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Unsettling antiliteracy dystopia in Fahrenheit 451

'Fahrenheit 451's' tech-heavy, antiliteracy dystopia revels in the revision of history, supplanting truth with wrong details, known in our time as 'alternative facts' or ev.....»»

Category: newsSource: philippinetimes philippinetimesMay 30th, 2018

An unsettling preoccupation

An unsettling preoccupation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ ticks to No. 1 in theaters

NEW YORK (AP) --- The gothic family fantasy "The House With a Clock in Its Walls" exceeded expectations to debut with an estimated $26.9 million in ticket sales at the weekend box office, while audiences showed considerably less interest in Michael Moore's Donald Trump-themed documentary, "Fahrenheit 11/9", than his George W. Bush-era one. "The House With a Clock in Its Walls" was easily the biggest draw on a quiet weekend at North American movie theaters, where the other three new wide releases all disappointed or downright flopped. "Fahrenheit 11/9" opened with $3.1 million in 1,719 cinemas --- a huge debut for most documentaries but a fraction of the $23.9 million opening ge...Keep on reading: ‘House With a Clock in Its Walls’ ticks to No. 1 in theaters.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

Michael Moore’s new film a call to action for democracy

Filmmaker Michael Moore calls on Americans to take back their democracy in his new documentary "Fahrenheit 11/9" exploring Donald Trump's ascension to the most powerful job in the world. The title references November 9, 2016, the date that Trump's win in the presidential election was announced, heralding a seismic shift in US politics. It's also an unofficial sequel to his "Fahrenheit 9/11" that took aim at another Republican president, George W. Bush, and was the highest grossing documentary of all time. On the red carpet late Thursday for its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Moore said: "Hope right now is the death of us, hope is passive, hope is wishfu...Keep on reading: Michael Moore’s new film a call to action for democracy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

Earth risks tipping into ‘hothouse’ state — study

TAMPA, United States -- The planet urgently needs to transition to a green economy because fossil fuel pollution risks pushing the Earth into a lasting and dangerous "hothouse" state, researchers warned on Monday. If polar ice continues to melt, forests are slashed and greenhouse gases rise to new highs -- as they currently do each year -- the Earth will pass a tipping point. Crossing that threshold "guarantees a climate4-5 Celsius (7-9 Fahrenheit) higher than pre-industrial times, and sea levels that are 10 to 60 meters (30-200 feet) higher than today," cautioned scientists in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. And that "could be only decades ahead," they ...Keep on reading: Earth risks tipping into ‘hothouse’ state — study.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018

Three dead in Spain as Europe wilts under record heatwave

MADRID, SPAIN – Three men have died from heatstroke in Spain as Europe sweltered in a record heatwave Friday, August 3, with temperatures hitting a scorching 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in some areas and meteorologists saying only scant relief is in sight in the coming days.  Here is a roundup: Spain: ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

2020 Tokyo Olympics consider daylight saving to beat heat

TOKYO --- Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are considering introducing daylight saving time as a countermeasure to the extreme heat that could prevail in the Japanese capital during the games. Japan has been gripped by a deadly heatwave this summer that has resulted in more than 65 deaths nationwide. The temperature on Monday reached 41.1 Celsius (106 Fahrenheit), the highest ever recorded in Japan. Yoshiro Mori, the president of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday to discuss the possibility of introducing daylight saving time during the 2020 Games. The International Olympic Committee decided this month the marathon...Keep on reading: 2020 Tokyo Olympics consider daylight saving to beat heat.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Wrecking ball

WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump’s unsettling embrace of Russia’s Vladimir Putin this week drew derision across the US political spectrum, but it remains to be seen whether Republicans have the will to rein in their president. The two major American political parties appear largely united in their desire to keep the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 19th, 2018

Woman attending to child on life support told by boss to go to work or quit

A woman in Michigan almost lost her job after her boss threatened to fire her if she won't show up for work --- she was by her son's side who was on life support. Crystal Reynolds Fisher informed her manager, named Dawn, that she will not be able to show up for her job to be with her son. Her son was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning, June 29,as he had a high fever of 104 degrees Fahrenheit and his oxygen was low. He was then transferred to another hospital when his fever was not breaking. From there, doctors decided to have him ventilated and put him on life support, reports WXMI. Fisher did not expect her boss' stern reply, as she shared their conversation via her Fa...Keep on reading: Woman attending to child on life support told by boss to go to work or quit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

Samsung Messages bug randomly sending photos to contacts – reports

MANILA, Philippines - In a time of data leaks and privacy breaches, nothing is more unsettling than finding out that your photos are being shared to your contacts without your permission. This is exactly what some Samsung devices are doing as reported by a number of different ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Walk or die: Algeria abandons 13,000 migrants in the Sahara

ASSAMAKA, Niger --- Algeria has abandoned more than 13,000 people in the Sahara Desert over the past 14 months, including pregnant women and children, expelling them without food or water and forcing them to walk, sometimes at gunpoint, under a blistering sun. Some never make it out alive. The expelled migrants can be seen coming over the horizon by the hundreds, appearing at first as specks in the distance under temperatures of up to 48 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit). In Niger, where the majority head, the lucky ones limp across a desolate 15-kilometer no-man's-land to the border village of Assamaka. Others wander for days before a UN rescue squad can find them. Unto...Keep on reading: Walk or die: Algeria abandons 13,000 migrants in the Sahara.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Japan team at World Cup troubled by earthquake, hotel alarm

SARANSK, Russia --- Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country's World Cup squad some unsettling moments. Coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday's quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team's Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk. "The psychological impact is something I'm slightly worried about at this point," Nishino said through an interpreter before Monday afternoon's training session. "As staff members, we are consulting with them and I'd like them to be sett...Keep on reading: Japan team at World Cup troubled by earthquake, hotel alarm.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

The unsettling beauty of ‘The Kundiman Party’

    What is it about Floy Quintos plays? "The Kundiman Party" is a world away from Quintos' "Angry Christ" last year, but it shares with the latter their author's near-magical ability to capture an entire social milieu, portrayals so layered that they almost demand multiple viewings. In this case, it is the world of the politically aware upper-middle-class, comfortable in their lifestyle but agitated over the looming threats to their society and country and groping for an effective response. Quintos captures this world by assembling an array of vivid characters, collectively a recognizable social set, yet fully realized as individuated human beings with perso...Keep on reading: The unsettling beauty of ‘The Kundiman Party’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

2C cap on global warming won’t save Arctic sea ice

Even if humanity stops global warming in its tracks at two degrees Celsius, long seen as the guardrail for a climate-safe world, Arctic sea ice will still disappear in some years, scientists have warned. Holding the line at 1.5 degree Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), however, would make a huge difference, according to two separate studies published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. In a 2C (3.6F) world, the Arctic Ocean would be ice-free roughly one-in-four years, whereas if warming does not exceed 1.5C, the odds drop to one-in-40, the researchers concluded. "I didn't expect to find that half-a-degree Celsius would make a big difference, but it really d...Keep on reading: 2C cap on global warming won’t save Arctic sea ice.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

2ºC cap on global warming won t save Arctic sea ice – studies

PARIS, France – Even if humanity stops global warming in its tracks at 2º Celsius , long seen as the guardrail for a climate-safe world, Arctic sea ice will still disappear in some years, scientists have warned. Holding the line at 1.5ºC (2.7º Fahrenheit), however, would make a huge difference, according ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

Icy Europe, warm North Pole: the world upside down

PARIS, France --- Not for the first time in recent years, Europe has descended into a deep freeze while the Arctic experiences record high temperatures, leaving scientists to ponder the role global warming may play in turning winter weather upside down. The reversal has been dramatic. A Siberian cold front has spread sub-zero temperatures across Europe, carpeting southern cities and palm-lined Mediterranean beaches with snow. On Sunday, meanwhile, air temperatures at the North Pole -- which won't see the Sun until March -- rose above freezing. "In relative terms, that's a 30 C (54 degrees Fahrenheit) temperature anomaly," Robert Rohde, lead scientist at Berkeley Earth in ...Keep on reading: Icy Europe, warm North Pole: the world upside down.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018

Icy blast from Siberia sweeps across Europe

A wintry blast of freezing temperatures swept across Europe on Sunday, with a biting wind from Siberia claiming four lives and endangering the continent's homeless -- with the worst yet to come. The "Beast from the East", as the phenomenon has been dubbed by the British media, is expected to bring chilling winds from Russia over the next week that will make it feel even colder than thermometers indicate. The cold snap has already been linked to several deaths, as well as postponing an Italian football match and causing traffic chaos. In France, where temperatures were forecast to drop to minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) and feel as low as minus 18 C over the ...Keep on reading: Icy blast from Siberia sweeps across Europe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2018

7 Sinister True Ghost Stories To Read In The Dark

‘After that day, I never heard a single voice again. I do not like to imagine what was waiting downstairs for me that night.’ TURN off the lights and prepare to be scared by these 7 terrifying and unsettling true ghost stories. From a little girl in a yellow dress….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2018

Australian Open: A lookahead to Sunday, recap of Saturday

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick glance at the Australian Open: LOOKAHEAD TO SUNDAY Local hope Nick Kyrgios and third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov meet for the second time this year, this time with more on the line. Kyrgios beat Dimitrov in three sets in the Brisbane International semifinals two weeks ago, then went on to take the title. Dimitrov had beaten the Australian in their two previous meetings, including in straight sets on hard courts at Cincinnati last year. Kyrgios defeated Jo Wilfried-Tsonga in the third round and was mostly well-behaved, a far cry from some of the antics he has pulled in the past, including a suspension in October 2016 for not trying during a match in Shanghai, and a heavily-criticized on-court exchange with Stan Wawrinka in 2015. Kyrgios said he's doing nothing special to change his image: "It's not something I wake up and I'm like, 'Look, today I'm going to try to change the perception'. Nothing has changed. I've always been emotional." Dimitrov said he won't get caught up in the moment, or the expected parochial crowd cheering on Kyrgios' attempt to become the first Australian man since 1976 (Mark Edmondson) to win the Australian title. "I've played against the local, so to speak, all that," Dimitrov said. "That's part of the game." Kyrgios pulled out of his doubles pairing with Matt Reid on Friday to save himself for the Dimitrov match. Top-seeded Rafael Nadal plays Diego Schwartman in another fourth-round match. In women's fourth-round matches, second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki plays Magdalena Rybarikova. Wozniacki needed to win the last six games of her second-round match against Jana Fett to stay in the tournament, and says she's playing with "house money." Another fourth-round match has fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina playing Denisa Allertova, a Czech qualifier who has not dropped a set in any of her main-draw matches. __ By AP Sports Writer Dennis Passa. ___ SUNDAY FORECAST Partly cloudy, high of 27 Celsius (81 Fahrenheit) SATURDAY'S WEATHER Mostly sunny, high of 24 C (75 F) SATURDAY'S RESULTS Men's Third Round: No. 2 Roger Federer beat No. 29 Richard Gasquet 6-2, 7-5, 6-4; Chung Hyeon beat No. 4 Alexander Zverev 5-7, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0; No. 5 Dominic Thiem beat No. 26 Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-2, 7-5; No. 14 Novak Djokovic beat No. 21 Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 6-3, 6-3; No. 19 Tomas Berdych beat No. 12 Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-3, 6-2; No. 25 Fabio Fognini beat Julien Benneteau 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. Women's Third Round: No. 1 Simona Halep beat Lauren Davis 4-6, 6-4, 15-13; No. 6 Karolina Pliskova beat No. 29 Lucie Safarova 7-6 (6), 7-5; No. 8 Caroline Garcia beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3, 5-7, 6-2. No. 17 Madison Keys beat Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-4; Naomi Osaka beat No. 18 Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-2; No. 20 Barbora Strycova beat Bernarda Pera 6-2, 6-2; No. 21 Angelique Kerber beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3; Hsieh Su-wei beat No. 26 Agniezska Radwanska 6-2, 7-5. STAT OF THE DAY 2:22: time in hours and minutes of the third set of the Halep-Davis match (3 hours, 45 minutes for the match). QUOTE OF THE DAY "I'm almost dead" — Halep after her win. _____ More AP coverage: www.apnews.com/tag/AustralianOpen.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Australian Open: Svitolina into 4th round, ends 15-year-old Kostyuk’s run

MELBOURNE, Australia --- Elina Svitolina ended 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk's run at the Australian Open, met her at the net for a warm embrace and offered some words of encouragement. With the temperature hitting 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for the second straight day, fourth-seeded Svitolina reached the fourth round at the season-opening major for the first time with the 6-2, 6-2 win on Rod Laver Arena. "It was sad playing another Ukrainian girl, same country is always tough," Svitolina, one of five women in contention for the No. 1 ranking, said. "She's a great fighter. She has a great future --- we're going to hear a lot more about her." Kostyuk entered the tournament rank...Keep on reading: Australian Open: Svitolina into 4th round, ends 15-year-old Kostyuk’s run.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Players criticize risky conditions at broiling Aussie Open

By Justin Bergman, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Some weary players sat shirtless on changeovers, ice-filled towels draped around their necks. Others retreated to any bit of shade they could find on court and sought treatment for blistered feet and heat stress. Temperatures soared to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) as the start of an expected heat wave hit the Australian Open on Thursday, bringing misery to players unfortunate enough to have their matches scheduled during the day session and keeping many spectators away. "I didn't expect to play this kind of match," a thoroughly exhausted Juan Martin del Potro said after beating Karen Khachanov in a nearly four-hour, second-round match. "I prefer to watch on TV. Or stay on the beach, drinking some beer." Scorching temperatures are common at the Australian Open — so much so the tournament has an extreme heat policy that allows for the referee to close the roofs on the three main show courts and suspend play on the outer courts when temperatures surpass 40 Celsius. Matches weren't halted Thursday as the highs stayed just below 40 Celsius for much of the day, but that doesn't mean the heat didn't cause issues for the players. Gael Monfils, for one, staggered through a good portion of his second-round match against Novak Djokovic, bending over repeatedly to catch his breath between points and at one stage returning to the comfort of his shaded chair without even attempting to return Djokovic's serve. Afterwards, he called the conditions "risky" for the players, especially with the new rule restricting the time between points to 25 seconds. "I get super dizzy. I think I have a small heat stroke for 40 minutes," said Monfils, who is considered one of the fittest players on tour. "At that time, the officials have to make a move. Maybe wait a little bit, whatever, five minutes between the set. Maybe they have to do small adjustment." Djokovic agreed, describing the conditions "brutal" and some of the toughest he's ever played in. "There are certain days where you just have to, as a tournament supervisor, recognize that you might need to give players few extra hours until (the temperature) comes down," he said. "I understand there is a factor of tickets. If you don't play matches, people will be unhappy." But he said the conditions were at the point where it becomes a "danger in terms of health." There were no retirements due to the heat on Day 4, however, and some players were even unfazed by the conditions. Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei saw the heat as a benefit in her second-round upset of Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza. "I know the weather is going to be a little bit tough today," she said. "I was thinking, 'Ah, I'm from Asia. I maybe can handle it better than other girls.'" Muguruza did have to stop at one point to wrap her feet to prevent blistering from the hot court. "I think the surface of the court, I don't know how much heat, (but) it's terrible," she said. "Very, very hot." As for recovery, nearly every player mentioned taking an ice bath, but Hsieh had a different approach. "Acupuncture," she said. "Not my favorite ... but it helps a lot. And also do the massage. And eat some nice food." With the weather expected to be hotter on Friday, with highs of 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit) in the forecast, Monfils had a message for players scheduled to be on court. "Honestly, good luck for the players," he said. "Just be smart. If you have to give up, you know, it's not a shame.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018