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Kim Zolciak-Biermann Says ‘Police Are Involv…

Kim Zolciak-Biermann and daughter Brielle claim Delta Airlines kicked their family off a flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta over the weekend.

Jason Dohring Reflects on Acting with Paris…

Jason Dohring decides if he would like to bring back popular touchstones from 2004 - the year 'Veronica Mars' premiered

Miss America pageant leaving Atlantic City for…

The Miss America pageant is leaving one casino town for another

Jamie Lynn Spears Is Reportedly in Talks to…

The nostalgia TV wave is still going strong. TMZ reported today that Britney Spears's younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, is in talks with Nickelodeon to reboot the series that made her a child star, Zoey 101. She'd reprise her role as the titular character.Sources connected with the network told TMZ that Jamie has been talking with channel executives about the show and is in with some key changes. The new Zoey 101 would follow Zoey's life at 28, as an adult in Southern California with kids of her own. This show, as TMZ described it, would be "Zoey with an edge." It's not clear at this point who from the original series would return.This is not Jamie's only project. She's also been cast in Netflix's Sweet Magnolias series. When Netflix announced the news on July 1, the streaming company shared that Jamie would be playing "Noreen Fitzgibbons, a young woman who is determined to build a new life for herself after a series of bad choices." Sweet Magnolias is being adapted from the novel series by Sherryl Woods.Jamie, who's 28, has not said anything about the Zoey news yet. But she did express her excitement earlier this month with Netflix's casting her in Sweet Magnolias. "Mama’s going back to work y’all 🎬🎥," she wrote on her Instagram. "Can’t wait for y’all to meet “Noreen”!! I fell in love with this story, and so excited I get to be a part of telling it ❤️❤️ #SweetMagnolias." View this post on Instagram Mama’s going back to work y’all 🎬🎥Can’t wait for y’all to meet “Noreen”!! I fell in love with this story, and so excited I get to be a part of telling it ❤️❤️ #SweetMagnolias A post shared by Jamie Lynn Spears (@jamielynnspears) on Jul 1, 2019 at 1:07pm PDTThe actress also shared a look at her hair transformation for that role too: View this post on Instagram Becoming Noreen....... #SweetMagnolias 💇🏻♀️: @mallyb86 A post shared by Jamie Lynn Spears (@jamielynnspears) on Jul 2, 2019 at 2:57pm PDT

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Turns Out That Casting Your Enemies as Foreign…

Never underestimate how dumb and dangerous things can get. Yes, our old friends in the United Kingdom have seen fit to elevate a bizarrely coiffed fool of their own to lead their country. And our bizarrely coiffed fool suggested Monday that he could end the conflict in Afghanistan "in a week" if he wanted, he just doesn't want to kill 10 million people. Very cool! The government of Afghanistan requested "clarification" after Donald Trump, American president, referenced the possibility of committing genocide on the Afghan people while wiping their country "off the face of the earth." But that's only one of the insane things happening right now. Take, for instance, the escalation in deranged rhetoric around Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.The New York congresswoman was, of course, one of the four women of color the President of the United States told to go back to the country you came from. That Ocasio-Cortez was born in the Bronx, one borough over from Trump's birthplace in Queens, is just one piece of evidence that our national leader was playing around on the Vintage Racism Jukebox. As his morally vacant allies in the Republican Party tried to clean up the mess and have him pivot to merely smearing the four as radical socialists who hate America, they've gotten in on the act, too. Lindsey Graham debased himself on Fox & Friends, slandering the congresswomen as "Communists" and "anti-Semites." Trump's "War Room" on Twitter, an account for his 2020 campaign, appeared to accuse Rashida Tlaib of Michigan of dual loyalty with Palestine. When Ilhan Omar used language that some considered a dual-loyalty charge against American Jews, Republicans blasted it as anti-Semitic and unacceptable.No, things like "consistency" or "shame" or "the truth" do not factor in when you are Otherizing people. The important thing is to prove they're not Real Americans, and thus have no right to criticize the American government. They should just be happy to be here! Trump himself floated—in response to what looked like an arranged question from a right-wing reporter—the conspiracy theory that Omar married her brother before he headed down to a rally in North Carolina, where the crowd chanted "SEND HER BACK" referring to the Minnesota congresswoman. You see, the lies and the smears and the racism have consequences. People are listening. Just ask NBC News.A Louisiana police officer was fired on Monday over a Facebook post he made last week suggesting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., be shot.The officer, Charlie Rispoli, a 14-year veteran of the Gretna, Louisiana, police force, called Ocasio-Cortez a "vile idiot" who "needs a round, and I don't mean the kind she used to serve," referring to her past job as a bartender, according to a screenshot posted by nola.com, the website for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. According to the news outlet, his comment was a reaction to a fake quote attributed to the congresswoman claiming that "we pay soldiers too much."It's a fake quote. Propaganda. But it led an agent of the state—a law-enforcement officer who, until he was fired this week, had ready access to deadly weapons—to publicly call for a sitting congresswoman to be shot. His colleague, who has also been fired, "liked" it. This is not a one-off. After Trump tried to link Omar to the 9/11 attacks in April with a Twitter video that yanked her comments out of context, she saw a huge spike in death threats against her. Trump repeated the 9/11 smear last week.You can only cast public figures as foreign agents seeking to infiltrate and undermine The America You Know and Love for so long until the wrong people take it upon themselves to do something about it. Not everyone who hears the words of the president or his allies is stable, or able to separate fantasy from reality. New court filings indicate Anthony Comello, the man who allegedly assassinated a New York mob boss in March, did so because he was a devout follower of QAnon, a pro-Trump conspiracy theory that holds, in some iterations, that the president is leading the charge to break up a cabal of Democrats who eat babies. That is not a misprint. Comello thought Francesco Cali, alleged leader of the Gambino family, was an agent of the Deep State assisting this cabal.(One recent act of political violence, the congressional softball shooting, was perpetrated by an unstable person with left-wing politics. But there's no evidence the shooter targeted any specific officials because of a sustained propaganda campaign targeting them.)Lawyers for Cesar Sayoc, the die-hard Trump supporter who sent pipe bombs to the president's various enemies in the media and the Democratic Party, said in court filings this week that Sayoc watched Fox News "religiously" and planned his day around his favorite shows: Fox & Friends and Hannity. Their argument is that he literally got lost in this parallel universe of misinformation and hate. The vast, vast majority of people who tune into these programs would never turn to violence, but at some point, people who hock poisonous information for profit and power will have to take responsibility for the fact that they are channeling the instability of people out in the country and pointing it towards various Enemies. This is not a game.

Madeline Brewer Breaks Down Janine's Empowering…

Over the course of three seasons of The Handmaid's Tale, Madeline Brewer's Janine has absorbed every blow Gilead has to offer. She's had her right eye gouged out of its socket for speaking up for herself in a society where women have no voice or ownership over their bodies. She’s tried to kill herself and her newborn baby to escape life as a slave and save the infant from being raised by her rapist. She’s been exiled to the radioactive Colonies to face certain death, then brought back to civilization to serve as a childbearing vessel once more. She's been beaten mercilessly for showing her vulnerabilities and standing in solidarity with her ally June (Elisabeth Moss), enduring smacks and thumps from her captor and teacher Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) and even her fellow Handmaids. Frankly, Janine has been through hell. But on Wednesday’s pivotal episode of the Hulu series, Janine, as Brewer puts it, "is not taking any more shit." In the previous episode, pregnant Ofmatthew violently attacked Janine after enduring weeks of ceaseless bullying for her role in the death of Frances (Ordena Stephens), June's daughter's Martha. Guardians shot Ofmatthew down after the outburst, and in the latest episode, June is confined to the unconscious woman's bedside for the duration of her pregnancy. Gilead is keeping Ofmatthew alive as a receptacle for her unborn baby, and June, consumed with her own rage, is determined to mercy-kill Ofmatthew and deny Gilead another child for its regime. June tries to get Janine, hospitalized with her own injuries, to go along with her plan, but for the first time in their friendship, Janine rebuffs June and condemns her for going too far. It's a turning point that reminds audiences of Janine’s inherent empathy toward women in peril, even if it comes from the resistance she has long supported. Brewer opened up to BAZAAR.com about Janine’s journey toward empowerment in Season 3, what her pivot from a June-led resistance means for their solidarity, and finding moments of tenderness and hope in a bleak world—both on The Handmaid’s Tale and in Trump America. Harper’s Bazaar: Janine has endured so much and still manages to find reasons to smile. Can you tell me about her mental state now, particularly after the events of Episode 9?Madeline Brewer: Well, the first season she was obviously in her own little world, and there was a bit more lucidity during the second season. I think this season she’s really coming into her own about who she is in this world. I think she’s no longer going to let herself play a victim. She speaks up when she sees injustice happening like she does in Episode 8, when she tells June that she’s being mean [to Ofmatthew]. I think that her frustration and anger are starting to boil, a turning point that came after getting the shit kicked out of her twice. She’s just like, All right, no more Mr. Nice Guy. She didn’t go quite so far as June, but she’s just not going to take any more shit. HB: I can see that where that’s happening, certainly when she confronts June both in Episode 8 and more aggressively in Episode 9. But there were other times this season, and certainly in previous seasons, where she almost seems like she had resolved herself to her own fate in this world. MB: I don’t think that Janine has ever lost her resolve that this world can’t own her and will ever own her. In a lot of ways, she does become fearful and can be physically small sometimes, but that internal flame has never been extinguished and it’s getting a little bit more powerful. HB: That sense of empowerment has also led to Janine standing up to June, her longtime ally, and complicating their newly-strained relationship. There is solidarity when Janine conspires with June and the other Handmaids to bully Ofmatthew after she gets the Martha killed and jeopardizes June’s chances of ever seeing Hannah again. But in Episode 9, Janine dissents from that uniformed front by showing empathy toward Ofmatthew on her deathbed. Has Janine realized that the resistance, which has largely been led by June, contradicts her own sensibility? MB: I think Janine has a unique view in that she has almost literally been in the same position as Ofmatthew when she was also dying on a hospital bed. Luckily Janine pulled through, but there was definitely a time in Gilead when there were people who wanted Janine dead for endangering the life of her child. Janine has a unique level of empathy for Ofmatthew that obviously June doesn’t have because her empathy toward Ofmatthew is clouded by her own story. I think Janine ultimately feels for Ofmatthew and understands what it’s like to feel hated and like an outcast. Janine has been a good friend to June through the entire series. They’ve had a close relationship, a strange relationship. But June is flipping a little bit and if anybody knows flipping from reality, it’s Janine. I think when she sees this happening to June, she’s like, Hey, get back here. June has saved Janine’s life over and over and over again and now this is a unique moment for Janine to say, Hey, something’s wrong here. HB: When do you think that realization started happening for Janine? In the episode right before, even though Janine does tell June she’s being mean when they were all ganging up on Ofmatthew, she still participates in the group’s bullying of her. At that point, Janine is still very much in solidarity with June’s actions.MB: I think that [shift] happens in Episode 9. After June is being tortured and stuck in Ofmatthew’s hospital room for days and days and days on end, Janine sees that June’s about to take a drastic measure [when she draws a knife to kill Ofmatthew]. But I think Janine has been worried for some time. June is a little out of control. I don’t personally want to say that June is being selfish, but I know that Janine feels that June is being selfish. The whole reason the girls only start bullying Ofmatthew—well, yes, she got Martha killed and she isn’t really sorry—is that Martha was protecting June’s daughter. Now we’re ruining the life of this girl who complicated things for June. It’s not because of any moral standpoint on June’s part. It’s because now she doesn’t have that throughline to her daughter. I think Janine sees a lot more than anybody thinks she does. \"She’s no longer going to let herself play a victim.\"HB: That’s become more apparent. You were talking about empathy, which you said is especially inherent in Janine because of everything she’s been through. I see a glimmer of it in her relationship with Aunt Lydia, particularly in Episode 9 when she gifts her with a fancy new eye patch. We’ve seen Aunt Lydia do some nasty, violent things to Janine, but then there is this moment between them when Janine seems genuinely happy. Can you talk about their relationship and how it reflects Janine’s journey this season?MB: There is obviously an abuse dynamic. Aunt Lydia is in some ways like a really bad boyfriend to Janine. She can be totally horrible to her, but when she’s sweet, Janine feels so special and loved and cared for, which makes her keep coming back. I feel like if someone treats you in a special way—especially in this world where everyone dresses the same and they are so obviously just walking wombs—it makes you feel like a cut above the rest. You really take that to heart, and I think that’s what Janine does. She is also so fragile. All she ever really wanted was to be accepted and loved and Aunt Lydia offers that. But she’s also a bit of a punching bag for Aunt Lydia. Aunt Lydia can take her bullshit out on Janine and Janine will take it and come right back. So it’s a really unique dynamic. Janine knows how sweet Aunt Lydia can be, and there’s a feeling of Stockholm Syndrome there. I also think it comes through because I just love Ann Dowd so dearly, so it’s almost impossible to not feel the love in those scenes. She just gets Janine on a different level. She understands her and knows how to talk to her. We also see in Aunt Lydia’s backstory that she’s used to dealing with maybe a misfit kind of mother, and that’s who Janine is. HB: You compared their relationship to a domestic abuse/bad boyfriend scenario, which I think is spot on. But I also wonder about a maternal comfort for Janine in their relationship, albeit an equally unhealthy one. MB: There absolutely is a nurturing maternal [element]. I think young women, or women in general, are always seeking their mother’s approval in some capacity. That’s definitely what Janine does with Aunt Lydia. She’s always seeking her approval and wants to be the most devout and obedient member of this society. It’s not for any other reason except that she wants to feel close to Aunt Lydia. HB: In the midst of these very fleeting moments of tenderness, we hear Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth,” which is one of the happiest songs ever. It’s such an interesting choice on a series that constantly uses music to confront or support the messages in the storyline. Do you think that Janine adapts a similar sense of happiness as a coping mechanism?MB: I think, especially in the first season, Janine’s coping mechanism has always been to smile through the pain—imagine the world you want and live in it. That is a core part of who she is in this world. If you believe hard enough that something is good, and that good things will happen and are happening, then you can just exist in that. That’s clearly not the case [in reality], but that’s where Janine lives. That’s her world. HB: How do you as a woman and an actress on a series with such bleak storylines cope with everything going on in our real world right now in terms of women’s rights?MB: My personal feeling with what happens on the show and some of the parallels with what’s happening in the world, and specifically in our country, is that it’s exhausting. It sends me into a paralyzing panic at times. But it is actually a bit of an outlet to get some of those feelings out through the work and recognize that as much as I think there [are] elements in place [in the real world] that I believe were probably already in place at the very early stages in Gilead, we are not yet in Gilead and we have to do the work to ensure that we never get there.

You Can Rent Bella Swan's House From 'Twilight…

Updated Post: July 23, 2019 at 3 p.m. ESTWhether you loved or hated Twilight, the trilogy-book-series-turned-tetrology-movie-series about a vampire teen's forbidden romance with a human girl, you have to admit: The houses featured in the series were enough to make you want to move to Forks, WA. (And maybe deal with brooding vegetarian vampires whose restraint for sampling humans' blood was rivaled only by their masterful use of hair gel.) Well, now you're in luck, because you can live like Bella Swan without having to deal with the mythological interspecies dating drama! Just in time for Twilight's 10th anniversary, the home featured in the movie—which is actually located in St. Helens, Oregon, not Forks—is now listed on Airbnb. That's right—months after listing the house for just under $350,000, the owners have decided to list the 5-bedroom house on the rental website, offering it for $330 to $440 a night, depending on when you visit. Unlike many other movie homes, the interior of this house was also used for filming, and the homeowners kept the color palette the set designers used when they transformed the space into Bella's house. (Read on to get the full scoop on what that was like.)BOOK NOW Bella Swan's House, AirbnbOriginal Post: Aug. 16, 2018 at 4:23 p.m. ESTYou can own a piece of Twilight history, because the actual house used as Bella Swan's home in the first Twilight movie is for sale. But the St. Helens, Oregon, residence isn't just a source of nostalgia for Kristen Stewart fans. It's a real home, with a real set of history that comes with it.The real-life owner, who purchased the home in 2002, told HouseBeautiful.com he has a lot of memories from the house, including what it was like to have his place used as the setting for a major Hollywood film.In 2007, owner Dean Koenig said he was first approached about filming while eating a bowl of chicken soup in his dining room. "There was a knock on the door. The man said he was a location scout for a movie company [and] that the director really liked the house and was wondering if he could shoot some photos of it," Koenig said. "He said that he loved the fact that the house had its original windows and doors and that it hadn’t had all of its character remodeled out of it."Koenig agreed to let them film there, and although the scout liked the home's authentic aesthetic, some of the original paint was eventually changed for the film. "They painted most of the inside of the house and told me after they finished filming that they would restore it to my colors or paint it any color I’d like," Koenig said. "[But] the designer said if I kept their colors, I could stand in one corner of any spot of the house, and the room might be blue, the hallway would be yellow and the next room would be green. All three room colors would complement each other."After the movie wrapped, Koenig said he decided to keep house with the same paint scheme used in the film. "The choices the filmmakers really made the house shine," he said. "If you ever have the chance to have your room colors picked by a production designer, you won’t be sorry."When Koenig first saw his home in the trailer for Twilight, he said he felt "a sensation that very few will know." He watched the movie at the Columbia Theater in Saint Helens, and when the camera captured a square cabinet near the fridge, his wife leaned over and said, "Hey! I know what's in the cupboard."Since the film debuted in 2008, Twilight fans have flocked to Oregon to get a sneak peek of the home. On YouTube, several videos are featured of TwiHards taking pictures outside of the property.Ten years after the film's release, Koenig is finally ready to part ways with his home. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom property is listed for $349,900 through Sotheby's International Realty."Live in a movie house!" broker Andrew Ferranti writes in his listing. "You're going to love all of the charming details, including the leaded glass, dining room, china cabinets, and hardwood floors throughout this wonderful home!"

Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart & Cole Sprouse BRE…

Fans REFUSE to believe that Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse have actually gone their separate ways…and we’re looking into it. PLUS…while one Riverdale relationship might be ending another one is just beginning. Sorry Archie lovers…but it looks like KJ Apa is officially off the market.

Mj Rodriguez, Amber Riley and George Salazar to Tackle 'Little Shop of Horrors' (Exclusive)

The classic sci-fi musical comedy is being reimagined for the Pasadena Playhouse stage with Amber Riley taking the role originally voiced by a male performer and a "whole new take on Skid Row."

Britney Spears Attends 'Once Upon a Time in…

Britney Spears attended the LA premiere of 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' on Monday night (July 22) looking fresh as ever.

JoJo Siwa Announces She’s Returning to "Dance…

JoJo Siwa reveals she will be coming back to Dance Moms for a special appearance.She's hinted at her return for months through videos on her YouTube channel.JoJo posted a special vlog sharing some moments of the episode before it airs.JoJo Siwa is going back to her roots with a special appearance on Dance Moms to help Abby out with the new cast.Sharing a special sneak peek video on her Instagram, JoJo confirmed that she returned to the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) to offer some advice, share her story, and even start some friendly competition between them as they try to continue to impress Abby and find their way back to the top of the pyramid. In the special preview, JoJo is seen giving some advice to Elliana who admits that she is nervous to perform in front of Abby cause she feels like she isn't the favorite anymore. View this post on Instagram Ahhhhh I am so excited I went back to dance moms for a week and the episode aires this Tuesday on Lifetime!!!!! @dancemomstv @lifetimetv A post shared by JoJo Siwa (@itsjojosiwa) on Jul 21, 2019 at 10:33am PDTWhile some fans might be surprised to see her come back, she actually hinted a while back that she would be making an appearance in her previous vlogs. Not only did she post a special behind-the-scenes tour of the dance studio back in April, she posted another vlog featuring the new members of Abby Lee Dance Company dancing with her on her D.R.E.A.M. Tour.In a brand new video, JoJo showed a bit more of her appearance on the show, sharing that she made a special competition for the cast members to find out who would perform with her at her concert. She also joined the ALDC at Ignite Dance Live, where she also gave a special private performance for everyone who was lucky enough to be there.Even the judges were so excited about her being there, thanking her for giving some time back to her community where she learned how to dance.JoJo's episode of Dance Moms will air on Lifetime on July 23 at 9/8c.

John Paul Jones Is Officially America’s…

I get it, Tyler C has the abs, that winning smile, is all about female empowerment, but there is one thing he's missing: John Paul Jones' love for chicken nuggets. And during last night's Men Tell All episode of The Bachelorette, JPJ quite literally showered audience members with 'em while chowing down on a few himself. I don't know who you chose, Hannah, but I gotta be honest, I think you chose wrong. This is the kind of husband you need. JUST LOOK AT HIM: ICYMI or aren't a dedicated viewer, let me clear things up: JPJ, as we have so affectionately nicknamed him (you can't have three names and expect us to call you by them all), had more of a connection with the nugs then he did miss Hannah B. And that's not a diss on his relationship, either. His passion just runs deep. "I've never met a man with such gusto and love for chicken nuggets," Chris Harrison commented, while sitting down with Jones for a one-on-one interview. "In honor of JPJ, we're bringing out nuggets for everyone." The pair had a little cheers with their chicken, while staffers passed them around for the audience. But sweet, sweet John Paul Jones decided them to throw them into the crowd instead. First, he hooked up his fellow cast members, launching them into a sea of fellow exes. Then he stood up and started chucking them into the crowd. This could've been your life partner, Hannah!! THE FATHER OF YOUR CHILDREN!!!!!I really hope the paradise chefs can whip up a mean nugget, because this cutie's heading to BIP. Oh, and also, Tyler if you're reading this, I'm sorry. I still love you, call me, etc.

Hikers Find Dog After He Spent 11 Days Lost in…

A Brief History of Marvel's Blade

Blade is coming to the MCU. He’ll be played by Mahershala Ali. The actor was revealed at Comic Con. And it seems like he means business. Ali originally approached Marvel himself.

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'Art of Self-Defense' examines, satirizes toxic masculinity

'The Art of Self-Defense' examines, satirizes toxic masculinity

What You Need to Know About the Jeffrey Epstein…

In an indictment which can be found here, federal prosecutors are accusing financier Jeffrey Epstein of sex trafficking dozens of minors in two states between 2002 and 2005. The indictment also accuses the multimillionaire of using his massive fortune to, “create a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit.”Prosecutors believe Epstein paid girls for massages that turned into sexual acts and then—in a sort-of pyramid scheme—paid them even more money to fetch him new victims. He was arrested at Teterboro Airport on July 6 in New Jersey by the FBI-NYPD Crimes Against Children Task Force, after arriving on a private jet from France. He has been denied bail pending the federal sexual abuse charges, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman announced. Epstein has pleaded not guilty. Back in 2005, Epstein essentially received a slap on the wrist back for a widely-criticized plea deal involving similar allegations of molestation in Florida. His case has faced new scrutiny in the #MeToo era as an example of a powerful and rich man avoiding accountability for his alleged transgressions. Here's everything you need to know. Epstein, a multimillionaire financier and investor, has a fortune estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollarsThe money manager parlayed his success in business to connect with important politicians and socialites, including friendships with Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. "I've known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy," our president said in a 2002 interview with New York magazine. "He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life." Archival footage from NBC shows them partying at Mar-a-Lago in November 1992. Trump appears to tell Epstein that one of the women dancing near them is "hot" before whispering something to Epstein that makes him laugh. Trump has since spoken out against Epstein, telling reporters at the White House that he knew Epstein “like everybody in Palm Beach knew him.” He said, “I had a falling out with him. I haven’t spoken to him in 15 years. I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you.” As journalist Vicky Ward, who wrote a profile of Epstein for Vanity Fair in 2011, pointed out on Twitter, "Epstein’s friendships are not insignificant. They are a BIG part of this story." Bill Barr’s father, Donald Barr, was headmaster at the Dalton school in NYC. He hired Jeffrey Epstein, a two-time college dropout to teach physics and calculus to high school students.— Judge JuJu {Sassy Since Birth}🌊♉🎵🌟 (@JujuJudge) July 7, 2019FUN FACT: Alexander Acosta, the U.S. Attorney in Miami that cut a secret deal to keep Jeffrey Epstein out of jail and seal all the evidence was Trump’s mysterious pick for Secretary of Labor.Coincidences take a heap of plannin’.— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) July 7, 2019 The allegations against Epstein date back to 2005, when a 14-year-old girl and her parents claimed that Epstein molested her at a mansion in Palm BeachThe girl and her parents claimed that one of her classmates from Royal Palm Beach High School in Palm Beach took her to a large house to give Epstein a massage, "in exchange for money," according to Miami Herald reporter Julie K. Brown, who exposed Epstein last November in a piece titled "Perversion of Justice." He came under investigation in 2005 and, according to NBC, Palm Beach investigators spoke with five alleged victims and 17 different witnesses. Per NBC: The investigative files alleged Epstein brought the girls to his house under the guise that they would give him massages, which police said would turn sexual. Some of the girls told police Epstein would use sex toys on them while he got a "massage." In another instance, one said she was paid to have sex with one of Epstein's female assistants, and several girls reported that Epstein touched their vaginas while he masturbated.Joseph Recarey, a detective on the case, described Epstein's pattern of abuse as being like a "sexual pyramid scheme." Epstein allegedly paid underage girls anywhere from $200 to $1,000 for a "massage." Then, he offered them more money to bring him more girls. "I just felt overwhelmed with joy, I never felt this day would come,'' says Courtney Wild, Jane Doe No. 1, reacts to public outcry against how Jeffrey Epstein's crimes against her and other underage girls were covered up. pic.twitter.com/vuhzAyAhTE— julie k. brown (@jkbjournalist) December 4, 2018In Brown's piece Perversion of Justice, she identified 80 women who claim they were molested or sexually abused by Epstein. A woman named Courtney Wild says she recruited 70 or 80 girls for Epstein. Epstein has said that any encounters he had with his accusers were consensual. He claims that he believed they were all 18. Epstein infamously avoided federal charges and a possible life sentenceAccording to Vox, the FBI had a 53-page indictment ready in 2007 that would have likely put Epstein behind bars for life. Instead, he was punished with just 13 months in a comfy county jail, thanks to a deal signed by then U.S. attorney for Miami, Alexander Acosta, who is now President Trump’s secretary of labor. The deal essentially concealed Epstein’s crimes and the number of people involved. Per Vox: Epstein’s deal, called a “non-prosecution agreement,” granted immunity to “any potential co-conspirators,” meaning that if any of Epstein’s powerful friends were involved in his crimes, they would face no consequences. And Acosta agreed that the deal would be kept secret from the victims, preventing them from showing up in court to try to challenge it.In December 2018, Epstein reached a settlement in a new lawsuit set for trial in Florida, which would have seen several of his alleged victims testify for the first time. Just one month later, a federal judge ruled that prosecutors under Acosta violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, "by not letting more than 30 identified victims know of the deal so they would have a chance to oppose it," according to Reuters. However, Federal prosecutors said there was no legal basis for invalidating the agreement.Epstein was arrested at a New Jersey airport on July 6An indictment unsealed on Monday in federal court in New York, showed that he was charged with sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy. It also accuses Epstein of using his wealth to “create a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit.”The indictment covers alleged transgressions from 2002 and 2005 that involved girls as young as 14. According to The Daily Beast, federal prosecutors also revealed that FBI investigators discovered nude images of girls in a weekend raid of Epstein’s Manhattan Upper East Side townhouse. According to the outlet, prosecutors wrote the following in a memo requesting Epstein be jailed until his trial: “The defendant, a registered sex offender, is not reformed, he is not chastened, he is not repentant. Rather, he is a continuing danger to the community and an individual who faces devastating evidence supporting deeply serious charges.”He has pleaded not guilty to federal sex trafficking charges. Federal prosecutors have made an appeal for any women abused by Epstein to come forward.“They deserve their day in court and we are proud to stand up for them by bringing this indictment,” said U.S. attorney in Manhattan, Geoffrey S. Berman, according to The New York Times. Since then several other women have come forward with claims of abuse Including Jennifer Araoz, now 32, who spoke out on the Today show about the alleged incident, which she says happened back in 2002. Araoz says that Epstein groomed her starting in the fall of 2001, while she was attending a performing arts school called Talent Unlimited on Manhattan's Upper East Side. She was approached outside of the school by an unnamed brunette woman in her 20s, who invited her to Epstein's nearby mega-mansion townhouse. “I was 14 years old,” Araoz told Today. “What the hell do you know when you’re that young?”She was given alcohol and taken to Epstein. She left with an envelope containing $300. A few weeks after that first encounter, she alleges that she returned to his townhouse, where he asked her to give him a massage in his underwear, while he masturbated.“I didn’t know if he would get angry or if I didn’t listen what the repercussions would have been,” she said. “So I kind of just followed. I was so young, so I didn’t know better.” When she turned 15, she claims he forced her to have sex with him."She was so anxious but I couldn’t figure out why,” Araoz’s mother told Today. “The anxiety got so bad that she couldn’t function, and I urged her to go to a doctor.”He has been denied bailAccording to Huffington Post, prosecutors labeled Epstein an “extraordinary” flight risk. Judge Richard Berman rejected a bid for Epstein to be released on a bond of up to $100 million. “Starting with my conclusions, the government’s application for continued remand is hereby granted and the defense’s application for pretrial release is respectfully hereby denied,” Berman said during thehearing.According to CNBC: Epstein’s lawyers had asked Berman to release him on house arrest in the sprawling Upper East Side townhouse, with conditions that included round-the-clock monitoring and an electronic tracking device.They had originally proposed a bail option worth about $77 million, in which Epstein would put up his townhouse as collateral. They also offered to include Epstein’s private jet in the bail package. But federal prosecutors said that Epstein’s vast wealth, which they valued at more than $500 million, and the severity of his potential sentence made him an extreme flight risk.Epstein is appealing a federal judge's decision. According to The New York Post, "a spokesman for the US Attorney’s office in Manhattan said Tuesday that the government will file to oppose Epstein’s appeal."

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The Anti-Science Brigade Isn't Stopping at…

Mr. Yeats has been getting a bit of a workout for going on the past three years but, thanks to The New York Times, we discover yet another context for some of the auld fella's more famous lines, these from "The Second Coming."The best lack all conviction, while the worst/Are full of passionate intensity.To wit:The vast majority, more than 90 percent, opposed their use. This belief is in conflict with the consensus of scientists. Almost 90 percent of them believe G.M.O.s are safe — and can be of great benefit. The second finding of the study was more eye-opening. Those who were most opposed to genetically modified foods believed they were the most knowledgeable about this issue, yet scored the lowest on actual tests of scientific knowledge. In other words, those with the least understanding of science had the most science-opposed views, but thought they knew the most. Lest anyone think this is only an American phenomenon, the study was also conducted in France and Germany, with similar results.I swear to god, someone should write a book. In truth, science can do a lot better explaining itself to the general public and defending itself in the public mind. Messrs. Dunning and Kruger are correct as far as they go, but scientists trying to pierce the public mind these days have to overcome not only general scientific ignorance, but also active campaigns of what we can call anti-science, to borrow a useful term from the history of Holy Mother Church. These are powerful—and powerfully financed—assaults on science's ability to create consensus outside the laboratory. In a 2014 study in Pediatrics, he helped show that a variety of interventions intended to convince parents that vaccines didn’t cause autism led to even fewer concerned parents saying they’d vaccinate their children. A 2015 study published in Vaccine showed that giving corrective information about the flu vaccine led patients most concerned about side effects to be less likely to get the vaccine. A great deal of science communication still relies on the “knowledge deficit model,” an idea that the lack of support for good policies, and good science, merely reflects a lack of scientific information...In 2016, a number of researchers argued in an essay that those in the sciences needed to realize that the public may not process information in the same way they do. Scientists need to be formally trained in communication skills, they said, and they also need to realize that the knowledge deficit model makes for easy policy, but not necessarily good results. It seems important to engage the public more, and earn their trust through continued, more personal interaction, using many different platforms and technologies. Dropping knowledge from on high — which is still the modus operandi for most scientists — doesn’t work.The index patient of this dangerous phenomenon is, of course, the propaganda campaign against the reality of the climate crisis. This case study, so far, is not promising. It's almost as though fact is that which enough people believe. Truth is determined by how fervently they believe it. It is science's job to break down that manufactured truism for our own good.Respond to this post on the Esquire Politics Facebook page here.

1,000 Women Shed Light on What Real Beauty Means…

People tend to throw around the term "real beauty," but as for what it actually means? There's less of a cultural consensus about that. For some, it suggests a holistic lifestyle of Pilates and pressed raw juices. For others, it's as much an attitude as it is an aesthetic—it's about unbridled self-confidence, at any size or age. Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum, once the preponderance of selfie filters and medical procedures promising to make us look like ourselves—only better—is added in, the question becomes, Can real beauty be real if it's fake or filtered? The plot thickens.To help shed some light on the subject, BAZAAR asked more than 1,000 women across the U.S. for their take on the topic. It will come as no surprise to learn that results varied, especially by generation. But one sentiment ran consistently throughout: Real beauty is that which makes us look and feel like our best selves. And that can be with out without the help of regular exercise, a great mascara, or even the occasional touch of Botox. How those words are defined is highly personal and continually evolving with age, and the women we surveyed agreed—and that's a very good thing.More than 9 in 10 BAZAAR women say “Real Beauty…" Starts with feeling confident on the inside | 98%Is celebrating individuality—each woman’s unique beauty | 97%Is feeling my best, most confident, self—with or without makeup | 95%Is looking like me, but the best version of me | 95%Body Positivity Could Be More Positive Only 20% of women are currently happy with their body 62% wish they were thinnerOnly 10% are confident in a swimsuitMillennials are the most self-critical80% shared negative feelings about body image vs. 68% of Baby BoomersAcross all ages, women are most self-conscious about their stomach (43%), followed by their legs/thighs (11%)The majority of women (73%) are most confident about a facial feature versus a body feature (27%) Women Are Positively Obsessed with WellnessDiet and exercise are equally important to women, with weight loss still their top goal60% of women are currently on a diet75% diet for physical reasons49% are more focused on achieving a clearer mental state or making a lifestyle changeMillennials are significantly more focused on the mental benefits of dieting (32%) vs. Gen X (19%) and Baby Boomers (13%)EXERCISE IS IMPORTANT TO WOMEN OF ALL AGES WITH PHYSICAL BENEFITS OUTWEIGHING MENTAL BENEFITS70% work out weekly, with women in their 20s and 60s exercising most: 20s: 76%30s: 69%40s: 66%50s: 68%60s: 73%70s: 64%Average Age Women Felt Most Beautiful:Women said they felt most physically beautiful in their 20sOn the Inside: 37On the Outside: 28 Most Women Have Not Had Work Done, But They Won't Judge You if You HaveMORE WOMEN THAN YOU THINK ARE OPEN TO COSMETIC PROCEDURES80% said a woman's beauty can still be real even if she has had a cosmetic procedure10% have tried injectables such as Botox or fillers, with the average age they started coming in at 43WOMEN ARE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE HESITANT ABOUT MAJOR SURGERIES THAT COULD CHANGE THEIR FACEWhat's holding women back? Likely money or fear...61% say procedures are too expensive59% fear the surgery or not looking like themselves after35% don’t want to put unnatural things in/on their bodyOf those who've had work done: Fewer than 1 in 10 experienced regretOnly 6% reported lying about itIngredients Matter Women are willing to invest in a cleaner routine98% are mindful of ingredients when shopping for beauty 76% agree “Real beauty is using natural products that are good for me”Nearly 50% of women use clean beauty products (46%) and over 60% are willing to spend more on it (62%)How Does Age Impact A Natural Beauty Routine? 55% of millennials are using natural products44% of Gen Xers are using natural products37% of Baby Boomers are using natural productsHispanic (54%) and Asian (52%) women are more likely to use clean beauty products and are more likely to spend more money on clean beautyWomen are Taking a More Natural Approach to Beauty But Not Without Their Products THE #1 MAKEUP PRODUCT WOMEN CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT IS MASCARA: 47%Millennials say mascara followed by foundationGen X says mascara followed by lipstickBaby Boomers say lipstick and mascara are equally important “Natural-Looking” makeup is everyone’s goalHANDS DOWN, HEALTHY SKIN IS KEY69% said healthy skin and natural-looking foundation give them the most beauty confidence versus other elements of their overall lookWOMEN REPORT LOOKING AND FEELING TIRED ALL THE TIME41% of women in their 20s & 30s wish they didn’t look so tired Women in their 50s (26%) and 60s (21%) are significantly less concernedHAIR IS HIGHLY PERSONAL42% of women embrace their natural hairMillennials are most likely to at 50% (Gen X reported 34% while Baby Boomers was 39%).African American (56%) and Hispanic (44%) women are most likely to embrace their natural hairBeauty spend ranges by age: Women in their 70s and 40s invest the most in their beauty routines On average, women spend $759 annually on beauty products30s: $67040s: $88550s: $78760s: $67470s: $1.138 Social Media Impacts Self-Confidence, But Women See Through The Filter 20% of women feel worse after scrolling through Instagram78% take selfies, but younger generations filter much more Of those who post selfies, 46% have used a filter, app or tool to adjust a photo20s: 84%30s: 56%40s: 42%50s: 28%60s: 12%Selfies are popular across all ages—but there is a direct decline with age20s: Took selfie in the last month (93%), posted selfie in last month (91%)30s: Took selfie in the last month (89%), posted selfie in last month (84%)40s: Took selfie in the last month (82%), posted selfie in last month (77%)50s: Took selfie in the last month (67%), posted selfie in last month (55%)60s: Took selfie in the last month (58%), posted selfie in last month (55%)67% are more likely to support brands that are inclusive and feature diverse women in their advertising Custom online study conducted by Harper's BAZAAR in April 2019. 1,398 U.S. women age 18+ participated.

Bet You Can't Spot the Cord in This Room

On the list of of modern-day necessities, I think we can all agree that electricity ranks pretty high. And yet, despite the fact that outlet-powered electronics have been a fixture in homes for, oh, about 100 years, we're still grappling with how to incorporate (read: hide) them in our interiors. You know the feeling: You've moved into anew home, have finally figured out the perfect configuration for your living room when you come to the sinking realization that your table lamp is a whole 14 feet across the room from the outlet. Or you splurge on the perfect plug-in sconces only to realize that their ugly, dangling, white plastic cords really throw off your selected paint color. Fear not: We're here to help. We reached out to some of our favorite designers to hear how they handle pesky cords; prepare to be inspired. Tape 'emSometimes, the best solutions are the simplest, as in the case of this suggestion from Caitlin Kah of celebrated firm Kemble Interiors. "Tape them to the back of a console or a side table," advises the designer. Designer David Frazier agrees: "Depending on the specific condition, I will use rug tape or painter’s tape to tape it to the legs of a console or chest—and will run it along that to the nearest outlet," he shares. Paint 'em When the cord goes out of reach of furniture, Kah suggests an age-old manner of camouflage: "fasten the cord to a wall and paint it the same color so it blends.”Zip 'emDesigner Andrea Goldman has a more secure alternative to tape: "Our go-to products for cord management are zip ties in both black and clear, so that we are prepared for whatever material we’re trying to hide the cord against," she tells House Beautiful. "Zip ties are great because they can tighten to any size you need, or you can lace two together to lengthen them as needed. You can also use them to bundle the cords so that you keep the cords tight and hidden behind the fixture or the furniture."Coil 'emIf you're lucky enough to be able to run your cord under or behind a sofa or other low piece of furniture, make sure to fasten them. "When in a pinch I coil them carefully and either duct tape them to the bottom of furniture or secure them with a hair elastic," suggests designer Bella Mancini. Upholster 'em If you're working with a patterned wall, make the cord a part of it, like MA Allen did in her bedroom for the Southern Style Now show house. "We did custom fuchsia cords in an upholstered room with a fuschia perimeter band and made the cords part of the landscape," the designer explains. Hang over 'emCord running up a wall? Anthony D'Argenzio has a simple suggestion for where to hide it? "Behind art!" Snake 'em "A loosely-woven area rug that will allow a plug to pass through it with some shimmying," points out designer Scott Sanders. "Then snake extension cords under rug." Got your eye on a tighter-weave? There's a solution for that: "I will definitely make small holes in a carpet for lamp cords," says Jaime Walters. IT's not as scary as it sounds, we promise! "The holes just needs to be big enough for the cord, not the plug," the designer explains. "Cut off the plug end and rewire it once the cord is through the rug. It's scary to cut into a rug, yes, but scarier to have ugly cords showing! Plus, the hole can be hand-stitched so no further damage.”Bracket 'emSam Hilliard of Hilliard Lamps has seen just about every trick in the book, but one, in particular stands out. "Out of all of our projects, the most memorable was when working with designers installing fixtures for a superyacht. Because space was limited, and many of the rooms looked pristine, we suggested making custom brackets to thread into the furniture that would disguise all the cords.""From a stylistic point of view, we recommend camouflaging with the texture that surrounds, not so much the color," he advises on choosing material for brackets. "For example, if the room is an outdoor patio, playing with rope or cane mimics the rattan in a space. If it's inside, get creative and choose leathers that you can weave for a real pop." Redesign 'emSometimes a cord just can't be hidden—and in that case, it should be as beautiful as possible. "If it’s not possible to hide it, celebrate it—by having it wired with attractive (old-school) cording instead of standard plastic," advises David Frazier. Pull 'em tight! Whether you're taping, zipping, or painting, there's one thing that makes a huge difference, Andrea Goldman points out: "Our biggest suggestion is to just make sure you pull your cords tight! When they are loose they tend not to follow the lines of the furniture and become more visible over time." Fake itIf you really want to erase a cord, there's always a last resort—in photos, at least. As designer and interiors photographer Sarah Winchester quips: "Photoshop!"

Kendall Jenner’s Ex HOOKS UP With Kylie Jenner’s…

It’s now been revealed that one of Kylie Jenner's pals may have crossed the line with one of Kendall Jenner's exes. I wonder what her future will hold. Honestly…if it’s anything like Jordyn Woods…then I think she will be just fine as we’ve now learned her Grown-ish acting debut will be TOMORROW. Oh and I need to fill you in on how Kylie is expanding her empire ONCE AGAIN as we’ve learned she’s filed a new trademark. Get ready for her to take over your wait for it…. Nails. I’ve got the details on how she might be stealing Kendall’s thunder with this one and the rest of this news right now so stay tuned.