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Epstein jail guards charged with falsifying records
Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself have been charged with falsifying prison records
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Carmelo Anthony calls signing with the Trail Blazers a ‘perfect opportunity’
Carmelo Anthony hasn’t had a chance to appear in an NBA game in more than a year, but the former Knicks star believes the Portland Trail Blazers represented the “perfect opportunity” to get back into the league. The 10-time All-Star forward said as much on his “Melo Mondays” YouTube channel, one day ahead of joining...
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Trump’s White-Nationalist Vanguard
Stephen Miller’s liberal critics were right after all. The influential White House aide and immigration hard-liner has long been a liberal target. Prominent conservatives such as the National Review editor Rich Lowry have defended Miller as a “wunderkind” and praised his “knowledge, energy, and doggedness.” But liberals have maintained for years that Miller is pushing an agenda far more sinister than straightforward immigration restriction.A cache of Miller’s emails, provided by the former Breitbart News staffer Katie McHugh to the Southern Poverty Law Center, draws a straight line between the Trump administration’s immigration policies and previous, explicitly racist immigration laws. The emails show Miller praising racist immigration restrictions from a century ago, while bitterly lamenting the law that repealed them.Donald Trump’s defenders might be inclined to dismiss those views as irrelevant, as they have in the past. But if they want to have any chance of stifling the rise of the extreme right, they shouldn’t. There is a reason that a cadre of white nationalists and their fellow travelers descended on the nation’s capital in the aftermath of the 2016 election, seeking jobs in the Trump administration and right-wing media. A small, dedicated ideological vanguard, with the right influence and connections, can steer the direction of the country. After all, that’s exactly what happened in the previous Republican administration.“Stephen Miller is a very intense and obsessive person,” McHugh, who broke from the far right earlier this year, told NBC News. “He’s one of those white nationalists who puts a veneer of intellectualism on things, so he was able to get away with them.”There were never that many neoconservatives. The term was coined to describe a group of formerly liberal and leftist intellectuals who, disillusioned with Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society and the cultural revolutions of the 1960s, drifted to the right. During the George W. Bush administration, though on the left, the term became little more than an epithet for the president’s hawkish brain trust.Yet the term was something of a misnomer—most Bush officials were not neocons, and many of the most influential neocons never served in the administration.Nevertheless, neoconservative did once serve as a useful descriptor—and despite their small numbers, neoconservatives did have an impact. They believed that their duty was to wage a global battle for democracy in the aftermath of the collapse of the Soviet Union, but soon after 9/11, they turned their eyes to the Middle East. Their ideas and arguments found admirers and advocates at senior levels of the Bush administration, those with access to the president himself.The neoconservative conviction that Middle Eastern autocracies once backed by the United States could be remade into liberal democracies at gunpoint led to one of the greatest foreign-policy debacles in American history. The invasion of Iraq under false pretenses exacerbated all the regional trends—Islamism, terrorism, and authoritarianism—that it was intended to combat. It has been more than 15 years, and American troops remain in the region, trying to contain the aftermath of catastrophe.The Iraq War was a disaster, and Bush left office an unpopular president, and left the nation in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The neoconservatives and their ideas fell out of favor. But their impact on a president who had campaigned on a “humble” foreign policy, only to initiate an armed conflict with the globe as its battlefield, shows how a small ideological vanguard can have a profound influence on the course of the country and the fate of the world. The Republican electorate was never made up of committed neoconservatives. But that electorate gave neoconservatives the power to shape the beginning of the 21st century when it elected Bush. In his aspirations and character, and fundamentally his political success, Republican voters saw themselves; partisanship did the rest.That example of a small but influential ideological vanguard provides the proper lens with which to view white nationalism and the Trump administration. The president himself has an instinctive affinity for the idea that America is a white man’s country, expressed in both word and deed. Long before the presidency, he refused to rent apartments to black people and called for the execution of black and Latino youths for a crime they did not commit. Prejudice itself can exist without taking an ideological shape, but ideology can forge it into the sharpest and most deadly of weapons.The president’s own instincts are amplified by many of those who surround him, who are ideologically committed to the idea that America belongs to white people. Although they may make individual exceptions for those they esteem or find useful, they seek to maintain the cultural and political hegemony of white Americans, which they believe is threatened not just by immigration but by the growing presence of nonwhites within the United States. The Republican base did not need to be deeply versed in the works of Irving Kristol for neoconservatives to shape American policy in pursuit of their global crusade for democracy. And the Republican electorate needn’t be composed of committed white nationalists quoting The Passing of the Great Race for white nationalists to exercise power and influence in the Trump administration, in pursuit of an America where the cultural and political hegemony of white Americans is unthreatened.Miller’s emails show one of the president’s closest aides, and the architect of many of his hard-line immigration policies, citing white-nationalist sources and pursuing the same goal they sought to realize: the restoration of immigration restrictions explicitly designed to keep America white. The most revealing exchanges involve Miller’s praise for 1920s immigration restrictions targeting Africans and Asians, as well as eastern and southern Europeans, and his frustration with the 1965 law that repealed them.In a 2015 exchange, Miller praised Calvin Coolidge for “shutting down immigration.” As I wrote back in February, the immigration laws of the 1920s, which barred African and Asian immigration but also sought to reduce immigration of Europeans deemed to have inferior genetic stock, such as Italians and Jews, were rooted in racist pseudoscience positing that America’s success was the result of its citizens of “Nordic” genetic background.The authors of these laws believed that America’s “Nordics” were committing “race suicide” by allowing the genetically inferior to immigrate, an early intellectual version of the “white genocide” conspiracy theory that has inspired terrorism from Pittsburgh to New Zealand. Coolidge supported such restrictions on the basis of his belief that “certain divergent people will not mix or blend.” As Senator David Reed, one of the authors of the Immigration Act of 1924, declared in a New York Times op-ed shortly after its passage, “The racial composition of America at the present time thus is made permanent.”Elsewhere in the emails, Miller recommends another white-genocide touchstone: the French novel The Camp of the Saints, which dramatizes the apocalyptic scenario of Europe being overwhelmed by nonwhite immigration, leading to the end of civilization.Those immigration laws were an inspiration to Nazi Germany, whose lawyers closely examined American laws regarding race and citizenship while seeking to construct their own fascist state rooted in centuries of European anti-Semitism. “It was America that taught us a nation should not open its doors equally to all nations,” Hitler told The New York Times in 1933.In a later exchange, Miller attacked the 1965 Hart-Celler Act, which repealed the racist and anti-Semitic restrictions of the 1920s. His feedback helped shape a Breitbart article titled “Ted Kennedy’s Real Legacy: 50 Years of Ruinous Immigration Law,” which lamented the fact that “native-born whites are the only group expected to decline in both absolute numbers and fertility rates.” Miller himself wrote to praise McHugh’s work, telling her, “You’re the only writer in the country who published a piece even mentioning the law and what it did.”That Miller himself possesses a Jewish background is no obstacle to his believing that the racist and anti-Semitic restrictions of the 1920s were a great achievement, and that the law that repealed them was a great tragedy. These comments shed a great deal of light on Miller’s motives in shaping administration policy.For instance, in a 2015 exchange, Miller complained that Mexican survivors of Hurricane Patricia could be given temporary protected status, or TPS, which would have allowed them to stay and work in the United States. Shortly after taking office, Trump sought to end TPS for about 400,000 El Salvadorans, Hatians, and Hondurans in the U.S., those from nations the president has privately referred to as “shithole countries.” In September, he prevented Bahamians fleeing Hurricane Dorian from coming to the U.S. and being granted TPS, saying he was worried about “gang members” and “drug dealers.”Miller was also at the forefront of constructing the Trump administration’s travel ban targeting Muslim countries; he helped devise the child-separation policy designed to deter Latin American immigrants; he worked to scuttle a deal with Democrats following Trump’s repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which prevented the deportation of young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children; and he is trying to reduce the number of refugees being admitted to zero. The emails help explain Miller’s zeal.Miller is not alone. As I reported in 2017, his former boss and Trump’s former attorney general, Jeff Sessions, also praised the immigration restrictions of the 1920s, in an interview with the former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, and while Miller worked for Sessions’s Senate office, the senator regularly sent out press releases warning of the dangers of Muslim immigration and lamenting a lack of immigration from Europe. Michael Anton, a former Trump national-security official, wrote a screed in 2016 urging conservatives to back Trump in part because of the “ceaseless importation of Third World foreigners with no tradition of, taste for, or experience in liberty.”On Fox News, on a nightly basis, conservative figures with direct lines to the president urge conservative audiences to view the presence of nonwhites in America as an existential threat, which is to say that viewers are encouraged to view their countrymen in this way. Fox personalities such as Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham tell their viewers that “Latin American countries are changing election outcomes here by forcing demographic change on this country” and that Democrats “want to replace you, the American voters, with newly amnestied citizens and an ever-increasing number of chain migrants.” Ingraham and Carlson are reliable apparatchiks—in the Bush era, they echoed the hawkish views of neoconservatives. Now that Trumpism is ascendant, both dedicate their nightly broadcasts to convincing Republicans that the president’s nativism is both brilliant and necessary, recognizing it as the ideological core of his presidency.Having adopted the premises but not the rhetoric of the racist right, mainstream conservatives now find themselves besieged by white nationalists wielding the same ideas in more explicit language. When liberals warned that conservatism had been infected by racism and nativism, conservative writers insisted that liberals were claiming racism in bad faith; that describing things as racist simply made people more racist; that accurately labeling actions as racist was an attempt to stifle debate; that, in fact, white people were the true victims of racism. Now mainstream conservatives face those same arguments from a resurgent white-nationalist movement, which deploys this same logic against them as they weakly try to respond with anti-racist rhetoric they have spent the past four years training their audiences to dismiss with a sneer.Nothing prevents Republicans from preaching the gospel of conservatism to these new arrivals. The notion that immigrants from left-wing nations are somehow immune to conservatism is ludicrous; some of the leading lights of the conservative movement are Soviet-era Jewish immigrants whose politics are deeply conservative precisely because of the illiberal left-wing regime their families fled. One need only look to the staunchly Republican Cuban American community in Florida to see the fallacy of this ugly genetic determinism, and the bigotry that animates it. The problem for Trump’s white-nationalist vanguard is not that nonwhites are incapable of being conservatives or Republican voters; it is that they are incapable of being white.The sense that, somehow, conservatism and America are “endangered” by immigration has made conservatives more hostile to democracy and diversity, which is to say more hostile to their fellow Americans. They have been led here not solely by the demagogue in the White House, but by an ideological vanguard convinced that white Christians are the only true Americans. We can only hope that, by the end of the Trump era, this vanguard follows the neoconservatives into similar disfavor and disrepute.
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Emily Ratajkowski designed this suit to be NSFW
"I like the idea of wearing the type of suit that I want to wear without having to worry about whether it is offensive to anyone.”
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Here's what you need to get your home ready for holiday guests
In case you haven't heard: Walmart is already celebrating Black Friday. We've started seeing tons of great deals and we're still more than a week away from actual Black Friday. Some of the sales are so great that it's worth snatching them up now rather than waiting until after Thanksgiving. For example, there is an absolute boatload of vacuum cleaners on sale at Walmart right now, including robot, upright, and stick vacuums and carpet cleaners. Vacuums make good gifts, especially for someone who is newly living on their own. They're also essentials if you're hosting any holiday gatherings. (Your floors are going to look a disaster with all the snow and mud being tracked in.) Read more...More about Home, Vacuum, Black Friday, Robot Vacuums, and Mashable Shopping
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Bird will give you free scooter rides if you take a selfie while wearing a helmet
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Bird says it will start giving out free rides to customers who take selfies of themselves wearing helmets in an effort to promote safety while riding electric scooters. How to get customers, who often take scooter rides impulsively, to wear helmets has been one of the more intractable problems of the shared electric scooter industry. According to a recent study, only one in 190 people injured while riding e-scooters was wearing a helmet. Researchers calculated that there were 20 individuals injured per 100,000 e-scooter trips taken during a three-month period in Austin, Texas. As scooter companies grow, the need to ensure that customers are taking their own safety into account has become a central challenge. Initially, Bird tried to... Continue reading…
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FBI probing ‘criminal enterprise’ related to Jeffrey Epstein’s death
The FBI is probing a “criminal enterprise” related to Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide at a federal lockup in Manhattan, the head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons testified Tuesday. The revelation came during Dr. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, when she was probed about Epstein’s Aug. 10 suicide-by-hanging at the Metropolitan Correctional...
New York Post
Day 3, Part 5: Adam Schiff and Daniel Goldman question Jennifer Williams and Alexander Vindman
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and Daniel Goldman, senior adviser and director of investigations on the committee, questioned Jennifer Williams and Alexander Vindman Tuesday in the third day of public impeachment hearings. Williams is Vice President Mike Pence’s special adviser for Europe and Russia and Vindman is the top expert on Ukraine on the National Security Council.
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Rosalynn McGinnis tells how she escaped life of captivity, rape by stepfather
The Oklahoma woman who was tortured, raped and held captive by her depraved stepdad for 19 years recalled Tuesday how a couple she befriended at a supermarket in Mexico helped her and her nine children escape to safety. Rosalynn McGinnis, now 34, was only 11 or 12 when her stepdad Henri Michelle Piette took her...
New York Post
Man shot dead in Brooklyn, stray bullet hits school bus
A school bus with a kid inside was hit by a stray bullet when a man was gunned down on a Brooklyn street Tuesday morning. The gunfire went off just before 9 a.m. near Pennsylvania and Dumont avenues in East New York following a dispute between a group of men on the street, according to...
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Women can now shut down male-only debates in Germany's Green Party
Germany's Green Party has placed the power to debate directly into the hands of women.
Politica
The top 15 tax havens around the world
Getty Images Tax havens are places where super-wealthy individuals keep money in offshore accounts for reasons that include, among others, tax avoidance. These individuals often hold money within shell companies and anonymous entities in places like the Cayman Islands and other small, low-tax jurisdictions in remote locations. CORPNET, an Amsterdam-based corporate research group, ranked the world's top tax havens based on how much more money comes into the country than how much should come in based on the size of its economy.  Most of the top tax havens are island nations like the British Virgin Islands, Samoa, and Malta. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tax havens are places where business people and other super-wealthy individuals keep money in offshore accounts for tax avoidance and other purposes. Also known as offshore financial centers (OFCs), these tax shelters are often small, low-tax jurisdictions in remote locations, like the Caribbean islands. In these places, wealthy individuals often hold money within shell companies and anonymous entities. CORPNET, an Amsterdam-based research group that investigates global networks of corporate control, published a 2017 report in Scientific Reports ranking 24 offshore financial centers by their "sink" number, which indicates roughly how much more money comes into the country than how much should come in based on the size of its economy.  In the Cayman Islands, for example, 331 times more value sinks into the country than is proportionate to the size of its economy. The European Union releases a tax haven "blacklist" — first published in 2015 and continuously updated — that calls out specific countries in order to improve global tax governance and fight tax fraud, evasion, and avoidance. The EU blacklist pressures nations to make changes and reforms to their tax codes, and blacklisted countries can face sanctions from the EU, according to OXFAM International. Here are the world's 15 top hax havens, according to CORPNET.15. Seychelles Oleg Znamenskiy/Shutterstock Sink: 60 Once a colony of the United Kingdom, Seychelles is an archipelago of islands in the Indian Ocean that has about 2.5 times the area of Washington, DC. The island nation made headlines in 2018 for being the setting of a mysterious alleged meeting between a Trump-linked private security entrepreneur, a Russian CEO, and a representative of the United Arab Emirates, which was investigated by Robert Mueller as part of the Trump-Russia investigation. Seychelles was one of 30 countries blacklisted as a tax haven by the EU in 2015, but it was later moved to the "gray list" after making some tax reform commitments. 14. Cyprus Getty Images Sink: 62 Cyprus, a Mediterranean island of about 1.2 million people south of Turkey, is investigating corruption charges related to its "golden passport" program, which gives citizenship to foreigners who invest at least $2.2 million in real estate or local business in the country. 13. Nauru Getty Images Sink: 67 Nauru, a Pacific island northeast of Australia, is the world's smallest independent republic, with an area of about eight square miles and a population of under 10,000. In 2001, the tiny island nation was internationally blacklisted amid concerns that it had become a center for money laundering, and it was among the countries blacklisted as a tax haven by the EU in 2015. The OECD upgraded Nauru's tax transparency standards in 2017. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:NYC's richest and most expensive ZIP code has an average income of $879,000 and a median sale price of $3.9 million. I spent an afternoon there — here's a closer look at the trendy area.Kylie Jenner just agreed to sell a controlling stake in her makeup company for $600 million. Here's how she and 4 other billionaire celebrities became so much richer than their Hollywood peers.Under Armour is making headlines again over its accounting practices. Here's how the company's billionaire founder, Kevin Plank, makes and spends his money.SEE ALSO: Bernard Arnault is the world's third-richest person and CEO of LVMH, which just offered to buy Tiffany. Here's how the French billionaire makes and spends his $102 billion fortune. DON'T MISS: 11 mind-blowing facts show just how wealthy Jeff Bezos really is
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NASA discovers water vapor — and maybe more — on Jupiter’s moon Europa
NASA has confirmed that one of Jupiter’s 79 moons, Europa, has water vapor above its surface, and possibly even a liquid water ocean, providing more evidence that it has the ingredients necessary for life. 
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Jennifer Lopez says she did ‘Hustlers’ for ‘free’: ‘I bank on myself’
"That was like Jenny from the block. I do what I want, I do what I love."
New York Post
Black cyclists leader subjected to 'degrading' police drugs search
Met police investigating after officer stopped Mani Arthur claiming he smelled of cannabisThe founder of the Black Cyclists Network has accused police of “harassing and humiliating him” in public after an officer stopped and searched him under the pretext that he smelled of cannabis.Mani Arthur was cycling with two friends when he was stopped near Euston, in central London, by an officer who, he says, ordered him to move into a dangerous position in the road. Continue reading...
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Explainer: From pig power to cleaner stoves, the world of carbon offsets
Carbon offsetting, already a multi-billion dollar industry, will get a major boost from the launch of an international scheme to offset aviation emissions, called CORSIA, in 2021.
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Police chief convicted for having child sex abuse video on phone
Robyn Williams, who was honoured after the Grenfell fire, was cleared of corruptionA police chief has been convicted of having a child sex abuse video on her phone but cleared of corruption.Robyn Williams, a Metropolitan police superintendent, had been on trial for three weeks over the claims, which she denied. Continue reading...
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The purrfect new 'Cats' trailer leans into its happy feline death cult
Cats the musical is hard to spoil because at the absolute core of the show, barely anything happens. Buncha cats show up, they introduce themselves, and at the end one of them gets the delightful privilege of dying. With that in mind you have to hand it to the new trailer for the film adaptation of Cats, which lays out this premise fairly early and spends the rest of its time letting its digital fur technology run wild.  "Milk!" bellows one cat, after Idris Elba turns up looking like a sex pest in furry clothing. "Yeah!" moans Jason Derulo in what appears to be a neon nightclub sequence filled with felines. This is fine. Everything's normal and fine. Read more...More about Cats, Taylor Swift, Cats Movie, Entertainment, and Movies Tv Shows
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A social network for cancer patients is helping them connect without fear of friends pitying them for their diagnosis
War on Cancer War on Cancer is the social network for anyone affected by cancer — including people who have been diagnosed, their family, and their friends. Founder Fabian Bolin had the idea of creating a storytelling platform for people with cancer when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in May 2015, and realized the impact it had on his mental health. He started up a blog to inform everyone of what he was going through, and knew he had to take it further when it grew to 200,000 monthly readers. War on Cancer, where users can share stories of treatments or simply post about their lives, now has around 3,000 users.  Regular social media can be filled with sympathy, Bolin said, and often cancer patients just want to do regular things like go for a beer. War on Cancer allows close ones to keep up with their loved ones' progress, while patients can connect with people going through the same thing. "It's about time we normalize the situation, and think of [cancer] more as perhaps the biggest human connector, besides from all of us being human," Bolin said. "If everybody's connected to cancer, it's not just about the patients — it's about everybody." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Fabian Bolin found thinking about 900 days of chemotherapy far more daunting than the possibility he might die when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in May 2015. "It felt like everything I had built up and worked for was gone," he told Insider. "My career, my future, my progress, everything was completely evaporated. And that made me so sad."See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Behind the scenes with Shepard Smith — the Fox News star who just announced his resignation from the networkSee Also:What you should avoid eating and drinking when you have the fluThe most common flu symptomsA relationship expert believes couples can be stronger after cheating, but there are 4 important steps to rebuilding trust again
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Elizabeth Warren calls out Trump adviser Stephen Miller as a 'white nationalist' in new plan to combat hate
Scott Olson/Getty Images and Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images Sen. Elizabeth Warren rolled out a new plan to tackle the threat of white supremacy on Tuesday. She blasted White House adviser Stephen Miller as a "white supremacist" and pledged to use "every tool" available to combat white nationalist violence if she wins the White House in 2020. In the Medium post, Warren charged Trump with fanning the flames of hate by drawing closer to white nationalists and placing some like Miller into positions of considerable power and influence. Miller, the architect of Trump's hardline immigration agenda, has faced increasing pressure to resign from the White House after a trove of emails was published showing him promoting white supremacist theories with a Breitbart reporter. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sen. Elizabeth Warren rolled out a new plan to tackle the threat of white supremacy on Tuesday. She blasted White House adviser Stephen Miller as a "white supremacist" and pledged to use "every tool" available to combat white nationalist violence if she wins the White House in 2020. The Democratic presidential candidate listed a spate of racially motivated attacks in the last two years: the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia; the Pittsburgh synagogue attack; and the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas that targeted Latinos and killed 22 people back in August.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:Elizabeth Warren says Andrew Yang-backed universal basic income among 'options to consider' to ensure American financial well-beingHere's why Europe has mostly ditched wealth taxes over the last 25 years — even as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders seek them for the USElizabeth Warren releases plan pledging to begin Medicare for All transition within first 100 days in office
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This could be the largest wave a woman has ever surfed
The start of Portugal’s famous swell season may have been record-breaking. Justine Dupont was filmed this weekend surfing a wave that will challenge the 68-foot record set by Maya Gabeira in January 2018 for the largest wave ever surfed by a woman. Whether or not the record is broken will not be announced until May...
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Recipe: Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
From Bon Appétit: A Thanksgiving dessert recipe from Adam Rapoport
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New York sues Juul
On her official Twitter account, New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced that NY is suing Juul. “I filed a lawsuit against @JUULvapor,” AG James tweeted on Tuesday. “JUUL has allegedly engaged in deceptive marketing practices targeting minors and misled consumers about both the nicotine content and safety of its products,” James continued. “They've put countless New Yorkers at risk & we won't stand for it.” BREAKING: I filed a lawsuit against @JUULvapor. JUUL has allegedly engaged in deceptive marketing practices targeting minors and misled consumers about both the nicotine content and safety of its products. They've put countless New Yorkers at risk & we won't stand for it. pic.twitter.com/szuU0M5e0n — NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) November 19, 2019 We've written a lot about the nicotine vaping company's product and legal woes here at Boing Boing. Browse the archives. And there's related reporting at the Los Angeles Times today on the sneaky chemistry. NEW: The concept behind Juul’s highly addictive formula dates back 40 years — to RJ Reynolds, the maker of Camel cigarettes. This "CONFIDENTIAL" 1979 chemical exam —which includes Juul’s ingredient — was found in Juul's internal records. There's more. 1/ https://t.co/rkm74U9N09 pic.twitter.com/duwNVBqmJl — Emily Baumgaertner (@Emily_Baum) November 19, 2019 Read the rest
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Sony controller patent points to potential PS5 permutations
Images show missing light bar, potential microphone opening.
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Santa Clarita shooting: Students can pick up belongings, receive counseling at Saugus High
In the wake of a deadly shooting at Saugus High School, the Santa Clarita campus has canceled classes through Dec. 2. But students may pick up items from 10 to noon Tuesday.
Politica
Independent movie theaters oppose feds’ plans to scrap decades-old industry rules
Decades-old rules aimed at preventing movie distribution oligopolies are about as valuable to the industry as celluloid, say federal officials who want to scrap them. The US Department of Justice wants to ditch several legal settlements limiting the power big production studios can hold over movie theater companies — a move that has raised hackles...
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2 prison guards face federal charges related to Jeffrey Epstein's death
Two guards on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein died in prison are in FBI custody Tuesday and will be brought to federal court in Manhattan to face charges that are expected to include falsifying records, a law enforcement official said.
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Week 12 fantasy waiver wire pickups: Jonathan Williams, Bo Scarbrough
It’s the home stretch of the fantasy football regular season and the last of the bye weeks are upon us. The Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers and Minnesota Vikings are off this week, so make sure you have a backup plan if you have Kyler Murray, Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Keenan Allen,...
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Electric toothbrushes are on sale at Walmart (*hint stocking stuffer hint*)
TL;DR: Electric toothbrushes from Oral-B and Philips Sonicare are on sale at Walmart — save up to $30, plus snag an additional rebate. While big gifts are usually the ones that someone has asked for, stocking stuffers are the ones that aren't necessarily exciting but that will come in clutch eventually. An electric toothbrush is a prime example. We doubt anyone had a new toothbrush at the top of their list, but they'll sure as hell be thankful they have one when they realize they're no longer spending $10 on a new disposable toothbrush every month. Skipping disposable toothbrushes (which take up to 400 years to decompose) is also an easy way to become a more eco-friendly household without changing any routines. Read more...More about Hygiene, Toothbrush, Mashable Shopping, Stocking Stuffers, and Tech
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Niantic is adding gifting to ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’
Taking a page from Pokémon Go, Niantic is adding gifting to Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. The next time you launch the augmented reality game, you'll be able to find different colored boxes at the game's inns, fortresses and greenhouses, and th...
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Kohl's, Home Depot forecasts quell pre-holiday cheer
Retail heavyweights Kohl's Corp and Home Depot Inc sent a shiver through Wall Street on Tuesday, lodging weak results and annual forecasts that cast more doubt on the health of the U.S. consumer ahead of the crucial holiday shopping season.
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The big moments from Tuesday's public impeachment hearings
On Tuesday, the House's ongoing impeachment investigation held its third day of public hearings -- featuring National Security Council Ukraine expert Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams, a member of Vice President Mike Pence's staff.
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Capitals' Garnet Hathaway Expresses Regret for Spitting on Erik Gudbranson
Washington Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway was regretful after he got ejected from Monday's 5-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks for spitting on Ducks defenseman Erik Gudbranson...
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Apple is holding a special ceremony for its favorite apps and games of 2019
According to a leaked invitation, Apple will be holding a special ceremony for the best apps and games to release this year. It will be taking place on December 2 in New York City.
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EasyJet says it will operate net-zero-carbon flights
LONDON — European budget airline easyJet says it will become the first major carrier to operate net-zero-carbon flights, offsetting carbon emissions from the fuel used on every flight. The company says Tuesday it will offset the carbon “by investing in projects that include planting trees or protecting against deforestation.’’ The cost of the program is...
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Hong Kong campus holdouts seek great escapes
Anti-government protesters holed up in a Hong Kong university searched for escape routes on Tuesday after more than two days of clashes with police, dramatic breakouts by rope and motorcycle and more than 1,000 arrests in 24 hours.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. James Harden for MVP is even better this year
The MVP race is back to where it was last season. It’s time for round two of the Giannis vs. Harden MVP debate. Last September, James Harden blew off some steam about the 2019 MVP award he lost to Giannis Antetokounmpo. “But they [the media] for sure got some teams they locked in on,” Harden told GQ. “We all know. That’s just what it is.” It was one stop of Harden’s offseason-long venting tour about last season’s race. His gripe, best as I understand it, is that his historic season was ignored because the parameters of last year’s MVP debate were decided early in the season. None of Harden’s second-half exploits mattered because Antetokounpo was the early favorite and did nothing to lose his status. Suppose Harden has a point that’s not colored by sour grapes. Suppose he is genuinely upset that the MVP discussion coalesces too quickly rather than letting things play out. If so, I have some bad news for The Beard. The parameters of the 2019-20 NBA MVP race have already been decided, and the tropes should be familiar to all. With apologies to LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Luka Doncic, and others, there are only two real Most Valuable Player candidates this season. One may average 40 points a game. The other is on pace to post the highest player efficiency rating in league history. The league’s pecking order changed so drastically this summer, yet the conversation around the MVP is exactly the same: Harden, or Antetokounpo? All of the same themes we hollered about for months are there again. Both are leading teams to the top of their respective conferences. Both are thriving despite losing critical sidekicks in the offseason and key supporting teammates to injury in-season. One raises his team from awful to good; the other from functional to great. One plays both ends of the floor; the other doesn’t. One is unschemeable; the other has an obvious weakness nobody addresses. One plays a style we’ve never seen; the other performs an exceedingly familiar role more effectively than anyone before him. Remarkably, both are even better versions of themselves. Harden got off to a ghastly three-point shooting start, but has made up for it by getting to the line even more, and not as often by the cheap means his reputation suggests. Harden is drawing a shooting foul on 29.2 percent of his two-point attempts this year, his highest mark since 2012-13. Meanwhile, he’s only drawing a foul on 7.4 percent of his three-point attempts, which is high for a normal person, but actually his lowest mark since 2015-16. Harden still holds the ball plenty and will still bait defenders into a cheap foul, but he’s been more decisive once he makes his move this year. He’s driving through defenders more once he gets the advantage, rather than jumping into them. This layup against Brooklyn’s Jarrett Allen is a textbook example: rather than breaking off his straight-line drive to go straight into Allen once he got the step, Harden kept Allen on his hip with a more normal path to the basket. The difference is subtle, but significant. Because of that, more of his drawn fouls look legitimate. This looks more like a player trying to score normally that got slapped on the arm, not one trying to hack the rulebook. Harden will always draw cheapies that’ll infuriate purists, just as he’s created tons of legitimate fouls in the past. But the more he drives to actually score, the more he’s ended up drawing fouls as a byproduct. It’s a lot easier for officials to blow the whistle when he’s actually impeded instead of having to decide if he’s faking it. Harden has also benefited from the Rockets going from slowpokes to speed demons by swapping out Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook. That has an obvious effect on Harden’s production when the two share the floor, because more possessions means more chances to score. Yet Harden has been lights out when Westbrook is off the floor, scoring an ungodly 57 points per 100 possessions in the time Westbrook sits. Without Westbrook in the game to muck up space and steal shots, Harden can be the best version of his 2019 self. This sequence is unguardable. At the same time, Harden is playing faster even when Westbrook is on the bench. Lineups with Harden and without Westbrook are averaging 100.45 possessions per game this year. That’s significantly less than the nearly 109 possessions per game the Rockets average with Harden and Westbrook sharing the floor, but it’s also higher than the 96.2 possessions per game the Rockets averaged last season when Harden played without Paul. He’s attacking in secondary transition more often, which allows him to collect more cheap points he didn’t get last season. That’s why 40 a game is attainable for Harden, especially now that his jump shot is coming around. But before you give him this year’s MVP, consider that Antetokounmpo’s game has also taken a jump this season. In fact, I’d argue Antetokounmpo has made more material additions to his game than Harden, even after winning MVP last season. The most obvious: Antetokounmpo (kinda) has a perimeter game now. His three-point shooting, which perked up near the end of last season, is still adequate on more volume this year. Antetokounmpo is launching more than four threes a game this year while hitting 32 percent, which isn’t great, but is much better than the 26 percent he nailed on only 2.8 threes a game last year. He’s releasing the ball more on the way up than at the top of his jump this year, which means his motion and follow through are more fluid rather than disjointed. Yet Antetokounmpo has also become an even more diverse driver to the basket, a scary-as-shit thought. In anticipation of teams learning to sit on his Eurosteps across the lane last year, Antetokounmpo has varied up his post-gather steps. He’s going the same way with his final large steps more often, rather than always across his body. The end result; more shots converted at the rim and (somehow) more fouls drawn. Antetokounmpo is shooting 78 percent in the restricted area this year while drawing 11.7 fouls per 100 possessions and 6.87 two-point shooting fouls per 100. All of those marks are better than what he posted last season, when he led the league in all three categories. He has somehow become even better at the skills that he already performed better than arguably any player of his type in league history, despite not having Malcolm Brogdon as a teammate anymore and seeing Khris Middleton go down due to injury. Discount his candidacy at your own peril. If there’s one a difference in this year’s two-man MVP chase, it’s Harden not playing catch-up. Unlike last season, when his Rockets dropped to 14th in the West in November before surging late, Harden’s gigantic early-season numbers have sliced precious early attention away from Antetokounmpo. Perhaps we’re in for a role reversal this year, with Antetokounmpo’s more consistent brilliance working against him in comparison to Harden’s novelty. If so, Harden will benefit from the very narrative force he constantly decries. Wonder if he’ll complain about it again. Gonna guess no. Regardless, this two-man MVP race will be a joy to watch all season long. Instead of rehashing the same arguments from last year, let’s just sit back and enjoy the battle this time. The stats in this piece do not include Monday night’s games.
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