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A date with this stud just doubled in price to $192,000
There's alpha males and then there's super studs. This stallion has so much X factor a date with him has doubled in price.
'Fortnite' will let you play as a stormtrooper
Jedi: Fallen Order has received pretty decent reviews, but it's arrival is actually good news for Fortnite fans, too. Why, do you ask? Because it comes with a slick new Star Wars stormtrooper cosmetic skin available in Fortnite's store or for free if...
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Trevor Noah roasts Fox News over their coverage of Trump's impeachment hearings
Plenty of people have had a lot to say about the impeachment hearings so far, and the narrative has been crystal clear over at Fox News: the thing is apparently a "rigged", "boring", "show trial" that nobody cares about anyway. But Trevor Noah isn't going to let them get away with that. In the clip above from The Daily Show, Noah breaks down the troubling ways in which Fox is already writing off the entire process. "I don't know if Donald Trump is going to be found guilty or not," Noah says. "But you've got to at least watch the full proceedings before you make a determination — otherwise you don't have the full story. Like if you only watched the first half of Get Out you'd just think it was a beautiful movie about an interracial couple." Read more...More about Fox News, The Daily Show, Impeachment, Trevor Noah, and Entertainment
Booker and Sanders propose a new federal agency to set drug prices
Sens. Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders are pushing for the creation of a new federal agency aimed at controlling the rising cost of prescription drugs. - RSS Channel
Facebook ad scam tricks users with images and video of Kickstarter products
A devious new scam is sweeping Facebook.  Scammers find an interesting or popular product from crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo, rip the item’s details, photos, and videos, and push them via Facebook ads as their own products. Victims of the fraud are either never sent the product or receive a knockoff version.  I first came across the scheme when I was served a Facebook ad in my News Feed. A Facebook Page called “Promondeal” was promoting a well-produced video selling a new portable 1TB solid state drive. The video had hundreds of thousands of views and hundreds of comments from real users asking questions about the device. Read more...More about Facebook, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Scam, and Scammers
Bolivia's dueling parties converge on new vote to calm political chaos
Bolivia's interim government and lawmakers from the party of unseated leftist leader Evo Morales appeared to have reach an accord late on Thursday to hold a new presidential election, potentially helping resolve country's political crisis.
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SA post office rapist and murderer given life
The killing of student Uyinene Mrwetyana sparked protests about high levels of gender violence.
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Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Bitcoin price continues slow and steady decline’
Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Rousseau used to say: Peel off the skin of this mystery and eat the tasty fruit inside! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, November 14 2019, at a price of $8,708. That’s a minor 1.17 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$103.84. It was the lowest closing price in nineteen days. We’re still 56 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017).… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin
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Brian Cashman details Yankees approach for snaring top pitcher
After returning from the general managers’ meetings, Brian Cashman said it was too soon to tell where the Yankees stood in their pursuit of a top-echelon starting pitcher. “It’s so early in the process in my conversations with the personnel,’’ Cashman said. “Clearly, the bigger the name — and they’ve earned the right — the...
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The Mystery of the Tiny Twin Towers
After a devastating act of vandalism, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine restored the twin towers on its intricately carved facade.
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Shedunnit – how Agatha Christie became cinema hot property
With his new film Knives Out, Rian Johnson has rescued the crime writer from cosy evening telly and recast her for the here and nowA housekeeper finds the body of her multimillionaire boss in the study, his throat slit, a knife having dripped blood all over the white sheepskin rug. “Shit!” she says. It was unlike Agatha Christie to open a novel with a swearword. But this is not one of her books. It’s the first line of Knives Out, the outrageously fun homage to the queen of crime from Rian Johnson, the director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Knives Out stars Daniel Craig as a hot Poirot, the world-famous Louisiana private detective Benoit Blanc, hired to investigate the death of bestselling crime writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer).The police believe the case is an open-and-shut suicide; Blanc thinks otherwise. “I suspect foul play,” he says with a hokey deep-fried southern drawl. Was Thrombey killed by a member of his own family? A loathsome bunch; any one of them could be the killer. Continue reading...
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'Start Here': California school shooting and new testimony in Trump impeachment
It's Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Here's what you need to know to start your day.
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One of Jamal Khashoggi’s close friends said Twitter is the 'only free platform' for many Saudis, but it also may have led to Khashoggi’s brutal murder
Screenshot/Youtube Omar Abdulaziz, a Saudi activist in exile in Canada, said that Twitter is an important tool for many Saudi dissidents, but also comes with risks. Abdulaziz was friends with murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The two of them were working to create an "army" of internet users to combat Saudi propaganda before Khashoggi was killed.  In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Abdulaziz said that — despite the risks of openly criticizing Saudi authorities — Twitter "remains the only free platform for many Saudis."   Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Omar Abdulaziz, Saudi activist and close friend of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said that Twitter is a vital tool for dissidents like him, despite the risk of reprisal for openly expressing their views. Abdulaziz, who lives in Canada under political asylum, had been working with Khashoggi in the lead-up to the journalist's brutal murder by a Saudi hit squad in October 2018.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A podiatrist explains heel spurs, the medical condition Trump said earned him a medical deferment from VietnamSee Also:From leech collectors to knocker-ups, here are 16 weird jobs that no longer existSmartphones are getting weird again, and it could be a sign that the industry is on the brink of another huge changeHere's everyone who's running for president in 2020, and who has quit the raceSEE ALSO: A friend of Jamal Khashoggi is suing an Israeli spyware firm for allegedly helping Saudi agents hack his phone
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Bolivia crisis: Morales 'should be prosecuted' upon return
Interim Pesident Jeanine Áñez says exiled leader Evo Morales should face prosecution if he returns home.
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Hugo Lloris Says He's Targeting January Return from Injury for Tottenham
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has said he's hoping to return to fitness in January 2020 after dislocating his elbow in October...
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay was accused of talking 'absolute nonsense' after he tried to claim leaving the EU would reduce the number of foreign footballers in the UK
TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has been criticised for claiming that leaving the EU will give the UK more control over how many foreign footballers are in the Premier League. Barclay on Thursday said Brexit will give Britain greater say over whether to recruit more English players or instead those from Africa and South America. Labour's David Lammy said Barclay was telling a "facile and bare-faced lie" while the Lib Dems accused the Brexit Secretary of talking "absolute nonsense." The Premier League has said there is "no evidence" that reducing the number of foreign players in the Premier League would improve the quality of the England football team. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has been accused of talking "absolute nonsense" after claiming that leaving the European Union will give Britain more control over how many foreign footballers are in the Premier League. Barclay on Thursday said that leaving the EU under the terms of Boris Johnson's deal with Brussels would allow the UK to decide whether it wanted more English footballers or instead more players from Africa and South America.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:Nigel Farage says Boris Johnson's Conservatives offered to make him a Lord in exchange for standing down Brexit Party candidatesNigel Farage boosts Boris Johnson's election prospects by standing down Brexit Party candidates in Conservative seatsHow to vote tactically in the 2019 UK general election
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Kanye West is spreading the gospel of white evangelicals | Malaika Jabali
Like other black conservatives, the rapper and designer downplays racism while promoting bootstrap virtue-signalingKanye West’s middle name, Omari, means “God is highest.” So it is fitting that the producer-rapper-designer has found himself spreading the gospel. While touring the country promoting his new album Jesus is King, West has professed commitment to his faith in what appears to be both a promotional and redemption tour. This weekend West will appear at the megachurch of the prosperity pastor Joel Osteen, who was caught in controversy for reportedly waiting days to open his church doors to Hurricane Harvey victims.Over the decades of Kanye West’s career, the multi-hyphenate artist has been many things. It was perhaps inevitable that this would create some contradictions. Recently, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, West lectured a Gucci-wearing black lottery winner about the importance of eschewing luxury consumer goods – even though West purchased his eldest daughter a $62,000 tiara when she was barely a year old. Continue reading...
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I believe black Americans face a genocide. This is why | Ben Crump
Consider the physical, financial, mental, even spiritual deaths inflicted on black AmericansIn the weeks since the release of my book, Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People, the question I’ve been asked most often is whether my use of the word genocide in the title was meant to be intentionally provocative, rather than reflective of reality.Surely, genocide is too strong a word for the maltreatment of black people in America, some interviewers have suggested. True genocide is something that happened in Nazi Germany, Armenia and Rwanda, not the United States of America. Continue reading...
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Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina shows he’s ‘a dog’ in best way possible
Frank Ntilikina walked into David Fizdale’s office about two weeks ago with and told him he was a dog. The Knicks point guard had teased his potential through his first two years in the NBA, but after a summer of hard work and a frustrating start to his third season, Ntilikina was ready for something...
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Ultra-long haul flight non-stop from Sydney to London
BBC's Luke Jones was on-board the 19 and a half hour flight from Sydney to London.
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We were on board a 19-hour flight from London to Sydney. Here's what happened
As experiments go, this one was pretty spectacular -- 19 hours, 17,800 kilometers (about 11,060 miles), 100 metric tons of jet fuel and not one, but two separate sunrises. - RSS Channel
Automakers around world await Trump tariff decision
Automakers around the world are awaiting a decision from U.S. President Donald Trump on whether he will impose up to 25% tariffs on U.S. car and auto part imports after a 180-day review period elapsed this week.
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University tells non-students to go now as Hong Kong campus showdowns loom
The president of Hong Kong's Chinese University, which anti-government protesters have turned into a fortress stockpiled with petrol bombs and bows and arrows, threatened on Friday to call in "assistance" unless all non-students leave.
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Watch live: Ex-ambassador testifies at second impeachment hearing
Marie Yovanovitch was abruptly removed from her post as ambassador to Ukraine in May
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Will Streaming Kill the Art of Cinema or Grant It New Life?
A co-chief film critic of The New York Times debates himself on the subject.
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Can a Company Be Virtuous and Profitable? Nestlé Says Yes
The world’s largest food company is trying to show it can be environmentally sustainable and still make money. Activists are skeptical.
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Kavanaugh Hailed At Federalist Society As Protesters Attempt Disruption
One year after his contentious confirmation battle, protesters outside Justice Brett Kavanaugh's speech played Christine Blasey Ford's testimony on a large video screen.
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Raise Billions From Billionaires? Tax Experts Say It’s Not That Simple
Name a tax and there’s a way to reduce it, delay it or not pay it. Financial advisers say a wealth tax would be no different.
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Why Even Universal Health Coverage Isn't Enough
As U.S. presidential candidates prep for their next debate, a doctor-to-be asks them, and us all, to remember that even universal access to health care won't fix other disparities that hurt health.
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The U.S. Natural Gas Boom Is Fueling A Global Plastics Boom
America is now the world's biggest exporter of ethane, a part of natural gas that's a building block for making plastics. That's helping fuel the fast-growing global plastics industry.
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Betsy DeVos And The High-Stakes Standoff Over Student Loan Forgiveness
The Education Department narrowly avoids a subpoena in a fight with House Democrats over forgiving the loans of defrauded student borrowers.
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Impeachment Hearings Continue With Marie Yovanovitch, Ex-Ambassador To Ukraine
Yovanovitch was recalled from her post after a campaign to push her out led by President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. She is now appearing for the second day of open hearings in the inquiry.
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The Work Diary of an Audio Erotica C.E.O.
Dipsea’s Gina Gutierrez spends her days setting investors straight and moderating “Hunks Brainstorm” sessions.
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Trump’s Embrace of Sanctions Irks Allies and Prompts Efforts to Evade Measures
Allies and adversaries are seeking ways to avoid President Trump’s sanctions, which critics say have become a substitute for foreign policy.
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Can FaZe Clan Build a Billion-Dollar Business?
They already make every moment into consumable content. What can it become?
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Jessica Tarlov: Impeachment hearings confirm Trump’s misconduct, despite his denials
While President Trump continues to insist that his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was “perfect,” it is becoming increasingly obvious that his claim is absurd and that he improperly pressured Zelensky to interfere in our 2020 presidential election in return for vital U.S. aid.
What You Need to Know About What Might Be the Most Advanced Spyware Company in the World
NSO Group’s spyware is being used by governments around the world to monitor critics.
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Here's all the times they say "bounty puck" and "tracking fob" in the first episode of Disney's The Mandalorian
Congratulations to Disney on the exciting new merchandising opportunity of bounty pucks: I swear these are three different scenes: And if bounty pucks don't prove popular, there's the less sophisticated tracking fob: Read the rest
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Who is Marie Yovanovitch? Ambassador testifying at the impeachment hearing
She was recalled from her post on the orders of the president, who called her 'bad news' in a phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart.
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Premier League 2019-20: team of the season so far
Liverpool’s full-backs, the beating hearts of Chelsea and Sheffield United and an evergreen striker make our leading XIThe biggest compliment that can be paid to the Leicester goalkeeper is that he has gone unnoticed this season. The 33-year-old has kept goal with quiet authority as Leicester’s defence has become the stingiest in the league, conceding only eight times. Ederson might have been a more obvious choice but the Brazilian has not been as assured for Manchester City this season. Schmeichel has been error-free and solid with his distribution. An honourable mention should go to Ben Foster who has made some wonderful stops while being overworked at Watford. Continue reading...
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Experience: I was arrested by a Swat team by mistake
The officer helped me into my underpants, handcuffed and at gunpointWe were a small group of actors, on our way to perform at a corporate press launch for a Fujitsu printer. I’d written something for them a year before in the style of It Ain’t Half Hot Mum – four actors camping it up as military officers – and they loved it. This time, they wanted me to ramp up the drama. On their advice, I rented two fake SA80 assault rifles, black balaclavas, full camo flak jackets and boots for the four of us. It was the late 90s – more innocent times, when it was easy enough to rent imitation firearms.I was 23 at the time. I’d been a successful child actor on television and then moved into corporate entertainment. I was full of confidence; this was just another gig. The client had booked us to stay overnight at the Danebury Arms in Andover, a military town in Hampshire. We decided to bring the guns in from the car as we were worried about theft. Continue reading...
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My life in sex: the man who can’t finish
I often lose my erection due to the stress of knowing I won’t orgasmI envy men who have premature ejaculation: at least they can finish. I’ve always had difficulty ejaculating during sex; when I lost my virginity, my partner didn’t believe it was my first time because I lasted so long. The problem has only got worse as I’ve got older, and these days, I often lose my erection after about 10 minutes due to the stress of knowing I won’t orgasm. In my whole life, I’ve only had sex five or six times without this being an issue. At 35, I discovered the term traumatic masturbatory syndrome online. I think this is at the root of my problems; my early experiments with masturbation may have reduced the nerve function in my penis. I also worry that my 5in penis is smaller than average. My first girlfriend told me it was inadequate, and in my 20s, another girlfriend laughed about it in front of several mutual friends at a party. Continue reading...
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eBay has launched its Black Friday sale with 20% off top brands
TL;DR: eBay has launched its Black Friday sale, with 20% off a wide range of top brands including Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft. Attention shoppers, because eBay has officially kicked off its Black Friday sale with 20% off top brands like Playstation, Converse, Samsung, and even Apple. It couldn't be any easier to save on a wide range of products. All you need to do is enter the code PRIZE20 at the checkout, and 20% will be cut from the list price, just like that. There are a few terms and conditions to consider, but that is basically it. SEE ALSO: Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019: When is it and what are the best deals in the UK? Read more...More about Ebay, Black Friday, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
Craving a deep void that only noise-cancelling headphones can provide?
TL;DR: The impressive Sony wireless noise-canceling headphones (WH1000XM3) are on sale for $259.99 with code SAVE80, saving you $80.  We all need a little alone time every now and then. It can be hard to get that if you live in a big city or with roommates or have kids. But even when you can't physically be alone, you can feel like you are with the help of noise-canceling headphones. Sony's wireless noise-canceling headphones (WH1000XM3) take you into deep silence even when the world around you is loud and chaotic. And the headphones are currently on sale for $259.99 with the code SAVE80. (They're originally $349.99.) Read more...More about Sony, Headphones, Noise Cancelling, Mashable Shopping, and Tech
Just 14 cool products we want to blow our money on today
It's almost Thanksgiving, which means it's almost Black Friday, which means it's almost time for us to gawk at footage of people fighting over sale items inside enormous chain stores, or, worse, to experience it in the flesh. If you'd rather not subject yourself to the stress, but still want to get your hands on a few Black Friday bargains, remember to use this code when purchasing any of the 15 products below: BFSAVE15. You'll not only save an additional 15% (that's right: 15% off the sale price, not the MSRP), you'll also lessen the risk of physical injury or an unflattering appearance on local news. Read more...More about Mashable Shopping, Consumer Tech, Culture, and Consumer Tech
The red hot chaos of Q4 demands that you learn Salesforce already
TL;DR: Grab this informational Salesforce Certification Essentials Bundle for $39.99, a 97% savings, and assert your dominance over Q4. If those "May I speak to the manager?" memes that occasionally pop up are anything to go by, the old adage “the customer is always right” may not be entirely true. Even so, if you regularly interact with the people who are giving you/your place of work money in exchange for goods and services, it pays to minimize the prospect of customer blowback by becoming a customer-handling expert. Salesforce is a CRM (customer relationship management) behemoth used by countless companies to communicate with customers (and partners of all types) as a way to compile data to better serve their needs. For those who use the software at work, mastering it is not only good for you but for the company as a whole.  Read more...More about Online Learning, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Onlinelearning, Tech, and Work Life
U.S. trade groups raise alarm over Canadian digital services tax
More than a dozen U.S. trade groups and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday urged the Trump administration to block a French-style digital services tax proposed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during October's election.
Caryl Phillips: ‘The Famous Five were always having a better time than me’
The novelist and playwright on why he keeps a photo of Anne Frank above his desk and championing Jean RhysThe book I am currently readingAnother Day of Life by Ryszard Kapuściński. His work is fiction that sometimes reads like non-fiction and it’s non-fiction that sometimes reads like fiction.The book that changed my lifeNative Son by Richard Wright. I read it when I was 20. Nobody had ever given me a book written by anyone who looked like me. Some part of me didn’t think it was legitimate to think of myself as a writer. It’s not the best book I’ve ever read. It’s not my favourite. But it’s the old saying: “If you can’t see it, you can’t be it.” And I saw it for the first time that this was possible. Continue reading...
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