quantities of sophisticated weapons.
NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to James Bevan of the research group Conflict Armament Research, which issued the report.
wsj.com | Dec 18 @ 09:25
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said on Saturday that the U.S. had “secured an understanding” that China would return the underwater survey drone, after...
The Pentagon and China’s Defense Ministry said an American underwater survey drone that a Chinese naval vessel seized in the South China Sea would be returned to the U.S., ending a brief standoff that comes as China shows resistance to U.S. maritime surveillance in the region.
theguardian.com | Dec 18 @ 07:11
KL Rahul managed a wonderfully fluent century, the fourth and the highest of his career but his first in India.
Such tranquillity has been a rare luxury for the third umpire throughout England’s winter tours of Bangladesh and India.
Once again it looks as if the height of England’s aspirations will be for their batsmen to save the match.
This occupation has been described by one who knows as “hours of boredom punctuated by moments of panic”.
Rahul, by contrast, stayed for over six hours, sensing his golden opportunity to cement a place in the side.
bbc.co.uk | Dec 18 @ 11:21
Jordanian officials said events began with a shoot-out between police and armed men at a house near Karak.
Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption The castle at Karak is a popular tourist attractionIt is not clear how many tourists were trapped inside Karak's Crusader-era castle.
The security directorate statement said gunmen had also shot at a security patrol before they reached the castle.
US forces have trained a small group of Syrian rebels in Jordan as well as Iraqi and Palestinian security forces.
Several tourists were trapped inside but are now reported to have been freed and police are storming the castle.
bbc.co.uk | Dec 18 @ 08:51
Image copyright AFP Image caption Moshe Katsav was the first former Israeli head of state to be sent to prisonFormer Israeli President Moshe Katsav is to be freed on parole five years after being jailed for rape.
An Israeli parole board ruled on Sunday that Katsav, 71, could walk free next week after serving five of his seven-year term.
Katsav was born in Iran and became the first Israeli president to come from a Muslim country.
Katsav resigned from the largely ceremonial post in 2007 after being charged with rape and sexual harassment.
"Today that journey reached its end with a reasoned decision by the parole committee.
reuters.com | Dec 18 @ 10:14
REUTERS/William UrdanetaPeople carry goods taken from a supermarket after it was broken into, in La Fria, Venezuela December 17, 2016.
REUTERS/Carlos Garcia RawlinsVenezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a meeting with ministers at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela December 17, 2016.
REUTERS/Carlos Eduardo RamirezPeople carry goods taken from a food wholesaler after it was broken into, in La Fria, Venezuela December 17, 2016.
REUTERS/Carlos Eduardo RamirezVenezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds the sword of national hero Simon Bolivar during a pro-government rally in Caracas, Venezuela December 17, 2016.
Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERSPeople stand next to broken glass as they look at the damage after a bakery was looted in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela December 17, 2016.
nytimes.com | Dec 18 @ 04:30
Times journalists around the world bring you a new 360 video every day.
time.com | Dec 18 @ 09:40
President-elect Donald Trump says the U.S. should let China keep the U.S. Navy’s unmanned underwater glider that it seized in the South China Sea.
According to the Pentagon, the drone was seized Thursday while collecting unclassified scientific data in the South China Sea, which China claims virtually in its entirety.
On Saturday morning, Trump took to Twitter to blast China for, as he described it, ripping the research drone out of the water.
Trump tweeted Saturday: “We should tell China that we don’t want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!”His tweet came after the U.S. military announced it had reached an understanding with China for the return of the underwater glider.
npr.org | Dec 18 @ 08:34
REAL FORCE (2 words)Last week's challenge: This challenge comes from listener Matt Jones of Portland, OR.
Submit Your AnswerIf you know the answer to next week's challenge, submit it here.
Challenge answer: Now hiring —> No whiningPuzzle winner: David Jernigan of San Antonio, TexasNext week's challenge: A very elegant challenge this week, which comes from listener Janet McDonald of Baton Rouge, La.
Think of a two-word phrase commonly seen on signs in new businesses.
Untangle These Geographic FeaturesEnlarge this image toggle caption NPR NPROn-air challenge: Every answer is an anagram of a geographical feature.
theguardian.com | Dec 18 @ 02:00
bbc.co.uk | Dec 18 @ 00:46
Personnel from the air force base in Jayapura, the regional capital, were on standby to assist the team at the crash site.
Air force chief of staff Agus Supriatna told MetroTV that bad weather was suspected to have caused the crash.
In June 2015, the same type of plane belonging to the country's air force crashed near a residential neighbourhood shortly after taking off from Medan.
Image copyright AFP Image caption The plane came down in mountainous terrainAn Indonesian air force Hercules C-130 aeroplane has crashed in remote Papua province in the east of the country, killing everyone on board.
"The tower in Wamena has spotted the plane, but it was not certain that the plane saw the runway," said deputy air force chief of staff Hadiyan Sumintaatmadja.
theguardian.com | Dec 18 @ 05:05
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is bracing for violent protests and riots when the mandate of President Joseph Kabila, who critics accuse of seeking to hold on to power indefinitely, expires on Monday.
In September, more than 60 died when security forces opened fire on an opposition march calling for Kabila to step down.
Though opposition leaders said they would not call for mass demonstrations on Monday, most observers believe some protests are likely, and could result in violence.
Both negotiations and protests have intensified as the end of Kabila’s mandate approaches.
Last week authorities ordered the blocking of social networking websites, including Facebook and Twitter, from late on Sunday night.
reuters.com | Dec 18 @ 10:49
REUTERS/Ronen ZvulunJewish men pray inside a synagogue in the Jewish settler outpost of Amona in the West Bank December 18, 2016.
REUTERS/Baz RatnerJewish youths stand atop a roof in the Jewish settler outpost of Amona in the West Bank December 18, 2016.
The Supreme Court had ruled that the Amona outpost, where 330 settlers live, must be evacuated by Dec. 25.
Since Israel captured the West Bank in a 1967 war, it has built about 120 formal settlements in the territory.
Most of the world deems them illegal and an obstacle to the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
theguardian.com | Dec 18 @ 11:00
npr.org | Dec 18 @ 08:27
That resulted in a state audit in the interest of the state legislators and eventually, a law that was unanimously passed, banning sterilizations except under extreme medical circumstances in California state prisons.
University of Michigan professor Alexandra Minna Stern has been working to identify people who were forcibly sterilized under California's program.
"The professor describes the program as a historic injustice and called for the state of California to compensate surviving victims of sterilization of relatives of those who are now deceased.
And that's where I'd like to work with the state of California, because we've essentially created a eugenics registry.
However, I think it behooves the state to not forget this history, and all of us to not forget this history.
theglobeandmail.com | Dec 18 @ 09:41
China says its military seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider in the South China Sea but it will give the drone back.
China delineates its South China Sea claims with a roughly drawn sea border known as the “nine-dash line” that runs along the west coast of the Philippines.
The Chinese navy on Thursday seized the drone, which the Pentagon said was being operated by civilian contractors to conduct oceanic research.
The drone was seized while collecting unclassified scientific data about 92 kilometres (57 miles) northwest of Subic Bay near the Philippines in the South China Sea, which China claims virtually in its entirety, Navy Capt.
Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun issued a statement late Saturday saying that a Chinese navy lifeboat discovered an unknown device in the South China Sea on Thursday.
bbc.co.uk | Dec 18 @ 11:36
According to the anti-settlement movement Peace Now, there are 97 outposts in the occupied West Bank, and over 130 settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Families living at the unauthorised site, or outpost, were ordered to leave the area in the northern West Bank by 25 December.
The issue of how to deal with the Amona site has caused tension within Israel's right-wing coalition government, with some members opposed to its removal.
The Supreme Court earlier ruled that the homes were built on private Palestinian land.
Messages posted on Twitter by representatives of the Amona community said the decision to accept the government proposal was "not an easy one".
theatlantic.com | Dec 18 @ 04:50
They sought to overthrow the right-left format of democratic politics, and their ideology combined elements of both.
Entry of the party into national politics.
Scholars of fascism do not agree on what fascism means; nor, for that matter, do fascist scholars.
And if it’s inaccurate, might the word still represent a useful case study on the debased value of political language?
Merriam-Webster has warned that fascism could become 2016’s most-searched term on its online dictionary—presumably with even more searches than bigly.
theglobeandmail.com | Dec 18 @ 08:39
Connor McDavid scored the shootout winner as the Oilers emerged with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Edmonton Oilers were glad to be on the winning end of an overtime game on Saturday for the first time in a while.
Edmonton tied it up again with 13 minutes left on another power play as Draisaitl deflected a shot past Bishop for his 14th, eventually sending the game to the shootout.
“There are some areas that we need to improve on, but it is a win,” head coach Todd McLellan said.
The Oilers took a 1-0 lead four minutes into the second on the power play, as Draisaitl made a long pass through to Lucic, who rifled his ninth of the season past Lightning goalie Bishop.
theglobeandmail.com | Dec 18 @ 10:00
Earlier this year, Jordanian security forces engaged in a deadly shootout with suspected IS sympathizers in a northern Jordanian town.
Over the past year, gunmen have carried out several attacks on members of the Jordanian security forces and foreign trainers.
In the most recent incident, three U.S. military members were killed in a shooting outside an air base in southern Jordan in November.
In all, four members of the security forces and a female tourist from Canada were killed in the shootings, though it was not clear if all five were killed at the castle.
Armed men also opened fire on a police station in Karak Castle, a Crusader fort, wounding members of the security forces.
theguardian.com | Dec 18 @ 06:00
The Trump transition team in New York did not respond to a request for comment.
Many are concerned by a proliferation of reports about the incoming national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
The letter was sent after the energy department refused to hand over to the Trump transition team a list of names of staffers who had worked on climate change.
He met the UK national security adviser, Mark Lyall Grant, over the weekend, and French president’s diplomatic adviser, Jacques Audibert, a few days earlier.
The rest of the 400 NSC staff are career civil servants on secondment from other departments.
bbc.co.uk | Dec 18 @ 09:36
Image copyright APA suicide bomber has killed at least 48 soldiers and wounded another 84 in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden.
So-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the attack, similar to one on the same base days ago that killed another 48 soldiers.
The soldiers were queuing up to receive salaries near al-Sawlaban military base when the attacker struck.
The bomber immersed himself in the crowd of soldiers at the base in al-Arish district, an official said.
In August, a suicide attack in the city claimed by the so-called Islamic State (IS) killed at least 70 people at an army recruiting centre in the city.
npr.org | Dec 18 @ 08:21
Quebec | © 2016 NewsCure | About
NPR Staff: We Pry Into The 'Why' Behind Our Own Anxiety DreamsWe asked our coworkers to tell us their deepest, darkest, most stressful dreams.
Then we asked Robert Stickgold, a neuroscientist who studies dreams, what it all means.
And boy did they deliver.