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The story behind the Pisa tower

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa is considered as part of the defining landmarks of Italy. This architectural wonder has been a part of the fabric in Pisa since the 12th Century. It is still remains as the biggest tourist attractions in Tuscany, and the perfect place to visit on your travels to Italy. The 14,500-ton tower would go on to become a symbol of civic pride, but, a lot of what is so iconic about this tower actually came about as a result of a mistake.

We didn’t know much about the Leaning Tower of Pisa for quite some time until we decided to look into the story behind it. When it comes to landmark designs around the world, the tower is the most unforgettable. So, let’s take a look at the story behind the tower, and what it was that turned it into the cultural emblem it became.

Early years

Construction of the tower began in around August of 1173, and it was then known as simply the Tower of Pisa. It was erected as the freestanding bell tower to go alongside Pisa Cathedral, meaning it had religious significance. Now, the construction was anything but smooth, and there were interruptions as a result of war and debt. The tower was actually upright for 5 years after its initial construction. But, after the building of the third floor, people began to notice that the tower was starting to lean!

The lean

As we already discussed, the lean was not actually intended, but, rather, a result of the tower being built on a foundation of clay. The architect failed to account for this (he should have done really, it being his job and all!), and this is the reason behind the lean. So, why didn’t the tower fall over rather than simply leaning? Well, it’s thought that the interruptions that occurred over time allowed the soil and clay to compress and become impacted before the rest of the tower was built.

More recent times

The tower itself is actually slipping further into the earth,xdropping at a rate of around 2 millimeters per year. It is thought that the tower is approximately 5 meters off of being perpendicular. To combat this, efforts were made to make the stories shorter on the uphill side, thus combating the problem, but it didn’t work. Eventually, the decision was made that the tower needed to be prevented from falling, but should still lean as it was essential to tourism. So, a team of engineers and architects came together, and a lead counterweight of 800 tons was installed!

Who created the tower?

There has long been a debate about who actually designed the tower. It seems like the real architect was possibly reluctant to come forward because of the miscalculation that led to the lean – this was likely to have been pretty embarrassing at the time. Bonanno Pisano and Gherardo di Gherardo are thought to have executed the first phase of the design. While the tower is thought to have been finished by Tommaso Pisano.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most recognizable and iconic landmarks around the globe. It is considered an anomaly because of the fact that it leans and should, by rights, have fallen over. There are so many different architectural wonders today, but this leaning tower is one of the most curious. Make sure you pay a visit to Tuscany and go see this amazingly iconic building.

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LiAngelo & LaMelo Ball Sign 1-Year Contract To Play In Lithuania

It appeared all but inevitable that LiAngelo Ball‘s college career was coming to an end, and that was confirmed when he signed with the same agent that represents his older brother, Lonzo Ball. LiAngleo and his younger brother LaMelo Ball, who also signed with the agent, have agreed to play one year overseas for a team in Lithuania. 

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LaMelo, 16, and LiAngelo Ball, 19, agreed to deals with Vytautas that will allow the two prospects to start their careers in a competitive professional league with a history of producing NBA players and focus on development. Both will report to the team in early January, sources told Yahoo Sports. LaMelo and LiAngelo — the younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers starting point guard Lonzo Ball — began the process of exploring international deals last week.

They have now committed to a Lithuanian team that won a championship last season and plays in competitive games in the Baltic and Lithuanian leagues, which includes teams that participate in EuroCup (Lietkabelis) and EuroLeague (Zalgiris). Several notable players have spent time in the Lithuanian league before joining the NBA or other leagues, including Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas, the No. 5 pick in the 2011 NBA draft; Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes; ex-Houston and New Orleans forward Donatas Motiejunas; former New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas; and Isaiah Hartenstein, who was a second-round pick to Houston in the 2017 draft.

The outlet adds that agent Harrison Gaines fielded a number of international deals for the brothers, but the signing with Vytautas Prienai offered the most potential for the players to find minutes.

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‘Tis the season for all things crafty.

Whether it’s making homemade ornaments or baking sweet treats for Santa, the holidays are the perfect time to embrace your creative side.

But who needs to buy pricy Christmas decor when you can create your own?

If you have kids in your life — nieces, nephews and godchildren count, too! — even better: This time of year is so magical for them, so share in their joy by creating one of these kid-friendly crafts together.

Wintery Luminary

A wintery candle is an easy, inexpensive DIY Christmas decoration you can make with your children.

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This candleholder provides an icy but elegant appearance and is so easy to make, even for the littlest crafters.

What you’ll need:

  • Glass jar (a clean jelly jar or baby food jar will work fine)
  • Epsom salt (my local Dollar Tree had a 16 oz. bag for $ 1)
  • Glue (I bought a 2-ounce bottle of Mod Podge at Dollar Tree for $ 1)
  • Votive or tea light candle (another great Dollar Tree find)

Two blog posts inspired me to make this craft. Addicted to Decorating lays it out simply (which is the route I took), but if you want to add a touch of color to your luminary, check out this post from Crafts by Amanda.  

The latter post also advises using a glossy sealant spray, but you can skip that part — just don’t have everyone touching the finished product, and it should hold up fine.

Crafts by Amanda also warns the epsom salt will dry out within a few weeks, changing the candleholder’s appearance. So you might want to make these closer to Christmas if that’s when you want to show them off.

Painted Pinecone Trees

Pinecones, green paint and salt dough are the only things you'll need to make miniature Christmas trees with your little ones for Christmas decorations

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The kids will have a blast customizing these miniature Christmas trees you could use to grace the table at your big holiday dinner.

What you’ll need:

The blog smART Class has an awesome post on making this craft, so check it out.

The kids can take part in all aspects of this activity, from picking out the pinecones to painting them to decorating the mini trees.

The instructions from smART Class said to use Plaster of Paris for the “snow” to stick the trees in, but I went with salt dough, because there’s nothing easier than flour, salt and water.

The dough will dry out and harden on its own, so ignore the part of the recipe that says to bake in a 325 F oven.

Let the kids tap into their creativity to decorate the trees. Instead of glitter and beads from old necklaces, as suggested in the smART Class post, I made decorations out of extra salt dough — which I painted after they dried.

I also pulled cotton balls apart to create a little bit of faux snow.

Santa Wreath

A santa wreath is an easy, inexpensive DIY Christmas decoration you can make with your children.

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Switch out the traditional wreath for a version that favors Old Saint Nick.

What you’ll need:

  • Small plain wreath (I picked one up from Dollar Tree for $ 1)
  • Santa hat (another $ 1 find from Dollar Tree)
  • White tissue paper or tulle
  • White ribbon

Though the tots will be excited to see the daily reminder on their front door that Santa’s coming soon, this craft is more suitable for older children to make.

I took inspiration from Baby Rabies’ Santa tulle wreath tutorial but switched things up a bit.

Being the Penny Hoarder that I am, I tried to use items I had at home instead of buying new craft supplies. So I swapped out the tulle for tissue paper, using ribbon to tie my strips together.

I didn’t have a glue gun to secure the Santa hat to the top of my wreath, but luckily the hat I used fit very snuggly onto my wreath.

I also nixed the instructions to sew the hanging ribbon onto the Santa hat. Instead I cut two small slits — about two inches apart — in the back of the hat, looped the ribbon through the hat and around the top of the wreath and tightly tied the two ends of the ribbon together.

Reindeer Centerpiece

A reindeer centerpiece is a great, easy table centerpiece you can make with your kids for Christmas decorations.

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Make Rudolph the center of attention on your dinner table or mantle.

What you’ll need:

  • Cylinder vase (I had one at home, but Dollar Tree sells them for $ 1)
  • Brown parcel paper or a brown paper bag
  • Glue or tape
  • Red jingle bell (Dollar Tree sells bags of them for $ 1)
  • Two small branches

For this craft, I got inspiration from Everyday Dishes’ post on creating a reindeer centerpiece but put my own spin on things.

I skipped out on covering the reindeer antlers in LED lights. (Adding glitter to your branches is an inexpensive sparkly alternative.) I also passed on using a floral foam brick or clay to secure the branches.

Instead of using artificial snow inside the vase, I decided to wrap the outside of my vase in brown parcel paper, gluing the edges together. I used a thin, folded-up strip of parcel paper to attach the jingle bell to the front of the vase, in lieu of the jute cord recommended in the Everyday Dishes post.

Use a hard plastic vase instead of glass if you’re concerned the kiddos might break it. Or you could wrap the vase yourself, then task the children with finding the best “antler” branches and attaching the red nose.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She enjoys writing about parenting and money.

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MAX Branning isn’t done exacting his revenge on the residents of the Walford.

After his dealings with property developer Willmott-Brown are exposed, leading him to fall out with his family, Max decides he has nothing left to lose – so he comes to the conclusion that murder is the only option.

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Actor Jake Wood, who plays Max, has revealed the scenes will be particularly highly charged, in part thanks to the return of writer Simon Ashdown.

He told Inside Soap: “The build-up to Christmas is some of the most action-packed stuff I’ve ever seen.

“In terms of what I’ve read, these are maybe the best scripts since the Max and Stacey DVD reveal in 2007.”

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He then identifies Phil Mitchell and Ian Beale as the people who have wronged him the most – and decides they need to be dealt with.

Jake added: “Max’s revenge was supposed to be a joyous moment for him – but he’s been cut loose by his co-conspirators, and slipped into a traumatic mental state.

“He has a lot of anger towards people, and doesn’t know how to go about dealing with it.”

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But, at this point, Max has already taken action – and tried to kill Ian.

Jake added: “When Stacey takes Max in, he’s already tried to kill Ian and is on his way to murder Phil!

“I don’t know what the medical definition is, but it feels like he’s having a psychotic episode.”

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Opening Round of Billabong Pipe Masters – World Title Race is Heating Up

BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu, Hawaii/USA (Monday, December 11, 2017) – The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the final stop on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) and the third gem of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS), kicked off today with incredible Pipeline barrels for the opening round of competition. The world’s best surfers lit up the beach in the first nine heats of Round 1 in solid eight-to-ten foot (2.4 – 3+ metre) conditions at the world-famous Banzai Pipeline.

Current No. 1 on the Jeep Leaderboard John John Florence (HAW) was the first surfer in Heat 6 to post a score. With cheers from the beach, Florence started his world title campaign and quickly built his scoreline to a solid 13.50 (out of a possible 20) to take top position over Pipe Invitational winner Dusty Payne (HAW) and Brazil’s Wiggolly Dantas (BRA). Wearing the Jeep Leader Jersey, Florence looked confident and in rhythm at his home break and kept busy throughout the 30-minute match-up to secure his place in Round 3 and move one step closer to defending his World Title.

“I feel like a little kid again doing this event, just getting to surf Pipe with no one out,” said Florence. “I was just getting so many waves like, ‘This one might barrel!’ I like it when it’s like this, it changes it up, a peak here and peak there, you can kind of sneak underneath ones. It makes it really fun and it makes it interesting because you can get that one random, really crazy one.The support here makes me even more psyched. Just coming down the beach earlier and everyone screaming — it just makes me more excited. Coming into Pipe this year is a lot different than last year because last year I felt more relaxed having the title already. So this year is a little different preparation.”

WSL Title contender Jordy Smith (ZAF) was one of the standout performers of Round 1 and claimed a commanding win over Bede Durbidge (AUS) and Ethan Ewing (AUS) in Heat 4. An excellent 8.67 combined with a 7.90 put the World No. 3 firmly in the lead. Durbidge mounted a comeback with less than five minutes remaining but it wasn’t enough and Smith sailed through to Round 3.

“I think the noise is pretty quiet,” said Smith. “I don’t really get too deep into the pressure and quite frankly it really boils down to those two guys (Florence and Medina) losing out early, but you never know. If they wobble then I’ll put my head down and give it a go.”

Conner Coffin (USA), who currently sits at No. 21 on the Jeep Leaderboard right on the requalification bubble, needs a strong result to solidify his place on the CT in 2018. Coffin got his campaign off to a good start today with a Round 1 win over WSL title contender Julian Wilson (AUS) and Stu Kennedy (AUS). Wilson, current world No. 4, suffered an interference penalty that put him out of contention, while an injured Kennedy wasn’t able to get out from under competitors. Wilson, 2014 Billabong Pipe Master, who could claim his maiden world title with an event win, is relegated to elimination Round 2 where he will face the newly crowned WSL Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Regional Champion Benji Brand (HAW).

Coffin is riding high after he took the victory at Sunset Beach for the Vans World Cup, event no. 2 of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. “It’s definitely really nice to win especially when you’re right on the requalifying bubble and last place sucks, but I’m not thinking about that when I’m out in the water,” he said. “It’d be huge to win the Vans Triple Crown, so many of my favorite surfers have won the Triple Crown and Hawaii is my favorite place to compete in the whole world, so to get a win at Sunset was unreal. My family came over here now and we’re all just hanging at the house.”

Wildcard and Pipe Invitational runner-up Brand took an early lead over Brazilians Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Miguel Pupo (BRA) in Round 1 Heat 5. Pupo moved up into second place with a near-perfect 9.93, the highest single-wave score of the event so far, for a late takeoff into a cavernous Pipeline barrel and narrow exit.

“I was just happy to get a sick wave,” said Pupo. “I went out there looking for Backdoor and ended up just surfing Pipe waves, which is kind of funny. Always when you get a good score everyone knows you need to back it up straight away. I was trying to do that but there’s not many opportunities out there. I kind of fell, had a couple mistakes, but finally got that one at the end.”

WSL title contender and No. 2 on the Jeep Leaderboard Medina also put on the pressure with an excellent 8.50. In the end it was Pupo, who is battling for requalification, who stole the win to directly advance to Round 3 with a 4.90 during the final exchange, sending Medina and Brand to elimination Round 2.

“The pressure for requalification is through the roof right now,” continued Pupo. “But I have my family with me and every time I see my little girl, the pressure goes away and I’m only thinking about her and how happy she is to be in Hawaii, and my wife too, and all the pressure goes away somehow. When I got out there I was just trying to do my best. I wanted Gabby (Medina) to keep going in the event to win the title, but I had to do my job to keep my job for next year. I think all the guys in front of me made it so it’s a good first round but still a lot of steps to go.”

11X WSL Champion and 7X Billabong Pipe Master Kelly Slater (USA) made a triumphant return to competition today, wearing the jersey for the first time since July when he injured his foot in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

“I give the foot about a 65 percent,” commented Slater. “I’ve missed competition but after so many years of nonstop day in, day out, week in and and week out, it’s been kind of nice to have a few months off. It’s nice to get back, but it’s nice to get away from something that you love and get back and appreciate it.”

2010 Pipe Master Jeremy Flores (FRA) opened the day with a win over Jadson Andre (BRA)and Matt Wilkinson (AUS) in Round 1. The lower-scoring heat saw Flores post a 10.17 combined score for the win and the opportunity to skip straight to Round 3.

“No one knew what to expect in that heat,” said Flores. “When there’s such a big event coming up with all the scenarios and stuff, there’s so much hype around the event. I’m stoked, we got here today and the waves are pumping. So I didn’t go surfing this morning. I was super excited, but I didn’t want to get too excited and lose energy. It wasn’t a great heat, I wish I got some of those bombs. I’m stoked to get a win.”

Hawaiian Ezekiel Lau (HAW) used his home court advantage to take down competitors Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Michel Bourez (PYF) in Heat 9, the final matchup of the day, with a combined two-wave score of 10.50.

“I’m just super happy to be home and competing in front of my home crowd and get my first Round One win, I’m stoked,” said Lau. “This is the first time I’ve done a contest where I don’t have to think about anything else, just surf and show up and enjoy being in the event and performing in front of a home crowd. So that’s all I’m thinking about. I just want to put on a good performance and represent.”

The event was put on standby after Heat 9 when the winds shifted onshore and a call was made at 2:00 p.m. HST to call the competition off for the day. Event organizers will reconvene at 7:30 a.m. HST tomorrow to reassess the conditions and make the next call.

Surfline, official forecaster for the Billabong Pipe Masters, are calling for:

Strong, but fading, NNW swell prevails Monday with light wind early in the day; we should see some good waves at Backdoor.  A new NW swell will build Tuesday afternoon and peak on Wednesday with XXL size surf washing Pipe out (along with onshore N wind). Thursday and Friday will see a decreasing trend in swell with strong NE trades. A mid-size NW swell looks possible for the 17th-18th (Sun-Mon) with at least a chance for light wind.

The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page. Also check local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., the Spectrum SURF Channel in Hawaii, Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal, Sport TV in Portugal and the EDGEsport Network.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

Billabong Pipe Masters Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: 
Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.17, Jadson Andre (BRA) 6.33, Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 4.67
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.17, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 6.10, Owen Wright (AUS) 3.37
Heat 3: Conner Coffin (USA) 10.56, Julian Wilson (AUS) 6.57, Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 1.50
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.57, Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.43, Ethan Ewing (AUS) 3.00
Heat 5: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.83, Benji Brand (HAW) 12.64 Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.43
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW) 13.50, Dusty Payne (HAW) 6.83, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 5.63
Heat 7: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 12.83, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.27, Jack Freestone (AUS) 7.04
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA) 12.47, Joan Duru (FRA) 11.90, Kolohe Andino (USA) 7.60
Heat 9: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 10.50, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 2.00, Michel Bourez (PYF) 2.00

Billabong Pipe Masters Remaining Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 10: 
Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 11: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS), Frederico Morais (PRT), Italo Ferreira (BRA)

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“She’s kind of a nomad…a Polish, bohemian nomad,” designer Gilles Mendel spoke of Talitha Getty, the muse to his latest collection. While the iconic, free-spirit inspired the feel of his pre-fall collection, the color palette was prompted by Mark Rothko’s signature “Multiforms” works. “Coming here, to me, is like coming to the dressing room of the chicest girl in town,” Mendel mused. Inspired by the late Sixties and early Seventies, the collection looked glamorous and modern in Mendel’s DNA: pleated tulle overlay gowns, embroidered skirts and dresses and ruffled blouses.
Mendel enjoyed mixing unusual color combinations, plum with burnt orange, with his luxe and refined silhouettes. His best looks came in burnt velvet — a texture “so rich, that whatever you wear, you feel refined,” Mendel noted, like a vintage rose dress top with Seventies flared trousers or a floor-length gold gown with bishop sleeves. Luxurious, unfinished and reversible furs added to the beautiful and lavish feel of the collection. Overall, the contrast of Rothko’s work against a modern, bohemian spirit suited Mendel.

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Telecoms companies have been lining up to kiss the ring ever since Donald Trump was elected. Between massive tax cuts and net neutrality repeal — both of which are on the cusp of becoming reality — it’s a great time to be a multi-billion-dollar telecoms company.

But just how happy are companies about the coming tax cut? Let’s ask T-Mobile’s CFO Braxton Carter, who appears to be visibly salivating at the prospect.

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Natalia Vodianova to Host Intergalactic Space-Themed Fabulous Fund Fair

SPACE INVASION: Natalia Vodianova will close out London Fashion Week on Feb. 20 with another Fabulous Fund Fair charity event, this time with an intergalactic space theme. The annual event, in aid of Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation children’s charity, will take place at The Roundhouse, a music and concert venue in Chalk Farm.
Some 500 tickets will be available for purchase with a suggested donation of 1,000 pounds each and guests will take part in games with a space-themed twist such as hook-a-duck, skittles and bowling to win prizes from brands including Guerlain, By Kilian and Maxx Royal Resorts.
Last year’s event, which also took place at the Roundhouse, raised more than 470,000 pounds and offered games such as Louis Vuitton’s Aeroplane Toss, Net-a-duck by Net-a-porter, Stella McCartney’s Arcade Games, Tarot Reading by Fendi, Dior’s Lucky Star, Givenchy’s Catapult, Pair-a-Pair with Giuseppe Zanotti, Pearl Pit by Guerlain and Maxx Royal Resorts’ Coconut Shy and One & Only’s Cocktail Bar.
In October, Vodianova teamed with amfAR and hosted a fund fair in the U.S. that brought in nearly $ 2 million in support of both the Naked Heart Foundation and amfAR.
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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Medicare Plan Named Highest Performing in Nation on Key Quality Measure

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s Medicare plan was named the highest performing in the nation in the prevention of potentially harmful drug disease interactions in the elderly, according to the 2017 National Committee for Quality Assurance Medicare Quality Compass® report.

The annual Medicare Quality Compass report assesses the performance of more than 300 Medicare health plans throughout the nation in 30 measures of effectiveness of care. Including NCQA ranking data from previous years, 2017 marks the 13th year in a row that Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare and Medicaid plans were recognized as the No. 1 health plan in Hawaii, and the 10th year its commercial plan has received top marks in the state.

“Medication management is extremely important for kupuna patients, who can experience serious adverse side effects that may lead to falls, hospitalization and other medical emergencies,” said Linda Puu, vice president of Quality, Safety and Service, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Our providers and staff are committed to keeping seniors safe from dangerous drug interactions, aided by our integrated care delivery model and leading electronic health record system, which helps flag potential issues.”

Kaiser Permanente health plans were honored with a number of quality care accolades in 2017. Earlier in the year, Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare plan received the highest rating of 5 out of 5 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Kaiser Permanente’s commercial plan was also named the highest performing plan in the nation in three measures of quality care in the 2017 Quality Compass – Commercial report. Locally, Kaiser Permanente performed higher than any other Hawaii health plan in 26 of 42 measures, including prenatal care, comprehensive diabetes care and controlling high blood pressure.

The annual NCQA Quality Compass rankings are based on combined scores of Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) and the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®). Complete results are available at www.ncqa.org.

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NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care.

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in Hawaii in 1958, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, community health, and providing patient-centered total health for the people and communities of Hawaii. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

 

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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Manhattan Theatre Club’s American premiere of The Royal Court Theatre’s production of The Children, the new play by Olivier Award winner Lucy Kirkwood Chimerica, directed by James MacDonald Top Girls at MTC, opens tonight, December 12, at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 261 West 47th Street. Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus hear from the stars in the video below
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‘Teen Mom OG’ Recap: Maci Requests Drug Tests as Ryan Admits Heroin Use

‘Tis the season for drama! The Monday, December 11, episode of Teen Mom OG brought us some seriously frustrating drama between Maci Bookout and ex Ryan Edwards as they continued their custody battle over son Bentley, 8, following Ryan’s recent rehab stay.

Ryan’s Still Going Through Withdrawl

The episode kicked off with Ryan, recently out of his 30-day rehab stay, talking to a friend about his recovery. Ryan confessed, “It’s a little tough sometimes. Just trying to get through the withdrawals and stuff.”

Later, Maci caught up with a friend about the friction between her and Ryan, explaining that she’s sending a letter to Edwards via an attorney that explains the stipulations needed for him to visit Bentley. Maci then read her text to Ryan aloud, saying, “I’ll need you to pass a drug screening, hair and urine, at my expense immediately prior to you taking [Bentley] for a visit.” She then added that Ryan had not responded to the text.

'Teen Mom OG' star Ryan Edwards
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The Teen Mom OG crew then checked in with Ryan’s parents, Larry and Jen Edwards. Larry said Ryan’s pre-rehab drug use, “We knew there was something going on. … But anytime we confronted him, we’d get in an argument and he would leave.” Offering some insight into their son’s tension with Maci, Larry added, “We’ve learned what some of the triggers are. … You use Bentley? That’s a trigger.”

Ryan Admits His Drug of Choice Was Heroin

Ryan then consulted with a lawyer over the phone about his custody arrangement. After explaining his rehab stay, the lawyer asked Ryan what his drug of choice was. Ryan responded, “Heroin.” In direct contradiction to Maci’s earlier statement about Ryan ignoring her text, he revealed, “[Maci] won’t even return my phone calls or text messages.” The lawyer then added that Ryan would likely have to pass drug tests in order to get legal visitation with his child.

Amber Officially Dumps Matt

In Amber Portwood‘s world, we got a chance to witness the tail end of her relationship with fiancé Matt Baier as the duo jetted off to L.A. for their Marriage Boot Camp appearance. After arriving back home from the trip, Amber cut ties with Baier for good. She confided in a producer saying, “We went there to help our relationship … and it didn’t go well because he would lie. So I broke up with him one night.”

Amber, who’s now pregnant with new boyfriend Andrew Glennon‘s child, seemed thrilled to be single. “I can talk to anybody I want to, and they can call me,” she said of her dating life. “When you’re single people just come out of the f–kin’ woodwork.” Considering Us Weekly has reported that Glennon met Amber while she and Matt were filming Marriage Boot Camp, we’re sure some serious drama went down!

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12 Expensive Products That Are Worth Their Price

If you follow gentleman’s Gazette on a regular basis, you know that we always encourage you to invest in quality items because quality items get better with age versus cheap items deteriorate over time.

Also, we encourage you to look at the cost per wear of an item, not just the upfront cost, because most of the time, a quality item is less expensive in the long run. That being said, not every costly thing has to be new, sometimes you can find quality items that used to be expensive but you buy them used that way you can enjoy the quality benefits without having to go all-in on the money.

Sven Raphael's Leather Weekender

Sven Raphael’s Leather Weekender

Leather Weekender

Most quality leather bags will likely run you around $ 1,000 or more simply because of the high-end leather. Ideally, you want it to be leather lined without having the extra weight.

I’ve received lots of compliments from my leather weekender because it has a beautiful leather, it’s a classic brown tone which is nothing special. However, it is chrome tanned in Italy and has a nice pull-up effect. What that means is if I pull on the leather, it creates a different effect. Also if I scratch it, I see a scratch mark but then if I rub on it with my finger, it secretes some oils, and the scratch mark is hardly ever visible. This kind of leather creates a beautiful patina over time that is lived in and unique to you and the experiences you had with your bag.

I can use it when I travel over the weekend or just as a carry-on, or as a bag that I bring to go to the gym. Because of the leather, this kind of bag will be unique. No one else will have one like you, and it’s just much more stylish and elegant than a nylon bag or a canvas bag. It will also last longer and therefore, the cost per wear is low.

Quality OTC Socks

At $ 40, it is relatively expensive, and if you go with materials like silk or cashmere, you go out to 75 or $ 100- $ 120. Apparently, you can buy a pair of socks for $ 1 less, the problem is, especially over the calf socks, is that they always slide down. On top of that, the material is cheap, the seams are thick, the socks are uncomfortable, and you have to wear them all day.

It’s probably no surprise you that I’m wearing $ 40.00 socks from Fort Belvedere because I designed them myself and was sick and tired of socks that would slide down, so I came up with a design of high-quality yarns with socks that stayed up with the right elastics. On top of that, I wanted two-tone colors because they make it much easier to combine the socks with your outfits and your shoes.

At the same time quality socks that are more expensive come in different sizes. For example, Fort Belvedere offers four sizes, so you get exactly the right fit for your foot. Because we use a very expensive high-quality long staple cotton yarns, they will last longer, and the cost per wear is as low or lower than a cheaper pair of socks.

Sven Raphael Schneider's Tweed overcoat

Sven Raphael Schneider’s Tweed overcoat and Burgundy Red Suede Unlined Leather from Fort Belvedere

A Classic Overcoat

Yes, you can find overcoats for less than 200 dollars but a quality overcoat from natural materials such as wool, or cashmere, will run you at least a thousand dollars or more. Not only does it keep you warm during the cold months of the year, but it’s also very stylish. You can wear it on top with a suit, a jacket, or just your regular sweater. If you buy a classic overcoat such as a duffle coat in Ulster, or maybe a paletot, you’ll get something you can wear for years to come.

In my opinion, the best value is a hundred percent wool overcoat out of a heavy wool. If money is no object for you, go with a cashmere blend which is softer, usually not as heavy, and it wears out more quickly. If you can just invest in one overcoat, I suggest going with a navy or dark blue overcoat, a paletot which is very simple with a peak lapel that is double-breasted because the extra layers keep you warm. If you’re on a budget, overcoats are a great item to buy second-hand because they don’t fit as snugly because of the heavy fabric, they drape better, and they’re just more forgiving than a suit would be.

Mainly, all the overcoats in my collection are vintage, and I was able to get quality pieces at very low price. It ranges from a vintage Chester Barrie paletot overcoat with a velvet collar to a British warm or just a Casentino style double-breasted navy overcoat that I have found at Bobby from Boston.

Well-Fitting Gloves

Usually price point wise, you have to invest between hundred fifty dollars, if you want to go with peccary leather, we’re talking more about three hundred plus dollars. First of all, your gloves should fit tightly, and it should be made of a soft glove leather that stretches with the movements of your hands. You also want quirks between the fingers because it increases the range of movement and makes it more comfortable. To learn more about the glove leathers, please check out our glove leather guide here. You want them to be finally sewn either by hand or by machine, and you want something that just gets better with age. For example, lamb Nappa is soft and very sweet, but it will wear out more quickly than peccary leather which is made to last.

For example, I’ve had a pair of peccary gloves for over 10 years. I would wear them outside in the winter, they got all wet, but I could wash them and dry them, and they’ve developed a patina over the years. They’re too big and don’t fit me well that’s why I decided to create my own but overall, the leather is top-notch, and that’s how a peccary glove will age over time.

Precious Metal Cuff Links

Price-wise, it can range all the way from 300 dollars up to $ 25,000. So why should you invest in a pair of cufflinks? It’s  one of those few jewelry items for men apart from a ring that looks very dapper, elegant, and classic. Most modern cufflinks these days are made in China, the not made out of precious metal, they look cheap, gaudy, and they’re quite loud. On the other hand, classic cufflinks, for example, knots or some with precious or semi-precious stones as well as cloisonné enamel cufflinks are made by real artisans and craftsmen that put all their knowledge into it, and because it is made of a precious metal, it will last you for a lifetime, and you can even hand it down to your children and grandchildren.

If you invest in a piece like Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, or Tiffany, you also pay for the brand name and their experience. How much you should invest in a pair of cufflinks is of course entirely up to you but just a comparison; on the one hand, you have a pair of Tiffany cufflinks in 18 karat gold, they’re hollow, they’re not solid, and they cost $ 2,700, on the other hand, we have a pair of monkey fist knot Fort Belvedere cufflinks, the shape was hand-carved and it’s an actual rope knot and you can see how it’s beautiful and twisted, they’re also solid and therefore much heavier than the gold cufflinks from Tiffany’s.

I think both of them can be worn for a lifetime and because the plating is so thick, it won’t rub. The Fort Belvedere cufflinks only costs $ 325 so whether it’s worth it to spend more than $ 2,000 for a gold version of a brand name is again up to you but what I am trying to explain to you is that you can find quality items that will last, and you don’t always have to go with a top dollar amount to get it.

Malachite Pinky Ring

Malachite Pinky Ring

Pinky Rings

They’re just an excellent addition to a classic gentleman’s wardrobe, and it’s not something a lot of other people will wear. The problem is, it’s challenging to find classic shapes in delicate materials such as sterling silver or gold on the market today. Either you have to go custom and spend several thousand dollars on the ring, or you go vintage, but it costs a lot of time, you often find lots of crappy rings.

Personally, all the rings in my collection right now are vintage, they range from sterling silver, all the way to solid 18 karat gold and everything in between. Because so tricky to find new ones we’re currently working on them so stay tuned. In the meantime, have a look at our signet ring guide.

Mont Blanc Fountain Pen Nibs

Mont Blanc Fountain Pen Nibs

Montblanc Meisterstück Fountain Pen

Of course, there are lots of other great manufacturers of fountain pens. Italian ones such as Omas, maybe Parker, or you name it. However, the Montblanc Meisterstück pen has been around for a very long time. It’s a very classic status symbol for many, but it’s also a perfect item that will not wear out prematurely. It has a nice gold nib, and it writes very beautifully. At one point in time, I owned over a hundred Montblanc fountain pens because I was a collector and fountain pens are actually what got me into men’s clothing.

Today, I reduced my collection a lot, and I only have three Montblanc fountain pens; one is a meisterstuck 149 which is their biggest flagship model, and it has a 3b nib which is quite broad, and I use it for signatures, another one has just a b nib, and I use it to write or take notes and then have a vintage piece which is very old, it was made out of celluloid, it had a solid brass telescope mechanism inside versus the modern meisterstuck fountain pens are made out of resin and inside is like a plastic lever mechanism.

That being said, the old fountain pen doesn’t work so well anymore because the seal is not tight because they used to have cork inside. The new ones seal very well, and they probably will last you for a lifetime. Interestingly over the time, the price has steadily increased to now almost a thousand dollars. When I started, they cost about half, but even then, you could find them used on eBay the problem is, there are lots of fakes out there especially for Montblanc, so I suggest you only buy from trusted sources.

Goodyear Welted Shoes

Which style you want heavily depends on what kind of lifestyle you live. A Goodyear welted pair of shoes is usually made from a higher-quality leather than a glued pair of shoes. It also has a more classic last that will stand the test of time and it can be resold which is less expensive than buying a new pair. Now price wise, you can spend under two hundred dollars or three thousand dollars on a pair of Goodyear shoes, of course, the difference is the quality of the leather, the patina, or the hand coloring, the finish, also the bottom and at the details are gonna be much more intricate on higher-end shoes.

More expensive shoes will probably have a hand-stitched good year welt, they’ll have a nice waist, and a lot more time went into your construction of that shoe. Of course, if you spend two thousand dollars or more, you also can get a custom Goodyear welted shoe, and that’s just an incredible experience because it is perfectly suited to your foot and your foot alone.

Is it worth spending $ 3,000 over two hundred dollars? I think it’s a very personal choice, but if you have a foot that works with most lasts of higher-end companies and they usually come in different widths and different shapes, you find something that works for you, it’s a much better value to go that route. That being said, it will never be as comfortable as a bespoke shoe.

High-Quality Belts with folded edges

High-Quality Belts with folded edges

Quality Leather Belts

I know belts are probably not something you might deem expensive because you can find them for $ 10 but you can also find some for $ 3,000. In my experience, a quality belt cost upwards of about a hundred and fifty dollars. The difference of course with quality belts is that they all have a high-end leather material on the inside, as well as on the outside, and also on the lining.

Now, most belts today including quality belts are edge painted which means the leather is cut on the edges and then burnished and painted to create a uniform look. The high-quality belts are thinned out at the edges which means you need more leather and then they’re folded and sewn together. It’s just a construction that lasts much longer than an edge-painted construction, and it’s a true hallmark of a quality leather belt. Another detail about the quality belt is its buckle. Most belt buckles on the market today are made of a material called zamak. It’s an alloy made out of the zinc, aluminum, magnesium, and copper, the problem is, it will age very poorly, and it scratches very easily so, over time, you have to throw your belt away even though the leather might not be worn out but the buckle just looks crappy. A higher-end buckle is a solid brass buckle. Over time, brass develops a patina and because of that, it’s often gold plated, or platinum, or palladium plated, for more formal dress belts that you would wear with a suit. Now the plating and thickness of the buckle can have a huge impact not only on the longevity of the buckle but also on the price.

In my opinion, a solid brass buckle with a nice thick coating either gold or palladium, is probably your best value for the money. If money is of no concern to you, you may want to look into solid 925 sterling silver buckles or solid 14 or 18 karat gold buckles. Now that’s a whole other level, and the buckle itself will be worth more than the entire belt itself. Is it worth it getting, a sterling silver buckle versus a solid brass and pay three or four hundred dollars more? It depends. It’s an actual luxury item, and silver just develops a patina that you won’t see on a plated brass buckle.

Professional Camera

I know most people today use cell phones, and they think they are pro cameras, but they’re not. A pro level camera has a large sensor; it allows you to get a razor thin depth of field which means the amount is in sharpness versus the out-of-focus areas; just creates a stunning look and in combination with the increased sharpness and the color rendition, it’s just a very different experience.

Personally, I use DSLR cameras such as the Nikon D850 or a Nikon D500. It has the advantage that it comes with interchangeable lenses, but overall, you need to invest between about five to ten thousand dollars to get a nice DSLR with a range of lenses that allow you to photograph everything you want. In my opinion, it’s worth it because with a business where I use it, but even for just personal use, I would recommend investing in a more upscale camera.

Of course, if you’re rich, you want the very best in quality, you have to go with a medium format digital camera such as a Hasselblad, however, bear in mind that these pictures oftentimes have a hundred megapixels, so you need a whole ecosystems of computers, cards, and everything that work together, so you can develop a workflow and actually get those pictures. It’s more something for a pro photographer, not something for an amateur.

Folded, double sided edges that go all the way to the edge with sewn card slots - 2 hallmarks of a luxury wallet

Folded, double-sided edges that go all the way to the edge with sewn card slots – 2 hallmarks of a luxury wallet

Luxury Wallet

A wallet is something you wear every day, you pull it out when you maybe pay for a business meal, and overall, it develops a nice patina if it’s made of quality leather. A cheap wallet on the other hand just falls apart, and it looks older. In my opinion, a portemonnaie should always be an attractive item that you like wearing, that has a nice touch, a nice feel, and it’s something that lasts. Let’s say you invest $ 285 in a Fort Belvedere wallet which is made of the highest quality leather there is in Germany, if you break it down to the cost per wear, you probably end up at 5 to 15 cents a day depending on how you treat it and how long it would last you.

Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel 2

Smartphone

Personally, I use my smartphone every day. I do lots of business dealings with it, and because of that, I always buy the top model when it comes out and then I’ll use it for two years. At that point, I can sell it for 200 bucks or pass it on to a relative. For example, just here today I bought the new pixel 2 XL phone; with taxes and everything included, it costs me over a thousand bucks, however, if I can use it for two years and I break it down, it costs me only about a dollar and 40 per day.

Personally, I’d love to buy a modular phone so I could do exactly what I want without creating too much waste because as you know, with the technological advances in the smartphone market, we’ve new things coming out every month almost, and because of that, we have a lot of old phones that are just discarded which is a huge waste and a big ecological problem. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a more eco-friendly option out there, so you have to stick with what it is.

Why do I go with a Google phone rather than iPhone? I’m just not part of the Apple ecosystem, we use a lot of Google products, and it simply works for us. Also, I like the fact that it doesn’t come with any kind of bloatware such as on Samsung, LG’s, or Huawei where security and other updates are necessary, Google phones usually receive them first.

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If you’re going to say “radical Islamic terrorism,” you need to say “radical Christian terrorism” too

If you’re going to say “radical Islamic terrorism,” you need to say “radical Christian terrorism” too


If you’re going to say “radical Islamic terrorism,” you need to say “radical Christian terrorism” too

Whenever anything happens that could be described as an act of terrorism, and the perpetrator is Muslim, certain politicians and media outlets can’t move fast enough to be “brave enough” to call it “radical Islamic terrorism,” as if “terrorism” isn’t a good enough a word. Monday’s attempted suicide bombing in the Port Authority of New York City was no different.

According to federal and local New York City authorities, the perpetrator of Monday’s attack had been living in Brooklyn for seven years. Although the investigation is ongoing, he was apparently inspired by the ISIS “Christmas attacks” in Europe the past few years, which means he was radicalized here. Officials are calling it an “attempted terrorist attack,” since the man only injured himself, along with four others who sustained minor injuries.

Donald Trump released a statement after the bombing saying that America could have prevented the attack with immigration reform (though the man is not from a country on Trump’s travel ban list) and did not use the words “radical Islamic terror,” which is pretty interesting.

During the debates last year, he said of then Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, “These are radical Islamic terrorists, and she won’t even mention the word, and nor will President Obama. Now, to solve a problem, you have to be able to state what the problem is, or at least say the name.”

He certainly has a point in one regard: Stating the name of the problem is often the first step. But his lack of tweet storms on Monday about “radical Islamists” is telling (although there’s still time, obviously). It’s highly possible that someone on his team has axed that verbiage from his official statements, since it’s very misleading and could possibly lead to accusations that Trump is, after all, Islamaphobic, since he refused to call other terror attacks that happened this year “radical Christian terrorism” or even “white supremacy,” most notably after after a sniper murdered 58 and injured 546 people in Las Vegas in October and a white nationalist borrowed one of of ISIS’ new methods and drove a truck into a group of protestors in Charlottesville in August, or the countless other attacks of political violence perpetrated by white, Christian, nationalists just this year.

If you want to nitpick, fine. Some, like the New Yorker‘s Masha Gessen, suggests that since these are lone actors and not some “substate groups” that they don’t technically earn the terrorism label. She makes a distinction between “politically motivated” violence and “terrorism,” and warns against using the term (or any term) so broadly risks stripping it of all meaning. For example, there’s no evidence that the  Las Vegas was motivated by politics and so refrains from calling it terrorism, which is defined as “unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. It does, at the end of the day, change how these perpetrators are tried in American court, if they survive their own violence, and leads to greater charges.

But maybe we’re being too lenient by being afraid to label any act of violence against people as “terrorism” just because it doesn’t work with the idea that all terrorists have be of a certain race, creed, or take people hostage on airplanes. We get what Gessen is saying, but the fact remains that 2001 and 2015, right-wing extremists have killed more Americans than any Islamist terrorist, according to the nonpartisan think tank New America. Where’s the label to account for their political motivations?

The chances of an American being killed in a terrorist attack perpetrated by an immigrant is one in 3.6 million, and that includes the statistically offsetting number of 9/11 deaths. As Zack Beauchamp wrote over at Vox, that means people are more likely to die from their own clothing or a toddler with a gun.

We don’t know about you, but when someone claims to be a white supremacist — like the white man from Baltimore who came to New York with the explicit intent to kill black people, stabbing 66-year-old Timothy Caughman to death, or the Oregon man who screamed at two Muslim kids on a train “we need Americans here!” and then stabbed two men who tried to help to death — that sounds a lot like some sort of terrorism. But you didn’t hear anyone call them “radical” anything. At the same time, Trump insisted that President Obama call the Orlando shooter a “radical Islamic terrorist,” though his allegiance to ISIS was weak at best, and ISIS sort of takes credit for anything they feel fits their brand, according to the New York Times.

It’s one thing to debate the overall meaning of terrorism, and if someone comes up with a better way to distinguish between different violent, politically motivated acts, we’re here for it. But using the term “radical Islamic terrorism” has become such a buzzword and racist dog whistle for ring-wing politicians that we have to demand they be specific (or even acknowledge) all of these acts of racist, political attempts to murder people while they’re commuting to work or shopping in a holiday market.

When people insist on using the term “radical Islamic terrorist,” they aren’t trying to accurately label an act of violence nor are they worrying about how the perpetrator will be tried in court. What they want to do is stoke fear in the “Other,” namely Muslims (but they’d likely be swayed to come up with terms for other religious and racial groups if pressed), in an effort to further right wing, isolationist agendas, whether it’s trade deals or immigration policies.

Labeling some violence “radical Islam” and ignoring the self-identified Christians who bomb abortion clinics, or any other act of violence perpetrated by a non-Muslim, is a way to get people behind “America First” policies, even though it’s most often Americans killing other Americans. If Americans want to use the term “terrorism” loosely and specify a religion or a race when they speak about it, it’s only fair to insist that they drop the qualifiers, “Christian,” “white,” or “male,” when it applies. Chances are, the same people who readily employ the term “radical Islamic terrorism” would be quick to clarify that self-identified Christians who perpetrate violence aren’t representative of their religion or its morals, and would be horribly offended and upset at having their religion associated with such violence. Maybe something to think about when it comes to the millions of peaceful Muslims in the world.

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Kayla Moore: We’re Not Anti-Semitic, Our Lawyer Is Jewish

Senate candidate Roy Moore’s wife dismissed allegations of anti-Semitism on Monday night by claiming that she and her husband have Jewish friends, including their lawyer. “Fake news will tell you that we don’t care for Jews,” Kayla Moore told rally-goers on the eve of the election, according to Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel and other reporters on the scene. “One of our attorneys is a Jew!” Roy Moore has been accused of anti-Semitism for his comments about George Soros, a Jewish donor to liberal causes. Earlier this month, Moore appeared to imply that Jews would go to hell, saying Soros was “going to the same place that people who don’t recognize God and and morality and accept his salvation are going. And that’s not a good place.”

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Taylor Swift Can’t Stop Wearing This Perfect Winter Shoe Trend

While her new album has been toppling sales records, Taylor Swift has been busy promoting it with a slew of performances and appearances. Although she’s worn everything from bomber jackets to sequined dresses, all of her recent looks have one common element: combat boots. Since debuting Reputation, Swift has worn the trend with nearly every single outfit, both on stage and off.

So what does her covetable boot collection consist of? Most recently, she wore the Fendi Logo Biker Boots ($ 1150) for a performance in London this weekend, though she’s worn versions by Michael Kors and Prada for other outings. If these looks are any indication, we think we know exactly what to expect for her upcoming stadium tour costumes: a lot more combat boots.

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On Swift: Jessica Jones custom hoodie and shorts; Louboutin boots 

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Sheryl Crow has unveiled her poignant new video for "The Dreaming Kind," which the singer penned to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook shooting.

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Will Kylo Ren Be Redeemed in ‘The Last Jedi’?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens took no small steps in proving who the villain of the series would be. Kylo Ren is a moody, brooding, almost child-like caricature of unchecked anger. He tortures two beloved characters and murders his father.

With the looming release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, prepare to rethink what we can expect from Kylo. Yes, you may still be upset over Kylo killing Han, and that is to be expected because it is intentional. Kylo is a character built for the path of redemption, and one that will unfold much slower than that of his hero, Darth Vader. But what will the next films need to do to redeem Kylo Ren?

Kylo the Afflicted



For audiences to accept Kylo’s redemption, we must first sympathize with him as a character. As a child, Kylo’s father abandoned him and his mother neglected him. This is all clear in The Force Awakens, but we learn even more in the novelization of the movie. Leia reveals that she lied to Kylo about his grandfather being Darth Vader, hoping to keep him from the dark side. She also reveals that Snoke had been watching and manipulating young Ben from afar ever since his conception.

It’s likely that in The Last Jedi, we will see a scene (possibly between Kylo and Leia) where this information comes out, and triggering the audience’s first sympathetic response toward Kylo.

Killing Han Pushed Him Away From the Dark Side



“The act ought to have made him stronger, a part of him believed. Instead, he found himself weakened.” This was Kylo’s narration from The Force Awakens novel after killing Han. When Kylo asked for his father’s help before killing him, he believed that avenging his childhood would give him the push he needed to fully embrace the dark side. But the excerpt from the novel presents the opposite effect. Committing an act so irredeemable that it triggers his path to redemption. This would also make Han’s sacrifice meaningful.

Kylo Will Save Leia



Misleading trailers are the bread and butter of building suspense for new installments. Kylo lends Rey his hand? Not so fast! Although the lighting of their faces matches up great, there is more than meets the eye. Other scenes show Kylo marching into the Resistance base with flame troopers and Leia walking through the same base. As Kylo lends his hand, flames and ash are falling from the ceiling.

This makes it look like he is actually saving Leia. This would resonate well with Leia telling Han in The Force Awakens that the two of them have the power to turn him back. Whatever happens in that moment between mother and son will be critical in the redemption of Kylo Ren.

Snoke Will Spurn Kylo Ren



“Bring her to me.” Snoke clearly has his eyes set on Rey now, but what does this mean for Kylo? If we are to believe that Kylo smashes his helmet in anger at Snoke’s request, then we can only assume two things: either Kylo is afraid of being replaced, or he wants to protect Rey for some yet unknown reason.

Regardless, both would point to Kylo feeling dejected from Snoke and the dark side. It is also likely that by this point in the movie, Kylo has failed to kill Leia, thus becoming less favorable in Snoke’s eyes.

Kylo’s Bond With Rey Will Bring Him Back



On the official Star Wars Databank, both Rey and Kylo’s biography pages note that they share a “strange” or “mysterious” connection. This bond is clear in The Force Awakens, as seen when Kylo attempts to probe Rey’s mind but she can read his mind in turn. It’s also apparent in their lightsaber duel when Rey seems to feed off of his energy as she pauses to focus. Not to mention, Kylo appears multiple times in Rey’s force vision.

Whatever this force-bond may be, it could be the key to sealing Kylo’s redemption. Although we may have to wait until the third movie for the analog to Vader saving Luke, The Last Jedi will likely tie up some of our questions about the two.



The Last Jedi is drawing closer to answering the questions posed two years ago with The Force Awakens. While Kylo following his “pull to the light” is uncertain, it would add depth to the plot and develop his character. The only twist that would make it richer would be Rey flipping to the dark in tandem. This would echo the common theory that came up when the studio revealed the film’s title, The Last Jedi. The theory predicts that Rey and Kylo will be the first of a new order of force users, one that embraces both the dark and the light.

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Kelly Marie Tran grew up dreaming of Hogwarts, not Dagobah. In fact, when she got the script for Star Wars: The Last Jedi back in 2015, she had never seen a Star Wars movie – not even The Force Awakens, which hadn't yet come out. She still landed the most prominent new role in the latest entry to the galaxy-far-far-away franchise, playing

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Cristiano Ronaldo Says He Wants 7 Children After Welcoming No. 4 Last Month

Not a month has passed since the birth of his fourth child and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo already wants more.

Just weeks before winning the annual Ballon d’Or award on Dec. 7, an accolade given to the best-performing soccer player from around the world, Ronaldo admitted his desire to grow his trophy collection and his family. “I want to have seven children and as many Ballons d’Or,” the Portuguese athlete told French newspaper L’Equipe. And the star athlete is not far off on either goal.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who plays for Real Madrid C.F., has had an extraordinary year on and off the field. On Nov. 12, he welcomed a baby girl named Alana Martina with girlfriend Georgina Rodríguez, and in June, his 5-month-old twins Eva Maria and Mateo arrived via surrogate. With 7-year-old Cristiano Jr. from a former relationship in the mix, he’s got three more little ones to go before he reaches his goal of seven.

An expanding family would be no problem for the couple, who have been open about their strong bond and their love of children. “With Cristiano, I have found love. We complement each other very well,” Rodríguez told Hola! Magazine. “We have a beautiful relationship. When I have him next to me, I have everything,” she told the Spanish-language magazine, adding: “The children are our happiness — we wake up and the first thing we do is hug and kiss them.”

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Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York told CNN on Monday that President Donald Trump should resign over allegations of sexual assault.


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Seeing the Fjords of Norway

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If you are looking for a unique and breathtaking adventure like no other, you need to head to Norway and check out the legendary fjords. These stunning waterways are some of the most beautiful and unique natural creations in the world. Norway has so much history and natural wonder behind it that you will have a lot of choice. But we recommend you spend time experiencing some of the world’s greatest fjords.

A fjord is an inlet created by glacial erosion, and, in Norway, you can see them by boat and rail, or on a walking tour. Now, most people choose to go on a boat, and this is definitely a stunning way of experiencing them. However, if you’re going in the summer, and you feel like you want to skip the boat/train combo, we suggest you head out on a walking tour. Whether in summer, or winter, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you simply cannot afford to miss.

Getting around

There are a lot of different choices for getting around and seeing the wonderful fjords. One of the most popular routes is taking the train from Bergen station, and then catching a boat from Flam to go along the stunning, winding waterways. But, you can also walk as well, though this would be preferable in the summer months, as winter can be cold and arduous. If you’re going to walk, you’ll need a map so you can see what areas you’ll be able to walk in and where you might need to change. You also need to make sure you catch the transfers by ferry to get you to your next place, or you could be waiting a while.

Flam

At some point on your fjord adventure, you may well wind up in the small village of Flam. This is nestled in amongst the fjord, and surrounded by jaw-dropping natural beauty. A ferry stops every few hours to take passengers on to the next part of the tour, but you can enjoy the time you spend here. There are some stunning views of the cliffs and water, and it’s a great chance to take some awesome pictures. We suggest bringing a packed lunch and making use of the picnic benches by the water’s edge. There is also a charming railway museum here that you should visit if you have time to kill before the next ferry.

Mount Hoven

Another of the essential places to visit on your fjords adventure is the awesome Mount Hoven. There are some stunning hiking trails here, and you can climb to 1000 meters above sea level. We recommend taking the cable car to reach the top in around 510 mins, and then you can really start to enjoy your elevate position. Hoven Restaurant, at the top, is a great place to stop for a spot of lunch before you head on a hiking expedition. The magnificent views of the fjord landscape and Jostedalsbreen National Park below are worth the trip alone.

There are so many sensational options to choose from when you want to see and experience the fjords of Norway. Some people like to hike the route, while others prefer to stick to public transport. Both will give you some mesmerizing views and experiences, so it depends on what you prefer. We would suggest you hike in the summer months, and take the boat and train in the winter. Either way, you still get to have a unique and special experience that will change you for the better, and really open your eyes to the exquisite natural majesty of Norway.

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The Golden Globes are known for being random, for both clarifying in some respects the awards race by being the first major show (though the voting body has little overlap with those who vote for the Oscars) and for throwing a total wrench into it. Those Globes choices are supposed to be as unpredictable and silly as the boozed-up show itself! At least, historically speaking.

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Dr. Don Summers, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Mississippi, was watching CNN one night when Gloria Allred, the famed women’s rights attorney, came on.

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Exploited and Endangered: Female Factory Workers in Vietnam Open Up About Their Work Conditions

45 women in Vietnam divulged the harsh and inhumane factory conditions they face at Samsung plants in a landmark report conducted by IPEN, a Sweden-based organization dedicated to the elimination of environmental toxins, and the Hanoi-based Research Centre for Gender, Family and Environment in Development (CGFED).

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Factory workers spend, on average, 8 to 12 hours a day on their feet, and often rotate between night and day shifts—resulting in persistent joint pain and fatigue. According to women’s testimonies, employees frequently succumb to nose bleeds, dizziness and stomach aches. The women surveyed also reported an alarming prevalence of miscarriages amongst factory employees, and suspect overtaxing may be the culprit—pregnant employees often refuse breaks for fear of remunerative wage deductions.

Samsung has been subjected to increased scrutiny in recent years for suspected dangerous working conditions in its assembly plants. An advocacy group has compiled over 200 counts of terminal illness in former Samsung plant employees—the most common being leukemia, lupus, lymphoma and multiple sclerosis—and a 2016 investigation led by the Associated Press found that South Korean authorities had facilitated the withholding of information about chemical exposure at Samsung chip and display factories, effectively preventing employees from seeking recourse for occupational illness.

Just last month, the South Korean Supreme Court overturned a ruling denying the family of Lee Yoon-Jung, who worked at a Samsung plant for six years and succumbed to a fatally aggressive brain tumor at the age of 32, compensation for occupational disease. Lim Ja-woon, the lawyer representing the Lee family, cited 27 other instances of brain tumors in former Samsung Electronics employees in his litigation, indicating excessive exposure to harmful chemicals as the catalyst for tumor growth. Many other former factory workers and families have filed similar lawsuits demanding occupational disease and bereavement compensations.

Politicians and legislators largely disregard the rights of workers in the electrical industries, and employees are discouraged from discussing working conditions on the pretense of “protecting trade secrets.” According to Joe DiGangi, Ph.D., IPEN’s Senior Science and Technology advisor, “the lives and rights of workers in the electronics industry have been neglected in research and policy.” Women face the consequences of this neglect most profoundly;  80 percent of Samsung’s 100,000 factory employees are women.

In a 2009 UN convention, over 100 international administrations reached an agreement definitively classifying hazardous chemicals in electronics as a global emerging policy issue. The agreement, defined as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management, set a precedent as the first true directive to combat occupational disease in electronic factories, commissioning a team of experts to outline specific measures for addressing the safe handling of hazardous materials in in all facets of production.

According to Pham Thi Minh Hang, a representative of CGFED, the IPEN report denotes a need for “comprehensive regulations […] that ensure worker safety in the electronics industry, including regulations relating to chemicals, electromagnetic fields, radioactivity, shift work and other relevant potential harms. Exposure limit values should be protective of the most vulnerable populations, which include women of child-bearing age, and should provide equal protection in the workplace and the community.” Hang and her fellow contributors are calling for a demonstrable change to factory protocol—including the disclosure of industrial chemical use in plants, and the adoption of more thorough safety guidelines.

Despite Samsung’s fervent dismissal of the claims in the report, Vietnam’s Ministry of Labor and the International Labor Organization in Hanoi are responding to the claims of the women in the survey, launching an investigation into working conditions at both of the electronic giant’s plants.

For DiGangi, the investigation is long overdue. “Companies make a lot of money in Vietnam,” he said, “but their profit rests on the tired shoulders of the female-majority workforce.”

Sarah Alexander is a recent graduate of Cal State Northridge. In addition to being a writer, she is a visual and performing artist, and attempts to use film, music and online platforms to spark conversation about social activism. She is an anomalous LA native, which affects her personality in a plethora of unique ways.

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CRYSTAL VISIONS: Developing daywear may be on the agenda at Balmain as part of the house’s growth strategy under its new chief executive officer, Massimo Piombini, but there’s no letting go of the glitz. Case in point — a crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $ 40,000 that hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection.
Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the weighty item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday.
Also rich in denim, jersey and knitwear, the expansive pre-fall 2018 men’s lineup spans casual fare and blinged-out items fit for the stage. “There is the same diversity as for the women’s,” said the designer. The brand counts personalities including Cristiano Ronaldo, Justin Bieber, Kanye West and Zayn Malik among its devotees, but is also “looking to attract a broader male audience” as part of its international expansion. Men’s wear currently represents around 40 percent of total sales.
Rousteing described the collection as a mirror reflection of the Balmain woman, but also

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Arckits are the grown-up Legos we never knew we wanted

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The Millennial’s answer to Legos is here and it’s just as beautiful as you’d expect.

Like Legos, Arckits are a set of small components that click together to create miniature structures. You can follow the blueprints in the kit or create your own constructions from your imagination. Unlike Legos, though, the finished creation is pretty enough to leave out on your counter when you’re done. 

Arckits were launched in 2014 by an Irish architect as an alternative to the physical models that had been phased out of the industry because they were time consuming and impractical. The modular “click and connect” components make it easy to put together a physical 3-D model of the building you’re planning.  Read more…

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Tiffany Haddish Wants to Know if NeNe Leakes Is ‘Crazy’ For Real, Accuses Her of Being Drunk During Her Comedy Show: ‘I Got Concerned’ [Video]

Tiffany Haddish stopped by Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ alongside Cynthia Bailey and had a question about Cynthia’s ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ co-star, NeNe Leakes.

When a caller asked Cynthia how she felt about NeNe’s shade towards her friendship with Kenya, Cynthia laughed it off as no big deal. Tiffany then asked Cynthia if NeNe is ‘crazy for real?’

“Is she crazy for real? You know I did a comedy show with her,” said Tiffany.”That was a mess.”

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“Did you think she was funny?”

To which Tiffany replied:

“She was funny at first, but then she got drunk. And then it got —  I got concerned.”

Just as she was about to spill the tea, Andy cut to commercial break. We don’t know what show Tiffany was talking about, but the streets think it may have been the show where NeNe made those distasteful rape comments. 

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The NFL signs a new Verizon deal that’s great for consumers

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NFL rights are the biggest in sports media—and the closest thing we have to weather vane for where our jumbled world of media and tech are headed.

On Monday, news broke that Verizon had agreed to a new five-year deal to stream NFL games to mobile devices (smartphones and tablets). The telecom giant is paying around $ 2 billion for the rights.

Here’s the big thing: Verizon has no exclusivity. They’ll host the games for anyone and everyone no matter what network they’re on. And this kicks in for the upcoming NFL playoffs.

This is good for NFL fans. Getting online access to football games had become a relatively byzantine adventure. With Verizon hosting the games but not having exclusivity—if you’re an AT&T or T-Mobile wireless customer you previously couldn’t access the games—you’ll be able to watch no matter what service you subscribe to. Read more…

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This is How to Know If You’ve Been Financially Naughty (or Nice) This Year

You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout. I’m telling you why:

Santa Claus is here, and he wants to know about your finances.

Have you been naughty, maxing out your credit cards and scrimping on your savings? Or have you been nice, following the advice of your friends at The Penny Hoarder?

Don’t lie, now. Santa sees you when you’re sleeping, remember? He knows if you’ve been bad or good.

So you may as well fess up. Naughty or nice?

Let’s find out. We’re making a list, and we’re checking it twice.

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping

Naughty: You’re not saving any money. UGH, TOO HARD, you say.

Nice: OK, OK, we know it’s tough to build up any savings. You’ve got bills to pay, after all. The rent is too darn high, etc.

Our suggestion: Use an app like Acorns, which is a good way to trick yourself into saving.

Once you connect it to a debit or credit card, it rounds your purchases up to the nearest dollar and funnels your digital change into an investment account.

Because the money comes out in increments of less than $ 1, you’re less likely to feel an impact in your bank account. (You can also set it up so it doesn’t round up every single purchase.) You get a $ 10 sign-up bonus, too.

He Knows When You’re Awake

Naughty: You’re not contributing enough to your 401(k) plan. C’mon, you’re passing up free money, here.

Nice: At the very least, you should be contributing enough to take full advantage of your employer’s match. Whatever you contribute, your employer throws in some money too, up to a set percentage of your paycheck.

The most common 401(k) match is 50 cents on the dollar up to the first 6% you contribute. If that’s the case for you, you should be contributing 6% of your pay. Ideally, you want to be contributing 15-20% of your earnings at some point. But for now, set your sights lower and work toward growth.

The next step is to maximize your retirement savings. Blooom is an app that monitors your 401(k). It’ll give you a free “health report” and tell you what needs improvement. If you decide you want Blooom to optimize your account, sign up for the $ 10-per-month service.

He Knows If You’ve Been Bad or Good

Naughty: You never check your credit score. NEVER. After all, you figure it’s kind of a pain, and why bother?

Nice: You should definitely be checking your credit score. You should know where you stand, and know what you need to do to keep your credit in good shape.

A super easy way to do this is with Credit Sesame. This free service shows your credit score and explains it to you. It shows your balances on any unpaid bills, credit cards or loans. It offers personalized tips on reducing your debt and raising your score.

So Be Good, For Goodness Sake

Naughty: You bought plenty of groceries and other stuff this year, but you never got any cash back.

Nice: You’ve gotta join the 21st century, my friend. So many ways to save.

Try out Ibotta, an app that gives you cash back on purchases from your favorite stores. Because you’re getting rebates on stuff you were going to buy anyway, it’s the closest thing to free money we’ve ever seen.

Ibotta is best known for its offers on grocery items. Colleen Rice, The Penny Hoarder’s email marketing specialist, earned about $ 235 from Ibotta in just a couple of years. Beyond supermarkets, it’s been rapidly expanding to dozens more retailers.

Another good way to get cash back is with Dosh, an app that pays you for making purchases at more than 100,000 hotels, online stores and restaurants. All you do is download the app and connect a debit or credit card.

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Naughty: Not to get too personal, but some of us may have gained a little weight this year. Me, I’m still trying to fit into the jeans I was wearing last January. And this is before the coming onslaught of Christmas cookies and tempting holiday treats.

With each passing year, it gets a little harder to keep the pounds off.

Nice: Losing weight is super hard and requires serious motivation. Cold, hard cash can help.

Make a bet with a company called HealthyWage, which will pay you to accomplish your weight-loss goals. No, seriously! It’s a legit company.

Enter how much weight you’d like to lose (10-150 pounds) in its calculator, how long you’ll take (six-18 months) and how much you want to bet ($ 20-$ 150 per month).

Each month, you pay your promised amount into the program. In return, HealthyWage provides support through expert advice and weight-tracking tools. If you meet your goal in your allotted timeframe, HealthyWage pays you!

So, tally up your results and tell Santa the truth. Have you been naughty or nice?

Now is the time to start making some changes for the better. After all, 2018 is just around the corner.

Mike Brassfield (mike@thepennyhoarder.com) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He is naughty and is not nice.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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Skepta has returned with a new video for the track “Ghost Ride.” The cut comes off of his recent EP drop dubbed Vicious, which released back in October. The song and video feature A$ AP Mob‘s own A$ AP Rocky and A$ AP Nast as they add verses to complement Skepta’s signature flow. The video commands your attention thanks to graphic courtesy of AWGE.

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