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Hiraeth is a Welsh word that is somewhat difficult to describe in English, for the reason that there is no single English word that expresses all that it does. Some words often used to try to explain it are homesickness, yearning, and longing. 

But there is more depth to hiraeth than in any of those words on their own. It seems to be a multi-layered word, which includes a different variety of homesickness than generally referred to.

This kind of homesickness is like a combination of the homesickness, longing, nostalgia, and yearning, for a home that you cannot return to, no longer exists, or maybe never was. It can also include grief or sadness for who or what you have lost, losses which make your “home” not the same as the one you remember.
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This will be my last Scoop.It post. I have posted 9,749 items over the years. This week, the proprietors adopted a new revenue plan. I fully understand their business logic but the plan makes it impractical for me to continue publishing "The Political Side of Things" through Scoop.It.

I will also be winding down my Facebook page and Twitter activity. Prudence is the reason in both cases.

I appreciate your support and helpfulness in the years I have been posting on Scoop.It. So many of you have been helpful and Scoop.It has many excellent people posting and commenting.

My Welsh blood nudges me to close with a word from the Welsh language - hiraeth. May your homecomings fulfill your hopes and memories.

Thank you! 
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Trump on Amazon, DACA, and more: The top 7 stories to know going into the week - CNNPolitics

In just seven days, enough news has come out of Washington to forget that last Sunday, porn star Stormy Daniels gave a much-anticipated interview to Anderson Cooper on CBS' 60 Minutes about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump.


If you spent this holiday weekend away from your newsfeeds and phones, here are the top stories from the last week.


"While we are on the subject, it is reported that the U.S. Post Office will lose $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for Amazon. That amounts to Billions of Dollars," Trump tweeted Saturday morning. "The Failing N.Y. Times reports that 'the size of the company's lobbying staff has ballooned,' and that......does not include the Fake Washington Post, which is used as a 'lobbyist' and should so REGISTER," he wrote.


"If the P.O. 'increased its parcel rates, Amazon's shipping costs would rise by $2.6 Billion.'"

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Trump bashes CNN, NBC, defends Sinclair Broadcast Group after 'fake news' speeches by local anchors

Trump bashes CNN, NBC, defends Sinclair Broadcast Group after 'fake news' speeches by local anchors | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

President Donald Trump on Monday touted Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns more than two dozen NBC news affiliates, as being "far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC."


The defense of Sinclair came amid a seven-tweet flurry Monday morning, in which the president weighed in on topics ranging from immigration to mega-retailer Amazon's tax status.


Sinclair drew attention after dozens of reporters recited an identical speech about fake news.

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Moving Left: Outlines of a New Democratic Party Emerge

Moving Left: Outlines of a New Democratic Party Emerge | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

A new Democratic Party is emerging in congressional primaries across the country, united over the most liberal policies in decades but sharply divided over which candidates to run against President Trump and Republicans in the midterms, the Washington Post reports.


The party taking shape will challenge the GOP with a distinct populist tilt, marking a departure from the centrist views that had dominated during the era of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. This year’s candidates have largely endorsed universal health care, a $15 minimum wage, easing the financial burden for college students and tougher gun control.

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Republican Senator Graham warns against Syria troop withdrawal | Reuters

Republican Senator Graham warns against Syria troop withdrawal | Reuters | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

A senior Republican senator on Sunday warned U.S. President Donald Trump against pulling U.S. troops from Syria, saying it would lead to a resurgence of Islamic State and increased Iranian sway over the Syrian government in Damascus.

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Who stands to gain if Trump pulls the US out of Syria? Not the US - CNNPolitics

Who stands to gain if Trump pulls the US out of Syria? Not the US - CNNPolitics | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

President Donald Trump's unexpected announcement on Thursday that the US would "be coming out of Syria like very soon" is raising concerns among some national security officials who warn that withdrawing now would not only undermine American credibility in the region but prompt a significant escalation to an already devastating conflict..

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The Myth of the Criminal Immigrant - The New York Times

The Myth of the Criminal Immigrant - The New York Times | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

The Trump administration’s first year of immigration policy has relied on claims that immigrants bring crime into America. President Trump’s latest target is sanctuary cities. “Every day, sanctuary cities release illegal immigrants, drug dealers, traffickers, gang members back into our communities,” he said last week. “They’re safe havens for just some terrible people.”


As of 2017, according to Gallup polls, almost half of Americans agreed that immigrants make crime worse. But is it true that immigration drives crime? Many studies have shown that it does not.


The link between immigration and crime exists in the imaginations of Americans, and nowhere else.

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Ingraham loses advertisers over Parkland controversy & Tweet about Parkland student gun-control leader

Ingraham loses advertisers over Parkland controversy & Tweet about Parkland student gun-control leader | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

At least 11 advertisers on Laura Ingraham's primetime Fox News show have pulled their support on Thursday in response to her comments mocking Parkland, Fla., shooting survivor David Hogg over his rejection from colleges.

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Laura Ingraham Says She’ll Take Planned Vacation Amidst Controversy

Laura Ingraham Says She’ll Take Planned Vacation Amidst Controversy | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

Laura Ingraham is taking a vacation next week. Now the question is whether a controversy swirling around the host will go on hiatus as well.


The popular Fox News Channel host – her “Ingraham Angle” was the fourth most-watched cable-news program in February – told viewers Friday night she would not appear on air next week as she took what she described as a pre-planned break around the Easter holiday with her children. Substitute hosts are expected to fill in for her on the program.


She leaves in the midst of heightened scrutiny. Ingraham set off an imbroglio Wednesday with a Twitter post mocking Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student David Hogg, one of the students who has spoken out about gun control prominently since a February 14th shooting incident at the Parkland, Florida school left 17 people dead.

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GOP tax message hits a snag

GOP tax message hits a snag | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

More than three months after the passage of the GOP’s tax-cut law, new surveys suggest that many people don’t think they are getting bigger paychecks, which could cut into support for Republicans in this fall’s midterm elections.

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Fired by the President and angry, David J. Shulkin writes for the New York Times: Privatizing the V.A. Will Hurt Veterans

Fired by the President and angry, David J. Shulkin writes for the New York Times: Privatizing the V.A. Will Hurt Veterans | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

It seems that these successes within the department have intensified the ambitions of people who want to put V.A. health care in the hands of the private sector. I believe differences in philosophy deserve robust debate, and solutions should be determined based on the merits of the arguments.


The advocates within the administration for privatizing V.A. health services, however, reject this approach. They saw me as an obstacle to privatization who had to be removed. That is because I am convinced that privatization is a political issue aimed at rewarding select people and companies with profits, even if it undermines care for veterans.

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Exclusive: FBI looked into Trump plans to build hotel in Latvia with Putin supporter

Exclusive: FBI looked into Trump plans to build hotel in Latvia with Putin supporter | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

They wanted to build the Las Vegas of the Baltics.


In 2010, a small group of businessmen, including a wealthy Russian supporter of Vladimir Putin, began working on plans to build a glitzy hotel and entertainment complex with Donald Trump in Riga, the capital of Latvia. A senior Trump executive visited the city to scout for locations. Trump and his daughter Ivanka spent hours at Trump Tower with the Russian, Igor Krutoy, who also knows attendees of a fateful meeting at the same building during the 2016 U.S. election campaign.


Then the Latvian government’s anti-corruption bureau began asking questions.


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David Hogg having trouble getting into college after high school

David Hogg having trouble getting into college after high school | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

Some state colleges in California are apparently not impressed by the Parkland high school shooting survivor who helped become a voice for a global gun control movement.


David Hogg, 17, has so far been rejected by four University of California campuses — UCLA, UCSD, UCSB and UC Irvine, he told TMZ. According to the UC site, a minimum 3.4 GPA is required for non-California residents to get in. The Florida teen has a 4.2 GPA and an SAT score of 1270.


“At this point, we’re already changing the world,” Hogg, a senior at Stoneman Douglas High School, told the outlet. “If colleges want to support us in that, great; if they don’t, it doesn’t matter, we’re still going to change the world.”


“There’s a lot of amazing people that don’t get into college,” he added. Hogg says fellow student activist Ryan Deitsch also got rejected from the University of California system. Emma Gonzalez will be going to the liberal arts school New College of Florida.

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State universities and colleges often have seemingly arbitrary GPA and SAT standards to protect qualified minority students from discrimination. Perhaps applying to some private universities - Columbia, Northwestern, Penn - where applicants face a more personal, subjective process - would find a better match for a student with Mr. Hogg's obvious talents.
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Who stands to gain if Trump pulls the US out of Syria? - CNNPolitics

Who stands to gain if Trump pulls the US out of Syria? - CNNPolitics | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

President Donald Trump's unexpected announcement on Thursday that the US would "be coming out of Syria like very soon" is raising concerns among some national security officials who warn that withdrawing now would not only undermine American credibility in the region but prompt a significant escalation to an already devastating conflict.


A National Security Council meeting is set for Tuesday to discuss the administration's plan for battling ISIS in Syria, a senior administration official confirmed Saturday.

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Amazon reportedly begins headquarters search visits

Amazon reportedly begins headquarters search visits | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

Amazon representatives are visiting finalist HQ2 cities and looking at the talent the e-commerce giant could attract...

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Winnie Mandela, South African anti-apartheid crusader, dies at 81

Winnie Mandela, South African anti-apartheid crusader, dies at 81 | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

Winnie Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid campaigner and former wife of Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 81.


She was known as "Mother of the Nation" because of her struggle against white-minority rule in South Africa.

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China hits US with new tariffs on 128 imports in response to Trump's decision to increase taxes on imports from China.

China hits US with new tariffs on 128 imports in response to Trump's decision to increase taxes on imports from China. | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

China announced Sunday that it is implementing new tariffs on more than 120 U.S. imports in response to President Trump’s recent decision to increase taxes on imported steel aluminum.

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US general warns of hypersonic weapons threat from Russia & China - The US has no defense against these weapons. CNNPolitics

US general warns of hypersonic weapons threat from Russia & China - The US has no defense against these weapons. CNNPolitics | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

In a series of unusually candid remarks, the US general in charge of the nation's nuclear arsenal has issued a stark warning that Russia and China are "aggressively" developing new high-speed, or hypersonic, weapons that the US currently has no defense against.

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On board the 'Doomsday Plane' that can wage nuclear war if the US is attacked - CNNPolitics

On board the 'Doomsday Plane' that can wage nuclear war if the US is attacked - CNNPolitics | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

If Russia aimed a long range missile like the "Satan 2" it just tested or North Korea suddenly targeted the headquarters of the US nuclear arsenal, top commanders would have a small window to get to safety.


But the US is ready with what is called the "Doomsday Plane."

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There Is More At Stake In The Census’s Citizenship Question Than Response Rates. Big states could be the losers.

There Is More At Stake In The Census’s Citizenship Question Than Response Rates. Big states could be the losers. | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

One way or another, the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the census has the potential to change the math our democracy is built on. That new math could shift political representation towards eligible voters and away from the country’s overall population — even if more non-citizens respond to the census than in years past.


By now you’ve likely heard concerns that adding the question could lower response rates among non-citizens during the 2020 population count. As my colleague Anna Maria Barry-Jester’s reporting suggests, this could happen due to concerns about privacy and possible deportations. If response rates decline, states with larger proportions of non-citizens could lose political power.

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Stephen Hawking funeral: Cambridge genius physicist’s final Big Bang message about how the world will end.

Stephen Hawking funeral: Cambridge genius physicist’s final Big Bang message about how the world will end. | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

Just weeks before he died, Stephen Hawking left humanity with a harrowing Doomsday warning about how the world would end.

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Trump wants ‘out’ of Syria ‘very soon,’ contradicting top officials

Trump wants ‘out’ of Syria ‘very soon,’ contradicting top officials | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

“We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon,“ the president said Thursday, in what would be an apparent change in U.S. policy.


“Let the other people take care of it now.” “We got to get back to our country where we belong, where we want to be,” he added.

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Nick Orazi's curator insight, March 31, 1:32 AM
This article is about the possibility of President Trump wanting to get the military out of Syria. The article gives reasons why the president wants to get out of Syria. This recent news report is due tot the fact that allied forces are holding up and pushing the terrorists out of Syria.
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Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball: The House Exodus Is Good News for Democrats

Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball: The House Exodus Is Good News for Democrats | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
— As of this writing, just 379 of 435 House districts will have incumbents running in them this November. That’s the second-lowest total of the post-World War II era.

— The 56 total open districts include 37 open Republican-held seats and 19 open Democratic seats.

— The best pickup opportunities for both parties come in these open seats.

— Since our last open seat update, the Democratic potential in these seats has grown:
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Can You Imagine How AI Has Already Changed Your Life?

Can You Imagine How AI Has Already Changed Your Life? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

For some people, artificial intelligence still makes them feel a little…uneasy. It’s often depicted as sinister-looking robots who will take over our lives and our jobs, or even replace humanity. 

The reality is, we are already in an age in which AI is infused into our everyday lives in ways that augment rather than replace people. Digital assistants such as Cortana can find you the closest restaurant, dictate a text to your friend, manage your email inbox and even help you create more beautiful PowerPoint presentations.  


So, how does AI technology actually work? AI is a machine’s ability to recognise images and words, learn and reason in ways that are similar to people. Data is the fuel for AI, and our world is awash with data as our daily interactions are increasingly digital. AI uses sophisticated algorithms to sort through piles of data, spot patterns and make predictions – tasks that would be repetitive and time-consuming, if not practically impossible, for people to do manually. AI can do this work on our behalf and give us back more of life’s most precious commodity - time.

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 30, 2:40 AM

For some people, artificial intelligence still makes them feel a little…uneasy. It’s often depicted as sinister-looking robots who will take over our lives and our jobs, or even replace humanity. 

The reality is, we are already in an age in which AI is infused into our everyday lives in ways that augment rather than replace people. Digital assistants such as Cortana can find you the closest restaurant, dictate a text to your friend, manage your email inbox and even help you create more beautiful PowerPoint presentations.  Whether you realise it or not, AI is an integral part of all these interactions. And while it’s not something you can often see or touch, I bet you’re already experiencing the benefits of AI every day.

So, how does AI technology actually work? AI is a machine’s ability to recognise images and words, learn and reason in ways that are similar to people. Data is the fuel for AI, and our world is awash with data as our daily interactions are increasingly digital. AI uses sophisticated algorithms to sort through piles of data, spot patterns and make predictions – tasks that would be repetitive and time-consuming, if not practically impossible, for people to do manually. AI can do this work on our behalf and give us back more of life’s most precious commodity - time.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=AI

 

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, March 31, 5:43 AM
Félünk (félünk?) a mesterséges intellingenciától, pedig különböző szintű megjelenési formáit full használjuk... az átalakulás, a változás folyamatos, az is lesz, hol lineáris, hol helyenként ugrásszerű, de hozzászokni már elkezdtünk... nem a távoli jövő az, amikor majd egyszerre csak ránk ugrik, mint egy tigris...:-)))
Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, March 31, 5:47 AM
“...AI is a machine’s ability to recognise images and words, learn and reason in ways that are similar to people. Data is the fuel for AI, and our world is awash with data as our daily interactions are increasingly digital...” - The AI is already makes a part of our daily life... it gives time for us to become acclimatized to it...
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Report: Cambridge Analytica hasn't deleted all of its dodgy data

Report: Cambridge Analytica hasn't deleted all of its dodgy data | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

According to Cambridge Analytica, it already deleted the Facebook data it collected from 50 million users years ago -- it even announced that it's undertaking a third-party audit to verify that claim.


Based on a new report by UK broadcaster Channel 4, though, that might not be true at all. The broadcaster says it has discovered a cache of the data CA harvested, and it contains information on 136,000 individuals from Colorado, including their personality results and psychological profiles created from the info the firm collected.

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