Nine ways to stitch America back together

(CNN)There is a slow-motion car crash quality to the destruction of democratic norms right now. But we can’t afford to simply fixate on our problems. We need to focus on finding solutions. Economics: Three ideas to strengthen the middle class There is political, as well as economic ballast in a strong middle class. And that is what defined America in the middle of the 20th century. But, for decades, the middle class has been squeezed with stagnant wages and lower social mobility. Small businesses have suffered while once proud and thriving Midwest cities have stagnated and declined, leading to huge disparities in regional economies. At the same time, the top one-hundredth of 1% has saw its share of wealth more …

Guy who creates sculptures out of mashed potatoes recreated Tesla’s Cybertruck at his family’s Thanksgiving

(CNN)Greg Milano studied art history and architecture. He has a law degree and works in real estate. But his most important resume line? “I am just a big kid,” Milano told CNN. “Pablo Picasso summed it up well: ‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.’ “ Since then, he’s created a Pilgrim hat, football, snowman, and more. For inspiration, Milano pulls ideas from news. “I did a hostess cupcake and Twinkie because they were in bankruptcy,” the “mashterpiece” artist said. “White House because it was an election year, the DeLorean from ‘Back to the Future’ because it was when Marty went to the future, and BB8 when ‘Star Wars’ came …

AT&T and Microsoft announce early result of their 5G-cloud partnership

New York (CNN Business)AT&T and Microsoft have announced the next phase of a partnership that’s aimed at advancing development in two of the buzziest areas of tech: 5G and cloud computing. AT&T will implement the Microsoft technology in some of the major metro areas where it’s installed 5G — AT&T says it will be available for select customers in Dallas early 2020, with Los Angeles and Atlanta slated for implementation later in the year. Microsoft and AT&T are excited about the technology’s potential, but Gartner analyst Bill Menezes says it’s not yet clear just how useful this technology will be and when it will be usable. “Right now, it’s creating a lot of noise that plays on a lot of …

Inside WeWork’s week from hell: How the mass layoffs went down

(CNN)When staffers in WeWork’s New York City headquarters received a calendar invite this week for a mandatory meeting with a note telling them to “bring your laptop, WeWork devices, and any personal items with you,” they knew they were doomed. On Thursday, the company finally put a number to the job cuts: Approximately 2,400 employees would lose their jobs globally as part of its efforts to curb costs and find a viable path forward. That doesn’t include the roughly 1,000 cleaning and building maintenance staffers whose jobs are being outsourced but who were given the opportunity to take new jobs at an outsourcing partner. The sweeping layoffs capped off a remarkable comedown for the high-flying tech startup that ballooned to …

What’s left of one Hong Kong university after hundreds of protesters fled

Hong Kong (CNN)Last week, thousands of student protesters streamed into Hong Kong Polytechnic University and occupied the campus as the city’s violent political unrest reached fever pitch. Hundreds of protesters were trapped, but some slowly managed to get out. Authorities said they had processed 1,100 people — 600 of whom left willingly. Protesters were arrested if they were older than 18 or registered and then released if they were minors, police said. By Tuesday morning, the violence had subsided and the campus was in ruins. Only a small number of demonstrators remain in the university. Atop one of the campus’ entrances, there was a noticeable stench of smoldering rubbish and petrol that burned the nose. Thousands of unused petrol bombs …

Dutch government slashes highway speed limit to tackle climate change

(CNN)Motorists in the Netherlands will soon have to slow down to do their bit to tackle climate change. The Dutch government has little room for maneuver. Last year, it was told by a court to take urgent measures to reduce emissions. The court also ordered the government to ensure that the country’s emissions in 2020 will be at least 25% lower than those in 1990. The court’s decision forced the government to put a number of large construction projects on hold. Writing on his official Facebook account Wednesday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the new speed limit was a “rotten measure,” but added it was necessary in order to protect jobs and builders. The Netherlands is particularly vulnerable to …

Exclusive: Trump DC hotel sales pitch boasts of millions to be made from foreign governments

Washington (CNN)In its effort to sell off the lease to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, the Trump Organization has put together a glossy investor brochure complete with pictures showcasing the hotel’s grandiose architecture, its central location and its spa’s Himalayan salt chamber. The investor pitch is an explicit acknowledgment of how important foreign business is to the 263-room luxury hotel in the Old Post Office building blocks from the White House. Though it includes specific numbers of how much money it turned away from foreign governments, the pitch does not include figures for how much the hotel has accepted, despite reports showing it has become a magnet for foreign officials. Nor does it provide actual or historical financial performance …

Glasgow named cultural and creative ‘centre’ of UK

“Cultural vibrancy”, “creative economy”, and the ability to bring in creative talent and nourish cultural engagement were all taken into account. Edinburgh came first for cultural venues and facilities in the UK. Capital of culture The report said: “Glasgow was one of the first European capitals of culture, in 1990. Known as an industrial city, it has now gained recognition as a creative and cultural centre of European importance.” Glasgow boasts over 100 cultural organisations and is home to five of the six internationally renowned national performing arts companies in Scotland. According to the council, Glasgow’s museums have more visitors than in any UK city except from London. The city also counts eight Turner Prize winners who have been born …

Kansas City voters choose to remove Martin Luther King Jr.’s name from a historic street

(CNN)Voters in Kansas City, Missouri, decided to remove Martin Luther King Jr.’s name from a historic boulevard that was renamed in January to honor the civil rights leader. “We don’t mind doing something to honor Dr. King, but we don’t want you to take Paseo away from us to do it,” said former City Councilwoman Alissia Canady, who represented much of the area until her term ended in August. She helped organize the Save The Paseo group, which collected almost 3,000 signatures to get the name change on Tuesday’s ballot. Canady voted against the MLK name change in January, but it passed by an 8-4 vote. “That really infuriated the neighborhood because they felt it was a backdoor approach that …

Moon lander concept unveiled by Boeing as NASA eyes return to lunar surface

Following exploration of the lunar surface by astronauts, the crew lifts off from the moon inside the Ascent Element in this artist concept. The Descent Element remains on the moon having already performed its role of flying the crew from lunar orbit to the surface. (Credit: Boeing) NASA REVEALS ITS VISION FOR THE ARTEMIS MOON LANDER THAT WILL RETURN US ASTRONAUTS TO THE LUNAR SURFACE In July, NASA revealed details of its vision for the Artemis Moon Lander that will return U.S. astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024. Separately that month, the space agency posted a notice to the Federal Business Opportunities website that it was seeking “proposals from industry for the development of integrated human lunar landers and execution of crewed flight demonstrations to the lunar …

The houses hiding a city’s water secrets

These strange-looking stone structures have stood in the Comiston area of Edinburgh for more than 300 years. Built long before houses, garages, driveways and gardens, they are now integrated into the established residential landscape. But what were they for? The buildings covered vital spring water that bubbled up from the ground. Before this supply was used, Edinburgh residents could go many weeks without fresh drinking water. What was available wasn’t safe – the Nor’ Loch, which had flowed in the valley now occupied by Princes Street Gardens and the Waverley Station, carried typhoid and cholera. Image copyright Scottish Water Image caption Each pipe inside Comiston Spring House, which was the main building, had a lead animal on top to mark …

Labour pledges ‘zero carbon’ homes by 2022

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, on the campaign trail in Swindon on Saturday, said: “There is no greater issue facing this world than the environmental disaster waiting to happen and the climate change that is happening very obviously all around us.” Central heating boilers ‘threaten climate goals’ Big lifestyle changes ‘needed to cut emissions’ UK commits to ‘net zero’ emissions by 2050 During a speech to supporters at Commonweal Sixth Form College, Mr Corbyn also responded to US President Donald Trump’s recent remark that he would be “so bad” as prime minister. Related Topics Housing John Healey Labour Party Climate change Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

‘I grew up in a Victorian workhouse’

Image caption “I would stand for hours, just looking out of the window,” says Susan At the far end were two barred windows. There were no curtains. If you tried to look out at the world beyond, your view was blocked by a high line of hedges. Pauper’s path At first, the workhouse provided a kind of sanctuary for Susan and her siblings. Until then their existence had been precarious, shuffled from place to place as their dad, Brian, moved in and out of prison. Image caption Coming to the workhouse was, at first, a relief for Susan but steadily the cramped confines wore her down The next day, the family were taken to Southwell Workhouse – known at the …

A football therapy dog, a crafty labor of love and some really cool action figures

(CNN)What kind of music do you listen to while you work? For me, it’s almost always classical. It puts me in a productive, relaxing trance and there are rarely any words to distract me from whatever it is I’m desperately trying to finish. However, I know plenty of people who listen to hard rock or metal because they say it gets them hyped up. Sounds stressful, honestly, but more power to them! Dozens of crafters across the country have united to breathe new life into an unfinished labor of quilting love. Shannon Downey, a well-known fiber artist and “craftivist” (craft+activist) came across some stunning embroidery at a recent estate sale. One of the hidden gems was a massive quilting project …

Kevin McCloud property firms face liquidation

In 2017, Mr McCloud had told potential investors his company was delivering “triple bottom line returns with progress on energy positivity”. Those potential investors were pitched so-called “mini-bonds” with 8% returns to crowdfund the projects in Oxford and Winchester. Almost 300 people put their money in to lend HAB Land Finance £2.4m to build the estates. But they have not seen a return on that investment. Image caption A promised orchard and play area at HAB Housing’s Lovedon Fields site in Hampshire is currently a building site “This has resulted in a considerable loss to mini-bond holders who largely financed the project,” he said. HAB Land director, Simon Bullock, said in a statement: “With only 22% of the mini-bond holders …

The Creepy Way Facebook And Amazon Profit Off Our Private Data

Our lives and habits are being tracked. Every time we tap in a Facebook and every time we make an In an interview with HuffPost, Zuboff talks about how this new world is not just a threat to our privacy, but — as it starts to shape our actions — to our democracy itself: The trees and the forests and the rivers — these are entities that have a life of their own. Industrial capitalism brought nature into the market dynamic, and nature was reborn. It was called “land,” and it was called “real estate.” That allowed it to be sold and purchased and become the source of profit. Surveillance capitalism proceeds according to this pattern, but with a dark and …