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When Words Lose All Meaning

Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.<p>I really don't want to write about Donald Trump's rejection of democratic norms all the time. Plenty of people handle that. And yet, it feels wrong to ignore authoritarian statements by the president of the United States. So here we go again.<p>On Monday, Trump told …

Donald Trump

The 1 Thing That Mark Twain Said That Stops Prejudice Dead in Its Tracks | Inc.com

Ugh, if I heard one more person tell me to "be careful," I was going to lose it. I was packing my bags for my first-ever international speaking gig at the Social Media Masters Forum in Bahrain this past December.<p>The event, now in its fifth year, brings together a group of social-media experts from …

Social Media

Genprex Launch IPO For Trials Of New Gene Therapy Lung Cancer Treatment

Genprex is raising capital through their IPO offering with the intent to complete their IPO and list on the Nasdaq Exchange under the ticker NASDAQ: GNPX. The offering is for $6.5 million at $5/share with a valuation of $58.5 mill before the offering. Prospectus.<p>This IPO is interesting because it …

Cancer

Once a Long Shot, Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Doug Jones, a Democratic former prosecutor who mounted a seemingly quixotic Senate campaign in the face of Republican dominance here, defeated his scandal-scarred opponent, Roy S. Moore, after a brutal campaign marked by accusations of sexual abuse and child molestation against …

Republicans

Is Donald Trump's mental health becoming dangerous? Medical experts weigh in.

Medicine is an equalizer, and the president may find that he cannot outrun his own condition.<p>President Donald Trump’s temperament has always been a big part of his political brand. Depending on who you ask, he is either refreshingly frank or shockingly unpresidential. But increasingly, critics of …

Mental Health

Environmental defenders being killed in record numbers globally, new research reveals

Exclusive Activists, wildlife rangers and indigenous leaders are dying violently at the rate of about four a week, with a growing sense around the world that ‘anyone can kill environmental defenders without repercussions’<p>• See the names of all defenders who have died so far this year here. Read …

Environment

Just 100 companies are responsible for 71pc of greenhouse gases since 1988, report finds

The Chinese coal industry and stock market debutant Saudi Aramco have been named as the world’s biggest emitters of carbon dioxide.<p>As new data claims to have identified the top 100 emitters of greenhouse gases over the last three decades, a leading NGO has warned that natural resources companies …

Philippines bill proposes jail time for unenthusiastic anthem singers

<b>(CNN) —</b> Philippines citizens may need to start exercising their vocal chords.<p>The country's House of Representatives has approved a bill requiring members of the public to sing the country's national anthem, Lupang Hinirang, "with fervor" whenever it is played publicly.<p>Those who are convicted of …

Asia

Just 17 Percent Of Americans Approve Of Republican Senate Health Care Bill

<b>Updated at 1:35 p.m. ET</b><p>Americans broadly disapprove of the Senate GOP's health care bill, and they're unhappy with how Republicans are handling the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.<p>Loading...<p>Just 17 percent of those surveyed say …

Health Care

Mayors of 7,400 cities vow to meet Obama's climate commitments

‘Global covenant of mayors’ to work together on climate change whether current White House resident agrees or not<p>Mayors of more than 7,400 cities across the world have vowed that Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord will spur greater local efforts to combat climate change.<p>At …

Climate

Why Did an Enormous Chunk of West Antarctica Suddenly Start Melting?

300,000 square miles is nearly twice the area of California. It’s difficult to visualize a space that vast, but go ahead and give it a try. Now, …

Escalating investigation puts Trump and his staff at legal odds

The interests of the president and his aides are diverging, increasing the legal risks for those who try to stay loyal instead of hiring their own lawyers.<p>The legal interests of President Donald Trump and his aides are dramatically diverging as special counsel Robert Mueller expands his probe into …

Donald Trump

The Obscure Lawyer Who Might Become the Most Powerful Woman in Washington

If the deputy attorney general resigns or gets fired, oversight of the Trump-Russia investigation would fall to the Justice Department’s No. 3, Rachel Brand.<p>For someone on the job barely a month, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand was already facing plenty of incoming fire from her critics. …

Donald Trump

Democratic Rep. slams Trump in tweet: 'Lock him up?'

One of President Trump's popular campaign chants is now being used against him amid the controversy over his firing of FBI Director James Comey.<p>On Thursday night, Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York tweeted, "Evidence of Trump's effort to obstruct justice continues to emerge. Lock HIM …

Donald Trump

President Trump Doubles Down on Idea of Ending White House Press Briefings

President Trump is sticking to his comments that it may be a good idea to end daily White House press briefings.<p>“Unless I have them every two weeks …

Donald Trump

Scientists figured out how to convert polluted air into clean energy

In an era of growing concern for the environment, scientists in Belgium have come up with the groundwork for one possible solution: converting air …

Pollution

The Turds Who Voted to Sell Out Your Online Privacy Get Their Faces Plastered on Billboards

Last month, Congress voted to repeal FCC rules that would prevent internet service providers from selling your personal web browsing and app usage …

Net Neutrality

U.S. chief justice alarmed at Trump administration immigration case stance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts took issue on Wednesday with the Trump administration's stance in an immigration case, saying it could make it too easy for the government to strip people of citizenship for lying about minor infractions.<p>Roberts and other Supreme Court justices …

Immigration

Fact-checking President Trump’s Pinocchio-laden Associated Press interview

In a wide-ranging interview with Julie Pace of the Associated Press on April 21, President Trump yet again made many false or misleading statements. Here’s a roundup of 14 claims. As is our practice, we don’t award Pinocchios in roundups.<p><i>“I saved $725 million on the 90 planes. Just 90. Now there</i> …

Donald Trump

Human Emotion Physically Re-Shapes Reality. New Research

Three different studies, done by different teams of scientists proved something really extraordinary. But when a new research connected these 3 …

DNA

Trump’s White House Family Affair Looks A Lot Like The Most Corrupt Nations In The World

WASHINGTON ― For decades, the United States has worked with other countries to eliminate nepotism. There’s a good reason for that: Nepotism breeds corruption.<p>“You’ve seen it in countries all over the world where they’ve appointed family members, whether it’s their son, daughter, in-laws — it …

Watching magnets morph liquid rocket fuel is hypnotically beautiful

This liquid rocket fuel becomes magnetised when near a magnetic field. So it dances and morphs when magnets are moved around it.<p>It is called ferrofluid and it was invented by NASA's Steve Papell to be a rocket fuel that could work in zero gravity due to its magnetic qualities.<p>Magnet Expert Ltd …

Magnetism

In Just 3 Words, Amazon's Jeff Bezos Taught a Brilliant Lesson in Leadership | Inc.com

Yesterday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos published a new letter to shareholders, in which he refers to the company's timeline as "Day 1," allowing Amazon to continually move forward.<p>What does Day 2 look like?<p>"Day 2 is stasis. Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline. Followed …

Leadership

'The world shifts': Gov. Jerry Brown talks California, climate change and President Trump

The Times talked to<p>Jerry Brownabout climate change and California’s role in fighting it. Here’s what he had to say.<p>Why haven’t more states followed California’s path on climate change?<p>“California has done a very good job. But you can’t force Republicans to deal with climate change in a serious way …

The Number One Cause of Suffering According to Buddhism (and What You Can Do About it)

Ever heard of the four noble truths of Buddhism? If you haven’t, it’s basically the four principles of life that govern Buddhism philosophy. They are:<p>…

6 People You Must Have in Your Network to Be Successful | Inc.com

Everybody loves an entrepreneurial success story a la Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Arianna Huffington, Mark Cuban, and the like.<p>Truth be told, each one of those people would be the first to tell you they didn't get where they are today without certain types of people in their …

Bill Gates

Does the Afterlife Exist?

'The OA' and 'The Discovery' justify an afterlife with science. The real story is much murkier.<p>In the Netflix original movie <i>The Discovery</i>, a …

Consciousness

How This Myanmar Travel Company Went From $0 To $1.5M Revenue In A Year

When you think of Myanmar, you may not think of digital marketing. But the country is quickly going online. In fact, Myanmar has more than 39 million internet users, up from two million in 2014. Combine that with the country’s emerging tourism industry and you have a market bursting with …

Marketing

How to Evaluate, Accept, Reject, or Negotiate a Job Offer

Congratulations! You got the job. Now for the hard part: deciding whether to accept it or not. How should you assess the salary as well as the other perks? Which publicly available information should you rely on? How should you try to get a better deal? And what’s the best way to decline an offer …

Employment

The Best Way to Feel Younger: 1 Exercise That Will Change Your Body Most, According to Science | Inc.com

Getting old sucks.<p>My joints creak. Both of my shoulders make wonderful little popping noises. I do this groaning thing when try to roll out of bed that I never thought I'd make. (In fact, most of the time I don't even notice I'm doing it.) If I lie on the floor for a while, getting back up is no …

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