Niall’s friends ‘can’t get hold of him’ after his shock Love Island exit

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Love Island series 4 is only in its second week, and we’re already obsessed.

Why did Kendall have to be the first to go? Are Danni and Jack in it for the long haul? And, will Alex find love?

There are so many questions already, and we are deeply invested.

This week has been dominated however by the shock departure of one of the public’s top favourite Islanders, 23-year-old Niall Aslam, with his unexpected exit breaking the hearts of Love Island viewers, and his ‘rainbow fish’, Georgia.

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‘Niall has left the villa for personal reason,’ ITV announced in a statement, something that fellow islander Alex later confirmed to the group.

‘For personal reasons unfortunately Niall can’t continue or come back to the villa,’ Alex announced to the islanders. ‘I’m obviously sad that Niall’s left the villa. We got on really, really well. He’s such a great guy. And I look forward to catching up with him and having some fun with him outside.’

While ITV is staying tight-lipped about the 23-year-old construction worker’s departure from the show, it has been reported by the Mirror Online, that the decision was down to health reasons, made jointly by Niall and the Love Island bosses.

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Causing further concern, The Sun Online reported that Niall’s friends were unable to get hold of him after his departure, with one friend reportedly telling the publication, ‘We don’t know what’s gone on and we haven’t spoken to him so we’re in the dark.’

‘We are as shocked as everyone else is,’ another reportedly added. It’s a shame as he was doing really well and taking the show by storm.’

‘Obviously I was coupled up with him so obviously I came closer to him than most people in here,’ his Love Island other half Georgia explained of Niall after his exit. ‘But it wasn’t just that. He was actually my friend, my buddy.’

Niall has yet to speak out about his exit.

We’re sending him our thoughts.

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Steven Brill: Trump Didn’t Break It but Can’t Fix It Either

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Journalist Steven Brill’s new book about how the country got into some of its biggest and most vexing problems in the last half-century and how we’re on the verge of fixing many of them is surprisingly optimistic in a very 2018, through-the-looking-glass sort of way.

We do have big things to fix—healthcare, financial regulation, hyper-partisanship, crumbling infrastructure. But none of this—neither the causes nor the solutions—has anything to do with Donald Trump. Well, almost none of it.

“The only way he plays into the book,” Brill said in the single mention of Trump in a 45-minute interview, “is that the 50-year story explains how 46 percent of the electorate was frustrated enough and scattered the right way in the right Electoral College states to elect him.”

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Drake Can’t be Black in His Music but Mixed in the Real World [Opinion]

In a recent rap battle with fellow rapper Pusha T, Drake was exposed for wearing blackface in photos that he took in 2008. The Canadian-born rapper’s reasoning for these photos was that he was trying to shed light on the lack of opportunities that black actors faced when trying to get roles in movies and television. I understand his message and what he was trying to say, I just believe this wasn’t the right way to go about it.

Blackface, predominantly used during the 19th century, represented a time when black people were portrayed as the butlers, the maids, the drivers, and the servants. It also contributed to many racial stereotypes that still exist today, so it baffles me that Drake can take these pictures thinking it was a good idea. As I stated, I understand his interpretation/idea, but when you are a public figure (which he was at the time as an actor on Degrassi: The Next Generation) you have a responsibility to not be insensitive about how people perceive your actions and words.

Drake’s claim was that he was an advocate for black actors 10 years ago, but why hasn’t he been an advocate for black people in the last 10 years? Why have we never seen Drake at any rallies for issues affecting African Americans? Why has he never spoken on police brutality, racism, prison reform, etc.? Drake is arguably the biggest rapper that we have in the genre, which means he has one of the biggest platforms, and you mean to tell me he can’t even retweet topics concerning blacks? In a nutshell, Drake wants to be accepted by black culture and be able to say the n-word in his lyrics, but when it is time to speak for us he is silent. He is not above reproach just because he’s one of the biggest-selling artists of all time; we must hold him accountable for his actions or lack thereof.

Rappers like J.Cole, T.I., Jay-Z, and Nipsey Hussle, just to name a few, have all at one point been advocates for black social issues. They don’t think that just because they are millionaires they no longer have a responsibility to their culture and community. Why has Drake never used his voice in the past?

Drake has this clean-cut image that would be affected if he said anything controversial or made people nervous.  He has to protect his sponsorship from companies like Apple, Sprite and Adidas.  Drake can’t be black in his music but mixed in the real world. That is not how it works.

 

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Meghan Markle: Dad Can’t Come to My Wedding

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After a chaotic week of swirling and often contradictory rumors, Meghan Markle has confirmed that her father will not be attending her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday.

In a brief statement issued Thursday by Kensington Palace, Markle said: “Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health. 

“I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.”

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Even the Brilliant Martin Amis Can’t Stop Talking About Trump

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Martin Amis, in an elegant dark overcoat, steps through the black doorway curtain that insulates the denizens of the Brooklyn café from the frigid evening. His face is flushed from the cold, and I must say he looks great. He is, after all, “Martin Fucking Amis,” to borrow a phrase from the professional poker player who used it to buck up Amis before Amis competed—briefly and unsuccessfully—in a Las Vegas poker tournament.

Martin Fucking Amis, as most readers know, is the author of Money, London Fields, and The Information, the caustic, hilarious, defining novels of the final decades of the last century. He’s the novelist whose finest work includes House of Meetings, a tour de force set in the Russian Gulag, Night Train, a darkly funny version of the American police procedural, and The Pregnant Widow, a bittersweet take on the sexual revolution. Besides Amis’ 16 novels and the highly praised memoir Experience, there are five collections of almost dauntingly erudite essays and reportage. The latest of these is to be the subject of our conversation.

The Rub of Time presents quite a list of topics to choose from as the book’s subtitle begins to suggest: “Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump.”

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Despite Black Panther’s Success, Black Content Creators Still Can’t Get Projects Funded

While the cultural impact and box-office success of Black Panther has proven that it is in movie studios’ best financial interests to fund and produce diverse films with diverse casts and perspectives, the general consensus at Black Public Media’s first Story Summit was that black, independent content creators still have a long way to go in getting their projects funded.

Within three months of DeShuna Spencer launching KweliTV in 2015, the interactive platform that exclusively steams independent films and web series curated from the African diaspora received nearly a thousand subscribers and 7,800 registered users. Since then, Spencer has attended, pitched, and won numerous competitions over the past three years but the venture capital she’d been looking to raise still hasn’t materialized. One of the white venture capitalists that had agreed to meet with her even pressed her on the need for her platform.

“Don’t you guys have BET?,” he asked.

Spencer wasn’t surprised at all. Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, as a young girl she had been told she didn’t look like she was from Africa. As a teenager, she had seen ads on television asking for donations for black African children who looked like they’d been instructed to gaze into the camera with their suffering eyes and almost always had flies around them. If she had seen the ads, she was sure her schoolmates had seen them too, which is why she takes her mission of diversifying black stories very seriously.

Spencer, who is bullish about her work, said content creators need to show something different: “Keep pushing and when it’s [the film project’s] done, we’ll get it on KweliTV.”

I do take it personally when it comes to telling and curating our stories,””Spencer told a packed room at the Google offices in New York. City

The ultimate question posed to the panelists on Diversifying Blackness at Black Public Media’’ first Story Summit: how does the black community grow its selection of black stories about black people that studios are willing to take on?

For Shukree Tilghman, its about access and power.

The root of making influence is about having power. You really have to have full control. When you’re running your own show, you get to bring in your own people,” said Tilghman, who joined NBC’s critically acclaimed show This Is Us as a writer in 2017.

To go from an independent filmmaker to being funded, Tilghman, who has contributed to numerous film and television projects, said investors also need to find smart people whose projects have already been funded by organizations like Black Public Media (BPM).

Founded in 1979 to encourage the development of films and television programs about the black experience, Black Public Media has provided seed money for filmmakers such as Spike Lee, Julie Dash, Stanley Nelson, Shola Lynch, and Byron Hurt early on in their careers.

Angela Tucker, a film producer and director in New Orleans, whose 2017 dramedy Intersection was funded by BPM, said creators just need to tell their own stories truthfully. “There are stories I’d like to tell that I won’t be able to, because of funding,” she said. Tucker, whose projects had never been funded as an individual said it not only helps filmmakers make their dreams come true, but that it also gives them confidence—to create more.

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Cryptocurrencies Like Bitcoin Can’t Replace the Dollar, Says New York Fed Chief Nominee

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey predicted that Bitcoin will eclipse all the world’s currencies in around 10 years .

But the man nominated to be head of the New York Federal Reserve disagrees. In a speech Friday, the current San Francisco Fed President John Williams laid out a case for why cryptocurrencies, the most prominent of which is Bitcoin, cannot replace paper money.

Like others who question Bitcoin’s usefulness as a currency, Williams noted that cryptocurrencies are volatile, making it difficult to pay the correct price for an item. Secondly, while the world’s central banks try to stabilize the economy at times by either increasing or decreasing the amount of cash circulating, Bitcoin has a fixed supply: 20 million.

“Cryptocurrency doesn’t pass the basic test of what a currency should be,” he said, as reported by CNBC.

Still, some entrepreneurs are hoping to address the shortcomings of using cryptocurrency. Most recently, a project seeking to keep the price of a cryptocurrency at $ 1, dubbed Basis, raised $ 133 million in venture capital funding. Its creator, Nader Al-Naji, added that he was uncomfortable spending Bitcoin, because he thought it could rocket up to a much higher value.

The price of Bitcoin is up about 7% today to $ 8,800 after peaking around $ 20,000 in December.

That’s not to say all cryptocurrency proponents feel the same. Twitter CEO Dorsey has said he personally thinks Bitcoin will be used as a currency.

“The world ultimately will have a single currency, the Internet will have a single currency. I personally believe that it will be Bitcoin,” Dorsey told the The Times of London in March.

That comes as critics and proponents alike debate over the status of cryptocurrency and how to regulate it–even as it grows harder to wrap all digital assets into one category. Cryptocurrency has undergone an explosion in recent years, with entrepreneurs creating cryptocurrencies to raise funds or even just for fun. So while they are considered commodities by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, many are also thought to be securities that grant their owners a share of an underlying company or project.

 

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Most diplomats, when their old positions put their objectives at risk, look for opportunities to de-escalate conflict. Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, didn’t take the off-ramps that senators repeatedly offered him on Thursday.

Pompeo was never going to have an easy confirmation hearing. As a tea-party congressman before joining the administration, he had made bigoted statements about American Muslims. As Trump’s CIA director, Pompeo has used bellicose rhetoric against Iran and North Korea, to the delight of the White House, which has recently taken to purging national-security officials Trump considered out of sync with his impulses.

Bob Corker, the GOP chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told Pompeo his colleagues were justified in wondering if his closeness with the president is “based on deferential willingness to go along to get along.” That kicked off five long and often agonizing hours in which Pompeo found himself caught between the president he seeks to please, the politician he used to be, and the senators he needs to convince.

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Things Your Executor Can and Can’t Do

When you create a Last Will and Testament, an important step is to choose someone you trust to be your executor. An executor is the person who has the legal duty to follow the directions listed in your Last Will.

After you pass away, your executor has the general task of sorting out your finances, including paying any outstanding debts you may have out of the remainder of your estate, and dividing your property and assets amongst your beneficiaries.

The executor of your Will is responsible for carrying out your wishes in the way you specified, but there are limits to what they can and can’t do.

This post goes into more detail about what you can and can’t ask your executor to do, in order to help you make an informed decision about who to choose for the role.

Things Your Executor Can Do

We’ve already covered the steps an executor would need to take to carry out a Will in a previous post, but have listed the general tasks below.

Although this isn’t an exhaustive list, depending on the complexity of the testator’s (the person who made the Will) financial and family circumstances, an executor typically makes decisions about:

  • How to manage the testator’s assets and property until they are distributed to beneficiaries or heirs
  • Supervising the distribution of the testator’s property and assets
  • How to handle property and asset inheritance, including who inherits real estate (as indicated in the Will)
  • Validating the Will in probate court if needed
  • Paying for debts, taxes, and other ongoing expenses

In short, the executor makes the majority of the decisions with regards to the distribution of the estate. Although they must follow the instructions in the deceased’s Will, they do have the power to make certain decisions if the testator did not express their wishes clearly or at all in their Will.

Keep in mind that the executor can also choose to refuse to act even if they are named in the Will. In these cases, the court can appoint a new executor.

Things Your Executor Can’t Do

An executor has the fiduciary duty to execute your Will to the best of their ability and in accordance with the law, but it can be difficult to determine the limits of their powers.

However, here are some examples of things an executor can’t do:

  • Change the beneficiaries in the Will
  • Stop the beneficiaries from contesting the Will
  • Sign the Will on behalf of the testator, if it was not signed before the testator passed away
  • Execute the Will before the testator has passed away

In general, if the beneficiaries named in the Last Will feel that the executor is not performing their duties to the letter, they can get the court involved and ultimately have the executor removed. In this case, the court will usually take care of the executor’s duties in place of choosing a new executor.

Your Executor’s Duties

Being an executor can be quite a bit of work, so it’s important to choose someone that you trust and discuss your wishes with them to make sure they are up to the task.

At any rate, your Last Will and Testament should be as detailed as possible so that in the event that your executor changes their mind and the court needs to take over, the process of executing your Will can still go relatively smoothly.

Have you ever been an executor for a Will? Let us know in the comments!

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The UFC Can’t Afford to Punish Conor McGregor

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Five years and one day ago, Conor McGregor, the former UFC champion who last was seen in August pretending to be a boxer and helping refill Floyd Mayweather’s bank account, made his UFC debut, defeating featherweight Marcus Brimage in a mere 67 seconds by knockout. He celebrated his anniversary on Thursday by taking on a bus, injuring multiple fighters and leading to his eventual arrest.

That McGregor would unleash real-world violence shouldn’t entirely come as a surprise. For years, his racist taunts, over-the-top, braggadocious persona, and propensity for boundary-pushing stunts have have been given a wide berth by the UFC, to say the least. It’s worked, too, earning both them and McGregor countless riches, brought in a legion of fans, and made McGregor the sport’s biggest and, for the moment, only star attraction.

The UFC could not have anticipated this insanity, but to a certain degree, they share in the blame. Because of McGregor’s financial clout and the absence of another fighter who could match his ability to headline a multi-million dollar pay-per-view event, the UFC has coddled McGregor time and time again, refusing to discipline him or set any boundaries after he crossed all manner of moral and ethical lines, a freedom from responsibility that no other fighter has been afforded.

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Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale Can’t Stop Watching Her Championship Buzzer-Beater, Either

You’ll be hard-pressed to find an athlete, anywhere, who’s ever had a weekend like Arike Ogunbowale just did. On Friday night in Columbus, Ohio, the Notre Dame junior hit an incredible pull-up jump shot in the final seconds to give the Fighting Irish a 91-89 overtime win against Connecticut in the national semifinals; the Huskies hadn’t lost a game all season. Then, on Easter Sunday, Ogunbowale followed up that clutch performance with an even bigger stunner. With Notre Dame and Mississippi State tied at 58-58, Ogunbowale launched a contested last-second three-pointer — degree of difficulty, 10.0 — that somehow found the bottom of the net, and delivered Notre Dame its first women’s basketball title since 2001.

After a night of celebrating with her teammates, Ogunbowale, 21, spoke to TIME on Monday from the Notre Dame team bus, which was traveling from Columbus back to South Bend, Indiana, with the national championship trophy sitting in the front seat.

As a kid growing up in Milwaukee, how any times did you practice hitting those last-second shots?

I was always having fun, when working out, doing a lot of crazy different shots. Pounding down, at last second. But to actually do it on a stage like this is unheard of. It’s crazy.

When you let your shot go against Mississippi State in the final, did you think it had a chance of going in?

I mean, if felt good. But you never know. When the shot went in, I couldn’t believe it actually. It was just, “Wow.” Then I started running to my teammates. After, I heard the whistle. I was like, “Wait, did I get it off in time?” But I clearly got it off in time. But I was just like, something had to have gone wrong. There’s just no way.

The referees sort of stopped the celebration to check the clock. I thought the review took some of the joy out of the moment. The officials put 0.1 second back on the clock. What did you think of all that?

We knew they weren’t going to be able to get a shot off that quick. It was really pointless. Even the Mississippi State coach was like, “It’s over, just end it.” The ref wanted the .1 second. But I think we were still excited.

Prior to your shot, your teammate Marina Mabrey collided with Mississippi State’s Morgan William at half-court, resulting in a steal. That turnover ultimately set up your game-winner. Mississippi State fans will surely insist, for a long time, that William was fouled. Did you see the collision?

I watched the play, and Marina really got ball. I thought Morgan flopped a little bit cause Marina really stole the ball clean. It could go both ways. That call was, I guess, crucial for them. We felt all game we weren’t getting any calls. I guess that’s just how it played out. I don’t think you should really to let the refs define the game like that with a foul call right there.

On the game-winning inbounds play, you weren’t the first option.

I had an off shooting day, and Jessica [Shepard], she was killing it in the post the whole game. So we wanted to take advantage of that. I think they knew we wanted to go to her because they had one person behind her, and the person guarding the in-bounder backed up. So it would have been hard to make that pass.

How many times have you watched the video?

I can’t even count how many. A lot. I keep getting tagged in the video, so I keep watching it. I’m just like, this is insane how this happened.

You were an excellent soccer player growing up, but you eventually gave it up to focus on hoops. How difficult was that?

It was definitely tough. I loved soccer. I played it until my sophomore year [of high school]. It was getting really hard to juggle both of them. So I really had to choose one. I definitely miss soccer. But I definitely don’t regret the decision.

You’re a business major at Notre Dame. Are you back in class this week?

I have classes tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday. Tomorrow I think I have managerial economics.

So your professors aren’t going to give you a few days off to bask in the glory?

Nah. I wish. I definitely have to go to class. I’ve been missing two weeks straight.

Do you have any advice out there for all the girls and boys in their driveways or on the playgrounds, hitting all those buzzer-shots in their minds?

Really, anything is possible. Keep shooting those crazy, off-balance shots. Because you never know when they’re going to come in handy.

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Anthony Atamanuik’s Donald Trump went out in a blaze of surprisingly poignant glory at the end of his Christmas special last December. Performing an Aimee Mann cover from his Oval Office set, he warned the American people, “It’s not going to stop, until you wise up.”

That might have been it for the best Trump impersonator in comedy—Alec Baldwin included—after Comedy Central quietly declined to pick up The President Show for a second season. But given an unexpected ratings bump for the Christmas show, the network has decided to double-down on the hour-long special format, beginning with this week’s Make America Great-A-Thon: A President Show Special, airing Tuesday night at 11 p.m. while The Daily Show is on hiatus.

“I’m actually really happy about the specials,” Atamanuik tells me by phone from New York a few days before the telethon-themed hour is set to air. He’s just left the floor of the New York Stock Exchange where he was taping a TV interview and no, he says, they did not let him ring the bell. “I actually said to the guy who showed me the bell, ‘What happens if I ring it? Do they all stop?’ And he said, ‘Do not even joke about that.’”

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I’m one of those people who craves routine, structure, schedules, charts, lists and any other form of organization that makes my life more predictable. (The world is unpredictable enough on its own, amiright?)

The one place impulsivity does shine through in my life, though?

In my shopping habits.

Or at least it used to.

I consider myself a (mostly) reformed impulse shopper. But in the past, I was pretty bad about swiping my card whenever I encountered a good sale — or even just something that caught my eye that day.

During my (prolonged) stint as an impulse shopper, though, I figured out a few tricks to recoup my financial losses whenever my bank account needed a little TLC.

If you’ll forever be enticed by a good sale, here’s how you can make or save a little money every time you hear the siren song of a big red 50%-off flyer.

Here’s How to Be a Savvy(er) Impulse Shopper

If you just can’t resist when you see a good sale, here’s how to stay on top of your finances — without compromising your favorite guilty pleasure (shopping, obvi).

1. Get Cash Back for Your Purchases With Ibotta

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Ibotta is an easy-to-use cash-back app that’s partnered with more than 50 retailers — just about anywhere you’d do any kind of shopping (like, say, for clothes).

With a list of brands like Asos and Gap and even sites like Poshmark offering cash back on qualifying purchases, Ibotta is a no-brainer for those times when the sale is just too good.

For most cash-back-on-clothing deals featured on Ibotta, you have to do your shopping through the app. After you make an account, head to the “Clothing” category under the “Find Offers” tab. There, you can see the entire list of retailers and choose your shopping experience.

Once you choose an offer, you’ll be taken to that retailer’s site within the Ibotta app (or moved over to the retailer’s app if you have it downloaded on your device) — but you’ll have to make sure you’re maintaining the link between Ibotta and your shopping experience the entire time.

This means if you leave the app or web experience you’re browsing on for any reason (like to check a text message), you’ll have to go back through the offer process in  Ibotta before you make a purchase in order for the deal to work.

Once you successfully complete your transaction, you’ll be greeted with a “Welcome Back” screen.

Ibotta is free to download — plus, you’ll get a $ 10 sign-up bonus.

If you’re going to be doing a little late-night browsing anyway, you might as well free up some extra room in your just-for-fun budget while you’re at it!

2. Track Your Shopping — and Spending — With Trim

One incredibly important step when managing your money (especially if you’re feeling a little spendy) is budgeting.

I know — no one loves sticking to a budget, right? But it’s important to take a good look at what you’re spending and understand where you can cut back — and where it’s OK to splurge a little when you come across a must-have item.

An easy way to automate this process is to use Trim, a little bot that’ll keep track of all your transactions.

Simply connect your checking account, credit card and savings account for a big-picture look at your spending habits. Then, take a closer look by checking out each of your transactions (but don’t worry — Trim won’t tell anyone you’ve already hit up Target four times this week).

You can also set alerts that’ll let you know when bills are due, when you’ve hit a spending cap or when you’ve (hopefully not) overdrafted.

The best part? It’s free to sign up.

3. Round up Your Transactions to Save More With Acorns

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Acorns is a simple savings and investment app that rounds your credit or debit card purchases up to the nearest dollar and invests the digital change.

You can connect the app to your credit or debit card and let it automatically round up all your transactions, or manually round up only the ones you choose — a good strategy to make your impulse purchases work for you.

Contributor CJ Reid does the latter, accepting roundups of less than $ 0.50, such as her $ 3.60 cup of coffee.

“Rounding up 40 cents here and 25 cents there moves me swiftly enough to $ 5 so that I can begin investing without putting myself into the red,” she says.

Once your round ups reach $ 5, that amount will be transferred from your bank to your Acorns account, and invested into the portfolio of your choosing.

“Acorns makes it easy to invest by removing the responsibility of choosing individual investments or worrying about trades,” Reid explains. “You don’t need any previous investment knowledge or history.”

Once you get the process automated, the digital change from those pesky impulse buys can start to grow without you even having to think about it.

“With a conservative portfolio,” Reid says, “I turned $ 15 into $ 19 within a few weeks.”

You can sign up and download the app here.

4. Stop Deleting Your Emails

It turns out deleting your emails could be costing you serious money. Intrigued?

One of our secret weapons is called Paribus — a tool that gets you money back for your online purchases. It’s free to sign up, and once you do, it will scan your email archives for any receipts. If it discovers you’ve purchased something from one of its monitored retailers, it will track the item’s price and help you get a refund anytime there’s a price drop.

Plus, if your guaranteed shipment shows up late, Paribus will help you get money back for what you paid for shipping.

5. Use a Cash-Back Credit Card

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Using a rewards credit card on your clothing purchases can be a way to earn a little of those expenses back.

You just have to be sure you don’t get too carried away with those purchases — and that the card is paid off at the end of each billing period.

Here’s an option we like: It’s the Chase Freedom Unlimited card. Its claim to fame? You’ll earn an unlimited 1.5% cash back on all your purchases. Plus, if you spend $ 500 in your first three months of opening the card (hi, new spring wardrobe), you’ll pocket a $ 150 bonus.

There’s no annual fee, and the cash-back rewards don’t expire. We checked Credible’s annual rewards calculator, and it estimates $ 417 in annual rewards based on our spending habits.* (You can enter your unique spending habits and see what you’d earn, too.)

Get signed up — and 0% intro APR for 15 months — here.

*Annual Rewards amounts will change based on the amounts you enter. The monthly spending category names and definitions may vary among issuers, and categories may not align one-to-one.

The information for the Chase Freedom Unlimited card has been collected independently by The Penny Hoarder. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. The Penny Hoarder is a partner of Credible.

6. Sell Clothes You Don’t Wear Anymore

If your closet is full to overflowing with your latest impulse purchases, you can make extra room in your wardrobe and your budget by selling the pieces you don’t wear anymore.

To find the best platform for selling your clothes online, check out this list to see which sites will give you the biggest return — and which sites require the most (and least!) work on the seller’s end.

Once you figure out the tricks to selling on various resale platforms, you’ll be able to sit back and watch your shopping budget grow while also watching your unmanageable wardrobe shrink.

7. Trick Yourself Into Saving Money

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A little fun-money shopping here and there isn’t necessarily a problem.

But if your impulse buys are sending you into a financial tailspin, it might be time to rein in the urge to spend.

Freezing your cards can slow your spending habits, but only for so long.

But if you’re motivated by mind games, you might want to try these other methods for tricking yourself into saving money.

One of the methods even includes a fun arts and crafts project: Vision boards for the win!

8. Check Your (Spending) Before You Wreck Your (Budget)

Sometimes, curbing an impulsive spending habit is as simple as following a flow chart.

If you’re staring down a killer sale — but you just can’t shake that little voice of reason inside your head — our “Should I Buy This” decision tree can help you determine whether the purchase will be worth it in the long run.

And hey, if you make it to the end of the flow chart and all signs point to yes, you can drop the guilty feelings and know you’re making a well-thought-out purchase.

9. Become a Mystery Shopper

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You know that saying, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life?”

If you’re one of those people who just loves the thrill of the hunt, consider becoming a mystery shopper. That way, you’ll at least be making a little extra money to add to your shopping budget when the urge to splurge comes knocking.

And with “missions” including everything from test-driving cars to catching an afternoon movie, there’s pretty much a mystery shopping gig for everyone out there.

But be careful! There are a handful of mystery shopping scams on the market, and the last thing you want is to find out that you got swindled out of the cash you were trying to earn — or worse.

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.

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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Iyanla Vanzant was asked to weigh in on the Mo’Nique/Netflix boycott controversy and the mixed reactions to the comedian’s fight for equality.

According to Vanzant, this situation is much bigger than Mo’s plight.

“Why are we surprised that she’s asking people to acknowledge that they diminish and demean us?” Iyanla asked when Madame Noire requested she speak on the situation. “They do it every day. The president of the country relegated us to the sh-thole, so why are we surprised at this? The question becomes what are we going to do about it?”

OWN’s darling life coach went on to say, “Mo’Nique can’t fight that battle by herself and people will not stand up for the battle or not stand up for the cause because it’s Mo’Nique, well, it didn’t start with Mo’Nique. So either we’re going to do it or we’re not, but don’t make this about Mo’Nique. It’s not about Mo’Nique.”

She added, “Mo’Nique is just saying what other people have refused to say.”

Speaking to pay disparities, Iyanla continued to point out reasons why Monique deserves our support.

“Number one, we keep acting like we’re shocked and surprised that we still living in a racist country when the president can talk about bad hombres and sh-thole countries, what is that? Why aren’t we doing something about that right there? The mere fact that brown people in this country, that we have relegated to Mexicans and we forget about Dominicans and Salvadoreans and Panamanians and all the cocoa brown people that he called bad hombres, we know that they get paid less than everybody else. So if we let them pay the brown people less, why do we think they won’t pay the Black people less? I don’t understand.”

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John Stamos Hilariously Shares Photo of Himself with a Faux Baby Bump: ‘Can’t Wait for Fatherhood’

John Stamos “can’t wait” to become a father as he shared a funny Instagram photo of himself wearing a fake baby bump.

The Fuller House actor couldn’t help but crack a joke with an old photo of himself on the set of Full House wearing a white T-shirt with the words “Bun in the Oven” written across it.

Stamos, 54, who is expecting his first child with wife Caitlin McHugh, expressed his humor and excitement at his impending fatherhood in a sweet caption, writing, “This is the longest 9 months of my life! #cantwait 4 #fatherhood.”

The couple tied the knot on Feb. 3 in Studio City, California, a source told PEOPLE. The reception was held at Stamos’ home in Beverly Hills.

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McHugh wore a white, strapless ballgown with a tulle skirt, while Stamos wore a black tux. A source told PEOPLE, “Caitlyn looked absolutely stunning in a princess dress.”

“They exchanged vows in front of family and close friends. It was a very touching ceremony. There were tears but mostly smiles. John and Caitlyn looked very happy.”

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“The happened. Then I said, I better have a ring on her finger because it’s the right thing to do, and I wanted to marry her anyway,” Stamos told PEOPLE exclusively in December. “So I called her parents to ask, and it was like, ‘You better!’”

“She loves Disneyland and , I got on my knee and asked her,” Stamos said. “I pulled the ring out. I don’t know how she did it, but she went to hug me and slipped her finger right in it. When the park closed, we ran around the park in our Disney onesies.”


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The Canadian ice dancing pair, who captured the hearts and hopes of Winter Olympics viewers everywhere this year with their sizzling chemistry and risqué routines, have long been speculated to be in a relationship, something that they both deny. After the two-time Olympic gold medalists’ fans campaigned on social media for the couple to appear on The Ellen Show, DeGeneres wasted no time in asking the burning question that everyone wanted to know: “Are you a couple?”

To the disappointment of fans everywhere, Virtue responded that they were not, noting that it was “a compliment…that people feel invested in our partnership is truly remarkable.”

Virtue also joked that if the pair were a couple, The Ellen Show would be the perfect place to reveal it to the world.

Virtue and Moir, who have known each other for 20 years, also obliged DeGeneres by playing a game of “The Definitely Not Dating Game,” where they had to guess each other’s answers to questions like: “What is Tessa’s guilty pleasure?” or “Does Scott like to wear boxers or briefs?” For a couple that denies being in a relationship, Tessa and Scott were uncannily accurate with their answers.

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Stephen Colbert can’t believe Trump’s stance on gun control

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What is happening? Did Stephen Colbert just find Donald Trump’s opinion on something “reasonable?”

That’s exactly what went down on The Late Show on Wednesday, when the talk show host was left flabbergasted by the president’s stance in a meeting with members of Congress on gun control.

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A recent study caused waves in the pet world when it suggested that dogs might have an intelligence edge over cats, but don’t jump to conclusions so quickly. Quite a few other studies have shown that dogs don’t have great mathematical abilities, especially in comparison to wolves. Meanwhile, other less traditionally “smart” animals like fish and frogs, according to new research, are able to count. So, too, can chickens and some monkeys, although it’s hard to count on the research that’s been done with house cats thus far.

Keep reading to learn more about which animals can count, but don’t bother your goldfish for help with your math homework just yet.

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The jury is still out on felines, mainly because they are so difficult to control in a lab environment. Can cats count? As with most things, the answer might be only if they feel like it. Christian Agrillo of the University of Padova in Italy studies cat cognition. He told author of the book Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs, David Grimm, that many times “We had to say to the owners, ‘Sorry, we can’t use your cat. It’s not interested in the experiment’ … I can assure you that it’s easier to work with fish than cats.”

In Agrillo’s numerical competence study, which is basically the ability to distinguish small quantities from large ones, cats were tested by placing different amounts of black dots above desirable and undesirable objects, such as full or empty plates of food. Apparently when the cats did decide to cooperate, they were as good at mathematical tests as fish are (see the swimmers’ math assessment below). But these “good” trials were few and far between. Often the cats just walked away. Additionally, when Agrillo dug in deeper to see if the felines could truly distinguish the amount of dots (not just the overall “size” of the visual grouping), cats came up short. That said, he remains unconvinced that cats can’t count and thinks we should keep studying them.

Additionally, researchers also suspect cats may have an abstract conception of numbers. This assumption is because mother cats often notice when a kitten is missing and will go look for it. Accordingly, it has been suggested that cats may be able to count up to six or seven, though three or four is more likely.

Dogs Can’t Count, but Wolves Can

Humans may have gained a best friend when wolves were domesticated some 19,000 years ago, but dogs seem to have lost some special cognitive abilities in the trade off. According to a 2014 study published in Frontiers in Psychology, wolves consistently outperformed domestic dogs when selecting cans filled with pieces of cheese. Both groups of animals’ counting abilities were tested by showing them the cheese being dropped into cans, and then watching to see if they selected the cans with the most cheese. Wolves proved more adept at this every time, and researchers don’t believe it has to do with scent.

“Canines have an extraordinary sense of smell compared to humans, which could theoretically allow them to discriminate at least quantities of lower ratios based on olfaction,” said Dr. Friederike Range, one of the authors of the study from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. “However, there is little indication that canines would rely on their olfactory cues in such a situation if not specifically trained to do so. Moreover, in a study comparing the performance of our wolves and dogs in a local enhancement task, we found that, while both species primarily relied on visual information, the dogs actually used their sense of smell more than the wolves. Finally, during our experiment, we never cleaned the tubes between trials or animals, which likely lead to an overall strong cheesy smell in both tubes.”

Range did, however, mention wolves have better eyesight than dogs which could have given them a leg up.

Monkeys Do Math

A January 2018 study involving rhesus macaque monkeys (and crows), showed that “after training, rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) and carrion crows (Corvus corone) proficiently discriminate the absolute values of visual numerosities from 1 to 5 and even from 1 to 30 items,” writes Andreas Nieder. In fact, the primates exhibited the ability to identify visual patterns from 1-9, as well as auditory instances such as hearing a specific sound three times. Previous studies have shown that other primates, like chimpanzees, can also do fairly simple math.

Fish Learn to Count in Schools

Fish don’t get a lot of credit for intelligence in the pet world, so perhaps it would most surprise you to learn of our aquatic friends’ unique ability to differentiate when it comes to numbers and sizes. There have been a slew of studies with different species of fish, but a 2011 study conducted by Brian Butterworth, Laura Piffer and the aforementioned cat researcher Christian Agrillo looked at numerical system capabilities in guppies. They somehow managed (even they don’t quite understand how the fish do it!) to get 200 guppies to decide which shoal they wanted to be in according to size. You see, guppies are known to prefer larger shoals. But to accurately determine whether the fish really were counting, the team got the guppies to judge shoal size one fish at a time.

Frogs Are Arithmetic Friendly

If you find potential partners who are good at math a turn-on, you’re not alone. Female frogs count the number of pulses in a male frog’s croak. They can do this for “phrases” up to 10 notes long, says Butterworth. “The way you can identify your species of frog is the number of pulses in their croak,” he told the BBC.  Much like a voice can be attractive or a deal-breaker in human relationships, lady frogs assess male croaks for duration and volume as a measure of their potential mate’s worth. It is proposed that male frogs can count up to 4 – 6 “chucks” (or distinct croaks) in their mating calls.

Do Count Your Chickens

Chickens, geese, hens, crows — despite what you may have heard, they’re all quite smart as far as animals go. In fact, a bunch of papers published over the past ten years by Rosa Rugani at the University of Padova have shown that newly hatched chicks and adult chickens can absolutely count and do basic arithmetic. A previous study, conducted in 2005 by Siobhan Abeyesinghe at the University of Bristol in the U.K., showed that when chickens were presented with two keys, one that gave brief access to food and another that gave prolonged access, the birds were much more likely to peck at the latter key which gave a bigger food reward. Chickens have been able to out-perform toddlers in math tests, keeping track mentally of additions and subtractions when a game was shuffled around.

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The aforementioned species are not the only ones in the animal kingdom who can count. Elephants, lions, hyenas, horses, zebrafish, mosquitoes and many more have demonstrated math abilities, according to a recent New York Times article. As researcher Brian Butterworth noted, the ability to count must be a basic life skill for more than just humans. “It’s as useful to them as it is to us,” he told the BBC.

 

 

 


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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — a bona fide legend in Silicon Valley — has never been afraid to give the masses his unfiltered opinion on all things tech related. And though Woz made his name and fortune developing both the Apple I and Apple II decades ago, he has never been shy about calling out Apple whenever it thinks it veers too far off course.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Inc warned on Monday that it could offer no assurance that social media was on balance good for democracy, but the company said it was trying what it could to stop alleged meddling in elections by Russia or anyone else. The sharing of false or misleading headlines on social media has…
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There’s now a Gucci restaurant and we can’t deal

Book a flight to Florence and head straight to the brand new Gucci emporium.

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Gucci have opened a brilliant concept store, 50-seat restaurant and museum called the ‘Gucci Garden’ in the heart of Florence, Italy. As well as including Gucci designs from the brand’s rich archives dating back to 1921, there will also be a lively and interactive video and film experience.

Designed by Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele, the rooms feel like you’ve been transported to a bygone era. Expect references to plants, flowers, animals, graffitied walls and must-have Gucci items — and gosh, there’s a lot of them. ‘The garden is real, but it belongs above all to the mind, populated with plants and animals: like the snake, which slips in everywhere, and in a sense, symbolises and perpetual beginning and a perpetual return,’ explains Michele.

Take a seat on the pillowy petrol-blue sofas and order the tortellini in parmesan sauce for a treat. Food is served on pretty porcelain plates, all of which are decorated in the brand’s iconic paisley print. Cotton napkins are crisp and embroidered like a Gucci shirt, and the table setting is as charming as the clothes themselves. The tucked-away restaurant seats around 50 guests so book your table fast to avoid disappointment.

Elsewhere, the ground floor is home to one-of-a-kind creations, designed especially for the Gucci Garden. Here you can buy silk bombers, custom jewellery, brocade skirts and bespoke luggage pieces you won’t find anywhere else (items come in packaging exclusive to the store so be sure to snap them up fast). The shop will also sell stationary, postcards, plates, cushions and maps of Florence for visitors to take home.

All of Gucci’s designers, past and present, have a space in the garden. “The past is very much part of the present at Gucci, which is perfectly in keeping with Alessandro’s idea of the brand, and indeed his attitude of Florence, Gucci’s home, which he sees as a city where history is still vibrantly alive,” explains critic and curator Maria Luisa Frisa, who worked with Alessandro on the store.

Artists Jayde Fish, Trever Andrew (AKA GucciGhost) and Coco Captian (who collaborated with the brand for their AW17 collection) were invited to decorate the walls of the rooms. Large pineapples painted with the Gucci logo, pizza slices, snakes and funny faces are drawn onto the wall in a playful and youthful touch. Don’t leave without taking a look at their work either, which is situated in the room nearby. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Twitter on Friday afternoon finally addressed widespread calls for a banning of President Trump from the platform over his tweets threatening nuclear war. Without specifically naming Trump, the social-media giant wrote in a statement that “Elected world leaders play a critical role in that conversation because of their outsized impact on our society,” and therefore, “Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets, would hide important information people should be able to see and debate. It would also not silence that leader, but it would certainly hamper necessary discussion around their words and actions.”

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We Can’t Get Enough of Sofia Richie’s Style

Sofia Richie may be a youthful 18 years of age, but the model and celebrity style icon is already proving she’s got a signature look all her own. While the teenage years are often a time to make mistakes, Richie has hit her stride in daring ensembles that we can’t help but take notice of.

When it comes to casual off-duty dressing, Richie favors athleisure, picking and choosing the trendiest sportswear pieces ranging from Adidas to Vetements. When it comes to fancier occasions, the model has an ability to pull off cool-girl looks that are edgy without ever feeling like too much. And oh yeah, let’s not forget Sofia has a killer collection of sunglasses she wears on repeat. So whether you’re in need of a little off-duty inspiration or something a little fancier, you’ll see below why Sofia Richie is one to watch.

See a few of our favorite looks from Richie below!

On Sofia Richie: Adidas Originals by Alexander Wang Soccer Jersey Top in Maroon ($ 110); Adidas Originals by Alexander Wang Track Pants in Maroon ($ 220). Style Notes: Don’t be afraid to take athleisure outside the gym. Just add a cool bag and statement sunnies.
On Sofia Richie: Alberta Ferretti black lace appliquéd gown. Style Notes: When it comes to black tie, Richie isn’t afraid to take a risk, opting for bold feathers and sheer cutouts.
On Sofia Richie: Gucci Cateye Sunglasses in Black Acetate ($ 415); Adidas Originals sneakers. Style Notes: Richie embraced the all-important sneakers, styling her footwear of choice with camo pants and an oversize top.
On Sofia Richie: Adam Selman x Le Specs The Fugitive Sunglasses in Gold ($ 119); DL1961 jeans. Style Notes: Sofia added edge to an all-black look by playing with textures and choosing cool shades.
On Sofia Richie: Oliver Peoples The Row Empire Suite Oval Sunglasses (out of stock); Boutique Embroidered Mesh Roll Neck Top ($ 60) and Nylon Long Trackie ($ 190); Topshop Foil Camo Boarder Trouser ($ 150); Hollywood Sock Boots ($ 150). Style Notes: Bold colors, eye-catching prints—Sofia proves that you can do it all.
On Sofia Richie: Balmain sheer jumpsuit and double-breasted blazer. Style Notes: Sheer bottoms add instant intrigue to a buttoned-up look.
On Sofia Richie: Dolce & Gabbana patterned suit.  Style Notes: Sofia gave a suit a youthful twist by layering a bra underneath.  Want more? Check out Kendall Jenner’s best looks.

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10 AAA Games We Can’t Wait for in 2018

It’s that time of year, when we take the time to crunch through our backlog and start looking ahead of the future. 2017 was a great year for games, and showed us that launching in spring away from the traditional fall release season — looking at you, Horizon Zero Dawn, Nier: Automata, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild… — is a win for everybody. As we celebrate this year’s amazing games slate, we can’t help but look into 2018 and get the hype train rolling for what’s to come. Here are the games we’re most excited to play in 2018.


Far Cry 5

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Set to launch in February, Ubisoft is taking the Far Cry series in a whole new direction with Far Cry 5. Whereas previous entries in the franchise took us to faraway places and exotic countries — including an apocalyptic future overrun with cyborg dinosaurs — this time it’s staying close to home. Set in the fictional Hope County, Montana, players will step into the shoes of the sheriff’s deputy in an attempt to take down a dangerous and militaristic doomsday cult. This premise feels somewhat close to home, given the current political climate. But we can’t wait to get out hands on this first-person shooter. (Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC.)


Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 – TBA

Okay, we can dream, can’t we? Although we haven’t heard much from The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red on its secretive in-development project in recent years, we’re hoping the illusive Cyberpunk 2077 will come back into the spotlight. And if we’re really hoping, maybe it’ll even get a release date for sometime in 2018. Cyberpunk 2077 will be set in a cyborg-riddled future, and will be an action role-playing game. We still don’t know much about it, but that hasn’t stopped us from getting excited. (Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC.)


Detroit: Become Human

Detroit: Become Human – Spring 2018

The latest game from narrative-driven creator David Cage is also a robot-led affair. Detroit: Become Human will allow players to choose their own adventure and craft their own stories. They’ll be playing as AI robots serving humans, and players will find themselves in all kinds of difficult situations. A recent trailer for the game even dealt with family trauma and child abuse. Given Cage’s previous games — Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls — were emotional heavy-hitters, we’re betting Detroit will be a real gut-punch. (Coming to PlayStation 4.)


Dreams

Dreams – TBA

Media Molecule, the studio behind the original LittleBigPlanet and Tearaway, revealed their mysterious masterpiece Dreams a few years ago, and have been quiet ever since. Now, they’re laying on the info and prepping for its release. Dreams will allow players to create the things they, well, dream, and then play with them. It’s difficult to describe Dreams, but it looks like Media Molecule has made something unlike anything we’ve seen before. And for that, we’re pumped. (Coming to PlayStation 4.)


Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Final Fantasy VII Remake – TBA

Once again, we can dream. We’ve heard so little from Square Enix about the Final Fantasy VII Remake that we can only assume they’re nearly completion. Wouldn’t want to spoil all the surprises with a bunch of trailers, right? This version of Final Fantasy VII will be focused on the game’s story, and is being made under the supervision of Final Fantasy character artist and Kingdom Hearts creator Tetsuya Nomura. (Coming to PlayStation 4.)


God of War

God of War – Q1/Q2 2018

The simply titled God of War is not a reboot of the franchise with the same name. Rather it’s an all-new adventure with our pal Kratos in an entirely new territory: fatherhood. Players will guide Kratos and his son on a journey through a snowy northern wilderness. They’ll fight monsters together and — hopefully — discover some cool secrets along the way. Also with an incredible score from legendary composer Bear McCreary, why would you want to pass on this? (Coming to PlayStation 4.)


Kingdom Hearts 3

Kingdom Hearts III – TBA 2018

More than 15 years after the release of the original Kingdom Hearts, we are finally getting the conclusion to Sora and Riku’s tale. Kingdom Hearts III will launch this year and include a number of new worlds to visit from popular Disney properties. This include the likes of Tangled, Big Hero 6, and even Toy Story. If we’re being honest, though? We’d love to see Marvel and Star Wars in the mix there, now that Disney has revolutionized the cinematic universes of these two properties. Just think about it: Mickey Mouse wielding a lightsaber Keyblade. You know you want it. (Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One.)


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Sea of Thieves – Q1/Q2 2018

Beloved studio Rare is back in the spotlight with Sea of Thieves, a seafaring adventure game where you and your friends create pirate crews and shuttle off over a vast ocean. You can discover islands and buried treasure, engage in naval combat with other players, and even fight haunted skeletons and sing sea shanties. It’s cartoony art style and open-world multiplayer premise captured everyone’s attention when it was announced, and now it’s one of the main reasons to go out and grab an Xbox One. (Coming to Xbox One.)


spider-man

Spider-Man – Q1/Q2 2018

It’s been awhile since we last got a Spider-man game. This PlayStation 4 exclusive by Jak and Daxter and Sunset Overdrive developer Insomniac Games already looks promising. Spider-man will tell an all-new story in the Spider-man universe, and will have players participate in aspects of Peter Parker’s life both as a college student and as the web-slinging superhero. (Coming to Playstation 4.)


Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 – Q2 2018

One of the crown jewels of developer Rockstar Games, we’ve been waiting for this sequel to western adventure Red Dead Redemption for seven years. Players will step into the shoes of Arthur Morgan, an outlaw and a member of the Van der Linde gang. While we still don’t know much about the actual plot and gameplay elements for Red Dead Redemption 2, this is a Rockstar affair. So of course, we’re jumping out of our seats. (Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One.)

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19 books we can’t wait to read in 2018

19 books we can’t wait to read in 2018


19 books we can’t wait to read in 2018

2017 was a big year for books. During a time when the news cycle was often too much to handle, we turned to books to help us cope and make sense of the world. Authors told some incredible stories in 2017. There were imaginative fiction novels, moving memoirs, and deep-feeling poetry collections galore.

We hope you’re all caught up on the best books of 2017, because it’s time to look ahead to everything 2018 has to offer our bookshelves. Even though it’s barely the New Year, there are already hundreds of books in our TBR pile. It’s nearly impossible to narrow down everything we want to read to just a few titles; this list hardly scratches the surface of what’s to come for literature in the New Year. But we had to start somewhere.

On this list, you’ll find some recognizable names delivering much-anticipated follow-ups. You’ll also learn some new names, and quickly add them to your list of favorite authors. And if you fall in love with some of these premises, great news: Many of them have already been optioned for film and TV.

Here are 19 of the books we can’t wait to read in 2018. Mark them as “Want to Read” on Goodreads now, because they’re going to be huge.

1. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin, out January 9th

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G.P. Putnam’s Sons

If you knew the date you were going to die, how would it change how you live your life? The Immortalists is a book told in four parts. It follows the Gold children — Simon, Klara, Daniel, and Varya — in adulthood as they live with their death dates, told to them at a young age, in the back of their minds. The Immortalists is a haunting meditation on mortality. You’re going to be hearing a LOT about this one. And even though it isn’t out quite yet, the television rights were already acquired.

2. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, out January 9th

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St. Martin’s Press

2017 was the year of the book club thriller, and the genre’s popularity is showing no signs of slowing down. The first one you’re going to want to read is The Wife Between Us. A few months ago, the film rights were sold to the same team that gave us Girl on the Train. (Ever heard of it?) You’re gonna love it.

3. Red Clocks by Leni Zumas, out January 16th

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Little, Brown and Company

Imagine a world where abortion is illegal, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and every embryo has the right to life, liberty, and property. Red Clocks is a dystopian novel, but some days, it’s a near future that doesn’t seem too far off. The book will seriously make you think about motherhood, freedom, and survival. Oh, and it comes out just in time for the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

4. Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, out February 6th

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Call Me Zebra is one of the most original stories we’ve read in a long time. 22-year-old Zebra has lost both of her parents. And in an attempt to reconnect with her family history, she travels the world revisiting some of the places they’ve lived. Her own stories are magnified by the stories of her only companions: books. A delight for the true bibliophile.

5. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig, out February 6th

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Viking

Tom Hazard appears to be a regular 41-year-old man. But in reality, thanks to a very rare condition, he’s been alive for hundreds of years. How to Stop Time is a time traveling love story. It’s a coming-of-age tale that continues for centuries. It’s The Time Traveler’s Wife meets The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, yet it manages to be even more unique. Benedict Cumberbatch scooped up the film rights to How to Stop Time in early 2017, and will executive produce and star in the film version of Haig’s novel.

6. Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride, out March 6th

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In 2016, Sarah McBride spoke at the Democratic National Convention, making her the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention. She’s a prominent activist for LGBTQ rights doing important work around the world. But before all of that, she was a teenager struggling to figure out who she was. And in 2018, McBride is publishing Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality, a powerful memoir about her life. Did we mention that Joe Biden, America’s favorite uncle, wrote the foreword?

7. The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss, out March 6th

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Viking

We think we know how women won the right to vote. But in reality, there’s a LOT that we don’t learn in school about the road to ratifying the 19th amendment. The Woman’s Hour: The Last Furious Fight to Win the Vote is an extremely well researched read that will teach even the most knowledgeable feminists a thing or two about the suffragettes.

8. Am I There Yet? by Mari Andrew, out March 27th

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Clarkson Potter

You probably immediately recognized Mari Andrew’s illustration style when you saw her book cover. After all, she’s one of your favorite Instagram follows. But did you know that in addition to being a gifted artist, Mari is also a talented writer? (She once published her thoughts about her dating history explained through Gilmore Girls on HelloGiggles.) Her debut collection of essays, Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zig-zagging Journey to Adulthood, contains stories and illustrations about all the lessons she learned in her 20s. Mari has an enviable way of identifying the thoughts you didn’t even know you were having, and perfectly putting them into words. She brings us joy every day on Instagram, and we can’t wait to have her words on our bookshelf.

9. Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman, out April 3rd

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Berkley

We absolutely adored Abbi Waxman’s The Garden of Small Beginnings. And if it’s possible, we’re even more in love with her much-anticipated follow-up, Other People’s Houses. It’s about four families, carpool mom drama, and all the interesting and unexpected things that go on inside, well, other people’s houses. April’s book club pick is set in stone.

10. You All Grow Up and Leave Me by Piper Weiss, out April 10th

Picture of You All Grow Up And Leave Me Book
William Morrow

You All Grow Up and Leave Me: A Memoir of Teenage Obsession sounds like something straight out of a Stephen King novel. But it is, in fact, a memoir. When Piper Weiss was a teenager, she was one of “Gary’s Girls” — her tennis coach, Gary Wilensky, was her mentor and took a special interest in her. But when she was 14, he killed himself after a failed attempt to kidnap one of her peers. It came to light that Wilensky was a child predator and stalker with a torture chamber up in the Adirondack Mountains. 20 years later, in You All Grow Up and Leave Me, Weiss examines the event from both her teenage perspective and as a reporter. Like we said, it’s so wildly chilling, you might forget that it’s a true story.

11. On The Come Up by Angie Thomas, out May 1st

The Hate U Give was hands down one of the best books of 2017. And now, Angie Thomas is blessing us with another story from Garden Heights. Details about On the Come Up have been kept closely under wraps — Thomas hasn’t even released a cover yet — but it. Is. Coming. And we. Can’t. Wait.

12. Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, edited by Roxane Gay, out May 1st

Picture of Not That Bad Book
Harper Perennial

Stories of sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood and beyond flooded the news in the last few months of 2017. But this doesn’t mean that sexual harassment and assault are anything new. Roxane Gay, feminist saint, is editing a compilation of essays about violence and harassment. We can’t wait to read what contributors, including Gabrielle Union and Ally Sheedy, have to say.

13. The Pisces by Melissa Broder, out May 1st

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Hogarth Press

The Pisces is about love, lust, anxiety, angst, and mythical sea creatures. It follows Lucy, a woman who moves from Phoenix to L.A. to mourn a breakup. But instead of finding peace, she just feels lost — until she meets Theo. Come for the gorgeous cover, stay for the merman erotica we never knew we needed.

14. The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll, out May 1st

Picture of The Favorite Sister Book
Simon & Schuster

If you’re anything like us, there’s still a Luckiest Girl Alive-shaped hole in your heart just begging to be filled. Which is why we’re so happy that Jessica Knoll’s The Favorite Sister comes out in May. It’s about five successful women on a reality TV show called Goal Diggers. Spoiler: The season ends in murder.

15. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, out June 12th

Picture of Convenience Store Woman Book
Grove Press

Keiko Furukura’s parents are thrilled when she takes a job at a convenience store. She was always a bit strange as a child, and the socialization of a workplace is good for her. Fast forward to 18 years later, where — yup —Keiko still works at the convenience store at age 36. She’s never had a boyfriend before, but when a new man is hired, all of that might change. This sweet, charming book offers an insightful, cultural story about comfort zones and the pressure to conform.

16. When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri, out June 19th

Picture of When Katie Met Cassidy Book
G.P. Putnam’s Sons

We’re still obsessing over Camille Perri’s debut novel, The Assistants. And we’re cheering that Perri is coming back with When Katie Met Cassidy. It tells the story of Katie, a 28-year-old whose life is turned upside down when her fiancé breaks off their engagement. Katie befriends Cassidy, a woman who changes everything she thought she knew about love and sex. Yes, When Katie Met Cassidy is a rom-com. But it’s also an important commentary on the taboos of women owning their sexuality.

17. Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage, out July 17th

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St. Martin’s Press

Every time we read the premise of Baby Teeth, all the hair on the back of our neck stands up. Simply put, it’s about a sweet little girl who wants to kill her mother. While Hanna has the appearance of an angel, she’s anything but. All she wants is to get her mom, Suzette, out of the picture so she can live with her dad. And it. Is. Bonkers. Do you have goosebumps yet?

18. The Third Hotel by Laura van den Berg, expected August 7th

Picture of The Third Hotel Book
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Clare, a recently widowed woman, decides to attend a film festival in Havana that her late husband bought tickets to. But once she arrives, she sees him standing there, plain as day. When he’s supposed to be dead. Clare follows him around Havana, reflecting on their marriage and searching for answers. The more you read, the less you’ll know what’s real and what’s not. Will somebody make The Third Hotel into a movie already?!

19. All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung, expected October 18th

Nicole Chung’s memoir, All You Can Ever Know, follows her search for her Korean birth parents. She was born premature and adopted by a white family in Oregon. As she grew up, Chung began to wonder if the too-perfect adoption story she’d heard as a child was actually the truth. She’s spilling the family secrets in print sometime this October.

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Tristan Thompson can’t stop writing love notes to pregnant Khloé Kardashian

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By Lara Walsh

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Hours after melting hearts with his outspoken admiration for pregnant girlfriend Khloé Kardashian’s changing body, Tristan Thompson couldn’t help but pen another love note for the reality star.

Heading back to the comments section of the mum-to-be’s pregnancy reveal post on Instagram, after collecting his thoughts, the basketball star recalled how the couple first met with a sweet message. ‘My love, Thank you for allowing me to be apart [sic] of your journey and entering your life that day at the bel air hotel,’ the Cleveland Cavaliers player gushed.

After thanking fellow basketball star Brandon Jennings for introducing the pair, he continued, ‘I’m soo happy to be on this journey together with you and creating this angel from the man above. Everyday [sic] I give thanks to him for bringing us together.’

The 26-year-old concluded his social media love ode, stating, ‘I love you soo much and I know our little angel feels the love we share together and will know that mommy and daddy loves them unconditional and forever and ever amen.’

My greatest dream realized! We are having a baby! I had been waiting and wondering but God had a plan all along. He knew what He was doing. I simply had to trust in Him and be patient. I still at times can’t believe that our love created life! Tristan, thank you for loving me the way that you do! Thank you for treating me like a Queen! Thank you for making me feel beautiful at all stages! Tristan, most of all, Thank you for making me a MOMMY!!! You have made this experience even more magical than I could have envisioned! I will never forget how wonderful you’ve been to me during this time! Thank you for making me so happy my love! Thank you to everyone for the love and positive vibes! I know we’ve been keeping this quiet but we wanted to enjoy this between our family and close friends as long as we could privately. To enjoy our first precious moments just us ❤️ Thank you all for understanding. I am so thankful, excited, nervous, eager, overjoyed and scared all in one! But it’s the best bundle of feelings I’ve ever felt in my life! ❤️❤️❤️

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The power forward’s latest message comes after Kardashian lovingly gave a shout-out to her beau in the caption of her black-and-white baby bump photo, which depicted her boyfriend’s hands overlapping with hers while cradling her expectant belly.

‘Tristan, thank you for loving me the way that you do,’ she wrote. ‘Thank you for treating me like a Queen! Thank you for making me feel beautiful at all stages! Tristan, most of all, Thank you for making me a MOMMY!!! You have made this experience even more magical than I could have envisioned! I will never forget how wonderful you’ve been to me during this time! Thank you for making me so happy my love!’

We are definitely feeling the love!

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10 chewy-gooey holiday treats you can’t resist

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BabyCenter Staff

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There is just something awesome about a treat that is full of chewy, gooey goodness. Bake any of these creamy, melt-in-your-mouth treats for holiday parties, cookie exchanges, or gatherings at work and you’ll be rolling in the compliments.

Delicious list of chewy and gooey Christmas cookie and candy treats.

1. Salted Caramel Shortbread Bars

2. Chocolate Cookie Cups with Nutella Cheesecake

3. Caramel Chocolate Cashew Bars

4. S’Mores Cups

5. Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Cookies

6. Gooey Salted Caramel Bars

7. Turtle Thumbprints

8. White Chocolate Peppermint Krispie Treats

9. Peppermint Truffle Brownies

10. Mint Marshmallow-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

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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.

Read on to see how Taylor Swift has styled combat boots with five different outfits.

On Swift: Fendi Logo Biker Boots ($ 1150)
On Swift: Unravel Oversized Bomber Jacket ($ 1786); Amiri sweatshirt; Prada boots
On Swift: Jessica Jones custom hoodie and shorts; Michael Kors Gita Crackled Metallic Leather Combat Booties ($ 438)
On Swift: Aviu Sequined Fringe Dress ($ 709); Acne bomber jacket; Prada boots
On Swift: Jessica Jones custom hoodie and shorts; Louboutin boots 

Next up, see all of Taylor Swift’s best outfits in one place.

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Twitter Can’t Handle How Raw Tina Lawson Just Was On Instagram

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Tina Lawson’s “corny joke time” videos have occupied one of the few fairly innocent spaces of Instagram since May — until now. On Friday, Beyoncé’s mama got a little risque when it came time to her signature videos.

“Why does Santa have his sack so full?” Ms. Lawson asks.

Wait for it…

I’m sorry but I love a slightly dirty joke every now and then😂😂😂#Iamgrownfool

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“Because he only comes once a year,” she mischievously responds.

Chile, Twitter couldn’t even.

And somebody had to juxtapose these facial expressions because…the internet.

 

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President Trump has an ace in the hole that his opponents are forgetting. Again! Despite all the sideshows — the alleged Russian interference in the election, obstruction of justice probes, ringers in Trump investigations and, of course, the president’s big mouth and poor judgment — Trump became president because of one thing: The US economy…
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To any mom who can’t take a compliment

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Melissa Willets

posted in Parenting

Yesterday afternoon in the preschool pickup line, a friend gave me a compliment on my outfit: “I love those pants.” And here was me: “Oh, I wear them like, every day. They’re from Target. Blah.”

Like always, when anyone compliments me, I immediately default into self-degradation mode. My mom tells me my hair looks good, I’m all, “I haven’t even washed it lately.” My husband sweetly says I’m beautiful, and I retort, “I guess you like the unshowered, haggard mom look.”

I don’t know why I do it. Bad habit?

But in all seriousness, I left school wondering why I can’t take a compliment. Why am I so resistant to anyone saying anything nice about me? My best guess is, as a mom, I am always so focused on my kids, when the attention shifts to me, I grow uncomfortable.

But a stranger’s recent praise made me rethink my automatic reaction to something nice being said about me. It happened at CVS of all places, while I was getting a flu shot. My 4-year-old daughter accompanied me as my support person. The pharmacist had just ushered us behind a privacy curtain to administer the injection.

She had me sit in a chair, and then knelt down to clean my arm, at which point I joked my daughter was afraid we were here for her. “But you already got your flu shot, right honey?” I prodded my little one, who was adorably closing her eyes in preparation for my shot.

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“Mommy is brave,” the pharmacist assured my daughter. Before her words so much as settled in the air, I felt the urge to respond, “No, this is nothing!” But then, I stopped myself. And I let her compliment stand.

Because I am brave.

This past summer, I lost a baby late in pregnancy. It was crushing, and there were times I wanted to die, too. But I’m still here.

Then a few months after the loss, I began a grueling cycle of IVF in the hopes of having another baby. It’s been an emotional roller coaster, not to mention physically draining. I have pushed my mind and body beyond anywhere I thought I could journey. But I’m facing it.

Every day, I also face people in my town who know my tragic story. I want to hide, and it’s brutal. I still struggle to make eye contact with the moms at school who saw me pregnant with my daughter, and who see me now, without her. But I get out of bed each day, and I keep going.

So yes. I am brave. And although the pharmacist could not have known how much I needed to hear those words, after everything I’ve been through, I felt proud of myself for not reverting into self-deprication mode. I let the compliment settle in, and I accepted it.

In the end, it felt good not make excuses when someone said something nice about me. Hopefully, I can do this again. When my husband tells me I’m pretty. Or when a friend says she likes my outfit.

Maybe I can let praise lift me up, and even assure myself that, “Yes, these pants are kinda cool.” Because if I can accept that I’m brave, it shouldn’t be too hard to believe that my hair might look nice one day, or that just maybe, I am pretty.

Do you have trouble taking a compliment?

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OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition

OnePlus just launched a brand new flagship, only a few months after releasing its first high-end handset of the year. The OnePlus 5T is basically a OnePlus 5 with an all-screen design, which makes it the more exciting version of the two.

If you already got your OnePlus 5T when it launched a few days ago, you may reconsider that decision, especially if you’re in India. OnePlus is about to star selling a Star Wars OnePlus 5T limited edition version that most people won’t even be able to buy.

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If we can’t beat online radicals, why not ban them?

For much of the Obama presidency, the State Department waged a narrative war against the world’s jihadists. Through a small office known as the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, a team of experts deployed counter-messages to al Qaeda and the Islamic State. Now many fighting the online war for the hearts and minds of would-be…
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A New Hampshire judge has denied an 84-year-old doctor’s request to regain her license to practice, which she had surrendered partly over her inability to use a computer
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The Pretty Denim Jacket I Can’t Stop Thinking About

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bit of a denim jacket fiend (I have proof), so it’s not that I need another one in my life, but I recently came across a denim jacket that’s so pretty I might have to add a seventh to my closet (I promise you I wear all of them).

The jacket in question is a sherpa-lined Levi’s one via Aritzia, and instead of the usual cream-colored lining, it features a pale pink variation that looks lovely with the light-wash denim. The pretty jacket is the Ex-BF Sherpa Trucker style, which has an oversize fit that’s perfect for winter as it’s roomy enough to fit a sweater underneath.

The beauty of a sherpa-lined denim jacket is that even though denim isn’t the warmest of fabrics, the cozy inside provides enough insulation to wear on those especially frigid days when you’re not in the mood for a bulky puffer or wool coat. Oh, and it’s less than $ 200—and worth every pretty penny.

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Tights are generally a total scam, in my opinion. This is for three reasons. First, they promise to keep me warm but inevitably fail to follow through because there is NO WAY that a paper-thin bit of fabric is going to cut it mid-winter. Second, because they snag so easily that I basically have to …

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‘Thelma’ Review: Psychic-Female Horror Movie Can’t Make Up Its Mind

In terms of opening scenes, Thelma – Norwegian director's Joachim Trier's toe-dip into horror, albeit one burdened with footnotes – kicks things off with a doozy. A girl and her dad (Henrik Rafaelsen) are walking across a frozen lake. She keeps peering under the ice at the fishes swimming below, a slightly distressed look on her face; he doesn't seem so carefree either, for that matter.

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There’s a Good Reason Why You Can’t Poop in Public

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Space makes astronauts’ brains move, and scientists can’t tell if that’s bad or not

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If you were about to embark on a journey into outer space there’s probably plenty of things that would be running through your mind. Whether one of the most vital organs in your body would go on an adventure of its own is probably not one of those things, but new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that perhaps it should be.

The study, which focused on observations of astronauts brains before and after significant trips into zero gravity, revealed that the position of a person’s brain inside of their skull actually shifts over time thanks to the fact that gravity no longer pushes down on it. That’s a pretty significant finding, but the biggest question still remains unanswered: is that a bad thing, and if so, how bad?

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The Armpit-Hole Jacket Whitney Can’t Stop Thinking About

I’ve never been a huge fan of quilted jackets. Even though I know that their warmth potential is higher than a lot of the jackets I tend to choose — which are usually made of materials like denim or leather — there’s just something about puffy outerwear that has turned me off …

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Onion Articles I Can’t Help but Identify with, Part 137: Area Woman Lovingly Lint Rolling Cardigan As If Tending To Prized Stallion

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DURHAM, CT—Gently stroking the delicate piece of clothing, sources
confirmed that area woman Lola Fennimore was lovingly lint rolling her
cardigan Wednesday as if she were tending to a prized stallion. “You
poor thing, you’ve had a rough day,” said Fennimore, pausing once or
twice to carefully pick at a few stubborn fuzzballs and rest her cheek
against the sweater to feel its softness. “There; you’re perfect. I’ll
see you tomorrow.” Fennimore reportedly gave the cardigan one long last
caress before guiding it to the closet like a rider leading her horse
back to its stable for the night.

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‘I Can’t Breathe’: An Excerpt From Matt Taibbi’s New Book on the Eric Garner Killing

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At about 2:45 p.m. on April 2, 2014, on a drizzly afternoon in Staten Island, New York, an aspiring music producer in his late thirties named Ibrahim Annan was sitting in his car when a noise outside startled him.

"Open the fucking window!"

Tall and slender, with a slim mustache, Annan, known as Brian or B or Bizzy B to his friends, was the son of

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15 Questions You Can’t Ask Employees [Infographic]

While most employers don’t ask their employees questions about their personal lives with malintent, it’s important to remember that during the interview process, and even after an employee is hired, what may seem like “getting to know” someone may actually be crossing the line. For example, asking about children, marital status, or even a family name could be inappropriate if it doesn’t directly relate to the job.

Take a look at this infographic to see what questions you should avoid when interacting with employees in order to ensure that you aren’t asking anything you shouldn’t be.

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8 Screening Questions for Potential Tenants (and Some You Can’t Ask)

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The application and screening process for tenants is important for landlords because it allows them to find ideal renters. An ideal tenant is typically someone who has a steady income, pays rent on time, and is respectful of the property and other tenants. The last thing a landlord needs is a tenant who causes trouble in one way or another.

One of the best ways to screen tenants is to have them fill out a Rental Application. This can act as a preliminary qualifier before you interview them. It should be noted that you are not required to formally interview tenants. You can accept their application, show them the property, and allow them to move in if they meet all your requirements. However, landlords can benefit from being more thorough.

In this post, we’ll discuss questions you can ask that will allow you to weed out unsuitable tenants, as well as questions that could get you into some legal hot water.

Good Questions to Ask Prospective Tenants

Regardless of how many stages are in your vetting process, these are some questions that you can ask on a Rental Application or in an interview with potential tenants:

  1. Why are you leaving your current residence?
  2. When do you plan on moving in?
  3. What is your monthly income?
  4. Can you pay move-in costs once you’ve signed the lease?
  5. Can you provide references from your employer/previous landlord(s)?
  6. Will you agree to a background and credit check?
  7. How many people will be living in the unit?
  8. Do you have pets? Do you want them in the future?

These questions cover the applicant’s income, ability to pay rent, and some basic information, and they also give you access to other vetting avenues. For instance, the reference check from employers or past landlords will likely give you the most insight into what kind of person the applicant is.

Other great avenues for you as a landlord are the credit and background checks, which will show you if the tenant is good at paying bills and if they’ve ever been convicted of a crime. Keep in mind, you can’t ban a tenant from housing based on them being convicted of a crime, except for sex offenses, arson, and the manufacturing and/or distribution of illegal drugs.

Questions You Can’t Ask Potential Tenants

It’s also important to discuss the kinds of question you can’t ask potential tenants. These are mostly questions that discriminate against specific people. It’s a good idea to review them because the last thing you want is a fair housing violation that leads to a lawsuit.

Essentially you can’t ask anything that violates the Fair Housing Act (FHA). This act keeps protected classes from discrimination when it comes to housing, which means you can’t bar a prospective tenant’s application based on certain characteristics.

These characteristics include:

  • Race
  • National origin
  • Skin color
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial status (e.g. married or single tenants, tenants with or without children)
  • Disability

You might have noticed that sexual orientation and gender are not part of these characteristics. This is because technically sexual orientation and gender are not protected under the FHA. However, in 2012, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued the Equal Access Rule which expanded protections for these two categories under the law’s “sex” protections. The rule frames the protection under discrimination based on gender nonconformity and discrimination in the form of sexual harassment.

Some states, cities, and counties have laws that include gender identity and sexual orientation as protected classes, so it’s best to review the laws specific to your property’s location. Additional information can also be found on HUD’s LBGT Housing Discrimination page.

Fair Housing and Fair Screening

As a landlord, you want the best tenants, and the best way to find them is to use the exact same screening process for every single tenant you’re in contact with. What tends to get landlords in trouble is changing up their processes and questions for particular people; that opens them up to liability and fair housing violations.

If you can stick to the same list of questions for everyone and avoid questions that violate fair housing protections, you should have no trouble finding upstanding tenants while ensuring you aren’t asking anything that could be considered discriminatory.

Do you always ask potential tenants the same questions?

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Is Steve Harvey Getting Blacklisted From Hollywood? TV Host Can’t Book One A-List Celebrity

It seems like Steve Harvey’s alleged grimy ways are catching up to him. The well-known host has moved his talk show, “The Steve Harvey Show,” from Chicago to Los Angeles in hopes to be able to book some bigger names […]
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This week, the baseball television network has rolled out its new promo for its show "MLB

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Leon Russell: The Voice Death Can’t Touch

I saw the late Leon Russell just once, on October 29, 1971, at Duke University. It was a wonderful concert, but I remember the details mostly because someone announced from the stage that Duane Allman had died in a motorcycle crash earlier that day. That put, to say the least, a grim twist on the night. A first rate buzzkill, in fact. But shocking as it was, it fell squarely within the realm of possibility, rock stars then having the life expectancy of a milk carton.

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When a Relative Dies and You Can’t Afford the Funeral

When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away, he left behind a huge legacy – and a huge financial fortune too. Since Jobs was one of the richest men in America, his family undoubtedly had no problem paying for his funeral and putting Jobs to rest.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case with many other Americans. It’s a sad reality that many families and individuals have to deal with, but the truth is that when many people pass away, their family members or close friends struggle to afford the funeral.

 

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Knowing what to do when you can’t afford to bury a relative can help to relieve some of the stress and heartache of this difficult time.

According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the national average cost of a funeral with a vault was $ 7,775 in 2010. The cost of a burial without the casket was about $ 4,265 that same year. For many grieving families, paying thousands of dollars to bury a relative just isn’t economically feasible.

If a loved one passes away and the burial and funeral costs are out of your budget, here’s what you need to do:

Analyze the individual’s life insurance policy

Determine whether some or all of the burial and funeral costs are covered under the deceased’s life insurance policy. Talk to an agent in person or over the phone to go over all of the details, limitations and stipulations associated with the policy so that you understand what is and isn’t covered. You may find that a good percentage of the funeral costs are already covered based on life insurance the individual had on the job or a life insurance policy they bought on their own.

Review low-cost burial options

Cremating someone is usually less expensive than burying the individual in a casket or vault. If your state doesn’t require embalming the body, consider a “green burial” where you don’t have to pay for a vault, headstone or expensive caskets. You can also shop around to find an affordable casket online.

Consider getting a loan

If you have good credit and are comfortable with taking on a personal loan, consider applying for financing from a local bank or credit union in order to pay for the burial. Avoid taking out a cash advance on a credit card because you’ll be responsible for paying very high interest charges and could end up carrying that debt for several months, even years.

Ask other family members to chip in

You may not have to shoulder the responsibility of paying for the burial all by yourself. Consider asking family members to pitch in and help with the costs. Be specific and candid with relatives about how much the funeral costs; ask everyone involved how much they can reasonably contribute; and put together a cost sheet or budget to help you keep track of all of expenses.

Talk to your county coroner’s office

If you simply can’t come up with the money to pay for cremation or burial costs, you can sign a release form with your county coroner’s office that says you can’t afford to bury the family member. If you sign the release, the county and state will pitch in to either bury or cremate the body. The county may also offer you the option to claim the ashes for a fee. But if these also go unclaimed, they will bury the ashes in a common grave alongside other unclaimed ashes.

Obviously, when a person dies it’s a terribly emotional time for that individual’s family members and friends. But it needn’t cause financial turmoil too.

You can do yourself and those you care about a favor by planning ahead and making sure you at least set aside money or have enough life insurance to cover your own burial costs in the event of your unexpected death.

 

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Review: Slick and Entertaining, It Can’t Match the Horror of Stephen King’s Classic

The best or at least the most memorable movie adaptations of Stephen King novels—like Carrie or The Shining—create a vivid universe unto themselves while channeling King’s fearlessness in exploring the dark side of human nature. King’s novels, with their seemingly infinite layers of detail and meandering, entertaining asides, are difficult to adapt. But whatever you do, locking into King’s tone is essential. For all his willingness to stare down the darkest horrors and put them on the page, he’s also blazingly sympathetic to human insecurities and flaws. He doesn’t just show us a bunch of scary stuff. He challenges us to confront why we find that stuff scary in the first place.

Director Andy Muschietti’s It, adapted from King’s disquieting 1986 epic of the same name, doesn’t cut very deep and isn’t very scary. At its best, it’s a sometimes-entertaining evocation of the way kids think and talk within their little cliques, and of the way they protect one another with fierce loyalty. Rob Reiner’s 1986 Stand By Me is the obvious comparison point. It’s the end of the 1988 school year in the small Maine town of Derry, and a bunch of the nerdier, less-popular kids are looking forward to a summer of being picked on by the town bullies. There’s asthmatic mother’s boy Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer), gangly Jewish kid Stanley Uris (Wyatt Olef), whose religion puts him in the minority in small-town Maine, and wiseguy comedian Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard). Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher) is one of the quieter, more thoughtful members of the gang; he has a stutter he can’t control, and he’s still reeling from a recent family tragedy. His six-year-old brother, Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott), disappeared earlier in the year—the event is dramatized with chilling precision in the movie’s opening sequence.

The boys’ chief nemesis is teenage bad apple Henry Bowers (Nicholas Hamilton), and he’s not your average harmless misguided delinquent. At one point he attempts to carve his name into the stomach of another local kid, Ben Hanscom (Jeremy Ray Taylor). Ben is saved by Bill and the others, and two more kids end up joining the group: Mike (Chosen Jacobs) lives on a nearby sheep farm, where his chores include some of the more challenging work farmers need to do. He is also black, and so, like Stan, he’s another small-town Maine rarity. Beverly (Sophia Lillis), the only girl in the group, is slightly older, and she’s living a secret nightmare life at home. At school, she’s been branded “fast,” though there’s no truth to that accusation. She’s just a smart, considerate girl who tends to keep to herself.

Muschietti, who directed the effective 2013 horror thriller Mama, starring Jessica Chastain, does a fine job of sketching each of these kids as individuals, a challenge that even more experienced directors sometimes fail to meet. The problem is that the plot escalates in its ridiculousness, and Muschietti can’t control it. The kids learn that their town is in the grip of an evil force—the It of the title—who emerges every 27 years to feast on the locals, particularly the children. This It generally takes the form of Pennywise (played by Bill Skarsgård), an old-school circus clown with menacing eyes who lives in the town’s sewers and whose presence is sometimes announced by an ominous, free-floating red balloon.

Once the kids realize what It is up to, they want to stop It once and for all. Pennywise is one scary clown, a creature with red greasepaint stripes that trail from his eyes to his leering lips like bloody tears. The first time you see him—in the movie’s genuinely unnerving but also poetic opening, which hews closely to King’s beautifully written first chapter—he’s so scary you wonder if you might be in for a masterpiece. But by the tenth or twelfth—or perhaps twentieth?—time he shows up, the novelty has worn off. Muschietti relies too much on your garden-variety jump scares and now-standard special effects, things like ghoulish limbs twisting every which-way and innocent figures shape-shifting into malevolent ones. As always, the horrors you get a close look at are much less terrifying than those that remain unseen.

And that’s the chief problem with adapting any Stephen King novel: Nothing ever looks as scary on-screen as it does in our minds, when we’re sitting alone with a book. With It, seeing isn’t the same as believing.


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What Real Estate Agents Can and Can’t Talk About

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When you’re shopping for a home, your real estate agent expects that you’ll have questions. But are you asking questions they can answer or not? Learn what real estate agents can and can’t talk about, so you can ask the right questions when shopping for a home.

What Real Estate Agents Can’t Talk About

Real estate agents are bound by the Fair Housing Law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of protected classes, including religion, sex, disability, family status, or race. If you ask a particular question or express interest in a certain type of neighborhood, these agents may not be able to speak clearly to your request.

For instance, agents cannot talk about particular schools as being good or bad, because school performance may be an indicator of race. Fortunately, there are other resources that allow you to check school performance and draw your own conclusions about which school you want children to attend.

Real estate agents aren’t allowed to talk about crime data, but the local police blotter or sex offender registry can help you figure out how safe a neighborhood may be.

If you’re religious and interested in living near a particular type of mosque, temple, or church, you’re better off looking up the address and requesting homes in that neighborhood. Real estate agents could violate the law by guiding you toward specific neighborhoods based on religion.

Once you’ve narrowed down your home search to a few neighborhoods, the best way to get a feel for the community is to pass through at different times of the day. You’ll be able to tell if most of the homes have families with children, or if residents fit a certain demographic. Then you can decide if the neighborhood meets your needs and if you would feel comfortable living there without putting your real estate agent in a position where they could possibly break the law.

What Real Estate Agents Can Talk About

Although there are many rules for what can’t be said, there are still numerous ways in which your agent can guide you through the buying process. Real estate agents can show you homes that fit your criteria and answer any other question so long as it does not touch upon the topics listed in the previous section. If you’re looking to live near a religious institution, for instance, and you provide your agent with a zip code or neighborhood map, they should be happy to show you available homes in the area you identified.

Real estate agents also know a lot about the communities where they show homes. If there are amenities you’re looking for that aren’t protected, you can ask to be near these things. For instance, you may want a supermarket or a biking trail within walking distance.

Real estate agents can discuss any physical features of a neighborhood, so long as they keep people out of it. So an agent can talk about the park nearby, for instance, but they cannot mention the children’s play group or senior tai chi group that meets there.

Real estate agents are allowed to be frank about the home price or value. If you’re wondering whether a home is considered a good buy for the block, don’t hesitate to ask.

Don’t Stress over Asking the Wrong Question

If you accidentally cross a boundary with your real estate agent, they will let you know and direct you to where you can find the information you seek. It’s not against the law for a real estate agent to suggest you ask local police about crime, for instance, it’s only illegal for them to answer such questions for you.

Understanding where the boundaries are helps you be efficient when looking for a home and sets realistic expectations. You’ll know where to find the information yourself and what sorts of questions your agent can answer honestly.

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Justin Havre is a Calgary native and owner of Justin Havre & Associates.

 

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For all the drama surrounding Tulip Fever, you’d think it was an absolute train wreck. You’d think there would be Gigli-levels of dialogue, like Jennifer Lopez referring to cunnilingus as “it’s turkey time, gobble gobble.” But the most shocking thing about Tulip Fever is that it’s… fine. In fact, if you love messy costume dramas with insane soap opera twists then you are definitely going to love Tulip Fever.

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Fixing What They Can’t See

The emails arrived just as the air crew began the safety briefing. I scanned the messages, switched off my phone and wept throughout the 90-minute flight from London to Geneva.

These were tears neither of grief nor joy, but of something harder to define. Throughout my last, grim years at TIME and since my involuntary April 2015 exit, I have coped by suppressing my emotions: the pain and stress of working in a poisoned environment and, latterly, the terror of taking on a giant media corporation. I had also braced against reactions to my lawsuit against TIME for sex and age discrimination. Complaints to the Federal Court are publicly viewable. I suspected that breaking news of my legal action would inflict further damage on my reputation, and I was right.

Time Inc. issued a statement: “The allegations are untrue and wholly without merit.” Now two emails gave the lie to this depiction of me as a liar.

The first offered support in my suit. The author had studied my complaint and “felt like I was reading about my own experience.” The second email was from my lawyers. A source within Newsweek had called to tell them of a message sent that day to staff by its Global Editor in Chief, Matt McAllester. A key figure in my complaint, McAllester—10 years my junior and burnished, in TIME’s view, by a much-vaunted career as a war reporter—had arrived in TIME’s London office as a senior editor who reported to me. Briefed to assist me as Europe Editor, he instead undermined and ultimately replaced me in the role, aided rather than checked by management in New York, whom he deftly courted. He moved to Newsweek months after my final ouster and earlier this year clambered into its top job, perhaps to the surprise of its then incumbent, Jim Impoco.

Now, McAllester’s determined rise may have halted. His message to Newsweek staff was brief: “I need to take some time off for personal reasons.” The source suggested his leave would be permanent and had been triggered by my case.

By the time I arrived in Geneva, there had been many more calls, including offers of testimony from people who had experienced McAllester’s tenure at Newsweek or the discriminatory culture at TIME. These offers continue to arrive, along with more general declarations of support and letters that move me to tears, no matter how hard I try to remain dry-eyed. These are from other women, in journalism and unrelated fields, who in reading my story recognize their own plight and feel emboldened to fight back.

There are many reasons women put up and shut up rather than calling out workplace discrimination. We train ourselves to ignore the smaller irritants, the sexist comments, the ill-conceived jokes, the minor incursions into our private space. We know that if we object, we are at least as likely as the targets of our complaints to find ourselves marked down by managers as weak or disruptive. To take public action, as I have done, is to hang a sign around your neck emblazoned with a single word: “troublemaker.” That’s hardly likely to help my ongoing job search—which, at 56, is already complicated by ageism and the turbulence in journalism.

TIME claimed that this turbulence, rather than discrimination, underpinned their decision to get rid of me. TIME’s first-ever female Managing Editor, Nancy Gibbs, then not-yet-publicly confirmed in the post, stripped me of my duties as Europe Editor in an email sent to all of my colleagues in editorial before I was told of the move. She also ignored my vigorous objections that my proposed new title, Editor at Large, did not represent a promotion—a point illustrated further down the line when she attempted to make McAllester, by now Europe Editor, my line manager. TIME may be tempted to argue that her decisions could not be sexist or ageist—after all, Gibbs is a woman of about my own age. Yet this is the point about systemic sexism and agism: It co-opts people who should oppose it. Much of what Gibbs thought knew about me she learned from McAllester and those he had briefed. It perpetuates itself by hiding behind our habitual silence and, when that fails, by attempting to force gagging agreements on departing employees.

My sacking was dressed up as a redundancy; it could not be otherwise, because my performance reviews were excellent. TIME insisted it no longer needed my skills and experience even as it attempted to find ways to backfill the hole I left. I have no doubt at all that I fell victim to a cocktail of backstabbing and bias—unconscious and otherwise. Such experiences are multiplying across the industry. As media organizations struggle to adapt to diminishing revenue streams in the digital era, they keep trying to do more with fewer and younger staff. Newsrooms both sides of the Atlantic have never come close to reflecting the diversity of the populations they serve or addressing internal inequities such as pay and promotion gaps. Now such progress as they have made is endangered.

“In many legacy news organizations,” wrote Mizell Stewart III, president of the American Society of News Editors and vice president/news operations of Gannett and the USA TODAY Network, in an April 2017 blog, “moving the needle on staff diversity took a back seat to the survival of the enterprise.”

This matters—and not just to those of us on the sharp end of the trends. The crisis in journalism is intimately interconnected with the wider crisis in democracy. Media for a long time missed and then misinterpreted the factors propelling Donald Trump to power and in the UK misread the sentiment on Brexit and the elections that followed. If editors and reporters fail to connect with the wider public, that’s hardly surprising. They are overwhelmingly drawn from the same monochrome male elites that populate traditional politics. They are by no means all conservatives, but even those who consider themselves progressives often stand in the way of the progress they advocate. This is a phenomenon I have witnessed up close and personal since co-founding the UK’s Women’s Equality Party two years ago.

Just as male editors routinely consign stories about gender equality to lifestyle sections and programs because they do not recognize how these issues relate to them, male politicians of the left tend to overlook misogyny in their own ranks, blinded by their own sense of virtue. You cannot fix what you do not see. As a political activist and in my latest book, Attack of the 50 Ft Women, I work to make visible the mechanisms that in holding women back damage everyone.

I did not want to sue TIME. I face a lengthy, costly legal process and an uncertain future. Yet in one respect, I have already won—and that is also why I cried aboard the flight to Geneva. My case is helping other women to see and to fight back against discrimination. For that reason, whatever the outcome, I regret nothing.

This piece also appears at The Pool.

Catherine Mayer is the author of three books, including the forthcoming Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman: How Gender Equality Can Save the World. She spent more than three decades as a journalist before co-founding the Women’s Equality Party.

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The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, unveiled last month by co-sponsoring Senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, would ensure that female federal prisoners are guaranteed unprecedented access to what’s needed for rehabilitation—including free phone calls, overnight visits with family and free sanitary products. The fact that specific needs of female inmates—the  fastest-growing correctional population—are being addressed is, in and of itself, a huge step forward. But the legislation doesn’t address an essential element of what’s needed to enshrine the rights of women in prison: accountability for the abuse officers inflict upon them.

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A Justice Department inquiry into the Julia Tutwiler Prison in Alabama—one that concluded that abuse was widespread—found that female inmates were continually subjected to sexual and verbal abuse. Approximately 55 percent of the 223 women who wrote the letters that kicked off the investigation complained about vile and harassing language.

The reports sounded familiar to me. I was both victim and witness to the same in Connecticut.

Normally, letting guards get away with abuse of female inmates owes itself to traditional “he said-she said” analysis—whereby women who report these events are called liars. But the failure to discipline or prosecute guards for mistreating female inmates can’t always be attributed to a lack of evidence or credibility. Instances of verbal abuse have been admitted by officers. Guards interviewed in a study in Illinois conceded that they called female inmates “worthless” and “crazy”. One particular employee in the Tutwiller investigation confessed he would call the inmates “dope whores” and other sexually degrading names.

There’s no reason for these prison staff not to admit these transgressions, given the fact that they’re unlikely to be punished for them. For all the abuse uncovered in places like Tutwiller, only two perpetrators were permanently terminated at the Alabama women’s prison. Two more were fired but got their jobs back.

Even sexually assaulting an inmate brings few consequences. Nationwide, only 46 percent of guards who were found to have sexually abused an inmate—meaning that the facility investigators were satisfied that a crime occurred—were referred for prosecution. Only 27 percent of them were ever arrested, and a measly one percent were convicted. A full 15 percent of guilty guards kept their jobs.

The effects of abuse are well-documented. Verbal abuse damages a woman’s self-concept and can almost rewire the brain. Sexual abuse puts a woman at much higher risk for mental illness. In a study that released just last month, the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that women in custody were four times more likely to be suffering severe psychological distress than men in the same situation. And what’s worse is that these effects are being heaped on women who were already abused: Researchers estimate that anywhere between 50 and 98 percent of female prisoners have trauma histories.

The impact of these findings shouldn’t be underestimated. The last nationwide recidivism study of released prisoners found that about one-quarter of women released from prison were arrested for a new crime within six months, one-third within a year, and over two-thirds five years after release. While some states have reported decreases in men’s recidivism rates, rates for women remain stable and without improvement in states where they’ve been updated, like Connecticut and Illinois.

This doesn’t mean that Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act can’t help the problem. Just last week, on the heels of its introduction, the Bureau of Prisons issued a policy memo assuring that all prisoners will get quality sanitary products in adequate supply for free—putting one component of the legislation into action before it could even be debated on the floor. Inconsistent access to what inmates need—things like these free pads and tampons, access to phones, and freedom from segregation—often facilitates abuse. Guards aren’t placed in prisons just for surveillance; they’re also internal gatekeepers. That gives them power they can misuse.

By overriding the discretion these staffers have to approve or deny access to various aspects of prison life, the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act can curb some of the abuse. But the bill won’t eliminate mistreatment of incarcerated women unless it delivers real and rapid consequences to guards who abuse women and offers protection from retaliation for those who report these acts. For women to have dignity in prison, institutions must model the same responsibility for bad behavior that the criminal justice system bestows upon them.

Chandra Bozelko is the author of Up the River: An Anthology and writes the award-winning blog Prison Diaries. You can follow her on Twitter @aprisondiary.

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