Tuesday, April 16

Day: May 16, 2018

You’re Not Just Imagining It: Your Job Is Absolute BS
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You’re Not Just Imagining It: Your Job Is Absolute BS

    If you voted for Bernie Sanders, have sea-punk green hair, and wear a pin declaring Capitalism Is the Crisis, you may already be familiar with David Graeber’s writings on the takeover of our lives by bulls jobs. Graeber, an anthropology professor at the London School of Economics, was a mover and shaker in the Occupy Wall Street movement and is well known for his approachable critiques of neoliberal free market ideology. His new book, Bulls*** Jobs: A Theory (Simon & Schuster; $27), sprang from a shorter essay he published in 2013 in a feminist-activist magazine called Strike, which quickly struck a nerve. (One that  kept thrumming: on a Monday morning in 2015, an anonymous group plastered the London Underground with quotations from the writings.) Huge swathes ...
Homeless near Windsor sleeping bags taken away by police before Royal wedding
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Homeless near Windsor sleeping bags taken away by police before Royal wedding

    Rough sleepers near Windsor Castle have had their sleeping bags and other belongings removed just days before Prince Harry and Meghan Markletie the knot. The couple are due to wed at St George's Chapel on Saturday, with about 100,000 of well wishers expected in the Berkshire town and police on high alert. A number of homeless people living near the Queen's residence had their belongings cleared, but police say the rough sleepers gave them up voluntarily under a scheme overseen by a local charity. As the royal wedding draws near, the area around Windsor Castle is on lockdown and anti-terror bollards are going up as extra police patrol the town. Thames Valley Police said the sleeping bags and other belongings, including bedding and books, are being stored by the Win...
Lawyers examining whether Theresa May’s Brexit customs plan is legal
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Lawyers examining whether Theresa May’s Brexit customs plan is legal

    Government admits it is checking if Theresa May's Brexit customs plan is legal Lawyers are examining whether Theresa May’s plan for trading with the EU after Brexit is legal under international law, her deputy has admitted. David Lidington, the cabinet office minister, also acknowledged that senior ministers had made serious criticisms about the technical detail behind the so-called customs partnership. It would be a “week or so” before the inner cabinet was ready to fully examine both the partnership plan and the rival “max fac” model based on smart technology, he said. However, Mr Lidington denied the involvement of lawyers presented a further hurdle, saying: We test the legal risks involved. This is just a normal routine part of policy This is what always happe...
Russia’s new hypersonic weapon will likely be ready for war by 2020
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Russia’s new hypersonic weapon will likely be ready for war by 2020

    A Russian weapon the U.S. is currently unable to defend against will be ready for war by 2020, according to sources with direct knowledge of American intelligence reports. The latest revelations come more than two months after Russian President Vladimir Putin touted his nation's growing hypersonic arsenal as invincible. The hypersonic glide vehicle, dubbed Avangard, is designed to sit atop of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Once launched, it uses aerodynamic forces to sail on top of the atmosphere. Devastation even without explosives While it is unclear whether Avangard will be outfitted with explosives, the precision and speed of the weapon is believed to pack enough force to obliterate targets. These kinds of boost glide vehicles attack the gaps in our...
North Korea Warns Military Exercises Imperil U.S. Summit
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North Korea Warns Military Exercises Imperil U.S. Summit

    North Korea suspended high-level talks with South Korea and threatened to call off a planned U.S.-North Korean summit in June, citing its objections to military exercises being conducted by the U.S. and South Korea. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency, in a report published early Wednesday in Pyongyang, pointed to the drills involving the South Korean and U.S. air forces as a major concern, calling the maneuvers a rehearsal for invasion. The air exercise is a deliberate military provocation to the trend of the favorably developing situation on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea said. “The U.S. will have to think twice about the fate of the DPRK-U.S. summit now on high agenda before a provocative military racket against the DPRK in league with the south Ko...