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Image inside Aug 23 - The hashtag is 10 yrs old. Here are 3 ways it’s changed modern culture.

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| By RAZAH CUTS - 1 hour ago


It’s hard to imagine a time when we didn’t use tagging systems to unify our social media worlds, but believe it or not, the hashtag has only been with us for 10 years.


Unlike many of the internet’s most foundational moments, the birth of the hashtag was caught on record, when developer Chris Messina, then a product designer at Google, tweeted out the idea to stick a pound sign (#, or “hash” in Brit-speak) in front of a word on August 23, 2007:

A decade later, Twitter users alone generate 125 million hashtags a day, not counting similar hashtags on Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, and other social media sites.

Hand in hand with the rise of social media itself, the hashtag has helped completely alter the way we use the internet. It’s not just that now we can giggle, “Hashtag blessed!” after every Instagram selfie we take. It’s not just that a viral hashtag can sometimes be literally life-changing — see the #IceBucketChallenge. It’s not even just that the distinction between online hashtags and real-life activism has become negligible — see #ArabSpring, #BlackLivesMatter, #OscarsSoWhite, #HeForShe, #MAGA, and so many more examples of hashtags converging with real political discussion and action. This last feature alone makes the hashtag one of the greatest developments of the modern internet.

But while much has been said about the hashtag’s ability to unite the internet around moments of real-life activism, it’s had other, less discussed but no less pervasive effects on our culture. Here are a few unique ways in which hashtags took over real life, gave communities a voice, and delivered unexpected results.

Hashtags allowed us to “watch” live events from our social media feeds
It’s probably not a coincidence that the number of Americans without a television set has risen alongside the use of social media. As TV ownership has decreased, the importance of social media as a connector during live events has increased monumentally. Where once a television set was our primary gateway to unfolding events in the world, the ability to follow live events more or less in real time via social media feeds has downgraded the necessity of a networked TV.

Gone are the days when a united culture gathered around a TV set to view footage of historical events as they were unfolding. If you’re too young to remember, say, America watching the moon landing, perhaps you remember watching Mad Men’s depiction of America watching the moon landing. Now we can just follow the #CuriosityRover hashtag.

Hashtags’ utility in uniting the world around live events via social media can’t be overstated. Last year, for example, in a world that felt increasingly divided politically, the most popular hashtag had nothing to do with politics: It was #Rio2016, the universal hashtag for the Summer Olympics. And while live-tweeting reactions to televised events has become a huge part of the TV-watching experience, the hashtag also allowed those without TVs to follow along at home without feeling like they missed much.

And so it’s gone, from awards shows to election results: Don’t have a TV or access to a live stream? Tune in to the hashtag, where someone’s bound to have GIFed that moment that made everyone wince, lol, or scratch their heads. (Remember Leonardo DiCaprio at the Golden Globes?) These days, it’s the viral reaction to a live event on social media that endures in our collective cultural memory — especially since, sometimes, watching the reaction to a television event via hashtag is much more entertaining than watching the event itself. Heck, an event doesn’t even have to be televised for us to enjoy our collective internet rubbernecking. Thanks, hashtags.

Hashtags helped give black geeks a visible community
In so many ways, Twitter, along with the now-defunct Vine, has served as a locus of black culture on the internet, a birthing place for expressions of sharp humor and sharp pain alike. But among the most notable features of Black Twitter is the increased visibility it’s given to a group of people who were largely without a distinct space on the web before hashtags gave them one: black geeks.

With the rise of social media, self-described blerds (black nerds) began carving out a space for themselves in geek communities where they’d previously been largely isolated from one another. But as more people began to self-identify as fans and geeks, black fans sought ways to meet and congregate online, and hashtags became a tool to facilitate that congregation.

Jamie Broadnax’s @blackgirlnerds Twitter account — created in 2012 when she typed “black girl nerds” into a search engine and found zero results — has become ground zero for this community; its popularity has yielded a podcast, a website, and an upcoming all-inclusive fan convention. But the biggest unifier by far is Broadnax’s weekly community-centric viewing tags — dialectic hashtags intended for black fans to use to gather together and discuss their favorite TV shows. Blerd Twitter has birthed the popular hashtags #DemThrones and #ThronesYall for Game of Thrones, #DemDeads for The Walking Dead, #DeyWalking for Fear the Walking Dead, #DemClones for Orphan Black, and many more.

Though they’re intended specifically for the black geek community, these weekly hashtags are closely followed by TV writers and producers. The resulting convergence of grassroots fandom activity and creator awareness has not only led to an explosion of black geek and pop culture blogs and communities but also contributed to the representation of these communities in shows like Sense8 and Luke Cage, which both embrace diversity and allow black characters to be geeks.

Hashtags briefly reconfigured the language of hip-hop
One of the quirkier instances of hashtags crossing over into real life is the instance of what Kanye West dubbed “hashtag rap” in a 2010 interview. The idea is the complete excision of figurative language, like metaphors and similes, in favor of the eliding of two ideas — much like in a tweet where a hashtagged ending alters the meaning of what came before it.

One of the most oft-cited examples of hashtag rap is this line from Bruno Mars’s “Gorilla,” where he lays out the concept neatly:

You'll be banging on my chest, bang bang — gorilla!
The key to making the rhythm work is the dash in the middle — the momentary silence that not only gives the line rhythmic intensity but emphasizes the twist in the meaning of what came before.

Kanye’s coinage of the term was in reference to the line, “here’s another hit — Barry Bonds,” from his 2007 “Barry Bonds.” But the trend found its voice with Lil Wayne’s verse on the 2008 T.I. track “Swagger Like Us,” which evolved the rapper’s storied use of simile. The hashtag rap also got a big assist from Big Sean’s 2009 “Supa Dupa,” which is filled with examples (“a problem too big — trig”; “when they see me on my high horse — polo”).

And perhaps the most sublime instance comes from Big Sean’s 2010 “Lemonade” freestyle, in which he drops a string of hashtaggy endings starting at 2:30:


First whip — garbo, Second whip — Largo

Don’t worry bout my ni**as, they’re good — Marshall

Bank account got me feeling well — Fargo

Balling ’til I get a mill a check — Darko (I did that)

I just give them line after line, after line after line, after line — barcode

They looking for my work — narco

’Cause I just black out in the booth — charcoal

Though hashtag rap has mostly faded as a trend, it definitely served as an example of the many ways social media language and cultural modes have bled into culture, and vice versa. You may not have known you were celebrating a hashtag when you rapped along to Ludacris’s line “Comin’ down the street like a parade — Macy's,” but it’s just another way the hashtag has slipped, largely unmarked upon, into the way we express our world.
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Image inside Aug 23 - EXCLUSIVE: Top Trump Aide Emailed To Meet Putin

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| By phantomnation - 2 hours ago

(CNN) Congressional investigators have unearthed an email from a top Trump aide that referenced a previously unreported effort to arrange a meeting last year between Trump campaign officials and Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

The aide, Rick Dearborn, who is now President Donald Trump's deputy chief of staff, sent a brief email to campaign officials last year relaying information about an individual who was seeking to connect top Trump officials with Putin, the sources said.

The person was only identified in the email as being from "WV," which one source said was a reference to West Virginia. It's unclear who the individual is, what he or she was seeking, or whether Dearborn even acted on the request. One source said that the individual was believed to have had political connections in West Virginia, but details about the request and who initiated it remain vague.

The same source said Dearborn in the email appeared skeptical of the requested meeting.

Sources said the email occurred in June 2016 around the time of the recently revealed Trump Tower meeting where Russians with Kremlin ties met with the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law Jared Kushner as well as then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

While many details around the Dearborn email are unclear, its existence suggests the Russians may have been looking for another entry point into the Trump campaign to see if there were any willing partners as part of their effort to discredit -- and ultimately defeat -- Hillary Clinton.

Dearborn's name has not been mentioned much as part of the Russia probe. But he served as then-Sen. Jeff Sessions' chief of staff, as well as a top policy aide on the campaign. And investigators have questions about whether he played a role in potentially arranging two meetings that occurred between the then-Russia ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, and Sessions, who has downplayed the significance of those encounters.

Dearborn was involved in helping to arrange an April 2016 event at the Mayflower Hotel where Trump delivered a major foreign policy address, sources said. Kislyak attended the event and a reception beforehand, but it's unclear whether he interacted with Sessions there.

Dearborn did not respond to multiple inquiries seeking comment. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment, and would not respond to inquiries about Dearborn's email and whether the campaign carried through with that meeting.

"We aren't going to comment on potentially leaked documents," Sanders said.

Intelligence experts say the request made by the unidentified West Virginian fits a pattern of Russians trying to gather human intelligence and seek unwilling -- and sometimes unwitting partners -- as part of their covert operations.

"The Russians are really experts at this," said Steve Hall, a retired CIA chief of Russia operations.

But Hall added that it would be unusual to set up a meeting with Putin himself before meeting with operatives tied to the Kremlin.

Emails about potentially meeting Putin

The Russian "active measures" campaign to influence the US election was fully underway when Dearborn sent his email. This included cyberattacks against the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's senior staffers, as well as pro-Trump messaging by Kremlin-backed propaganda outlets, according to a report declassified by the US intelligence community in January.

And Dearborn wasn't the only person within the Trump campaign emailing about potential Russia meetings. Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos sent an email to top campaign officials in March 2016 about arranging meetings with Russians, sources said. The subject line was "Meeting with Russian Leadership -- Including Putin," according to the source.

Sources told CNN that senior campaign officials dismissed that proposal. Papadopoulos has not responded to CNN's previous requests for comment.

Despite the fact that his idea was brushed aside, Papadopoulos continued his emails about arranging meetings with Russians to other Trump campaign officials for months, The Washington Post reported

"Putin wants to host the Trump team when the time is right," Papadopoulos wrote in an email on April 27 to then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, according to the Post. On that same day, Trump delivered his foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel.

The emails from Dearborn and Papadopoulos were included in the batch of 20,000 emails that the Trump campaign handed over to multiple congressional committees earlier this summer.

CNN has reported that the FBI saw intelligence last summer suggesting that Russian operatives tried to use Trump advisers to infiltrate the campaign. Sources said this intelligence referenced foreign policy adviser Carter Page. Page denies ever working for Russia or having any improper contact with Russians.

Sessions led the campaign's foreign policy team, which included Page and Papadopoulos.

Undisclosed meetings with Kislyak

Sessions met at least twice during the campaign with Kislyak, and congressional investigators want to question whether Dearborn was involved in arranging those meetings, which took place in July and September 2016, sources said.

The Attorney General first acknowledged the meetings in March, despite testifying at his confirmation hearing that he "did not have communications with the Russians" and repeated denials from Trump officials that there were any contacts between the campaign and Russians.

The kerfuffle over Sessions' meetings and his lack of disclosure helped trigger his recusal from overseeing the Russia investigation, an action that was widely praised but angered Trump.

CNN reported in May that congressional investigators were examining whether Sessions attended a third private meeting with Kislyak, at the Mayflower event that Dearborn apparently helped plan.

Sessions later told the Senate intelligence committee he didn't remember meeting with or talking to Kislyak at the hotel. Kushner also helped organized the event, and he told congressional investigators earlier this summer that he briefly "shook hands" and "exchanged brief pleasantries" with Kislyak at a reception before Trump's speech.

During the speech, Trump said that "an easing of tensions and improved relations with Russia, from a position of strength, is possible." Kislyak watched from his seat in the front row.

Sessions ally lands in the White House

Dearborn spent nearly two decades working for Sessions in the Senate, eventually rising to chief of staff, a position he held for 12 years, including throughout the 2016 campaign.

Like his boss, who was a top Trump surrogate on the presidential campaign trail, Dearborn played dual roles last year. He ran Sessions' Senate office and also led the Trump campaign's Virginia-based policy shop, handling congressional relations and crafting policy proposals.

The Trump campaign paid Dearborn more than $28,000 last year, mostly for "policy consulting" but also to reimburse travel expenses, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

Shortly after Trump's victory, Dearborn emerged as executive director of the Trump transition.

Dearborn was later appointed Trump's deputy chief of staff for legislative, intergovernmental affairs and implementation, cementing his position in the White House as a senior policy aide. He is among the handful of Sessions aides who landed plum jobs in the administration.
CNN's Evan Perez and Jim Sciutto contributed to this report.

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Aug 23 - Wal-Mart and Google Team Up to Challenge Amazon

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| By mr_underground - 2 hours ago

Google and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT 0.00% are joining forces in a partnership that includes enabling voice-ordered purchases from the retail giant on GoogleÂ’s virtual assistant, challenging rival Inc.Â’s AMZN -0.85% grip on the next wave of e-commerce.

Wal-Mart said Wednesday that next month it will join GoogleÂ’s online-shopping marketplace, Google Express. While the deal will add hundreds of thousands of Wal-Mart items to Google Express, it will also give Wal-Mart access to voice ordering. The deal wonÂ’t alter how consumers receive their orders, because Wal-Mart will fulfill purchases made through Google Express.

Consumers will be able to order Wal-Mart goods from the retailerÂ’s stores by speaking to GoogleÂ’s virtual assistant, which sits in phones, GoogleÂ’s voice-controlled speakers and soon other devices. Wal-Mart said it will share consumersÂ’ purchase history with Google to enable users to quickly reorder items, a primary function of voice-controlled orders for commodity shopping.

“How do you help people who are going to be interacting more and more with devices get their weekly shopping tasks taken care of?” Google Express chief Brian Elliott said in an interview, citing a key reason for the partnership.

The increasing importance of voice shopping suggests Wal-Mart and Google, part of Alphabet Inc., GOOGL +0.43% need each other to compete against Amazon. Voice-controlled ordering is a small but rapidly growing share of online sales, analysts say, and one of the top reasons to use AmazonÂ’s virtual assistant Alexa and its Echo speakers.

Google has “made significant investments in natural language processing and artificial intelligence to deliver a powerful voice shopping experience,” Marc Lore, Wal-Mart’s head of e-commerce.

Amazon effectively invented voice shopping, which allows users to easily order goods, like toilet paper and diapers, thanks to AmazonÂ’s vast data set on customersÂ’ past purchases. A significant portion of online shopping is made up of consumers reordering the same staples. That is well-adapted to voice ordering because a device can recall the preferred brand, size and type, without requiring shoppers to scan through different product listings.

“When I buy a product that I don’t care about, it is actually a pain for me to go to a website and find an item and check out,” said Forrester analyst Brendan Witcher, a former retail executive. “If I can simply say, send me dishwashing soap…and you send it, that’s much easier on me as a consumer.”

To make voice shopping easier, Wal-Mart said it will allow users to link their Wal-Mart accounts to Google Express, so a Wal-Mart shopper who asks the Google Home for more toothpaste will get the same brand she bought last time.

The Wal-Mart-Google partnership comes as Amazon continues to expand its share of online purchases. In July, Amazon claimed nearly 45 cents out of every dollar spent online, according to receipt tracker Slice Intelligence, up from about 43 cents at the start of the year. Wal-Mart, in comparison, claimed nearly 2 cents of each dollar, holding steady.

Google launched Google Express in 2013 and steadily expanded the service to reach the full contiguous U.S. by late last year. Google enlists third-party firms to fulfill orders from a variety of retailers, including Target Corp. , Costco Wholesale Corp. , Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., and Whole Foods Market Inc., which Amazon agreed to buy in June for $13.7 billion. Google Express earns money on commissions from those merchants. Wal-Mart said it would fulfill its Google Express orders itself, a new, likely cheaper model for Google.

Google said on Wednesday that it is also dropping the $95 annual fee for free shipping on orders that reach a given storeÂ’s minimum cart size, similar to a move Wal-Mart made in January. Google ExpressÂ’ Mr. Elliott said the company decided to offer free shipping on such orders, with a typical minimum of $25 or $35, to make buying easier, particularly when ordering goods via voice interactions.

Wal-Mart will leverage GoogleÂ’s virtual assistant and Echo competitor, the Google Home, to make its goods available at the sound of a consumerÂ’s voice. Google, meanwhile, hopes access to Wal-MartÂ’s inventory will help boost engagement and sales of its assistant and speakers. The partnership will enhance the selection and overall cachet of Google Express, which competes with delivery services such as Instacart Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc.

Amazon introduced the Echo in 2014, a first-of-its-kind voice-controlled smart speaker, and sales quickly took off. Google debuted its Home speaker late last year, and now has about 26% of the market as of June 30, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners LLC. The Echo has the rest. Apple Inc. plans to start selling its smart speaker in December.

More than half of Echo users have bought something on their device, and about 30% of those customers buy something at least once a week, according to Consumer Intelligence Research PartnersÂ’ survey of 300 device users. Google Home owners do so at a much lower rate, the survey says.

In recent weeks, Jonathan Khoo, 40 years old, has ordered frequently from his Echo, including Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, Balance Bars, Krazy Glue and BIC lighters. Most of those are inexpensive items that a shopper would usually need to bundle with other purchases to reach a delivery threshold. But they ship as single items via voice, a perk Mr. Khoo, a software developer, says has convinced him to order more from his Echo.

The battle between Wal-Mart and Amazon has recently taken on new intensity, most notably with AmazonÂ’s planned acquisition of Whole Foods, which heightens their competition in groceries. Wal-Mart this week said it is expanding grocery-delivery tests with Uber, and is testing some deliveries by store workers. Google and Wal-Mart hope to enable users to order fresh groceries via voice for in-store pickup next year.

Wal-Mart is competing more aggressively online since its $3.3 billion purchase of shopping site last year, headed by Mr. Lore, who then took over Wal-MartÂ’s e-commerce business. Mr. Lore was formerly at Amazon after the online giant bought his e-commerce site in 2010. Amazon recently shut down the unit, Quidsi, citing its unprofitability.

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Image inside Aug 23 - North Korea Mocks Trump’s ‘Weird’ Tweets

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Hours after President Trump paid Kim Jong Un a compliment during his rambling campaign rally in Phoenix, North Korean state media mocked Trump for his “weird” and “ego-driven” tweets. Trump also frequently “spouts rubbish,” the state-run KCNA said Wednesday, referring to Trump as “that mad man.” So much for that “respect.”


Along with the personal attacks, the editorial criticized joint military drills the U.S. and South Korea are carrying out this week. “The US should not forget that their opponent is armed with nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles,” the agency said. It also warned that “we won’t just sit and watch the behaviors of the foolish people whose blood is burning with revenge.”

The U.S. has long maintained that the military exercises, which began Monday and happen twice a year, are defensive. Pyongyang doesn’t buy it. On Sunday, the state newspaper Rodong Sinmun called the exercises “the most explicit expression of hostility against us.” It added that “no one can guarantee that the exercise won’t evolve into actual fighting.” Dubbed Ulchi Freedom Guardian, the drills involve nearly 70,000 U.S. and South Korea troops but do not include live fire, unlike those that took place in March.

Despite KCNA’s sick burn at Trump’s expense, there’s reason to be slightly optimistic about thawing relations between the two countries. Before Trump’s said Tuesday that he respects Kim’s newfound respect for the U.S., Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised the North Korean’s “restraint.” He made the statement after the 26th day without North Korea testing a missile. Now it’s been 27.
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Aug 23 - Earth to experience TOTAL DARKNESS for TWO WEEKS!!?

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There have been many reports about the changes our planet Earth could endure in the months and years to come but many of them didn’t really pan out, making us question everything we read on the internet. But this time, NASA confirms what’s been circling the web recently – our planet Earth will experience total darkness for 15 days in November 2017 starting from November 15 to November 29.

NASA reports that this strange occurrence was expected to happen but they didnÂ’t know exactly when. Upon more detailed examination the astronomers from NASA confirmed that the phenomenon will start on November 15 at 3:00 am and will most likely last until November 30, 4:45 pm.
According to experts this blackout will be caused by an astronomical event between Jupiter and Venus. There was even a detailed 1000 pages document written by Charles Bolden, head of NASA explaining the strange event to officials at the White House.
According to the report, during this specific period Jupiter and Venus will come in close proximity of each other and will be separated by just 1 degree. Venus will move to the south-west of Jupiter and as a result it will shine 10 times brighter than Jupiter. VenusÂ’ bright light will heat up the gases in Jupiter causing a reaction which will release a an absurdly high amount of hydrogen into the space. This reaction will come in contact with our Sun at 2:50 am on November 15th.

Once the hydrogen reaches the Sun, a massive explosion is bound to occur on the surface of the Sun, increasing the temperature to more than 9000 degrees. The whole process will generate so much heat that the Sun will change its color into a bluish shade. Once this happens, the Sun will need a minimum of 14 days to restore its normal color and temperature.
As a result of this strange phenomenon, the SunÂ’s light will be seen much dimmer from the Earth and hence the 15-day blackout NASA is talking about.
“We do not expect any major effects from the Blackout event. The only effect this event will have on Earth is an increase of 6 – 8 degrees in temperature. the polar cap will be mostly affected by this. No one should worry much. This event would be similar to what Alaskans experience in the winter”, Bolden said.
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Image inside Aug 23 - Game of Thrones’ Season-7 Finale Will Be Its Longest Episode Ever

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The producers of Game of Thrones are making up for this seasonÂ’s super-short season (just seven episodes) by supersizing SundayÂ’s finale. HBO confirmed Tuesday that the final installment of season seven will run just shy of 80 minutes (79 minutes and 43 seconds for you time nerds out there), easily making it the showÂ’s longest episode ever. While media reports (and advanced program listings) had hinted for weeks this season would feature a record-long episode, the network didnÂ’t make the news official until today.

The biggest bit of brand-new information revealed Tuesday was the title of the finale: “The Dragon and the Wolf.” Those five words appear to be a reference to both the pivotal relationship between Dany (the Targaryen dragon) and Jon Snow (the Stark wolf, or at least that’s who he thinks he is), as well as Jon’s status — potentially — as the son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna Stark. Whatever the meaning, there’s a good chance the episode will end up as the most-watched GOT, if this season’s current rating trends are any indication. The show is now regularly averaging over 10 million same-day viewers and has set series-best ratings records three of the six weeks it has aired this summer. Sunday’s finale will go head-to-head with MTV’s Video Music Awards, but odds are, the dragon show won’t have any problem obliterating its competition.

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Aug 23 - 'Demon goat' appears in India, terrifying village with human-like face

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Aug 23 - Don Lemon ethers Magas re-election campaign speech real quick

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Video inside Aug 22 - Mark Wahlberg is named world's highest-paid actor in 2017 with $68m

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1. Mark Wahlberg ($68m)

2. The Rock ($65m)

3. Vin Diesel ($54.5m)

4. Adam Sandler ($50.5m)

5. Jackie Chan ($49m)

6. Robert Downey Jr ($48m)

7. Tom Cruise ($43m)

8. Shah Rukh Khan ($38m)

9. Salman Khan ($37m)

10. Akshay Kumar ($35.5m)

11. Chris Hemsworth ($31.5m)

12. Tom Hanks ($31m)

13. Samuel L Jackson ($30.5m)

14. Ryan Gosling ($29m)

15. Ryan Reynolds ($21.5m)

16. Matt Damon ($21m)

17. Jeremy Renner ($19m)

18. Chris Evans ($18m)

19. Chris Pratt ($17m)

20. Mark Ruffalo ($13m)

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Image inside Aug 22 - Police have seized around 5,000 ecstasy shaped as Trump

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(CNN)German police have seized around 5,000 ecstasy tablets shaped like the head of US President Donald Trump, a haul worth tens of thousands of euros.

The tablets were found in a car in Lower Saxony, a state in northwest Germany, police confirmed in a statement Monday.
German police released images of the pills on Monday.
German police released images of the pills on Monday.
"During the search of the vehicle police found about 5,000 ecstasy tablets with the portrait of the American president ... the purchase value of the tablets amounts to approximately 11,000 euros (about $12,900); the sales value amounts to approximately 39,000 euros," the statement said.
A 51-year-old man and his 17-year-old son appeared in court on Sunday and an arrest warrant has been issued.

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Aug 22 - Here's $700 million reasons to get a Powerball ticket tonight

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The Powerball jackpot climbs higher and higher, soaring to an estimated $700 million for the next drawing scheduled Wednesday night.

The one-time cash option is also set at $443 million by the multi-state lottery game that is played in 44 states, including both Kentucky and Indiana. The final jackpot and cash option will be set just before the late Wednesday evening drawing and be based on ticket sales.

Winning $393M Mega Millions ticket sold in Illinois

The Powerball jackpot has not been hit since early June. A $700 million jackpot would make it the second-largest lottery prize ever handed out in America, topped only by a $1.6 billion Powerball prize shared by three ticket holders in January 2016.

A Mega Millions jackpot was hit in Illinois earlier this month at $393 million.

Powerball tickets are $2 per play, with drawings on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

And don't expect a miracle. The odds of hitting the Powerball jackpot are one in 292.2 million.

Ticket sales for the game last week statewide in Kentucky totaled $4.7 million, about three times the normal sales, Sara Westerman, Kentucky Lottery spokeswoman, said.

If a winner takes the $650 million, the sum will be paid out in annual annuities over 29 years. Of any winnings, the federal government will take a 25 percent tax cut and, in Kentucky, the state will take another 6 percent in taxes.
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Aug 22 - Weed Clubs Could Be Coming To A City Near You :mjcry:

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Get ready social smokers. Weed clubs could be coming to a city near you. Is this the next step for legalization in the United States?

Don’t be so hasty to book that trip to Amsterdam; weed clubs could be coming to a city near you. In Denver, where recreational cannabis is the law of the land, efforts are being made to establish places where people can socially smoke weed. Will these efforts come to fruition? Or will they die in the planning stage?

Social Smoking

The state of Colorado legalized recreational weed back in 2012, and since then, adults have been able to purchase cannabis from licensed dispensaries, even without a medical card. There is a catch though. You can’t consume weed, either through smoking or vaping, in any public area, including dispensaries. So, if you’re a responsible adult who has purchased some weed, your only choice is to smoke it at home. Not such a great option if you want to be social and meet new people

But that might be about to change. Last year, residents of Denver voted to implement measures that would permit bring-your-own weed clubs for legal smokers. The city is set to start accepting applications for weed clubs by the end of this month.

But, of course, there are a dozen hurdles that the cannabis industry in Denver must clear. For one, the state’s liquor board won’t allow the use of weed in any establishment with a liquor license. So bars and most restaurants are automatically out as potential public places where one could smoke weed. Places like art galleries and coffee shops are still in the running to allow pot use on the premises, though.

But there’s an additional issue. Potential pot clubs must maintain a substantial distance away from schools, playgrounds, and any other place children may gather. Twice as far as liquor establishments, to be exact Which is, frankly, hypocritical since alcohol is known to be much more destructive and unhealthy than cannabis is.

Final Hit: Weed Clubs Could Be Coming To A City Near You

Despite the strict rules and regulations regarding cannabis use, the players of Denver’s cannabis scene remain hopeful. The possibility of weed clubs in the city is too good to ignore. If cannabis users could have a designated legal area to smoke that isn’t limited to their home, it could revolutionize the way people view the herb By implementing weed clubs, cannabis smoking will become viewed as a social activity, akin to drinking alcohol, and thus will become more accepted. Progress is progress, especially when it comes to cannabis. Despite the plethora of research supporting legalization, it remains a controversial subject for lawmakers and state officials. Legal public consumption would be a huge step in the right direction for the country. And if Denver leads the way, then weed clubs could be coming to a city near you

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Image inside Aug 22 - Champion bodybuilder Dallas 'Big Country' McCarver dies aged 26 choking on food

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| By Sin - 23 hours ago

Champion bodybuilder Dallas McCarver has died after he apparently choked on his food at home in Florida.
The 26-year-old bodybuilding superstar known to fans as 'Big Country' was found unconscious Monday evening at his home in Boca Raton by a friend shortly after speaking on the phone with his girlfriend WWE star Dana Brooke, TMZ reported.
Brooke, whose real name is Ashley Mae Sebera, said the last thing McCarver told her was that he was going to cook dinner and said, 'I love you. Goodbye.'
She said his cause of death is believed to be choking on food, and that she was told there were no signs of foul play.

In addition, she said it does not appear that the 26-year-old tried to harm himself.
Earlier on Monday, McCarver appeared to be fine as he worked out in a local gym and posted a video to Instagram where he chest-pressed 160 pound dumbbells in each hand.
He captioned the video: 'Could've been a little slower and better under control wth (sic) these 160s today... but sometimes you've just got to let the intensity flow. Great chest day with @josh_lenartowicz in @project_flex_fl#DragonsLair ! That damn @Redcon1official#Silencer had me sweating like a whore in church boy! Whew!!!! #HotAsHell #LoveIt#DoTheHardSfuff #bigcountry#dallasmccarver #outgrowyourego#redcon1'

The 6'1", 300-lb athlete began competing in the bodybuilding circuit when he was 21 and quickly started winning popular competitions.
He placed first in the NPC Hub City Fitness Quest Junior Heavyweight category in 2011.
Last year he placed 8th in the 2016 Mr. Olympia competition.
Back in March McCarver suffered a health scare when he collapsed onstage at the 2017 Arnold Classic Australia, TMZ reported.

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Image inside Aug 22 - Headless body found in search for missing journalist Kim Wall

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| By st21 - 23 hours ago

Headless body found in search for missing journalist Kim Wall


The headless body of a woman was found Monday in the Baltic Sea near the location where a Swedish journalist disappeared -- the grim discovery coming just hours after the owner of a home-built submarine told authorities she died aboard the craft and he buried her at sea.

Copenhagen police spokesman Jens Moller Jensen said the female torso -- without legs, arms or a head - was found by a passerby near Koge Bay after an intense search, Sky News reported.

"We have recovered the body...It is the torso of a woman," Jensen told reporters. "An inquest will be conducted."

Jensen added it was "too early" to say if the body was that of reporter Kim Wall, 30, who vanished more than a week ago after a trip on the submarine owned by 46-year-old Peter Madsen, a Danish inventor.

Jensen said the body was discovered hours after Madsen told authorities Wall had died aboard in an accident, and that he buried her at sea at an unspecified location in Koge Bay, located south of Copenhagen.

Madsen was the lone survivor after his 40-ton homemade Nautilus sub foundered off Denmark’s eastern coast on Aug. 10. He was arrested hours after he was rescued, hit with preliminary manslaughter charges in the death of Wall.

Madsen has maintained his innocence and told a local television station last week the sub sank due to technical issues.

“I was toying with various things on the submarine and then an error occurred,” he told TV2 immediately after the sub sank.

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Madsen had initially said he dropped Wall off on land before departing again and ultimately sinking, however, his story changed in recent days.

What is likely the last picture taken of Wall showed the freelance journalist, smiling, aboard the sub and standing alongside Madsen, whose back is turned, just before the Nautilus departed on its ill-fated voyage.

Her family earlier told The Associated Press in a previous interview she had worked in many dangerous places as a journalist and it was unimaginable "something could happen...just a few miles from the childhood home."

The International Women's Media Foundation said it was "deeply saddened" to receive confirmation Wall had died.

"She was dogged in her pursuit of important and sometimes quirky stories," the organization said in a statement. "She was adored by those who knew her."

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Image inside Aug 22 - Malia Obama moves into Harvard University

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The Obamas were spotted on Harvard University's campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Tuesday for the school's official freshman move-in day.

The eldest daughter, Malia Obama, is headed back to school after her gap year, and former President Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama were on-site to help, The Boston Globe reports.

Images of Mr. and Mrs. Obama around campus quickly circulated on social media Tuesday.

The 19-year-old spent her gap year traveling and interning with the Weinstein Company film studio. In the past, she's worked on the set of the HBO show "Girls" and as a production assistant on Halle Berry-led CBS show sci-fi series "Extant."

Boston Globe reporter Steve Annear says he attempted to interview Malia on Tuesday, but she "politely declined."

Last year, Mr. Obama said that he's proud of his daughter, but he would "miss her terribly" when she's gone.

"This is my first one leaving and my daughters are wonderful, and one of the great pleasures of being in the White House is because I live above the store, I've been able to spend every night that I'm in town with them," Mr. Obama told CBS affiliate WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio.

"I'm going to miss her terribly," he admitted. "But she is well-prepared, she is going to do great things -- and as Michelle reminds us, our job is to make sure they don't need us anymore."

Classes at Harvard University are scheduled to begin on August 30.

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Image inside Aug 22 - Source: Donald Trump in preliminary talks about resignation

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| By phantomnation - 1 day ago

The word from political insider Jon Cooper the well connected Chairman of the Democratic Coalition Against Trump. HereÂ’s what he shared on Monday:

“Source who’s been accurate in past tells me there have been some preliminary talks in WH re POTUS resigning. Mostly hypothetical what-ifs”

He didnÂ’t go into additional detail, but the timing of such a development makes sense. Trump just gave a speech about Afghanistan which seemed almost physically painful for him because he had to admit heÂ’d been wrong about it all along. This also ties into other confirmed reports of Trump hinting that he wants to resign.

Back in late June, Politico mentioned in the final paragraph of one of its articles that Donald Trump had been telling his friends and advisers that he wants to resign but that he fears being seen as a quitter like Richard Nixon (link). Eight weeks later, Trump has made no headway in trying to carve out an agenda, and by now itÂ’s a given that his legacy will be a cautionary tale of failure.

So it wouldnÂ’t be at all shocking to see Donald Trump do what heÂ’s always done whenever heÂ’s realized heÂ’s failed in the business world: declare bankruptcy on his presidency, so to speak, by resigning and calling the whole thing a success. Not that anyone outside his base would agree with him, but then again, he would only truly be trying to convince himself. But resigning would not make the ongoing criminal investigations into him go away.

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Image inside Aug 21 - As Steve Bannon Returns, Breitbart Launches New Attacks Against Ivanka

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| By RAZAH CUTS - 1 day ago


Many of President Trump’s ousted staffers have left the White House chagrined — Reince Priebus’s firing was followed by reports that the president regularly bullied him, and even Anthony Scaramucci looked cowed when a TMZ reporter caught up with him the day after he was let go. But Steve Bannon, who left his job last Friday, seemed invigorated; “I feel jacked up,” he told the Weekly Standard. “Now I’m free. I’ve got my hands back on my weapons.”

It’s pretty clear that by “weapons” Bannon means Breitbart News, the right-wing website where he was executive chairman before joining Trump’s campaign. He returned to the site and led its editorial meeting mere hours after his firing was announced, and two days later Breitbart published a round of negative stories on president Trump’s daughter Ivanka — someone Bannon has feuded with since day one.

The first story aggregated a Daily Mail report that Ivanka helped oust Bannon, citing “a source close to Ivanka Trump” who said it was “done to save the presidency.” The second ran with the headline “Six Times President Trump Upset Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump … and the Media Found Out” and listed instances in which well-timed leaks positioned Ivanka and Jared against some of the president’s more controversial decisions. And the third charges Ivanka with tweeting in support of counterprotesters in Boston — who it says “carried anti-Trump signs” and “assault[ed] police.”

To an outsider, the first two stories don’t seem particularly damning. (In fact, it’s likely that Ivanka and Jared’s well-oiled PR machine was responsible for the leak to the Daily Mail.) But viewed through the lens of Breitbart’s audience, both depict Ivanka as a “globalist” (one of Bannon’s favorite insults) whose views run counter to the president’s nationalist agenda. And the third, published Monday, positions her as anti-police. Of course, Breitbart has covered Ivanka in the past, but these three consecutive stories suggest a new level of determination to call out the First Daughter.

Bannon has made it pretty clear that he dislikes Ivanka and her husband — a New York Times report put them high on his list of enemies on whom he plans to go “nuclear” now he’s not bound by White House constraints:

Mr. Bannon openly complained to White House colleagues that he resented how Ms. Trump would try to undo some of the major policy initiatives that he and Mr. Trump agreed were important to the presidentÂ’s economic nationalist agenda, like withdrawing from the Paris climate accords. In this sense, he was relieved when Mr. Kelly took over and put in place a structure that kept other aides from freelancing.

“Those days are over when Ivanka can run in and lay her head on the desk and cry,” he told multiple people.
Back at Breitbart, it’s unlikely he’s had a change of heart — and it seems like his “weapon” is acting accordingly.
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Image inside Aug 22 -busted smuggling 5,000 orange-colored ecstasy pills shaped like Trump's

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German police have seized a huge batch of orange-colored ecstasy pills shaped like the face of Donald Trump.
Two traffickers were busted smuggling the stash, with a street value of around $46,000, in a car on the A30 Motorway in the north-western city of OsnabrĂĽck.
The car, driven by a 56-year-old man and carrying his 17-year-old son, was stopped on Sunday evening by German traffic police during a random traffic stop.
To their surprise, the German cops found a stash of around 5,000 ecstasy pills hidden in the car.
The pills were found in plastic bags, together with a large amount of cash.
The ecstasy pills all came in the shape of the face of US President with the words 'Trump' and 'NL' written on the back.
All the pills were aptly coloured in the same tint as the American President's infamous orange hue.
Local media reported that the car had Austrian number plates.
The suspects said they had travelled to the Netherlands because they were interested in buying a car, but had returned empty-handed to Germany in the direction of Hanover.

The police, however, suspect them of having bought the pills on the Dutch market for around €11,000 ($13,000).
Both father and son were arrested while the drugs, money and their car were seized.
Dutch-made Donald Trump pills have been showing up for some time on the UK market, according to reports.
On the darknet, they are sold with the slogan 'Trump makes partying great again', referring to the famous slogan of the American President, 'Let's make America great again'.
The A30 Motorway which links Amsterdam with the German capital of Berlin and the Polish capital of Warsaw is often used by drug smugglers and other criminals.

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Aug 22 - DL Hughley "WhY Is OPIOD Use Treated Differently in America?"

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Image inside Aug 22 - Christopher Columbus monument in Baltimore smashed

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| By l3altimore7 - 1 day ago

'A monument to Christopher Columbus that was over 200 years old was smashed with a sledgehammer Monday morning to combat a “culture of white supremacy.”

A YouTube channel titled “Popular Resistance” posted footage of men in hoodies destroying a monument to Columbus and his famous voyage in 1492. The individuals carried signs that read “Racism: Tear it down,” and “The future is racial and economic justice.”

The Baltimore Brew, an independent website run by veteran journalists, first reported on the crime, which took place near Herring Run Park.

“Racist monuments to slave owners and murderers have always bothered me,” a narrator identified as Tye says in his YouTube video. “Baltimore’s poverty is concentrated in African-American households, and these statues are just an extra slap in the face. They were built in the 20th century in response to a movement for African Americans’ human dignity. What kind of a culture goes to such lengths to build such hate-filled monuments? What kind of a culture clings to those monuments in 2017? The culture of white supremacy preceded the United States. It’s at the foundation of U.S. culture, business, bureaucracies and psychology.”

The text that was destroyed on the 44-foot-tall monument read: “Sacred to the Memory of Chris. Columbus Oct. XII MDCC VIIIC,” the Baltimore Brew reported.

Monday’s vandalism comes just days after the Baltimore City Council voted to begin removing the city’s Confederate monuments. City employees removed the Confederate Women’s Monument in Bishop Square Park, the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Mount Royal Avenue, the Lee Jackson Monument in the Wyman Park Dell and a statue of Justice Roger Taney near the Washington Monument last week.

A national debate on controversial monuments began Aug. 12 after 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ms. Heyer was run over by a car driven by 20-year-old suspect James Alex Fields Jr. while white supremacists and counter-protesters argued over the removal of a Confederate statue depicting General Robert E. Lee.'

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