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Air pollution in Afghanistan’s capital may be deadlier than war
KABUL, Afghanistan — Yousuf fled with his family from his home in eastern Afghanistan eight years ago to escape the war, but he couldn’t escape tragedy. In the capital, Kabul, five of his children died, not from violence or bombings, but from air pollution, worsened by bitter cold and poverty. At the camp for displaced...
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Trump's interim homeland security pick clears Senate hurdle
The Trump administration's choice to run the Department of Homeland Security on an interim basis passed a hurdle in the Senate on Wednesday.
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Costco says a $75 coupon going viral on Facebook is fake
A $75 coupon for Costco that was circulated on Facebook is not authentic, the company confirmed on Facebook. A similar hoax circulated on Facebook last year. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Don't get too excited, Costco fans. A $75 coupon that has been circulating on Facebook is not authentic, the company confirmed in a Facebook post on Tuesday.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 9 items to avoid buying at CostcoSee Also:Nike, Under Armour, McDonald's, and Gap have all announced CEO departures. Here's the next generation of CEOs tasked with saving the retail industry.Alibaba's Singles Day beat Amazon's estimated Prime Day sales within an hour and crushed analyst estimates for Black Friday and Cyber Monday combinedA popular liquid-filled toy is bursting in Target and Walmart stores after the toy company produced a batch with a quality issueSEE ALSO: Here's what Costco looked like when it first opened in 1983
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Netflix partners with Nickelodeon as Disney+ ensnares millions
An ancient military strategy suggests “the enemy of one’s enemy is one’s friend.” In the modern war to engage eyeballs, it seems at least a couple of the primary opponents of Disney are teaming up to create competing kid-friendly material. Specifically, Nickelodeon has struck a multi-year deal to produce new, original content for Netflix. The two companies will produce shows based on existing intellectual properties and all new ones. The two companies have already produced new series based on Nick’s existing properties, including Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling and Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus. They’re also reportedly working on a live-action series based on Avatar:… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Netflix
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Hong Kong protesters fire arrows, javelins and tear gas against armed riot police
Violent clashes continue in Hong Kong as protesters add medieval weapons to arsenal Hong Kong protesters have added some medieval weapons in their confrontation with armed riot police – firing off flaming arrows and throwing javelins to counter tear gas, water cannons and live bullets, according to a report. Some of the most violent clashes...
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Rockstar apologizes for Red Dead Redemption 2’s PC problems, promises fixes
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OXO good grips deep clean brush set
Toothbrushes might seem like a good idea for scrubbing small areas, but they are not angled properly for the job and they wear out fast. The OXO good grips deep clean brush set ( on Amazon) has two brushes and a wiper blade designed for cleaning tile grout and other hard to reach areas. Read the rest
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The Best Places to Get Stunning Desktop Wallpaper
If you’re on your computer or phone for hours a day (and let’s be real—you are), you can keep things interesting with desktop wallpaper. If you want to go beyond what’s included in your operating system or old photos from your camera roll, you can find thousands and thousands of alternatives on the internet.Read more...
Facebook includes Instagram in its transparency report for the first time
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook is including Instagram in its transparency report for the first time, releasing data on how the company moderates content related to child exploitation, self-harm, terrorist propaganda, and drug and firearm sales. Notably absent from the report is information on how fake accounts, hate speech, and violent content are regulated on the photo-sharing app. The information is part of Facebook’s quarterly “community standards” transparency report, which tracks the company’s ongoing efforts to moderate content on the platform. The last report, released in May, showed a sharp increase in the number of abusive accounts on Facebook, and a downtick in the number of posts containing violent content the company detected and removed. The addition of Instagram to the report is critical as misinformation about the 2020 election continues to spread on social media. Last month, the left-leaning human rights group Avaaz reported that stories containing misinformation were viewed almost 158.9 million times on the social network, continuing to spread even after they were proven to be false. The news was worrisome as the company has invested heavily in AI systems to detect misleading information since the 2016 election. The addition of Instagram to the report is critical as misinformation about the 2020 election continues to spread on social media It also brings into sharper focus the specific danger that misinformation on Instagram presents. In 2016, Russian trolls posted more than 3,000 ads across both Facebook and Instagram. As memes and photos become an even larger component of election interference efforts, Instagram has become a prime target ahead of the 2020 election. The platform also has fewer resources to fight misinformation than Facebook, making the ongoing spread of fake news far more likely. It’s unfortunate that Facebook left out information related to the proliferation of fake accounts on Instagram, particularly since Facebook did share that information on its namesake platform. On Facebook, fake accounts continue to make up about 5 percent of monthly active users and the company catches the majority ”within minutes” of when they register. Facebook is apparently getting better at detecting self-harm content on Instagram before it’s able to spread, the report says. Since May, it has removed about 845,000 pieces of suicide-related content, 79 percent of which it was able to proactively find. Facebook is apparently getting better at detecting self-harm content on Instagram Across the board, the company is better at finding content on Facebook that violates its community standards before people have to report it than on Instagram. For example, while Facebook says it catches 99 percent of content related to the sexual exploitation of children on the social network, it catches 94.6 percent on Instagram. Facebook’s ability to detect and take down posts hawking drugs or firearms is also more impressive on Facebook. Since May, the company says it has removed about 2.3 million pieces of content related to firearm sales on the platform, 93.8 percent of which it was able to find before users. Compare that to 58,600 pieces of similar content it was able to find and remove on Instagram, 91.3 of which it was able to catch before users. As Facebook continues to draw criticism for refusing to moderate some content — notably, political ads — the transparency report is an important reminder of where the company is willing to crack down. Next time, the report might even include critical information on how fake accounts are doing on the platform, as the 2020 election ramps up.
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Fortnite’s Android installer is now a launcher for Epic mobile games
A few weeks after the launch of Fortnite’s second chapter, developer Epic made a seemingly minor change: the Fortnite installer for Android was updated to become the Epic Games App. What was once a tool for keeping Fortnite updated has now transformed into a way for the company to distribute its own mobile games. Today, Epic is launching its second game through the app, a cross-platform title called Battle Breakers, which is available on PC, iOS, and Android through both Samsung’s Galaxy Store and the Epic Games App. The game itself is a hero-collecting role-playing game. The premise is that ”monsters from space trapped the world’s greatest heroes in technomagic crystal.” Players can save and collect these characters to use in more than 1,000 dungeons, and Epic says that Battle Breakers progress will work “seamlessly” across mobile and PC, much like Fortnite. Battle Breakers also appears to have similar monetization as the battle royale hit, with both an in-game store for buying characters and a battle pass. Epic says that the game was “built as a passion project by a small team” at the company. The Epic Games Store first launched last December, and at the time, the company expressed interest in eventually bringing it to mobile. Right now, Epic says that the Android app is explicitly for first-party games — i.e., those made by Epic — but it’s hard not to envision a future where that eventually changes. Epic was able to get the Fortnite installer on to millions of phones by making it a requirement for playing the game on Android. By rebranding the app, it now has a powerful tool for distributing games on the platform. Epic co-founder Tim Sweeney has openly expressed his dislike of mobile app stores in the past, particularly the 30 percent cut that both Google and Apple take from sales. “The 30 percent store tax is a high cost in a world where game developers’ 70 percent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games,” Sweeney told The Verge last August when it was first revealed that Fortnite wouldn’t be available through Google Play. “30 percent is disproportionate to the cost of the services these stores perform, such as payment processing, download bandwidth, and customer service.”
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Wait, How Do You Pronounce Kiev?
The pronunciations heard during Wednesday’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee left some spectators scratching their heads. We asked two experts.
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U.S. sitting out race for trove of metals sitting on ocean floor
China and other countries are racing to be the first to mine trillions of dollars worth of metals used in cell phones, supercomputers and more, while the U.S. is on the sidelines. 60 Minutes reports, Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. PT on CBS
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Kim Kardashian shared photos of times she 'taped up' her breasts to show people how to use her new body tape
Marc Piasecki/GC Images; Kim Kardashian West/Instagram Kim Kardashian West is a pro at weaving her latest products and entrepreneurial ventures into her social-media posts. She announced on Monday that her shapewear line, SKIMS, will launch new body tape and pasties, which will go on sale tomorrow. She then shared photos on her Instagram Story of how she has "taped up" to show her followers how they can use the new SKIMS tape for a variety of outfits. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Kim Kardashian West announced Monday that her shapewear line, SKIMS, will launch two new products: body tape and pasties. In posts on Twitter announcing the new products, which go on sale tomorrow on the SKIMS website, Kardashian West described the tape and pasties as being made of a sweatproof, stretchy material.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: How to find water when you're stuck in the desertSee Also:Zendaya was the best-dressed celebrity at the People's Choice Awards in a one-shoulder dress with daring cutoutsJennifer Lopez is the latest celebrity to sport the monochromatic trend, wearing head-to-toe teal with matching Jimmy Choo pumpsLaverne Cox is keeping the 'naked' trend alive in an almost entirely sheer lace dress
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Josh ‘Fat Jew’ Ostrovsky marries Caitlin King
The private ceremony took place at the lavish Amangiri desert resort in Utah.
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Wild boars in Italy destroyed $22K worth of cocaine
These pigs have a nose for nose candy. Italy’s Il Tirreno reported that authorities believe wild boars in Tuscany have sniffed out some 20,000 euros (about $22,000) worth of cocaine buried in the woods near Montepulciano. Local police learned of the incident after tapping the phone lines of a suspected drug-trafficking group, who revealed the...
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Disney+ warns of "outdated cultural depictions" in classic movies
A select number of films, including "Dumbo" and "Lady and the Tramp," have the warning
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Patrick Dempsey's hair is so legendary that his celebrity makeup artist wife is releasing a pomade for men
Kristoffer Tripplaar / AtlanticLIVE Patrick Dempsey's characteristically billowy hair has been famous in Hollywood for years.  Now his wife, hair and makeup expert Jillian Dempsey, is releasing a waxy pomade for men, called "The Roadie," for textured, beachy hair like her spouse so often sports.  "We had a great time as a family working on this together," Patrick Dempsey told Insider.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In the Dempsey household, good hair is apparently a family affair.  Patrick Dempsey, the "McDreamy" former Grey's Anatomy star and two-time Sexiest Man Alive has long been known for his wavy mane of unruly locks. His hair even made its way on to Entertainment Weekly's best entertainment of the 2000s list.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:10 tricks for remembering everything you readMore than 9,100 stores are closing in 2019 as the retail apocalypse drags on — here's the full listThese are the watches worn by some of the most powerful CEOs in the world
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Pentagon chief open to military adjustments to support North Korea diplomacy
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday he was open to new alterations in U.S. military activity on the Korean peninsula if it helped enable diplomats, who are trying to jump-start stalled peace efforts with North Korea.
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The holiday season puts a quarter of Americans into debt
Between purchasing the perfect gift, buying food to feed the whole family and traveling to see loved ones, over a quarter of Americans have gone into debt due to holiday spending, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 Americans who celebrate a winter holiday found that 28 percent have gone into debt during the...
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Drastically different opening remarks from Schiff and Nunes
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff and Republican Rep. Devin Nunes gave opening remarks at the public impeachment hearing on November 13. The difference in their statements illustrates each party's view of the impeachment inquiry.
How to Get an Airline Gate Pass
We recently wrote about three airports (DTW, PIT, and TPA) that issue TSA-approved passes that allow individuals without tickets to go through security and visit the airport’s stores and restaurants. Though these passes may have been designed to promote “terminal tourism,” many people are actually using the passes to…Read more...
Dan Levy cried for five hours on the last day of filming ‘Schitt’s Creek’
Saying goodbye to "Schitt's Creek" and his character David Rose was extremely emotional for Dan Levy.
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GOP lawyer's confusing questioning during the Trump impeachment hearing sent the internet into a tizzy
Associated Press/Susan Walsh Steve Castor, Republican staff attorney for the House Oversight Committee, was widely mocked for his  confusing questioning during a hearing of impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.  Castor on Wednesday questioned the top US diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, and deputy assistant secretary of state George Kent, and became the butt of internet jokes for his unfocused line of inquiry. The GOP lawyer was panned by people who said he alluded to conspiracy theories, tried to get Taylor to say Trump thought Ukrainians were "out to get him", and blundered a question during the hearing,  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A Republican staff attorney for the House Oversight Committee was the butt of internet jokes on Wednesday over confusing line of questioning during a hearing for the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Attorney Steve Castor, the House Intelligence Committee Counsel for the minority, asked the top US diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent questions on behalf of the GOP as part of the hearing, but many people didn't understand his game plan.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:People are comparing Ambassador Bill Taylor's voice to Walter Cronkite's as he testifies in the Trump impeachment hearingTop US diplomat Bill Taylor revealed details of a previously unknown phone call between Trump and Gordon Sondland in his bombshell impeachment hearing testimonyState Department official George Kent accuses Rudy Giuliani of 'infecting' US-Ukraine relations with 'false information' and a 'smear campaign' in impeachment hearing testimonySEE ALSO: These are the key players you need to know to make sense of the Trump impeachment inquiry
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'An apocalypse happened': Venice counts cost of devastating floods
Businesses and residents say they feel helpless as they brace for next high tidesAs tourists posed for selfies at St Mark’s Square on Wednesday evening, shop owners mopped the floors of their premises and cleared debris while assessing the cost of the damage caused by record high tides.“An apocalypse happened,” said Antonella Rossi, who owns a handmade jewellery shop under the portico that surrounds the square. Continue reading...
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A woman's stalker compromised her car's app, giving him the ability to track and immobilize it
An Australian woman's creepy, violent ex-boyfriend hacked her phone using stalkerware, then used that, along with her car's VIN number, to hack the remote control app for her car (possibly Landrover's Incontrol app), which allowed him to track her location, stop and start her car, and adjust the car's temperature. It's a great leap forward in spousal abuse, leapfrogging the analog days in which abusive partners had to be content with using odometer counts to track how far their victims were traveling. Now, with in-car apps -- no better secured than other apps -- abusive partners and ex-partners can follow them around in realtime and even immobilize their vehicles. Stalkerware is now a factor in the majority of spousal abuse cases; since stalkerware compromises mobile devices, and since these devices can be used to control a wide range of other devices (vehicles, thermostats, medical implants, door locks, etc), an abuser can leverage their stalkerware infections to turn their victims' lives into digital Kafka novels. She didn’t know it then, she said in court, but that mid-evening break-in was far from the first time he had stalked her — he’d been doing it for months, in real time, authorities said. The man, whom she dated for six months, allegedly weaponized simple technology and smartphone apps that allowed him to remotely stop and start her car, control the vehicle’s windows and track her constantly. “I am still trying to come to terms with the scope of violation and trauma I have experienced,” she said. Read the rest
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WFAN’s Mike Francesa-driven turmoil gives Bart Scott leverage
Even as Mike Francesa fades into semi-retirement, turmoil and anxiety remains high at WFAN. Here in November, FAN is holding live on-air auditions as it tries to figure out how exactly to replace Francesa in afternoon drive just seven weeks from now. This is highly unusual at this late juncture for the most prestigious local...
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Climate activist Greta Thunberg sets sail from U.S. to Spain for a UN climate summit
Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg found a ride back across the Atlantic on a sailboat thanks to a pair of YouTubers, after a United Nations climate change summit got relocated from Chile to Spain.
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America’s most notorious white nationalist says he knew Stephen Miller ‘quite well’ while they were members of a Duke University conservative club
Win McNamee/Getty Images White House senior adviser Stephen Miller attended Duke University as an undergraduate student during the same time as Richard Spencer, a self-proclaimed white nationalist and propagator of the term, "The Alt-right."  In an interview with Andrew Marantz of The New Yorker for his book, "Antisocial," Spencer said he and Miller were both members of a small club called the Duke Conservative Union and said they knew each other "quite well."  Spencer has called for "peaceful ethnic cleansing," and has reinforced prominent Neo-Nazi arguments.  Troves of emails between Miller and Breitbart editors have renewed past claims characterizing Miller as a white nationalist.  Miller plays a key role in drafting President Trump's immigration policies and writing some of his most inflammatory speeches.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Democratic lawmakers and White House critics are demanding Stephen Miller's resignation after a trove of emails released this week appear to show his support for white nationalist ideas. The emails, released by the Southern Poverty Law Center, show Miller's communications with editors at the far-right website Breitbart and have renewed calls from critics who have used the terms "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" to describe the 34-year-old. But Miller's potential ties to white nationalist figures go back more than a decade. AP Photo/David J. Phillip, FileSee the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not knowSee Also:Jimmy Fallon took Professor Matthew McConaughey’s UT film course and it didn't go wellConservative officials in Florida refused to pay for a library's subscription to The New York Times, calling it 'fake news.' Experts say they may have violated the First Amendment.The College Board is licensing the personal data of students taking the SAT to colleges so they can reject more students and inflate admissions numbers
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Nike finally made Sabrina Ionescu jerseys, and they sold out in hours
Yes, it’s good Nike made them but they clearly did not make enough. Sabrina Ionescu may be the most popular college basketball player across both the men’s and women’s game right now. She’s back for her senior season in Oregon and is the runaway No. 1 pick for the WNBA draft next year where she’ll head to Brooklyn to play for the Liberty. Her team also just beat Team USA in a scrimmage. She’s kind of a big deal. But until this week, it was impossible to buy her jersey anywhere. Yes, Nike sells plenty of college football and men’s basketball jerseys but a jersey for Ionescu did not exist. And so like most things, Ionescu publicly roasted Nike and got them to do the thing they should have done a long time ago. They started to sell Oregon No. 20 jerseys. The Sabrina Ionescu jersey timeline This all started on November 5th when Ionescu herself tweeted this out: Why is @Nike not making @OregonWBB jerseys yet!?!? I’m running out of excuses — Sabrina Ionescu (@sabrina_i20) November 5, 2019 Then, magically, on November 9th, Sabrina tweeted that the jerseys would be available soon. It’s amazing how Nike could turn this around so fast. It’s almost like they should have already been doing this, and that they even have the resources to handle it! Thank you @Nike, what an honor! Hoping this is the start of many more female athletes being represented! #GoDucks— Sabrina Ionescu (@sabrina_i20) November 9, 2019 On the 11th, the official Oregon Ducks store tweeted at 5:38pm EST that the jerseys were available. They got a response from a user at 7:40pm saying they were sold out. I have no idea how many jerseys Nike made available and that information is not public but it was clearly not enough. Tell your friends and tell them to tell their friends!! #20 jerseys are here!— The Duck Store (@TheDuckStore) November 11, 2019 But in more concerning news, it appears Nike won’t restock the white jerseys. Either Nike is incredibly lame or they’re going to make the upcoming green jersey endlessly available. I hope it’s the latter but I won’t get my hopes up. We are not expecting another shipment of the white jerseys, however, we’re anticipating receiving the green jerseys later in the season! Stay tuned!— The Duck Store (@TheDuckStore) November 13, 2019 We haven’t even gotten to the part where Ionescu will get 0% of profit from this but hey, I guess we have to fight one battle at a time. Women’s sports are incredibly underserved from a merchandise perspective. Every season WNBA fans beg for more merchandise and jersey options but aren’t given much to work with. During the 2019 World Cup, the Women’s Home jersey became the No. 1 soccer jersey ever sold on within a season. Meanwhile, the NWSL is planning expansion based on the popularity of merchandise and sales. These numbers show the interest is there in case after case. If Nike believes in equality and change like it claims, it needs to start stepping up its support for women’s sports.
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Adobe Lightroom for iPad and iOS will directly import photos
It's been a long time coming, but you can finally import photos directly from your SD card or USB drive into the iOS version of Lightroom. Previously, users had to import images to their camera roll, then copy them over into Lightroom's library. This...
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'Subpoena Colada': DC bars offer impeachment-themed drinks during first day of hearings
Some Washington D.C. bars are offering impeachment-themed drinks, early openings, and public broadcasts as the country gears up for Day One of the hearings on Capitol Hill Wednesday -- and the "Fox & Friends" hosts want in on the action.
Red Sox’s Carson Smith adds new twist to Astros accusations: ‘Extreme measures’
The Astros weren’t just using a camera in center field to electronically gain an advantage on opponents. Their bullpen catcher was helping, too, according to former Red Sox pitcher Carson Smith. The Athletic reported on Tuesday, through an interview with former Houston pitcher Mike Fiers, that the Astros stole signs during their run to the...
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Hunt for missing New Jersey woman Stephanie Parze moves to Staten Island park
Authorities hunting for missing New Jersey woman Stephanie Parze moved their search to Staten Island on Wednesday, prosecutors confirmed. “Please be advised that members of the Prosecutor’s Office are currently working with the NYPD and other local law enforcement officials, conducting a search on Staten Island related to the missing persons case of Stephanie Parze,” the Monmouth...
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Rockstar acknowledges big problems in Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC
Rockstar Games has issued an apology for the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2, acknowledging issues with crashing and stuttering that have plagued some players since it launched last week.
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I went to the most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City and was blown away
Hollis Johnson/Insider Many restaurants that receive one or more stars in the Michelin guide can be expensive and inaccessible for most people. However, not all of the restaurants follow that model. Jeju Noodle Bar, a Korean restaurant that specializes in ramyun noodles, is one of the most affordable Michelin-starred restaurants in New York City, where a full meal could cost less than $40.  Insider sat down with Douglas Kim, the chef and owner of Jeju Noodle Bar, to talk about Korean ramyun, receiving a Michelin star, and what it takes to open a restaurant.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.  Chef Douglas Kim, 41, has helmed the ship at Jeju Noodle Bar since he opened it in September 2017. He started cooking in 1999, and cut his teeth at big-name restaurants including Bouley, Zuma, and Nobu. However, that's not what Kim wanted to talk about when I sat down with him before dinner service on Halloween — nor did he want to talk about his time in the kitchens at any of the other Michelin-starred restaurants he's worked at, including Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare and Per Se.  Instead, Kim wanted to talk about noodles.Jeju Noodle Bar is a New York City restaurant located on the corner of Greenwich Avenue and Christopher Street in Manhattan's West Village. Hollis Johnson/Insider The restaurant is in the former space of Nighthawks, a restaurant that tipped its hat to the famous Edward Hopper painting by the same name. While the exact location of where the painting is based off is debated, the similarity is undeniable. A painting done in the same style as Nighthawks, but with a Jeju twist, hangs inside the restaurant. Hollis Johnson/Insider "Edward Hopper said that Nighthawks was inspired by 'a restaurant on New York's Greenwich Avenue where two streets meet,'" The Art Institute of Chicago says on its website. "But the image — with its carefully constructed composition and lack of narrative — has a timeless, universal quality that transcends its particular locale." The interior of Jeju Noodle Bar is modern and well-lit, and features ample seating at the bar and tables. Hollis Johnson/Insider As you walk through the doors and the large curtain used to keep the heat in, you're greeted by a host at a podium who seats you. The restaurant does take some reservations, but according to its website, only "very limited reservations" are available on RESY and Opentable.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Powerful side-by-side portraits show people over 100 years old next to their younger selves13 horror films coming out in 2020 that scary-movie buffs can look forward toInterior designers reveal the 10 decorating rules you should never break
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How to leave feedback on eBay as a buyer or seller
Natee Meepian/Shutterstock Users can leave feedback on eBay depending on their role in a recent transaction. Feedback is an essential tool for buyers and sellers on eBay to determine which accounts they want to do business with. Leaving honest feedback after a transaction is an important part of doing business on the platform. Feedback must be left within 60 days of a completed transaction. After that, the feedback period closes. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Leaving feedback on eBay counts toward buyer and seller ratings.  Buyers rate sellers on service, pricing, customer service, product description accuracy, and product quality. Sellers rate buyers on payment speed and overall transaction satisfaction. Accurate feedback allows users to decide which accounts they want to do business with. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: How autopilot on an airplane worksSee Also:'Does Hulu have 4K?': Hulu's 4K capabilities, explainedHow to text a GIF on your iPhone using the built-in GIF keyboard in Messages or a third-party appHow to turn off AirDrop on your iPhone in 2 ways, to prevent anyone from sending you unwanted filesSEE ALSO: The best all-in-one PCs you can buy
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Why ‘wellness and skincare’ top Erin Andrews’ holiday wish list
Erin Andrews has no plans to slow down this holiday season.
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Toobin calls this testimony moment a 'bombshell' revelation
CNN's chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin discusses a portion of Bill Taylor's testimony where he talks about a phone call between President Donald Trump and Ambassador Sondland. Toobin calls it a "bombshell" revelation that Trump cared about Biden not about Ukraine. - RSS Channel
Is Andy Dalton the worst scout team Lamar Jackson? No, but he’s close: an investigation
Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images Andy Dalton was scout team Lamar Jackson for the Bengals. It did not help. The Bengals were completely unprepared for Lamar Jackson in Week 10. The Ravens’ quarterback and MVP candidate ran roughshod over a winless Cincinnati team. Jackson threw more touchdown passes (three) than incompletions (two), recorded a perfect 158.3 passer rating for the second time in his budding career, and ran for 65 yards — most of which came via a video game, highlight reel 47-yard touchdown run. .@Lj_era8 pressed all the buttons on this run (via@ NFL)— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) November 10, 2019 Baltimore went on to win that game, 49-13, continuing Cincinnati’s undeniable path to the top of the 2020 NFL Draft in the process. So how were the Bengals so wholly unable to adjust to Jackson’s dual-threat capabilities? It maaaaaay have all started in practice, where the team’s big ploy to prepare for Jackson’s unique skillset started with running Andy Dalton on the scout team. [Dalton] joined the captains for Sunday’s coin toss after a week the nine-year starter gladly was one of the scout team quarterbacks trying to simulate Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. They tried to get ready for Jackson’s speed with stand-ins being the practice squad wide receivers and for his savvy with Dalton. That’s right, the Cincinnati defense prepped for the most dynamic running quarterback the league’s ever seen — through 1.5 seasons, at least — by chasing down a 32-year-old with fewer rushing yards in his nine-year NFL career (1,203) than Jackson had in his first 16 starts as a pro (1,247). While the veteran wasn’t the only player to take to the backfield in order to confuse the Bengals’ linebackers — Geoff Hobson’s report also notes several wide receivers and running backs took snaps in order to emulate the elusive QB — he was almost certainly the slowest. The Bengals’ strategy failed to pan out ...but could it have gone worse? Dalton stepped up even after being benched on his birthday to help a hopeless team get better (or at least attempt to). Which quarterbacks who began the 2019 season as starters would have been an even worse ersatz Lamar Jackson? 5. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers Ignoring Roethlisberger’s current elbow injury, the lumbering veteran is elusive in a much different way than Jackson. Big Ben stays alive in the pocket because he has the body type of a Weeble. Jackson escapes pressure because he’s, you know, fast. 4. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers Garoppolo has run for 1.1 yards per carry this season. One out of every 87 of his rushes results in a torn ACL. 3. Joe Flacco, Ravens The good news: he knows firsthand what Jackson is capable of, having lost his starting job in Baltimore to him. The bad news: since 2015, he’s run for fewer yards (200) than Jackson had in Weeks 6 and 7 this year (268). He’s also on injured reserve with a neck injury, which further crimps this terrible plan. 2. Tom Brady, Patriots We all remember this, right? Moving on. 1. Eli Manning, Giants Career yards per carry: 1.8. Manning finished his 2016 campaign with -9 rushing yards. Head coach Pat Shurmur tried to roll him out on fourth-and-short in Week 1, and this happened: He truly is bizarro Lamar Jackson.
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Fox News: Today's impeachment testimony was "very damaging to the President"
Chris Wallace of Fox News was impressed with Ambassador William Taylor's testimony in today's impeachment hearings: "William Taylor was a very impressive witness and was very damaging to the president. First of all, as you pointed out, he took very copious notes at almost every conversation... I think very nonpolitical. He went out of his way to talk about what he knew, what he was specifically testament to. The only thing he talked about was a strong feeling that it was in the U.S. national security interests to support Ukraine in the fight against Russia. But he certainly wasn't taking any partisan position." Chris Wallace: "I think William Taylor was a very impressive witness and was very damaging to the president." — Lis Power (@LisPower1) November 13, 2019 Read the rest
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Does every month of delay on Brexit cost £1bn?
The Conservatives have again referred to the contribution the UK makes to the EU Latest election news – live updatesBoris Johnson has said that “every month of delay [of Brexit] is costing this country £1bn to stay in right now”. Continue reading...
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U.S. to restrict work permits to most asylum-seekers
The proposal would deny work authorization to most migrants seeking asylum who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without documentation — the largest group of asylum-seekers in the U.S.
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Port Authority re-opens blocked wheelchair gate after outrage
The Port Authority re-opened a shuttered wheelchair-accessible PATH train turnstile — the day after outraged straphangers posted pictures on Twitter of a huge gate blocking the entryway and said it was a danger. “@PATHTrian why are you blocking your wheelchair gates?” wrote user James Sinclair over an image of the padlocked metal barrier in front of...
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Disney+ warns viewers about past racism, but not as well as Warner Bros.
Some of Disney’s older movies streaming on Disney+ will include disclaimers about the cultural context of certain scenes that are considered outright racist and prejudiced today. The disclaimer on certain titles is found within the description box, and reads, “This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions.” One popular example floating around Twitter is Disney’s 1941 animated feature film, Dumbo. An infamous scene at the end of the movie finds a group of crows singing about seeing an elephant fly. The scene relies on a series of racist stereotypes to get through the song, including naming the lead character “Jim Crow,” a mocking term used to insult black men. The scene is still in the version streaming on Disney+. Still, there’s no disclaimer within the actual video window. “It’s encouraging to see Disney acknowledge the darker elements of its past film and TV content, but this disclaimer is also the bare minimum,” writer, critic, and Disney expert Josh Spiegel told The Verge. “Frankly, a lot of Disney+ subscribers might not even notice the disclaimer, instead of just clicking Play on a title.” Having a disclaimer is better than the alternative, but other studios have handled similar situations better. Warner Bros., like Disney, has produced films for close to 100 years. Some of its early movies and TV shows contain culturally insensitive, racist, prejudiced, and problematic content. Tom and Jerry, a popular Warner Bros. cartoon series from the 1940s, first came with a disclaimer about the context of certain scenes in the show when it was released on DVD by Warner Home Video. That message was then brought to Amazon Prime Instant and iTunes in 2014 when episodes were made available digitally. Hate to nitpick a sensitivity warning but Disney+’s feels so brief and kind of dismissive by calling it “outdated cultural depictions” vs Warner Brothers actually calling it racial prejudice— give Rise 3 seasons or we fight (@unicornmantis) November 12, 2019 “Tom and Jerry shorts may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society,” the disclaimer reads. “Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today.” The DVD box set went one step further, and included an introduction from Whoopi Goldberg about why producers decided to leave the scene in when the episodes were re-released on video. “The Tom and Jerry episodes included in this collection comes to us from a time when racial and ethnic differences were caricatured in the name of entertainment,” Goldberg says in the introduction. “These prejudices were wrong then and they’re wrong today.” Multiple people on Twitter pointed out the difference between Warner Bros.’s and Disney’s approach to contextualizing their studios’ history. Some subscribers are asking Disney to do more, and release controversial titles with a much more direct disclaimer. Disney’s Song of the South, a 1946 movie set on a plantation in Georgia after the Civil War that’s considered extremely controversial for its depictions of black people, is currently not streaming. Understanding and contextualizing images from past movies is important — and while Disney is offering a disclaimer, it’s clear people think the studio can do more.
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Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes wrote a young adult novel and it sounds fantastically weird
Gibby Haynes, frontman for legendary psych band the Butthole Surfers, penned a young adult novel, "Me and Mr. Cigar," to be released in January. And no surprise, it sound fantastically far fucking out. I can't wait to read it. Here's the description: Seventeen-year-old Oscar Lester is never without his dog, Mr. Cigar. The two have made a pretty good life for themselves in North Texas, organizing drug-fueled dance parties with Oscar’s best friend, Lytle Taylor. The only real grownup in Oscar’s life is Carla Marks, protégé of his deceased father and the genius behind the enigmatic IBC Corporation. (Oscar’s mom spends all of her time with her new boyfriend.) Carla doesn’t approve of Oscar’s nefarious activity, though his parties provide an ideal environment to test-run some of IBC’s more freakish technology. As for Oscar’s older sister, Rachel . . . she’s been gone for the past five years, having fled after Mr. Cigar bit off her hand. But Oscar knows that his dog is no menace. Mr. Cigar is a loyal protector: a supernatural creature that can exact revenge, communicate telepathically, and manipulate car doors and windows with ease. So when Rachel—now twenty-two and an artist living in New York—calls out of the blue and claims that she’s being held hostage, Oscar sees an opportunity to make things right between them . . . at least until Carla Marks warns Oscar that Mr. Cigar’s life might be in danger, too. Suddenly Oscar finds himself on the run with his dog and his best friend. Read the rest
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How To Find Your Chromebook's End-of-Life Date
At some point, all of our spiffy new devices will become old and decrepit. Warranties run out, hardware improves, and companies only support their products with software or firmware updates for a limited amount of time. To help you figure out when your Chromebook will reach its end-of-support date, Google will soon…Read more...
Americans now have a record $14 trillion in debt
US households are now sitting on a record $14 trillion in mortgages, credit cards, student loans and other forms of debt. - RSS Channel
Tories have ignored Russian meddling for years, says Chris Bryant
Labour candidate says Conservatives have allowed ‘massive influx of dirty money to enter UK’The Tories rely on Russian money – that’s why they ignore the meddlingA Labour politician who says he was a victim of deliberate food poisoning on a ministerial trip to Russia has accused the Conservatives of “deliberate British amnesia” in ignoring years of infiltration and refusing to publish a parliamentary report on Kremlin meddling in the UK.Writing in the Guardian, Chris Bryant said that Conservative governments had instead allowed a “massive influx of dirty money to enter the UK” and that £3.5m of money from Russians “has dripped into the Tory party” since 2010. Continue reading...
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