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Goodbye, Alan Moore: the king of comics bows out
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While you were sleeping at The Open: Rory’s nightmare, Clarke’s smoking start, and a perfect ace
Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images While you were sleeping at The Open: Rory’s disaster at the first hole, Clarke provides the overnight entertainment, and the most beautiful kind of ace. As European golf writer James Corrigan noted on Thursday morning, a paunchy and curly-haired 16-year-old Rory McIlroy missed a five-foot birdie putt on the first hole at Royal Portrush before blazing to his course record 61. At the same hole in the first round of the first Open at Portrush in almost 70 years, McIlroy missed another five-footer but this one was to “save” a triple bogey. The tap-in for a quadruple bogey 8 and the parallel of the five-foot putts had me immediately re-reading a recent reminiscence of that famed 61 from the teenage McIlroy. In it, the typically forthright and insightful McIlroy admitted that he no longer has has the confidence of the 16-year-old kid that posted the 61. “My confidence is probably more fragile now than it was then,” McIlroy said. “I had confidence and cockiness and sometimes I think I need to rediscover that a little bit even now.” The 16-year-old starting quietly on a mostly empty Portrush carries a lot less weight than the Hall-of-Famer, purportedly in the peak of his career, playing as the betting favorite in the first major in his home country in 70 years. The common judgment and armchair psychology will be the opening quadruple bogey revealed the exposed nerves from the pressure Rory must have been feeling at this home Open. It’s the natural and quick leap to make and it’s not necessarily wrong. It’s just unknowable. The quad outcome was likely just a mixture of mistakes and uncertainties, both mental and physical, at a horrible time. Standing on the first tee on Wednesday during a practice round with Justin Thomas, McIlroy blocked a ball way right and watched it sail out of bounds. Standing on the first tee on Thursday during a real round, McIlroy started his Open by yanking one hard left to cross the out of bounds stakes on the other side of the first fairway. Maybe that reduced 30-year-old confidence was shaken from the OB left ball on Wednesday and he overcorrected on Thursday. Maybe it was the nerves of being the headliner at a “home” Open. Maybe he’s just searching for a steady swing at the moment. Maybe it was a total fluke swing at the absolute worst time and with the worst consequences. Here's Rory McIlroy's opening tee ball that went OB on Thursday morning at Portrush.It was a quadruple-bogey start for the Ulsterman. #TheOpen— Golf Central (@GolfCentral) July 18, 2019 Rory hitting three with a second tee shot was then compounded when he hit four into some traditional Open junk that forced him to take an unplayable lie. An OB ball and an unplayable drop all on the opening hole is maybe how the hungover 15-handicapper eases his way into his weekend round of 91. But not the Open betting favorite, course-record holder, and most talented player in the world. The sickening feeling set in that McIlroy had just been eliminated from the dream “home” win just 15 minutes into his championship. It was painful. No one enjoyed watching it, even the snarkiest among us and especially not the Irish rooting on the home favorite. Watching Rory make a quad on the first hole with Marty Carr (@CarrGolfTravel), son of Ireland’s greatest amateur. Speaking for all of Ireland, he says,”This is the cruelest thing imaginable. I feel this in my heart.”— Alan Shipnuck (@AlanShipnuck) July 18, 2019 Even with Tiger Woods in the field, McIlroy was the centerpiece of this British Open. He’s not from Portrush, but he is Northern Ireland’s most accomplished golfer, has that history with this specific course, and has, despite some underwhelming major results, played arguably the best golf of his career this season. McIlroy’s ascendance in the last decade, along with major wins by Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell, played a significant part in the R&A deciding to bring The Open back to Portrush and Northern Ireland. Rory was going to be the main attraction of that return from the moment they announced it four years ago. It had all been building up to Thursday morning’s first round. Photo by Jan Kruger/R&A/R&A via Getty Images The form and confidence of the 16-year-old to play in with a 61 after the missed five foot putt did not appear to be with him on Thursday. It’s a little easier to pick yourself up from a missed five footer for birdie than a missed five footer for triple bogey with all eyes watching you at a major. Rory continued to hit shots totally out of character and looked stunned on the subsequent holes. He hit a poor drive and blew an easy birdie hole at the second and then struck a horrible putt at the third for a bogey. At one point, he was a massive 10 shots back from the lead, which is an incomprehensible margin just a couple hours into a tournament for such a talent. We’ve seen Rory blow up and slowly creep his way up leaderboards for the backdoor top 10. That’s certainly still in play this week, where the weather can turn and wipe out entire chunks of the field based on nothing more than when they slotted on the tee shot. But a top 10 is far different from the home win, which was the dream. Rory maintained this week that he was competing as if this were a normal Open but that he was also going to “smell the roses,” as he said, appreciating the fact that this was being held in Northern Ireland again. He was operating on dual tracks this week. They weren’t necessarily in conflict, but he may only get two rounds to look around and smell the roses. Overnight entertainment Here is a sentence I did not expect to type when the first round started at 1:30 a.m. ET: It was an absolute joy to watch Darren Clarke play golf in the middle of the night on Thursday. I’m not just referring to the sentimental stuff, like the Senior Tour eligible player getting the honor of hitting the first tee shot in front of the home fans. That stuff was cool. But he was hitting some fantastic golf shots with long iron approaches into some of these repelling Portrush greens, even into the back nine as he came down to earth and finished even-par. He was more than a ceremonial golfer, opening with birdie and making three in his first five holes to take the lead while sucking down lung darts almost one hole at a time. love a sport where the guy given the honor of hitting the first tee shot at a major is ripping through smokes before 7 am local time— Brendan Porath (@BrendanPorath) July 18, 2019 He was amusing, emotional, and awesome to watch actually play shots, real golf shots, into a course he knows so well. When OB is OK Rory probably disagrees, but the masochist in me loves the out-of-bounds on the first hole. It’s not a brutal opener — you can bunt a driving iron out there and make a comfortable par. But the white stakes are out there on both sides of the fairway just making things a little edgy in a setting where the best in the world are anxious to get started. We’re getting a variety of scores at the first hole, too. Clarke, who had to hit driver, rolled in a birdie putt. Andy Sullivan was the first to go OB. Connor Syme holed out from the fairway. There was a the Rory debacle. And there were a bunch of safe driving irons and boring pars. Out-of-bounds, especially when it’s not technically a property boundary anymore, is controversial. But I’ve enjoyed the touch of tension it’s brought to the very first hole. The old and new It was a blast to watch players go for the par-4 5th green with driver and have the tracer technology there to cover it. The hole is measured officially at 376 yards but it’s downhill and had a helping wind that prompted Golf Channel’s Justin Leonard to say, “This is just a long par-3 right now.” Shane Lowry nearly hit the flagstick and Branden Grace came close just moments later. If you overdo it on an approach, there’s out of bounds directly off the back of the green, which abuts a cliff that falls into the beach and ocean. The wind may change and make driver the wrong play. Stewart Cink remarked on Wednesday that he was hitting full 5-irons into a hole where he had a half-wedge on Tuesday. We all know and appreciate these changes as the beauty of links golf and a staple of The Open. But early in the first round, it was driver at the 5th and it was awesome to watch. We had graphics and tools giving us real-time wind information, overhead hole layouts, and then the tracer allowing us to follow the ball flight all the way into a green jammed up against the cliff. It was the best mix of old and new — tee shot strategy on an ancient links course with modern technology making it beautiful to watch. The proper kind of ace Every hole-in-one is great, but I think the most satisfying has to be the one that rolls in gently on one of the ball’s last few revolutions. Aesthetically, it’s beautiful but it also gives you more time to anticipate the possibility and hope. Absolutely perfect! The first ACE of the week at #TheOpen comes from @GrilloEmiliano at the 13th hole— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) July 18, 2019
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Three Big Lessons From One Small Town
Here is another look at the far-southern-Virginia town of Danville: once a thriving tobacco-and-textile center, now trying to figure out what to do after all the mills have shut down.In keeping with the previously announced intention to keep drawing connections, parallel themes, and lessons from the communities we visit, here are three aspects of Danville’s story worth noticing elsewhere, as boiled-down as I can make them. A summary:First, Danville’s civic renewal shows the importance of a relatively new form of philanthropy. Second, it shows the importance of creative use of a one-time historical event—in this case, the “tobacco settlement,” which directed billions of dollars from the tobacco industry to local institutions. (This naturally leads to questions about whether a comparable “opioid settlement” might have similar transformative effects.) Third, it shows the importance of public investment in infrastructure, specifically in broadband capacity. Old mill buildings in downtown Danville, being reoccupied (James Fallows / The Atlantic)Previously I did several reports on Danville’s attempt to put its extensive (and beautiful) inventory of old mill buildings to modern use: “The Reinvention of Danville’s Downtown, Part 1,” “Danville’s Story, Part 2,” and “How Danville Avoided Omaha’s Mistake.” Deb Fallows has written about the involvement of Danville’s faith community (and others) in dealing with rural health issues (“A Regional Approach to Rural Health Challenges”), and about the exceptional new Y that has opened alongside the Dan River downtown ( “A Community Within a Community”).On to the details.1) The role of foundations—and foundations of a particular sort: Institutions called “community foundations” are well known, active, long-established, and important across the country. Each year they give a total of more than $5 billion to civic and charitable efforts in their areas.The evolution of Danville and its surroundings has been very heavily influenced over the past 15 years by a similar-sounding but structurally different sort of charitable organization, the “health conversion foundation.”In Danville the relevant organization is called the Danville Regional Foundation, or DRF. The DRF’s effects in this part of Virginia and North Carolina are too broad and deep to cover in any detail here. For more of the specifics, I direct you to the DRF’s informative site, or articles like this in State of the South or this in Perspectives on History. Almost everything underway in the vicinity—from the revival of Danville’s downtown to the launching of regional initiatives connecting smaller towns that have lost tobacco, textile, or furniture industries—bears the mark of the DRF. Its area of responsibility includes the city of Danville itself, neighboring Pittsylvania county in Virginia, and the larger Dan River area extending into Caswell County in rural North Carolina.Why is this worth mentioning? Because of the foundation’s origin story. It’s one of a group of “health conversion foundations” across the country, which have played a surprisingly large civic role over the past generation. Or at least surprising to me, since I hadn’t know about this specific form of modern philanthropy until our first trip to Danville last fall.You can read extensive details about “health conversion foundations” from, but in brief: These are charities set up when a non-profit hospital or similar facility is sold to a private company. Hundreds of them operate around the country, with total assets in the tens of billions. Some examples are the Rapides Foundation, of Louisiana, founded with $140 million in hospital-sale proceeds in 1994; the Cameron Foundation of Petersburg, Virginia, founded in 2003 with hospital-sale proceeds valued at about $90 million in 2008; and the Harvest Foundation of Martinsville, Virginia, which was also founded with the proceeds from sale of a hospital, in 2002, with assets valued at about $200 million in 2008. Many more examples are listed in the Rural Health Initiative newsletter, here.In Danville’s case, the foundation was formed after the sale of the local Danville Regional Hospital Center to a private company in 2005, LifePoint Hospitals, for about $200 million. The DRF has given out some $116 million in grants since then; and through the magic of investments and the market, its endowment is now larger than when it began.The restored tobacco building on Bridge Street in downtown Danville that the Danville Regional Foundation shares with Averett University (Courtesy of the Danville Regional Foundation)Could the sale of a non-profit health center to a for-profit firm conceivably be a net benefit for a community? As opposed to one more step toward an over-marketized, winner-take-all society?I start out skeptical, and I still assume that the outcomes must vary case-by-case, depending on how the new foundations’ money is put to use, and how the new for-profit system runs. But an initial look at think-tank and academic papers suggests that many of the foundations have tried to address public-health and community-improvement goals in their areas.For instance, here are some reports and articles I’ve seen: “With the ACA Under Fire, Can Health Conversion Foundations Patch the Safety Net for Low-Income Americans?” in Health Affairs in 2017; “How Are Health Conversion Foundations Using Their Resources to Create Change?,” also in Health Affairs, in 2018; “Health Conversion Foundations: How to Make Them Relevant,” in Nonprofit Quarterly in 2016; and “A New Generation of Health Foundations” in Healthcare Finance, in 2014. On balance they offer a positive assessment.“I won’t say that every one of these foundations has fulfilled its potential,” Karl Stauber, who is stepping down this summer after a dozen years as head of the Danville Regional Foundation, told me. “But my estimation is that two in ten have had an oversized impact on the revitalization of the areas that they serve.”Maybe everyone else reporting on rural and smaller-town development already knew about “health conversion foundations.” I hadn’t understood the importance of this recent part of the philanthropic landscape until we were introduced to it in Danville. (Now, of course, I see signs of it everywhere.) 2) The role of the tobacco settlement: One of our favorite places is Danville is a complex known as the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. It’s a set of modern buildings on a hill near the Danville airport, east of downtown. The title of the institute may seem overly ambitious, but the existence of this research center represents a serious effort to correct a regional weakness, and to apply unusual resources to that end.The weakness is Danville’s distance from established big research universities. Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, is two-plus hours away by car, and so is the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville. Those in North Carolina are far enough away not to have Danville within their force-field for attracting students and faculty, or fostering spinoff research companies. We heard time and again that the lack of higher-ed centers reflected the wishes of mill leadership during Danville’s long run as a textile-and-tobacco town. In those days, it was more convenient for the mills if the locals lacked choices in schooling or occupation.The Institute (as I’ll call it from here on) represents a conscious attempt to bring to the region much of what a university would provide—apart, of course, from the thousands of on-scene students. It has evolved to offer many of the spin-off functions you’d associate with a serious state university: Research projects, start-up spaces, training partnerships with companies, alliances with local schools and NGOs, development centers for advanced manufacturing, and a general sense of involvement with the economic future of the community. You can read in detail about its five main divisions here. It is an impressive operation.A lobby sign displays some of the NGOs, schools, and companies involved in cooperative efforts with the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville. (James Fallows / The Atlantic)When I talked with the Institute’s director, Mark Gignac, at the headquarters, he described projects similar to those we’d seen been successful elsewhere—and also one that was unique, the Industrial Hemp Summit. Industrial hemp uses have almost nothing to do with the liberalized marijuana laws in many states and a lot to do with potential commercial and scientific uses of hemp and its components. This is a subject that companies, universities, and governments around the world are taking very seriously, because of its industrial and health-care-related possibilities. And it is one in which some of the same areas of the country that have been economically battered by tobacco’s collapse enjoy natural advantages.“Two hundred years ago, Virginia was the leading exporter of hemp in the world,” Gignac told me. The same sort of soil that favors tobacco is also good for hemp, which was traditionally used for rope and similar applications, especially in the sailing industry. “People get it confused with marijuana, but we’re talking about something different,” he said—the different versions involving fiber, CBD oil, and other hemp products. “It is important for people to understand that hemp is not just another agricultural product. Hemp is about improving human health.”From the IALR web site (Courtesy of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research)“It’s an agricultural crop that is super profitable, I mean super,” he said. “In the good old days, people used to say you could make $4,000 per acre growing tobacco. You can’t do that any more. But in hemp, we’re just getting started, but today you can make between $10,000 and $20,000 per acre, depending on the grade. So you don’t need a lot of acres. And the region here is perfect for this kind of crop.” For more details, you can join the queue to attend the next Summit.Now, the larger point about why the Institute exists in the first place. This organization that is helping figure out Virginia’s post-tobacco future was set up partly through proceeds from the tobacco industry, through the historic “Tobacco Settlement.”Starting with Mississippi’s lawsuit in the mid-1990s, one state government after another began suing big-tobacco companies, because of smoking’s toll on public health. In 1998, as part of a sweeping “Master Settlement,” the major tobacco companies agreed to pay out a total of more than $200 billion (yes, billion) to more than 40 state governments over the following 25 years.In most states, which had never had cigarette or tobacco industries, the money has mainly gone toward public-health efforts or anti-smoking campaigns. But in states like Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia, some of the money went toward compensating communities where tobacco-growing or cigarette-making had been pillars of the economy.Danville originally grew on the tobacco business. Thus it received extra payments—some of which went toward creating the Institute of Advanced Learning and Research.In short: The Danville region’s transition to a new economy got a significant boost from shrewd reuse of after-effects of the old economy.It makes you wonder what a “Master Opioid Settlement” might do for the parts of the country that have suffered most grievously from this scourge.3) Investment in Broadband: To a degree that is hard to imagine from New York or San Francisco, smaller-town and inland-America communities suffer from too-slow, too-costly internet connections. Here’s a snooty coastal way to make the point: Running a web-based business in many parts of the U.S. is like trying to do the same thing via an airline’s in-flight WiFi.Danville is an exception. A dozen years ago, it began building a municipally owned high-speed fiber-optic network, which now offers lower-cost, higher-speed connections to existing and startup businesses than in most communities of its location and size. That network is called nDanville, and you can read about its history and effects here.A feature in Broadband Communities, called “Danville Transforms Its Economy With Fiber,” gives the overview, including the importance of Danville’s long history with city-owned (rather than privately run) utilities. That article, by Andrew Michael Cohill, said: Danville’s ownership of its electric utility (it has been in the electric service business since 1876) gave it a significant advantage in deploying fiber. It is the largest of 15 municipalities in Virginia that own electric power distribution services …. As in other fiber communities that own electric utilities, city ownership of utility poles eliminates negotiation of pole attachment fees and minimizes the impact of make-ready costs …. As with conventional transportation roadways, the city builds and maintains Danville’s digital roads, but private businesses use the system to deliver broadband services …. The nDanville high-performance fiber network has brought other jobs and businesses to Danville and has helped drive down the cost of Internet access, telephone service and TV service in the city. “What’s unique is that we don’t sell services direct to the customer,” Jason Gray, director of Danville Utilities, told me. “We provide the infrastructure, and private companies can compete.” The result, he said (and outsiders confirmed) was that households, startups, and established businesses in the community had faster, cheaper internet connections than in most other rural towns.“It’s an attraction [for] economic development,” Gray told the Community Broadband podcast in 2015. “It's one less thing we can check off our list that we do have broadband—and we have scalable broadband that we can offer many different tiers of services, and whatever basically the company needs.” This is obviously not it itself the full answer to rural development, but it’s one more step.“Health conversion foundations” offer one more tool for community development. The “master settlement” for tobacco was the basis for one community’s equivalent of many of the advantages of a local university. Investment in high-speed internet gives smaller, distant towns a better chance to compete for modern, high-value jobs. Those are some lessons from Danville.More from this series
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‘Will Allah be OK with this?’: inside the BBC's first British-Muslim sketch show
They joke about airport security and overindulging over Ramadan. Meet the creators of Muzlamic, the trailblazing comedy exploring the contradictions of modern Muslim lifeAs Ali Shahalom and Aatif Nawaz scan the faces on the walls of the boardroom we’re in, their faces light up. “The BBC have put us in the brown room!” laughs Shahalom, gazing up at the cast of Goodness Gracious Me. It feels fateful that this is where we meet in Broadcasting House, given the impact the pioneering British-Asian sketch show had on these two comics. (“That was the first time I ever saw brown people on TV,” says Shahalom. “That did something to me.”) These days he and Nawaz are the trailblazers; they are about to launch Muzlamic – the first British-Muslim sketch show ever broadcast on the BBC. From airport interrogations to a childrens’ author forced to answer extraneous questions while plugging a book called The Diary of a Friendly Squirrel (“Don’t you think it was insensitive to release it so soon after the anniversary of September 11?!”), the Muzlamic pilot is made up of bite-sized chunks that never outstay their welcome. In one sketch, which they refer to as “the whitest brown guy”, two feuding colleagues stalk one another around an office in Stevenage, playing top trumps with facts like “I’m so white I have a loyalty card at Greggs” and “I think a C is a really good grade.”Shahalom and Nawaz often offer up a jester v straight man dynamic, with Shahalom playing loveable buffoons like Bethnal Green-based barber Mabz, while Nawaz is the dissatisfied customer who ends up with a hot towel shoved on his face (“the shaving foam went up my nose and I sneezed for 34 minutes straight,” he recalls of filming the sketch). But while far less polarised in person, their comedy backgrounds couldn’t be more different. British-Pakistani comic Nawaz, 34, took the tried-and-tested route of open mics and Edinburgh stints, followed by a glut of unsuccessful attempts to get scripts into production. Continue reading...
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Verizon launches its first 5G hotspot for $650
Verizon has announced its latest 5G device — a long anticipated 5G hotspot, the Inseego 5G MiFi M1000. But the 5G MiFi M1000 is the latest proof that 5G isn’t going to be cheap: the hotspot alone is set to cost $649.99, before you factor in the monthly cost of data. That’s a big jump: the company’s current high-end LTE hotspot, the Jetpack MiFi 8800L, costs less than a third of that at $199.99. Verirzon is offering a few ways to make that price sting a bit less, like a 24-month installment plan that just divides the cost into $27.08 per month chunks, or a two-year service contract that knocks the price down to $499.99. $650 for a hotspot is a lot to ask Unsurprisingly, data is also more expensive: 5G data is only offered with Verizon’s unlimited plan, which starts at $90 per month ($10 more per month than the LTE plan) and gets you 50GB of 5G data per month before throttling (down to 3Mbps), and 15GB of LTE data (which gets throttled down to 600 Kbps once you use that up.) Additionally, Verizon is only offering downloads at 5G speeds right now — uploads will still be over LTE, but won’t count towards that 15GB cap. Alternatively, if you already have a Verizon unlimited smartphone plan, you can get service for the 5G MiFi M1000 for $30 a month (plus the cost of the device, of course), for the same 50GB of 5G / 15GB LTE data pools, which is a similar $10 increase over the previous LTE-only offer. The 5G MiFi M1000 marks the fifth 5G device that Verizon is offering, joining the the LG V50 ThinQ, the Galaxy S10 5G, and the Moto Z3 and Z4 (which need the 5G Moto Mod accessory to access the network). Verizon also announced that St. Paul, Minnesota will be the fifth city to get its 5G service, joining Denver, Chicago, Minneapolis and Providence. Like those other rollouts, the 5G service in St. Paul will be limited to a few areas of the city, (specifically, the Downtown, Lowertown and West Seventh neighborhoods, along with a few major landmarks like Minnesota Museum of American Art). Verizon had previously promised that 30 cities across the US would have its 5G service by the end of the year.
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Wall St. set to open flat as trade worries weigh; Netflix tumbles
Wall Street's main indexes were set for a flat open on Thursday as investors awaited more developments around trade, while Netflix posted a surprise drop in U.S. subscribers, kicking off earnings for the FAANG group of stocks on a sour note.
Families fight for 9/11 victims' compensation fund as Senate delays
Another 9/11 first responder, former New York City firefighter Kevin Nolan, has died as families push for Congress to renew funding for the victims' compensation fund. CBSN New York's Jessica Layton reports.
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Iran says it has seized foreign tanker as Gulf tensions deepen
Iran said on Thursday it had seized a foreign tanker smuggling fuel in the Gulf, and the U.S. military commander in the region said the United States would work "aggressively" to ensure free passage of vessels through the vital waterway.
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California Today: Can California Curb Police Shootings?
Thursday: California is poised to pass a landmark law. Also: Senator Kamala Harris surges in one poll and Comic-Con.
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Report: Bitcoin outperformed all other coins in Q2 2019
Bitcoin’s market prowess grew by 10.4 percent during Q2 2019.  According to CoinGecko’s Quarterly Report for Q2 2019, the world’s most famous cryptocurrency increased its dominance from 54.6 percent to 65 percent during the specified time period. EOS and XRP were the biggest losers, losing nearly half of their market dominance. XRP fell from 9.8 percent to 5.7 percent, decreasing  by 4.1 percent overall. Meanwhile, EOS saw its market dominance reduced from 3.3 percent to 2.0 percent, representing a 1.3 decrease. Almost all other coins lost market dominance during Q2.  Bitcoin’s price movements The report also reviewed the digital currency’s performance… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin
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Airline blasted for sharing tweet about fatalities based on seats
The Dutch airline KLM took a social media beating this week after its India team shared a tweet about the seats where passengers are most likely to die, according to a new report. The tweet in question, posted by @KLMIndia along with the hashtags #TuesdayTrivia, #Aircraft and #Facts, has since been deleted. “According to data...
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Honda has a modular EV plan for the US
Honda might have delighted the European market with details of its cute and compact electric Honda E, but that's no use to American drivers -- the Honda E isn't destined for US soil and even if it was, its top range of 125 miles is pretty useless for...
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Woman slashed in face by stranger near Port Authority
A New Jersey woman needed 10 stitches after she was slashed in the face by a stranger near Port Authority Bus Terminal, police said Thursday. The 23-year-old Moorsetown woman was standing with friends near the corner of West 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue around 11:10 p.m. Wednesday when Tyquan McClary, a 22-year-old stranger, allegedly slashed...
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Sweet Escapes comes from Cookie Jam veterans at Redemption Games
Redemption Games is launching Sweet Escapes, the first mobile game from the new studio started by veterans who made Cookie Jam.
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What to Ask For When You're Bumped From a Flight
Last year, a passenger on United was given $10,000 in travel credit for volunteering to be bumped from her flight. While it’s very unlikely you’d receive the same amount if you agree to volunteer, it’s important you know what you’re entitled to.Read more...
Jeffrey Epstein’s private island always had topless girls: ex-IT guy
A former IT guy who worked for Jeffrey Epstein said he quit over concerns about the hordes of topless underage women that frequented the wealthy sex offender’s private Caribbean island, according to a new report. Steve Scully got an inside look into Epstein’s disturbing lifestyle and bizarre behavior — which included wearing Lacoste T-shirts just...
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Iran says it has seized foreign oil tanker and crew
Iran's Revolutionary Guard impounded tanker with crew of 12 that it accuses of smuggling oil, Iranian state TV reports
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Samantha Bee Marvels at “Spokes-Golem” Kellyanne Conway for Being “More Racist” Than Trump
"Fun fact: that's also how she answers the phone," Bee said of Conway's "What's your ethnicity?" remark.
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Amazon stokes Prime Day fires with $30 off year of Audible plus $1 Echo Dot
Amazon reported Prime Day 2019 was bigger than ever, exceeding last year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined sales Amazon just threw more fuel on the retail fires with a hot deal on an annual Audible audiobook membership.
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Trump is on an Orwellian mission to redefine human rights | Michael H Fuchs
It has long been abundantly clear Trump has no respect for human rights. Now Pompeo wants to build a new framework to justify the rollback of protectionsThe president of the United States makes racist comments against members of Congress. He puts kids in cages. Attempts to ban Muslims from entering the United States. Praises dictators.It has long been abundantly clear that Donald Trump has no respect for human rights. Now, the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, wants to build a new intellectual framework to justify the administration’s rollback of human rights protections. Continue reading...
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