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The Guardian - Network Front
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From leafy Richmond to windswept Copeland the message is the same: the party is struggling to hang on as it misguidedly tries to stave off Ukip Byelection nights are typically a source of succour for the opposition. Its vote usually goes up while the government almost invariably suffers some kind of reverse. But this pattern was entirely absent in both Copeland and Stoke. In Copeland Tory support increased by no less than 8.5 points – the biggest increase in support for a government party since Harold Wilson’s Labour government won the Hull North byelection in January 1966 (at the cost, incidentally, of a promise to build the Humber Bridge). Continue reading...
The Huffington Post
5 months
"I am meeting up with a lawyer next week to see what my options are. I believe the ban will definitely be extended (past 90 days) in which case I won't risk traveling outside the U.S." Another Libyan student who attends college in Chicago and wishes to remain anonymous says he feels the order is discriminatory towards Muslims. "I think the order is under the guise of protecting the U.S. and its citizens against terrorism is misguidedly targeting Muslim countries. The order feels heavy-handed and punitive to people of the Muslim faith," he says. "I've followed the laws of this country and followed a lawful process to be here." Hani Shennib, founder and chairman of the board on The National Council on U.S.- Libya Relations says his organization was looking forward to a more engaged new administration. They organized a conference titled "Libya-U.
Mashable
5 months
It is very possible to have too much of a good thing especially when that good thing is squirrel paraphernalia. Reddit user Yegend misguidedly told his friend that squirrels were his favorite animal, and it appears he has regretted that admission every December 25th since. He posted a hilarious picture of himself Wednesday, modeling some extremely unfortunate Christmas gifts he's received from one friend over the years. SEE ALSO: Renegade squirrel steals 150 Christmas lights Cheer up Squirrel-man, we have a feeling you may be the internet's next favorite meme. Read more... BONUS: Student befriends squirrel, both become campus celebs More about Gifts , Friends , Christmas , Squirrels , and Watercooler
The Huffington Post
3 months
The Guardian - World news
4 months
Is pessimism necessarily bad for you? What health benefits come with being optimistic? Does being optimistic help you in relationships? Does being pessimistic make you pragmatic about a prospective lover’s shortcomings? If you’re as bleakly pessimistic as Eeyore , can you change? If you’re as misguidedly optimistic as Mr Micawber , can you get a firmer grip on reality? More troublingly, what looks like pessimism to one can seem like optimism to another. Consider Williams’s attempted break-in. Perry suggests that his climb was optimistic. Liam worries it was doomed by pessimism. “It comes under the heading of risk-taking,” says Perry. “Optimists are more likely to take risks – they think they can drive into that gap in traffic or climb through windows.” She pauses before adding: “That’s not necessarily a good thing.” Continue reading...
The Guardian - Network Front
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Live updates from the day-night Test at the Gabba Email: russell.jackson@theguardian.com | Tweet: @rustyjacko 2.06am GMT The conditions greeting these sides It’s currently 27 degrees in Brisbane and a little cloudy, with no hope that rain will save the tourists. Unsurprisingly, the ground is basically empty, with support staff outnumbering punters. Brisbane locals can get in there free today if they like. The pitch is in reasonable condition for a day five track and has defied pre-match predictions that this Test would bring a quick result. 1.47am GMT Preamble Hello OBOers and welcome to day five of the Brisbane Test, a sentence I didnt think I’d be typing on Friday night, as Pakistan lost 7-24 and fell into the batting form of quicksand late on day two. Misguidedly, we thought that would be the most Pakistan thing to happen in the game but it hasnt proven so.
RedFlag News
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Murray Weiss | DNA Info -- An 18-year-old Muslim college student who claimed three men screaming "Donald Trump!" attacked her on a Manhattan subway platform is being charged with filing a false report after admitting she made up the incident, sources told DNAinfo New York. Yasmin Seweid, a Baruch College student, told police that she boarded a uptown No. 6 train at East 23rd St. on Dec. 1 and was called a "terrorist" by three drunken young white men. She also claimed that when she moved to the other end of the train, one of the men followed her and tried to pull off her hajib before she fled. But investigators who spent significant NYPD resources trying to verify her story were unable to find any witnesses to the incident or video that could corroborate her story, sources said. Seweid finally recanted Tuesday, saying she misguidedly made up the tale to get attention because she was having issues with her family at home. Read more...
Top Speed
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Have you ever wondered what goes into keeping a car looking better than new? For most of us, cars are a tool of life, but there are some people out that literally spend an entire day each week to cleaning and perfecting their car inside and out. To put it into perspective, the $100 details offered by your local car wash make your car like clean and misguidedly like new, but a real, obsessive detail will set you back hundreds of dollars and at least a day’s worth of time. One part of obsessive detailing means keeping your wheels clean. It can be extremely difficult if you have to drive your car in the winter and dont have winter wheels, but the guys over at AMMO have put together a video . describing just what goes into keeping wheels car-show clean as well as the brake system and the wheel wells. You’ll want to watch the whole video to get the full gist of what you’ve got to do, but in short, there are multiple steps to cleaning your wheels that will seem obsessive to most, but a necessity to the few who take pride in having the cleanest and best looking cars out there.
Voice Of America
a year
Choi also is being investigated for exploiting her personal relationship with the president to coerce large corporations to donate more than $68 million to two sports foundations, and funneling much of that money to her private businesses. Samsung Electronics reportedly transferred more than $3 million directly to a German sports company established by Choi and her daughter Chung Yoo-ra. Last week when the scandal first became public, Park issued an apology but did not elaborate on her relationship with Choi, other than to say her friend had helped her with “difficulties in the past.” On Friday, Park said she had tried to avoid any conflict of interest in her administration by even detaching herself from her family, but said she misguidedly put her trust in Choi, who likely used their friendship for personal gain, and in close advisers, who may have also engaged in illegal acts without her knowledge or consent.
The Huffington Post
8 months
These recent developments should not come as a surprise. He has been bent on finding new ways to embarrass himself, the Republican Party, and the US. Anyone with an ounce of common sense will tell you that Donald Trump is under no circumstances fit for any nation's presidency, let alone that of the United States of America. For someone who has no basic knowledge of domestic and foreign policy, a fundamental understanding of the US Constitution nor an inkling of how to make America great again, Mr. Trump is misguidedly confident in his ability to become the leader of the free world. The fact that Republicans are withdrawing their endorsement and had begrudgingly endorsed him in the first place should be enough evidence of his unsuitability to occupy the most powerful office in the world. His childish temperament, inherent lack of tact, mercurial personality and one dimensional mindset make him an extremely dangerous person to hold office.
The Iran Project
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On Saudi discontent on the Iran-Egyptian possible détente with Zairf’s meeting with Egyptian counterpart, Ghasemi said that the meeting was in line with Iran’s general line of foreign policy which cherishes regular contacts with the countries in the region to address developments and possible cooperation; “Saudis had been in the same vein as before in systematically thinking evil of Iran and trying misguidedly to counteract Iran’s influence; we see the reaction natural and inherent in the mindset of the kingdom as its rulers had been intransigent in their irresponsible conduct,” he said. Almost a natural issue of the press conference, Syrian crisis, occupied an important place in Ghasemi’s address, where he said that ceasefire had been merely a tactic to buy time for terrorists and replenish their arms and logistics and that under such conditions, ceasefire would be abortive inn advance.
The Huffington Post
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Voice Of America
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The Sun Daily
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What does it look like in Malaysia when our female athletes are told explicitly to cover up and taunted on social media for their sports attire, or when everyday Malaysians are told to cover up or wear longer skirts in public or that certain traditional outfits are deemed too sexy. What does this look like? Years ago in Western societies, women wearing trousers or a bikini were taboo and even fined. Today, it is a totally different story and the narrative has changed. For generations men were seen to dictate what women can and cannot wear. But today it is not just the men who misguidedly feel it is their rightful place to tell women how to dress but it is women too who find it their duty to look down, condemn or body shame other women as a form propriety guidance if they do not dress according to what is deemed acceptable. Dictatorships are known to do this too only in a more coercive, straightforward manner.
The Huffington Post
6 months
You know the story. Maybe you read it for high school English class, and misguidedly used it as the basis for your devil-may-care attitude. Maybe you read it on your own time, reconciling its dark themes with the bubbly twee-filled glee of Amélie. Regardless, its a story that firmly implanted in the required reading canon ― one that soon-to-be English majors cite in papers across the Western world. To bring the sweltering mood of The Stranger to life, and to further explore his own Algerian roots, graphic novelist Jacques Ferrandez adapted Albert Camus classic into an illustrated work. We spoke with the writer and artist about Meursaults chilling character. While drawing Meursault, I thought of James Dean, who became famous among the young people of his time, Ferrandez said. More of his thoughts ― and complete excerpts from his book ― are below.
TIME - Top Stories
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Denying any kind of firearm to those who present a serious threat of terrorism makes sense. In fact, the deprivation of a firearm generally burdens individuals far less than watchlists in other contexts, where ones ability to travel for work or reunite with ones loved ones may be on the line. But extending the use of existing terrorist watchlistswhich anyone can fall prey to and few can escapewould be misguidedly trading a desire to feel secure for an injustice.
Daily Mail - Home
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Ellie Butler's mother Jennie Gray, who was today convicted of child cruelty, was so 'misguidedly committed' to her partner Ben Butler that she promised to 'die for him'.
The Huffington Post
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"The system, folks, is rigged! It's a rigged, disgusting, dirty system." Welcome to the newest Donald Trump campaign strategy, or perhaps the launch of his exit strategy. Still hot under the collar from getting his unprepared, unorganized butt kicked last Saturday by Ted Cruz, who snagged all 34 Colorado delegates in that state's GOP convention, Trump is starting to sound like a man who's finally found the right excuse to get the hell out of politics, a "dirty" business he got into only to feed his rapacious id and have some fun for a few months. But little did Trump know that he'd become the clear front runner by awakening the "silent majority," those mad-as-hell-and-I'm-not-gonna-take-it-anymore blue-collar white dudes who misguidedly think the best candidate to fix the broken, inequitable system they feel screwed them all these years is the Ivory Tower billionaire who's exploited that very same system to become rich and powerful beyond their wildest dreams.
The Huffington Post
a year
I wasn't as vocal, but I was behaving in a more sexually aggressive way than usual. In fact, I'd had my way with him -- twice -- within one hour. "Will you stay the night? It would be nice to sleep with my arms around you." Rick's puppy dog eyes were convincing. He was out like a light, and I stared at the ceiling for six hours until the sun came up. Zachary had been so awful to me at an impressionable age, and I thought I could take the power back from a situation that I didn't even realize still haunted me. That is, until I spotted Rick on Tinder and misguidedly tried to reclaim my strength with a revenge fuck. For hours that night, I thought about what had happened: I'd used my body and someone else's to attempt to feel better about some years-old slights that Zachary probably wouldn't even remember. I gave myself to another man in such a personal way and, in turn, stole intimacy from him to get back at someone who was no longer relevant in my life.
Bleacher Report
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However, head coach Jim Boeheim's bunch has rallied around the criticism, as there was some question regarding the merit of the Orange even being in the March Madness field. To the Orange's credit, they've taken the opportunity and run with it. Now they proceed to the Sweet 16 in Chicago to face another double-digit seed upstart in Gonzaga. This guarantees a double-digit seed will play in the Elite Eight. What makes this impending matchup so fascinating is it features two great coaches in Boeheim and Mark Few whose teams have been consistent fixtures in the NCAA tournament yet were misguidedly counted out this time around. Gonzaga boasts a dynamic offense headlined by forward Kyle Wiltjer, but Syracuse has the exotic defense to stymie the Bulldogs well enough to continue an improbable run.
The Huffington Post
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When people get to know me as an individual, many come to realize that their fears are unfounded. Sensing that the owners misguidedly believed that the Qur'an requires me to commit violence, I calmly explained a few essential verses from the Qur'an that idealize quite the opposite. The Qur'an forbids murder: "Do not take life, which God made sacred, except by way of justice and law (state authority for a crime)" (6:151) as well as the oft-repeated verse that equates killing a single person with the murder of all mankind (5:53). I continued to explain that I am a U.S. Army reservist and even accepted the condition that I could only go onto the range if accompanied by the owners. But still it seemed that the longer we spoke, the more hostile they became toward the idea of allowing me to use the facilities at all. Ultimately, the owners told me that I couldn't use the range and forced me to leave.
The Huffington Post
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Occupy did acknowledge distinctions within the 99%, accommodating most notably gender and race, but these divisions were in the end secondary to the overarching moral struggle against the homogeneous 1%. It was a ultimately a struggle of values, not interests. While Sanders regularly rails against "the 1%", he seldom identifies himself with "the 99%." More importantly, the main division in Sanders' discourse is one of interests , i.e. of class struggle, not morality. When he criticizes that the top 0.1% of US society have almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%, he deplores the morality of that situation rather than of the 0.1%. Incidentally, he does so based on solid studies . His critique is mostly institutional rather than individual. For example, he vows to take on "the greed" of "corporate America" and of "Wall Street." This perfectly fits with his overarching ideological narrative - which he calls, misguidedly, "democratic socialism" - that is built around class interests.
The Huffington Post
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S., so there’s a very strong gun culture in Yemeni society. What are the main factors that lead children to join the ranks of the fighters? Part of it is social pressure. Children believe misguidedly that by doing this theyre doing the right thing by their society. Part of it is economic. Young children who join a fighting group receive a small amount of money, which encourages them to do so. However, we do see an increasing tendency for armed groups to go out and encourage children -- or even stronger than that, increase pressure on them -- to join the armed groups. Do children from all walks of life get recruited? It really depends on the conflict dynamics. When there was fighting in the southern city of Aden, children from urban areas were involved. There is a tendency towards children from more economically deprived backgrounds [joining armed groups], but we also have instances of children from middle-income families.