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This is the most dangerous time for our planet

This is the most dangerous time for our planet
As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the world’s great universities. Within that town, the scientific community that I became part of in my 20s is even more rarefied. And within that scientific community, the small group of international theoretical physicists with whom I have spent my working life might sometimes be tempted to regard themselves as the pinnacle. In addition to this, with the celebrity that has come with my books, and the isolation imposed by my illness, I feel as though my ivory tower is getting taller. So the recent apparent rejection of the elites in both America and Britain is surely aimed at me, as much as anyone. It was, everyone seems to agree, the moment when the forgotten spoke, finding their voices to reject the advice and guidance of experts and the elite everywhere. I am no exception to this rule.

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Good Conversation Starters Who can always cheer you up?Have you ever gone nude/streaked in public?Have you ever worn the opposite gender's clothing?Has someone ever spread a nasty rumor about you?Have you ever worked in a food place?What's on your schedule for tomorrow? First Brexit then Trump. Is Italy next for the west’s populist wave? In the historic centre of Ferrara, an imposing statue of Girolamo Savonarola confronts passersby. Savonarola, a local boy, was a 15th-century preacher of fire and brimstone, making his name denouncing secular vanity, pagan idols and the corruption of clerical elites. The monument hails him as “the scourge of corrupt and slavish times, full of vice and tyrants”. Savonarola was hanged for his troubles in 1498, but his brooding, disruptive presence in modern Ferrara seemed apt this month as the city, in northern Italy, hosted a group of modern iconoclasts with their own mission to “clean up” the country.

Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men is a novella[1][2] written by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in California, United States. Based on Steinbeck's own experiences as a bindlestiff in the 1920s (before the arrival of the Okies he would vividly describe in The Grapes of Wrath), the title is taken from Robert Burns' poem "To a Mouse", which read: "The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley."

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The Artist Who Drew Himself on Drugs Is Actually Way More Experimental Vow of silence day 25. Images courtesy the artist Sure, he painted 60 self-portraits whilst on 60 different mind-altering drugs, but for 21 years, Tennessee-based artist Bryan Lewis Saunders also hasn't missed a single day sketching himself. "I see my life and art in this symbiotic relationship, endlessly improving and advancing one another. Trump’s victory a wake-up call for Europe Post the EU referendum and Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the US presidential election (Trump prepares for power, 11 November), this populist uprising might not end there, as several European countries go to the polls over the next few months. Next month Austrians go to the ballot box to elect a new president, with the vote expected to be close between Norbert Hofer of the anti-immigration Freedom party and Alexander Van der Bellen for the Greens. In March the Dutch hold their parliamentary elections, with the anti-Islamic Freedom party, led by Geert Wilders, standing on a pledge to “de-Islamify” the Netherlands and hold a Nexit vote. His party is running neck and neck with Mark Rutte’s Liberal party. In May, the French go to the polls, with the presidential race seen as being between the far-right National Front, under Marine le Pen, running on an anti-EU, anti-immigration ticket, and the Republic candidate, who is still to be determined.

Quiz: Which U.S. Region Should You Move To? (Photo: Fotolia) As an expat, choosing where to settle in the U.S.–if your job or family doesn’t do this for you–is the one of the biggest dilemmas you’ll face. But knowing roughly what kind of lifestyle awaits in one of the eight major regions will help you narrow it down. Right now, you’re just a few probing questions away from knowing which part of this vast landmass will suit you best. See more:8 Reasons Brits Move to AmericaShould I Ditch Urban America?