‘I wouldn’t admit I was from Luton’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFormer England cricketer Monty Panesar tells 5 Live he wants people to stop criticising his hometown of Luton “When I used to play cricket and people would ask me where I was from, I’d say Bedford.” Growing up, former England cricketer Monty Panesar would not always admit he came from Luton. “I was literally thinking I need to get out of Luton; it’s dull, it’s grey, nothing is there apart from the Vauxhall plant and the airport,” he said. Panesar’s feelings towards Luton were echoed in the media. The town has twice been voted the worst place to live – once in a 2004 poll for The Idler magazine, and again in …

Twitter locks out McConnell’s campaign for posting video of calls for violence at his home

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses the audience gathered at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., over the weekend. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley) In a livestream video of the protest, Black Lives Matter Louisville leader Chanelle Helm, standing with other demonstrators outside McConnell’s home, said that he “should have broken his little raggedy, wrinkled-(expletive) neck” rather than fracturing his shoulder. “Just stab the m—– f—– in the heart,” Helm said, after a fellow demonstrator referenced a McConnell voodoo doll. Helm told the Lousville Courier-Journal in an interview on Wednesday that she had no regrets. ACTRESS UNDER FIRE FOR ‘SICK’ TWEET DIRECTED AT MCCONNELL “McConnell doesn’t care about people who actually do break their necks, who need insulin, who need …

Frank Turner excavates history’s forgotten women

When he first started making music with hardcore punk band Million Dead, Frank Turner refused to join the nightly ritual of tour bus debauchery. “I have a vivid memory of being in Belgium,” he recalls. “People were drinking anything that wasn’t nailed to the floor and I was sat on my bunk, reading my notes.” It’s not that the singer had a puritanical streak – far from it – but the tour clashed with a deadline for Turner’s history degree, so every night, he’d hunker down to research the British-Bulgarian tobacco trade in the 1930s. The paper eventually earned him a first-class honour – but his subsequent decision to quit and pursue music left his tutor unimpressed. Image copyright Getty …

Toni Morrison: farewell to America’s greatest writer we all owe her so much | Chigozie Obioma

Booker nominated author Chigozie Obioma reflects on losing a literary mother and her encouragement for generations of black and African writers to come It was with a heavy heart that I woke up, like many, to the news of the passing of the great African American writer Toni Morrison. As I have mourned and digested the news, my reaction has slowly gone from shock to dismay, then to a sense of inchoate peace. If we judge being old as a more feeble state, or characterised by a gradual withdrawal from work, then Morrison, like most great writers, had not become old. At the age of 88, she had continued to give us her stories and thoughts. The Source of Self-Regard …

How ’30-50 Feral Hogs’ Became the New ‘Thoughts and Prayers’

Thirty to 50 unkillable feral hogs may or may not be terrorizing one Arkansas man's backyard, but they've definitely infiltrated Twitter. They've invaded the lyrics of songs from "Do Re Mi" to "Milkshake." They've reminded people of their dating histories and of bizarre medieval paintings. They've inspired strange hypothetical chat rooms and porcine updates to classic pieces of writing. (My favorite: "For sale/30-50 feral hogs/Never shot.") The feral hogs, all 30 to 50 of them, are just the kind of meme Twitterati are wont to latch onto—one so absurd that it's hilarious, and so hilarious that you'll almost forget it's macabre as hell. Emma Grey Ellis Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift Emma Grey Ellis The Meaning Behind the #UnwantedIvanka Meme Adam …

There’s an old word for Trump’s brand of nationalism: ‘hatriotism’ | Samuel G Freedman

The term perfectly describes people who cloak toxic intolerance in patriotism. Lets bring it back Several weeks ago, as President Trump used the pretext of patriotism to unleash a blog called AmericanHatriots, in a radio shows and website of the political commentator David Pakman. And, oh yes, theres a Original Article : HERE ;

Noel Gallagher: I liked my mum until she gave birth to Liam

Jeremy Corbyn, the climate crisis, nuclear war and feminism: the former Oasis songwriter has opinions to burn. But its all a bit of a laugh until it gets to his younger brother This, says Noel Gallagher, nodding towards my dictaphone, is going to end in trouble. It always does. Well, lets hope so! An hour spent in Gallaghers company is thrillingly unfiltered territory. Interviews are an occupational hazard, he says, settling down with a cup of tea. But thats because theyre such weird situations. Youre sat in a room with some guy from Stockholm who youve never met and hes asking you about your mum. Its fucking preposterous. Because the honest answer to that is: Whats it got to do …

Want to Know the Real Future of AR/VR? Ask Their Devs

If you want to get a rosy view of the future of virtual and augmented reality, ask a company that works in the space. If you want to get a pessimistic view, ask an investor. But if you want a realistic view, one shaped by experience instead of conjecture and wishful thinking, ask the folks who are actually making the stuff. From their perspective, according to a new report from the organizers of the annual conference XRDC, things aren't looking bad at all. Reports like these aren't uncommon, but they're usually published by analyst firms who conduct research by talking to companies. Instead, XRDC's "AR/VR Innovation Report" was generated from an online survey of more than 900 developers. "Our main …

Rhett Allain 08.07.2019 10:00 AM Facebook Email Marvel Studios Twitter I've waited, and now it is time. With the official digital release of Avengers: Endgame, I can now analyze some scenes. I like to wait to give everyone a chance to see it first. In Rhett Allain This says that a net force on an object changes its momen­tum. That's what forces do—and yes, both force and momentum are vectors. Don't worry about the vector stuff for now though. Let's consider two objects (like Captain America hitting Thanos). Since forces are an interaction between two objects, the force that Cap exerts on Thanos is the same as the force with which Thanos pushes back on Captain America, only in the …

In seeking to control Kashmir, Modi may look to China’s actions in Xinjiang and Tibet

Hong Kong (CNN)The gleaming white bullet train whips through the Chinese countryside, past endless construction sites and new towns. Kashmir and Xinjiang share many similarities. Both have long been regions of disputed sovereignty, where a predominantly Muslim minority has pushed against control by a non-Muslim state, and both are now facing increased pressure in countries once committed to multiethnic pluralities that have taken a turn for majoritarian assimilation. Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang have been minoritized in many cities and faced increased competition for jobs from Han migrants. At the same time, they have been subjected to draconian surveillance and policing, with up to 2 million people detained in what critics call “re-education camps,” according to expert estimates. Uyghur activists have …

Donald Trump’s Speech After Mass Shootings Was Empty And Disingenuous

Donald Trump spoke to the nation Monday after at least 31 people died in mass shootings in cities over the weekend. called on the country to stamp out racism and hatred and fight the dark corners of the internet where such ideologies are allowed to flourish. Here’s a look at Trump’s speech ― and what he didn’t say about his own role in fanning the flames of hatred. Trump spent the weekend at his golf club in New Jersey, even after news broke of Saturday’s shooting in El Paso, Texas. Hours after the tragedy,  View this post on Instagram A post shared by SND321 (@snd321) on Jul 21, 2019 at 5:29am PDT “You also had some In 2016, he repeatedly …

Cantina Talk: The End of Rise of Skywalker Will Melt Your Mind

It came in too late to be included in the last roundup, but everyone has met the Sith Trooper that got revealed in the run-up to Comic-Con International, right? Surely you've spent as much time as we have trying to work out just what that name and color scheme means. Are these the next generation of stormtroopers, or the next generation of the Imperial Guard? Are they actually Sith? Or simply choosing the name? What are J.J. Abrams and Kylo Ren up to? So many questions. While we all collectively ponder these queries, let's catch up on all the other Star Wars news out there. The End of Rise of Skywalker Will Melt Your Mind The Source: Kevin Smith, of …

‘Something needs to be done’: A conversation about guns and race in America

(CNN)On Tuesday afternoon, Liliana Bustos, a 27-year-old waitress in El Paso, Texas, brought her 2-year-old son to see the growing memorial outside the Walmart commemorating the 22 people killed in the mass shooting there on Saturday. Andre Ortiz and his fiancée Caysee Brown frequent Dayton’s Oregon entertainment district where the shooting took place. Ortiz, 34, and Brown, 36, knew one of the victims, Lola Oglesby. “It feels a little different to even leave the house these days,” said Brown. “It just doesn’t feel like you can go anywhere. Can’t go to Walmart. Can’t go to church. Can’t go to a movie theater without the fear of something happening or something going wrong.” Ortiz said he’s had to talk with the …

Ancient Maya Engaged In Violent Warfare Long Before The Start Of Their Civilizations Collapse

It is widely thought that the Maya people were relatively peaceful compared to other civilizations such as the Aztecs, and that the warfare that led to their collapse only kicked in when climate change-related droughts reduced food supplies and escalated tensions existing in the kingdom. Warfare did exist, but it was considered ritualistic and on a small scale – raids to kidnap a high-profile captive for ransom, sacrifice or to keep rival dynasties in line, for example – rather than deliberate decimation. A new study published in Nature Human Behaviour, however, has revealed evidence that total warfare among the Maya occurred more often and much earlier than thought. The evidence suggests that they used deliberate “scorched-earth” military campaigns – designed …

Ads for ultra-violent satire The Hunt pulled in wake of US mass shootings

Promotion for movie, in which humans are hunted for sport, is stalled after El Paso and Dayton killings and studio reported to be rethinking strategy TV ads for The Hunt, an ultraviolent political satire in which elites stalk and kill deplorables, have been pulled in the wake of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings. A poster for the The Hunt. Photograph: Universal Pictures Original Article : HERE ;

While You Were Offline: Mitch McConnell Got a New Nickname

Let's begin with a recap of the week's big news. President Trump called Baltimore "rat infested." The US withdrew from a nuclear treaty signed during the Cold War. Last month was the hottest month on record, and it's all humanity's fault. Oh, and there are new threats of an escalating trade war with China. What else were people talking about online last week? Find out below. 'Moscow Mitch' What happened: In the memetic war of 2019, shots have been fired against Senate leader Mitch McConnell. And he owes it all to Russia. What really happened: If the Trump era has taught anyone anything about the world, it’s that nicknames are what change minds. Remember "Low Energy Jeb" and "Crooked Hillary"? …