Game of Thrones Recap: The Endings We Choose to Believe

Game of Thrones has always been a story about stories, a fantasy that wanted to change how we thought about fantasy while spinning a fantasy of its own. It's over now, though its audience will probably never agree on how it "really" ended, or if it ended at all; like so many myths that fractured into multiple truths through multiple tellings, it will always be replete with alternative interpretations and theories, debates about what it meant and revisionist histories that imagine it through the lens of whatever people want to see. In that sense, it has truly come to embody stories—and histories—in all their slippery glory and their power to remake the past and shape the future. WIRED Staff Game …

2020 candidate John Delaney pitches vastly unusual climate change plan

Maryland congressman wants to capture carbon dioxide pollution heating the planet and transport it in pipelines criss-crossing US The first three Democratic presidential candidates to declare their plans to tackle the climate crisis are focussing on setting deadlines to neutralize US pollution. But one Democrat is proposing something vastly different. Environmental advocates are likely to find it unacceptable, but some experts say it might be necessary. Maryland congressman and long shot 2020 candidate John Delaney wants to scale up technology to capture the carbon dioxide pollution heating the planet, and transport it in pipelines crisscrossing the country. John Delaneys carbon throughway plan. Photograph: Courtesy of the John Delaney campaign Polluting facilities from Americas industrial regions in the midwest and Gulf …

Bernie Sanders Calls for Ban on For-Profit Charter Schools, $60K Minimum Salary for Teachers

education plan in a speech Saturday in South Carolina, calling for a ban on for-profit charter schools, an increase in teacher pay to no less than $60,000, and universal school meals. The release of the policy proposal, which the campaign refers to as the Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education & Educators, is pegged to the 65th anniversary weekend of the Supreme Courts landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, which desegregated public schools. In addition to calling for a ban on for-profit charters, NAACPs call for a moratorium on public funding for charter-school expansion until a national audit can be done to ascertain the impact of charter growth. The original intent of charters was positive, especially to serve students …

Here’s The Socialist Who Fought ISIS And Organized A Craft Beer Union

Employees of Anchor Brewing Company voted in mid-March to organize with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), creating one of the first craft brewery unions in the country. One of the main figures behind the year-long unionization effort is 29-year-old Brace Belden, which wouldn’t surprise those who know a bit about the native San Franciscan’s past. 29-year-old Brace Belden led a union fight at Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco. Belden first attracted notoriety as a teenager playing in a handful of provocative bands in the Bay Area punk rock scene. Later, he volunteered in Syria with the YPG ―part of the Kurdish leftist Democratic Union Party ― fighting for the liberation of the Kurds and documented his wartime …

FCC Chair Backs T-Mobile and Sprint Deal, Clearing Hurdle for Merger

T-Mobile's proposed $26.5 billion merger with Sprint just cleared its first legal hurdle, as Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai says he will recommend that the agency approve the deal. The FCC will most likely follow his lead, but the deal still needs approval from the Justice Department, where antitrust enforcement staffers have expressed concerns, Bloomberg reports. In an announcement, Pai said Monday that the two companies agreed to expand their rural coverage if the merger is approved, by building a 5G wireless network that will cover 97 percent of the US population within three years and 99 percent of the country within six years. Pai says the new network will cover 90 percent of rural residents within six years. …

Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Resort Reportedly Isn’t Making Him As Much As It Used To

Al Drago/Getty Images News/Getty Images How Much Does Trump Make From Mar-A-Lago? Way Less Than He Used To, According To Reports By Shelby Black 18 hours ago Since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has stirred controversy for a few reasons, but as of recently, his financial matters have made headlines. Even though the president isn’t running the Trump Organization any longer, he’s still benefiting from it. So, this begs the question: How much does Trump make from Mar-A-Lago? According to reports, it’s taken a hit. On Thursday, May 16, NPR reported that according to Trump’s 2018 financial disclosures, the Trump Organization’s Palm Beach, Florida, resort Mar-A-Lago fell nearly 10% in income last year to $22.7 million. Elite Daily reached out …

Milla Jovovich Shares Her Horrific Abortion Story, Urges People To Resist New Laws In Georgia And Alabama

After Alabama passed a restrictive abortion bill, a backward move for women’s rights in the state that has caused much debate, women have been speaking up about their own experiences with abortion. The bill, voted through largely by 25 middle-aged, white men who will obviously never experience the trauma of unwanted pregnancy, will disproportionately affect black and poor women if it becomes law, because they are more likely to seek abortions and less able to travel to another state to have the procedure performed. Women are often sidelined when it comes to laws that affect them directly, and this is a perfect example. That’s why it is so important that women’s voices and experiences are heard if we are to expect change in …

German port a battleground for EU’s fragile political center

Support for the Social Democrats has ebbed dramatically across Germany in recent years, but nowhere is its fate more closely watched than in the city-state of Bremen, of which Bremerhaven is a part. The Social Democrats have dominated the proud port’s political scene since the end of World War II, winning 19 straight elections and governing it for 73 years. That run could end on May 26, when voters in Germany cast ballots for the European Parliament and those in Bremen also hold a state election. A poor result in both elections could hasten the end of the Social Democrats’ fractious coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right Union bloc in Germany’s national legislature and further reduce the center-left’s overall influence …

Trump ‘deserves’ Khashoggi treatment, Maher guest Fran Lebowitz says before backpedaling

Author Fran Lebowitz spoke some harsh words about President Trump on Friday night during an appearance on Bill Maher’s weekly late-night show. (Getty Images) CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “You know, everyone’s too, too, too, too … ” Maher told the panel. “I mean, it’s a live show. You really don’t want to see the president dismembered by the Saudis. I don’t like Donald Trump either. … but no matter who the president is, we don’t want physical harm.” “I don’t like Donald Trump either. … but no matter who the president is, we don’t want physical harm.” — Bill Maher, “Real Time” host “I did not mean that and I regret saying it. I regret that everyone misinterpreted …

Trump to Congress: Its None of Your Business if I Break the Law

Donald Trump thinks Congress has as much clout as a potted plant. William Consovoy, According to Cosovoys Kafkaesque syllogism, Congress is barred from investigating the president because that is a proper function of law enforcement, not Congress, and in turn, law enforcement may not investigate President Trump because he is immune from prosecution. Confused? Thats the point. Its a theory After the court hearing, our constitutional democracy stands at the precipice of being transformed into an updated version of ancient Rome, helmed by a leader who demands unaccountability for himself and tribute from the rest of us. As for Congress in this script, think part rubber stamp, part tax collector, and part tourist attraction. Who cares if the Constitution gives …

AP Explains: US sanctions on Huawei bite, but who gets hurt?

Here’s a look at what’s behind the dispute and what it means. ___ WHAT’S THIS ABOUT? Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department placed Huawei its so-called Entity List , effectively barring U.S. firms from selling it technology without government approval. Google said it would continue to support existing Huawei smartphones but future devices will not have its flagship apps and services, including maps, Gmail and search. Only basic services would be available, making Huawei phones less desirable. Separately, Huawei is the world’s leading provider of networking equipment, but it relies on U.S. components including computer chips. About a third of Huawei’s suppliers are American. ___ WHY PUNISH HUAWEI? The U.S. defense and intelligence communities have long accused Huawei of being …

5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos

If you had a choice between a better, faster cell phone signal and an accurate weather forecast, which would you pick? That’s the question facing federal officials as they decide whether to auction off more of the wireless spectrum or heed meteorologists who say that such a move could throw US weather forecasting into chaos. On Capitol Hill Thursday, NOAA’s acting chief, Neil Jacobs, said that interference from 5G wireless phones could reduce the accuracy of forecasts by 30 percent. That's equivalent, he said, to the quality of weather predictions four decades ago. “If you look back in time to see when our forecast scale was roughly 30 percent less than today, it was 1980,” Jacobs told the House Subcommittee …

‘Real chance’ Scotland can stay in EU – Sturgeon

She has also said she wants another referendum on Scottish independence within the next two years if the UK leaves the EU. Among the manifesto’s key pledges are: Working with other parties across the UK to “stop Brexit” Backing another EU referendum with Remain as an option Offering a choice for Scotland to become an independent, European nation Supporting Article 50 being revoked if the only alternative is a no-deal Brexit Speaking at the manifesto launch in Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon urged voters to back the SNP in order to “send the powerful message that Scotland is for Europe”. She added: “We can stand up for Scotland’s right to be heard, and we can proclaim our determination to remain a European …

Depth of Field: In Alabama, The Handmaid’s Tale Is a Haunting Metaphor

The year is 2019. It is a time of chasmic divides. Republican rule has taken hold in America. The land aches from unrest. In the Deep South, once a province of notorious racial and social subjugation, history again flirts with twisted judgement. On Tuesday, 25 state senators—all of whom were white men, and who, like clowns at the circus, bear names like Del Marsh, Shay Shelnutt, and James "Jabo" Waggoner with mischievous, cowardly grins—voted to all but ban abortion in Alabama. Their bill makes no exceptions for rape or incest, and it punishes doctors who perform the procedure with life in prison. Governor Kay Ivey signed it into law the very next day, and effectively transformed the Heart of Dixie …

Democrats Like Pete Buttigieg Who Ignore Identity Politics Are Surrendering Ground to White Supremacists

As the 2020 Democratic field fills with moderate white male candidates, were again hearing the The End of Identity Liberalism. The reality is, there is no such thing as identity politics; the work of ending racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, and other forces of hate is just plain politics. Thats because throughout our countrys history, especially in the last century, conservative political leaders have succeeded in advancing an agenda that widens the gap of economic inequality in part by exploiting the prejudices and fears of low-income white voters, justifying their bigotry in an arbitrary sense of white pride. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways