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Chill the Fuck Out. This Isn’t Another 2016, and Here’s Why
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyMolly Jong-Fast, like many of us, is nervous about the election. Sure, the polls look pretty decent for Biden; they looked good for Hillary, right? Not exactly, Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report tells Molly.In the last couple of weeks of the last campaign, there was so much attention on those freakin’ emails.“You could see the race tightening. Hillary went from up 11... and then in the very last NBC poll, she was up four points, with 16% undecided,” Walter recalls on the latest episode of The New Abnormal.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Don’t Let Kim Kardashian Off the Hook For Her 40th Birthday ‘Fuck You’ to the Rest of Us
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/TwitterThis is a preview of our pop culture newsletter The Daily Beast’s Obsessed, written by senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon. To receive the full newsletter in your inbox each week, sign up for it here.We Retire From Defending Kim KardashianThe news cycle these days is like me when the doorbell rings with the pizza that I ordered. It moves fast, and is upsetting to watch. That’s why it’s important to remind everyone of a scandal that unfurled earlier this week so that it doesn’t disappear in the next blizzard of distracting horseshit.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Tsunami Warning in Turkey After 7.0 Quake Levels Buildings in Coastal City of Izmir
REUTERSA massive earthquake erupted in the Aegean Sea early Friday, causing multistory buildings to collapse in the coastal Turkish city of Izmir and sent water surging through the streets amid tsunami warnings.Eyewitness videos captured terrifying scenes. A seven-story residential building crumbled to the ground. Waist-high water gushed through the streets of the nearby town of Seferihisar. Environment Minister Murat Kurum said there were reports of people trapped under debris, mostly in Izmir’s Bayrakli neighborhood, according to televised remarks reported by The New York Times.The 7.0-magnitude quake hit just off the Greek island of Samos, according to Turkish authorities. It rattled parts of Greece and was reportedly felt 200 miles away in Istanbul. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Gift One of Our Favorite Masks to Show You Care
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/VendorsIt’s no secret that this holiday season might be unlike any other. For starters, you might not be celebrating all together this year. Gifting can be tricky too—a lot of the things you might have gifted might seem a little strange given the circumstances. But you know what isn’t a strange 2020 gift? A mask. Think about it: everyone needs them and it’s a great way to show you care about their safety. To help you pick out the perfect mask for that special someone, we’ve hand selected some of our favorite and most desired masks.Baggu Fabric Mask Set: While we loved the tie-around Baggu mask, their ear loop mask is a great option, too. It comes in 7 different designs, is made from Organic Quilter’s Cotton, has adjustable ear loops, and a nose wire pop up that is both sleek and stylish.100% Human Mask Pack: Everlane’s masks are especially beautiful and great for a more style concerned giftee. These come in five different colorways, and are made with 100% cotton. They are machine washable too, so they can easily wear them again and again.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Here’s How Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Could Steal the Election—and Why It Probably Won’t
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyWhat’s going to happen next week? Is the Trump-stacked Supreme Court going to hand this election to the Republicans? Is democracy doomed?Here’s my sophisticated, Yale-JD-Supreme-Court-Columnist expert assessment: Probably not.But maybe. But I doubt it. Let’s game out the possibilities—four of them, to be precise.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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I Should Be Confident About Next Tuesday. I’m Petrified.
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyLately, when I talk about this election, I sound like Debbie Downer. With polls showing Biden with a lead in most battleground states, why don’t I have champagne on ice ready to celebrate the blowout a few days away?Many political analysts, and a fair number of psychiatrists, say folks like me suffer from PTSD triggered by the 2016 election and it prevents us from seeing the blue wave headed our way. Polls, they say, are different this time. Really? It’s a fun indoor MAGA sanctioned sport to punk pollsters, an extension of the fake news. It’s much more satisfying to deliver a November surprise on Election Day.Our anxiety is due to things we saw all too clearly four years ago and some we’ve only begun to see in the last few months.Trump loves to say the only way he can lose is if Democrats rig the election. The truth, usually the opposite of whatever Trump says, is that the only way Biden can lose is if Trump rigs the election, which is exactly what he’s been doing for some time now. If Trump can’t beat Biden at the ballot box, he’ll work the refs. And if that doesn’t work, he’ll see Biden in court.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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I Thought Single-Use Coffee Pods Were Fast and Easy. But I Was Missing Out on Amazing Coffee.
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/AmazonBefore the COVID-19 lockdown measures, my coffee ritual was about as quick and dirty as you could get. I was always running out the door to class, to an appointment, or to meet friends, and I wanted coffee as quickly as possible. My trusty single-use coffee pods allowed me to have an espresso in under one minute at the press of a button. But a few months into the pandemic, my coffee just wasn’t tasting the same. I drank so much of it over the self-isolation period that I’d become immune to the once-incredible flavor. It now seemed lifeless and dull.I decided to seek out a more artisanal and intentional coffee ritual and make it a part of my daily morning routine. I’ve used a French Press in the past, but I hated washing the filter and dealing with messy grinds. After searching for more handcrafted coffee experiences, I landed on the Hario v60 coffee dripper. Despite its highbrow reputation, it is deceptively simple to brew coffee using a pour over setup. I can make a perfect cup in about three minutes.This method is a relaxing and individual process. It forces me to slow down and focus on what I’m doing. Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to be more mindful and intentional about how I live, and my coffee routine is another part of that. It’s soothing to grind the beans by hand, scooping them into the paper filter, shaking them level, and pouring the first bit of hot water from my gooseneck coffee kettle. (Seriously, don’t skip the gooseneck kettle. It’s cathartic to pour, and really charming! You can even get electric ones that have temperature presets.)Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘Not Trump’ May Be Enough for Voters, but It Won’t Be for the Left if Biden Wins
OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty ImagesIf the polls are to be believed, Joe Biden is about to be elected president. And if history is any indicator, Democrats will assume they have a mandate. Parties and movements that win power almost always assume the public endorses what they think have been selling. They usually don’t. Bill Clinton in 1993 and 1994 might be the poster child for this phenomenon, but it’s a predictable pitfall of a winning campaign.The worst disasters occur when people get elected (or re-elected) and try to implement policies that weren’t even litigated during the election, much less decided. That’s probably too strong. I’m sure “fixing Social Security” was in all George W. Bush’s stump speeches, it’s just that I don’t think it was on anyone’s mind in November of 2004 (unless, maybe, they worked at the Heritage Foundation).This is where Democrats may find themselves. If Joe Biden gets elected, it would be wrong to conclude anything other than the fact that Americans were fed up with Donald Trump. Indeed, Not Being Donald Trump is Biden’s entire raison d’être. But as a friend of mine recently put it, not being Trump is a campaign promise Biden keeps on day one. Then what?Read more at The Daily Beast.
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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Stumps for Trump While This Boy Mourns His Stepdad
Courtesy Katrina RaysbyEven as South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem continued to dismiss calls for a mask mandate, declared the pandemic under control, and insisted the state’s hospitals have plenty of room, Doug Raysby of Sioux Falls died of COVID-19 without getting the ICU bed his doctor said he needed.“I think that people really recognize that leadership has consequences,” Noem told Fox News on Oct. 21, the day of Raysby’s death. “And what we're doing in South Dakota is Republican leadership.”Raysby’s viewing was four days later, on the same weekend Noem hosted a mass gathering in Sioux Falls that included an indoor concert, the latest of a series of events she has endorsed in defiance of CDC protocols. Raysby’s 6-year-old stepson, Kalvin, known as Nugget, stood silent before the open coffin and placed a pencil drawing of the family inside.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Renegade Biohackers Testing COVID Vaccines on Themselves
Courtesy of SHOWTIMEWhen one thinks about scientific study, the images that spring to mind generally involve studious men and women in lab coats performing careful research in sterile environments. Those notions don’t pertain to biohackers, however, who carry out cutting-edge—and often legally and morally dubious—DIY experiments on themselves and others in the name of pushing the boundaries of what’s technologically possible. They’re punk rock dreamers dedicated to figuring out tomorrow’s evolutionary breakthroughs and cures today.Take, for example, Josiah Zayner, a former NASA scientist who made waves in 2017 when, on a livestream at a San Francisco biotech conference, he injected himself in the arm with the gene-editing tool CRISPR as a means of increasing the size of his muscles. Earlier this year, Zayner decided to help the American scientific community in its race for a COVID-19 cure by personally taking a potential DNA vaccine that was first discussed in a Harvard University paper, and had only been tested on monkeys. The results were underwhelming, but the attitude behind the trial was pure rebel biohacker boldness—and is emblematic of a community that views the coronavirus as an ideal opportunity to research, test, and show the world that taking scientific measures into your own hands is the key to progress.Yet as Citizen Bio suggests, the behavior of Zayner and his ilk may do more harm than good. Director Trish Dolman’s documentary (premiering Oct. 30 on Showtime) examines this subculture via the tale of Aaron Traywick, founder of Ascendance Biomedical, an outfit designed to create affordable and readily-available treatments for a variety of ailments. Traywick attracted national media attention when, on an October 2017 Facebook livestream, his associate Tristan Roberts injected himself with an unproven HIV remedy. Traywick followed that up by pulling his own pants down and sticking himself with an experimental cocktail purported to eradicate herpes at the 2018 BDYHAX Conference. With long hair, a big smile, and seemingly prodigious financial resources, Traywick struck a pose as a charismatic pioneer, dedicated to fostering a self-improvement movement that didn’t wait for the government, or corporations, to confront issues of disease, degeneration, and aging.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Trumpers Are Setting Up Elaborate Traps To Catch People Stealing Their Pro-Trump Signs
Michelle Hanks/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesThreats to tarnish or steal Trump campaign signs, both real and fictional, have come to occupy a deep place in the right-wing imagination this election cycle.For some, the go-to solution to protecting the signs from thieves has been booby-traps. A city worker in Michigan, for example, cut his hand open after he tried to move an illegally placed Trump sign that had been secretly fitted with razor blades. Earlier this month, a bomb squad in Maryland was called out to check on wires attached to a Trump sign. The wires turned to be a kind of makeshift alarm meant to deter thieves.But for a locally notorious group of Facebook livestreamers in Arizona, the solution to fighting sign thieves has been crouching for hours at a time in bushes, hoping to catch a sign bandit in action. The plan has worked perfectly — if they don’t end up in jail for their own separate offenses first.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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How Facebook Can Easily Swing the Presidential Election
Sloan Science on ScreenAs millions of Americans cast their votes for the next president of the United States, all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and 35 contested seats in the U.S. Senate, it’s important to remember just how slim the margin of victory was in 2016, with the election decided by roughly 107,000 votes spread across three states—Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin—and the outsized role Facebook played in swinging things in the direction of one Donald J. Trump.In 2017, Facebook itself estimated that 126 million users were served content by Russian troll farms; that the Trump team harvested the private information of over 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge via the firm Cambridge Analytica; and that the Trump campaign brilliantly exploited Facebook’s digital ads, running 5.9 million ad variations in the final months of the election compared to Hillary Clinton’s 66,000. Facebook’s impact was so profound that the data-mining company even boasted of being “responsible” for Trump’s victory in an internal memo.Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya’s new documentary Coded Bias—premiering Nov. 11 in virtual cinemas—examines the work of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini, who uncovered how facial-recognition AI discriminates against people of color, as well as the disturbing ways technology and social media are shaping the world that we live in.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Epstein Recruiter Accused of S&M Trysts: I’m a Victim Too
AP Photo/Palm Beach PostWhen Marijke Chartouni found the woman who recruited her for Jeffrey Epstein 20 years ago, she felt a sense of closure and relief. Here was someone who could confirm that the perverted financier sexually assaulted Chartouni, not only because she was a witness but because she participated in the disturbing encounter.But confronting the onetime friend—a New Jersey artist named Rina Oh—has brought up a mess of complicated feelings for Chartouni and fellow survivors of Epstein’s trafficking ring. Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who was kept as Epstein’s teenage “sex slave” from 1999 to 2002, claims Oh abused her in New York.While Chartouni hasn’t spoken to Oh directly, she gave journalist Tara Palmeri permission to contact her as part of the Broken: Seeking Justice podcast.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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If Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Didn’t Dish in ‘Finding Freedom,’ Who Did?
VICTORIA JONES/AFP via Getty ImagesMeghan Markle has won a small victory in her ongoing battle against Associated Newspapers, owners of the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, and MailOnline. A U.K. High Court judge yesterday agreed to Meghan’s request that the trial be delayed from Jan. 2021 to sometime next autumn on “a confidential ground.” So, instead of the blockbuster London legal battle beginning on Jan. 11, the case will begin around a year from now.As The Daily Beast has previously reported, Meghan and Harry are bringing the case against Associated over “misuse of private information, infringement of copyright and breach of the Data Protection Act 2018,” dating to early 2019 when the Mail on Sunday published extracts of a letter Meghan sent her father, Thomas Markle, claiming he was breaking her heart “into a million pieces” by speaking to the press.The Mail on Sunday’s case is that Meghan abdicated her right to privacy by briefing friends on the letter, who then gave an interview to People magazine publicizing its content. Meghan claimed she had no idea her friends had done so.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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A Biden Presidency Hinges on Tackling COVID. Experts Fear There’s a Hitch In His Plan.
Drew Angerer/GettyFormer Vice President Joe Biden has outlined an ambitious agenda for voters as they head to the polls this Tuesday. But if elected, his success will largely be determined by his ability to tackle one issue alone: a virus that has infected millions, killed more than 225,000 people and which could infect as many as 200,00 more people this fall.In tackling COVID-19, Biden’s team says that the former vice president will enlist top experts, operate off a detailed playbook, and coordinate federal agencies better than President Donald Trump. But, ultimately, the argument within Biden world is that his ability to significantly slow the spread of the virus will depend largely on his ability to regain the trust of Americans, many of whom are fed up with the federal government’s response to the pandemic, or who have adopted the current president’s skepticism of public health measures.One senior campaign official said the plan for rebuilding trust is rooted, in part, in the belief that Biden’s sheer presence in the White House will put Americans at ease. If Biden himself follows public health guidelines, encircles himself with the nation’s leading experts on infectious diseases and allows health agencies to frequently brief the public on the latest COVID-19 data, the thinking goes, then Americans will follow.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Can the Ghost Pepper Save Halloween?
Ghost TequilaSome hot peppers have deceptively genteel names, like the Scotch bonnet, while others are more explicit about their fiery nature, like the Carolina Reaper.In the early 1990s, hot sauce production/chili pepper enthusiasm spiked, and suddenly a subculture of specialty shops and newsletters blossomed. Heat fanatics were soon bragging about their collections and even regular supermarkets began stocking an impressive assortment of these new products. Some of these concoctions were delicious, adding depth and excitement to even a plate of scrambled eggs, while others were designed just for maximum payload. Hotter became better, the chili pepper arms race had officially begun.Anyone who has splashed Endorphin Rush across their breakfast and spent the next 20 minutes gasping for air and hiccupping (ahem, that’d be me) knows that this supposed pleasurable act is not always exactly pleasurable. But the heat seekers, undeterred, extracted oils and hybridized peppers, searching for a weaponized pinnacle that had nothing to do with culinary satisfaction, and everything to do with making that one person at the party cry.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘Daily Show’s’ Jordan Klepper Hits One Last ‘Eerily Quiet’ Trump Rally
Comedy CentralWhen Jordan Klepper returned to The Last Laugh podcast this month, he revealed that the biggest difference between Trump rallies in 2016 and 2020 is the “desperation” in the air. “It’s hard to keep the party going with 200,000 dead,” he said. “There are smaller numbers, partially because you could die going to these now. But there’s also a different feeling than there was before.”It seems to be getting worse. In his final dispatch for The Daily Show before the election next week, Klepper went to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and was immediately struck by how “subdued” the crowd in the parking lot was. “In this rally, in the final week of election season, I noticed something different,” he said. “It was quiet.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Kamala Harris Shuts Down ‘Childish’ Men Who Mispronounce Her Name
ScreengrabDuring his interview with Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) just a few days before she could become the first woman of color—or woman, period, for that matter—to be elected vice president of the United States, Trevor Noah asked her a simple question about her name that elicited a deeply thoughtful response. “Your name,” the Daily Show host began as his guest began to crack a smile. “Why does it seem like it becomes harder to pronounce your name the more conservative a person is? Because I’ve noticed that there are some people you’re worked with in the Senate who don’t seem to know your name.” Noting that “any immigrant” or “child of immigrants” has a similar story, Noah asked, “How does this make you feel when you see people fighting about your name?” Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Seth Meyers: Trump Sounds Like Doctor With ‘Massive Head Wound’
NBCWith just five days to go until the 2020 presidential election, Seth Meyers held nothing back in his assessment of President Donald Trump’s closing message Thursday night.“Now a lot can still happen before the election, and polls can be wrong—as we’ve learned before,” the Late Night host said. But as of now, Joe Biden is maintaining his massive lead over Trump in the national and swing state polls. “The Trump campaign knows they can’t campaign against Joe Biden,” he added, “so they’ve decided instead to campaign against reality.”In response to Dr. Anthony Fauci calling the Trump administration’s inaction on the coronavirus an “untenable situation,” Meyers said, “It’s only an untenable situation if you’re a sane person capable of empathy and compassion and not, you know, a sociopath who dances at his rallies during a deadly pandemic like a hungover Little League umpire calling strike three.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Tucker Carlson Suddenly Says It’s Time to Leave Hunter Biden Alone
Fox NewsFox News host Tucker Carlson, who has obsessively covered Hunter Biden’s emails since the story exploded in conservative media earlier this month, suddenly said on Thursday night that he didn’t want to be involved with “piling on” Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son.In recent weeks, following the New York Post reporting on unverified material purportedly obtained from a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden, Carlson has been at the forefront of Fox News’ coverage of the story while accusing the Bidens of corruption.This includes an exclusive interview with Tony Bobulinski, a former associate of Hunter’s who claims Joe Biden is lying about having no involvement in his son’s Chinese business deals. Numerous outlets, including Fox News’ news division, have reported that a review of corporate records and documents provided by Bobulinski reveals “no role for Joe Biden.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Superstore’s “Essential Workers” Premiere Is the Only Good TV Episode About the Pandemic
NBCMaybe it shouldn’t be a surprise that Superstore, one of TV’s smartest and most plugged-in, though underappreciated, series produced the best episode of television that has grappled with the pandemic thus far.To be fair, it’s not a tall order, with the efforts from new shows like Social Distance and Love in the Time of Corona to the recent premiere of This Is Us ranging from instantly dated and twee to emotionally manipulative and overwrought. But a caveat like that doesn’t properly celebrate how the NBC sitcom managed not only to capture the uncertainty and unprecedented nature of that moment, but actually add perspective and something new to take away from it.In other words, where these other shows stopped at merely recounting what it was like in the early months of the pandemic, hoping that was enough to stir some sort of emotion, Superstore made sure there was a point in revisiting it all. It also proved in ways that none of these other shows have that we are actually ready to laugh about things, provided the jokes are smart enough and coming from the right place. “Essential Workers,” the title of Thursday’s Superstore season premiere, was very funny.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Biden and Trump Both Visited Tampa. They May As Well Have Been in Different Worlds.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/ShutterstockPresident Donald Trump likely needs to win Florida if he wants to be president for another four years. But as he campaigned in Tampa on the same day his Democratic challenger was also visiting the area, the president continued to operate inside his own version of reality.There, his perceived grievances against the media, Democrats, presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter are key parts of his final pitch to voters as Trump tries to get another term in the White House, one where he continued to lie and say “whether we have ( a vaccine) or not, it’s rounding the turn,” about the pandemic.He continued to downplay the severity of COVID-19 while speaking in a state that was hit hard by the pandemic this summer and 16,648 Florida residents have died, according to state coronavirus data, as a crowd of maskless faces could be seen behind him, cheering him on.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Pandemic Rage Is Flipping Trump Voters in Wisconsin
Courtesy of Dusty HartlMADISON, Wisconsin—Swing-state voters have to put up with a lot during even the most lopsided presidential campaigns. Airwaves flooded with campaign ads. Diners overrun with national reporters looking for the perfect undecided white man. And a deluge of phone calls from pollsters and pranksters.But it’s 2020, so voters in Wisconsin also have to contend with uncontrolled outbreaks of the coronavirus after months of bitter fights between state GOP leaders and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers over even the most trivial of mandates to protect public health.With just a few days left before the presidential election, former Vice President Joe Biden holds a small lead over President Donald Trump in a state the president won by just over 20,000 votes in 2016. And conversations with voters and local political observers suggest anger at Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is powering that slim advantage.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The One Vibe That Won’t Make You Miss Dating During the Pandemic
Photo Illustration by Scouted/The Daily Beast/LELOThe world of vibrators is vast and overwhelming, especially if you’re new to the self pleasure world. But it doesn’t have to be intimidating. Sex toys have come a long way in recent years, with companies like LELO specifically looking to offer an alternative to the cheap, novelty toys that break after just a few uses. While their price point speaks to that fact, the reality is, when it comes to self pleasure, you’re worth the investment.The Soraya 2 is a particularly worthy one. Rabbit vibrators made a big splash a couple decades ago when Sex and the City first shined a spotlight on their usefulness in one of their more memorable episodes. This style of vibe provides both external and internal stimulation, making the coveted blended orgasm easy to come by (no pun intended).The Soraya 2 takes the rabbit vibrator up quite a few notches with its sleek design (which won the iF Product Design Award), looking a lot more appealing than the bunny-eared vibrator of the past. While it’s still not the most discreet vibrator you might find, it’s powerful in a way that can’t be understated. It has 10 different settings and 10 different levels of intensity--meaning you can take it slow, or get the job done quickly when you’re in a hurry. It’s completely waterproof, so you can have fun in the bath and shower, and while this is certainly top of the line for solo play, if you are lucky enough to be quarantined with a partner,it can be even more fun when someone else is in control.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Leaked Chat Logs Reveal Boogaloo Fantasies of Killing Random Civilians
Jeff Kowalsky/GettyThe apocalypse wasn’t happening fast enough.“Nov 2nd Boogaloo start date,” one person posted in a private chat group in October 2019. “Bring your kit and weapons to your hotel room just in case.”November 2 came and went without incident.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Europe Is Locking Down Everything to Keep Schools Open During COVID’s Second Wave
Eric Gaillard/REUTERSROME—The Ambrosoni family in the central part of the city here have one computer, painfully slow internet, and three children in elementary school, making learning from home something of a challenge. When schools closed down last March, the children essentially stopped learning, the family says. And the family does not want to see that happen again.“During the first lockdown in the spring, each child had to sacrifice a third of their school day so their siblings could also attend classes,” mom Gabriella, who is still on furlough from the last lockdown, told The Daily Beast. “Which means they all basically lost the last part of the school year.” And with dad Angelo working at a restaurant—now subject to further restrictions and likely new closures—buying two more computers just isn’t in the cards at the moment.The Ambrosoni family struggle is mirrored across Europe, where keeping schools open during new lockdowns in the second wave of the pandemic has been a priority. Not only do smaller housing and spotty infrastructure make at-home learning difficult, but in many southern European countries like Italy, where daycare centers are scarce and grandparents as caregivers are now off-limits due to COVID concerns, schools play a vital role in keeping parents at work.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Glenn Greenwald Resigns From The Intercept, Claims He Was Censored
EVARISTO SAGlenn Greenwald on Thursday announced that he had resigned from The Intercept—the digital outlet he founded in 2013 with fellow journalists Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, and with funding from First Look Media—claiming “repression, censorship and ideological homogeneity” at the publication.In a post published to Substack, the long-time reporter claimed that “The final, precipitating cause” of his exit was that “The Intercept’s editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the candidate vehemently supported by all New-York-based Intercept editors involved in this effort at suppression.”He continued: “The censored article, based on recently revealed emails and witness testimony, raised critical questions about Biden’s conduct. Not content to simply prevent publication of this article at the media outlet I co-founded, these Intercept editors also demanded that I refrain from exercising a separate contractual right to publish this article with any other publication.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Supreme Court Trashes What Was Left of Its Legitimacy
Robert Alexander/GettyThe Supreme Court’s decision this week to bar all absentee and mail-in ballots in Wisconsin received after election day has nothing to do with U.S. law or the U.S. Constitution, and everything to do with politics.For decades, conservative judges – including the Republican-appointed justice on the Supreme Court – have declared themselves to be “strict constructionists” of the Constitution, restraining them from weighing in on issues and cases where there are no clear-cut violations of any constitutional provision or federal law. All this high-minded talk of restraint, however, has been swept away by this purely political ruling designed to tip the scales of justice in the incumbent president’s favor. In a 5-3 decision released minutes before the Senate vote Monday night on Amy Coney Barrett appointment to the Court, it rejected Democratic calls to reinstate a six-day extension for the receipt of mail ballots in Wisconsin, giving no explanation for the decision.This Wisconsin decision, which defies basic principles of fairness and logic, sets the stage for the rejection of ballots postmarked before election day but received after it, through no fault of the voters and the product of an intentionally disabled postal service. This decision is particularly egregious since Trump-appointed Justice Brett Kavanaugh felt compelled to weigh in with a baldly political opinion lending credence to Trump’s unsubstantiated view that votes counted after election day would necessarily be tainted by fraud. Kavanaugh warned that “charges of a rigged election could explode” if late-arriving ballots change the perceived outcome, as if the election should be arbitrarily viewed as over on election night, even before all the ballots were counted. Kavanaugh further spoke about election results being “flipped” by ballots counted after election night, as if mail-in votes were of less worth than in-person votes counted on election day.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Waukegan Cop Who Killed Marcellis Stinnette Allegedly Pistol-Whipped Another Unarmed Man
Kamil Krzaczynski/GettyThe fired Waukegan, Illinois, cop who fatally shot 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette and injured 20-year-old Tafara Williams has been identified as Dante Salinas, according to court documents.The officer, who was identified in a lawsuit filed by Williams Wednesday evening, was also involved in another violent incident more than a year before Stinnette’s death in which he allegedly pistol-whipped an unarmed man during an arrest outside his nephew’s baptism party, court documents show. The victim of that August 2019 incident, Angel Salgado, sued the city of Waukegan and Salinas two months ago, alleging he suffered “severe lacerations” and “several bone fractures” during the assault.“As a direct result of defendant, City of Waukegan’s failure to adequately train, prepare, and equip defendant, Officer Salinas, plaintiff, Angel Salgado’s civil rights were violated and he was unlawfully assaulted and battered by defendant, Officer Salinas, resulting in injuries including numerous facial fractures,” the lawsuit states.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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‘The View’ Tears Into Miles Taylor After ‘Anonymous’ Reveal: ‘He's Full of It!’
ABCThe hosts of The View on Thursday expressed their extreme dissatisfaction with Miles Taylor, who revealed on Wednesday that he was the Trump administration official who anonymously authored a scathing anti-Trump New York Times op-ed and subsequent book, calling the current CNN pundit an “opportunist” who is “full of it.”Taylor, a former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff, began speaking out publicly against President Donald Trump this past summer. Besides launching an anti-Trump group of Republican leaders and former Trump administration officials, Taylor was also hired by CNN as an on-air analyst. The network contends they were unaware that Taylor was Anonymous before Wednesday and said he will remain a contributor, despite the fact that he lied on-air in August about being the unnamed author when directly asked by Anderson Cooper.Prior to discussing Taylor finally revealing his identity, The View aired a clip of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo asking his colleague why they should keep him on the payroll since he’s proven himself a liar, prompting Taylor to assert he was under an obligation to deny being Anonymous after his book came out.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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