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Chloe Cushman

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World's longest flight

The world's longest flight has landed. The 19-and-a-half-hour ride took passengers, including one exhausted Bloomberg reporter, 10,100 miles (16,200 kilometers) from New York to Sydney.

I Just Took The World's First 20-Hour Flight. Here's What It Did to Me

Maybe this flight won't have economy class seats just like the recent NYC-SIN flights (to reduce the number of passengers as this article mentions, and no regular humans should be in economy seats this long). The original Singapore direct flights to NYC even served only with Business class seats.

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Maybe this flight won't have economy class seats just like the recent NYC-SIN flights (to reduce the number of passengers as this article mentions, and no regular humans should be in economy seats this long). The original Singapore direct flights to NYC even served only with Business class seats.

More than NYC flights, the direct flight to London may be more impactful. All Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian airlines have been investing to win this Kangaroo Route. Although London is not the only destination why people transit in​ Dubai, Singapore, or Bangkok from Australia, but it is probably the most profitable and symbolic one.

Longest flight I’ve ever done was Hong Kong to NYC on Cathay. Great airline with wonderful staff in my limited experience. After 10 hours a certain “we’re all in this together” camaraderie developed. I’d jump at a 20 hr flight.

It's an interesting idea but ultimately, I think it may take a toll on people.. People don't have patience and I did a 15 hr non stop flight and even that was brutal. I think Qantas needs to test a flight like this out with regular people to see if this is doable.

As the article says, it requires an immense amount of discipline to do this kind of a flight well. May not suit older travellers or young families. I’m also thinking of a recent news article about the potential reintroduction of Concorde-speed flights between London and New York. Taking that speed to

As the article says, it requires an immense amount of discipline to do this kind of a flight well. May not suit older travellers or young families. I’m also thinking of a recent news article about the potential reintroduction of Concorde-speed flights between London and New York. Taking that speed to reduce the length of New York to Sydney is a different project altogether I guess.

At the president's houses

Donald Trump decided not to host the G7 summit at his hotel. The president blamed his reversal on "Media & Democrat Crazed and Irrational Hostility," but ethics experts say his decision not to award himself a major contract is "a bow to reality."

“A bow to reality”: Trump reverses decision to host G7 at his own resort

Having lived in South Florida, I can attest that it's not the best place to go in June. That is the start of the angry season in the region, when the sun gets so hot it makes you mad just to walk outside. So Trump's claims that his Miami resort would made a great place for the G7 summit of world economic

Having lived in South Florida, I can attest that it's not the best place to go in June. That is the start of the angry season in the region, when the sun gets so hot it makes you mad just to walk outside. So Trump's claims that his Miami resort would made a great place for the G7 summit of world economic leaders is totally unsupportable, even putting aside the critical issue of presidential self-dealing. And it seems that even Trump must bow to reality sometimes, which is why he is nixing the decision to offer his resort as the locale for the summit. The world's leaders will no doubt be pleased not to have to travel to the heat just to appease this US president.

The best respite from politics is at the White House. On tours of the executive residence, talk of trees and turnips trumps talk of impeachment.

The best respite from politics is at the White House

It was dark and cold when I set out by bike for the White House yesterday hoping to secure a spot in the garden tour. By 7 AM there was a line. By 7:20 it was wrapping around Constitutional Avenue. But after a long, chilly wait, the sun rose and the secret service let garden tourists in and it was surprisingly

It was dark and cold when I set out by bike for the White House yesterday hoping to secure a spot in the garden tour. By 7 AM there was a line. By 7:20 it was wrapping around Constitutional Avenue. But after a long, chilly wait, the sun rose and the secret service let garden tourists in and it was surprisingly fun being allowed to wander the grounds of the White House with other commoners. Honestly, I was impressed with how pleasant the event was—even Melania Trump's brochure was mild and polite and showed none of the usual Trump bluster, just sweet talk of trees and government.

One small step

Two women walked in space. NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir stepped outside the International Space Station for a historic spacewalk that doubles as a metaphor for what it's like to be a woman full of ambition in 2019.

The metaphorical power of NASA’s first all-women spacewalk

Today was the first-ever all-women spacewalk, this moment is historic and will inspire so many girls to come. But getting here to this moment is a reminder of women trying to succeed in a world made for men

A moment to celebrate for all women. Lets make the spacesuit fit for many more women to come. Lets break down the bias so that this story - while spectacular, can become the norm and our children will see no boundaries nor be marginalized in the future simply for being female.

The astronauts fact checked Trump from outer space. After the president incorrectly said it was "the first time for a woman outside of the space station," Koch and Meir reminded him that 15 other women have performed spacewalks since 1984.

Female astronauts schooled Trump from outer space

What's the big deal about the US president getting one word wrong on a phone call to female astronauts in outer space? Well, a lot.

Trump's failure to distinguish between the first all-female spacewalk and just any old female spacewalk meant he ignored decades of work in space by women who came before

What's the big deal about the US president getting one word wrong on a phone call to female astronauts in outer space? Well, a lot.

Trump's failure to distinguish between the first all-female spacewalk and just any old female spacewalk meant he ignored decades of work in space by women who came before NASA's first spacewalk involving only female astronauts, which happened this week. It's not a minor detail. The difference is between knowing history and being ignorant. This is just one more sign that Trump's not sufficiently nuanced or informed for the job he has.

Making a media empire

Chinese censorship goes global

Chinese censorship is no longer just a China problem. The broad strokes of censorship in China are common knowledge. But over the past week or two, the world began to wake up to the fact that China’s censorship machine is now a global phenomenon. ✦

Chinese censorship is no longer just a China problem

It’s fascinating to see: the statement that something doesn’t fall in the scope of free speech because “it hurts the feelings” of people is an appeal to ethical concepts coming from a country that a while back proclaimed there are no such things as natural rights...

In the overt, China complains about

It’s fascinating to see: the statement that something doesn’t fall in the scope of free speech because “it hurts the feelings” of people is an appeal to ethical concepts coming from a country that a while back proclaimed there are no such things as natural rights...

In the overt, China complains about free speech hurting feelings, in the covert it manipulates social media in the west with disinformation.

Western companies need to decide how much to give up in ethics and basic rights in order to gain access to a market.

Outsiders' self-censorship follows a familiar pattern. When a Westerner runs afoul of Chinese nationalist ideology, they tend to follow the crude strategy of "apologize, play dumb, shut up."

The world needs to stop self-censoring about Hong Kong

Personally I disagree with cultural relativism. Not everything begs our understanding, like restricting freedom of thought, opinion, dress or the right to vote or assemble peacefully. There is a such thing as universally wrong. How does one judge the difference? I don’t have all the answers but usually

Personally I disagree with cultural relativism. Not everything begs our understanding, like restricting freedom of thought, opinion, dress or the right to vote or assemble peacefully. There is a such thing as universally wrong. How does one judge the difference? I don’t have all the answers but usually the right thing doesn’t produce more harm than good.

Brexit's super Saturday

New uses for social media

Pinterest is the only place on the internet where people want ads. Once a simple place to find inspiration for DIY projects, the platform has become a power tool for online shopping.

How Pinterest became the only place on the internet where people want ads

I’m surprised Pinterest isn’t valued a lot higher because of this. I mean, A LOT higher. Basically, by making the tie-in to ads and purchases all organic to the experience of using the site, they achieve the holy grail of e-commerce, and they could monetize their position both ways, plus enjoy the fact

I’m surprised Pinterest isn’t valued a lot higher because of this. I mean, A LOT higher. Basically, by making the tie-in to ads and purchases all organic to the experience of using the site, they achieve the holy grail of e-commerce, and they could monetize their position both ways, plus enjoy the fact that their user base effectively creates their content, provides quite possibly the most detailed consumer profile possible, and evangelizes it all to their social circle, as well as cultivating broader-based followers across the internet. Plus, it’s easy to get sucked into spending time on Pinterest, and somehow that time spent feels enriching and fun. I don’t think I’d ever describe having to browse and use Amazon’s horrible search as “fun” or enriching, and same for Google Shopping or any other e-tailer.

The case of Pinterest proves the marketing theory of search. If you present a willing consumer with choices or alternatives for products they are looking for, they are likely to search from those alternatives. Else ads are just a nuisance

Indians are learning English through TikTok. China's viral video-sharing app just launched an educational initiative in India.

Indians are learning English through TikTok

It seems like ByteDance is trying to use the massive popularity of TikTok for something other than just being really fun.

Indians are using a Chinese app to teach one another English. Although it's an innovative use of social media, I'm a bit skeptical about TikTok's ability to revamp its image. The app's parent company, ByteDance, is based in Beijing. The specter of Chinese influence looms large.

This looks to me like an exercise to clean up its act in India. TikTok has had a rough run in this part of the world with linkages to fatal accidents and pornography. It's also faced legal suits and government warnings. So trying to promote and build an image of being more useful in helping common people

This looks to me like an exercise to clean up its act in India. TikTok has had a rough run in this part of the world with linkages to fatal accidents and pornography. It's also faced legal suits and government warnings. So trying to promote and build an image of being more useful in helping common people works in its favour. For the next court case, TikTok will at least have something positive to show for why it should be allowed to stay in the country.

TikTok is definitely the app of the moment in the non-Western world. Agree that they’ve had a lot of negative press, but I wouldn’t underestimate the potential of EduTok to change people’s lives. People aren’t going to get degrees because of it, but it might pique some people’s interests (especially

TikTok is definitely the app of the moment in the non-Western world. Agree that they’ve had a lot of negative press, but I wouldn’t underestimate the potential of EduTok to change people’s lives. People aren’t going to get degrees because of it, but it might pique some people’s interests (especially youth) to the point they’re motivated to learn English in more detailed ways, to the point that it can change their lives. Why restrict it to English though - there’s opportunity to learn the various other dialects of India’s own hundreds of languages or even other countries’ languages, even if the aspirational quality of English positions it higher than other candidates.

The future of cars

The world’s downtowns are giving up on personal cars. In recent years, cities have begun to banish cars from specific streets or entire districts.

The world’s downtowns are slowly giving up on personal cars

I live in Los Angeles and were considering things like this as well except our public transit is terrible compared to other places. As long as the infrastructure can support having no cars, great!

It was a shame that the urban streetcar lines were all ripped out because of GM and Big Oil. Yet another stupid, awful and selfish mistake made by capitalism. Who would have thought? A system based on selfishness, greed and power is responsible for screwing over pretty much everyone in short-sighted

It was a shame that the urban streetcar lines were all ripped out because of GM and Big Oil. Yet another stupid, awful and selfish mistake made by capitalism. Who would have thought? A system based on selfishness, greed and power is responsible for screwing over pretty much everyone in short-sighted grab for profits... and we’re just supposed to accept this garbage?

Let’s start laying down a new urban streetcar system on these car-free streets - and expand from Market. I’ve always thought that Fillmore street would make a great no-car bus rapid transit line north/south. It’s only one lane in each direction for most of it, and the cars currently delay the busses, which delay the cars, and it all just slows to a crawl. Get rid of the car traffic and prioritize the signals at cross streets for busses (or ideally, a streetcar líne) and you could actually get from Market Street to the Fillmore, Pacific Heights, and the Marina much faster. Unlike the other North/South streets that parallel to each side, which are either arterials for cars or more residential with stop signs every block, Fillmore is slightly commercial but low-ish capacity and underutilized. But really, what SF needs is a lot more subways! Transit trying to compete with car congestion sucks.

Banning cars from the downtown is good for our lungs, our waist lines and our ears. Less air and noise pollution could attract people back to the downtown and result in much needed rejuvenation of beautiful older architecture. Walking in green spaces would allow exercise that is accessible to all and

Banning cars from the downtown is good for our lungs, our waist lines and our ears. Less air and noise pollution could attract people back to the downtown and result in much needed rejuvenation of beautiful older architecture. Walking in green spaces would allow exercise that is accessible to all and may even reconstitute a sense of community as people interact more. The key is access for service and delivery vehicles and easy alternative transport for longer distance travel like trains tramways buses and shared taxis.

India's wealth gap

The future of gaming

Call of Duty turns down the loot. Players of the latest edition of the military-themed first-person shooter will no longer be able to pay for a chance of getting better at the game. Ridding loot boxes is a big step for the company, which generated $4.2 billion in revenue last year.

Call of Duty won’t be the last high-profile game to get rid of loot boxes

As an avid gamer I am extremely happy about this! This returns the game to a more skill-based system rather than a “pay to win” model. If you want pay to win, play mobile games or Fortnight and try not to get eliminated by some 8 year old who stole his moms credit card to buy better weapons.

This is great, loot boxes are kind of like gambling with the RNG (random number generator) element. Yes it makes money but nowhere near Season Battle Passes that Fortnite uses (Epic made ~$3B in profit in 2018 from it just one company not the while industry).

So good riddance to loot boxes, Battle Passes

This is great, loot boxes are kind of like gambling with the RNG (random number generator) element. Yes it makes money but nowhere near Season Battle Passes that Fortnite uses (Epic made ~$3B in profit in 2018 from it just one company not the while industry).

So good riddance to loot boxes, Battle Passes are more aligned with player engagement b/c you buy the pass and in order to maximize all its benefits you have to play more, play with friends, complete challenges, etc. to unlock things. Brilliant from a user engagement standpoint vs dumb chance loot boxes.

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Trump administration launches global effort to end criminalization of homosexuality

Trump administration launches global effort to end criminalization of homosexuality

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From Our Members

  • Whatever the geopolitical motivation, this is a welcome development that will have far reaching effects. And for those who think this will upset his base, I’d suggest that most of them have moved way past criminalization as a legitimate policy. Like criminal justice reform, I hope this is a policy that

    Whatever the geopolitical motivation, this is a welcome development that will have far reaching effects. And for those who think this will upset his base, I’d suggest that most of them have moved way past criminalization as a legitimate policy. Like criminal justice reform, I hope this is a policy that both parties can get behind.

  • This is a great example of what should happen. You do the right thing for America and you do the right thing for humanity. You don’t pander to a party/ small portion of a party. Both parties should take note.

  • Some on the left think the right homophobic, but the people I know would be appalled by a gay person being mistreated, let alone killed. A lot of conservatives like me, are fiscally conservative, and socially more liberal. I’m glad to see the President leading a global effort for better treatment of

    Some on the left think the right homophobic, but the people I know would be appalled by a gay person being mistreated, let alone killed. A lot of conservatives like me, are fiscally conservative, and socially more liberal. I’m glad to see the President leading a global effort for better treatment of gay people and discrimination against who they are.

  • This is very, very good news-- a small glimmer of the moral leadership the United States could provide if only our leaders had some backbone.

  • As part of the fan base, were not freaking out.

  • This doesn't really fit the narrative, does it?

  • While this is a good thing in general, it is clearly being used as a wedge issue to poke Iran. It at least demonstrates that someone in the administration has an ounce of sense and some political smarts, though I question how much ongoing commitment will get, especially if there’s pushback from other

    While this is a good thing in general, it is clearly being used as a wedge issue to poke Iran. It at least demonstrates that someone in the administration has an ounce of sense and some political smarts, though I question how much ongoing commitment will get, especially if there’s pushback from other religious fundamentalist regimes that are considered allies.

    I can’t imagine Pence is thrilled with this. Though he’s smart enough not to publicly say as much, his toxic “Christianity” would prefer Iran’s approach to handling homosexuals and repressing women. Religious fundamentalism of any variety is barbaric and belongs in the past.

    I’m flabbergasted that some commenters have suggested that the Republican party is agnostic when it comes to people’s sexual orientations and what they do in their bedrooms. Right wingers are the “moral majority” who have demonstrated their desire to impose their beliefs upon everyone else. Who was most opposed to marriage equality? The Republicans, who *still* scream it gives us some kind of “special rights.” Who wants to control women’s bodies, and insist that they can intrusively regulate women’s personal medical decisions? That would be the Republicans, again. Who would love to enact a theocratic Handmaiden’s Tale? Christian Dominionists, fundamentalist Christians, the “Moral Majority,” and all their Republican buddies. Their hypocrisy would be more amusing (as these ‘godly’ men tend to themselves be pretty reprehensible themselves, and they eventually get caught) if their desire to suppress the rights and human dignity of others wasn’t so zealous.

  • Wondering what his Evangelical base thinks of this.

  • Some of his fanbase must be freaking out while people on the left are screeching how homophobic he and his vp are

  • Kleptocrat Putin, Trump's base in Russia won't like it, so fake news

  • Did not see this coming.

  • I think that the view of the right's position on this issue has been maligned for decades. Many, especially those who are constitutionally inclined, don't care about someone's sexual preference. In truth, it is more fitting that alternative lifestyles would desire to depoliticize the issue rather than

    I think that the view of the right's position on this issue has been maligned for decades. Many, especially those who are constitutionally inclined, don't care about someone's sexual preference. In truth, it is more fitting that alternative lifestyles would desire to depoliticize the issue rather than face the possibility of government persecution like we are seeing in Iran.

    While the LGBTQ community looks to the left leaning government for support, they don't realize that seeking government intervention has the potential to backfire. Inviting any entity into your relationship has consequences.

    Even hetero couples can suffer implications if a government decides that their union is suddenly illegal. It would be very terrible if America took a position like Iran. Today's society doesn't think it possible but need only look as far back as Nazi Germany for an example of the government turning on its citizens. Gays, Jews, intellectuals, even Freemasons, were slaughtered because their public lives were suddenly found illegal.

    The current administrations position on homosexuality in the military and other follies of attempted social governance are not a recent phenomenon. These were tested on both sides of the political spectrum. President Clinton proposed the infamous "don't ask, don't tell" fiasco. These are well meaning but misguided. Any attempt to grant special favors to any group comes at a cost.

    So it comes as no surprise that this administration would wage a world war for the rights of people to live as they want. It is the position of the right to live without government influence everywhere. The left wants everyone to register their position; sex, race, creed, disability, etc. They are using them to garner influence for their own agenda often pitting one group against another. This is counter to the constitution and may catch up to them. Isn't the true meaning of the bill of rights a life free from government oppression? Wouldn't that be more in keeping with the LGBTQ community? We are all the same, inside and out. Once we figure that out, those who seek to control us will have to actually serve as they were elected to do.

  • That’s the right thing to do. Homosexuality is a sin, not a crime.