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The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science

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Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimers and what you can do about it

Matthew Walker has learned to dread the question What do you do? At parties, it signals the end of his evening; thereafter, his new acquaintance will inevitably cling to him like ivy. On an aeroplane, it usually means that while everyone else watches movies or reads a thriller, he will find himself running an hours-long salon for the benefit of passengers and crew alike. Ive begun to lie, he says. Seriously. I just tell people Im a dolphin trainer. Its better for everyone.

Walker is a sleep scientist. To be specific, he is the director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley, a research institute whose goal possibly unachievable is to understand everything about sleeps impact on us, from birth to death, in sickness and health. No wonder, then, that people long for his counsel. As the line between work and leisure grows ever more blurred, rare is the person who doesnt worry about their sleep. But even as we contemplate the shadows beneath our eyes, most of us dont know the half of it and perhaps this is the real reason he has stopped telling strangers how he makes his living. When Walker talks about sleep he cant, in all conscience, limit himself to whispering comforting nothings about camomile tea and warm baths. Its his conviction that we are in the midst of a catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic, the consequences of which are far graver than any of us could imagine. This situation, he believes, is only likely to change if government gets involved.

Walker has spent the last four and a half years writing Why We Sleep, a complex but urgent book that examines the effects of this epidemic close up, the idea being that once people know of the powerful links between sleep loss and, among other things, Alzheimers disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and poor mental health, they will try harder to get the recommended eight hours a night (sleep deprivation, amazing as this may sound to Donald Trump types, constitutes anything less than seven hours). But, in the end, the individual can achieve only so much. Walker wants major institutions and law-makers to take up his ideas, too. No aspect of our biology is left unscathed by sleep deprivation, he says. It sinks down into every possible nook and cranny. And yet no one is doing anything about it. Things have to change: in the workplace and our communities, our homes and families. But when did you ever see an NHS poster urging sleep on people? When did a doctor prescribe, not sleeping pills, but sleep itself? It needs to be prioritised, even incentivised. Sleep loss costs the UK economy over 30bn a year in lost revenue, or 2% of GDP. I could double the NHS budget if only they would institute policies to mandate or powerfully encourage sleep.

Why, exactly, are we so sleep-deprived? What has happened over the course of the last 75 years? In 1942, less than 8% of the population was trying to survive on six hours or less sleep a night; in 2017, almost one in two people is. The reasons are seemingly obvious. First, we electrified the night, Walker says. Light is a profound degrader of our sleep. Second, there is the issue of work: not only the porous borders between when you start and finish, but longer commuter times, too. No one wants to give up time with their family or entertainment, so they give up sleep instead. And anxiety plays a part. Were a lonelier, more depressed society. Alcohol and caffeine are more widely available. All these are the enemies of sleep.

But Walker believes, too, that in the developed world sleep is strongly associated with weakness, even shame. We have stigmatised sleep with the label of laziness. We want to seem busy, and one way we express that is by proclaiming how little sleep were getting. Its a badge of honour. When I give lectures, people will wait behind until there is no one around and then tell me quietly: I seem to be one of those people who need eight or nine hours sleep. Its embarrassing to say it in public. They would rather wait 45 minutes for the confessional. Theyre convinced that theyre abnormal, and why wouldnt they be? We chastise people for sleeping what are, after all, only sufficient amounts. We think of them as slothful. No one would look at an infant baby asleep, and say What a lazy baby! We know sleeping is non-negotiable for a baby. But that notion is quickly abandoned [as we grow up]. Humans are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent reason. In case youre wondering, the number of people who can survive on five hours of sleep or less without any impairment, expressed as a percent of the population and rounded to a whole number, is zero.

The world of sleep science is still relatively small. But it is growing exponentially, thanks both to demand (the multifarious and growing pressures caused by the epidemic) and to new technology (such as electrical and magnetic brain stimulators), which enables researchers to have what Walker describes as VIP access to the sleeping brain. Walker, who is 44 and was born in Liverpool, has been in the field for more than 20 years, having published his first research paper at the age of just 21. I would love to tell you that I was fascinated by conscious states from childhood, he says. But in truth, it was accidental. He started out studying for a medical degree in Nottingham. But having discovered that doctoring wasnt for him he was more enthralled by questions than by answers he switched to neuroscience, and after graduation, began a PhD in neurophysiology supported by the Medical Research Council. It was while working on this that he stumbled into the realm of sleep.

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Matthew Walker photographed in his sleep lab. Photograph: Saroyan Humphrey for the Observer

I was looking at the brainwave patterns of people with different forms of dementia, but I was failing miserably at finding any difference between them, he recalls now. One night, however, he read a scientific paper that changed everything. It described which parts of the brain were being attacked by these different types of dementia: Some were attacking parts of the brain that had to do with controlled sleep, while other types left those sleep centres unaffected. I realised my mistake. I had been measuring the brainwave activity of my patients while they were awake, when I should have been doing so while they were asleep. Over the next six months, Walker taught himself how to set up a sleep laboratory and, sure enough, the recordings he made in it subsequently spoke loudly of a clear difference between patients. Sleep, it seemed, could be a new early diagnostic litmus test for different subtypes of dementia.

After this, sleep became his obsession. Only then did I ask: what is this thing called sleep, and what does it do? I was always curious, annoyingly so, but when I started to read about sleep, I would look up and hours would have gone by. No one could answer the simple question: why do we sleep? That seemed to me to be the greatest scientific mystery. I was going to attack it, and I was going to do that in two years. But I was naive. I didnt realise that some of the greatest scientific minds had been trying to do the same thing for their entire careers. That was two decades ago, and Im still cracking away. After gaining his doctorate, he moved to the US. Formerly a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, he is now professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California.

Does his obsession extend to the bedroom? Does he take his own advice when it comes to sleep? Yes. I give myself a non-negotiable eight-hour sleep opportunity every night, and I keep very regular hours: if there is one thing I tell people, its to go to bed and to wake up at the same time every day, no matter what. I take my sleep incredibly seriously because I have seen the evidence. Once you know that after just one night of only four or five hours sleep, your natural killer cells the ones that attack the cancer cells that appear in your body every day drop by 70%, or that a lack of sleep is linked to cancer of the bowel, prostate and breast, or even just that the World Health Organisation has classed any form of night-time shift work as a probable carcinogen, how could you do anything else?

There is, however, a sting in the tale. Should his eyelids fail to close, Walker admits that he can be a touch Woody Allen-neurotic. When, for instance, he came to London over the summer, he found himself jet-lagged and wide awake in his hotel room at two oclock in the morning. His problem then, as always in these situations, was that he knew too much. His brain began to race. I thought: my orexin isnt being turned off, the sensory gate of my thalamus is wedged open, my dorsolateral prefrontal cortex wont shut down, and my melatonin surge wont happen for another seven hours. What did he do? In the end, it seems, even world experts in sleep act just like the rest of us when struck by the curse of insomnia. He turned on a light and read for a while.

Will Why We Sleep have the impact its author hopes? Im not sure: the science bits, it must be said, require some concentration. But what I can tell you is that it had a powerful effect on me. After reading it, I was absolutely determined to go to bed earlier a regime to which I am sticking determinedly. In a way, I was prepared for this. I first encountered Walker some months ago, when he spoke at an event at Somerset House in London, and he struck me then as both passionate and convincing (our later interview takes place via Skype from the basement of his sleep centre, a spot which, with its bedrooms off a long corridor, apparently resembles the ward of a private hospital). But in another way, it was unexpected. I am mostly immune to health advice. Inside my head, there is always a voice that says just enjoy life while it lasts.

The evidence Walker presents, however, is enough to send anyone early to bed. Its no kind of choice at all. Without sleep, there is low energy and disease. With sleep, there is vitality and health. More than 20 large scale epidemiological studies all report the same clear relationship: the shorter your sleep, the shorter your life. To take just one example, adults aged 45 years or older who sleep less than six hours a night are 200% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke in their lifetime, as compared with those sleeping seven or eight hours a night (part of the reason for this has to do with blood pressure: even just one night of modest sleep reduction will speed the rate of a persons heart, hour upon hour, and significantly increase their blood pressure).

A lack of sleep also appears to hijack the bodys effective control of blood sugar, the cells of the sleep-deprived appearing, in experiments, to become less responsive to insulin, and thus to cause a prediabetic state of hyperglycaemia. When your sleep becomes short, moreover, you are susceptible to weight gain. Among the reasons for this are the fact that inadequate sleep decreases levels of the satiety-signalling hormone, leptin, and increases levels of the hunger-signalling hormone, ghrelin. Im not going to say that the obesity crisis is caused by the sleep-loss epidemic alone, says Walker. Its not. However, processed food and sedentary lifestyles do not adequately explain its rise. Something is missing. Its now clear that sleep is that third ingredient. Tiredness, of course, also affects motivation.

Sleep has a powerful effect on the immune system, which is why, when we have flu, our first instinct is to go to bed: our body is trying to sleep itself well. Reduce sleep even for a single night, and your resilience is drastically reduced. If you are tired, you are more likely to catch a cold. The well-rested also respond better to the flu vaccine. As Walker has already said, more gravely, studies show that short sleep can affect our cancer-fighting immune cells. A number of epidemiological studies have reported that night-time shift work and the disruption to circadian sleep and rhythms that it causes increase the odds of developing cancers including breast, prostate, endometrium and colon.

Getting too little sleep across the adult lifespan will significantly raise your risk of developing Alzheimers disease. The reasons for this are difficult to summarise, but in essence it has to do with the amyloid deposits (a toxin protein) that accumulate in the brains of those suffering from the disease, killing the surrounding cells. During deep sleep, such deposits are effectively cleaned from the brain. What occurs in an Alzheimers patient is a kind of vicious circle. Without sufficient sleep, these plaques build up, especially in the brains deep-sleep-generating regions, attacking and degrading them. The loss of deep sleep caused by this assault therefore lessens our ability to remove them from the brain at night. More amyloid, less deep sleep; less deep sleep, more amyloid, and so on. (In his book, Walker notes unscientifically that he has always found it curious that Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, both of whom were vocal about how little sleep they needed, both went on to develop the disease; it is, moreover, a myth that older adults need less sleep.) Away from dementia, sleep aids our ability to make new memories, and restores our capacity for learning.

And then there is sleeps effect on mental health. When your mother told you that everything would look better in the morning, she was wise. Walkers book includes a long section on dreams (which, says Walker, contrary to Dr Freud, cannot be analysed). Here he details the various ways in which the dream state connects to creativity. He also suggests that dreaming is a soothing balm. If we sleep to remember (see above), then we also sleep to forget. Deep sleep the part when we begin to dream is a therapeutic state during which we cast off the emotional charge of our experiences, making them easier to bear. Sleep, or a lack of it, also affects our mood more generally. Brain scans carried out by Walker revealed a 60% amplification in the reactivity of the amygdala a key spot for triggering anger and rage in those who were sleep-deprived. In children, sleeplessness has been linked to aggression and bullying; in adolescents, to suicidal thoughts. Insufficient sleep is also associated with relapse in addiction disorders. A prevailing view in psychiatry is that mental disorders cause sleep disruption. But Walker believes it is, in fact, a two-way street. Regulated sleep can improve the health of, for instance, those with bipolar disorder.

Ive mentioned deep sleep in this (too brief) summary several times. What is it, exactly? We sleep in 90-minute cycles, and its only towards the end of each one of these that we go into deep sleep. Each cycle comprises two kinds of sleep. First, there is NREM sleep (non-rapid eye movement sleep); this is then followed by REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. When Walker talks about these cycles, which still have their mysteries, his voice changes. He sounds bewitched, almost dazed.

During NREM sleep, your brain goes into this incredible synchronised pattern of rhythmic chanting, he says. Theres a remarkable unity across the surface of the brain, like a deep, slow mantra. Researchers were once fooled that this state was similar to a coma. But nothing could be further from the truth. Vast amounts of memory processing is going on. To produce these brainwaves, hundreds of thousands of cells all sing together, and then go silent, and on and on. Meanwhile, your body settles into this lovely low state of energy, the best blood-pressure medicine you could ever hope for. REM sleep, on the other hand, is sometimes known as paradoxical sleep, because the brain patterns are identical to when youre awake. Its an incredibly active brain state. Your heart and nervous system go through spurts of activity: were still not exactly sure why.

Does the 90-minute cycle mean that so-called power naps are worthless? They can take the edge off basic sleepiness. But you need 90 minutes to get to deep sleep, and one cycle isnt enough to do all the work. You need four or five cycles to get all the benefit. Is it possible to have too much sleep? This is unclear. There is no good evidence at the moment. But I do think 14 hours is too much. Too much water can kill you, and too much food, and I think ultimately the same will prove to be true for sleep. How is it possible to tell if a person is sleep-deprived? Walker thinks we should trust our instincts. Those who would sleep on if their alarm clock was turned off are simply not getting enough. Ditto those who need caffeine in the afternoon to stay awake. I see it all the time, he says. I get on a flight at 10am when people should be at peak alert, and I look around, and half of the plane has immediately fallen asleep.

So what can the individual do? First, they should avoid pulling all-nighters, at their desks or on the dancefloor. After being awake for 19 hours, youre as cognitively impaired as someone who is drunk. Second, they should start thinking about sleep as a kind of work, like going to the gym (with the key difference that it is both free and, if youre me, enjoyable). People use alarms to wake up, Walker says. So why dont we have a bedtime alarm to tell us weve got half an hour, that we should start cycling down? We should start thinking of midnight more in terms of its original meaning: as the middle of the night. Schools should consider later starts for students; such delays correlate with improved IQs. Companies should think about rewarding sleep. Productivity will rise, and motivation, creativity and even levels of honesty will be improved. Sleep can be measured using tracking devices, and some far-sighted companies in the US already give employees time off if they clock enough of it. Sleeping pills, by the way, are to be avoided. Among other things, they can have a deleterious effect on memory.

Those who are focused on so-called clean sleep are determined to outlaw mobiles and computers from the bedroom and quite right, too, given the effect of LED-emitting devices on melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone. Ultimately, though, Walker believes that technology will be sleeps saviour. There is going to be a revolution in the quantified self in industrial nations, he says. We will know everything about our bodies from one day to the next in high fidelity. That will be a seismic shift, and we will then start to develop methods by which we can amplify different components of human sleep, and do that from the bedside. Sleep will come to be seen as a preventive medicine.

What questions does Walker still most want to answer? For a while, he is quiet. Its so difficult, he says, with a sigh. There are so many. I would still like to know where we go, psychologically and physiologically, when we dream. Dreaming is the second state of human consciousness, and we have only scratched the surface so far. But I would also like to find out when sleep emerged. I like to posit a ridiculous theory, which is: perhaps sleep did not evolve. Perhaps it was the thing from which wakefulness emerged. He laughs. If I could have some kind of medical Tardis and go back in time to look at that, well, I would sleep better at night.

Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreamsby Matthew Walker is published by Allen Lane (20). To order a copy for 17 go toguardianbookshop.com or call 0330 333 6846. Free UK p&p over 10, online orders only. Phone orders min p&p of 1.99

Sleep in numbers

Two-thirds of adults in developed nations fail to obtain the nightly eight hours of sleep recommended by the World Health Organisation.

An adult sleeping only 6.75 hours a night would be predicted to live only to their early 60s without medical intervention.

A 2013 study reported that men who slept too little had a sperm count 29% lower than those who regularly get a full and restful nights sleep.

If you drive a car when you have had less than five hours sleep, you are 4.3 times more likely to be involved in a crash. If you drive having had four hours, you are 11.5 times more likely to be involved in an accident.

A hot bath aids sleep not because it makes you warm, but because your dilated blood vessels radiate inner heat, and your core body temperature drops. To successfully initiate sleep, your core temperature needs to drop about 1C.

The time taken to reach physical exhaustion by athletes who obtain anything less than eight hours of sleep, and especially less than six hours, drops by 10-30%.

There are now more than 100 diagnosed sleep disorders, of which insomnia is the mostcommon.

Morning types, who prefer to awake at or around dawn, make up about 40% of the population. Evening types, who prefer to go to bed late and wake up late, account for about 30%. The remaining 30% lie somewhere in between.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/24/why-lack-of-sleep-health-worst-enemy-matthew-walker-why-we-sleep

‘I fell out of bunked laughing’: novelists on their favourite funny book

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Nina Stibbe, David Nicholls, Bridget Christie and others discover the books that stirred them laugh the most

At Freddies by Penelope Fitzgerald

Chosen by David Nicholls

So many of my early read remembers commit hysterical laugh. There was Adrian Mole, of course, and Douglas Adamss The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the Monty Python journals, Woody Allens Without Feathers, Geoffrey Willanss How to Be Topp, Evelyn Waughs Decline and Fall. Books were prized for being scandalizing or funny or, even better, both, and the promise that a notebook would realize the reader laugh out loud seemed alone plausible. Why not? It happened all the time.

Less so now perhaps, but a journal that consistently prepares me laugh is Penelope Fitzgeralds At Freddies, a comic masterpiece from 1982 that really should be better known. Its set in the early 60 s, in a shabby, deteriorating stagecoach institution in Covent Garden, full of terrifyingly precocious child actors and inept, downtrodden coaches, all presided over by the infamous Frieda Freddie Wentworth. Manipulative, mysterious, sharp-tongued, opinionated, shes an extraordinary comic innovation; imagine Miss Jean Brodie give full play to Alastair Sim.

But if Freddie dominates both institution and fiction, theres also a wonderful substantiating casting, and I particularly like Pierce Carroll, the inept lecturer, well intentioned but altogether incapable of restraining his class. Theres Boney Lewis, a charming, drunken actor famed for his Napoleon, an off-stage cameo from Nol Coward and a great comic set piece committing a hysterically ostentatious production of King John, full of mad acting and mime.

If the idea of a theatre academy slapstick seems worryingly amiable, Fitzgerald evades nostalgium and predictability. Shes clear-eyed about their chances of the underdog and bright at capturing the desperation that lurks behind the smiles and swagger of those on the lower resounds has anyone written about collapse so well? Theres a strengthen bitterness to the witticism( No passion can be as pure as the hate you feel for a child, says Boney ), and melancholy more, a sense that adversity is never far away; in this respect, the final page is quite unforgettable. Fitzgerald is rightly celebrated for the largest, late historic romances such as The Blue Flower, but she is also a first-class, underrated jester, even when the comedy is played against a backbeat of sadness.

David NichollssUs is published by Hodder.
Nina Stibbes Love, Nina is published by Penguin.
David Lodges The Man Who Wouldnt Get Up and Other Stories issued by Vintage.
Deborah Moggachs Something to Hide issued by Vintage.
John OFarrells Theres Simply Two David Beckhams is published by Black Swan.
The worse “the worlds” goes, the more we need to laugh Marina Lewycka. Illustration: Leon Edler Bridget Christies A Book for Her is published by Arrow.
Sebastian Faulkss Where My Heart Use to Beat is published by Vintage.
Jenny Colgans Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery is published by Sphere.
Philip Ardaghs The Grunts on the Run is published by Nosy Crow.
Marina Lewyckas The Lubetkin Legacy is published by Fig Tree.
Shazia Mirzas 2017 comedy tour starts in Bath on 19 January.
Lissa Evanss Crooked Heart issued by Black Swan.

Rob& Chyna: the saddest prove on Tv

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The format of this painfully dull show is identical to others of the Kardashian empire: interminable stages of beings sitting in kitchens not dining cheese plates

Is there a least qualified reality show sun than Rob Kardashian? If you lined up 10 beings from the casting register of A& Es Intervention and Rob Kardashian and had to choose one to base an ongoing television series around, would you ever pick him unless people know his last name? Isnt this a tragedy? Shouldnt we all be more disturbed?

Sunday darkness premiere of the brand-new E! sequence Rob& Chyna tags the restore of the black sheep Kardashian to the public eye. Hes wasted years of his life unwilling to leave his room, which caused him to gain( his words) a grasp of weight. He searches little comfy obligating eye linked with other human beings than the little orphan girlfriend Newt from the movie Aliens. A Los Angeles Dodgers hat covers whats left of the poorest of the poor guys thin, matted fuzz. His wardrobe contained in T-shirts , nondescript jeans and sneakers. In other statements, when I watch this astoundingly depressing planned, I watch myself and what I might become( minus the millions of dollars ).

The first few minutes of Rob& Chyna intend to induce us sympathize with Rob and his pregnant fiancee Blac Chyna. As an aside, isnt it a bit horrid that Blac Chyna travels almost entirely by the name Chyna in the first occurrence now that the original Chyna the former WWE wrestler has died? Its like rummaging through people jewelry after a funeral.

Regardless of what you call her, Blac Chyna is the actual idol of this show, even if her refer is second on the marquee. She came up from the world-famous deprive golf-clubs of Atlanta and grew something of an entrepreneur, at least in the way that we characterize that term in 2016. She took the Kardashian template of monetizing tabloid villainy through a cult of temperament social media ubiquity, branded concoctions, and now, the final segment of the riddle, an E! actuality franchise. Shes become a major supporting player in the ongoing Kardashian meta-narrative having a baby with the rapper Tyga, who then leaves her for Kylie Jenner, which leads to Chyna connect obliges with Rob. Whether or not her relationship with Rob is genuine or a calculated effort to increase her deserving potential is not for me to decide (* cough its bullshit cough *) but what is is whether or not this Tv show is good. Its not.

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Rob& Chyna: led with high winds. Picture: E!

If your litmus test for lodging with a programme designed is refuting the question does someone fart within the first 10 minutes with a yes, then Rob& Chyna is for you. Spoiler alert, Chyna farts in the car. If “youd prefer” a little bit of drama, then maybe flip over to another path. Or hurl your cable container or streaming machine into the nearest open body of water and walk into the town square. Either one is fine with me.

The format of this painfully dull show is identical to the other outposts of the Kardashian empire: wearisome stages of people driving luxury gondolas on featureless freeways, be standing kitchens not gobbling cheese illustrations, or folding invests for a business expedition that may or may not ever happen. During these scenes, mush-mouthed pod people debate some ill-defined conflict. Someone needs to go to rehab for a vague trouble. Someone needs to text person back about a act that happened off camera. Someone feels disrespected. A party invite is lost in the mail. Watching these demonstrates is like reading “the worlds largest” banal email thread at 3am. Plug sad-eyed agoraphobe Rob Kardashian into this format and you have a dry for insomnia so potent, the Food and Drug Administration should regulate it.

The ostensible scheme of this chapter is organized around Rob alleging Chyna of texting people behind his back. He affirms this to be the case because he discovers that Chyna has changed the passcode on her iPhone. He even insinuates that shes fixing up with her ex, Tyga. All of this takes lieu with Rob spread out comfortably on a bottom. Chyna disclaims any wrongdoing, then alleges Rob of contacting females behind her back. He apparently declares it, which I vaguely recollect before my eyelids glued slam for the night. It must be the case, because the very next vistum is Chyna in another expensive automobile screaming at Rob to stop texting bitches.

These are the moments one watches reality Tv for hostility, incoherent holler and profanity. This is why I wish the Andy Cohen Bravo model for reality over the clumsy Ryan Seacrest/ Kris Jenner indulgence gabfests. Contrast Rob& Chyna with Bravos Below Deck, currently on the work of its fourth season and with one spinoff under its loop. Below Decks premise is simple: set a knot of attractive deckhands on a mega-yacht, cater them with alcohol, and be fostered to melt down every occurrence. Would you rather watch that or a picture starring parties very famous to form proper buffoons of themselves for your amusement? The answer is, neither, Im a grownup who is too busy including price to the culture to demean myself with such frivolities, but dont obsess, I picked the show about yachties drunkenly robbing up too.

I said here today that the producers of Rob& Chyna( which include the titular Rob and Chyna among their grades) do try to spice circumstances up. Scott Disick appears in the role of Robs only friend in the whole world and his chauffeur, schlepping him around Los Angeles like a pasty white Morgan Freeman from Driving Miss Daisy. Theres a memorable incident where Rob steps into Chynas home in full Eeyore mode, carrying buds to apologize for texting bitches. Chyna isnt having it, grabs the flowers, chows them in a reserve, then kicks Rob out of her residence. This is the turning point of the alleged narrative, as the rest of the chapter concerns Chyna trying to get Rob to text her back, as she has apparently forgotten that she called at him to leave her alone while pee-pee all over his romantic gesture. Im sure Rob Kardashian, AKA Calabasas Morrissey, truly took that well.

Finally, Kris Jenner, matriarch of the expansive Kardashian family and former nemesis of Blac Chyna, appears to counsel Chyna on how to deal with Rob. Jenner is shown to be so shrewd that I half expected her to have grown a whisker, picked up a large rod, and hurled on a pointy hat off-screen. Much has been made of how Blac Chyna is so astute and took down the Kardashians by getting engaged to Rob. Thats a neat little underdog narrative, but if you think that Kris Jenner isnt inventive enough to use this to her advantage and will be the ultimate win of this dim-witted competition, then you arent paying attention to the picture. Thats fine, since it probably moved you pass out from boredom, but the facts of the case remains that one of the last faces you see in this first escapade is Kris Jenner. The whole brainless project is hers and hers alone. Chyna can have a piece, as long as she offer her taxes to her feudal lord.

And they are Rob. At last-place, they found a route to monetize his mopey face and wrinkled robes. Instead of a Shrek-like person they hinder locked away in a cellar, he has his own establish, which only furthers the attainment of the objectives of his family. In exchange, this human who perhaps has real clinical depression has to pretend to be a TV sun. By coincidence, E! has stumbled upon the saddest appearance on tv, so filled with existential desperation that youd expect it was drummed up by a government-funded columnist in some soggy Scandinavian country over a bottle of inexpensive scotch. If “youre watching” more than one of the following options escapades, youll likely find yourself not leaving the house for years, just like Rob Kardashian.

Sorry China , no ‘Pokmon Go’ for you

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The world’s most populous country will not be going Pokmon Go .

Apparently, China believes the game is just too dangerous to allow due to public safety concerns, according to Reuters .

China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television cites “a high level of responsibility to national security and the security of its people’s lives and property” and a “threat to geographical information security and the threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers” as reasons for Pokmon Go’s ban.

In other words, China thinks you’re exactly not responsible enough to play the game. Because, who is familiar with, you might fall off a cliff, crash your gondola into a school or cop vehicle, or stampede through a public common simply to catch a rare Pokmon. No , no , no, you can’t be trusted to participate Pokmon Go .

China also doesn’t want beings investigating and snooping around residences that might be off-limits to the general public. Like, say, military zones.

Pokmon Go also isn’t the only game that’s get suppressed.

China’s not the first country to ban Pokmon Go . Iran was the first to forbidding the augmented actuality monster-catching activity following its runaway success in other regions.

Pokmon Go also isn’t the only game that’s getting inhibited. Similar plays that have location-based augmented world will be subject to the same block.

While it might seem like a missed the possibilities for Niantic, private developers of Pokmon Go , the company possibly had no plans to expand the game into China in the first place, seeing as how the game relies oGoogle Maps, which is blocked in the country.

Mashable has reached out to Niantic for note and will inform this story if we get a response.

Golden Globes 2016: Ricky Gervais’ opening monologue attracts no perforates

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Im going to be nice tonight, he promised the assembled Hollywood luminaries a hope that expired approximately once sentence later

Im going to be nice tonight, Ricky Gervais promised the assembled Hollywood luminaries in the Beverly Hilton Hotels ballroom a predict that expired nearly once sentence later.

The actor, comedian and Hollywood bete noire left the cinema and television industries biggest idols gasping in sicken, enthrall and suffering with an opening monologue at the 73 rd annual Golden Globe Awards that poked fun at everyone from Caitlyn Jenner to Jennifer Lawrence to Roman Polanski to Matt Damon.

Ive changed, Gervais testified. Not as much as Bruce Jenner , now Caitlyn Jenner, of course. What a year shes had! She became a role model for trans people everywhere, testifying great gallantry in breaking down railings and destroying stereotypes. She didnt do a lot for women drivers, but you cant do everything.

The reference to the accident caused by Jenner in which a driver died when Jenner disintegrated into a Lexus, which in turn gate-crashed into a Hummer got a distinctly mixed reaction in the area and on social media.

After taunting multitude system NBC for receiving zero nominations this year, as well as actress Lawrences push for equal paid under Hollywoods female stars, Gervais also landed a particularly contentious pierce on Adam Sanders Pixels, the uber-flop that Gervais labeled less entertaining than Schindlers List .

But beyond industry in-jokes, the comedians sharpest threads were aimed squarely at the opening ceremony itself.

As the unofficial outset occasion of awards season, the Golden Globes are typically been to be considered as lighter charge or, as Gervais would apply it, worthless.

As if film stars would stay away from opportunities of winning a Golden Globe particularly if their film companionships have already paid for it, Gervais said. If you do acquire tonight, be kept in mind that no one cares about that apportion as much as you do. OK? Dont get psychological its embarrassing. That apportion is , no offense, worthless.

And Gervais is well known as he told the assembled hotshots, hes got three. Ones a doorstop, one I use to hit burglars with, and the others on my nightstand … Gervais trailed off, implying that the statuette had been reduced to the role of a marriage aid.

Gervais later clarified: To be clear, that was a prank about me shoving a Golden Globe, that Ive acquired, up my arse.

Changing Up Is Overrated( And So Is DJ Khaled)

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The drastic saunters of a 22 -year-old man-child who has just graduated university .

I close my sees and chafe my tabernacle like one of those wearied police detectives from the movies.As I look back up, I encounter the TV clock blinking: 3:00 a.m. Even though I hate leaving movies unfinished, I can barely keep my sees open right now. So I slam the damn thought off with a resounding click from the remote.

As I get up from the sofa, I cant promotion but do the dad breath. You know what Im talking about; that little voice that emanates from the battered joints and unchased nightmares of middle-aged servicemen as they get up from their La-Z-Boys.

I establish my channel to my room. It still looks just like the one I left behind when I went away for college. Theres the futon I lost my chastity on, and theres the place I used to hide my bowl.In that instant, I cant improve but notes the fact that the room is the perfect story for my life at this moment.

Since moving back home, I have regressed; like a sadder, less handsome version of Benjamin Button. While Im not turning into Brad Pitt, I am allaying my 14 -year-old traumas, and I can already experience my whisker get jew-ierand fro-ier. Upon collapsing onto my plot, I seem my nose instinctivelycrinkle at a strange odor. What the fuck is that? I feel, as I change my organization, reaching an forearm under myself to fish out a handful of rancid garment. The movement suffices as a pain reminder that theatre diving is never cute , not even when youve merely graduated college.

The smell provokes likeness that twinkle before me like theyve been captivated on a reel of film, but not quite. I witness Sarah laughable and Becca smiling. I envision Angies seeings closing as her look leans into excavation. But then I remember that those daylights are started. True-life live can only be present in the current, which currently consists of rancid garment, and the drastic digress of a 22 -year-old who refuses to grow up. Think resigned, I push my clothes from the plot and they fall onto the storey like “the worlds” saddest waterfall.

Lying down, I reach over to the nightstand and pick up my very-recently cracked iPhone. Upon opening up SnapChatand toggling my story-feed, I look Dj Khaled pop up. Like a vehicle disintegrate happening in slow motion, I cant assistant but watch Khaled as he irrigates his flowers, travels his JetSki, and dines chicken sausage. I am outraged yet amused as he paraphrases himself with the seriousnes of someone who genuinely believe that they is one thing of real significance for the world.

He has the tightened self-confidence of someone who does CrossFit and the self-awareness of a papaya. He is a hologram: a living, wheezing, stepping meme. Like the gate-crash of a tree in a grove, Khaleds entire cosmo depends exclusively on the presence of others. His Snapchat Story, a cathedral of ID, is the summation of vine aesthetics and recycled Instagram philosophies.He is a culture-vulture who’s been ratified by similarly synthetic profiteers.

He is the fake news that lays in between the imitation report concerning more relevant fames. He is the gunk found under your tacks and the scum at the reces of your eyes. He is grey matter.

He is what you look at when you’re bored but youre very tolerated to actually find something that they are able to allay your wearines. He can be found in the stillness of the consequences of the a defeat so sounding that it could only precede an unambiguous abdication. He is what the losing team feels like when they must relinquish the game because they dont have enough players. He is the stale, heated air found in an empty Pizza Hut box that rests on a coffee counter in a small studio apartment thats rented-by a divorced father whos trying to reconnect with a son, and moving out of state been like living with his gradation dad.He is Greek-Fire merely by betraying him, I am further continuing him.

I run through his updates like the police addressed in a crime in a grey vicinity. I discover pitch-black beady seeings and a perfectly manicured whisker. I watch a serviceman whos sure of his region in the universe. I attend a personality disorder. I learn a captioned video, imaging captioned sandals, captioned shirts, and captionable mentions. I picture a world-wide of captions. Where the truth can always is available at the end of another shitty proverb. I verify social media prevailing physical flesh.

I ascertain jowls that shake with self-assurance. I determine an actuality that is measured by uptake and fueled by self-perpetuated exasperation. Then, I recognize myself, drunkenly celebrating graduation by wearing a tiara and hurling cake, and in that time it dawns on me: despite graduating, I am just as much of an adult as Dj Khaled is a real person.

Ive never done anything thats adult or grow. Sure I drink coffee, like IPA brews, and wear boots, but those are just acts. I can pair fish with wine-coloured but thats exclusively because Ive watched countless adults do it before me. I can realize exchange with a stranger at the bar but thats simply because I know to ask, What do you do? and Where are you from? I understand that while I should seem interested, I shouldnt come off as too enthusiastic. I am the numb summation of countless hollow explanations returned, and stale questions asked. But I know that Im precisely being immature because being grown-up means just knowing that every day isnt sugar, and being adult makes sacrificing vacation for prominence and significance.

I open my seeings and I debate “re going back to the” front room to finish the movie I was watching. While I dont move, I dont try to go back to sleep either. Instead, I think back to a scene in the movie where Furious Styles says to his son Trey, Any fool with a dick can make a babe, but exclusively a real mortal can elevate his children.While this declaration cultivates literally, in that any follower can make a child but only a real boy can provide them with psychological, fiscal, and physical support, the committee is also labor figuratively. Perhaps I can apply Frenzied logic to a greater strive of identity.

Just because someone can act like a humanity or “woman”, it doesn’t constitute them a captain. Just because someone can create a life, it doesn’t realize him responsible. Precisely because person ogles shrewd, it doesn’t actually induce them so. We are told that knowledge come here for age, and perspective is something thats gained. However if graduating college has taught me nothing about growing up, its that connect does not mean to say causation.

Im 22. I appear grown-up, and I can act like a grown up, but I dont know what fucking good that is really does for me, because I dont is intended to be grown up. Ive ever known what the right thing to do is and Ive done it: Ive gone to college, Ive done the internships, and Ive laboured the shitty responsibilities. But despite reaching all of these seemingly indispensable milestones, every direction thats been laid out before me now, still frightens the shit out of me.

Ive always been told that I felt this path about growing up because I was young, naive, or spoiled, and maybe thats true-blue. But when I compare the unadulterated exuberance I experienced playing in the ballpark as a son, to the sheer destitution of acting as a waiter for$ 5 per hour plus tips-off, it becomes clear to me that this isn’t inevitably true-blue. While refusing to work for something that you presumably crave was indeed spoiled , not wanting to work for something that you simply dont mis, is simply sane. Furthermore, if all cosmo is temporary, and we are only alive for a number of years, then doing anything that doesn’t acquire me resoundingly happy, every-god-damn-day, “wouldve been” fucking insane.

I often think about how Ive changed from small children to a belief adult. I remember that whenever I wondered my momma, she would respond with Because Im the adult and I say so. That was her superstar in the hole because there was no response that I could demonstrate. That word implies that theres knowledge and superpower waiting on the side of maturation. So I would quiet down and I would think to myself, I cant wait to be old-time. I cant “ve been waiting for” it all to make sense to me, the channel that it does for Momma. Nonetheless, as I went older, the presumed understanding never came. Life didn’t get clear, it went more convoluted. Apparently, theres no right room to live life, and theres no certainly no golden manual for raising minors. Human have been around for a while. If there were any universal truths that we could pass on from generation to generation, you would think that we would have figured some of this shit out by now.

I have no real idea of a 401( k ), mortgage, or starter home, and any twenty-year old who does, should stop lying to themselves. Then again, my actuality is wholly reliant on the concept of charter. When it comes to relationships, I is simply finagle a friend with interests, and when it is necessary to move, I simply use Lyft. I cant even commit to the time it takes to illegally download music anymore. The biggest commitment that Ive ever established is the purchase of Spotify Premium for a few months. While going to college was a commitment, it wasn’t a selection that I made as private individuals. Everyone and everything around me was telling me to do it. I went to college out of panic of working without a degree, and out of a desire to have unfettered sex.

Now that Im home again, I cant assistant but think about my first place in retail. I worked for $10 per hour, and relatively speaking, that was good pay for a spotted adolescent with no suffer. No one is passionate about running retail but I did it to gain place ordeal. Feeling your feeling is something that universities drill into us so that we shell out $600,000 for a piece of paper. These crooks institutions have recognized that we need a college magnitude to make enough coin to live comfortably because no one wants to work in retail forever. That being said, many beings do. They do it because they have to eat, and they need to live we all inhabit the same organization. So they have no choice but to trade “peoples lives” away for $10 per hour.

Working because you dont have a choice is the definiti the clang of my crotch stopping onto my empty layer is enough to end my existential moaning for the darknes. I suppose that if theres one good thing about has become a man-child, its the free nutrient. Who knows? Ill never sell out. Ill never mistake happy for comfort like everybody else. But wait a instant, How am I going to pay for my Coachella tickets this year ?!

Three Men Arrested After Shooting Protestors Following White Nationalist Speaking Event At University Of Florida

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Three men were arrested on Friday for allegedly being involved in a shooting that broke out right after white nationalist Richard Spencer‘s controversial speaking event at the University of Florida.

The Gainesville Police Department said three Texas men pulled up to a bus stop and taunted a group of people immediately following the alt-right figure’s speech on Thursday.

According to officials, Tyler Tenbrink (28, left), Colton Fears (28, center), and William Fears (30, right) pulled up to the area around 5:30 p.m. and started shouting “Hail Hilter” at the pedestrians while throwing Nazi salutes.

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This offensive gesture prompted a member of the group, who was among the hundreds gathering outside of the University to protest Spencer’s appearance, to strike the rear window of the taunters’ Jeep with a baton.

The three suspects then exited the vehicle and began yelling death threats. Tenbrink fired a single shot at an unidentified victim, which missed, then the three allegedly got back into their Jeep and fled.

The trio was later caught after the victim had memorized the Jeep’s license plate and reported it to authorities.

Tenbrink admitted to the shooting once in custody. The other two suspects, who are brothers, allegedly encouraged Tenbrink to shoot the people in the group.

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Police said all three face felony charges of attempted homicide. Tenbrink, who detectives said “willfully and willingly fired a deadly weapon” with the “intent to kill,” also faces charges of possession of a firearm by convicted felon.

If the “Hail Hitler” theatrics didn’t already give it away, police said at least two of the suspects have “shown connections to extremist groups.”

All three were being under bond in the Alachua County Jail as of Friday — Tenbrink under a $3 million bond and the Fears brothers under $1 million bond.

Sick of guns yet?

[Image via Gainesville Police Department.]

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Trump flunked a test he should have legislated

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( CNN) President Donald Trump faced a moral test this weekend: how would he deal with prejudiced savagery? Many would judge that he flunked that test. When it came to specifically condemning grey supremacy, he plainly didn’t have the vocabulary.

On Friday night, neo-Nazis turned out in Charlottesville, Virginia, with flaming torches to protest the removal of a Confederate statute i. A counter-protest developed; on Saturday, happenings swerved murderous. One party was left dead when a auto drove into the crowd. An Ohio man, James Alex Fields Jr ., 20, is in police imprisonment charged with an offence , among other things, second-degree carnage. Dozens injured during the mayhem, according to neighborhood medical authorities.

After an singularly long period of stillnes, the President finally said something. He deplored “hatred, bigotry and brutality on many sides.” He did not denounce the racist demonstrators in particular — even though it was they who generated, at the very least, the conditions for anarchy.

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