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    Set in the sumptuous landscape of Sonoma Valley with a great-looking cast and juicy storylines bursting with scheming and betrayal, the new ABC series, “Promised Land” joins TV’s tradition of dirty, sexy nighttime soaps ranging from “Dallas” to “Succession.” But the show, which stars John Ortiz as Joe Sandoval, the relentless and ruthless patriarch of Heritage House Vineyards, offers something different from its predecessors: It’s the first network drama with an all-Latino cast, as well as a majority Latino crew and writers room.  And the storylines go beyond battles among the Sandoval clan over money and power: Joe’s son Mateo tries helping a worker named Daniela get illegal papers but when a deadly incident leads to the police discovery of her status, Joe must decide whether or not to turn Daniela over to ICE. (Logan Roy never faced issues like that, although if he did, we all know he wouldn’t hesitate to make the call.) “The superpower of the show is that it does check a bunch of those TV boxes — beautiful cars, beautiful houses, beautiful women, beautiful vineyards...
    An alternative electoral certificate signed by multiple Republican lawmakers in New Mexico was reportedly sent to the national archives, and those who supported are making it clear they make no apologies for their actions. Speaking to the Las Cruces Sun-News, Jewel Powdrell, dismissed concerns about the document. "Now that the election is over, why are we talking about it?" he asked, laughing. "How can you undermine an election that had already been done?" Powdrell also insisted that his purpose for signing the certificate was "to say I support the Republican Party" as he claimed it was not an effort to undermine the integrity of the election process. Per the Las Cruces Sun-News, “the parallel certification was undertaken ‘on the understanding that it might later be determined that we are the duly elected and qualified Electors for President and Vice President of the United States of America from New Mexico.’” READ: Former top FBI official: 'Concerning' Ginni Thomas signed letter saying Jan. 6 participants 'have done nothing wrong' Details about the bogus electoral certificates are coming to light. According to...
    GLOUCESTER COUNTY, N.J. (CBS) — A Gloucester County coffee company is unlike any other. In a world full of places to buy coffee beans, you would be hard-pressed to find more love going into each bag than at Holy Grounds Coffee. “That’s what this coffee’s about,” Lisa Ann George said. READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Another Round Of Snow Expected Overnight Into Thursday Morning CommuteHoly Grounds Coffee is a project of St. John of God Community Services in Westville. The clients here have special needs and many were working before COVID hit. But keeping a business running in a pandemic is hard,  some companies were forced to make cuts. The nonprofit had to come up with new employment opportunities for those in need. Jason McMullen runs the roasting machine. The coffee beans arrive green and with the push of a few buttons they’re roasted to the right flavor. Workers label and fill bags for orders and keep track of inventory. READ MORE: Man Critically Injured, More Than 45 Shell Casings Found In Tacony Shooting, Police Say“Our clients have been involved in every...
    This is a rush transcript from "Tucker Carlson Tonight," January 17, 2022. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. PETE HEGSETH, FOX NEWS CHANNEL HOST: FOX Nation plus later this week, as I mentioned, I'm hosting a Live Summit this Thursday at 9:00 AM on FOX Nation.If you don't have a subscription, go to FOX Nation right now. Use the promo code "classroom" and you get a 90-day free trial. "Classroom" 90-day free trial.I'll be back here tomorrow night. Up next, Tucker Carlson.TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS CHANNEL HOST: Good evening and welcome to TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT. Happy Monday.For Joe Biden, the past few months have amounted to the greatest political disaster of his life. In his case, that's not a small place to be. This is a man with three failed presidential campaigns on his resume.But this year has been different. Now, we don't mean to overstate it, but you can pick your humiliating ashes in sackcloth world historic defeat, Stalingrad, Corregidor, Gallipoli, and that's pretty much where Joe Biden is right now politically.Polls...
    (CNN)Long-serving Democratic Reps. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island and Jerry McNerney of California announced Tuesday that they will not be seeking reelection in November, joining the more than two dozen House Democrats planning to retire after this term of Congress.McNerney, who has served since 2007, announced that he will not run for another term in Congress, pointing to redistricting."Today I am announcing that I will not seek reelection in California's newly created 9th Congressional District," he wrote on Twitter. "I am honored that the citizens of California's 9th Congressional District chose me as their representative in the past five elections, and that those in California's previous 11th Congressional District gave me the privilege of representing them for three terms."California's redistricting commission last month formally approved the state's new congressional map, which still favors Democrats but could create an opportunity for Republicans in the newly created 9th District that encompasses Stockton and San Joaquin county. Rhode Island has yet to finalize its congressional map. In a column for The Providence Journal, Langevin, who has served more than two decades in Congress,...
    The prolific music writer and executive Jon Lind has died at the age of 73 after a two year battle with cancer. The star's career dates back to the 1960s as a folk singer when he opened for Judy Collins but he did not have a big success until he wrote the 1979 song Boogie Wonderland for the band Earth, Wind & Fire.  The New York native went on to become a busy song writer in the 1980s and 1990s wit hits such as Madonna's catchy 1985 song Crazy For You for the movie Vision Quest and Vanessa Williams' 1991 tune Save The Best For Last. Sad loss: The prolific music writer Jon Lind has died at the age of 73 after a two year battle with cancer. Seen in 2013 Save The Best For last was named ASCAP’s Song of the Year in 1992 and earned Grammy nomination for Song of the Year and Record of the Year in 1993. Jon also wrote songs for Cher and Aaron Neville.  He went on to become a music executive at Hollywood Records who...
    A massive fire has destroyed a popular roller rink in York County, but its devoted community is not willing to say goodbye to the beloved hotspot just yet. The roof was burned off of Mr. Q’s Family Skate Center in West Manchester Township, located in the first block of North Fayette Street in York on Sunday, around 7:15 p.m., according to officials. Although no injuries were reported, the damage is estimated to cost $1 million dollars, according to fire officials. The community is praying for the rink and its owners:  As the community mourns its loss the rink owners are apologizing to customers for the sudden closure. But the community is rallying to "save their happy place," as Jazmine Dunn wrote of the GoFundMe campaign page she started on Monday.  The campaign had raised $2,115 of a $10,000 goal from 40 donors as on Tuesday morning. Dunn's campaign is actually one of two -- the other of which was started a few hours later by the fiance of one of the owner's grandchildren. "I swear the rinks were our life, job,...
    Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has disbanded an alumni advisory committee that was created after a 2020 investigation found evidence of racial bias against black players in his program and bullying behavior by some of his assistants. The Iowa Gazette reports that Ferentz's decision to end the committee came shortly after its leader, former offensive lineman David Porter, suggested it was time for Iowa to part ways with Ferentz. But Ferentz said he had decided to overhaul the committee last fall before Porter made his comment to other committee members in a text message. 'I have come to a decision that this is an appropriate time to dissolve our committee as it stands currently,' Ferentz wrote in an email to the 10-member committee on Tuesday. 'As we start a new calendar year and prepare to move forward with our preparation for the 2022 season, I am giving thought to how we restructure the committee/board in a way that best serves our program moving forward.' Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has disbanded an alumni advisory committee that was created after a 2020...
    Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has disbanded an alumni advisory committee that was created after a 2020 investigation found evidence of racial bias against Black players in his program and bullying behavior by some of his assistants. The Gazette reports that Ferentz’ decision to end the committee came shortly after its leader, former offensive lineman David Porter, suggested it was time for Iowa to part ways with Ferentz. But Ferentz said he had decided to overhaul the committee last fall before Porter made his comment to other committee members in a text message. "I have come to a decision that this is an appropriate time to dissolve our committee as it stands currently," Ferentz wrote in an email to the 10-member committee on Tuesday. "As we start a new calendar year and prepare to move forward with our preparation for the 2022 season, I am giving thought to how we restructure the committee/board in a way that best serves our program moving forward." CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM FILE - Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz watches...
    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has disbanded an alumni advisory committee that was created after a 2020 investigation found evidence of racial bias against Black players in his program and bullying behavior by some of his assistants. The Gazette reports that Ferentz’ decision to end the committee came shortly after its leader, former offensive lineman David Porter, suggested it was time for Iowa to part ways with Ferentz. But Ferentz said he had decided to overhaul the committee last fall before Porter made his comment to other committee members in a text message. “I have come to a decision that this is an appropriate time to dissolve our committee as it stands currently,” Ferentz wrote in an email to the 10-member committee on Tuesday. “As we start a new calendar year and prepare to move forward with our preparation for the 2022 season, I am giving thought to how we restructure the committee/board in a way that best serves our program moving forward.” In 2020, the university hired the Husch Blackwell law firm to review...
              by Thomas Catenacci   The Department of Energy (DOE) announced Thursday that it would begin hiring 1,000 employees for its so-called Clean Energy Corps which will be tasked with fighting climate change. The new climate unit will be composed of both current DOE employees and the 1,000 recruits, according to the announcement. The Clean Energy Corps was created by the recently-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill, which appropriated $62 billion to the DOE for accelerating the nation’s transition to renewables. “This is an open call for all Americans who are passionate about taking a proactive role in tackling the climate crisis and want to join the team that is best positioned to lead this transformative work,” Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said in a message to applicants. “Solving the world’s greatest challenge will require the inclusion of all voices, perspectives and experiences – and we need people like you to ensure that DOE fulfills on our commitment to accelerate the clean energy transition to reduce emissions and save our planet,” Granholm said. On Friday, the DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer offices...
    The Chinese coronavirus pandemic helped create 20 new Asian billionaires across China, India, Japan, and Hong Kong between March 2020 and March 2021, Oxfam, a British-founded anti-poverty charity, revealed in a report published on Wednesday, the Guardian reported. “By March 2021 there were 20 new Asian ‘pandemic’ billionaires (from China, Hong Kong, India and Japan) whose wealth came from equipment, pharmaceuticals and services needed for the pandemic response,” according to the report published on January 12. “These include Li Jianquan and family, whose firm Winner Medical makes masks and personal protective equipment for health workers, and Dai Lizhong, whose company Sansure Biotech has produced COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] tests and diagnostic kits,” Oxfam detailed. Li Jianquan, 65, is a Hong Kong citizen who resides in Shenzhen, China. He chairs Winner Medical, which is a supplier of “disposable wound care and surgical products,” according to Forbes. The U.S. business magazine listed “Li Jianquan & family’s” net worth as $4.2 billion on January 14. Winner Medical started producing cotton-based medical dressings, such as bandages and gauze products, in China in 1991. The company...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — The recent rains might be good for Bay Area reservoirs, but the heavier precipitation is also leading to an increase in problems on local roads in dire need of repairs. Potholes are becoming a familiar hazard on roadways around the region, a drivers who aren’t careful might find themselves facing surprise trip to the body shop. READ MORE: COVID: South Bay Sewage Tests Show Signs of Omicron Decline“The road conditions are horrible. I commute everyday, all over the Bay Area,” said driver Rick Staples. Bay Area drivers’ eyes, tires and backs aren’t lying; the number of potholes has increased drastically due to recent storms. “It is a really thing to have rain in California, but unfortunately there is this side effect with which no one is very pleased. And this time of year, our maintenance teams at Caltrans are on the lookout for potholes,” said CalTrans spokesperson Janis Mara. READ MORE: Los Altos Hills Rolling Out Automatic License Plate Readers; Residents Can Opt-OutThe agency had 238 requests to fill potholes on Bay...
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) baselessly blamed Anthony Fauci for being entirely “responsible” for the coronavirus pandemic. “We have so many serious problems and we can point them all at one man. That is Dr. Fauci,” said Greene on the Thursday episode of former senior Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s War Room podcast. “Dr. Fauci is responsible for all of this. He created the gain-of-function. He gave it to China. They created the bioweapon, which is Covid-19, and it broke the world,” she claimed. “But our government and anyone that goes along with this and doesn’t fire Fauci, investigate him, prosecute him and hold him accountable is failing the American people.” this Marjorie Taylor Greene rant on Steve Bannon’s show is insane but it also highlights where Trumpers are at these days with their Covid conspiracy theories. pic.twitter.com/0fLBphhpN3 — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 13, 2022 Although there is apparent evidence that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which Fauci leads, funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, there is no proof that Fauci...
    By Zachary Cohen and Marshall Cohen | CNN In the weeks after the 2020 election, then-President Donald Trump’s allies sent fake certificates to the National Archives declaring that Trump won seven states that he actually lost. The documents had no impact on the outcome of the election, but they are yet another example of how Team Trump tried to subvert the Electoral College — a key line of inquiry for the January 6 committee. The fake certificates were created by Trump allies in Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Nevada and New Mexico, who sought to replace valid presidential electors from their states with a pro-Trump slate, according to documents obtained by American Oversight. The documents contain the signatures of Trump supporters who claimed to be the rightful electors from seven states that President Joe Biden won. But these rogue slates of electors didn’t have the backing of any elected officials in the seven states — like a governor or secretary of state, who are involved in certifying election results — and they served no legitimate purpose. The documents were first...
    MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has been offering in-depth analysis of MAGA Republicans’ efforts to undermine the Electoral College results in states that now-President Joe Biden won in 2020, including sending out fake electors. And in a recent broadcast, the liberal MSNBC host reported that those fake electors tried to pull off that deception in “at least” five different states. Maddow showed five Electoral College documents side by side on the screen, explaining, “I picked these five states to show you what the real electoral vote ascertainment documents look like. I picked these five because thanks to the watchdog group American Oversight, we now know that in all five of these states, Republicans also prepared forged fake documents that were sent to the government — proclaiming that actually, these other electors were the real electors from these states, and they were casting the states’ Electoral College votes not for Biden, but for Trump.” How did the Trump DOJ know that two weeks earlier, Republicans in at least five states had created forged elector documents?pic.twitter.com/s9Qumx8zKb — Maddow Blog (@Maddow Blog) 1641959013 The MSNBC...
    These trends are two of the most important cultural developments facing our America today. It is no wonder that as our country grows more secular, the citizenry has become more comfortable with being ruled by god-kings, who have been aided by the crisis in faith brought on by the pandemic. Impending doom and fear of death often push people to seek out religion. Big government, big business, and big media have filled that void. Elected officials have grown comfortable issuing orders in the name of public health and safety about what medical treatments people must take. Disobedience is met with the threat of financial and social punishment. They have also taken on the role of provider for more Americans. We understood it in 2020 when temporary payments went to workers forced out of their jobs by the lockdowns. Now there are calls for more permanent payments for people who think the existence of any risk due to COVID is a reason not to work. Large corporations in the god-king era have become unelected, unaccountable instruments of...
    KYLIE Jenner fans are now thinking that the star created a secret Instagram account for her daughter, Stormi- one that doesn't seem to follow her famous sisters. The 24-year-old is set to welcome her second child with rapper Travis Scott. 5Some of Kylie Jenner's fans believe she has created a secret Instagram account for her daughter, StormiCredit: kyliejenner/Instagram 5However, the account does not follow Kylie's famous sistersCredit: Instagram One eagle-eyed fan took to Reddit to share with fans that Kylie may have created an Instagram account for her 3-year-old, which was discovered while running through Khloe's following list. The user explained: "I went through Khloe's following list the other day and I found Stormi's instagram account. "At first I thought it was a fan account of some kind but the account is private. Not only is it private, there are only 18 followers- all of whom are Kylie's circle." The user then shared the list of all who follow the account, which includes Khloe, and Kendall and Kris Jenner. It also has Kris' boyfriend Corey Gamble, Sofia Richie, and...
    In the latest example of cryptocurrency's continued volatility, top digital currencies Bitcoin and Ethereum have seen their prices drop drastically since the start of the year, following remarks from the US Federal Reserve that it may raise interest rates. Bitcoin in particular, the world's most popular cryptocurrency, is currently embroiled in its worst slump in four years, having lost nearly 40 percent of its market value in a mere two months. The popular coin saw its death spiral fall to as far as $39,558 on Monday, dipping below a crucial $40,000 resistance marker for the first time since September 2021. Bitcoin saw its market price fall to $39,558 on Monday amid the recent crypto crash, dipping below a crucial $40,000 marker for the first time since September 2021 Ethereum - the second-largest digital coin - slumped 2.76%  to $3,020.16 after briefly dropping below the key $3,000 level, seen for the first time back in May 2021 It is nearing what market analysts commonly refer to as the 'death cross,' a bearish indicator which occurs when the 50-day moving average dips...
    An Instagram model has claimed a sex doll company have created a racy figurine based on her appearance and are promoting it using her name and image.  Yael Cohen Aris, from Israel, claims manufacturer Irontech Dolls have modelled a sex doll on her without her consent - with almost idential features, down to the distinctive beauty mark on her bottom lip.  The former programmer claims the company have been selling the doll under the name 'Yael' and promoting it on online forums using the model's own real-life images.   Yael is now demanding the item be pulled off the shelves and is seeking help to take legal action against the firm.  Model Yael Cohen Aris, from Israel, (pictured left) claims manufacturer Irontech Dolls have modelled a sex doll on her without her consent. Right: The racy figurine Yael said is being sold using her name after being modelled on her face and body without permission Appearing on This Morning today, she said: 'I don't have anything against the sex doll industry, the problem here is they did it without my consent, without my...
    Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL) claimed that the COVID-19 pandemic was a manmade “bioweapon” created by the Communist Chinese during a Saturday appearance on the Fox News Channel. Brooks, a candidate for U.S. Senate in Alabama, told FNC’s “Fox News Live” that it would be something we would have to “learn to deal with” despite a reluctance to discuss the pandemic by Democrat leaders. “[T]he bottom line is this — and people need to understand this: This is a bioweapon that was created in the Wuhan bioweapons lab of the Communist Chinese Party, in conjunction with the People’s Liberation Army,” he said. “It’s going to be around for a long time, and we have to learn to deal with it. We cannot shut ourselves up, which is one of the policies that unfortunately has done so much damage to our economy at the assistance of Democratic governors, mayors, and to some degree, President Joe Biden. That isn’t going to work.” FNC’s Jacqui Heinrich questioned the merits of Brooks’ claim, adding there was “not any proof” of the claim it was a...
    On Friday, the Biden administration doubled down on the claim. "Under President Biden, the economy has created more jobs per month than under any other President — ever," the official White House Twitter account bragged. Under President Biden, the economy has created more jobs per month than under any other President \u2013 ever.pic.twitter.com/yAQING1tT8 — The White House (@The White House) 1641592864 The Twitter reactions saw a multitude of commenters who were dubious of the claim. The cynics asserted that many of the jobs "created" were workers returning to the workforce after not working because of the pandemic and government restrictions related to the pandemic. Especially since there are no longer mass lockdowns across the country like there were in 2020. Digital director Logan Hall: "Sleight of hand. Vast majority of these were return from state lockdown." Progressive radio host Kim Iversen: "I can’t believe the White House tweeted this. This is just another example of their gaslighting."' Former Republican Rep. Mark Walker: "The Biden Administration arguably had the worst first year of any Presidency in history. But according...
    New York (CNN Business)Coca-Cola is tapping into the canned cocktail craze with a boozy version of its Fresca soda.In a partnership between Corona brewer Constellation Brands and Coke, the companies will launch Fresca Mixed, a spirit-based cocktail, later this year. Fresca is the second non-alcoholic drink owned by Coke to be turned into a spiked version. In 2020, it successfully launched Topo Chico hard seltzer. Imagery and nutritional information for Fresca Mixed hasn't yet been released. Constellation (STZB) and Coke said they are launching the product because Fresca is "experiencing a surge in popularity," because it's zero-calorie and has no sugar, making the 64-year-old beverage an optimal choice as a mixer. Diet soda is disappearing from store shelvesThe companies didn't reveal what flavors they'll release, but they said that Fresca Mixed will be "inspired by recipes created by Fresca fans from around the globe." One notable fan is Bravo host Andy Cohen, who commonly drinks a "Frequila" on his show, which mixes tequila and a Fresca.Read MoreCanned cocktails sales have exploded as drinkers look for convenience and new flavors...
              by Bethany Blankley   As school districts across the U.S. start 2022 in remote-learning settings or are considering doing so because of a rise in COVID-19 cases, parents now have more options as 22 states expanded or created school choice initiatives in 2021. That’s a silver lining, advocates say, as parents grow more frustrated by ever-changing mandates, failed virtual learning outcomes and conflicting views with school boards over a range of issues. Last year was an “historic year for school choice in America,” the American Federation for Children said in its analysis of “school choice victories.” “A record number of states passed legislation to create, expand, or improve school choice programs and hundreds of thousands of children stand to benefit,” it added. Nearly half of all state legislatures last year increased funding for school choice programs in their state budgets or passed laws to expand or create new Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) or scholarship programs. They also notably expanded eligibility requirements to include home-schooling, charter schools and private schools. Four states created entirely new programs; three created new and expanded...
    Rep. Rashida Tlaib, known for her anti-Israel tirades and profanity-laced pledge to impeach then-President Donald Trump, is leaving her Detroit-based district to run for a more suburban seat. The Michigan Democrat announced the shift on Wednesday, part of broader fallout from the state's new congressional maps. Tlaib, a member of a group of far-left lawmakers known as "the Squad," will move to the new Detroit-area district that neighbors her current one. Tlaib is no stranger to controversy. The Palestinian American lawmaker once called Israel an apartheid state during remarks on the House floor, prompting accusations of antisemitism. And three years ago, on her first day in office, Tlaib told supporters about Trump, "We’re gonna go in and impeach the motherf*****." That message was decidedly at odds with House Democratic leaders, though the chamber did end up impeaching Trump twice, with Senate acquittals coming in early 2020 and 2021, the second time after he was out of office. Tlaib's campaign announcement said communities in her current district “were unfortunately split up between the new 12th and 13th...
    A word guessing game taking the world by storm has been compared to 1980s game show Lingo.  Josh Wardle, who lives in Brooklyn and graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006, created the game Wordle to play with partner Palak Shah.   Having first played the game with Ms Shah, Mr Wardle then shared it with his family on WhatsApp, where it proved so popular that he opened it up to the world.  On November 1, Wordle had 90 players. Last Sunday, more than 300,000 people took part in the daily challenge, with game spreading rapidly on social media.  However, it has now been compared to game show Lingo, which aired in the US and the UK in the 80s. A recent UK revival show has aired on ITV since 2020.  In the game show, Lingo contestants took turns guessing five-letter words. Similarly, in Wordle, players are invited to guess a five-letter word once a day.  Upon submitting their guess, Wordle tells you whether any of your letters are in the secret word and whether they are in the correct...
    NEVADA COUNTY (CBS13) — There are new emergency measures in Nevada County to keep people safe during week two of the widespread power outage in the foothills. The county is now trucking in firewood for people who have no other method to stay warm. CBS13 was there are as a truck unloaded a delivery of firewood to fight off the freezing cold. READ MORE: California State Lawmaker Ends Bill To Limit Intersex SurgeriesThe logs, from Butte County, are free for pickup to help heat Nevada County homes stuck in an outage too long for anyone’s comfort. Suprya Starr loaded up her car with the free logs that will go straight into her fireplace. “It’s day eight today without power,” Starr said Monday. “Oh my goodness, my house is 48 degrees right now, so I hope I can go warm it up. I hope this catches fire.” Nevada County created these firewood stations Sunday, with so many people there stuck in the cold. The rule: Only take what you need for three days of home heating. “This right there, this is a...
    A word guessing game taking the world by storm was created by a British software engineer for his partner.  Josh Wardle, who lives in Brooklyn and graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006, created the game Wordle to play with partner Palak Shah.   Having first played the game with Ms Shah, Mr Wardle then shared it with his family on WhatsApp, where it proved so popular that he opened it up to the world.  On November 1, Wordle had 90 players. Last Sunday, more than 300,000 people took part in the daily challenge.  Once a day, the game invites players to guess a five-letter word and, upon submitting their guess, Wordle tells you whether any of your letters are in the secret word and whether they are in the correct place. Players are then given six attempts to guess what the secret word is.  Josh Wardle, who lives in Brooklyn and graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006, created the game Wordle to play with partner Palak Shah Having first played the game with Ms Shah, Mr...
    The pause on federal student loans, which the White House says “has saved 41 million borrowers tens of billions of dollars” so far, is set to lift on May 1 (after another extension) as The Daily Beast previously reported advocates had made last-ditch efforts to extend it from the Jan. 31 deadline. But they don’t want to stop there, they want President Joe Biden to cancel them entirely. It doesn’t look like Biden is budging even though—as Melissa Byrne, founder of Project Springboard and former Bernie Sanders campaign staffer, tells Molly Jong-Fast on this bonus episode of The New Abnormal—it would be so easy for him to get rid of them. So why won’t he? Did you know you can listen to The New Abnormal bonus episodes in your member dashboard or a podcast app? Click here to get set up and sign up for new episode email alerts here.
    Author Jorgen Randers speaks at a Club of Rome gathering in 2012. If you were going to create a group to be at the Illuminati center of your conspiracy theory, it would be hard to do better than the Club of Rome. Created in 1968 at the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome, the “club” is actually a group of 100 former politicians and political leaders, successful business gurus, former United Nations diplomats, world-renowned scientists, and influential economists from around the globe. There’s little wonder that there’s hardly a string-and-and sticky note-covered wall in conspiracyland that doesn’t feature a center circle for this surely sinister group. At various times, the group has included Mikhail Gorbachev and Václav Havel. It’s been directed by economist Joseph Stiglitz, chemist Alexander King, and environmentalist Ashok Khosla. It’s been widely known for its regular reports forecasting the near future (over three dozen of them now) and for its frequent endorsement for the idea of “limits to growth” (LTG). That’s the idea that, whether in nature or business, every system eventually reaches boundaries based on the available resources, and that reaching such a boundary can...
    x Vimeo Video Happy New Year! I created this animation several years ago — it was originally published on January 1, 2013 — waaaaay back before things really started to go haywire. From the holiday journalism perspective, it still holds true today, although the president has changed a time or two since then. I hope you enjoy it . . . and forgive me for taking a week off, heheh.  Thank you SO much for following my work here on Daily Kos, and as always, thanks for considering joining me behind-the-scenes on my Patreon page! See you in 2022! This content was created by a Daily Kos Community member. Make YOUR voice heard! Log in or create an account.
    A professor of history at a Texas school said legendary football coach and commentator John Madden created a “digital plantation” by producing the popular Madden NFL simulator video game series. Andrew McGregor, a professor of history at Dallas College, made the comments on Twitter hours after the NFL announced the death of Madden at the age of 85. FOOTBALL LEGEND JOHN MADDEN’S NFL ARC, FROM SUPER BOWL WINNER TO BROADCASTING GREAT “I have a lot of opinions on John Madden,” McGregor wrote Tuesday. “The creation of the Madden video game was not a great development for the U.S. It further glamorized violence and dehumanized black athletes, helping to establish plantation cosplay that has grown worse in the era of fantasy football.” Screenshot McGregor, who is white, wrote several tweets criticizing Madden, saying he “profited off of Black athletic labor and glamorized the violence inherent in the game." He has since locked his account. The annually updated game, which first came out in 1988, is marketed by EA Sports. It has long featured Madden...
    As another new year approaches amid the greatest global pandemic in this century, and a new variant rears its ugly head, it’s frankly remarkable how much art was able to happen in 2021. Moira Villiard“Madweyaashkaa: Waves Can Be Heard”Even in the dark of January. One of the first bright spots of the year was “Illuminate The Lock: Madweyaashkaa: Waves Can Be Heard by Moira Villiard.” It was part of the “Bring Her Home: Sacred Womxn of Resistance” exhibition presented by All My Relations Arts, in partnership with Northern Lights.mn, Mississippi Park Connection and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.  Moira Villiard, a Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe direct descendent, created gorgeous animation that was projected on the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam for the project, while music by Jaakola (Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe) played in conjunction by narration. It was cold, people were masked, and yet the feeling of gathering together, witnessing Villiard’s lovely story offered quite a bit of hope for the new year.  There were even shows indoors early on, albeit small...
    Late former Senator Harry Reid, who grew up approximately a two-hour drive from Area 51, spent much of his congressional career trying to unearth more about Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and fund government projects to explore life in space. 'I think that I have opened the door to people not being afraid to talk about it,' Reid told Politico in interviews conducted in the final months of his life that were published this week. 'I know that when I first got involved in this, people in the military were afraid to mention it for fear of it hurting their promotions,' he said. 'But now the Pentagon has told them they should report all these things that they see that are unusual. So we made a tremendous amount of progress.' In his retirement from Congress in 2017, Reid became increasingly vocal on the need for more funding for UFO research – even making that the central focus of one of his last interviews before dying at age 82 on Tuesday. 'Congress should make this an ongoing program,' Reid told The Guardian in...
    STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking the public’s help finding Beau Mann, 39, who has been missing since late November. Mann was last seen wearing a blue baseball cap, dark sweatshirt, dark pants and black shoes on Nov. 30, around 2:00 p.m. at a convenience store on the 11000 block of Ventura Boulevard in Studio City. He may have also been wearing a backpack. He is described as a white man weighing about 220 pounds with brown hair, blue eyes and is about 5-foot-10. READ MORE: Residents Cautious With New Year's Plans As New Daily COVID-19 Infections Hit Record HighsMann is the founder of the social media community Sober Grid, which was created for recovering addicts. After suffering with addiction when he was younger, Mann created Sober Grid in 2016 to provide a safe space for also suffering from substance abuse. “Sober Grid has been successful in touching thousands of lives across 117 countries because of our teams’ shared experiences with our community and our clients.,” said Wendy Warrington, Acting CEO of Sober Grid. “Now...
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hit out against College Republicans for a tweet wishing a Happy Kwanzaa, calling it a 'fake religion created by a psychopath.'  'Wishing you a happy and prosperous Kwanza,' the national group for conservative college students wrote on Twitter on Sunday.   'Stop. It's a fake religion created by a psychopath,' Greene, a Georgia Republican, wrote back on Twitter. 'You aren't bringing in new voters, you are turning them away. People are tired of pandering and BS.'  Kwanzaa is a secular festival of African American culture celebrated each year from Dec. 26-Jan. 1.  Founded in 1966 by activist and Black Power movement figure Maulana Karenga, it is based on African festival traditions as a way to 'give blacks an alternative to the existing holiday of Christmas and give blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and their history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society,' according to Karenga.  'Stop. It's a fake religion created by a psychopath,' Greene, a Georgia Republican, wrote back on Twitter It is said to celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa- unity,...
    A paralysed man in Australia has become the first person to tweet a message via direct thought thanks to a tiny brain implant the size of a paperclip. Philip O'Keefe, 62, who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which has left him unable to move his upper limbs, tweeted: 'No need for keystrokes or voices. I created this tweet just by thinking it.' #helloworldbci He was diagnosed with ALS, a form of Motor Neurone Disease, in 2015, and successfully turned his direct thought to text using the Stentrode brain computer interface (BCI) on December 23.  The interface, created by California-based Synchron - a neurovascular bioelectronics medicine company - allows patients to carry out tasks on a computer just by using their mind.     A paralysed man in Australia has become the first person to tweet a message (above) via 'direct thought' thanks to a tiny brain implant the size of a paperclip. Philip O'Keefe, 62, suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which has left him unable to move his upper limbs. To share the news, he took over the Twitter handle of...
    Fox Sports host and NFL Hall-of-Famer Shannon Sharpe destroyed Antonio Brown on Monday after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver claimed he is the victim of media driven drama. Brown returned to the football field Sunday afternoon for the first time in more than two months after he was sidelined by injury and a suspension. The latter was imposed following a league investigation into allegations that Brown used a fake Covid vaccination card. “AB’s a clown,” Sharpe ranted to his Undisputed co-host Skip Bayless. “The media didn’t write that you got a fake vaccination card without you going to get a fake vaccination card.” On Sunday, Brown cut a reporter off for asking about returning from a three-game suspension and proceeded to rip the media. “It’s a lot of drama you guys create,” Brown said. “A lot of drama people create who want stuff from me.” Sharpe went on to highlight the various slip-ups Brown has incurred throughout his NFL career, citing issues with the wide-receiver in Pittsburgh, Oakland, New England, and now Tampa Bay. “Everything that’s happened in AB’s...
    Literature and movies have primed us to view robots as threatening, a danger that companies counter by aggressively promoting them as useful and adorable. We’re being indoctrinated to embrace robots as benign servants by their almost-human and almost-dog designs that signal familiarity, yet don’t tip over into the uncanny valley—the point when a robot is both too human-like yet not human enough, and it triggers uneasiness. Our acceptance is enhanced as we enjoy their choreographed dances to popular songs and demonstrated ability to handle jobs we’d rather avoid, like cleaning floors, flipping burgers, and performing repetitive tasks. Each week we see new reports of tasks robots can handle—making cocktails, cooking french fries—plus new robot capabilities. They are dancers, domestic helpers, disaster first-responders, warriors, and much more. They’re here in our daily lives—charming and convenient, creepy and disturbing—but just how much of a threat are robots? Can we really trust robots and the industries that make use of them? When I watched Boston Dynamics’ robodog Spot dancing to “Uptown Funk” in its 2018 video premiere, my amusement mingled with apprehension. Spot’s predecessor,...
    From a graveyard full of icy snow creatures to a recreation of Gulliver being strapped to the ground, the sky is the limit when snow falls out of it.  People from around the world have shared the most interesting snow sculptures they've made - with the very best collated in an incredible gallery by Bored Panda.      One long-haired dog found a canine companion in a snow sculpture with an uncanny likeness, while another snap showed a ravenous snowman eating a man whole. Elsewhere, a man created a fire complete with logs and smores, while a fourth shows an octopus as big as a small car, with huge snow tentacles.  Here, FEMAIL shares some of the best examples... People from around the world have shared the most interesting snow sculptures they've made - with the very best collated in an incredible gallery by Bored Panda (pictured, this European sculptor created an incredible likeness to the Venus de Milo) This icy sculpture created by an American snow enthusiast was so convincing it actually looked warm, and that marshmallow looked surprisingly squidgy Spot the...
    As far as we know, what we have been saying to each other in recent years is that Mars was once a planet like us, full of clear lakes and oceans, resulting in lush terrain. Yet there is a problem with this view of the red planet: it is so cold that the water on the surface is too cold to be liquid. so what? University of Chicago geophysicist Edwin Guide has strangely reconstructed the history of the Red Planet. According to him and his team, the clouds have warmed the planet enough to support the splash of liquid water on the surface. Mark Carlick / Science Photo LibraryGetty Images On Earth, fewer clouds cool the Earth’s surface, while more clouds heat the planet. The same goes for Mars, the clouds could have been more uniform and given the greenhouse effect. By simulating this new situation, Kite and his team created a global climate model of Mars. “Our samples produced hot, dry climates, but only if the spatial distribution of surface water was very uneven,” Guide explains. To...
    The international hacker group called “Anonymous” hit the United Nations Networks for Migration website on Thursday, creating a post called “Thanks to Anonymous, Taiwan Returns to the U.N. Once More Before Christmas!” filled with pro-Taiwan links. Taiwan News said the links planted on the U.N. website by Anonymous included graphics of Taiwan’s national flag, audio of its national anthem, and music videos satirizing the Chinese Communist Party. Screenshot/Migration Network The hackers also planted some material related to Ukraine on the U.N. page, including a “small idea for a Ukrainian peace plan” that essentially advised the U.N. to take over the Ukrainian government while using peacekeepers to fend off a Russian invasion, at least until a referendum can be held asking if eastern Ukraine should become independent, be absorbed by Russia, or remain part of Ukraine as it stands. The hackers also dropped a link to the nostalgic World War II song “It’s Been a Long, Long Time,” used in the blockbuster Marvel film Avengers: Endgame as the love theme for Captain American and his WW2 sweetheart, Peggy Carter.  Anonymous topped...
    Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images Tom Brady has seven Super Bowl rings, three NFL MVPs and a near billion-dollar brand, but does he have enough clout, certainty and arrogance to claim the color blue as his own? Yes. Thursday morning, the 44-year-old NFL superstar announced collaboration with Pantone, a longtime color influencer, to create Brady Blue 112-22. The new hue was developed for the quarterback’s apparel line, BRADY, which is set to be available Jan. 12, 2022. Developed in partnership with quarterback @TomBrady, @bradybrand and Pantone Color Institute: Brady Blue 112-22 is bold, exuding strength and confidence, imbued with an inner intensity, emblematic of his self-determination and commitment to precision.#Pantone #Bradyblue pic.twitter.com/4toZamFxa1 — PANTONE (@pantone) December 23, 2021 According to the news release, Brady Blue “embodies the brand’s founding principles to be the best you can be while inspiring fearlessness, resilience, and confidence towards achieving peak performance.” Interestingly, Brady Blue is not emblematic of the Michigan blue he wore in college or the color he sported during his two-decade run with the New England Patriots and it’s certainly not...
    Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.This story was published in partnership with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. When COVID-19 started sweeping across America in the spring of 2020, Irene Bosch knew she was in a unique position to help. The Harvard-trained scientist had just developed quick, inexpensive tests for several tropical diseases, and her method could be adapted for the novel coronavirus. So Bosch and the company she had co-founded two years earlier seemed well-suited to address an enormous testing shortage. E25Bio—named after the massive red brick building at MIT that houses the lab where Bosch worked—already had support from the National Institutes of Health, along with a consortium of investors led by MIT. Within a few weeks, Bosch and her colleagues had a test that would detect coronavirus in 15 minutes and produce a red line on a little chemical strip. The factory where they...
    A TEACHER has split the internet with his drawing of poppies on red card for his class that created a baffling optical illusion. The Canadian sparked debate online after he revealed that the outlines of the cut-out flowers appeared to overlap — even though the lines don't actually touch. 5 A Canadian teacher accidentally created an optical illusion when he drew outlines of poppies on red cardCredit: Reddit Sharing the image of a dozen poppies to Reddit, user SlipperyPockets explained: "I drew poppy outlines for my class to cut out — they look like they overlap but don't." At first glance, the poppies — which are worn to show support on the days leading up to Remembrance Sunday — appear to all be overlapping. However, when the eye has had a chance to focus it becomes clear that the curved edges of the flowers are not touching. The post soon generated a huge response on Reddit, including thousands of comments, as users couldn't believe what they were seeing. 5Credit: Reddit 5Credit: Reddit 5 One wrote: "Whoa that's weird." Another added: "It's...
    Holiday travelers transit through Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia, on December 20, 2021.Daniel Slim | AFP | Getty Images American corporations, government officials and other institutions are once again weighing the risks of Covid as they plot an operational path forward during the holiday season. But this time, instead of facing a scared public, they're dealing with a largely vaccinated population increasingly exhausted by the virus and its variants. The result is a jumbled, contradictory response to the omicron variant. Professional sports leagues are postponing games, the World Economic Forum is pushing back its annual Davos conference, and colleges restricting indoor gatherings. Meanwhile, younger audiences helped "Spider-Man: No Way Home" score the second-biggest weekend opening in box office history, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will take place on schedule on Jan. 5, and government leaders in New York are assuring constituents that schools won't close even as city classrooms temporarily shut down. A lack of leadership, both federally and locally, has led to small factions operating in their own self interest rather than following a unified policy,...
    The superyacht "Kismet", currently owned by Pakistani-American billionaire Shahid Khan, is seen moored near Tower Bridge on October 21, 2021 in London, England.Leon Neal | Getty Images More than 1,000 superyachts are now in production or on order, as the global rich seek refuge from Covid-19 and crowds on their nine-figure floating palaces. According to Boat International's 2022 Global Order Book, a record 1,024 superyachts — defined as yachts over 80-feet long — are in construction or on order, up 25% over last year and surpassing the last peak in 2008. With shipyards straining to keep up with demand, wealthy buyers are being told they have to wait three to five years for a custom superyacht. "The shipyards are very full," said Jonathan Beckett, CEO of Burgess, a yacht brokerage and management firm. "They are doing their best to satisfy customer requirements, but it's not easy." From Jeff Bezos' new 416-foot sailing yacht to Project Black Shark, a mysterious 252-foot yacht designed with a "shark-like skin," the sheer number and size of yachts under construction is unprecedented, according to industry...
    GAMERS hunting for a PlayStation 5 are in for some bad news as Intel CEO warns that console shortages could last until 2023. Despite launching over one year ago, both the PS5 and Xbox Series X have been notoriously difficult to get hold of. 1Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X are still almost impossible to buy one year post-launch And it's going to stay that way for a while, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said at a recent news conference during a trip to Malaysia (via Nikkei Asia). "The overall semiconductor shortage is quite significant and the semiconductor industry was growing about 5% per year before COVID. "COVID disrupted the supply chains, causing it to go negative," he explained. Which is why it's been so difficult to pick up Sony and Microsoft's new consoles, and why production of the Nintendo Switch is also feeling the effects. "Demand exploded to 20% year-over-year and disrupted supply chains created a very large gap...and that exploding demand has persisted," Gelsinger added. Things haven't been made much easier by scalpers taking advantage of the situation...
    Cypress, Texas (CNN)Archer Calder spent his childhood unable to talk with his younger sister, Della, his only sibling. Della has Bainbridge-Ropers syndrome, a rare genetic condition which affects her ability to eat, move and speak."I've never grown up with a neurotypical sibling, so that comparison is hard for me to make," Archer, 17, told CNN. "But I'll say that she's definitely very opinionated. If things don't quite go her way, she lets you know that."Della, 14, grew up using a combination of hand signals and short sounds to communicate with her family and caregivers. In her early teens, she was introduced to augmentative and alternative communications (AAC) applications, programs designed to help people who have trouble with speech or language skills. But her family was disappointed with the results."I really had imagined her speaking in sentences and thinking that she was going to tell me how wonderful and grateful she was for all the things we do for her. But it wasn't like that at all," said Caitlan Calder, Della's and Archer's mother.Read MoreDella refused to use the first application...