U.S.-China Trade Talks Stumble on Beijing’s Spending at Home

BEIJING — One year ago, when he began a multibillion-dollar trade war with China that shook the global economy, President Trump demanded that Beijing end lavish government spending aimed at making the country a world power in computer chips, robotics, commercial aircraft and other industries of the future.Today, as the two sides struggle to reach a truce, the Trump administration is finding just how difficult that will be.Trade talks between the United States and China nearly ground to a halt this past week, and a seemingly intractable dispute over subsidies…

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The Raisin Situation – The New York Times

The first California Dancing Raisins commercial debuted on television in the fall of 1986. You may recall the ad with their version of Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” These anthropomorphic raisins, conceived as an R&B group in the Motown mold, were some of the first animated characters created with Claymation. Seth Werner, the copywriter at the San Francisco agency Foote, Cone & Belding who created the concept, knew the spots were outrageously popular. He got a call from Paul McCartney’s assistant, asking for a taped copy of…

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Pinterest Shares Jump 25 Percent on First Day of Trading

SAN FRANCISCO — Pinterest, the digital pin board start-up, spent years avoiding the spotlight and tamping down any hype about its growth. On Thursday, it could no longer stay out of the glare, as its shares rose 25 percent on its first day of trading as a public company.Pinterest stock began trading at $23.75, above the initial public offering price of $19. The price put the company’s value above its last private valuation of $12 billion, avoiding a disappointing outcome.Pinterest initially priced its shares at a level that valued it…

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Will Iron Man Die in Avengers Endgame?

The end really is upon us, isn’t it? With just mere weeks to go until the arrival of Avengers: Endgame, we’re pulling our hair out with impatience and wild anticipation. Now, we’ve got a few full trailers. We’ve cried our eyes out. We’ve pulled out our magnifying glasses. We’ve crafted some theories. Everything! But of course, we always have and always will return to the same question: who is going to die? I mean, it’s got to be an inevitability at this point, right? You can’t take on one of…

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Dream Groups | Interesting Thing of the Day

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Unbeknownst to most of my friends and family, I’m really an action hero. Several times each month, I go on dangerous assignments to exotic locations, where I narrowly escape death, rescue the hostages, recover the stolen chip, round up the bad guys, and generally keep civilization safe from evil. Admirers call me “Indiana Joe.” Of course, it’s no big deal, thanks to my superpowers that enable me to dodge bullets, read minds, and fly off into the sunset. When I…

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Maduro slams Trump in English (VIDEO) — RT World News

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro addressed Donald Trump in English to demand that Washington keep its “hands off” the country, after the US imposed sanctions on its state oil company in recognition of Juan Guaido as president. “Donald Trump, do not get involved with Venezuela! Hands off Venezuela! Donald Trump, hands off Venezuela!” Maduro said, blaming Washington for the political conflict that is causing tremors in the country.Maduro’s words came shortly after US imposed sanctions on the country’s state-owned oil company PDVSA in order to “help prevent the further diversion“ of…

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3 Sustainable Menstrual Cups to Simplify Your Cycle

Traditional tampons and pads are bad for the environment and your health; make the switch to a menstrual cup for a cleaner, greener approach to menstruation.We’re seeing a momentous shift in the way women are living. We’re holding predators accountable, fighting for equality in the workplace, and advocating for our bodies, including the products we deem acceptable for use during our menstrual cycles. There was a time when tampons and pads treated with bleach and chemicals were the only options women had. These not only clog up our landfills and continue…

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German Man Confesses to Hacking Politicians’ Data, Officials Say

BERLIN — A 20-year-old German student took advantage of passwords as weak as “Iloveyou” and “1234” to hack into online accounts of hundreds of lawmakers and personalities whose political stances he disliked, officials revealed Tuesday, shaking Berlin’s political establishment and raising questions about data security in Europe’s leading economy.Working from his computer in his parents’ home, the young man used relatively simple techniques to hack into successive accounts, the authorities said. There, he stole the users’ personal information and published it through Twitter over the course of December.But it was…

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Britain’s government slides into chaos

NOBODY CAN accuse Theresa May of an unwillingness to repeat herself. The woman who said, again and again, that “Brexit means Brexit” is now telling Britain that her version of Brexit is the only version worth having. This morning the prime minister spent three hours extolling her deal to the House of Commons. This evening she spent a mercifully shorter period addressing the country via a press conference. Mrs May claims that her version of Brexit does two hard-to-deliver things. It respects the result of the 2016 referendum by taking…

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Britain’s government slides into chaos

NOBODY CAN accuse Theresa May of an unwillingness to repeat herself. The woman who said, again and again, that “Brexit means Brexit” is now telling Britain that her version of Brexit is the only version worth having. This morning the prime minister spent three hours extolling her deal to the House of Commons. This evening she spent a mercifully shorter period addressing the country via a press conference. Mrs May claims that her version of Brexit does two hard-to-deliver things. It respects the result of the 2016 referendum by taking…

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