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Remembering Colin Powell: Former President Bush calls him 'a great public servant'

Former President Bush, on the passing of Colin Powell, calls the retired general and former secretary of state 'a great man'
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BTS taking ‘extended period of rest’ for first time since 2019 hiatus
The South Korean band, who are still set to release a new album, will spend the holidays with their families for the first time since they debuted in 2013.
Violence as French far-right TV pundit holds campaign rally
France is holding its presidential election on April 10, with a runoff if needed on April 24. CEO fires 900 employees on Zoom call CEO VIshal Garg told 900 employees on a Zoom call that they were being laid off from the mortgage company, telling them they are "part of the unlucky group." The company had a $750 million cash infusion last week and is getting ready to go public, according to CNN's Christine Romans.
Edward Shames, last surviving ‘Band of Brothers’ officer, dead at 99
Shames was the oldest surviving member of the Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, now known globally as the "Band of Brothers."
Teacher Nails Viral Dance Move, Students Lose Minds in Video Viewed 17M Times
According to the video's poster, dancing has "become a regular thing at [their] school."
Internet Slams Man Who Secretly Used Wife's Savings Account For Sister's Wedding Dress
One Reddit user told the husband: "You're not getting that money back. And you will probably never get your wife's trust back either."
George Kittle’s wife Claire swoons over 49ers tight end’s monster game
George Kittle’s wife Claire had a front-row seat to his monster game Sunday in Seattle. Claire Kittle and husband George Kittle on Sunday, Dec. 5, during the 49ers’ game against the Seahawks. Kittle, the 49ers’ superstar tight end, had nine catches for two touchdowns and 181 yards in the NFC West showdown, which saw the...
Ex-DC Guard official accuses Army brass of lying about Jan. 6 response
Col. Earl Matthews alleged that the Pentagon inspector general's report on the military response to the violence contained "myriad inaccuracies, false or misleading statements."
Schumer details plan to pass Biden bill by Christmas amid growing skepticism about timeline
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is still insisting that President Joe Biden's Build Back Better bill can pass his chamber by Christmas -- even as doubts grow that such a timeline is achievable given the procedures of the Senate and the lingering differences among Democrats.
Atlanta Medical School to Gift Each Student $6,300 From COVID Relief Bill
School leadership said the funds are to help students with "academic, financial, and mental health support costs such as childcare, food and healthcare needs."
Jalen Ramsey, Trevor Lawrence in possible dirty play that ends with helmet slam
Trevor Lawrence and Jalen Ramsey became entangled in a potentially dirty play during the Rams’ 37-7 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. The Jaguars quarterback tackled L.A.’s star cornerback in the first quarter and appeared to gator roll across the 30 yard-line while holding onto Ramsey’s ankle. As the two twisted, Ramsey appeared to sit...
Man hides country's largest model train railway from girlfriend
Simon George spent over $330K building a 200-foot-long model train set that recreated the train tracks near his childhood home in Britain.
Rain, snow and chill are heading to Southern California this week
Light rain is slated for Tuesday morning, officials said, and a stronger system should deliver more moisture by the end of the week.
NYC hit with bevy of violent crime ahead of holiday season that includes 'wooden daggers' and a sword
NYPD statistics show an uptick in shootings incidents, shooting victims and homicides over the weekend compared to the same period last year.
New 'Harry Potter' reunion trailer is here
Something pleasant lies ahead.
NYC to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for all private sector workers
All private sector employers in New York City will now be required to implement a Covid-19 vaccine mandate by December 27, the city's mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday during a press conference. This new move means everyone who works in the city will now be subject to a vaccine mandate.
Storm brings serious flash flooding to Hawaii along with mountain snow
The strong “Kona Storm” will impact the Hawaiian archipelago through Tuesday night
Tensions high as Russian military forces gather near Ukraine border
Tensions between the U.S. and Russia have escalated over a Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border seen as a sign of a potential invasion.
Don Lemon accuser says CNN is ‘predator protecting machine,’ happy to see ‘some accountability’ with Cuomo
The man who accused CNN host Don Lemon of a sexually charged assault said the liberal network is a "a predator protecting machine" but he’s happy to see accountability with the dismissal of Chris Cuomo.
What Are The Oath Keepers Accused Of Ahead Of January 6 Conspiracy Trial?
A total of 17 members of far-right militia group are accused of conspiring to violently stop the certification of the 2020 Election result.
10 Russian Citizens Returning from South Africa Positive for COVID, 2 with Omicron Variant
Russia announced the first cases of Omicron variant after 10 citizens returned from South Africa and tested positive for COVID, two of which were for Omicron.
Just 2 Percent of Hispanics Use the Term 'Latinx,' 40 Percent Find It Offensive: Poll
"Why are we using a word that is preferred by only 2 percent, but offends as many as 40 percent of those voters we want to win?," said one of the pollsters.
China Accuses U.S. of 'Grandstanding' With Expected Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics
"If the U.S. side is bent on going its own way, China will take firm countermeasures," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said.
Biden to push Build Back Better Act, focusing on its prescription drug provisions
President Joe Biden on Monday will highlight provisions to lower the prices of prescription drugs in the Build Back Better Act as his signature legislation awaits Senate action.
Why The Biden Administration Is Relaunching Trump’s Controversial ‘Remain in Mexico’ Immigration Policy
Felicia Rangel-Samponaro says she’s got déjà vu. Just 11 months ago, President Biden suspended the Trump Administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)—also known as “Remain in Mexico,” a set of rules requiring asylum seekers to wait south of the border while their cases are adjudicated in the U.S. On Monday, the controversial policy is officially back…
Trump SPAC under investigation by feds, SEC
The special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, that announced plans to merge with former President Donald Trump's new social media company is under investigation by federal regulators.
Trump Calls for Biden to 'Leave Office' Over Rising COVID-19 Deaths
At the current COVID-19 death rate, the number of American lives lost under Biden could exceed those under Trump in a few weeks.
‘It's Giving’: A Gift to Language
Sign up for Caleb’s newsletter here.The first time I heard the phrase It’s giving, I admit that I was mystified. A friend showed me a pre–Met Gala Instagram post by the pop star Camila Cabello: a picture of her face with small circles of makeup next to her eyes, each a different reddish shade, to which she had given the caption, “It’s giving … dots.” I had so many questions, mainly: What does it mean to give dots? With the sub-questions: What is doing the giving—her face? What’s being given—the dot shapes? And, finally: To whom are they being given—us, her followers?As is the case with oodles of now-mainstream slang, It’s giving ___ filtered into the lexicon from ball culture, arising from sources like RuPaul’s Drag Race, Paris Is Burning, and Black Twitter. This is the same linguistic pathway that gave us yasss queen, serving realness, that’s tea, throwing shade, gagging, even legendary—phrases originating within queer communities of color, now freely used, for better or worse, by straight white people (and many others, of course) to give their language emphasis, dynamism, and play. American English relies on the linguistic innovation of its subcultures to maintain its vitality. Thus, what begins as a powerful, instinctual act of communicative creativity within a marginalized community inevitably ends up being misused by Camila Cabello in a viral Instagram post before the world’s largest annual gathering of the cultural elite.To be fair to Camila, the construction is unusual. I’m used to seeing the phrase to give with a subject, a direct object, and an indirect object to describe a transaction: “I’m giving my dad a tie,” for example. You know exactly who’s doing the giving, what’s being given, and to whom it’s being given. Without the supporting players in that sentence, the phrase doesn’t really make sense. One wouldn’t say, “I’m giving my dad” or “I’m giving a tie.” But It’s giving ___ miraculously does away with both. The verb becomes impersonal (the “it” that’s doing the giving could really stand for anything—a person’s look, a house, a movie), and it’s not really giving it to anyone in particular. To give starts to mean to give off, as in vibes, another omnipresent slang word connoting a level of almost spiritual understanding. So when her Met Gala date, the pop star Shawn Mendes, in another piece of audiovisual pre–Gala documentation, says, “It’s giving Cher,” he’s saying, “Looking at you gives me the feeling I get when I look at Cher.”Meanwhile, his (now ex) girlfriend, Camila, was misusing the phrase. Her makeup wasn’t giving dots … it was dots. The phrase should create a metaphor: This thing I’m referring to isn’t exactly this, but it’s giving this. It would be like looking at a lamp and saying, “This reminds me of a lamp,” or watching the movie The Boss Baby and saying, “I’m getting Boss Baby vibes from this movie.”In other words, it’s a great phrase that requires some savvy to use well. That’s why I wanted to put it in a crossword. The Camila Cabello meme, in all its cringey glory, represented the pivotal moment in the evolution of the phrase. It had “surfaced.” It was either the beginning of It’s giving having common meaning or the end, depending, perhaps, on your feelings about linguistic gentrification. It’s such a simple and evocative turn of phrase, and you can hear “____ vibes” or “big ___ energy” only so many times before you get sick of them, even used ironically. But in enshrining the phrase in a crossword, I wanted to pay tribute to its origins. That’s why I ended up going with the clue “Phrase from drag-ball culture that might introduce an energy reading.”
Marvel confirms Charlie Cox to continue to play Daredevil
Charlie Cox is here to stay.
AP Top Stories December 6 A
Here are the top stories for Monday, December 6th: Modi and Putin meet in New Delhi; Trade union protest in the streets of Brussels; Pope Francis wraps up trip to Greece, stumbles; Diver dressed as Santa Claus visits an aquarium in Germany. (Dec. 6)
Internet Slams Man Who 'Destroyed' Girlfriend's Family Heirloom Ring to Propose
His wife-to-be "said yes immediately and was absolutely elated, until she saw the ring."
NASA Telescope Launching This Week Will Study Some of the Universe's Most Violent Objects
The Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) spacecraft will observe polarized light from powerful objects in the cosmos, such as black holes and neutron stars.
Ripped Hugh Jackman gets his COVID-19 booster shot and more star snaps
Hugh Jackman gets boosted, John Legend takes his son to a basketball game and more...
CFL players in wild brawl with fan after hopping into stands
The incident happened after the game when a group of Argonauts players — initiated by defensive back Chris Edwards — climbed over the railing from the field into the stands.
Elon Musk’s imaginary world
Elon Musk listens as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about constructing a high speed transit tunnel during a 2018 news conference in Chicago, Illinois. | Joshua Lott/Getty Images Historian Jill Lepore on the strange but familiar appeal of “Muskism.” Who is Elon Musk, really? I don’t have a good answer to that question. I’m not sure anyone does. Half the time I’m in awe of Musk and the other half I’m baffled by his Twitter antics. But as a cultural figure, Musk really occupies his own space. He’s now the richest person on the planet (or the second richest person, depending on the day) and as his fame has grown, the line between the man and the myth has blurred. Some of that has to do with Musk’s gift for self-mythology, and some of it has to do with his very real achievements. Whatever you think of Musk, there’s no denying his impact. I mean, this is a guy who moves markets with a single tweet. So what are we to make of that? And what are we to make of him? A new podcast series by the Harvard historian Jill Lepore, called The Evening Rocket, tries to untangle all of this in a way only a historian could. It’s a deep dive into Musk, the guy, but it’s also an exploration of a much larger phenomenon that Musk personifies. For Lepore, Musk is the face of extreme capitalism, a capitalism rooted in science fiction stories and animated by fanciful plans to conquer space and save humanity. She calls this phenomenon “Muskism” and argues that it’s a recycled brand of techno-utopianism that’s fascinating, dangerous, and profoundly revealing. I reached out to Lepore for the latest episode of Vox Conversations. We talk about the peculiar appeal of Musk, why the style of capitalism he represents has become so intoxicating, and how all of this fits into the broader history of technology and capitalism. Below is an excerpt from our conversation, edited for length and clarity. As always, there’s much more in the full podcast, so subscribe to Vox Conversations on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Sean Illing You’re not profiling a famous person just because they’re famous. In a way, your podcast isn’t even about Musk, the guy. You see him as the face of something happening in our society that’s important and probably not well understood. So what is that thing and why is Musk the vehicle for it? Jill Lepore Oh, that’s fascinating. So, I’m a political historian. I’m not a biographer of the great and the famous and the rich. I really am fantastically uninterested in the history of celebrity or the presidency, honestly. And I wasn’t really much of a Musk follower. I was asked to do this project by the BBC. And then I had to think about a way to say something that I thought could be useful about Elon Musk, but that really wasn’t a great-man biography or an anti-great biography. It’s not a takedown or anything, either. As a political historian, I’m interested in what Musk represents in our culture and political arrangements more broadly. And I think we would do well to talk about “Muskism” as a kind of political economy, and we don’t, for some reason. There’s a lot of scrambling around to think about a way to talk about the latest incarnation of capitalism, right? Are we in late capitalism? Are we in advanced capitalism? Are we in post-industrial capitalism? Are we in surveillance capitalism? Is this platform capitalism? There’s something different, right? This is weird stuff. So I think we should just think about it as extreme capitalism. And another way to think about extreme capitalism is Muskism, or I might describe it as being more speculative than industrial. The products are often not actually widgets, but theoretical items. Now this is often less so with Musk’s own companies, because he does actually build things. But it’s most of all influenced by visions of the future that derive from science fiction. In fact, from very old science fiction. So Muskism is really antiquarianism disguised as futurism. Sean Illing We’ll come back to the science fiction stuff later, but it’s interesting that you use the phrase “extreme capitalism.” Do you see Muskism as just another iteration of capitalism or as something even more fundamental? Jill Lepore I think it is an extreme form of capitalism in the sense that it’s plutocratic. It’s something old again. There’s a lot of feudalism in Muskism. It’s like there are these lords and the rest of us are the peasantry and our fates are in their hands because they know best. So I don’t think it’s a new economic vision. I actually think the idea that there’s something deeply new and profoundly, disruptively innovative about Muskism is part of the self-mystification of that worldview, right? Sean Illing What does that mean? Jill Lepore It’s important to these people to think that they are doing something wholly new and bigger and better and more extreme. My whole first episode of The Evening Rocket is about the letter X. They love the letter X, right? It’s the science fiction go-to fan letter. So everything is X to them. It’s extreme, it’s extraterrestrial, it’s extraordinary, it’s extravagant, it’s existential. Everything’s always existential, but it’s actually not. These are mere mortals like the rest of us. They put their pants on one leg at a time and then they go out and they try to gain power and subvert ordinary people’s ability to control their own lives. That is a lot of what capitalism is. Sean Illing Then why is it so important to identify and critique Muskism as a distinct thing? Jill Lepore I think people are fascinated by Musk. People who love Musk and hate Musk are all fascinated by Musk. And it’s hard to hold your attention on what might be going on structurally there because Musk is so flashy. I think he wasn’t always so flashy. One of the arguments I make in The Evening Rocket is that he himself was quite transformed by his infatuation, the mutual infatuation between Musk and Hollywood when he sort of became Iron Man in the press, right? There were all these glossy magazine covers of sexy, handsome, young Elon Musk. He’s the new Iron Man, the real-life Iron Man, the real-life Tony Stark. So there was a glitterati moment for Musk in which he became kind of the Kim Kardashian of CEOs, and everything he said was fleeting and meaningless, but extremely influential in the stock market. In other words, he’s a figure that’s hard to pay attention to in a sustained or structural way because of the nature of his public presence, which is very Twitter-driven, a very flashy, staged, PR-event-driven presence. So the next launch of the next SpaceX rocket, we get a glimpse of Elon Musk. He makes all the headlines in every paper. And there’s two things to be said about him and then he disappears again. So how do you hold on to that, right? It’s like trying to hold on when someone pours a glass of water in your hands and it’s just pouring through your fingers. There was a volume of water in the glass and now it’s evaporated. How are we supposed to find meaning in that? I thought it would be useful to sort of pull back again, as a political historian who thinks a lot about the relationship between politics and technology, and try to think systematically about where Musk’s ideas come from. The self-mystification of him is that every idea just pops out of his head. He’s a visionary. And I don’t mean to say that he isn’t a fascinating person with lots of ideas, but I am saying that most of his ideas are recycled. Sean Illing Before getting into the origins of some of those ideas, I want to linger on Musk’s fame a little longer. Why do you think he’s become such a transcendent cultural figure? It could’ve gone another way. Is it about him and how he’s packaged and sold himself, or is there something about us, something on the demand side, that made him the perfect face of all this? Jill Lepore I think it’s both. I do think it was a public relations strategy of Tesla early on. When Musk assumed leadership of the company, they decided that instead of advertising, which Tesla really does not do, they would promote the product by promoting the idea of Elon Musk. And then the idea of Elon Musk has to be a very particular life story, not unlike the campaign biographies of political figures, right? Andrew Jackson ushers in the age of the common man; he rose from poverty to the White House. James Garfield, from the log cabin to the White House. Bill Clinton, the boy from Hope, right? So it really relies on a familiar political packaging. The packaging of Elon Musk was that he was a boy wonder. He had a vision to change the world as a child, that this was influenced by reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy when he was a young teen. It’s a political biography in that sense, but it’s something more than that, because it has real cult-y quality to it. He’s a messiah figure, and that’s really how Tesla presents him. And he embraces that role. I’ve never met Elon Musk. I can’t speak about him personally, but I think he enjoys the public battlefield. He enjoys mocking people online. He can be very funny. People love his humor. He has a kind of laddishness. I mean, the guy runs through marriages and women and has children with a lot of different people, and that’s appealing. He has a massive social media presence and I think there’s a hunger for following someone who’s irreverent and funny and powerful. I think his followership really exploded when Trump was banned from Twitter. He’s not Trump. I mean, it’s a totally false comparison to make, but I think he appeals to people online in a similar way, right? Sean Illing Yeah, they’re obviously very different, but one connective thread, and this is something you kind of argue in the podcast, is that the popularity of Elon’s ideas, whether we’re talking about colonizing space or cryptocurrency or whatever, is a symptom of a damaged society, a society that’s lost faith in its institutions. Jill Lepore I’m not sure I ever put it that way in the podcast, but let me take the question at its face. Musk is a very accomplished engineer. He is not a straw man figure. He is a real person with real ideas who leads two major companies that have both undertaken extraordinary engineering feats. Tesla really does get a huge amount of credit for the revival of the electric vehicle, a nearly destroyed industry, right? SpaceX is doing extraordinary things. And if it weren’t for my sense of the sort of malign understory there, I’d be super thrilled and excited about it. It’s quite extraordinary. But is the appeal a function of a damaged society? Well, I guess the example that I would give is: whether or not human beings on this planet should build colonies on Mars or on the moon is actually a question that we all have a stake in. And the presumption that Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, the two wealthiest people in the world, get to decide the extraterrestrial fate of humankind is a bizarrely regressive notion. You may or may not have approved of the Apollo mission to go to the moon in the 1960s, but you had a say in that. It was a government program where people engaged in political protest over it. A lot of people objected to the Apollo program, on the grounds that it was a misuse of public funds at a time when those funds could be better deployed implementing the Civil Rights Act and the equality requirements of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. I mean, the day before the launch in 1969 of the Apollo 13, civil rights activists were at the Space Center protesting. There’s a whole long tradition of democratic deliberation over our missions in space, but we’ve forgotten that tradition. Even the press will cover William Shatner going to space in a Blue Origin rocket and talk about Jeff Bezos’s childhood dreams coming true and it’s like, isn’t that groovy? And then maybe there’s a goofy satirical version of that where there’s a joke about it on Saturday Night Live or something, but there’s no sustained examination. I mean, to be fair, there’s plenty of quarters of the internet where surely there is sustained examination, but on the whole, are we having a big public debate about whether a private citizen should build a base on the moon just because he has the money to do it? We haven’t had that conversation. To hear the rest of the conversation, click here, and be sure to subscribe to Vox Conversations on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts.
Dow climbs more than 600 points amid renewed volatility
It's a strong start to the week on Wall Street, where the Dow has climbed more than 600 points amid a rebound from last week's losses.
230,000-plus of ham and pepperoni recalled for listeria
Perdue Premium Meat Co. unit says fully cooked pork products may be contaminated with infection-causing bacteria.
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New U.S. international travel restrictions take effect; Scientists racing to learn more about Omicron variant
Grimes makes digs at ex Elon Musk in new song 'Player of Games'
The billionaire and the singer split in September after three years of dating.
LAPD detective says city not safe for tourists, blasts Gavin Newsom for going soft on criminals
Los Angeles Police Department detective Jamie McBride argued Gavin Newsom 'needs to be gone' as the Golden State continues to deal with rampant smash-and-grab robberies.
Viagra Shows Surprising Promise In Reducing Alzheimer’s Risk
Tim Reckmann / FlickrViagra, the best-known drug to treat erectile dysfunction, is linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer’s. Seriously.According to a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Aging, sildenafil—the generic name for Viagra—was associated with a 69 percent reduced incidence of Alzheimer’s in a large-scale analysis of more than 7 million patients.It should be stated upfront that this study is not establishing a causal link between sildenafil and reduced Alzheimer’s risk; it simply suggests there’s a significant relationship that should be explored through actual clinical testing. But the findings are nevertheless a pleasant surprise, and the latest in a string of recent studies that highlight the potential of using old drugs to treat inscrutable diseases.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Training teaches teens to turn social media negatives into positives
The Social Media Caucus in D.C. was created as a counterweight to the inundation of social media that may normalize violence or trigger anger or anxiety from past trauma teens have witnessed in their lives.
It’s official: Perdue to challenge Kemp for Ga. governor, ensuring divisive GOP primary
“Look, I like Brian,” Perdue said in a video released Monday morning. “This isn’t personal. It’s simple. He has failed all of us and cannot win in November.”
Armed robbers target LA holiday party, demand guests hand over their jewelry and phones
Armed robbers reportedly targeted a holiday party in Los Angeles where guests had to fork over their belongings
Italian man who tried to use fake arm to avoid COVID shot says life is ‘ruined’
Guido Russo had refused to get the jab before showing up Thursday at a vaccine center in Biella, where we used a silicone prosthetic during his ill-fated ploy to trick a nurse.
3 more hostages released in Haiti, Christian aid group says
Three more members of a group of 17 hostages kidnapped in Haiti in October were released Sunday night, according to a statement from the US-based Christian Aid Ministries.
Matchup Roundup: New UFC and Bellator fights announced in the past week (Nov. 29-Dec. 5)
All the UFC and Bellator fight announcements that were broken or confirmed by MMA Junkie in the past week.
China may be eyeing its first military base on the Atlantic Ocean: report
US officials, citing classified American intelligence reports, told the Wall Street Journal that Beijing could be eyeing Equatorial Guinea’s port city of Bata for the base.