Subversive, queer and terrifyingly relevant: six reasons why Moby-Dick is the novel for our times

The book features gay marriage, hits out at slavery and imperialism and predicts the climate crisis 200 years after the birth of its author, Herman Melville, it has never been more important Thursday marks the 200th birthday of Herman Melville the author of the greatest unread novel in the English language. Ive lost count of the number of times Ive seen eyes glaze over when I ask people if they have conquered Moby-Dick. It is the Mount Everest of literature: huge and apparently insurmountable, its snowy peak as elusive as the tail of the great white whale himself. Having grown up loving whales as a boy in the era of the Save the Whale campaigns of the 1970s I was …

Michelle And Barack Obama Share Touching Birthday Tributes To Her Mom

Barack Obama joined his wife Marian Robinson a happy birthday. Michelle Obama shared this undated throwback snap of her mom: “Whenever I see this picture, and the look in my mother’s eyes, I wonder if she has any idea what’s coming in the decades ahead,” the former first lady captioned the image. “Real love and real loss, children and grandchildren who’d keep her on her toes, a wild ride to places she’d only read about or seen on television.” Barack Obama, meanwhile, noted in a separate post that people had “probably seen” his mother-in-law in photos of the family attending official events like the White House Easter Egg Rolls and Christmas tree lightings. “Happy birthday, Marian ― here’s to many more,” …

Gutfeld on Trump’s tweets about Baltimore

  He’s trying to free a black rapper from a foreign jail.   He’s presided over historic levels of low unemployment among minorities.   He’s pushing prison reform that directly benefits families of black men.   He calls out absent leaders of a city where minorities are the main victims of crime and blight. It’s the liberal machine inflicting the suffering. No wonder they want Trump to shut up about it. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR OPINION NEWSLETTER Wow, Trump sucks as a bigot. But the press deems any criticism of a “politician of color” racist. Of course, what’s really racist is that kind of pandering. Was Trump’s attack on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio just days ago …

Newlywed Dies In Treacherous River While Hiking To ‘Into The Wild Bus’

Veramika Maikamava of Belarus was wading through the waist-high water of the Teklanika River near Denali National Park with husband Piotr Markielau when she lost her grip on a rope she was using to steady herself, the State troopers said Markielau discovered his wife’s body roughly 75 to 100 feet downriver and reported her death to authorities. The couple had recently married. According to local radio station KTNA, the Tri-Valley Fire Department and a state trooper arrived on the scene with ATVs and retrieved Maikamava’s body. It has been sent for an autopsy and an investigation is ongoing. 19 days after he died while trying to survive alone in the wilderness. Swiss hiker drowned in 2010 while crossing the Teklanika …

Russian Police Arrest More Than 1,000 Protesters In Moscow

Police wrestled with protesters around the mayor’s office, sometimes charging into the crowd with their batons raised. State news agencies Tass and RIA-Novosti cited police as saying 1,074 were arrested over the course of the protests, which lasted more than seven hours. Along with the arrests of the mostly young demonstrators, several opposition activists who wanted to run for the council were arrested throughout the city before the protest. Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition figure, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail for calling an unauthorized protest. Helmeted police barged into Navalny’s video studio as it was conducting a YouTube broadcast of the protest and arrested program leader Vladimir Milonov. Police also searched Dozhd, an internet TV station …

Baltimore stands up for its city after Trump tweets ‘no human being would want to live there’

(CNN)The city of Baltimore did not take President Trump’s recent criticism of it lying down. Charm City stood up and fought back. The city’s leaders and residents were quick to defend it. The Twitter hashtag #wearebaltimore was trending Saturday night, with users posting pictures and comments expressing their pride in the city. “It’s completely unacceptable for the political leader of our country to denigrate a vibrant American City like Baltimore, and to viciously attack U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings a patriot and a hero,” Baltimore’s Mayor Jack Young said in a tweeted statement. The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board published a response, highlighting aspects of the city they felt the president left out: the beauty of Inner Harbor, the history of Fort …

College student finds 65-million-year-old fossil of Triceratops skull in North Dakota badlands

ACTRESS WHO ALLEGEDLY CAUGHT ENDANGERED CLAMS ON TV SHOW COULD FACE PRISON TIME: REPORTS “I can’t quite express my excitement in the moment when we uncovered the skull,” the student, Harrison Duran, said in his school’s release. “I’ve been obsessed with dinosaurs since I was a kid, so it was a pretty big deal.”

GM’s Cruise autonomous car company postpones self-driving taxi launch

(Cruise) (AP) Ammann added that the first deployment will only take place when Cruise can demonstrate that its vehicles provide a net positive safety impact and that it is working with regulators on how to determine that. He did not predict a new timeframe for when that would happen. Honda invested $2.75 billion in Cruise last November, and the company was valued at $19 billion after a funding round completed in May. Cruise has petitioned the federal government to allow it to use fully-autonomous vehicles without steering wheels or pedals, but has yet to receive approval.

China: US an initiator of security concerns, undermines global security with ‘power politics’

China’s Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian gestures as he speaks during a press conference at the State Council Information Office in Beijing, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. China says it will not “renounce the use of force” in efforts to reunify Taiwan with the mainland and vows to take all necessary military measures to defeat “separatists.” (AP Photo/Andy Wong) Taiwan split from the communist-ruled mainland amid civil war in 1949, but China maintains that the island is a part of its territory and seeks “complete reunification.” The United States has repeatedly angered Beijing by selling arms to Taiwan, and while the Western-country does not have formal diplomatic ties with the island, U.S. law requires that it provide Taiwan with sufficient defense …

Uni’s llama to be named Jeremy or Boris

Report End of Twitter post by @UniofReading The university purchased an adult llama to add to the herd which produce antibodies for research, but didn’t realise she was pregnant until after her arrival. Image copyright Getty images/Reuters Image caption Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson are bidding to become the next Tory leader and prime minister Jeremy has emerged as the early favourite among voters in the llama naming poll. However, Mr Johnson is regarded as the frontrunner in the contest to be named next prime minister.

New Liberal Democrat leader to be revealed

Lib Dem leadership contenders make pitches Davey and Swinson in Lib Dem run-off The Liberal Democrats began the process of choosing their next leader in May, as Sir Vince – who has served as leader since July 2017 – announced he would be handing over a “bigger, stronger party”. Under Sir Vince, the Lib Dems have been at the forefront of the campaign for another EU referendum as a means of stopping Brexit. The party now has 12 MPs and won 20% of the vote share in the European elections. In the English local elections in May, they were the biggest winners of the night. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLiberal Democrat leadership: Ed Davey and Jo …