Trump Reveals Winners Of 'Fake News Awards'

Trump Reveals Winners Of 'Fake News Awards'

 

  • The 11th winner. The "last, but not least" final prize went to the topic of "RUSSIA COLLUSION!" "Russian collusion is perhaps the greatest hoax perpetrated on the American people. THERE IS NO COLLUSION!" the GOP site states, listing the things Trump accomplished while "the media spent 90% of the time focused on negative coverage or fake news."

 

  • Fake news? The New York Daily News notes that some of the awards contain claims that appear to be "alternative facts"—including the assertion that Trump's win was a "landslide." The Washington Post was at No. 5 for reporting that "the president's massive sold-out rally in Pensacola, Florida was empty," though the reporter had mistakenly tweeted a photo of the empty venue and immediately deleted it and apologized, according to the News.

 

  • Late-night reaction. In a spoof ceremony, Jimmy Kimmel gave a "Fake News Award" to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, played by Kimmel's father, Billboard reports. Colbert received a standing ovation after telling the audience: "I am proud to say, The Late Show won fakest in late night." He then added: "I would say I'm humbled, but I think we deserve it, because I’m lying right now. We didn't win."
  • Backlash. Some of the backlash to the "Fakies," and to Trump's treatment of the media in general, came from members of his own party, the Guardian reports. Former GOP press secretary Alex Conant tweeted that while he is working hard to get Republicans elected in 2018, Trump's "tactics are not helpful to anyone except Chuck & Nancy."

 

  • "Sinister subtext." The awards have the "sinister subtext" that Trump has spoken of having libel laws changed to make it easier to punish "fake news," writes Albert Hunt at Bloomberg. Legal experts, however, say that "if Trump were correct that mainstream news outlets deliberately published false information with the intent of making him look bad, he could successfully sue them without any changes to existing law," Hunt writes.

 

  • Corrections and retractions. The Washington Post fact-checks the winners and notes that retractions or corrections were issued in eight cases, and two resulted in suspensions or resignations. Two were tweets that didn't result in news articles. "If the president admitted error as frequently, he would earn far fewer Pinocchios," the Post says, referring to its grading system for false claims.

 


Amber Rose Is Chopping Off Her Big Boobs

 

Amber Rose Is Chopping Off Her Big Boobs

I’m just going to leave this here without comment.

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Alright, I’ve been told that I must comment.

Amber Rose hates God and is getting a breast reduction surgery. Why do you hate the way God made you, Amber? Women always say, “you don’t need implants or makeup or plastic surgery. You’re beautiful just the way God made you.” Nine out of ten times it’s a beautiful woman telling that to an ugly woman.

Amber Rose is a beautiful woman and God made her a boss bitch for a reason.

All that said, I’ve never had big boobs. I’ve been told by women with big boobs that they can be very uncomfortable. It’s like a guy complaining that his penis is so big that it makes walking tough. Complaining about your boobs being too big is a humble brag the size of Pamela Anderson’s boobs.

Amber plans to do a lot of running around with her new sex toy company. And her boobs are just going to get in the way of that. I would think that they would help sell her company to potential customers, but what do I know. I’m just a man who knows that other men like boobs. We think it’s funny to turn numbers on a calculator into the word “boobs.” That’s how obsessed we are with them.

The good news is that Amber will continue to let her boobs free, even if they are a bit smaller. She commented in the video that she’s looking forward to wearing spaghetti straps following he reductions.

Rose is currently a 36H cup size.

Ok, she got me. Maybe that is a bit too big. But God does not make mistakes.

 

 

 

 


State No. 51? Backers Envision 'New California'

State No. 51? Backers Envision ''

Attempts to forge an independent California have failed, as have previous efforts to split the state into several distinct ones. But the "New California" movement hopes for a different outcome this time around. Backers hope to carve out a new state from existing state land—so there'd be a California and a New California—and they say they can do so via the Constitution. Their chance of success? Virtually non-existent, by most accounts, but the idea is still drawing some attention. Details:

  • The new map: You can see it here on the group's Facebook page. New California would encompass most of the existing state, except for the coastal area from roughly San Francisco down to Los Angeles. Think urban vs rural, or perhaps more aptly, liberal vs. conservative.
  • How? This wouldn't be a secession but the creation of a new state, and the group says New California would be formed just as West Virginia was. They cite Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution, per USA TodayThe short version: First they convince the state legislature to agree to the split, then get Congress to approve.
 

  • Why? Group founders Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed see the current state government as "tyrannical" and take issue with everything from high taxes, education, transportation, and law enforcement to state parks, water resource management, and voter rights. They have a declaration of independence and a website.
  • Deja vu?: "Here we go again," writes Abby Hamblin at the San Diego Union-Tribune"To be blunt about all this: It’s a long shot. Let’s repeat that again. It’s a long shot."
  • What it would mean: If successful, the movement would create the sixth-largest state in the country, one with a conservative lean, per Newsweek.
  • Time frame: Movement organizers say it will take 10 to 18 months before they can get the ball rolling with the state legislature, per CBS Sacramento.
 

The Moonlite Bunny Ranch Is Considering Accepting Bitcoin

The Moonlite Bunny Ranch Is Considering Accepting Bitcoin

The oldest profession on the planet seems to be keeping up with the times.

According to the New York Post, the owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch is seriously considering accepting Bitcoin from his rich clientele in exchange for sexual escapades with his hookers.

“We have some of the richest men in the world coming in and out of my brothels” owner/pimp Dennis Hof said. “Our high dollar clientele is accustomed to getting anything they want here, so when I started hearing requests from them to look into accepting Bitcoin, I took those suggestions very seriously.”

“We have guys carrying duffle bags full of cash right up to our cashier’s window, and we’ve had to install a safe the size of Fort Knox to hold it all,” Hof continued. “Not that I mind good old fashioned cold cash, but Bitcoin is making it so much more practical for those same clients to live out their sexual fantasies here at the Bunny Ranch without literally having to carry a lot of excess baggage.”

What a country!


Doctor: Trump Asked for Cognitive Test, Aced it

Doctor: Trump Asked for Cognitive Test, Aced it

President Trump asked that a cognitive test be included as part of his first physical exam, and his doctor says he aced it. Trump's physician—Navy doctor Ronny Jackson—says the president achieved a perfect score on the test, which was included in last Friday's medical checkup. Jackson says Trump's 30 out of 30 score means there's no indication that Trump has any cognitive issues, per the AP. The doctor speculates that Trump requested the exam in an attempt to beat back the narrative of the past few weeks that he is mentally unfit for office. Jackson describes Trump as "very sharp" and "very articulate when he speaks to me," adding that he's found "no reason whatsoever" to think the president has any issues with his thought process.

Trump did "exceedingly well" on the cognitive test, and the 71-year-old's overall health is "excellent," says Jackson. "I feel very confident that he has a very strong and a very probable possibility of making it completely through his presidency with no medical issues." Jackson reports that the 6-foot-3 president weighed in at 239 pounds—three pounds heavier than he was in September 2016. Jackson said he and the president set a goal of Trump losing 10 to 15 pounds over the next year, adding, "He's more enthusiastic about the diet part than the exercise part," per USA Today. Trump's blood pressure was 122 over 74, and his total cholesterol was 223, which is higher than recommended.

 


Facebook Sex Video Triggers Child Porn Charges For 1,004

Facebook Sex Video Triggers Child Porn Charges For 1,004

 

The two videos tallied up to 59 seconds and could "ruin my life," says one 19-year-old. She doesn't appear in the footage, but was one of 1,004 people—996 of them between the ages of 15 and 24—notified Monday that they face preliminary charges for sharing child porn. The New York Times delves into the case, which involves video taken of two consenting Danish 15-year-olds having sex. The sex part is legal in the country. but sharing the videos runs afoul of Denmark's child-porn laws. The videos were disseminated via Facebook's Messenger app; Facebook deleted them in the fall upon learning about them and reported them to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which alerted Europol and Danish police, NBC News reports.

After months spent tracking social media accounts and IP addresses, Danish police made their move in what Bloomberg calls the "biggest case of its kind" in the country. Prosecutors will make the call on whether to move forward with the charges, and the Times predicts that if they do, it's unlikely anyone will end up in prison. But the paper notes that getting off scot-free could be tough: A conviction would make getting certain jobs (with law enforcement, or working with children) impossible, and even if they were to successfully argue they thought the couple was at least 18, they could be hit with a charge for sharing the video without consent. The videos, which some outlets are calling revenge porn, were made by friends of the couple at a party and then shared by those friends.


Woman Auctions Her Virginity Online Hoping To Fund Cambridge Education

Woman Auctions Her Virginity Online Hoping To Fund Cambridge Education

An 18-year-old woman has posted an advert online 'selling' her virginity. Nicole, who hails from Italy and says she has received one offer of £890,000 ($1.2 million), spoke to the Sun about her decision.

"I decided when I was 16 that my virginity was precious," she told the newspaper. "I was in a relationship with a man much older than me, but I decided I would only lose my virginity to the man I love and the man I want to marry in the future.

"He told me he wanted to stay with me all my life, that he loved me, and that he wanted to have a family with me but I was only 16 and I was scared so I decided to split up with him."

After splitting with the man Nicole (which is a pseudonym) began thinking about her future life and career. She decided that she wanted to study at Cambridge University.


Credit: Nicole

"I wanted a good education," she told the Sun. "So I started looking on the web for ways to finance my studies and I came across a series of auction adverts and found there were girls who had sold themselves for £3.1m ($4.2) so I decided I would do the same when I turned 18.

"I hope to get as much as possible to fund my studies, to help my sister and my family, and buy my parents a house. There are a lot of men interested who are writing to the agency and the highest offer we have at the moment is €1m (£890,000)."


Credit: Elite Models VIP

Nicole posted her advert on European website Elite Models VIP. Selling sex is legal in Italy, though brothels, pimping and prostitution rings have been illegal since 1958. However, the legality of the woman's ad could be called into question depending on the country her 'client' is based.

Nicole is far from the first person to auction her virginity online - in March last year, 18-year-old Aleexandra Kefren successfully sold hers for an eye-watering fee of £2m ($2.7m).

"I wanted to sell my virginity with Cinderella Escorts rather than giving it to a future friend who might have left me anyway. And I think many other girls have the same attitude," Aleexandra said, as reported by the Metro. "How many would possibly forgo their first time in retrospect if they could have 2.3 million euros instead?"


Woman Says Date With Aziz Ansari Was 'Worst Night Of Life'

Woman Says Date With Aziz Ansari Was 'Worst Night Of Life'

Grace (not her real name) was watching the Golden Globes earlier this month when she spotted Master of None star Aziz Ansari accepting an award. In an interview on Babe.net, the 23-year-old Brooklyn photographer says it was "cringeworthy" to see Ansari wearing a "Time's Up" pin, because she'd had a date with him in September that "turned into the worst night of my life." The two initially hit it off at an Emmys after-party; shortly after, they arranged to meet up in New York City. After dinner out, they went back to his apartment, and Grace says Ansari wouldn't stop trying to get sexual with her. "I said something like, 'Whoa, let's relax for a sec, let's chill," she recalls after he said he was going to get a condom right after they kissed for the first time.

But she says he didn't let up, and throughout the evening he followed her around, sticking his fingers in her mouth, trying to get her to touch him, and asking for sex. Grace concedes they did have oral sex, because she says she felt worn down, and she left in an Uber, feeling "violated." When Aziz texted the next day to say he'd had fun, she told him she hadn't and explained. He replied: "I'm so sad to hear this. Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I'm truly sorry." Per the Hollywood Reporter, Ansari has issued a statement, saying their "sexual activity" was "by all indications ... completely consensual." "Everything did seem OK to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned," he notes, adding: "I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue."


Texts About Meghan Markle Create Political Storm In Britain

Texts About Meghan Markle Create Political Storm In Britain

The leader of a British political party is in hot water over his girlfriend's texts about Meghan Markle. Ex-girlfriend, actually. In the wake of the controversy, UK Independence Party leader Henry Bolton, 54, has split with his 25-year-old girlfriend, Jo Marney, reports the Guardian. Now the question is whether he'll have to resign as UKIP leader. The trouble began when the Mail on Sunday published texts from Marney to a friend in which she complains that Markle, newly engaged to Prince Harry, will "taint" the royal family. "This is Britain, not Africa," was among the comments she made about Markle, whose mother is African American. When the texts emerged, UKIP essentially gave Bolton an ultimatum, reports the BBC: Quit the party or quit the girl, and he made his choice.

"The romantic element of the relationship is over, I’m afraid, as of last night," said Bolton, calling Marney’s comments "indefensible." He also insisted that he would not resign as party leader, despite growing calls for that as well. Bolton is married with two kids, but he says he and his wife have been estranged and living separately since July. He'd been in a relationship with Marney for about a month, and the texts were sent before they became a couple. Marney, for her part, says they've been taken out of context. UKIP is pro-Brexit, the party played a role in drumming up support for the 2016 vote to leave the European Union. However, it has been struggling financially and losing members since the vote. Bolton is its fourth leader since the referendum.

 


Sheriff Joe Arpaio Uses Hawaii's Text Error To Renew Birther Claims

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Uses Hawaii's Text Error To Renew Birther Claims

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, now a candidate for Senate, used the massive text-alert gaffe in Hawaii over a nonexistent missile to dredge up the controversy over President Obama's birth certificate. "There's something wrong with that government," Arpaio said of Hawaii, per ABC News. "I know doing a certain investigation on a fake, fraudulent government document. They can’t even solve that case." At that point, Fox News interviewer Jeanine Pirro pushed back and informed Arpaio that Hawaii had, in fact, produced the birth certificate proving that Obama was a US citizen.

But the 85-year-old Arpaio, a longtime "birther" who is running for Jeff Flake's seat in Arizona, wasn't budging. "Well, the only thing I’m saying is they can’t even solve a phony document." Pirro again countered him, "because they did solve that," and moved on. It's not the first time Arpaio has addressed the subject in his short candidacy. Just one day after announcing last week, he told CNN that he's sure Obama's birth certificate is fake. "No doubt about it," he said, per the Washington Post. "I'm not going to go into all the detail, but yes, it's a phony document."

 

 


Trump in War of a Word With Wall Street Journal

Trump in War of a Word With Wall Street Journal

President Trump is taking his battle against "fake news" to one of his most reliable supporters. This morning the president started his day by slamming the Wall Street Journal on Twitter for allegedly misquoting him in an interview published Thursday, Politicoreports. In the interview Trump is quoted as saying, "I probably have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un," referring to the North Korean leader with whom Trump has been in a war of words for months. But today Trump said the Journal got the quote wrong. "Obviously I didn’t say that," the president tweeted. "I said “I’d have a good relationship with Kim Jong Un,” a big difference. Fortunately we now record conversations with reporters..." Trump went on to say that the Journal knew "exactly" what it was doing. "They just wanted a story," he wrote. "FAKE NEWS!"

Saturday night the WSJ released their audio recording of the interview on Twitter, claiming it proves that Trump said "I" and not "I'd." White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders then responded by releasing the "official audio" on her Twitter feed, claiming it proves the opposite. Though Trump has clashed with the press repeatedly during his presidency, he has generally had a good relationship with the Wall Street Journal, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also owns Fox News.


North Korea's Military Might Is 'Beyond West's Imagination'

North Korea's Military Might Is 'Beyond West's Imagination'

For anyone encouraged by North Korea's slight softening toward the South, Chun In-bum essentially dumps a bucket of cold water it. The retired South Korean general, who the Financial Timesreports led his country's special forces, spoke to a London-based think tank Wednesday and outlined exactly what American forces would encounter should we decide to bloody the country's nose—or something more significant. He doesn't mince words: "I try to explain to the Americans—if we have to go into North Korea, ... it’s not going to be like toppling [Saddam) Hussein]. This would be more like trying to get rid of Allah." He describes the country as "one huge barracks" and the population as militarized far beyond the [West's] imagination.

"A 14-year-old child in North Korea probably gets more than 100 hours of military training a year," the Times of London quotes Chun as saying. "By age 14, a child knows how to fire an AK47, fire an RPG, throw a grenade, pitch a tent and march 24 hours." And even things that may seem promising on their face—the North's estimated 1,000 fighter jets are aged—aren't, per Chun, who says those planes would be used kamikaze-style, USA Today reports. And there's not just the physical battlefield to contend with, per the Brisbane Times: "North Korean cyber capability is right below nuclear capability in terms of threat," says Chun. He also describes an extreme system designed to root out any dissent, whereby the country's families are grouped in units, and if one person "misbehaves, the entire five or 10 families go to the gulag or are executed. So everybody spies on everybody else."


Water Reserves Found On Mars

Water Reserves Found On Mars

A BIG HAT TIP GOES OUT TO DRAWMAN FOR THIS SUBMISSION

 

 

 

 

 

 

At sites across the midsection of Mars, scientists have found layers of water ice buried mere feet beneath the red planet’s surface. The discovery adds crucial detail to Mars’s geologic history, and it may shape how future humans on Mars get their water.

"This is a new window into ground ice on Mars," says Colin Dundas, the U.S. Geological Survey geologist who co-discovered the ice layers.

Scientists have long theorized that reserves of water ice are locked underground on Mars. In 2002, the NASA Odyssey mission scanned the planet from orbit and detected signs of shallow ground ice at high latitudes. In 2008, the NASA Phoenix mission dug up water ice at its landing site near the Martian north pole.

 

And in late 2016, scientists using the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)found a buried ice sheet at Mars’s mid-latitudes that holds about as much water as Lake Superior. But until Dundas’s study, published today inScience, scientists struggled to understand the extent and accessibility of Mars’s subsurface ice layers.

The eight sites featured in the new study include steep banks where, much like cutting into a cake, erosion has exposed layers of rock and ice that MRO could see from overhead. The bands of ice first appear between three and six feet underground, supporting the notion that Mars’s mid-latitudes periodically saw large snowfalls millions of years ago, when Mars was tilted on its axis at a steeper angle than it is today, says Dundas.


Pussy Perfume Is Coming So You Too Can Smell Like An Unwashed Vagina

Pussy Perfume Is Coming So You Too Can Smell Like An Unwashed Vagina

It’s a question that has vexed women since the beginning of time: “How can I make my whole body smell like a vagina?” If the answer you’re looking for is an overpriced designer perfume with an already-outdated knit pink cap on it, they boy have I got good news for you.

According to TMZ, a New York woman named Fran Moss filed patent and trademark applications for “Pussy” perfume and fragrances. And she accompanied the filing with a design for a perfume bottle with one of those pussy hats that were stylish for about 15 seconds on the top.

According to the docs, Fran’s toying with product names like pussy juice, pussy power, pussy now, and pussy positive. She also wants her trademark to include the “pussy power color” pink, and the pussyhat ears.

TMZ also stated that the filing covers “fragrance-emitting wicks, sachets, pet sprays, body sprays and perfumes”. Yikes. At best this is a shallow ploy to cash in on upper-class trendy feminism, at worst this lady is going to flood the market with products that smell like an actual vagina.

Pussy would actually be a good name for one of those pheromone perfumes that are supposed to get you laid, but I’m guessing this is just a shallow ploy to sell sandalwood and lavender scented candles to the sort of person who wants to be seen as a serious feminist but also thinks we should cut funding for WIC. Which is kind of fitting since the Women’s March itself quickly converted from a grassroots moment of civil protest to a 501(c)(4) dark money super PAC.

Either way, I’d like to announce that I’ll be launching my own complementary line of scents for men called “Vinegary Balls”. The cologne comes in a bottle with truck nuts hanging off of it. I’m thinking it’ll be sandalwood scented.


These Monkeys In Florida Apparently Have Killer Herpes

These Monkeys In Florida Apparently Have Killer Herpes

It’s official: The only reason left to go to Florida is Mickey Mouse.

According to Ars Technica, some dude in the 1930s and 40s released around a dozen rhesus macaques on an island along the Silver River outside of Silver Springs, Florida because he was the captain of a glass-bottom boat and thought the monkeys would be something funny for his customers to see along their journey.

Well, nobody is laughing 80 years later because those dozen or so monkeys have turned into some 800 littler fury fuckers, and they apparently can swim like nobody’s business and have made their way off the island and into the nearby Silver Spring State Park and Ocala National Forest.

The problem with that? You guessed it – they all have killer herpes.

No, seriously. While the virus—macacine herpesvirus 1 (McHV-1) – is common amongst the rhesus macaques and will only cause mild infections in them, it unfortunately can be fatal for humans who come into contact with it.

Ars Technica:

But when McHV-1 gets into humans, it can cause serious problems in the central nervous system. The virus can be spread to humans by monkey bites and scratches, as well as infectious fluids/feces getting splashed into the eyes (which happened once). Depending on the route of infection and the number of virus particles transferred, the infection in humans can progress from flu-like symptoms to neurological problems. These include double vision, lack of voluntary control of muscle movements, and paralysis. If neurological symptoms develop, the infected person will likely die even with antiviral therapy.

Since McHV-1 was identified in 1932, researchers have only documented 50 cases of human infections, all from captive macaques. Of those cases, 21 resulted in death.”

Jesus.

So there you have it, kids. If you see a monkey in Florida, don’t fuck it.


Using Contractors To Collect $6.7M Cost IRS $20M

Using Contractors To Collect $6.7M Cost IRS $20M

The Internal Revenue Service's outsourcing of tax debt collection is costingthe IRS about $3 for every $1 it brings in,according to a report from a federalwatchdog. National Taxpayer Advocate NinaOlson, head of the Taxpayer AdvocateService, said in her annual report toCongress Wednesday that the private debtcollection cost the IRS $20 million in the last year and only collected $6.7 million in back taxes, the New York Times reports. The $20 million includes administrative costs as well as commissions. The private contractors—whose introduction was supported by both Democrats and Republicans—also managed to collect a 25% commission on some collections that the IRS made without them, Olson said.

Olson said the four debt-collection companies taking part in a program started last year collected less than 1% of the $920 million of the tax debt assigned to them. She said the IRS "has implemented the program in a manner that causes excessive financial harm to taxpayers and constitutes an end run around taxpayer rights protections." She also warned that the private companies are squeezing money from those who can least afford to pay,USA Today reports. Some 19% of those who paid up under the program had incomes below the federal poverty level and would have been given hardship status if the IRS had handledtheir cases. Olson has previously warned that the IRS is underfunded. The agency estimates it will need another $495 million to deal with President Trump's tax overhaul.


Woman Who Claimed She Was Attacked With Acid Admits She Lied & Actually Burned Herself

Woman Who Claimed She Was Attacked With Acid Admits She Lied & Actually Burned Herself

A New York woman who reportedly told police she was the victim of an acid attack has recanted her story, cops said. Lizzie Dunn, 52, told CBS New York she was attacked Monday morning in Staten Island by a stranger who, she claimed, tossed a caustic substance in her face, inflicting serious burns. Dunn told police at the time that she was alone at a bus stop around 11 a.m. when a woman asked her for cigarettes and money.


School Board Prez Calls Busted Teacher 'Poor Little Woman'

School Board Prez Calls Busted Teacher 'Poor Little Woman'

The story of the Louisiana middle school teacher arrested after speaking up at a school board meeting continues, now with a closer look at how women in the district are treated. When Deyshia Hargrave was carted off in handcuffs Monday after calmly questioning the $30,000 raise for Vermilion Parish School District Superintendent Jerome Puyau, Laura LeBeouf, one of the two female members of the school board, noted, "I have never seen a man removed from this room," per KATC. Critics of the school board point to footage of another recent board meeting, where a man made "an impassioned plea" about his recently deceased dad and wasn't removed as Hargrave was. Even celebrity host Sharon Osbourne backed up Hargrave on The Talk, noting: "She wasn't being violent. … They did that because she's a woman."

Stoking the fire are remarks made by school board president Anthony Fontana, who told WAFB Hargrave was "the poor little woman" whom "everybody wants to side [with]." "She could have walked out and nothing would have happened," he said. (In a video of the incident, Hargrave had indeed picked up her purse and walked out, only to be handcuffed in the hall.) Fontana also says Hargrave broke rules, including keeping her speech "civilized," and refuted any gender disparity, noting a board member's husband had once been banned. "All this stuff about this is a woman's issue is BS," he said. In a video posted on the Louisiana Association of Educators Facebook page, Hargrave says, "They … tried to take away my First Amendment rights to speak, and I'm appalled at this, and you should be, too." She tells NBC News that "it's sad that a woman has to be forcibly, violently removed from a board meeting for people to start caring."


This Wanted Texas Man Has His Social Security Number Tattooed On His Forehead

This Wanted Texas Man Has His Social Security Number Tattooed On His Forehead

As I write this, 40-year-old wanted man Robert Wooten has not been caught by police. But something tells me that police won’t have a tough time identifying him once they do eventually catch up to him. And why do I believe that? Because Wooten has his damn social security number tattooed on his forehead.

Wooten, a career criminal, is wanted for stealing cigarettes from a Valero Corner Store. Oh, and he did it twice. According to KFOR, an employee was forced to close the convenience store after the register went down. And this is where things got weird.

KFOR

Officers said several customers, including Wooten, were waiting outside when the store later re-opened. As the group walked in, the suspect allegedly followed the employee and asked him a series of strange questions. Court documents obtained by KIAH quote the suspect asking, “You care about your life?”

That’s when deputies said Wooten lifted his shirt, revealing a firearm tucked into his waistband on the right side. He demanded the employee give him various brands of cigarettes and the victim complied, investigators said.

The suspect returned to the same store on Nov. 4 to rob more cigarettes, according to police reports.

But not only does this idiot have his social security tattooed on his forehead, he also has Houston’s area code, 713, tattooed on his neck. Boy, he’s sure making it easy on cops.

And if you’re curious, here’s some of the “wonderful” things Wooten has done in his past:  indecent exposure, aggravated robbery, violation of a protective order due to violence, burglary and numerous drug-related charges.

Here’s hoping police catch up to him soon.


21 Food Trends That Will Be A Thing In 2018

 

21 Food Trends That Will Be A Thing In 2018

As a new year approaches, one of the biggest questions is what we’ll all be eating (and Instagramming) in 2018. Thanks to food analysts and specialists, we already know some of 2018's hottest food trends.

Of course, not everyone likes to jump on the food trends bandwagon. Eating insects is an example of a trend that just might not be for you even if it is allegedly good for the environment. There have also been some weird diet trends that have come and gone throughout the years, some of which weren’t actually healthy at all. While health seems to be a major concern in 2018, there's also a keen interest in presentation, design, and customizing brand experiences to you as a consumer. You can expect to see a shift toward plant-based products and sustainability being a major interest in 2018, but luckily those comfort foods still make the cut, too!

Below are 20 of 2018’s coming food trends. Which trends are you the most down to try in 2018?

 


12 Movies That Could Make 2018 The Best Year For Geek Movies Ever

12 Movies That Could Make 2018 The Best Year For Geek Movies Ever

1. - 3. A Bunch of Potentially Great Marvel Movies

Okay, I'm going to start this list by cheating A LOT: the Marvel Cinematic Universe is releasing THREE films in 2018, and all within the span of about 5 months - February will see the release of Black Panther, May will finally unleash Infinity War, and we'll get the new tradition of an Ant-Man film to follow-up a status quo-shaking Avengers film again with Ant-Man and The Wasp. What's truly great is that each film has so much potential to be incredible - and in their own unique way, no less!

We've already written up why Black Panther looks like it could be a genre-defining film for the MCU here, but a few points are worth reiterating: this is really the FIRST big MCU film to come from a bonafide great director, Ryan Coogler, who delivered one of the most shockingly great rebootquels of all-time with Creed. Most MCU directors are genuinely amazing, but are usually somewhat unknowns - the Russo Bros. had been directing sitcoms and lesser Owen Wilson comedies, James Gunn was known for low-budget schlock horror, etc. Coogler is known for making award-winning, critically-lauded films - and now he has the keys to one of the most important figures in Marvel, and has an insanely great cast backing him up.

Then comes Infinity War - I'm not sure if I really have to explain what makes Infinity War so exciting, especially since it now holds the record for the most viewed movie trailer in Youtube history. This is the culmination of 10 years of storytelling (and dozens of films) for the previously-unprecedented Marvel Cinematic Universe, and - from all accounts - it looks like it's gonna be dope as hell. From one of the biggest casts ever assembled for a film to the assured hands of The Russo Bros. (who managed the equally challenging tasks of The Winter Soldier and Civil War), there's not much reason to doubt the film will deliver the goods - the biggest question that remains is whether the movie ends with a snap of Thanos' fingers?


And the final big movie from Marvel this year is Ant-Man and the Wasp - the general reaction to the original Ant-Man was that it was a fun goof, especially coming immediately after the much heavier Age of Ultron. And the fun spirit of Ant-Man was something of a surprise, given it marked probably the first enormous behind-the-scenes challenge the MCU faced - the rocky departure of director/writer Edgar Wright a few weeks before production began, due to disagreements over the path of the script and the integration with the rest of the MCU. In a few weeks time, the script was hastily rewritten by star Paul Rudd and Adam McKay, and Bring It On director Peyton Reed was brought aboard to direct the film. Given those circumstances, everyone expected the film to be a mess - and while it wasn't anything revelatory, the final product was a pretty delightful bit of business, particularly thanks to scene-stealer Michael Peña:

What makes Ant-Man and The Wasp such an exciting idea is that with this film, the creative team won't have to deal with the same wild constraints that complicated things so horribly with the first one. They won't have to adapt someone else's screenplay in 6 weeks time - they can come up with their own plan, that fits their own vision, and execute it - that's exciting! Also exciting? This is the first Marvel film to have a female lead in the title - Evangeline Lilly's Hope van Dyne finally gets to become The Wasp (who was one of the original Avengers, nbd) and join in the fray, instead of being stuck at the sidelines for some weird reason.

And - like the original Ant-Man - after Avengers: Infinity War, a fun goofy Ant-Man movie will be a nice palette cleanser (especially if we see the introduction of Antony Jr.).

4. Aquaman

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I know what you're thinking: "Why should I be excited for another DCEU film, especially given their unbelievably dismal track record?" And then you might also be thinking: "Also, why should I trust YOU of all people when it comes to thinking optimistically about the DCEU, especially given you were acting all hopeful and chipper about Justice League while all of your co-workers could see the trainwreck from a mile away?" And well...you bring up two very good points. I would say that I feel it's a little easier being optimistic towards properties I have a personal attachment to, and that there WERE reasons to suspect Justice League could be good (note: I did not enjoy Justice League after actually seeing it). But I've got some ACTUAL good reasons for being pumped for Aquaman - lemme tell ya:

  • Directed by James Wan. James Wan is a dude who can handle a big messy blockbuster. He directed Furious 7, which was beset by more issues than most people give it credit for with the death of co-star Paul Walker....and he still wound up delivering one of the best, most fun, and intensely emotional blockbusters of the last decade (if you're one of those types who STILL hasn't bought into the fact that Fast & Furious got amazing at Fast Five, I have nothing to say to you). He also took on The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, some of the best mainstream horror movies of the past few years. Basically, this guy is a solid director who can set the mood, get great performances, and handle messy behind-the-scenes chaos (in this case, dealing with Warner Bros. executives).
  • It has an actual template. People tend to lump all superhero movies together as a single genre of film - and, until recently, they weren't really wrong to: for most of the late 90s and 2000s, superhero movies were largely similar in structure and execution and even tone. But as of late, lots of superhero movies have proven that they could fit into more traditional film styles while retaining what makes superhero-ing so fun. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a political-thriller, Ant-Man was a goofy heist film, Wonder Woman and Thor were fish-out-of-water comedies, etc. And Aquaman is a swashbuckling romance - which Wan has compared to Raiders of the Lost Ark and Romancing the Stone, calling to mind films where a rough-around-the-edges hero (in this case, Arthur Curry - the whiskey-swiggin' Aquaman) gets roped into an adventure with someone who's less into him (in this case, Mera - soon-to-be Queen of Atlantis) and the two rub each other the wrong way, reluctantly help one another, and eventually fall in love. It's basically Han and Leia in Empire Strikes Back, except underwater.
  • Giant undersea battles where people are riding sharks. Wan's vision for the film includes enormous undersea battles that almost look like the kind of "things are happening in every possible direction" style of space battles in Star Wars, except instead of flying on ships, Atlanteans are riding sharks and whales into battle. And, honestly, I really, really want to see that and have it be badass.

5. The Incredibles 2

After 14 years of waiting, we're FINALLY getting a long-awaited sequel to Brad Bird's 2004 near-perfect superhero film, The Incredibles. Really, if nothing else, the movie shows 20th Century Fox how simple it is to make a great Fantastic Four movie (something they've screwed up THREE TIMES since). And while not a whole lot is really known about the sequel, there are a few sparse details: the plot will concern Mr. Incredible staying home and watching the kids while his wife Elastigirl is out patrolling the city and fighting crime, and one of the main villains will be The Underminer - aka the Mole Man knock-off from the stinger of the first film (a really nice surprise - it seemed like a jokey easter egg to finish the film and wink even harder at the FF inspiration. The fact they're actually following up on what seemed like an offhand gag shows Brad Bird probably didn't add in anything too lightly).

But also: it's Brad Bird doing an Incredibles sequel, does literally ANYTHING else matter?

6. Pacific Rim Uprising

 

Of all the Guillermo Del Toro movies of the past few years, Pacific Rim might have been the Guillermo Del Toro-iest: giant robots powered by friendship, bizarre and weird monster designs, Ron Perlman chewing scenery like there's no tomorrow, etc. What made Pacific Rim such a breath of fresh air in the world of blockbusters was that it had heart, sincerity, and GODDAMN GAINT ROBOTS USING BOATS AS WEAPONS AGAINST KAIJU. It was basically the kind of film every 12 year old dreams of making - except GDT actually did it.

Cut to a few years later, and now we have a sequel coming out - and there are some reasons to be skeptical. Guillermo Del Toro is no longer in the director's chair, we have a new main character, and the overall look of the universe has shifted to something a bit more colorful and weird. But you know what? That's okay. We have Stacker Pentecost's son leading the charge, anime references through the wazoo, and some implied twists on the ol' Robots vs. Monsters setup. But more importantly, we are looking towards a world where Guillermo Del Toro's vision of friendship-powered giant robots battling alien monsters is a big mainstream franchise - and that's a world 12 year old me AND current day me can be excited for.

7. Deadpool 2 (and The New Mutants)

One movie that is absolutely not going to be on this list is X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Yes, it comes out in 2018, and yes, it's adapting one of the seminal X-Men stories. But - after X-Men: Apocalypse - is anyone excited for more films set in the First Class-verse? Are you pumped to see Sophie Turner's flimsy accent tackle a story Fox already squandered once? Are you psyched to watch Jennifer Lawrence sleepwalk her way through another paycheck? Are you ecstatic to see what Fantastic Four writer/producer Simon Kinberg does in the director's chair?

I'm a little hard-pressed to say anything positive about that 'verse - but thankfully, Fox IS doing some exciting stuff with their X-Men properties (that aren't titled "X-Men", at least) - for this year sees the follow-up to 2016's breakout hit, Deadpool. A movie that repeatedly had its budget slashed, that no one in upper management believed in, that was only made after years and years of campaigning by its core creative team (and some fortuitous leaked footage) - and that wound up being one of the highest-grossing superhero films of all-time...despite (and thanks to) its R-rating. And now we get to see what they do with a higher budget, more scrutiny, and a few incredibly welcome additions (Josh Brolin's Cable and Zazie Beetz's Domino, amongst them). From the brief teaser shown before last year's Logan, they seem to have their sense of humor and wry sense of parody in-tact - now we just need to see precisely HOW MANY memes this movie can inspire.

Note: As a tack-on to this - The New Mutants! 20th Century Fox is doing something very exciting with its non-X-Men mutant properties, in allowing them to take whatever form best suits them. While Marvel dictates that pretty much every film be made for the same audience and continuity, 20th Century Fox is offering a slew of films and projects that can be for completely different demographics. The New Mutants is in the X-Men universe, sure, but it's a Young Adult Horror film - something FAR removed from what pretty much everyone else in the superhero game is trying. After Deadpool and Logan (and their unprecedented R-ratings), 20th Century Fox deserves some props for what they're attempting.

8. Mortal Engines

Lotta positives here:

  • The books are great, full of weird details and world-building and all sorts of sci-fi weirdness to enjoy
  • Produced and shepherded by Peter Jackson
  • The premise of a future where cities have become mobile to adapt to a post-apocalyptic wasteland is incredibly stupid AND incredibly cool

Here's the opening to the first book, in case you needed further convincing:

It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.

In happier times, London would never have bothered with such feeble prey. The great Traction City had once spent its days hunting far bigger towns than this, ranging north as far as the edges of the Ice Waste and south to the shores of the Mediterranean. But lately prey of any kind had started to grow scarce, and some of the larger cities had begun to look hungrily at London. For ten years now it had been hiding from them, skulking in a damp, mountainous, western district which the Guild of Historians said had once been the island of Britain. For ten years it had eaten nothing but tiny farming towns and static settlements in those wet hills. Now, at last, the Lord Mayor had decided that the time was right to take his city back over the land- bridge into the Great Hunting Ground.

It was barely halfway across when the look-outs on the high watch-towers spied the mining town, gnawing at the salt-flats twenty miles ahead. To the people of London it seemed like a sign from the gods, and even the Lord Mayor (who didn't believe in gods or signs) thought it was a good beginning to the journey east, and issued the order to give chase.

The mining town saw the danger and turned tail, but already the huge caterpillar tracks under London were starting to roll faster and faster. Soon the city was lumbering in hot pursuit, a moving mountain of metal which rose in seven tiers like the layers of a wedding cake, the lower levels wreathed in engine-smoke, the villas of the rich gleaming white on the higher decks, and above it all the cross on top of St Paul's Cathedral glinting gold, two thousand feet above the ruined earth.

 

9. Isle of Dogs

Another stop-motion film from Wes Anderson is generally enough to pique the interest of most people, but one centered on a sci-fi concept of a near-future Japan overrun with dogs that wind up sent to a quarantined island (and also the dogs can talk)? HELL YES. Especially when you consider the mind-boggling voice cast the film boasts:

 

10. Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Wreck-It Ralph did something that hasn't been achieved since Who Framed Roger Rabbit? - take an artform, and lovingly parody it and pay homage to it in an authentic, meaningful way. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? did it for cartoons, and Wreck-It Ralph did for videogames. It wasn't the first piece of entertainment to play with the iconography and tropes of gaming (Dorkly was, Dorkly was the first, don't let anyone tell you different), but it may have been the first to do it right (except Dorkly, of course). And it managed to do it while telling a clever and sweet story, and was amongst the first films to herald Disney Animation's resurgence (right around the same time Pixar started stumbling).

It would have been extraordinarily easy to make Wreck-It Ralph 2 just go a bit deeper into the world of gaming and dig into some of the tropes and genres left out of the first movie - but the filmmakers decided to get a bit more ambitious, and decided to tackle online gaming, the internet as a whole, and dig into some serious meta-commentary with Disney, including appearances by every major Disney princess, as well as characters from (Disney owned properties) Star Wars and Marvel.

The only real bummer is that the title they went with is genuinely terrible - especially when they could have called it Super Wreck-It Ralph instead.

 

11. Venom

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Okay, I will be the first to admit the idea of a Venom movie that doesn't include (nor likely even mention the EXISTENCE OF) Spider-Man sounds like an unbelievably bad idea. The idea is so bad, in fact, that I previously predicted the entire idea of this movie was made up and fake and just a way for Sony Pictures to appear to be wringing some value from their ownership of the Spider-Man film rights in order to be acquired by another company for a higher price.

But what if this turns out great?

It's got Tom Hardy in the lead, which is good. It's got Michelle Williams as She-Venom, which is good (and completely insane). It's rumored that Riz Ahmed will be portraying Carnage, which could be cool? The film is rated R, which is a good sign as well. And, again, Spider-Man will not be mentioned in any of this. The movie is going to be INSANE. Almost none of this actually makes sense - until you see this, at least:

Yes, that's Tom Hardy (as Eddie Brock) awkwardly trying to hide the Venom symbiote in his car without anyone noticing, like this is an episode of Frasier from some dark, unknown universe. Are they going to awkwardly mash together slapstick comedy with unspeakable gore (if they're going the Carnage route) and produce what may be one of the weirdest comic book adaptations in a long time? VERY POSSIBLY.

12. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

Speaking of the weird stuff Sony is doing with their Spider-Man rights - they're also launching an animated Spider-Man franchise centered on Miles Morales (and presumably including the death of Peter Parker) one year after relaunching the live action franchise with Spider-Man: Homecoming. For most nerds, the distinction is clear and obvious - but it's important to remember general audiences are much more easily confused, and probably will be a little weirded out by two different Spider-Men having ongoing film franchises simultaneously. In short, it could be a risky move...but it looks like an amazing one.

For one, it's written by the team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, two of the most spectacular individuals in Hollywood - who keep jumping on projects that seem (on paper) like terrible ideas, only to execute them beautifully and turn them into classics (Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, 21 & 22 Jump Street, and The Lego Movie). That alone would be enough to have me sold on whatever this movie ultimately ends up being, but a few more things to keep in mind: we've only seen the Peter Parker iteration of Spider-Man on the big screen for 6 movies in a row, across 3 separate franchises. We saw Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland all do their takes on what is essentially the same character. And while I love Peter Parker with all of my heart, the world needs some Miles Morales right now.

Additionally, the animation looks gorgeous - almost like a Kubo-esque rendering of stop-motion mixed with CGI. And, based on the title, it seems to indicate we're going to see an adaptation of the comic event Spider-Verse, which saw versions of Spider-Man from across the multiverse join forces to battle evil. It's silly, but it's one of the better big Marvel events of the past few years (and even makes the awful "totem" spider mythology stuff bearable) and could be ridiculously fun to see on-screen, depending on licensing and rights (the comic event included Supaidaman, 60s Cartoon Spider-Man, Marvel vs. Capcom Spider-Man, and more).


Hundreds Of French Women Slam #MeToo As A 'Witch Hunt'

Hundreds Of French Women Slam #MeToo As A 'Witch Hunt'

In France, the #MeToo campaign is known as #BalanceTonPorc, meaning "Squeal on Your Pig"—and some women, including actress Catherine Deneuve, say it has gone too far. Deneuve was one of around 100 French women, including performers, writers, and academics, who signed a letter published in Le Monde Tuesday that slammed the post-Harvey Weinstein "witch hunt," the Localreports. "Rape is a crime but insistent or clumsy flirting is not, nor is gallantry a macho aggression," wrote the women, who said the campaign had been necessary to expose male abuses of power, but the "public denunciations and impeachment of individuals in the press and on social networks" is now out of control.

"Men have been punished summarily, forced out of their jobs when all they did was touch someone's knee or try to steal a kiss," the women wrote. They denounced what they saw as "Puritanism" and complained that women are being treated as powerless "perpetual victims," reports the BBC. They argued that forcing men to "rack their brains" and apologize for alleged misconduct from decades ago "recalled totalitarian societies." The Hollywood Reporter notes that other women to sign the letter include author Catherine Millet, who wrote the memoir The Sexual Life of Catherine M., and porn star-turned-radio host Brigitte Lahaie.


Immigration Agents Target Dozens Of 7-Eleven Stores With Employment Audits

Immigration Agents Target Dozens Of 7-Eleven Stores With Employment Audits

US immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven stores before dawn Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers in what officials described as the largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump's presidency. Agents targeted about 100 stores nationwide, broadening an investigation that began with a 4-year-old case against a franchisee on New York's Long Island. The audits could lead to criminal charges or fines over the stores' hiring practices. The action appears to open a new front in Trump's sharp expansion of immigration enforcement.

Derek Benner, a top official at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Wednesday's operation was "the first of many" and "a harbinger of what's to come" for employers. He said there would be more employment audits and investigations, though there is no numerical goal. "This is what we're gearing up for this year and what you're going to see more and more of is these large-scale compliance inspections, just for starters. From there, we will look at whether these cases warrant an administrative posture or criminal investigation," said Benner. Though agents arrested 21 people suspected of being in the country illegally during Wednesday's sweep, the action was aimed squarely at management.

 


A Massachusetts Man Profanely Defaced His Own Barn To Get Back At A Neighboring Pizza Shop

A Massachusetts Man Profanely Defaced His Own Barn To Get Back At A Neighboring Pizza Shop

Billerica resident Arthur Lynch is taking an unconventional — and mildly profane — approach to a fence dispute with a neighboring pizza shop.

The Lowell Sun reported Friday that Lynch, who lives next to the recently reopened Sal’s Pizza on Boston Road, was upset by the restaurant’s decision to build a dividing fence two feet lower than his liking.

According to the Sun, Sal’s Pizza had agreed to build an eight-foot fence dividing the two properties, but Lynch subsequently “had a fit” when workers were installing the eight-foot fence and threw them off his property. As a result, the pizza chain proceeded with a six-foot fence, a height that was still within the conditions of the city-approved permit for the location’s rebuild.

But the height was not Lynch-approved.

Enraged that Sal’s customers have a view of his property over the fence, Lynch, 66, wrote the word “douchebag” in black spray paint on the side of his barn facing the restaurant.

Billerica officials, residents, and Sal’s Pizza are reportedly unhappy with the term being so prominently displayed on a main drag. However, First Amendment experts say Lynch is within his rights, even if some people are offended. And Lynch is suggesting there could be more to come.

“If they raise the fence, I’ll take douchebag off the house, but otherwise, I’m probably gonna add more,” he told the Sun.

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8 Lesbian Myths Uncovered

8 Lesbian Myths Uncovered

 

According to a portion of our intelligent society, lesbians are really robots who are programmed to think, look, and act the same. These lethal and contagious gay-bots are traveling the world stealing men’s wives, shaving their heads, and turning them… gay! Okay, I might be embellishing their theory a bit, but at the end of the day what’s the difference, ignorance is ignorance. To anyone who believes that gay women are any different than hetero women (aside from who they are attracted to) or that any of the below myths are true, then please contact me. I will immediately start a GoFundMe account to raise money for your stupid ass to get an education. I may even throw in a free flogging while we’re at it.

via Porn Hub

Apparently the country is obsessed with lesbian step moms. More specifically the east and west coast spend a great deal of time searching for lesbians online. Whether it is Orange is The New Black or the CW's sci-fi hit The 100, lesbians are the new stars of sexual fantasies for the average American web surfer. Perhaps the reality is not so surprising when viewed through the prism of human sexual evolution. Most scholars speculate that the simple reason lesbians were a less popular subject than homosexual men, was timing. Up until the 20th century, men were the dominant in every medium from books to film, women were secondary. In the workforce men were valued differently than women. In government, it was men who decided the fate of their constituents. Up until the 20th century, women barely had a voice. So don't be surprised by the popularity of lesbianism. The women of the world are just getting going. Viva lesbianism.

Lesbians stop getting their periods.

That’s right folks, there are people strolling your local streets who seriously believe that once a woman announces she is gay that she will then stop getting her monthly period. And no, I am not referring to people under the age of 12, these are grown adults making these assumptions. Honestly, I don’t even have any witty commentary to fire back because my brain will literally not allow me to respond to such absurd rubbish. Unless a female has issues with her ovaries, is experiencing menopause, or is an Olympic athlete, then she will continue to menstruate like every other woman, gay or not.

Lesbians love threesomes.

Lesbians love threesomes. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that a man came up with this one. Thanks to shitty porn and underactive imaginations, when some men see a gay female couple they automatically assume that the two women want to partake in an orgy, specifically with a man (and hopefully with him). Wheeooo wheeooo, you hear that? That’s the sound of the ASSHOLE ALARM. ALERT ALERT YOU ARE AN ASSHOLE!

Lesbians all hate men.

I love the theory that all lesbians hate men. Is the basis of their hatred stemmed from jealousy over wanting the same sex? Is it that all gay women hate men because they are smelly pompous pigs with hairy balls? Whatever the reason, let me assure you they are wrong. Lesbians are women, women are humans, and just like any other human, their hate is based on a case by case basis. Most likely if a gay woman doesn’t like a particular man it’s because he is a stupid jerkface and no one really likes him except his mother. Wow, it sounds like I hate men, huh? Oh my god, does that mean I am a lesbian? I must have caught it from that girl in Target who had on a flannel shirt and work boots. Damn it!

Butch lesbians need a lipstick lesbian.

In a relationship, one of the women must be “manly”. Ah ha, so now not only do people think lesbians hate men, but now they are also saying they want to be men. Make up your mind you ill-informed fools! Yes, there are different types of lesbians including the stereotypical terms, “butch” and “lipstick lesbo” but just because a woman has a certain style about herself does not mean she wants to be a man. Just because a chick may like to wear a strap-on every now and again does not mean she wants a real dick swinging between her legs.

Lesbian are not religious.

Yes, it is true that many religions look at homosexuality as a sin, but that does not mean that gay women don’t have faith or believe in God. In fact, there are many churches that welcome and accept all people just the way God made them. Amen, hallelujah.

Lesbians fuck like porn stars.

They all have sex like lesbian porn stars. I hate to pick on the men again (not really) but it’s hard to imagine that a male didn’t come up with this brilliant philosophy. I mean seriously, so you’re saying homosexual women are born with a porn star gene? Are they are designed to like G-string tan lines, fake tits, and waxed assholes? Is it in their blood to moan and groan and roll around like an award winning actress when climaxing? Do they have no choice but to eat pussy like a cat lapping at its kin? Um, no. You know who has sex like a porn star? A fucking porn star.

Lesbians promote lesbianism.

Gay women live, breathe, and promote lesbianism. If you think all lesbian’s run around preaching and singing, “I’m proud to be a lesbian, and I think you should be too” then once again you are about as smart as a rock. Sure, some homosexuals will stand up and defend their life, just as millions of others do who believe in equality and rights. Untwist your inconsiderate panties and relax because I promise you they are not trying to persuade you or your girlfriend to cross over to the gay side. And if they are you should be grateful for the compliment.

Lesbians only scissor.

Lesbians don’t have actual “sex”. If your only definition of sex is penis entering vagina, then yes you are correct, lesbians do not have sex. However, if your brain allows you to see more than black and white than you can acknowledge there are other ways to have sex. Try replacing a penis with a dildo or rubbing two extremely sensitive body parts together, both not only feel amazing but also provide intimacy and orgasms (if they do it right). I don’t want to go into too much detail because personally, I think it is totally cool that no one really knows how two women have sex unless they try it. I mean how erotic is that, partaking in something that feels so good and yet remains a mystery to the rest of world.

 

 


Major Mishap In SpaceX's 'Most Secretive' Launch Yet

Major Mishap In SpaceX's 'Most Secretive' Launch Yet

 

A US spy satellite worth billions is presumed lost after failing to reach orbit during SpaceX's "most secretive" launch ever, reports CNET. The satellite, codenamed Zuma, apparently failed to separate from the upper section of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Sunday and is believed to have tumbled back into Earth's atmosphere, industry and government officials tell the Wall Street Journal. The paper notes, however, a "lack of details about what occurred means that some possible alternate sequence of events … may have been the culprit." Northrop Grumman, which built the satellite for an unknown government agency before booking the SpaceX launch, declined to provide more information on the "classified" mission.

SpaceX says "reviews of the data indicate Falcon 9 performed nominally," and a spokesman for the US Strategic Command, which monitors satellites, notes there's "nothing to add to the satellite catalog at this time," per Bloomberg. SpaceX previously delayed the satellite launch in mid-November in order to review tests of protective coverings for satellites on rockets, known as fairings, but a webcast of the launch noted the fairing deployed successfully. Though the rocket's first stage returned to Earth without issue, the loss of the satellite comes at a poor time for SpaceX, which has 30 missions planned for this year (12 more than last year) and is facing competition from Boeing and Lockheed Martin's United Launch Alliance, reports the Journal.

 


Player Shouts "Fuck Trump" Before College Football Game

Player Shouts "Fuck Trump" Before College Football Game

 


 

 

President Trump was greeted with a mixture of cheers and boos when he took to the field in Atlanta before the College Football Playoff National Championship between Alabama and Georgia Monday night—and one Alabama player did more than boo. The players were kept in the locker room, as is usual for college football games, while Trump took to the field for the anthem, but a Crimson Tide player could be heard yelling "F--- Trump" in the tunnel moments before the game, USA Today reports. The player was initially identified as running back Bo Scarborough, though the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that in video from the tunnel, it isn't clear which player shouted the expletive.

Trump watched the game from a private box overlooking the Alabama sideline and departed the Mercedes-Benz Stadium at halftime. Earlier Monday, Trump spoke about anthem protests. "We want our flag respected and we want our national anthem respected also," he said during a speech in Nashville. On the field in Atlanta, Trump sang a few words as Georgia's Zac Brown Band and a gospel choir performed the national anthem, though he appeared to mouth the wrong words as the choir sang "at the twilight's last gleaming," according to the New York Daily News. Alabama went on to beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime.

 

 


Teacher Arrested For Asking Why The Superintendent Is Receiving A Raise When School Employees Haven't Gotten One In Years

Teacher Arrested For Asking Why The Superintendent Is Receiving A Raise When School Employees Haven't Gotten One In Years

Louisianna teacher Deyshia Hargrave was booked into city jail after standing up during a school board public comments meeting to ask why the local superintendent was receiving a raise.


No charges will be filed against a Vermilion Parish teacher who was arrested at a school board meeting last night.

Ike Funderburk, Abbeville's city attorney and prosecutor, said he has reviewed the video and won't be prosecuting her.

"I have reviewed the video and I am not going to approve any charges against the teacher," Funderburk said. "I talked with the attorney for the school board, and they do not wish to pursue any charges against the teacher."

Board President Anthony Fontana says he thinks the whole thing was a "set up."

"The other four board members, now three, have been committed to getting rid of the superintendent. No matter how good the policy might be, they would be against it to cast disfavor on the superintendent to prevent him from getting a contract," said Fontana, who also is an attorney. "The whole issue, from day one, was that they were not going to give him a contract."

Two board members, who have been at odds with Fontana over Puyau's contract and other issues before the board, and even boycotted meetings last fall, told the AP that they think Hargrave's treatment is related to the fact she's female.

Women have several times been told to leave meetings, while men who speak out have not been removed, board member Laura LeBeouf, who voted against the superintendent's contract at Monday's meeting, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

"When she realized she had to get out, she picked up her purse and walked out," LeBeouf said. "Women in this parish are not getting the same treatment."

Board member Sara Duplechain, who also voted against the superintendent's contract at the meeting, expressed similar sentiments.

"No reason for anyone to be treated this way. So far in 3 years, only women have been removed from board room meetings," Sara Duplechain wrote in an emailed response to AP's questions.

Duplechain called the police on Fontana last fall after the first meeting following the boycott, accusing him of yelling at her in the parking lot. No charges were filed by police.

Fontana said the teacher arrested after Monday's meeting was not following the rules of board meeting procedure.

"If a teacher has the authority to send a student, who is acting up and she can't control, out of the classroom to the principal's office, under our policy we have the same rules," Fontana said. "We have certain rules: three minute speech, it has to be civilized, it can't get off target, it has to be related to the issue before the board. That's not what was happening last night.
"The marshal did his job. He went over there to settle it down. He couldn't settle it down. She's the one who made the choice to continue speaking," Fontana said. "He was taking her out. He wasn't arresting her. He was escorting her out, telling her don't come back tonight. It escalated out in the hall and she ended up getting arrested. "He did exactly what he was hired to do. He followed the procedures completely. She's the one who made the choices that got her arrested "

Fontana said he had to lock down the school board office Tuesday because of death threats. He said he had called police, the sheriff's office and the FBI about the threats.

"I told my staff not to answer the phone unless they knew who it was. My staff was scared to death, because they got a call that a man said he was on his way to the school board office, making threats," Fontana said.

The teacher's attorney said he was meeting with her this evening, and she would have no statement on the situation until tomorrow.

Funderburk also said the marshal who arrested her is a school resource officer who is employed by the school board and he "was not acting in any official capacity on behalf of the city of Abbeville."

We've reached out to the Marshals' Office for comment, but none of our calls or requests have been returned. We asked if there was any change in the officer's employment status and were told there was not.

The officer has been at board meetings for the past several months, since board members requested security for each meeting.

The teacher was booked into jail last night, even though the superintendent told KATC shortly after the meeting that he had called to inform police that the system didn't want any charges pressed.

Records indicate Deyshia Hargrave was booked into the city jail with remaining after being forbidden and resisting an officer. The cooperation of the school system would not be required to arrest her on either of those charges; the officer could arrest her on his complaint.

Superintendent Jerome Puyau told KATC Monday night that he called to ensure that police knew the system was not pressing charges against Hargrave, but she was booked anyway, records show. She has since bonded out. City Prosecutor Ike Funderburk told KATC that the School System officials had called him this morning to reiterate that the system wasn't interested in pursuing charges.

At Monday's meeting, the board approved a renewal of Puyau's contract, which included the first raise he has received since he was hired for the job in 2013. His salary increased from $110,190 to $140,188. During Puyau's tenure as superintendent, the district's state ranking has improved from a B to an A. The A was awarded in 2015 and the district continues to be graded an A. In 2017, 12 of the district's schools were ranked as A, up from 3 when he took over in 2013.

Hargrave, an English language arts teacher at Rene Rost Middle School in Kaplan, addressed the board during the public comments portion of the meeting to discuss teacher salaries and pay raises.  After Hargrave posed several questions, board president Anthony Fontana ruled Hargrave out of order, warning her that the public comment section was not for a question-and-answer session.

Hargrave was called upon a second time for comment.  After posing another question, and while Puyau was talking to her, an Abbeville city marshal on duty at the meeting escorted Hargrave out of the meeting. Handcuffs were later placed on Hargrave in the hallway, as she was removed from the building.

In an interview Tuesday, Vermilion Parish School Board President Anthony Fontana stated that he supports the deputy marshal's decision to remove the teacher from last night's school board meeting.

The deputy marshal is a school resource officer who works in Vermilion Parish schools. The Abbeville Police Department has received so many calls about the case they issued a statement pointing out that it has nothing to do with them:

In response to the numerous requests for the teacher's booking information, the Abbeville Police Department is cooperating as directed by law. The Abbeville Police Department did not arrest the teacher.  Due to the location of her arrest and the arresting agency's jurisdiction, which includes the city limits of Abbeville, she was booked in and bonded from the local police department. The Abbeville Police Department has received numerous emails and phone calls about the arrest but all questions concerning this incident should be made to the Vermilion Parish School Board.

The Louisiana Association of Educators who is representing Hargrave released the following statement on the incident denouncing the treatment Hargrave experienced.

As an organization that advocates for the dedicated school employees of Louisiana, we firmly denounce the mistreatment of Ms. Hargrave, a loving parent and dedicated teacher serving the students of Vermilion Parish. It is every citizen’s right to speak up for their beliefs. Any action that infringes upon this right is unlawful and unacceptable.

We will continue to support the right of every single school employee to take an interest in, and ultimately stand up for, the best interests of their schools and their students.

Aside from these remarks, our association will honor Ms. Hargrave’s wishes and refrain from any additional comments at this time, as the case is ongoing.

Below is the twitter message issued today expressing the same sentiments from LAE. Beyond these statements, LAE says they are refraining from making any further statements as the investigation continues.

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The ACLU of Louisiana has also released a statement on the Vermilion Parish teachers arrest. The organization says the actions of the officer as "unacceptable and raise serious constitutional concerns". A press release states that they are also investigating the incident.

Deyshia Hargrave’s expulsion from a public meeting and subsequent arrest are unacceptable and raise serious constitutional concerns. The Constitution prohibits the government from punishing or retaliating against people for expressing their views, and the fact that a schoolteacher was arrested at a public meeting of the school board is especially troubling.

The ACLU of Louisiana will continue to investigate this incident and defend the constitutional rights of all Louisianans. We urge anyone whose rights have been violated to contact us.

It is unclear if the marshal was acting on his own accord or on the orders of board members. KATC was at the meeting when the incident occurred, the video FULL VIDEO is below.


America Spent More Money Than Ever On Weather Disasters

America Spent More Money Than Ever On Weather Disasters

With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes, and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather disasters: $306 billion. The US had 16 disasters last year with damage exceeding a billion dollars, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. That ties 2011 for the number of billion-dollar disasters, but the total cost blew past the previous record of $215 billion in 2005. Costs are adjusted for inflation and NOAA keeps track of billion-dollar weather disasters going back to 1980, reports the AP. Four stand-out stats for 2017:

  1. Three of the five most expensive hurricanes in US history hit last year. Hurricane Harvey cost $125 billion, second only to 2005's Katrina, while Maria cost $90 billion, ranking third, NOAA said. Irma was $50 billion, for the fifth most expensive hurricane.
  2. Western wildfires fanned by heat racked up $18 billion in damage, triple the previous US wildfire record, according to NOAA.
  3. The weather agency also said that 2017 was the third hottest year in US records for the Lower 48 states with an annual temperature of 54.6 degrees—2.6 degrees warmer than the 20th century average. Only 2012 and 2016 were warmer.
  4. Five states—Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and New Mexico — had their warmest year ever. Temperature records go back to 1895.


Teacher Had Year-Long Affairs With Two Students Claims All 9 Counts Against Her Are ‘Fake News’

Teacher Had Year-Long Affairs With Two Students Claims All 9 Counts Against Her Are ‘Fake News’

 Nobody likes fake news! But nobody also likes someone who gets caught with a 14-year-old and 16-year-old student… Another day and yet another story where I am letting off the post with this sentence: Another teacher has been caught, arrested, and faces punishment for, you guessed it! Sleeping with a student.

This time it was two separate ones for a long period of time!

Female teacher at Maysville Local Schools in Zanesville, Ohio has pleaded not guilty to nine counts of sexual battery against two male students.

Darci L. Lake, 23, appeared in court Wednesday in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court for arraignment.

The former full-time substitute teacher, who was 22-years-old when the offenses began, faces a maximum potential of five years in prison for each of the nine counts, reported the Times Recorder.

Both victims were students – one was 16-years-old and turned 17, and the other was 14-years-old and turned 15.

Lake, who is a 2012 graduate of Maysville High School​, was arrested on December 21 on allegations of having a sexual relationship​ with two underage male students.

Seven of the nine counts listed in her indictment​ occurred between February 1, 2017 and November 1, 2017.

The other two counts occurred between March 1, 2017, and August 31, 2017.

Common Pleas Judge Mark Fleegle continued her bond at $200,000.

Lake is no longer contracted with Maysville after Barrie Howell, president of Renhill Group, wrote in an email that she had been dismissed from the company.

Lake appeared in court Wednesday in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court for arraignment where she faces a maximum potential of five years in prison for each of the nine counts


Turns Out Plants Can Hear Themselves Being Eaten, According To Scientists

Turns Out Plants Can Hear Themselves Being Eaten, According To Scientists

Bad news for vegetarians and vegans, because scientists have just discovered that plants can 'hear' themselves being eaten.

Researchers at the University of Missouri found that plants can identify sounds nearby - including the sounds made when people eat - and react accordingly.

The idea that plants can react to sound has been around for a while, with some gardeners claiming that playing music to their plants help them grown and our first in line to the throne, Prince Charles, once saying: "I just come and talk to the plants, really - very important to talk to them, they respond."

However, Heidi Appel, senior research scientist in the Division of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the Bond Life Sciences Centre at MU said that this new study is 'the first example of how plants respond to an ecologically relevant vibration.'

She told the Daily Mail: "We found that "feeding vibrations" signal changes in the plant cells' metabolism, creating more defensive chemicals that can repel attacks from caterpillars."

The study placed caterpillars on small plants called Arabidopsis and then used a laser and a piece of reflective material to measure movement of the leaf in response to the munching caterpillar. They then played back the recordings of the caterpillars feeding vibrations to one set of plants and played silence to an other. Later, when the caterpillars were one again placed on both sets of plants to feed, it was found that the plants that had been forced to listen to the sound of caterpillars eating were now producing more mustard oils, a chemical that the bugs don't usually like. Clever.

Rex Cocroft, professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at MU who also worked on the study said: "What is remarkable is that the plants exposed to different vibrations, including those made by a gentle wind or different insect sounds that share some acoustic features with caterpillar feeding vibrations did not increase their chemical defences.

"This indicates that the plants are able to distinguish feeding vibrations from other common sources of environmental vibration.

"Plants have many ways to detect insect attack, but feeding vibrations are likely the fastest way for distant parts of the plant to perceive the attack and begin to increase their defences."

Appel added: "This research also opens the window of plant behaviour a little wider, showing that plants have many of the same responses to outside influences that animals do, even though the responses look different."

 


Remember This Guy? Teen Charged With Being A Fake Doctor Pleads Guilty & Gets 3.5 Years In Prison

 

Remember This Guy? Teen Charged With Being A Fake Doctor Pleads Guilty & Gets 3.5 Years In Prison

A Florida man accused of impersonating a doctor and stealing from a patient when he was a teenager has been sentenced to 3.5 years in prison. News outlets report that a Palm Beach County judge sentenced 20-year-old Malachi Love-Robinson Thursday after he pleaded guilty to grand theft, practicing medicine without a license and other charges.

 

 


Tobacco Giant Says It Wants To Give Up Cigarettes

Tobacco Giant Says It Wants To Give Up Cigarettes

Philip Morris International has made a dramatic New Year’s resolution: “We’re trying to give up cigarettes.”

The company, which makes Marlboro, L&M and Chesterfield brands among others, took out ads in newspapers in the United Kingdom that said its ambition for the new year is to build a smoke-free future and eventually stop selling cigarettes.

The ambition described on the company's website is to help people quit smoking traditional cigarettes and replace them with alternatives like e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products.

The company claims the alternatives are less harmful.

The World Health Organization has refused to partner with The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World which is funded by Philip Morris International. "The tobacco industry and its front groups have misled the public about the risks associated with other tobacco products," the World Health Organizations said in a September 2017 statement.

 


This Porn Star Had To Cancel Her 'Oral Sex Tour' After Being Attacked By A Dog

This Porn Star Had To Cancel Her 'Oral Sex Tour' After Being Attacked By A Dog

Well damn, that’s certainly a shame.

Remember Paola Saulino? She’s the 28-year-old model and porn star who set out on an oral sex tour to hand out blow jobs to anyone who voted ‘no’ in an Italian referendum on the constitution. And let’s just say that she was completely serious about handing these out on tour as she had already claimed to had offered her services to 400 voters. But bad news for all those waiting for their chance as Saulino has put a halt to her tour.

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Why is that? Well she was attacked by a dog at a house party and now needs time to allow her mouth to recover. Here’s what Saulino had to say to The Sun:

 “Pompatour is still going. I mean pompatour actually is my life-style. It’s my way to be free. The doctor suggested me to not do big movements with my mouth for several months. Reducing physical activity of my face helps it heal better, to cure the scar on the inside.

After all I’ve learnt from this experience, I decided that my b*** j*** can wait for now, and my decision is to care of my health and heal my face.”

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Saulino was left with wounds to her nose and lips and she needed stitches after the large black dog attacked her. Docs are saying the marks should fade in about nine months. And while the tour is canceled for now, Saulino still plans to extend her tour to other places once she recovers. Here’s what she said:

“It would be my pleasure to start a pompatour in Britain. I really would love to do it. I really love British people, you are so nice and elegant, very educated.”

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No word yet if her tour will ever make her way to America. My gut tells me yes.

 


Guy Wakes Up To Find Date And His $10K Rolex Gone

Guy Wakes Up To Find Date And His $10K Rolex Gone

This isn’t the first time we’ve written about a gal stealing from a dude while he’s asleep as we once told you about a woman who stole $70,000 from a dude after a one-night stand. And so this new story doesn’t surprise us at all.

After a night of hard partying, a Brazilian tourist woke up in his pricey Manhattan hotel room to find that his hot date was gone. Oh, so was his expensive Rolex watch. And of course there are photos of the gal. Have a look:

Blurry, but she looks hot, right? Let’s just go with yes.

The 26-year-old Rio de Janeiro tourist tells police that he met the sticky bandit at PHD Terrace at the Dream Hotel, and that all the partying between the pair ended at his hotel near Lafayette St. The man tells police he felt woozy after his final drink, and he believes he was drugged.

And now because of all that his date and his watch are gone. Police are still looking for the gal. In conclusion, never trust a pretty face. But honestly, the lesson here is to not wear a $10k watch in New York City.

 


Soon You'll Be Able To Inject Your Hunger Away

Soon You'll Be Able To Inject Your Hunger Away

Are you a busy worker on the go? Kids driving you crazy and there’s just not enough time to eat? Need a quick boost of energy to keep you alert for a workout? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! With Foodjectables, there’s no need to prepare a meal. Just fill the container, inject the food directly into your bloodstream, and that’s it. No messy cooking, no time-consuming prep work- just the satisfaction of a full meal in an instant.

Sound crazy to you? Well, it might not for too much longer. As it turns out, something similar to this might actually be possible in the surprisingly near future. More specifically, a special protein injection is being worked on that can block the sensation of hunger, kill appetites and stop someone from feeling the need to nom.

Unfortunately, this isn’t like that magical Willy Wonka candy that feels like an entire meal being eaten, so the introduction to this article may have been a slight exaggeration. Still, this is a step towards something like that, and more importantly, it’s a big step towards curtailing the obesity epidemic. When the injections are made communication between the belly and the brain is stimulated to trick a person’s mind into thinking that they are feeling plenty full. If people don’t feel hungry, then they don’t need to eat as often, leading to less pounds being packed on, more pounds lost, and healthier lifestyle choices being made.

Currently, this method of munchie combat is being tested on mice and monkeys, which questionable ethics aside, is actually going quite well, and not just for the scientists involved either. As it turns out, monkeys tested dropped weight faster and became less at risk for Type 2 diabetes. The mice who were tested also benefited, as they actually began choosing to eat better, healthier food choices after receiving their injections. Neither the monkeys nor the mice have been negatively affected by the injections in any visible capacity, and so the tests have been considered a stunning success so far.

If further successes are had in the lab then the testing will move on to human beings. At this point there’s no reason to think that this won’t happen, so really it’s less of a question of if the test will proceed than it is a question of when they will proceed. This is good news for humanity, which needs all the help it can get when it comes to diet control.


A Mystery Powder Arrived In The Mail - It Almost Killed 9 Australians

A Mystery Powder Arrived In The Mail - It Almost Killed 9 Australians

Nine backpackers from four countries were sent to hospitals in Australia this week, including at least three who were on life support Wednesday, after snorting a white powder sent through the mail. Seven men and two women, ages 21 to 25, snorted a white powder they assumed was cocaine around 9pm Tuesday after finding it inside a package delivered to the Perth property at which they were staying, reports the West Australian. Authorities now say the package from New York, which one of the backpackers says was addressed to someone not living at the Perth residence, contained hyoscine, an anti-nausea drug sometimes used in high doses as a date rape drug, after a friend found the backpackers semi-paralyzed and suffering from seizures and hallucinations, per the BBC and ABC Australia.

"We were powerless, we couldn't do anything," an Italian victim tells the West Australian, noting the white powder was labelled "scoop"—a possible reference to hyoscine's alternate name: scopolamine. The Italian is now out of the hospital, along with three French citizens, a German, and a Moroccan. A French man and a German woman remain in critical condition Thursday, while another French man is in stable condition. A doctor who said the backpackers arrived "in a state of agitated delirium," with several "put in a medically induced coma for their own protection," described the three still in the hospital as being on "full life support" as of Wednesday, per the West Australian. Doctors tells ABC Australia they might've died if ambulances had been delayed by just 40 minutes.


Top 10 Newly-Discovered Living Animal Species

Top 10 Newly-Discovered Living Animal Species

Space may be the final frontier, but there’s still plenty left for us to learn right here on Planet Earth. From the Xenoturbella, to the Cherax Pulcher, to the Scolopendra Cataracta, these incredible creatures have been hiding in plain sight… until now!


10 TV Shows That Didn’t Make It To 2018 And 5 That Are On The Way Out

10 TV Shows That Didn’t Make It To 2018 And 5 That Are On The Way Out

Every television show, good or bad, comedy, drama, crime, etc., they all have one thing in common. They all come to an end. Well, with the exception of Saturday Night Live that is. Some shows seem to know when their time is up such as FRIENDS and go out on a high note. Some shows do not realize it is time to say goodbye and overstay their welcome causing them to drastically go downhill (We’re looking at you last season of Scrubs). And some shows are cut down way before their time (yes, we are still bitter about Happy Endings). But all must come to an end at some point.

2017 was no exception to this time tested rule. Last year saw the end of many shows that will not make it into 2018 with us. And even though it has just began, it has already been decided that 2018 will be the final resting place for some select shows as well. As time goes on the list of shows cancelled in 2018 will only grow. For the time being, however, here is a list of ten shows that did not make it to 2018 and five more that will end this year.

15. Didn’t Make It: Bones

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Not many shows are lucky enough to have twelve seasons. Bones was a rarity with its devoted fans and usually fresh storylines. Bones focused on a forensic anthropologist named Temperance Brennan who had the nickname “Bones” (go figure) and a F.B.I. Special Agent Seeley Booth as they investigate murders. The two usually only had massively decomposed corpses or (wait for it) bones to work with. In a world where you can always find a crime drama or crime comedy on television, this fun and fresh (except for the corpses) show was a stand out. David Boreanaz, who played Booth, was no stranger to the small screen prior to his turn in Bones. He played Angel in the hit television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer which lasted for seven seasons and reprised that role in the spinoff starring and named after his character that lasted for five seasons. All of those years combined equals his time on Bones, however; showing just how big the show was. Boreanaz can now be seen on the show Seal Team on CBS.

14. Didn’t Make It: Workaholics

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Comedy Central has had a lot of misses with the television shows they have developed over the years, but hey, what studio hasn’t. One show that the network put out that did not fall flat was Workaholics. The single-camera show followed the lives of three best friends in their mid-twenties who live and work together. Over the course of seven seasons, eighty-six episodes, and six years audiences got a peek inside the inner workings of a telemarketing company and the home life of three guys stuck between trying to hold on to their college days while also starting their lives. The show was also a launching point for Adam Devine who has since appeared on Modern Family, Pitch Perfect, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Lego Batman, and more. We will miss this show as it found its end in 2017. We will always remember to stay fresh.

13. Ending In 2018: Adventure Time

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Cartoons come and go all the time but few cartoons have had such a wide fan base as Adventure Time. The cartoon is a colorful and imaginative world where a human named Finn and his best friends and adoptive brother Jake the Dog fight to protect the Land of Ooo from different foes. The show has captured the hearts and minds of children, Millennials, and even Generation Xers (but probably not Baby Boomers because they hate everything). It has been on air since 2010 amassing nine seasons and an astounding 251 episodes with most episodes gaining high ratings. Adventure Time has been nominated for forty-three awards while wining another seventeen, seven of which were Primetime Emmys. The last season of this beloved cartoon is currently running and will end in 2018. It is safe to say new stories will be missed but reruns will never be far away.

12. Didn’t Make It: Last Man Standing

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Few shows on this list were cut down in their prime. Most of these shows either didn’t perform how studios thought they would or were simply winding down in the ratings and were cut to make room for new material. Last Man Standing is the exception to this list. Even though the show suffered early on from recasting and character rewrites, the show had steadily grew in the ratings prior to its end. The comedy followed Mike Baxter (played by Tim Allen) who is a marketing director for a sporting goods store in Colorado who is surrounded by his wife and three daughters. Even though the show began as Baxter being the odd man out trying to make sure his grandson became a man’s man in a family full of women, the tone changed as recasting and character development set the main character against his daughter and her baby-daddy who were rather liberal. The character of Mike, and thus the tone of the show, was conservative causing some to speculate that the support of Trump was the reason the show was cancelled.

11. Didn’t Make It: Grimm

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In the last seven years there have been two shows that stood out for their crime drama take on the supernatural and classic storytelling, and they were both cancelled in 2017. Sleepy Hollow gave a fresh modern take on the story of the headless horsemen, but is not the focus of this post because it did not last as long or receive as high ratings as Grimm. Grimm ran for six seasons and followed the life of a Portland detective named Nick Burkhardt. Nick starts to see visions of people transforming into monsters. He thereafter finds out he is actually a descendant of hunters who fight supernatural forces. He is a Grimm. With the help of a reformed wolfman, Nick fights the evil from classic fairytales. Grimm and Sleepy Hollow were both preceded and outlasted by Supernatural which is still currently airing on the CW.

10. Ending In 2018: Game Of Thrones

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Some shows clean up at award season. It seems like in the past few years all we have heard announced is Game of Thrones. Not only that, but Game of Thrones has also been the standard for pop culture conversation for years. It is an interesting day when something with this much impact comes to an end and audiences are left wondering what will come to take its place. 2018 will show us just that as Game of Thrones concludes. The show that has set standards for what television show scales, budgets, and graphics can achieve will finally come to an end after an abbreviated season this year. With the pop culture phenomenon that controlled social media posts, internet articles, and friend circle conversations out of the way we are left to wonder what we will discuss. This also opens the door for awards. Game of Thrones has been nominated for an insane four hundred and forty-one awards and has won two hundred and fifty-four.

9. Didn’t Make It: Bates Motel

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Prequels are often dangerous territory. That being said, a contemporary prequel television show to a movie that was released in 1960 is a pretty big gamble. The movie Psycho followed the story of a young woman who embezzles $40,000 and goes on the run. She checks into a hotel ran by a man named Norman Bates who seems to have a troubled past with his mother. Well, we get a peek into that past with Bates Motel that gives a glimpse of how Norman’s mind works and what his relationship with his mother truly is. The show was no stranger to acclaim with fans consistently praising it and accumulating sixty award nominations including three prime time Emmy nods. The show ended in 2017 but star Freddie Highmore continues his stardom of the small screen landing the leading role in the new series The Good Doctor.

8. Didn’t Make It: The Great Indoors

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As mentioned before, some shows are cut down in their prime and some outlast their time. One show in history has actually fallen into both categories. Community was good, ended, came back and was not as good, ended, came back again and was worse. In the center of all of it was Joel McHale. After all the ups and downs with Community, McHale found a new home at CBS with The Great Indoors where he played Jack, an adventure writer for a magazine. Jack is forced out of his usual outdoor adventures and into an indoor desk job surrounded by millennials. The show worked to set Jack apart from his coworkers with opposing views on what life should be about and what should be politically correct relying on a lot of “you can’t say that anymore” jokes and a forced laugh track. This combo lead to the show only having one season. The fact that the show also had Stephen Fry, McLovin himself, and a writer for Tosh.0 and The Ellen DeGeneres Show couldn’t save it.

7. Ending In 2018: Veep

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Another show that we hear a lot around award season is Veep. This series follows former Senator Selina Meyer as she becomes the vice president. The HBO comedy shows the VP putting out political fires, juggling her public and private life, and build political relationships. The show has been around for five years accumulating seven seasons and fifty-eight episodes. Veep is wonderfully written and directed with amazing performances by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Gary Cole, Kevin Dunn and many more. As previously stated, the show is no stranger to awards with one hundred seventy-five nominations and fifty-six wins. Once this show’s last season is over this year it will be interesting to see what comedy takes its place. Luckily, this show isn’t being canceled due to dropping ratings or bad storytelling; just the opposite in fact. The creators are canceling the show now to avoid repeating storylines or sloppy writing. That is knowing how to quit while you’re ahead.

6. Didn’t Make It: Making History

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Unfortunately, Happy Endings Alums have had little luck since with shows like Weird Loners, Marry Me, and One Big Happy all being cancelled after one season. Adam Pally fell into the one and done trap this year as well with the Fox show Making History. The show followed the story of Dan, a facilities manager at a college, who has no friends and seemingly no future. Luckily, he has access to the past through a duffle bag and transports himself to the 1700s in order to make friends and get a girlfriend. This does, of course, have consequences on the present. While not exactly original, the concept of the show was interesting. The show itself was not. This lead to a story that audiences just didn’t care about. Making History aired in March and was cancelled after nine episodes.

5. Didn’t Make It: Bloodline

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Netflix usually does things its own way. Fans find out that shows have been cancelled when a new season just never comes out. This was changed with the show Bloodline. Bloodline gave us the story of a wealthy family in the Florida Keys that seems to have the perfect life. Audiences are quickly shown that “perfection” comes with a price and the Rayburns have very dark secrets within their ranks. Viewers are forced to wonder just how far family members will go to protect their lives and keep their secrets buried. Bloodline also boasts an amazing cast with Kyle Chandler, Sissy Spacek, Ben Mendelsohn, John Leguizamo, and many more. With interesting plot twists, excellent acting, and a story that keeps us on our toes it is sad that the series had to come to an end. We are grateful that even though the show is over it is still accessible on Netflix. We may want to revisit this one.

4. Ending In 2018: House Of Cards

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Probably the most controversial show on this list, House of Cards will end after its sixth season in 2018. The show was a big win for Netflix in creating original content and such amazing talent like Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey definitely set the show up for success. Unfortunately, this has also become the show’s demise. After the allegations posed against Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct Netflix decided to pull the show after its sixth season that will release in 2018. Spacey will not be involved in the new season in any capacity and the focus will be on Robin Wright’s character. This is not the only project pulled for sexual misconduct though. Wisdom of the Crowd starring Jeremy Piven aired its first episode in October of 2017 and has been pulled for allegations against Piven. Spacey’s performance in All the Money in the World was also retconned and replaced with Christopher Plummer.

3. Didn’t Make It: 24: Legacy

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The television series 24 took the world by storm. With A-lister Kiefer Sutherland stepping into the lead role the show focused on Jack Bauer, the director of Field Ops for a Counter-Terrorist Unit. Each season takes place within a 24 hours day. This concept lead to the show receiving eight seasons over nine years accumulating two hundred and five award nominations and sixty-eight award wins. Two of which were Golden Globes. In 2017 the show got a spinoff entitled 24: Legacy wherein a military hero named Eric Carter returns home. When he realizes that trouble followed him to US soil he must turn to the Counter-Terrorist Unit (sans Kiefer Sutherland) for help. The show failed to hold up to the original and fell flat. The series was cancelled after one season and only covered one day.

2. Didn’t Make It: Training Day

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2001’s Training Day starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke is an interesting and intriguing view into the relationship between a cop riding the line to serve justice and a cop new to the job trying to figure out how to do his job. With the race roles reversed and movie writer David Ayer returning for two episodes the Training Day television show had promise. The story line and philosophical viewpoints started off interesting and timely and the show boasted good acting for the most part. As the first season progressed though, the rating alongside the viewership started to drop causing the show to move from its coveted Thursday spot to Saturdays. This, coupled with the untimely death of the lead actor Bill Paxton led to one obvious conclusion. 2017 saw the beginning and the end of the Training Day television series.

1. Ending In 2018: New Girl

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Jess, Nick, Schmidt, and Winston have been stealing our hearts since 2011 when Jess, a bubbly teacher who occasionally bursts out into song, became roommates with three guys through Craigslist. The adventures that the crew find themselves on and the dialogue from the entire cast (especially Schmidt) will be greatly missed when the show closes out its final season set to air this year. Jake Johnson has already gone on to be in big budget movies such as Jurassic World and The Mummy, with another movie in post-production where he will star alongside Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher, Rashida Jones, and Ed Helms. Zooey Deschanel already has an impeccable filmography including 500 Days of Summer and Elf but nothing currently in the works. Max Greenfield has a role in the second season of American Crime Story, and Lamorne Morris has a role in the upcoming movie Game Night alongside Rachel McAdams, Jason Bateman, and Kyle Chandler. We are looking forward to watching all these actors in all their future roles.


Someone Stole A Bottle Of Vodka Valued At $1.3M

Someone Stole A Bottle Of Vodka Valued At $1.3M

The owner of Denmark's Cafe 33 could probably use a drink. Brian Ingberg says someone broke into his bar this week and stole a bottle of vodka valued at $1.3 million, Radio Free Europe reports.  Ingberg says the bottle of Russo-Baltique was on loan from a Russian businessman. He says it has been in the 1,200-bottle vodka museum in his bar's basement in Copenhagen for the past six months, the Local reports. Ingberg says the one-of-a-kind bottle was uninsured and the only item stolen from the bar.

 

 

As for what makes the Russo-Baltique vodka so expensive (it's allegedly the priciest bottle of vodka in the world): Ingberg says it comes from the Dartz factory, "which makes the world's most expensive cars and vodka." The Dartz Motorz Company in Latvia is known for making armored vehicles. The bottle itself is also unthinkably fancy, boasting more than 13 pounds of gold and silver, the leather from a 1912 Monte Carlo rally car, and a cap encrusted with diamonds.


Less Than 1 Ounce Of Marijuana Leads To Arrests Of Over 60 Georgia Partygoers

Less Than 1 Ounce Of Marijuana Leads To Arrests Of Over 60 Georgia Partygoers

At least 63 people were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana after police were unable to identify the actual owner of the drug stash found at a house party in Cartersville, Georgia, over the weekend.

Cartersville police said they arrived at the party — billed as a lingerie-themed 21st birthday bash, according to WXIA-TV — about 2:20 a.m. Sun., Jan. 1, 2018, after receiving a 911 call about possible gunshots.

Police, who called in the county drug task force to assist in the investigation, said they found two firearms at the scene, including one that had been reported stolen in Detroit, as well as “several smoking devices” and “suspected cocaine.”

Officers also found less than an ounce of marijuana, reported the Cartersville Daily-Tribune. When no one admitted to owning the weed, everyone still at the party was arrested.

“All the subjects at the residence were placed under arrest for the possession of the suspected marijuana which was within everyone’s reach or control,” said the Bartow Cartersville Drug Task Force in a news release.

Citing jail records, the Daily-Tribune reported that 63 people arrested at the party who’d been processed at Bartow County jail by Monday night had all been charged with a single count of possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana. The individuals arrested were predominantly black males ages 19 to 25. The Daily-Tribune said several of them were “prominent high school athletes.”

Four men were also booked on suspicion of felonies not related to drug possession, reported BuzzFeed News. Attendees told WXIA that the reported gunshots had been fireworks.

 Deja Heard, the woman whose 21st birthday was being celebrated at the party, told WSB-TV that “all of us are innocent — it’s just not right.”

Some of the arrested partygoers reported being mistreated by police, telling WSB that they were “tied up with zip ties.” and “threatened with tasers.” Several men said they’d been “locked in cages.”

The Georgia NAACP said it was launching an investigation into the arrests. The organization has backed a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for the arrested partygoers, described as the “Cartersville 70.”

“Some of these young people need money to make bail and all of them need assistance with their legal fees. A good majority of these individuals are college students and members of the U.S. military who were visiting home over the holiday break, and decided to attend a party to catch up with old friends while in town. Others were working citizens who lost their jobs the second they walked into work this morning,” the campaign page reads. “They need your help to bring justice and light to the unjust treatment these individuals experienced leading to and during their incarceration.”

In nearby Athens, Georgia, black individuals are 4.7 times more likely to be charged with a marijuana violation than white individuals, according to ThinkProgress. Nationwide, a black person is 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for a marijuana-related offense compared with someone who is white.

On Tue., Jan 2, Cartersville police said in a statement that they would be reviewing a “long-standing” department policy to call the county drug task force during drug investigations.

“It has been a long-standing policy of the Cartersville Police Department that drug investigations routine patrol officers encounter are referred to the Bartow Cartersville Drug Task Force. This current policy is now under review for any further drug investigations,” police said.


Politicians In South Carolina Want To Honor Black Confederate Soldiers. There's Just One Problem...

Politicians In South Carolina Want To Honor Black Confederate Soldiers. There's Just One Problem...

 

At a time when people are battling over whether to take down Confederate War statues and memorials, a pair of state lawmakers in South Carolina want to put one up.

And it wouldn't be just another Civil War monument. It would be a monument to honor the sacrifices of black Confederate troops from South Carolina.
Problem is, historians say there weren't any black Confederate soldiers in South Carolina.
The lawmakers, South Carolina state Reps. Bill Chumley and Mike Burns, filed a pair of bills late last year for the 2018 legislative session that would form a commission to create a monument to South Carolina's black Confederate troops.
"This monument can help educate current and future generations of a little-known -- but important -- part of South Carolina history," Burns said back in October in a statement to CNN affiliate WIS. "These African-Americans, like many of their Caucasian contemporaries, stepped up to defend their home state during a tumultuous time in our country's history. Their service has largely been overlooked or forgotten."

'No documentation'

But Walter Edgar, considered to be the premier historian on all things South Carolina, said there's no evidence there were ever any black soldiers that fought under the Confederate banner.
"In all my years of research, I can say I have seen no documentation of black South Carolina soldiers fighting for the Confederacy," Edgar told The State newspaper in Columbia, South Carolina. "In fact, when secession came, the state turned down free (blacks) who wanted to volunteer because they didn't want armed persons of color."
There were blacks in the Confederate army, but they were either slaves or free blacks forced to work without pay as cooks or servants, said Edgar, a professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina and author of "South Carolina: A History."

Movement reignited

The current drive by many communities across the South to remove Confederate iconography from public property flared up after the 2015 rampage killings of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina by a self-described white supremacist. After those killings South Carolina lawmakers voted to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds.
The movement intensified last year after white supremacists and neo-Nazis rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, causing violent protests that led to the death of one counter-protester. The white nationalists went there to protest moves by the city to remove symbols of its Confederate past, including a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Since then, several states and cities across the South have taken down such monuments or ramped up efforts to do so. The most recent example was in Memphis, where the city, blocked by state law from removing memorials on public property, sold two city-owned parks that held statues of Confederate leaders to a nonprofit group. The statues were then removed last month.

Two spikes

A chart from the Southern Poverty Law Center shows that twice in the nation's history there were mass movements in Southern states and cities to put up Confederate monuments. It seemed whenever America was making some racial progress, some officials responded by erecting monuments.
The first spike was around 1900, just 35 years after the end of the Civil War. By this time many states were implementing Jim Crow laws, meant to disenfranchise newly freed African Americans and prevent integration. It's in this climate that cities and states ramped up their construction of Confederate symbols.
The second spike started in the mid-1950s and lasted through the 1960s, which just happened to coincide with the Civil Rights Movement.

The Man Who Forced His Ex-Girlfriend To Walk Naked Down A Street As He Berated Her Is Going To Jail

The Man Who Forced His Ex-Girlfriend To Walk Naked Down A Street As He Berated Her Is Going To Jail

"It’s still hard to get over it. It’s something that I’m going to have to live with forever," the woman testified.

The man who forced his ex-girlfriend to walk naked down a New York City street while berating and filming her has been sentenced to two to seven years in prison, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Jasson Melo, 26, was convicted of coercion, assault, menacing, endangering the welfare of a child, and aggravated harassment on Dec. 15.

“In this egregious case of domestic violence, Jasson Melo repeatedly assaulted the mother of his two-month-old child, forced her to walk outside in January naked, filmed his act of utter humiliation, and then disseminated it in a manner that caused it to go viral,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance said. “It is my hope that anyone who is suffering from domestic violence and abuse knows that there is help available."

On Jan. 17, 2016, at around 5 a.m., Melo entered the Harlem apartment he shared with his ex-girlfriend and their two-month-old daughter after a night out and began to argue with the woman about text messages she had received from another man, even though, as she later told authorities, their relationship was over and she was in the process of moving.

"Over the course of the next two hours the defendant struck the victim repeatedly on her face and body, punching her in the ribs, stomach, and genital area," prosecutors said in a statement. "He also threatened to throw her down the stairs and strike her with a statue."

At around 8 a.m., the ex-girlfriend told police Melo forced her to leave the apartment wearing only a towel and threatened to kill her if she did not comply. Melo then made her walk down West 142nd Street as he filmed her on his cell phone and berated her.

In the video originally posted to Instagram, Melo follows his ex-girlfriend as he forces her to walk down the street. At one point, as she passes garbage cans, Melo pulls the towel away from her, leaving her naked in frigid temperatures.

"You’re going to pay the price like a whore, right there by the trash,” he says in the now-deleted video. “Pose with your trash.”

The ex-girlfriend, whose name has not been released by law enforcement, testified in December that she had to relocate to Florida after the video went viral on social media because she feared for her and her child's safety.

“I was devastated about everything. It was really hard,” she testified. “It’s still hard to get over it. It’s something that I’m going to have to live with forever.”


72% Of College Grads Would Give Up Instagram Forever To Wipe Their Student Debt Clean

72% Of College Grads Would Give Up Instagram Forever To Wipe Their Student Debt Clean

College debt is a big deal. It can take years to pay off student loans even with a good job straight out of school, and the subject has been the butt of quite a bit of snarky humor concerning the American education system. Apparently though, quite a few millennials– a startling amount, really- have placed their priorities elsewhere. Specifically, in social media.

That’s right, according to a survey done by Credit Loan, most college graduates wouldn’t give up their Twitter account for anything less than 30,000 dollars. That number jumps up in the range between $30,000 and $60,000, then it stays about the same beyond that, but that still leaves the 28% of the 1,000 individuals asked who would not even give up their Twitter accounts for $61,000 or more. To put that into perspective, that’s far more than a years’ worth of wages for most college students.

Though not quite the same, similar numbers of individuals would apparently be unwilling to give up Facebook or Instagram according to the study. You might wonder if this is because these social media sites allow them to keep up with friends who they could not contact otherwise, but this is a flawed line of reasoning; there are plenty of other avenues for contact on the Internet alone, and that’s not even considering something like- god forbid- writing back and forth with actual paper using snail mail.

72% of college graduates would be willing to give up their Facebook or Instagram to wipe their student debt of more than $60,000 completely clean. That’s right, folks, no more selfies on Instagram with filters.

Still, social media wasn’t the only thing people were unwilling to give up. Survey participants were split around 50-50 on whether or not they’d give up alcohol for good in order to clear their debt at the highest level, 40% were unwilling to shave their heads for the same amount, and only 30% were willing to give up eating chocolate forever in order to wipe their financial slates clean.

Before you get too judgmental on millennials specifically though, remember that they are far from the only ones who value social media and other superficial things highly. They were just the ones in this particular survey. Many adults would most likely also refuse to give up their Twitter accounts for large sums of money, especially if they were at the age where they were still using it to plan parties every other weekend.

 


Pot Now Legal In California, But It's Not That Simple

Pot Now Legal In California, But It's Not That Simple

While the world welcomed 2018, residents in California had an extra reason to celebrate the new year's arrival. At 12:01am, marijuana received broad legalization in the Golden State, two decades after California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana, the AP reports. So-called recreational pot is now legal for adults 21 and older. Individuals can grow up to six plants and possess as much as an ounce. Customers who lined up early to purchase recreational marijuana legally for the first time in California say they're happy cannabis is now regulated, including Jeff Deakin, who waited all night outside Oakland's Harborside dispensary with his wife and dog. The 66-year-old, who was there for the store's opening at 6am with about 100 other people, says it's a big deal that they can buy cannabis while feeling safe and secure, without having to make the purchase in a back alley.

Finding a retail outlet to buy non-medical pot in California won't be easy, though, at least initially. Only about 90 businesses received state licenses to open on New Year's Day, concentrated in San Diego, Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Palm Springs area. Los Angeles and San Francisco are among the many cities where recreational pot won't be available right away; other places, including Fresno, Bakersfield, and Kern County, outlawed recreational pot sales. Attorneys advising a group of LA dispensaries have concluded those businesses can continue to legally sell medicinal marijuana as "collectives" until they obtain local and state licenses under California's new system, though LA officials announced last month the city won't begin accepting license applications until Jan. 3—and it might take weeks before any are issued.


Annual Polar Plunge Event Postponed Because It's Too FUC*ING Cold

Annual Polar Plunge Event Postponed Because It's Too FUC*ING Cold

One of the coldest events of the season has been postponed because the weather is expected to be too cold.

Yarmouth Police said the 8th Annual Polar Plunge on New Year's Day at Smugglers Beach was postponed until Sunday, January 21 at noon.

 

"Brutal cold and wind is predicted for January 1st that will push wind chill below zero," police wrote. "Although a few brave Cape Codders would be willing to dive in, the consensus was that this community and family event will be better enjoyed and attended when conditions are more tolerable later this winter."


Bad News For 'Fake News'

 

Bad News For 'Fake News'

 Let me ask you this: Would a story that unpacks a list of tiresome words and phrases be impactful or a nothingburger? Worse, could it just be fake news? Northern Michigan's Lake Superior State University on Sunday released its 43rd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse, and General Uselessness, reports the AP. The tongue-in-cheek, non-binding list of 14 words or phrases comes from thousands of suggestions. This year's list includes "let me ask you this," ''unpack," ''impactful," ''nothingburger," ''tons," ''dish," ''drill down," ''let that sink in," and the top vote-getter, "fake news." The others are "pre-owned," ''onboarding/offboarding," ''hot water heater," ''gig economy," and the Trumpian Twitter typo "covfefe."

While the list contains a little political flavor, Lake Superior State rep John Shibley said he had expected more given a year of deepening divisions in the US electorate. "It wasn't as focused on politics in a very dirty sense," he said, pointing to "fake news," which garnered between 500 and 600 votes. It was also found to be the second most annoying word or phrase used by Americans in an annual Marist College poll, behind "whatever." "I think a lot of people know fake news when they see it. It can be propaganda, it can be satire," Shibley said. "It's used deliberately to paint a certain story or notion as not being true." While some words are perennial nominees, others really speak to a particular time and may soon lose relevance. Shibley said "covfefe" became shorthand for a social media mistake. "It's the 'pet rock' of this year's list," Shibley said.


Conor McGregor Sends ‘Death Threat’ To Floyd Mayweather

Conor McGregor Sends ‘Death Threat’ To Floyd Mayweather

Conor McGregor has seemingly reignited his ‘feud’ with boxer Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather after posting a tweet about a ‘funeral home’.

UFC star McGregor was beaten by Mayweather in their much-hyped boxing match in Las Vegas back in August last year and since, there’ve been plenty of rumours in regards to a rematch, this time though, in an MMA fight.

It’s not actually clear what he meant by his tweet, which reads:

Shin bone to the cheek bone. The rule set kept you out the funeral home.

 

 

https://twitter.com/TheNotoriousMMA/status/947853115910508545

 

In December, it was reported Mayweather was apparently in talks with the UFC about a huge – and very real – fight in the Octagon.

UFC President, Dana White, has described this exciting, yet unprecedented prospect, as being a ‘realistic possibility.’

Talking with ESPN, White revealed:

We’re talking to Floyd about doing a UFC deal. It’s real. He was talking about [boxing] Conor McGregor. Was that real?

Have you heard Floyd talk about many things that aren’t real? He usually tips his hand when he’s in the media and then that sh*t ends up happening.

We’re interested in doing something with Floyd. Everything is a realistic possibility. Mayweather vs. McGregor f*cking happened.

Anything is possible!

 

 

https://twitter.com/TeamFA/status/943437826074427392

 

 

At the beginning of December, Mayweather strongly hinted about the possibility of him returning to combat sports through a Fight Hype video, saying:

They just called me not too long ago and asked me to come back.

I can come right back. If I wanted to, I can come right back to the UFC. I can go fight in the Octagon. I can do a three – or four-fight deal in the Octagon and make a billion dollars.

Remember, I’m Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.

You have to applaud his confidence!

Many didn’t take the vid too seriously, but now it seems this could be much more than just bragging?

Watch the video here:

McGregor was on social media a matter of hours before his latest tweet, where he revealed he spent his New Year’s Eve ‘shaking in bed’ after ‘one of the most intense few days’ he’s gone through.

The reason the fighter spent the end of the year in bed is because he, along with half his family, have been struck down with the Australian Flu Virus.

So instead of partying hard in true McGregor style, he posted a reflective Instagram post – which he has since deleted – before saying he’s ‘sharper and faster’.

He wrote:

Well that was a wild New Year’s Eve. Half the family hit with the Australian flu virus and some even left in hospital with it. I’ve never even been to Australia wtf.

One of the most intense few days I’ve gone thru. Big New Year’s Eve party cancelled at the last minute and I am left shaking in bed the past two days. I’ll leave that with the rest of the bad behind me in 2017 and take with me the many great experiences I’ve had this year!

None greater than the birth of my son Conor Jr. and the continued support of my family, my friends and my dedicated staff through thick and thin.

Thank you all and Happy new year to everyone!

2018 I may go back to the back pages instead of the front pages again but I have a feeling these journalists now just want me in the obituary pages so we shall see.

I will be ready for whatever comes.  Be sharp and be fast this year because I am sharper and I am faster. God bless you all and Happy New Year!


A Father Who Fatally Shot A Karate Instructor That Kidnapped & Molested His Son In 1984 [GRAPHIC]

A Father Who Fatally Shot A Karate Instructor That Kidnapped & Molested His Son In 1984

Gary Plauche, is a Louisiana father who gunned down a karate instructor at an airport more than 20 years ago for kidnapping and molesting his son. Plauche, a salesman and loving father snapped after the thought about the magnitude of what happened to his son, Jody Plauche who was sexually assaulted by his karate instructor, Jeffrey Doucet. On Friday, March 16, 1984, while authorities were escorting Jeffrey Doucet through the airport in Baton Rouge, a man lifted his gun out of nowhere and shot Doucet at point blank range. The man turned out to be Gary Plauche. The judicial system exercised leniency with Gary Plauche by giving him a suspended sentence and probation. He didn’t spend one night in prison for what he had done.


This Gym Is Offering Naked Classes In 2018

This Gym Is Offering Naked Classes In 2018

Is 2018 the year you're finally going to buff up? I lied to myself from 2014 to 2017, saying I would get in shape, before I eventually realised I'm a lazy bastard and I like Doritos and sitting on the couch more than running endlessly on a treadmill.

For lots of people joining the gym will be riding high on their list of New Year's resolutions, and for a bunch of those people motivation will have fucked off by about week three.

But one gym in New York is offering something a bit different to try and entice people back - naked gym sessions.

I would honestly rather eat my own head than work out naked, but the guys at Hanson Fitness, which reportedly counts Tom Cruise and Rihanna amongst its clients, reckon it's going to catch on.

Is no one worried about catching their equipment in the gym equipment, no?

Anyway, despite my misgivings, the classes are starting from 5 January and offer a 'total body workout that uses your body weight as resistance to work the glute, butt, legs and core - making you look and feel good naked'.

Harry Hanson, founder of Hanson Fitness, told New York Daily News: "Our approach makes sure our members get and stay in the absolute best shape, and our new naked personal fitness sessions are no exception. This new development brings with it a range of fitness and health benefits and allows our members to have a little cheeky fun in the process!"

And if you really don't fancy working out bollocko, then nude underwear is permitted.

If you're still not convinced about the benefits of working out with nothing on, fitness guru Dai Manuel has some interesting facts that might make you change your mind.

According to his website, working out naked gives your skin a chance to breathe - working out in tight, restrictive gym gear isn't good for you skin and toxins can be reabsorbed through your skin, or so he says.

Tight clothes can also restrict blood flow, whereas when you're naked your muscles will be able to move unhindered, which can only be a good thing.

Our man Manuel, also thinks it's a good mood booster, but that's probably because he looks great naked and not like a potato.

Plus, workout gear is expensive - think of the savings you'll make by doing it naked.

So are you in or out?


UPDATE: Arrest Made In Prank Call That Led To Fatal Police Shooting

UPDATE: Arrest Made In Prank Call That Led To Fatal Police Shooting

 

Police have arrested a 25-year-old man in Los Angeles in connection with a "swatting" prank that left a 28-year-old Kansas man dead Thursday night, KWCH reports. Tyler Barriss, arrested Friday afternoon, is accused of making a false report to police. He was arrested two years ago in connection to a bomb threat to ABC Studios. On Thursday police turned up at a house in Wichita after getting a report of someone shooting their father in the head and holding their family hostage. In a recording of the 911 call, the caller says the man was also threatening to set the house on fire, KABC reports. The Wichita Police Department confirmed Friday the call was a swatting prank, in which someone calls in a false report to get a large police response to their victim's home.

In this case, the victim of the prank—reportedly a response to a $1.50 bet on the video game Call of Duty—provided a fake address that sent police to the home of Andrew Finch. Police say Finch at first followed directions to put his hands in the air when he opened the door. Deputy chief Troy Livingston says Finch then moved his hands toward his waistband, leading an officer to fatally shoot him. "Due to the actions of a prankster, we have an innocent victim," Livingston says. But Finch's mother, Lisa Finch, says blame also lies with police. "What gives the cops the right to open fire?" the AP quotes her as saying. "That cop murdered my son." Lisa Finch says police didn't give her son any warning before opening fire, and he was unarmed when he was shot. The FBI estimates there are about 400 cases of swatting a year.


Church To Start Using Gender-Neutral Terms For God

Church To Start Using Gender-Neutral Terms For God -

The Church of Sweden has announced that it plans to start referring to God in gender-neutral terms rather than as a man.

The national Evangelical Lutheran Church decided upon the move as a part of other updates of their 31-year-old handbook on language, hymns and other aspects.

Their clergy are being encouraged to no longer use ‘Lord’ or ‘He’ but instead refer to God as ‘God’ because it is less gender-specific.

Officially coming into effect on May 20 next year, the rather controversial change has been made so the church can stay in line with contemporary society.

Recently the world has become more inclusive and encouraging of gender-neutral terms and the church believes it should change with it.

Lena Sjostrand, the chaplain of Lund Cathedral, told PBS NewsHour:

We have a consciousness about gender questions, which is stronger in our time than it has been before.

And, of course, this has had an impact on theology and on church life and pastoral reflection. And I think that is — we should have that.

I don’t think that God is a big mother or a father sitting up in the sky. I don’t think that makes sense. God is something much bigger than this.

 

Antje Jackelen, the Lutheran Archbishop of Uppsala which is the location of the seat of the Church of Sweden, will be overseeing the changes.

The move will change the way over six million registered churchgoers worship and therefore was a conclusion made after a lengthy eight-day meeting attended by 251 members of the church’s decision-making body.

Archbishop Jackelen emphasised that they were ‘not giving up on tradition’ saying:

In the tradition, there are all these elements already present. Like Julian of Norwich in the 14th century said, ‘as sure as God is our father, God is our mother’.

So, I mean, this is not something that’s newly invented. It’s part of our tradition.

God is beyond our human categories of gender. It’s actually already in the Prophet Isaiah in the 11 Chapter.

God says, ‘I am God’ and not human or a man. God is beyond that, and we need help to remind us of that, because due to the restrictions of our brains, we tend to think of God in very human categories.

We are not worshipping political correctness. We are worshipping God, the creator of the universe.

 

The seemingly radical move means several expressions will be altered.

For example, ‘in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit’ which open church services will be no more changing to ‘in God the Trinity’s name’.

Although priests won’t be forced to embrace the changes, they will be strongly encouraged to do so by the church.

 

 

Many though are unhappy with the move believing that the gender-neutral terms will undermine the entire service.

Pastor Mikael Lowegren explained:

You don’t play lightly with these things. You don’t play lightly with the creed. You don’t play lightly with the liturgy of the church.

Being part of a tradition means that you come from somewhere. You have a history, and that forms you and makes you what you are. And if you lose contact with your roots, you run the risk of losing your own identity.

God being the father means he has a son.

You could use female imagery referring to God. But the name of the God is what God has revealed. It’s the father, and the son and the Holy Spirit.

It will certainly be interesting to see how many priests do change their language and if they will soon influence other countries to embrace the same move.

 


World's Biggest Nuke Plant Gets A Long-Awaited OK

World's Biggest Nuke Plant Gets A Long-Awaited OK

The biggest nuclear power plant in the world sits idle, as it has for nearly seven years. But that state is set to change, and not without public trepidation. The Guardian reports that Japan's nuclear watchdog this week gave Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) the green light to restart two of the seven reactors at Kashiwazaki-kariwa, which fell victim to the country's nuclear power moratorium in the wake of the March 2011 Fukushima disaster. That calamity occurred on TEPCO's watch, and the utility says the money it will generate from Kashiwazaki-kariwa's power is key to funding its continuing decommissioning efforts at Fukushima. It has poured more than $6 billion into Kashiwazaki-kariwa in an effort to make it immune to the series of disasters that befell Fukushima.

A 50-foot seawall provides tsunami protection, for instance, and 22,000 tons of water sit in a nearby reservoir, ready for the taking if reactors need sudden cooling. But locals aren't convinced—the Japan Times reports some people shouted at the meeting where the restart approval was granted—and that matters: Though the restarts are penciled in to occur in spring 2019, the AFP reports local authorities need to give their OK, and that process could take years. The plant is located in Niigata prefecture, and locals there cite the active seismic faults in the area as a major concern; the Guardian notes "evidence that the ground on which Tepco's seawall stands is prone to liquefaction in the event of a major earthquake." A second is the fear that should an evacuation be necessary, it would be much less successful than that of Fukushima due to the bigger population.