D. G. Stroe

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Brazil’s dire economy slides toward “junk” status

<i>By Márcio G. P. Garcia, Lucas Maynard and Rafael Fonseca</i><p>The deterioration of the Brazilian economic situation in the last few months is quite …

8 Things We Learned in Couples Therapy That Saved Our Marriage

We needed someone's help to learn how to live together.<p>Marriage is hard, and it requires hard work sometimes. People aren't taught how to be good at marriage or even how to be a good life-long partner, and so we often screw it up. But in failing and learning how to solve problems, you can make a …

11 Things Not to Do When Showering Together

Extremely useful advice we should all pay attention to.<p><b>1. Do not pee on someone unless they ask.</b> This is not hilarious or cute, and will probably result in you being punched while naked and dripping. Who wants that? Not me, but I will do it if I must/am peed on.<p><b>2. Try not to monopolize the</b> …

Superhot

Microsoft Should Put This Much Effort Into Everything It Does

A video was posted to YouTube a couple of days ago, those gives a behind the scenes look at what Microsoft and its contractors did to put together some of Windows 10’s desktop backgrounds, including the default “hero” desktop image. As you’ll see if you watch the video, more went into creating the …

Software

Apple Music Vs. 7 Free Streaming-Music Alternatives To Apple Inc.'s Subscription Service

Want to listen to streaming music on the web but don’t want to spend $10 a month for Apple Music? Don’t worry. There are a number of options to …

'The Witcher 3's' Business Model Is A Revolution

Video games aren’t cheap to make. And among video games, open world games are special: you’ve got to make more content than most people can feasibly experience, you’ve got to record giant amounts of dialogue, you’ve got to make assets for all of that, and you’ve got to make functional mechanics to …

The Witcher

Al-Qaida 'cut off and ripped apart by Isis'

Two of al-Qaida’s most important spiritual leaders have told the Guardian that the terror group is no longer a functioning organisation after being ripped apart by Isis. In a wide-ranging interview, Abu Qatada, a Jordanian preacher who was based in London before being deported in 2013, and Abu …

Middle East

George R.R. Martin Asks Fans to Stop Pestering Him About Game of Thrones Twists

George R.R. Martin is politely asking fans to knock it off.<p>The author wrote on his blog that he’s been inundated with emails and comments about …

Charities fear Ebola resurgence after spike in cases

More people diagnosed with deadly virus in Sierra Leone and Guinea weeks after WHO reports 10-month low in new infections<p>A rise in Ebola cases on the border of Sierra Leone and Guinea has sparked fears that efforts to rid the countries of the deadly virus are “back to square one”.<p>The spike in …

Disease

​Flushed away: London’s sewers have highest cocaine level in Europe

Scientists have found that London has the highest concentration of cocaine in its sewage system, closely followed by Amsterdam, according to test results from 50 European cities.<p>The EU’s drug monitoring body has determined that the average daily concentration of cocaine in London’s sewer system was …

Why small data makes a big difference in Africa

The sun’s heat in Ghana is unforgiving, especially for in-the-field surveyors who stand outside to collect customer data via questionnaires and …

King Abdullah II’s opening speech to MENA15

<i>This is the transcript of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan’s Opening Address at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa</i> …

Innovation

Game of Thrones: The Meeting Viewers Have Been Waiting for

Our roundtable discusses “The Gift,” the seventh episode of the fifth season.<p>Spencer Kornhaber, Christopher Orr, and Amy Sullivan discuss the latest episode of <i>Game of Thrones</i>.<p><b>Orr:</b> “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Your Grace. My name is Tyrion Lannister.”<p>At last! I know I speak for quite a few book …

12 reasons this is a terrible CV for a mid-level employee

You can have all the experience in the world, but if your CV or résumé doesn’t stand out — or if it does for the wrong reasons — nobody will take the …

Employment

Hot Lady Robots Are a Serious Trend (But Should They Be?)

What we build may say volumes about our carnal instincts.<p><i>The future is forged by pouring a stiff drink, kicking back, and taking a second to question everything. We here at Esquire.com love a crazy-idea-that-just-might-work, so this week, we're paying tribute to the forward-thinkers of past and</i> …

Heroism

Who Won Game of Thrones This Week? Littlefinger Schemes His Way to the Top.

An episode with a lot of losers, and one winner.<p><i>Season 5, Episode 6: "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken"</i><p>"Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" would've had the same impact if it had spent the duration of its running time giving every single major player on <i>Game of Thrones</i> a swift kick to the groin. There was no …

TV Series

'Sexed-Out' Digital Daters are Turning to Matchmakers for the Real (Expensive) Deal

We attended a matchmakers' conference to see what the thousand-dollar fuss was all about. Turns out, platitudes may help you find true love.<p>It's 9 AM on a Saturday, and I'm feeling out of place. I'm surrounded by people who are alarmingly chipper, apparently unfazed by the early hour. Plus, I'm not …

Harry Shearer Says He's Leaving The Simpsons

What does this mean for the future of the show?<p>Can <i>The Simpsons</i> even exist without Harry Shearer? <i>Variety</i> reports that Shearer, voice of 21 of the show's characters including Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, and Principal Skinner, says he is leaving the show after 26 seasons.<p>Shearer tweeted that the news …

World's 10 most scenic airport approaches | CNN Travel

Travel

The Best Travel Watches of 2015

There’s only one thing about traveling that I dread: setting my watch to the local time.<p>After the usual ordeals of travel—security, boarding, deplaning, baggage claim—the last thing I want to do is tinker with my wristwatch as I attempt to hail a cab (or catch a train) in an unfamiliar place. So I …

Watches

Luxembourg PM becomes first EU leader to wed gay lover

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has married his gay partner, becoming the first leader in the European Union to enter into a same-sex union in a symbol of growing social change across the continent.<p>Bettel, 42, a centre-right politician who became premier in 2013, tied the knot on Friday …

Europe

Hollande's vow to settle ‘debt’ to Haiti sparks confusion

French President François Hollande had some explaining to do after vowing Sunday to “settle the debt” France owes to Haiti, with aides rushing to clarify that the debt referred to was a moral one and did not involve any financial compensation.<p>Speaking at the inauguration of the ACTe slavery …

François Hollande

Ukraine's plans to discard Soviet symbols are seen as divisive, ill-timed

Perched high on a hill and standing 334 feet tall, the stainless steel Mother Motherland monument greets visitors to this capital with her stoic gaze across the Dnieper River, where 70 years ago the Soviet army battled Nazi forces in what is known here as the Great Patriotic War.<p>Or, rather, <i>was</i> …

Russia

United Kingdom - Top 20 countries for pupil achievement in 'basic skills'

Hong Kong

Burundi coup: The country's long history of bloody overthrows

It is feared the military coup in Burundi could bring more bloodshed to the nation rocked by weeks of protests in which at least 20 people have been …