Grindr and the ‘new cold war’: why US concerns over the app are dangerous

The Chinese-owned app does pose data risks but wrongly framing such fears can fuel racism and homophobia For years, American leaders claimed that the internet would bring free markets and liberal democracy to China. Today, they are more likely to express worry about how Chinese power and Chinese money are reshaping American tech. Conventional strategic areas, like artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, have received the most scrutiny. But this week the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) target: the popular gay social networking app Grindr. Grindr is based in West Hollywood and boasts more than 27 million users. The Chinese gaming firm Beijing Kunlun Tech Company acquired it over two years, purchasing a 60% stake in January 2016 and …

Old grudges, new weapons is the US on the brink of war with Iran?

While American hawks talk up an imminent threat from Tehran with no hard evidence, echoing the start of the Iraq conflict, hardliners are in the ascendant in Iran For better or worse, America remains the worlds leading military superpower. In Washington last week, a familiar row erupted over how best that power should be used. Past targets have included Soviet Russia, al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Today the international bogeyman topping the White Houses to-do list is Hassan Rouhani, Irans moderate president, and his alliesto fend off US pressure becomes more evident. Defiant Iranian rhetoric is flying hard and fast. Scorning Americas gun to the head, the Revolutionary Guards general Saleh Jokar warned last week that Iran …

How one small step inspired a generation

Moon landing marked by new OS map Moon landing: 13 minutes that defined a century BBC Archive: Nasa’s Apollo lunar missions ‘Space cadets’ Chris Lee, now chief scientist at the UK Space Agency and 12 at the time, remembers being allowed to stay up very, very late at the start of the school holidays. “Mum, Dad, my younger brother and I were gathered around a tiny black-and-white TV, but I don’t recall too much about the late-night landing apart from the descent countdown. I certainly had no sense of how risky the landing had been. “I do recall the long, long wait for the Moonwalk to then actually happen. “My mum and brother fell asleep and Dad stayed with me …

Iran travel warning for dual nationals

British Council worker jailed in Iran named Iran’s conduct ‘worsened’ The Foreign Office updated its advice on Friday. Mr Hunt also warned that Iranian nationals living in the UK should exercise “caution” when returning to Iran to visit family and friends. Related Topics Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe case Iran Foreign & Commonwealth Office Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Measles vaccination ‘should be compulsory’

How a preventable disease returned from the past ‘My baby’s eyes were swollen shut’ Minister considers ‘all options’ to boost vaccine uptake They have used computer modelling to predict how many measles cases could occur, the journal BMC Medicine reported. It found that the number of cases in the UK could double in the coming decades, leading the researchers to call for compulsory vaccinations as has happened in Italy, where children need to be vaccinated to start primary school. In England, the proportion of children receiving both doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jab by their fifth birthday has fallen over the last four years to 87.2%. This is below the 95% said by the World Health Organization …

Why 2020 hopefuls like to announce their plans at the crack of dawn

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. When de Blasio announces his 2020 bid, he will bring “the total number of candidates to 23 with nearly nine months before the first votes are cast,” CNN’s story notes. The coveted “first TV interview” Some, like Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, have gravitated toward “The View” or Stephen Colbert’s couch or Rachel Maddow’s studio for their first interview. But others have opted for morning TV rollouts. Kamala Harris entered the race on MLK Day on “GMA.” Bernie Sanders launched his campaign by giving interviews to Vermont Public Radio and “CBS This Morning.” Seth Moulton posted a …

Dallas police raid Catholic diocese properties in investigation of alleged sex abuse by clergy

(CNN)Dallas police searched the headquarters of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and other properties Wednesday as part of the church’s widening sex abuse scandal, police and church officials said. The diocese said in a statement that Paredes and the other four priests who were the subjects of Wednesday’s search warrant were on a list of accused clergy that Bishop Edward Burns released in January. Burns said the diocese has been cooperating with investigators even before the list was made public. “We recognized throughout our collaboration with the police there are some who are not satisfied and want to look for themselves,” he said. “We know we have given them the files. And so we say by all means look.” The …

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announces 2020 presidential run

New York, New York (CNN)New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio entered the 2020 Democratic presidential primary Thursday morning, casting himself as the most accomplished progressive pick in a field of 23 candidates vying for a chance to challenge President Donald Trump next year. “I know we can do it,” he said, “because I’ve done it here in the largest, toughest city in this country.” De Blasio will hit the trail later Thursday, visiting Iowa before heading to South Carolina for events this weekend. The two-term mayor, who in 2017 became the first Democrat re-elected to his office in more than three decades, joins the race after months of deliberations and a handful of visits to early-voting states. Even before …

Why I paint vulvas in public toilets

Image copyright JACK LAWSON Image caption Oliwia was commissioned to design the vulvas on toilet cubicles in bars, pubs and other venues “I think it’s important to recognise that having a vulva or vagina isn’t something that makes a woman, but for a lot of women that have them they’re really important,” says Oliwia. Image copyright JACK LAWSON Image caption Oliwia’s designs on cubicle doors at the Queen of Hoxton bar in London Girl’s guide to what a vulva looks like Although she’s drawing private parts in public spaces, Oliwia doesn’t think there’s anything offensive about her art. “I don’t think sexual organs, in and of themselves, should have positive or negative connotations attached to them as they are just …

Why I paint vulvas in public toilets

Image copyright JACK LAWSON Image caption Oliwia was commissioned to design the vulvas on toilet cubicles in bars, pubs and other venues “I think it’s important to recognise that having a vulva or vagina isn’t something that makes a woman, but for a lot of women that have them they’re really important,” says Oliwia. Image copyright JACK LAWSON Image caption Oliwia’s designs on cubicle doors at the Queen of Hoxton bar in London Girl’s guide to what a vulva looks like Although she’s drawing private parts in public spaces, Oliwia doesn’t think there’s anything offensive about her art. “I don’t think sexual organs, in and of themselves, should have positive or negative connotations attached to them as they are just …

Why I paint vulvas in public toilets

Image copyright JACK LAWSON Image caption Oliwia was commissioned to design the vulvas on toilet cubicles in bars, pubs and other venues “I think it’s important to recognise that having a vulva or vagina isn’t something that makes a woman, but for a lot of women that have them they’re really important,” says Oliwia. Image copyright JACK LAWSON Image caption Oliwia’s designs on cubicle doors at the Queen of Hoxton bar in London Girl’s guide to what a vulva looks like Although she’s drawing private parts in public spaces, Oliwia doesn’t think there’s anything offensive about her art. “I don’t think sexual organs, in and of themselves, should have positive or negative connotations attached to them as they are just …

Meet Larry – a football manager for 65 years

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLarry started managing a football team in the year of the Queen’s Coronation It is Sunday lunchtime, and match day for Chaplins against Belleaire in the Greenock and District Welfare League. Larry Barilli is in the Chaplins dressing room, dishing out the strips to his players. He is pretty angry – his only reserve for the match is the back-up goalkeeper. Larry’s task of managing Chaplins to victory just got a little harder. At least he has his experience to fall back on – Larry is 83, and has been a football manager for almost 66 years. A few fans are also here to support their friends. One young man defies the …

Iran-US tensions are reaching new heights and neither is likely to blink

Long-term standoff threatens to turn into crisis after alleged sabotage of two Saudi tankers A festering four-year war, crippling sanctions, threats to maritime oil trade and a US naval battlegroup steaming for the Persian Gulf. Such developments were troubling enough, before two his signature nuclear deal for kickstarting Irans adventurism. While Obamas gestures were hardly seen in Tehran as trust-building measures and did nothing to slow a regional consolidation, Irans ascendancy started before him and has continued since. Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard arrive for a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in February 2019. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA Tehrans view has been rather different. It views the US as a capricious actor whose presence and …

Scottish shops busier as they outpace UK

Performance at tills SRC director David Lonsdale said: “This is a more favourable set of results. “The resumption of growth in shopper footfall after nine months of decline is positive and bodes well ahead of the publication of our retail sales data for April. “The challenge will be for retailers to convert that into an enhanced performance at tills, and it appears those retail destinations which benefited from rising footfall were the ones which offered consumers a ‘day-out’ experience when shopping.” The improvement in Scotland came after poor figures last year. Diane Wehrle, of research company Springboard, said: “The context over the past two years is critical here, as the significant drop in footfall in April last year means that …

Trump Seeks New $15 Billion Subsidy To Protect Farmers From His Own Trade War

Donald Trump is seeking an additional $15 billion in U.S. subsidies in an effort to protect $12 billion already earmarked for the farmers to help them weather the fallout. Trump revealed the subsidy would be extremely complicated. In his most recent Politico noted. falsely claimed — again — that “massive” tariff payments are being paid by China “ In fact, the tariffs are paid by U.S. importers, who pass on the extra costs to the American consumer in the form of higher prices for products, a fact White House economic adviser admitted Sunday. Economists have estimated that the trade war is costing the U.S. more than Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. applied for funds for their farms. record number of farm bankruptcies as U.S. …

Author May Lose Book Deal After Shaming D.C. Metro Worker For Eating On Train

Natasha Tynes, who is Jordanian-American, tweeted a photo of the employee on Friday, tagging the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and writing, “I thought we were not allowed to eat on the train.” The post has since been deleted, but a screenshot circulated on Twitter: Responding, an account for the Metro service asked Tynes for additional details, thanking her “for catching all this and helping us to make sure all Metro employees are held accountable.” The Washington Post, she then provided further information. The Metro account then responded again, indicating it had filed a report. Metro rules, a wave of not showing solidarity with people of color, and attempting to get a Though Tynes’ Twitter page is no longer accessible, …