Judith Kerr Could Explain the Holocaust Even to Children

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I first met Judith Kerr, one of Britain’s most cherished children’s authors and illustrators, at her son Matthew Kneale’s apartment in the Jewish Ghetto in Rome in the mid 2000s. Over wine we discussed geopolitical winds of change, American farm life (she was immensely curious about my upbringing in rural America) and, for reasons I don’t quite remember, bikini waxing. It would be the first of many stimulating conversations I had with her over the years, each one a sort of full-immersion into the mind of a creative genius. Every time I saw Grandma Judy, as she was known to all of us in Rome whose children were friends with her two grandchildren, we caught up on politics, my family’s farm, and whatever pop cultural trend was topping the news. But the thing I will remember most about her is the way, when she approved of something, whether it was wine or politics, it was simply “rather wonderful.”

The last time I saw her was in Rome, maybe a year before she died. She was concerned about the direction of far-right politics in Europe because she knew first-hand how wrong things can go. Kerr was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1923. She and her Jewish parents fled in 1933 after Kerr’s father, German-Jewish journalist and theater critic, Alfred Kerr, had openly criticized the Nazi regime. They were rightfully concerned about their safety.

The journey of these Jewish refugees, via Switzerland, Paris and ultimately London, inspired her 1971 semi-autobiographical book, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, which recounts her painful difficulty in choosing only one toy to take with her on their journey. It wasn’t what she took that she remembered, but the pink rabbit she left behind she worried about. She surmised Hitler and his goons had stolen it. A few years before she died, she traveled to Germany to accept a recognition award. Her pink rabbit, just as she suspected, was not there waiting.

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‘Toy Story 4’ makers explain why this movie is a thing that exists

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Can it be all of 24 years since we first thrilled to the adventures of Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the gang in the world’s first computer-animated movie, Pixar’s Toy Story?

Back in 1995, the plot revolved around Woody’s fear that he was aging out and would soon be abandoned. In Toy Story 4, which hits theaters June 21, Woody reveals that he was probably made in the mid-1950s — which made him a mere 40-something in the original movie, but puts him in his mid-60s now. Never mind aging out, he’s lucky his plastic mold is still in one piece. 

So why bring the sheriff (and his posse) out of retirement? After all, Toy Story 3 (2010) ended with as complete and jaw-dropping a finale as you’re ever likely to see. The toys face death together in a furnace, then their owner Andy leaves for college and gives them all away to a girl named Bonnie, explaining their emotional impact on his childhood. Dry eyes when you left the theater were not an option.  Read more…

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Russo Brothers Explain Why ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Didn’t Include Any Post-Credit Scenes

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe were heartbroken when they found out that Avengers: Endgame would not include a post-credit scene. After a decade long ride, which included 22 films, this marked the first picture of the franchise to go without one…although there was a brief audio stinger at the very end of the roll.

Now the Russo Brothers, the duo masterminds behind the film, have officially explained why they decided to leave out the post-credit scene, something that has become somewhat synonymous with the MCU since 2008’s Iron Man.

Sitting down with USA TODAY Joe Russo stated, “It was never in the cards. It was called Endgame for a reason. This is it. This is the ending. The book is closed on that chapter of the Marvel universe and a new book will get written.” Anthony also added, “This was the first Marvel movie we’ve done where we weren’t thinking about the future.” He then clarified, “There will be a future, of course, but it’s not our responsibility.”

As for the audio sound at the end, “It’s really just an homage [to Iron Man], sort of a little bookend,” Joe explains. “It started it and it ends it.”

Endgame marks the fourth MCU film the brothers have worked on together which started out with 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier followed by 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. Earlier this week the pair confirmed Endgame is their last Marvel film.

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How Does Compound Interest Work? We Explain in Plain English

Would you rather have $ 10,000 today, or a penny a day that doubles in value every day for the next 30 days?

You’ve heard this one before. It’s the fun, sneaky question we ask kids — and sometimes, adults — to make a point about compound interest.

“Interest” tends to be a word we take for granted. It’s what makes money (or debt) grow.

But… what does that mean, exactly? How on earth does it work?

What Is Compound Interest?

On the positive side: Interest is what a bank pays you to keep your money there. The longer your money stays in the bank, the more you earn in interest.

“Compound interest” means you get paid interest on interest.

It works like this: An interest payment is added to your balance. When the next interest is calculated, you get paid for that full balance, instead of just the amount you initially contributed.

So your bank is actually paying you to keep the money it already paid you there. Good deal.

Many people, faced with the option above, choose $ 10,000 now over the pennies with 100% interest.

At that unbelievable rate, after 30 days, your pennies would grow into more than $ 5.3 million. By day 31, you’d have $ 10 million! For a contribution of 30 cents.

This level of growth isn’t at all likely, but it helps make the point. Interest makes the world go ‘round.

How Compound Interest Works

How does a penny turn into $ 5 million in 30 days? We like to call it magic, but it’s really just math.

Start with 1 cent on day one.

On day two, you earn 100% of the balance and add another cent. Now you have 3 cents.

On day three, you earn 100% again and add another cent. Now you have 7 cents — seven times your original balance in just three days.

Your pennies gather interest like a snowball rolling downhill.

That’s how your retirement account grows and why it’s important to start saving early, even if you can only contribute a small amount. With compound interest, your greatest asset is time.

Compound Interest and Debt

Unfortunately, we can’t ignore the negative side of compound interest: paying it.

When you don’t pay bills on time, companies charge interest. Banks also charge interest while you pay back a big loan — now you’re holding their money, and the tables are turned.

You should understand this before taking out your first loan or opening your first credit card.

The more debt you sit on, the more interest will accrue each month, because it’s a percentage of your balance.

In the same way your pennies grew into millions above, your credit card debt can tumble out of control if you lollygag while paying it back.

Imagine if you owed a penny today, how much you could owe in 30 days…

Yikes. There’s a reason we don’t play this game in reverse.

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Last Week Tonight returned from its hiatus just in time for John Oliver to explain Brexit, “the playful fun name that has been given to a disaster.” While the U.K. is not scheduled to leave the E.U. until mid-March, Oliver says the planned departure has already had an impact on the nation’s economy, causing the British Pound to drop almost 14%.

Prime Minister Theresa May has spent the last two years locking down the terms of the U.K.’s exit from the E.U., but when she put the details to vote, she was served the biggest defeat in commons history. According to Oliver, one of the main sticking points is Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., but shares a border and a long, tragic history with the Republic of Ireland. If you don’t know why a hard border with security checkpoints could reignite tensions between the two Irelands, Oliver suggests “Googling Bloody Sunday or Daniel Day Lewis’s 1990s film output” or playing the chorus of the Cranberries’ song “Zombie.” Based on interviews with experts, people are confident it will be a complete mess, which Oliver notes: “Usually if you think something is going to be that much of a disaster you need to see Will Smith in blue face.”

There is also a chance that the U.K. will be forced to leave the EU without a deal in place, the so-called “no-deal Brexit.” According to Oliver, a no-deal Brexit would result in some “manageable annoyances,” but could also lead to more challenging issues like shortages of medication. Medicine shortages are not a problem that Brits are used to having, as, according to Oliver, Brits’ problems are usually limited to hearing “Americans mispronouncing the word ‘vitamins’, not having enough beans for breakfast and having to wait 20 years for another royal wedding.”

Almost every form of Brexit is anticipated to have some negative impacts on Britain’s economy. According to reports cited by Oliver, Brexit under Theresa May’s plan would result in an economy that is 3.9% smaller, while a no-deal Brexit could result in an economy 9.3% smaller. Oliver points that Britain is opting for these scenarios. “Britain is basically Pompeii, if Pompeii had voted for the volcano,” he said.

Unfortunately, Oliver thinks a second referendum wouldn’t necessarily work, because the situation is too complex for a yes-no vote. Even the first referendum was a terrible idea, because the government punted it to the voters, which Oliver notes, is not their job. The voters elected people to make informed choices about difficult decisions on their behalf. It’s like if you went to the doctor and asked, “Should your appendix leave or remain?” Oliver said.

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She Spent $16m In Harrods. Now She Must Explain Where The Money Came From

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Harrods, the iconic London department store, burnished its questionable credentials as the go-to destination of the global kleptocracy this week after it emerged that the wife of a wealthy, jailed Azerbaijani criminal spent more than £16m ($ 22m) in the London store over a 10-year period.

Zamira Hajiyeva, 55, the wife of a former state banker in Azerbaijan, is the target of the UK’s first Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO), a new piece of anti-money-laundering legislation that compels its subjects to provide a “clear account” of how they purchased British assets.

Hajiyeva is the wife of Jahangir Hajiyev, 57, the former chairman of the state-owned International Bank of Azerbaijan. In 2016 he was sentenced to 15 years in jail for defrauding the bank out of up to 5bn manat ($ 2.9bn).

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