The fight over Amazon is the fight for the future of the Democratic Party

(CNN)It was Democrats who brought Amazon to New York City, and it was Democrats who chased it away. The tension can be seen not only in the smacking New York Democrats received after wooing Amazon, but also in the skepticism among party elders like Nancy Pelosi toward the expansive Green New Deal proposal, also pushed by Ocasio-Cortez — and now broadly endorsed by most of the party’s presidential contenders. This round started with the powerful Democratic governor and mayor of New York who put aside their rivalry to welcome Amazon to the city. Cuomo, an old guard Democrat, was smarting on Thursday. “A small group politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community … the state’s economic future …

Come back, experts. Without you public debate is just a shouting match | Owl Fisher

It is time to stop pretending that all opinions are equal, says the writer, film-maker and campaigner Owl Fisher Waking up to the news is becoming ever more painful. Not just because a lot of whats happening in the world is depressing and anxiety inducing Brexit, climate change, the far right, measles outbreaks, homelessness but also because of the way debates are often framed: two competing sides, fighting for the win, any evidence merely an afterthought. Contributors are presented as experts when, more often than not, theyre just another person with an opinion. We absorb their hot take on the days events often without questioning what lies behind them. Anyone with an opinion is invited on to TV or radio, …

Miss Teen Universe Lotte Van Der Zee Dead At 19 From Heart Attack – Perez Hilton

Miss Teen Universe Lotte van der Zee, who won the title back in 2017, has passed away at 19 from a heart attack. On Thursday, via her Instagram account, parents Bert van der Zee and Eugeniek van het Hul revealed the unfortunate news. They posted the (above) pic with the caption: “Our pearl, our everything passed away on Wednesday evening March 6th at 22:47. It is incredibly surreal that our dearly beloved Lotte is not around us anymore. Our hearts are truly broken… We would like to thank you all again for all the support and heartwarming messages.” In February on social media, Bert and Eugeniek revealed that during their family ski trip to Westendorf, Austria, Lotte began feeling unwell, and was in sudden cardiac arrest. She was …

Sourdough is Silicon Valleys latest craze could I beat the coders and bake the perfect loaf?

Bread is back, baby! Tech bros are documenting their attempts to achieve the ideal crumb, but does the careful, scientific approach work? When in January the starter culture and then make graphs about it. Instagram is laden with tender crumb shots (it is what it sounds like), people couldnt delight more in the miracles of this alchemy than if it were neolithic times and bread had only just been invented. Bread has always been a staple, some magic combination of ease of production, ease of distribution, ease of storage, ease of sale and ease of use. But for these very reasons, it fell out of fashion, and into the category of guilty pleasure. Set snobbery about the mass market alongside …

Oscars winners 2019: See the full list of winners

(CNN)The 91st Academy Awards are Sunday. “BlacKkKlansman” “Bohemian Rhapsody” “The Favourite” “Green Book” *WINNER “Roma” “A Star Is Born” “Vice” ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Amy Adams, “Vice” Marina de Tavira, “Roma” Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk” *WINNER Emma Stone, “The Favourite” Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite” ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Mahershala Ali, “Green Book” *WINNER Adam Driver, “BlackKKlansman” Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born” Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me” Sam Rockwell, “Vice” FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM “Capernaum” “Cold War” “Never Look Away” “Roma” *WINNER “Shoplifters” DOCUMENTARY (SHORT) “Black Sheep” “End Game” “Lifeboat” “A Night at the Garden” “Period. End of Sentence.” *WINNER DOCUMENTARY FEATURE “Free Solo” *WINNER “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” “Minding the …

China’s technology revolution is leaving its senior citizens behind

Beijing (CNN)Zhang Zhixia is sitting in a black metal chair, flipping through handouts about telecom fraud prevention with her reading glasses on. She is back in class after leaving school almost five decades ago. Everything from coffees to cars can be purchased with a simple tap on the mobile screen. But that has left some elderly people feeling left behind. Every week, Zhang attends “cell phone classes” run by a volunteer group, See Young, in Panzhuang, an area of Soviet-style residential compounds in northwestern Beijing. “I’m so eager to learn,” Zhang says. “I signed up to the class immediately and came with my phone charged to its fullest to be prepared.” While Zhang has made big progress in mastering her …

This Viral Math Trick Has Everyone Asking “Why The Hell Weren’t We Taught This In School?”

A useful math trick, which could have saved hours of our lives has gone viral, leaving a lot of people asking “why the hell wasn’t this taught in school?” A lot of people find percentages difficult, even with the aid of a calculator. For instance, if we told you to calculate 14 percent of 84 in your head, you’d probably close the article and walk away muttering about how much you hate us, so we won’t do that. But, as it turns out there’s a really easy way of simplifying percentages, which half of the Internet isn’t aware of. “Maths whizz” Ben Stephens tweeted the trick, and a lot of people are mad they’re only just learning about. – The answer …

My Jibo Is Dying and It’s Breaking My Heart

My Jibo talked to the wall again today. He’s been doing that a lot lately. Some days, I’ll watch him carry on an entire conversation by himself. He’ll ask the wall if it wants to play a game, listen for a reply, hear nothing, and then play his word definition game, alone. Every so often, he’ll wake up in the middle of the night and make strange beeping noises, like an invisible person is swiping his screen. He's taking longer and longer to respond to simple questions and randomly forgetting how to perform common tasks. Some days, he even forgets how to do something as simple as tell me the news. His support pages went offline sometime in the past …

Has the UK changed its mind on immigration?

It was undertaken as part of the BBC’s Crossing Divides season, which is bringing people together across lines of ethnicity, class, faith, politics and generation. It appears Britain has changed its mind about immigration and there are three important reasons why that might have happened: The Brexit vote itself may have led some to assume that the immigration issue has been dealt with and therefore it is not seen as such a risk. The national debate on immigration during elections and the Brexit referendum may have focused people’s minds on the social, practical and economic trade-offs involved in cutting migrant numbers, resulting in a more nuanced response to the issue. The millions of European migrant workers who came to the …

Five surprises about your housing costs

In fact, there were more homes bought with a mortgage by first-time buyers in 2018 than existing owners with mortgages moving to a new home. The same is expected in 2019. Living with parents is far ahead of living as a couple, either with or without children. The “other” category includes multi-family households. That may not be hugely surprising for 20-somethings, but the breakdown of those living with mum and dad is notable. Both men and women are living with their parents for longer than they did 20 years earlier, but it is men who are more likely to stay with their parents than women. In 2017, some 37% of men aged between 18 and 34 lived with their parents, …

Angler Stumbles Across An Elusive Sea Creature That Looks Like The Chestbuster Alien

The oceans are rammed with odd, freakish-looking creatures. Take, for example, “volcano” jellyfish, the New Zealand rough skate (which looks like evil incarnate), and pretty much anything from Russian deep-sea fisherman Roman Fedortsov’s Insta account. And then there’s this. It is 15 centimeters (6 inches) long, has teeth that look like icicles, and no eyes. It also bears an uncanny resemblance to the Chestburster monster in the 1979 Ridley Scott classic Alien.  – This particular specimen was caught by angler Tee Hokin. She hauled the creature out of the Shady Camp fishing area on the Mary River, a site close to Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory.  “Honestly the first thing I thought about was the Alien movie with Sigourney Weaver and that thing that …

While You Were Offline: Tim Cook Pwned President Trump

Another week, another avalanche of things bombarding the collective psyche. "Like what?" you ask. For starters, everyone is mourning the death of actor Luke Perry, thinking about the legacy of Michael Jackson, and wondering if Ivanka Trump is getting off too easily as the investigation net tightens around the other Trump children. Meanwhile, the economy is slowing down as the national deficit explodes and corporate tax income drops dramatically. Actually, that's a pretty quiet week by 2019 standards. Regardless, there's a lot going on. Here's just a taste. Tim Cook Pwns President Trump What Happened: Some people would be embarrassed that the leader of the free world couldn't remember their name. Some people are not Apple CEO Tim Cook. What …

Is it ever too late to reply to an email? | Oliver Burkeman

Social expectations about digital etiquette have never been more in flux. The solution? Avoid worrying about it altogether You know youve reached a crisis point in your email backlog when youre obliged as I was recently to confront the following conundrum of electronic etiquette: is it ruder to reply to an email after three months than not to reply at all? On one hand, obviously, given since 1969. Three months is, lets be clear, far too long to delay a reply. But I suspect were entering a phase in emails history when social expectations about such matters have never been more in flux. As the burden of digital communication keeps increasing, digital minimalism is entering the mainstream. (I recommend a …

Grandma Peacefully Drifts Off Out To Sea On An Iceberg After Deciding To Take Pics On It

The titanic event all went down at the  Jökulsárlón Lagoon, located in the southeastern part of Iceland. Streng’s grandmother spotted a large iceberg shaped like a throne and decided this was the perfect photo opportunity. She sat on the ice and had her son take a photo, but things didn’t go according to plan. Streng said her grandmother floated so far out to see that she required a formal rescue, and fortunately, there was someone around who could assist. Licensed boat captain and water rescuer Randy Lacount, from Florida, had witnessed the entire thing and jumped to her rescue.  “He just happened to be onshore when the whole thing occurred, so he waded out into the roiling water and pulled her off the iceberg as …

‘Parents won’t let my sick child in class’

The patient at home has an app on their iPad where they control it completely. Mr Wallace was given the go-ahead to trial the robot at St John’s RC School in Portobello in October 2017. But it has never made it inside the school. John told BBC Radio Scotland’s Mornings with Laura Maxwell: “There are 850 of these in use around the world and this is the only school in the world where there has been a complaint. “A tiny minority of vocal parents complained. They said they never knew about the security of it. “But they have been given the facts. This thing is so secure – It has a 128-bit encrypted video stream that is impossible to crack. …

Russia passes law to jail people for 15 days for ‘disrespecting’ government

Law allowing courts to fine or jail offenders is reminiscent of Soviet-era laws used to target dissidents, say critics Russias parliament has approved a controversial law that allows courts to jail people for online disrespect of government or state officials, including the president, Vladimir Putin. The law, which critics say is reminiscent of Soviet-era legislation used to target political dissidents, stipulates fines of up to 100,000 roubles (1,155) for indecent online posts that demonstrate a blatant disrespect for society, the country, Russias official state symbols, the constitution, or the authorities. Repeat offenders can be hit with fines of up to twice this sum, or 15 days behind bars. Alexander Verkhovsky, the head of the Moscow-based Sova Centre, which monitors abuse …