"I worked on Saturday live television for 14 years and I’m proud [of it]. To be on X Factor, it was a privilege, it was an honour. I’m here with X Factor tonight." … [Read more...] about Brendan Cole throws major shade at Strictly as he gushes over X Factor: Celebrity
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Luke Harding's breathless page-turner, which reads more like a spy thriller than a piece of dry political analysis, does its best to answer these questions. Harding gives us Snowden's backstory, which is not as straightforward as it might appear. Yes, he was a pretty regular guy, good with computers, interested in girls, a bit flaky perhaps and something of a drifter, but no more than the average. Trawling the extensive record of Snowden's online activities, where he posted for more than a decade on every subject under the sun as "TheTrueHOOHAA", Harding suggests he might have been a bit of a Walter Mitty. But isn't that the point of the internet age, that it makes Walter Mittys of all of us? What's striking is not so much the range of Snowden's fantasies as the depth of his political commitment. He emerges as a committed Republican, a libertarian, a huge fan of Ron Paul, a gun lover and believer in national security with a tendency to suggest that anyone who thinks otherwise … [Read more...] about The Snowden Files by Luke Harding – review
While the debate continues over the use of advanced genetic and chemical crop-enhancers, technology is opening a whole new direction for food production, which will take farming away from the farm. Robotics and drones are reducing the need for humans to be on the land, while vertical farming, in which vegetables can be grown in sunless warehouses using LED lighting, gene editing and metagenics – the engineering of specific enzymes or proteins – are coming up with new definitions of food. According to a recent report by the thinktank RethinkX, within 15 years the rise of cell-based meat, which is made of animal cells grown in a bioreactor, will bankrupt the US’s huge beef industry, at the same time removing the need to grow soya and maize for feed. By 2035, the report predicts, an area a quarter of the size of the continental US “will be freed for other uses”. … [Read more...] about The end of farming?