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Twitter CEO reveals secret to running two companies: daily meditation and eating just one meal a day

Twitter CEO reveals secret to running two companies: daily meditation and eating just one meal a dayTwitter's chief executive Jack Dorsey has revealed he takes daily ice baths and eats only one meal a day in an in-depth interview about his extreme fitness routine. Appearing on a fitness podcast, the billionaire said the "biggest impact" on his mental health has been meditation but said he also does weekend-long fasts to give him the focus and energy to run two companies.  The 42-year-old has been meditating for 20 years and spends an hour each morning and evening on the spiritual practice, he told the Ben Greenfield fitness podcast.  He has came under fire last year for attending a 10-day meditation retreat in Burma with Twitter users accusing him of ignoring the country's human rights abuses. He later said he needed to "learn more". Mr Dorsey, who co-founded the platform Twitter and mobile payments company Square, said his daily routine includes fasting for 22 hours a day and walking the five mile commute to his office. I did my meditation at Dhamma Mahimã in Pyin Oo Lwin. This is my room. Basic. During the 10 days: no devices, reading, writing, physical excercise, music, intoxicants, meat, talking, or even eye contact with others. It’s free: everything is given to meditators by charity. pic.twitter.com/OhJqXKInD3— jack (@jack) December 9, 2018 The daily walk allows him to spend time thinking or listening to podcasts. “I might look a little bit more like I’m jogging than I’m walking… I try to get as much sunlight as possible and then I begin the day 9," he said.  The tech chief said skipping breakfast and lunch frees up his day and makes him more productive. His dinner usually consists of meat or fish accompanied with a salad or green vegetables, followed by some fruit or dark chocolate.  “During the day, I feel so much more focused… the time back from breakfast and lunch allowed me to focus more on what my day is,” he said, adding that it allows him to sleep better. Mr Dorsey said he thought he was hallucinating when he first began fasting Credit: Reuters  Mr Dorsey also said he uses a sauna and ice bath for "mental clarity" every evening. He sits in a barrel sauna set at 220F degrees (104C) for 15 minutes followed by three minutes in an ice bath set at 37F degrees (2C). Rather than easing up on himself on weekends, Mr Dorsey said he has trialled 48-hour fasts from Friday to Sunday evening during which he only drinks water.  “The first time I did it, like day three, I felt like I was hallucinating. It was a weird state to be in. But as I did it the next two times, it just became so apparent to me how much of our days are centered around meals and how – the experience I had was when I was fasting for much longer, how time really slowed down,” he said. Profile | Jack Dorsey Earlier this week it also emerged that Mr Dorsey was received a total salary of just $ 1.40 from Twitter last year, a nod to its former 140-character per tweet limit. "As a testament to his commitment to and belief in Twitter’s long-term value creation potential, our CEO, Jack Dorsey, declined all compensation and benefits for 2015, 2016 and 2017, and in 2018 he declined all compensation and benefits other than a salary of $ 1.40," a section of the company's filing stated. However, Mr Dorsey owns 2.3 per cent of the company's stock. He also made an estimated $ 80 million (£61 million) after taxes from selling 1.7 million shares in his second company Square, according to Forbes.



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Head of US Secret Service to quit job: White House

Head of US Secret Service to quit job: White HouseThe head of the US Secret Service, which guards President Donald Trump and visiting heads of state, is stepping down, the White House said Monday in the administration’s latest sign of turbulence. “United States Secret Service director Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles… will be leaving shortly and President Trump has selected James M. Murray, a career member of the USSS, to take over as director beginning in May,” Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement. No reason was given for Alles’ sudden departure.



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The Super Secret SR-72 Spy Plane (That Might Also Be a Stealth Bomber)

The Super Secret SR-72 Spy Plane (That Might Also Be a Stealth Bomber)Hypersonic weapons—those capable of flying over five times the speed of sound—are the hot new buzz word of defense industrial complexes across the globe. China, Russia and the United States have all vigorously and relatively openly pursued a diverse array of hypersonic weapons programs, adding fuel to the fire of a growing arms race.While long-range ballistic missiles could already attain hypersonic speeds, they travel in predictable arcs and can be detected well in advance, giving military and political leaders time to react. Furthermore, an increasing number of air defense systems may be at least partially capable of intercepting ballistic missiles.However, back in 2013 Lockheed executive Robert Weiss caused a stir when he told Aviation Week the aerospace titan was well into developing a hypersonic aircraft—and invoked the legendary SR-71 Blackbird spy plane by dubbing it the SR-72.



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Homeland Security leadership purge continues as Trump ousts Secret Service Director Randolph Alles

Homeland Security leadership purge continues as Trump ousts Secret Service Director Randolph AllesSecret Service director ousted in rolling housecleaning at DHS



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Secret Service chief to leave in Trump security shake-up

Secret Service chief to leave in Trump security shake-upThe Secret Service said Randolph “Tex” Alles would depart his job next month. The announcement came a day after Trump ousted Alles’ boss, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, with whom he had clashed over immigration issues. “No doubt you have seen media reports regarding my ‘firing.’ I assure you that this is not the case, and in fact was told weeks ago by the administration that transitions in leadership should be expected across the Department of Homeland Security,” Alles said in a message to Secret Service agents.



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Justin Trudeau facing renewed calls to resign as secret tape escalates SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal

Justin Trudeau facing renewed calls to resign as secret tape escalates SNC-Lavalin corruption scandalCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing renewed calls to resign after a secretly recorded telephone call between two senior figures in his administration was made public, escalating claims he tried to shield an allegedly corrupt firm from prosecution.  The 17-minute call took place in December between Jody Wilson-Raybould, then the attorney general, and Michael Wernick, then Canada’s most senior civil servant, about the engineering company SNC-Lavalin, which was accused of paying bribes to Libyan officials.  Mr Wernick is heard in the audio telling Ms Wilson-Raybould that Mr Trudeau is interested in having the firm avoid criminal prosecution in favour of paying a fine, repeatedly saying that the prime minister is in a “pretty firm” frame of mind on the issue.  "I think he is going to find a way to get it done one way or another. He's in that kind of mood. I wanted you to be aware of that,” Mr Wernick is heard saying at one point.  Ms Wilson-Raybould in turn pushes back, raising concerns that the conversation could amount to “political interference” and an attempt to breach her “prosecutorial independence”. She declined to push for the prosecution to be dropped.  Jody Wilson-Raybould, the former Canadian attorney general  Credit: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP Ms Wilson-Raybould was eventually moved from the role in January, one month after the phone call, and given the more junior position of veterans affairs minister. She has since resigned and gone public with claims she was inappropriately leaned on.  The audio was released by Ms Wilson-Raybould along with more than 40 pages of documents backing up her allegations. She said that she chose to secretly record the conversation because she was concerned something “inappropriate” would be said.  She said she “took the extraordinary and otherwise inappropriate step of making an audio recording of the conversation” without telling Mr Wernick, adding that it was “something that I have never done before this phone call and have not done since”.  Mr Wernick stepped down from his role as Privy Council clerk earlier this month.  The scandal has plunged Mr Trudeau’s re-election hopes into doubt, seeing his Liberal Party fall behind the opposition Conservative Party ahead of the vote in October.  Michael Wernick, the former Privy Council clerk Mr Trudeau's party has been ahead in the polls for most of his time in office since he won a crushing victory in 2015. But the liberal poster boy, often compared to Emmanuel Macron, now finds his party trailing the Conservatives by around six points, according to the website Calculated Politics.  Andrew Scheer, the Conservative leader, said that Mr Trudeau had lost the moral authority to govern and must resign. “He looked Canadians in the eye and told them that no one had raised concerns with him. This is false and he owes Canadians an explanation,” Mr Scheer said of the prime minister.  Last month Mr Trudeau denied any wrongdoing and declined to apologise, saying any lobbying by him or his inner circle for the company was done to protect jobs. SNC-Lavalin is one of the largest engineering and construction companies in the world and employs around 9,000 people in Canada.



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Special Report: Beto O'Rourke's secret membership in a legendary hacking group

Special Report: Beto O'Rourke's secret membership in a legendary hacking groupOne thing you didn’t know: While a teenager, O’Rourke acknowledged in an exclusive interview, he belonged to the oldest group of computer hackers in U.S. history. Members of the hugely influential Cult of the Dead Cow, jokingly named after an abandoned Texas slaughterhouse, have protected his secret for decades, reluctant to compromise his political viability. Now, in a series of interviews, CDC members have acknowledged O’Rourke as one of their own.



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Vatican to open secret archives of WWII pope in 2020

Vatican to open secret archives of WWII pope in 2020Pope Francis announced Monday that the Vatican will open the secret archives of the wartime pontiff Pius XII in March next year, which could shed light on why the Catholic Church failed to intervene more against the Holocaust. Researchers have long sought to examine the World War II-era archives for what they consider the lack of strong action by Pius XII (1939-1958) against the German Nazis over the massacre of Jews, an attitude denounced as a form of passive complicity. “I decided that the opening of the Vatican Archives for the pontificate of Pius XII would take place on March 2, 2020,” the pontiff said.



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Church 'not afraid of history': Pope Francis to open secret Pius XII archives

Church 'not afraid of history': Pope Francis to open secret Pius XII archivesMany Jews say Pius, who reigned from 1939 to 1958, did not do enough to help those facing persecution by Nazi Germany. Francis’ decision was welcomed by Jewish groups and by Israel. The Vatican maintains that Pius chose to work behind the scenes, concerned that public intervention would have worsened the situation for both Jews and Catholics in a wartime Europe dominated by Hitler.



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Pope Francis announces opening of Secret Archives on 'Hitler's Pope'

Pope Francis announces opening of Secret Archives on 'Hitler's Pope'Pope Francis has announced that he will open up the Vatican’s secret archives on the papacy of Pope Pius XII, who has been accused of failing to speak up about the Nazis’ persecution of the Jews. Historians have for decades been calling on the Holy See to let scholars study the archives, in order to determine whether Pius XII failed to use his moral authority to oppose the Holocaust. The argument that Pius should have been far more vocal in condemning the Nazis’ annihilation of six million Jews was put forward most forcefully in the 1999 book Hitler’s Pope, by John Cornwell, a British writer and academic. Pope Francis announced his decision during a meeting with staff from the Secret Archives, part of the Vatican’s vast repository of documents and records, declaring that “the Church is not afraid of history”. He said the archive would be opened on March 2 next year to mark the 81st anniversary of the election of Pius XII in 1939. Francis acknowledged that there had been “moments of grave difficulty and tormented decisions” for the wartime pontiff, saying he had been treated by posterity with “some prejudice and exaggeration”. Without referring directly to Pius’s actions towards the Jews of Europe, Francis said his predecessor had engaged in “hidden but active diplomacy” in order to pursue “humanitarian initiatives”. He thanked archive historians for having worked, since 2006, to catalogue and organise the huge body of documentation relating to Pius’s papacy, from 1939 to his death in 1958. Mr Cornwell, the author of Hitler’s Pope, said he could not wait for the archives to be revealed. Pope Francis announced that the archives will be open a year from now Credit: Alessandra Benedetti/Getty “It should be really interesting. It might show that he did fantastic things to help the Jews. Or it might shed light on whether he had anything to do with the Nazi rat-run, when some Catholics helped Nazis escape to South America at the end of the war,” he told The Telegraph. He said he called his book Hitler’s Pope largely because of what the future Pope Pius did before the war, when as Vatican secretary of state he drew up an accord in 1933, the Reichskonkordat, that protected the Catholic Church’s rights in Germany but in exchange helped give moral legitimacy to the Nazi regime. He said Pius was, like many Catholics at the time, anti-Semitic, but conceded that he had little scope for limiting the scale of the Holocaust. “He didn’t have much room for manoeuvre. He was very much a prisoner inside the Vatican, which was dependent for its light, gas and water on Mussolini’s Italy and then on the German regime. Although I still think he didn’t do enough when the Jews were being rounded up in Rome.” Hitler even plotted at one time to kidnap the Pope, Mr Cornwell said. Pope Pius has been accused by some Jewish groups and historians of failing to speak out against the Holocaust during the war Credit: AP The Vatican insists that by using discreet means, Pius instructed Catholic clergy to give help to the Jews, quietly saving tens of thousands of lives. “The archives will hopefully shed light on the actual possibilities that were open to Pope Pius in condemning the genocide and to what extent he could have made a difference, and at what cost,” said Austen Ivereigh, a British expert on the Vatican and the author of The Great Reformer: Francis and the making of a radical pope. While some historians have accused Pius of complicity in the persecution of the Jews because of his decision not to speak out, others insist he did all that he could in the circumstances. They argue that to have criticised Hitler and the Nazi regime more strongly would have imperiled Catholics across occupied Europe. “Had he spoken out, it could have been an excuse for Hitler to turn on the Catholic Church. These were very, very difficult moral choices,” said Mr Ivereigh. The planned opening of the archives was welcomed by Jewish groups around the world. “We greatly appreciate Pope Francis’s decision,” said Noemi Di Segni, the president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities. It would enable historians “to reconstruct with greater clarity the Church’s position regarding the Shoah.” “It’s shame that we’ll have to wait until 2020, but better late than never,” said Ruth Dureghello, the head of the Jewish community in Rome. More than 1,000 Italian Jews were rounded up in Rome and deported to concentration camps in October 1943. The Pope’s decision was also welcomed by Israel. "We are pleased by the decision and hope it will enable free access to all relevant archives," foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon wrote on Twitter. It normally takes the Vatican 70 years from the end of a pontificate to open up its archives relating to the period, but there has been intense pressure to make an exception for those of Pius XII. “Part of the problem is that simply cataloguing the stuff takes a lot of time, especially given that there aren’t many staff in the Secret Archives,” said Mr Ivereigh. “It’s a huge archive because it was a very long papacy.”



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