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Scandals and storms have left Puerto Rico drowning in debt

The scandal engulfing Puerto Rico was most recently fueled by revelations in July that Gov. Richard Rosselló had exchanged sexist and homophobic messages with top aides — but the seeds of citizens’ discontent had been sown years earlier. The US territory is drowning in debt to the tune of roughly $70 billion, with roughly 40...
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Three killed in shooting at Oklahoma Walmart
Police tell a CBS affiliate two people were shot inside a vehicle and one person was shot outside the vehicle
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Senior UK judges say cryptoassets, including Bitcoin, are property
Cryptoassets can be treated as tradeable property and smart contracts are “enforceable agreements” under English law. That’s according to the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce of the Lawtech Deliver Panel, which today published a 46-page legal statement stating: “Cryptoassets, including but not restricted to, virtual currencies, can be treated in principle as property […] smart contracts are capable of satisfying the requirements of contracts in English law and are thus enforceable by the courts. Statutory requirements for a signature can be met by techniques such as private key encryption.” The statement comes after a six-month consultation period and provides relative clarity for… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin
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How to tell if you have the cold or allergies
Andrew Goloida/Flickr First, consider the symptoms. Allergies cause itchy eyes and nose whereas the common cold comes with headaches and body aches. Keep track of how long your symptoms last. The common cold typically lasts 7-10 days whereas allergies can last for much longer. Pay attention to the time of year when you feel symptoms. If your sniffles hit in wintertime, chances are you have a common cold, not allergies. This article was reviewed by Rod Oskouian, MD, at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute. There's a lot of overlap between cold and allergy symptoms, and it's not always easy to tell what's causing your sniffles.   "But there are some clues," says David Cutler, a family medicine physician at Providence Saint John's Health Center.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: People are still debating the pink or grey sneaker, 2 years after it went viral. Here's the real color explained.See Also:Why flu season spikes in the fall and winterYes, the flu is contagious. Here's when you're most likely to spread the virusHow long a cold should last — and when you should see a doctor
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How Chronicle is fitting into Google Cloud
Chronicle is inside Google Cloud. Rick Caccia, Google Cloud Security Products marketing lead, and Sunil Potti, VP of Google Cloud Security, explain.
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Vegans sue Burger King over meat contamination of Impossible Burger Whopper
Some vegans have filed a lawsuit against Burger King because they cook the Impossible Burger Whoppers on the same grill as their meat burgers. According to the suit, the Impossible Whopper is not a vegan option and the restaurant doesn't disclose the meat contamination on their menu. Of course, vegans and vegetarians have been quite vocal about this issue since the Impossible Whopper's introduction. According to TMZ, plaintiff Philip Williams "not only wants damages ... he wants the judge to order Burger King to stop cooking Impossible Burgers and the OG burgers on the same grill. Read the rest
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Huawei is getting three more months before US ban takes effect
Illustration by William Joel / The Verge Huawei has been given yet another reprieve from the Trump administration’s ban on its products, according to Commerce Department documents filed today. Yet another delay Earlier this year, citing concerns of electronic espionage, the United States moved to restrict the purchase of equipment from “foreign adversaries.” The decision took aim directly at Huawei, as officials expressed concern that the Chinese government could exploit the China-based company to spy on Americans. (The company has denied any wrongdoing.) But after the initial announcement, Huawei and its subsidiaries were quickly granted licenses to continue work in the US. And after one 90-day delay ended in August, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross granted another, giving rural... Continue reading…
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This historic house is free — but it comes with a major catch
No one wants this free house in Montclair.
New York Post
A 17-year-old vaped so much he needed a double-lung transplant, a last resort when all other treatments fail
Jane Khomi / Getty Images An unnamed 17-year-old in Detroit recently became the first person to need a double-lung transplant due to a vaping-related lung injury. The case, while frightening, is a rare last-resort treatment for vaping-related lung injuries, Dr. John Scott, a pulmonologist and director of the Mayo Clinic's transplant center, told Insider. Most vaping injuries can be treated with antibiotics, steroids, respiratory ventilators that help a person breath, or a mixture of these methods, Scott said. Lung transplants are a last resort. Visit Insider's homepage for more. An unnamed 17-year-old in Detroit recently became the first person to need a double-lung transplant due to a vaping-related lung injury. On November 12, representatives at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit held a press conference about the teen's condition, surgery, and long road to recovery.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Taylor Swift is the world's highest-paid celebrity. Here's how she makes and spends her $360 million.See Also:The wild history of vaping, from a 1927 'electric vaporizer' to today's mysterious lung injury crisisA nursery song based on 'Wheels on the Bus' teaches women how to do a breast cancer self-examFish oil and cholesterol-lowering drugs may help ease symptoms of depression
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Meet the Blind RB from Arizona Who's Scoring Touchdowns | B/Real
Meet Adonis Watt, the blind high school running back who's scoring touchdowns. Watt lost his vision at five years old and on the same day he signed up to play youth football. Now, he’s hooping with the help of music and scoring TDs for his team...
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Qatar World Cup coverage has been unfair, says 2022 chief executive
The chief executive of Qatar's 2022 World Cup organizing committee says the country has been surprised by the "severity" of the criticism it has received since winning the right to host the 2022 World Cup.
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Three killed at shooting at Oklahoma Walmart: media
Three people were shot and killed in a morning attack at an Oklahoma Walmart on Monday, according to local media, the latest in a string of deadly shootings in the United States.
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Trump Is Using His Old Playbook for Impeachment
As the impeachment inquiry gains steam, President Trump and his defenders are running their old playbook. It’s not a good playbook. It wasn’t all that persuasive the first time around. But it worked once—and the modern Republican Party doesn’t have a lot of imagination for new arguments. And what the heck—if something was good enough for the Russia investigation, why wouldn’t it be good enough for, as House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes so rudely put it, “the low-rent Ukrainian sequel”?The Trump defensive playbook has a few distinctive plays.There’s the allegation of a deep state conspiracy. The demonization of an individual career official. The assertion that the relevant investigation was conceived in sin and is hopelessly tainted by it. The focus on throwing handfuls of spaghetti at the wall, rather than stitching together a coherent alternative narrative. And the radical refusal to see forests for their constituent trees.The first play is that most familiar of presidential obsessions: the claim that an unelected deep state has been hell-bent on undermining first Trump’s 2016 campaign and then his presidency. Career government officials, in this story, have turned their vast power and tradecraft against the president, who is battling valiantly against the attempted coup from within his own government. The Russia-investigation version of this narrative had the deep state working with the Obama administration to engineer the appearance of Russian election interference and the Trump campaign’s collusion with it—and spying on the Trump campaign in the process. These days, if you listen to the president, the deep state is responsible for the legal troubles of Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the emergence of the whistle-blower complaint regarding Trump’s conduct on Ukraine that kick-started the impeachment inquiry.[Jonathan Shaub: Executive privilege should have no power when it comes to an impeachment]The whistle-blower, who retains his hard-fought anonymity, is the perfect representative of the deep state: nameless, shadowy, and working for the most spooky and least public of federal agencies, the CIA. In an accusation that recalls his meritless insistence that Obama had his “wires tapped” Trump has called the whistle-blower “almost a spy,” and Sean Hannity has suggested that the unnamed CIA analyst committed a crime by “surveilling the president.”This leads to the second defense. Every conspiracy, after all, needs a villain. In the Russia case, the president and his allies seized on the public release of text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page that expressed negative views of Trump, arguing that Strzok’s key role in beginning the Russia investigation meant that the entire probe was nothing more than an outgrowth of the agent’s personal distaste for candidate and then President Trump. The president’s focus on the person of the whistle-blower is best understood as an effort to create a new Strzok—to put a face on the deep state, so to speak, and create a particular villain at whom his supporters can direct their ire.“Strzok started the illegal Rigged Witch Hunt,” Trump wrote on Twitter last year, in a representative complaint; “Why isn’t this so-called ‘probe’ ended immediately?” Thus does the figure of the single villainous official play into the third defensive tactic: the insistence that any one tainted aspect of the investigation necessarily taints all others. The insistence on Strzok’s bias and that the FBI was “spying” on the Trump campaign leads to the insistence that the entire investigation is defective—even if no evidence has been produced that the agent’s view of Trump affected the FBI’s work. Likewise, the use of the controversial Steele dossier to obtain a surveillance warrant against the former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page means that the whole warrant is tainted—no matter that the dossier was one piece of evidence among many and that independent judges signed off on the warrant four times.This reasoning was always strained, but it’s particularly absurd as applied to the Ukraine matter. The attempt to make a demon out of the whistle-blower is a complete non sequitur. While Strzok really did play a major role in the Russia investigation, the whistle-blower was reporting on pre-existing concerns communicated to him by other officials, and the witnesses called before Congress have corroborated his report at every turn. The whistleblower was a tipster, not an investigator. It’s a bit strange to complain about the fruit of the poison tree when the supposed poison was tilled into the soil well after the tree bore fruit.[Peter Wehner: The exposure of the Republican party ]Perhaps for this reason, while Trump has insisted on focusing on the whistle-blower, congressional Republicans have also used procedural complaints about the impeachment inquiry to make their case of original sin. Their efforts have not been particularly coherent. “A due process starts at the beginning,” argued House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, dismissing new procedures for the impeachment inquiry voted on by the House. “It doesn’t affirm a mis-sham investigation all the way through. If you were in a legal term, it would be the fruit from the poisonous tree.”But the incoherence doesn’t really matter. During both the Russia investigation and the current scandal, the goal of the president’s defenders is less to spin a consistent story and more to throw up smoke. Nunes is the maestro of this technique: His mysterious memo alleging surveillance abuse in the winter of 2018 had the effect of seeding confusing conspiracy theories that grabbed press headlines, even though they never held together. These days, anyone watching the impeachment hearings has been treated to similar efforts by Republican questioners, who seemed mostly interested in chasing down obscure and nonsensical theories about supposed Ukrainian election interference in 2016. These theories crumple under even the slightest scrutiny. But they sound ominous on television and distract attention from the allegations of wrongdoing against Trump—which is the real point.Sometimes, the president’s defenders don’t seem to remember which scandal they are defending against; so completely have the playbooks merged that the defenses merge substantively as well. Nunes opened both hearings last week with complaints about the Steele dossier—his equivalent of playing back golden oldies from the good old Russia days. There’s no connection between the dossier and the Ukraine scandal, but that hasn’t stopped him from bringing back the greatest hits. The goal is to confuse, after all. At times, this approach has led to amusing self-parody. During the closed deposition of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, Republican Representative Scott Perry asked if the ambassador had ever “request[ed] unmasking of any individuals”—a reference to a Nunes obsession dating back to the spring of 2017. Yovanovitch, confused, asked, “What does it mean?”[David A. Graham: We still don’t know what happened between Trump and Russia]Most importantly, the playbook depends on radically disaggregating the constituent components of the allegations against the president. In the Russia scandal, that meant focusing narrowly on the specific incidents and never allowing that they were connected in a fashion that told a larger story. The Trump Tower meeting, at which representatives of the Russian offered “dirt” on Hillary Clinton to the president’s son and campaign manager and son-in-law, didn’t amount to collusion because the meeting was a bust and the dirt never materialized. The negotiations over a Trump Tower Moscow deal, taking place through most of the campaign and lied about by the president’s representatives into his administration, did not amount to anything either.The multiple campaign aides charged with lying about their contacts with Russian officials or cutouts were, well, just isolated things that happened. The more-than-100-pages of meetings and contacts detailed in the Mueller Report merely described individual incidents in which people met with other people who happened to be from Russia. The aggregate pattern, which so clearly described a campaign and business probed on all sides by Russia and its agents at a time the country was actively intervening in the 2016 election, was an evil from which eyes and ears could be diverted and about which Republican mouths did not speak.Something similar is happening today: a refusal to acknowledge the whole story by instead adopting a dismissive attitude to its constituent pieces—and refusing to see those pieces as connected to one another. There is nothing wrong with the specific text of the call transcript, we are told, or at least, no quid pro quo reflected within its four corners. The president has the authority to remove an ambassador, we are told, for any reason at any time. If the president asked for investigations, that simply reflects his concern about corruption, we are told, and Ukraine is a very corrupt place. If Trump held up military aid to Ukraine, we are told, well, the president is known to be a skeptic of foreign aid. And if a parade of earnest public servants, in depositions or in public hearings, testify as to the connective tissue between all of these elements—that there clearly was a linkage between acts of U.S. statecraft and Ukrainian willingness to announce investigations of the president’s foes—they are merely repeating second- or third-hand hearsay that or expressing policy disagreements with the presidents. Once again, the larger story goes unaddressed.Is it going to work—again? That may depend on how we define “working” in the first place. If working means being remotely persuasive to person who spends any time with the evidence, then no, it will not work. But the playbook in that sense didn’t work the last go-around either. Relatively few people who have actually read the Mueller report, for example, doubt that Trump obstructed justice—and most readers, we venture to guess, didn’t emerge with the sense that the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia and its agents were all on the up-and-up.But the goal of the playbook is not to convince the careful reader of the evidence. It’s not even aimed at the swing voter. The purpose of the playbook, rather, is to keep intact that narrow political coalition on which Trump’s power rests. He was elected with 46 percent of the popular vote and an Electoral College majority that depended on razor thin victories in a few states. What keeps him in power today is the commitment of his voting base to him, and the fear that congressional Republicans have of upsetting that voting base by abandoning Trump.So the real definition of working is two-fold: first, being sufficiently persuasive to Trump’s core voters that it remains politically perilous for Republican members of either house of Congress to contemplate defecting; and second, being sufficiently persuasive to those same core voters that Trump remains electorally viable in a campaign broadly similar to the one he ran before.It is too soon to tell whether the playbook is working, in this narrow sense. The stability of the president’s approval ratings, which have not tanked since the impeachment process began, suggest that at a minimum, it is not not working—at least not yet. The playbook may be even more implausible intellectually than it was the first time around. It may be infuriating. And it is certainly demagogic and immoral in its deceit and slander. But it has played an effective role in Trump’s resilience to date. So why not try it again?
World Edition - The Atlantic
At least three dead after Oklahoma Walmart shooting
Three people were killed in a shooting inside a Walmart in Oklahoma, according to a report. The shooting occurred just before 10 a.m. Monday at the store in Duncan, about 89 miles south of Oklahoma City, news station KOKH reported. The suspect was believed to have been at large based off 911 calls — but...
New York Post
Google Stadia review – the console vanishes from video gaming
The challenge of providing high-quality video game streaming has been met – but the launch lineup of games is disappointingThe Stadia is nothing short of revolutionary. Its core technology delivers on a promise decades in the making: console-quality gaming, without the console. But revolutions have unpredictable outcomes, leave a trail of destruction in their wake, and have a tendency to destroy those who start them. Will Google be able to see this through? Continue reading...
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Oculus releases Link USB cable specs and PC VR beta software for Quest
Announced in September, Oculus Link is available today in beta form for Quest users, enabling PC VR software to run on the headset using a USB cable.
VentureBeat | Tech News That Matters
The Day Clocks Changed Across America: What Happened When the U.S. Adopted Standardized Time
Before that day, there were 27 local times in Michigan, 27 in Illinois and 23 in Indiana
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Google Stadia launch review: Gaming’s “future” looks rough in the present
Google's game streaming is too limited and too unreliable, for too little benefit.
Ars Technica
Chiefs’ defense is causing them major problems
Prepare to hear chants of “Olé” throughout Monday night’s AFC West battle between the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs in Mexico City (8:15 p.m., ESPN). The Chiefs play defense like matadors. Kansas City: Allowed 7.6 yards per play last week to Tennessee in a 35-32 loss. The Titans rushed for 225 yards on...
New York Post
Google Stadia is just for early adopters now, but it has so much promise
Hey Google, here's some free marketing advice: Stadia is an early access product. The fact that I'm dispensing this advice in a review is proof that mistakes have already been made. The streaming service that Google's been pitching since March — think Netflix, but for games — is meant to go toe-to-toe with the PlayStations and Xboxes of the world, but on the eve of its Nov. 19 launch, it's simply not ready. That's fine! Early access isn't a dirty idea. It's a descriptive term that, in just two words, tells consumers everything they need to know: this product isn't quite finished, but it's good enough to be something you can purchase as an early adopter. Even at launch, Stadia does the key thing it needs to do: it works. Read more...More about Google, Stadia, Entertainment, Gaming, and Streaming Services
Mashable
Google Stadia review — It works, but it doesn’t matter
Google Stadia is here, and it can work really well. But that's not going to matter because Google doesn't know the customers it's trying to win over.
VentureBeat | Tech News That Matters
Stadia works, but here are 10 features it needs to add in a hurry
Google Stadia works OK, but there's a long list of features that should be added to the cloud gaming service to make it a minimum viable product.
VentureBeat | Tech News That Matters
Shooting Reported at Oklahoma Walmart, Local Police Say
Police officials in Duncan, Okla., are responding to reports of a shooting at a local Walmart on Monday morning
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Google Stadia Wants You to Replace Your Video Game Console. Don’t.
The search giant’s new console-free gaming service is a neat concept. But there are bugs and too many unknowns.
The New York Times
Film explores "pattern of violence against black girls" in schools
We spoke to a 13-year-old who says she was dragged outside and left in the cold by her teacher when she was in second grade
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Oculus Link for PC is live: Everything we know about cables, GPU support
Beta for this wired-VR update is now live; official Oculus Link cable coming soon.
Ars Technica
Callous, Careless Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew has, clearly, made many poor decisions in life: traveling to royal engagements in Britain in a helicopter, rather than taking the train; criticizing the government’s attempts to combat corruption over lunch with British businessmen in Kyrgyzstan; captaining a team in a medieval-themed game show broadcast on national television.Yet his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein—which continued after the latter’s conviction for solicitation of prostitution involving a minor—is disturbing on another level. The prince’s decision this weekend to give an interview to the BBC about that friendship, which entirely lacked empathy or remorse, compounds the offense.From the start, it was apparent that the queen’s second son dwells not on Earth, but on Planet Aristocracy. It is a land governed by rules and codes that are unfathomable to the rest of us. When the BBC’s Emily Maitlis asked whether he had invited Epstein to a party, Andrew quickly corrected her: “It was a shooting weekend … a straightforward shooting weekend.” The distinction—between an evening event and staying with friends to fire guns in muddy fields—is meaningless to anyone who grew up outside the English upper classes. Throughout, he seemed to adhere to an honor code where ghosting a friend is unconscionably discourteous, but exploiting underage girls is merely a “manner unbecoming.” It is essentially a two-tier view of the world, where people are divided into equals and human chaff.In 2011, the scandal surrounding Epstein, a former hedge-fund manager, cost Andrew his job as Britain’s trade envoy, a role that involved indiscriminate schmoozing of dictators, oligarchs, and business leaders. Questions about their friendship have dogged him ever since. He presumably thought the interview would help refute the persistent allegation that he had sex with a minor—Virginia Roberts (now Virginia Giuffre), then age 17—in 2001. In a court filing, Roberts said she was essentially trafficked by Epstein, and forced to have sex with his friends, including Andrew.[Read: Arresting Jeffrey Epstein is just the start]A secondary motive might have been to show remorse for the friendship, which continued long after it was clear exactly what kind of person Epstein was. On the surface, the millionaire’s lifestyle was glittering—donations to tech research, dinners with public intellectuals—but its darkness ought to have been obvious to anyone who saw it up close. Epstein attended Andrew’s daughter Beatrice’s 18th-birthday party at Windsor Castle in 2006, two months after an arrest warrant was issued for his sexual assault of a minor. (He was given a plea bargain, allowing him to serve just 13 months in prison, as well as immunity from future prosecutions not just for him, but for “any potential co-conspirators.”)When protesting his own innocence in the BBC interview, the prince floundered. He sounded queasy and evasive. He could not have slept with Roberts on the date she alleged, he said, because he was at a pizza restaurant in a town near London. Why did he remember that so specifically? “Because going to Pizza Express in Woking is an unusual thing for me to do.” (Never mind that Woking is only 30 miles from London, putting it about an hour’s drive from Tramp Nightclub, where he is alleged to have met Roberts that evening.) Her memory of him as sweating also threw the story into doubt, he believed: “I didn’t sweat at the time because I had suffered what I would describe as an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War when I was shot at.”On the second count—expressing remorse—the prince also failed. Maitlis asked Andrew straight out whether he regretted the friendship. “Still not,” he said. “The people that I met and the opportunities that I was given to learn either by him or because of him were actually very useful.” (No room in the picture for another set of people: Epstein’s victims.) She tried again later, and got essentially the same answer.[Read: The myth of the ‘underage woman’]As an interviewer, Maitlis was calm and forensic. The prince said he and Epstein were not “close friends.” And yet Andrew had been on his private plane? “Yes.” Had stayed on his private island? “Yes.” Had stayed at his home in Palm Beach? “Yes.” After Epstein was released from prison, where he was serving a sentence for procuring a minor for prostitution, Andrew stayed at Epstein’s house in New York, and was photographed walking through Central Park with him. “I went there with the sole purpose of saying to him that because he had been convicted, it was inappropriate for us to be seen together.” Maitlis was politely incredulous: “You went to break up the relationship and yet you stayed at that New York mansion several days?”Although the interview will be remembered for the weirdness of its details—the pizza and the sweat—its true value lies elsewhere. It provided, through an apparently unaware narrator, a portrait of the whole toxic brew that fed the Epstein scandal and others like it. When historians try to understand the interplay of celebrity and sexual predation in the early 21st century, it will be as revealing a document as the recent books on Harvey Weinstein. Every abuser requires enablers. Every abuser requires silenced victims. Every abuser requires blind eyes.These 45 minutes of television laid out the whole sorry dynamic. Take an aristocrat and offer him access to an exciting whirl of glittering people. Remember that he is used, from birth, to the constant presence of “staff,” so that he invisibly divides the world into his peers and those shadowy beings who fulfill his every whim. (“I don't wish to appear grand, but there were a lot of people who were walking around Jeffrey Epstein’s house,” he told Maitlis. “I interacted with them, if you will, to say ‘Good morning,’ ‘Good afternoon,’ but I didn’t [ask,] ‘What are you doing here?’ ‘Why are you here?’ ‘What's going on?’”) Then offer him the use of a house, a plane, an island, an implicit transaction of money for royal stardust. He is a trophy, rarer even than a stuffed lion, to show off to friends.This is a world where houses are busy, as Andrew put it, like “a railway station”—run by staff, of course—and are much more convenient than staying in a hotel. A whole class of humans, just so much moving scenery, keeps the world turning. A stratified approach to humanity was evident throughout the interview. Repeatedly, Andrew missed opportunities to express sympathy for Epstein’s victims. (His PR adviser quit two weeks before the interview, after advising against it.) They didn’t seem to exist as vividly as him and his friends.If the prince had not come across so unsympathetically, there might have been another lesson to be drawn from his words: the deforming effect of Britain’s obsession with its royal family on the members of that family. They are treated with extreme deference and extreme resentment, a divide that threatens to shear their psyches in two. Kate Middleton is praised and reviled for the flat dullness of her public image. For every cruel column accusing Meghan and Harry of narcissism, there are huge numbers of supporters who adore them uncritically. For Prince Andrew, there is a sharp disconnect between the fawning millionaires with whom he surrounds himself and the relentless hostility of a press that sees him as a spendthrift playboy.Buried in Andrew’s words were plenty of reasons to pity him. He grew up, he said, in an “institution”—using the same word for the royal family that you might for a children’s home or youth prison. He was careful of having photographs taken, constantly on his guard. He could not tell if anything strange was happening around Epstein, because “if you are somebody like me, then people behave in a subtly different way.” (It reminded me of the old joke that the queen thinks everywhere smells of fresh paint.) His description of his inability to sweat after serving in the navy sounded like a hint that he found the experience traumatic. Despite his apparent lack of remorse, I did feel there was something tragic about his story: a man born into a role he didn’t ask for, given money and attention he didn’t earn, living a gilded, hyper-visible, fundamentally abnormal life.Yet the sympathy stretches only so far. Prince Andrew said Epstein had taken advantage of his “tendency to be too honorable.” It is more likely that Epstein took advantage of his entitlement and self-regard. There are only two ways for Andrew to explain the friendship. The first is that he knowingly associated with a convicted sex offender, because he did not regard that as a disqualification. The second is that he was too stupid, or too incurious, to comprehend the evil going on around him.[Read: Is the British royal family worth the money?]I lean toward the latter explanation. Privileged obliviousness is the royal family’s default setting. Some have escaped it: Andrew’s sister, Anne, refused royal titles for her children, as she was determined to bring them up outside the royal bubble. Andrew did not: His daughters are princesses. At her wedding last year, the younger one, Eugenie, chose a reading from The Great Gatsby, which she said reminded her of her future husband. “He smiled understandingly—much more than understandingly,” observes the novel’s narrator, Nick Carraway, in the section of the novel read out by her sister, Beatrice. “It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life.”How delightful—except that the man Carraway is describing is Jay Gatsby, a con man who weasels his way into high society through flattery and charm. “They were careless people,” writes F. Scott Fitzgerald of two of The Great Gatsby’s other characters, Tom and Daisy. “They smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”In his interview with the BBC, Prince Andrew revealed himself as a man of vast carelessness. He was friends with a man who smashed up young girls’ lives, and used his money and influence to secure a plea deal that saw him treated with incredible lenience.At the very least, Prince Andrew tolerated and indulged that impulse in Epstein. Now, after 24 hours of backlash over his disastrous interview, British newspapers are carrying quotes from the prince telling friends of his “regret” at the friendship and “great sympathy” for the victims.Other people are now trying to clean up the mess he has made.
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Everything You Should Know About Using Google Stadia at Launch
So you went ahead and did it: You bought into Google Stadia. The Chrome-based streaming platform, which launches this week, is still very much in its infancy and half-functional in many ways. For example, you can only stream Stadia games on a handful of devices; there are settings available in some place on some apps,…Read more...
Lifehacker
This Thanksgiving, Confit Your Dark Meat
I have many turkey takes, but my strongest fowl conviction is that that the big bird is best when broken down into light and dark, and then cooked separately. Yes, you sacrifice the whole-bird visual, but honestly who cares? I would rather have it taste good.Read more...
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Oculus' new Link software brings Rift content to Quest headsets
We've described the Oculus Quest as the best standalone wireless VR headset yet, but there was one feature missing from the system: the ability to plug the headset into a PC. That feature is coming, with the Oculus Link software which is launching to...
Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features
Google Stadia hands-on: Shockingly playable
I barely expected Stadia to work. Stadia is Google's attempt to make cloud gaming happen, and the company has promised a lot: the ability to play basically any game at up to 4K on your TV, phone, tablet or laptop, with no lag and on existing in...
Engadget | Technology News, Advice and Features
Google Stadia review: thank you for playing
A beta worth waiting longer for Continue reading…
The Verge
Google Stadia Review: It's Getting There
Google is a streaming game company now, for better and worse.
WIRED
How the Falcons can still upend the NFC playoff race
Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images The 3-7 Falcons have upset two teams in a row, and they could shake things up in the NFC playoff race. The Atlanta Falcons’ 2019 season isn’t exactly going as expected. Their firepower on offense paired with a ton of talent on defense had them as a potential sleeper Super Bowl pick heading into the year. But we’re more than halfway through the NFL season, and the Falcons are just 3-7. The good news though is that they’ve found some rhythm and are now officially playing the role of spoiler in the NFL. In the last two weeks, the Falcons have upset the Saints and the Panthers to disrupt the NFC South race. That turnaround is a surprise, given that just a few weeks ago head coach Dan Quinn was expected to be fired at the end of the year, if not before. While he still might be headed for the unemployment line, the Falcons are finally looking like the team we thought’d they be all season. So what’s changed? Atlanta’s defense has majorly stepped it up the last couple of weeks. The biggest difference is the defense has been getting after the quarterback a lot better than it was earlier in the season. Before Week 10, the Falcons only had seven sacks all season. Then, they sacked Drew Brees six times, with Grady Jarrett recording 2.5 of them. That continued in Week 11 against the Panthers as the Atlanta got to Kyle Allen five times. Adrian Clayborn had two of those, while Takkarist McKinley registered his first full sack of the season. Sunday was also a turning point for another problem that had been plaguing the Falcons’ defense: its inability to create turnovers. Coming into the week, the defense had forced an NFL-low four turnovers. Against the Panthers, it picked off Allen four times. In the last two games, Atlanta’s defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown either — only the fifth time in franchise history it’s done so. The defense was giving up an average of 31 points per game before then and has averaged 6 points per game in back-to-back wins. The Falcons also outscored the Saints and Panthers by a combined score of 55-12. Part of the defensive improvement might be the coaching changes Quinn has made. After the team’s bye week on Nov. 3, the Falcons announced that Raheem Morris, who was coaching the receivers, would move over to work with the defensive backs. The switch made sense, considering Morris has spent many years of his career coaching secondaries. Then news broke that Quinn, who was calling the defensive himself, delegated the defensive playcalling to Jeff Ulbrich and Morris. In the last two weeks, those moves seem to have paid off; the defense looks like a completely different unit. However, cornerback Isaiah Oliver insists things are just working better for the defense later in the season. “Defensively, we have the same players on the field, we’re calling the same calls we have been calling, running the same defense — it’s just working better, honestly,” Oliver told reporters after the Panthers win. “Guys are communicating more and getting to the ball quicker. But in terms of the schemes, everything is the same.” Meanwhile, Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ offense have been productive recently, too. Ryan has thrown for 493 yards and three touchdowns over the last two weeks, and receivers Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones are each averaging around 85 yards per game in that time span. The one area that could use some improvement is in the Falcons’ running game. While it has had to deal with injuries to running backs Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith, the Falcons have just four rushing touchdowns all season, and they’re averaging just 3.6 yards per play on the ground. The Falcons are a long shot to make the playoffs, but they can be a spoiler. The Falcons have three home games against the Bucs, Saints, and Panthers before traveling to San Francisco to play the 49ers on Dec. 15. Atlanta then ends its schedule with a home game against Jacksonville and a game on the road against the Bucs. The Panthers, Saints, and especially 49ers losing to the Falcons could shake up the playoff seedings, both in the NFC and wild card standings. Here’s a look at the current NFC playoff seedings: 49ers (9-1) Packers (8-2) Saints (8-2) Cowboys (6-4) Seahawks (8-2) Vikings (8-3) In the hunt: Rams (6-4), Eagles (5-5), Panthers (5-5), Bears (4-6), Lions (3-6-1), Cardinals (3-7-1), Falcons (3-7) The conference as a whole is a lot more top-heavy than in previous years, too: NFC teams with 8+ wins thru Week 112019 - 52018 - 22017 - 32016 - 12015 - 22014 - 12013 - 22012 - 12011 - 22010 - 12009 - 22008 - 22007 - 22006 - 12005 - 12004 - 22003 - 12002 - 2It's never been like this at the top in this era.— Scott Kacsmar (@ScottKacsmar) November 18, 2019 The Falcons have eight teams in front of them in the wild card race, so them making the postseason doesn’t look too likely, but it’s not impossible. Their best bet would be to win the division, which doesn’t look all that easier either. Here’s a look at the current NFC South standings: Saints (8-2) Panthers (5-5) Falcons (3-7) Tampa Bay (3-7) Still, they can try to ruin things for their rivals, whether that’s keeping the Saints from a first-round bye or keeping the Panthers out of the playoffs altogether. The one downside to Atlanta winning is it moves the team further down the draft board. The Falcons are still in contention for a top-10 pick, at least right now. But even if they win two more games, they’re likely to miss out on a can’t-miss prospect like Ohio State defensive end Chase Young. That’s not on the players’ mind, though. The consecutive wins have the Falcons feeling good. Cornerback Desmond Trufant talked after the game about keeping the momentum going: ✌️ division wins and we're not done yet. pic.twitter.com/WXAaybByWK— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) November 17, 2019 This season obviously hasn’t been ideal for the Falcons, but beating their remaining NFC South opponents — most importantly, the Saints and Panthers again — would be a decent end to a disappointing year. Even if they don’t make the playoffs, playing spoiler wouldn’t be a bad alternative.
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