COP25: Longest climate talks end with compromise deal

Image copyright Kiara Worth/IISD Image caption Some of the difficult issues proved impossible to resolve in Madrid The longest United Nations climate talks on record have finally ended in Madrid with a compromise deal. Exhausted delegates reached agreement on the key question of increasing the global response to curbing carbon. All countries will need to […]

We will not save the Web by colluding with its enemies – VoxEurop (English)

Tim Berners-Lee, the World Wide Web’s inventor, has written a “contract for the Web” which aims to save the network from the abuses threatening it. But his effort is supported by the same big tech firms that are already hard at work undermining all the document’s founding principles. Tim Berners-Lee’s latest crusade to save the […]

100 Jewish graves were desecrated in France. A search for the websites that fueled the hate led to the US

But in early December, that is exactly what happened in the small village of Westhoffen in the Bas-Rhin region of Alsace, in eastern France. No one knows exactly when swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti were spray-painted onto 107 tombstones in the village’s ancient Jewish cemetery — the 42nd anti-Semitic attack in the region in just 18 […]

Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s talk will happen, perhaps even at Poway school

The abrupt withdrawal of a permit allowing Rep. Rashida Tlaib to speak at a San Diego County high school, reportedly to allow staff time to clean the facility before the holiday break, will not block the Democratic congresswoman’s visit, organizers say. The Poway Unified School District first approved the event Wednesday, then did an about-face […]

Judge Orders State Department To Provide Withheld Ukraine Documents

A federal judge on Friday ordered the State Department to release documents concerning Ukraine it had previously withheld.  Christopher Cooper, the U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Columbia, said the department arbitrarily limited its search for documents it had previously been ordered to release to the period before Aug. 2 — prior to President Donald Trump lifting […]

Penis fish cover Drakes beach in California in weird photo

After a powerful storm washed away their cover, thousands of unsightly — and phallic-looking — worms were left bare on a California beach. Fat innkeeper worms — colloquially known as “penis fish” — washed up on Drakes Beach in Point Reyes, Calif., around fifty miles northwest of San Francisco, last Friday. First reported by nature publication […]

Trump’s impeachment rage, Bloomberg on coal

WASHINGTON (AP) — As near-certain impeachment closes in on him, President Donald Trump raged at his accusers, the Democrats. In the process, he offered a highly selective account of the testimony of a damning witness and misrepresented the facts of a phone call at the heart of the constitutional showdown. Trump also branded Democrats crazy […]

Laws That Prohibit Sleeping Outside Don’t Fix The Problem Of Homelessness : NPR

A homeless person sleeps on a sidewalk near Time Square on December 10, 2019. Jeenah Moon/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Jeenah Moon/Getty Images A homeless person sleeps on a sidewalk near Time Square on December 10, 2019. Jeenah Moon/Getty Images A woman lived in her car in front of our apartment building for a […]

Revellers hit the streets as party season gets into full swing

Christmas revellers let their hair down last night despite the bad weather as office party season got into full swing. Storm Atiyah began to show its teeth as it brought strong winds and rain across the country but this did not dampen the spirits of  merrymakers in Leeds, Birmingham and Blackpool as they began their festivities. Party […]