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China’s unprecedented quarantines could have wider consequences, experts say

(CNN)With Chinese authorities warning the coronavirus outbreak is accelerating, placing millions of people in more than a dozen Chinese cities under intense travel restrictions might seem like a good idea. The shutdown of Wuhan, a city of more than 11 million people where the virus originated, is “utterly incredible,” Howard Markel, professor and director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan, told CNN.

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Japanese Billionaire Seeks Woman To Be His Date On Flight To The Moon

It might be a bit of a cliché, but 44-year-old Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is looking for someone to love to the Moon and back – literally. Back in 2018, the fashion mogul was confirmed as the first person to have bought a ticket for Space X’s upcoming commercial flight to the Moon, and now he’s launched a campaign to find a lover to share the experience with. Writing on his personal website, Maezawa says that in spite of all his achievements and wealth, the prospect of “continuing to love…

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‘A quiet reminder of people gone but not forgotten’

Image caption Danny’s army number has been carved into the bench She hopes it stays in Hotham Park for many years, pointing out there is no option to take it home when you live in a first-floor flat with no garden. For other grieving families, the installation of a dedicated bench may only prove to be a temporary monument. Individual councils set their own rules for benches and other memorials to loved ones. Many only guarantee their position and maintenance for 10 years after which they may be taken away,…

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Google backtracks on search results design

Earlier today, Google announced that it would be redesigning the redesign of its search results as a response to withering criticism from politicians, consumers and the press over the way in which search results displays were made to look like ads. Google makes money when users of its search service click on ads. It doesn’t make money when people click on an unpaid search result. Making ads look like search results makes Google more money. It’s also a pretty evil (or at least unethical) business decision by a company whose…

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Parnas tape is a real problem for Trump

(CNN)“But her emails” became a shorthand way after the 2016 election to explain — often in jest and as memes — why Hillary Clinton, who was favored to win, lost to Donald Trump. However, all jokes aside, post-election studies confirmed that Clinton’s emails were the most-covered topic during the campaign between May 2015 and November 2016. The tapes in question are audio recordings secretly made of Trump by Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was indicted last year for alleged campaign finance violations to which…

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TRACED Act signed into law, putting robocallers on notice

The Pallone-Thune TRACED Act, a bipartisan bit of legislation that should make life harder for the villains behind robocalls, was signed into law today by the president. It’s still possible to get things done in D.C. after all! We’ve covered the TRACED Act several times previously, as robocalls are, in addition to being horribly annoying, a uniquely annoying high-tech threat. Using clever targeting and spoofing technology, scammers are placing millions of calls that at best irritate and at worst take advantage of the vulnerable. The new law won’t end that…

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Brielle Biermann Shows Off Dramatic New Look For 2020: No More Lip Fillers! – Perez Hilton

Brielle Biermann is going back to the way she looked when she was 18 years old! Reality TV mogul Kim Zolciak Biermann‘s high-profile daughter, now 22, decided to do something different to kick off 2020: throw it On Sunday afternoon, the Don’t Be Tardy star announced on Instagram she was The twenty-something socialite got so much viral reaction from her first post-lip filler shot, she followed it up on Monday, too! As you can see (below), Brielle posted a video on IG directly referencing and showing off her “new lips” for the whole world to…

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Kobe Bryant: Remembering the final game of ‘The Black Mamba’

(CNN)Gone but never forgotten. As tributes poured in remembering Kobe Bryant’s remarkable basketball career following his death in a helicopter crash on Sunday in California, fans were left cherishing countless memories as they mourned the NBA great’s passing. “He’s the greatest of our generation,” he said. “He’s been a great inspiration for all of us.” ‘The first reality show’: ‘Hoop Dreams’ at 25 READ: ‘We all have Hoop Dreams’ — Bittersweet tale of first ‘reality TV show’ How great was Bryant as he bid farewell to the NBA? He outscored…

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The Schienenzeppelin in Berlin, 1931 (Colorized)

Original Photograph by George Pahl | Colorized by Jecini In this colorized photo by Jecini, we see the Schienenzeppelin in Berlin in June of 1931. A train on the way to Hamburg passes the newly arrived ‘rail zeppelin’ at Spandau main station. The Schienenzeppelin or rail zeppelin was an experimental railcar which resembled a Zeppelin airship in appearance. It was designed and developed by the German aircraft engineer Franz Kruckenberg in 1929. Propulsion was by means of a pusher propeller located at the rear: it accelerated the railcar to 230.2…

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Whitewashed: how gentrification continues to erase LA’s bold murals

Tensions over disappearing artwork in one of LAs hottest neighborhoods reflect anxiety over rapid change and soaring property prices Kathy Gallegos remembers the first time she saw John Zender Estradas striking mural of an Aztec warrior flanked by two eagles. She was parking behind a music venue in Highland Park, a heavily Latino working-class neighborhood northeast of downtown Los Angeles, and couldnt help noticing the bold imagery of a piece that Zender had painted in the wake of the 1992 riots to urge ordinary Angelenos to resist violence with peace.…

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The Shirk Report Volume 562

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Digg, Kottke, WITI, Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com 20 IMAGES – Friday! – I can explain – To the person who designed this | And this – What a year this month has been – Arrest this man – When your friends double dare you – This…

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10 Swimsuits That Are On Sale Right Now | Betches

Is it just me, or have swimsuits just casually out of nowhere become the same price as a month’s worth of rent? Okay, that’s an exaggeration but seriously, they’re like $100—for just the bikini top! I miss the days when I could get a full bikini (top and bottom) for like, $30. Fortunately, you can still get a full swimsuit now during the off-season for the price of what just the top would cost during the summer. It pays to think ahead. Of course, it’s a bit of a treasure…

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