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News for Nov 19, 2022

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Twitter closes offices until next week -- BBC News (UK)

Twitter's offices will be temporarily closed, with immediate effect; Workers were told that the offices would reopen on Monday 21 November

Outline: (what is this?) twitter uk ltd

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) + Twitter, ++ Elon, ++ Musk

Twitter closes offices after Elon Musks loyalty oath sparks wave of resignations -- The Guardian

#RIPTwitter, #TwitterDown, Mastodon and Myspace were all trending on the platform; Elon Musk demanded employees sign a pledge to work 'long hours at high intensity' by Thursday, or leave

Outline:  twitter employees

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Twitter, - Musk, ++ Elon

Is this really the end of Twitter? -- BBC News (UK)

Staff have been leaving in their droves - half the workforce was laid off by Mr Musk one week after he completed his purchase of Twitter; Many more are choosing to leave since he sent an email demanding "hardcore" working conditions

Outline:  twitter today

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± Twitter, - BBC, - Musk

Foie gras banned at royal residences -- BBC News (UK)

King Charles is understood to have been a longstanding opponent of foie gras; The food is made from the liver of a duck or goose, which campaigners say is cruel

Outline:  foie gras ban

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Charles, ? BBC, ? Andrew

Weymouth climate change protester arrested while Sir David Attenborough dined -- BBC News (UK)

Climate change protester arrested after reportedly approaching Sir David Attenborough at Michelin-star restaurant

Outline:  weymouth climate change protester

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - David, - Attenborough, -- BBC

Did the campaign to restore Boris Johnson to the Tory leadership start in a Soho restaurant on Wednesday night? -- The Telegraph

Around 40 Conservatives gathered at L'Escargot restaurant to discuss one thing - how and when can Johnson return as Tory leader? has the inside story

Outline:  conservative mps

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  - Boris, ++ Johnson, ++ Sunak

Eton College boys 'booed' visiting state schoolgirls -- BBC News (UK)

Girls visiting from nearby state school were subjected to racist language and racial slurs; Eton College said it had apologised for the "totally unacceptable" behaviour

Outline:  state schoolgirls eton college

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Eton, ± Farage, -- BBC

He could be the next PM but who is the real Keir Starmer? -- The Times

EXCLUSIVE: Yes, hes kissed a Tory. No, he didnt grow up feeling poor. He could be the next PM but who is the real ? Meet a Labour leader on a mission

Outline:  real keir starmer

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  + Starmer, ++ Labour, ++ Tories

Ive kissed a Tory and Im not ashamed, Keir Starmer reveals -- The Guardian

Keir Starmer confesses he has broken the 'never kiss a Tory rule' and says he is not tribal; Starmer says he has'very good friends who are Tories and long may that last' Lucy Powell wore a T-shirt with the phrase ‘never kissed a Tory’ at Manchester pride

Outline:  tory rule

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  + Starmer, ++ Tory, ? Tories

Tory MPs race through all five stages of grief as Jeremy Hunt administers the last rites -- The Telegraph

'The Autumn Statement has not just lost the Conservative Partys next general election - its also killed Toryism' | Writes

Outline:  tory mps race

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  - Toryism, - Boris, ++ Labour

Professor Brian Cox: Maybe humans are the Martians -- BBC News (UK)

When Brian Cox met Brian Cox and BBC Breakfast booked them into the same hotel

Outline:  professor brian cox

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ± Brian Cox, ? Richard Harris, ? BBC

Frank Skinner and David Baddiel to release festive reworking of Three Lions -- ITV News

Outline:  frank skinner

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Christmas, ? Two Pricks Who Are Skint, ? Ian Brodie

Children in Need: More than 35m raised ahead of 'tough winter' -- BBC News (UK)

Doctor Who companion to be revealed live on Children in Need

Outline:  â£39 m. celebrity fundraising efforts

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± BBC, ± UK, ? Matt Hancock

Millie Gibson revealed as new Doctor Who companion -- BBC News (UK)

The Coronation Street actress will be the companion to Ncuti Gatwa's 15th Doctor; Gibson said she was in disbelief about being cast in the sci-fi drama

Outline:  companion millie gibson

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± BBC, ? Dr Who, ? Millie Gibson

Ireland asks members of Russian Embassy in Dublin to leave -- BBC News (UK)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said Ireland has asked a number of people at the Russian Embassy to leave the country; News comes days after Moscow announced it was banning 52 Irish officials from entering Russia

Outline:  irish officials

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  - Russia, - Ireland, ? USA

Navalny: Russian opposition leader Navalny moved to solitary confinement -- BBC News (UK)

Alexei Navalny says he has been moved permanently to solitary confinement; The 46-year-old was already being held in solitary confinement, also called a "punishment cell" He was already facing 11 and a half years in prison on a range of charges, including for fraud

Outline:  russian opposition leader alexei navalny

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Putin, ++ Russia, ++ Navalny

Russia says Ukrainian soldiers executed prisoners of war in Donbas region -- The Guardian

Video circulated on social media purporting to show Ukrainian soldiers shooting at least 10 Russians; Kremlin has accused Ukrainian soldiers of executing more than 10 Russian prisoners of war

Outline:  ukrainian soldiers

Tone:  -- v. negative

Discussion:  -- Russia, ? Ukraine, ? Putin

The grotesque inequality embodied by Musk, Bezos and Zuckerberg is a threat to democracy | Jeff Sparrow -- The Guardian

You’d think that such obscene inequality would encourage the wealthy to adopt a certain modesty; Yet today’s extremely online billionaires love nothing more than raising their posteriors for the admiration of the crowd

Outline:  such obscene inequality

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - US, ± Bill Gates, ? BBC

These are the 11 books that turned Elon Musk into the person he is today -- The Independent

Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk is the world’s richest man and most prolific Twitter s***poster; Musk said that he learned to build rockets from reading books

Outline:  tech billionaire

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Musk, ? Ayn Rand, ? Twitter

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