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U2 frontman Bono thinks that new music has gotten tame, but it is his choice of words that may give him some unwanted attention. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the singer told Jann S. Wenner that “music has gotten very girly. And there are some good things about that, but hip-hop is the only place for young male anger at the moment – and that’s not good.”

“When I was 16, I had a lot of anger in me. You need to find a place for it and for guitars, whether it is with a drum machine – I don’t care. The moment something becomes preserved, it is fucking over. You might as well put it in formaldehyde. In the end, what is rock & roll? Rage is at the heart of it. Some great rock & roll tends to have that, which is why the Who were such a great band. Or Pearl Jam. Eddie has that rage,” he added.

Bono also complained about musicians thanking God at awards shows for what he thinks are “shite songs.”

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“You know, people of faith can be very annoying,” he said. “Like when people on the Grammys thank God for a song and you think, ‘God, that is a shite song. Don’t give God credit for that one – you should take it yourself!’ I am sure I have done that myself. And someone’s like, ‘I got this directly from the mouth of God!’ And you’re thinking, ‘Wow, God has no taste!”

Asked if the music he is doing now is more streaming friendly, Bono responded, “Yeah. It’s so, so interesting, though. We’re back to the Fifties now, where the focus is on songs rather than albums.”

“U2 make albums, so how do we survive? By making the songs better. And having, I hope, the humility to accept that we need to rediscover songwriting, which is one reason Edge and I took on “Turn Off the Dark, the Spider-Man” musical, to get into musical theater, the Rodgers and Hammerstein aspect of songwriting – a lot of the American Songbook came from musicals. We started to get into what you might call formal songwriting,” added Bono.

Bono also talked about the state of U2, and the refugee crisis in Europe, which you can read in full here.

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www.thewrap.com | 12/27/17

A package of horse manure that was hand-delivered to the Bel-Air home of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for Christmas was a political statement by Robert Strong, the activist said in a series of tweets.

“All in a days work,” he tweeted beside a photo of himself over the Christmas weekend. “If the GOP can fleece the American people in such a brazen fashion, we must call it out in such a brazen fashion. Like Hunter S. Thompson once said, ‘when the going gets weird, the weird turns pro.'”

All in a days work. If the GOP can fleece the American people in such a brazen fashion, we must call it out in such a brazen fashion. Like Hunter S. Thompson once said, "when the going gets weird, the weird turns pro."#handdeliveredhorseshit#ghostofchristmaspresent pic.twitter.com/HPnj4iQsQC

— Dr. Robert (@RobertStrong13) December 24, 2017

He added in another tweet:

“400 years ago Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Wittenberg door. This week I delivered my 95 FECES to the door of the Secretary of the Treasury, the Lord of Mammon, as Jesus and the Essenes would have called him. It’s time for another Reformation.”

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For good measure, he tweeted the note that went with the gift-wrapped package:

Here's the card that went with the box of horse manure I got Steve Mnuchin for Christmas. Because if money is free speech so is horse shit.#thenewtaxbillishorseshit#SteveMnuchin #mammon#Scrooge#ghostofchristmaspresent#shit pic.twitter.com/XkeOMlN50H

— Dr. Robert (@RobertStrong13) December 24, 2017

Strong’s unverified Twitter account says he’s from Eagle Rock, California and he told KPCC that he works as a psychologist for the L.A. Department of Mental Health.

He is also active on behalf of the local homeless, he said, adding, “”In the long run, if we don’t do stuff like this, what are we going to have left?”

Strong said he borrowed some horse manure from a friend who owns horses, gift-wrapped it, and hand-delivered it to what he believed was one of Mnuchin’s homes, in the upscale neighborhood of Bel-Air.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s bomb squad was called to the home and officers opened the box to find the pile of horse manure. The Secret Service was set to take over the investigation, according to media reports.

www.thewrap.com | 12/25/17

JERUSALEM — Two Palestinians were killed in renewed clashes with Israeli forces, Gaza's Health Ministry said Friday, as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged France and Europe to play a stronger role in peace efforts amid continued fallout over President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The fresh violence came a day after the U.N. General Assembly resolution denouncing President Donald Trump's decision.

2017 has been a full year for the EU, and for EURACTIV. Shortly after our announcement of the EURACTIV rebranding, we rolled out eight Policy Hubs: Politics,  Global Europe, Economy & Jobs, Agriculture & Food, Health, Energy & Environment, Digital and Transport. Here are the most read articles in each Policy Hub: POLITICS A. C. […]
www.euractiv.com | 12/22/17
The Tasmanian tiger frightened European settlers, who put a bounty on its head. A new study mapping the tiger’s genetic code found it was anything but fearsome—the wolflike marsupial, that some Australians believe still exists in its last island stronghold, was in poor genetic health before it was hunted to extinction.
www.wsj.com | 12/11/17
Almost 200 mothers who gave birth in public-health facilities across Jamaica during the first three months of this year went home without a baby, but a programme funded by the European Union (EU) to the tune of $3 billion, aimed at reducing this...
jamaica-gleaner.com | 12/10/17
Europe needs to revolutionise its approach to food, focusing on sustainability and health to tackle the many challenges of the future, said a report published on Wednesday (6 December).
www.euractiv.com | 12/7/17
[Namibian] IN an effort to save the lives of pregnant mothers and their newborn children, the World Health Organisation in partnership with the European Union and the health ministry, is constructing maternity waiting homes at Opuwo.
allafrica.com | 12/6/17
The European Commission is trying to foster dialogue among stakeholders and find the best way to take the EU Alcohol and Health Forum a step forward.
www.euractiv.com | 12/5/17
Diagnosis tools like spirometry should be promoted in order to monitor lung systems and prevent the spreading of illness like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the second cause of death worldwide, the EU's Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com.
www.euractiv.com | 11/30/17
Last year, around 160,000 people contracted HIV, which causes AIDS, in 53 European countries. Eastern Europe is thought to be driving this 'upward trend' due to poor prevention campaigns.
www.dailymail.co.uk | 11/28/17

BRUSSELS — The European Union on Monday approved a five-year extension to the use of the weed killer glyphosate, in a move that failed to satisfy either environmentalists or farmers and pitted Germany against France.

After a drawn-out process, the EU backed the extension with a qualified majority and was able to beat a mid-December deadline when the current license expires — 18 member states voted in favor, 9 against while one abstained.

The European Union has approved a five-year extension of the use of the weed killer glyphosate in a move that failed to satisfy both environmentalists and farmers.
www.foxnews.com | 11/27/17

In the EU’s recent social summit in Gothenburg on 17 December, leaders approved the launch of 20 additional measures to reinforce the social pillar of the EU and to fight against the effects of economic crisis and against populism – the major beneficiary of this crisis. The 20 principles that guide it can be divided into three categories: “equality of opportunities” in accessing the labour market, “protection and social inclusion” and “fair working conditions”. The text on the European Pillar of Social Rights is not binding, since Member States have kept social policy within their national competences, but it represents a serious commitment to an EU with more social and economic justice.

A study published by the Bertelsmann foundation concludes that Europe is recovering from the economic crisis and is also making progress in the area of social justice. The index was created taking into account five basic criteria and countries’ measures in these areas: poverty prevention, equal educational opportunities, access to labour markets, social cohesion and non-discrimination, health and intergenerational justice.

The positive trend is visible for all countries in the last few years, but there are important differences between them. Scandinavian countries, like Denmark, Sweden and Finland find themselves at the top of the index, followed by the Czech Republic, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany. The group of 28 has Greece at the bottom, preceded by Bulgaria and Romania.

Countries ranked by social inclusion. The higher the score, the better the performance.

EU countries ranked according to the evolution of the Social Justice Index between 2008 and 2017 (between 2014 and 2017 for Slovenia, Estonia, Malta, Lithuania, Latvia, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania).

Recovery in the labor market has been the primary driver of improved participation opportunities in the EU. Job opportunities have improved in 26 of the 28 states as compared to the previous year. Recent data show the unemployment rate as a cross-EU average to have fallen to 8.7 percent. In 2013, at the height of the social crisis, this was 11 percent on a cross-EU basis (in 2008: 7 percent). An additional positive sign is that the recovery in the labor market has visibly reached the countries hit hardest by the crisis, even if the overall volume of joblessness remains very high – particularly in southern Europe. In Greece, for example, the unemployment rate has fallen from 27.7 percent (2013) to 23.7 percent (2016), while in Spain a decline from 26.2 percent to 19.7 percent has been evident in the same time period.

Youth-unemployment rates in southern Europe have also dropped back somewhat from the absolute record levels seen in past years. In Greece, for example, this rate has fallen from nearly 60 percent in 2013 to its current level of 47.3 percent. A similar picture appears in Spain, with a decline from 55.5 percent to 44.4 percent. In Italy, the youth-unemployment rate is now 37.8 percent – a decline of nearly five percentage points from its peak of 42.7 percent in 2014. Overall, the youth-unemployment rate EU-wide has fallen from 23.6 percent in 2013 to a current rate of 18.7 percent.

As a result of this overall positive employment trend, the risk of poverty and social exclusion has also fallen slightly across the EU. While a total of 24.7 percent of the EU population faced this threat at the height of the social crisis in 2012/2013, this is now ‘only’ 23.4 percent, according to the most recent data. However, the social gap between northern and southern Europe remains very large, as many of the crisis-struck states continue to tread water or show only very minimal progress with regard to poverty prevention. For example, the share of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion in Greece still sits at a shockingly high 35.6 percent, followed by 27.9 percent in Spain and 28.7 percent in Italy. As a comparison, in Denmark, Finland and the Czech Republic – the three best-scoring countries in the area of poverty prevention – the corresponding shares are only between 16.7 percent and 13.3 percent.

For certain societal groups such as children and young people, the risk of poverty and social exclusion remains significantly higher: 26.5 percent across the EU are at risk of poverty and social exclusion.

www.voxeurop.eu | 11/27/17
Transport represents almost a quarter of Europe's greenhouse gas emissions and is the main cause of air pollution in cities. This has an impact on the health of millions of Europeans and the environment around us.
www.euractiv.com | 11/27/17

Mariah Carey is taking a brief respite before setting out on her holiday concerts.

The singer, 47, announced she would be resting due to doctor’s orders, which led to a cancellation of three more of her Christmas concerts.

“I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with loved ones; it’s certainly nice to remember what we are grateful for!” she wrote on Instagram. “Like most, I’m thankful for my overall health… for which I need a bit more time to get right. Doctors have ordered a few extra days of rest before I can finally fly to New York and take the stage for my Christmas Tour.”

She continued, “While this news disappoints me to share, I am grateful to be on the mend and for the support from all of you – it means the world to me! See you from the stage soon darlings! , Mariah”

Carey revealed the cancelled dated on her website — Nov. 27, Nov. 28 and Dec. 1. Her tour will resume with her New York date’s at the Beacon Theatre  – December 2, 4 and 5 – will be followed by three shows in Europe before continuing on to Las Vegas for five shows at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace.

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In mid-November, the singer cancelled her first few “All I Want for Christmas Is You” concerts due to illness.

“Lambs! Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, it seems I’ve received a present of my own; a lovely upper respiratory infection after last week’s flu. Bleak!” she wrote in a statement posted to her Twitter account. “You know there is nothing I love more than celebrating the holidays with my festive Christmas show, but I have to take my doctor’s orders and rest until he says I can sing on stage.”

“Until then, unfortunately, I have to cancel the first several shows of my upcoming Christmas tour. I’m going to do all that I can so that I can see you soon,” she continued, ending her note with a few festive emojis.

Carey was supposed to kick off her tour on Nov. 17 in Windsor, Ontario at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor.


people.com | 11/25/17
EU countries could save money and lives by increasing investment in disease prevention and health promotion, the European Commission said on Thursday (23 November), stressing that good health policy requires political will across all sectors.
www.euractiv.com | 11/24/17
Britain’s treasured health care system was used as rallying cry by anti-E.U. campaigners. Many of its European staff now feel betrayed. Thousands have quit.
www.nytimes.com | 11/22/17
The 83-year-old star says she's worried about the impact Brexit could have on the treatment of patients in Britain as European nurses leave the country - and she also shares her thoughts about the Hollywood sleaze scandal, Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May
www.mirror.co.uk | 11/18/17

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton were in the money Wednesday — and Twitter was rich with sarcastic replies about it.

Social media erupted with sarcasm after a photo of Mnuchin and his wife posing with giant sheets of paper money were published. Twitter users had no problem minting humor from the situation.

“These are gonna look great in documentaries about financial crimes that happened on Mnuchin’s watch,” one tweet prognosticated.

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“Steve Mnuchin and his wife basically spend every day trying to convince people they should be the first to go in a revolution,” read another response.

“Why do Treasury Sec Mnuchin and his wife insist on posing for photos that make them look like Bond villains?” wondered another observer.

“So we now have The Trophy Wife posing with the new currency? This tone deaf clown Mnuchin and Marie Antoinette-Mnuchin should be chased out of our country,” commentator Keith Olbermann chimed in.

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“Beautiful photo of Louise Linton with the love of her life and also Steven Mnuchin,” one wag wrote.

“I’m starting to get the feeling that Louise Linton may not have married Steven Mnuchin because of his charm, wit, or rugged good looks,” read another response.

Mnuchin and Linton have struggled with the public’s perception of them as out of touch with the American public in the past. In August, a Twitter user went at Linton after she tagged her clothes with designer labels on Instagram.

Also Read: Louise Linton Apologizes for Tagging Designers on Instagram, Arguing With Commenters

“Glad we could pay for your little getaway #deplorable,” jennimiller29 wrote on Linton’s Instagram page, noting Linton’s post naming designers like Valentino and Tom Ford she was wearing in the photo, taken when she and Mnuchin stepped off a U.S. government plane in Kentucky.

Linton didn’t help matters much when she shot back, “Have you given more to the economy than me andmy [sic] husband? Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice [sic] to your country? I’m pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our ‘trip’ than you did.”

Linton later apologized for tagging the clothes.

These are gonna look great in documentaries about financial crimes that happened on Mnuchin’s watch pic.twitter.com/vbSjc0z8qj

– Adam Khan (@Khanoisseur) November 15, 2017

Steve Mnuchin and his wife basically spend every day trying to convince people they should be the first to go in a revolution. pic.twitter.com/wYesfTFS3t

– Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) November 15, 2017

Why do Treasury Sec Mnuchin and his wife insist on posing for photos that make them look like Bond villains? pic.twitter.com/2auZr3LGoP

– Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) November 15, 2017

So we now have The Trophy Wife posing with the new currency? This tone deaf clown Mnuchin and Marie Antoinette-Mnuchin should be chased out of our country: https://t.co/J5H6kGo1sR

– Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 15, 2017

Beautiful photo of Louise Linton with the love of her life and also Steven Mnuchin pic.twitter.com/MOfKzrF9u1

– Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) November 15, 2017

I’m starting to get the feeling that Louise Linton may not have married Steven Mnuchin because of his charm, wit, or rugged good looks. pic.twitter.com/6ADfGuemKP

– Andrew Weinstein (@Weinsteinlaw) November 15, 2017

Find someone who looks at you the way Louise Linton looks at Steve Mnuchin holding a sheet of dollar bills with his name on them pic.twitter.com/3fGXmJti6c

– Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) November 15, 2017

Mnuchin: We need to fight the perception that we’re just a couple of out-of-touch plutocrats
Treasury PR person: Hold on boss I’ve got just the thing pic.twitter.com/uFT2vGzujw

– Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) November 15, 2017

Just a friendly reminder that the GOP wants to raise taxes on the middle class & take health insurance away from millions of Americans so people like Louise Linton and Steve Mnuchin can get a tax cut. pic.twitter.com/TbBG2dcWsx

– Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) November 15, 2017

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www.thewrap.com | 11/16/17
Antimicrobial resistance is a ticking time bomb. Ahead of the European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November, the EU and public health stakeholders are aiming to raise awareness of this issue and make it a policy priority in the member states.
www.euractiv.com | 11/14/17
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that results in changes in several different parts of the respiratory system and lungs at the same time. But it is far more than just a 'smoker's cough'.
www.euractiv.com | 11/13/17
Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, joined Brian Maguire to discuss Europe’s fight against the deadly rise of superbugs.
www.euractiv.com | 11/13/17
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that results in changes in several different parts of the respiratory system and lungs at the same time. COPD affects 1 to 4% of all European adults and costs the EU €50 billion every year.
www.euractiv.com | 11/13/17
Pacific Islands players based in Europe "need to be more open with each other" about mental health issues, says ex-Wasps and Samoa lock Dan Leo.
www.bbc.co.uk | 11/10/17

WARSAW, Poland — The Polish government is encouraging citizens to go forth and multiply like rabbits.

The health ministry of Poland, which has one of the lowest birth rates in Europe, has put out a short video praising rabbits for producing many offspring.

Disabled persons living with HIV/AIDS are set to benefit from a €200,000 grant awarded to Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) to allow it to give more support to vulnerable groups.The grant was awarded by the European Union, and Robyn Miller,...
jamaica-gleaner.com | 10/25/17
European Central Bank officials are watching wage growth as they plot a gradual retreat from easy money policies to boost the regional economy. But the pickup they’re looking for as a signal that Europe is returning to full health might not materialize.
www.wsj.com | 10/22/17
Lady Gaga is back at work in the studio on her next album, following recent health scares that resulted in the postponement of her European tour...
www.billboard.com | 10/20/17
Seven refugee children tried to kill themselves in Sweden last February, three of them succeeded. Mental health issues are widespread among migrant and refugee children across Europe, writes Karen Mets.
www.euractiv.com | 10/18/17
EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis wants to see “real progress” in the proper implementation of animal transport rules, a European Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.com. But the EU executive claims the current legislation is comprehensive and does not plan to review it.
www.euractiv.com | 10/16/17
Almost ten years after the European Union banned incandescent light bulbs, policymakers are turning their attention to less immediate aspects of lighting – ranging from productivity gains in the workplace and classrooms to human well-being and even emotional health.
www.euractiv.com | 10/12/17
The European Commission said on Tuesday (10 October) that member states must do more to ensure pesticides are used sustainably to avoid putting human or environmental health at risk.
www.euractiv.com | 10/11/17

It was only two years ago when, during the Paris Climate Conference, we displayed our first giant Sun in Paris to demand that our world leaders tackle climate change by replacing dirty fossil fuels with clean renewable energy.

COP21: Arc de Triomphe Sun Action in Paris. 11 December, 2015

With world leaders finally agreeing on historic steps to protect the climate, the sun became a symbol of those promises and the symbol of our battle for a healthy, renewable future.

Last June, we marked the beginning of Summer with a sun in Barcelona to remind our leaders of their Paris promises. Another Sun also rose in Croatia to make sure the world remembered the potential of solar energy.

Sun Action in Barcelona. 21 June 2017.

Last week, peaceful activists turned iconic public spaces in Europe into giants suns. They appeared in Hungary and Romania, from Bulgaria to Slovenia, and all the way to Brussels. 

Sunrise Action in Budapest, Hungary. 4 October, 2017

This week, 65 activists from five countries unfolded a giant banner just outside the headquarters of the European Commission  in Brussels. It said, "Go solar!". This was the latest sun to shine in Europe and call upon EU leaders to throw their weight behind renewable energy and to abandon dirty fuels, like coal.

Our leaders in the EU are currently deciding the future of our energy system by reviewing a wide range of legislation on renewable energy policy, fossil fuel subsidies and the design of the electricity market.

Sunrise Action in Pernik, Bulgaria. 6 October, 2017

This means they could decide to stick to the old, dangerous and outdated energy system by pouring billions of euros of our money into dirty fossil fuels. Or they can invest in clean, sustainable, healthy renewable energy.

With so much renewable energy at our disposal, it is important we remind our leaders to make the right choice and commit to a cleaner future for our planet and our health.

Sunrise Action in the Center of Ljubljana, Slovenia. 5 October, 2017.

Ordinary people, cooperatives and small businesses are ready to take part in the energy revolution, by producing energy from wind, water and sunlight.

We met some of these people and only few weeks ago we took their message to the members of the European Parliament.

Sunrise Action in Brussels, Belgium. 9 October 2017.

But right now, we need your help to really make sure our voices are heard and that Europe becomes the symbol of a new energy era in the fight against climate change.

 #RiseUp with us and sign our call to Europe here and don’t forget to share this Facebook video with your friends and family!

Cristiana De Lia is an Engagment Strategist with Greenpeace Central and Eastern Europe

 

The mobile ecosystem is flourishing, providing a platform for innovation that is generating employment opportunities and spurring the creation of new services, writes Afke Schaart. Afke Schaart is vice-president Europe for GSMA. Data, and the effective use of data, offers huge opportunities for individuals and society, including better environmental management, more effective health outcomes and tailored goods […]
www.euractiv.com | 10/9/17
The member states should stop hiding behind or even pointing the figure at the European Commission regarding the re-authorisation of the world’s most commonly used weedkiller, glyphosate, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com.
www.euractiv.com | 10/6/17
Embed from Getty Images Lady Gaga, who was forced to postpone the European leg of her Joanne world tour due to health issues, shared an update with her fans on Friday. The 31-year-old suffers from fibromyalgia, which the Mayo Clinic describes as “a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and […]
www.celebitchy.com | 10/2/17

LONDON — Britain would be hurt more than the European Union if it leaves the EU without a trade deal, according to a study released Sunday amid suggestions that Britain should walk away from Brexit talks because of the inflexibility of the bloc's negotiators.

Four of Britain's key manufacturing industries — automobiles, technology, health care and consumer goods — would lose 17 billion pounds ($23 billion) of exports annually if trade between the two sides reverts to World Trade Organization rules, according to the study by international law firm Baker McKenzie.

Lady Gaga is focusing on her health — and has a positive update for fans.

The 31-year-old singer, who postponed the European leg of her world tour citing “severe physical pain,” tweeted on Friday to share an article from Noisey titled “Lady Gaga Pioneered Online Fandom Culture As We Know It.”

“What a killer article,” she wrote. “Gettin’ stronger everyday for my #LittleMonsters can’t wait to get back on stage & be w u at JoanneWorldTour #PawsUp.”

The mid-September announcement that Gaga would have to reschedule numerous tour dates came just days after the singer canceled a performance in Brazil and revealed that she suffers from fibromyalgia — a chronic illness she also addresses in her new documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two.

“I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles,” Gaga wrote on Twitter. “It is complicated and difficult to explain, and we are trying to figure it out.

“As I get stronger and when I feel ready, I will tell my story in more depth, and plan to take this on strongly so I can not only raise awareness, but expand research for others who suffer as I do, so I can help make a difference,” the singer continued.

What a killer article. Gettin' stronger everyday for my #LittleMonsters can't wait to get back on stage & be w u at JoanneWorldTour #PawsUp https://t.co/p37b7dM8wC

— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) September 30, 2017

“I use the word ‘suffer’ not for pity, or attention, and have been disappointed to see people online suggest that I’m being dramatic, making this up, or playing the victim to get out of touring,” Gaga added. “If you knew me, you would know this couldn’t be further from the truth.

In Gaga: Five Foot Two, the pop star gives an inside look to her chronic pain, being forced to work through the pain on several occasions.

“Do I look pathetic?” she asks in one scene, putting her hands over her face to cover her tears. “I’m so embarrassed.”

Fibromyalgia is a disorder affects an estimated 5 million adults, according to the National Institutes of Health. It can cause pain as well as fatigue, headaches and insomnia.

The “Bad Romance” singer received an outpouring of support from fans and stars alike. Beyoncé gifted her “Telephone” partner an Ivy Park sweatshirt and flowers, which the latter shared in two separate posts on Instagram.

“Not having a good pain day,” Gaga wrote in the caption. “Thank you honey B for sending me this comfy sweatshirt. Keeps me warm outside in a hammock so I can be w the trees, and the sky, and the sun and take deep breaths. Feel so lucky to have so much love.”


people.com | 10/1/17

I'm an engineer, and I firmly believe that Internet matters and, in general, Information Society, should be kept separate from politics, so usually, I'm very skeptical to talk about those and mix things.

Let's start by saying that I'm Catalonian. Despite the dictatorial regime when I was born, forbidden teaching Catalonian, I learned it, even despite, initially for family reasons and now for work reasons, I live in Madrid. However, I keep saying everywhere I go, that I was born in Barcelona, where I consider myself from, and how wonderful is that region. I'm proud of my name, Jordi, and I don't allow anyone to call me Jorge, with is the Spanish translation.

Having traveled over 120 countries in the last 15 years, training people on IPv6 and doing IPv6 consultancy/deployment services, I consider myself "citizen of the world, " and I don't think, in the actual global world, there is any reason for being a nationalist or patriotic in the heart.

That being said, I have good friends and colleagues at every remote place in the world, and that's what really matters.

I think this clearly shows that I'm objective enough to write down this and not being biased by my origins, or my actual living town, on the other way around, being very open-minded as a world traveler.

I've been astonished the last few days because about the endless exchange of letters addressed to ICANN, the European Commission, ISOC chapters, and other Internet-related institutions, even blogs, articles, etc., which make no sense if you know the real history behind all this, instead of those letters with false information.

Let's set the stage. There is a region, within a democratic country, that has some percentage of the population that want to declare their independence. This group of people didn't ask the rest of the citizens in the country, even other people like myself, that was born there. In fact, because I don't live there right now, I will not be allowed to participate in the so-called "process". Even further, I don't know if I will get a passport from there, or if some of the friends I have there who don't want to split, will be expelled from the country, or if they will be allowed to sell their properties there, or if they will be confiscated, etc.

So, we are talking about a departure, asking the people to vote for it, not knowing at all what actually that means, including every small detail, and what will be the exit door for each of the possible cases.

I guess each region or town in our country has the same rights. I want to do it for my own house. I have the right of doing that… it is my property… my land!

Can you imagine this in your own country?

As we are a democratic country, there is a power separation (legislative versus juridical), and by the way, we have a Constitution, that all the Spanish citizens approved after the end of the dictatorial regime, and the corresponding Constitutional Court.

The Constitution is clearly not perfect, and now that we got more experience, since 1978, it could be amended for improving it, by consensus. This could even mean that we change our state model into a federal one, such as the German model, or many other options.

This is nothing different than what we do in IETF, making Internet standards, or in the RIRs, making public policies, or even in ICANN. Right?

Guess what, now some of the participants of a given Regional Internet Registry (RIR), decide to unilaterally change some of those rules, or even split in a different group — let's say a new RIR. Yeah, we could do that, but we need to agree on the process. Hey, coincidently we've had a similar situation recently — IANA/PTI — so we are familiar with that already.

Do you think we will agree in that group in my example, changing the policies before we complete the process? Do you think somebody will agree in finding consensus in a policy proposal not knowing all the details of it? Do you think we will keep allocating IP resources to that group according to new policies that they develop by themselves against the community consensus on the existing policies?

So, this is what the Catalonian Government has done. They have approved, against the law, special laws to make that process, to play games and act like in a theatre, and they try to convince citizens as puppets by means of lies and misinformation, which they are investing public money to propagate in a global world.

Law and order: In a democratic system, we all obey the law. If we don't like it, we have the system to change it. What we can never do is to disobey or call for disobeying before going for a change. Otherwise, this will be a crazy world. Everybody will be able to change his/her mind every other day and create risks for the rest of the citizens. Definitively not the way!

So of course, our Constitutional Court has called for obedience to our Constitution, which means no public money can be invested in the process, and the Catalonian Government, their maximum representatives, has forced people that disagree with the process to resign or pushed them against the law, or involved volunteers, asking for illegal actions, and invested in having embassies of a non-country, which cost a lot of money despite having difficulties to pay the public servants, to cover the cost of the education and health system, and so on, and asked for more money to the Spanish Central Government, from the taxes of all the citizens, which in part is being invested, in an illegal process.

Obviously, and despite, the wish to make this soft, and not being provocative, the Constitutional Court, during the last few days, was finally forced by the Catalonian Government provocation, to order the Spanish Police to execute the necessary steps to block ONLY the websites which make the propaganda of the process. However, the Catalonian Government and also volunteers used .CAT, among many other institutions, to duplicate those websites, once and again.

There is nothing against freedom of speech, there is nothing against .CAT, just making sure that the court orders are fulfilled by all the citizens, including public servants, regardless of the organization where they work. Public servants, individuals working for the Information Society, TLDs or other kind of registries, Service Providers, etc., all have the same obligation to follow the law as the rest of the citizens.

Where is the limit of the freedom of speech in Internet? Do you agree that if I publish a website with information about how to do a robbery at your home, call for volunteers to organize a terrorist attack, or to help me in any unlawful or criminal activity, and there is a court order against that website, this can't be considered as measures to restrict free and open access to Internet?

Censorship can be enforced in many ways. One of those ways is to publish false information and confuse people about the real facts, hiding the reality with lots of extra background noise.

When organizations and persons that have been elected by the Internet community take advantage of their positions to, instead of have objective positions, and not correlate those institutions and enact false accusations and misinformation, we can't anymore trust on those persons and they must resign.

The most open organizations, using their influence in the global information society, can actually execute a censorship action which is even much worse than any restriction to freedom of speech.

There are other relevant facts in this history. Many politicians that have been governing Catalonia for many years are being prosecuted for illegal activities, such as 3-5% commissions in public tenders, using public money for promoting the independence process, and such.

Guess what? Their only way-out is the independence, otherwise, they are going to need to pay for all what they have robbed to the public treasury, and it means money and prison. Is not that curious?

Is not curious that the Catalonian Autonomy is the one that in the last years got more credit from the Central Government? Do you expect they will be able to reimburse it?

Do you think if any of us, disobeys the law the same way, as this process is doing, will be ignored by the authorities, or we will be detained and requested to explain every detail of all the illegal actions in front of a judge?

Or do you expect authorities to ignore every illegal action from all the citizens and then we all get crazy, and we go into an anarchic world?

The Spanish Government has been very prudent, too much probably, as they could have used article 155 of our Constitution to suspend the Catalonian Autonomy, but they decided not to go that way, at least for the time being. This is not a clear demonstration of democracy and freedom of speech?

In Europe, since a long time ago, we are trying to integrate and be stronger. Splitting countries is against that spirit, don't make any sense.

Our community must be smart enough and ignore messages with false or incomplete information. Those messages are even considered apology of sedition, same as if we start creating websites doing apology of terrorism or any other illegal activities.

Let's avoid going on with all this misinformation and I plea to those having only the real facts and complete information to spread the message to avoid others getting confused.

Internet-related institutions must not trust anymore those individuals or organizations who are misinforming the rest of the world. Internet-related institutions must respect the law of democratic countries. Only when it is clearly proven that democracy is not real, we must act, otherwise, we are damaging our own credibility.

Those that have already published false information, must apologize. It is clear that they have got confused because the Catalonian Government and many of their actors in this theatre, have been far noisier than the rest of the community, but it's time to review. I will not point to them right now, but clearly, I will not mind doing so in a couple of days if they decide to keep their false accusations which are an insult for the rest of the Spanish citizens, including the majority of the Catalonians which aren't part of this and by extension an insult to the rest of the Internet community.

Written by Jordi Palet Martinez, Telecom

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Lady Gaga has postponed the European leg of her Joanne World Tour, saying Monday on Instagram, “I have to be with my doctors right now.”

“I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles,” the pop star posted this morning. “Searching for years to get to the bottom of them. It is complicated and difficult to explain, and we are trying to figure it out.”

Gaga promised to tell her story “in more depth” when she’s ready.

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On Thursday, Gaga was hospitalized with what she called “severe pain,” causing her to cancel a scheduled appearance at “Rock in Rio.”

“Brazil, I’m devastated that I’m not well enough 2 come to Rock In Rio. I would do anything 4 u but I have to take care of my body right now,” the “Poker Face” singer wrote at the time. “I ask for your grace and understanding, and promise that I will come back and perform for you soon.”

A statement posted to her Twitter account read, “Lady Gaga is suffering from severe physical pain that has impacted her ability to perform. As a result, she sadly must withdraw from this Friday’s Rock in Rio performance. Lady Gaga is under the care of expert medical professionals. She sends her love to all her fans in Rio and thanks them for their support and understanding.”

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Gaga, who recently divulged that she suffers from fibromyalgia, continued last week, “I was taken to the hospital it’s not simply hip pain or wear & tear from tour, I’m in severe pain. I’m in good hands w/ the very best doctors.”

The leader of the Little Monsters concluded Monday’s social media statement with this: “I am looking forward to touring again soon, but I have to be with my doctors right now so I can be strong and perform for you all for the next 60 years or more. I love you so much.”

All European dates are now listed on Gaga’s website as “Rescheduling,” though the U.S. ones — which start in November in Indianapolis — do not have that same addendum attached. See Gaga’s full Instagram post below.

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I have always been honest about my physical and mental health struggles. Searching for years to get to the bottom of them. It is complicated and difficult to explain, and we are trying to figure it out. As I get stronger and when I feel ready, I will tell my story in more depth, and plan to take this on strongly so I can not only raise awareness, but expand research for others who suffer as I do, so I can help make a difference. I use the word “suffer” not for pity, or attention, and have been disappointed to see people online suggest that I’m being dramatic, making this up, or playing the victim to get out of touring. If you knew me, you would know this couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m a fighter. I use the word suffer not only because trauma and chronic pain have changed my life, but because they are keeping me from living a normal life. They are also keeping me from what I love the most in the world: performing for my fans. I am looking forward to touring again soon, but I have to be with my doctors right now so I can be strong and perform for you all for the next 60 years or more. I love you so much.

A post shared by xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) on Sep 18, 2017 at 12:01am PDT

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