Damon Davis: Courage is contagious | TED Talk | TED.com April 2017 at TED2017


When artist Damon Davis went to join the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after police killed Michael Brown in 2014, he found not only anger but also a sense of love for self and community. His documentary “Whose Streets?” tells the story of the protests from the perspective of the activists who showed up to challenge those who use power to spread fear and hate.

Apple Readies $1 Billion War Chest for Hollywood Programming – Tripp Mickle Aug. 16, 2017 5:00 a.m. ET


Company immediately becomes a considerable competitor in crowded market for original shows

DJs Simihaze at the launch party for Apple Music’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ on Aug. 7 in West Hollywood, Calif. Apple plans to spend $1 billion on original video content in the next year.

DJs Simihaze at the launch party for Apple Music’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ on Aug. 7 in West Hollywood, Calif. Apple plans to spend $1 billion on original video content in the next year. Photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

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Tripp Mickle

Apple Inc. AAPL 1.09% has set a budget of roughly $1 billion to procure and produce original content over the next year, according to people familiar with the matter—a sign of how serious the iPhone maker is about making a splash in Hollywood.

Combined with the company’s marketing clout and global reach, that immediately makes Apple a considerable competitor in a crowded market where new media players and traditional media companies are vying to acquire original shows. The figure is about half what Time Warner Inc.’s HBO spent on content last year and on par with estimates of what Amazon.com Inc. spent in 2013, the year after it announced its move into original programming.

Apple coulddd acquire and produce as many as 10 television shows, according to the people familiar with the plan, helping fulfill Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue’s vision of offering high-quality video—similar to shows such as HBO’s “Game of Thrones”—on the company’s streaming-music service or a new, video-focused service.

Apple declined to comment.

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Why Tensions Are Rising Between Vietnam and China – By Hunter Marston  August 15, 2017


Hanoi Resists Beijing’s South China Sea Agenda

In a sign of escalating tensions in Southeast Asia, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi just canceled a bilateral meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Binh Minh. Since clashing in a brief war in 1979 and a naval battle in 1988, Vietnam has drawn China’s ire with some creative (and risky) diplomacy intended to counter Beijing’s acts of unilateral dominance in the South China Sea.

Last month, Hanoi agreed to back off of a major oil exploration venture in the South China Sea at Beijing’s behest. General Fan Changlong, deputy chair of China’s Central Military Commission, applied some heavy-handed pressure, including paying a visit to Madrid to raise Beijing’s concerns over Spanish corporation Repsol’s involvement in the deal despite Respol’s having already invested $300 million in the project. General Fan also traveled to Hanoi for an annual border exchange, during which time he directly requested that Vietnam cease oil exploration in the disputed zone, block 136-03, even threatening to use force if his request was denied. Hanoi then relented. Although many Asia analysts were critical of Vietnam’s decision, which they saw as kowtowing to Beijing, Hanoi has continued to push back against China in other important areas.

For instance, Vietnam has moved forward with construction of artificial land features in the South China Sea, which it began building in the 1980s. Yet Beijing, much to its ire, is unable to publicly condemn these moves without appearing hypocritical, as China has constructed seven islands in the South China Sea totaling over 3,200 acres of land and has continued to install more military hardware on them.

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British Columbia Will Ban Grizzly Bear Trophy Hunting – Merrit Kennedy – August 15, 20175:38 PM ET


Grizzly bear cubs follow their mother in British Columbia, Canada, in 2014. The province has banned trophy hunting of grizzlies beginning at the end of November.

Mick Thompson

In a win for conservationists and environmental groups, British Columbia says it will no longer allow the trophy hunting of grizzly bears in the Canadian province starting on Nov. 30.

The new policy blocks all hunting of grizzlies in the Great Bear Rainforest but still allows people to hunt them for food elsewhere in British Columbia.

Of the approximately 15,000 grizzlies in British Columbia, about 250 are killed by hunters annually, according to government figures.

Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson characterized that level of hunting as “sustainable” in an interview with the CBC.

However, he says the decision to end trophy hunting is “not a matter of numbers, it’s a matter of society has come to the point in B.C. where they are no longer in favour of the grizzly bear trophy hunt.”

This comes on the heels of an election win for the center-left New Democrat Party, beating the more conservative Liberal Party for the first time in 16 years. The NDP had promised to end trophy hunting during the campaign — which the Liberals had reinstated 16 years ago, according to the BBC.

The grizzly hunting season is opening in parts of the province in the next week, the CBC reports. According to the Toronto Star, many of the hunting permits had already been sold before the new government was formed.

The government has yet to spell out the mechanics of implementing the ban. Donaldson said in a statement that the government “will consult with First Nations and stakeholder groups to determine next steps and mechanisms as B.C. moves toward ending the trophy hunt.”

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Texas Voter Maps Blocked as Racially Biased by U.S. Judges – August 15, 2017, 4:51 PM PDT


Voters cast their ballots inside Calvary Baptist Church in Rosenberg, Texas, on March 1, 2016.

Photographer: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images

Texas can’t use its current voter maps in the upcoming congressional midterm elections after a panel of federal judges ruled districts approved by state Republican lawmakers illegally discriminate against Hispanic and black voters.

The three-judge panel in San Antonio gave the state three days to say if and when the Texas Legislature will fix the congressional map, which the judges concluded still carried the discriminatory taint of districts lawmakers originally drew in 2011 with the intent to squelch rising Latino voting strength.

If Texas doesn’t intend to correct biased districts, the court will hold a hearing to solicit advice before redrawing the map on its own, the panel said Tuesday.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, expressed disappointment with the ruling, which he claimed didn’t square with the court’s approval of essentially the same district boundaries five years ago.

Every voter map Texas has created since 1970 has been challenged in court by civil rights groups representing the minority citizens who’ve steadily eroded the state’s historic white majority.

Four Seats

Texas gained four new congressional seats after the 2010 U.S. Census counted 4.3 million new Texans, almost 90 percent of whom were Hispanic or black. Yet state lawmakers drew no new districts that favored minority voters, who tend to choose Democratic candidates.

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Sex, Drugs, and the Inside Lane: Recapping the 2017 World Championships of Track – NICHOLAS THOMPSON, MALCOLM GLADWELL 08.15.17 07:00 AM


Mo Farah (L) and Muktar Edris compete in the 5000 meter final in London at the 2017 World Championships

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Nicholas Thompson: Malcolm, hello! Welcome back from vacation. And also welcome to WIRED.com! We’ve been chatting about Olympic and World Championship track for five years now, but this is the first time we’re doing it here.

Let’s start with the moment when one of your favorite runners got defeated. Sir Mo Farah is perhaps the greatest distance racer in history, and he opened the meet by winning the 10,000 in a blazing 26:49. But he closed the meet on the track, in agony, and in second place after losing the 5,000 meters to Muktar Edris. What happened?

Malcolm Gladwell: I feel like Farah has been so good for so long that we’ve lost some perspective. What happened? What happened is that he ran a brutally fast 10,000, then a 5,000 heat, and then a 5,000 final in the space of a week. He ran out of gas. Do you have any doubt that he would have won the 5,000 if he had not run the 10K earlier in the week? My friend Henry Abbott, who writes about basketball, has got me thinking more and more about fatigue as the underrated variable in elite performance. Did you know (Henry told me this) that NBA players “peak” in November? In other words, optimal performance in a typical NBA season comes shortly after it begins—months before the season ends. In every game after that, the players are fighting off growing fatigue. And a basketball game—even a season of 82 basketball games—is not a sub-27-minute 10,000 meters! I think it’s a measure of Farah’s greatness that he came as close as he did to beating Edris.

NT: That raises a question that I think every serious runner has to think about: At what level of effort does a race, or workout, actually break you down? You want to run intervals to the point of exhaustion, and even races, generally, make you stronger for the next one. But at some point you cross into the red, and at some other point, like after a hard marathon, you just have to shut down for a while. I’ve never gotten a satisfactory answer to when, exactly, this happens, and why, exactly, it happens physiologically. (Damnit, Ed Caesar, will you please help me out here?)

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