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Colin Powell, Who Won First Gulf War and Was Humbled by the Second, Dead at 84
Mario Tama/GettyIt was Nov. 8, 1995, and Colin Powell had just concluded a 25-city tour to promote his memoir, My American Journey. Huge crowds greeted him wherever he went, his poll numbers soared, and so did expectations for his candidacy.All of Washington and much of the country tuned in to watch the retired four-star announce if he would be a candidate for president. The son of Jamaican immigrants, he might have become the first Black president in U.S. history. But Powell stepped to the microphone and declined the mantle, saying he did not have the same kind of passion and commitment for political life that he had every day of his 35 years as a soldier. He lacked what analysts call “fire in the belly,” an unquenchable thirst for the presidency and the power it bestows that he would do whatever it takes to achieve the office.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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This Classic Fall Jacket Is Rugged on the Outside and Cozy on the Inside
Photo: Scouted/Relwen.Every once in a while, I find an item that looks like there’s no way it could live up to the hype. I was recently perusing Huckberry’s website to see what they’d launched recently, when I stumbled upon the Quilted Tanker by Relwen. Perhaps it was the ruggedly cool lifestyle photos, or maybe the eco-friendly fabric profile, but I was instantly drawn to this tanker-style jacket. Regardless of the reasoning, I knew I had to try it out — then I saw the price. At $298.00 that’s one heck of a trial. Nevertheless, I decided it was worth the price, and if it wasn't worth the money, I’d have 60 days to return it.After all, this is the kind of jacket you buy knowing it will last you longer than anything else in your closet. Plus, it’s also the kind of jacket you can toss on with just about any outfit. This lightweight jacket pairs perfectly with jeans and boots for that camping trip or throw it on with some dressier shoes and wear this jacket to a dinner party. Heck, you can even throw this on for a fishing trip without worrying about water damage thanks to its water-resistant fabric and nylon lining.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Colin Powell, First Black U.S. Secretary of State, Has Died From COVID
REUTERSColin Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, has died of complications from COVID-19, his family said on Facebook. He was 84.In a statement, the Powell family wrote that he passed away from unspecified COVID complications Monday morning, and added: “He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American.”Powell was sworn in as former President George W. Bush’s secretary of state in 2001, becoming the nation’s highest-ranking Black public official to date. He was forced to resign following Bush’s re-election in 2004 after he published faulty intelligence in order to justify the Iraq War.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Right-Wing Nonprofit Lavishes Millions on Top Brass
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Getty ImagesThe American Conservative Union touts itself as “the nation’s original conservative organization” and loves to rail against “reckless spending”—but it’s hardly cautious about turning over supporters’ cash to its own top executives.The ACU, best known as the group behind the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, has enriched companies belonging to two of its directors to the tune of $4 million in the past five years, according to a review by The Daily Beast of their yearly tax forms and other required filings.This cash has poured out of the ACU’s own coffers, out of its political committees, and straight from the pockets of the right-wing rank and file into firms controlled by Vice Chairman Charlie Gerow—now a candidate for governor of Pennsylvania—and Kimberly Bellissimo, secretary of the ACU’s foundation.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Bizarre and Unsettling Rise of True-Crime Makeup Videos on YouTube and TikTok
Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastTikTok user @fatalfaye delicately brushes a hot pink eyeshadow in the shade “Emoji” onto their eyelid. Over the primping plays an audio clip, crackling with feedback. “I just killed my mom and my sister,” a teenager confesses. The combination of the jarring 911 call and an otherwise normal makeup video may seem bizarre, but the incongruous pairing belongs to a trend of true crime makeup videos that has been growing in popularity across social media platforms like YouTube and TikTok.Welcome to the weird world of true crime makeup videos.In January 2019, YouTuber Bailey Sarian uploaded her first “Murder, Mystery & Makeup” vlog about the case of Chris Watts, a man who murdered his pregnant wife and two daughters (the case would later become the subject of a Netflix documentary, American Murder: The Family Next Door). Sarian was already a seasoned YouTuber in the makeup arena and decided to talk about the case while getting ready, though it is clear that she wasn’t sure how the macabre shift would sit with viewers. “Let me talk about somebody getting murdered while I do my makeup,” Sarian says, her voice dripping with self-derision. “I don’t even know how to approach this without sounding insensitive at all,” she admits. Sarian’s gamble proved successful, as reflected by her social media success. To date she has over 5.65 million YouTube subscribers and boasts an additional 2.1 million followers on TikTok.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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HBO Exposes the Violent Chaos of Trump’s Jan. 6 Rioters in ‘Four Hours at the Capitol’
Getty/HBOFor those eager to revisit one of the darkest days in American history, Four Hours at the Capitol provides a first-hand account of the insurrection carried out by then-President Donald Trump’s delusional acolytes on Jan. 6, 2021. Culled from numerous up-close-and-personal video sources, and narrated by congressmen, journalists, and traitorous Proud Boys and “activists” who participated in the attack, it’s a time capsule that’s short on context—and condemnation of the numerous figures responsible for inciting the mêlée—but long on harrowing and damning footage of the disgraceful assault.Director Jamie Roberts’ feature-length HBO documentary (Oct. 20) features no prologue covering the 2020 presidential election that concluded with Donald Trump decisively losing to Joe Biden, or Trump’s subsequent promulgation of the “Big Lie” which stated that he’d been cheated out of a second term due to “election fraud” that innumerable legislatures and courts—many overseen by Republicans—confirmed did not exist. Nor does it cover both the efforts of congressional Republicans to back Trump’s “Stop the Steal” conspiracy theory by refusing to certify the election’s results, and national right-wing media’s endless coverage of this fictional miscarriage of justice. The result is a narrowly focused work that, by eschewing the bigger picture, feels like only half the story, concerned far more with experiential you-are-there horror than comprehensive censure.Four Hours at the Capitol would have benefited from more coverage of Trump, Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Rudy Giuliani stirring the pot for weeks and months before Jan. 6, intent on convincing their supporters that some great democracy-undermining travesty was taking place. Instead, it assumes viewers know that backstory, and simply sets about situating them in the thick of the abominable action. The film begins at 10:35 am, with wheelchair-bound Proud Boy Eddie Block videotaping himself and his white-nationalist buddies as they attend Trump’s speech (during which the president tells his followers, “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore”), and then take his advice and head to the Capitol. There, they and many other faux-patriots rile themselves up with chants like “Fuck ANTIFA!” and “1776”—the latter a revolutionary rallying cry that misses the point that this 2021 rebellion is against the United States—until they all finally decide that words aren’t enough and begin storming the insufficiently defended barricades.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Doctor Inseminated Women With His Sperm—and Wasn’t Punished
Getty ImagesIt was shocking for Susan Crowder to learn that her adult daughter—conceived 45 years earlier via in vitro fertilization—was the offspring not of an anonymous medical student sperm donor, but of her own fertility doctor.Even more shocking was the fact that nobody would do anything about it.Crowder and her husband started IVF in 1975, after moving to the small town of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Her husband, a dental surgeon, had recently learned that he was sterile, so the couple set about finding a fertility specialist. Their search led them to nearby Louisville and to Dr. Marvin Yussman, a respected OB-GYN based out of the University of Louisville School of Medicine.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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White People Sharing Racist Videos Are Telling on Themselves
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/Photos Getty ImagesVideos of white people being racist, often circulated by other white people condemning them, have become so ubiquitous that they’ve become a genre in and of themselves. Videos of anti-Black police violence have played on viral loops for years now, but more recently there’s been a wave of low-stakes stuff, like “Karens” yelling at people. Across social media, week in and week out, cellphone footage clips document—just for example—white women hurling the n-word at Black children and defending their use of the n-word; white men yelling “go back to Africa” at Black American strangers; white teenagers who can’t even make it through a homecoming proposal without shoehorning in a racist “joke” about slavery.It’s exhausting to watch this unstinting, grotesque orgy of American white folks performing American whiteness in ways so uncreatively unchanged from the American whites who came before them—and to see other white people sharing those clips as if condemning (and circulating and amplifying in the process) explicit acts of racism is the same thing as being anti racist. It’s not, and maybe that’s why I’ve hit an unprecedented peak of “racist video fatigue.” And I know I cannot be alone in experiencing RVF.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Why This Last-Ditch Ploy to Combat Predatory Priests Is Doomed to Fail
GettyROME—When Father Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, the head of the French Bishops Conference, suggested that the Catholic Church lift the veil of secrecy on confessions as a way to combat clerical sex abuse this week, eyes rolled at the Vatican. The seal of secrecy on confessions is hundreds of years old and has survived intact through every major sex abuse scandal of the modern era and scores of popes—and any priest who breaks it is automatically excommunicated from the church.Moulins-Beaufort made the comment on the heels of one of the worst sex abuse scandals to rock the church since Spotlight won an Oscar, with the revelation that thousands of Catholic nuns, priests and lay people abused more than 300,000 minors over a 70-year period. “The scope of the violence and sexual assaults against minors revealed by the report demands that the church revise its practices in light of this reality,” he said in a radio interview. “It is therefore necessary to reconcile the nature of confession with the need to protect children.”Less than a day after his comments made waves, the spokeswoman for the French bishops clarified that they would not in fact seek to make any changes and that the seal of confession was “above the laws of the Republic” anyway. “One cannot change the canon law for France as it is international,” Karine Dalle told the National Catholic Register. “A priest who today would violate the secrecy of the confession would be excommunicated.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Cutting Massive Bill Threatens to Blow Up Progressive Unity
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Getty ImagesDemocrats promised to Build Back Better in the Joe Biden era, but the political reality surrounding their marquee policy package is forcing them to pick between two far more diminished mantras: Do Less Better, or Do More Worse.Over the summer, Democrats laid the groundwork for a sprawling $3.5 trillion bill that would substantially fund a number of their top priorities, from expanding Medicare to include dental and vision benefits, to implementing aggressive new climate change measures, to making community college tuition free and pre-K universal.But a group of centrists are objecting to the size and scope of that proposal, and with Democrats unable to lose a single vote in the U.S. Senate, lawmakers are moving toward a smaller package that could end up investing $2 trillion less than what leaders set out to.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Virtual Reality Could Help Stop Domestic Abuse Against Women
Adapted from S. Seinfeld et al./Scientific Reports 2018“I have to come home every day and look at your shitty face,” the man barks to his partner. “When we married, you were hot. Look at you now. You look like shit.” The man advances, knocking the phone to the ground, until his face looms menacingly close.This harrowing scene is not what it appears to be. The victim isn’t a real person—she’s the virtual reality avatar of a man already imprisoned for domestic abuse. The scenario is unfolding, in 3D, inside a VR headset strapped to the prisoner’s head. And it’s part of a novel intervention. The idea is that by experiencing domestic abuse through the eyes of the victim, abusive men might gain some insight into their acts—and empathy for the women.Some new ideas for rehabilitating abusers would certainly be welcome: Domestic violence affects about a third of all women at some point in their lives, according to the World Health Organization. And while some jurisdictions require people convicted of domestic violence to participate in intervention programs, there is limited evidence that these treatments prevent offenders from harming their partners again.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Hate Pretentious Wine Tastings? Visit This Country
GettyWhen I visited winemaker Levan Andronikashvili a few weeks ago, his cellar sounded like a dozen cauldrons of soup boiling simultaneously. The sputtering from the fermenting vats was so feverish I could hardly hear his instructions over the din: “Quick, grab that pole! Let’s punch down the grape skins!” Seconds later I was breaking a sweat, turning his freshly pressed grapes into wine.Spontaneous thrills like helping a farmer with punch-down are typical in Georgia—locals are so hospitable that at most wineries you’re received as a houseguest as opposed to a tourist. Swirling cabernet in a tasting room is one thing; wolfing down soup dumplings in a winemaker’s backyard to the backdrop of the Caucasus Mountains, your fingers still sticky with rkatsiteli juice, is another entirely. This is wine tourism returned to its roots: rustic, generous, and delicious in every sense.Even jaded enophiles will geek out in Georgia. For starters, the country has roughly 400 native grape varieties, a staggering diversity for a country smaller than Ireland. Tsitska, jghia, mtsvane, saperavi—Georgia’s consonant-heavy grapes are as exotic to the Western palate as they sound, bearing what seems to be no genetic relation to the European grapes that dominate the market. Translation: You’ve never tasted wines like these before.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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10 Dishes With Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith
Groot HospitalityAfter a shift what is your favorite guilty pleasure to eat? “My guilty pleasure is a tie between frozen custard and pizza.”Is there one dessert you won’t make? “I will not make any dessert with blue cheese.”What’s the best ice cream topping? “The best ice cream topping is fruity olive oil and a touch of Maldon Sea Salt.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Need for Speed When It Comes to Our Crossword
Rebecca TulisMay I brag a bit on the Daily Beast Crossword?As lovely as The New York Times crosswords are, they usually take months or years between submission time and seeing print, so can't be very current. The Daily Beast crosswords, on the other hand, see daylight so fast it's almost comical. Last week we had a great example: I sent my Boston Marathon-themed puzzle to my editors before the race was even over!I can see that you're impressed, so take a moment to compose yourself as I detail how it was done. The event began at 8:37 AM on Monday, October 11th. By late morning I had enough of the story to go with, and I began writing the puzzle. Women's champ DIANA Chemtai Kipyokei (19-Down) and Men's champ BENSON Kipruto (1-Across) had already crossed the finish line so into the grid they went. I was also glad to mention WHEELCHAIR (26-Across) winner Marcel Hug, as well as iconic race section HEARTBREAK (12-Across) Hill, which had played its usual large role in determining the winners.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘Succession’ Season 3 Premiere Recap: Kendall Channels O.J. and Logan Wants Blood
David M. Russell/HBOSuccession is back, and the insult of the day is “disingenuous little fuck doll.” Any guesses on which of Logan Roy’s children this refers to—and which of them yelled it at the top of their lungs when a meeting didn’t go their way?This season opens right where we left off. Kendall—Logan’s second son and, now, Waystar Royco Public Enemy No. 1—shocked everyone last season by refusing to play the sacrificial lamb for his father, instead throwing Logan to the wolves at a press conference. This season’s premiere finds Ken locked in a bathroom as a nervous Greg asks him to make even just a sound to confirm he’s alive. It doesn’t take long , however, for Kendall to emerge—and as soon as he does, we observe father and son scheming in parallel, a prelude to the Machiavellian dance that threatens to knock the droopiest Roy child off his moralistic pedestal.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘Dana H.’ Was Kidnapped by a Psychopath. Now Her Ordeal Is a Broadway Play.
Chad BatkaDana H., along with Is This A Room, were the best pieces of off-Broadway theater just before the pandemic hit. Now, karma doing its best kind of thing, the two Vineyard Theatre plays are playing at the same Broadway theater. Both are rooted in two very different traumatic real-life events, and both use words that were really said in the reciting of those real events. While Is This A Room focuses on intelligence contractor Reality Winner’s FBI interrogation (using the transcript of that day), Dana H. reveals to the audience what happened in 1997 when Dana Higginbotham, mother of playwright Lucas Hnath, was kidnapped and held hostage for five months, her terrifying captor “Jim” moving her from motel to motel in a horrific, nightmarish road trip.Hnath—multi-award-winning playwright of productions including A Doll’s House, Part 2—has crafted Dana H. It is around 75 minutes long, and directed by Les Waters, starring a transfixing Deirdre O’Connell as Hnath’s mother. O’Connell first takes her seat on Andrew Boyce’s set, which evokes a nondescript motel room. She is wired up to a microphone and earbuds by stage hand. We learn via surtitles that she will lip-sync Higginbotham’s words, as recorded in an edited interview conducted by a theatrical colleague of Hnath’s, Steve Cosson.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Illinois Mom Accused of Shooting Dead Man Who Refused to Kiss Her
Rolling Meadows Police DepartmentA 28-year-old woman in Illinois shot and killed a man earlier this week in bizarre love triangle dispute, according to authorities.The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Claudia Resendiz-Florez was staying with two pals—James Jones and his girlfriend—at their home in the city of Rolling Meadows when the incident unfolded on Thursday night.Prosecutors in Cook County said that the trio were having a drink together when Resendiz-Florez allegedly asked Jones for a kiss. Jones declined because he had a girlfriend who was sitting right next to him. He then kissed his girlfriend in front of Resendiz-Florez, prompting an envious Resendiz-Florez to ask the girlfriend for a kiss, prosecutors said during a bond hearing. She declined, too.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Jon Stewart Shreds Media for Stirring Up ‘Conflict’
CNNComedian Jon Stewart took a shot at the media in general on Sunday morning, claiming that the press “does a terrible job at de-escalation” when it comes to hot-button political and societal issues and instead just seeks to “expose the conflict lines.”Six years after leaving his iconic run as the host of The Daily Show, Stewart recently returned to television with a new (and far more serious) program, The Problem with Jon Stewart. Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union to promote the series, Stewart and anchor Jake Tapper engaged in a lengthy and in-depth discussion on the current state of politics and the media’s role in covering it.Asserting that there’s a “debate in the Democratic Party about how to appeal to voters in 2022,” Tapper noted that there are “a lot of social issues getting a lot of attention.” Specifically, he named the teaching of so-called critical race theory and California recently passing a law requiring gender-neutral toy aisles in large retail stores as examples of cultural topics dominating the media landscape.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Buttigieg Fires Back at Paternity Leave Attack: ‘I’m Not Going to Apologize to Tucker Carlson’
CNNTransportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg explicitly called out Fox News star Tucker Carlson on Sunday morning, saying he wasn’t “going to apologize” to the conservative host for taking paternity leave to care for his newborn twins.During his Thursday night broadcast, Carlson mockingly took aim at the Biden administration official for taking time off to care for the two babies that he and his husband Chasten recently adopted.“Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child. Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed. No word on how that went,” Carlson sneered.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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This Home Storage Organizing System Also Fits in Your Car's Trunk
Photo: GOAT Boxco.Scouting Report: This storage organizing unit goes from the house to your trunk.I’ll admit it, I have way too much stuff. I try to only buy what I'll actually use regularly but, apparently, there’s a LOT of things I actively use. Sure, I’ve watched Marie Kondo on Netflix, but most of my belongings really do spark joy in my life, so as long as I can put them to use, I’m keeping them.Anyone that knows me knows that I’m not fancy. Pottery Barn is pretty, but it’s not practical for my lifestyle. I travel a lot – including loads of road trips and multi-day hiking and camping adventures – so the products that work best for me are those that also accommodate my active lifestyle. Enter The Rack by GOAT BOXCO, a next-level organizing rack that’s part of their ultra-customizable storage and cooler system.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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It’s Official. Brits Want King William, Not King Charles.
Ian Vogler / POOL / AFP) (Photo by IAN VOGLER/POOL/AFP via Getty ImagesIf you love The Daily Beast’s royal coverage, then we hope you’ll enjoy The Royalist, a members-only series for Beast Inside. Become a member to get it in your inbox on Sunday.William should succeed queen, poll respondents sayMore miserable reading for Prince Charles this morning, as a Mail on Sunday poll confirms that Brits would rather—when the queen dies—that the crown bypass him and land on son Prince William’s head instead. 41 percent of Brits surveyed want William to succeed the queen, compared to 30 percent wanting Charles. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Night Sam Cooke Made ‘Chain Gang’ a Hymn to Freedom
Michael Ochs Archives/GettyThe studio single version of “Chain Gang” was released July 26, 1960. It becomes Cooke’s biggest hit of a year that saw him push a lot of lushly orchestrated fodder at the 45-buying public.Cooke is always conscious of demos. He wants the white suburban girls to buy his records, the older crowd, the Black people in the cities. He doesn’t necessarily care if every demo stocks up on every record. Sam Cooke has doubtless had many Cooke completists, but you really don’t need to be one, in that sense that there are people who only listen to Dylan from 1965 to 1966, or early folkie Dylan, or fin de siècle Dylan. The more places an artist gives you to find yourself and what means the most to you, the greater the likelihood of chickens locating roosting spots.His other big hit that year was “Wonderful World,” which has always amused and beguiled me in that it sounds like an oldie, despite rock and soul not having existed that long, and I bet it sounded like an oldie when it came out on the first day of Easter Triduum that spring.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Why Brazil Beat the U.S. in COVID Vaccination
Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images​​As the COVID-19 vaccine campaign gained steam in the United States last spring, I was locked down in my apartment in Rio de Janeiro, trying to avoid being infected with the virus. Brazil—then, as now, second only to the U.S. in coronavirus deaths—seemed to have the world’s slowest immunization program rollout. Brazilian cities had started vaccinating locals in January, but there just weren’t enough doses to go around.As the pace of vaccinations in the U.S. soared, Brazilians were debating the merits of lockdowns and liberally taking medications with no evidence that they were effective against the coronavirus. I watched with envy as my American friends posted “I’m vaccinated!” photos on my social media feeds. So in June I left Rio de Janeiro, and returned to my hometown of Chicago where I received my first dose the day I landed.Since then, however, the tables have turned. The vaccination rate has ramped up considerably in Brazil and stalled in the U.S. According to data compiled by The New York Times, as of Oct. 14, about 73 percent of Brazilians have received at least one dose — compared with just 66 percent in the U.S. The U.S. still comes out on top in terms of its fully vaccinated population, with 57 percent versus 47 percent in Brazil. But this gap between Brazil’s fully and partially vaccinated seems poised to close: A July survey showed that 94 percent of Brazilians plan to get the coronavirus vaccine.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Ancient World’s Secret Weapon? The Ejaculating Phallus
Highways EnglandBack in 2017, as they were working expanding a highway that cuts across England from the east coast to the town of Leicester, construction workers stumbled across artifacts from Roman-era Britain. It took some time to reassemble some of the fragments, but the results were published early this year. Among the debris was part of a broken millstone complete with something one doesn’t usually associate with bakeries: a phallus with testicles attached.Though phalli were everywhere in antiquity—57 examples adorn Hadrian’s wall, for example—this particular piece of X-rated décor is unusual. The scientists working on the highway’s archaeological project said that it was one of only four examples (out of a possible 20,000) of millstone phalli from Roman-era Britain. Dr. Ruth Shaffrey of Oxford Archaeology called it “a highly significant find.”The interest in the phallus is hardly unique to Britain. As Kristina Killgrove has written, Pompeii is famously covered in erotic artwork: excavations have revealed a fresco of the minor deity Priapus (with his characteristic comically oversized penis) at the House of the Vetti; a flying penis amulet; and statue of Pan engaged in sexual congress with a goat (to be fair to Pan, he is half-goat himself). Doorways all over Pompeii were decorated with tintinabula, erotic wind chimes made of bronze phalluses hung with bells. One, the lintel of a bakery included not just a phallus but the inscription, “You will find happiness here.” Evidence like this has led some to suggest that bakeries might have served as brothels. The preponderance of phallic imagery and artwork in Pompeii prompted the 18th-century historian Richard Payne Knight to hypothesize that perhaps there was a kind of ‘Cult of the Penis’ there.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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OMG, I Want to Rent That House: St. Lucia
Courtesy VrboSt. Lucia (Vrbo): There was something about this summer that felt particularly fraught. First, there was the pressure to bounce back to regular life; then we endured the pendulum swing of the next COVID spike’s “will she or won’t she?” Through it all, we were forced to navigate the wildly varying safety protocols and personal preferences of our cities and acquaintances. It’s no surprise that this fall seems to have brought about one massive case of collective burnout. But the good news is, we in the travel community like to call this situation the perfect excuse to plan the longest and most relaxing winter vacation of your life. Winter is the new summer when it comes to travel in 2021.After becoming intimately familiar with COVID protocols, we have a new appreciation for indoor-outdoor living. There’s something that feels extra wholesome about letting a fresh tropical breeze blow straight through your living room all day long. (For those of you who fear the heat, rest assured that this house also has AC on tap.)Just looking at a picture of this calming room is already bringing our burnout levels down a few pegs. Now multiply that by four, add in your seven closest friends, and we think Jalousie Villa is just what the doctor ordered.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Inside the Fight Against the GOP’s ‘Worst Congressmen’
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyThis week on The New Abnormal, our bonus episode takes you inside the fight against two men producer Jesse Cannon calls “the GOP’s worst congressmen.”Cannon and host Molly Jong-Fast interview Charles Graham, who is running as a Democratic challenger in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District against Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC), and Matthew Diemer, who is running against Max Miller in Ohio’s 16th District.Did you know you can listen to The New Abnormal bonus episodes in your member dashboard or a podcast app? Click here to get set up and sign up for new episode email alerts here.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Secrets of the Best Show on TV Right Now: ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’
LIANE HENTSCHER/NETFLIXThe Netflix adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club is TV’s coziest warm hug.It is finding the color butterfly clip for your hair to perfectly match your outfit. The heart used instead of the dot on “i.” The rush of excitement when your crush circles “yes” on a passed note that reads, “Do you like me?” It is finding a group of best friends and knowing that, no matter what, they understand and are there for you.So, color me shocked to discover when watching the second season of the series, which premiered last week on Netflix, that, this go-round, The Baby-Sitters Club chose violence.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Truman Capote’s Ashes Took a Wild Ride on Their Way to the Cemetery
George Rose/Getty ImagesJoanne Carson had Truman’s remains taken to the Grand View Memorial Park in Glendale for cremation. She said he had given her written instructions to divide his ashes in two, half to remain in Los Angeles, half to be in New York. It was an unlikely story. She told no one but had the funeral home put the ashes in two urns.When Joanne gave Jack Dunphy a brass urn that looked like a book and had Truman’s initials on it, he thought he had all of his lover’s ashes. He had no idea there was a second, simpler urn without initials that Joanne was keeping for herself. When Jack learned what Joanne had done, he never talked to her again.In the immediate aftermath of Truman’s death, there was all kinds of speculation about Answered Prayers. Joanne said that Truman had finished the book and hidden it away in a safety-deposit box to be discovered later. She had what she said was the key, though she had no idea where the box was located. Joanne gave the key to Truman’s literary executor, Alan Schwartz, who tried unsuccessfully to locate it. It was a beautiful story to think Truman’s masterpiece was lying there somewhere and would one day reappear, validating everything he had been saying all these years.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Katie Couric’s RGB Coverup Shows How We Ended Up With Trump
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyThe mainstream media’s credibility took another big hit this week. Katie Couric, the former co-host of NBC’s Today show, revealed in a new memoir that she chose not to air some controversial comments made to her five years ago by the sainted Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, involving RBG’s criticism of NFL players like Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem.Couric says she was “conflicted” because she was a “big RBG fan,” so she only aired some of the harsh words RBG had for the football players refusing to stand for the national anthem. According to her story, after talking with New York Times columnist David Brooks, Couric concluded that Ginsburg—who was on the Supreme Court at the time—was “elderly and probably didn’t fully understand the question.” Couric confesses in her book that she “‘wanted to protect’ Ginsburg and felt that the issue of racial justice was a ‘blind spot’ for her.”Couric’s revelation comes on the heels of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) being forced to apologize for altering a famous RBG quote. During her 1993 confirmation hearings, Ginsburg said, “The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity.” In keeping with today’s gender-neutral nomenclature, the group changed “woman” to a bracketed “[person’s]” and swapped the word “her” with a bracketed “[their].”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Netflix’s ‘Found’ Is the Tale of Three Girls Abandoned on the Streets of China Who Discover They’re Cousins
NetflixAdoption breeds a host of complications not only for children, but for the various adults—parents, relatives, caregivers—in their lives. Found addresses that messiness through the story of three high school girls who were born in China but given up for adoption as infants as a result of the country’s one-child policy, and who choose to seek out their pasts as a means of understanding themselves. A documentary about identity and family that shrewdly sidesteps pat answers to tricky questions, it’s a non-fiction Netflix effort (debuting Oct. 20) that tackles a historical nightmare via the prism of individual confusion, sorrow, and suffering.Found is a tale about women, since China’s infamous 1979-2015 policy largely targeted girls, who were less wanted by parents and therefore frequently given up for adoption, if not abandoned on the sides of roads, at hospitals, or at government buildings. That was the case for Chloe, Lily and Sadie, three teens who landed in orphanages before being placed in homes in, respectively, Seattle, Oklahoma City, and Tennessee. Raised in Christian (Lily, Sadie) and Jewish (Chloe) households by devoted and caring parents, this trio discovered that they were cousins thanks to the DNA ancestry service 23andMe. This revelation subsequently compelled them to further grapple with their shared heritage and experiences, and while their growing bond facilitated that process, the act of confronting their origins remained a rocky one, as Amanda Lipitz’s film sensitively details.Considering that she speaks with a Southern accent and acts like a typical teenage American girl, it’s not surprising to hear Sadie state early on, “I honestly don’t feel Chinese.” Still, as with many children of adoption, Chloe, Lily, and Sadie have lived the majority of their lives trying to come to terms with their love for their adoptive parents and their curiosity about their birth parents. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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