'The alleged hacking of Mr Bezos's phone, and those of others, demands immediate investigation by US and other relevant authorities, including investigation of the continuous, multi-year, direct and personal involvement of the crown prince in efforts to target perceived opponents.' … [Read more...] about Saudi officials ‘were aware of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plan to hack Jeff Bezos’ phone which WAS part of a wider intimidation campaign against murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi’
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'Being put back in front of an abuser, even that young, can trigger terrible memories and she's just been through so much, but as you can see she's doing OK - she's my little angel.' … [Read more...] about ‘We lost the battle but we’ll win the war’: Father of little girl who was brutally attacked by her own MOTHER demands ALL child bashers are jailed
Approximately 200 young people in 40 countries, many of whom were at the conference, organized a response called Polluters Out. In 20 days, they had a website, a multilingual launch video, a press release in seven languages, and a list of demands. In actions set for March, they will call for the exclusion of fossil fuel interests at COP26 and transparency in the UN framework on climate change, as well as inclusion of indigenous and human rights in the Paris agreement. Regional efforts in the US will also call for a Green New Deal, a halt to new fossil fuel infrastructure, divestments from fossil fuels by universities and campaign funds, and the targeting of specific banks for fossil fuel investments. … [Read more...] about ‘Kids are taking the streets’: climate activists plan avalanche of events as 2020 election looms
Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1971. His troubled father made his childhood “a kind of misery”, but he was also free to experiment with building home-made rockets in the company of his cousins. At the age of 12 he published in a magazine the code for a video game he had written. He moved to Canada at 17 and worked odd manual jobs before winding up at the University of Pennsylvania, where he took degrees in both physics and economics. Soon afterwards Musk co‑founded an early internet-mapping company called Zip2, and when Compaq bought it in 1999 he made $22m (£15m). He ploughed most of it into his next venture, an internet-banking startup that would become PayPal. In Ashlee Vance’s fascinating and superbly researched biography, one Musk admirer describes this decision as representing “an insane amount of personal risk. When you do a deal like that, it either pays off or you end up in a bus shelter somewhere.” In a … [Read more...] about Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance review – how one tech billionaire plans to save the world
A particularly vocal critic, Professor Paul Cheshire of the London School of Economics, has written that “the unstoppable damage they do to societal fairness, housing affordability, the economic efficiency of our cities, even the environment, is devastating”. He argues that new houses in Britain are 40% more expensive than the Netherlands, which is more densely populated, and that the green belt is at least partly to blame. Business secretary Vince Cable recently tossed away the nation’s golfing vote by calling for homes to be built on golf courses, apparently inspired by the recent discovery that Surrey, the most green belty of counties, has more space dedicated to hitting small white balls with sticks than it has for homes. Cable’s was a bold statement, reminiscent of Fidel Castro’s and Che Guevara’s 1961 decision to build national art schools on the luxuriant links of the Havana country club. He also argued that most people would rather have … [Read more...] about Is it time to rethink Britain’s green belt?