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Boxed In by Parliament, Puppet Master of Brexit Plots Way Out

“As sterling markets see-saw on the different Brexit outcomes, Johnson says he can get a deal on the last day of the Oct. 17-18 EU summit” writes Min Read for reuters.com. Johnson said on Tuesday he would not request an extension to Brexit, hours after a law came into force demanding that he delay until 2020 unless he can strike a divorce deal. Source: reuters.com

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Mother Jones strings together crime and politics with an exclusive alleging Florida madam sold Chinese execs access to Trump

“With serious roots in environmental policy and human rights, the typical grist of the periodical founded as a nonprofit in 1976 had long ago expanded to politics and crime” writes Rachel Koning Beals for marketwatch.com. And by the way, here’s just one Teen Vogue headline under its expanding coverage of politics, this one from last year: Donald Trump Is Still Gaslighting America. Source: marketwatch.com

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Plan to pay 1,000 residents $1,000 a month—no strings attached—pitched by panel

“Each month, 1,000 struggling Chicagoans would get $1,000, no strings attached, to help break the cycle of poverty, under a trail-blazing pilot program proposed Thursday by a mayoral task force” writes Fran Spielman for suntimes.com. Ameya Pawar (47th), who has championed the cause of income inequality, to chair a task force to consider universal basic income in Chicago. Source: suntimes.com

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Federal employees who take unemployment benefits during the shutdown will have to pay them back

“As the government shutdown continues and federal workers face the possibility of another missed paycheck, many may file for unemployment benefits to help cover housing costs, groceries and other necessities” writes Kerri Anne Renzulli for cnbc.com. Earlier in January, CNBC reported that more than 4,700 federal employees filed for unemployment in the last week of December, compared with 929 the week prior, according to the Department of Labor. But this modest relief comes with a few strings. Source: cnbc.com

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Twitter spammed people’s phones with cryptic notifications

“Twitter, the Bluth Company of Silicon Valley social networks, kicked off Tuesday by sending users incomprehensible text strings via push notifications” writes Oct Edt for theverge.com. A wide range of Twitter users tweeted their notifications, which consisted of long strings of numbers and lowercase letters, followed by a colon and another number. Update, 2:20PM: Dorsey says the issue had something to do with “invisible background notifications” used to update badge counts.Tapping on the notifications simply opens your notifications tab — and not, as you might have guessed from reading one,…

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Sexuality and gender in science fiction games – PC Gamer

“Science fiction is social fiction”, he said” reports pcgamer.com. Imperfect as they were, Mass Effect and its sequels felt like they were dealing with gender and sexuality in a way that’s much more common to science fiction outside of games.Representation in science fiction isn’t just about who can see themselves in a fantasy.I get the impression Heather Robertson’s ideas about science fiction are similar.”Science fiction is an interpretation of the present, through the lens of the future,” Robertson says. Source: pcgamer.com

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