Spygate: Trump and Fox News make a dangerous conspiracy theory loop | Vox


So what happened, it seems, is that a conspiratorial interpretation of texts between two FBI employees, one entirely unfounded in the actual evidence, got laundered from the fringe right-wing media to the right-wing mainstream through Fox News personalities — and eventually reached up to a member of Congress and the president of the United States.

This says something profound about the way the country is broken today — about how Trump and the conservative media have combined forces to warp the way millions of Americans understand the world around them.

Source: Spygate: Trump and Fox News make a dangerous conspiracy theory loop – Vox

The “marshmallow test” said patience was a key to success. A new replication tells us s’more. | Vox


The idea behind the new paper was to see if research from the late 1980s and early ’90s showing that a simple delay of gratification (eating a marshmallow) at ages 4 through 6 could predict future achievement in school and life could be replicated.

The marshmallow test story is important. The original studies inspired a surge in research into how character traits could influence educational outcomes (think grit and growth mindset). They also influenced schools to teach delaying gratification as part of “character education” programs.

Source: The “marshmallow test” said patience was a key to success. A new replication tells us s’more. – Vox

Shakespeare in trouble: Dutch fret about English on campus | EURACTIV.com


As Shakespeare’s mother tongue spreads in lecture halls across the country’s 14 universities, the Dutch education department is finalising a proposal to deal with the matter.

Britain’s exit from the European Union next year has only accelerated the phenomenon, with international students flocking to the Netherlands, which provides an ideal base for those wishing to study in English within the EU.

Some 90% of the Dutch population speaks English, to the envy of many of its less anglo-competent neighbours.

Source: Shakespeare in trouble: Dutch fret about English on campus – EURACTIV.com

GDPR: Time to walk the talk | EURACTIV.com


Finally, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is here. Do not let anybody fool you. This is good news for consumers and for the digital economy.

But to a great extent it will depend on two “ifs”: first, the GDPR is a promise which will only materialize if industry changes its mindset about data protection and, second, if it is supported by a strong compliance and enforcement culture.

Source: GDPR: Time to walk the talk – EURACTIV.com

EU caps price of international phone calls in landmark telecoms overhaul | EURACTIV.com


The European Parliament scored a victory after months of heated negotiations as the European Commission and national diplomats agreed to limit the price of phone calls between EU countries to 19 cents per minute.

Text messages will be capped at 6 cents per SMS for consumers within the bloc.

Source: EU caps price of international phone calls in landmark telecoms overhaul – EURACTIV.com

Bilderberg meeting elite focuses on politics


Political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media will take part in the annual conference, taking place this year in Turin from Thursday to Sunday.

So far, 131 participants from 23 countries have confirmed their attendance, Bilderberg’s organizers said.

Source: Bilderberg meeting elite focuses on politics

Better Training Is Essential for Performance Management | GovExec.com


A core failure that’s been cited in studies going back at least two decades is that agencies do not provide adequate supervisor training and retraining.

The problem is compounded when agencies conclude that a newly promoted supervisor is not up to the job.

To avoid the “uncomfortable situation” of continuing to work with someone they have deemed unsuccessful, agencies reportedly instead leave the individual in his or her supervisory job. So the problems continue to fester.

Source: Better Training Is Essential for Performance Management – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com

Hurricanes Are Slowing Down and Leaving More Damage | Time


The study, published in the journal Nature, found that since 1949, tropical cyclones have decreased their speed by an average of 10% worldwide. The change is even more dramatic in storms that have made landfall from the North Atlantic – they’re moving 20 percent slower.

The result is more rainfall and more damage to buildings as hurricanes hover over population centers for longer periods of time.

Source: Hurricanes Are Slowing Down and Leaving More Damage | Time

What Happened to Women in France After D-Day in 1944 | Time


In the weeks and months following the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944, Allied troops and the resistance swept across France liberating towns and villages, and unleashing a flood of collective euphoria, relief and hope. And then the punishments began.

The victims were among the most vulnerable members of the community: Women. Accused of “horizontal collaboration” — sleeping with the enemy — they were targeted by vigilantes and publicly humiliated. Their heads were shaved, they were stripped half-naked, smeared with tar, paraded through towns and taunted, stoned, kicked, beaten, spat upon and sometimes even killed.

It is time to ask why these women paid the price for the sins of men.

Source: What Happened to Women in France After D-Day in 1944 | Time

The Unraveling of Nicaragua | The Atlantic


Nicaragua is showing all the symptoms of a failed state.

At the center of the storm is the corrupt minority government of Daniel Ortega, the former revolutionary leader who now acts more like a cartel boss than a president.

Over the past seven weeks, Ortega’s police and paramilitaries have killed more than 120 people, mostly students and other young protesters who are demanding the president’s ouster and a return to democracy, according to a human-rights group.

Police hunt students like enemy combatants. Sandinista Youth paramilitaries, armed and paid by Ortega’s party, drive around in pickup trucks attacking protesters. Gangs of masked men loot and burn shops with impunity.

Cops wear civilian clothing, and some paramilitaries dress in police uniforms. “This is starting to look more like Syria than Caracas,” one Nicaraguan business leader told me.

Source: The Unraveling of Nicaragua – The Atlantic