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  • Quiet Epidemic of Suicide Claims France’s Farmers

    08/20/2017 6:43:25 PM PDT · by Theoria · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 Aug 2017 | Paméla Rougerie
    A dairy farmer, Jean-Pierre Le Guelvout, once kept 66 cows at a thriving estate in southern Brittany. But falling milk prices, accumulating debts, depression and worries about his heath in middle age became too much to bear. Just 46, Mr. Le Guelvout shot himself in the heart in a grove behind his house one cold December day last year. “It was a place that he loved, near the fields that he loved,” explained his sister Marie, who said she was “very close” to him but did not see his suicide coming. The death of Ms. Le Guelvout’s brother was part...
  • Most archaeologists think the first Americans arrived by boat.Now, they’re beginning to prove it

    08/16/2017 9:18:02 AM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    Science/AAAS ^ | 10 Aug 2017 | Lizzie Wade
    IN CEDROS ISLAND IN MEXICO—Matthew Des Lauriers got the first inkling that he had stumbled on something special when he pulled over on a dirt road here, seeking a place for his team to use the bathroom. While waiting for everyone to return to the car, Des Lauriers, then a graduate student at the University of California, Riverside, meandered across the landscape, scanning for stone tools and shell fragments left by the people who had lived on the island in the past 1500 years. As he explored, his feet crunched over shells of large Pismo clams—bivalves that he hadn't seen...
  • The Italian highlanders who may have Scottish roots

    08/11/2017 8:54:38 AM PDT · by Theoria · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 11 Aug 2017 | Dany Mitzman
    Thousands of Italians emigrated to Scotland in the 20th Century, but it seems that 400 years earlier a group of Scots may have settled in a village in the Italian Alps. So local legend has it… And there are plenty of signs to suggest that maybe, just maybe, it's true. High up in the mountains of northern Italy, just a few kilometres from the Swiss border, the people of the tiny village of Gurro speak a strange dialect, incomprehensible even to the other villages in the same valley. They have peculiar surnames, and the women's traditional costume features a patterned...
  • Saudi Arabia cites FBI’s Meese Commission in asking judge to toss 9/11 victims’ lawsuit

    08/09/2017 1:37:40 PM PDT · by Theoria · 7 replies
    FloridaBulldog.org ^ | 08 Aug 2017 | Dan Christensen
    Forced back into court by an act of Congress and faced with tens of billions of dollars in potential civil liability, oil-rich Saudi Arabia is asking a U.S. judge again to throw out a lawsuit brought against it by thousands of 9/11 victims.Lawyers for the kingdom moved last week to dismiss the massive case pending in federal court in New York City, citing “baseless accusations that Saudi Arabia conspired to commit a horrific crime against its longstanding ally the United States by knowingly funding the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.”The plaintiffs are survivors of the attacks, family members of...
  • $78,000 of Debt for a Harvard Theater Degree

    08/08/2017 9:50:37 AM PDT · by Theoria · 97 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 07 Aug 2017 | SOPHIE HAIGNEY
    Twelve years after finishing Harvard’s graduate theater program, Katierose Donohue still pays almost as much in student loans each month — about $650 — as for her share of the rent in Los Angeles. She recently stopped hosting her monthly sketch comedy show, “Ma’am,” because she didn’t always break even on her $200 budget. She’s now working side jobs as a dog walker and a social media copywriter, after past gigs serving at Starbucks and handing out free cigarettes for Camel. She’s never missed a loan payment, but there’s no end in sight: She borrowed nearly $75,000 to attend the...
  • Australia Details ‘Sophisticated’ Plot by ISIS to Take Down Plane

    08/04/2017 9:04:35 AM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04 Aug 2017 | JACQUELINE WILLIAMS
    The Australian police described on Friday an elaborate terrorist plot in which two men from Sydney tried to place an explosive supplied by the Islamic State on a flight last month, an operation that officials said was among “the most sophisticated plots that has ever been attempted on Australian soil.” The two men, who have been charged with planning a terrorist act, were scheduled to appear in court via video link on Friday, and they were refused bail. The Australian Federal Police said the charges covered an aborted attempt last month to place an explosive on an Etihad Airways flight...
  • Quit Your Job for a Better One? Not if You Live in Idaho

    07/15/2017 8:58:41 PM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 14 July 2017 | Conor Dougherty
    Idaho achieved a notable distinction last year: It became one of the hardest places in America for someone to quit a job for a better one. The state did this by making it easier for companies to enforce noncompete agreements, which prevent employees from leaving their company for a competitor. While its economy is known for agriculture — potatoes are among the state’s biggest exports — Idaho has a long history as a technology hub. And the new law landed in the middle of the tech world, causing a clash between hungry start-ups looking to poach employees and more established...
  • China’s All-Seeing Surveillance State Is Reading Its Citizens’ Faces

    06/28/2017 3:16:25 PM PDT · by Theoria · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | 26 June 2017 | Josh Chin and Liza Lin
    In vast social-engineering experiment, facial-recognition systems crunch data from ubiquitous cameras to monitor citizens SHENZHEN—Gan Liping pumped her bike across a busy street, racing to beat a crossing light before it turned red. She didn’t make it. Immediately, her face popped up on two video screens above the street. “Jaywalkers will be captured using facial-recognition technology,” the screens said. Facial-recognition technology, once a specter of dystopian science fiction, is becoming a feature of daily life in China, where authorities are using it on streets, in subway stations, at airports and at border crossings in a vast experiment in social engineering....
  • For Grieving Parents, Trump Is ‘Speaking for the Dead’ on Immigration

    06/25/2017 8:16:24 PM PDT · by Theoria · 40 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 June 2017 | Vivian Yee
    The families could reel off all the times they had called the media and written to Washington, but after all that trying, they had never heard anyone who mattered say anything like it: Most Mexican immigrants, Donald J. Trump declared in his first campaign speech, were “rapists” who were “bringing drugs, bringing crime” across the border. Now he had come to meet them, the families of people killed by undocumented immigrants, and they wanted to tell him he was right. One son had been struck by a truck, another shot just around the corner from home. Different causes of death,...
  • After finding his doppelganger, Kansas City man is freed from prison

    06/12/2017 12:40:08 PM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 09 June 2017 | Tony Rizzo
    In prison for a crime he adamantly denied committing, Richard Anthony Jones repeatedly heard from others that there was another prisoner who looked just like him. Not only were they doppelgangers, but Jones was told that he and the other man shared the same first name. Jones never ran across the man, but the lawyers he passed the information on to began digging into his case and came to the conclusion that Jones was indeed an innocent man. On Wednesday, they made their case to a Johnson County judge, and on Thursday Jones walked free after serving nearly 17 years...
  • Mysterious stone pillars emerge from northern New Mexico forest

    05/31/2017 10:27:24 PM PDT · by Theoria · 65 replies
    KRQE ^ | 23 May 2017 | Chris McKee
    Could it be a message left by some of New Mexico’s first explorers? A set of mysterious stone pillars found in the state’s remote northern forest has sparked that question. They’re carved stone pillars covered with symbols that clearly have a history — but a history, so far, no one seems to know anything about. One man has now made it his quest to find the answer. He’s hoping someone will step forward to help solve the mystery that spans across decades near Cimarron. “Who made it? How did it wind up in northern New Mexico? What does it mean?”...
  • Australian convict pirates in Japan: evidence of 1830 voyage unearthed

    05/31/2017 9:56:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 27 May 2017 | Joshua Robertson
    Fresh translations of samurai accounts of ‘barbarian’ ship arriving at the height of Japan’s feudal isolation corroborate a story long dismissed as fantasy An amateur historian has unearthed compelling evidence that the first Australian maritime foray into Japanese waters was by convict pirates on an audacious escape from Tasmania almost two centuries ago. Fresh translations of samurai accounts of a “barbarian” ship in 1830 give startling corroboration to a story modern scholars had long dismissed as convict fantasy: that a ragtag crew of criminals encountered a forbidden Japan at the height of its feudal isolation. The brig Cyprus was hijacked...
  • ISIS-linked gunmen battle Philippine troops in southern city

    05/23/2017 10:02:48 AM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 23 May 2017 | AP
    Philippine troops battled heavily armed militants backing the Islamic State group in a southern city Tuesday, as months of sporadic fighting in the countryside shifted alarmingly into an urban area. Regional military spokesman Lt. Col. Joar Herrera said five government personnel were wounded in the clash with at least 15 fighters from a Muslim rebel group called Maute in the village of Basak Malutlut in Marawi, a bustling predominantly Muslim city in Lanao del Sur province. Troops and special police forces attacked an apartment after the military obtained intelligence that Maute gunmen were hiding there with a top terror suspect,...
  • Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

    05/20/2017 12:50:41 PM PDT · by Theoria · 63 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 May 2017 | MARK MAZZETTI, ADAM GOLDMAN, MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MATT APUZZO
    The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward. Current and former American officials described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. It set off a scramble in Washington’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain the fallout, but investigators were bitterly divided over the cause. Some were convinced that a mole within the C.I.A. had betrayed the United States. Others believed that the Chinese had hacked the covert system the C.I.A. used...
  • On Campuses Far From China, Still Under Beijing’s Watchful Eye

    05/12/2017 4:14:52 PM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04 May 2017 | Stephanie Saul
    In the competition for marquee commencement speakers, the University of California, San Diego thought it had scored a coup this year — a Nobel Peace Prize winner, best-selling author and spiritual North Star to millions of people. “We are honored to host His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama,” gushed Pradeep Khosla, the university’s chancellor, “and thankful that he will share messages of global compassion.” Within hours of Mr. Khosla’s announcement, though, the university was blindsided by nasty remarks on Facebook and other social media sites: “Imagine how Americans would feel if someone invited Bin Laden,” said one. At the center...
  • Suit: Wells Fargo targeted ‘undocumented immigrants’ for accounts

    04/29/2017 7:27:55 PM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 27 April 2017 | Thomas Lee
    Wells Fargo branches across the country deliberately targeted “undocumented immigrants” to open savings and checking accounts in order to meet aggressive sales goals, according to court documents. In sworn declarations obtained by Burlingame plaintiff’s attorney Joseph Cotchett, former employees describe a scheme in which Spanish-speaking colleagues would visit places they knew were frequented by immigrants (including construction sites and a 7-Eleven), drive them to a branch and persuade them to open an account. Some employees would give the immigrants $10 apiece to start an account. The events described in the declaration go back a decade. “The conduct we have come...
  • Trump Is Said to Abandon Contentious Border Tax on Imports

    04/25/2017 3:41:07 PM PDT · by Theoria · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 April 2017 | KATE KELLY, RACHEL ABRAMS and ALAN RAPPEPORT
    The Trump administration has dropped any support for a so-called border adjustment tax on imports, according to two people who have been briefed on the matter. The tax was intended to be the keystone of a tax reform proposal developed by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives. But it faced immense pushback from influential companies including Walmart and Toyota. If enacted, a border adjustment tax would have effectively imposed significant levies on billions of dollars of imported goods. Retailers in particular would have been hard hit, as products ranging from tires to T-shirts, which are imported from overseas, would...
  • Trump congratulates Turkey's Erdogan on referendum win

    04/17/2017 8:08:39 PM PDT · by Theoria · 45 replies
    AFP ^ | 18 April 2017 | AFP
    US president Donald Trump called his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to congratulate him on winning the referendum boosting his powers, the White House said on Monday. The call was first reported by Turkish state media, one day after Erdogan won over 51 percent in Sunday's vote. "Trump called Erdogan tonight (Monday) and congratulated him on his success in the referendum," Turkish presidential sources said, quoted by the government run Anadolu news agency. The reaction from Mr Trump contrasts with EU leaders who have been reserved in their reaction to the narrow victory while monitors expressed concern over...
  • Secret A.T.F. Account Paid for $21,000 Nascar Suite and Las Vegas Trip

    04/11/2017 12:02:58 PM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 11 April 2017 | Matt Apuzzo
    Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives used a secret, off-the-books bank account to rent a $21,000 suite at a Nascar race, take a trip to Las Vegas and donate money to the school of one of the agents’ children, according to records and interviews. Agents also used the account to finance undercover operations around the country, despite laws prohibiting government officials from using private money to supplement their budgets, according to current and former government officials and others familiar with the account. The revelations highlight the lax oversight at the A.T.F. that allowed agents and informants...
  • New H-1B Visa Allocation Bears Little of Donald Trump’s Imprint

    03/29/2017 6:50:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 48 replies
    WSJ ^ | 29 March 2017 | Laura Meckler
    President vowed changes to the high-skilled-worker program President Donald Trump ran for office promising changes to the H-1B visa program, which brings high-skilled foreign workers to the U.S. But come Monday, the government opens another round of applications using rules that have long been in place. Demand for the program badly outstrips the supply so, as in past years, the government will use a lottery to decide which companies get them. The visas are coveted by tech firms, who have unsuccessfully lobbied Congress to increase the cap, which is set at 85,000. The new visas become available each year in...