The British resistance is coming at you with Google docs

April 23, 2017

… on how to vote tactically for the best chances of ousting the Conservative Party in each individual seat. It’s basically a spreadsheet nerd’s dream come true. It went viral straight away. Safe to say, its creator, Becky Snowden, was floored. Let’s get tactical. Image: becky snowden “I had no idea just how many people out there wanted to join together like this, and learn how to vote tactically. Its absolutely amazing. When normal people work together we can achieve …

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‘Digital wellness lady’ wants students to unplug or at least look up

April 23, 2017

… conversation corner gets used at the Center for Digital Wellness. Image: courtesy of sylvia frejd She knows it’s hard to go cold turkey from checking our phones constantly, so she offers some tips and advice to work up to a full day gadget-free. She suggests “mini habit changes,” like keeping the phone in the backseat while driving; keeping the phone off the table during meals or committing to a digital-free meeting or conversation with a friend. Too much of a good thing …

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The secret Instagram ‘pods’ fighting the new algorithm one like at a time

April 21, 2017

… complaining that it’s becoming harder to gain followers organically. Faced with this new challenge, they’re fighting back. In pod-form. “A pod isfamily of dolphins who live together in harmony and support one another.” says photographer Natalie Franke. “The members of your pod become your Instagram family and work to support you as you grow your platform. Think of pods like a group of cheerleaderswho help one another on Instagram through likes and meaningful …

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Zara is getting dragged for embroidering a skirt with an alt-right symbol

April 20, 2017

… artist Mario de Santiago, known online as Yimeisgreat. “Mario explores social interactions through his work and in his own words: “The idea came from a wall painting I drew with friends some years ago.” There is absolutely no link to the suggested theme,” the spokesperson said. WATCH: Sean Spicer said Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons and the internet schooled him More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsChat Mailbox inbox for chatHashtag Genius …

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Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

… couples — still cannot legally adopt children in India. Subramaniam believes change comes slowly. “Passing a law doesn’t change society overnight … the government, the public, the activists need to work together to promote transgender rights and equality,” said Subramaniam. For Padmashali, the Vicks advert is a small step in stirring debate on this issue and bringing it to a wider audience. “The transgender community has been socially excluded for so many …

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Why some Brits are opting for Belgian citizenship – BBC News

April 16, 2017

She described it as her insurance policy. “If the UK had voted to leave it would have been essential for me to stay in Europe with no worries,” she explained. “If the UK had voted to stay then it was a vote of confidence in my now home country.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Just over a thousand UK citizens currently work for the EU Commission Questions and rumours abound in the expat community, from which commune has the most relaxed attitude …

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Online dating can be even more challenging if you’re a farmer

April 16, 2017

Image: vicky leta / mashable  Swiping on dating apps is a breeze if you live in a town or city. But, when you’re a young farmer living in a rural community, it’s a whole other story. One where dates get cancelled when animals go into labour, and where some people show up to their dates brandishing shotguns. For farmers, online dating is an experience. And not always a good one. SEE ALSO: Irish farmer’s glorious accent is so strong even Irish people can’t …

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Trying to avoid care home fees? Think twice, consumers told – BBC News

April 15, 2017

… Assessment Officers, if avoiding care fees is a substantial motive for putting assets into a trust, then a local authority can challenge it as “deliberate deprivation”. “If people are trying to protect their house in the avoidance of care fees then that’s not allowed; that is a clear deprivation of assets. It doesn’t work,” Ms Shilton says. “As soon as we find out a property has been transferred we will be looking into the motivation, we will be asking …

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Workload ‘pushing young teachers to the brink’ – BBC News

April 15, 2017

… He said teaching had always been a profession in which extra hours are worked, but it was frustrating when much of these were to do with bureaucracy rather than the pupils. “At various points I’ve said to myself, ‘can I keep this up?’ “What keeps me there is the kids.” A Department for Education spokesperson said teaching remained an attractive profession with more people joining than leaving or retiring. “We continue to work with teachers, unions and …

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Pupils as young as four having panic attacks, say teachers – BBC News

April 14, 2017

… all children get the help and support they need. “We are strengthening the links between schools and NHS mental health staff and later this year will publish proposals for further improving services and preventative work. “Schools can teach about mental health in a number of ways and we have funded the PSHE Association to provide guidance for teachers on how to do this. “We have already announced plans for every secondary school in the country to be offered mental health …

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Haley says Trump doesn’t limit her foreign policy bullhorn

April 14, 2017

… an administration’s broader priorities. “He has given me a lot of leeway to just say what I think and interpret what he thinks,” Haley said of the president in an interview with CNN’s Jamie Gangel. “I would never go rogue, because I’m very aware of who I work for.” Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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Longtime Trump ally: ‘Heresy’ to accuse Manafort of colluding with Russians

April 13, 2017

… payments were made secretly. Manafort’s spokesman Jason Maloni, however, called any allegation of improper secret payments “totally misleading and incorrect.” Manafort’s lawyers have also been in discussions with the Justice Department for Manafort to register as a foreign agent in a bid to resolve questions about his past work for Ukraine, according to CNN sources briefed on the talks. …

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Why lobbyists like Manafort don’t want to register as foreign agents

April 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)Paul Manafort is expected to retroactively file as a foreign agent after failing to disclose his prior work for a foreign government. It won’t be the first time that it is done less than eagerly. Lobbyists representing foreign governments are required to disclose their work in extensive detail to the Department of Justice thanks to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The registrations ask lobbyists about the services they plan to provide for foreign principals, …

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Trump’s Secretary of Everything: Jared Kushner

April 4, 2017

… State Department. It’s quite, in fact, the opposite. He’s continuing to work with them and facilitate an outcome. But he brings a perspective to this, and began doing that during the transition. But again, it’s not a binary choice where he’s doing this at the expense of somebody else.” During last year’s presidential campaign, and later during the transition, Kushner was identified by Trump’s team as the principal point of contact for foreign governments …

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Lots of people applied to work at this very fake smart home startup

April 2, 2017

This April Fools’ Day, one joke long in the making about Silicon Valley got kind of out of hand. An Indiegogo campaign for “Hub: the ultimate IOT smart device” got the attention of students at Yale University so much so that some applied to work at the burgeoning campus startup. But the entire project was a joke, meant to mock smart home devices like Alexa and Google Home, along with the rest of the ever-proliferating internet of things. SEE ALSO: Edward Snowden explains …

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There’s no need for April Fools’ Day because we’re living in a fake news nightmare

April 2, 2017

… jokes because they feared it would spread fake news. “We work with real news. Even onApril 1st,” said Magnus Karlsson, editor-in-chief of Swedish newspaper Smlandsposten, adding that he did not want the newspaper to “be spread with a potentially viral and erroneous story”. Other news outlets should take note. Thanks to the fake news phenomenon, April Fools’ jokes should be a thing of the past. Don’t add to the problem. WATCH: In stunning exchange, Trump …

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The only 4 things you need to know about Trump and Russia

April 1, 2017

… wavered. The US mostly embraced Putin at the beginning of his reign. In the post-Soviet scramble, he appeared to leaders anxious over global stability (and all those nukes) like a steady hand. Cunning perhaps, but a pragmatist. Someone you could work with. But the relationship soured. Various attempted “resets” failed and, by 2011, Putin was accusing the US of ginning up domestic protests against his government. Putin reportedly blamed the secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. …

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#TBT: Margaret Chase Smith and her ‘place in the sun’

March 31, 2017

… in her daily work, Smith fought for women in the military. She was the driving force behind the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, which, when signed into law by President Harry S. Truman in 1948, granted women serving in the military regular status. What can perhaps be called Smith’s brightest moment in the national spotlight came in 1950, when Smith spoke out on the Senate floor against anti-Communist Sen. Joseph McCarthy in her “Declaration of Conscience” speech. …

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Russia fight threatens intel panel’s work

March 29, 2017

Washington (CNN)Thelatest round ofpoliticalfinger-pointing over the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the US elections isthreatening to undermine the bipartisan committee’s work. Chairman Devin Nunesof California and ranking Democrat Adam Schiff, alsoof California, on Friday held dueling news conferences for the second time this week. At his event, Nunes announced he was postponing next week’s public hearing on the Russia …

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MPs deny foreign aid cash being ‘wasted’ – BBC News

March 28, 2017

… about the contents of our own reports”, the committee said. “The media has a responsibility to be accurate and contextual given its role in influencing public understanding and opinion,” it added. The committee urged the department to “continue improving its communications and to be more proactive in publicising when it is doing good work”. It also said there had been a “shift in strategy” following the appointment of current International Development …

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Foursquare, a SXSW darling, brought the most fun to SXSW 2017

March 27, 2017

Image: justin breton of foursquare SXSW is 10 days of fun. Many of colleagues (I see you Brett Williams) teased me (on Slack) for having a “great time with all the work down there.” But, hey, it’s actually work. Attending panel after panel, speaking on your own panels, BBQ after BBQ, happy hour after happy hour isn’t easy no matter how fun it looks from everyone’s Snapchat (or Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, Facebook) Stories. SEE ALSO: Ride-hailing in Austin: …

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Uber’s self-driving car program in Arizona just crashed, like actually crashed, on the road

March 26, 2017

Uber’s very bad, not-at-all-great 2017 just got a whole hell of a lot worse. But this time, somehow, the problem isn’t human interactions in the workplace, but self-driving cars on the road. On Friday, photos posted to Twitter revealed an Uber self-driving car flipped over on its side after being involved in a car crash in Tempe, Arizona. SEE ALSO: The most cringe-worthy quotes from CEO Travis Kalanick on Uber’s sexist work culture The authenticity of the photo of a damaged …

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A city stilled, shocked and then enraged by attack

March 23, 2017

… central part of London as police hurriedly tape off the maze of connecting streets. Those who work close by are told to return to their buildings or leave the area; throngs of vacationers are ushered back by officers donning fluorescent yellow jackets. Despite the sun, it’s still a cold March day. Outside Westminster Abbey — the iconic Gothic cathedral normally a gathering point for celebrations like William and Kate’s glamorous royal wedding in 2011 — is Craig …

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