This Pikachu plush came vacuum sealed and it's the stuff of nightmares


Pokéballs are passé — enter a new system of travel for Pokémon (and non-Pokémon) plush toys. 

After ordering a new plush, how can you ensure that your new friend can survive the trials and tribulations of the postal service? Sure, their stuffed bodies could probably withstand more than usual if the mail carrier gets bored and decides to play Toss Across with your precious valuables. But the plush sellers don't want to take any chances — your little buddy will get to you in mint condition, even if they have to vacuum-seal them for maximum freshness.

But that doesn't still the shock of receiving an incredibly smooshed Pikachu in the mail, or the carnal feeling that you must free him. Read more...

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Derek Jeter, Steroid Era stars at forefront of Hall of Fame storylines
Derek Jeter’s imperfections on the field energized the sabermetric community for years, yet that doesn’t prevent him from attaining perfection over the next couple of months. The former Yankees captain, now the Marlins’ CEO, headlined the Hall of Fame’s list of new candidates, released Monday, on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s ballot. Zero doubt...
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‘Mad About You’ review: Nostalgia trip not worth journey
Nostalgia has its limits. People might think they like the good old days — until they actually show up again. The spate of TV reboots, intended to remind viewers of their youth (gone) and advertisers of the days of good nightly ratings (gone), continues apace, despite the recent cancellations of “Murphy Brown” on CBS, “Beverly...
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The Atlantic Politics Daily: The Other Giuliani Who Works for Trump
It’s Monday, November 18. In today’s newsletter: Andrew Giuliani, who’s testifying this week, and whether American cities have measurable personalities.*« TODAY IN POLITICS »(NICHOLAS KAMM / NOAM GALAI / ASTRID STAWIARZ / GETTY / THE ATLANTIC)The Other GiulianiHe works for President Trump. His last name is Giuliani.I’m talking about Andrew Giuliani, who works in the White House’s Office of Public Liaison, where he makes about $90,000 and is one of the longest-serving members of the Trump administration.What does he do, exactly? He’s the 31-year-old son of Rudy, the former New York City mayor turned Trump’s garrulous personal attorney. A former professional golfer, Andrew helps arrange sports teams’ visits to the White House, and often joins the president on some rounds of golf.Beyond that, well, it’s not quite clear what he else he works on, as my colleague Elaina Plott reports:“‘He doesn’t really try to be involved in anything,’ one former senior White House official told me, speaking on the condition of anonymity in order to be candid. ‘He’s just having a nice time.’”This Giuliani is also known for being loyal to Trump—some former White House officials told Elaina that Trump even serves as something of a father figure. But can he safeguard his comfortable position now that his dad Rudy finds himself at the epicenter of the Ukraine-impeachment maelstrom?Read Elaina’s full story on the unusual career arc of the junior Giuliani.As a reminder: Giuliani (the elder) faces allegations that he executed a shadow foreign policy in asking the Ukrainians to dig up dirt on Joe Biden and his son. Giuliani’s alleged hand in one certain quid pro quo, a key part of the whistle-blower complaint that first brought the scandal to light.But when Elaina talked to Giuliani in late September shortly after Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry, he didn’t see it that way. Between rants about the Bidens, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, the media, and the deep state, Giuliani told her: “It is impossible that the whistle-blower is a hero and I’m not.”During the impeachment hearings last week, witnesses repeatedly pointed to Giuliani, who’s reportedly under investigation himself, as the Trump associate out to undermine career diplomats.But even as Trump has disposed of adviser after adviser, he hasn’t yet stabbed Giuliani in the back. He might have more to lose from canning Giuliani than by keeping him around, my colleague David Graham has argued.—Saahil Desai*« CATCH UP / HEADS UP »(YARA NARDI / REUTERS)First, a quick review of some weekend activity:‣ Trump granted pardons to three servicemen accused or convicted of war crimes: He wants his warfighters “unconstrained by modern laws of armed conflict,” Graeme Wood writes.‣ The White House announced the recipients of the National Medal of Arts award. The choices demonstrate how even arts awards are being bent to the president’s political preferences, writes Peter Nicholas, who first learned about these picks last week.‣ Pete Buttigieg surged to the top of the Democratic field in one new poll out of Iowa. But “his ascent is driving a wedge between Iowa progressives,” Elaine Godfrey has reported. Here’s what they told her.The week ahead:‣ Tuesday, November 19: Alexander Vindman, a vice presidential aide Jennifer Williams, Kurt Volker, and Tim Morrison are all scheduled to testify in the first day of a marathon of public impeachment hearings this week.‣ Wednesday, November 20: Gordon Sondland, whom many are eyeing as the marquee witness this week, will testify. He’ll need to get his story straight. Also on the schedule: Laura Cooper and David Hale, a high-ranking state department official.The fifth of the Democratic presidential debates will feature 10 candidates—no new faces.‣ Thursday, November 21: The final day of scheduled public hearings will feature Fiona Hill and David Holmes, both of whom seemed to have front-row seats to the administration’s alleged shadow Ukraine diplomacy.‣ Friday, November 22: Twitter’s ban on political advertising is scheduled to go into effect. The company’s decision contrasts with Facebook’s, but doubt anyone who has full confidence about whether one stance or the other is correct, Conor Friedersdorf has argued.*« ARGUMENT OF THE DAY »(CARLO ALLEGRI / REUTERS)Deval Patrick’s entry into the Democratic primary suggests a greater concern that more centrist, establishment Democrats have over the leftward swing of their party. But they’re misdiagnosing the origins of America’s polarization, Adam Serwer writes. In the past, swings of political fortune have restored balance. But the alignment of the parties along cultural, racial, and religious lines, and the geographical distribution of those divisions, have allowed the wealthy to exploit cultural resentments and counter-majoritarian choke points in the American system to sustain a destructive stalemate. Read the argument here.+ Read more from Adam: On historical roots of radical resistance*« EVENING READ »(LUCAS JACKSON / REUTERS)Do different cities have measurably different overall personalities? There’s research for that. Olga Khazan reports: Researchers analyzed surveys that “asked 3 million people 44 questions about their habits and dispositions. [They] focused on neuroticism, a tendency to feel depressed or anxious and to respond more severely to stress. Neuroticism is one of the ‘big five’ traits that psychologists often use to measure personality. The study authors compared each county’s level of neuroticism with whether those counties later voted for Trump in the 2016 election, and whether they had historically voted for Republicans. Read the full story on the research.* Today’s edition of our daily newsletter of political ideas and arguments was written by Saahil Desai and Christian Paz, and edited by Shan Wang. You can reply directly to this newsletter with questions or comments, or send a note to Your support makes our journalism possible. Subscribe here.
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Valve announces Half-Life: Alyx, its first flagship VR game
Two years and nine months after announcing it would build three (3) full-length VR games — a number that Valve Software has historically never been able to count to before — the company has today announced Half-Life: Alyx, the first new game in the acclaimed series in well over a decade. We’re excited to unveil Half-Life: Alyx, our flagship VR game, this Thursday at 10am Pacific Time.Can’t wait to share it with all of you!— Valve (@valvesoftware) November 18, 2019 Developing... Continue reading…
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Australia fires: Sydney blanketed by smoke from bushfires
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Davis Cup finals 2019: Holders Croatia beaten by Russia
Croatia begin the defence of their Davis Cup title with defeat by Russia as the new-look group tournament gets under way in Madrid.
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Pompeo declines to defend diplomats attacked by Trump
In his first briefing since the start of public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to defend State Department officials who have been attacked by President Donald Trump.
Sony’s odd-looking wearable neck speaker makes movies more immersive
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Snap CEO Evan Spiegel says that Snapchat fact-checks political ads: 'We don't allow things like misinformation to appear in that advertising' (SNAP, FB, TWIT, GOOG, GOOGL)
Getty In an interview with CNBC, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said all ads on Snapchat — including political ads — are subject to fact-checking and review.  Snap's policy puts it somewhere between Facebook, which doesn't fact-check political ads, and Twitter, which has banned political ads entirely, in the heated debate over what role social media platforms should play in moderating paid political speech. Spiegel told CNBC that Snap wants to create a space for its younger user base to "engage with the political conversation" without misinformation. However, Snap has a much smaller ad business than Facebook, which means reviewing each ad may be an easier task for Snap than it is for its larger rival. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel told CNBC in an interview Monday that the company subjects "all advertising to review, including political advertising." That includes fact-checking, he said.  Spiegel said that Snap wants to create a space for its younger-skewing user base to "engage with the political conversation, but we don't allow things like misinformation to appear in that advertising." A spokesperson for the company says that every ad is vetted by a team of humans to make sure that it follows Snapchat's guidelines, which prohibits being misleading or deceptive. The spokesperson says that Snap has indeed banned a small number of ads under this review process.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Watch Google reveal the new Nest Mini, which is an updated Home MiniSee Also:Google reportedly manipulates search results to hide controversial subjects and favor big businessThe UK Labour party wants to tax Amazon, Facebook and Google to fund a $25 billion plan for free, high-speed internet for the whole countryRegulating big tech has become a hot topic ahead of the 2020 election — here's where the Democratic candidates stand
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How Jets really broke opening-drive touchdown drought
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Valve will reveal Half-Life: Alyx on November 21
Valve has announced that it will reveal Half-Life: Alyx tomorrow at 10 a.m. Pacific. It will be the company's premier VR game.
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Davis Cup Finals 2019 Results: Monday's Round Robin Scores and Reaction
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South Dakota’s new ‘on meth’ campaign prompts ridicule, confusion
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Bloomberg apologizes for stop-and-frisk policy, despite defending it earlier this year
Former New York City Mayor and possible presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg apologized for the stop-and-frisk search policy police enacted during his tenure. Sean Sullivan, a CBSN political contributor and national political reporter for the Washington Post, spoke to CBSN's "Red & Blue" about why this apology is coming now.
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Floods and firestorms can spread toxins from Superfund sites
Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images via Getty Images Wildfires and flooding exacerbated by climate change threaten to unleash contaminants from some of the most polluted sites across the United States, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) warned in a report publicly released Monday. According to the watchdog agency, about 60 percent of these sites are vulnerable to extreme weather events made worse by a changing climate. Superfund sites are locations so contaminated that they’ve been placed on a National Priorities List by the Environmental Protection Agency. Of 1,571 nonfederal Superfund sites spread across the country that the GAO examined, 945 are vulnerable to some of the most extreme effects of climate change. The GAO plotted these 945 climate-vulnerable locations on an i... Continue reading…
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Lakers' Danny Green Tweets He Was Drug-Tested After Putback Dunk vs. Hawks
Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green just learned there can be downsides to making highlight-reel plays. Green got the Staples Center crowd—and the internet—hyped on ...
The 10 best deals from REI's Gear Up and Get Out Sale — running now through November 25
  REI/Facebook Now through November 25, you can save up to 50% on outdoors gear and apparel at REI during the retailer's Gear Up and Get Out sale. REI Co-Op members can take 20% off one full-price item that isn't on sale and an extra 20% off one REI Outlet item with the code GEARUP2019. This sale also includes free shipping on orders of $50 or more. In lieu of, or adjacent to Black Friday (however you want to view it), REI is running its annual Gear Up and Get Out sale now through November 25. REI hardly ever has sales, so despite where you stand on the matter of consumerism and Black Friday, you can probably save a good chunk of change on at least something you'll want or need in the coming year anyway. Why not join the masses from the (relative) safety of your home and computer screen?See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The top 20 Black Friday bestsellers among Business Insider readers last yearSephora's Black Friday 2019 sale will include tons of gifts under $15We tested 3 different styles of the Hunter rain boots you see everyone wearing — they’re flexible, comfortable, and fully waterproof
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'Win a baby' contest has heartwarming ending
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Women’s soccer team Sky Blue FC scores season at Red Bull Arena
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Opinion: Calling witnesses 'never Trumpers' won't save Trump
With no evidence to back up his charge, President Donald Trump called foreign service officer and Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams a "Never Trumper" on Sunday, making her the latest public servant to become the object of President Trump's smear campaign. - RSS Channel
Calling the witnesses 'never Trumpers' won't get Trump off the hook
President Trump's attacks on the witnesses before the House Democratic impeachment inquiry doesn't weaken the evidence they're assembling of improper conditions being placed on release of military aid to Ukraine, says Samantha Vinograd
NASA scientists swooped over Antarctica and captured a gnarly world
Antarctica is insane. As Antarctic scientist Ted Scambos has repeatedly told me, the lofty mountains on this remote southern landmass are literally up to their necks in ice.  There's so much ice blanketing Antarctica that, if all the ice melted, sea levels would rise 200 feet. Antarctica's ice sprawls over a region about the size of the U.S. and Mexico combined.  Consider that as you view a fresh batch of ineffable Antarctic photos snapped by NASA scientists. The agency is presently flying an expedition over this wondrous ice world, called Operation IceBridge. The multi-year mission is NASA's "most comprehensive airborne survey of ice change." The ice, if you weren't aware, is experiencing momentous change as the climate and oceans relentlessly warm.  Read more...More about Nasa, Science, Antarctica, Science, and Climate Environment
Paul Graham doesn’t understand enterprise software
I follow Y Combinator founder Paul Graham on Twitter because of his philosophical comments on technology. But yesterday, I saw this on my Twitter feed ...
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California Is Suing Juul for Allegedly Targeting Kids With Its Bad Marketing
Juul is staring down yet another lawsuit.
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This teenager almost died from a vaping-related illness amidst debate over flavor vaping ban
17-year-old Alexander vaped every day for more than a year when his lungs were filled with a white cotton-like substance and he almost died. The number of vaping-related injuries has climbed to more than 2,000 cases in the US, concerning doctors who are trying to pinpoint the exact cause.
Miserable Bengals fan living on roof until team wins
One sad Bengals fan is living on the roof of his restaurant until further notice. After the team fell to 0-4, Jeff Lanham jokingly promised his wife he would sleep on the roof of their cafe, located about 40 miles outside Cincinnati, if the Bengals lost to the Cardinals the following week. Lanham’s wife quickly...
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NASA partners with SpaceX, Blue Origin, and more to send large payloads to the Moon
In its ongoing effort to send cargo — and eventually people — to the lunar surface, NASA announced five new partnerships with commercial space companies that have designed robotic landers that can take large payloads to the Moon. The additions include some well-known industry heavyweights, such as SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Sierra Nevada Corporation, which have already partnered with NASA for other projects. The newcomers will join an already formed pool of nine companies that are part of NASA’s fledgling CLPS program, which stands for Commercial Lunar Payload Services. The goal is to have multiple different capabilities for transporting scientific instruments and cargo to the Moon, as NASA attempts to send people back to the lunar surface... Continue reading…
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Mailing free home HIV tests helps detect more infections
Mailing free home HIV tests to high-risk men offers a potentially better strategy for detecting infections than usual care. That’s according to a US government study that resulted in many more infections found — including among friends with whom recipients shared extra kits. The experiment recruited 2,600 men from online social network and music sites....
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Apple is holding a surprise event in December, but don’t expect much
Here’s a surprise: Apple has one more event in store for the year, and this time it’s for… apps? The company sent out invites to an event “honoring our favorite apps and games of 2019” taking place in NYC on December 2. This is unexpected. Apple Event. December 2 in NYC. — Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) November 18, 2019 While Apple hands out awards for the year’s best apps every year, it’s never hosted a physical event it. For some reason, Apple decided it needed to go bigger. It seems highly unlikely there’ll be new hardware on December 2, especially… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple
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UES family seeks nanny who can be kids’ personal papparazzi
It's a sad commentary on both the state of parenting.
New York Post
Beyond Meat vs Zhenmeat: The battle for China's meatless market
U.S. plant-based "meat" makers targeting China like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat Inc will need to battle homegrown rivals which are developing local favorites such as dumplings and mooncakes to nab a share of the lucrative market.
Trump attacks impeachment witnesses, suggests he might testify
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US angers Palestinians with reversal on Israeli settlements
Trump administration no longer considers settlements violate international law
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Bot campaign on Twitter fuels confusion about Bolivian unrest
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Ex-Giants LB Spencer Paysinger releases video of Super Bowl ring theft
Spencer Paysinger, a former Giant who was a rookie on the 2011 Super Bowl winning team, is trying to track down his Super Bowl XLVI championship ring he said was stolen from his Los Angeles home. Paysinger told TMZ he left a window open on March 17 when two crooks broke in and stole several...
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‘They Pronounced Me Safe and Then Started Commenting About the Place’
Reporting the smell of gas, getting a private bus ride and more reader tales of New York City in this week’s Metropolitan Diary.
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Yogurt sales sour as US breakfast culture changes
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Digital Trends Live: Ford’s Mustang Mach-E, more Stadia games, Iron Man jet suit
On this episode of Digital Trends Live, we break down the biggest-trending stories in tech, including Ford’s Mustang Mach-E, more Stadia games, TikTok as a music service, an Iron Man jet suit, a Boring dig in Las Vegas, and more.
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Pompeo Calls for Restraint in Hong Kong, and McConnell Asks Trump to Speak Up
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the police and protesters should refrain from violence. Senator Mitch McConnell said President Trump should make forceful statements on Hong Kong.
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Amazon Music launches free, ad-sponsored tier on iOS, Android, and Fire TV
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DOJ inspector general scheduled to testify about Russia report
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 11 to discuss the findings of his report into the opening of the Russia investigation, Chairman Lindsey Graham announced Monday. - RSS Channel
The State of the Art in Toilet Technology Is Lube
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Giving autonomous cars a theory of mind improves their integration
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