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The Guardian expands roster of US opinion writers

theguardian.com — The Guardian announced today that it is further expanding its US opinion section with the addition of nearly a dozen columnists and contributing opinion writers. The announcement was made by Guardian US editor in chief Katharine Viner. The appointments reflect the Guardian's commitment to significantly expand its roster and elevate diverse and thought-provoking voices from across America.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @robinhenig: An amazing crop of new @Guardian US opinion columnists is announced, including my own personal fave, @j_zimms theguardian.com/guardian-us-pr…

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Twenty MPs declare over £100,000 from second jobs

theguardian.com — MPs, including former coalition ministers who have since returned to the backbenches, have declared more than £7.1m earnings from second jobs and outside interests, according to parliamentary records. An analysis by the Guardian shows that 26 MPs declared more earnings from directorships, paid employment or shareholdings than they did from their parliamentary salary, with more than 20 declaring more than £100,000 in outside earnings in the latest register of members' interests.
Oct 23, 2014

Guardian: "the top outside earner is former prime minister Gordon Brown" bit.ly/1vSaz8K

Oct 23, 2014

Poor dears need to put food on the table, don't they...? MT @guardian: 20 MPs declare more than £100k from 2nd jobs gu.com/p/42y4v/tw

Oct 23, 2014

RT @DannyNis: .@georgegalloway earns 100,000 pounds for appearing on Iranian State TV, and 96,000 for Hezbollah-linked Mayadeen. theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

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Brain games exploit anxieties about memory loss for profit - scientists

theguardian.com — Companies marketing "brain games" that are meant to slow or reverse age-related memory decline and enhance other cognitive functions are exploiting customers by making "exaggerated and misleading claims" that are not based on sound scientific evidence, according to an open letter signed by 73 psychologists, cognitive scientists and neuroscientists from around the world.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @Neuro_Skeptic: Brain games "exploit anxieties about memory loss for profit" theguardian.com/science/2014/o… That's a nasty, ugly, and entirely true statement.

Oct 23, 2014

RT @noahWG: NOT BREAKING: The evidence that "brain game" training will translate into general cognitive improvements isn't there: theguardian.com/science/2014/o…

Oct 23, 2014

NOT BREAKING: The evidence that "brain game" training will translate into general cognitive improvements isn't there: theguardian.com/science/2014/o…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @katiejmbaker: scientists say "brain games" exploit anxieties about memory loss for profit theguardian.com/science/2014/o…

Oct 23, 2014

scientists say "brain games" exploit anxieties about memory loss for profit theguardian.com/science/2014/o…

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Lachlan Murdoch attacks special laws to jail journalists for up to 10 years

theguardian.com — Lachlan Murdoch has attacked new laws that could see journalists jailed for up to 10 years if they disclose information about a "special intelligence operation", saying they are a serious attack on the freedom of the press in Australia.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @arusbridger: Lachlan Murdoch attacks special laws to jail journalists for up to 10 years theguardian.com/media/2014/oct…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @arusbridger: Lachlan Murdoch attacks special laws to jail journalists for up to 10 years theguardian.com/media/2014/oct…

Oct 23, 2014

Lachlan Murdoch attacks special laws to jail journalists for up to 10 years theguardian.com/media/2014/oct…

Oct 23, 2014

Lachlan Murdoch attacks special laws to jail journalists for up to 10 years gu.com/p/42yv4/tw via @guardian

Oct 23, 2014

RT @guardian: Lachlan Murdoch attacks special laws to jail journalists for up to 10 years gu.com/p/42yv4/tw via @guardian

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Felicia Day's public details put online after she described Gamergate fears

theguardian.com — Gamer and actor Felicia Day has had her personal details posted online just minutes after making her first public statement about Gamergate - in which she expressed fear about saying anything at all, in case she was targeted as a result.
Oct 23, 2014

Anyone know where on Facebook this piece was just posted? theguardian.com/technology/201… Referrals gone wild.

Oct 23, 2014

Felicia Day's public details put online after she described #Gamergate fears gu.com/p/42y55/stw

Oct 23, 2014

Come on, #GamerGate asshats – are you trying to say *Felicia Day* is a fake gamer now? gu.com/p/42y55

Oct 23, 2014

RT @mediaguardian: Felicia Day's public details put online after she described Gamergate fears gu.com/p/42y55

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Pope Francis blasts life sentences as ‘hidden death penalty’

theguardian.com — Pope Francis has branded life-long prison terms "a hidden death sentence" in an attack on "penal populism" that included severe criticism of countries that facilitate torture. In a wide-ranging speech to a delegation from the International Association of Penal Law, the pontiff said believers should oppose life-long incarceration as strongly as the use of capital punishment.
Oct 23, 2014

POPE: Life sentences are a "hidden death penalty" and should be opposed theguardian.com/world/2014/oct…

Oct 23, 2014

Pope Francis blasts life sentences as ‘hidden death penalty’ gu.com/p/42yjy/tw

Oct 23, 2014

Pope Francis says life without parole a "hidden death penalty" @AFP @AngusM1966 u.afp.com/27A

William H Macy: ‘I’m scared and horny like a 14-year-old-boy’

theguardian.com — Rudderless, the new film from William H Macy, is a tale of turnabouts, second chances and the fork in the road that points to a whole new career. Ostensibly, it's about a washed-up businessman who unearths his dead son's lyrics and starts playing haunted folk songs at an open-mic session.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @WillyDean: William H Macy, here, looking like he's preparing for the ultimate character role: Mark Lawrenson theguardian.com/film/2014/oct/…

Oct 23, 2014

William H Macy, here, looking like he's preparing for the ultimate character role: Mark Lawrenson theguardian.com/film/2014/oct/…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @guardianfilm: William H Macy: ‘I’m scared and horny like a 14-year-old-boy’ gu.com/p/42yeg

Russell Brand's Revolution: panel verdict

theguardian.com — I have no time for the all-too-smug, seen-it-all-before snottiness towards Russell Brand that is so prevalent among the political commentariat. Such commentators are disproportionately drawn from highly privileged backgrounds and their work is read often only by the most politically engaged.
Oct 23, 2014

Russell Brand's revolution: panel verdict makes me think of a show trial. theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @OwenJones84: Why I don't have time for the general snottiness about Russell Brand's views on politics theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Oct 23, 2014

Why I don't have time for the general snottiness about Russell Brand's views on politics theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @commentisfree: Russell Brand's Revolution: the panel verdict including @OwenJones84 & more: gu.com/p/42y98/tw cc @rustyrockets htt…

Can an election calm the crisis in Ukraine?

theguardian.com — October in Kiev has brought a gorgeous Indian summer. The reprieve from autumn's slow creep towards winter gives the city a feeling of hope as it prepares for parliamentary elections on 26 October. Ubiquitous political advertisements for the 29 parties running appear to indicate that change is coming.

Iraqis react to Blackwater verdict: 'I'm surprised they were convicted at all'

theguardian.com — For more than seven years, Iraqis had held the Blackwater killings as a symbol of US brutality and immunity for their wrongs during a nearly nine-year occupation of their country. Yet when justice was finally served in Washington on Thursday, reaction across the country was largely mute.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @GuardianUS: Iraqis react to the Blackwater verdict: "I'm surprised they were convicted at all" trib.al/0lKViJD

Paul McCarthy hits back at French critics of his ‘butt plug’ sculpture

theguardian.com — American artist Paul McCarthy is hitting back against French critics after his provocative "butt plug" was vandalised in a Paris square last week. Stung by the public backlash against his giant, inflated, green installation, Tree, which resembled a sex toy, McCarthy has been working on an "aggressive" response as part of an exhibition at the Paris Mint, officials said on Thursday.
Oct 23, 2014

Paris ‘butt plug’ sculpture backlash. Critics told to turn the other cheek gu.com/p/42y9h/tw via @guardian

Oct 23, 2014

This is THE BEST story you will read today. What butt plug? Oh, you mean that little old thing?! theguardian.com/artanddesign/2…

Oct 23, 2014

Day four & still misreading references to 'Paul McCartney's butt-plug' & then thinking 'Huh? What?' gu.com/p/42y9h/tw

Iran signals new welcome to European rail tourists

theguardian.com — A long-distance luxury train, operating in the style of the Orient Express, arrived in the Iranian city of Zanjan from Budapest on Thursday, in a rare private rail visit to the Islamic republic. Iran's cultural heritage and tourism organisation said some 96 passengers from at least 14 different countries were aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express, according to the semi-official Isna news agency.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @SaeedKD: A European luxury train, operating in the style of the Orient Express, arrives in Iran from Budapest: gu.com/p/42yk3/tw via @guardian

Ukip peer Lord Stevens appointed deputy chair of Northern & Shell

theguardian.com — Lord Stevens, the Ukip peer and former chairman of Express Newspapers, has returned to the Richard Desmond-owned publisher as deputy chairman. Northern & Shell, Desmond's Express Newspapers parent company, confirmed on Thursday that Stevens was rejoining the business, after MediaGuardian reported that he had held meetings with executives about a senior position.
Oct 23, 2014

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Oct 23, 2014

Ukip peer Lord Stevens appointed deputy chair of Northern & Shell gu.com/p/42yjk