Old Is Gold: What Game Developers Could Learn From Retro RPGs

With the crowdfunding-driven resurgence of retro-style computer RPGs (CRPGs) in recent years, it’s a fantastic time to be a classic CRPG buff. The legends of this medium have captivated players over the decades and shaped the history of an entire game genre.

But the old greats are not just there to be admired and emulated — they’re there to be surpassed. They, and their modern torchbearers, offer game developers much to chew on as we forge toward the next wave of gaming greatness.

Writing Can’t Be an Afterthought


The Myrkul encounter in Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer.

Ever tried editing a document that’s gone through a few runs of Google Translate? No matter how skilled the editor might be, something’s already been lost in translation. That’s how it is with game writers. All too often they’re called in only after the rest of the game has already been nailed down and told to write sense into it all.

In the spring of 2006, something different went down at Obsidian Entertainment. Work on Neverwinter Nights 2’s first expansion had kicked off, and thanks to time and budget constraints, it was to be a simple hack-and-slash adventure. And that’s what fans would have gotten if writer George Ziets hadn’t pushed for bigger and better.

It took some trust and convincing, as Ziets tells it, but Obsidian approved his far grander vision of individuals challenging the gods and the very order of the universe, accented by deep-dives into faith, love, and mortality. Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer far outgrew its original, humble concept to win runner-up on GameBanshee’s 2007 RPG of the Year feature. It remains one of the finest CRPG experiences of the 2000s.

Ziets’s story is a standout case for giving game writers a seat at the development table from the get-go and a free hand to shape a game’s journey. Even if the game isn’t a story-centric one, game developers still shouldn’t de-prioritize the writing. Just look at how titles that led with gameplay and visuals, like Destiny and Mass Effect: Andromeda. They sank into mediocrity on the weakness of their writing. Writers of old CRPGs didn’t just lay mortar between the bricks, they helped plan the wall.

Mind the Barrier to Entry


The final boss encounter from Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter.

CRPGs used to be hardcore, designed for savvy players who knew their spellbooks and bestiaries — and relished a challenge (like in the Icewind Dale games). With their hack-and-slash focus, esoteric Dungeons & Dragons-derived rulesets, and high difficulty curve, Icewind Dale and its sequels were prime examples of older CRPGs’ unforgiving nature. But while challenges can be fun, we can’t all afford the time and energy they demand.

Obsidian understood this when they added a minimal-difficulty option to Pillars of Eternity. According to game director Josh Sawyer, this “dad mode,” as it was nicknamed, was aimed at longtime fans who no longer had as much gaming time. But it’s not just dads — or mums — who benefit from such accommodation.

Gamers have wildly different skill levels and reasons for picking up a game. Some don’t mind, and even enjoy, studying arcane rulesets and retrying tough battles. Others just want — or need — a quicker, less stressful experience. Game devs shouldn’t exclude this chunk of every player base.

It’s about options. No one’s saying devs should “dumb down” a game to make it easy for all. But that sweet spot between substance and accessibility can be pretty elusive. As Pillars demonstrated, the best way to hit that bullseye is for devs to make a game’s barrier to entry more flexible.

Keep What Worked and Make it Better


The battle with the famous Scorpitron in Wasteland 2.

In the real world, nasty behavior has repercussions. Not so in CRPGs, where for a long time, you could sass everyone you met and carry on like a boss — until Pillars of Eternity came along. As the game kept track of your conduct and had characters react to it accordingly, suddenly watching your mouth was the smart thing to do.

Things like this do a lot to enhance CRPG worlds — and they’re not all modern inventions. 1988’s Wasteland went down in gaming history for its multiple-solution approach to obstacles and a story big on choice and consequence. As the director of its 2014 sequel tells it, preserving these elements was a top priority in Wasteland 2’s development. That, along with jazzing up of other elements such as combat, enabled inXile Entertainment to deliver a Game of the Year winner that is lauded as a leading success of the retro RPG renaissance.

This is how we make progress, by carrying forward what worked and building on it. Even retro-style games that sell on nostalgia need some innovation to make them relevant. And that doesn’t just mean innovating on the visual front — that’s a black hole where gamer appetites are concerned. Innovations must carry over to the things that shaped the old greats like gameplay, design, characterization, and more. Game devs need to study and surpass these elements to forge new greats.

It’s only practical to appreciate the great games of past generations. They were great for many reasons. Each title presents a learning opportunity for devs who know what to look for. After all, old may be gold, but even gold needs polishing every once in a while!

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What Trump Could Learn From Freud’s Daughter About Parentless Kids

Seventy-five years ago in the midst of World War II, Anna Freud, the daughter of Sigmund Freud, and her close friend, Dorothy Burlingham, published their classic study, War and Children, documenting the impact that separating children from their parents had during a time when England was under attack from Nazi Germany.

Freud and Burlingham knew their subject firsthand. They had been directing the Hampstead War Nurseries, which provided children, many of whom had lost their homes to German bombs, with residential care and comparative safety.

Today, thanks to the Trump administration’s policy of criminally prosecuting asylum-seeking adult immigrants who do not cross into the United States legally and separating them from their children, Freud and Burlingham’s study of children in crisis has become relevant in ways its authors never could have imagined in 1943.

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These Are the 17 U.S. Cities That Could Host the 2026 World Cup

The U.S., Mexico and Canada won a joint bid to host the 2026 World Cup, bringing the soccer tournament to North America for the first time since 1994.

The combined bid overwhelmingly won a vote against Morocco, its only challenger at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday. North America gained 134 votes, while Morocco got 65.

Sixteen cities spanning the continent will host the 80 games of the 2016 World Cup tournament. Of those games, 60 will be played in the U.S., while Canada and Mexico will host 10 games each. The last game of the tournament will take place at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. There are now 23 cities, including three in Canada and three in Mexico, that are up for selection to host the 2026 World Cup.

See which cities could host the 2026 World Cup matches below.

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Kansas City

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Denver

Los Angeles

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Montréal

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Monterrey

Guadalajara

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What the DC Cinematic Universe Could Learn from the Arrowverse

The Arrowverse as done the Justice League better than the DCEU Justice League film was able to. DC’s mad rush to compete with the Marvel cinematic money-printing machine has left its major film properties unoriginal and poorly fleshed out. Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman have been realized on screen together, but the story that has brought them together is thin at best.

DC’s small screen efforts have fared much better over the past 10 years. Namely, they were given 10 years to work on exploring and gradually expanding the world. The Arrowverse, headed by Greg Berlanti, has gone above and beyond what the DCEU has been allowed to. Establishing their own television version of the Justice League, exploring and highlighting heroes and villains unknown to many, and crafting exciting stories that move beyond established canon.

Of course, the DC TV properties don’t always nail it. The television medium and some creative restrictions like not using certain heroes or villains have forced the DC shows to get creative and explore things the movies couldn’t, or wouldn’t. These are also the things that could help the DCEU thrive.

Utilize Uncommon DC Heroes


Not a pair of bat ears or a golden whip in sight.

For a time, the holy trinity of DC consisting of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman could not be used in television products. However, the limitations DC put on its television series were less a barrier and more a creative puzzle to solve. How do these shows garner interest if we can’t show the core of the Justice League? The answer was to dig deep.

Characters like Damien Darhk, Vixen, Prometheus, Constantine, and the entirety of the Legend of Tomorrow help bring the Justice League to life. The eclectic mix of personalities, back stories, and powers help them stand out in a crowded superhero playing field. After a time, you grow to love these new characters, and soon they become part of the common superhero lexicon. How many people actually knew who Mr. Terrific was before he was introduced on Arrow? Now, fans of the show are acutely familiar with that niche, face-painted hero.

Time and Room to Breathe


Oh, the greasepaint. Domino masks all the way.

The sheer volume of heroes and villains introduced on TV between every DC show in the past six years is staggering. Television affords DC the ability to let relationships develop, sour, or blossom. For better or worse. The DCEU has rushed itself into the Justice League and the New Gods, yet it hasn’t allowed time to explore either group. So, we are left with paper-thin characters like Steppenwolf who show up, growl, and then get defeated. Steppenwolf is certainly niche, but without any context, build, or real resolution, he is simply another CGI punching bag.

It took many years for the Arrowverse to build their own version of the Justice League. When the crossover events eventually happened and we finally saw the on-screen team-ups we had been waiting for, they felt earned. The DCEU version, on the other hand, consisted of our favorite (and not so favorite) characters thrust together in a way that simply felt forced. The cinematic outing wasn’t given the proper time to mature and bake as the Arrowverse has been.

Introduce Fan Favorites


Martian Manhunter: the Martian man who hunts men.

The DCEU’s main objective was to put Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman on screen together for the first time ever. Fans were then gifted with the big screen versions of Cyborg, Flash, and Aquaman as well. All of these characters were certainly welcome, and core to the JLA, but nothing new.

All of these characters have been on the small screen in one version or another. Smallville, the original DC TV property to introduce the modern Justice League, had all but Batman pop up. The Arrowverse has taken steps to flesh out the greater universe and their efforts have led to some truly unique on-screen characters. Gorilla Grodd, Killer Frost, and The Atom all made their home on television, becoming permanent fixtures and household names in the process.

The Martian Manhunter also received a nice introduction to the Supergirl universe and a wonderful on-screen representation. These sort of characters show the magnitude of DC’s catalog.

Infuse Fun


A selfie in front of the alternate earth version of your job? Sure, that’s fun.

What fans and critics have voiced repeatedly is the lack of fun DC infuses into their recent cinematic outings. Suicide Squad aside, the main DCEU panel of films present a very bleak, heavy take on the comic book properties. After some reshoots, the infusion of levity in Justice League feels out of place and sticks out like a sore thumb. It is certainly a welcome addition but it feels like it was added in post.

Shows like Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl lean more towards the fun side of on-screen, comic book properties. These shows help balance out Arrow’s grit and Black Lightning’s socially charged content. When the crossovers happen, the injection of jokes and levity from characters like Cisco don’t feel out of place. They add a fun element to the crazy proceedings.

Emotional Resonance


Even superheroes get harassed.

After watching several DCEU films, there has been no lasting feelings or any attachment to a particular character. Superman killing Zod or Cyborg lamenting his father were there to elicit an emotion but they all came off as empty calories. It’s hard to feel sorry for gods.

Black Lightning burst on the scene earlier this year and made an immediate impact. Its ripped-from-the-headlines storytelling and grounded protagonists helped make a real emotional connection to the characters and that world. Flash, Arrow, and Legends alternate building and testing relationships and exploring consequences of characters decisions.

Finding the Balance


The Big Six, minus one.

It is easy to criticize the DC films, but the film medium dictates what can be done. The key is finding a balance between exploring new ideas and allowing time for the world to build. Films are expensive gambles and one wrong move can spell disaster.

While the Justice League film tried to introduce the New Gods with Batman’s out-of-place Apokolips dream and Steppenwolf, since neither was given time to grow, the setting and character was short-changed. What could’ve been a great opportunity, it was instead shuffled off without decent explanation as to their importance in the DC Universe.

The Arrowverse has taken the time to find a good balance in their universe. Over the years, the shows have explored multiple dimensions, fan favorite locations like Nanda Parbat, and evil hero counterparts. All of these characters and places were given the time to be established and worked in service of the characters. Each show established its own canon and as each series crossed over, they brought their established history with it. TV for the win once more.

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Elder Scrolls 6 Location Guide – Where Could Bethesda’s Next Game be Set?

If there’s one game that’s probably on most gamers’ wishlist, it’s Elder Scrolls 6. Bethesda is keeping incredibly tight-lipped on the topic however, especially regarding the game’s existence and where the Elder Scrolls 6 location would be.

Whether it’s Valenwood or Argonia, there’s been plenty of speculation as to what the Elder Scrolls 6 setting will be.

Here we take a look at the possibilities and top fan favourites for the Elder Scrolls 6 locations.

A brief history of Elder Scrolls

Of course, the location for the game is more than just a setting, it also gives us an idea of what the game’s called.

For example, Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall was set across the High Rock and Hammerfell provinces, while Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind took you to the island of Vvardenfell.

Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion was set in Cyrodil and finally Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim took us to… well, Skyrim.

All these locations were featured in the original game, Elder Scrolls Arena. It’s the only Elder Scrolls game to date to allow you to explore the full empire of Tamriel, but sadly because it was 1994 it was very basic and repetitive.

The original map from Elder Scrolls Arena looks something like this:


Elder Scrolls Arena map
From left to right: Summerset Isle, High Rock, Hammerfell, Valenwood, Skyrim, Imperial Province, Elsweyr, Black Marsh and Morrowind

In fact, this awesome map from a Reddit user sums up where the events of all the Elder Scrolls events have taken place so far:


Tamriel Elder Scrolls game map

All the events of every Elder Scrolls game since have taken place within Tamriel, so it’s safe to believe that it’ll be the same for Elder Scrolls 6.

With that in mind, here are all the potential Elder Scrolls 6 locations currently up for games within Tamriel.

Elder Scrolls 6: Valenwood


Elder Scrolls, Valenwood
The Valenwood province of Tamriel

Location: Valenwood is a south-western province of Tamriel, west of Elsweyr, south-west of Cyrodiil and east of the Abecean Sea.

Home to the Wood Elves or Bosmer, this is a largely uninhabited forest wilderness. The coastlines are dominated by mangrove swamps and rain forests.

Likelihood: Strong

Valenwood is one of the spots in Tamriel that Bethesda hasn’t yet explored in the Elder Scrolls series beyond Arena.

However, there’s also a purportedly leaked memo from within Bethesda back in 2014 that supports a Valenwood location.

The memo allegedly prohibited Bethesda employees from “using or referencing” a number of terms. These included Fallout: Nuka World, which ended up being part of a Fallout 4 DLC release, Elder Scrolls 6 or something known as Project Greenheart.

Many believe that Project Greenheart is the codename for Elder Scrolls 6 because Greenheart is a city found in the Valenwood region.

Coincidence? Probably not.

Elder Scrolls 6: Elsweyr


The Elsyweyr province of Tamriel

Location: Elsweyr is a region of Tamriel bordered by Valenwood on the west, Cyrodiil to the north and east and Argonia to the east.

The province is separated into two nations: Anequina to the north and Pelletine to the South. Anequina is a desert-like badlands similar to Hammerfell. Pelletine, on the other hand, is a mixture of dense jungles and woodlands like Valenwood.

It’s the home of the feline race of Elder Scrolls, the Khajiit.

Likelihood: Possible.

Bethesda has regularly said that the setting of Elder Scrolls games tends to be based on which province has the most lore.

There’s plenty of information about Elsweyr in the previous games, so could be a great base to build Elder Scrolls 6. 

Elder Scrolls 6: Hammerfell


Hammerfell, Elder Scrolls
The Hammerfell province of Tamriel

Location: Hammerfell is a vast province to the west of Tamriel. The region is bordered by High Rock to the north, Skyrim to the north-east and Cyrodiil to the east and south-east.

It’s a massive region that’s covered by mountain ranges, grasslands and even deserts – just for that real mix of terrains.

The Redguards call Hammerfell their home, who are a race of men known for their cunning and skilled swordsmanship.

Likelihood: Strong.

The only issue with Hammerfell being a potential location for Elder Scrolls 6 is that it was partially featured in Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall. 

However, at E3 2018, Bethesda released the first teaser trailer for the game, revealing few details beyond a sweeping view of a mountainous region. This could indicate that Hammerfell will be the location for the upcoming sequel.

Hammerfell is an absolutely massive region so there’s plenty more that Elder Scrolls 6 could explore.

Elder Scrolls 6: Argonia


Elder Scrolls Argonia, or Black Marsh
The Black Marsh or Argonia region of Tamriel

Location: The Black Marsh, known also as Argonia, is a region in the south-east of Tamriel. It’s bordered by Morrowind to the north, Cyrodiil to the west and protected by both the Topal Sea and the Padomaic Ocean.

It’s here that the reptilian Argonians call home, some of which you will encounter in other Elder Scrolls games.

The province is filled with great rivers and impenetrable swamps. It seems to be ruled by the King of Argonia and an Argonian Royal court.

Likelihood: Strong

Online rumours have speculated that Argonia or the Black Marsh will be the setting for Elder Scrolls 6 for years.

Although there don’t seem to be any verified leaks as yet, it is one location that the Elder Scrolls series hasn’t yet explored.

Plus, there’s plenty of knowledge of the Argonian race in previous games to support the next game exploring their homeland region.

Elder Scrolls 6: Akavir


Akavir Elder Scrolls
There are currently only fan-made maps of Akavir, but it could look something like this

Location: Akavir or the “Dragon Land” is one of the only areas in this list that’s outside of Tamriel.

It’s actually a totally different continent that lies to the east of Tamriel and is the homeland of the Akaviri.

These people are made up of unrelated races, the Snow Demons of Jamal, the serpent men of Tsaesci, the Monkey People of Tang Mo and the Tiger Dragons of Ka’Po’Tun.

Little is known about the continent but it is referenced multiple times throughout the series.

Likelihood: Possible.

If Bethesda thinks the Elder Scrolls series is just retreading old ground in Tamriel, moving to the nearby yet historically connected continent of Akavir definitely has potential.

Elder Scrolls 6: Atmora


Atmora Elder Scrolls
Again, there are no real images for Atmora from the game, so this is a fan-created outline of the continent

Location: Atmora, also known as Elder Wood, is a frozen continent way to the north of Tamriel, across the Sea of Ghosts.

It’s described in the Elder Scrolls series as a place of permanent winter, with little life and no sign of habitation.

Likelihood: Very unlikely.

Nothing lives in this land of ice, so what reason would Bethesda have to set Elder Scrolls 6 there?

Elder Scrolls 6: Alinor


Elder Scrolls Summerset Isles

Location: The Summerset Isles, also known as Alinor, is an archipelago consisting of three major islands: Summerset, Auridon and Artaeum.

The archipelago is located to the south-west of Tamriel and west of Valenwood in the Abecean Sea.

It’s home to the Altmer or High Elves/Western Elves. They’re one of the ten default playable races in Elder Scrolls games and are primarily known for their enhanced magic abilities.

Likelihood: Possible.

The High Elves are one of the most popular races in Elder Scrolls, and any player would love to see a game set in their homeland.

There’s plenty of history when it comes to the Summerset Isles too, which could give a major AAA release plenty of source material.

Plus, there’s a couple in Fallout 4 called the Summersets. Is that a little hint from Bethesda?

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Justify Could Win the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes, But It’s a Long Shot. Here’s Why

The stakes are perhaps the highest for one chestnut colt at the Belmont Stakes this year.

As many thoroughbreds before him, Justify will attempt to join an elite — and extraordinarily small — class of horses to win the Triple Crown at the 2018 Belmont Stakes on Saturday. The thoroughbred will face his toughest challenge yet at the mile-and-a-half race, where he will attempt to make good on his 2018 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes wins.

Justify could be the second Triple Crown winner for trainer Bob Baffert, who trained American Pharoah back in 2015 when he ended a 37-year Triple Crown drought. But winning the Belmont Stakes isn’t so simple — and the New Jersey track presents the most challenging race of the three, said Nick Zito, an experienced trainer with Derby, Preakness and Belmont wins under his belt.

“It’s called the Triple Crown for a reason,” Zito said. “It’s one of the most difficult things to do in sports.” After all, only 12 horses have won it in close to 150 years of these races. And if Justify fails to clinch the win this weekend, he’ll become the 24th thoroughbred to win the Derby and the Preakness — but not the Triple Crown.

Indeed, the longest race of the three American Classics bookends the series and reflects just how hard it is to win the the coveted title. These thoroughbreds complete the series — or compete in one or two races — over the span of just more than a month, with races in varying distances in different states. Justify’s first win of the series came at the one-and-a-quarter-mile Kentucky Derby track on May 5, and his second victory came two weeks later in Baltimore at the one-and-three-sixteenths-mile Preakness Stakes track.

However, Zito warned, “Belmont is the most grueling of the Triple Crown races. It’s the toughest for sure.” Zito knows that first hand. Despite two wins in 2004 and 2008 at Belmont Park, Zito’s horses have come in second there seven different times. And in addition to Justify’s already slim odds of snagging the Triple Crown title, he also got a bruised knee at the Kentucky Derby and raced back-to-back on wet tracks.

The additional length at Belmont often tires out these horses, Zito said. Even the sand on the track at Belmont feels tougher — it’s deeper, softer and can be tough to trudge through. And Triple Crown-vying horses often have to compete with thoroughbreds who didn’t appear in Kentucky or Baltimore, now stepping into the arena with fresher and more energetic legs.

On top of all of these conditions, for horses to even have a shot at the Triple Crown, they must have an excellent pedigree, Zito said. That means these winning race horses likely come from lineages that exhibited both speed and stamina, as well as intelligence and good judgement. Secretariat, the legendary thoroughbred who won the 1973 Triple Crown, is the pinnacle of these sets of qualities, Zito said. While Justify has a strong pedigree of his own, “you can’t say he’s Secretariat-safe,” Zito said.

There are also a range of ways a race could go all wrong and destroy a shut at the title. A horse can simply have a slow day, or he could have a poor start when the starting gates break away.

But if the stars align correctly, perhaps Justify can join the high ranks of the Triple Crown winners before him. Indeed, Zito doesn’t just want Justify to win. He’s hoping to see Justify win Belmont by “many” lengths — perhaps inspiring memories of Secretariat’s historic 1973 finish.

“You need stars in racing like everything else,” Zito said. “We’re always looking for stars. And that’s what (Justify) looks like.”

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What the G7 and G20 Summits Could Mean for Feminist Foreign Policy Worldwide

This week, world leaders will meet in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, Canada for the annual G7 Leaders’ Summit. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been gathering headlines for his leadership of the G7; a self-described feminist, Trudeau has placed gender equality at the center of the G7 agenda and invited more leaders from the Global South than in recent years. Similarly, Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri, leading this year’s G20, has committed to a “cross-cutting gender approach.”

Decisions made at the G7 and G20 can change the course of international policy and cooperation. With all eyes on the global stage, civil society has been calling on Trudeau and Macri to fully embrace ideals of equality and inclusion. Feminist advocates have been at the forefront of these efforts, urging governments to fully integrate gender into their outcomes and to invest accordingly.

But what are the G7 and G20, and why should we care?

In 2015, thousands snaked through midtown Manhattan in a collective show of solidarity for the global women’s movement with UN Women. (J Carrier for UN Women / Creative Commons)

The G7 includes seven of the world’s leading economies; the G20 is composed of the same G7 countries plus the European Union and twelve emerging economies. These forums, given their economic power, wield immense global influence—directing national and multilateral policies towards political and socioeconomic issues.

Every year, a different government takes over each summit’s Presidency and is responsible for determining the agenda. In the G20 context, the previous, current and subsequent presidencies work together as a “troika” to maintain consistency from year to year. The G7 and G20 are primarily led by officials referred to as Sherpas, who represent the heads of state and government. They meet a few times each year to negotiate their governments’ shared interests.

The G7 and G20 are not exactly inclusive processes, nor are they very transparent—civil society and other key stakeholders are not given a preview of the discussion outcomes and strategies or asked for their input before they are made public. However, there are multiple pathways for official stakeholder engagement.

Both summits have seven official engagement groups, including forums for business associations (B7/B20), civil society (C7/C20), labor unions (L7/L20), the scientific community (S7/S20), think tanks (T7/T20), women’s organizations (W7/W20) and youth leaders (Y7/Y20). These groups organize ahead of the Leaders’ Summit to submit recommendations to G7 and G20 leadership, aiming to influence their political and financial commitments. Civil society organizations also collaborate separately through national and global advocacy networks such as the G7 Global Task Force, a coalition that develops its own policy recommendations and organizes advocacy efforts both in G7 countries and at global convenings.

In addition to Sherpa meetings, the Presidency hosts both working group meetings and ministerial meetings. Working group meetings focus on specific topics like development, health or climate change. The Accountability Working Group publishes a report every three years on the G7’s progress in meeting its commitments. Ministerial meetings, which convene government officials like foreign or finance ministers, often release their own outcomes. The G20 process is heavily influenced by finance ministers and central bank governors, as the summit tends to focus more narrowly on global economic cooperation—as opposed to the G7, which addresses broader economic and political issues. The Sherpa team, working group members and ministers are most closely associated with decision-making at the G7 and G20—making them essential contacts for civil society advocates. 

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) has been actively participating in both civil society advocacy and official engagement groups around the G7 and G20. Through our involvement, we’ve seen that Canadian leadership has demonstrated an unprecedented level of interest in advancing gender equality compared to previous presidencies.

Last year’s Italian G7 Presidency organized the first gender ministerial meeting—but it was held after the Leaders’ Summit, and therefore had minimal impact and little visibility. Italy also released the first G7 Roadmap for a Gender-Responsive Economic Environment, outlining policies to advance women’s economic empowerment.

Canada has aimed to take things further, and with a broader gender agenda. Prime Minister Trudeau established the first Gender Equality Advisory Council to oversee the integration of gender throughout all G7 activities. The Council recently released its own recommendations for the G7, which elevate and endorse those issued by the W7. Both sets of recommendations call on G7 leaders to adopt a feminist approach that integrates intersectionality, acknowledges diversity and gives adequate funding to women’s rights organizations and movements. 

ICRW and allies are calling on G7 and G20 countries to make advanced commitments to gender equality and women’s rights with meaningful and sustained investments. There’s a real opportunity for G7 and G20 countries to drive the feminist agenda forward this year—but first, they must unify. Consensus is a central focus of these summits, and even if Canada or Argentina want to make bold strides, other member-states may drag their feet.

That’s where advocacy comes into play, particularly given the fact we are living in an era of growing political divisions. Feminist advocates are needed now more than ever, with the pendulum of gender equality poised to swing forward. The time is now for feminist civil society to pressure world leaders to take bolder actions, to be more inclusive in their approach and to hold themselves accountable and follow through on their commitments.

Spogmay Ahmed is a Global Policy Associate at the International Center for Research on Women.

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This Discount Attractions Pass Could Save You Money on Your Next Vacation


Everybody loves a good travel deal.

Some bargains are obvious, like comparing airline ticket prices to see which is lowest.

Other deals take a little investigating to figure out whether they’re a bargain.

Discount travel package company CityPASS bundles admission fees to several popular tourist attractions in a city for a single, lower price.

The passes are currently available in 13 North American cities:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Boston, Massachusetts  
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Houston, Texas
  • New York, New York
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • San Francisco, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Southern California
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Toronto, Canada

Travelers purchase a CityPASS filled with admission vouchers to each attraction. Simply show the pass at the attraction’s entrance for admittance.

CityPASSes are valid for nine consecutive days (14 days in California) beginning with the first day of use and don’t expire for at least one year from the date of purchase.

But are CityPASSes a bargain, or is it cheaper to buy tickets to attractions individually?

We crunched some numbers to find out.

Note: All prices are current as of April 2018 but are subject to change.

What You Get With a CityPASS

Empire State Building is pictured against a pretty sky.
The New York City CityPASS will get you into the Empire State building and several other destinations. ventdusud/Getty Images

Each destination’s booklet contains admission tickets to some of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. In some cities, you can choose one attraction over another to suit your taste.               

For instance, the New York City CityPASS includes tickets to:

  • The Empire State Building
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The American Museum of Natural History

You can also choose tickets for:

  • The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island or Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises
  • The 9/11 Memorial & Museum or the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • The Top of the Rock Observation Deck or the Guggenheim Museum

No matter which combination of admission tickets you choose, at the end of your trip you’ll have visited six popular New York City attractions for a single price.

Does CityPASS Save You Money?

To decide whether a CityPASS is a good value, you need to compare it to the cost of buying individual attraction tickets.

Here are comparisons for three CityPASS destinations, rounded to the nearest dollar.

Chicago

Adler Planetarium is one of seven attractions available on The Chicago CityPASS. benkrut/Getty Images

A Chicago CityPASS includes admission to five of these seven attractions:

  • Shedd Aquarium Priority Entry (Including 4D Experience): $ 45 (adults) and $ 35 (children)
  • Skydeck Chicago Fast Pass: $ 49 (ages 3+)
  • The Field Museum All-Access Entry: $ 38 (adults) and $ 27 (children)
  • Museum of Science and Industry: $ 20 (adults) and $ 11 (children) when purchased online
    • Or 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck Express Entry: $ 44 (adult & child)
  • Adler Planetarium Anytime All Access Pass:  $ 35 (adults) and $ 30 (children)
    • Art Institute of Chicago Fast Pass $ 35 (adults) and $ 29 (ages 14-17). (Younger Children Are Free.)

Total ticket price for admission to Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum,       Museum of Science and Industry and Adler Planetarium:

  • Adult: $ 187
  • Child: $ 152

Total ticket price for admission to Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum,         360 CHICAGO Observation Deck and Art Institute of Chicago:

  • Adult: $ 211
  • Child: $ 184

Total price of a Chicago CityPASS:

  • Adult: $ 106
  • Child (3-11): $ 89

Southern California

The Southern California CityPASS includes admission to Disneyland. FrozenShutter/Getty Images

A Southern California CityPASS includes admission to these three attractions:

  • Disneyland & Disney California Adventure 3-day park hopper with Magic Morning: $ 330 (adults) and $ 314 (children)
  • SeaWorld San Diego: $ 70 (3+)
  • LEGOLAND California: Starts at $ 95 (adults) and $ 89 (children) when purchased online

Total ticket price for admission to Disneyland & Disney California Adventure, SeaWorld San Diego and LEGOLAND California:

  • Adult: $ 495
  • Child: $ 473

Total price of a Southern California CityPASS:

  • Adult: $ 367
  • Child (3-9): $ 337

Tampa

A woman explores the Florida Aquarium
Tampa CityPASS holders can visit the Florida Aquarium and four additional attractions. Sharon Steinmann/The Penny Hoarder

A Tampa CityPASS includes admission to five of these six attractions:

  • Busch Gardens: $ 90 (ages 3 and older)
  • Florida Aquarium: $ 29 (adults) and $ 24 (children)
  • ZooTampa at Lowry Park: $ 35 (adults) and $ 26 (children)
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium: $ 23 (adults) and $ 18 (children)
  • Museum of Science and Industry: $ 13 (adults) and $ 8 (children) OR
    • Chihuly Collection: $ 20 (adults) and $ 13 (children)

Total ticket price for admission to Busch Gardens, Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa at Lowry Park, Clearwater Aquarium and Museum of Science and Industry:

  • Adult: $ 190
  • Child: $ 166

Total ticket price for admission to Busch Gardens, Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa at Lowry Park, Clearwater Aquarium and Chihuly Collection:

  • Adult: $ 197
  • Child: $ 171

Total price of a Tampa CityPASS:

  • Adult: $ 107
  • Child (3-9): $ 97

The Pros and Cons of CityPASS

In every instance, CityPASS provided a better value than purchasing each ticket individually.

However, there are other things to consider about CityPASSes than just whether they cost less than buying individual attraction tickets. Here are some pros and cons to keep in mind.

Pros:

There are definitely some upsides to buying a CityPASS.

  • Fixed costs help you stay within your budget.
  • A CityPASS allows you to skip the lines at many attractions.
  • Planning is easier because you already know what you’ll see and do on your trip.
  • A CityPASS is good for several days, giving you the freedom to change plans on the fly.
  • There’s only one ticket booklet to keep track of instead of several loose individual tickets.

Cons:

But there are also some downsides to buying a CityPASS.

  • Once you buy a CityPASS, you’ll waste money if you don’t visit the attractions as planned.
  • You may miss opportunities to spend time at other tourist draws, including free attractions like beaches or parks.
  • You may rush from attraction to attraction to get the most value for your money.
  • CityPASSes are nontransferable, so you lose your money if your travel plans change.
  • Prearranged commitments to certain attractions may take the spontaneity and fun out of travel.

CityPASSes can be a great deal for travelers who know exactly what they want to do on their trip, but others may find that type of commitment stifling.

Whether CityPASS is a good value on your next trip depends on your destination and how many attractions you want to visit. To find out if it’s right for you, roll up your sleeves, pull out a calculator and get ready to do some math if you choose one of the locations where we haven’t crunched the numbers.

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She enjoys telling readers about affordable ways to travel, so look her up on Twitter (@lisah) if you’ve got a tip to share.

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Bathing suit? Check. Beach towel? Got it. Sunscreen? Absolutely — but you may want to heed this new warning first.

The Food and Drug Administration is cautioning sun worshipers that a pill marketed to keep them safe from damaging rays actually could put them at risk.

Not to mention waste their money.

The agency this week warned four companies to stop advertising sunscreen pills and capsules as effective in preventing sunburn. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the companies are misleading consumers and putting people at risk of harmful sun exposure.

“The FDA has not approved any pill for the claims these companies are making, so that should be a red flag,” said Theresa Eisenman, an FDA spokeswoman. “There’s no pill or capsule that can replace your sunscreen.”

At $ 25 to $ 50 a bottle, the pills are also pricy — especially if they don’t work.

The warning comes just in time for “Don’t Fry Day,” the Friday before the unofficial start of the summer vacation season — Memorial Day. The National Council on Skin Care Prevention designated the day to encourage people to cover up and use sunscreen to protect against skin cancer, the most common cancer in the U.S.

The FDA on Tuesday sent warning letters to Advanced Skin Brightening Formula, Sunsafe Rx, Solaricar and Sunergetic. The agency says the companies are illegally marketing dietary supplements and making unproven drug claims — namely, that their pills and capsules protect people from sun damage and, in some cases, even skin cancer.

On Friday, one of the companies was still advertising its product on its website as a method “backed by science” to protect eyes and skin from ultraviolet rays.

According to the warning letters, the companies claim their pills are useful in preventing or mitigating disease — an assertion the FDA says illegally establishes them as a drug. The FDA must approve all drugs sold for human consumption in the U.S.

These four companies aren’t the only ones advertising such products on popular sites such as Amazon, eBay and Walmart.com, so consumers have to be vigilant.

The only legitimate sunscreens are sold over the counter as creams, sprays, lotions or sticks, Eisenman said.

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Thomas Rohrer advises his patients to apply sunscreen liberally, stay in the shade when possible, wear a hat with a wide brim and protect their eyes with sunglasses when they’re outside. And never sunbathe.

An SPF — sun protection factor — of more than 50 isn’t necessary, he said, although he uses sunscreen with an SPF of 85 or 100. Sunscreens with a higher SPF tend to cost a little more, but Rohrer, whose practice is in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, said they do no harm and may provide extra protection.

Effective ingredients are critical, but it’s also important to choose a sunscreen that feels good on the skin.

“Find one that is cosmetically appealing,” he said. “You have to find a sunscreen that you’ll use.”

It’s never too early to start protecting against skin cancer, according to new guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The group advises doctors to counsel their patients about the importance of sunscreen for babies as young as 6 months old.

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Jackie provides support for Hannah's mum.

An advocate for victims of bullying, Jackie, played by Kelli O’Hara, becomes involved in the Bakers’ legal case against the school, lending her support and counsel to Hannah’s mother.

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President Donald Trump unveiled his blueprint to lower drug prices in a highly anticipated speech on Friday.
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Why Brexit could sink Britain’s Eurovision hopes

The UK’s record at the Eurovision Song Contest has been pretty dire in recent years, and the country’s decision to leave the EU could make matters even worse, according to British band Bucks Fizz, who won the competition in 1981.


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Google is the one tech company we could never live without

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If the stream of big Google-related news so far this week — from details about Android P to some of the wow moments at I/O like Duplex — has reminded us of anything, it’s this. A fact that’s easy to overlook about the Mountain View giant, when companies like Twitter and Facebook, with all its recent mishaps, are the focus of so much media obsession:

If there’s such a thing as an indispensable company, Google may definitely be it. For better or worse.

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A Dozen Projects You Never Knew You Could Do with 1 Bag of Concrete

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President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, did not rule out Sunday that the President could plead Fifth Amendment in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.


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How A $2 Act of Defiance Could Bring Waffle House To Its Knees

A nationwide boycott of Waffle House set for Friday has now been issued by the Atlanta branch of Black Lives Matter. As part of the boycott, protesters are being asked to stage a $ 2 sit-in at Waffle House restaurant locations around the country, according to AL.com. Protesters will spend $ 2 on a soda and will consume the beverage at tables and counters in the Waffle House restaurants during peak business hours.

More than a week after 23-year old Chikesia Clemons was violently arrested at one of its locations in Alabama, Waffle House officials are still siding with their own employees saying they called the cops out of “concern for their own safety.” On Monday, company officials invited into its headquarters civil rights advocates including a representative from the NAACP and Black Lives Matter, to view an unedited version of a security tape they purport shows Clemons being belligerent.

Lamar Howard, Clemons’ stepfather told ABC News that Waffle House staff had called police after she refused to pay $ 0.50 cents for plastic spoons and had requested a corporate phone number to lodge a complaint. “She’s owed an apology, just like the two men in the Starbucks,” Howard said.

Early in April, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, both 23-year old entrepreneurs, walked into a Philadelphia Starbucks where they sat, waiting for a business meeting. Nelson immediately asked to use the restroom and the manager insisted something must be purchased to get access to utilize the bathroom. According to 911 accounts, Starbucks staffers had called the police approximately two minutes after the men arrived. In an all too familiar scene, Nelson and Robinson were told to leave the store and when they refused, they were handcuffed and arrested in a video that has gone viral.

Both Nelson and Robinson reached a settlement with the city for $ 1 each, with a $ 200,000 commitment to a youth entrepreneurship program, according to the New York Daily News.

In Clemons’ case, she was slammed to the ground by three Saraland Police officers, as her breasts were exposed while she was being handcuffed.

“When I saw the video, it was very inhumanely done,” Penny Poole, a member of the Gwinnett County NAACP, told reporters.

Saraland Police Department held a press conference last week defending the actions of the three officers. According to Detective Brian Mims, Clemons and her friend Canita Adams, had an alcoholic beverage with them when they came into the Waffle House restaurant to which Waffle House staffers told them they couldn’t have. Mims said the situation escalated with Clemons becoming “loud and using profanity toward the employee.” He said both Clemons and Adams threatened employees, and according to a witness, one of them said, “I can come back and shoot this place up if I need to.”

Coincidentally, the incident occurred on April 22, the same day Travis Reinking shot up a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee killing four. The security tape, which could have clarified exactly what happened and what was said during the entire confrontation did not include an audio.

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What is “forest bathing?” It could change your mental health for the better

What is “forest bathing?” It could change your mental health for the better


What is “forest bathing?” It could change your mental health for the better

We’ll be the first to admit that we don’t go outside often enough. And we’re certainly not alone. According to the National Human Activity Pattern Survey, an average adult only spends about 5% of each day outdoors. But all that time spent indoors means we’re missing out on a potentially life-changing activity that could improve our mental health. It’s called “forest bathing,” and don’t worry — it’s not as scandalous as it sounds.

Forest bathing is a wellness practice with origins in Japan and South Korea (it’s called shinrin-yoku in Japanese). Fortunately for those of us with busy lives, it’s a beautifully simple idea. To partake in forest bathing, all you have to do is go outside, walk into a quiet forest, and surround yourself with trees to help restore and soothe your stressed mind. Dr. Frank Lipman, an integrative medicine specialist and author of How to be Well, talked to HelloGiggles about how forest bathing works, and how everyone can benefit from it.

First, forest bathing is a mental cleansing process, not a physical one. Dr. Lipman says that surrounding oneself with nature for a short period of time on a weekly or, even better, a daily basis can positively impact one’s mental state.

“Being fully present in nature puts you in a state of pleasure and relaxation, which turns on your parasympathetic nervous system,” Dr. Lipman told us. “You remain aware, but with a more soft focus that is less information-loaded and more calm and peaceful.”

What’s more, Dr. Lipman said that nature can boost serotonin levels, therefore enhancing a person’s empathy and altruism. When outside and surrounded by greenery, you’re proven to feel more “compassionate, connected, and serene,” according to Dr. Lipman.

Forest bathing is a “low-cost and effective way” to better your mood and mental clarity, Dr. Lipman added. And you don’t necessarily have to live near an undeveloped forest to reap the benefits of the practice.

According to Dr. Lipman, for city-dwellers, parks and botanical gardens can be just as rejuvenating as strolling through the woods. Getting into the green for a short amount of time, a few days a week, can prove to be a refreshing way to shed anxieties caused by work and the chaos of day-to-day life.

So the next time you’re feeling frustrated or tapped out, dip your toes into the sea of green. Forest bathing might just be the stress relief that’s been sitting right in front of us all along.

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How 3D Printing Could Change How We Eat

How 3D Printing Could Change How We Eat

Researchers 3-D print food with customized texture and body absorption characteristics. Imagine a home appliance that, at the push of a button, turns powdered ingredients into food that meets the individual nutrition requirements of each household member. Although it may seem like something from science fiction, new research aimed at using 3-D printing to create customized food could one day make…

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Researchers 3-D print food with customized texture and body absorption characteristics.

Imagine a home appliance that, at the push of a button, turns powdered ingredients into food that meets the individual nutrition requirements of each household member. Although it may seem like something from science fiction, new research aimed at using 3-D printing to create customized food could one day make this a reality.

Jin-Kyu Rhee, associate professor at Ewha Womans University in South Korea, will discuss his new research and the potential of 3-D printing technology for food production at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting during the 2018 Experimental Biology meeting to be held April 21-25 in San Diego.

“We built a platform that uses 3-D printing to create food microstructures that allow food texture and body absorption to be customized on a personal level,” said Rhee. “We think that one day, people could have cartridges that contain powdered versions of various ingredients that would be put together using 3-D printing and cooked according to the user’s needs or preferences.”

A: Food materials are pulverized under ultra-low temperature close to -100 degrees Celsius. B: Micro-sized food materials are reconstructed into a porous film-shaped material by jetting bonding an agent under optimized water content and heat conditions. The process to build film-type materials is repeated layer by layer to form to a three-dimensional food block. C: The exterior of foods and internal microstructure of a food block with specific porosity is designed to give texture with controlled human body absorption while eating and ingesting.

3-D printing of food works much like 3-D printing of other materials in that layers of raw material are deposited to build up a final product. In addition to offering customized food options, the ability to 3-D print food at home or on an industrial scale could greatly reduce food waste and the cost involved with storage and transportation. It might also help meet the rapidly increasing food needs of a growing world population.

For the new study, the researchers used a prototype 3-D printer to create food with microstructures that replicated the physical properties and nanoscale texture they observed in actual food samples. They also demonstrated that their platform and optimized methods can turn carbohydrate and protein powers into food with microstructures that can be tuned to control food texture and how the food is absorbed by the body.

“We are only in early stages, but we believe our research will move 3-D food printing to the next level,” said Rhee. “We are continuing to optimize our 3-D print technology to create customized food materials and products that exhibit longer storage times and enhanced functionality in terms of body absorption.”

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Super Bowl Winner: Top NFL Prospect Lamar Jackson Could Change Football’s Power Structure

If we have learned anything about the NFL and its surrogates in the media lately, it’s that athletes who feel empowered to speak for themselves — without prior approval — will either be mitigated or punished. That’s part of why I’ve been following the story of Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson — and the young quarterback’s fiercest advocate, mother and sports representative, Felicia Jones — as he bucks the status quo by declining to hire a traditional sports agent. Heading into the NFL draft, which begins on April 26, Jackson is poised to change both his personal and family’s realities, as it seems he will sign a first-round draft pick contract. He also stands to make a sizable contribution to the ongoing and much-needed reformation of the NFL’s inequitable power dynamics and economic engine.

Take, for instance, Jackson’s decision to decline to run the 40-meter dash for NFL scouts. Jackson is the fastest quarterback the NFL has seen in a long while. It’s obvious. And yet you can almost hear the collective dismay of league officials and team decision-makers, flabbergasted at the audacity of a player and his mother who might just understand the business side of his talent better than those who designed the system. They made an intentional, strategic decision custom-tailored to Jackson’s individual abilities and contract desires. The fact that a conventional sports agent would have rarely advised a client to do anything as off-script offers rich insight into why the one-size-fits-all approach to sports representation that the NFL tries to demand can potentially result in the athlete’s own best interest not even being the highest priority.

When I announced plans to represent myself in July 2015, I remember the experience that followed for a year and a half. I was constantly maneuvering and positioning myself in a way to establish credibility among the NFL powers that be. That was what I signed up for by declining to hire an insider who was already familiar with the front-office staff of teams throughout the league.

The beginning of my self-representation journey was rough, and despite now being satisfied with the end result, I certainly learned some valuable lessons along the way. Overall, I was most struck by how threatening my desire for self-representation was received by some, and how some of the tactics ended up discouraging other players from attempting to be self-directed free agents. I hope Jackson helps change that.

There is an unmistakable implication in the other assertion that teams are struggling to get ahold of the quarterback: that Jackson and Jones don’t know what they’re doing. This framing reinforces the coercive narrative that younger athletes who are weighing their options should depend on the professional sports agent industry to decide what is best for them. This has become an insidious grooming technique that follows the athlete throughout their professional sports career.

As someone quite familiar with the workings of the NFL, I see a different way of interpreting the storyline that organizations are unable to reach Jackson: that the teams don’t know what they’re doing or are pushing a narrative that benefits them. If teams can send out private investigators and scouts to record, follow and document the character of a player they are interested in drafting, I don’t see how they are unable to get in touch with Jackson. The man’s DMs are open. And maybe Jackson just doesn’t want to talk with the teams complaining.

I recognize that the industry of professional sports agents has some redeemable elements. In fact, I believe that the scarcity of player self-representation actually prevents some of the best sports agents from proactively adapting to these changing realities. Imagine what it could look like for an agency to actually encourage some hybrid form of self-representation, following the lead of other industry pioneers and implementing thoughtful solutions for entrepreneur minded-athletes — or just those of us with subtle elements to our game underserved by the one-size-fits-all approach. More and more of us are finding our voice and discovering ways to exchange notes. This is a necessary evolution as the status quo begins to expire.

Self-representation isn’t for everyone. But we need to normalize it, because the system as it exists now reinforces the disempowerment of athletes, which itself is fueled by a narrative that suggests we couldn’t possibly understand what’s in our own self-interest. This has negative downstream ramifications, as people generally expect athletes to remain in their proverbial box and stick to the script. They are content with us performing on the field, yet struggle to accept the fact that we are more than just jocks. Just ask Colin Kaepernick or Eric Reid. We are allowed to play, providing fans an entertaining escape from their “real world,” while we are prevented from making society confront ours. Lamar Jackson is representing a world in which his assertion matters.

In case this finds him, here are some of the things that I learned from my own experience and that I wish I would have known (and that I personally assume Felicia Jones is already aware of) as a self-representing athlete:

  1. The most important part of any first-round rookie NFL contract is how much of the deal is guaranteed (cue the Internet commenters talking about my Broncos contract). Many if not all players in the earlier part of the first round have four years fully guaranteed, while the latter half of picks of the first round have the first three years guaranteed and only a portion of the fourth year. In the 2nd round, many contracts have the first two years guaranteed. If you happen to fall to the second round, understand the amount that has historically been guaranteed at that pick — then get more.
  2. Aside from guaranteed money, cash flow is one of your most important considerations. Get as much of your money as possible paid in guaranteed roster bonuses at the beginning of training camp (instead of earned over the 17-week regular season via salary).
  3. Refuse any offset language. Teams will try to add this into your contract to rid themselves of future obligation. If you are drafted to be a franchise quarterback, the language in the deal should reflect a committed and reciprocal relationship.
  4. Rely on the NFL Players Association. As a member of the executive committee, I want to emphasize that we have the staff in place to go over any language in your contract and make sure it is right. It’s our job.
  5. And since you’re a quarterback, you should know: The concept of a “QB Premium” is not limited to veteran contracts, no matter what they tell you. Especially in structuring contracts, teams overplay the “precedent” argument in negotiations. Teams have proven time and time again that they will go against precedent for QBs (see Johnny Manziel’s contract). Get that QB Premium!

Good luck in the draft, Lamar. I’m available if you need me. My DMs are open, too.

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Saving the planet doesn’t always come cheap.

Many of the disposable products we often use and love are easy to access at low prices, making them preferred over their reusable counterparts.

But the convenience of disposable products often comes at a steep cost to the environment. Plastic bags and straws pollute the ocean and end up being ingested by sea animals. Disposable diapers take hundreds of years to decompose in landfills.

Buying reusable products may cost more up front, but you may be surprised to find out how soon they end up paying for themselves since you can use them again and again instead of buying more of the disposable versions.

We took five household products and compared the costs of the reusable versions to the disposable versions. The prices were sourced from Amazon on April 6, 2018.

Straws

A reusable straw costing $ 1.19 each is equal to the cost of about 30 disposable straws at 4 cents each. After 30 uses, the reusable straw has essentially paid for itself.

Water Bottles

One reusable water bottle costing $ 13.88 is equal to the cost of about 63 single-use water bottles at 22 cents each. After 63 uses, the reusable water bottle has essentially paid for itself.

Diapers

One cloth diaper costing $ 4.50 is equal to the cost of about 16 disposable diapers at 28 cents each. The cloth diaper has essentially paid for itself after 16 diaper changes.

Sandwich Bags

One reusable sandwich bag at $ 5.75 each is equal to the cost of about 192 plastic sandwich bags at 3 cents each. After 192 uses, the reusable sandwich bag has essentially paid for itself.

Paper Towels

One cloth kitchen towel costing $ 1.33 is only slightly more than the cost of one roll of paper towels at a cost of $ 1.10 per roll.

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Social media use at age 10 could reduce wellbeing of adolescent girls

Social media use may have different effects on wellbeing in adolescent boys and girls, according to new research. Researchers found an association between increased time spent on social media in early adolescence (age 10) and reduced well-being in later adolescence (age 10-15) — but only among girls.
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Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ lyrics could fetch $300,000 at auction

(Reuters) – Bruce Springsteen’s early, handwritten manuscript to “Born to Run,” the rocker’s 1975 star-making hit, is expected to fetch between $ 200,000 and $ 300,000 when it goes up for auction in June, Sotheby’s said on Friday.


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Could you raise your baby without gender?

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Is it possible to raise a child without gender?

A recent story from New York magazine’s The Cut explores families who raise theybies — “babies whose parents had decided not to reveal their sex, who used they/them pronouns for their children, and whose goal was to create an early childhood free of gendered ideas of how a child should dress, act, play, and be.”

These are parents who know the anatomy their child was born with, which is biological sex, but reject designating the child’s gender, which is how someone identifies. (Want to know more about the difference between sex and gender? The Genderbread Person is super helpful.)

The article mostly follows one couple, Bobby McCullough and Lesley Fleishman, who were inspired by a news story about a Canadian baby born without a gender designation, and decided to raise their own baby in a more gender-creative way.

“Definitely the concept of not enforcing gender stereotypes was something that was on our radar, but we simply didn’t know or have the idea on our own to not assign the baby a gender,” McCullough told reporter Alex Morris.

The couple spoke openly to friends and family about their decision and answered questions. They found a midwife who was on the same page and was willing to not register a gender. They researched how to register a birth certificate without a gender listed and started referring to the baby only with neutral pronouns like their/they, not he/she.

Several pieces of chalk in an array of rainbow colors

The goal was to allow the child to embrace their own identity, not to force one on them. 

“We wouldn’t tell somebody else how they should identify or who they should be or what they are,” McCullough said.

You should know that even if this idea feels new, it’s not. The classic feminist Lois Gould short story, X: A Fabulous Child’s Story, about a family who raise a gender-free child, first appeared in Ms. Magazine in 1972. The story reveals how uncomfortable people become when they don’t have a gender to assign to a person — in this case, a baby.

“When the (family) smiled and said, ‘It’s an X,’ nobody knew what to say. They couldn’t say, ‘Look at her cute little dimples!’ And they couldn’t say, ‘Look at his husky little biceps!’ And they couldn’t even say just plain ‘kitchycoo.’ In fact, they all thought the Joneses were playing some kind of rude joke.”

I read X: A Fabulous Child’s Story when I was in college, and it had a lasting effect on me. It’s also made me painfully aware of how often I say gendered things to babies. I remember one moment in particular, in which my friend’s son kicked his legs wildly, and I said, “He’s definitely going to be a football player!” — and then I stopped. If the baby had been a girl, would I have said the same thing?

It happens even with my own child, whom I’ve described on more than one occasion as “all boy,” even though I don’t know what that means exactly. I know many different kinds of boys.

A baby sits on the floor and plays with a red toy. It's unclear what gender the baby is.

I never considered raising my son in a more gender-creative way, although I’ve tried to avoid giving him obviously gendered toys and clothing. His preference is the color orange, which has made buying gender-neutral clothes easy, and I follow his lead for toys. He loves stuffed animals, unicorns and sparkly things, and he loves garbage trucks, monsters, and my old set of Hot Wheels cars too. None of those toys are inherently masculine or feminine, a point I’ve tried to drive home to him.

It’s getting more difficult the older he gets, however. My son is three now, and he likes to categorize things. He sees pictures of actresses and says, “Mommy,” and recently told a man on the street, “You are furry like my daddy.” He has already assigned genders to his own stuffed animals. Recently he said he didn’t want to dance, an activity he loves, because he said it was “for girls.”

I guess it’s just up to me to pose the question, “Why?” — then take his hand and encourage him to dance anyway.

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Regulatory filings suggest Apple’s first new iPhone of 2018 could debut in May or June

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It’s difficult to call the response to Apple’s iPhone X tepid considering the phone has made three times more money than every major Android vendor combined. But at least a half-dozen reliable independent reports at this point have said that Apple cut iPhone X manufacturing and parts orders multiple times since the phone was released last November. Tens of millions of iPhone X units have been sold at this point, but estimates are still far below analyst expectations, and they’re apparently well short of Apple’s expectations, too. The sky-high price tag, which starts at $ 1,000, is undoubtedly a factor. Another factor could be anticipation of this year’s iPhone launches, which will reportedly include a lower-cost version of the iPhone X and an “iPhone X Plus” with a larger OLED display.

For those reasons and more, Apple’s 2018 flagship iPhone launches are eagerly anticipated by Apple fans around the world. The bad news is they’ll all have to wait until September to get their hands on Apple’s iPhone X successors, including the less expensive version and the larger iPhone X Plus. But the good news is Apple supposedly has a fourth new iPhone model planned for release this year, and it could hit store shelves as soon as next month.

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The Cohen case could mark a perilous convergence between Trump’s previous life and his presidency

Donald Trump’s tabloid lifestyle made him rich, famous and ultimately built the persona that made him President. Yet his back-to-the-future encounter with his sensational and melodramatic past might become his Achilles’ heel.


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Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says Facebook data could be stored in Russia

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Another day, another twist in the Cambridge Analytica saga. And like any political scandal of the past year, now Russia is involved.

Facebook already upped the number of its users whose data was unknowingly used for a political data firm from 50 million to 87 million users, but the whistleblower who exposed the data scandal said this weekend that number could be even higher.

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You Could Save a Life if You Carry Naloxone. Here’s What You Need to Know


Fueled by the growing national opioid crisis, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams issued a formal advisory this week urging people to consider carrying the opioid antidote naloxone.

What is Naloxone?

People in the throes of an opioid overdose often have dangerously shallow breathing or stop breathing altogether. Brain damage and death can occur within minutes.

Naloxone, also known by the name brand Narcan, temporarily reverses the effects of opioids and restores normal breathing patterns.

Naloxone is packaged as an injectable (primarily for use in hospital environments) and as a prefilled auto-injection device similar to EpiPens used to treat people with severe allergies.

Naloxone is also available as a nasal spray.

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Unless you’re a medical professional, it may seem intimidating to administer naloxone to someone during an opioid emergency.

But swift action with the antidote can mean the difference between life and death, so keep these things in mind.

  • Naloxone works. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “From 1996 to 2014, at least 26,500 opioid overdoses in the U.S. were reversed by laypersons using naloxone.”
  • If you’re worried you won’t know when to use naloxone in an emergency, know that administering the drug to someone who isn’t overdosing on opioids is will not cause significant harm, according to the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy.
  • 40 states and the District of Columbia have Good Samaritan or 911 drug immunity laws that protect people who intervene during a opioid overdose.
  • The National Conference of State Legislatures says the laws protect people from “arrest, charge or prosecution for certain controlled substance possession and paraphernalia offenses when a person who is either experiencing an opiate-related overdose or observing one calls 911 for assistance or seeks medical attention.”

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Naloxone is a prescription drug, but it is widely available throughout the U.S. even without a prescription.

  • Learn where to find naloxone near you by typing “[your state] naloxone” into your favorite search engine.
  • Contact your insurance provider to find out whether naloxone is covered under your plan.
  • Medicaid and Medicare will pay for naloxone, but coverage varies by state.
  • Check with your local community health clinic to find out where to get naloxone in your area.
  • People with commercial insurance in Arizona, California, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada and Ohio can get naloxone for free through drug manufacturer Kaleo’s pilot distribution program.
  • CVS Pharmacy dispenses naloxone without a written prescription in 46 states.
  • Prescription and nonprescription naloxone is available at Walgreens pharmacies nationwide

Once you have a supply of naloxone, make sure you learn how to administer it. Contact your local health department if you have any questions.

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Got an Old Laptop? These 7 Sites Could Help Turn it into Cash


As I write this article, my beloved 2012 MacBook Air model sits nearby, collecting dust, waiting to be sold. I know I can get at least a few hundred bucks for it; I just need to narrow down my options and figure out which site to sell it on.

Even if your laptop is older than mine, and you’re skeptical about how much you can get for it, it’s worth checking out the following sites — especially the ones that only sell tech products.  They make it convenient to sell and can even give you an estimated selling price.

If you’re ready to get rid of your laptop, here are the best sites to sell your laptop for cash.

1. eBay

In 2017, eBay reached 170 million active users. The online auction site is a great place to sell your laptop, especially since tech is one of its hottest-selling categories.

I’ve used eBay since 2008, and I’m delighted by how much the platform has changed for the better and how it’s become simpler for sellers to list items.

I think eBay’s recommendation tool for setting a price is quite helpful. You can easily post your laptop with eBay’s expert advice on a start price for the auction. It even predicts the likelihood of selling your item at the asking price.

A common misconception from people who aren’t familiar with eBay is that everything must be bought and sold in an auction format. Not true. There is a “Buy it Now” option that also allows buyers to submit a best offer.

eBay fees depend on the item’s final price.

2. Facebook Marketplace

The idea behind Facebook Marketplace is to sell locally on a more trusted platform than sites like Craigslist, where scammers (and flakers) can be prevalent.

Buyers can make payments directly through Facebook or any other form, like PayPal or cash, as long as the seller and buyer agree.

There are no fees to sell on Facebook Marketplace.

3. Amazon

Amazon is the world’s largest internet retailer, so why not take advantage of this marketplace powerhouse to get rid of your laptop?

Selling your used stuff on Amazon is a straightforward process that starts with setting yourself as an Amazon seller. Because the item up for sale is a laptop, chances are, it’s already been sold on Amazon. If that’s the case, you can search Amazon to find the same model and list it with ease.

If your laptop is an obscure make and model that’s not on Amazon, you’ll have to create your own product file.

For individual selling plans, Amazon charges 99 cents per item plus referral fees and variable closing fees.

4. Swappa

Swappa claims an edge over eBay because it does not charge seller fees. It has a robust and easy-to-use platform that gives you an estimated selling price for your laptop.

Swappa’s laptop selling page features images of MacBooks and Chromebooks, making it simple to put together your sale. For my MacBook Air, Swappa estimated I would sell it for $ 407. Not too shabby for a nearly 6-year-old computer — a grandma in tech years.

You can sell other gadgets, like mobile devices, tablets and smartwatches, too. They don’t allow sellers to list non-functional items.

5. Gazelle

Gazelle is a convenient solution for sellers who are in a hurry. Similar to eBay and Swappa, you can get an estimate, but it also asks you for the laptop’s serial number.

The $ 216 price estimate Gazelle offered for my MacBook Air was much lower than Swappa. It’s probably less because there are more overhead costs in the advertised conveniences Gazelle promises sellers, including sending me a shipping box and covering the cost to ship my MacBook to the company.

If you don’t want to ship your item, Gazelle also has drop-off kiosks. There were more than 10 kiosks in the San Francisco Area, but the closest one to me was 10 miles away.

6. OfferUp

OfferUp is a free local marketplace app where people sell all kinds of new and used items, from snowboard equipment to tech gadgets.

After downloading, you can snap photos of your laptop directly from the app and post it, along with a brief description.

Similar to Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp is a step above Craigslist and gives you peace of mind because each profile is validated with a state-issued ID and Facebook profile.

7. LetGo

Similar to OfferUp, LetGo is another useful app if you want to sell locally. The company, now worth over a $ 1 billion, shows you consumerism at its best with tons of items for sale, from clothing to cars, in a Pinterest-like feed.

The app will automatically suggest messages buyers and sellers can send to each other, such as, “Is this item still available?” or “Is the price negotiable?” Buyers and sellers can also use the app to send custom messages to directly to each other.

I’ve used LetGo to buy a used snowboard, and thought the whole process was really simple and the app was easy to use.

If you’re not in a hurry to sell your laptop, sites like OfferUp and LetGo might be the easiest since you don’t have to mess with shipping or fees. If time is of the essence, sites like Amazon, Facebook and Gazelle would be best.

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Could Entrepreneurship Help Cardi B Get a Leg Up on Her Taxes?

Cardi B might have made “money moves” famous, but recently she brought to light what many of us often wonder when we drive over massive potholes, see overflowing public trash bins, or share a train ride with homeless people who seemingly have been forgotten.

What is Uncle Sam doing with our money?

Cardi recently took to social media in a now-viral video, questioning why she has to fork over so much tax money out of her hip-hop superstardom and Mona Scott checks. Billboard reports she was more than annoyed about the 40% tax rate. (Hey, when you start making more income and moving up in those tax brackets, it’s inevitable that you’ll start getting hit in your pockets.)

“Uncle Sam, I want to know what you’re doing with my f—ing tax money,” she says in the video. “You know what I’m saying? When you donate to a kid from a foreign country, they give you updates on what they doing with your donation.”

She also expressed that she doesn’t see proof that tax money is being put to good use: “The streets are always dirty, New York one of the dirtiest cities in America. What is y’all doin’? There’s rats on the damn trains. I know you ain’t spending it in no damn prison because y’all be givin’ n—-s two underwears, one jumpsuit for like five months.”

Fans commented informing the platinum-selling star that the government uses citizens’ taxes to support programs like SSI and the military, but Cardi wasn’t having it: “How do you know tho? where is the prove? My neighborhood still look like s—!”

But what are ways anybody who has enjoyed an increase in income can see more of their money in the bank? One idea: Cardi might need to think about joining the millions of other successful female entrepreneurs of color. (By no means is this direct advisement, but it’s definitely something to look into, especially if Cardi wants to diversify her financial portfolio and build generational wealth that can be sustained for years to come.)

Consider starting a small business that is a pass-through entity. In an interview with Black Enterprise contributor Jeffrey McKinney, Thomas Jones Jr., lead tax partner at McConnell & Jones L.L.P., indicated that “most owners of pass-through entities, including S corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships, will see their income tax lowered with a new 20% income reduction calculation. The Act increases the amount of income allowed to be claimed as pass-through from 17.4% to 20%.”

Once you start a business, put in a provision to transfer to your children in your estate plan. “The estate tax, which applies to the transfer of property to decedents, either as a gift or through a will or trust, has been doubled,” Jones cited in the interview. “The basic amount of the exemption for individuals has jumped from $ 5 million to $ 10 million.”


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Apple’s first foldable iPhone tipped to launch in 2020, could double as a tablet

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Samsung is currently the most vocal company when it comes to foldable smartphone designs, but the Korean giant has repeatedly made it clear that it is not quite ready to launch the highly-anticipated foldable Galaxy X yet.

That doesn’t mean Samsung is the only smartphone maker designing such a device though. ZTE’s Axon M is one example that comes to mind, and while it’s not for everyone, it is on the market. But Apple has foldable iPhone plans of its own, and some people seem to think the first foldable iOS device will arrive in 2020.

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Could “Peejamas” be the answer to your child’s bedwetting problem?

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Guys, there’s really no way to sugarcoat this, so I’m just going to say it: Potty training sucks. I’ve been through it with two children already and honestly, I’m dragging my feet with kid number three. Because I know exactly what I’m getting myself into.

One of the more frustrating aspects of potty training, to me, is that a child can be 100-percent trained during the day — but may still be wetting the bed months (and sometimes years) later. I’m here to tell you that cleaning up pee-soaked sheets and washing stinky pajamas gets old. And fast.

This brilliant Kickstarter campaign by parents who have been there, done that, could very well be the answer to the dreaded bedwetting problem. The product is called Peejamas, and they claim to absorb, capture and contain more than 10 times their weight in liquid. (Sign me up!)

“Back when my then-3-year-old son was potty training, he was totally potty-trained during the day. Then the night rolled around, and we had this dilemma,” Peejamas founder, Craig Hammond explains in the promotional video. “Do we use the crutch of a diaper and put him in it and guarantee that he’s going to pee and not learn faster? Or do we roll the dice and not put him in a diaper and possibly wake up to wet sheets and a stained mattress — and worst of all, me and my wife in a giant puddle of his pee. Finally, after waking up in a huge puddle of my child’s urine, I figured there had to be something better.”

Hammond and his wife have three children together; so yeah, they’ve been around the nighttime potty-training block a few times.

“We just knew we couldn’t be the only ones who were frustrated with the lack of options and the predicament that we faced,” Hammond told BabyCenter. “Finally, it hit us that we could come up with something that reinforced the message we were giving the child during the day… A message that said, ‘Hey look kiddo, just like during the day, you’re going to feel wet and uncomfortable if you pee the bed,’ So we can now help reinforce that daytime message, without sacrificing the sheets, mattress, or the parents’ sleep by using Peejamas.”
For families in the trenches of potty training, here are the potential benefits of Peejamas:

Creeping up to nearly $ 100,000 in Kickstarter pledges, the Peejamas campaign has already blownits original goal of $ 40,000 out of the water. Still, there are 11 more days left to make a pledge and guarantee your pre-order status– with an estimated delivery in July — Hammond told BabyCenter. “Currently, they are being sold for $ 35/pair but MSRP is likely going to be $ 39.99-$ 49.99. We’ve priced them where they are to encourage people to pre-order and help us get enough inventory to sell directly from our website in a few months.”

You know what? I may just have to snag a pair (or two) for my youngest. Because I have a feeling that even if we started potty training today, Peejamas would still be incredibly appreciated come July.

What do you think of Peejamas? Would you give them a shot?

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Could Diamond Finger Piercings Replace Engagement Rings? (PHOTOS)

There always seems to be a new trend that gets the masses excited, with diamond dermal piercing being the latest craze to take over for those preparing to say, “I Do.”

Instead of purchasing a ring for thousands of dollars to represent their future together, many young couples are opting to receive dermal piercings instead. They usually include one or two studs. According to Standard Media, “a micro dermal anchor is put under your skin and the piece of jewelry inserted into the finger.”


The process also includes the removal of a small piece of flesh from the finger in which the dermal anchor is inserted.

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Not much has change with regards to the the Knicks this season.

Carmelo Anthony left New York, as many expected, to join forces with Paul George and Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City and Kristaps Porzingis became the face of the franchise. But on February 6, the 7 footer suffered a torn ACL and is ruled out the rest of the season and isn’t expected to return to the court for at least 10 to 12 months. But, him being out has given others like Trey Burke Frank Ntilikina a chance to get more possessions alongside the $ 70 million man, Tim Hardaway Jr, and big man Enes Kanter.

Despite that, the New York Knicks are still the New York Knicks. They may have just won there second straight thanks to Ntilikina scoring a season-high 19 points, but they’re currently 11th in the east with a 26-45 record. The staff and players that Phil Jackson hired still loom in the front office and the most obvious that doesn’t seem to be working out is head coach Jeff Hornacek. And according to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Mark Jackson is looking like a suitable replacement. Jackson was most recently the head coach for the Golden State Warriors from 2011-2014, helping the go from 23-43 in 2011-12, 47-35 in 2012-13 and 51-31 in 2013-14. If Jackson could put the Warriors on the road to success, he could very well do the same in the Big Apple.

In other Knick news, Porzingis underwent ACL surgery over a month ago and was already spotted putting up shots at the gym at his Manhattan apartment building. Coach Hornacek doesn’t seem too worried because he’s not in any physical contact. But an even bigger problem looms at Madison Square Garden, its name is Joakim Noah and it costs $ 72 million. Noah hasn’t reported to the team since a verbal altercation with Hornacek in January.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It may not have been a champion aviator, but the famous dino-bird Archaeopteryx was fully capable of flying despite key skeletal differences from its modern cousins, though not exactly gracefully, according to a new study. Think Wright Brothers, not F-22 fighter jet.


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‘Psycho Pass’: How a Third Season Could Improve the Series

Psycho-Pass is arguably one of the best anime of the 21st century. The psychological crime drama won fans over with its focus on societal issues, technological advancement, and, of course, its main leads. Unfortunately, its second season left both fans and critics disappointed.

From its lack of character development to its uncreative plot, Psycho-Pass‘s second season is a shell of its former self. With a film trilogy recently announced for the anime, we can only hope that a third season is soon to follow. Here’s how a potential third season could improve upon Psycho-Pass‘ subpar second season.

The Return of Gen Urobuchi


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Gen Urobuchi, the man responsible for Psycho-Pass season one and the movie sequel, unfortunately, wasn’t involved in season two. Urobuchi’s trademark world-building and exploration of societal issues were replaced with Tow Ubukata‘s own vision for the dystopian anime.

Based on his previous work, Ubukata seemed like the obvious choice. Not only did he create one of the best cyberpunk anime ever, Mardock Scramble, but he was also in charge of creating the latest anime adaptation of Ghost in the Shell.

However, by the time the second season of Psycho-Pass finished airing, it was apparent that Ubukata and Psycho-Pass were not a perfect match. The second season abandons the themes that Urobuchi built. Instead of expanding on the moral dilemma between ethical and lawful actions, we get something mentally unstimulating.


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There’s no denying that there’s violence in Psycho-Pass. Just one push on the Dominator can send body parts flying left and right. But the violence in season two isn’t a consequence but a goal.

Nearly every confrontation involves blood, limbs and an uncountable number of victims. The destructiveness doesn’t contribute to or even expand the narrative not its theme of morality. Psycho-Pass‘ second season is violent for the sake of violence, and there’s nothing thought-provoking about that.

For the series to return to its former dystopian glory, Urobuchi should return to pen season three. But he shouldn’t stick to the same themes. Fans don’t want a rehash of season one. The sequel should go beyond cybernetic psychopaths controlling a country. Instead, asking the question: What happens when citizens find out the horrifying truth about their country?

A Morally Complex Main Villain


Shogo Makishima from Psycho-Pass

At the center of Psycho-Pass is the Sybil System, a hive mind consisting of hundreds of people. It’s the task of the collective to scan and determine the crime coefficient of everyone in Japan. From assigning jobs to the eliminating undesirables, Sybil is the nation’s Big Brother. But, the system has a huge flaw. It’s unable to scan asymptomatic criminals, people who can stay calm in any situation.

One of those people is Shogo Makishima, who rejects the notion of the orderly society that Sybil wants to create. He believes people should not suppress their true selves. However, he doesn’t feel remorse for his actions, which include manipulating others into doing his bidding and killing innocent bystanders. His charisma, lack of guilt, and deceptively weak build make him a fan favorite.


Psycho-Pass 2 villain Kirito Kamui

The same can’t be said for season two’s antagonist, Kirito Kamui. Since his body is composed of the body parts of 184 different people, he is able to go undetected by the scanners and Dominators. A combination of hue-lowering drugs and psychotherapy made Kamui a formidable villain, at least for the first few episodes.

As the story progresses, we learn more about Kamui. The deeper we go, the less realistic he becomes. We’re just supposed to accept that his Frankensteinian body and access to a good drug dealer are the only reasons he’s unscannable. He lacks the subtle intricacies and originality that Makishima brought to the show previously — and he’s not as evil.

If we do get a season three, we need a main antagonist that has the smarts to exploit the Sybil System without using cheap tricks. The perfect villain would be intelligent and able to manipulate others. This individual should be able to destroy Akane Tsunemori’s sense of justice, forcing her to become an Enforcer.

Investing in Characters


Mika from Psycho-Pass

Psycho-Pass’ second season introduced a plethora of characters without giving them backstories or motivations for their actions. They simply existed to fill a hole or to support the main character. Some they wanted us to instantly hate, like Mika Shimotsuki, and others were meant to hint at something sinister like Sakuya Togane.

A new season would give the anime a chance to properly introduce main and supporting characters and give their actions clear meaning. Finally, these characters would not only have (un)likeable traits but a backstory worth investing in. One that tells us how their past dictates their future actions.


Psycho-Pass Shion Karanomori

A third season could also shake things up a bit by focusing more on its LGBT couple, Shion Karanomori and Yayoi Kunizuka. The series has only touched upon them briefly, but the depiction of their relationship is far from stereotypical. For instance, when Akane walks in on the couple, she doesn’t turn red from embarrassment or childishly overreact as seen in other anime.

Psycho-Pass, rightfully, treats their relationship just as it would any other couple’s. It isn’t used as a gimmick or few laughs. It’s their unique abilities as an Analyst and an Enforce that take center stage, not their sexual orientation. By honing in on these characters more in a sequel, Psycho-Pass could push the boundaries when it comes to the depiction of LGBT characters and relationships in anime.

More Action and Even More Suspense


Psycho-Pass Akane Tsunemori holding a Dominator

For a police drama series, season two didn’t have much action. However, what it lacks in fighting it makes up for in suspense, well partly. On paper, the series had a great overall premise, but, on screen, it fell short. Yet, one of its subplots delivered the suspense that fans crave from Psycho-Pass.

From the start, Sakuya Togane is a shady character, but his role in the main story falls flat. The Togane family subplot didn’t add much to the main story. It seemed to be a separate plot. Instead of supporting the main plot, it worked against it, as many fans felt Togane’s twisted past (and present) should have been the central plot in the second season.


Misako Togane from Psycho-Pass

This subplot expanded on the first season’s themes of ethical vs. lawful acts, which fit in with what fans had come to expect from the series. Misako Togane experiments on her son in hopes of creating an asymptomatic criminal. But her experiment fails, producing the opposite result. Sakuya Togane now has the highest crime coefficient on record. (Talk about having the odds stacked against you.)

Although he is unable to lower his hue, he can turn Inspectors into latent criminals. Eventually, he becomes Akane’s Enforcer and tries to cloud her Psycho-Pass, as well. That’s a far more interesting story than a guy who goes undetected by cheating the system.

Bringing the Past Into the Future


Shinya from Psycho-Pass

For season three, Production I.G should combine the action from season one with the suspense from season two. One way they could do this is to have season one’s lead, Shinya Kogami, return to join the force. Akane lacks the physical combat abilities of Kogami. His presence could result in an Akane who is more trigger happy and impulsive when fending off attackers. Shinya and Akane’s dynamic paired with a complex villain would be enough to take the anime to new heights.

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You Could Get Free Little Caesars Pizza — but It’s a Ridiculously Long Shot


I don’t know much — actually anything — about basketball, but after an intense 15 minutes of research, I can see that the 2018 Division I Men’s NCAA Tournament is upon us.

With such a prolific event here, you’d be right in guessing there are deals to be found. Thankfully, there are no running drills for this one.

If a 16th-seeded men’s basketball team beats a No. 1-seeded team, Little Caesars will give every family a free Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo on Monday, April 2.

The Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo consists of four slices of Detroit-style deep-dish pepperoni pizza and one 20-ounce Pepsi product.

Obviously, I have no clue what seeded college men are — but for pizza, I will find out.

So Who Needs to Win for Me to Score Free Pizza?

You have four chances to win a free Little Caesars lunch combo.

In the South, No. 16 University of Maryland, Baltimore County must beat No. 1 University of Virginia.

In the East, No. 16 Radford must beat No. 1 Villanova.

In the West, the team that wins the March 14 Texas Southern vs. North Carolina Central game must beat No. 1 Xavier.

In the Midwest, No. 16 University of Pennsylvania must beat No. 1 University of Kansas.

If any of those No. 16 teams win, free pizza for — almost — everyone.

All games will take place March 15 and 16. If a No. 16 team does beat a No. 1 team, you must place your combo order at a participating Little Caesars location from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and mention the offer when you check out.

And if you’re going with anyone you’re related to, disown them while you’re ordering because only one person per family can get this deal.

I’d also like to point out that Little Caesars just patented a pizza-making robot, so hopefully, we’ll see a lot more free throws there in the future — hint, hint.

Jen Smith is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. She gives tips for saving money and paying off debt on Instagram at @savingwithspunk. She believes that pizza-making robots will bring us closer to world peace.

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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In recent months, several blue-chip U.S. corporations have pledged to give workers hefty bonuses or pay raises because of the new Republican tax-reform plan. But don’t count housing experts among those glorifying the $ 1.5 trillion tax overhaul package President Trump signed into law in December 2017.

In fact, new changes to U.S. tax laws prompted 41% of survey respondents to lower their long-term expectations for the nation’s housing market. The findings are from the latest Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey. Over 100 housing experts and economists were questioned on their expectations for home price growth, and if tax reform influenced the predictions.

Home values in the U.S. totaled $ 31.8 trillion in 2017, up 6% from $ 29.9 trillion in 2016, Zillow reports.

But housing experts project appreciation to slow to below 3% by 2021, according to the Zillow survey. A possible reason for the decline is fear that cutting taxes when the American economy is already running at full capacity increases the risk of a downturn in the next five or so years. The drop could push the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates faster than had been expected, says Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas.

Slower appreciation, of course, would be bad news for people who rely on homeownership to help build wealth, including millions of African Americans. One of the biggest benefits of home appreciation is it allows homeowners to sell for a higher price and boost their net worth.

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Forty-one of those surveyed reported their overall housing outlook is now more pessimistic after being asked how the new tax law impacted their five-year forecast for home values in the U.S. Some 31% had a more optimistic view, while 28% said that tax reform did not change their outlook.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, enacted in December 2017, limited many itemized deductions such as the mortgage interest deduction while expanding the standard deduction. Most taxpayers take the standard deduction and will see take-home incomes increase as a result of tax reform, providing a boost to spending, savings, and investment this year.

“By expanding the standard deduction, tax reform will put more money into the typical American’s pocket in 2018, which will boost spending and could help renters save faster for a down payment,”  Terrazas says. “But the longer-term outlook is less rosy. There is some concern that tax cuts at this point in the business cycle may be throwing fuel on an already ranging fire and could lead the economy to overheat. Most economists we surveyed see a stronger outlook for the housing market over the next year or two but a more pessimistic outlook on the longer horizon.”

In the near future, experts raised their predictions from previous surveys for home values as limited inventory and high demand keep prices moving higher.

Homes today are less valuable than they would be if the last recession had not happened. If the housing bubble and bust had not occurred, and home values had instead appreciated at a steady pace, the median home value would be about $ 214,500, 4% higher than its current value of $ 206,300.

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Coinbase will send some of its customer’s data to the IRS in the coming weeks. In an email dated Feb. 23, the cryptocurrency exchange informed around 13,000 users that it would be providing information–albeit in “certain limited categories”–to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), according to crypto news site Coindesk.

“If you have concerns about this, we encourage you to seek legal advice from an attorney promptly,” Coinbase advised.

The exchange said it would send the required data to the tax authorities in the next 21 days.

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The measure follows an ongoing legal battle. In 2016, the IRS tried to obtain the information of some 500,000 Coinbase users.

In November, Coinbase was ordered by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to hand over user data where trading volume exceeded $ 20,000 from 2013 to 2015, Coindesk reported.

In the email message, Coinbase said the reduced requirement was a “partial, but still significant, victory.”

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