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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Madonna doctors photos of civil rights heroes on Instagram to promote album

The entertainer’s social media posts of King, Mandela, Lennon and Bob Marley with black strings on their faces mimic her cover for Rebel Heart


Madonna is defending herself against criticism after she posted Instagram photos of Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela that were altered to look like her own image on her new album.


Madonna’s cover for the album Rebel Heart is a closeup of her face with black string on it. Her social media posts show the faces of King and Mandela doctored to make it appear as though they have similar string on their faces. Some considered the posts offensive.


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Suicidal Rikers Island Inmate Found Dead Despite Warning

Suicidal Rikers Island Inmate Found Dead Despite Warning


A Rikers Island inmate who threatened to kill himself was found dead yesterday after correction officers failed to put him on suicide watch, the New York Times reports. Rikers Island remains a brutal hellhole .


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Publishing The Torture Report

The small independent publisher Melville House has done it, turning “a five-hundred-and-twenty-eight-page PDF with the slanted margins and blurred resolution of a Xerox made by a myopic high-school Latin teacher” into a more readable text. Alexandra Schwartz, who stopped by the publisher’s offices, offers a glimpse into the process: “There’s a lot of reasons why […]



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British Ebola nurse in critical condition, hospital says

Health of Pauline Cafferkey, who was diagnosed with deadly virus after return from Sierra Leone, has deteriorated in last two days

The condition of the British nurse diagnosed with Ebola has deteriorated and is now critical, the Royal Free hospital in north London says.


Pauline Cafferkey, a Scottish public health nurse who had been volunteering in Sierra Leone, was diagnosed with the deadly virus after returning to Glasgow via Casablanca in Morocco.


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US embassy in Indonesia issues security alert for hotels and banks

Officials say there is potential threat against US-associated facilities in Surabaya and recommend heightened vigilance and awareness of one’s surroundings


The US embassy in Indonesia issued a security alert on Saturday for its citizens in the country’s second-biggest city, Surabaya.


“The US embassy has been made aware of a potential threat against US-associated hotels and banks in Surabaya, Indonesia,” the embassy said in a statement on its website.


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Dead twin foetuses discovered on road near church in California

Authorities say they were well-developed and appeared to be five months along or older but the cause of their death wasn’t immediately known


Authorities said two well-developed human foetuses, apparently twins, were found dead along a road near a San Diego County church on Friday.


Sheriff’s officials say a man called 911 on Friday afternoon to report the gruesome discovery in Fallbrook. The man said he initially thought it was a doll wrapped in a blanket.


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Sterile Neutrinos Still Theoretical

Seven-month long neutrino experiment finds no signs of the rumored sterile neutrino



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Chess Match Of The Day

Dan Colman explains: In a pretty neat project, Scott Kildall has looked back at records of Duchamp’s chess matches and created a computer program that lets you play against a “Duchampian ghost.” Just click here, and then click on the chess piece you want to move. It will turn green, and then you can move […]



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Boston Calling: the city at the heart of America's DIY renaissance

The east coast city has always had its share of influential bands, but today, more groups are taking the stage under their own steam



Boston has always existed on the fringes of America’s cultural fabric. The American Revolution started there, it boasts one of the most robust intellectual communities in the world, it is the birthplace of Dunkin’ Donuts, and it has a turbulent racial history and divide. It’s a town of academic transients, middle-class families and the working-class Bostonian populace.


But Boston is also home to a tradition steeped in underground folklore that’s much louder, one forged on the head-banging energy of punk rock’s forebears: the city’s consistently booming independent punk, metal, hardcore, indie-rock and post-punk music scenes. The aging record collector and millennialmusicsnob should know about Boston heavyweights like Siege, Jerry’s Kidz and Amherst’s Dinosaur Jr – bands who, in eras defined by blaring guitars, booked their own tours and played shows before their like-minded disciples. The Boston scene, just like the influential hardcore punk of Reagan-era Washington DC or Seattle’s flannel-wearing grunge scene, embodied an actively rebellious ethic, and thus wore the anti-corporate Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mentality boldly on its sleeve.


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Dan Biggar: You never own the Wales jersey. You have to earn it each time

The fly-half has put his past behind him last year as he enjoyed a breakthrough for both his national side and Ospreys

Size has been a factor behind Wales’s selection of the back division in the Warren Gatland era and at fly-half it is now a case of the Biggar the better. A position which had become one of concern following Rhys Priestland’s run of injuries and his subsequent loss of confidence has been filled by a player who, while not possessing the ethereal quality of Barry John or the quick feet of Phil Bennett, has chutzpah and no lack of self-belief.


Dan Biggar was 19 when he made his international debut in 2008 but it was not until 2014 that he could call the Wales jersey his own. It was a breakthrough year for the Osprey whose early, sporadic appearances for his country were characterised by a determination to make his mark that tended to lead to costly mistakes and raised questions about his ability to control himself never mind a Test match.


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Kid Rock: ‘I’m not just wealthy, I’m loaded’

The singer, 43, on guns, homophobia, women and what he’s learned from his son


As a child I was hell. I didn’t follow the rules. I never set out to hurt people, but if someone said “Fuck you” I’d smack them upside the head. I like to think I’ve grown out of that a little bit.


I don’t FaceTweet or whatever people do. I understand that I’m the old guy now. I turn on my computer and look at porn a little bit, see what’s going on in the news, but that’s about it. I’m comfortable with that.


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Andy Murray wins Abu Dhabi title after Novak Djokovic pulls out of final

• Scot claims first title of 2015 as Djokovic withdraws due to illness

• Murray faces scan on shoulder injury before next week’s Hopman Cup

Andy Murray picked up his first trophy of the season without having to play the final after Novak Djokovic withdrew ahead of their match in Abu Dhabi because of illness.


Djokovic had looked in fine form in brushing aside Stanislas Wawrinka in the semi-finals of the exhibition Mubadala World Tennis Championship on Friday. But the defending champion and world No1 revealed on Saturday he had been suffering from a fever.


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"Mr.

"Mr. Brinsley's short life was a series of disappointments." The New York Times has profiled Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the man who recently shot and killed two NYPD officers in Brooklyn. "If he couldn't get it together, he told the mother of his second child in early December, he would kill himself."


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FA Cup third-round clockwatch – live!

Abandoned migrant ship arrives in Italy - in pictures

Hundreds of migrants arrive at Corigliano Calabro on board the abandoned cargo vessel Ezadeen, days after it was abandoned by its crew off the coast of Italy


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Fatal Shanghai stampede: 5,000 fewer police on duty than last new year

Authorities had assigned fewer officers and dropped safety measures of previous celebrations after cancelling light show

Lax safety measures and a shortage of police officers may have contributed to the fatal New Year’s Eve stampede in Shanghai which killed 36 people and left scores injured.


There were 5,000 fewer officers on duty on Wednesday night than on New Year’s Eve the previous year, according to Associated Press. Traffic controls implemented the previous year were also abandoned because the official light show had been cancelled.


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I can't stand to binge watch television shows. I know what you think of me

My friends already assume that I don’t like the shows they love or, worse, that I don’t like medium at all. But they’re wrong


I have never been able to binge watch television shows, despite all the modern amenities that put seasons upon seasons of obscure and groundbreaking television at my fingertips. Instead, I linger, too intimidated to begin what has always felt like a chore, while everyone I know flies through a whole series in a week to catch up – or keep up – with the cultural conversation.


The first show I tried to binge watch was Pretty Little Liars, a ridiculous three-season teen drama now on Netflix that illustrates one of the main problems with binge-watching: if a show is bad, you notice really quickly. The constant cliffhangers and campiness would have kept me coming back had I watched it in real time – but, watching a dozen episodes all in a row on Netflix revealed just how monotonously formulaic it really was. A similar thing happened when a group of friends and I tried to binge on Sabrina, The Teenage Witch: even nostalgia could only hold our attention for about six episodes.


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Concentrating Solar Power

Concentrating Solar PowerSolar power is described as the conversion of sunlight into electricity. Sunlight could be changed straight into electricity with the use of PV or photovoltaics. It can also be indirectly converted using CSPs. There are now several devices and structures created which focus and concentrate solar power in various ways depending on the needed use. ...



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Step By Snowy Step

Last February, Sonja Hinrichsen and 60 snowshoe-equipped volunteers patterned the above piece of land art, Snow Drawings at Catamount Lake, in Colorado. She passed along a slightly edited version of a recent interview she gave to My Modern Met: Your pieces can be destroyed within days, weeks, or even hours, so there’s a really interesting […]



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Malta’s prime minister warns Hibernians against signing Ched Evans

• Country’s reputation at risk, suggests Joseph Muscat

• Justice minister contradicts PM, says Evans should get chance

• Hibernians say they offered contract until end of the season

Malta’s prime minister, Joseph Muscat, has warned the league leaders, Hibernians, their decision to offer a contract to Ched Evans risks damaging the country’s reputation. However, the justice minister, Owen Bonnici, believes the convicted rapist deserves the chance to resume his football career having been released after serving half of a five-year prison sentence.


The Maltese Premier League club announced on Friday that they had offered a deal to the former Sheffield United and Wales striker for the remainder of the season. The 26-year-old had an offer to train with the Blades retracted in November following strong local opposition, while Tranmere, Oldham and Hartlepool also rejected the opportunity to sign him.


Footballers are role models. Hibs decision will define them + to an extent #Malta. I hope mgmt understand this clearly before final decision


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Iran denies nuclear deal with US

Tehran says talk of an agreement aims to ‘tarnish the climate of the talks’ and make a settlement more difficult to reach

Iran has denied striking a deal with the US to reduce Tehran’s potential ability to manufacture nuclear weapons, following earlier reports that an agreement had been reached.


The Associated Press said on Friday that Tehran and Washington had agreed the outline of a deal under which Iran would ship its surplus enriched uranium to Russia.


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Israel’s Avigdor Lieberman faces poll meltdown after party corruption probe

An investigation into Israel’s rightwing foreign minister is likely to benefit Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party in upcoming elections

When Israel’s hawkish rightwing foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, addressed New York’s Russian-Jewish community last April, he focused on the political success of Russian immigrants like him in Israel.


“Only in Israel,” Lieberman ventured, “can a young Russian immigrant arrive and in 20 years become foreign minister. One day we will have a Russian-speaking minister of defence, a Russian-speaking president, and soon, we may have a Russian-speaking prime minister.” Few doubted that he meant himself.


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5 Arrested in Alleged Kidnapping and Rape of Japanese Tourist in India

The 22-year-old woman said she was held captive for 12 days after being lured by a man who posed as a tourist guide, the police said.

















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New Zealand Glaciers Ebb and Tour Guides Play Catch-Up

With winter weather more unpredictable in many parts of the world, companies offering tours through ice and snow find an uneven effect on business.





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Hearts v Hibernian – live!

The 20 photographs of the week

The AirAsia crash, the first case of Ebola diagnosed on UK soil, the World Darts Championships – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week.


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Time running out for England to solve their World Cup selection puzzle

With six weeks to go England have a new captain in Eoin Morgan but have yet to settle on a stable line-up for the tournament

• England lose World Cup final in 1992

• Alastair Cook sacked as captain of ODI team

• England win Twenty20 World Cup in 2010

The England squad set off for Australia in pursuit of the World Cup on Tuesday. The campaign has been meticulously planned: the England and Wales Cricket Board even contrived to change the Ashes schedule so that its side could prepare with fresh, uncluttered minds for a tournament England have never won (the nearest they came was in 1992 in Melbourne when they were winning the final against Pakistan for at least half the game; unfortunately it was the first half).


There has been the odd hiccup. The captain was sacked just before Christmas and, with six weeks to go, the selectors do not know their best XI. One might expect enlightenment from the new captain, Eoin Morgan, on Tuesday before the flight from Heathrow except that he is already in Australia plying his trade for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash. Instead Peter Moores will speak for the first time since he declared in Sri Lanka that, whatever the other selectors might think, Alastair Cook was his choice to take the side to Australia. There is no disgrace in changing one’s mind but it is preferable not to have to do it quite so publicly.


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The Econ 101 Edition

Listen to Episode No. 34 of Slate Money:






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Nicely Aged

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Reading Into Reading Campaigns

Emmett Rensin and David Shor criticize public efforts – like Hillary Clinton’s Too Small to Fail campaign – that suggest reading to your kids will make them smarter. They explain why their preferred method of educational reform is simply “called ‘giving money to people'”: Here’s a story about Norway. On August 21, 1969, massive oil […]



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Yarl’s Wood: UN special rapporteur to censure UK government

Rashida Manjoo, the UN’s rapporteur on violence against women, says she was denied access to detention centre

The official report of the UN special rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, will censure the UK government for preventing her from inspecting Yarl’s Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire.


Manjoo said that the incident was similar to the way Bangladesh blocked her from visiting a notorious refugee camp and India stopped her investigating state-run detention facilities. Manjoo said she hoped that other countries would raise the issue with the UK government of why she was not allowed to enter Britain’s largest immigration centre for women, questioning if there was “something to hide”.


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Alleged mastermind of 1998 US embassy attacks dies days before trial

Abu Anas al-Liby, who was due to stand trial over the Tanzania and Kenya bombings, dies from complications after liver surgery

A Libyan man accused of masterminding the 1998 al-Qaida bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania has died just days before he was due to stand trial in New York for the crimes.


Abu Anas al-Liby, 50, died on Friday from complications following liver surgery, his wife said.


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Price of olive oil soaring after worst harvest in over a decade

Wholesale costs double following ‘black year’ for farms in southern Europe and north Africa

Forget scouring the January sales for clothes and electrical goods and cheap Christmas wrapping paper for next year – the thing to be stocking up on this month is olive oil.


A dreadful 12 months for olives in several major producing countries has led to 2014 being labelled the “black year” for the industry and to the doubling of the bulk cost of olive oil in some areas.


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How I gave up fine dining

‘I’m hallucinating food, and not yer fancy-schmancy restaurant food’



Bim Adewunmi gives up Twitter

Alexis Petridis gives up being grumpy

Jess Cartner-Morley gives up heels


“You have the best job in the world,” is what almost everyone says to me on the rare occasions I tell them what I do for a living. (Closely followed by “I could do that”, but let’s not go there.)


I’d agree with them: I’m ridiculously lucky to be able to indulge my love for restaurants on an almost daily basis – way more when I’m abroad – and my job frequently fills me with joy. It also fills me with a lot of other stuff.


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The Gone Girl effect sparks year of women behaving badly

You may not like them, but the heroines of a clutch of new novels have a hold on us all and make for compelling reading

Just call it the Gone Girl effect. Following the success of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel and the recent acclaimed David Fincher-directed film adaptation, fiction in 2015 is set to be dominated by unreliable women.


From Rachel Watson, the unhappy heroine of British writer Paula Hawkins’s much-anticipated debut novel The Girl on the Train, to Anna Benz, the depressed wife at the heart of Jill Alexander Essbaum’s haunting Hausfrau, this year’s most compelling reads are all about lost girls, some of whom, like Flynn’s Amy Dunne, turn out to have a core of steel in their soul.


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Steven Gerrard will move to MLS at end of season

• Liverpool confirm midfielder will cross Atlantic at end of season

Barney Ronay on the significance of Gerrard’s career

Reborn in the USA? Major coup if Stevie goes to Hollywood

Liverpool have confirmed that Steven Gerrard will move to Major League Soccer at the end of the current season.


Los Angeles Galaxy head the American clubs who will be interested in signing him, and more details of Gerrard’s plans are likely to be revealed in an interview, released at 5pm GMT on Saturday, via Liverpool’s official website.


Steven Gerrard confirms he will move to the USA this summer. Watch exclusive interview at 5pm on @LFCTV and LFCTV GO http://ift.tt/1zJXJru


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