This new hashtag challenge has inspired hundreds of people to clean up their local parks and beaches.

When hashtag social media challenges go viral, they’re usually bad news. The Tide pod challenge, cinnamon challenge, and that one where people stuck condoms on their heads were all pretty bad ideas. But over the weekend, #Trashtag went viral, inspiring young people all over the world to buy a box of garbage bags and post photos of themselves cleaning up their local parks, beaches, and wilderness areas. It’s believed that the trend started on March 5 when Facebook user Byron Román shared a photo of himself issuing a challenge to “bored teens” asking them to “Take a photo of an area that needs some cleaning or maintenance, then take a photo after you have done something about it, and post …

16 Crazy Conspiracy Theories That Some People Actually Believe In

Conspiracy theorist and radio host #2 Paul Mccartney Was Replaced Paul Is Dead” theory, it claims that The Beatles’ bass guitarist and vocalist actually passed away in 1969, and was replaced by a look-a-like. It all started with a rumor that McCartney had passed away in a traffic accident and it later escalated into a theory that the band was trying to hide the fact that Paul is dead. What seemed to be a small theory became a theme of many articles in various newspapers. In 1993, McCartney joked about this theory in his live album titling it Paul is Live. People all over Twitter believe that Hillary Clinton has something to do with the tragic events of 9/11. You …

This British weatherman interrupted a live debate on crime with a point we all need to hear.

Alex Beresford just couldn’t stay silent while listening to a Good Morning Britain debate about knife crime in the UK. With an increase in knife attacks over the past few years, debates over how to handle knife crime in the United Kingdom are common. Similar to gang-related gun violence in the U.S., the majority of victims and perpetrators of such crimes are black youths living in urban areas. And also like gun violence debates in the U.S., such discussions are too often held without representation from the communities being debated. That fact compelled weatherman Alex Beresford to interject from off camera during a live Good Morning Britain debate on knife crime. Police Federation chair, John Apter, was in the middle …

Boeing a major lobbying player on Capitol Hill

Washington (CNN)Boeing, one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers, also is one of the biggest players in the Washington influence game — spending millions to lobby Congress and the executive branch each year. Further cementing the company’s Capitol Hill ties, a former Boeing lobbyist now serves as staff director on the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. The committee on Tuesday announced it would hold a hearing at a future date about aviation safety, following Sunday’s deadly crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft on a flight from Ethiopia to Kenya. John Keast, a former principal at Cornerstone Government Affairs, lobbied the House and Senate last year on Boeing’s behalf, according to lobbying reports filed with the Senate. Boeing …

The Genderless Digital Voice the World Needs Right Now

Boot up the options for your digital voice assistant of choice and you’re likely to find two options for the gender you prefer interacting with: male or female. The problem is, that binary choice isn’t an accurate representation of the complexities of gender. Some folks don’t identify as either male or female, and they may want their voice assistant to mirror that identity. As of now, they’re out of luck. But a group of linguists, technologists, and sound designers—led by Copenhagen Pride and Vice's creative agency Virtue—are on a quest to change that with a new, genderless digital voice, made from real voices, called Q. Q isn’t going to show up in your smartphone tomorrow, but the idea is to …

Family ‘desperate’ over missing Briton

“So this is unusual behaviour which gives us great concern for her safety. Please help us to find her.” Ms Shaw has been travelling since September and had previously visited Mexico and California. A Foreign Office spokeswoman confirmed it was supporting the family of a British woman and were “in contact with the local authorities as they search for her”. Skip Twitter post by @MissingAbroad Video appeal from the parents of Catherine Shaw, #missing in #SanPedro #Guatemala. Please RT especially if you are in the area. pic.twitter.com/fMMVnFjjLb — Lucie Blackman Trust (@MissingAbroad) March 9, 2019 In a video posted on Twitter by the trust, her mother urged her to get in touch, while her father added: “Your friends, your family …

US to withdraw remaining US diplomatic personnel from Venezuela, Pompeo says

(CNN)The US is withdrawing all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Caracas, citing the “deteriorating situation in Venezuela,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced late Monday. “Nicolas Maduro promised Venezuelans a better life in a socialist paradise. And he delivered on the socialism part, which has proved time and time again is a recipe for economic ruin,” he said from the State Department briefing room. “The paradise part? Not so much,” Pompeo remarked. Venezuela is struggling with an ongoing power outage, that has paralyzed most of the country. Rampant inflation and food scarcity have gripped Venezuela under Maduro, and thousands have fled to neighboring countries as shortages, political turmoil and crime rates have soared. Speaking in a televised …

What we know about the coaches, administrator accused of taking bribes in college admissions scandal

Joran Vavic (USC Athletics) According to the indictment, Vavic accepted bribes totaling more than $250,000 to designate two prospective students as recruits, thereby smoothing the path for their admission to USC. The university announced Tuesday afternoon that Vavic had been fired. Ali Khosroshahin: Khosroshahin was head coach of the USC women’s soccer team for seven seasons before he was fired following the 2013 season. He led the Trojans to the national championship in 2007, his first season on the job, and made the NCAA tournament in four of his seven seasons. According to his LinkedIn page, Khosroshahin is currently the owner of the amateur United Premier Soccer League’s Newport Futbol Club Laura Janke  (USC Athletics) The indictment alleges that the two …

Naomi Campbell & Liam Payne Spotted ‘Acting Like Love Struck Teenagers’ In Hong Kong – Perez Hilton

Are we having deja vu? It’s apparently becoming harder and harder for Naomi Campbell and Liam Payne to stay away from each other, but once the cameras come out… they completely separate! Just last week, the Brits made separate appearances as speakers at a WE Day event in London, but Miz Campbell completely dodged a question on the blue carpet about her rumored relationship, swiftly making an exit away from reporters. Watch her make her move HERE at the one-minute mark. And to top it off, while appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show on Friday, the iconic model continued to play it coy about her love life. The 58-year-old host asked: “There’s been a lot of headlines recently, Naomi, connecting you to …

Super PAC Backing Jeb Bush Fined $390,000 For Illegal Contribution From Chinese Firm

Jeb Bush’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination has been hit with a The combined fines are the largest ever imposed for campaign contributions by foreign nationals, said the Campaign Legal Center, a watchdog group. A The action is a “rare and remarkable step by the FEC, and a reminder that The Right to Rise super PAC solicited the contribution in 2016 from American Pacific International Capital, a California corporation owned by Chinese citizens, according to the CLC complaint. Bush’s brother Neil Bush was on the company board. The subject of the donations was The CLC filed an FEC complaint following a Corporations offer an easy cover for foreign actors to “influence elections, usually without detection,” CLC’s Brendan Fischer said. …

Rich Girl Confesses She Resents Her Boyfriend Because He Cant Spoil Her, Gets Shut Down With Responses

Confessions from UC Berkeley.” Unfortunately for her, instead of support people sympathized with her boyfriend, not her. In fact, they felt so sorry for him, they wanted to her to break up with him. Image credits: Sadly, money is one of the major reasons people break up. According to a study by Moreover, a told NBC News BETTER that it includes open-mindedness, intellectual humility, flexibility, and empathy, saying that “it’s a collection of strategies that help you deal with uncertain situations in contrast to situations that are well-defined.” Almost finished… To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Maher compares Trump to Michael Jackson: Both could ‘shoot someone on Fifth Avenue’ and not lose fans

BILL MAHER DEFENDS ILHAN OMAR’S ISRAEL COMMENTS: ‘I DON’T KNOW WHY THIS HAS TO BE SEEN AS ANTI-SEMITIC’ “I’m glad you’re saying that,” Maher told former RNC chairman Michael Steele. “People should be scared.” Maher then explained that he had watched “Leaving Neverland,” which features two accusers’ claims that Jackson sexually abused them as children. Then Maher compared the alleged misdeeds of the King of Pop, who died in 2009, to those of the current president. “It struck me that there are two things that are very similar to Donald Trump,” Maher said. “One, Michael Jackson could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and his fans wouldn’t leave him. And two, both of them commit crimes in the open. “It struck me …

Theres a Huge Snow Gear Sale This Weekend (Some Tech, Too)

This week, we at the Gadget Lab were all aflutter with the news that the Samsung Galaxy S10, the large phone with the hole-punch camera that our reviewer Jeffrey Van Camp called the best new Android phone, finally went on sale on March 8. But if you don't need a new phone, now is also a great time to pick up some other big-ticket items. This weekend, REI's End of Season Sale kicks off, through March 11. We found some of the best markdowns on our favorite past-season gear, from heated ski boots to sustainable snowboards and more. The final sales on snowgear hopefully mark the beginning of warmer days to come. We're ready! And don't worry, indoor cats. We …

Nicki Minaj Cancels ANOTHER European Show At The Last Minute – Mad Fans Chant ‘Cardi B’ In Response! – Perez Hilton

France and Nicki Minaj are totally fighting right now! OK, maybe not, like, ALL of France, but fans in the city of Bordeaux are PISSED at her after the superstar rapper was forced to cancel ANOTHER European concert night due to the venue in Bordeaux apparently not having enough electricity power on hand to pull off her elaborate show. (As you’ll remember, this exact thing Nicki came out on stage late last night in the French city — just minutes before the show was supposed to start, again — and broke the bad news to fans that the show had to be canceled at the last minute. And fans did NOT react well to it, initially booing her pretty loudly as …