Culture, Humour, the Brave, the Foolhardy and the Damned
Culture, Humour, the Brave, the Foolhardy and the Damned
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Tourists' terror as glass walkway cracks at 3,540ft A group of tourists were left screaming in terror after a glass pane on a new 3,540ft high transparent walkway in China cracked.
One tourist said she could feel the the moment the glass shattered underneath her feet.
The 853ft-long U-shaped walkway is attached to a cliff face on the Yuntai Mountain, Henan Province, and only opened to the public on 20 September.
According to thee South China Morning Post, officials said the cracks were caused by tourists who had dropped a thermos flask on the glass.
The Swiss Attorney General has announced criminal proceedings have been opened against FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
The prosecutors' office issued a statement saying Blatter is suspected of criminal mismanagement or misappropriation over a TV rights deal he signed with former Caribbean football chief Jack Warner in 2005.
He is also suspected of "a disloyal payment" of two million Swiss francs (£1.35m) to UEFA president Michel Platini - who is the favourite to succeed him - in 2011.
Stay at home mothers in particular have a lot of power to impart knowledge and understanding of our views without the threat of losing a job.
Secondly, it’s a trap. The regime of political correctness has baited us into this trap of self-censorship. We fear losing influence by speaking up, but we’ve already ceded our influence when we refused to speak up.
This vicious cycle ends up doing something very big and bad: it fuels the erosion of all freedom of expression. And that loss ultimately puts us at the State’s mercy when it comes to freedom of association, with the endgame being the loss of our own family’s autonomy and privacy. Stay with me, please, and I’ll explain.
As a child I was fascinated by the concept of a neutron star. A neutron star is the tiny but immensely dense thing that’s left after a massive star
The Economist cites a Deutsche Bank study pointing out that for 15 countries going back as far as 1800, the average prices of equities, bonds and residential property stand at an all-time high. In terms of investment yield, very little escapes the monetary policy neutron star.
"To navigate towards the future we need to look back at the past. We are therefore delighted to be able to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Partridge and greet the arrival of restored newcomers like Patna (1920), another Nicholson design. It demonstrates how these yachts have stood the test of time and continue racing, thanks to the determination and passion of their owners," says Bernard d'Alessandri, the Yacht Club de Monaco's General Secretary.
The Jean Boulle Group : 130th Anniversary of Partridge, Naval Beauty in Motion...
"Scientists have built a tiny, long-term memory cell that can both store and process information at the same time, just like the human brain. This is one of the first multi-state electronic memory cells, and it represents a crucial step towards a bionic brain"
In the wild, Draper explains, orangutans are almost exclusively arboreal — "finding safety and comfort in the trees." Yet, he continues, "here we see a situation where endless streams of visitors may file past at eye level with this intelligent and sensitive ape."
An extra 330,000 people moved to Britain in the year to March. According to immigration minister James Brokenshire, the figures are “deeply disappointing”. Yet on the contrary, increased immigration is actually a sign of success...'
High immigration is a sign of success
If you look at why people are moving to Britain, almost all of the increase since the 2012 low – 115,000 out of 139,000 – is due to people moving here to work, and therefore paying taxes and contributing to society. Family members (20,000) are most of the rest.
Hardly any of the newcomers are refugees. Britain received 25,771 asylum applications in the year to June and only 11,600 were granted asylum.
If there’s a downside to the figures, it’s that international student numbers are stagnating. Education is a booming global industry and Britain’s excellent English-language universities and schools have the potential to be an even bigger export earner. Young Chinese, Indian and other foreign students pay tuition fees that subsidise UK students, spend money in the economy, make courses viable for British students, and create a global network of alumni with ties to Britain that boosts future trade and investment.
The contagious madness of the new PC
Students have also decided they need protecting from disturbing bits in books. There have been recent calls for content warnings — ‘trigger warnings’ — to be inserted into great books. The Great Gatsby (because it’s misogynist), Huckleberry Finn (racist) and The Merchant of Venice (anti-Semitic). This spring at Columbia University, a student complained she had been ‘triggered’ by Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Proserpina’s treatment at the hands of Dis gave her flashbacks to a past assault, she said, and made her feel ‘unsafe’, though I’d have thought her assailant pretty pleased to be compared to a god. Columbia have just announced, sotto voce, that the Metamorphoses will be replaced by Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon
As Haidt and Lukianoff point out, the PC way of thinking is unhinged too. If someone feels slighted then no other arbitration is needed. Emotion is everything. If offence has been taken, an offence has been committed. But this is the thinking of paranoiacs and phobics. It’s to confuse reality with perception. I understand, I do. I’m pathetically claustrophobic, but I’ve learnt (sometimes) to face my fear, and that when I do, it retreats. The young victims of Oxbridge and the Ivy League imagine they can outlaw the causes of fear instead, and so are consumed by them.
At last month’s Siac hearing, Mr Justice Irwin was told that M2 arrived in the UK as a minor. He was was given indefinite leave to remain before securing citizenship in 2011.
The Home Secretary now alleges he has links with extremists in Afghanistan – although he has never been charged, let alone convicted of any offence.
Much of the evidence against him has only been heard in secret due to national security reasons. Neither he nor his own barrister have even been allowed to hear it.
The Government, which now has a lengthy and costly legal fight on its hands to remove him, claims he was to act as a courier for Islamist extremists in Afghanistan – allegations he strongly denies.
He was awarded British citizenship in 2011 having arrived in the UK in several years earlier as a minor. After being served with a deprivation order annulling his British nationality in May last year, he used his Afghan passport to return to London to try and overturn the Home Secretary’s decision.
He is the first individual stripped of British citizenship known to have returned to the UK.
His case emerged last month at a four-day hearing of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac), where he is appealing Theresa May’s decision. Throughout the hearing, he sat freely in the public gallery.
M2’s ability to return to Britain raises questions about a key but controversial pillar of the Government’s counter-extremism policies. Home Office minister James Brokenshire told Parliament in March that 28 people have been deprived of their citizenship since 2010 on the grounds they are “not conducive” to the public good.
The web of investigations into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server that held classified information and her inner circle's dealings is being hampered by revelations that computer devices used by them have been wiped clean or destroyed -- despite the Democratic presidential candidate claiming earlier this week she doesn't know how it works digitally at all.
Rousseff was revealed to have an approval rating of 8%, according to a survey conducted by polling firm Datafolha, while 71% of respondents said they disapprove of how Rousseff is doing her job. And two-thirds of the interviews said they would like to see Rousseff impeached.
Rousseff, Brazil's first woman president and who succeeded popular ex president Lula da Silva, has been the target of widespread outrage over corruption, a foundering economy and increasing unemployment.
The latest poll release suggests she is less popular than Fernando Collor, who resigned in 1992 amid allegations of corruption. Collor had an approval rating of 9% when he stepped down from office to prevent impeachment proceedings.
The August 16 nationwide rally demanding for Dilma's resignation could be a turning point.
We examine how one candidate parlayed an underfinanced presidential campaign into a lucrative business and lavish lifestyle.
The year 2008 was great for Mike Huckabee—but not as a politician. The former Arkansas governor bailed out of the presidential race in March of that year after losing steam in the early primary elections. But simply running for president elevated Huckabee to the status of celebrity, while helping him build a devoted following among southern and Midwestern evangelicals. Huckabee has since converted the renown that comes with running for national office into a business enterprise that has made him wealthy, with a palatial beachfront home, access to private jets and other perks of the 1%...'
A Florida judge has set a trial date in the racketeering case against the Clinton Foundation and Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Judge Donald Middlebrooks of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida ordered the racketeering, influenced and corrupt organizations, or RICO, case to head to trial January 20, 2016.
The order, entered Friday and obtained by the Washington Examiner, came days after Larry Klayman of Freedom of Watch filed a lengthy civil complaint against the Clintons and
Klayman, who has filed dozens of lawsuits against the Clintons and other prominent politicians, suggested the former first couple and their family philanthropy used their political clout to drum up foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and lavish diplomatic favors for contributors while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.
Dirceu, popular former President Lula da Silva's chief of staff between 2003 and 2005, was already under house arrest for running a vote-buying scheme. His involvement in an even larger scandal threatens to bring the investigation closer to Lula and his protégé and successor President Dilma Rousseff.
Federal prosecutor Carlos Fernando dos Santos Lima called Dirceu a key instigator of the Petrobras scandal, saying he took bribes from contractors while in office and continued to receive payments even when he was jailed in late 2013 for the vote-buying scandal ('mensalao') in Lula's first term.
Lima said neither Lula nor Rousseff are currently targets of the widening probe, but added during a press conference: “No one is exempt from investigation.”
“There is no doubt that Dirceu's arrest puts Lula and Dilma in the sights of Operation Car Wash,” Senator Aloysio Nunes of the main opposition party PSDB said in a Facebook message.
Lima said the bribery and kickback scheme began during the Lula administration, and there was no evidence of involvement by former Petrobras Chief Executive Officer Graça Foster, whom Rousseff had appointed.