To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android . Last November in the cavernous Amazon Room of Las Vegas’s Rio casino, two dozen men dressed mostly in sweatshirts and baseball caps sat around three well-worn poker tables playing Texas Hold ’em. Occasionally a few passers-by stopped to watch the action, but otherwise the players pushed their chips back and forth in dingy obscurity. Except for the taut, electric stillness with which they held themselves during a hand, there was no outward sign that these were the greatest poker players in the world, nor that they were, as the poker saying goes, “playing for houses,” or at least hefty down payments. This was the first day of a three-day tournament whose official name was the World Series of Poker Super High Roller, though the participants simply called it “the 250K,” after the $250,000 each had put up to enter it. At one table, a professional player named Seth Davies … [Read more...] about How A.I. Conquered Poker
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To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android . A mink farm in northern Utah sat at the end of a narrow, rutted road lined by modest, densely packed ranch houses. The farm consisted of a grassy lot partly enclosed by stakes with wire wrapped haphazardly around them and a small, chain-link swing gate. Long, narrow mink sheds a few yards beyond the gate were so close to the road that I could see inside their dark interiors. The smell from the sheds was intense. Mink keep intruders away from their territories by emitting an odor from their anal scent glands that is widely considered to be more pungent than that of skunks. (A thoroughfare in a nearby city that is home to several mink farms is colloquially known as “Satan’s butthole.”) A neighbor, an adolescent girl with a mass of black curls, offered to help me find the farmer, and I waited as she unlatched the gate and marched into the mink sheds in her flip-flops. She … [Read more...] about Animals Infecting Humans Is Scary. It’s Worse When We Infect Them Back.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Imagine going to pick up your groceries when you suddenly receive a message on your phone that you’re being followed. CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey has been tracking what’s many are called AirTag stalking , wherein people use tiny Apple AirTags on unsuspecting victims. READ MORE: Navy Veteran Had Stroke In Costa Rica, And Now He's Stranded As Family Tries To Pay Five-Figure Medical Bills On Tuesday, another victim came forward. She said she wished she had taken the alert she received more seriously. The woman, Elizabeth, got the notification to her phone as she was pulling out of a grocery store parking lot in Edgewater with her toddler. She had driven 35 minutes before she realized an AirTag was still tracking her location. “I think it’s an easy tool to track people and to do it relatively anonymously — and that’s concerning,” Elizabeth said. She is talking about an AirTag – a tracking device designed to work as a key finder. But since its launch in … [Read more...] about Another Chicagoan Comes Forward, Says Apple AirTag Was Used To Track And Stalk Her
Black coaches are good enough to be coordinators in the NFL, but not head coaches. That’s the message the league has been sending, with hopes that it will change this year. There were eight openings soon after the regular season ended Jan. 9, leaving the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin as the only Black head coach among the league’s 32 teams. Since then, there has been speculation about who will get hired and who has been interviewed, but that’s business as usual this time of year. And then no Black coach gets hired. Almost as tiring is the repeated line about “why do teams have to hire Black coaches? Why don’t they just hire the best candidate for the job?” That sounds good in theory, but maybe that question should be asked to the owners. Did former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer and current Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule have more professional experience than defensive coordinators Todd Bowles of Tampa Bay and Leslie Frazier of Buffalo? Really? The … [Read more...] about Mike Preston: With so many NFL openings, it’s past time for more Black coaches to be hired | COMMENTARY
Mette Harrison, a novelist who also works in the financial industry, was blindsided in 2020 when her husband of 30 years asked for a divorce. A mother of six, she estimated that she also lost half of her friends between those who ghosted her and others who expressed judgment about the breakup. According to a 2013 longitudinal study headed by Brown University scholar Rose McDermott , if people in your close social network divorce, the risk of your marriage ending greatly increases. This may partially explain why those in marriage meltdowns find themselves abandoned by their nearest and dearest. But loved ones disappearing may also be because they just don’t know how to help. On top of the loss of her marriage, losing friends was nearly too much, said Ms. Harrison, now 51. But when those who stuck by her offered help, she was also flummoxed. “I didn’t know what I needed even when people asked,” she said. One friend offered a bed until Ms. Harrison could find an apartment; another … [Read more...] about Divorce is Hard. Here’s How You Can Help Those Going Through One.
WASHINGTON — As a small coterie of grim-faced advisers shuffled into the Oval Office on the evening of Oct. 15, President Obama’s chief domestic accomplishment was falling apart 24 miles away, at a bustling high-tech data center in suburban Virginia. HealthCare.gov, the $630 million online insurance marketplace, was a disaster after it went live on Oct. 1, with a roster of engineering repairs that would eventually swell to more than 600 items. The private contractors who built it were pointing fingers at one another. And inside the White House, after initially saying too much traffic was to blame, Mr. Obama’s closest confidants had few good answers. The political dangers were clear to everyone in the room: Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; Kathleen Sebelius , the health secretary; Marilyn Tavenner, the Medicare chief; Denis McDonough, the chief of staff; Todd Park , the chief technology officer; and others. For 90 excruciating minutes, a furious and frustrated president … [Read more...] about Inside the Race to Rescue a Health Care Site, and Obama
Hong Kong (CNN Business) China produced more coal than ever last year as its power stations struggled to meet demand for electricity, undermining plans to curb carbon emissions. While the surge in output helped bring the power crisis under control, coal prices are creeping up yet again this year amid expectations that China is going to need even more of the fossil fuel to power its economic recovery. Coal output hit a record 4.07 billion metric tons last year, up 4.7% from 2020, according to data released by China's National Bureau of Statistics earlier this week. Imports of coal also rose last year, to their highest level since 2013. China is already the world's largest coal producer and consumer, but its record production is notable given that just a year ago the country was touting aggressive measures meant to seriously curb its emissions. In September 2020, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that the country would become carbon … [Read more...] about China mined a record amount of coal in 2021. It might produce even more this year
Want to sell something to gay people? Put a rainbow on it! That seems to be the logic behind yet another round of pandering Pride Month ads. Every June, the LGBT community marks the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots by hosting celebrations in major cities around the world. Corporations mark the anniversary with lazy and manipulative marketing targeted at LGBT consumers. On the first of the month, the Maytag Man appeared on Twitter holding a six-layer rainbow cake with the caption: “Proud to be in any home.” An odd way to come out of the closet, certainly, but it explains why he was always so lonely . Other brands quickly followed suit. Absolut re-introduced its limited-edition rainbow vodka bottles. American Airlines pulled a Hillary Clinton and turned its Twitter logo—you guessed it— rainbow . And SKYY Vodka tweeted out a bizarre amalgamation of a heart, an American flag, and a rainbow with the hashtag #ToastToMarriage: But wait, there’s … [Read more...] about Let’s Stop Buying the LGBT Rainbow
Denmark toughened its rape law on Thursday by criminalizing sex without explicit consent, a long-awaited victory for assault survivors and human rights groups. In order to bring a rape charge, the law previously required proof of violence, threat or evidence that the victim was unable to fend off the assault. But the new legislation broadens the definition. “Now it becomes clear that if both parties do not agree to sex, then it is rape,” Justice Minister Nick Haekkerup said after lawmakers unanimously approved the measure, which takes effect on Jan. 1. Denmark regularly leads indexes on gender equality and access to justice. Its sexual assault laws already criminalized marital rape, and the legal definition of rape includes acts other than sexual intercourse. Nevertheless, Danish women’s organizations have accused law enforcement and the justice system of failing to protect victims. And in a report published last year, Amnesty International denounced what it called a “ … [Read more...] about Denmark Toughens Rape Law to Include Sex Without Consent
HOW CIVIL WARS START And How to Stop Them THE NEXT CIVIL WAR Dispatches From the American Future Last month, three retired generals warned that the U.S. military needs to start preparing for the possibility of internal breakdown over the 2024 election. “In a contested election,” they wrote, “some might follow orders from the rightful commander in chief, while others might follow the Trumpian loser. … Under such a scenario, it is not outlandish to say a military breakdown could lead to civil war.” Two new books suggest their concern is not misplaced. The generals are likely familiar with the Political Instability Task Force (P.I.T.F.) , a group of analysts that has been crunching enormous amounts of data in order to predict where conflict might erupt. Barbara F. Walter is a member of the task force who has spent 30 years studying civil wars around the world. Her new book, “How Civil Wars Start,” explains that studies have identified three factors that predict which … [Read more...] about Is Civil War Coming to America?