Bike storage towers become an "Iconic Gateway"

London’s Old Street roundabout used to be in a crappy part of town, but now, Shoreditch is hot. There is a design competition happening that Dezeen says will see the removal of the “outdated and intimidating” 1960s roundabout and its replacement with an “innovative idea” to rejuvenate the junction.

“Old Street is an iconic location, and its transformation will hugely improve the area for pedestrians, public transport users, cyclists and people who live and work nearby”, said Islington Council’s executive member for environment and transport, councillor Claudia Webbe.

Carlton Reid of BikeBiz
highlights the CoveBurgess shortlisted entry, which is all about bikes- three glass towers storing two hundred bikes each.

CoveBurgess partner Dan Cove said: “This is an exciting concept which reactivates the public realm around this key highway junction. We have incorporated a practical solution to cycle storage, whilst incorporating a aesthetically dynamic vision for this busy junction.”

triangular ugly buildingLloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0

Now if they could only get rid of that eye-poppingly bad distorted building that you can see from the roundabout; that would seriously improve the neighborhood. It is truly the ugliest new building I have ever seen.

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The more herbicides used on weeds, the stronger the weeds become

The rampant use of agricultural chemicals is creating superweeds that laugh in the face of chemicals; which is bad news for crop productivity and food security … but may have a silver lining.

First there were superbugs, the stalwart bacteria that have outsmarted antibiotics, getting stronger and stronger as they evolve to resist their adversaries. They have become one of the world’s most pressing public health problems.

And now we’ve got superweeds.

Researchers in a group study led by the University of Sheffield explored the unnerving case of herbicide-resistant weeds in the UK. Their conclusion?

Herbicides can no longer control the weeds that threaten crop productivity and food security in the UK because the plants have evolved resistance, and future control must depend on management strategies that reduce reliance on chemicals.

The team looked at the UK’s major agricultural weed, black-grass, mapping the density of it across 70 farms in England and collecting seed from 132 fields. They also gathered historical management data for all fields to ascertain which practices are driving the weed’s abundance and herbicide resistance.

“At Rothamsted, we used glasshouse bioassays to determine that 80% of sampled populations were highly resistant to all herbicides that can be used for selective black-grass control in a wheat crop,” says Paul Neve, a weed biologist from Rothamsted Research, one of the study’s collaborators.

Resistance was correlated with the frequency of historical herbicide applications, suggesting that evolution of resistance is primarily driven by intensity of exposure to herbicides, according to the study.

“Field monitoring indicated that the level of resistance to herbicides was correlated with population density, indicating that resistance is a major driver for black-grass population expansion in England,” says Neve.

They also found that when farmers switched the chemicals and/or applied them cyclically, resistance still endured, despite those being strategies for preventing the evolution of resistance.

While the idea of plants – and yes, even weeds – outwitting their chemical executioners may be admittedly attractive in a “just deserts” kind of way, the bottom line is that we need to be using other methods to keep weeds from threatening food supplies. And if the “poisoning the planet” argument isn’t enough to quell the use of herbicides, maybe the simple fact that they don’t work, will.

And indeed, the researchers conclude that current industry advice urgently needs to change to reflect the fact that current strategies aren’t working, and other methods using herbicides will likely meet the same fate. Instead, they recommend that “farmers switch to weed-management strategies that rely less on herbicides, as it is inevitable that weeds will overcome even new agents.”

(BRB, investing in teams of weed-eating goats.)

The study was published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.

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Glenn Beck wants to become the next Sargon of Akkad, Declares war on the Alt-Right


Glenn Beck is trying desperately to stay relevant. It’s an uphill battle for him, for sure.

But this series on the Alt-Right might put him back in the spotlight.

In short, he’s pushing the the whole “Russia is funding the Alt-Right” angle.

Boomers – Glenn Beck’s audience – like this kind of stuff. Shadowy figures pulling strings and funding secret groups and all this James Bond Cold War stuff that they grew up on. Unfortunately, the world doesn’t really work that way anymore. I mean, maybe it does to a certain extent. But from what I understand, the only side that gets the benefit of shadowy networks and secret funding is the Jewish side, because it is they, not the goyim, who’ve been getting closer and closer to world domination as modernity has moved forward.

And in general, Boomers ALWAYS fail to see the forest for the trees.

Take George Soros for example. They LOVE the Soros conspiracy stuff. And to be fair, Soros IS indeed funding a lot of bad stuff around the world. But when you try to tell them that that Soros is the tip of the iceberg, that he’s Jewish and that he operates with the same goals as a powerful Jewish cabal…well that’s when you lose the Boomers.

And this is the same formula that Glenn is applying to the Right.

He’s come up with a sinister-sounding figure – a modern Russian Rasputin – and he’s going to give him the George Soros treatment, but for the Right this time instead. In other words, this Rasputin is who gives us our marching orders. He’s the one with the master plan. He’s the one providing the financing, straight from the Kremlin.

It falls right into the Boomers’ inability to see patterns.

They can’t see that non-White immigration is causing a lot of tension and that the Alt-Right is the long-overdue manifestation of White discontent. That’s a society-wide pattern, a forest if you will. They can only understand trees, like the sinister-sounding Dugin who is using Black Ops to stir up the pot.

Actually, Glenn’s latest Blackboard antics remind me of his older performances for Fox.

He got fired for those because he got too close to the truth. Beck had a choice: continue onward or cuck.

Like many before him, he chose to cuck, probably helped along by a knock on the door at night from Mossad.

Now he’s done a complete 180 and spends most of his time attacking Trump and shilling for Israel. It was only natural that he would circle round to the Alt-Right eventually.

But if there’s anyone that can make Glenn break down crying again…well let’s just say he picked a fight with the wrong people.



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Become a professional Cat Cuddler in Ireland

A feline clinic in Dublin has published a full-time job listing for cat cuddlers.

Are you a crazy cat person who loves cats? Have you counted kittens before you go to sleep? Does petting cats make you feel warm and fuzzy?

These are just some of the questions luring job applicants to try their luck in securing a cat lover’s dream job in Ireland: Professional cat cuddler at Dublin’s Just Cats Veterinary Clinic.

The city’s only vet clinic exclusively for cats, the cattery is looking for someone “with gentle hands capable of petting and stroking cats for long periods of time.”

Other job requirements include the need to “be softly spoke and capable of cat whispering to calm the nerves of some of our in patients.” Additionally, an ability to “understand different types of purring” the clinic notes, would be a distinct added advantage in nabbing the job.

To see more qualifications and to apply, head over to the clinic’s careers page. And if the logistics prove challenging, you could always check with your local shelter to see if they have any cats in need of some volunteer cuddling!

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Why men in the US have become less marriageable

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If it seems like the number of complaints from your female friends about not being able to find a man is growing, we may finally know why. Somewhere between 1979 and 2008, Americans decided it was much less worth it to get hitched: the share of 25- to 39-year-old women who were currently married fell 10 percent among those with college degrees, 15 percent for those with some college, and a full 20 percent for women with a high-school education or less.

This great American marriage decline-a drop from 72 percent of U.S. adults being wed in 1960 to half in 2014-is usually chalked up to gains in women’s rights, the normalization of divorce, and the like. But it also a lot to do with men. Namely, economic forces are making them less appealing partners, and it ties into everything from China to opioids.

The most revealing data comes from University of Zurich economist David Dorn. In a 2017 paper with an ominous title (“When Work Disappears: Manufacturing Decline and the Falling Marriage-Market Value of Men”), Dorn and his colleagues crunched the numbers from 1990 to 2014. They found that employability and marriageability are deeply intertwined.

The flashpoint is a sector of the economy that politicians love to talk about: manufacturing. It used to be a huge slice of the employment pie: In 1990, 21.8 percent of employed men and 12.9 percent of employed women worked in manufacturing. By 2007, it had shrunk to 14.1 and 6.8 percent. These blue-collar gigs were and are special: they pay more than comparable jobs at that education level in the service sector, and they deliver way more than just a paycheck. The jobs are often dangerous and physically demanding, giving a sense of solidarity with coworkers. Not coincidentally, these jobs are also incredibly male-dominated-becoming even more so between 1990 and 2010. But since 1980, a full third of all manufacturing jobs-5 million since 2000-have evaporated, making guys less appealing as husbands.

Dorn and his colleagues find that when towns and counties lose manufacturing jobs, fertility and marriage rates among young adults go down, too. Unmarried births and the share of children living in single-parent homes go up. Meanwhile, places with higher manufacturing employment have a bigger wage gap between men and women, and a higher marriage rate.

“On simple financial grounds, the males are more attractive partners in those locations because they benefit disproportionately from having those manufacturing jobs around,” he tells Thrive Global.

It underscores how in the U.S., the norms around money, marriage, and gender remain-perhaps surprisingly-traditional. Marianne Bertrand, an economist at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, has found a “cliff” in relative income in American marriages at the 50-50 split mark. While there are lots of couples where he earns 55 percent of their combined income, there are relatively few where shemakes more than he does.

While the pay gap is certainly a factor here, Bertrand and her colleagues argue that the asymmetry owes more to traditionalist gender roles and remains a class issue. They reference recent results from the World Values Survey, where respondents were asked how much they agreed with the claim that, ”If a woman earns more money than her husband, it’s almost certain to cause problems.” The results broke along socioeconomic lines: 28 percent of couples where both parties went to at least some college agreed, while 45 percent of couples where neither partner went beyond high school agreed. Spouses tend to be less happy, more likely to think the marriage is in trouble, and more likely to discuss separation if the wife outearns her husband, as well.

“Either men don’t like their female partners earning more than they do,” Dorn says, or women feel like “if the man doesn’t bring in more money, then he’s an underachiever.”

As manufacturing jobs are lost, there are also increases to mortality in men aged 18 to 39, Dorn says, with more deaths from liver disease, indicative of alcohol abuse; more deaths from diabetes, related to obesity; and lung cancer, related to smoking-not to mention drug overdoses. (These “deaths of despair”have taken over a million American lives in the past decade.) Ofer Sharone, a sociologist at the University of Massachusetts, has found that while Israelis blame the system when they can’t find a job, Americans see themselves as flawed when they can’t find work, which sounds a lot like perfectionism. And remarkably, half of unemployed men in the U.S. are on some sort of painkiller. Unremarkably, all that makes long-term monogamy less appealing. “This is consistent with the notion that males become less attractive partners because they have less money and start doing drugs,” Dorn says.

The precarious situation that American men face has a lot to do with the nature of the jobs they’re doing. Germany and Switzerland, which are bleeding manufacturing at a much slower rate, do more precision work (read: watches and cars), which is harder to ship overseas to hand over to robots and algorithms. Traditionally masculine, American blue collar jobs tend toward repetitive tasks, making them easier to replace. (One British estimate predicted that 35 percent of traditionally male jobs in the UK are at high risk of being automated, compared with 26 percent of traditionally female jobs.) There’s a race to automate trucking, a traditionally male role, but not so much nursing.

And the working-class jobs that are being added tend toward what’s traditionally taken to be “women’s work.” Care-oriented jobs like home-care aides continue to go up-a trend that’s only going to continue as America gets older and boomers move into retirement. These are not trends that add to the marketability of guys. “The lack of good jobs for these men is making them less and less attractive to women in the marriage market, and women, with their greater earnings, can do fine remaining single,” says Bertrand, the Chicago economist. “For gender identity reasons, these men may not want to enter into marriages with women who are dominating them economically, even if this would make economic sense to them.”

So what’s a man to do within change like this? Dorn recommends, if one is able, to specialize in areas that are harder to automate-jobs that require problem-solving and creativity. But those jobs also often require more education. Then comes the much woolier, complex issue of gender norms. There are individual choices to be made at a personal level for men to take on traditionally feminine work, or for heterosexual couples to settle on a situation where the wife brings home the bacon. But these individual choices don’t happen in a vacuum-they’re necessarily informed by the broader culture.

“Traditional masculinity is standing in the way of working-class men’s employment,” Johns Hopkins sociologist Andrew Cherlin said in an interview. “We have a cultural lag where our views of masculinity have not caught up to the change in the job market.” (This was captured in a recent New York Times headline: “Men Don’t Want to Be Nurses. Their Wives Agree.”) Parents and educators will play the biggest role in teaching more gender neutral attitudes regarding who belongs in the home and who belongs in the marketplace, Bertrand says. And eventually, she adds, gender norms “will adjust to the new realities” that are already present in the economy: women are getting better educations and are more employable, and the work opportunities that are growing are-for now-thought to be feminine.

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How to Become TripAdvisor’s #1 Fake Restaurant

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

The rules of the world and success grew ever more mysterious when freelance writer Oobah Butler tricked the London elite into bargaining for a table at a restaurant that didn’t exist. However, Butler’s wildly audacious project was born of disenchantment. He began his career writing fake TripAdvisor reviews for restaurants. Watching his work turn low performing dens into high-end hotspots led to his realisation that TripAdvisor touted a “false reality”. He grew frustrated at how seriously everyone took the platform but after having spent years thinking, “the only bit of TripAdvisor that is unfakeable is a restaurant itself”… a light bulb illuminated in his head. And the tenacious 25 year old walked out to his back garden to begin visualising his outdoor restaurant, aptly named ‘The Shed at Dulwich”, using this three step guide to make his enormous ruse manifest:

Step 1: Build a website and start uploading pictures of the menu your “restaurant” has on offer, as well as other supporting materials that will get across the ‘vibe’ of your pseudo establishment to prospective customers.

Step 2: Get verified on TripAdvisor and get your friends to start writing reviews of your restaurant.  Get your friends’ friends to do the same and keep them rolling out at an appropriate frequency. Think in terms of months.

Step 3: (And this is the cypher) Bolster the illusion of demand by making your restaurant appointment only. Not only does this mean that no one will turn up to blow your whole operation wide open but it plays on the human psychological condition. We all want what few others have. If we can be among the elite few to get it we’ll have the other 99% to laud our low-minded sense of superiority over.

Oobah Butler knew that when one plays the game of thrones, one either wins or is found out and ruined. So he decided to go as far as to open “The Shed at Dulwich” for a press event… before coming clean. His efforts have been immortalised in Vice’s video below.

Read More: Moby Opens Vegan Restaurant With ALL Proceeds Going To Charity

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Those who help Kurdish fighters in Afrin will become Turkey’s targets – PM Yildirim

READ MORE: Turkish armored division advances into Syria’s Afrin (WATCH LIVE)

When asked what would happen if the US provided logistical support to the Kurdish Peoples’s Protection Units (YPG), Yildirim stated that any party providing such support would be added to “Turkey’s targets.” The comment was made during a Sunday meeting between the prime minister and journalists in Istanbul, Hurriyet reported

Yildirim also gave the latest details of operation ‘Olive Branch,’ which was launched on Saturday. “Our units entered Afrin from two sides at 11:05am [on Sunday] with the Free Syrian Army. This means the land operation has begun,” he said.

The prime minister went on to explain that the operation will take part in four phases to create a secure zone with a 30-kilometer depth. The first phase is aimed at forming a secure zone of the borders between Azaz and Afrin.

Yildirim stated that the operation is “for the [Syrian] war to end, for the peace of the local community, and for the territorial integrity of Syria,” stressing that it is “in line with international law” and being conducted “for the reason of self-defense.”

“…We’re taking great care not to hurt civilians while arsenals and shelters are destroyed,” Yildirim said. However, Birusk Hasakeh of the YPG told AFP on Saturday that at least seven civilians – including a child – had been killed in airstrikes, along with three fighters; two female and one male. More than a dozen others were reportedly wounded.

Shortly after the Saturday airstrikes began, photos emerged online which appeared to show injured civilians being treated at local hospitals, many of whom were covered in blood. 

The Syrian government has condemned the Turkish campaign, while Russia has urged restraint and respect for Syria’s territorial integrity. Moscow has also emphasized the importance of focusing international efforts on the Syrian peace process following the defeat of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

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Majority of South Koreans think Foreigners Can Never become Koreans


More than six out of 10 Koreans do not view migrant workers as “members of Korea,” a survey showed Wednesday, indicating the country still has a long way to go until becoming a truly multiracial society.

According to the Overseas Korea Foundation’s survey of 820 adults nationwide, 61.1 percent of respondents have difficulties in accepting migrant workers as members of society, a sign of deteriorating public opinion toward non-Koreans.

In the foundation’s 2013 survey, only 57.5 percent said they did not accept them as members of Korean society.

Last year, 56,000 new migrant workers came to Korea on a working permit program, mostly from Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines. Since 1995, the government has been inviting migrant workers to fill in gaps in the labor market.

The foundation didn’t ask for reasons behind the respondents’ viewpoint, but concluded that a recent economic downturn was to blame. “Bad economic conditions seemed to have contributed,” Lee Sung-june from GRI Research, which was commissioned to conduct the survey, said. “This won’t help Korea to grow and become a more diverse and open society. Something has to be done to overcome it.”

The result reflected traditional Korean society that believes in homogeneity.

As Korea’s economic growth draws many foreigners looking for opportunities or to travel, more foreign visitors and residents complain about racial discrimination.

The negative attitude toward foreigners also serves as an obstacle for the government that is considering opening up the labor market for immigrants. Many experts warned that with a working population that is rapidly declining, the government must pursue an active immigration policy that makes up for this. But public opinion is apparently leading it to remain on the sidelines.

One positive aspect shown in the survey was that 57.1 percent acknowledged that they were not open enough to and discriminative of foreigners.

Asked about foreigners living in Korea for a long period of time, 57.3 percent answered they had no problem with this, down from 62.1 percent in 2013. Those who showed outright opposition were 13.4 percent, up from 12.3 percent. Almost 30 percent said their answer would change depending on where the foreigners came from, showing discrimination.

Asked about interracial marriage, 34.3 percent of single respondents answered they would marry a foreigner, while 65.7 percent said they wouldn’t. Yet, asked about having a non-Korean family member, 65.7 percent answered they had no problems with that.



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Mackenzie Dern to become first woman to fight for LFA, Invicta FC and UFC

Undefeated strawweight phenom Mackenzie Dern (5-0) is set to make history this year, as she will become the first female in the history of MMA to have fights completed in all three of the sport’s leading promotions — Invicta Fighting Championships, UFC and Legacy Fighting Alliance.

The 24-year-old signed with the UFC earlier this week, according to a report from MMA Fighting. She’s penciled in to compete against Ashley Yoder on March 3 in Las Vegas, as part of the UFC 222 pay-per-view. It hasn’t yet been announced if she’ll be on the main pay-per-view card, or featured in preliminary card action. What we do know is that her signing to the Las Vegas-based promotion puts her in extremely rarefied air. She will become the first woman to have fights completed with the top three organizations involved in the female side of MMA.

Dern’s hotly-anticipated Octagon debut comes on the heels of an incredible five-fight stretch with LFA and Invicta FC, which included wins over “TUF 26” alum Montana Stewart and hard-hitting striker Mandy Polk. In her most recent start, the Phoenix native finished Kaline Medeiros via armbar at Invicta FC 26.

If all goes according to plan, Dern will become the first female to have LFA, Invicta FC and UFC fights on her resume. No one else in the history of MMA has accomplished the feat.

Andrea “KGB” Lee was supposed to beat Dern to the punch on the achievement, but her UFC debut was postponed. Lee has fights completed with Invicta and LFA, so her appearance at UFC 216 would have made her the first woman to compete for all three promotions. But with Lee’s Octagon debut postponed until late-2018, Dern will become the first to notch the honor.



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World’s richest become $1trn richer in 2017, make four times more than last year


The richest people in the world just can’t get enough. Greed at its finest.

The world’s wealthiest people have become more than $1 trillion richer this year, earning four times more than in 2016, data collected by Bloomberg revealed. Chinese billionaires gained the most.

In 2017, there was a 23 percent increase on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which ranks the world’s top 500 moneybags on a daily basis, the agency said. A total of 440 billionaires on the list were able to increase their net worth last year, jointly making an astounding $1.05 trillion.

The combined wealth of those in the Top 500 went up from $4.4 trillion to $5.3 trillion between December 27, 2016 and December 26, 2017. The main source of the gains was the activities of the billionaires on the stock market.

There’s been a change at the top of the index, with Bill Gates, who has been officially the world’s richest man since 2013, being replaced by Jeff Bezos of Amazon. Bezos was the top earner in the last 365 days, adding $34.2 billion to his account. He currently has assets worth $99.6 billion, surpassing Gates by $8.3 billion. Unofficially however the Rothschild family has trillions wealth.

All in all, the tech sector saw the largest increase (35 percent) in the ranking compared to other industries, with 57 listed technology moguls earning $262 billion. Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg, was fifth placed on the list, and had the fourth-largest US dollar increase, increasing his wealth by 45 percent, or $22.6 billion.

The US maintained the largest representation on the list, with 159 billionaires, who earned $315 billion to jointly possess $2 trillion. However, it was the 38 Chinese tycoons who gained the most in 2017 as their wealth increased by 65 percent or $177 billion. They’re followed by Indian billionaires, who became 43 percent richer.

The 27 Russian fat cats were also on the rise last year, despite the US and EU sanctions. They’ve gained $29 billion and now have more money in their possession ($275 billion) than before restrictions were imposed on the country over Russia’s reunion with Crimea in 2014 and the Ukrainian conflict, Bloomberg said.

Meanwhile, 58 billionaires on the Top 500 billionaires suffered losses this year, with their combined wealth shrinking by $46 billion. One of the losers was Saudi Arabia’s richest man, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, who currently has $17.8 billion after an arrest as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s anti-corruption crackdown cost him $1.9 billion.


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