April 2017


Reasons to be cheerful

 I know, I know, it’s been a rough year. Fury, discord, and hatred seem to be on the rise. The super-elite keep getting richer, while young workers keep getting poorer, and economic mobility has plummeted. “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” And yet. Quietly, stubbornly, defying the headlines, bit by bit, around the world, slow… Read More


Great Brittany: discovering the Crozon peninsula

If you’re going to Brittany – keep driving west. You’ll find huge uncrowded beaches, plenty of delicious seafood and some fairly dodgy festivals

The road to Lost-Marc’h is lined with blue hydrangeas. In this wild Atlantic setting, the tame shrub normally associated with suburban front gardens has taken on a vivid new life, tumbling over stone walls and winding its way into the hedgerows.

To our left, heather-clad cliffs plunge towards secret coves, which tempt us to pull over at every lay-by. We keep driving west, passing through tiny hamlets where the dour, granite walls of the sturdy slate-roofed cottages are leavened by front doors and shutters painted in vibrant cornflower blue.

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A toned-down White House Correspondents Dinner carried on without Trump

white house correspondents dinnerReuters/Jonathan Ernst

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House press corps gathered on Saturday for its annual black-tie dinner, a toned-down affair this year after Donald Trump snubbed the event, becoming the first incumbent U.S. president to bow out in 36 years.

Without Trump, who scheduled a rally instead to mark his 100th day in office, the usually celebrity-filled soiree hosted by the White House Correspondents’ Association took a more sober turn, even as it pulled in top journalists and Washington insiders.

Most of Trump’s administration also skipped the event in solidarity with the president, who has repeatedly accused the press of mistreatment. The president used his campaign-style gathering to again lambaste the media.

“I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away,” he told a crowd in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, calling out The New York Times, CNN and MSNBC by name.

In Washington, WHCA President Jeff Mason defended press freedom even as he acknowledged this year’s dinner had a different feel, saying attempts to undermine the media was dangerous for democracy.

“We are not fake news, we are not failing news organizations and we are not the enemy of the American people,” said Mason, a Reuters correspondent.

Instead of the typical roasts – presidents of both parties have delivered their own zingers for years – the event returned to its traditional roots of recognizing reporters’ work and handing out student scholarships as famed journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein presented awards.

“That’s not Donald Trump’s style,” NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell told MSNBC, referring to the self-deprecating jokes presidents in the past have made despite tensions with the press.

Instead, the humor fell to headline comedian Hasan Minhaj.

hasan minhaj white house correspondents dinnerReuters/Jonathan Ernst

“Welcome to the series finale of the White House correspondents’ dinner,” Minhaj, who plays a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” program, told the crowd.

He also joked about Trump, despite organizers’ wishes, saying he did so to honor U.S. constitutional protection of free speech: “Only in America can a first-generation, Indian-American Muslim kid get on this stage and make fun of the president.”

In a video message, actor Alec Baldwin, who has raised Trump’s ire playing him on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” program also encouraged attendees.

Few other celebrities graced the red carpet, although some well-known Washingtonians, such as former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Republican Representative Darrell Issa of California, appeared.

Trump attended in 2011, when then-President Barack Obama made jokes at the expense of the New York real estate developer and reality television show host.

In an interview with Reuters this week, Trump said he decided against attending as president because he felt he had been treated unfairly by the media, adding: “I would come next year, absolutely.”

In Pennsylvania, Trump told supporters the media dinner would be boring but was noncommittal on whether he would go in 2018 or hold another rally.

Late night television show host Samantha Bee also hosted a competing event – “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” – that she said would honor journalists, rather than skewer Trump.

(Additional reporting by Roberta Rampton in Washington and Patrick Rucker in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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5 Efficient Online Workouts To Try At Work and Save Time

Worthwhile Online Workouts at Work Exercising regularly requires commitment and time. Most of us can muster up the commitment, but there’s no way to pull several hours out of thin air if workplace and personal obligations don’t allow any time to go to the gym. If you’re one of those people who spends many hours every day on site at your workplace, don’t despair. There are plenty of good online workout videos available that will get you moving towards fitness. Think of using your lunch hour, coffee break or even a few minutes once you put down your pencil at the end of the workday to explore and try some of these routines. Worthwhile Online Workouts at Work – Hang Out with the Sun This online workout is easily found on Kristin McGee’s webpage. It is ideal to consult at work but does require some open space under an emerging morning ray of sunlight. The yoga instructor demonstrates a sequence of yoga positions twice for your convenience. This two-minute workout routine will energise you and refresh your mind every morning, making you more flexible and better able to concentrate on your office tasks throughout the day. It’s best to try […]

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Climate marches draw hundreds of thousands on Donald Trump’s 100th day in office

 Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched in cities around the country marking President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office with protests against his environmental policies. In Washington, organizers of the climate march estimated some 200,000 people showed up to march, clogging  the streets and snarling traffic on a sweltering day where temperatures threatened to break records.… Read More


Leonardo DiCaprio used a standard, office file folder for his climate march sign, lol


Look, let me start by saying Leonardo DiCaprio has done a lot to combat climate change. 

He produced a climate change documentary titled Before the Flood that dropped in 2016. He has a foundation “dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants.” The foundation has given $61 million to causes that align with that mission statement. He talks about climate change all the time. And, also, he was among the ~200,000 people in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to protest a White House that very much does not share his (scientifically valid) concern for the damage people are doing to the climate. Read more…

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Merriam-Webster thinks Apple lovers are sheeple


Merriam-Webster defines its new word, “sheeple,” as those who are “easily influenced.” 

I’m sure plenty of groups of people qualify as said “sheeple.” I, for example, am easily influenced by any shop selling doughnuts, and I’m sure many people are like me. But the dictionary chose Apple fans as its mental image.  

Here’s their example:

Are you an iPhone owner with a battery case worth about $100? Then you, my friend, have made it to the dictionary. 

Perhaps it’s not the greatest accomplishment, but please take solace in knowing we are all sheeple in our own ways.  Read more…

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Here’s Mark Zuckerberg totally ‘not’ campaigning in Indiana


In our latest installment of “No, really, Zuck is honest-to-god not running for political office,” we find Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg taking a ride around South Bend, Indiana, with Mayor Pete Buttigieg. 

Zuckerberg is calling this yet another stop in his 2017 personal challenge to “get out and talk to more people about how they’re living, working and thinking about the future.”

During the drive, which is broken up into two parts, most of the talk focuses on the city’s blighted areas and what the mayor is trying to do to help the area thrive.  Read more…

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ESPN killed something else with its layoffs, its best hope to reach millennials: TrueHoop podcasts


“Stop hitting yourself… Stop hitting yourself…” 

That’s the sound of ESPN bullying itself into irrelevance as we’ve now learned that the self-described “worldwide leader in sports” has killed the best thing to come out of its Bristol, Connecticut headquarters in recent years: the TrueHoop network of podcasts. 

The news that the podcasts will shut down comes along with the massive layoffs announced earlier this week.  

Along with the initial cuts of about 100 staffers, ESPN also quietly let go of one of its most impactful team members, Henry Abbott, the guy behind ESPN’s TrueHoop brand of basketball stories, videos, and podcasts. His ouster, ostensibly, spelled the end of the podcasts.  Read more…

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United Airlines CEO will testify in front of Congress


After his company dragged a man off an airplane, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz lost out on a seat as chairman of United’s board. 

Now, he has to go to Congress. Munoz will testify in front of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Tuesday, the committee announced Friday. 

Munoz will have to answer questions about the incident, which left doctor David Dao bloodied and battered, in a hearing about improving relationships between airlines and passengers. Munoz will be joined by representatives from other domestic airlines. 

“Next week’s oversight hearing will give Committee Members an opportunity to get much-needed answers about airline customer service policies and what is being done to improve service for the flying public,” Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster told ABC NewsRead more…

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