Trump Appointee Carl Higbie Resigns Following Offensive CommentsFri, 19 Jan 2018 06:03 | HuffPost
Carl Higbie, the chief of external affairs for the Corporation for National and Community Service, resigned Thursday after CNN unearthed a litany of offensive and discriminatory remarks he’d made on various radio segments.
The Story of the Turpin Family at Center of Abuse AllegationsFri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00 | Yahoo View
David and Louise Turpin pleaded not guilty to a combined 75 counts that included charges of torture, child abuse and false imprisonment.
Delta issues new rules on emotional support animalsFri, 19 Jan 2018 11:05 | Yahoo View
After the airline said it saw a spike in animal incidents, passengers must now provide documentation for their pet to the airline within 48 hours of their flight.
Fox News Guest Goes Off The Rails: 'White Supremacists Are American Citizens'Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:55 | HuffPost
A guest on Fox News defended white supremacists over undocumented immigrants on Thursday evening.
Mattis unveils new National Defense strategyFri, 19 Jan 2018 11:43 | ABC News Videos
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis released the National Defense Strategy today that focuses on China and Russia as the biggest challenges to the U.S.
Democrats, GOP try to dodge blame for shuttered governmentSat, 20 Jan 2018 19:45 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hours after shuttering much of the federal government, feuding Democrats and Republicans in Congress spent Saturday dodging blame for a paralyzing standoff over immigration and showed few signs of progress on negotiations needed to end it.
'We want to fix it': Google, YouTube CEOs on Election MeddlingFri, 19 Jan 2018 13:27 | Yahoo View
Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki discuss what changes technology companies are making in the wake of foreign meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election via digital information platforms.
Chris Christie Reportedly Turned Away From Airport VIP EntranceFri, 19 Jan 2018 00:44 | HuffPost
Chris Christie, no longer the governor of New Jersey, was reportedly denied access to a special VIP entrance at Newark Liberty International Airport on Thursday.
Apostrophes trip up Kazakhstan's move away from Russian alphabetSat, 20 Jan 2018 09:35 | The Telegraph
Kazakhstan's quarter-century struggle to assert its autonomy from former overlord Russia has hit an unlikely snag: the lowly apostrophe. A vast but sparsely populated country wedged between Russia and China, Kazakhstan came under the rule of its northern neighbour as Russia and Britain jostled for control of Central Asia in the Great Game. It also came under its linguistic influence, and to this day, many Kazakhs speak more Russian than their Turkic native tongue. This became especially concerning after Russian state media, which remain popular in Kazakhstan, helped whip up Russian-speaking separatists to fight government forces in Ukraine in 2014. In April, Kazakhstan's president of 27 years, Nursultan Nazarbayev, ordered the government to prepare a new Kazakh alphabet based on Latin characters and ditch the one based on Russia's Cyrillic script, which the Soviets implemented in 1940. He has said this will give Kazakhstan “real independence” and help it join the “information world”. But a cumbersome version of the new alphabet chosen by Mr Nazarbayev last autumn has sparked rare dissent in this authoritarian country due to its ample apostrophes. Of 32 letters in the alphabet, nine are written with an apostrophe. Mr Nazarbayev meets with Vladimir Putin in December. He has tried to gently assert Kazakhstan's independence from its former overlord Credit: Alexander Nemenov/Pool Photo via AP An “against apostrophes” hashtag soon appeared on social media. So did a “No to Kazakh Latinisation with apostrophes!” Change.org petition in October, which was briefly blocked. Film director Saken Zholdas made a video explaining how inconvenient the apostrophes were. “With this decision, we are unintentionally, or maybe intentionally, killing the brand of Kazakh language once and for all,” he said. The problem lies in the need to differentiate related but distinct Kazakh sounds, such as a long and short “a,” or consonants similar to “s” and “sh”. Setting them apart with an apostrophe allows the alphabet to be typed on a standard Latin keyboard, but also produces odd flurries of punctuation and many eyesore words. For instance, the word for “bottle,” pronounced “shisha,” is written “s'i's'a”, while “east,” pronounced “shyghys,” becomes “s'yg'ys”. Those are hardly the worst: The word for “skier” will be “s'an'g'ys'y” and that for “crucial” will be “s'es'u's'i”. The Republic of Kazakhstan will be written “Qazaqstan Respy’bli’kasy”. The palace of peace and reconciliation designed by Norman Foster in Astana, Kazakhstan Credit: Sergei Bobylev/\TASS via Getty Images Some have speculated that Mr Nazarbayev picked the apostrophes to keep Kazakh distinct from the Latinised alphabets of other Turkic languages and placate Russia, which since Soviet times has feared pan-Turkic movements along its southern border. “The guy just liked it, and since our country is this way, no one in government can tell the president no,” Aidos Sarym, a political analyst who previously served on a state working group on Latinisation, told The Telegraph. Last month, Mr Nazarbayev said while the new apostrophes had caused “much discussion,” this version was the right one because it suited computer keyboards. But at the same time it complicates web searches and social media hashtags, where an apostrophe between letters splits them into separate words. “From a technical point of view, apostrophes create more problems than they solve,” said political analyst Dosym Satpayev. Mr Nazarbayev appears with Donald Trump in the White House on Tuesday. He has tried to balance relations with the United States, Russia and China Credit: Olivier Douliery/Pool via Bloomberg In his video, Mr Zholdas suggested replacing the apostrophes with accent marks over the nine letters in question, a move he said could be supported by 70 per cent of computer fonts. Despite the defence of his version in December, Mr Nazarbayev also said there was still time to “work with the new alphabet” before the country switches over fully in 2025, giving hope that he could eventually relax his stance. “He wants to go into history … as the father of the new Latin Kazakh alphabet,” Mr Sarym said. “You can choose any version and let it be called the Nazarbayev version, but do it right so there aren't problems now, and so that tomorrow we won't have to do an upgrade.”
Turkish jets pound Kurdish militia in new Syria offensiveSat, 20 Jan 2018 18:22 | AFP
Turkey on Saturday launched a new air and ground operation to oust a Kurdish militia from their northern Syrian enclave, defying US warnings that the action risked further destabilising the area after almost seven years of civil war. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had repeatedly vowed that Turkey would root out the "nests of terror" in Syria of the People's Protection Units (YPG) militia which Turkey deems a terror organisation. Turkey's army said operation "Olive Branch" began at 1400 GMT and was aimed at the YPG and Islamic State (IS) jihadists.
Why It's So Hard For Victims Of Extreme Abuse To LeaveThu, 18 Jan 2018 21:52 | HuffPost
When police entered the home of David and Louise Turpin in Perris, California, they encountered 12 siblings who were being held in filthy, dark conditions ― some chained to furniture.
The Electrification Era Moves Closer for CarsFri, 19 Jan 2018 14:42 | Consumer Reports
Automakers are seeing the future, and increasingly it’s more high voltage than high octane. At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, just under the sheet metal and hoods ...
What's special today for you
Your birthday on the 18th day of the month suggests than you are
one who can work well with a group, but still remain someone who
needs to maintain individual identity. There is a humanistic or
philanthropic approach to business circumstances in which you
find yourself. You may have good executive abilities, as you are
very much the organizer and administrator. You are broad-minded,
tolerant and generous; a compassionate person that can inspire
others with imaginative ideas. Some of your feelings may be
expressed, but even more of them are apt to be repressed.
Theodore Roosevelt, Greta Garbo, Richard Nixon,
George Stephenson were born under the number 9.
What was that all about? You said jump and they jumped. You made your demands, and they demanded more of your leadership. You`re a little stunned, but don`t let it slow you down. If you lose your edge, you might be losing more opportunities than you can imagine. The good news is that you can look forward to another chance. The next few days will bring more of this sudden, improbable success. History is playing out, and you`re definitely playing the hero. The role suits you so well. Get used to the idea that you`re just getting started.
Don`t pack your bags and hit the highway just yet. You still know a few tricks that this crowd hasn`t seen. Work your magic to cast the best light with the friendliest shadows. Leave them all smiling instead of feeling afraid. The idea is to identify a goal and set yourself up as the only person who can meet it. You`re a master at framing the issues to make yourself look good. Once you inspire personal loyalty, your work is almost done. You could offer a course on the side to interested professionals in related fields.
Relax from your recent bout of tense uncertainty. Slowly unclench yourself as the day goes by. It`s hard to believe that your efforts are paying off, but the evidence is all around you. Parties that once stood on the brink of war are now trading favors like civilized human beings. Elements that never matched are orbiting each other in strange but appealing harmony. You see the old obstacles in a new light. You didn`t do it all, but you did enough to get the ball rolling in the right direction. Certain people that once opposed your methods can be your friends again.
Life as you know it is fundamentally different. Unless you`re close enough to feel the tide, water that flowed under this bridge won`t be coming back the other way. Change shouldn`t worry you, but it does. You hate to admit that you`re feeling left out of events that you don`t understand. The world has a new look to match these deeper shifts. Surely others can see beneath the veneer of style. Do the same ambiguities trouble them? You want to talk about this, but the usual outlets are closed. Before putting on the new uniform, consider how it will feel.
Good times lie ahead of you or maybe just around the corner. You can smell them even if you can`t see them yet. Although you have nothing but high hopes, it could be a few hours before you get up to speed. Don`t worry, you`ll live. You might even use this delayed launch to take a better measure of your likely playmates and opponents. Some of them know this drill better than you do. You`re not too proud to ask for guidance. And once you`re ready to go, you`ll know exactly what to expect of these people.
Think fast. All is not lost. In fact, you just made an essential discovery. Now you know that you have an out, although it`s not a path that you`d normally choose. Call it an act of liberation or a lifestyle shift. Make a trade between something that you may not use for years (if ever) and something that you need right now. Pack rats contemplate the warrior`s way and decide that they could get used to living from hand to mouth. For those still struggling with the idea, this is a qualified win, not a loss. It`s all in the definition.
Another burden falls on your shoulders. You look so capable that people are willing to trust you with more than you want. Some are probably taking advantage of your good nature or sterling professionalism. Can you prove it? And if so, what can you do about it? At first you seem to be getting a bad deal, but it all adds up when you revisit the paperwork. You didn`t think you bit off more than you could chew, although it`s taking far too long to process this mouthful. Check with your dentist to be sure that all is well.
The differences between right and wrong have never been so clearly spelled out in black and white. Although you might not usually make a study of law and order, you recognize that the one who makes the rules defines the crimes. Your first impulse veers more toward payback than forgiveness. Either you`re less tolerant these days, or somebody else has bigger problems with you than usual. Social philosophies shift as times get harder or easier. Radical opposites see eye to eye on certain matters. Who thought you`d ever see the day when that would happen?
Identity is destiny. Who you are determines the hand you`re dealt, although some say it`s the other way around. You fit easily into certain roles, but you can also decide not to play them. Maybe you know a better way. Maybe you`re just convinced that there has to be one. You can only decide for yourself, though. Others will join or shun your quest for reasons that might never be clear. Don`t claim to know the shape of someone`s soul after a short conversation. You know how you`d feel if you were the one being judged.
Now you know that something greater than you controls the Universe. Despite your best efforts and firm assurances to the contrary, the times are a-changin`. It looks like some people have resurrected private agendas. Yes, it means that you might have to work harder to be taken more seriously. If you really have to change that situation, then change it you will. Just keep a cool head.
You`re mischievous and impatient. Your friends throw you a bone just to get you off their backs. Would a sneak preview keep you happy until the main event? You enjoy being a nuisance, although there may not be much of a percentage in that. Who told you that there would be? Control yourself and just maybe you`ll get more of what you want. There`s nothing wrong with relying on conventional institutions that are performing without a hitch. If you can make it to the bank today, maybe you should leave your money there instead of stuffing it in the mattress.
The formerly immortal are now having second thoughts about their shelf life. There might be a sign that your undisputed reign is finally at an end. Truth be told, you`re a little relieved to get a break from it all. Luckily, you have the time to worry about your final gesture. Split the difference and come up with a unique exit strategy that spells your name. Instead of trying to predict the whims of posterity, do something that seems appropriate for now. See how it plays out and let that influence how you develop your other good ideas for next time.