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‘I had to guard an empty room’: the rise of the pointless job

Copying and pasting emails. Inventing meaningless tasks for others. Just looking busy. Why do so many people feel their work is completely unnecessary?<p>One day, the wall shelves in my office collapsed. This left books scattered all over the floor and a jagged, half-dislocated metal frame that once …

Employment

EU should defend itself against U.S. trade measures: Germany, France, Britain

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leaders of Germany, France and Britain urged the U.S. government on Sunday to steer clear of imposing unilateral trade measures against the European Union.<p>Chancellor Angela Merkel, President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Theresa May agreed during a joint phone call that …

North Africa

Tree planted at White House by Trump and Macron appears to have vanished

The tree was a gift presented by the French president as part of his state visit to Washington<p>Pictures taken by a Reuters photographer appeared to show that a tree planted at the White House this week by Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron has vanished.<p>The tree, an oak sapling from the site of a …

Donald Trump

When to Wage War, and How to Win: A Guide

<b>ON GRAND STRATEGY</b><br>By John Lewis Gaddis<br>368 pp. Penguin Press. $26.<p>What is “grand strategy” as opposed to simple strategy? The term is mostly an academic one. It denotes encompassing all the resources that a state can focus — military, economic, political and cultural — to further its own interests in …

Lyndon Johnson

North Korea, Golden State Killer, Bill Cosby: Your Weekend Briefing

<i>Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead.</i><p><b>1. The sight</b> of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un meeting with South Korea’s Moon Jae-in to majestic choreography riveted the world on Friday, but now comes the hard part.<p>The leaders agreed at their unprecedented meeting to remove all nuclear weapons from …

North Korea

The Week in Good News: The Waffle House Hero, a Dachshund Museum, a Royal Baby

<b>(Want to get The Week in Good News by email? Sign up here.)</b><p><i>Sometimes it seems as if we’re living under a constant barrage of heavy news. But it isn’t all bad out there. This feature is meant to send you into the weekend with a smile, or at least a lighter heart.</i><p><i>Here are seven great things we wrote</i> …

Johns Hopkins Hospital

It's Been an Open Secret All Along

The scandal of Michael Wolff’s new book isn’t its salacious details—it’s that everyone in Washington has known its key themes, and refused to act.<p>Three months ago, when Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of <i>The</i> <i>New York Times</i> unloaded their first big report about Harvey Weinstein’s pattern of sexual …

Enjoy Paris Without Letting Language Get in the Way

Travelers headed to a destination where they don’t know the language can often have a hard time feeling plugged into the local scene. Communicating with locals can be a challenge, and so can finding insider information like that off-the-beaten restaurant that serves the tastiest food in town.<p>In …

France

Europe’s Plea to Congress: Keep the Iran Pact

<i>This article has been updated to reflect recent developments.</i><p>There are few things more worrisome to imagine than the situation we have today in the Middle East. One, however, would be the current situation in the Middle East with nuclear-armed states.<p>So far, the international regime of …

Middle East

Macron Had a Big Plan for Europe. It’s Now Falling Apart.

BRUSSELS — Last September, the enthusiastic new French president, Emmanuel Macron, laid out big plans for the European Union, intended to give fresh spark and purpose to a bloc preoccupied with migration, populism and Britain’s exit, and to breathe new life into Franco-German leadership.<p>Then, as so …

Europe

Why NFL teams still can’t live without a long snapper

How football’s ultimate one-trick ponies have kept a foothold in a league that demands versatility now more than ever.<p>One of the worst long-snapping catastrophes in NFL history happened on Oct. 26, 2008, in Pittsburgh, across 11 minutes of clock time.<p>With three minutes left in the third quarter, …

NFL

How The Pulitzer Jury Opened Its Doors To Hip-Hop

In the annals of American culture, Kendrick Lamar's unprecedented Pulitzer win in music for <i>DAMN.</i> will stand alongside a recent influx of hip-hop firsts: Jay-Z's 2017 induction into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, LL Cool J's 2017 Kennedy Center Honors and the entire slew of artists who — to …

Rap & Hip-Hop

3 American Intimacies I Don’t Get

After 17 years in the United States, these public displays still make no sense to me. But I’m trying.<p><b>Hugs Galore</b><p>Hugging wasn’t a thing in my childhood in Hong Kong. When I saw my grandmother, I just shook her hand. In fact, I never hugged anyone until I was 13, when I came to America. The concept …

Relationships

Tweet Us Your Best, Whether Dark Or In Jest, Poems Up To 140, And We'll Do The Rest

We're a week into National Poetry Month. And if you followed our haiku-heavy Super Bowl coverage, you can bet we're not letting April slip by without a nod to the art of the verse.<p><i>All Things Considered</i> is asking listeners to help us indulge in the annual affair. Twitter may have expanded its …

Poetry

The Era of Fake Video Begins

The digital manipulation of video may make the current era of “fake news” seem quaint.<p>In a dank corner of the internet, it is possible to find actresses from <i>Game of Thrones</i> or <i>Harry Potter</i> engaged in all manner of sex acts. Or at least to the world the carnal figures look like those actresses, and …

Virtual Reality

MIT's wearable device can 'hear' the words you say in your head

If you've read any sort of science fiction, it's likely you've heard about subvocalization, the practice of silently saying words in your head. It's common when we read (though it does slow you down), but it's only recently begun to be used as a way to interact with our computers and mobile …

'Let's get that money!': Johnny Manziel plots NFL comeback in Spring League

Known for his lambent talent as much as an even more radiant capacity for self-sabotage, Johnny Football takes his first steps back<p>Fields like these are for first hopes, not last chances; youth, not experience; for could-bes, not has-beens. Here, though, below a granite sky at a near-empty high …

NFL

Virginia Coach Tony Bennett's Postgame Interview Is a Powerful Lesson in Leadership

Following the biggest upset in NCAA history, Bennett showed us emotional intelligence at its finest.<p>This was supposed to be a great month for me. The NCAA college basketball tournament was upon us, and my hometown team, the Virginia Cavaliers, were ranked No. 1 in the nation--the favorites to win …

Here's What Jeff Bezos Says to Do When People Talk Bad About You | Inc.com

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has his share of people in love with Prime Day. Amazon just recorded the biggest sales day ever. He also has his share of people who hate his guts. Just Google "bad Jeff Bezos" and you can read for hours. Former employees, analysts, pundits, and leadership gurus all have their …

Donald Trump

Dorm Living for Professionals Comes to San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — In search of reasonable rent, the middle-class backbone of San Francisco — maitre d’s, teachers, bookstore managers, lounge musicians, copywriters and merchandise planners — are engaging in an unusual experiment in communal living: They are moving into dorms.<p>Shared bathrooms at the …

San Francisco

You Know, 'Horizon: Zero Dawn' Sorta Got Screwed By 'Breath of the Wild'

The two games were released in the same week, but one game sucked all the oxygen out of the room.<p>A few hours into <i>The Frozen Wilds</i>, last year’s winter-themed expansion for <i>Horizon: Zero Dawn</i>, everything clicked again. As time slowed, my aim proved true. Arrows whizzed through the air, plucking …

I'm Raising A Biracial Daughter In Japan, Where She's Surrounded By Blackface

I live in Tokyo, in a homogenous society where 98.5 percent of the population is Japanese. My wife Haruki is Japanese, and my 4-year-old daughter Kantra is the only black girl in her preschool class. I remember when the Japanese delivery nurse called her Halle Berry immediately after my wife gave …

Parenting

Horizon Zero Dawn: 16 tips before you play

Step one: don’t die<p>I’m smitten with <i>Horizon: Zero Dawn,</i> a video game that hits the best notes of the “explore, kill, and collect” genre without becoming too leadened by busywork. It has a script on par with a fun sci-fi matinee, arguably the most polished visuals on a home console, and combat that …

Horizon Zero Dawn how to get the best weapons and outfit

They’re all good weapons, Brent, but there’s one outfit that steals the show.<p>Before we even begin, let’s clarify something. There is no single “best weapon” in <i>Horizon Zero Dawn</i>. Each weapon has its uses and its strengths, but there is no single weapon that we’d call “the best.” There are <i>better</i> …

Power Cell Locations - Horizon: Zero Dawn Wiki Guide - IGN

This page contains the hidden <b>Power Cell locations</b> in Horizon Zero Dawn.<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>Finding these items and completing the side quest Ancient …

Overcoming the Curse of Ki-Jana? Saquon Barkley Has Teams Talking About Top Pick

INDIANAPOLIS — To say that NFL teams were amazed by Penn State running back Saquon Barkley in their meetings with him this week at the scouting combine would be an understatement. Several officials told Bleacher Report that Barkley was polite, genuine and intelligent. One called him a "true …

Football (U.S.)

Why It's Time to Repeal the Second Amendment

I teach the Constitution for a living. I revere the document when it is used to further social justice and make our country a more inclusive one. I …

Guns

The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

On being late to school, what's for dinner, and bodily functions.<p>Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week, we round up the most hilarious 280-character quips from moms and dads to spread the joy.<p>Scroll down to read the latest batch and follow …

Parenting

Who will save our bookstores, and the communities they tie together?

A good bookstore is a kind of church – a space for believers to share the rituals of browsing, thinking and communicating. But, as in churches, attendance is waning. Robert Everett-Green looks at a book that chronicles what's being lost<p>The world's oldest library, at al-Qarawiyyin University in …

Jerry Richardson Harassment Allegations Have NFL Worried About What's Next

There were signs that Jerry Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers, had a coarse view of people of color. Often, they were in plain sight.<p>Rewind back to 2011, when the NFL was embroiled in a labor dispute. The owners had locked the players out, and the two sides were furiously negotiating a new …

Race & Ethnicity