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    For the most part, residents of Asia-Pacific can travel again. But some are more confident about packing their bags than others. Travel confidence is "diverse and nuanced" in the region, according to a new survey commissioned by the travel website Booking.com. Some 11,000 people in the region were polled about their comfort levels and concerns, as well as their willingness to tolerate the types of disruptions that have become common since the pandemic began. The rankingsThe survey results were published in Booking.com's inaugural "Travel Confidence Index," which ranked the places in order of most to least confident. Key findings from the study include: No. 1: IndiaAccording to the survey, Indians emerged as having the highest travel confidence. Some 86% of respondents indicated plans to travel within 12 months — a number surpassed only by those in China — though trips in both countries are expected to be largely domestic. Moreover, 70% of respondents indicated they would accept anticipated travel disruptions, the highest of the survey. Indians have faith in their country too — 85% indicated India can safely welcome international travelers...
    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is taking on a new challenge, bridging the physical divide infrastructure has caused in America. Buttigieg joined Trevor Noah on last night’s episode of The Daily Show to discuss his agenda. “I know you made headlines when and correct me if I paraphrase you incorrectly, but I mean, you basically said that America’s roads are racist, right?” Noah began. “Not exactly what I said,” Buttigieg laughed. “…The point is, look, there are many places in the us where a road or a railroad was used to divide or segregate or even remove a neighborhood, typically a black neighborhood.” “I completely understand,” Noah replied. “The very fact that we have the phrase ‘Wrong side of the tracks’ in American English language tells you something about how infrastructure which is supposed to connect can also be used to divide, often on racial lines and we’ve gotta face that and we can do something,” Buttigieg added. When Noah pressed on the details of his plan to “right the wrongs,” Buttigieg replied, “…We’re gonna get it right. And that includes...
    The pilot of a small twin-engine plane is heard in a 40-minute recording asking air traffic control for help to making an emergency landing before his 23-year-old co-pilot jumped or fell from it at 3,500-feet.  Charles Hew Crooks did not have a parachute on before he plunged to his death in North Carolina on Friday, officials said. In the 40-minute exchange between the unidentified pilot and air traffic control, there is no mention or hint of Crooks falling from the plane. The pilot can be heard saying: 'Emergency, we've lost our right wheel. We would like to proceed to Raleigh and make a landing at Raleigh.' He adds:  'We have two persons on board. We have enough fuel on board that will last us for the next four hours.' Air Traffic control responds: 'Raleigh-Durham Airport or Raleigh-General?'  'Rogers resume all navigation to Raleigh-Durham Airport.' 'More clarification, did you try landing on Raeford West?' he asks. 'Did it [the wheel] fall off while still in the air?'  'We were attempting to land,' the pilot said. 'We made contact with the ground and...
    Democrat Will Rollins is running for the seat in California's 41st Congressional District currently held by Republican Ken Calvert, who has a long record of anti-LGBTQ votes. Democrat Will Rollins is running in California's recently redrawn 41st Congressional District in November against Republican incumbent Rep. Ken Calvert, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Calvert, who has a long record of anti-LGBTQ votes in Congress, has held his seat in the House for three decades. The LGBTQ rights organization Human Rights Campaign, in its scorecard measuring the support of members of Congress for pro-equality legislation, gave Calvert a score of zero in the 116th Congress and 115th Congress. In the 114th Congress, his score was 16 out of a possible 100. The Los Angeles Times reported this month that with the large concentration of LGBTQ voters in the newly drawn 41st District, and the fact that Calvert's opponent, Rollins, is a gay man, Calvert is now saying that his views on LGBTQ issues have changed. Calvert voted in July to protect marriage equality in federal law and repeal the...
    Actress Ashely Judd is opening up about the death of her mother Naomi Judd and her longtime struggle with mental illness during a recent podcast interview. Speaking with author David Kessler on his podcast Healing, Judd discussed the jagged road of healing and her thoughts on her mother’s struggles. Naomi Judd, who died by suicide in April, had fought a lifelong battle with depression and anxiety. Her death came days before being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. When asked about her grief journey on the podcast, Ashley Judd said, “I guess what I would like for people to know is that I had an extraordinary journey with my mom.” After discussing her own experiences with therapy, she explained how it helped her cope with her mother’s struggles. Ashley said, “Obviously mom was someone who had a mental illness and so I needed to work a good program. I needed to understand that her mental illness was a disease.” “I didn’t cause it, I couldn’t control it and I couldn’t cure it. I could contribute through my attitudes...
    THE day after the 2019 General Election, a woman from Durham took herself to Twitter to start howling at the moon.  The election, she said, had been “a fix”. Actually, Jeremy Corbyn had won. But he was cheated out of it. 4Offering advice to whoever is our next Prime Minister, Rishi or Liz, he warned them: 'It’s not Twitter that counts'Credit: PA 4As David Cameron put it: 'Too many tweets make a twat'Credit: Reuters 4'Ghastly' Labour candidate Laura Pidcock, with Jeremy Corbyn, who gets thousands of likes 'within minutes' of posting on TwitterCredit: Getty Images - Getty This deluded hag, who went under the name “Lisa”, had direct evidence for that. She had been out campaigning for the ghastly local Labour candidate Laura Pidcock.  I’m delighted to say Laura lost and the Tory candidate won. According to Lisa it MUST have been fixed because: “The new Tory MP Richard Holden rarely gets 200 likes on a tweet or Facebook post, yet Laura gets thousands within minutes . . . ” READ MORE FROM ROD LIDDLEROD LIDDLE Choosing a Prime Minister should take time,...
    Joe Rogan called out conservative author and psychologist Dr Jordan Peterson in his most recent episode, after the psychologist disparaged transgender actor Elliot Page - and used his 'dead name.' Peterson has been suspended from Twitter for the past few weeks after he tweeted that Page had his breasts removed by a 'criminal physician' and used his former name, Ellen - a practice referred to by transgender people as 'dead-naming,' which many consider offensive. Twitter flagged Peterson's tweet claiming it 'violated the Twitter Rules on hateful conduct,' and his daughter, Mikhaila, said her father would be off the platform until he deleted the tweet - something he does not seem keen to do. But on Tuesday's episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, the podcaster and his guest, actor Zachary Levi, said it was a shame that he was kicked off the platform over the issue, saying it is 'not a thing to be getting offended about.'  Controversial podcaster Joe Rogan called out conservative author Dr Jordan Peterson in his most recent episode after the psychologist disparaged transgender actor Elliot Page in a tweet Rogan's...
    IF you're worried about those summer showers, your iPhone has a handy trick to help. The UK's ongoing heatwave will almost certainly be interrupted by some surprise rainfall. 2You should turn Stay Dry notifications on right nowCredit: Apple / The Sun These can often catch you at the worst times – just when you thought you were safe in the sun. Thankfully the iPhone has a hidden system to warn you just before a downpour is due. This gives you time to run for cover, turn around on your walk, or pop open the umbrella. It's linked to the huge overhaul of the new iPhone Weather app that rolled out with iOS 15 in September. Read more on iPhoneGOOD CALL? What your iPhone background says about you – and why a selfie is NOT a good signFREE AND EASY You’re making a HUGE iPhone mistake – and it only takes seconds to fix Apple's Weather app wasn't always brilliant – and has previously been mocked. But the new version is significantly better, and could stop you from getting drenched. How to enable weather alerts on...
    Alex Stein, a far-right social media personality, targets Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez walking up steps of the Capitol building on Wednesday. The disrespect people of color have to put up with just for having the skin color we have would likely be unimaginable if I didn’t happen to be a Black woman. It is infuriating to learn that a U.S. congresswoman, specifically Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, had to put up with that disrespect. ”I posted about a deeply disgusting incident that happened today on the Capitol steps, but took it down bc it’s clearly someone seeking extremist fame,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Wednesday. “It’s just a bummer to work in an institution that openly allowed this, but talking about it only invites more. Just really sad.” Video the Democrat tweeted showed Alex Stein, a far-right social media personality, filming while yelling from the steps of the Capitol that the congresswoman “wants to kill babies, but she’s still beautiful.” That unfortunately is the kind of backhanded compliment you might expect any congresswoman to encounter amid Democratic activism in light of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Roe v. Wade abortion protections. But the...
    NAPOLI star man Kalidou Koulibaly has admitted a potential move to Chelsea is "on the right track". The Premier League side are in the market for a centre-back or two following the exits of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. 1A move to Chelsea is 'on the right track', according to KoulibalyCredit: Getty And Napoli's Koulibaly ticks all the boxes of what boss Thomas Tuchel is looking for. Chelsea have no issue meeting Napoli's £34million asking price of the 31-year-old, who brings a wealth of European and International experience. The Senegal international, who has just one year left on his deal at Napoli, has even commented on a potential move himself. As quoted by Romain Collet-Gaudin, Koulibaly admitted on a potential move to Stamford Bridge: "I'll confirm that later, but it's on the right track.” READ MORE ON CHELSEABLUES LATEST Koulibaly £33m deal close, Raheem Sterling SIGNS contract, Gnabry interest Manchester City's Nathan Ake has also been linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge, having departed the club back in 2017. Chelsea allowed Ake to leave for Bournemouth before he was signed by City for...
    Getty The Rams during a June 8, 2022 minicamp practice. Twelve days from now, the Los Angeles Rams will end their offseason and report to UC Irvine for training camp. There are, however, some Ram players who are being projected to become what ESPN NFL insiders called “cut candidates” in their “NFL players on the roster bubble” feature. And the one player labeled on the roster bubble is a former day two pick of the Rams who is also entering the final season of his rookie deal. ‘Might Not Make it’ New ESPN Rams insider Sarah Barshop has projected right guard Bobby Evans as the Super Bowl champion’s cut candidate. Barshop believes in two reasonings behind Evans potentially parting ways with the champs: The fact he lost out on his starting spot to Austin Corbett and how the Rams have improved their offensive trench depth. “The Rams have so much depth and young talent on the offensive line, Evans might not make it on Los Angeles’ final 53-man roster,” Barshop wrote. “Evans has played in...
    Share this: Recent Supreme Court decisions overturning Roe v. Wade and expanding gun rights in the U.S. have led some legal experts to declare the “triumph of originalism.” The court’s opinions do, in fact, reflect originalist methodology to an important extent. In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, a Second Amendment case, the majority opinion sought “the public understanding of the right to keep and bear arms in both 1791 and 1868.” And in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the majority examined whether the right to abortion is “rooted in our Nation’s history and tradition.” Indeed, of the nine justices on the bench, at least five are now self-avowed “originalists,” with others seemingly sympathetic to the interpretive method. Despite – or perhaps because of – originalism’s rising prominence, misconceptions about this theory of constitutional interpretation have swirled: Isn’t originalism self-defeating because the founders weren’t originalist? Don’t originalists ignore the amendments written after 1789? Do originalists think the Constitution applies only to horse-drawn carriages and muskets?
    ARSENAL’S previous recruitment policy was a “mess” – typified by the £72m deal for Nicolas Pepe. That’s the view of Gunners legend Alan Smith, who has hailed the work done by technical director Edu and boss Mikel Arteta to transform their transfer strategy. 2Nicolas Pepe has failed to produce since arriving in 2019Credit: Getty 2Arsenal legend Alan Smith has praised the work of Edu and Mikel ArtetaCredit: Getty And now, he has told them to go get Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans. The capture of £45m Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City has taken Arsenal’s early window activity to four players so far. Keeper Matt Turner, midfielder Fabio Vieira and winger Marquinhos have also walked through the door – keeping to the recent theme of signing young, talented stars. The club have come a long way since the days of relying on deadline day miracles or risky punts, such as forking out for Lille’s Pepe in 2019 only to be left disappointed. The Ivory Coast international has scored just 16 goals in 80 Premier League appearances, and is now down the pecking...
    Chip Somodevilla,. Getty Images Democrats lit up social media on Thursday over the Supreme Court’s decision on an EPA case, blasting it as a threat to life on earth by a “radical” court and “far right” conservative justices. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer put out a statement immediately after the opinion was published, saying that the “MAGA, regressive, extremist” court is taking America back to the time of “robber barons.” The White House issued a statement calling the decision “devastating” and promising to “study the ruling carefully” for ways to “move forward” despite it. EPA’s Michael S. Regan also released an official statement. Former President Barack Obama weighed in with a measured reaction calling the decision a “step backward.” No challenge poses a greater threat to our future than a changing climate. Every day, we’re feeling the impact of climate change, and today’s Supreme Court decision is a major step backward. — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 30, 2022 And then social media lit up brighter than a coal plant powering a munitions factory on New Year’s Eve at high...
    George Washington University (GWU) is rejecting demands from students to boot Clarence Thomas from its staff after the conservative justice wrote an opinion seeming to suggest gay marriage and access to contraception could be the next target of the Supreme Court.  In a letter addressed to students Tuesday, GWU officials said they will not remove Thomas from his post as an adjunct professor because he has not violated the school's policy on academic freedom.  'Debate is an essential part of our university's academic and educational mission,' the letter said.  The university has 'received requests from some members of the university' to fire Thomas, who teaches a constitutional law class.  'Just as we affirm our commitment to academic freedom, we affirm the right of all members of our communities to voice their opinions,' the statement said. 'Because we steadfastly support the robust exchange of ideas and deliberation, and because debate is an essential part of our university's academic and educational mission to train future leaders who are prepared to address the world's most urgent problems, the university will neither terminate Justices Thomas'...
    Campaign ad for Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Daniel Donner, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Subscribe to The Downballot, our weekly podcast x Embedded Content ● Abortion: In the days and weeks prior to the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, we began to see an influx in campaign ads focused on protecting the right to an abortion, and now that the court's far-right majority has stripped that right away, Democrats have continued to focus on the topic at all levels of the ballot. The issue may be most salient at the state level, where Democrats have the chance to strengthen abortion rights or block Republican attempts to eliminate them. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, for instance, touts legislation he recently signed into law as Roe's demise loomed ever nearer. The ad begins with news clips announcing the ruling, followed by Lamont's own narration. "Women deserve the right to make their own decisions...
    On Friday, the long-dreaded Supreme Court decision to take away the reproductive rights of more than half of the country became official. The decision overturns the 49-year-old Roe v. Wade decision protecting people’s rights to choose whether or not they will have an abortion. This is not the only civil right in jeopardy from this court, as Justice Clarence Thomas wrote he believes similar decisions that rely on the 12th Amendment protecting rights to contraception and same-sex marriage should be “reconsidered” as well. Thomas left off the Loving case from his list, the one that allowed interracial marriages, but don’t worry—I suspect he’d rule against that as well. The Democratic Party has known for some time that this day was coming. They knew it was coming when Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell stole the Supreme Court seat former President Barack Obama was set to fill after Justice Antonin Scalia died on a “free” weekend stay at a West Texas resort, and Donald Trump was able to fill the seat with Neil Gorsuch. Democratic leadership knew this day was coming when the clearly incompetent Justice Anthony...
    Fox News analysts Karl Rove said on this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday” that unless protesters were arrested outside the houses of Supreme Court Justices, it is “open season on judges.” Discussing the arrest of an armed man outside Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home, Rove said, “The American Civil Liberties Union says this statue, we interpret at the following way, we point to a Supreme Court Case that suggests that as long as they keep moving in front of the house, If they are stationary, they should be arrested but if they are moving in front of the house have a right to try and influence a Supreme Court Justice. That is ridiculous.” Rove added, “We either ought to apply the law, or we ought to just simply say it’s open season on judges. Cause that’s what we’re doing.” Commentator Juan Williams said, “I think you have a right to protest.” Rove said, “But not in front of their house.” Williams said, “You have a right to protest anywhere in America. Now clearly, these people should not be violent, and they...
    HAVE you ever wondered why menswear and womenswear is only slightly different? Women are just discovering that why their shirt buttons are on a different side to men, and it is blowing some people's minds. 4Which side is easier for you to have your buttons on?Credit: Getty The reasons behind the differences go back centuries, to when men fought and women were expected to stay home to raise children. A Quora thread says that men's shirts button on the right to make duelling easier and quicker to get to their weapon because: "It was more convenient and quicker to use their left hand for unbuttoning," Most men held their swords in their right hands, so needed to swiftly open their shirt for duelling and self-protection. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED As for why women's shirts button on the left, it's quite possibly because of babies. Women tend to hold their infants in their left arm, so that their right hand can do other things, another reason why the right arm is often...
    YOUR iPhone comes with a clever feature that can help you screenshot more efficiently – here's how to access it. The useful tip was shared in a 13-second TikTok video by a user named Shirley. 1Your iPhone comes with a clever feature that can help you screenshot more efficientlyCredit: TikTok/shirleyfied The creator began the video by noting "I was today years old when I found out you could screenshot an entire page, look." She then opened up a webpage on Safari and screenshotted it. Once the screenshot appeared at the bottom left corner of her screen, she tapped on it. Shortly afterward, the image opened and two options appeared at the top of her screen: Screen and full page. Read more on iPhoneI-NEW Huge iPhone event next week to reveal FREE upgrade for everyoneAPPLE JUICE Apple iPhone charger gets HUGE 20% discount in surprise sale at Amazon Shirley tapped on Full Page and then went down the entire page via a scroller on the right side of the screen. In the end, she was presented with the option to either...
    The fact that anyone is unhoused in the United States is a structural failing and should bring elected officials on all sides of the political aisle a good deal of shame. People living in unsafe conditions anywhere in one of the wealthiest countries in the world is uniquely unacceptable, and yet as I type this, we all know there are tons of unhoused people, including veterans, disabled people, children, pregnant people, and folks living with chronic mental and physical health conditions, among others. And yet Republicans can’t help but handle the problem by trying to punish and criminalize the experience of being homeless. One example comes to us from Tennessee, which is set to become the first state in the nation to make it a felony to camp in parks and other public property spaces, as reported by the Associated Press. The law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2022, will serve one purpose: It will make unhoused folks felons. It will do no good. RELATED: Openly lesbian teacher resigns from elementary school job, thanks to Ron DeSantis How...
    (CNN)Love, a blockbuster and a heartwarming win.These are a few of my favorite things. This week, I managed to pull all three into our lovely little newsletter.So, to quote the Black Eyed Peas, let's get it started. Three things to watch 'Love on the Spectrum U.S.'Read More(From left) Abby and David are shown in "Love on the Spectrum U.S." Based on an Australian show, this docuseries follows people on the autism spectrum as they navigate the world of dating and relationships.Finding love can be tough for anyone, and those on the spectrum have their own set of challenges. This unique dating series is a heartwarming journey.It's currently streaming on Netflix.'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' Season 7RuPaul brings out the all stars with a new season of his reality show.Eight past winners of "Drag Race" come together to compete for $200,000 and bragging rights as the best of the best.Get ready for some witty commentary from RuPaul and special celebrity guest judges and stars such as Cameron Diaz, Ronan Farrow and Naomi Campbell.The new season starts streaming on Paramount+ on Friday....
    Fergie Jenkins already has his 10-minute speech prepared well ahead of his monumental recognition. Jenkins joked he will try not to bore anyone but hopes to enlighten people about his baseball journey and thank those who helped him along the way. When Jenkins’ statue is unveiled Friday morning, it will join those of former teammates Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Billy Williams in the newly established monument row in Gallagher Way outside Wrigley Field. Jenkins, 79, arrived in Chicago on Wednesday ahead of Friday’s ceremony. He anticipates about 150 family members and friends will attend the unveiling. “It’s an honor in itself because of the fact that a lot of generations have never seen me play, especially youngsters,” Jenkins told the Tribune. “It’s going to impact a lot of different people to stand by my statue and read some of the stats I’ve put together as an athlete: winning games, complete ballgames, winning the Cy Young, that type of thing. “It’s an honor to have people stand in front of my statue and have their picture taken.” Ahead of the...
    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg got pushback during a Monday CNBC interview when he argued that corporate taxes can solve the current crisis of record inflation. During an interview on Squawk Box, Buttigieg was asked about inflation, which President Joe Biden said on Friday can be solved by making sure “the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share.” Host Andrew Ross Sorkin argued corporate taxes and inflation are not as tied together as the president thinks. “Do you not agree that these are two separate issues?” Sorkin asked. “Meaning, if you change corporate taxes, yes, in the immediate term, maybe it’ll have some impact on inflation, but corporate taxes is a long-term issue.” Sorkin said dealing with corporate taxes may be the “right thing to do,” but it will not get to the heart of the problem that is inflation. Buttigieg disagreed, arguing tax revenue can be used to “ease” inflation problems, which are affecting everything from gas prices to groceries. He also quickly went into an argument against Republicans, whom he claimed simply want to tax the wrong groups. “A lot...
    For 468 days, supporters of Roe v. Wade called on President Joe Biden to say the word “abortion.” Once he finally did, however, some of them almost wished he hadn’t. “Maybe I shouldn’t have asked him to say ‘abortion,’” Renee Bracey Sherman, founder and executive director of We Testify, an organization that represents those who have had abortions, told The Daily Beast. “Like, be careful what you wish for.” Speaking on a tarmac hours after the astonishing publication of a draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that cemented the right to abortion access, Biden last week used the word for the first time since he entered office—and quickly followed it up with a phrase that you’re more likely to hear from abortion opponents than abortion supporters. “The idea that we’re going to make a judgment that is going to say that no one can make the judgment to choose to abort a child based on a decision by the Supreme Court, I think, goes way overboard,” Biden said. Biden’s use of the phrase...
    A MAN who lived with a penis on his arm for six years is set to join Tinder - after FINALLY having it removed.  Malcolm MacDonald, 47, was gutted when his manhood fell off in 2010 following a devastating blood infection. 3Malcolm MacDonald is ready to date after having a penis removed from his armCredit: Louis Wood News Group Newspaper Ltd 3Malcolm MacDonald said his nightmare has been 'put to rest'Credit: 2021 Sarah Lucy Brown/ BriteSpark Films The mechanic was given hope when a specialist medic built him a new six-inch penis which was due to be attached during the same procedure in 2015.  But due to a lack of oxygen in his blood, it was grafted temporarily to his left arm and left there six years due to a series of setbacks. But after having it hung back in its rightful place, newly confident Malcolm is ready for love - and has already started sussing out online dating. Malcolm’s long ordeal was finally over when the ‘arm-willy’ was attached in a painstaking nine-hour operation last October. READ MORE...
    Tuesday, on CNN’s “At This Hour,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) reacted to the leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion overturning the Roe v. Wade ruling. Warren advised that although the Supreme Court could overturn the landmark ruling, Congress “will get the final word on Roe v. Wade.” She added that with the midterm elections on the horizon, the ruling “is on the ballot.” “Remember, the Supreme Court is not the ones that will get the final word on Roe v. Wade. It is Congress that gets the final word,” Warren explained. “We have the capacity to keep Roe v. Wade as the law of the land, and if we act, then we can do that. So, to me, this is all about the focus on what we’re going to do in Congress, and how the president is going to help us do that, how people all across this country are going to help us do that. We can put that vote on the floor now. We can get everybody on record on where they stand on Roe v. Wade, where they...
    Muscle recovery is one of the most important factors to keep in mind for anyone who works out regularly. After all, we all know that sometimes stretching just doesn’t cut it when it comes to sore muscles. This has certainly been the case for me with so many of my days being spent fruitlessly stretching random body parts to no avail, but all of this changed when I tried the Theragun Mini, Therabody’s smallest personal massage gun. The Theragun Mini may be the tiniest personal massager on offer, but I assure you it still has all the same power as the larger size models. The Theragun Mini is a small handheld massage gun that has three different power levels and can be comfortably maneuvered around your body. At a practical level, the Theragun Mini’s biggest advantage is how portable it is. The massage gun comes with a small zip-up carrying case and can pretty easily be stored in a backpack or gym bag so you can take it with you wherever you need to go. As for battery life,...
    Getty Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics guarding Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets. The Boston Celtics are up 2-0 on the Brooklyn Nets in their first-round series. Both contests have been tightly-contested. Game 1 came down to a Jayson Tatum game-winner while the other featured a 17-point comeback by the Celtics. Nevertheless, Boston is now up in a series that most NBA analysts predicted them to lose. Despite being the second seed in the Eastern Conference, Brooklyn’s stacked lineup of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving caused most analysts to doubt the Celtics. However, through the first two games of the series, things haven’t gone according to plan for the Nets. Durant is shooting 31.7 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from deep through the first two games and Irving is coming off of a 10-point Game 2 dud. Needless to say, the Nets aren’t living up to the high standards that were once set for them. But it’s not just that Brooklyn is struggling, it’s that the Celtics are playing extremely well. Durant...
    First amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams and Dax Shepard broke down the legalities of the Hulk Hogan sex tape during a recent interview. Abrams, the father of Mediaite founder Dan Abrams, was a guest on Thursday’s episode of Armchair Expert to promote his new First Amendment podcast Speaking Freely. As the conversation rounded the topic of privacy, Shepard said, “ok, here’s where we are going to disagree. I think. Which is going to be great.” “Exciting,” said co-host Monica Padman. “I’m sure you’re familiar with Hulk Hogan’s sex tape got out. Gawker published it, there was a huge court case. It’s worth mentioning that Peter Thiel funded the Hulk Hogan, defense of him,” Shepard said. “If I understand what the freedom of the press is for, which is to challenge the government and to regulate the government and to keep it from being totalitarian.” “Do we think Hulk Hogan having sex with somebody in a room, not knowing he’s being filmed — is that the right of the press? Like, I don’t know what purpose that serves to protect...
    Tim James, a Republican who is running to be the next governor of Alabama, issued a truly disturbing TV ad targeting a public charter school in the Birmingham area. The principal of the school, Michael Wilson, told local outlet CBS 42 he was stunned to realize images appearing in the Republican’s ad featured a school fundraiser including not only the teachers' faces but also the students. He believes the pictures were taken from the school’s social media.  “And now, right here in Alabama,” James says in the ad. “Millions of your tax dollars are paying for the first transgender public school in the South. Enough of this foolishness.” As his voice bellows out, images of the Magic City Acceptance Academy run, including one from a drag show fundraiser. According to Wilson, less than 10% of the student population is openly trans, and while the school is explicitly inclusive, students don’t have to be LGBTQ+ to attend. And the ad isn’t it. While that would be violence enough, according to Wilson, someone drove by the school, which serves just over 200...
    The USS The Sullivans appeared to be sinking Thursday while resting at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park. The decommissioned U.S. Navy Fletcher-class destroyer was seen heavily leaning toward its starboard, or right, side, according to a report. It was also resting significantly lower in the water than it had been, the report noted. CORPSES OF TIED-UP CHILDREN UNCOVERED AFTER MULTIPLE 911 HANG-UP CALLS Upon investigation, officials uncovered what was reported to be a major breach of the ship's hull. Ship is stable now, but you can see how close it is to the water line @WKBW pic.twitter.com/AmChd50A18— Michael Schwartz (@MSchwartzTV) April 14, 2022 The breach sits near midship on the starboard side, officials said. This means the ship is tilting back and to the right. A crew of emergency repairmen, including an underwater team, was sent to investigate the extent of the damage, while an above-water team began pumping water from the deck, the report noted. The five Sullivan brothers (from left to right) Joseph,...
    New York (CNN)Abigail Disney shared what she thinks the entertainment company should do in the wake of recent right-wing media attacks.Some conservatives are trying to attach sexual predation claims or allegations of being sympathetic to pedophiles to their opponents as the November midterms approach, and their latest target is the Walt Disney Company, CNN's chief media correspondent Brian Stelter said on "Reliable Sources" Sunday. "These GOP media stars can claim they're just protecting kids," Stelter said. "But they are also demonizing gay teachers and condemning inclusive Disney shows." Disney has never been shy about calling out the company her grandfather co-founded — she criticized management for furloughing workers during the pandemic and for prioritizing shareholders and its CEO over employees. But Disney understands why the company has been the target of what she sees as a "coordinated, strategic plan.""It's so woven into families," Disney said of the entertainment giant. "If you can create this idea that somebody's in there trying to indoctrinate your child, the paranoid imagination can run circles."Read MoreDisney said the company stands for love and acceptance, family...
    There are times when the confidence can veer into cockiness, almost arrogance. Tyler Herro navigated that path in the fourth quarter Tuesday night against the Charlotte Hornets. And, in fact, did it with a smile. Such are the nights for the Miami Heat when everything is falling. And Tuesday certainly was one of those nights, the Heat setting a franchise record with their 23 3-pointers in the 144-115 victory that put them on the cusp of the No. 1 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. “I mean, they said I was crazy,” Herro said of his teammates, on the play when open layup opportunity instead turned into missed 3-pointer. “But, I mean, I was just having fun. That’s why I was smiling even after I missed it. It was just a good feeling out there.” How could it not have been, with the Heat setting a franchise record for most points in a non-overtime game, including a career regular-season best of 35 from Herro? To some, Herro’s hard left instead of a layup might have been a case of acting...
    Disney heiress Abigail Disney took to Twitter Friday with a lengthy rant blasting supporters of laws like Florida's so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bill and those disagree with Disney's attempts to fight against the legislation. In a rant spread over 13 tweets, she called Florida's Parental Rights in Education bill, recently codified into law, 'culture war nonsense.' She also claimed that the 'majority of Americans' oppose the measure, while suggesting the only want to stop politicians on the right like Donald Trump getting into power is for businesses to take a stand instead of remaining politically neutral.  She made the statements despite a Morning Consult/Politico survey last month that showed a slim 51 percent majority of Americans actually support the new Florida law.  Disney heiress Abigail Disney has taken to Twitter in a lengthy posting blasting those who appear to be against the radical gender and racial ideology that has started to infiltrate companies such as Disney Disney's rant came after activist Christopher Rufo, who is staunchly anti-critical-race-theory vowed on Twitter to wage 'moral war' against the Disney and to turn 'half their customers...
    The Washington Post mashed up GOP lawmakers praising Donald Trump's bid to withhold weaponry from Ukraine in 2019 before turning around and skewering President Biden today for not supplying Ukraine with lethal arms fast enough. Remember back in 2019 when Donald Trump refused to sell Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine until President Volodymyr Zelenskyy agreed to "do us a favor though" (i.e. dig up dirt on his political rival, Joe Biden)? Well, the very same Republicans in Congress who are currently attacking President Biden for not arming Ukraine fast and furiously enough also vociferously defended Trump's bid to extort Ukraine in 2019 by withholding weaponry from the country.   In a new mashup contrasting Republican lawmakers' own words circa 2019/2020 with their posture toward Ukraine in 2022, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California praised Trump's actions as "the rightful thing to do." Yet just last month, McCarthy faulted Biden for not providing Ukraine “the armament earlier to deter Putin from ever making this decisions [sic]." After rationalizing Trump's actions in 2019, Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas offered in February, "Much better...
    New York (CNN Business)Former Disney CEO Bob Iger is breaking from his successor on Florida's recently passed "Don't Say Gay" law.Bob Chapek, Iger's successor, initially opted not to speak out against the controversial law. But corporate executives should voice their opinions about ethical dilemmas, Iger recently told CNN+ host Chris Wallace."A lot of these issues are not necessarily political," Iger told CNN+ host Chris Wallace. "It's about right and wrong. So, I happen to feel and I tweeted an opinion about the 'Don't Say Gay' bill in Florida. To me, it wasn't about politics. It is about what is right and what is wrong, and that just seemed wrong. It seemed potentially harmful to kids."Speaking Thursday on CNN's "New Day," Wallace noted that his interview with Iger was conducted a few weeks ago. The law, officially called "Parental Rights in Education" bill, was signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday and it will take effect in July. "When you're dealing with right and wrong or when you're dealing with something that does have profound impact on your business, I...
    ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE heaped praise on Mikel Arteta for masterminding Arsenal's surge to finish in the top four. After finishing eighth last season, many expected the Gunners to challenge for a Europa League spot at best. 2Alexandre Lacazette is loving life under Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta right nowCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun But after a nightmare start, they have enjoyed a fine run of results and now sit fourth with ten matches to go. Arsenal are three points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham and four ahead of Manchester United - with a game in hand on both. And Lacazette, who has been leading the line and captain since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's snub and eventual exit, was quick to credit the Spanish boss. The Frenchman told Mundo Deportivo: "We’re focused on being in the top four. READ MOREGUNNERS NEWS Emile Smith Rowe fit for England start, Marcus Rashford linked AGAIN "We want to get the team into the Champions League next season. We work for it all week, and at the moment, it’s working. "We want to continue like this, working...
    A GAMING fan who wanted their favorite character tattooed on their arm learnt a valuable lesson about paying attention to details. A post on Reddit shows a person's Mario tattoo - with the famous plumber's arm extended in the air to join with the real hand. 2An error in tattoo judgement 2The Super Mario mascot, punching the air with the correct hand But on closer inspection, there is something wrong with the picture. In the tattoo, Mario is punching his left arm in the air - however the arm connects with the person's real right hand. The blunder means that the character is left with two right hands. The pic was posted on the Instagram story for 'designerinktattoos', and Reddit users were quick to share it for others. Read more bad tattoosCONFETTI EVERYWHERE I'm a tattoo artist & gave my client RAINBOW freckles MISS SPELT I waited 4 years to get my dream tattoo and the artist spelt it wrong "I'm dying at the fact that he tattooed this on the wrong arm and now Mario has two right...
    DO you see a mermaid in this picture? Or do you see a fish? 2You'll see either a mermaid or a fish in this optical illusion depending on which side of the brain you use moreCredit: Tiktok/@lauryn_celine The answer determines whether you're right-brained or left-brained, according to this optical illusion. The brain contains two hemispheres that each perform different roles. If you're right-brained, you're said to be more creative, thoughtful, subjective and intuitive. But the downsides are that you're also probably more spontaneous, unpredictable and, in some cases, not very good with other people. 2Each hemisphere of the brain performs different functionsCredit: Getty Read more about Optical Illusions NEIGH CLUE Optical illusion leaves viewers BAFFLED, but can you tell what's going on?DIRTY MIND Innocent optical illusion sparks a frenzy as people can only see something rude Meanwhile, left-brained people are more analytical, logical and methodical in their thinking. A negative, however, is that they can sometimes be less emotionally open that right-brained people. In this illusion, those who see the fish are right-brained, while...
    A woman who turned to doctors for help after spending years struggling to lose weight was left horrified to learn that she had a 20lb tumor filled with hair and teeth growing around her ovary.    Jaimi Conwell, 28, a nurse from Texas, struggled with her weight for years, explaining that she was unable to slim down no matter how hard she tried, despite putting herself on a range of strict diets - including calorie cutting and keto - as well as exercising twice a day.  To make matters worse, Jaimi began rapidly gaining even more weight two years ago, which was coupled with a host of worrying new symptoms, including nausea.  Concerned, she decided to seek advice from doctors, who eventually revealed the bizarre cause of her condition: an enormous 20lb ovarian tumor that had completely engulfed her right ovary, having been steadily growing inside her body for Jaimi's entire life.   Now, Jaimi is speaking out about her shocking diagnosis, while revealing the dramatic physical transformation that she underwent after having the tumor removed - enabling her to shed a...
    Wednesday following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s plea for help with Congress, Ukrainian-born Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) urged President Joe Biden to “step up” and be a leader. In his address, Zelensky asked Biden to “be the leader of the world” and “the leader of peace” as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine. On Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Spartz agreed with Zelensky and said she hopes Biden would “meet his expectation to be the leader of the free world.” She lamented that she had not “seen it so far” from the president. “Honestly, watching this video is heartbreaking, and I get these videos daily from a lot of people around the country in Ukraine,” Spartz said of the graphic video Zelensky aired about the scene in his country. She continued, “But I can tell you one thing — President Zelensky did step up to the occasion. He did show some strengths. He united the world, and I hope he’s right. And I hope President Biden will meet his expectation to be the leader of the free world because I haven’t...
    SAN JOSE – When defenseman Erik Karlsson missed his first game on Jan. 22 with what turned out to be a small muscle tear in his left forearm, the Sharks were still in a playoff position and looking like a team that could play meaningful games right until the end of the regular season. All signs point to Karlsson being available to play again for the Sharks on Thursday against the Los Angeles Kings after a 14-game absence, but the team’s outlook has drastically changed. San Jose as of Tuesday morning was 11 points out of a playoff spot with 26 games to go and barring a minor miracle, will miss the playoffs for a franchise-worst third straight season. Now Karlsson, in the third year of an eight-year, $92 million contract extension, is among those wondering when the franchise can pull out of its malaise. “It’s definitely better. I don’t think it’s anywhere near good, but I think it’s moving the right way,” Karlsson said Tuesday. “Who knows how long it will take until we get to where we want...
    TAX filing season is here, and the difference between filing single and head of household on your tax return could make a big difference. Filers can check the box of single filing status if they’re not married. 3It's important to know the difference between a single status and a head of household status while filing taxesCredit: Getty 3While claiming head of household on a tax return, there are eligibility requirementsCredit: Getty If the filer is financially supporting a dependent, they can claim head of household status which can mean significant tax benefits, CNBC reported. It’s better to file as head of household for divorced parents because of the wider tax brackets. Single filers may reach the top of the 12 percent bracket with $40,525, whereas heads of household may have up to $54,200. With a larger standard deduction, taxable income may be lower. Filers may also qualify for other write-offs, such as the third stimulus payments, the child tax credit or earned tax credit for 2021. While claiming head of household, there are eligibility requirements. Most read in MoneyCHECK ON...
    On MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday, co-host Joe Scarborough gave Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) credit for having “it right” on Russia, which is conducting a military invasion of Ukraine. Scarborough rebuffed “the idea that sanctions may be too tough on [Russian President] Vladimir Putin.” “If you’re thinking that, do your country and do did Ukrainian people a favor and, you know what,” he said. “Turn in your badge and leave the White House today because you are doing a grave disservice to the people of Ukraine, to our allies in NATO, to Americans who still believe that this country, the United States of America, remains the indispensable nation when it comes to helping secure freedoms across the globe.” Co-host Mika Brzezinski called for the United States to stop relying on Russian oil. Scarborough concurred. “This is, you know, administration after administration that you’ve talked about, no matter what side of this they were on, [former President Donald] Trump being on the side of Russia, our dependence on that oil, it really adds a dimension that’s impossible actually. Scarborough mocked the notion that the invasion wouldn’t have happened were Trump in the White House in which Brzezinski said “it’s why it’s...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom wants California to join other states in piling on Russia for waging war against peaceful neighbor Ukraine. First, the fact that Newsom is following other governors into action seems strange. He always takes great pride in being first and incessantly boasts about it. Second, in firing shots at a target as Newsom is asking and other states are already doing, there’s invariably the risk of a ricochet that wounds you. If we’re hurt, too, is it worth it? And how much will it injure Russia anyway? As for not being the first, so what? It’s not nearly as important or impressive as Newsom seems to think. What we’re told from the start in my business is: “Get it first, but first get it right.” Newsom sometimes falls short on the second part. Concerning the financial blows being thrown at Russia, it’s prudent to ask whether taking a swipe at bully President Vladimir Putin is liable to hurt us as much or more than the target. We already know that worldwide economic sanctions against Russia are driving prices up at the...
    When the whistle blew on Adam Parkins’ professional rugby career, he made a canny conversion – to a welding apprenticeship. “At school I was looking at apprenticeships but, at 16, I got offered a place at Leicester Tigers’ training academy,” says Adam, now 32, from Leabrooks, Derbyshire. “The world was my oyster.” 1Success story: Adam loves his job as a welder at JCB Adam was then signed by Northampton Saints as a tighthead prop, making his senior professional debut on loan to Derby Rugby Club. “All my family came to my first home game to watch me walk out in front of 15,000 people –including my oldest son, who was three then. Playing sport professionally was such a buzz.” In 2017, Adam started to think about life off the pitch. “I’d had a couple of injuries and was 27 with a mortgage and kids,” says Adam, now a father of four. “I thought, ‘Maybe it’s time to retrain.’” Adam went to a careers fair where he visited the stand for JCB – one of the Midlands’ largest employers, which offers...
    SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom wants California to join other states in piling on Russia for waging war against peaceful neighbor Ukraine. First, the fact that Newsom is following other governors into action seems strange. He always takes great pride in being first and incessantly boasts about it. Second, in firing shots at a target as Newsom is asking and other states are already doing, there’s invariably the risk of a ricochet that wounds you. If we’re hurt, too, is it worth it? And how much will it injure Russia anyway? As for not being the first, so what? It’s not nearly as important or impressive as Newsom seems to think. What we’re told from the start in my business is: “Get it first, but first get it right.” Newsom sometimes falls short on the second part. Concerning the financial blows being thrown at Russia, it’s prudent to ask whether taking a swipe at bully President Vladimir Putin is liable to hurt us as much or more than the target. We already know that worldwide economic sanctions against Russia are driving...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden and US officials got the intelligence right: They said Russia would invade Ukraine, despite Russia's assurances to the contrary. After a supreme miscalculation on how the pullout from Afghanistan would go, misguided intelligence on the run-up to the war in Iraq and many other mistakes, this is an important moment for the US intelligence community. I asked Tim Weiner, the author of the engaging and exhaustive 2007 CIA history "Legacy of Ashes," for his thoughts on what has changed.Our email conversation, lightly edited, is below. How did the US intelligence community get it right? WHAT MATTERS: One notable element of the run-up to Russia's invasion of Ukraine is that the US intelligence appears to have been spot on. The US warned that Russia would invade, despite Russia's denials. And then Russia invaded. How did the US intelligence get it right this time?Read MoreWEINER: The CIA director, Bill Burns, a career diplomat, and his boss, the director of national intelligence, Avril Haines, a former deputy CIA director, came to office a year ago. The American intelligence community, including...