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22/10/2016


WEBSITE ATTACK

'Smart' home devices used as weapons in website attack - 22 October 2016
"Hackers used internet-connected home devices, such as CCTV cameras and printers, to attack popular websites on Friday, security analysts say."

(BBC)

How did hackers use everyday devices to launch a cyber attack? – video report - 22 October 2016
"On Friday the US and EU were subjected to a far-reaching cyber attack, which widely blocked internet access; some of the world’s most popular websites were shutdown, including Paypal, Twitter and Spotify. The hack was a botnet attack. Usually, botnet attacks use computers, but Friday’s attack was different because it used household items with internet connections to launch a huge denial of service (DDoS) assault. It is believed the attack came from China."

(theguardian.com)

 

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Bob DYLAN

Bob Dylan's Nobel silence 'impolite and arrogant' - 22 October 2016
"according to a member of the body that awards it...
Mr Wastberg called the snub "unprecedented", but one person has previously rejected the Nobel Prize in Literature
- French author and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in 1964."

(BBC)

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SELFIES

Murdered for her selfies: Pakistan’s ‘Kim Kardashian’ - VIDEO - 21 October 2016
"Murdered social media star Qandeel Baloch posted images of herself that few Pakistani women would dare to
- but did her traditional village background catch up with her?"

(BBC)

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IS

Mosul battle: IS 'may use civilians as human shields' - Article + Pictures + Videos - 21 October 2016
"At least 200 Iraqi families have been made to leave their homes for Mosul by Islamic State (IS) fighters and could be used as human shields, the UN warns."

(BBC)

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DRIVERLESS CARS

Driverless car takes to the UK streets for the first time – video - 11 October 2016
"A self-driving car is the first of its kind in the UK to take a test drive in Milton Keynes on Tuesday.
The LUTZ Pathfinder roams the streets of Buckinghamshire sharing the pavement with the town’s cyclists and pedestrians achieving speeds of 15mph.
A driver was on board the new vehicle in case of any emergencies."

(theguardian.com)

 

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US ELECTION

Trump Is a Big Issue in US Congressional Elections - Text + Audio - 21 October 2016
"Republican candidates for Congress must decide whether to support Donald Trump, their party’s candidate for president. Most are backing Trump.
Others, like Senator John McCain, say they cannot support him after release of taped statements about unwanted sexual advances."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Shame: Michelle Obama Ad Against Trump | via Hillary Clinton - 14 October 2016
"The Moments political TV commercial against Donald Trump kissing and groping women sexist remarks from the Hillary Clinton campaign.
It takes moments from Michelle Obama's speech on October 13, 2016 in New Hampshire and interweaves them with images of women and of Donald Trump. The overall impression it seeks to create is that Donald Trump is an unusual man in his behavior and words."

(YouTube)

 

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DRONE

Terrifying new drone has robotic claws – video
"Prodrone, a Japanese company, has unveiled its rather frightening PD6B-AW-ARM model with custom-developed robotic arms for completing ‘hands-on’ operations. In the wake of the launch, tech journalists and social media users have been speculating about the drone’s applications for good and, more pressingly, evil. See here for the full demonstration of the drone.

 

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LAS VEGAS

10 things you probably didn't know about Las Vegas - 22 October 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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POLAR BEAR

Activists Seek Freedom for Pizza, ‘World’s Saddest’ Polar Bear - Text + Audio + Video - 21 October 2016
"Chinese activists are demanding that a polar bear named Pizza be moved from captivity in a shopping center to a better home."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)


A polar bear is seen in an aquarium at the Grandview mall in Guangzhou,
Guangdong province, China, July 27, 2016.

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US NATIONAL PARK

Wrangell-St. Elias: The Largest National Park in America - Text + Audio + Video + Pictures
"Today we are visiting a vast and remote park in the state of Alaska. The park is bigger than the country of Switzerland.
It is six times the size of Yellowstone. In fact, it is the largest national park in America. Its name is Wrangell-St. Elias."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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21/10/2016


MASSIVE WEB ATTACK

Massive web attacks briefly knock out top sites - 21 October 2016
"Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, Soundcloud, PayPal and several other sites have been affected by two web attacks."
(BBC)

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Edgar POE

Edgar Allan Poe: Storyteller
"Seven popular Poe stories, slightly adapted for language learners.
Stories are suitable for high-intermediate and advanced learners of English.
Download the e-book, MP3 or PDF."

(americanenglish.state.gov)

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GRAMMAR

Pronoms personnels sujets en anglais
Une petite vidéo explicative sur les pronoms personnels sujets en anglais et quatre exercices pour les mémoriser."

Activités de Laurence Haquet.
(chagall-col.spip.ac-rouen.fr)

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TOMBSTONES

The Tombstones of 25 Famous People
(neatorama.com)

A Formal Undertaking: The Mortician’s Job Title
(neatorama.com)

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ARCHITECTURE

The 19 most breathtaking buildings in the world, according to architects
(uk.businessinsider.com)

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HISTORY

History explorer: Life in the Victorian workhouse
"Dr Samantha Shave and Charlotte Hodgman visit Weaver Hall Museum in Cheshire, a former workhouse and place of last resort for the destitute…"
(historyextra.com)

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US ELECTION

SEE NEW CARTOONS

Save the day : Idiots
"Quand les anglais supplient les américains de voter Donald Trump afin de redorer leur image."

(culturepub.fr)
Thanks to Nelly S.

 

Clinton's jokes at charity dinner - VIDEO - 21 October 2016
"US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton poked fun at rival Donald Trump and at herself at a charity dinner in New York."

(BBC)

Trump booed over Hillary jokes - VIDEO - 21 October 2016
"Donald Trump takes aim at Hillary Clinton in a speech at a traditional charity dinner in New York."
(BBC)

US presidential debate: Trump won't commit to accept election result - 20 October 2016
(BBC)

The Third and Final Presidential Debate 2016: Clinton vs. Trump - VIDEO - 20 October 2016
"Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump held their last general election debate in Las Vegas on Monday night.
Voters in the United States will vote for a new president on November 8."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Are You a Nasty Woman or a Bad Hombre? - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video - 20 October 2016
"People around the U.S. are reacting to two expressions used by Donald Trump during the U.S. presidential debate Wednesday night.
He called Hillary Clinton “such a nasty woman” and referred to Mexican drug dealers as “bad hombres"."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

US Officials, Political Experts Dispute Trump’s Claims of 'Rigged' Election - Text + Audio + Pictures - 20 October 2016
"Donald Trump says the Democratic Party and its supporters have “rigged” the election process.
Political experts argue that widespread cheating is just about impossible. Results of earlier presidential elections have been disputed.
But it is unusual to raise fairness questions before people vote."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Donald Trump: We need to get out 'bad hombres' - VIDEO - 19 October 2016
"During the third presidential debate, Donald Trump said one of the first things he would do to improve the border is get drug dealers and "bad hombres"
out of the US."

(YouTube)

 



Clinton v Trump round three - 19 October 2016
(BBC)

Summary:

  1. No holds barred at Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's final debate in Las Vegas
  2. Trump refuses to commit to accepting result if he loses, adding: "I will tell you at the time"
  3. The two argue over who is Vladimir Putin's "puppet" and Trump calls her a "nasty woman"
  4. Polls suggest Clinton is ahead nationally and in key battleground states


Interesting Facts About The History Of Presidential Debates In The United States - VIDEO - 19 October 2016
(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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Bill GATES

Bill Gates interview - He eats Big Macs for lunch and schedules every minute of his day - meet the man worth $80 billion - 21 October 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

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POACHING

Snow leopards: Numbers decline due to 'retaliation' - 21 October 2016
"Hundreds of snow leopards are being killed by poachers every year across the high mountain ranges of Asia, according to a new report."

(BBC)


Human wildlife conflict has been responsible for the greater number
of snow leopards poached in recent years.

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NEW YORK

The Five Most Relevant NYC Scams - 11 October 2016
(travelinsurance.about.com)

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CANADA

Kootenay National Park "is located in southeastern British Columbia Canada, covering 1,406 km2 (543 sq mi) in the Canadian Rockies,
and forms part of a World Heritage Site. The park ranges in elevation from 918 m (3,012 ft) at the south-west park entrance, to 3,424 m (11,234 ft)
at Deltaform Mountain. Kootenay forms one of the four contiguous mountain parks in the Canadian Rockies; the other three being Banff National Park
directly to the east, Yoho National Park directly to the north, and Jasper National Park, which does not share a boundary with Kootenay National Park..."

(Wikipedia)

 

Kootenay National Park - PICTURES
(bing.com)

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IMMIGRATION / REFUGEES

Calais child refugees cover their faces as they arrive in the UK - 20 October 2016
"Gesture made amid row over migrants’ ages and criticism that Home Office not doing enough to protect their anonymity."

(theguardian.com)

Aid Group Says 5,000 Have Fled Mosul Fighting - Text + Audio - 19 October 2016
"An aid group says 5,000 people have fled fighting near the Iraqi city of Mosul for a refugee camp in Syria.
Thousands of Iraqi and Kurdish forces are battling IS fighters to retake Mosul.
More than 100 U.S. forces are also taking part in the offensive, although not for direct combat."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

Animated map shows the history of immigration to the US
"In 1607, the English established their first permanent settlement in Jamestown, Virginia.
Over the coming centuries, millions of people from around the globe were attracted to this New World that came to be the US for a chance at a better life.
Today, more than 1 in 8 Americans are immigrants, and almost all are descendants of those born in foreign lands."

(YouTube)
Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo.

 

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Bob DYLAN

Bob Dylan removes mention of Nobel prize from website - 21 October 2016
(theguardian.com)

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20/10/2016


ACOUSTIC KITTY



Acoustic Kitty "was a CIA project launched by the Central Intelligence Agency Directorate of Science & Technology,
which in the 1960s intended to use cats to spy on the Kremlin and Soviet embassies.
In an hour-long procedure a veterinary surgeon implanted a microphone in the cat's ear canal,
a small radio transmitter at the base of its skull and a thin wire into its fur.[1] This would allow the cat to innocuously record
and transmit sound from its surroundings. Due to problems with distraction, the cat's sense of hunger had to be addressed in another operation.[2]
Victor Marchetti, a former CIA officer, said Project Acoustic Kitty cost about $20 million.[3]...
The project was cancelled in 1967.[2]"

(Wikipedia)

 

ACOUSTIC KITTY OF THE CIA - Pictures and videos
(fr.pinterest.com)

 

Acoustic Kitty - CIA Audio Listening Device Installed In Cat, Ends Poorly
(YouTube)

 

 

Acoustic Kitty "is the debut solo album by Canadian singer-songwriter John Mann, the lead singer of Spirit of the West.[1]...
The album's title track is inspired by the CIA's Acoustic Kitty espionage project of the 1960s, in which surveillance microphones were implanted into a cat."

(Wikipedia)

Acoustic kitty (John Mann)
"A funny song about a project launched by the CIA to spy on the Soviet Union after WW2.
The CIA spent 5 years and $4,000,000 on a cat with a microphone embedded in it and a removed sense of hunger
only to be run over by a taxi cab and scooped up into a jar the first day on its job. The song was made by John Mann."

(YouTube)

 

 

Acoustic Kitty - a book by Bob Rybarczyk
"When an isolated but brilliant CIA engineer is asked to help turn cats into surveillance devices, he soon learns
that his new co-workers are even more bizarre than his new assignment. Which, naturally, is why he begins spying on them."

(books.google.fr)

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DREAMS

10 Facts Researchers Have Discovered About Dreams
(verywell.com)

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19/10/2016


DEATH PENALTY

Saudi Arabia executes one of its princes over shooting murder - 19 October 2016
"Rare case involving a member of royal family sees Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir put to death in Riyadh over fatal gunfight at desert camp in 2014...
Kabir was the 134th local person or foreigner put to death in 2016, according to an AFP tally of ministry statements...
Most people put to death in Saudi Arabia are beheaded with a sword...
Saudi Arabia has a strict Islamic legal code under which murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, rape and apostasy are all punishable by death.
Amnesty International says the kingdom carried out at least 158 death sentences in 2015, making it the third most prolific executioner after Iran and Pakistan.
Amnesty’s figures do not include secretive China."

(theguardian.com)

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FACIAL RECOGNITION

Half of US adults are recorded in police facial recognition databases, study says - 18 October 2016
"More than 117 million adults included in ‘virtual, perpetual lineup’, which authorities can use to track citizens, raising concerns over privacy and profiling."
(theguardian.com)


An artist’s impression of a facial recognition system.
The FBI’s ‘face recognition unit’ is largely made up of non-criminal entries, the report found.

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ANIMALS

World's mammals being eaten into extinction, report warns - 19 October 2016
"First global assessment finds 301 species are primarily at risk from human hunting for the bushmeat trade."

(theguardian.com)


A man walks past bushmeat including pangolins, bush rats
and tiger cats for sale on the roadside in Equatorial Guinea.

The mandrill is among the endangered land mammals
primarily at risk from hunting for food.

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DRINKS

Hot Drinks Linked to Cancer - Text + Audio - 17 October 2016
"The U.N.’s cancer research agency now lists hot drinks with lead, gasoline and exhaust fumes as a possible cause of cancer."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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POST-BREXIT

Paris has launched an ad campaign to poach business from post-Brexit London - October 2016
(uk.businessinsider.com)
Thanks to Fabienne R.

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US ELECTION

Michael Moore gets behind Hillary Clinton at surprise TrumpLand film screening - 18 October 2016
(theguardian.com)


Michael Moore’s surprise Trump documentary is ‘an urgent, 73 minute call
to arms to get out the vote for Clinton, mixed with some jokes’.

 

Trump's Twitter debate lead was 'swelled by bots' - 18 October 2016
"More than four times as many tweets were made by automated accounts in favour of Donald Trump around the first US presidential debate
as by those backing Hillary Clinton, a study found...
it highlights that the software has the capacity to "manipulate public opinion" and "muddy political issues"."

(BBC)

US election: Who is presidential candidate Evan McMullin? - VIDEO - 15 October 2016
"The US state of Utah has been Republican for nearly 50 years.
A growing number of the state's mostly Mormon voters are now considering switching support
from Donald Trump to the little known independent third-party candidate Evan McMullin."

(BBC)

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SEGREGATION

America's most segregated city: the young black voters of Milwaukee - video - 19 October 2016
"Milwaukee is one of the most politically polarized and racially segregated cities in America.
Paul Lewis and Tom Silverstone discover a mix of alienation and hope in the city’s African American community."

(theguardian.com)

 

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MIGRANTS / REFUGEES

Afghan boy rescued from Calais camp: 'I still can’t believe I am here' - 18 October 2016
"Haris Ghazi, who made his way across Asia and Europe after fleeing fighting, is reunited in UK with his uncle."

(theguardian.com)

'These don't look like children to me': concerns raised over ages of child refugees arriving in Britain - 18 October 2016
Article + Pictures + Videos
(telegraph.co.uk)

Survey finds 70% of migrants arriving in Europe by boat trafficked or exploited - Article + Video - 18 October 2016
"UN survey of 9,000 people travelling overland through Africa and arriving in by boat in Europe also reveals emerging trend in organ and blood trafficking."

(theguardian.com)

Ousman Manneh scores Werder Bremen winner two years after leaving The Gambia - 16 October 2016
"Werder Bremen striker Ousman Manneh said it was "a dream come true" to score his first Bundesliga goal
two years after arriving in Germany from The Gambia as a refugee."

(BBC)

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SPACE

ExoMars: British scientists face ‘six minutes of terror’ as Mars probe plunges to surface of Red Planet - VIDEO - 19 October 2016
(telegraph.co.uk)

The ExoMars mission explained in 90 secs - VIDEO
(telegraph.co.uk)

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Crossing the line
Saudi Arabian artists confront Islamophobia on US road trip – video
(theguardian.com)

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CHRISTMAS MARKETS

16 of the best Christmas markets in Europe
(telegraph.co.uk)

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BUSINESS

Book of the Day: 50 Business English Crossword Puzzles
+ Related articles
(englishblog.com)

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DOLLAR STREET

Dollar Street
"In the news people in other cultures seem stranger than they are.
We visited 240 families in 46 countries and collected 30,000 photos.
We sorted the homes by income, from left to right.
See how people really live."
(gapminder.org)

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MICRO-CAMPING

$150 bike camper: DIY micro mobile home (downloadable plans)
"Paul Elkins fell for micro-camping in 2002 when he toured the country in his cabover “stealth camper”. Sure he could make something more affordable, this year he began building a nomadic micro-shelter based on the Airstream design. [Downloadable plans: http://www.elkinsdiy.com/plans/ ]"
(YouTube)

 

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COLLOQUALISMS

20 Slang Terms for Law Enforcement Personnel
"A variety of more or less colorful colloquialisms referring to police officers and similar authority figures
have developed in American English, sometimes inspired by other languages. Here is a list of such terms..."

(dailywritingtips.com)

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MOVIE MONSTERS

How 10 Iconic Movie Monsters Were Created - with movie clips
"Movie monsters have been through an evolution as wild and nuanced as Charles Darwin’s. Back in the days of silent film, they were created with paint and fish gills. Studios eventually graduated to puppets and monkey models, before CGI made it impossibly easy to dream up new terrors. Because it’s almost Halloween and you’re likely watching one of those monsters—whether it’s Frankenstein, Dracula, or The Fly—on TV, here are the secrets behind their creation. If you think they’re scary, you should’ve seen Lon Chaney’s nose on The Phantom of the Opera set."
(mentalfloss.com)

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WEIRD BUILDINGS

Ten of the Weirdest Looking Buildings in Sweden
(housely.com)


Emporia in Malmô

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REALITY TV

Rants and Raves - Reality TV
"This activity provides short listening practice based around a monologue regarding reality TV in the UK. The monologue provides observations of reality TV.
In this lesson, students will listen to a monologue about a persons reflection of reality TV. They will pu the monologue in order and answer comprehension questions. There are also suggestions for developing the theme of reality TV to practise specific areas of grammar."

- with AUDIO
(teachingenglish.org.uk)

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CALENDAR

2017 Calendar Shows Many Sides of Vladimir Putin - Text + Audio - 18 October 2016
"The world is getting its first look at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s official calendar for 2017. It shows many sides of Putin.
Some pictures show him doing manly things, while others seem to show Putin’s softer side. In one photo, Putin is seen smiling and holding a cat."

(learningenglish.voanews.com)

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PROTEST SONGS

“Blowin’ in the Wind” and “A Change Is Gonna Come” - Article + Audio
"Two iconic protest anthems reveal the deeply interconnected—and interracial—roots of ’60s folk, soul, and rock ’n’ roll."

(slate.com)
Thanks to Laure P.


Bob Dylan in 1962 and Sam Cooke in 1964.


Introducing “Pop, Race, and the ’60s”
- Article + Audio
"A new Slate Academy asks how, across a decade of integration, rock music became “white”."

(slate.com)


Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Sam Cooke.

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