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Jay Thomas, ‘Cheers’ actor, dead at 69


(CNN)Jay Thomas, a comic and character actor whose credits include roles on “Cheers” and “Murphy Brown,” has died after a battle with cancer, according to his publicist Tom Estey. Thomas was 69.

In addition to his work on TV, many know Thomas from his annual holiday season appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” where he’d retell what Letterman once called “the greatest talk show story of all time.”
The colorful anecdote involved Thomas giving a ride to a costumed Clayton Moore, star of TV’s “The Lone Ranger,” and getting involved in a minor car crash that escalated into more.
    “I loved Jay,” Letterman told CNN in a statement. “His Lone Ranger story was the best I heard in 30 years. Plus, nobody could throw a football like Jay. Maybe Tina Fey, maybe. My heart goes out to his family.”
    He first told the story in 1998 and returned almost every year to tell it again until Letterman retired. In 2013, John McEnroe filled in for Thomas, who was recovering from surgery.
    Thomas’ TV career started in the early ’80s, and he quickly amassed a number of credits.
    He recurred on “Mork & Mindy” as deli owner Remo DaVinci, played the love interest of Rhea Perlman’s Carla Tortelli on “Cheers,” and played tabloid talk show host Jerry Gold on “Murphy Brown.”
    Thomas won two Emmy awards for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of Gold.
    His most recent credits include appearances on “Bones,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” and “Ray Donovan.”

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/24/entertainment/jay-thomas-dead/index.html

    Small Car Dealer Executes Sweet Justice on Persistent Spammer


    Stumbled across this throwback of a spammer getting spammed in glorious fashion, and it was just too damn satisfying not to try and get back in recirculation for you guys. You can almost hear him (if it wasn’t some shitty bot) screaming, livid, utterly devastated at his screen….”UNSEND! UNSEND! UNSEND!” Craigslist spammers, or ones hailing from any dark recess of the devious underworld are the bane of our existence. Nothing warms the heart more than to see swift justice being carried out where its due; and god only knows what ever became of this persistent little bastard. 

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    A Breakdown Of All The Tragic Choices In Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” Video


    Last week Taylor Swift released her third grade Tim Burton fan fic lyric video for her new single, “Look What You Made Me Do”. Last night at the VMAs, she released the actual video, and it’s… a lot. To spare you the torture of watching it yourself, we’ve broken down everything you need to know so you can hate on it to everyone who’ll listen as if you watched it without having to waste over four minutes of your life.

    The video begins in some haunted graveyard, where we see a tombstone for “Taylor Swift’s Reputation.” You’re in the right place, because things are about to get weird. We see a zombie version of Taylor crawl out of the ground and then throw some dirt into her own grave with a shovel. The zombie makeup is actually pretty legit, and the contouring is next level.

    Then we see Taylor in a bathtub full of diamonds, which seems like a pretty obvious a reference to when Kim Kardashian got tied up in a bathtub while all her jewelry got stolen. Seems tasteful to us. If she wants to get Kimye fans on her side, she probably shouldn’t make fun of Kim’s armed robbery, just a thought. But whatever, Taylor’s a huge badass who puts diamonds in her mouth.

    Next, we cut to Taylor sitting on this huge throne surrounded by about a million snakes, which seems like where she truly belongs. We’re actually very into the red dress/gold jewelry combo, but a little confused why her hair is slicked behind her ears. Whatever, there are much worse hairstyles to come.

    When the chorus kicks in, we see Taylor crashing a gold car into a light pole, and then she writhes around on the seat while posing for photographers and holding a Grammy. There’s also a literal leopard sitting on the seat next to her, because she’s a relatable girl. She also has some bangs that look like they were cut by a 6-year-old with no arms.

    Then Taylor is on a swing in a golden cage, which is giving us Miley Cyrus “Can’t Be Tamed” vibes, so Taylor is only like, seven years late.

    Next, we get Taylor and her team of cat-mask wearing losers robbing a streaming company, because we all know how much Taylor hates Spotify. She’s wearing a sweatshirt that says “BLIND FOR LOVE,” but it really looks like her hairstylist was the blind one.

    Oh, and did you know that Taylor is also a leather biker chick? Seriously, all of these looks are, um, choices, and they’re giving us whiplash. After biker, we see her in a dominatrix outfit, which makes us VERY uncomfortable.

    But then we get to the part that’s already been memed a thousand times, when Taylor and her army of sad gays try to reenact the “Formation” video. It looks like Taylor left a perm appointment halfway through, and the resulting mop on her head is seriously heinous. Her background dancers are wearing crop tops that say “I <3 TS,” because someone offscreen was pointing a gun to their heads they really just love Taylor and NOT Katy Perry! 

    The last major part of the video is the parade of Taylor’s greatest hits, presented in visual form. Honestly props to her for sitting in the hair and makeup chair to recreate all those different looks, we just wish the end result wasn’t so meh. New Taylor is wearing a sparkly leotard that says “Rep,” and her hair is, again, slicked behind her ears, but like wet and shaggy this time.

    Taylor then makes fun of herself like she never has before, having all her old personas say shit from years past, all of which she would probably still say today if her edgy rebrand didn’t depend on it. Like, Taylor, you can’t make a joke about how you always used to play a victim when you’re still playing a victim. Girl, no one made you do anything, you put out this shitty song all by yourself.

    Read more: http://www.betches.com/look-what-you-made-me-do-video-breakdown

    Cassini Sends Its Final Signal To Earth As It Plunges Into Saturn


    Well, here we are. After 293 orbits of Saturn and more than 3,000 scientific papers, Cassini has finally sent its somber farewell. But it will leave behind it a vast and incredible legacy of discovery that shook our understanding of our place in the universe.

    At 7.55am EDT (12.55pm BST), Cassini sent its final transmission to Earth. While we’ll never know for sure what happened next, it’s predicted that the spacecraft then broke apart about a minute later as it traveled into the atmosphere of Saturn. Its final swan song was a streak of light as it was destroyed at the end of its Grand Finale mission.

    “The spacecraft’s final signal will be like an echo,” Earl Maize, Cassini project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, said in a statement.

    The last signal from Cassini. NASA/JPL-Caltech

    Cassini was purposefully destroyed because, as it runs out of fuel, scientists don’t want the spacecraft to accidentally crash onto one of Saturn’s moons that could host life. Ironically, it’s thanks to Cassini that we know some of these moons could be habitable.

    But in its 13 years orbiting Saturn, the mission has been an astounding success. Discovery after discovery has told us incredible things about Saturn and its moons, and let’s not forget the cavalcade of pictures we have been treated to for more than a decade.

    The idea for the Cassini mission was first dreamed up in 1975 when the US National Research Council (NRC) suggested an in-depth exploration of the Saturnian system. By 1982, a proposal to develop a Saturn orbiter and Titan probe was submitted to NASA and ESA, called Project Cassini.

    A stunning image of Saturn taken by Cassini in 2013. NASA/JPL-Caltech

    The project itself marked a shift in US-European relations. Europe’s close ties with Russia had pushed them away from the US, but this mission promised to mend some of their differences. That was one of the reasons it was able to survive several challenges in Congress in the early 1990s.

    “The successful launch of Cassini-Huygens was regarded as a miracle by some involved in the mission,” notes US-European Collaboration in Space Science. “The mission was very ambitious and its implementation was risky.”

    Ambitious was certainly the word. Cassini would not only become the first spacecraft to ever orbit Saturn, it would also carry a small lander – the Huygens probe. This would attempt to touch down on Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, regarded as one of the most Earth-like places in the Solar System.

    On October 15, 1997, the Cassini-Huygens mission lifted off on board a Titan IVB rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Following flybys of Venus, Earth, and Jupiter, it finally arrived at the Saturnian system on July 1, 2004, to uncover its secrets. And few could have predicted what it would discover.

    Cassini launched on October 15, 1997. NASA/JPL-Caltech

    “If you were to stack Cassini up against all over missions ever flown, the only one you could say did more is Voyager,” Trina Ray, Senior Science Systems Engineer for the Cassini team at NASA, told IFLScience. “Cassini has far surpassed its original goals.”

    Those original goals were extensive. Cassini, the size of a car, was expected to study Titan, Saturn’s magnetosphere, its icy satellites, its ring system, and the planet itself all in its four-year primary mission. A delicate dance of orbits made this possible, as did the Huygens lander. Subsequent mission extensions have only increased the goals.

    On Christmas Day 2004, Huygens was released from the Cassini spacecraft. It entered the atmosphere of Titan on January 14, 2005, descending to the surface with the help of a parachute, where it returned the first ever images from the surface of a world in the outer Solar System. Huygens remains our only landing ever in this region.

    Huygens returned images of smoothed pebbles, likely caused by liquid. By bouncing radio waves off the ground on Titan, Cassini was later able to discover the presence of vast lakes and seas on its surface, made up of liquid hydrocarbons. Aside from Earth, Titan is the only world we know to have bodies of liquid on the surface.

    Cassini used radar to study bodies of liquid on Titan. NASA/JPL-Caltech

    Arguably Cassin’s greatest discovery came back in 2005. This was when it first spotted plumes of icy particles coming from the south pole of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. This astounding discovery proved there was an ocean of liquid water under this moon, with the plumes providing an incredible opportunity to directly sample it.

    “Everybody was just blown away,” said Ray, recounting the moment she first heard about it in February 2005. “We thought something had gone wrong with one of the instruments. We were like, ‘what? There are cracks that are hot, and the material above them is water? Are you kidding me?’”

    Such was the excitement around Enceladus that NASA is already looking into sending a mission back there in the future – the tentatively named Enceladus Life Finder. It’s thought the ocean may have some of the conditions necessary for life. This spacecraft would seek to work out if that’s true.

    The spacecraft also took a close-up look at the bizarre two-toned moon Iapetus, revealing that material as black as tar on one side may be dust from another moon, Phoebe. And it also revealed the aurora of Saturn.

    “I think my fondest memory of the Cassini mission was realizing that we had passed through the source of Saturn Kilometric Radiation, radio emissions associated with Saturn’s auroras,” Bill Kurth from the University of Iowa, a member of Cassini’s Radio Plasma and Wave group (Radio and Plasma Wave group), told IFLScience.

    “This represented the first time such a radio source region had been sampled directly other than at Earth.”

    The discovery of plumes at Enceladus astounded scientists. NASA/JPL-Caltech

    Cassini has fulfilled dozens of objectives. But a couple have eluded it. One is that we still don’t know how long a day is on Saturn because we aren’t quite sure about the structure of its magnetic field. The other is that we don’t know the true mass of the rings. It’s hoped these Grand Finale orbits may provide some answers.

    The mission has continuously required innovations, as Cassini could only carry 12 instruments. One that’s rather incredible is that mission scientists used Saturn’s rings to study the planet’s interior. Looking at patterns within the rings, and monitoring movement within them, it’s been possible to describe movements taking place within Saturn.

    Just because the Cassini mission is coming to a close, however, it does not mean the mission is over. Once the mission ends on September 15, scientists will spend another year archiving all the remaining data from the mission. It could then be decades before researchers have finished publishing papers from this data. There’s a long way to go.

    Saturn’s rings have been seen in glorious detail by Cassini. NASA/JPL-Caltech

    Understandably, though, the end of this groundbreaking mission is a heartfelt occasion. “It’s hard to see something that is such a huge part of your life come to an end,” said Ray, who has worked on the mission for 21 years. “It’s like a neighborhood. People have gotten married and had kids, and they have gone to college. And all the big surprises from Cassini are done. It’s a sad time. It’s bittersweet.”

    Cassini’s demise leaves just one spacecraft orbiting a planet in the outer Solar System – NASA’s Juno spacecraft around Jupiter. No other spacecraft to this region is currently in the works, although there are numerous ideas.

    With attention seeming to focus on the Moon and Mars at the moment, it’s vital to remember how important and groundbreaking planetary science is. Cassini’s end should not be mourned but celebrated, a reminder of how a little cooperation can reap a huge reward. Wherever we go next, Cassini will be a benchmark every other mission can only dream of matching.

    Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/space/cassini-sends-its-final-signal-to-earth-as-it-plunges-into-saturn/

    Gabriel Jesus:’ I like a challenge. The biggest engagements go to the biggest warriors’


    The brilliant Palmeiras and Brazil forwards tells the Guardian about the phone call from Pep Guardiola that persuasion him to assemble Manchester City and that his mum is never pleased with him unless he helps out defensively too

    No one wants to be told off by their mom and Gabriel Jesus is no different. The Brazilian wonderkid, who signed for Manchester City in the summer for 27 m and will join the Premier League captains in January, given the opportunity to become one of the best forwards in the world but what establishes him stand out even more is his desire to also help out defensively.

    It is not a idiosyncrasy he shares with too many forwards but then they may not get a rollocking from their baby if they do not help out at the back. Gabriel Jesus does. Yes, its genuine that my mother has a go at me when I dont track back, he says in his first interrogation with non-Brazilian media since signing for City. We are very, very close and she demands a lot from me, which is great. She only praises me if I have done something are worth praise. I am really happy to have a mum like that, who really maintenances. She ever tells me the truth and her seriousnes helps me a lot.

    Mrs Vera Lcia is a constant and hugely positive proximity in Gabriel Jesuss life and that is no surprise conceiving his upbringing. The participates parent died when Gabriel Jesus was young and his mother conjured him and his three friends on her own. She was a cleaner back then and there was not a lot of money around. A football participate grows up faster than other people, he says. I grew up very quickly because of the difficulties and responsibilities that I have always had.

    Gabriel Jesus is a very mature 19 -year-old. We fill at Academia de futebol, Palmeirass training centre and he is polite and humble. He does not wear sunglasses or headphones and does not play with his mobile during the interrogation. He starts by apologising for being late. I had to do the sparkler bathtub, he explains.

    It has been a hectic 18 months for the man from Jardim Peri, a humble neighborhood on the outskirts of So Paulo( it is a comunidade , a kind of favela , only a little bit more peaceful ). In March 2015 he made his debut for Palmeiras after scoring 37 objectives in 22 competitions in the Paulista Under-1 7 race and at the end of the season he was reputation best available beginner of the Brasileiro .

    And that was just the beginning. This summertime he won Olympic gold with Braziland then represented his debut for the senior unit, tallying two destinations in a 3-0 away win against Ecuador. And he is still a teen. The former Brazil and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo, for one, is a love: When I insure Gabriel I think about my own past. He has a phenomenal wander onward, Ronaldo told TV Globo recently.

    It is not that long ago Gabriel Jesus was playing for the amateur team Pequeninos do Meio Ambiente on the pitchings of the military prison camp Romo Gomes. He moved on to Anhanguera but, unlike numerous staggering endowments these days, he did not meet a upper side Palmeiras until the age of 15 so his job was very much determined by street football.

    Gabriel Jesus: skills, maneuvers and destinations.

    His childhood neighbourhood is always on his psyche and on his skin. On his forearm there is a tattoo indicating a boy with a ball in his hand looking at a favela in front of him, fantasy of a better future in football. The tattoo is almost identical to the one that his sidekick Neymar has.

    I have always enjoyed working on and thats why I try to give my best good tactically as well as moving forward. From an early age, in my vrzea days[ a special type of Brazilian street football ], I tried to take in all the instructions of all the managers I had. I am the same today. After all, it is essential to register the tone knowing what I have to do to help the team.

    He no longer lives in Jardim Peri but goes back to visit pals. When doing so in December he was stopped by the police while driving his expensive gondola. A dark-skinned boy cannot drive a nice gondola in the neighborhood where he grew up without being stopped by the police. Everyone knows how hard it is to be pitch-black in local communities, he wrote on Instagram.

    He remain in Jardim Peri until last year. He could have left for So Paulo as early as 2010 but the organization did not offer him adaptation, means that he would have had to travel for four hours to get to and from schooling, and that would have had a negative impact on his institution work.

    Not that Gabriel Jesus paid too much attention to anything apart from football. My whole life has always been football and that simply, he says. Since I was six years old Ive only really was just thinking about football. I used to watch it on Tv, performance video games and so on. I exactly love football. Some people joke that I am too into it but football just summing-up up my life.

    His discipline is remarkable for the purposes of the a young age, and “its probably” one of the things that has impressed Pep Guardiola, the manager who was frantic to make him to City. Gabriel Jesus was a hot prospect even before the Olympics and City were able to beat off competition from Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain partly because of a phone call from their brand-new manager.

    It was a involved decision, but in the end my desire to learn triumphed, Gabriel Jesus says. The presence of Guardiola as a manager at City and the fact that it is a great society were very important factors in my final judgment. Guardiolas phone call was a huge part of me deciding to go there. It realized me realise that Id love to work with him. I dont know him personally hitherto but he already reached me feel very safe about his job there.

    Gabriel Jesus, celebrating here after tallying for Palmeiras against Figueirense in June, hopes to acquire the Brazilian name before coming to Manchester. Photograph: Brazil Photo Press/ CON/ LatinContent/ Getty Images

    Where will he play though? City are not exactly lacking in assaulting geniu with Sergio Agero, Raheem Sterling, David Silva, Nolito, Kelechi Iheanacho, Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy San and Jess Navas able to occupy the forward prestiges. For Palmeiras Gabriel Jesus played wide on the left before Cuca, the manager, moved him into the centre with good results: 11 goals in 18 conference games.

    I believe I will fight for a lieu as a winger in the team, he says. I actually opt playing as a left-winger rather than a striker, but I precisely want to be very clear that Im willing to play in either place. I am often prepared to give up a position high on the tone and help out defensively because some good brand and tackling can result in a point for my squad in the end. Id like to think that Im a versatile player.

    Only two years ago, during the course of its World cup finals, Gabriel Jesus was covering the pavement of his street in dark-green and yellowish as a fan. Today he is one of the reference points in attempt for sorority and country. Palmeiras are objection for the title, they trounce Corinthians 2-0 at the weekend to bide top, and Gabriel Jesus urgently wants to leave for Manchester City having won the tournament. At Verdo he is an undisputed idol Glory, immortality, alleluia, is Gabriel Jesus is the song that all love sing( even if it riles his mother, who is a very religious person ).

    But even if he lends the Brazilian entitlement to his Olympic medal, he will not get too carried away. I try to manage my the advances in a down-to-earth mode, he says. Some players acquire a accolade and think that they are on top of the world. I dont let it go to my heading. Parties idolise me for triumphing the Olympics but I keep saying: It is just a medal.

    Arguably the biggest challenge lies ahead forcing his style into Citys starting XI. All this change does not scare me at all, he says. My life has always been full of challenges. Obviously this is a bigger one, but the best battles are given to the best warriors. I will listen to the managers sentiment and his advice in order to improve and adapt as fast as I maybe can.

    13 Cars That Were Way, WAY Too Close To Crashing — OMG


    We’ve all been there: the almost-crash.

    And if you’re like me, you haunt over those small-minded times on the road where the possibility of gate-crashing was just behavior too close for comfort. Whether you can blame it on the climate, the other driver, or just have to admit you deserve the heat, it’s always scary to come close to a car accident.

    These 13 operators, passengers, and passersby know just what we’re talking about. In information, they’re possibly room closer labels than you’ve ever evidenced — thankfully, the managed to make it out in one slouse. If you can make it through these without flinch, you’ve went nerves of steel.

    1. Just because the light is green, doesn’t make it’s ever safe to get-up-and-go.

    2. The accident still happened, but for these pedestrians it could have been much worse.

    3. And this cyclist must have nine lives to walk away from this unscathed.

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    4. Winter roads can be terrifying.

    Close summon !

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    5. Thank goodness the cameraman was there to inform him.

    6. It’s astounding how gracefully he backs away in the face of impending doom.

    7. Screeeeeeeeeeeeech.

    8. These two deftly avoid imminent collision and precisely bop each other’s bumpers.

    9. A doubled close call, one for each side of the street. Timber!

    10. This move knew exactly when to stop.

    11. All those “Falling Rocks” signals are worthy of their jobs for just this one incident.

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    12. Too close for consolation from two angles.

    13. Nope. Nope. Nope. Run away!

    So, so traumatic. Stay safe out there on the road!

    Her Brother Died in a Car Crash1 0 Year later, Teen Makes a Confession to Mom on Her Birthday


    It was the nighttime before her quinceaera …

    It was the night beforeMonique Salinas’ quinceaera, but the teenage had so much more on her intellect than her large-scale 15 th birthday celebration the next day.

    Of all the fancy presents she had waiting for her, there was onlyone gift she really required: to interpret her brother.

    She confessed the apparently impossible had intended to her mummy, Melissa, though Monique knew it was too far-fetched.

    Her brother, Mikey, died in a car gate-crash 10 years ago, and Monique had expended every day since missing him.

    What the teenage didn’t know is that her baby had, in fact, moved a blueprint for Mikey to be at her party in his own special style. Melissa get in contact with 18 -year-old Aubrey Reeves, the beneficiary of Mikey’s kidneys and heart.

    It was an unbelievably risky transplant that saved Aubrey’s life, and she decided to induce the 10 -hour drive from Witchita Falls to Benavides, Texas to give Monique the astound of a lifetime.

    “I knew Monique was probably going to be very emotional, very excited, and a little lamentable, ” said Aubrey. “It’s absolutely no truth to the rumors brother, it’s someone else. But I knew that it was a really good circumstance for us to meet.”

    Aubrey sat outside and waited patiently for the large-scale moment. Melissa was caught up in preparing for the party, but when “shes seen” the young girl comprising her son’s middle, she immediately melted and returned her the most difficult hug.

    “I appeared a connection to her right away, ” said Melissa, as she pinched Aubrey tight and described close to her chest to hear her son’s beat heart.

    Monique shared an evenly psychological instant with Aubrey only times after her mother.

    “Meeting Aubrey was like no other astonish, ” she said. “It was a very special and amazing offering that nobody is could give me. I knew I couldn’t have my brother there physically, but I had Aubrey, and he was there in her.”

    Though the reunion was a decade in the making, Melissa knew she had done the best choice to wreak Aubrey into their lives. She supplied the healing signature they so desperately needed. The family was even surprised to learn how much the 18 -year-old had in common with Mikey. They shared so many heats, it was absolutely uncanny!

    “I had noticed some changes in my personality after my busines, and the more I sounded this is no longer coincidental, ” said Aubrey. “He loved pups, I cherish pups. He enjoyed Batman, I adore Batman. This is the pure conformity of having this heart.”

    Billions Of People Likely To Be Drinking Water Contaminated With Plastic Microfibers


    Right around the planet, billions of people are drinking water that is laced with tiny plastic microfibers. That is the worrying conclusion of a global analysis of drinking water, which found that 83 percent of tap water sampled contained traces of microplastic.

    The implications for our own health are as yet unknown, although the investigation carried out by Orb Media has led to calls for urgent research into what impact they may be having on the scores of people from high- to low-income countries that are consuming the tiny bits of plastic.

    From the United States to Indonesia, the team analyzed over 150 different water samples taken from 14 different countries on five continents, and found that the vast majority were contaminated with plastic microfibers. The research shows the utter ubiquity of plastic in our modern lives and just how little we know about its impact on not just the environment, but ourselves too.

    Out of all the countries sampled, the US topped the list, with 94 percent of places tested coming back positive for plastic. This included tap water taken from the Congress building, the EPA headquarters, and even Trump Towers. Europe came back with 72 percent of samples contaminated, while Ecuador clocked up 75 percent, and India had 82 percent.

    How dangerous are microplastics? Orb/Vimeo.

    The plastics come from a variety of sources, with the washing of synthetic clothing a big factor, as is the wear from car wheels, dust from paint, as well as microbeads.

    One of the most important aspect of this new report is the discovery that there are multiple ways in which these tiny bits of plastic are entering our bodies. While it has long been shown that some fish and seabirds consume microplastics in the sea, not everyone relies on fish for food. But everyone has to drink, and these plastic fibers have been found in tap water right around the planet, from New York to Kampala.

    “Scientists say they don’t really know how these microplastics reach our taps or what the health risks might be,” explains Molly Bingham, founder and CEO of Orb Media, in a statement. “But microplastics have been shown to absorb toxic chemicals from the marine environment, and then release them when consumed by fish and mammals. I am concerned by the implications of our research.”

    The team are now calling for more research to look into how these fibers may be impacting our health, as well as ways to limit the flow of them into our oceans and drinking water.  

    Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/environment/billions-of-people-likely-to-be-drinking-water-contaminated-with-plastic-microfibers/

    Europe’s Anti-Refugee Parties Are Dangerous Even When They Don’t Acquire


    Austria’s Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer lost his country’s general elections by precisely a few thousand votes last week, narrowly missing out on becoming the European Union’s first-ever far-right head of state.

    Despite Hofer’s defeat, the rattled Austrian government announced a day after the election results that it would make its asylum program stricter and closer in line with the anti-immigration Freedom Party’s platform. Observer said the ruling organization shaped the move because support for Hofer obliged it to mollify some of the Freedom Party’s challenges, in an attempt to turn voters away from the radical right.

    Austria’s effort to mollify the rising right-wing populism within its borders indicates similar situations in other European countries. While failing to actually win elections, far-right parties have long have been successful in steering the political dialogue and making previously extreme ideologies into the mainstream.

    “The real political threat from far-right parties in Europe is not that they will come to power, because that’s only now beginning to seem possible, but that they are able to predominate the orders of the day, ” Martin Schain, a New York University professor whose production focuses on European politics, told The WorldPost.

    Bloomberg/ Getty Images
    Norbert Hofer of Austria’s Freedom party, on Sunday, May 22, 2016. Hofer lost the presidential election by only a few thousand referendums.

    Europe’s Far-Right Reframes The Debate

    Far-right populist defendants in Europe are not a monolith, and contain diversification in its own policy as well as their backgrounds. Britain’s UKIP, for example, is far more moderate than Greece’s violent and neo-fascist Golden Dawn. There are a number of aspects that right-wing populist parties in Europe have in common, nonetheless, including the ability to undercut conventional right- and left-wing parties and reframe the political debate.

    Playing on ethno-nationalist feeling, and using the refugee crisisto capitalize on fears over Islamism, national its safety and loss of authority benefits, many of these long-established parties have risen in the pollsin countries across Europe last year. Throwing themselves as champions of the person against immigration — as well as resisting trade policies and the EU — has been a successful strategy.

    Schain and other experts say establishment parties often to continue efforts to allay far-right movements in places where they’re ripening by adopting some of their policies.

    In Denmark, the success of the far-right Danish People’s Party and the need for the ruling Liberal Party to rely on conservative subsidize in parliament contributed to the country elapsing harsh new immigration laws in January. France’s Progressive authority, more, proposed legislation that same month to strip citizenship of dual citizens imprisoned of terrorism — an idea that initially came from the country’s far-right. While these bills didn’t arise exclusively as the purposes of the far-right’s existence, terrorist attack and the refugee crisis have given revolutionary defendants an opportunity to push them into the mainstream.

    In Hungary, the already nationalist and conservative Fidesz party has been pushed even further to the extreme as a result of rising support for the ultranationalist, anti-refugee Jobbik party. Jobbik, the most significant opposition political parties, has previously called for Jewish the general public to be put on registration indices. Observers contend that fending off Jobbik is one of the reasons that Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has taken such an aggressive anti-refugee and anti-EU posture in recent years.

    Austria And The Far-Right

    Like many of Europe’s far-right parties, the Freedom Party has been an active part of its country’s politics for decades, and has prescribed Austria’s political discourse during the course of its meridians of its popular support. Former Nazi SS detectives founded the party around 60 years ago, but it wasn’t until the 1990 s under charismatic captain Jorg Haider that it became a mainstream political contender.

    One of the reasons why behind the Freedom Party’s breakthrough was an influx of migrants and refugees, who were then leaving eastern bloc countries after the fall of the Soviet Union. Experts say the Freedom Party applied similar rhetoric to describe European migrants during the course of its 1990 s as it now applies against refugees from the Middle East and Africa.

    The Freedom Party exploited “the fear of young men, the concerns of losing responsibilities, the concerns of being’ overwhelmed’ by mints of foreigners and metaphors — much like we see now — of intrusion, tsunami and avalanches, ” Professor Ruth Wodak, an author on right-wing populism, told The WorldPost.

    The party orientation itself early on as a defender of national identity, exhausting a popular “Austria First” petition in 1992 that territory “Austria is not an in-migration country.” The government’s response to the Freedom Party’s rise, Wodak justifies, was to eventually cater to the far-right and implement a series of measures that included restrictive citizenship laws and obligatory German expression classifies for driving permit.

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    Former Freedom Party chairman Jorg Haider, who died in a gondola disintegrate in 2008.

    The Austrian far-right’s latest spike in popularity again comes during a movement crisis, as well as at a time when Europe’s anti-EU sentimentalityis high. While the government initially pursued an open-door plan for Syrian refugees same to Germany’s, it afterward switched its decision and closed Austria’s borderlines amid organizing public disappointment. This button in borderline program bolstered the Freedom Party’s supporting, observers say, shaping traditional defendants appear to be political opportunists and the extreme right look like it had been correct to have opposed refugees.

    Even though is supportive of the Freedom Party descended merely short of going Hofer elected to the largely ceremonial position of chairman, his candidacy has undercut the two centrist parties and furthered anti-refugee, anti-EU sentiment in Austria.

    Rob& Chyna: the saddest see on TV


    The format of this painfully dull show is identical to other persons of the Kardashian empire: interminable panoramas of people sitting in kitchens not feeing cheese plates

    Is there a less qualified world present hotshot than Rob Kardashian? If you lined up 10 people from the throwing record 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 you knew his last name? Isnt this a tragedy? Shouldnt we all be more upset?

    Sunday nighttimes premiere of the brand-new E! succession Rob& Chyna differentiates the income of the black sheep Kardashian to the public eye. Hes wasted years of his life unwilling to leave his room, which induced him to amplification( his terms) a traction of load. He ogles less comfortable clearing attention 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 people thin, unkempt mane. His wardrobe consists of T-shirts , nondescript jeans and sneakers. In other statements, when I watch this astoundingly depressing program, I picture myself and what I might become( minus the millions of dollars ).

    The first few minutes of Rob& Chyna intend to realize us sympathize with Rob and his pregnant fiancee Blac Chyna. As an aside, isnt it a little bit horrid that Blac Chyna goes almost exclusively by the mention Chyna in the first chapter now that the original Chyna the former WWE wrestler has died? Its like ransacking through someones jewelry after a funeral.

    Regardless of what you call her, Blac Chyna is the actual sun of this display, even if her figure is second on the pavilion. She came up from the world-famous airstrip clubs of Atlanta and grew something of an entrepreneur, at least in accordance with the rules that we define that term in 2016. She took the Kardashian template of monetizing tabloid infamy through a faith of temperament social media ubiquity, labelled commodities, and now, the final section of the puzzle, 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 link thrusts 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.

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

    If your litmus test for protruding with a program is answering 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 canal. Or throw your cable casket or streaming machine into the nearest open body of water and wander into the town square. Either one is fine with me.

    The format of this dreadfully dull show is identical to the other outposts of the Kardashian empire: interminable stages of people driving luxury vehicles on featureless routes, sitting around kitchens not ingesting cheese dishes, or folding invests for a business journey that may or may not ever happen. During these vistums, mush-mouthed pod parties debate some ill-defined conflict. Someone needs to go to rehab for a vague question. Somebody must text person back about a happen that happened off camera. Person seems disrespected. A party invite is lost in the mail. Watching these reveals is like reading “the worlds largest” banal email thread at 3am. Plug sad-eyed agoraphobe Rob Kardashian into this format and you have a cure for insomnia so potent, the Food and Drug Administration should regulate it.

    The ostensible plan of this chapter revolves around Rob alleging Chyna of texting guys behind his back. He says 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 plaza with Rob spread out comfortably on a bottom. Chyna repudiates any wrongdoing, then accuses Rob of contacting females behind her back. He apparently declares it, which I vaguely remember before my eyelids glued slam for the night. It must be the case, because the very next scene is Chyna in another expensive vehicle screaming at Rob to stop texting bitches.

    These are the moments one watches actuality Tv for aggressivenes, incoherent yell and curse. This is why I favor the Andy Cohen Bravo model for reality over the clumsy Ryan Seacrest/ Kris Jenner luxury gabfests. Contrast Rob& Chyna with Bravos Below Deck, currently on its fourth season and with one spinoff under its belt. Below Decks premise is simple: apply a bunch of attractive deckhands on a mega-yacht, cater them with booze, and be fostered to melt down every escapade. Would you preferably watch that or a appearance starring people extremely far-famed to stir proper morons of themselves for your amusement? The reaction is, neither, Im a grownup who is too busy including price to the culture to devalue myself with such frivolities, but dont worry, I picked the show about yachties drunkenly securing up too.

    I said here today that the producers of Rob& Chyna( which include the titular Rob and Chyna among their ranks) do try to spice thoughts up. Scott Disick appears in the role of Robs only friend in the entire world and his chauffeur, schlepping him around Los Angeles like a pasty grey Morgan Freeman from Driving Miss Daisy. Theres a memorable stage where Rob strolls into Chynas home in full Eeyore mode, carrying blooms to apologize for texting bitches. Chyna isnt having it, grabs the flowers, chows them in a pool, then kicks Rob out of her home. This is the turning point of the alleged narration, as the rest of the episode implies Chyna trying to get Rob to text her back, as she has seemingly forgotten that she screamed at him to leave her alone while pissing all over his nostalgic gesticulate. Im sure Rob Kardashian, AKA Calabasas Morrissey, certainly took that well.

    Finally, Kris Jenner, matriarch of the extended Kardashian family and former nemesis of Blac Chyna, appears to counsel Chyna on how be addressed with Rob. Jenner is shown to be so shrewd that I half expected her to have grown a beard, picked up a large twig, and hurled on a pointy hat off-screen. Much has been made of how Blac Chyna is so shrewd and took down the Kardashians by getting engaged to Rob. Thats a nifty little underdog narrative, but if you think that Kris Jenner isnt cunning enough to use this to her advantage and will be the ultimate win of this dim-witted struggle, then you arent paying attention to the indicate. Thats fine, since it probably made you pass out from apathy, but the fact remains that one of the last faces you see in this first chapter is Kris Jenner. The whole moronic organization is hers and hers alone. Chyna can have a piece, as long as she compensates her taxes to her feudal lord.

    And then theres Rob. At last, they found a space to monetize his mopey look and wrinkled invests. Instead of a Shrek-like person they impede locked away in a basement, he has his own reveal, which simply furthers the aims of their own families. In exchange, this soldier who maybe has real clinical depression has to pretend to be a Tv adept. By coincidence, E! has stumbled upon the saddest display on television, so fitted with existential anguish that youd premise it was drummed up by a government-funded columnist in some sodden Scandinavian country over a bottle of cheap scotch. If “youre watching” more than one of these chapters, youll perhaps find yourself not leaving the house for years, just like Rob Kardashian.