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Premium Japan Travel by Sea and Air

17.07.2019 9:35

A small super-lux cruise ship that sails inland waters and visits lesser-known ports is amongst some attractive new tourism products in Japan. The Guntu is more akin to a floating hotel that offers premium services in a distinctly Japanese fashion, while making its way across the quiet waters of the Seto Inland Sea. It has

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European sites where US nuclear weapons held inadvertently revealed in Nato-linked document

17.07.2019 9:28

The European sites where America's nuclear weapons are stored has been inadvertently revealed in a document published by a Nato-linked body, according to Belgian media reports.  The document written by for the Defense and Security Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly made passing reference to the roughly 150 US nuclear weapons being stored in Europe. “These bombs are stored at six US and European bases - Kleine Brogel in Belgium, Büchel in Germany, Aviano and Ghedi-Torre in Italy, Volkel in The Netherlands, and Incirlik in Turkey,” one line read, according to the Belgian newspaper De Morgen.  The reference was reportedly contained in the original version of the document which was published in April but has since been removed in a final version which went out last week. The document, titled “A new era for nuclear deterrence? Modernisation, arms control and allied nuclear forces,” was written by a Canadian senator.  A Nato official told The Washington Post the document was not from Nato itself - it was published by the group’s parliamentary assembly and added: “We do not comment on the details of Nato’s nuclear posture.” The presence of US nuclear weapons in Europe acted as a deterrent to the Soviet Union during the Cold War and also meant European countries would not need to develop their own versions. However for years the exact locations of the weapons have been a secret - though experts said their presence was widely known in the international community.  The faux pas was picked up by the European press. Dutch broadcaster RTL News ran an article headlined: “Nato reveals the Netherlands’s worst-kept secret.”  The reporting from De Morgen read: “Finally in black and white: There are American nuclear weapons in Belgium.”


Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit unveiled at Smithsonian

17.07.2019 9:28

The spacesuit astronaut Neil Armstrong wore during his mission to the moon went on public display for the first time in 13 years on Tuesday, at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum exactly 50 years to the day when Apollo 11 launched into space. Armstrong's son Rick unveiled the suit along with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence who recalled how the country was deeply divided in the late 1960s but came together in pride when Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon. "On top of the contributions to science and human understanding, for that brief moment, the man who wore this suit, brought together our nation and the world," Pence said.


Trump Says ‘Many People’ Are Racist Like Him… and He’s Right

17.07.2019 9:28

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photo Getty“If you’re not happy, you can leave.”Those are the words of an American president, spoken from the steps of the White House this morning. Even for someone like Donald Trump, a man with a long history of bigotry and racism, the scene was breathtaking. This is who he is, and who his supporters are.  “If you’re not happy in the U.S., if you’re complaining all the time—very simply,” he said. “You can leave.” Trump Is a Racist. If You Still Support Him, So Are You.No one expected the president to walk back the racist tirade he unleashed on social media over the weekend. After three years of Trump, no one believed that congressional Republicans would ever firmly and unambiguously denounce his latest string of bigoted, xenophobic statements. Or evangelical Christians. Or conservatives. Or White House staffers. That’s not who they are. They are standing with this president because they either agree with him or are content that their own political power is fueled by white supremacy. The few who spoke at all parsed words until they were drained of all meaning. And then, there were the politicians like Sen. Lindsay Graham and cable news pundits like Fox News’s Brit Hume and Katie Pavlich, who audaciously cast aspersions on those who dared to speak up in defense of the common good, those who openly celebrate the inherent value of embracing diversity. They are willing to forego the promise of this nation in order to hitch their wagons to a hate-mongering, chest-thumping demagogue. While the president’s remarks, laced with bravado and mendacity, were pointed at four freshmen members of Congress—all of whom are women of color—on Monday Trump was speaking to a nation. He stood before a bank of cameras and told us plainly and without pause that he meant every deplorable thing he’d tweeted and that if you don’t like it, get out. “Does it concern you that many people saw your tweet as racist?” a reporter asked. Trump, who appears incapable of shame, did not spare a breath before he responded, “It doesn't concern me because many people agree with me.”I honestly thought his presidency was over the day he defended white supremacists from the lobby of Trump Tower. After a progressive activist was killed in Charlottesville, intentionally struck by a car driven a white nationalist, Trump wanted the world to believe the torch-baring band of alt-right protesters spewing “Jews will not replace us!” were  “some very fine people.” I was wrong. Just after he spoke Monday in Washington, one of those “fine people,” James Alex Fields Jr., was sentenced to life and 419 years for murdering Heather Heyer and injuring others in Charlottesville. But that’s not the sort of person Trump is telling to leave America. Instead, he aimed his ire at lawmakers who disagreed with his policies, and by extension anyone who agrees with those lawmakers, and urged us to leave the country. Last week, he delivered a similar message to immigrants detained in government-sponsored concentration camps. They should stay in their own country, he said, if they don’t like the inhumane conditions. Trump has singlehandedly turned Ronald Reagan’s “shining city on a hill” into a sewer of malfeasance and cruelty. Rooted in the now defunct Tea Party’s “take our country back” mantra, the message was then and it is now: America—the land of the free and the home of the brave—is for white people. It was always coming to this. There was always going to be a day when this commander-in-chief demanded a brand of personal loyalty most commonly required by autocrats and dictators. A man who surrounds himself with glad-handing sycophants, Trump has never once publicly admitted a failure of judgment and is unable to brook dissent. He is both uninterested in and incapable of hearing more than one side of an argument or digesting the complexities of public discourse. He cannot grasp the notion that what makes a nation exceptional is its ability to devote its energies to the progress of its people. All of them. Presumably buoyed by the fact that he would never be removed from office by the GOP-controlled Senate, even if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi moved forward with an impeachment inquiry, Trump appears to believe there are no real checks on his powers. He has shown himself more than willing to flout the judiciary and thumb his nose at congressional subpoenas. And who could blame him?After all, his actions have been celebrated by his political base-- which has shown no significant decline since his inauguration. For them, Trump is simply telling it “like it is” by boldly, unapologetically espousing the politics of white resentment. Reminiscent of men like former Georgia Governor Lester Maddox—who wielded an ax handle to keep African Americans out of his whites-only restaurant—Trump’s revival of Jim Crow-style politicking is openly embraced in certain quarters of the country. While some political prognosticators continue to blame “economic anxiety,” that has always been a fallacy. “Reagan Democrat” was always code for racial intolerance. And as long as those red hats and t-shirts keep filling arenas around the country, this president will continue pushing the kind of divisive, abhorrent talking points he has become known for. He will forego the opportunity to unify and inspire, preferring instead to instigate and denigrate. This is who he is, and he has shown himself incapable of anything else.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. 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Climate crisis: US ‘on path to extreme heat’ in coming decades if emissions aren’t reduced, study says

17.07.2019 9:28

Widespread "increases in extreme heat” due to climate change could bring unprecedented risks to the US in coming decades, a new study has warned. By 2050, hundreds of American cities could experience an entire month each year with US "heat index" temperatures above 100F (38C) if nothing is done to tackle emissions and the resultant climate crisis, scientists said. In the US, the National Weather Service heat index scale starts topping out above temperatures of 127F (52C), depending on the combination of temperature and humidity.Few places would be unaffected by extreme heat conditions by 2050 and only a few mountainous regions would remain extreme heat refuges by the century’s end, the team from the Union of Concerned Scientists said.They said this failure to reduce emissions could set the country on a path to soaring temperatures including conditions so far in excess of current climate trends they will surpass the heat index.This is a measure of how hot it feels when humidity is factored in with the air temperature, providing a number on a coloured scale, starting with 80F (26C) which is yellow – caution, and rising through dark yellow beginning at 91F (33C) – extreme caution, orange at 103F (39.5C) – danger, and up to red beginning at 126F (52C) – extreme danger.The average number of days per year nationwide with a heat index above 105 degrees Fahrenheit would more than quadruple to 24 by mid-century and increase eight-fold to 40 by late century, the analysis, published in the journal Environmental Research Communications, revealed.Such “off-the-charts” conditions could pose unprecedented health risks, the Union of Concerned Scientists said.“Our analysis shows a hotter future that’s hard to imagine today,” the study's co-author Kristina Dahl, a climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, told the USA Today newspaper. “Nearly everywhere, people will experience more days of dangerous heat in the next few decades.” The work is the first study to examine the impacts of climate change on the heat index – instead of just temperature – when calculating the impacts of warming, Dr Dahl said.“We have little to no experience with ‘off-the-charts’ heat in the US,” said Erika Spanger-Siegfried, co-author of the report and lead climate analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists.“These conditions occur at or above a heat index of 127 degrees, depending on temperature and humidity. Exposure to conditions in that range makes it difficult for human bodies to cool themselves and could be deadly,” she added.


The jumping space robot SpaceBok and other news

17.07.2019 9:23

BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the week's best technology news stories.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Nancy Pelosi: There's no "fundamental fracture" within the Democratic party

17.07.2019 9:08

The president’s racist tweets continue to spark bitter, partisan fighting in Washington. Yesterday, the House voted mostly along party lines to condemn the president’s comments. In their only joint interview, the four freshmen congresswomen targeted by the president sat down with Gayle King to discuss their relationship with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and what it's like to spar with the president.


Chants of 'I can't breathe!' erupt as officer in Eric Garner case won't face federal charges

17.07.2019 8:12

Five years ago today, Eric Garner's final words "I can't breathe" sparked a nationwide rallying cry to demand more police accountability in the deaths of unarmed black men.

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The Data and AI Market Landscape 2019: The next wave of hybrid emerges

17.07.2019 8:00

It’s now data, not big data, and the landscape is no longer complete without AI. There's a wave of consolidation in the BI space which raises the question, will there be a new generation of AI? And yes, hybrid cloud is no longer an abstract term to most enterprises.

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