Books of the Week

(CNN)05/19/2019 “A Thousand Small Sanities” by Adam Gopnik 04/28/2019 “Working” by Robert Caro 04/14/2019 “Accidental Presidents” by Jared Cohen 04/07/2019 “Open” by Kimberly Clausing 03/31/2019 “Melting Pot or Civil War?” by Reihan Salam 03/10/2019 “The Third Pillar” by Raghuram Rajan’s 02/17/2019 “Billion Dollar Whale” by Tom Wright & Bradley Hope 02/10/2019 “A Foreign Policy for the Left” by Michael Walzer 02/03/2019 “Crude Nation” by Raul Gallegos 01/27/2019 “The Death of Truth” by Michiko Kakutani 01/13/2019 “Roma” a film by Alfonso Cuaron 12/16/2018 “Cultural Evolution” by Ronald Inglehart 2/09/2018 “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Harari 12/04/2018 “Presidents Under Fire: The History of Impeachment” (CNN documentary) 11/18/2018 “Revolution Française” by Sophie Pedder 10/07/2018 “Capitalism in America: A History” by …

Argh, me back: Arnold Schwarzenegger OK after South Africa flying kick

Film star and former California governor reassures fans after incident at Arnold Classic Africa bodybuilding event Arnold Schwarzenegger was pic.twitter.com/TEmFRCZPEA wrote on Twitter, thanking fans for their concern. I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. Im just glad the idiot didnt interrupt my Snapchat. A video of the incident posted by Schwarzenegger showed he was not felled by the kick. The assailant was quickly restrained by a security guard. Do me a favor, Schwarzenegger And if you have to share the video (I get it), pick a blurry one without whatever he was yelling so he doesnt get the …

Justin Bieber effect leads to closure of Icelandic canyon

Fjarrgljfur closed off to protect it from fans after it starred in pop stars video With one music video, Justin Bieber has made a pristine Icelandic canyon famous around the world. And thats the problem. Icelandic environmental officials have had to close off Fjarrgljfur to protect it from the hordes of Bieber fans who are determined to visit the site, which is featured in the video for Ill Show You. But these Ill Show You by Justin Bieber Its just one example of the challenges to Icelands fragile environment posed by its growing popularity with international visitors. Last year 2.3 million tourists visited the North Atlantic island nation, compared with 600,000 eight years ago. The 20% annual rise in visitors …

Rose McGowan Defends Constance Wu Amid ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Controversy! – Perez Hilton

Rose McGowan comes to Constance Wu‘s defense. As On Friday, the Citizen Rose star defended Wu’s comments by detailing her experience on Charmed, where she played the character of “Paige Matthews” from 2001-2006. McGowan wrote on Twitter: “When I would get renewed on Charmed I would cry. I was made [fun] of in front by my co-star in front of the crew at lunch for crying. I was painted as ungrateful because I was making money. But what if the money isn’t everything to us, wealth doesn’t justify being trapped in a life you don’t want. Everyone, including you, is entitled to change their perception of what equals wealth. I hope you feel no shame for sharing your true feelings. …

Game Asked Players To Kill Journalist, Make Him ‘Famous In A Different Way’

The revelation was shared Saturday by New York Times journalist Jamal Jordan, who said in a tweet that his nephew showed him the game “Sniper 3D Assassin.” The game was free to play and could also be accessed through Amazon, Google and Microsoft app stores. The level was removed by seen on YouTube. The mission begins with the sound of a gun cocking. Through the scope of the rifle, the player can see a police officer holding a red briefcase and approaching a journalist in a yellow hat. Crosshairs move to the head of the journalist. As the player fires, a slow-motion bullet strikes the journalist in the head, spilling blood. Michael Mac-Vicar, the CTO of the developing company, said …

Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage in a historic first for Asia

(CNN)Lawmakers in Taiwan have approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, a landmark decision that makes the self-ruled island the first place in Asia to pass gay marriage legislation. In recent months conservative groups have campaigned against same-sex marriage reform, pushing for a law that would see gay marriages redefined as something closer to same-sex unions. Tens of thousands of people braved pouring rain Friday to demonstrate in favor of same-sex marriage outside the parliament, as lawmakers began voting on three draft bills, one tabled by the country’s Cabinet — which would ultimately prove successful — and two watered-down rival bills tabled by conservative groups. The successful Cabinet bill was the only one to use the word “marriage.” It was backed …

Dame Shirley Bassey gets freedom honour

She said the award was “up there with becoming a Dame. It’s probably more so, because not many people get freedom of the city. There are a lot of Dames around”. After the ceremony, she said: “It was so emotional. I said I wasn’t going to cry and I did. “When they were reading [my achievements] all out that was it. I was like ‘did I do all that?’” Image caption Some of her best-known songs include James Bond theme tunes Diamonds Are Forever and Goldfinger Related Topics Music Cardiff Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

This BMJ Case Study Shows Just How Dangerous Measles Can Be If You’re Pregnant

You don’t want measles, period. You really don’t want measles when you’re pregnant, when it can cause severe maternal complications and premature birth. The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has published a case report of a 27-year-old woman from England, who caught measles when she was seven months pregnant. The woman was admitted to hospital with a fever, sore throat, and elevated heart rate as well as a rash, which had spread from the palms of her hand to her face. Tests revealed raised inflammatory markers with a lymphopenia, but doctors initially chalked it up to a viral infection – specifically, the flu. The rash, they say in the case notes, lacked the appearance typical of measles and the disease progression …

Man Arrives In Amsterdam Only To Find Out His Airbnb Is Actually A Shipping Container

It seems that no matter how hard Airbnb’s staff tries to secure and guarantee a welcoming experience for their clients and hosts, the Internet still keeps on posting the most absurd and sometimes even scary Airbnb stories. In fact, there have been some In an interview with a Dutch news site, Ben said: “We had already driven past the container three times in the taxi trying to find the place. We thought, ‘This can’t be it.’ But when we got out, it turned out that it was true. We opened the door and looked inside, locked the door and left. Then we went to a hotel.” News outlets, Airbnb representatives, even the district manager tried to find the owner of …

Steve Bullock stakes his 2020 claim on Iowa or bust strategy

Newton, Iowa (CNN)Steve Bullock knows he’s late to the 2020 dance, but nothing he’s seen so far has scared him away from joining the party. “Iowa is important to everyone’s campaign,” Bullock said in an interview Friday as he bounced from stop to stop on his first visit to the state since declaring his candidacy earlier this week. “Iowa has always played that traditional starting out role, but it’s certainly significant to mine.” Neither Joe Biden nor Bernie Sanders, the two early front-runners in the race, kept Bullock from running. The parade of Democratic senators and members of Congress running also didn’t dissuade him, but rather simply amplified his argument that a governor is more prepared to serve in the …

Depth of Field: In Alabama, The Handmaid’s Tale Is a Haunting Metaphor

The year is 2019. It is a time of chasmic divides. Republican rule has taken hold in America. The land aches from unrest. In the Deep South, once a province of notorious racial and social subjugation, history again flirts with twisted judgement. On Tuesday, 25 state senators—all of whom were white men, and who, like clowns at the circus, bear names like Del Marsh, Shay Shelnutt, and James "Jabo" Waggoner with mischievous, cowardly grins—voted to all but ban abortion in Alabama. Their bill makes no exceptions for rape or incest, and it punishes doctors who perform the procedure with life in prison. Governor Kay Ivey signed it into law the very next day, and effectively transformed the Heart of Dixie …

Wendy Williams Gets Rid Of Drug Abuse Charity She Started With Estranged Husband! – Perez Hilton

Wendy Williams continues to distance herself from her estranged husband, Kevin Hunter. On Wednesday, while appearing on her popular daytime talk show, The Wendy Williams Show star announced she is ending her substance abuse charity — The Hunter Foundation — that she started with Hunter. Despite dissolving the organization, she “remains committed to helping others in the struggles of life.” After revealing she was seeking treatment and living in a sober house in March, the 54-year-old promoted the charity and the drug abuse hotline on her show. However, according to The Blast, sources close to Hunter say he is concerned with the amount of jobs that will be cut. Reportedly, several workers at the call center are recovering addicts themselves. Per sources, Hunter believes Wendy is trying …