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Good News: New Paris Will Look Not That Different From Old Paris


Remember when Sarkozy asked all those fancy architects to re-imagine the best city in the world? And then they did, and their mock-ups were extraordinary, if a little absurd? (See garden towers at left.) It was a grand idea that addressed the reality that a lot of cities need to get with the times; that they need better connectivity geographically, socioeconomically, and racially; and that they need to remedy unsustainable infrastructure. It also threatened to completely change the very things that make Paris Paris: the way the city looks.Well, you can mostly forget all about that now, because reality has kicked in and those wild, Jetsons-y visions of the future are no more. Not that there weren't any warning signs. And not that it's a bad thing.Indeed, from the get-go, critics wondered how the hell Sarkozy would fund whichever city redesign he liked best. How, too, would he unite all the independent cities that are Paris's suburbs under one mega-city umbrella? Writes the Times: "The architects have provided the ribbons and the balloons, but few if any of the plans are likely to be carried out. Pressed by politics and financing, Mr. Sarkozy has concluded that he will reach for reduced goals that are grittier and essentially practical."The great news is that the practical ideas are actually very sound, and focus on infrastructure! I especially like the idea where surrounding suburbs get connected to each other by train. It would be a boon to residents and take the focus off Paris as an inconvenient and congested hub.What do you think? This is obviously less fun to think about that garden towers and monorails, but doesn't it make a lot sense from a sustainability angle?
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If you are totally ready to move on from Donald Trump, you're not alone. According to a report last April from the Wason Center National Survey of 2020 Voters, "President Trump will be the least popular president to run for reelection in the history of polling."

Yes, you read that right, "history of polling."

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After three years on the sidelines, Colin Kapernick will be working out for multiple NFL teams on Saturday, November 16 at the Atlanta Falcons facility.

The former 49er quarterback who inflamed the culture wars by peacefully protesting against social injustice during the national anthem made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday.

Kaepernick is scheduled for a 15-minute on-field workout and an interview that will be recorded and sent to all 32 teams. The Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions are expected to have representatives in attendance.

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"We like our quarterback situation right now," Miami head coach, Brian Flores said. "We're going to do our due diligence."

NFL Insider Steve Wyche believes that the workout is the NFL's response to multiple teams inquiring about the 32-year-old quarterback. A league-wide workout would help to mitigate any potential political backlash that any one team may face for making an overture to the controversial figure.

Kapernick is an unrestricted free agent (UFA) so any team could have reached out to him. But it's believed that the interested teams are considering him for next season.

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Earlier this year, Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid reached a financial settlement with the league in a joint collusion complaint. The players alleged that the league conspired to keep them out after they began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

Before the 2019 season, Kaepernick posted a video of himself working out on twitter to show he was in great physical condition and ready to play.

Kaepnick took the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012 and the NFC Championship game in 2013.

He has the 23rd-highest career passer rating in NFL history, the second-best interception rate, and the ninth-most rushing yards per game of any quarterback ever. In 2016, his career to a sharp dive and he won only of 11 games as a starter.

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In the category of "claims to fame nobody wants," the United States can now add "exporter of white supremacist ideology" to its repertoire. Super.

Russell Travers, acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center, made this claim in a briefing at The Washington Institute in Washington, D.C. "For almost two decades, the United States has pointed abroad at countries who are exporters of extreme Islamist ideology," Travers said. "We are now being seen as the exporter of white supremacist ideology. That's a reality with which we are going to have to deal."

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Between Alexa, Siri, and Google, artificial intelligence is quickly changing us and the way we live. We no longer have to get up to turn on the lights or set the thermostat, we can find the fastest route to work with a click, and, most importantly, tag our friends in pictures. But interacting with the world isn't the only thing AI is making easier – now we can use it save the world, too.

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