Robert Batten

Robert Batten

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Former FBI agent Clint Watts told The New York Times Russian operatives "must be flabbergasted" at how easy Trump was making their job.
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Walmart is shifting its holiday strategy to bolster its online capabilities and holiday offerings pertinent to the coronavirus pandemic.
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There has recently been an undercurrent of new tools in the productivity and office space that are practically souped-up and prettified versions of the classic database management systems many love or love to hate or both. From Airtable to Monday.com to Notion, these new apps and services do more than give databases a fresh coat of paint, offering functionality that … Continue reading
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(Chalmers University of Technology) Physicists at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, together with colleagues in Russia and Poland, have managed to achieve ultrastrong coupling between light and matter at room temperature. The discovery is of importance for fundamental research and might pave the way for advances within, for example, light sources, nanomachinery, and quantum technology.
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This budget camera sticks anywhere and includes an optional vet chat subscription service.
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Misogyny is a step closer to being classified as a hate crime, the Law Commission has said. A new consultation by the body, which is responsible for reviewing laws, will look at whether those who abuse women due to their gender should face tougher sentences.As it stands, gender is not a protected characteristic or group under hate crime law and campaigners want that to change.  Currently protected by law in England and Wales are race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and transgender identity. The commission has called for evidence from victims of hate crime, police officers, prosecutors and civil liberties groups so it can consider how a misogyny hate crime law might work in practice. Campaigning Labour MP Stella Creasy, one of the most high-profile campaigners on the issue, has urged women attacked “online or offline” because of their gender to “to come forward and be heard”.She said: “Misogyny drives crimes against women – recognising that within our criminal justice system will help us detect and prevent offences including sexual assault, rape and domestic abuse.” Seven police forces in the country have already begun treating misogyny as a hate crime offence, which Creasy said has “proven results” in tackling violence against women. She added: “I now urge every woman who has walked with keys in her hands at night, been abused or attacked online or offline to come forward and be heard in this consultation.“This is our moment for change - rather than asking women to pick a side of their identity to be protected, its time to send a message that women should be equally able to live free from fear of assault or harm targeted at them simply for who they are.”Among the areas for consideration is the level of online abuse and threats of violence directed at women in the public eye and the effect on their participation in debate and public life.It will look at whether amending offences in which the majority of victims are women, such as rape, sexual assault and female genital mutilation, is helpful considering their already gendered nature.A preliminary paper also raises the fact that domestic violence and coercive control by men against women may have a complex set of motivations beyond misogyny.The consultation will also consider whether protection should cover both men and women, or just women.The proposals on misogyny are part of a wider consultation into the patchwork of existing hate crime laws, which have been criticised for their complexity and the different levels of protection offered to different characteristics.Offences including assault, criminal damage and harassment attract longer sentences when the perpetrator is deemed to be motivated by prejudice or hatred towards a certain group.There is separate legislation for inciting hatred on the basis of race if behaviour is found to be “threatening, abusive or insulting”.But similar behaviour towards a particular religion or sexual orientation can only be prosecuted if the conduct is threatening, and not just abusive or insulting.Criminal law commissioner Professor Penney Lewis said: “Hate crime has no place in our society and we have seen the terrible impact that it can have on victims.”“Our proposals will ensure all protected characteristics are treated in the same way, and that women enjoy hate crime protection for the first time.”As well as misogyny, the consultation will look at whether other groups and characteristics should be offered protection, for example homeless people, sex workers and members of alternative subcultures such as goths or punks.The Law Commission is further reviewing whether age should be included, citing the physical vulnerability of the elderly and the fact they are often specifically targeted by fraudsters.It will also consider whether certain non-religious philosophical beliefs merit protection, such as humanism.The Law Commission’s call for evidence is open from September 23 until December 2.The campaign is backed by major campaign organisations on hate crime, women’s rights and community safety including Citizens UK, Refuge, Women’s Aid, Southall Black Sisters, the Fawcett Society and Plan UK and Hate Crime Campaigners including the Jo Cox Foundation, Hope not Hate and Tell Mama.It has also been supported by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotherham, Mayor of Sheffield City Region Dan Jarvis and Shadow Mayor for the West Midlands Liam Byrne – who came together earlier this year to back a call for all police forces to record when existing crimes are motivated by misogyny when Stella Creasy tabled an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill on the issue.Related... Home Abortion Made Easier For Women Under Coronavirus Lockdown Keir Starmer Makes His Mark On Labour With Shadow Cabinet Appointments Anti-Abortion Party Launches Bid To Unseat Stella Creasy
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October is nearly upon us and it’ll naturally bring with it a variety of spooky events and festivities. While the theme of death that permeates Halloween is in good fun, this year may actually be deadly for those who decide to participate in social events, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned. The pandemic is still underway and … Continue reading
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You’re reading The Waugh Zone, our daily politics briefing. Sign up now to get it by email in the evening.Belgian waffle?For a man who loves having his cake and eating it, there was something delicious about the timing of Boris Johnson’s latest TV address to the nation on coronavirus. Serving as an hors d’oeuvre for the return of Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off, the PM’s recipe felt awfully familiar: a reheated mix of blithe optimism, cod Churchillian rhetoric and verbal blancmange.His signature dish included “moonshot” rapid testing and a healthy portion of U-turns (go to the office, no don’t go to the office). But there was a missing ingredient: any sense of regret at failures made earlier this year, or even earlier this month. Had he over egged the pudding of EatOutToHelpOut, the Rule of Six (which relaxes rules for six households) or the back to work drive? We didn’t find out, because no questions were allowed.‌Perhaps what will stick in the throat of many of his critics was the suggestion that the new curbs would succeed because “we have succeeded before”, as if having one of the world’s worst death tolls from Covid was somehow a footnote rather than a damning indictment of his government.‌There was even the characteristic dollop of military talk, with the PM saying again that the Army would be deployed as “backfill” to help the police enforce the new rules. This, despite the National Police Chiefs Council saying earlier that “no military involvement is necessary, nor do we anticipate this will be needed”.‌Still, those warlike allusions were irresistible for the PM. When he said “Never in our history has our collective destiny and our collective health depended so completely on our individual behaviour…” the intended echo was of his great political hero. Sadly, given his indulgence of Dominic Cummings’ own individual rule breaking, he sounded more like a poundshop Winston Churchill.Bizarrely linking lockdown “breaches” with the UK’s history as a “freedom-loving country” only furthered the impression that Johnson somehow felt an absence of civic duty was not to be condemned, but excused. Which was all the more strange given he had new penalties for breaking existing rules like mask wearing.‌One real irony is that the UK is taking lessons on Covid from the ‘enemy’ itself, the home of the forces that Johnson has made a career out of attacking. Yes, Belgium is being used by Britain as a template for three key measures unveiled or refined today: the 10pm curfew, the Rule of Six itself, and the ‘work from home’ edict were all pioneered in Brussels and its nearby cities.‌Belgium did have some success with strict curfews (they went much further than just pubs closing early) and socialising with five others, and that’s what led health secretary Matt Hancock to sing its praises. But the unfortunate fact is that Belgium too has had a sharp increase in cases over the past couple of weeks. Its cases per capita have also been among the highest on the planet.Only today, we learned the EU summit has been postponed a week because European Council President Charles Michel has had to go into self-isolation.‌Earlier in the Commons, Johnson’s statement to MPs was as undercooked and underwhelming as his TV address. His line about the mental health problems of home isolation being a good reason to go into work seemed made up on the hoof, rather than included in any guidance. His defence of test and trace turned a bizarre claim that the system had “very little or nothing to do with the spread and transmission” of the virus. Waffle was the main item on the menu.‌Crucially, the emphasis on “six months” of new rules, on what he called “tough enforcement” with military support, felt like a distraction from what was ultimately a light-touch response to the September surge. The economic “hawks” in the Cabinet have stopped a genuinely tough move to stop households mixing indoors, or at least to go back to just two households mixing outdoors (which was the case until last Monday, and the BMA wants it to return).‌While the nation was treated to Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance’s scary presentation yesterday, the Cabinet had a different backdrop. On Saturday, it was “economic advisers” who also delivered a presentation to ministers as well as the scientists. And in a whole new meaning to ‘alternative Sage’, Johnson has been advised in No.10 by lockdown sceptics Prof Carl Heneghan and Prof Sunetra Gupta to give effectively a second opinion.‌It was noticeable today that at no point was there any attempt to reveal any scientific basis or evidence for the impact on the spread of the virus of either a 10pm curfew or the ‘work from home if you can’ switcheroo. We certainly haven’t been told what impact a ban on mixing households indoors could have, from Sage’s modelling.‌At least Nicola Sturgeon today created her very own lab experiment on such a tough restriction. If Scotland’s drastic curb (which actually is currently experienced by 14 million people in lockdown areas in the UK) fails, the PM may privately breathe a sigh of relief.‌Yet if Scotland’s cases and deaths rise slower than England’s, or even fall, there will be huge pressure on Johnson to follow suit - with all the political damage of being seen to have done “too little, too late”, for a second time in the pandemic. For some voters, that really would be a showstopper. And proof they’ve been victim to another Great British fake off, courtesy of their PM.Quote Of The Day“The tragic reality of having covid is that your mild cough can be someone else’s death knell.” - Boris JohnsonTuesday Cheat SheetAnother 4,926 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, the highest daily figure since 7 May. Hospitalisations rose too.Keir Starmer has declared that Jeremy Corbyn“deserved” to lose the last general election because the public didn’t trust Labour with their security, jobs or their money.A YouGov snap poll found that 78% of Brits support the new Covid curbs, with 45% saying they should go even further. Yet Labour hasn’t itself called for tougher curbs.Rishi Sunak is weighing up plans to replace the furlough scheme with German-style wage subsidies, the Guardian reports.The government has confirmed that it will not allow trans people to change their legal gender via self-identification.The firm behind last year’s tax credits scandal as well as companies linked to debt collection services are among those who have been handed contact tracing roles by Serco, PoliticsHome revealed.What I’m ReadingEven The Italian Mafia Is On TikTok - ViceGot A Tip?Send tips, stories, quotes, pics, plugs or gossip to [email protected] Subscribe To Commons PeopleEach week, the HuffPost UK Politics team unpack the biggest stories from Westminster and beyond. Search for Commons People wherever you listen to podcasts and subscribe. Related... Did Boris Johnson’s Summer Policies Hasten A Second Wave? Are Ministers Spreading The Covid Blame Again, This Time To The Public? Boris Johnson Can Fudge His Brexit Bill, But He Can’t Fudge Covid’s Rise
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Having the right weapon in Call of Duty: Warzone is essential, and one of the best in the game is the Grau 5.56. Here are the best loadouts to use with it.
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Image: Microsoft If you are planning to design your very own Xbox controller ahead of the Xbox Series X and S launch on November 10th, you might want to act fast. Microsoft is temporarily shutting down its Xbox Design Lab on October 14th. Announced back in 2016, Xbox Design Lab brings a lot of flexibility and personal flair to the Xbox One controller. For $80, you have access to over 40 different color options for the various parts of the controller, adding up to over a million different combinations in total. A couple years ago, I designed one for a close friend and was amazed how much customization I could do; it didn’t feel like I was just creating another color variant, but a truly unique personalized product. My friend loved it, telling me they... Continue reading…
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Echelon worked with Amazon to create an exercise bike that significantly undercuts Peloton's prices.
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States are broadening the rules for absentee ballot requests and early voting — and more people than ever are expected to vote by mail.
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Strange, it didn't show up during development, says social network Twitter says its AI that automatically crops images in tweets didn't exhibit racial or gender bias when it was developed – even though in production it may prefer to crop out dark-skinned people and focus on women's chests. The social network acknowledged it has more work to do to address concerns.…
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Directly contradicting your agency and calling your boss names is a bad look.
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Automotive research firm iSeeCars has compiled a list of the best used cars to buy from car rental agencies based on potential savings.
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What goes up must come down. Or is it the other way round? Just weeks after Salesforce reported huge Q2 profits only to lighten the company payroll by more than 1,000 staff, the badass of CRM software has now said it plans to hire 12,000 or more people over the next year.…
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There’s a new Kia SUV in town, with the 2021 Sorento promising a new turbo engine option, a more flexible interior, and more capability should you find yourself off-road. One of the automaker’s top-sellers, the Sorento sticks with its three-row seating for up to seven, but gets extra power and economy along the way. There’ll be five trims, spanning LX, … Continue reading
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The company was so confident, it sent me both products to compare -- and offered Cheapskate readers a $13 discount. Here's what happened.
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As the virus swept across the US, Trump downplayed the threat, deflected blame to others, and routinely visited his properties to play golf.
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Image: OnePlus It looks like OnePlus might finally make 120Hz smartphones more affordable — because its upcoming OnePlus 8T will include that higher refresh rate, the company confirmed today. The T-series of OnePlus phones typically serve as a half-step between its numbered phones, but bring premium features from the company’s Pro models, like that 120Hz screen, to a lower price. The OnePlus 7T did the same thing last year, by bringing the OnePlus 7 Pro’s 90Hz screen to $599. While we don’t know quite how much the OnePlus 8T will cost, 120Hz screens typically come at a premium: the OnePlus 8 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy S20 each cost $1,000 to start; gaming phones such as Asus’ $900 ROG Phone II and the $800 Razer Phone 2 also have 120Hz screens, but to... Continue reading…
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The devastating storm surge from Hurricane Sally that swamped the Gulf Coast last week has left thousands of starfish washed up on one beach in Florida. 
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With only two Republicans defecting from Sen. Mitch McConnell's push for a SCOTUS nominee floor vote, Democrats have run out of options.
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Clean air is very important for everybody, but those living in big polluted cities have it much harder than the others out in the countryside. ... The post Bunch of discount coupons for air purifiers from TikTech appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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"Schitt's Creek" dominated the Emmys thanks largely to Netflix. Here are 13 other shows that have experienced a "Netflix bump" this year.
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Set it and forget it with a slow cooker, which makes it easy to come home to a ready-to-eat comforting meal. These are our top picks.
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Wyze has launched its new Video Doorbell, the first of three new products – including headphones and a smart thermostat – it plans to announce over the next two weeks. The Wyze Video Doorbell promises a 1080p Full HD video feed from your front door, with motion-triggered notifications and an aspect ratio designed to capture everything that’s going on at … Continue reading
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Competitive Analysis:Some of the key players in the Global Heat Stabilizers Market Size are ADEKA CORPORATION (Japan), Clariant International AG (Switzerland), BASF SE (Germany), SONGWON (South Korea), Baerlocher GmbH (Germany), Oyak Group (Turkey), Galata Chemicals (U.S.), Reagens S.P.A. (Italy), Valtris Specialty Chemicals (U.S.), PMC Group, Inc. (U.S.), Ika Innovative Kunststoffaufbereitung GmbH & Co. Kg (Germany), Asúa Products, S.A. (Spain), Kisuma Chemicals (Netherlands), Vikas Ecotech Ltd. (India), and BRUNO BOCK Chemische Fabrik GmbH & Co. KG (Germany).Regional Analysis:Global Heat Stabilizers Market is spanned across five regions namely Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa.Asia Pacific dominated the Global Heat Stabilizers Market in 2017 and is expected to continue dominating during the forecast period.The growth is driven by the growing building & construction industry owing to the low production cost and cheap labor.Furthermore, the automobile industry in China is driving strong demand for PVC in accordance with the growing trend towards replacing metal parts with plastic & composites to increase the fuel efficiency and is expected to continue growing at the same pace during the forecast period.Moreover, the ‘Make in India’ initiative taken by the government is expected to augment the electrical & electronics, footwear industries in the country, which in turn drive the Heat Stabilizer Market over the forecast period.Europe is following Asia Pacific in terms of market size and is expected to show a considerable growth during the forecast period.The established automotive industry is further contributing to the product market due to growing application of PVC in automotive components applications and is expected to exhibit a significant growth during the forecast period.Furthermore, growing preference for mixed metals and organic Heat Stabilizers due to stringent regulations are further expected to stimulate the product market during the forecast period.Get Free Sample @ https://www.marketresearchfuture.com/sample_request/6129North America is another major market for Heat Stabilizer and is expected to exhibit steady growth during the forecast period.
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Apple's strategy to be "the best, not the most" means it won't be a monopoly, Cook said during a recent interview with The Atlantic.
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One of the most popular M13 assault rifles right now in Call of Duty Warzone is the Sheet Lightning. A lot of streamers are using it. How do you find yours?
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The startup is coming out with a smart thermostat too.
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