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Shredder in partially destroyed Banksy ‘disabled’

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The shredder that partially destroyed a Banksy canvas moments after it was sold at auction last year has been “disabled”, a German museum said on Monday, ahead of the piece going on display.

“We wanted to avoid having, in three or four days, a visitor who, just as in London hides a button… and the shredding continues,” said Henning Schaper, director of Frieder Burda museum in Baden-Baden.

The work, now called “Love is in the Bin”, will be shown on Tuesday for the first time since it was created in a theatrical stunt at Sotheby’s in London in October.

“We opened the frame, we looked at everything and we saw that the mechanism (the shredder) had been disabled,” said Schaper, without specifying who had done it.

Moments after the painting “Girl with Balloon” sold for £1,042,000 ($1.4 million, 1.2 million euros) — a joint record for the maverick artist — it literally went through the shredder hidden in the frame.

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The buyer went through with the purchase, and some art experts said it was probably now worth more than it had been before the stunt.

The work will be on display at the Frieder Burda museum for four weeks, until March 3.

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Newly revealed video shows Trump and Jeffrey Epstein ogling cheerleaders at Mar-A-Lago party

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Newly revealed video recorded in 1992 shows Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein ogling NFL cheerleaders at a party held at the future president's Mar-A-Lago club.

The video recorded by NBC and broadcast Wednesday by MSNBC shows Trump, then a celebrity businessman, dancing with dozens of cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins, and then greeting Epstein and two other men.

Trump and the accused pedophile Epstein are then seen pointing toward various women and commenting on their looks, although it's not always clear what they're saying.

"She's hot," Trump says about one woman, and then leans in to say something that makes Epstein double over with laughter.

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‘Clear and present racism’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika say Kellyanne Conway should have been ‘fired on the spot’ for slurring reporter

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were astonished by Kellyanne Conway's response to a reporter asking about President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four first-year lawmakers.

The White House senior adviser asked Breakfast Media White House correspondent Andrew Feinberg, who is Jewish, about his ethnicity after he asked Conway what countries Trump was telling the Democratic congresswomen to return.

"I won't draw any parallels with any fascist countries, but what happened yesterday in a press gaggle has nothing to do with the United States of America," Scarborough said, "and in any other administration over the past 240 years, a person that did what Kellyanne Conway did yesterday would have been fired on the spot. By the time she left the press gaggle and went back into the White House, they would have already packed up her belongings and would have told her leave by the back door and never talk to us again."

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Elon Musk shows off progress on brain-machine interface

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Futurist entrepreneur Elon Musk late Tuesday revealed his secretive Neuralink startup is making progress on an interface linking brains with computers, and said they hope to begin testing on people next year.

Musk has long contended that a neural lace meshing minds with machines is vital if people are going to avoid being so outpaced by artificial intelligence that, under the best of circumstances, humans would be akin to "house cats."

Musk and members of the Neuralink team laid out progress they have made on their mission at an event held in San Francisco to recruit talent in software, robotics, neuroscience and more.

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