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    Would you buy a picture painted by a mass murderer? Could you enjoy music if you knew it had been composed by a monster? Can you disentangle good art from the bad people who sometimes create it? These are questions Channel 4 hopes to provoke when it airs a debate next week called Jimmy Carr Destroys Art.  The show has bought a picture painted by Adolf Hitler and will allow a studio audience to decide whether it should be burnt with a flamethrower by the controversial comedian. Understandably, the plan has been criticised as a tasteless gimmick. The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust said the show is ‘making Hitler a topic of light entertainment’. Olivia Marks-Woldman, the trust’s chief executive, declared that the programme was ‘simply a stunt for shock value and cannot excuse the trivialisation of the horrors of Nazism’. She has a point. But while Hitler’s painting grabs the headlines, he is just one of the ‘problematic’ artists to be debated. Others include convicted paedophile Rolf Harris and the womaniser and wife-beater Pablo Picasso. The show has bought a...
    Kim Kardashian is known for her voluptuous figure but the reality TV star's recent weight loss is causing concern as women claim her new physique means 'thin is back in'.  As more images of Kim's tiny figure crop up, hundreds online are claiming her decision to shed kilos signifies the end of the curvy body trend that she helped to start.   The billionaire was open about losing 7kg in just three weeks to fit into her Met Gala dress back in May and the following month she claimed to be down a further 3kg, reportedly weighing in at just 52kg or 166 pounds.  One Twitter user said they were 'absolutely devastated that Kim Kardashian is bringing unnaturally skinny back'.  Before and after: Kim Kardashian has caused a stir with her recent extreme weight loss with people claiming 'thin is back in' after she dropped 10kg of her ironically curvy figure Australian dietician Susie Burrell (left) and fat activist Dani Adriana (right) spoke to Femail about the discussion around whether Kim Kardashian's influence could see people striving for skinniness again RELATED ARTICLES ...
    Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on Tuesday joined the ever-growing list of Joe Biden allies who are shying away from encouraging the 79-year-old president to run for a second term. But Sanders, himself 81 years old, also insisted during a CBS Mornings interview that age limits were not necessary for holding elected office - while leaving the door open for his own chance to run again in 2024. 'That's his decision,' the self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist said when asked about Biden running for another White House term. 'Joe is a friend of mine, and I think against enormous opposition he has tried to do some very, very good things. He will make that decision himself.' Pressed for his opinion again, Sanders answered somewhat tersely: 'What do I think? That's his decision.' Host Nate Burleson asked, 'Do you plan to run again?' 'That's something, you know, I haven't made that decision,' Sanders replied.  'Right now, my focus - I'll be going around the country, dealing with trying to elect often young progressives, often young people of color, who are prepared to stand up...
    IT'S common practice to refer to different types of Gatorade by it's color rather than flavor. This universal practice has led to some confusion as people have begun debating the actual color of Lemon-lime Gatorade. 3A TikTok video from a Tennessee football page has ignited a debate over the color of Lemon-lime GatoradeCredit: TikTok The TikTok account for Tennessee Football shared a video which showed players debating about the color of Lemon-lime Gatorade. "Is this Gatorade yellow or green?" one player asked his teammates, sparking a supposed age old debate. He explained: "There’s been a lot of talk going on about what color lemon and lime Gatorade is and honestly man, I’m not here to sugar coat things bro, if you think this is yellow I need you to reevaluate your eyesight." "It’s yellow, you’re psychotic. It’s yellow, bro. HOW IS THAT GREEN? LOOK AT THE GRASS," said one football pro, after his friend cornered him on the field. Read More LifestyleHEAR SAY Trippy optical illusion makes you hear something different every time COLOR WHEEL Color you see at...
    Porquenostudios | Istock | Getty Images Planning his budget for next month, Scott Heins doesn't know if he'll have the usual cash he needs for his health-care expenses and recently, thanks to inflation, his higher grocery bill. That's because, like tens of millions of other Americans, he doesn't know if his student loan bill will be due. "It's just been radio silence from the Biden administration," said Heins, 33, a freelance photographer in Brooklyn, New York, who owes more than $20,000. "It's frustrating and stressful." Most federal student loan payments have been on pause since March of 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. and crippled the economy. Former President Donald Trump extended the break several times, as has President Joe Biden. More from Personal Finance:75% of families don't know a key date to get financial aid Inflation drives college tuition prices higherWould you be included in student loan forgiveness? 'Another payment freeze is inevitable'Earlier this month, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden would make a decision on the student loan payment pause by the end of the month....
    New York Times correspondent and CNN analyst Maggie Haberman said the January 6 hearings have made a “pretty astonishing” case against former President Donald Trump, even if its ability to change anyone’s mind is “an open question.” Haberman was among the millions who were transfixed by Thursday night’s primetime hearing of the January 6 committee, as witnesses and video clips told the harrowing, outrageous, and occasionally comical tale of the 187 minutes between the start of the riot and Trump’s tepid effort at calling it off — and beyond. On Friday morning’s edition of CNN’s New Day, Haberman joined co-anchors John Berman and Kaitlan Collins to give her analysis of the hearings thus far. Collins noted that committee Vice-Chair Liz Cheney stressed that Trump “is not someone who has gone away from political life. He is the frontrunner for the Republican Party for 2024.” Haberman agreed, and detailed “warning signs” she’d seen, such as Trump’s effort to promote the idea he would be “reinstated” in 2021: I reported last year that Donald Trump was telling people that he expected to be reinstated in...
    Children are really expensive to raise in the United States and economists say people may be taking that into consideration when deciding whether to have kids. Fertility rates dropped ahead of the Great Recession in 2007, suggesting having children may be an indicator of people's confidence about the future. Despite this, public opinion polling suggests that financial anxiety is not actually deterring Americans from having children. A Pew Research Center poll found that there was a modest increase between 2018 and 2021 in Americans ages 18-44 years old who say it is unlikely they would have kids, but there was no one reason that stood out as their reason why. "When people take time to figure out what they want, and they know why they want it, they may decide not to become a parent because of finances," said Ann Davidman, a marriage and family therapist who helps people get clear on whether they actually want children. "My guess is that wouldn't be the only reason." Watch the video above to learn why the birth rate is falling in the...
    The news of a UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico sent shockwaves through the nation, but what was once a headline of a newspaper on July 8, 1947 now seems to be nothing more than an urban legend. The Roswell event started with a flying saucer in military possession to it being nothing more than a weather balloon, and a UFO expert Pope Nick told DailyMail.com that the '180 narrative flip' was effective in 'killing the story' Nick Pope, who ran the British Government’s UFO project from 1991 to 1994, told DailyMail.com in a phone interview: ‘The US military released a press release that we had recovered a flying disc, which they said was once of those mystifying discs spotted over the US weeks before. ’24 hours later, they completely reversed the narrative.’ If the debris at Roswell was not of this world, than this could be one of the best cover story in American history, Pope suggested. ‘I am not saying this is deliberate, but the best cover story is the one that makes you laugh, makes roll your...
    SHE managed to redo her entire kitchen floor for just £20. But when Em Watson took to the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group on Facebook to boast about her DIY job, people had mixed responses. 2Em Watson's kitchen floor as it looked before she redid it with tiles from PoundlandCredit: facebook/extremecouponingandbargainsuk 2And how it looked after. People had mixed responses as to whether the tiles were worth it in the comments sectionCredit: facebook/extremecouponingandbargainsuk "Absolutely love my new kitchen flooring.." Em wrote. "Poundland £5 for 10 squares in 1 pack - I got 4 packs and still got 3 and a half squares left "So only cost £20 for a new floor." However, despite Em sharing two pictures of her kitchen before and the impressive after, some people were quick to admit the tiles hadn't been successful for them. "Never again would I buy these, replaced them twice in bathroom thinking first lot were cheap so bought dearer ones still no good," one wrote. "The sticky residue it leaves behind is awful, they started to...
    A DAD has revealed the bonkers way to “cure” a baby of his cough - and it has split opinion. TikTok user Eliyah Mashiach claims you should put onions in their socks to stop a cold and many people are baffled. 3TikTok user Eliyah Mashiach claims onions can help cure a baby of a coughCredit: @eliyahmashiach/Tiktok 3He said you should slice an onion and put one circle on each footCredit: @eliyahmashiach/Tiktok On his @eliyahmashiach TikTok account, he said: “When you realise your baby is sick with cold, cough and congestion. “Cut an onion. “Place one piece of onion on both feet. “Cover the onion and feet in socks and leave on for 20 minutes to an hour.” More on hacksFLIP IT We’re food experts, you’ve been eating your burger all wrongDAILY DOSE Eating an egg a day can save your life - plus 11 other habits to stay healthy The video has racked up over 130,000 likes, but has unsurprisingly split opinion from viewers. One said: “This don’t work one bit.” However, another wrote: “My daughter was coughing and we...
    BIGGER isn't always better – as Brits revealed their perfect chip is two inches long with a crispy edge and should be served perfectly golden, according to research. A study of 2,000 adults found the ideal fries should be fluffy on the inside but crunchy on the outside. 4'Short and crispy' has emerged as the UK's ideal chipCredit: Getty - Contributor 4 And while a chunky chip is still a firm favourite (43 per cent), 22 per cent opt for a skinny fry while five per cent choose a wedge. When it comes to condiments, 53 per cent consider ketchup to be the perfect dip to their chip, while 31 per cent prefer mayo. A spokesperson for Strong Roots, which commissioned the research to mark the launch of its new Crispy Skinny Fries, said: “The nation has spoken and the perfect chip has been revealed. “You can’t deny everyone loves a fry but clearly people are very particular about what type of chip they have. "It’s always a topic that’s up for discussion and a lot of the time can...
    A TIKTOK user has sparked controversy after admitting she sells her blood plasma to afford her luxurious lifestyle. The video has sparked debates after she said she sells plasma to afford things like getting her nails and eyelashes done. 2The TikTok video has over 1.4million viewsCredit: TikTok/@ so.chantell 2Many users shared similar stories of donating plasma for cashCredit: TikTok/@ so.chantell In the video Taya, @so.chantell on TikTok, is donating plasma. The video currently has over 1.4million views. Text on the video says "When donating plasma, pays for my nails, toes, and lashes monthly." In the caption, she wrote, "This is what donating plasma twice a week can get you plus more. #BioLife #DonatePlasma #HelpSaveLives" The comments were quickly flooded with comments from people who benefit from plasma donations. Read more on TikTokBAKING BAD I'm a Chili's worker - what happens when we overcook chocolate molten cakeTHRIFTY TIPS I'm a savings expert - you can't be fooled by Wayfair & Birch Lane sale prices One user wrote, "I would not be here without people like you, I have...
    A WOMAN has discovered a dark family secret in a bundle of lost letters from the early 1900s. Chelsey Brown, 28, from New York, finds diaries, letters, and family heirlooms and reunites them with the descendants of those behind them. 4Chelsey Brown discovered a family's dark secret when she came across a bundle of old lettersCredit: Jam Press 4The letter exposed details of an affair between a woman and her fiance's best friendCredit: Jam Press But when she came across her most recent find, she was left unsure about whether to return them to the family, after they exposed a secret affair. “The letters revealed an affair that happened between a wife and her fiancé’s best friend,” she said. “This affair happened during their engagement and probably into the early years of their marriage. “I will say, there is more that the letters revealed that I am not saying in public, due to protecting the identity of the family, but it was definitely a love triangle. on Real LifeMY HORROR I was told I was stressed and depressed for a...
    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...
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday he is revoking the wide-reaching emergency powers that put an end to the Freedom Convoy protest, but said an investigation into whether he was right to use it will not begin for two months. Trudeau made the announcement after authorities ended the blockades at the borders and the occupation in Ottawa by truckers and others opposed to COVID-19 restrictions - with some police officers accused of beating innocent demonstrators. The prime minister said the 'threat continues' but the acute emergency that included entrenched occupations has ended. His government invoked the powers last week and lawmakers affirmed the powers late Monday. 'The situation is no longer an emergency, therefore the federal government will be ending the use of the emergencies act,' Trudeau said. 'We are confident that existing laws and bylaws are sufficient.' The Emergencies Act allows authorities to declare certain areas as no-go zones. It also allows police to freeze truckers' personal and corporate bank accounts and compel tow truck companies to haul away vehicles. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces the end of the...
    IN our kitchen, the toaster takes pride of place right next to our kettle so we can whip up a cup of tea and a slice of toast at a moment's notice. And to be honest, we thought always that was the set up in most British households... that is, until today. 1Do YOU put your toaster away after every use?Credit: Getty Earlier this week, author and money-saving expert Lotty sparked fierce debate on Twitter when she asked her 43,000 followers if they always keep their toasters out on display. She wrote: "Right - do you put your toaster away after you've used it or do you leave it out on the counter?" And in true British fashion, people had a LOT of strong opinions. One replied: "Put it away! Doesn’t get used enough to justify it being left out and they are ugly." FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED Another added: "Lives in the bottom drawer. Comes out to be used. Put back when cooled. Every time. Nothing on my work surfaces...
    THERE but for the grace of God go I, was my reaction to watching Netflix’s The Tinder Swindler.  No, I have not been duped by the modern phenomenon of romance fraud, but I know women who have been left emotionally and financially devastated after falling victim to men on dating apps.  6Simon Leviev of The Tinder Swindler is a 31-year-old alleged conmanCredit: simon.leviev.of/Instagram 6This tale was a bit too close to home for my liking, writes Ulrika To that end, this tale was a bit too close to home for my liking.  I was left utterly traumatised by the documentary about Israeli-born convicted fraudster Simon Leviev, a poor excuse for a man who charmed women and extorted money out of them on an unbelievable scale after matching with them on Tinder. The film is a very modern parable of finance fraud which ought to be watched by everyone, regardless of whether or not they’re active on dating apps.  According to banking industry body UK Finance, bank transfers related to romance scams were up 20 per cent year-on-year in 2020. Deceit...
    (CNN)As the US nears the start of a third year of the pandemic, many Americans are wondering when the ever-present disruptions Covid-19 has posed will diminish for good. But Dr. Anthony Fauci has cautioned that despite Omicron appearing to have less severe health implications, it's too early to predict whether we're approaching the endemic stage of when a virus becomes more manageable."When you talk about whether or not Omicron -- because it's a highly transmissible, but apparently not as pathogenic, for example, as Delta -- I would hope that that's the case," the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Monday.The Omicron surge hasnt peaked nationwide, and the next few weeks will be tough, US surgeon general says"But that would only be the case if we don't get another variant that eludes the immune response to the prior variant," Fauci told the Davos Agenda, a virtual event being held this week by the World Economic Forum.A disease that is endemic has a constant presence in a population but is not affecting an alarmingly large number of...
    Former President Donald Trump sat down for an interview with former Arkansas Gov. Mick Huckabee for Huckabee's Newsmax Christmas special and boasted that he saved 'Merry Christmas' from the 'woke.'  Trump pointed out that bringing 'Merry Christmas' back, over the non-denominational 'Happy Holidays,' was part of his original campaign message when he first ran for president in 2015.  'The country had started with this "woke" a little bit before that, and it was embarrassing for stores to say, "Merry Christmas,"' Trump said. 'You see these big chains. They want your money, but they don't want to say, "Merry Christmas," and they'd use reds and they'd use whites and snow, but they wouldn't say Christmas.'  Former President Donald Trump sat down for an interview with former Arkansas Gov. Mick Huckabee for Huckabee's Newsmax Christmas special and boasted that he saved 'Merry Christmas' from the 'woke'  'And whether you're Muslim, whether you're Christian, whether you're Jewish, everyone loves Christmas,' Trump told Huckabee as part of the pre-taped Newsmax Christmas special  'When I started campaigning, I said, "you're going to say Merry Christmas...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about another raft of stories quoting Democratic sources and speculating about who will run on the Democratic presidential ticket in 2024. At Monday’s White House briefing, Psaki answered questions on a variety of topics, including the next election. CBS News correspondent Ed O’Keefe noted that “there was another round of stories over the weekend about the political fate of the President and the Vice President and who might run in 2024. And it quotes a lot of other Democrats or people who work for them.” “What is the White House’s message to those Democrats?” O’Keefe asked. “The White House’s message is: We’re focused right now on what the American people elected the President to do … just over a year ago, which is to get COVID under control, to put people back to work, and to help give people some breathing room, and we hope other people keep their focus on that as well,” Psaki replied. “Should they knock it off? Is that speculation helpful to you?” O’Keefe asked. “The President has...
    BERLIN (AP) — Several windows at a mosque in the eastern German city of Leipzig were broken after dozens of people set off fireworks, set fire to garbage cans and threw bottles at cars, police said Tuesday. It wasn’t clear whether the mosque was targeted deliberately. The windows were broken on Monday evening, police told news agency dpa. Before that, the group of about 80 people had marched nearby and thrown paint and stones at a police patrol car. Police estimated the total value of the damage caused during the incident at 30,000 euros (nearly $34,000). The mosque — run by the the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs, or DITIB — appeared to be the only building that was damaged, but police didn’t say whether that was on purpose and there was no word on whether there was any political motive. There were no arrests, though officers took 12 people to a police station to register their identity. Police initially linked the damage to a march by what they believed was a left-wing group. They opened an investigation into...
    Jim CramerScott Mlyn | CNBC Friday's sharp decline for stocks, spurred by concerns over a new Covid-19 variant, is not a buying opportunity, according to CNBC's Jim Cramer. "We're going to wake up next week and find one [case] in this country, and I'm not going to recommend anyone buy anything today until we're sure that isn't going to happen. And I can't be sure that it won't," he said Friday on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street." "No panic. Let others panic. We'll profit Monday," he added. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 800 points at the opening bell, for a loss of 2%. The S&P 500 declined about 1.3%. The sell-off followed the World Health Organization warning on Thursday about a new variant that's been detected in South Africa. Cramer said that it makes sense for names like Regeneron and Pfizer to move higher, but that other areas of the market should be avoided. "I'm reluctant to say this is the time to go buy a retailer, or go buy a cruise ship company because there will be people...
    All politicians over a certain age should have cognitive tests to assure their abilities to perform their duties, according to former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. Haley argued older lawmakers should all provide proof of their cognitive function, saying cognitive tests would reassure the United States its elected officials are in control of their faculties. SLEEPY JOE: BIDEN APPEARS TO NOD OFF DURING CLIMATE CONFERENCE OPENING REMARKS “We seriously need to have a conversation that if you’re going to have anyone above a certain age in a position of power — whether it’s the House, whether it’s the Senate, whether it’s vice president, whether it’s president — you should have some sort of cognitive test,” she said in a Thursday interview on the Christian Broadcasting Networking. “Just like you have to show your tax returns, you should have some sort of health screening so that people have faith in what you’re doing.” NEW! @NikkiHaley tells me Joe Biden's mental state, "makes everyone nervous." She calls for mental health screening of all older...
    The nation's top infectious disease expert says he will be spending Christmas with his family and encouraged vaccinated people to celebrate the holiday with their loved ones. Over the weekend, Dr Anthony Fauci had said it was 'too soon' to say whether Americans can gather for Christmas. But just one day later, in an appearance on CNN on Monday, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases said his comments were 'misinterpreted' and that he was not telling people to forego family get-togethers.   'The best way to assure that we'll be in good shape as we get into the winter would be to get more and more people vaccinated,' Fauci said.  'That was misinterpreted as my saying we can't spend Christmas with our families, which was absolutely not the case.  'I will be spending Christmas with my family, I encourage people, particularly the vaccinated people who are protected, to have a good, normal Christmas with your family.' In an interview on CNN on Monday, Dr Anthony Fauci (above) said his comments on Sunday about how it was...
    It’s 83 days until Christmas and Dr. Anthony Fauci is unsure if he can recommend holiday gatherings in December. CBS’ Margaret Brennan interviewed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director on Face The Nation, where the question was whether America can expect another Covid surge after the country surpassed 700,000 casualties from the pandemic. As Fauci suggested constant vigilance and recommended that the public get vaccinated, Brennan asked about recent Covid studies and what they might mean for the U.S. as it moves into the cold months. “We’re going into the holidays,” she said. “Do people need to start looking around and saying it’s just too risky to gather with family members if there are unvaccinated children?” Fauci answered that for communities with a lot of Covid spread, “even if you are vaccinated and you are in an indoor setting, a congregate setting, it just makes sense to wear a mask and to avoid high risk situations. And what we should be doing is look at ventilation in indoor places.” “But we can gather for Christmas,...
    Lebron James says he's been vaccinated against COVID-19 after doing his 'research,' ending a long-running mystery about whether or not the superstar player has been jabbed. James confirmed he'd had the shot during a Los Angeles Lakers' pre-season press conference on Tuesday. 'I know that I was very skeptical about it all, but after doing my research and things of that nature, I felt like it was best suited for not only me, but for my family and my friends,' the 36-year-old said. He stopped short of endorsing the shots, calling them a matter of 'choice' and saying it's 'not [his] job' to promote them. 'We're talking about individuals' bodies,' he said.  'We're not talking about something that's political or racism or police brutality or things of that nature. We're talking about people's bodies and well-being, so I don't think that I should get involved in what other people should do for their bodies and their livelihoods.' Lebron James, 36, confirmed his vaccination status at a LA Lakers press conference Tuesday The superstar player, above in December 2020, stopped short of...
    MANY of us Brits like to start the day with a nice cup of coffee and a big bowl of cereal. But have you ever thought about putting your coffee in your cereal rather than drinking it separately? 2A young woman put coffee in her cereal and has divided the InternetCredit: elizabethmarasco/Tiktok Well, one TikTok user did just that and she’s sent the Internet crazy. Elizabeth Marasco posted the video of her making her bowl of cereal to her TikTok account, ‘elizabethmarasco’ and she’s left people very confused. Many were left torn as to whether her idea is genius or disgusting. Elizabeth uploaded the video with the caption ‘Anyone else put coffee in their cereal’. The video shows Elizabeth in her dressing gown, making her morning bowl of cereal. Instead of just adding milk to her cereal, she first adds COFFEE. Most read in FabulousLive Blog'BIG MISTAKE' 'Embarrassing' Meghan MOCKED for treating NY trip 'like a royal tour'Live BlogPAY IT OFF Andrew ‘selling’ £17m chalet as Palace ‘bent backwards’ to help MeghanTAP TIP You've been using your iPhone calculator wrong...here's...
    An Orange County health official said Wednesday it was too soon to say whether the county has reached the peak of a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that has been fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant. “I don’t want to jump to that conclusion yet because we know that it can always change,” Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong, the county’s deputy health officer, said, especially if people ease up on protective measures. “And we know, more recently, schools just opened and that can also impact numbers” in coming weeks. Chinsio-Kwong said that rates of coronavirus cases remain at levels categorized as “high transmission,” although recent rates of positive tests have been reassuring. As of Thursday morning, 573 people in Orange County were hospitalized with the virus, including 129 in intensive care, according to statistics provided by the county health agency. California Hospitalizations for COVID-19 continue to rise in California California hospitalizations for COVID-19 have continued to rise, reaching more than 8,300 patients The number of people in ICUs seems to be holding steady, but “our hospitals...
    The White House is struggling with its messaging on COVID vaccines after President Joe Biden said his administration is exploring a mandate but an adviser quickly walked that back.  The confusion comes as the White House COVID team - consisting of adviser Jeffrey Zients, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky - have not briefed the public in over a week. Their last briefing was July 22nd. The trio have made individual appearances in the media and Walensky held a press conference on Tuesday, the day the CDC changed its mask guidelines to ask those fully-vaccinated in high infection areas to wear face masks again.  But the changing guidelines and significant percentage of Americans still unvaccinated has led to questions about a national vaccine mandate.  About 67% of eligible US residents have received at least one dose, and the rate of new vaccinations has fallen drastically since the spring. From a peak of 3.4 million shots per day in April, the number of daily new injections is down to around 600,000. About 60% of the country is fully vaccinated.  President...
    New York City is funding a controversial pilot program that will give away monthly cash payments of $1,250 to as many as 40 homeless people between 18 and 24 for two years - with no strings attached.  Recipients will be able to request how they want their money, such as in incremental payments or upfront as cash, and have no limits as to how they could spend it. Championed by homeless advocacy group Point Source Youth and researchers from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, the 'Trust Youth Initiative' aims to determine whether giving cash to young homeless people will improve their housing outcomes and employment opportunities. The program will also provide supportive services like financial coaching and housing navigation.  Point Source Youth's website calls it 'the first study of the effectiveness of direct cash assistance to young people, 18-24, with optional supportive services to help advance the goal of ending youth homelessness.' About 30 to 40 participants are set to be enrolled starting late this fall. Organizers have not specified how they will pick the participants or whether...
    Disney fans are torn on whether or not they'd feel safe visiting the company's theme parks. Charles Sykes/AP Parents said in an Insider poll that they'd have COVID-19-related concerns if visiting Disney parks. Other parents said they're not worried about pandemic safety — regardless of vaccination status. Experts say Disney vacations are generally safe, and are becoming increasingly safer each day. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Though Disney theme parks are slowly returning to their pre-pandemic operations, parents are torn on whether or not they'd feel safe visiting with their families. According to a new Insider poll, hundreds of parents would feel between "somewhat worried" and "extremely worried" about catching COVID-19 at Disney theme parks, regardless of their vaccination status. Other parents, however, said they'd feel "not so worried" or "not worried at all." In previous interviews with Insider, infectious disease experts said it's entirely safe for fully vaccinated people to vacation at the Florida and California theme parks. While those with children might want to take stronger safety precautions, like continuing to wear masks, experts say...
    (CNN)Every year, on the first breath of summer, Pride collections emerge like a horde of brightly-colored locusts. They blanket every storefront and Instagram feed in June, promising solidarity and celebration for LGBTQ communities. "Yaas, Queen!" the shirts proclaim. "Love is love," the decorative buttons affirm. Then there are the rainbow-printed suits and shoes, which bear no actual words but are still so very, very loud. June is Pride Month. Wall Street has taken noticeMake no mistake: Visibility and acceptance are rights for which generations of activists have fought. But a growing chorus of LGBTQ voices are ridiculing the way Pride Month is being marketed by large companies, especially as they grow bolder with their use of queer language and imagery. Maybe it's rainbow capitalism -- the idea that some companies use LGBTQ allyship for their own gain. Maybe it's simply bad design. But something doesn't sit right.Put a rainbow on itSocial media users have been celebrating this year's crop of big-name Pride merchandise with gleeful montages of the most bizarre offerings: A muscle tank that reads "Sippin' on Gaytorade,"...
    Tucker Carlson has mocked Joe Biden for wearing a face mask on a Zoom call with other world leaders, joking that the U.S. president was concerned about catching 'digital COVID'. Carlson further noted that Biden, earlier on Tuesday, had announced that fully-vaccinated Americans like him could remove their face masks outdoors, in uncrowded spaces. But the president - who has had both doses of his Pfizer COVID vaccine, then walked out alone from the White House wearing his face mask. Carlson said that the White House had a 'mask fetish', and ridiculed Biden for what his supporters see as his commitment to public health. 'The meeting itself turned out to be only marginally interesting,' said Carlson, of Friday's climate change summit. Joe Biden (top right) was one of the only world leaders to be wearing a face mask on Zoom Biden is pictured on Friday, at the virtual climate change summit he convened The White House on Friday said that Biden was surrounded by other people on Friday's Zoom 'What got your attention was Joe Biden. Of...
    This article was medically reviewed by Zlatin Ivanov, MD, who is certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology at Psychiatrist NYC. Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. Though many people report smoking weed to treat their anxiety, the drug could actually make anxiety symptoms worse for some people. Sharon Mccutcheon / EyeEm/Getty Images Marijuana may help some people calm anxiety, but that doesn't mean it's a safe or effective treatment.  Marijuana can also contribute to anxiety symptoms, as well as other health risks and side effects.  Research is limited on marijuana for anxiety, so it's important to be cautious and check with your doctor before using it.  This story is part of Insider's guide on Anxiety.  Research is scarce about how marijuana can affect anxiety symptoms like irritability,...
    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson said he'll run for president if it "is what the people want." The actor said it would be his "honor" to be chosen to serve the people of the United States after a recent poll asked respondents whether certain celebrities should consider running for political office. "I do have the goal to unite our country," he said in an interview with NBC's Willie Geist. "I also feel that, if this is what the people want, then I will do that." MARK MEADOWS: 'BETTER THAN 50-50' CHANCE TRUMP RUNS AGAIN In a recent online survey by Piplsay with over 30,000 responses that took place from April 2-4, participants were asked whether they thought Johnson should run for president and whether Matthew McConaughey should run for governor of Texas. Twenty-nine percent of respondents thought both should run for the respective offices. Seventeen percent thought only Johnson should run for the presidency, and 12% thought only McConaughey should run for the governorship. Twenty-one percent of respondents said they weren't sure, and another 21% said neither should...
    WHEN the Oscars ceremony takes place at the end of this month, Riz Ahmed will be the first Muslim ever to be within touching distance of the lead actor statuette. But it has not all been smooth ­sailing for the British actor, who has had to face down racism at many turns in his life. 10Whether people are rooting for me because I’m Muslim or from Wembley…it’s beautiful, says Riz AhmedCredit: Rex The 38-year-old Londoner had a knife held to his throat by a skinhead, is repeatedly searched by ­airport security teams, faced offensive rhymes in his other career as a ­rapper and kept getting offered roles acting as a terrorist. What has helped the Rogue One and Venom star get to the top is a determination not to be stereotyped, coupled with a “workaholic” nature. Riz spent seven months training for his Oscar-nominated performance in Sound Of Metal, in which he plays drug-addicted rock drummer Ruben Stone, who loses his hearing. Many actors turned down the role because its director, Darius Marder, insisted they had to learn sign language...
    President Joe Biden said it is up to the parent company of The Masters to decide whether to move the country’s most-famous golf tournament out of Georgia as he again criticized what he called the state’s new “Jim Crow” voting law. He praised companies like Major League Baseball for taking a stand after this year's All-Star Game was removed from Atlanta and shifted to Colorado. The issue has triggered a new front in the country’s culture wars, as the likes of former President Donald Trump and an army of Republicans and conservatives have called for boycotts of companies that oppose what they see as reforms designed to prevent election fraud. Those very laws altering election practices have been crafted by GOP state lawmakers. But on Tuesday, Biden signaled he was not backing down on his opposition to Georgia new law, while also acknowledging how low-wage earners would take a financial hit if the tournament was moved. WHITE HOUSE SAYS BIDEN REMARKS ON GEORGIA LAW WERE TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT “I think that's up to The Masters,” he told reporters. “It...
    Rick Loomis/Getty David Reinert holds up a large "Q" sign while waiting in line to see President Donald J. Trump at his rally on August 2, 2018 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. It’s hard to know how many people actually believe the key tenets of QAnon’s claims, including that devil-worshipping, cannibalistic pedophiles are somehow running the world. Its adherents have caused violence and insurrection, as happened at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and had raised concerns about a second attack on March 4. Both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have released bulletins warning of the possibility of future violence from domestic terrorists, potentially including QAnon followers. If lots of people follow QAnon, is it the case that – as one pollster put it – a significant portion of the American electorate has gone “bonkers”? As a researcher who analyzes surveys and polls to learn about Americans’ thinking and behavior, I try to remember that surveys alone can’t necessarily provide the entire picture of public sentiment, especially about...
    US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has opened a human smuggling investigation into a Tuesday horror crash involving an SUV packed with 25 people and a tractor trailer that left 13 dead in Southern California.    The collision occurred on State Route 115 in the area of El Centro, 10 miles north of the US-Mexico border, at around 6:15am local time yesterday morning. The SUV, a Ford Expedition, was T-boned on the driver's side by the big rig, with the impact of the crash ejecting several passengers from the vehicle and leaving bodies scattered across the roadway. Twelve people were found dead at the scene, and an additional victim died shortly after arriving at an area hospital. Several others were hurt, with injuries ranging from fractures to life-threatening head traumas. Three remain in intensive care. The Mexican Consulate in Calexico has confirmed that at least 10 of those killed were Mexican nationals. The remaining three victims are yet to be identified.  It wasn’t immediately clear if the SUV was transporting the migrants across the border.  In a statement, an ICE spokesperson...
    Jen Psaki dodged a question Sunday on whether Joe Biden still considers New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's COVID-19 response the 'gold standard' in the midst of his nursing home scandal. 'Does President Biden still consider Andrew Cuomo the gold standard when it comes to leadership on the pandemic?' ABC 'This Week' host John Karl asked the White House press secretary. 'Well, Jon, we work with Governor Cuomo, just like we work with governors across the country. He's also chair of the NGA,' Psaki dodged. 'So, he plays an important role in insuring that we're coordinating closely and getting assistance out to people of his state and to states across the country. And we'll continue to do that.' Karl pushed: 'All right. But, Jen, my question was, does President Biden still believe that Andrew Cuomo is the gold standard – represents the gold standard on leadership during this pandemic? Just a yes or no. Does he still consider him a gold standard?' 'Well, it doesn't always have to be a yes or no answer, Jon,' she shot back. 'I think the...
    More from: Karol Markowicz Feminists are MIA as anti-science school closings brutally slam women Obsessing over AOC only boosts her profile and her terrible ideas Joe Bidens magic COVID plan turns out to be more of the same Beware the experts who want lockdowns to go on forever De Blasio hates gifted schooling because it exposes his own failures Repeat after me: Vaccines will end the pandemic. This bears repeating, as some elites seem bent on prolonging restrictions for a long time, perhaps indefinitely. If they have their way, we will wear masks for years, continue to socially distance and never get back to our regular lives. The sane among us need to make sure none of this transpires.  On Thursday, President Biden delivered remarks to the National Institutes of Health while wearing a mask. Standing on a stage, the president said he had consulted with government gurus Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins about removing his mask and noted that despite being 10 feet away from people, “it’s important that I not.”  Why is it important that he...
    MATT Hancock reportedly told MPs he had booked a summer trip to Cornwall - despite Boris Johnson insisting it was too early to make holiday plans. It came on a day of mixed messages as cabinet ministers offered wildly different answers on whether it was safe to plan a summer getaway.  ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Matt Hancock reportedly told MPs he had booked a summer trip to CornwallCredit: AFP or licensors 5Cabinet ministers have offered wildly different answers on whether it was safe to plan a summer getaway (File photo)Credit: Alamy Live News The Health Secretary, who has traditionally been in favour of heavier restrictions during the pandemic, is said to have given an optimistic assessment of the months ahead to MPs.  Last month, Mr Hancock said the public could look forward to a “Great British Summer” - and revealed he had planned a trip to Cornwall.  According to The Times, Mr Hancock told the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers on Tuesday that the getaway was going ahead as confusion mounted over...
    People from across the world have shared the rude texting conversations they have had with very demanding strangers - and they may just make your blood boil.  From a bride-to-be who wanted a free makeup artist to a man who expected a stranger to pay for his UberEats, the posts prove that some people will always expect something for nothing.  The posts were compiled by Life Listener in a gallery that will leave you opened-mouthed with shock.  Here, Femail shares some of the best examples.   People from across the world have shared the rude texting conversations they have had with very demanding strangers - and they may just make your blood boil (One photographer, from the US, was met with a rude message after sharing their basic two hour package with a potential client) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Pro-choice woman slams Mormon BYU football player for... Would YOU pay £325,000 for THIS abandoned home? Property on... Share this article Share The cheek of it! Another customer, from the US, thought they...
    William Barr, the former U.S. attorney general, said in an interview that aired Monday that he was not surprised to see "the kind of violence" that occurred at the Capitol earlier this month, and said questions about the election "precipitated the riots." Barr said that most people at the Jan. 6 rally were exercising their First Amendment rights, but a "substantial group" was in the wrong when it breached the Capitol. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP Democrats have long suggested that Barr acted as President Trump’s personal lawyer during his tenure, but it seemed to many that he exited office at the low point of his relationship with Trump back in December after stating that the Department of Justice uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud.  DEMS DIDN'T ALWAYS CONDEMN VIOLENCE Barr did not tip his hand on whether or not he thought Democrats were correct in their assertions that Trump’s rhetoric incited the mob to act. CLINTON SUGGESTS PUTIN PLAYED ROLE IN RIOT "I’ll leave it to the people who are looking into the genesis of this to say whether incitement was...
    WITH three Covid vaccines approved for use, the Government is ramping up the UK's jab roll out. More than 2.2 million Brits have now received their first dose of the jab with aims to vaccinate all of the most vulnerable by mid-February. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3A woman has a coronavirus jab at the NHS vaccine centre that has been set up at Millennium Point in BirminghamCredit: EPA But it's still unclear whether those who have a good level of protection against the bug are still able to spread it to loved ones. Health Secretary Matt Hancock tonight described it as the "critical" key fact, which we still don't know. Speaking at a Downing Street press briefing on Monday, he said: "We know that the vaccine reduces your chances of getting Covid and then being hospitalised or dying of Covid. We know it gives you that protection. "What we don’t yet know - and are following very closely - is how much you might transmit Covid even if you don't suffer...
    ULTRA organised people are rating their sexual encounters in incredibly detailed spreadsheets which include details on their bedroom performance, kissing and how much they regret it. The revealing data collections were shared in response to one man asking people whether they would remember the names of all of their sexual partners. 7People are sharing their incredibly detailed hook up spreadsheets on TikTokCredit: Tiktok / manicbunnie One woman confessed she gives her hookups a 1-10 rating based on their attractiveness, intelligence, kissing, sexual skills. She also give rating to how strong their friendship is, how good the overall experience was and how much she regrets the encounter. Each sexual partner gets a total, which is "The sum of all the other categories, minus the regret, divided by 10." She also keeps detailed notes and has a separate spreadsheet to keep track of her visits to the sexual health clinic. 7The detailed category of assessment include 'kinky points' and 'respectful' which are rated out of 10Credit: TIKTOK / coochiefairy666 7Some have included notes on their partner's manhoodCredit: TIKTOK / amewicaweyes The video...
    The House of Representatives passed a bill Monday evening that would increase Americans stimulus checks to $2,000 - something President Donald Trump demanded.  Democrast used a fast-track procedure to get the bill through, meaning two-thirds of the House needed to sign on.  All but two House Democrats who voted were joined by 44 Republicans to get the bill through, with the final vote total being 275 yeas to 134 nays.  Twenty-one lawmakers didn't vote.  Now the bill's fate is in the Senate's hands - where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not been openly supportive. On Sunday night when Trump signed the giant spending and COVID-19 stimulus bill - after flirting with vetoing it for several days - he repeated his demand for Americans to receive $2,000 checks, instead or the $600 payments outlined in the legislation.  'As President, I have told Congress that I want far less wasteful spending and more money going to the American people in the form of $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child,' Trump said.  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is seen on...
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