John le Carr on why ‘politicians love chaos’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe author’s latest book is set in the political turmoil of 2018 London Ahead of the release of his latest novel, novelist and former MI6 spy John le Carré talks to the BBC about our world leaders and why “human decency” must prevail. A chance meeting in a badminton club, of all places. A few words. A connection made. Nat, who’s disturbed by the chaotic politics of the moment, finds himself spinning a web in which he knows he’ll be caught. Spies, loyalty and deceit. John le Carré is back. His latest book, Agent Running in the Field, is his 25th novel and it reveals a writer – who’ll be 88 the …

Week in Review: The smart home is still so, so stupid

Hey everyone. Thank you for welcoming me into you inbox yet again. Last week was a short one, but I talked about the merger of a couple of the worst adtech companies in the world. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox here, and follow my tweets here. I would also like to take the time to say screw you to Apple for shipping such an awful keyboard that made typing this newsletter so damn difficult…. God! Now, onto the news. The big story One thing I rarely cover these days is the smart home, this, despite my apartment hosting two HomePods, two Echos, three Google Home devices and a Facebook Portal+. …

Fortnite is just a black hole right now

Fortnite just blew up its entire map and all that’s left is a black hole. Some are speculating that this is simply a teaser for a new Fortnite map, but it’s unclear when that new map will arrive. On Epic Games’ status page, it says Fortnite is currently experiencing a minor service outage, noting “anomaly detected.” As Kotaku reports, players this morning were only able to access a team fight mode called “The End.” That led to a massive explosion that resulted in a black hole. Fortnite’s website is currently just a Twitch stream featuring a black hole.

Kik says its here to stay, following shutdown reports

It’s been a rough run for Kik of late. The once mighty messaging service announced in late September that it would be shutting down its app. CEO Ted Livingston noted in a blog post that the startup would be trimming its headcount from over 100 people to “an elite 19 person team,” following a protracted 18 month battle with the SEC. Today the service noted on Twitter, however, “Great news: Kik is here to stay!!!! AND there’s some really exciting plans for making the app even better. More details coming soon. Stay tuned.” Some exciting news: we may have found a home for Kik! We just signed an LOI with a great company. They want to buy the app, continue …

Husky cant contain excitement upon owners return home

It’s really easy to forget that we are not the only living beings living on this planet. We’re trapped in our concrete jungles, escaping the scorching heat and the freezing icy winters in the sanctity of our homes. The only contact with the outside world are photographs and videos of animals living freely in the wild. But they are here, we share the same oxygen, we share the food, the water, the ups and downs of the climate changes. Love for animals has only increased as time has gone on. This day we can see lots of animals, whether it is dogs, cats being the most dominant but also pigs, rabbits, hedgehogs and many more that were previously known as …

Migrants describe being tortured and raped on perilous journey to Libya

(CNN)A small blue boat with an outboard motor bobs on the waves of the open sea. It is crammed with 28 migrants — men, women and children — from Somalia, Bangladesh and Yemen. Across the horizon is the Libyan coast. After several attempts, the sailors manage to throw the rope on to the boat’s bow. A passenger throws it with an air of disdain into the water. The sailors toss the rope again, and again the migrants throw it in the water. They’ve paid hundreds of dollars — a huge fortune — for this leg of their perilous journey to the shores of southern Europe. It has cost them several thousand dollars to get to this point from their home …

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge smashes two-hour marathon barrier

(CNN)Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge has successfully completed the first ever marathon under two hours in the Austrian capital of Vienna, two years since he fell 25 seconds short. Kipchoge’s first crack of going sub-two hour in Monza, Italy, was part of Nike’s Breaking2 project. This time he was being backed by petrochemical company Ineos in an attempt called the 1:59 Challenge. Despite the achievement, the milestone won’t count as a world record. In fact, Ineos hasn’t even submitted a request to the IAAF for the attempt to be officially ratified. During the race, Kipchoge followed behind a car — a condition not allowed under IAAF sanctions — and was assisted by an army of 30 pacemakers. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated …

Manchester Arndale stabbings suspect arrested for terrorism offence

Man in his 40s detained over attack that left three people with stab wounds A man detained after a multiple stabbing at the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester has been formally arrested on suspicion of planning an act of terrorism, police have said. Three people were stabbed and another suffered a superficial wound when a man ran amok with a large knife shortly after 11am on Friday. A fifth person was treated at the scene for shock. Greater Manchester polices assistant chief constable, Russ Jackson, said two unarmed police community support officers had attempted to confront the attacker when he turned on them and chased them with the knife. Jackson said the man, who is believed to be British and …

Google Gave Huge Donations To Climate Change-Denying Think Tanks

Google has made “substantial” donations to some of the most powerful and influential groups linked to climate change denial, according to online documents revealed by The Guardian.  A Google transparency document shows that the multi-billion dollar tech giant has given “substantial contributions” to dozens of organizations, lobbying groups, and think tanks that promote climate change denial or have campaigned against legislation to stop climate change. They declined to tell The Guardian how much money it had donated to these groups. One of the groups that received contributions from Google is the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), a libertarian think tank that claims to “question global warming alarmism.” The CEI is behind numerous campaigns that have sought to sow doubt into the scientific consensus of global warming and downplay the effects of climate …

This Man Built Probably The Thinnest House In Beirut To Block His Brothers View To The Sea

The growing population of many regions makes urban developers scratch their heads in an attempt to make room for everyone. With land being expensive and short in supply, the only logical option is to build tall structures rather than wide. This solution has produced many rather ‘skinny’ and sometimes even funny looking buildings all over the world. However, even though this may seem like a logical explanation, not every building is built narrow just to make use of all available space. As it turns out, probably the narrowest building in Beirut, Lebanon, was built not because of the lack of space, but out of pettiness. Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Image credits: Sandra Rishani Why he would do such …

Humpback Whale Found Dead In The Thames Was Killed By A Ship, Autopsy Reveals

The post-mortem examination of a humpback whale that died after swimming into the UK’s river Thames this week has found that it was most likely killed by a ship. Scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) carried out the necropsy on “Hessy” the humpback yesterday, revealing a wound that appeared to be afflicted by a passing ship. Further investigation revealed that the ship strike was most likely the cause of death. “The main finding was a large wound on the underside of the head, associated with a fracture along the length of one of the mandibles (lower jaw),” Rob Deaville, ZSL’s Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme project manager, said in a press statement given to IFLScience. “Traces of blood clots around the fractured …

‘Riverdale’ Airs Luke Perry’s Emotional Farewell Episode As Cast Pays Tribute On Social Media – Recap Here – Perez Hilton

Months after When the group picked up Fred’s truck, which was still at the site of the accident, they met Doherty’s character, who explained what had happened and asked the kids to pray with her.  Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

The 10 Best Vibrators We’ve Actually Tried | Betches

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Conservatives Are Convincing Themselves That Clinton Will Run Again

As Donald Trumps Ukraine troubles mount and polls show him lagging behind the leading Democratic presidential contenders, the president and his allies are dreaming up a 2020 scenario in which they surely cant lose. Hillary Clinton, theyve collectively wished, could very well launch another White House bid. I think that Crooked Hillary Clinton should enter the race to try and steal it away from Uber Left Elizabeth Warren, Trump tweeted on Monday. The idea that Clinton is about to run for the presidency again is largely without merit. Her staff has repeatedly denied she will do so, though she playfully told his national audience on Sept. 27. Do not be surprised. The phantom presidential campaign theory has also been picked …

Humans Have Some ‘Inner Salamander’ Capacity To Repair Cartilage

Humans are just not as good at some things as other animals – take, for example, limb regeneration. Salamanders are masters of regrowth, growing entire limbs and even parts of their organs with relative ease. Now it seems, we have a subtle ‘inner salamander’ capacity, as the authors call it, to repair cartilage.  The Duke University team found that the process for cartilage repair is similar to that used by salamanders and zebrafish to regrow damaged or missing limbs. Interestingly, they found that cartilage is oldest in the hips of humans, youngest in the ankles, and middle-aged in the knees.  “We were very surprised to find that the repair capability was different in different joints,” senior author Virginia Byers Kraus, a professor at …

Air Pollution Exposure Linked To Balding, Preliminary Findings Suggest

A link has been drawn between exposure to air pollution and the loss of hair growth and regeneration, according to preliminary research presented at the 2019 European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Congress. Particulate matter (particle pollution, or PM) is made up of pollutants that form a complex mixture of small solid particles and liquid droplets in the air. The smaller the PM, the more harmful the particles are as they can pass more easily into the human body. In particular, PM10 are those that measure 10 micrometers or smaller and typically come from industrial sources that can cause negative health effects when a person becomes exposed to, inhales, or consumes them. To study the effects of PM on hair growth …