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‘Trump is a REVOLUTION’ Nobel Prize-winner warns of changes in society ahead of Davos

Economist Robert Shiller said he was concerned about the changes, which are being hailed as success stories by the president. Speaking ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, where Mr Trump will be a key attraction, Prof Shiller said: “Trump is a revolution, unfortunately, and one who’s reaffirming nationalism and he’s showing that Americans are no better than anyone else. “It’s troublesome to me. I’m concerned. “So far we’ve got through a year of him and we’re optimistic that Congress will switch to a democratic majority in another…

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Meddling EU chiefs DEMAND countries spend more to stabilise Eurozone

The document on public finances in the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), warns that low public spending by governments is holding back the single currency area. And it says investment by countries is a top priority as EU chiefs panic about huge economic differences between member states. The document even demands governments manage their finances better and local authorities must up their game. Spain is particularly singled out for criticism, with a warning there is “historically low investment” by its local authorities of just 1.3 percent of GDP. It states…

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Progressive eugenics is hardly history – the science and politics have just evolved

Eugenics has been science’s toxic brand since the end of World War II. The point was driven home yet again recently when Toby Young, appointee to the UK’s newly established Office of Students, was denounced in the House of Commons for having written favourably of “progressive eugenics”. Young resigned from the post the following day amid complaints about a series of other tweets and comments made in the past. In one sense, the toxicity of eugenics is of course well deserved. One thinks especially of the Nazi Holocaust, but also…

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Clever maths will stop hackers spying on the quantum internet

Networks can be securedZap Art/Getty By Jacob Aron Efforts to build a quantum internet are under way, but turning what was once a lab experiment into a robust, modern communications network is not without its difficulties. Now, two researchers have come up with a way to ensure quantum networks are unhackable, even at scale. Theoretically, messages sent via quantum networks are secured by the laws of quantum mechanics, because any attempt to intercept information sent between two parties will disturb its fragile quantum state, revealing the eavesdropper. One way to…

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Al Sharpton: 50 years later, Trump is turning Dr. King’s dream into a nightmare

A half-century ago King led a movement — a movement that was predicated upon securing voting rights, job opportunities, fair housing, educational opportunities, an end to racial discrimination and ending income inequality. Today, in 2018, we find ourselves at a crossroads: Everything King fought so tirelessly for is under attack once again. The question now is: How will we proceed? One of the biggest criticisms we hear about Trump is that he has spent his first year in office attempting to reverse President Barack Obama’s policy achievements. While there is…

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Iceland is out to end its gender pay gap. Can the U.S. follow?

More than half a century after the Equal Pay Act became law, a woman in the United States earns on average just 79 cents for every dollar a man makes — a stubborn gap that is expected to persist until 2059. But one country is determined to end such income disparity, whatever it takes. Iceland, the rugged but progressive island nation between north America and northern Europe, this month became the first country to force employers to prove that they are paying men and women the same for similar work,…

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Why the ‘All the Money in the World’ pay gap is the worst thing for Hollywood

The film “All the Money in the World” didn’t live up to its title when it comes to paying actress Michelle Williams — an uncomfortable revelation at a time when Hollywood is still finding its footing with fair treatment of women, experts say. Fans and Hollywood elite alike were reeling Wednesday after USA TODAY reported that a hasty reshoot of the thriller earned actor Mark Wahlberg an additional $1.5 million, while his female co-star Williams simply got an $80 per diem adding up to less than $1,000. “Please go see…

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Didn’t watch the Golden Globes? Seven highlights you missed.

The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday was equal-parts awards show and social commentary, as stars gathered for their first major event since Hollywood was rocked by a sexual harassment scandal that touched off a national movement. From a red carpet full of black gowns as a show of solidarity for survivors of sexual assault to first-of-their-kind wins, here are seven highlights from Sunday evening’s show. Oprah’s impassioned acceptance speech In accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement, Oprah Winfrey gave a speech so powerful, it earned…

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Here's Why Actors Are Wearing Black on the Golden Globes Red Carpet

The 75th Golden Globe Awards officially kick awards season, but this year, the red carpet may create as much conversation as the honors handed out during the ceremony itself. Last month, reports surfaced that some female actors planned to wear all-black looks on the Golden Globes red carpet to protest sexual misconduct in Hollywood. More recently, some men, including Dwayne Johnson, announced plans to join them. The protest comes after numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault against men in Hollywood and other industries, beginning with those against movie producer…

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#MeToo expected to influence Golden Globes red carpet fashion

The red carpet is rolled out — and the stars are dressed in black. Dozens of actresses (and several men) arrived at the Golden Globes in black outfits, a symbolic statement of solidarity with victims of sexual misconduct.  Many performers wore pins that read “Time’s Up” — the name of a new coalition to fight sexual misconduct in Hollywood and other industries. And some A-listers walked down the red carpet with leading activists by their sides. Michelle Williams, nominated for her supporting role in the film “All the Money in…

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