From ‘E.T.’ to ‘Star Wars’ and Beyond, John Williams Celebrated at Hollywood Bowl

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NASA spacecraft spots next destination beyond Pluto

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA spacecraft that explored Pluto has spotted its next target on the outskirts of our solar system. NASA this week revealed pictures taken by New Horizons earlier this month of a tiny icy world known as Ultima Thule. New Horizons is aiming for a flyby on New Year’s Day. It…
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How Black women in media and beyond are shaping the future

How Black women in media and beyond are shaping the future


How Black women in media and beyond are shaping the future

Since the start of this country, Black people have transformed their lived experiences into beautiful art that challenges societal and cultural perceptions of what it means to be Black in America. They’ve found light and joy in oppressive spaces through art forms like song and film. Their influential presence is felt throughout the world, ushering cultural change in an industry that has historically silenced their voices for speaking truth to power — as was the case with such legends as Dorothy Dandridge and Eartha Kitt.

During the 2018 BET Awards in June, Strong Black Lead — an initiative spearheaded by Black employees at Netflix — released an ad called “A Great Day in Hollywood,” invoking the spirit of “A Great Day in Harlem” (a photograph depicting popular jazz musicians of the 1950s). The 47 Black entertainers featured in the Netflix ad inspire future generations of Black creatives to trust their visions, despite the industry standards reinforcing society’s message of unworthiness: “We’re not a genre because there’s no one way to be black. We’re writing while black. Nuanced and complex; resilient and strong.”

Black women who appear in the ad, including Lena Waithe and Ava DuVernay, are examples of our culture’s creative legacy. Waithe and DuVernay utilize their art and platforms to educate viewers about political and personal issues, like the lived experiences of queer individuals and those suffering from mass incarceration, respectively.

When people of the African Diaspora are represented in media, it can transform perceptions of Blackness and challenge viewers to initiate social change.

Increased representation of Black experiences, as seen in the record-breaking films Black Panther and Girls Trip, showcased to the world that Black stories and voices matter. The intergenerational composition of the Netflix ad speaks to this larger cultural movement where Black creatives shape media narratives of their own lives and communities, continuing the historical innovations of artists before them.

This is also an accessible Black media movement where audiences can engage in conversations around Black popular culture through social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. Young Black creators like Issa Rae, Quinta Brunson, and Franchesca Ramsey have transformed their social media presences into successful careers. Through skillful and humorous storytelling, this movement uplifts and supports work that exposes the harsh realities of being Black in this society.

In a way, this type of media brings to life the Afrofuturist dreams of author Octavia Butler — birthing a future where Black girls and women are given ownership of their lives and stories.

This movement spans beyond entertainment, too. Yes, we have Lena Waithe paving the way for Black women screenwriters, Beyoncé Knowles taking space at Coachella to celebrate Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Janelle Monáe defining what it means to be a pansexual “free-ass-motherfucker.” But we also have Tarana Burke, who is advocating for Black women sexual assault survivors and helping get their voices heard by policymakers. We have elected representatives like Congresswoman Maxine Waters, as well as community organizers like Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza and BYP100 National Director Charlene Carruthers. When it comes to social justice, countless Black women are leading the charges in their own fields.

Angela Davis, the mother of Black feminist academic thought, said, “Black women have had to develop a larger vision of our society than perhaps any other group. They have had to understand white men, white women, and Black men. And they have had to understand themselves. When Black women win victories, it is a boost for virtually every segment of society.”

And thanks to the visions of today’s artists and activists, Black girls are growing up in an era when they can see Black women reclaim power structures that have long impacted their lives. Following the footsteps of elders who broke barriers before them, they are ensuring the future leadership of young Black girls across the world.

I believe there is an unspoken language and sisterhood among Black women. It’s evident in the magic of our voices and our desire to uplift each other, and it’s time for the world to not only hear the voices that have always spoken up — but to affirm and magnify them.

So to Ava, Lena, Beyoncé, Solange, and every Black woman changing the world through art and activism, this is a love letter to you. I — and so many others — see you, hear you, thank you, and celebrate you.

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The Best Work Bags for Interviews, Commutes, Your First Day of Work, and Beyond

best work bags of 2018Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

What do you think are the best work bags, readers? How does your answer change if you’re looking for a great tote bag for an interview, your first day of work, business travel, and beyond? Who do you think makes for the best tote bags for work, interviews, and beyond? For today’s roundup of the best work bags I’m mostly featuring fun, happy prints and colors, but if you’re looking for a neutral, basic bag we’ve rounded up some great Hall of Famers below as well. As I’ve noted before, I think the best professional tote bags in general may be leather (more polished), a room for a laptop or possibly a legal-size notebook, and have intelligent details like feet, keyfob chains, interior pockets, and more. By contrast, whenever looking for a great tote bag for an interview (especially a day of interviews like with OCI) I’ve appreciated tote bags nylon (lightweight) but structured (non-floppy, stand up by themselves on the floor), large enough for a folder (for copies of your resume), and are mostly a solid color without brash logos.  Some of the most neutral, timeless options if you’re looking for the best work bags include these, pictured below:

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Above are some of the best selling work totes of all time are linked to in our Hall of Fame styles mentioned below — here are a few of those, pictured, ranging from $ 168 to $ 298: one / two / three // four / five / six

(Curious for older versions of this post? Here they are from 20172016, 2014201320122011, and 2010).

On to some of the best work bags that we’re seeing on the market today:

best work bags - Target“New” Target brand “A New Day” has a ton of super affordable options for tote bags, including a nice basic nylon tote. (I say “new” because a lot of people think the vibe is verrrry similar to previous Target brand Merona, which they’ve now phased out.) I think this laser-cut tote is very pretty, and I like the removable cloth liner for easy washing. It comes in blue, pink, white and black for $ 29.99 at Target.
best work bags - FossilIf you were a huge fan of the Fossil Sydney shopper that was around for years (and years, and years…) note that the bag Fiona is “updating” the older version. Amazon seems to have the most color options right now, all marked $ 138-$ 178 and eligible for Prime Wardrobe (here’s Kate’s review of Amazon Prime Wardrobe if you missed it).
best work bags - Tory BurchTory Burch’s lightweight Ella tote has been a Hall of Famer for years, so I was kind of psyched to see it come in such a fun, Mondrian-esque pattern. Obviously this kind of look is not for everyone (and probably not for anything but creative interviews) but if you feel like your wardrobe is nothing but a sea of black, gray, and light blue, this could be a really fun, easy way to add some personality to your commute while keeping the functionality you love. It’s $ 198 (in the largest version) at Nordstrom, also available in black, navy, and beige. Note that if you were eyeing Tory Burch’s leather option, that seems to be on its way out — the T
best work bags - Cole HaanI’ve always liked Cole Haan products, with their tote bags being no exception, so it’s very interesting to see so many great Cole Haan work bags on sale at Last Call right now for great prices. The pictured bag is currently $ 189 (down from $ 315) and comes in a ton of colors and sizes (including black, beige, and red); this tote with goldtone hardware is also catching my eye, as well as this sportier work tote with a removable drawstring pouch.
best work bags - lodisReaders love the brand LODIS Los Angeles for a reason — their bags are made with working women in mind. Most of their bags offer RFID features, as well as intelligent details like feet, interior pockets, exterior slip pockets for your ID card or whatnot, and all in their durable leather. I mostly think of the brand as doing super neutral colors like black and red, so it’s fun to see the brand expanding to more fun colors like the lavender pictured here. The pictured bag also comes in black, orange, and yellow.
best work totes - Marc JacobsIf you’re looking for a reasonable sort of splurge, note that Marc Jacobs has a number of very popular tote bags right now, including the tote pictured, its slightly larger sister, and the Editor tote.  The happy bright color of this one was calling to me, though, and I like the intersection of form and function with the key ring/pocket on the front of the bag. (The larger version has a more plain front.) The pictured bag is $ 425.

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Presenting: the BEST work bags for work, interviews, and more! Whether you're looking for a great tote to hold your resume for interviews, to lug your stuff to the office on your commute, or to slide over your rolling bag for your next business trip, we rounded up our favorite tote bags for work -- the classics, the best-sellers, and the trendy ones of 2018!

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Learning disabilities: Kids and families struggle beyond the academics

Academic struggles can also create significant stress and anxiety for children and families, a new study finds. Using a 15-question survey in families of children on IEP plans, researchers document actionable levels of distress.
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‘Space kingdom’ seeks citizens for life beyond Earth very soon

VIENNA (Reuters) – Feel like the world is going to the dogs? Want to get away from it all? Here’s a solution: become a citizen of the nation of Asgardia and hope it makes good on its promise to colonize the moon.


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Beyond the ‘Reading Wars’: How the science of reading can improve literacy

A new scientific report from psychological researchers aims to resolve the so-called ‘reading wars,’ emphasizing the importance of teaching phonics in establishing fundamental reading skills in early childhood. The report shows how early phonics skills are advanced with a rich reading curriculum throughout the school years.
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Take a Look Inside the adidas x BEYOND THE STREETS Event

adidas Skateboarding and BEYOND THE STREETS have teamed up once more, this time to create this installation curated by Roger Gastman. The space had a recreation of the iconic Venice Pavilion landmark, which was fully skate able. Elsewhere there was site-specific exhibits that were curated by local L.A. graffiti legend RISK and talks given by the likes of Shepard Fairey.

Last week the 2 companies announced their upcoming MARK MAKER / RULE BREAKER collection, which will be exclusive to the BTS gift shop. The range was inspired by the pillars of graffiti and skate and included custom tees, tote bags, pins and skateboard decks. Artists that took part in the range included STAY HIGH 149, Martha Cooper, KC Ortiz, Kristofferson San Pablo, and Jason Revok and all proceeds go directly to STOKED mentoring.

In related news, adidas Skateboarding recently introduced the goalkeeper-inspired “Skate Copa” jersey pack.

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Brunel and beyond: a walk around historic Bristol

With the city’s much-anticipated Brunel museum opening on Friday, we take a stroll around the streets, waterways and engineering wonders that define Bristol’s heritage

Since there’s no avoiding the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in these parts – especially this week with the opening of a museum dedicated to him – you may as well engage with his legacy straightaway. Come to Bristol by train, alighting at Temple Meads station. When it opened in 1840, this was the western terminus of the Great Western Railway, 116 miles out of Paddington. Viewed from the front its majesty is emphatic, even ecclesiastical, given that its castellated form was, until the second world war, topped by a spire.

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Moms who co-sleep beyond six months may feel more depressed, judged

Moms who continue to co-sleep — by sharing either a room or bed — with their infants past six months were more likely to feel depressed, worried about their babies’ sleep and think their decisions were being criticized, according to researchers.
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Thomas Fehlmann and Gudrun Gut on the Birth of Berlin Techno and Life Beyond the Wall

The seasoned electronic veterans talk to us about four decades of flux in the German capital and the project that’s inspired their rare collaboration.

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Life Beyond Blue Jeans

I love blue jeans. They are practical, versatile, warm, comfortable, flattering, trendy or classic, and easy to launder. But I also love variation, and wearing blue jeans all the time can get monotonous. Here are six great alternatives. 

1. Non-Blue Jeans

For jeans with a less traditional look, opt for black, white or grey jeans. Or colours like burgundy, red, cobalt or olive. Black and white jeans, when crisp, unripped and paired with a dressy support act, can pass for business casual. In fact, they look a whole lot dressier than khakis.

2. Dressy & Casual Trousers

Dressier trousers can be a good substitute for jeans if you dress them down with chunky knits, tees, fashionable sweatshirts, and sneakers. Casual trousers are harder to find, but not impossible. There are khakis, cargos, cords, linen pants, knitted palazzos, Ponte knit skinnies or bootcuts, velveteen pants, micro-checks, and all sorts of patterned cotton-rich and scuba knit options. They’re available in an assortment of lengths and silhouettes, especially in the Summertime.

3. Dresses

Dresses are generally hard to find and fit. But with time, patience, tenacity, a bit of luck, and when the current trends align with your sartorial preferences, you will build a frock capsule. To make sure that dresses don’t become wardrobe orphans, you need the right support act, namely footwear, hosiery and toppers for colder weather.

4. Skirts & Tops

Skirts are usually easier to find and fit than a dress, but they tend to be orphaned unless you know which tops to wear with them. You need to have the right footwear, hosiery and toppers to wear with them in order to create complete outfits that are weather appropriate and make you feel fabulous.

5. Leggings & Joggers

Athleisure is another way to go if you enjoy ultra casual, sporty and athletic looks. The vibe is especially popular in the US, and culturally acceptable in relaxed settings. Outfits with leggings and joggers continue to be extremely popular ways to dress, and the Modern Retro trackpant is making a fashionable style statement. You can do the equestrian thing by tucking non-denim leggings or jeggings into tall riding boots. Or wear leggings under skirts and dresses for an arty vibe.

6. Shorts

Shorts are hot weather friendly, and come in all sorts of fabrics, patterns, silhouettes, lengths and levels of dressiness. Choose a length that you’re comfortable with, and dress them up or down.

As a proud Gen X-er, jeans are my thing. But I have reduced the role of traditional blue jeans in my wardrobe over the last few years. I continue to love white jeans, because they look crisp, graphic, modern and dressy. I like skirts, have a nice assortment, and welcome the addition of a swishy midi skirt for Summer.

I do prefer dresses over skirts because then I don’t have the hassle of finding a top. It’s finally been raining dresses for me, and I’ve added seven to my wardrobe in one year. I found wonderful cold-weather dresses that I can wear with tall tailored boots or booties, insulating hosiery, warm coats, scarves and gloves in Winter. I also like to wear dresses over cropped straights. I’ve always loved wearing dressy and casual trousers across a range of colours, patterns and silhouettes, and have quite a few of those. 

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This Saudi Arabian Princess’s Style Is Beyond Cool

While the term “fashion royalty” is often thrown around in certain circles, it’s a rather rare experience that someone who earns the label is also actually a member of the royal class. Enter: Saudi Arabian princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz. Aljuhani married into royalty when she wed Saudi Arabia’s Prince Sultan bin Fahad bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz. The two have three children together, and when she’s not busy being a mother and a princess, HRH is hopping from show to show at fashion weeks the world over. Her style is impeccable and unique; she has an interesting way of mixing pieces from disparate designers and making it look completely effortless.

Keep scrolling to see some of our favorite looks from Saudi Arabian princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz.

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Marvel Has 20 “Completely Different” Movies Planned Beyond ‘Avengers 4’

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Marvel Studios is currently at work on a number of movies that will bring Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a definite close. Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Avengers: Infinity War are now in post-production awaiting their release next year. The untitled fourth Avengers movie continues to film through next month for a 2019 opening, and Captain Marvel (with Brie Larson making her debut as the title superhero) begins shooting in February, yet is due…

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Beyond Abstractions: Confronting Trans-Directed Violence

Gender-based violence (GBV) is no abstraction.

GBV’s impacts are grievous, debilitating—and can be fatal.  Women and girls are most often the victims of GBV, and by far the majority of perpetrators are men and boys. The fact that GBV is dramatically split along gender lines is disturbing—but for those of us who identify as feminist researchers, we feel fully committed to studying GBV, determining the most effective prevention practices and discerning the best ways to support victims.

We already know a great deal about the prevention of GBV and how to care for those affected. We just don’t know how to stop it. But opening up the conversation on trans-directed GBV may lead us to new and much-needed solutions.

The transgender community is largely synonymous with the experience of gender-based stigma, humiliation, bigotry, exclusion and violence—violence that is physical, situational and structural. Transgender persons are often the lightning rod for GBV—but why? As a transgender woman myself, it lies beyond my comprehension to understand how our personal claims to our authentic sense of identity serve to trigger such widespread extremes of violence. We’re simply being ourselves, and our authenticity brings little if any direct harm to anyone else.

My consciousness of GBV as it affects the transgender and gender non-conforming population is heightened at this time of the year. Around the world, November 20th is commemorated as Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). For those of us who are transgender, it’s a somber day of reflection and sorrow. Yet TDOR is also a day of solidarity, validation and sensitivity to context.

We know from the many stories shared within our community that those who are remembered today suffered not only a truncated, and frequently grisly, end to their lives, but that they experienced violence and exclusion on a daily basis, for years or even decades. That pervasive ostracization forms the backdrop—as well as the enabler—of so many incidents of acute, debilitating, tragic violence directed at the transgender community, also referred to as trans-directed GBV.

It’s not easy to talk about. By sharing GBV accounts through anecdotal narratives, we tend to elicit either puzzlement or pity. Those who are puzzled often simply can’t relate to such suffering. Those who express care and concern think of transgender people as sad, powerless and marginalized. “Marginal” isn’t a good place to be, and this simplified narrative leaves transgender persons with little hope for change.

Trans-directed GBV comes from a place of rejecting otherness and maintaining foundational gender norms within society. The gender binary, and the unassailable assignment of sex and gender at birth, are central planks in that platform. In so many ways and often with self-righteousness, society staunchly polices that most inflexible societal barrier.

Gender, sex and the panoply of associated gender roles drives a wedge into the heart of our humanity. At its most benign, that policing is a form of structural violence forcing transgender persons to confront ridicule and humiliation, assaults upon our dignity and the comprehensive loss of opportunity and choice in our lives. The doors to a meaningful and dignified life are closed to us, and in most countries, our authentic gender identity is officially repudiated. We become invisible—with no legal, economic, political or social recognition of the names and gender identity that we know ourselves to be.

For many of us, that bleak scenario is simply unbearable. Yet to deny our authentic gender identity would be more unbearable. Yes, the daily reality of living lives of exclusion, stigmatization, rejection and violence is bad—but not as bad as living a lie every day. For many of us, life in the wrong body is wrenching. We transition because we must. We feel a deeply-rooted compulsion to live life as ourselves, despite it all.

“Despite it all” is a heavy package. The anecdotal evidence backs this up, but there’s been very little support for establishing solid data. What happens to us really doesn’t have a measurable impact on the larger society. We’re few in number, estimated now to be just 0.6 per cent of the adult population in the U.S. Decision-makers will argue that there are more important issues towards which we should direct precious research dollars. It’s a common assertion, yet transgender persons offer singular insights into the meaning of gender that are relevant to people everywhere. Our “curious” status may offer an opening to learn more about the causes of GBV, as this affects both us and the cisgender population. Were we to be taken seriously, our sense of gender identity might even shed some light on the path to universal gender equity.

However, we’re rarely taken seriously, at least not in the sense of having our human dignity and worth respected. Arguably, the most reliable current source of data is the U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS) of 2015, which included responses from nearly 28,000 persons above the age of 17 who identify as transgender within the U.S. That’s large for a survey—certainly the largest survey ever to capture the lived experiences of transgender persons.

The results of the USTS tells a powerful story of trans-directed violence, one of the deeply entrenched structural violence faced by the transgender community every day. The USTS notes that 14 percent of transgender respondents in 2015 were unemployed, and 29 percent were living in poverty, compared to 5 percent and 14 percent respectively within the larger U.S. population. The psychological impacts of encountering exclusion and stigma each and every day are harsh, with 39 percent of respondents, compared to just 5 percent of the U.S. population, saying that they experienced deep psychological distress.

The USTS bears witness to the reality that—over time—these levels of distress are unsustainable. 40 percent of respondents admitted to having attempted suicide in their lifetime. This rate is almost nine times the attempted suicide rate in the general U.S. population—4.6 percent. The data from the USTS is even worse for transgender persons of color, with attempted suicide rates cited at an alarming 54 percent.

For transgender persons now, and for all those who stand in solidarity to commemorate TDOR each year, we must move forward. Research must be carried out with respect and should include transgender participants. And funding is vital as we aim to get to the roots of trans-directed GBV, moving us all towards solutions based in a greater understanding of diversity.

The precious notion of universal human dignity and human rights demand nothing less.

Chloe Schwenke is the Director of the Global Program for Violence, Rights and Inclusion at the International Center for Research on Women. Previously, she served as Vice President for Global Programs at Freedom House and in the dual role of Senior Advisor on Human Rights at the Africa Bureau and Senior Advisor on LGBT issues globally at USAID during the Obama administration—becoming the first-ever openly transgender political appointee in the federal foreign affairs agencies. Chloe received her Ph.D. in Public Policy at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland at College Park.

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Meet the startup looking beyond self-driving cars to bring autonomy to the sea

A Boston-based startup wants to do for the commercial shipping industry what Tesla and other brands have done to the car, by retrofitting ships to give them autonomous technology.

The startup is Sea Machines Robotics, which in September released its first product. The Sea Machines 300 is the company’s autonomous control system that can be installed in work boats and which uses common vessel-based instruments along with proprietary algorithms. The product gives the boat it’s deployed in a degree of self-awareness, so that the boat can move from point to point while avoiding obstacles or crashing with other vessels.

The system links to all on-board propulsion, steering, and thrust machinery, and a remote user interface is also provided for command and control as well as data reception.

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Kathleen Kennedy Confirms 10-Year Star Wars Plan Beyond Episode IX

While visiting the Star Wars Show this week, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy shared some insights into where the company is heading after the current Star Wars trilogy wraps up. She also gave an update on which characters might survive Episodes VIII and IX.

The Future of Star Wars

With the upcoming launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Lucasfilm is looking ahead to their next film projects. We know they just wrapped principal photography on Solo and that production will be begin shortly on the untitled Episode IX, but what about after that? According to Kennedy, Lucasfilm is looking at films that expand the universe over the next 10 years. “We’re sitting down now, we’re looking at the next 10 years of Star Wars stories,” Kennedy shared. “We’re looking at narratively where that might go.”

Where might those stories go and which characters might they include? Kennedy mentioned four specific names, “Future stories beyond Episode IX, with these new characters Rey, Poe, Finn, BB-8.” YES! Rey, Poe Dameron, Finn, and BB-8 have easily been everyone’s favorite new characters. Does this mean these characters will live past Episodes VIII and IX? Sounds like it.

Moving Beyond Legacy Characters


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Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford in ‘Star Wars A New Hope’.

When Star Wars: The Force Awakens was first announced, it was positioned as the first film in the final Star Wars trilogy. It was assumed that this would conclude the original nine-film saga George Lucas had planned from the beginning. When we met Rey and Finn and Poe and BB-8, the film felt new, while also including our legacy characters: Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker. Now it sounds like these three films, Force Awakens, Last Jedi and IX will serve as a bridge trilogy, wrapping up the storylines of our legacy characters while launching these new characters in their own film franchise that could go way beyond Episode IX.

Who Should Lead?


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Daisy Ridley plays the fierce, force sensitive Rey.

If these last films conclude the Skywalker Saga (as Kennedy has mentioned before) who should lead the next series? While Star Wars has always been an ensemble series, Anakin Skywalker was the clear protagonist in the prequels, and Luke was the clear protagonist in the original trilogy. Should Rey lead the next series of films? As both a trained Jedi and a pilot, she feels like the best candidate. What about Poe or Finn? Poe has the most battle experience and the most experience with the Rebellion. Will there still be a Rebellion after Episode IX, or will the First Order be crushed for good? And Finn? His experience on Star Destroyers makes him a great candidate for leadership — he also has a passion for setting First Order officers free, since he knows first hand of their oppression.

Each of these characters could step into a leadership position. For now, our vote goes to Rey, who is about to experience some harrowing and life-changing training with Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi. If she can overcome the Dark Side and become a true Jedi Knight, then she might be the galaxy’s best hope in balancing the Force and defeating the First Order. A woman who can do that is definitely worthy of leading her own franchise in the years to come.

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Facebook’s WhatsApp Accused of Allowing Pedophiles and Gangsters to Operate Beyond the Law

Britain said WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption communication services allowed pedophiles and organized crime groups to operate beyond the reach of the law and called on the messaging service to move faster to help governments catch offenders.

After four militant attacks in Britain that killed 36 people this year, senior ministers have repeatedly demanded that internet companies do more to suppress extremist content and allow access to encrypted communications.

In the face of resistance from the industry, Prime Minister Theresa May–a former interior minister–proposed trying to regulate cyberspace after a deadly attack on London Bridge in June.

Such a sharp public reprimand for WhatsApp, which did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment, indicates frustration within the government.

“We also know that end-to-end encryption services like WhatsApp, are being used by pedophiles,” Home Secretary Amber Rudd told party activists in the northern English city of Manchester.

“I do not accept it is right that companies should allow them and other criminals to operate beyond the reach of law enforcement,” Rudd said. “We must require the industry to move faster and more aggressively. They have the resources and there must be greater urgency.”

WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook


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, and similar rival chat services let users communicate with pictures, video and text, using “end-to-end” encryption that can be read only with a key held on the user’s device. Without access to the devices, security services cannot read the messages.

Rudd also called on technology giants such as Facebook, Google


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to go further and faster to counter extremist material.

The industry says it wants to help governments remove extremist or criminal material but also has to balance the demands of state security with the freedoms enshrined in democratic societies.

Britain’s MI5 security service has said it needs access to encrypted communications to foil attacks. In the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has pushed for full access to encrypted communications and devices but Congress has so far refused.

Security Minister Ben Wallace, who oversees British counter-terrorism and communications data legislation, said he was disturbed to see that end-to-end encryption services prevented security services from tracking criminal messaging.

“We see on a daily basis that this end-to-end encryption protects peadophiles, it protects organized crime too, but it is very disturbing in my job when I know that we know two peadophiles are talking and we think they are doing something about snatching a child but we don’t know and we can’t get into these communications,” Wallace said.

“There are other ways I can’t talk about which we think they can help us more without necessarily entering into end-to-end encryption. So we think they can do more.”


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Pandora – The World of Avatar Is a Journey Beyond Belief

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Eight years ago, Avatar took millions of people on a 3-D adventure that redefined the scope of science, fiction, and imagination. The Oscar-winning film introduced audiences to a distant world called Pandora filled with bioluminescent rainforests and inhabited by a nature-loving humanoid species called the Na’vi. In the movie, which takes place in the year 2154, humans try to colonize Pandora—a habitable moon of a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri star system—in order to extract its resources. The Na’vi, however, fight back to protect their land and save their colony.

Since its 2009 release, Avatar has earned over $ 2.7 billion, making it the highest-grossing film of all time. And, if that wasn’t impressive enough, Avatar director James Cameron and Disney have managed to bring the magic and wonder of the film to life. As a result, Avatar fans don’t have to wait for the sequel in 2020 to experience a new adventure on Pandora. Instead, they can taste, see, and explore the mystical land for themselves.

 

The Landscape

 


 

Located inside of Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort, Pandora visitors are taken on a surreal journey to the foreign land 40 years after the conflict between humans and the Na’vi ends. The adventure is set in Pandora’s Valley of Mo’ara, which includes the signature floating mountains as seen in the movie.

 


 


 

The landscape of Pandora is populated by an array of real and fictional plants that serve a unique role in helping to balance the ecosystem. For example, the puffball tree purifies the air by absorbing chlorine and sodium through its roots. It also creates salt that animals can get from the leaves. Meanwhile, the Flaska Reclinata is a tree that helps cleanse the air of toxins and provides food for animals. Although it looks pretty and touchable, the tree will spray a mist of “spores” when it is repeatedly petted.

 


 

At night, Pandora literally glows in the dark. Everything from the plant life to the floating mountains to the ground is illuminated with neon lights after dusk, making it feel even more like another planet.

 

The People

 

Scattered throughout the land are actors or “cast members,” who would share an impressive knowledge about the history of Pandora. Whereas many were fluent in the native Na’vi language as well. Some cast members were in character as Alpha Centauri Expeditions’ field guides and others appeared to be humans who migrated to Pandora from Earth.

 

The Attractions

 

Pandora (Image: VisitPandora.com)

 

One of the main attractions on Pandora is the Flight of Passage ride, which gives visitors the opportunity to soar over the land while riding on the back of a banshee, a huge dragon-like creature. The jaw-dropping virtual ride transports riders into the movie, giving them a chance to smell the rainforest, feel the ocean mist, and feel the banshee breathing.

 

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Another highlight is the Pandoran River, which takes visitors on a journey down the sacred Kaspavan River. This breathtaking expedition allows you to travel deep inside of the rainforest and get a closer look at Na’vi culture, botany, and exotic animals.

 

The Cuisine

 

(Image: Lunch on Pandora)

 

Just like the land, the cuisine on Pandora is creative, colorful, and out of this world. Many of the food selections are relatively healthy, while the drinks are made for Instagram. Some favorites include the bright-blue cheesecake and the “night blossom,” which is a multi-layered frozen drink topped with passion fruit boba balls.

 

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The Merchandise

 

In true Disney fashion, the end of the Flight of Passage ride leads you directly into a gift shop where you can purchase a souvenir while you’re still high off emotion from the ride. Here is where visitors can buy or “adopt” their very own mini pet Banshee for $ 49.95, which moves through the use of an operated hand control. You’ll also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take home a customized avatar created in your own image for $ 74.99.

Disney’s Pandora: The World of Avatar is now open to the public. Learn more at www.visitpandora.com.

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Late Show” host Stephen Colbert couldn’t contain his glee at the fact that President Donald Trump is abroad on Friday.

With Trump away on a nine-day jaunt to the Middle East and Western Europe, Colbert said it meant “we have the whole country to ourselves for the weekend.”

And that meant one thing — a “party at the White House.”

“You know (Mike) Pence is throwing a rager this weekend,” Colbert joked.

The host went on to dissect just some of the challenges Trump may face on his trip, during which he is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican, and attend a G7 meeting in Sicily and a NATO summit in Belgium.

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Hairdresser Goes Above And Beyond For Young Customer With Autism

A West Virginia mom’s viral Facebook post is demonstrating the power of empathy when it comes to kids with special needs.

On Dec. 29, Jennifer McCafferty posted a photo that shows her 4-year-old son Isaiah having his hair cut while sitting on the floor of a Sport Clips salon in Charleston. In the caption, the mom explained that Isaiah has autism, so this hairdresser’s kindness meant a great deal to their family. 

“This woman, Kaylen, … did more for my heart than she will probably ever realize,” McCafferty wrote. “Haircuts with Isaiah are no small feat. He hates having anything near his ears, the sound of clippers sends him in to a tailspin.”

McCafferty explained that this particular evening at the salon was consistent with their past difficult experiences. “I was ready to give up, but she wasn’t,” she said. “She sat on the floor with my baby in her lap, and she cut his hair. They talked about Dory and Christmas, and she even let him spray her with her water bottle.”

Concluding her post, the mom shared a message on behalf of her family and others facing similar challenges. “Autism can be so very, very hard, but people like this make our days just a little easier,” she wrote. 

McCafferty’s post received nearly 95,000 likes. The Love What Matters Facebook page shared her story as well. The comments sections on both posts are filled with responses from fellow parents of kids with autism. 

McCafferty told The Huffington Post that Kaylen was a real lifesaver that day at the salon. When Isaiah had a meltdown, she went above and beyond to help him find “his quiet, safe space” in the midst of the overwhelming sensory stimulation.

“She wasn’t fazed by his screams; she understood his fears,” McCafferty recalled. “She figured out where it was he needed to go, which just so happened to be the floor, and she took him there.”

The mom said Isaiah has a “beautiful soul” and a warm heart. “He is everything that you would want your child to be,” she said. “He’s fun and full of energy. He’s sweet and kind, and ridiculously funny. He loves with everything he has.”

Isaiah’s love is especially boundless when it comes to his 6-year-old brother, Alex. “They have an amazing bond, and I credit Alex for a lot of the progress Isaiah has made with his social interactions,” McCafferty said. “Alex is able to comfort Isaiah when the rest of us can’t, and always seems to know just what Isaiah needs to soothe him.”

McCafferty told HuffPost she hopes Isaiah’s haircut story will bring hope to other parents of kids with special needs. “I want them to realize that even though it can feel like it, they are not alone,” she said. “I want everyone to see just how much love and kindness matter.”

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Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond

Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond


In May of 1963 Seattle mountaineer Jim Whittaker stepped into world history by becoming the first American to summit Mount Everest. Fifty years later, he is still regarded as a seminal figure in North American mountaineering, as well as an astute businessman who helped create the outdoor recreation industry. A Life on the Edge: Memoirs of Everest and Beyond is Jim’s courageous, no-punches-pulled autobiography and a look at a peripatetic, sometimes difficult life. Beyond the glory of the Everest summit and his other extraordinary climbing feats, including the first American summit of K2, he openly describes his personal, everyman experience of social upheaval in the 1960s and 70s, an early divorce, family strife, a passionate new love later in life, and business triumphs and losses. Jim tells it all with verve and honesty and, true to his nature, turns every setback into the stage for new adventure. This special 50th anniversary edition celebrates the story of Jim’s life and features a new foreword by Ed Viesturs, as well as a new final chapter that brings readers up-to-date, including details of his trek to Everest Base Camp in 2012 and his son Leif’s recent successful summits of Everest.
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Reading Beyond the Book: The Social Practices of Contemporary Literary Culture

Reading Beyond the Book: The Social Practices of Contemporary Literary Culture


Literary culture has become a form of popular culture over the last fifteen years thanks to the success of televised book clubs, film adaptations, big-box book stores, online bookselling, and face-to-face and online book groups. This volume offers the first critical analysis of mass reading events and the contemporary meanings of reading in the UK, USA, and Canada based on original interviews and surveys with readers and event organizers.

The resurgence of book groups has inspired new cultural formations of what the authors call “shared reading.” They interrogate the enduring attraction of an old technology for readers, community organizers, and government agencies, exploring the social practices inspired by the sharing of books in public spaces and revealing the complex ideological investments made by readers, cultural workers, institutions, and the mass media in the meanings of reading.


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A Political Parable: The Little Bush That Could — The Roots to the White House and Beyond

Gather around, my children, for a tale that’s sure to warm the heart. Watch the lay of the land unfold as a not-so-exotic vegetation emerges from among us, coming from nowhere to a position of leadership. It’s sure to encourage us all to pursue our dreams and never give up hope.

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Once upon a time, there lived a nondescript bush. Lonely and unrecognized amidst the more colorful vegetation, he dreamed one day of becoming a bush in his own right. For too long he had stood in the shadow of bush the elder, a bush transformed in people’s eyes into a mighty elm. Each day, he looked up at that great tree, sobbing softly to himself: “I am somebody, yes, I am… Someday I too can attain that same greatness of stature.”

But a number of obstacles stood in his path. Though the bushes had all been raised in a hothouse, they all suffered from the illusion that they were actually part of the forest primeval. His younger sibling, the shrub, had always stressed his rural roots. After all, where does one find most bushes — certainly not in urbane, metropolitan areas.

In 1910, the major leagues of baseball, created and subsidized the minor leagues, generally locating them in small cities and towns. Thus were born the “bush leagues” and “bush towns,” along with an association with things “mediocre,” “second rate,” “amateur,” and “unsophisticated;” in short, the “inferior reaches.”

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Shrub had embraced this definition. But it was a real problem for our aspiring bush — how to kick that image.

Adding to his woes was that when folks got fatigued, exhausted, sapped, or pooped out, they said they were “bushed” — perhaps from the 19th century meaning, “lost in the woods.” So it was that the actions of his brother, shrub, had left folks “bushed out.”

Adding further to his woes was that our little bush, like others in the family, had a speaking style, described as “bushwa(h),” causing him to sound “nonsensical and pretentious,” “exaggerated,” and “deceitful;” i.e., “full of baloney.”

Coined in about 1900, “bushwa” derives from an old word, “bodwash,” meaning “bosh” or “trash.” It, in turn, derives from the old French bois de vache, “cow’s wood or “dried manure.” We don’t use “bushwa,” very much nowadays, preferring instead to call ’em the way we see’z ’em.

Poor little bush. He wanted so much to have everyone root for him, meaning they would be a regular supporter of his, to cheer him on. This “root,” incidentally, comes from the British dialect route, “to roar or bellow.”

Encouraged by his supporters and undeterred by the obstacles, he set off on his trek — bright-eyed and — what else but — bushy tailed — “eager and energetic,” “in fine fettle,” “wide awake,” and “prepared for any situation.”

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We’ve been bright-eyed and bushy tailed since the 1930s, alluding to the seemingly attentive behavior of squirrels, chipmunks and other animals, as displayed in their wide eyes, quick movement, and high degree of nervous energy,.

But a funny thing happened on the way to his goal. A bunch of rival vegetation lay in ambush for him from the old French embusche, from embuscher, literally meaning, “to hide in the bushes.” It was an insidious plot, the ultimate roots of which are in the Latin insidere, “to lie in wait.”

In plain English, they were hoping — you guessed it — to bushwhack him. Our very first bushwhackers, got their name by pulling their boats up parts of the Mississippi River by grasping at bushes along the bank. Today, bushwhacking is back in style; though the grasping of straws, rather than bushes, is more the norm.

There was lots of bushwhacking during the Civil War by the soldiers who hid in the bushes, wood, or thickets as part of their guerrilla tactics. Later, bushwhacking came to mean “making one’s way through unbroken forest,” by pushing bushes aside or breaking them.

Undaunted by such stalkers, and taking advantage of the greenery in which he hid and from which he received sustenance, the little bush moved on. Weed-whacking the competition, he made his way out of the woods to the big horticultural Show on a certain magic Tuesday in March. This would be his telling encounter. Everyone in the forest was following his progress. Some were fir him, others agin. All the firs were on pins and needles awaiting the result.

Could the little bush really do it? Would he go on from there to his final resting place? Would he finally make it to his ultimate destination… and at last sink his roots into the fabled rose garden?

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Newlyweds Nikki Reed And Ian Somerhalder Are Beyond Glamorous At The Cannes Film Festival

Newlyweds Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder were the picture of grace and glamour on Wednesday as they walked the red carpet at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival.

The couple showed up for the premiere of “Youth” and Reed dazzled in a midnight blue, backless gown by Azzaro, while Somerhalder looked dapper in a black tux. The couple tied the knot last month, and are clearly still in the honeymoon phase.

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Zimbabwe: Beyond a School Certificate

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This book chronicles how Zimbabwe''s boom educational and health systems unravelled after independence in 1980 and how exuberance gave way to pessimism. The uncomfortable truth about how socialism lost its way and the dramatic reversal of fortune is told. No jobs were created for the school leavers, inflation went up and poverty started to creep in. The 1980s actually laid the foundations for the economic problems Zimbabwe now faces. Trapped in an ideological commitment to socialist enterprises, policy makers permitted accountability to slip, carried co-operatives further than they should have, and pandered to socialist greed with its corrupt tendencies.

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This book chronicles how Zimbabwe’s boom educational and health systems unravelled after independence in 1980 and how exuberance gave way to pessimism. The uncomfortable truth about how socialism lost its way and the dramatic reversal of fortune is told. No jobs were created for the school leavers, inflation went up and poverty started to creep in. The 1980s actually laid the foundations for the economic problems Zimbabwe now faces. Trapped in an ideological commitment to socialist enterprises, policy makers permitted accountability to slip, carried co-operatives further than they should have, and pandered to socialist greed with its corrupt tendencies. Zimbabwe: Beyond a School Certificate examines the relations between governance and discursive practices in the modern labour market: the role of institutions of learning and skills development, and the brain drain as creative and retrogressive forces in the economy; labour laws and the job market in a critical methodology for organisational research; and the health system and the poverty datum line as a measurement of the dynamics in industrial development. This is a genuinely authentic analysis based on statistical data which support the unfolding events in the southern African country. This book is useful for students (and lecturers alike) and donor agencies wanting to know more about Zimbabwe. Organisations helping to fight the HIV pandemic will also find the book a source of information.
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