If All of My Friends Jumped Off a Meme . . .

Friday, October 20th, 2017 03:49 pm
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. . . I probably would, too. Some of the time, anyhow.

Snagged from [personal profile] rahirah:

Tattoos: No
Surgeries: tonsils out; gall bladder out; plate put in broken arm
Broken bones: See “broken arm”, above
Shot a gun: Yes, once.
Quit a job: Yes
Flown on a plane: Yes
100+ miles in car: The nearest town with a proper stop light is a 100-mile round trip from here, so yes. Often. (Also once across the width of the US from Virginia to California, in midwinter when all the passes north of the southern border were closed due to snow.)
Gone zip lining: No
Watched someone give birth: No, unless doing it myself counts
Watched someone dying: No
Ridden in an ambulance: Yes
... Canada: Yes
... to Europe: Yes (well, England, which counted at the time)
... to Washington D.C: Yes
... to Florida: Yes
... to Colorado: Yes
... to Mexico: Yes
... to Las Vegas: No
Sang karaoke: No
Had a pet: Yes
Been downhill skiing: No
Gone snowboarding: No
Ability to read music: Yes
Rode a motorcycle: No
Rode a horse: Yes, once.
Stayed in a hospital: Yes
Ride in police car: No
Driven a boat: No
Seen a UFO: No
Been on a cruise: No
Run out of gas: Yes
Eaten sushi: Oh, yes.
Seen a ghost: No

Budget deficit hits $666B, an $80B spike for the year

Friday, October 20th, 2017 07:56 pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal budget deficit rose to $666 billion in the just-completed fiscal year, a spike that comes as Republicans are moving to draft a tax code rewrite that promises to add up to $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the coming decade....
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Hart makes a fine save to deny Murray after Brighton opened West Ham up easily on the counter-attack. Moments later Brighton attack again, this time through Izquierdo, who jinks past Obiang near the left-hand corner of the box and then curls a super shot into the far corner! Hart, at full-stretch, got a hand to it but failed to push it wide enough.

45 min: Arnautovic cuts in from the left. He pings a low pass to Hernandez, who spins at the edge of the area and aims a low shot towards the far corner. But it whizzes a couple of yards wide.

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Posted by Reuters in Toronto

New data shows asylum seekers are obtaining refugee status at higher rates as fears increase under the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown

Asylum seekers who illegally crossed the US border into Canada this year are obtaining refugee status at higher rates, new data shows, as authorities accept claims from people who say they feared being deported by Donald Trump’s administration.

More than 15,000 people have crossed the US-Canadian border illegally to claim refugee status in Canada this year. Many were in the United States legally and some interviewed by Reuters said they might have stayed were it not for an immigration crackdown.

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Posted by Louise Taylor

• Kendall accused of ‘unacceptable behaviour’ towards striker Eni Aluko
• Tim Dittmer, of the men’s under-21 side, flown out to Valenciennes

If England had hoped to leave their troubles behind after arriving in northern France for Friday night’s friendly against Les Bleues in Valenciennes they were badly mistaken.

Related: FA’s Greg Clarke under further pressure after John Amaechi’s equality claims

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Posted by David Conn

• Fourteen of 20 stadiums now comply with guidelines
• Target met after legal action was threatened by fans

Fourteen of the 20 Premier League clubs have now built enough wheelchair spaces to meet official guidelines, having undertaken substantial development work in response to a relentless campaign by disabled supporters’ representatives and threats of legal action.

In 2015, only two clubs provided the recommended access for disabled people in proportion to their stadium capacity, set out in the Accessible Stadia guide, which the clubs agreed to implement almost 20 years ago. That September, the Premier League clubs pledged they would meet the guidance within two years, given the £8.4bn 2016-19 windfall from TV rights.

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I missed Global Cat Day Monday

Friday, October 20th, 2017 03:45 pm
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And my Facebook friends that I work with reminded me that I had. So, here is the description from National Day Calendar.

Global Cat Day is observed annually on October 16.


Use #GlobalCatDay to post on social media.


Global Cat Day (2017) takes the place of National Feral Cat Day which was initiated by Alley Cat Allies in 2001.

Krosp approves.
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The Kunstkamera of St. Petersburg, Russia, is an art and ethnography museum stuffed full of more than 2,000,000 objects. Within its blue-and-white walls, you can find a taxidermied pangolin, Native American baskets, and more than a dozen jarred, pickled fetuses floating in a suspicious yellow liquid, prepared by Dutch anatomist Frederick Ruysch. What you won’t find, however, is what’s often cited as one of its main attractions: the severed head of the supposed lover of Peter the Great’s wife, in a glass jar.

William Mons was young, German, and exceptionally dashing—at least one observer described him as one of the “best-made and most handsome men I have ever seen.” He was ambitious and opportunistic, with a keen eye for which patrons might have his interests close at heart. These attributes shot him into the upper echelons of imperial Russia. Eventually, in 1724, he became the secretary and confidant of Catherine, the empress and Peter the Great’s wife. No one can say for sure whether their relationship was exclusively professional, however. “Lurid stories circulated,” writes historian Robert K. Massie, in his biography of the emperor, “including one that Peter had found his wife with Mons one moonlit night in a compromising position in her garden."


There are plenty of reasons to doubt this story, Massie says. Taking a lover seems out of character for Catherine, who was very fond of Peter and well-acquainted with his furious temper. On top of that, the "moonlit night," had it happened, would have been in November—no time for an outdoor tryst in frigid St. Petersburg. But other stories about Mons were also being shared, ones with more obvious basis in fact, including that he was soliciting hefty bribes from anyone hoping to have a message passed to the empress.

Peter, when he found out about this behavior, moved swiftly. Late on a frosty Wednesday evening in early November 1724, Mons’s papers were seized. That night, he was taken away in chains. Within a week he was sentenced to death, despite an attempt by Catherine to seek a pardon from her husband. Eight days after his arrest, he was dead—publicly decapitated in front of crowds in central St. Petersburg. While he died, Catherine was practicing a minuet with her daughters and their dancing master, and withholding any trace of emotion from her husband and the eagle-eyed public.


The execution had a profound effect on Peter and Catherine’s relationship, Massie writes. Even a month after Mons's death, whispers at court said that they hardly ate together and no longer slept in the same room, though this chill appeared eventually to thaw. In the meantime, Peter battled a bladder illness and cirrhosis. (He had been a hard-drinking man, inventor of the vodka "penalty shot" for anyone who arrived late to one of his feasts.) Three months after Mons’s death, the emperor followed him, aged 53.


But what happened to the head famously and publicly removed from Mons's body? For reasons known to only to the emperor himself, Peter had Mons’s head pickled in spirits and placed in a large glass jar. A few years earlier, when his own lover, Mary Hamilton, was executed for crimes including abortion, infanticide, and theft, he had had her head preserved in a similar way. Some accounts claim he presented Catherine with her secretary's head. Others maintain he forced her to keep it by her bed—as a warning, perhaps. Certainly, after the emperor died, she kept the head in her possession until her death. This has led at least one biographer to speculate that it served as a grisly memento of a man she may have loved.

A little over 25 years earlier, in Dresden, Peter the Great had visited a kunstkammer, or “cabinet of curiosities,” with a collection of rare books, mechanical clocks, and other wonders. He was so inspired that he resolved to start his own museum of natural history, which he opened in 1718. Peter offered Russians between three and 100 rubles for “specimens” of so-called “freaks of nature”—dead and pickled in spirits or double-distilled wine, or, more lucratively, alive. This was partly to dispel common beliefs that such “monsters,” as he referred to them, were the work of the devil, rather than the simple products of nature. Soon the collection boasted an eight-legged lamb, a two-headed baby, and other unusual natural phenomena. It came to be known, as it is today, as the Kunstkamera.


Catherine died in 1727, a little over two years after her husband. The head found its way into the Kunstkamera, where it remained for half a century, even through a devastating fire in 1747. In the 1780s, Catherine the Great, the wife of Peter the Great’s grandson, spotted it by Mary Hamilton’s head on a dusty shelf, while walking by with a friend. “Princess Dashkov and Catherine remarked on the wonderful preservation of the two beautiful young faces, still striking after the passage of fifty years,” the scholar Oleg Neverov wrote in 1985. Some sense of propriety took hold, and she had them buried. Precisely where underground these two young, comely heads wound up seems to have been lost.


So you won’t find the severed head of Peter the Great’s wife’s lover in any museum, and certainly not in the Kunstkamera, not any more. But the Kunstkamera does have a veritable trove of human parts—heads, organs, limbs, and other medical artifacts. The story of Mons’s head—if not the head itself—fit right in.

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Posted by Paul Doyle

21 min: A pause, so that Hernandez and Bruno can receive treatment after crunching into each other in a challenge for a breaking ball.

19 min: Antonio nudges the ball beyond Dunk and chases after it down the right. He leaves the full-back panting in his wake. Izquierdo, on the other hand, is faster than Antonio and he gets back to prevent the winger from crossing.

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Posted by Sachin Nakrani

• ‘Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t work,’ says Spurs manager
• Pochettino not beaten Liverpool in seven games as manager

Mauricio Pochettino has suggested Jürgen Klopp and his players should be prepared to come up against a surprise change in formation and tactics when Liverpool face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Sunday, with the manager emboldened by the success he enjoyed in changing Spurs’ approach against Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Related: Tottenham reaping rewards of Pochettino’s vision, on and off the pitch | David Hytner

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Posted by Sean Ingle

• Son of Lamine Diack accused of trying to fix bidding for 2020 games
• Massata Diack said to be on the run from Interpol in Senegal

Papa Massata Diack, the man accused of being at the heart of the corruption racket to fix the bidding for Tokyo to win the 2020 Olympics, is reported to have sent an email on the day of the vote warning of the need to “lock” African votes to prevent them going to Madrid instead.

According to the French newspaper Le Monde, Diack emailed his father Lamine, an influential figure in the International Olympic Committee, to warn him: “Information coming from your African colleague, it seems that Sheikh Ahmad is doing all he can to get the Africans to vote for Madrid! We need to lock this before the pause.”

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Posted by Jonathan Freedland

Theresa May’s government is divided and vulnerable. If the opposition steps up, it could end this madness

Some of you will be old enough to remember when the choice was leave or remain. How quaint it seems now. Because once the country voted in June 2016, we faced a new choice. For the true believers, simply leaving the European Union was not good enough: it had to be a hard, rather than a soft, Brexit. Now even a hard departure is not sufficient for the most devout Brexiteers. Demonstrating the purity of their faith, they yearn for a no-deal Brexit.

Related: Emmanuel Macron accuses Brexiters of bluffing over no-deal divorce

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Singer calls out paper’s magazine after it apparently digitally removed a braided crown from her head for its cover image

The singer Solange Knowles has called out the London Evening Standard for apparently digitally altering an image of her for the cover of its weekly magazine.

The Evening Standard Magazine appears to have removed a braided crown from Knowles’s head in its cover image this week. Knowles subsequently published the original image including the braids on Instagram with the caption “dtmh”, an abbreviation of Don’t Touch My Hair, the name of a song on her latest album.

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Posted by Chiraag Bains

More players need to say unequivocally and consistently that these protests are about policing, criminal justice, and the value of black lives

NFL players who have been protesting racism and police violence are under attack. Earlier this month, vice-president Mike Pence made a show of leaving a Colts-49ers game when twenty San Francisco players kneeled during the national anthem. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has threatened to bench any player who does not stand. Some fans have booed or burned jerseys.

More important than the risk of being benched or booed, however, is the hijacking of the players’ message. Donald Trump has been the hijacker-in-chief. He has insisted that the protests disrespect the flag, the military, and “everything that we stand for.” Trump called for owners to fire any “son of a bitch” who takes a knee, and asked fans to boycott games. When the NFL declined this week to mandate standing, the president lashed out at the league on Twitter.

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A Russell Group professor on the exclusion of black and working-class students; Maurice George on how little seems to have changed at Oxford since the 1950s; David Butler on opinion-forming elites; Anne Strachan on the admissions process; Clare Richards on schools’ failings; Jan Toporowksi on the British establishment; Patrick O’Farrell on Scotland and Northern Ireland’s absence

The post-GCSE Oxbridge open evening at my child’s northern comprehensive was attended by about 250 parents, a perfect reflection of its wide ethnic diversity. The speaker was an overseas Oxbridge master’s student, whose only experience of British education and Oxbridge was the 12 months’ studying she was partway through. According to her script we “shouldn’t be worried or confused about colleges, they are just like houses”. It took me, a Russell Group professor, a moment to realise she was alluding to houses in the public school sense. Had she added, “like in Harry Potter” it might have connected better; but for the audience, the world she described was equally one of fantasy. Two years later, and it is only the children of white middle-class parents (like me) who are applying for Oxbridge, wearing, without exception, the Toynbee clothes peg.

Their visits have demonstrated the self-evident truth that Oxbridge is largely whites-only (Oxbridge still failing black pupils, 20 October; Going backwards: richer students from the south-east still dominate Oxbridge intake, 20 October). Social media sharing tells them to expect, in interview and beyond, ad hominem attacks on gender and accent, masquerading as being “challenging”. They know their role will be to raise the game of public school dunces, and teach them better to interact with their perceived social inferiors. They know generally that the default culture will be that of the British public school. Their hope, nonetheless, is that they will get the intensive teaching from the world-class faculty that their love of learning has led them to crave; some, too, are cynical about the social advantage they will gain. Even then, a better education in many subjects can be had at other British universities; and our problem is not just what happens to exclude black and working-class students before they get to Oxbridge; but afterwards how Oxbridge graduates then extend that exclusion to the workplace.
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Tourists come from far and wide to visit the 2,300-year-old Greek theater of Epidaurus, where they stand in one of the back rows, scrunch up their eyes, and listen for the far-off sound of a coin being dropped or a piece of paper being ripped by a tour guide standing on the stage. Like other amphitheaters of the period, it's supposed to have legendary acoustics. But the sonic properties of this theater may not be as dazzling as they're made out to be, say scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, who presented their findings at the scientific conference Acoustics '17 Boston earlier this year.

The team undertook multiple sound measurements from hundreds of spots across the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the theater of Argos, and the theater of Epidaurus to get a wider picture of the audibility of sounds throughout the auditoriums, at various times of the day to reflect changes in humidity and temperature. They focused on the sounds often demonstrated to tourists—falling coins, tearing paper, a whisper. These, they found, were not audible from the back rows, as they are often said to be.

The study has sparked a commotion among classicists, however. In a statement given to the Times of London, the Hellenic Institute of Acoustics said that the findings “lacked sufficient scientific evidence,” that the conclusions were "arbitrary," and that it would be requesting a "thorough review of their findings." Many scholars and journalists have posited that the study purports to measure the acoustics as they would have once been, thousands of years ago. According to Remy Wenmaekers, coauthor of the study, this reaction came because of confusion over what he and his team had set out to study. “What we investigated was the current theaters, as they are right now," he says. "Our conclusions are saying nothing about what the theaters would have been like 2,000 years ago, and our expectation is that they were very different."


There is no shortage of reasons why today's acoustics may be different than those heralded in ancient literature, Wenmaekers says. Ancient theaters may, for instance, have had decorative backdrops behind the stage that helped bounce sound to the cheap seats. “That would probably have quite a big impact on the acoustics,” he adds.

Further, Armand D'Angour, classical scholar and musician at the University of Oxford, mentions that the degradation of the theater's surfaces has an impact as well. "The original theater surfaces would have been shiny, because they’d have been polished marble, whereas they’re now very rutted." There's still much that remains unknown about the other ways the ancient Greeks projected sound, he says, and whether that included the placement of additional objects around the theater to help project sound farther. "Clear voice was the most positive adjective you could use of a herald or of a singer," he says. "In order to achieve that clarity, the people who built these theaters would have known all kinds of things."

Finally, acoustics both modern and ancient can be profoundly influenced by the psychological state of the listener. D'Angour describes the intense focus one might have at the theater. "Maybe that changes you the way you actually listen out for sound," he says. Theater tour guides might also use a kind of psychological groupthink as a trick of the trade. “Nobody dares to say that they didn’t hear it," says Wenmaekers, "because if somebody hears it and you don’t—well, you feel stupid. That is how it works.”

The Frightening Friday Five

Friday, October 20th, 2017 02:13 pm
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What book frightened you as a young person?
None I can remember.

If you had to become a ‘living book’ (i.e. able to recite the contents of a book cover to cover upon request – reference Fahrenheit 451), what book would it be?
To Be of Use by Marge Piercy, poetry

What movie or TV show scared you as a kid?
The Outer Limits. I’d watch with my older sister and she told me when it was safe to lower my hands from my eyes.

What movie (scary or otherwise) will you never ever watch?
Silence of the lambs et seq

Do you have any phobias?
Centipedes, millipedes, and other Myriapodae make me recoil and squeal a little.

Canadian man found not guilty of raping wife

Friday, October 20th, 2017 07:25 pm
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A Canadian judge found that a man was not guilty of rape because he did not have criminal intent.

2017 - #98, "Once Broken Faith", Seanan McGuire

Friday, October 20th, 2017 08:10 pm
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Approximately the Nth book in McGuire's Toby Daye series. Still a pleasant read. Probably start earlier in the series.

No, Seriously

Friday, October 20th, 2017 06:40 pm
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Posted by Greg Ross


When Bertrand Russell was invited to China in 1920, he thought it might be a hoax — the letter was signed “Fu Ling-yu.”

When the Russells reached Peking, “the mystery of Mr Fu Ling-yu was solved in the person of Professor Fu, a tall Northern Chinese, young and handsome and of extremely fine presence.”

(From Dora Russell’s memoir The Tamarisk Tree.)

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Friday, October 20th, 2017 11:58 am
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One unanticipated side effect of the move: I'd largely forgotten the joy of sitting down with someone who's been a friend for a long time, and rehashing old times, and hearing about whatever happened to _______, and so forth. Happily, I had just such a visit with an old friend last night; it was a wonderful reminder.

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Friday, October 20th, 2017 07:39 pm
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Or, I have just been followed on Twitter by 3 people who are the same person, and I do not think there is anything holy about having 3 Twitter identities which are all touting your book/s.

I am also mildly beset by people who, having by some means or other found my website, and discovering something there moderately pertinent to their interests (sometimes, I swear, it is Just One Word in the middle of text), email me offering to 'contribute' or begging me to link to their pages, or add in their link collections, without actually considering what the various bits of my site are doing.

E.g. on my - not even this year's, several years back - listing of my Quotations of the Week, is one which alludes to [problem] - which I probably posted originally because it was neatly turned and complete in itself and not because I have an overwhelming interest in [problem]. This is really not an appropriate venue for a link to somebody's site which is All About [Problem]. Point Thahr Misst.

Indeed, more or less equivalent to, if I had the famous quote attrib Mrs Patrick Campbell re the hurly-burly of the chaise-longue, sending me their list of links to custom makers of high quality chaises longues.

And they do not give up: there is one person who has been positively badgering me, even though I have ignored their email except to mark it as junk, because, for extremely personal reasons, I have a link to a UK charity dealing with [condition], to add in their set of links relating to [condition] which seem entirely US-related, several of them dealing with issues around healthcare which are still - so far - irrelevant in the UK context.

My site is a small, personal, and carefully curated site dealing with various interests of my own and not exactly inundated with hits, except when some media outlet links to certain pages.

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Posted by Jill Treanor

2017 will be one of the worst years for insurance claims for natural disasters, says Hiscox, as reinsurance firm Swiss Re says its bill will be around £2.7bn

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, along with two recent earthquakes in Mexico, will cost the insurance industry $95bn (£72bn), according to estimates released on Friday.

Swiss Re, one of the world’s biggest reinsurance companies, made the estimate as it admitted its own bill for the natural disasters would be around $3.6bn.

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Posted by Paul Doyle

“Well, I never thought I’d read the words ‘fantasy team’ and Huddersfield or West Ham (at least the current vintage) in the same paragraph so you’ve surprised us already with that preamble, Paul,” gasps Justin Kavanagh. “Let’s hope these two teams do likewise, or else I’m off to check if my neighbour Dave’s paint has dried yet.” Should we deduce from that that Brighton do feature regularly in your fantasy team thoughts? Must say, they’ve tended to be solid but blunt when I’ve seen them. And since you brought up Huddersfield, perhaps you’d like to read this.

Andy Carroll has also given an interview. He’s not playing tonight because he’s suspended after being sent off at Burnley last week for a pair of quickfire elbow-themed challenges right in front of the ref (“It was probably a bit silly what I did”), but he has the following to say about one of his team-mates who is playing, Manuel Lanzini. “He is the best player we have without a shadow of a doubt. He gets in the pockets and creates space. You can give him the ball in any situation and he’ll get out of it and create chances for us.”

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Posted by Graham Ruddick

Singer calls out paper’s weekly magazine after it apparently digitally removed a braided crown from the top of her head for its cover image

The singer Solange Knowles has called out the London Evening Standard for apparently digitally altering an image of her on the cover of its weekly magazine.

The Evening Standard Magazine appears to have removed a braided crown from the top of Knowles’s head in its cover image this week.

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Posted by Nadia Khomami

Female MPs criticised Lewis for language used at a conference fringe meeting, with Tories urging Corbyn to condemn remarks

The Labour MP Clive Lewis has apologised for using a misogynist phrase at a Labour party conference fringe event last month after being criticised by several prominent female colleagues.

Video from the Momentum event in Brighton surfaced on Friday in which Lewis, the MP for Norwich, told the actor Sam Swann to “get on your knees bitch”. The language attracted widespread condemnation from politicians on all sides but Swann later described the situation as “jovial”.

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Posted by Natalie Nougayrède

Though separatists are asking Europeans for their support, the last thing we need is more nationalism

Watching Catalonia and Spain feels like watching a Pedro Almodóvar movie where all the characters start to act freakily. It could be Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (in this case, a country on the verge of a nervous breakdown) or Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (a film about what, in the end, ties us to one another rather than separates us). Don’t get me wrong. Catalonia is a serious matter. But it is also hard not to see the hysteria, the hyperbole, the manipulation. Emotions sweep away reason; radical gestures lead to more radical gestures; passion drenches everything; the picture becomes one great confusing swirl. Can anyone still get a grip?

To sum up the current situation: we now have full-on confrontation. Not armed confrontation but political, legal, and cultural. And with large street pressure involved. The Spanish cabinet is due to meet on Saturday after the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, indicated he wanted to trigger article 155 of the constitution, which allows the imposition of direct rule. Catalonia’s regional institutions could be disempowered.

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Posted by Martha Kelner

• Clarke allegedly said he would not risk ‘getting fucking fired for equality’
• Amaechi is one of Britain’s highest-profile openly gay sportsmen

Greg Clarke’s position as chairman of the Football Association is set to come under further scrutiny after it was alleged he told John Amaechi, one of Britain’s highest-profile openly gay sportsmen, that he would not risk “getting fucking fired for equality”.

Clarke is already in hot water over the FA’s handling of allegations of discrimination made by Eni Aluko. At a parliamentary hearing this week, which exposed deep flaws in the way the organisation investigated the former England Women’s manager Mark Sampson, Clarke dismissed the idea of institutional racism as “fluff”, although he swiftly attempted to retract his words.

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Posted by Giles Richards

The suggestion of joining NFL’s kneeling protests at the Grand Prix in Austin is of little interest to the title-chasing Mercedes driver

Lewis Hamilton may have the numerical advantage heading into this weekend’s US Grand Prix but one thing is clear: he has no intention of allowing mere figures to influence his charge to a fourth world championship.

Related: Lewis Hamilton wins Japanese GP to take big step towards F1 title

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Posted by Richard Adams, Education editor

MP says universities put pressure on journalists to change stories about lack of black students getting places rather than addressing concerns

Oxford and Cambridge have been accused of failing to engage in serious debate over their lack of diversity by the former education minister David Lammy, who first highlighted the issue with data obtained by freedom of information requests.

The Labour MP said the universities had been “trying to make journalists change their stories” rather than address how little progress they were making in recruiting talented students by race, social class and location in England and Wales.

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Posted by Sune Engel Rasmussen in Islamabad

Suicide bombings in capital Kabul and Ghor province leave at least 70 dead, the latest in a series of attacks across the country

More than 70 people have been killed in twin suicide bombings on mosques in Afghanistan, government officials said.

Related: The war America can't win: how the Taliban are regaining control in Afghanistan

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Posted by Chiraag Bains

More players need to say unequivocally and consistently that these protests are about policing, criminal justice, and the value of black lives

NFL players who have been protesting racism and police violence are under attack. Earlier this month, vice-president Mike Pence made a show of leaving a Colts-49ers game when twenty San Francisco players kneeled during the national anthem. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has threatened to bench any player who does not stand. Some fans have booed or burned jerseys.

More important than the risk of being benched or booed, however, is the hijacking of the players’ message. Donald Trump has been the hijacker-in-chief. He has insisted that the protests disrespect the flag, the military, and “everything that we stand for.” Trump called for owners to fire any “son of a bitch” who takes a knee, and asked fans to boycott games. When the NFL declined this week to mandate standing, the president lashed out at the league on Twitter.

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Posted by Zoe Wood

John Caudwell gives evidence against former business partner Nathalie Dauriac who denies fiddling £33,000 worth of expenses

John Caudwell, the founder of Phones 4U, said the breakdown of his relationship with a trusted business adviser who he regarded as a “best friend” was like suffering a “bereavement”, the high court has heard.

Caudwell was giving evidence at the high court on Friday in his legal battle with French businesswoman Nathalie Dauriac, the former chief executive of Signia Wealth, which helped to manage his personal fortune. Dauriac has been accused of fiddling her expenses.

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