Bishop Michael Curry brought the black American church to the royal wedding – By Constance Grady@constancegrady May 19, 2018, 8:08am EDT


He began and ended his speech by quoting Martin Luther King Jr.

Meghan Markle just became one of the first mixed-race members of the British royal family, and the royal wedding has not been not shy about making that point. Halfway through the ceremony, just before a gospel choir sang “Stand by Me,” Bishop Michael Curry — a black American Episcopal from Chicago — gave an address on the redemptive power of love that quoted liberally from the black spiritual tradition.

Curry began and ended his address by quoting Martin Luther King Jr., and spent time on the legacy of slavery in between. And his speaking style was notably looser and freer than the rest of the speeches in the ceremony: He was speaking in the rhythm of black American preachers.

His address was a break with royal wedding tradition. As Tara Isabella Burton wrote for Vox, traditionally British priests from the Church of England preside over royal events. Curry, however, is the head of the American Episcopal Church, a sister to the Church of England but not a part of it. He is also the first black leader of the Episcopal Church.

“I’ll never forget my daddy told me when I was fairly new as a priest,” Curry remarked before the ceremony began, “he said just always be who you really are. Don’t pretend to be someone else.” Curry followed his father’s advice at the royal wedding — and in the process, he let Markle remind everyone else who she is.

Markle may be the new English Duchess of Sussex, but her black American heritage was central to the royal wedding.

https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/5/19/17371708/royal-wedding-address-sermon-bishop-michael-curry

Rocks or climate change? HIV or HPV? Take our Big Republican Science Quiz! – Arwa Mahdawi Last modified on Sun 20 May 2018 00.44 AEST


Take our quiz and see if you know more about political faux pas than some politicians seem to know about science

This week the GOP reminded us once again just how much they champion science. First Mo Brooks, a congressman from Alabama, pondered whether rocks falling into the ocean could be causing rising sea levels at a hearing of the House science, space and technology committee. Then Bill Gates revealed that president Trump asked him if HIV and HPV were the same same thing.

Brooks and Trump are not the only Republicans to have a creative interpretation of the world. Take our quiz and see if you know more about politicians getting things wrong than some US politicians seem to know about science.

Which group did George W Bush say humans can “coexist peacefully” with?

Martians
Robots
Fish
Foreigners
What fundamental change did Ben Carson say happens to humans when they’re incarcerated?

"Ben Carson"
They go into prison straight and come out gay
They go into prison skinny and come ou`1t fat because of all the delicious food
They go into prison skinny and come out with enormous muscles from working out so much

In 2015, how did Senator Jim Inhofe demonstrate that he was right about climate change?

He brought a snowball onto the floor of the US Senate
He interviewed a woman who had almost died of frostbite
He wrote a peer-reviewed survey

In Golf’s ‘Bomb and Gouge’ Era, the Fairway Is an Afterthought – Brian Costa May 18, 2018 7:00 a.m. ET


For many modern pros, it’s all about length; ‘If it goes straight, it’s a bonus’

There are 143 players on the PGA Tour who have hit the fairway more often than World No. 1 Justin Thomas has this season. He does it only about 58% of the time.

A few years ago, veteran pro golfer Davis Love III took his son to see the renowned sports psychologist Bob Rotella. Dru Love, who was then playing for the University of Alabama, was struggling badly with his driver, so Rotella asked him some questions.

And how often do they hit the fairway? “Oh, they hit it all over the place,” he replied.

“So,” Rotella told him, “why are you worried about how straight your drive is?”

This is the point to which golf has evolved in the power era: The solution for an aspiring Tour pro worried about missing the fairway is to stop worrying about missing the fairway. It’s not a mind trick. It can be a sound strategy. “Genius,” Love III said.

Long and wide off the tee is beating short and straight more often than not, a shift that is upending not just how golf is played but how players think about the game. “Bomb and gouge” has gone from a novel concept—bombing the ball with a driver and gouging it out of the rough—to something approaching religion on the PGA Tour.

Woods and Mickelson are still doing it—they’re in the midst of renaissance seasons while hitting the fairway barely more than half the time, ranking near the bottom of the Tour. But behind them are a generation of players who are doing it even better, partly because they are driving the ball even farther.

There are 143 players on the PGA Tour who have hit the fairway more often than Justin Thomas has this season. He does it only about 58% of the time. Yet with an average drive of nearly 313 yards, only seven players are longer. On Sunday, after tying for 11th place at the Players Championship, Thomas surpassed Dustin Johnson to become the No. 1 player in the world.

“There’s definitely been a change in priority from hitting it straight to hitting it long,” said 2006 U.S. Open winner Geoff Ogilvy. “When I was a kid, the intent was to hit the ball well, and if it went long, then that was a bonus. Now, it’s hit the ball long, and if it goes straight, it’s a bonus.”

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Justify Wins Preakness, Keeping Triple Crown Hopes Alive – Emma Bowman May 19, 20186:57 PM ET


Justify, ridden by Mike Smith, wins the 143rd Preakness Stakes in the mud and fog Saturday to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown in Baltimore.

Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images

Dense fog and a soggy track blurred ideal viewing conditions, but there was no mistaking Justify’s run to victory in the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Entering the race with overwhelming odds, the undefeated favorite, ridden by jockey Mike Smith, shot out of Post 7 with a clean start as he had in Kentucky. Smith takes his second Preakness win.

While Justify’s victory hardly came as a shock, don’t call it an easy win. The favorite, who had been recovering from a bruised hind foot, stayed nose-to-nose with trailing Derby runner-up Good Magic for the majority of the race.

In the end, though, Bravazo placed second and long shot Tenfold finished third, reports The Associated Press:

“Justify went the 1 3/16th-mile race in 1 minute, 55.93 seconds as the 2-5 favorite, beating Bravazo by a half-length, with Tenfold in third by a neck and Good Magic fading to fourth another neck back.”

“It was a nail-biter,” Justify’s trainer Bob Baffert told NBC Sports. “They put it to us. It was like they had their own private match race (but I’m) so happy we got it done. Such a great horse to handle all that pressure and get it done.”

Baffert is now one race closer to taking his second Triple Crown. Baffert led American Pharoah to Triple Crown victory in 2015, ending a 37-year-drought in series champions.

Justify’s next stop: the final jewel of the Triple Crown at Belmont Stakes in New York on June 9.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/19/612708810/justify-wins-preakness

California Charges Owners of Mugshots.com With Extortion – LILY HAY NEWMAN SECURITY 05.19.18 09:00 AM


Alyssa Foote

As is often the case, it was a week of mixed messages in security, with the White House eliminating its top cybersecurity policy roles at a crucial moment in geopolitics and the evolution of cyberwar. WIRED took a deep look at Robert Mueller’s military service in Vietnam and his first year as special counsel, examining the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russia. And senators questioned former Cambridge Analytica research director Christopher Wylie on Wednesday, looking to gain some clarity on the company’s privacy-infringing tactics.

Alphabet’s Jigsaw incubator announced free DDoS attack protection for any US political campaign or candidate—a helpful last-minute option with the midterm elections just six months away. And the Department of Justice successfully prosecuted two men behind a popular malware development tool Scan4You after the security firm Trend Micro brought extensive information about the platform to the FBI. Always nice to get some good news.

Meanwhile, researchers discovered a major flaw in two widely-used encrypted email protocols, and Facebook and Google+ are still riddled with grisly jihadi content depicting and promoting violence.

So, yeah, you know how it is. As always, we’ve rounded up all the news we didn’t break or cover in depth this week. Click on the headlines to read the full stories. And stay safe out there.

Mugshots.com Owners Arrested for Extortion in California

The California attorney general’s office charged four people with extortion, money laundering, and identity theft on Wednesday for their alleged involvement with the website Mugshots.com, which posts people’s mugshots, but will take them down for a fee. Two of the alleged site owners, Thomas Keesee and Sahar Sarid, were arrested in Florida on Thursday. The other two defendants are Kishore Vidya Bhavnanie and David Usdan. “This pay-for-removal scheme attempts to profit off of someone else’s humiliation,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “Those who can’t afford to pay into this scheme to have their information removed pay the price when they look for a job, housing, or try to build relationships with others.”

Mugshots.com has impacted people’s lives for years; some have attempted to sue the site, but have found little recourse. Meanwhile, the site says in a newly prescient “Disclaimer Notice” that, “Published mugshots and/or arrest records are previously published public records. The mugshots and/or arrest records published on Mugshots.com are in no way an indication of guilt and they are not evidence that an actual crime has been committed. Arrest does not imply guilt.”

Cisco Patches Three Really Bad Bugs

On Wednesday, Cisco published 16 security advisories, including three ranked “Critical.” Two are bugs that an attacker could use to sidestep authentication checks in Cisco’s network architecture service “DNA Center,” and one is essentially a backdoor account that could give full access to a DNA system. Cisco released patches for all of these flaws, and urged customers to apply them. The company has revealed a worrying number of security vulnerabilities in the last few months, but observers note that it may not be as a bad a sign as it seems. Cisco began an extensive internal review in 2015 in response to dire bug discoveries at other companies, and the audit has succeeded in uncovering a number of flaws that might have otherwise persisted undetected.

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Perception and Misperception on the Korean Peninsula – By Robert Jervis and Mira Rapp-Hooper


KCNA / REUTERS Seeing like a state: Kim watching a military drill, Pyongyang, November 2014

orth Korea has all but completed its quest for nuclear weapons. It has demonstrated its ability to produce boosted-fission bombs and may be able to make fusion ones, as well. It can likely miniaturize them to fit atop a missile. And it will soon be able to deliver this payload to the continental United States. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, has declared his country’s nuclear deterrent complete and, despite his willingness to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump, is unlikely to give it up. Yet Washington continues to demand that Pyongyang relinquish the nuclear weapons it already has, and the Trump administration has pledged that the North Korean regime will never acquire a nuclear missile that can hit the United States. The result is a new, more dangerous phase in the U.S.–North Korean relationship: a high-stakes nuclear standoff.

In March, U.S. and South Korean officials announced the possibility of a Kim-Trump meeting. But regardless of whether diplomacy proceeds or the United States turns its focus to other tools—sanctions, deterrence, even military force—the same underlying challenge will remain: the outcome of this standoff will be determined by whether and how each country can influence the other. That, in turn, will depend on the beliefs and perceptions each holds about the other. The problems of perception and misperception afflict all policymakers that deal with foreign adversaries. But when it comes to relations between Washington and Pyongyang, those problems are especially profound, and the consequences of a miscalculation are uniquely grave.

Any U.S. strategy toward North Korea involves using a combination of threats and promises to persuade Pyongyang to bend to Washington’s will. But whether the United States can actually persuade Pyongyang depends not just on which tools it chooses to use but also, more fundamentally, on how it is viewed by North Korea. How do North Korean leaders interpret the signals Washington sends? Do they see Washington’s threats and promises as credible? And how do U.S. policymakers perceive their counterparts in Pyongyang? How do they differentiate plausible threats from mere bluster? The American debate about whether Kim is “rational”—that is, capable of making means-ends calculations and providing for his own survival—barely scratches the surface of necessary considerations.

Ultimately, the effectiveness of any threat or promise is in the eye of the target; the adversary has the final say in whether a particular approach succeeds. Analysts often compare international politics to chess, a bilateral contest in which players view the entire board and know all the possible moves. In this case especially, a more apt analogy is Rashomon—the Japanese film that depicts the same story from several vantage points, each character viewing what happened differently.

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As an Ebola Outbreak Threatens to Spread Even Wider, A New Vaccine Gives Hope – By CLIFTON LEAF May 19, 2018


The latest Ebola outbreak in Congo is spreading.

The latest Ebola outbreak in Congo is spreading. JOHN WESSELS AFP/Getty Images

The World Health Organization has raised the threat level for an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after additional suspected cases of the disease were identified in Mbandaka, a Congo River port city with over a million residents. Mbandaka, importantly, also serves as a hub for traffic across equatorial Africa—a region where national borders can be especially “porous,” making the risk of international spread all the greater, says an emergency committee of the WHO.

The new suspected cases of the disease follow the reports of 45 others and 25 deaths across the country since April 4. Fourteen of those cases were confirmed as Ebola, according to the global health organization, which now assesses the risk of much wider spread in the region to be “very high,” the agency’s second-highest threat level.

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The WHO now says nine countries neighboring Congo are “at high risk of spread.”

In what could be a milestone of progress—and I emphasize “could be”—the threat of outbreak will be met this time with a new weapon, a vaccine that has been demonstrated in at least some human trials to have “high protective efficacy and effectiveness to prevent Ebola virus disease.” The Merck vaccine rVSV-ZEBOV, developed at the Public Health Agency of Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory, was tested in several thousand people who were either contacts or “contacts of contacts” of individuals with confirmed Ebola virus disease after a 2015-16 outbreak in Guinea, West Africa. None of those vaccinated developed the disease after 10 days, even as 16 people in the unvaccinated comparator group did, according to a report in the Lancet. It remains unclear how long that apparent protective effect will last, though evidence suggests than antibodies to the disease in vaccinated individuals can last two years or more.

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