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Anna Delvey Says New York Art Show ‘Is the Beginning of Me Telling My Story’
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty ImagesConvicted fraudster Anna Delvey showcased new works of art in New York Thursday night, appearing at the event at the Public Hotel via video wearing her prison jumpsuit.“Hi everyone, Anna Delvey here,” she said in an audio recording which played at the show before her appearance, according to the Sun. “I’m so very excited to unveil my first ever art collection titled ‘Allegedly.’ This is a collection of sketches I created while in ICE Orange County Detention. I wanted to capture some of the moments over the past years, both never seen before and iconic, using the limited tools I have at my disposal.“I studied fashion administration in Paris and haven’t really sketched until my trial. You’ve heard so many voices already, but this is the beginning of me telling my story, my narrative from my perspective. I hope you guys enjoy the show.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Fox News Host Claims Democrats Want the Southern Border Open to ‘Import’ Voters
Fox NewsFox News weekend show host Mark Levin claimed Thursday that Democrats are “obviously” trying to “import as many Democrats as they can” through the southern border by virtue of their immigration stances.During a week in which attention has centered on the racist Great Replacement conspiarcy theory cited by the white supremacist murderer who targeted Black people in Buffalo, hosts like Tucker Carlson have downplayed the connection between their rhetoric and his attack.On Tuesday, Carlson insisted – despite having espoused the theory more than 400 times – that “we are still not sure exactly what it is,” and then claimed it is actually “coming from the left.” On Thursday, he claimed that the Buffalo shooter was not motivated by “hateful right-wing rhetoric,” but rather mental illness. (It is not publicly known if he has a mental illness.)Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Samantha Bee Returns to Furiously Tear Down Alito, GOP, and Hannity
TBSFull Frontal with Samantha Bee just happened to go on a three-week hiatus the same day that Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion aiming to overturn Roe v. Wade leaked to the press, making Thursday night the host’s first show since that bombshell news. “Just a beautiful day to kick back, enjoy the sun, and burn our throats to dust with endless screaming,” she joked.Turns out, it was worth the wait.Bee called the draft opinion a trailer for “how fucking horrible life is to become for a lot of people” once states are free to ban abortion altogether and tore apart the “infuriating” arguments that Alito makes, including his decision to cite a “shithead from the goddamn 17th century who defended marital rape and had women executed for ‘witchcraft.’”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘Atlanta’ Season 3 Finale Boasts Cannibalism, Alexander Skarsgard Jerking Off, and the Return of Van
Roger Do Minh/FXAtlanta has inspired a slew of questions and raised eyebrows this season from disappointed and perplexed viewers—namely, why did the showrunners pay two white men with looming racial controversies (one of whom is facing abuse allegations) to poke fun at themselves in a toothless manner with the goal of absolving or at least making light of their offenses? (Their cameos certainly didn’t serve any narrative).Atlanta’s preoccupation with examining whiteness and white people this season seems to be the main grievance amongst fans and an obvious disparity between Seasons 2 and 3, in addition to its overall disjointedness. Still, my biggest gripe with the series of late has been the treatment of Van, who Glover promised would be more of a focal point at the season’s SXSW premiere.While the show hasn’t shown too much interest in any of the main cast members over its previous nine episodes, the neglect of Van felt more obvious, as the show kept hinting that something notable was occurring in her life while keeping viewers at arm’s length. When Van first arrived in Europe, ostensibly wanting an escape from unemployed, single motherhood, it appeared as though we were about to watch her embark on some sort of Eat Pray Love-esque mission to rediscover herself. But she merely followed the guys around with little to say, slept with Earn once, and giggled at all his questions about her mental state before disappearing into the night. In a less narratively lopsided season, this would read more as foreshadowing and less like abandonment.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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What Jon Stewart Learned About Comedy From George Carlin
HBOFourteen years after George Carlin’s death, his stand-up material remains as vital and relevant as ever. And in a new two-part HBO documentary about his life, his comedy disciples explain why.In the exclusive clip below from George Carlin’s American Dream, which premieres on HBO and HBO Max on Friday, Jon Stewart says that what he always found “amazing” about Carlin is “that he would treat farting with the same level of scrutiny and language and deconstruction as he would the Pope, the Catholic Church hierarchy, the war machine.”As the filmmakers—Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio—juxtapose two Carlin jokes about organized religion and flatulence, Stewart goes on to say, “As a kid, I didn’t understand that in any way,” before giving a literal chef’s kiss to the comedian’s close examination of the “side-cheek lift-up fart.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Dinesh D’Souza’s Foul New Movie Is Driving Conservatives Crazy
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyConservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza has every reason to be happy with his new quasi-documentary, 2000 Mules. Since its release earlier this month, the film has become a cornerstone of the Trumpian election-denier movement. Donald Trump embraced it, hosting a screening at Mar-a-Lago and praising it as “the greatest and most impactful documentary of our time.”But D’Souza has one 2000 Mules problem that he can’t stop talking about: a perceived lack of loyalty from fellow pro-Trump personalities, who he’s accused of downplaying his film or ignoring it entirely. While D’Souza’s video may be burning up the MAGA internet, media outlets and bold-faced names in the MAGA movement aren’t interested — or at least not enough for D’Souza’s tastes.Right-wing networks like Fox News and Newsmax could have plenty of factual reasons to stay away from 2000 Mules, which centers on the idea that D’Souza and his compatriots uncovered using phone GPS tracking. Fact-checkers have fileted the film’s central conceit that the phone data somehow uncovers proof of voter fraud, with the Associated Press finding “gaping holes” in D’Souza’s argument. On Wednesday, NPR disproved a claim in the movie that the GPS technology at the center of the film was used to solve a murder.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Best Cordless Vacuums To Clean Up Any Mess
Scouted/The Daily Beast/Amazon/LGThere are a few essential staples that any home needs to thrive, and a cordless vacuum cleaner is without question one of them. Vacuums are the metaphorical glue that keeps a home from falling into the pure chaos and disarray of dust, dirt, and basically any kind of dry mess you can think of. One of the only detractors is that many vacuum cleaners today are simply too large to fit comfortably into a home, especially an apartment. Furthermore, the larger, corded vacuums also lack the ranges to travel through every room without needing to be unplugged and plugged back into every nearby outlet.Cordless vacuums are the growing solution to these issues. Cordless vacuums operate based on battery life and can travel and clean anywhere you want them to as long as they are charged up. Additionally, most of the cordless vacuums are much thinner and have a stick shape which makes them far less bulky and easier to store in tight spaces. There are several high-quality cordless vacuum cleaners that you can buy depending on what your personal needs are. Here are the absolute best cordless vacuums on the market for every possible need.Scouted selects products independently and prices reflect what was available at the time of publish. Don’t forget to check out our coupon site to find deals from Sephora, CVS, and more. If you buy something from our posts, we may earn a small commission.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Elon Musk Paid Flight Attendant $250K Settlement After Propositioning Her for Sex: Report
Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty for The Met Museum/VogueElon Musk paid a flight attendant for SpaceX’s corporate jet fleet $250,000 after she claimed that he had propositioned her her sex during a massage on a flight to London, Insider reported on Thursday, citing a declaration filed by a friend of the attendant and filed in support of her claim. The woman then signed what Insider describes as “restrictive non-disclosure and non-disparagement clauses that bar the attendant from ever discussing the severance payment or disclosing any information of any kind about Musk and his businesses.”Musk denied the publication’s claim, saying that there “is a lot more to this story” and calling the reporting a “politically motivated hit piece.”The flight attendant told her friend that Musk had asked her to come to his room “for a full body massage,” according to the friend’s declaration quoted by Insider. The flight attendant came into the room to see Musk “was completely naked except for a sheet covering the lower half of his body.” During the massage, it continues, Musk “exposed his genitals,” then “touched her and offered to buy her a horse if she would ‘do more,’ referring to the performance of sex acts.” The attendant, who rides horses, declined his offer, according to the friend’s declaration, which added that she “is not for sale.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The Twist That Could Make Monkeypox a Serious Problem
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/GettyEven as the coronavirus pandemic continues to kill hundreds of Americans a day, monkeypox, a viral disease that can cause serious flu-like symptoms and a distinctive and unsightly crop of papules all over the patient’s face and body, has arrived. The first case of monkeypox in the U.S. this year came with a man in Massachusetts who was recently in Canada, and New York City was investigating a possible case on Thursday.So far, that’s not cause for alarm. While it is endemic to—or traditionally found in—West Africa, this is certainly not the virus’ first visit to American shores, even since the COVID-19 crisis began. And it is by no means a new virus. However, if monkeypox is now spreading fairly easily from person-to-person, as some early evidence suggests may be the case, that would be an unwelcome twist.“Previous exportations of this disease rarely resulted in any person-to-person transmission,” said Henry Wu, an associate professor in the infectious-disease program at Emory University School of Medicine focused on travel medicine. “I think clearly there is local transmission occurring in these non-endemic areas, at a number we’ve never seen before in previous outbreaks.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Florida Deputy Charged After Biker Is ‘Cooked Alive’ in Dramatic Taser Arrest
Courtesy of Mark NeJameA Florida deputy has been charged after allegedly tasing a suspect who was pumping gas, touching off a fireball that caused third-degree burns across more than 75 percent of the man’s body, authorities announced Thursday.Jean Louis Barreto Baerga, 26, has been in the hospital and undergone six surgeries since the Feb. 27 incident, in which his attorney says he was literally “cooked alive.” Cops were attempting to arrest Barreto, a motorcyclist they say was riding recklessly and had pointed a gun at other motorists. Barreto’s lawyer, Mark NeJame, insists his client hadn’t committed a crime, has no criminal history, and continues to undergo excruciating surgeries in order to save his life.At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez said a concerned citizen called 911 to report a biker fitting Barreto’s description had waved a pistol at him on the road. Numerous squad cars and a police helicopter tracked Barreto, who eluded cops for at least a half hour, according to Lopez. Barreto then pulled into a WaWa less than a mile from his home, and began to refuel.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Matthew Macfadyen Doesn’t Want to Talk About Jeremy Strong's New Yorker Profile
Lia Toby/Getty ImagesSuccession star Matthew Macfadyen has joined the ranks of high-profile, critically acclaimed actors speaking out against the scourge on Hollywood that is method acting. In an interview with Vanity Fair published this week, Macfayden bristled when he was asked about that controversial New Yorker profile of his co-star on the hit HBO drama, Jeremy Strong.When the in-depth interview with Strong came out back in December, it triggered a firestorm of Twitter takes on the actor’s, um, intense approach to playing Kendall Roy. The piece portrayed him as utterly humorless (the headline of the article is literally, “On Succession, Jeremy Strong Doesn’t Get the Joke”), attributing the actor’s Emmy-winning performance to his deep commitment to staying in his character’s tortured psyche. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Kevin Spacey Is Somehow Back in a New Movie. Ew.
Stefano GuidiApparently no longer content with merely terrorizing the English-speaking world with his batshit YouTube Christmas videos that are about as welcome a holiday gift as a hive of angry bees wrapped in a soiled diaper, Kevin Spacey is raising the stakes: He will be terrorizing us from the big screen.The disgraced actor is, inexplicably, starring in a new movie called Peter Five Eight. It's a thriller written and directed by Michael Zaiko Hall, which is a name you should remember as the answer to the question all your friends will ask when you tell them this exists: “I’m sorry, but who in the hell hired Kevin Spacey to star in another movie?”The film's debut trailer dropped Thursday on Deadline, which the trade claims is the first major new footage of the star in an acting role in five years.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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‘Riverdale’ Will Finally Come to an End After Seven Absolutely Unhinged Seasons
Jack Rowand/The CWIt’s the end of a delightfully chaotic era. On Thursday, the CW announced that Riverdale, for a while the network’s tent-pole series, will end after its seventh season next year. Loosely (and we mean very loosely) based on the Archie comics, the genre-defying teen drama is currently in its sixth season; its final installment will air next year.What this means is that we must prepare to say goodbye to the days of jingle-jangle-fueled ragers and creepy underage strip-teases to “Mad World.” No longer will a 17-year-old played by a 25-year-old operate a lucrative illegal speakeasy out of the basement of an old-timey 1950s diner. May the incredibly hot but musically mediocre KJ Apa (a.k.a. Archie Andrews) never pick up an acoustic guitar again.News of Riverdale’s fate comes on the tail of a wave of cancellations from the CBS- and Warner Bros.-owned network. Just last week, the CW revealed its upcoming fall lineup, canceling 10 shows and renewing only eight. Legacies, Charmed, and Dynasty were among the scripted original series to get the ax, while All American, The Flash, and Nancy Drew were renewed. Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Vengeful Madison Cawthorn Vows ‘Dark MAGA’ Takeover
Callaghan O’Hare/ReutersLess than 48 hours after his shocking defeat in North Carolina’s primary election, Rep. Madison Cawthorn took to Instagram to post a defiant, vengeful, and typo-riddled message promising a “Dark MAGA” comeback.After decrying the establishment-driven campaign to unseat him following a long series of scandals, Cawthorn credited those he called his true allies, specifically naming figures like former President Donald Trump, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), “the great Charlie Kirk,” and Tucker Carlson.“I am on a mission now to expose those who say and promise one thing yet legislate and work towards another, self-profiteering, globalist goal,” Cawthorn said. “It’s time for the rise of the new right, it’s time for Dark MAGA to truly take command.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Ellen Barkin Says Routinely Wasted Johnny Depp Threw Wine Bottle in Her Direction
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/GettyJohnny Depp was “jealous,” “controlling,” and often drunk during his brief relationship with Ellen Barkin in the 1990s, she said in a video played in court on Thursday.“He was drunk a lot of the time,” Barkin said in the November 2019 deposition heard by jurors in Virginia. “A lot of the time. He was a red wine drinker.”Barkin, who dated Depp in the 1990s while the pair were filming Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, is among the more high-profile witnesses to appear in the civil defamation trial between the actor and his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Depp has sued Heard, claiming her 2018 Washington Post op-ed “devastated” his successful acting career. Heard has countersued Depp for defamation, claiming he and his lawyers launched a “smear campaign” against her by labeling her allegations of domestic violence “a hoax.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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The People’s Convoy Now Claims They’ll Silently Ambush D.C.
Anadolu AgencyThe so-called “People’s Convoy” now seeks a rematch against the Washington, D.C. area after the right-wing truckers spent weeks aimlessly circling the freeway before giving up and heading back home.This time around, the increasingly violent truckers, who initially made the trek to D.C. in March to protest vaccine mandates, among other MAGA grievances, only to retreat with their vehicular tails between their legs, now claim they will stealthily ambush the nation’s capital on Thursday afternoon.“Get ready to move in about 15-20 minutes when I tell you to,” convoy leader David Riddell, aka “Santa,” told fellow convoy-goers on Wednesday night as the sun went down over their Hagerstown, Maryland encampment. “Be back here at four o’clock in the afternoon [on Thursday] and be ready to roll at a moment’s notice.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
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Progressives Drag 'Shameful' Dem Leader As NY Election Map Chaos Grows
Pool via ReutersThis Friday, when New York finalizes its redrawn congressional maps, has suddenly become the most potentially explosive day of the election cycle for House Democrats.By the time the dust settles, Democrats could be stuck with one of two unprecedented, uncomfortable internal party battles, thanks to a pileup of three incumbent lawmakers in the counties directly north of New York City.At the center of the drama is Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, head of the House Democratic campaign arm, who could be locked in an unprecedented primary battle with Rep. Mondaire Jones, a popular, first-term Black progressive. That fight would immediately call into question Maloney’s ability to fairly lead the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee—which, among other things, seeks to retain Democratic incumbents—and bring in heavy hitters in progressive politics.Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Surveillance Footage Debunks MAGA Clerk’s Voter Fraud Claims
Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty ImagesA conspiracy-peddling county clerk claimed sinister election malfeasance in her home district. But surveillance footage reveals it was her own staff bumbling with computers.Tina Peters, clerk of Mesa County, Colorado is currently facing 10 charges related to allegations that she and a colleague stole a local man’s identity and used it to break into voting equipment in the clerk’s office. Peters allegedly leaked voting data to conspiracy theorists, catapulting her to stardom in the Stop The Steal movement. Peters says the data reveals election tampering in the 2020 presidential election—claims that elections experts have repeatedly dismissed. In a Thursday hearing, Mesa County’s district attorney dismantled Peters’ core claims, with help from surveillance footage from inside her own office.The Thursday hearing came in response to a March report, prepared on behalf of Peters’ legal team. The report claims that several actions on Mesa County election machines could only have been performed by nefarious outside actors manipulating the county’s voting machines from afar.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Twitter Execs Say They Won’t Let Musk Weasel Out of Deal
Joe Skipper/ReutersTwitter executives say they aren’t playing Elon Musk’s games.At a company town hall on Thursday, the execs told employees they will not renegotiate the price of his $44 billion takeover agreement—a source familiar with the matter confirmed to The Daily Beast—even as Musk tries to stir up doubt about the number of fake accounts on the platform.Twitter’s share price is currently hovering around $38 per share, well below the $54.20 per share Musk committed to last month.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Here’s How to Watch the Upcoming Floyd Mayweather vs. Don Moore Fight
Chandan Khanna/AFP/GettyLegendary boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather is getting back into the ring in an exhibition match this Saturday, May 21. The former five-division champion is taking on relatively unknown former boxer Don Moore who, to his credit, also retired from his professional career undefeated. The fight is set to take place in Dubai on a helipad at the top of the Burj Al Arab Hotel. That’s right, the fight is going to be hundreds of feet in the air on a helipad near the top of a hotel.You can watch the fight at 2 pm EDT on FITE TV. In addition to the main event, there are several matches on the undercard including an exhibition boxing match featuring UFC legend Anderson Silva taking on Bruno Machado.This is not the first exhibition match that Mayweather has fought in since retiring from boxing back in 2017. After retiring, Mayweather fought Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, whom he knocked out in the first round of the fight. He most recently fought Youtuber and media personality Logan Paul, in 2021 for 8 rounds after which no winner was chosen. This will be Mayweather’s third exhibition fight.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Chicago Cops Just Shot an Unarmed 13-Year-Old Who Was Fleeing
John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty ImagesAn unarmed 13-year-old boy was shot by Chicago police officers on Wednesday night after he fled a vehicle cops said was involved in a carjacking.According to police, they stopped the car that night shortly after 10 p.m., believing it to have been tied to a “vehicular hijacking” in the suburb of Oak Park a day earlier. Officials said someone described as an “offender”—and later as a 13-year-old—fled the car and was shot by at least one officer before being brought to a hospital in serious but stable condition.Cops indicated the driver of the car fled the scene and avoided arrest, abandoning the vehicle shortly thereafter. At least one officer was put on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Fox News Guest Calls Out Network for Spewing ‘Great Replacement Theory’
Fox NewsA liberal Fox News guest took the opportunity on Thursday to call out the network for repeatedly peddling the white supremacist theory that was the self-stated reason for the alleged Buffalo shooter’s killing spree last week.Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner, of course, waved away the criticism, saying her network would allow the court to “adjudicate the case without us commenting on it” before turning to a conservative guest to offer a rebuttal.Following the horrific massacre in which a gunman killed 10 people at a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood, much media attention has focused on the alleged shooter’s embrace of the so-called “Great Replacement” theory. The racist notion, also known as white replacement theory, claims liberals plan to replace white voters in western countries with non-white immigrants.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
The Pet Spider Black Market Is a Sprawling and Dangerous Web
UnsplashIf you’re looking for a pet and don’t feel like dogs and cats have enough legs to go around, there’s always the option of a pet spider—available for purchase on the web with a simple click. They’re just one option in the lucrative market of exotic animals being smuggled and sold worldwide, with greater ease these days thanks to e-commerce and social media. Even video-sharing platforms like YouTube have unwittingly played a hand in normalizing exotic pets and encouraging their trade.Scientists, policymakers, and concerned citizens have all banded together to counter the exotic animal trade around the world. But arachnids—the family of critters that include spiders and scorpions—have fallen under people’s radar. A new paper published Thursday in the journal Nature found that while there are 1,264 arachnid species currently being traded across the globe, a staggering 79 percent of them are not being monitored by international agreements or federal databases.Arachnids might not seem like much to us humans, but they are the apex predators of the invertebrate world and play a crucial role in the ecosystem. Poaching these animals from their natural habitats to be sold in the mass market can disturb the biodiversity and stability of the environment, and also potentially lead to outright extinction for some arachnid species—especially ones that scientists have yet to discover and could be useful to human innovation.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Johnny Depp’s Old Inner Circle Spills on His Spending Habits and Drug Use
Photo by SHAWN THEW/POOL/AFP via Getty ImagesTestimony from former members of Johnny Depp’s inner circle was presented to jurors on Thursday, detailing the extent of the actor’s drug and alcohol problems, and how they may have impacted his ability to land roles long before he says Amber Heard tagged him as an abuser.Depp had a habit of “showing up late to set consistently on virtually every movie,” Tracey Jacobs, Depp’s former long-time talent agent, testified via video deposition played in a Virginia courtroom Thursday. “I would get yelled at. I never said to him, ‘You’re a difficult client.’ But I was very honest with him and said you’ve got to stop doing this, it’s hurting you. And it did.”Jacobs was one of three witnesses called by Heard’s team to push back on the narrative that the actress “devastated” Depp’s career when she penned a 2018 Washington Post op-ed describing herself as a domestic-violence survivor two years after seeking a restraining order against him. Heard has since counter-sued Depp, claiming that his $50 million civil defamation lawsuit and his legal team defamed her by alleging her allegations were a “hoax.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Watch This Fish-Inspired Drone Swim, Fly, and Hitchhike
LI ET AL., SCIENCE ROBOTICSWe have drones that can swim, fly, and even dance. Now, a team of researchers have created a drone that can do all those things at once… well, maybe not dance.Engineers at Beihang University in Beijing, China have created a drone that’s capable of swimming underwater before taking to the skies. In a paper published in the journal Science Robotics on Thursday, researchers claim that the robot’s innovative propeller design allows it to switch from an underwater to an aerial drone in less than a second. Since it’s such an incredibly versatile robot, it has a lot of potential for a wide range of aerial and aquatic research.The drone also has a suction disc attached that’s inspired by the remora fish, a species known for hitching rides on whales and sharks by latching themselves to the larger sea creatures. The mechanism allows the robot to attach itself to a moving host and thereby consume 19 times less energy than it would if it were powering itself.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
Buffalo Gunman Called ‘Coward’ as He Appears in Court
Eerie County D.A.Payton Gendron, the 18-year-old charged with killing 10 people in upstate New York on Saturday, appeared at Erie County Courthouse in Buffalo on Thursday, where he was heckled by one of the people gathered.Gendron, who wore an orange jumpsuit and a face mask, was only in court briefly after a grand jury indicted him on first-degree murder. He was silent throughout the proceeding before being remanded and sent back to jail. As he was being led out someone shouted, “Payton you’re a coward!”Read more at The Daily Beast.
‘Our Commander Is Leaving With Us’: Putin’s Troops Openly Plot to Ditch ‘Stupid’ War
ReutersRussian soldiers are apparently so sick of Vladimir Putin’s “stupid” war in Ukraine that they are now openly plotting with their own commanders to go AWOL.The Ukrainian Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate released a recording on Thursday that is said to show precisely that happening, with a soldier heard in a purportedly intercepted phone call detailing the plan.The soldier, identified by Ukrainian intelligence as one of many men “mobilized” by authorities in occupied Donetsk, complains that he and others in his battalion are so under-equipped that even the Chechen forces fighting alongside them mock them as “meat.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
Mother Shot Dead in South Bend Days After 5-Year-Old Son Killed in Gun Accident
AFP via GettyA young mother has been shot dead in South Bend, Indiana, just days after burying her own 5-year-old son who was killed in an accidental shooting.The killing of Kaylynn Davidson, 32, was the city’s fourth homicide in just six days, and has shaken up not just family and friends but those whose job it is to protect the city. “I don’t know if I have any tears left,” said Scott Ruszkowski, South Bend police chief.The Davidson family tragedy began on May 1, when 5-year-old Kyler Davidson was accidentally shot by his 9-year-old cousin.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Russia Uses Ukraine’s Azovstal POWs in Demented New Propaganda Plot
Handout via ReutersAfter weeks of setbacks in Vladimir Putin’s “special military operation” in Ukraine, the Kremlin has now seized on a chance to use prisoners of war as part of new propaganda efforts, while Ukrainian authorities warn many of them are actually being held in a “concentration camp.”Russia’s Defense Ministry on Thursday said a total of 1,730 Ukrainian soldiers from Mariupol’s decimated Azovstal steel plant had surrendered this week alone, with 771 fighters supposedly laying down their weapons over the past 24 hours. Ukrainian authorities have been reluctant to divulge too many details, warning that it could derail the “rescue operation,” but confirmed Tuesday that 53 severely wounded troops had been taken to a hospital in the occupied Donetsk region, and another 211 had been evacuated to the occupied village of Olenivka.Ukraine’s deputy defense minister cautioned against buying into Russian claims, however.Read more at The Daily Beast.
Dinesh D’Souza’s Vile Big Lie Documentary Is Too Stupid Even for Fox
Jeff Swensen/GettyThere are a lot of reasons that Donald Trump’s Big Lie about voter fraud in the 2020 election is among the most despicable political acts in U.S. history.It’s poisoned the minds of millions of Americans—very likely permanently—into believing our elections can’t be trusted (unless Republicans win). It was the impetus for the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. It was the excuse to break the previously sacrosanct American tradition of a peaceful transfer of power.It’s tragic that this democracy-threatening hoax was perpetrated by a known compulsive liar—a corrupt businessman from a privileged upbringing, infamous for stiffing his working-class contractors. Trump had already falsely claimed a conspiracy of voter fraud in 2016 (the election he actually won), and then again for the entire 2020 presidential cycle when he blathered about unnamed forces conspiring to steal the election from him.Read more at The Daily Beast.