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Two patients diagnosed with plague in China as officials scramble to prevent outbreak
Two people in China have been diagnosed with the plague, the second time in recent months the highly contagious disease – which caused the ancient Black Death pandemic – has been detected in the same region, according to reports. The two patients, from the northwestern Inner Mongolia province, were being treated at a hospital in...
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Mom of twins who died in hot car recalls husband ‘screaming’
The mother of the one-year-old twins who died when they were left in the back of a hot car in the Bronx recalled this week the moment her husband told her the tragic news —  “screaming” when he realized they were “gone.” In her first full interview since her heartbreaking loss in July, Marissa Rodriguez...
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Futures fall as Trump speech clouds trade deal hopes
U.S. stock index futures fell on Wednesday, a day after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit new record highs, as a lack of clarity on U.S.-China trade relations from President Donald Trump and escalating tensions in Hong Kong dampened risk appetite.
Fraternity and drinking culture questioned after 4 student deaths in 1 month
All social events for fraternities and sororities were suspended at Washington State University after the death Tuesday of a student possibly tied to alcohol. It’s the second fraternity-related death in the past week and the fourth college campus death in the past month that's led to fraternity suspensions or crack-downs on frat parties. Jamie Yuccas reports.
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How the Trump impeachment inquiry compares to Bill Clinton's
The first public hearings today mark the fourth time in history that Congress has considered removing a president from office
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Nike confirms that it is no longer selling its products on Amazon
U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP Nike confirmed on Tuesday that it will no longer sell its products on Amazon's site. The news was first reported by Bloomberg. The partnership between the two retailers was first announced just over two years ago. The deal was that Nike would sell direct to Amazon in return for Amazon removing fake Nike items and stopping unauthorized third-party sellers from selling Nike products on its site. Early reports suggested that the mutually beneficial partnership wasn't living up to expectations, however, as Nike wasn't able to get a handle on the third-party marketplace. Sign up for Business Insider's retail newsletter, The Drive-Thru, to get more stories like this in your inbox. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Nike is pulling back from Amazon.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Gold can cost $1,500 per ounce — here's why it's so expensiveSee Also:Amazon has started hiring for its new type of grocery store that's nothing like Whole FoodsAlibaba's Singles Day beat Amazon's estimated Prime Day sales within an hour and crushed analyst estimates for Black Friday and Cyber Monday combinedAmazon is slashing $40 off the cost of Prime memberships for all active and former military members — here's how to get the discountSEE ALSO: Analysts say Nike's new CEO choice signals a direction that should worry some mom-and-pop and department stores
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Guidemaster: Ars picks its favorite tech gifts you can buy for under $50
Good tech can get really expensive really quickly—here are some affordable gems.
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CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures slip after Trump threatens to increase tariffs
Futures for Canada's main stock index fell on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to "substantially" increase tariffs if China failed to sign a trade deal.
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Arctic blast grips more than 220 million Americans
The arctic blast gripping more than 220 million Americans is forecast to bring more record-breaking low temperatures Wednesday. Freeze warnings are up as far south as Texas, with winter weather advisories up as far north as Michigan. David Begnaud reports.
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WSU fraternity death marks 4th campus fatality in a month
"There is a cultural problem," said Franklin College Professor Hank Nuwer, who has studied fraternity drinking trends for decades
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Alibaba will reportedly kick off its Hong Kong IPO tomorrow, and could raise up to $15 billion
Alibaba Multiple news reports say Alibaba got the go-ahead to go public for the second time with a Hong Kong listing later this month and could raise as much as $15 billion. Reuters said Alibaba would start the process of going public as soon as Thursday, while Bloomberg said that 500 million shares would be listed.  The Financial Times and the South China Morning Post said that the retail giant plans to start trading on November 25, with the price set on November 20. If it does raise $15 billion, it would be the 10th largest IPO on record, with its New York listing of $25 billion the largest to date. View Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  Alibaba, the Chinese internet retail giant, got the go-ahead to go public for the second time with a Hong Kong listing later this month and could raise up to $15 billion, multiple news reports said. The Financial Times reported on Wednesday that the retail giant won approval to list in Hong Kong, will confirm the share price on November 20, and go public on November 25. The South China Morning Post, citing sources familiar with the matter, also named the key dates.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A big-money investor in juggernauts like Facebook and Netflix breaks down the '3rd wave' firms that are leading the next round of tech disruptionSee Also:These are the watches worn by some of the most powerful CEOs in the worldChaos, crazy ideas, and cashing in: Trump and WeWork's Adam Neumann have these 5 things in common'It seems insane now': WeWork employees bought into cofounder Adam Neumann's vision but grew worried as red flags mounted
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How the White House plans to respond in first public impeachment hearing
Former White House senior adviser Steve Bannon tells CBS News he's concerned that the president isn't getting enough support to hold back the opposition in the impeachment inquiry led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Major Garrett joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss whether the president is taking Bannon's advice and how the administration plans to respond.
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Matt Damon called himself the 'dumbest actor of all time' for turning down a 10% stake in the profits of 'Avatar'
GEOFF ROBINS/AFP via Getty Images/20th Century Fox Matt Damon called himself the "dumbest actor of all time," for turning down the lead role in "Avatar" in a new interview with the BBC ahead of "Ford v Ferarri," which he stars in alongside Christian Bale. Damon told GQ last month that James Cameron offered him 10% of the 2009 film's profits if he played the lead character, Jake Sully, which eventually went to Sam Worthington. The BBC told the 49-year-old he would have earned $250 million for his stake in the movie. "I'm like the worst businessman," Damon said. "Ford v Ferrari" is in theaters Wednesday, November 13. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Matt Damon called himself the "dumbest actor of all time," for turning down a 10% share of the profits of the second highest-grossing film ever, "Avatar" in 2009. Damon talked about his lapse in judgment with his "Ford v Ferrari" co-star Christian Bale during an interview with the BBC published on Wednesday.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: How to find water when you're stuck in the desertSee Also:Poland's prime minister accused Netflix of implying the country was responsible for death camps in a Nazi documentaryOne of the twins who took turns playing Ross and Rachel's baby on 'Friends' says the cast treated them like 'little princesses' and even bought them Christmas presentsKristen Stewart said slut-shaming was the reason why she wasn't rehired for the 'Snow White and the Huntsman' sequel following her affair with the film's director
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Train passenger simulator
BigBread's No Destination is a "game" in the classic spirit of Desert Bus, and you don't even have to make the occasional steering adjustment. Just sit and enjoy the journey, looking out of a train coach at the procedurally-generated hills and woods of wherever it is you are. It's just the first entry I've checked out from from the 2019 ProcJam -- "Make something that makes something" -- and there are dozens more experiments, artworks and according-to-Hoyle games to enjoy. An endless train ride, a sitting simulator. Just a relaxing time Left mouse button to sit in a seat Right mouse button to hide the cursor wasd to move around spacebar to get up escape to quit / close the game Read the rest
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Parents are already using Disney Plus to indulge in nostalgia and introduce their Gen Z kids to childhood favourites
Disney Parents on Reddit are sharing heart-warming stories about introducing their Gen Z children to classic Disney films via DisneyPlus. DisneyPlus launched in the US on Tuesday and immediately had technical issues because so many people were trying to access the new streaming service. Parents posted photos of their kids watching "Steamboat Willie" and "Rescuers Down Under." It's pretty clear that nostalgia for the classics is part of DisneyPlus' huge appeal. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Disney's new streaming service, Disney Plus, went live in the US on Tuesday and it looks like the play for nostalgia is paying off. The streaming service, which contains Disney's catalogue of films and shows old and new, was so popular that users experienced technical trouble while trying to access it.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Apple just released iOS 13.2 with 60 new emoji and emoji variations. Here's how everyday people submit their own emoji.See Also:Disney's new streaming service doesn't work on some Vizio smart TVs, and you may have to wait until next year for the fixHow to decide between Disney Plus and NetflixThis is what using Disney's new $7-a-month streaming service looks likeSEE ALSO: How to decide between Disney Plus and Netflix
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What to expect from first public hearing of Trump impeachment inquiry
The first public hearings on the potential impeachment of President Trump begin Wednesday. The House Intelligence Committee will question two senior officials who have served presidents of both parties for more than half a century combined. Nancy Cordes reports on what to expect.
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Russia to cut share of U.S. dollar in National Wealth Fund, mulls other currencies
Russia will reduce the share of the U.S. dollar in its National Wealth Fund and is considering investing in other foreign currencies including the Chinese yuan, Deputy Finance Minister Vladimir Kolychev said on Wednesday.
Eye Opener: Impeachment inquiry goes public
The impeachment inquiry holds its first public hearing – with Donald Trump's presidency on the line. Also, the arctic blast is gripping more than 220 million Americans. All that and all that matters in today's Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.
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Video shows tourists and locals wading through thigh-deep water in Venice during its worst flooding in more than 50 years
Youtube/chave1981 Water levels in the Italian city of Venice reach 187 centimeters (six feet two inches) — the highest in over 50 years, according to The Associated Press. The Mayor of Venice attributed this year's particularly severe flooding to climate change in a tweet, and said a state of emergency will be declared on Wednesday. Two people have died as a result of the severe flooding on the nearby island of Pellestrina, one of whom was electrocuted while switching on a pump in his home, according to the BBC.  It is currently high-water season in Venice, where heavy rainfall causes parts of the canal-city to flood every year, however this year's flooding has been particularly severe.  "Venice is on its knees," Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said in a tweet. "The Basilica of Saint Mark has sustained serious damage like the entire city and its islands." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.  Video footage and pictures from the Italian city of Venice show the extent of devastating flooding, the worst in more than 50 years, as the city's mayor blames climate change for the highest water levels since 1966. It is currently high-water season in Venice, where rainfall causes parts of the canal-city to flood every year, however this year's flooding has been particularly severe. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's how to escape a flooding vehicleSee Also:15 photos that show the rising floods in Venice, as the city’s high-water season kicks offBoris Johnson blames severe UK floods on climate change and constructionA US cargo ship carrying 1,400 tonnes of TNT that sank at the end of the River Thames in 1944 is posing a threat to London from its salty grave
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Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan endorses Joe Biden
Former Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tim Ryan endorsed Joe Biden's presidential bid Wednesday, saying the former vice president has the ability to win swing states President Donald Trump won in 2016.
Michigan hunters free deer that had antlers locked together
Two deer in Michigan have a quick-thinking hunter to thank for being alive today. Hunter Mark Johnson spotted two rutting eight-point bucks in a farm field in Bowne Township with their antlers entangled Wednesday. In a video posted to Peggy N Mark Johnson’s Facebook page, which has received nearly 15K views as of Monday morning,...
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Razer Viper Ultimate: a wireless gaming mouse done right
It’s been a few weeks since Razer announced the Viper Ultimate — a wireless gaming mouse which the company claims delivers 99.6-percent resolution accuracy. The Viper Ultimate builds on Razer’s Viper lineup, which emphasizes performance, precision, and speed in a light form factor. Now it offers this whole package in a fully wireless experience. But does it deliver on its promises? After toying around with this beauty for a few weeks, I can confidently say the answer is “yes, it does.” But allow me to elaborate. What does it get right? Let’s start with the obvious: at 74g (without the cable), this… This story continues at The Next Web
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Wife of disgraced MP stands in his former seat with pledge to fight domestic abuse
Kate Griffiths chosen as Tory candidate for Burton seat vacated by Andrew Griffiths Latest election news – live updatesThe wife of a minister forced to resign for sexting two female constituents has been selected as the Conservative candidate in her husband’s former seat after pledging to support victims of domestic abuse.Kate Griffiths, whose husband, Andrew Griffiths, resigned from the government for sending 2,000 sexually explicit messages to two women, was chosen as the party’s candidate for the seat of Burton in a shock move on Tuesday night. Continue reading...
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Labour's NHS 'rescue package' to be paid for by higher taxpayers, says McDonnell
Increase to be funded by 45p rate for £80,000-plus earners and 50p rate over £150kLatest election news - live updatesLabour’s NHS “rescue package” will be funded by higher income tax rates, at 45p for those earning more than £80,000 a year and 50p for those bringing in over £150,000, John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, has said.He said the higher income tax rates would be in Labour’s manifesto, matching its pledges from the 2017 election. Continue reading...
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Takeaway CEO has no plans to raise $5.5 billion Just Eat bid Chief Executive Jitse Groen said on Wednesday he did not intend to increase a 4.3 billion pound ($5.5 billion) offer for Britain's Just Eat , despite a higher unsolicited bid from larger rival Prosus .
Israel-Gaza tensions rise after IDF kills Islamic Jihad leader
Baha Abu Al-Ata, a senior commander of Gaza Strip militant group Islamic Jihad, was among several people killed in Israeli air strikes, according to Palestinian Health Ministry officials.
This looks like Mark Zuckerberg's secret TikTok account, which follows celebrities and famous internet creators
Mark Zuckerberg quietly created a TikTok account, BuzzFeed's Ryan Mac first reported. The account is not verified but uses the handle "@finkd", which is the same as Zuckerberg's handle on Twitter. It's also tied to his verified Instagram account. Zuckerberg only follows 61 people on TikTok and doesn't seem to have posted anything. He follows celebrities like Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez, but mostly he follows TikTok superstars like Loren Gray and Jacob Sartorius. TikTok has become a formidable rival to Facebook, and is hugely popular with Generation Z — a demographic which has been abandoning Facebook. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Mark Zuckerberg appears to be keeping a watchful eye on growing teen sensation TikTok, so much so that he quietly created his own account. A BuzzFeed report published Wednesday revealed that in 2016 Facebook entered talks to acquire, the lip-syncing app from which TikTok eventually sprang. The talks didn't come to fruition and in 2017 was bought by Chinese tech giant ByteDance and merged with its existing short-form video app Douyin to form TikTok.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Apple just revealed its AirPods Pro for $249, which feature noise cancellation. Here's everything that was wrong with the $159 pair of the wireless headphones.See Also:Mark Zuckerberg says TikTok is a threat to democracy, but didn't say he spent 6 months trying to buy its predecessorAn anonymous memo alleging ongoing racism at Facebook is circulating inside the companyEU Commissioner Vestager slammed Mark Zuckerberg for allowing lies in political ads: That's not democracy, it's 'manipulation'SEE ALSO: These are the 32 biggest stars on TikTok, the viral video app teens can't get enough of
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Watch live: Trump and Turkey's Erdogan speak at the White House
The high-stakes visit comes weeks after Turkey launched an offensive against a U.S. ally in Syria
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Hospital plans to take girl off life support against family's wishes
Doctors at Cook Children's Medical Center planned to stop treatment for Tinslee Lewis after invoking the state's "10-day rule"
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Priti Patel’s demonisation of Gypsies is an attack on the vulnerable for political gain | George Monbiot
A government proposal threatening to confiscate the homes of those suspected of trespassing will fuel prejudice and bigotryThis is how it begins: with a theatrical attack on a vulnerable minority. It’s a Conservative tradition, during election campaigns, to vilify Romany Gypsies and Travellers: it tends to play well on the doorsteps of middle England. But what the home secretary, Priti Patel, proposed last week is something else. It amounts to legislative cleansing. Related: ‘Everybody hates us’: on Sofia’s streets, Roma face racism every day Continue reading...
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Living with range anxiety: Two weeks with the Jaguar I-Pace
We tested the I-Pace in the dead of winter and the heat of summer.
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The Morning After: More 16-inch MacBook Pro rumors
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. We're bracing for a big update from Apple and digging into a 'maclunkey' first day for Disney+ streaming. Minecraft Earth is available for you to play, and Goldman Sachs is looking into how credit scores are bei...
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This Yankee Candle Christmas gift set is about as festive as it gets
TL;DR: The festive Yankee Candle Christmas gift set is on sale for £27.99 on Amazon, saving you 61% on list price. You can dress your house with all the tinsel in the world, but it's not really Christmas without some festive smells filling up your nostrils with nostalgia. It's not practical to cook a turkey every day of the festive period, purely with the intention of creating a festive ambience, so your best bet are probably candles. These little lights can fill the whole house with the sweet scents of Christmas. SEE ALSO: Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019: When is it and what are the best deals in the UK? Read more...More about Candle, Yankee, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
Spain's all-time leading goalscorer announces retirement
After 19 years, 14 major trophies and more than 400 goals, David Villa has announced his retirement from football.
Unilever appoints Nils Andersen as chairman, replacing Dekkers
Unilever named Danish businessman Nils Andersen as chairman on Wednesday, hoping his experience of consumer goods and logistics will help the group navigate a slowdown in its biggest markets and re-energize its foods business.
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Google to offer checking accounts for consumers - WSJ
Alphabet Inc's Google will offer checking accounts to customers starting next year in a finance push, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
Brexit drove Tesla to pick Berlin over Britain for new factory: report
Britain missed its chance to host the first European factory of U.S. electric vehicle pioneer Tesla because of Brexit, Chief Executive Elon Musk said in remarks reported on Wednesday.
Key US diplomats to testify in first public impeachment hearing
The House is taking a historic step forward Wednesday in its impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, holding public hearings that Democrats hope will show the public that the President abused the power of his office to obtain dirt on a potential 2020 rival while withholding vital security aid from Ukraine. - RSS Channel
Polanski film premiere disrupted by rape accusations protest
Demonstrators in Paris blocked the French debut of Roman Polanski’s new movie, An Officer and a Spy, after a fresh allegation against the directorProtesters disrupted the first screening in France of Roman Polanski’s new film on Tuesday, after the publication of a new rape accusation against the French-Polish director.A group of about 40 activists blocked the screening of the French premiere of Polanski’s J’accuse (An Officer and a Spy) at a cinema in Rue Champollion, although the film was screened elsewhere in Paris. Continue reading...
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Staff lawyers to take star role in first hearings on impeachment
The underpaid and overworked lawyers on Capitol Hill will have their turn in the spotlight on Wednesday, as Daniel Goldman and Steve Castor emerge from their temporary home in the basement of the Capitol to publicly question for the first time key witnesses in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. - RSS Channel
Venice's famous canals are flooded and the mayor blames climate change
Photos surfacing on social media show desperate shopkeepers at St. Mark's Square and overturned ferries near the city's canals.       
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Alibaba poised for record HK IPO - sources
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is poised to launch a Hong Kong share sale expected to raise up to $13.4 billion as soon as Thursday, according to sources. David Pollard reports.
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Netflix UK offers the first episode of 'The Crown' season 3 for free
As the so-called streaming war intensifies, companies have to seek out new ways to attract subscribers to their platforms -- and Netflix thinks offering freebies might be the way to go. When season three of smash hit period drama The Crown hits UK Ne...
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With newly added AWD, Toyota’s Camry and Avalon are ready to battle winter
The Toyota Camry and Toyota Avalon are getting optional all-wheel drive, which should make both sedans a more practical option in snowy regions of the country.
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How to cook saag paneer - recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass
The Indian restaurant classic spinach-and-curd-cheese side dish gets the Felicity Cloake treatmentSaag paneer has long been my go-to side dish in Indian restaurants, but having managed to recreate the magic of these deliciously oily, garlicky greens dotted with plump pillows of fresh curd cheese, these days I increasingly find myself eating it at home with nothing more than a warm flatbread for company. (Note: to make this vegan, use extra-firm tofu instead of the paneer.)Prep 15 min, plus draining timeCook 10 minServes 4 as a side Continue reading...
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Burned by Sam McBride review – the inside story of the ‘cash for ash’ scandal
A compelling exposé of blunders and sleaze with implications for the election and Northern Ireland’s future in the UKThe story has all the elements to lull you to sleep: state subsidies, bureaucratic jargon, poultry farms, committee meetings, wood pellet boilers. Throw in arcana about tariff methodologies and photovoltaic panels and it sounds bewildering as well as boring. In fact Sam McBride’s Burned is a compelling exposé of a system gone rotten. It’s about greed, sleaze and dysfunction, a saga of incompetence, nitwittedness and knavery by those who ran Northern Ireland until the scandal broke and collapsed the power-sharing government in January 2017. Almost three years later there is still a power vacuum and Stormont, the seat of the assembly and executive sited on a grand estate outside Belfast, remains mothballed.The botched renewable heat initiative (RHI), which spiralled out of control and triggered the implosion, is due soon for a denouement in the form of a public inquiry report that is expected to chronicle the fiasco in exhaustive, damning detail. McBride’s book delivers its own analysis. Running to almost 400 pages including notes and index, it raises profound questions about governance and accountability in Northern Ireland – and the region’s place in the UK. With timing that is fortuitous or cruel, depending on your perspective, Burned showers blistering sparks on the Democratic Unionist party just as it tries to persuade voters to return its 10 MPs to Westminster. DUP leaders threatened legal action in a vain effort to douse some revelations. As political editor of the Belfast News Letter, McBride is a convincing messenger. A respected, dogged journalist who works for a pro-union newspaper, he is no cheerleader for Sinn Féin. Continue reading...
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Han Shot First, but leave Lucas’ edits in Star Wars forever
Whew! Disney+ has launched and the only place with more content than its app is our website. Wow okay that was corny, I’m sorry, but something about Disney brings out the safe, anodyne jokes. Really, though, we’ve got quite a lot of good things to read about how to watch it, if The Mandalorian is any good, and explaining what’s up with the new 4K HDR versions of the original Star Wars trilogy. You know, the ones that include yet another unasked-for edit from George Lucas, specifically of the most controversial edit he ever made on a special edition. Yes, George Lucas changed Han Solo’s scene with Greedo in Star Wars: A New Hope, Disney confirmed. Technically, it seems as though both shoot in the same frame in this edit, though it happens after Greedo says “Maclunkey,” which is a word that doesn’t get translated on screen in subtitle because it probably means something too filthy to be displayed in a rated-PG movie. It also handily is pronounced “My clunky,” which is precisely how I like to imagine Lucas refers to the pacing of his edits. BREAKING: Greedo shouting "Maclunkey" isn't the only major change to the Original #starwars trilogy on #DisneyPlus— Eric Fell (@ericfell) November 12, 2019 I am about to give you the hottest of my takes, sealed away since the ‘90s in my own personal Disney Vault. Here goes nothing: Han shot first, but leave Lucas’ edits in. Never change it back to the original version, never release an edition that doesn’t have Greedo shooting first or — at minimum — simultaneously with Han. Hear me out on this. First of all, let me speak to my fellow old people, those of us who saw Star Wars in the theater or on VHS as it was first edited, before the Special Editions changed everything. Let’s tell each other a real truth: although you thought of Han Solo as a gruff rapscallion with a heart of gold, you emphasized the “heart of gold” part in your mind. It wasn’t until you heard about the edit that you thought about the possibility that Han Solo is a murderer. He straight up killed a dude who was probably going to shoot him but Han didn’t know that for sure. Han shot first in the original movie, but it was a small moment of character introduction that didn’t have a hundredth of the impact of Han Shot First, the movement of outraged fans making internet memes before there were places to easily spread memes. When George Lucas changed that scene, he didn’t make Han Solo suddenly nicer and safer, he made Han Solo more dangerous and scary. He literally Streisand-effected the moment of Han’s first shot when he tried to edit it away. Nobody paid attention to that moment of potential murder and what it meant for Han’s character until Lucas tried to erase it. That idea is part of the culture of Star Wars now. There are generations of people who see the movie and only learn later that Han Shot First. It is a piece of apocrypha that is ironically the most canonized part of Han’s character now. On my early morning scrub-through, it looks like the timing has been adjusted farther and they now shoot on the same frame.— Star Wars Visual Comparisons (@StarWarsVisComp) November 12, 2019 It’s sort of obvious to me from all the many tweaks Lucas has made to that scene over the years that Han Shot First annoys the hell out of him. Maybe it’s his desire to have his auteur’s vision define the canon of Star Wars instead of fans. Maybe he really doesn’t think of Han as that bad of a guy and really wants us to see him that way too. But in changing the scene, Lucas has only continued to call attention to the meme. I think it’s part of Star Wars now. Han Shot First is outside the frame in our narrative but it’s also right there in the movie itself, revealed in the ever-more awkward cuts. I don’t ever want there to be an edition where Han actually shoots first again, because that moment of meta-textual awareness when you see him shooting second or when somebody tells you for the first time that Han Shot First is important. It de-mythologizes the grand myth of Star Wars, turns it into just a thing that people made up and then kept tweaking. It helps you recognize that it could have been made other ways. It makes you think about story and character building in a way you might not otherwise. One of the reasons I love Star Wars fandom — and really, any fandom — is that we chose to make this our myth. Knowing that the myth itself involves choices we can disagree about keeps that myth from becoming religion. It keeps the myth vibrant and alive. Most of all, staying aware of those choices makes that myth ours. (Don’t talk to me about Blade Runner cuts though. There’s only one true one and I won’t accept any discussion about it.) Disney+ launches + Here’s all the news in one spot:Disney+: news and updates on Walt Disney’s streaming service + How to stream Disney+ You may think this is a simple answer and in some ways it is, but in other ways there are so many, many little details that might matter. + Disney+ experiencing ‘unable to connect’ errors on launch day Some time ago this newsletter featured an essay expressing hope that Disney would nail the technical side of its streaming service thanks to the high stakes and the bona fides of BAMtech, the streaming company Disney bought. Oh well, there’s always day two through two thousand to get it right. + The Mandalorian’s first episode shows that Star Wars can work on the small screen I am here for this: putting more Western into the Space Western. Chaim Gartenberg reviews: The heavily Western mood does suggest that Disney is learning from its blockbuster Marvel franchise, which has seen massive success by dropping the MCU formula and characters into different genres. Much like how Captain America: The Winter Soldier is designed in the vein of classic spy films or the Ant-Man films are modeled after superheroic heists, The Mandalorian wears its influences proudly. + Disney+ doesn’t have to sell anyone on streaming Good analysis from Julia Alexander. There is no other company in the world that can simply say “if you want these movies -- and you know which movies I’m talking about -- subscribe to our service.” + How to get a year of free Disney+ from Verizon You know that moment when you learn that there are multiple levels of infinity in math and you struggle to wrap your head around it and at some point you think you have it but it slips away? Whoever is in charge of Verizon’s naming scheme is Galaxy Braining that situation: First, you have to subscribe to one of Verizon’s Unlimited plans, including Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, Above Unlimited, Get More Unlimited, Do More Unlimited, Play More Unlimited, or Start Unlimited. + Disney will tolerate password sharing on Disney+ — for now In context, this makes perfect sense and seems reasonable. But imagine Emperor Palpatine saying it in another context. Disney has tools at its disposal if password sharing gets out of hand or becomes an obstacle that stunts Disney+’s growth. “We have created some technology that’s in the backend that we will use to understand behavior,” Paull said. “And when we see behavior that doesn’t make sense, we have mechanisms that we’ve put in place that will deal with it.” Reviews + Snap Spectacles 3 review: reaching new depths It seems clear from Casey Newton’s review (watch the video!) that Snap doesn’t have illusions of making this edition a mass market success. It’s embracing the nice nature and focusing on better content creation. That is, I think, actually very smart for this kind of product: The marquee feature on Spectacles 3 is a new kind of Snapchat filter that takes advantage of the glasses’ depth perception to create a new category of 3D effects. There are 10 of these depth perception effects available at launch — adding disco lights that bend as they hit your body; big red hearts that pop as you move through them, and so on. + Disappointing:Master & Dynamic’s MH40 Wireless look and feel like $300, but don’t sound like it + The best smartwatch to buy for your iPhone + The best smartwatch to buy if you have an Android phone More from The Verge + Impeachment podcasts are about more than Trump Ashley Carman gets into the biggest trend in podcasting. I found this part fascinating: Although, on the surface, it might seem like putting all this effort into an RSS feed for a show with an expiration date is unproductive, WNYC says the effort won’t go to waste, even if people stop listening to the impeachment show once the proceedings end. The feeds can be reinvented or used in the future to promote shows, according to WNYC spokesperson Brisa Robinson. 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A new survey reveals that American workers still feel the pressure to work when they're sick — and yet your coworkers would probably prefer you stayed home
Shutterstock A new survey by OneStudy and Robitussin found that 78% of respondents feel pressured to power through the workday when they're sick. That's because of the stress of calling out — 42% said that stress created a "mental wall." In fact, one in three respondents feared that their boss wouldn't consider sickness a valid reason to stay home. But coworkers disagree. Four in 10 respondents would rather take on more work than have to deal with a sick coworker. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. No one really wins when they're sick — especially workers. Ladders have covered the ins-and-outs of workers going to work despite being sick in the past. Seventy percent of parents in the UK said they were guilty of sending their kids to school sick because of work, while a separate study found that 38% of workers still enter the office despite feeling unwell. But what are some of the motives behind the American workforces' inability to just take a sick day? They feel pressured to go to work, according to a new study. A OnePoll study conducted with Robitussin found that 78% of employed respondents said they felt pressured to power through a workday when they were feeling sick due to the stress that comes with calling out sick. The survey, which polled 2,000 Americans, found that 42% of respondents said the stress from attempting to call out created a mental wall from them being able to take a day. That's probably why 69% of respondents said that a bad cough wasn't a valid reason for them to stay home from work — due to one in three fearing their boss wouldn't consider it a valid reason to stay home from work either. Going to work sick might seem like a necessity in some places due to the fear of falling behind on work and being out of the loop for a few days, but your coworkers would appreciate it if you just stayed home. Eighty-two percent of respondents said they'd be annoying if someone showed up to work at the office with just a cough. If that number isn't enough of a warning sign, consider this: Four in 10 respondents said they'd prefer to take on extra work than deal with a sick coworker. While it's basically impossible to avoid getting sick, Americans would give up just about anything including vacation time (37%), social media (36%), their favorite food (33%), sleeping in on weekends (31%), and their favorite TV show (31%) to do so.Top 5 stressful situations BSIP/UIG Via Getty Images 1. Showing up to work sick: 46%2. Sending kids to school knowing they’re sick: 44%3. Canceling plans with friends or family due to illness: 44%4. Feeling a cough coming right before an important presentation: 42%5. Calling out of work sick: 42% See Also:A survey of 1,000 executives found that you won't regret taking these 7 career risksThere are 3 types of perfectionism — and not all of them are bad. Here's how to strive for a healthy balance in your life.4 fool-proof ways to prevent the 'Sunday scaries,' according to an executive coachSEE ALSO: Here's how to be a 'jackass whisperer' at work and stop the negativity for good
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