Yes, Uber Really Is Killing the Parking Business

An email from the CEO of a national parking operator has added some detail to the impact ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are having on demand for parking. The picture, at least for those trying to rent you a parking spot, is bleak.

In the email, unearthed from a company report by the San Diego Union-Tribune, Ace Parking CEO John Baumgardner says that demand for parking at hotels in San Diego has dropped by 5 to 10%, while restaurant valet demand is down 25%. The biggest drop, unsurprisingly, has been at nightclubs, where demand for valet parking has dropped a whopping 50%.

The numbers appear to be estimates, and Baumgardner doesn’t describe a timeframe for the declines. The assessment, written in September of last year, is also limited to San Diego, though an Ace Parking executive told the Union-Tribune that it has seen “similar” declines at its 750 parking operations around the United States. The company is focused on using technology, including better parking scheduling and booking options, to remain healthy.

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But much more is at stake than the revenues of the parking business – cities stand to benefit immensely as demand for parking drops. Parking spaces and lots generate relatively little tax revenue or economic activity relative to commercial operations, and by increasing sprawl may actually harm the economy of cities like Los Angeles.

Even back in 2015, cities were already relaxing zoning requirements that set minimum parking allotments, and there are now even more signs that city planners are thinking differently about parking. Perhaps most dramatically, a new Major League Soccer stadium being planned for David Beckham’s Miami expansion team may include no new parking at all – but will have designated pickup zones for Uber and Lyft.

The decline of parking will only be accelerated if and when autonomous vehicles become widespread. That sea-change which will make it easier to locate parking at a distance from urban destinations, and could further reduce car ownership. That will be bad news for the Ace Parkings of the world – but everyone else should welcome the decline of the urban parking lot.

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Are Cheryl and Liam Payne breaking up, are they married and what really happened at 2018 Brit Awards?

CHERYL and Liam Payne went public with their romance in 2016 and welcomed baby son Bear in March 2017.

After it was revealed their relationship was in crisis, the couple put on a united front at Tuesday’s Brit Awards. Yet just 24 hours, Liam left Cheryl to fly to Miami. Here’s the lowdown on what’s going on..

Cheryl and Liam Payne were all smiles on the Brit Awards 2018 red carpet
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Could Cheryl and Liam really be about to split?

Less than 24 hours after putting on a united front at the Brit Awards 2018, Liam was back on the road again and jetted out to Miami – leaving Cheryl and baby Bear at home.

The couple had walked the red carpet together at the awards bash on Tuesday, despite their relationship crisis.

Cheryl was there to support boyfriend Liam Payne who performed his song For You from the new Fifty Shades Freed film on stage with Rita Ora.

The couple were interviewed at their table by host Jack Whitehall during which Cheryl jokingly revealed her ‘safe word’.

Later on the presenter made a cheeky quip about Liam and Rita’s hot ‘chemistry’ after a steamy performance.

However, on February 18, 2018 The Sun on Sunday revealed that despite holding crisis talks about the future of their relationship, pals fear the showbiz couple could be on the verge of splitting.

The 10-year age gap between the two and Liam’s pursuit of a solo career are the main reasons believed to be behind the rumours.

A source close to the couple revealed: “There’s a big age gap between them. If they didn’t have Bear then they would have most likely split up by now.

“But they love their son. And they do care for each other so it’s now a matter of seeing if there’s a final way forward to try and make it work.”

Liam and Cheryl will be in touch constantly while he's in LA
Liam and Cheryl have been having relationship trouble of late
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What were the marriage rumours?

In May 2017 Liam sparked rumours he and Cheryl had secretly wed after he described her as his “wife” during a US radio interview.

Meanwhile, Cheryl, 34, has already been married twice before, and according to OK! Magazine, “doesn’t want a circus” if and when she weds Liam.

In July 2017 Liam was forced to finally admit that he hasn’t married Cheryl, saying he merely refers to Cheryl as “the Mrs” in a colloquial sense.

Liam subsequently hinted he may never marry Cheryl as he says “weddings aren’t for him”.

Cheryl and Liam on a date night
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Who was Cheryl married to before?

The former Girls Aloud singer first tied the knot with footballer Ashley Cole in 2006 but the couple split in 2010 following allegations Ashley had been unfaithful.

Their divorce was granted in September of that year.

Cheryl then went on to marry businessman Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in July 2014 after a whirlwind three-month romance.

However the marriage fell apart and after months of speculation, the split was confirmed in January 2016 and the couple were granted a decree nisi in October.

The singer was also married to Frenchman Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini from 2014 until she filed for divorce in January 2016
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Who did Liam date before meeting Cheryl?

Being 10 years younger than Cheryl, Liam doesn’t have quite the relationship history of his girlfriend but did have some significant relationships before they got together.

The singer dated dancer Danielle Peazer from October 2010 until May 2013.

He then quickly moved on to a new relationship with Sophia Smith, who he had known since primary school.

The couple dated until October 2015, just weeks before he got together with Cheryl.

Liam previously dated Sophia Smith for over two years
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How did Cheryl and Liam Payne meet?

The pair first met all the way back in 2008 on the set of the X Factor, where 14-year-old Liam’s first audition earns him praise from his future partner, as well as calling him “cute”.

Liam returned to the show in 2010 as a 16-year-old and became part of One Direction, impressing Cheryl with his talents once again.

The pair are believed to have become a couple in December 2015 after One Direction performed on the X Factor for the final time, with the couple snapped sharing a hug and dancing together.

The Sun then exclusively confirmed their relationship in February 2016.

The pair first met in 2008 when Liam, then 14, auditioned for The X Factor and winked at her
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What have Cheryl and Liam Payne called their baby boy?

The Sun revealed on May 1, 2017 that the couple named their son Bear after spending a week getting to know him.

Baby Bear also took his One Direction star dad’s surname.

A source revealed: “Cheryl and Liam wanted to get to know their baby before deciding on a name.

“They didn’t have the name Bear before the birth.

Liam Payne has opened up on baby Bear
Proud dad Liam Payne has revealed baby son Bear’s nickname is Cub
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“But they’d been thinking of a name since meeting him and they just felt it suited him.

“They love their little baby Bear Payne and are truly over the moon and loving being parents for the first time together.”

Liam has opened up on “making a human” with Cheryl – calling it his proudest achievement.


Has Cheryl changed her name back to her maiden name?

Cheryl’s surname has changed many times over the years, due to her being married twice.

First she was Cheryl Tweedy (her maiden name) , then she changed it to Cheryl Cole when she married Ashley Cole, then she was Cheryl Fernandez Versini, during her short=lived marriage to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

After she divorced the Frenchman she simply went by”Cheryl”.

Now, The Sun can reveal that she has officially changed her name back to Cheryl Tweedy.


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Police Confirm Logan Paul Really Did Citizens Arrest an Intruder. Here’s Who He Collared.

Embattled YouTube superstar Logan Paul issued a citizen’s arrest on Tuesday night after a fan broke into his LA mansion—and it wasn’t just a prank, police have confirmed to The Daily Beast.

Around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, Paul came home to find a man downstairs sitting on his couch charging his iPhone phone.

The man, 20-year-old, Tahj Deondre Speight, was no friend of Paul’s or any of the other vloggers in the house, and had apparently entered the residence through the unlocked front door.

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‘Altered Carbon’ Review: New Netflix Show REALLY Wants To Be ‘Blade Runner’

Altered Carbon streams on Netflix from February 2.

What is ‘Altered Carbon’?

Set in the distant future, Altered Carbon tells the tale of Takeshi Kovacs, a former freedom fighter awoken from supposed eternal hibernation by a rich aristocrat who wants him to solve a murder. But when he wakes up, Takeshi isn’t in his own body, while a whole bunch of people seem to be trying to kill him. And that’s just the start of his problems.

Ambitious Adaptation

“The first thing you will learn, is nothing is what it seems.” Altered Carbon begins with these words, suggesting that the audience should trust no one, X-Files style. Which isn’t surprising, as the plot device that drives the novel on which the series is based is designed to keep the reader — and now the viewer — on their toes.

For in this dystopian future, man has found a way to cheat death, downloading consciousness to a computer chip called a ‘stack,’ then depositing it in a discarded body, nicknamed a ‘sleeve.’ Which means that the rich can effectively live forever. That the person you are talking to might not be who they claim. And that when our hero Takeshi Kovacs wakes from his 250-year slumber, he’s no longer his Japanese self on the outside, but rather a big, muscly white dude, looking a lot like Suicide Squad star Joel Kinnaman.

Explaining this central conceit takes up a good chunk of the show’s excellent — if exposition-heavy — first episode, and that’s just the start of the world-building that Altered Carbon has to do. The series explores the way in which technology dominates — and suffocates — our lives in the future. It also examines how control of that technology has made the rich richer in grand palaces above the clouds, and the poor poorer; existing at street-level in a neon-nightmare of poverty and crime.

The visuals — which look like they cost a fortune — are both arresting and effective throughout, bringing this grim future world to life in chilling and all-too-believable fashion. But while Altered Carbon looks good, it also has a central mystery that needs solving.

Whodunnit?


Joel Kinnaman as Kovacs and James Purefoy as Bancroft.

Kovacs is stirred from his slumber by Laurens Bancroft (James Purefoy — the best thing in Altered Carbon), who charges him with the task of solving a murder in exchange for his freedom. But there’s a twist. The murder that Bancroft wants Kovacs to solve is Bancroft’s. Seems the billionaire was shot in the head moments before a back-up of his consciousness could be made.

So while able to re-sleeve himself, Bancroft can’t remember what happened during the all-important hours before he died. Thickening the plot, only Bancroft and his wife had access to the weapon which killed him. Making them the prime suspects.

About half of Altered Carbon is concerned with Kovacs investigating this crime. And it’s by far the best material, turning the show into a neo-noir populated by femmes fatales, red herrings, and smoking guns.

Unfortunately, the series struggles when not dealing with the central mystery. Side-plots and digressions fill time but add little to proceedings, most notably a pointless episode that revolves around a brutal cage-fight. Flashbacks, dreams and visions are used to fill in blanks, but while lending the characters depth, they are much less interesting than the central whodunnit. Which all too often seems to be forgotten.

The Protagonist Problem


Kinnaman lacks charisma and charm.

Takeshi Kovacs is an intriguing protagonist. Being an ‘envoy’ he was formerly part of “the most formidable fighting force the galaxy had ever seen.” Possessing seemingly superhuman powers of intuition, envoys were able to drop into any sleeve on any planet and be combat-ready in minutes. Meaning they could infiltrate and manipulate their opponents, making Kovacs a formidable warrior, and potentially a cracking gumshoe.

His freedom-fighting got Kovacs arrested for treason, terrorism, espionage and crimes against the state. And the more we discover about that state, the more we understand his motives. So not only should he be a great detective, but also one we respect and maybe even like.

But onscreen, in his Joel Kinnaman sleeve, there isn’t a lot to like about Kovacs. And that’s largely down to Joel Kinnaman, who plays the character with a kind of detached resignation that makes it hard to root for him. That may well make sense for the character; the world-weary Kovacs tired of waking up in foreign bodies and dismayed by the world he now inhabits.

But the actor also lacks the requisite charm and charisma to bring Kovacs to life, his interactions with the crime-fighting force he assembles — including hard-nosed cop Ortega (Martha Higareda) and comical hotelier Poe (Chris Conner) — feeling awkward and forced.

Indeed, when we meet him in flashback scenes — and the character is played by Will Yun Lee — there’s something heroic about Takeshi. But there are times when future Kovacs seems barely awake. Even when he’s carrying out heroic deeds. All of which transforms the show’s courageous central character — and our guide through this complicated world — into something of a bore.

Influences All Over the Place


Altered Carbon looks amazing.

Altered Carbon is a show that wears its influences on its sleeve. Everywhere you look there are nods to sci-fi classics, both visually, and in terms of the storyline. There are obvious comparisons to both the Ghost in the Shell anime and recent movie. Not just because of the parallels in terms of human augmentation. But also because of the white-washing controversy that engulfed the Scarlett Johansson film. Though in Altered Carbon the white transplant was part of the source material and does make narrative sense.

The Matrix is also an obvious influence, with multiple Altered Carbon scenes taking place in virtual reality, where characters can download knowledge and training much like those hooked up to the matrix. The TV version of Westworld also casts a shadow over proceedings, though largely in the series’ second half, the details of which we won’t spoil here.

But the sci-fi that Altered Carbon most resembles is Ridley Scott’s movie masterpiece Blade Runner. Both are rain-swept noirs that revolve around reluctant detectives. Kovacs has a similar demeanour to Deckard, and even supplies monotone narration akin to the voiceover that appeared on the original Blade Runner cut.

Story beats are similar, though, in spite of the fact that it’s told over 10 hours, Altered Carbon lacks Blade Runner‘s depth, the film questioning what it means to be human; the show touching on themes of identity and individuality — and introducing thought-provoking religious objections concerning re-sleeving — then all too quickly forgetting about them.

Visually, there are also times when they look very nearly identical. Which is no bad thing, as the effects in Blade Runner still look incredible. But these similarities also serve as a continual reminder of what can be achieved with a better script, director and actors.

Is Altered Carbon Good?


The show frequently lacks focus.

Altered Carbon is good. But only when building its rich world, and dealing with the investigation of Laurens Bancroft’s death. Then it’s pretty great, journeying to some sick, twisted, and wholly unexpected places.

But frequently the show feels overstuffed, introducing too many storylines that detract from that central mystery, ricocheting back-and-forth in time in sometimes confusing fashion, and setting off on tangents that frequently don’t pay-off. It also doesn’t help that — onscreen at least — Takeshi Kovacs is far from a compelling character. Making it hard to care about his plight as proceedings progress.

All of which results in a show that kicks off in encouraging fashion, but ultimately outstays its welcome thanks to that lack of focus and momentum, too much filler, and Joel Kinnaman’s underwhelming central performance.

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Is Netflix Really A Champion of Diversity? Not So Fast.

Many of the people defending Netflix against actor/comedian Mo’Nique’s call to boycott it over race- and gender-based pay inequities (with black female comedians getting the short end of the stick), are lauding the $ 100 billion company’s groundbreaking commitment to diverse programming. But is Netflix really a champion of diversity?

First, let me get this out of the way: Netflix should not get a pass on the issue of compensation and opportunities for black female comedians because of its $ 100 million deal with uber-producer/screenwriter Shonda Rhimes. Netflix is a $ 100 billion company; it spent $ 8.8 billion on content alone last year. Its multiyear-deal with Rhimes is a good start, but no more than that. (By the way, it’s been reported by the Wall Street Journal that Rhimes’ work for ABC has generated over $ 2 billion in revenue from advertising, rerun sales, and international licensing.)

We’re only tripping because black people have never seen that kind of money (a recurring theme in our culture after decades of exclusion and discrimination). But never forget, because one of us finally got it doesn’t mean it’s the first time a black person was qualified and deserving of the opportunity. Every “black first” is just a small down payment against generations of dreams (and billions of dollars) deferred and denied by the deliberate and systematic exclusion of black people from opportunities. Get back to me when $ 100 million production deals become as common for black people—and black women in particular—as they are for white males in the entertainment industry. Until then, the deal is an accomplishment for Rhimes, not for Netflix.

That said, Netflix absolutely deserves credit for its diverse programming, and the acting, directing, and other opportunities it creates for people of color in the industry. However, putting on more shows with diverse casts/producers/etc. is a great example of the easiest, quickest, and least permanent execution of diversity: on-air programming. It’s not a bad place to start, but alone, it is hardly representative of a true, long-term commitment to diversity.

Some call it window dressing; I call it banana-in-the-tailpipe diversity. (My boss and CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. calls it “diversity as a diversion.”) Remember the launch of UPN (the network that introduced us to the Moesha spin-off, The Parkers, starring Mo’Nique)? The CW? The WB? The Cosby-driven revival of NBC? Media platforms, especially in television, always count on black people, the demo that watches more TV than anyone else, to establish and grow an audience. Besides, black people bring the cool factor, which brings those who want to be cool, too: primarily young, mainstream [white] viewers. Once that is achieved: poof! Black programming gone! Netflix, as a streaming service, is a departure from the old network TV model, so I hope it will be different this time. Not holding my breath, though.

That said, Black Enterprise measures diversity performance in four key ways:

1. Board Diversity. Netflix ain’t got none. It’s board, including the addition of a new director announced earlier this week, consists of seven men and three women—all of them white.
2. Senior Management/Executive Diversity. How many African Americans and other people of color are in the C-Suite, and in the decision-making power jobs that report into it? There are no Netflix executives on Black Enterprise’s latest list of “The Most Powerful Executives In Corporate America.”
3. Workforce Diversity. What is the representation of African Americans and people of color employed throughout the organization? (According to Netflix’s website, 4% of its employees are black.)
4. Supplier Diversity. How much money is a company spending with businesses owned by African Americans and other people of color, as a proportion of its total spending?

Suffice to say, you won’t find Netflix on the Black Enterprise “50 Best Companies for Diversity” list.

If a company is not serious about diversity in all four of these key areas—with the numbers to back it up—they’re just playing us, if not themselves. As I’ve already said, let’s hold off on giving Netflix an NAACP Image Award. (Better to give it to the actors, producers, writers, etc. and others actually working on its shows.)

It’s great, actually amazing, that Netflix is providing opportunities to African Americans and so many other people of color and diverse backgrounds (as they should, quite frankly—pay inequities notwithstanding). But that is not where the real money and decision-making power is. To paraphrase my CEO: “Don’t let diversity become a diversion.”

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Oh Really? Omarosa May Have Secretly Recorded White House Conversations

According to reports, Omarosa Manigault Newman may have secretly recorded private conversations in the White House out of fear for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

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Sources told the Daily News that Manigault Newman, who abruptly resigned from the White House late last year, “loves” to record meetings. Her official last day in the administration is Saturday.

“Everyone knows Omarosa loves to record people and meetings using the voice notes app on her iPhone,” one source said. “Don’t be surprised if she has secret audio files on everyone in that White House, past and present staffers included.”

The White House’s recent ban on staffers having their personal cellphones was tied to Manigault-Newman’s habit of recording her conversations, the source told the Daily News.

Manigault Newman is also reportedly seeking meetings with lawyers because she is concerned that she will become part of Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

She has met with top attorneys like Lisa Bloom and Monique Pressley, according to the Daily News.

A White House insider said that it was unlikely Manigault Newman had any inside information that could be relevant to Mueller’s probe, according to the Daily News.

Manigault Newman was reportedly escorted out of the White House in December after being told she was fired by White House chief of staff John Kelly. The White House said that Manigault Newman had resigned and would leave on Jan. 20.

Manigault Newman rose to national stardom as a reality TV star and contestant on season 1 of “The Apprentice,” the NBC reality show formerly hosted by Trump. Because of her celebrity status, she is often referred to only by her first name, Omarosa.

We definitely wouldn’t put it past Omarosa to do something like this. It’s right up her nefarious alley.

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A working mom friend recently said, “I’m just not cut out to be a stay-at-home mom.”

Her comment got me, a SAHM, thinking, Is anyone really cut out for this?

Even after 10 years of staying home with kids, I don’t feel “cut out” for the intense loneliness, isolation, lack of adult contact, boredom, and dramatic lifestyle shift being a SAHM requires. The suit of stay-of-home momdom still feels ill-fitting.

I’m not sure I’ll ever fully settle into this life, where I put myself last every second. This life, in which my most important tasks are frequently as banal as emptying the dishwasher, and wiping little behinds.

Not that I regret staying home. It’s what I chose, and for that, I know I am truly lucky. But there are mornings I hear my husband’s car pull out of the driveway, and I remember my life before kids, and I grieve for the loss of that part of me.

That person got to sit in meetings with real, live adult humans! That person went to the bathroom without being interrupted by tiny fists rapping on the door every three seconds.

Then my first daughter was born and, overnight, I was supposed to feel “cut out” for a completely different life. Suddenly, my morning meetings involved bottles and diaper changes, instead of PowerPoint presentations. I brought an infant seat into the bathroom with me, instead of a tube of lipstick. I went days without showering, or even really looking in the mirror.

I was a stay-at-home mom overnight

Meanwhile, a decade zoomed by. And I sometimes wonder how this became my life. How is arguing with my 4-year-old about whether she’s going to wear the Sofia T-shirt or the “Mermaid Academy” one the longest conversation I’ve had since last night when my husband came home from work?

There are times when the lack of mental stimulation feels numbing; the solitude repressive. Then, the guilt sets in. Remember, you want to stay home, I remind myself. You are very fortunate to have this opportunity.

And don’t get me wrong; there are plenty of wonderful, rewarding things about being a stay-at-home mom. That’s for another post. Here, I simply argue that to think you are naturally cut out for the role is a myth, and pressuring yourself to fit into stay-at-home motherhood like a glove sets you up for failure.

Maybe, like me, you’ll never get used to how isolating staying home can be. Perhaps, as I do, you’ll always long for more adult interaction, as you loll on the floor putting the fish puzzle together for the millionth time.

It just may be that I forever feel a bit depressed slipping on the same old yoga pants in the morning, and knowing full well that getting more dressed up than this doesn’t make sense for a day of preparing baby food for freezing, picking kids up from school, and reading Pupunzel until I’ve memorized it.

The stay-at-home mom uniform

I realize that adapting to motherhood in any form is a challenge. I’m sure experienced working moms still resent the alarm clock, and having to divide their attention between home and a job. And who would ever naturally fall into step with missing out on important milestones because you have to be at the office?

No matter how you slice it, moms don’t get time off. Ever. So to expect we’ll feel 100 percent ourselves in every moment, in every situation, no matter how long we’ve been at it or what our work/home dynamic is, is completely unrealistic and ultimately does us a great disservice.

So moms, let’s not assume we are cut out for every aspect of motherhood, and accept we may struggle at times, and know it’s okay.

Do you struggle to feel cut out for motherhood in any form?

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James Kilpatrick, Reagan’s Favorite Columnist Who Never Really Renounced Segregation

In one of history’s smaller but nonetheless hideous ironies, James J. Kilpatrick’s career was saved on September 15, 1963 when a Ku Klux Klan bomb destroyed the African American Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and killed four little girls in Birmingham, Alabama.

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When Clothing Really Matters: Eva Hagberg Fisher’s Essay on Appearance and Credibility for Women

At Put This On, most of what we write about falls into two basic categories: dressing to make the right impression/make yourself look good, and dressing in a way that you enjoy–refining your personal style, getting inspired. The stakes are generally low. Sure, you want to wear the right clothes to your job interview, or melt faces with your new leather jacket, but mostly, all that’s at risk is your pride (and some money). In men’s style, that’s the luxury we have.

The New York Times published a really powerful essay by Eva Hagberg Fisher on how she navigated the process of filing a sexual harassment complaint, through the lens of the choices she made about her clothing and appearance. In order to be believable, our culture requires women in that situation to walk some very fine lines. As Fisher puts it, “you always want to stay ‘just plausibly sexy
enough to look like you could have been harassed but 100 percent weren’t
asking for it.’”

Over the last year and a half, I have needed a lot
of outfits. I have also needed to be consistent. I have needed to be
ready, at every moment, to be seen as both a poverty-stricken graduate
student and a reliable adult. As an accuser, I need to be a
news-team-ready correspondent and someone who certainly wasn’t doing
this for the limelight. I didn’t know any of this when I started. I
learned this all on the full-time job that is being an objector to
sexual harassment in America. 
           
         
       
     

     

     
 

 
   
  

Some of what I learned to wear I learned on my
own, by thinking to myself about what I needed to exhibit. Some of it —
you must always put your hair up and never show any skin — came from a
politically savvy friend. She is the reason I’m wearing a black
turtleneck on four news shows. I refused to be photographed at home, or
sitting down. I wanted to project strength, and also a kind of
neutrality.

It’s a really interesting, if depressing, piece, artfully written and presented, and even funny. And it’s another piece of evidence that our clothing choices are often our first invitation to others to make judgments about us, and something we should try to control. In most situations for men, we’re free to choose the impressions we want to make, rather than have what we need to do coded in unwritten, shifting societal rules, with our credibility on the line.

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Cole Sprouse gave his brother Dylan a, um, really bizarre Christmas gift

Cole Sprouse gave his brother Dylan a, um, really bizarre Christmas gift


Cole Sprouse gave his brother Dylan a, um, really bizarre Christmas gift

The Sprouse twins are total #siblinggoals. They are also hilarious on Twitter, always giving their fans an inside look at their relationship complete with friendly ribbing. This latest glimpse is maybe the best yet: Cole Sprouse’s Christmas gift to his brother Dylan is…something. Just wait until you see what he got his twin.

To put it simply, Riverdale‘s resident weirdo has a wry sense of humor, and apparently it translates to his gift-giving. This Christmas, he bought the Zack to his Cody a poster with an anatomically correct illustration of a penis. If you’re thinking, “huh???” — well, you’re not alone.

The best part, however, has to be the text exchange between the two Sprouse brothers regarding the curious gift.

Dylan was, understandably, a little bemused by the poster.

Cole had an illuminating response to Dylan’s inquiry about what to do with this rather strange addition to his art collection: “Hang it. In your study.” Makes sense.

As ever, the fan reactions are honestly the best part.

Asking the tough questions.

We guess she has a point.

Now this person is thinking practically.

Jughead probably wouldn’t approve of those typos.

The gift also inspired some solid dirty jokes.

But not everyone was amused.

We have to wonder if this was the only gift Cole left under the tree for his brother. Jokes are well and good, but he couldn’t have slipped him a nice J. Crew sweater as well?

Cole Sprouse is a notorious joker, so perhaps we should have seen this coming. After all, his Twitter is completely hilarious.

Gifting his brother a penis diagram is pretty much classic Cole.

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What You Can Really Afford: Hanes Plain Black Tshirts

Plain white tshirts are unassailable. A perfect symbol of the 20th century’s march toward the casual and elevation of what had been hidden from sight forever–literal underwear. For years, we’ve sold Alternative Apparel’s white (and heather gray) tshirts to Put This On readers at discount to make sure everyone has their need for this most basic of basics met.

Another basic truth I’ve come around to over the years: I don’t look great in a plain white tshirt. Only the beefiest–like Camber beefy–works for me, everything else I’ve tried is just too sheer. I don’t even buy white graphic tshirts or band tshirts anymore. But I wear plain tshirts all the time: in the summer with other, louder items, or in cooler seasons with denim or leather jackets. So I’m always on the hunt for good, blank shirts, and I have a giant pile of knit cotton to prove it. I’ve had cotton and blend tees from Alternative and American Apparel. I like J. Crew’s pocket tshirts in assorted colors (although fit varies from season to season), I like Uniqlo’s oversized pocket tees (unfortunately not currently available), among others. Last year, I even tried out Supreme’s Hanes black tshirts, well aware that they were just basic department store undershirts with a small printed box logo–the mark of the (hype)beast. To my genuine surprise, I really liked them. They’re neither heavy nor thin, the crewneck band holds up in the wash (i.e., doesn’t warp or stretch), and they look great with an olive drab jacket and jeans.

Now, as far as I can tell, other than the tiny logo at the hem, there is nothing special about Supreme’s Hanes tshirts, vs Hanes’s normal ComfortSoft tagless shirts, the ones you can find at Target or KMart. The fit seems the same–fitted but not tight, with a shoulder seams slightly dropped, and tubular (no side seam) construction. The fabric seems the same. You don’t need to line up in the cold or code a bot to buy the Supreme version; it’s not expensive and rarely sells out. At $ 24 for three, that’s $ 8 a shirt. A decent deal!

But you can do better. Hanes’s black ComfortSoft tshirts are currently $ 9 for a 4-pack. That’s $ 2.25/shirt. That’s 9 quarters. That’s gotta be the cheapest thing I’ve ever recommended on Put This On. Merry Christmas.

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Celebs are really going for it this holiday season

’Tis the season for haute-holiday looks from our favorite celebrities. Much like the rest of 2017, this December’s theme seems to be “no limits” . . . This photo is full of Christmas cheer, with a tree, reindeer and sexy elf Lady Gaga. Forget ugly sweaters. Christina Aguilera wore an embroidered blazer, cowboy hat and nice, modest…
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Christmas Weekend Movies to See or Skip: No to ‘The Post,’ Yes to ‘Jumanji’ (Really)

It costs a lot to take your family to the movies these days. One false move and you’re out two hours and, between the tickets, parking and refreshments, a cool hundred bucks. Why do you think so many people partake in mediocre fare like The Ranch, starring this fucking asshole?

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Did Amber Valletta Really Need All That Photoshop in Blumarine’s Spring 2018 Campaign?

Irina Shayk and Blumarine proved to be a solid match last season but the Russian model is out for Spring 2018 in favor of Amber Valletta. Sticking with photographic duo Luigi & Iango, the team heads lakeside for the new campaign, making use of the scenic location in a series of black and white, and color shots. Male model Phillip Mayberry, who joins Amber in a few of the campaign images, is clearly outshined by the American beauty.

Blumarine S/S 2018 : Amber Valletta & Phillip Mayberry by Luigi & Iango

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Our forum members immediately noticed the overt use of retouching in the photos. “Looks good for Blumarine, but the Photoshop on her is too literal. She doesn’t look like herself here. Granted Liugi & Iango often retouch a young girl like Anna Cleveland to hell and back, this still looks eerie,” voiced Benn98 the moment the campaign came to light.

“People need to stop hiring Luigi & Iango and just hire graphic designers. At least a designer might create more realistic looking people,” commented lelaid.

Also quick to point out the obvious use of Photoshop was tigerrouge. “I’d definitely buy the technology that enables Amber’s under-eye area to look this good twenty years on,” she pointed out.

“Amber’s always iconic – airbrushed or no filter. Brings it every time, and no exception here,” defended forum member zoom.

“They should have just booked Camila Akrans if they wanted her style. L&I lack experience outside of the studio and this proves that. They should practice more with editorials before they take on a campaign. They lucked out with Amber because any other model would have made this into a total flop,” stated GivenchyHomme.

Apple felt the same way: “Amber is such a pro, she’s amazing in front of the camera. Luigi and Iango need to stop with that same makeup and Photoshop obsession!”

“I wanted to like these because Amber always delivers but Luigi & Iango lack the charm for outdoors and the concept is like Connecticut housewife goes glam. Everything looks nice but nothing attracts,” disapproved TaylorBinque.

Blumarine S/S 2018 : Amber Valletta & Phillip Mayberry by Luigi & Iango

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Blumarine S/S 2018 : Amber Valletta & Phillip Mayberry by Luigi & Iango

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So you weren’t imagining it after all, and now Apple is admitting it. Earlier this week, Primate Labs, the company behind GeekBench, reported that processors in older iPhones slow down and performance suffers as batteries age and lose capacity. Problems worsen if the charge is low or in the cold, the report added. Some iPhone…
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Facebook says social media problems really not its fault

Facebook said Friday that any harm brought about by social media is caused by user error. In other words … it’s not us, it’s you. “According to the research, it really comes down to how you use the technology,” David Ginsberg, Facebook’s director of research, wrote on a blog post. The post — “Hard Questions:…
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Forget abortion access: What women in Appalachian Kentucky really want

Kentucky may become the first state in the US to effectively outlaw abortion. But the women in Appalachia, where teen pregnancies soar, poverty looms and everyone knows each other’s business, would simply like birth control, sex ed and honest talk. As politics work against them, they’re rising up to do what others won’t do for them.


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James Kilpatrick, Reagan’s Favorite Columnist Who Never Really Renounced Segregation

In one of history’s smaller but nonetheless hideous ironies, James J. Kilpatrick’s career was saved on September 15, 1963 when a Ku Klux Klan bomb destroyed the African American Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and killed four little girls in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Homeland Security thinks DJI, the biggest drone maker, is really a Chinese plot

DJI drones really a Chinese plot

DJI is the biggest name in drones by a country mile. Think of it like Apple for drones: Its machines aren’t always the fastest or have the best battery life, but you can put a remote in anyone’s hands and have them up and grinning in under two minutes.

But according to Homeland Security’s resident conspiracy theorist, DJI might really be a screen for a massive Chinese government information and cyber-warfare campaign.

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What Will Billboard’s New Streaming Rules Really Mean?

Rap has dominated the Hot 100 this year. Five hip-hop tracks have taken the Number One spot, tying a chart record, and in April, rap singles singlehandedly accounted for half of the Top 10. It's also been a banner year for Latin pop – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" tied the record for the most weeks spent at Number One (16), and when J. Balvin and Willy William's "Mi Gente" flew to

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A Seattle family’s multi-generational compound is redefining retirement.

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Yes, shoppers, floor mopping bodysuits for baby really do exist

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Sara McGinnis

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Like it or not, your crawling baby comes into endless contact with your floors. May as well make the most of the ground they’re covering and put them in a mop suit?

That’s right, floor-cleaning clothes that put baby to work are currently available on Amazon.

baby floor mop outfit

baby floor mop outfit

As seen in 1998’s 99 More Unuseless Japanese Inventions, the mop outfit is touted as working on any surface, a perfect baby shower gift, and an implement for “the moment when a person becomes useful the first time in [their] life.”

baby floor mop outfit

“There are family-friendly restaurants, hotels, cars, trains, TV shows, books, websites and even apps. But how about family-friendly cleaning tools?” this particular product’s Amazon description argues. “You can save yourself or your friends a lot of useless discussions about sharing household chores by accustoming babies at an early stage.”

And while they’re not entirely wrong in making the point helping out is great to learn early on, not everyone is on board with the baby mop idea (including getting a laugh out of it).

baby floor mop outfit

baby floor mop outfit

While one reviewer cleverly described the product as “good clean fun,” another ranted: “I think this is a disgusting product. What kind of mom leaves a dusty floor for a baby to crawl around on? And then to add insult to injury, the dust is attached to the baby so it can breathe in all the dust…nice.”

Aside from the dangly, yellow mop bits I don’t know that I can see much technical difference between baby crawling about in a regular bodysuit versus this getup. The truth of the matter is dirt and dust happen — and letting kids encounter it can even be good for them!

I can’t say I’d suit up my kid every afternoon much like I boop my Roomba on, but every once in a while? For sure. Plus, I’d be down on the ground myself snapping pics for posterity.

Is the baby mop outfit worth a laugh (and maybe trying out)? Or no fun whatsoever?

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Rashida Jones Explains Why She Really Left Toy Story 4. And It Wasn’t Because of ‘Unwanted Advances’

Rashida Jones is refuting reports that she ended her work on Toy Story 4 early because of “unwanted advances” from Pixar chief John Lasseter, who took a leave of absence Tuesday citing unspecified “missteps.”

Multiple news outlets have reported that Lasseter allegedly engaged in misconduct with Disney and Pixar employees, with the Hollywood Reporter reporting that the allegations included “grabbing, kissing” and “making comments about physical attributes.” The same THR report said that Jones and her writing partner Will McCormack exited their assignment on Toy Story 4 because of alleged sexual harassment by Lasseter.

In a statement to the New York Times, however, Jones said McCormack instead cited “philosophical differences” and Pixar’s treatment of female and minority employees.

“We did not leave Pixar because of unwanted advances. That is untrue,” they said. “We parted ways because of creative and, more importantly, philosophical differences.

In his memo to staff obtained by THR, Lasseter wrote that he had recently “had a number of difficult conversations that have been very painful for me.”

“It’s never easy to face your missteps, but it’s the only way to learn from them,” Lasseter said. As a result, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the leader I am today compared to the mentor, advocate and champion I want to be. It’s been brought to my attention that I have made some of you feel disrespected or uncomfortable.”

In their statement to the Times, Jones said McCormack lamented a culture at Pixar “where women and people of color do not have an equal creative voice. … We encourage Pixar to be leaders in bolstering, hiring and promoting more diverse and female storytellers and leaders. We hope we can encourage all those who have felt like their voices could not be heard in the past to feel empowered.”

Pixar has been criticized for not portraying a more diverse cast of characters in the past. Prior to this week’s release of Coco, the studio’s newest movie featuring a Mexican boy as the main character, Pixar had yet to feature a non-white protagonist.

Lasseter had noticed that himself, telling the Guardian back in 2015 that “it’s very important for us to have female, ethnic characters.”

In his memo to employees this week, Lasseter said he aims to take a six-month sabbatical from Disney and Pixar.


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Donald Trump and LaVar Ball Really Do Deserve Each Other

At the start of this year, if you would have told me I’d be interviewing a China scholar about a deal in which President of the United States asks his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, for help to free three UCLA basketball players who’ve been held in a Chinese hotel for allegedly stealing sunglasses, I would have scoffed. If you said that one of those UCLA players was LiAngelo Ball, son of LaVar Ball — proprietor of $ 495 shoes, controversial and outspoken father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball — I would have laughed even harder.

Bet the under on that one, since I had to call up UCLA’s Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in US-China Relations & Communications, Min Zhou, to talk about LaVar Ball.

In hindsight, however, that LaVar Ball and Donald Trump would cross paths in the frenetic, utterly unpredictable 2017 news cycle was all but inevitable. Before returning home from a 12-day trip through Asia, President Trump on Tuesday confirmed that he asked President Xi, during Trump’s state visit to Beijing, to intervene on behalf of UCLA freshman basketball players Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley, who were arrested on shoplifting charges while in Hangzhou for UCLA’s opening game against Georgia Tech on Nov. 10. “They’re working on it right now,” Trump said. The players boarded a flight back to Los Angeles today.

“What they did was unfortunate,” Trump told reporters before leaving Manila and returning to Washington. Shoplifting penalties can vary greatly in China, but the players could have conceivably faced multiple years in jail.

Yes, Trump’s rescue of the Ball family is shrouded in symbolism. The President and LaVar Ball are classic carnival barkers who relish the media limelight. (Among LaVar Ball’s most outrageous statements: that Lonzo, the Lakers rookie, is the best player on the planet. He’s averaging 9.5 points per game, on an unseemly 31.3% shooting, for the 6-8 Lakers) They both appeared in WWE matches. They’re creations of our reality show world — while Trump had The Apprentice, Ball offers Ball In The Family on Facebook. They provoke strong reactions, positive and negative. Many people on social media have imagined Trump and Ball holding a joint press conference in the wake of the shoplifting charges. That would be quite a show.

This story, however, is more than an amusing sidelight. It does raise questions about selective justice. While the UCLA players go free, what about the human rights activists still imprisoned in China? “It’s easier for China to release American students than political dissidents,” says Zhou, the expert in China-U.S. relations, in a phone interview. “That’s a much more sensitive issue.”

The high-profile status of the UCLA players likely helped expedite their release. The Wall Street Journal noted that Detroit-native Wendell Brown, who was coaching a local American football team in China, is still in a Chinese jail after a September 2016 bar fight (he was charged with intentional assault).

China’s release of the basketball players carries diplomatic consequences as the world’s two largest economies haggle over trade and the North Korea nuclear threat. “It’s very important,” Zhou, a member of UCLA’s sociology department. “It’s a positive sign that the countries can work together.” The timing of the arrests helped the freshmen. Trump was also in China, on a state visit, when goodwill between countries generally ratchets up a level. Zhou’s happy China didn’t overtly use the detained students bargaining chips with the U.S. But don’t be surprised, she says, if China expects something in return down the road. “There’s still some sort of bargaining involved,” she says. “I’m doing you favor.”

Zhou’s thrilled that the students are returning home. “Kids make mistakes, and they should be given second chances,” she says.

Where does everyone go from here? UCLA coach Steve Alford will likely hand down some sort of suspension for his players. But at this rate, go ahead and expect LiAngelo Ball to hit the shot that sends UCLA to the Final Four, while his dad waves his Big Baller Brand kicks in the crowd. It’s November 2017. Anything goes.

 


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Twitter replaced its character counter with a circle and everyone’s really confused

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Twitter may have just upped its character limit to 280, but you wouldn’t know it just by looking at its tweet composer.

As part of the update, which doubled the amount of characters you can cram into a single tweet, the company replaced its character counter with a weird circle icon that changes colors as you type.

And while opinions of the new character count may be mixed, Twitter users seem to be united in their hatred for the circle, which seems unnecessarily confusing as you can longer see how many characters you’ve actually typed.

Instead, all you see is a circle and a small blue highlight, which expands as you type more (it does switch back to a character count once you get to 20 characters remaining, though). Read more…

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The One Thing You Need To Do To Really Make Your Business Grow

My nephew Kendall is 7 years old and very bright. He loves playing sports, but he had issues with schoolwork and his behavior during first grade. Kendall doesn’t have any identifiable learning disabilities, so it was baffling that he wasn’t thriving in a public school classroom environment. To help him, he was placed in a private school offering him a classroom size of just six students, blackboards (yes, the old-school chalk blackboards) and old-school wooden desks—the type you might see on a rerun of the show Facts of Life. His new learning environment is very basic.

After one month, Kendall logged all “A” grades and is engaging in all activities. It turns out, my nephew is just a different type of learner and getting back to education basics was all he needed. No smart boards, laptops, or tablets to muddy the learning waters.

Simplicity and taking a step back is helping my nephew thrive in school. When I look at some established businesses, I’ve noticed that getting back to basics and taking a step back from the “bells and whistles” of running a business in the digital age can be reinvigorating and can make your business grow.

Losing Sight of What Matters

 

Today’s business owners are so caught up (and likely overwhelmed) with leveraging social media and online marketing platforms that they have lost sight of what REALLY matters. Remember, it’s not just about getting likes on your Facebook page—it’s about getting people to BUY whatever it is you are selling. People make a purchase not because a business has 20K likes or followers, it’s because they trust what a business sells. Most importantly, there is no social media platform that serves as a substitute for maintaining a stellar competitive advantage.

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Recently, I advised Chef Christy Jones*, the owner of a restaurant located in a suburban town in New Jersey for over 15 years. As a classically trained chef, she opened her 70-seat farm-to-table restaurant to much fanfare and anticipation, having worked at noted restaurants in her region. Her local fame afforded her a steady flow of patrons eager to consume her culinary creations. She opened with only one other restaurant nearby—today there are 14. She was the first in her market to boast a farm-to-table menu, now her competitors promote similar offerings. Chef Christy has now lost her market share and is not seeing many new customers.

Chef Christy shared with me how she tries to use social to win new business by posting information about her menu specials—with limited results. After getting a few more details, I learned that many of her competitors in town were not owned and operated by chefs. In fact, many of the eateries were started by food industry novices.

As I walked around her restaurant, I recognized some underutilized competitive advantages such as desirable outdoor eating space, on-site parking, and walk-by traffic. The large glass windows out front were also not being used effectively. Nowhere on property or menus does it say the restaurant is owned and operated by a chef. As I continued chatting and walking around, I figured out where Chef Christy’s challenges stem from—it’s her. She has lost sight of why she opened her restaurant. But most of all, she has become complacent and now takes her experience and reputation for granted.

Complacency will kill any business. Chef Christy’s original competitive advantage was and still is that she is a noted, trained chef—yet she is doing nothing to maximize it. Like many business owners, Chef Christy needs to get back to business basics to regain her competitive advantage.

Getting Back to Basics – The One Thing You Must Do

 

Your business is a moving target, but being focused helps you hit your target. Getting back to basics means focusing on what made you a success in the first place and using it to reignite your business. Here are some growth strategies any business can implement to get back to basics:

  1. Talk to Your Customers – Before there was Yelp! and Google Reviews,  entrepreneurs would actually speak with their customers to find out what they liked and didn’t like. What a concept! Your regular customers and clients may never post a review, but they know your business the best. Speak with them to find out what they want, like, and dislike and then tailor your offerings to them.
  1. Leverage Your Competitive Advantage – It’s been a while since you opened, but what made your business shine then is likely still the same or better. If you have a unique offering or reputation, use it to remind old customers and gain new ones. For example, I advised Chef Christy to add elegant lettering in her window stating “Owned and Operated by Executive Chef Christy Jones” to assist passersby in discerning between the restaurants operated by non-chefs.
  1. Upsell, Upsell, Upsell – The easiest way to increase sales is to upsell to your existing clientele. Research conducted with established businesses by marketing analytics firm SumAll found that repeat customers are the foundation upon which profitable businesses are built. The data also revealed when businesses have 40% repeat customers they generated 47% more revenue than similar businesses with only 10% repeat customers.
  1. Adapt and Change – Perhaps some of your longstanding approaches are stale. Be willing to change with the times. Getting back to basics should include innovation. Revisit how you made magic in your business when you first started to reinvent some of your services and projects.

If you feel like you’ve been running on a hamster wheel for a while, it is probably time to get back to basics. Rediscover what made you a success early on and most importantly stop chasing what you don’t have and nurture your existing customer base to reach your revenue goals.

* The name of the chef has been changed to protect her identity.

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Zayn Malik ‘Thanks God’ Girlfriend Gigi Hadid Handles Their Schedule: ‘She’s Really Organized … I’m Really Not’

Even though Zayn Malik and his supermodel girlfriend Gigi Hadid both have busy schedules, the power couple makes seeing each other a priority.

“It’s actually not that hard for us ,” the singer-songwriter tells Billboard in the magazine’s new cover story — before revealing the reason it’s so easy is because Hadid is in charge of the calendar. “It helps that she’s really organized. Thank God! Because I’m really not, so she helps organize my schedule around seeing her!”

Of course it probably also helps that Malik and Hadid “pretty much live together,” splitting time between his homes in Los Angeles and London and Hadid’s apartment in New York City.

The heartthrob, who made headlines for leaving the successful boy band One Direction in 2015, also revealed that his 22-year-old girlfriend is one of the few people who gets to hear his music while it’s still being written.

“She’s in the studio quite a lot,” Malik, 24, said, adding that “She likes to cook for me and stuff — when I’m here late, she’ll come down and bring me food. She’s cool.”

Malik also opened up about how he decides what to do with his own career, now that he’s the one in control.

“I don’t do things that I wouldn’t buy into. I try to explain that to people and hope that they understand,” he said, adding that “it doesn’t come from a place of being arrogant or above anything.”

Speaking about his former bandmates, Malik revealed that even though he’s not in touch with any of them, he doesn’t attribute that to bad blood — just growing up. “Our relationships have definitely changed since we were in a band together, but I think that’s just life. Everybody grows up; two of the guys have got kids now. But no, I don’t talk to any of them, really.”

In 2016, Zayn had previously told NME that he had tried to contact his former bandmates, “but nobody’s reached out,” besides Liam Payne. “I’m still probably the closest to Liam,” he added. “We talk on the phone. He congratulated me on my single , which was nice. I congratulated him on his Brit Award. It was a good chat.”

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Zayn also discussed his collaboration with Taylor Swift — who happens to be a close friend of Hadid — saying he personally recruited Swift for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack standout “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.”

“I felt like she was the right artist for the song. And of course, she’s also a massive artist, so that brings its benefits,” he said. “I get to let her fans know that I’m doing this kind of music, and she lets her fans know she likes my kind of music — there’s no opposition, for real.”


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Wendy Williams Opens Up on Her Fainting Spell: ‘It Was Really Scary’ [Video]

Wendy Williams had no choice but to address her fainting spell when she returned to ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ on Wednesday.

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“First of all. I was trending all day. Fabulous!” Williams, 53, said to thunderous applause. “A lot of people thought it was a joke. Me fainting on my set. You know I don’t want to fall. I’m a tall woman and it’s a long way down. I’m also a woman of a particular age and I’m not trying to break anything. I don’t stunts and jokes for you.”

As Williams detailed, the snafu happened 48 minutes into the show. She was wearing a Statue of Liberty costume and was being prepped by producers for the last segment of “The Wendy Williams Show.”

“I felt it as she was talking to me,” she added. “And all I could hear is ‘blah, blah, blah.’ And all I’m thinking is, ‘Wendy oh my gosh… I’m like alright Wendy. At least you’re wearing flats. I’m holding on to this [podium] and there’s only 12 more minutes of the show. You can do it girl!’”

She described being overtaken by a “hot” and “dizzy” feeling, adding, “The costume got hot. Right before passing out I felt like I was in the middle of a campfire.”

She continued, with tears in her eyes, “It was scary. Scary! It was really scary. All of I could think of though in the middle of scare, ‘Don’t pull the podium over on you because that’ll make for worse.’”

Williams also addressed online commenters who suggested she suffered a stroke or heart attack. “No, I had neither,” she said.

EMTs soon arrived backstage where she was evaluated. “The paramedics are in my office and they hooked me up to every EKG situation,” she said. “I was low on hydrogen — you know the water. Not just any water, electrolytes.” Her blood pressure and heart rate checked out fine, nor does she suffer any bumps, bruises or aches from her fall.

After being hydrated, Williams left for Jersey, but not before stopping off to greet more than 200 fans and paparazzi waiting to catch a glimpse.

“This is never going to happen again,” she vowed.

We hope not. Watch Wendy speak on it below.

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Women in China Are Really Offended by This Ikea Ad

Ikea has apologized for a television commercial in China and pulled it from the air after some viewers called it sexist.

The 30-second spot features a couple and their grown daughter sitting down for a meal. The mother scolds the daughter: “If you don’t bring home a boyfriend next time, then don’t call me Mom!”

Moments later, a young man, holding a bouquet, appears at the door. In a snap, the parents lay out their Ikea place settings and a lavish meal for their daughter’s new boyfriend.

The Swedish furniture company is known for relying on deep research to translate its Scandinavian products to other cultures. (For instance, one company study found that in Shenzhen, China, people sat on the floor and used Ikea sofas as a backrest.) That kind of analysis has helped fuel Ikea’s global expansion.

But critics in China say the TV ad lacked that kind of cultural awareness, blasting it as sexist and insensitive to the country’s single women.

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According to the BBC, one Weibo user said the commercial “discriminates against singles and single women.”

“No boyfriend, so your own family members look down on you, what kind of values does this transmit?”

Said another: “Even if this sort of situation does happen in a lot of families, it’s not suitable to make advertisements about it, because it’s wrong.”

Ikea has issued an apology on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like messaging platform, saying it’s sorry for “giving the wrong perception.”

“This TV ad tried to show how Ikea can help customers easily and affordably convert a typical living room into a place for celebration. The purpose was to encourage customers to celebrate moments in everyday life,” the statement said.

Why did the commercial strike such a nerve?

It aired as women in China try to push back against the intense societal pressure to get married by a certain age. Chinese women who are not wed by age 27 are branded as “leftover women”–a term coined by the Chinese Women’s Federation in 2007–and are considered to have longer odds of finding a spouse. The pressure to marry is due, in part, to the severe gender imbalance caused by China’s recently-abandoned one-child policy that prompted families to favor sons over daughters. There’s such a disparity–an estimated 117 boys to every 100 girls–that one well-known economist suggested that multiple men be allowed to share one wife.

Women, meanwhile, have sought to shed the demeaning “leftover” designation. In April, a four-minute documentary-style ad by beauty company SK-IL went viral for standing up for “leftover” women and highlighting how they’re denigrated.

The Ikea ad, meanwhile, seemed to reinforce the “leftover” stereotype.


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Here’s what my kid’s lunch really looks like and I’m not ashamed

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Melissa Willets

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Upon seeing a few too many perfect-looking school lunches shared online, and reading way too many stories about school lunch shaming, I wanted to share what my kids’ lunches look like, in reality.

Their midday meals are far from picture-ready. They’re also not always 100 percent healthy or well planned, and they consist of a lot of snack food instead of artfully prepared sandwiches or Thermos creations meant to stay hot for hours. But I’m still not ashamed.

After all, I have to make three lunches every night. That is no joke, people. I’m pretty proud of myself for buying these bento boxes, because they look cool.

I'm proud of my kids' school lunch

But other than these bentos, there’s nothing too impressive about what I fix my kids for lunch. Like most moms, I have like five minutes to throw whatever we have in our kitchen into their lunch boxes. When I see photos of sandwiches pressed into shapes with seasonal cookie cutters, or fruits skewers, I can’t help but wonder where do these people find the time?!?

I’m barely holding it together each night as I race against the clock to get the kids to and from their activities, make dinner, help with homework, do baths, and read bedtime stories, let alone make their lunches for the next day.

In reality, this is my best take on preparing a themed lunch. Happy Halloween, kids!

School lunch reality

I try to add fresh fruit when I can, to ease my mom guilt, but sometimes all you’ve got is green bananas.

The reality of school lunch

So fruit snacks will have to count as their fruit. Sorry not sorry. At least I bought the Annie’s brand that’s organic. Mother of the year award, here I come!

Okay, so this is what a typical school lunch looks like in our house.

Real school lunch

My kids won’t eat sandwiches, so it’s yogurt every day. Then I toss in what they call “a crunchy snack,” usually Pirate’s Booty. There’s fruit snacks, a treat, and a fruit if I have something fresh in the fridge. On this particular day, at the last minute I found grapes, so I went with that. And I added a cheese stick, too, and felt oh-so-good about myself. Protein!

In the end, as my editor Betsy Shaw put it, this is lunch, not art. And it’s every, single day that we moms need to make it work.

Most importantly, I’ve learned that it’s far better to pack things I know my kids will actually eat. When I send them with foods I want them to eat, it all comes back to me smushed and uneaten. What a waste.

I hope that sharing what I pack for my kids will help even one mom to feel better about her kid’s lunch. Because remember, it’s not a competition! It’s food to keep our kids going throughout their school day. And I’ll be damned if I let the fact that my kids talked me into packing them Oreos make me feel like a sucky mom. They’re happy, and that’s it. Bigger fish to fry. Onward, moms!

What does your kid’s school lunch typically look like?

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The Internet just noticed something really weird about the “Monster Mash”

The Internet just noticed something really weird about the “Monster Mash”


The Internet just noticed something really weird about the “Monster Mash”

Have you ever stopped to listen to the popular Halloween song “Monster Mash”? Like, really listen to the words? If so, you might have realized something a little weird. Recently, the internet has been awash with a lot of theories about the song. From when it actually takes place to what it is about, everyone is talking.

And it makes sense. It is Halloween time. You can go out there with your grown-up candy corn floats and see celebrities dressing up as witches to get you in the spirit. Or, you can listen to your favorite Halloween songs and think about a bunch of monsters dancing around.

And, if you’re like the internet, you can realize that what you think the song is about isn’t what the song is actually about.

Because the Internet has discovered that you’ve never actually heard the “Monster Mash.”

Sure, you’ve heard the Bobby Pickett song, “Monster Mash” — but that’s just about a guy watching monsters dance and listen to the real “Monster Mash.” Think about it like this. The man singing is just describing to you what happened. Not as it is happening, but as he saw it.

That’s right, we’re just hearing a story about it, not living in the song. Seems a little weird, right? It always felt like we were listening to the “Monster Mash” itself, but instead, we were just listening to a man sing about it.

Still not getting it? Think of it like Tenacious D’s song “Tribute.”

A lot of people couldn’t handle the revelation.

While others just had jokes.

This is the second theory to come out in a while. The first being that the Monster Mash doesn’t necessarily take place on Halloween. It is just in the lab late one night. He could have been out on a Wednesday in June for all we know.

All this means is that it is that time of year again. We’re all getting in the Halloween spirit and jamming out to the Bobby Pickett classic. It also means that we, as adults, are ready to break down any theory about this song we can. Because, after all, it is a graveyard smash.



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From helping you to avoid a crisis and retain customers to predicting your clients’ future needs, listening to your audience is a critical part of growing a successful business brand. Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a gazillion dollars on survey tools and consultants to figure out what your customers think about your products or services.

 

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Here are few methods to gather feedback from your customers:

  1. Ask your subscribers to take a survey via email (Google Forms has a series of free surveys). Here are a few sample questions:
    1. What social media networks do you regularly use?
    2. Who are your favorite people to follow online?
    3. What websites do you visit for information on ____(for example, career, travel, fashion, or first-time mom)?
    4. When it comes to _____ what’s your biggest challenge.
    5. If you could solve one thing about _______, what would it be?
    6. Which product name or album title is better?
  2. Ask your customers to complete a quick 2-minute survey at the end of call or purchase. As an incentive, you can also enter their name into a contest.
  3. Create a Twitter Poll – A super easy and quick way to gather feedback from people as they scroll down their timeline.
  4. Create an image question and post to Instagram.
  5. Conduct a Q&A via Facebook Live.
  6. Ask an open-ended question on LinkedIn.
  7. Assess your website analytics –  Beyond providing a snapshot of your audience demographics ( e.g., geographic location, gender, age, etc.) you can identify which social media platforms, search engines and guest blogs are driving the most traffic to your website. You can also find out which pages of your site your audience is spending the most time on.

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Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker suggested Wednesday that Gens. John Kelly and James Mattis as well Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are the “people that help separate our country from chaos,” a stinging criticism of President Donald Trump from a man once considered an ally in Washington.


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What You Can Really Afford: Actual Workwear

Following up on Derek’s post yesterday about getting creative with a casual wardrobe based on workwear archetypes, I wanted to write a little about what remain some of my favorite brands, the ones that continue to make durable, inexpensive clothing for workers. Lines like Dickies and Carhartt, while they occasionally make gestures in the direction of fashion (usually to try to catch up to the cool kids wearing their gear in unintended settings), focus on making practical clothes that the wearer really won’t think about much. Unless you’re like me and spend as many hours searching eBay for classic Carhartt as doing manual labor most weeks.

There’s a reason many of us look for, say, Dickies collaboration pieces rather than real Dickies. Or “takes” on workwear from brands like Engineered Garments or Orslow. We’re used to seeking out clothing cut to flatter and made from comfortable, interesting fabrics. Those are not qualities you generally find on a rack of Ben Davis Gorilla Cut pants, for example. And I admit that the durability of real workwear is overstated. Brands tend to brag about toughness but a lot of this stuff is more disposable than anything. When workwear makes trade-offs among well-made, good-looking, and cheap, it usually values cheap.

Still, as with vintage, there’s a particular satisfaction in taking something designed with little aesthetic concern and fitting it into your wardrobe. It’s also fun to track down the sources for the modern versions of workwear we like, and to consider how others have taken workwear out of its clock-punching context and made it their own. I’ll stop short of saying it feels authentic because any authenticity here is thoroughly borrowed. 

Carhartt

Carhartt’s signature achievement is their use of brown “duck” fabric for pretty much everything–from hats to jackets to overalls. In my opinion brown duck (really more of a tan) is a great neutral and a sollid match with other things we like, especially in fall–blue oxford cloth, shetland sweaters, denim, olive drab ( see lead image on this post). The Carhartt piece I wear the most now is a blanket lined chore jacket–I think it’s the same model Brian from Wooden Sleepers mentions here.  But I’ve been meaning to get a pair of overalls. Carhartt has a decent “fashion” line as well known as Work in Progress (WIP).

As with many other workwear brands, with Carhartt I often size down on shirts and jackets and up on pants. Jackets fit big to accomodate layers and movement; on the other hand, pants are not vanity sized, so rather than squeeze into the waist of my “usual size” I’ll buy a size up. The pants aren’t going to fit trim either way. 

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Dickies

Dickies have been everyone’s go-to cheap pants forever. Around since 1922, today the brand make a ton of legit workwear for many professions, including hi-visibility stuff for road work and medical scrubs. But most guys know them for the 874 work pants, a cotton blend chino that’s, frankly, as stiff as it is cheap (currently $ 19.99)–recognizable in part because of their wide belt loops and slide, rather than button, closure. You might spend more than $ 20 getting them hemmed at the dry cleaner, maybe one reason it’s sometimes been considered standard to just cut them off at the ankle (every time you cut off a pair of Dickies, Johnny Knoxville gets a $ 0.16 royalty check). Dickies have also long had a presence in hip hop/streetwear scenes, and have a number of well regarded collaborations in fashion, including with J. Crew and Sasquatchfabrix.

I like the khaki color and the Air Force blue–they’re a nice alternative to denim. Although they’re lighter than denim, the fabric blend is not, in my opinion, the most comfortable in hot weather. As with Carhartt, I suggest sizing up a little on the pants, and getting them tailored to fit, like Chris Gibbs, or DIY-ing it. Unless you opt for a stretch model, Dickies don’t have a lot of give.

Ben Davis

Although I’ve lived on the east coast all my life, I’ve always seen Ben Davis as sort of the West Coast-exclusive Dickies. We just didn’t see BD pieces around much growing up (which made them somewhat more desirable). Their pants (especially in the “gorilla cut”) have a rep for being a little baggier than Dickies–somewhat hilariously, they don’t make lower than size 30 waist in pants, and no size small for shirts. BD shorts, worn baggy and clean, often with high socks, are historically a mark of California gang style. Ben Davis are also known for their zip work shirts, a style I find a little hard to wear. Famously, Dr. Dre in 1992′s Let Me Ride video selects from a closet full of black Ben Davis shirts. 

Like many of these brands, Ben Davis benefits a lot from having a damn cool logo. Coincidentally, I learned a lot about many of these brands from writer Gary Warnett, whose site’s logo is a Ben Davis logo flip, and there’s allegedly a connection between the logo and that of X-LARGE, one of the first modern streetwear brands. Like a lot of American brands, BD has an entirely streetwear based presence in Japan. They also recently collaborated with Opening Ceremony.

Le Laboureur

Turns out people outside of the US do work, too. The stuff I’ve handled from French label Le Labourer–best known for work jackets and corduroy pants–is heavier and more refined than most of the American stuff discussed so far–of course it’s still made in France and not QUITE as cheap. Most of the American brands have offshored most or all of their manufacturing. A moleskin LL jacket will run you about $ 100, a wool one nearly double (I have this one myself). These are straightforward, unlined jackets, but they make for great outer layers in the fall and winter. Le Labourer is also known for making jackets for Junya Watanabe’s MAN line, which are a little trimmer and wilder–haven’t seen these widely available for a few years. LL makes some wild high-waisted, buckle back trousers but I’ve yet to track a pair of these down. This stuff has a more country feel than the American brands, and less hunting (like Carhartt) and more wandering fallow fields.

Le Laboureur outerwear is sized numerically. I’ve found that a size 3 fits me best (although not trim), and I’m usually a L in American brands. So, generally, size 1 is a small, 2 a medium, etc.

Expect more budget friendly workwear profiles from us next week.

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So … what is Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘mother!’ really about?

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Warning: Major spoilers for mother! are ahead.

Well, that was something.

Jennifer Lawrence’s mother! has finally arrived in theaters, and the general reaction can be summed up in three letters: WTF?

It’s clear that writer-director Darren Aronofsky is trying to say something with his new work, and that he wants to get people talking about that something. The problem is that no one quite seems able to agree on what that something is. 

Ask 10 people who’ve just seen this movie what they think it’s “really” about, and you might get half a dozen different explanations. I know, because I did just that after seeing mother! for the first time at TIFF. Read more…

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How gross is your kitchen sponge really?

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Laura Falin

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The thing no one warned me about when I became a parent was the amount of wiping. Faces, noses, tables, computer screens, chairs, coffee tables, bottoms, bottoms, bottoms. So. Much. Wiping.

It’s no wonder I have disposable wipes of all kinds around here. Electronic wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, Lysol wipes. I even have some special stainless steel wipes for my fridge. The only thing I haven’t been able to find a suitable wipe for is my dishes. I use a very questionable kitchen sponge for those. Every time I use it, I wonder whether I’m actually cleaning things, or just helping the bacteria in the sponge to get around my kitchen even faster than it would on its own.

This article has my answer. In a nutshell, the average kitchen sponge has a crapload of bacteria on it. This might be my favorite quote:

“We found 362 different species of bacteria, and locally, the density of bacteria reached up to 45 billion per square centimeter,” says Markus Egert, a microbiologist at Furtwangen University in Germany, who led the study.

Well, that’s a party right there.

How gross is your kitchen sponge really?

Do not despair, however. Despite the discoveries at Furtwangen University, you’re probably not at risk of infecting your entire household with awful diseases. There are actually only five species of bacteria that cause more than 90 percent of hospitalizations from foodborne illness…and they’re not usually found on sponges.

Jennifer Quinlan, a food microbiologist at Drexel University, says the best ways to keep your sponges from spewing dangerous bacteria around are to keep them away from raw meat, replace them every couple of weeks, and clean them every few days by putting them in the dishwasher or microwaving them. That should get rid of the dangerous ones…and the rest? Well, there are gazillions of bacteria microbes crawling all over your house anyway, what’s a few billion more in your sponge?

I guess the answer to my question is that my kitchen sponge is pretty gross but since I’m not using it to scrub-a-dub my chicken, we should be okay.

Next thing you know, they’ll be telling us that dirt is good for you, too. 

Do you clean your sponges? Replace them? Use something else entirely? I could use some suggestions!

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When my son was 18-months-old I read a parenting book in which the author confessed she didn’t like playing with her kids. I was appalled.

Who doesn’t like playing with their kids? That’s messed up.

My son was so fun and curious and cute and he did the sweetest things when we played together on the floor for hours a day. Then he got older and we played the same blasted things over and over and over again.

Now I get it.

I don’t love playing with my 5-year-old son. There. I said it.

After about 20 minutes of focused playtime, I am like a caged animal. I’m ready to move on and do something productive in the adult world. Let me fold the clothes or pluck my eyebrows or do my taxes. I just need a break!

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There’s a guilt that creeps in on me particularly about playtime. I spend a lot of time with my kids–going to the park, running errands, doing crafts and taking walks. But actually sitting on the floor playing? I don’t do a lot of that.

I mean, how much time do kids actually need of one-on-one playtime with parents?

We all know it’s crucial for their development.

Not only is it important for skill-development, but it forges the bond that your parenting relationship is built on. I learn a lot about my son through our playtime together. I’m able to gauge his strengths and growth-points. Sometimes when we role play we can work out issues that have occurred earlier in our day.

Kids need to play with other kids too.

As an adult I can’t always give him what he needs. He needs to play with kids on his own level. He needs to problem solve and work his way through sharing issues. Kids need to play with other kids to learn to get along with other kids.

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Independent playtime is so important.

Before you start feeling like the worst parent ever for not spending all the hours of your days crouched on the floor building blocks, let’s talk about the importance of independent play. I love the quote by Sherry Turkle, an MIT professor: “If you don’t teach your children how to be alone, they only know how to be lonely.”

When kids play by themselves it fosters creativity and independence. These are important skills! If we are constantly entertaining them, they will never go into their rooms and discover an amazing new game with their old toys.

Reframe what you think of as play.

I’ve been trying to answer this question of how much playtime my kids need from me, but in doing so I realized that we play in bits and pieces throughout our day. We play I spy in the car on the way to the store, color together before dinner and take walks to find bugs. All of this is actually play. And it’s play that I truly enjoy

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So how much time should we really play with our kids?

A 2015 study revealed that parent-child time can actually become harmful to children at one point. When parents were stressed, sleep-deprived, and anxious, their time spent with their children led to behavioral and emotional problems for their kids.

The bottom line?

Parents who enjoy spending time with their kids actually have more of an impact on their children.

Quality over quantity.

So maybe it is just 15 minutes in the car on the way to school or 5 minutes spent discussing the day’s events around the dinner table. Maybe we are asking the wrong question altogether. Maybe instead of asking if we are playing with them enough, we should ask ourselves this: Are we connecting with them enough?

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“He never remembers our anniversary,” Felicia says about her husband of 15 years. “It used to really upset me, but now I just drop little hints as the day approaches. It works.”

“I just don’t get his obsession with cars,” Renee says about her boyfriend of two years. “I mean, everything is cars. He has posters of them around his apartment and he’s always looking at ads even though he’s got three that he hasn’t fixed up yet.”

We can examine these differences to help us understand why men behave as they do, but scientists are particularly interested because gender differences may help us gain a better understanding of brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, which affect women considerably more than men.

“When he’s playing a video game,” says Brittany, “you might as well just give it up. If I try to ask him a question or get him to do something, it’s like talking to a wall. I mean, I don’t get it. It’s just a game!”

Indeed, there are many things we women don’t get about men (and vice versa). Studies show there’s a reason for that: our brains are just different.

In fact, male and female brains differ in a number of ways, including how they process things, the chemistry of neurochemicals pumping through them, how they’re built, and how much blood flows where.

We can examine these differences to help us understand why men behave as they do, but scientists are particularly interested because gender differences may help us gain a better understanding of brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, which affect women considerably more than men.

Indeed, almost two-thirds of American seniors living with Alzheimer’s disease are women, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. At age 65, women have a more than one in six chance of developing the disease, compared with a one in 11 chance for men. Women are also known to decline much more quickly than men once they have the disease.

Researchers used to believe that the main reason for this difference was that women lived longer, but recent research on brain differences are changing that belief.

“Considerably more women develop dementia in the Western world than men,” said Dr. Doug Brown, Director of Research at the Alzheimer’s Society, “and this isn’t just because they live longer.”

So what is driving the difference?

Women and Men Have Different Brains

We already know about a number of key differences between the genders when it comes to the brain. First, there are behavioral differences. Women, on average, excel in verbal ability, reading comprehension, writing ability, fine-motor coordination, and perceptual speed, and they’re also better at remembering things from long ago. 

The behavioral differences extend to the unhealthy side of our mental and emotional health, too. Women are twice as likely to suffer from clinical depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, whereas men are more likely to become alcohol or drug-dependent, and 40 percent more likely to develop schizophrenia.

Men, on average, have superior visuospatial skills, in that they can “see” two- or three-dimensional shapes, correctly determine angles from the horizontal, and track moving objects. (Why you’re likely to give up the wheel to your guy when it comes time to parallel park.)

These differences are seen early on, usually in infants. Little girls respond more readily to faces and start talking earlier, and little boys react earlier to perceptual discrepancies that they can see.

The behavioral differences extend to the unhealthy side of our mental and emotional health, too. Women are twice as likely to suffer from clinical depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, whereas men are more likely to become alcohol or drug-dependent, and 40 percent more likely to develop schizophrenia.

Next, there are the physical differences. Men’s brains, on average, are bigger than women’s, but a woman’s hippocampus, which is involved in learning and memorization, is larger than a man’s. The amygdala, the emotional center of the brain, is bigger in men, too, and works differently than it does in women. After watching an emotionally powerful film, women showed greater activity in the left amygdala (there are two), while men showed more in the right.

There’s more communication between the left and right sides of women’s brains, whereas men have more localized brain activity. In fact, women have verbal centers on both sides, while men tend to have them only in the left. (Which could explain why your guy cringes when you say, “We have to talk.”)

Both genders process the same chemicals, like serotonin, but to different degrees. Ratios of gray and white matter differ, with men having more gray matter—involved in information- and action-processing—and women having more white matter, which is responsible for communication between different areas of the brain. There are differences in blood flow, too.

Of course, there are many things between the genders that are similar as well, and there are a lot of variations between individuals. We know that some women excel spatially and some men are great communicators, and we can find exceptions to every rule.

But when looking at the research as a whole, we find these basic differences that exist. Learning more about them could help women fare better when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders like depression and anxiety.

Gender Differences May be Tied to Disease Risk

As mentioned, women are more at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, as well as depression and anxiety. Men, on the other hand, are more at risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), substance abuse, and antisocial disorders.

First, we can take to heart the recommendations to eat well, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and take good care of our hearts, as heart health is closely related to brain health. We can continue to learn new things and challenge our cognitive abilities as we age, and stay connected socially to those that matter to us while continuing to make new friends whenever possible.

New evidence suggests that our brain differences may be at least partially to blame for these risks. In an August 2017 study, for example, researchers reported that significant gender-related brain differences that could impact future Alzheimer’s treatments.

Using brain imaging data from 46,034 men and women, they found that women’s brains were significantly more active (with higher blood flow) in many more areas than men’s brains, especially in the prefrontal cortex, which is involved with focus and impulse control, and the emotional areas involved with mood and anxiety. The visual and coordination centers, on the other hand, were more active in men.

“The quantifiable differences we identified between men and women are important for understanding gender-based risk for brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease,” said lead author Daniel G. Amen, M.D. “Using functional imaging tools…are essential to developing precision medicine brain treatments in the future.”

Researchers also theorized that the differences in blood flow could explain why women tend to be stronger in empathy and intuition, as well as self-control, and why they may be more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.

A couple years ago, researchers reported that women’s brains are more vulnerable to the degenerative effects of Alzheimer’s than men’s. They typically decline faster after diagnosis, losing their memory and cognitive function twice as quickly.

“Women are disproportionally affected by Alzheimer’s,” said Maria Carrillo, chief scientific officer as the Alzheimer’s Association, “and there is an urgent need to understand if differences in brain structure, disease progression, and biological characteristics contribute to higher prevalence and rates of cognitive decline.”

Other researchers have suggested that women and men have very different experiences with Alzheimer’s, and that understanding these differences should be a high priority for future research.

How Women Can Protect Their Brains

How women’s brains work is only one area of Alzheimer’s research. Scientists are also looking at genetic differences and hormonal differences, and have found some evidence that these factors, too, may affect risk for and progression of the disease.

It is clear, however, from decades of research, that women’s brains differ from men’s. Women can use that knowledge to not only increase understanding in their relationships with men, but to adopt lifestyle habits that will help protect their brains.

First, we can take to heart the recommendations to eat well, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and take good care of our hearts, as heart health is closely related to brain health. We can continue to learn new things and challenge our cognitive abilities as we age, and stay connected socially to those that matter to us while continuing to make new friends whenever possible.

But we can go beyond these basic (and important) steps to take stock of our own mental health. Women who are suffering from depression or anxiety may want to seek help sooner than later, to avoid a downward spiral that may have long-term consequences. They can track their health after menopause to reduce risk. (While hormone-replacement therapy within five years of menopause reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease, using it later in life increases risk, according to some studies.)

In the end, we may not be able to control whether or not our brains decline with age, but we don’t have to resign ourselves to fate. We can use our highly connected and intuitively powerful brains to raise the odds that we’ll continue to be able to outsmart the men in our lives.

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Really cheap places to travel in Europe

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Who doesn’t love a good getaway? Better yet, who doesn’t love a good getaway without a massive dent in your bank balance? Whether it be a mini-break, a fully fledged vacation or a place to stop while on your travels, we’ve got some bargains for you:

Czech Republic

This country is well known for its capital city, Prague. Prague is renowned for its beer (a cheap beer at that) as well as its castle. With its origin dating back to the 10th century, Prague Castle is central to Eastern European history with an emperor, kings, and presidents choosing to make it their home throughout it’s standing. The Czech Republic also has a number of historical libraries that are truly beautiful.

Budapest

Budapest was established when three towns – Old Buda, Buda and Pest combined to form the stunning capital. It is known for its festivals and markets as well as value for money. Hop on a river cruise and feast your eyes on the wondrous architecture and renowned thermal springs. It is home to countless art galleries and museums as well as the famous Hungaroring Formula 1 racetrack.

Poland

Poland is home to many tiny towns that are so worth seeing. One of them being Gdansk – a town which birthed the once thriving anti-communist movement but is now an ancient looking city which is ever so modern in its culture. For buzzing polish nightlife – visit Krakow. It is said to have the most pubs per square meter in the world – so you can travel from one medieval cellar bar to the next with not much damage to your finances.

Berlin

To be utterly immersed in the German culture, visit its capital city, Berlin. Known for being modern and multicultural and home to so many quirky galleries, music, and theatre as well as contemporary art, where else would you rather be? Berlin has a whole breadth of history – some upsetting, but has very much shaped the wonderful city it is today – and you can see it all for a small cost.

Albania

In comparison to other countries in Europe, Albania is new to the world of tourism. 1991 saw the end of a brutal strain of communism in the country, which meant that Albania had some catching up to do – and boy, has it caught up. With mountain scenery, forgotten archeological sites and ancient villages – Albania – particularly the coast, is quite astounding.

Macedonia

This country is best known for its waterside town Ohrid and Lake Ohrid that has become a tourist phenomenon over the years. But Macedonia has so much more to offer – Skopje being an example – it has plenty of monuments, museums, and fountains to show for its ancient history. Don’t fear young backpackers; this capital is by all accounts for the young and old, as modernity and history combine. Known for its kind and helpful locals, you could easily venture across the mountains and walking trails that are oh so peaceful and uncrowded.

With each place listed here having a cool culture that satisfies all five senses within your being, and for a considerably low price than what you’d expect – why delay in booking your European getaway? We wouldn’t.

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We really need to talk about Doctor Foster season 2

The show that had us shouting at the TV is just around the corner. Here’s everything we know so far.

Doctor Foster

Remember those few weeks back in 2015 when all anyone could talk about was one BBC television show? That TV show, Doctor Foster, is about to return for a second season. But where can the story of spurned GP Gemma Foster go after season one’s explosive, and seemingly very final, conclusion? If we learned anything from series one, which saw a single blonde hair lead to the total annihilation of one woman’s personal life, then pretty much anywhere.

Remind us what happens in the first season of Doctor Foster?

In the opening episode of season one a successful and happily married GP called Gemma Foster (Suranne Jones) discovers one long, blonde hair on her husband Simon (Bertie Carvel)’s scarf. This single discovery kicks Gemma into a spiral of suspicion that leads to the revelation of Simon’s affair with 23-year-old Kate, the daughter of Gemma’s patient.

Which bits made us shout at the TV?

Most of these involved some slightly ridiculous plot twists that pushed our willing suspension of disbelief to its absolute limits: Gemma discovering Kate and Simon have gone on a cosy French holiday with their best friends (and taken some happy group photos she discovers on his secret affair phone), Gemma bursting into Simon’s office to see him kissing Kate in the garden – presumably in full view of Simon’s others colleagues – Kate telling Gemma she’s pregnant with Simon’s child, and even Gemma’s mother-in-law revealing she’s known about the affair for two years. We also watched Dr Foster’s professional life unravel at the same time as her marriage thanks to an avalanche of negative RateMyGP reviews (doesn’t rain but it pours).

Where will the story go in Doctor Foster season two?

You might remember the final showdown at Kate’s parents’ house at the end of season one, when Gemma engineers an awkward dinner party, then sets fire to the evening by revealing the affair and Kate’s pregnancy. Just before the credits we see Gemma in the town square with her son, having apparently split from Simon.

Fast-forward to season two, where the action is set to begin two years later – in real time given the show’s hiatus – after the divorce between Simon and Gemma has gone through. ‘We’re now going to tell the next chapter in Gemma’s story’, says the show’s writer Mike Bartlett, ‘her life in Parminster may look better on the surface, but as she will discover to her cost, every action has its consequences eventually. No one comes through hell unscathed.’ File that one under: lots of old wounds being opened when Simon comes back into Gemma’s life.

Who is returning to star in it?

The brilliant Suranne Jones – who won a TV BAFTA for season one – will return to play Gemma in season two, as will her estranged husband Simon, played by Bertie Carvel. We also know from the billing of Jodie Comer that Simon’s 23-year-old lover Kate is still in his life.  Our money’s on: a very bitter divorce battle, some regrettable make-up sex with Simon and several very public stand-offs in Parminster town square.

Much of the tension in season one rested on Gemma’s discovery of the affair – the big challenge for season two will be how Bartlett maintains that tension two years after the affair has unfolded. Can they do it? We’ll find out next Tuesday 5th.

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A Patek Philippe Watch Will Never Really Be Yours

Why is this high-end watch brand a favorite among cognoscenti? Attention to details, uncompromising quality of the components and a long watchmaking tradition – and the fact that the price of their watches always goes up in auctions doesn’t hurt. Gentleman’s Gazette presents the story of this prestigious brand and of its most famous models.

A FAMILY HEIRLOOM

Some time ago, while thumbing through the pages of a luxury magazine, I came across one of the most intriguing watch ads (which is a lot to say, for I created the first specialized watch magazine in Brazil in 1998). It was a Patek Philippe ad, showing a man and his son enjoying some leisure time. The slogan said, “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation”. I thought, “Oh my, what are they saying? You’ll spend a considerable amount of money in a watch and will not own it?”

A family heirloom

A family heirloom

The same theme and slogan were used with different “father-son” duos, implying that this watch is not a frivolity, you are investing in an heirloom, and your kid will benefit from your wise choice. Someone commented that they are selling something that money can’t buy, such as family closeness and legacy.

A fine investment

A fine investment

It is not a new marketing approach at Patek. This lovely 1949 ad already explored the family spirit and reminded, “what could be a finer investment?”

The reference 1518, the most expensive wristwatch ever

The reference 1518, the most expensive wristwatch ever

Patek Philippe prices range from US$ 8,000 to the seven-digit range – and we are not talking about rare pieces such as the stainless steel 1518 (above) sold in November 2016 at a Phillips Bacs & Russo auction in Geneva. The hammer slammed at $ 11,136,642, making it the world’s most expensive wristwatch ever.

Why Patek command such high prices at auctions, making them sometimes even higher than the original retail price?

FIRST IT WAS PATEK, CZAPEK & CIE.

To understand this, we have to go back to 1839. As many watch companies, Patek Philippe started with two partners – in this case, the Polish Army lieutenant Antoni Norbert Patek (1812-1877) and his first partner, also Polish and a watchmaker, Franciszek Czapek (1811-1895).

Antoni Patek

Antoni Patek

Franciszek Czapek 

Franciszek Czapek

Patek and Czapek separated in 1844, the same year in which Patek met a French watchmaker, Jean Adrien Philippe (1815-1894). He was already famous for inventing the keyless winding mechanism in 1842.

Jean Adrien Philippe

Jean Adrien Philippe

PATEK PHILIPPE & CIE.

In 1845, Patek and Philippe joined forces, and the company was renamed to “Patek Philippe & Cie.” in 1851. Patek was responsible for sales and Philippe created new products, which did not take long to show up: in 1868, they made that which is arguably the first wristwatch in history for Countess Koscowicz of Hungary.  (It is interesting to observe that pocket watches were the rule for men until the 1930s; wristwatches were considered feminine objects…)

Countess Koscowicz watch

Countess Koscowicz watch

Patek died in 1877, but his surviving partner kept on managing the company. In 1880, a Patek Philippe watch was awarded the first prize in the precision competition of the Observatoire de Genève.  The death of Adrien Philippe in 1894 changed things a bit and, in 1901, the company became a business corp. In 1932, two brothers, Charles and Jean Stern, acquired the control of Patek Philippe.

Philippe and Thierry Stern, Patek presidents

Philippe and Thierry Stern, Patek presidents

Philippe Stern, Charles’ grandson, became General Manager in 1977 and President in 1993. Thierry, Philippe’s son, became President in 2009, with his father as Honorary President.

Patek Philippe Museum

Patek Philippe Museum

Presently, Patek Philippe is the last family owned and independent manufacture in Geneva. Their main unit is in Plan-les-Ouates, south of Geneva; the cases and bracelets unit is in Perly and the Patek Philippe Museum is in Plainpalais.

PATEK’S MOST EMBLEMATIC MODELS

With a quite extensive history and over seventy patents, Patek Philippe certainly has many interesting watch models. But, what makes these watches be what they are?

The Poinçon de Genève seal

The Poinçon de Genève seal

First, even though most Swiss watch companies are in La Chaux-des-Fonds, Le Locle, and Bienne, the canton of Geneva houses a few of them. In 1886, The Geneva School of Horology created the Geneva Seal – or Poinçon de Genève, as they say in French. To deserve it and present it on their watches, a company must obey 12 technical specifications and be mechanical (self-winding or hand-wound). If a single Seal is a prowess, this says much about the fact that every watch made by Patek Philippe has the Geneva Seal stamped on the movement.

Gianni Agnelli and his Patek Philippe 1415 HU, or Universal Time

Gianni Agnelli and his Patek Philippe 1415 HU, or Universal Time

Second, the company is a manufacture, meaning that they control every stage in the production of their watches. Third, some models are made in very limited numbers: they record every watch ever produced since 1839, including those worn by celebrities such as Albert Einstein, Queen Victoria, and Gianni Agnelli, who we have already seen in a previous Gentleman of Style article at Gentleman’s Gazette.

Which are their most emblematic models?

The Calatrava reference 5120J

The Calatrava reference 5120J

The Calatrava was launched in 1932, after the Stern brothers bought the company. It is a clean watch, with a gold or platinum case. Some of the versions, such as the ref. 5120J shown above, have a hobnail (or Clous de Paris) bezel, a white enamel dial and black roman indexes. It is the zenith of discretion and elegance for an elegant black-tie event, with an average price of US$ 13,000.

Jack Welch and his Calatrava

Jack Welch and his Calatrava

Among famous owners of Calatravas, you’ll find Jack Welch of General Electric. (By the way, check the elegant Order of the Garter buttons on Welch’s blazer.)

The Golden Ellipse

The Golden Ellipse

The Golden Ellipse was launched in 1968 with the rectangular, rounded case inscribed inside the “Golden Ratio”, an irrational mathematical constant indicated by the Greek letter phi as a tribute to the sculptor Phidias, who used it in the Parthenon. Scientists found out that this proportion – 1.618 approximately – is everywhere in nature, such as in the nautilus seashell, beehives and other places: the proportion between the bigger and the smaller side is 1.618.

The Golden Ratio

The Golden Ratio

Patek Philippe used this ratio in the Golden Ellipse, creating another watch of rare beauty. Among its models, I suggest the reference 3738/100J, shown above, an ultra-thin, self-winding model. In the mid-seventies, Patek Philippe launched a Golden Ellipse ad in the French Vogue Hommes, saying something like, “you can’t see the seconds in a Golden Ellipse? It’s fine – you don’t drink Champagne to quench your thirst.” Expect to pay something to the order of US$ 22,000 for it.

Golden Ellipse cufflinks

Golden Ellipse cufflinks

If you browse the web a bit, you may find a pair of Patek cufflinks with the Golden Ellipse motif.

The original Nautilus

The original Nautilus

The Nautilus was released in 1976, with the original model in stainless steel. The designer was none other than Gérald Genta, who also created the Royal Oak for Audemars Piguet and the Ingenieur for IWC, among other creations. The case evokes a ship’s hatch, a hint to its sportive – mainly nautical – vocation. Brad Pitt, a great watch collector, has a Nautilus, given to him by Angelina Jolie. (He also has a very rare 1952 Patek worth US$ 3MM, also a gift from his former beloved.)

The Aquanaut

The Aquanaut

Also with maritime inclination, the Aquanaut is a 1997 release with gold or steel case; the latter is the main version, with a rubber band to match its decisive sportive look, even though it does not follow true diver’s watch rules.

COMPLICATED WATCHES, PATEK’S FORTE

But it is in the horological complications – name given in watchmaking to any function beyond timekeeping – that Patek’s true colors really fly.

World Time

World Time

A recent complicated watch from Patek Philippe, and a popular one, if we may use “popular” and this brand name in the same sentence, is the World Time. (You may see the reference 5130G in white gold above.) The new model is a recreation of a 1930s watch that indicates not only the local time, but also the time in any of the 24 world time zones, thanks to two rotating disks.

A 1940s World Time watch, reference 1415

A 1940s World Time watch, reference 1415

In a 2006 auction at Antiquorum, a 1940s World Time yellow gold Patek Philippe watch such as the one above was sold for over € 150,000. The new model may be purchased for $ 43,000.

The Dalai Lama and his pocket Patek Philippe, reference 658

The Dalai Lama and his pocket Patek Philippe, reference 658

Moving up still further, we find the useful and intriguing calendar watches. The Dalai Lama owns a gold pocket watch by Patek, reference 658, with a political background. In 1943, in His Holiness own words, “the Allies wanted to make a road over Tibet from Assam, in India, to China. So two American military representatives came with a letter from President Roosevelt and a box containing a gold watch. A Patek Philippe.  I was very excited.  It was a very beautiful, very smart model. I still have it and it still works.”

One of the representatives from the Office of Strategic Services was Ilia Tolstoi, a grandson of the novelist (who, incidentally, also wore a Patek Philippe); the other was Brooke Dolan. They carried the Patek and a letter from President Roosevelt to the young Dalai – he was 8 or 9 then – and received a “khata”, a ceremonial silk scarf from him.

It is interesting to know that the Dalai Lama is very fond of watches, and they are one of his few hobbies. Again in his own words, from his book Ethics for the New Millenium, “I have always enjoyed repairing watches. But I can remember a number of occasions as a boy when, completely losing my patience with those tiny, intricate parts, I picked up the mechanism and smashed it down on the table. Of course, later I felt very sorry and ashamed of my behavior–especially when, as on one occasion, I had to return the watch to its owner in a condition worse than it was before!”

The Dalai Lama also owns some Rolexes, always being careful to wear them turned 180 degrees around the wrist in order to be discrete and not ostensive. After all, he is the leader of six million Tibetan Buddhists and one of the most admired spiritual figures of our time, and obviously, he is careful not to project the wrong image.

The reference 658 with black dial

The reference 658 with black dial

A beautiful black dial version of the same model was sold in a Sotheby’s auction in New York on December 2014 for $ 527,000. The auction house declared that it was the first reference 658 to have been produced and the only one of 15 with a black dial. Its features include a perpetual calendar with four subsidiary dials for month and leap year, day, date, constant seconds and moon phases, split-seconds chronograph, a minute repeater with two hammers on two gongs. This model is a Grand Complication, including all three types of complications: visual indicators (such as a chronograph), astronomical indicators (moon phases) and acoustical indicators (as minute repeaters).

The Sky-Moon Tourbillon

The Sky-Moon Tourbillon

Another Grand Complication from Patek Philippe, in this case, a wristwatch, is the Sky-Moon Tourbillon (the ref. 5002J above, in yellow gold, sells for around $ 1,5 million), the most complicated wristwatch they have ever made and the first with dials on both sides.

The list of indications includes, in the front dial, the minute repeater with cathedral chimes, tourbillon escapement (a mechanism that helps to maintain the watch very precise), perpetual calendar (meaning it does not need adjustments on leap years), just to name a few. The back side shows sidereal time, a sky map (thus its name), and the moon’s phase and orbit.

Sure, a Patek Philippe – any model, as you have seen – is expensive. But consider the amount of time needed to produce one watch: it takes nine months to assemble a Golden Ellipse, or several years for a complicated model. As one of their ads say, “every element is microscopically hand-finished to a tolerance which represents a fraction of the thickness of a human hair”. Then comes testing and regulating, with many hours spent on these fine procedures to ensure that even a mechanical Patek (yes, they have some quartz models) is precise to a fault.

Actually, the gold in a Patek never represents more than 25% of its cost; its main cost is the “time, patience, tradition and absolute dedication to flawlessness”. And, as one of their best ads say, “The value of a gold Patek Philippe goes up, even when the price of gold goes down”…

links for Philips Bacs & Russo – https://www.phillips.com/departments/department?DepartmentName=Watches; for Antiquorum – http://www.antiquorum.com/home/; for Sothebys – http://www.sothebys.com/en/departments/watches.html; for Gianni Agnelli as Gentleman of Style in GG – https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/gianni-agnelli-style-gentleman/


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The TV show Adam Ruins Everything gives comedian Adam Conover a platform to dispel some myths in our society. Last month, the show tackled parenting, including the breastfeeding versus formula feeding debate. For those who didn’t catch it, you can watch a segment here. Long story short: You aren’t a failure of a mother if you don’t breastfeed.

Throughout every episode of this show, little blurbs in the corner of the screen show citations that back up each claim. It’s hard to fact-check a comedy show while you’re enjoying it, but I thought it might be interesting to check this segment’s sources. Here are the claims in the clip and their associated citations.

Breastfeeding Pros and Cons

“Breastfeeding is normal, natural, and great.” Source: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2016. That’s a vague citation, but I’m betting it’s referencing the fact that this organization published a Committee Opinion in 2016 that reiterated its recommendation that parents exclusively breastfeed for a baby’s first six months.

“Breastfeeding takes 35 hours a week.” Source: Courtney Jung, Lactivism, 2015. The full title of Jung’s book is Lactivism: How Feminists and Fundamentalists, Hippies and Yuppies, and Physicians and Politicians Made Breastfeeding Big Business and Bad Policy. Jung’s book claims that the push for breastfeeding is more about money than health.

Jung herself appears in the segment as a “professor and lactation expert.” She is a professor, but not of medicine — she’s part of the University of Toronto’s Department of Political Science. I don’t know what makes somebody a lactation expert, but I could find no evidence that she has special training in that area.

As the title might indicate, Jung’s book has drawn its share of controversy. Notably, Melissa Bartick, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance, tore into Jung’s claims and methods, comparing her tactics to the fearmongering of Donald Trump.

The 35 hours per week figure comes from Jung’s estimation that a new mother spends about five hours per day breastfeeding. There’s room to argue about that number’s accuracy, since every baby has different eating habits. However, most folks won’t argue that breastfeeding does take a significant time investment.

Benefits of Formula

“Babies grew up malnourished or died if their moms couldn’t breastfeed.” Source: Emily E. Stevens, et. al, The Journal of Perinatal Education, Spring 2009. Stevens’ article, “A History of Infant Feeding,” states that the lack of milk storage and sterilization meant that one-third of artificially fed babies in the early 19th century.

(Paraphrase alert) Formula and breast milk are not nutritionally different. Source: Camilia R. Martin et. Al, Nutrients, May 2016. This is misleading. Martin’s “Review of Infant Feeding” states that breast milk is preferable, but that “For healthy newborns whose mothers are unable to provide sufficient breast milk, the current option of choice is infant formula.”

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Oxytocin and Breastfeeding

“The media calls [oxytocin] the love hormone.” Source: Ed Yong, New Scientist, Feb 2012. The article in New Scientist explains that this hormone has a dark side, such as fostering racism. The magazine is not peer reviewed. Yong himself is a science journalist reporting on other professionals’ findings.

“[Oxytocin] is also released when you do things like fire a gun or watch porn. Source: Ed Yong, Slate, 17 Jul 2012. Like New Scientist, Slate is a news source rather than a peer-reviewed journal. The article includes statements from multiple professionals that downplay the supposed miracles of oxytocin as media hype.

“There is no convincing support for a connection between breastfeeding and the quality of the mother-infant relationship.” Source: Jarno Jansen et. al, Developmental Review, Dec 2008. This is a peer-reviewed source, and the show is correct about the study’s conclusion. As of 2008, there wasn’t enough evidence to claim that breastfeeding improved the mother-infant bond.

Moms Who Can’t Breastfeed

“15 percent of moms can’t breastfeed.” Source: Courtney Jung, Lactivism, 2015. This is misleading – the actual quote from Jung is, “Doctors estimate that up to 15 percent of women suffer from either primary or secondary lactation failure.” I guess it doesn’t make good TV to say you’re using the high end of an estimate.

My Take Away

I like Adam Ruins Everything, and I like that it lists its sources so I can look into them myself. In this case, the segment’s use of Jung is a bit iffy due to the mixed reviews of the science behind her book. The show was also directly misleading about one of its cited studies.

As a whole, though, I agree with the segment’s premise – moms who formula feed shouldn’t feel bad about it. The science supporting formula feeding as equivalent to breastfeeding is not as clear-cut as the show suggests, but formula remains a viable option for those who want or need it. Feed your baby and be happy.

Do you think this segment prevented a fair view of breastfeeding and formula feeding?

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“I just put on another gown to cover up my backside and put on some boots over my shoes, to keep from getting any fluid and all that stuff on me, and went down to her room,” Dr. Amanda Hess told TV station WKYT.

Dr. Hess — an obstetrician/gynecologist hours away from delivering her own child at Frankfort Regional Medical Center in Frankfort, Kentucky — recognized the woman screaming as a patient from her practice who she happened to have seen the week before for a final pre-natal appointment.

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“I was not being quiet about the fact that it was difficult for me not to push,” Halliday-Johnson says, adding that with no time for any pain medication, she let out a scream or two.

Dr. Hess, who had checked into the hospital that same night, had already changed into her patient gown and was preparing to be induced when she heard the commotion. “She overheard the nurses preparing for a woman in active labor who needed to deliver immediately because the baby was in distress — that baby was coming and needed help,” fellow physician Dr. Hala Sabry wrote on Facebook.

Halliday-Johnson said didn’t know until later that Dr. Hess wasn’t on duty at the hospital but actually had been in her own hospital room down the hall.

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“I had actually taken a call the day before, so I thought really that I was working up to the last minute. But this was literally ’til the last second,” Dr. Hess told TV station WLEX.

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This month, American bard Bob Dylan finally delivered his Nobel lecture, many months after he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. The lecture, traditionally given days before the award ceremony in December, must be delivered by those who accept the award within six months. Dylan slipped in his assignment just under the deadline.

Now, however, another Nobel controversy has arisen for the singer-songwriter: Numerous outlets have reported that he may have plagiarized from SparkNotes during a long passage on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick in his long-awaited lecture. 

The discovery stems from a line in which Dylan appears to directly quote Moby Dick. “A Quaker pacifist priest, who is actually a bloodthirsty businessman, tells Flask, ‘Some men who receive injuries are led to God, others are led to bitterness,’” said Dylan. One problem: that line never appears in the actual novel.

Writer Ben Greenman noted in a blog that the quote appeared to have been fabricated. Then, Andrea Pitzer tracked down a similar quote, not in the book itself but on an entry about Moby Dick on the website SparkNotes ― a website that, like the iconic CliffsNotes, provides summaries, character descriptions and thematic breakdowns of books for students to use during study (or use to skip the reading altogether). In a Slate piece, Pitzer documents over a dozen other instances in which Dylan’s discussion of the classic book closely mirrors language found in SparkNotes.

This may seem to fall in a gray area of plagiarism ― most of the matching snippets Pitzer lists consist of phrases or pacing choices in Dylan’s summary of the book, not full sentences or passages. There’s a good chance that it was at least inadvertent: In preparing his speech, he consulted SparkNotes to brush up on his Melville, then had their framing and word choices floating in his head when he sat down to write. 

Some scholars defended his cribbing from SparkNotes to the Minnesota Star-Tribune, suggesting that it was simply an artistic allusion and even a mocking wink at the Nobel committee. “His lecture is … meant to be a post-modern work of art,” said Alex Lubet, a music professor at the University of Minnesota. 

Maybe it was simple plagiarism. Maybe it was a brilliant, paradigm-shifting artistic web of allusion. Or maybe, and perhaps most disappointingly, Dylan was just being lazy. “He’s on the road all the time. He just turned 76,” pointed out David Yaffe, a Syracuse University professor of humanities, to the Star-Tribune. “You could see him wanting to take a few shortcuts.”

Sure, sure ― except Dylan took an extra six months on his assignment only to turn in one that was hastily cobbled together with the aid of SparkNotes. Would the professors defending the musical icon for taking such “shortcuts” have similar patience for a student who cited SparkNotes instead of the assigned text because they were overwhelmed with classwork? Perhaps ― none of my literature professors were ever impressed by such an excuse.

Stephen Fallon, John J. Cavanaugh Professor of the Humanities at the University of Notre Dame, told HuffPost, “If a student borrowed [from SparkNotes] as Dylan does here, I’d be concerned about plagiarism, but I might give Dylan a pass as he’s not implicitly claiming as his own the ideas of someone else.” Still, “the fact that he clearly turned to SparkNotes raises doubts and also the question of why he didn’t at least skim the novel again before devoting a good chunk of a Nobel lecture to it.” (Editor’s Note: Stephen Fallon is the author of this post’s father.)

Any use of SparkNotes’s interpretations, as opposed to simple plot summary, would be more troubling, he added.

The Nobel Prize in Literature often goes to writers with many decades under their belt and a host of obligations, but this typically does not preclude them from crafting an original, erudite lecture. If Dylan was incapable of doing so ― even while taking advantage of his full six-month window to compose it ― he had the option of turning down the prize. Others, such as Jean-Paul Sartre, have done so in the past. 

Instead, it seems Dylan relied on sloppy shortcuts and the work of others to turn in a musically worded but less than original piece. He’s been accused of outright plagiarism before, but more meaningfully perhaps is that he’s been accused before of creating art that simply echoes or copies others’ work without acknowledging where his originality begins and ends. In 2011, questions were raised about an exhibition of his paintings at Gagosian Gallery, which were presented as “firsthand depictions of people, street scenes, architecture and landscape.” According to The New York Times, some critics pointed out that several of the paintings seemed to be copied from photo, reproducing the work of photographers in paint without altering the framing, perspective or composition.

Dylan typically gets out of these dust-ups easily enough, as scholars and fans are willing to assume that his every move was a conscious artistic choice ― a work of collage or allusion, rather than simply a borrowed piece of work passed off as original. Reading SparkNotes for a work rather than referencing the book itself points to something else, though. Dylan may be a great songwriter, a brilliant artist, and a cultural icon, but his Nobel lecture shows signs of an intellectual laziness that wouldn’t be accepted from a freshman English literature student. What a shame.

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