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  • 2 days ago
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    Brazil Military Takes Control of Rio de Janeiro’s Security

    Brazil’s President Michel Temer justified putting an Army general in charge of Rio de Janeiro’s security forces to contain a rising tide of violence by saying that the circumstances required extreme measures. In a televised address on Friday evening, Temer explained the decree he had signed earlier in the day which puts the state’s police forces under military control. The intervention, which requires congressional approval, will last until the end of the year, according to the decree.

  • 5 days ago
    Current Event melaniee

    Trump hamstrings U.S. NAFTA team, says Canada's chief negotiator

    The ongoing effort to rescue and revamp NAFTA has made only limited progress because U.S. officials at the table find themselves hamstrung by the demands of the Trump White House and the talks are taking place too quickly, Canada's chief negotiator says. Tuesday's hard-hitting and sobering update from Steve Verheul came on the same day that U.S...

  • 10 days ago
    Current Event melaniee

    Rent Control Needs Retirement, Not a Comeback

    According to the Wall Street Journal, rent control seems to be making a retro comeback. Most forms of intelligent life could be forgiven for asking why. Serial experimentation with this policy has repeatedly shown the same result. Initially, tenants rejoice, and rent control looks like a victory for the poor over the landlord class. But the stifling of price signals leads to problems. Rent control starts by producing some sort of redistribution, because the people with low rents at the time that...

  • 12 days ago
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    What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn

    American adolescents watch much more pornography than their parents know — and it’s shaping their ideas about pleasure, power and intimacy. Can they be taught to see it more critically?

  • 12 days ago
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    A new DNA test will look for 190 diseases in your newborn’s genetic code

    But not all parents may want to know the results.

  • 12 days ago
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    Twitter bans fake porn videos with celebrity face swaps

    Fake porn videos featuring face-swapped celebrities, often referred to as "deepfakes," have been banned from Twitter. The social media platform has become the latest to ban the videos, in which celebrity women like Gal Gadot, Taylor Swift, and Maisie Williams have been face-swapped with porn performers using AI that makes it all look way too real. Motherboard first reported the ban on the porn "deepfakes," which has since been confirmed by Twitter.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event melaniee

    Man Buys Super Bowl Tickets with Bitcoin

    The football season has finally reached its climax as the Super Bowl is set to take place tomorrow between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. Super Bowl LII is being held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and it’s estimated that over a 100 million people alone in the USA will watch it. Of course, die-hard fans will watch the gridiron match from the stands of US Bank Stadium. One fan made crypto history by being the first to use bitcoins to buy tickets to Super Bowl LII.

  • 2 weeks ago
    Current Event melaniee

    Slovenia to recognize 'Palestine' as independent state

    Slovenia will recognize the Palestinian Authority as an independent state, the southern European nation’s Foreign Minister told Israel Monday night, despite recent claims to the contrary by the Slovenian president. Last week, President Borut Pahor told AFP he did not expect that a proposal to recognize Palestinian statehood would pass, and expressed his opposition to such a move.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Inside Silicon Valley's quest to beat ageing

    To understand what's happening in the tech world today, you need to look back to the mid-1800s, when a Frenchman named Paul Bert made a discovery that was as gruesome as it was fascinating. In his experiment, rodents were quite literally stitched together in order to share bloodstreams. Soon after he found the older mice started showing signs of rejuvenation: better memory, improved agility, an ability to heal more quickly. In later years, researchers at institutions like Stanford would rei...

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event melaniee

    China tightens screws on social media

    Chinese authorities have ordered a major social media platform to curb "harmful content" more effectively as they intensify oversight of online expression -- even taking aim at rap music, crude cartoons, dirty jokes and celebrity gossip.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event melaniee

    Poland’s parliament wants to criminalize the term ‘Polish death camps’

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu protested a bill passed by the lower house of the Polish parliament which would make it illegal to use terms such as “Polish death camps” to refer to the camps set up by the Nazis. “The law is baseless; I strongly oppose it,” Netanyahu said in a statement Saturday. “One cannot change history and the Holocaust cannot be denied. I have instructed the Israeli Ambassador to Poland to meet with the Polish Prime Minister this evening and express to h...

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event melaniee

    Classmate: Girl tortured with siblings was bullied, frail

    The oldest of the 13 California siblings who authorities said were imprisoned by their parents was frail, smelly and picked on as a grade school student in Texas, one of her classmates said in a heart-wrenching Facebook post. The now-29-year-old woman was rescued with her starving brothers and sisters from their home in Perris, California, on Jan. 14. Neighbors and relatives said they were unaware of the children's treatment until authorities arrested the parents and revealed what they foun...

  • 3 weeks ago
    Current Event melaniee

    Peru passes law allowing roads through pristine Amazon rainforest

    Peru has approved a law that would allow roads to be built in the most remote and pristine region of its Amazon rainforest, a haven for isolated indigenous groups and an area of primary forest rich in mahogany trees. The law which declares the construction of roads in border zones of “national priority and interest” was announced in Peru’s official gazette just hours after Pope Francis ended a visit to the country in which he warned that the Amazon and its peoples had never been so under threat.

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Push for free movement of Canadians, Kiwis, Britons and Australians gains momentum

    Imagine jetting off to New Zealand for four months each winter without needing to apply for a visa. Or heading to the U.K. to work for a decade without having to sort through work permits and residency applications. That’s the future being proposed by CANZUK International, a non-profit organization advocating freedom of movement between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event melaniee

    UK to miss legal climate targets without urgent action, official advisers warn

    The UK will miss its legally binding carbon targets without urgent government action, official advisers have warned. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said vague ambitions, such as banning new petrol and diesel cars by 2040, must be turned into solid plans and new policies, such as planting more trees, are needed.

  • 1 month ago
    Current Event melaniee

    China wants to use giant lasers to zap junk and clean up space

    Chinese scientists have an audacious proposal to clean up Earth’s cluttered orbit using giant lasers to obliterate old satellites and other space junk. A paper, titled Impacts of orbital elements of space-based laser station on small scale space debris removal, by researchers at the Air Force Engineering University in China describes how space debris could be zapped into smaller, less-harmful pieces using space-based lasers.

  • 1 month ago
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    Western Balkans backsliding on democracy, says Lords committee

    Progress towards full democracy and commitment to the rule of law in the western Balkans is either stagnating or going backwards as the UK’s influence in the region declines, a Lords committee has said. Russian and extreme Islamic influence is expanding, state capture of civil institutions is growing and support for EU membership is in decline, the international relations committee says. Some nationalist leaders point to the UK’s planned departure from the EU as a sign that European values a...

  • 1 month ago
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    Canada criticizes U.S. lumber duties put in place on Wednesday

    The Canadian government on Wednesday criticized the United States for a decision to impose duties on certain softwood lumber exports and underlined its determination to fight the move. The duties, which went into effect on Wednesday, are “unfair, unwarranted and troubling,” Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement. Ottawa has already launched challenges against the duties...