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The toxic truth about modern food

“But there is nothing middle-class about the desire to eat food that brings us both health and happiness” writes Bee Wilson for theguardian.com. Like so many other foods, grapes have become a piece of engineering designed to please modern eaters.One of the food myths Imamura refers to is the notion that there is such a thing as a perfectly healthy diet.No one likes to feel judged about their food choices, which is one of the reasons why so many healthy eating initiatives fail.A smart and effective food policy would seek…

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Breivik’s shadow hangs heavy over Christchurch attack…

“The Christchurch attacks bore several of the features of Breivik’s: mass shootings, multicultural victims, a racist manifesto published online and inscribed weapons” writes Pierre-henry Deshayes for yahoo.com. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the Christchurch attacker as an Australian “extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist”.Extremists around the world have sought to emulate Breivik ever since his deadly attacks in Norway which left 77 people dead in 2011.In a 74-page document posted on Twitter just before the attack, the Christchurch shooter said he “took true inspiration from Knight Justiciar Breivik”, using terminology reminiscent…

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New Zealand prime minister says gun laws will change after 49 people killed in mosque attacks

“Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and other Islamic leaders pointed to the bloodbath and other such attacks as evidence of rising hostility toward Muslims after 9/11” writes Nick Perry for sun-sentinel.com. “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, noting that many of the victims could be migrants or refugees.The prime minister said the attack reflected “extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand.”. Several more people were killed in an attack on a second mosque in…

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U.S. jury finds Apple infringed on 3 Qualcomm patents

“Apple has alleged that Qualcomm engaged in illegal patent practices to protect a dominant position in the chip market, and Qualcomm has accused Cupertino, California-based Apple of using its technology without compensation” reports venturebeat.com. During an earlier trial between Qualcomm and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Apple executives outlined their company’s extensive negotiations to reduce those license fees to $7.50 per phone for Qualcomm’s patents.Qualcomm’s patent licensing model relies on charging phone makers a cut of the selling price of the phone, a practice Apple has alleged is unfair and…

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Google Maps platform adds new styles and gameplay options for mobile games

“Google unveiled a platform a year ago that enable game developers to create location-based games based on its Google Maps technology” writes Dean Takahashi for venturebeat.com. And now the company is unveiling new options for art styles and gameplay just ahead of the Game Developers Conference.Those games used the power of Google Maps and real-time global understanding of the world to take mobile gaming to the next level.A number of game developers have used the platform in the past year to make games like Ludia’s Jurassic World: Alive. Source: venturebeat.com

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All the world a stage: Rising U.S. oil clout on show in Houston

“HOUSTON (Reuters) – A glance at the attendee list at one of the world’s largest energy industry events in Houston this week left little question about the growing influence of the United States over global oil politics” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Washington’s growing influence, she added, has already started to shift oil politics among allies and adversaries across the world.It turned out to be an empty threat, and a reflection of how OPEC had struggled to deal with the surge in U.S. energy production.So far, that bet has…

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Boeing Black Box Review Begins in France, Aviation World Waits

“Regulators have grounded the 737 MAX around the world, and the U.S. planemaker has halted deliveries of the several thousand planes on order for a model intended to be the future industry workhorse” writes Min Read for reuters.com. U.S. bank Citi said it expected the grounding to eat into the profits of Southwest Airlines, which operates the world’s biggest 737 MAX fleet, leaving the carrier facing a plane shortage and likely passenger compensation costs.Parallels between the twin disasters have frightened travelers worldwide and wiped billions of dollars off Boeing stock.PARIS/ADDIS…

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Lawrence Hamtil: The Global Portfolio’s Rough Three Decades

“Indeed, currency had a material impact over the last three decades: Perhaps, then, the fairest comparison is the U.S.-only compared to a currency-hedged global portfolio?” writes Lawrence Hamtil Is for fortunefinancialadvisors.com. Given a greater max drawdown and lower Sharpe ratio (which measures risk-adjusted returns), it is hard to argue that a global portfolio offered any value to American investors at all.Similarly, foreign equity portfolios with factor tilts such as momentum and minimum volatility offer value to investors.In addition, investors may find better value in foreign small caps as I have discussed…

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I found a hotel I like better than the $1 billion hotel considered ‘the most luxurious in the world’ — and it all comes down to location

“Harrison Jacobs/Business Insider So it surprised me that my favorite hotel I’ve stayed in all year was none of those” writes Harrison Jacobs for businessinsider.com. There was the Nobu Hotel in Ibiza that wows you with the novelty of having world-class cocktails and sushi at its own in-house Nobu Restaurant.Instead, it was a boutique luxury hotel on the stunning African archipelago of Zanzibar.And, who could forget the king of them all, Dubai’s Burj Al Arab, named “the best hotel in the world”?.  Source: businessinsider.com

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