Why we’re susceptible to fake news, how to defend against it

Thought processes and belief systems that people develop early in life to help protect against the anxiety and stress of an uncertain world may help explain why some individuals fall victim to what has come to be known as fake news, but psychologists can offer some strategies to defend against it.
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Tech firms should be made liable for ‘fake news’ on sites: UK lawmakers

Tech firms like Facebook should be made liable for “harmful and misleading” material on their websites and pay a levy so they can be regulated, British lawmakers said, warning of a crisis in democracy due to misuse of personal data.


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Sarah Palin Says Sacha Baron Cohen Tricked Her Into a Fake Interview for His New Show

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took to Facebook Tuesday to let Sacha Baron Cohen know exactly how angry she feels about being duped for his new prank TV series.

Palin, who sat down with her daughter for an interview with Cohen, is outraged that the comedian, along with Showtime and CBS Corp., pretended to tap her for a “legit Showtime historical documentary.”

“Yup – we were duped. Ya got me, Sacha. Feel better now?” Palin posted. “I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick ‘humor’ of the British ‘comedian’ Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime.”

Cohen, of Borat and Ali G fame, prank interviewed Palin for his upcoming show Who Is America?, which premieres on Showtime Sunday, July 15 at midnight, but will regularly air at 10 p.m ET. He reportedly filmed numerous interviews with well-known politicians and public figures for the prank series, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was convinced to sign a “waterboard kit” on camera.

“[M]y daughter and I were asked to travel across the country where Cohen (I presume) had heavily disguised himself as a disabled US Veteran, fake wheelchair and all,” Palin wrote on her Facebook post. “Out of respect for what I was led to believe would be a thoughtful discussion with someone who had served in uniform, I sat through a long ‘interview’ full of Hollywoodism’s disrespect and sarcasm – but finally had enough and literally, physically removed my mic and walked out, much to Cohen’s chagrin.”

Matt Drudge, editor of the Drudge Report, tweeted out a list of names of the other public figures Cohen has supposedly pranked for the show, including Sen. Bernie Sanders and Ted Koppel.

Cohen himself recently tweeted out two teaser videos for the new series. One begins, “Imagine if Sacha Baron Cohen had been undercover secretly filming a new show for a year…” followed by a montage of various images. Cohen’s voice off camera then asks Cheney, who is on camera, “Dick Cheney is it possible to sign my waterboard kit?”

Cheney agrees saying, “Sure…that’s the first time I’ve ever signed a waterboard.”

Cohen’s other teaser video on Twitter is titled “A Message From Donald J. Trump.” It starts off with footage of President Donald Trump insulting Cohen. “This 3rd rate character named Sacha Baron Cohen, I only wish that he would have been punched in the face so many times right now, he’d be in a hospital,” Trump says in the video. “It was disgraceful he oughta be fired immediately. Sacha Baron Cohen go to school, learn about being funny. You don’t’ know sh*t.”

The video ends with a Trump University logo.

Both videos have been viewed more than 1 million times.

Palin challenged Cohen in her Facebook post to donate the money he’s made from the new show to veterans, after she said he disguised himself as one.

“The challenge is to Cohen, CBS and Showtime: donate all proceeds to a charitable group that actually respects and supports American Vets,” she wrote. “Mock politicians and innocent public personalities all you want, if that lets you sleep at night, but HOW DARE YOU mock those who have fought and served our country. Truly sick.”

Showtime CEO David Nevins praised Cohen for his work on the series.

“He is the premier provocateur of our time, but not for the sake of ‘gotcha’ moments,” according to CBS News. “Behind the elaborate setup is a genuine quest for the truth about people, places and politics.”


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Hamas used fake dating apps to gain intel on Israeli soldiers

Hamas terrorists reportedly posed as young women in fake dating apps to try to lure Israeli soldiers and gather sensitive security information from their cellphones. The Israel Defense Forces launched a military intelligence operation dubbed “Broken Heart” to uncover the terror group’s devious honey trap, The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday. “We know who is behind…
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Feds won’t name banks that opened 20K fake accounts

Wells Fargo was not the only bank opening accounts without customer consent, a top Washington banking regulator told Congress on Wednesday. Questionable account-opening activity was uncovered at 40 major banks, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency told a House committee at a hearing. But the regulator has no plans to name the banks…
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Son Planned Fake Robbery at Parents’ Home—All Three Wound Up Dead

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It was so simple.

Matthew Lindquist, a 21-year-old Connecticut man, wanted to exchange his dad’s guns for drugs, so he came up with a plan to fake a robbery at his parent’s house, intending to blame it on “two black guys,” according to an arrest affidavit unsealed Tuesday. But the plot went horribly awry—and Lindquist and his parents ended up dead.

It all began days before Christmas, when Lindquist made a deal with another man, Sergio Correa, promising to give him his dad’s guns in exchange for drugs, according to the 17-page arrest affidavit. Together, the pair would fake the robbery, with Correa tying up Matthew to make it look real, the affidavit says.

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Elon Musk’s Girlfriend Grimes Deletes Tweet Calling Tesla Union-Busting ‘Fake News’

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk and synthpop musician Grimes are a union, the newly minted couple announced this month. What’s not a union: workers at Tesla’s factory, where employees have accused management of union-busting.

Yet on Twitter Monday night, Grimes on Twitter called reports of union-busting “fake news.”

Employees have publicly rallied for a union since early 2017, citing injuries and burnout assembling Tesla cars. Those employees previously accused management of attempting to intimidate workers out of a union drive, and leaked emails show Musk slamming the organized labor effort.

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Texas doctor accused of giving fake diagnoses, faces $240 million health care fraud case

A 70-year-old McAllen Texas resident, Maria Zapata, went to see Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada because one of her knees was bothering her. The rheumatologist told her she had arthritis and that he’d give her injections “to strengthen the cartilage” in her knee, she said. After years of treatment that didn’t help, she went to another doctor who told her she didn’t really have arthritis. Zapata was not the only patient to be misdiagnosed, according to a joint federal and local investigation. The task force investigating Zamora-Quezada announced Monday that he was being indicted in a $ 240 million medical fraud case. The Department of Justice said Monday he had given patients chemotherapy and toxic treatments they didn’t need, all to fund his “lavish” and “opulent lifestyle.”


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Did Tidal Fake 300 Million Streams For Beyonce And Kanye West?

Tidal—Jay-Z’s music streaming platform—is being accused of manipulating its audience’s listening numbers for albums by Beyoncé and Kanye West in order to pay out larger royalties to the artists’ music labels. An investigation, which began in 2017 by Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv found that Tidal massively inflated 320 million plays for Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Kanye West’s Life of Pablo albums.

Details:

After Tidal’s acquisition by Jay-Z, Beyoncé and West both exclusively launched their albums on the platform the following year and have since received disproportionate shares of royalties to the detriment of other artists, according to Agence France Presse report.

Dagens Næringsliv, a financial newspaper, said it obtained a hard drive containing extensive data from an anonymous source that indicates that the royalties paid out were excessive. Tidal paid Sony Music $ 2.5 million in April and May 2016 for Lemonade tracks listened to by its members. It also claims that Malmo, a Swedish-based company paid $ 3 million to Universal Music in February and March of the same year to cover its users playing songs from The Life of Pablo.

The Breakdown:

In March 2016, the firm claimed that Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo, a six-week exclusive on its platform, had been streamed 250 million times in just 10 days. At the same time, TIDAL claimed that its platform had surpassed 3 million subscribers. These numbers meant that, on average, every single TIDAL subscriber would have had to be playing the Kanye album over eight times a day. Similar suspicions were triggered by the success of Beyonce’s record-breaking Lemonade a couple of months later. TIDAL claimed that Lemonade was streamed 306m times on its platform in its first 15 days post-release.

With the global appeal of Kanye West and Beyoncé, the figures Tidal reported aren’t far-fetched, however, data from trusted music industry research firm Midia in the same month found that TIDAL’s subscriber base only included 1 million people worldwide.

Forensic Evidence:

To support their claims, DN enlisted the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, which has also published its own report. According to the BBC, the analysis indicates that 320 million false play records were logged for both albums and affected more than 1.7 million user accounts.

“Due to the targeted nature and extent of the manipulation, it is very unlikely that this manipulation was solely the result of a code-based bug or other anomalies,” their study said.

A spokesman for the university added: “Our researchers have used advanced statistical analysis methods to reach this conclusion. However we cannot, based on the data provided to us, determine the source of the manipulation.”

The Next Web puts it in plain English:

According to them the data manipulation is too specific, too targeted, to be the result of a bug or a technical flaw. Furthermore, there are none of the typical traces that usually indicate a breach from the outside. Thus, it’s most likely the manipulation was internal.

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DN also reported that it had identified and tracked down several Tidal users from the logs. It said they had disputed listening to the two albums’ songs as frequently as the records indicated and in some cases had evidence they would not having been using the app at the registered times.

DN tracked down 34-year-old Tiare Faatea, a law student in Washington DC, whose streaming logs played tracks from Beyoncé’s Lemonade 180 times within 24 hours.

“No, that can’t be right, I love Beyoncé, but 11 hours a day is completely impossible.”

Geir Rakvaag, a music critic and Tidal subscriber supposedly played Life of Pablo 96 times in a single day—with 54 plays in the middle of the night.

“It’s physically impossible,” he says.

Danish composer and musician Halfdan E. Nielsen’s numbers were also manipulated. He tells DN he initially was enthusiastic about Tidal’s business model, which puts emphasis on high-quality music and proper pay for the musicians involved. “This was supposed to be the way for the music industry to go—the future,” he tells DN, “but now I feel Tidal deserves to get sued the hell out of it.”

Statement from Tidal:

This is a smear campaign from a publication that once referred to our employee as an “Israeli Intelligence officer” and our owner as a “crack dealer.” We expect nothing less from them than this ridiculous story, lies and falsehoods. The information was stolen and manipulated and we will fight these claims vigorously.

Response from DN’s Editor-In-Chief:

“We have since February tried to get comments from Tidal to our well-documented story. They have not been willing to answer detailed questions about the manipulated data. Tidal let the company’s American lawyers answer. And their response was that the data were stolen and manipulated by us. This is of course not true.”

The said article ran by DN early in 2017 in Norwegian, translated to English by Black Enterprise opened with the blurb:

“When 16 of the world’s biggest pop stars, a convicted cocaine smuggler and a former Israeli intelligence officer failed to get enough customers for Jay-Z’s Tidal, the company began to blow up the subscription figures.”

Tidal, which has its main offices in Oslo was bought by Jay-Z in 2015 for $ 56 million and has received significant coverage from the daily financial newspaper ever since. According to Variety, the quotes reference descriptions of Jay-Z and Tidal COO/Roc Nation executive Lior Tibon in a previous Dagens Næringsliv article, “which were technically accurate at one time but are decades out of date.”

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Cases of fake weed causing severe bleeding have now spread into multiple states

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Last month, reports emerged from the Illinois Department of Public Health of “severe bleeding” following consumption of synthetic marijuana alternatives. Users reported bleeding from their eyes and ears, as well as extremely heavy menstrual bleeding or bleeding disproportionately from an injury, and some victims have been hospitalized for an extended period of time for treatment to fix the problem, which appears to stem from a vitamin K deficiency. At least two people have been reported dead from the condition by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The Maryland Poison Center has now confirmed that one user was admitted to hospital in Maryland with similar symptoms, and is issuing a public health advisory warning the public of the danger.

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Fake hedge fund manager pleads guilty to securities fraud

Phony Westchester hedge fund manager Michael Scronic may soon be trading in his high-flying lifestyle for a cell in the big house. Scronic, 46, on Thursday pleaded guilty to securities fraud, admitting that he defrauded 45 investors — many of them pals — out of $ 22 million while running his fake hedge fund from his…
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Despite concerns about fake news and extremist content, consumers feel closer than ever to YouTube. The Alphabet Inc.-owned video platform jumped to sixth place in branding agency MBLM’s latest survey of “brand intimacy,” which used survey data to gauge the bonds between people and brands. YouTube ranked 25th in the year-ago study. MBLM found that…
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Taraji P. Henson Pops Off On Beauty Company Over Fake Endorsement

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Taraji P. Henson recently became irate over an Instagram post from North Carolina-based Urban Skin RX, when the company used a photo of the actress alongside one of their products, which they referred to as the “secret for Henson’s effortless glow.”

The “Empire” star hit up the comments to fire off: “THIS IS A FALSE ADVERTISEMENT!!!!!!!!!!! I AM NOT THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THIS BRAND!!!!! I have NEVER used that serum a day in my life!!!!! THIS IS FALSE NEWS AND JUST A PLAIN LIE!!!!! – Taraj P Henson.”

Henson reportedly DM’d the company and told them to immediately remove the post from their social media, which they did a short time later.

A rep for Urban Skin RX tells The Blast, “It looks like the post you mentioned was a repost of this article where it’s reported that the products were used during glam for an awards show. Taraji personally reached out to the company to inform us that the information in the article was incorrect. Immediately after, it was removed. We have a lot of respect for Ms. Henson and will no longer mention it.”

Henson had to pop off on the company previously after they used her name in radio commercials.

But Henson also reportedly once sang their praises on Instagram, thanking them for a gift bag and saying she swore by their cleansing bar.

She has since deleted that post.

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DOJ busts counterfeiter who helped sell more than 40,000 fake iPhones and iPads in the US

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The DOJ on Friday announced the arrest of Jianhua Li, a Chinese national living in the United States who, over a period of nearly five years, participated in a massive iPhone and iPad counterfeiting operation that netted him more than $ 1.1 million in proceeds.

According to a press release from the DOJ, Li worked with a small group of people who smuggled in sophisticated iOS counterfeits bearing the same look and feel of authentic Apple products, right down to the appropriate trademarks and Apple-style packaging. Li pled guilty and will be handed down a sentence on May 30.

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Rocket Lab CEO sent a big fake ‘star’ into orbit, and scientists aren’t happy about it

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It’s no secret that the Earth currently has a bit of a space junk problem. There are so many objects floating around our planet that they’re beginning to run into each other, and it’s virtually impossible to track all the defunct bits and pieces of satellites and discarded spacecraft debris. It’s a danger to astronauts and future space missions, and the problem is getting worse with each passing year. With that in mind, it’s probably pretty obvious why Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck’s decision to send a piece of floating “art” into orbit isn’t sitting well with some in the scientific community.

Earlier this month, Rocket Lab conducted a mission to deliver some important satellites into orbit for a number of different clients. The launch went off without a hitch, but along with the satellites was an unexpected delivery in the form of a giant, reflective “disco ball” designed to function as a fake star and be visible from Earth without the use of a telescope. It’s called the Humanity Star, and it serves no purpose other than to sparkle in the night sky.

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Pope Francis condemns ‘evil’ fake news

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the “evil” of fake news, saying journalists and social media users should shun and unmask manipulative “snake tactics” that foment division to serve political and economic interests. “Fake news is a sign of intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes and leads only to the spread of arrogance and hatred….
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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Tuesday called out President Trump for his “unrelenting attacks” on the press in an op-ed for The Washington Post, saying he’s aiding dictators worldwide by putting the crosshairs on journalists. “Whether Trump knows it or not,” McCain wrote, his constant cry of “fake news” directed at “reporters and news outlets whose coverage he disagrees with” is being used by repressive regimes to crack down on the media. Referencing a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists, McCain noted that 21 instances of journalists being charged for “fake news” were recorded in 2017. “The phrase ‘fake news’—granted legitimacy by an American president—is being used by autocrats to silence reporters, undermine political opponents, stave off media scrutiny and mislead citizens,” McCain wrote. He went on to slam the Trump administration for condemning violence against journalists abroad while Trump “continues his unrelenting attacks on the integrity of American journalists and news outlets.”

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Japanese astronaut apologizes for ‘fake news’ of height increase

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, on a mission to the International Space Station, apologized on Wednesday for saying he had grown 9 cm (3.5 inches) while in space and expressing concern about whether he’d be safe on his return to Earth.


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Trump Tweets that “Regan Had the Same Problem” as He Faces with “Fake News”

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Best TV to Watch in December: WTF Holiday Specials, Fake News and More

Tis the season for …TV holiday specials! And who better to season your greetings than Empire's Cookie! Meanwhile, Fox mounts one mistletoe of a live musical hullabaloo, Comedy Central tries to find the funny in fake news and HBO delivers a documentary on a man who made real news. Plus Carol Burnett fans are in for a treat and Game of Thrones devotees will get a dose of Kit

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Hypocrite? Wendy Williams Criticizes Kenya Moore Over Her ‘Fake’ Marriage

Wendy Williams is taking a dig at Kenya Moore’s marriage to Marc Daly, even though her own marriage is rumored to be rocky.

On a recent episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Moore told her co-stars that her marriage is in trouble because her husband is living in New York while she remains in Atlanta. She also revealed that Daly is a private person and doesn’t want his personal life invaded by the media and Bravo’s cameras.

Wendy took advantage of Moore’s emotional moment by criticizing the ‘RHOA’ star for not having a real marriage.

“You live in Atlanta, your man lives in Brooklyn,” Williams stated. “If you want to have a real marriage, you have to be in the same town, in the same house, in the same bed.”

Williams doesn’t believe Moore is actually married and she thinks producers should kick Kenya off the show since she faking the funk and can’t handle the pressure.

Meanwhile, Radar reports that Wendy continues to deal with her own marital woes. Her husband, Kevin Hunter, was recently accused of cheating with a massage therapist named Sharina Hudson.

Although Williams hasn’t commented on Kevin’s alleged infidelity, an insider claims that she’s going through an identity crisis in the wake of her husband’s affair.

Meanwhile, industry insiders continue to whisper that Williams and her husband are going to be milking this fake storyline about the fake mistress for a while because they have a lucrative deal with Daily Mail and it’s spinoff TV news show to continue this storyline at least until the beginning of next year.

Do you believe it or nah?

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Thanks to my son’s 1st birthday party I learned my engagement ring was fake

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Becky Vieira

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I never intended to throw my son an outlandish 1st birthday party. And I didn’t.

At least I don’t think it got to the point of extravagant. But my budget did fall by the wayside somewhere between the make-your-own-gift-bag station and the caterer.

I’m not sorry. It was more than a first birthday party. We moved during my pregnancy and our baby shower had to be cancelled. I had extreme postpartum depression after my son’s birth and we lost a lot of his first year. This may have been just a birthday party in the technical sense, but the reality was so much more.

We never veered into territory we couldn’t afford, but let’s be honest…who enjoys spending money if they don’t have to? As our guest list and budget continued to grow, I had an idea to help offset the costs.

“I’m going to sell my engagement ring,” I told my husband.

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I wasn’t talking about the ring he gave me, the one I proudly wear on my left hand and never take off. I meant the engagement ring from my ex-husband. A ring I forgot I even had until my mom stumbled across it the week prior when she was cleaning out a closet.

My first marriage wasn’t good for either of us. I don’t have much left from that period of my life; I donated my wedding dress years ago. The ring remained because I never knew what to do with it, then I honestly forgot about it. I’d stashed it at my parents’ house and moved on.

My ex-husband never wanted it back and there wasn’t much use for it. Selling it, taking this last piece of my old life to move forward with my new existence, felt cathartic. And symbolic.

The manner in which my ex-husband once spoke about the ring led me to believe we’d be able to sell it. We didn’t think we’d get rich from it, or even pay for the party in its entirety. But thought it may help. We decided to donate the bulk and keep a little to cover the excess of our party budget.

Since it was already at my parents’ house my mom offered to take the ring to an appraiser. It seemed easy enough, and off I went to investigate mobile petting zoos.

A few days later she called me, frazzled and making no sense. I had completely forgotten about the ring, and suffer from extreme anxiety. I, of course, just assumed someone died. After she calmed me down I realized her hysterics were due to shock, not sadness.

“Are you sitting down for this? You better sit down,” she counseled me. “The ring is fake.”

I was speechless. My mind flashed back to the day my ex-husband got down on one knee in front of me, presenting me a ring that had a fairly sizable diamond. I’m not talking Liz Taylor-big, but much bigger than I ever wanted or expected.

Or the day his mom suddenly pulled a jeweler’s magnifying glass out of her kitchen cabinet (why she had that I’ll never know, and I learned it’s called an “eye loupe” — in case you were wondering) and peered at my ring. “It’s a very good stone, just one small flaw,” she said with an authority she didn’t really have. Okay, great, I thought. It didn’t matter to me, I was just happy to be engaged to the man I loved.

How I discovered I was given a fake engagement ring

Back in present time I was stunned. I wasn’t angry. I wasn’t upset with him for buying a fake diamond, I wanted to know why he didn’t tell me. The truth is that I’d have been happy with a cigar band.

I knew it wasn’t a financial reason. Did that then mean he’d never loved me? Was he planning to tell me one day? Maybe he wanted to wait and see if the marriage lasted a few years, then swap it out one night while I was sleeping.

My worst fear was that he never had any faith in me or the marriage from the start. The questions and assumptions raced through my mind.

It wasn’t the ring, it wasn’t the stone. It was the deceit. The big charade. He asked me to be his partner in everything, for the rest of our lives, while starting that life off with deception. What did that say about the rest of our marriage?

I suppose that’s another reason why it ended.

I resumed party planning. We paid for it all ourselves and still made that donation. I did have a few days where I felt like I’d been the butt of some big joke, one everyone was in on but me. And then I looked at my son.

I knew that I was where I was supposed to me, with the man I was meant to end up with. A man who has also promised me to be forthcoming if he ever gifts me with fake diamonds in the future.

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Emma Stone talks equal pay, fake news and why she always splits the bill

Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone holds (centre) court once again in Battle Of The Sexes, the big-screen retelling of the legendary 1973 showdown between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Here, she talks to co-star Sarah Silverman about what’s changed since then, and what hasn’t…

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Do I want to do a Q&A with Emma Stone for Marie Claire? Fuck yeah, I do. I have enjoyed the Emma Stone of it all for a while now. Since Superbad, maybe? But she really grabbed me at the 2012 Academy Awards. After that, I was totally smitten. She was in a red dress with a big bow, presenting an award with Ben Stiller for visual effects, and her comedy skills were tight.

Stiller and Jonah Hill [her co-star in Superbad] were perfect straight men – parts usually reserved for women while the male comic sparkles. With no crazy costume or visual joke, and far beyond the comic skill set of the average actor, she killed it. The writing was adorable, but the performance [where she milked her first appearance as a presenter] was everything. As a comedy snob, I was officially wowed. That’s when the name Emma Stone was forever embedded in my bean.

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Then, last spring, I got to work with her [Silverman plays women’s tennis promoter Gladys Heldman] on Battle Of The Sexes. All of my scenes were with Stone, and I found out more good news: this lil’ mama isn’t just uber-talented, she is also the loveliest, most thoughtful, real-deal person on either side of the Mississippi.

The crew felt like a travelling carnival. From the hair and make-up department to the director of photography, all had come to this movie from La La Land. But it wasn’t like a clique; it was like a family, travelling with Stone from movie set to movie set. One that says, ‘Hey, come join us! We’re a band of misfits, and you belong!’

I’ve heard the story of how, in 2004, a 14-year-old Stone did a PowerPoint presentation for her parents to explain why they should all move from Arizona to Los Angeles, so she could be an actress. It makes perfect sense. They did the right thing. If you know Stone at all (and, truthfully, that’s exactly how much I know her), you know that there is no other place she should be.

She loves movies – watching them, making them and just wholly every part of them. Look, acting is fun, but there’s a lot of sitting around, and this woman seems to devour the entire process with wild stimulation and immense gratitude. Quite frankly, that was inspiring to be adjacent to.

I’ll describe Stone the way my mother used to describe Johnny Carson: she’s interesting because she’s interested. This is Stone. I once heard my sister tell her daughters, when they complained that they were bored, ‘Only boring people get bored.’ Emma Stone, my friends, never gets bored.

Sarah Silverman: Emma Jean Stone took tennis lessons from Billie Jean King. Did you mention that same middle name fun fact to her?

Emma Stone: I did bring it up with her pretty early on, and I think that bonded us quickly. Our tennis coach, Vince Spadea, who was also [co-star] Steve [Carell’s] double, gave me tennis lessons every day once we were actually into it. But I met Billie Jean a couple of months before we started shooting. We went to this court in New York, and she realised no one had ever really played catch with me, or monitored my hand-eye coordination. I turned into a human golden retriever, and she would just throw the balls at me. We had to start simply. So that was what my tennis lesson was like with her. It was playing catch.

Emma Stone as Billie Jean King in Battle Of The Sexes

Emma Stone as Billie Jean King in Battle Of The Sexes

SS: I feel that you truly inhabited her. Was there some kind of exterior element for you, like when you put the glasses on, or was there one little thing?

ES: There were a couple. I had never really considered the physicality of a person or of a character. Maybe because I hadn’t played a real person – there wasn’t someone who looked a specific way or whose hands moved in a certain manner. So that was what I focused on more than anything: building from the outside in. I said to Billie Jean, ‘I’m working with a voice coach every day,’ and she was like, ‘Why? I have the same voice.’ And I said, ‘You sound the same now, but back then you had this kind of high voice. You were much quieter.’ And she said, ‘Well, we had to be. The only way we could get our point across as women was to move gently. We couldn’t say something loudly and forcefully, ever. You would scare people off.’ That was very interesting.

SS: Now that she’s older, physically and emotionally, everything about her is different in that she’s just totally living out loud. Even though she took a giant, outspoken step forward, she still concealed so much from herself and the world. [King felt she could not reveal she was a lesbian in the 70s. Now 73, she was outed in 1981 after her partner sued her for palimony.]

ES: Absolutely. Billie Jean loves to talk, and I talked to her a lot. But she was concerned at the end of the shoot. She was like, ‘We didn’t speak that much on the phone. How did you get to know me if we didn’t chat that much?’ And I was like, ‘Because I got to know a different version of you. I got to know you at 29.’ She’s had all these wild and unimaginable things happen
to her, and she’s displayed incredible resilience. But there was so much that was still kind of inside.

SS: Even if she’s talking about what it was like when she was 29, it’s from a perspective that didn’t exist at that time.

ES: Completely. She was really open about how scary that time was, and she was like, ‘I just wanted my twenties and thirties to be over.’ When you’re holding so much in – I mean, I can relate to this – you keep a lot of your life private in a certain way. When you’re still discovering who you are, the pain that’s associated with all of that, with finding out what you’re going to be in the world, you don’t know. There was a lot that she couldn’t explain until it was done for her in this horrific way, and then she rose from it in the most beautiful manner.

SS: Sexism is alive and well in 2017, and talented women are still judged by the way they look and are paid less for the same work, just like she was. [In 1973, King succeeded in
her fight for equal pay in tennis.] You never hear, ‘You’re a working dad. How do you balance it all?’

ES: Just to bring you quickly back to Billie Jean, looking at old interviews, the fact that hasn’t changed is sad. Every question for her was: ‘When are you going to give up tennis and have kids?’

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Stone with her co-star Sarah Silverman in Battle Of The Sexes

SS: You’ve recently been filming Maniac [Netflix’s Cary Fukunaga–directed dark comedy starring Stone and Jonah Hill]. Is that a limited series?

ES: It’s ten episodes. Working with the characters was a bunch of fun.

SS: Is there another nonfictional person you’d like to play? You’re doing Cruella [Disney’s live-action film based on the villain in 101 Dalmatians].

ES: I technically just played a real person [Abigail Masham, Baroness Masham in The Favourite, about intrigue in Queen Anne’s court, out next year] in the movie I just got back from a couple of days ago.

SS: Of the characters you’ve played, which one has taught you the most about yourself?

ES: The role of Billie Jean was a bit of a game-changer. I am very nervous to communicate my opinions most of the time, especially publicly. I second-guess myself a lot, and I’m prone to anxiety. She is so direct and confident in the way that she communicates what she believes is right. To be able to step into that for a while was a pretty powerful experience. It’s something that I still don’t feel entirely comfortable with, but it was also one of the great parts about playing her. That’s one of my big personal struggles.

SS: That makes me so happy because, one, it’s on topic. But also because it would be a great thing for you, like King, to accept your power and role in this world. All right, next question. Are you living in New York?

ES: Yes. Right now, I’m renting a house there [while filming Maniac]. I don’t know where I’m going to live for the rest of my life. That’s an interesting conundrum.

SS: Are there places you love in New York that make your heart grow and feel swoony?

ES: I do love it. I’m looking to reinvigorate my relationship with the city. I go to the same restaurants and pretty much stay in the same two-block radius. I work in different places a lot of the time, and it just makes me feel very comforted to be within the same two blocks.

SS: Going back to equality, I know a comic who made a point like, ‘I’m glad that there isn’t equal pay, because guys have to pay for dinner.’ He was being silly, but I explained to him that it wouldn’t be the case if women were paid equally. It’s because women have a handicap in fairness that the tradition exists. But people have a hard time understanding that. Let’s say, when you are in a relationship, do you pay, or is it just kind of whoever has their wallet out?

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Stone with former boyfriend Andrew Garfield

ES: I am always in situations where I’ve proceeded to want to pay for things, because I’m lucky enough to be able to. But I always at least split or offer to split. Do you?

SS: Yeah, every time.

ES: Do you think it’s chivalrous to do that?

SS: No, I have no attachment to that in terms of paying for stuff. I guess if I was in a relationship and noticed I kept paying, I’d be like, ‘What the fuck?’ But when I’m in a relationship, I pay half the time and he’ll pay half the time. I mean, we don’t measure; it’s just like if I was out with a friend. I don’t find romance in paying. I find romance in romance.

ES: Right, me too. And you make a good point when you’re talking about men paying for dinner, and that being a symptom of what happened with women and being paid. If you’re not able to sustain your life in the same way as a man in the exact same position can, it’s asinine.

SS: It’s funny, because it’s something that obviously you care about, and I care about, but another symptom of it is that you, as a woman, get asked those questions in all these interviews, whereas men don’t.

ES: The questions we’re asked are, ‘What’s it like to get older?’ Or if you are paid equally, ‘How does it feel to be part of the lucky few who are paid equally?’ I did a panel with Amy Adams when a journalist asked me this question, and [Amy] basically said, ‘This is part of the problem. You’re asking us women to answer these questions for you, instead of asking the people who need to make the change.’ It’s one thing to ask us, but lawmakers need to also feel that way. Everybody needs to feel that way. There is so much power to our voices. We must speak out. That’s something that I struggled with in the past, but it is very hard not to feel galvanised right now politically or consciously. The world is falling apart in so many ways. But it’s difficult to be the people who are asked repeatedly, ‘Do you want and deserve your share?’ Yes, yes, yes.

SS: What do you hold on to in this time, where truth has no currency, everything that was right has been turned upside down and progress has been set back? How do you stay sane, be hopeful and keep going?

ES: It’s hard to wrap my mind around what’s going on. Part of the hope and optimism is because I’m in disbelief. It’s sort of when you’re on the precipice, where something has to shift for the better or else all is lost. And I refuse to believe all is lost. Nobody is going down without a fight – for love, humanity, equality and coming together. It’s inspiring to see marches, beautiful writing and creative work. There are so many incredible people who care and want to illuminate what’s happening, and what can happen in a positive way for the future. So I guess that’s the best thing about this.

SS: Oh my god, Miss Arizona, great answer. I agree the pendulum swings both ways, and as Mister Rogers [retro US kids’ TV host Fred Rogers] says, ‘Look for the helpers.’

ES: Oh, Mister Rogers, I love that quote. If you lean into the horror of what could happen or what has happened, you can sort of be run over by it. And that’s really a lesson in resilience for everybody. There’s such a power and a grace coming out of so many people who have so much to lose, and the human spirit is incredible. That’s worth a fight every day. And I want to learn how to fight better. 

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Facebook’s Latest Attempt at Fighting Fake News Is to Provide Publisher Info

Facebook is trying curb the spread of fake news by providing it users more information about news publishers.

The social media giant said on Thursday that it is testing a new feature that gives users background information about news outlets whose articles are often shared online. Specifically, Facebook is testing a button that appears as a lower-case “i” next to articles in the News Feed that pops up information scraped from the publisher’s Facebook page and from Wikipedia.

The feature lets Facebook users get more context about news sources without having to leave the social network, Facebook said. The button provides a boilerplate explanation about the publisher, along with additional stories related to the specific news article and information about who is reading the article on Facebook, and where.

An example posted by Facebook on Thursday showed a button with information about The Associated Press that described the 171-year-old outlet as “an American multinational nonprofit news agency headquartered in New York City.” Meanwhile, if an article comes from a questionable, or unknown, source, users that click on the info button will see an alert telling them that no information is available for the publisher on either Facebook or Wikipedia.

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“Helping people access this important contextual information can help them evaluate if articles are from a publisher they trust, and if the story itself is credible,” Facebook said in its announcement of the test. Facebook said it will listen to feedback from users and publishers about the new test feature before deciding whether or not to roll it out further.

The test button is spawned from the Facebook Journalism Project, the initiative the tech giant launched at the beginning of this year in an attempt to cut down on the amount of false or inaccurate news stores being shared on the service, as well as to improve Facebook’s relationships with legitimate news publishers.

Facebook continues to face criticism over the spread of fake news on the service in the wake of last year’s presidential election. The company recently turned over 3,000 ads bought by Russian-linked accounts that aimed to spread divisive and misleading information before the 2016 election. Facebook officials are reportedly set to testify before Congress on the matter sometime this month.


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Besides Trump confirming an investigation on Twitter, the most notable instance was his lawyer, Jay Sekulow, claiming that Trump was under investigation and then that he wasn’t under investigation during the same “Fox News Sunday” interview.

It remains unclear whether Trump truly is under a high-level investigation, but that didn’t stop Comedy Central’s “The President Show” from constructing an entire segment to parody the president’s dire/maybe-not-dire situation.

You’ve defended con-artists, foreign agents and mobsters, but have you ever done all three at once?
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The parody Trump addresses this confusion by saying, “I realized this week that I need to build a tremendous legal team to help me with this investigation that I’m totally not under ― wink!” Of course, he didn’t really wink towards the camera because his eyes were already in an uncomfortable-looking squint.

The parody Trump, played by Anthony Atamanuik, then auditioned real lawyers to join his legal team.

“You’ve defended con-artists, foreign agents and mobsters, but have you ever done all three at once?” the parody Trump asked one of these lawyers while pointing to himself.

It quickly became clear, though, that the underlying premise for this sketch was for lawyers to vent their overwhelming frustration with Trump to this stand-in for the president.

One of the recruited lawyers is Gloria Allred, a civil rights lawyer who has filed a lawsuit against Trump in New York. She is representing women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct. 

Trump isn’t getting away from facing his problems this time. Even if it’s sadly just a parody.

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Online Ads Stalk Their Victims In Fake Movie Trailer That Might As Well Be Real

They know what you clicked last summer.

Internet ads stalk young consumers everywhere in the horror movie parody from UCB Comedy’s Pocketwatch. But the group’s riff on omnipresent sidebar marketing is actually kind of scary, too.

Maybe next time you’ll think twice about scanning the Internet for deals on heels and blowup dolls, hmm?

h/t Laughing Squid
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The Guy Perfectly Impersonating 29 Celebrities While Singing An Original Song Is A Fake

Remember this incredibly impressive video that popped up all over your Facebook feed earlier this month? You know the one, where one guy does 29 celebrity impressions while singing his original song, “Perfect.” The one that amassed nearly seven million views in under two weeks.

Well, this guy, with all his mighty talent and Billie Holiday imitation, is a fake. Yup, just like that flammable Worst Twerk Fail Ever video, the Epic Note-Passing on Delayed Flight sensation and the Human Barbie: FAKE. (Actually, scratch that last one.)

Rob Cantor, the man behind this well-orchestrated Internet hoax, posted yet another YouTube video Wednesday, July 9, explaining the workings behind the scenes.

“’29 Celebrity Impressions, 1 Original Song’ was created with the help of eleven impressionists and one trumpet player,” Cantor writes in his description. In the video, he admits he “cannot do a single celebrity impression.” His gift, apparently, is that of lip syncing.

Consider all our dreams shattered.

h/t Buzzfeed
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Is That Faux Fur Really Fake?

From Mother Nature Network’s Laura Moss:

The Humane Society of the United States issued a consumer warning earlier this week, informing consumers that Kohl’s was selling “faux-fur” handbags made with real fur.

HSUS investigators tested several styles of Nicole Lee Fabiola handbags advertised as having “faux-fur trimming” and discovered that the so-called fake fur was actually rabbit fur.

“Consumers should be aware that animal fur is still being sold as ‘faux’ by major retailers,” Pierre Grzybowski, research and enforcement manager for the Fur-Free Campaign of The HSUS, said in a news release.

Selling animal fur as fake fur is a violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act and carries a civil penalty of up to $ 16,000 per violation.

Mislabeling real fur — for example, claiming rabbit fur is mink fur — is nothing new. However, mislabeling real fur as faux is a relatively new development.

It might not seem to make business sense, but the demand for faux fur has increased as more people aim to shop cruelty-free. As manufacturers try to meet this demand, products are often mislabeled.

In 2008, the HSUS discovered several faux fur coats sold at Neiman Marcus were actually made with fur from raccoon dog, a canid native to East Asia (and pictured at right).

The HSUS sued the retailer, and in 2010, Neiman Marcus paid a $ 25,000 penalty.

That same year, Neiman Marcus and other retailers, including Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Saks Incorporated and Lord & Taylor, were also found to be selling mislabeled faux fur. A settlement agreement was reached after the HSUS filed a lawsuit for false advertising.

Later in 2010, President Barack Obama signed The Truth in Fur Labeling Act into law, which closed a loophole that previously had allowed fur-trimmed garments to go unlabeled if the value of the fur was $ 150 or less.

The law also required that all fur garments be labeled not only with the name of the animal, but also the country where the animal was killed.

Despite these stronger regulations, each year the HSUS finds manufacturers and retailers violating the law.

In March, Neiman Marcus, Drjays.com and Revolveclothing.com settled federal claims that they had marketed raccoon, rabbit and mink fur as faux.

Another 2013 HSUS investigation discovered the sale of domestic dog fur in apparel at a New York retailer, which led to action by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

U.S. law prohibits the import or sale of dog and cat fur products, but many designers outsource manufacturing to such countries as China, where fur is cheap and no animal welfare laws are in place.

China is the largest fur exporter in the world and raises several species of animals — including domestic dogs and cats — for the fur industry.

More than 75 million animals, including rabbits, raccoon dogs, mink, bobcats, foxes and domestic dogs and cats, are killed annually worldwide to make fur products, according to the HSUS.

Unsure if that fur is real or faux? Read the HSUS’s guide for how to tell real fur from fake fur.

Earlier this year, the HSUS and New York Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal visited a N.Y. Century 21 store and found many fur garments were mislabeled. Watch the hidden-camera video below.


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Boxer Meets Fake Dog And Just. Can’t. Handle. It. (VIDEO)

It took us a couple seconds to realize that one of the dogs in the video above is a toy, but when we did, the payoff was worth it.

Unfortunately, for this boxer, that realization never quite came. And so, he fought it and fought it.

We’re not complaining though.

Spoiler alert: Watch until the end to see the boxer finally make nice with the toy dog.

H/T: GodVine

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The Elvis Fake Book

The Elvis Fake Book


Includes melody lines, lyrics and chord symbols for 200 songs recorded by the King of Rock N’ Roll: Ain’t That Loving You Baby * All Shook Up * Always on My Mind * An American Trilogy * Any Day Now * Any Way You Want Me * Are You Lonesome Tonight? * Baby, Let’s Play House * A Big Hunk O’ Love * Blue Christmas * Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain * Blue Hawaii * Blue Moon * Blue Moon of Kentucky * Blue Suede Shoes * Bossa Nova Baby * Can’t Help Falling in Love * Change of Habit * Crying in the Chapel * Don’t Be Cruel (To a Heart That’s True) * For the Good Times * Frankfurt Special * G.I. Blues * Girl Happy * Girls! Girls! Girls! * Green Green Grass of Home * Heartbreak Hotel * Help Me Make It Through the Night * Hound Dog * I’ll Be Home on Christmas Day * I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry * The Impossible Dream (The Quest) * It’s Now or Never * It’s Over * Jailhouse Rock * Kentucky Rain * King Creole * Love Me Tender * Make the World Go Away * Merry Christmas, Baby * Old Shep * Return to Sender * Suspicious Minds * (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear * Treat Me Nice * Unchained Melody * Viva Las Vegas * You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ * many more! For piano, voice, guitar and all C instruments.

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