What does #FBPE mean and could it stop Brexit? The history of a hashtag

The hashtag was first used on 25 October 2017 by Hendrik Klaassens. If you’ve been on Twitter recently, you may have noticed the #FBPE hashtag adorning tweets. More likely you saw it appended to the names of many Twitter rank-and-file pouring fiery anti-Brexit commentary on Brexit-related tweets. What does it all mean? And where did it come from? FBPE stands for “Follow Back, Pro EU”. So it is a flag of pro-EU support, but also an indication that if you “follow” the bearer, they will follow you back if you also carry the hashtag. Thus, it has rapidly helped build up the accounts of pro-EU frontline troops on Twitter whilst… Read More

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When Divorce Is an Opportunity

STOCKHOLM—Sweden has the reputation of being one of the best countries in the world for gender equality. The women’s employment rate in Sweden is the highest in the European Union, and is nearly equal to the men’s employment rate. Nearly 90 percent of Swedish fathers take paternity leave—it is not unusual to see men pushing baby carriages alone in the city. This can be disconcerting for the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who have arrived in Sweden in recent years—163,000 new immigrants arrived in the country of 9 million in 2016 alone. Although Sweden has lately reversed its open-door migration policy, the country for a long time admitted the most… Read More

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Future robots won’t look like humans because we’re poorly designed

Humanoid robots are a vanity project: an attempt to create artificial life in our own image – essentially trying to play God. The problem is, we’re not very good at it. Ask someone on the street to name a robot and you might hear “Terminator”, “the Cybermen” or “that gold one from Star Wars”. What you’re not going to be given are names like Tesla Model X, Cassini or DJI Inspire 2. These are all robots, but they don’t follow the sci-fi narrative of what robots should be like. The fact is, the robots of the near future won’t be… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Stephen Colbert tries to figure out the craziest part of the amazing new Quincy Jones interviews

Legendary music producer Quincy Jones “may have given a pair of the greatest show-business interviews of all time,” Stephen Colbert said on Wednesday’s Late Show. “I can’t get into everything he said, but let’s start small: He knows who killed JFK,” Colbert said. And “strangely, who killed the president was one of the less-explosive details.” Jones also dished on Michael Jackson, Jackson’s feud with Prince, and President Trump, whom Jones said he “used to hang out with” and “can’t stand,” adding, “I used to date Ivanka, you know.” While Colbert questioned the propriety of Jones dating Trump’s daughter, Jon Batistse said Jones told him the same thing. “But that is… Read More

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The attack on Save the Children aid workers is part of a wider pattern of violence

Both militias and state actors are implicated in attacks on aid workers. On 24 January 2018, four Save the Children staff were killed in Jalalabad, southern Afghanistan, when our office was targeted by a heavily armed group, including a suicide bomber. Families and friends have been robbed of loved ones. Our organisation has been devastated by the loss of colleagues working to help children in desperate need. But this was not just an attack on Save the Children. It was also an attack on the values that define our shared humanity. What happened in Jalalabad was one episode in a wider pattern of violence. In 2016, 101 aid workers were… Read More

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John McDonnell insists Labour will win a ‘clear majority’ despite slipping 4 points behind the Tories

John McDonnell insists Labour is heading for a majority government despite falling behind the Conservatives in two polls this week. The shadow chancellor told BI a recent poll putting the Tories four points ahead was “within the margin of error.” McDonnell insisted leaked analysis showing likely damage of Brexit has not made him reconsider Labour’s Brexit policy. He said the “tone” of negotiations was to blame for gloomy forecasts. LONDON — John McDonnell has told Business Insider that he believes Labour will form a majority government at the next election despite falling behind the Conservatives in two recent opinion polls. The shadow chancellor insisted Labour was still “neck and neck”… Read More

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