Eating bugs: Nutrition is proven but not their effects

Nytimes.com last September shared that the American market for edible insects exceeded $55 million in 2017 and is expected to keep climbing as more companies create nutritionally appealing products. Bugs: We squish them, spray them and shoo them. But eat them? A large percentage of the world’s population — an estimated 2 billion people, in fact — already eat insects because of nutritional content and accessibility, according to anthropology resource sapiens.org: “In Thailand, street vendors push carts stocked with trays of deep-fried grasshoppers, water bugs and other seasoned insects. In…

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Silicon Valley’s worst enemy gains even more power in Brussels

Margrethe Vestager has been accused of deliberately targeting tech firms in antitrust probes. The regulator who’s made a name for herself by cracking down on tech giants is about to get even more power. Margrethe Vestager was picked Tuesday by EU Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen to be her executive vice president in charge of the bloc’s digital affairs – a post that will hand the Dane broad oversight of issues relating to artificial intelligence, big data, innovation and cybersecurity. Even more concerning for those hoping to avoid a…

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Facebook faces US lawsuit after judge calls its argument ‘wrong’

A California judge has rejected Facebook’s arguments that users suffered no ‘tangible’ harm from major privacy breach. A United States federal judge ordered Facebook Inc to face most of a nationwide lawsuit seeking damages for letting third parties such as Cambridge Analytica access users’ private data, calling the social media company’s views on privacy “so wrong”. While dismissing some claims, US District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco said on Monday users could try to hold Facebook liable under various federal and state laws for letting app developers and business…

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Trump says some Bahamas typhoon evacuees not welcome in US

As emergency workers grapple with mounting death toll, US president says ‘very bad people’ should be barred entry. President Donald Trump said on Monday that some Bahamas evacuees seeking refuge in the wake of Hurricane Dorian were not welcome in the United States, despite the head of his own Customs and Border Patrol saying the humanitarian crisis calls for the US to extend emergency relief. “Everybody needs totally proper documentation,” Trump said on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday. “The Bahamas has some tremendous problems with people…

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Doctors urge public to QUIT vaping as deaths, illnesses rise

The American Medical Association has discouraged e-cigarette use until scientists better understand their effects. The American Medical Association has urged Americans to stop using electronic cigarettes of any sort until scientists have a better handle on the cause of 450 lung illnesses and at least five deaths related to the use of the products. The AMA, one of the nation’s most influential physician groups, also called on doctors to inform patients about the dangers of e-cigarettes, including toxins and carcinogens, and swiftly report any suspected cases of lung illness associated…

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Dozens of states aim at Google in bipartisan antitrust probe

Attorneys general declare joint investigation into whether the big tech firm is a monopoly with search or ad business. Fifty states and territories have announced a broad investigation into Google‘s “potential monopolistic behaviour”. The announcement on Monday by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton closely followed one from a separate group of states on Friday that disclosed an investigation into Facebook’s market dominance. The two probes widen the United States antitrust scrutiny of big tech companies beyond sweeping federal and congressional investigations and enforcement action by regulators in the European Union.…

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House panel to vote to formalize impeachment procedures

The House panel hopes to determine whether to recommend Trump’s impeachment to the full House by the end of the year. The House Judiciary Committee will vote on Thursday to establish rules for hearings on impeachment, escalating the panel’s investigations of President Donald Trump even as many Democrats remain wary of the effort. The resolution is a technical step, and the panel would still have to introduce impeachment articles against Trump and win approval from the House to bring charges against Trump. It’s unclear if that will ever happen, as…

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Electrify this: Climate advocates target gas stoves

Fossil fuel firms fret that environmentalists present a major threat to their emissions-heavy business model. Dozens of cities in liberal-leaning states such as California, Washington, and Massachusetts are studying proposals to ban or limit the use of natural gas in commercial and residential buildings in the United States. The movement has opened a new front in the fight against climate change that could affect everything from heating systems in skyscrapers to stoves in suburban homes. Berkeley, California in July became the first US city to pass an ordinance banning gas systems…

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UPS plans to pay its army of holiday workers more this year

The package delivery giant faces stiff competition for seasonal workers as US unemployment hovers near half-century low. Package delivery giant United Parcel Service (UPS) on Monday said it expects to hire about 100,000 seasonal workers and pay them more than it did in the past to handle the avalanche of packages shipped in the United States between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, from November 28 through December 25. That’s about the same number of people the Atlanta-based company hired for the 2018 holiday season.  UPS is also counting on automation to keep up…

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