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Victoria Starmer isn’t playing ball with the rightwing press. Good for her | Catherine Bennett

Victoria Starmer isn’t playing ball with the rightwing press. Good for her | Catherine Bennett

It’s probably not coming up on the doorstep, but with limited material and time the opponents of Keir Starmer were bound, eventually, to alight on the question of his wife, Victoria. That she appears to live a happy and productive life, works for the NHS, refuses to exhibit their children, turns up for formal and Labour party occasions, has not said anything silly and has yet, to add to these frustrations, to be convicted of overspending on clothes – are not, in the hands of ingenious analysts, insurmountable deterrents. For just as a politician’s wife can be criticised for getting above herself, she can, it turns out, be goaded for its suspected opposite: reverse-Lady Macbeth syndrome. In fact, you gather from recent objections to Mrs Starmer’s pre-election reserve, it’s worse than unsporting for a politician’s wife not to perform publicly as his helpmeet: it’s kind of weird. In its obduracy, it could even be called Cordelia syndrome. What – assuming a half-decent political wife can always get the time off work – can conceivably explain it? Starmer …

Biden administration says Israel isn’t violating US weapons terms

Biden administration says Israel isn’t violating US weapons terms

The Biden administration said Friday that it was “reasonable to assess” that Israel has violated international law in Gaza, but that the country hasn’t violated terms of U.S. weapons agreements. In a report to Congress, the State Department said it hasn’t verified specific instances that would justify withholding military aid. “While the U.S. has had deep concerns during the period since October 7 about action and inaction by Israel that contributed significantly to a lack of sustained and predictable delivery of needed assistance at scale, and the overall level reaching Palestinian civilians — while improved — remains insufficient, we do not currently assess that the Israeli government is prohibiting or otherwise restricting the transport or delivery of U.S. humanitarian assistance” under the Foreign Assistance Act, the report said.  The State Department noted that its assessment is ongoing and that “we will continue to monitor and respond to any challenges to the delivery of aid to Palestinian civilians in Gaza moving forward.” This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. Source link

Skillz CEO says company isn’t done fighting bots in mobile gaming

Skillz CEO says company isn’t done fighting bots in mobile gaming

Join gaming leaders live this May 20-21 in Los Angeles to examine the strategies needed to adapt and excel in an ever evolving landscape, featuring insights from leading voices and thought leaders in the industry. Register here. Skillz CEO Andrew Paradise spoke in the company’s earnings call about the company’s recent lawsuit against AviaGames, and the alleged “willful pattern of deceit” on the part of its executives to use bots to defraud players. According to Paradise, Skillz received $50 million from AviaGames as part of a settlement agreement that totals around $80 million. But the company is far from done, adding that AviaGames is not the only company out there using bots to defraud customers. At the conclusion of Skillz’s patent infringement lawsuit against AviaGames, the jury awarded the former almost $43 million. However, Paradise says Skillz and Big Run Studios entered into the settlement agreement with AviaGames afterwards. Starting next year, Skillz receives $7.5 million in licensing royalty payments for four years annually. However, Paradise said that $80 million is a “drop in the …

Princeton ‘Hunger Strikers’ Complain University Isn’t Monitoring Their Vital Signs

Princeton ‘Hunger Strikers’ Complain University Isn’t Monitoring Their Vital Signs

Authored by Steve Watson via Modernity.news, Attention seeking trust fund babies at Princeton University have complained that the University is not monitoring their health while they camp out in tents and claim to be on a hunger strike in support of Palestinian people. After previously whining about “unsafe conditions” due to officials denying them to sleep in tents, the group now claims “They are not keeping track of our vitals. They are not at all taking care of us.” “We will continue to starve until they meet our demands,” the agitators added. Princeton hunger striker complains the administration is “not monitoring our health. They are not keeping track of our vitals. They are not at all taking care of us.” “We will continue to starve until they meet our demands.” ????pic.twitter.com/fn8TSnV239 — Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 7, 2024 Explain exactly why anyone should be monitoring your vital signs? In another video, one of them whined that she is “literally shaking” through starvation and that her group is all “immunocompromised.” She then accused University officials of “physically …

Britain wants Labour – but isn’t prepared for the consequences

Britain wants Labour – but isn’t prepared for the consequences

Of all the peculiarities of Natalie Elphicke’s defection to Labour, perhaps none is as curious as her insistence that Labour occupy the “centre-ground”. Though the received wisdom is that Keir Starmer is a harmless moderate, there is little evidence to back it up. As recently as 2020, the Labour leader promised to “make the moral case for socialism”. His shadow chancellor, Rachel Reeves, intends to “rebalance between market forces and state control, tipping more power towards the latter”, and believes Nigel Lawson was “wrong not only in application but in theory”. And his shadow climate secretary, Ed Miliband, believes we can power a nation of nearly 70 million people on energy which can disappear completely for days at a time. What we know of the agenda is no less terrifying than the views of those peddling it. Miliband last week confirmed that Labour will introduce new net zero laws forcing big companies and banks to limit their carbon footprint. Nevermind that Britain’s top businesses are already regulated to within an inch of their lives – the …

If Keir Starmer isn’t careful, Gaza could do for him what the Iraq war did for Blair | Martin Kettle

If Keir Starmer isn’t careful, Gaza could do for him what the Iraq war did for Blair | Martin Kettle

How does Keir Starmer avoid Gaza doing to his Labour party what the Iraq war did to Tony Blair’s a generation ago? Or does the prospect not really worry him? Amid so many good results for Labour in last week’s English local elections, Gaza’s undiminished capacity to drive a significant minority of Labour voters elsewhere cannot be overlooked. Israel’s latest incursion into Rafah, and the possibility of a full military onslaught there, is a reminder that, though it is fairly far down the list of the conflict’s grim realities, the Gaza war is increasingly disruptive for Labour. History tends not to repeat itself, so equating Gaza with Iraq too mechanistically would be misleading. In 2003, after all, Labour was firmly in power, not still in opposition, as it is now. Blair wanted Britain directly involved in overthrowing Saddam Hussein, whereas Starmer, like the UK government itself, is largely on the sidelines of the Gaza conflict. Blair liked to lead from the front. Starmer is more cautious. And anti-war feeling today is focused more on humanitarian …

Emily Dickinson Isn’t Who You Thought She Was

Emily Dickinson Isn’t Who You Thought She Was

This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. This originally appeared in our Today in Books daily newsletter, where each day we round up the most interesting stories, news, essays, and other goings on in the world of books and reading. Sign up here if you want to get it. _______________________________ Emily Dickinson Isn’t Who You Thought She Was Somewhat paradoxically, the more famous a classic author is, the more likely that their identity in our popular imagination is wrong. Emily Dickinson might have the greatest delta between who she actually was and who we think she was of them all. (I will save Hemingway for another day.). Our mental model of The Belle of Amherst goes something like this: wore all black, stayed in the attic, never met an emdash she didn’t like. The reality? She wrote a ton of letters to people, baked, used exclamation points like she was a volume texter in the group chat, and was keenly interested in the personal lives …

Why carbon offsetting your flight isn’t the answer

Why carbon offsetting your flight isn’t the answer

Shutterstock/MaxZolotukh​in It’s that time of year, at least in the northern hemisphere, when people start to plan their summer holidays. I am in the market myself, hoping to take my sons to Mexico in July. We will fly, of course. I know I am a hypocrite for preaching a green lifestyle while participating in one of the most climate-damaging activities available. I always buy the carbon offset option, but have a lingering feeling I am being greenwashed. Now I have looked into it, I think that feeling is correct. The last flight I took, I paid an extra $27.84 on a… Source link

With “Hind’s Hall” Macklemore finally delivers an allyship effort that isn’t embarrassing

With “Hind’s Hall” Macklemore finally delivers an allyship effort that isn’t embarrassing

Macklemore is corny. People have been saying that for years. His corniness worked when “Thrift Shop,” his megahit with Ryan Lewis, put them on the global map in 2012.  It was less acceptable when the duo strutted off with Grammys for best new artist, and best rap song, best rap performance for “Thrift Shop,” along with beating Drake, Jay-Z, the artist formerly known as Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar to take home best rap album for “The Heist.” Even Macklemore knew better, while also suspecting that letting the world know he agreed with most hip-hop fans that Lamar should have won might be worth something. He was right. It earned a headline-generating diss from Drake in Rolling Stone and made him the modern poster child for Black music appropriation.  That image was not ameliorated in 2016 with the release of the nearly nine-minute “White Privilege II,” an unlistenable corn-cob stab in the auditory canal doubling as a rumination on the Movement for Black Lives. The thing about corniness, though, is that it is in some respects …

Drake and Kendrick Lamar don’t get that women’s pain isn’t a punchline | Tayo Bero

Drake and Kendrick Lamar don’t get that women’s pain isn’t a punchline | Tayo Bero

Drake and Kendrick Lamar have been battling it out for days in a vicious diss-track feud, but what started out as a sparring of wits between two of the world’s biggest rappers has quickly devolved into an excruciating game of who can expose the most damning thing about the other. On his songs Meet the Grahams and Not Like Us, Lamar addresses Drake’s well-documented history of disturbing and inappropriate alleged behavior with minors, while on Family Matters, Drake has revived years-old domestic violence accusations against Lamar. Both Drake and Lamar deny any wrongdoing. At one point, Drake even goes as far as to make fun of what he seems to have misunderstood to be a story about Lamar’s own experience of sexual abuse. (On 2022’s Mother I Sober, Lamar raps about child sexual abuse, which Drake assumes Lamar experienced himself.) What are we even doing here? In the course of the nasty back-and-forth, they’ve made women – women who are possibly survivors of sexual abuse, harassment or domestic violence – the collateral damage of their …