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Trump's relationship with Chuck Schumer takes center stage
Alex Wong/Getty Images The most intriguing relationship in Washington is finally getting interesting. President Donald Trump's decision to shun his own party and strike a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi surprised both Democrats and Republicans. The trio made an agreement to tack on a three-month suspension of the federal debt ceiling — and a continuing resolution to fund the government through early December — to a bill that would also include money for Hurricane Harvey relief. That agreement, which was reached between the three during a White House meeting with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders, flew in the face of what House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell were advocating for, though McConnell later said Democrats were too quick to celebrate. It also brought to the forefront that aforementioned relationship between Schumer and Trump. It was a relationship many were curious to see play out following Trump's shocking victory last fall. As The Washington Post noted in November, "the dynamic to watch" play out in the Senate "could actually be between Trump, the self-described master negotiator," McConnell, and Schumer. Shortly after his victory, Trump praised Schumer, a fellow outer-borough New Yorker, as someone with whom he "had a good relationship," saying he is "far smarter" than the man he was succeeding as Senate minority leader, Harry Reid. "He is far smarter than Harry R and has the ability to get things done," Trump tweeted. "Good news!" It wasn't the only time last year Trump talked up his ability to work with Schumer. Last January, Trump told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that, if elected, he would "be able to get along well with Chuck Schumer." "I was always very good with Schumer," Trump said. "I was close to Schumer in many ways." One way, at least on paper, happened to be Trump's past donations to Schumer's campaigns. Schumer happened to be the sitting member of Congress that Trump personally donated the most money to, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Over the past three decades, Trump donated roughly $9,000 directly to the New York Democrat's campaign. Three of Trump's children — Eric, Donald Jr., and Ivanka — donated a combined $6,800 to Schumer. Jared Kushner, Ivanka's husband and a White House senior adviser, donated $4,000 to Schumer. "I mean, I've contributed to Schumer, I contribute — I've known Schumer for many, many years," Trump said last year. "And I have a good relationship with him. The fact is, that I think it is time maybe that we all do get along." And at last year's Al Smith dinner in New York, Trump joked that Schumer "used to love me when I was a Democrat." Evan Vucci/AP Images For his part, Schumer has worked to downplay any appearance of a relationship between the two. But going into the Trump presidency, he did leave the door open to making deals on issues where Democrats found themselves closer to Trump's outlook than they did congressional Republicans. "He was not my friend," Schumer told Politico last fall following Trump's election. "We never went golfing together, even had a meal together. He's called me, we've had civil conversations a couple of times. But I've got to see what he does." "When we can agree on issues, then we're going to work with them," Schumer said last fall. "But I've also said to the president-elect on issues where we disagree, you can expect a strong and tough fight." That tough fight is exactly what ended up happening. Instead of starting his presidency working on a campaign pledge such as increased infrastructure spending, an area where he could find common ground with Schumer and Democrats, Trump's first legislative item was replacing the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement. Schumer found himself among those leading the Democratic Party's opposition to the Republican healthcare effort, which eventually failed in the Senate and was subsequently quashed. Schumer too was outspoken about the multiple ongoing investigations into Russian interference in last year's presidential election. At least one of those investigations is probing whether members of the Trump campaign worked with Russian officials to influence the election. And Schumer was at the frontlines of battles against Trump's travel ban, his nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, and, more recently, in denouncing the president's comments on the racist attacks and white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia last month. Within the first few days of the Trump presidency, it became clear that any possible working relationship between the two would be virtually non-existent. "I noticed Chuck Schumer yesterday with the fake tears," Trump told reporters in January about a video of Schumer tearing up alongside Muslim refugees as he was denouncing the president's travel ban. "I'm going to ask him who was his acting coach, because I know him very well. I don't see him as a crier." "If he is, he's a different man," he continued. "There's about a 5% chance it was real. But I think they were fake tears."  But that all appeared to take a turn — however brief it may be — with last week's deal. In its aftermath, Trump was speaking in glowing terms about the deal and his partners in it, "Chuck" and "Nancy." He told reporters that he thinks "you are going to see a much stronger coming together," and that the deal signaled that more bipartisan action could be on the way. "I think we will have a different relationship than we've been watching over the last number of years. I hope so," Trump said. "I think that's what the people of the United States want to see. They want to see some dialogue." Trump too appeared to bask in the coverage of the deal, which was given positive reviews in both pro-Trump and mainstream outlets. As Schumer told The New York Times, Trump called him to boast of the deal's reception in the press. "He said, 'This was so great!'" Schumer said. "Here's what he said: 'Do you watch Fox News?' I said, 'Not really.' 'They're praising you!' Meaning me. But he said, 'And your stations' — I guess meaning MSNBC and CNN — 'are praising me! This is great!'" Highlighting Trump's sentiment regarding the cable coverage, Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic staffer who was a top spokesperson for the Clinton campaign, told Business Insider that the deal itself hasn't changed much in the relationship between Trump, Schumer, and other Democratic leaders. "In the end, Donald Trump doesn't have an allegiance with anyone other than Donald Trump's ego," he said. "So, if you want to get something, this deal is the latest proof that if you want to get Donald Trump to do something, show him that he will be praised on cable news for it, and he will do it." "That's always been the reality of Trump," he continued. "And so I think what is going forward, it's a reminder that the legislative strategy focused on the policy merits is never the way to win this White House's support. A legislative strategy focused on throwing a ticker-tape parade for the president is far more likely to be successful." But Ferguson said he continues to "hold out hope" that Trump will be able to work with Democrats to pass a massive infrastructure passage, something that could be a product of a productive Trump-Schumer relationship. "Democrats will get to create jobs and rebuild America's infrastructure, and we'll just have to let every bridge and every road be named after Donald Trump in order to get it passed," he said. "I don't think that's anything new. That's been true the whole time." Alex Wong/Getty Images At an Oval Office meeting with New York and New Jersey leaders the day after the surprise deal was struck, Schumer and Trump engaged in what longtime Republican Rep. Peter King of New York described as "a love-in." "He and Chuck — both of them would interrupt each other at times — and they'd go back and forth and Chuck would say something and smile and the president would look at him and smile," King told CNN. "This went on for the whole — let's say the meeting was around 40 minutes or so? It was almost like a love-in at times." Calling the deal "a good moment" that he would like to see continue, Schumer joked that he believed Trump was "a little tired of the partisanship, too, even though frankly he caused some of it." Speaking to the Times, Schumer said the White House may be "learning, either instinctively or intellectually, that just embracing the hard right isn't going to get them very far." Many Republicans, particularly strong supporters of Trump, have framed the deal as a "warning shot" at Republican leadership. Trump, they say, is tired of nothing getting done, and this deal provided him with the chance to both get something through Congress and send a message to his team. "It will serve as a warning shot," Barry Bennett, a Trump campaign adviser, told Business Insider. "Pursuit of perfection is not an excuse for failure. Congress had an 8% approval rating even including their friends and families. We are in charge of everything. We best figure out how to drive." Matt Mackowiak, a Republican strategist and president of the Potomac Strategy Group, told Business Insider that the "unpredictable" Trump's "recent alliance with Schumer was born more of a desire to get a win than to achieve a specific policy victory." He noted that the three-month delay on the debt ceiling and the spending bill "will be quickly forgotten." "What matters is the end game in December," he said. "Trump thinks this deal was good for him and now I suspect Schumer and Pelosi are proposing other deals. The details matter and the President needs to focus on the specifics or his coalition will fracture. Congressional Republicans were forced to swallow this recent deal due to the inclusion of the Harvey relief money, but there is no guarantee they will sit on their hands the next time, particularly if the deal is a policy loser for conservatives."  And Democrats aren't all dancing as a result of the agreement.  "President Trump is transactional, capricious, and terrified of failure – he's both manipulative and vulnerable to manipulation," Jesse Lehrich, a Democratic operative who worked as a Clinton campaign spokesperson, told Business Insider. "There's no reason leaders Schumer and Pelosi shouldn't continue looking for areas where they can work with the president, but they should proceed with great caution and distrust." "This is a man who sees in others nothing more than temporary utility, and he takes joy in publicly humiliating those who no longer serve a purpose for him, especially if he feels they've wronged him," he continued. But as Schumer acknowledged, the pair do have their New York roots to fall back on in any setting, something that some believe gives the Democratic leader a leg up on Ryan and McConnell when all are in the process of negotiating with Trump. "The one thing we have is we're New Yorkers," Schumer told the Times. "We're pretty direct, and we talk right at each other." Ferguson, however, thinks that aspect is oversold. "Relating with Donald Trump is much more about ego than accents," he said. "I don't think it matters whether you're talking in a Kentucky, a midwest, or a New York accent — if Mitch McConnell offered to rename the RNC building after Donald Trump, the president would suddenly be far happier with Mitch McConnell's leadership."NOW WATCH: Putin's controversial bridge to connect Russia to annexed Crimea will be the longest in Russian history
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Nicolas Sarkozy: French ex-president says funding probe is 'hell'
The ex-president is being probed over claims he received illegal campaign funds from Libya's Gaddafi.
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China's oil futures: frazzle or dazzle for foreign traders?
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's crude oil futures, to be launched on Monday, will be a major step in Beijing's years-long push to win greater sway over oil pricing, but for western traders it will likely bring frustration as well as opportunity.
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Markets brace for Bank of England decision after US rate hike – business live
All the day’s economic and financial news, including a UK interest rate decision 8.05am GMT The Bank of England could send the pound shooting higher at lunchtime, if it hints at a rate hike in the next few months (or even raises rates today, of course).Konstantinos Anthis, head of research at ADS Securities, explains:The focus today will be on the Bank of England rate decision which will have a significant effect on the medium-term outlook of the British pound. The UK currency has seen good demand over the past few days being supported by expectations for a positive labour market report - which indeed printed in a bullish fashion yesterday - but also hopes for a hawkish tone from the BoE today. The key drivers for this upbeat bias? Inflation rebounded higher last month, we noted good wage growth in yesterday’s employment report and there has even been progress in the Brexit negotiations.All these factors paint a positive outlook for the pound and shape expectations for a bullish BoE message which will underpin investors’ hopes for a rate hike soon. There’s some speculation that the BoE might even go ahead and raise rates today but we believe that this is too optimistic - our base scenario suggests an interest rate increase in the summer, either in May or June. Today though a positive message and a consistent bullish bias from the British central bank will keep the pound in demand: we’re looking to the pound/ dollar to extend gains towards 1.42 and euro/ pound to break below the 0.87 mark. 7.51am GMT Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.Thanks to the drop in headline inflation to 2.7% in February (3.0% in January), and the uptick in nominal weekly earnings to 2.8% in January (up from 1.9% in May 2017), the real wage squeeze is probably over.Tight labour markets should push nominal wage growth higher over the medium term as inflation gradually trends towards a rate of about 2-2.5%. Real weekly earnings growth can rise towards 1.0% by the end of the 2018. Related: Federal Reserve raises interest rates again amid 'strong' jobs market Continue reading...
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Gin, juice and jingoism: Are US golf fans the worst in sport?
Golfers on the PGA Tour have complained of hecklers in the crowd in recent months. And American crowds have a long history of boorishnessThe idea that American golf spectators are the worst fans in sports is hardly new, but Rory McIlroy’s headline-grabbing suggestion to limit alcohol sales at PGA Tour events after the latest episode of bad behavior has placed them back in the spotlight. Which one assumes is how the “Get in the hole!” mouth-breathers like it anyway.Let’s be clear: US golf fans exist in a separate category altogether from the hooligans or ultras who attend sporting events with the express purpose of committing acts of violence. And the well-lubricated attention-seekers blurting “mashed potatoes” and “Baba Booey” during players’ backswings represent a tiny fraction of the spectators who adhere to, if not the heightened standard of golf etiquette, then a baseline of human decency. Continue reading...
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Now is the time for Labour to reach out to disabled people, young and old | Frances Ryan
As the Tories cut benefits, Jeremy Corbyn is perfectly placed to represent the interests of the UK’s millions of disabled votersThe term “black hole” is an apt shorthand in the austerity era. It deftly sums up the current scale of funding shortfalls and at the same time creates the sense of a seemingly bottomless pit of cuts from which it will require the greatest of efforts to pull us back.A new study by the Fabian Society points to one such black hole – the £10bn needed to fill the gaps in provision for disabled older people’s care. Half the shortage comes from cuts to social care funding, while there are further serious shortfalls in everything from council-funded care home places to isolation and accident prevention services and specialist housing. To this end, on Monday, Labour announced a “more generous level” of cap on lifetime care costs, ahead of Jeremy Hunt laying out new plans for social care this week, including his own cap on costs. Continue reading...
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A Clarissa Explains it All reboot? That's one nostalgic indulgence to cheer
Melissa Joan Hart is having a cultural renaissance with two of her best known shows being rebooted and her wry wit and calm confidence is missing from our TV landscapeIf your 90s memories revolve around TGIF programming and sneak-watching episodes of 90210 because your parents told you it was too “adult,” much of your youth was also likely defined by the characters of Melissa Joan Hart. Whether as Clarissa Darling (the precocious, inquisitive, star of Clarissa Explains It All) or Sabrina Spellman (the witch who lived with her aunts on Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Hart staked a claim on our PG-rated cultural landscape. Her characters were smart, they were quirky, and they tried their best. And now they’re staging a comeback. Continue reading...
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Vivo's new V9 flagship has a notch and a 24-megapixel selfie camera
Vivo has announced its latest flagship phone, the V9, and no surprises — there’s a notch. The V9 has a 6.3-inch 2280 x 1080 LCD with a 19:9 aspect ratio; Vivo says the notch helps achieve a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent. The V9’s spec sheet is pretty standard, for the most part: there’s a Snapdragon 626 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 3260mAh battery, 64GB of storage, a microSD card slot, and a headphone jack. The phone runs Vivo’s Funtouch OS 4.0 skin atop Android 8.1 Oreo. The camera system has a primary 16-megapixel sensor and f/2 lens paired with a secondary 5-megapixel unit for depth information and blurry backgrounds. As it often does, though, Vivo is prioritizing selfies — this time with a 24-megapixel f/2 front-facing camera. If you’re thinking that might be a little too much detail for a flattering selfie, Vivo believes AI is the answer. A feature called AI Face Beauty uses machine learning to identify users’ age, sex, skin tone, and texture in order to “truly represent their beauty,” as the company puts it. There’s also a selfie lighting feature that sounds very similar to what Apple introduced on the iPhone X and 8, though Vivo is attempting to pull it off with a single (albeit high-resolution) camera. Stay tuned for how that works out. Vivo is claiming that AI boosts the phone’s performance in general through what it calls the “AI Smart Engine,” handling things like storage management and app launching based on the user’s behavior. “AI Face Access” is said to improve the accuracy of the face unlock feature, while “AI Attention Sensing” recognizes when you’re looking at the screen and reduces the volume of notifications accordingly. These features wouldn’t have been labeled as AI on other phones a few years ago, but hey, 2018. The V9 will be Vivo's new flagship phone in India The V9 will serve as Vivo’s new flagship phone in India and other markets, but this week the company also announced a similar, slightly higher-end flagship for China, the X21. It shares industrial design with the V9 but has a Snapdragon 660 processor, 12-megapixel cameras on front and back, and an OLED screen. There’s also an option for an in-display fingerprint scanner, this time provided by Chinese company Goodix rather than Synaptics. The V9 will be available imminently in black and gold variants; we’ll update with pricing info as soon as we have it.
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Australia will be 'lowest level' but Alonso expects improvement
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso says the season-opening Australian Grand Prix will be McLaren's "lowest level" this year before improvements kick in.
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Dollar slips after Fed decision, trade worries shackle shares
TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar slipped on Thursday after the Federal Reserve held back from increasing the pace of this year's rate hikes, while worries over an impending announcement on trade tariffs from U.S. President Donald Trump capped Asian shares.
The Mind is Flat by Nick Chater review – we have no hidden depths
There is no subconscious, no ‘inner life’ that holds the secret of understanding ourselves, argues a behavioural psychologist. We improvise and can changeYou probably think you have beliefs, desires, fears, a personality, an “inner life”, maybe even a subconscious. Poppycock, says Nick Chater, a behavioural psychologist. All that stuff is folk nonsense. The brain essentially just makes everything up as it goes along – including what we fondly think of as our direct perceptions of the world, which are a patchwork of guesses and reconstructions. There is nothing going on “underneath”; there are no depths. The book could equally have been called “The Mind Is Shallow”, though potential readers might have found that more off-puttingly rude.This is one of those books that is a superb exposition of scientific findings, from which the author proceeds to draw highly polemical and speculative inferences. There are beautiful discussions of how little we actually see around us: eye-tracking software can show us a page filled with Xs with one word positioned exactly where we are looking , and we have the experience of seeing a full page of text. We can’t even see two or more colours at once but switch between one at a time. In general, our richness of experience seems to be a construct. Continue reading...
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Chicago Cubs looking for fast start in 2018
Chicago Cubs looking for fast start in 2018 after struggling early last year        
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White Sox see better days approaching after 5 losing seasons
For a franchise with five straight losing seasons and one playoff appearance since the 2005 World Series championship, the Chicago White Sox sure are an optimistic bunch        
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Royals could compete or collapse after core hit free agency
The Royals thought they would be rebuilding when their core group hit free agency, but a soft market allowed them to retain several pieces        
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Lorenzo Cain, Christian Yelich boost Brewers with glove, bat
The Milwaukee Brewers' pitching could improve this year better because of two new bats        
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2 U.S. tourists die in helicopter crash on Great Barrier Reef
The U.S. Embassy in Australia said it was “providing all appropriate consular assistance.”        
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Trailblazing geochemist Katsuko Saruhashi honoured in Google Doodle
Commemorating what would've been her 98th birthday, Google paid tribute to Japanese geochemist Katsuko Saruhashi on Thursday. The honour took in the form of a Doodle, featuring a sketch of the scientist, clipboard in hand, as water fills the background. SEE ALSO: These rare blue ice formations are attracting photographers Saruhashi is best known for developing a groundbreaking method for measuring carbonic acid in natural waters based on its temperature, pH level and chlorinity. This methodology was dubbed "Saruhashi’s Table," and proved to be indispensable to oceanographers for decades. In 1954, she examined the prevalence of radioactive materials in seawater and how far it spread due to fallout in the Pacific.  Read more...More about Google, Science, Japan, Google Doodle, and Culture
AP Was There: Loyola-Chicago wins NCAA hoops title in 1963
Loyola is the Cinderella of the Sweet 16 after winning the NCAA Tournament title in 1963        
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Resurgent Wainwright key to St. Louis Cardinals 2018 hopes
Adam Wainwright believes he can still be the best pitcher in baseball, even at 36 years old and coming off an injury-riddled season for St. Louis        
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From 'Little Marco' to 'Cryin' Chuck,' all hail Melania Trump's cyberbullying campaign
Seriously, folks, nothing would do more to stop cyberbullying than for Melania Trump to make Donald Trump cut it out. That's how to protect children.        
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Crash survivor Austin Hatch back in LA with Michigan hoops
Plane crash survivor Austin Hatch is excited to be back in Los Angeles with the Michigan Wolverines        
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Path founder considers rebuilding his social network as Facebook takes a hit
In the wake of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica controversy, Dave Morin, the CEO and co-founder of rival social network Path, tweeted that he’s considering rebuilding his site after being overwhelmed by requests to do so. Within hours, Morin received replies from the likes of Mike DiCarlo, Path’s former director of engineering, angel investor Jason Calcanis, and Layer founder Ron Palmeri – all of whom showed interest in collaborating or investing in the venture. Overwhelmed by requests to rebuild a better @Path. Considering doing it. If you are interested in working on such an idea, DM me. Let's see if a passionate… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook
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Modern major league manager salesman as much as strategist
Today's major league manager is a salesman as much as a strategist        
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Sarkozy says Libya funding accusations make his life 'hell' - paper
PARIS (Reuters) - French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy told magistrates who put him under formal investigation on Wednesday that accusations that he got illicit Libyan funding for his 2007 election campaign were lies that were making his life "hell", Le Figaro newspaper said.
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This funky helmet makes brain-scanning more comfortable
See that helmet in the photo up there? That's not a prop for a new sci-fi/horror flick -- it's a magnetoencephalography (MEG) helmet that can scan the brain and map its activity. MEG machines are used to look for pathological activity in patients wit...
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At Mars, Jeff Bezos Hosted Roboticists, Astronauts, Other Brainiacs and Me
At the exclusive three-day conference run by Amazon in the California desert, the merely brilliant rub shoulders with the geniuses.
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After Months of Acrimony, Baghdad Strikes Deal With Kurds
Since Iraq’s Kurds voted for independence last fall, relations with Baghdad have been strained. A new agreement signals warmer ties.
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Kate Hoey tells Owen Jones: 'I really don't think Nigel Farage is a racist' – video interview
The Labour MP and Brexit campaigner Kate Hoey tells Owen Jones she has no regrets about campaigning alongside Nigel Farage during the Brexit referendum, despite the former Ukip leader's 'Breaking Point' poster. She believes that eventually people will look back and say 'thank goodness' the UK voted to leave the EU.Hoey and Jones discuss foxhunting, grammar schools and Momentum in an extended version of this interview Continue reading...
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Like crops in autumn, our online information is waiting for the data harvest
Cambridge Analytica has been accused of unauthorised ‘data harvesting’, but where does this agricultural metaphor come from?The political data firm Cambridge Analytica has been accused of unauthorised “data harvesting” from millions of Facebook accounts. This handily avoids allegations of “theft” or even just “mining”, but why the agricultural metaphor?The harvest is the collection of ripe crops in the autumn, which has its own church festival: we gratefully collect what the all-powerful has put there for us. This sense of gathering up what is natural persists in the talk of “harvesting” cells in biological experiments (from 1946), but has become irreparably perverted in the euphemistic use of “harvesting” to mean hunting whales. “Data harvesting” itself emerged from scientific information management in the late 90s, and soon became a buzzphrase for online marketers. In other words, data harvesting is about as old as the modern web, and might even be viewed as its entire purpose. Continue reading...
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The best outfits for spring day-to-night dressing – in pictures
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Brewing on the vine: four beer/wine hybrids to seek out
Craft-brewers are increasingly adding grapes to their creations – and using wine barrels in the process, too“Grape or grain, but never the twain,” goes the old saying, but brewers no longer seem to care. In a craft-beer world where no ingredient is off the menu – even really disgusting ones such as beard yeast or peanut butter – grapes have become an increasingly common addition to the brewing process.It’s not new – Cantillon, a Belgian producer of lambic ales, has been using grapes since the 1970s – but it is more popular than ever. And it is not just grapes: brewers use wine barrels, too. Andrew Nielsen, an Aussie who makes wine in Burgundy under the name Le Grappin, has developed a sideline in supplying used wine barrels to UK breweries, where they are used to age beer. Continue reading...
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One in 10 people have class A drugs on their fingertips, study says
Traces of cocaine or heroin were found on 13% of people who said they did not take the drugsMore than one in 10 people who have never used class A drugs may have traces of cocaine or heroin on their fingertips, forensic scientists say.Researchers found tiny amounts of the illegal substances on 13% of volunteers who took part in a study after declaring they did not take the drugs. Continue reading...
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Bad planning saw aid money for starving people spent on staff salaries | The Secret Aid Worker
Bad management has left me disillusioned by the aid sector, and its shocking lack of urgency in helping those driven to despair by hungerI recently resigned from my job with a non-governmental organisation in Africa. After years of working in the sector, I have been left disillusioned with the ethos and impact of these organisations.The sector is filled with the wrong people with the wrong motivations and the wrong agenda. It is, after all, a business enterprise worth $27.3bn, at least in 2016. Missions in country are incentivised by money. The more you can raise, the happier your colleagues in the region and in headquarters because some of that money goes into paying their salaries and office rents – and your performance in the country is linked to that, rather than the quality of the programmes you are running. Continue reading...
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Scammed and the bank won’t pay up? Beware the Section 75 get-out clause
We fell for a scam website but Santander wouldn’t refund our money under the Consumer Credit ActI booked a villa holiday in Mallorca for £1,624.76 with an online company called The firm then stopped all contact. The night before our departure, I researched the company online and discovered it was a fraudulent website which had scammed others. I immediately contacted my bank, Santander, and made a claim for a refund under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act. But it says that, because I paid via TransferWise, I was not protected. Continue reading...
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Augmented reality: Luigi Ghirri’s surreal Italian landscapes – in pictures
The late Italian artist’s witty, colourful photographs playfully blur the line between what’s real and what’s fake Continue reading...
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Tech giants express concern over Singapore plan to fight fake news
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Global tech giants including Facebook and Twitter on Thursday expressed concern about a possible Singapore plan to bring in a new law to tackle the threat of fake news, saying sufficient rules are already in place.
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Starting goaltenders battle physical and mental fatigue
Starting NHL goaltenders battle physical and mental fatigue late in the season as they make a push for the playoffs        
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Thinking About Having a ‘Green’ Funeral? Here’s What to Know
A typical American funeral usually involves a few hallmarks we’ve come to expect. But how necessary are those embellishments?
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Philippines police kill 13 suspects in one day during drug raids
Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war continues with more than a dozen deaths on Wednesday after officers fire ‘in self defence’Philippine police killed 13 suspected drug dealers and arrested more than 100 people in dozens of anti-narcotics operations on Wednesday in a province north of the capital, its police chief said.More than 4,000 Filipinos have been killed by police, and thousands more by unidentified armed men, during President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial 20-month war on drugs. Most killings have been in rundown areas of Manila and the nearby provinces of Bulacan and Cavite. Continue reading...
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Thursday briefing: Mark Zuckerberg's data mea culpa
Facebook boss admits ‘mistakes’ in letting apps trawl profiles … cornered Austin bomber blows himself up … and how novichok killed one of its creatorsGood morning – it’s Warren Murray with some early news offerings. Continue reading...
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China calls U.S. repeat abuser of world trade rules as tariffs loom
BEIJING (Reuters) - China accused the United States of "repeatedly abusing" trade practices, as Beijing braced on Thursday for an imminent announcement from U.S. President Donald Trump slapping more tariffs on Chinese imports.
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Brunel and beyond: a walk around historic Bristol
With the city’s much-anticipated Brunel museum opening on Friday, we take a stroll around the streets, waterways and engineering wonders that define Bristol’s heritageSince there’s no avoiding the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in these parts – especially this week with the opening of a museum dedicated to him – you may as well engage with his legacy straightaway. Come to Bristol by train, alighting at Temple Meads station. When it opened in 1840, this was the western terminus of the Great Western Railway, 116 miles out of Paddington. Viewed from the front its majesty is emphatic, even ecclesiastical, given that its castellated form was, until the second world war, topped by a spire. Continue reading...
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This super-sized drone has more tricks up its sleeve than you might imagine
Drones are entering a growing number of industries, with various designs allowing businesses to reduce costs and improve efficiency. Aerones, for one, has come up with a super-sized drone that can perform a range of tasks. The post This super-sized drone has more tricks up its sleeve than you might imagine appeared first on Digital Trends.
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PETA offers $5K reward after dog left with chemical burns
ST. ROSE, La. — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says chemicals were apparently intentionally poured along a dog’s head and back, leaving him with burns all over his body. PETA said in a news release Wednesday that it will offer a reward of up to $5,000 for information “leading to the arrest and...
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Views are the pits: welcome to China's quarry hotel
Sixteen of Shanghai hotel’s 18 floors are technically underground, and the bottom two will be underwaterA hotel built in an abandoned quarry that plunges 80 metres below ground level is nearing completion in China, part of a wave of ambitious architectural projects spurred by rapid economic growth.The majority of the hotel on the outskirts of Shanghai hugs the wall of a deep pit, and 16 of the 18 floors are technically below ground, with two floors slated to sit underwater in a lake at the bottom of the quarry. Continue reading...
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Op-Ed Contributor: Are the French the New Optimists?
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Dublin hotel fire: 'serious questions' after high-rise blaze
More than 60 firefighters battle blaze at Metro hotel and apartment complex, with one witness saying scenes were like Grenfell TowerThe rapid spread of fire through the upper floors of a hotel and apartment block building in Dublin poses “serious questions”, a local politician has said.More than 60 firefighters from eight crews were needed to battle the major blaze at the complex in Ballymun near Dublin airport on Wednesday night. The Metro hotel building comprises hotel rooms on the lower floors and residential apartments on the upper floors. Continue reading...
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The story of one man’s pregnancy: ‘It felt joyous, amazing and brilliant’
Pregnancy is increasingly common among trans men. For Jason Barker, who has made a film about the experience, it changed his lifeIt’s hard to perform a somersault at 36 weeks pregnant. Towards the end of his debut feature film, Jason Barker is swimming in the London Fields lido in east London, a short walk from the flat he shares with his partner, Tracey. The screen is rinsed blue. Barker dances, makes a star. And then, very slowly, he turns full height in the water, his Hawaiian swim shorts flapping, his stomach a perfect, firm dome.This is the viewer’s first sight of Barker’s pregnant belly in A Deal With the Universe, which premieres at the BFI Flare festival next week. And after seven years in which he and Tracey tried to conceive, it is a moment of pure levity and joy. “That swimming stuff that you see?” he says. “It felt like the first time I could ever say, ‘Yeah! I actually like this body. Love it. It’s brilliant.’” Continue reading...
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‘Cows carry flesh, but they carry personality too’: the hard lessons of farming
They may be crucial products in a vast industry – but abandoning our relationship with the cattle we keep would mean throwing away something valuable. By John ConnellI’ve got my arms in her passage and I’m trying to find the new calf’s feet. As a farmer’s son, I’ve birthed calves aplenty, but always as the helper, holding a cow’s tail up or pulling the calf out at the last moment. My father has been in charge of the calving for 25 years, and when he wasn’t, my brother took over. But now it’s me.I’m home again in rural Ireland, back after being an emigrant, and, in exchange for a roof over my head, it’s been agreed that I will help out on the farm. There’s a lot tied up in this birth for me – much more than the cow knows. Continue reading...
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